Juan Thompson Sentenced To 5 Years In Federal Prison For Cyberstalking And Making Hoax Bomb Threats

Cross-posted from Stop Cyber Abuse.

“The response by and large is: Ignore it and turn off  your computer,” said Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor and author of “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.”

Law enforcement must realize that there is a difference between internet trolls and cyberstalkers.  When trolls are ignored, they generally go elsewhere and find someone else to hassle.  They generally don’t have personal hatred and retribution against those they troll. Trolls generally have no personal knowledge of those they troll.

Cyberstalkers are different.  What they do is intended to cause harm in the personal lives of their target victims and some extend that harm to the family of target victims.  They have usually been friends or another type of acquaintance.  When they are ignored, they find another way to get their target’s attention.   If their overall intent is to destroy their victim’s life, they continue and progress in their course of conduct.

As this case demonstrates, when they think that they will not be arrested, they eventually do something so outrageous that it goes beyond cyberstalking.

Juan Thompson

The convicted perpetrator in this case used actions to conduct his cyberstalking that cannot be explained in summary.  In other words, this post is going to be longer than usual.  There are two main sources I use for this post.  The Department of Justice’s press release gives details of illegal actions leading to arrest.  The other source is the Seattle Times that published an interview with the victim, Francesca Rossi.

Juan Thompson, 31, of St. Louis, was employed as a journalist by The Intercept from November 2014 until January 2016.  Thompson was fired for fabricating sources and quotes in stories.

In late 2014, Francesca met Juan on an online dating site.  She worked as a social worker.  They bonded over their commitment for reform.  In the Spring of 2015, Juan moved into Francesca’s Brooklyn apartment.

Francesca started getting harassing texts from ex-boyfriends. The wife of an ex-boyfriend said she sued Francesca, accusing her of giving the ex-boyfriend a sexually transmitted disease.  The lawsuit turned out to be a hoax.  Then Francesca found a nude picture of herself online.

Francesca contacted Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer that specializes in online harassment.  Attorney Goldberg quickly figured out that only one person was behind the harassment.  Juan had been posing as Francesca’s ex-boyfriends for months.  Francesca believed that he was trying to make her feel bad so he could intimidate and control her.  (Known fact; Stalkers often create conditions to cause their target victims to feel they need them to resolve or for comfort.) Read the rest of this entry

Running of the Bull Dogs

I don’t watch much commercial television.  When I do, I generally walk away from the television or scroll through the guide to see what is coming on later while the commercials play in the background.  If an advertiser wants to get and keep my attention, put dogs in commercials.

This video is a Geico commercial — the Running of the Bull Dogs.  It’s one of my favorites.  I can’t help but laugh each time I see it.  Hope you enjoy it as well.




Brother of Nicolas Cruz, Douglas High School Killer, Arrested For Trespassing at Same School

MIAMI — The brother of the teen charged with killing 17 people at a Florida school was arrested Monday afternoon for trespassing at the same school, authorities said.

Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and charged with trespassing on school grounds, a Broward Sheriff’s Office report said.

The teen was recorded by security cameras riding his skateboard at the school around 4:30 p.m. though he had received prior warnings from school officials to stay away from the campus, the report said.

Zachary Cruz told the arresting deputy that he was there to “reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in,” according to the report. It added that the teen had “surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds.”

The youth’s brother, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 14 shooting.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that documents show some officials recommended in September 2016 that Nikolas Cruz be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation, though the recommendation was never acted upon. Such a commitment would have made it more difficult, if not impossible, for Cruz to have legally obtained a gun such as the AR-15 assault-style rifle used in the shooting.

Jail records didn’t immediately list an attorney for Zachary Cruz.

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Illinois Correctional Officer Found Guilty For Grabbing Bartender In Her Crotch

Donald L. Cheney, Jr.

Generally, I would not think that this case would be of interest here because it’s unlike other cases I report that involve excessive use of force while on duty.  This one caught my attention because we have a president in office who said when men have money, they can do whatever they want to women — even grab them in their private areas.

Donald L. Cheney, Jr. did just that, and this case shows what women have to go through and prove to get a semblance of justice.

Illinois Department of Corrections Officer Donald L. Cheney, Jr. 42-years old, has been convicted of misdemeanor battery for doing what Donald Trump said he can do because he has money. Cheney Jr. was a correctional officer at a women’s prison in Illinois.

Cheney Jr. was originally charged with felony criminal sexual abuse.  He opted for a bench trial before Circuit Judge Thomas E. Griffith. Cheney’s defense filed a motion to dismiss the felony charge on the grounds that it was not proven that force was used.  Judge Griffith dismissed the felony charge, but found Cheney guilty for a misdemeanor battery charge.

The victim was a 27-year old bartender who on December 19, 2015, was working at the Department of Corrections annual Christmas party. She said she walked up to the table where the defendant was sitting when he grabbed her crotch area, over her jeans. Read the rest of this entry

Attorney General Sessions Fires McCabe

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FILE PHOTO:    Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington FILE PHOTO: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former No. 2 official who was deeply involved in the agency’s investigations of Hillary Clinton and Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election and was repeatedly criticized by President Donald Trump, he said on Friday.

“Based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,” Sessions said.

McCabe’s dismissal came two days before his 50th birthday, when he would have been eligible to retire from the Federal Bureau of Investigation with his full pension. The firing – which comes nine months after Trump…

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“Skin Deep” Featuring Buddy Guy

I love music, and Blues is one of my favorite genres.  Buddy Guy is a known Chicago Blues artist.  Eric Clapton described Buddy Guy as “the best guitar player alive”.   Alive he is!  Born on July 30, 1936, Buddy is still going strong.  When I discovered he partnered with Playing For Change for his anthem “Skin Deep,” I was delighted.

The video includes over 50 musicians from coast to coast, including Chicago Children’s Choir, and Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi.

“Playing For Change (PFC) is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.”


Hope you enjoy the song.


Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty For Nikolas Cruz

MIAMI — Florida prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in the fatal shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice Tuesday. The 19-year-old Cruz is scheduled for formal arraignment Wednesday on a 34-count indictment, including 17 first-degree murder charges.

Cruz’s attorneys have said he would plead guilty if the death penalty was not pursued in the Valentine’s Day massacre. The action by prosecutors Tuesday does not necessarily mean a plea deal will not be reached.

The only other penalty option for Cruz is life in prison with no possibility of parole.

via Florida prosecutors seeking death penalty in school shooting — Chicago Sun-Times

Personally, I don’t believe in the death penalty.  As this case illustrates, killing people who kill people to teach that killing is wrong does not work.

GOP Maine House Candidate Insults School Shooting Survivor Calling Her A “Skinhead lesbian”

LEWISTON, Maine — A Republican Maine House candidate has used Twitter to attack two students who survived a shooting at a Florida high school, calling one of them a “skinhead lesbian” and the other a “bald-faced liar.”

Leslie Gibson is the only declared candidate for the 57th District and told the Sun Journal it was “not appropriate to single out the Parkland students.” But he says he stands firm in his defense of “our constitutional rights.” He says he served in the military and took an oath “to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

A Democratic organizer in Greene says, “That sort of stupidity really turns people off.” Organizer Pat Fogg says she wishes she knew someone who could jump into the race.

The newspaper says Gibson has since made his Twitter account private.

via GOP candidate calls Parkland student ‘skinhead lesbian’ — Chicago Sun-Times

I had to read this article twice.  Is Leslie Gibson an adult?  Did Gibson forget that the oath he took to uphold and defend the Constitution includes the rights of every citizenship, regardless of their physical appearance and sexual preference?


Darth Vader Falls in Love

What a wonderful way to begin the week with a laugh.


I thought this was rather interesting.  I am a resistance soldier all the way, but I do like Darth Vader…

~Boston Brian

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Spring Forward In Time

It’s that time again.  At 2 a.m., set your clocks ahead one-hour.  For those of you with pet dogs, make sure you explain to them why they’re being walked early.  (Haha)


Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.



Parkland School Shooting Victim Files Legal Notice Of Suit Against Local Government

By Tina Bellon (Reuters) – A lawyer for a student wounded in February’s mass shooting at a Florida high school on Monday filed a legal notice of intent to sue the county sheriff’s office and the school district for failing to protect the students. The lawsuit would be the first for the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which a gunman killed 17 people and wounded or injured more than a dozen others.

The notice of intent to file a claim is required by Florida law before a lawsuit can be brought against government entities.

It would be brought on behalf of 15-year-old Anthony Borges and his family. Borges was shot five times during the massacre, suffering life-threatening injuries, and remains hospitalized, according to the notice.

“The failure of Broward County public schools, and of the principal and school resource officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent,” the family’s lawyer, Alex Arreaza, said in the notice.



via Florida school shooting victim files legal notice to sue local government — The Crusader Journal

DACA Expiration Comes and Goes; Senator Durbin Says Solution Unlikely Any Time Soon — Chicago Sun-Times

 On the day that protections were set to expire for people brought to the United States illegally as children, the man who has championed their cause — and given it a name — wasn’t giving up.

Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday he wants a promise from the Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, that the so-called Dreamers will not be deported while their renewal applications are still pending under the expiring program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

“I want to have a clear assurance that those that come forward to renew their DACA be protected from deportation while that application is pending. I think that is not unreasonable,” Durbin, D-Ill.

The Trump administration announced in September that it would end the DACA program and not renew permits that expired after March 5, but a federal court ruled in January that the Department of Homeland Security must continue renewing permits as the matter continues to move through the legal system. Rival immigration plans that would have offered protections for Dreamers failed in the Senate last month.

Durbin helped start and name the “Dreamer” movement when he introduced legislation using that acronym in 2001; DREAM stands for “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors.”

Monday, he pledged that Senate Democrats will continue to try passing a permanent solution for Dreamers, even though he admitted they have little leverage with the GOP controlling both houses of Congress.

“We have tried everything that we can. We are in the minority,” he said. “Now the only way it moves forward is if the Republican leaders get a signal from the President of something he will accept.”


via DACA expiration date comes and goes; Durbin says solution unlikely any time soon — Chicago Sun-Times

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Black History Month – Vivien Thomas and Heart Surgery

Vivien T. Thomas

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institution holds Personal Paper Collections in the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, including papers about the “blue baby” disease.  The surgical procedure eventually developed to save the lives of babies born with congenital heart malformation, robbing their blood of oxygen, is known as the Blalock-Taussig Shunt.  However, it was a Black man named Vivien T. Thomas who created that shunt.

Vivien T. Thomas was born on August 29, 1910 in Lake Providence, Louisiana. His family later moved to Nashville, Tennessee.  His father was a carpenter and Vivien followed in his dad’s footsteps until 1929.  That year, Vivien began working as an orderly in a private infirmary and he enrolled as a premedical student at Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial College.

The stock market crash bankrupted the bank where Vivien had saved money for school, and his savings were wiped out.  He dropped out of school and in 1930, he was hired at Vanderbilt University as a laboratory assistant for Dr. Alfred Blalock.  Blalock was conducting medical research using dogs, and Vivien’s responsibilities included taking care of the animals and cleaning-up after them. Read the rest of this entry

Shine – Courage and Tribute of the Students of Stoneman Douglas High School

The students of the Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Club perform “Shine.”  They wrote the song after the shooting at their school that took the lives of 17 and wounded 15.

Victims’ bios are at this link.


Knowledge of Automatic Guns When The 2nd Amendment Was Ratified Is A False Hypothesis

While watching the CNN townhall meeting last night, I became interested in how Dana Loesch, spokesperson for the NRA, said that there was knowledge of automatic guns when the Second Amendment was written, so the Second Amendment included ownership of automatic guns.

I’m one who often says that when the Second Amendment was ratified, that the guns of that time consisted of muskets.   Loesch’s rebuttal of that caused me to research today. Loesch named the Belton and Puckle guns as automatic weapons that existed when the Second Amendment was ratified. Read the rest of this entry

Officer On Trial For Shooting Manuel Burnley, Jr. In The Back

A Brown Deer police officer, 28-year old Devon Kraemer, is on trial, charge with aggravated battery and intending great bodily harm for shooting 28-year old Manuel Burnley Jr. in the back.  If convicted, the officer faces up to 10 years in prison.  Brown Deer is a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Manuel Burnley, Jr. suffered rib fractures and lost part of a lung, but after 12 days in the hospital, he survived the shooting and lives to tell his side of the story at trial.

During jury selection, several potential jurors admitted they likely couldn’t be impartial when the defendant is a police office.  About 6 potential jurors said they keep “We Back the Badge” signs in their yard, and 1 person said he has a “Black Lives Matter” sign.  Two men said that even if the prosecutor presented solid evidence of guilt, they would not vote to convict.

One potential juror works in a dry cleaners patronized by police officers.  One woman said that she and her husband, both White, were profiled when they were stopped on the north side because of the kind of car they were driving. She said the officer looked shocked when her husband rolled down the window and saw they are not Black.  The officer warned him that the car’s tint was too dark.

The jury consists of 14; the standard 12 plus 2 alternates.   I was unable to find any information on the jurors who were selected.   A condition imposed on the media might prevent them from making that information available to the public because Manuel is Black, and the two officers involved are White.

Circuit Judge Christopher Dee has imposed extra restrictions on news media covering the trial, including a prohibition on showing the faces of all witnesses. He has also prohibited live streaming of the trial without his express permission.  Television station reporting staff is working the pool feed from a single bench.  Read the rest of this entry

Guns Have Changed, But Not Gun Laws

I posted the following 30-second video in the comment section on a post, but feel it deserves its own post.

The organization that made the video is States United To Prevent Gun Violence.  Its website says:

“States United to Prevent Gun Violence is a grassroots network of 32 state affiliates working to make our communities and families safer.”

The most recent school shooting has resulted in teens becoming activists.  Maybe a movement titled “Student Lives Matter” (#SLM) should start, since more families can now relate to how guns are used under government sanction to take innocent lives.


Baltimore County Jury Awards $37 Million To Family of Korryn Gaines — SUPABUTTERFLY

A Baltimore County jury found Corporal Royce Ruby and the Baltimore County Police Department, liable for the death of Korryn and for the injuries her son, Kodi, suffered when he was shot. The jury of six women found that Ruby’s shooting of Korryn was not reasonable and therefore violated her civil rights. Interestingly, the jury […]

via Baltimore County Jury awards $37 Million Dollars to family of slain Korryn Gaines — SUPABUTTERFLY

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