Did THIRTEEN Sheriffs use excessive force and falsify reports to cover up the unlawful termination of pregnancy involving a member of the media?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
210 West Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Honorable Elizabeth Harris will hear the defense’s Pitchess Motion regarding at least 13 LACSD deputies, sergeants, and/or lieutenants, that continue to actively work at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, without investigation, in spite of current allegations and the signatures of over 300 members of the international press and citizen journalists (http://www.change.org/petitions/miscarriage-of-justice) demanding an investigation into the shocking evidence, that indicates Sheriffs may have falsified the arrest of a member of the media and charges of Contempt of Court, in order to cover up their use of excessive force and violation of the defendant, Melissa Balin’s First Amendment Rights regarding Freedom of the Press while she was merely observing a controversial constitutional case, and as part of a continuing “Brown Wall of Silence” in Case #1CA16847-02.
The Pitchess Motion Hearing will take place at 1:30 PM in Department 47 at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The handling of media requests by the court staff of Clara Shortridge Foltz is currently under investigation by the California Judicial Performance Commission for complaints already filed with regards to this case, so it is recommended that all media requests to record and/or broadcast should be received as soon as possible in order to be considered by the court. The file can be downloaded here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/mc500.pdf All pages of forms MC-500 and MC-510 should be completed and faxed to the Public Information Office at (213) 621-7642 for consideration by judicial officers.
In the event that Balin’s own request to record and service media outlets and others may be denied, as has been the practice for the past ten months of pre-trial hearings, Balin will give a prepared statement to the media prior to the hearing, outside the courthouse at 1:00 PM.
The case is of international interest, because while it is by no means the first example of an innocent person accused and charged of a crime they did not commit, in order to cover up and/or spoliate evidence of excessive force that is material to the defense; it is, however, the first recorded instance in the 21st century, as provided by the LA County Sheriffs’ Department themselves, of a pregnant American member of the media being kidnapped, tortured, and withheld medical attention and a phone call for 53 hours, resulting in a miscarriage, after continuing harassment including two more arrests and another in-custody hospitalization over a mere thirty day period.
As an identified member of the media, whose substantiated claims have still not yet been investigated by the Office of Investigative Review, Balin will not be speaking on the details of her own ongoing criminal case, but will instead give a prepared statement on behalf of the International Organization, Women Seeking Justice, demanding the immediate release of all non-violent inmates at the Lynwood County Women’s Jail who are currently pregnant and/or mothers of children under the age of 5 years, in light of the recent ACLU report of conditions in the LA County Mens’ Jails and recent shocking findings as to the unconscionable treatment of pregnant women in correctional facilities, In the Interest of Justice, and until further investigations can be made into the recent allegations of the cruel and unusual punishment of the pregnant women at Lynwood.
Since a good portion of Pitchess Hearings are closed proceedings regardless of the granting of permission to record, Balin has promised colleagues that, prior to entering the courthouse, she will open the outdoor press conference to 10 minutes of answering questions including but not limited to her other two unconstitutional arrests over the 30 day period and her recent 5 detentions in a 24-hour period surrounding the October 2012 One-Year Anniversary of Occupy LA, the equally controversial Pussy Riot Appeal (Balin is one of the 70 celebrities and activists who participated in Peaches’ music video to #FreePussyRiot and can be seen doing the Russian Kick Squat dance at approximately 1:58 http://youtu.be/SaJ7GzPvJKw); and the taboo topic of Jury Nullification.
A Pitchess motion is a request made by a defendant in a criminal action for access to information in the personnel file of an arresting police officer. The name “Pitchess” comes from a 1974 California Supreme Court case, Pitchess v. Superior Court, 11 Cal. 3d 531 (Cal. 1974). The Pitchess process is now codified in California Evidence Code Sections 1043-47
Cheryl Jones, Division Chief, Central Misdemeanor Trials Division, gave the following statement to Balin regarding the case, “I am responding to your email dated September 10, 2012 directed to Mr. Ronald Brown. You inquired regarding case 1CA16847-02. The Public Defender’s Office declared a conflict of interest as to case 1CA16847-02 in which you are a named defendant. As a result, the Public Defender’s Office may neither comment on the case nor provide legal advice regarding the case. The court docket shows that you are currently represented by a State Bar Panel attorney by the name of Johnny Lai. You should direct all inquiries, requests for clarifications and assertions to Mr. Lai. We wish you the best.”
The Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center is named after the first female lawyer of California who also introduced the very idea of the public defender, with a speech entitled “Rights of Persons Accused of Crime — Abuses Now Existing.” at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. In 1930, she became the first woman to run for Governor of California, at the age of 81. She was active in the suffrage movement, authoring the Women’s Vote Amendment for California in 1911. Foltz also raised five children, mostly as a single mother, and encouraged women not to overlook their traditional domestic roles.
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