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#Miscarriage of Justice

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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • City Attorney's Office
    Los Angeles City Attoeny Carmen Trutanich
  • County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review
    Bita Shasty
  • County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review
    Diana Teran
  • County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review
    Walter Katz
  • County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review
    Robert Miller
  • County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review
    Cynthia Hernandez
  • County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review
    Angelica Arias
  • County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review
    Julie Ruhlin
  • County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review
    Michael J. Gennaco


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