From the New York Times:
A Bid for Guns on Campuses to Deter Rape
By ALAN SCHWARZ | February 18, 2015
As gun rights advocates push to legalize firearms on college campuses, an argument is taking shape: Arming female students will help reduce sexual assaults… [L]awmakers in 10 states who are pushing bills that would permit the carrying of firearms on campus are hoping that the national spotlight on sexual assault will help them win passage of their measures. “If you’ve got a person that’s raped because you wouldn’t let them carry a firearm to defend themselves, I think you’re responsible,” State Representative Dennis K. Baxley of Florida said during debate in a House subcommittee last month. The bill passed.
Talk about being hoisted on your own canard [sic]. This is the kind of jujitsu that conservatives should do more often.
The sponsor of a bill in Nevada, Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, said in a telephone interview: “If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them. The sexual assaults that are occurring would go down once these sexual predators get a bullet in their head.”
“Hot little girls”? That isn’t very PC. Ms. Fiore must not be a card-carrying feminist. Therefore her opinions on such matters are meaningless – even mockable.
In addition to those in Florida and Nevada, bills that would allow guns on campus have been introduced in Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.
So only red (neck) states really want to protect young women? How telling.
Opponents contend that university campuses should remain havens from the gun-related risks that exist elsewhere, and that college students, with high rates of binge drinking and other recklessness, would be particularly prone to gun accidents.
And yet we let them vote.
Some experts in sexual assault said that college women were typically assaulted by someone they knew, sometimes a friend, so even if they had access to their gun, they would rarely be tempted to use it…
Huh? Then it doesn’t sound like rape rape. (To quote the political sage, Whoopie Goldberg.)
Other objectors to the bills say that advocates of the campus carry laws, predominantly Republicans with well-established pro-gun stances, are merely exploiting a hot-button issue. “The gun lobby has seized on this tactic, this subject of sexual assault,” said Andy Pelosi, the executive director of the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus. “It resonates with lawmakers.” …
How dare conservatives seize upon a made up crisis to advance their agenda? Only Democrats are allowed to do that.
No, the president of the United States was not facing rape allegations.
While covering the story of a rape suspect having charges against him dropped on Friday, San Diego TV station KSWB-TV made a painful error: The station aired a picture of President Barack Obama with the story, complete with a “no charges” caption under his photo, the Times of San Diego reported.
“Yeah, there was an accident when they had an over-the-shoulder” display, KSWB assignment editor Mike Wille told Times of San Diego. “It wasn’t on purpose.”
The Times noted that KSWB did not note or apologize for the error during its newscast.
Watch the segment below:
The Washington Free Beacon has discovered audio recordings of Hillary Clinton from interviews in the early 80’s. In the recordings Clinton shows an almost flippant attitude about the most significant case of her legal career, a man who raped a 12-year-old girl whom she got off by attacking the evidence, including the account of the victim.
Politico’s Glen Thrush was at Newsday in 2008 when he wrote about the case, “Rodham, records show, questioned the sixth grader’s honesty and claimed she had made false accusations in the past. She implied that the girl often fantasized and sought out ‘older men’ like Taylor, according to a July 1975 affidavit signed ‘Hillary D. Rodham’ in compact cursive…”
The audio tapes where Clinton flippantly talks about the case (embedded above) were part of over five hours of interviews conducted by Arkansas reporter Roy Reed with then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and his wife in the mid-1980s for a magazine article which never happened. The tapes were discovered by Alana Goodman of The Washington Free Beacon, who published parts of the tapes on Monday.
Drawing from the court files, Glenn Thrush described the basics of the case in 2008 saying that the victim had joined Thomas Alfred Taylor and two male acquaintances, including a 15-year-old boy she had a crush on, on a late-night trip to the bowling alley. Taylor drove the group around in his truck, feeding the girl whiskey mixed with Coca-Cola on the way. The group later drove to a “weedy ravine” near the highway where Taylor raped the 12-year-old. Later that evening, at about 4 a.m., the girl and her mother went to the hospital, where she was given medical tests and reported that she had been raped. The doctor who examined her said her injuries were consistent with being raped. In the end, based on an evidentiary mistake by the lab, Hillary negotiated a plea deal, her client pled guilty to a lesser charge and got off with time served (two months).
Hillary spoke about the case in her book “Living History,” leaving out the part of the case where she put the victim on trial. Thrush detailed the “holes’ in Clinton’s account:
But the record shows that [Hillary] Rodham was also intent on questioning the girl’s credibility. That line of defense crystallized in a July 28, 1975, affidavit requesting the girl undergo a psychiatric examination at the university’s clinic.
“I have been informed that the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and to engage in fantasizing,” wrote Rodham, without referring to the source of that allegation. “I have also been informed that she has in the past made false accusations about persons, claiming they had attacked her body.”
Dale Gibson, the investigator, doesn’t recall seeing evidence that the girl had fabricated previous attacks. The assistant prosecutor who handled much of the case for Mahlon Gibson died several years ago. The prosecutor’s files on the case, which would have included such details, were destroyed more than decade ago when a flood swept through the county archives, Mahlon Gibson said. Those files also would have included the forensics evidence referenced in “Living History.”
The victim was visibly stunned when handed the affidavit by a reporter this fall. “It kind of shocks me – it’s not true,” she said. “I never said anybody attacked my body before, never in my life.”
In December, when Clinton was campaigning in Iowa , the woman was being released from a state prison after serving a year for forging checks to pay for her methamphetamine addiction.
She doesn’t blame Taylor for all her problems, but says the incident continues to haunt her, compounding her bouts of depression and anxiety.
“I remember a lot of bad things about what he did to me in that pickup of his,” said the woman, who says she attempted suicide a year after the incident. “I’ve had a lot of counseling and saw a psychiatrist for five to ten years… It really affected me mentally. I was always kind of scared to be alone with a guy afterwards.”
As the defense attorney in the case, Hillary Clinton was ethically required to do anything she could to protect her client, which included winning the case if the defendant chose to plead not guilty. However. it seems disingenuous for a candidate whose campaign planks include fighting for the rights of women to attack the credibility of a 12-year-old rape victim.
As heard on the tapes published Monday, Ms. Clinton took an almost flippant attitude to the case and based on her own words she possibly violated client/attorney privilege by implying her client passed a lie detector test event though he was guilty.
Describing the events almost a decade after they had occurred, Clinton’s struck a casual and complacent attitude toward her client and the trial for rape of a minor.
“I had him take a polygraph, which he passed – which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,” she added with a laugh.
Clinton can also be heard laughing at several points when discussing the crime lab’s accidental destruction of DNA evidence that tied Taylor to the crime.
Nowhere on the tape did she mention the rape-crises hotline she set up as a result of this case, nor did she express any regret over the plight of the 12-year-old rape victim.
Now 52, the victim resides in the same town where she was born.
Divorced and living alone, she blames her troubled life on the attack. She was in prison for check forgery to pay for her prior addiction to methamphetamines when Newsday interviewed her in 2008. The story says she harbored no ill will toward Clinton. According to her, that is not the case.
“Is this about that rape of me?” she asked when a Free Beacon reporter knocked on her door and requested an interview.
Declining an interview, she nevertheless expressed deep and abiding hostility toward the Newsday reporter who spoke to her in 2008 – and toward her assailant’s defender, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In an interesting coda to the story, after the Free Beacon piece was published, Glenn Thrush tweeted how difficult it was to get his liberal Newsday editors to publish his article in 2008:
@GlennThrush I remember that story well.
@amychozick my then-editor appended a meaningless intro to the story, delayed and buried it because, in his words, ‘it might have an impact’
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A Planned Parenthood counselor in Arizona intentionally miscoded a sexual assault as a consensual encounter to avoid the “hassle” of reporting it to authorities, months before other victims came forward to stop an alleged 18-year-old serial sex predator, a police report reveals.
Tyler Kost, of San Tan Valley, Ariz., has been charged with sexually assaulting 11 girls from the ages of 12 to 17 between October 2009 and April 2014, although authorities believe he has assaulted at least 18 students from Poston Butte High School. The mother of one 15-year-old victim, who became pregnant as a result of the alleged assault, told a Planned Parenthood Arizona staffer about the attack in December, a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office report shows.
“The counselor intentionally miscoded the assault as a consensual encounter,” the report states. “The counselor told them that they did not want the hassle of having to report the assault to law enforcement as they were a mandatory reporter.”
Planned Parenthood Arizona said in a statement they learned about the alleged misconduct from a member of the media, and immediately reached out to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department.
It said the organization is discussing the “puzzling” allegations with authorities, saying the incident, if true, would be a “serious violation” of its policies.
“Patient health and safety is our top priority, and Planned Parenthood Arizona takes its role as a mandatory reporter of criminal activity very seriously, including screening for potential abuse, charting answers, and responding to indications of criminal behavior,” the statement said.
“The counselor intentionally miscoded the assault as a consensual encounter. The counselor told them that they did not want the hassle of having to report the assault to law enforcement as they were a mandatory reporter.” – Pinal County Sheriff’s Office report
Laura Oxley, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Department of Health Services, told FoxNews.com her office had not received any information from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office as of Monday pertaining to the possible violation of state law, which requires all incidents of suspected sexual abuse to be reported to law enforcement officials.
“There are no complaints on file,” Oxley told FoxNews.com.
Kost, who is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, remains jailed without bail and faces more than 300 years in prison if convicted of all charges. Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles has said he plans to try Kost as an adult on all charges. Multiple calls seeking comment from his attorney were not returned.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told FoxNews.com that Kost is an “aggressive predator” who carefully cultivated relationships with his victims to build a sense of trust before attacking them in his bedroom, in parked cars or at isolated locations.
“This is a very devious individual, to be this calculating and literally have no boundaries of conduct or behavior,” Babeu said. “It’s extremely concerning, the size and scope of this investigation. We do expect other charges to be filed; we literally compare it to an iceberg.”
Babeu said Kost knew each of his victims personally and clearly ignored repeated requests by his victims to stop.
“This is not just kids having sex,” Babeu said. “It’s very clear a lot of these females repeatedly said, ‘no, no, no,’ and physically resisted him as he removed their clothing. And it wouldn’t just end there, he would threaten them, blackmail them and threaten to ruin their reputation by making their lives a living hell.”
Babeu said he was “clearly troubled” by the allegations pertaining to the Planned Parenthood counselor.
“If this is true, they should absolutely be held accountable,” said Babeu, adding that the allegation by the girl’s mother has been forwarded to state officials. Any resulting prosecution would likely be handled by the state attorney general’s office, he said.
Two of Kost’s victims have moved out of Arizona following the assault, Babeu said, including one girl who “no longer eats” since the attack, according to a police report.
“As a result of what Tyler did, she moved to Texas, she no longer eats, she has thoughts of suicide, and self harms herself by cutting her arms,” the report reads. “She hopes that Tyler spends the rest of his life behind bars, so that he can no longer hurt anyone else like he did to her.”
The roughly 2,800 juvenile arrests for forcible rape in 2011 were the fewest such arrests in at least three decades, according to the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Director Melissa Sickmund characterized Kost’s as an outlier.
“The occurrence of it is low compared to other types of crime and it’s the lowest for juveniles that it’s been since 1980,” Sickmund told FoxNews.com. “So just that alone makes it a rare event and then you start adding the details of this particular case and it becomes more rarer still.”
The fact that Kost knew all of his victims, however, fits the typical narrative amongst juvenile sexual predators, making the victims particularly vulnerable, she said.
“The crimes that we are most afraid of are the horrible things done by strangers because that feels so unpredictable,” Sickmund said. “But the fact of the matter is, a lot of the time, the offender and the victim know each other, especially for kids because a child’s world is smaller. They aren’t out and about amongst strangers as much as adults are.”
One victim who attended prom with Kost during their 10-month relationship characterized him as an intelligent “smooth talker” with a very controlling demeanor.
“She was afraid of Tyler because he had an aggressive side and had told her that, if a girl were to strike him, he would strike her back,” the report reads. “She would then lie still and not resist him.”
Nearly 200 murderers, over 400 rapists, and 300 kidnappers in the U.S. illegally were released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while awaiting deportation proceedings, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
A total of 36,007 criminal illegal immigrants that were being processed for deportation were freed in 2013. Together, they committed nearly 88,000 crimes, according to the report, published Monday.
“I was astonished at not only the huge number of convicted criminals who were freed from ICE custody last year – an average of almost 100 a day – but also at the large number of very serious crimes they had committed,” said Jessica Vaughan, the director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, in a statement.
ICE gathered the statistics – which include a breakdown by crime – in response to congressional inquiry following another report released earlier this year by the Center of Immigration Studies.
That report, which was based on internal Department of Homeland Security documents, showed that ICE encountered over 193,000 illegal immigrant convicts. Charging documents were issued for 125,000, and nearly 68,000 were released.
That review also found that 870,000 illegal immigrants had been removed from ICE dockets despite being in defiance of the law. The number of illegal aliens targeted for deportation fell 28 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to the documents.
The 36,007 illegal immigrants reported Monday were freed by ICE during the final disposition of their cases. The 68,000 from the previous report were criminals who encountered ICE agents – often in jails – but were released without undergoing deportation proceedings.
The 36,007 were released by bond, parole, unsupervised release, or on their own recognizance.
Besides violent criminals, ICE released nearly 16,000 illegal immigrants convicted of driving under the influence. The report also shows that ICE released nearly 2,700 illegal immigrants convicted of assault, 1,300 convicted for domestic violence, and nearly 1,300 convicted for battery.
“These figures call into question President Obama’s request to Congress for permission to reduce immigration detention capacity by 10 percent in favor of permission to make wider use of experimental alternatives to detention,” reads the report.
In June 2011, the administration began applying “prosecutorial discretion” to many deportation cases. This has led to a 40 percent decrease in the number of deportations.
“Congress should resist further action on immigration reform until the public can be assured that enforcement is more robust and that ICE can better deal with its criminal alien caseload without setting them free in our communities,” said Vaughan in a statement.
A trainee lawyer hoping to qualify as a barrister cried rape 11 TIMES – to get out of taking her Bar exams, a court heard.
Rhiannon Brooker, 30, falsely accused her boyfriend of repeatedly raping and assaulting her which saw him arrested, charged and held in custody for 30 days, it was said.
But detectives could not find any evidence that Paul Fensome, 46, had carried out the crimes and arrested Brooker.
It then emerged that she had used the allegations as “extenuating circumstances” in a failed attempt to dodge her exams, Bristol Crown Court heard.
She is now standing trial for 11 false claims of rape and nine of assault, two of which include imprisonment allegations.
David Bartlett, prosecuting, said: “The prosecution says that one of the reasons for her false allegations was that she was living an active social life in Bristol and not doing the work required to pass the assessments, so she falsified the allegations in order to give substance to her extenuating circumstances forms.”
The court heard how “confident and outspoken” Brooker took a Bachelor of Law degree at Birmingham City University before moving to Bristol in September 2010.
She attended the University of the West of England (UWE) in the city in order to take her BVC qualifications to become a barrister.
Brooker, who lived in Frampton Cotterell, South Glos., at the time of the alleged offences, claimed Mr Fensome, whom she met in Birmingham, objected violently to the move.
Mr Bartlett told the court that, shortly before her move to Bristol, Brooker appeared at a convenience store where she worked with injuries and complained her boyfriend had assaulted her.
While at UWE she told fellow students she had been assaulted and raped and occasionally sported physical injuries, but had not reported the matter to police.
She finally went to police in May 2011 following a visit to the Royal United Hospital in Bath but all the allegations were denied by railway signalman Mr Fensome.
Brooker consented to police examining her medical records from hospitals or clinics she had attended, and took photos of her injuries.
The court was told allegations involving false imprisonment and assault at her home were countered with “cast iron alibis” by Mr Fensome.
On other occasions texts from his phone, telephone cell site analysis and his work shift patterns all either undermined or disproved further allegations.
Mr Bartlett said: “Whilst in respect of some allegations there was no independent evidence either to confirm what she had said or undermine it, on other occasions independent evidence either undermined or disproved her account.
“Eventually the Crown dropped the numerous charges against Paul Fensome because, taken as a whole, the evidence showed that there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction.
“Expert opinion was obtained which suggested that those injuries of Brooker that were photographed were self-inflicted.”
She claimed Mr Fensome forced her to have sex a number of times, and on one occasion she told a friend she had lost a baby because her boyfriend had punched her in the ribs, the court heard.
While at UWE it is alleged she told friends that facial injuries and bruising she had were as a result of her attempts to end her relationship, which Mr Fensome would not allow.
In March 2011 she was assessed by an independent domestic violence advisor, who tried to encourage her to involve police and log events.
The court heard Brooker only sat the first four of her 12 assessments for her BVC course and persuaded the Extenuating Circumstance Committee to let her sit all at a later date.
Although she failed the exams because she went beyond time limits for the retakes.
After withdrawing her allegations Brooker confirmed they were false, and admitted that injuries seen by witnesses, including her friends and doctors, were self-inflicted, the court heard.
She denies 20 charges of doing an act tending, and intended, to pervert the court of justice between May 2011 and January 2012.
The case continues.