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  1. You seem to take the position that the allegations against him are true and a point of fact. I’m not sure why you would take this position since in fact the police and prosecutors looked at all the evidence, including records hidden from public view due to privacy and didnt even feel it strong enough to even call a Grand Jury. Durkan probably sympathizes with him as a lawyer since regardless of actual guilt the law found him innocent and the mob rule that has brought up these complaints sooo many years after they were investigated and were found lacking is a miscarriage of justice. Very akin to what happens in China or Iran but an embarrassment in Ameirca where we claim to have due process rights.

    1. @ Evrett: My comment rules note that you must have one handle and only one. You’ve used this handle plus “Joe” plus “Joe Benoliel.” Assume one identity here & stick to it.

      Your claims are false. The Oregon state investigator in fact looked at the evidence 2 decades ago and thought he was guilty as sin:

      An Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded that Ed Murray sexually abused his foster son in the early 1980s, leading state officials to assert that “under no circumstances should Mr. Murray be certified” as a foster parent in the future, according to public records obtained by The Seattle Times.

      The investigation by Oregon Child Protective Services (CPS) of Jeff Simpson’s allegations determined them to be valid — meaning the agency believed Murray sexually abused Simpson, the records show.

      “In the professional judgement of this caseworker who has interviewed numerous children of all ages and of all levels of emotional disturbance regarding sexual abuse, Jeff Simpson has been sexually abused by … Edward Murray,” CPS caseworker Judy Butler wrote in the May 1984 assessment.

      …a Multnomah County prosecutor withdrew a criminal case against Murray because of Simpson’s troubled personality, not because she thought he was lying.

      “It was Jeff’s emotional instability, history of manipulative behavior and the fact that he has again run away and made himself unavailable that forced my decision,” Deputy District Attorney Mary Tomlinson wrote.

      “We could not be sure of meeting the high burden of proof in a criminal case — of proof beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty. However, this in no way means that the District Attorney’s Office has decided Jeff’s allegations are not true.”

      …a state foster-care specialist wrote in a summary:

      “Mr. Murray allegedly sexually abused the foster child in his home over a long period of time. Although he was not indicted, the Protective Services department feels that the allegations are true, as does the district attorney’s office.”

      Her problem was that the victims were deeply troubled, unstable and she couldn’t get them to show up for the trial. So she was forced to drop the charges, though she believed he was guilty.

      Durkan doesn’t sympathize with him “as a lawyer.” She sympathize(d) with him because he was a city power broker who could smooth her way to the mayoralty. Now that he’s done, he can’t help her any more and she dropped him like a hot potato.

      the law found him innocent

      The law did no such thing. The law found the victims couldn’t be relied on to appear in court to testify, so it was forced to drop the case.

      You clearly have a vested interest in this case. What is your vested interest? Because no one in Seattle feels the way you do, except perhaps his husband.

  2. Oregon child-welfare investigator is the caseworker I’m referring to as a potential religious nutjob. CPS caseworkers are rarely police. They are social workers. We have no idea what this person’s issues are or what her work history looks like. The prosecutor saw the full picture and disagreed with this caseworkers very strong assertion. The law found the “victim” had a history of manipulative behavior and frankly I’m surprise they said that publicly. AKA hes a liar.

    Regarding my personal stake, my family has been trying for 10+ years to pass legislation providing foster children lawyers independent of CPS. I actually spoke with Durkan a few times over the phone trying to get Gregioure to support our cause.

    1. @ Joe: There is absolutely no evidence that the child welfare investigator had any religious motivation. Further, what you’re doing is evidence-free speculation. I abhor this, detest it. Don’t do it. Comment rules clearly state that on controversial issues where there is disagreement you may not state your own opinions as fact unless they are bolstered by credible evidence.

      Further, the investigators claims were bolstered by statements from the district attorney herself that she supported them. Your attempt to peel off Murray’s accusers is a major fail. Of course investigators are not police. They’re not supposed to be. They investigate. That’s their job. And their investigation leads to prosecution much of the time so they know what burden of proof is necessary for a charge to stick & in this case they had the goods on Murray. But the personal damage suffered by the victim was too much to enable him to participate in the prosecution. That’s the only reason Murray got off. But as with most predators, he knew how to pick the most damaged kids to exploit. That’s why he picked Simpson. And this choice is what enabled him to skate free after his crimes were exposed.

      Nor is there any evidence there was any disagreement between the prosecutor and investigator. Both understood that despite their strong conviction of guilt, the victim was the linchpin in the case & they didn’t have him. So they couldn’t go forward.

      The law found the “victim” had a history of manipulative behavior and frankly I’m surprise they said that publicly.

      THe law found no such thing. Simpson had no history of manipulative behavior. None. This is bullshit spewed by Murray & his cabal. As for lying, it’s you who are a liar. I despise lies.

      You claim you support legal defense for foster children, yet you attack a foster child victim in this case. What you’re doing flies completely in the face of what you claim your values are. You are one strange dude. And I continue to suspect who you are & what your motivations are.

      You are done in this thread. I will be watching your future comments closely. If I suspect more shenanigans on your part your comment privileges may be restricted. THere is something suspicious about your presence here generally. I can’t put my finger on it. So you are free to continue participation in other threads. But not this one.

      1. [Ed., You apparently can’t read as i explicitly told you you were done in this thread. Since you refuse to follow the rules you are moderated. Only future comments which respect the rules will be published henceforth.]

  3. this has nothing to do with this article
    but i had to bring up another marketed item from the country that is commercializing the occupation
    a very interesting item in THE INTERCEPT , points out the militarism marketed by Israel

    “Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses”

    can anyone ring a bell into the americans minds in general and not only of jewish faith about this .

    how can “black lives matter ” not come to life when this is what YOUR policeman is trained to do, not to police BUT TO HATE AS A PROFESSION.

    you mention the alt right that is peanuts as far as population percentage goes compared to the ratio of policemen being trained to kill and hate anything that is not white

    you fear the north korea nut job, people wake up you ought to fear your corner cop who is not a cop anymore but a military security agent in disguise

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