Daily Archives: August 26, 2011
I am happy that this sick ex-pediatrician, Earl Bradley, has received 14 consecutive life sentences for the molestation and rape charges he received in 2009. Not only did he videotape his attacks, but they were well planned, vicious, but there were also 86 victims, that the police were able to prove. The abuse he inflicted on many young girls (all but one were female) was a recurring act starting in 1998, as far as authorities are aware; The average age of these victims was 3-years-old.
The full article from CBS News is below if you want more information on this story. Many people had to leave the courtroom while hearing about the brutality involved in this case, and although the article from CBS is mild, it still explains some of the perversions that are within this man’s head.
CBS NEWS -
(AP) GEORGETOWN, Del. – An ex-pediatrician accused of raping and sexually assaulting scores of his young patients over a decade is awaiting a judge’s decision after a one-day trial in which the graphic testimony moved women to tears and drove others from the courtroom.
Prosecutors on Tuesday presented their case against Earl Bradley to a judge in southern Delaware, just miles from his former office in Lewes. Witnesses painted the 58-year-old, gray-bearded former doctor as a predator who covertly videotaped naked patients during exams and who raped young victims or forced them to perform oral sex.
“The rapes were violent, they were brutal,” state police Detective Scott Garland testified. “… The violence we were seeing was significant, and beyond anything I had ever witnessed. Nothing had prepared me for it.”
Prosecutors gave Sussex County Superior Judge William Carpenter Jr. hours of graphic video evidence to review, recorded by Bradley himself, documenting the abuse. On the tapes are a total of 86 victims dating to 1998, prosecutors said. All but one were young girls with an average age of 3.
If convicted, Bradley could face life in prison for each of the 14 rape charges against him. He also is charged with assault and sexual exploitation of a child.
The judge will decide the case since Bradley waived his right to a jury trial after his lawyers were unsuccessful in suppressing video evidence against him. He did not indicate when he would rule, but the outcome hardly seems in doubt.
Bradley’s defense lawyers did not cross-examine either of the prosecution’s witnesses, both Delaware state police detectives. Instead, Bradley’s state-appointed lawyer Dean Johnson began by reminding the judge of the defense’s objection to the videos’ admission. Defense lawyers had previously argued unsuccessfully that the videos were improperly seized from Bradley’s office and are expected to pursue an appeal on that issue.
Any appeal would have to wait until after sentencing, however, which likely would be months after the judge rules. Any appeal would be heard by Delaware’s Supreme Court. It would be unlikely that a three-judge panel of the court, or the full court itself, would hear any appeal before next year.
Dressed in a gray prison jumpsuit, Bradley said little during Tuesday’s four-hour trial, speaking only when the judge asked a few questions, including whether he wanted to testify. He squinted through heavy glasses and often stared at the wall or the defense table. He never took the stand.
Instead, the judge and those in the courtroom listened to detectives who described how Bradley had developed a variety of ruses to conceal his abuse.
Garland, a computer forensics expert, reviewed the more than 13 hours of video taken from Bradley’s office complex. He said Bradley had pocket-sized pen cameras he would use to surreptitiously record a child’s genitals during exams, often with parents in the room.
To get his victims away from their parents, Bradley would offer toys kept in the office’s basement, said the other witness, Det. Thomas Elliott. Another recurring theme was to explain that a child had received an especially painful shot and that the sugar from a Popsicle could help ease the pain, Garland said. Children were then taken alone for a treat and abused.
“You can see the child has a Popsicle in her hand during the course of some of the rapes,” Garland said.
Videos of the abuse were filed and categorized in folders with names like “Summer Best,” Garland said, with some protected by software that looked and acted like a safe and required an eight-digit password.
The detective’s testimony about the videos included describing Bradley with his hands wrapped tightly around the heads of young children, violently forcing them to perform oral sex on him. When Bradley was finished the assaults, he would sometimes lift up the young victims by the head and throw them several feet onto a couch in the rear of the building at his office complex where investigators found the videos, Garland said. Sometimes he would perform “rescue breathing” and chest rubs to revive the semiconscious victims, the detective said.
Some witnesses in the courtroom sobbed during that description, and one couple stormed out, slamming the door.
About 50 observers were in the courtroom at the trial’s start, though some had trickled out by the end of the day. Passions were clearly running high. The Associated Press has not identified the relatives of victims in the case in order to protect the identities of children who are alleged victims of the sexual abuse.
One woman who did not want to be identified but said she was the grandmother of one of the alleged victims said she wished she could shoot Bradley.
Syrian cartoonist, 60, has hands broken by masked government forces after he pokes fun at the president
Masked gunmen dragged Syria’s best-known political cartoonist from his car before dawn, broke both his hands and left him bleeding along the side of a road days after he compared Syria’s president to Moammar Gaddafi.
Ali Ferzat, 60, who had made stinging drawings of Bashar al-Assad, 45, was grabbed yesterday when he left his artist’s studio in Damascus, the second-largest city in the Middle East country.
Hospitalised with serious injuries, Mr Ferzat appears to have become the most famous victim of the repression of Syria’s five-month uprising – a stark reminder that no Syrian is immune to the government crackdown.
The artist, who has earned international acclaim for his caricatures of leaders in the Arab world, such as Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi, was dumped on a road outside the city.
Scroll down to see video of the cartoonist in hosptial
Beaten: The 60-year-old cartoonist was attacked by masked gunmen when he left his studio on Thursday
Bloodied: The 60-year-old cartoonist remained in hospital overnight after four masked gunmen attacked him
The attack came as forces loyal to president Assad, who has been in charge of the country since 2000, killed eight people across Syria overnight, in a sustained campaign to re-establish his authority.
The protests against his power, which he inherited from his disliked father, have been ongoing for five months, and after seeing the demise of Colonel Gaddafi’s reign in Libya he critics believe he is re-asserting his power by attacking those who are against him.
In an interview with state television broadcast on Sunday, Assad said he was responding to armed unrest and that he would not bow to Western pressure because ‘reform for colonialist states among the West means to offer them all what they want and sell out all rights’.
This cartoon, published earlier in the week, shows Assad attempting to hitch a lift from Colonel Gaddafi, the tyrannical Libyan leader
One of the cartoonist’s pictures shows president Assad offering a man being beaten by his troops a cup of tea
The cartoonist pictured earlier in August posing in front of some of his pictures
And Today Assad’s troups fired at protesters after Friday prayers in the Damascus suburb of Douma
‘Protesters phoned in to say that two people have been killed, but this is an initial report still to be confirmed,’ an activist in Damascus said.
Other activists and residents reported protests in cities and towns, many of which have been stormed by tanks, stretching from Deir al-Zor province in the east to Deraa in the south to the northwest province of Idlib.
Meanwhile, Mr Ferzat lay badly bruised in a hospital bed last night with his hands swathed in bandages.
He recalled the gunmen telling him that ‘this is just a warning’ as they beat him, according to a relative.
‘We will break your hands so that you’ll stop drawing,’ the masked men said, according to the relative.
Mr Ferzat, who usually works late into the night, left his studio at 4am in the early hours of Thursday, but a jeep with tinted windows quickly cut him off, according to the relative.
Four masked gunmen then dragged him out of his car, bundled him into the jeep and drove him to the airport road just outside Damascus, beating him and making threats all the while.
The men then singed the artist’s beard, put a bag over his head and dumped him on the side of the road.
One of the cartoonist’s pictures shows president Assad offering a man being beaten by his troops a cup of tea.
Another shows a gunman scribbling out the word ‘democracy’ and replacing it with ‘bloodocracy’.
A third – which was published earlier this week – depicts the president with his thumb out, trying to hitch a lift from Colonel Gaddafi, who is seen to be fleeing Libya.
‘They broke his hands in the most disgusting and deplorable way to send a message,’ said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland of the attack.
‘It’s not only Ali Ferzat that we’re worried about. The regime has also locked up a number of other prominent dissidents to send a message.’
Before inheriting Syria’s presidency from his father in 2000, Bashar Assad, a British-trained eye doctor, used to visit Mr Ferzat’s exhibitions and offer encouraging words, the artist has said.
When the new president opened Syria to reforms, Mr Ferzat was allowed to publish the country’s first private newspaper in decades, a satirical weekly called The Lamplighter.
The paper was an instant hit, with copies of each issue selling out a few hours after hitting the stands.
Anti-Assad supporters pictured on Thursday in Casablanca
It was soon shut down, however, as Assad began cracking down on dissent and jailing critics after the brief, heady period known as the Damascus Spring quickly lost steam.
Mr Ferzat became a vehement critic of the regime, particularly after the military launched a brutal crackdown on the country’s protest movement.
His illustrations grew bolder in recent months, with some of his cartoons directly criticizing Assad, even through caricatures of the president are forbidden in Syria.
Human rights groups said Assad’s forces have killed more than 2,000 people since the uprising against his autocratic rule erupted in mid-March, touched off by the wave of revolutions sweeping the Arab world.
Assad’s crackdown has not spared other Syrian intellectuals and artists who dared to voice criticism.
A group of intellectuals and artists, including Syrian actress May Skaff, were rounded up and jailed for a week last month after holding a protest in Damascus.
And Damascus-based activist and film producer Shadi Abu Fakher went missing on July 23 and has not been heard of since.
Mr Ferzat, however, is the most famous victim of the repression to date. He had been encouraging other Syrian artists to side with the protesters, even publishing on his website a ‘List of Shame’ that included names of those who were on the side of the regime.
‘We were a group of reformers in the country, and suddenly, the doors of hell opened on us. It was a huge disappointment,’ Mr Ferzat said earlier this month.
‘There are two things in this life that cannot be crushed – the will of God and the will of the people.’
When being pulled over by police, the last thing you should do, is bribe them. While in some instances, it may work, in others, it may pile on more charges that you initially found yourself dealing with. This “dumbass” from Wisconsin, unfortunately, learned this lesson the hard way.
“I am a dumbass white boy from Wisconsin.”
That’s the best Christopher Parker, 24, could offer Chicago cops Wednesday morning after he was pulled over during a traffic stop and officers found a handgun, a stack of cash, and a load of marijuana in his SUV.
Parker, pictured in the mug shot at right, allegedly offered police $100,000 if they would let him go, according to a police report. “I know that’s more than your salary,” he said, adding, “Take the car, take the money. I don’t care. Just let me walk, bro. Please let me go.”
Along with describing himself as a “dumbass,” the Eau Claire resident noted that, “I watch ‘Gangland,’ and I came to the South Side of Chicago to act like a big baller. I borrowed a gun from a friend for protection, and I was scared to be driving down here. I’m on vacation with my family and I have the gun because my girlfriend is scared, too.”
[“Gangland” is a History Channel series that focuses on criminal organizations across the United States.]
Along with gun and drug counts, Parker was charged with trying to bribe a cop. He is being held in the Cook County jail in lieu of $90,000 bail.
Gaelan Edwards, 12, had to do something most boys his age never have to do; In fact, most older men don’t get as close to delivering a baby as Gaelan has.
The young boy’s mother, Danielle Edwards, was at her home in Canada on Sunday morning in the very early hours. Being that she was two days overdue with the baby, she knew that she needed help when she started having pains and called for her eldest son, Gaelan. Luckily, the good student also had a fascination with medical shows and often caught them on television, so when his mom screamed for him and had his baby brother’s head already coming into the world, he leapt into action.
…covered in blood and with amniotic fluid up to his elbows, he rested the baby’s head on his forearms as his mother pushed.
As he pulled the baby out by the shoulders, he then went to the kitchen to get some scissors and a clean paper-bag clamp.
He then helped Ms Edwards push out her placenta and clamped and cut the umbilical cord before wrapping his seconds old baby brother in a blanket and handed him to his proud mother.
He called a family friend and washed up. The whole experience lasted 20 minutes.