Thursday, June 22, 2017

Danyelle Dyer of Oklahoma is joining the harassment sign train (exposing her hypocrisy)

What a difference a day makes. When this first popped into my newsfeed, I ignored it as news of nominal value. That is, until I was invited to discuss this case on TV. Now I see there's a real serious problem with this person, Danyelle Dyer [FACEBOOK].

So here's the list of facts based on a couple of reports:

  1. Why make a fuss if the arrangement is only temporary?
  2. A hundred yards is farther than 100 feet, which is Alabama's law. Just saying...
  3. Posting her grandmother's name and address is putting her grandmother in danger. So if granny gets murdered, guess who is culpable, Danyelle?
  4. Guess what? Danyelle wants to name a law after her. 
  5. How can Danyelle discuss working with vets/ amputees? What if her patient is a registrant?
  6. Girl, you're 21. Grow up! Posting threatening statements and passing the pitchforks on social media just makes you look like a fool. 
Danyelle, you and your supporters are all idiots. 



Convicted sex offender moves next door to his victim. And it's perfectly legal
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By AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN
Updated 0131 GMT (0931 HKT) June 23, 2017

(CNN)Fourteen years ago, Danyelle Dyer was molested by her step-uncle.

Now, the man has moved next door to Dyer's parent's house in Oklahoma -- and legally, there's nothing they can do about it.
Sexual offenders laws are in place to keep predators away from children. Like many other states, Oklahoma law bars sex offenders from living near schools and churches.
But what Dyer and her family discovered is the state doesn't have a statute that prevents a sexual predator from moving next door to his victim.
Dyer, who's now 21, is fighting to change that....

Dyer is now studying for a degree in kinesiology and wants to eventually work with amputees and veterans. She comes back to her parents home every weekend and spends most of her summer there.
Two weeks ago, English was released from prison and he moved in with his mother -- Dyer's grandmother -- who lives right next door.
"If I look outside, I can see my grandmother's entire house. We are maybe 100 yards from her house," Dyer said.

The action
At first, her parents told Dyer not to worry.
"Legally, we didn't think he could," she said.
Her parents called lawmakers, the police, the prison system. Each assured them the law barred English from living so close to his victim.
But then, each called back to say they were wrong. There was nothing that legally prevented English from doing so.
"My mom called and told me that we can't stop this from happening," Dyer said.
At first, Dyer said she felt let down by the state. Then she decided to do something about it.
"I don't want anyone else to ever have to go through the feelings of reliving the trauma from something like this," she said.
Her first step: Post a picture of her abuser on Facebook.
"Meet my abuser and my new neighbor," it said.

Her dad put up signs in their front yard alerting people that a sex offender lived nearby. First, he went to the neighbors to make sure no one would object.
"They were very supportive and most of them have children and they don't want him around," Dyer said.

The other side
Dyer says she has a strained relationship with her grandmother because she continued to support English even after the abuse.
Right before English was released from prison, Dyer wrote her grandmother a letter.
"I felt like it was a very heartfelt letter explaining my feelings," she said. "I don't think it affected her at all."
CNN called the grandmother, Betty Dyer, and she defended her decision.
"The only thing I have to say about this, I don't agree with what my son did. But I gave him a place to stay temporary until he could find a place," she said.
"I think Danyelle is okay for trying to get a law passed. But she shouldn't blame me for what happened because this is my son and I just give him a place to stay until he can find a place on his own."
The grandmother said English was sitting next to her as she talked to CNN on the phone. But he declined to speak himself.
The fight
Now, the Dyer family is working with Oklahoma State Rep. Kyle Hilbert to introduce a new bill protecting victims.
The legislative season begins again in February. So they have roughly six months to write the bill.
"I'm doing everything I can to try and help and do something statutorily to prevent this from happening to anyone else in Oklahoma," Hilbert said.
Will the bill be named after Dyer? Hilbert said that's completely up to her.
"It would be an honor for the bill to be named after me," Dyer said. "It's because of my father that I am strong enough to fight this battle. He has always taught me to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive one to help others."



Aren't the worst folks always claiming Christianity?
ADDENDUM: I was informed that this wacko sent me a message via Facebook. If I actually used FB I suppose I would have seen it sooner. Since she's addressing me directly, I'll share her stupid remarks first:


In response, I first have to laugh. You calling me crazy is the classic case of Pot v. Kettle, you whack job.

Second, it doesn't matter where his hometown is, he is staying with a family member, and it is none of your business. You have no right to dictate ANYONE'S legal rights. Your rights end where others begin.  

Third, you're just as stupid as Assleigh Banfield (she'll be joining you on the Shiitake blog) because dozens of studies have proven recidivism rates are low. Again, you've proven your bias clods your personal judgment. 

Lets get real, your actions betray your words. Vengeance is placing a big sign pointing to grandmother's house. If you are willing to risk having someone MURDERED [like THIS PASTOR not far from you] then you better accept responsibility for your actions. Your own words as evidence: “If I can’t make him move, I want to make him as uncomfortable as possible.”

No, I DO NOT trust you to uphold your Hippocratic oath. You have proven to be someone willing to place human lives in danger. Since you think my past is fair game, then your future is fair game. I'm enjoying something you don't believe I should not have, meaning equal rights. 

Bottom line: Danyelle Dyer is just another Shiitake-worthy idiot. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Didn't take long for a victim cultist to use the Oregonian hit piece as a capitalistic venture, did it?

So here's another victim industry shill looking to take advantage of the Whoregonian attack on the USO ballplayer. Anything to get in the spotlight, eh, Brenda?

Interestingly, Brenda Tracy wants to be a voice for the "voiceless" yet loses her voice once asked how what she advocates would have helped in her case. Maybe because she doesn't want to admit it would not have helped?

http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2017/06/brenda_tracy_lobbies_ncaa_powe.html

Brenda Tracy lobbies NCAA Power 5 schools for tougher stance for athletes with sexual violence records

Updated on June 12, 2017 at 3:22 PM Posted on June 12, 2017 at 1:04 PM

BY ANDREW GREIF agreif@oregonian.com
The Oregonian/OregonLive

Brenda Tracy is asking Power Five conference schools to get tougher when it comes to sexual violence.

In emails sent Monday to each president and athletic director of the NCAA's Power Five schools, Tracy lobbied for the immediate adoption of a policy, first implemented by Indiana University in April, that "disqualifies prospective student-athletes with records of sexual violence," according to a copy of her email.

Tracy is a survivor of a 1998 gang rape involving football players at Oregon State University and first told her story in 2014 to The Oregonian/OregonLive. She has since become one of the country's most prominent advocates for victims of sexual violence and has spoken to teams at more than 30 universities across the country. In addition, Tracy has helped craft legislation and serves on an NCAA committee whose mission is to combat sexual violence.

On Monday she took her request directly to top officials in the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12, Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conferences.

"If we are going to end sexual violence on our campuses then we must do our due diligence and stop recruiting and accepting violent athletes onto our campuses," Tracy wrote in her email. "If we are going to change the current culture of violence then we must stand together, united as one in solidarity and send the message that human life matters more than winning games."

Tracy's request comes days after The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that Oregon State star pitcher **** pleaded guilty in 2012 to a single charge of sexually molesting a 6-year-old family member. ***, now 21, registered in Benton County as a sex offender once he enrolled at OSU two years later, but was cited in April by a Benton County sheriff's sergeant after missing an annual update.

[Note: The article fails to mention the citation was dismissed, but don't let facts get in the way

OSU officials have not said when they became aware of ****'s conviction.

Indiana's policy disqualifies any prospective student-athlete "whether a transfer student, incoming freshman or other status, who has been convicted of or pled guilty to or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence," which covers dating violence, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault or other instances of sexual violence as defined by the school.

To uphold the policy, Indiana conducts a criminal background check on every prospective student-athlete.

In a phone interview, Tracy said she had considered lobbying universities to implement Indiana's policy before, but the revelation regarding Heimlich's past increased her urgency. 

"This fire got lit under me," she said. "I feel a real strong, [self] righteous anger about where are we as a society going to draw the line?"

Initially, Tracy said she considered reaching out only to OSU. In 2015, she partnered with the school to enact a policy that requires incoming undergraduate transfer students, and all students applying to graduate programs, to disclose whether their conduct has made them ineligible to re-enroll at an institution they attended in the past seven years.

She opted to broaden her scope to the entire Power Five because "these are the schools with the most influence and power," Tracy said. "Start at the top and let it trickle down. ... It's more than a policy. it's about sending the message that we won't tolerate the violence, and your behavior matters."

The NCAA does not have a policy prohibiting convicted felons from competing, instead allowing its members and conferences to craft their own policies. Likewise at Oregon State, no policy bars student-athletes who have prior felony convictions from competing for the school, OSU AD Scott Barnes said in an interview last week with The Oregonian/OregonLive. Further, neither OSU nor its athletic department asks prospective student-athletes to disclose criminal convictions during the admission process.

Some universities take stricter measures. All students who apply to Oregon must disclose any past convictions and the athletic department clears or disqualifies athletes on a case-by-case basis. At Utah, the athletic director "will not allow known felons to be admitted out of high school," said Liz Abel, an athletic department spokeswoman, in an email to The Oregonian/OregonLive last week.

"This policy is an important first step that will make a huge difference," Tracy wrote in her email to schools. "By implementing this policy we are telling our communities that we care and that the safety of our students is paramount.

"... If we can set boundaries and expectations on grades then we can set boundaries and expectations on violent sexual behavior."

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

City of Salesville, Arkansas the latest to get in on the harassment signs craze and gets Nazified for it


Kudos to the target of this harassment campaign for retaliating by displaying Nazi and Confederate flags in protest.

http://www.baxterbulletin.com/story/news/local/2017/06/13/salesville-resident-impasse-over-sex-offender-sign-nazi-flags/393290001/

Salesville, resident at impasse over sex offender sign, Nazi flags
SCOTT LILES and JOSH DOOLEY, The Baxter Bulletin Published 3:16 p.m. CT June 13, 2017 |

SALESVILLE — A large sign identifying a sex offender — and apparently the controversial flags the resident has reportedly displayed in protest — will not be coming down, Mayor Tim Mayfield told a concerned businessman Tuesday night.

The sign, maintained by the city and sitting in front of the Salesville Fire Department, identifies **** as a Level 4 sex offender and lists his address. ***, reportedly as a form of protest against the sign, has three Nazi flags and two Confederate flags displayed on his property along AR Hwy. 177 South.

Jon Zabroski, who is developing the Angler’s Rest fishing cabins and Hog Wild ice cream parlor on AR Hwy. 5 South, attended Tuesday night’s City Council meeting and asked to talk about the sex offender sign and ****'s flags.

“As a businessman here in town, that’s bad for business,” he said. “It scares a lot of people, and I would like to see something done about it. I've talked to a talk of people, and I’ve heard that once that sign goes, the flags will go.”

Alderman Thomas Bensman, who lives across the highway from Floyd, said after the meeting that Floyd was displaying the flags in response to the sign.

Zabroski said he was worried that the sign and flags were affecting area businesses.

“You come through town for the river, to go camping, and you see that?” he said. “That’s not what you want to see.”

Mayfield said the city had no jurisdiction over the flags, since they are on private property. The sign is used to make the public aware of who is living nearby, he said.

“It is the total responsibility of this body to make sure the people who come here to visit and the people who live here are notified that that person is in the area,” Mayfield said. “I don’t know if it has ever been done, but I see this big lawsuit that you didn’t do your duty as a public officer to make sure it was known to the public that the person was known to be in the area … I want everyone to know that he’s here.”...

Head Nazi Tim Mayfield
“He is a Level 4 sex offender, which is a sexual predator,” Mayfield said. “It’s not if he’s going to offend, it’s when he does.” ...

*** has owned the property in Salesville since 2011, county land records indicate. Mayfield said that the decision to list sex offenders on a city sign was made by the City Council five or six years ago. According to the BCSO website, *** is the only registered sex offender living in Salesville.

Zabroski suggested that the city print warning posters that area businesses could post as an alternative to the large sign in front of the Fire Department.

“Don’t get me wrong. I think sex offenders should be tossed into jail, the cell doors welded shut and when the door falls off they are free to go,” Zabroski said. “But the sign and the flags aren’t good for the city.”

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Social media and Internet bans are expected to be stricken by SCOTUS any day now, but don't let that fact stop Terrance Murphy

It is always a little easier to add a previous candidate to this blog. It is quicker to add pics and the labels and all. Anyways, here's another Shiitake alum.

http://yorktown.dailyvoice.com/politics/murphy-lauds-bill-that-bans-lifetime-sex-offenders-from-internet/713647/

Murphy Lauds Bill That Bans Lifetime Sex Offenders From Internet

The State Senate approved, 59-2, legislation prohibiting Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from using the internet for social networking or for accessing pornographic sites involving sexual relation with minors for life.

Violations of the act will be classified as a Class D felony.

"Our law enforcement agencies need more effective tools to help protect the most vulnerable people in our community from being preyed upon by sex offenders," said Senator Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown). "This bill will ensure that sex offenders required to register for life can no longer use the internet to threaten the health and safety of our children."

Murphy had previously proposed legislation that would prohibit convicted level 2 and 3 sex offenders from using the internet for life rather than as a condition of parole.

Under the current law, a mandatory condition of probation or parole for an individual required to register as a sex offender is a prohibition on certain internet use. While on probation or parole, sex offenders over the age of eighteen are prohibited from using the internet to access pornographic material, social networking sites or communicate with individuals under eighteen years of age for the purpose of promoting sexual relations.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

John Canzano plagiarizes Orwell by declaring some lives matter more than others

John Canzano, male wife of fellow Shiitake nominee Anna Canzano, feels one article trying to justify the bad behavior by writing a 19-bullet-point dissertation on why we should agree with the Oregonian's decision to attack a young registrant trying to overcome his past. Well if you need not just one, but TWO articles just to try to justify their shameful actions. This doucherocket was already nominated for worst news mutt (s) of the year, but his latest rant is worthy of Dumbest Quote as well. 

The rant is long, so for the sake of simplicity, I will simply add the offending quotes here:

http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2017/06/canzano_a_deep_dive_on_why_the.html

"Can we start with the premise that human life matters? Anyone disagree on that? This isn't a complicated starting point. The young relative who was molested by Heimlich deserves your thoughts and respect. The victim matters. She matters more than Heimlich. She matters more than baseball. She matters. Period. Anyone disagree there?"

The first thing I thought of was this: 


There are plenty of other bad quotes in the article:

"Some people, myself included, don't believe a registered sex offender has a place on a major college athletics team. I don't believe an athlete who has committed a violent offense, including domestic violence, belongs there either." -- Your opinion is not news, douchedragon. 

"If you're a registered sex offender, you'd better make it your business to know the law. Anyone blaming the law enforcement officer who caught the failure to re-register? Stop now. That officer is trying to protect the public." - Except that local police are often incompetent in understanding the registry law. And Oregon considers failing to pay that $70 annual fee "failure" to register. Obviously, Cuntzano fails at law. 

"For those making the, "He deserves a second chance!" argument ... where is that written? You make your own second chance in life. Also, your first. Heimlich is in control of his future just as he's always been. He will determine where his life leads. Your actions, if inappropriate, will result in opportunities being closed to you. That is no one's fault but your own." This works both ways, Clownzano. But besides that, a criminal sentence sets limits on punishment. Heimlich served his time. Here, Heeimlich is the victim of CanZERO, who blames his victim for his actions. 

"On my radio show on Friday, we took calls from a mostly male audience that defended the victim. I was moved by the discourse. It was authentic, charged in the right direction and included some powerful moments from callers. Some called in to share their stories of abuse. Others, their anger. But it was a measured glance at why the story has splintered us." I'm sure it was because you pre-screen to only allow those who share your opinion on your show, you coward. 

"For those who say Heimlich has, "Paid his debt to society" or "Been punished for his crime," and should be left alone -- huh? An important part of his punishment is that he has to register as a sex offender. There's a reason a felony crime is a felony crime. The punishment is supposed to act as a deterrent." -- Thanks for helping me prove SCOTUS wrong in Smith v Doe. You're a useful idiot!

"The only positive that can come from this story is that Heimlich lives a long, productive life that has meaning. That he looks back at age 90 and realizes that he's overcome a horrible crime and done the best he could." -- I don't see how this complete fucktard expects Mr. Heimlich to "overcome" and have a "long, productive life" when vigilante scum like the gangbangers posing as Oregonian journalists will be there to ruin it for him. This kid will be lucky to get  ANY job, PERIOD, and if by some chance he plays baseball at the next level I'd be shocked. Stop trying to sugarcoat the fact you ruined this kid's life. If he overcomes, it will be IN SPITE of you and the other gossip writers. 

But hey, lets continue on to the hypocrisy of John Canzano. Here's an article where Canzano himself discusses the power of a second change after other athletes committed horrible crimes in their youth:

http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2009/11/legarrette_blount_could_learn.html

Canzano: LeGarrette Blount could learn from second chances of the past

Print Email John Canzano | The Oregonian/OregonLive By John Canzano | The Oregonian/OregonLive 
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on November 09, 2009 at 8:20 PM, updated November 10, 2009 at 10:41 PM

He threw a terrible punch. He paid a terrible price. I'm talking about Rodney Woods, not LeGarrette Blount. 

So, let's discuss the value of a second chance.

Because before we can get to the reinstated Blount, we have to talk about Woods, who went from a one-time felon to a controversial University of Oregon defensive back. 

A decade ago, Woods, a track star and the captain of his football team in Little Rock, Calif., was at a high school party when he got in a disagreement with a thin 17-year old boy named Christopher O'Leary. 

There were words exchanged. And friends of Woods attacked O'Leary, who was sucker-punched in the face and then kicked in the head while he was on the ground. Kevin Walker, a friend of O'Leary's, stepped in to ask, "Why?" and was attacked, too. 

He ran up the street. And Woods, a track star who would win the Southern Section long jump and triple jump titles later that morning, chased after him, caught him, and punched him in the face until he stopped fighting back. 

"Kevin Walker wasn't very fast," Woods later told investigators. 

This is where a second-chance was born. Because O'Leary was airlifted later that morning to a trauma center, where he died from head injuries. Walker ended up at a hospital, too. And Woods, who insists he never touched O'Leary, was convicted of felony assault. He served seven months in jail, was stripped of a college football scholarship to Fresno State, slapped with $30,000 in legal fees and, ultimately, Woods was left hoping that some football program would give him a second chance.

The University of Oregon did just that. 

Oregon assistant Nick Aliotti wrote a letter on Woods' behalf to a judge, trying to get his felony conviction reduced. So, too, did then-coach Mike Bellotti. The Ducks coaches insisted that helping Woods get a scholarship was not just about football, but about life, and a lot of us rolled our eyes and wondered what wearing a jersey has to do with redemption. 

Woods divided us. Just like Blount has. And I only bring that up today because Blount, who was suspended for the season for punching a Boise State player and trying to hit others, is getting another opportunity. 

As weary as we may be from thinking on Blount, it's probably worth examining Woods to understand what a second chance can be worth. 

In three seasons at Oregon, Woods started only four games. He finished his career with 17 tackles and three interceptions to go with a torn knee ligament that cost him the 2004 season. In his final game, a Holiday Bowl loss to Oklahoma, his only participation came on the Ducks' punt team.

"The people at Oregon stuck their necks out for me," Woods said. "I know I appreciated what they did for me and I felt like I had to be especially careful about the decisions I made in Eugene because I didn't want to let anyone down. 

"I kept my head down and stayed out of trouble." 

Woods didn't go to large gatherings. He always walked the other way the minute he saw words being exchanged. He showed up at practice, went to class, and tried to play well. When I saw him before that final game his senior year, I asked what he planned to do with his life. 

"I want to graduate college and be a social worker," he said then. 

Woods did not graduate college. He did not become a social worker. He is still 15 credits short of a degree in counseling. Today, he works a blue-collar job for a company that manufacturers Federal Aviation Administration-approved oxygen tanks, life rafts and fire extinguishers. 

"The safety equipment you see on airplanes," he said. 

Woods, who lives in Palmdale (Calif.), has a wife now, and three children -- two boys (ages 9 and 5) and a one-year old girl. And after work, Woods clocks out and hustles to practice where he is the head coach of a youth football team that ends up being his daily highlight. 

Said Woods: "We're pretty good; one more win and we're in the pee wee Super Bowl." 

Woods hasn't been arrested again. He said once is enough. And he talks wistfully about wanting to complete his college degree, as if that, and not failing to play football beyond college, is where he could have done better. 

"There was great value in having another chance," he said, "and I know I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't take it seriously." 

You getting this Blount? 

Because nobody is rooting against the reinstated running back now. How could you? Whether you agree or disagree with coach Chip Kelly's decision to reverse his stance and bring the player back, the best thing that can come from all of this is for Blount to get his degree in sociology, and get about creating a new legacy for himself. All that you can do is hope Blount learns from his actions. And maybe from Woods, too. 

Take the opportunity seriously. 

Recommit yourself to your life goals. 

Understand how absurdly close you were to losing it all. 

If you don't, the second chance is wasted. 

Blount should know, too, that Woods saw the events at Boise State on television and cringed. "It was awful," he said. 

Not every university would have been willing to give an athlete that so badly embarrassed it another chance. Not all of us are comfortable with Kelly's decision to bring Blount back. And there have been others at Oregon -- former Nebraska offensive lineman Richie Incognito among them -- who have wilted under the gravity of being asked to expect more from themselves. 

It is a privilege to play football at a college. Having the letters "O-R-E-G-O-N" on the front of your jersey comes with responsibility and expectation. And But, we live in a society that too often lowers them for people who can run fast and jump high and entertain us with their athleticism. 

Blount, who has been suspended three times in 18 months at Oregon, is either going to join the ranks of sad souls who blew one final opportunity to get it right. Or he's going to use this as a springboard to take himself somewhere greater. 

Woods knows what I'm talking about. 

-John Canzano

Kill a man, get a second chance. Commit a sex offense, you get no second chance, in the words of Canzano. Fuck John Canzano. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Worst US District Judge in America gets praise for promoting vigilante violence from the bench


Apparently this judge has a long history of stupid remarks and getting "benchslapped" for apparently screwing up trials. But when you advocate straight up murder from the bench, you're at least worthy of an award. A SHIITAKE award! In fact, here are some cases he screwed up:

United States v. Cherry, 720 F.3d 161, 167-69 (4th Cir. 2013); United States v. Echlin, 528 F. App’x 357, 363 (4th Cir. 2013); United States v. Garries, 452 F. App’x 304, 309-11 (4th Cir. 2011) (per curiam); Murphy v. United States, 383 F. App’x 326, 334 (4th Cir. 2010) (per curiam); United States v. Dabney, 71 F. App’x 207, 210 (4th Cir. 2003) (per curium).

He's a senile old crone appointed by Reagan. I'd say that's reason enough to bench this clown. However, the comment section in the article is full of Trump-humper praise for this idiot.

By the way, I was almost tempted to add Mary Devoy to the nominees list. She claims to want to reform the laws but at times she seems to be more in tune with people like this guy than with REAL activists like me.

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/child-porn-producers-should-be-shot-federal-judge-suggests-in/article_72590f10-a747-5185-a671-0d5c8dd09464.html

Child porn producers should be "shot," federal judge suggests in a Norfolk courtroom
By Scott Daugherty
The Virginian-Pilot
14 hrs ago

From the bench this week, a federal judge unafraid of offering blunt opinions said that anyone who produces child pornography should be shot.

An exact quote of what Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar said Tuesday during a case involving the collection of child porn was not available, but in an interview Thursday, he reiterated the comment multiple times.

“I said it. I said that they should be shot,” said Doumar.

He stressed he was referring to producers of “baby pornography” and noted that the case at hand involved particularly heinous images. The pornography included photos of very young children, penetration, bestiality and various other forms of physical and emotional abuse, prosecutors said.

“I feel very strongly on this,” he said. “They are not fit to live in our society.”

That said, Doumar, whom President Ronald Reagan nominated to a lifetime appointment on the bench more than 35 years ago , went on to explain that he did not “actually want to go kill them.”

The maximum punishment for producing child pornography is life in prison, and Doumar acknowledged that is all he can legally do when it comes to sentencing producers.

In 2014, Doumar sentenced a Virginia Beach man to life in prison plus 40 years on charges he was responsible for videos that captured the sexual abuse of seven children under 5 in Hampton Roads. At the time, he called Robert H. Scott Jr. the “epitome of evil” and offered a hint at what he thought was a truly appropriate punishment.

“Life in prison is not a satisfactory solution,” Doumar told Scott, “but it is the solution available.”

Doumar is known in legal circles for telling colorful stories from the bench. During many sentencing hearings in drug cases, he has recounted an extended history of China and the opium trade and compared it to the United States and its drug policies. He fears for the future of the country if drugs are legalized.

The judge’s penchant for interrupting attorneys, however, has drawn the ire of lawyers and even the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2015, American Civil Liberties Union attorneys representing a transgender boy who sued the Gloucester County School Board over his right to use his school’s male restroom asked the appellate court to reassign their case to another judge. The attorneys complained that Doumar repeatedly said in court that their client had a “mental disorder” and that they were more interested in gaining media attention than representing the boy’s best interests.

“I’m having a huge problem with everybody knowing that he desires to be a male and, in fact, his attorney advertising that to the world,” said Doumar, who eventually ruled against the boy.

The case remains on appeal. Regardless of what happens, however, Doumar said he will not be involved with it anymore.

“I’ve removed myself from the transgender case,” he said in the interview.

Last year, a panel of three federal appeals judges criticized Doumar’s handling of a 2013 trial in which the head of a defunct Newport News brokerage firm was convicted of defrauding investors out of $1.75 million.

Fourth Circuit Judge Stephanie Thacker took Doumar to task for repeatedly claiming during Jeffrey Martinovich’s first sentencing hearing that the federal guidelines were mandatory – even though the Supreme Court had ruled they were not and attorneys for both sides had reminded him they were not.

In the same 32-page opinion – which was joined by Judge Henry Floyd – Thacker also criticized Doumar for repeatedly interrupting defense attorneys and prosecutors during the trial.

“Here, we are once again confronted with a case replete with the district court’s ill-advised comments and interference,” she said before referencing five other cases in her footnotes.

Doumar’s latest comments came Tuesday during the sentencing hearing of John M. Bowen, a convicted sex offender busted with one of the largest caches of child porn ever recovered in Virginia.

According to court documents, federal investigators found potentially 1.7 million pieces of child pornography on Bowen’s computers, along with a handmade sex doll that resembled a small child.

During the hearing, Doumar questioned what, if any, benefit mental health treatment has on sex offenders. He said he had tried to research the matter but couldn’t find definitive answers. “Does it do any good?” Doumar asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Dougherty. “I’m curious about that.”

A 2014 study funded by the U.S. Justice Department noted that some research had found limited and even no benefits to treatment. The author’s review of several studies, however, determined it was “reasonable to conclude, albeit cautiously, that certain types of treatment can produce reductions in recidivism for certain sex offenders.”

Mary Davye Devoy, an advocate for "reforming" Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry, said Doumar’s comments were “upsetting for sure.”

She agreed people who molest babies on camera deserve the “full extent of the law.” But she said it was inappropriate for a judge to advocate from the bench for more than the law allows. She said a person who hears such comments might believe he or she has the judge’s blessing to act outside the law.

“A person saying that on the streets is one thing. A judge on the bench is another,” Devoy said. “It may be time for him to retire.”

Thursday, June 8, 2017

FOUR Oregonian reporters that need to be sent back to the minor leagues

I won't post the full articles today so here's the gist-- Oregon State baseball is in the College World Series, and one of the star pitchers for the team is a level 1 (that means low risk for you outsiders) registered citizen for an offense committed when he was 15 in Washington state. The timing of this article couldn't be worse, and I believe it was a targeted campaign to damage the career of a young man who has served his time as a juvenile. This isn't the first time the WHOREgonian has written such Shiitake-worthy drivel. 

Lets look at the Oregonian Starting Lineup:


Danny Moran: This is the asshat primarily responsible for this damaging article. The WHOREgonian reports: "Danny Moran, who covers the Oregon State baseball team for The Oregonian/OregonLive, didn't set out to tell this story when he began interviewing Heimlich in March for a profile about his success as a pitcher....After those initial interviews had been conducted, Moran performed a routine background check - something we do on profile subjects. He ran Heimlich's name through the Oregon courts database and came up with this: Heimlich had been cited in April for failing to update his sex offender registration in Benton County. Moran requested court documents in Washington state, where the molestation occurred. The public records reveal what happened..." He felt the need to give details about the crime, which of course means that me or anyone with a few minutes of time could find the name of this alleged victim. [DUMMY MORON]


Brad Schmidt: Co-author of the first offending report, then later takes the glory for harassing the President of OSU into denouncing the ballplayer. [BATSHIT]


John Canzano: Yes, Tom, this is the husband of our least favorite TV reporter and Shiitake Award alum Anna Canzano. He wrote THIS CRAP PIECE just to be a self-righteous prick, just like his skanky wife Anna. He's obviously trolling us by calling Moron's piece a "terrific piece of journalism." Oh, it's a piece... of bovine excrement! "As much as second chances are important, I don't know how anyone could put the sex offender's future first. Oregon State shouldn't have a single athlete on its campus who is guilty of a felony conviction involving a violent offense or a sex offense...If you're among those dismissing this as a youthful "mistake" from a kid who deserves a second chance at his baseball career, think first about the damage done to the survivor, who will carry this with her for life." [JOKE CUNT-ZANO]


Mark Katches: Batting cleanup (or is it fuckup?), Katches is the guy who deserves to "Katch" the most heat in this lineup, because he wrote the article trying to justify the series of articles. So he wrote the worst piece of all. It seems that they were anticipating backlash from the Anti-Registry Movement: [M'Krotchrot] (here's his possible criminal record, BTW)

"Some of our readers may say that Heimlich paid for his crime and completed his sentence. Others may argue that mistakes made by a minor should be forgiven, considering that studies show juvenile sex offenders rarely commit additional sex crimes after sentencing. Some will contend that we are undermining both Heimlich and his team as the Beavers embark on a quest to win a third College World Series title and with the major league draft just days away. We considered all of these factors.

Our society decided long ago that sex offenders should carry the burden of their conviction well after their sentences end - and that juvenile sex crimes should follow offenders into adulthood. Oregon wrote into statute that sex offenders cannot be released from their obligation to register with authorities unless they show a judge "by clear and convincing evidence" that they no longer pose a threat to public safety."

This is a big swing and miss. If these reporters were pro ballplayers, they'd be benchwarming for the Montgomery Biscuits or the Lansing Lugnuts. Send these folks to write for the Weekly World News instead. They're still around, I think. Or, just sue them into oblivion. Whatever happens, it is time someone takes down the WHOREgonian. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Marion County FL's crazy cat lady Karin Ahrman is the latest to get away with posting harassing signs in her yard.


This is Karin Phillips Ahrman [FACEBOOK] [YOUTUBE] of Marion County, FloriDUH. This disturbing trend of private citizens harassing registered persons with signs. Cops don't want to arrest this crazy bitch even though this is harassment, but at least they said she can be sued. I hope Karin's VICTIM sues her into oblivion.

Interestingly, she doesn't like it when someone goes after her, so why do it to others?


It is always funny how so many of these scumbags talk so much about God.



http://www.news965.com/news/watch-marion-county-woman-creates-sign-warning-neighbors-sex-offender/GLCJIDRdUQySLpDroZW0lJ/

WATCH: MARION COUNTY WOMAN CREATES SIGN WARNING NEIGHBORS OF SEX OFFENDER
June 5, 2017 6:26 PM
Updated: June 5, 2017 6:26 PM

MARION COUNTY, Fla. -  A Marion County woman wants everyone to know that a sexual predator lives in her neighborhood.

Karin Ahrman put signs in her front lawn and on telephone poles to warn everyone that **** lives on **** in Ocala.

There is nothing illegal about what Ahrman is doing because the information can be found on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s website.

“The first thing I do is check the address. Oh my God, he’s six houses down from me,” said Ahrman.

**** has been convicted of sexual battery on a child under 12 and lewd and lascivious molestation on a child 12 - 15, records show.

Ahrman said she wanted to introduce *** to everyone in the neighborhood, but not in person.

“I nailed them on every telephone pole in the neighborhood,” Ahrman said. "I was molested at 4. I was raped at 12. You don't get over it. Someone has to be here and be the voice for the voiceless."

The Marion County Sheriff's Office handles sex offender registration for the county.

There's nothing illegal about the sign, but Deputy Paul Bloom said Ahrman could still end up in legal trouble if something goes wrong.

"If this person, this sex offender was attacked and that person was determined that they attacked him because they heard that they were a sex offender, certainly there's going to be some civil liability there,” Bloom said.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ConnectiCUT State Rep. Kevin NUMB-Skulczyck rips off AL Shiitake nominee Steve "Cut the 'Wurst" Hurst

If you haven't caught on, we're making castration puns. Yes, Kevin (numb)Skulczyck wants Connecticut to pass a castration law. My response is that he should be lobotomized for stealing such a hairbrained idea.

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/20170516/skulczyck-sex-offender-castration-bill-priority-for-2018

Skulczyck: Sex offender castration bill a priority for 2018

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:13 PM, Updated at 7:31 AM

GRISWOLD - State Rep. Kevin Skulczyck confirmed Tuesday he would like to see chemical castration performed on convicted sex offenders as a form of punishment.

He said the proposal will be on his “top 5” list of priorities going into next year’s legislative session.

Skulczyck, a Republican who represents the 45th district, tweeted his idea on Sunday.

“This is about protecting the next victim and as law makers it’s our responsibility to look for every tool to protect the next generation,” Skulczyck said. “I want to work on a model bill that for the rest of the country to use.”

The details on whether both males and females would be required to undergo the treatment or which crimes would warrant castration were not made clear.

It also is not clear if Skulczyck would propose the state pay for castrations.

With chemical castration, drugs are used to reduce a person’s libido or sexual activity. It does not remove organs nor is it a form of sterilization.

Alabama State Rep. Steve Hurst is proposing a similar bill for the third time in his state. Hurst’s bill, however, proposes surgical castration. Skulczyck linked to a story about Hurst’s proposal in his tweet on Sunday.

Eight states -- California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin -- allow for chemical or surgical castration of sex offenders.

Critics of the practice, including the American Civil Liberties Union, say castration is a violation of someone’s rights. A castration bill, the ACLU has said, would violate the Eighth Amendment which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.

Skulczyck, a freshman legislator, has also proposed other controversial bills during this year’s legislative session, including reviving the death penalty, suspending funding to “sanctuary cities” and repealing gun control legislation.

“It is a controversial bill, but I’m the guy to bring this up. I’m living in the moment and I’m going to take an opportunity to help the public,” Skulczyck said.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NY seeks to prohibit prisoners convicted of sex crimes against minors from possessing pics of minors in priso

I can see a lot of issues with this bill. If a teen gets locked up on an R&J, he can't have pics even of his siblings because they are minors? A father can't have pics of his kids? What about pics of yourself as a kid?


S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________
6021
2017-2018 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
May 10, 2017
___________
Introduced by Sen. JACOBS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to prohibiting child sex offenders from possessing a depiction of any minor during their incarceration
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

 Section 1. Section 70.80 of the penal law is amended by adding a new subdivision 10 to read as follows:

10. EVERY SENTENCE FOR A FELONY SEX OFFENSE, AS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, IMPOSED PURSUANT TO ANY SECTION OF THIS ARTICLE, WHERE THE VICTIM OF SUCH OFFENSE WAS A MINOR, SHALL INCLUDE AS A PART THEREOF A PROHIBITION AGAINST THE POSSESSION OF PHOTOGRAPHS, VIDEOS OR ANY OTHER DEPICTIONS OF ANY MINOR DURING THE TERM OF SUCH INCARCERATION.

S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Katie Wendell of Dayton Daily News reminds us that somehow the registrant status of nursing home residents is bigger news than the shooting of three people there

I'm grateful that at least the comment section responses is generally angry at the reporter for writing this article.

Based on the timeline of events by the same news outlet, it seems the shooter had a prior relationship to one of the victims, none of whom were the residents. Thus, their statuses are irrelevant to the story, because their only involvement in this story is being at the place where the crime occurred. It reminds me of the news stories focusing on the registrants in a trailer park rather than the non-RSO killer in the Aliahna Lemmon case.

I spared Katie a Shiitake nod last year on her nursing home article, but this one just can't be ignored.

http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/breaking-news/what-know-about-the-pine-kirk-care-center-kirkersville/Qp3zV0xbanCcFNGyYJCYoJ/

What we know about the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville
Nearly half the small home’s residents are registered sex offenders.
By Katie Wedell
Updated: 12:46 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017 |  Posted: 10:53 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2017

Kirkersville — The Pine Kirk Care Center nursing home in Kirkersville is a small facility of 24 beds. It had 23 residents at its last inspection by the state. 

The Kirkersville Police Chief and two employees of the home were killed today when a gunman entered the nursing home and them killed himself.

The home is rated as average for health and fire safety inspections and nursing levels on Medicare.gov’s Nursing Home Compare tool, which compiles inspection reports of licensed nursing homes from each state. 

In late 2016, when the Dayton Daily News did an investigation into sex offenders living in Ohio nursing homes, there were 10 residents living at Pine Kirk who were on the Ohio sex offender registry. Their crimes ranged from gross sexual imposition to rape of children. 

Some crimes were decades old, while others occurred within the past 10 years. 

A search of the registry today showed there are currently nine residents who are registered sex offenders. 

There was also a complaint inspection done at the home a year ago after one resident hit another resident with a cane, resulting in the victim being admitted to the hospital intensive care unit. 

Pine Kirk has not received any federal fines or denials of Medicare payments in the past three years, according to the Medicare page. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

John Walsh calls the USA a third world country among his usual errors in addressing the child abuse issue

Ah, John Walsh, how many times has your stupidity have been featured here over the years? Anyways, Walsh displays his lack of education by referring to the USA as a third world country. Well, with Trump in office, we may end up becoming a third world country, but here is the current definition of "third world":

1: The underdeveloped nations of the world, especially those with widespread poverty.
2: The group of developing nations, especially of Asia and Africa, that do not align themselves with the policies of either the U.S. or the former Soviet Union.
3: The minority groups within a nation or predominant culture.

Oh, and Walsh goes on to give props to controversial South Carolina pro-Confederate and segregationist Strom Thurmond, seeing as how they both are obvious supporters of segregation policies. Of course, late in life, Thurmond caled back on his racism, but Walsh hasn't scaled back on his anti-registrant hogwash.

http://www.aikenstandard.com/news/walsh-calls-child-abuse-a-problem-that-is-everywhere/article_e3f175e4-291d-11e7-b4ea-0f9b2dc9fccc.html

Walsh calls child abuse a problem that is 'everywhere'
By Dede Biles dbiles@aikenstandard.com  Apr 25, 2017

Television personality, criminal investigator and victim rights advocate John Walsh delivered a sobering message Monday night at USC Aiken’s Convocation Center while speaking during a fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County.

“There is a problem everywhere,” he said. “Everybody has a problem with the abuse of children. I don’t give a damn if you live in Beverly Hills or you live in the inner city in the ghetto. Your children can be victims at any time. We are the richest and most powerful country in the world, but we have more child abuse than any other third world country.”

In Aiken County, Walsh said, the Advocacy Center assisted 55 victims of child abuse last month.

“The people who prey on children are a lot smarter than most criminals,” Walsh said. “They know how we hate them, and they now how insidious what they do is. They are cunning, and they are good at it.”

.....

Walsh spoke fondly of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, saying the Republican from South Carolina provided support for his initiatives.

"Love him or hate him, I thought he was a good old guy," Walsh said. "He was like that semi-senile grandfather we all have and we all love, but he also would come into some incredible moments of clarity."

Monday, May 1, 2017

AkansASS dad Shelton Kitchens posts "child molester" sign because neighbors sleeps with his daigher who is above the age of consent


It isn't even legal to post this sign in your yard against a person on the registry (though law enforcement tends not to arrest people for harassment of registrants), but I'm pretty sure this sign will likely lead to some problems for this idiot father in the long run. I also have a hard time believing a 16 year old girl, a woman beyond the age of consent, could be "lured by puppies." Also, if his daughter is "traumatized," I imagine it is because of the father's reaction if anything.

http://wreg.com/2017/04/27/arkansas-dad-uses-sign-for-child-molester-psa/

Arkansas dad uses sign for ‘child molester’ PSA
POSTED 10:29 PM, APRIL 27, 2017,
BY STACY JACOBSON

HETH, Ark. -- An Arkansas dad is using a handmade sign on his rural St. Francis County property to defend and protect his 16-year-old daughter.

Shelton Kitchens said he learned recently that his daughter was in a sexual relationship with a 21-year-old man.

“I find my daughter like she’s almost eaten alive. It’s sickening when you raise her shirt and look at it. Hickeys all over,” he said.

Kitchens said the man lives near his tire shop.

"She got lured in by puppies," he said.

So Kitchens called the St Francis County Sheriff’s Office. He met with a deputy but they said they couldn't file criminal charges.

“He called Crimes Against Children in Little Rock. They said they can’t do nothing about it because she’s 16 years old,” he said.

In fact, 16 is the age of consent in Arkansas. There was nothing law enforcement officers could do.

So he started a public awareness campaign, putting a sign up that reads, "Danger! Child molester lives in first house on the right.”

It lists the man's last name at the bottom.

Kitchens and his co-workers said they were getting a lot of attention for the sign. It also got shared on social media.

They hoped it helped spread a message and pushed lawmakers to raise the age of consent to 18.

“I want awareness put to other parents so they don’t have to go through what I've gone through the last few days,” Kitchens said.

“It’s going viral. That’s what we want it to do,” said Marcus Rickman, who also works at the tire shop.

But not everyone who drives by is sympathetic.

“The only thing he can really do is be mad at his daughter. He cant be mad at that guy,” Matt Malone said.

Kitchens said his daughter stopped seeing the 21 year old and she’s traumatized. She’ll probably have to go to therapy.

WREG spoke with state lawmakers who said they were not yet prepared to comment on the issue.


Monday, April 24, 2017

No price is too great to protect just one child, even if that price is putting them in jail, says LA DA


Oddly, folks who make false rare reports have spent less time in jail than those who were jailed as incentive to testify.

http://www.wwltv.com/news/victims-witnesses-jailed-in-new-orleans/430823680

DA: Sometimes a crime victim needs to be put in jail to get the criminal

Paul Murphy , WWL 9:28 AM. CDT April 13, 2017

New Orleans victims advocates are against the use of material witness warrants to force victims of domestic abuse and sex crimes to testify in court.

However, Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says in some rare cases, it's necessary to put a victim or witness in jail to get a dangerous criminal or sex offender off the streets.

"If I have to put a victim of a crime in jail, for eight days, in order to...keep the rapist off of the street, for a period of years and to prevent him from raping or harming someone else, I'm going to do that," Cannizzaro said.

Tuesday, the judicial watchdog group "Courtwatch NOLA" released a report, taking issue with the use of material witness warrants.

"What kind of picture this paints for folks coming victims that are scared and want to come forward, to call police and talk to law enforcement if they know they are going to be incarcerated," Courtwatch NOLA Executive Director Simone Levine said. "We think this is a real disincentive."

The DA maintains it's a small price in the pursuit of justice.

"Steps have been taken to arrest that person, to indict him, to bring him to court and they say, 'I don't want to get involved,' in my opinion that is wrong," Cannizzaro said.

Victims' advocacy groups say jailing victims to force them to testify is not good public policy.

"When we arrest them, that's a punitive form of measure," Silence is Violence Executive Director Tamara Jackson said. "There are other ways we can reach our goals besides victimizing a victim again."

"As a survivor advocate, we really feel like no one should be under the threat of arrest for choosing not to cooperate with prosecution," New Orleans Family Justice Center Director of Program Development Eva Lessinger said. "It could have a chilling effect on folks coming forward."

DA Cannizzaro said his office just doesn't go out and say, "oh, I want to put a witness or victim in jail.  

"Is it more important for this witness to be inconvenienced for a very short period of time or is it better for the community to get the violent offender off the streets and keep him off the streets," Cannizzaro added.

Courtwatch NOLA cited 15 cases where prosecutors issued material arrest warrants to get victims and witnesses to testify.

DA Cannizzaro maintains of those 15 cases, only 6 of them actually resulted in the witness or victim going to jail.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Unethical Platte Co MO Persecutor Eric Zahnd threatens supporters of accused man to label them supporters of "pedophilia"


This piece of trash is actually in the running for a US court seat? Only in a Trump America.

http://kcur.org/post/did-platte-county-prosecutor-overstep-legal-bounds-child-molestation-case#stream/0

Did Platte County Prosecutor Overstep Legal Bounds In Child Molestation Case?
By DAN MARGOLIES • APR 11, 2017

The Platte County Courthouse, ordinarily a sleepy rural outpost, is abuzz these days with intrigue. 

That's because a leading candidate to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri is the subject of an ethics complaint that questions the propriety of his conduct in a sexual abuse case prosecuted by his office.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd, who is reported to be a contender for the job of the region’s top federal prosecutor, has denied any wrongdoing. But his office’s conduct has triggered a legal brawl with one of the area’s leading criminal defense attorneys, prompting a cascade of court filings and questions about how certain witnesses in the case were treated.

Many of the court documents are sealed, but a petition filed last month with the Missouri Court of Appeals referred to their contents, including the ethics complaint.

The legal saga dates to August 2015, when Dearborn, Missouri, resident Darren L. Paden pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a girl over the course of a decade, beginning when she was 5 years old. 

Through court records and interviews with more than a dozen individuals and lawyers familiar with the case, KCUR has reconstructed what happened and how Zahnd and Paden's lawyer came to be at loggerheads, culminating in the current legal imbroglio. 

Letter writers subpoenaed

The case deeply divided the small Platte County town, where Paden’s parents were respected members of the community and Paden was a one-time chief of the all-volunteer fire department and a junior deacon at his church. Some townspeople refused to believe he was guilty and were convinced he was coerced into confessing.

More than a dozen friends and relatives of Paden wrote letters to the judge pleading for leniency. The letters cited his work on behalf of his neighbors, community and church and asked the judge to take that into account at his sentencing.

The letters had little effect: On Oct. 30, 2015, Platte County Circuit Judge James Van Amberg handed Paden two consecutive 25-year sentences, equivalent to a life sentence for the 52-year-old defendant.

But before the sentencing, Zahnd’s office did something highly unusual: It contacted the people who had written character letters on behalf of Paden and told them to get in touch with assistant prosecutor Chris Seufert. When they did, Seufert told them that, unless they withdrew their letters, he would expose them as supporters of a defendant who had engaged in pedophilia.

Zahnd’s office also subpoenaed the letter writers, ordering them to appear at Paden’s sentencing hearing. But when they showed up, none of them were called to the witness stand.

Some of the letter writers contacted Paden’s attorney, John P. O’Connor, and told him what happened. O’Connor, concerned that Zahnd’s office was trying to intimidate witnesses, asked for advice from a former attorney for the Missouri Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, the agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting attorney misconduct.

Bar complaint

The attorney, Sarah Rittman, told O’Connor he was duty-bound to report what she regarded as clear-cut ethical violations by Zahnd and Seufert to the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel.

Reluctantly, O’Connor later told a judge, he did just that. So did a retired Platte County Circuit Judge, Abe Shafer, who represented one of the letter writers and also filed a report about Seufert with the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel.

O’Connor declined to comment on his bar complaint. Shafer also declined to comment.

Criminal defense attorneys and legal ethics experts contacted by KCUR say they have never heard of a prosecutor subpoenaing character witnesses and threatening to expose their names unless they withdrew their testimony. It’s not uncommon for people to submit character letters on behalf of criminal defendants before they’re sentenced, but those letters are not typically viewed as an endorsement of the crime.

“It is just one of the most egregious breaches of ethics that I’ve heard a prosecutor do,” said Sean O’Brien, a former chief public defender in Kansas City and later head of what’s now known as the Public Interest Litigation Clinic, which represents clients in death penalty cases.

“I mean, he’s literally threatening people to get them to withhold relevant information from the court.”

O' Brien said it is a violation of due process for a prosecutor to prevent witnesses from disclosing to a sentencing court information that they believe to be truthful and relevant to the court’s decision.

“He should be disbarred for conduct like this,” said O’Brien, now a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Michael Downey, a legal ethics lawyer with the Downey Law Group in St. Louis, said that “if a defense attorney had called in a bunch of prosecution witnesses and said, ‘I’m going to out you for being against my guy,’ there’d be a very good chance the defense attorney would be prosecuted.”

He added: “Subpoenas are supposed to be used to get discovery, and here he’s not looking for discovery, he’s looking to bring in people so that he can intimidate them, which is not proper."

But R. Lawrence Dessem, a legal ethics professor at the University of Missouri, said the subpoenas were aggressive lawyering but didn’t necessarily cross an ethical line. The real concern, he said, was the pressure put on the letter writers and the public scolding after Paden’s sentencing.

“We don't want people in our communities holding back on relevant information they've got out of fear that if they come forward with that relevant evidence, there's a possibility of retaliation from the prosecutor,” Dessem said. 

Zahnd, in emailed answers to questions about the subpoenas, categorically denied that he or anyone in his office did anything wrong, but said he was limited as to what he could say about the case.

“I would like to discuss every detail of my office’s interactions with his supporters, but Rule 5.31 states that ‘all proceedings and records’ involving complaints to the bar ‘shall be confidential,’” Zahnd wrote, referring to one of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Rules of Professional Conduct.  “That rule applies regardless of whether the complaints are valid or completely baseless.”

Zahnd said he was “firmly convinced that my office handled every aspect of Mr. Paden’s case in a lawful and completely ethical manner that resulted in justice for the victim, the defendant, and the State of Missouri.”

“Generally speaking, I fully appreciate that people who want to provide character evidence for a convicted child predator would prefer to argue for leniency outside the public eye and without being confronted with challenging facts,” Zahnd continued. “But that’s not the way our system of justice works.”

Zahnd pointed to the child molestation case against former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, in which the judge refused to consider character letters without making them public.

“Our country has always believed in open court proceedings and the right to confront witnesses—even if that makes some witnesses uneasy,” Zahnd said.

Public shaming

Zahnd’s office, however, did more than subpoena Paden’s character witnesses. When they refused to withdraw their letters, it publicly shamed them in a news release that was published on the front page of The Landmark, a weekly newspaper covering Platte County, and on the Platte County Prosecutor’s Facebook page.  

After recounting the details of Paden’s confession that he abused the girl two or three times a month from 2001 to 2012, the news release stated:

“Nevertheless, many members of the Dearborn community wrote letters on Paden’s behalf following his guilty plea. Prosecutors met with most of them to make sure they understood that Paden had fully confessed to his crimes, yet many of those community leaders continued to stand by Paden.”

The release then listed the names (and some of their occupations or affiliations) of the 16 people who wrote letters on behalf of Paden. One was a former bank president, two were former schoolteachers, three worked for the North Platte School District and another one was a nurse practitioner.

The public shaming had repercussions. In May 2016, Kathie Ousley, a member of the Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, sought to change the way board members are removed from office after expressing her unhappiness that one of the letter writers, Jerry Hagg, served on the board. The Clay County Courier-Tribune reported that Ousley said she and other board members did not want to be represented by directors they felt were morally corrupt.

Hagg declined to comment. But Darla Hall Emmendorfer told KCUR that her character letter had been cited disparagingly in places as far away as Pennsylvania.

“What I did not expect was that the prosecuting attorney would get hold of my letter and use it the way they did use it,” she says.

Emmendorfer said she received a phone call from Zahnd’s office asking her to come to the office the next day. When she did, she said, she was pressured by Seufert to rescind her letter.

“He said, ‘How can a good mother support a child molester with the evidence that we have like this?’”

“It’s still emotional for me,” Emmendorfer said, “because it’s kind of a scary thing to think that a prosecuting attorney would want to win, or  put this case on their badge of honor as making a conviction without what I felt was due process. And also with using the people who have a right to tell the judge what they think.”

More repercussions

The repercussions have now spread to other cases being prosecuted by Zahnd’s office.

In June 2016, while O’Connor was in the Platte County courthouse on an unrelated case, Zahnd, Seufert and another Platte County prosecutor asked him to meet with them in front of Van Amberg, the Platte County Circuit Judge who presided over the Paden case. At that meeting, they told Van Amberg about O’Connor’s bar complaint and said they didn’t trust him.

They then told Van Amberg that they would only communicate with O’Connor if the exchanges with him were recorded or on the record before a judge.

For O’Connor, who has practiced for 35 years and is one of the Kansas City area’s most respected criminal defense attorneys, those restrictions posed a huge problem. Besides Paden, O’Connor at the time represented five other defendants in criminal cases in Platte County – one of them a death penalty case – and he contended he couldn’t represent them effectively under those circumstances.

As a result, O’Connor’s clients moved to disqualify Zahnd’s office from handling their cases and asked that a special prosecutor be appointed instead. The Missouri Supreme Court appointed Glen Dietrich, a retired Nodaway County judge, to hear the motions after judges in Platte County were recused.

Dietrich, however, didn’t disclose that he had been a law partner of Zahnd’s uncle, Larry Zahnd, for 19 years. (Larry Zahnd died on March 28 at age 83.) O’Connor learned of the relationship only weeks later and promptly moved to have Dietrich recused.

Another judge appointed by the Supreme Court, Teresa Bingham, heard the recusal motion and in December she denied it. In her four-page ruling, she  concluded: “In this matter, the proceedings as to the Motion for Change of Judge for Cause were open, and this Court finds that a reasonable person would NOT (caps in original) have a factual basis to find the appearance of impropriety or have any reason to doubt the impartiality of Judge Glen Dietrich.”

Motions seek to disqualify prosecutor

Meanwhile, Dietrich had sealed some of the records in the motions seeking to disqualify Zahnd’s office from handling cases involving O’Connor’s clients. Those motions were heard on Jan. 25 during a session in the Platte County courthouse that lasted all morning.

At the hearing, Zahnd argued that O’Connor bore an animus toward his office and was merely trying to gain a tactical advantage on behalf of his clients.

“If the court were to grant Mr. O’Connor’s motion, I suspect that we will see defense attorneys all across the nation, particularly in capital cases, intentionally creating one-sided animosity, making complaints and filing motions to disqualify, simply to make serious capital litigation harder, longer and more expensive by replacing prosecutors whenever they have a chance,” Zahnd told Dietrich.

As proof of O’Connor’s hostility, Zahnd said that O’Connor had repeatedly used profane language against Seufert in the past.

O’Connor countered at the hearing that he harbored no animosity toward Zahnd or his office but was obligated as an officer of the court to file the bar complaints against them. 

Although he wasn’t allowed to make direct reference to the bar complaints – Dietrich had ruled they were confidential – O’Connor was clearly referring to them when he said that filing them “was not something I set out to do personally.” 

Dietrich took the motions to disqualify Zahnd’s office under advisement, and on March 16 he handed down a 25-page decision finding that O’Connor and his clients had failed to show Zahnd’s office could not treat them fairly or impartially.

O’Connor, who otherwise declined to be interviewed on the record while the matter remains pending, said, “I respect the ruling of the court. However, we intend to appeal the decision of the judge both to not recuse himself and the judge’s order not disqualifying the prosecuting attorney’s office.”

That happened on March 27, when O’Connor’s clients took the matter up with the Missouri Court of Appeals. Four days later, without explanation, the court denied their petition. The clients are now considering whether to take the matter up with the Missouri Supreme Court.

Questions continue

In the meantime, questions continue to swirl. Zahnd, who was first elected as the Platte County Prosecuting Attorney in 2002, has been re-elected three times since then. He is the longest serving elected prosecutor in the Kansas City area and was named Prosecutor of the Year in 2014 by the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, an organization he served as president.

Criminal defense lawyers say they’re mystified by the subpoenas Zahnd’s office issued, not only because they seemed to serve no real purpose but because they could violate various Rules of Professional Conduct – the ethical strictures that govern attorney conduct – and even, in an extreme scenario, amount to witness tampering, which is a criminal offense.

Lawyers and legal ethics experts say that lawyers are obligated to present mitigating evidence on behalf of their clients after they have entered a guilty plea. That includes letters like the ones written on behalf of Paden.

“These individuals were entitled to be heard and they were entitled to address the court on their friend or family member or acquaintance’s character, so certainly what they had to say is relevant,” said O’Brien, the former public defender who now teaches at UMKC. “Whether the judge was moved by that is a whole different consideration.”

For now, the bar complaints filed by O’Connor and Shafer remain confidential. If the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel determined that an investigation was warranted, Zahnd will have been given a chance to respond and O’Connor to reply.

The records only become public if there’s a finding that a Rule of Professional Conduct was violated and the matter is taken up by the Missouri Supreme Court. Only the court is empowered to reprimand, suspend or disbar lawyers.

By all accounts, Zahnd is now poised to reach what many prosecutors see as a career pinnacle: a job as U.S. Attorney, the top federal law enforcement officer in the region. The position has been vacant since President Trump ordered all holdover U.S. Attorneys to resign in March. If the recent past is any guide, it may be months before a candidate is nominated, vetted, appointed and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.