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prison attorney access

December 20, 2006

Miller attempted to interview Wolf on Aug. 5 at the federal detention facility in Dublin but was turned away by guards.

Wolf’s attorney, Jose Luis Fuentes, said jail officials also blocked him from seeing his client until Aug. 5.

Officials at the correctional facility said attorneys are allowed in seven days a week, as well as inmates’ immediate family.

He doesn’t know why Wolf’s attorney would have been turned away.

1974 San Francisco police searches

December 11, 2006

Terror gripped the streets of San Francisco in late 1973 and early 1974. Black men affiliated with the Nation of Islam were shooting whites, at random and out in the open. In less than six months, 15 people were killed and seven were injured, including a future mayor of San Francisco.

City leaders got so desperate to stanch the bloodshed that, for a time, cops were told to stop and search every black man they met on the streets at night. Because men would likely be stopped more than once, officers handed out so-called “Zebra cards,” identification for men to show they had already been cleared.

guy arrested at a Bank of America in San Francisco

October 16, 2006

“A few minutes later, four SFPD officers came into the bank. They didn’t say a thing. They just kicked my legs apart and handcuffed me behind my back.”

The police report for Shinnick’s arrest says he was taken into custody “for the safety of the bank employees as well as the bank customers.”

Shinnick said he was never read his rights. He said he was instructed by one of the cops to keep his mouth shut and not say anything. Shinnick said he remained handcuffed in the bank lobby for about 45 minutes while the police spoke with BofA workers.

The Supreme Court case, Hagberg vs. California Federal Bank, was remarkably similar to Shinnick’s. It involved a woman who presented an unusually large check for deposit from her stockbroker.

A teller believed the check was phony and called the police. The check turned out to be real, but by then the police had arrived and had handcuffed the woman.


A few people may now refuse to accept Bank of America checks from strangers.

The staring by the branch manager may have been some type of visual criminal profiling.

While researching this issue, I found out that the San Francisco Police Department is supposedly “In Crisis” for other reasons:

Meanwhile, radio talk show host Clark Howard is charting some kind of Bank of America boycott: