FOIA Tricks in Texas

Seems the City of Uvalde, Texas has thought of a few FOIA tricks even Michigan has not yet employed. It has outsourced its FOIA duties to a private law firm, who is wholesale denying every FOIA request and using a request for a state attorney general opinion for additional delay.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/88q95p/uvalde-contracts-private-law-firm-to-argue-it-doesnt-have-to-release-school-shooting-public-records

Last time I checked, the fact that information is “highly embarrassing” is not grounds for withholding it. The city has lumped all 148 FOIA requests into one and asked for a broad ruling from the Texas AG that all requested material is exempt from disclosure. Unclear what will be done with the “extreme emotional distress” argument.

A FOIA request for the actual contract between the city and the law firm for the FOIA babysitting job was denied because the law firm, after an allegedly diligent search, could not find any material responsive to this request. Case closed. https://twitter.com/foianate/status/1542164013068550145?s=10&t=cL-KqzTbZ-ZIwF3Py_jt7A.

Furthermore, body camera footage was designed to keep police accountable to the public. Instead, it seems to be released only if it allows them to regain the narrative and delay is always the name of the game. Legislators in all states should address this issue.

Thanks to a reader.


Predator R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in sex trafficking case

Predator R. Kelly was sentenced Wednesday on charges he sexually abused multiple women and underage girls.
— Read on nypost.com/2022/06/29/predator-r-kelly-sentenced-in-sex-trafficking-case/


“The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.”

I guess it is never too late for crimes to be examined, even those committed by a Chicago cop on the SOS (Special Operations Section) (Sacks Of Shit):

https://www.wbez.org/stories/tom-sherry-faces-discipline-hearing-after-police-corruption-scandal/8f499a22-4bd9-43c0-8669-f06e22e0458f


Ghislaine Maxwell, Associate of Jeffrey Epstein, Sentenced to 20 Years for Sex Trafficking – WSJ

British socialite tells federal court that meeting Epstein was ‘the greatest regret of my life’
— Read on www.wsj.com/articles/ghislaine-maxwell-associate-of-jeffrey-epstein-sentenced-to-20-years-for-sex-trafficking-11656441282


This contract will cost the Michigan State Police $3,293,000.

And they claim they can’t pay for DNA testing by a third-party lab in the OCCK case.

https://theintercept.com/2021/09/21/surveillance-social-media-police-microsoft-shadowdragon-kaseware/

*This is an article from The Intercept from last fall. You may have to enter an email to read the article, but it is not a paywall. I guess if the MSP is already following you on ShadowDragon, they already know your email, where you get your coffee, who your mom and dad are, what you write about Garry Gray, so you might as well get access to this article. Comforting, huh?


HAYSTACK.

It is no surprise that photos of suspects, cops and other players CIRCA 1976/77 are very helpful for jogging memories. As a civilian, these can be hard to come by, but very enlightening. Thank you to a reader:

Lest you think we are picking on poor Haystack, I have written before about my attempts, via FOIA, to obtain the reports and DVDs resulting from the October 2009 interviews and polygraphs concerning suspect John Hastings, as referenced very directly in the MSP documents. These documents, included below, demonstrate a belief on the part of some law enforcement that this man’s “knowledge” of the OCCK cases was not merely crafted and spouted to an old woman for entertainment and free food/coffee. He is described by the MSP in FOIA documents my dad obtained over a decade ago as “still considered a suspect.”

I first started with Georgia Highway Patrol:

The shut down was as follows:

Next, I tried my old, transparent and helpful pals at the MSP:

Their shut down/denial was a little different:

If you are new to this discussion, there is a fuller explanation of all of this at: https://catherinebroad.blog/2021/04/28/john-hastings-2/; however the most important documents leading up to my own FOIA requests, were provided in response to my dad’s FOIA request to the MSP over a decade ago:

Of course it would basically be a fluke that we would obtain this photo of Haystack as he looked back in the day and the find was quite recent. Did any cop ever show us this photo or ask if we knew or had crossed paths with Hastings, who lived less than three miles from our family home? No. Not in 1977, not in 1992, not in 2009.

I am also in search of a photo of retired Berkley PD officer, Jim Cox, circa 1970s. He is kind of a ghost. Don’t worry, Jim, I’m just curious. Anybody??


Peter Lamborn Wilson/Hakim Bey

Dead at age 76.

You can read this flowery obituary for yourself about this “eccentric.” Online it is but a footnote that as “Hakim Bey,” his pseudonym, he endorsed adults having sex with children. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Lamborn_Wilson:

“Some writers have been troubled by Bey’s endorsement of adults having sex with children.[24] Michael Muhammad Knight, a novelist and former friend of Wilson, stated that “writing for NAMBLA amounts to activism in real life. As Hakim Bey, Peter creates a child molester’s liberation theology and then publishes it for an audience of potential offenders”[25] and disavowed his former mentor.[26]

I have heard from a number of readers over the years about Peter Lamborn Wilson/Hakim Bey and what they wrote would not fit well into the flowery obituary or even the Wikipedia version of this “eccentric,” or certainly into the idea that this man’s sexual practices were “imaginal only.” Nice try.


California jury finds Bill Cosby sexually assaulted 16-year-old in 1975

California jury finds Bill Cosby sexually assaulted 16-year-old in 1975
— Read on theweek.com/crime/1014563/california-jury-finds-bill-cosby-sexually-assaulted-16-year-old-in-1975

Fuck you, old man.


Flashing a badge.

Two days ago readers were going back and forth about witness descriptions of the man seen talking with my brother in the parking lot of Hunter-Maple Pharmacy the evening he was abducted. That this man was wearing a sports jacket is no surprise, is it? Just a regular B’ham guy shopping on his way home from work, or a dad talking with his son. Or someone posing as an undercover cop or security at the pharmacy.

In The Kill Jar, Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit’s Most Notorious Serial Killer (2018), by J. Reuben Appelman, he describes a near-miss as a kid during the OCCK era when a man tried to abduct him after he left a drugstore. Seven-year-old Jason had seen this man, dressed in a rust-colored blazer, shirt and dark tie, strolling around the store and assumed he was a security guard. After an aborted attempt to shoplift bubble gum, Jason ran out of the store and this man followed, first on foot and then in a compact car. He pulled up a few feet from Jason, opened passenger door, leaned over and reached out. Jason ran, cutting through yards.

So in the pedophile/kidnapper playbook, security guard or undercover cop at a neighborhood drugstore–a place where decades ago preteens routinely exercised some degree of independence before the OCCK era changed history for kids and parents alike–is a pretty good ruse. I saw you shoplifting, let’s go call your parents and clear this up. Or, in Jason’s case, some criminal asshole just pulling up in a car and opening up the passenger door. Get in; I have on a coat and tie; I mean business.

And FOIA documents establish that pedophile and favorite confidential informant of DPD’s Ike McKinnon, the late Richard Lawson, maintained he had been given a police badge by DPD for his “undercover” work. Documents and news articles also establish that the incarcerated pedophile Arch Sloan had been a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania and had a little badge to go along with that gig.

A reader pointed out to me that a comment from a few months ago with a link to a 2009 Oakland Press article about the private sale of “badges” warranted a deeper dive. I agree. Here’s the comment from February 2022:

John Agnew who was fired as assistant prosecuting attorney for Oakland County who also was a suspect, also was into looking at kid porn & lived in Royal Oak & shot the windows out at a Burger King bought a badge I see when I googled him.

https://www.theoaklandpress.com/2009/09/14/company-president-defends-badge-sales/

Comment from 2/2022, https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/56938161/posts/3826970538 

Another reader pointed out to me the implications contained in this brief comment. FOIA documents indicate that Det. Ray Anger’s favorite OCCK suspect and exhumee, David Norberg, “may have known Attorney John Agnew of Royal Oak (ex-Oakland County Prosecutor, juvenile division, during time of child killings), when in [sentence not finished and page may be missing].” https://catherinebroad.blog/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/1-Suspect-David-Norberg-Final.pdf  (see page 4). This same page from Anger’s December 1995 write-up of suspect David Norberg also indicates attorney Agnew was friends with convicted pedophile Larry Smith.

I did not know an assistant prosecutor from Oakland County was ever a suspect or turned in on a tip in the OCCK case (I have not seen any documents to verify this). This possibility, as well as the allegations of child porn use, makes the link the commenter provided where Agnew is quoted about the private sale of badges article quite breathtaking.

In that 2009 Oakland Press article, the president of a company that sold “badges” for attorneys that too closely resembled sheriff’s badges is bitching about criticism from the Macomb sheriff about the obvious potential confusion and misuses of this little prop. These badges were supposedly for private attorneys for god’s sake and said “attorney” and “officer of the court.” Why waste money on business cards, right?

Agnew, who purchased one of these badges for “display on his wall,” tells the Oakland Press that he can’t understand what the problem is. “What’s wrong with making money in the United States?” he asked. “It’s not selling dope or child porn.”

Interesting choice of words by this attorney/badge purchaser.

A reader helped me with the following background on this guy. His father, John R. Agnew, worked in the OC prosecutor’s office before him. Agnew the son, was born in either 1943 or 44, and died on 2/20/2016, 40 years +1 day after Mark Stebbins’ death. Agnew was in Vietnam 64-66, went to UD for undergrad (finance), went to UD law school, was admitted in 1976, and started working in the OCPO. He formed his private practice in 1982 so he must have left the OCPO at that time. His practice was at 1207 S. Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak – a house his parents had and given or sold to him in 1965 when he was 21. It is a stone’s throw from Woodward, literally, with direct access to Woodward, and a block north of 10 Mile. It’s across from the Detroit Zoo.

His obit doesn’t mention any wives, ex wives, significant others, or children. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/dailytribune/name/john-agnew-obituary?id=11846485. He was a lifelong member of the VFW, and he was a railroad buff. The NRHS logo on his shirt in his obit photo is of the Bluewater chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society.

Here’s a very chilling possibility, raised by the reader: “If what your commenter said is true, Agnew looks like a pretty good candidate as an insider with proclivities that would connect him with pedophiles and corrupt cops in the county.  I recall that people have thought over the years that someone inside gave information to the outsiders, and to the author of at least one of the books, etc.”

Anybody out there have information about this possibility? Email me at OCCKtruth@protonmail.com.


The Long Shadow of Injustice.

www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/06/18/pennsylvania-teen-exonerated/

Thank you, attorney Sam Lemon.