Pig News 47

Robert Melia

Robert Melia

A New Jersey judge has dismissed animal cruelty charges against a cop accused of committing a sex act with young cows, saying a grand jury had no way of knowing whether the animals were “tormented.”

Moorestown police officer Robert Melia, who is currently suspended, allegedly engaged in oral sex acts with five calves in Southampton in 2006.

Since New Jersey currently has no law explicitly banning such an act [Well they need to pass a law immediately! Call it the No More Blow Jobs For Cattle Act Of 2009. -PSUSA], prosecutors in Burlington county brought animal cruelty charges against Melia, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

The judge’s dismissal does not mark the end of Melia’s legal woes.

He, along with girlfriend Heather Lewis, was arrested in April 2008 for sexually assaulting three girls over a five-year-period.

Authorities investigating those charges reportedly uncovered videos on his computer of a girl being “subjected to sexual activity” in addition to taped encounters between Melia and the calves.

A jury found Michael Rodrigues, 48, guilty on three counts of rape and one count of spousal rape.

Rodrigues, however, has not been charged with raping the 17-year-old.

Rodrigues faces a possible sentence of 60 years to life in prison.

He also said that on several occasions Rodrigues held a gun to her head and threatened to kill her.

During closing arguments, prosecutor Patrick Placios called Rodrigues a “serial rapist” and also accused the former deputy of having unlawful sex with a 17-year-old as many as 10 times.

Two more former Chicago police officers pleaded guilty this morning to charges related to illegally searching drug dealers and gang suspects and stealing money from them.

Ex-Sgt. James McGovern pleaded guilty in Cook County Criminal Court to misdemeanor attempted obstruction of justice and was sentenced to two years probation, and former Officer Frank Villareal pleaded guilty to felony theft and was sentenced to four years probation.

That brings the number of guilty pleas so far in the probe of the former elite Special Operations Section of the Chicago Police Department to seven.

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Following a brief hearing in U.S. District Court Thursday morning, the jury reached its verdict of $300,000 in punitive damages to punish Jones for repeatedly striking Payne with a fist after he kicked Jones in the groin.

Payne, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, had become agitated and belligerent while experiencing a mental health episode at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center. During the incident, Jones punched and kneed Payne in order to “gain compliance” after he already was restrained with handcuffs.

… Jones was terminated from the Utica Police Department in 2008 in connection with this incident, but he has since been hired part-time at the Frankfort Village Police Department.

Jody Beaudry crying like a baby

Jody Beaudry crying like a baby

Jody Beaudry began to cry after hearing Circuit Judge Keith Spoto announce the punishment.

Beaudry must also serve 9 1/2 years of sex offender probation.

During an emotional hearing, his lawyers, Julia Williamson and David Carmichael, requested house arrest.

Family and friends, including Beaudry’s ex-wife, described him as a dedicated father of two children.

Many spoke about Beaudry having a special bond with his 10-year-old son who has a genetic defect, Apert syndrome, and has had numerous surgeries.

Beaudry told the judge about his love for his children.

… Investigators initially said William Shepherd, a former Mulberry officer who now works with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, saw Beaudry having sex with the girl but did not report the incident.

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Yeah, he loved them all right. Sure he did.

According to the reasonable cause affidavit, Binkley took possession of a Glock semiautomatic 9 mm pistol and magazine clip valued at $599 during an accident investigation May 11, and on May 31 during another accident investigation, Binkley took possession of a Benchmade knife, valued at $250.

According to the affidavit, Binkley told deputies he worked the accident scenes with that he intended to keep the gun and knife, and that the owner of the gun “was a felon and would not be asking about the gun.” The affidavit also accused Binkley of lying when he stated no firearms were found in the vehicle.

Arkansas State Police Special Agent Wendall P. Jines wrote in the affidavit the gun and knife were both found inside Binkley’s home and Binkley admitted to taking both items, but claimed he was keeping the gun to give it back to the owner.

TAMPA – A former Sarasota County sheriff’s deputy claims he was the victim of discrimination because he was fired for excessive alcohol use.

Clinton Knowles filed a federal lawsuit against Sheriff Thomas Knight under the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act, claiming protection under the law because his alcoholism is a disability.

“It was widely known … throughout the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office that the plaintiff suffered from alcoholism to such an extent that it substantially impaired and limited plaintiff’s ability to perform one or more of his major life activities,” the lawsuit states.

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The Broward Sheriff’s Office has quietly reached a $2 million settlement with Jerry Frank Townsend, a mentally challenged man who was wrongly convicted and spent 22 years in prison for a series of murders that DNA later showed he did not commit, documents obtained by The Sun Sentinel show.

Under the terms of the settlement, Townsend, who is now 57 but has the mental functioning of an 8-year-old, will receive a series of payments. He was paid $500,000 earlier this year and will receive $300,000 per year in each of the next five years.

The settlement in the civil rights violations lawsuit named BSO, current and former sheriffs Al Lamberti, Ken Jenne and Nick Navarro, and former sheriff’s deputies Tony Fantigrassi and Mark Schlein.

Townsend was sentenced to several life terms and served 22 years in prison for convictions in six murders and one rape he did not commit in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. He was arrested in 1979 in Miami on a rape charge, then turned over to Broward authorities who charged him with six murders.

The case became a notorious example of how mentally challenged people are particularly vulnerable to making false confessions under pressure from officers.

BSO and its deputies “fabricated evidence, concealed exculpatory evidence, tampered with witnesses, and coerced a false confession by intimidation and deception from [Townsend], who they knew was a mentally challenged person,” the civil suit argued./snip/

Terry Jones

Terry Jones

According to court records on May 21, 2009, Terry Jones and Mykol Brookshire confiscated money from a detained motorist.

Sperling said the vehicle was driven by an agent acting in an undercover capacity.

“The officer who effected the stop contacted defendant Jones who directed defendant Brookshire to go to the scene.  A search of the vehicle revealed six bundles of currency.  Brookshire took one of the bundles to his patrol car, then placed the other five on the dash of his car.  Defendant Jones then informed the

Mykol Brookshire

Mykol Brookshire

undercover agent that he would be jailed if he failed to complete a release of currency form.  Defendant Jones then contacted the office of the Drug Enforcement Administration and advised that they had seized five bundles of currency.  Defendant Jones then presented the undercover agent the release of currency form and again informed him that if he didn’t sign the form, he would go to jail.  The undercover agent signed the form and was then released.  The defendants stole a portion of the confiscated cash,” said U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling.

A search of the undersheriff’s home turned up $2,600 in cash in an air duct to a stove exhaust fan and $2,400 in cash was retrieved from the sheriff’s home.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a federal jury has convicted a former Choctaw County sheriff’s deputy of violating the civil rights of three men.

According to U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling, Ben Milner was convicted Thursday on three counts of violating the civil rights of his victims and two counts of falsifying official reports.

A federal indictment alleged that Milner physically abused a truck driver during a traffic stop in October 2005. He also was accused of beating two inmates with an ax handle while they were in custody in October 2007.

An attorney for Milner couldn’t be reached for comment late Thursday.

He faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years for each civil rights offense and 20 years for each obstruction offense.

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