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August 16, 2013  

Justice 26 Years Denied: The Real ‘Hoax’ in the Tawana Brawley Case (Part 2)

Leid Stories continues yesterday’s exposé on the most recent legal atrocity in the Tawana Brawley case – an illegal defamation judgment of almost $400,000 awarded Steven Pagones, Brawley’s attorney, Alton H. Maddox Jr., says.

A Dutchess County Supreme Court jury had linked Pagones, a former assistant district attorney in the same county, to the 1987 kidnapping and rape on Brawley over a four-day period that November, Maddox says.

Brawley, then 15, claimed that four white men in an old police-type car grabbed her off the street on her way home from school, took her to a remote area, drugged her and held her as a sex slave for four days before dumping her near the garbage-disposal area of a housing complex.

August 14, 2013  

Justice 26 Years Denied: The Real ‘Hoax’ in the Tawana Brawley Case

Allegations in 1987 by a then-15-year-old African American girl from Wappingers Falls, N.Y., that four white men in an old police-type car grabbed her off the street on her way home from school, took her to a remote area, drugged her and held her as a sex slave for four days before dumping her near the garbage-disposal area of a housing complex triggered a series of exceedingly irregular -- and illegal -- actions by state investigators and prosecutors that cast the teen, Tawana Brawley, as an out-and-out liar, her legal advisers as fringe-element wackos looking to start a race war, and the suspects as solid citizens with impeccable reputations.
The alleged suspects included a state trooper; a police officer who was said to be remorseful and mysteriously was murdered in his home (state investigators initially had ruled his death a suicide); and an assistant district attorney in Dutchess County whose father was well connected politically. An outrageously irregular grand-jury “investigation” found Tawana guilty of perpetrating a hoax and slandering the men.
Leid Stories discusses the most recent outrageous illegalities in the case – a Virginia court order garnishing Tawana’s wages as a nurse to compensate the former D.A., Steven Pagones, close to $400,000 for defaming him.
“Attorney at War” Alton H. Maddox Jr., takes us deep into the belly of this 26-year-old legal beast.

August 13, 2013  

Speak Your Pro, Debunk the Con, Teach Us All A Lesson!

It’s Open Forum on Leid Stories. You take the conversation where you want it to go about an issue in the news – providing you follow at least one rule.
Since the point of all this is developing the fine art of debating, you’ll be expected to posit at least one salient point contrary to your own argument and then skillfully debunk it with a solid argument. This way, you sound nice, reasonable and level-headed – a real pro, not a con!
Up to the challenge? Call in and teach us all a lesson!

August 12, 2013  

From Watts to Washington, Any Lessons Learned?

On this day 38 years ago, South Central Los Angeles was in its second day of a continuous volcanic eruption that transfixed the nation and the world. Touched off by alleged police misconduct in the arrest of a local man for speeding and an officer’s club “accidentally” striking a witness of the arrest, the Watts area became a veritable war zone. By the third day, when a contingent of military units quelled the uprising, 34 people were dead and property damage was assessed at $35 million.
The Watts rebellion ignited mirror explosions all over America up until July 28, 967, when President Lyndon B. Johnson impaneled a National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, the task of which was to answer three questions: What happened? Why did it happen? What can be done to prevent it from happening again?
Leid Stories today asks: From Watts to Washington, any lessons learned?

August 9, 2013  

The Community's Tired of Asking, "Who’s Policing the Police?"

Two recent cases highlight the longstanding separate-and-unequal treatment African Americans and Latinos experience at the conjoined hands of the law enforcement and criminal-justice systems.
In the Bronx, N.Y., a grand jury on Wednesday (Aug. 7) found no reason to re-instate charges against a plainclothes police officer who on Feb. 2, 2012 chased 18-year-old Ramarley Graham from the street into the bathroom of his home and shot him to death, believing the Graham was armed; he wasn’t. On Tuesday (Aug. 6), 18-year-old Israel Hernandez-Llach was caught spray-painting graffiti on an abandoned McDonald’s in Miami Beach, Fla. Friends of Hernandez-Llach said officers high-fived each other and were laughing after one of them stun-gunned him. Within an hour he was dead.
Federal authorities have said they will review both cases, but the community's tired of asking: "Who's policing the police?"

August 8, 2013  

Corporations’ Spying Power / Obama and the Banksters

Corporations are as much into the spying, intelligence-gathering and privacy-violating culture as the NSA and its global counterparts are, says Joel Kotkin, who has been tracking the footprints of power and influence globally for more than 30 years and has written prolifically about the political impact and influence of the tech industry in reshaping the world.
In the second half of the program, Leid Stories looks at how the Obama administration continues to coddle banksters—the megabanks and financial institutions that repeatedly break the law while making record profits. Case in point: the Bank of America.

August 7, 2013  

The Laugh's On Us/ The Slippery BOA Bankster

Appearing on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, President Obama was in fine form. And why not? They have so much in common. Their contracts end soon (although Leno gets $15 million as an incentive to leave earlier); they’re both funnymen; their ratings have plummeted; and their core audiences, the people they know they’ve got to please, are white. Leid Stories extends the metaphor with a discussion on Obama’s cruel jokes. Plus, the slippery BoA: How the Obama administration continues to coddle the bankster, Bank of America.

August 6, 2013  

Add Volume to Your Thoughts! It’s Open Forum on Leid Stories!

Your take on issues of the day matters. Share it on Open Forum, where great minds gather for scintillating conversation and to exchange information, opinions and ideas. You call the shots on where you want to go, but it’s not a one-sided affair; expect to be challenged or questioned closely. Are you up to it? We’ll hear you loud and clear!

August 5, 2013  

Driven to Abstraction: The Increasing Uselessness of Ideology

Most people fervently believe in something or other that informs their view of the world and how, or if, they fit in it. This is especially true about politics; people tend to have reasonably well-defined ideas about government, political parties, their roles and rights as citizens, etc. And then there are ideologs—people and organizations so utterly obsessed with proving and/or safeguarding the validity of their beliefs that they cannot, and therefore do not, engage in actually applying them. Why? Mostly because they think no one else believes exactly as they do. Such is too often the case, says Leid Stories, with the so-called “left.”  Driven to abstraction about the correctness or purity of their ideology, they’ve become inert at a time that action is needed and, increasingly, irrelevant to real-life struggles.

August 2, 2013  

How Far Forward?: 50 Years After the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

The conversation begun yesterday continues. This is the 50th-anniversary month of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On Aug. 28, 1963, more than 200,000 people delivered a demand in person to the government to end political, social and economic apartheid in America. Two landmark pieces of legislation, the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965), grew out of the march, and African Americans began to feel optimistic about a new-found sense of place in American society. There is a general sense among Americans today that government is a failing, or failed, institution—either unwilling or unable to erase the same fissures that run deep into America’s landscape. Leid Stories asks the question: How far forward has the struggle come in half a century?

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