February 13, 2015 § Leave a comment
Terror Bomb Plotter Who Targeted Oprah Released from Chicago Jail
I have another terrorist threat warning to report to you, courtesy of Judicial Watch’s Corruption Chronicles blog. Remember the narco-terror conspirator named Emad Karakrah? Karakrah was a member of the terrorist cell behind the attempted 2009 bombing of Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago studios and the Sears Tower building. Well, he is back on the loose after being incarcerated, compliments of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The agency seems to think it can exert some kind of control over Karakrah, but there is good cause for skepticism.
Karakrah was reportedly recruited as an FBI confidential informant back in 2009 after his bombing plot against Winfrey and the Sears Tower (now known as Willis Tower) was thwarted. But he quickly cut loose from the FBI and successfully evaded the agents for the several years, according to our sources.
We covered Karakrah’s January Chicago plea hearing before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Evelyn B. Clay, and later obtained a copy of the official court transcript, which missed some key information about the behavior of the FBI representative in attendance. The FBI agent, a white male in his 40s, with short brown hair and an ID badge hanging from his neck, waved and nodded in Karakrah’s direction. We did contact the FBI asking for comment on this report, but it declined to respond, as it has when reached for comment on other stories in the on-going narco-terror series.
We have provided extensive coverage of the role Karakrah played in the narco-terror ring centered in El Paso, Texas, with connections in Chicago and New York. This is what we know right now. Your Judicial Watch has verified that Karakrah is no longer in custody at the County Cook Jail, which the Illinois Department of Corrections confirmed to us in writing. We don’t know what his exact whereabouts are right now and we don’t know if the FBI knows his exact whereabouts right now. But JW has discovered, through a number of sources we have cultivated, that Karakrah spent his summer as a truck driver for militant Islamists, delivering supplies and materiel to terrorist cells operating in Brooklyn, New York, and Saddle Brook, N.J.
Let’s go back and review what ultimately lead to Karakrah’s arrest. Recall that he took police on a high-speed chase through Chicago streets in late August and threatened to blow up his car. An Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flag waved from the vehicle and Karakrah was also charged with making a false car bomb threat. Despite all this, on January 7, 2015, Karakrah reached a plea deal in Cook County Court, and was released from prison. We repeat: What is going on here?
Among his alleged accomplices in the 2009 truck bomb plot is Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah – al Qaeda’s director of North American, who flew in and out of the United States as “Javier Robles” – most recently in March 2014 in Anthony, New Mexico. Shukrijumah was killed in a Pakistani Army raid in the northwestern territory of Pakistan in early December 2014, a few days, not coincidentally I think, after we first reported his role in the bomb plot.
But Shukrijmah’s terrorist ally Karakrah (who is not an American citizen) is on the lam thanks to a failure of federal law enforcement. Why didn’t the federal government arrest this avowed ISIS terrorist who we know wanted to kill thousands of Americans in various terror plots?
Judicial Watch investigators in several states continue to track leads about the border-terrorist threat. As a result of disclosures and pressure from Judicial Watch, inquiries from Congress and other authorities are underway into both the underlying border-security terrorist threat and the Obama administration’s continuing cover-up and reckless disregard for the safety of the American people.
January 1, 2015 § Leave a comment
Illinois Supreme Court Approves Use of Video and Audio Recorders in Cook Country Courtrooms
By Stan Lewis December 30, 2014 9:00 am. Categories: Legal. Tags: audio, Chicago, Court, devices, Recording, Supreme Court, video. 0 legal_justice
The Illinois Supreme Court gave its OK on Tuesday for reporters to use cameras and audio recording devices in Cook County (Chicago) in certain circumstances, a major signal of progress in the state’s nearly 3-year-old experiment with media coverage at trials.
While nearly half of 102 Illinois counties are already participating in the pilot program —launched in 2012— Cook County becomes by far the largest, with more than 400 county judges overseeing more than a million cases a year in Chicago and more than 120 suburbs.
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman said in a statement Tuesday she expects logistical issues because of the large media market and volume of cases in the judicial district but that Cook County will “rise to the challenge.”
Another justice, Anne Burke, said she hopes the project leads to less reliance on Hollywood explanations of how law works.
“It’s good for the entire legal system as a means of increasing transparency, educating the public and informing citizens as to how our system actually works as opposed to sensationalized snippets […] on TV series and in the movies,” she said in the same statement.
The Cook County program will officially start Jan. 5 at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, where many of the highest-profile criminal cases in Illinois have been tried.
Tuesday’s decision doesn’t mean cameras will become ubiquitous in Cook County courtrooms.
Media are likely to ask for the expanded access for a relatively small number of high-profile trials.
Judges will also have discretion about whether to grant access — a decision that’s not appealable. And juvenile, divorce and other types of cases stay off limits to cameras and audio.
Then-Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride launched the initiative with the aim of possibly ending camera bans for good someday. And while the program is described as a test, Garman said after taking over from Kilbride last year she didn’t see Illinois ever returning to a blanket prohibition.
The state has allowed cameras to be present during Illinois Supreme Court and appellate court hearings since 1983. But at the time, the ban at state-court trials was continued out of concern that cameras would be disruptive and undermine a defendant’s right to a fair trial.
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November 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Teenager Isaiah Rider Speaks Out After Being Taken From His Mom In Medical Kidnapping Case
Isaiah Rider Speaks Out
“I just want to be back with my mom… she never did anything wrong.” That is what teenager Isaiah Rider told the Inquisitr in an exclusive interview. His mother committed the “cardinal sin” of asking for a second opinion, and now the 17-year-old is at the center of a custody battle between the woman who has loved and cared for him since birth, and a hospital and CPS in Illinois — a state he only visited for the purpose of surgery for his rare medical condition, called neurofibromatosis, a rare condition which causes painful tumors on the nerves.
While the media and lawyers have discussed his “case,” Isaiah’s voice has been ignored, yet it is HIS life that is being decided.
The Inquisitr recently reported on the disturbing trend of children being removed from their parents’ custody over differences in medical opinion. Isaiah is one of those victims. According to Isaiah, Luries Children’s Hospital in Chicago “was trying to say that she medically abused me, but she didn’t.” He says that she was just doing what any parent would do. When his mother, who is a nurse by trade, saw her child in severe pain which continued for weeks following his surgery, she wanted the doctors to do something to help him with his pain, reports the Kansas City Star.
After the staff was unable to do anything about his pain or the seizures that began during surgery, Michelle asked for a second opinion and tried to transfer his care to a facility that might be able to do something for him. For that, Luries called in CPS and seized custody. Both Michelle and Isaiah report that this came out of nowhere. Never before, during years of Isaiah’s health problems, had anyone ever accused her of any wrongdoing in his care.
When his mother was told at the hospital that she couldn’t see her son anymore, Isaiah had no idea. He said that the hospital had him so drugged up on medications that he didn’t even realize what had happened at first. He was shocked when they told him that he wasn’t allowed to see his mom. The doctors blamed his mother, he says, saying that she medically abused him.
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That charge of medical abuse is still being fought in court. Dr. Marc D. Feldman is considered to be the world’s leading authority on medical abuse and Munchausen by proxy. He told Health Impact News that he recently testified on Michelle’s behalf that medical abuse by the mother “did not happen.” Medical child abuse is a term that means that a parent is doing things to cause or exacerbate medical problems. Isaiah’s mother only wanted the doctors to help her son with a condition that he has and was suffering greatly from. The seizures at Luries began during surgery, while Isaiah was under general anesthesia.
“My mom had nothing to do with that.”
Further, Dr. Feldman states that “there appears to be literally no consideration of Isaiah’s desire to return home to his mother.”
Isaiah says that he is “still surprised” that they would do this to him and his family. He doesn’t understand why they are doing this. Isaiah and his mom have “always been close,” and he loves her very much. When asked if he thought the doctors considered how this would affect him emotionally, he said, “I don’t think they cared.”
“This has totally affected our whole family. There was no need for this. We have all been deeply affected by this separation. It would have been better if this wouldn’t have happened.”
Isaiah has not been permitted to testify on his own behalf. He has asked a number of times to speak, but has been silenced at every turn. He says he has a legal right to be at the hearings, but he has not even been permitted to be in court, even though this is his life they are discussing. His requests for a new guardian ad litem have been ignored. The reason that Isaiah made that request is because he doesn’t believe this person who is supposed to represent him is speaking for his best interests, acting one way with him and completely differently in court, according to Isaiah. He wants the state to “leave us alone; leave my mom alone.”
Despite everything he has been through, Isaiah still tries to be positive. His pictures from childhood up show a happy kid with a great smile. He misses being at home with his mom and having his room at his own house. He has been allowed to return to his home state of Missouri, but he isn’t at home yet.
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He plans to go to college when he graduates high school. He told the Inquisitr that he wants to go into medicine in the future.
“I want to help people, just like my mom does.”
But he doesn’t want to be the kind of doctor that “lies to save their jobs” at the expense of the families they serve. Isaiah wants to be what he hasn’t seen recently, and take the very things that have been used to harm him and use them for good. He wants to see good come out of all the trauma that has come to him and his family. After all that he has suffered, Isaiah Rider believes that “God has some really good plans for me for the future.”
Team Isaiah is the Facebook page that has been set up by supporters working tirelessly to bring attention to Isaiah and Michelle Rider’s story. Sadly, there are many more families that are experiencing the devastation of medical kidnapping, such as baby Kathryn, the two Deigel sisters and Jaxon’s family‘s family. Many times the parents simply want a second opinion. Children whose parents are doing the best they can to secure help for their kids when they are sick increasingly find themselves battling the system as well as the illness. Their voices, like Isaiah’s, deserve to be heard. Isaiah Rider is a teenager who wants what any normal kid wants: to be home with his mom.
August 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
STORY NUMBER ONE
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the Windy City in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder. Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for along time.
To show his appreciation,Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so largethat it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. Despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a good example.
One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted torectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a clipping from a magazine. It read: “The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just whenthe hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time the clock may soon be still.”
STORY NUMBER TWO
World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.
As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold;a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet. The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tatteredfighter limped back to the carrier.
Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.
This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man. So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.
SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?
Butch O’Hare was “Easy Eddie’s” son.
The appearance the reasonable people have no chance of honest and fair justice with this backed by the ruling ofAn opposite ruling would dissuade attorneys from zealously representing their clients and might reduce access to the courts given the flood of litigation that could result, according to the court.
August 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
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Litigation Privilege Immunizes Lawyers from Fraud Actions
By Oran F. Whiting, Litigation News Associate Editor – August 8, 2013
Litigants may not sue attorneys for fraud or intentional infliction of emotional distress based on conduct during litigation the Connecticut Supreme Court held in Simms v. Seaman [PDF]. An opposite ruling would dissuade attorneys from zealously representing their clients and might reduce access to the courts given the flood of litigation that could result, according to the court.
The Facts of Simms
Simms involved an alimony modification dispute. The plaintiff sued his former wife and her attorneys for failing to disclose her receipt of an inheritance during the proceedings. The lower courts ruled in the defendants’ favor, finding that the litigation privilege prevailed. The issue presented to the Connecticut high court was whether attorneys are protected by the common law doctrine of absolute immunity against claims of fraud and emotional distress for conduct arising during judicial proceedings.
Litigation Privilege Lineage
The Simms court summarized a lengthy history of the litigation privilege and immunity. Absolute immunity for defamatory statements made during judicial proceedings is rooted in medieval England and is considered ‘‘as old as the law’’ itself. English courts recognized the need to bar persons accused of crimes from suing their accusers for defamation. Additionally, the Simms court noted that English courts reasoned that attorneys should not be burdened with the duty to examine the truth or falsity of pertinent information because “counsel has a special need to have his mind clear from all anxiety.” Finally, English courts disregarded the relevance or irrelevance of the defamatory statements to the issue in dispute. Courts reasoned that remedies other than lawsuits were available to parties aggrieved by malicious statements or conduct during litigation.
Most Jurisdictions Offer Immunity for Relevant Statements
The Connecticut Supreme Court confirmed that the rationale supporting the absolute privilege for pertinent defamatory statements by attorneys during judicial proceedings in most American jurisdictions mirrors that of the English courts. The court also noted that courts in many American jurisdictions have followed an approach that has strengthened the litigation privilege. Conversely, at least 12 jurisdictions have abrogated the litigation privilege for claims of fraud by enacting statutes for that purpose, the court acknowledged.
Privilege Not Unlimited in Scope
Absolute immunity does not, however, protect attorneys against claims alleging the pursuit of litigation for the unlawful, ulterior purpose of inflicting injury on the plaintiff and enriching themselves and their client, despite knowledge that their client’s claim lacked merit, the court cautioned. Such conduct constitutes the use of legal process in an improper manner or primarily to accomplish a purpose for which it was not designed. Absolute immunity also does not bar claims against attorneys for vexatious litigation or malicious prosecution.
Connecticut’s high court ultimately concluded that the appellate court correctly determined that attorneys are shielded by the litigation privilege from claims of fraud because fraudulent conduct by attorneys, while strongly discouraged (1) does not subvert the underlying purpose of a judicial proceeding, as does conduct constituting abuse of process and vexatious litigation, for which the privilege may not be invoked; (2) is similar in essential respects to defamatory statements, which are protected by the privilege; (3) may be adequately addressed by other available remedies; and (4) has been protected by the litigation privilege in federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for exactly the same reasons that defamatory statements are protected.
The high court also held that the appellate court properly rejected the plaintiff’s claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress, which was a derivative of his fraud claim. The court observed that abrogation of the litigation privilege to permit fraud claims could open the floodgates to a wave of litigation in Connecticut’s courts, challenging attorneys’ representations, especially in highly emotional cases or cases with pro se plaintiffs.
Zealous Representation Has Limits
A dissenting opinion in the case argues that the duty of zealous advocacy has its limits and that, as officers of the court, attorneys have specific duties not to lie or withhold evidence. The dissent also distinguishes between fraud and defamation, stating that fraud is a far more serious offense. The dissenting opinion offered a novel solution to the problem, suggesting that the privilege, while strong, might be eliminated in cases where a court or disciplinary body has already sanctioned the lawyer for fraud or presented false evidence to the tribunal.
“The majority’s concern about protecting lawyers from suit by opposing parties plainly has a great deal of appeal, allowing a litigant to sue the opposing party’s lawyer for inflicting emotional distress in the course of litigation, or saying things that the litigant deemed false would appear to run counter to that lawyer’s obligations to zealously advocate for his or her client,” opines John C. Martin, Chicago, cochair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee. “Our adversary system would be hamstrung if lawyers had to worry about being sued merely because an opposing party’s feeling were hurt or the party did not agree with the substance of a lawyer’s arguments,” Martin adds.
“That said, I am not sure the majority gives enough credit to the competing concerns. As the dissent [PDF] points out, the duty of zealous advocacy has its limits. A rule affording litigants unfettered rights to enforce ethical duties against opposing counsel by bringing fraud or other claims against attorneys has problems given the obvious concern that disappointed litigants might bring such claims, as a matter of course, after a decision that went against them,” explains Martin. “I do not know that the majority offers any suggestion as to why a privilege must attach even after a tribunal has determined that a lawyer did, in fact, violate his or her duties of candor to a court.”
“The court was trying to pick its way through the thicket of what is in and what is out of bounds,” according to Bradford S. Babbitt, Hartford, a member of the Section of Litigation’s Content Management Committee, who has litigated the issue himself in Connecticut’s state courts and has seen how it can be used for good and ill. “We live in a society where the desire for vengeance is strong. The court of vexatious litigation is strong. The court must be careful about what is actionable as we do not want lawyers to be timid in their representation or to be looking over their shoulders when they act in good faith.”
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June 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
1. Melongo’s Computer Tampering case, the case that spawned the Eavesdropping case, is set for trial a week from tomorrow: June 24th, 2014. The case is nearly eight years old, has seen SIX judges, FIVE private lawyers and FOUR prosecutors. Carol Spizzirri, the criminal complainant, can’t plead the Fifth nor refuse to testify; therefore, this trial set the stage to know about the millions of dollars siphoned out of Save A Life Foundation. To learn more about this case, click here.
2. Additionally, Melongo has filed a Civil Right lawsuit based on the recently dismissed Eavesdropping case by the Illinois Supreme Court. Among others, she claims Equal Protection and names prosecutors in the State Attorney and Illinois Attorney General offices as defendants. To read this conscience-shocking complaint, click here or here.
3. Melongo is represented in both cases by Jennifer Bonjean, a New York-based lawyer practicing in Illinois.
The Save-A-Life Foundation Story: A Study in the Chicago Way
By Lee Cary
Several local and national MSM news outlets promoted the Chicago suburb-based Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF), an enterprise that ran unchallenged from 1993 to November 2006, when ABC News Chicago television investigative reporter Chuck Goudie exposed the organization’s founder, Carol Spizzirri, in a series of reports that began with this:
Spizzirri’s often-told account of her daughter’s death due to inadequate first aid at the scene of an auto accident was the narrative foundation of the SALF. Official records indicate that the story is laced with fiction.
Today, Anabell Melongo, a black female immigrant from Cameroon, sits in an Illinois jail charged with a variety of computer-related crimes allegedly committed against her former employer, the now-defunct SALF.
The far-left website Daily Kos is among those who smell something awry regarding Melongo’s incarceration.
In order to keep this information from the public the courts have been used to discredit the Whistle-blower in this case, Annabel Melongo, because of many influential people involved with fundraising for the SALF foundation. Little did she know that this small incident will spawn a case that will challenge Illinois’ political and legal system.
The size of Melongo’s bond — $500,000 — seems unusually high until you factor in the Illinois state and national politicians, state and federal agencies, and law enforcement jurisdictions that, wittingly or unwittingly, enabled SALF to receive millions of dollars of taxpayer money over its life while yielding dubious results. It’s the Chicago Way. To date, there’s been no definitive accounting for much of the approximately $9 million that passed through SALF.
The MSM Promoted SALF
In 1995, a Chicago Tribune article entitled “Mother On A Mission – First Aid Might Have Saved Her Daughter” claimed that
because her own 18-year-old daughter died in a car accident when basic first aid might have saved her life, Spizzirri’s steps have … taken her much farther than her daughter’s grave. Now she is angrily chasing politicians from Springfield to Washington, and running the Save a Life Foundation, which is fighting to pass legislation requiring training in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for police, firefighters, teachers, public safety workers and emergency dispatchers … The first police officers on the scene balked at administering aid. By the time the paramedics arrived, Christina had bled to death on the highway.
The Tribune never checked Spizzirri’s assertions against the facts of what happened the day her daughter died. CNN helped authenticate Spizzirri’s account, as did Chicago’s WGN television.
In October 2009, even after SALF had been discredited and had disbanded on July 1 of that year, the Chicago Tribune attributed its problems to the economy and SALF critics — several of whom Spizzirri unsuccessfully sued. All the SALF board members received requests to provide depositions in the lawsuit. None did. The Tribune reported that
[Spizzirri’s] supporters in the 1990s included Gov. Jim Edgar, then-U.S. Rep Dick Durbin and television star David Hasselhoff of “Baywatch” fame. She appeared on “Inside Edition” and helped push through a state law in 1994 that requires police and firefighters be trained to provide first aid. But Spizzirri, 63, has quietly closed the foundation’s headquarters in Schiller Park. The organization, which once had 13 national branches and planned to go international, no longer receives public funding and is “in hibernation” until the economy improves, she said.
The subject of an unflattering television report in 2006, Spizzirri was embroiled for two years in a defamation lawsuit she filed in state court against several critics, who alleged she couldn’t prove that her organization had trained as many children as she said and that it wasted taxpayers’ money. Spizzirri, who eventually dropped her suit, said it took its toll and helped prompt her recent decision to suspend operations.
Here’s a question: Did the Tribune spin the SALF story to give cover to prominent Illinois politicians complicit in the SALF scam over the years?
SALF Hooked Some Big Political Fish
When he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, current U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was a prominent supporter of SALF. From 2004 to 2006, he authorized expenditures of $50,000 to bring SALF volunteers into Chicago schools to teach first aid. The McDonald’s Corporation joined the effort, and the number jumped to $185,000. This cartoon characterization of Duncan promoted SALF.
Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-9th Dist.) sponsored a Congressional Budget earmark for SALF for fiscal year 2009, long after the organization had been thoroughly discredited.
SALF touted State Senator Barack Obama’s original mentor in the Illinois Senate, Emil Jones, as a spokesperson, but when Chuck Goudie exposed Spizzirri, Jones disavowed any association with SALF, as you’ll see in this video.
Former Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman added a bipartisan element by sponsoring U.S. Senate Bill 2533 that, if funded, could have funneled millions more into the SALF.
Earlier this year , the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted the Community Response Systems Initiative (CRSI) Resolution, named in honor of Christina Spizzirri, committing their support to SALF as a foundation for emergency preparing [sic] their communities. Thereafter U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (MN), sponsored the “CRSI ACT” to assist in this initiative.
This is a short list of the political connections that Spizzirri made and used to advance her organization. Those connections gained access to multiple money rivers flowing through state and federal agencies.
SALF Tapped into State & Federal Taxpayer Funding
In 2002 alone, SALF received $600,000 from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), with a grand total over the years of $2,700,000 in grants from the state agency. In 2002, SALF received $200,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Community Affairs. And, also that year, it got $31,819 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
In 2002, SALF received $25,000 from the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Illinois, Lisa Madigan. Madigan, along with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, are pursuing prosecution of Anabell Melongo.
A 2006 list of the SALF’s Board of Directors identified Douglas R. Browne as the organization’s treasurer. Over the years, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) granted $2,633,000 to SALF. Browne worked for the CDC as Chairman of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). SALF minutes from a January 2007 Board meeting state that the Board approved a $40,000 salary for Browne.
SALF claimed to operate a multi-state National Guard first aid training program, and its 2007-2008 Annual Report listed involvement in 29 states. But in a letter from the Office of the Chief Counsel, National Guard Bureau dated May 6, 2009, coming in response to a request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and concerning SALF’s involvement with the National Guard, the Guard spokesperson wrote that “[a] search for responsive documents by knowledgeable staff … failed to locate any records that would be responsive to your request.”
Vince Davis, then SALF’s National Director of Military Affairs, is the tall man who ushered Chuck Goudie out of Spizzirri’s office in the video clip of his interview with Spizzirri. Davis later founded Vinmar Consulting Services. The company website mentions Davis’ involvement with SALF without naming the organization. It simply states that he “spent two years as National Director of Operations and Military Affairs for a non-profit advocacy organization specializing in CPR/First aid education for children.”
What’s Next for Spizzirri?
As of May 2009, Spizzirri was lobbying the Illinois State Legislature as an activist against online stalking, claiming that SALF was a victim of tortious interference. So is there another nonprofit foundation there in the making?
Meanwhile, millions of dollars granted to the Save-A-Life Foundation remain unaccounted for, and no one seems to be interested in tracking the money against what the organization delivered over the years…as Anabell Melongo sits in jail.
It’s a curious thing, isn’t it? The courts, law enforcement jurisdictions, local Chicago MSM outlets, leading politicians — all in alignment. That’s the Chicago Way.
Judge Brosnahan reversing her own ruling forbidding Annabel to subpoena Schiller Park Police regarding police reportsJudge Brosnahan also postponed result of in camera view of Detective Martin and Detective Schultze files
Annabel Melongo is a computer professional, born in Cameroon, who has lived and worked in the Chicago area since 2003. She once worked for the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF), a now defunct non-for-profit organization with political ties and a history of deceptive practices.
Founded in 1993, SALF was a member organization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and over the years received close to $9 million in federal and state funding. Since November 2006, SALF has been the subject of about a dozen news reports around the country that raise serious concerns about the organization’s claims, activities, and finances.
In October 2006, Annabel was charged with destroying SALF’s files, among them financial records. Those charges were entirely based on claims made by SALF’s founder/president Carol J. Spizzirri of Grayslake, IL. According to multiple news reports, Spizzirri has a history of serious fabrications, including the false claim that she is a Registered Nurse; that she worked as a renal transplant nurse in a Milwaukee hospital; and that she earned a BSN degree from a Wisconsin college whose name she misspelled on her CV. According to a recent sworn affidavit, in 1985 a Milwaukee court-ordered psychologist, Dr. Burton S. Silberglitt, diagnosed Spizzirri as “paranoid schizophrenic.”
Nevertheless, based on Spizzirri’s word, the offices of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Cook County Prosecutor have indicted her. Facts indicate they have done so in order to cover-up SALF’s longstanding relationships with powerful political cronies and funders. These include Attorney General Madigan and her father Mike Madigan, longtime IL House of Representatives Speaker of the House and Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois.
After more than six years of such legal harassment, this site was launched in an attempt to bring public attention to this abuse of the legal system. Illinois taxpayers may wonder why the state’s top law enforcement officer and Cook County Prosecutor Anita Alvarez are expending so much time and public money to prosecute this trumped-up case against her rather than investigate what happened to the millions of tax dollars that went to the Save-A-Life Foundation.
This site presents documented information that may help answer that and related questions. If you have more questions, comments, or information, please don’t hesitate to visit us at our facebook page
Judge Joan Lefkow, Federal Judge, Room 1925.
Lisa Madigan: Illinois Attorney General
Diane L. Saltoun: Illinois Inspector General
Patricia A. McConnell: Director Of Investigations, Office Of The Inspector General
Anita Alvarez: Cook County State Attorney
Dick Devine: Former Cook County State Attorney
Judge Paul Biebel: Cook County Chief Judge
Joseph Kazmierski: Cook County Supervising Judge
John J. Fleming: Cook County Judge
Mary M. Brosnahan: Cook County Judge
Prosecutor Lynn Palac: Special prosecutor, Rolling Meadows
Prosecutor Kyle French: Prosecutor Attorney General office, High Crime Tech Unit
Prosecutor Joseph Podlasek: Cook County special prosecutor, Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit
Prosecutor Julie Gunningle: Cook County Prosecutor, Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit
Prosecutor Scott Biestek : State attorney, Rolling Meadows
Pamela Taylor: Cook County Court Reporter Office, Assistant Administrator
Laurel Laudien: Cook County Court Reporter
Commander Daniel Schultze: Schiller Park Police
Detective Martin: Police detective, Schiller Park.
Shahna G. Monge: Forensic Examiner, Attorney General Office
Carol Spizzirri: CEO And Founder Save A Life Foundation
Annemarie Tabor: Court Reporter, Rolling Meadows
Nicolas J. Albukerk: Private lawyer
Darryl Goldberg: Private lawyer
James Flood: Private lawyer
Annabel Melongo: defendant. Software Engineer. Computer Networking.