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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

An Interview With Justice

Somehow I grew up with the love for books. I don't know if this came from hours of both parents and grandparents reading to me or if my imagination just needed to be fueled by others. There are times I get lost in a book because of the story. Those are the ones I hate to put down and it is almost heart wrenching when they end. I know I am not alone. There are many "others" like that out there.

Don't be shy.

Recently, I read Robert K. Tanenbaum's Without Fear or Favor. You can pick it up on Amazon. Follow Butch Karp through a modern day exposure of the truth. The review is posted a few miles back for your inquiring minds, but lucky for you I will link it here as well. It is a great read. I think you can tell a lot by an author by his or her work. Without Fear or Favor speaks volumes of  Butch Karp's integrity which shines in different moments throughout the book. I happen to believe Karp and Tanenbaum think a lot alike. Yes, I do realize Tanenbaum created Karp. (sarcasm and reference to author's characters being a reflection of themselves)

Without Fear or Favor takes the reader on a thrilling hunt for justice. We have seen too many cases go public where fairness and liberty were excluded because of some flare up to appease people and hasty decisions to arrest which backfired. Injustices of any kind are a travesty. These might be highlighted in Without Fear or Favor. (just a hint) You might be inclined to think the book takes you through current American social problems. You will not want to put it down.

Tanenbaum's stories capture the reader and are fast paced with surprising twists. Without Fear or Favor will not disappoint, especially if you like thought provoking substance.

Robert K. Tanenbaum's books are chock-full of thrills and pulled from his experiences. How do I know this? After reading Without Fear or Favor, I had to read more.

The author has a remarkable background and phenomenal career. He spoke to me over the phone for an interview. I could not have been more stoked!


Get it on Amaz

An article reflecting many of the conversation highlights was reported on Law Enforcement Today. This post will not be a repeat of that, so you might want to tune into both to get the scope of all the exciting elements.

His stellar career and life accomplishments are astounding and reflect his justice warrior personality. How many people do you know get involved with that many high profile cases and some of which occurred during significant U.S. social and political events? It's rare. And that expertise is invaluable.

Tanenbaum wants those who commit crimes to be held responsible. Furthermore, he represents strong moral values in his profession while advocating for the justice system to provide due process and to afford the same opportunities to all-whether indigent or wealthy. He and his colleagues have been pioneers in the legal system before Miranda v. Arizona existed. By the way, you might want to read up on that case.

So it would be very obvious Tanenbaum's legal mind and work has been and still is very valuable to our justice system and greatly admired. He was very diligent in seeking details and the truth in its entirety. I only wished I had been able to take some of his courses or work with him in the justice system.

The legal procedures and processes surely improved so much through Tanenbaum's work. He believes in searching for the truth and that truth comes from various aspects, even the defense. I find this to be fact. Tanenbaum says the truth should be found and justice should be done without fear or favor. I encourage you to peek at his background, but really dig into his writings. They represent values. They have depth.

It seems today values and what is right gets lost in certain cases and it is within all of us to keep the justice system pure from political and personal agendas. It is a system we rely on for our moral and social control. These are important things to note, especially when the variables hitting it today come from all different directions and endanger the purity of justice. Every component of the system should strive to keep it impartial while also protecting it from toxicity.

Tanenbaum said, "The justice system reflects our character as a nation." 

That statement is so true and resonates with my thoughts and beliefs. Do you agree?

It was also refreshing when he spoke with candor.  He expressed the media has been complicit and the false narratives are hurting our country. In fact, they are a catalyst to the division we see and the social unrest which plagues our nation.

Ferguson. Baltimore. Minneapolis.

Specific examples were brought up regarding the conflicts with the Baltimore area. Marilyn Mosby, who was fast to charge officers in the Freddie Gray case, used the podium to grand stand for her agenda. The city was filled with protests, political pressure, and false narratives from the media.

Additionally, there was racial disparity felt between the citizens and officers. Whether it was actual or perceived does not matter. It was there in some form. The media fueled the problems in Baltimore. The protests and political pressures built up and suddenly officials were struck with the feeling of urgency to quiet the masses.

But you can't rush justice. Investigations must be complete as well as comprehensive. You can't stop with some of the facts, you must seek them all.

The officers who had been formally arrested were later found not guilty and the remainder of the officers were not charged. Now Mosby is faced with several civil lawsuits. Freddie Gray paid the ultimate price. Lives were ruined. The city was labeled and viewed with distrust. Careers were destroyed. Where are we now? Are we learning from these travesties of justice? And this wasn't the first case. We had Ferguson and others like it before that.
Photocredit: Blake Little

Tanenbaum instilled the importance of a prosecutor to stay apolitical and remain steadfast to the work authorized for them to conduct.  In fact, he shared his perspective that prosecutors should have very few press releases and remain free from using the legal system as a "political vent".

I truly have learned things from Robert K. Tanenbaum. I have learned to always grow. Strive to do better. He reminded me to be better. You can always do and be better than you are. He inspired me to fight for the truth and to hold steadfast to my values.

"The search for truth matters most," echoes in my mind all the time. It is something I always knew and went after, but saying it out loud and advocating for it makes it bigger.

I encourage you to pick up a copy of Without Fear or Favor. You might want to add more of Robert K. Tanenbaum's authorship to your list after that. I guarantee you will enjoy the books and find substance in the stories!


Monday, August 21, 2017

Bicycles. We all need bicycles...

The eclipse is today. Mass hysteria, suicide pacts, and for those Zodiac readers...chaos. I think it will just be an unusually dark day with less sunshine than most. But aside from that, I will not be partaking in any hysterical nonsense nor will I be running for the mountains because the end of world is upon us.

Good grief.

Has the world lost it's common sense? Wait. Don't answer that. Like a good cop, we often know the answers to the questions we are about to ask.

In case you have missed my latest articles on Law Enforcement Today...here they are:

1: Law Enforcement Mom: How Police Work Ruined me as a Mother

2: The Search for the Entire Truth: Insuring the Integrity of the Proof

They are remarkably opposite content types. One is humorous, one has a lot of deep content. Hope you enjoy them. You might also pass me around to your friends if you liked them. It generates interest and ultimately, it is nice to still be employed because your posts do not just sit in cyber space unread. Just a thought.

In other news, the war on cops continues and more officers' lives were lost over the weekend.

Additionally, protests continue and the president can't seem to win favor anywhere no matter how he approaches these demonstrations.

I don't even want to go down that rant, because I unplugged from most of the news feeds this weekend due to a possible implosion event: PIE. This is not a bowel problem, but a brain problem. And sadly, it does not involve any treat called pie. It is because no one anywhere is being reasonable or working together.

I will just call this moment in time: The Great Divide. Pitiful.

There are no big girl panties available anywhere anymore because apparently no one is wearing them and no one is doing constructive change for the better.

I think I will retreat to that mountain and watch as the world inhabitants beat each other since they only think violence is the answer now.

Do not come find me. The mountains are more secure than the Witness Protection Program. I will blend in and identify as a tree.


Happy Monday!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Knoll: The Last JFK Conspiracist

Who isn't intrigued by the mysterious shroud around the JFK assassination? When you dig into Knoll by Stephen Hillard, you just stepped into a thriller with many caveats to "stay in your own lane."

For Bus McIntyre,  the danger signs are acknowledged, but ignored.

The story begins in the west with McIntyre's career as an attorney. Due to his aspirations being extinguished, he begins an unlikely entry into a well-known presidential assassination.

McIntyre is tormented by past tragedies.  Relying on journal entries, he digs into the death of his father, a former cop. His father's journal which details  his own experiences leads Bus along a path of adventure tangled with the mob and further down the road into hidden conspiracies involving the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

He diligently wants to recapture his father's footsteps and sets off to do so through direction he obtains from the journal, twists along the way, and also using a rogue spy's clues and internet presence.

Although the book had a slow start, it was pages spent on setting up the reader with much needed details: be patient. It allowed for reader input and imagination while taking you through the complex characters and players along with muddling through the vague evidence afforded to Bus. You have to know every angle before the plot thickens.

The Mafia presence is all over the case.

I have always been fascinated with the lack of public knowledge about JFK's assassination and the fact it was and still is surrounded by so many conspiracies. Who doesn't like problem solving or trying to figure out if the government covered up JFK's murder?
Excerpt from Part I: Voices
Knoll is chock full of information and details, which brought out the detective in me. I found myself googling characters and plots on my phone while reading the book. Is it fiction or is it like a true story only with disclaimers to make it appear like fiction? Maybe you should read it to draw your own conclusions. Or maybe Mr. Hillard tells you on his website. Go check it out.

Would the NSA have been capturing my keyword strokes? Probably not, but it was kind of fun supposing the PRISM issues would present themselves.

You have to pay attention. Each page changes the story. Still, Bus McIntyre managed to unravel a doozy. You might not think the ending was what you thought in the beginning. Isn't that the work of a great writer? Indeed.
Photo credit: Pinterest

Knoll is a great read. If you are fascinated with these historical events and newfound thoughts, you will not be disappointed.

Be sure to click on the link to Amazon and get yours now! Stephen Hillard is an accomplished person and great author.

Surely he has some career accounts and tales which I would love to hear over some coffee!


About the author:
Stephen Hillard grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana, and Grand Junction, Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University and later earned a degree in philosophy at Columbia University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado. Before settling into his current career as a private equity entrepreneur, Hillard was a teacher at Rikers Island Prison, a welder, a carpenter, and a practicing lawyer. He lives in Grand Junction, Colorado.