Lela Loren plays the role of Angie Valdes a U.S. Attorney in the Starz Original Series “Power” executively produced by 50 Cent. Angie looks sweet but you better not touch. Her character played by Lela Loren demonstrates the level of corruption found within the U.S. Department of Justice that exist in reality and not just on the TV Series. The writer is doing an excellent job of displaying how the Criminal Justice System is merely a tool for re-enslavement and that Old Fashioned Jim Crow is still at play.
In the first season we found that “Ghost” aka James Saint Patrick played by Omari Hardwick set up Kanan (played by 50 Cent) to be arrested and convicted and that said conviction was over-turned after it was revealed that discovery had been wiheld by the prosecutor in violation of his Due Process rights, sound familiar? See Brady v. Maryland and Carter v. Rafferty”. 621 F. Supp. 533, 534 (D.N.J. 1985). Angie displayed the corrupt characteristics in season one when she first interviewed Nomar (portrayed by Vinicius Machado) in the first season, she used coercion and threat of the legal process to trick Nomar into cooperating with her, which ultimately led to his death.
Anyhow Angie is ruthless, she knows no boundaries, she will lie to her superiors such as Mike (portrayed by David Fumero) or Collins (portrayed by Chance Kelly) , she will lie to the Court (which by the way is Perjury), she will also withhold exculpatory evidence not only from her Superiors, but from the defense as well, as in this last episode before the season finale titled “Ghost is Dead” she looses her case against Tommy ( portrayed by Joseph Sikora) on the basis of her malfeasance which the Court sanctioned by dismissing the complaint against Tommy with prejudice, now Tommy’s character appears to be an Irish-American, so on that basis he is recognized by the Court as “White” under the Federal government’s classification on Race. I love this show, all of the actors are great at their job, however, I do not believe that James St. Patrick i.e. “Ghost” would have been provided the same Impartial tribunal, Due Process and Equal Protection that was afforded to Tommy if he (Ghost) had been caught in the hotel room with the Notorious “Lobos” and bag of money.
Looking back to season 1 (one) those of us who watch ,can remember that Angie lost her spot on the Task Force for what the new Supervisor (of the Lobos Task Force) described as “Cutting Corners”. Lela Loren does an award deserving job in her performing of the character “Angie” as she portrays the cut throat characteristics of modern prosecutors off screen and like “Ghost”, “Angie” will also say anything to get what she wants. Her decision to Clone “Ghost” cell phone was a further demonstration of her inability to respect “Ghost” constitutional rights to privacy, due process and equal protection while being an oath bound official, in her mind he is a criminal deserving of such violations but in reality she is on an Equal footing with him because she has no problem breaking the law in order to get what she wants which is the very essence as to why she now wants to take “Ghost” down. The crimes she commits herself are not visible to herself, as deserving of a trial by jury.
Angie complained to Ghost that he stole the Sketch which was produced from Ruiz’s Daughter as if she didn’t clone his phone, the sketch shocked me was well as I thought the sketch she provided described Tommy when in fact it did not, no one knew this accept Angie, until Ghost found those documents in her apartment and when the attorney on behalf of Tommy introduced it into evidence, it stripped Angie of her illegally obtained “Power” over Tommy, made her position weak and gave her a stomach ache after she had dinned at the table reserved for the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree. However, if you notice, the Federal Judge in the episode stated that a disciplinary hearing needed to be done over “Angie’s” conduct, however the Judge proposed that thought as if it was not “Angie” who was behind the misconduct but someone on her staff.
Now what is further interesting is “Tommy’s” Lawyer who knows full well that depriving a person of their Civil Rights is a violation of 18 U.S.C. 242 (Deprivation of Civil Rights) and has civil liability under the 42 U.S.C. 1983. However, he never mentions to “Tommy” that he can sue Angela and those involved such as Gregg (portrayed by Andy Bean) for “False Arrest and Imprisonment” and “Malicious Prosecution’ and really sock it to her as the Federal Judge already ruled that without that sketch the Government lacked probable cause, which is one of the requirements to succeed on a Malicious prosecution suit and definitely essential to holding a prosecutor liable is the lack of probable cause, with the existence of probable cause comes immunity to such a claim.
However, like most un-informed private citizens in reality “Tommy” will more than likely not sue, he will more than likely not file criminal charges against Angie and her team and most likely his attorney will not advise him to Sue and a lawsuit probably won’t ever come up in the show over that issue as it relates to the violation of “Tommy’s” civil and human rights.
Ultimately, Lela Loren, the writers and producers are doing a great job of demonstrating the Official Misconduct committed by Government officials and how those officials often get away with committing such crimes, merely because the private citizens are cognizant of their rights and the fact that their colleagues are will to turn a blind eye and ultimately commit a type of official misconduct themselves, like Greg for example, he knew that Angie provided false information or misrepresented facts about certain specifics related to case on several different issues, especially when she was questioned by Mike as to how she knew Lobos and Tommy were at the Hotel. As we can see Gregg keeps her dirty secrets instead of informing on her in accords with the law and code of conduct, so long as he can benefit himself from her dirt, but when it appears he cannot benefit he’s ready to squeal on her.
This activity is common throughout all prosecutor offices in the United States, State and Federal, so pay attention because “Jim Crow is Alive and Well”. Angie Valdes reminds me of Inez Acosta (a City of Vineland Municipal Prosecutor) being sued in El v. Wehling before the United States District Court of New Jersey presided over by Jerome B. Simandle.