Judicial System/Law

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The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

September 30, 2016 A Call to Action Judge, I am interested in starting a policy institute, in the spirit of French Lieutenant-General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette to address the many bad federal and state laws and policies that have caused our nation’s train to jump the tracks while continuing to inflict harm on our country in the process.  Would you or anyone in your other society be interested? I would like for this organization to do research and draft original white paper to promote policies that restore America back to cultural, economic, financial, military, political and spiritual health.  Policies will be presented to our lawmakers and to incoming presidents. It’s time for Americans to take back our country from the career...

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Lawyers gone bad.

Lawyers gone bad.

May 21, 2016 G. Blane Clark, Jr., Managing Partner Kean Miller, LLP Baton Rouge, LA blane.clark@keanmiller.com Re: Carey Messina Dear Mr. Clark, In November of 2013, I was referred to one of your attorneys, Carey J. Messina to represent me in a Louisiana family succession case that was going nowhere after three years of deceit and lies by my uncle, Jimmy, a licensed attorney, in Shreveport, LA. As of late, I’ve become very unhappy with Carey’s management of my case and his protection of my assets. On March 11, 2010, my grandmother, Ava Chandler Burnett of Shreveport, LA died. She was preceded in death by her husband and my grandfather, Verne Burnett of Shreveport, who died on April 1, 1988 and by her youngest son and my father, Thomas Edward Burnett of Daphne,...

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Do #BlackLivesMatter?

Do #BlackLivesMatter?

November 12, 2015 Do #BlackLivesMatter? By Ted Burnett I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man’s problem just to avoid violence. – Malcolm X (1925-1965 (assassinated)) As a political writer, many people upon meeting me for the first time assume that I do a lot of writing given all the newsworthy material coming out of Washington, across the country and around the world. In reality, I write very little while taking a long view towards the subject matter that I do cover. Since the shooting of the nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, I’ve taken a heightened interest in this incident given the fact that I’ve visited this charming city numerous times and that I got married on one of its barrier...

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Your tweet on South Carolina’s Confederate Flag

Your tweet on South Carolina’s Confederate Flag

To: Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com I read your tweet that appeared in a story, in today’s Huffington Post where you placed demands on South Carolina’s government to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol’s grounds. See below… Marc Benioff @Benioff I agree @MittRomney: Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove to honor victims. 2:54 PM – 20 Jun 2015 As a southerner from Alabama and a thinking man, what’s the difference in flying the Confederate Flag with its history and pledging allegiance to the American Flag after invading Iraq, which resulted in 500,000 dead Iraqis, in just the first four years? The U.S. has invaded countries and has installed its own...

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A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

Introduction: Some of you might have been wondering why you haven’t received an essay from me, lately. Well, I spent last December and the first four months of 2015 writing on local politics with a focus on increasing brand awareness (tedburnett.com) among area residents on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Over the holidays, I saw an opportunity to push a cause that’s been of interest to me when President Obama announced his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. For many Americans, this action seems long-overdue when we already trade with communist China, Vietnam, as well as, Russia. By lifting the embargo, these two neighboring countries and our industries can legally trade with each another. Some travel restrictions will also be lifted for Americans. Currently,...

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Ted Burnett’s second video shot overlooking Mobile Bay, on June 16, 2014.

The following 7 minute video was shot overlooking Mobile Bay on the afternoon of June 16, 2014.  Its my first video in almost a year.  I’m standing behind the camera and my voice can be heard in the background.  Look for more videos in the near future.

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Out of jail, out of hell. I’ve died and gone to heaven!

Note: The following email and story are true. May 10, 2012 Out of jail, out of hell. I’ve died and gone to heaven! by Ted Burnett Mom, I was released from the Monroe Co. (Georgia) Jail, on Wednesday, following my appearance in Superior Court. I plead “guilty with mental illness” to felony obstruction (whatever that means) instead of the original felony charge of Aggravated Assault Upon a Law Enforcement Officer which carries a 12-18 year prison sentence. No one goes home from court a free man after facing this particular charge against an officer in Georgia, but I did only after the charge got reduced. In order to achieve my goal of freedom and to maintain my way of life as a philosopher and writer, I had to fire two lawyers, both, my uncle (who...

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Law enforcement and political corruption (Mobile, AL) in the 2003 cover up of a notorious child molester, Fr. Norman Rogge.

[November 11, 2011] To: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (The Agent of Record) Subject: Cover up of Catholic priest sex crimes by Mobile District Attorney John Tyson, Asst. DA Steve Giranidi (2003) Civil rights violations by the Mobile Police Department, then Police Chief Sam Cochran, City of Mobile, Mobile County Sheriff Department, now Sheriff Sam Cochran. I also have some information on former Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine that [State] Special Prosecutor David Whetstone might be interested in hearing about a one-time encounter that revealed his “insane” character in a downtown restaurant in Mobile (2008?). http://blog.al.com/live/2011/11/stephen_nodine_case_prosecutio.html From:Ted BurnettPhilosopher and writer The following is a...

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My reply: The Supreme Court was right to strike down California’s video game law

Note: The following link, The Supreme Court was right to strike down California’s video game law, is an op-ed that was written by Professor Catherine J. Ross of the George Washington University School of Law, in Washington, DC, which appeared in my local newspaper over the weekend. My reply to her piece follows. Enjoy! July 6, 2011 Professor Ross, I read your supportive op-ed of the Supreme Court’s ruling, which struck down California’s violent video game law as a violation of free speech. I can only wonder how this same ruling might be applied towards children, who are out of school for the summer, and watching endless hours of pornography every day, on their computer. Is this a matter of free speech, as well? Are there no natural boundaries in this...

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Dear Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb – A follow-up email

Dear Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb – A follow-up email by Ted Burnett March 26, 2010 Dear Chief Justice Cobb, Thanks for sending to me, per my request, a copy of the story that appeared in The Birmingham News (AL), and in other news outlets, regarding your tentative plans to host a meeting for state officials (district attorneys, judges and corrections officers) to discuss Alabama’s overcrowded prisons and the high recidivism rate, in September. I am not sure if you had read my email dated “March 12, 2010” at the time you sent me this article. After first reading the story attempts to put my hands back on it, days later, went in vain. My search, both, in the Press-Register and on Google was fruitless. Therefore, my email to you was written from memory, my...

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An email to the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb — prison overcrowding and the high recidivism rate

Introduction The following is an email addressed to Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb of the Alabama Supreme Court. Elected in 2007, Cobb is the first woman to hold this office. She has a distinguished career, after serving almost thirty years on the bench, and is a recipient of numerous awards. Earlier this week, a story appeared in my newspaper, the Press-Register, regarding the Chief Justice’s plans to bring the state’s district attorneys, judges and corrections officers to the state’s capitol to discuss the issue of overcrowding and the high recidivism rate in Alabama’s state prisons. Also, on the agenda are prison tours in an effort to help prosecutors and judges get a better understanding of the dire conditions. In a recent study, by the Pew Charitable Trust,...

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American terrorists

October 14, 2009 American terrorists By Ted Burnett Note: The following commentary is in response to the feature story, on the 401(k), appearing in this week’s Time magazine. Embedded in their piece is a link of the twenty-five people that Time says are responsible for the financial crash, last year. Most of them are influential Americans, corporate CEOs, executives on Wall Street, even U.S. Presidents and other government officials working in Washington. Most will never see any jail time for their reckless actions, which couldn’t have been any worse than those of the individuals responsible for September 11. However, our attitude as to who is a terrorist and who was simply being foolish seems to come down to one’s nationality. While these 20+...

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Dear Editor — Herman Thomas

On March 8, 2008, this story and my essay were shared with my entire audience over 3,300 contacts, both, domestic and foreign. (Attention newsreaders receiving the latest RSS feed from www.toxicnation.blogspot.com. The following commentary is a “letter to the editor” (five pages long – I got carried away) addressed to a small alternative newspaper, the Lagniappe, in my hometown of Mobile, AL. I am posting the “LTE” to my blog at www.toxicnation.blogspot.com for archiving purposes. This is my latest writing effort since the essay – “Success!” I am also distributing my LTE (“Dear Editor – Herman Thomas”) via e-mail to a much smaller and a more localized audience than usual.) On February 25, 2009, the Lagniappe, a bi-weekly, ran a feature story on a two-year...

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The Fool’s Court – Taking a Fresh Stab at the Old Problem of Crime

July 11, 2008 The Fool’s Court – Taking a Fresh Stab at the Old Problem of Crime By Ted Burnett “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”– Albert Einstein It’s been reported in recent years by various media outlets that the United States has more of its citizens incarcerated in jails and in prisons as a percentage of its overall population than any other country in the world. Here in “the land of the free” some two million wasted lives are sitting, standing, pacing, eating, reading, yelling and sleeping in 10’ x 10’ cells. Few “free” Americans seemingly care or are disturbed by this sad fact or this first place statistic, only the incarcerated and their neglected families seem to be concerned. Last year, I reported in my...

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Decriminalizing prostitution

Note: The following link is an op-ed titled “Decriminalizing prostitution” by Patty Kelly, PhD in anthropology at George Washington University. Dr. Kelly’s essay first appeared in the Los Angeles Times on March 13, 2008. The second item is my emailed response to her. Article URL: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-oe-kelly13mar13,0,6258489.storyMarch 16, 2008 To: Patty Kelly, PhD Re: Decriminalizing prostitution In today’s (Mobile, AL) Press-Register appeared your op-ed on decriminalizing prostitution. While I found your article interesting I believe your premise is totally wrong. Your essay could have easily been written about legalizing the sale of alcohol once more at bars and in grocery stores during the days of...

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