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Too Politically Sensitive: Since When Is Murder Too Politically Sensitive Hardcover – May 8, 2009
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In 2000, Michale Callahan was the newly promoted Investigations Commander over a nine county area in East Central Illinois. His first assignment, to review the fourteen-year-old murder of a young, newlywed couple, Dyke and Karen Rhoads, would change his life forever, shattering his faith in the department he had loved and had dedicated his life to. Rumblings from the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, The Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and an impending show on CBS's 48 Hours were that two men had been wrongfully convicted for these murders. This attention drew deep concern from the corrupt administration of Governor George Ryan and the politically compromised command of the Illinois State Police. During his career Lieutenant Michale Callahan had helped to put more than his fair share of criminals behind bars, but little did he know that the biggest adversaries he would ever face were those within his own department. This true story is about his fight to search for the truth, no matter where it may lead, to search for the real killers and help free the two innocent men he learned were railroaded into prison. As the story unfolds it becomes his and every citizen's worst nightmare when any crime is deemed "too politically sensitive "instead of justice for the victims. Callahan's fight continued with his personal battle against a corrupt and powerful state that was more interested in covering up the scandal and silencing its employees than seeking justice. His battle led to the United States Supreme Court, where he continues to fight for his and every American's First Amendment protection, the freedom of speech.
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Corruption touches, to some extent, every Official Office in the State of Illinois. No community is free from it. So it is absolutely essential these cases be brought to public light to increase the citizens awareness and understanding of their Government's failures due to preferential treatment of the Politically Favored. Particularly to the extent that corruption results in wrongfully accused being imprisoned on Death Row to cover up Murder. Hopefully Citizenry who read this will become more enlightened and vigil in their considerations of prospective public officials. I would recommend this book to every public official so they come to know someone is watching and they will eventually be outed should they waver on their Solemn Oath's of service when they take Public Office.
The circumstances of the book point to a massive cover-up of the killers of a young married couple just starting a life together in Paris. What caused the local police, sheriff's office and county prosecuter to falisify, lie and frame two innocent men that would spend over 20-years each in prison? Who actually murdered the young couple? Why did the Illinois State Police decide to muzzle a belated investigation more than a dozen years after the murders? All of these situations appears to be the result of greed, power, politics and corruption at levels and institutions that are supposed to fight against such actions.
Is the Paris business man who has been seen with large sums of cash and who owns a significant amount of the prime land and business in the CBD of Paris innocent of complicity in the double murders? Is he too clever for the local, state and federal authorities to determine his source of revenue? How can a business make $4M in profit yet only pay $150k in sales tax? Will the local community leaders take control of the community from the motorcycle gang and drug dealing that has lead to several unsolved crimes? Will Paris ever recoup from all of this negative publicity?
These, and many more questions are raised in the book. Oh, and what happened to the Champaign, IL, insurance agent who offered to sell his business only to be given a suitcase full of bills in payment? I wonder who the purchasing businessman was who proposed the deal and offered to show the seller how to launder the cash? Oh yes, the purchaser was a bussinessman from Paris, IL - what a coincidence.