It is an open secret that the City of Oneonta, New York and Otsego County is predominantly white and deeply racist and xenophobic - anti-immigrant and anti-non-white.
The City of Oneonta was repeatedly sued for racial profiling in criminal cases, yet, it continued to do that for years, and, as far as multiple readers report to me, they continue to do it to this day, and racial profiling in the City and County was the subject of repeated local protests.
To check the racial profiling in how the all-white police investigates, how the all-white prosecution prosecutes and how the all-white judicial corps judges criminal cases, one can simply visit the Oneonta City Court (in Oneonta) and the Otsego County Court (for felonies, the worst of crimes) in Cooperstown, New York on arraignment days - they are open to the public.
With the census and a visitor's own eyes show that the city of Oneonta, New York and the County of Otsego are overwhelmingly white (but for students in Oneonta, New York - who are, together with their young minority professors, repeatedly targeted with racial profiling), those in jail jumpsuits and hand- and leg-cuffs in court are predominantly minority - Latino and African American.
The City of Oneonta was sued (including its former, now deceased by suicide, mayor Richard Miller, sued in his individual capacity) for deliberately trying, with the help of fabricating criminal charges, following around a man, Timothy Baron, who committed the double offense of being black and an immigrant, stopping him illegally, dragging him out of the car in the middle of the night while he did nothing wrong, beating him up, tasering him, pepper-spraying him, locking him up and fabricating criminal charges against him (a B felony).
Then, the county prosecutor John Muehl, famous for his 1. drinking and 2. corruption (just word-search my blog about his name, I have a lot of documentary information posted on the blog about him, as about all other public officials I mention in this article), kept threatening that man that if he does not cave in, does not plead guilty and does not go conveniently to prison, as John Muehl and so many others wanted him to do, John Muehl would pad up the charges through yet another grand jury and will pack him away for more.
And, the white Judge John Lambert, the former prosecutor from the same DA's office, after numerous ex parte conferences with John Muehl, the police and probation, kept denying motions of that black man and kept dragging him to unnecessary "conferences", to drain him of finances for an attorney, so that he would not be able to afford an attorney at trial - as is Judge John Lambert's habit of so many years, both in criminal and in civil proceedings.
Then, right before trial, when the man could not be coerced into a plea and the trial was right around the corner, John Muehl suddenly filed with the court for a permission to DROP charges because - lo and behold - he did not have his supposed main witness for prosecution (and, possibly, never had that witness in the first place).
So, all his threats of padding up the charges in order to coerce the man into a guilty plea and to go to prison was just bluff.
Charges were dropped and the man sued in federal, putting into his lawsuit a description of how his entertainment business, catering to minorities in Oneonta, New York,
- was repeatedly raided by the city police,
- badmouthed without basis that it was a source of crime in the city, and
- denied - by mayor Dick Miller who was coincidentally the Chairman of the Board of the Oneonta Art Performance Center (where the Oneonta City judge Lucy Bernier who was packing the man away in jail at arraignment and trying to deny him release when I asked for a felony hearing despite the fact that the felony hearing was not provided, and the release without bail was required by law, was a member of the Board) - denied a rental space in the Performing Arts Center while the Center advertised and continued to advertised that it had rental spaces available, specifically because Dick Miller advised the man, Timothy Baron, that Dick Miller did not want "his kind of people" not only in the Performing Arts Center, but in town, too.
Remember that local public officials who violate your constitutional rights are entitled to an "assigned counsel for the rich" if you sue them - while you will be scrambling to find an attorney who would dare to go against the government.
And, even if you find and attorney to represent you when the government sues you - and sink tens of thousands of dollars into that representation - he will be trembling like a leaf, telling you, as attorney #HonRyanTDonovan reportedly told Melania Pervu, not to even mention the word "corruption" - which was obvious in the case - and, when Melania Pervu insisted that Donovan should do his job and address all issues in the case, including misconduct of local public officials, Donovan took leave and left Melania and Nicolae Pervu in the middle of a contempt proceeding, while Donovan was amply paid for representation in that proceeding.
Because saying the "c" word (corruption) in court is not allowed in our God-blessed country.
But, if you do just a little research before you buy a property - and you see husbands and wives, sons and fathers - in key positions, for years and decades, in the local government, you can, and should, EXPECT CORRUPTION, and be wary of buying property up there, because it will be super-easy to deprive you of your life savings, without any remedy at law.
As it happens in Otsego County again, and again, and yet again.