Joe Snook Archive
Joe Snook is an Investigative Reporter with the US~Observer Newspaper. A former decorated Assault Medic in the 82nd Airborne Division and Ron Paul Campaign Coordinator. Joseph assists victims of the criminal justice system to help them achieve total vindication. Email this author.
Crystal Mangum, who made national headlines in 2006 for falsely accusing three Duke University lacrosse players of rape, was found guilty Nov. 22 of second-degree murder.
Mangum stabbed her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, with a kitchen knife in 2011 during an argument. Daye, 46, died 10 days later from complications due to the wound. Magnum claimed self-defense for stabbing Daye. She stated that he dragged her by her hair and threatened to pour hot water on her face and make it so no man would want her.
Medford, Ore. — Twin brothers Don and Jason Libby, owners of Jackson County Security, have both been cleared of separate false criminal charges stemming from different encounters with the Medford Police Department (MPD). MPD manufactured claims that the two bothers committed serious crimes, and they were eventually arrested and charged.
Jason Libby’s case was dismissed on June 27, just before trial. Don Libby was found innocent of all charges on Sept. 3 (also the date of his wedding anniversary) following a three-day trial.
Jackson County, Ore. — Administrative government, comprised of “administrative hearings officers” (unelected judges) who act as judge, jury and executioner in many cases across the United States have created serious problems for our country. Citizens in Jackson County, Ore., claim this type of system is causing them “permanent damage.” “Administrative hearings deprive us of our 7th Amendment right to trial by jury” and also violate Oregon’s Constitution, Article 1, Section 17: “Jury trial in civil cases. In all civil cases the right of Trial by Jury shall remain inviolate.”
In 2011, more than seven years after Bernie Zieminski of Clams LLC, purchased a billboard, he was accused of “illegally illuminating the billboard.” Zieminski had already proven that other charges to remove the billboard by Jackson County and the State of Oregon were frivolous because the sign was protected under free speech, which has been upheld in other cases by the Supreme Court. So with nothing to go after Ziemenski for, the county finally saw the “light.” (No pun intended.)
West Palm Beach, Fla. — US~Observer Special Report — Since his conviction of DUI manslaughter on Sept. 15, 2011, Jamie Clark has adamantly maintained his innocence. Clark’s attorneys, Benjamin Waxman and Alan Ross of Robbins, Tunkey, Ross, Amsel, Robins & Waxman filed a motion for post-conviction relief (new trial) on Feb. 13.
On March 1, Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeals granted Waxman’s motion, relinquishing jurisdiction to the trial court, giving the trial court power to rule on Clark’s argument that the State of Florida committed a Brady violation by withholding exculpatory evidence (evidence that could have been used to prove his innocence) during his first trial. Waxman’s motion referred to “newly discovered evidence” not being disclosed to the defense that clearly contributed to Clark’s conviction. The motion further claimed that ineffective assistance of counsel committed by Clark’s trial defense attorney violated Clark’s 6th Amendment right to be adequately represented.
It’s not very often that someone can say, “I fought the law, and I won.” However, 66-year-old James Roberts can rightfully say those words. Roberts was charged with one count of reckless driving and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. The charges were for allegedly endangering U.S. Forest Service (USFS) employees Sean Thomas and Donald Ross. Each charge carried a maximum penalty of one year in jail.
Facing a three-year sentence if convicted, Roberts was offered 18 months’ bench probation, no jail time, a three-month license suspension and some fines and fees if he entered a guilty plea and sold out to the criminal justice system.