This Reality Adds Credence to Other Realities of Law Abiding Black Families Broken up for Profit, by Black Administrators targeting Black Victims Brings to Mind the Killer/Butcher King Hospital Scandal!
…..All of which took place in the 2nd Los Angeles Supervisorial District under the watch of former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne “Brentwood” Burke, and 2nd District Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas. It is certain that both of these individuals:
- Have received gratuities, financial reward, and/or other benefits to keep this unethical activity going.
- Used his or her influence to enable sleazy individuals to remain in business at the expense of the rights of law abiding victims.
- Shielding his, her, and/or their dysfunctional, sleazy, unethical, criminal and/or treasonous Black middleclass friends from being held accountable for criminal and unethical activity.
- Are a disgraceful to the essence of what it means to be an elected official or public servant.
Selected Excerpt: “County Supervisor Gloria Molina said Teens should finally lose its contract, and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said that if the allegations against Teens prove true, they "would constitute a serious misuse of public funds and represent a grave threat to the health and safety of the foster children."
…and if you notice, the LA Times article does not mention 2nd District Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas or any statement from 2nd District Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, condemning this truly unethical and criminal activity, wrongful or criminal activity that took place under his watch, under his final authority, and the headquarters of Teens operated in his district.
It is certain that the race card players, some Black nationalists, and far too many of the Black middleclass who fit the description will place all blame here on former U.S. Presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party, the Bush Administration, the NRA and Gun Lobbyists, Conservative Americans, etc., etc., over targeting the true perpetrators who are indeed sleazy, greedy, unethical and/or blatantly criminal individuals from within the Black community itself.
The Child Mill: Problems keep proliferating at discredited private foster care agency-A decade after L.A. County auditors delivered a harsh assessment of Teens Happy Homes, probe finds that children were repeatedly harmed in recent years and dubious financial practices grew.- by Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2013
A decade ago, a team of Los Angeles County auditors delivered a damning assessment of Teens Happy Homes, a private foster care agency responsible for hundreds of children.
Agency workers bought beer and cigarettes with public funds intended for mistreated children, auditors found. It billed the state and county more than $100,000 for care it never provided. Employees wrote checks to themselves worth thousands of dollars and kept no receipts.
The auditors' conclusion: The county needed to give Teens closer supervision or cancel its contract.
Not only did the county Board of Supervisors continue the Teens contract but it tripled its value, from $1 million a year to as much as $3.6 million, according to the agency's tax returns. Between 2008 and 2011, 1,154 children lived in its homes.
Interviews and an examination of public records by The Times found that questionable financial practices proliferated in recent years. At the same time, children suffered abuse and neglect repeatedly.
Robert Fellmeth, director of the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, said the long delay in reviewing the agency is indicative of the state and county's inattention to private foster care agencies that were created over 25 years ago.
"There are some clear failures indicating the need for financial auditing and performance oversight," Fellmeth said. "There is a need for systemic reform in this regulatory scheme."
County Supervisor Gloria Molina said Teens should finally lose its contract, and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said that if the allegations against Teens prove true, they "would constitute a serious misuse of public funds and represent a grave threat to the health and safety of the foster children."
Philip Browning, director of the Department of Children and Family Services, said in an interview Thursday that he was startled to learn of the depth of problems at Teens, and that he was enlisting the help of retired homicide detectives to examine allegations of child abuse and financial malfeasance at foster care contractors.
The Teens Happy Homes foster care agency, located on Western Ave.
"My marching orders are to figure out what's going on and fix it," Browning said. "I think we have a long way to go in terms of improving the monitoring of these agencies."
Teens' chief executive, Beautina Robinson, grew up in foster care and knew the life from the inside out. She established the South Los Angeles agency's group home in 1990 and expanded with foster homes throughout Southern California.
As a private group, Teens was only loosely monitored by the state and county, which typically audits the finances at private agencies once a decade.
The routine audit of Teens in 2003 faced problems from the beginning. Shortly before auditors arrived, a sewage backup destroyed many financial records. The remaining documents painted a picture of financial chaos.
There were canceled checks showing the agency repeatedly bought cigarettes and beer with foster care money — in one instance, 30 cases' worth. There was $46,000 in unpaid federal payroll taxes. The agency's bookkeeper wrote $13,000 in checks to herself. "The agency was unable to explain the nature of these expenditures," auditors wrote.
The bookkeeper, fearing criminal prosecution, wrote to county auditors, saying Robinson had ordered two workers to "come up with receipts" to help keep staff "out of jail."
He was not going to get caught up in falsifying any documents.”
— Teens Happy Homes bookkeeper, in a letter.
The plan fell apart when one manager refused. "He was not going to get caught up in falsifying any documents," the bookkeeper wrote in her letter, which was obtained by The Times.
An attorney for Teens declined to comment for this story.
In the end, auditors told county officials they "should consider whether to continue contracting with this agency due to the nature of these financial issues."
But the agency retained its contract, and the auditor-controller never completed another financial audit to see if problems had been fixed.
The problems at Teens Happy Homes weren't just financial.
Over a three-year period, 240 allegations of abuse or neglect were filed on behalf of youths at Teens' homes, a Times analysis of child abuse hotline data found. Teens' rate of nearly two allegations for each home was more than two times the average for the state and two-thirds higher than that of the rest of Los Angeles County.
About half of Teens' 131 facilities had no complaints during the period covered by the data, from October 2008 through September 2011. But four of them had 10 or more complaints, landing them among the top 40 in the county.
Investigators substantiated about 17% of all complaints from the Teens homes, about the same as the state average.
State investigators found one foster parent who had a child stay with a registered sex offender. In another home, they discovered a foster parent shoving a child's face into her brother's potty-training bowl. One foster mother stole the children's allowance and gift cards.
Among the children sent to Teens by the county Department of Children and Family Services was Tajiere Goldsmith, a premature baby just a few days old in June 2008. The baby was 41/2 pounds at birth, with traces of PCP in his veins.
Teryl Veal, above, was a newly recruited foster parent with Teens Happy Homes when baby Tajiere Goldsmith, was placed with her. Days after being sent to Veal's home, Tajiere died. (DMV; Minh T. Nguyen)
The agency was required to check on the child every week, but no one came, said Caroline Geh, his first foster mother. When a social worker finally arrived, Geh said she was asked to sign falsified reports for the missed visits.
After Tajiere spent about a month in Geh's care, a Teens social worker unexpectedly arrived to move him to a new home, Geh said.
The worker refused to let her change his diaper, feed him or fold his clothes, Geh and her family members recalled. Geh said she later told a Teens official, "You treated this baby like he was a piece of luggage."
Geh said she then left foster care for good and still keeps a photograph of Tajiere in her home.
Teens placed Tajiere with a newly recruited foster parent, Teryl Veal.
Veal had twice been banned from foster care for two years: in 1992 after children in her care had untreated serious burns, and in 2000 because she had beaten foster children with hangers, according to state records.
Days after being sent to Veal's home, Tajiere died.
Veal told authorities that Tajiere had been sleeping with her on a bare twin mattress atop cinder blocks on the floor. Despite rules requiring cribs for infants, none was available in the home, according to court records.
The home overflowed with 20 people. It was filthy and crawling with bugs, according to a wrongful-death lawsuit later filed by Tajiere's birth mother.
Sheriff's investigators suspected that Veal rolled over on Tajiere, suffocating him. But such deaths often leave no telltale signs, according to the medical examiner, and the cause of death was never determined.
The California Department of Social Services, which licensed Teens Happy Homes, spent two hours visiting Teens on the day of Tajiere's death before issuing its final report on the matter. It cited Teens for failing to do criminal and child abuse checks on Veal and fined the agency $100.
Teens and Veal, who is now deceased, paid an undisclosed amount to settle the suit filed by Tajiere's birth mother.
At a Teens board meeting in 2010, a management consultant for the agency, Jorge Gutierrez, told the directors that children dying didn't necessarily spell peril for foster care contractors, according to a tape secretly recorded by a former employee, Askari Moyenda, and provided to The Times.
In 2010, consultants and agency officials discussed issues that could come under scrutiny in a county audit.
Impact of a child’s death
“They don't close you down for a death all the time, OK?” said consultant Jorge Gutierrez.
“They're going to prove it,” Gutierrez warned of the county's inquiry into checks allegedly made out to people who did no work for Teens.
“This agency is on the path, and I want to give you guys all the warning right now … of being closed,” Gutierrez said.
Source: Askari Moyenda, a former employee at Teens
"Agencies have deaths happen all the time," Gutierrez said. "They don't close you down for a death all the time, OK?"
Teens officials declined to listen to the tape and verify that it accurately reflected the meeting.
The more pressing problem at the meeting seemed to be the agency's continuing financial troubles.
Robinson, the chief executive, said that Teens was unable to qualify for a credit card. To pay bills, she told the board she put expenses on her personal credit card and then issued reimbursement checks to herself from the agency's account, and receipts were sometimes missing.
She said she had bought a car with agency funds and placed the ownership in her name. The perk was not included in the $112,000 compensation package reported on filings to the county or on tax returns.
Gutierrez suggested that the agency give board members a stipend, but Robinson balked. "I've taken care of the board that needed it personally, myself, and I would prefer the board keep it that way," she said.
The board was concerned about inquiries being made at the time by the county auditor-controller, but Gutierrez said at the meeting that Teens was being alerted when county watchdogs suspected financial wrongdoing. "I have a person in there who is a very, very good friend of mine," he said.
But the audit never materialized.
Auditor-Controller Wendy Watanabe said through a spokeswoman that her office had initiated the audit in August 2010 and was still working on it.
The spokeswoman said the office was unaware of any employee with a personal relationship with Gutierrez, but she added that it was not uncommon for a member of her staff to notify the agency of problems as soon as they arise. "Such a notification in no way alters or diminishes ... the final audit report," she said.
Teens Happy Homes was growing rapidly at the time. In 2010, the county's funding of the agency swelled to $3.6 million.
Like all 50 Los Angeles County foster care contractors, Teens is a tax-exempt charity, but executives at Teens and some other contractors draw significant financial rewards from the agencies, according to Moyenda, a former Teens employee.
Moyenda said that he and his wife, Niki Milani, promised to pay $139,000 in exchange for two top positions at Teens in 2007, hoping it would bring them financial security after years working in mid-level jobs in the industry.
The agency agreed to terminate its top program administrator to make way for Milani, and it established a new quality assurance position for Moyenda.
The couple agreed to make a $70,000 down payment and promised to follow up with $1,500 monthly installments until the $139,000 was paid off, according to a copy of the agreement signed by the couple and the agency's chief executive and board of directors. Teens did not completely report salaries on its tax returns, so it is unknown what compensation Moyenda and Milani drew from their positions.
Moyenda said they wrote a $60,000 check to Teens and a $10,000 check directly to Robinson, the agency's chief executive.
Under the agreement, Moyenda and Milani were called "investors." They were promised the ability to appoint three members of the seven-person board of directors.
In a brief interview, Robinson said she considered the couple's money to be a "donation."
Milani and Moyenda left the agency in 2010 and 2011, respectively, in a dispute over control of the agency, and filed a lawsuit against Teens, Robinson and board members, alleging they had breached their contract. Moyenda represented himself in the case, and it was recently dismissed after a court deadline for a filing was missed.
"These aren't real charities," Moyenda said.
Times staff writer Doug Smith and researcher Maloy Moore contributed to this report.
This is one in a series of occasional articles on children living in California's privatized foster care system.
Illegal aliens and his or her lawyers have a better understanding of how best to hold a public servant accountable to the Constitution, the Oath of Office, and the Rule of Law, than far too many U.S. born descendants of slavery who typically give Carpet-bagging Sleazy Elected Officials a Free Pass to be Re-elected!
Selected excerpt: "The pending criminal case seemed to have little effect on Wright’s election prospects. He won a second term in November, collecting nearly 77% of the vote, against a little-known, poorly financed Republican candidate in the strongly Democratic district."
“State Sen. Roderick Wright to stand trial in July” by Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times, April 23, 2013
60 Minutes, Sunday, March 24, 2013, “Blindsided: The exoneration of Brian Banks”. The woman, Wanetta Gibson, who made the false claim of rape against Brian Banks is black. “As his day in court approached, Brian says that his lawyer feared that he wouldn’t get a fair trial, based on his age, size & race. So she, an African-American herself, convinced Brian to plead no contest to a crime he insisted he didn’t commit.”. -Attorney Elizabeth Harris should be barred from practicing law.
"The problem with MASS-INCARCERATION is not the USA JUST_US system…
The problem is with Black people; as the old saying goes, ignorance of the law is no excuse…
When you nine (9) out of ten (10) Blacks taking plea deals, and pleading guilty because of their ignorance, then there is nothing you can do about that…
You go to any city in America, and Black folks will tell you, you better take that deal, these white folks don’t play here…and this is all too common among Blacks…
1) Never give up your right to “REMAIN SILENT”…
2) Never give up your right to a “SPEEDY TRIAL”…
These are the most common rights we give up as a whole…I have been charged with every crime under the SUN, just for being Black…held in jail with a high bond for months waiting to go to trial…put in cells with thugs, and had to fight daily, because the people think that I will plea guilty to their erroneous charges…
NEVER, to strong for that, my mind is not week…
You have Black court appointed attorneys convincing their clients to plea guilty, instead of the attorney doing their job to investigate a case; I guess it is a lot easier to get $30,000.00 to convince your own race to plea guilty, then to have to work for the money and help convince a jury they are not guilty…
There is nothing your “NOT the Black people’s President” can do for you…it is like education, it must start in the home…but for some reason, families are first one’s to convince you to take the deal" -PB Short. -PB Short There is one positive solution, and that is using the influence necessary to insure that any inept court appointed attorney or otherwise, especially a court appointed Black attorney who has a history of recommending his or her client and/or to any judge of the court that his or her Black and truly innocent client "plead no contest/guilty" be fired on the spot, or barred from ever practicing law again.
CNN I-Report: "Media misinformation brought back Boston racist memories" by omekongo
"Tell it like it is Truth." -jtchicago2
It seems and the reality of it will bear this out, that far too often, as applied the many individuals who fit the description, of U.S. black men and women, will line up around the block and then some, to head fast in the wrong direction....committing criminal acts, playing the race card, being deceitful, lying under oath, being unethical........
....but when it comes time to standing up for our Constitution, being truthful, competent, law abiding, ethical, etc., etc., a listener could hear a voice of silence in the midst of millions, for the few and far between in the Black community who truly stand for what is just, right, lawful, and place value in the essence of what it means to be a U.S. citizen.
CNN I-Report: "Illegal Aliens and his or her Lawyers Have a Better Understanding of How Best to Hold a Public Servant Accountable, Than Many U.S. Born Descendants of Slavery Who Typically Give Carpet- bagging Sleazy Elected Officials a Free Pass to be Re-elected!" by TheTruth53
“This is why it is so important the our elected black leaders, civil lawyers, organizations, etc., etc., are competent, to hold any jurisdiction financially liable through filing civil claims based upon actual facts, Constitutional violations”
"The Constitution was written by SLAVEHOLDERS. Africans weren't on their minds when it was written. All my days on this planet, I have never been referred to as an American. I hear MINORITY (lesser than) all the time, and behind closed doors, I imagine it gets worse than that. When the African goes wrong, it's not the AFRICAN who handles the situation, It's the CAUCASIAN. Had we all been born in Japan or China, would we be calling ourselves African-Japanese or African-Chinese? If we did, how dumb would we be and how dumb would we appear?? Just asking!! by Norland
There are misguided U.S. born descendants of Slavery who believe and even state that U.S. born Black men and women do not have any rights in the U.S., using the Dread Scott decision of 1865, and/or following the lead of dysfunctional university educated individuals who believe the same in the year 2013 to support his or her argument.
Source: “Ex-officers get probation in Houston teen beating” uploaded by EbonyRose
Here again, when U.S. born Blacks place no value in Constitutional protections for U.S. citizens, and when there are no civil lawsuit mega-buck penalties on the back end, to hold public servants or anyone else financially liable for damages in the City (Houston, TX), County, State, or Federal jurisdiction where this beating, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment....a police officer is not the judge, jury, and executioner" of a Black teen took place it will be business as usual.
Furthermore, U.S. born black men, women, and minors must stop committing or being involved in criminal activity.
The Clean Hands Doctrine should send a strong message to anyone who seeks redress for criminal/negligent/unethical wrongdoing of another individual, a government or private business entity. The individual making any claim for redress must first be law abiding before he or she can demand redress from anyone else who violates the law, the Constitution, the property rights of another individual, etc., etc.
Just think how strong this teen's legal claim for damages/redress would be, had he been innocent, not involved in an alleged burglary, etc., etc., leaving the police officers with "no probable cause" or means to explain or to justify the arrest, assault/battery on the teen in the first place.
Chances are slim, that any police officer, probation officer or other public servant with any common sense, would have even considered arresting or violating the Constitutional rights of 15-year-old Chad Holley, had he been law abiding, and if so, this would be a very dysfunctional/rogue/unethical/ignorant police officer or public servant to violate the rights of any suspect without probable cause.
The only enslavement that U.S. born Blacks face today are the obstacles that he or she place on themselves and/or any treasonous misfit from within the Black community itself who contributes to disparaging Constitutional protections.
Clearly, Illegal aliens and his or her lawyers have a better understanding of how best to hold a public servant or anyone else accountable to the Constitution, the "Oath of Office", and/or the "Rule of Law" than far too Many U.S. Born Blacks!
“Women shot during Dorner manhunt to receive $4.2 million from L.A., Los Angeles Times carriers Margie Carranza, 47 and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were hurt when their truck came under fire from LAPD officers in Torrance on Feb. 7.” by Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times, 11:20 PM PDT, April 23, 2013
The mother and daughter newspaper carriers injured when police mistakenly fired on them during the February manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner would receive $4.2 million under a settlement announced by city officials.
The settlement was remarkably speedy compared with other LAPD civil lawsuits, which have taken years to be resolved. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich was blunt Tuesday in saying the city wanted to get the case, which has been a sore spot for the Police Department, behind it as quickly as possible.
"Hopefully this will put an end to the Dorner saga once and for all," Trutanich said. The agreement, he said, was a "no-brainer because the costs were going to skyrocket" if negotiations had dragged on and ended up in court.
"We got out of this thing pretty cheaply, all things considered," he said.
The LAPD has from the beginning described the incident as a tragic mistake by officers. Chief Charlie Beck met with the women a few days after the shooting to personally apologize and launched an investigation into the officers' conduct, which is still ongoing. As of Tuesday, the eight officers involved remain off patrol duties.
Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were hurt when a Toyota truck they were driving on a Torrance street was repeatedly fired upon by Los Angeles Police Department officers in the early morning hours of Feb. 7.
The women, who were delivering the Los Angeles Times in a quiet suburban neighborhood, had unknowingly driven down a street that included the heavily guarded home of an LAPD captain named by Dorner in an online manifesto listing his grievances against law enforcement. Carranza sustained superficial wounds while her mother was struck twice in the back, their lawyers say. Both have recovered.
The $4.2-million payout raised eyebrows, with some legal experts saying it was unusually high for a case involving a police shooting that didn't cause debilitating injuries.
"It is fair, but high," said Los Angeles civil rights attorney Carl Douglas.
David Klinger, a use-of-force expert at the University of Missouri at St. Louis and a former LAPD officer, noted that neither victim faced long-term physical problems as a result of the incident. "A payout of this magnitude typically comes in cases with crippling injuries and deaths," he said.
At a news conference Tuesday near City Hall, lawyers for both sides portrayed the settlement as a reasonable compromise.
"I have a 71-year-old client. You think she wants to wait five to 10 years for a maybe or a could be, or risk the appellate court reversing it for one reason or another due to some instructional error? $4.2 million means a lot more to her today than potentially $7 million 10 years down the road," said Glen Jonas, the women's lawyer.
The settlement must now be approved by the City Council, which typically OKs such payouts. Council approval would end a public dispute between the mother and daughter's lawyers and the city, wrangling highlighted most recently over a disagreement over how best to replace the damaged truck.
Since the women have declined to speak publicly, and police have provided only brief descriptions, details on the shooting remain sketchy. But this much is known: In an Irvine parking lot on Feb. 3, Dorner had allegedly shot to death the daughter of a former LAPD captain listed in the manifesto, as well as her fiance. Days later, as LAPD officers stood watch over the captain's house in Torrance, an alert went out that a truck matching Dorner's was seen in the area. Hours before, Dorner had allegedly shot at four police officers in the Riverside area, killing one.
About 5 a.m. Feb. 7, the mother and daughter's blue Toyota rolled slowly down Redbeam Avenue in Torrance. Carranza was at the wheel, her window rolled down as she tossed newspapers toward homes. Her mother was seated behind her, rolling the papers up. The mayhem began when police stationed on the block somehow mistook the Toyota for a gray Nissan Titan that Dorner was said to be driving.
Jonas has described his clients as receiving "no commands, no instructions and no opportunity for surrender" as they went down the street. He has also said the truck's headlights and hazard lights were on, contrary to early reports. When police opened fire, he said, the truck's cabin became a storm of bullets, shattered glass and plastic.
"Margie is screaming 'we are being shot at, we are being shot at!' " Jonas said. "Then she screamed out, 'I am just the newspaper woman, I am the newspaper woman!' "
When the shooting stopped, the street looked like something out of a war zone. The bullet-riddled truck was stopped in the middle of the street, facing north, having lurched a few doors past the captain's residence. Nearby homes, trees and vehicles were pockmarked by scores of bullet holes.
Nobody living in the neighborhood was injured; most residents were in their beds and asleep when the shooting began.
The women — who live in a cramped South Bay apartment with Carranza's teenage son — avoided being killed, but Hernandez appears especially lucky. A bullet pierced her upper back and exited her chest, barely missing her heart, Jonas said. Another hit her in the lower back but bounced off. Carranza suffered less serious wounds, escaping the mayhem with cuts on both hands.
Not long after the shooting, Beck called it a "tragic misinterpretation" by officers working under "incredible tension." The Police Department pledged to replace the truck, but the offer became bogged down in a public spat when the truck wasn't speedily delivered. When the women were finally offered a replacement truck, it wasn't just a different model, it was a vehicle the women would have to pay taxes on. The battle over the truck ended recently when the city agreed to give the women $40,000 to replace it.
Lawyers involved in the settlement said they were eager to put the shooting, and memories of Christopher Dorner, in the past. Days after the Torrance incident Dorner's charred remains were found in a Big Bear-area cabin after a shootout with police.
City officials continue to grapple over the payout of a $1-million reward offered during the manhunt. Several people have claimed the reward. The LAPD announced that a three-judge panel will determine who gets it.
There's also the matter of the second police shooting — by Torrance officers — that occurred on the morning of Feb. 7. They also mistakenly believed they'd come upon Dorner in a truck. That vehicle's driver, David Perdue, was not seriously hurt. His lawyer, Todd Thibodo, said Tuesday that mediation talks for a payout from Torrance are set to begin in June.
Copyright © 2013, Los Angeles Times
“State Sen. Roderick Wright to stand trial in July” by Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times, April 23, 2013
Nearly three years after he was indicted on voter fraud and perjury charges, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) is scheduled to stand trial starting July 15.
The date was set this week by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy, who also presided over the public corruption trial of former Bell elected officials earlier this year.
Wright, who previously served in the state Assembly and was elected last fall to a second term in the Senate, was indicted by a county grand jury on eight felony counts in September 2010.
Prosecutors allege that Wright lied about his residence when he first ran for the Legislature’s upper house in 2007, when he reported he had moved to an Inglewood apartment complex he owned inside what was then the 25th District. State legislators are required to live in the districts they represent.
Based on evidence found at the Inglewood site and a home outside the district, which prosecutors allege was his real residence, a criminal grand jury handed down the indictment, which also included five counts of fraudulent voting.
Wright and his attorneys have said he is innocent of all the charges and predicted he will be exonerated at trial.
His attorneys appealed the case and initially persuaded Kennedy to drop two of the counts, but those charges later were reinstated by a higher court. Since then, the case has wound through several pretrial conferences as the judge and one of the attorneys worked to resolve scheduling conflicts.
The pending criminal case seemed to have little effect on Wright’s election prospects. He won a second term in November, collecting nearly 77% of the vote, against a little-known, poorly financed Republican candidate in the strongly Democratic district.
It remains unclear whether Wright could continue to hold his seat in the Legislature if he were to be convicted. The county district attorney’s office said he could face up to eight years and four months in state prison.
Copyright © 2013, Los Angeles Times
THE JOB OF A CONGRESSMAN
“There are cases where an individual has been wrongfully treated by his government and about the only way, unless the individual resorts to court, and even in some cases the courts are not able to give proper relief, the only area or avenue open to the individual is through his representative. When you find a bona fide error has been made, I suggest that you make a maximum effort to remedy it. This I feel is a vital and important function of those of us in the House of Representatives”. Authors: Donald G. Tacheron and Morris Udall, from the book entitled, “The Job of the Congressman”, pages 65 and 66. (The above excerpt “The Job of the Congressman” holds true for all elected office officials)
Article VI, USC: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
“……Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and Members of several State legislatures (all elected officials), and all executive and judicial Officers of the United States and of the several states, Shall be bound by oath of affirmation, to support this Constitution.
14th Amendment, USC, Section 1: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
14th Amendment, USC, Section 4: “……But neither the United States public debt of the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave: but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.”
Oath of Office,: "I, (President, Supreme Court Justice, Congressperson, Assemblyman, Mayor, City Councilperson, Judge, ), during such times as I hold the office, I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States (the Constitution of the State of California, Maryland, Illinois, etc., etc.), against all enemies foreign (terrorist enemies of the U.S., illegal immigrants, un-American or un-Constitutional anything and everything, etc.) and domestic (treasonous individuals or organizations, any Police Chief who condones this and the Police Chief's rogue police officers, unethical or criminal elected officials or public servants, illegal aliens or his or her advocates, un-American anything and everything), and that I will bear true faith and allegiance, to the Constitution of the United States , (State Constitution), and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter."
U.S. Senate and Congressional Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."