Senator Leland Yee – Arrested on Allegations of Bribery and Corruption – Possible Ties to Chinatown Criminal Street Gangs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. California State Senator Leland Yee has been arrested. Yee is a current candidate for California Secretary of State. Authorities announced today that Yee has been indicted by a federal grand jury on various bribery and public corruption related charges. The FBI spent the morning at Yee’s office at the State Capitol in Sacramento – searching through Yee’s files, collecting computers, and gathering evidence. Law enforcement officials have confirmed that additional searches are underway at various residences in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento and the operation consists of other arrests and searches throughout California.

CA State Senator Leland Yee has been arrested by the FBI on charges of public corruption and extortion in a "Major Operation" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation - the investigation entails additional arrests - including the arrest of infamous SF gangster "Shrimp Boy" on drug trafficking related charges

Although the details of today's arrest are still coming to light, this isn't the first time Senator Yee has raised brows with questionable conduct. Yee has a history of alleged misdeeds, but has been quick to dismiss the assertions as frivolous.

In 1992, while serving as a member of San Francisco's School Board, Yee was arrested for shoplifting in Kona, Hawaii - this stemming from an incident where Yee allegedly stole a bottle of sunscreen from a convenience store. Although Yee was arrested, the case was never prosecuted because Yee returned to California without notifying the Hawaiian authorities. Due to the fact the case involved a minor offense (petty theft), authorities did not issue a warrant and did not pursue any further action.

In 1999,  Yee was contacted by San Francisco Police Department on two occasions - both contacts stemming from suspicions he was soliciting prostitutes in the "hooker-row" area of San Francisco's Mission District. Again, Yee dismissed these allegations - claiming both instances involved a case of mistaken identity and claiming he was "just on his way home."

While working as an administrator of a non-profit, Yee was accused of falsifying accounting records or "cooking the books." Yee again dismissed these claims as being without merit.

Although dubbed an advocate for environmental protections, Yee's past political campaigns have reportedly accepted enormous sums of money from amongst the largest polluters in California.

In 2011, the California State Senate voted 37-3 in an effort to prevent a private trash company from placing a garbage dump in a San Diego suburb. Yee was amongst the three State Senators that voted in favor of allowing the private company to setup a trash dump in the backyards of citizens of the San Diego suburb. Coincidentally, in years prior to the State Senate's vote on the issue, Yee reportedly received over $8,000 in political contributions from the company that was attempting to setup the garbage dump.

As a father of four and while a member of the San Francisco School Board, sources report Yee falsified his residency information in order for his children to attend a more desirable school. Despite this apparent pattern of questionable conduct, Leland Yee has somehow managed to remain in the spotlight as a top California politician - serving in California's State Senate and launching a campaign for the position of Secretary of State of California in the upcoming election. The latest federal indictment and arrest of Leland Yee may be hard for him to shake off, as he has done in the past, and will undoubtedly impact any realistic chance of Yee succeeding in his campaign for the position of California's Secretary of State.

In the latest of Yee's brushes with the law and questionable conduct, news sources have dubbed the FBI's Wednesday arrest of Leland Yee a "major operation" - encompassing various arrests and searches throughout California. This includes the arrest of infamous San Francisco Asian street gang leader, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow on charges relating to racketeering and drug trafficking. Aside from being arrested during the same FBI operation on Wednesday, the connection between Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and Senator Leland Yee is largely unknown. However, Yee grew up in Chinatown -- the home-base Chow's long standing criminal enterprises.

Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow has an extensive criminal history and has connections to violent street gangs operating in and around San Francisco. In 1978, Chow was convicted for a robbery that occurred in San Francisco's Chinatown - a conviction that led to Chow receiving a prison sentence of 11-years. in 1986, almost immediately after being released from prison after serving seven years and four months of the 11-year sentence, Chow was charged with over 25 criminal violations - including attempted murder, mayhem, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and assault with a deadly weapon. Chow returned to prison, served three years, and was released from prison in 1989. Just three years later, Chow was arrested on various offenses, which related to racketeering, illegal firearm sales, prostitution, drug sales, and money laundering. Although convicted on many of these charges in 1995, Chow cut a deal with authorities and became a government informant - thereby avoiding any significant time in prison. Many believe Chow is still an active leader of one of Chinatown's most well established violent criminal street gangs.

Little is known about the details of the latest FBI operation that led to Wednesday's  arrest of Leland Yee. Amongst the locations being searched by local, state, and federal law enforcement agents is the San Francisco Chinatown office of the "Gee King Tong Free Masons."

Just after announcing his candidacy for California Secretary of State in February, Sen. Yee announced, "I am committed to empowering Californians so that they can guarantee fair elections, expose special interests and prevent corruption, because it's your California." Yet, the current indictment - which includes allegation of public corruption - would seem to cut at the very essence Yee's campaign platform.


By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a California licensed private investigator and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A California Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency. Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com. To speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff, call the Cody S Investigations San Francisco private detective staff at (415) 932.9278 or (408) 313.0109. Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in San Francisco, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California. This includes misconduct related investigations, civil rights related investigations, wrongful arrest/conviction investigations, criminal appeals investigations, and various other criminal law related investigative services.

Cody Salfen is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the California Defense Investigators Association, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and the World Association of Detectives. In addition, Cody founded and operates Cody S & Associates, Inc. (www.CSI-Legal-Services.com) a security training, firearms training, security consulting, and CA Dept. of Justice and FBI approved Live Scan Fingerprinting Services.

DISCLAIMER: All materials, content and posts contained on this website are the intellectual property of Cody S Investigations and may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or displayed without the express written permission of Cody S Investigations. Cody S Investigations does not warrant, either expressly or implied, the accuracy, timeliness, or appropriateness of the information contained in any posting. Further, Cody S Investigations disclaims any responsibility for content errors, omissions, or infringing material and disclaims any responsibility associated with relying on the information provided on this website. Cody S Investigations is NOT a law firm and therefore cannot provide legal advice. As such, any information contained herein is not legal advice and should not be construed as legal advice. It is merely an opinion.

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Corrupt Justice – San Francisco Police Officers Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. Today, six individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury in the latest corruption scandal to rock the San Francisco Police Department. Amongst those indicted; five current SFPD officers and one former SFPD officer.

San Francisco Police Corruption Case

Five Current and One Former Officer Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Various Corruption Related Charges


These indictments largely stem from San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s 2011 release of a residential hotel surveillance video. The video depicts plain-clothes SFPD officers engaging in what has been labeled misconduct in the form of officers stealing from hotel guests. The video footage is from 2010. The initial investigation consisted of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spearheading the probe, which DA George Gascon eventually turned over to federal authorities – citing a conflict of interest. Three of the indictments stem from the hotel incident, while the others pertain to allegations that officers engaged in various on-duty-misdeeds, including one officer allegedly stealing an iTunes gift card and thereafter making a purchase at a San Francisco Apple Store and other allegations relating to the sale of narcotics. Below, see an excerpt from the SFGate.com relating to the indictment (from Henry K. Lee and Jaxon Van Derbeken of SFGate.com / Full Text Article Here: http://bit.ly/1o9VR5L)

From the San Francisco Five veteran San Francisco police officers and a former officer faced federal corruption charges Thursday after a three-year investigation that began when the city’s public defender released surveillance videos purporting to show officers abusing and stealing from residential hotel dwellers.

The grand jury indictments allege that after the FBI and San Francisco police launched a probe in March 2011, they learned three of the officers had stolen a batch of seized marijuana two years earlier. One of those officers, Reynaldo Vargas, delivered the pot to a couple of street informants, told them to sell it and then took a split of the proceeds, federal prosecutors said.

The indictments were unsealed Thursday. They represent one of the biggest scandals to hit the police force since the Fajitagate case, which stemmed from a 2002 fight between three off-duty officers and two men over a bag of fajitas and led to allegations of a cover-up – but no criminal convictions.

Three of the officers charged this week face accusations directly related to the residential hotel searches that were brought to light by city Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

via 6 S.F. officers indicted over residential hotel searches – SFGate.

By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a California licensed private investigator and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A California Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency. Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com. Alternatively, to speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff, you can call the Cody S Investigations San Francisco private detective staff at (415) 932.9278 or (408) 313.0109. Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in San Francisco, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California. This includes police misconduct related investigations, civil rights related investigations, wrongful arrest/conviction investigations, criminal appeals investigations, and various other criminal law related investigative services.

Cody Salfen is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the California Defense Investigators Association, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and the World Association of Detectives. In addition, Cody founded and operates Cody S & Associates, Inc. (www.CSI-Legal-Services.com) a security training, firearms training, security consulting, and CA Dept. of Justice and FBI approved Live Scan Fingerprinting Services.

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Social Media and Cyberspace: The Investigator’s New Battleground

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. Social media and cyberspace is the new battleground for investigators in the public and private sectors. Whether a workers’ compensation investigation involves locating a claimant’s Facebook posts that are inconsistent with the claimed injury or a police murder investigation involves the use of Facebook posts by suspects just after the incident, social media investigations oftentimes provide the missing link in both public and private investigations. Merely conducting a more traditional “knock and talk” investigation in which the investigator interviews a subject’s friends, neighbors, previous employers, and beyond, is not enough to obtain the “bigger picture” and thorough understanding of the subject of the investigation. A person’s online/social media/cyber presence can oftentimes shed light on a person’s personality, habits, routines, and specific involvement and locations on specific dates and times — information that cannot always be obtained through more traditional investigative methods. And, in terms of the reliability of the data — the integrity trumps that of similarly situated more traditional evidence in that the words, photos, and posts were oftentimes unilaterally posted by the party that is the subject of the investigation. Below, in an article from the San Jose Mercury News (see the full text of the article below from Robert Rogers at the San Jose Mercury News).

 


Cyberspace and Social Media is Oftentimes the Missing Link that can make the case -- for both the police/public investigator and the private investigator.

Cyberspace and Social Media is oftentimes the missing link that can make the case — for both the police/public investigator and the private investigator. Social media and cyberspace finds its way into nearly every modern investigation.

 

RICHMOND — When gunshots ring out in Richmond, familiar scenes unfold. Calls to 911 and alerts from the city’s ShotSpotter gunshot-detection system trickle in. Police cruisers scream to the scene. Detectives show up soon after.

But other detectives go somewhere else: to their computers to troll Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media for clues, often provided by people involved in the crime who can’t resist boasting.

“We have seen situations where someone will commit a shooting or a homicide, and they’ll immediately write something on social media,” said Matt Anderson, a Richmond gang detective. “‘Man down,’ ‘scoreboard,’ those are the kinds of phrases they’ll use, and it gives us a lot of clues about what just happened.”

As social media increasingly have become an extension of who we are and how we communicate, it has emerged as a new battleground in the age-old struggle between Bay Area criminals and the detectives who seek them. Social media use is common among neighborhood crews and street gangs, who have inadvertently supplied police and prosecutors with troves of photos and other information often used to nab and then prosecute them.

Like braggadocio on a street corner or graffiti on a wall in yesteryear, gang members have come to use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram to tout their criminal prowess, taunt rivals, boast about crimes and even gather information about potential targets of violence.

“What we see on social media brings an insight that you normally might not otherwise see,” said Jeff Palmieri, a veteran gang investigator for the San Pablo Police Department. “You can get a view of who a person is, what they’re about, and that not only helps us but can help a jury in a courtroom. Our intelligence information has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 10 years.”

Online postings can help prosecutors establish a level of intent, premeditation, motive and gang affiliation, said Derek Butts, a Contra Costa deputy district attorney.

via Cyberspace emerges as law enforcement’s new battleground – San Jose Mercury News.

 

By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a California licensed private investigator and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A California Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency. Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com. Alternatively, to speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff, you can call the Cody S Investigations San Francisco private detective staff at 415.932.9278 or 408.313.0109. Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in San Francisco, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California. Cody S Investigations is an expert in providing social media investigative services and cyber investigation services. Many of our associate investigators are former/retired forensic computer and cyber investigators from a number of law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Cody Salfen is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the California Defense Investigators Association, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and the World Association of Detectives. In addition, Cody founded and operates Cody S & Associates, Inc. (www.CSI-Legal-Services.com) a security training, firearms training, security consulting, and CA Dept. of Justice and FBI approved Live Scan Fingerprinting Services.

DISCLAIMER: All materials, content and posts contained on this website are the intellectual property of Cody S Investigations and may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or displayed without the express written permission of Cody S Investigations. Cody S Investigations does not warrant, either expressly or implied, the accuracy, timeliness, or appropriateness of the information contained in any posting. Further, Cody S Investigations disclaims any responsibility for content errors, omissions, or infringing material and disclaims any responsibility associated with relying on the information provided on this website. Cody S Investigations is NOT a law firm and therefore cannot provide legal advice. As such, any information contained herein is not legal advice and should not be construed as legal advice. It is merely an opinion.

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AMBER ALERT ISSUED – Sunnyvale Infant Missing – Police Looking for Father in Suspected Child Abduction

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. As reported by NBC Bay Area, yesterday at approximately 4:00pm, 22-year-old Mesuit Guler allegedly took his two-week-old-infant-child from a Helen Avenue residence in Sunnyvale after Guler was involved an argument with the baby’s mother. A statewide Amber Alert has been activated and police are seeking any and all information as to the whereabouts of the infant and/or Mesuit Guler. According to NBC Bay Area, San Diego police have reported they spotted Guler’s GMC Envoy on at least two occasions within the City of San Diego. For more information, please see the full text of the article from NBC Bay Area (below).

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An Amber Alert was issued after a 22-year-old father, Mesuit Guler, allegedly took his newborn, Henry Guler-Romero, after a fight with the baby’s mother in the 900 block of Helen Avenue around 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the CHP. Police said the father’s SUV was spotted in San Diego. Bob Redell reports.

San Diego police on Wednesday told NBC Bay Area that they spotted a suspects tan GMC Envoy twice in their city, after a  newborn baby boy was taken from a Sunnyvale apartment complex, prompting an Amber Alert. On Wednesday morning, San Diego police confirmed the suspect’s cell phone signal was detected near Interstate 805 and Balboa Avenue around 11:55 p.m. Tuesday.And the CHP received a report just after 2 a.m. on Wednesday that an SUV with the same license plate number was spotted Tuesday between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Hillcrest area, which is about three miles from downtown San Diego.

The 22-year-old father, Mesuit Guler, allegedly took his newborn, Henry Guler-Romero, after a fight with the babys mother in the 900 block of Helen Avenue around 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Van Eckert.

The baby is anywhere between two weeks and one-month-old.Guler told the babys mother he was leaving the state with Henry. And police say Guler has made previous threats to harm himself and Henry.Sunnyvale police didnt issue an Amber Alert until at least 1 a.m., and notification about the boy didnt appear on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children until 2 a.m. At 7 a.m. on Wednesday, the CHP issued photographs of the van, baby and father, who is described as six feet tall and weighing 120 pounds. He is also of Turkish descent.

via Fathers GMC in San Diego, After Amber Alert Issued for 1-Month-Old Baby | NBC Bay Area.

By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a licensed private investigator in California and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency serving clients throughout Northern California and Southern California. Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com. To speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff, call the Cody S Investigations private detective staff at 415.932.9278 or 408.313.0109. Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in San Francisco, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California.

Cody Salfen is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the California Defense Investigators Association, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and the World Association of Detectives. In addition, Cody founded and operates Cody S & Associates, Inc. (www.CSI-Legal-Services.com) a security training, firearms training, security consulting, and CA Dept. of Justice and FBI approved Live Scan Fingerprinting Services.

DISCLAIMER: All materials, content and posts contained on this website are the intellectual property of Cody S Investigations and may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or displayed without the express written permission of Cody S Investigations. Cody S Investigations does not warrant, either expressly or implied, the accuracy, timeliness, or appropriateness of the information contained in any posting. Further, Cody S Investigations disclaims any responsibility for content errors, omissions, or infringing material and disclaims any responsibility associated with relying on the information provided on this website. Cody S Investigations is NOT a law firm and therefore cannot provide legal advice. As such, any information contained herein is not legal advice and should not be construed as legal advice. It is merely an opinion.

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Death sentence for serial killer Joseph Naso in Marin County, California

SAN RAFAEL, CA. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. Joseph Naso – a convicted serial killer – was sentenced to death in a Marin County, California court. The death sentence for Naso comes after Naso was convicted of four counts of murder for killing prostitutes – Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya. Each of the four victim’s first and last names began with the same letter. The murders were perpetrated over the course of two decades – the first of the four occurring in 1977 and the most recent of the four in 1994. See the full text of the article below (from the Huffington Post).

Joseph Naso - convicted serial killer - sentenced to death in Marin County Superior Court for the murder of four prostitutes between 1977 and 1994

Joseph Naso – convicted serial killer – sentenced to death in Marin County Superior Court for the murder of four prostitutes between 1977 and 1994

 

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — A jury on Tuesday recommended a death sentence for Joseph Naso, a 79-year-old former photographer convicted of the decades-old killings of four Northern California women.

The panel deliberated for about four hours before reaching its decision in the penalty phase of the case. Earlier in the day, the jury heard closing arguments from Naso, who represented himself and asked the jury to spare his life.

He will be formally sentenced at a later date by Marin County Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet.

Naso was previously convicted of four counts of murder in the deaths of prostitutes with matching initials – Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya. The victims were strangled and dumped in rural areas.

Prosecutors had argued for the death sentence, presenting grisly photos of the lifeless bodies. Prosecutor Dori Ahana let a timer tick down from two minutes to zero – the time it takes an asphyxiated person to die.

Naso told the jury that he “was not the monster that killed these women.”

Even though the jury recommended death, it is unlikely Naso would be executed if the judge agrees with the panel. There are 725 inmates already on California’s Death Row and executions have been on hold since 2006, when a federal judge ordered an overhaul of California’s execution protocol.

It will take at least another year for prison officials to properly adopt the state’s new single-drug execution method and have it cleared by the judge.

The four killings were cold cases until 2009, when probation officers in Reno, Nev., conducted a routine firearms search of Naso’s home. He was on probation at the time for a felony larceny conviction in California.

via Joseph Naso Jury Sentences Him To Death.

By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a California licensed private investigator and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A California Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency. As a part of our private investigation services, we handle a number of criminal defense investigation cases in and around Marin County, California, including criminal investigations in San Rafael, CA. Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com. Speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff by calling the Cody S Investigations San Francisco and Marin County private detective staff at 415.932.9278 or 408.313.0109. Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in San Francisco, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California. Cody Salfen is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the California Defense Investigators Association, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and the World Association of Detectives. In addition, Cody founded and operates Cody S & Associates, Inc. (www.CSI-Legal-Services.com) a security training, firearms training, security consulting, and CA Dept. of Justice and FBI approved Live Scan Fingerprinting Services.

DISCLAIMER: All materials, content and posts contained on this website are the intellectual property of Cody S Investigations and may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or displayed without the express written permission of Cody S Investigations. Cody S Investigations does not warrant, either expressly or implied, the accuracy, timeliness, or appropriateness of the information contained in any posting. Further, Cody S Investigations disclaims any responsibility for content errors, omissions, or infringing material and disclaims any responsibility associated with relying on the information provided on this website. Cody S Investigations is NOT a law firm and therefore cannot provide legal advice. As such, any information contained herein is not legal advice and should not be construed as legal advice. It is merely an opinion.

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NSA will continue to collect cell phone data records of nearly all Americans in accordance with Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court decision

WASHINGTON D.C. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. More information has come to light with regard to the National Security Agency’s controversial cell phone data collection program. In a secret court opinion, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court recently affirmed the legality of the NSA’s data collection program’s practices and procedures. In the secret court’s ruling, the court will allow the NSA to continue to obtain most, if not all, mobile phone data records from cellular providers in the United States under a provision of the Patriot Act.


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The National Security Agency’s controversial cell phone data collection program will continue to obtain cell phone records of almost every American without a warrant in accordance with a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s recent decision

Although confidential, the court’s opinion was released last week in accordance with the secret court judge’s statement that the judgment should be made public because it pertains to the public’s interest. In light of the constitutional requirements that the government have a warrant in order to obtain certain information, the controversial National Security Agency cell phone data collection program sails under the veil of a provision of the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act provision that allows the NSA to collect almost everyone’s cell phone records (in a collaborative effort with the Federal Bureau of Investigation), the government is allowed to collect “business records” relevant to an “authorized investigation.” The recent “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court” decision ruled that the NSA’s unilateral interpretation of the Patriot Act provision so as to include almost every individual’s cell phone data records in the United States complies with the United States Constitution under the Patriot Act. Read the full text of the article below (from the Wall Street Journal).

WASHINGTON—No telecommunications company has ever challenged the government’s orders to turn over records in the National Security Agency’s phone-data-collection program, according to a secret court’s opinion that was signed last month and released Tuesday.

The unusual move to release the opinion upholding the program, which stores the phone records of most Americans, came from the secret national-security court that oversees the program, suggesting an independent streak on the part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Judge Claire Eagan’s call to disclose the opinion, signed Aug. 29, appeared to be a first for the court, which has been criticized at times as too deferential to the executive branch.

The opinion should be made public “because of the public interest in this matter,” she wrote.

The phone program was developed under a provision of the Patriot Act that allows the NSA, through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to collect business records “relevant to an authorized investigation.” The NSA determined that nearly all U.S. phone-call records were “relevant” to terrorism investigations because it needed all the calls in order to determine with whom suspects were communicating.

The records, called “metadata,” include phone numbers people dialed and where they were calling from. The content of the calls isn’t obtained under this program.

In June, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked one of the secret court orders demanding records form Verizon Communications Inc. Former officials say similar orders have been issued to AT&T Inc. and Sprint Corp.  A spokesmnn for AT&T didn’t respond to a request for comment Tuesday, and Sprint and Verizon declined to comment.

Judge Eagan has served as a federal trial judge in Oklahoma since 2001 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. She is a newcomer to the surveillance court, joining it when Chief Justice John Roberts appointed her in February.

A spokesman for the surveillance court, Sheldon Snook, declined to comment.

A Justice Department official confirmed the validity of the judge’s statement that no telecom company has challenged the legality of an order for records.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday that the opinion underscored that the program is indeed legal. “The opinion affirms that the bulk telephony metadata collection is both lawful and constitutional,” he said in a statement. “The release of this opinion is consistent with the president’s call for more transparency on these valuable intelligence programs.”

But civil libertarians said the opinion showed the court is too deferential to the government. “The opinion only confirms the folly of entrusting Americans’ privacy rights to a court that meets in secret and hears argument only from the government,” said American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer.

The order finds that the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure don’t apply to business records, such as phone-call logs. According to a 1979 Supreme Court decision in Smith v. Maryland, which has set a precedent for more than 30 years, there is no expectation of privacy with regard to phone records.

The order also explains the legal reasoning that finds virtually all American phone records to be relevant to the NSA’s hunt for terrorists. It says these data meet “the standard for relevant” because “it is necessary to obtain the bulk collection of a telephone company’s metadata to determine those connections between known and unknown international terrorist operatives.”

via Secret Court Airs Ruling Upholding NSA Phone-Data Collection – WSJ.com.

 

By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a California licensed private investigator and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A California Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency.

Cody S Investigations provides mobile phone forensic investigation services for attorneys, law firms, businesses and individuals throughout California. This includes cell phone forensic investigations, cell phone data forensic investigations for criminal defense cases, mobile data forensic expert witness services, and more.

Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com. Alternatively, to speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff, you can call the Cody S Investigations San Francisco private detective staff at 415.932.9278 or 408.313.0109. Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in San Francisco, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California. Cody Salfen is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the California Defense Investigators Association, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and the World Association of Detectives. In addition, Cody founded and operates Cody S & Associates, Inc. (www.CSI-Legal-Services.com) a security training, firearms training, security consulting, and CA Dept. of Justice and FBI approved Live Scan Fingerprinting Services.

DISCLAIMER: All materials, content and posts contained on this website are the intellectual property of Cody S Investigations and may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or displayed without the express written permission of Cody S Investigations. Cody S Investigations does not warrant, either expressly or implied, the accuracy, timeliness, or appropriateness of the information contained in any posting. Further, Cody S Investigations disclaims any responsibility for content errors, omissions, or infringing material and disclaims any responsibility associated with relying on the information provided on this website. Cody S Investigations is NOT a law firm and therefore cannot provide legal advice. As such, any information contained herein is not legal advice and should not be construed as legal advice. It is merely an opinion.

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – FBI seeks public’s assistance in unsolved 1985 murder of Kym Morgan

SANTA BARBARA, CA. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. In 1985, Kym Morgan – at the time a student at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California – placed an ad in a local newspaper in search for a new place to live. In her ad, Morgan indicated she was willing to babysit and handle other chores in exchange for room and board.

On April 28, 1985, Morgan told her roommates she would be traveling to “County Lumber” on the “Mesa” in Santa Barbara to meet with a prospective landlord (male) landlord and his children. The following day, Morgan’s roommates reported her missing when she never returned home after going to meet with the landlord.

Police located Morgan’s vehicle unoccupied, unlocked, and parked in the lumber store parking lot where she was supposed to meet the prospective landlord. Four days after Morgan’s roommates reported her missing, police located portions of Morgan’s body strewn across East Camino Cielo road in the mountains overlooking the Santa Barbara Coast. Various portions of Morgan’s body parts were never located.

 


Kim Morgan disappeared in Santa Barbara in 1985 and a portion of her remains were found the same week. The murder remains unsolved.

Kim Morgan disappeared in Santa Barbara, CA in 1985 and a portion of her remains were found the same week. Close to 30 years later, the murder remains unsolved.



This case remains unsolved and any information should be reported to the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office – (310) 477-6565 – or the Santa Barbara Police Department – (805) 897-2300. See the full text of the FBI’s press release and information request (below).

Kym Morgan disappeared on April 28, 1985, after telling her roommate that she was going to meet a man who had called her about a newspaper ad Morgan had placed trying to find a new place to live. The ad stated that Morgan would babysit, garden, or do chores in exchange for rent and board. Morgan told her roommate that she was going to meet the man and his children at the County Lumber store on the mesa in Santa Barbara, California.Morgan was reported missing the next day, April 29, 1985, after she had not returned and her roommate and landlord found Morgans vehicle abandoned and unlocked in the lumber store parking lot. Four days later, Morgans partial remains were found strewn along the side of East Camino Cielo Road in the Los Padres National Forest above Santa Barbara, California. Her thighs had been placed alongside each other in a culvert. Her torso, right arm and lower left leg are still missing.Anyone with information concerning this case should contact the FBIs Los Angeles Field Office at 310 477-6565 or the Santa Barbara Police Department at 805 897-2300. You may also contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. via FBI — KYM MORGAN.

By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a California licensed private investigator and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A California Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency. Cody graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and spent a number of years working within the Superior Court in Santa Barbara and for a number of criminal defense attorneys in Santa Barbara, CA. Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com. Alternatively, to speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff, you can call the Cody S Investigations San Francisco private detective staff at 415.932.9278 or 408.313.0109. Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in San Francisco, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California. Cody Salfen is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the California Defense Investigators Association, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and the World Association of Detectives. In addition, Cody founded and operates Cody S & Associates, Inc. (www.CSI-Legal-Services.com) a security training, firearms training, security consulting, and CA Dept. of Justice and FBI approved Live Scan Fingerprinting Services.

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San Mateo’s ‘Carolands Mansion Killer’ David Allen Raley attempts to avoid 1988 death sentence on account of a questionable Autism diagnosis

SAN JOSE, CA. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. In 1985, David Allen Raley, a 23-year-old security guard at the Hillsborough estate known as the Carolands Mansion. It was at the Carolands mansion where Raley initiated a series of events that led to his 1988 conviction for murder and related death sentence. Raley kidnapped two curious teenage girls from the mansion – Jeanine Grinsell and Laurie McKenna. Raley stabbed both girls numerous times, placed them in the trunk of his car, went home to his family (with the two girls trapped in the trunk of his car), played a game of Monopoly, and thereafter traveled to South San Jose where he left both girls for dead in a ravine in San Jose.

McKenna survived and crawled to a public roadway where she was able to flag down a passing motorist who in turn summonsed the police. When medical personnel arrived on Scene both Grinsell and McKenna were alive. However, Grinsell later succumbed to her injuries, which resulted in a murder conviction and death sentence for Raley.

 

Convicted Killer David Allen Raley sits on Death Row at California's San Quentin State Prison for the 1985 Killing of Two Teenage Girls

Convicted Killer David Allen Raley sits on Death Row at California’s San Quentin State Prison for the 1985 Killing of Two Teenage Girls

Until recently, with the mandatory death penalty appeals exhausted, it appeared Raley’s fate was sealed. Raley was set to become one of the San Quentin Death Row inmates to die by lethal injection. However, as a result of an order from the Supreme Court of California, Raley’s fate is once more up in the air. At issue is autism – a mental disorder which Raley’s criminal defense attorneys claim preclude the state from executing Raley – who, again according to his criminal defense attorneys, is Autistic and therefore mentally retarded. In a recent court appearance in the Santa Clara County Superior Court, David Allen Raley’s defense team argued that pursuant to a 2002 US Supreme Court Decision, it would be unconstitutional for the state to proceed with executing Raley. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen opposes the latest appeal and stands by the late 80′s successful prosecution of Raley by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. The latest twist in Raley’s death penalty appeals matter is one of a handful of cases dealing with the issue of what constitutes “mental retardation” for the purposes of determining whether that person can be sentenced to death and executed. For more information, see the article below from the San Jose Mercury News.

More than six years ago, it appeared that condemned Santa Clara County killer David Allen Raley had run out of legal options to avoid execution. After two decades of appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court had rejected Raleys seemingly final challenge to his 1988 death sentence for murdering a Peninsula teenager and attempting to murder her high school friend. But as is often the case for California’s death row inmates, Raleys legal odyssey is far from over. Armed with a new order from the California Supreme Court, Raley has revived his appeals with a claim that he was mentally retarded at the time of his 1985 crime — a finding that would spare him from execution under a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Monday, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Linda Clark will start a special two-week hearing in Raley’s case, which among other evidence has raised the unique claim that he is autistic and therefore falls under the legal protections against executing the mentally retarded. Clark will issue a recommendation to the state Supreme Court, which will make a final decision on Raley’s fate.

In the meantime, Raley’s legal team argues the 51-year-old death row inmate should spend the rest of his life in prison for the 1985 murder of Jeanine Grinsell and the attempted murder of her close friend, Laurie McKenna, inside a deserted Hillsborough mansion.

“It is very true that David Raley is significantly developmentally disabled,” said Robert Bacon, one of Raley’s lawyers.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, however, is opposing Raley’s appeal. Deputy District Attorney Matthew Braker, who is handling the case, declined to comment.

EVIDENCE OF ‘CUNNING’

In court papers submitted to Clark, prosecutors branded Raley’s argument a belated legal Hail Mary to avoid lethal injection and scoffed at the suggestion he is mentally disabled, noting his IQ tests were never below the standard threshold for mental retardation.”(Raley) acted alone in committing these horrible crimes and the facts elicited at trial show evidence of premeditation, cunning and problem solving, all characteristics inconsistent with a diagnosis of intellectual disability,” prosecutors wrote.

Raley’s case is part of an increasingly common legal battle unfolding in recent years in California and other death penalty states, the result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that it is unconstitutional to execute the mentally retarded.

The high court left it to the states to sort out which death row inmates or defendants facing capital murder charges may fall under the murky definition of mental retardation, forcing courts to grapple with evaluating whether there is clear proof of the disability before the age of 18.

The California Supreme Court has issued orders in dozens of cases like Raley’s in which death row inmates have made the claim, often decades after a crime and death sentence. These include Bay Area condemned killers Walter Cook, from San Mateo County, and Robert Young and Delaney Marks, sent to death row from Alameda County.

Courts have also spared some murderers from the death penalty at trial, including convicted San Jose cop killer DeShawn Campbell, who was found to be mentally retarded and sent to prison for life.

‘INCREDIBLE HESITATION’

Legal experts say courts have been confronted with efforts to expand the type of case that might fall under the Supreme Court’s bar on executing the mentally retarded, which rests in part on IQ results below a certain level, typically around 70.

But Raley, who is basing part of his argument on evidence of autism, may have an uphill fight. “There’s just an incredible hesitation to push to that next layer,” said Douglas Berman, an Ohio University law professor. Raley is on death row for kidnapping two high school students, Grinsell and McKenna, inside the mansion where he was a security guard. Raley stabbed both girls dozens of times and left them in a San Jose ravine; Grinsell died at a hospital and McKenna survived to testify.

Even if Raley’s mental retardation claims fail, it could be years before he is executed. Executions have been on hold in California for more than seven years as the state struggles to solve legal challenges to its lethal injection method, and the resolution is not close.

Death penalty supporters say claims such as Raley’s are contributing to the legal morass. “The fuzziness in the definition of retardation” has given death row inmates another avenue to contest their sentences, “even though generally meritless” said Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the pro-death penalty Criminal Justice Legal Foundation.

But Raley’s supporters say his case is an example of the state spending too much time and money on the death penalty. The American Civil Liberties Union cites his mental disability and costly appeals as reason to abandon capital punishment.

“He’s not the worst of the worst,” Bacon added. “The interests of public safety could be served with life in prison without the possibility of parole.”

Howard Mintz covers legal affairs. Contact him at 408-286-0236 or follow him at Twitter.com/hmintz.Read the arguments for and against lifting the death sentence against convicted killer David Raley at www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts.

 

via San Jose Mercury News – California death penalty and autism: Killer David Allen Raley seeks reprieve – San Jose Mercury News.

By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a California licensed private investigator and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A California Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency. Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com. Alternatively, to speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff, you can call the Cody S Investigations San Francisco private detective staff at 415.932.9278 or 408.313.0109. Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in San Francisco, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California. Cody Salfen is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the California Defense Investigators Association, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and the World Association of Detectives. In addition, Cody founded and operates Cody S & Associates, Inc. (www.CSI-Legal-Services.com) a security training, firearms training, security consulting, and CA Dept. of Justice and FBI approved Live Scan Fingerprinting Services.

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Corrupt Justice – Texas State Bar Seeks to Discipline Prosecutor for Concealing Evidence in Wrongful Conviction of Michael Morton

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. In 1989, Michael Morton was convicted of murdering his wife. Over two decades later and after serving nearly 25 years for the murder, Morton has been exonerated – Michael Morton did not kill his wife and DNA evidence proved it.

The Texas State Bar alleges that Ken Anderson, the lead prosecutor in the 1989 trial that resulted in Morton’s wrongful conviction, concealed evidence and failed to disclose key evidence to Morton’s criminal defense attorney before and during the 1980′s murder trial – both a legal and ethical violation. Ken Anderson is currently facing potential disciplinary action by Texas State Bar in relation to the alleged prosecutorial misconduct. Anderson claims the statute of limitations bars the disciplinary proceedings from moving forward being that the alleged incidents of misconduct occurred over 24 years ago. The judge overseeing the matter has yet to issue a decision on the merits, if any, of Anderson’s statute of limitations claims. To read the full text of the Innocence Project blog post relating to the Texas State Bar proceedings, please see the full text of the article below and related link.

Michael Morton (left) pictured with his wife and son in the 1980's. Morton was wrongfully convicted and spent nearly 25 years in prison before DNA evidence proved his innocence.

Michael Morton (left) pictured with his wife and son in the 1980′s. Morton was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife (right) and spent nearly 25 years in prison before DNA evidence proved his innocence.

 

A decision is expected soon on whether Williamson County Prosecutor Ken Anderson will face disciplinary charges for concealing evidence of Michael Morton’s innocence.

During a hearing on Friday afternoon, Anderson’s attorney and the State Bar pressed the court to issue a decision on whether or not Anderson can escape a disciplinary hearing because his alleged misconduct occurred beyond the statute of limitations, reported the Texas Tribune.

Despite a court order and legal obligation to do so, Anderson withheld evidence pointing to the innocence of Morton, who was later exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 25 years for his wife’s murder.

According to Anderson’s lawyer Eric Nichols, the State Bar’s claim is invalid because it was filed more than 24 years after the original trial and because the evidence Anderson is said to have concealed has been held by public entities since 1989.

The State Bar’s attorney, Laura Bayouth Popps, argued that Anderson’s files on the Morton investigation were not public record and could not have been obtained by a public information request within the timeframe of the statute of limitations, reported the Tribune.

“By virtue of being the lead prosecutor, Mr. Anderson had a constitutional and ethical duty to disclose this,” Popps said. “This does not take hiding the evidence in the attic or putting it in the trunk. All we have to show is that he had a duty to disclose and he didn’t.”

Popps also argued that the statute of limitations does not apply, alleging that Anderson’s efforts to conceal the evidence were ongoing, not a one-time offense.

“We would have liked to try this. We also would have liked for Mr. Morton not to have spent 25 years in prison,” Popps said. “Because of the fraud and concealment that took place here, no one was able to try this case any sooner.”

District Judge Kelly G. Moore said he will announce his decision by September 9. If the judge allows the State Bar to proceed, , the disciplinary action could proceed by the end of this month.

via Innocence Blog: Texas State Bar Association Seeks to Discipline Michael Morton’s Prosecutor.

By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a California licensed private investigator and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A California Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency, which focuses on criminal defense investigations, criminal appeals investigations, and various other criminal law and criminal defense related investigations.

Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com. Alternatively, to speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff or call the Cody S Investigations San Francisco private detective criminal defense staff at 415.932.9278 or 408.313.0109.

Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in the San Francisco bay area, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California. Cody Salfen is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the California Defense Investigators Association, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and the World Association of Detectives. As a part of his private investigation work, Cody is a court appointed criminal investigator for the indigent defense panels in Santa Clara and Marin Counties – investigating a wide array of criminal offenses.

In addition, Cody founded and operates Cody S & Associates, Inc. (www.CSI-Legal-Services.com) a security training, firearms training, security consulting, and CA Dept. of Justice and FBI approved Live Scan Fingerprinting Services.

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Ariel Castro found dead in his Ohio prison cell an apparent suicide

ORIENT, Ohio. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who recently plead guilty to various criminal charges relating to his kidnapping, rape, and holding captive of three women for nearly a decade was found dead in his Orient, Ohio prison cell late Tuesday evening. Authorities have already completed an autopsy citing suicide as the cause of death. Castro apparently utilized his prison issue bedsheets to hang himself. Castro was recently sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years as a result of a guilty plea. Castro escaped a death sentence and the surviving victims were spared a trial as a result of the guilty plea. For more information regarding the suicide of Ariel Castro, see the full text of the article below.

Ariel Castro found dead in his Ohio prison cell in an apparent suicide

Ariel Castro found dead in his                                    Ohio prison cell in an apparent suicide

 

Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life in prison last month for abducting and sexually abusing three young women in his Cleveland home, hanged himself in his cell Tuesday night, according to preliminary results of an autopsy performed early Wednesday. Castro, 53, was found at 9:20 p.m. ET hanging in his cell at the Correction Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, where he was being held under protective custody. Prison medical staff attempted lifesaving measures on the scene before he was transported to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. ET, according to JoEllen Smith spokesperson with the Ohio Rehabilitation and Correction department. Franklin County coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak said preliminary results of the autopsy confirmed that Castros death was a suicide and the cause of death was hanging. She said toxicology tests would be completed later. Castro was not under suicide watch, but was being checked on by guards every 30 minutes. Smith said in a statement that a “thorough review” of the incident was underway.The former Cleveland bus driver was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years on Aug. 1 for abducting three young women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — over a 10-year period and holding them them captive in chains in his Cleveland home.They were freed May 6 when Berry, who had a child fathered by Castro during her ordeal, managed to escape and alerted neighbors who called police to the rundown house on Seymour Ave. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said the citys focus would remain on the three victims.”It is our sincere hope that they will continue to heal and recover,” he said Wednesday. “I ask the community to continue to respect the privacy of the survivors so that they can move forward with their lives.”At his sentencing, Castro apologized for his actions but also attempted to blame his acts on an obsession with sex and his own history of being abused as a child, telling the court: “I am not a monster. Im sick.”Knight, the only victim to face Castro in court, said she would never forgive him for more than a decade of daily abuse.”I spent 11 years in hell,” she told Castro at his sentencing.”Now your hell is just beginning,” she said. “I will overcome all that happened, but youre going to face hell for eternity.”

via Autopsy: Ariel Castro hanged himself in prison cell.

By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a California licensed private investigator and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A California Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency. Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com or to speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff, call the Cody S Investigations San Francisco private detective staff at 415.932.9278 or 408.313.0109. Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in San Francisco, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California. Cody is an experience criminal investigator and currently handles a wide array of related investigations including death investigations, suicide investigations, wrongful death investigations, attempted murder investigations, and various other investigations.

Cody Salfen is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the California Defense Investigators Association, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and the World Association of Detectives.

In addition, Cody founded and operates Cody S & Associates, Inc. (www.CSI-Legal-Services.com) a security training, firearms training, security consulting, and CA Dept. of Justice and FBI approved Live Scan Fingerprinting Services.

DISCLAIMER: All materials, content and posts contained on this website are the intellectual property of Cody S Investigations and may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or displayed without the express written permission of Cody S Investigations. Cody S Investigations does not warrant, either expressly or implied, the accuracy, timeliness, or appropriateness of the information contained in any posting. Further, Cody S Investigations disclaims any responsibility for content errors, omissions, or infringing material and disclaims any responsibility associated with relying on the information provided on this website. Cody S Investigations is NOT a law firm and therefore cannot provide legal advice. As such, any information contained herein is not legal advice and should not be construed as legal advice. It is merely an opinion.

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