These days I live my life adventure to adventure never knowing what’s ahead. At the end of this year I have an inventory report of the best and the worst for my visitors.
Let me begin with the best gift of 2011. They developed new hearing aids for me that returned my ability to fully function again. I had a difficult period of several because hearing loss where my old technology hearing aids did not deliver.
The best adventure of 2011 for me was last March when I was invited to attend the Human Rights Film Festival in Geneva. I worked for over a year on a Le Flair Productions documentary film on the 1989 wrongful arrest, conviction and Death Sentence of Debra Milke in Phoenix, Arizona. This was my second trip there since I was brought to Geneva and Berlin earlier for the production efforts.
The film premiered in Geneva where I spent a week and for the rest of the month I traveled to Berlin and was hosted by my terrific friends there. I love Europe, especially Germany and can never get enough of its rich history, culture and class. I can’t wait to return. More importantly, I hope that 2012 brings justice and a new life of freedom for Debra Milke.
I want to thank all my wonderful friends in Lausanne, Switzerland at Le Flair Productions that made this adventure possible.
The second best adventure was being called into helping Scottsdale lawyer, Dave Appleton who was attacked by an angry motorist that chased him cornering him in a mall parking lot and began choking him. That altercation ended in a justifiable shooting but the Scottsdale police somehow got it wrong arresting Appleton for murder. We were able to get some important evidence to the prosecutors who did the right thing by dismissing the charge under among other things, Arizona’s rather strong, “Castle Doctrine” self-defense law.
Other adventures included attending the SHOT Show in Las, Vegas and the NRA Convention in Pittsburgh spending time with lots of guns and great friends developed over the last four decades.
I got to spend a lot of time with Chicago’s Uber-Lawyer, Jed Stone on some important criminal cases. Jed is one of the finest lawyers I ever had the pleasure of learning from or working with.
I was also lucky to spend some time with another top Chicago litigator, Joel Brodsky who is probably best known for representing retired Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson accused of murder. Brodsky was able to get a bogus but serious felony gun charge against Peterson thrown out. If Brodsky can just succeed in getting Peterson his day in court that nightmare will be over too.
As for the worst part of 2011 was to see a good Chicago cop get falsely convicted of a crime. That was as a result of a very corrupt prosecution and bench trial in the Circuit Court of Cook, County, Illinois. Cook County always has been and always will be a total corruption cesspool, managed by the most crooked politicians found anywhere.
Barack Obama has made his mark as the leader of a criminal regime during 2011. He’s given himself absolute power over Americans. Obama needs to be arrested, tried, convicted and punished for his Treason and Public Corruption.
I will leave you with my best 14 short videos of 2011 that cover some of these adventures: