Unjustly incarcerated in a New Mexico jail

By Barry D. Friedman, Ph.D.


● Why Camille is in jail and who want her to be there

● Write letters to Camille

● Provide a financial gift to her commissary account

UPDATE.  Camille was released from the Doña Ana County Detention Center on July 20, 2015.
Thank you for your support.

            For several years, Camille A. Marino has been dedicated to the effort to stop the torture, mutilation, and murder of animals in research laboratories of the University of Florida.  This university, like others, desperately wants its faculty members and other employees to "experiment" on animals, because the "experiments" attract grant money offered by the U. S. national government.  It seems to be a fact of life that, when someone like Camille presents a challenge to the continued flow of grant money to a university, she is perceived by the following kinds of people to be a threat that must be neutralized:

            ● The university that desperately wants the revenue.

            ● The university's employees who receive a portion of the revenue and who receive other rewards, possibly including tenure and promotions.

            ● Similar institutions that want to "experiment" on animals and various agricultural and industrial entities that fear new policies that may interfere with their profitable exploitation of animals.

            ● Rivals in the animal-welfare and animal-rights movement who do not want to be overshadowed by her.

            During her years as an advocate for the animals, Camille has been threatened, arrested, and imprisoned any number of times by people and institutions in the aforementioned categories who have wanted to put an end to her expressions of speech and her organization of public assemblies.  Every police officer, prosecuting attorney, and judge would be presumed fully aware of the plain fact that Camille's speech and assemblies are protected by the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution.  Therefore, every time she has been arrested and imprisoned, the authorities who have ordered and implemented these measures have done so knowing full well that they were acting in flagrant violation of the law of the land.

            They don't care.  It is a horrifying feature of American government, politics, and law that an individual will get as much justice as he can afford, and no more than that.  You are welcome to read my sobering lecture titled "Judicial Power."  Camille does not have money, and, therefore, she has gotten no justice.  The University of Florida has dispatched its paid police officers to arrest her.  When another animal-rights activist with access to Camille's Web site posted an essay threatening a butcher of animals at Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Florida paid for Camille's transport in a prison van to Michigan, where she faced prosecution for posting that essay, although she was not the author.  Can you imagine?  When a Florida citizen criticizes UF for carving up animals in laboratories, UF‑‑an agency of the state government of Florida‑‑has money in its budget to pay for the citizen's deportation out of Florida!  Some guarantee of free speech!

            Camille and the aforementioned activist, a resident of New Mexico, proceeded to have a very public falling out.  Much of it appeared online.  I would think that it is unfortunate for fellow animal-rights activists to engage in acrimony, but it seems to me that both of them possess the constitutional right to insult each other.  However, Camille's rival, who has access to many more resources than Camille does, petitioned a New Mexico court for a "domestic violence" order and got it.  This happened despite the fact that Camille lives in Florida, not New Mexico; that she never engaged in domestic violence or threats of physical harm; and, therefore, that the court had no jurisdiction over Camille.  Nevertheless, a New Mexico judge [Darren M. Kugler; see article about him that appears below] ordered Camille to be extradited to New Mexico and, upon her arrival, sentenced her in February 2015 to 6 months of incarceration in a county detention center for violating the protective order because she posted on the Internet regarding the falling out with her former ally.  The judge also banned her from the Internet, another violation of her right to free speech.  Camille cannot pay the enormous legal bills that this absurd situation has necessitated, and has no money to appeal this unjust decision, even though the New Mexico protective order will remain in effect for 12 years and her rival intends to wield it like a club against her if she dares to try to exercise her right to free speech.  This is the sad state of American justice.

            This is a country in which courts ruled, pursuant to the First Amendment, that neo‑Nazis, clad in Nazi uniforms, were welcome to parade in Skokie, Ill., a Chicago suburb that has been home to many Jewish survivors of the Nazi Holocaust, and express Hitler's ideology of hatred and intimidation.  This is a country in which courts ruled, pursuant to the First Amendment, that fanatical organizers of the "Westboro Baptist Church" were welcome to noisily protest near funerals of brave men and women killed in military service to our country and display picket signs expressing their incomprehensible rationale that "G•d hates fags."   However, it is increasingly apparent that, in our country, neither the First Amendment nor the other panoply of constitutional provisions, laws, Supreme Court opinions, and rules for judicial proceedings protects somebody who takes the wanton torture and destruction of animals personally and vehemently protests those acts of brutality The crackdown on grassroots animal-rights activists like Camille, while fascists, bigots, and theocratic traitors are free to disseminate their vicious propaganda, is not random.  It amounts to a conscious policy of state governments and the national government to protect every industry that butchers innocent animals, because those industries are flush with cash and state- and national-government officials aspire to capture a piece of that action.  All of them want the slaughter of animals to persist, and so Camille must be kept incommunicado.  She is in jail for 6 months, and‑‑make no mistake‑‑this is only Round 1 for this brave woman.  Her enemies will do whatever they can to keep her there for years, because they are so threatened by what she wants to say about what happens to innocent animals in research laboratories.  Why shouldn't they be able to keep her in jail, when the court's decisions are based exclusively on the cavalier rule of "because I have the unilateral power to steamroll her"?


            If you relate to Camille's passionate devotion to the well-being of animals, and if you believe in the right of every American to express and expose the truth, it makes perfect sense that you should care about Camille, just like I do.  If you care about Camille, please support Camille, just like I do.  Here are two ways in which you can show your support for Camille:



            Please, on occasion, write a letter to Camille.  Here is her mailing address:

                        INOPERATIVE (Camille was released on July 20, 2015.  Thank you for your kind messages.)


The jail's authorities have established a list of rules to which your letter must conform, or else the letter will simply be returned to you.  Before you start writing your letter, please review these rules.  They appear on the Web page at this URL address:


            Be aware that every letter that you write to Camille will be read by the jail's authorities.  As you write your letter, just assume that you are submitting it for public consumption.  Simply write to Camille, let her know that you are thinking about her, and give her some encouragement.  She will be perfectly happy to read about your devotion to the animals in your life.



            The money in Camille's commissary account allows her to pay for food that is compatible with her vegan diet, clothing, toiletries, postage, and telephone calls.  It allows her to maintain her very limited contact with the outside world.

            Please purchase a money order, payable to "[inoperative]."  Mail the money order to this address: 

                        INOPERATIVE (Camille was released on July 20, 2015.  Thank you for your kind support.)

Do not enclose anything in the envelope other than the money order.  If you enclose any type of note or other object, the letter will simply be returned to you.


            Please tell all of your friends‑‑every friend of animals whom you know‑‑about Camille and ask them to support her, too.  Feel free to write to me at .  Send me a message that I can post below, and I'll gladly do so (be sure to tell me your name and state or country).  Show those who want to crush Camille's campaign on behalf of the animals in the University of Florida's torture chambers that, like Camille, you do not intend to allow that horror to go on unexposed to public scrutiny.


Las Cruces district judge permanently resigns from bench

Carlos Andres López , Las Cruces Sun-News

Published 5:46 p.m. MT Feb. 14, 2017 | Updated 6:15 p.m. MT Feb. 14, 2017

LAS CRUCES - Darren M. Kugler, who served as the Division 3 judge in 3rd Judicial District Court, permanently resigned from the bench last month amid allegations he violated the judicial code of conduct, according to court filings obtained by the Sun-News.

Kugler, a Democrat who was elected in 2012, tendered his permanent resignation on Jan. 3 in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings by the Judicial Standards Commission. His resignation, effective Jan. 31, was accepted by the New Mexico Supreme Court on Feb. 1.

In accepting Kugler’s resignation, the high court ordered that he never hold, seek or accept appointment to judicial office in the future and that he never “exercise any judicial authority” in New Mexico.

Kugler had been under investigation by the Judicial Standards Commission since June 9, 2016, according to documents that were unsealed by the Supreme Court. In the commissions’ agreement for his resignation, Kugler admitted that during a hearing on Nov. 10, 2015, he failed to comply with contempt law and violated the due process for two parents involved in an ongoing custody case.

Kugler held the parents in contempt without providing notice of specific conduct that warranted such action. The parents were sentenced to jail and served their time.

He also admitted to similar accusations stemming from a Dec. 11, 2015, hearing involving the same case and the same parents. He further admitted that during the December hearing, he violated one of the parent's Fifth Amendment right and subjected him to double jeopardy when he was held in contempt a second time.

And during six separate hearings in the same case, between 2014-15, Kugler admitted that he failed to be dignified, patient and courteous to both parents “by shouting or raising his voice and by making belittling, condescending, derisive, inappropriate and disparaging remarks,” documents in the agreement state. He also admitted that he failed to be impartial in the case.

Neither Kugler’s attorney, Matthew G. Watson of Las Cruces, nor the court’s chief executive officer, Claude Bowman, immediately returned calls for comment on Tuesday.

In a written response to the allegations, submitted in October, Kugler said he was “misguided in his efforts to protect” the parents’ minor child from “further abuse.” He acknowledged that his efforts “led to poor decision making.”

He said he had “lowered his standards to lowest common denominator” in response to the behavior of one of the parents, which he described as “appalling and beyond frustrating.”

Still, he informed the commission that he understood the “need to remain objective.”

“(J)udges cannot and should not let sympathies, or other emotions influence his decisions, and must ensure all due process are provided by litigants,” his response reads.

Meanwhile, the search is underway for Kugler's replacement.

The 3rd Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications to fill the court’s vacancy until 5 p.m. Thursday. Applications can be obtained from the Judicial Selection website:

The nominating commission will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 to interview applicants for the position, according to the University of New Mexico School of Law. The commission will then make recommendations to the governor on candidates for possible appointment to the vacant judgeship.

The appointed judge would then need to run for re-election in 2018.

“The person appointed by the governor, if they want to keep the position, must run for partisan election in the next election,” Barry Massey, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the Court, said in a statement. “The appointed judge would first run in the primary election, and if they win their party's nomination, will appear on the general election ballot.”

Carlos Andres López can be reached 575-541-5453, or @carlopez_los on Twitter.


Note:  The preceding statement of opinion was written by Barry D. Friedman upon his own initiative.  Camille A. Marino was not involved in its composition or the process of making it available to the public.


Judith Shipstad
Los Gatos, Calif.
April 14, 2015
     Few people have worked as tirelessly as Camille to bring animal abuse to the public's attention.  It's my hope that the public will now come to her aid with the financial and moral support that she so deserves.  May those at the university who have harassed her for her whistleblowing fall to the wayside, and may the former ally who has betrayed her desist in his ill-spirited accusations.  Let us rally around her when she is released and provide the assistance she will need to continue her work.  You go, Girl!
Janis Keller
Pembroke Pines, Fla.
March 3, 2015
     I really admire Camille Marino.  She is passionate about saving the abused monkeys at the University of Florida.  Not too many people have the guts she has to face her enemies down.
     I don't think that anyone who is an animal-rights activist should want to send her to jail.  We are all in this together, fighting abuse.  We should not fight each other.
     Camille does not belong in jail.  She has a G•d-given ability to feel compassion for animals and to tell it like it is.  I support Camille all the way.  When I move up to North Florida, I plan to join Camille in her fight.





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