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Friday, December 2, 2011

More on Corrupt Political Pressures Polluting Our Federal System of Justice

A USA TODAY investigation: Misconduct at the Justice Department
USA TODAY by Brad Heath and Kevin McCoy  -  September 23, 2011
Businessman Nino Lyons spent three years in jail after a prosecutor hid evidence.... his case was thrown out because of prosecutorial misconduct.

"The scary part is it probably does happen every day, and nobody ever figures it out"
Robert Berry, Nino Lyons' attorney
"Prosecutors are "the A+ students. They're not used to losing."
Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School professor

ORLANDO, FL — The jurors who helped put Nino Lyons in jail for three years had every reason to think that he was a drug trafficker, and, until July, no reason to doubt that justice had been done.
For more than a week in 2001, the jurors listened to one witness after another, almost all of them prison inmates, describe how Lyons had sold them packages of cocaine. One said that Lyons, who ran clothing shops and nightclubs around Orlando, even tried to hire him to kill two drug suppliers.  But the federal prosecutors handling the case did not let the jury hear all the facts. Instead, the prosecutors covered up evidence that could have discredited many of Lyons' accusers. They never revealed that a convict who claimed to have purchased hundreds of pounds of cocaine from Lyons struggled even to identify his photograph. And they hid the fact that prosecutors had promised to let others out of prison early in exchange for their cooperation.

'It can happen to you'

Federal prosecutors are supposed to seek justice, not merely score convictions. But a USA TODAY investigation found that prosecutors repeatedly have violated that duty in courtrooms across the nation. The abuses have put innocent people in prison, set guilty people free and cost taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees and sanctions.  Judges have warned for decades that misconduct by prosecutors threatens the Constitution's promise of a fair trial. Congress in 1997 enacted a law aimed at ending such abuses.  Yet USA TODAY documented 201 criminal cases in the years that followed in which judges determined that Justice Department prosecutors — the nation's most elite and powerful law enforcement officials — themselves violated laws or ethics rules.  In case after case during that time, judges blasted prosecutors for "flagrant" or "outrageous" misconduct. They caught some prosecutors hiding evidence, found others lying to judges and juries, and said others had broken plea bargains.  Such abuses, intentional or not, doubtless infect no more than a small fraction of the tens of thousands of criminal cases filed in the nation's federal courts each year. But the transgressions USA TODAY identified were so serious that, in each case, judges threw out charges, overturned convictions or rebuked prosecutors for misconduct. And each has the potential to tarnish the reputation of the prosecutors who do their jobs honorably.

In July, U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell did more than overturn Lyons' conviction: He declared that Lyons was innocent.  Neither the Justice Department nor the lead prosecutor in the Lyons case, Bruce Hinshelwood, would explain the events that cost Lyons his home, his businesses and nearly three years of freedom. The department investigated Hinshelwood but refused to say whether he was punished; records obtained by USA TODAY show that the agency regulating Florida lawyers ordered him to attend a one-day ethics workshop, scheduled for Friday.  Asked about Presnell's ruling exonerating Lyons, Hinshelwood said only, "It is of no concern to me."  The circumstances of Lyons' conviction did trouble Presnell, who oversaw his trial nine years ago. Presnell savaged the Justice Department in a written order for "a concerted campaign of prosecutorial abuse" by attorneys who, he wrote, covered up evidence and let felons lie to the jury.  Records from the Justice Department's internal ethics watchdogs show the agency has investigated a growing number of complaints by judges about misconduct they observed. In 2001, the department investigated 42 such complaints; last year, 61.  The department will not reveal how many of those prosecutors were punished because, it said, doing so would violate their privacy rights. USA TODAY, drawing on state bar records, identified only one federal prosecutor who was barred even temporarily from practicing law for misconduct during the past 12 years.  Even high-profile cases have been affected. Last year, a judge in Washington, D.C. — saying the department could not be trusted to investigate its own prosecutors — launched his own probe of the attorneys who handled the corruption trial of former Alaska senator Ted Stevens. After a jury found Stevens guilty, the department admitted that prosecutors had hidden evidence, then dropped the charges. (Stevens died in an August plane crash.)  Stevens' lawyers question how misconduct could have tainted such a closely watched case — and what that might mean for routine prosecutions. "It's a frightening thought and calls into question the generally accepted belief that our system of justice performs at a high level and yields just results," said Brendan Sullivan, Stevens' attorney.

Pattern of 'glaring misconduct'

Unlike local prosecutors, who often toil daily in crowded courts to untangle routine burglaries and homicides, Justice Department attorneys handle many of the nation's most complex and consequential crimes. With help from legal experts and former prosecutors, USA TODAY spent six months examining federal prosecutors' work, reviewing legal databases, department records and tens of thousands of pages of court filings. Although the true extent of misconduct by prosecutors will likely never be known, the assessment is the most complete yet of the scope and impact of those violations.  USA TODAY found a pattern of "serious, glaring misconduct," said Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman, an expert on misconduct by prosecutors. "It's systemic now, and … the system is not able to control this type of behavior. There is no accountability."  He and Alexander Bunin, the chief federal public defender in Albany, N.Y., called the newspaper's findings "the tip of the iceberg" because many more cases are tainted by misconduct than are found. In many cases, misconduct is exposed only because of vigilant scrutiny by defense attorneys and judges.

However frequently it happens, the consequences go to the heart of the justice system's promise of fairness:

• Innocent people are punished. In Arizona, a woman spent eight years in prison for her conviction in a 2000 bank robbery because the prosecution never told her that another woman —who matched her description almost exactly — had been charged with robbing banks in the area. In Washington, D.C., a court in 2005 threw out murder charges against two men who had spent two decades in prison for a murder they didn't commit, in part because prosecutors hid evidence that two others could have committed the crime. They were among 47 cases USA TODAY documented in which defendants were either exonerated or set free after the violations surfaced.  Among the consequences of misconduct, wrongful convictions are the most serious, said former U.S. attorney general Dick Thornburgh. He said, "No civilized society should countenance such conduct or systems that failed to prevent it."  Even people who never spent a day in jail faced ruinous consequences: lost careers, lost savings and lost reputations. Last year, a federal appeals court wiped out Illinois businessman Charles Farinella's 2007 conviction for changing "best when purchased by" dates on bottles of salad dressing he sold to discount stores. The judges ruled that what he had done wasn't illegal and blasted lead prosecutor Juliet Sorensen for violations that robbed Farinella of a fair trial. Exoneration came too late to salvage his business or to help the 20 or so employees he had laid off.  "It's the United States government against one person," Farinella said in his first public comment on the case. "They beat you down because they are so powerful. They have trillions of dollars behind them. Even someone who's innocent doesn't have much of a chance."
Guilty people go free or face less punishment. In Puerto Rico, a federal court blocked prosecutors from seeking the death penalty for a fatal robbery because they failed to turn over evidence; the defendant was sentenced to life in prison instead. In California, a double agent accused of sharing defense secrets with China was sentenced to probation instead of prison because prosecutors refused to let her lawyer talk to her FBI handler, a key witness. Dozens of other defendants — including drug dealers and bank robbers — left prison early because their trials were tainted.
Taxpayers foot the bill. The Justice Department has paid nearly $5.3 million to reimburse the legal bills of defendants who were wrongly accused. It has spent far more to repeat trials for people whose convictions were thrown out because of misconduct, a process that can take years, although the full price tag is impossible to tally.

In one California case, for example, it took prosecutors four years and three trials to convict a man of tax fraud. Then an appeals court set aside his conviction because it said a prosecutor "sat silently as his witness lied." The violations happened in almost every part of the nation, though USA TODAY found the most cases in federal courts in San Diego; Massachusetts; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Rico. That pattern means misconduct is "not an isolated problem," said Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor and former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles.

Trial, jail and vindication

The American legal system puts enormous faith in juries: Give 12 men and women the facts, and they will separate the guilty from the innocent.  The Constitution, Congress and courts have set elaborate rules to ensure jurors get the facts and aren't swayed by emotion or fear. Rules are particularly exacting for prosecutors, as they act with government authority and their mistakes can put people in prison.  One of those rules, established by the Supreme Court nearly 50 years ago in a case called Brady v. Maryland, is that prosecutors must tell defendants about evidence that could help prove their innocence. Withholding that evidence is "reprehensible," the court later said.  Nonetheless, USA TODAY identified 86 cases in which judges found that prosecutors had failed to turn over evidence to defendants. That's what happened to Nino Lyons.

Lyons, now 50, grew up in the public housing projects of Cocoa, Fla., outside Orlando; his father spent time in prison, and for several years, his mother raised him alone. Even so, Lyons thrived: He graduated from college and worked briefly at the nearby Kennedy Space Center. In the 1990s, he opened clothing stores and nightclubs in Cocoa and Orlando. He was vice president of the local NAACP chapter.  How Lyons also became a drug suspect is unclear. But five days before Christmas in 2000, police stormed his Rockledge house, searching for an illegal machine gun. They did not find a machine gun or any drugs. What they did find was suspicious: an assortment of legal guns and $185,000 in cash, some of it counterfeit. Lyons said he was saving for a down payment on an Orlando nightclub.  Within a year, prosecutors put together a procession of more than two dozen inmates willing to testify that Lyons was a major drug trafficker. Jurors convicted Lyons of almost every charge, including carjacking, selling counterfeit clothing and a drug conspiracy that could have put him in prison for life.  "With all the evidence they had brought forth in this trial, I didn't have any choice but to vote guilty on him," said one juror, Harold Newsome.  The evidence prosecutors hid from Newsome and the other jurors did not fully come to light until 2004, during Lyons' third year in jail. It surfaced only because of one line in a government sentencing report that hinted at undisclosed evidence. When it emerged, the Justice Department agreed to drop the drug charge against Lyons, and Presnell, the judge who oversaw the trial, threw out the rest.  It was a drastic step and meant Lyons could never be retried. Presnell wrote that he had no other option: "The Government's protracted course of misconduct," he wrote, "caused extraordinary prejudice to Lyons, exhibited disregard of the Government's duties, and demonstrated contempt for this court."  By then, Lyons had spent 1,003 days in a county jail north of Orlando. He was never sentenced, but remained locked up while courts sorted through the problems in his case. He saw his son and daughter, then in middle school, only through the thick glass windows of the visiting room, and spoke to them only via telephone.  His businesses folded while he was in jail. His wife, Debbie, was demoted from her job as principal of an elementary school, a move the school said was unrelated to the case. She sold the couple's house and took a night job tutoring the children of migrant farm workers to pay the bills.  "It was bad for me, but I didn't realize until I came home how bad it had been for my wife and my kids, people that really loved me," Lyons said.  Records show the Justice Department eventually paid $150,000 of Lyons' legal bills in a settlement that was never made public. It admitted in a court filing that prosecutors made "serious errors" in their handling of the case. The attorney who replaced Hinshelwood as the case dragged on, Lee Bentley, personally apologized to Lyons.  For Debbie Lyons, 51, it wasn't enough. "When they targeted him, they targeted me. They targeted my kids," she said. Prosecutors "don't have the courtesy to say, 'We're wrong, our agents were wrong, we pursued this case wrong. We know we lied, we know we withheld evidence.' "  Lyons said he's "thankful to God" that Presnell finally declared him innocent. But almost nine years after he was first found guilty, exoneration hasn't repaired the damage to his reputation.  In the six years since he was released from jail, he hasn't been able to find a regular job or even land an interview. Now he works part time for a church program in Orlando that finds mentors for kids whose parents are in jail. The grant that pays for the program will run out at the end of the month.  "Even if the president comes out tomorrow and says this man is 1,000% innocent, you're going to have somebody somewhere say, 'I'm not sure about that. I don't think the government would have did that if he was innocent,' " Lyons said.

'The scary part'

Sniffing out misconduct can be a matter of serendipity — or luck, as Lyons' attorneys discovered.  The evidence that eventually set Lyons free came to light only because of one sentence buried in a 40-page draft of a probation officer's sentencing report. Those drafts are dense and at times ignored, but this one offered a tantalizing clue: an account by one of Lyons' accusers, a federal inmate, that differed from his testimony during the trial.  That stuck out to Robert Berry, one of Lyons' attorneys, who wondered what else he hadn't been told. His digging led to hundreds of pages of other evidence prosecutors had never disclosed.  "If it wasn't for that one sentence, he would be in prison right now, probably for the rest of his life," Berry said. "The scary part is it probably does happen every day and nobody ever figures it out."  One reason violations may go undetected is that only a small fraction of criminal cases ever get the scrutiny of a trial, the process most likely to identify misconduct. Trials play a "very important" role, said former deputy attorney general David Ogden, because they force judges and attorneys to review a case in far more exacting detail.  The number of people charged with crimes in federal district courts has almost doubled over the past 15 years. Yet the number whose cases actually go to trial has fallen almost 30%, to about 3,500 last year, USA TODAY found. Last year, just four defendants out of 100 went to trial; the rest struck plea bargains that resolved their cases quickly, with far less scrutiny from judges.  "We really should be more concerned about the cases we don't know about," said Levenson, the Loyola professor. "Many of the types of misconduct you identified could happen every day, and we'd never know about it if defendants plead out."

Deliberate violations

In a justice system that prosecutes more than 60,000 people a year, mistakes are inevitable. But the violations USA TODAY documented go beyond everyday missteps. In the worst cases, say judges, former prosecutors and others, they happen because prosecutors deliberately cut corners to win.  "There are rogue prosecutors, often motivated by personal ambition or partisan reasons," said Thornburgh, who was attorney general under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Such people are uncommon, though, he added: "Most former federal prosecutors, like myself, are resentful of actions that bring discredit on the office."  Judges have seen those abuses, too. "Sometimes, you get inexperienced and unscrupulous assistant U.S. attorneys who don't care about the rules," said U.W. Clemon, the former chief judge in northern Alabama's federal courts.  How often prosecutors deliberately violate the rules is impossible to know. The Justice Department's internal ethics watchdog, the Office of Professional Responsibility, insists it happens rarely. It reported that it completed more than 750 investigations over the past decade, and found intentional violations in just 68. The department would not identify the cases it concluded were marred by intentional violations, and removes from its public reports any details that could be used to identify the prosecutors involved.  State records, however, offer a glimpse into what can go wrong. Three years ago, two federal prosecutors in Illinois, each with more than a decade of experience, were ordered to answer to the state Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission for problems that almost torpedoed a drug case. The lawyers failed to turn over information to defense attorneys that could have discredited a key witness. That tactic, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit concluded, was "designed to deliberately mislead the court and defense counsel." Both prosecutors told authorities that they knew the rules, and both admitted that they didn't turn over the evidence, according to a transcript of the hearing. One, Bradley Murphy, said he was counting on the witness to reveal the damaging information himself during his testimony. The other, John Campbell, apologized. "It's embarrassing, to say the least," he told the commission.  State records show that the Justice Department suspended both prosecutors for a day. Both also were censured by the Illinois Supreme Court.  They remain federal prosecutors.

Attorney General Eric Holder declined to be interviewed; earlier this year, he told judges that officials "must take seriously each and every lapse, no matter the cause." The head of the department's criminal division, Lanny Breuer, said, "Obviously, even one example of real misconduct is too many. … If you've engaged in misconduct, the response of the department has to be swift and strong."  In practice, however, the response — by the Justice Department and the state officials who oversee lawyers — has frequently been neither. Department records show that its internal investigations often take more than a year to complete, and usually find that prosecutors, at worst, made a mistake, even when judges who presided over the trials ruled that there was serious misconduct.  In one rare exception, the department in 2007 prosecuted one of its former attorneys, Richard Convertino, for obstructing justice in his handling of a Detroit terrorism case. He was acquitted, and he unsuccessfully accused the attorneys who prosecuted him of misconduct. The department called Convertino "unmanageable" in one court filing, but still kept its internal review of the case secret.  In the one case in which USA TODAY found that state officials suspended a federal prosecutor from practicing law, the punishment lasted only a year. In that case, Florida's Supreme Court found that Karen Schmid Cox had let a witness lie about her name during a trial, making it impossible for defense attorneys to check the witness's background. If they had, they would have found that the witness had been previously accused of lying to a judge and filing a false police report.

Pressures on prosecutors

In some cases, Justice Department records and court documents suggest that prosecutors broke the rules inadvertently, often because they were inexperienced or unsupervised.  Former prosecutors from offices across the nation insist that the Justice Department never put pressure on them to cut corners — "there wasn't any pervasive attitude of win-at-any-cost," said Rick Jancha, a former prosecutor in Orlando.  But there are other pressures. For one thing, prosecutors are taking on more cases than ever. In the mid-1990s, the offices had one attorney for every 14 defendants; last year, they had one attorney for every 28. Even though most of those cases end in plea bargains, the increase can be taxing, because prosecutors often are responsible not just for conducting trials but overseeing investigations.  And prosecutors put pressure on themselves. "They're the A+ students. They're not used to losing," Levenson said.  "Prosecutors think they're doing the Lord's work, and that they wear the white hat. When I was a prosecutor, I thought everything I did was right," said Jack Wolfe, a former federal prosecutor in Texas and now a defense lawyer. "So even if you got out of line, you could tell yourself that you didn't do it on purpose, or that it was for the greater good."  Beyond that, most federal prosecutors do their jobs with little day-to-day supervision, said Michael Seigel, the second-in-command of the U.S. attorney's office in Tampa from 1995 to 1999.  And, until last year, prosecutors were not required to get regular training in ethics such as their constitutional duty to share evidence with defendants. That training is important: Many of the legal rules prosecutors must follow are complex, and not everyone agrees on the boundary between aggressive lawyering and misconduct.  Last year, Ogden, Holder's second-in-command, headed a review of problems with prosecutors' failure to turn over evidence to defendants, the issue that ultimately undermined the Lyons case. It concluded that most violations were "not the product of people who intentionally set about to cheat but … more of a lack of training and a lack of resources," said Ogden, who left the department this year. That review prompted a new requirement that prosecutors get two hours of annual training in their duty to share evidence.

'Real sloppy and lazy'

Before Bruce Hinshelwood became a federal prosecutor, he tried murder cases and those involving other high-profile crimes as a state attorney. He headed the Justice Department's Jacksonville office, and was briefly second-in-command of the middle district surrounding Tampa. Later, he tried drug cases in Orlando. In all that time, there is no indication Hinshelwood was faulted for misconduct. The Lyons case changed that.  Hinshelwood's former boss, Paul Perez, became U.S. attorney in Tampa in 2002, shortly after Lyons' trial ended. When the case against Lyons fell apart, it was his job to figure out why.  Perez said in an interview that he personally never doubted that Lyons was guilty. He said the problems came down to inattention: Hinshelwood was "an experienced but very lazy prosecutor," but didn't break the rules on purpose. He was, Perez said, "real sloppy and lazy."  Judge Presnell drew harsher conclusions. In a 2004 order, he said the Justice Department's failures in the case could be explained, "at best, by its agents' sloppy investigative work or, at worst, by their knowing failure to meet constitutional duties." He later faulted prosecutors not just for failing to turn over evidence but for "brazenly" defying court orders and presenting witnesses who were "allowed, if not encouraged, to lie under oath."  Records from the Florida Bar, which regulates the state's lawyers, show that the Justice Department investigated Hinshelwood's handling of the Lyons case, a fact the department refused to confirm for fear of invading his privacy. The department completed its report in 2007 and referred its findings to the bar in 2009, a step Justice Department policies say it takes when it finds misconduct.  Despite Presnell's rebuke and its own investigation, there is no evidence that the Justice Department ever punished Hinshelwood. He continued prosecuting cases until he retired in February 2008 to open his own law practice in Orlando.  The Florida Bar investigated Hinshelwood last year — seven years after Presnell accused him of misconduct by name in a court order — but concluded that too much time had passed to take action for what happened at the trial. It let Hinshelwood resolve the complaint by paying $1,111.80 in costs and attending Friday's ethics workshop.  "That's the extent of it?" Lyons said.  The bar opened a second investigation of Hinshelwood in July after Presnell declared Lyons innocent, an uncommon step that officials would not explain publicly.  To Lyons, nothing the bar can do would be strong enough. Hinshelwood "should suffer or go to jail," Lyons said. "The justice system not only didn't work initially in my case, it's still not working. Bruce Hinshelwood has his pension. He still works every single day. His life is not miserable. I'm not saying mine is, but it's nothing like it was before."  McCoy reported from New York. Contributing: Rhyne Piggott.


Anonymous said...

The persecutors bywords are "BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY" - the answer is to take their law licenses, bar them from ever being involved with the law profession and put them in jail for a long time - some of them will get the message along with the law schools that they attend.

Anonymous said...

It's quite sad that our prosecutors are put in a position to either submit to a threat on their job and future by corrupt bosses, or to follow their sworn duty.

kris sergentakis said...

I spent 5 yrs in federal prison because prosecutors lied buried and refused to turn over evidence that proved my innocence

And the crooked judge allowed it

Anonymous said...

Sadly, this is not even shocking.

What would be shocking, is if any of these people were ever held accountable.

Anonymous said...

The legal profession polices it's self - does anyone see anything inherently amiss - non-attorney are the ones to proform oversight on the legal profession which some say is the oldest profession in the world.

Anonymous said...

The overriding problem is that it's all the courts including but not limited to the State Courts. This whole thing is out of control just like a DRUNK.

Anonymous said...

If Anyone out there has any information on this "highly" Contentious legal battle please come forward, if you wish to remain anonymous that is ok too. If you be a court worker, friend, family member or just in the know help this family and this Minor child from further abuse....nickyjudicial@gmail.c​om. Everything will be in confidence.

criminal defense atty said...

First the phones (along with everything else) of the criminal defense bar are tapped by the police and Gov't. and we learn to live with it, because that's the way it is in the land of the "free and the home of the brave!" When you get before the Judge you find out fast how much info your opposition has shared with him in the way they conduct themselves. On e of the problems is there is far too much money (mostly drug) floating around and the Gov't attys and Judge have lock boxes. As a result people are set up and take a fall for someone else. The legal system is corrupt, however don't say anything, because then they lean on guess who?

Anonymous said...

Hey, sucker, you were taught in your school that this is best legal system in the world. Crooked judges are protected by other judges using judicial immunity. The people in NY are screwed by Tembeckjian/CJC which whitewashes judicial corruption and a small few lawyers are told they're naughty by attorney grievance committees. The police testimony is false and the DA fabricates evidence and knowingly uses lying witnesses.
Now, sucker, repeat after me: we have the best legal system in the world. Best for corruption and lawyer and judge greed. And Eric Holder who is the top prosecutor and Lippman who is Chief judge in NY are the proof.

Anonymous said...

Who are you referring too, on the sucker side??? Anonymous? I was taught nothing about this being the finest judicial system in the world personally. Actually we were taught very little about the United States of America, due to the lack of history, opposed to the history that we had/have in Europe...So Im not sure what you are talking about!

Anonymous said...

If you missed 60 Minutes last night you missed the core of the problem at the Justice Department. DOJ has not made even one prosecution of a raning banking official, including Countrywide or Citibank. What more do you have to know. DOJ only prosecutes cases against the weak that can;t defend themselves.

You do realize the Madoff was never indicted. He wasn't indicted because no one really wanted the case to be brought before a grand jury and a trial where all the dirt laundry might be exposed.

Anonymous said...

@7:13 You're located in Britain. I'm talking about the average American as taught in our schools about our legal system. The average American believes if you get the "right" lawyer everything will go fairly. Here's a link to such thinking.
Delusions in Britain or the USA about any legal system are just delusions. The suckers are the American public and the media, NY Times, NY Post, Times Union and TV/cable.

Anonymous said...

Oh Ok becasue we are taught nothing but our system is pretty much the same as the one here...its broken and in need of repair,,,,

Anonymous said...

Exactly where in any of the Constitutions or laws of the US or NY, or any state for that matter, does it say that judges or any other court employee is entitled to "judicial immunity."?

Aren't we supposed to be a nation of laws?

Anonymous said...

@3:09 Chief Justice Marshall in 1803 described that our system deserves no respect.
"The Government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws, and not of men. It will certainly cease to deserve this high appellation if the laws furnish no remedy for the violation of a vested legal right." Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 137 (1803)

Anonymous said...

He certainly called it.

Kris Sergentakis said...

There is zero accountability in our Courts.

If you have wealth you can buy anyone into prison.

Too bad America is sleeping.

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Anonymous said...

While there are gross miscarriages of justice in this country at every level, starting at the top (Mr. Holder), there still exists the burden of proof. If you can't prove your case, that doesn't make the system corrupt. Because the proof against you is damning, it doesn't mean someone bought off the courts. Sometimes you are just plain guilty. Sorry, Mr. Sergentakis.

Kris Sergentakis said...

This is a paid simpleton who goes around on the net posting as "Victims Against Liars" or as here anonymous.

Always never revealing their identity. As anyone can plainly see when I post it's always under my name.

This is just another LLS trick to hide the truth. Everything on my site is a known fact.

Anything to get your money and deny resources to the patients and their families who need it the most.

Anonymous said...

Nothing on your site is a known fact. Your lies are undermining people with a legitimate gripe against the system. You are a convicted felon who got due process. You just didn't like the outcome. No one beat you or withheld evidence to exonerate you because you were guilty. You hang your arguments on the rants of a crazy woman and on a technicality ("I never had the authority to award anything": you were paid to recommend vendors - who paid you off if they got the contract). Doesn't change the fact that you were a greedy bully. You attack anyone who disagrees with you. I've read your comments. You are dangerous. I do not work for anyone - I just know a pathetic liar when I see one.

Anonymous said...

And you always sign in under your name?? Ha! That's comedy! While you are very creative on your own website with supposed guest book posts, your other posts are less so...GWB, MLK, and Charlie Tuna (ok, I see the resemblance but think Jabba the Hut would be more appropos) make the same spelling and grammatical errors on your website and your "anonymous" posts, silly man. You are on this site as "anonymous" almost as often as under your own name! Don't insult the readers of this prestigious blog, sir. Trying to look like you have people who back up your lies is the oldest trick in the book!

Kris Sergentakis said...

Once again you cower behind using your real name.

I hope John Walter is paying you well. But I doubt LLS can have this blog taken down also.

Sorry your boy will be prosecuted otherwise you would not be fighting so hard.

Kris Sergentakis said...

FYI check the docket genius 4 supoenas for evidence were issued...LLS turned over no evidence.

Is that your idea of "due process".... well maybe in Nazi Germany?

LLS is going to be exposed.

Kris Sergentakis said...

No matter how much Walter is paying you, are creepy. John Walter admitted to me he was arrested for molesting his own child.

You are a disgusting vile person to defend this monster.

Hope the silver coins keep you awake at night along with the screams of his own child.

Kris Sergentakis said...

By the way, you proved you work for LLS. Nowhere in the Court documents does it describe my job at LLS.

Hello Todd Whitley(or some other LLS coward)from LLS. They always hide in the shadows.

Same devious underhanded tricks from LLS. Donate your money to LLS so John Walter can have more luxuries at patient's expense.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. You just admitted to your lie. I have a screen shot and everything!!

Kris Sergentakis said...

No lies here LLS.

Can even prove what Walter told me.

Everything comes out at trial.

You are LLS...tracking down ip address of your posts.

Kris Sergentakis said...

Is this the best you can do LLS?

I suggest you get yourself some multi-milliom dollar lawyers like your boss.

I know you are nothing but a lapdog.

Anonymous said...

Tracking down IP addresses? Really? Because there is legal abuse does not put you above the law, Mr. Sergentakis. My right to freedom of speech is the same as yours...and only one of us is a convicted still get rights, but you don't get to strip me of mine. Sometimes, the system gets it right. And remember that he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.

Kris Sergentakis said...

I suggest you check with Skadden Arps.

Once you post on a public blog it becomes public information.

Keep your threats coming.

Great evidence for upcoming trial.

Kris Sergentakis said...

You sound just like Jackie (4 names) Walter who is mad when she posted "PUBLIC" pictures on Facebook.

The rich get angry.

Too bad lapdog.

Anonymous said...

Continue your threats, Mr. Sergentakis. What will you do with the information? Might as well post it here, This will be more proof of criminal activity than ANYTHING on your sad little website. Problem for you will be that it will incriminate you...already has.

Kris Sergentakis said...

I am not the person who lied to federal agents.

"I never awarded a contract while I worked at LLS"

Grounds for reversal of criminal conviction.

LLS engaged in a RICO conspiracy.

Anonymous said...

I am anonymous. You committed fraud. Period. If you had any grounds, someone would take you on. You don't. Give up. Nothing changes your guilt. WOLF!

Kris Sergentakis said...

LLS still posting as a ghost.

Go back to the men's room at Saxon Woods.

LLS scams nobody will be giving money soon.

LLS revenues down 27 million from last year.

The public is waking up.

Anonymous said...

Don't know what numbers you are looking at Kris but for Fiscal 2011 (yes, most recent is posted on the link you so nicely provide on your bloated website) contributions are up over $30 million. Ever even looked at a tax form before? Your own website doesn't even support your false claims.

Kris Sergentakis said...

LLS posted 990 on Friday genius. All you are is another LLS scammer misleading people.

Go back to the men's room at Saxon Woods.

Start posting who you are and maybe people might listen.

Anonymous said...

Not true, Kris. It has been there for weeks. And doesn't change the fact that you lied: their numbers are up, not down. You continue to lie and your website doesn't hold water. Just because you say it still doesn't make it true.

Kris Sergentakis said...

That is an outright lie. You are just like Walter and the rest of the lowlife criminals who steal from the sick.

You are mentally sick just like your boss.

As of March 10,2012 there was no 2010 info. genius.

Also my previous post came from an LLS employee so blame your own.

Why is John Walter so afraid of going to Court?

The lot of you will burn in Hell.

Kris Sergentakis said...

By the way Bathroom Boy when you going to Court for your Saxon Woods arrest in the men's room?

I think you should focus on that.

His daughter was 6 years old you monster. You are a disgusting degenerate.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for explaining what 3 Card Monty is. It takes a social degenerate like you to assume that the fine upstanding readers of his high brow blog would need that. Same degenerate who thinks people believe him because he said so. The only disgusting monster in this is the lying felon who can't live with himself so he keeps fighting AFTER he confessed AND did the time. No proof because this is all in your head. Sleep well.

Kris Sergentakis said...

You are the one arrested for being in the men's room at Saxon Woods degenerate. You will be a felon shortly. So me the contract I awarded you lying p.o.s. Another LLS liar who keeps stuffing their dirty pockets with money meant for the sick. They all belong behind bars.

That is why LLS has spent millions avoiding a Courtroom.

Go hang around with your molester boss.

Birds of a feather....

Kris Sergentakis said...

*show me the contract moron

Anonymous said...

Just like you have done with John Walter, LLS, and others, you accuse me of despicable crimes with no proof and no grounds because it eases your own conscience. You are a liar, a bully and you become less believable with every response. People are on to you, Mr. Sergentakis. Justice has already taken place. Be careful, sir. Sometimes a pig is just a pig.

Kris Sergentakis said...

Does John Walter know you have been arrested and charged?

What exactly were you doing that prompted your arrest?

Does John Walter need a copy of the police report? growing everyday

Anonymous said...

Omnipotent Kris knows my name? But you like to give me a hard time for maintaining my anonymity. Like John Walter, I have never been arrested for anything, so you are just falsely accusing me like you have him. Proving my point again. You attack those who call you out on your criminal, defenseless behavior, just like the bully in the schoolyard. Grow up. You have no morals, no ethics. Take responsibility for your failings, and perhaps then you will find someone to love you and take you seriously. I pray for you, did you know that?

Kris Sergentakis said...

you are just another sick pervert like your boss.

Pray for yourself sicko.

You are lying. Walter had three cases sealed involving LLS employees.

You really need to be locked up. you are a danger to Society just like your boss.

Do you like the new website?

More coming....

Anonymous said...

Because you say so is STILL not proof. Still waiting for proof of a single thing, even on your new website. Everyone knows that if you had any proof you would have shared it, and the fact that you haven't is the only proof - that you are lying. Even CORRUPT COURTS are funny that way. They require you to prove your case, even if you don't think they should. Nothing has been sealed, you only pretend to know things (who would tell you anything anyway?). Name names. Show proof. Then maybe you would have an ounce of credibility. Until then, your lies are boring and I am still the only one paying attention.

Kris Sergentakis said...

44 thousand + visitors disagree with you Todd

admit to who you are

all LLS phonies hiding in the shadows

moron do a search on the 3 sealed cases it's online

Maybe if u didn't spend so much time in the men's room @ Saxon Woods you wouldn't be so dumb
all the fraud
all the evidence any donor needs NOT TO GIVE MONEY

Anonymous said...

Don't know who Todd is, but my guess is that he now has a suit against you for libel and slander. You gambled completely wrong on this one. FYI, that is not me.

Prove something. Prove that any sealed documents have ANYTHING to do with anyone you slander. No proof on your website other than that you are completely clueless of the law and that you are a lying criminal.

Evidence? That's laughable. Anyone who reads your website sees that you are a person with a black soul grasping at straws. Ever wonder why NOTHING has come from your rants?

Thanks for giving me this voice on your website. The other 44,000 people have moved on and realize you continue to do damage to people with legitimate gripes against the system.

Anonymous said...

I am not Todd, I am not an employee of LLS. Another lie on your website. Be careful, sir. You better start hoping I remain anonymous or your crimes might end you up back in prison. Just when you think you are safe. Like you say, they show up early in the morning. Sleep tight.

Kris Sergentakis said...

what a jerk. tell us who you are

you are ridiculous Todd

John Walter isn't happy with you

Kris Sergentakis said...

You admitted John Walter with held evidence in federal criminal investigation...5 year minimum

he's pissed at you over 40,000 visitors and helping patients everyday not fall victim to LLS

Kris Sergentakis said...

This is my last response to the LLS coward who refuses to leave his name.

Just like LLS all fraud all stealing all the time.

No name NO response COWARD

leukemia scandal helping patients not become victims of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Anonymous said...

Forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but the only "lewd" comments on this come from Kris Sergentakis. That guy has to watch it. You got any proof, Kris? Sounds to me like you like you are making up stuff.

Cathy Says said...

Anonymous he uses his name why don't you?

Also I reviewed the leukemia scandal website and the author presents very compelling evidence.

I disagree with your comments.

Suzie said...

Cathy: I don't see any evidence on that website. Can you please tell me where it is? I want to believe they are as corrupt as this guy says, but I just don't see facts.

Kris Sergentakis said...

Here is another example of a LLS lowlife trying to pass themselves off as somebody else.

LLS all fraud all stealing all the time

They even deny their own tax forms. These scumbags are nothing but thieves who steal from the sick.

Get back under your rock Todd. Stop trying to silence the public. Now go back to the Men's room at Saxon Woods.

helping patients and their families from becoming victims of LLS

Anonymous said...

Really, Cathy?

Kris Sergentakis said...

hey dummy go on and see what LLS Employees are saying you lowlife. They want Walter out.

LLS all fraud all stealing all the time.

FYI, I know Cathy she is a friend a nice person... you scumbag. Fight with me stop attacking innocent women.

Kris Sergentakis said...

Hey Todd you know where I live come and get me.

Stop attacking innocent women like your boss does.

LLS tough guys...with women and especially children.

Kris Sergentakis said...

I see Todd is no longer posting comments I wonder why

see leukemia

Kris Sergentakis said...

Nancy Klein Chief Revenue Office at LLS has been fired.

CEO Walter is pressing US Attorney's Office in NYC to press phony criminal charges against her.

Hey Todd you are next Walter gonna get you also.

see leukemia scandal dot com

Kris Sergentakis said...

Todd, Todd where are you?

John Walter have you tied up in the basement again?

LLS all fraud all the time

see and you too can start a nonprofit and steal millions from Cancer Patients

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. I've read the indictment of March 2, 2005, Mr. Sergentakis (it's on the internet). It says you were responsible for "allocating LLS' contracts" and "causing contracts to be awarded." No where does it say you awarded them. I hear your job was to recommend, which is what it sounds like here. Is English your second language? No fraud in your case. Did someone forge your signature on those Airfield checks too? Facts don't lie, but you do. Stop jamming up this website with your crap.

kris sergentakis said...

It is pretty obvious you are one of Walter's gang members.

I suggest you learn how to read.

Nowhere does it say anything like that.

Todd go back under your rock.

How about all the computers and equipment at airfield before I was even employed at LLS.

What a dummy

kris sergentakis said...

How about posting your name Todd?

Still scared of Walter whipping you?

kris sergentakis said...

My indictment says "awarded contracts" you moron.

kris sergentakis said...

All of Walter's pedophile friends post "Anonymous" I wonder why?

Anonymous said...

Your indictment says that you were responsible for "allocating LLS' contracts" and "causing contracts to be awarded." That's what you did. Go back and read it. Still available on the internet. And you pleaded guilty. Because you did this. No one is paying attention, especially in your "updated" website where you contradict yourself. And you are so off base as to who you think this is, it also undermines your non-existent credibility. Pretty funny. Who's the moron? Sometimes you have to be anonymous to keep the evil people away. You are evil.

kris sergentakis said...

What's you name lowlife?

Nobody takes your lies seriously.

Post you are a predator just like your Boss Walter.

Why won't LLS go to Court?

kris sergentakis said...

LLS and Walter have millions why haven't they taken me to Court?

If everything is a "lie". You and Walter are the liars.

I am waiting.... file suit. Or you keep posting your nonsense on the web. Put up or shut up.

kris sergentakis said...

I see just like LLS you have chosen to remain silent.

I am ready for Court..let's go.

LLS all stealing all the time.

Anonymous said...

The only one leaving disgusting comments here is you, Mr. Sergentakis. Your website rambles and your posts are stupid. Nobody is paying attention. Why would anyone waste their time or money on you and your useless monologue? NO ONE IS PAYING ATTENTION.

kris sergentakis said...

48 thousand people disagree with you.
especially all the visitors from LLS 0:10:25 2.33 here is one of the ip addresses of your friends
oh here is another 0:01:15 0.28

let's go to Court molestor

kris sergentakis said...

Get Your Leukemia T Shirt and Mug Today!

kris sergentakis said...

Skadden,Arps LLS's law firm has been on 51 times so far this week.

I predict one of LLS's largest donors will announce very shortly they are pulling out.

Next Walter investigation? Maybr

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