Sunday, September 21, 2003

AG Bob Butterworth sues Kane's™ Furniture as Judge Logan gags the state's informant

On September 11 I was working the crossword puzzle in The Washington Post. Sixty-five down was was "Obstacle to free speech." I immediately thought of "Logan." But it was only three letters. "gag" was the correct answer. Earlier this month Lenny Englander convinced Circuit Judge Walt Logan to issue a temporary injunction against Ray Bradbury to shut him up on the Internet. Just eight months before, Englander had gotten to Judge Logan to shut up another man, Manny Gonzalez, who was exposing Kane's™ Furniture (another Englander client) on the Internet for alleged fraud. Gonzalez says that somebody in Kane's law firm told him that they were going to put him and his wife in jail. Then they got Judge Logan to issue a temporary injunction and Judge Penick to issue a permanent injunction. story

1978 Dale Report Confirms Early Abuse at Straight / James T. Russell, Sheriff Genung & Louis Kwall could have investigated Straight

In 1993 Pinellas-Pasco County prosecutor Bernie McCabe did not investigate Mel Sembler for possibly squashing a state health department attempt to close Straight. But that appears to be a pattern for the Pinellas State Attorney's office. Ten years before McCabe's predecessor James T. Russell took no action when the Dale Report confirmed child abuse at Straight. Read the story of how the State Attorney and Sheriff brought the Straight concept to Pinellas County and how Russell was not about to let anything happen to his baby. Story

Ray Bradbury's Watergate: Justice Pinellas County Style

On September 20, 1988 anti-Straight activist Ray Bradbury found himself before Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Crockett Farnell. The charge was breaking and entering of the controversial Straight, Inc. juvenile rehabilitation program. Prosecutors were asking for one year in jail. "He 'masterminded' the scheme and harassed the drug-treatment center and its chairman of the board of directors, Mel Sembler...", one said. "This was basically a burglary for sabotage. That's pretty severe. It's not some kid going in somebody's garage and taking a case of beer. . . . They had a very elaborate plan." Prosecutor Richard Mensch must have been especially annoyed at Bradbury. His brother Myron Mensch was on Straight's board of directors!

You might not approve of Richard Bradbury's methods even when fighting a county political machine on the take. But reading this story might help you understand what drives this man to do what he does. story