Author: Joseph "Odie" Turner

It’s Time to Answer

On Thursday, June 14th, jurors in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse trial heard testimony from the eighth and final victim in this case. Just as the others before him had also testified to, Victim 8 recounted for the jury the disturbing and heart-wrenching details of how Sandusky had raped and molested him for years, oftentimes in the Penn State locker rooms or during ‘sleepovers’ at Sandusky’s home. In the course of his testimony, the victim stated that during one such ‘sleepover,’ Sandusky’s wife had been home, prompting the young boy to scream out for help, a desperate plea that would go unanswered. The accused pedophile is facing 52 counts of sexual abuse against ten different boys over a fifteen-year period. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 500 years behind bars, which would be a life sentence for the 68-year old. Sandusky denies the charges, despite the overwhelming evidence against him, and, lest we forget, that unsettling interview he did with Bob Costas. Sandusky’s defense attorney is arguing that the victims in this case are lying in order to make money off of future civil suits, an unfounded accusation that all eight of the victims have denied. Although the American legal system is based upon the notion of ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ there is no doubt in my mind that this scumbag used his position of...

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

It was the early morning hours of September 30, 1938. The major European powers had been meeting in Munich, Germany, for several days. Purposes of the conference were to discuss the future of the Sudetenland, land that held immense strategic importance to Czechoslovakia. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain hoped to avoid another world war. In order to do that, Britain, France, Italy and Germany – without the presence or approval of Czechoslovakia – signed the Munich Agreement, conceding the Sudetenland to Adolf Hitler. In the years to follow, Germany, under the control of Adolf Hitler, immersed the world into...

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Hate Crime vs. Murder: What’s the Difference?

Tweet Aaron Kreifels was walking along a fence on October 7, 1998, in Wyoming when he spotted a scarecrow hanging from a post. Confused by this sighting, Mr. Kreifels drew closer to the scarecrow, which he soon learned had not been a scarecrow at all. Instead, it turned out to be a twenty-one year old man by the name of Matthew Shepard. The young man was still alive but was in a coma, and he would remain that way for five days until he passed away on October 12, 1998. The end of Matthew Shepard’s life is both a...

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Children Will Listen: Settlement for Down Syndrome Family

Tweet “We would have aborted her.” These are words no child ever deserves to hear their parents say – these are words no parent should even consider uttering – but four-year-old Kalanit Levy’s mother and father said just that. Deborah and Ariel Levy lament the birth of their daughter to such an extent that they actually filed a lawsuit against Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon, over it. When it comes to medical malpractice cases, ‘wrongful death’ is a common grievance in courts across the country. However, Deborah and Ariel Levy filed a ‘wrongful birth’ suit against the hospital that...

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