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More Unlawful Arrests of Dr. Linda Shelton by Corrupt Cook County Officials

September 4, 2009

by Dr. Linda Shelton:

DOCUMENTATION OF CORRUPTION, FRAUD, WASTE, AND INCOMPETENCE IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT OF COOK COUNTY:

Cook County Sheriff Police Investigator Cynthia B. Sofus, earning a salary of $76, 450 per year,  is a glaring example of incompetence, arrogance, and vulgarity among the Cook County Sheriff’s staff. She works for the Criminal Intelligence, Gangs & Crimes Unit of the Sheriff’s Police at the Cook County Department of Corrections. She has what is known as a “potty mouth”. The following gives a detailed description as to how, in two cases against me which are false arrests and malicious prosecutions, she was grossly negligent in her investigation and has ended up suborning perjury (supporting  perjury of the state’s witnesses, Sgt. Anthony Salemi and Lt. Prescott, among others).

Case 1:

On May 16, 2005, Cook County Correctional Sgt. Anthony Salemi came to my cell at the women’s medical unit of the Cermak infirmary at Cook County Jail. I was housed alone in a single cell. I was in the medical unit due to multiple medical problems including: 1) a congenital & acquired spinal cord injury causing a weak right side (right hemiparesis) where I cannot raise my right leg above my waist; 2) heart arrythmias; 3) Hemiplegic migraine causing frequent dizziness, unsteadiness, and headache, plus some intermittent neurologic deficits (migraines with symptoms of stroke); 4) severe intermittent asthma with vocal cord dysfunction, episodes of unconsciousness due to hypoxia, and severe sensitivity to chemicals such as cleaning solutions, perfumes, and the formaldehyde found in cigarettes (ignorant poorly-trained paramedics, nurses, and physicians, such as they have at the CCDOC, confuse my symptoms with malingering because I don’t always wheeze but rather develop a “silent chest syndrome” with poor air movement and whistling gurgling sound when inhaling, just before I go unconscious), and 5) malignant neurocardiogenic syncope – a severe form of nerve mediated fainting that in me is caused partly by the spinal cord injury destroying nerves needed to regulate respiration and heart beat, but also due to congenital disorder of contraction or twitchiness of the blood vessels necessary to keep a person from fainting when they stand up (the blood vessels in the lower body must contract when standing or the blood flows to the lower body and there is insufficient blood for the brain).  This is a complex and interacting set of medical problems, which for treatment, require a certain mix of medications, a high salt diet, and rapid response to deterioration of medical condition.

As the jail staff had: 1) violated my constitutional rights to have pen & paper to write grievances and write court papers to appeal my unlawful incarceration, thus illegally and unconstitutionally denying me ”access to the courts” (I was later aquitted of the fraudlent charge for which I was incarcerated); 2) denied me necessary medication and high salt diet (the correctional staff said salt was contraband and everyone had to eat a low salt diet, despite the doctor’s orders) to prevent fainting on standing and weakness or other serious symptoms; and 3) denied me my statutory right to call non-collect when I was incarcerated to arrange for the care of my disabled father (when I came home a month later he was dehydrated, weak, mildly confused, and clearly had needed more assistance) – the social worker told me that she was instructed NOT to help me arrange for the care of my father,  I protested with, from May 11, 2005 on, a continuous dry hunger strike. 

I ate and drank NOTHING. Every three to five days I would take 2-3 ounces of water to lessen the likelihood of a quick death. This resulted in a 1 and 1/2 lb weight loss per day, and by May 16, 2009, I had nearly passed out in the shower and required the use of a wheelchair, although I had been using a cane. I no longer could stand for more than a few seconds without passing out. I was moderately dehydrated, which causes weakness and fainting when standing. Obviously, this made my congenitally weak arms & shoulders, and weak leg, even weaker. I was physically unable to batter anyone, especially a strong male who was taller and 50 lbs heavier than I was, like Sgt. Salemi.

The wheelchair had most of the tread missing from the right wheel. Therefore, when I  pushed it, if there was a divit in the floor or a slightly bumpy area on the floor, I couldn’t move it over this tiny obstacle as the right wheel would not catch the floor and would spin freely. The right wheel also had one of the three spacers missing from the hand rail on the wheel and this made the wheel a bit cockeyed and caused the long screw to constantly rattle and move into the wheel obstructing movement of the wheel if I used the hand rail instead of someone pushing me. The armrests were missing. The wheelchair was extra wide and meant for a very obese person – I am thin. This meant you have to spread your arms wider, this produces less torque, and the person in the chair has more difficulty moving it than an ordinary wheelchair.

My medical condition is that I have congenital weakness of the hands, arms, and shoulders due to the spinal cord injury resulting from a congenital defect in my spine. I kept the left foot rest folded up and put my weak right leg on the right foot rest. I used my fairly good left leg to propel the wheelchair backwards (it is hard to use a leg to move the wheelchair fast forwards – try it!) as my arms were a little too weak to get the wheelchair start moving from a stop and too weak to go very far. The officers are required NOT to push inmates in wheelchairs, but Officer Boutte, who does transport for female inmates, always pushed my wheelchair, because it was obvious I was too weak to push it very far. He was illegally not allowed to testify on my behalf.

Unit officers open cell doors for meal and time in the common room, a large hall with tables and chairs, and inmates can open the cell doors and leave their cells when the doors are unlocked part of the day.

I had great difficulty opening the cell door and maneuvering my wheelchair out of the cell. I had to do this backwards pushing with my left leg and then wedging my arms in the door jams so as to get more force to help my leg push the door open with the back of the wheelchair. At least half the time, a nurse or inmate would take pity and help me open the door. Only one officer actually helped me open the door. The others were sadistic. I often didn’t bother, because I wasn’t eating anyways, and more and more stayed in bed, too weak to do anything. My pulse was consistently rapid and I was consistently short of breath if I tried to stand up or move around. I suffered at least 4 asthma attackes in the few days before this incident due to exposure to inmates who were smoking or exposure to floor cleaning solutions. The medical staff didn’t care to protect me from this. This further weakened me. My attorney was illegally not allowed to present the paramedic reports about these asthma attacks to the jury.

Sgt. Anthony Salemi came to my cell on May 16, 2005, sent the female unit officer away, and cracked the door open to talk with me. I was next to the cell door as I had banged on it trying to get the unit officer to call a sergeant or lieutenant so I could make verbal complaints again, that they continually ignored. The department rules require that a male officer may NOT enter a female inmate’s cell without a witness, except in a life-threatening emergency. There was no life-threatening emergency.

Sgt. Anthony Salemi told me “I’m going to make a case so you don’t get out.” He then opened the door enough to lunge in and grab my neck with his left hand. Sgt. Hernandez and several officers later told me to “get that ***” in court because he “only attacks women”. The door shut behind him.

The force of his attack made the wheelchair propel backwards. He stumbled and slid down a bit, skinning his shins on the footrests, more so on the left as the left footrest was folded up and sticking out less. The wheelchair spun a little to the right. We were now in the middle of the cell nearer the bed. I curled up in a ball somewhat, leaning to my right side so I could wedge my left shoeless foot against his chest to try to pry him off. His harry arms were very strong, like tree trunks and my arms were too weak in my feeble attempts to pull his hand off of my neck. He got mad when I pushed his chest with my foot and let go. Then he rapidly grabbed my left arm with his left hand, while he yanked the wheelchair out from under me, simultaneously flipping me off the wheelchair against the hospital bed railing that was down.

I landed against the bed and on my right knee and hands. My right middle toe got caught in the right foot rest and became severely contused. It later swelled up like a grape, black and blue.  I was stunned and terrified. I didn’t know what to expect next and feared for my life. The wheelchair had two posts on either side of the seat where the missing armrests insert. They were slightly higher than the seat and hard metal. As he pulled the wheelchair out from under me, they raked my thighs and caused huge contusions – testimony in court described “bruises on (L) – Upper posterior thigh (4” X 2”), (R) Inner upper thigh (6 ½ “ X 3 ½ “) (R) Third metatarsal toe.” Officer unit log notes describe a bruise on my right knee. No one carefully examined me, so they didn’t write down the bruises on my left arm in the shape of fingers. The doctor, days later, ordered multiple X-rays due to the extent of contusions to rule out fractures. He however did not examine me in any way other than to visualize a few bruises. He was not called to testify.

I have post-traumatic-stress disorder because I was  previously attacked by men. This attack by Sgt. Salemi put me into a flashback and was crying and screaming hysterical to “stay away from me”, as well as cowering after this attack. I let no one touch me or view my injuries for several shifts and simply cowered in the bed and was silent.

Sgt. Salemi falsified his records and said from a dead stop in the middle of the cell, I “surprised him” while he was looking at me, accelerated the wheelchair and rammed it into him, skinning his shins and making him fall. He said the cell door stayed open on its own but no one saw him fall out of the door or in any way (the cell doors have heavy hydraulic door closing mechanisms that make them close automatically so this is a lie).

He said he was too surprised to protect himself! He said he then got up and I kicked him while sitting in the wheelchair in the chest with my RIGHT leg (sofus quotes him in her report) so hard that he was pushed against the “closed” door. He does not explain how the door remained open on its own and then mysteriously closed so he could be kicked against it. In his testimony at trial, Sgt. Salemi stated that I raised both legs and kicked him in the chest, while the wheelchair was rolling backwards with such force he was thrown against the door several feet away!

In his incident report and Inv. Sofus’ investigative report they state that I was at the cell door stating “I’m coming out” and as he opened the door, while facing forward, rammed Salemi and kicked him, but somehow, none of the inmates eating dinner in the hall, the officer or others saw me, except nurse Ogali, who stated that Salemi’s body was blocking the door way with him standing in the threshold and the door against his shoulder, and she only saw me move my wheelchair towards the door and did not see me ram or kick him, but did see him bend down after entering the cell and removing the wheelchair. She said she couldn’t see everything because the cell door window starts 4 feet up off the floor and she was sitting in the nurse’s station 15 feet away kitty corner to the cell.

Inv. Sofus came to my cell on the next day, like  a bull in a China shop in a very butch manner. She asked bruskly if I would answer her questions. She was very confrontational in her demeanor, and obviously not willing to listen to facts. I was laying in bed and so traumatized that I said leave me alone, I won’t talk to anyone without an attorney.

Inv. Sofus failed in her duty to preserve the “weapon”, the broken wheelchair, that would have exonerated me.  Judge Kazmierski through judicial misconduct failed to dismiss the case due to this fact, which is required by previous United States Supreme Court decisions holding that when the State destroys or fails to preserve a weapon in a crime the case must be dismissed.

She failed to ask anyone about my medical conditions and didn’t mention them at all in her grand jury testimony or her report. Judge Kazmierski illegally prevented my attorney from essentially asking any questions to point out all the discrepencies and negligent investigation to the jury. Therefore, he was illegally prohibited by the court from impeaching Sgt. Salemi, the only witness against me (who  presented only perjured statements), by using the testimony and reports of Inv. Sofus. 

Sgt. Salemi also committed perjury in stating that all wheelchairs in the jail are in perfect working condition. Another officer at sentencing (illegally not allowed to testify at trial) stated “its a jail!” and that “the cell doors close automatically.” He also testified that most of the wheelchairs are in poor condition and broken. Inv. Sofus would have noted this if she wasn’t so negligent, careless, arrogant, and incompetent. She failed to write in her report important details and observations. She appears to do a selective investigation, only including details credible or not, verified or not, that support the allegation. She carefully hides or avoids writing down any exculpatory evidence that proves the person innocent. A real Gestapo type!

A few days later, a nurse documented my extensive contusions. Inv. Sofus failed to follow-up to see if I was injured. She and all the jail staff refused to take photos of these injuries, but took photos of Sgt. Salemi’s shin which revealed several inch long abrasions running up them. If he was rammed, he would have had one linear horizontal mark or bruise on his lower leg near his ankle on the left and one short mark on his right shin corresponding to the wheelchair folded up footrest. There would be no long linear abrasions running up his shins, which are consistent with my story that he stumbled and slid down against the foot rests, not with his story.

As Sgt. Salemi was the ONLY witness with testimony against me and his testimony was not believable as not compatible with the photos/injuries of his shins or my injuries, as well as his testimony was contradictory in itself and with the statements of others, the State actually presented not one shred of credible evidence against me.

The conviction was due to extreme prosecutorial and judicial misconduct that mislead the jury, mis-stated the facts to the jury in closing and ignored the evidence.  See my appeal: http://www.scribd.com/doc/16301520/Appeal-of-Wrongful-Conviction-Battery-Shelton-Illinois-2009

What kind of an investigator is so negligent to not even identify the medical condition of a person on a medical unit when investigating a crime that requires physical force and strength to accomplish, and who fails to preserve the alleged weapon (the broken wheelchair), as well as fails to note the discrepencies in the story by Sgt. Salemi that contradict the notes of the officers in the unit logs about the broken wheelchair as well as other officer’s testimony (only allowed after trial at sentencing hearing) that the cell doors cannot stay open on their own??

Case 2:

Maisha Hamilton Bennett, Ph.d, a psychologist was wrongfully incarcerated after a wrongful conviction at the Cook County Jail in July and August 2009 on fraudulent charges brought by the corrupt IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan. See: https://drlindashelton.wordpress.com/2009/08/31/mental-health-care-denied-poor-in-illinois/ and https://drlindashelton.wordpress.com/free-dr-maisha-hamilton-bennett/

She was being transferred and called me to come pick up five bags of legal documents so they would not be thrown out. I had gone to visit her in mid-July and after my visit, as I was waiting for some papers Dr. Hamilton Bennett wan’t me to take home that she had arranged to have the social worker give to me, Sgt. Alex Cruz assaulted me by yelling at me that I had to leave or I would be arrested because former inmates cannot visit during the year after release (It has been more than one year since my release – this “rule” also is not posted anywhere and inmates when released are not informed about this “rule” – I’m not even sure this rule is legal). I left because I didn’t feel like arguing and being wrongfully arrested that day.

On or about August 26th, Jail Social Worker Richardson called me and told me to come pick up Dr. Hamilton Bennett’s papers. Due to the fact I have several suits againt the Sheriff and his corrupt staff, I called the Jail’s Executive office on or about August 27th and asked the Jail ExecutiveDirector’s Assistant if I could have an escort so I would not be harassed. She refused to connect me with any higher officer and said I wouldn’t be harassed or falsely arrested. I called the Jail’s legal office and they said they couldn’t do anything as they don’t arrange escorts. I called Sheriff’s Dart’s Office at the Daley Center and his Executive Assistant also said they do not arrange escorts into the jail, no one would harass me, and that there was not problem with me picking up documents for an inmate being transferrred out.

I came on Friday August 28 and picked up three bags of documents and said I would come back for the rest.

I returned on Monday, August 31, 2009 to pick up the rest of the documents. At the entrance, I was held up unusually long while Sgt. Arthur at the gate called Sgt. Cruz. I was then let in. I told them that I had the OK from the executive and Sheriff’s office and they promised me no one would bother me. They refused to call the executive office of the jail or the Sheriff’s office.

Officer Levy was at the desk in the visitor area. She is one of the guards I am suing for holding me down and kicking me with their boots. See: http://www.scribd.com/doc/19434501/Shelton-1983-Against-Cook-County-Sheriff-Illegal-Administration-Psychotropic-Drugs-and-Battery-2009

I told Deputy Levy that why I was there and that Dr. Hamilton Bennett told me to ask for Kim Laster who was in charge of property in the Annex of Division 3. She had arranged with her to transfer the last two bags of documents to me. Deputy Levy instead called a female Lt. Prescott who came out to talk to me. Lt. Prescott was immediately hostile, verbally aggressive, and wouldn’t listen. She went out and came back and said I had to leave that I couldn’t pick up any property. Social Worker Vaughn said Ms. Richardson wasn’t there and nobody can ever pick up property – a lie. I told them I had already picked up three bags and had the OK from their superiors, as well as that I was not an inmate there during the last year.

Lt. Prescott called the guardhouse and they sent over a tall obese African-American officer Delgado, who was very polite, and female African-American officer Gonzalez. They tried to push me to the gate. I let go of my walker and sat on the ground and told them I had permission to pick up property, the property was available, I was to talk to Ofc. Laster, Ms. Richardson had called me to come there, and that I had already picked up three bags and was there for the last two. I told them they were illegaly harassing me, disobeying their superiors, and committing a federal felony as I am a federal witness against many officers at the jail , have federal suits against them, so this could be construed as an illegal penalty on the exercise of my and Dr. Hamilton Bennetts civil rights, as well as a felony civil rights violation including harssing a federal witness.

Ofc. Delgado, said if we went to the front gate, they were in a different department and they would call the executive office and solve the problem so I walked there with them using my walker. I however was getting a bit overheated from their assault on me and had been suffering from a viral infection for several days.

At the front gate guard house, Sgt. Arthur refused to call the executive office or solve the problem and insisted that I leave saying that Lt. Prescott had informed him that I could not pick up any property.  I told him he was wrong and all the crimes he was committing. Sgt. Arthur then had the deputies handcuff me and said they were arresting me for “vagrancy”. He called the Sheriff’s police and Inv. Sofus, Sgt. Robert J. Fitzgerald and Correctional Officer Sgt. James P. Aurenz responded.

Before they arrived I began to feel poorly from being overheated and this triggered my fainting and heart arrythmia. The deputies wouldn’t let me take off my suit jacket and lie down on the bench. So, just as I felt I was going to pass out, I lay down on the floor. When Inv. Sofus and her buddies arrive I tried to abort passing out by using the bathroom and putting cold water on myself. Sgt. Aurenz was kind enough to let me do this. Then when I came back to the bench and lied down, now without handcuffs, I briefly lost consciousness. I may have had brief episodes of irregular breathing. I don’t think I was responsive. An ambulance was called.

When the ambulance arrived I was coming out of the confusion after waking up. In the ambulance I told them I wanted to sign a release and go get the property I was there to get. I was still very short of breath and had difficulty standing so I crawled toward the guard house.

Then I became more alert and recognized Inv. Sofus as the person who had suborned perjury and collaberated with the misconduct of Sgt. Salemi. I went into a brief flashback reliving in a dream like state the assault on me by Sgt. Salemi. Then I tried to get into the guard house to go get the two bags.

At this point Inv. Sofus arrested me for “disorderly conduct.”

It is illegal to harass a federal witness.

It is illegal to deny me entrance to the jail without cause.

It is illegal to deny Dr. Hamilton Bennett the right to have someone pick up her property when she is being transferred.

It is illegal for an officer to commit a crime and arrest someone without probable cause in order to cover-up for their misconduct.

An arrest must have a good faith  probable cause. There was none.

After being arrested Sgt. Aurenz let me explain to him what happened. His response was that they have no authority because the “chain of command” prevents it to call the executive office or Ofc. Laster or Social Worker Richardson to check out the story.

The law says that theydo have a DUTY to investigate exculpatory evidence brought to them after an arrest, they do have a DUTY to drop charges when they discover the arrest was without probable cause, and they do have a DUTY to protect a federal witness against assault.

This is a grotesque civil rights violaton and may rise to the level of a felony civil rights violation under federal law.

The due process clause of the constitution secures the individual from arbitrary exercise of the powers of the government and prevents governmental power from being used for purposes of oppression.

Was this arrest arbitrary? – YES

Was this arrest used for purposes of oppressions? – YES

Was this a scheme to deny civil rights? – YES

Does this shock the conscience? – YES

Its time for Inv. Sofus, Sgt. Salemi, and the other puppets of corruption who are arrogant, power-grabbing, incompetent, violate law with impunity, and commit perjury with impunity, to be arrested, lose their jobs, and brought before the federal court.

Please write the following persons and urge them to act quickly to stop this totalitarian police state called Cook County:

Asst. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, Office of U.S. Attorney, 219 S. Dearborn, 5th Floor, Chicago  IL, 60604

Special Agent Robert Grant, Chicago FBI, 2111 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL, 60608

Anita Alvarez, Cook County States Attorney, 50 West Washington, Rm 500, Chicago IL, 60602

President Barrack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ae. NW, Washington DC, 20500

Senator Richard Durbin

Senator Roland Burris

Your representative

The press in your community and nationally.

If you’re in Chicago, come to my trials ( I have been arrested 5 times illegally in 2009 for the above type nonsense without probable cause). Watch my blog: https://drlindashelton.wordpress.com/ for court dates. If possible donate to my legal fund.  I am now indigent,  as a result of fighting for our Constitutional rights and catastrophic medical problems. Donations can be sent to:

Shelton Legal Fund, C/O Albukerk & Associates, 3025 W. 26th St. 2nd floor, Chicago  IL, 60625

They are NOT tax deductible and will be used for my defense and suits against corrupt officials.

PLEASE, MOST IMPORTANTLY, HELP RAISE GRASS ROOTS AWARENESS OF THE ATROCIOUS VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS IN COOK COUNTY AND ILLINOIS THAT I HAVE DOCUMENTED ON THIS AND MY OTHER WEB SITES THAT YOU CAN ACCESS THROUGH LINKS ON THIS WEB SITE.    COPY MY WRITINGS AND POST THEM ANYWAY YOU WANT.    THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE!!

Mental Health Care Denied Poor in Illinois

August 31, 2009

The following is A SCHEME TO DENY MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN ILLINOIS TO PERSONS ON MEDICAID.

 Illinois has essentially de facto suspended Dr. Bennett’s Constitutional right to relief from a wrongful conviction by a Habeas petition. Attorney General Lisa Madigan has committed fraud upon the court and the Cook County Circuit Court Judge Lon Schultz has violated Federal and State law, the Constitution, and all morality by convicting her on a charge of Medicaid vendor fraud.

 Please read this carefully and write the Asst. U.S. Attorney General in Chicago, Patrick Fitzgerald – Office of U.S. Attorney General, 219 S. Dearborn, Fifth Floor, Chicago, Illinois, 60604; Director of the Chicago FBI, Robert Grant and the Director of the Task Force on Public Corruption, Special Agent Casanovich, Chicago FBI, 2111 S. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois 60608, as well as inform the press with letters and phone calls about this gross injustice. Help me disseminate this information far and wide around the world, until agents of the United States government intervene to stop this injustice.

 HABEAS LAW VIOLATED

In March 2009 Dr. Maisha Hamilton Bennett filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus (the grand writ guaranteed by the United States Constitution) in the Illinois Court system. It found its way to the Chancery Court Division of the Cook County Circuit Court before Judge Stuart Palmer. A habeas petition is a last resort step when the court system has failed to free an innocent person or a person whose rights under the Constitution’s Bill of Rights were so violated that they were denied a fair trial.

 Illinois law requires the petition to be heard “promptly” and the warden to bring the prisoner before the court, the court to order the State to produce evidence that the person is being legally held, and allow the prisoner to rebut this evidence and prove he/she has been illegally held because they are actually innocent, the indictment was invalid, no crime was alleged, the court had no jurisdiction, or the Bill of Rights was violated and the person did not receive a fair trial. See: 735 ILCS 5/10‑103, 106, the Illinois Habeas Statute. See: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=073500050HArt%2E+X&ActID=2017&ChapAct=735%26nbsp%3BILCS%26nbsp%3B5%2F&ChapterID=56&ChapterName=CIVIL+PROCEDURE&SectionID=62279&SeqStart=73000000&SeqEnd=76800000&ActName=Code+of+Civil+Procedure%2E .

 To date Judge Palmer has refused to hear the habeas petition, recently transferred it to criminal court, where presiding criminal court Judge Biebel is also delaying hearing the petition for weeks to months.  The law actually says that any judge who refuses to hear the petition “promptly” shall be referred to the States Attorney or Attorney General for prosecution of this illegal act and when found guilty should be fined $1000 and the money paid to the prisoner.

 WRONGFUL CONVICTION DR. BENNETT FOR MEDICAID FRAUD WHEN SHE WAS ACTUALLY PROVIDING EXCELLENT MENTAL HEALTH CARE

 Dr. Bennett is innocent because the indictment is legally void – it didn’t adequately state the facts charged so was impermissibly vague, the Federal Medicaid Law allows the conduct that the State says is criminal – thus the Constitutional Supremacy clause was violated – state laws are invalid if they go against federal law, the trial was conducted unfairly, the alleged prosecutor, Attorney General Lisa Madigan violated the law and committed extreme prosecutorial misconduct and the court had NO jurisdiction as a result. For case law and detailed discuss of Code pertaining to Federal Medicaid Code see:

1) Memisovski v. Maram, [Transfer Binder 2004-2] Medicare & Medicaid Guide (CCH) ¶ 301,515, in that it violates 42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)30(A) – Federal Judge Joan Lefkow ruled in 2004 that the Illinois Medicaid Rules violate the Federal Medicaid Code in that they deny access to care to persons on Medicaid for their medical insurance;

2) http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2008/10/criminal-scheme-of-il-attorney-general.html and;

3) http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2009/02/judge-jorge-alonso-overturns-federal.html .

 Dr. Bennett was wrongfully convicted of Medicaid vendor fraud in 2003 and is being held in jail without bond. (Now for over 18 months) She is alleged to have ghost-billed for mental health services either not done or done by non-physicians in her practice group practice – she is a Ph.D psychologist and owner of the group, Hamilton Wholistic Healthcare, and alleged to have caused bills to be sent to Medicaid under the name of the practice’s medical director, a physician, who did not see the patients.

 The facts are that Hamilton Wholistic Healthcare was an Illinois Certified Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center run by Trinity Hospital and then when Trinity pulled out, run by Hamilton Wholistic Healthcare. It was an INPATIENT center. Counselors who were M.S. and Ph.D. psychologists as well as physicians when they needed medication treated the patients. The patients’ children were also evaluated and treated with counseling or the parents were counseled. The law allows a service provider to bill the insurer for providing service to the child when the parent is counseled without the child present. The AMA code book for services states this fact. Insurance companies pay these bills with no problems.

 The State put a grandmother on the stand, who was caring for several grandchildren while their mother was in the inpatient drug-treatment center, and she said she was not aware the children were counseled when they visited their mother in the inpatient center. This was the “basis” for the ghost-billing charge. Under federal HIPAA laws the mental health counselors and doctors are NOT ALLOWED to inform the grandmother as she was not the legally guardian. These privacy laws forbid discussions with the grandmother without the mother’s consent. The fact that she didn’t know did not prove anything. It certainly did not prove that the children or the mother were not counseled about how to deal with the drug-addicted mother or parenting.  This was NOT explained to the jury.

 The defense attorney was incompetent in that he failed to put on the stand the counselors so they could introduce the fact the kids and mother were counseled. The law DOES NOT ALLOW the attorney to place into evidence the medical record – only testimony about the medical record, in criminal trials. This is because medical records are considered hearsay and cannot be cross-examined. He failed to put on the stand the children who were then old enough to testify. He failed to put on the stand the mother.

 The billing agent made an error that she admitted she did because the IL Medicaid Provider Service Unit representative told her to do it. This representative told the billing agent, Louise Moore owner of Data Medical Works, that only physicians names could be on bills, so Ms. Moore forged the signature of the medical director on a power of attorney form which allows Ms. Moore to put the doctor’s name on electronic bills, on a Blue Cross/Blue Shield electronic partner trading agreement which allows BC/BS to accept the bills over the wires (computer) on behalf of Medicaid, check them for errors as a service to Medicaid, and forward them to Medicaid. She also forged signatures on an alternate payee agreement so that the checks would be written by Medicaid to Hamilton Wholistic Healthcare instead of to the physician medical director. These checks were immediately deposited in the corporate bank account and not in Dr. Bennett’s bank account. None of this was told to the jury. Dr. Bennett was even charged with this forgery, but the charges of forgery were dropped. I saw the alleged forged documents. They had signatures that appeared to be in the handwriting style of Ms. Moore and many of the alleged invoices’ provider signature presented to the crime lab in the perjury charge appeared to be cut-outs from the handwriting exemplars (handwriting samples) that Ms. Bennett was forced to provide where she was told to write the medical director’s name 30 times or so on a piece of paper. Even my teenage son, at the time, was able to match specific signatures from the handwriting exemplars to specific invoices. The crime lab rejected the invoices for analysis because the man I suspect of fabricating them by cutting out handwriting exemplars, State Police Investigator William Reibel, refused to produce originals. That is why the charges were dropped, to my understanding.

 Community alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers, per Illinois Statute, separate from the Illinois Medicaid Code, are allowed to bill Medicaid under their corporate name and not a doctor’s name and to bill for services of non-physician counselors and psychologists, as long as a physician medical director sets policy – not that she sees patients.

 Hamilton Wholistic Healthcare sent patient encounter forms to Ms. Moore listing the counselor’s name and not the doctor’s name, for each clinic visit when a patient was seen by the counselor in or out of the inpatient center. Without Dr. Bennett’s knowledge (she was the CEO) Ms Moore changed the name of the provider counselor on the electronic bill she generated from these patient encounter forms to the name of the doctor medical director and sent them in to Medicaid electronically. Medicaid then paid Hamilton Wholistic Healthcare. The payments went as salaries to the counselors and to overhead. A small percent went to the CEO. The total amount received from Medicaid for several years was about $400,000.

 Therefore, Dr. Bennett is innocent because she was not involved in putting the medical director’s name on the electronic bills. She did not profit from this error. The federal and state laws allow physicians to bill for their employees. Ms. Moore should have used the name of the corporation and not the name of the medical director on the electronic bills. There was clearly no intent to defraud.  All services were actually provided and addicts received appropriate treatment, as did their children who needed counseling to cope with this situation of an addicted parent.

 There was an administrative error that WAS NOT A CRIME in that the name of a physician medical director instead of the group name was put on the bill, by order of the Medicaid Provider Service Unit representative. All services were provided; only the incorrect provider name was on the electronic invoice, at the direction of Medicaid to Ms. Moore.

As 80 % or more of mental health services are provided by non-physician psychologists, psychiatric nurse counselors, psychiatric social worker counselors, drug-addiction counselors (all licensed in Illinois) and their supervised students, it is bizarre and simply wrong for the State to claim that ONLY physicians can provide mental health services and Medicaid won’t pay for non-physician services (unless provided by a certified and licensed community mental health center.)  This would prevent access to care for Medicaid patients to ALL private psychologists, counselors, etc.  This is simply a fraudulent scheme to deny mental health care to persons on Medicaid to save the Illinois budget. This is also a scheme AG Lisa Madigan uses to claim she is “tough on fraud” and to take advantage of the present climate of hating physicians. These fraudulent indictments of Psychologists and psychiatrist are used as a smoke screen and scapegoat to hide the fact Illinois is violating the Federal Medicaid Code and the Constitution. I was also fraudulently indicted, but found NOT guilty because I had a good attorney. Dr. Bennett did not have a good attorney.

 The Illinois Attorney General’s statement about the conviction that Dr. Bennett is a scumbag who ripped the state off for $400,000 billing for mental health services for children that never were provided is nothing but a bald faced lie.  AG Lisa Madigan should be impeached for fraud upon the court and fraud upon the public.

 This is penny wise and pound foolish, as failure to treat mental health patients increases, suicide, family break-up, and crime, as well as increased cost to the state for welfare, criminal justice, prison, and hospital care.

 Mental Health care in Illinois to poor persons is virtually non-existent. The United States healthcare system is in meltdown and our legislators are acting like children instead of addressing the issues.  I miss Senator “Teddy” Kennedy deeply! God Help Us!

Wrongfully Convicted Asks Jurors to Read Her Appeal, Help Correct Their Mistake

August 18, 2009

I want to publicly ask the 12 jurors who wrongfully convicted me to read my appeal, find out what was withheld from them illegally; find out what lies were told by the prosecutor and what judicial misconduct was done by the judge that denied me a fair trial. Then tell me they still think I’m guilty. 

I believe jurors should be held accountable and should have to read the appeal.  If they then think I should have been found innocent, they should speak out about the corrupt system and how prosecutorial and judicial misconduct was used to bias them and wrongfully convict me.

My appeal can be read at the following link:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/16301520/Appeal-of-Wrongful-Conviction-Battery-Shelton-Illinois-2009

The jurors names and general place of residence are as follows, which is public record, as they were stated in open court and their names are signed on the guilty verdict form. I wrote them after the trial asking them to review information that was withheld from them and to tell me if this would have changed their decision. NOT ONE had the courtesy to write me with an answer. I promised not to write them again, so I am simply putting this on the Internet and hoping their conscience bothers them enough to read it and correct their harmful mistake as the right thing to do:

William Moldenhauer          Northwest Side of Chicago

Francine Prisby                      Arlington Heights

Joanne Goodloue

David Bennett                          North Side of Chicago

Cayetano Silva                       Northwest Side of Chicago

Betty Jackson                         South Side of Chicago

Margaret Polovchak             Northwest Suburb of Chicago

Donna Smith                           South Side of Chicago

Brian Tobola                           Southwest Side of Chicago

Sarah Iwema                           Northwest Suburb of Chicago

Ana Arroyo                            Southwest Side of Chicago

Linda Engeman                     South Cook County

If any of these people have the guts to contact me, they can do so at my e-mail address:

picepil@aol.com

Cook County Sheriff Staff are Puppets of Corruption

August 9, 2009

THE STORY OF HOW THE DEMOCRATIC MACHINE IN CHICAGO THRIVES AND PERPETUATES GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION, WASTE, INEFFICIENCY, AND FRAUD 

A person asked on line about the fights at the jail this past week where inmates stabbed each other. “With todays riot I think all tax payers should call Sheriff Dart and ask why he refuses to hire more staff as federally mandated, why the E.R.T. (emergency response team) doesn’t search or respond to trouble, why doesnt he fire Director Godinez.”

The answer is not wasting tax-payer dollars on more guards. We need to reduce the jail population to less than 6,000 from its previous high of nearly 11,000. Non-violent offenders should be sentenced to alternatives other than jail that actually benefit society. There are lots of things a sentenced criminal can do as community service other than just picking up garbage, including providing free or reduced services as an employee for the state in almost any job category. Mentally ill convicts, including addicts, should be treated not just jailed so jail does not become a revolving door. There is not even 1/4 the mental health services available to probationers or parolees that are needed. Guards should be required to have a higher level of training, not only in terms of judo, but also in recognizing and de-escalating violence due to mental illness, as well as not treating every refusal to do as told as voluntary and requiring force. Mentally ill are often confused and react better and more compliantly with “herding them gently” or backing-off and giving them space, instead of with brute force, which generally will be irrationally resisted. Women who have been raped or assaulted may go into flashbacks and not even realize where they are, as they are reliving in their mind the brutal attack. Guards need to be taught to control without brutality and foul language. This is not a good example. They should be teaching inmates how to resolve conflicts peacefully and civily not escalate them to violence as the officers often do, because that is what they are trained to do.

Another internet writer stated: “Amen to that, Linda. Why are so many non-violents that could be on house arrest still in jail. And why does the judge get to say “this drug addict is not fit for rehabilitation” without even giving it a try? It baffles me.”

You have to understand Cook Co runs on patronage. You have to have large armies of uneducated workers who vote for you as a candidate, and bring out the vote by acting as poll watchers and bringing people to the polls, especially dead people. Sheriff deputies, Court Clerk staff, DCFS workers, IDOC staff, etc., fullful this role nicely.

To hire such a large army you need to make sure they take long lunches, do only half the job they could so you can hire two for every one employee needed, or campaign on public time. You make your payroll bloated with excess staff. You fire employees who are efficient. You remind employees that if they work to fast they are depriving another person of a job. You promote only those who enforce campaigning and fundraising efforts. You promote incompetents who don’t think for themselves, never questions “authority”, and are loyal to the patronage system. You don’t document anything and you engage in deals behind closed doors.

https://drlindashelton.wordpress.com/2008/12/13/be-a-team-player-corruption-and-patronage-in-illinois/

In order to have lots of guards you need to deny personal recognizance bonds for non-violent (I-Bonds). You need to put people in jail instead of on probation. You need excessive sentences, particularly for drug and non-violent crimes. You need a revolving door of a corrupt parole system and no mental health or drug addiction treatment.

So you need lots of prisoners or you can’t hire lots of guards and keep complaining that you need more guards! That’s the way the machine works to keep the corrupt in office. Guards are used! They are coerced and manipulated and made to think that if they squeal by going to 2111 S. Roosevel FBI office and ask for a duty agent and then provide evidence of corruption, patronage, brutality, medical neglect, excessive force, and fraud, that they will lose their jobs! Guards are fools to cooperate with this corruption. They would have a better job, better working environment, better benefits, if they were trained properly, if they followed the law, and if 10 % of our tax dollars weren’t going into political campaigns, like (”Friends of Madigan) through illegal kickbacks (bribery).

Remember the guards are abused as much as the inmates because they work in crowded unsafe conditions, are improperly trained and encouraged to be sadist, foul-mouthed and vulgar, intolerent, and violent hotheads, and without proper mental health and drug addiction treatment the inmates are dangerous. Guards are simply crazy to keep voting for the same idiots who are USING THEM and demanding 10 % kickbacks (bribes) to their political funds like “Friends of Madigan”. We need a massive grass roots movement, including the guards to vote out of office these criminals including Stroger, Madigan (Lisa & Michael), Dart, the Daleys, Beavers, Burkes, Jones, Steeles, Lipinskys etc., and their puppets. Political office in Illinois needs to stop being an inherited oligarchy. We simply have to help the FBI and U.S. Attorney take down King Richard Thompson, his Lords Madigans, Daleys, Burkes, Beavers, etc., the Sheriff of Nottingham Dart (previously Sheahan), and his high executioner Alvarez (previously Divine).

Anyone who wishes to help me do this – citizens and officers alike – you can even help in anonymous ways – e-mail me at picepil@aol.com.

“Then the Whole World Shall Go Blind” – Prison Reform

June 12, 2009

DEBATE ON PRISON REFORM BETWEEN DR. LINDA SHELTON AND COOK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SENIOR OFFICER

EXCERPTS FROM: http://www.cookcojail.com/questions.php

GUARD CCDOC June 10, 2009

Ive been reading article about the stabbing in div 9 on nbc5 the comment section was very interesting as to how people think about the jail system over all.people think the jail is there for re-hab and that it harden the criminals.The majority of the inmates lived in a sub standard life prior to coming to the jail.They only know violence as a tool to express themselfs.How is a jail responsible for getting people to live a normal.the problem start with the parent raising their child to have no regard for other people.the parent dont live normal to begin with.people think that when the parents fail the government to kick in.sorry to say this but having respect begins at a early age and blossums as the child gets older.just reading that article here about the store owner getting robbed and his son being cut and the store owner going to court only to find out that instead of being a victim he is considered a villian.the person who robbed him is only interested in going for a hair cut,the dentist,phone calls etc etc and the judge grants his wishes.so it shows that the system is soft on offenders and shows the public how insentive they are to the victims

 

Dr SHELTON June 10, 2009

Guard:
You have a warped point of view. Tell me how swearing at and degrading inmates, beating them until they die, denying them medication until their leg is amputated, being more violent and brutal than the inmates, passing contraband, and falsifying records will help rehabilitate anyone! The officers and staff need to clean up their act and stop covering up for the corrupt. The system is not soft on offenders. We incarcerate 40 X more people than any civilized country. Does this mean people in America are so much more dangerous and evil than people in the rest of the world, or does this mean we need major education, social, and prison reforms? I’d like to start with increasing educational requirements for officers and increasing civilian oversight at the jail, as well as putting incentives in society for education, jobs, and marriage.

 

GUARD CCDOC June 11, 2009

Your right linda what was i thinking i forgot most of the inmates coming into cook county jail are kind ,caring humans that are just misguided.Lets forget the the inmates living in cook county jail are responsible for some of the 800 killings in chicago.Lets forget the 28000 assaults committed by the cook county inmates.Lets forget the 2800 rapes committed in cook county.lets forget the 15000 robberies in cook county.see linda when you add it all up were does the victims come into play here linda.linda tell the mothers whos child was killed .she needs to have compassion for the suspect.the suspect was uneducated,he needs therapy.he doesnt know whats right or wrong.its not his fault.its the governments fault.Tell that shop owner he deserved to get robbed and his son deserved to be stabbed by that suspect.tell that guy the suspect is just misguided.how about we train the inmates to not swear,hit, kick and any other assault against staff with cook county jail we have 40 times more crime because this government allows it in other countrys then lock people up and forget them.i bet we have the best treatment when it comes to abuse look up north korea see how they run there prison system then come leave a comment until they shut up

 

DR SHELTON June 11, 2009

Guard – You make my point in your lack of understanding. What about the murder of inmates by guards, rape of inmates by guards, 90 % of inmates being charged with NON-VIOLENT crimes, 5 times more mentally ill people being in jails/prisons than in all the mental facilities in the country added together, lack of prevention/treatment programs for addiction, lack of rehabilitation in prison (leading to a revolving door), more than 1/3 of inmates having serious UNTREATED mental illness, abuse of inmates with illegal drugging with Haldol and Ativan. I turned over affidavits from 40 inmates to the U.S. Attorney, documenting rape by guards, battery of a handcuffed 8 mo pregnant inmate by a guard, medical neglect so that an inmate is seizing on the floor for hours before being treated, death in cells because inmate was denied asthma meds. The vast majority of inmates are NOT violent in any way, just uneducated, mentally ill, addicted, or ACTUALLY INNOCENT (at least 7 % per national studies). You are a malicious sociopath if you think inmates are NOT human beings and should be treated worse than animals. Even the guilty should be treated humanely – there is no excuse to batter, abuse, drug, rape, denigrate, violate, or demean ANY inmate. If they are guilty they will be sentenced. Pre-trial summary sentencing and inhumane brutal punishment by corrupt guards must STOP!

 

GUARD CCDOC June 11, 2009

Linda what do you consider non-violent inmates.I never said inmates are not human.Inmates are treated as how they treat the staff and each other.Since when is it the jails responsiblity to re-hab inmates for pysch inmates.Since when is it the jails responsiblity to make a thug /drug pusher/rapist/murderer a law.lawyer and liberal people like you only look at it as a money maker.Ive never seen a protest outside the jail pretaining to inmate welfare.The community is only relieved that they are locked up and not outside thier homes killing /raping/robbing there neighbors.Linda you must live in a good area and arent subjected to thugs running around stealing ,robbing,and killing law abidding citizens.

 

DR SHELTON June 11, 2009

There is something called the United States Constitution. Any patriot will defend it, including defending a criminal’s right to access the courts (law library), right to humane medical care, right to food (including special diets when prescribed by a physician), including clothing appropriate for the weather, including protection against violence by inmates or guards. The constitution doesn’t say that if an inmates swears at the guard or tries to hit a guard that the guard has a right to swear back, hit, degrade, deny medication, etc. Guards are supposed to be professionals. I agree we shouldn’t be housing the mentally ill in jails or prisons unless they are dangerous. They should get treatment and not by uneducated guards hitting them and degrading them. I have lived and worked in all sorts of neighborhoods. I have done autopsies as a graduate student in forensic pathology on all sorts of horrendous cases. I have pronounced babies dead that were burned, boiled, beaten, and abused. My family has buried members from war and lost others to totalitarianism. You don’t know me at all. You make a lot of false assumptions. As long as you are not willing to come and sit and talk, you won’t understand what I am trying to do. My nephew is a State trooper. Another is a guard in a prison. I am trying to improve their working conditions and respect in the community. Corrupt, untrained, sociopathic, or brutal foul-mouthed officers harm their image, degrade their working environment, and sink our society into a black hole. This trend must be reversed.

 

Guard – Most of the officers would puke or pass out if they saw what I have seen, touched, and smelled. Several did when they came into the autopsy room. You are awful naive.

 

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”
M. Ghandhi

 

GUARD CCDOC June 11, 2009

Then the world shall go blind

 

 

GUARD CCDOC June 12, 2009

LINDA YOU HAVE YOUR BELIEVES AND OPINIONS AND I HAVE MINE.

Officers arent suppose to perform re-hab on inmates that isnt thier job.I never said i wanted to be a doctor nor do i wish to know anything about being a doctor.However i know how to jail and believe that you havent even seen what goes on.You never been in a full blown riot were your stepping in 1 inch of blood on the floor knifes all over inmate still trying to kill each other.You never seen a officer get his head cracked open by the inmates.inmates putting officers on total disablity ending their career.No linda if a inmate comes at me and i fear for my life im going to do whatever i have to end his life.we all have families here.i have 23 years on this job,and i can assure you that if a inmate is hitting me im not going to think that he/she is just a pysch inmate or a poor person with issues and ill be his punching bag.its not happening sorry.linda you said you seen everything in a morgue.then you seen the end results of what inmates and criminals are able to do.thoses bodies in the morgue arent a threat to you they are dead.The inmates in cook county jail are alive and well and have no problem causing each other great bodily harm as well as harming staff.

 

DR SHELTON June 12, 2009

Guard – Sounds like you are one of the criminal sociopaths who should be retired. You don’t have a clue how to be a guard or how to handle violent or psychotic people other than to act like a maniac yourself. I feel sorry for you as a product of a corrupt and inadequate system that fails to educate you, train you in proper self defense techniques (both mental and physical) and fails to provide sufficient staff numbers, as well as jails too many people who should have gotten help up front with mental illness and addictions.

GUARD CCDOC June 12, 2009

Clearly you dont have a clue about my job either im still in my career.Are you in your career.arent you a CONVICTED FELON.i never took a penny from anyone . You know word ‘Fraud’ mean anything to you.You had such a rough life daddy pays for college.has a ease life becomes a doctor but still fails and becomes a ‘CONVICTED FELON’.Im sure mom and dad are very proud of you

DR SHELTON June 12, 2009

Guard – You know perfectly well I am a wrongfully convicted felon (conviction about to be overturned) because Sgt. Anthony Salemi Attacked me, falsified his records, committed perjury, and his “friends” like you are covering it up. Sgt. Salemi is going to jail – in due time. The FBI are already involved! You also know I was found NOT GUILTY of fraud, after corrupt AG Lisa Madigan brought fraudlent charges in retaliation for my whistle blower activities. She will be arrested too -in due time. The FBI has been provided all the necessary info including the list of properties she allegedly uses to launder the money from her criminal activities. You can’t win a debate with ad hominis attacks. It just shows how desperate you are to keep covering up Sgt. Salemi’s crimes.

 

GUARD CCDOC June 12, 2009

I think the FBI already has its hands full with their own prison system.Lisa Madigan is our next governor.Hey maybe she could use you as a poster child for why we need to improve our mental health issues.we could name you ‘doctors gone mad and bad’ .staring Linda

 

DR SHELTON June 12, 2009

Guard – Since you have nothing to say except for total false statements and defamation, you have revealed yourself as who you really are – an ignorant officer who needs to retire. Just remember that everything on this blog written about me in defamation is forwarded to the FBI. Conspiracy to violate rights under color of law is a crime and defamation is a tort (means you can be sued.)

 

GUARD CCODC June 14, 2009

Boy i could tell you are a ex inmate You all want to do is sue.Ok linda how much money do you want from me.How about i give you two choke sandwichs when you come in on the new again.Can we settle on that.Because we all know you will be back.

 

DR SHELTON June 12, 2009

Guard – You don’t have the guts to meet me face to face. You don’t have the nerve to stand up to corruption and turn in your fellow officers who are violating the law. Suits are useful. They force change when the corupt refuse to follow the law – like Sgt. Salemi and the criminals who are protecting him. Perhaps you are Sgt. Salemi!

 

GUARD CCDOC June 14, 2009

Linda i never started this with you i responded to ‘alledged victim’comment.you called me untrained/uneducated/sociopath.Isnt that deflamation.You dont know me.Ive worked hard and long in the jail to understand what goes on.this jail is a big fat paycheck to the lawyer a and a small paycheck to the inmates.the liberals think that they did something good when i fact all they did was make some lawyer richer.the inmate get peanuts compare to what the lawyers make.i dont have and respect to lawyers or judges.the staff at cook county jail work hard and at the end of the day just want to go home to our families.Ive saved many inmates over the years and talked with many inmate to correct thier ways of living.I dont think its funnu when a 18 yr inmate comes from court and the judge sentences him to 100 yrs for murder.But on the flip side what about the person he killed and thier family.heres another thing you should know about me ive work with inner city kids that are headed in the wrong direction.The program has worked well many kids have been helped the to program that im with.it tough talk and hard work to make them believe that there is a better life than gangbanging.ive lived in the getto and still live in the getto so when you make liberal rude comments to me your going to get in right back.when you lived in my shoes you would have a better outlook as i do i think about the inmate along with the victims.

 

DR SHELTON June 14, 2009

Guard – If you give a d** you will call me and work with me to change the system. Guards must participate in forcing change. Let’s go to the County Commissioners, the Governor, and the FBI together with a plan. You know how to get hold of me as your system has my phone number. You are anonymous on this blog so obviously I can’t get hold of you.

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I think this conversation illustrates why hearings need to be made before a commission in the Congress regarding  prison/jail reform. The attitude that a person in jail or prison is a scumbag who should be squashed like a bug, has no human rights, no dignity, no civil rights, and should be thrown in the trash and a punching bag for every bully guard who has a beef – along with tortured and medically neglected at whim is now so entrenched in American culture that it will take a major re-education effort to train officers, improve our culture so that addicts and mentally ill are treated up front and don’t end up in jail/prison.

The religious concept of loving thine enemy, treating enemies with dignity and compassion, will replace our culture of brutality, hatred, torture, retaliation, and defamation only with great effort. Most inmates are released and brutality they experience in jail/prison will be magnified and used against society. Guards who degrade, defame, beat-up inmates, and treat inmates with disrespect as well as violate their civil rights contribute to violence in society as these now angry and vengful inmates are released.

We will not advance as a society. We will continue to destroy our economy as a prison society instead of putting our resources to better use (including the resource of human intellect and productivity – both guards and inmates) until the federal government takes on this issue in a big way.

I applaud Senator Webb in this task: See –

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20040105/tuhusdubrow

http://webb.senate.gov/email/incardocs/FactSheeti.pdf

http://webb.senate.gov/email/incardocs/FS_CrimJust_3-26-09.pdf

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20040105/tuhusdubrow

Cook County Jail Staff Daily Commit Assault with a Deadly Weapon

March 23, 2009

Jerry Brown, the Attorney General of California has indicted a doctor, a nurse, and a pharmacist for elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon for forcing high doses of psychotropic medications on Alzeimer’s and other patients to shut them up and keep them in a zombie like state. Three patients died due to results of these wrongful acts.

In Illinois it is illegal to involuntarily force psychotropic drugs like Haldol, Zyprexa, Ativan and even Benedryl by injection on patients unless they are an immediate danger to their own life or someone else’s life and then a court order must be obtained to continue the medication involuntarily.

Cook CountyDept. of Corrections (Cook County Jail or CCDOC) officers constantly request nurses to give such medication to shut up complaints by inmates, to quiet them even though they are not harming anyone and are locked in their cells, and in retaliation for disagreements with the officers. Nurses call doctors on the phone and ask for prescriptions and the doctors illegally prescribe the medication without examining the patients. Even if they examine the patients doctors at CCDOC under the direction of the Director of Psychiatry, Dr. David Carrington, continue to violate ethical standards and the law with such prescriptions when they are not needed and when there has not been adequate evaluations or diagnoses that require such medication. Even if the medications may be indicated, they cannot be given involuntarily except under strict guidelines.

I complained to the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commissions Human Rights Authority Branch that by law must investigate complaints of violations of the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. They sustained my complaint that psychotropic drugs were being given illegally to inmates to shut them up. After the HRA warned Dr. Carrington that this illegal practice must stop, Dr. Carrington and his staff with assistance of the officers are continuing to violate the law. Each act of forcing psychotropic drugs on an inmate/patient without proper diagnosis and without documentation that they are a danger to their own life or the life of others is a class A misdemeanor.

For more details about this “Haldol Menace” see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA2S-oOOJyY&NR=1

Dr. Carrington should be disciplined, his license revoked, the nurse’s involved licenses revoked, and the officers retrained to understand the law and how to properly help in the mental health care of mentally ill persons without assaulting them.

If this was California, Dr. Carrington would be charged with abuse of patients and assault with a deadly weapon and face up to 11 years in prison. Why is State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez doing nothing? Why is the United States Attorney who came to the same conclusion about this medical battery and malpractice doing nothing? We need a public outcry, legislative hearings, and indictments and action by the Illinois Department of Professional Responsibility.

Please complain to:
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney, 50 W. Washington, Room 500, Chicago, IL 60602,

Patrick Fitzgerald and Joan Laser, Asstant United State’s Attorneys at 219 S. Dearborn, 5 th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604, and

the press.

This barbaric medical battery and abuse must stop! Injection of these drugs into asthmatics or others without careful review of their medical records and careful diagnosis is malpractice, assault with a deadly weapon, and medical battery. It may cause death in certain persons (fatal laryngospasm in asthmatics) and permanent brain injury. Haldol has now been documented to cause brain atrophy in long term use and has a half life of 8 days in the brain – and leads to serious complications in at least half of people it is given to.

Help Save Economy by Saving Billions with Judicial/Prison Reform – Stop Torture

March 12, 2009

In Illinois, a hotbed of government corruption, billions could be saved with judicial, prison, and jail reforms. More could be saved by eliminating the 10% kick-backs to political funds expected of all those who contract with the state and counties.

If we cut the 40,000 daily Illinois prison population in half I estimate Illinois could save 1.2 billion dollars per year. We would still be incarcerating 20 X more people per capita than any other civilized country.

For every decrease in 1000 inmates from its historic high of 10,000 daily inmates, Cook County Jail could save the county 18 million dollars. What purpose does it serve to incarcerate thousands of people for minimal non-violent crimes pre-trial who can’t afford to pay a $100 dollar bail bond? How do lengthy prison terms without rehabilitation help decrease crime and make productive citizens out of those with drug addiction and alcoholism? How does using prisons as mental health treatment facilities make our State safer? Do prisons and jails provide so much better mental health care than hospitals and clinics? Perhaps mental health care is simply NOT AVAILABLE in Illinois to those on Medicaid! See:

http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2009/02/judge-jorge-alonso-overturns-federal.html

Also the grotesque torture, medical neglect, and brutality in Illinois jails and prisons could be reduced and true rehabilitation, along with better parole supervision, mental health treatment and drug addiction and alcoholism treatment provided with even a quarter of the resulting savings. I would estimate this would also have a MAJOR impact on reducing crime and increasing tax revenues from a larger number of productive citizens.

For more details see:

http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2009/03/vastly-undertrained-and-abusive-cook.html

The Myth of American Justice – Part One – The Trial of Dr Linda Shelton

February 24, 2009

http://prosechicago.wordpress.com/the-myth-of-american-justice-part-one-the-trial-of-dr-linda-shelton/

The trial began February 17, 2009 and is proceeding for the next two weeks. Dr. Shelton has fled for the reasons stated in above link. The details of the trial, why it is a malicious and fraudulent prosecution, and the criminal acts of the court, Judges Pantle and Alonso and the alleged prosecutor Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are detailed.

Rep Monique Davis Addresses Issue of Spread of HIV in Prison

February 14, 2009

Monique Davis, a representative in the Illinois House introduced a bill to allow inmates in prison and jails to possess a condom in order to descrease the spread of HIV and hepatitis. She is hailed as a hero and vilified at the same time.

Our country is nothing but a bunch of prudish people, wearing blinders, who refuse to recognize reality. Sexual drive is normal and unstoppable. Did you ever hear the phrase “gay for the stay.” This is forced on inmates and it generally is NOT a choice.

If one is imprisoned, one will masturbate. This is a normal daily human activity. Without masturbation sexual tension builds and violence increases. Yet this is an infraction in prison and when the inmate is caught “beating off,” they are disciplined. This is cruel and unusual punishment. Masturbation should not be an infraction.

I have personal knowledge of a male prisoner at CCDOC picking the lock between his and another woman inmate’s cell in the TB unit at CCDOC where each two cells have a common small medical storage room between them and then going to it, being caught with his pants down. The rate of rape in two or more man cells is astonishing. Ask the men, especially the young men. They submit or die. The sound of women in dual cells stimulating each other is so loud at times, especially when the officers are at the other end of the large units and understaffed that others can’t sleep.

Even guards are raping the women. I turned over affidavits to the U.S. Attorney about this one and a CCDOC officer was caught with his pants down on an elevator while he was transporting a woman inmate in the jail. Sooner or later America will have to deal with this issue in a realistic manner. If you are going to house inmates who suffer from HIV and hepatitis with other inmates who are disease free, than the least you can do is protect them. The inmates DON’T have a choice. Guards DO NOT protect them.

Read Amnesty International’s web site and get a dose of reality. Representative Davis should be honored for bringing up the subject, although her bill is flawed. Part of the increasing rate of HIV and hepatitis in this country is because we have 40 times more prisoners than any country or the same number of prisoners as China, which has 4-5 times our population. Our justice system is broken. With 2 1/2 million in prison and jail that is a lot of HIV and hepatitis being spread around and eventually is brought home to the community when the inmates are released. Ask yourself how other civilized countries can be safer than ours yet inprison 1/40th of the population we imprison? In Illinois we have 40,000 state prisoners. In Europe, a country with the same size population would imprison 1,000 people. We are not doing things right. We are not dealing with drug and alcohol addiction up front where the costs are less. We have not legalized marijuana. After prohibition was instituted, crime went way up; when it was removed, crime went down. We have not dealt with mental illness, instead we have de-institutionalized and then not provided funding to provide supervision and assistance outside of institutions. We have dumbed down and destroyed our education system. Teacher’s colleges give such a minimal and poor education it is pitiful, although they seem to try. Our college education is equivalent to a high school education in Europe, Taiwan or Japan. Poor choices make poor results. It is time for our government to wise up.

You can ignore a problem, say it doesn’t exist, and deny it until you are blue in the face, but it will come back and bite you eventually. The costs of ignoring this issue are staggering. It doesn’t just affect prisoners and their families. When inmates bring sexual diseases back to society, they spread, as the reality is not everyone is celebate or faithful to their spouse or sexual partner.

Death of Inmate from Neglect – Physical Threats Against Dr. Shelton by Correctional Officers – Inaction of FBI and U.S. Attorney

January 14, 2009

Dr. Linda Shelton physically threatened by Officers

Please Avenge me and Fight for Justice to be Brought Against Perpetrators if you hear I have been killed or severely injured by police or sheriff staff.

I have received many threats over the last eight years in retaliaton for my activism behind the scenes and now public whistle blower activities. I wish now to share them with you. So far the FBI and US Attorney are doing nothing to protect me. They are slow and inept, lacking sufficient staff, green in many ways, with warped priorities. I don’t expect their help. I do expect a short life. All of this information has been forwarded to the US Attorney and the FBI.

I answer questions on a commercial web site set up by companies to sell services to inmates and their families. The Cook County Jail web site is very useless and poorly done. I believe ALL inmates and their families deserve humane treatment and answers. So I answer as many questions as possible as a public service at this web site, where I write under the name “Linda”. They have even impersonated me and used the name “Linda”:

http://www.cookcojail.com/questions.php

These offensive posts containing illegal statements have been removed now from the web site by the web site administrator after they reviewed them at my request. The following are copies of posts on this web site threatening me with physical harm by officers pretending to be family of inmates or released inmates:
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This Linda lady who all you people are writing to and asking questions is a complete fraud. Look at how many times she has been charged and locked up. She has on numerous occassions assaulted many law enforcement officials and has a rap sheet longer than your arm. This lady is not stable she has no life or purpose. She stays with drama and propoganda in her life. People wake up if you need answers about Cook County go to the official web site. I work at the jail and have come into contact with Linda Shelton she is violent uncontrolable and very abusive both verbally and physically. You Ms. Shelton are a SHAM!!!! because the next time you get locked up, and there will be a next time, if you act they way you have been you will be delt with firmly and swiftly. just know that Ms. Shelton they now have tasers and pepper spray for people just like you. Remember, don’t forget you heard it here first.
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AugistineMonday, January 12, 2009
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Officer “Augistine” – Yes,I will remember your lies and your threats of physical harm. I am forwarding them to the FBI and US Attorney. It is a federal felony to threaten a federal witness. For those who want to know who I am, I have nothing to hide. I am a non-violent pacifist, disabled, and a federal witness agaisnt corrupt officers and officials at the jail. Any officers that wish to confess and perhaps get leniency, I suggest you contact Asst. US Attorney Joan Laser of the US Attorney’s task force on civil rights violations in Chicago. I also suggest any inmates who have been illegally abused with unnecessary injections of drugs to shut them up or retaliate against them should contact the Illinois Human Rights Authority – Director Parks. They will be coming to the jail again to again investigate the illegal use of drugs against inmates which is a criminal violation of Illinois Law. It reminds me of what the Soviets used to do to dissidents and activists who patriotically fought for their rights and their country. Nazi’s like you Officer “Augustine” will be taken down!
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LindaMonday, January 12, 2009
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E-mail to FBI from Shelton:

Please investigate the following from the web site listed as follows and inform AUSA Joan Laser. I believe the posters are guards pretending to be inmates. I have also received other death threats by phone in the past – “you better stop what you’re doing or you’re going to end up in the Cal Sag Canal” and “you better look under your car before you start it.” One officer in Evergreen Park told me to watch my back as the 80% of the officers who back me up can’t do anything against the “7 thugs the chief has assigned to get you any way he can.”

I don’t care if they kill me or hurt me. Just know if this happens you could have prevented it! I am going to post this on my web sites to document your failure to protect me or to act on the evidence I gave you. Dr. Hamilton is still wrongfully incarcerated at CCDOC now on her eighth month. The same applies to her.

I don’t know why I bother to tell you all this. I suppose I just want it documented when something happens to me. I’m appalled at your lack of action. We live in a totalitarian police state and you’re part of it. I know I can’t trust you.

http://www.cookcojail.com/

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If you go to jail and throw yourself on the floor,pretend like you can’t breath, and all together fake poor health (ie. walk with a cane) can you get to a medical dorm ? I knew this Dr. that claimed the guards beat her and her judge put false contempt charges on her and all she did was fake a bunch of illnesses to presude people to release her from jail. I even heard she gets on this website and give people bad advice…best bet is to consult an attorney before you take advice from some crack pot doctor.
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T-BoneTuesday, December 2, 2008
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T-Bone. I am the doctor you are talking about. I did not fake anything. They denied my medications and tortured me. I underwent a heart procedure in August. I have congenital spinal stenosis and had neurosurgery on my spine where they broke all the bones and reconstructed them. I now walk with a walker due to the injuries received in prison that worsened my conditions. I have a very severe form of asthma due to me being caught in an environmental accident/gasoline spill and overcome by fumes which damaged my lungs. I suggest you read my blogs including: illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com and the links to my other blogs. I am a federal witness against corrupt officials and officers at the jail. I don’t know where you get your information, but you clearly are the person who should not write on this site. If you this garbage info from the officers then you clearly are just being manipulated to further defame me. I suggest you also go to the federal court clerk’s office and look up the suits I have against state officials and police. If you want also go on the Circuit Court Clerk’s web site and look up my cases in Chancery and Law Division against IDOC for torture, violations of ADA, excessive force, violation of civil rights, failure to provide medical care, etc. Perhaps you are even a staff member at the CCDOC who is trying to discredit me!
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LindaWednesday, December 3, 2008
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By the way T-Bone, I turn over copies of all such false statements against me and death threats to the US Attorney. It is a federal felony to threaten a federal witness as others have done on this site. I can also subpoena the records of this web site and sue you for defamation of characteer. See you in court!
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JESUS….. Lemme just say a few things here…. Try working there. you have to remember 99% of the people coming and going are assholes,un educated, and just f*ckin rude w/ no respect. Therefore unfortunatly some of that nasty attitude gets reflected back to the whole 1%. Brittany, his bond is 2000.00.. Linda, either you work here or you spend too much time here. As for medical attention, 75% of these inmates do not take care of themselves in the world… they come to the County, and CRY and BITCH about everything from, headlice to toothaches… therefore ((% of the problems the medical staff has to deal with is BULLSHIT, just so the inmate can take a walk, or get a lil more attenetion. Get a f*ckin job there… and we’ll see day to day, how the GUARDS are treated. Also person looking for info on Div 4.. it is now a mens division, probably due to the OVER-CROWDING of these nice, sweet, innocent individuals…
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erinThursday, October 30, 2008
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Erin – aren’t you talking about the guards? They are poorly educated, undertrained, bullies, psychopaths, sociopaths, who have no supervision except by those that have been violating the law and abusing others for decades. I suppose you think Burge is a Saint also! If you read the recent US Attorney’s report at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2008/pr0717_01a.pdf there are also a significant number of guards who are murderers and felony civil rights violators. Even dogs are treated more humanely than inmates at CCDOC per the US Attorney. I’m just waiting for the indictments. Once we clearn up the place the officers who are left may be able to do a better job and then they will receive the respect they will have earned.
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LindaSunday, November 2, 2008
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linda,get a life.you do not have a clue as to the type of people that are incarcirated in the ccdoc.some are there for petty,non-violent crime and the majority you would not want to bring home for turkey day dinner.nasty,violent,murderous individuals that mame,kill,rape,rob,hit granny over the head for her purse and have no remorse.the people that have legit medical problems,I.E.diabetes,high blood pressure,etc are given proper medical care.these people bitch and moan about a sniffle,their toenails are to long,the one they havent clipped in 5 years on the street,their woes from their 30 year herion addiction,the bullitt in their leg from the 1999 drive by,etc.most of the correctional officers are fine people and there is a majority with college degrees that try to give every detainee their basic needs and respect.some of these people spit at us,throw urine on us,physical and verbal abuse.its obvious you or your family has not been a victim of a violent crime.in many countries these inmates would not survive,they throw them in a hole and let them rot,sounds good to me.but rest assured if you have a criminal at the county jail,he or she is eating a sandwich toasty and warm watching a movie.you and people like you are what is wrong with this country.make sure you lock your doors,wouldn,t want to see you get carjacked tonight.
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letskeepitrealWednesday, November 26, 2008
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My relatives are correctional officers, state police, military. I suggest you read the 98 page report from the U.S. Attorney sent to Stroger that documents the totally inadequate medical care,, the murder of inmates by guards beating them. I turned over to the affidavits from 40 inmates detailing how they were raped by guards, beaten by guards gratuitously, denied medical care (seizing on the floor for four hours for example). The US Attorney documented one man with a broken leg in a cast with an open wound where the “doctors” cut off his antibiotics and CCDOC staff refused to take him back to the orthopedic doctor. A month later when pus was oozing out of the cast his leg had to be amputated. Also what about May Molina who the CCDOC staff killed by denying her medical care while in a wheelchair when she needed asthma and diabetic care. The biggest problem is that the officers are not trained properly and as the US Attorney said there is an atmosphere of corruption and violence BY THE GUARDS. In Japan jail guards get three years training! You get two months after High School – that’s ridiculous. You barely have time to learn how to shoot and put on handcuffs. I feel sorry for the 90% of the officers who are trying to do a good job even though they don’t have half the training they need. If they would stop covering up for the psychopathic bully guards who are more dangerous than the inmates and if their union would demand better training. I have received death threats from many officers. I have been beaten up by Sgt. Salemi and Ofc. Johnson in the Cermak infirmiry. I have been denied medical care. Guess what! I’m now a federal witness! I won’t stop until the place is cleaned up. I have informed the US Attorney of your threat against me. It is a federal felony to threaten a federal witness. I hope you enjoy your time behind bars!
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LindaWednesday, December 3, 2008
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Hello, My sister recently passed away in prison. August 4th 2008. Her name Tiffany M. Bradley. Her crime, petty. She was in the Phyciatric unit of the jail I was told that her doctor gave her medication. After her did around 8:42 pm she was rushed to St.Anthony’s Hospital where she was she was pronoced dead. The nurse I spoke with that worked on her said she was pretty much doa but he still worked on her and pronced her dead at 8:50 pm. Later, at 1:40 a.m I get a phone call from my mother than she had 2 officers from elk grove in her home telling her her daughter has been dead.l The hours between seem to confuse me. Something is definatly wrong with this. No one will get back to me when they say and I am help-less. My sister didn’t and was not supose to die. I believe if the jail was run better and not corrupt that she would have lived. If you would like more info, please feel free to ask, Sincerely in devistation, Noelle Kwiatek
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noelle kwiatekThursday, August 28, 2008
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I have a couple of questions, I have been visitng my grandson every visiting day since May, he hasn’t received a haircut in all that time, his uniform is filty too large, he said that is the same uniform he received when he first went in which was April, he said he was told that the inmates get a different uniform each week, when he first went in there, the pants and shirt fitted him, but since he has been in there he has lost a lot of weight, now the clothing look like they are hanging on a stick, and he has a medical condition where he is unable to eat certain food, the acid in his stomach has burned his esophagus real bad, so that caused the inside of his esophagus to look like it is raw and has big lumpy looking bumps or blisters, he had a test done in GI clinic and they took pictures, we starting crying it look so bad,due to the acid that keep coming up in his throat and he has no where to spit so he has to swallow it, and it causes him a lot of chest discomfort, he was on medication before he was locked up, he said that he tells someone there that he need medication, but he still hasn’t seen a doctoe there, so in th meantime he is just wasting away due to the problem that he is unable to eat properly or take his medicine, also he is getting really dark, and I dont see why, because he is not out in the sun, i think it is because of his condition. Please can I have some answers. a caring and concern grandmother.
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shelbyFriday, August 15, 2008
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