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OAKLAND, Calif. -- (WCJB) ~ United States California officials fear dozens may have died in a massive fire that swept through an Oakland warehouse where a concert was taking place Friday night. Nine people have been confirmed dead, and dozens of others remain missing, officials said. In a news conference Saturday, authorities said they expected the death toll to rise, but they did not know by how much. “We’re expecting the worst — maybe a couple dozen victims here,” Sgt. Ray Kelly, spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, told reporters. “We did not have a lot of victims go to the hospital,” Kelly said. “It appears that people either made it out, or they didn’t make it out.”

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EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)


Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)


New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)


Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)


Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)


Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)


Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)


San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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"The only good nigger is a dead nigger and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other nigger from coming in the area."

-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.

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Case Dismissed!

Posted: 10/20/2011 12:03:22 AM PDT Updated: 11/12/2011 04:08:30 PM PDT

MARTINEZ, CA -- A judge dismissed the criminal indictment against Michael Gressett, 52 (pictured left) the Contra Costa County sex crimes prosecutor who was charged with raping a junior colleague at his Martinez condominium in a case that has scandalized the District Attorney's Office for the past three years. The judge said that while he found sufficient evidence to indict Gressett, state prosecutors introduced inadmissible evidence to the grand jury and failed to offer other evidence that would have cast doubt on the credibility of Gressett's accuser -- most notably that she received a $450,000 settlement from the county and "her alleged statement that she was raped by strangers."

"These cumulative errors violated (the) defendant's right to due process under the state constitution to not be indicted in the absence of a determination of probable cause by a grand jury acting independently and impartially," retired Santa Clara County Judge Thomas Hastings wrote in his 68-page order. He dismissed the 13-count felony indictment that alleged Gressett used a gun and ice pick in the commission of a rape.

The decision was a big victory for Gressett and his attorneys who have contended since Gressett's 2008 arrest that the sex was consensual. They argued last month that the grand jury heard perjured and biased testimony and that Gressett, a former candidate for district attorney, had been railroaded by a politically motivated investigation. Gressett, who had been scheduled to go to trial Feb. 14, is not commenting about the dismissal, his attorney said. The 54-year-old veteran prosecutor and divorced father was facing life in prison had he been convicted in the case that divided the DA's office and was a central issue during last year's district attorney's race. He has been on paid administrative leave since February, when he won back his job with back pay and benefits at an arbitrator's hearing over his firing.

State prosecutors had told Hastings that they did not know about Gressett's accuser's $450,000 settlement with Contra Costa County, which coincidentally was approved by the board of supervisors the same day in October 2009 that the woman known as Jane Doe testified before the grand jury. Former District Attorney Robert Kochly and his chief assistant, Brian Baker, had said they knew of the settlement but did not notify the state attorneys on the Gressett case. The woman, now 32 and living out of state, testified as part of the dismissal motion in August that she filed her claim against the county in April 2009 because she believed that she was not hired as a permanent prosecutor in retaliation for reporting a sexual assault. She said she told her supervisor that she was raped by Gressett during a lunch break May 8, 2008, but did not want to press charges at the time.

The former District Attorney's Office administration has since been criticized for not taking action against Gressett until she changed her mind about pressing charges and went to Martinez police. Gressett was arrested as he walked to work in September 2008.

Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson (pictured left) Gressett's friend and former supervisor, who recused his office from the case when he took office in January, declined to comment. "Even though the case has been dismissed, there are still decisions to be made by the Attorney General's Office," Peterson said.

One of Gressett's contentions was that the district attorney's offices' "pursuit of these charges was tainted by political animosity because he had run for DA and currently supported Mr. Peterson against (Dan) O'Malley." Kochly and others in the office endorsed O'Malley, a former prosecutor and judge who is now a defense attorney. The state Attorney General's Office said it is still pondering whether to refile rape charges against Contra Costa prosecutor Gressett. See: Michael Gressett, Deputy District Attorney (Rapist)(2008)

Schoolyard Predators
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Posted: 10:57 PM EDT, Fri September 20, 2013 - Updated: 02:24 AM PDT, Sun. September 22, 2013

Lackawanna County, Pa. (WCJB) -- Rev. W. Jeffrey Paulish, a Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has been charged with molesting a teenage boy. According to a police criminal complaint filed Friday in Lackawanna County, police said he was found in a car on a college campus with a 15-year-old who was wearing no pants. Dunmore police say they found him and the boy on Thursday in a car on the Worthington Scranton campus of Penn State University, according to the complaint. Dunmore police officers say they discovered Paulish and the boy after responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed with the court.


Paulish allegedly told police he was at the campus working on his homily when he met the teen, who he said was in emotional distress, and began counseling him. According to the affidavit, he later admitted to police that he had arranged the meeting with the teen through the "casual encounters" section of Craigslist. Paulish told investigators that he had asked the boy three times if he was over the age of 18, the affidavit said.

Paulish was charged with one felony count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one felony count of unlawful contact with a minor. after Paulish, 56, of Scranton, was also charged with three misdemeanor counts -- indecent contact with a person under 16, indecent exposure and corruption of a minor. He is being held at the Lackawanna County jail on $50,000 bail.

A telephone message left by media sources for Paulish's attorney was not immediately returned Friday.

Paulish has been removed from his post at the Prince of Peace parish and has been suspended from acting in the capacity of a priest, according to a statement released by the Diocese of Scranton. The diocese pledged its cooperation with the investigation, and it called on anyone who "may have been sexually abused by Father Paulish or any member of the clergy" to notify the district attorney's office. "I wish to acknowledge how unsettling this is to me personally and to countless others, that yet again a priest has been involved in such inappropriate, immoral and illegal behavior," the Bishop of Scranton, the Rev. Joseph Bambera, said in the statement.

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- Louis "Skip" ReVille (pictured above, center) prayed with, and preyed upon, vulnerable kids he coached and groomed over a decade in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He taught school, led sports teams, guided Bible studies and took kids into his home as a foster parent. In nearly every area of his life, ReVille positioned himself to be close to children, to share their time and win their trust.

At the Citadel, we have only just learned of a years-old coverup at the highest level that prevented this alleged child sex abuser from being punished and left him free to molest children. A camper told the Citadel that 4 years before, school alum and counselor Louis "Skip" ReVille invited two campers into his room, showed them pornography and engaged in sexual activity.

Although the Citadel counselor's acts are chargeable as felonies in South Carolina the Citadel chose not to tell police. Citadel had their general counsel investigate: they found a clean background check; no other allegations; and they accepted ReVillez's denials. ReVille went on to molest 5 children and sits jailed for those offenses. His attorney says he's sorry.

5 Students! 4 Years!

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Ohio -- Stacy Schuler was found guilty today on 16 counts of sexual battery for having sexual relations with five of her students. Schuler tried to plead insanity, but Judge Robert Peeler rejected her plea and sentenced Schuler to four years. Schuler, a former gym and health teacher at a school in the suburbs of Cincinnati, had sex with five students. On top of the sex charges, Schuler was also convicted of three misdemeanor counts of providing alcohol to minors. See: Schoolyard Predators! - Part VIII - 2011

Judicially Incompetent!

Posted: 08/22/2011 10:23:38 AM PDT Updated: 11/12/2011 04:08:30 PM PDT
"We've been doing everything in our power to lock him up for the rest of his life. We continue to be frustrated by the inability to, No. 1, move this case along as fast as possible and, No. 2, find 12 jurors willing to find him competent and guilty."

-- San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, regarding the (lack of) prosecution or detention of Dr. William Ayres, the once-prominent child psychiatrist accused of molesting numerous male patients, under the guise of physical exams during psychiatry sessions, over a several year period.



Dr. William Ayres leaves the San Mateo County Hall of Justice in Redwood City, Calif. on Wednesday, April 11, 2007. A man who accounted for more than half the molestation charges against child psychiatrist Dr. William Ayres has decided not to testify, as opening statements in the long-awaited trial began Tuesday.

San Mateo, CA -- Accused child molester William Ayres will not go to prison. The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office was expected to announce today whether it will retry Ayres on the issue of competency. Ayres asserts dementia has sapped his cognitive abilities, preventing him from defending himself against sex-abuse charges leveled by several former patients. A jury in June deadlocked 8-4 in favor of finding Ayres unfit for trial.

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office conceded in a court hearing today morning that Ayres has dementia and is incompetent to stand trial on sex-abuse charges. The DA's office says Ayres is likely headed to Napa State Hospital. "It's disappointing, I think, for a lot of people that we didn't get a better outcome than this," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti after the hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court. Ayres, once a prominent child psychiatrist to whom the county referred troubled adolescents for counseling, has been accused of molesting numerous male patients. He was tried in 2009 on charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, but the jury hung -- 11-1 in favor of conviction on some counts -- and a mistrial was declared.

Ayres will now be sent to the Golden Gate Regional Center for evaluation. The center will make a recommendation by Aug. 30 on where Ayres should be placed. There will be a Superior Court hearing on the recommendation Sept. 7. Guidotti said Ayres will likely head to Napa. If he does not regain competency within six months, which is unlikely, since dementia is a condition that gets progressively worse, he will be sent to a different locked facility, Guidotti said. San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine said it's important that Ayres not wind up in a facility with amenities or where he is allowed to come and go. "I just think it's critical that Mr. Ayres be placed at Napa," he said.

In a last-ditch effort to show William Ayres was competent to stand trial on molestation charges, families of alleged victims hired a private investigator to tail the once-prominent child psychiatrist last week to a restaurant in San Francisco. A video shot by the investigator showed Ayres, who claims dementia has made him unable to aid in his defense, engaging in animated conversation with his wife and two male acquaintances.


William Ayres leaves the San Mateo County Courthouse in Redwood City, Calif. on Monday, July 27, 2009. A jury was hopelessly deadlocked and the judge ruled a mistrial in the case. Ayres, a prominent San Mateo child psychiatrist, was on trial for allegedly molesting children.

A group of about a dozen people -- including an alleged victim of Ayres and the families of several other alleged victims -- paid for the private investigator to shadow Ayres after they heard rumors that he had been seen out and about, acting in a manner they felt was inconsistent with the defense's portrayal of him in the competency trial. On Thursday, a private investigator followed Ayres and his wife, Solveig, from their home in San Mateo to a lunch date at La Vie, a Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco's Outer Richmond District. The video, a copy of which was provided to media sources last Saturday morning, showed Ayres holding a conversation with two men during the lunch, which lasted roughly one hour and 15 minutes. Ayres at times dominates the conversation, gesturing with his hands and smiling often.

Victoria Balfour, who helped organize the hiring of the private investigator, said the video contradicts defense attorney's depiction of a man whose mind is failing. "They're trying to portray him as some doddering old man who doesn't leave the house," Balfour said Saturday. "There's nothing about it that makes him look incompetent." The investigator's footage does not include any audio, as California law prohibits recording a person's conversation without his knowledge, so there is no proof Ayres was speaking coherently. Balfour's group interprets Ayres' body language, however, as that of someone who was "holding court," not a senile man whose ramblings are indulged by friends.

The investigator took notes based on snippets of conversation he could hear. Among the topics of discussion was the recent Republican straw poll in Iowa, according to the notes, a copy of which was also provided to media sources. Solveig Ayres, who sits silently through much of the lunch, was the first witness in the June competency trial, testifying that her husband was having trouble with his short- and long-term memory, once forgetting the name of his son. "He asks a question, he asks the same question 10 minutes later," she told the jury. Reached by phone Sunday morning, Solveig confirmed she and her husband were at La Vie on Thursday. Asked about the video, she declined to comment. "I can't make any comment except he has good days and bad days and he was with very, very good friends," she said.

William Ayres, who was 79 at the time of the June competency trial, is accused of molesting several young male patients over a period of many years under the guise of physical exams during psychiatry sessions. A criminal trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in 2009. Before he can be tried again on nine counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with minors younger than 14, Ayres must be found capable of participating in his defense. The defense attorney did not respond to several messages seeking comment.

The group that paid for the private investigator is concerned that the DA's office will concede that Ayres is incompetent, which could result in his transfer to a psychiatric institution such as Napa State Hospital. They are also worried the DA could cut a deal that enables Ayres to spend his days in a more comfortable facility, a proposition that District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe asserted Friday his office is not considering. The group has been sharply critical of the DA's handling of the case. Members claim the prosecution of Ayres, who was once a pillar of the community, has been halfhearted and plagued by missteps.

Wagstaffe said he is "mystified" by the notion that his office has not pursued the case aggressively. He defended the work of the prosecutor in charge of the case, Melissa McKowan. "We've been doing everything in our power to lock him up for the rest of his life," Wagstaffe said. "We continue to be frustrated by the inability to, No. 1, move this case along as fast as possible and, No. 2, find 12 jurors willing to find him competent and guilty." The district attorney said under normal circumstances he would not retry a case in which a jury hung 8-4 against him. However, he has authorized McKowan to pursue a second competency trial Monday if a satisfactory deal cannot be reached with the defense. "We are prepared to do that here, because this is such a serious case," he said. As for the videotape, Wagstaffe said Sunday that, on the eve of a possible retrial, he could not comment on its evidentiary value. "It's evidence," Wagstaffe said. "Potentially it could be used at trial."

In addition to hiring a private investigator, Balfour and families of alleged victims have taken other steps to put pressure on the DA's office, reaching out to politicians for support and filing a request for a change of venue with the California Attorney General's Office. A spokeswoman for the attorney general confirmed Friday that the office has received a letter regarding a change of venue but declined to comment further. Wagstaffe claimed Friday there is no legal standing for the change-of-venue petition, however, since these requests are valid only when there is concern about finding an impartial jury, which he said has not been an issue so far. San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, one of the politicians contacted by the group, declined to criticize the DA's handling of the case, but said he is concerned that Ayres will elude a guilty verdict. "It's a very sad situation," Pine said. "Mr. Ayres has destroyed the lives of many families. ... We're at a watershed point in the case and I hope justice is done. It's been a long, difficult road for the victims to see justice done in this case."

Chronicles of Penn State!

Penn State: 'Moral Obligations'!

November 13, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WCJB) — The Penn State football coach who told a grand jury that he saw another coach molest a child failed to meet "a moral obligation" to intervene, Pennsylvania's governor said Sunday, adding that he expects more victims to come forward. The coach who testified, Mike McQueary, had said he saw retired Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a shower at a campus football facility almost a decade ago. Sandusky is accused of assaulting eight boys over 15 years and has maintained his innocence. The university has put McQueary on leave from his job.


McQueary told the grand jury he was distraught by what he witnessed and walked away after both Sandusky and the boy saw him. He said he told his father what happened and then told head coach Joe Paterno, who reported it to his superiors. But those school officials, athletic director Tim Curley and school vice president Gary Schultz, face perjury charges, accused of covering up McQueary's 2002 report. The charges were filed last weekend and the grand jury's report made public, and the resulting outrage made it clear that Paterno, who had coached for decades at Penn State, would share the blame. He was fired Wednesday. In his last game, a win over Illinois, he'd become the coach with the most wins in Division I history. As for McQueary, the current attorney general had clearly decided that he was to be treated as a witness in the case, Gov. Tom Corbett said. Sandusky encountered all the boys through a charity he founded to help at-risk children, Second Mile, prosecutors have said. Leaders of the organization plan to meet soon to determine its future, Corbett said. "If you talk to people who have worked with Second Mile, it has done great work," he said. "And if it should cease to exist, I am hopeful that other organizations will pick up the work that they did. We need to reach out to these children. We need to give them guidance." (More Below ...)

Penn State: Pedophiles!

Gameday!

November 12, 2011 Pennsylvania -- The Penn State scandal has cost several university officials their jobs, most notably longtime football coach Joe Paterno (pictured left) and President Graham Spanier. They were fired because trustees felt they did not do enough to alert law enforcement authorities after an alleged child-sex assault in March 2002 by Jerry Sandusky, Paterno's former assistant and onetime heir apparent, who has been charged with molesting eight boys over 15 years. Sandusky retired in 1999 but continued to use the school's facilities for his work with The Second Mile, a foundation he established to help at-risk kids, where authorities say he encountered other boys he allegedly sexually molested/assaulted. (Pictured left to right: Jerry Sandusky; Tim Curley; and Gary Schultz.) In 2002, a graduate assistant saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in a team locker room shower. The grad student and his father reported what he saw to Paterno, who immediately told Tim Curley, prosecutors said. Curley and Gary Schultz met with the graduate assistant about a week and a half after the alleged attack. ''Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law.'' The local media of Harrisburg identified the assistant as Mike McQueary, now a Penn State wide receivers coach and the team's recruiting coordinator. McQueary was out of town on a recruiting trip Sunday, according to his father, John McQueary, who declined to comment about the case or say whether they were the two named in the grand jury report. ''I know it's online, and I know it's available,'' John McQueary told media sources. ''I have gone out of my way not to read it for a number of reasons.'' It’s difficult to imagine a more no-win scenario than what ESPN faced covering Penn State’s first game after the horrible scandal that cost Joe Paterno his job as head coach, sullied his legacy and triggered local riots. Play-by-play man Dave Pasch, analyst Chris Spielman, and sideline reporters Tom Rinaldi and Lisa Salters drew the short straws calling the game. And even grading on a curve, they appeared in over their heads. Pasch kept calling the day “emotional,” but that hardly sounds commensurate with the scandal’s magnitude. Nor did anyone ever broach an obvious question — whether Paterno’s assistants who remain on the staff (including son Jay, who broke down during a postgame interview with Rinaldi) might have been aware about the charges against Jerry Sandusky that have rocked the program. During his intro, Spielman said, “Penn State is bigger than one person,” which sort of flies in the face of the mystique surrounding Paterno and a tenure spanning parts of six decades. Spielman then sounded a little like Dr. Phil, adding, “They’re on the road to healing.”

Hero Status!

November 10, 2011

A Legend Exposed!

November 9, 2011
"This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more." -- Penn State football coach Joe Paterno responding to public outrage that he did not do more to stop Jerry Sandusky after a graduate assistant came to Paterno in 2002 after allegedly having seen the former Penn State assistant coach molesting a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State showers.
(Penn State football coach Joe Paterno arrives home Nov. 9, 2011, in State College, Pa.) STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach who preached success with honor for half a century but whose legend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesday he will retire at the end of this season. Paterno said he was "absolutely devastated" by the case, in which his one-time heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with molesting eight boys over 15 years, including at the Penn State football complex. The 84-year-old Paterno has been engulfed by outrage that he did not do more to stop Sandusky after a graduate assistant came to Paterno in 2002 after allegedly having seen the former assistant coach molesting a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State showers. Paterno, whose football program bore the motto "Success with Honor," could not withstand the backlash from a scandal that goes well beyond the everyday stories of corruption in college sports. Paterno has been questioned about how he acted when a graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, reported the incident to him in 2002. Paterno notified Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz. Curley and Schultz have since been charged with failing to report the incident to the authorities.
Sandusky, the one-time heir apparent to Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, told a boy's mother in 1998 that he had showered with her son and with other boys but he wouldn't promise to stop, according to a Pennsylvania grand jury report. Police in State College, Penn., listened in to two conversations Sandusky had with the mother, with her permission, after her then-11-year-old son came home with hair wet from showing with Sandusky. At the end of the second conversation, Sandusky was told he could not see the boy anymore. "I understand," State College Detective Ronald Schreffler testified Sandusky said. "I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won't get it from you. I wish I were dead." (This Dec. 28, 1999 file photo shows Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky being carried by players Rick Bolinsky (92) and Jason Wallace (88) after the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Sandusky, known for his charitable work helping at-risk children, is being investigated by a state grand jury on allegations he indecently assaulted a teenage boy.) "This is a tragedy," Paterno said in a statement. "It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more." Paterno, who earns about $1 million annually from the school, has been head coach for 46 years and part of the Penn State staff for more than six decades, and his old-school values pervade every corner of the program. The 11-year-old was only identified as the former assistant football coach's sixth alleged victim. In 1998, his mother tried to make Sandusky promise never to shower with a boy again, but he wouldn't make that promise, Schreffler testified. Jerry Lauro, an investigator with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, testified to the grand jury Sandusky admitted to him and Schreffler in an interview that he hugged the boy while naked in the shower and that he knew it was wrong. However, the case was closed after then incumbent Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decided there would be no criminal charges filed.

Missing Pieces!

November 9, 2011 One of the questions surrounding the sex-abuse case against Jerry Sandusky is why a former district attorney chose not to prosecute the then-Penn State assistant coach in 1998 after reports surfaced that he had inappropriate interactions with a boy. We will never know the answer to this question because of an unsolved mystery: What happened to Ray Gricar (pictured left) the Centre County, Pa., district attorney? Gricar went missing in April 2005. The murky circumstances surrounding his disappearance — an abandoned car, a laptop recovered months later in a river without a hard drive, his body was never found — have spawned Web sites, television programs and conspiracy theories. More than six years later, the police still receive tips and reports of sightings. The police in central Pennsylvania continue to investigate even though Gricar’s daughter, Lara, successfully petitioned in July to have her father declared legally dead so the family could find some closure and begin dividing his estate.

Retired Leave!

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011, 9:40 AM STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The sexual abuse scandal involving a former Penn State football coach has cost a top administrator his job and put another on indefinite leave. Athletics director Tim Curley is going on administrative leave at his request, according to a statement from the school board of trustees late Sunday. Senior vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz will step down and go back into retirement. The two face charges they perjured themselves before a grand jury and failed to notify law enforcement authorities of child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, the one-time presumed successor to legendary coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky, 67, faces 40 abuse charges, including 21 felonies. Sandusky, released on $100,000 bail, is charged with abusing eight boys between 1994 and 2009, with some incidents said to have taken place in a Penn State athletics building. He retired from Paterno's staff in 1999. Curley and Schultz are expected to turn themselves in to law enforcement in Harrisburg today. Attorneys for all three say they are innocent. The move follows an emergency meeting of the trustees.
The shocking indictments, followed by Sandusky's arrest has created a scandal that has rocked the university and its No. 12-ranked football program. On Sunday, Facebook page "Fire Graham Spanier" began as the specter of the scandal continued to grow. On Saturday, Spanier had issued a statement offering strong support for Curley and Schultz. In the same press release from the board of trustees was a statement from Spanier: "The protection of children is of paramount importance. The University will take a number of actions moving forward to increase the safety and security within our facilities and make everyone aware of the protocols in place for handling these issues." The scandal puts a spotlight on Paterno, 84, who had Sandusky on his staff for 32 seasons. It's unclear how much Paterno might have known or suspected and if there were any action he could have taken. In a statement released Sunday, Paterno said, "The fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling. If this is true, we were all fooled." A grand jury investigation found Sandusky had encountered each of the alleged victims through a youth services foundation he began in 1977 called The Second Mile. "Like the rest of the community, I'm in a state of shock," longtime Penn State broadcaster Fran Fisher said. Spanier later said that senior associate AD Mark Sherburne will serve as interim AD until Curley's legal situation is resolved. Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said the school would pay legal fees for Curley and Schultz because they were acting as employees. Sandusky was banned from campus. Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2011, 4:40 PM STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WCJB) -— A former defensive coach who was integral for decades to Penn State’s football success was accused Saturday of molesting eight boys, and two school administrators were charged with failing to tell police when a witness told them he saw a boy being sexually assaulted in the shower. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, 67, was arrested Saturday and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts, according to the office of the state attorney general, Linda Kelly. She called Sandusky “a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys.” Though reports surfaced months ago that Sandusky was being investigated, the case took on an added dimension Saturday when Penn State’s athletic director, Tim Curley, 57, and vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, 62 (pictured left) were charged with perjury. Both were expected to turn themselves in on Monday in Harrisburg. Longtime head coach Joe Paterno, who has more victories than any coach in the history of Division I football, was not charged, authorities said, and the grand jury report did not appear to implicate him in wrongdoing. It said that when Paterno first learned of one report of abuse, he immediately reported it to Curley, but Sandusky was no longer coaching at the time and it’s not clear whether Paterno followed up with Curley. For Penn State and the large community of alumni that surrounds it in Pennsylvania and beyond, the allegations represent a devastating blemish. Led for more than four decades by Paterno’s strong and unique public persona, the athletic program has prided itself on being clean and unsusceptible to the scandals that have tarnished other major schools. Sandusky (pictured left) closely identified with the school’s reputation as a defensive powerhouse and a program that produced top-quality linebackers, retired in 1999 but continued to work with at-risk children through the nonprofit Second Mile organization he founded in 1977, where authorities say all of the accusers first encountered him. The allegations against Sandusky range from sexual touching to oral and anal sex, and the young men testified they were in their early teens when some of the abuse occurred, and there is evidence even younger children may have been victimized. Sandusky's defense attorney said Sandusky has been aware of the accusations for about three years and has maintained his innocence. “He’s shaky, as you can expect,” his attorney told media sources after Sandusky was arraigned. “Being 67 years old, never having faced criminal charges in his life, and having the distinguished career that he’s had, these are very serious allegations.” A preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday would likely be delayed, the attorney added. Sandusky is charged with multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault. No one answered a knock at the door Saturday at Sandusky’s modest, two-story brick home at the end of a dead-end road in State College. A man who answered the door at The Second Mile office in State College declined to give his name and said the organization had no comment. The grand jury said eight boys were targets of sexual advances or assaults by Sandusky (pictured above, center) from 1994 to 2009. None was named, and in at least one case, the jury said the child’s identity remains unknown to authorities. One accuser, now 27, testified that Sandusky initiated contact with a “soap battle” in the shower that led to multiple instances of involuntary sexual intercourse and indecent assault at Sandusky’s hands, the grand jury report said. He said he traveled to charity functions and Penn State games with Sandusky, even being listed as a member of the Sandusky family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl and 1999 Alamo Bowl. But when the boy resisted his advances, Sandusky threatened to send him home from the Alamo Bowl, the report said. Sandusky also gave him clothes, shoes, a snowboard, golf clubs, hockey gear and football jerseys, and even guaranteed that he could walk on to the football team, the jury said, and the boy also appeared with Sandusky in a photo in Sports Illustrated. He testified that Sandusky once gave him $50 to buy marijuana, drove him to purchase it, and then drove him home as the boy smoked the drug. The first case to come to light was a boy who met Sandusky when he was 11 or 12, the grand jury said. The boy received expensive gifts and trips to sports events from Sandusky, and physical contact began during his overnight stays at Sandusky’s home, jurors said. Eventually, the boy’s mother reported the allegations of sexual assault to his high school, and Sandusky was banned from the child’s school district in Clinton County in 2009. That triggered the state investigation that culminated in charges Saturday. But the report also alleges much earlier instances of abuse, and details failed efforts to stop it by some who became aware of what was happening. Another child, known only as a boy about 11 to 13, was seen by a janitor pinned against a wall while Sandusky performed oral sex on him in fall 2000, the jury said. And in 2002, Kelly said, a graduate assistant saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in a team locker room. The grad student and his father reported what he saw to Paterno, who immediately told Curley, prosecutors said. Curley (pictured left) and Schultz met with the graduate assistant about a week and a half later, Kelly said. “Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law,” Kelly said. There’s no indication that anyone at school attempted to find the boy, or follow up with the witness, she said. Curley denied that the assistant had reported anything of a sexual nature, calling it “merely `horsing around,”’ the 23-page grand jury report said. But he also testified that he barred Sandusky from bringing children onto campus and that he advised Penn State president Graham Spanier of the matter. The jury said Curley was lying, Kelly said, adding that it also deemed portions of Schultz’s testimony not to be credible. Schultz told the jurors he also knew of a 1998 investigation involving sexually inappropriate behavior by Sandusky with a boy in the showers the football team used. But despite his job overseeing campus police, he never reported the 2002 allegations to any authorities, “never sought or received a police report on the 1998 incident and never attempted to learn the identity of the child in the shower in 2002,” the jurors wrote. “No one from the university did so.” Lawyers for both Curley and Schultz issued statements saying they are innocent of all charges. In response to a request for comment from Paterno, a spokesman for the athletic department said all such questions would be referred to university representatives, who released a statement from Spanier calling the allegations against Sandusky “troubling” and adding Curley and Schultz had his unconditional support. He predicted they will be exonerated. “I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years,” Spanier said. “I have complete confidence in how they handled the allegations about a former university employee.” Sandusky, once considered a potential successor to Paterno, drew up the defenses for the Nittany Lions’ national-title teams in 1982 and 1986. The team is enjoying another successful run this season; at 8-1, Penn State is ranked No. 16 in the AP Top 25 and is the last undefeated squad in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions were off Saturday. As the head football coach, Paterno has spent years cultivating a reputation for putting integrity ahead of modern college-sports economics. It’s a notion that has benefited Penn State’s marketing and recruiting efforts over the decades and one that the Big Ten school’s alumni proudly tout years after they leave the campus known popularly as “Happy Valley.” “We’re supposed to be one of the universities to follow after, someone to look up to,” said sophomore Brian Prewitt of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “Now that people on the top are involved, it’s going to be bad.”

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The O.J. Simpson Murder Saga: 20 Years Later!


Description: Simpson hired a high-profile defense team, initially led by Robert Shapiro and subsequently led by Johnnie Cochran, and which also included: F. Lee Bailey, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Kardashian, Gerald Uelmen (the dean of law at Santa Clara University), Robert Blasier, and Carl E. Douglas, with two more attorneys specializing in DNA evidence: Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. Los Angeles County believed it had a solid prosecution case, but Cochran was able to persuade the jurors that there was reasonable doubt about the DNA evidence (a relatively new form of evidence in trials at the time) -- including that the blood-sample evidence had allegedly been mishandled by lab scientists and technicians -- and about the circumstances surrounding other exhibits. Cochran and the defense team also alleged other misconduct by the Los Angeles Police Department. Simpson's celebrity and the lengthy televised trial riveted national attention on the so-called "Trial of the Century". By the end of the criminal trial, national surveys showed dramatic differences in the assessment of Simpson's guilt between most black and white Americans. Previous Video: Courtroom Brawls, Outbursts, Fights with Cops, suicide, murder and more! Read more on the State of Florida v. Michael Dunn (Indictment, Police Reports, Civil Complaint).
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