Did the Fire Chief set the deadly blaze?

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
February 05 2015

After 36 Years, a New York Town Sifts Through Suspicions on a Fatal Fire

“Law enforcement officials in Greece, N.Y., say they are close to seeking an indictment in connection with a 1978 motel fire that killed 10 people.”

[W]hat Greece lacks in permanent memorials it makes up for in coffee-shop conversations, and opinions, about who set the fire and why justice has never been served.

Thirty-six years later, the blaze — one of the deadliest hotel fires in the state’s history — is still under active investigation. Law enforcement officials say they are close to seeking an indictment; the prime suspect says he is innocent. Yet for people in this working-class town outside Rochester, the story is as much one of local political intrigue as of law and order.

The twist? According to officials briefed on the case, that suspect — who was also the first firefighter to arrive at the scene — is the current fire chief.

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Harold J. Phillips, then an off-duty lieutenant with the Ridge Road Fire District, was the first to report the fire, which began in a basement stairwell.

Mr. Phillips, who is both the suspect and the Ridge Road district’s current chief, has always maintained that the fire’s outbreak was accidental. He declined to be interviewed for this article. He told The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester in 2013 that the suspicion about him had taken a toll. “All these innuendos and rumors out there not only bother me, but are hurtful to my family,” he said.

Chief Phillips’s lawyer, James Nobles, said in a statement on Saturday that there was “no credible evidence” that his client “had any involvement in the fire.”

“I believe, after a thorough investigation, that the fire being an arson is also very questionable,” Mr. Nobles said, adding that he doubted that any presentation of the case to a grand jury was “likely or imminent.”

The Fire Burned the Holiday Inn in Greece, NY

Harold J. Phillips in 1978. A fire lieutenant at the time, he was the first to report the blaze. Credit Burr Lewis/Democrat and Chronicle

In interviews over the years, Chief Phillips, who is known as Bud, has said he was driving by the Holiday Inn after finishing a moonlighting shift as a security guard when he saw the flames.

His call, just after 2:30 a.m., set off a swell of sirens; 125 firefighters were soon battling a full-on inferno as motel guests leapt from the windows in their pajamas. Dozens were injured. More than 150 people escaped, but 10 did not. Seven of the dead were Canadians, including three women from one family.

“In my world, I was in the right place at the right time,” Chief Phillips told The Democrat and Chronicle in 2013. “My actions saved lives.”

To many in town, though, Chief Phillips, now 66, was no hero.

A local investigator initially called the fire an accident. But an expert fire investigator from New York City, John Stickevers, was quickly brought in. He concluded that the blaze had been deliberately set. The police in Greece had 10 homicides on their hands.

Mr. Stickevers, who retired years later as New York City’s chief fire marshal, recalled in an interview that he first saw Chief Phillips while watching coverage of the fire on television when it happened. He sensed something was off, he said, but could not say exactly what.

His suspicions were heightened, he said, when he arrived in Greece to conduct his inquiry: He asserts that it would have been impossible to see the flames from the street, as Chief Phillips had described.

The link to the full article is at the top of this post.

[Ventura County, California criminal defense lawyer and State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist Jay Leiderman provides defense of cases involving oppression leveled against activists and hacktivists. He does all types of cases involving the digital revolution, civil rights, political dissent, emerging tech issues in the courts, piracy, Search and seizure issues, freedom on the internet, fighting against unjust systems, governmental and prosecutorial overreach, medical marijuana, and overall injustice. Jay fights for the underdog. Jay is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. Jay is pro-privacy for hte individual and believes in transparency for hte state and large corporations. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), The National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG), The California Public Defender’s Association (CPDA) and is also a lifetime member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ). He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts.]

55 thoughts on “Did the Fire Chief set the deadly blaze?

  1. Now they got very much hope invested in the special prosecutors for police misconduct. More importantly, just like in Seinfeld where Kramer says they’re out to get everybody, and George says, “The government?” No, you steer clear when you say something that way, as he or she, I don’t care what hes or shes are in the sherbet theory. Pirate, just as he (nobody) asked.
    The claim at her I’m lookin’ at, they got you a shirt from the film “Life of Brian”. (They) asks King Herod to release Roderick, instead of Jesus. The Luthor at it in Rome said, “We-Weece Woddewick!” I raised the one

  2. Helping shape law

    Today, Leiderman is one of the top attorneys in the country for people accused of violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or the CFAA. It’s a red-hot area of law, the subject of recent congressional hearings by lawmakers concerned with the prosecution of programmer and activist Aaron Swartz, who was facing CFAA charges when he committed suicide in January.

    Although he didn’t work on Swartz’s defense, Leiderman seems to have had a piece of almost every other headline-grabbing hacking case. This month, when Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys was indicted on charges of enabling a hack of a newspaper website owned by his former employer, Tribune Company, he hired Leiderman as one half of his defense team.

    Like the rest of his computer crimes work, Leiderman took the Keys case pro bono. He pays the bills doing standard criminal defense work in Ventura County, including the ongoing appeal of convicted rapist Andrew Luster’s 124-year sentence, and defending medical marijuana sellers all over the state.

    Computer crimes interest him for the same reason medical marijuana does: It’s an area of the law that’s relatively new, so there are plenty of gray areas and potential test cases.

    “In both cases, you’re just starting to see the law being shaped, and you can be the tip of that blade that’s shaping the law,” he said.

    Leiderman, 41, started his career as a public defender and now has his own firm. He traces his interest in computer crimes to late 2010 and early 2011, when his wife was pregnant with their son. They’d stopped going out at night, and Leiderman quickly grew tired of watching television.

    He started reading about the hacker collective Anonymous and its war on PayPal, Visa and MasterCard. The companies had all blocked donations to WikiLeaks after the site published its trove of leaked diplomatic cables. Anonymous retaliated with something called a distributed denial-of-service attack, slowing down the financial companies’ websites.

    The U.S. government was tracking the hackers and prosecuting some of them, and that didn’t sit well with Leiderman. He thought the denial-of-service attacks were legitimate protests and should be treated the same as a march or a sit-in.

    Sometime in the spring of 2011, Leiderman announced on Twitter that he would be happy to represent any “righteous hacktivists” free of charge. A friend retweeted the message to influential people in the hacker community, and the next thing Leiderman knew, he was exchanging emails with Commander X.

  3. Prison Riot

    The warden, addressing the three instigators of a failed prison riot, said, “I would like to know two things. First: Why did you revolt? Second: How did you get out of your cell?” One of the three men stepped forward, “Warden, we rebelled because the food is awful. “I see. And what did you use to break the bars?” The warden asked. Replied the spokesman, “FrenchToast…”

  4. Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a herd of buffalo? A: The lawyer charges more. Q: What’s black and brown and looks good on an attorney? A: A doberman pinscher. Q. What’s the difference between God and a lawyer? A. God does not think he is a lawyer! Q: Did you hear they just released a new Barbie doll called “Divorced Barbie”? A: Yeah, it comes with half of Ken’s things and alimony. Q: What’s the problem with lawyer jokes? A: Lawyer’s don’t think they’re funny, and no one else thinks they’re jokes. Q: Where can you find a good lawyer? A: At the city morgue. Q: What is the difference between a female lawyer and a pitbull? A: Lipstick Q: What’s the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer? A: A bad lawyer can let a case drag out for several years. A good lawyer can make it last even longer. Q: What’s the difference between a porcupine and a Mercedes Benz full of lawyers? A: The porcupine has pricks on the outside. Q: Why won’t sharks attack lawyers? A: Professional courtesy. Q: What do you have when a lawyer is buried up to his neck in sand? A: Not enough sand. Q: How can you tell if a lawyer is well hung? A: You can’t get a finger between the rope and his neck! Q: If you are stranded on a desert island with Adolph Hitler, Atilla the Hun, and a lawyer, and you have a gun with only two bullets, what do you do? A: Shoot the lawyer twice. Q: What do you call 5000 dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A: A good start! Q: How can you tell when a lawyer is lying? A: His lips are moving. Q: What’s the difference between a dead dog in the road and a dead lawyer in the road? A: There are skid marks in front of the dog. Q: Why did God make snakes just before lawyers? A: To practice.

    source: http://www.jokes4us.com/peoplejokes/lawyerjokes/lawyeronelinerjokes.html

  5. Now the police coming with his ball and chain
    Police coming with his ball and chain
    And they accusing me of murder, never harmed a man

    Now some got six months, some got one solid year
    Some got six months, some got one solid year
    Now me and my buddy got a lifetime here

    Now the judge he pleaded, clerk, he wrote it down
    Judge he pleaded, clerk, he wrote it down
    That if I miss jail sentence now, must be Joliet bound

    Now cook my supper, let me go to bed
    Cook my supper now, let me go to bed
    I’ve been drinking white lightning and it’s gone to my head

    Now you quit me baby, first thing you want to do
    Quit me baby, first thing you want to do
    Some day you gonna want me, cinch and I won’t want you

    Now the police shivved his old pistol in my side
    Police shivved his old pistol in my side
    Said if you run big boy, now, must be born to die

    When they had my trial, you could not be found
    Had my trial, you could not be found
    Now I done got all messed up and I’m Joliet bound

    The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    http://www.missingkids.com/

  6. A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. ~Robert Frost

    This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  7. “If logic and reason, the hard, cold products of the mind, can be relied upon to deliver justice or produce the truth, how is it that these brain-heavy judges rarely agree? Five-to-four decisions are the rule, not the exception. Nearly half of the court must be unjust and wrong nearly half of the time. Each decision, whether the majority or minority, exudes logic and reason like the obfuscating ink from a jellyfish, and in language as opaque. The minority could have as easily become the decision of the court. At once we realize that logic, no matter how pretty and neat, that reason, no matter how seemingly profound and deep, does not necessarily produce truth, much less justice. Logic and reason often become but tools used by those in power to deliver their load of injustice to the people. And ultimate truth, if, indeed, it exists, is rarely recognizable in the endless rows of long words that crowd page after page of most judicial regurgitations.”
    ― Gerry Spence, How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday

  8. “There was polite laughter in the courtroom. Bosch noticed that the attorneys — prosecution and defense — dutifully joined in, a couple of them overdoing it. It had been his experience that while in open court a judge could not possibly tell a joke that the lawyers did not laugh at.”
    ― Michael Connelly, A Darkness More Than Night

  9. Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverend than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
    Bacon—Essays. Of Judicature.

  10. The 4th Branch by Immortal Technique
    9 to 5 by Dolly Parton

    The Abolitionist’s Hymn

    Abraham, Malcolm and John by Dion

    American Idiot by Green Day

    American Terrorist by Lupe Fiasco

    Anarchy in the U.K. by the Sex Pistols

    Apartheid Is Nazism by Alpha Blondy

    Bad Time to Be Poor by the Rheostatics

    Ball of Confusion by the Temptations

    Ballad of a Soldier’s Wife by PJ Harvey

    Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil

    Big Boss Man by Jimmy Reed

    Biko by Peter Gabriel

    Black Dialogue by the Perceptionists

    Black Man by Stevie Wonder

    Black Zombie by Nas

    Bleed for Me by Dead Kennedys

    Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan

    Bomb the World by Spearhead

    Boom! by System of a Down

    Boys in Blue by Ani DiFranco

    Bullets of Truth by Dumbfounded

    Bullshit Politicians by Propagandhi

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Buffy Sainte Marie

    Call It Democracy by Bruce Cockburn

    Cash in Your Face by Stevie Wonder

    Cesspools in Eden by Dead Kennedys

    A Change Is Gonna Come by Same Cooke

    Change Myself by Todd Rundgren

    Conversation Peace by Stevie Wonder

    Crazy Baldhead by Bob Marley

    Crime to Be Broke by Spearhead

    Cross Road Blues by Robert Johnson

    Cry Freedom by Dave Matthews Band

    Crying Shame by Jack Johnson

    Dear Mr. President by P!nk

    Decades by Joe Walsh

    Democracy in Kind by State Radio

    Deportee by Woody Guthrie

    Do They Know It’s Christmas (Feed the World)

    Dominant Species by Immortal Technique

    (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below Us We’re All Going to Go by Curtis Mayfield

    Equal Rights by Peter Tosh

    Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone

    Fight Back by Holly Near

    Fight the Power by the Isley Brothers

    Fight the Power by Public Enemy (1990)

    Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Freedom by Jurassic 5

    Freedom by Rage Against the Machine

    Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley

    Gimme Some Truth by John Lennon

    Give Peace a Chance by John Lennon

    Give the People the Right to Vote by Sweet Honey in the Rock

    Give the People What They Want by the O’Jays

    Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder

    Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon

    Harvest for the World by Isley Brothers

    Have You Been to Jail for Justice? by Anne Feeney

    Heartbeat Props by Digital Underground

    Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder

    Hole in the Bucket by Spearhead

    Houston by Mary Chapin Carpenter

    I Ain’t Marching Anymore by Phil Ochs

    I Am an Abolitionist by William Lloyd Garrison (1848)

    I Fought the Law by Dead Kennedys

    I Had No Right by Dar Williams

    I Hope by Dixie Chicks

    Imagine by John Lennon

    Indian Reservation by Paul Revere and the Raiders

    Inner City Blues by Marvin Gaye

    John Brown’s Body (Union Marching Song, original version; 1861)

    John Brown’s Body (Union Marching Song, 2nd version; 1861)

    Just My Soul Responding by Smokey Robinson

    Keep Ya Head Up by 2Pac

    Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine

    The Killing of Georgie by Rod Stewart

    The Klan by Gil Scott-Heron

    The Last Resort by the Eagles

    Lincoln and Liberty by Jessie Hutchinson (1860)

    Living for the City by Stevie Wonder

    London Calling by The Clash

    Lost Woman Song by Ani DiFranco

    Mathematics by Mos Def

    Me Against the World by Tupac Shakur

    Mercy Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye

    The Message by Grandmaster Flash

    Minority by Green Day

    Mosh by Eminem

    Mississippi Goddam by Nina Simone

    Nelson Mandela by The Specials

    No More by Eddie Vedder

    No Rest for the Weary by Blue Scholars

    Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

    On Every Corner by Ani DiFranco

    One by U2

    One Tin Soldier by The Original Caste

    Paper and Ink by Tracy Chapman

    Peace, Love, and Understanding by Elvis Costello

    Peace Train by Cat Stevens

    People Are People by Depeche Mode

    People Have the Power by Patti Smith

    Police State by Dead Prez

    Poor Boy by Steve Earle

    Poor Side of Town by Johnny Rivers

    The Poverty of Philosophy by Immortal Technique

    Powerless (Say What You Want) by Nelly Furtado

    Promiscuity by Ani DiFranco

    Propaganda by Dead Prez

    Pump Your Fist by Kool Moe Dee

    Rape of the World by Tracy Chapman

    Redemption Song by Bob Marley

    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron

    Rockin’ in the Free World by Neil Young

    Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud) by James Brown

    School by Supertramp

    Self-Destruction by the Stop the Violence Movement

    Shaking the Tree by Peter Gabriel

    A Song for Assata by Common

    A Spade by Ani DiFranco

    Stand Up by Flobots

    Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday

    Stupid Girls by P!nk

    Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2

    Taking It to the Streets by the Doobie Brothers

    Talkin’ Bout a Revolution by Tracy Chapman

    Them Belly Full by Bob Marley

    They School by Dead Prez

    This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

    Time to Build by the Beastie Boys

    Twenty by Robert Cray

    Uncle Sam Goddamn by Brother Ali

    Universal Soldier by Donovan

    War by Bob Marley

    War by Edwin Starr

    We Shall Overcome by Pete Seeger

    We the People Who Are Darker than Blue by Curtis Mayfield

    We’re All in the Same Gang by the West Coast Rap All Stars

    What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

    When Will We Be Paid? by Prince

    Where Is the Love by the Black Eyed Peas

    Which Side Are You On? Florence Reece

    Whitey on the Moon by Gil Scott-Heron

    Why? by Tracy Chapman

    Words of Wisdom by Tupac Shakur

    Workers’ Song by Dick Gaughan

    World Turned Upside Down by Dick Gaughan

    World Turned Upside Down by Billy Bragg

    World Wide Suicide by Pearl Jam

    You Can’t Blame the Youth by Bob Marley

    You Must Learn by KRS-One

    Zimbabwe by Bob Marley

  11. Art thou a magistrate? then be severe;
    If studious, copy fair what time hath blurr’d,
    Redeem truth from his jaws: if soldier,
    Chase brave employments with a naked sword
    Throughout the world. Fool not, for all may have
    If they dare try, a glorious life, or grave.
    Herbert—The Church Porch. St. 15.

  12. Warren Zevon, “Mr. Bad Example”:

    Of course I went to law school
    And took a law degree
    And counseled all my clients
    To plead insanity…

  13. Definitely the theme to Perry Mason!

    “Poor Jenny” by the Everly Brothers involves being arrested.

    Mojo Nixon has a song, “Kill All Lawyers.” Probably not what you’re looking for.

    “Long Arm of the Law,” Warren Zevon

    “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” (“Don’t trust your soul to no back woods southern lawyer”)

    Since the Specials have been mentioned, you could also go with Prince Buster’s “Judge Dread,” which is all dialogue within a courtroom. I’m don’t recall if there’s a lawyer involved, though!

  14. The Garden of Allah by Don Henley:

    Today I made an appearance downtown
    I am an expert witness because I say I am
    And I said gentlemen, and I use that world loosely
    I will testify for you, I’m a gun for hire,I’m a saint, I’m a liar
    Because there are no facts, there is no truth
    Just data to be manipulated
    I can get you any result you like
    What’s it worth to you?
    Because there is no wrong, there is no right
    And I sleep very well at night.

    Practically the lawyer’s manifesto, I’d say.

  15. The Specials – “Stupid Marriage”

    …Court in session.
    What do you mean
    ‘Oy oy oy’? Must have court in session.
    Order. My name is Judge Roughneck,
    And I will not tolerate any disobedience in my courtroom.
    Rude boy, you have been brought in
    Front of me and charged
    With smashing this woman’s window.
    Before I sentence you,
    What have you got to say in your defense?…

  16. “25 Minutes to Go,” by Johnny Cash.

    “Well they’re building the gallows outside my cell, with 25 minutes to go…
    And in 25 minutes I’ll be in hell, I got 24 minutes to go…

    And my lawyer says he’s sorry that he missed my case, with 15 minutes to go…
    ‘Well if you’re so sorry, then come and take my place,’ with 14 minutes to go…”

  17. Doolin-Dalton, by the Eagles:

    Go down, Bill Dalton, it must be God’s will,
    Two brothers lyin’ dead in Coffeyville
    Two voices call to you from where they stood
    Lay down your law books now
    They’re no damn good

  18. “Day of the Locusts”
    I glanced into the chamber where the judges were talking
    Darkness was everywhere, it smelled like a tomb

    “Moonlight”
    Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief
    It takes a thief to catch a thief

    “Ballad of a Thin Man”
    With great lawyers you have
    Discussed lepers and crooks

    “Hurricane”
    The trial was a pig circus; he never had a chance

    “Little Sadie”
    The judge and the jury they took their stand.
    The judge had the papers in his right hand.

    There are actually a bunch of Dylan songs that mention judges. Also, if you really want to add to your collection dig into some old murder ballads – plenty of judges and trials there.

    And, I leave you with a Woody Guthrie classic:

    “Philadelphia Lawyer”
    Way out in Reno, Nevada
    Where romance blooms and fades
    A great Philadelphia lawyer
    Was in love with a Hollywood maid

  19. Jay-Z’s “99 Problems,” a mini-treatise on 4th Amendment law, if ever there was one:

    The year is ’94 and in my trunk is raw
    In my rear view mirror is the mother f*cking law
    I got two choices yall pull over the car or
    bounce on the double put the pedal to the floor
    Now I ain’t trying to see no highway chase with jake
    Plus I got a few dollars I can fight the case
    So I…pull over to the side of the road
    And I heard “Son do you know why I’m stopping you for?”
    Cause I’m young and I’m black and my hats real low
    Do I look like a mind reader sir, I don’t know
    Am I under arrest or should I guess some mo?
    “Well you was doing fifty five in a fifty four”
    “License and registration and step out of the car”
    “Are you carrying a weapon on you I know a lot of you are”
    I ain’t stepping out of shit all my papers legit
    “Do you mind if I look round the car a little bit?”
    Well my glove compartment is locked so is the trunk and the back
    And I know my rights so you gon’ need a warrant for that
    “Aren’t you sharp as a tack are some type of lawyer or something?”
    “Or somebody important or something?”
    Nah I ain’t pass the bar but I know a little bit
    Enough that you won’t illegally search my sh*t
    “Well see how smart you are when the K-9’s come”

  20. “. . . And Justice For All” by Metallica

    Halls of Justice painted green
    Money talking
    Power wolves beset your door
    Hear them stalking
    Soon you’ll please their appetite
    They devour
    Hammer of Justice crushes you
    Overpower
    The ultimate in vanity
    Exploiting their supremacy
    I can’t belive the things you say
    I can’t believe the price you pay
    Nothing can save you
    Justice is lost
    Justice is raped
    Justice is gone
    Pulling your strings, justice is done
    Seeking no truth
    Winning is all
    Find it so grim, so true so real

    Apathy their stepping stone
    So unfeeling
    Hidden deep animosity
    So deceiving
    Through your eyes their light burns
    Hoping to find
    Inquisition sinking you
    With prying minds

    Lady Justice has been raped
    Truth assassin
    Rolls of red tape seal your lips
    Now you’re done in
    Thier money tips her scales again
    Make your deal
    Just what is truth I cannot tell
    Cannot feel

  21. End of the Innocence – Don Henley

    “Remember when the days were long
    And rolled beneath a deep blue sky
    Didnt have a care in the world
    With mommy and daddy standing by
    When happily ever after fails
    And weve been poisoned by these fairy tales
    The lawyers dwell on small details
    Since daddy had to fly…”

  22. Will Your Lawyer Talk to God For You? — With its old-timey steel pedal guitar and Wells’ classic country vocal, this track poses a cosmological dilemma for many in the legal business — or as Kitty puts it when asked to sign the divorce papers, “Man-made laws set you free on earth but is God satisfied? Will your lawyer talk to God for you?” This simple country and Western tune is the only one on our list to make BillBoard’s Top Ten (1962). By the way, Wells’ attorney never had to discuss divorce with the Almighty. She may have had the longest celebrity marriage in history having been married to country singer Johnnie Wright for over seventy years.

  23. My Dad’s a Lawyer — Some might find this track a bit overbearing — what with bad-boy folkie Geoff Berner’s taunting tenor and the honking accordion he uses for accompaniment. But those elements actually add to the song’s message as Berner goads listeners, “You don’t like the way I sing. Go ahead take a swing cause my dad’s a lawyer.” This track has us conflicted; on the one hand we don’t like the mocking encouragement to litigation; on the other hand, we’re glad to see family pride in the legal profession.

  24. Songs about Alibis

    Alibi – Anna Luna (2006)
    Alibis – Tracy Lawrence (1993)
    Alibis and Crimes – Ray Tarantino (2007)
    Be My Alibi – Fighting With Shadows (2008)
    Bulletproof Alibi – Dana Monteith (2007)
    Don’t Have an Alibi – Base (2009)
    Friends and Alibis – Escape the Fate (2006)
    Left With Alibis and Lying Eyes – Emery (2005)
    Lies and Alibis – Chris Pope (2008)
    Necessary Alibis – Moonman (2006)
    Need No Alibi – 59 Times the Pain (2008)
    No Alibi – Strategic Intent (2007)
    Perfect Alibi – Jennifer Aubry (2007)
    She’s My Alibi – Dennis Russell (2001)
    Whiskey Lies and Alibis – Teresa Lynne (2006)
    White Lies and Alibis – Ashley Jay (2001)
    You Are My Alibi – Deity (2005)
    Your Alibi Called Today – Norma Jean (1967)

  25. As in real life, as in pop music. Lawyers get blamed for resulting legal hardships in spite of their best efforts even though they could not nor should they take responsibility for the events causing or leading up to the hardship which so inspired some song-writer such as this snippet from the 1988 hit Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

  26. 5. Basic Civil Rights
    “Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man’, fundamental to our very existence and survival. …Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State. These convictions must be reversed.”

  27. 4. Equal Punishment Rejected
    “We have rejected the proposition … that the requirement of equal protection of the laws is satisfied … so long as white and Negro participants in the offense were similarly punished.”

  28. 2. Racial Classifications Repugnant
    “[W]e find the racial classifications in these statutes repugnant to the Fourteenth Amendment, even assuming an even-handed state purpose to protect the ‘integrity’ of all races.”

  29. Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, 440 Mass. 309

    Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family. “It is an association that promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects.” Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.

    It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a “civil right.”
    Without the right to marry – or more properly, the right to choose to marry – one is excluded from the full range of human experience and denied full protection of the laws for one’s “avowed commitment to an intimate and lasting human relationship.” Because civil marriage is central to the lives of individuals and the welfare of the community, our laws assiduously protect the individual’s right to marry against undue government incursion.

    That same-sex couples are willing to embrace marriage’s solemn obligations of exclusivity, mutual support, and commitment to one another is a testament to the enduring place of marriage in our laws and in the human spirit.

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    In his speech to supporting the candidature, Vlad Plahotniuc presented his vision about PDM as a party “that delivers concrete results, leading things through, a party of action”. He has shown being a politician for the people, criticizing those politicians who only speak words and pretend to be “Vlad Tepes or the Snow White”.

    Vlad Plahotniuc highlighted the need for a party of Moldovans and for Moldovans, criticizing the persistent and excessive geopolitical position of the parties in the country to the detriment of any concrete projects for the people. “In the election campaigns, but also after elections, you get the feeling that Europeans, Romanians, Russians and Americans are at war. And where do we find Moldovans in this scheme? Which is the party of Moldovans? Which party can people trust and have faith in solving their problems?”

    Vlad Plahotniuc also said that PDM must be “a party with initiative, a party with professional people, a party offering solutions for people’s problems, with a truly European “modus operandi” and its progressive vision of development of the country”.

    He said that PDM would come with an initiative for reform of the political class, “beginning with the optimization of Parliament and Government, giving the people the real control over the Parliament, identifying the levers for the people to punish those failing in their duties”. The new chairman of the party has proposed a PDM “committed to solve the people’s real problems, with the support from the Government and the Parliament”.

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    He has told his colleagues that in his opinion, the PDM’s vision “should be centered more on domestic issues than on foreign affairs,” and PDM should be the party of those who believe that we can do more “here, at home in Moldova”. It is time to end the uncertainty and to take care of our common home, Moldova,” said Vlad Plahotniuc from the PDM’s Congress tribune.

    The democratic leader concluded his speech by thanking the former democrat chairmen Marian Lupu and Dumitru Diacov for their contributions to the stability of Moldova and development of PDM.

    Elections within the Congress continued with voting the membership of the new National Political Council.

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