THE REAL RAMPARTS SCANDAL

                                                Sean Patrick Mitchell has been denied his civil and Human right to petition in the U.S. courts for redress for the violation of his rights under the law.

  Sean Mitchell was a one of many victims of the racist and criminal conduct of the LAPD, otherwise known as the  Ramparts Scandal    

  Sean's case clearly exposes that the scandal extended way beyond a "few bad" and Black cops, beyond a single division, beyond the police to Gil Garcetti himself and the California judiciary. And now has been extended to expose the federal judiciary and the whole of the federal government to be just as racist, corrupt, criminal, and unworkable.  

   In 1997, Sean was charged, prosecuted, and convicted in an outrageous circus of a trial in a an even more outrageously case painting him as a serial rapist. According to the LAPD and Gil Garcetti, Sean was the "Melrose Rapist" and was accused of kidnapping and raping 17 White women over a five year period. In addition to a plethera of evidentairy problems with the case, ITJ was able to determine that there was "Melrose Rapist" prior to the arrest of Sean, the LAPD made it up in order to put three unsolved rapes and 14 fabricated ones on Sean. Aside from the fact that White officers in the Hollywood, Westwood, and Wilschire divisions had vowed to ruin Sean, there was growing scandal against the LAPD. 

   It appears that in order to divide public attention, Gil Garcetti and the LAPD were hell bent on fabricating some kind of sensational distraction, so initially set out to make Sean that distraction. However, the LAPD discovered the bodies of Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman on the same day Sean was arrested. That week the LAPD then shifted its focus to making O.J. Simpson the suspect and thus, a bigger drama and distraction, which was actually unfortunate for Sean. There were only a few reports on "the Melrose Rapist" case, with none of the papers asking way the alleged case was not made known tothe public or press prior to the arrest of Sean. Within a week, Sean was looking at O.J. Simpson in the cell across from the one he was in. And even though Sean and O.J. were deliberately tried atthe same time in courtrooms side by side of each other, the press paid no attention to the trial of "the Melrose Rapist." O.J. Simpson hired "the Dream Team," while Sean was strapped with a court-appointed attorney who was a former court clerk and just graduated law school.    

    Even though the state destroyed the record of the case it was supposed to protect, ITJ was ablle to obtain copies of police and medical repports given to the Sean during the trial and held by his family. The reports revealed that the LAPD knowingly fabricated 14 of the cases, and that in spite of the fact that the medical reports found no "evidence of rape or trauma" in the 14 cases, Gil Garcetti sought and somehow obtained an indictment on all. ITJ  has now been provided by a lawyer that used to work in the Public Defenders office, complete copies of both the trial transcript and appeal record. The record reflects that indeed Sean had a growing armed security, which was the major cause for the animosity of the White LAPD in the Wilshire, Holloywood, and Westwood divisions. Sean provided security for a number of vibrant locations and celebrities in Hollywood, Westwood, and Baldwin  Hills. White LAPD had ona few occassions attempted to force Sean and his emplyees to disarm, which they refused to do.   

     However, there is more, ITJ investigated and found that:

  •  in 14 of the cases, the ones where the women were allegedly kidnapped and raped in pairs, doctors reported finding "no evidence of rape or trauma;"
  • in the 3 cases where evidence of rape was found, the DNA results not only excluded Sean, but also the theory of a single culprit, but which Gil Garcetti was allowed to "exclude" from the prosecution, even though it was exculpatory evidence;
  • nearly all of the women who were allegedly kidnapped and raped in pairs were prostitutes that worked Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and were known to the LAPD Hollywood Division;
  • only after arresting Sean did the LAPD claim to the public that there was a "the Melrose Rapist," there had been no prior reports of such a serial rapist;
  • in spite of having 17 alleged victims, none of the police reports gave anything more than a general and very broad description of the alleged suspect;
  • Sean was subjected to a single 110-page indictment and a single trial on all 17 cases, even though there was nothing other than the race of the alleged victims and their claims to have been raped to connect them;
  • the trial judge removed experience counsel from Sean when she began to challenge the total lack of evidence and raised the issue regarding the exculpatory nature of the DNA results;
  • the trial judge replaced that experienced counsel with a young woman who not only had just finished law school, but was a former clerk of the same court;
  • the trial judge refused to allow the jury to see that Sean was disabled, having him brought into the courtroom before the jury would be brought in, removing and hiding his walker behind the bench, then not allowing him to leave until after the jury;
  • not one of the alleged victims positively identified Sean as the assailant from photo arrays or at a line-up, it was not until the trial that a number of them then stated positively that he was the assailant;
  • no forensic evidence of rape was presented at the "trial," the only "evidence" was the uncorroborated and unsupported testimonies of the 17 women;
  • the LAPD, Gil Garcetti, and judges of the Los Angeles crimial courts knew that the "Ramparts Scandal" was about to break to the public and sought a diversion. 
   What is Charcot-Marie-Tooth Syndrome?  Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome since childhood, which is a progressive neuropathic (peroneal) muscular atrophy; Hereditary peroneal nerve dysfunction; Neuropathy - peroneal (hereditary); Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy. The disease leads to damage or destruction to the covering (myelin sheath) around nerve fibers. Symptoms of the disease are:
  • Nerves that stimulate movement (called the motor nerves) are most severely affected. The nerves in the legs are affected first and most severely.
  • Symptoms usually begin between mid-childhood and early adulthood. They may include:
  • Foot deformity (very high arch to feet
  • Foot drop (inability to hold foot horizontal)
  • Loss of lower leg muscle, which leads to skinny calves
  • Numbness in the foot or leg
  • "Slapping" gait (feet hit the floor hard when walking)
  • Weakness of the hips, legs, or feet and later, similar symptoms may appear in the arms and hands, which may include a claw-like hand.
    Sean could not have been appearing out of nowhere, moving with any stealth, nor  could he do so as was alleged in each case. None of the alleged victims mentioned anything about a strange gate, even though nearly all claimed to see him walk and move. Sean did not have the ability to hold and weild a gun as alleged, nor could he perform thesex acts alleged due to his condition.

     This video was produced by a woman who suffers from CMT, she  includes her ten-year old son in the video, he also has the disease. Both Sean and his brother Kyle  have the disease. By time Sean was in his mid-30s, his condition had progressed to the point where he struggled with "slap-foot." So, he could not have just appeared and disappear on foot as alleged by the so-called "victims" and LAPD.   

                      the Denial of Justice by the US Judiciary                 in Violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

      In 2010, ITJ filed a petition for the writ of habeas corpus on Sean's behalf in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, which was  was asigned to federal judge Steven V. Wilson (Pictured). Not long after that Sean contacted ITJ through his mother, informing us that prison officials were refusing to allow him to return a form to the court certifying his inability to pay court costs. Sean stated that prison officials were refusing to allow him to mail the form to the court on the basis that the habeas petition was filed by a non-lawyer. Exactly how prison officials not only knew that the petition had been filed, but had been filed by  a "non-lawyer" was not really a mystery, for there was only one way that they could have known such. 

      Upon ITJ contacting the prison ombudsman about the matter, Sean was then allowed to return the form to the court, however, as soon as it reached the court Steven V. Wilson entered an "order" refusing to process the petition. Wilson stated that he was refusing to process the petition because Sean had not filed it himself, totally disregarding the fact that he could not. Next, Wilson went on to state that because person who filed on behalf of Sean was not registered with the California bar, they could file on behalf of Sean. Stevens then made it known that he had been in communication with state officials, judges, about the matter and was informed that the matter "might contain some "unexhausted claims." Wilson then refused to process of the petition and forbade Sean from taking an "appeal." First, since there was no judgment, there was nothing to appeal. Next, the law explicitly prohibits lawyers, acting as a "lawyer," to file for the writ on behalf of another. Thus, Wilson was voiding and violating U.S. and international law.

    Since what Wilson did was to engage in misconduct and law breaking, thwarting judicial process, the only course to correct this was to file a complaint to the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit, to the chief judge Alex Kosinski (pictured). Without addressing any specifics of the complaint, Kosinski dismissed the complaint, a practice by federal judges that is very common even though it is very criminal. ITJ has exposed and documented this practice in the Fifth, Third, Eleventh, and DC federal circuits. This practice goes on because judges are allowed to police themselves and the DOJ will not take any action to arrest the problem. Since Steven V. Wilson refused to process the habeas petition filed on Sean's behalf, prison officials moved him away from a facility in the warm southern part of the state, have refused to move him to a medical unit in San Diego, and have instead moved him to the prison in the furthest northern part of the state where the weather is very cold. This places Sean at even greater risk of coming down with a fatal case of pneumonia or some other deadly respiratory infection. 

 A Family's Long Suffering

    In addition to his mother, Sean has an older sister and two younger brothers, none of who has seen Sean since he was sentenced and sent to prison. Not being able to afford the long costly treks to San Quintan, Folsom, and other prisons Sean has been shuffled around to, it has been nearly two-decades since they have seen him. For decades the family has had to contend with the fact that in spite of progessive disability, Sean has for the most part been kept in general population some of the harshesh maximum security prisons in the state. Fortunately for Sean, the other prisoners realizing his plight, have helped him to take care himself when he could not sit up, wash himself, and even feed himself.    

MASSIVE FABRICATIONS BY LAPD

      The indictment against Sean consisted of over 110-pages of redundancy, charging the same offenses over and over again, changing only the names of the alleged victims. This was done even though there was no evidence that 14 of the women were in fact kidnapped or raped by anyone.
However, the Ramparts scandal revealed the truth that the LAPD routinely fabricated cases against Blacks and Latinas, always supported by the prosecutors office. As result of the scandal being brought to the surface with the beating of Rodney King and the ensuing riot that followed their acquittal, the LAPD was placed under a consent decree with the DOJ. Even though approximately 35 people were released from prison for being framed by the LAPD, there were hundreds more. 

    Gil Garcetti failed to pursue a murder or even a felony conviction of the Korean store owner who was shown on video shooting 14-year old Latisha Harlans in the back of the head. The store owner was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and given probation, while at the same were pursuing felony convictions on a massive level for crack possession. At the same time ignoring and covering up crimes being committed by the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums  (CRASH) unit of the Ramparts and other divisions of the LAPD. CRASH officers were involved in murders bank robberies, assaults, drug dealing, extortion, and framing people. The DOJ limited its investigation not only to the LAPD, but primarily on a few Black officers. Garcetti was defeated after his second term, but had been responsible for expanding the toxic atmosphere of racism that persists to this day in Los Angeles under his son, Eric Garcetti, who is now the mayor of Los Angeles. 

What Can You Do?

    ITJ has launched a campaign on Indiegogo.com to raise much needed funds to not only publicize and fight Sean's case, but to make sure that his medical needs are met that the state of California has thus far denied him. Sean's mother is 80-years old and does not have the resources or the ability to continue trying to obtain justice for her son. In addition, Sean's younger brother also has CMT and lives with the mother, with his condition also rapidly deteriorating to total immobility. The campaign seeks to raise at least $100,000.00 in 100 days, keep in mind that now not only is Sean confronted with a corrupt state judiciary, but an equally corrupt and lawless federal judiciary, he has been told that due to his disability he has no right to petition the courts for redress and no one will be allowed to do it for him. Under federal habeas corpus, lawyers are not permitted to file on behalf of another as "lawyers," they can only do so as a concerned person, as was done by ITJ. Therefore, not only is the campaign about getting justice for Sean, but protecting WE THE PEOPLE from an imperial and lawless federal judiciary. Please follow the link below to the campaign and help us to get justice for Sean and so many others, including the removal of skunks on the bench like Steven V. Wilson and Alex Kosinski. T



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