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Sheila (wife) & Gerard Dugué

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[Note: As of Monday, January 23, 2012, the trial of retired Sgt. Gerard Dugué of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) began. As spokesman for the Dugué family, Dr. Firpo Carr continues to expose the truth regarding the innocence of Sgt. Dugué in the post Katrina Danziger Bridge incidents. Now, follow the blow-by-blow action as Dr. Carr supplies an article summarizing the courtroom proceeding at the end of each day. Read what cannot be said in a court of law, but can be espoused in the court of public opinion.] 

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The Trial of Gerard Dugué (Day 2)

Convicted lying felons as credible witnesses?

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by Firpo Carr

Online Sentinel International

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January 24, 2012, Los Angeles, California--Embarrassingly, the prosecution started Day One off with a witness that actually cleared retired Sgt. Gerard Dugué of the New Orleans Police Department, who was nowhere near the Danziger Bridge when rogue cops blew her arm off and murdered two other people. Neither was he among intimidating police investigators sent to harass her as she lay helpless, convalescing in her hospital room.

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Now, on Day Two, the prosecution has jumped from the frying pan into the fire by calling as witnesses two convicted felons--former Lt. Michael Lohman and former officer Ignatius Hills--both guilty of previously lying under oath. Put another way, these were two ex-cops convicted in part of premeditatedly lying under oath. And now, the prosecution wants the jury to believe these shackled murderous cops-turned-convicts. If the stakes weren't so high, this would be laughable.

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Rarely, in the history of jurisprudence in this fine land of ours has there been such a stellar duo to grace the last bastion of hope, justice, and the American way, the ever so hallowed courtroom. We can all sleep better now. In a deal worked out with the pitiful prosecution, two murderers have testified against an innocent man.

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Prosecution Distrustful of Own Witnesses: Comprehend this scenario, if you dare. (Pretend you're on the jury.): These two murderous characters are escorted into the courtroom "shackled and handcuffed, wearing orange jail jumpsuits" according to The Times-Picayune. Indeed, "they wore the uniform of inmates." Perhaps most notable among the many messages this sends is that the prosecution doesn't even trust them! Since the team of prosecutors is going to be in close proximity to these prosecution witnesses, they want these dangerous characters to remain in chains! Fathom that!

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Is this an exaggeration? Note what the Picayune wrote when "locked down" Lohman, presumably on the witness stand, was apparently asked to point out something on a touch screen computer: "Because his hands were bound by steel manacles, Lohman was unable to use the touch screen in front of him to identify objects in photographs when prompted by prosecutor Barbara ‘Bobbi' Bernstein." Embattled Barbara "Bobbi" Bernstein, with armed guards and police officers all around, doesn't trust her own prosecution witness enough to even unshackle one of his hands to touch the touch screen! And they want to jury to believe him?

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This is a judicial conundrum, and turns upside down the concept of ‘hostile witnesses.' They were hostile, mobile, and dressed in styled! (Scratch that. I stand corrected. They were dressed to kill!) Pardon me. I digress.

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Boys and girls of the jury, Embattled Barbara "Bobbi" Bernstein wants YOU to trust Satan and his bastard son as they testify against cherubic Gerard the Good. No, I didn't say "ladies and gentlemen of the jury" (although that's what I know you are), because she and the rest of the prosecution team are treating you like children. I'm insulted with you.

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"Secret Meeting"?: Hills sold what was left of his soul to the Embattled Barbara "Bobbi" Bernstein and agreed to lie for the prosecution. The lie is that there was a "secret meeting" in January 2006 where guilty officers rehearsed their stories as to what happened on the Danziger Bridge. Hills lies when questioned by the prosecution and says Dugué was there, and agreed to cover for them. However, "Clobbering" Claude Kelly was having none of it.

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When he cross-examined Hills, the convicted liar "acknowledged that he has given different recollections over the years about who exactly was at that meeting," according to one media source.

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Okay, let's lighten up on Hills and give him the benefit of the doubt here. He and the prosecution are simply confusing 'secret meetings.' I have it on good authority that Sgt. Gerard Dugué did, in fact, attend a "secret meeting" where Hills was in attendance: along with Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and the Flintstones.

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Kaufman the Mastermind: Irrespective of how badly the prosecution tries to fit a square peg into a round hole; or convert an unreality into a reality; or attempts to re-create what has yet to be created; retired Sgt. Gerard Dugué was not the mind behind the report. "Clobbering" Claude Kelly pummeled Hills into submitting to the truth when he asked: "One thing you were consistent on: This was Kaufman's show?" Mustering up a shred of dignity, Hills answered: "Correct."

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The Lohman Lean: Former Lt. Lohman directly stated that after he put Sgt. Dugué in charge (along with Sgt. Kaufman) of the follow-up investigation, he had limited contact with him. "But Lohman emphasized," writes the Picayune, "that the report eventually produced by Dugué and Kaufman was deeply flawed, riddled with inconsistencies and problems." So, should they equally share the blame? Leaning toward a semblance of decency, Lohman "told jurors about how Kaufman later rejected his supervisor's help, submitting an initial incident report into police records that Lohman considered to be deeply flawed."

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In other words, Kaufman really wrote the "deeply flawed" report; covered his tracks so that Dugué couldn't prove any of his suspicions; kept Dugué in the dark regarding the entire cover-up, after which time protocol dictated that Dugué sign the report.

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Genius.

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Criminal genius.

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But wait. This all sounds strangely familiar!

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Kaufman Exposed Over a Year Ago!: While all the other media outlets were clumping Gerard the Good in among the murderous cops who executed two innocent Black men and terrorized other African American citizens of New Orleans on the Danziger Bridge, this Web site had already exposed the truth--well over a year ago--regarding Kaufman's "initial incident report" that Lohman refers to! "The Dugué Defense (Part 2), Item 2," dated November 10, 2010, initially starts with a quote from the report that Dugué was obliged to sign:

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"'A copy of the initial incident report by Sergeant Arthur Kaufman under New Orleans Police Department item number J-05934-05 and dated 9/4/05 will be placed in the case file for future reference and should be considered self explanatory.' (Page 17)

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"THE FACTS: Sgt. Kaufman had already filed a fraudulent ‘initial' incident report the date of the [Danziger] Bridge incident with the exact same number as the one that's being held against Sgt. Dugué.

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"DUGUÉ IN THE DARK: Kaufman completed the cover-up before Dugué ever got the case. Dugué was a spectator, reading about the [Danziger] Bridge shooting in the news like everyone else while Kaufman contrived a conspiracy.

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"By the time Dugué was assigned, all the conspirators--but especially Kaufman, thought to be the ringleader--had spent hours rehearsing their stories and deemed them airtight (or so they thought). The entire affair was an open-and-shut case. Dugué was a nonfactor. The fewer conspirators involved, the better. The conspiracy was a lock while Dugué got what he and the world thought were factual details on television.

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"After all the above occurred (after ITEMS 1 and 2 transpired) the report then reads: ‘A joint investigation then ensued with Sergeants Gerard Dugué and Arthur Kaufman.'" (http://firpocarr.com/duguedefensepart2.html)

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Hills Grilled: "All the terrible things you did and said, you never mentioned one word of that to Gerard Dugué, did you?" "Clobbering" Claude Kelly asked. "No," answered Hills. So, in effect, both Lohman and Hills clear Dugué. No surprise there.

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Bottom line: the prosecution brought a knife to a gun fight.

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Stay tuned for Day 3. (You're going to think I'm a prophet.)

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ROUND 2:

"Clobbering" Claude Kelly: 2

Embattled "Bobbi" Bernstein: 0

Click here for Sgt. Gerard Dugué's background