#Miscarriage of Justice
  • Petitioned Los Angeles City Attoeny Carmen Trutanich

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Los Angeles City Attoeny Carmen Trutanich
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Diana Teran
County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review
Walter Katz
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Robert Miller
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Cynthia Hernandez
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Angelica Arias
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Julie Ruhlin
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Michael J. Gennaco

#Miscarriage of Justice

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There is good reason to believe that Melissa Balin's Contempt of Court charges were falsified by LA City Attorney, Carmen Trutanich's Office, to cover the use of excessive force and inflicting of cruel and unusual punishment by the LA County Sheriff's Department.

Melissa Balin is a filmmaker and activism media producer. Former producer for Police Officer of the Year Award Show for Court TV, and board member of the Angela Shelton Foundation to empower the survivors of sexual abuse, as well as the Foundation for Orphaned, Abandoned, Disabled, African Children; Balin had never been arrested prior to her known association with the Occupy LA movement and has since been unconstitutionally arrested three times over a thirty day period during the 2011 holiday season. Balin was taken into the emergency room for treatment of the use of force by sheriffs and/or police while in custody for two of the three arrests, resulting in a miscarriage. While the City closed an investigation before it even began, into the allegations of police misconduct being the cause of death to the unborn fetus; the City Attorney's office zealously prosecuted Balin for Misdemeanor charges of Contempt of Court during her first arrest on November 14, 2011, where she was unconstitutionally held in LA County Jail without cause and without even a phone call to notify family or legal counsel for more than 53 hours.

According to Masinter 355 So.2d 1288, the power to jail for contempt is given "on the assumption that it will be judiciously and sparingly employed".  Trial court Judge Rene Korn told State Bar-Paneled attorney, Johnny Lai, on December 8, 2011, that she didn't know why there was a case filed, when she "never found the female in contempt only the male John Doe"... Over the next FIFTEEN MONTHS, Balin was the victim of malicious prosecution and collusion by outrageous governmental conduct in violation of her constitutional rights, including but not limited to Stalinistic playbook moves such as CHALLENGING BALIN'S MENTAL COMPETENCY TO STAND TRIAL AND ATTEMPTING TO ORDER INVOLUNTARY MEDICATION AS DEEMED UNCONSTITUTIONAL FOR NON-VIOLENT MISDEMEANOR DEFENDANTS?! when she refused to take a plea bargain for a falsified crime that she did not commit.

Professionals in the mental health field believe that Balin's healing from the trauma of her miscarriage was greatly inhibited by the stress and emotional duress of the trial and caused Balin worsened Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other long-term debilitating mental illness. August 2012 marked NINE months where the prosecution refused to bring in the video evidence held by the LA Sheriff’s Department and subpoenaed by the defense in discovery.

Whether it is your taxpayer dollars being wasted or not, if you are a voting constituent, or prefered to remain Anonymous; over 500 of you from around the world, signed this online petition to #ExonerateMelissaBalin; and called, faxed, tweeted, and/or wrote, to elected City Attorney, Carmen Trutanich's office to #ExonerateMelissaBalin, and asked him not to pursue this "Miscarriage of Justice" any further. While Balin's conduct in the courtroom as an identified member of the media, declaring the Judge, "Out of Order", may have been improper or unwise, it was not contemptuous or criminal, and the record did not support a finding that she intended to obstruct the proceedings. In an obstruction of Justice, and an attempt to withhold transcripts and exculpatory video evidence, and under the pretense of "the interest of Justice" (P.C. 1385), LA Superior Court Judge Henry Barela dropped all charges against filmmaker Melissa Balin in Case #1CA16847-02, OVER AND AGAINST THE OBJECTION OF THE PEOPLE.

To this date, NONE of the deputies and officers involved in Melissa Balin's three false arrests from November 14, 2011 until December 15, 2011, have seen any disciplinary actions whatsoever, and any and all alleged "investigations" into their conduct has been "closed".

We Thank You for your time and attention to this matter of great importance to Justice For All.

ANONYMOUS In Solidarity.

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    1. Miscarriage of Justice Foetry Book dedicated to YOU

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      After seven months of trying to get a complete set of transcripts from The Kangaroo Hearings of Melissa Balin, and a recent dismissal of Balin's appeal to the Appellate Division to review the Court's unbecoming conduct- Balin turns to the Court of Public Opinion and a Jury of her True Peers for the sense of closure she can't expect to receive from the Courts, by Transforming Pain Into aRT- with a book of Fotos & Poetry inspired by her challenging ordeal, called Miscarriage of Justice.
      http://youtu.be/F_Pz5FE_sns

      Miscarriage of Justice Foetry Book

      Filmmaker Melissa Balin is dedicating her first Foetry Book to YOU! Miscarriage Of Justice is a book of photos and poetry inspired by Occupy LA and Balin's three unconstitutional arrests over a thirty day period in 2011, resulting in the miscarriage of her first pregnancy.

    2. Court Support Really Works!

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      Thanks Everyone! Court Support really works! Fifteen months later Melissa Balin's #N14 unconstitutional arrest for "Contempt of Court" charges while media observer at a Sovereign Trial... has been DISMISSED?!?!?!
      http://youtu.be/a29YpY7bBBM
      #GiveThanks from Team #ExonerateMelissaBalin- The Only Plea You Should Take Is To Stay Occupied By Any Creative Non-Violent Means Necessary.
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      #ExonerateMelissaBalin

      Recorded on my Android phone. - Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hempcansavetheplanet with the Ustream Mobile App

    3. Melissa Balin arrests Judge Henry Barela & 2 City Attorneys #J31

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      On January 31, Melissa Balin, on behalf of the Good People of California, placed Judge Barela & 2 City Attorneys, Anthony W. Tahan and Brad Rothenberg, under citizens' arrest to be released under their own recognizance until the U.S. Marshalls can get a Federal Judge to issue a formal warrant for their arrest for felony violations including but not limited to: perjury under oath, excessive force under color of law, cruel & unusual punishment, flagrant violations of the State Bar Professional Rules of Conduct, U.S.C. Title 18, U.S.C. Title 42, the Constitution for the United States of America, specifically the Sixth, Fourteenth, Tenth, and Fourth Amendments, and the California State Constitution of 1849.

      Anthony Tahan literally bodychecked Ms. Balin in full public view in a bizarre and unseemly attempt to physically dissuade her testimony.
      http://youtu.be/JYDyTjP2VJ8

      Prosecutorial Misconduct is a Crime. #RIP #AaronSwartz.

      Melissa Balin arrests Judge Barela & 2 City Attorneys In #OpenCourt

      Former member of 1984 International Olympics Media Committee, Richard Balin, records the International Human Rights Violations of his investigative journalist daughter, Melissa Balin, under the Color of Law on January 31, 2013 in full public view. In response, Melissa Balin, on behalf of the Good People of California, placed Judge Barela & 2 City Attorneys, Anthony W.

    4. #J24 #ExpectUs 2 #ExpressUs 4 #JUSTICE #ButNotForJustUs!

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      Share the FB event page & participate in a #SpeakOut #TweetUp 2 #ExonerateMelissaBalin from wherever you are on January 24, 2013! http://www.facebook.com/events/471597702896557/

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    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Well, it all started when Melissa went to film Occupy...

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      <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Cover of LA Times November 30, 2011 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/120495863/Cover-of-LA-Times-November-30-2011" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Cover of LA Times November 30, 2011</a> by <a title="View StayOccupied's profile on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/StayOccupied" style="text-decoration: underline;" >StayOccupied</a> </p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/120495863/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-1dyuihh6aj36aluwb9rl" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="1.24897959183673" scrolling="no" id="doc_25788" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe>

      Cover of LA Times November 30, 2011

      Melissa Balin makes the top-of-fold cover of LA Times on November 30, 2011. The mis-captioning of the photo places her life at risk with thousands of law enforcement officers with a propensity to handcuff first and ask questions later. #pdftribute In Memory of Aaron Swartz. Prosecutorial misconduct is a crime.

    7. Anthony Tahan threatens client liberty

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      postmarked 1.11.2013 What's In the Box??? <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Anthony Tahan threatens client liberty on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/120496927/Anthony-Tahan-threatens-client-liberty" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Anthony Tahan threatens client liberty</a> by <a title="View StayOccupied's profile on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/StayOccupied" style="text-decoration: underline;" >StayOccupied</a> </p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/120496927/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-2hpa14dc1bg5ias1562c" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="0.774683544303797" scrolling="no" id="doc_15003" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe>

      Anthony Tahan threatens client liberty

      Attorney Anthony Tahan threatens his client's liberty with knowingly conspiring a false commitment order in a retaliatory response to being accused of ineffective counsel. The letter is postmarked January 11, 2013 and backdated January 2, 2013. What's In the BOX??? And since when does a lawyer get discovery from the defendant???

    8. Prosecutorial Misconduct is the Real Crime

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      In Memory of Aaron Swartz, Balin shares her evidence of misconduct with the public under #pdftribute
      <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Discovery Evidence on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/120339437/Discovery-Evidence" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Discovery Evidence</a> by <a title="View StayOccupied's profile on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/StayOccupied" style="text-decoration: underline;" >StayOccupied</a> </p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/120339437/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-170ge567xjcgc60nmp3t" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="0.764044943820225" scrolling="no" id="doc_86465" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe>

      Discovery Evidence

      Discovery Evidence - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read online for free.

    9. Melissa Balin committed - but not in a good way?!

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      On January 9, 2013 in a Kangaroo "ZooReview", the egregiously incompetent and recently re-elected without challenge, Judge Henry Barela, refused to review the case record, collateral data OR the Balin Family sworn Affidavits... instead looking only at the uncorrected minute order from December 20, 2012 in Division 95.
      <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Div 95 Minute Order on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/120323375/Div-95-Minute-Order" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Div 95 Minute Order</a> by <a title="View StayOccupied's profile on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/StayOccupied" style="text-decoration: underline;" >StayOccupied</a> </p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/120323375/c

      Div 95 Minute Order

      Falsified minute order from Division 95 Mental Health Court in LA County. Does not reflect the oral testimony of Melissa Balin&#39;s parents there to speak on behalf of her competency. Why is the incorrect case # scrawled at the top and who redacted the report?

    10. Balin Family Sworn Affidavits NOT reviewed by court?!

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      Why wasn't the Balin Family testimony reviewed by the courts? Why wasn't it even mentioned that they were present in Court on December 20th to contest the "not-so-sua-sponte" competency hearing? Why didn't either Sabrina DiBiagio NOR Dr. Kristen Ochoa mention in their reports that Melissa was still grieving from her miscarriage incurred while in custody, a factor that should have been included prior to their unsubstantiated diagnosis?
      <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Balin Family Affidavits on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/120327009/Balin-Family-Affidavits" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Balin Family Affidavits</a> by <a title="View StayOccupied's profile on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/StayOccupied"

      Balin Family Affidavits

      Balin Family Affidavits - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read online for free. The Balin Family submits sworn affidavits attesting to Melissa Balin&#39;s competency to stand trial, since their verbal testimony of December 20, 2012 was neither acknowledged on the record, nor was their presence even acknowledged in the written reports of Dr. Kristen Ochoa or Sandra DiBiagio.

    11. Forensic Evidence on par with Primal Fear?!

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      Unlike in "Primal Fear", there are actually fancy forensic tests to legally determine a defendant's competency to stand trial- Why weren't ANY of them used prior to psychologist Sabrina DiBiagio and Dr. Kristen Ochoa filing these falsified reports with the court?
      <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Falsified Commitment Reports on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/120333383/Falsified-Commitment-Reports" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Falsified Commitment Reports</a> by <a title="View StayOccupied's profile on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/StayOccupied" style="text-decoration: underline;" >StayOccupied</a> </p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/120333383/content?start_page=1&view_mode=sc

      Falsified Commitment Reports

      Falsified Commitment Reports - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read online for free.

    12. #TooCompetent To Stand Trial in Kangaroo Court?

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      On December 20, 2012, Judge Samantha Jessner in Department 95 found Melissa Balin NOT Competent to Stand Trial in Case #1CA16847-02 WITHOUT substantiated evidence OR any review of collateral data by the court-appointed psychiatrist OR psychologist. Balin and her parents' requests to see the doctors' written reports, were refused by the court AND court-appointed defense counsel. Without a proper Axis I diagnosis, or ANY diagnosis for that matter, other than, "she thinks she is smarter than everyone", Balin has been remanded by the courts, under duress, to weekly "competency training" sessions with Sabrina DiBiagio, Psy.D., for the maximum sentencing of 6 MONTHS; resulting in a far greater curtailment of Melissa Balin’s liberty than if she had remained in the criminal justice system. ALL Criminal proceedings regarding Case #1CA16847-02 are now on hold and OFF CALENDAR due to these falsified IST allegations, in flagrant violation of Balin's rights to Due Process and a speedy trial.

    13. Balin petitions Supreme Court for Immediate Relief!

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      November 26, 2012, after two weeks without the court appointing new counsel after removing Balin's private bar-paneled attorney, also appointed by the court due to court declared conflicts; and courtesy of the BudaLaw WritFactory FreeWorkshop sponsored by Women Seeking Justice, Melissa Balin went to San Francisco and filed her own petition for a Writ of Prohibition against all lower courts, with the Supreme Court of California.
      You can read the petition here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/115819238/Melissa-Balin-petitions-Supreme-Court-of-California-for-Immediate-Relief
      We wish we could finally report an end to this continued waste of limited state taxpayer resources, but in a retaliatory move, "coincidentally" less than two weeks after filing but ONE YEAR into pre-trial, the lower courts have now halted all proceedings in order to determine Balin's competency to stand trial. Sign and share this Change.Org petition to show our #Solidarity to the Supreme Court to #ExonerateMelissaBalin

      Melissa Balin petitions Supreme Court of California for Immediate Relief

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    14. Bonnie King writes article on Balin's case for Salem News

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      Please share this moving article by Bonnie King- Warning this story does NOT have a happy ending YET:
      http://www.salem-news.com/articles/october102012/melissa-balinbk.php

      Media Producer Sues LA Police for Abuse Causing Miscarriage - Salem-News.Com

      Melissa Balin lost her baby. She suffered a miscarriage after being admitted to the LA County Hospital last winter. She had been taken to the emergency room for treatment after the use of force by sheriffs. She was arrested and assaulted simply .....

    15. ACLU reports that Sheriffs in LA County Jail system are savage gangs:

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      http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/report-cruel-and-usual-punishment-how-savage-gang-deputies-controls-la-county-jails
      Most recent report released by ACLU is the first to contain witness accounts from civilians and chamberlains. It's starting to look like hundreds of witnesses are not lying... but the Sheriffs might be...
      Call City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and ask that in light of recent findings and the video evidence destroyed by the LA County Sheriffs' office, that is material to the defense, that his office please stop wasting taxpayer funds for this "trial by ordeal", a form of justice deemed to be cruel and unusual punishment back in medieval times, and dismiss all charges against identified member of the media, Melissa Balin.

    16. LA Weekly Blog indicates Trutanich charges may be prejudicially motivated

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      In this LA Weekly Blog dated October 18, 2011, almost a month before Balin's first of three unconstitutional arrests, they discuss Balin's appeal to the City Attorney to recognize the Sovereign Nation of Freedom & Peace as an unincorporated repatriated sovereign nation; indicating that Carmen Trutanich may have had full knowledge of Balin's identity and his falsified charges against her for Contempt of Court and continued pressure for a forced confession in the form of a plea bargain for a crime she did not commit, may be prejudicially motivated to discredit her, and further impede her access to observe as a member of the media.
      http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/10/occupy_la_protests_freeway.php
      Calling Carmen Trutanich's office and asking if his charges in Case #1CA16847-02 would hold up to the "Chapman Standard" (Chapman v. California (1967) 386 U.S. 18.) is a great way to Stay Occupied!

    17. LA Office of Independent Review & Commission on Judicial Performance

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      Your signatures and comments are making an impact!
      Today, on September 5th your 335 online signatures and comments alongside Anonymous, were delivered via e-mail to the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review along with a request for an immediate and Independent Review of the Los Angeles County Department Sheriffs involved in the unlawful arrest and excessive force used in Case #!CA16847-02; and printed out and sent return receipt certified mail to the Commission on Judicial Performance in San Francisco along with a formal complaint, requesting an investigation into the fairness of the judicial proceedings being held at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center for Case #1CA16847-02
      114 signatures came in from Melissa Balin's home State of California!
      You may also be interested to know that signatures and comments came in from 31 other States, and 13 other COUNTRIES! Thanks for your continued support! Keep sharing the petition and tweeting to #ExonerateMelissaBalin

    18. #ExonerateMelissaBalin on Pinterest

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      People from all around the globe can now post their pics and blogs to #ExonerateMelissaBalin on Pinterest! People following #FreePussyRiot are also taking a "Pinterest" in this "trial by ordeal" because #ThePussyYouSaveMayBeYourOwn.
      http://www.pinterest.com/ExonerateMelissaBalin

    19. Participate in the Global Online Trending Party Event on Facebook

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      September 6th is Balin's next pre-trial hearing at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, which is also the scene of the alleged crime, and where Balin's Pitchess Motion Hearing to uncover any previous complaints of dishonesty or excessive force in personnel records of the Sheriffs involved, will take place; making it unrealistic for Balin to receive a fair and impartial trial.

      Please take a moment between now and the next hearing to help celebrities & activists like DatGirl, Peaches, Hugo Toxxx, and Shepard Fairey in their online efforts to make #ExonerateMelissaBalin into a "trend". Upload a pic of the words "#ExonerateMelissaBalin in a creative way, send a text, a tweet, a ReTweet, and Repeat ;)
      To clarify on the date & location, since it is a Contempt of Court case, to prevent any further arrests, her defense attorney asks that court support be more virtual on this case, so we will be bringing the online petition into court to present to the Judge! Many Thanks!

    20. Reached 250 signatures
    21. Celebrities & Activists Tweet To #ExonerateMelissaBalin

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      Dat Girl Takes Instagram to #ExonerateMelissaBalin

    22. Tweet to #ExonerateMelissaBalin

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      On Thursday, July 26th, while Melissa Balin makes her FOURTEENTH court appearance for this unprecedented case of politically motivated selective enforcement of Contempt of Court charges, please take a few minutes to share the Change.org petition to #ExonerateMelissaBalin via Twitter.

      Here is a sample Tweet from @stayoccupied:
      #INJUSTICE ALERT: Please Share this Change.org petition to #ExonerateMelissaBalin http://www.change.org/petitions/miscarriage-of-justice

      Thanks for taking action!

    23. ACLU files suit against LA County Sheriff & District Attorney

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      According to SFGate; "The suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California on behalf of defense attorney Jeffrey Douglas claims Cooley adopted a policy that had prosecutors withhold certain evidence from suspects that could have helped in their defense.

      Baca allegedly hid details of deputy assaults on inmates from defense attorneys in cases where the law enforcement officer was the sole or principal prosecution witness."

      Balin's case approaches its NINTH month of Pre-Trial Hearings while LA Sheriffs withhold evidence, defying subpoenas and court orders.

    24. Call-In / Letter-Signing Day to Exonerate Melissa Balin on Tuesday, May 29

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      On Tuesday, May 29th between the hours of 8am and 5:30 PM PDT, we ask you to join us in a Call-In / Letter-Writing day in support of the exoneration of Melissa Balin. Will you please take just a few minutes to call and leave a message for City Attorney Carmen Trutanich asking him not to pursue this "#Miscarriage of Justice" any further?

      Call: 213.978.8100 If you go into voicemail, please be sure to leave a message.
      Here's what you can say:
      Hi, My name is _____, and I'm calling to leave a message for Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich regarding Case #1CA16847-02.
      While Balin's conduct in the courtroom as an identified member of the media may have been improper or unwise, it was not contemptuous or criminal, and the record does not support a finding that she intended to obstruct the proceedings. Based on lack of sufficient evidence, and in the interest of Justice, please drop all charges against filmmaker Melissa Balin in Case #1CA16847-02.

      Thanks for taking action!

    25. Reached 200 signatures

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    • Traci Kirkwood TECUMSEH, OK
      • 8 months ago

      As a mother of 3 babies, only 1 living this term is not only hurtful but disrespectful to us as mothers and women! There is nothing more that we would love than to give birth to our precious babies, but God choose them...it was NOT an abortion... it was a LOSS, my loss, that I did NOT choose!!!

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    • Natalia Becerra HENDERSON, NV
      • 10 months ago

      Something has to be done about the injustices and abuse by the LA County Sheriff's Department.

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    • Brian Gwaltney ENFIELD, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Melissa's baby was killed by the police that is why!

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    • Kathleen Spiegelman BEVERLY HILLS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      She is a bright girl I have known her since she was little and this is just unfair for her and her family

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    • Larry Bennett NEHWALL, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Ms. Melissa Balin is a personal friend whom I do admire for many reasons. Most of all it's cause she stands up when she sees wrong doing or in justice.

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