July 13-19, 2014 is established as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week. It provides an opportunity to recognize the work that local, state and federal pretrial services and probation officers do for our courts, defendants and offenders and the community. This year’s theme is Be the Change in Your Community.
In the Northern District of Ohio, the Pretrial Services and Probation Office employs dedicated and professional individuals who are committed to providing quality investigations to our judges, supervising defendants and offenders in the community, and verifying that they are complying with court orders and taking steps to become successful and law-abiding citizens. These colleagues are to be commended for the essential work they do in our justice system. When you see a pretrial services and probation office employee this week, please say “Thank you!”
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio is seeking proposals for the purchase and installation of four (possibly five) Audio Enhancement Systems (AES) for the Magistrate Judge courtrooms located in Cleveland, Ohio as detailed in the Request for Proposal. This solicitation is being issued as an Open Market request for proposals. Quotes are to be received on or before August 18, 2014 no later than 5:00 pm.
Please be aware that members of the public from across the country have reported receiving fake warrants by fax or email saying a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the government wants to arrest them on charges such as money laundering, bank fraud, or missed jury duty. To avoid arrest, the warrant says, send money. Do not respond to such requests. It’s a scam.
The warrants may display a bogus logo of an unspecified “United States District Court,” a case number, and various charges. Typically, recipients are instructed to call a number to get a “settlement” or to wire money to avoid arrest.The warrant is phony. A valid warrant would not be served by fax or e-mail. It would be served in person by a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer.
Anyone receiving a fake arrest warrant should contact the FBI or the district U.S. Marshals Office. If there is any question regarding the authenticity of a warrant, contact the your district court. Do not rely on the contact information Anyone demanding or obtaining money or anything of value while impersonating an officer or employee of the United States may be fined and/or imprisoned up to three years.
In a federal courtroom, a witness, who only speaks Foochow, provides testimony in a case where no one in the room speaks that language. In a preliminary hearing, a Spanish-speaking defendant responds to questions from the judge. In both instances, an interpreter bridging the language gap for the participants is miles away at the other end of a telephone.
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The public comment period ends February 15, 2014.