Lorain Cop gets 3 years of 3 AA meetings a week instead of Jail time!

Maybe not a good idea. Why not send him to jail and give him anger management classes. What if this officer doesnt  like AA and he just used this as an excuse. What if AA makes him crazier – because we know that no cop out there is POWERLESS> Geez – I wish I could talk to him, his wife, his lawyer and the judge.

He was already sent to AA and 12 step REHAB – it says in 2014 – I guess AA Failed him. So try something else. How are we going to stop this ? http://www.chroniclet.com/Local-News/2017/04/18/Lorain-officer-has-a-number-of-previous-alcohol-related-incidents-on-file.html

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Lorain officer sentenced, keeps job…http://www.chroniclet.com/Local-News/2017/07/22/Lorain-officer-sentenced-keeps-job.html

LORAIN — A Lorain police officer will spend five days in jail after pleading no contest Friday to a charge of disorderly conduct persisting. He will be allowed to remain on the police force.

Officer James O. Connell appeared before Lorain Municipal Court Judge Mark Mihok for the hearing, during which his original charge of domestic violence was amended to disorderly conduct persisting. He will report to jail Sunday.

Connell was sentenced to three years’ probation and will have to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous twice a week for those three years, periodically meet with Mihok and undergo random drug and alcohol testing. He also signed a last-chance agreement with Lorain police that stipulates he will immediately be terminated from his job if he violates probation in the next three years.

James Connell’s attorney, J. Anthony Rich, told Mihok his client is a good officer who has a drinking problem. Rich said Connell chose not to go to trial to spare his wife and fellow officers the grief of having to testify against “one of their own.”

“He’s able to salvage his career and keep his career moving forward at this point,” Rich said. “He’s a proud officer, he’s a good officer, and I think this was an unfortunate event we have to take responsibility for, which he has.”

Connell told Mihok he intends to stay sober and continue attending Alcoholics Anonymous and counseling. He also said he has apologized to his wife and family, and he apologized to the court and the police department.

“I want to apologize for the embarrassment I have caused,” he said.

Nicole Connell told Mihok that since her husband got sober four months ago, he has become a better father and more involved in family life. She said she doesn’t want her husband to do any jail time but she understands the decision.

Nicole Connell said James Connell formerly had a beer fridge in his garage “man cave” that was full of beer. Today she said it is full of bottled water and he places his monthly sobriety tokens on it.

“Every time he goes to see (the refrigerator), he recognizes ‘I’m not going toward alcohol anymore; I’m going toward sobriety,’” she said.

Police have said an intoxicated James Connell attacked his wife in March in their home, where he tackled, punched and placed her in a chokehold after a birthday party for their 2-year-old son. The two got into an argument when Nicole Connell took James Connell’s phone because he was texting another woman.

Police reported that Nicole Connell hit her husband and at one point pushed him off of her, but he grabbed her again and put her in a chokehold. She said she felt herself start to lose consciousness, but James Connell released her before she passed out.

She told police she then ran toward the living room, but James Connell tackled her again and held her wrists while sitting on top of her. She said she continued to fight until James Connell let her up, and then called her father.

James Connell told police that he was “defending himself” and received scratches on his face and left hand during the encounter and asked his fellow officers to take photos of those injuries. The police report said Nicole Connell had swelling and bruising on her left arm, a raised red mark on her neck and a split lip with dried blood.

James Connell has since been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings regularly as well as meeting with a substance-abuse counselor and attending marriage counseling.

This wasn’t James Connell’s first alcohol-related incident. His personnel file shows he has had run-ins with fellow police officers in 2014 for walking around Lorain at night while intoxicated, riding an all-terrain vehicle in Lorain while intoxicated and driving in Garrettsville while intoxicated. In Garrettsville he was pulled over, but police took him and a friend to jail, allowed him to sober up and drive home later.

James Connell was never charged for any of those incidents, but he was ordered to undergo alcohol-addiction treatment after the last incident and received a three-day suspension from work that was held in abeyance on the condition of one year of good behavior.

James Connell also was required to report any contact with law enforcement within one hour of it happening and submit to random alcohol testing.

The personnel file also shows that Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera wrote it was clear to James Connell’s supervisors that he had a drinking problem. An earlier report in James Connell’s file noted he told the police department’s employee review board that it was the last incident in 2014 that convinced him to seek treatment and begin attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Lorain police Capt. Roger Watkins told Mihok that James Connell is a good police officer, and alcohol-related incidents in his personal life have not affected his job performance.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.

 

 

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This ‘True Blood’ Actor’s Death Reveals a Hidden Danger of Addiction We Don’t Talk About

Actor Nelsan Ellis, who portrayed Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood,” died from heart complications on Saturday, and now his family wants everyone to know why.

Ellis’ manager Emily Gerson Saines shared with The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that his death came as a result of his attempt to quit alcohol.

 

 

https://www.attn.com/stories/18217/true-blood-actors-death-reveals-hidden-danger-addiction-we-dont-talk-about?li_source=base&li_medium=resourcelist-story-page

I am so sorry to hear this news. They are saying he went to rehab many times and it failed him. Of course it did. True Blood has a stepper as one of its stars, a writer and I beleive one of the creators is a stepper. So can you imagine how they must have circled him and pushed him to their Failing rehabs like Betty Ford or Hazelton or where Mad Mens Star went.

My condolences to the family . SAD — so sad – must stop AA in Hollywood pushing AA horshit from 1935 .

Federal agents search Sovereign Health rehab in San Clemente, elsewhere

Federal agents search Sovereign Health rehab in San Clemente, elsewhere

IF you or someone you love have been harmed in any way by a Rehab or Sober Living- we are listening. We are looking for people to speak out and tell this story to us and be recorded/Filmed.

Including will be any Pilot, Nurse or Doctor who was forced to join and go to AA meetings.

This madness must stop. Already the FBI has shut down 3 big rings in Californian, Florida and New Jersey. The Department of Justice have their eyes on these places now. Better now we all speak up.

So much for taking a break. Well- it starts on Tuesday – that  i mean , my break.  🙂

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE- CHRIS BATHUM Arrested on DRUG CHARGES-TONIGHT on -ABC News 20/20 Exposes LA ‘Rehab Mogul’ Christopher Bathum – Los Angeles, CA

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20/20 did a great job exposing Chris Bathum.  Interesting what will happen next.

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Outrage over Stanford Rape Case- 6 months in Jail- Brock Turner- Judge Aaron Persky, Palo Alto AA Meetings

There has been alot of coverage of this convicted rapist, Brock Turner. I was very sorry to hear the Judge only gave him 6 months. As we have heard many times, young black men have been sentenced to 10 years and have served that time for possession of a small amount of drugs. SO how does this happen? What kind of world are we living in?

I am so sorry for this young victim. She had alot of courage. I think that AA and its ideology have played a part in this. DID he use the I’m have a drinking card as part of his testimony or excuse. EVEN if he didn’t, AA has gotten into TV, FILM our Courts for the past 40 years in such a way that people think that just by standing up and confessing their sins they are forgiven. Many are using Drug court and ” oh I am an alcoholic” to get out of jail and go to rehab or AA meetings. 40 years ago this would not happen.

There was an episode on THE NICK ( takes place 1903 in the KNICKERBOCKER HOSPITAL in NYC) Where one of the characters DAD was an evangelical minister. They did that back them. Get up and confessed. The Oxford groups did this. AA was stolen from this cult and Bill got sober through those groups. I will do some digging to see what was said and if they are using the “drug Court Card to get him off. ”

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(CNN)Widespread outrage has erupted over a California judge’s decision to give a former Stanford University swimmer a six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Critics are blasting the decision as far too lenient.

Prosecutors had asked that Brock Turner be sentenced to six years in prison for the January 2015 assault.
The controversial sentence was followed by the release of two dueling letters to the judge about the case that have been widely shared and sparked further outcry: one from the victim, who described her ordeal in 12 searing pages; and another from Turner’s father, who dismissed his son’s crime as “20 minutes of action.”
Turner, 20, was convicted in March of the intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky said on Thursday that Turner’s age and lack of criminal history made him feel that imposing a six-month jail sentence with probation was appropriate. Turner also has to register as a sex offender.
“A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him,” Persky said. “I think he will not be a danger to others.”

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/06/us/sexual-assault-brock-turner-stanford/

CNN/CIR rehab fraud investigation spurs lawmakers into action

 

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A yearlong investigation by CIR and CNN found widespread fraud and poor oversight in the state’s alcohol and drug counseling program for the poor, called Drug Medi-Cal. It is part of the nation’s largest Medicaid program.
In the wake of that investigation, another California lawmaker has called for an independent audit into the troubled program. Los Angeles County officials also are proposing reforms aimed at tightening clinic oversight.
Report: Fraud in taxpayer funded programs

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Bethlehem Police Officer Sues over being forced to join Alcoholics Anonymous. I Love this GUY!

A Bethlehem police officer who was dismissed following a DUI charge, then ordered to be reinstated, is now suing the city after its expert ruled he is an alcoholic and is unfit to return to the police department.

Richard Hoffman is neither an alcoholic, nor a recovering alcoholic, and has never received a medical diagnosis as such, according to his lawsuit filed in Northampton County Court last month.

Bethlehem, however, is using a forensic psychologist’s opinion to brand him as an alcoholic who cannot perform his duties as a police officer, the suit says.

Hoffman “was, in essence, terminated twice without just cause,” according to the lawsuit.

Since the city regards Hoffman as a recovering alcoholic, which he denies, the city should consider him as a person with a disability covered under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, the suit says.

Under the statute, Hoffman should have been allowed to complete the recommended treatment before being determined unfit to return to the police department, the lawsuit says.

Hoffman’s attorney, Donald Russo, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday afternoon.

Attorney Susan McDonough is representing Bethlehem in the matter, and filed a notice Wednesday to have the suit moved to federal court. McDonough declined to comment about the suit.

Hoffman was charged with drunken driving after crashing into a parked vehicle and damaging two others in August 2013 in the city. His blood-alcohol content was 0.16, according to authorities.

Hoffman was accepted into a first-time offender’s program and the DUI was erased from his criminal record.

Bethlehem City Council voted unanimously in March 2014 to fire Hoffman, but an arbitrator ruled last year that the city only had cause to discipline him, not fire him.

According to Hoffman’s suit, the arbitrator ruled the city could only discipline him with a 25-day suspension. Hoffman was to be reinstated, but the city had the right to require Hoffman to submit, and successfully complete, a fitness-for-duty evaluation.

Hoffman claims the city never required other officers with DUI charges, who were also suspended 25 days, to receive the same evaluation.

The arbitrators ruling “reflected unlawful bias in the form of an utterly unsubstantiated belief that (Hoffman) was suffering from alcoholism,” the suit says.

As part of Hoffman’s evaluation, Dr. Frank Dattilio submitted a report last May that found Hoffman is an alcoholic who could possibly relapse, and is unfit to return to as a patrolman, according to court papers.

Dattilio made recommendations for Hoffman before he be allowed to return as a full-time police officer:

  • Six months sobriety before being allowed to return to light duty.
  • An additional six months of sobriety before being allowed to return to his patrol unit, with the recommendation of random urine tests.
  • Joining an on-going recovery program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Dattilio’s continued evaluation of Hoffman’s complying with the recommendations.

http://www.dailynewsx.com/news/bethlehem-police-officer-fired-following-dui-sues-city-82645.html