Friday, September 19, 2008

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Republican Sex Scandal Wiki)

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So, why isn't "The Terminator" on the sex offender registry for life?

Arnold Schwarzenegger is actually the Governor of California, a fact that would surprise and probably alarm anyone awakening from coma entered in a period when Schwarzenegger was merely a action/comedic Hollywood actor. Schwarzenegger was elected on October 7, 2003, after the defeat of former governor Democrat Gray Davis in a recall election that seemed a fit of populist irresponsibility. Since then the Austro-American body builder cum politician has demonstrated a talent for political opportunism and ideological inconsistency that embarrasses even members of his own Republican Party.

The "Terminator" is now widely reviled in his native Austria. Early on December 26, 2005 his name was quietly removed from the stadium in the southern Austrian city of Graz because of his refusal to block the December 13, 2005 execution by the State of California of Stanley Tookie Williams. The stadium had been named in his honor in 1999. Capital punishment was abolished in Austria as barbaric. Schwarzenegger was born in 1947 in the village of Thal near Graz. He immigrated to the United States in 1968, bceoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1984. However Schwarzenegger has retained his Austrian citizenship. Perhaps he could be given back to the Austrians at some point?

Dirt

Arnold met secretly with Ken Lay on May 24th, 2001, shortly before the Enron price gouging of California. At the meeting Ken Lay handed out plans that included an end to "countless investigations into allegations that suppliers manipulated power prices."[1]
 
Arnold had a tabloid publisher pay $20,000 to Gigi Goyette to keep quiet about the fact that Arnold had sex with her when she was 16 and he was 28
- The age of consent in California, is 18.

Arnold discussed the ethnicity of Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, the sole Latina Republican in the state legislature in the folowing language: "I mean, they are all very hot. They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it." Source: Robert Salladay. "Gov.'s Candid Moments Caught on Audiotape: Schwarzenegger's Banter With Aides Offers Glimpse of Bull Session Behind Closed Doors." Los Angeles Times. September 8, 2007. Article On September 8, 2004, Arnold apologized for the comments.

During the only debate he partipated in during the 2003 recall election, Arnold promised he wouldn't cut education. He promtly cut the UC budget upon taking office.

Arnold had crews dig up a pothole at taxpayer expense just so that he could fill it in for a photo op.

Arnold campaigned in Ohio, the critical swing state, for Bush right before the 2004 election.

Arnold accepted $8 million for "consulting" from a magazine while governor.

Arnold had been driving with a motercycle license for years. He was in an accident in January 2006, where he wasn't charged, even though he had no license. He didn't get a license until July 2006. [2]
 
Arnold used taxpayer money to spy on liberal groups.

Arnold vetoed the gay marriage bill passed by activist legislators trying to legislate from the legislature, and said that gay marriage should be up to the courts.

Arnold is running as a moderate but he withdrew 4 of his own nominees to the CalSTRS board after they voted against his plan to privatize teachers pension plans. One of the appointees, Republican Jim Grey, said, "If you have to be in lock step, I guess I shouldn’t be one of his appointees." [3]

Arnold with Bill O'Reilly[4]:

O'REILLY: It just threw me, because I know you've been a big environmental guy, and then you're driving around with the Hummer that gets one mile to a gallon—I'm going what's that all about.

SCHWARZENEGGER: No, no, no. Mine gets 14 miles to the gallon.

O'REILLY: Fourteen. But still, that's not great. You know what I'm talking about.

SCHWARZENEGGER: You're absolutely right.


TX - A rape victim is working to clear the name of a dead man convicted of attacking her

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09/19/2008

By MAX B. BAKER - maxbaker@star-telegram.com

Michele Mallin never expected to get this kind of phone call.

A rape victim 23 years ago, Mallin found a Lubbock County district attorney’s investigator on the line to update her about her case. She expected to hear that her attacker was getting out of prison. She already had all the doors and windows locked for the day he got out.

But the prosecutor said Timothy Brian Cole, the Fort Worth man she helped send to prison in 1986, had not only died behind bars but that another man had confessed to the crime and that DNA tests proved Cole was innocent.

"I felt total guilt. My words. My pointing the finger at him, were the reason he went to prison," Mallin said. "I felt just terrible. . . . I never wanted the wrong man to be convicted. I hope everyone knows that."

Back then a 20-year-old Texas Tech sophomore, Mallin was a woman on a mission, determined to send Cole — nicknamed the "Tech Rapist" — to prison. Now, at 43, she is equally determined to clear Coles’ name, making him the first posthumous exoneration by DNA in Texas.

She will meet with Cole’s mother and brothers today in Fort Worth and will work with their attorney in filing a petition next week seeking a court of inquiry to clear Coles’ name.

Ruby Session, Cole’s 71-year-old mother, is looking forward to meeting Mallin.

"I don’t blame her. We don’t blame her. We never did," Session said. "Because she is a victim, too. She was victimized. She and Tim were the victims."

New DNA tests

Convicted in 1986 for sexually assaulting Mallin, Cole was serving a 25-year sentence when he died at the age of 38. His heart had been weakened by an asthmatic condition while in prison, and his family believes that inadequate medical care contributed to his death.

Authorities thought he was responsible for a series of rapes near the Texas Tech campus between December 1984 and March 1985, when young women were being attacked by an African-American man with a knife.
- Thought he was responsible?  Where is the evidence?  Apparently there wasn't any.  Why was DNA not gathered and tested?

Before and after going to prison, Cole professed his innocence, even rejecting a lighter sentence if it meant confessing to the crime.

Starting in 1995, Jerry Wayne Johnson admitted committing the crime. He was already serving two consecutive life sentences for other sexual assaults in Lubbock in 1985.

Texas Tech Law School students working with the Innocence Project of Texas began investigating his claims about a year ago. DNA tests by the Lubbock County district attorney this spring pointed to Johnson.

A brutal attack

At the time, Mallin was convinced that Cole was her attacker.

A sophomore from Baytown, Mallin lived in a dorm, and parking spaces were hard to find. She and other students would often park their cars at nearby, off-campus sites to avoid getting tickets from campus police.

On March 24, 1985, at about 10 p.m., Mallin said she was moving her car to the St. John’s Methodist Church parking lot near campus. While she was in the lot, an African-American man walked up to her in her car. She rolled down her window and the man asked if she had jumper cables.

Then the man quickly pulled open the car door and shoved her across the seat. She screamed and struggled with him, even biting his right thumb. He put a knife to her throat and put her into a chokehold.
- So did they see if the man she picked from a line up had a bite mark on him?  Apparently not!

He drove to a vacant field on the edge of town as Mallin begged to be let go. Despite her pleas, Mallin was forced to have sex with her attacker multiple times over three hours.
- How could she be with this man for three hours and still misidentify him?

Later, he drove to a neighborhood and fled on foot. Mallin drove back to campus and called the police.

'Thoroughly convinced’

At first, Mallin identified Cole through a photo lineup. Police pulled out six to eight pictures and spread them out on a table in her dorm room. All of them were standard jail mug shots but one, a Polaroid snapshot of Cole.

She picked Cole’s picture. Later, during a lineup at the police station, she picked him out again. She pointed her finger at him a third time, during the trial. She had no doubts; she did not waiver.

"I was thoroughly convinced. I thought they had the right guy," Mallin said.

Cole was convicted largely based on her identification. Police collected other physical and biological evidence, but this was before the advent of DNA technology, and the tests performed were primitive and inconclusive.
- And there lies the problem!  We all know looks are deceiving, especially in photo line ups.  So why wasn't DNA gathered?  Oh yeah, they just wanted a conviction, and they got it, now an innocent man is dead!  This article, states DNA testing was developed in the 1970's and 1980's, so DNA testing WAS available, just not used in this case.

From prison, Cole continued to say Mallin was wrong and he was innocent.

Reaching out

Mallin eventually dropped out of Texas Tech and returned to home in Baytown. She got counseling and briefly joined the Navy to "get away." Instead, she ended up being a daycare worker and a nanny.

She has worked through the rape’s emotional trauma. Mallin has been married for 18 years, but she doesn’t have children. Her one comfort has been that Cole was behind bars.

Then, she got the call last May. Mallin decided then that she had to help clear Cole’s name.

"Anything I can do to help with this process, I’ll do it," she said.

In late August, Ruby Session and her family called Mallin, and they talked for two hours.

"I thought this family probably hates me. He can’t, but they must," Mallin said. "I couldn’t believe that they wanted to talk to me or see me. They were very gracious and nice people. They said they didn’t blame me."

Jeff Blackburn, chief counsel for the Innocence Project of Texas, said he plans to go to Travis County to seek the court of inquiry after being rejected by a Lubbock County judge in early August.

"What they want, and Michele Mallin wants, is a judge in some court in this state to finally tell it like it is and set the record straight," Blackburn said. "Only that will clear his name and provide some closure for Michele."


OH - Man who threatened president gets 30 months in prison

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And yet another RSO lashes out, but, he's a idiot.  You don't threaten the president and get a way with it.

09/19/2008

DAYTON — A man who threatened to kill President George W. Bush and members of his family was sentenced Thursday, Sept. 19 to 30 months in federal prison.

The sentence U.S. District Judge Walter Rice gave to Wilbur Brown was at the top of his sentencing guidelines.

Brown was an inmate at the Miami County Jail on Jan. 9, 2006 when he handed a handwritten letter to a corrections officer and asked her to mail it, according to the statement of facts filed with Brown's plea agreement.

Brown told the officer he had people watching the president and his family and that they were waiting to kill them.

The letter, addressed to the president, blamed Bush for causing Brown to go to prison for not registering as a sex offender because Bush had enacted the "sex offender act."

The letter directly threatened Bush, his wife and daughters, as well as the president's brother Jeb, then the governor of Florida.

The letter also included the statement "How many people with the last name Bush can I kill in this single year ... I have nothing to lose and only everything to gain by your death," according to the statement of facts.

In an interview with U.S. Secret Service agents, Brown admitted writing the letter and attempting to mail it. He said that he wanted to see Bush dead or at least "take a long nap," according to the statement of facts.

Brown pleaded guilty in June to one count of threatening the president.

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TX - Galveston officials: Feds blocking generators at jail

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The state and news were telling everyone to leave or face imminent death, yet they leave prisoners.  Why?  Did they hope they'd be killed?  Sure looks like it to me.

09/16/2008

GALVESTON — Frustration was brewing at the Galveston County jail this morning, but not from the inmates.

Dudley Anderson — the architect of the Galveston County Justice Center, which includes the jail, courts and law enforcement offices — said the Federal Emergency Managment Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are letting rule books get in the way of supplying generators and, thus, air flow to the estimated 1,000 inmates in the jail.

"We've been trying to get some power hooked up inside the justice center," Anderson said. "There's a small one in there now, but they need power."

While President Bush was inside the facility talking with officials this morning, Anderson and other contractors were outside complaining that the government is getting in the way.

Anderson said the only generator in the jail this morning was supplying a small operator area. He had another generator ready to help a bit with air flow, but the large generators expected from the federal government are what he's frustrated about.

"FEMA won't turn loose of the generators until they inspect the area themselves. They keep saying that will be tomorrow. I've heard that for days," he said. "We know the exact size we need. We told them. Apparently, that's difficult for them to accept."

Anderson said that, without air circulating in the closed facility in this climate, mold and mildew can start growing everywhere. The lack of water and properly working toilet facilities exacerbates the problem, he said.

He said he was supposed to meet a FEMA representative this morning, but he was a little late and they left. With no working clocks on the island, he said, it surprised him they couldn't wait a few minutes.

A marked FEMA truck, one of the first seen in the area, did pull up while the president was in the building.

"I talked to someone from FEMA last night and he seemed to think we were asking for too much," Anderson said.

Anderson said that, despite his frustration, he has had cooperation from two fronts: the weather and the inmates.

He said some of the inmates helped him repair the small generator that works in the control area.

And, he said, without the good weather these past few days, the jail area would be in a far worse situation.

terri.langford@chron.com

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REPUBLICAN HYPOCRISY - I AM FED UP WITH THE DOUBLE STANDARDS AND HYPOCRISY!!!


This will make your blood boil!
Look these up, and tell me how many you find on a registry!

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  • Republican legislator Robert A. McKee pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.
  • Republican legislator Scott Muschany was charged with molesting a 14-year old girl.
  • Republican chief of staff Eric Feltner pleaded guilty to showing pornography to a 13-year old girl.
  • Republican Party Chairman Donald Fleischman was charged with two counts of child enticement, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child and a single charge of exposing himself to a child.
  • Republican prosecutor John David Roy Atchison was arrested for soliciting sex from a 5-year old girl, then killed himself three weeks later. At the time of his arrest, Atchison was an "assistant U.S. attorney" appointed by President Bush's attorney general.
  • Republican city councilman John Bryan killed himself after police began investigating allegations that he had molested three girls, including two of his adopted daughters, ages 12 and 15.
  • Republican legislator Ted Klaudt was charged with raping girls under the age of 16.
  • Republican County Commissioner Patrick Lee McGuire surrendered to police after allegedly molesting girls between the ages of 8 and 13.
  • Republican prosecutor Larry Corrigan was arrested for soliciting sex from 13-year old girls.
  • Republican Mayor Jeffrey Kyle Randall was sentenced to 275 days in jail for molesting two boys -- ages ten and 12 -- during a six-year period.
  • Republican Congressman Mark Foley abruptly resigned from Congress after "sexually explicit" emails surfaced showing him flirting with a 16-year old boy.
  • Republican executive Randall Casseday of the conservative Washington Times newspaper pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a 13-year old girl on the internet.
  • Republican chairman of the Oregon Christian Coalition Lou Beres confessed to molesting a 13-year old girl.
  • Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.
  • Republican petition drive manager Tom Randall pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of an associate in the petition business.
  • Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.
  • Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.
  • Republican Mayor Tom Adams was arrested for distributing child pornography over the internet.
  • Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.
  • Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
  • Republican Committeeman John R. Curtin was convicted of molesting an underage teenage boy and sentenced to serve six to 18 months in prison.
  • Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.
  • Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.
  • Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.
  • Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.
  • Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was sentenced to six years in prison for molesting two 8-year old girls, one of whom appeared in an anti-Gore television commercial.
  • Republican fundraiser Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
  • Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
  • Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.
  • Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.
  • Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.
  • Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.
  • Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer.
  • Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.
  • Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.
  • Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.
  • Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.
  • Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.
  • Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced prison after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.
  • Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.
  • Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.
  • Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.
  • Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.
  • Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.
  • Republican legislator Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).
  • Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.
  • Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.
  • Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.
  • Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.
  • Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.
  • Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.
  • Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
  • Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.
  • Republican campaign worker, police officer and self-proclaimed reverend Steve Aiken was convicted of having sex with two underage girls.
  • Republican director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.
  • Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp. Russell Harding pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer.
  • Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.
  • Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape of children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into providing information about the anti-American insurgency. See excerpt of one prisoner's report here and his full report here.

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OR - Ex-officer sentenced to jail, probation

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Another "good ole' boy" getting a slap on the wrist!

09/19/2008

A former Woodburn police officer who pleaded guilty to exposing himself in his West Salem neighborhood was sentenced Thursday to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation, officials said.

Jose Antonio "Tony" Rodriguez, 50, pleaded guilty Aug. 6 to two counts of public indecency.

Rodriguez was arrested by Salem police May 31 while off-duty at his home in the 2300 block of Margarett Street NW.

The former Woodburn police officer was a 20-year veteran of the force but resigned June 3 before an internal investigation of his activities was completed.

Polk County Circuit Judge Charles Luukinen sentenced Rodriguez to the 10-day jail stint and 18 months of probation, which includes registering as a sex offender and complying with sex offender treatment. He also is forbidden to drink alcohol or have guns, Polk County Deputy District Attorney Sebastian Newton-Tapia said.

Newton-Tapia said Rodriguez's neighbor videotaped Rodriguez fondling himself inside his home, in front of a glass door and in the direction of their teenage daughter.

Newton-Tapia said the behavior was repeated several times during a period of two years, but the family waited to report it to authorities until they had video evidence.

Rodriguez is set to move out of his West Salem home by the end of next week, Newton-Tapia said.

Rodriguez had pleaded guilty to two of the three counts of public indecency with which he initially was charged, stemming from incidents that happened Dec. 10 and May 31.


TX - DNA Test Shows Another Dallas Man Innocent Of Rape

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09/15/2008

DALLAS (AP)A man who has spent nearly 26 years in prison for rape is likely to be freed after a DNA test showed he is innocent.

Dallas County Public Defender Michelle Moore says a hearing is scheduled for Friday for Johnnie Earl Lindsey, who was convicted of the 1981 aggravated rape of a Dallas woman.

Moore says Lindsey has maintained his innocence and produced time cards at his trial showing he was at work when the assault occurred.

Moore says the victim misidentified Lindsey in a photo lineup.

Dallas radio station KRLD first reported that Lindsey may be freed.

Moore says the Dallas County District Attorney's office is running a final test on a pubic hair that she expects will not implicate Lindsey. A spokeswoman for the district attorney confirmed the Friday hearing but declined to comment on the case.

If exonerated, Lindsey would be the 20th Dallas County man proven innocence by DNA testing.


FL - Florida to close Foley investigation, sources say

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MORE REPUBLICAN HYPOCRISY HERE

You see, we have more than one set of laws. What Mark Foley did, is the same as the hundreds of "To Catch a Predator" folks who were caught. Same thing, so why are they being put into prison and he walks? Just goes to show you, when you are rich and famous, or a politicians, the laws do not apply to you.

09/18/2008

(CNN) -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will close a criminal investigation into former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley on Friday without filing charges, two law enforcement sources said Thursday.

Authorities were investigating whether Foley might have used computers in Florida to engage or solicit minors in any illegal activities.

The Republican, who represented Florida's 16th District in Congress, resigned in September 2006 after suggestive e-mails and instant messages he had written to teenage House pages surfaced in the media.

Florida agency spokeswoman Heather Smith said last month that investigators hoped to finish their work within two weeks and that results of the investigation would be turned over to State Attorney Bill Eddins in Pensacola, Florida, where Foley was at the time he is said to have communicated with a young man.

But the agency said the House of Representatives had blocked efforts to review files on computers Foley used in his congressional office. Smith said the agency was working with the FBI and Foley's lawyers to review the contents of those computers, which are federally owned.
- Who cares who owns the computers?  He committed a crime, and they should be searched.  If someone in office was a suspected terrorist, don't you think they'd search the machines?  You know they would!

Foley's attorneys had denied that he ever engaged in sexual activity with minors.
- Maybe physical sex, but sending sexual messages is the same thing the people on "To Catch a Predator" have done, and they did not physically have sex either, and they are in prison, so Mark Foley should be in prison as well.

"I have no comment," Foley's attorney David Roth said Thursday when asked about the reported closure of the Florida investigation. "I cannot confirm or deny your report."

A federal investigation of Foley has been closed for some time, according to sources.

Foley entered a treatment facility for alcoholism shortly after he resigned and revealed that he is gay and was molested by a priest when he was between the ages of 13 and 15.
- Well, all this may be true, but he still committed a crime, period, end of story...  So arrest him and put him in prison where he belongs!

A House Ethics Committee investigation of the scandal concluded in December 2006 that House GOP leaders were negligent in not protecting male teenage pages from possible improper advances by Foley. But the panel said there were no violations of the House Code of Official Conduct and decided that no one would be reprimanded.
- Well, they apparently have no ethics!  If they did, Mark would be in prison right now!  So that last statement basically says "We have two sets of ethics, one for the general public and one for US!"

A Justice Department report issued a month later said the FBI should have notified the House or other officials when members first learned of inappropriate e-mails. The FBI acted within its "range of discretion" when it initially decided not to open a criminal investigation in the case, the Justice Department said. But the internal watchdog's investigation concluded that simply filing away the complaint from a public interest group was an inadequate response.
- Yeah, if they would've reported it to the "House of Ethics," they could've had more time to bury the case and forget about it!

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CT - Relly Wrong - Gov. Rell assumes the worst and doesn't apologize for calling an ex-offender a liar.

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09/18/2008

By Betsy Yagla

Gov. Jodi Rell (Email) really put her foot in it this week.

Serial rapist David Pollitt was arrested for violation of probation after his GPS monitor showed he left the yard of his sister's Southbury house for 15 minutes, and Rell called for him to go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not consider the evidence.

For the 45th time since his release from prison last year, however, Pollitt's GPS — Global Positioning System, a satellite technology used to pinpoint locations — was wrong.

Pollitt's family denied he left the yard and said his GPS malfunctioned. Rell called the claim "stunningly unpersuasive."

"Given Mr. Pollitt's record of violence and his apparent inability — or unwillingness — to live within the terms of his release, the safety of the community demands nothing less than his return to prison," Rell wrote in a testy letter to Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane.

Talk about jumping to conclusions. Hello, innocent until proven guilty? Anybody there?

Instead of apologizing when she realized she and the GPS monitor were wrong, Rell fumed at the inadequacies of GPS monitoring. "It is disappointing and frankly maddening to learn that the GPS technology used to monitor Mr. Pollitt was not working properly."
- Of course she will not appoligize, she needs a scape goat to boost her "reputation!"

After embarrassing herself, Rell finally asks the crucial questions: "This incident raises a number of troubling questions: Is the GPS system we are using reliable? Can we be sure this will not happen again? And what safeguards are in place to let us know when a problem arises?"

It's not fail-safe technology. Pollitt has worn a GPS monitor for 11 months and has had 45 false alarms. Most came in the middle of the night while he was asleep. His probation officer called the house to check on his whereabouts and realized the GPS was malfunctioning.

"So I don't know why this came as a surprise to anyone that there are false readings," says Pollitt's attorney, John Kaloidis. "The fact that the governor or the attorney general were surprised, surprises me."
- The government knows NOTHING about the laws they pass or the technology they use, they only believe the people selling them the technology to get rich.

Pollitt is one of about 250 offenders who wear GPS ankle bracelets in Connecticut, and he's not the only victim of faulty monitoring. One of Bridgeport attorney Frank Riccio Sr.'s clients had several problems with a GPS monitor. "Two or three times the monitor went off at like 2:30 a.m. The probation officer called the house right away, and twice they called and had to wake him up."

After a different false reading, says Kaloidis, Pollitt was instructed to turn himself in. Halfway to the police station, a probation officer called Pollitt and told him he could go home: The GPS was wrong again.

In Arizona, during one year of use on 140 people, GPS monitoring gave more than 35,000 false alerts. In comparison, there were only 463 cases in which a GPS monitor found someone violating probation. And in Washington state, a year-long pilot program involving 40 sex offenders with GPS bracelets had 4,000 false alerts.

Connecticut will now conduct its own inquiry into whether or not the state should continue using the technology. Bill Carbone, executive director of the state's court support services, says the state doesn't keep track of how many GPS alerts are produced, so there's no way to know how many false alerts there are. The problem in Pollitt's case was a weak signal, according to a letter Pro Tech Monitoring, the Florida company that supplies GPS monitoring, wrote to the court.
- You get weak signals all the time on GPS devices, cell phones, etc.  Why does that surprise anybody?

"It's not a perfect science," says Carbone. "It's a system that depends on the strength of satellites, not dissimilar to cell phones where you lose calls or in a certain area you can't make or receive calls."
- So if there is this types of problems, they need to not act in the typical "knee-jerk" reaction and throw someone back in jail or prison.  Prove the person is guilty first!  That is the way it is suppose to be!

Whether or not Pollitt's GPS monitor ever works correctly, Rell will be waiting for him. Her letter to Kane concludes: "At the first violation of his probation conditions — no matter how minor — he should be remanded to prison." She seems to take it as a given that he will fail.

Pollitt has four years of probation left. Probation, done right, should help to rehabilitate people, transition them into society and help them to become a contributing member of their community.

"Gov. Rell is setting [Pollitt] on a tight rope and jamming it down his throat every chance she gets," says Kaloidis. "Hoping he will fail is not the example I would hope from a governor in this country. If he sneezes the wrong way, Rell will be looking to send him back to prison."

byagla@newhavenadvocate.com


CT - Documents: Former Torrington Officer, Dispatchers Had Sex On Duty

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09/19/2008

TORRINGTON — - A former city police officer admitted having sex with two dispatchers over four months this year, while on duty and often at police headquarters, according to recently released police documents.

Christopher Donovan, 36, exchanged sexually explicit messages with the two women over a police department messaging system, according to police. He resigned in June after supervisors began an investigation. The two dispatchers, Catherine Goodfield and Jennifer Street, also have resigned.

Donovan, Goodfield and Street could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Torrington Mayor Ryan Bingham (Contact) said the actions involved only three people who no longer work for the police department and should not reflect on the officers who work hard each day to safeguard city residents.

"We know the majority of our officers are not a part of that — they don't condone it," Bingham said.

Donovan and Goodfield, 41, had sex during lunch breaks at the police station, and in parking areas at the Torrington Industrial Park and Torrington Middle School, beginning in February or March, according to documents from an internal investigation.

"What's our next adventure," Donovan wrote to Goodfield on the messaging system, according to police records.

"Not sure. ... Guess I'll have to think of something," she replied.

"It's your turn to think of something. I thought of the gun room," he wrote.

In April, Donovan started having sex with Street, 23, in the department's women's locker room during lunch breaks, authorities said.

Police officials opened an investigation May 24 after a dispatcher interrupted Donovan and Street in the women's locker room. The dispatcher heard rustling while she used the toilet. On her way out, she ran into Street, who said she had spilled soda on her clothing and needed to change. But the dispatcher had seen an officer's stun gun and holster on a cabinet in the locker room and noticed that Street returned to work in the same clothes, according to police.

The dispatcher shared her suspicions with supervisors.

In a signed statement to police, Donovan said, "I truly regret everything I've done in regards to this."

Courant Staff Writer David Owens contributed to this story.

Contact Hilda Muñoz at hmunoz@courant.com


NV - Lockdown hell

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09/19/2008

That’s the reputation that isolating dangerous federal inmates for their own protection has earned North Las Vegas jail

Tony Morgan has been in and out of Nevada’s toughest prisons since 1988, but he says none of them treated him worse than his current house of incarceration, the North Las Vegas jail — where he is in protective custody.

For up to four months at a time, Morgan has been spending 23 hours a day alone inside an 8-by-11-foot concrete cell. His only glimpse of daylight comes once a week when he’s allowed to go into a courtyard — in chains. A fluorescent light remains on in his cell through the night, making it hard to sleep.

Morgan has been unable to adequately prepare for his upcoming trial, he and his lawyer allege, because he has no access to a law library and contact with his attorney is restricted.

Sure, Morgan’s no angel; he’s a convicted drug trafficker linked lately to the white supremacist Aryan Warriors prison gang. And time behind bars is not supposed to be a picnic. But Morgan, other North Las Vegas inmates and their lawyers say basic rights that are supposed to be guaranteed to all U.S. citizens are being denied at the jail. And even some judges have taken note of how harsh conditions are for some of the inmates.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has an eye on the jail because “the Constitution guarantees the same rights to everyone,” notes Gary Peck, the organization’s executive director. “The moment the government decides that constitutional rights don’t apply to people who are accused of crimes or convicted of crimes is the moment when those rights lose their meaning for the rest of us.”

Complaints about rights violations at this particular jail, which is run by the North Las Vegas Police Department, have circulated for a long time. The latest to lodge them are defendants in the Aryan Warriors federal racketeering case. They are among about 250 federal defendants housed in North Las Vegas under an agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Jail officials say they are doing their best to balance the rights of the inmates with the security of the facility, but the presence of the federal prisoners, some of whom are far more dangerous than the inmates the jailers are used to handling, makes everything more difficult.

Federal authorities think unrest in North Las Vegas will ease next year, when Southern Nevada gets the federal detention center marshals and others have long sought. Ground will be broken next month in Pahrump for a 500-bed facility.

But in the meantime, the allegations, some of which have been validated by federal judges, continue to haunt the North Las Vegas Detention Center.

Two years ago, during the sentencing of a drug trafficker, U.S. District Judge Philip Pro criticized North Las Vegas’ treatment of pretrial defendants — people who had not been convicted of the crime for which they were being held at the jail. Pro called it “subpar” and “borderline inhumane.”

And this month, U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson decided to give 44-year-old Kevin Curtin, a convicted sex offender, a lighter sentence after his lawyer, Cal Potter, brought to light the rough treatment Curtain had endured in isolation at the center.

In court papers seeking leniency, Potter said his client headed into trial in “no mental shape to be anything but a spectator.”

“If you weren’t living it, you wouldn’t believe it was happening at this time in our society,” Potter later said in an interview. “It’s draconian.”

Morgan, 39, has been living in isolation ever since jail officials received word that his life was threatened in the jail by Aryan Warrior leaders who, like Morgan, are awaiting trial on federal racketeering charges.

If this is how the detention center treats inmates for their own protection, Morgan said, he wants no part of it. He’d rather take his chances in the general jail population.

“They’re saying my safety outweighs my civil rights,” he said in telephone interviews.

Several other segregated Aryan Warrior defendants have filed federal court papers accusing North Las Vegas Detention Center officials of treating them too harshly. Some complain, for example, that they can’t properly shower because they remain shackled and chained whenever they are briefly let out of their cells.

But it’s not just the Aryan Warriors who are crying foul. Other segregated inmates not tied to the gang have complained about the tough jailhouse. About 100 of its estimated 1,000 inmates are kept in isolation, officials said.

Over the past several years, the ACLU has received an “inordinate” number of complaints from inmates citing a wide range of problems at the detention center, including overcrowding, inadequate medical care and the use of excessive force, Peck said.

Before he was convicted on child pornography charges in federal court last week, Robert Latham described his 11 months in an isolation cell in North Las Vegas as psychological torture.

“There’s no difference between night and day,” Latham said. “I get a newspaper every day, but other than that, I just stare at the walls.”

Roger Bergendorff, who pleaded guilty in August to possessing the deadly poison ricin following a well-publicized federal investigation, said North Las Vegas jailers “just don’t give a damn.”

In court papers, federal prosecutors and lawyers for North Las Vegas contend inmates are being treated reasonably, given some of the security concerns. U.S. Magistrate Peggy Leen, nevertheless, has been listening to the latest accusations raised by the Aryan Warrior defendants. She has had one hearing on the matter.

The Aryan Warrior defendants began seeking legal relief from the near 24-hour-lockdown conditions in June, as their court cases began to heat up.

Ben Durham, the former lawyer for Jason Inman, another alleged Aryan Warrior, said in court papers his client’s stay in isolation had taken a severe physical and mental toll on him, causing him to lose 40 pounds.

“He has not been outside since September 2007, and only then during the middle of the night,” Durham wrote. “On those occasions, he was in full restraints and shackles and required to keep moving the entire time.”

Similar allegations were leveled a month later by attorney Karen Winckler in a more comprehensive motion seeking the court’s aid on behalf of her client, Daniel Egan, 33, the Aryan Warriors’ reputed No. 2 man.

Winckler described the jail conditions as “dire” and “shocking,” adding that the jail authorities’ attitude toward medical treatment borders on “reckless.”

The lockdown conditions were harming her ability to communicate with Egan, who has since pleaded guilty in the racketeering case, she said.

“Visitation is nonexistent or very limited, depending on the mood of the facility,” Winckler wrote. “Egan’s calls (to his lawyer and family) are limited to the half-hour per day during his release time. However, this communication is meaningless because the release occurs in the middle of the night.”

At Egan’s sentencing Wednesday, Winckler said jail conditions are “just horrible” and said Egan, in many years in the Nevada prison system, “has never seen anything like this.”

Defense lawyers say some mistreatment occurs because the detention center was built to house small-time crooks and misdemeanor offenders, including those who haven’t paid parking tickets — not inmates like the Aryan Warriors, who proved hard to handle for even the state prison system.

Case in point is what they did to Guy Almony, reputed to be one of the gang’s own members.

About 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, Almony was talking on a phone at the jail when he was stabbed in the neck, allegedly by the gang’s reputed leader, Ronald “Joey” Sellers, who thought Almony was cooperating in the federal racketeering case.

Almony narrowly escaped death, his lawyer, Randall Roske, said.

Sellers was eventually moved to a more secure federal detention center in California, and Almony was moved to a safer prison environment outside Nevada.

“What happened to my client was a tragedy waiting to happen,” Roske said. “This entire facility is absolutely unprepared to handle inmates of this caliber and this level of dangerousness.”

North Las Vegas officials acknowledge the Aryan Warriors have presented challenges for the detention center.

“They have this need for power and to be in control of the jail,” North Las Vegas Police Chief Joe Forti said. “They create a very tense and hostile environment.”

A veteran North Las Vegas corrections officer who asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation on his family said the Aryan Warriors have “slowed down” the daily operations of the detention center because of the safeguards needed to keep them in check.

“They know how to be disruptive and intimidate other inmates,” the officer said. “We’re constantly monitoring their activities.”

But the officer also insisted jail officials don’t deliberately mistreat any inmates.

“We do not tolerate any cruel and unusual punishment,” the officer said. “We do the best possible job we can in handling these types of people so that everybody can go home at night and be with their families knowing these guys are behind barbed wire and not running through their communities.”


AUSTRALIA - Taxpayers could foot Dennis Ferguson's compensation payout

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09/19/2008

TAXPAYERS may have to fund a compensation payout to accused pedophile Dennis Ferguson if a pensioner who ran him out of town fails to cough up the money.

The Ipswich District Court today ruled Mr Ferguson was entitled to $2,200 after a mob, led by pensioner Noel Watterson, confronted him outside his Ipswich home and threatened to kill him.

Judge Deborah Richards ordered Mr Watterson, an invalid pensioner, to make financial reparations for the confrontation, which forced Mr Ferguson to flee the city, west of Brisbane, in February 2005.

But Mr Watterson - who pleaded guilty later that year to one count of making threats - today told reporters he did not have the money.

If he is unable to pay, responsibility to pay the compensation would fall to the state government.
- And if he doesn't have the money, then he needs to stay in jail/prison longer!

But Acting Premier Paul Lucas today said there were no guarantees that taxpayers would foot the bill.

“If a compensation application is made to the state, the state will assess all the circumstances, including whether there has been a need for us to make payments (on Ferguson's behalf) in the past,” he told reporters.

In her findings, Judge Richards said Mr Ferguson was entitled to compensation regardless of his character.

The scheme was introduced to ensure compensation for all victims of crime,” she wrote.

It does not provide that compensation be awarded only to victims who are good citizens.”

Judge Richards said Mr Ferguson was suffering post traumatic stress disorder after repeatedly being the victim of vigilante attacks.

However, she opted to award Mr Ferguson far less than the $11,000 he had claimed because it could not be proved how much the Ipswich incident had contributed to his disorder.

Mr Lucas said the case should serve as a warning to the public not to resort to vigilant behaviour.

Time and time again we said to people do not take the law into your own hands,” he said.

This is an example of someone doing a vigilante act and now the consequences are that Dennis Ferguson’s got a compensation order.”


FL - Life sentence overturned for probation violation

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Damned if you do, damned if you don't!

09/18/2008

PANAMA CITY — The First District Court of Appeal has overturned a circuit judge's sentence of a man who violated probation in a rape case because he didn't have $10.

Judge James R. Wolf wrote in the three-judge decision released this week that two of Johnny Easterling's probation violations that resulted in a life sentence were not willful and substantial violations. They sent Easterling's case back to Circuit Judge Allen Register's court in Washington County for "reconsideration of the (probation) revocation and sentencing decisions."

In 2005, Easterling entered into a plea agreement on three charges of sexual battery on children younger than 12, felony charges punishable by life in prison. He was put on two years of community control followed by 13 years probation. He was designated a sexual offender, meaning there were restrictions on where he could live and work.

He also had to register as a sexual offender and get an identification card with that label. The card costs $10, but Easterling didn't have the money when he applied for the card. He left the office and went to Bonifay to borrow the money from a friend. That trip, however, was not approved by his probation officer and constituted a violation of his community control.

Because Easterling did not immediately get the card, he also was charged with failing to register.

Register sentenced Easterling, 23, to three concurrent life sentences in July 2007, based on the probation violations.

Public Defender Herman Laramore said at the time Register was required by law to give Easterling the life sentences.

But Wolf wrote that Register erred by finding Easterling "willfully and substantially" violated the terms of his probation.

"The uncontradicted evidence demonstrates (Easterling) made a good faith effort to register and obtain a license," Wolf wrote. "The only reason he did not complete the registration was because he lacked $10 to obtain a new license. In fact, (Easterling) obtained the license after attempting to comply with the requirement three days later, as soon as he obtained the necessary funds. Merely because he did not take the wisest course of action, we cannot say the failure to register was willful and substantial."


KS - Larned seeks $90 million to treat sex predators

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09/19/2008

TOPEKA - Patients are entering the Larned Sexual Predator Treatment Program faster than staff is increasing, lawmakers heard Thursday.

"Failure to properly fund the Larned Sexual Predator Program is endangering patients, state employees and men and women and children who live in our communities," Kim Barnes, chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Pawnee County Economic Development Commission, told the Legislative Budget Committee.

He urged the lawmakers to support the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services' request for almost $90 million in new funding to staff, maintain and expand the program though fiscal year 2012.

The program handles sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences. They are sent to Larned after a court finds they are "likely to engage in repeat acts of sexual violence" due to a mental abnormality or personality disorder.
- So why are they not treated IN prison?  So basically all sex offenders, from the sound of this, are being civilly committed and getting treatment after prison, what a waste of tax payer dollars.  They should have received treatment while in prison, not after the fact!  And I wonder, since they cannot handle the workload, how many of all these people are truly a risk to reoffend?  Or just people who don't want to take a chance and they wind up sending all sex offenders there.  Also, if this is truly a mental abnormality or personality disorder, then that would make them eligible for disability, right?

When patients complete the treatment, which not all do, they are sent to a transitional housing program at Osawatomie State Hospital.

Admission rates in the sexual predator treatment program are difficult to predict, according to Ray Dalton, the deputy secretary for SRS.

"It is certain the program will continue to grow," Dalton told the committee. "With this increased growth will come the need for increased resources."

The program has 182 people -- 168 housed at Larned and 10 at Osawatomie. The remainder have been released into the community, Dalton said. He did not know how many vacant staff positions there were.

The request includes:

$535,294 added to the current fiscal year that runs through June 31, to run the program for six months.

$332,947 for six staff positions at the Transitional Housing Services Osawatomie. There is staff to accommodate six patients, not the current 10.

$2.5 million in the next budget to plan for a 90-bed expansion at Larned and $40.1 million each of the following two years for construction. The SRS predicts it will run out of bed space in the sexual predator treatment program in 2012.

$263,350 in the next budget to add four beds in the transition program and $318,202 to plan for a 28- bed expansion, plus $5.1 million in the 2011 budget for construction.
- Why in the hell does it cost $263,350 for four beds?????????????

"Short staffing is a safety issue not only for workers and staff but also for the clients," said Edwards County Commissioner Duane Mathes, who also is a safety security officer at Larned. He also spoke on behalf of the Kansas Organization of State Employees.

He related the story of a 20-year-old female technician who was left alone for 45 minutes with 29 sexual predators.
- Notice the fear-mongering to get some money?

"I could not believe they would leave her alone with all the rooms unlocked," he said. "Thankfully, nothing happened."
- So then why the hell are you mentioning it?

Mathes is not the first to raise questions over staffing shortages. After Perry "Mad Dog" Isley escaped from the program in August, lawmakers questioned whether staffing shortages were part of the problem.

The escape, in which Isley passed through Wichita, was the first from the high-security unit since the predator treatment program opened in 1994.
- I thought civil commitment was not prison?  Sounds to me like it is.  Just more expensive than prison because it's not run by the government, but other organizations.  More reason why treatment should be done in prison and not after the fact!  This is just a TON OF WASTED MONEY!!!

At the time, the 150-member direct-care staff for the program had about 24 vacancies, and the hospital security staff had 6.5 vacancies among 55.5 positions, SRS told The Eagle.

The budget committee, which includes senators and representatives, did not vote on the issue but said it would study the funding request further.
- This is more proof of knee-jerk reactions.  Pass a law without thinking of the consequences until they bite you in the butt, but by then, it's usually too late!

Reach Jeannine Koranda at 785-296-3006 or jkoranda@wichitaeagle.com.


UK - Suicidal fireball of man with a grudge

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Yep, I knew this would occur, it's only a matter of time before more occurs.  Just ask the federal government, anyone can be broken, given enough time, this is how torture works.  And this man, apparently broke.  It's only a matter of time before more of this occurs.  You can only push and torture someone so long, before they snap.  And no, I am not wishing that people do snap, just pointing out the facts.

09/19/2008

A DRIVING instructor who was a former sex offender with a grudge against the police turned his van into a fireball after vowing to kill as many officers as possible.

Terence Langrell, 42, burned to death after strapping three propane gas canisters and two water butts of petrol behind the driver’s seat of his Ford Transit van on August 1 last year.

An inquest yesterday heard it was the eighth anniversary of his 1999 caution for attempting to procure an act of gross indecency with a 14-year-old in Flint, North Wales.

Fire investigators said he laced the seat and himself with accelerant before setting himself on fire, probably with a disposable lighter, near Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.

A fragment of a note in the van read: “You lot abuse your powers and do what you want, you are wrong, I will make you pay for the last six years.

I will kill as many police as I can.”

Five police officers were injured by the massive explosion when they approached the vehicle in Park Place, Toxteth, after a slow chase.

Police believe Langrell deliberately “baited” them into pursuing him so he could murder as many as possible.

Mr Langrell, a BSM driving instructor, lived with his parents in Boyd Close, Leasowe, and had shares and savings worth more than £40,000 in various accounts.

He was reported missing on March 27 last year, but was spotted travelling in the Shetland and Orkney Islands.

The inquest heard Langrell, a registered sex offender until December 2004, had developed a hatred of police.
- Of course, when you have the injustice system, DA's, lawyers and cops always breathing down your back, and harassing you, what do you expect?

Shortly before 10pm on August 1, officers followed Mr Langrell after seeing him driving suspiciously outside Smithdown Lane police station.

Other officers joined the pursuit through Granby Street, Warwick Street and Ullet Road, until Mr Langrell’s van mounted the kerb in Park Place.

Witness Paula Wright described seeing the driver covered in “blue flames”.

When PC Andrew Astle opened the door of Mr Langrell’s van, he unwittingly fed oxygen into the fire, which had not fully ignited because of the fuel vapour-rich atmosphere inside.

Officers scrambled for coats to pat down colleagues who staggered from the scene in flames while the blast blew one PC against her own vehicle.

One described Mr Langrell as a “human fireball”.

PC Helen Prentice heard him shouting: “F*** off, I’ve killed her, I’m dead, I’m dead,” and “I don’t f****** care anymore, she’s dead.”

She said she tried to help him but said he would not lie down and continued to move towards the officers.

Detective Superintendent David Kelly told the inquest: “I believe he intended to deliberately kill police officers.

I would describe him as baiting the officers until sufficient numbers had joined the pursuit and the result of his actions are there to see on the CCTV footage.

My opinion is he was luring more and more cars into the pursuit, and that is why we launched an investigation into the attempted murder of five police officers.”

Detective Inspector Karen Byrne, of the force’s professional standards department, said: “Every officer at the scene acted in a selfless manner and there can be no criticism levelled at them in any way shape or form.”

The inquest heard Langrell was a loner and “paranoid”, believing Merseyside’s police helicopter was following him.

In 2003, he went to Arrowe Park hospital and asked for a psychiatrist, saying “life was not worth living”. A psychiatrist concluded he could be suffering paranoid schizophrenia.
- No, I think maybe he's suffering from draconian sex offender laws!  Did this psychiatrist treat him?  If not, then he needs to keep his "guesses" to him/herself.  You have no idea what the man was going through, but I am not saying I do either, he could have been schizophrenia, but I think they are using that to justify what he did in some way.

The jury at yesterday’s inquest found Mr Langrell had killed himself.
- You need a jury to figure that out?

No evidence about the identity of the woman he spoke of was ever found, and Liverpool coroner Andre Rebello said this may have been a fantasy.