Prosecutorial Misconduct

Some good news today in the annals of prosecutorial misconduct and overzealousness:  The Governor of Florida has pardoned Richard Paey, the man who was sent to prison for 25 years for trying to do something about his pain.

Richard Paey, a victim in the war on
drugs, was granted a full, immediate and unexpected pardon by Gov.
Charlie Crist and the Cabinet Thursday morning, allowing him to get out
of prison and be reunited with his family later in the day.

Paey, 49,
has spent the last 3 ½ years in prison after he was convicted on drug
trafficking charges in a 1997 arrest for filling out fake prescriptions
and possessing about 700 Percocet narcotic painkillers. He was to be
imprisoned for 25 years.

The catch: Everyone, including judges,
acknowledged the traffic accident victim was using the pills for
debilitating pain. Since his incarceration, prison doctors have hooked
him up to a morphine drip, which delivers more pain medication daily
than he was convicted of trafficking.

Good.  I am cautiously optimistic that after the Duke non-rape case, there is increasing focus on the issue of prosecutorial over-zealousness.  Along these same lines, the ACLU is coming to the defense of Larry Craig.  As is the plight of the Jena 6.

  • Craig

    One can argue that the Jena 6 may have been overcharged, and that others in the town should be prosecuted for related incidents, but the 6 did assault someone. So I wouldn't put them in the same category as your other examples.

  • markm

    Craig: The big issue is the whites that weren't prosecuted at all. Making a death threat (three nooses hung in a tree on school grounds) = 3 days suspension from school. Pulling a gun on black kids = no charge, but the kids were charged for taking the gun away.

    The local authorities made it very clear that blacks did not enjoy the protection of the law. As far as I'm concerned, that means the blacks have to protect themselves...

  • Craig

    Hanging nooses in a tree, while idiotic, does not constitute a death threat. And the kid who was beaten by the Jena 6 had nothing to do with these incidents. Yet we have the 6 being held up as civil rights martyrs. Would MLK have approved of their course of action? Maybe Jesse and Al should have come to town before the TV cameras arrived and tried to address non-prosecution of white kids. But to say that the Jena 6 deserve leniency is wrong.

  • Walter E. Wallis, P.E.

    One wonders if there is a black tree, I'll bet there is. Even on the liberal peninsula blacks, hispanics, dopers and others sharing common interest stake out turf.
    Pissing on Christ and walking on the flag are protected free speech. And 6 on 1 with the boot when the 1 is down is cowardly and felonious. Remember the Bird dragging? No whites protested th death sentence for his killers.
    Proof again that some folk just don't get it.

  • http://christianfeminist.blogspot.com/ Bonnie

    Yeah, but will he get to take his morphine pump with him? Otherwise, he'll just be right back in the same boat.

    Why didn't his doctor prescribe Fentanyl patches? They're a heck of a lot stronger than Percocet.

  • http://christianfeminist.blogspot.com/ Bonnie

    Yeah, but will he get to take his morphine pump with him? Otherwise, he'll just be right back in the same boat.

    Why didn't his doctor prescribe Fentanyl patches? They're a heck of a lot stronger than Percocet.

  • http://christianfeminist.blogspot.com/ Bonnie

    Yeah, but will he get to take his morphine pump with him? Otherwise, he'll just be right back in the same boat.

    Why didn't his doctor prescribe Fentanyl patches? They're a heck of a lot stronger than Percocet.

  • http://christianfeminist.blogspot.com/ Bonnie

    Ugh. Sorry for appearing in triplicate.

  • http://cdquarles.wordpress.com Charles D. Quarles

    Bonnie,

    It is much easier to regulate a morphine drip than a patch, particularly if large doses are required. This person's pain was *not* being controlled by the pills. The pumps are small and can be carried in a pouch on your belt. I have seen people get 100mg of morphine an hour plus fentanyl patches and still the pain being experienced is severe.

  • EdwinLJones

    At least he got some public exposure. I havn't been that lucky.
    I have evidence in the form of government documents that show :

    Police, prosecutorial, and judicial misconduct in violating constitutional and civil rights are
    coordinated between local, state, and federal agencies in criminal as well as civil proceedings.
    Arrest and detention without probable cause, unconstitutional and repeated searches. Jailed on
    charges procerred by perjured testimony.....testimony collectively known to be false prior to arrest.
    Jailed 5 months based on discovery NONE OF WHICH WAS IN AFFIDAVIT FORM. I have proof of
    my pro se Federal Appellate and US Supreme Court filings but the clerks' offices did not file those
    cases yet mailed bogus decisions to me. In complete isolation, who could I complain to?
    Even if those cases were properly adjudicated, there was blatent abuse of discretion by judges.
    Years of certified mailings to Presidents and Department of Justice produced no investigations.
    Letters signed by Richard Lugar and Dan Coats cannot be trusted as authentic. Steven Hatfills'
    experience with the government was a picnic compared to what they are doing to me.

    And, as a result of the aforementioned violations, a totality of circumstances show malicious
    and vindictive intervention into every aspect of my life. The goverment has relentlessly manipulated
    my life socially, physically and mentally in a manner similar to Steven Hatfill ( anthrax investigation )
    only worse and over a longer period of time. The government has destroyed my relationships
    between family and friends, and has prevented the media from publicizing their wrongs. The
    government has even stolen and manipulated my certified mailings. I have been reduced to the
    slave status of my African ancesters by this government. This government was even controlling
    my criminal defense lawyer! He knew I was being falsely accused but did nothing but quit being my
    lawyer when I questioned, among other things, why the Affidavit for Probable Cause was signed
    by a prosecutor, Carol Orbison.....why there was no Judicial Officers' signature, and was not in
    affidavit form! He KNEW the State was wrong.

    In the following cases you will find the very worst official corruption.
    State of Indiana v. Edwin L. Jones,Case No. 49 G069001CF007921, Edwin L. Jones v. Indianapolis
    Police Department et al, US District Court Southern District of Indiana Cause No. Misc 90-134 IP,
    Edwin L. Jones v. Indianapolis Police Dept.et al Cause No. 91-1594, 7th Circuit Federal Appleate Court
    of Appeals, Edwin L. Jones v. Indianapolis Police Dept et al, Cause No. 91-7923 , US Supreme Court,
    Request for Investigation filed with the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission filed 9-18-92,
    against Ali Talib.

    I am looking for honest, bold representation to take on the goverment. I want compensation and them
    out of my life.

    edwinjones@peoplepc.com
    317-709-6995