Diversity and the Rule of Law By Chris Knight

     Can we blame him? The illegal migrant who murdered Mollie Tibbets wants his trial moved to a more ethnically diverse area with more of his tribe, so, he gets “justice.” Sounds sensible enough; just ask O J Simpson about this tribal strategy, which worked well for him:

“An illegal immigrant charged in the murder of Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student found dead in August, requested his trial to be moved to a more diverse county in the state so his jury pool has more minority representation. Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s attorneys filed the motion Friday, arguing that existing tensions and opinions in Poweshiek County — which is the area where the crime occurred, Tibbetts grew up and Rivera lived and worked at a dairy farm — will make it hard to have a “fair and impartial trial,” the Des Moines Register reported. The attorneys asked the court to select a county that has more of a minority representation for the jury pool. "Without venue where a minority population is substantially represented, [Rivera] cannot be fairly tried and any jury pool chosen will have to be stricken," the motion reads.”

     Why bother with a trial at all? Anyway, many good deeds are still being done:

“The mother of slain University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts opened up her home to the teenage son of Mexican immigrants who worked with the man suspected of killing her daughter and left the small town because they feared it was unsafe. Laura Calderwood took in Ulises Felix, 17, after his parents left Brooklyn, Iowa, according to the Washington Post. The man accused of killing 20-year-old Tibbetts, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, worked with Felix’s parents at a dairy farm in the small town. Felix said his mother cooked for Rivera and his cousin dated the suspect. Rivera and Felix’s cousin, Iris Monarrez, had a daughter together but separated later. After Rivera was arrested, Felix’s parents wanted to leave, fearing the town was unsafe. Felix wanted to finish up school in the town and Tibbett’s brother, Scott, offered to let him stay with him.  “Live here,” Scott told Felix. “We got an extra room.”

When her son asked her if Felix could live with them, Calderwood said she thought of Mollie and what she would do. Calderwood said she was not aware of Felix’s relationship with Rivera. Felix told Calderwood that Rivera was sending money to his family to help them build a house and that he had family in the U.S.”

     Heart- warming, like these:

     More excitement and vibrancy over the swamp in the U-Decay, formerly, UK:

“No major city in England or Wales seems to have escaped the problem of grooming, the judge in the long-running Bradford sex abuse trial said. The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, referred to earlier grooming cases, in “Rochdale, Leeds, Rotherham, you name it!” Judge Durham Hall was speaking as he jailed nine men for a total of more than 132 years for their roles in the “wicked and relentless” grooming, rape and sexual exploitation of two vulnerable girls from a Bradford care home. The teenager at the heart of the seven-week trial was plied with alcohol and cocaine before being “raped without blandishment but with violence” by several of the defendants. “She was treated by you, or some of you, like a toy or a commodity to be used,” the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, said. “For years she felt she had no voice and that she was powerless, but she’s got a voice now, gentlemen,” he told the defendants, who were flanked in the dock by up to ten prison officers. “No major city in England and Wales seems to have escaped this problem, grooming by older men acting together or alone,” the judge continued. “Your behaviour has been as wicked as it is incomprehensible to our society, and indeed all in this community.”

The abused girls became friends in the children's home before they were “relentlessly sexually abused.” The teenager abused by all nine defendants was taken to other cities, and men from elsewhere in the country attended at the “party house” in Bradford where drugs and alcohol were freely available. “The jury has seen this case for what it is, clear, determined, cynical and insidious grooming,” Judge Durham Hall said. The teenager became addicted to alcohol and cocaine. She was given 21 lines of the Class A drug in one go and was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver by the time she was 18. Judge Durham Hall said that grooming was designed to “destroy the issue of consent” in rape cases because abusers ran the defence that they did not use force and that their victims “liked it.” The teenager had thought to herself: “You can’t get out of this,” and closed her eyes on one occasion when she was raped. “If you wanted to have a friend, you had to do the other stuff,” she told the police. Basharat Khaliq, 38, of Glaisdale Court, Allerton, Bradford, was jailed for a total of 20 years for five offences of rape and a count of assault by penetration. He began raping the first girl in 2008 when she was just 14, waiting outside the children’s home after midnight night after night to pick her up in his car. He sexually abused the second girl when he was in bed with both the teenagers in a hotel in Bradford. Saeed Akhtar, 55, of Back Girlington Road, Bradford, was also locked up for 20 years. He was convicted of one offence of rape and two charges of causing or inciting child prostitution, by sending the girl out to exchange sex for drugs. Known as Sid, his “party house” in Allerton, Bradford, was where the teenager became addicted to alcohol and cocaine.

“You bear a very high degree of responsibility for the abuse,” the judge said. Akhtar treated the girl as merchandise, pimping her out. Sid’s brother, Naveed Akhtar, 43, of Newport Place, Manningham, Bradford, was jailed for 17 years for two offences of rape. “You raped her in your brother Saeed’s party house when she thought she was in a relationship, and before she was passed on,” the judge said. Parvaze Ahmed, 36, of Farcliffe Road, Manningham, Bradford, was also jailed for 17 years, for three rapes. With two convictions for supplying Class A drugs, he had plenty of cocaine to hand out to control the girl and abuse her. Izar Hussain, 32, of St Leonards Road, off Duckworth Lane, Bradford, was jailed for 16 years for rape and attempted rape. “You didn’t bother with the grooming, it was violent rape and attempted rape,” the judge said. Kieran Harris, 28, of Fir Parade, Dewsbury, was jailed for 17 years for two rapes. Described by his victim as “an evil pixie-faced man,” Harris spiked the teenager’s drink to rape her and then swapped places with co-accused Fahim Iqbal who was having consensual sex with her. Iqbal, 28, of Quarry Road, West Town, Dewsbury, was convicted of one charge of aiding and abetting rape and jailed for seven years.

“Whether for a laugh or a joke, you thought it was okay for Kieran to take over, and that was rape,” Judge Durham Hall said. Mohammed Usman, 31, of Quaker Street, Undercliffe, Bradford, was jailed for 17 years for two rapes. Known as Manny, he was told: “You treated her and her property as yours.” Zeeshan Ali, 32, of Durham Terrace, Girlington, was jailed for 18 months for a single count of sexual assault. He groped the teenager in a taxi when she was 17 or 18. The young woman abused by all nine of the men read out her victim personal statement to the hushed and packed courtroom. Smartly dressed and with her dark hair neatly tied back, the “bright and gifted” complainant relived her ordeal in clear and measured tones. She told of the multiple mental health problems she had suffered daily since the age of 15 and the nightmares and panic attacks that left her struggling to breathe. She was scarred for life by self-harm and had suffered hair loss and abnormal liver function, following years of drug and alcohol addiction. She struggled to leave her home and saw a mental health worker every fortnight.”

     I guess this is all “part and parcel” of life in a big city now, like terrorism:



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