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With 25 letters of commendation, two awards, and nine years of service to the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland, Stephanie Mohr does not sound like an officer who should be spending years in jail away from her young son, Adam. Unfortunately, this is already Mohr’s fifth year of a prison sentence that she does not deserve. With your help though, we can get this innocent officer out of jail and reunited with her son.
In September of 1995, Mohr was on patrol with her police dog Valk. She was patrolling Takoma Park, an area that had been known to have many recent burglaries. When Mohr and her partner, Sergeant Anthony Delozier, got a call for backup from an officer who had spotted two men on the roof of a nearby store, they knew they may have found the criminals.
Ricardo Mendez and Herrera Cruz were the two suspects who were ordered to get down and face the wall. Mendez then made a move that looked as if he were about to flee the scene.
As Mohr had been trained to do in this type of situation, she released her canine. Valk, the police dog, was trained to perform the police department’s standard “bite and hold” and that is exactly what he did. The dog bit Mendez on the leg and held him there until the officers could apprehend him.
Mendez and Herrera were convicted of 4th degree burglary and were then deported. The two illegally re-entered the U.S. again and were arrested for selling crack cocaine. They were then deported a second time.
Stephanie was relieved that she had gotten these two criminals off of our streets and back to their country.
She soon gave birth to her son Adam and was a proud mother.
Unfortunately, her joy did not last very long. Five years after this incident and one day before the statue of limitations was set to expire, Mohr was indicted by the U.S Department of Justice.
Looking for cases of “police brutality” the U.S Department of Justice indicted Stephanie and two fellow officers charging them with conspiracy charges and violating Ricardo Mendez’s civil rights.
At the trial, Officer Mohr was found not guilty of conspiracy. A hung jury, voting 11 to 1 in favor of Mohr failed to reach a unanimous verdict on the civil right charges.
The prosecutor sought a retrial that was held in 2001. The trial was scheduled even though the jurors from the first trial said that the case lacked merit. At this trial the prosecution convinced the jury that Mohr had released her canine on innocent minority citizens.
In this second trial, the judge allowed prejudicial testimony into evidence that Mohr had used racial epithets in making a prior arrest using her canine. The charges did not start out as racial but the prosecutors needed to do something desperate to save their case. This questionable evidence should not have been allowed into the courtroom.
The jury was stacked with minorities who would be sympathetic with illegal immigrants. The government even flew Mendez back into the U.S. at taxpayer expense. They did this in order to have Mendez testify against Mohr despite the fact that he was a convicted felon.
Because of the racial tactics the prosecution had to use to save their failing case, Stephanie was convicted of a federal criminal rights violation and given a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
Stephanie is now serving her fifth year of the ten year prison sentence.
This is the fifth year that she has had to spend away from her son Adam. She has missed so many important days in her son’s life like birthdays and holidays because of this prison sentence she does not deserve.
Stephanie has not lost hope though. She has faith in the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. We are doing everything we can to help Mohr.
We have appealed the trial Courts decision denying Stephanie a new trial to the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Virginia.
Last month we filed our “request for a Commutation of Sentence” to President George W. Bush.
With just weeks left in his administration, President Bush is now reviewing Pardon requests. You and I both know that no one in the country deserves her freedom more than Stephanie Mohr.
Stephanie’s eight year old son has now spent the last 5 years of his life without his mother by his side.
Five years of her life have been wasted in prison because she followed police procedure when she ordered her police dog Valk to stop a suspect from fleeing the scene. Five years that can NEVER EVER be given back.
The suspect – an illegal alien from San Salvador – was convicted of selling drugs and deported. —- But outrageously the prosecutor brought him back, at public expense, to testify against Stephanie.
And Stephanie was convicted of “violating” his civil rights.
Just as unfair as the charges, the Judge, blindly following the recommendation of the Civil Rights Division, imposed a draconian ten-year sentence that both Stephanie and her son Adam are both serving. What
Please don’t bother answering if you are just going to babble.
The state assembly public safety committee yesterday voted five to two against “Sara’s Law,” AB 1882.
Sara’s Law is aimed at deporting illegal immigrants who commit drunken driving offenses.
It was named after Sara Cole, the Los Gatos mother who was seriously injured last year when she was run down by Lucio Rodriguez, a repeat drunken driver.
Rodriguez, who is an illegal immigrant, is now serving a five-year sentence in state prison. The bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Martin Garrick of San Diego, says he will re-introduce Sara’s Law next year.http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_8946979?nclick_check=1
First the DUIās; next they will be keeping those convicted of vehicular manslaughter, child molestersā¦where will they draw the line?Itās almost like Californiaās legistlature is made up of illegal aliens!
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Illegal alien charged with molesting 13-year-old Florida girl
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Carlos Urbano Teran-Ponce
Osceola County Sheriff’s OfficeEarly Christmas morning, deputies in Osceola County arrested Mexican national Carlos Urbano Teran-Ponce, 34, outside the home of his alleged teenaged victim.
About 4:00 a.m., the girlās mother walked into the 13-year-oldās bedroom and caught Teran-Ponce, who tried to leave. However, the woman blocked his pickup truck with her vehicle and called 911.
The arrest report states: “Once inside, they [the deputies] found the victim ā¦ curled on the living room floor crying.ā
The victim told detectives that Teran-Ponce, a friend of the girlās mother, gave her a mixed drink with tequila before she went to bed. She also said that he had molested her at least 20 times before the Christmas Day attack.
Teran-Ponce was charged with nine counts of sexual battery on a child and 21 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.
The police report stated that Teran-Ponce who works as a window tinter “provided a full detailed confession on each count.”
He faces possible life in prison.
*Reporterās note: It should be noted that in Mexico, the crime of child molestation is almost never prosecuted, in fact if a rapist (even a child rapist) proposes marriage to his victim before a judge, all charges are usually dropped.
The reason so many Mexican nationals are committing horrendous crimes against children in this country is due in large measure to the vast cultural differences between the two countries. The fact is that the lives of little girls, and women in general are simply not valued in Mexico.
The most glaring example of the sad aforementioned fact is the age of sexual consent throughout most of Mexico is only 12 years of age!
If this nation does not soon begin to defend our border with Mexico, as well as begin mass deportations of illegal aliens, the United States will become just as inhospitable to children as is Mexico.
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