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    Early release of prisoners results in more crime
    Updated: 08/05/2009 09:09:34 AM PDT
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    It is shocking that in order to save the state money, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other elected officials are contemplating a massive early release of prison inmates, the elimination of parole supervision for released prisoners, and a refusal to return inmates who violate parole to prison.

    For a single anecdotal case epitomizing the danger of the governor's plan, look no further than the tragic murder last month of 17-year-old Lily Burk. The accused murderer, Charlie Samuel, is a poster child for the failings of the governor's plan.

    Samuel was most recently in prison for a petty theft conviction. When he violated parole terms only weeks after his prison release, he was not kept in custody or returned to prison, but instead referred to drug treatment. Once there, he left the program on a short-term pass! All this occurred because Samuel left prison classified as what Schwarzenegger calls a "low level, nonviolent" inmate.

    Tragically, as in the case of Lily Burk, many individual Californians will become new crime victims.


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    License to live
    Time to make self-defense training a required part of getting a driver’s license
    08/05/2009
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    Heartache, fear and guilt are flooding Southern California over the brutal kidnapping, robbery and murder of Los Angeles high school student Lily Burk. “If only, if only, if only …”

    What I’m about to say could possibly be interpreted as laying guilt or blame upon either Lily or her parents. Neither is true: I have nothing but deep empathy for them. They did nothing wrong; they are not to blame. That being said, there are some actions to take and worst-case scenarios to consider so that Lily’s murder might ultimately make a profound difference.

    The problem is that parents are at a huge disadvantage because their own parents — and their own parents before them and so on — most likely had no real knowledge about facing violence. Please stop this legacy of ignorance! Here are some general rules:

    • GIVE UP PROPERTY. If an assailant wants money or the car, give it to them. They might go away.

    • DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR BODY. Do not go with anyone to a secondary crime scene. Better to resist or run from the primary encounter. Resistance from the intended victim is apt to result in the perpetrator giving up, witnesses reporting or helping or, in the worst case, at least there will be forensic evidence left as clues.

    • WORK OUT A CODE WORD SO YOUR FAMILY KNOWS YOU’RE IN TROUBLE. Agree that if and when you call and say something agreed upon like, “Is that Lassie barking?” it actually means, “Help me.”

    • IF YOU’VE BEEN TAKEN, LOOK TO ESCAPE EVERY CHANCE YOU CAN. DON’T GIVE UP. Injuries from jumping out of a car can be less hazardous than going further along with an increasingly desperate criminal.

    • DO NOT BELIEVE A PERSON WHO SAYS, “BE QUIET. GO WITH ME AND I WON’T HURT YOU.” They have already hurt you by committing the crime of kidnapping. Be loud and don’t go with them.

    • INSIST THAT SCHOOLS PROVIDE A STATE-REQUIRED SELF-DEFENSE COMPONENT. (Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools Education Code Section 51225.3(a)(1)(F))


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    Lily Burk: Snatched a Block Away From an L.A. Crack Bazaar
    Was teenager’s killer shopping for drugs on deeply troubled Leeward Avenue?
    August 05, 2009 at 6:12pm
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    Leeward Avenue is three blocks’ solid of apartment buildings, some built in the early 20th century and adorned with adobelike facades and Deco features, others contemporary and boxy. Leeward’s affordable rents, its exposure to bustling markets and restaurants on West 8th Street, and its proximity to the public transportation hub of Wilshire Boulevard and South Vermont Avenue has attracted thousands of immigrants from Central America.

    “It’s been a problem zone for many years,” says Lieutenant David Grimes, head of the Gang Impact Team and Narcotics Enforcement Detail at the Los Angeles Police Department’s nearby Olympic Division. “Crack is sold up and down that street. It’s such a well-documented location for users that they come from miles around.”

    And it’s a short block south of where 17-year-old Lily Burk was abducted two weeks ago. It’s not clear if the suspect in the case, 50-year-old Charles Samuel, was there to score crack before he allegedly kidnapped and murdered the girl. Robert Nelson, the LAPD’s lead detective in the Burk homicide, says, “We can’t answer that question.”


    It looks so normal- Lily Burk was carjacked a block from this insidious crack hub.


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    Locals speak out about inmate release
    State ordered to set free 40,000 prisoners in two years
    8/6/09
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    Facing the prospect that more than 40,000 state prison inmates could be released early, some Auburn residents are concerned that convicted criminals could end up in their backyards.

    Salarno also has a personal stake in keeping prisoners behind bars. In 1979 her daughter Catina, then 18, was murdered.

    Earlier this week, she and other victim organization members gathered at the Southern California site of where Lily Burk was abducted by a state parolee deemed “non-serious” and was later slashed and beaten to death. He body was left in a downtown Los Angeles parking lot.

    “This brutal, heart-breaking murder never should have happened,” Salarno said. “It appears Lily Burk died at the hands of a man who had no business on street. He was a known threat with a long history of crime, and yet the governor’s parole policies allowed him to walk free. Her death is unconscionable.”


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    Calculated risks
    The murder of Lily Burk drives home the dangers of early prisoner release plans
    08/06/2009
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    When the Legislature reconvenes later this month, lawmakers will debate Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s controversial plan to release 27,000 low- and moderate-risk inmates early as part of a cost-cutting measure that could save the state $1.2 billion over the next three years.

    And that could just be the beginning. On Tuesday, a panel of three federal judges ruled that the state must reduce California’s burgeoning prison population by 43,000 inmates. The ruling was based on a lawsuit filed by inmates complaining that overcrowding led to dangerous health conditions. Some prisons in San Diego, Chino and Shasta have already begun releasing inmates, including some convicted of weapons charges.

    Today, the murder of Lily Burk — a 17-year-old high school senior with a promising future — has poured proverbial gasoline on the fiery debate, strengthening the hand of some law enforcement groups and officials who urge the governor’s office to reconsider the proposals for public safety reasons. Others, such as the California Police Chiefs Association, have expressed more openness to the prison population reduction program, but are waiting to see its final details.


    Article:
    http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/st...ed_risks/7567/
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    What We Can Learn From the Tragic Murder of Lily Burk
    Posted: August 7, 2009 12:02 AM
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    When I tell people I have written a book, they usually expect the title to resemble some hip chick-lit title like Lipstick Jungle or Kappa Kappa Linden. When I tell them that the book is about child molesters and predators, they usually respond with a distressed look, probably thinking something like "That's way too heavy for me..."

    People have a very hard time dealing with the subject of sex offenders, especially offenders who victimize children. They either rationalize that they are already know enough about safety, or that it won't happen to them or their families.

    The clearest example of why this is necessary can be seen in the recent abduction-murder of 17-year-old Los Angeles teen Lily Burk. Yes, we've learned, "it can happen here, to a great kid with great parents." It can happen to anybody.


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    Memorial Service To Be Held For Lily Burk, 17


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    A memorial service for Lily Belle Burk was scheduled to be held Sunday at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood.

    The 17-year-old girl's body was found in her car on July 25, near Alameda and Fourth streets.

    Burk, a student at North Hollywood's Oakwood School, left her home in Los Feliz at around 2 p.m. on July 24, to pick up some papers for her mother, who is a professor at Southwestern Law School, in the Westlake area.

    Police believe the teen was abducted about an hour later by 50-year-old Charlie Samuel, who allegedly took her to an ATM and tried to get her to withdraw money.

    Burk made several phone calls to her parents thereafter asking them how to withdraw money from her credit card, which was reportedly not set up like a debit card.

    According to the coroner's office, Burk suffered a cut to her neck and other "traumatic injuries."

    Samuel was arrested the night of Burk's disappearance for unrelated offenses, but by Sunday evening, he had been allegedly linked by fingerprints and other evidence to the girl's killing, investigators said.

    On July 28, he was charged with murder, kidnapping and robbery in the slaying.

    Samuel was being held without bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 20.

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    Lily Burk's Funeral in Los Angeles, a Calm Before the Storm
    Monday, Aug. 10 2009 @ 9:33AM
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    For a lot of people, the vibrantly sunny Los Angeles weekend was a time to focus on the life and death of 17-year-old Lily Burk, who was honored at a ceremony at Barnsdall Art Park. It's not often you see 500 people gathered to note the passing of a teenager who has yet to make her mark on the world, but that is the crowd estimate that turned out for the popular teenager.

    Even with the somber and appropriate tone of media coverage that came from the event, almost everyone was still raising questions about how her alleged murderer, Charles Samuel, managed to remain free after a life of crime.

    The press was excluded from the event, aside from a pool photographer who shared photos of the crowd with other media outlets -- a decision many felt was very appropriate. But now, things are about to change.

    If this tragedy follows the trajectory of other murders that have gained national and global prominence, there are bound to be political outcomes from her senseless carjacking, kidnapping and murder.


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    Mourners gather to remember Lily Burk
    Updated: 08/10/2009 05:10:21 PM PDT
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    On a hillside park overlooking Los Angeles, more than 400 grieving relatives, schoolmates and friends of Lily Burk gathered Sunday at Barnsdall Art Park for a memorial to celebrate the life of the 17-year-old who was kidnapped and killed last month near Skid Row.

    The somber crowd wept as people listened to heartbroken friends and teachers of Burk take the stage to read poems, sing songs and tell stories of the artistic girl who was remembered well for her laugh, imagination and spontaneity.

    "She was my soul mate," said Lyla Porter-Follows, Burk's classmate at Oakwood School in North Hollywood.

    "I love her with all my heart."

    The private ceremony for the Los Feliz teen was held under a white tent at the public arts center and park in Hollywood, a treasured place for Burk, who frequented the tranquil facility with her parents.


    A memorial service is held for Lily Burk, the 17-year-old girl who was kidnapped and killed in downtown Los Angeles on July 24. Over 500 people attend the service that was held Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood CA. Aug 9,2009.


    Article:
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    Friends, Family Mourn Lily Burk, 17, At Memorial
    Aug 9, 2009 8:43 pm US/Pacific
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    Fellow students, family and friends gathered at a park in Hollywood on Sunday to remember Lily Burk. Programs were handed out with her photo and guests signed books with warm messages about the teen.

    On July 28, he was charged with murder, kidnapping and robbery in the slaying.

    Samuel was being held without bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 20.


    VIDEO: Friends, Family Mourn Lily Burk At Memorial
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    Slain Los Feliz Girl Remembered as "Angel"
    Updated 10:28 AM PDT, Mon, Aug 10, 2009
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    The invitation-only service for Lily Belle Burk was at the Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood. Burk's body was found in her car in the early morning hours of July 25 near Alameda and Fourth streets.

    "Lily reminded me of the root meaning of the word angel, which is a messenger. She had so many messages for me I can't count them but the main one was love," her father, Greg Burke, said.

    The attendees laughed when he added, "She could see right into our souls without even thinking about it ... and she loved us all anyway."

    "I watched you move forward. I get the feeling that it's possible for me to move forward now as well," Deb Drooz, the girl's mother, said Sunday. "Not this second, mind you, not this second at all, but with time and with Greg's love and with your love."


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    UPDATED INFO ON CASE INCLUDED IN ARTICLE! Friends, Family Remember Lily Burk
    4:14 AM PDT, August 10, 2009
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    The invitation-only service started at the Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood at 5:00 p.m.

    Friends, family, and teachers recounted stories about Burk at the service, remembering her brightness, her insight, and her unique spirit.

    Many in attendance broke into tears for the loss of Lily amid warm laughs and smiles brought on by remembering her life.

    Police say surveillance video shows Lily Burk and Charlie Samuel walking to an ATM at the Union Bank on Second and San Pedro streets in Little Tokyo in the hours before her death.

    Police say the teen can be seen trying and failing to extract cash.

    The video, which has not been released, shows other customer using the ATM as well as numerous other people walking by the couple.

    Samuel was given a pass to leave a residential drug program on the day Burk was killed.

    He was supposed to visit the DMV, but because of state furloughs, the office was closed that day.

    Samuel was reportedly with an escort, but after a few hours, that person returned to the rehab center alone, saying Samuel refused to come back.

    Samuel has a long criminal record, including 10 criminal convictions in the last 30 years.


    Here is the list of Samuel's prior convictions:

    1978: Misdemeanor grand theft in San Bernardino County.
    1981: Misdemeanor petty theft in San Bernardino.
    1985: Misdemeanor providing false information to a peace office in San Bernardino.
    1985: Misdemeanor under the influence of a controlled substance in San Bernardino.
    1986: Misdemeanor under the influence of a controlled substance in San Bernardino.
    1987: Felony home invasion robbery, felony burglary, unlawful taking of vehicle in San Bernardino.
    1997: Felony burglary in San Bernardino.
    2003: Misdemeanor driving on a suspended license in Los Angeles County.
    2006: Felony petty theft with prior theft in Los Angeles.
    2009: Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in Los Angeles.


    PHOTOS: Remembering Lily Burk
    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/la-...0.photogallery

    PHOTO: Charlie Samuel, 50, in court
    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...,3686276.photo

    VIDEO: Lily Burk Remembered by Family, Friends
    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...032202.tivideo

    VIDEO: Error Kept Charlie Samuel on Streets
    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...641051.tivideo

    VIDEO: Parolee Arrested in Death of Lily Burk Should Have Been Supervised
    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...534874.tivideo

    VIDEO: Suspect In Burk Abduction Shook Supervision
    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...122803.tivideo

    VIDEO: Self Defense Classes Popular After Abduction
    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...004797.tivideo

    Article:
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    Funeral held for murdered teen
    Sunday, August 09, 2009
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    Friends, family and teachers showed up at Barnsdall Park in Hollywood to remember Lily Burk. Speakers talked about the teens many talents as a writer and in theater rather than the criminal case against her alleged killer.

    "She loved music. She could sing better than everyone," said Lily's father Greg Burk fighting back tears. "When she came home everyday I heard her singing. I heard the signing before I heard her footsteps."
    "I don't know how everything is going to be fine now. I don't have you, I don't have a piece of me. I don't understand it, I don't ever expect to," said Lily's friend Emma Wartzman.

    "Lily reminded me of the root meaning of the word angel, which is a messenger," said Greg Burk. "She had so many messages for me. I can't count them but the main one was love."


    VIDEO: Funeral held for murdered teen
    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=6956624

    VIDEO: Teen killed: Clerical error to blame?
    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=6947367

    VIDEO: Man accused of killing Lily Burk in court
    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=6937570

    Article:
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    Family, friends gather to remember Lily Burk
    The 17-year-old, found slain last month in her car downtown, is fondly remembered as an actress, scholar and writer. She 'could see right into our souls . . . and she loved us anyway,' her dad says.
    August 10, 2009
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    It was a ceremony of song, poetry and heartbreaking tributes to the 17-year-old Los Feliz resident who loved to act, sing and write.

    "Her absence empties the world for me," said Burk's mother, attorney Deborah Drooz.

    Her father, Greg Burk, a music journalist, spoke of his daughter as someone who "could see right into our souls without even thinking about it, and she loved us anyway."

    Many at the service wept openly. Others hugged each other, and some sat in stunned silence. Three hundred folding chairs were spread out under a white canopy on a hilltop of Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood. Teenagers, some in colorful dresses and shorts, others wearing black, spread out on blankets on the grass.

    It was a place where Burk, an only child, had enjoyed spending time with her family.

    The ceremony opened with a song, "Golden Dream," accompanied by a guitar, and closed with a saxophone piece, "Lotus Blossom." Poems by Li-Young Lee and Shel Silverstein were read.

    Classmates and teachers from Oakwood Secondary School paid tribute to Burk, a National Merit scholar who acted in school drama productions, "loved with ferocity," gave "the best hugs" and could be "a champion procrastinator."

    Her voice quavering, Emma Wartzman, a close friend, said: "Lil', I don't know how everything is going to be fine now. I don't have a piece of me. I don't understand it."

    Some sought to comfort Burk's parents. "To continue in this sorrowful world is the greatest triumph no one ever talks about," said Lewis MacAdams, a friend of the family. "We want you to be braver than we are."


    Classmates and friends mourn Lily Burk at a memorial in Barnsdall Park in Hollywood.


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    The Lily's Law flaw
    Policies that spring from tragedies like the Lily Burk case can have unintended consequences.
    August 9, 2009
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    Some deaths trigger our collective grief and fury more than others. In the spring of 2008, it was the killing of college-bound running back Jamiel Shaw II, a handsome boy shot dead on an L.A. sidewalk a hundred yards from his front door while his Army sergeant mother served her country 8,000 miles away in Iraq. This summer, the horror that grabbed us was the kidnapping and murder of 17-year-old Lily Burk.

    Like Jamiel Shaw, Lily was a kid we could each imagine as our own. She was smart, a national merit scholar. She was unusually well-liked -- the comments on the Facebook page created in her memory express this in vivid detail. Through repeated exposure to the photo her parents provided to the media after her death, we were able to believe that we knew her: Lily Burk with the open, world-welcoming gaze surrounded by a tangle of teenage hair. We could envision her future while in the same moment reeling with the knowledge that all of her tomorrows had irrevocably vanished under nightmarish circumstances.

    Now the tragedy of Lily Burk has arrived just as the worst budget crisis in California's history may force risk-averse state legislators into passing prison and parole reforms that have been recommended by every blue-ribbon governor-appointed commission in the last decade, including the 2004 commission chaired by former Republican Gov. George Deukmejian.

    In fact, reform advocates have suggested that if the new parole structure were already in place, the Charles Samuels of the world would have been receiving more rigorous supervision, not less. They have a point. However we might want to spin matters now, the plain truth is this: The cumulative details of Samuels' legal history alone did not raise any red flags.

    So again a discussion about prisons, parole and public safety has been forced by unexpected sorrow. But let us please, this time, have the conversation only about what has actually been proved to work in those arenas -- and, for once, leave factional agendas and blinding emotion out of it.


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    Why California Has a Nightmare Prison Mess
    Posted: Aug 09, 2009
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    The ruling by three federal judges that California must release more than 40,000 inmates to relieve gross overcrowding was much expected and much dreaded. California prisons house more inmates than any other state. In fact, it houses more inmates than several states combined. The system was set up to warehouse 84,000 inmates. It has nearly double that number.

    California Attorney General Jerry Brown denounced the ruling as federal intrusion in state affairs. Police officials, unions, and GOP state legislators railed that it would flood the streets with violent criminals. The horrid killing of 17-year-old high school student Lily Burk, allegedly by a just-released ex-con, instantly became their “see I told you” war cry for keeping the cell doors locked tight. Yet, jail riots, dumping thousands of inmates back on the streets, prisoner lawsuits, draconian budget slashes and gross overcrowding have made California’s jails the nation's poster jail system for dysfunction.

    This isn’t to say some of those jailed for non-violent offenses don’t pose a potential threat to public safety. Burk’s alleged killer obviously fits that bill. But the reality is that it's either release them or risk more inmate turmoil, lawsuits and federal tampering with the prisons. This not a choice that California legislators and prison officials want to make. And it's a choice that they wouldn't have to make if they'd aggressively implement the reform programs that other cities and states are using to help people turn their lives around.

    This only means more prison overcrowding. It also means that dumping thousands of inmates on the street is no fix for California’s nightmare prison mess.


    Article:
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    Proactive Policing, Lax Jailing
    As William Bratton leaves the LAPD, a horrific murder case highlights the importance of his reforms.
    7 August 2009
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    The recent arrest of a vicious murderer in Los Angeles vindicates—tragically, only after-the-fact—several policing and sentencing policies that anti-law-enforcement advocates have fought for years. One of those policies—broken-windows policing—is among LAPD Chief William Bratton’s greatest legacies to Los Angeles. In the wake of Chief Bratton’s recent resignation, it is all the more important to affirm the value of his policing reforms, which remain contested to this day.

    On July 24 at around 3 pm., 17-year-old Lily Burk was walking down a midtown Los Angeles street on an errand for her mother. A 50-year-old homeless parolee with a three-decade-long rap sheet confronted the high school senior as she approached her Volvo. Moments later, Charles Samuel was driving the Volvo away with Burk in the passenger seat. Samuel took Burk to an ATM on Los Angeles’s Skid Row, where she volunteered at a needle-exchange program and where he was enrolled in a drug rehab program as punishment for a parole violation. Burk tried several times to withdraw cash on a credit card without success, according to the Los Angeles Times. Over the next 25 minutes, she would separately call her mother and her father seeking help in getting cash on the credit card, but her father told her that doing so was not possible. At 4.52 pm, Samuel pulled the Volvo into a Skid Row parking lot at Alameda and 5th Street and abandoned it. Burk had already been murdered, her head beaten and throat slashed open with a broken bottle; her body was left in her car.

    And now Charles Samuel will be taken off the streets and brought to justice, thanks to two Skid Row officers’ willingness to ignore ACLU propaganda and accost a vagrant drinking in public.

    Other budget-related prison proposals—including Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to put an end to parole for nonviolent ex-convicts and to release 27,000 prison inmates, or a recent federal court order to release as many as 43,000 inmates—all take on dire new significance in the wake of the Lily Burk murder.


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    Criminal scum - I just don't think they can be fixed.
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    Lily Belle, as she was known at L.A. Family School. On Sunday, my daughter, Nola, carried a snapshot of Lily from preschool, her face painted like some tiny Amazonian goddess. It seemed a fitting way to remember her. There was always something different about Lily, slightly otherworldly; both a normal young girl and beyond the norm. You knew she would become someone extraordinary.

    Her dad, Greg, with a strength few of us could imagine, stood before the 500 gathered and told how his only child “could look right into our souls without even thinking about it — and she still loved us.” People say “their children are angels,” he added, “because they bring goodness and light. And that is correct. But Lily reminded me of the root meaning of the word angel, which is a messenger. And she had so many messages for me I can’t count them, but the main one was love.” Deb followed, her small, wiry frame holding up the world, the clarity in her voice a gift: “When I see Lily’s light shining from each of you, and I watch each of you move forward, I get the feeling that it’s possible for me to move forward as well.”


    A Flower for Lily
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    Learn what the women already know:
    Lift yourself upwards, let yourself go.

    At JoAnne’s, friends stood around in clumps;
    but the cocktail party chatter was of karma and murder,
    compassion, and acceptance; and no one
    knew what to say or do but the women
    who set out piles of food and sat around
    the table on the porch, sipping wine
    and watching the sun descend
    while the rest of us said “I love you” to people
    we’d known for years but never said that to before;
    and told each other how much their friendship meant
    as the hours for reflection grew shorter —
    feeling foolish in the face of fate.


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    Updated: Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009, 1:17 PM PDT
    Published : Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009, 11:09 AM PDT
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    A parolee charged with abducting and killing a 17- year-old Los Feliz girl pleaded not guilty today to murder and other charges in the July 24th crime.

    Lily Burk was found beaten with her neck slashed in her Volvo near Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles the day after she was abducted.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall accepted the not guilty plea from Charlie Samuel, an alleged drug addict, and denied him bail.

    Samuel, 50, is due back in court in downtown Los Angeles Sept. 9, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing, which will determine if authorities have enough evidence to try him on the charges.

    Samuel, represented by Deputy Public Defenders Lisa Roth and Steve Giedzinski, -- is charged with one count each of murder, kidnapping to commit robbery, second-degree robbery and attempted first-degree automated teller machine robbery.

    The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegations that Samuel murdered the teenager during the commission of a kidnapping and robbery, which could make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.


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    8/18/2009 - Lily Burk and the Liberal Love Affair with Criminals
    By Senator Bob Dutton
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    A recent court order from a panel of unelected liberal judges requires California to release nearly 43,000 of approximately 160,000 prison inmates within the next two years. These judges, all appointed by Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, are clearly out of touch with reality. Yet, rather than protest their decision, California’s leftist Legislature seems ready and willing to go along with the idea.

    In fact, on Thursday Democrat members of both the Senate and Assembly, with the apparent support of Governor Schwarzenegger, are planning to ram through a plan that will allow for the early release of 27,000.

    The recent murder of 17-year-old high school senior Lily Burk provides a sobering warning to those who advocate the early release of prisoners. Burk’s body was discovered July 25—with throat slashed and head beaten—in the passenger seat of her Volvo in downtown Los Angeles. Police have arrested Charles Samuel, a 50-year old whom the system had determined was a “low-risk” parolee. It’s now abundantly clear that Samuel was anything but “low-risk.”

    Should thousands more “low-risk” parolees like Charles Samuel be released to roam California’s communities as envisioned by the court order or the current legislative proposal, it is inevitable that many more Lily Burks will soon be found dead on our streets. Releasing hardened criminals to make prison more roomy and comfortable for the remaining criminals is both foolish and short-sighted.

    If California’s liberals do not come to their senses soon, it may be too late. You or someone you love could become the next Lily Burk.


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    So sad, and so pointless.

    Criminal scum - I just don't think they can be fixed.

    Sharks in the middle of the ocean could take care of him and many others that deserve the same. I just wish there was a way.

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    Sharks in the middle of the ocean could take care of him and many others that deserve the same. I just wish there was a way.
    That's a heck of a thing to do to innocent sharks!

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    I would volunteer to give him a severe case of lead positioning. The .45 ACP kind. On my dime.
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    Lily Burk and the Liberal Love Affair with Criminals
    August 19, 2009
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    Everyone knows that liberals have a soft spot for criminals. But few seem to realize that what was once a relatively harmless crush is now blossoming into a full-blown love affair.

    A recent court order from a panel of unelected liberal judges requires California to release nearly 43,000 of approximately 160,000 prison inmates within the next two years. These judges, all appointed by Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, are clearly out of touch with reality. Yet, rather than protest their decision, California´s leftist Legislature seems ready and willing to go along with the idea.

    In fact, on Thursday Democrat members of both the Senate and Assembly, with the apparent support of Governor Schwarzenegger, are planning to ram through a plan that will allow for the early release of 27,000.

    The recent murder of 17-year-old high school senior Lily Burk provides a sobering warning to those who advocate the early release of prisoners. Burk´s body was discovered July 25—with throat slashed and head beaten—in the passenger seat of her Volvo in downtown Los Angeles. Police have arrested Charles Samuel, a 50-year old whom the system had determined was a "low-risk" parolee. It´s now abundantly clear that Samuel was anything but "low-risk."

    Should thousands more "low-risk" parolees like Charles Samuel be released to roam California´s communities as envisioned by the court order or the current legislative proposal, it is inevitable that many more Lily Burks will soon be found dead on our streets. Releasing hardened criminals to make prison more roomy and comfortable for the remaining criminals is both foolish and short-sighted.

    If California´s liberals do not come to their senses soon, it may be too late. You or someone you love could become the next Lily Burk.


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    8/20/2009 - Senator Dutton Outraged by Legislation Releasing Felons Early
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    Ironically, on the same day there was world-wide outrage over Scotland’s decision to grant an early release of the man convicted for his role in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie that killed 270 passengers, the Democrat controlled Senate approved a measure that will allow early release of up to 27,000 dangerous felons into neighborhoods throughout California.

    The bill passed the Senate on a 21-19 vote with Sen. Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) voting no.

    “It was interesting to see how quickly world leaders, including the Obama administration, reacted to what Scotland called the compassionate release of a mass murderer,” Senator Dutton said. “But what was approved today will allow felons just as dangerous to be released from prison early.

    “California is now a more dangerous place in which to live as the result of this disturbing measure passed by the Democrat controlled legislature today,” Senator Dutton continued.

    Senator Dutton recently highlighted the case of Lily Burk, a 17-year-old high school senior who was recently murdered in Los Angeles by Charles Samuel, a San Bernardino County native who the judicial system determined was a “low-risk” parolee. (Read Senator Dutton’s Op-ed here). With the passage of the legislation today, Senator Dutton is concerned that more of these so-called “low-risk” parolees will be released early, putting the public’s safety at risk.

    “There is no such thing as a ‘low-risk’ parolee,” Senator Dutton said. “Today our neighborhoods are more dangerous. People’s lives and property are at risk.”


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    Suspect in Lily Burk killing escaped possible 3rd strike in '06 attack
    Charles Samuel slipped into the home of his ex-wife's boyfriend and punched him, court records show. Prosecutors, unaware of one of his two previous strikes, didn't seek a long prison term.
    November 28, 2009 | 12:55 p.m.
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    Three years before he was charged with kidnapping and murdering 17-year-old Lily Burk, Charles Samuel slipped through an unlocked side door of a Van Nuys home.

    The man living inside, James Alger, was dating Samuel's ex-wife, according court records newly obtained by The Times. As he spotted Samuel in his home, Alger confronted the intruder, asking why he had entered the house.

    Samuel punched Alger two or three times in the face, leaving the victim bruised before Samuel snatched a cordless phone and keys and fled, according to a probation report released to The Times in response to an order from a court of appeals.

    The Times argued in court papers that state law requires that a defendant's old probation reports -- normally public for 60 days after a defendant is sentenced -- be made public again when the offender is charged with a new crime.

    The Times asked the California Court of Appeal to review the decision. An appeals court panel ordered the judge to release the report or explain her refusal to do so. Schnegg released the report Tuesday.

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    Charles Samuel's criminal record dates back more than 30 years to a misdemeanor conviction when he was 19. This interactive timeline traces his history using court, jail and prison records, as well as other law enforcement sources. Samuel, 50, has been charged with killing Lily Burk, a 17-year old Los Angeles high school student who went missing July 24 while running an errand for her mother. Click icons on timeline for more information.

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    ...Charles Samuel's criminal record dates back more than 30 years to a misdemeanor conviction when he was 19...
    Stories like this explain why the 3 strikes laws are so important. Habitual criminals can't be fixed, they need to be in prison to keep them from reoffending.
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    A 17-year-old girl killed last July, allegedly by a transient parolee, had bite marks to her face and ear and had injuries all over her body showing she violently struggled with her attacker, a coroner’s official testified this morning.

    [Updated at 3 p.m.: Samuel was ordered to stand trial this afternoon for the murder of Burk and other felony counts, including kidnapping, robbery and carjacking.
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    Lily Burk's Alleged Killer Charged with New Felony Counts at Preliminary Hearing
    Fri., Jan. 22 2010 @ 5:10PM
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    A parolee who is accused of kidnapping and killing a 17-year-old Los Feliz teen was charged today with two new felony counts at a preliminary hearing in downtown Los Angeles.

    Los Angeles County prosecutors charged 50-year-old Charlie Samuel with one felony count each of carjacking and kidnapping for carjacking, as well as a new special circumstance allegation that he killed Lily Belle Burk, the daughter of attorney Deboraz Drooz and former LA Weekly music editor Greg Burk, during the commission of a carjacking.

    It is still unclear whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

    A superior court judge is expected to rule on Monday whether there is enough evidence for Samuel to stand trial for the brutal slaying.


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    Charles Samuel, 50, is accused of abducting and killing Lily Burk, 17, in downtown L.A.
    January 22, 2010 | 9:37 p.m.
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    In broad daylight, a large, bald man in a patterned shirt walks into an ATM kiosk in downtown Los Angeles with one arm tightly wrapped around a petite, teenage girl, barefoot and in a sundress. When they emerge about two minutes later, the man appears to be grabbing her right arm and left wrist.

    Prosecutors presented the surveillance footage Friday as a key piece of their murder case against Charles Samuel, the 50-year-old man they allege kidnapped 17-year-old Lily Burk in July and killed her after repeatedly trying to get her to withdraw money from the ATM.

    The testimony at Friday's hearing revealed a series of moments that could have changed the course of the day's events.

    *Minutes before Samuel allegedly kidnapped Burk, an assistant at Southwestern Law School offered to help Burk carry a box of exams out to her car, the assistant testified. The girl said she could manage, he testified, and walked out on her own. Burk's mother, an attorney, taught at the school

    *A security director at the law school testified that he had noticed Samuel peering over a gate, then slipping onto the school's grounds. But when he saw the man leave the school's premises after getting a light, possibly for a cigarette, he stopped watching the man, thinking he was no longer of concern.

    *The surveillance images from the downtown bank showed other ATM users and pedestrians walking past Samuel and Burk, but paying little attention to the pair.

    One of his lawyers, Albert DeBlanc Jr., questioned the identification of Samuel from the grainy surveillance images and pressed the lead investigator on whether anyone could have tampered with the car between the late afternoon when Burk died and the next morning, when her body was found.


    Murder suspect Charles Samuel is flanked by defense attorneys Ben Pesta II, left, and Albert DeBlanc Jr. at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. January 22, 2010


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    UPDATED: Lily Burk autopsy shows evidence of a violent struggle, coroner's official says
    January 25, 2010 | 1:13 pm
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    A 17-year-old girl killed last July, allegedly by a transient parolee, had bite marks to her face and ear and had injuries all over her body showing she violently struggled with her attacker, a coroner’s official testified this morning.

    [Updated at 3 p.m.:
    Samuel was ordered to stand trial this afternoon for the murder of Burk and other felony counts, including kidnapping, robbery and carjacking.

    Judge David S. Wesley found there was “sufficient cause” to believe Samuel is guilty of the crimes, and ordered him to return to court in February for arraignment. The judge denied a motion by Samuel’s attorney to dismiss the case.]

    Gutstadt said most of the injuries occurred while Burk was still alive. She was killed by an incision to the right side of her neck, possibly caused by a broken bottle, which would have caused her to lose consciousness within minutes, the examiner testified.

    The examiner also testified that Burk had sustained abrasions and contusions to her scalp, possibly indicating that her head had been hit against the car’s dashboard or struck from above with an object.

    Burk’s mother, Deborah Drooz, clutched onto a handkerchief and quietly sobbed, her body shaking, as the coroner’s official testified. The girl’s father left the courtroom before the testimony began.


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    Coroner: Los Feliz Teen Lily Burk Died from Fatal Wound to Neck
    Mon., Jan. 25 2010 @ 2:45PM
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    Dr. Jeffrey P. Gutstadt testified at a preliminary hearing that the Oakwood School student had injuries from head to toe, including a fatal wound to her neck. The weapon used was consistent with a broken glass bottle, he said.

    "Fragments of a green broken glass bottle were observed in [Burk's] hair," according to the autopsy report.

    There also appeared to be "bite marks" on her left face and neck, bruising marks to her "right leg, right knee and right forearm with her left ankle appearing to be dislocated."

    "The windshield on the passenger side was shattered as if [Burk] was attempting to kick out the window in an apparent struggle," according to the autopsy report.


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    Suspect ordered to stand trial in Lily Burk's slaying
    Charles Samuel, 50, is accused of kidnapping and killing the teen in July 2009. A coroner's official testifies that Burk had wounds all over her body, indicating she struggled with her attacker.

    January 26, 2010
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    After hearing the evidence presented by the prosecution over two days, L.A. County Superior Court Judge David S. Wesley ordered Samuel to stand trial for Burk's slaying and other felony counts, including carjacking, robbery and kidnapping. Prosecutors have not said whether they intend to seek the death penalty against Samuel.

    Burk, who was 5 feet 2 and weighed 100 pounds, had blunt-force trauma injuries and hemorrhaging on her scalp, wounds consistent with bite marks on the left side of her face and her left earlobe, as well as bruises and other injuries to her back, knees, legs, forearms and the bottom of her feet, Gutstadt testified. He also said that Burk had bruising on both wrists, possibly indicating that someone was holding them in a tight grip. The injuries on her scalp could suggest that her head had been hit against the car's dashboard or struck from above with an object, he said.

    According to sheriff's records, Samuel is 5 feet 9 and weighs 185 pounds.

    A forensic print specialist for the Los Angeles Police Department testified later in the morning that broken shards of green-colored glass were found in the black Volvo where Burk's body was found. No fingerprints were found on the glass, she testified during cross-examination by Samuel's attorney, Albert DeBlanc Jr.

    But a print found on a soda can in the Volvo matched Samuel's, a different forensic expert testified. Additionally, an L.A. County sheriff's criminalist said on the stand that a bloodstain on the shirt Samuel was wearing at the time of his arrest contained DNA that matched Burk's. The criminalist testified that the shirt also had smaller quantities of DNA, possibly what is known in forensics as "wearer's DNA," that could belong to Samuel.


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    AUDIO: Alleged kidnapper and murderer of Lily Burk to stand trial
    A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has ordered Charlie Samuel to stand trial. Samuel is charged in the abduction and murder of 17-year-old Lily Burk last summer. More on the story from KPCC's Brian Watt. His arraignment is scheduled February 9th.
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    Accused teen killer ordered to stand trial
    Monday, January 25, 2010
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    A parolee accused of kidnapping and killing a 17-year-old Los Feliz girl has been ordered to stand trial, and DNA evidence was a key factor in the judge's ruling.

    The autopsy on the body of Lily Burk shows evidence of a violent struggle, according to officials from the coroner's office who testified Monday at a preliminary hearing of the teen's accused killer. The judge in the case listened to graphic details of Burk's murder, and he ordered 50-year-old Charles Samuel to stand trial.

    Monday, a judge ordered a trial for Samuel after ruling there is enough evidence to support one count each of murder, kidnapping to commit robbery, carjacking, kidnapping for carjacking, second-degree robbery, attempted first-degree ATM robbery, along with the special circumstance allegations of murder during a kidnapping, robbery and carjacking.

    Prosecutors are expected to decide later whether to seek the death penalty for Samuel, who they alleged has previous conviction of robbery and petty theft with a prior. The judge has ordered Samuel to return to court next month for arraignment.

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    Autopsy Shows Lily Burk Fought for Her Life
    7:27 AM PST, January 26, 2010
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    A judge on Monday ordered a trial for Charlie Samuel after ruling there is enough evidence to support charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery.

    He will be arraigned Feb. 9.

    Earlier, the coroner testified that the autopsy conducted on Burk showed the teenage engaged in a violent struggle with her attacker.

    "The cause of death was (an) incised wound to the neck," Dr. Jeffrey P. Gutstadt.

    The fatal wound was consistent with having been inflicted by a sharp object such as a broken glass bottle, Gutstadt said.

    Fingerprints found in her car led police to 50-year old Charlie Samuel.


    Charlie Samuel, 50, in court 1/28/09


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    Photos: Remembering Lily Burk
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    Judge Orders Parolee to Stand Trial in the Murder of 17-Year- Old Lily Burke
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010
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    The ruling came after about 1 1/2 days of testimony, including a DNA analyst's account that a blood sample from the teen matched the genetic profile of blood taken from a short sleeved shirt allegedly discarded by the 50-year- old defendant.

    Cristina Gonzalez, a senior criminalist with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, told the judge that the likelihood of that DNA profile was 1 out of 165 quadrillion, noting there are only 6.5 billion people on Earth.


    The shirt also contained lower DNA levels from a second contributor — with Samuel included as a possible contributor in what could be "wearer's DNA" on an item habitually worn by a person, the criminalist testified.

    Allan Villacorte, a latent prints examiner for the Los Angeles Police Department, testified that he compared fingerprints taken from the defendant and a latent print recovered from a Coca-Cola can found on a floorboard in Burk's black Volvo, and determined that "they were both from the same individual."

    Samuel, who is jailed without bail, is due back at the downtown LosAngeles courthouse on Feb. 9 for arraignment.


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    i dont get california anymore the i get my own state.
    too much bowing dow to criminal rights and the theory that these 'people' can be redeeemd.
    they make that ruling shortly after lily is murdered.........and a week before jaycee was found.
    when does the madness stop? when do the voters elect people that are tough on crime, or when do the ones who claim they are tough on crime, actually vote like it?

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    It's time to unfold the eyes of Lady Justice
    Published: March 23, 2010
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    Is the problem in the criminal justice system, or could it be in the social structure of our society, where there are more excuses for lack of accountability? Should the goal of the criminal justice system to be the conviction of the guilty, fair trails for all, or the elimination and reduction of such brutal crimes?

    On the other hand, if fair trails are the goal, and crime still dominates, then how could we maintain our confidence?

    We live in a country that has shown concern for other nations' lack of fairness and harmful cultures and customs. Perhaps it is time to rethink some aspects of the infrastructure of our traditional criminal justice system.

    In memoriam of Chelsea King, Amber Dubois, and Lily Burk.


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    BREAKING NEWS: Suspect Pleads Guilty!

    It was just announced on local news that the suspect in Lily Burk's murder has pled GUILTY.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...-penalty-.html

    He'll spend the rest of his life in prison, with no possibility of parole.
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    Thank God Lily's sweet parents won't have to be tortured with a trial for this POS - while I'd love to see him fry, having to see the Burks go through years of torture via trial and appeals...well, I'm sure you get my point. Now if California will just use prison overcrowding as an excuse to put him and those like him in the general prison population (aka a real death sentence), I'll be really satisfied.

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