September 22, 2009, - 1:43 pm
Remember this name: Federal Magistrate R. Steven Whalen, a former public defender.
He’s the idiot judge who ruled against Michigan Department of Corrections officials who want to stop extremist Nation of Islam street gang recruitment in their prisons.
In a boneheaded decision and recommendation (read it here), Whalen says that Michigan prison officials must recognize the Nation of Gods and Earths/Five Percent, an extremist street gang offshoot of the Nation of Islam, which is very activein the prisons. In a document I obtained after 9/11, the Five Percenters, as they are known, are cited as one of the biggest, most violent threats in Michigan prisons, related to Islamic terrorism, as cited in a meeting between federal (including FBI agents) and state law enforcement in Michigan.
Yet, this imbecile, Magistrate Judge Whalen, compares the Five Percenters to Jews being expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. Um, Judge Whalen, how many of those Jews were in prison for violent gang crimes? And how many of them plotted to overthrow the Spanish monarchy? Had that been the case, the Inquisition might have been warranted. It wasn’t. And the Whalen comparison is so nauseating that an outraged gentile lawyer friend of mine called me, last week, alerting me to the decision.
For those who are not familiar with the federal bench, a magistrate judge is appointed by the real judges–who’ve been nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The magistrate doesn’t go through that process and doesn’t even have to be a lawyer. The magistrate’s ruling in the case is only a recommendation, but it sits on the desk of the Detroit federal bench’s most liberal judge, Avern Cohn (the guy who gave Hezbollah FBI/CIA spy Nada Nadim Prouty just a fine of a few hundred bucks for her treasonous actions). He’s likely to adopt it or let it stand. Because he’s that kind of guy.
Who needs terrorists, when we’ve got guys like Steven Whalen destroying America from within and doing the terrorists’ work for them?
Is the Nation of Gods and Earths/Five Percent a religion or something less than heavenly?
A federal judge in Detroit is recommending the Michigan prison system recognize it as a religion and lift a ban on the group’s literature among inmates.
An inmate, Dion Hardaway, said he lost work and school privileges and was designated a security threat until he renounced his membership in the group, an offshoot of the Nation of Islam that promotes black empowerment.
“This is the type of substantial burden that Queen Isabella would have understood in 1492,” U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen wrote, referring to the expulsion or forced conversion of Jews to Christianity in Spain.
Whalen said prison security is a “compelling state interest,” but he found no evidence that Nation of Gods advocates violence.
His Aug. 18 recommendation is on the docket of U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn. The Michigan Department of Corrections considers the group a gang and wants Cohn to reject the report. . . .
To help its argument, the state turned to G.V. Corbiscello, an investigator with the Monmouth County, N.J., sheriff’s office. He was involved in the prosecution of a rapist in Philadelphia who used coded language known by members of the Nation of Gods to try to escape from custody.
“It is this writer’s professional appraisal that the Five Percent Nation is essentially a criminal street and prison gang,” he said in a report. . . .
[Whalen] acknowledged that Nation of Gods eschews the term “religion” but said the group is “religious in nature” and deserves the protection of federal law in Michigan prisons.
In South Carolina prisons, the group is considered a security threat and its literature is banned. After a lawsuit, New York state in 2004 set policies for Nation of Gods followers, allowing personal study but banning prisoners from sharing materials with any inmate who is not signed up as a “sincere adherent.”
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