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The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it will renew a federal grant that supports ...
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez presented awards ...
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Urges Illinois, first state in the nation to ratify the 13th Amendment,“to continue the ...
Chicago, IL - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alerted Illinoisans who own PlayStation devices to monitor ...
(From Citizens for Lisa Madigan) (Reprint from Chicago Tribune, June 21, 2011)   Last month, as the Illinois ...
By Rev. Harold E. Bailey   What more would and should it take for humans to fall ...
(From the Coalition for Justice in Palestine) Local families with roots in West Bank among organizers ...
A former bookkeeper at the American Indian Center on Chicago’s North Side has been indicted ...
Ferguson, MO (BlackNews.com) -- Despite angry protests and national outcry after the police killing ...

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Investment Adviser Arrested For Stealing Millions From Clients

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

NEWARK, N.J. – A former broker and investment adviser was arrested today for allegedly stealing more than $2.1 million from two clients in order to pay for personal expenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Gary Basralian, 70, of Springfield, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with two counts of wire fraud and one count of investment adviser fraud. Basralian was arrested earlier today at his home and is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint:

From 1989 through December 2017, Basralian was registered with an investment adviser and broker dealer referred to in the complaint as “Securities Firm A.”

From August 2007 through November 2017, Basralian, while serving in his capacity as an investment adviser, misappropriated at least $738,000 from a client identified in the complaint as “Victim 1” and at least $1.4 million from a client identified in the complaint as “Victim 2.”

Basralian said he would invest these funds in brokerage accounts at Securities Firm A or in real estate and high-interest loans, and manage them on behalf of the victims. However, Basralian used the victims’ money to fund his own personal expenditures, including BMW payments and tens of thousands of dollars in credit card bills.

Victim 1 routinely provided funds to investment accounts managed by Basralian at Securities Firm A. At Basralian’s direction, Victim 1 eventually began addressing checks to “Masters Financial” based on Basralian‘s representations that the checks would ultimately be deposited into her investment accounts at Securities Firm A. Instead, the funds were deposited into an account controlled by Basralian, which he used for personal expenses.

In 2009, Basralian began wiring funds from Victim 2’s investment account at Securities Firm A into various accounts that he controlled and used the proceeds for his own benefit. When Victim 2 asked why her account at Securities Firm A had diminished in value, Basralian sent her a phony spreadsheet showing that her money was being invested as loans to various companies that would be paid back with interest.

Each of the wire fraud counts carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The investment adviser fraud count carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

On May 22, 2018, the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, within the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General, issued a Summary Revocation Order against Basralian that revoked his agent and investment adviser representative registrations.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Ruth M. Mendonca, and Special Agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, with the investigation leading to today’s charges. He also thanked the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, under the direction of Bureau Chief Christopher Gerold, for its assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Courtney Howard of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Source: FBI

Florida Man Who Assaulted Airline Flight Crew and Passengers Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
Defendant Banned from Flying during Three Year Term of Supervised Release after Prison

A Tampa, Florida, man who assaulted crew and passengers on a Delta Airlines flight bound for China was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to two years in prison for four federal felonies in connection with the July 16, 2017 incident, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  JOSEPH DANIEL HUDEK IV, 24, pleaded guilty in February 2018. HUDEK claimed he suffered a psychotic episode with hallucinations after consuming marijuana edibles.  In imposing the prison sentence U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said he could not ignore the violence to the flight attendants and passengers and the fear HUDEK caused to all of the people on the flight.

“Assaulting flight attendants and passengers, and threatening the safety of everyone on a commercial airliner will not be tolerated,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  “We take very seriously our responsibility to hold accountable those who victimize the flying public and airline employees.  I commend the FBI for their work to ensure the victims in this case were heard and the evidence of this crime was made available for all concerned.”

According to records in the case, HUDEK was seated in first class on the Delta flight. The aircraft had 210 passengers on board and 11 crew members.  The plane had just passed over Vancouver Island and was over the Pacific Ocean when HUDEK came out of the first class bathroom and in an agitated state attempted to raise the lever of the exit door of the aircraft.  Two flight attendants attempted to stop HUDEK, he threw one to the floor and punched the other.  When a passenger attempted to assist the flight attendants, HUDEK hit him over the head with a wine bottle.  Ultimately, multiple passengers were required to restrain HUDEK, and one lowered the exit handle of the door as the aircraft returned to Seattle.

Speaking to the court, passenger Lon Arnold described how he suffered permanent injury to his vision when HUDEK punched him in the eye.  HUDEK also hit Arnold over the head with a wine bottle causing a concussion.  Arnold said “the violence was incredible… I was afraid he was going to kill the flight attendant.”

In addition to the two year prison sentence, Judge Coughenour ordered HUDEK to pay $67,841 in restitution to the victims and imposed three years of supervised release to follow prison.  During supervised release HUDEK is not allowed to fly on a commercial aircraft.HUDEK remains out of custody on bond.  The Bureau of Prisons will determine his prison placement and will order him to report to a federal prison in the next four to six weeks.

The case was investigated by the FBI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Hobbs.

Source: FBI

Ohio Black Man Innocent, Police Cover Up

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Possible police cover up sent an innocent Black man, Kevin Keith, to prison for 24 years – case now in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to reopen the case


Kevin Keith

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — A powerful multi-part limited documentary series, Proving Innocence: Kevin Keith vs. The State of Ohio, examines alarming new evidence in a 24-year-old capital murder case where a possible police cover up framed an innocent black man. (Watch the trailer at www.justiceforkevinkeith.org). The explosive, new docu-series produced by Tent City Productions is currently in production and is gaining support by several black celebrities and political figures around the nation. The story will be covered on the controversial radio show The Breakfast Club with Charlemagne da God on Monday May, 21st, 2018.

Proving Innocence spotlights the 1994 trial and conviction of Kevin Keith, a black man found guilty of murder in Bucyrus, Ohio. The verdict, and death penalty recommendation by the jury, came despite what his defense team claims to be a complete lack of physical evidence and having at least four witnesses who attest to Keith’s whereabouts as being more than 30 minutes away from the crime scene at the time.

Since that day in court, Keith’s brother, Charles, has dedicated his entire life to proving Keith’s innocence. He’s spent years educating himself on the judicial system and uncovering the truths behind what really happened. In 2010, only thirteen days before his impending execution, new evidence found by Charles Keith and Public Defender Rachel Troutman, presented to then-Governor Ted Strickland convinced him to grant clemency, taking Keith off death row and reducing his sentence to life in prison. Since then, Charles has learned that there is even more shocking evidence that he believes will get his brother’s murder conviction overturned.

“The victims are not helped or honored, if the wrong person is punished for the crime,” said Ted Strickland, former Governor of Ohio.

The U.S. Supreme Court Justices are currently reviewing Keith’s initial trial, as well as the new evidence put forth by his defense team. They are expected to make a decision as to whether or not Keith will be granted a re-trial on May 29th, 2018.

Proving Innocence is executive produced by Tent City principal Lori Rothschild Ansaldi. The trailer of the documentary can be viewed at www.justiceforkevinkeith.org


About Tent City Productions
Founded by Emmy award winning Producers, Lori Rothschild Ansaldi and Lisa Bourgoujian, Tent City Productions specializes in unscripted true crime and historical documentaries for all of the major broadcast, cable and digital networks throughout the world. While both have a roster of credits in all fields including lifestyle, reality, competition-elimination, and documentary, their recent breakout hits THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD, MURDER BOOK, DEADLY WIVES, KILLER CONFESSIONS and DIABOLICAL WOMEN have put them at the top of the true crime game. Tent City is owned by FremantleMedia North America, bringing true crime to the media giant’s already massive content portfolio.

Photo Caption: In 1994, Kevin Keith was found guilty of murder in Bucyrus, Ohio, but new evidence points to a police cover up

 

Former CIA Contractor Guilty of Illegally Retaining Classified Materials

Posted by Admin On May - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor pleaded guilty today to unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials, and making material false statements to federal law enforcement officers.

According to court documents, Reynaldo B. Regis, 53, of Fort Washington, Maryland, is a former employee of a government contractor who was assigned to the CIA between August 2006 and November 2016. During his time at the CIA, Regis conducted unauthorized searches in classified databases and copied classified information into personal notebooks, which he removed from his workspace at the CIA and stored in his home without authorization. When initially interviewed by law enforcement, Regis lied about having done so. During a search of his home, FBI agents recovered approximately 60 notebooks containing classified information. The classified information contained in the notebooks included information relating to highly sensitive intelligence reports, disclosure of which could cause serious damage to the national security.

Regis pleaded guilty to unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, and making material false statements. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced on September 21. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Danya E. Atiyeh of the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney Scott A. Claffee of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section are prosecuting the case.

Source: FBI

REPORT: Number of Women in Prison is Nearly 8X Higher Than in 1980

Posted by Admin On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
 
From: Marc Mauer
The Sentencing Project

 

New Report Examines Trends in Female Incarceration

The number of women in prison is nearly eight times higher than in 1980. In addition to the 213,722 women incarcerated in jails and prisons, one million women are under community supervision, according to a data analysis released today by The Sentencing Project.

Incarcerated Women and Girls, 1980-2016 examines trends in female incarceration and finds areas of both concern and hope. While the imprisonment rate for African American women was twice that of white women in 2016, this disparity represents a sharp decline from 2000 when black women were six times as likely to be imprisoned. Since then black women’s imprisonment rate has decreased by 53% while white women’s rate has increased by 44%.

Among youth confined in the juvenile justice system, 15%, or 7,293, are girls. As with boys, the number of incarcerated girls has declined considerably, dropping by half since 2001. Similar to adults, girls of color are much more likely to be incarcerated than white girls. Native girls are more than four times as likely, and African American girls are three-and-a-half times as likely as white girls to be incarcerated.

Though many more men and boys are incarcerated in the United States than women and girls, research on female incarceration is critical to understanding the full consequences of mass incarceration and to unraveling the policies and practices that lead to their criminalization.

As we approach Mother’s Day, The Sentencing Project is proud to celebrate the contributions of five leading advocates who are prioritizing the issues confronting women and girls in the criminal justice system. You can help share their success stories by following @SentencingProj on Twitter and retweeting their images and words.

 

Federal Indictments Unsealed; 14 Former South Carolina Department of Corrections Employees and Correction Officers Arrested by the FBI

Posted by Admin On May - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Columbia, South Carolina——-United States Attorney Beth Drake announced the indictment and arrest of fourteen former employees of the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) on federal charges related to accepting bribes and bringing contraband into South Carolina prisons.

The federal violations include: Use of Interstate Facilities to Facilitate Bribery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1952; Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud Depriving South Carolina of the Right to Honest Services, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349; and Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics, in violation 21 U.S.C. § 841.

The individuals charged include: Rachel Burgess (age 39); Joshua Cave (age 29); Jamal Early (age 23), James Harvey (age 54), Douglas Hawkins (age 29), Robert Hill (age 53), Sharon Johnson-Breeland (age 29), Darnell Kleckley (age 33), Holly Mitchem (age 37), Frank Pridgeon (age 64), Catherine Prosser (age 60), Camille Williams (age 65), Miguel Williams (age 41), and Shatara Wilson (age 29).  All defendants were arraigned on their respective indictments today.

Since 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has partnered with state law enforcement to investigate the smuggling of contraband into prisons by staff at SCDC. The investigation uncovered a number of SCDC employees who accepted bribes to smuggle into prison various contraband, such as cell phones, narcotics, or tobacco.  Additionally, joint investigations over the last year, targeting the use of contraband cell phones in our state prisons, have led to the federal convictions of multiple defendants in two other prosecutions in the upstate and most recently, just last week, in Columbia. See links below.

Inmate and Conspirator Convicted of Using Contraband Cellphone to Deal Drugs and Obtain a Mail Bomb from the Dark Web

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sc/pr/inmate-and-conspirator-convicted-using-contraband-cellphone-deal-drugs-and-obtain-mail-0

Twitter: https://twitter.com/USAO_SC/status/989170992755986432 (link is external)

Jury Convicts Spartanburg Brothers in Federal Court of Drug and Money Laundering Charges (sentencing hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 27th, 2018, at 9:30 am at the G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Federal Building United States Courthouse, 315 South McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29624)

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sc/pr/jury-convicts-spartanburg-brothers-federal-court-drug-and-money-laundering-charges

Twitter: https://twitter.com/USAO_SC/status/953365064345702400 (link is external)

Fifteen Charged in Drug Trafficking Ring that Operated from Inside South Carolina Prisons

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sc/pr/fifteen-charged-drug-trafficking-ring-operated-inside-south-carolina-prisons

This operation was a combined law enforcement effort by the FBI, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), SCDC, and U.S. Attorney’s Office.  U.S. Attorney Beth Drake commended the partnership:  “This operation signals our joint commitment to prosecute those who abuse their position for personal gain at the cost of the safety of our communities and prisons. If you have information about public employees and officials abusing their position, please contact the Columbia (South Carolina) FBI office at (803) 551-4200 or www.fbi.gov/tips.”

This case is assigned for prosecution to Assistant United States Attorney Jay Richardson and Assistant United States Attorney Will Lewis.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in these indictments are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Source: FBI

 

Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Officer Chargedwith Civil Rights Offenses for Role in Inmate’s Beating and Death

Posted by Admin On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg for the Southern District of Florida, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore, and Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, today announced federal charges against juvenile detention officer Antwan Lenard Johnson arising from his role in the August 2015 beating and death of a 17-year-old juvenile inmate (E.R.) at the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in Miami, Florida.

“The United States Constitution protects every person in this country, including those who are detained in juvenile detention facilities,” said U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg.  “It is an honor and privilege to work with the many outstanding agents and officers who are part of our law enforcement community. These brave individuals put their lives on the line every day to protect us all and make our communities safer. But we are committed to bringing to justice the small minority of law enforcement officials when they abuse their authority and violate the civil rights of another.”

“The Justice Department will continue to aggressively prosecute corrections officers who exploit their position of power and violate the civil rights of individuals in their custody,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division.

“Violations of civil rights by government officials cannot be tolerated as it undermines the public’s trust,” said Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami.  “The FBI is committed to working with our partners to safeguard the civil rights of all.”

Johnson, 35, of Miami-Dade County, was charged with conspiracy to violate E.R.’s civil rights under color of law, which resulted in E.R.’s death, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 241; and deprivation of E.R.’s civil rights, under color of law, which resulted in bodily injury and E.R.’s death, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 242. If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison for each charge.

E.R. was a 17-year-old juvenile who had been arrested and was subsequently taken to the JDC on Aug. 28, 2015.  He was being detained pending further order of the State Court and had not been convicted of the crime for which he had been arrested.

The indictment alleges that Johnson operated a commonly utilized bounty system in order to help ensure obedience and officer respect at the JDC.  Johnson encouraged and induced juvenile detainees, in exchange for rewards and privileges, to forcibly assault E.R.  In exchange for attacking E.R., Johnson rewarded the juveniles with extra recreational time and snacks. As a result of being held at the JDC, witnessing events at the facility, and in some cases being actual victims of the bounties, the juveniles were aware of the bounty culture.  They knew that they would not be punished or disciplined by Johnson, but in fact rewarded, if they followed his directives.

The indictment alleges that, on Aug. 30, 2015, Johnson worked in Module 9 at the JDC, during the 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. shift.  Based on E.R.’s statements and behavior during dinner at the JDC cafeteria, Johnson communicated to juveniles that he wanted them to forcibly assault E.R.  Various juveniles agreed, which caused E.R. to fear for his immediate safety and stand away from the other juveniles prior to, and while returning, from the JDC cafeteria to Module 9.

According to the indictment, Johnson directed juveniles to delay the attack on E.R. until they all returned to Module 9.  Upon returning to Module 9 with the juveniles, Johnson promptly walked out of view of E.R. and the other juveniles.  At the same time, a juvenile punched E.R. in the face as he attempted to sit down in a chair. Numerous other juveniles immediately joined the attack and punched and kicked E.R., continuing their assault, even when E.R. fell to the ground.

The indictment further alleges that after E.R. was escorted out of Module 9 to the JDC medical department, Johnson promptly released the juveniles in Module 9 from their cells and allowed them to watch television as a reward and privilege.  Johnson also bumped fists with the juvenile who initiated the attack on E.R.  Johnson later caused certain Module 9 juveniles to receive snacks as a reward and privilege for participating in the attack on E.R.

According to the indictment, E.R. was later transported from the JDC to Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida.  On Aug. 31, 2015, E.R. was pronounced dead due to bodily injuries suffered during the attack.

An indictment merely contains allegations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the FBI Miami Area Corruption Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean T. McLaughlin and Trial Attorney Samantha Trepel of the Civil Rights Division.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Source: FBI

Federal Law Enforcement Agent Convicted of Criminal Charges Related to Helping Mexican National Enter the United States

Posted by Admin On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 LOS ANGELES – A special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has been found guilty of four federal offenses related to assistance he provided to a Mexican national with a criminal record to re-enter the United States.

Felix Cisneros Jr., 44, of Murrieta, an 11-year veteran of ICE who is now on indefinite suspension from the agency, was found guilty late Monday afternoon following a four-day trial in United States District Court.

The jury found Cisneros guilty of four felony counts: conspiracy to aid and assist the entry of an alien convicted of an aggravated felony into the United States, acting as agent of another person in a matter affecting the government, falsification of records in a federal investigation, and making false statements.

According to court documents and the evidence presented to the jury, Cisneros agreed to help a friend’s business associate re-enter the United States after traveling to Mexico City in September 2013. The business associate, Santiago Garcia-Gutierrez, was a lawful permanent resident of the United States, but because of prior criminal convictions and an outstanding warrant for his arrest, he was barred from being legally admitted into the United States upon his return. United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had seized Garcia’s Mexican passport and his “Green Card” when he attempted to enter the United States two months earlier, but he was paroled in –meaning he was temporarily allowed into the United States – pending the resolution of his criminal case.

As part of the conspiracy, Cisneros persuaded CBP officers to return Garcia’s passport, ensured that Garcia would be allowed to re-enter the United States after the September 2013 trip, and urged CBP to extend Garcia’s parole that allowed him to remain in the United States pending resolution of his immigration status. Cisneros provided assistance to Garcia knowing about his prior convictions.

As part of the conspiracy, Cisneros had queried a law enforcement database, which provided him information about Garcia’s prior convictions, as well as information that Garcia was suspected of participating in criminal activities.

The falsification of records and the false statements charges relate to Cisneros failing to disclose that he had a longstanding relationship with Garcia during a regular background investigation being conducted as part of his employment as an ICE agent.

Cisneros is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Christina A. Snyder on July 30, at which time he will face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

The jury that convicted Cisneros also acquitted him of two counts of obstruction of justice.

The case against Cisneros is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General; and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Patricia A. Donahue and Sheila Nagaraj of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section.

Source: FBI

Michigan Man Sentenced to 45 Years in Federal Prison for Violently Forcing Children to Engage in Prostitution

Posted by Admin On May - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL — A Michigan man has been sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for violently forcing two children and a young woman to engage in prostitution.

FABRIEAL DELANEY, 32, brought some of his victims to the Chicago area from Michigan to perform sex acts for money.  He used violence, verbal abuse and drug addiction to maintain control over his victims, all of whom were 16 years old or younger when he befriended them and began grooming them for prostitution.

U.S. District Judge Manish S. Shah on Wednesday imposed the 45-year sentence in federal court in Chicago.  Delaney, of Battle Creek, Mich., and formerly of Palatine, Ill., was previously convicted by a jury on eight sex trafficking counts.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Substantial assistance was provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, the FBI field divisions in Detroit and Kalamazoo, Mich., the Kalamazoo, Mich., Police Department, the Battle Creek, Mich., Police Department, and the Stop-It Program of the Salvation Army Family and Community Services.

“The defendant preyed upon young and vulnerable girls for his own profit,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Rajnath Laud argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum.  “Defendant’s crime is incredibly serious, and warrants a sentence of several decades in prison.”

Evidence at trial revealed that Delaney took photographs of the girls and posted them in online advertisements offering commercial sex.  He rented hotel rooms that were used for encounters with individuals who responded to the advertisements.  Delaney at first took half of the money earned by his victims, but eventually he took all of it.

In July 2011, Delaney transported two minor females and a young woman from Michigan to a hotel in Tinley Park, Ill., to engage in prostitution at what Delaney believed was a bachelor party.  Delaney expected the victims to engage in sexual activity with up to 12 men for $150 to $300 per customer.  Unbeknownst to Delaney, the purported bachelor party was a ruse set up by federal law enforcement that had been investigating his sex trafficking crimes.  Delaney was arrested and has remained in custody ever since.

Some of Delaney’s victims testified at trial about their ordeals.  The adult victim testified that Delaney threatened her by holding a hot iron next to her face.

2 Different Cases, 2 Different Bad Cops, 2 Exonerations: Wrongful Conviction to be Overturned

Posted by Admin On April - 30 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

On Monday, two judges in two separate cases, involving two different cases of notorious Chicago police misconduct, are set to declare two men innocent who between them spent 45 years wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they didn’t do.

 

Between them, the two cases highlight the continuing systemic problem of Chicago police misconduct, which has led it to being dubbed “the false confession capital.”

* Press Conference Immediately After Court *

Monday, April 30, 2018 at approximately 10:45 am

Outside of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse
2650 S. California Ave, Chicago

 

Anthony Jakes was 15-years-old when Chicago Detectives Kill and Kenneth Boudreau, proteges of Jon Burge, beat a false confession out of him. Robert Bouto was 17-years-old when Chicago Detective Reynaldo Guevara framed him for murder.

Immediately after both cases are heard Monday morning, both men and their attorneys at The Exoneration Project will hold a press conference just outside of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2650 S. California Avenue. Details on both men’s cases and Monday morning’s brief court hearings are below

Case #1: People v. Bouto

Courtroom 706, 10 am

Robert Bouto’s conviction for a 1993 shooting death near Roosevelt High School will be vacated Monday morning after the Cook County State’s Attorney announces she will not oppose Bouto’s request for a new trial.

Bouto, 42, spent 23 years in prison before he was paroled in 2016. Bouto, 17-years-old when he was falsely arrested, was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment. Bouto’s exoneration represents the 18th* case that has unraveled because of false evidence presented by Det. Reynaldo Guevara.

Det. Guevara, who has been accused of misconduct in almost 100 other cases, refused to testify as to whether he framed Bouto for murder, and asserted his Fifth Amendment right to silence on grounds that a truthful answer would subject him to criminal liability. Two witnesses have come forward to explain that their identifications of Bouto were tainted by Det. Guevara, and Bouto’s alibi witnesses have maintained for over 20 years that they knew an innocent man was wrongfully convicted because they were with him at the time of the crime.

“They didn’t care about who was guilty or who was innocent. Guevara knew I didn’t do it, but he wanted to close a case. I’ve been telling the same story for twenty years to anyone who will listen.” said Bouto.

This is the sixth Exoneration Project client to have his Guevara-related conviction overturned in two years. The Exoneration Project has five additional pending cases of wrongful conviction connected to Guevara, and numerous other investigations are still under way.

* Other Detective Reynaldo Guevara-related exonerations:

1. Roberto Almodovar;

2. Xavier Arcos (conviction reversed on appeal)

3. Robert Bouto (conviction vacated, pending retrial);

4. Santos Flores (conviction reversed on appeal, then took a plea in exchange for release);

5. Ariel Gomez;

6. Henry Johnson (conviction reversed on appeal, then took a plea in exchange for release);

7. Juan Johnson;

8. Jose Maysonet;

9. Jose Montanez;

10. William Negron;

11. Jorge Pacheco (conviction vacated at sentencing);

12. Arturo Reyes;

13. Jacques Rivera;

14. Angel Rodriguez (conviction reversed on appeal);

15. Ricardo Rodriguez;

16. Armando Serrano;

17. Thomas Sierra; and,

18. Gabriel Solache.

Case #2: People v. Jakes

Courtroom 301, 10:30 am

Anthony Jakes, 41, was 15-years-old when he was beat by Chicago Detective Michael Kill and coerced by Detective Kenneth Boudreau, police trained by Jon Burge, into signing a false confession. During the course of a sixteen-hour interrogation without a parent or youth officer present, Jakes was slapped, punched, kicked, and threatened that he would be thrown out of a window, and his family harmed.

Jakes immediately stated that his confession was the product of abuse, and at his bond hearing, injuries to Jakes’ back, stomach, knee, elbows and ribs were photographed. Jakes gave a demonstrably false confession stating that he saw the victim laying in the street while looking out the window of his house. The investigating detectives did not know that this was impossible – Jakes lived in the carriage house behind another building, and could not see the street from his house.

After an evidentiary hearing that has spanned two years, Special Prosecutor Robert Milan will dismiss all charges against Anthony Jakes for a 1991 murder in a Back of the Yards’ sandwich shop. After serving 22 years of a 45-year sentence, Jakes was paroled from prison in 2013.

“It’s been more than 20 years since Chicago was finally forced to fire its notorious Police Commander Jon Burge, and yet his legacy of destroying lives and families continues on,” said Attorney Russell Ainsworth of the Exoneration Project. “This is Burge 2.0. Boudreau and others picked up where Burge left off by abusing young men of color into giving false confessions. Because the City knew about the gross misconduct but refused to stop it, the Detectives believed they could violate people’s rights with impunity, and thus the City is complicit in each of these wrongful convictions.”

Mr. Jakes is the 15th** person to have his conviction overturned in cases where Boudreau played a critical role in obtaining the evidence used to gain the wrongful conviction. It is the sixth Boudreau-related conviction overturned by the Exoneration Project.

** Other Boudreau-related exonerations:

1. Harold Hill;

2. Dan Young;

3. Tyrone Hood

4. Wayne Washington;

5. Michael Saunders;

6. Harold Richardson;

7. Vincent Thames;

8. Terrill Swift;

9. Nevest Coleman;

10. Darryl Fulton;

11. Charles Johnson;

12. Lashawn Ezell;
13. Larod Styles; and,

14. Troshawn McCoy.

* Over a dozen additional men were acquitted at trial despite confessing to murder in cases handled by Boudreau, including Mr. Jakes’s co-defendant, Arnold Day.

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