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“Trial Mix”. Let’s talk about the George Huguely murder trial.

We’re now on Day 2 of jury selection in the trial of George Huguely, the University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of murdering his former girlfriend, fellow lacrosse player, Yeardley Love. I’d by lying if I said I didn’t have a dog in this fight for so many reasons. Mr. Huguely is represented by the same defense team that defended one of my rapists, and, seeing the coverage is certainly a bit of a trigger – it’s like time has stopped. Same courtroom, same Rhonda and Fran, same supporters of Miss Love, wearing pink, as my sorority sisters did in solidarity, much to the consternation and objection of Ms. Quagliana.

Courtesy: UVA Sports

It seems as though Judge Hogshire (same judge) is allowing the photographs of the crime scene, in a late decision this past Saturday night. Defense found these photos to be “prejudicial.” I daresay a jury should be allowed to see the photos of the alleged victim. Round One = Prosecution (same prosecutors, Dave and Claude).

In reading the excellent reportage from The Hook, The Daily Progress and WaPo, there seems to be a common thread among many commenters that they’ll be seeing Mr. Huguely “walking on the Downtown Mall” in about 10 years, due to the perception that Charlottesville juries are not so tough on defendants and that Charlottesville Circuit Court has a longtime history of short sentences for felony crimes. Feel free to comment on that one.

All I know is that my thoughts over the next few weeks are not with the ridiculous posturing and machinations of the defense team (they are, after all, doing their job) or how poor George had a terrible upbringing with an abusive, addict of a father and a pleaser of a mother. My thoughts are with Yeardley and her mother and sister and the notion that justice, even in the midst of a liberal jurisdiction and a media blizzard may be done.

May there be strength to all involved and prayers to the family – and wise choices on the parts of the jurors, prosecutors and Judge. I’ll be covering this and other subjects in the foreseeable future. It’s time we began to talk about this again – are University of Virginia (and other campus) women simply collateral damage behind the storied, ivied walls of a very traditional, Southern, sports-and-fraternity loving entity?

1-2-3 and go! Casey Anthony Verdict – your thoughts?

I did not watch the entire trial, but I did watch closing arguments as well as some of George and Cindy Anthony’s testimonies. Here’s my take: we all KNOW she did it, but the prosecution didn’t have much to work with, ergo, reasonable doubt. No DNA, no definitive motive, no method of death, a body that disintegrated far too long thanks to Police not listening to Roy Kronk, etc.

It will also, IMO, in extraordinarily bad taste for Baez and team to be yukking it up with Champagne right after the verdict. Such shades of O.J. Will Schadenfreude catch up with Casey in the form of perjury charges against Cindy and a big huge bill from the State of Florida? Or will she be wooed with interviews and book deals? All I care is that there is a dead precious baby and one or more of those folks know about it.

And what did you all think of Casey’s glamorous look at sentencing? The hair, the makeup, the broad smiles? Had I dodged that kind of bullet, I’d still be in my schoolmarm phase. OK, go!

Welcome to the “new” blog on WordPress! Enjoy your time here!

Hi, all!

As many of you know, I’ve been juggling book tour and talks and clubs with parenting, drafting my second book treatment and maintaining some sense of self-care throughout the madness. The new blog will talk about current events in crime and justice (no dearth of cases here, whew!) as well as some questions you may have about the book, having read it. Or not! In which case, here is my Amazon author page for upcoming events.

So many nice folks to thank for the success of this book – from my agent to my publisher, my editor, my publicist, and all the lovely people in the media who sought to tackle a “dirty” subject. We’ll be highlighting those writers, shows, bloggers, radio folks and champions, as well as including them as guest bloggers. I am so grateful to everyone who worked on this project and continue to do so!

If you are with the media, head to the main page and find me that way, but feel free to leave a (mostly appropriate and nice, please) comment here in the spirit of discussion. I clearly reject all troll-ish comments as they are not part of the discussion and it’s not worth it to expose other survivors or their families to boorish behavior as I used to.

I’ll even be coming into the year 2011 and using multimedia this time around, so yet, videos, photos and hyperlinks and perhaps my YouTube channel which I’ve been putting off. Amen!

So, come often, get your books out and we WILL schedule an online Twitter or blog reading one day soon with my publicist. In the meantime, I’ll be posting this evening about your thoughts on – er – THAT verdict. You know what I mean. Hmmmm….

Your help is needed for the Richmond HS gang rape victim.

Hopefully, justice will be served in this most horrifying case of a) gang rape at a school dance, b) where up to 20 bystanders cheered and said nothing.

The 15 year old victim is said to be resting at home following her hospitalization. Here’s how you can help!

*Please* take a moment to send a card or note to the survivor of last Sat’s gang rape: Richmond High School is accepting cards and donations for the victim and her family. They can be mailed to the school at 1250 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804-1011. Make checks out to the Richmond High Student Fund, with “For sex assault victim” written in the memo line.

Of course, I find it odd that the very school with improper lighting, security and chaperones is collecting the funds, but….please send your money to help her heal. She will have a long road, bless her.

Wow. Megan Williams RECANTS tale of horror/rape/beating/stabbing by 6.

We’ve been searching for it, but we blogged about this horrific case about a year ago. A young African-American woman was found in a rural trailer in West Virginia with injuries. She had, she told police, been held captive there by 6 white men and women and repeatedly beaten and sexually assaulted.

It was a horrifying case and those 6 “depraved” (as I then wrote) folks were sentenced to prison for up to 40 years.

Now, Megan Williams has come forward, via her attorney and is recanting the whole story, saying she wanted to get back at her boyfriend. Good God! She is expected to speak to media soon, but not quite yet as she fears for her safety, as well she should. When you mix false reporting and racial tension, it’s a powder keg.

Here’s where it gets weird. The prosecutor is standing by the convictions. Megan Williams never even testified and the 6 that were charged all CONFESSED. Are you following me thus far? Not one of them has filed an appeal and the evidence seems to be solid.

Something in the milk ain’t right. We’ll keep you up to date on this explosive revelation as it unfolds.

Lavinia Masters is one incredible woman.

I have so much praise for this woman and her fortitude. Keep going! Read about her story here.

It’s the sad truth that the statute of limitations has run out on her case, ergo, they cannot prosecute her now positively identified attacker. Perhaps we should strengthen THOSE laws if we are finally going to get to the millions of DNA samples that have been languishing. If we get to them quicker, we’ll be able to prosecute more cases, imprison more perpetrators and free those wrongfully accused. If we have a combined effort of testing the samples faster and lengthening the SOL’s, we could have some measure of success in the middle. Alas, we’ve got a long way to go.

We have the technology! Press on, Lavinia!

Roman Polanski still in Swiss jail.

You know my feelings on this. Extradition could take a very long time given Swiss extradition laws, but he will not be released so that he may live under house arrest in his Gstaad home.

As for the many in Hollywood, lining up to defend him: Scorsese, Winger, Allen, Ratner, Evans, Beatty, Weinstein, Adjani, et.al., I don’t believe that their view of his artistic genius should impact the severity of the charges. Simply because one is a) talented, b) survived the horrors of the Holocaust and c) lived through a grave personal tragedy does not mean he goes free.

Let’s not even discuss Whoopi Goldberg’s “that wasn’t ‘rape-rape'” comment. It’s too stupid to give any time here. Feeding a child drugs and alcohol, then penetrating her vaginally, orally and anally while she begged for it to stop, is rape. Rape. Rape.

What if Sharon Tate’s killer had been set free? Would Mr. Polanski have found that okay? No. Nor would anyone else. I guess what I’m saying is that the moral depravity of some in the Hollywood community is shocking. Well, maybe not.

Gang rape of West Liberian girl, 9, draws victim-blaming from her family.

This is one of the most egregious stories I’ve read in a while. A little girl (a refugee from Liberia, living in Phoenix) was gang-raped by a group of boys, aged 9-14 (the 14 year old will be charged as an adult) and get this: her family feels she “has brought shame” on herself and their good name. Both the victim and the perps hail from the African nation of Liberia where rape was only considered to be a crime in 2006.

I’ve got news for these savage folks; you now live in America, where rape is a crime. To criticize this poor child, who will be physically and emotionally scarred forever, is almost a bigger crime than the rape itself. Thankfully, when she is released from the hospital, she will NOT be going back to the home, but placed somewhere else by CPS. Liberian officials, including President Ellen Sirleaf (yeah, a woman) are trying to spin it as if they have no clue why the family’s attitude is such, but I am a bit skeptical. Animals.

Read carefully the older sister’s comments and tell me that the world hasn’t gone to Hell in a handbasket. She advocates that the suspects be released because “we are the same people”. Huh? There are days when I think that the United Nations, Angelina Jolie and Superman himself cannot change attitudes. It reminds me of Islamic honor killings and the like. Whatever dark age these people live in, it ain’t right.

Say a prayer for this little girl.

What is wrong with the world today?

When I first read this headline, I about screamed. Then, I realized perhaps this man was mentally ill (well, of course he is) and needs help. It seems 150 dead dogs were found in freezers in the man’s Dearborn, Michigan home and another 100 or so alive dogs roaming through feces and trash.

Authorities have taken the dogs (and the man) in. I will say that this is no Michael Vick case, but honestly, at what point do neighbors or family NOT realize there are almost 300 dogs, dead and alive, on a property? How do you even fit that many dogs in a home? What the heck?