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Science, secrecy, and lies in Oklahoma
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2018

As the Oklahoma attorney general’s office fights to keep hidden from public view the results of secret hearings on the DNA science flaws and falsehoods in former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw’s case, two prominent experts have stepped forward to shed bright light on the government’s myriad mind-boggling failures.

Forensic scientist, criminal profiler and crime reconstructionist Dr. Brent Turvey and independent forensic DNA consultant Suzanna Ryan spoke out about the Holtzclaw case for the newest episode of my investigative program on CRTV.com.

Reflecting on the confirmation bias that drove the investigation, the elementary failures of evidence collection and the forensic missteps, Turvey told me that he and his colleagues “cannot understand how this case got into trial at all.”

Holtzclaw is the wrongfully convicted Oklahoma City patrolman caught up in the nationwide anti-cop frenzy and social justice riots of Ferguson and Baltimore.

Holtzclaw Update: When Social Justice Mobs Hijack the Courtroom - YouTube

After initial accuser Jannie Ligons — who is suing Holtzclaw in a high-dollar lawsuit represented by Al Sharpton 2.0, Benjamin Crump — went public with her sensational sexual assault claims in June 2014, Oklahoma City sex-crimes Detectives Rocky Gregory and Kim Davis solicited a field of 13 total accusers. They were all black women and almost all had histories of drug abuse, mental illness, prostitution and multiple crimes.

No “linkage analysis” was done to establish a factual basis for the alleged victim profile, Turvey told me. The profile was created from gut feelings, not science or professional expertise.

Seven additional accusers, including one male, told such preposterous stories that the cops were forced to reject them out of hand. Only one was prosecuted for lying to police. Of the 13 who went to trial, the jury rejected five of the accusers’ stories and cleared Daniel of their charges (18 out of 36 total).

Detectives Gregory and Davis preemptively told accusers they were searching for sexual assault victims of a “bad guy” on the police force and badgered women who repeatedly had denied they were victims of any sexual improprieties, refused to look at lineups or described an alleged attacker as “short” and “black” or “dark-skinned” (Daniel is 6-foot-1, pale and half Japanese).

Turvey — who has worked for government agencies and universities across the world and authored multiple peer-reviewed textbooks on criminal profiling and investigation, forensic criminology and victimology, forensic science, criminal justice ethics and law enforcement corruption — called the Oklahoma City detectives’ approach “one of the most biased ways of approaching criminal investigation that (he’d) ever seen.”

“You have detectives who have started with the notion that Mr. Holtzclaw is guilty,” Turvey recounted, “searching through as many potential contacts as he’s ever had” to confirm their narrative. Detectives weren’t interested in pursuing other leads who matched accusers’ descriptions. They were “just interested in making their case against Officer Holtzclaw. That’s the definition of confirmation bias.”

It’s a major red flag, Turvey (whose most recent textbook is on false allegations) told me, “because the possibility that you’re dealing with somebody who’s falsely reporting the crime goes way up when you approach the case in this fashion.”

Out of the eight remaining accusers’ claims and alleged crime scenes, there were zero corroborating witnesses, and there was zero direct forensic evidence. The Oklahoma City Police Department’s crime lab identified what it characterized as “epithelial cell” DNA from one lone accuser — a troubled 17-year-old girl with a history of violent crime who called Daniel a “hot cop.” Her trace DNA became the linchpin in the case.

At her lab in Carlsbad, California, Ryan showed me how Oklahoma City police crime lab analyst Elaine Taylor neglected to perform simple serological and forensic tests on Holtzclaw’s uniform pants. She explained that Taylor did not use an alternate light source, “which is a very common practice” in sexual assault cases to detect saliva or vaginal fluid stains. Nor did Taylor conduct basic saliva tests (which she oddly told the jury she “refused” to do) or a presumptive vaginal fluid test, which Ryan demonstrated.

Ryan also noted how Taylor “incorrectly stated that no male DNA was present in two” of four DNA samples taken, “when in fact there was.” The reason the error was so grave is that prosecutor Gayland Gieger (who has zero training in forensic science) used Taylor’s false characterization to argue and bolster his own unscientific conclusion that because Holtzclaw’s DNA was not found in the minuscule mixtures of multiple contributors, the DNA could have only gotten there through sexual contact via the teen accuser’s vaginal fluid.

“Well, you can’t say that,” Ryan commented. “If you don’t do a test for something, you can’t make a statement like that. … There was absolutely no body fluid identification,” she told me. “It’s not scientifically sound.”

Moreover, in reaction to Gieger’s mockery of transfer DNA at trial and Gregory and Davis’s claims to me that it is “almost impossible” to transfer DNA indirectly, Ryan, who has worked as a DNA analyst for both public and private DNA labs and served as an expert witness in forensic serology and DNA analysis more than 100 times, forcefully responded:

“That’s not what the journal research shows. There are article after article after article talking about not just primary transfer — we directly contact each other — but secondary transfer. Now we’re discovering there’s tertiary transfer. A study by Dr. Peter Gill, who’s one of the co-authors of our paper (on Holtzclaw) as well as a co-author of a recent journal article, found quaternary transfer.”

Both Turvey and Ryan point to the incompetent mishandling of the evidence bag containing Holtzclaw’s pants by Rocky Gregory (who is the son-in-law of forensic analyst Elaine Taylor) as a potential route for DNA transfer and contamination.

Daniel Holtzclaw interrogation video unredacted Former OK - YouTube

While watching video of Gregory sticking his bare hand in the evidence bag, Turvey remarked:

“This shows somebody who doesn’t understand physical evidence, doesn’t care about the physical evidence, so it’s not just creating an environment where contamination is likely, but also showing a culture where they don’t care about physical evidence at all.”

Turvey and Ryan, who do not know each other and who have had no contact with Holtzclaw or his family, are two of six internationally renowned experts including Dr. Peter Gill who released a public report on scientific issues in Holtzclaw’s case last summer. Because of systemic failures in the basic testing, handling, collection, analysis and interpretation of evidence, the scientists determined that Holtzclaw “was deprived of his due process right to a fair trial” and that his “conviction should be overturned and he should be given a new trial.”

Scientific and ethical lapses before, during and after the Holtzclaw trial should raise alarm bells across forensic and investigative communities inside and outside the Sooner State. Repeated evasions of transparency by Oklahoma prosecutors and police brass about their handling of the Holtzclaw case should trouble criminal justice watchdogs on all sides of the ideological spectrum nationwide.

Justice, like democracy, dies in the darkness.

Michelle Malkin’s new episode on the Holtzclaw case debuts this week at crtv.com/michelle-malkin-investigates.

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More:

CRTV: Daniel in the Den | The truth about Holtzclaw (Parts 1 and 2) - YouTube

Daniel Holtzclaw Case DNA - Michelle Malkin Investigates - YouTube

Railroaded | Michelle Malkin Investigates | MMI S2E3 - YouTube

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Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part Two

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part Three

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On Jan. 22-24, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board held hearings related to one of 36 counts against wrongfully convicted former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw.

Four members of the board–Robbie Fullerton, Kris Steele (more on him in a moment), Allen McCall, and Tom Gillert–voted to deny Daniel parole on the charge. Board member Brett Macy, a former OCPD officer, former GOP Oklahoma County sheriff’s candidate, and son of notorious former District Attorney Bob Macy, recused himself.

Here is the parole board’s ballot:

Here is Daniel’s statement of innocence to the parole board:

Daniel’s father, Eric, also submitted a statement outlining the flawed investigation, shoddy science, mob rule at trial, prosecutorial misconduct, and constitutional violations that led to Daniel’s convictions:

The count at issue before the parole board (“Count 1”) involved an allegation of sexual battery by accuser Tabitha Barnes.

This is Tabitha Barnes (a.k.a. Tabitha Jean Barnes):

As I have previously reported, Barnes erroneously described Daniel (pale and half-Japanese) as “dark-skinned” and had not reported any inappropriate behavior to the police — until sex-crimes detective Rocky Gregory informed her about the Holtzclaw investigation and coached her by telling her he “had a tip that maybe she had been the victim of an unreported sexual assault.”  

Det. Gregory supplied her with a date for the assault and she changed her story to match the investigator-supplied information. Barnes testified positive for PCP on the morning she testified at trial. She had also ingested hydrocodone and marijuana.

Eric Holtzclaw further pointed out to the parole board:

During trial, Barnes lied to the judge about her drug use. At first she denied under oath that she had taken anything other than her prescribed medications. Then she admitted she would test positive for THC because she had smoked marijuana. Finally, just before a urine test, she admitted to a female police officer that she would also test hot for PCP. Results showed that she did test positive for PCP within hours of testifying at trial (R.1962-69). Barnes was allowed to testify during the trial while under the influence of PCP.

Barnes’s lack of credibility is also suggested by her recent arrest: she was booked on Dec. 20, 2017, by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office for “false [im]personation; interfering with official process; larceny; and threatening to perform an act of violence.” (Case # CPC-2017-11899 in Oklahoma County, Date Filed: 12/20/2017.)

Moreover:

Tabitha Barnes said that her assailant’s skin was an “Indian tan color” and his hair was a light brown, while Daniel’s skin is pale and his hair is black. Barnes told the detective that she had lifted up her shirt and bra and the officer had touched her bare breasts, but during the trial she testified that she had not been wearing a bra. Daniel’s appeal brief also points out that Daniel’s trial attorney failed to call a witness who “indicated that Ms. Barnes was put in handcuffs,” which was inconsistent with Ms. Barnes’s testimony and “could have repudiated the notion that she was made to expose herself,” as she had claimed. (Appellant’s Brief, pp. 41-42). Despite these inconsistencies and contradictions, Barnes’ testimony led to Daniel’s wrongful conviction on Count 1.

Here’s more information on Barnes’ latest arrest involving assault and battery…on a police officer:

Mugshots.com ID: 150221457
Inmate Name: BARNES, TABITHA JEAN
DOB: 1/09/1973
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Height: 5′ 5″ (1.65 m)
Weight: 156 lb (71 kg)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: BROWN
Arrest Number: 2017000105
Arresting Agency: MCCLAIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Bond: Disposition Sev Charge Open/Active BATTERY/ASSAULT & BATTERY ON POLICE OFFICER (FTA) Open/Active EXPIRED DRIVERS LICENSE (FTA)
Cash Bond: N/A
Arrest Date: 1/18/2017
Charges: N/A

It has now been exactly a year plus one week since Daniel’s public defenders filed his appeal in the criminal case. Not only has the state failed to respond in a timely matter, but it has dragged its feet in responding to Daniel’s lawyers’ motion to unseal the June 2017 secret hearings on the botched DNA evidence. Meanwhile, the Court of Criminal Appeals has failed to act on Daniel’s lawyers’ simple motion to preserve evidence in his case filed more than 6 months ago.

At Pyongyang on the Prairie, there is zero interest or outrage in the grave conflicts of interest posed by the close familial relationship between two crucial, biased, and incompetent players for the prosecution: co-lead OCPD detective Rocky Gregory and his mother-in-law, OCPD forensic analyst Elaine Taylor, whose flawed work prompted six internationally renowned scientists to release a public forensic report outlining her failures and lapses–and calling for a new trial for Daniel.

Read the scientists’ report:

Speaking of conflicts of interest, parole board member Kris Steele, who voted to deny Daniel’s parole on Count 1, doesn’t seem to have disclosed his bias about Daniel’s case and his chummy relationship with Oklahoma City police chief William Citty.

But as part of one of my many public records requests to the OCPD, I found this e-mail from Steele to Citty, seeking endorsement of a ballot initiative he had drafted and praising Citty for his participation in a rally with Holtzclaw’s accusers.

“Way to go!” Steele effused. “You are amazing and truly one of the greatest leaders I know!”

Check it out:

This “greatest” leader, I must point out to you, threw Daniel under the bus and publicly terminated him 10 months before his trial even began.

Why no recusal from Mr. Steele? Or is this just another in a long line of crony connections that will get whitewashed as an innocent man and dedicated law enforcement officer sits behind bars?

As Daniel wrote in his statement to the parole board:

“I put my life on the line each day I went to work and believed in the judicial system. That judicial system failed me…When people are actually able to look into the case and research the facts, they are flabbergasted by the injustice.”

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Stay tuned next week for a new episode of my CRTV.com show, “Michelle Malkin Investigates,” which will update Daniel’s story and feature exclusive interviews with forensic experts deconstructing the flawed investigation, evidence, and testimony of prosecution analysts and detectives.

***

Watch:

CRTV: Daniel in the Den | The truth about Holtzclaw (Parts 1 and 2) - YouTube

Daniel Holtzclaw Case DNA - Michelle Malkin Investigates - YouTube

Railroaded | Michelle Malkin Investigates | MMI S2E3 - YouTube

Read:

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part 3: All in OCPD’s Crime Lab Family

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part Two

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part One

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Background:

Brian Bates’ comprehensive website on Daniel’s case: HoltzclawTrial.com

Facebook updates from Jenny Holtzclaw.

Petition to Gov. Mary Fallin to free Daniel Holtzclaw.

More background:

The crisis in America’s crime labs

DNA deception: What the Holtzclaw jury never heard

Daniel Holtzclaw update: Storm over Okla. court secrecy

Law professor: Why the secrecy with Holtzclaw filings?

What if he didn’t do it?

Media executive’s questions for 20/20

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Memo to Dan Rather: Shut up about memos
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2018

Old liberal media liars never fade away. They just rage, rage against the dying of their dinosaur industry’s light.

I’m looking at you, Dan Rather.

After years of trashing alternative media, which exposed the veteran CBS News reporter’s monumental Memogate fraud in 2004, Rather has joined the ranks of pajama-clad online broadcasters. The 86-year-old grandfather of fake news now uses Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to stoke the left’s anti-Trump resistance — all while clinging bitterly to the vestiges of his defunct “legendary” newsman persona.

Consider Gunga Dan’s comments on the House Intelligence Committee’s release of the four-page Nunes memo alleging domestic surveillance abuses by politicized FBI brass working with Democratic operatives.

“Most respectable analysts,” Rather asserted, “have determined that the contents of the memo are thin.”

Who determined that these unnamed analysts are “respectable”? Dan Rather. Why are they “respectable”? Because they confirm Dan Rather’s opinions. Why are Dan Rather’s opinions more valid than others? Because he’s Dan Rather, the veteran teleprompter reader America must trust.

“With the release of the memo,” Rather railed, “the goal of the White House and its willing enablers is to make what is really the truth into a forgettable sidebar.”

He lambasted “cherry-picking” and taking things “out of context.” And, Rather fretted, “what will be the endgame if a big segment of the public confuses what they hope to be true with what turns out to be true?”

This “disgraced former journalist” fraudster’s got more gall than a bladder bank.

Document Dr. Dan is the man who fronted the notorious “60 Minutes” propaganda hit piece on George W. Bush based on fake documents about his Texas Air National Guard service in the 1970s and nonexistent sources upon whom Rather’s team relied to verify these documents.

(If that self-validating circularity of bogusness sounds eerily similar to what the Nunes memo revealed, you’ve been paying attention.)

Rather and his CBS team perpetuated journalistic fraud of the highest order. Conservative bloggers and alternative media called out Dan Rather and his con artist producer Mary Mapes for their malpractice. CBS denied this and delayed addressing the hoax. The mainstream media tried to shoot the messenger and discredit critics of CBS/Rather.

The evidence of bias was overwhelming — forcing CBS to appoint an independent review panel that concluded that the network “failed to follow basic journalistic principles in the preparation and reporting of the piece,” was “rigid and blind” in its defense, and demonstrated “myopic zeal” in its manufacturing of the Bush/National Guard fraud. After the report was issued, Mapes and three executives were fired and the editorial practices at CBS were revamped.

The New York Times infamously coined the phrase “fake but accurate” to describe the left’s stubborn defense of the four manufactured memos attributed to Texas Army National Guard commander Lt. Col. Jerry Killian. Less remembered are the scathing conclusions of the independent panel who identified these worst defects of Rather’s work in 2004:

“1. The failure to obtain clear authentication of any of the Killian documents from any document examiner;

“2. The false statement in the September 8 Segment that an expert had authenticated the Killian documents when all he had done was authenticate one signature from one document used in the Segment;

“3. The failure of 60 Minutes Wednesday management to scrutinize the publicly available, and at times controversial, background of the source of the documents, retired Texas Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Bill Burkett;

“4. The failure to find and interview the individual who was understood at the outset to be Lieutenant Colonel Burkett’s source of the Killian documents, and thus to establish the chain of custody;

“5. The failure to establish a basis for the statement in the Segment that the documents “were taken from Colonel Killian’s personal files”;

“6. The failure to develop adequate corroboration to support the statements in the Killian documents and to carefully compare the Killian documents to official TexANG records, which would have identified, at a minimum, notable inconsistencies in content and format;

“7. The failure to interview a range of former National Guardsmen who served with Lieutenant Colonel Killian and who had different perspectives about the documents;

“8. The misleading impression conveyed in the Segment that Lieutenant Strong had authenticated the content of the documents when he did not have the personal knowledge to do so;

“9. The failure to have a vetting process capable of dealing effectively with the production speed, significance and sensitivity of the Segment; and

“10. The telephone call prior to the Segment’s airing by the producer of the Segment to a senior campaign official of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry — a clear conflict of interest — that created the appearance of a political bias.”

Fourteen years later, after courts laughed his $70 million lawsuit against CBS out of court, the blog-blaming fake news forefather has the audacity to hold forth on truth, trust, accountability.

Sit down, Dan Rather. Be humble.

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Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson was struck and killed, along with an Uber driver, early Sunday morning in Indiana.

I reported on Twitter that the man arrested in the accident, Alex Cabrera Gonsales, is from Mexico with an ICE detainer on him. He had no driver’s license and attempted to flee from the scene.

Early this morning, Indiana Colts player Edwin Jackson was struck & killed by a suspected drunk driver who was unlicensed & ran from scene. Inmate booking records show the driver, Alex Cabrera Gonsales, is from Mexico w/an ICE detainer on him.
h/t @JTTriguero pic.twitter.com/LdyvrwobgV

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 5, 2018

Indianapolis is a sanctuary-friendly haven for illegal aliens.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Immigration advocates are pushing for Indianapolis to become a “sanctuary city.”

These advocates say families are being torn apart because of deportations under the Trump administration. That’s why they came to the sheriff’s office looking for answers.

About 20 people went to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office looking to speak with him.

They say they don’t want local resources to be used to deport people.

Sanctuary cities are outlaw cities that enable illegal alien and immigrant law-breakers to tear others’ families apart with impunity.

Sanctuary cities: America's safest spaces for outlaws ==>https://t.co/7ZORVf3JcM@crtv #MMI

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 5, 2018

Support AVIAC, Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime, here.

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“Dreamers” vs. demons
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2018

Xinran Ji, 24, had big dreams. But demons demolished them.

The bright hopes of young Xinran Ji, a University of Southern California engineering student from Inner Mongolia, died in 2014 at the hands of a then-19-year-old “Dreamer” and his thug pals. Mexican illegal alien Jonathan DelCarmen, who first jumped the southern border at age 12, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last summer in the savage robbery and fatal beating of Ji — who was walking home from a study group after midnight.

No, it wasn’t President Trump, ICE agents, Republicans or conservative talk show hosts who racially profiled Xinran Ji. It was “Dreamer” DelCarmen and his partners in crime: Alberto Ochoa, 17, Andrew Garcia, 18, and Alejandra Guerrero, 16. The gangsters targeted Ji because he was Asian and assumed he “must have money.” Guerrero had sent Facebook messages about wanting to “flock” (rob) white and Chinese people. Off-campus neighborhoods around USC are dominated by Mexican Mafia affiliates that target foreign students and shake down local businesses owned by law-abiding immigrants.

“Dreamer” DelCarmen and his friends stalked Ji on a street corner in south central L.A. before bashing him in the head with a baseball bat and a wrench. The attack was caught on multiple security cameras. Ji managed to stagger home to his apartment, leaving a quarter-mile trail of blood behind him.

Sometime during the night, Xinran Ji died in his bed. And the aspirations of his family, who sacrificed everything to send him to America to pursue his studies, perished with him.

“Dreamer” DelCarmen and his friends drove off to a nearby beach to rob two more innocent people in a city and state that have defiantly declared themselves “sanctuaries” for people in the United States illegally — not for the best and brightest like Xinran Ji, but for lawless barbarians like Jonathan DelCarmen.

“It’s like heaven fell down,” Ji’s father told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli at Garcia’s sentencing hearing.

“His life was taken by these demons,” Ji’s aunt added. “They robbed and killed an innocent youth with very vicious means, and this was inhuman.”

Garcia received life in prison without the possibility of parole. Ji’s parents’ sentence was far worse: a brutal, violent and permanent separation from their only child. In Washington, D.C., however, some families matter more than others. And victims of indiscriminate open borders, like Xinran Ji, don’t exist.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, proud promoter of sanctuary policies for illegal immigrants, led more than two dozen Democrats in turning the State of the Union address into “Take an Illegal Alien to Work Day.”

Platitudes whitewash bloody reality.

“I want to be clear: DREAMers are Americans,” declared Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., who invited an illegal alien from El Salvador who now works at Apple. “They contribute to our economy, our communities and our strength and stability as a nation.”

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., brought a Mexican illegal alien, Cesar Montelongo, now enrolled in the M.D.-Ph.D. program at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

“I hope Cesar’s presence reminds President Trump what’s at stake in the debate over DACA: the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent young people who want to contribute to our country’s future.”

Democrats and pro-amnesty radicals protest any glint of sunlight shed on the destructive consequences of not enforcing our nation’s immigration laws. They claim it’s unfair to focus on single cases or “anecdotes,” even as they promote DACA recipients as a holy, unassailable class of “honor roll students, star athletes, talented artists and valedictorians.”

This propaganda, to which open-borders Republicans have fecklessly capitulated, is an offense to decency and truth. Xinran Ji was an innocent young person pursuing his educational dreams in America. He planned to return to China to use his knowledge to secure a better future for himself, his family and his community.

The blind beatification and elevation of illegal immigrant “Dreamers” above law-abiding native Americans, naturalized Americans, legal immigrants and their families will be the ruin of us all.

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MichelleMalkin.com by Michelle Malkin - 3w ago

Homeschooling is NOT a crime
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2018

It’s elementary. Education control freaks will use any excuse to crack down on competition. With two million K-12 students now educated at home (including our 9th grade son), the temptation to exploit the most marginal cases of alleged child abuse by home-schoolers has proven irresistible to statist politicians and government apologists.

Take the case of David and Louise Turpin’s 13 starving children, reportedly found tethered to their beds after one of the siblings escaped and contacted police. The Turpins’ “house of horrors” in Riverside County, California, grabbed international headlines last week — and lured a parade of publicity hounds. Former neighbors in Texas claimed they suspected physical abuse by the parents but did nothing at the time. These thirsty fame-seekers will, however, be appearing on “Dr. Phil” later this week to slurp up their 15 minutes of leechdom.

Louise Turpin’s half-sister, Teresa Robinette, who also sat on the sidelines for years, miraculously found the energy and motivation to wake up early for an interview on NBC’s “Today Show,” where she gregariously gossiped about family secrets.

Another of Louise Turpin’s sisters, Elizabeth Flores, dry-cried and show-sniffled on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about her “love” for the Turpin children whom she claims to have tried to Skype unsuccessfully “for 20 years.” How heroic of her. Flores also confessed that David Turpin allegedly spied on her while she showered. For some reason, it was more urgent for Flores to report this information to “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts and millions of strangers tuned into the boob tube than it was to tell her sister. Or her nieces and nephews. Or authorities.

But instead of training tough scrutiny where it belongs — on the parents, relatives and acquaintances of the alleged victims — California legislators and narrative-shaping liberal journalists have instead directed their wrath at home schooling.

The Turpins had filed required paperwork with the state registering their supposed home school, the Sandcastle Day School, as a “private school.” Several court cases in California have upheld the right to home school. Parents have the option to sign an affidavit establishing a home-based educational program, hire credentialed tutors or register with an independent study program.

The deep, wide and vast majority of home-schoolers nationwide are loving, excellent and responsible instructors and parents. Yet, public school lobbyists have marginalized them as amateurs, weirdos and menaces who don’t have the intelligence to raise and educate their own children. Democratic legislators in California have sought to undermine home-schoolers’ autonomy with intrusive legislation, such as a bill proposed last fall that would have required parents to allow inspectors to search their residential bathrooms for state-mandated feminine hygiene products for female students.

In New York City, incompetent nanny state bureaucrats have routinely harassed home-schooling families and falsely accused them of “educational neglect” after losing their paperwork. Home-schooling mom of two, Tanya Acevedo, who is suing the Big Apple, told my CRTV.com program how bureaucratic snafus that classified her son as a truant led to a Child Protective Services investigation.

Why is homeschooling illegal in so many places?@michellemalkin investigates in her upcoming #MMI Episode:

MMI: https://t.co/Y7oxjXfyET pic.twitter.com/maJXrgY9qn

— CRTV (@CRTV) August 28, 2017

“You start to question yourself as a parent when they come through those doors,” Acevedo recounted. “My child he eats three meals a day, he’s well taken care of, and I felt that there was no need for them to be knocking at my door. … it was a really scary and really nerve-racking experience.”

For her crime of exercising educational self-determination, Acevedo was treated as guilty of child abuse until proven innocent.

The idea that there is something especially sinister and crime-enabling about home schooling — The Week’s Damon Linker warned darkly of the “sickening danger of home-schooling,” for example, and NPR invoked the specter of a “cult” — betrays an all-too-common bias against parental autonomy that ignores the government’s own gross misconduct. From coast to coast, child welfare agencies see parental negligence where none exists and conversely ignore abuse when it’s under their employees’ noses. Federal audits of state child welfare bureaucracies in California and Texas last year found rampant failures to detect abuse, investigate allegations and track referrals.

Moreover, sexual abuse scandals have rocked inner-city schools, suburban public school districts and wealthy private schools alike. “In 2014 alone,” according to former federal education official Terry Abbott, “there were 781 reported cases of teachers and other school employees accused or convicted of sexual relationships with students.”

Yet, the vultures of political opportunism are using the plight of the Turpin children to impose expanded control over all home-schoolers in the Golden State. California Assemblymember Jose Medina, D-Riverside, plans to introduce a bill requiring that “mandated reporters” designated by the state Department of Education conduct annual assessments in all home schools.

Echoing Medina’s concern for “the lack of oversight the state of California currently has in monitoring private and home schools,” liberal New Republic writer Sarah Jones decried how “lax homeschooling laws protect child abusers.” She pivoted quickly from the Turpin tragedy to an attack on the home-school movement’s academic achievements and opposition to mandatory kindergarten.

Fundamentally, the home-school crackdown caucus views the very freedom to educate one’s own children as a threat to government authority. In the name of liberating the Turpin children, they seek to keep the rest of us home-schooling families in regulatory chains.

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Michelle Malkin: The Left's LITTLEST Open-Borders Propagandists - YouTube

At the Denver women’s march this weekend, a little girl became the new hero of open-borders extremists.

She posed defiantly with a homemade message on pink posterboard, no doubt dictated by a left-wing parent or teacher, which read:

BUILD A WALL AND MY GENERATION WILL TEAR IT DOWN.

Liberal actress Jamie Lee Curtis retweeted the photo, calling the sign “brilliant.”

Why we march. This brilliant, anonymous photograph speaks a thousand words of truth to power. #womensmarch2018 pic.twitter.com/KFIqF6f7XU

— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) January 21, 2018

Moonbat congressman Ted Lieu mentioned it on cable TV.

Newshub called it one of the best signs of the worldwide protests.

As usual with the far Left, reality is manufactured. This little girl’s sentiment is not an original thought, but a prefabricated slogan that has been circulating for several years on social media. It’s been credited to an adopted 11-year-old Asian-American girl.

"If your generation votes to build a wall, I just want you to know my generation will be strong enough to tear it down." pic.twitter.com/EbL2p0nr47

— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) November 9, 2016

And a three-year-old Brazilian-American boy.

Alas, the adults in these little propagandists’ lives failed to inform them that under 18 U.S.C. Section 1361, destruction of government property is a federal crime. Moreover, under 18 USC Section 2155, it is a felony to interfere with, or obstruct the national defense of the United States, or to willfully injure or destroy any national-defense material or national-defense premises.

In the sanctuary cities of Denver and Los Angeles and beyond, radical parents and educators are brainwashing youngsters to openly embrace and advocate for our country’s collapse.

All the border wall funding in the world can’t protect us from collapse and chaos if our classrooms are used to indoctrinate the next generation to sabotage our sovereignty.

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**Written by Doug Powers

Here’s your TOTAL COINCIDENCE of the last couple years:

The Justice Department has turned over to Congress additional text messages involving an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team following the discovery of derogatory comments about President Donald Trump.

But the department also said in a letter to lawmakers that its record of messages sent to and from the agent, Peter Strzok, was incomplete because the FBI, for technical reasons, had been unable to preserve and retrieve about five months’ worth of communications.
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But, according to the letter, the FBI told the department that its system for retaining text messages sent and received on bureau phones had failed to preserve communications between Strzok and Page over a five-month period between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. May 17 was the date that Mueller was appointed as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation.

Geez, in 2016, the FBI were experts at surveilling everybody except their own agents, apparently. They must have employed Hillary’s tech people during that time, hence the “lost” information.

This part was no doubt probably mentioned by Loretta Lynch to Bill Clinton on a Phoenix airport tarmac before the election:

Strzok said in a July 1 text message that the timing of Lynch’s announcement “looks like hell.” And Page appears to mockingly refer to Lynch’s decision to accept the FBI’s conclusion in the case as a “real profile in courag(e) since she knows no charges will be brought.”

There was never actually a serious investigation into Team Clinton’s shenanigans, and the fix was in from the get-go — and Hillary STILL couldn’t beat Trump.

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Final note: It’s been my pleasure — not to mention an incredible honor — to offer commentary at MM.com for many years, but the time has come to move on, so this is my final post here. I want to thank Michelle and her husband Jesse for their incredible generosity and support over the years. It’s been a LOT of fun and I hope those of you reading had at least half as much fun as I did writing. If you’re interested in keeping up with what I have to say I’ll be posting my personal commentary and occasional sophomoric wisecracks at DougPowers.com.

Take care.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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**Written by Doug Powers

Probably the most pathetic part of this is the assumption the money belonged to the state in the first place while blaming Trump for forcing them to take extra measures re-confiscate the wealth for re-distribution by progressives:

California lawmakers are targeting the expected windfall that companies in the state would see under the federal tax overhaul with a bill that would require businesses to turn over half to the state.

A proposed Assembly Constitutional Amendment by Assemblymen Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would create a tax surcharge on California companies making more than $1 million so that half of their federal tax cut would instead go to programs that benefit low-income and middle-class families.

“Trump’s tax reform plan was nothing more than a middle-class tax increase,” Ting said in a statement. “It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals. This bill will help blunt the impact of the federal tax plan on everyday Californians by protecting funding for education, affordable health care, and other core priorities.”

Democrats are like Roombas perpetually set to “sniff out and take away somebody else’s money.”

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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