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THE 40% LIE

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THE 40% LIE

THE 40% LIE

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2012/02/06 at 19:40

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The Real Reason I Was Arrested

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Behind the Locked DoorPolice were called to my home when I attempted to remove my daughter from the situation recorded in this video. The police were called because it’s well known that in the post-VAWA [1996 Violence Against Women Act] world, the man is almost always arrested regardless of the circumstances.

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2011/09/29 at 07:13

The One Year Anniversary of My Arrest

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SWAVLCheck my YouTube video commemorating the one year anniversary of my arrest. Today would be a good day to describe the photos included in the SWAVL logo: the photo on the left was taken minutes before my arrest in response to the charge made by the divorce petitioner that I threw her against a wall. Note there is no evidence of a bruise or mark of any kind, nor was there any evidence of any impact up to eight hours after the altercation. The photo at right was taken at my first court hearing, in order to fake injuries and specifically to corroborate one of the many perjuries made prior to my arrest.

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2011/02/03 at 21:21

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RACISM AND DV ARRESTS

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Being held in the Indianapolis, Indiana detention processing center for about 22 hours after my arrest on false felony domestic battery charges was an eye-opening experience, to say the least. It became distressingly clear to me, surrounded as I was by the dredges of the city, that our society is disintegrating around us. As a law-abiding college-educated upstanding citizen, I clearly did not belong there. There were about 50 of us packed into the fairly small space with arrest charges ranging from public intoxication to weapons charges to drug possession. The civil court system is so overwhelmed some of the guys had been there for nearly two days. And this was on a Tuesday morning!  I can’t imagine what a Friday or Saturday night is like.  I slept on the concrete floor for no more than half an hour at a time because the bigger, meaner guys ruled the roost. I did make the most of my time in the processing center by surveying my fellow inmates regarding their experience with the legal system. All of them regarded domestic violence as small potatoes which they’d dealt with years ago and moved on. The relentless breakdown of the black family was also painfully evident as I noted that over 3/4 of the detainees were African American. Most telling was that there was only one other clean-cut middle-class white dude like myself, still in his wingtips, slacks and pressed shirt who was arrested at work.[ In fact, there were only four of us whiteys in the whole place.] He was in a similar situation to mine: his fiancée wanted out of their engagement and falsely accused him to get him locked up and kicked out of their condo. And in my anger management class, the pattern of racism in domestic violence arrests continued: of the 13 members, nine are Black. For 12% of the U.S. population, I’d say this is yet another stellar example of African Americans being vastly overrepresented in the criminal justice system. The machinery of oppressive police-state government is consuming black families and emboldened as it is by the flow of federal money, it’s now encroaching into middle class families of all races.

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2011/01/20 at 07:49

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THE F WORD

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SWAVLFELON. FELONY. The words still sound surreal to me, especially when used to describe myself. In hindsight, I now realize that I made a colossal mistake in signing a plea bargain rather than taking my case to trial. Given the mitigating circumstances as well as multiple counts of perjury and a botched and improper arrest, I might well have triumphed in the end but I am now trying to pick up the pieces of my life as a convicted felon. I’ve learned the hard way that a plea deal is regarded exactly the same as a conviction. As if finding a job a job and housing in this miserable economy isn’t tough enough, that “felony” mark on my record makes it impossible. While my high-powered attorney with connections to the Prosecutor negotiated a far better deal than I expected, my head still spins as I’m daily subjected to a draconian police state which monitors and controls my every move. With my signature on the plea agreement, I acquiesced to a host of perjuries made by my accusers as well as the sacrifice of my constitutional liberties – not to mention my sacrifice of thousands of dollars in court fees and related costs. This nightmare is just beginning and will continue for a year and a half. I also learned too late that a felony plea bargain is regarded by employers as being no different than a conviction. I now find myself not only unemployed but also unemployable.

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2011/01/20 at 05:32

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MY LETTER TO A DV SHELTER

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SWAVLFebruary 14, 2010

On this Valentine’s Day 2010, will you accept these donations to the Julian Center?  Enclosed you’ll find items ranging from non-perishable food items to home goods to electronics.  I have long admired the Julian Center’s good work, and many of my family members have even donated and volunteered.

I was inspired to make these donations because of a Spanish-speaking woman I spoke with briefly last week.  I had the opportunity to observe proceedings in a county courtroom, where I sat next to a woman whose arms and face were covered with bruises and scratches.  In broken English she said she wanted to testify against her husband but was afraid to do so in his presence.  Tears trickled down her face.  Then, a gruff-looking man in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs was escorted into the court; as he glared at her from the front of the courtroom, the woman hung her head, began to weep, and left.

While there are many women and children in great need due to domestic violence, I’ve also discovered that men are guilty until proven innocent and that there are women who take unfair advantage of social services intended for battered women.  I was in that courtroom last week because I am accused of misdemeanor domestic battery, as well as false accusations of two related felony counts.  After months of research into available services, my wife presented herself as financially destitute and a victim – neither of which are true. 

The enclosed items are nearly all of what remained in my home after I posted bond and was released from jail pending my pre-trial hearing.  I thought it fitting to donate them to the Julian Center so that they can be used by women who are truly in need.

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2011/01/20 at 05:23

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FOLLOW THE MONEY

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SWAVLMy dear old Granddaddy [God rest his soul] always said ‘if you want to understand business or politics, just follow the money.’ As a convicted battery felon due to my signing a plea bargain, I learned the hard way that there are powerful financial interests arrayed against me which I ran into like a brick wall.

First and foremost is the federal VAWA [violence against women act] law passed in 1994 under President Clinton which provides hundreds of millions of dollars to local law enforcement intended to combat domestic violence. As is the case with most government programs, however, more pigs have muscled onto that trough including an array of local government entities which feed off this federal money and have a strong financial incentive to pursue DV-related arrests and prosecutions. In fact, my home state of Indiana prosecutes DV cases among the most aggressively in the nation – lucky for me.

In my case, three public figures played a prominent role in my undoing. First and foremost was former County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi whose career went down in flames due to several scandals as my case was progressing. His Deputy Kim Savoie along with the so-called “Victim’s Advocate” clearly coached exaggerated claims and falsehoods against me in court. My initial defense attorney botched my case when he stated to Savoie: “It’s my understanding that there was indeed battery happening in that household, and it wasn’t my client.” My then-attorney thus tipped my hand to Savoie that I had documentation of child abuse and asset hiding, which derailed my too-late report of child abuse to Indiana’s notoriously incompetent child protection service and allowed a false claim that my wife is “destitute.” I did, however, accept as partial vindication in the fact that Brizzi’s Deputy Prosecutor Matt Daly, who succeeded Savoie as the lead negotiator in my case after Savoie took maternity leave, abruptly resigned under a cloud of secrecy just days after signing my plea bargain. My second and final defense attorney Paul Page, with whom Brizzi had made what were described by the local news media as being “shady business deals,” was very expensive but worth every penny; Page’s deposition revealed the perjuries and falsehoods against me which resulted in charges being dropped from the final plea agreement. I could almost smell the poo as I read the depo; Savoie interrupted and corrected my wife a couple of times, this after they’d falsely accused me of having a ‘previous criminal history’ when in fact I don’t.

The next institutional brick wall which I encountered was Melissa Kramer, Master Commissioner [Magistrate] of the Superior Court which heard my case. Judge Kramer has a reputation in legal circles as being extraordinarily hostile towards men accused of DV and providing an unfair advantage to women. In my case, Kramer refused to hear my documentation of child abuse while accepting hearsay and falsehoods from my opponents. Kramer also angrily shot down my then-attorney’s botched request to modify the no-contact and restraining orders so I could check in on my young daughter.

The third leg of the troika standing against me is a law firm in which a former president of the Washington Township [Indianapolis] School Board is a partner. My wife quickly filed for divorce after my arrest and I’ve learned that so-called “family law” attorneys are regarded in legal circles as being bottom feeders which take a slice as the man is being drawn and quartered by the legal system [the connection became clear when my wife attended my first hearing accompanied by whom I would later learn was her divorce attorney – but at that time my wife had not yet even filed for divorce]. Don Kite, partner in Dean Webster Wright and Kite, was school board president against whom I worked with a citizens activist group for years. One of their most infuriating projects under Board President Kite was building a new swimming pool at the high school at the same time they were closing schools – the design and building of which was done by failed gubernatorial candidate Jim Schillinger’s CSO Architects. CSO was widely covered in the press as needlessly building ever-more grandiose schools at taxpayer expense. Coincidentally – or perhaps not so much – one of the folks who referred my wife to Kite’s firm was a top aide in the failed gubernatorial campaign of Jill Long Thompson, who narrowly defeated Schillinger in the Democratic primary election but went on to lose in a landslide to Republican Mitch Daniels.

The icing on the cake is that the legal system regards me as nothing more than a checkbook with a male attached. Because I am a college-educated male with a young child with many years until emancipation, I will likely be an unwilling contributor to the child support bureaucracy for many years to come. And that’s what it comes down to: divorce and family-breakdown are big bucks industries which the government muscles into to take a slice.

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2011/01/20 at 05:16

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