Wednesday, May 27, 2009

No Kidnapping Local ABC Affiliate Reports

WPVI (ABC TV in Philly) just announced that the mother and the daughter were seen boarding a flight to Tampa, Florida yesterday.

Early today after posting my blog (see previous post) at 6:48 AM.
I had sent an e-mail to a newspaper editor / friend. In it I stated that I felt "hinky" about the case and directed him to my posting.

His reply: "Extremely hinky -- I believe you will look prescient.."

If this pans out to be true and no kidnapping occurred and no "two black men" were involved I hope that the mother (unless she was the victim of duress or has a nonpareil reason) is subject to the full fury of the law. She should be forced to repay every local, state and federal dollar spent chasing this phony kidnapping.

Once released from custody she should be ordered to serve 500 hours of community service with an inner city self-help organization..

Shades of Susan Smith, as I had predicted.

More on this later, once we know more about it.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

2005 PA Crime Prevention Awardee's Home Searched By DHS-ICE Special Agents

One of 18 recipients of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's 23rd annual Citizen Crime Prevention Award, who was honored for, among other things, "accept[ing] the responsibility and challenges of ensuring the safety of the residents of their community and the commonwealth" has become a subject or target of a federal investigation.

Almost two years to the day after Gov. Ed Rendell announced the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency awards in 2005, Carl Pearson is getting an up front and personal look into the workings of federal law enforcement.

On October 9th, Special Agents of the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a search warrant at Pearson' Bensalem, Pennsylvania home, during, of all things, Pennsylvania's Crime Prevention Month.

While Pearson was in Florida ICE executed its warrant, leaving a receipt, Pearson told The Bucks County Courier-Times, for a mirror of his computer hard drive, a box of "paperwork," two handguns and a submachine gun. "Pearson said he has a license for each weapon. The submachine gun, a MAC-10, had a flash suppressor, he said," according to the newspaper.

In 2005, when the governor's awards were announced, the newspaper called Pearson, "a town watch and civic association leader."

Owner of the center-city Philadelphia, Mako Bar and Grill who also operates a temporary employment agency based near his home, Pearson had no idea why he was the target of this action and promised to hire an attorney and accept ICE's invitation to meet with the investigators on Monday the 15th, according to the newspaper.

It's been almost a week and we've yet to read more about Pearson who also sits on Bensalem Township's advisory board for the new Philadelphia Park Casino. I wonder if his attorney allowed him to set foot near the federal building.

Pearson could have used a little Criminal Justice 101 and Legal Media Relations 101 before he talked to the newspaper reporter.

CJ 101: Pearson complained that the search warrant came out of the blue. Duh! Imagine how many shredders would be sold if warrants were mailed one week in advance so recipients could "get ready?"

“It's humiliating that they can come and search your house without warning,” he told the newspaper.

(Searches always are secret, conducted pursuant to affidavits that are under seal unless and until cases go somewhere. And sometimes they go nowhere, which is why they are secret, to protect those who are never charged with wrongdoing as well as allow investigations to proceed as secretly as possible.)

LMR 101: Somewhere in the story Pearson should have insited on being quoted as stating while he has not idea what agents were seeking he understands that he could simply be a subject of a probe focused on a different target.

Here's what he also should have said:

"As we all wait to see what develops from this investigation I've offered authorities any help they need. I can assure residents of Bensalem Township and Pennsylvania that I've committed no crimes, nor have I knowingly permitted illegal activity in my home or in connection with either of my businesses."

But the Courier-Times, had an idea as to where the investigation is heading, stating that, "Law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said the search is part of an investigation into the re-entry of several previously deported illegal immigrants. They confirmed Pearson has not been charged."

Is a flash suppressor for a MAC-10 legal?

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