Jul 022012
 

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By Jeffrey Collins of New York (USA)
June 24, 2012

After reading this well written book [Louisiana v. Vincent Simmons: Frame-up in Avoyelles Parish] by Ms. [Katja] Pumm, I can very much say that she really did her research into a system that is mostly one-sided and very much saturated with lies. I believe that there are not too many people who can write a book about an individual’s innocence and the injustice of the criminal system without experiencing it first-hand. But, Ms. Pumm’s book actually comes really close and I think that is because she has put her heart into it.

I am an individual who has spent twenty (20) years in prison for a crime I did not commit, and that injustice continues as I write this review. So, I do see and understand the plight of Mr. Simmons.

The very first inquiry into a criminal case is the most trustworthy. An individual who looks (investigates) into a criminal case can be certain to find the truth of what happened and if the accused is indeed responsible.

The three (3) alleged victims in the Simmons case were indeed hiding something. I felt that they were untruthful about the gun and knowing the defendant’s name. It is a known fact, once you lie, you have to continue to lie or else the truth will reveal its self in due time. So the three alleged victims had to continue in their untruthfulness, when they were given support by those in authority, which were also family members and politicians.

What should be an eye opener for people who do not really understand what goes on within the legal system, is the fact that a man (Mr. Simmons) could receive 99 [100] years for a charge of attempted aggravated rape of two females, when such a charge was never voted on by the ‘Grand Jury’ who has to vote a true bill before an accused can plea to a charge. Also, if the facts given by the alleged victims state that they were raped, where does attempt fit into the charge?

For those lay individuals of the legal system, in order of a District Attorney to amend an indictment (Change of Charge), it has to present the amendment to the grand jury for them to vote on a superseding indictment. They are not supposed to just change the charge without going through the proper procedures first. But as Ms. Pumm pointed out, this is one of the many abuses that are taking place in the ‘legal’ system to this day. And it goes unnoticed by lay individuals. One of the main reasons why it continues is due to there being no accountability, or shall I say very little accountability by those who violate the law.

The law does not care about the truth of the matter at hand as [an] individual may assume. Law is only concerned with rights and interest of property. This is laws’ (constitutions’) main focus, property rights. Criminal law, as it is called derived from property rights law, which is commercial law. Therefore, criminal law is ‘Legal’ Rules and Procedures of Commercial Law. So, the key to understanding the very much complex criminal law, you must begin with understanding law merchant… They are intertwined.

I thank you, Ms. Pumm, for first being understanding to the plight of those innocent in prison and for this wonderful book.

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Jul 052011
 

Louisiana’s legislators have enacted 402 new laws. Twenty-nine of them concern the legal and penal system in particular.

House Bill (HB) 5/ Act 24 authorizes sheriffs and deputy sheriffs with at least 16 years of active service to purchase their service firearms upon retirement.

House Bill (HB) 55/ Act 26  prohibits certain sex offenders from using or accessing social networking websites, chat rooms, and peer-to-peer networks.

House Bill (HB) 187/ Act 30 exempts sex offenders from provision that provides, without charge, state identification cards to persons of certain age.

Senate Bill (SB) 18/ Act 41 provides relative to the chief of police in the town of Simmesport. (8/15/11)

House Bill (HB) 131/ Act 74 amends the crime of failure to register to include the failure to comply with sex offender drivers’ license and state identification card requirements.

House Bill (HB) 216/ Act 83 amends provisions of law regarding probable cause determinations.

House Bill (HB) 235/ Act 87 provides that the 24-hour stay following mistrial applies to writ application for review by all courts with appellate jurisdiction.

House Bill (HB) 264/ Act 91 creates the crime of unlawful production, manufacturing, distribution, or possession of law enforcement badges.

Senate Bill (SB) 202/ Act 153 provides relative to the membership, duties and operations of the parole board and pardon board.

House Bill (HB) 14/ Act 159 provides relative to the carrying of weapons by federal judges.

House Bill (HB) 72/ Act 161 provides for the training of all chiefs of police.

House Bill (HB) 106/ Act 168 Requires reporting from providers of home incarceration or electronic monitoring services to DPS&C.

House Bill (HB) 414/ Act 186 revises and consolidates statutes providing for the diminution of sentence.

House Bill (HB) 111/ Act 218 provides with respect to court-ordered probation supervision fees.

House Bill (HB) 121/ Act 219 increases probation and parole fees by ten dollars.

House Bill (HB) 122/ Act 220 provides for the imposition of a fee to defray the cost of presentence investigations.

House Bill (HB) 116/ Act 250 prohibits the destruction of biological evidence collected pursuant to the investigation of certain criminal offenses.

House Bill (HB) 129/ Act 252 provides the La. Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions with access to criminal history information of bar examination applicants.

House Bill (HB) 138/ Act 253 provides with respect to eligibility for parole consideration for certain elderly inmates.

House Bill (HB) 285/ Act 262 increases the amount of monetary compensation for wrongful convictions.

House Bill (HB) 374/ Act 282  provides relative to the powers granted to elected police chiefs in municipalities governed by the Lawrason Act.

House Bill (HB) 392/ Act 283 provides with respect to criminal background checks for persons seeking employment.

House Bill (HB) 401/ Act 284 increases penalties for domestic abuse battery.

House Bill (HB) 416/ Act 285 amends timing of parole eligibility for certain offenders.

Senate Bill (SB) 182/ Act 312 prohibits any offender sentenced to the legal custody of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to establish an account on any Internet-based social networking website. (8/15/11)

Senate Bill (SB) 232/ Act 318 provides for registry and notification by sex offenders and a sexual assault task force.

House Bill (HB) 305/ Act 349 provides for the reduction of a defendant’s sentence for substantial assistance in an investigation.

House Bill (HB) 353/ Act 366 provides for a uniform fines and costs assessment form for criminal cases.

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