Thursday, September 16, 2010

MS - DNA Evidence Clears Two Men Who Served 30 Years Each For Rape

Original Article

09/16/2010

By MARK SCHONE

Judge Tosses Guilty Pleas, But Third Man Already Died In Mississippi Prison

A judge in Hattiesburg, Mississippi today threw out the guilty pleas of two men who had spent three decades in prison for rape and murder after DNA tests showed they were innocent. The decision comes too late, however, for a third man who died in prison eight years ago.

[name withheld], [name withheld] and [name withheld] were sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of Eva Gail Patterson of Hattiesburg in 1979. [name withheld] died behind bars in 2002.

The Innocence Project filed a petition in July on behalf of [name withheld] and [name withheld] and a separate petition on behalf of [name withheld] just yesterday. The advocacy group had lobbied for new DNA tests of the evidence from the 1979 rape, and tests showed that the DNA matched that of another man [name withheld], who is currently serving a life sentence in a Mississippi prison for a 1981 rape.

[name withheld] was released from prison last month in order to undergo treatment for terminal cancer, but [name withheld], now 59, remained behind bars. He attended the hearing in his prison jumpsuit before being set free by the judge's ruling.

"It was a good result in a tragic situation," said Emily Maw, director of the Innocence Project New Orleans and lawyer for [name withheld], [name withheld] and the [name withheld] family. "This is a particularly sad case. Another man committed the crime and then let these men sit in prison for 30 years. We hope it will have an impact on how we look at confessions and guilty pleas."


LA - Sex offender calls for deputies, threatens to kill someone

Original Article

It's only a matter of time before someone follows through and someone gets hurt, then you can bet the news media and politicians will run with it, saying "see, sex offenders are dangerous!"

09/16/2010

A convicted sex offender was arrested after he reportedly called the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and told deputies he was about to kill someone.

[name withheld], 30, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of failure to register as a sex offender and criminal mischief, an sheriff's office affidavit stated.

According to arrest reports, [name withheld] called the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and told radio dispatchers he feared for his safety and that his life was in jeopardy and hung up the phone.

Deputies were sent to his residence with lights on and sirens flashing. While on the way, the OPSO was able to get [name withheld] back on the phone. The second time, [name withheld] reportedly told deputies that they better “get here quick” and threatened to kill someone. [name withheld] then asked the sheriff’s office to call the coroner because someone was “almost dead,” according to the report.

When deputies made it to [name withheld]’s home, [name withheld] reportedly admitted that he only wanted deputies to get to his home quickly because he had an unrelated matter to discuss with them. [name withheld], who was convicted of sexual battery in Ouachita Parish in 2006, was determined to be non-compliant regarding his sex offender registry, and was arrested, the affidavit stated.

[name withheld] was taken to Ouachita Correctional Center for booking.

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VA - Pentagon to investigate hundreds of suspected child pornography fans in its ranks

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Every single one of them, if found guilty, should be in prison and on the sex offender registry for life, just like the average Joe would be.

09/15/2010

By John Cook

In a reversal, the Pentagon says it will reopen hundreds of cases of alleged purchases of child pornography by Department of Defense employees that Pentagon officials previously declined to investigate, The Upshot has learned.

Earlier this month, The Upshot reported exclusively that in 2007, investigators for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service obtained a list of 264 military service members, civilian employees and contractors for the Department of Defense who had used credit cards or PayPal to purchase access to a child pornography website. But the DCIS, citing scarce resources, pursued only 52 of the names before closing the project -- known as Project Flicker -- in 2008. Since no further public information on the cases was made available, it appears that the other people on the list of suspected child-pornography patrons were able to continue their careers without any interruption that stemmed from the investigation.

But today, the Pentagon official in charge of DCIS told The Upshot that he has ordered the remaining cases reopened. "I have tasked Defense Criminal Investigative Service representatives with reviewing each and every Project Flicker and related referral DCIS received so as to ensure action was taken regarding these allegations involving employees of the Department of Defense," Deputy Inspector General for Investigations James Burch said in the statement Wednesday.

Burch announced his decision to revisit the cases, which had been abandoned for two years, in response to inquiries from The Upshot.

Project Flicker began in 2006 as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau investigation targeting overseas processing of payments for online subscriptions to child pornography websites. In the course of the inquiry, ICE agents obtained a list of names and account information for more than 5,000 U.S. residents who had purchased subscriptions to such sites using their credit cards or PayPal accounts. Some of them used .mil e-mail addresses, or physical addresses on or near military installations, so in 2007 ICE handed the list to DCIS agents to identify and investigate any military members.

DCIS came up with 264 active-duty and reserve military members, civilian employees and contractors on the list, including more than 70 with security clearances and 22 with Top Secret clearances. Among them were a contractor for the super-secretive National Security Agency, a staffer in Defense Secretary Robert Gates' office, and a program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. But DCIS only opened investigations into 52 of the names, according to investigative documents obtained by The Upshot under the Freedom of Information Act, and only 10 were ever charged. According to the documents, the project was closed in 2008 "due to the need to focus more resources on other DCIS investigative priorities." DCIS is primarily concerned with contractor fraud, and generally doesn't pursue child pornography cases.

A source familiar with the investigations confirmed to The Upshot earlier this month that DCIS simply "didn't have the resources to run with it," so the agency picked the most sensitive cases -- individuals with Top Secret clearances, or people who worked at sensitive military installations -- and ignored the rest. According to the documents, there no systematic effort to alert the individual military service branches' criminal investigative commands, or even superiors or commanding officers, to the presence of hundreds of alleged child pornography patrons in the Defense Department. (The Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which investigates criminal matters for the Air Force, says it received no referrals from DCIS, but did launch three investigations based on names received from ICE. The Army's Criminal Investigative Division says it doesn't know how many, if any, names DCIS referred. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service did not respond to inquiries.)

Based on the documents released via FOIA, it is impossible for DCIS to have pursued every purchaser with a security clearance -- 76 of the names had Secret clearances or higher, and only 52 were investigated. Kenneth deGraffenreid, one of the nation's top former counterintelligence officials, told The Upshot last week that the Pentagon's failure to run down at the very least every name with a clearance was "absurd," and that foreign intelligence services are actively seeking people who have both access to America's secrets and terrible secrets of their own that make them vulnerable to blackmail.

In his statement, Burch said that even if criminal charges were not pursued against the remaining names on the list, DCIS would take steps to alert their superiors for administrative action. Here's the full statement:

I have tasked Defense Criminal Investigative Service representatives with reviewing each and every Project Flicker and related referral DCIS received so as to ensure action was taken regarding these allegations involving employees of the Department of Defense. If circumstances dictate, additional appropriate steps will be taken to ensure allegations involving DoD employees are thoroughly explored. In situations whereby criminal charges will not be pursued, relevant information will be referred to the leadership of appropriate DoD organizations for administrative action deemed appropriate.

The Boston Globe first reported the existence of Project Flicker in July; The Upshot was the first to report the existence of hundreds of names the Pentagon had declined to investigate.


WI - Prosecutor (Kenneth Kratz) who 'sexted' victim won't resign

Original Article

Isn't sexual harassment a crime?

09/16/2010

By RYAN J. FOLEY

CHILTON - A Wisconsin prosecutor known for two decades as an advocate for crime victims says he is embarrassed about sending sexually suggestive text messages to a choking victim while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend, but will remain in office.

Calumet County District Attorney Kenneth Kratz issued that statement Wednesday after The Associated Press reported on the 30 texts he sent to a 26-year-old woman who had complained to police last year. A police report shows he repeatedly sent [name withheld] text messages in October 2009 trying to spark an affair.

"Are you the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA ... the riskier the better?" Kratz, 50, wrote in one message. In another, he wrote: "I would not expect you to be the other woman. I would want you to be so hot and treat me so well that you'd be THE woman! R U that good?"

Kratz was prosecuting [name withheld]'s ex-boyfriend on charges he nearly choked her to death last year. He also was veteran chair of the Wisconsin Crime Victims' Rights Board, a quasi-judicial agency that can reprimand judges, prosecutors and police officers who mistreat crime victims.

In a combative interview in his office, Kratz did not deny sending the messages and expressed concern their publication would unfairly embarrass him personally and professionally. He said the Office of Lawyer Regulation found in March he did not violate any rules governing attorney misconduct, but refused to provide a copy of what he said was the report clearing him. That office cannot comment on investigations.

"This is a non-news story," Kratz shouted. But he added, "I'm worried about it because of my reputational interests."

Hours later, Kratz issued a statement acknowledging sending the messages and saying he "was embarrassed at this lapse of judgment."

"I have never been the subject of attorney discipline during my entire 25-year career, and until today, have enjoyed a spotless reputation as a vigorous advocate for crime victims," he said.

[name withheld] told police in Kaukauna, Wis., where she lived, that she felt pressured to have a relationship with Kratz or he would drop charges against her ex-boyfriend.

Kratz said he "immediately removed himself" from the prosecution after learning about the complaint, and the state Department of Justice took over. Kratz said he resigned from the crime victims board, which he helped create, after more than a decade as chair as a "self-imposed sanction." He and his wife filed for divorce last December.

Kratz has served in Chilton since 1992 and earns a $105,000 salary. Kratz, a Republican, isn't up for re-election until November 2012.

"Nothing really happened to him and I had three days of hell," [name withheld] said in a phone interview with the AP. "They gave him a slap on the wrist and told him not to do it again. If it was anybody else that did something like this, they'd lose their job."

Domestic violence experts called Kratz's text messages disturbing and unethical for several reasons, including the power differential between a prosecutor and a younger abuse victim.

"If what's being alleged is true, it's sad a prosecutor would use the same sort of power and control over a woman who has already experienced that in her personal life," said Patti Seger, executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Kratz, who flirted with a run for Congress in 2008, may be best known for prosecuting Steven Avery in the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer. The case received national attention because Avery had spent 18 years behind bars for a rape he did not commit in a separate case before DNA evidence implicated someone else.

A spokeswoman said the victims' rights board has not received a complaint about Kratz and is not investigating his conduct toward [name withheld].

Kratz cited an undisclosed conflict of interest in stepping away from the abuse case after [name withheld] reported the text messages, court records show. A special prosecutor won a conviction on one felony count of strangulation against the man, [name withheld].

[name withheld] said Kratz sent the first text minutes after she left his office, where he had interviewed her about the case.

He said it was nice talking and "you have such potential," signing the message "KEN (your favorite DA)." Twenty minutes later, he added, "I wish you weren't one of this office's clients. You'd be a cool person to know!" But he quickly tried to start a relationship and told her to keep quiet about the texts.

[name withheld] at first was polite, saying Kratz was "a nice person" and thanking him for praise. By the second day, she responded with answers such as "dono" or "no." Kratz questioned whether her "low self-esteem" was to blame for the lack of interest.

"I'm serious! I'm the atty. I have the $350,000 house. I have the 6-figure career. You may be the tall, young, hot nymph, but I am the prize!" he texted.

Kratz told her the relationship would unfold slow enough for "Shannon's case to get done." ''Remember it would have to be special enough to risk all," he wrote.

[name withheld] said she went to police after the messages started becoming "kind of vulgar." She provided copies of 30 messages and her responses, which the department released in response to an AP request.

The department referred the complaint to the state Division of Criminal Investigation. [name withheld], a college student and part-time preschool teacher who has moved to Merrill, said she has been told Kratz won't be charged because "they didn't think he did anything criminally wrong."




MS - Perverted-Justice loses another case

Article #1
LEAGLE.COM Court Document (PDF)

The above court document, exposes the names of three Perverted Justice volunteers.

08/14/2008

By Marsha Thompson

Two years ago WLBT News went undercover with Hinds County lawmen and members of Perverted Justice as they set up a sting operation to catch suspected on-line sexual predators. 12 men were arrested. Now another man caught in the string has been sentenced to prison.

July 2006, a sting operation is set up at a Byram home. A Perverted Justice operative posed as an on-line decoy, 12-13 and 14 year old girls allegedly home alone for the weekend. Some on-line chat rooms are considered playgrounds for sexual predators. Numerous men initiated hits on the decoy, among them, 31 year old [name withheld] of Neely, Mississippi in Green County.

[name withheld] logged on as cowboy39461, and solicited sex with a girl he thought was only 13. We obtained 70 pages of his Internet chat. His chat turned into action. He drove to Jackson to have a sexual encounter with an underage girl. While others showed up on the doorstep of the Byram home. [name withheld] was elusive. He insisted the teen meet him in a vacant parking lot. Police were waiting. WLBT caught the sting on camera.

Lawmen found condoms and a knife in his van. We later learned [name withheld] had a lengthy criminal history including rape, capital murder, sexual battery and kidnapping. [name withheld] was held on 1 million dollars bond. [name withheld]'s sister says he was acquited on the first rape charge. That he spent 9 years in prison on the murder charge and it was later overturned by the Mississippi Supreme Court. The case was later dropped by the District Attorney's office.

After more than 2 years, [name withheld] has been convicted of felony child exploitation. It took a Green County jury about an hour to find him guilty Wednesday. [name withheld] was sentenced to 25 years in jail, and will serve every day. Green county officials tell us he joins the ranks of others on Mississippi's sex offender registry. He was also required to pay a 50-thousand dollar fine.



Article #2

09/15/2010

JACKSON - A Greene County man got his child exploitation conviction overturned because the intended target was a 29-year-old woman posing as a teenager, but the state Court of Appeals upheld his conviction for attempted child exploitation.

The court returned the case against [name withheld] to Greene County Circuit Court for re-sentencing, even though the penalties for child exploitation and attempted child exploitation are the same.

The Appeals Court said it wants Circuit Judge Kathy King Jackson to decide whether she should reassess the 25-year sentence she gave [name withheld] in 2008. The sentence does not allow parole.

According to court documents, [name withheld] met a supposed 13-year-old girl in an Internet chat room in 2006. The "girl" was Deanna Doolittle, a 29-year-old volunteer with Perverted Justice, a group that seeks Internet predators who are seeking sex with minors.

Doolittle was posing as a 13-year-old girl named Chloe who lived in Byram, a Jackson suburb.

After several Internet chats and a series of phone calls, [name withheld] and "Chloe" agreed to meet. When he arrived, Hinds County sheriff's deputies arrested him.

[name withheld]'s appeal argued that he couldn't be charged with exploiting a child because "Chloe" was really 29 years old.

The Appeals Court agreed and said he was tried under a law that at the time required prosecutors to prove a child was involved. The law was amended in 2007 to let law enforcement officers or undercover operatives pose as children.

Appeal Judge Kenneth Griffis, in a dissenting opinion, said the evidence clearly showed [name withheld] was soliciting a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. He said [name withheld]'s sole intention was to meet and have sex with a 13-year-old girl.


ARC Talk Radio - OH - Amy Borror, Ohio Legislative Liaison on Adam Walsh Act

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Title: Amy Borror, Ohio Legislative Liaison on Adam Walsh Act

Time: 09/15/2010 08:00 PM EDT

Episode Notes: (Listen - 1:15:23) This coming Wednesday, welcome Amy Borror to our program to discuss her work on the Adam Walsh child Protection Act and Ohio's SB10, and the ultimate ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court which ruled Adam Walsh Act violated "Separation of power ". Amy Borror is the Legislative Liaison for the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. Since 2004, she has served as the office's spokesperson and as its lobbyist at the Ohio General Assembly. Prior to joining OPD, Amy worked at the Ohio Senate, the Ohio House of Representatives, and the Ohio State Bar Association. Recently, much of Amy's work has focused on Ohio Senate Bill 10, which implemented the Adam Walsh Act in Ohio. She coordinated lobbying efforts that convinced Ohio's legislature to greatly limit the bill's impact on juveniles and to not apply the bill to those who reenter the justice system for unrelated offenses. Since SB 10's implementation, Amy has assisted Ohio's criminal defense bar in challenging the new law, and has educated attorneys, treatment providers, child advocates, and the media about the impact the Adam Walsh Act has on children, families, and public safety. In March 2009, Amy was one of seven invited witnesses to testify before Congress at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime hearing on barriers to states' implementation of the Adam Walsh Act. She has also presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences about the Adam Walsh Act, juvenile justice, and other lobbying and litigation efforts. Please show your support as we continue to work to educate on these issues which effect American Families.