Ex-Boynton cop acquitted of rape

See previous article here: https://dawgonnit.com/2015/02/05/dipshit-of-the-day-stephen-maiorino-a-cop-who-raped-a-woman-after-checkpoint-stop/


The judge asked everyone in the courtroom not to show any emotion with the announcement of the verdicts in the trial of Stephen Maiorino, a former Boynton Beach Police officer accused of raping a young woman at gunpoint on the hood of his patrol car.

But the silence was shattered when the 21-year-old accuser cried after hearing “not guilty” to all four charges, and she wailed, “No! No!” before her dad held her as she stumbled out the door. She screamed and cried out, “Why?” before being helped onto an elevator.

Over at the defense table, Maiorino pressed his lips together, cried and looked over at his visibly relieved loved ones, before Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer thanked the jurors for the week they spent on a difficult case.

The panel of four men and two women deliberated for 10 hours over two days, before acquitting the 36-year-old ex-cop. The judge told Maiorino he could check out of Palm Beach County Jail and walk free for the first time since he was arrested on Oct. 30.

“Obviously we’re very happy,” defense attorney Michael Salnick told reporters. “But it’s time for everyone to heal … it’s time to move on.”

Assistant State Attorney Marci Rex said she was “proud that this young woman had the courage to come forward and stand up for herself.” The prosecutor also praised the accuser’s family for their constant support.

Prosecutors ask jury to convict ex-Boynton cop of rape, kidnapping of woman at gunpoint

It was a case that hinged on the credibility of the woman’s testimony and the defense’s insistence the veteran cop was guilty only of using “bad judgment” to have consensual sex with someone other than his wife and while he was on duty on Oct. 15. Maiorino did not testify.

During closing arguments Monday, prosecutors Rex and Jessica Kahn called Maiorino “brazen” enough to think he could get away with his crimes. They said he first forced the victim to have oral sex inside his patrol car, and then intercourse while parked in a grassy area within earshot of Interstate 95.

Stephen Maiorino, seated left, meets with his attorneys during a break in his trial Friday on charges that the former Boynton Beach police officer raped and kidnapped a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint last year

(Marc Freeman/Sun Sentinel)

“He took her to an abandoned field by the side of I-95 like she was a piece of trash,” Kahn told the jury. “She could scream, but who would hear her? … That is not consent.”

The Sun Sentinel is not identifying the woman because of the nature of the former charges: two counts of sexual battery by a law enforcement officer with a firearm; armed kidnapping; and one count called unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior while armed — defined as using his role as a cop to get what he wanted from the woman.

But Salnick, seizing on many conflicting sworn statements by the accuser and other witnesses since that night, argued “there was clearly consent” and a mutual attraction between his client and the woman. He knocked her entire account, including that Maiorino held a gun while she was bent over the car’s hood.

“He’s not a criminal,” Salnick said, reminding the jury not to let bias against law enforcement officers or sympathy for the woman influence the verdicts.

The defense also harped on the accuser for faking the rape story to benefit her lawsuit against Maiorino and the city of Boynton Beach, which was filed three weeks after his arrest.

The “recovery [of money] in the civil case is certainly on the line,” Salnick reminded the jurors.

While on the witness stand, the woman denied such a motive.

“That would make me the most evil human being in the whole world,” she said, calling such a fabrication “a disgusting thing to do to ruin someone’s whole life.”

Maiorino resigned from the Police Department in May; the father of two small children had been an officer for more than eight years.

The defense contended the young woman craved sex on the patrol car “perhaps to be cool.”

Salnick made a point that a few years earlier, while she was in high school, she posed for a photo in which she bent over the hood of the car with her hands behind her back in a “strikingly similar position” as the scene in the alleged crime.

But the woman testified the 2011 photo was just a goof, had no sexual overtones, and was not any kind of a fantasy to have sex on a cop car.

Before meeting Maiorino, the woman was hanging out for hours at a bar with a male friend. On their way home, the friend, who was driving, blew through a DUI checkpoint, and officers caught up with the car after a brief pursuit.

While the friend was arrested and his car towed, the woman was stranded and needed a ride. Maiorino responded to the scene in his cruiser to give her a lift to the police station where her mom could get her.

But while parked outside the police station, Maiorino demanded oral sex in exchange for not arresting her for underage drinking, she said.

The officer unzipped the fly of his pants and held her head down, and then drove to the secluded spot, she said. He then ordered her to take off her clothes while holding his gun, and proceeded to rape her on the car, she testified.

“I thought I was going to die … I was praying for it to stop,” she said through tears.

Prosecutors said Maiorino only stopped because police dispatchers sounded alert tones requesting his immediate response, and he returned with the woman to headquarters and acted like nothing happened.

In one of the key clashes in the trial, the defense claimed Maiorino, after they hurried to have sex, handed the woman his business card because he wanted to see her again. This shows it was consensual sex because a rapist wouldn’t do that, Salnick said.

But the woman, along with her mother and sister, told the jury there was never a business card. The accuser testified later that night at a hospital she wrote Maiorino’s name on a piece of paper so her mom could report the rape.

After the encounter, Maiorino continued with his police shift. The defense displayed a blown up map of the city, to illustrate Maiorino drove around — if he was truly guilty of a crime — had plenty of opportunities to wipe away a DNA trail, and remove other evidence, such as his uniform.

But prosecutor Rex said he didn’t try to hide the crimes because “he doesn’t think she’s going to tell.”

The woman, who said she works as a waitress for a chain restaurant, said Maiorino had warned her: “If you tell anybody, I will find you and I will kill you.”

This dipshit officer endured something that was a result of his being lead by his dick and not using any common sense and this is a lesson for all of us to learn. Things can go bad very quickly with some vindictive people out there.   The system says he did not rape her and I believe that is enough to say he is innocent, Too bad some poor judgements were used on that fateful day.

I truly hope he is able to pull his life back together. I have been told his family has endured many hardships and some very mean spirited attitudes from many ignorant people out there.

911 call captures fatal domestic dispute

What started as a call from a terrified 12-year-old saying her father was attacking her mother ended up with her father dead and her mother arrested.

A tearful 17-minute 911 call relayed second-to-second details about a domestic violence incident between her parents was released Tuesday by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.

The call begins with the 12-year-old saying her father, 42-year-old Daniel Luke, was holding her mother, Angela Luke, down and hurting her inside their Alspach Road home.

“He’s pinning her to my bed and he’s making marks on my mom, and he’s like, and he’s not letting her through or anything,” the girl said through various bouts of tears and screams for help and for her father to stop.

“My dad is choking my mom. … Get off! Get off!”

About 10 minutes later, when the girl, her 9-year-old sister and her mother try to leave the house, the 12-year-old girl screams and tells the 911 dispatcher that her mother had just ran over her father, but “not on purpose.”

At first, the girl thought her dad was dead, but realized after neighbors had come to help them that he was alive but bleeding badly. Daniel Luke died shortly after he was taken to Diley Ridge Medical Center.

A 911 call dispatcher tried telling the girl to keep away from her fighting parents and asked her questions about their relationship.

“This has never happened before,” the girl said.

The sheriff’s office records clerk confirmed there are no prior sheriff’s report to the Lukes’ address.

The dispatcher asked again whether her father had ever been violent before. The girl responded saying: “They’ve been fighting for a long time, but he’s never took it this far.”

She also said her father had been drinking.

The girl announced three times that they were attempting to leave the house but were stopped each time. About 11 minutes into the call, she said they had successfully made it inside the car and away from her father. However, she said her father still wouldn’t let go.

“He’s holding on. Can you come really fast?” she asked the dispatcher.

Then you can hear the girl talking to her mother, saying, “Go fast mommy, go fast!”

Almost immediately after these words, the girl begins to scream that her father had been hit.

“He was holding on to the window and he fell right off,” she said.

Angela Luke and her two daughters ran for help to a nearby neighbor. Deputies arrived at the home about 17 minutes after the girl called 911.

Evidence detectives collected from the Alspach Road home reveals some insight as to what led up to fatal driveway dispute.

Sheriff’s office detectives combed the Lukes’ home, 9905 Alspach Road, for evidence after the fatal encounter between the couple. Detectives removed a piece of a bed sheet that contained suspected blood from the Lukes’ master bedroom, a suspected bloodied piece of a bed sheet in one of their children’s bedrooms, and two cellphones — one from the master bedroom nightstand and another from the 2014 black BMW Angela Luke had been driving.

The car was impounded for collection of physical evidence, according to the report.

All of the collected evidence was revealed in a sheriff’s office report that was released Tuesday.

The domestic dispute reportedly started at 8 p.m. Sunday and continued until 9:10 p.m.

Angela K. Luke (Photo: Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office)

When detectives interviewed Angela Luke, she reportedly confirmed that she had an altercation with her husband and was attempting to leave the home with her children, but he wouldn’t let them. She said her husband was holding onto her car while she was driving away. She then heard a “thump” and got out of the vehicle to find her husband lying on the ground bleeding from his head, according to a probable cause affidavit for her arrest filed with Fairfield County Municipal Court.

Angela Luke was arrested hours later and taken to the Fairfield County Jail around 3 a.m. Monday. Third-degree felony charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and reckless homicide were filed against her hours later. Angela Luke pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday afternoon in Fairifeld County Municipal Court and was released on a $25,000 unsecured appearance bond, according to court records.

Before Luke’s release from jail custody, she was required to provide photographs, fingerprints and a DNA sample to the sheriff’s office.

Angela Luke is a second-grade teacher at Tussing Elementary School, where she has taught for at least 11 years. David Ball, public relations director of Pickerington Schools, said Angela Luke has been placed on unpaid suspension as a result of the charges, which Ball said is the district’s standard procedure.

Angela Luke is required to report to the Fairfield County Common Pleas Court Community Control Department every seven days, maintain total sobriety and other bond requirements while the case is pending.

Let me get this shit straight, all according to the article of course:

  1. This 12 yr old girl was on the phone with 911 for 17 minutes before the Calvary could get there? And they do not want us to be able to defend ourselves?
  2. The mother was trying to flee with the kids to safety in the car and he jumped on the car and ended up dead? So she was arrested?
  3. The mother was required to give DNA as a condition of being released? Couldn’t that be used against her in court? Isnt that a presumption of guilt and could be considered self-incrimination?
  4. Domestic violence victims should not be treated like this, he was a victim of his own actions.

    There is some scary shit going on these days……

News icon calls on President: Hillary to relinquish Secret Service protection

As the White House prepares more executive orders on gun control, Matt Drudge has sensationally challenged President Obama to give up his armed Secret Service protection.

During an impromptu appearance on the Alex Jones Show, Drudge also called on Hillary Clinton to relinquish her armed bodyguards.

“They’re all armed themselves, or they all have that security around them themselves. They don’t have to worry about [danger.] I challenge Hillary, take away your Secret Service. Take it away now. Take away your Secret Service; dismiss them. Have no security around you; have no guns around you, Hillary. I dare you. I dare you,” said Drudge.

“Obama, same thing. Drop your guns, Obama. Take your Secret Service away, Obama. Take it all away. Leave the White House unguarded, Obama. Let everybody know there’s no guns on the White House grounds, Obama.”

Drudge said that if either Hillary or Obama did this, within 30 seconds they would “no longer be on planet Earth.”

“So they’re asking us to drop our guns and to drop our security measures, or–or what?” said Drudge, adding that only “sick Americans” would support a move for widespread gun control.

“You can’t underestimate the sickness of the American people right now. They’re really sick. I’m more angry at the sick Americans than I am at Obama or Hillary. I’m really angry at the sick Americans,” said Drudge.

Earlier this week, the White House confirmed that Obama was preparing a series of new executive orderson gun control in the aftermath of last week’s shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Residents of Roseburg responded by accusing the President of political grandstanding and vowing to protest his planned visit. A Facebook page set up to protest against the visit features an image of a doormat which reads “Not Welcome”.

Does not bother me, how about you?

Glass walkway in China cracks

A newly opened glass walkway, suspended 3,500 feet above a canyon in central China, cracked Monday to the terror of thrill-seeking tourists.

The 1,300-foot-long glass-bottom walkway is built along Yuntai Mountain Scenic Park in Henan Province, China.

The walkway is currently closed for repairs after a panel of glass along the walkway fractured, China’sPeople Daily Online reported.

The incident was caused by a sharp object falling on the glass, according to a statement from Yuntai Mountain Tourism Administration. The bridge is made of three planes of tempered glass, and only the top pane was cracked, according to the association.

According to the outlet, a park official said the fractured glass “does not affect safety,” though tourists and many on social media disagreed. On Weibo, often called “Chinese Twitter,” many said park officials were downplaying the severity of the incident.

“Yuntaishan glass broken plankfloor not a serious break? … What … an international joke,” a man wrote. Another said “people risked their lives” to travel to the bridge.

Officials noted that similar incidents have happened in other glass-bottom structures,like London’s Tower Bridge in England and Chicago’s Willis Tower in Illinois.

Glass-bottom structures have grown increasingly popular in China, though many tourists may be rethinking their journey across glass bridges after Monday’s incident.

Another glass-bottom bridge in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park opened last week. The Haohan Qiao bridge, which means “brave men’s bridge” in English, is a mere 590 feet off the ground. Another glass-bottom bridge is set to open in theZhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, CNN reported.