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Articles by Jo Ellen Nott

DOJ: Unlawful Snitching Program Run by the Orange County, California, DA’s Office and Sheriff’s Department Compromised Unknown Number of Convictions

by Jo Ellen Nott

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a bombshell report on October 13, 2022, revealing that the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department “systematically violated criminal defendants’ Sixth Amendment right to counsel and Fourteenth Amendment right to due process of law” ...

Kansas Cop Allowed to Keep His License After Being Fired for Hog Tying and Tasing an Autistic Foster Child

by Jo Ellen Nott

On February 23, 2022, Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Honas “used excessive force multiple times” on a 12-year-old autistic boy who was running away from foster care.  The Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (“KCPOST”) officially reprimanded Honas on August 22, 2022, but did ...

Equitable Criminal Sentencing Technology Makes History in Alachua County, Florida

by Jo Ellen Nott

On September 27, 2022, Alachua County in north central Florida made history by funding equitable sentencing software for Florida’s Eighth Judicial Circuit.  This makes the Eighth the first Florida judicial circuit to take an historic step forward to improve its case management system and plea-bargaining ...

No Qualified Immunity for Colorado Cop Who Killed a Puppy in Empty Parking Lot

by Jo Ellen Nott

On September 21, 2022, United States District Judge Raymond P. Moore denied qualified immunity to defendant Matthew Grashorn, a Loveland, Colorado, policer officer who shot a family pet seconds after being called to an empty parking lot to investigate an allegation of dumpster tampering.   

Police ...

Colorado Female Suspect Hit by Freight Train While Sitting in Cop Car

by Jo Ellen Nott

On September 16, 2022, 22-year-old Yareni Rios Gonzalez of Greeley, Colorado, was struck by a train in Platteville while sitting detained in the back seat of a patrol car that inexplicably had been left on the railroad tracks of a train crossing.  Rios Gonzalez had been ...

Federal Judge Rules Arizona Law Making It Illegal to Film Cops Within 8 Feet Is Unnecessary

by Jo Ellen Nott

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge John J. Tuci issued a temporary injunction to halt recently passed HB 2319 writing “the Court fails to see how the presence of a person recording a video near an officer interferes with the officer’s activities.”

In his ruling, Tuci ...

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva Continues to Threaten and Intimidate Critics Who Question How He Handles His Gang-Infested Sheriff’s Department

by Jo Ellen Nott

Current Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villanueva has done nothing to clean up rampant gang activity within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (“LASD”) since being elected to the post in 

2018. Despite his campaign promises to purge the LASD of gangs, not only has Villanueva protected the ...

A Drunk Off-Duty Long Island Cop Seriously Injured a Two-Year-Old. It Took Newsday Reporting to Expose his Department’s Latest Cover-Up

by Jo Ellen Nott

The cover-up of a drunk off-duty Suffolk County PD officer rear-ending a dad and his two small sons is the latest in a series of six case histories that Newsday has brought to the public eye since December 2021. The evening newspaper is uncovering how Long ...

Framed by Dirty Chicago Detective Reynaldo Guevara, Marilyn Mulero Is Exonerated After 28 Years in Prison

by Jo Ellen Nott

On August 9, 2022, a Cook County judge in Chicago, Illinois granted motions filed by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to dismiss all charges against Marilyn Mulero, wrongly convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for the murder of two Latin King gang members.  Ms. Mulero’s exoneration ...

Georgia Deputy Police Chief Attending Lie Detector Workshop in Orlando Scammed Out of $200 by Prostitute Then Arrested for Soliciting an Undercover Cop During Sting

by Jo Ellen Nott

The Polk County’s Sheriff Office in Central Florida arrested a Georgia deputy police chief on September 1, 2022, during a prostitution sting focusing on human trafficking in the area. Jason DiPrima, 49, of the Cartersville Police Department, was attending a polygraph training workshop in Orlando at ...

 

 

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