Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Just Google "Elon Musk Getting sued for calling rescuer a pedo guy," You'll Thank Me Later

I think the pic speaks for itself. (Bonus points if you get the rather obscure headline reference.)


Elon Musk could face lawsuit for calling cave rescuer a “pedo guy”
Musk lobs baseless charge at rescuer who said his submarine idea was "PR stunt."
JON BRODKIN - 7/16/2018, 12:38 PM

A diver who helped rescue boys trapped in a Thailand cave may sue Elon Musk after the tech billionaire called the rescuer a "pedo guy."

Diver Vernon Unsworth was instrumental in the rescue, and he said that Musk's attempt to build a small submarine for the rescue effort was a "PR stunt" that had no chance of working. Musk soon promised to prove Unsworth wrong—and lobbed a baseless charge of pedophilia at the rescuer.

In a series of tweets yesterday, Musk initially challenged Unsworth to "show [the] final rescue video" before writing, "You know what, don't bother showing the video. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it."

Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, offered no evidence or justification for his claim that Unsworth is a pedophile. When another person on Twitter pointed out that Musk is "calling the guy who found the children a pedo," Musk responded, "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true." Musk has since deleted the tweets.

Musk's outburst came just a week after he said in a Bloomberg interview that he would try to be less combative on Twitter. "I should probably say nothing more often," Musk said at the time.

Unsworth, 63, is British and lives in Thailand for part of the year. He could sue Musk for libel in a British court. As The Guardian reported:

Unsworth told journalists at the cave site, where a cleanup operation is under way, that the remarks about him were an attack on the entire rescue crew.

"I believe he's called me a pedophile," he said. "I think people realize what sort of guy [Musk] is."

Asked if he would consider taking legal action against Musk, he told reporters: "Yes, it's not finished."

A lawyer who spoke to The Guardian called it "a cast-iron case of libel."

"The caver told AFP he would make a decision when he flies back to the UK this week, but said the episode with Musk 'ain't finished,'" the news agency reported.

"He's just a PR stunt merchant—that's all he is," Unsworth added.

Divers completed the rescue of 12 boys last week while saying that Musk's submarine was "not practical for this mission." Unsworth's knowledge of the cave system's layout reportedly was crucial in the rescue.

Musk made his "pedo guy" comment in a tweet to Zeynep Tufekci, a University of North Carolina professor who recently wrote a New York Times op-ed titled, "What Elon Musk Should Learn From the Thailand Cave Rescue."

Tufekci was surprised by Musk's tweet. "I’m dumbfounded by this," Tufekci wrote on Twitter. "I’d understand getting mad at me... but Vern Unsworth is, by all accounts I saw, a key hero of the miraculous rescue. The kids certainly—and many more divers likely—would be dead if not for him."

Monday, July 16, 2018

What do you do if your state high court declared 2500 foot residency residency laws unconstitutional? Try to pass a 5000 foot restriction

Residency restriction laws were declared invalid back in 2011, albeit per striking of a local ordinance under a pre-preemption clause. That does not mean the legislature can simply reinstate residency laws, but that's not going to stop pandering Republican PA State Rep Tom Mehaffie from trying.

Not only is he trying to reinstate a stricken law, he's trying to double the distance.

(I forgot about this article as it came up around conference time, but NARSOL discussed this today to remind me)


We must strengthen laws involving sexual predators: Tom Mehaffie

Posted Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:57 am

As precious members of our society, our children and grandchildren are the future of our country with the promise of a bright future.

Unfortunately, there are adults within our population who prey upon them with sick intent regardless of the harm they inflict or the lifelong effects.

To assist parents in the responsibility of raising their children, Pennsylvania has maintained a law on its books since 1996 to target those who harm kids. Megan’s Law, named after a young girl who was brutally raped and murdered in New Jersey in 1994, is a state law that requires sexual offenders to register their whereabouts, employers, addresses and offenses on a publicly accessible Internet database.

For more than 20 years, families have relied upon information on this website to protect their children from sexual offenders who may reside in their neighborhood.

While we know that the enactment of Megan’s Law has greatly assisted law enforcement and our communities, it’s imperative, as lawmakers, that we revisit the law frequently to ensure no gaps in protections exist.

In response to two state appellate court cases, legislation was passed by the General Assembly and will be before the governor to ensure certain sexual offenders continue to be required to register their whereabouts.

House Bill 1952 seeks to expand upon Act 10 of 2018, which re-implemented the Adam Walsh Act, commonly known as Megan’s Law. Both House Bill 1952 and Act 10 were needed to close any loopholes that may have allowed sexual offenders who were convicted before 2012 to skip the registration process.

The legislation seeks to put back in place the important safety net to protect Pennsylvania’s children from dangerous sex offenders. This legislation is a crucial step in the safety and security of our communities and our children, but I believe we should take Megan’s Law one step further.

Statistics overwhelmingly show that people who commit sex crimes against children do not respond well to treatment programs and will likely continue to offend. Perpetrators of these crimes must not be permitted to roam freely near children. The risk is too great.

Therefore, I recently drafted legislation in the House of Representatives which would establish a residency restriction for sexual offenders registered under Megan’s Law.

My legislation would prohibit Megan’s Law registrants from residing within 5,000 feet of any public school, private school, parochial school or preschool.

Currently, under Pennsylvania law, there are no residency restrictions for sexual offenders other than the requirement to notify the school district that a sexual predator resides within a one-mile radius.

We have an obligation to ensure our children are protected from those who wish them harm. I am committed to moving this legislation forward. It is my hope that with the signing of House Bill 1952 into law and the passage of basic residency requirements, we can provide a stronger safety net for our children.

State Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Lower Swatara Township, represents the 106th House District. Reach him at 717-534-1323 or tmehaffie@pahousegop.com.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

WSB-2 I(diot) Team Investigation is a no-Winne sutuation

I don't have to do much to make fun of a backwater reporter most known for reporting out of both sets of cheeks, but this is as close as I can get to having NARSOL guest host the Shiitakes, since they posted a lengthy report on why this article is completely Shiitake-worthy. So you can just CLICK THIS LINK then come back and read this Shiitake-level reporting.


‘This is absolutely ridiculous': 20+ convicted sex offenders removed from Georgia registry
By: Mark Winne

Updated: Jul 10, 2018 - 8:40 AM

ATLANTA - Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan says 21 sex offenders who were on Georgia’s sex offender registry just weeks ago have now been removed from it.

Documents from the GBI indicate at least 15 of the cases involve child molestation or other crimes involving kids.

Keenan says his agency maintains the registry with input from Georgia sheriffs.

He says all 21 had previously received pardons or "restoration of civil and political rights" from the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, and not because they were innocent.

“They’re still guilty,” Keenan said.

Court ruling removes offenders from registry

Keenan says the 21 have been removed because of a ruling in May by the Georgia Supreme Court involving a man who pleaded guilty to aggravated sodomy of his 6-year-old daughter. The court basically found that because he obtained a pardon in 2013, he should no longer be on the sex offender registry. Keenan disagreed.

“These are sex offenders that should be on the sex offender registry so that the public can protect themselves,” Keenan said.

Pardons and Paroles spokesman Steve Hayes says in each of the 21 cases, a past board determined the offender had been rehabilitated and had served all his sentence.

“A pardon doesn’t expunge a criminal record,” Hayes said. “A pardon is an act of forgiveness by the state. It is a statement that gives that offender, in most cases, employment opportunities to go forward in life.”

Parole board toughens application process

Hayes says no registered sex offenders have been pardoned since 2013 and the board has toughened up the application process. Starting in July 2015, Hayes says, they now have one pardon application for registered sex offenders and one for everyone else.

The application process now requires a polygraph, a psychosexual evaluation, a 10-year wait from end of sentence and opportunity for input from the DA and victim, among other things.

“The board recognized that it wanted as much information as possible,” Hayes said.

Hayes says, in total, 132 sex offenders have come off the sex offender registry in the past 11 months or so as a result of actions taken by judges across the state.

Victim says she wasn’t notified

A victim of one of the 21 men says she was never notified by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.

She was just 3 years old when she was molested by Tommy Hill Jones. She is now in her 30s, living in a shelter and still coping with what happened to her all those years ago.

“I was walking up and down the streets of Rome, Georgia, on drugs and alcohol wondering what man’s house I was going to sleep at next trying to heal that hurt,” she told Channel 2’s Mark Winne.

Six months ago, she moved into Cobb Street Ministries.

“I’m finally, at this point, being able to turn everything loose to God,” she said.

“When did you find out that he had been granted a restoration in 2012 of civil and political rights by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles?” Winne asked.

“When I spoke to you,” she said.

She says she was horrified when she found out.

“I don’t think a sex offender's name ever needs to come off the list,” she said.

One offender already back in jail

Keenan confirmed the number of offenders would be 22, except the GBI discovered one of the men, Andrew Johnson, was convicted again on child molestation and will stay on the registry.

A local district attorney says he doesn’t believe child molesters can be rehabilitated.

“Based on 35 years of experience and a lot of knowledge about research in that area, I don’t believe that is possible,” Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson said.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Republican WI Senator Leah Vukmir caught in a lie by AP while exploiting predator panic to attack opponent

She used registered citizen scares to attack an opponent whose voting record isn't what I would even consider registrant friendly.


AP FACT CHECK: Claim against Sen. Baldwin exaggerated
The Associated Press
July 11, 2018 01:29 PM

Updated July 11, 2018 01:30 PM

Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir has repeatedly attacked incumbent U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, saying the Democrat failed to protect communities against sex offenders.

Vukmir, a state senator, is one of two leading contenders for the Republican nomination to take on Baldwin in the November election, with national control of the Senate majority possibly at stake.

A look at Vukmir's claim:

VUKMIR: "Really, @SenatorBaldwin? You wanted to protect us from offensive school mascots but didn't protect us from sex offenders in our communities?"

THE FACTS: Vukmir's claim is exaggerated. It focuses on one vote by Baldwin 24 years ago in which she voted against tougher punishment for sex offenders while ignoring several other votes in which Baldwin backed tougher laws.

Vukmir's campaign didn't reply to multiple requests for comment. Her website criticizes Baldwin for opposing a 1994 state law that allowed judges to order sex offenders to go to a secured state mental health facility after they completed their prison term.

Baldwin, who was then a member of the state Assembly, was one of only two members to vote against the bill, which passed with the support of 93 state representatives. Supporters of the bill said it keeps violent sex offenders off the streets. Critics argued it forces offenders to serve two terms -- one in prison and one in a state facility -- for a single crime. The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the law in 1995.

But Baldwin also supported more than a half-dozen Wisconsin state bills that strengthened sentencing and punishment for sex offenders during her time in the state Legislature from 1993 through 1998. One of the laws she supported allows sex offenders to be placed under lifetime supervision.

There is no precise data to prove if the 1994 law has had an impact on making communities safer. Since 1994, 803 Wisconsin sex offenders have been committed to a state-run treatment center following their release from prison.

A state study shows sex offender recidivism rates dropped following the law's enactment but the research doesn't attribute the decline to new state regulations.

"The trend seen in recidivism for sex offenders mirrors the trend in recidivism for all offenders," said Tristan Cook, spokesman for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Between 1992 and 2010, Wisconsin released 12,849 men who had committed sex crimes from prison and 4.9 percent offended again, according to state research from 2015.

Laws that keep offenders in a state facility even after they've served their sentence might keep offenders from committing repeat offenses, but the regulations are costly and states that have adopted the laws do not have lower recidivism rates, said Michael Caldwell, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition, he said most sex offenders in the state face parole requirements following their release even if they have not been sent to a mental health facility.

"Typically, they don't just walk out the door then they're free -- there's very close monitoring," Caldwell said.

As for Vukmir's claim that Baldwin wanted to protect people from offensive school mascots, this appears to be a reference to a 2014 letter Baldwin and other Democrats sent the NFL, urging a renaming of the Washington Redskins.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kenyoun Gifford of Salen, NH downloaded CP to try to set up an RC and failed miserably

Oh the irony. This guy will likely land on the registry himself now.


NH man accused of breaking into sex offender’s apartment, scattering child porn, calling police
July 3, 2018

MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) - A New Hampshire man is facing child porn and burglary charges after police say he broke into a sex offender’s Manchester apartment, scattered images of child pornography around the home, and then called in an anonymous tip to police, officials said.

Officers responding to an anonymous tip reporting a sex offender in grave danger in an apartment on Winter Street on April 12 went to a third-floor apartment, where they found the letters “PEDO” freshly spray painted on the door, according to a release issued Tuesday by Manchester police.

A search of the home, police say, uncovered multiple images of child pornography strewn about the apartment.

Feeling like “something was amiss,” the officers tracked down the 27-year-old resident, who said he thought someone was trying to set him up.

An investigation led to the arrest last month of  Kenyoun Gifford, of Salem, who allegedly broke in and left the photos as part of a “retaliatory measure against the victim,” police said.

Gifford was arrested in Hillsborough County Superior Court North Monday on charges including possessing child sexual images, burglary, criminal mischief, and filing a false report.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Massachusetts Professional Victim Advocate quits beauty pageant over #MeToo Joke

I was tempted to post the grumpy cat meme here, but I think the absurdity of the story speaks for itself. Well, the joke was indeed accurate, but if you can't take a joke and quit over it, then you are not going to handle a real job.

She uses her victim story as her platform in pageants, claiming “One of four women will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18, and 68 percent of rapes are unreported to police. Of those that are reported, only 2 percent are caught and go to prison.”


Massachusetts beauty queen steps down from pageant after #MeToo joke
Ryan Gaydos By Ryan Gaydos | Fox News

A Massachusetts beauty pageant winner gave up her crown Saturday after a host made a joke about the #MeToo movement.

Maude Gorman, 24, who was the reigning Miss Plymouth County beauty queen and a survivor of sexual assault, resigned from the Miss Massachusetts Miss America Organization competition over a joke made about the women’s movement. The emcee was referencing the removal of the swimsuit competition, according to The Boston Globe.

The host did a skit last week with someone portraying God. The host, a woman, tells "God" she doesn't understand why Miss America officials would get rid of the swimsuit competition. The person then holds up a sign reading “#MeToo.”

Mocking a movement that empowers sexual assault survivors is “inappropriate” especially by a “women’s empowerment organization,” Gorman said.

“It was heartbreaking to hear. In that moment, everything collapsed right in front of me,” Gorman told the Globe, adding that she was backstage at the time the remarks were made.

The Miss America organization apologized in a Facebook post.

“The Miss Massachusetts Board of Directors offers our sincere and heartfelt apology for those offended by Saturday night’s skit,” the group said. “The skit was not in the script and was not authorized by the board. Moving forward, we will review all content with future emcees and other participants prior to our show to be sure offensive or potentially offensive content is not allowed. We are proud of our contestants and even prouder to be part of an organization that celebrates what makes all of them truly extraordinary.”

Gorman was firm on her decision to step away from competition despite being in pageants for years, her mother, Mary Ellen, told The Boston Globe.

Gorman has revealed in the past that she was raped by three men when she was 13. After telling her mother about the incident and going through therapy, Gorman participated in pageants to build self-esteem and was named Miss Massachusetts World America in 2015, the Globe reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Republican TN State Rep Diane Black blames pornography for school shootings

Did this state rep also listen to Bimbo Book? Bimbo Book compared me to a school shooter.


Tennessee lawmaker says pornography is a ‘root cause’ of school shootings


Republican Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee recently cited pornography, along with the deterioration of the family and violent movies, as a contributing factor to gun violence in schools.

Black made the remarks during a listening session with local pastors last week, according to audio obtained by HuffPost and posted Tuesday.

“Why do we see kids being so violent? What’s out there? What makes them do that?” Black said. “Because, as a nurse, I go back to the root cause. And I think it’s a couple of things,” Black said, listing off the deterioration of the family and violent movies, before mentioning pornography.

“Pornography. It’s available. It’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store. Yeah, you have to reach up to get it, but there’s pornography there,” Black says in the audio. “All of this is available without parental guidance.”

She adds, “And I think that’s a big part of the root cause, that we see so many young people who have mental illness get caught in these places.”

In the audio, Black does not detail what it is about pornography that she believes contributes to school shootings.

“I think the context is pretty clear,” Black’s campaign spokesman Chris Hartline told CNN Tuesday. “Diane believes the breakdown of families and communities plays a significant role in instances of school violence.”

Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts criticized Black’s comments, writing on Twitter that “despite all of the data and exerts at her disposal, (Black) chooses to blame ‘grocery store pornography’ for school shootings. And she doesn’t mean the magazines that glorify guns.”‘

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Of all the CWS hatemonger stories, it was hard to pick the worst of the worst. I present to you, Jon Taylor of SI

I could spend the rest of the year just posting the barrage of self-important sport writers hating on Luke Heimlich during Oregon State's baseball championship run. However, among this barrage of BS, one particular article files is higher and deeper than the rest. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Jon "Smiling Politely" Tayler. 


There Is No Moral Justification for the Royals or Any Team to Sign Luke Heimlich

By JON TAYLER June 26, 2018

Across the 40 rounds of the 2018 MLB draft, stretching from the night of June 4 through the afternoon of June 6, 1,214 players were selected, from high school teenagers to college seniors—from the best amateur players in the country to guys who will be lucky to log even one major league inning. Not included among those thousand-odd names called was Luke Heimlich’s. The lefthander out of Oregon State has been one of college baseball’s best pitchers over the last two years of his career. He’s also a convicted child molester.

Where you fall on Heimlich’s future in baseball depends on which of those you give more weight to: his talent or his crime. Severely complicating that matter is Heimlich’s own repeated and public insistence that he is innocent despite having pled guilty to the crime, which he committed at 15, of molesting his then-six-year-old niece. That plea was something he did, he maintains, to avoid the pain and suffering of a court trial and having to put his family on the stand, not because he actually did anything wrong.

It’s easy to see why no major league team wants to be involved with Heimlich and the ugly particulars of his conviction and case. Teams may also prefer to avoid a person who denies a heinous action and, by extension, implies that his victim—a six-year-old child at the time she was molested—is lying.

But the Kansas City Royals have come out as one of Heimlich’s lone supporters—in particular, general manager Dayton Moore. Last week, in a televised interview with Fox Sports Kansas City (which was surfaced and partially transcribed on Tuesday by The Athletic’s Rustin Dodd), Moore told broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre, “We do believe in the player and the person, Luke Heimlich,” and that Heimlich “has earned an opportunity to play professional baseball.” A recent Kansas City Star column by Vahe Gregorian, meanwhile, has Moore quoted as saying, “We continue to seek information that allows us to be comfortable in pursuing Luke.” When contacted by SI.com, the Royals said Moore wouldn't comment any further on Heimlich.

Moore’s language is telling. The information already out there paints a simple picture: Heimlich is guilty of molesting his niece and admitted as such in a court of law. Barring a sudden statement otherwise from the victim or her family, those are the facts on record.

What Moore wants instead is something that can help him sell this in a different way. He wants “information” that will show Heimlich not as a convicted and unrepentant felon, but as a young man who made a mistake and served his punishment and is a better person than what’s been portrayed. “Not only did he achieve athletic excellence, he achieved academic excellence along the way,” Moore told Fox Sports Kansas City of Heimlich’s time at Oregon State, adding later, “Do I believe that he has earned an opportunity to play professional baseball? I do, because of his character over the last four or five years.”

The takeaway from Moore’s comments is obvious: He’s laying the groundwork for a potential signing. If he and the Royals can successfully minimize his actions and flip the public sentiment on Heimlich, then they can land themselves a top-flight talent on the cheap. (Had he been a first-round pick, Heimlich would’ve signed for anywhere from $2.3 million to nearly $8 million; as an undrafted free agent, he’ll get a few thousand dollars.) But to do that, fans and media have to be convinced that Heimlich isn’t a bad person, and that he’s grown or matured or reformed. So here’s Moore, publicly talking up Heimlich’s accomplishments and character and how his team believes “in giving players second chances.”

It’s a strategy as transparent as it is offensive. The question of how one earns redemption and who deserves it is fraught and difficult to answer, but at a minimum, it should include some form of penance or contrition or remorse. Nothing that Heimlich has publicly said or done aligns with what Moore has said of a player who is of high character or deserves any kind of MLB opportunity. He has repeatedly denied his crime to anyone who will listen. When Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price asked Heimlich if his assertion of innocence meant that his victim was telling a false story, he replied, “Yes.” Moore wants us to believe Heimlich has taken responsibility for what he did, but Heimlich refuses to do so publicly. So why should he be afforded redemption?

For a team to sign Heimlich is to wade into a whole mess of issues: questions of restorative versus retributive justice, of the normalization of what he did, of the damage he inflicted upon his victim and the pain she will have to live with. Heimlich’s supporters, Moore apparently included, will say that he did everything required of him post-conviction, and that no one should be judged forever. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, mistakes that could have disrupted my career path and put me in a whole different area,” Moore told Fox Sports Kansas City. The comparison is clear: We are not the worst decisions of our lives, and they shouldn’t shape their entire course.

But why does Heimlich deserve the opportunity to move on if he won’t accept what he did wrong? And even if he did own up to it, why does that entitle him to a baseball career? Being a professional athlete is a privilege, not a right, and one that talent alone doesn’t and shouldn’t confer. The concept of sports leagues as punitive and restorative bodies is complicated, but this is straightforward: If you plead guilty to child molestation, why should you be afforded a career and the reward that comes with it?

For Moore and the Royals to defend Heimlich or attempt to clean up his image is to become complicit in his crime. To ask the public to see him as a man who deserves another chance is to ignore that he never atoned for his actions, and to whitewash what he did. That this is coming from a man in Moore who is strongly and obsessively opposed to pornography on moral grounds makes his support of a convicted child molester all the more galling and hypocritical. There is not and should not be room in the major leagues for men like Heimlich, and it should be completely unacceptable for the Royals to sign him.

There is no debate on this matter, no gray areas or ethical soft spots or moral compromises. Luke Heimlich isn’t owed a career with its attendant spotlight or platform, nor a second chance and the promise of unearned redemption. Unlike the 1,214 men who were selected in the draft and the countless more who signed after it, Heimlich’s story doesn’t deserve a new chapter as a big leaguer.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Sol Flores tried to become the Lauren Book of Illinois, and that's not a compliment, either

There's a reason you lost the race and LOST BIG, Sol. Care to guess why? People are tired of the victim narrative.

I can see why FloriDUH rezoned Lauren Book's district. If Lauren has to run against anyone, she'd lose big time.


POLITICS 02/13/2018 02:10 pm ET
Congressional Candidate Recounts Childhood Abuse In Powerful Campaign Ad
“I didn’t tell anyone that a man living with us would come into my bedroom when I was asleep and lift my nightgown.”

By Amanda Terkel

In a deeply personal new ad, Democrat Sol Flores talks about how the sexual abuse she endured as a child has helped inspire her to run for a U.S. House seat in Illinois.

The ad starts with an 11-year-old girl building a big wooden chest in an art class. Flores then reveals that there was a secret reason she was doing that project.

“I didn’t tell anyone that a man living with us would come into my bedroom when I was asleep and lift my nightgown. Well, I filled that chest with the heaviest things I could find, and I put it against that door, to wake me up so I could fight him off,” Flores says in the 30-second spot. (Watch the ad above.)

Flores is running for an open seat in Chicago, to replace Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D). In the March 20 primary, she’s up against Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who has racked up major endorsements from progressives ― including from Gutierrez himself ― and is considered the frontrunner.

The Flores campaign plans to air her ad on the night of the Oscars ― March 4 ― when celebrities will be calling attention to sexual harassment. Flores has the backing of Emily’s List, the pro-choice Democratic organization, and she is the founder of La Casa Norte, a nonprofit helping families and young people who are homeless.

Flores also has a longer online version of her ad, in which she talks more about her background and experiences. She said when her abuser would push on her door, the sound of it against the heavy chest would wake her up, allowing her to scream at him to go away.

She returned to her childhood bedroom to shoot the ad.

″[O]ne of the things I am trying to get through to voters is not just the issues I care about but the type of person I am,” she told Variety in an interview. “I thought it was important that I had a very traumatic childhood experience, but that I am more than the trauma, more than a victim, and that I have survived and thrived.”

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Chris Giunchigliani is the Lauren Book of Nevada, and that is not a compliment

Using an abuse narrative as a political platform for an election campaign is a new low. You know, Hillary lost the election at least in part because of these shitty ad campaigns like this.


Nevada candidate for governor reveals past abuse in TV ad
By Ramona Giwargis / Las Vegas Review-Journal
June 4, 2018 - 12:10 am

Nevada gubernatorial candidate Chris Giunchigliani is revealing a painful truth in a new TV commercial responding to attacks ads from a group supporting her opponent.

“An 8-year-old girl was sexually abused for over a year,” Giunchigliani begins, looking straight into the camera. “Her sister was kidnapped, held in a trailer and raped for three days. I’m Chris G. And that 8-year-old girl was me.”

Giunchigliani shared the story after a PAC linked to the Clark County Education Association — which has endorsed her Democratic opponent Steve Sisolak — released an ad alleging that Giunchigliani “single-handedly protected perverts.”

The 30-second spot refers to a 2005 amendment introduced by the Nevada Assembly Ways and Means Committee, which was vice chaired by Giunchigliani. The amendment excluded certain people, including teachers, from registering as sex offenders — though they would have to register if convicted of sexual assault or child abuse.

The amendment and the bill passed unanimously. Giunchigliani has said that without the amendment, the bill would have died.

“This legislation was so deeply personal and important to me because it did things like establish the community notification website for sex offenders, and strengthened punishments on predators,” Giunchigliani said in a Reno Gazette Journal op-ed. “I did everything I could to make sure that bill passed.”

The TV ad, which will run in Las Vegas and Reno, concludes with Giunchigliani telling viewers that she also passed “five tough laws against sexual assault.”

“As governor, I’ll do everything I can to protect our children,” she says. “I live with these memories. Steve Sisolak has to live with himself.”

Contact Ramona Giwargis at rgiwargis@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4538. Follow @RamonaGiwargis on Twitter.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jennifer Holton freaks out over properly owned by a registered person being used in a film

So, is the housed cursed and molests kids somehow? If not, why is this news?


Sex offender owns Lakeland house used in Disney movie

By: Jennifer Holton, FOX 13 News
POSTED: JUN 22 2018 10:39PM EDT

UPDATED: JUN 22 2018 10:47PM EDT

LAKELAND (FOX 13) - A little yellow house, surrounded by a white picket fence, under a canopy of trees is picture-perfect for the Disney movie being filmed in Lakeland.

On the big screen, the house will be home to one of the movie’s main characters.

In real life, however, the home is owned by a registered sex offender.

Residents of Lakeland know, once the scene of a movie set becomes a piece of pop culture – like the arch at the Southgate Shopping Center, which was featured in the film “Edward Scissorhands” – there will be a steady stream of tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of movie history.

Because this movie is meant for children, the owner’s status concerns some parents.

Disney's “The One and Only Ivan" is about a gorilla’s escape from the mall where he was held in captivity.

The film's big star, Bryan Cranston has been shooting scenes outside of Southgate Shopping Center.

Movie crews also filled the yard and roadway of the little yellow house where Cranston’s character lives in the movie.

The home was scouted out and rented for the movie by Disney.

"Being Disney, being a Disney movie and Disney being more geared toward children, using a house that’s owned by a registered sex offender is kind of crazy,” father and Lakeland resident Dustin Finn told FOX 13. “It’s just nuts, for a multi-billion-dollar corporation.”

The home’s owner, Gary Davis was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior on a minor in 1991.

FOX 13 News reached out to Disney for comment, but their representative did not respond. It was unclear if Davis was or would be at the home when child actors were present.

A relative of Davis said she didn’t want to comment other than to say she would like the focus to be on the house and not the person who owns it.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fearmongering Business Report writer Caitie Burkes uses scary headline and a nonsensical term

Say it with me, folks-- you cannot be "convicted" of "pedophilia."


Convicted pedophiles can run for public office in Louisiana
JUNE 7, 2018
Can a convicted pedophile run for public office in Louisiana? The answer: yes.

The question arose earlier this week after a change to the voting rights law in Virginia made it possible for an admitted pedophile to announce his intention to run for Congress. Why it can happen in Louisiana is because of a 2016 Louisiana Supreme Court decision that ruled a convicted felon has the right to seek public office without a cleansing period.

Lawmakers are giving voters a chance to change this—slightly—with a constitutional amendment that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Should the measure by state Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, pass, a convicted felon would have to wait five years before becoming eligible for elected office. Appel originally sought to reestablish the 15-year cleansing period that had been state law until the state Supreme Court ruled it invalid two years ago.

Some attribute the situation in Virginia to a law that expanded felons’ voting rights there. However, a law passed, and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, during the legislative session expanding voting rights to more felons would not have “any effect whatsoever” on their right to run for public office, says Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D-Baton Rouge, author of the bill.

A felon’s right to run for public office and the right to vote are two separate issues.

Under the newest law, convicted felons who have been out of prison for five years but remain on probation or parole can register to vote beginning in March 2019. Currently, only those who have completed their probation or parole can regain their right to vote.

“Some people have received life parole—they’ve been working, paying taxes and raising their families ever since they’ve been out of prison,” Smith says. “That’s taxation without representation.”

If those individuals end up going back to jail for any reason, that five-year period starts again, Smith says.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Another famous victim comes out of nowhere begging for money. Is it wise to give money to someone admittedly struggling with a drug addiction?

Hey, folks, let's all just send a drug addict lots of money because she's a famous victim, surely nothing can go wrong, right?

And this lady will likely get the money, because she is a famous victim from a 13 year old case. People are blindly throwing her money, despite serving a stint in juvy for drug crimes, and is struggling with drug addiction. I'm not fond of tempting someone who has not recovered from drug addition a bunch of money.


June 17, 2018 at 5:00 am | By BRIAN WALKER Staff Writer

....Two years ago, Shasta started an online petition in support of locking up sex offenders for life after their first offense. It not only fizzled, but drew backlash, she said.

"People were messaging me saying, 'You got a second chance, so how come sex offenders can't have a second chance?'" she said....

Shasta spent most of her teen years in jail on drug-related charges before being placed in a two-year rehabilitation program in Salt Lake City. She received her high school diploma from the Juniper Hills boarding school in St. Anthony.

She said she contemplated suicide often and spent time at a psychiatric hospital.

"I had quite the rodeo as a teen," she said. "I definitely didn't have a childhood growing up. Before Duncan came into my life, I had a hard childhood because my parents and brothers had drug addictions."

Those unimaginable childhood challenges made routine social interactions almost impossible.

"Having gone through what I did, I had a hard time keeping friends who understood where I was coming from,” Shasta said. “I was a hard person to be with, and I had a lot of trust issues. I had gotten to the point thinking that maybe this was what life was supposed to be like."

She said life began to change at 18 after she was released from the correctional facility and had her first son.

"I had to stop being angry because that's what led to my drug addiction," she said. "When I started to make it a learning experience, things began to fall back in place. When I had my own place in Nampa, owned a car and I was working, everything just felt better.

"My kids helped sway me away from drugs and alcohol, but it's something I still face every day," she said. "There's always people from the past who I run into trying to sway you back into that. It takes time to overcome."

Friday, June 15, 2018

Minnesota pushes for a mandatory half-century supervision period (HF 2944)

Pretty straightforward, and pretty stupid. Ten years, the current law, is a stretch, but 50 years is a complete waste. Do you know what happened 50 years ago? MLK was assassinated. Today, MN is looking to assassinate human rights.


Sex offenders required to serve 50-year conditional release or probation terms, and intensive probation for sex offenders established.

Grossell ; Lohmer ; Poston ; Dettmer
Separated Chronological
02/22/2018 Introduction and first reading, referred to Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance pg. 7088 Intro
03/05/2018 Authors added Lohmer and Poston. pg. 7223
04/09/2018 Author added Dettmer. pg. 8075

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Shekita's BANANAS! Wake County ASSistant DA takes offence to registered citizen opening donut shop


Garner sex offender’s plan to open doughnut shop scrutinized
By Kyle Jahner - kjahner@newsobserver.com
Updated June 27, 2014 08:01 PM

Randy Robertson wants to open a doughnut shop. He can’t get a job, and he sees the business as a chance to provide for himself, his wife and their daughter, who turns 3 in August.

He also said he understands why he can’t interact with customers, why he must wear an ankle monitor for the rest of his life and why many would be repulsed by him.

Robertson, 52, was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor after molesting a 14-year-old boy in 2010. He was also convicted of the same crime in Wake County in 1980.

At J’s Delicious Daylight Donuts, Robertson plans to keep the books and make doughnuts before store hours. He vows not to interact with customers. The store is slated to open Tuesday, and it has been scrutinized by town and county officials since an anonymous tip about Robertson’s past and his plans surfaced late last week.

Robertson and his wife, Stacey, whom he married in 2011, say they have invested $200,000 to start the business. The money, he said, was a combination of personal savings and loans from friends and family.

“I want to provide for my family. I’ve got to do something,” Robertson said.

The Robertsons’ plans are legal. The town has determined it won’t – and probably can’t – block the store’s opening. Wake County Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita, who handled the 2010 case, opposes the store. But she said her office does not have a legal basis for an injunction to prevent the business from opening.

“I think it shocks the conscience that Daylight Donuts would allow him to open such a thing and put ‘family-friendly’ on it,” Shekita said. “The victim and the family know, and they’re beside themselves.”

Shekita said an eatery that didn’t specialize in implicitly child-attracting sweets would have been a better choice. She also said Robertson knows that if he violates probation, it will be dealt with swiftly.


Robertson’s probation bars him from socializing or communicating with anyone younger than 16 unless accompanied by a responsible adult aware of his past abuses. His business can’t hire a minor. And he can’t leave Wake County without permission.

The Robertsons said they chose to a open a doughnut shop largely because Robertson developed a passion for baking while taking culinary classes while teaching at Wake Technical Community College from 2001 to 2008 and because there weren’t similar shops in the area.

“He can’t find a job. How can you expect to live if he can’t get hired by anybody?” Stacey Robertson said.

A choice, not a mistake

Robertson acknowledged his urges and said he takes responsibility and has remorse for his crime.

“It was a terrible choice. It wasn’t a mistake; it was a choice,” Robertson said. “I did what I did because I wanted to do it.”

Since he can never contact the victim, he said his only hope of some form of restitution is paying it forward, sometimes by trying to keep others in his group sessions honest.

“It’s by modeling the correct behavior, helping other people through their work, calling their hand when they’ve got this distorted thinking,” Robertson said. “They’ll tell their story, ‘well you know it was just an accident,’ and I’ll say, ‘that’s (bull).’ ”

He said his therapy consisted of a number of factors: overcoming denial, accepting responsibility, finding the root causes in his background, dealing with anger, having a relapse-prevention plan and learning empathy and the damage he has caused without it.

“Had I had the empathy, I wouldn’t have committed the offense,” Robertson said.

Dealing with sex offenders

UNC-Charlotte psychology professor Richard McAnulty has specialized in studying sexual misconduct and offenses for more than 20 years, including research and work as a clinical psychologist. He understands anxiety over sex offenders, but said public “lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the-key” sentiments don’t accurately address the reality of the problem.

“We know that treatment does make a difference; it does lower relapse rates and recidivism,” McAnulty said. “There is a small percentage of sexual offenders, perhaps 10 percent, who are predatory and a high risk of re-offending.”

Emphasis today is on treatment and management, he said, rather than “cure.” Research also shows, McAnulty said, that public sex offender registries are ineffective at deterring recidivism, with some unintended negative consequences. A survey of studies supports his claim.

Positive social relationships, such as a successful marriage, and large gaps between offenses lower the likelihood of relapse. McAnulty called Robertson’s acceptance of responsibility another positive sign.

Robertson maintains that the two crimes 30 years apart are his only criminal acts. He also said that he didn’t deal with his urges for decades in large part because he hadn’t been arrested.

Phillip Anthony, an attorney who lives a few houses down from the Robertsons and attends St. Andrews, said he feels for the widely shunned Robertson. As a father, he understands the fear. But he wants to see Robertson get a chance to succeed, though he has doubts about his chances of overcoming the stigma. He warned Robertson that some will “do everything they can to tear him down.”

“He’s trying his best to turn his life around. I don’t know if he’s going to be able to do it because the odds are stacked against him,” Anthony said.

Monitoring the situation

Garner police Chief Brandon Zuidema spoke to Robertson after learning about the situation June 20. Zuidema did not express major concern for public risk in the shop’s operation as long as Robertson does not violate his probation.

“We’ll be monitoring that situation,” Zuidema said. “We’ll be making sure he obeys his probation, and also making sure his rights as a prospective business owner are protected as well.”

Garner Councilman Gra Singleton said he understood Robertson’s tough spot and his legal right to run a business. He also expressed concern about the choice of business and said people would come to their own conclusions.

“Some people won’t go because of (Robertson),” Singleton said. “That’s their choice.”

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Michele Dauber and MeToo's witch hunt will ensure the accused in California will not receive a fair trial

I am not a fan of any judge, but the message that was sent by this particular election is a disturbing one. It is a victory for extremist campus feminism, but a loss for the concept of due process. What this means is that society is expected to railroad every person convicted of a sex crime. Instead of a traditional criminal trial, we are expected to send the accused straight to prison for life.

Of course, even Michele Dauber, the Stanford professor who spearheaded this effort, does not seem to understand the concept of innocent until proven guilty. She does not comprehend that for every isolated case of someone getting a perceived "light sentence" there are thousands getting railroaded by the system. MeToo morons like Dauber forget that life on the registry is a barbaric form of punishment. But they don't care because it is all about power and control for them.

It should be noted that like many other victim cult leaders, Dauber pulled out of a debate because most victim cultists cannot take the heat.


California voters recall judge in Stanford rape case

The judge who drew national criticism for giving a six-month jail sentence to a Stanford swimmer convicted of three felony sex crimes was recalled by voters. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky was the first California judge recalled since 1932, according to the Associated Press.

Persky was criticized over the sentence given to Brock Turner, who sexually assaulted a woman behind a dumpster in a case that drew national attention — for the sentence, for the powerful public statement by the woman who was assaulted, and by a plea from Turner’s father for leniency. Persky had defended himself against the recall, saying he had fought for victims in his time as a prosecutor and that he tried to balance rehabilitation and probation for first-time offenders.

The recall effort was led by Stanford law professor Michele Landis Dauber.


Michele Dauber Pulls Out of Persky Recall Debate, Sends Colleague to Face LaDoris Cordell
By Allison Levitsky / April 19, 2018

Stanford Law Professor Michele Dauber pulled out of a debate over the movement to recall Judge Aaron Persky hours before the event last night with the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition, sending a colleague to debate in her place.

Citing a mandatory parent meeting at her son’s school, the Recall Persky campaign leader sent G. Marcus Cole, a Stanford Law professor who published an op-ed piece supporting the recall in the San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 22.

Cole teaches courses on bankruptcy, banking, contracts and venture capital at the law school and identified himself as one of four Republicans on faculty to the audience at the Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills last night.

He faced off against retired Palo Alto Judge LaDoris Cordell, a Persky supporter who brought with her 200 pages of emails between Dauber and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, obtained through a public records request.

Researching Persky

Dauber had been corresponding with prosecutors to unearth Persky’s cases prior to the six-month county jail sentence he gave Stanford sex assailant Brock Turner, a task for which she had enlisted students’ help to pull records at the courthouse.

“In their desperate attempt to paint a picture of Judge Persky as a biased judge and overall bad person, and after combing through thousands of records, the recall campaign came up with five cases,” Cordell said. “Think about it, five cases out of 2,000. That’s 0.25 percent, or one-quarter of 1 percent, of Judge Persky’s cases. Common sense tells you that’s not a pattern.”

Cole, meanwhile, focused on the “uniquely powerful” role of Superior Court judges, who because of their six-year terms, don’t face as many limits as lifetime-appointed federal judges do.

“This is why California law and the California Constitution, as well as 26 other states, balance judicial independence with judicial accountability,” Cole said. “The sweeping powers of state court judges requires that they be exercised with the public trust. That trust was breached by Judge Persky in the Brock Turner case.”

Prior Cases

Turner’s light sentence in 2016 triggered outrage, Cole said, but Persky had showed bias elsewhere over the 18 months during which he heard cases at the Palo Alto Courthouse.

Cole cited the four-day county jail sentence Persky gave to Robert Chain for felony child pornography possession.

The judge also allowed Ikaika Gunderson, convicted of felony domestic violence, to leave without probation or supervision so that he would not lose the opportunity to play football for the University of Hawaii, and did not inform Hawaii officials as required by the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, according to Cole.

Cole also criticized Persky for allowing lawyers for the De Anza College baseball players accused of gang rape to show revealing photographs of the victim to the jury, “as if to suggest she was asking for it,” Cole said.

Persky’s Past Honors

But prior to the Turner case, Cordell said, Persky had never been accused of misconduct or showing bias. His wife is a woman of color and his two elementary school-age children are biracial, she said.

While in private practice at the Palo Alto law firm Morrison and Foerster, Persky received the Civil Rights Leadership Award for his work on hate crimes and the State Bar of California’s Pro Bono Award for his legal work for the poor, Cordell said.

In the District Attorney’s Office, he prosecuted violent sex crimes and hate crimes and served on the executive committees of the Support Network for Battered Women and the Santa Clara County Network for a Hate-Free Community.

“Had Judge Persky sentenced Brock Turner to prison instead of jail, we wouldn’t be here this evening. There would be no recall,” Cordell said. “Had he just said the word ‘prison,’ Judge Persky would have been the toast of the town, the best judge ever. But he made a lawful decision that he deemed appropriate to the facts, and now the recall wants you to believe that he’s the worst judge ever.”

Cordell questioned the appropriateness of recalling Persky for an unpopular sentence, suggesting that if a judge isn’t fit for the job, run against him. Recalls are intended for judges who engage in egregious misconduct, which is why California hasn’t seen a judge recalled in 85 years.

Cole said Persky should be recalled in June because of the level of public outrage that the Turner case outcome stirred up, leading the recall to gather 100,000 signatures.

He also argued that the county can’t afford for sexual assault victims to not come forward, which could be the result of Persky remaining in office. Neither side mentioned that Persky is currently the court’s night judge, working from home to sign police warrants at odd hours, not hearing cases.

This article was republished with permission from the Palo Alto Daily Post, which originally ran the article on April 19, 2018.

Now that this story is over, she's turning her focus to condemning Luke Heimlich:

Monday, June 4, 2018

Jennifer Lane of Community Voices (in their heads) wants to have therapists who treat registrants arrested if a client reoffends

I have a better idea. We should hold victim's rights advocates like Jennifer Lane and their organizations like Community Voices accountable when they fail to actually help victims and decide to profiteer from them.


Victims’ advocate wants psychologists charged if sex offenders repeat
Joe Dwinell Sunday, June 03, 2018

A leading victims advocate wants state-appointed psychologists who declare sex offenders can be released from prison held accountable if the predators strike again.

Jennifer Lane, president of Community Voices, said charges should be brought against the examiners in some cases.

“I’m so sick and tired of this,” Lane told the Herald. “There are more people defending sex offenders than the victims.”

Pedophiles and rapists don’t age out of their horrific habits, she said. “It’s a mental issue.”

Her comments come as the Supreme Judicial Court is “taking under advisement” a petition to keep serial child rapist Wayne W. Chapman civilly committed in MCI-Shirley. He’s accused of molesting up to 100 boys.

Two state-contracted psychologists — Katrin Rouse Weir and Gregg A. Belle — examined Chapman for just over an hour recently and declared he can be released into the community. Both say his age at 70 makes him less likely to reoffend.

Lane said if they are wrong, more victims will pay the price.

“They should be held accountable and charges brought against them,” said Lane. “It’s atrocious to me. It’s infuriating” to let Chapman out.

As the Herald reported yesterday, Chapman was reported for being “fully exposed” in his bed when a prison nurse visited him March 4, according to Belle’s unredacted report.

Belle, also reported by the Herald yesterday, stated that a Roxbury man in prison for attempted rape was no longer a “sexually dangerous person” in the fall of 2013.

That man, Donald Galvin, was accused of raping a 79-year-old woman in her Hingham home in July 2016 after allegedly stalking her in a grocery store and then following her home.

Galvin was in his late 60s at the time. He died this winter at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston after a long illness.

He was due to stand trial on the rape charge just days later.

Belle, reached by the Herald Friday, said Department of Correction policy prohibits him or any qualified examiner “from speaking to the media.”

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

I can't wait to see the Law and Order SVU "Ripped from the Headline" for THIS Jury Trial: Guy flashes jurors to prove his innocence

I've heard of a hung jury, but this is ridiculous. But hey, whatever gets you off... and by that I mean get found Not Guilty in court.


Accused rapist shows penis to jury to prove innocence
By Kevin Sheehan and Ruth Brown May 24, 2018 | 9:46pm | Updated

Accused rapist shows penis to jury to prove innocence
Desmond James

A Connecticut man on trial for sexual assault was allowed to drop trou and expose his penis to a stunned New Haven jury this week — to prove that it doesn’t match his accuser’s description.

The accuser says she was raped in 2012 by a stranger whose penis was lighter than the rest of his skin — and picked Desmond James, 26, out of a photo lineup as her attacker.

But James’ attorney on Wednesday argued that his client’s private parts are actually darker than the rest of his body — and the best way to prove it was to display his manhood.

Judge Elpedio Vitale agreed it was within James’ Sixth Amendment rights to defend himself by whipping his bits out in the hall of justice.

But when Vitale brought the two women and six men of the jury into the courtroom, he didn’t warn them what they were going to see — saying only the defense was going to offer “nontestimonial” evidence that is “sensitive in nature and highly personal.”

So the jurors were cold-cocked when James walked into the middle of the courtroom, dropped his pants, lifted his shirt and pulled out his penis — standing wordlessly for a full 10 seconds, according to people who witnessed the spectacle.

Shocked, at least one juror looked away, while others in the room tried to suppress grins and snickers at the XXXculpatory evidence, witnesses said.

James then pulled up his pants — and the defense rested its case.

“You saw a penis that is darker than the rest of his skin. For that reason alone, you must acquit,” defense attorney Todd Bussert said in closing statements on Thursday. Bussert noted that the display had brought more people into the courtroom that day.

“You may have noticed because of my client having to show his penis . . . the gallery’s a little more full today,” Bussert said.

He also defended giving the courtroom an eyeful, saying mere photos would have created too many questions about lighting, film and printers.

But prosecutor Stacey Miranda said the graphic exhibit was far from hard evidence — arguing James might have done something with his pubic hair since the assault.

“You saw the defendant’s penis — what was that?!” said Miranda.

“It is six years later. Do we have any idea of what she may have been seeing that night? What his manscaping was like at the time? What light was shining on it?”

Miranda also argued that the case didn’t hang on what was hanging between James’ legs alone — claiming that DNA evidence in the victim’s rape kit was also consistent with James’ genetic profile.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Looks like it was NY State Senator Jeffrey Kline that was the "Ticking Time Bomb" after all

Last year, Jeffrey Kline called everyone on the registry "ticking time bombs." Now he is accused of a sex crime. NOW who is the ticking time bomb?


Jeff Klein's response to forcible kissing allegation draws criticism
Jon Campbell, @JonCampbellGAN
Published 6:21 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2018
Updated 8:40 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2018

ALBANY - Even before an article was published Wednesday detailing a woman's accusation that state Sen. Jeff Klein had forcibly kissed her, Klein's office released a memo written by a pair of lawyers that concluded her story "defies both reason and credibility."

The memo, written by attorneys from the Manhattan office law firm Loeb & Loeb,  suggested accuser Erica Vladimer had "consumed alcoholic beverages throughout the evening," while Klein "did not drink excessively or seem in any way impaired."

And in the hours after Vladimer's side of the story was published on the Huffington Post, six members of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference — the group of breakaway Democrats led by Klein — issued a joint statement saying the allegation "would be completely out of character for (Klein)."

Klein, D-Bronx, who leads the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference and strenuously denies the allegation, has launched an aggressive public campaign seeking to bolster his credibility and cast doubt that the alleged incident could have happened as described.

But some of Klein's critics have said that defense has gone too far, accusing him and the IDC of engaging in victim-shaming. They question what impact it may have on those who have suffered harassment in Albany that may be thinking of coming forward.

Klein's allies say his defense has been appropriate and deny any victim-shaming has occurred, noting that he has a right to defend himself, that many of his critics are also his political foes, and that he's entitled to due process.

Critics come forward
Vladimer, who worked as a policy analyst and counsel to the IDC, accused Klein of kissing her without consent during a cigarette break outside an Albany bar when Klein, Sen. Diane Savino and some staff members were celebrating passage of the state budget in 2015.

Klein, who represents parts of lower Westchester County, has repeatedly denied the incident happened and has said he has no intention of stepping down as leader of the IDC

On Friday, the state Working Families Party issued a statement calling on Klein to give up his leadership post, citing his attempts to discredit Vladimer's story.

"We believe Senator Klein’s response attempting to discredit the former employee who accused him was unacceptable," the party's statement read. "Based on that conduct and the seriousness of the charges, the WFP calls on both the IDC and the Senate to remove him from his leadership posts until the investigation is completed.”

The influential, left-leaning third party has clashed with Klein over the IDC's long-standing alliance with Republicans.

Savino, D-Staten Island, dismissed the criticism as political.

Savino, who is also Klein's girlfriend and a member of the IDC, was present at the Albany bar in 2015 and has denied the incident occurred.

"It's pretty clear that this has more to do with politics than anything else," Savino said in a statement.

Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino, D-Nassau County, took her outrage to Twitter on Thursday to speak out about the IDC members' statement, accusing them of trying to "protect the power interest of the IDC."

"The accuser should not be subjected to victim shaming now that the story is public!" Pellegrino tweeted. "Given that victims rarely have any upside to coming forward, #IStandWithHer."

Klein's support
The statement, which was signed by the six IDC members other than Klein and Savino, pledged "complete confidence" in Klein, calling him a "longtime champion for women and for the state" while saying the alleged conduct would be out of character for him.

Among those on the joint statement was Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, who said Friday it was meant to signal support for Klein as leader and not cast doubt on the victim's story.

The other six @IDC4NY members: "We have complete confidence in Senator Klein, and we stand by him" https://t.co/BYYwX2Unhvpic.twitter.com/mb0sdS3n2l

— Joseph Spector (@GannettAlbany) January 11, 2018
"I don't want to cast doubt on anyone that has a story to tell, and they should be welcome to tell that story, and that's important," Carlucci, an IDC member, said in a phone interview.

"That's not the intention. It's simply to say: 'Look, Senator Klein is a capable leader and I support him as leader.' And until an investigation is followed through on, then I really can't speak further on that."

Carlucci said he supports allowing the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics to investigate the matter, which Klein formally requested Thursday night.

Speaking Friday on Long Island, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would wait for an investigation to be completed before weighing in on whether Klein should remain IDC leader.

"There’s going to be an independent investigation," said Cuomo, a Democrat. "I think we … should wait and see what that investigation says.”

Three-page memo
The memo released by Klein's office, written by attorneys Michael Zweig and Mark Goldberg, runs through the events of the evening.

It's based on "10 separate interviews with present and former staff, and others," according to the memo.

"The Former Staffer is described by witnesses who were present at the gathering as having consumed alcoholic beverages throughout the evening," the memo reads.

When it describes Klein's alcohol consumption that night, the memo takes a softer tone: "All of the witnesses we spoke to confirmed that Sen. Klein did not drink excessively or seem in any way impaired that evening."

Vladimer could not be reached for comment.

But in an interview with NY1, she dismissed the insinuation that alcohol consumption would have anything to do with whether Klein forcibly kissed her.

"I had drinks, but honestly — so what?" Vladimer said. "Does that put a green light over my head to anybody to try and shove their tongue down their throat, to use their power over me?”

Klein has been using a public-relations firm, Global Strategies Group, to help send out statements of support for him to members of the media, including from some former staffers and community leaders.

"While we cannot comment on the specifics of the allegation, we can attest that the behavior alleged is completely out of step with the man we have worked closely with, and some of us have known personally and professionally for years," read one letter Friday from eight former staff members.

Vladimer confided in state Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, about the allegation in the weeks prior to making her story public, though both say Vladimer did not make the identity of the senator known during their conversations.

Krueger, who sits with the main Senate Democratic Conference that has frequently clashed with the IDC, said Vladimer was aware there could be a backlash.

Vladimer understood that "whomever she was accusing would deny it and complain that she was making things up and that she was in some way unstable," Krueger said in a phone interview Wednesday.

In a Facebook post Thursday, Vladimer said it's "time to hold our elected officials accountable."

"I am willing to risk everything to help that happen," she wrote.


Jon Campbell is a correspondent for the USA TODAY Network's Albany Bureau.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Another MeToo champion takes a tumble.... and apparently, so did his alleged victims

I take great pleasure in watching MeToo Movement blowhards take a tumble.


Him, Too
By The Editorial Board

The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

May 7, 2018

Until Monday evening New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was a public champion of the #MeToo movement. Now he appears to be the latest sickening example of the scale and insidiousness of the cruelty that movement is confronting. He resigned late Monday after The New Yorker magazine published an article in which four women accused him of abusing them physically and emotionally.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should appoint a responsible, independent prosecutor to investigate any possible criminal charges against Mr. Schneiderman and abuses of his office.

Mr. Schneiderman admitted no wrongdoing. Instead, he said in a statement that the “serious allegations, which I strongly contest,” had made it impossible to do his job.

But the allegations outlined by the women are consistent, detailed and bone-chilling.

Two women who had been in relationships with Mr. Schneiderman — Michelle Manning Barish, a liberal activist, and Tanya Selvaratnam, an author — told the magazine that he choked and hit them, often during sex, and subjected them to verbal abuse. They said he slapped them so hard that Ms. Manning Barish bled from her ear long after the blow, while Ms. Selvaratnam suffered from episodes of vertigo.

Both said Mr. Schneiderman threatened to kill them, while Ms. Selvaratnam said the state attorney also warned her he could have her followed and her phone tapped.

The women told The New Yorker that Mr. Schneiderman drank heavily, and would often force them to drink alcohol. Ms. Selvaratnam told the magazine Mr. Schneiderman called her his “brown slave,” and forced her to say that she was, “his property.”

Mr. Schneiderman joins a sorry list of once-rising stars in New York’s Democratic Party whose careers imploded amid allegations of personal misconduct, including former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former Congressman Anthony Weiner. As was the case with those men, the resignation of Mr. Schneiderman could have far-reaching consequences.

The attorney general was in the midst of pushing a proposal to change New York’s double jeopardy statute so any aides to President Trump that he might pardon — in an effort to keep them from cooperating with the special counsel — could be prosecuted under state charges. Mr. Schneiderman’s moralizing may have proven hollow, but that proposal remains worthy given Mr. Trump’s continual attempts to derail the special counsel’s investigation, including raising the prospect of such pardons.

Mr. Schneiderman’s office this year also brought a civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer accused of sexual assault and other misconduct.

Under state law, the Senate and Assembly will jointly choose Mr. Schneiderman’s replacement, effectively giving the power to his fellow Democrats. Later, voters will go to the polls in the Democratic primary, and have their say about who would face the Republican candidate in November. Whoever serves in this important office should be tough and independent, willing to stand up to Mr. Trump and Mr. Cuomo and — it should go without saying, but now it needs to be said — be a decent human being.

Anyone involved in the effort to replace Mr. Schneiderman should remember: No one is above the law.