Prosecutors in the US are encouraged to get indictments and prison sentences for average citizens, guilty, or not. It's about the number of wins that can be racked up and how much the state can confiscate, fine, and rip off. Those who have connections can avoid prosecution. Has Hillary Clinton been prosecuted and jailed for any of her crimes?
Judges also owe favors to have their positions. Yours truly knows about being blacklisted and where all court cases can be fixed and outcomes predicted before their is any horse and pony show, aka "a trial".
The below story, "Prosecutors: Indicted former judge tried to bribe witnesses,"
was [found here
] as msn.com story.
© The Associated Press
This photo provided by the Pulaski County Sheriffs Office shows Joseph
Boeckmann. Boeckman is a former Arkansas judge accused of giving lighter
sentences to defendants in exchange for nude photos and sexual acts
tried to bribe…
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A former Arkansas judge accused of giving
lighter sentences to defendants in exchange for nude photos and sexual
acts tried to bribe witnesses and had an accomplice threaten to make one
of them "disappear," federal prosecutors say.
appeared disheveled as the accusations were levied during his
arraignment hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.
Wearing jeans and a button-down shirt while shackled at the waist, the
70-year-old pleaded not guilty to bribery, fraud and other federal
charges just hours after prosecutors unsealed a 21-count indictment.
of men have accused the former Cross County district court judge of
sexual abuse and misconduct dating back decades to his time as a
prosecutor. Some men said he gave them money in exchange for spanking
them with a paddle and to take photos of the red skin. Others said they
posed nude in exchange for money to pay off court fines.
Boeckmann — who resigned in May after an investigation by a
state judiciary board — allegedly had more than 4,600 photos of nude or
The indictment alleges that Boeckmann corruptly
used his position "to obtain personal services, sexual contact, and the
opportunity to view and to photograph in compromising positions persons
who appeared before him in traffic and misdemeanor criminal cases in
exchange for dismissing the cases."
Boeckmann's attorney, Jeff
Rosenzweig, appeared in court via telephone Monday, saying he was not
given notice of the indictment and was out of town for another case. He
did not return a message seeking comment from The Associated Press. The
indictment is dated Oct. 5.
The most serious charges carry maximum sentences of 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
Department of Justice Attorney Jonathan Kravis said two witnesses,
identified as Person D and Person J, told prosecutors that Boeckmann had
a third person approach them with bribes and threatened one of them
into either recanting their statements or lying to investigators.
third person told Person J that if there was no recanting, "that Person
J would be made to disappear or words to that effect," Kravis said
during the hearing, also via telephone.
"Person J told law
enforcement that this conversation occurred in a parking lot in a car
with the doors locked and the windows rolled up. Person J described
their demeanor during this contact as ... terrified," Kravis said.
argued the alleged witness tampering should be enough to keep Boeckmann
detained as he awaits a November trial. The magistrate judge agreed to
keep Boeckmann detained until a detention hearing Wednesday.
case brought gossip into the open that had circulated in private for
years about Boeckmann, who is from a prominent family that settled in
the farming community of Wynne, about 100 miles east of Little Rock,
more than a century ago.
Some men, including several who were
underage at the time of their court cases, said Boeckmann would offer
them community service in lieu of court fines and fees. The assignments
often involved going to his house or another location, taking off their
shirts and pretending to pick up the cans while, they allege, Boeckmann
David Sachar, the head of the Arkansas Judicial
Discipline and Disability Commission, which conducted the initial
investigation, has called the allegations "if not the worst, among the
worst cases of judicial misconduct" in state history.
investigation by The Associated Press into court and law enforcement
records in June showed that of the 254 men Boeckmann sentenced to
community service over a seven-year period in one of three districts he
oversaw, just 13 of the cases included timesheets and court records
showing completion of the sentences.
investigation also included allegations that Boeckmann failed to recuse
himself from overseeing cases involving relatives and at least one
defendant who listed the former judge as his employer when he appeared
before the court. The commission also submitted evidence that Boeckmann
had written checks from private accounts to pay attorneys who had
appeared in his court.
The indictment unsealed Monday lists eight
counts of wire fraud, two counts of witness tampering, one count of
federal program bribery and 10 counts of violating the federal Travel
Act. The wire fraud and witness tampering counts each carry a maximum
sentence if convicted of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The
bribery charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, while the other
10 counts carry a maximum of five years in prison. [more from source
So few judges are even investigated. In the State of Connecticut, citizen complaints against judges are allegedly just shredded, not investigated ... your truly, Steven G. Erickson, knows that a citizen can be put on the terrorist watch list just because a fat cop living with his mother wants to try and scoop someone's significant other. 100's of thousands of Homeland Security and TSA taxpayer paid in dollars can then be used harassing just that one citizens, like yours truly, to infinity and beyond.