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84 Year Old Woman Charged With Drug Trafficking

84 Year Old Woman Charged With Drug Trafficking

elderly woman

Approximately six years after the recession engineered by Wall St. caused the greatest economic downturn in American history, no bankers have been arrested. In fact, the only person arrested in connection with the bank fraud underpinning the housing collapse was a man who misrepresented his income on a mortgage application.

But even though federal and local authorities have shown little willingness to hold major fraudsters accountable, authorities are still waging the failed war on drugs. The latest victim of the war on drugs is an elderly woman who has been accused of drug trafficking.

Lillie Smith, 84, has been charged with drug trafficking, conspiracy to commit trafficking, tampering with evidence and possession. The charges stem from a warrant served at her apartment in 2011.

Deputies say Smith allowed her son, Nathan Jones, to deal drugs out of her home.

“There were scales, money, narcotics things of that nature that we generally find with drug trafficking,” Williamson said.

Neighbors told local news affiliate KRQE News 13 that Smith’s problem was that she was too nice and may’ve looked the other way because her son was helping take care of her.

Detectives say the elderly woman had drugs on her person when she was served with the warrant.

“When detectives were on scene she did try to take the narcotics that were on her person out and stash them,” said Williamson.

Smith also has a previous arrest from the 1990’s, so apparently,  she is not new to this. The question, really, is whether the American judicial system is prepared to hold all people accountable when laws are broken or whether some people get a pass while others get time behind bars.

Honestly, do you feel any safer now that Ms. Smith is off the street?

 

 

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22/05/13 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

London: Soldier Chopped to Death by Machete Wielding Terrorist in Broad Daylight [Video]

London: Soldier Chopped to Death by Machete Wielding Terrorist in Broad Daylight [Video]

Woolwich shooting incident

Sometimes terror is a coordinated effort, even a state sanctioned operation, and at other times, terror is the act of one or two lone outliers. Today in London, terror revealed itself as the latter.

In a breathtaking attack, a terrorist wielding a meat cleaver chopped a British soldier to death, leaving him dead in the street in broad daylight. The man shouted “Allahu Akbar” after the attack and then, in a brazen move, the terrorist forced passersby to record a chilling video of him sharing his motives for the attack.

“We swear by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reasons we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth,” said the man, whose hands were still bloody. “We apologize that women had to see this today but in our lands our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you”

One witness said one of the men was armed with a gun.

“I walked back up there and the tall black bloke had changed the gun to the other guy and he had two meat cleavers in his hand,” Julia Wilders, 51, told the paper. “And the response police turned up and he’s ran towards them with meat cleavers before I could even get out of the car … they shot him. And then the other one lifts the gun up and they shot him as well.”


 

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22/05/13 Black Crime & Incarceration , Race & Racism #

Colorado: Blacks Make Up 4% of Population and 100% of Death Row Inmates

Colorado: Blacks Make Up 4% of Population and 100% of Death Row Inmates

In Colorado, officials are readying themselves to render the state’s second execution in 45 years. Nathan Dunlap, the Chuck E. Cheese k*ller, is scheduled to be death-penalty3put to death for murdering several people. Although few dispute the heinous nature of Dunlap’s crime, some opponents of the death penalty are asking that Dunlap’s sentence be commuted  because of the unfair administering of the death penalty in the state.

From ThinkProgress:

  • All three people on death row are black men. In a state that is only 4.3% African American, Colorado’s death row is 100% African American.
  • All three men on death are from the same one county, out of Colorado’s 64.
  • All three men committed their crime when they were under the age of 21.

Dunlap was charged with killing four Chuck E. Cheese employees in Aurora, Colorado in 1993. Dunlap was convicted in 1996, but the family of his victims are still waiting for justice to be served in this case.

“I don’t know if Dunlap is ever going to be executed,” Sylvia Crowell, the mother of a victim, told ABCNews.com in February. “Whether he dies from natural causes or from execution doesn’t matter to me, but he better not leave that prison except in a pine box.”

 

Legislators in Colorado tried to do abolish the death penalty, but Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) announced that he had reservations and might veto the bill.

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16/05/13 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black Politics , ybw #

Ga. State Lawmaker Tyrone Brooks Indicted on Federal Charges of Misappropriating Funds

Ga. State Lawmaker Tyrone Brooks Indicted on Federal Charges of Misappropriating Funds

At this point it’s difficult to know whether Blacks are prosecuted at a higher rate than whites or if  Black lawmtyrone brooksakers leave themselves open for federal prosecutions.

In recent months we’ve watched the trial of “Playa Maya” Kwame Kilpatrick, the resignation of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., the arrest of several New York state lawmakers and the arrest of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Now add to that list Tyrone Brooks, a well known Georgia legislator who was just indicted on charges of misappropriating a million dollars in charitable funds.

A grand jury had been investigating the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO) for some time. After interviewing several witnesses, the FBI recommended Brooks’ indictment.

“Mr. Brooks exploited two charitable organizations for his own personal financial gain which came at the expense of the intended beneficiaries of the charitable donations,” Veronica Hyman-Pillot, special agent in charge of IRS criminal investigation, said in a statement provided to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “IRS Criminal Investigation is committed to investigating individuals who use charitable organizations for their personal gain.”

Brooks, 67, is charged with 30 counts of mail, wire, and tax fraud. According to the indictment, Brooks took donations from donors to fund his illiteracy charity but used the donations to pay for personal expenses. Brooks allegedly took large donations from Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola and Georgia Power.

Brooks told reporters that he has no knowledge of any wrongdoing.

 

 

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15/05/13 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

Police Drop All Charges Against 16 Year Old Whose Science Experiment Exploded

Police Drop All Charges Against 16 Year Old Whose Science Experiment Exploded

After two weeks of protests and petitions, Florida authorities have finally dropped the charges against a teen whose science experiment exploded at Bartow florida teenHigh School.

Kiera Wilmot’s combination of household products–aluminum foil and drain cleaner– on school grounds ended with smoke and a small explosion, but no injuries. Wilmot, who was described by her principal as a “good kid”, was still handcuffed and taken to jail.

“She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don’t think she meant to ever hurt anyone,” principal Ron Pritchard told a local news station shortly after Wilmot’s arrest. “She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked, too.”

After Wilmot was taken away by a school resource officer, she was charged with discharging a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device, both of which are felonies.

Wilmot’s lawyer, Larry Hardaway,  previously told Business Insider that he was working to get the charges dropped. Today the state attorney’s office decided not to charge Wilmot with any crimes.

Instead of being charged with a crime, Wilmot is being put into a “diversion of prosecution” program where she’ll likely do community service.
The statement reads:

Based upon the facts and circumstances of the case, the lack of criminal history of the child involved, and the action taken by the Polk County School Board, the State Attorney’s Office extended an offer of diversion of prosecution to the child. The child and her guardian signed the agreement to successfully complete the Department of Juvenile Justice Diversion Program.

The pending case has been dismissed. No formal charges will be filed.

Kiera is described as a diligent student who plays the cello and enjoys robotics.

 

 

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