- PROSECUTING DR. PARKER: THE SENTENCING HEARING
- September 14, 2000 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Today, I attended the four-hour sentencing hearing for
Dr. Joseph Parker. For those unfamiliar with this travesty, please see
the previous posting PROSECUTING DR. PARKER. (Use the search engine, you
can probably find it faster.)
- Dr. Parker, now former marine, former ICBM Silo officer,
and former emergency room physician, was sentenced to 37 months in prison.
His "crime" was reporting receiving child pornography over the
Internet to FBI agents who failed to follow procedures to properly document
his contact with them and failed to follow procedures to come to his residence
and collect the evidence. Dr. Parker called FBI agents at least five times
to report receiving child pornography. Dr. Parker co-operated with the
FBI in setting up a sting operation to catch a possible child molester.
The evidence sat uncollected in Dr. Parker's computer until his e-mail
address was found in the computer of a child pornographer by U. S. Customs
- Customs Agents came to Dr. Parker and asked him if he
knew how they obtained his name in connection with child pornography.
He stated to them that he had called the FBI and Customs had obtained it
from them. Because his numerous reports of receiving child pornography
and the assistance in setting up an FBI sting operation had not been properly
documented, the FBI did not immediately confirm his statements made to
the Customs Agents. Dr. Parker was arrested and charged with possessing
- Subsequent to Dr. Parker's arrest, the FBI admitted to
possessing documentation of his reports of receiving the child pornography
and Dr. Parker helping them to set up a sting operation. At this point
the Justice Department had the choice of admitting that a mistake had been
made when this man was arrested or prosecuting him to cover-up their incompetence
- Enter the Clinton appointed US Attorney for the Eastern
District of Arkansas, Paula Casey, who apparently perceived in Dr. Parker's
bizarre situation an opportunity to pursue a personal agenda. Despite
her busy schedule and substantial workload of major cases, Paula Casey
found time to sit in the back of the courtroom for the entire four hour
sentencing hearing. From my aggregate experience working in every level
of government from city/county to federal, I can tell you that there are
a limited of number of things that will draw a government official at Paula
Casey's level to watch their underlings at work. Most prominent among
them are (1) something they have an emotional investment in and (2) observing
the application of methods and procedures established to implement a new
policy so the methods and procedures can be fine tuned for future application.
I did not learn of this case until the trial phase was over. I only can
attest to what happened at the sentencing hearing which I observed today.
It was obvious that Dr. Parker was prosecuted to cover up the incompetence
and bungling of government employees and to fulfill the personal agendas
of Paula Casey and her minions who argued the case.
- The clearest evidence of this bungling-and-incompetence/personal-political-agenda
was an argument made by the lead prosecuting attorney. It was argued that
Dr. Parker had, in fact, prevented apprehension of the child pornographers
by failing to take the evidence to the FBI, which he was improperly instructed
to do. (If you received a package of cocaine by mistake, would YOU drive
it to your nearest FBI Field Office and risk arrest along the way if you
were pulled over for some reason or involved in an accident? "But
Officer the FBI told me to deliver this cocaine to them." "Yea,
right, shoot him, Dano.") Despite having the files in their possession
for some time, the Justice Department has apparently not been able to find
these pornographers, making a lie of their own argument. Dr. Parker, who
reported the criminal activity and tried in vain to get somebody to do
something, has apparently been the only person arrested and prosecuted.
The FBI sting operation, which would never have occurred if not for Dr.
Parker's help, was also bungled and no one was arrested.
- Additional proof that this was nothing but a malicious
prosecution, was the sadistic, transparent argument made attempting to
obtain quadruple sentencing enhancement. The lead prosecuting attorney
argued that when Dr. Parker voluntarily turned the child pornography files
over to the Customs Agents, in the mistaken belief they had appeared as
a result of his previous reports to the FBI, that act constituted trafficking
in child pornography. I could not believe I had heard this argument and
asked both US Attorney Paula Casey and one of the attorneys prosecuting
the case what specific act was the basis for the trafficking in child pornography
allegation. After a few minutes of listening to Paula Casey engage in
evasive babbling and my repeating the question, she finally admitted that
she did not know what the basis of the trafficking allegation was. She
also refused to answer when I asked if she had made the decision to prosecute
Dr. Parker. The prosecuting attorney's answer was that I should read the
- The final reason I am certain this was a malicious prosecution,
occurred when I looked at the prosecuting attorney table and at Paula Casey
sitting in the back of the courtroom when witnesses broke into tears pleading
for mercy for Dr. Parker, including Dr. Parker's daughter who broke down
pleading for her Father to come home with her. There was not a flicker
of human emotion on any of their faces. Not a sign of sympathy. Not a
sign of regret. Nothing. This vacuum of emotion occurred in the context
of grown men among the spectators openly crying. Nothing human could have
sat unmoved in that courtroom.
- Perhaps Alexander Solzhenitsyn's insight that for men
to do evil they must first believe they are doing good combined with a
fact presented by Defense Attorney Greene can inform about why this case
has sobering implications for all of us. Attorney Greene stated that he
had reviewed all the federal prosecutions in child pornography cases and
never before had a person who reported receiving child pornography to authorities
ever been prosecuted. Dr. Parker is the test case for new methods of manipulating
otherwise decent people to believe an innocent person is guilty. A handy
tool for corrupt government employees who might want the ability to destroy
citizens who become perceived threats to their misdeeds and excesses. This
is new policy created ad hoc out of the destructive opportunities perceived
and exploited in the particulars of Dr. Parker's unique situation. That
is why US Attorney Paula Casey was there observing what transpired. This
is a doubly diabolical policy device designed to further damage social
stability. This new policy has two easily identifiable destructive consequences.
First, it will instill fear in people who might think about reporting
criminal activity, especially child pornography and child molestation.
The primary beneficiaries of a policy that intimidates people who might
report such crimes are child pornographers and child molesters. An important
question to be answered is why US Attorney Paula Casey would want to implement
a policy that benefits child pornographers and child molesters by discouraging
people from reporting them?
- When word spreads about what happened to Dr. Parker,
as a result of his attempting to reported a crime, potential crime reporters
will legitimately worry about whether or not the law enforcement officer
will properly document their report and if reporting and cooperating in
improperly documented investigations will result in their being arrested
and prosecuted for the crime, like Dr. Parker.
- The second identifiable consequence can be observed in
any of the historical Holocausts you care to examine, for example Jews
in Germany or Armenians in Turkey. One of the tools for setting up someone
for destruction is to depict them as a moral degenerate. This works, because
no one wants to risk damaging themselves by coming to the defense of someone
labeled a moral degenerate, whether it is true or false. Paula Casey dusted
off an old tool for a new policy, label people you are seeking to destroy
a child pornographer and no one will dare challenge you.
- I believe I can safely assert it is generally recognized
that using the power and resources of government to maliciously destroy
lives is evil. US Attorney Paula Casey has no business either developing
or implementing methods, procedures and polices that exploit public revulsion
of child molesters and child pornographers to destroy human lives in pursuit
of some personal agenda of her own or the agenda of organized interests
with which she affiliates or identifies.
- Such behavior was wrong in Nazi Germany. It was wrong
in Turkey. It is wrong in the United States today. Paula Casey, and any
other government officials using their position to commit such evil deeds,
need to be removed from office and prosecuted for crimes against humanity,
just as their predecessors in Nazi Germany.
- The necessity of such action has been stated in word
more clearly than any I have been able to put together, "But if for
no other reason, Evil must be destroyed so that we can once more guide
our own destinies." (The Darkest Day: cited on Famous and Infamous
- We may have no chance of bring these people to justice
under the current administration, but the day will come when we can. Until
then, let everyone watch, remember, and oppose them as best you legally
can. Your turn on the docket could very well be next.
- The Paula Casey's of today, who have undeservedly gained
access to government power and resources, are not going to let citizens
live their lives in a manner they do not approve of, and that is only if
they refrain from using government power and resources to kill independent
or "uncooperative" citizens outright, as has been done numerous
times in history. If you think these observations are foolish or unwarranted,
remember one of the numerous similar statements made by President Clinton,
who appointed Paula Casey, "the purpose of government is to reign
in the rights of the people." (Bill Clinton, 1993 MTV interview,
- James Roger Brown
- You will not believe this judicial atrocity. This case
comes about as close to absolute proof the criminal justice system is totally
out of control as you are likely to find. _____
- Sometimes, reporting a crime to the FBI might be the
last thing you want to do.
- By Mara Leveritt
The Arkansas Times
- You open your e-mail one day and find pornographic images
of children. What should you do?
- Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Johnson does not hesitate
- "You should contact the FBI and arrange for them
to come and take possession of the material immediately."
- But Johnson, an assistant to U.S. Attorney Paula Casey
in Little Rock, is not so quick to answer why, after a Little Rock physician
called the FBI - not once but three times - to report having received such
illegal images, federal agents failed to "come and take possession
of the material" at all, and months later, Casey's office prosecuted
the physician for the felony of possessing it.
- Casey defends the decision and takes exception to the
doctor's characterization of his actions. And a federal jury found the
doctor guilty. But the story of how this case was handled - by officials
at the FBI, the U.S. Customs Service, Casey's office, and the federal court
- emerges as a cautionary tale for every computer owner who receives illegal
material by e-mail and considers reporting it.
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