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    Monday, September 3, 2012

    Illinois eavesdropping law ruled unconstitutional - Melongo released after two years in jail - Lisa Madigan's "role"

    Good news is that Annabel Melongo is now out of jail after being wrongfully incarcerated for two years with grossly excessive bail set by the incompetent and Dishonorable Judge Mary Margaret Brosnahan on two fraudulent charges of eavesdropping ($30,000 bail) allegedly for recording phone conversations with a court reporter and for remote computer tampering ($500,000 bail increased from personal recognizance when arrested for eavesdropping then reduced to $300,000 and then reduced to personal recognizance bail when eavesdropping  charge dropped).  Tell me why recording conversations with a court reporter, a public employee, is a crime! Write your legislator to change this law!

    The complete story about Melongo is on a web site that purportedly was written by Melongo here. Apparently Carol Spizzirri, CEO of now defunct Save-A-Life foundation that had through fraud obtained millions in government grants from Homeland Security, Illinois, Chicago Public Schools and many other agencies by snowing such prominent politicians as Chicago Public Schools Chairman (now Secretary of Education) Arne Duncan, Sen. Richard Devine, Rep. Jan Shakowsky, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and many others, who failed to use due diligence to check her out. Spizzirri put on her government grant applications that she was a senior nurse, although she was never more than a candy striper. She is a big con artist.

    It is particularly surprising that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has not indicted her and cannot explain how the $50,000 her office gave to SALF was spent.

    Melongo is still fighting the charge of computer tampering.  Her pending motion to dismiss is here.

    Dr. Linda Shelton tried to get her out of jail with filing two next-friend petitions for writs of habeas corpus - read them here and here.  For this LEGAL act she was charged with contempt of court and summarily, unconstitutionally sentenced to 16 months in jail.  The Illinois courts all the way up to the Illinois Supreme Court have been violating the law.  So her appeal has now been sent to the U.S. Supreme Court - read it here. Her complete story about this whole situation with many links is on this blog here.

    It appears that the State of Illinois, pushed by IL AG Lisa Madigan and certain judges will go out of their way spending millions on fraudulent prosecutions of Shelton and Melongo to discredit them and keep this story out of the public eye.

    Its time the public spoke up.  PLEASE WRITE THE FOLLOWING OFFICIALS AND COMPLAIN about the wasteful use of your tax dollars and the cover-up of corruption and fraud!

    Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle
    118 N. Clark Street Room 537
    Chicago, IL 60602
    Phone: (312) 603-6400
    Fax: (312) 443-4397

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel
    City Hall
    121 N. LaSalle Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60602
    By Phone:
    Dial 311 (within Chicago)
    If calling from outside of Chicago, call: 312.744.5000

    The Honorable Eric Holder
    United States Attorney
    Attention: Public Corruption Task Force (Re: Judiciary)
    U.S. Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20530-0001

    US Attorney for Northern Illinois
    United States Attorney’s Office
    Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division
    219 S. Dearborn St., 5th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60604
    Phone: (312) 353-5300

    United States Judicial Conference
    Care of Honorable Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
    The Honorable John Roberts
    United States Supreme Court
    1 First Street, N.E.
    Washington, DC 20543

    The following are excerpts from Melogo's Internet web site which gives all the details about her cases including copies of all legal documents, discovery, and orders.

    How It All Started

    ·  April 27th, 2006 : discussion arose between Carol Spizzirri and Annabel Melongo on salary issues. Carol Spizzirri wanted to pay her 47K for being both the computer software and network administrator but Annabel wanted 60K. An agreement was never reached, so Annabel was fired.
    ·  April 28th, 2006: Annabel called to inquire about her check. She's told to pick it up coming Monday, May1st, 2006.
    ·  May 1st, 2006: Annabel stopped at SALF on her way to Chicago. While waiting for her check, Saquan Gholar and Bob Cokinis informed her of computer issues. She's told some people can't access the network to view files whereas some can. This is later confirmed by other employees. After receiving her check, she demanded to see Carol . Carol was in a meeting with Rita Mullins, the former palatine mayor. On her way back from Chicago, she stopped again at SALF to see Carol, which still wasn't available. She then called Vince Davis, one of Carol's manager and she's told that the computer issues were taken care of and that her help wasn't needed. Later that day, she gets an email forwarded to her, in the email she's accused of creating the incident. She replied to the email by forwarding it to various SALF employees and calling Carol a pathological liar. Other than requesting tax documents months later, that's the last time Annabel was in touch with SALF officially. Little did she know that this small incident will spawn a case that will challenge Illinois' political and legal system.


    Timeline With ABC Report

    For an untrained eye, it seems ABC investigative report has nothing to do with Annabel's case. Well, not so fast!!! ABC report might have well triggered the senseless complaint even though the investigation conducted by the Attorney General Office didn't warrant such charges.

    Let's look closer at the timeline. At the end of the report, [Emmy award-winning investigative reporter] Chuck Goudie says, "After terminating that interview three weeks ago...." The report aired November 16th, 2006. Which means the actual interview took place around October 26th, 2006. The charges, the arrest warrant, the complaint and the detective visit to Annabel's apartment all happened on October 31th, 2006. More over, ABC didn't just walk to SALF without warning. Common sense dictates, a notice was given to the organization to prepare for the interview. The nicely decorated room testify to that. Let's say ABC gave SALF 3-4 weeks notice, it then becomes apparent that SALF knew of ABC's visit around September 29th - October 6th, 2006. Are you curious to know when the Attorney General Office called the meeting to determine the charges? October 20th, 2006. Bingo!!!

    Here's what might have happened. SALF had an ongoing project estimated at around 40M with the Homeland Security which would have propelled the organization nationwide. However, it had no statistics proving the 1.6 million children being trained claim. Also it was legally in big troubles for unaccounted federal and state money. With the help of Lisa Madigan office, a black ship had to be created. Annabel, the helpless black sheep, was then charged to have remotely deleted all the files in the organization along with all the quickbooks and the annual reports that SALF ever had. Moreover, Carol's credibility having taken a toll at the end of the interview, the charges became the means to discourage further investigation. In that way, even when the ABC report aired, she still had the weapon to tell America and the Homeland Security ( See Section 'Who's Carol Spizzirri' ) to overlook her lies and to consider the fact that over 1.6 Million children were trained even though she couldn't prove it. Very clever!!!
    By unknown on web site

    Like actor Jack Nicholson in the movie A Few Good Men [from Wikepedia - "a 1992 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. It was adapted for the screen by Aaron Sorkin from his play of the same name. A courtroom drama, the film revolves around the court martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the tribulations of their lawyer as he prepares a case to defend his clients"]

    Here's "what [Illinois Attorney General ]Lisa Madigan might say [about corrupt Save-A-Life Foundation and their felony funding fraud - obtaining government grants from Homeland Security, Chicago Public Schools, State of Illinois, etc.]
    You can't handle the truth. Son, we live in a world with expensive political campaigns and those campaigns need to be financed by someone. Who's going to do it? You Annabel Melongo? You ABC? I have a greater gubernatorial ambition that you can possibly fathom. You weep for the money and curse Carol Spizzirri. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what a campaign costs. Carol Spizzirri's though full of lies and deceptions saves political lives. My refusal to prosecute Jon Burge though calculated and incomprehensible to you saves my career. I don't want them prosecuted because deep down I know that's what we do in Illinois. I need Carol Spizzirri in that role. I want her in that role. In Illinois we use words like earmarks, connections, pay-to-play. We use these words as the backbone of our politics. Other states use them as punch lines. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to people who rise and sleep under the blanket of the legal system I provide and then question the manner in which I provide it. I would rather want they say thank you and go on their way otherwise I suggest they go through a campaign. Either way, I don't give a damn what people think they're entitle to.” “
    Illinois Pay-to-Play articles:


    Articles by Shelton:


    Anonymous said...

    I can't believe someone was in jail for 2 years for eavesdropping. I am actually starting court reporting services in Melbourne FL on Monday and I have been doing research on court cases, that is how I came across this post. Thanks for sharing!

    Unknown said...

    The has issued an informational video and a press release, to help the media and the general public in the upcoming oral argument at the Illinois Supreme Court hearing in Annabel Melongo’s eavesdropping case. The hearing is scheduled for January 14th, 2014, at the 18th floor of the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago at 9.30 am.

    Press Release:

    Please support this cause. The Illinois Eavesdropping law at its very core creates a two-class legal system wherein the conversations of the powerful and well-connected are protected to the detriment of the less powerful. The upcoming oral argument presents a unique opportunity for the common citizen to re-establish that legal balance that will unequivocally establish a right to record public officials in their public duties.

    Therefore, please contribute to this all-important hearing by either attending it, writing about it, spreading the word or just forwarding the below video and press release to anybody who might be of any help.