Leonard Fristoe was accused of killing two sheriff’s deputies in 1920, and was sentenced to life in prison shortly thereafter. He escaped from the Nevada State Prison in Carson City on December 15, 1923, and was turned in by his son on November 15, 1969, which amounted to 45 years and 11 months worth of freedom.
After his escape, Fristoe assumed the name of Claude R. Willis, and went on to live a very productive life. He was a successful businessman who even operated a bus company in Wyoming at one point. He was living in Compton, California in 1969, when he was apparently turned in after a family feud. Since Nevada has no statute of limitations on escape, he was then returned to police custody.
At the time he was apprehended, Fristoe was 77 years old, and had not been in any other trouble with the law. His capture was widely publicized due to the length of his escape. Photos of his return to prison show the elderly Fristoe walking on a cane and being held onto by a prison guard. He spent a couple more years behind bars before being pardoned, and was able to die a free man.
The biggest reason for attorneys hiring their own lawyers is because of the emotional distress involved in a personal case. Being accused of a crime can be stressful, and lawyers may have difficulty preparing their own defense as a result. Their emotions could also cause them to make decisions reactively rather than thinking things through.
An individual may not be able to bond out of jail while awaiting trial, depending on the offense. In this instance, it could be very difficult for someone who is behind bars to prepare his or her own legal defense due to a lack of resources. As such, it is usually better to let someone with access to witnesses and other evidence handle a criminal matter. Not only that, but it ensures that deadlines for filing motions can be met, which may not be possible without access to the courthouse.
Lawyers who have practiced for some time also tend to know who the best criminal defense attorneys are. As a result, they are in a much better position to hire the very best counsel than members of the general public are. Many times, attorneys choose to hire another lawyer to represent them simply because they know there are others out there that are more capable than they are.
What was obtained by EPIC was material that is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Analyst Desktop Binder. This publication serves as a reference manual of sorts for DHS agents, and lists certain search terms that are used when monitoring social media sites to “provide situational awareness and establish a common operating picture.”
A number of government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, United States Coast Guard and the CIA are among the search terms. There are also other categories related to domestic security, hazmat and nuclear, health concerns, infrastructure security, southwest border violence, terrorism, and weather/disaster/emergency. These categories sound good, until you learn some of the terms that are listed under each one of them.
Some of the common terms included on the list include cops, law enforcement, deaths, first responder, violence, bacteria, airport and flu. Even weather-related terms such as hurricane, earthquake and tsunami are included.
EPIC has apparently written a letter to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence, claiming that these search terms are far too broad and ambiguous. The Department of Homeland Security states in its official publication that it could possibly add even more search terms to these in the future.
The way the scam works is that a perpetrator will call a business owner and claim to be an official EBT vendor. That person will then insist that a functions check needs to be performed on a store’s EBT machine in order to ensure it works properly. The caller then instructs a store clerk to enter a series of numbers into the machine followed by a specific dollar amount that varies from call to call. What is really happening is that valid food stamp refunds are actually being issued to various cardholder accounts.
By the time a store owner realizes what has happened, the money in question has already been spent or moved to another account altogether. The accounts being used to perpetrate this fraud may actually be stolen ones, which is why investigators have not yet been able to locate those who are responsible for these acts.
In order to prevent being a victim, store owners should instruct workers not to enter information if prompted to do so by telephone. Those who feel they may have already been a victim of this scam can report relevant information to the Nevada Attorney General or the Nevada Division of Welfare & Supportive Services.
Black and white jumpsuits date to the early 1800s, when they were given to inmates as a “badge of shame.” The black and white stripes were said to represent cell bars, and served to identify those who were serving time in custody. Not only that, but it made inmates easily identifiable in the event they were to escape.
Nearly a century later, people began to rethink the idea of shaming prisoners by making them wear the black and white striped jumpsuits. As a result, many penal institutions began phasing them out because they felt it was unfair to shame offenders regardless of the crime they had committed.
Rather than black and white, many institutions turned to solid orange jumpsuits instead. These outfits were not intended to shame prisoners, but instead make them easy to locate inside a facility. Orange jumpsuits served another purpose in that the public would be able to spot an escaped offender right away, which would hopefully mean that person would be returned to custody much sooner.
Today, a handful of facilities continue to use black and white uniforms more out of tradition than to shame offenders. The fact that they fit men and women of all sizes is another major factor in choosing them as well.