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May 31, 2019

Lab Owner Arrested for Falsifying Results of Drug Tests

Lab Owner Arrested for Falsifying Results of Drug Tests
Michael Harriot



AL.com reports that Ozark, Ala. police officers charged 36-year-old Brandy Murrah with two counts of forgery after authorities received evidence that someone had forged the results of two drug tests performed by A&J Lab Collections, which is owned by Murrah. Now authorities say that the two cases might just be the tip of the iceberg, alleging that multiple drug screenings may have been changed by Murrah,<redacted>—is only 36 years old.

Murrah had a contract with Dale County’s Department of Human Resources Dependency court to perform drugs and paternity test on individuals involved in custody cases, but was not involved in criminal cases. The lab company was paid by the individual or reimbursed by DHR, if the testee could not afford it.

“We have no idea at this time how many people did not get their children back because of Ms. Murrah’s alleged fraudulent reports,” Dale County, Ala., District Attorney Kirke Adams told the Dothan Eagle. “In my opinion, all cases affected by Murrah’s alleged actions must be redone in order to be fair.”


The Murrah investigation was prompted after someone’s drug screening turned up positive. The person called the physician who signed the paperwork and the doctor replied that she did not recall signing the drug test for A&J Lab Collections or Murrah. The Ozark Police Department, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Dale County District Attorney’s Office, Dale County Department of Human Resources and Dale County court officials are now sifting through the dozens of tests that Murrah’s company completed each month to see how many may have been altered.

“We anticipate a lot,” said Adams.

Murrah is currently out on $2,000 bond.

May 30, 2019

Cory Booker Shoots Down Joe Biden's Claims On Crime Bill And Mass Incarceration

Cory Booker Shoots Down Joe Biden’s Claims On Crime Bill And Mass Incarceration
In an interview with HuffPost, Booker called the 1994 law “awful” and “shameful.”


By Kevin Robillard


In an interview with HuffPost while traveling on a campaign-rented RV between two stops in southeastern Iowa during Memorial Day weekend, Booker ― who has made criminal justice reform central to his White House bid ― said he disagreed with Biden’s assertion that the 1994 law didn’t significantly increase the U.S. jail population.

“I use this word sincerely. I love Joe Biden,” Booker began, before launching into a series of criticisms of the law: “The incentives they put in that bill for people to raise mandatory minimums, for building prisons and jails ― from the time I was in law school to the time I was mayor of the city of Newark, we were building a new prison or jail every 10 days in America while the rest of our infrastructure crumbled ― overwhelmingly putting people in prison for nonviolent drug offenses that members of Congress and the Senate admit to breaking now. That bill was awful.”

“We should all agree with the force of conviction: That bill was a mistake,” he concluded, hitting his hand against the table for emphasis. “Good people signed on to that bill. People make mistakes. But let’s hold them to that. That crime bill was shameful, what it did to black and brown communities like mine [and] low-income communities from Appalachia to rural Iowa. It was a bad bill.”

Biden, then the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was the lead Senate sponsor of the legislation, which President Bill Clinton signed into law. The sprawling legislation contained multitudes of provisions, but experts today agree it was a factor in skyrocketing incarceration rates, especially for African-Americans and Latinos, primarily by incentivizing states to lock criminals up for longer periods of time and giving them billions of dollars to build new prisons. (It did not directly incentivize states to adopt stronger mandatory minimums.) Experts now believe the massive increase in incarceration had little to do with the decrease in crime rates since the 1990s.

The law also contained a ban on assault weapons and the initial version of the Violence Against Women Act.



Why Freakonimics says crime dropped


Abortion and crime: who should you believe?
May 15, 2005 @ 11:44am
by Steven D. Levitt
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Two very vocal critics, Steve Sailer and John Lott, have been exerting a lot of energy lately trying to convince the world that the abortion reduces crime hypothesis is not correct. A number of readers have asked me to respond to these criticisms. First, let’s start by reviewing the basic facts that support the Donohue-Levitt hypothesis that legalized abortion in the 1970s explains a substantial part of the crime decline in the 1990s:

1) Five states legalized abortion three years before Roe v. Wade. Crime started falling three years earlier in these states, with property crime (done by younger people) falling before violent crime.

2) After abortion was legalized, the availability of abortions differed dramatically across states. In some states like North Dakota and in parts of the deep South, it was virtually impossible to get an abortion even after Roe v. Wade. If one compares states that had high abortion rates in the mid 1970s to states that had low abortion rates in the mid 1970s, you see the following patterns with crime. For the period from 1973-1988, the two sets of states (high abortion states and low abortion states) have nearly identical crime patterns. Note, that this is a period before the generations exposed to legalized abortion are old enough to do much crime. So this is exactly what the Donohue-Levitt theory predicts. But from the period 1985-1997, when the post Roe cohort is reaching peak crime ages, the high abortion states see a decline in crime of 30% relative to the low abortion states. Our original data ended in 1997. If one updated the study, the results would be similar.)

3) All of the decline in crime from 1985-1997 experienced by high abortion states relative to low abortion states is concentrated among the age groups born after Roe v. Wade. For people born before abortion legalization, there is no difference in the crime patterns for high abortion and low abortion states, just as the Donohue-Levitt theory predicts.

4) When we compare arrest rates of people born in the same state, just before and just after abortion legalization, we once again see the identical pattern of lower arrest rates for those born after legalization than before.

5) The evidence from Canada, Australia, and Romania also support the hypothesis that abortion reduces crime.

6) Studies have shown a reduction in infanticide, teen age drug use, and teen age childbearing consistent with the theory that abortion will reduce other social ills similar to crime.

May 29, 2019

Mister Ed's Grave

Mister Ed's Grave
The granite monument is engraved with the image of the talking horse's head coming through a barn door.



Most visitors and locals believe the horse in the grave is Bamboo Harvester, the palomino horse, born in 1949, who played Mister Ed on television between 1961 and 1966, then retired to the Oklahoma farm where the five-foot granite marker now stands. He reportedly became sick in 1968 and was euthanized before being laid to rest near a cherry tree in 1970.

But Alan Young, who played Wilbur Post, the only person to whom Mister Ed would speak on the show, says that Harvester actually died accidentally following a shot of tranquilizer in California and was cremated, his ashes spread around by his trainer, Lester Hilton. Young says the horse buried in Oklahoma was a different palomino horse named Pumpkin, who died in 1979. Pumpkin was used for publicity shots for the show, and took up the mantle of Mister Ed after Harvester died, but never played the role on television. A third story has Harvester dying in California and being buried in Oklahoma.

Fans are devoted to the marker on the farm in Tahlequah regardless of which horse is buried there. The gravestone was marked by a simple wooden cross and a horse shoe until 1990, when a special stone was engraved for Mister Ed, complete with the image of his head sticking out through a barn door. There was a ceremony for its arrival that included a color guard and carrot bouquets.

The marker is engraved cautiously: “According to media reports, Mr. Ed moved to Oklahoma in the late 1960s, after a successful Hollywood career. Mr. Ed continued to entertain and bring joy to many Oklahomans, finally retiring in this very field. May his memory live long.”

May 21, 2019

Georgia District Attorneys Vow Not To Enforce 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill

Source: huffpo

Georgia District Attorneys Vow Not To Enforce ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill

Prosecutors for five of Georgia’s most populous counties say they won’t prosecute women who get abortions under the state’s “heartbeat” bill.

By Alanna Vagianos


“As a matter of law (as opposed to politics), this office will not be prosecuting any women under the new law as long as I’m district attorney,” Gwinnett County DA Danny Porter wrote in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb and Henry County prosecutors told local outlets that they either will not or cannot enforce the law once it goes into effect Jan. 1.


Similarly, a spokesperson for Fulton County DA Paul Howard said the district attorney “has no intention of ever prosecuting a woman under this new law,” he told NBC affiliate 11Alive. He also said Howard will not prosecute medical professionals for performing the procedure in Fulton County, which includes the state’s capital, Atlanta.


“This office will not prosecute any woman for decisions regarding her own personal health, nor any physician or other healthcare professional, under HB 481,” he told 11Alive.


Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/georgia-district-attorneys-anti-abortion-law_n_5ce3ef17e4b0e69c18f1e28a

May 21, 2019

Minnie M. Cox - first African/American Postmistress

Minnie M. Cox

Minnie Cox c. 1900


Minnie M. (Geddings) Cox (1869–1933) was an American teacher who was the first African-American woman to serve as a postmaster in the United States.[1] She became the center of a national controversy in the early 1900s when local white citizens attempted to force her out of her job. She also cofounded one of the earliest black-owned banks in the state, as well as an insurance company.

Minnie M. Geddings was born in 1869 to Mary Geddings and William Geddings in Lexington, Mississippi.[2] At the age of 19, she graduated from Fisk University with a teaching degree.[3][4] She taught school for a time and in 1889 married Wayne W. Cox, then a school principal in Indianola, Mississippi.[1][3] They were active in the Republican Party.[3][4]

In 1891, during the administration of President Benjamin Harrison, she was appointed postmaster of Indianola.[2][3] She was the first African-American woman to hold such a position.[1] Cox lost her job in 1892 under President Grover Cleveland but was reappointed in 1897 by President William McKinley and continued to serve under President Theodore Roosevelt.[3][4]

Cox was considered an excellent postmaster.[5] During the Roosevelt administration, however, local white citizens began to agitate to expel African-Americans from good jobs such as the one Cox held.[3][4] The white supremacist politician James K. Vardaman led a targeted campaign in his newspaper, The Greenwood Commonwealth, to force her resignation.[3][4] Eventually the citizens of Indianola voted for Cox to resign a year before her commission was due to expire.[3] Cox initially refused to step down, although she let it be known that she would not try for reappointment after her current commission expired.[5]

As threats against Cox escalated and both the mayor and sheriff refused to protect her,[1] she changed her mind and offered her resignation effective Jan. 1, 1903.[3][2] President Roosevelt refused to accept her resignation and instead closed the Indianola post office, indicating that it would not reopen until Cox could safely resume her duties.[3] The president also ordered the U.S. Attorney General to prosecute those Indianola citizens who had threatened violence against Cox.[3] A few days later, Cox left town over concerns for her own safety.[5]

The situation became a national news story,[6] sparking a debate about "race, states' rights, and federal power".[7]

When Cox's appointment expired in 1904, the Indianola post office reopened with a different postmaster.[4] Cox and her husband returned to Indianola, where they opened the Delta Penny Savings Bank, one of the earliest black-owned banks in the state.[7] They also founded one of the first black-owned insurance companies in the United States to offer whole life insurance, the Mississippi Life Insurance Company.[7] They were strong supporters of black businesses in the state.[4]

After her husband died in 1925, Cox remarried. She and her second husband, George Key Hamilton, moved to Tennessee and later to Rockford, Illinois. She died in 1933.[4]
The Minnie Cox Post Office Building in Indianola.

More information: http://mshistorynow.mdah.ms.gov/articles/421/minnie-geddings-cox-and-the-indianola-affair

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