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House Judiciary Committee and Trump Asked to Close Wasteful Federal Prison Camps

LogoAccording to the February 8, 2017 Bloomberg Criminal Law Reporter (Vol. 100, no. 18, pg. 393), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Democrat John Conyers (D-MI) are ready to release criminal justice reform legislation but are waiting on a green light from the White House. A Just Cause is urging Congress and President Trump to close 76 federal prison camps and eliminate this wasteful extension of the welfare system that, according the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, houses, clothes, feeds and provides healthcare for nearly 22,000 non-violent offenders.

Government Witnesses Expose IRP6 Indictment as a Fraud but Federal Judge Refused to Dismiss

LogoIf somebody asked you if a bank or car dealer approved you for a loan or extension of credit based solely on you falsely representing that you have one of the highest paying jobs in the country, you would think they were either joking or just asking a ridiculous question, because that would simply not be enough to influence a business to extend you credit. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, based on law established by the U.S. Supreme Court, said to prove that a person obtained a loan or credit by fraudulent means under federal mail and wire fraud statutes, the government must show that a false statement or representation "has the natural tendency to influence, or is capable of influencing, the decision of the decision-making body to which it is addressed." A false statement about a high paying job to a bank or car dealer wouldn't be capable of influencing them into approving a loan or extending credit to someone any more than a real estate agent could influence a home buyer to purchase ocean-front property in Colorado. Basically, for fraud to be fraud, it must be reasonably expected to deceive a person of ordinary intelligence. However, in a federal criminal case (Dist. Colo. case no. 09-cr-00266-CMA), which is known as the "IRP6" case, former Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh and his subordinate, Assistant United States Attorney Matthew T. Kirsch, prosecuted six information technology executives by absurdly alleging that staffing companies would not have extended credit to the executive's company if not for being "induced" or influenced by false statements about having a large "current or impending" government contract. Not surprisingly, when Kirsch tried to prove these absurd claims at trial, his own staffing company witnesses confirmed, like any other business, they extended credit based on creditworthiness, not verbal statements about contracts. Virtually all witnesses said they were not even responsible for making the decision to extend credit which makes one wonder why Kirsch had them testify when they couldn't have been influenced to extend credit because they were not even involved in the process. The witnesses repeatedly admitted they assumed there was a contract or denied statements about contracts were ever made by the defendants. Listen to what the government witnesses had to say directly from trial transcripts.

Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland Gives an Exclusive Interview on AJC Radio's Spotlight on Capitol Hill

LogoAdvocacy group, A Just Cause, announces this Thursday's, March 9, 2017 segment of AJC Radio's, "Spotlight on Capitol Hill" will shine the spotlight on Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland (D-MD) (www.AJCRadio.com, 8-10 PM ET).

AJC Radio's "Spotlight on Capitol Hill" Welcomes Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Giving an Exclusive Interview on AJC Radio

LogoAdvocacy group, A Just Cause, announces this Thursday's, March 2, 2017 segment of AJC Radio's, "Spotlight on Capitol Hill" will shine the spotlight on Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee (D-TN) (www.AJCRadio.com, 8-10 PM ET).

Congresswoman Robin Kelly of Illinois Gives an Exclusive Interview on AJC Radio's Spotlight on Capitol Hill

LogoAdvocacy group, A Just Cause, announces this Thursday, February 23, 2017 the segment of AJC Radio's, "Spotlight on Capitol Hill" will shine the spotlight on Congresswoman Robin Kelly of Illinois (D-IL) (www.AJCRadio.com, 8-10 PM ET).

Congresswoman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi Is Highlighted on AJC Radio's Spotlight on Capitol Hill

LogoA Just Cause, announces this Thursday's, February 16, 2017 segment of AJC Radio's, "Spotlight on Capitol Hill" will shine the spotlight on Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi (D-MS) (www.AJCRadio.com, 8-10 PM ET).

Colorado Federal Judges Worthy of Trump, Gorsuch and Media Criticism

Logo"President Trump's current criticism of federal judges, while unwarranted, is refreshing because the media takes a hands-off approach in dealing with wrongdoing by federal judges and prosecutors, even when there is irrefutable evidence," says Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause. Today, A Just Cause presents an opinion by Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch where he reversed and remanded a criminal case on the same legal grounds his 10th Circuit peers, trial judge Christine M. Arguello, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and federal prosecutor Matthew T. Kirsch, disregarded to uphold the wrongful conviction in the IRP6 case (Dist. Colo. no. 09-cr-00266-CMA), which is the subject of a judicial complaint (bit.ly/2ba9827) and a letter (bit.ly/2b06Rpm) to Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts.

Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina Is Highlighted on AJC Radio's Spotlight on Capitol Hill

LogoA Just Cause, announces this Thursday's, February 9, 2017 segment of AJC Radio's, "Spotlight on Capitol Hill" will shine the spotlight on a powerhouse in Washington, Congressman James E. (Jim) Clyburn of South Carolina (D-SC) (www.AJCRadio.com, 8-10 PM ET).

Attorney Seeks Grand Jury Materials for Alleged Misconduct by Denver Federal Prosecutor

LogoOn January 26, 2017, in the 2011 federal crime case (Dist. of Colo. case no. 09-cr-00266-CMA), Colorado Springs attorney Gwendolyn Lawson filed a motion seeking disclosure of grand jury materials to challenge the suspicious actions of Assistant United States Attorney Matthew T. Kirsch before the grand jury. Lawson believes that Kirsch vindictively pursued a second grand jury and engaged in misconduct that prejudiced or biased grand jurors into issuing an indictment. The first grand jury apparently rejected Kirsch's illegitimate attempt to gain a criminal indictment against six technology executives (known on the Internet as the IRP6) from IRP Solutions Corporation in Colorado Springs, for failing to pay corporate debts to staffing companies. "But if I don't pay somebody for the work they've done, that is not a federal crime," one grand juror pointed out in the original grand jury. In the second grand jury, Kirsch eliminated all defendants' witnesses that testified in the first grand jury, choosing only to call a single, newly-assigned FBI agent, Robert Moen, as his sole witness, presumably, to conceal prior evidence presented to the original grand jury, to gain an indictment.

Obama Receives Last Minute Clemency Letters on Facebook from Wrongly Convicted IRP6 Defendants

LogoOn January 5, 2017, A Just Cause posted a letter (bit.ly/2hYhKvW) to President Obama's Facebook account on behalf of wrongly-convicted IRP6 defendant David Banks who wrote to President Obama concerning clemency petitions for him and his codefendants (Kendrick Barnes, Clinton A. Stewart, Demetrius K. Harper, Gary L. Walker and David A. Zirpolo), which have been pending for 2 years. On January 10th, A Just Cause posted another letter to Obama from David Banks (bit.ly/2iDKZSA), in addition to letters from other IRP6 codefendants, Harper (bit.ly/2jBEioc), Zirpolo (bit.ly/2jsZc4M), and Stewart (bit.ly/2j6NvBF). In November 2015, former federal appeals judge H. Lee Sarokin (U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals), who exhaustively reviewed the case, sent a letter to President Obama, stating he felt a "grave injustice" had been done to the men and that there are a "series of events that cries out for clemency," which included a gross 5th Amendment violation where the trial judge forced the PRO SE defendants to testify against their will after threatening to terminate their defense (www.huffingtonpost.com/judge-h-lee-sarokin/the-case-of-the-missing-t_1_b_5340397.html). The transcript of the judicial coercion mysteriously disappeared and was unavailable for appeal and the men were sent to prison in violation of the law. Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) have sent letters to Obama concerning the IRP6's clemency. Within the last 6 months, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) initiated an investigation into the IRP6 case through the Inspector General's office after receiving information from A Just Cause.