Back bill to punish rogue prosecutors

first_imgProsecutors can act with impunity because they incur no penalties for misconduct in their official duties. New York has commissions to discipline wayward judges and lawyers, but nothing exists to rein in rogue prosecutors.However, bills poised to pass the Legislature this year — Senate bill 2412-D and Assembly bill 5285-C — would establish an independent Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct to impose discipline on prosecutors who break the rules. Sadly, no prosecutor has endorsed the legislation.Ask your legislators and friends to support these bills.We are each only an arrest away from experiencing prosecutorial abuse.Frank DoneganSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion New York’s prosecutors are the loose cannons of our legal system. Some prosecutors regularly use false confessions and coerce guilty pleas; they hide evidence favorable to the defendant and improperly influence witnesses’ testimony; they lie to juries in order to win convictions at any cost.Consequently, innocent people often spend years in jail for crimes they didn’t commit. New York is second only to Texas in the number of wrongful convictions every year.last_img read more

Mrs. Sue Lee (Benham) Christman

first_imgMrs. Sue Lee (Benham) Christman, age 86, of Pleasant, Indiana, entered this life on November 30,1930, in Jefferson County, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late Corwin and Lilyan (Turner) Benham. She was raised in Saluda where she and her sister, Joan, and cousin Sherry (Benham) Ashley often played in the creeks that fed into the Ohio River. She graduated from Saluda High School in 1948 where she played on the girls basketball team. While on her lunch breaks, she often dipped ice cream to sell at her parents Saluda General Store that was across the street from the school. In early years, she worked at Ingal’s Drugstore in Madison, Indiana. She also worked as a dental assistant in Madison. Sue attended Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky after high school. Additionally, she attended Indiana University. Sue was united in marriage on December 31, 1952, at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Pleasant, Indiana, to Harold Ross “Mose” Christman. To this union was born a daughter, Leesa, and two sons, Randy and Roger to bless their home. Sue and Mose shared 46 years of marriage together until he passed away on February 26, 1999. Sue and Harold owned and operated a gas station in Orlando, Florida for two years in conjunction with friends, Ben and Pat Frazier. In 1955, Sue and Mose returned to Indiana to help run the family farm in Pleasant which she continued to operate after his death. Sue often cooked for “hands” that helped on the farm. Meals were served wherever needed – at picnic tables in the yard, in her home, or in the tobacco warehouses. She was the bookkeeper for the family farm, the Badger equipment business, and the silo construction business. In the early 70’s Sue trained to become an EMT for the Switzerland County Emergency Unit. She was very active in 4-H leadership and donated countless volunteer hours to the Jr. Leader program. She was an active member and often an officer of many community service organizations – Pleasant Elementary PTA, Moorefield Fire Department Auxiliary, Switzerland County Tourism Board, Swiss Villa, and Pleasant Cemetery Association. She held many of these offices until falling ill earlier this year. She was also a member of the Night Owls and North Madison Christian Church. In recent years, Sue operated Mama Sue’s Antiques located inside the Old School Café building in Pleasant, Indiana where she often greeted and visited with customers of the café. Sue enjoyed gardening, going to auctions, traveling, cooking, family get togethers, and adventures with friends. She loved the beach – especially Emerald Isle, North Carolina, where she often vacationed with family. She also enjoyed giving – gifts – her time, her energy, her heart and her love. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, and her community. Sue passed away at 1:45 am, Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana. Sue will be deeply missed by her daughter, Leesa Olds and her companion: Brian Gallagher of Morgantown, IN; her sons, Randy Christman and his wife: Kelly of Cary, NC and Roger Christman of Pleasant, IN; her grandchildren, Stacy, Kelsey, Mallory, Mandy, Daniel, Geoffrey, Abbie and Kinslea; her great-grandchildren, Christopher, Kadence, Brenin, Danilyn, Nolan, Henry and Brian and her faithful furry companion, Lady.She was preceded in death by her parents, Corwin and Lilyan (Turner) Benham; her husband of 46 years, Harold Ross “Mose” Christman, died February 26, 1999; her daughter-in-law, Rebecca M. Christman, died June 8, 2001 and her sister, Joan Davis.Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 2:00 pm, by Bro. Bob Hicks, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Cemetery, Pleasant, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Switzerland County Emergency Response, Pleasant Cemetery Fund, Community Foundation of Switzerland County or to the Angela Hoskins Memorial Fund % CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Fenerbahce ace Josef de Souza could move to the Premier League this summer

first_img 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada But Turkish newspaper A Spor has reported that Watford have opened the bidding for the 29-year-old – although the offer falls some way short of Fenerbahce’s asking price.The Super Lig runners-up are hoping to bank £10.5m for his sale, even though he is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract.Now officials from Watford and Fenerbahce are set for discussions regarding a potential sale but there could still be time for either Wolves or West Brom to make a move. 1 UNITED center_img LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Watford have lodged a £7.9million bid for Wolves and West Brom target Josef de Souza.All three English clubs are hot on the heels of the Fenerbahce midfielder, who scored three goals in 33 league outings last term. Josef de Souza is set to swap Fenerbahce for West Brom ‘THEY FAILED’ last_img read more