WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 2013
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Press Conference
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM Justice Rally & Speak-Out
WHERE: Public Sidewalks surrounding
Division 95 Mental Competency Court
1150 North San Fernando Rd.
LA, CA 90065
WHO: Join celebrities and activists who have already tweeted and posted to Facebook & Pinterest or spoken out to #ExonerateMelissaBalin including: Peaches, Hugo Toxxx, WiseProof, Occupy Los Angeles, InterOccupy, The Fresh Juice Party, Chalkupy and Shepard Fairey.
WHY: Actress & Life Coach, Rochelle Balin, asks all citizens to join her in demanding Justice. She will give a prepared statement to the public regarding the unconstitutional incarcerations and continuing cruel & unusual punishment of her filmmaker/activist daughter, Melissa Balin. Rochelle Balin will be joined by others who will speak on the First Amendment violations of citizen journalists further worsened by police brutality and court collusion; “”We must shine a light on this In Solidarity or they will silence all of us.”
On December 20, 2012, MENSA member and Los Angeles 2013 Mayoral candidate, Melissa Balin, was declared “Not Competent To Stand Trial” in Case #1CA16847-02.
Judge Samantha Jessner made the commitment ruling (UNTIL JUNE 16, 2013) without ANY substantiated evidence OR ANY review of collateral data from the year-long misdemeanor case, which involves falsified Contempt of Court charges and egregious constitutional violations of Due Process. Balin was committed by court-order for the Six-Month MAXIMUM SENTENCE of weekly “competency training” sessions, resulting in a far greater curtailment of Balin’s liberty than if she had remained in the criminal justice system.
Los Angeles County is the ONLY County in California using a centralized court for cases involving mental disorders and mental health legal issues, which may be placing defendants at an inequity that compromises their right to due process, subjecting them to systemic prejudicial error in violation of U.S.C. Title 42. Free Cupcakes will be provided to all who Stand #InSolidarity with The First Amendment and Against the Abuse of the Mental Health System For Illegal Gains! If you cannot attend the INJUSTICE ALERT Press Conference in person, please sign & share the petition to #ExonerateMelissaBalin.
County Director of Mental Health, Dr. Marvin Southard gave the following statement regarding the controversial case on January 10, 2013, more than 21 days after Balin’s unconstitutional commitment:
“Ms Balin: Competency to stand trial is a legal concept not a clinical one. Psychiatrists and other mental health personnel may provide expert testimony (as I assume happened in your case) that the judge employs to inform his or her decision making. Beyond that I do not know the particulars of the case, but that it is in everyone’s interest that competency be restored as quickly as possible. All the best to you and yours in this New Year. Marvin Southard”
ABOUT MELISSA BALIN: Melissa Balin is a filmmaker/activist best known for ghostwriting the urban hit, “I Got The Hook-Up”, and co-directing the grassroots 2008 Vote For Change Video Postcard Campaign with the iconic Shepard Fairey, that resulted in the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. Balin is also well-known for producing copious public service campaigns, as well as segments for The Police Officer of The Year Award Show for Court TV, and serving on the Board of Directors for both The Angela Shelton Foundation to empower survivors of sexual abuse, and The Foundation For Orphaned, Abandoned, Disabled, African Children (FOADAC). Balin has been a proud Union member in the Screen Actors’ Guild since the age of 5. Melissa Balin had NEVER been arrested prior to her known association with the Occupy Movement, and was unconstitutionally arrested and incarcerated three times over a thirty day period in 2011, resulting in a miscarriage of her first pregnancy. Melissa is the daughter of actors Rochelle & Richard Balin; niece of the late humanitarian moviestar Ina Balin, and sister to editor Brandon Balin & music supervisor Rebecca Balin.
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