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It didn’t make much news the other day. It wasn’t on the front pages of the newspapers. It seems some extremists invaded some Christian towns in Syria and took a group of about 100 Christians into their custody. These extremists about ten days before seizing these Christians put on a show in Libya by beheading Christians on a beach. This extremist group will probably force the Christians to convert to their Extremism, sell the women and children, and behead or burn those who won’t convert.
One thing you can’t call these extremists is by the religion they profess is guiding them. Which seems strange since when they capture people as they did with the guy from New Hampshire James Foley they seem to give the guy a break, at least for a while before they cut off his head, if he converted, or pretended to convert, to their religion which we must not identify.
You see last week in Washington, D.C., because of the horror being perpetrated by these extremists a meeting of 60 nations took place to figure out what to do about them. There was no other extremist group that all these nations were worried about. It was only this one group. But it was agreed that no one from America would mention that this group was connected with a certain religion even though anyone who can read the name that the group calls itself would quickly be able to figure it out.
The rationale is that because others in this religion don’t agree or approve of what it is doing then we will pretend that they are not a part of that religion even though they say they are and they murder people who aren’t members of it just because of that fact.
I while ago I wrote about the mistake Judge Susan Garsh made in keeping out the most important evidence in the Hernandez case which was the text messages from Odin Llyod to his sister Shaquilla that arrived within minutes of his murder. His text said that he was with “NFL.” That was their name for Aaron Hernandez who he was with along with two other gangster-type friends of Hernandez.
It is difficult to get the full feel of a case if you are not in the courtroom. But from the little I can gather it seems the defense if trying to raise doubt in the minds of the jurors about Hernandez’s whereabouts at the time of the murder. They have questioned the handling of the evidence at the scene of the crime and other matters that point to Hernandez’s presence there. Unless they are asking questions just for the hell of it then one has to assume that there is a purpose behind their cross-examination which is to suggest to the jury there is no showing Hernandez was at the place Llyod was murdered.
If they are pursuing that tactic it will be a shame. It is clear to most who have followed the case is that Hernandez was present with Llyod at the time he was murdered. That is because we have all read about the content of the text Shaquilla’s brother wrote to her moments before his murder. Because the judge won’t let Llyod’s sister testify to the contents of the text the jury will not be privy to that information. It will have to decide the case like the blind man who is asked to describe an elephant after touching its tail.
The Boston media and some federal judges flew into tantrums when it learned that Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi were FBI informants. These guys were two major criminals and no one could understand how the FBI would be in bed with them. What they didn’t know was the FBI had a secret program called the Top Echelon Informant (TEI) program where they gave protection to the TEIs in exchange for them giving them information against other criminals.
It would actually turn out that the TEI program which was aimed at the Mafia may have been a big success. The Mafia is a shell of itself compared to what it was at the time the TEI program was started back int 1962. But its difficult to credit all the demise of the Mafia solely on the TEI program since law enforcement was given oodles of other tools including the RICO law to end the Mafia’s influence and rule.
The TEI program is an example of the end justifying the means; since it is obvious that the means: protecting some criminals who continued to commit crimes while going after others is not really the way things should be done. As many who sit behind media desks and pose as experts in criminal matters never having tried a criminal case or even investigated one would point out, you were letting the TEIs victimize some people in exchange for grabbing other criminals. The basic question was what right do you have to pick one vicious criminal over another; isn’t your job to protect everyone from them?
The lyrics of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers’ song “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” have come to mind when I consider the Dershowitz Affair. I find myself humming: “Tell me why, why, why, why, oh why, why is Virginia Roberts lying.”
Dershowitz on his Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey type circuit of America protesting his innocence and proclaiming that Virginia Roberts is lying has resulted in the following comments from people. “The man dost protest too much.” Another person wondered “Why the big publicity campaign.” A third asked “what’s with this line up of attorneys and people who have sprung up to defend him if he’s so innocent?”
We do know though that Alan wasn’t particularly choosy in who he associated with as we see from his long-term association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. (The logs from Epstein’s plane show Dershowitz on a flight with Epstein from Bedford, Mass., to Teterboro in October 1998, and a flight from Teterboro to Martha’s Vineyard in 1999. In a 2003 article he told Vanity Fair: “I’m on my 20th book…. The only person outside of my immediate family that I send drafts to is Jeffrey.”) That brings to mind the old saying “birds of a feather flock together” along with an offtake of that: “You can tell a man by the company he keeps.”
The thing I can’t figure out is why out of all the men this young woman Virginia Roberts serviced beginning at age 15 she put the finger on two of them that I know about. One, Prince Andrew, who even with the support of all the queen’s horses and all the queen’s men won’t be able to put Randy Andy together again. He seems to be pretty cooked with Virginia’s diary about him along with pictures showing him with his arm around her naked waist.
Don’t look for any repentance on behalf of Alan Dershowitz’s friend and client billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. He was sentenced to 18 months in a jail, not a prison, for his illegal sexual activity with young women. Here’s what the NY Post reported about him:
“Epstein served 13 months of an 18-month sentence for soliciting a minor for prostitution. In court papers, the victim was identified as a 14-year-old girl. At one point, Epstein was facing 10 years to life on multiple counts of statutory rape, according to investigators. Court documents in that case claimed he routinely sought out girls as young as 14 and paid them $200 to $1,000 for sexual massages in his homes in Palm Beach, Fla., and Manhattan. He also molested girls he had brought in from South America and Europe and once was given three 12-year-old girls from France as a “birthday gift,” the documents alleged. Epstein struck a secret nonprosecution deal with the feds. The government agreed to drop its probe of various sex-crime allegations if Epstein copped to prostitution felonies in Florida state court.”
The article went on to note that a month after a New York judge ruled that he is the most dangerous kind of sex offender: a Level 3, which means, according to the state, Epstein is at “high risk” to repeat his offense and poses “a threat to public safety” he spoke to the newspaper.
He was asked about it. He thought it was all a big joke and made the wisecrack: “I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender,’ It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel.”
There have been various descriptions of the mansion in Florida where Jeffrey Epstein is alleged to have sexually assaulted the young girls. One of the young girls who at 15 years old became a white sex slave who Epstein is alleged to have trafficked about is Virginia Roberts. She is the one who said that she had sex as part of Epstein’s control of her with Alan Dershowitz one of Epstein’s best friends. It wasn’t at just one place or in one state but in at least three states and the Virgin Islands that she claimed she had sex with old man Dershowitz (he’d have been about 50 years older than her, yikes!) and that it occurred at least six times. Dershowitz denies her allegations. I think, although it’s really not clear to me, that he denies even knowing Virginia.
Here are some of the descriptions of Epstein’s mansion. The search warrant indicated that there were pictures of naked young girls throughout his house where the girls were being sexually abused. The police also seized penis- and vagina-shaped soaps which were even in guest bathrooms.
Now, as I said, Dershowitz has been to Epstein’s mansion at least once. I don’t know how many other times. But I assume it is more than the fingers on your hands. Now with all the items Epstein has about his house you’d think that Dershowitz would be wary about doing anything other than sticking to the legal matters Epstein hired him to take care off. You’d hope he would not be involved in anything that had to do with him taking off his clothes.
Dershowitz said he never saw any young chicks when he was at Epstein’s. The guy Epstein hired to keep $2,000 in cash in his pocket and to pay the young chicks after the “massage” said Dershowitz was around when the little girls were there. Dershowitz denies this too.
It’s obvious that most people in Boston who have the ability to get up and out of the house, who have reached the age of consent (usually somewhere between 16 and 18), and have lived in the area since that dastardly day of April 15, 2013, believe the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is guilty as sin. It almost seems unnecessary to even say that. Any of the people in that group just mentioned who is called for jury duty and expresses an opinion otherwise or says they can decide the case on the evidence presented in court and not on what they’ve been reading and hearing for almost two years is pulling a big con on either the judge or himself or herself.
If there are others in the group who have not heard of the Marathon Terrorist Attack or Tsarnaev then that in and of itself should disqualify them from jury duty. It wasn’t that this was a run of the mill shoot ‘em up crime. It terrorized the city. It terrorized the city, state and federal officials to such an extent that they advised everyone to “shelter in.” It frightened law enforcement so much that teams of ten to twelve cops armed like the Yankee Division going into combat traipsed up and down the stairs of people who wondered what ever happened to the idea that one’s home is his castle which is not to be invaded other than according to standards established by the 4th Amendment.
Who know if Alan Dershowitz had sex with a girl fifty or so years younger than himself? Virginia Roberts that young girl said he had sex with her at least six times. He denies it. But watch what he is up to.
We do know is that Virginia Roberts was lured into the manor of Jeffrey Epstein, a close friend of Alan’s, at the age of 15 and turned into a prostitute.
Here is what she wrote about Epstein: “From the first time I was taken to Epstein’s mansion that day, his motivations and actions were sexual, as were Maxwell’s. My father was not allowed inside. I was brought up some stairs. There was a naked guy, Epstein, on the table in the room. Epstein and Maxwell forced me into sexual activity with Epstein … I was paid $200.”
She went on: “Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell trained me to do what they wanted, including sexual activities and the use of sexual toys. The training was in New York and Florida at Epstein’s mansions. It was basically every day and was like going to school … I was trained to be ‘Everything a man wanted me to be.’ It wasn’t just sexual training — they wanted me to be able to cater to all the needs of the men they were going to send to me.”
She was not the only one. It has been alleged that upwards of 40 young girls were corrupted by billionaire Epstein’s lust and money which not only buys him the innocence of youth but also endears him to politicians, universities, and others who scrounge for his money disregarding his moral turpitude and creepiness. Epstein in 2008 served 13 months in jail after being convicted of soliciting a minor for sex. How can anyone be in the same room with him or take his money knowing what he had done?
If the Boston United States Attorney’s office is to be taken seriously when it engages in prosecuting people for minor crimes like obstruction of justice or lying to an FBI agent then it should do something about the continuing leaks that emanate from its grand jury.
It seems to me that whoever in its office is undermining the grand jury process should be found out and brought before the court and charged with contempt..
Rule 6 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure provides: “Unless these rules provide otherwise, the following persons must not disclose a matter occurring before the grand jury: (i) a grand juror;(ii) an interpreter;(iii) a court reporter;(iv) an operator of a recording device;(v) a person who transcribes recorded testimony;(vi) an attorney for the government;
The Rule goes on to provide: “A knowing violation of Rule 6, or of any guidelines jointly issued by the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence under Rule 6, may be punished as a contempt of court.”
We know the person who has been favored in the past by the grand jury leaker. It is Shelley Murphy at the Boston Globe. Back in 2002 Billy Bulger was called to testify before a Congressional Committee that had been set up to investigate the FBI but somehow turned its investigation onto Billy. He was scheduled to testify on December 6. On December 3 on page one Murphy quoted from a transcript of a secret grand jury hearing in which Billy was called to testify. Her purpose and that of the leaker was to diminish Billy in the eyes of the committee. It was clear someone had given her that transcript in violation of Rule 6. She had no right to have it. No investigation resulted. The Boston U.S. attorney’s office showed no concern over this if not outright pleasure.
Last week when I wrote about the paucity of support Alan Dershowitz had received from his fellow academics I wondered whether they knew something about Alan’s lifestyle that the rest of us didn’t. Hopalong wrote to remind me of the incident between Mike Barnicle and Alan that took place years ago.
On December 6, 1990, Barnicle wrote a column in the Boston Globe. It was entitled “Open Mouth, Get in Paper.” Barnicle wrote: “Al is available to issue statements on any number of newsworthy or utterly ridiculous topics: Iraq, sex, Russia, abortion, education, sex, movies, basketball, the designated hitter, sex, inflation, sex. “ Now that Alan’s got himself named in the matter involving Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Roberts and we see Barnicle’s repetition of sex four times as the topics that Alan is available to speak about perhaps those fellow professors knew of his same proclivity.
Barnicle was writing about how Alan opposed a guy he had never met for a judgeship. He said: “But Al doesn’t have to talk to a guy to oppose him. Fragments of information, third hand stories, innuendo, gossip, guilt by association or a plain, old-fashioned smear are quite enough when you have fine, liberal credentials.” If that is true, how fine it is that one who thrived on gossip is now the subject of much locker room talk himself. I’d suggest if you want to play loose with other people’s reputations your complaints when your own reputation is being tarnished will be met with sardonic smiles.
Barnicle went on to say: “I do know that it’s pretty easy to stick it to someone in public life these days, anyone at all, and be certain that reality will never catch up to the initial indictment.” That, of course, we’ve seen with Billy Bulger and John Connolly, the truth like the tortoise has had a difficult time chasing after and catching up with the hare of scandal.