One of my cellmates used to be a cop in Cambridge, Mass. He and his partner did personal drugs on occasion. When his partner got busted, he agreed to a sting in order to beat the case by snitching out Emilio, my cellmate.
Federal Judge Jack Camp
Long story short: Emilio did not “cooperate.” He went to trial. Nothing pisses off the prosecutors and judges more than someone who won’t at least flip to a plea bargain. Their typical retaliation comes at sentencing.
The jury came back with a compromise verdict finding Emilio guilty of only the conspiracy count (not realizing that that charge is the tail the wags the dog). He was found not guilty of the predicates and objects of the conspiracy, which would normally obviate any conspiracy charge…there being no one with which to conspire.
However, the US Supreme Court has ruled that as a “technicality” in typical conservative double-speak. (Conservatives consider all “rights” as “technical,” except for themselves, of course.) more…
Over the course of 20 years, I’ve had more than my share of infamous cellmates. Small world. Airline and decorated fighter pilots, ship’s captains, bank executives, corporate CEOs, KKK Wizards, sports figures, singers & musicians, art thieves, doctors, lawyers, judges, and politicians.
Edward M. Mezvinsky
The latter category includes the father of Chelsea Clinton’s husband, the former Congressman Edward M. Mezvinsky
(D-IA). Federal prison #55040-066.
Ed and I were cube-mates at Maxwell Air Force Base, FPC Montgomery, Alabama, in 2006. We lived in Mobile-D Unit. more…
In the 20 years I’ve served in the federal prison system in a dozen different institutions, I’ve had many cellmates. A few were predatory and even psychopathic, but the majority were, like myself, “drug war” prisoners with no history or tendency for criminal violence.
Don't I wish...
Hans was a Lufthansa Airline pilot who was convicted of smuggling heroin. Minh was a Vietnamese ship’s captain, stopped on the high seas with a boatload of drugs. Salazar was a Cuban — a former member of the 2506 Brigade that was at the Bay of Pigs invasion in ’61. He was later convicted in a cocaine smuggling operation out of Colombia.
There were a couple of Israelis and Palestinians (ironically, the closest of friends). If I believed them and had to guess, I’d come to the conclusion that drugs are serious business in Israel and the Occupied Territories. In the vacuum of normal commerce, I suppose that’s understandable. more…
As the rest of the nation commemorates Memorial Day, some 300,000 military veterans mark the event thru the impress of razor wire and prison walls.
Chief Peter MacDonald
The American Correctional Association (ACA) and the US Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) indicate that fully 83% of that number are veterans discharged under honorable conditions. The Veterans Administration (VA) reports that 20% reported combat experience, 18% were homeless prior to their arrest, and 70% were arrested for a nonviolent crime.
It is clear that many military veterans start out with non-criminal issues, such as, PTSD/SS, drug and alcohol problems, and homelessness. These situations sooner or later lead to criminalization if not effectively resolved thru mental and social health programs. more…