Monday, June 11, 2012

TX - Grandfather describes beating death as an accident

Original Article


By Sonny Long

The grandfather of the 4-year-old girl whose father beat a man to death said Monday that his son was sorry the man died.

"My son. Sorry," the grandfather said in broken English Monday afternoon yards from where the incident took place Saturday off Lavaca County Road 302. "It was an accident."

The father told law enforcement that he caught the man molesting his daughter and tried to physically stop him.

Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon said the father expressed regret after the beating occurred.

"He was very remorseful. I don't think it was his intent for the man to die," Harmon said.

The incident took place through a metal gate, down a rut-filled - almost gully-filled drive in a pasture behind a barn where the father was tending to horses, Harmon said.

No charges have been filed in the case and neither the father nor the 47-year-old man who died has been identified by law enforcement.

"We are still having trouble locating the deceased's next of kin," the sheriff said. "The chief deputy has been in Gonzales running down some leads, but his family may end up being from out of the country."

Across the county road from where the beating took place, a neighbor said the family who owns the property are "good people."

"They have horses and chickens over there and come out every day to feed and water them," said the neighbor. "They are good people, good hard-working people."

District Attorney Heather McMinn said that once the investigation is complete and turned over to her office, she will present it to a grand jury.

Our comments on the video below:
So Nancy, you are an ex-lawyer right, who is suppose to look at all evidence before jumping to conclusions, right? So since this man is dead, he'll never be able to tell his side of the story and you just assume what the father says is true? Come on, remember what you were taught? So the message I see here is, if you want to kill someone, just accuse them of molesting your child, kill them so they cannot speak, then you will be made out to be a hero! That is just pathetic and not what the "justice" system is suppose to be about. I can understand beating the man a couple times, but enough times to kill him? I believe this is involuntary man-slaughter and the father should be punished for it. We cannot have vigilantes running around doing as they wish, but that's not what I get from Nancy's comments!

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UK - Digital Surveillance / Big Brother Plans to be announced by Queen Elizabeth Speech

UK - Facebook forced to reveal trolls' identities

Original Article


By Emma Woollacott

The British High Court is to force Facebook to hand over the IP addresses of dozens of internet trolls who falsely accused a woman of being a pedophile.

[name withheld] only 'crime' was to post a message showing support for a contestant on the X Factor game show. "Keep your chin up, Frankie, they'll move on to someone else soon," she said.

But unfortunately for [name withheld], the trolls did exactly that. A barrage of abuse about her followed, with the trolls even setting up a fake profile page labelling her a pedophile and drug dealer, which was used to send explicit sexual messages to girls.

The trolls even published her address and a photograph of her daughter.

When an approach to the police failed to get anything done, [name withheld] launched legal action herself to force Facebook to hand over information that could help identify the trolls.

She says that, once their identities are revealed, she plans to launch private prosecutions against at least four of the people concerned.

She's highly critical of Facebook's reporting system, telling the Daily Telegraph that it 'doesn't work'.
- We agree with that!  We've been called pedophiles as well and reported the pages, nothing!

"The abuse is absolutely horrendous and nothing can be done about it and nothing can be stopped. No one in authority is stepping in to say enough. I know that what I am doing is right," she says.

"It might take a while because I am not going to stop until these people are found, exposed and held accountable to what they have done."

The case is a first in the UK. Facebook says it will hand over the IP addresses when it receives the court order, which needs to be phyically delivered to the company's headquarters in the US.