Free Kosgar Lado; fire Stuart Dunnings
Originally posted January 30, 2014;
last updated March 5, 2014
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart
Dunnings III is an incompetent fool. We must get him out of office
ASAP, before he does any more damage. To understand why, read
Kevin Grasha's report in today's Lansing State Journal and
my July 28 essay.
Last June, Kosgar Lado was charged
with a murder he did not commit. During the police interrogation in
which he confessed to the murder, he displayed signs of mental
illness and contradicted his confession saying "I didn't shoot
nobody." Still, he spent a month in isolation in Ingham County jail
before police concluded that he didn't do it.
And then Prosecutor Dunnings,
in his great wisdom, charged him with making false statements to
police. Those charges are still being pursued, although Lado has
been committed to a psychiatric hospital and diagnosed with
schizophrenia. The LSJ article says that Dunnings recently received
reports that Lado is not competent to stand trial, but wonders if he
was mentally ill at the time of the false confession. I wonder if
Dunnings has enough brains to pour piss out of a boot, to use an old
The crime here is the persecution of
Kosgar Lado, and the perpetrator is the legal system - the police,
the prosecutor and the court. A hearing before 54A District Court
Judge Frank DeLuca is scheduled for 1:30 today in Lansing City Hall.
We can only hope that Judge DeLuca puts an end to this nonsense.
Please do read
Kevin Grasha's excellent report.
January 31: Sadly,
Judge DeLuca did not dismiss the charges.
The state’s Center for Forensic Psychiatry has recommended that Lado
undergo inpatient treatment for a year, but his attorney, Mike
Maddaloni, hopes an agreement can be reached
that allows Lado to receive mental health treatment locally.
Dunnings still says he has received no information that shows Lado
was schizophrenic at the time of the interrogation. See
online petition drive has been initiated by
Dawn Kettinger of Lansing to "Drop bogus charge against mentally ill
refugee Kosgar Lado". Dawn Kettinger is
communications director for the
Michigan Nurses Association.
On the online petiition site, the following "response" from
Stuart Dunnings III appears:
I am in receipt of
your message, regarding the charges against Mr. Kosgar Lado.
On January 14, we
received a report from the Forensic Center regarding Mr. Lado’s
current competency to stand trial. At that time, our office
decided to enter into an agreement with Mr. Lado and his defense
attorney, under which he will undergo a mental health evaluation
and receive psychiatric treatment. Mr. Lado has been determined
to be incompetent to stand trial. I have not received any
evaluations as to Mr. Lado's mental status at the time of the
receive criminal complaints in which mental illness of the
accused at the time of commission of the alleged offense is an
issue. Once the necessary evaluations have been received I will
review them in consultation with the assigned Assistant
Prosecutors and, if necessary, mental health providers. As
always once all of the necessary evaluations have been received
a decision regarding further proceedings will be made.
Mr. Dunnings says that he has "not received any
evaluations as to Mr. Lado's mental status at the time of the
alleged offense." If the report received January 14 says he
needs psychiatric treatment, chances are he was sick in June when he
confessed - unless he was pushed over the edge by being locked up
for a month for something he did not do. And the confession itself
is a strong indication that something was wrong with him. Anyone who
still thinks Lado should be prosecuted for making false statements
to the police is hopelessly obtuse.
February 4: See
editorial in LSJ today.
February 5: Yesterday on WKAR's Current State, Mark Bashore
interviewed Kevin Grasha; David Moran,
director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of
Michigan Law School; and Stuart Dunnings III. Also, this is from an
email I sent to an Ingham County commissioner on Feb. 1:
I've been thinking that this
Kosgar Lado case should be looked into by the Ingham County
Board of Commissioners. Dunnings is, after all, the prosecuting
attorney for Ingham County, and he is really making an ass of
himself. It is obvious to anyone who reads the details of this
case that Lado did not confess in order to interfere with the
investigation. He has mental problems, and that most likely is
what caused him to confess in the first place. He is not a
criminal and should not be ensnared in the legal system.
Dunnings is a fool if he cannot see this, and he is lazy if he
expects the evidence of mental illness to be brought to him. He
should go after it himself! He's a prosecutor, not a judge.
I really feel bad for this
Lado kid. Can you imagine being locked up in isolation for a
month for something you did not do? And he obviously wasn't
in any shape to endure this in the first place. And then
being threatened with being stuck in an inpatient
psychiatric facility in Kalamazoo for a year?
I hope you can do something.
February 8: A
column in the LSJ
by managing editor Stephanie Angel ends with this:
The LSJ will continue reporting
on the plight of Kosgar Lado. This young man — and others like
him — deserve to have their stories told.
February 19: A
story in the LSJ says James
Shonkwiler, former head of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of
Michigan, says continuing to pursue the felony charge against Kosgar
Lado is an inappropriate use of the law. Ingham County Prosecutor
Stuart Dunnings III continues to make an fool of himself by saying
he is still seeking information that shows Lado was mentally ill at
the time of the interrogation. And
a website called
been set up to help pay for legal expenses and mental health
treatment for Lado.
LSJ reports that Judge Frank J. DeLuca has
ordered Kosgar Lado to be held at a psychiatric hospital in
Kalamazoo for up to 15 months.
February 25: James Shonkwiler and
Dr. Eric Neal, a psychiatrist at the
state’s Center for Forensic Psychiatry are interviewed on WKAR's
Current State program.
February 26. The LSJ reports
that East Lansing attorney Andrew Abood now is serving as co-counsel
with Mike Maddaloni, who has handled Lado’s case since he was
March 4: The
LSJ reports that Andrew Abood is seeking an independent
psychiatric evaluation for Kosgar Lado.
March 5: From
Mlive.com: "Today, Dunnings announced the
charges, indeed, would be dropped after he acquired reports Tuesday
night from a private mental health facility where Lado was admitted
last October. Dunnings says he's puzzled why the reports weren't
released to him sooner, but until last night, he had no confirmation
of Lado's psychiatric status."
LSJ story on the dismissal of charges against Kosgar Lado. An
editorial the same day says "Dunnings gets credit for finally
doing the right thing. Yet even in making the announcement, he took
shots at the media for publicizing Lado's plight and complained that
he had just received documents pertaining to Lado's mental health -
documents that were discussed in court last month."