Legislation would give survivors a new one-year window for legal action and limit immunity for universities.
— Read on www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2021/11/29/opinion-bills-would-empower-survivors-u-ms-dr-robert-anderson/8769041002/
I was driving last Wednesday when I heard the news that the three white Georgia men who chased, cornered and killed Ahmaud Arbery were found guilty of felony murder and malice murder (the “youngster” in the group of “citizen arresters”). I felt relief wash over me and a lessening of the stomach and headache I had off and on since that POS, vigilante, man-child Kyle Rittenhouse got acquitted in Wisconsin on November 19, after having his hand held every step of the way by a joke of a judge.
When I read about the verdict online I was reminded that the first prosecutor on the case, Jackie Johnson, has been indicted for violating her oath of office in this case. https://reason.com/2021/11/24/ahmaud-arbery-alleged-murderers-almost-escaped-charges-prosecutorial-misconduct-jackie-johnson-george-barnhill/printer/. In fact, last Wednesday morning former Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Johnson turned herself at the Glynn County jail and was then released on her own recognizance. She had been indicted a week prior on a felony charge of violating her oath of office and a misdemeanor count of obstructing police. The indictment alleges she used her position to discourage police from making arrests in the killing of 25-year-old Arbery.
In early September I posted about this prosecutor and press about how “historic” it is to have someone even look at the dirty dealings of prosecutors because it is so rare. https://catherinebroad.blog/2021/09/03/. Lack of any oversight of these powerful and sometimes corrupt people, the rarity that another agency will step in and put a stop to prosecutorial abuses, as well as the comfort of bullshit immunity doctrines, means people like Jackie Johnson feel pretty comfortable showing racists favorable treatment (especially if one of them had been an investigator in her office) and mistreating victims’ family members. Had the video taken by one of the convicted defendants in this case not surfaced, you can be sure these three good old boys would have been home eating turkey and all the fixins on Thursday.
I can think of 10 different ways L. Brooks Patterson violated his oath of office and interfered in the investigation in the OCCK case, beginning in late January 1977. There are a few of you complicit enablers who are still walking this earth and know the details. Jessica Cooper took it upon herself to help keep this story hidden. She and her complicit enablers therefore have just as much to lose if the truth bubbles to the surface. These violations are, as described in the reason.com article, an affront to basic liberty. They must be revealed.
In a strange but somewhat similar case, an ex-FBI agent and filmmakers discovered public corruption in LA County in the “unsolved” murder of Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G. https://nypost.com/2021/05/29/ex-fbi-agent-biggie-filmmakers-sealed-court-docs-reveal-killer/ (“The alleged cover-up ‘was the biggest miscarriage of justice in my 20-year career at the FBI,’ said [the ex-FBI agent]. ‘I had evidence that LAPD officers were involved and I was shut down by the LAPD and city attorneys inside Los Angeles.'”).
Keep an eye on the Georgia AG’s case against ex-prosecutor Johnson. Losing an election appears to be the least of her worries. It should not take a viral video of a murder to out a dirty prosecutor. But then again, you folks in Oakland County still worship at the trough created by ex-prosecutor and county executive he-man Patterson. There is no viral video. Just four dead kids and scores of others who were victimized by pedophiles this law and order prosecutor’s office did not dare investigate after Chris Busch walked free.
Opening arguments begin on Monday in United States v. Maxwell, the case brought against Jeffrey Epstein’s tool, Ghislaine Maxwell. https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-judge-lets-ghislaine-maxwell-call-false-memories-expert-testify-trial-2021-11-22/. The court ruled it will allow the wealthy “socialite” to call expert witness and friend to monsters, Professor Elizabeth Loftus, to testify about false memory syndrome. Loftus, of memory is malleable, victims of sex crimes make this shit up or embellish, everyone deserves a defense and don’t you dare forget about the presumption of innocence, fame. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/04/05/how-elizabeth-loftus-changed-the-meaning-of-memory
I guess if one is capable of overcoming shame and fear and comes forward about sexual victimization, the trauma of the victimization will render one incapable of any reliable memory. Thus the circle is complete and victimizer prevails every time. Dare to come forward? Attorneys for the defense will make sure you are further traumatized and disenfranchised.
Here’s a little overview of the problems with “false memory syndrome”: https://timesupfoundation.org/the-danger-behind-the-false-memory-myth-2/. People I otherwise respect have even tossed this one back at me when I raise the issue of people victimized as kids in Oakland County during the heyday of the late 1970s and early 1980s (you know, when the Law and Order prosecutorial team of Brooks Patterson and Richard Thompson were shaking down alleged welfare cheats and turning a blind eye to child predators). I view it as a permanent black mark once someone defaults to this argument as an almost automatic response.
Loftus testified on behalf of Harvey Weinstein and Jerry Sandusky. Let’s hope the jury in the Maxwell case can see past this desperate defense and return a similar verdict.
Court Records Show That Emails and Phone Data Were Searched in Child Porn Probe of Billionaire Denny Sanford — ProPublicaPosted: November 26, 2021
ProPublica won access to search warrants showing a child pornography investigation of South Dakota’s richest man, confirming our reporting from last year.
— Read on www.propublica.org/article/court-records-show-that-emails-and-phone-data-were-searched-in-child-porn-probe-of-billionaire-denny-sanford
An assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University (VA) has an interesting twist on preventing crime and child advocacy. https://nypost.com/2021/11/15/allyn-walker-says-attraction-to-children-isnt-immoral/?utm_source=url_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site buttons&utm_campaign=site buttons. Or maybe a twisted interest. Professor Allyn Walker defended their book, A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity, calling for pedophiles who do not act on their desires to be called “MAPs,” because there is nothing immoral about such a sexual attraction absent the commission of a crime on minor, and the word pedophile has become synonymous with sex offender. Due to safety concerns for the professor and the campus, Walker has been placed on administrative leave. https://www.wtkr.com/news/odu-puts-assistant-professor-on-administrative-leave-following-controversial-interview-defending-people-attracted-to-children.
I don’t even know where to start. The fine points about the definition of “pedophelia,” which Miriam-Webster specifically defines as “a psychiatric disorder in which an adult has sexual fantasies about or engages in sexual acts with a prepubescent child;” the attempt to give a “nicer” name to those who are sexually attracted to children but do not act on their desires (yet); or the attempt to make me the immoral one for thinking MAPs are still pedophiles and as such ticking time bombs?
Victims of child sexual exploitation/abuse have the sanctity of their bodies, their safety, and their dignity taken away. The entire world crashes down around them because of this heinous, violent and criminal violation and abuse of power disguised as sex acts. Many times they are not even believed by people close to them, or are threatened so they won’t come forward at all, to anyone. If they do, the legal system usually finds a way to re-victimize in one way or many ways. The law in every state dictates that a minor cannot consent, under any circumstance, to sexual contact. Yet society is supposed to give a gold star to people for not acting on their illegal sexual impulses? A special name, a special category? If Professor Walker is serious about child abuse prevention, maybe next they can research how many MAPs remain that way for life and don’t cross into using child pornography or acting on their desires. Compare the studies of how many victims an “offending” pedophile usually has over the course of a lifetime, and how these criminals do not “age out” of their sex crimes. Society deems what is moral and immoral, not the defenders of “harmless” sexual attraction towards minors. How can they defend such a fine and warped line?