Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jack McMahon Rips Police Commissioner Ramsey A New One; Then He Dumps On Inky Editorial Board For Bogus Mass Mind-Reading

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

Jack McMahon, the lawyer for former Officer Brian Reynolds, has blasted Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey for his "ugly arrogance" and "blatant disregard" for the constitutional rights of the six defendants in the rogue cops case acquitted last week on all 47 racketeering charges.

If that wasn't enough, McMahon, a former prosecutor, ripped Ramsey for being a coward, "a man without a backbone," as well as an embarrassment to the city of Philadelphia and its police department.

In the rogue cops trial that lasted seven weeks, McMahon functioned as the lead defense lawyer, tearing apart a bunch of drug dealers as well as former Officer Jeffrey Walker, the government's star witness against his former fellow members of the narcotics field unit.

McMahon is pissed because ten months ago, when the defendants were indicted, Ramsey, playing judge and jury, pronounced them all guilty at a press conference. The rogue cops case was "one of the worst cases of corruption that I have ever heard" in his 40 years as a cop, Ramsey said. To make it worse, Ramsey told reporters that he was going to destroy the former officers' badges.

Then, after a jury found the defendants not guilty on all charges, Ramsey didn't offer any apologies. Instead the police commissioner who fired the defendants said they would have to go through arbitration to get their jobs back.

McMahon
"Dear Mr. Ramsey," McMahon began in his May 19th letter. "I want to share with you some information that apparently in your 40 years in law enforcement and the criminal justice system you have not learned: Citizens, which by the way includes police officers, are PRESUMED INNOCENT when charges are brought against them by the government. This bedrock constitutional principle protects all of us, even you, Mr. Ramsey. It is shocking and disappointing to see someone who should know better so disgustingly disregard such a fundamental American concept."

"Your comments at the time of the six narcotics officers' arrests were not only a blatant disregard of these constitutional protections but a complete abrogation of your role as a leader of the rank and file police officers. The only information you had was the charging indictment, yet you said it was the worst case of police corruption you had ever seen in 40 years and called for melting the officers' badges before one witness was called or one verdict rendered."

"Is that your interpretation of 'fair;' is that your interpretation of 'justice;' and is that how you would want a family member of yours to be treated by those in a position of authority? You jumped on the expedient bandwagon for political reasons without any careful and conscientious review of the real evidence. Why could you not have waited until an objective, complete and fair process played out in court? Your ugly arrogance continued even after total vindication on every count of every officer. You said, 'I thought the government had  good case' -- yet you never knew the true facts and still don't know them and twelve citizens, without your political agenda, have rejected any unfounded belief you might have had."

"Any real man, faced with the repudiation of his beliefs, and after making such outrageous defamatory comments would apologize. You, however, have to choose the coward's way by digging your heels even deeper in your misguided and erroneous beliefs to prevent the unthinkable, that you were dead wrong and embarrassed yourself to the people of Philadelphia."

"All of us make mistakes, but a man of character owns his mistakes and learns; a man without backbone and strength will never go that route. Every police officer in this city should, and probably does, know just what kind of real man you are. I can only hope that in the future some fair-minded person in authority will recognize this and move the leadership of this great police department in a completely different direction."

"Sincerely, Jack McMahon."

A spokesperson for Ramsey did not respond to a request for comment.

The same day he letter-bombed Ramsey, McMahon went after the Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial board.

In case you missed it, the newspaper that usually acts as the press agent for the U.S. Attorney's office printed an editorial on May 19th saying that Police Commissioner Ramsey didn't owe the defendants in the rogue cops case an apology.

Ramsey
Under the headline "Define Not Guilty," the Inquirer editorial board wrote, "A lawyer for one of the defendants had the audacity to say Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey owes an apology to the former officers he fired. But Ramsey doesn't need to apologize. He has been consistent in trying to root out corruption in his force."

"The charges against the defendants sounded like the script from the movie Training Day, which depicts rogue narcotics cops who stole from drug-dealers," the editorial continued. "Real-life Philadelphia drug dealers testified to being locked in car trunks, dangled from balconies, beaten, and robbed."

"In the end, the jury apparently could not accept the testimony of drug dealers, who are not known for their honesty. Nor did it believe the testimony of a former partner of the defendants who pleaded guilty to corruption and said the other officers were guilty too."

"The jurors aren't speaking, but it could be that some were also caught up in an national wave of sympathy for police officers that has developed in reaction to violent antipolice protests," the Inquirer editorial concluded in an impressive display of group mind-reading. "While not all cops are bad -- in fact, most aren't -- a corollary is also true: Not all cops are innocent."

When McMahon wrote the Inquirer editorial board, he began by responding to the request in their headline to "define not guilty."

"Dear Editorial Board," McMahon wrote. "Let me give you and your board a quick dictionary lesson. 'Guilty' means culpable for committing an offense, and even your board, working collectively, can probably figure out 'not.'

"Your editorial of today regarding the six narcotics police officers is shockingly misguided and without any appreciation of the bedrock constitutional principles that protect even you and your editorial board."

"The justice system of our country is so designed that rumor, innuendo and mere allegations are given a full, complete and fair analysis before they can be accepted as truthful. Your editorial demeans and marginalizes a system meticulously designed for fairness."

"You and your paper clearly were wishing for a different verdict to advanced your preconceived agenda. Justice and truth prevailed and you simply cannot accept it, and have taken the tact of giving credence to unresolved lawsuits, making accusatory allegations against the jury and disregarding the truth-finding function of a criminal jury trial."

"I would like to know which one of your editorial board sat through any of the trial to make such spurious and unfounded comments. You say it 'sounded like' the movie Training Day. Thankfully for all of us 'sounded like' is not a standard our system embraces."

The Ivory Tower Of Truth
"You probably know more about the movie than the true facts of this case. Your editorial can't even get the rejected facts right. No drug dealer testified about being locked in a car trunk. No drug dealer testified of being 'dangled' from a balcony and the only person supposedly beaten has an arrest picture that looks like he's going to the prom. The hubris of this editorial to indicate facts that weren't even alleged demonstrates your lack of knowledge of the case and your unfair agenda."

McMahon goes on to tell the editorial board about how "Mr. Ramsey jumped on the expedient bandwagon for political reasons."

"In my world," McMahon wrote, "when you make outrageous defamatory comments that are later completely repudiated by twelve citizens [on a jury], an apology is the manly thing to do."

"You can be sure that the government picked the 'best' of the cases from the 80 [civil] lawsuits [filed against the cops] to make up the indictment and yet they were totally rejected. I can only imagine the quality of the rest of these cases. If the city doesn't cave in to mass extortion, fed by editorials such as this, they too will be successful and can direct those funds in a better direction than to the 'anxiety' issues of drug dealers."

"Lastly, to suggest that this jury, after working diligently for seven weeks, made their decision based on a 'wave of sympathy' is an insult to each of those twelve good citizens who committed their time, intelligence, and emotion to this endeavor."

"Sincerely, Jack McMahon."

42 comments:

  1. Well stated. This man stopped being a police office a long time ago and instead became a politician. At this point I doubt he has the respect of the rank and file members of the force but he probably doesn't care since he wants the adulation of the politicians he idolizes. For that reason he needs to go and pursue his political dreams and let someone else actually run the Phila Police Dept.

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    1. Politics is how he became the commissioner. Remember he came from Chicago which is the most politically corrupt violent liberal progressive city in the country (maybe Baltimore is close). The biggest sellouts get the biggest positions to keep the lower class dependent on them.

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  2. WE GOT JACK'S BACK!

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  3. Ramsey reminds me of Joe Rizzo, another commissioner who had no clue of what he was doing.

    Sadly by his words Ramsey will make these men fight for their jobs when they should already be preparing to get back on the streets to continue protecting citizens of this city and putting scumbags behind prison walls.

    If only the back pay for these officers came out of Ramsey's pocket. You would see then how fast these men were back on the job.

    Ramsey I only see your badge being melted down.

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  4. Never thought I'd whole heartedly support any defense attorney, but, well done! Job well done by all of you that defended these six innocent men! Ramsey isn't the only one that owes these men an apology and, hopefully, a huge cheque to each and every one of them for punitive damages amongst other things!
    Keep up the good fight, fellas! Let them apologize to you via settlement!

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  5. Ramsey already has a lawsuit against him for racism against another white officer. You would think he would have learned by now. Hopefully, Kenney selects someone who is capable of the job.

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  6. The statements by Ramesey are not just unprofessional but slanderous! As a public figure & the leader of the Philadelphia Police Department is it not policy to hold the Commisioner to the Highest standards? I hope these cops not only get every penny back but can sue him personally for such defamation of character & slander! Hopefully Kenney will replace him with someone with professionalism & dignity.

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  7. Excellent, so glad Mr. McMahon wrote the letter and made is public. Ramsey had the opportunity to apologize but did not, he obviously was more concerned with what the federal prosecutors would have thought of his comments. Ramsey was part of the prosecutions team as well as the media. The media also needs to take responsibility for the part they played in the condemning of the accused,being handed one sided accusations which were erroneous at best, outright lies at worst, by the prosecution team to very publicly humiliate and denounce the defendants is not unbiased journalism. Tainting the jury pool should be a crime. Maybe if the news agencies could be sued for subordination of perjury, lying for the prosecution, it would stop it very quickly. McMahon asked if Ramsey would like his family to be treated in a similar way, I ask if the media would feel the same if it was their spouse, or sibling or child. Taking a one sided "story" and holding it up as irrefutable evidence is bad for the accused, its bad for the judicial system, its bad for the country. I would have thought with all the recent exonerations of the unjustly accused which now number 1600, the horrific revelations surround the execution of Todd Willingham, not to mention the Michael Morton spending 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife he did not commit due to prosecutorial misconduct. The FBI and the judicial system recently formally admitted to 96% of all hair analysis testimony given at trials were wrong, thousands send to prison and 32 condemned to death, Congress has called for answers from the FBI director by months end. Either the media did not get the memo or the prosecution has a stranglehold on the communications bureaus in the country. The Washington Post broke the story on April 19, 2015, the largest paper in the region had a five line blurb, nothing was run during the police trial, it may have shed poor light on the feds. I watched an FBI agent get caught lying multiple times in the Traffic Court trial, every defense attorney except one, referenced his lying in their closing arguments, in front of a room full of reporters and not one word was printed about the agent. Telling the truth seems to be a lost art, self preservation has triumphed over justice. We desperately need the media to set the record straight, they are just as guilty as the prosecution for deceit.

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  8. If the colors in this case were reversed and it was a white police commissioner that made the statements that Ramsey has made to a mainly black police officers who have been found not guilty in a court of a law we would have heard already from the NAACP and every other organization out there, maybe even rev. Al. demanding the removal of the white police commissioner.

    Rank and file should do the same here. Demand the mayor to remove Ramsey and replace him. Mickey Mouse could do a better job.

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  9. Ramsey should be fired immediately. He is no leader and gets no respect from me and I would venture to say many members of the Phila. Police Department

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  11. Who's melting Ramsey's badge down?
    Job well done Jack! You did an exceptional job this entire trial and have continued to do so even after the trial concluded. You are a damn good Defence Attorney and an even better man.
    Thank You Mr. McMahon!

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  12. Should'nt there be a petition for these guys to get their jobs back?

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    1. Don't need one. The FOP handles that.

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  13. Jack McMahon's closing arguments tells everything you need to know about the trail.
    The media needs to hear it word for word

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  14. Commissioner Ramseys racists ass needs to resign immediately. And don.t forget Mayor Nutter jumped on the bandwagon too. He needs to show a little character and apologize

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    1. Mayor Nutter also condemned the Traffic Court judges, I never heard an apology from him, a mayor should NEVER comment on any ones innocence or guilt. It made Nutter look very petty, who are all the politicians and commissioners trying to impress, the public ? Do the public a favor, let them think for themselves, don't comment !!!!!! When asked say " Its not for me to comment on , the jury will make the final decision" PERIOD.

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    2. "It's not for me to comment on, the jury will make the final decision" Those are words they absolutely should have used. For Ramsey to say he felt that the prosecution had a strong case was mind blowing, even if you thought these men were guilty- Hellen Keller knew the Feds had a weak case filled with Rif Raf and liars.
      Who decides when the higher a ups get CAUGHT doing wrong and it's a "Mistake" according to Ramsey but when it's 6 narcotics officers (whom he has handed several awards for their work during the decade of the investigation) it's the worst corruption he's seen in all of his years, and " the Feds had a strong case" filled with One crooked cop and 9 drug dealers all trying to save their own asses. Who wouldn't know the truth from Adam.
      You should be disgusted with your self CHARLES RAMSEY !

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  15. Tom Nestel septa police chief is cut from the same cloth. A history of politically charged mistaken statements toward good men and women he was supposed to look out for. Pathetic doesn't begin to describe what is going on with the "top cops" in our big cities. I guess their goal is higher crime? Way to go idiots!
    Don't count on Kenney selecting a chief that will do police work like John Timoney. Kenney is part of the liberal progressive movement just like De blasio.

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  16. This trial was a total disgrace by the head of the eastern district of Pennsylvania Zane Memeger and his cronies letting this case go to trial and by the Top Cop Commissioner Charles Ramsey and the Mayor of Philadelphia. s absurd comments finding these 6 officers guilty before even going to trial and wanting there badges melted before a verdict talk about a injustice and racial vibes here then to be found NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES and not even a Im sorry for Jumping to conclusions says all you need to know about the Character and Leadership of these 3 men here.s failure to lead by example. If this is.nt a racial stand by three men i don.t know what is. Shame on them and the City for excepting such behavior from these 3 Supervisors in position of Authority! !!!!!!!

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    1. They will all have their jobs back soon, it just takes time for the process and by the way the police department gives random drug tests you idiot. With your comments I'm sure these cops put their foot in your sorry ass already and they are not hiding at all, they have all been out everyday since the NOT GUILTY verdict so continue to sell your drugs until you get caught again

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    2. Blah blah blah; another Drug dealing "victim". Boooo Whoooo

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  18. In the traffic court trial the fbi agent did get caught in some lies n traffic court judge lowry ask denise wolf if she was going to indicted the fbi agent for perjury. In the end Lowry gets 20 months for perjury n 2 more months then a fellow defendant n imprisoned on a separate case Aka Bill Mullgrew who got 18 months. Do i think the 6 cops did smack around some drug dealers n share in some of there profits. YES but who cares. They were found innocent.

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  19. F them all there not free from anything I know officers in Narcotics and they all believe they took money beat people up so F the bums..... and fag a** Mcdummy ....who cares....Ramsey is the best Commissioner this city will ever see period..I'm with my SP brother above KARMA is a B I T C H

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  20. 3.46am and 10.41am
    You lace ass fudge packing pieces of shit talk a good game on your computer but if you run in to these guys again or if your a flunkie cop who can.t cut in narcotics unit speak your peace face to face to these 6 officers let me know how you make out you little ass holes. As for the bookie who got beat should.nt be dealing with cops anyway lesson learned move on and if he were a junkie don.t you think they would.ve found that out in a 8 yr investigation. Straighten up assholes. And for Commissioner Charles Ramsey he is a disgrace to the Uniform for the way he threw these fine officers under the bus. He should resign immediately period!!!!

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    1. Who knew they would still be going JB lol hey you think 3:46 am was getting up for work at that hour LMAO!

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    2. JB and MT, see you at the Hero's Parade on Broad Strreet October 10th, real Heros get parades, I love it !!! Never a doubt, not guilty !!!

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    4. M.T 3.46 am was smoking something in his pipe and it was.nt reefer. As for the10..41 SP rental cop a little more cracking the whip on the Job instead of being jealous of these 6 hero cops may be you and your fellow flunkies will get the results they did. As for Ramsey you know my opinion of him know. Leadership in Phila PD and the Mayors position is lacking therefore morale is at a all time low in the Phila PD and in City administration. Hope fully the New elected Mayor will step up replace Ramseys from witin the Phila PD and start fresh and begin the cleansing.
      George and Ralph sorry for this morning comments they were inappropriate. Your work here is much appreciated . Have a great holiday Gentlemen.

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  21. Guilty as hell.Some guilty people are found innocent sometimes.Especially with a jury.

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    2. Anonymous may be some of there handling of these dealers was a little rough but they got results and when dealing with animals they need to be treated as such as most of these hoodlums take kindness and instructions when there being spoke to as weakness. So you deal with them with what gets there attention and you get fabulous results. Sometimes you just have to help them get there mind right They were found Not Guilty you losers. Now its time for there payday and Jobs back and as my buddie says business as usual.

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  22. Were you ever in the court room during the trail? If you were you would'nt be talking out your ass. You must be a real big jerkoff

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  23. Im for the officers anonymous my comment may of come off wrong who were you rooting for the dealers if so the jerkoff would be you.

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  24. I'm for the cops, was talking about the guy before you

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    1. I apologize anonymous 3.25 pm i miss read reply

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  25. Listen everyone; JB Is a complete jerkoff. Enough said! He's irrelevant and a computer tough guy! Not to mention Jerkoff, Nerd, loser, and weirdo... Thanks JB for making us all laugh at your pathetic comments! Smell ya! DORK

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    1. I'm not sure you understand the meaning of the term "Internet tough guy". You managed to call someone a jerkoff twice, a nerd , loser,weirdo and dork all while signing your name anonymous. I haven't heard those insults since high school which does explain your intelligence level so I guess you wouldn't understand.

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  26. Good morning i see one of the haters had a long night. Your entitled to your thoughts . But my comments are strictly from the articles and those who continue to run down these fine 6 six officers. Though my comments may come off harsh at times they are based on the facts of the trial and response from the several anonymous losers and Two City officials who for what ever reason refuse to except that these fine Gentlemen were found Not Guilty by there peers. Anyone having a problem hearing the truth or your feelings get hurt might wanna skip the comment section of Big trial and Grab a readers digest.

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