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Criminal Defense Lawyer, Legal Analyst and Writer. Sydney ✈️ NYC. she/her. “I can't believe what you say, because I see what you do.” James Baldwin
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Sep 15 17 tweets 6 min read
BREAKING: The DOJ has indicted former KSK cop Roger Golubski for civil rights violations.

Golubski terrorized and sexually assaulted a staggering number of Black women over 35 years, and framed a Black teenager for murder after the teen's mother rejected his sexual advances. Golubski was arrested by the FBI this morning and will appear in court this afternoon.

Golubski's reputation for terrorizing KSK Black women was known for decades, but it was only under @KristenClarkeJD that a criminal investigation began three years ago.…
Sep 14 6 tweets 2 min read
On June 11, Christian Glass called 911 for help after he crashed his car in a ditch.

CO cops arrived but instead of helping him, & despite him trying to reassure them he was no threat by making a heart sign with his hands, they smashed in his window, tasered him & shot him dead. Image All Christian needed was help to get his car out of the ditch. He had not committed any crime.…
Sep 14 5 tweets 2 min read
A teenage boy was killed today after jumping onto subway tracks while being pursued by cops.

There have been several cases where children have been electrocuted by the third rail during police pursuits, but NYPD continues to initiate chases in the subway.… In 2017, I represented a teenager who was killed when cops chased him onto the subway after he allegedly stole a couple of dollars from a newsstand.

He was such a smart and generous kid, with spark, despite having been through *a lot*. Even the judge had a soft spot for him.
Sep 13 10 tweets 4 min read
13 people have died on Rikers Island this year and now NYC DOC wants to isolate people even more by digitalizing their mail.

This means they will no longer be able to receive cards, children's drawings, photos or letters from their loved ones, just shoddy b&w copies on a tablet. The rationale for digitalizing mail - that it prevents the introduction of contraband into prisons – is spurious.

Studies have consistently shown that drugs and weapons are brought into jails and prisons by guards.
Sep 3 14 tweets 5 min read
In May NYPD shot and killed 25-year-old Rameek Smith, after they claimed he fired a gun at them. Eric Adams hailed the cops as heroes and called Rameek a career criminal.

Now bodycam video shows Rameek never fired a gun, and the cops shot him in the back as he was running away. I am posting a link to the bodycam video. It is in a story on This is the *only* story I could find about the release of the video.

Mr. Smith was not Latino so the fact this is the only media reporting the release speaks volumes.…
Aug 9 18 tweets 5 min read
A few things that would be helpful to know about this grand jury:

1. Its racial demographics

75% of Leflore County is Black but, in a state where 20% of Black voters are disenfranchised, it is conceivable that this jury was all or overwhelmingly White.… Even in Manhattan, where 25% of people are Black, we often try cases before juries with few if any Black jurors because of voter suppression, racism and socioeconomic barriers.

LeFlore County has the highest rate of child poverty of any in the US.
Aug 8 8 tweets 3 min read
It's interesting how media decide that a DA investigating Donald Trump must be a champion of justice; because Fulton County DA Fani Willis is anything but.

She's the DA who refused to prosecute Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta cop, who killed Rayshard Brooks.… You'll remember Atlanta police shot and killed Mr. Brooks shortly after the murder of George Floyd back in 2020. When she declined to prosecute, the case was referred to an independent prosecutor. It still hasn't been indicted, more than two years later.…
Jul 23 5 tweets 2 min read
NY GOP rep Lee Zeldin is blaming the release of the man who allegedly attacked him on bail reform.

The man was released because the DA very strangely charged him with a non-bail eligible offense. That DA - Sandra Doorley - is co-chair of Zeldin's… Can you imagine any other case where a political candidate is rushed onstage by someone with a weapon and then only charged with an E level felony?

By one of the most pro law and order prosecutors in the country no less.
Jul 22 6 tweets 2 min read
Media with no evidence whatsoever are now claiming a murdered teenager was participating in a TikTok challenge to spray water on cops, as opposed to just playing with friends on the street in 100° weather.

Like that would justify a cop killing him anyway.… This is according to a "police source."

Never mind that the corrections officer who killed him, did so when he was off duty. He (presumably) wasn't in uniform so this theory doesn't even make sense.
Jul 20 11 tweets 3 min read
It's incredible to see US lawyers go on TV to talk about Brittney Griner and describe the Russian criminal legal system as a sham because of its 99% post-trial conviction rate, when in the US, 97% of cases end in pleas and the vast majority that do go to trial end in convictions. People are outraged that Brittney Griner is likely pleading guilty to something she didn't do because she faces 10 years in prison.

That is outrageous - and it's something that happens here all the time.
Jul 20 4 tweets 2 min read
San Bernardino police shot and killed Robert Adams on Saturday as he was running away from them. Video shows a cop firing just seconds after they arrived and exited from an unmarked car with guns drawn. Mr. Adams was just 23-years-old. Police have provided no reason for the execution-style killing, saying only that Mr. Adams "fit the description" of a person they were looking for, and the parking lot where he was standing was a "high-crime area."…
Jul 19 4 tweets 1 min read
A man allegedly swiped a few pairs of cheap sunglasses from a midtown street vendor, he's charged with robbery in the first degree (sentence 5 to 25 years), being held on $50,000 bail, and @NYDailyNews thinks its a cute story about a police horse.… That sentence of 5 to 25 years is if you have no prior convictions.

It can go much higher.
Jul 11 4 tweets 1 min read
The father of Brett Rosenau, the 15-year-old boy Albuquerque police killed in a SWAT raid last week, was also murdered by police - in December 2006. He died before his son was born.

Brett was named after his father - Brett David Rosenau.… Initial reporting (reflected in my tweets) said Brett was 14 when he was killed by police). He was in fact 15.
Jul 11 6 tweets 2 min read
Police killed 14-year-old Brett Rosenau during a SWAT raid in Albuquerque last Wednesday night when they threw flash bangs into a house he was visiting setting it on fire.

After saying they didn't know what caused his death, they have now confirmed he died of smoke inhalation. Image The 14-year-old boy - who was not the target of the raid - was visiting a teenage friend who lived at the house to borrow a bike, when police smashed down the house's doors looking for another person, who was wanted on two warrants for non-violent…
Jul 11 4 tweets 2 min read
A jury just acquitted this man of the murder of two police officers, after he spent 20 years in prison because of police misconduct, and this entire article is written as if *he* somehow got over on someone.… This is by @acooperjourno from @theage/@smh (Australian newspapers) about a Melbourne case.

Copaganda is not a uniquely American phenomenon.
Jul 10 4 tweets 1 min read
I'm agnostic now, but growing up Irish Catholic in Australia, going to Catholic School, the American Catholic Church's obsession with abortion is just so foreign to me.

Honestly, we never really even talked about it in school. Priests never lectured about it. Admittedly I went to a progressive all-girls school, taught by feminist nuns, but across the board I do think there was so much more focus on social justice issues than this sort of dogma, unless people were part of a minority order like Opus Dei (and there were some who were).
Jul 10 10 tweets 2 min read
Cops killed two people in NYC Saturday night.

In Brooklyn, police stopped a car for an unspecified traffic infraction. They ordered the man in the passenger seat out of the vehicle and he ran. They gave chase and shot him as he was running away.… Police claim he had a gun and shot at them and they returned fire. This is *always* the story. Take it with a grain of salt.

Moreover, if police are just stopping a car for a traffic infraction, they don't have the right to order a passenger out of the car.
Jul 9 5 tweets 2 min read
Albuquerque police killed a 14-year-old boy during a SWAT raid Wednesday night. The cops threw multiple gas canisters into a house causing it to erupt into a massive fire.

The boy was not the target of the raid.… This, after the SWAT team arrived at the house with guns drawn, ordered the family who lived there (also not the targets of the raid) out of the house, placed them in cuffs and smashed in the house's windows and broke down its doors.…
Jun 13 11 tweets 3 min read
This thread is not only irresponsible, it demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of how the criminal legal system works.

Remember @MomsDemand is funded by Michael Bloomberg, so the devastating consequences laws have on Black & Brown children tend not to concern them much. First, this bill hasn't been written yet so no one, including @shannonrwatts, knows exactly how "juvenile records" is defined: whether it includes every contact a child has had with police or whether it includes only cases where a child is prosecuted and convicted in court.
Jun 11 4 tweets 2 min read
The disconnect where people can feel such tremendous sorrow and empathy for the children killed at Uvalde, but demonize children killed by police. ImageImageImage The three children above - Andre Hernandez, Thomas TJ Siderio, and Adam Toledo - were 12 or 13 when police killed them.
Jun 2 5 tweets 2 min read
Tennessee investigators now say that Shandle Marie Riley, who was found dead in her apartment shortly after a judge ruled her lawsuit against a cop who forcibly baptized and sexually assaulted her, died of an accidental drug overdose.… The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, who have stymied the investigation into the deputy, Daniel Wilkie, who attacked Ms. Riley, at every turn, were the first responders to a 911 call about Ms. Riley from her landlord, so arguably the death is still suspicious.