Sunday, January 27, 2008

Reality News Show Goes to Las Vegas NATPE 2008 (Mini-Doc Video 8 min)

Leslie Dutton 2002 Emmy Winner

Los Angeles, CA (1-28-08) The Emmy Award-winning cable access show Full Disclosure Network® is marking its 15th Anniversary as a first-time exhibitor at the NATPE (National Association of Television Programming Executives) convention in Las Vegas January 28th through the 31st. To commemorate the occasion Producers Leslie Dutton and T. J. Johnston are showcasing a collection of their “Reality News” programs on important issues. Television programming executives and distributors attending the convention are invited to view the shows on big screen television at the Full Disclosure Booth #1400 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center.

THE NEWS BEHIND THE NEWS
The Full Disclosure Network® has billed itself as
“the news behind the news” since 1992. This unique program was developed as a “Reality News" format. Producer and Host Leslie Dutton was inspired to create the program when, as a long time civic activist in Santa Monica, she realized the need to involve real people and the real leaders to discuss real issues. By providing a platform, guests with contrasting and sometimes heated views were recruited to debate issues such as homelessness, vagrancy, street crime and drugs and to explore solutions to problems. Viewers are invited to call a 1-800 number to vote on issues or post commentson the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/

FROM LOCAL TO NATIONAL ISSUES
When Full Disclosure tackled the controversial issue of Presidential Investigations, it was at the height of the Clinton impeachment debate and it opened the door to expand the program to national issues. A thirteen-hour series entitled “The Prosecutor and the Presidency” features hour-long interviews with all but one former U.S. Attorney General and all the Special and independent prosecutors who were involved in Presidential investigations from Watergate to Whitewater. Among the Attorneys General interviewed for the series were Richard Kleindienst and Elliot Richardson who related their experiences while in the White House during the Watergate era. Both Kleindienst and Richardson along with Prosecutor Archibald Cox have gone on to take their place in history leaving behind their Full Disclosure interviews that eventually proved to be their last on record. Video clips from their interviews were later used in a Full Disclosure Forum with the Attorneys General and Prosecutors, videotaped in Washington, D. C. and is part of the series promoted for distribution at NATPE.

EMMY FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING
On June 29th, 2002, history was made by Full Disclosure when it became the first independently produced and privately funded cable access series to be presented with an local Emmy, by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. for excellence in the field of Informational/Public Affairs programming. Others nominated in the same category were all broadcast television stations. The Emmy Award-winning multi-part series, "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism," investigated local and regional anti-terror measures in the wake of 9/11. It featured interviews with local law enforcement, labor leaders, and elected officials.

REALITY NEWS PROGRAMMING
Full Disclosure brings to NATPE a wealth of "Reality News" programming featuring over 500 interviews with guests ranging from Larry Flynt, Cardinal Roger Mahony, U.S. Attorneys General, Prosecutors and Criminal Defense Lawyers, Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, School Administrators and parents and citizens working for government accountability.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

SKID ROW: POLICING OR HOUSING FOR VAGRANTS? Video News Blog (12:08 min)


Los Angeles, CA. Are skid row street vagrants merely homeless or are they criminal drug addicts choose to live lawlessly on the streets? The FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK®

presents an exclusive twelve minute Video News Blog debate featuring prominent Los Angeles and New York authorities who hold strongly differing opinions. At issue is how government should address solving the problems of street vagrancy.

Full Disclosure® videotaped the Manhattan Institute's Forum entitled "Policing Skid Row" in downtown Los Angeles on January 17, 2008. (Click here to watch)Those featured in this short video debate are:

  • William Bratton, Los Angeles Police Chief
  • Torie Osborn, Sr. Advisor on Homeless to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • James Q. Wilson, Ronald Reagan Chair, Pepperdine University
  • George L. Kelling, Sr. Fellow Manhattan Institute & Prof. of Criminal Justice at Rutgers
  • Heather MacDonald, Manhattan Institute John Olin Fellow
  • Estela Lopez, Executive Director, Central City East Association
  • Carol Wilkins, Director for Intergovernmental policy for Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Leslie Dutton, Moderator

This video news blog debate is a preview of Full Disclosure® programs to come, examining the issues surrounding Street Crimes, Drugs and Vagrants and will feature more of the panel discussions from the Manhattan Institute Forum. The programs are to be featured on 45 cable systems (channel listings here) and available on the Internet FREE for a short period of time from the http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ home page, there after will be available to subscribers.

Known as "the news behind the news" Full Disclosure Network® since 1992 and produced by host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Full Disclosure® special series "L. A.'s War Against Terrorism" was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local Emmy Award for a public affairs, informational series. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

SHOULD COPS DISCLOSE PERSONAL FINANCES? Internet Video News Blog (11 min)


Los Angeles, CA. According to Hank Hernandez, chief legal counsel of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), the City of Los Angeles entered into a collective bargaining agreement with the police union four years ago. And now the City is attempting to change the agreement that was negotiated in good faith. Hernandez says the Police Commission’s vote to require gang and narcotic officers to disclose their personal finances is “unacceptable.”

The FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK® presents an exclusive eleven minute Video News Blog featuring Hernandez, a former LAPD Lt. who has served for over 20 years as the legal counsel to the Los Angeles police union. He describes the Federal Consent Decree as the reason the Police Commission voted to require financial disclosure. Among the disclosure requirements for gang and narcotic officers, to be implemented within ten days of the vote are:

  • List of assets, investments and liabilities, even if jointly owned.
  • Proof of bank accounts and mortgages with statements.
  • Individual financial disclosures to be reviewed and questioned.
  • Positions could be denied based upon the review.

Hernandez also describes how the LAPPL is advising the officers whether or not to comply and suggests the perils when an employer requires employees to turn over their personal information.

Viewers are asked to participate in an online opinion survey and to post their comments for discussion. Here are the survey questions:

  1. Elected officials don't have personal financial disclosure requirements. Should police officers?
  2. Do you think the financial disclosure requirement will deter quality officers from working gang or narcotics units?
  3. Or do you think the Federal Consent Decree has gone too far?

Known as “the news behind the news” Full Disclosure Network® cable television programs are featured on 45 cable systems and the Internet since 1992 and produced by host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Full Disclosure® special series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local Emmy Award for a public affairs, informational series. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

OC Sheriff Versus The Federal Justice System: Video Preview (5 min)

Los Angeles, CA. The Full Disclosure Network® presents an exclusive two-part program examining the awesome challenge faced by Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona as he begins his battle against political corruption charges in the Federal Justice system. These programs are part of an on-going series covering the Federal prosecution of the Sheriff in the 5th largest county of the United States.

Appearing in the program are:
  • Sheriff Mike Carona, Orange County, California
  • Anthony Patchett, Former Special Assistant District Attorney (Los Angeles)
  • Jan L. Handzlik, Partner of the Howery, LLP law firm & a former Federal prosecutor
  • Mark H. Allenbaugh, former Staff Attorney U. S. Sentencing Guidelines Commission and partner Allenbaugh-Samini, LLP
  • Leslie Dutton, Full Disclosure Network® host

The programs are being featured on 45 cable systems and available in their entirety on the Internet (FREE) for a short period of time from links below. Thereafter, the Internet access will be available to Full Disclosure Network® subscribers only.

WATCH THE PREVIEW HERE NOW

A few of the points by legal experts in the two-part (1 hr) hour program are:

  • Sheriff Carona states at the outset he believes the Federal Court system is fair.
  • Is the Federal system free from politics regarding who to prosecute and who not to?
  • Legal experts raise signifigant issues with the sentencing guidelines and plea agreements that they say are unfair.
  • Innocent defendants are forced to plead guilty to avoid “Draconian” sentences handed out under the Federal guidelines
  • Defendants who plead guilty are also forced to waive their right to appeal harsh sentences
  • Vast majority of defendants who plead innocent are found guilty of crimes not related to their indictments. i.e. (perjury, obstructing justice, etc.)...the reason, it is too difficult for the Feds to prove their case on initial charges.
  • An astounding 95 to 97 % of all individuals Indicted plead guilty in the Federal system

Known as “the news behind the news” Full Disclosure Network® cable television programs are featured on 45 cable systems and the Internet since 1992 and produced by host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Full Disclosure® special series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local Emmy Award for a public affairs, informational series. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/