Thursday, March 9, 2017

Synagogue hate crime suspect an educated, suburban accountant

Editor's note: Serial killer Larry Eyler was "Freed to Kill"  two more young men according to author and journalist J. Kolarick .  A Lake County judge released Eyler from custody on a minor evidence technicality to murder again and again.  Lucius Verenus, Schoolmaster,

kenneth ditkowsky

6:44 PM (11 hours ago)
Accusations are easy to make and hard to prove.   Too often the accusations are made in the press and conviction is had without a single witness being sworn or a single fact being verified.    Currently the mainstream media is on a campaign to generate a 'hate Donald Trump' ground swell.   The loaded word is a key element and "hate" is generated to accomplish a purpose.

The Jewish House of Worship was bombed!   The bomber was caught on surveillance tape but it appeared that the image was not clear.   An individual was picked up and the while I do not know if he is guilty or innocent stories have been written about him, to wit:

CHICAGO NEWS 03/05/2017, 05:48pm
Synagogue hate crime suspect an educated, suburban accountant
Stuart Wright's February 2017 mugshot

Stuart Wright's February 2017 mugshot | Chicago Police Department
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Stuart Wright has two tattoos.
On his left arm is the phrase “Jesus Is Love,” according to police. On his right shoulder, a swastika.
Wright, 31, was charged with a hate crime for allegedly smashing the window of a downtown synagogue and putting swastika stickers on its doors in early February. Three months earlier, he alarmed members when he visited a Pilsen church, one that was a target of racist vandalism six times in 2016.

Anti-Semitic incidents have been increasingly visible in recent months. Three Jewish cemeteries across the country were vandalized within one week in February, and several dozen Jewish community centers, including one in Hyde Park, have received bomb threats since the beginning of the year.  
Wright graduated from Hinsdale Central High School in 2003 and went on to the University of Iowa. He later received a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul University.
Stuart Wright as seen in Hinsdale Central High School's 2002 yearbook. Wright was a junior at the time.
Stuart Wright as seen in Hinsdale Central High School’s 2002 yearbook. Wright was a junior at the time.
In Hinsdale Central’s 2000 and 2002 yearbooks — Wright’s freshmen and junior years — he was not listed as a member of any clubs or team sports. In both yearbook photos he has curly blonde hair, unlike recent mugshots in which he has a shaved head.
According to Wright’s LinkedIn profile, he worked as an accountant for four companies between June 2012 and September 2015. He became a certified public accountant in 2013 and his license is valid until September 2018, according to state records.
Property records show Wright’s father — a retired investment banker — owns a five-bedroom, six-bathroom house with a three-car garage in west suburban Oak Brook. It has been for sale since February 2016 with a price tag of nearly $1.5 million.
Wright, his father, his attorney and his landlord all did not respond to interview requests.
Wright was associated with several addresses, including one in Elmhurst and, most recently, an apartment in Pilsen. The Sun-Times went to Wright’s address in the Pilsen neighborhood and there were no outward signs of him being there.
The 2000 block of South Loomis is dotted with single-family homes, two- and three-flat buildings, some built below grade. Some residents keep signs in their windows advocating for immigrant rights, with another reading “Not My President.”
It was in that block where Wright was arrested Feb. 7 for the synagogue vandalism and, prosecutors said, where he had Nazi paraphernalia outside his apartment. A pamphlet called “How To Own A N—–” was found inside.
Stuart Wright's apartment in the 2000 block of South Loomis.

Stuart Wright’s apartment in the 2000 block of South Loomis. | Sam Charles/Sun-Times
His bail was set at $150,000 and he was released after he posted bond two days after he was charged. His next court date is March 9.
Wright’s arrest came four months after another run-in with police.
On Oct. 17, he was in a Portillo’s in west suburban Elmhurst, a place he patronized regularly, though the staff said he was “a person who gives them a hard time sometimes,” according to police records.
A fan of paintball, police said Wright stuck the grip of a paintball gun inside an empty Funyuns bag and brought it inside. Some customers and staff were afraid it was a handgun, so they called police. Wright, who was seated near the door, “seemed nervous, looking around and watched as people entered,” according to police records.
At one point he stood up and pointed the bag — which contained only the gun’s grip — at a wall, police said.
After police got to the restaurant, they told arriving customers not to go inside. One officer, armed with a rifle, walked in through the rear door without Wright seeing him, records show. He had his gun pointed at Wright as other officers brought him to the ground and arrested him. He didn’t resist.
Asked why he didn’t put the grip in his pocket, Wright said, “I was just being stupid.” He later said that “I wouldn’t say I was pointing it at people specifically.”
Wright’s Facebook profile picture is one he took of himself, standing in front of a mirror and holding a paintball gun. It was uploaded seven days before he was arrested in Elmhurst.
Stuart Wright's October 2016 mugshot

Stuart Wright’s October 2016 mugshot | Elmhurst Police Department
Wright was later charged with aggravated assault and ordered held on $1,500 bail. He pleaded not guilty. In January, his attorney withdrew and was replaced by Michael Byrne, who is also representing Wright in his Chicago case, DuPage County court records show.
Wright was arrested in the synagogue vandalism the same day he appeared in court for the Portillo’s aggravated assault charge, prosecutors said.
After prosecutors in DuPage County learned of him being charged in the synagogue vandalism, they asked a judge to increase his bail to $100,000, though the judge ultimately reset it at $20,000, records show. Wright’s father posted his bond.
Less than a month after his Elmhurst arrest, Wright visited Lincoln Methodist Church, which serves a predominantly Hispanic congregation, near his apartment in Pilsen. He told church leaders he had moved to the neighborhood two days earlier.
The same church was vandalized six separate times earlier in the year. Swastikas, “KKK,” “Rape N Kill Mexico” and “Trump Rules!” were scrawled on the church door.
Robert Samar, 60, was charged with felony criminal defacement to a place of worship but not a hate crime. He pleaded not guilty. Court records say he was released on electronic monitoring while awaiting trial. Samar, who lives about a mile west of Wright’s apartment on Loomis, did not respond to a request for comment.
Church members were put off enough by Wright’s visit that they called the police and photographed him participating in Bible study. After the church was vandalized for the fifth time, security cameras were installed, which led to Samar’s arrest, according to church staff members.
Sara Walker, the assistant to the pastor, said during Wright’s 3 1/2 hours at Lincoln Methodist, he asked churchgoers about their immigration status and asked Walker if the church had other programs that drew a lot of people. Walker said she lied and told him they did not.
She added that, with the church’s reputation as a place that works “to protect and defend refugees,” it was not totally unsurprising it’d be on the radar of white supremacists.
As is customary with new church members, Wright was required to sign in. He provided his address on Loomis and an email address that combined his name and the number 88, Walker said.
With “H” as the eighth letter of the alphabet, white supremacists use the number “88” as a shorthand way to say “Heil Hitler,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Less than a week after Wright’s visit, a church member who works as a security guard volunteered to guard the door, which was now to be locked.
Wright came back the next Sunday, Walker said. But when he couldn’t open the locked door, he ran off.
Though he hasn’t come back, Wright left an impression on the congregation.
“I’ve never felt that kind of immediate fear,” Walker said.

This individual may be the worst person on the planet, but the article written about him is not only biased and an attempt to convict him in the press, but is yellow journalism at its worst.    I've placed in yellow some of the objectional words and phrases.   Most are not only un-necessary but are not reporting to news.    The quote from the Southern Poverty Law Center is a typical example.

In my practice of over fifty years I ran across some of this type of thing and worked hard to counter it when it appeared in one of my cases.    Fortunately for me I had few criminal cases to deal with, however, the bias of the media is obtrusive and a breach of the trust that is afforded them by the FIRST AMENDMENT.    The First Amendment rights to comment on political and content related matters is totally unlimited.    The Press lying about a political individual is protected speech (he is a public figure and thus defamation laws do not apply) however that does not make such conduct RIGHT!    It also does not make it ethical.

The SCOTUS in the case under discussion is limited to speaking about the cases before it and setting forth a RULE OF LAW that is understandable to even Judge Maureen Connors (the presiding Judge in the Sykes case who admitted on page 91 of her evidence deposition that she was 'fixed!') that the LAW requires FAIRNESS, HONESTY, FORTHRIGHTNESS, and HONOR.

It is not fair, honest, forthright or honorable for a juror (or a judge) or the media to prejudge and determine a man's guilt or innocence on the basis of his race, whether he has a shaved head, an obnoxious tatoo, or a house that is worth a million dollars!        

Ken Ditkowsky

From: kenneth ditkowsky <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 6:12 PM
Subject: more on the Gillman sentencing case! read in connection with Chicago Tribune Article previously sent!

Hospice Owner Seeks Light Sentence For $9M Medicare Fraud

Law360, New York (February 14, 2017, 6:06 PM EST) -- The former owner of a hospice care center who pled guilty to involvement in a $9 million Medicare fraud scheme asked an Illinois federal judge Monday for the lightest allowable sentence, presumably much less than the 10 years the government wants him to spend behind bars. 
Seth Gillman, a lawyer and one of the founders of now-bankrupt Passages Hospice LLC, did not specify how long his impending sentence should be, only saying that it should be “the shortest term of imprisonment permissible under the law.”

In support of his effort to shave years off the time he could spend in prison, he objected to two aspects of the government’s recommended sentence, described his good deeds, and noted how he has lost his business, his friends and his family as a result of his crime.

“Gillman now comes before this court extraordinarily humble and contrite. He is deeply ashamed and angered with himself for succumbing to criminal conduct,” his sentencing memorandum said. “With exception to certain decisions and transgressions that have landed him before this court, Gillman has committed his life to helping his family, friends and others in need, illustrating his genuine sense of compassion and generosity.”

The government, meanwhile, pushed for 10 years, pointing to Gillman’s role in overseeing a four-year-long fraud scheme in which Medicare was charged millions of dollars for unnecessary nurse visits and for care that patients ultimately didn't receive — a scam he continued even as multiple members of his staff tried to change the practices.

Over the life of the scheme, Medicare paid Passages about $26.5 million for “basically nothing” because little, if any, of it went to patient care, prosecutors said.

“Unlike some defendants that come before this court and others, this defendant clearly could have had a good career and living without engaging in criminal activity, and he made a deliberate choice based on greed to put all of that at risk by defrauding Medicare,” the government said. “He chose to do this because he thought he could get away with it, and a serious sentence is necessary to punish him adequately.”

Law enforcement searched Passages’ offices in January 2012, and Gillman was indicted in May 2014 along with three other Passages employees. He pled guilty in February 2016.

Gillman had numerous opportunities during the life of the scheme to make things right, but “nothing changed, and the scheme went on,” the government said.

His actions included firing a nursing director who raised multiple concerns soon after the plot began in 2008, actively changing patient files in 2009, and asking a co-defendant in 2010 if an employee in the Chicago region was a “cancer” after that worker questioned how staff could be a “family” if they were swamped with work, unable to voice concerns without feeling threatened and pressured to keep a certain amount of people on “general inpatient” services — a higher level of care that pulled in higher reimbursements — the government said.

Gillman will be the first sentenced as a result of the scheme, so the court should consider his role as head of Passages, the length of the scheme, and the need to set a solid standard on which to base subsequent sentences, the government said. It has recommended 60 and 40 months for two other defendants.

Gillman did not deny the seriousness of his offense, but objected to two aspects of the government’s recommendation that increased his sentence. Both sides agree that the scheme caused $9 million in losses — which the defendants should be required to pay back — but Gillman said that his sentence shouldn’t be lengthened as a result of it being a federal health care offense or because he allegedly abused a position of trust.

Although he agreed to follow Medicare’s rules, the government would have needed to establish a relationship that’s beyond ordinary for him to have abused its trust, he said. As for the federal health care offense enhancement, the scheme was three months from ending before this enhancement went into effect, so it shouldn’t apply, Gillman said.

With his objections, the government’s recommended sentence would drop from 120 months to between 70 and 87 months. But the Probation Department, a neutral third party, has recommended that a 36-month sentence would be sufficient, Gillman said, adding that he isn’t suggesting this is an appropriate length, but that the court should consider this fact.

Gillman also said that Passages provided hundreds of elderly patients extra care and assistance that nursing homes didn’t provide, even while he, through Passages, “unjustly lined his pockets by submitting false claims.”

“Despite his illegal conduct, the fact that hundreds of elderly patients received far better care than they qualified for should not be overlooked,” his sentencing memorandum said. “The true nature of this specific offense is that Gillman improperly profited off the Passages patients who received extensive end-of-life care that, under Medicare guidelines, they were not qualified to receive.”

Also on Monday, the government filed a short sentencing memorandum for Passages itself, which pled guilty in February 2016. Although a large fine would ordinarily be warranted, the bankrupt company isn’t likely to be able to pay such a penalty, so no fine should be imposed, the government said, recommending two years of probation.

Gillman is represented by Blaire C. Dalton of Dalton Law LLC and by Edward M. Genson and Vadim A. Glozman of Edward M. Genson & Associates.

The government is represented by U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen Chahn Lee, Abigail Peluso and James P. Durkin.

The case is USA v. Gillman, et al., case number 1:14-cr-00033, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

--Additional reporting by Diana Novak Jones. Editing by Philip Shea.

The tribune article mentioned the kickbacks that Gillman made to other nursing home operators.    Why have they not been indicted?   The 'street' had it that Gillman was co-operating with the Fed - was he?     Jerome Larkin acted upon the knowledge that Gillman was co-operating!   He most probably heard it from the same sources that I did!   His reaction was to try to turn the screws by disciplinary proceedings - and he did!    

We need fairness in our Courts!    We also need the Courts to be administered fairly and impartially!      

From: kenneth ditkowsky <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: Supreme Court Says Jury Secrecy Not Guaranteed If Racial Bias Exists

Indeed, we are dealing with a corruption that goes to the heart of the justice system.   The Court lays down a very strict rule in that there has to be a 'clear statement.'   exactly what that means is that it will take another 100 years to have a similar case; however, the gantlet has been laid down.

In the elder cases, the statute is very clear for appointing a guardian.   Guardians should be rare as the burden set by statute is very heavy.  First proof of incompetency has to be by clear and convincing evidence and under 755 ILCS 5/11a -3 b  (and similar limitations in every statute in the USA - because of ADA) there has to be definitive proof as to specific needs to be addressed by the guardian.    As a fiduciary being a guardian is an onerous task!    The fiduciary must act in the ward's objective best interest, and can be compensated only for the work that is reasonably in the guardians objective best interest that is reasonable and necessary.  

As every one should be aware if they actually attended some institution of learning while conscious  - objective best interest is determined by the clear light of hindsight!  

TODAY with corrupt courts were are getting too many off the wall decisions.   In Judge Maureen Connors Court lawyers heard this Judge appoint guardians without hearing a single word of testimony on a routine basis.   Ditto for some of the other Illinois Courts.    Here in Illinois we have had scandals by the dozen in which individuals totally innocent of the crime charges confessed to crimes that they could not have committed.   A little wire hooked to a electric outlet and the genitals lessens the plead of innocence!   In fact the threat itself does wonders.

Activists have suggested with a great probability of truth that a defendant who happens to have a dark skin color is more lightly to be treated to the more esoteric forms of interrogation and a quick shift by the Justice system.   Of course I have no evidence of such conduct, but if you turn to correct media outlet they will confirm the wildest accusation and double it!

A fundamental covenant of America is EQUAL and FAIR  justice, without undue delay. In Chicago such is inconvenient to too many of the Political and Judicial elite.   Thus we get cases such as the Lanre Amu DISCIPLINARY KANGAROO PROCEEDING  or a blog disclosing judicial corruption being labelled as "yelling fire in a crowded theater."

Indeed -- FAIRNESS AND HONESTY in every phase of the Judicial process is not only necessary - but essential.    It is the job of the SCOTUS to remind the great unwashed - i.e. you and me - that their decisions are not suggestions - BUT THE RULE OF LAW and as citizens we have to fight tooth and nail to protect the concept of FAIRNESS and EQUALITY BEFORE THE EYES OF THE LAW.


kenneth ditkowsky

9:18 PM (8 hours ago)
to jdit
They could not identify him from the photograph was the report that I read.   Nevertheless, the situation exists that he is still entitled to a fair trial - that is the issue; however, if the press creates an atmosphere wherein he cannot get a fair trial - his rights are violated.   (This was the situation in the Eyler case - except I stopped it)

From: "
Sent: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7:37 PM
Subject: Re: Loaded words.

There is, however, a surveillance photograph of the very same person....


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