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  • Hidden Badges

    KHOU-TV in Houston reports that "there is a large and growing group of people that almost never have to pay traffic tickets, can even avoid being arrested on warrants, and often get other forms of special treatment from police and other officials. Who are they? Anyone who owns a special badge given to them by a law enforcement officer or official. Available for sale to police officers only at policy supply shops, these badges are slightly smaller replicas of the officer's own badge but with one exception: Engraved on them over the top is "Girlfriend," "Brother," "Sister," "Uncle,"....etc.... these badges may be creating a statewide health hazard that puts the public at risk State troopers we talked to say they're sure these badges are promoting dangerous driving..."
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    KSTP uncovered repeated incidents of sexual assault and harassment against women by foreign nationals visiting Rochester, Minnesota. The incidents often took place in local hotels. Employees complained the wealth and prominence of the guests made management and local authorities reluctant to take strong action. In cases where suspects were arrested, KSTP's investigation found another breakdown in the system. The Immigration and Naturalization Service does not stop sexual predators at the border because their records do not include arrest warrants for rape and sexual assault. (April 30; May 1, 1996)
  • Freemen Warrants

    Elizabeth Broderick ran seminars in Lancaster, California, a high desert suburb of Los Angeles. At the packed seminars, people would pay from $125-$200 for admission to hear anti-government philosophies and learn about "sovereignty." Included in the seminar package attendee's received what was called a "Comptrollers Warrant", what it was in reality was a blank check. They were instructed that they could fill out the checks for any amount and could pay off any debt. The could also buy additional checks separately. Broderick claimed it was all legal and backed-up by millions of dollars in liens she had against an illegal U.S. government. (March 4 - April 25, 1996)
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    The Union-Tribune explores the use of so-called reliable informants by law enforcement, showing how in many instances they are unreliable thugs with good reasons to lie. The centerpiece of the series was an in-depth look at a raid on the home of an innocent man, precipitated by an informant that federal agents should well have known was a liar. (May 28 - 30, 1995)
  • Battered Justice

    The Birmingham News finds that the police in the municipal and county court system do not use all the legal tools at their disposal in investigating domestic violence cases; also found that warrants for the arrest of abusers are hard to get; judges do not always use tough sentencing or fines to show the seriousness of domestic violence and that counseling is not always available as part of sentencing even though it is crucial to stopping the violence.
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    The Times (Shreveport, LA) uncovers a backlog of outstanding arrest warrants debilitating the justice system in Shreveport and Caddo Parish, LA. Thousands of people accused of crimes walk the streets unpunished because arrest warrants (some 25 years old) go unserved. The report shows a limited amount of space in the county jail is to blame for the lax enforcement. Millions of dollars in outstanding fines also go uncollected. A new jail and law enforcement reform proposed due to the stories, 1994.
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    Copley Los Angeles Newspapers uncover criminal history and outstanding warrants for the arrest of a man who is security chief of a 3,000-student high school, March 27 - 28, 1990.
  • Sicilian Mafia

    ABC News discovers the Sicilian Mafia using Caracas, Venezuela, as a safe-haven and a base of operations for its worldwide heroin network; finds the Cuntrera-Caruana mafia family enjoys protection from Venezuelan officials, who have ignored arrest warrants and extradition requests from Italy and the United States, April 26, 1990.
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    Waterloo (Iowa) Courier investigates Black Hawk County Attorney; finds he directed his staff to strike blacks from juries in which there were black defendants, pressured county staff to make campaign contributions, arranged improper plea bargain agreements and used arrest warrants to harass citizens accused of minor offenses. * IA Jim Metcalf
  • Columbia Series- City Government

    WDHN-TV (Dothan, Ala.) reports on widespread irregularities in that city's government from misuse of public funds by city clerk to the illegal issue of arrest warrants by the mayor, 1980.