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Drunk Detectives, Lawless Wardens Mar Marine Gun Case



Damning information has now surfaced regarding the Westland Police and the jail guards regarding their treatment of Joey Nelson and his attorney.

Joey Nelson’s father, Steve Nelson, made this post on his personal facebook page:

On Saturday January 6th @ 1:00 am, a stranger tried to break into my 28 year old sons home.
He is an active duty Marine & has never been in trouble.
He was shot.
He was arrested by the Westland police and asked for a lawyer, by 2:00 am.
The detective that was on scene was intoxicated, belittled the home occupants for interrupting his evening and threatened to take the baby away with the help of CPS.
I had a lawyer at the police station by 10:00 am.
They refused to let him see Joey.
The lawyer returned with a writ from a Circuit county judge, ordering his immediate release.
The police refused.
Monday morning, @ 8:46 his lawyer said his wasn’t on the docket for arrigmment.
He was arrigned by 11:00 am
He was arrigned as a codefendant of the man who tried to break in, charged with 5 felonies & is being held on 150,000 cash bond, no 10%.
The man that tried to break in was charged with ONE count related to a firearm charge.

Please share,maybe someone out there can help.
This is the door that the guy tried to break in & the result of him shooting up the house, that has 5-6 people in it including my 3 week old grandson.

So you have allegations of the detective on the scene being drunk, and possibly getting the names of those involved mixed up, and thus, screwing up all of the paperwork in the reports. Plus, they are claiming that victim of the attack somehow conspired with the initial perpetrator?

A follow up post reads:

Thank you for the outpouring of support, advice, help and chicken!
We are private people, however we needed help; & thanks again for all of it.
Joey is still in Wayne county, with many working to get him out.
Some have claimed there has to be more to the story; here are the results of my investigation

Friday evening Joey and Amanda entertained friends in their home
Kori, long time friend of Amanda’s brings a guest, Andrea.
Joey and Amanda meet Andrea for the first time.
Andrea leaves the home
Andrea meets her boyfriend Michael as he has arrived via Uber
Andrea and Michael conspire to rob the house she just left
Michael tries to kick in the door & rob the place
Michael is confronted by the homeowner, who is armed
Michael uses his illegall firearm and shoots 8 times into the house
The homeowner returns fire and is wounded
Michael flees the scene
Joey calls 911.
Joey and Michael have never met.

Joey is arrested
We all know the rest;
Joey and Michael are charged as codefendant’s, making it appear they committed a crime together
Joey is charged with 5 felonies, 150,000 cash bond which means 15,000 cash plus collateral eaqul to 150,000
Michael is out on 500 bond, charged only with illegall carry.
Joey was denied medical care by the Westland PD
Joey was denied everything by Westland ,PD including his lawyer
The Westland PD ignored a Writ by a sitting Circuit court judge to release Joey.

Please keep up the nosie until we get him out
Then we will address the bogus charges


Nelson’s attorney, Cliff Woodards, made this comment on a facebook thread:

I suppose now I can add my two cents to this story as well. When I went to see Joseph at 10:30 am Saturday morning, the officer on duty didn’t bother to look up at me when I arrived. I waited until he finished a computer entry at which time I presented my bar card and identification and asked to see my client.

The officer handed me a half sheet of paper printed with a synopsis of the Michigan Supreme Court’s opinion in People v Tanner (2014). In that case the court ruled the police are not obligated to allow an attorney to visit a detainee unless the individual has requested to speak to a lawyer.

I have never had a jurisdiction deny me the privilege to speak to my client until this past Saturday.

Furthermore, the officer wouldn’t even tell me what they were holding Joseph for. I’ve never had a jurisdiction treat me in this manner either. He snarkily told me that if I gave him my card and if he asked for a lawyer, he would give the card to him.

Knowing that they were already afraid to let Joseph see counsel, I didn’t have any confidence that he would pass the card to my client. Thus I told him before leaving “Never mind. I don’t believe you’d give it to him anyway.”

I called Joseph’s parents and told them what had just occurred. They were understandably outraged. They then authorized me to obtain a writ of habeas corpus. I contacted a judge who signed the writ. I went back to the Westland police station and met Joseph’s parents.

Upon my arrival, Mr. Nelson told me that he overheard the officers talking with each other about the “black attorney that came to see Joseph who was in here acting all ghetto.”

I walked up to the counter and presented the writ to the very same desk officer. Eventually, a sergeant came out to the lobby and asked for my identification. I gave him my passport card. He looked at it and said “What is this?” I told him “It’s a passport card.” He replied, “You don’t have a driver’s license? Most people have a driver’s license.” I responded “Sergeant, that’s FEDERAL identification. What if I were a blind attorney who didn’t drive?” He begrudgingly took it and said “I guess I’ll run it through the computer.”

WHY he needed to run my name through the computer I’ll never know.

Soon thereafter, another officer came out and told me that my writ was suspect. He had looked up the judge’s name and found that the judge had the same business address as mine. I told him that six years ago, before the judge was elected, we shared office space. I showed him the online bar journal record for the judge which has the current court address for the judge. He said “Yeah, I know she’s a judge and that’s where she’s assigned, but you all had the same address…”

I asked him of what exactly was he accusing me. He told me that the writ didn’t have a court seal, it didn’t have a case number. I told him, how could it have 1) a court seal when writs are usually signed out of court and off-hours and 2) my client had not yet been charged so there couldn’t be a case number.

He just looked at me and walked away.

Eventually, he returned and told me that 1) he thought I was “playing games” and 2) he wasn’t going to honor the writ unless the judge came to court in person.

I eventually left knowing he was in direct violation of MCL 600.4331, which states “If the person upon whom the writ of habeas corpus was duly served refuses or neglects to obey the writ without sufficient excuse, the court or judge before whom the writ was to be answered, upon due proof of the service thereof, shall direct the arrest of such person.”

White family hires black lawyer. Black lawyer contacts black judge. But this is Westland. Maybe that’s why it took them 51 years to finally get around to electing its first black city council person.

Trust me. This isn’t the end. It’s only the beginning.


Yes, you read that correctly. The Wayne County jail guards are refusing to follow a judge’s orders and are denying Joseph Nelson his right to an attorney.

The Westland police apparently issued the following press release:

Westland MI – (January 10, 2018) Subject arrested on multiple assault charges after shooting a firearm at a man.
​On January 5th at approximately 11 p.m. the Westland Police Department was dispatched to an address on the 1700 block of Ackley Street on a report of a shooting that had occurred.

​Upon arrival officers investigated the crime scene, interviewed multiple subjects including eye witnesses, and collected physical evidence from the scene. The investigation revealed that there had been an altercation stemming from a mutual female acquaintance inside the home, which led to the shooting.

As a result of this investigation multiple suspects were arrested including 24 year old Kori Willhite, (female), of Garden City, 28 year old Michael Nelson of Westland, and 39 year old Michael Wilson of Detroit. Another female was also arrested but has since posted bond and has not yet been arraigned. Her identification and charges cannot be released at this time.

​Willhite was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of disguising her identification to a police officer and possession of improper prescription drugs. She was arraigned in the 18th District Court before the Honorable Judge Cicirelli and assigned a bond of $50,000 10%. She is scheduled to appear back at the 18th District Court for a pretrial on January 16th, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

​The Westland Police Department submitted a warrant to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for the charges against Wilson. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office found sufficient evidence to approve a felony warrant on Wilson for one charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Wilson was arraigned in the 18th District Court on January 8th, 2018 in front of the Honorable Judge Cicirelli. Judge Cicirelli assigned Wilson a bond of $5,000 10%. He is scheduled to appear back at the 18th District Court for a probable cause conference on January 18th, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

​The Westland Police Department submitted a warrant to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for the charges against Nelson. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office found sufficient evidence to approve a felony warrant on Nelson for charges of assault with intent to commit murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, (felonious assault), and felony firearm.

​Nelson was arraigned in the 18th District Court on January 8th, 2018 in front of the Honorable Judge Cicirelli. Judge Cicirelli assigned Nelson a bond $150,000 cash or surety. He is scheduled to appear back at the 18th District Court for a probable cause hearing on January 18th, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

​This is an open case, and further details cannot be released at this time.

Note that they can’t even get the names right, referring to Joseph Nelson as “Michael Nelson”. If they can’t even get the names of those involved correct, what else are they screwing up?

Michigan is a Stand Your Ground state, and their statute reads:

Act 309 of 2006780.972 Use of deadly force by individual not engaged in commission of crime; conditions.

Sec. 2.

(1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following applies:

(a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.

(b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.

(2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force other than deadly force may use force other than deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of that force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.

You can reach the Wayne County District Attorney Kym Worthy at (313) 224-5777.

You can reach Westland police chief Jeff Jedrusik at 734-722-9600.

The Westland office of the Wayne County Sheriff, Benny N. Napoleon, can be reached at (734) 721-2222

The Gateway Pundit will continue to follow this story and bring you more information as it arises.

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Whoa: DOJ Inspector General sends criminal referral for Andrew McCabe to U.S. Attorney




You know who you can thank for this? James Comey! He’s the one who initiated the IG investigation into leaks to the WSJ in October 2016 about the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation, or so he claimed to the Daily Beast. Which makes this tweet from January seem … awkward now:

Comey will be on Jake Tapper’s show for an interview within the hour. I wonder what the first question will be.

The Justice Department inspector general referred its finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators who were examining a media disclosure to the top federal prosecutor in D.C. to determine whether McCabe should be charged with a crime, according to people familiar with the matter…

Lying to federal investigators is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison, and some legal analysts speculated in the wake of the report that the inspector general seemed to be laying out a case for accusing McCabe of such conduct. The report alleged that one of McCabe’s lies “was done knowingly and intentionally” — which is a key aspect of the federal crime

Ironically, Comey — who appointed McCabe to his post as the No. 2 official in the FBI — stressed in his book released this week the importance of telling the truth to federal investigators and holding accountable those who do not.

“People must fear the consequences of lying in the justice system or the system can’t work,” wrote Comey in his new book, per WaPo, and how here we are. Will the next McCabe fundraising webathon be for bail money?

Comey reiterated yesterday on “The View” when asked about McCabe that lying to the feds isn’t okay. McCabe and his lawyer didn’t like that:

“In his comments this week about the McCabe matter, former FBI Director James Comey has relied on the accuracy and the soundness of the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) conclusions in their report on Mr. McCabe. In fact, the report fails to adequately address the evidence (including sworn testimony) and documents that prove that Mr. McCabe advised Director Comey repeatedly that he was working with the Wall Street Journal on the stories in question prior to publication. Neither Mr. Comey nor the OIG is infallible, and in this case neither of them has it right.”

The wrinkle here is that the IG’s recommendation is based partly on a test of credibility between McCabe and Comey himself. McCabe claims that when Comey asked him in October 2016 whether he had authorized any info on the Clinton Foundation probe to be released to the WSJ, McCabe told him yes, that he was working with the paper to correct inaccuracies in the story. Comey, however, told the IG that McCabe told him he didn’t know who’d been talking to the paper. Upon further investigation, the IG agreed with Comey. Which is to say, if this turns into a prosecution — and there’s no guarantee that it will — the star witness against Andrew McCabe might be … James Comey.

The statute here, by the way, is the same statute that Mike Flynn pleaded guilty to violating: 18 U.S.C. 1001, which makes it a crime to lie to federal officials. The U.S. Attorney will be under heavy political pressure to indict McCabe in order to show that the “no lying” rule applies to its own officers just as much as it does to Trump’s aides. Although I wonder if Trump might inadvertently let them off the hook by tweeting something celebratory about the McCabe referral, leaving the U.S. Attorney to argue that the president’s endless Twitter attacks on McCabe have made it impossible for him to get a fair trial. As such, he might not be charged or, if he’s amenable, he may be allowed to cop a plea with a wrist-slap penalty. If anything is capable of driving home the lesson to Trump that he shouldn’t be tweeting about pending legal matters, watching McCabe walk free because of his big mouth might be it.

Nah, who are we kidding. Nothing will drive that lesson home. Exit question: What if McCabe and Michael Cohen end up as cellmates in the federal pen? I smell sitcom.

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Trump: Feds will not pay for Jerry Brown’s National Guard ‘charade’




The war of words between President Trump and California Governor Jerry Brown over illegal immigration heated up again this morning. Just yesterday Gov. Brown suggested 400 National Guard troops would be headed for the border and that the federal government had agreed to pay for it. But this morning President Trump tweeted this:

This all started a couple weeks ago when President Trump announced that, since funding for his border wall was stalled, he was calling on states to send National Guard troops to the border. A week later, there was another surprise when Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he would be sending 400 National Guard troops to the border to fight smuggling and drug trafficking. However, Brown also drew a line at getting involved in preventing illegal immigration saying, “It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws.”

That made it a bit unclear what California’s troops were actually going to do. National Guard troops are not allowed to arrest people at the border. That’s the job of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. Troops from other states were using surveillance equipment and notifying the border patrol if they saw someone trying to cross the border. They were also given jobs doing paperwork and other support roles aimed at freeing up more border patrol officers. But earlier this week the Associated Press reported that California was rejecting most of the actual jobs the border patrol wanted the troops to do.

The state informed federal officials it will not allow its troops to fix and repair vehicles, operate remotely-controlled surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol, operate radios and provide “mission support,” which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payroll, according to officials with knowledge of the talks who spoke condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

The next day, California officials said they were not backing away from sending troops to the border even as a CBP Deputy Commissioner confirmed the core of the Associated Press report, i.e. Gov. Brown would not let his troops do a number of support jobs for the border patrol.

Wednesday, Gov. Brown released a statement saying 400 troops were headed to the border, “after securing the federal government’s commitment this week to fund the mission.” That certainly makes it sound as if some agreement has been reached. But if so, Trump’s tweet this morning appears to be rejecting that agreement. So far, there has not been a response from Gov. Brown clarifying whether or not his National Guard troops are still headed for the border.

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Ted Cruz in Time magazine: Three cheers for Donald Trump




Someone pointed out this morning that this tweet is still part of the presidential Twitter account two years later. Trump never deleted it, even after he and Cruz made nice.

That came up because Time magazine released its annual “100 Most Influential People” list today, consisting of 100 very short essays about famous people written by other famous people with whom they have some connection — professional, political, artistic, etc. The profile for the Parkland students, for instance, was written by Barack Obama, a salute from one gun-grabber to a group of others. You can imagine Time’s editors brainstorming over who to ask to write the essay honoring Trump and settling on … Ted Cruz. Former rival turned uneasy ally; conservative stalwart versus populist conqueror. It’s an interesting hook, but for one thing. The essays are supposed to be flattering to their subjects and for a hundred different reasons, some of them personal, Ted Cruz would naturally be disinclined to flatter Trump. Or so one might think.

But Time asked anyway. And to the world’s surprise, Cruz accepted:

President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America. The fact that his first year as Commander in Chief disoriented and distressed members of the media and political establishment is not a bug but a feature.

The same cultural safe spaces that blinkered coastal elites to candidate Trump’s popularity have rendered them blind to President Trump’s achievements on behalf of ordinary Americans. While pundits obsessed over tweets, he worked with Congress to cut taxes for struggling families. While wealthy celebrities announced that they would flee the country, he fought to bring back jobs and industries to our shores. While talking heads predicted Armageddon, President Trump’s strong stand against North Korea put Kim Jong Un back on his heels.

President Trump is doing what he was elected to do: disrupt the status quo. That scares the heck out of those who have controlled Washington for decades, but for millions of Americans, their confusion is great fun to watch.

It’s strange but Cruz-y that everything there is couched in terms of pwning the elites, up to and including Trump’s actual policy achievements. He could have written a straightforward appreciation for what Trump has accomplished so far but even the value of a peace deal with North Korea seems to lie in making blow-dried idiots on cable news look foolish. Very populist, baby. Very on-brand.

But no one believes Cruz was eager to write this piece. Trump isn’t a buddy or a conservative comrade-in-arms like Mike Lee, he’s the guy who beat Cruz two years ago and insulted his wife, smeared his father, and repeatedly called him a liar in doing so. For all of his heavy breathing about throwing flash-bang grenades into Washington, the only conclusion Cruz could reach on a national stage at the GOP convention in 2016 was that people should vote their consciences. And so the question must be asked: Why did Cruz accept Time’s invitation to write the Trump essay?

Every move he makes politically is carefully calculated but I don’t understand the calculation in this case. He’s up for reelection this fall, sure, but (a) no one thinks an essay in Time will matter in his Senate bid and (b) even if it did matter, Trump’s numbers in Texas are soft enough that praising him might not have the effect Cruz might anticipate on his own popularity. If he wrote it to pander to Trump fans, surely there are more obvious ways to do that than to pen an essay for Time’s not-very-populist readership. One 10-minute segment on “Hannity” backpatting POTUS would have earned more goodwill from Trumpers than this will. Even the usual theory for Republican pols cuddling up to Trump in media, that they’re performing for an “audience of one,” doesn’t make sense. Cruz isn’t on bad terms with Trump and doesn’t need his active support this fall. He could have passed on the essay and lost nothing from the White House.

So he gained little by writing it, and meanwhile he’s getting destroyed by critics for kissing the ass of a guy who belittled and humiliated him repeatedly two years ago. Mika Brzezinski’s reply is representative of the heat he’s taking:

She forgot the time that Trump’s fans at the National Enquirer ran a highly dubious (and highly ironic in hindsight) expose during the primaries essentially accusing Cruz of being a serial philanderer. Thanks to Karen McDougal and Dino Sajudin, the extent to which the Enquirer has quietly colluded with Trump and Michael Cohen to help POTUS politically has been a hot topic in the newspapers lately. People seem to have forgotten the “affair” hit piece on Cruz that the Enquirer ran two years ago, but I guarantee you that Cruz didn’t. Yet here he is in Time fawning over The Human Flash-Bang Grenade.

My best guess as to Cruz’s angle here is that the strategizing for 2024 has already begun. Someone’s going to inherit the Trump base. Cruz, who had spent two years maneuvering to be the great populist hope in 2016 before Trump dove into the race, thinks he can be the great populist hope again. Getting his name linked to Trump’s in a high-profile spread like Time’s “Most Influential” list is something he can point back to in a few years to show Trumpers that he “got” Trump’s appeal from the start. That would also explain why his essay strains so mightily to frame everything, including detente with North Korea, in terms of sticking it to the media, Hollywood, and other populist enemies.

And yet even that doesn’t entirely add up. Benjy Sarlin is undoubtedly right about this:

It’s all too easy to imagine Cruz doing the “conservatism lost its way” shtick after Trump and yet that would be hugely dangerous to his bid to earn the support of Trump’s base, who’ll have choices in the field (starting with Mike Pence) who’ll know better than to speak any ill of the great man. All I can figure is that Cruz thinks he can pull off some sort of synthesis of Trumpism and conservatism, being careful to praise Trump personally — that’s the point of today’s essay — while gently calling for a turn towards more conservative policies circa 2024. Unless Cruz is planning to jettison conservatism entirely and embrace populism full-fold in the interest of winning the next open nomination, and I wouldn’t rule that out, it’s not too early to start laying the groundwork for a synthesis now. That begins with banking brownie points with Trump voters whenever an easy opportunity presents itself, no matter how humiliating.

Exit question: What does Cruz mean when he writes that Trump “fought to bring back jobs and industries to our shores”? Is a little protectionism creeping into the Cruz worldview?

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