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Support activist’s claim IL battery statutes unconstitutional-touching officer not crime

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UPDATE: Next court date March 23, 2018, 10 am RM 506, 2600 S California, Chicago

Motion to Dismiss 4 fraud on Grand Jury denied 1/9/18 – Shelton writing Motion for Substitution of Judge to be heard 3/23/2018

Also please come and support Shelton at Daley Center Chicago Rm 2008 Feb 23, 2018 at 9:30-11:00 for hearing on civil rights suit against criminal trial Judge & States Attorney

Shelton in 2017 filed Civil Rights complaint for Declaratory & Injunctive Relief Under Federal Civil Rights Act against Court Clerk, Judges, & States Attorney for illegal acts on this case which make any trial unfair and unconstitutional uncluding:

  1. Unconstitutional No bail order X 1 yr
  2. Unconstitutional excessive $300,000 bail without Americans with Disability Act (ADA) accommodations or consideration of indigency
  3. Unconstitutional refusal of Clerk to file Habeas Petitions and schedule hearing before chief criminal court judge to strike case & charges
  4. Unconstititional refusal by chief criminal court judge to hear Habeas Petitions that argue no probable cause means case must be dismissed as this violates Constitutional Suspension Clause
  5. False arrest & malicious prosecution without probable cause as officers induced PTSD flashback presumably causing Shelton to sit on floor in fear waving arms against perceived blows as flashback causes Shelton to relive beating by officers & other attacks
  6. As misperceiving events during flashback-unable to form intent to touch an officer so no probable cause
  7. As sheriff staff committing crime of failure to accommodate disability & battery of disabled person by failing to follow doctor’s order & leave Shelton alone until flashback passed/instead loudly and violently grabbing and carrying Shelton exacerbating flashback and causing loss of balance, that reflexively due to spinal cord imjury and neurological disease, caused lack of balance, causes Shelton to reach out & try to grab something/ when officers cause a person to commit a “crime” (touching an officer) the charge is void due to the criminal acts of officer
  8. Unconstitutional refusal to have jury trial for fitness hearing
  9. Unconstitutional excluding Shelton from fitness hearing, from testifying, from calling witness psychiatrist who would have testified Shelton fit for trial, not dangerous to anyone, disabled physically and suffering PTSD, and never suffering psychosis
  10. Illegal for Judge Cannon to declare that Shelton psychotic and unfit without psychiatrist agreement
  11. Illegal remand of Shelton to secure mental health facility in 2013-Elgin Mental Health Center-after fitness hearing devoid of due process and with no evidence Shelton too dangerous to release and send to outpatient clinic (Judge Cannon acted like Soviet fascist sending dissident critic of court to mental health facility unnecessarily to shut her up)
  12. NOTE: Elgin MHC found Shelton fit, but medically neglected by Cook County Jail with blood tests similar to what is found in a “concentration camp survivor”
  13. Unconstititional quashing of Shelton’s subpoenas for court disability coordinator, medical records, and doctors, thereby quashing Shelton’s defense
  14. Unconstitutional refusal to hear motions in a timely fashion including Motions to Dismiss, reduce bail, demand due process and reconsider orders quashing subpoenas, for substitution of public defender for misconduct, for fraud on grand jury by States Attorney Alvarez for failing to tell them about disabilities and Sheriff staffs’ crime of failing to accommodate them after being informed by court disability co-ordinator, as well as of battery of disabled Shelton by Sheriff staff
  15. Illegal failure of judges to follow IL Supreme Court rules in wording of interlocutory order denying Motion to declare part of battery statute unconstitutional, thus impeding illegally timely appeal
  16. Bizarre behaviors of Judge Cannon both before and after her cancer treatment causing her to act both biased and suggest she may be suffering from dementia or chemo brain as she has episodes of not remembering what was said or declaring something was ruled on when it wasn’t with States Attorney and Public Defender failing to report this to Judicial Inquiry Board for investigation and possible removal as a judge
  17. Bizarre attacks by Judge Cannon against Shelton’s disability co-ordinator interfering with Shelton’s due process and
  18. Speedy trial violations

On 12/9/16 an active running escapee bumped into Shelton in Hall, causing aggravation of chronic pain & musclespasms + PTSD flashbacks as officers dashing around induced flashback since she felt they would again falsely arrest her for battery for bumping an officer with walker when chasing officer brushed against coat hanging from walker. Asst States Attorney and judge now threatening contempt charge for disability assistant who informed Judge Cannon that Shelton traumatized & hearing needed continuence as well as threatening contempt against Shelton for writing memorandum of fact explaining what happened, providing education about PTSD, and explaining how she developed PTSD.

Judge has refusd to allow Shelton to finish argument on her motion to strike case for States Attorney’s fraud on grand jury and refused to sign order correcting judge’s error on previous order denying motion to declare part of battery statute unconstitutional so that Shelton can appeal this order. Thus judge denying due process in impeding appeal and motion hearing.

UPDATE: Stand up for civil rights Come to next court date 03/23/18 at 10 am rm 506. 2600 S California, Chicago, for argument that indictment should be stricken for fraud upon the grand jury by the State’s Attorney in failing to present fact that alleged act of “touching an officer’s ear” was induced/triggered by the Sheriff Courtroom Deputies violating ADA accommodations for disabled Shelton in that they pushed her, causing her to lose balance, and triggered a PTSD flashback, causing her to cower and waive her hands around her head believing she was being attacked.

Update 12/9/16: UPDATE – On 12/9/16 Judge Cannon granted Motion to rewrite the order denying Motion to Declare Battery statute unconstitutional so that Shelton can immediately appeal it; however, when a crazy detainee bolted and ran into Shelton trying to escape on 12/9/16 Shelton was slightly injured and hearing rescheduled for 1/20/17 when order will be written and Shelton will finish her argument that charges are void due to prosecutor’s fraud upon the grand jury.

Update 7/13/16: she denied motion to declare battery statute unconstitutional – next motion claims charge  void as fraud on grand jury & ADA violated when officers used disability to trigger harmless “criminal act” of touching officer’s ear charged as felony  battery with up to 14 yr sentence

On July 13, 2016 Judge Diane Cannon will announce her written opinion concerning Dr. Shelton’s motion to declare the Illinois battery and aggravated battery statutes unconstitutional concerning de minimus, minor, or no harm with alleged crime of touching or raking contact with a person or officer. Help fight injustice in Illinois by coming to court at 10 am 7/13/16 room 506 at 2600 S. California Ave (no cell phones or electronic devices allowed in courthouse).

Shelton’s argument is that charging a disabled tremulous, spastic person with felony battery for touching an officer due to their spasticity or due to an officer purposely inducing a PTSD flashback where a person unintentionally touches an officer  without harming them is abusive and unconstitutional.

It is particularly abusive and unconstitutional as it violates the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) in that in this case against Shelton the Court Disability Coordinator, Melissa Pacelli, had been given written documentation by a psychiatrist and other physicians that Shelton suffers from PTSD (post-traumatic-stress disorder) due to having been previously beaten by Sheriff and Chicago police officers and during flashbacks triggered by specific actions of officers as a result of the PTSD she “misperceives ongoing events” (becomes confused believing she is being attacked by officers) and that male officers should not yell at her and grab her, but should “back-off” if a flashback occurs as Shelton is “inherently non-violent”, as well as because she cowers, is fearful, and crys, as well as may defensively waive her arms around her head thinking she is defending herself or may reach out suddenly to prevent herself from mis-perceived falling during flashbacks if pushed as she suffers from congenital and acquired severe balance problems requiring the use of a walker and if pushed she grabs out involuntarily to keep from falling. Thus, they should wait until the flashback is over and she understands what is going on when one occurs, rather than rush her, grab her, and push her. Such actions by officers will cause Shelton to unintentionally touch officers and this fact is sufficient to be an outrageous reason to charge Shelton with felony battery that has as a sentence a possibility of as much as 14 years in prison.

As intent is a required element of the crime of battery, during flashbacks, Shelton is unable to form intent to harm an officer due to the PTSD and balance issues if she is pushed, particularly by loud and aggressive male officers, and the criteria for felony battery is unconstitutional according to Shelton due to the fact that a disabled person without intent can be charged with felony battery merely for touching an officer under such a circumstance.

For more information about the aggravated battery case against Shelton for “touching an officer’s ear” see this post.

Recently a grandmother, Ms. Tina Hunt plead guilty of aggravated battery for kicking an officer in a courtroom when she got mad and received a one year sentence – she could have received a mandatory six year sentence if she went on trial before a jury. This would have been a harsher sentence than a sentence for sticking a knife into an officer or throwing acid in a person’s face. This is outrageous abuse of criminal law. That is why Shelton has argued that the statute is unconstitutional.

Written Motion to Declare Battery Statute Unconstitutional

States Written Response to Shelton’s Motion to Declare Battery Statute Unconstitutional

Shelton’s Written Reply to States Written Response to Shelton’s Motion to Declare Battery Statute Unconstitutional

Oral argument by Shelton

After Shelton’s oral argument in May 2016, Judge Cannon gave the State another two weeks to prepare their oral argument. The State’s response was as follows:

State’s Argument essentially was “we stand on our written pleading” – [apparently they had no rational argument to counter Shelton’s pleadings and statements.]

The judge then gave herself six weeks to consider the arguments and come up with a written decision. Judge Cannon’s written decision will be announced on July 13, 2016.

UPDATE: Her decision was a two sentence statement without ANY explanation: “The defendant’s motion to declare the Aggravated Battery Statute unconstitutional is respectfully denied. This is a final order. Dated July 13, 2016 by Judge Diane Cannon.

Appeal will be filed, but in Illinois it likely won’t be filed until the end of the case because the higher courts have no jurisdiction on pretrial motions [known as interlocutory motions] until ALL issues in the case are final or until IL Supreme Court Rule 304(a) is followed. Shelton is filing a motion to rewrite the order properly, but it probably will be denied on 12/9/16. UPDATE – On 12/9/16 Judge Cannon granted Motion to rewrite the order, however, when a crazy detainee bolted and ran into Shelton trying to escape on 12/9/16 Shelton was slightly injured and hearing rescheduled for 1/20/17 when order will be written. This rule states as follows:

Supreme Court Rule 304(a) provides as follows:

ll Parties or Claims — Necessity for Special Finding. If multiple parties or multiple claims for relief are involved in an action, an appeal may be taken from a final judgment as to one or more but fewer than all of the parties or claims only if the trial court has made an express written finding that there is no just reason for delaying enforcement or appeal. Such a finding may be made at the time of the entry of the judgment or thereafter on the court’s own motion or on motion of any party. The time for filing the notice of appeal shall run from the entry of the required finding. In the absence of such a finding, any judgment that adjudicates fewer than all the claims or the rights and liabilities of fewer than all the parties is not enforceable or appealable and is subject to revision at any time before the entry of a judgment adjudicating all the claims, rights, and liabilities of all the parties.” (87 Ill.2d R. 304(a).)

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It is without common sense, but the Illinois Appellate Court said that using the word “final” does not comply with Illinois Supreme Court rule 304(a).

According to the Illinois Appellate Court 1st District an interlocutory order that states that a pretrial order  is “final and appealable” is insufficient to confer jurisdiction on the appellate court. Until the final disposition of all issues in the case the statutory terms “there is no just reason for delaying enforcement or appeal” are required to confer jurisdiction of the Appellate Court from a pretrial order of the local Circuit Court. Greer v. Yellow Cab Co., 582 N.E.2d 1292, 221 Ill. App.3d 908, 164 Ill.Dec. 348, (1991) IL App (1) 1-89-1548

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Motion to declare Illinois battery statutes unconstitutional

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Come to court and stand-up for Shelton’s argument that the IL battery statutes are unconstitutional and are systematically abusive to defendants. 5/9/16 rm 506 2600 S California, 10 am, Chicago, IL

Malicious charges of felony battery can be charged for touching an officer with a piece of paper, bumping an officer when one is spastic, or minor touching with no injury such as touching a pointed finger against an arm. Outrageous sentences can be give for up to 30 years for such alleged crimes.

Outrageously malicious Cook County State’s Attorney, who refuses to listen to reason or discipline her out of control prosecutors has intensely targeted Shelton to shut her up about her complaints against corrupt judges, police, and attorneys. Shelton needs the public’s support to survive these 15 years of unrelenting attacks against her as a whistle blower with false arrests and malicious prosecutions.

Please, in a short letter, write the U.S. Dept. Of Justice Division on Disabilities here and request their investigation of the Cook County courts and Sheriff’s office for malicious prosecution of whistle blowers, denial of due process and denial of equal protection, as well as failure to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act, abuse of prisoners, and discrimination against minorities, particularly Blacks and Hispanics:

U.S.Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Disability Rights- NYAV
Washington, D.C. 20530

Dr. Shelton, who is spastic, with hereditary intention tremors, severe balance problems where she reaches out and grabs anything involuntarily if pushed, and who suffers from PTSD after she was beaten by officers, is charged with felony battery for “touching an officer’s ear” resulting in no injury, because it was “insulting and provoking conduct.”

The officers purposely triggered the PTSD flashbacks during which she “misperceives ongoing events” due to the dream-like state or “altered state of consciousness” caused by the PTSD, then despite an agreement to accommodate her disabilities and “back-off” until the flashback  passed (during which she is confused, cowers, and is harmless) they jumped at her like a dog pack, picking her up off the floor and carried her to the lock-up. Next court date May 9, 2016, 10 am,  rm 506, 26th & California, Chicago, IL

One woman was recently convicted of kicking an officer in the shin with no injury, but because he claimed “insulting and provoking conduct” and because she has a prior felony conviction, she faces a MANDATORY minimum 6 year sentence! Read the news article here.

Read Dr. Galatzer-Levy’s letter about accommodations needed for Shelton’s psychiatric condition of PTSD (post-traumatic-stress disorder) here.

Shelton faces a possible minimum of 6 yrs for allegedly “touching an officer’s ear” during a court hearing, which the officer claims was “insulting and provoking conduct,” despite the fact the officers purposely triggered a PTSD flashback, for which the Court Disability Coordinator had been told and shown medical records proving Shelton is unaware of her surroundings during PTSD flashbacks and for which a letter from a psychiatrist instructed the court to prevent officers from triggering flashbacks and to back-off if they occur as Shelton would cower, cry, be confused and waive her hands around her head to protect herself against perceived blows (due to flashback symptoms of being attacked by officers-initially triggered by attacks for which she has photographic proof). This is a federal ADA violation because the court and its officers are required to accommodate disabilities and they were aware of and instructed about this PTSD disability. Under the law (court precedent) Shelton should not even be charged as the charges are invalid if caused by the victim violating the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). See: Tennessee v. Lane, 541 U.S. 509, 533-34, 124 S. Ct. 1978, 158 L. Ed. 2d 820 (2004) and related line of cases; see also Reed v. State of Illinois, 2015 7th Circ. 14-1745.

Click here to download full motion: Motion to declare Illinois battery statute unconstitutional

This motion alleges that the Illinois battery and aggravated battery statutes are unconstitutional because:

(a) they are discriminatory and therefore violate the Americans with Disabilities Act,

(b) they suffer from overbreadth thereby making innocent contact criminal,

(c) they are vague and therefore subject to misuse and impossible to determine if an act is innocent or criminal,

(d) they deny equal protection as there is no rationality as to how they are applied to protect the public interests concerned, and

(e) they deny due process in violating the Proportionate Penalties Clause of our Illinois Constitution (they are cruel, degrading or so wholly disproportionate to the offense committed as to shock the moral sense of the community in alleging the same act and penalty for touching an officer’s ear [or even for touching an officer’s bullet proof vest with a piece of paper] as for beating an officer so bad he is in critical condition, stabbing a citizen numerous times with a knife, or making a bomb which explodes and harms a person).

These statutes also violate the separation of powers clause in that they de facto give the judiciary the power to legislate, in that the judges, not the legislature decide what conduct is a crime and what sentence a person committing that conduct should receive, out of a vast array of possible conducts, which are both unintentional and intentional, depending upon whom you believe.

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