Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday, and the most famous wrongly accused man in history

This blog is going on hiatus for awhile, as it transitions to new ownership. I can't think of a better post for this occasion. Today is Good Friday, the day Christians around the world observe what they believe to be the central fact of history: that God's son, sent to live among us, willingly offered himself as a sacrifice for the transgressions of all mankind.  In order to vicariously atone for mankind's sins, Christ allowed himself to be subjected to trumped-up charges, a wrongful conviction, and an unjust death penalty. He was brought before the Roman Prefect, Pontius Pilate, who promptly declared him innocent. But to appease the angry mob, Pilate ordered Christ to be flogged. When that wasn't enough for them, Pilate allowed Christ to be crucified.

Jesus is the most famous wrongly accused and wrongly convicted person in history, and his death holds lessons for modern men and women.

The sacrifice of innocents to answer a public outcry, fomented by persons with a political agenda, is a phenomenon likely as old as civilization, and it still happens today. Prof. Mark A Godsey of the Innocence Project said that "the risk of wrongful conviction is the highest when there’s public outcry. Most of the exonerations and wrongful convictions have occurred in rape cases."

It is well to remember that with Jesus, the mob used the state to carry out its vile deed on Good Friday. God allowed his son to be tried, convicted, and executed by the state in order to make a critical point. Being subjected to a vile deed by individuals acting on their own would not have manifested the community's rejection of the Messiah. The Divine Plan recognized that, all other things being equal, misconduct by the state in punishing an innocent is qualitatively different from, and more significant than, misconduct by persons acting on their own. That, of course, is one of the bases for celebrated English jurist William Blackstone's assertion that it is better that ten guilty men escape punishment than that one innocent suffer at the hands of the state.

Just as Christians believe that all of us ultimately bear responsibility for Christ's death, all of us, figuratively speaking, have blood on our hands for the mistreatment of the modern day wrongly accused. We are the mob shouting "Crucify him!" and leading an innocent man to Golgotha.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Woman continued false sexual assault claim even when CCTV contradicted statement to police

As reported here.

An innocent man spent 12 hours in custody after being falsely accused of sexually assaulting a young mum.

Joanna Robertson also cost police 69 man hours — at least £1,380 — investigating the complaint that the man had stalked her and forcefully touched her, Dundee Sheriff Court heard.

Robertson, 25, of Leith Walk, pleaded guilty to a charge of wasting police time on July 6 last year.

After admitting she had made up the sex attack, Sheriff Richard McFarlane deferred sentence for reports and granted her bail.

The court heard Robertson went to police HQ in Dundee and claimed she had been stalked through the city centre before being pushed against a wall and attacked.

She said the man had tried to strike up a conversation with her outside a bank before following her into Coutties Wynd, off Nethergate.

Robertson claimed he had forced her against a wall between two wheelie bins before touching her private parts over her tights then attempted to further assault her.

But when police carried out a CCTV review they found her story did not add up.

However, when police re-interviewed her she was “adamant” that it was true. When the inconsistencies were put to her she then demanded her clothes back and said she did not want any more police involvement.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson told the court the cost of the investigation to the police was at least £1,380, although she added that the overall figure would have been much higher as fees for a doctor who examined Robertson and an interpreter who appeared and assisted the accused man had not been factored into that amount.

She said: “As a result of the allegation (the man) was detained by police for 12 hours and was also interviewed with the assistance of an interpreter.

“An extensive CCTV review was carried out following the accused’s allegation which quite simply showed that what she was telling police did not add up and actions were shown which showed the contrary and that the complainer had not entered the area of the alleged locus.

“In addition to being detained and interviewed the complainer had DNA taken and was medically examined by a doctor.

“She was asked to give her version again and confirmed her position as it had been previously.

“The total police hours spent investigating this was 69 hours at a cost of £1,380 which doesn’t include the doctor or interpreter.”

Solicitor Kevin Hampton said: “There’s a lot going on in her life and she has recently separated from her partner.

“I’d ask for background reports to be prepared.”

Sheriff McFarlane deferred sentence until April 24 for social work reports.

Girl charged for making false rape claim that sent a man to jail for four nights

As reported here.

A teenage girl has been charged over allegedly lying about being sexually assaulted in a toilet block at a Sydney train station.

The 17-year-old claimed to have been dragged off a train and into the toilet block at Strathfield station about 1pm on January 22 this year, police allege.

Investigators were told a man struck up a conversation with the girl as she travelled from Redfern station to school.

But the girl has now been charged with making a false statement with intent to subject others to investigation and was ordered to appear in the Children's Court next month.

Police withdrew a charge of sexual intercourse without consent against Ben Kooy, 34, late in January.

The Kellyville man was initially refused bail and spent four nights in custody but police found fresh evidence and released him before an appearance at Burwood Local Court.

Mr Kooy told reporters at the time the ordeal had been "very stressful" and he was "very relieved".

On January 29, he appeared in Burwood Local Court where the charges against him were withdrawn by police.

On Wednesday, police issued a statement saying they had charged the girl.

Woman charged with falsely accusing ex-husband of sexual assault

As reported here.

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON – A woman who stabbed herself and told police she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by her ex-husband and two other men was charged with filing a false report, officials said.

Christine Capurso, 49 — whose ex-husband is Robert Capurso, an assistant fire chief in Yonkers — turned herself in to police and was to be arraigned in Village Court late Wednesday.

"Even though this is only a misdemeanor charge against (Christine) Capurso, we felt it was very important that we fully investigate this case because of the serious implications of her false allegations of being kidnapped, sexually assaulted and stabbed," said Westchester County police Capt. Christopher Calabrese, who investigated the case.

"Her ex-husband could have faced up to 25 years or greater in prison if found guilty of these false allegations," Calabrese said. "We felt it was important to be fully investigated and proved to be false so that it would not happen again, as it has happened numerous times in the past."

Capurso called 911 on Jan. 16 to allege she had been kidnapped on Long Island by a gunman and forced to drive to Westchester where she said she was sexually assaulted in the woods near her ex-husband's home. She and her vehicle were found in the woods off to the side of Farragut Parkway in Hastings.

Discrepancies in her accountand hesitation marks in the shallow stab wounds found on her body led police to question whether Capurso was telling the truth, officials said.

Investigators also determined her ex-husband was alone for only about 10 minutes that day from when he left work at 3:55 p.m. and drove to his children's school.


Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sen. Clare McCaskill's nationwide survey to colleges suggests that affording students accused of sex offenses due process might discourage accusers from reporting

Sen. Clare McCaskill has sent out an extensive survey about sexual assault to 350 college and university presidents. The survey is being promulgated by McCaskill's Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, which is charged with "ensuring that the federal government spends taxpayer money as wisely and effectively as possible." What that has to do with sexual assault on American college campuses is anyone's guess, but in any event, McCaskill has identified herself with the problem of sexual assault in the military and on American college campuses.

It is a worthy impulse to gather information about the ways American institutions of higher education treat serious criminality, but this survey is troubling in several critical respects and should be recalled and rewritten. We will focus on just two problems.

First, the survey repeatedly classifies persons who make accusations of sexual misconduct as "victims," and in one place, it calls persons merely accused of sexual misconduct "offenders." That should be unacceptable to all persons of good will.

Words matter, and we can only assume that McCaskill and her staff know better than to brand persons accused of sexual misconduct as guilty merely by virtue of the accusation. This, of course, does a grave disservice to the presumptively innocent who are accused of sexual misconduct. We take offense when newspapers do it (we once complained to the New York Times for calling a rape accuser a "victim," and the Times reporter immediately removed the word "victim" in the on-line content of the story), and it is all the more offensive when our elected representatives do it. Sen. McCaskill represents not just accusers but persons who are accused as well. The survey should be recalled and, where appropriate, the word "victim" should be changed to "accuser."

Second, the survey contains a most troubling, and frankly bizarre, query on page 14:
Below is a list of policies and procedures that may discourage victims from disclosing and reporting assaults at some schools 
1. Disclosure of offender’s rights in the adjudication process
. . . .
The survey asks the college to identify whether or not it adheres to this policy.

The survey's clear implication is that it is somehow improper to insure that students accused of serious sexual offenses are aware of their rights. Advising the presumptively innocent of their rights is both a fundamental and immutable aspect of due process long enshrined in the laws of every enlightened civilization. A student's due process rights should never be considered a candidate for elimination or compromise because they might "discourage" an accuser from making a formal report, and to suggest otherwise is both appallingly insensitive to the young men accused and offensive to long-settled principles of fairness. It should have no place in a survey promulgated by a United States Senate subcommittee.

This survey is but the latest manifestation of hostility to the rights of young men accused of sexual offenses on campus. College administrators, already skittish about federal oversight of their handling of sexual assault, need to be assured by Senator McCaskill and her subcommittee that disclosing the accused's rights in the adjudication process is not merely acceptable but mandatory.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Student protests playing the song "Blurred Lines" in order "to create a safe space in the Carolina Community"

A UNC student didn't like that a disc jockey at a bar played the song "Blurred Lines." Her protest led to a boycott, an apology from the bar, and the bar's banning of the offending DJ.

The student said: ". . . all I was aiming to do is to create a safe space in the Carolina community . . . ."

35 years for a rape and other crimes he didn't commit

Read it here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Scorned woman falsely cries rape

As reported here:

A spurned lover whose cry of rape cost police coffers £10,000 was jailed for nine months yesterday.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Lisha Tait cried rape after being given the “cold shoulder” in a Belfast nightclub by a man she had a previous liaison with.

The 22-year-old, from Laurel Lodge in the Flush Gardens area of Lisburn, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

The charge relates to making a false report and two false written statements to police on dates between July 6 and August 15, 2013 claiming she had been raped.

Crown prosecutor Simon Jenkins said the series of events began in the early hours of July 7 when police received a call from the Ambulance Service in relation to a distressed woman who claimed she had been raped outside the Odyssey complex in Belfast.

After making the claim, Tait was taken to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Antrim, where she was examined.

At this stage, she made a formal complaint claiming a man she knew had penetrated her without consent at billboards outside the Odyssey.

Mr Jenkins said that on August 13, Tait made a written statement claiming the man had spoken to her in the Beach Club before grabbing her and sexually assaulting her outside. She made a second written statement the following day, claiming that due to her level of intoxication, she had been confused about the details of the incident.

The court heard that on September 4 the man Tait accused of rape attended a police station voluntarily, where he was questioned for around two hours. He admitted he had spoken to her in the club but said he didn’t leave the premises and denied her allegation that he had sexually assaulted her outside.

He also told police they had “been together consensually that week” and had stayed in a hotel.

The prosecutor said the man gave a DNA sample, and that during the police investigation – which amounted to £10,000 – officers examined CCTV footage that showed Tait exiting the Odyssey complex alone in an intoxicated state and leaving by herself in a taxi. Witness statements also supported the man’s claim that he didn’t leave the club at any stage.

Tait was again interviewed by police and on September 16 she said she wanted to “tell the truth”. Mr Jenkins said the following day Tait made a statement to police “confirming that she made the entire story up and the male had not sexually assaulted her at any stage”.

When she was interviewed about the false statement on September 25, Tait said she made the allegation up “on the basis that the male had given her the cold shoulder in the club”. The prosecutor said Tait had expressed remorse and apologised for wasting police time. He did, however, point out that despite making the allegation, she “didn’t come clean for some two months”.

Defence barrister Mark Farrell cited the incident as “tragic”, telling the court “this is a case of a woman scorned” who initially felt she could develop a relationship with the man in question.

He said: “It is the case that the defendant, with alcohol on board, decided that she had been rejected and she turned to one of the meanest false allegations to make against a male by a female.”

Mr Farrell added: “She felt rejected by the injured party, but she now has a high level of empathy for what she did to him.”

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland said he accepted Tait had displayed “genuine remorse” but said the case fell within the category of “the incrimination of an innocent person”.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

College hockey player being punished for the alleged actions of others

It is unfathomable that in 2014, after Duke lacrosse and a thousand other atrocities, a college administrator doesn't seem to care that it is unjust to punish a student for an alleged sex offense he didn't commit.

According to this source: "The University of Ottawa suspended the Gee-Gees men’s hockey program indefinitely at the beginning of March after learning of what it called allegations of “serious misconduct” by some players on the team. The university says the program will remain suspended at least until an internal review of the allegations and policies regarding the team’s conduct, supervision and coaching is complete."

One member of the team, Pat Burns, hasn’t been found to be connected in any way to the allegations of misconduct, but he's being punished. Not only has the entire team been suspended for the alleged actions of one or a few, but his invitation to a reception last week honoring graduating Gee-Gees athletes was revoked due to the hockey team’s suspension. In addition, he has been uninvited to the university’s annual athletic banquet this Friday.

Mr. Burns has taken his case to the public with this open letter to the school's president:
An Open Letter to Allan Rock, President, University of Ottawa.

By way of introduction, I am a 5th year student-athlete, set to graduate at the end of this term. I have spent the duration of my time at the University of Ottawa completing an honours degree in psychology as well as playing for the varsity men’s hockey team.

I have many fond memories of my time as a Gee-Gee, and I have been proud of my many accomplishments, both individually and while representing the school. For two years, I served as an Assistant Captain for the team. Following the 2012-2013 season, I was nominated by the school as a candidate for the Randy Gregg Award, recognizing nationally excellence in athletics, academic and community involvement. In 2013 I received the Canadian Cancer Society’s Mike Collingwood Award. I have spent time over three years volunteering with the Boy’s and Girls Club of Ottawa. I have for three years, as a representative of the Gee-Gees, organized and facilitated Christmas hampers for under privileged families in our community. I have spoken at numerous schools to the importance of continued education. I was, for two years, head of the athletic council at the university. I have also spent my last three summers working on behalf of the Sports Services department, developing the Gee-Gee brand, promoting the brand within the community and developing community partnerships through running camps, fundraising, and volunteering.

However, as my graduation approaches, I leave feeling frustrated, and betrayed by the very school, and athletic department I have spent the last half-decade serving and representing.

On March 3rd 2014 I was informed, as a result of allegations of misconduct said to have taken place during a road trip in Thunder Bay, that the entire team was suspended indefinitely. This prior to any sort of investigation had even begun, let alone be completed. For the past month, I have been fully co-operative with any and all requests made by police, as well as the university, in aiding the investigation in any way that I can, despite being assumed guilty by my fellow classmates and the general public as a result of the predetermined assumption of guilt bestowed upon all 26 members of the hockey team by the University. I, personally, as a result of police interviews, etc. have not been found to be, in any way, connected to any allegations of misconduct.

On March 26th 2014, the Sports Services department held a reception to honour and recognize the contributions of graduating Gee-Gee athletes. I was informed that I was no longer invited to attend the reception due to suspension of the programme. In protest of this decision I submitted a formal letter on March 17th to the Assistant Athletic Director asking to have my attendance be reconsidered. Despite the reception date having come and passed, my letter has yet to be acknowledged. I also attempted to speak with the University President, Mr. Allan Rock in hopes he would rectify the situation. On March 24th I spent two hours waiting in his office only to be told, “He wouldn’t be in today.” On March 25th, I hand delivered a written request for an appointment with Mr. Rock, and once again my request has yet to be acknowledged by his office.

As is customary, graduating players are awarded their jerseys, and this year as well, at the graduating athletes’ reception, were presented with a memento in recognition of their dedication and commitment to representing the university. On March 28th, I was told, by Athletic Director Mr. Luc Gelineau, after indicating my growing frustration as a result of the constant loss of rights and privileges, despite having been fully co-operative for a month and completely innocent of all allegations, that he stood by the decision to revoke my invitation. In addition, I have been “un-invited” to the annual athletic banquet to be held on Friday April 4th.

Mr. Gelineau responded to my request for my graduating memento by stating, “The university will mail it, if and when deemed fit.”

In addition, Mr Gelineau advised me, in effect, that the Universitys’ objective was to keep as low a profile as possible regarding the alleged incident, with the hope that media attention would go away. But what about the exoneration of those found to be innocent? Those who have had their name and reputation tarnished as a result of the University’s decision to suspend the entire program prior to any investigation. Or are we just collateral damage?

It is my opinion, that after five years of commitment on ice, dedication to bettering the standing of the hockey programme through community development, volunteering and committed work to developing the establishment of the Gee-Gee brand locally I leave University’s sports services department in better standing than when I began.

Unfortunately, my years of dedication and my good name have been smeared by the very university I spent so much time working to promote. As this semester ends, I leave the University not having been recognized for my accomplishments, but having had the door slammed behind me. And I am not the only one.

Yours, with great disappointment,

Pat Burns

Woman allegedly cried rape 11 times to avoid taking the bar exam

Rhiannon Brooker, 30, is on trial for allegedly falsely accusing her boyfriend of repeatedly raping and assaulting her -- the prosecution says she cried rape 11 times -- which caused him to be arrested, charged and held in custody for 30 days, according to this source. She purportedly used the allegations as “extenuating circumstances” in a failed attempt to dodge her exams, according to the prosecution. According to a news report: "After withdrawing her allegations Brooker confirmed they were false, and admitted that injuries seen by witnesses, including her friends and doctors, were self-inflicted, the court heard." Yet, she is still denying that she committed an act tending, and intended, to pervert the court of justice. It is not clear what her defense might be.

If the prosecution is correct, add this case to the list of outrageous reasons for rape claims that we've reported in the past few years:

▲The accuser’s boyfriend took too long to buy cigarettes, so she falsely accused him of rape.
▲A woman's rape lie sent a man to prison for five years because she said she was bored.
▲A man refused to give a woman a beer, so she falsely accused him of rape.
▲Two women in Washington state claimed they were raped by ghosts. The specters only forced the women to have intercourse on weekends.
▲A girl falsely accused a man of rape for throwing a flower at her.
▲A woman modeled her false claim against a priest after a rape in a novel -- she admitted she identified with characters in novels featuring violent rape.
▲In various cases, women didn’t want to pay cab fares, so they simply accused innocent cab drivers of rape.
▲A maid falsely accused her employer of rape because she didn’t like her workload.
▲A woman caused three men to be interrogated for rapes they didn’t commit because she wanted a day off from work.
▲And then there was the 18-year-year-old man who was hauled out of class, arrested, and jailed for a month -- a girl he had never even met randomly accused him of rape for no apparent reason.

And then there are the cases involving outrageous revenge rape lies over petty things; rape lies to get attention; rape lies told by serial false accusers who are permitted to continue to terrorize innocent men and boys because their crimes aren't taken seriously; and rape lies told to "explain" an illicit sexual encounter.

I could go on and on and on, but you get the picture.