The rantings of a Public Defender constantly fighting against society's pervasive Police Industrial Complex. Enjoy the unique perspective of one whose life's work is to fight the system through the system.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

It's About Time - A Fair Legal Talk Show Host

Finally, an antidote to the facists out there like Nancy Grace. You should check out Jami Floyd and her show "Best Defense" on Court TV. She's apparently an ex-Public Defender from the Bay Area (although that appears to be a very small sliver of her bio - she still has it in her bones), but not afraid to say that someone's guilty. She's empathetic to the defense, what they have to go through in presenting their case and fighting the obstacles that get in the way of an effective defense, and she's entertaining.

Check out her webpage on Court TV's website, and check out her show sometime on Court TV. It's apparenlty on different times in different places (and I'm always at work then regardless), but she even has a segment on the show called "The Exonerated," about people who have been convicted, sentenced, served a large amount of time, and later exonerated. Nancy Grace would probably call that section "The Released Murderers," or "The Technicalities" (innocence being a mere technicality to her). Definitely worth a look for those looking for both sides of the story to be told.

Disclaimer - She linked to me while ago, I figured it was only fair to check her out and see what she's about, and talk about her if she and her show were worthy - they certainly are.


Anonymous Gideon said...

Yeah, I stumbled across her blog a few months ago and was expecting the same Court TV nonsense.

I like the segment she does called "The Last Word".

7/25/2007 3:33 AM

Anonymous cs-legal said...

Include Wendy Murphy on ur most awful list as well. She is
just atrocious...incredibly unreasonable and biased.

7/25/2007 11:23 AM

Blogger PD Dude said...

I rarely watch TV, and certainly not most of those talking heads like on CNN/FOX and the like. I only watched her because it came to my attention when they linked to me. Then I saw her, and she really is good. She explains the law well, and very fairly.

She's a good host, I wish more were like her. I'm sure that the list would be too long to name if I went through all the people who butcher it when trying to describe what's going on - either through ignorance or malice.

7/25/2007 2:54 PM

Blogger lmwkwhome said...

Thanks for the "heads up." I'll check out the show.

Prosecutors who abuse their power are a disgrace and a danger to the American criminal justice system, and it happens much more often than it should.

Most prosecutors are responsible and follow the law. But too many do not, and the wrongful conviction of innocent defendants, sometimes by prosecutors who bend the law (often by hiding evidence)to gain those convictions, is a plague on the American criminal justice system.

There is significant documentation of such improper convictions, in a series by Maurice Possley in the Chicago Tribune, in a study by Columbia Law School, in the book "In Spite of Innocence," and in the marvelous work of Barry Scheck and his colleagues in the Innocence Project.

Too many prosecutors abuse their power, and they almost always get away with it. They almost always fiercely resist any objective review of their performance. And, even if a conviction is overturned and the judge specifically says there was “prosecutorial abuse,” they are rarely censured and never punished (Prosecutor Nifong being the huge and encouraging exception).

My fury over this issue led to my second novel, “A Good Conviction,” which tells the story of a young man wrongfully convicted in a high profile Central Park murder, brought about by a prosecutor who knew the defendant was actually innocent and hid the exculpatory evidence that would have led to a not guilty verdict.

Several prosecutors and criminal appeals attorneys helped me with the legal aspects of a Brady appeal in New York State, and all of them agreed that what I portrayed in my story was both realistic and all too possible.

Steve Cohen, the former federal prosecutor who was so instrumental in the infamous Palladium case (he’s now Chief of Staff to Attorney General Cuomo), read my book and told me at dinner that it was the most powerful case against bad prosecutors that he had ever read, more compelling even than John Grisham's "The Innocent Man."

Dan Slepian, network producer of many crime and legal news shows, says … “Having spent countless hours working with detectives, courts, attorneys, and wrongly convicted inmates I was most impressed with how well researched and accurate your narrative was. You really nailed it. In addition, it was a great read.”

Judge (ret.) Leslie Crocker Snyder, former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, first sex crimes prosecutor in the U.S., says … “A Good Conviction is a well written, well paced, and fascinating tale of prosecutorial abuse in the Manhattan DA's office. Makes one wonder how many other times something like this has occurred and just how high the abuse is actually sanctioned.”

Michael Radelet, one of the authors of In Spite of Innocence, a study of over 400 cases of persons wrongly convicted of crimes carrying the death penalty says … “A Good Conviction is an unusually gripping story of an erroneous conviction and the passionate fight to correct that injustice. Weinstein's account of what a bad prosecutor does to Joshua Blake provides a frightening and realistic parallel to many of the true life cases we documented in our study.”

You can find "A Good Conviction" at ...


7/26/2007 2:10 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Short version of the link.

7/29/2007 1:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, your getting anonymously famous PD dude! you got people on tv talking about you now. I'm going to watch all the guests on her show now, to see if I can pick you out if you are ever on. If you start ranting against Nancy, it will probably be a giveaway.

8/03/2007 5:38 PM

Anonymous Making The Walls Transparetn said...


Trial: April 21, 2008
Dallas, Texas
Criminal District Court No. 05

Making The Walls Transparent website:

State of Texas v. Lakeith Amir-Sharif

F0525061, F0559639, MA0521971,MA0425257

To find many of the answers as to why there was a Fake Drug Scandal in Dallas, and why 15 recently exonerated citizens were railroaded to prison, and why 400 plus others imprisoned citizens from Dallas County alone are claiming they were wrongful convicted and that DNA testing will prove their innocence, you need to look no further than the case of Lakeith Amir-Sharif and the many things MTWT, Justice Watch, Prison Legal News (PLN) and others have pointed out to the world via MTWT's website and other sources. Today, the wrongfully accused is Sharif, but tomorrow it could be you, or someone you know or care about.

For all those interested, a Public Records Request will verify everything that MTWT is saying regarding the case of Lakeith Amir-Sharif:

1. Thus far the prosecution of Lakeith Amir-Sharif has costed taxpayers over two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00). Why? This is not a murder case.

2.The allaged victim/witness, Cathy Jonette Hawkins is a vindictive, and heartbrokken ex-girlfriend who has committed perjury in her three criminal complaint affidavits, filed Nov. 23, 2004; Feb. 10, 2005 and Sept. 01, 2005. This same individual has given contradictory and inconsistent testimony about the alleged crimes. The DA's office has ignored all of this, why?

3.Police officers from the Farmers Branch Police Department committed perjury in their affidavits presented to the magistrate judge to obtain an arrest warrant for the alleged Stalking charge. in those affidavits the officers falsely claimed on numerous occassions that they had responded to calls to Ms. Hawkins place of employment and home regarding criminal acts perpetuated by Sharif.

There is "NO" police report on file that shows the Farmers Branch Police responded to Ms. Hawkins home, and only two reports can be found that they responded to her job. Only one of the dates given in their affidavits match the numerous dates given to they alleged when seeking the arrest warrant.

4. The Stalking charge is "statutorily invalid" and was known to be so by the Bill Hill administration when it was presented to the Grand Jury. The Texas Penal Code at sec. 42.07 requires two (2) reported incidents of stalking, yet there is "NO" two police report of stalking on file with either the Dallas or farmers Branch Police Departments. Why, was this charge ever processed and why are tax dollars still being used to prosecute this case?

5. For 16 1/2 months while Sharif sat in the Dallas County Jail, he was court-appointed two different attorneys and neither of these attorneys filed any motions on Sharif's behalf. These court-appointed attorneys also "NEVER":

a. Conducted any investigations, to prepare a defense.

b. Requested any subpoenas to obtain security footage available that could of proven that Sharif was not anywhere in the area at the time alleged in the Stalking complaint.

c. Requested any subpoenas to obtain telephone records, pawn store receipts, and other financial statements of the victim and Sharif, which would of discredited Ms. Hawkins claims that she had broken off her relationship and she was not intimately involved with Sharif after mid 2004 and all of 2005. Why hasn't the DA's office verified this?

5. Ms. Hawkins wrote a letter stating Sharif is "innocent". Why, has the judges, the DA's and even Sharif's court-appointed attorneys suppressed this evidence? Why hasn't a handwriting expert been sought if the letters authenticity is in question? Why hasn't Ms. hawkins herself been questioned about this letter if truth and justice is what these proceeding are actually about?

6. Sharif has been denied his Constitutional right to a speedy trial on a 2004 misdemeanor charge involving Ms. Hawkins. Why despite numerous request from Sharif has the judges and his court-appointed attorneys refused to grant him his day in court on this charge? He has more than enough time served, so why is the DA's office wasting tax dollars by prosecuting it?
7. Sharif was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon(to wit: a car) causing serious bodily injury. First, the alleged vicitm Ms. Hawkins suffered "NO" injuries, repeat "NO" injuries.
Next, Ms. Hawkins ran into Sharif with her car knocking him onto her hood and causing Sharif to have to be hospitalized. Why wasn't Ms. hawkins charged by the DA's office for this crime. After Ms.Hawkins assaulted Sharif, she alleges that Sharif hit her cars rear end when she abruptly slammed on brakes to avoid striking the exit gate at their apartment complex. Why is Sharif charged with a criminal offense?

There are many more red flags and unethical behind-the-scene activitives inn the case of Sharif. If we continue to deprive citizens of their legal and Constutioanl rights then we will be no better then the Nazi's. each of you receiving his email have a stake in the quality of our justice system and the perception that the nation and world has of the State of Texas.

3/10/2008 4:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Kountry Klub Keystone Kops of the racist community, Farmers Branch TX are close to gestapo. Loyal to their well-entrenched "good ole boy" system, they are at the beacon-call of several powerful "pillars" of the countryclub who are amalgamationsof Tony Soprano, John Gotti and Jack Ruby all blended...."take on deer hunts to exotic ranches, take em to titty bars for urban exotic whitetail hunts, treat em to gifts of guns gold clubs, paid-for rounds of drinks", these cops are just plain meanies and they have direct ties to convicted felons who are flagrant criminals but they are criminals with clout,,,lotsa money. Once on the FBPD poop list, these so-called suspects have been denied the right to volunteer and provide exculpatory information thus steering cases into a grandjury mode without prima facie facts which would have summarily prevented false charges from being filed. A crooked pseudobrotherhood of shame. Remember, Farmers Branch current Chief said he will be dead before FBPD will ever "allows a chink to become a cop here"....(this was said whle a Vietnamese candidate was being interviewed!) and this is the same community that has voted to harrass and evict Hispanics. Blacks are as rare as hens teeth. A book and a movie are both in the works on this little cess pool of a Dallas hate-suburb. THe author needs to survive his current plight to be free to write the facts. DO YOURSLEF A FAVOR, AND TAKE ANY DETOUR YOU CAN TO AVOID ENTERING FARMERS BRANCH TX.

3/04/2009 10:57 AM

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