Friday, December 16, 2011

GA - Local vigilantes, who like anonymity, trying to get 'sex offenders' off Facebook

Video Description:
So, the person that killed that girl was NOT a sex offender, so why aren't they pushing for a convicted murderer registry or a registry for all criminals?

Also, did you check their page? They are associating themselves with the criminal hacker group Anonymous, which should send up a red flag.

They are simply a list of growing vigilantes who like to target ex-sex offenders to help themselves get a vigilante business going, and to harass others. Harassing people on the registry is a crime, is it not?

Also, they like to be anonymous, but sex offenders can as well, they do not have to use real names, but keep it up, and you will force Facebook and other places to require photo ID and real names, then they cannot be anonymous anymore, and then, if they do this, be prosecuted for harassment.

Vigilantism links:

And just because someone wears the "sex offender" label, doesn't mean they are using social networks to hunt down and harm kids, they use it just like everyone else does, to keep track of family and friends, so stop side stepping the constitution and others rights, without eliminating your rights as well. Hypocrites!

Additional Comments:
They also talk about not condoning the breaking of the Facebook policy (Exhibit #4), but, they apparently read only what they wanted to read, because just above the same rule they are talking about, it also states that the person will use their real name when creating a page of profile, so they are basically breaking the rules (Exhibit #1). Go figure! Also, we asked them about the rule that kids under 13 are not suppose to be on Facebook as well, and if they report those kids and get their pages closed, but they did not respond, as expected. They basically ignored us, and then posted what is in Exhibit #2, claiming they have media support, which I doubt. Just someone doing a story about them doesn't mean support. The other groups they mention are basically criminals like Anonymous, LulzSec and others.

They are also trying to volunteer to work for Perverted-Justice, another vigilante group, and will also be checking MySpace and Twitter (Exhibit #3).

Below are some snapshots to prove the above, before they deleted all our comments and blocked us from commenting, as we expected as well.

Exhibit #1
Exhibit #2
Exhibit #3
Exhibit #4

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MN - Sex offender shoots prosecutor, 2 others in Minnesota courthouse, officials say

Original Article

12/16/2011

'The judge and the jury were still talking in the courtroom afterward ... when they heard shots'

GRAND MARAIS - A sex offender opened fire in a northern Minnesota courthouse shortly after being convicted Thursday, injuring three people — including the local prosecutor, authorities said.

The suspect, [name withheld], 42, was taken into custody after the shootings Thursday afternoon at the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais, a remote town near the Canadian border, State Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville said.

[name withheld], who had been on trial earlier Thursday on sexual misconduct charges. His father told the Duluth News Tribune that he went to the courthouse and was told that his son was the shooter. He said his son had recently threatened suicide.

"He hated the prosecuting attorney that did this," [name withheld] told the newspaper. "I don't want to make excuses for him, but they prosecuted him pretty bad. He had no job, no money, nothing."

Cook County prosecutor Timothy Scannell was undergoing surgery Thursday night at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, spokeswoman Beth Johnson said. Scannell and another hospitalized victim were conscious and talking before being taken to the hospital, while the third victim was treated and released, Neville said. Scannell suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

[name withheld] was found guilty Thursday of a sex crime in a jury trial presided over by Judge Mark Munger, according to John Kostouros, spokesman for the Minnesota judicial branch.

"The judge and the jury were still talking in the courtroom afterward ... when they heard shots in another part of the courthouse," Kostouros told Reuters.

No metal detectors
Online state court records listed several cases involving [name withheld] in the past two decades, but most were minor traffic cases. More serious charges included fleeing a peace officer and the criminal sexual conduct case, which was first filed in 2006.

The newspaper reported that [name withheld] had entered an Alford plea in that case in 2007 on charges that he sexually assaulted two 15-year-old girls and one 17-year-old girl. His father told the newspaper that his son later decided to withdraw the plea and fight the charges.

A county official said the courthouse doesn't have metal detectors and visitors aren't usually searched.

The county's two-story courthouse, which has just one courtroom, has no metal detectors and visitors aren't searched when they enter the building, Cook County Commissioner Fritz Sobanja said.

"As far as I know, there's no checking for knives or any of that stuff," Sobanja said.

Grand Marais, home to about 1,300 residents, is about 110 miles northeast of Duluth and sits along the shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota's far northeastern tip.


FL - Disgraced officers (Gandhi Lora) still collect pensions

Gandhi Lora
Original Article

12/15/2011

By Anthony Cormier & Matthew Doig

Gandhi Lora is no longer a working officer, but the former Miami-Dade cop still earns a state pension, which has paid him more than $500,000 since his law enforcement career ended in 2005.

The pension fund continues to pay him $7,200 each month - a decent wage considering that Lora is a registered sex offender convicted of possessing and promoting child pornography.

Every year, Florida's Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission takes the law enforcement certificates of hundreds of officers, ending their careers. But just because an officer loses his or her badge, it does not necessarily mean a loss of pension benefits. Existing laws protecting pensions are so strong that it is difficult to strip someone of their benefits, even if that person lost their job and their freedom after a felony conviction.

In a computer analysis that matched records from the state's 22,000 officer misconduct cases with its list of participants in the Florida Retirement System, the Herald-Tribune identified at least 455 ex-officers who collected or are still collecting a pension despite losing their law enforcement certificate. The offenses that resulted in the loss of their certificate included assault, burglary, sex with inmates, smuggling contraband into prisons and sex offenses involving children.

Records show those individuals have drawn roughly $42.5 million in tax dollars from the Florida Retirement System since 1985. The numbers are likely even higher because the newspaper could only identify officers in the pension system using names and date of births, not Social Security numbers.