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It has been stated again and again by the owner and senior members of perverted-justice - "We are the 'Court of Public Opinion'." In other words, the majority of the members of perverted-justice see themselves as the jury of such a court. This contention is more than backed up by their actions.
The prime function of the vigilante organization is to pronounce their verdict of "guilty" on those they target, then pronounce and carry out whatever "sentence" this group of untrained, anonymous individuals deems appropriate. In over 1000 PJ "busts", the "sentence" consisted of their target being anonymously harassed and threatened, the harassment and terrorization of their families, their shunning or forced removal from their neighborhoods, being fired from their jobs, etc.
The uneducated might suggest "Good for them... After all, they are perverts, right?" Unfortunately, it is often forgotten that the accusations, then the PJ "trial" and the sentencing are being carried out by anonymous, untrained individuals whose very motives, if seen in an actual court of law, would immediately result in their removal from the case. Unlike the perverted-justice kangaroo-court, a real justice system has a method to ensure the accused receives a fair trial. The method is called "jury selection".
The purpose of Jury Selection
"The purpose of jury selection examination is to enable a court to determine whether any prospective jurors are possessed of beliefs that would cause them to be biased in such a manner as to prevent the accused parties from obtaining a fair and impartial trial. To find 12 people who can make a decision about this case in a fair and impartial way. In other words, 12 people who will wait until they have heard all of the facts before making up their minds."
In most cases in a real courtroom, jury selection is performed by the court itself, then the prosecutor, then the defending attorney. The intent is to eliminate those who may have preconceived biases one way or the other.
As an example, it would be very unlikely that someone who had been the victim of a particular violent crime would be allowed to remain on a jury charged with determining the guilt or innocence of someone accused of committing the same or a similar crime. It would simply be impossible for such a person to remain at arm's length - Unbiased enough to fairly weigh the evidence and pronounce an unbiased verdict.
Similarly, people who are deemed to be mentally unstable, have had or are being treated for psychological problems, those with admitted psychological disorders, etc. are screened very carefully due to the fact that with jury duty, they have been given the power to seriously impact another person's life.
Let's take a closer look at the PJ "jury"
What follows is a compilation of quotes from some of the more ardent PJ "jury" taken directly from the perverted-justice member's own posts in the publicly accessible perverted-justice forums. While reading each one of the quotes, please take the time to ask yourself "Given this person's history and experiences, does this person appear to have the necessary mental stability and impartiality required of someone with the power to ruin someone's life?" Would these people likely be eliminated from the jury if perverted-justice had a legitimate selection process? We'll leave it to you to decide.
Please keep in mind - The point of this article is not to "show how crazy PJers are" or anything of the sort. Our intention is not to mock or identify anyone who suffers from mental disorders or who has suffered abuse. We are very much aware that many people who have been diagnosed with mental illness or have suffered abuse go on to lead productive, fulfilling lives. Rather, the point of this article is to ask the question:
"Given the circumstances, is it likely that these people, people who could potentially ruin someone's life, have the ability to make fair, impartial, error-free judgements regarding those they target?"
"Survivor of sexual/verbal/physical/emotional abuse/rape"
"Diagnosed (or blessed) with bipolar disorder one, anxiety/panic disorder, and PTSD, which can make my day very interesting at times."
"Very much a survior of mental, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse."
"I too am a victim, and have made it my personal crusade to make sure that no scumbag will ever breathe on my daughter or future child. I am here as moral support to all of you who contribute to busting the bad guys. I also like to think that I am a little of comic relief in this bleak world."
"Survivor of mental/physial/emotional abuse. "
"I have no special training, but being a survivor of mental, physical, and sexual abuse as well, it has been my lifes work to not let the violence dribble down to my kids"
"I have survived sexual assault, emotional abuse, and being a latch-key kid. Some of my children are survivors also."
"I am a survivor of every kind of abuse imaginable."
"There has been aspect to my life that is a living hell. Sometimes I want to kill my exhusband. The hate and fury is so overwhelming I cannot function. I am totally consumed. Other times I am so fearful for my daughter I am nearly paralyzed. If she is in the shower too long, I'm afraid she is in there killing herself. She's not...I'm just afraid she is."
"My mother and her sisters were sexually abused by their stepfather. The oldest (my mom was the middle child) even bore a child because of the incest. Yet, through all this my grandmother refused to acknowledge what was going on. She blamed all of the daughters (except the oldest, who could do no wrong) and said everything that happened whas their fault. My step-grandfather was convicted and did serve some jail time.
Still, he never learned his lesson. When I was about 2-4 years old, he started on the little things, i.e. pinching my rear and having me sit in his lap--these were the things that started the abuse with my mom and her sisters."
"For instance, I'll pick up a phone and hear (without turning it on) a dial tone and then a woman's voice speaking. Or I can hear someone using that pressurized air stuff and I'll feel it on my forearms."
"Lots of stuff like that. But, like I said, the anti-psychotic drugs usually keep that to a minimum."
"Yeah I suffer from Schizoaffective Disorder (Bipolar Disorder with Schizo Tendencies) so me and all my personalites see hear stuff thats not there . Bust seriously What's ironic the meds make it worse some times...Hallucinations are constant unless i use "alternative meds"! I've seen some crazy things and then some hilarious things at time...I've lost my mind years ago and still haven't found it yet!"
"all the time. I always see things out of the corner of my eye...like bugs, and I turn, to find nothing there. I guess I should have listened better to my folks about drugs when I was younger."
"I also have anxiety really bad, and that ALWAYS makes me feel like I am losing my mind."
"All the time. I was diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) which is most commonly a result of a lesser degree of oxygen and stimulation to the frontal lobes of the brain. I forget things all the time, am often driven by impulse, and can even attest to many times that I've prioritized things way out of whack. It's like they say - your minds like a tv that constantly changes channels. You are either unfocused or hyper-focused, yet you cannot stop your mind from attempting to pay attention to everything at once. Your mind is like an engine thats constantly red-lined. I can't even begin to tell you how exhausting and frustrating it gets at times. While there are plenty of medications out for ADD, there is no single drug that works for everyone, and with most people who have it, if they seek medicinal relief they go through medication after medication to find the one that works for them. I've decided to try to tackle life without the use of them, and it's partially because of the fear of becoming a "medicated" person rather than one who can cope by my own virtue. It's a constant self management that doesn't always work, but so far, it's at least somewhat working."
"So yes, there are at least several times during the day that I wonder if I'm losing my mind to all the outside static."
"ME TOO!! I take Xefexor (sp) and Paxil for stress and PTSS (post-traumatic stress syndrome). "
"Also a victim, also on medication - in my case, anti-depressants."
"I often feel that I'm losing my mind. I have an axiety problem that I've been trying to overcome. Lately there's been so much stress in my life that I often just break down and cry like a baby...sometimes over nothing, sometimes over everything. Depression runs in my family and I think that that's part of my problems as well."
"I've been depressed most of my life, finally found a doctor that recognized it, and take an anti-depressant. "
"Clinically Depressed with ADD. I don't see things anymore but for about two years when I was a teenager and wasn't on medication (Prozac and Ritilin) I used to see dead bodies, knifes, dark shadows, horrible men at my window....God, it was so scary. I'd rather die than go through that shit again."
"I also find that when traumatic things happen to me I tend to go into this "panic mode." I seclude myself from everyone and rarely go outside. I'm not even gonna list all the medication I'm on and the reasons I'm on it. "
"i was diagnosed with "social phobia" / depression by the GP when i was 18 ... was put on aropax (paxil in the US, i believe) and took it for 3 years."
"I have bi-polar disorder."
"I haven't personally had this happen to me, but it has to my Mom only a few months ago at the age of 57, she discovered she was also molested by the same person I was, her father."
"I'm not sure if you have read my story in the SD yet, but I was molested by my moms father also."
"thnx for the support and I've know for awhile i have had ptsd along with my bipolar disorder I just can't seem to get adequate help! long process I suppose."
"I was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder) in Nov of 2003."
"I was abused by a neighbor when i was 9.I havent had repressed memories maybe because my mom made me deal with it or maybe because i was old enough to remember it.My daughter however was abused by a family member of my exhusbands at a very young age.She has post traumatic stress syndrom from that abuse and the physical abuse of her father.I'm still learning what this disorder is all about and she has been in theropy.But she still has night terrors and she is 10 now when she wakes up she dont remember why she is upset."
"i suffered my abuse at age 4."
"In my case, it's an event that happened when I was 7, I know where it happened and I know when it happened, I've always known that, but I have blocked what happened (or at least some of it) which I didn't even realize until I went to a psychologist and she asked if I remember getting back to the spot that I was before it happened and I don't, I remember being asked a question then being back on the sidewalk so whatever happened between the question and getting back to the sidewalk is gone, at one time I had gone to a psychiatrist/hypnotist and asked him if he could help me bring back the memory but he said that I may have blocked it because it was too traumatic and that I may not be able to remember for my own peace of mind and when I was ready the memory would come back on it's own."
"There is one thing that may be a reminder of the incident but I'm not sure, for some reason the smell of alcohol on someone's breath causes me to have a panic attack, it makes me wander if the guy had been drinking that day."
"I'm just now beginning to remember the physical abuse I suffered at the hands of my father."
"i have both. there is abuse i've always remembered, but shelved it. then there's memories that i had packed into the back closets of my mind. they were just too intolerable to keep conscious."
"Helping here helps me because hopefully I am stopping at least ONE child from going thru what I went thru as a child. If I can keep that from happening then, maybe that child will stop another child from being hurt, and ect. Its a circle."
"I was a very small girl when I was abused. Perhaps 4 or 5 then again at maybe 10"
"I myself am also numb. I've had more then one person tell me I am cold hearted. I've had too many people tell me that. I don't trust most people.. Hell, I don't like most people. I have aquaintances. But no real friends. Not a single friend. In a way I prefer it like that. Sometimes I get lonely too.. and that is why I use PJ. "
"I was raped by a "family friend" when I was 11."
"I almost don't know where to start. I grew up with an incredibly emotionally abusive alcoholic father. I left home at 15, with my mother's blessing, and stayed with a friend and her father for a while."
"My first experience with sexual abuse happened when I was in junior high."
"Granny, I hope you are there for your grandson. I realized that I was gay as a teenager, but wondered if it was from my abuse as a child."
"I was abused for seven years as a kid, and I know my ex boyfriends and whatnot have mentioned that the hardest part for them was keeping strong for me, knowing that I didn't have it in me at most times to be strong for one crying person, let alone both of us..."
"It has to be said, as a victim of it and also adult rape I've always been very pro-active when dealing with my experiences."
"My abuse started before I can remember."
"I've never tried to commit suicide (my parents already lost a son and I had a tremendous feeling of guilty when I contemplated it). However, I am on anti-anxiety/depression medicine and still generally afraid of any man older than me (wierd shit huh?)."
"My abuse was never reported to any official agency, so I suppose I am not one of the "statistics" either."
"I am a victim of incest. I am coping by helping others. "
"Everything reminds me of being exploited and victimized"
"I have attempted suicide many times. The one thing that many people viewed as a suicide attempt was not -- it was an act of stupidity which earned me a battle with dehydration. Since I spent so much time feeling so isolated I became a bit of a chameleon and knew how to hide things, so no one at the time ever knew about my suicide attempts."
"I have suffered life-long phobias, some of which I can't even identify. What do you call it when you have a panic attack in the middle of doing laundry for no apparent reason?"
"I was sexually, physically and emotionally abused by my father for as long as I can remember."
Blue Silver PJ
"Summary would be; abused, maddest at betrayal by womb-lady, want to do what I can to protect who I can. "
"I've always felt powerless in the face of my abuse and in the face of my abusers."
"I was raped by a "family friend" when I was 11. He convinced me that it was my fault because I was so irrisistable."
"Since the things that have happened to me in the past, I have tried to forget them. Not talk about them and definitely not try to get through them, which I always knew would be the best. Through this I have come to grips with what happened to me and how important it is to stop this from happening to other children."
"I won't really get into to much as to how I survived my what I'll call encounters of very unfortunate acts that have been brought upon me in my life, as still I have to face a few of them on a daily basis.. "
"Wow, I can't really comment on that, because I think my abuse immediately let me into professions and organizations that gave me the most opportunity to "help". "
"I want to thank everybody who has posted here , you all are helping me to start to work thru the abuse my step father and step mother did to me. I also was beaten by my piano teasher."
"As someone who takes Zoloft for anxiety,[/b] I don't find myself to have "killer" thoughts. Of course, anxiety is different than other disorders. And as Seph pointed out each drug is going to react differently in each individual. I think she has the best idea, close supervision by a trained professional is a must especially in the case of children, who wouldn't know the symptoms of "getting worse"
"I have no special training, but being a survivor of mental, physical, and sexual abuse as well, it has been my lifes work to not let the violence dribble down to my kids."
"Perritto you arent alone there bud. I am a survivor of abuse myself."
"Actually, yes. I frequently hear and see things that aren't there. However (in all seriousness), I'm on anti-psychotics, which generally prevent me from seeing and hearing things that aren't usually there."
"Yeah I suffer from Schizoaffective Disorder (Bipolar Disorder with Schizo Tendencies) so me and all my personalites see hear stuff thats not there . Bust seriously What's ironic the meds make it worse some times...Hallucinations are constant unless i use "alternative meds"! I've seen some crazy things and then some hilarious things at time...I've lost my mind years ago and still haven't found it yet! "
"From age 13 to 17 I fought a serious anxiety problem. It started shortly after we moved from my hometown with a bout of depression, and then turned to anxiety which manifested itself in the form of mild hypochondria."
"I don't really think I'm losing my mind...I know I am. Given the fact that I have ADD, suffer with severe sleep apnea and an anxiety and panic disorder and the rampant drug abuses of the 70's and early 80's, I really feel I have the right to be nuts. Don't you? "
"I was very sick myself with a so-called manic depressive illness, on tons of meds, I finally got the courage to leave in spite of that. The next 12 months were so rough but I learned I was NOT retarded as I was raised by my father ,, the same belife perperrted by my husband. After 12 months I realized I didn't have one eposiode of suicidal depression untill the anniverasy of my dad's death,, I figured I had to have suffered from some kind of post -tramatic stress and was not a manic depressive.. OR I'd have sunk into the black pit long before then."
This is a relatively small, random sampling.
Please remember - These are the people who have elected themselves as the "protectors of your children". They have been convinced by Phillip Eide that the real justice system is inadequate, and have taken it upon themselves to enact their own form of "justice". The question is, given the comments above, are these people qualified to sit in judgement? Given their pasts, do they have the ability to fairly and accurately assess the guilt or innocence of those anonymously accused? We don't believe they do.
To see the comments first hand, as posted by the perverted-justice members, please read them for yourself at perverted-justice.com.
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