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Umesh Heendeniya
Worked at Phillip Morris (Altria) Inc.
Attends Creighton University
Lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA.
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When Cops Get Caught Sanitizing and Flat-Out Lying About Police Brutality, by Nick Wing, Senior Viral Editor, The Huffington Post.
13 stories with accompanying videos showing police brutality and resulting civil rights lawsuits.
What might appear improper to the average citizen is often found to be justified in the eyes of the law. (This story includes graphic videos.)
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Indigent Defense, 50 Years After Gideon v. Wainwright, by Mother Jones publication.
       A lawsuit was filed recently by the American Civil Liberties Union. The lawsuit, intended to expose the deficiencies in Fresno County's public defense system was filed against Fresno (a county in which close to a quarter of the population lives below the federal poverty line), the state of California, and its governor, Jerry Brown, for  systematic issues that the  ACLU claims led to thousands of poor defendants to be denied their constitutional right to adequate representation. All of this, the ACLU says, has perpetuated greater racial inequalities in the criminal-justice system.
       According to the ACLU's complaint:
(1) With an annual caseload of 42,000 and fewer than 100 people on staff, the Fresno County Public Defender's Office is unable to keep up.
(2) The American Bar Association and the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals recommends caseload caps at 150 felony cases or 400 misdemeanor cases per full time attorney. But the 60 public defenders on Fresno's staff carry caseloads of more than four times that amount.
(3) The county's public defenders office has high turnover rates—50 attorneys quit between 2010 and 2014—and new hires are often inexperienced.
(4) Minorities make up about 70 percent of those arrested in Fresno. The ACLU claims that immigrants are often instructed to plead guilty without being told how it might affect their immigration status.
       "What is happening in Fresno is significant," says Jonathan Rapping, a lawyer and legal defense advocate who founded Gideon's Promise—an organization that provides training and support for public defenders who represent the poor. Rapping explains that though the ACLU case focuses specifically on the problems in Fresno, exposing problems at the county level can have a wide impact on addressing systemic issues on a national level. "Theses lawsuits force state systems to examine what they are doing."
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The entire background check system is flawed, by "Gun Owner's of America" Erich Pratt appearing in USA Today (July 28, 2015).
Mr. Pratt wisely (and pragmatically) asks and answers the question,  what does prevent mass shootings? Well, how about:
       The Florida pastor who last December prevented a potential mass shooting — and saved the lives of several men, women and children — when he used his concealed firearm to incapacitate a shooter.
       The law-abiding citizens who halted mass shootings this year — in a Philadelphia barber shop in March; on a crowded Chicago street corner in April; or in a Youngstown, Ohio, bar in June.
(See links below in the comments section)
Flawed System · Print · Email. The entire background check system is flawed by Erich Pratt appearing in USA Today (July 28, 2015). FBI Director James Comey recently said a flaw in the gun background check system allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the gun he allegedly used to kill nine people in a ...
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The Armed Citizen database consisting of real-life examples of responsible, law-abiding concealed carry folks using their firearm to stop potentially violent criminals:
http://www.thearmedcitizen.com/category/armed-citizen-stories/
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Sources: Nation's disabled work program mired in corruption, fraud.
       The nation's premier federal program that provides work for people who are severely disabled is mired in widespread corruption, financial fraud and violations of the law, numerous sources tell CNN. And instead of helping the severely disabled find work, the taxpayer-funded agency is at times allowing jobs to be taken away from the disabled, the sources say.
       AbilityOne, along with the nonprofit agency that manages its program for the severely disabled, SourceAmerica, are being investigated by authorities for illegal operations, financial fraud, mismanagement, operating in violation of the law, steering of contracts, and possibly obstruction of justice. Several inside sources tell CNN the program is among the worst cases of its type they've ever seen in a federal agency.
The nation's premier federal program that provides work for people who are severely disabled is mired in widespread corruption, numerous sources tell CNN.
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Do You Know Why I’m Pulling You Over, Being Wildly Aggressive, And Charging You With Assault Today, Sir?, by Officer Daniel McEwen, Greene County Police Department.
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Presidential candidate Donald Trump talks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about polls, Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, and the other GOP candidates.
Trump talks about politicians, lobbyists and influence peddling.
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Federal Judge Holds Officers’ Actions in Fatal Shooting Immune, Except for Final Bullet, by Benjamin Weiser in the New York Times.
       With an excessive force lawsuit pending, a federal judge in Manhattan held most of the officers’ conduct immune from civil liability, because their actions, under the circumstances, were legally reasonable, she found. But the judge, Katherine B. Forrest of Federal District Court, found one exception: the final bullet, fired by Sgt. William Flores.
       Nick Paolucci, a Law Department spokesman, said, “We believe the actions of Officer Flores were fully justified and we will vigorously defend this last surviving claim.” The family’s lawyer, Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma, expressed disappointment at the ruling, saying that there was “ample evidence” to conclude Mr. Jaquez “was not posing any threat” to any of the officers. “His widow and three orphans look forward to their day in court,” he added.
       Judge Forrest observed that “the court should not apply 20/20 hindsight to merely second-guess police conduct” in such cases. She said the Supreme Court had found that such immunity served “an important policy purpose,” in giving officials “breathing room to make reasonable but mistaken judgments about open legal questions.” Such immunity protected “all but the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law,” she added.
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Former Cop Indicted in Maiming of Toddler in Botched SWAT Raid.
      A federal grand jury has handed down an indictment in the case of a May 28, 2014, police raid gone wrong that left an infant critically wounded when a SWAT team blitzed the wrong house in Cornelia, Georgia.
      Nikki Autry, a former deputy sheriff in Habersham County, Georgia, was indicted on charges of providing false information in a search warrant affidavit and providing false information to obtain an arrest warrant, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
      The federal indictment alleges Autry told a magistrate judge that a known, reliable informant had purchased a small amount of methamphetamine from Wanis Thonetheva at a residence in Cornelia, Georgia. However, the indictment says, it was not Autry's informant, as she told the judge, but his roommate, who was unknown to Autry, who made the buy. And, the indictment goes on, Autry did not verify the buy before presenting an affidavit to the magistrate judge requesting a warrant.
       Because Thonetheva had a previous weapons charge, the judge issued a "no-knock" warrant that allowed SWAT to enter the residence where the informant's roommate claimed to have bought methamphetamine from Thonetheva.
Nikki Autry faces civil rights charges after a SWAT raid that left an 18-month-old toddler severely injured.
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Nikki Autry, a former Habersham County deputy sheriff and special agent of the Mountain Judicial Circuit Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team (“NCIS”), has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of providing false information in a search warrant affidavit and providing the same false information to obtain an arrest warrant.  Providing false evidence to a judge to obtain a warrant is a federal civil rights violation:
http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga/pr/former-habersham-county-deputy-sheriff-charged-her-role-flash-bang-grenade-incident
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Hedge funds tell Puerto Rico: lay off teachers and close schools to pay us back. Report commissioned by 34 hedge funds says government had been ‘massively overspending on education’ despite spending only 79% of US average per pupil.
       The hedge funds called for Puerto Rico to avoid financial default – and repay its debts – by collecting more taxes, selling $4bn worth of public buildings and drastically cutting public spending, particularly on education. The group of 34 hedge funds hired former International Monetary Fund (IMF) economists-  Jose Fajgenbaum, Jorge Guzmán and Claudio Loser- to come up with a solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis after the island’s governor declared its $72bn debt “unpayable” – paving the way for bankruptcy. The funds are “distressed debt” specialists, also known as vulture funds, and several have also sought to make money out of crises in Greece and Argentina, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the near collapse of Co-op Bank in the UK.
       The hedge fund-commissioned report comes after former IMF official Anne Krueger said, in a report commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, that the island’s crisis could be solved but only if the bondholders, including the hedge funds, accepted a significant debt restructuring. Fajgenbaum and Loser said the hedge funds did not influence the content of their report, and declined to state how much money they were paid for their work.
       The funds, which include New York-based Fir Tree Partners, Davidson Kempner Capital Management and Aurelius Capital, are known as the Ad Hoc Group of Puerto Rico and hold $5.2bn of Puerto Rico bonds. Fir Tree Partners, which is named after its multibillionaire founder Jeff Tannenbaum (which means fir tree in German), made a lot of money by betting on complex debt securities in the 2008 financial crisis, and from the Greek and Argentinian debt crises. Aurelius Capital, which is run by billionaire Mark Brodsky, sued Argentina for repayment of debts and forced the Co-op to give up control of its troubled bank. The company was also one of the investors that initially objected to Detroit’s bankruptcy plans.
Report commissioned by 34 hedge funds says government had been ‘massively overspending on education’ despite spending only 79% of US average per pupil
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Family of diabetic man who died in jail files lawsuit.
The family of a 36-year-old diabetic man who died in the Hinds County Detention Center after reportedly not being given his insulin has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
The family of Ben Phillips filed the suit in federal court against Hinds County and the New York-based private medical company Quality Choice Correctional Health Care, which contracts with the jail.
The family of a 36-year-old diabetic man from Jackson who died in the Hinds County Detention Center after reportedly not being given his insulin has
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Police liability for interfering with lawful citizen video-recording in Pennsylvania, by Eugene Volokh, on The Volokh Conspiracy.
Gaymon v. Borough of Collingdale (E.D. Pa. July 17, 2015)
       In determining whether the Defendant officers are shielded from liability based on qualified immunity, I must accept Plaintiffs’ factual allegations as true and draw all reasonable inferences in their favor.  
       “Qualified immunity shields government officials from personal liability for civil damages ‘insofar as their conduct does not violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.’“ The doctrine is intended to give officers “breathing room to make reasonable but mistaken judgments about open legal questions.”
"This is a case where, if the allegations are true, a petty complaint from a neighbor led to a grossly disproportionate response by police, culminating in officers entering a family's home and arresting its owner for doing nothing more than attempting to videotape the officers' overreaction on her own property."
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And yet Another Chris Hansen XXX Predator ALumni $$$$$$! @$$0ciation
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19 Men Have Died This Year Following Run-Ins With the Law in Washington state. These Are Their Stories. A record of death and duty (so far) in 2015.
       Counting these deaths is an inexact science, and comparisons don’t yet mean a lot. The figures from "Killed By Police" come up short on some counts. The site lists only 12 Washington shooting and in-custody deaths so far this year, having missed seven deaths the Weekly found, including two in the King County Jail.Those two deaths got little media coverage, which is a big part of the problem. News reports are a primary source for data researchers now attempting to do what the government has failed to: count all the law enforcement-related deaths in America. Like the Pentagon in wartime, the Justice Department does not keep a precise body count of all those killed in battle. But as the U.S. street toll has mounted and videos of police-related deaths have proliferated, critics are calling for more precise state-by-state tracking to determine the true cost in lives. Police deaths are counted. Why not civilians?
      Prodded by the 2014 Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown and what has appeared to be a near-epidemic of other police-related fatalities since, The Washington Post and The Guardian recently tackled the phenomenon in a series of reports, hoping to accurately determine how many people have been killed by police across the country. The Wall Street Journal also dove in, discovering a statistical anomaly: more than 550 law-enforcement killings were not included in FBI statistics between 2007 and 2012, making it impossible to trust any official tally of how many people are killed by police officers in any given year. The Post—which did not include Taser-related or in-custody jail deaths in its count—found that U.S. law-enforcement officers have killed upward of 385 people in the first five months of 2015. That’s about one every nine hours, or 2.5 deaths per day.
      Compared to other countries, that’s a lot: Just eight died in Germany in 2013-14, and none in the UK last year.
The final moments of Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Photo by Dario Infante Zunia/Viralhog.com In Franklin County, a man died in a burst of police gunfire while holding
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  • Creighton University
    M.Sc. in Finance, 2010 - present
  • Taft Law School
    Law (J.D), 2010 - present
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
    Computer Science, 1996 - 2000
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My name is Umesh Heendeniya. I was born in Sri Lanka and I Immigrated to the USA.

I'm an Honorably Discharged Former U.S. Marine who served in Active Duty and the Reserves. I served from June 1998 to April, 2001.

I have a B.Sc. in Computer Science and I worked in the IT sector for some years, first as a Java programmer and then as a Computer Systems Administrator.

I'm currently a Law Student. I am interested in the areas of Civil Rights, Disability Discrimination, Personal Injury, Products Liability, and Criminal Law.

I'm very interested in the areas of Finance, Computer Security, and Law.

 
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Honorably Discharged Former U.S. Marine (June 1998 to April 2001).
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  • Phillip Morris (Altria) Inc.
    Computer Systems Administrator, 2002 - 2008
  • Lead Dog Consulting
    Java, Visual Basic, and Unix Programmer, 2000 - 2002
  • US Marine Corps (Active Duty & Reserves)
    Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crewman, 1998 - 2001
  • VCU Computing Services
    Computer Lab Monitor, 1997 - 1998
  • VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
    Computer Technician, 1997 - 1998
  • IKON Printer Solutions.
    Printer Technician, 1997 - 1998
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