In case of controversial shooting of unarmed, 20-year-old Jayvis Benjamin, Court of Appeals sets hearing

Attorney Patrick Megaro on Fox News

Attorney Patrick Megaro on Fox News

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Video Appeals Attorney Patrick Megaro YouTube Video

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Video of Attorney Patrick Megaro, Florida

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Patrick Megaro, Attorney, on Today Exclusive Television

Patrick Megaro, Attorney, on Today Exclusive Television

Appeals lawyer for the family of Benjamin, Patrick Megaro, will argue the issues before the appeals court.

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This case has been controversial and divisive. Facts are in dispute. Hopefully the hearing before the Court will clarify the issues for a just resolution of the matter.”

— Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Halscott Megaro PA announced that an appeal involving the shooting of Jayvis Benjamin will be heard by the Court of Appeals. In January 2013, Lynn Thomas, a police officer in Decatur, Georgia shot and killed an unarmed 20-year-old black college student, Jayvis Benjamin. Benjamin had allegedly stolen a car and crashed it in a residential front yard. Officer Thomas shot and killed Benjamin after he exited the vehicle through the window because the door would not open. The facts as to what exactly happened when Benjamin exited are in dispute. The police cruiser’s dashboard video of the incident is inconclusive, the shooting took place off-camera.

A civil grand jury recommended officer Lynn Thomas be indicted for Benjamin’s death. In March 2016, however, the District Attorney decided not to charge the police officer, supposedly because its investigation concluded that a struggle had ensued. See news report https://decaturish.com/2016/03/reports-avondale-estates-officer-will-not-be-charged-for-shooting-unarmed-man/

Officer Thomas was subsequently promoted to Police Chief in 2016. See the news report at https://decaturish.com/2016/07/avondale-estates-officials-defend-hiring-police-chief-who-shot-unarmed-man/

With the assistance of attorney Patrick Megaro, Benjamin’s mother filed a lawsuit over the death of her son in May 2016 pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (civil rights violations) in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, alleging Excessive Force, Negligent Hiring/Training/Retention of Employment Services, and Wrongful Death against Avondale Estates Police Department (AEPD) Sergeant Lynn Thomas, Officer Thomas Gillis, Chief Gary L. Broden, and The City of Avondale Estates. All of the defendants except for Lynn Thomas were dismissed from the case. Lynn Thomas successfully moved for summary judgment (a decision based on the pleadings and available evidence before an actual trial), resulting in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

The Court of Appeals determined on August 3 that oral argument is necessary in this case. The issues in the case are essentially as follows: whether there are material facts in dispute that preclude summary judgment, especially where the issue is excessive force, and whether deadly force was justified under the circumstances in which Jayvis Benjamin was not being arrested for a violent offense, was not armed, and did not attack Lynn Thomas.

Patrick Megaro, the attorney for Benjamin’s family, noted that he appreciates the opportunity to explain the disputed issues to the Court. “This case has been controversial and divisive. Facts are in dispute. Hopefully the hearing before the Court will clarify the issues for a just resolution of the matter.”

This incident has been widely reported and commented on in the press. Based on the published articles and opinions, it appears that to this day the facts are still controversial and disputed. The many news articles about the incident include, apart from the two articles referred to above:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “DeKalb DA: Cop won’t be charged in controversial shooting,” https://www.myajc.com/news/crime–law/dekalb-cop-won-charged-controversial-shooting/Rf5YuWCDyIY321rHX2m8GN/

New York Daily News: “King: A Georgia cop gunned down unarmed black student Jayvis Benjamin nearly three years ago — so why no grand jury hearing?,” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-georgia-won-indict-fatally-shot-black-man-article-1.2466691

The appeals case is MONTYE BENJAMIN, and on her own behalf as administratrix for the estate of her Son Jayvis Ledell Benjamin v. LYNN THOMAS, Court of Appeals Docket #: 18-10204 (United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit).

About Attorney Patrick Megaro

Patrick Michael Megaro is a partner at Halscott Megaro PA. His primary areas of practice are criminal defense, criminal appeals, post-conviction relief, civil appeals, and civil rights litigation.

References

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Constitutional Attorney Supports Mental Health Watchdog's Call for Electroshock Ban

Mr. Emord was one of two attorneys that filed a Citizens Petition to the FDA Commissioner in 2016 demanding that the electroshock device be removed from the market as no clinical trial and marketing application had proved the device as safe and effective.

Mr. Emord was one of two attorneys that filed a Citizens Petition to the FDA Commissioner in 2016 demanding that the electroshock device be removed from the market as no clinical trial and marketing application had proved the device as safe and effective.

CCHR wants to see accountability for the failure of the FDA to remove the ECT devices from the market.

CCHR wants to see accountability for the failure of the FDA to remove the ECT devices from the market.

CCHR FL wants electroconvulsive therapy training colleges and practitioners stopped from causing further damage.

CCHR FL wants electroconvulsive therapy training colleges and practitioners stopped from causing further damage.

Ramping up a campaign to prohibit the use of ECT, CCHR has released a new video featuring constitutional attorney Jonathon Emord supporting an urgent ban.

There is no scientific evidence of the long-term safety or efficacy of ECT and by law, the FDA is supposed to ensure that no drug or device is marketed without that proof.”

— Jonathon Emord, constitutional attorney

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ramping up its campaign to get the use of electroshock (electroconvulsive or ECT) treatment prohibited as a “mental health treatment,” the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) released a new video featuring constitutional attorney Jonathon Emord supporting an urgent ban. Mr. Emord contends that electroshock is “barbarism,” which causes severe and even permanent memory loss. As a result, “many do not remember being married, do not recognize their spouses, do not recognize their children, do not remember how to play a musical instrument, do not remember how to practice their professions…,” he said.[1]

Mr. Emord was one of two attorneys that filed a Citizens Petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner in 2016 demanding that the electroshock device be removed from the market as no clinical trial and marketing application had proved the device as safe and effective. In the video, titled Electroshock Treatment Must Be Banned, Mr. Emord says electroshock — the passage of up to 460 volts of electricity through the brain — is “brutality, it is not treatment.”

“There is no scientific evidence of the long-term safety or efficacy of ECT. By law, the FDA is supposed to ensure that no drug or device is marketed without that proof” and in the case of the ECT device, this hasn’t occurred, says Mr. Emord.

CCHR International President Ms. Jan Eastgate adds, “In the absence of such proof, the FDA has been procrastinating about how to protect psychiatry’s $5.4 billion a year electroshock industry by keeping the ECT device on the market while shirking its responsibility to protect the public health from its damage.”

CCHR, a non-profit mental health watchdog group that works to ensure patient and consumer protections are enacted and is dedicated to eliminating abuses committed under the guise of mental health, wants to see accountability for the failure of the FDA to remove the ECT devices from the market, for the devices’ use for unapproved conditions such as autism and for allowing the procedure to be taught without a clinical trial proving safety and efficacy.

“All medical colleges and universities providing training or continuing education in electroshock should stop. The whole electroshock business needs to be shut down,” says Ms. Eastgate.

Joining the nationwide call to ban the ECT device, the President of CCHR Florida, Diane Stein, said her group has been investigating for profit psychiatric facilities use of the damaging procedure and the institutions that provide training in ECT.

“Electroshock is a prevalent and lucrative ‘treatment,’ and along with other brain-intervention/stimulant procedures should be banned in Florida’s mental health industry and medical colleges,” said Ms. Stein.

Mr. Emord points to the FDA’s failure to protect Americans by detailing some of the adverse effects of electroshock that include heart arrhythmia, loss of memory, brain shrinkage, heart attacks, strokes and brain damage — none of which are “acceptable risks” to anyone other than the psychiatrists administering and profiting from it.[2]

Based on Texas reports — the only state that comprehensively collects statistics on ECT, including deaths within 14 days of the procedure being given — CCHR estimates there could be up to 300 deaths per year linked to electroshock treatment.[3]

Mr. Emord goes further to say that ECT should not be considered “medical treatment” and it is “favored in many brutal regimes worldwide as a form of torture.”[4]

According to Ms. Eastgate, she has personally documented hundreds of cases of electroshock damage, calling it mental euthanasia and adding that in patients’ testimonies given under oath during an Australian government inquiry the presiding Justice, John Slattery, described the sensations they experienced from electroshock as “callous” and “brutal.” These patients had been put into a drug-induced coma for several weeks while the ECT was delivered daily.[5]

CCHR had the practice banned in Australia with criminal penalties enacted under the New South Wales Mental Health Act should it ever be administered.

Noting that information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that in some U.S. states, children aged 5 or younger have been subjected to the violence of electroshock, Ms. Stein believes that financial incentives drive the continued use of electroshock and its training in colleges and universities.

Based on information to hand, insurance companies pay the costs in over 70 percent of ECT cases and an attending psychiatrist may easily perform five to six ECT treatments within one hour, billing more than $1,800 per hour. The average salary for psychiatrists practicing ECT may be twice that of other psychiatrists, according to a study on the effects of state funding of ECT.[6]

Additionally, tens of millions of taxpayer dollars are spent in National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) research of ECT from which psychiatric researchers profit.

CCHR urges signing the petition to ban ECT.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969.

References:
[1] Jonathan Emord “Shock Treatment Should Be Banned,” News with Views, 27 Mar 2017, https://newswithviews.com/shock-treatment-should-be-banned/
[2] “Constitutional Attorney Jonathan Emord — Electroshock Treatment Must Be Banned,” 9 Aug 2018, 00:01:20, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgyZmG143Oc&t=196s
[3] R Shiwach, W Reid, T Carmody, “An Analysis of Reported Deaths Following Electroconvulsive Therapy in Texas, 1993-1998,” Psychiatry Online, 1 Aug 2001, https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ps.52.8.1095
[4] Op. cit., Jonathan Emord News with Views
[5] Ron Patton “Project Monarch: Nazi Mind Control The Evolution of Project MKULTRA,” 17 Dec 2014, http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_mindcon02.htm
[6] Anne Marie McKersie, “EFFECTS OF FUNDING ON ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY IN CALIFORNIA: A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of San Diego State University,” Spring 2011, p. 17. http://sdsu-dspace.calstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10211.10/1142/McKersie_Anne.pdf?sequence=1

Diane Stein
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
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Constitutional Attorney Jonathan Emord—Electroshock Treatment Must Be Banned


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NaVOBA and Capital One Announce the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year

NaVOBA and Capital One, in partnership with the NGLCC, announced the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year as part of the LGBTUnity Conference.

We’re honored to collaborate with our friends at the NGLCC to celebrate these amazing LGBT veteran business owners and share their remarkable stories.”

— NaVOBA President Matthew Pavelek

PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA, August 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — ECONOMIC NEWS: Veteran Owned Businesses, LGBT Owned Businesses

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Philadelphia 8/16/2018: The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) and Capital One, in partnership with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), announced the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year as part of the LGBTUnity Conference. NaVOBA’s Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year is a prestigious honor bestowed annually to an elite selection of America’s veteran business owners working as supplier partners to NaVOBA’s Corporate Allies.

“At Capital One, we value unique perspectives and see firsthand how ensuring diversity in our supply chain creates better solutions for our associates and customers,” said Jim Gorzalski, Chief Procurement Officer, Capital One. “We’re very proud to sponsor the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprise® of the Year recognition and are excited to elevate the success of the entrepreneurs highlighted by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association.”
The Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year demonstrate the finest attributes crucial in leading a flourishing business; sustained business growth and success; and an extensive aspiration to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship as well as a commitment to give back to their communities. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a U.S. military veteran business owner who actively runs the company.

The 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprise of the Year Awards program was also supported by NaVOBA Corporate Allies Wells Fargo and Shell. NaVOBA recognized two exceptional 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprise® of the Year Honorable Mentions: Adler Archer, president of Allasys and Carlton Brown, owner of Occasional Occasions by Carlton. In addition, NaVOBA awarded two firms as the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year; Les Burleson, president of VersaPro Group and Naomi Scales, owner of MarFran Cleaning.

“NaVOBA’s Veteran’s Business Enterprise® of the Year awards have celebrated the incredible diversity of America’s military entrepreneur community,” said NaVOBA President Matthew Pavelek. “We’re honored to collaborate with our friends at the NGLCC to celebrate these amazing LGBT veteran business owners and share their remarkable stories.”

Visit www.NaVOBA.org/LGBTAwards to learn more about these extraordinary veteran business owners.

About The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
NaVOBA is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by Corporate Supplier Diversity professionals. It is the mission of NaVOBA to create corporate contracting opportunities for America’s Veteran’s and Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprises (VBEs/SDVBEs) through certification, advocacy, outreach, recognition and education. NaVOBA provides a direct link between corporate America and veteran’s business enterprises, to improve business opportunities for VBEs of all sizes.

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all.

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The New End of Life Doula Profession Merges with Health Care in Historic NYC Event

PDI Founders With NHPCO President Edo Banach

Leaders in The End of Life Doula Movement Come Together and Hold Inaugural Event in New York City September 27th – 30th

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, August 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hosted by Professional Doula International – a collaboration between Patty Burgess of Teaching Transitions/Doing Death Differently, Deanna Cochran RN of Quality of Life Care, and Suzanne O’Brien RN of The International Doulagivers Institute. This is an event especially for hospice, palliative care, comfort care, senior care and end-of-life doulas (or those who want to be!) to learn how to work within healthcare organizations who are beginning to embrace the utilization of doulas in their agencies. This weekend event will offer the NPEC Certification (National Professional End-of-Life Doula Certification) which is a specific healthcare focus, and it offers nursing CEs. The time has come for palliative and EOL doulas to take their rightful place alongside, and supporting mainstream healthcare.

(The “silver tsunami” in healthcare is upon us. The number of patients aging and needing palliative and end-of-life care is increasing at an alarming rate. Hospices are the only option for end-of-life care in this country other than personal caregivers. There are huge time and service limitations for hospices to serve this need.

Doulas are the bridge between the patient/family and healthcare agencies. EOL Doulas can serve in capacities that agencies cannot staff for at this time.

NATIONAL INITIATIVES ARE NOW IN PLACE
The newly formed NHPCO End of Life Doula Council and The National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) have been created to establish this new progressive profession and also set the highest level of standards and scope of practice.

This training, led by US EOL doula trainers is designed to offer the highest level, and most relevant, current best practices for this doula role. You can use the 'NPEC' designation upon the successful completion of your NPEC Certification Weekend.

ABOUT PDI FOUNDERS: Deanna Cochran RN, Suzanne B. O'Brien RN , and Patty Burgess are all founding members of NHPCO'S End of Life Doula Council and Founding members of NEDA National End of Life Doula Alliance. Together, they bring more than 50 years of experience to the NPEC Training.

The NPEC conference is approved for 12 CE hours (nursing) and is co-provided by Home Care Institute, LLC. HCI is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Suzanne B. O'Brien RN
Professional Doula International
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‘Surveillance’ Artist Hasan Elahi comes to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park as August’s Resident Artist

“In considering surveillance we tend to think of it as a very 21st century concept, yet we’ve always been watched. We’ve had several thousands of years of being watched from above”

— Hasan Elahi, NPAF Hawai'i Volcanoes Resident Artist

VOLCANO, HAWAI'I, US, August 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and The National Parks Arts Foundation are proud to announce that Hasan Elahi, a world-renowned installation artist —whose artwork explores issues around technologies of surveillance, and sousveillance (the practice of using technology for documenting one’s own life) —is August’s Artist in Residence.

Elahi will provide a free presentation for visitors on Aug. 24, 2018 at 10 a.m., at the Kahuku Unit of the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Enter Kahuku on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. This event is made possible with support from the National Park Service, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Friends of Hawai’i National Park. This event is a unique opportunity to hear from a globally celebrated artist and energetic public speaker, about his life and art practice, which are intertwined in unusual and evocative ways.

Hasan’s life changed in a fateful way, after Sept. 11, 2001. Returning from an exhibition in Amsterdam, he was pulled aside at a Detroit airport checkpoint and questioned for hours, and what would eventually turn out to be almost a year of FBI investigation. An erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities in 2002 subjected Elahi to an intensive investigation by the FBI and after undergoing months of interrogations, he was finally cleared of suspicions. After this harrowing experience, Elahi conceived “Tracking Transience” and opened just about every aspect of his life to the public. Predating the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program by half a decade, the project questions the consequences of living under constant surveillance and continuously generates databases of imagery that tracks the artist and his points of transit in real-time. Although initially created for his FBI agent, the public can also monitor the artist’s communication records, banking transactions, and transportation logs along with various intelligence and government agencies who have been confirmed visiting his website.

This led Elahi to champion a philosophy termed radical transparency, which has a profound impact and reach. The internet, for example, is in effect a massive data harvesting operation, where human activity is minutely tracked and sold for economic advantage, all in the guise of ‘customer service. This ecosystem of information is based on the very human tendency to desire privacy, and in a way, to live in secret. But wonders Elahi, does it make sense to live this way in the global electronic village? “In considering surveillance we tend to think of it as a very 21st century concept, yet we’ve always been watched. We’ve had several thousands of years of being watched from above; G-d —all knowing— as the original surveillance camera. This might sound sarcastic, but there’s a very similar omniscience that a lot of these data companies have about us. I think we don’t consider many things as surveillance until it’s put in that context for us. Similarly, when you hyper aestheticize an image your brain no longer reads it as surveillance, but reads it as landscape and I think there’s something that also happens when you take that Google Street View image and you aestheticize it.,” says Elahi.

“I never associated my practice with a certain medium or particular discipline or technique and I’ve always looked at it as how can I find the most appropriate method for my idea and that’s how it came about.” And for this, his first project on the Island of Hawai’i, Elahi will be using satellite metrics and other technology to ‘recreate’ some of the famous early artwork done by 19th century landscape artists as an adjunct to the United States westward flow of Manifest Destiny, which particularly for the Hawaiian Islands and its people, became a contested and fraught imperialist and Colonial landscape.

Says Elahi about this project: “In the nineteenth century, enormous landscape paintings by such figures as Frederic Edwin Church and images by such photographers as William Henry Jackson became the visual expression of Manifest Destiny. Many of the paintings that I am proposing to recreate with new technologies of surveying and measuring were created at a time when landscape paintings were often commissioned by the government to take inventory of the natural resources of the country at a time as we were growing into a world power. This work will not only explore the then and now aspect of these locations, but will also question what the genre of landscape means today in a political context.”

Elahi, an interdisciplinary artist, was born in Rangpur, Bangladesh, but raised in New York City. Currently, he is an Associate Professor, in the Department of Art, University of Maryland, at College Park, in Maryland and has a studio in the D.C. area. In addition, Mr. Elahi has been invited by organizations as diverse as the Tate Modern in the UK, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, National Geographic, TED, and World Economic Forum to discuss his work.

NPAF is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks of the U.S. through creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. This project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and other generous benefactors. All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors of all sorts ranging from corporate sponsors, small business, and art patrons and citizen-lovers of the Parks. NPAF is always seeking new partners and donors for its wide-ranging artist-in-residence programs.

John Cargill
National Parks Arts Foundation
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A TED talk by Hasan Elahi


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Federal “Three Strikes” Law challenged in Supreme Court with life sentence of marijuana offender Corvain Cooper

Attorney Patrick Megaro on Fox News

Attorney Patrick Megaro on Fox News

Corvain Cooper, for whom Patrick Megaro is petitioning Clemency

Corvain Cooper, for whom Patrick Megaro is petitioning Clemency

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Website of Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer, Corvain Cooper clemency Petition

Patrick Michael Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney

Patrick Michael Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney

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Video of Attorney Patrick Megaro, Florida

Attorney Patrick Megaro filed a petition in the United States Supreme Court to challenge sentence of life without parole under the Federal “Three Strikes” law.

Halscott Megaro PA (N/A:N/A)

I am in this fight to represent Corvain Cooper no matter how long it takes. Today, is yet another example of my strong commitment.”

— Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Law Firm of Halscott Megaro, P.A. has announced that attorney Patrick Michael Megaro has filed a petition in the United States Supreme Court to challenge Corvain Cooper’s sentence of life without parole under the Federal “Three Strikes” law. The petition was filed by Cooper’s attorney in the Supreme Court on July 6, 2018, asking the Court to stop the injustice of mandatory life sentences for non-violent drug offenders.

Explains Corvain’s attorney who filed the petition, Patrick Megaro: “In the legal realm, you have to present the issue as a legal query. In this case, the official query presented to the U.S. Supreme Court is ‘Whether a Petitioner Who Was Sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole, Which was Enhanced By Two Later Invalidated State Convictions, May Apply for Resentencing …’ The reality of the situation is that drug law reform, especially marijuana reform, is at the forefront in many state legislature’s agendas. Marijuana is now legalized, decriminalized, or approved for medicinal use in one form or another in the majority of States. Due Process and fundamental fairness are at the heart of this case. Boiled down to its essence, the question for this Court is whether a sentence of life without parole is justified for a person who now has no predicate felony convictions.”

Corvain Cooper was charged in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit money laundering and structuring transactions. A special information was also filed against Cooper, alleging two prior felony convictions for possession of drugs (one for marijuana, one for codeine cough syrup) in the California state courts. The filing triggered a mandatory life sentence without parole. The reason for the unusually harsh sentence is the so-called “Three Strikes” law. These laws require a person guilty of committing a drug felony and two other previous drug felony convictions to serve a mandatory life sentence in prison. The “Three Strikes” law significantly increases the prison sentences of persons convicted of a felony who have been previously convicted of two or more violent crimes or drug felonies, and limits the ability of these offenders to receive a punishment other than a life sentence.

Mr. Cooper tried appealing his conviction and sentence, stating that the sentence of life for non-violent crimes was against his Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) of the United States Constitution which prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishments. However, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the case, and the Supreme Court declined to even hear the case.

The State of California enacted Proposition 47 in 2014, which re-categorized several non-violent offenses as misdemeanors. Prior to enacting Proposition 47, possession of marijuana was considered a felony. This also allowed people who had prior felony convictions under the old statute to vacate them.

Proposition 64 (the Adult Use of Marijuana Act) was enacted on November 9, 2016, by the State of California which legalized the use of recreational marijuana. This Act permitted certain people who had been convicted of marijuana felony offenses to apply to vacate those convictions and reclassify them as misdemeanors.

Adds attorney Patrick Michael Megaro, “I have been representing Mr. Cooper and I have said from day one, that I am in this fight to represent Corvain Cooper no matter how long it takes. Today, is yet another example of my strong commitment.” Mr. Megaro went on to add, “We need to quit playing political games and allow the sentence to fit the crime, as both of these Propositions (47 and 64) favor individuals, such as Corvain Cooper.”

Patrick Michael Megaro has also simultaneously filed a petition for commutation of sentence with President Donald Trump on Corvain Cooper’s behalf, and has started a petition on Change.org in support of the petition that already has over 3,000 supporters.

The “Petition for Certiorari” filed on behalf of Corvain Cooper with the U.S. Supreme Court should be available soon on the Court’s website at https://www.supremecourt.gov under “Docket Search.”

A Wikipedia article on Three-Strikes Law is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-strikes_law

Background

The underlying court cases are United States v. Cooper, 624 Fed.Appx. 819 (4th Cir. 2015), and United States v. Cooper, 714 Fed.Appx. 259 (4th Cir. 2018). According to a press release of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “from in or about 2004 through January 2013, Cooper was involved in a drug conspiracy that trafficked marijuana from California to the Charlotte area. Court records show that Cooper was charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute at least one thousand kilograms of marijuana as well as money laundering conspiracy and structuring financial transactions through banking institutions to avoid IRS reporting requirements. Cooper, along with two co-defendants, Evelyn LaChapelle and Natalia Wade, were convicted of all charges on October 18, 2013, following a three-day trial.” He was sentenced to life in prison on June 18, 2014. See https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdnc/pr/california-drug-trafficker-sentenced-life-prison-drug-conspiracy-and-related-charges

For more information, contact:

Patrick Michael Megaro, Esq.
Halscott Megaro, P.A.
1300 North Semoran Boulevard, Suite 195
Orlando, FL 32807 USA
Phone: (407) 255-2164
pmegaro@halscottmegaro.com

http://www.halscottmegaro.com

Please check out our latest Change.org petition, and sign and support this worthy cause:

https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-release-corvain-cooper-from-life-imprisonment-without-parole-for-a-non-violent-drug-crime

References

Website: https://www.appealslawgroup.com/our-attorneys/patrick-megaro-esq/

News at: https://hype.news/patrick-megaro-attorney/n-ba064c55-8ee2-42b7-ba81-cf7edd4d175f/stories

Attorney Profile: https://criminal-defense-attorney.squarespace.com/patrick-michael-megaro-esq/

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Judge Robert R. Hofmann Elected to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Board of Directors

The NCJFCJ is the Nation’s Oldest Judicial Membership Organization

The NCJFCJ has elected Robert R. Hofmann, judge, 452nd District Court, Mason, Texas, to the NCJFCJ Board of Directors.

Few people bring to family law cases and to those involving foster children more determination, creativity and acumen than Judge Hofmann.”

— Nathan L. Hecht

MASON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — (Mason, Texas) – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has elected Robert R. Hofmann, judge, 452nd District Court, Mason, Texas, to the NCJFCJ Board of Directors.

“Judge Hofmann’s lifelong dedication and passion to child welfare goes beyond his multi-county judicial district,” said Judge John J. Romero, Jr., NCJFCJ president. “We look forward to leveraging his judicial leadership to impact children and families who seek justice at the national level.”

A native of Mason County, Texas, Judge Hofmann brings more than 20 years of public service to the State of Texas, having served as Mason County Attorney, as judge for the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, and now as the district judge of the 452nd Judicial District of Edwards, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch and Menard Counties. He presides over felony criminal, general civil, family law and dependency/delinquency hearings in his five-county, 7,000-square-mile district, which includes federally recognized border and Interstate 10 corridor counties.

In 2011, he was named Texas CASA Judge of the Year, and appears as the judge in its statewide training video. He has served on several committees and boards of state and national organizations, and worked with the National Center for State Courts to create the first national ASFA (Adoption and Safe Families Act) Well-Being Outcomes.

“Few people bring to family law cases and to those involving foster children more determination, creativity and acumen than Judge Hofmann,” said Nathan L. Hecht, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice. “His leadership as vice-chair of the Texas Supreme Court’s Permanent Commission on Children, Youth and Families and his tireless work to assure children in foster care succeed even beyond secondary education demonstrates a holistic approach to child-welfare issues. I am pleased this work now extends to an organization as vital as the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.”

In 2016, Education Reach for Texans formally recognized his work as chair of the Children’s Commission Foster Care and Education Committee to improve educational outcomes for children. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He recently served as the Texas judicial representative to the U.S. Children's Bureau State Team planning meeting, and was a community leader in the creation and organization of Bluebonnet CASA.

“Beginning with the creation of Bluebonnet CASA and continuing today with his work in improving the educational outcomes for all foster youth throughout the state, Judge Hofmann has consistently been a staunch champion for CASA and, more importantly, for Texas children and families,” said Lisa Goehmann, executive director, Bluebonnet CASA.

Hofmann received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ):
Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nev.-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization and focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the 2,000-member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

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Cuomo Fails to Protect Women & Girls with Disabilities from being Sexually Assaulted

Gov. Andrew Cuomo must be stopped, he is directly involved in ensuring the covering-ups of thousands of sexual assaults, rapes and deaths of people with disabilities

Almost all sexual assaults and rapes in Cuomo’s mental health agencies are being covered-up

There is no way humanly possible that Governor Andrew Cuomo can spin these facts or separate himself from these criminal cover-ups.”

— Michael Carey – Civil Rights & Disability Rights Advocate

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Jonathan Carey Foundation has done extensive research and all State and County documents obtained through Freedom of Information Law point to wide-scale criminal cover-ups by Cuomo’s fraudulent Justice Center. Almost every sex crime against disabled women and girls disappears as Gov. Cuomo continues to protect and shield countless sexual predators and pedophiles within his very own agencies from prosecution.

There is no way humanly possible that Governor Andrew Cuomo can spin these facts or separate himself from these criminal cover-ups. These are his agencies reporting to his cover-up whitewash agency and almost all sex crimes are never reported to local police. Almost all of these thousands of reported sex crimes annually are purposefully kept from criminal investigations and from county elected prosecutors. Governor Cuomo set this agency up to cover-up. Governor Cuomo has taken no significant actions to reduce the rampant sexual assaults and rapes against our most vulnerable, this is the simple fact. Governor Cuomo has ignored the New York Times “Abused & Used” investigative reporting series and the New York Times Editorial Boards call for cameras and proper police involvement.

http://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/interactive/nyregion/abused-and-used-series-page.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/nyregion/new-york-state-draft-report-finds-needless-risk-in-care-for-the-disabled.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/10/opinion/protecting-the-most-vulnerable.html

Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing exactly what the Catholic Church has done, but he is protecting sexual predator and pedophile caregivers, instead of sexual predator priests. The numbers of sexual assaults and rapes of the disabled are astronomical in scope and according to a well recognized study called Prevalence of Violence only 3% of sexual assaults against the developmentally disabled will be reported.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/08/14/pennsylvania-grand-jury-report-on-sex-abuse-in-catholic-church-will-list-hundreds-of-accused-predator-priests/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.bf202f8110ae

http://www.mass.gov/dppc/abuse-recognize/prevalence-of-violence.html

Statistically, in New York State, upwards of one third of the disabled in only one of six of Cuomo’s agencies are sexually assaulted on average once every year. Gov. Cuomo is failing to protect women and girls with disabilities from being sexually assaulted or raped, he is ignoring their equal rights and he is protecting countless sexual predators.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-pay-3m-family-boy-molested-group-home-article-1.2977392

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The incredible life and tragic preventable death of Jonathan Carey, who was disabled, had autism, was non-verbal & only 13 when he was killed by his caregivers


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Mental Health Watchdog Warns Officials on Baker Act Rights Abuses

Florida's Children at Risk

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

CCHR Florida

With reports stating that the number of citizens being Baker Acted is rising, CCHR is cautioning lawmakers to pay heed to the potential for misuse and abuse.

The number of Baker Acts where a person, especially a child, never met the criteria for an involuntary psychiatric examination is disturbingly high and we are demanding that something be done.”

— Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — With reports surfacing that the number of citizens being Baker Acted is on the rise following the school shooting in Parkland, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is cautioning those charged with executing an involuntary psychiatric examination to pay heed to the potential for misuse and abuse. [1]

During fiscal year 2015/2016 there were 194,354 involuntary Baker Act examinations in Florida. This figure is more than double the number of men, women and children who were Baker Acted during fiscal year 2001/2002 and is significantly more than the 21.80 percent change in Florida’s population over the same time period.

This alarming increase prompted CCHR, a mental health watchdog organization that investigates and exposes human rights violations in the mental health industry, to issue a warning to state officials on the abusive use of the Baker Act law as illustrated by hundreds of complaints received by CCHR from Floridians across the state.

“Prior to the tragedy in Parkland the number of Baker Acts was already skyrocketing and based on the complaints we receive on our hotline about 60% of the people being taken into custody and sent for an involuntary psychiatric examination never met the criteria for a Baker Act in the first place,” reported Diane Stein, President of the CCHR Florida chapter.

The Baker Act law lays out three criteria for the involuntary examination of a person and all three criteria must but met, yet CCHR has found that the majority of citizens and even those authorized to initiate a Baker Act don’t know or understand these criteria.

In response, CCHR Florida regularly hosts a seminar on Baker Act Rights delivered by attorney at law Carmen Miller who as a former assistant public defender has personal experience in representing Baker Act clients in civil and criminal hearings. During the seminar, Ms. Miller provides those in attendance with information on the Baker Act and on their rights under this law while answering questions on how a person can protect themselves from the abusive use of the mental health law. [2]

“Over the past few years we have participated in or hosted hundreds of events for the sole purpose of educating people on their rights and exposing abusive psychiatric practices such as the prescribing of dangerous drugs that have known side effects such as suicide, aggression and homicidal ideation,” said Stein. “Thomas Jefferson said that ‘an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people’ and I believe it is CCHR’s duty to help make sure every Floridian understands their rights.” [3]

For more information on the next Baker Act Rights seminar please call 727-442-8820 or visit the center at 109 N. Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, Florida.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit, www.cchrflorida.org

Sources:

[1] Local Officials, Organizations are Seeing an Increase in Baker Act use in SWFL
http://www.helloswfl.com/other_stories/local-officials-organizations-are-seeing-an-increase-in-baker-act-use-in-swfl/
[2] Voices for Humanity: A Stand for Rights in the Sunshine State https://www.scientology.tv/series/voices-for-humanity/diane-stein.html
[3] Psychiatric Drugs: Create Violence and Suicide https://www.cchrint.org/pdfs/violence-report.pdf

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CCHR: What We Believe


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Antidepressant Addiction Called a Huge Uncontrolled Experiment

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

Antidepressants Kill

Antidepressants Kill

Over a million children under the age of six are currently on psychiatric drugs in America

Over a million children under the age of six are currently on psychiatric drugs in America

Hundreds of people reported wishing to stop antidepressants as they had been prescribed as a short-term solution. Long-term addiction was not part of the plan.

People need to know the truth about these dangerous drugs and demand true express and informed consent in which all potential side effects are disclosed and alternative solutions offered.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Over 8,800 people responded to the New York Times in a follow-up to its April 8th article on antidepressant addiction. The article exposed the severe difficulties people have had in coming off anti-depressants, since the widespread introduction of these drugs in America. [1]

The original article, “Most People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit”, pointed out that while these drugs were originally researched and marketed for short-term periodic use, today 15.5 million Americans have been taking them for 5 years or more.

By the mid-1990’s, however, pharmaceutical companies convinced the government of the desirability of open-ended continuation of these drugs. “Marketers and some researchers implied that antidepressants corrected deficits in brain levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter. In truth six decades of research into the chemical imbalance theory of depression and anxiety has not achieved scientific credibility. [2]

A further boost to the proliferation of psychiatric medications, noted in the Times article, was the government’s 1997 decision to allow drug makers to advertise directly to consumers. By promoting a rosy picture of medicated states to the general public on a daily basis, manufacturers were able to greatly expand the market for mind-altering prescription drugs. “Everyone knew someone taking them. Long-term prescription rates surged,” the article, states.

Those wishing to withdraw from such medications usually cite to unwanted side effects as the reason they want to stop, such as sexual dysfunction and weight gain. Kate Slattery of Orlando, Florida wanted to stop Efflexor due to pregnancy. “When I stopped cold turkey, I felt extremely unwell and had to go back on and wean off slowly…prevented the dizziness, headache and fogginess I felt when I originally stopped the medication.”

As a further extension of the problem, in 2000 doctors started prescribing antidepressants to children. Today, recent estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics estimate that 7.5 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 17 are on psychiatric medications. [3]

These developments have prompted new concerns. The Mayo Clinic now publishes a guidebook helping parents “learn why antidepressants have warnings about suicidal thinking in children and teens, what to do before your child starts taking an antidepressant, and the warning signs of a potential problem.” [4]

The Times article also quotes Emma Dreyfus of Boston, saying that being put on Paxil at age 10 for anxiety was the “one mistake her parents had made”. Only at 23 was she able to slowly get off the drug. “I don’t blame them, but I wish we’d all understood the long-term effects.”

Even more disturbing is the report from a study released in 2016. This study reviewed and analyzed 70 antidepressant clinical trials with patient narratives for more than 18,000 participants, concluded that antidepressants doubled the risk of aggression and suicide in children and teens. [5]

“People need to know the truth about these dangerous drugs and demand true express and informed consent in which all potential side effects are disclosed and alternative solutions offered when a psychiatric drug is recommended as treatment for any condition,” said Diane Stein, President of the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).

For more information on antidepressants and other psychotropic medication please call 727-442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org.
About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health.’”

Sources:
[1] New York Times – Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories By BENEDICT CAREY APRIL 17, 2018 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/health/antidepressants-withdrawal-readers.html
[2] Why Depression Isn’t Caused By Low Serotonin
http://kellybroganmd.com/depression-serotonin/
[3] NIH Posts – Post by Former NIMH Director Thomas Insel: Are Children Overmedicated? June 6, 2014 https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/directors/thomas-insel/blog/2014/are-children-overmedicated.shtml
[4] Mayo Clinic Staff, May 27, 2016 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/teen-depression/in-depth/antidepressants/art-20047502
[5] Antidepressants Double the Risk of Aggression and Suicide in Children, Study Confirms https://www.cchrint.org/2016/02/02/antidepressants-double-risk-aggression-suicide/
CCHR Bulletin. https://www.cchrint.org/school-shooters/
CCHR Violence Report. https://www.cchrint.org/pdfs/violence-report.pdf

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Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
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CCHR: Drugging Children—Did You Know?


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