October 26, 2014 (Updated Oct 27, 2014 8:28pm)
Big news here in Newnan, Ga.
After a young mans name and face were plastered all over the news as being accused of raping a young unidentified woman, he has now been convicted of rape. By the way, what makes it ok to publicize a mans identity that has been accused of rape but the accuser goes unidentified? Somethings not right about that. Suppose he was found not guilty? Then you have a guy whose name was already smeared publicly and a woman left still being called a victim. That’s always been a big issue for me, but that’s a topic for another time.
On Friday, Mr Benjamin Gray, was found guilty of rape. This was a very unusual and complex case because it involved a man who was accused of raping a woman while he was sleep walking. You really need to read reporter Clay Neely’s piece here to get some understanding of just how complex this case was.
The jury asked the judge in a hand written note if they could choose a lesser charge by unanimous vote and the state refused. So the jury found Mr Gray guilty of rape anyways. Did a Jury under pressure change their minds to appease the State of Georgia? It sure sounds that way. Now this young man is faced with a 25 year mandatory sentence.
After reading the story printed in the Newnan Times Herald, I cannot help but believe this young man is a victim of a jury that took the easy way out of the court room Friday. Now granted, I was not there and have very little information other than what I’ve seen in the print media and comments I’ve read from those who attended the trial. Still, after seeing the actual note to the Judge, it’s so obvious to me that this jury did not believe there was enough evidence for a rape conviction. It almost seems as though this jury just said “Oh well, the DA wants a conviction of rape so lets give him what he wants no matter what we believe.” Perhaps they were tired and just wanted to go home,and saw the states denial as an opportunity to throw in the towel.
I’m sorry folks, but this is not how the system is supposed to work. This jury is not required to fold into the desires of the prosecution for the sake of a decision. They could have even taken the extreme option of Jury Nullification to prevent the rape conviction. Of course most people are not aware of the right for a jury to make that decision. People need to educate themselves about how our court system works and what rights jurors have. Had I been on that jury there quite possibly would have been a different verdict. Mr Gray would be sitting in the comfort of his home with his wife tonight.
It is clear to me that this jury failed Mr Gray and should be ashamed of themselves. I don’t personally know Mr Gray and I’m not trying to take sides with anyone here. It just really bothers me when a jury seemingly gives in to pressure when a mans life is at stake. This young man is now facing a minimum of 25 years in prison, convicted of raping a woman that stayed silent during the “attack” while his wife lay asleep in the next room.
I hope that Mr Benjamin Gray has a good attorney that will get an appeal and that he gets a fair and honest jury next time. A jury that gives a damn and understands the importance of the service they have been chosen to perform.
The note the jurors wrote to the judge speaks volumes about how they really felt. They did not believe Mr Gray was guilty of rape. They had reasonable doubt. -JRoycroft
October 15, 2014
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September 26, 2014
As you can see, this child has more common sense and logical thinking abilities than the teacher here.
My kindergartener is being exposed to some of this Common Core idiocy already.
My wife and I are both are comforted in knowing that her teachers also recognize what a miserable failure our government education is. Our county does not support Common Core but is forced to utilize its ridiculous, and sometimes laughable techniques.
Next year will be our deciding factor whether we remain in government school or return to home schooling.
Hopefully the state of Georgia will get a clue and pull out of this asinine way of teaching, as other states have. JRoycroft
September 24, 2014
It was back on March 29th when I wrote about young Mr Vantorious Krishad Dixon being gunned down on the street outside a home where a party was being thrown in Newnan. This was one of many shootings over a short period of time here.
Last night the Newnan Times Herald reported another shooting in Newnan. This time over on W. Washington. A drive by shooting in a residential area where 3 people were seriously injured. One victim, a woman laying in bed. Two others sitting on the front porch. All shot by thugs driving by the house.
The police have not yet determined a connection between the victims and shooters, but it will likely be gang or drug related. That’s just my theory. I don’t think I’ve been wrong yet, at least not with the last few shootings. These shootings in my home town are becoming more frequent and quite frankly, I’m getting a little used to it.
Those so-called black leaders here won’t tell you about the culture of violence, and you most certainly won’t hear any public officials identify the culture that’s responsible for the shootings. That would be raaaaacist. I have a family and children here and I will not sit quietly while a culture of thugs tries to disrupt my beautiful city.
The good folks of Newnan and Coweta County need to be vocal and stay on top of whats going on here. There is a culture of violence growing in our communities and it needs to be stopped now or we will soon be known as the other Atlanta.
It was just before Thanksgiving 2013 when I moved my wife and kids into our new home located in beautiful Newnan, Georgia, nick named, “The City of Homes.” Newnan is an economically thriving city with great job opportunities and a wonderful place to raise your kids.
We moved here to get away from the violent city of Atlanta shortly after my own wife was the victim of a mob of blacks inside a Kroger grocery store. Had it not been for the quick actions of the store manager and another employee my wife may have been another statistic.
Of course as with all cities, especially the ones that are growing as fast as Newnan, comes with an added attraction. It was Neal Boortz who first coin the phrase, “culture of violence,” in accurately describing the inner city violence caused primarily by young black thugs.
Race has nothing to do with the increasing violence in cities like Chicago, New Jersey and Atlanta or even Newnan. It is all about the thug mentality being bred into the young minds of children, primarily young black males without a father figure in the home.
Neal Boortz said, “This is about culture. It’s about the predatory violence that pretty much forms the basis for young urban black culture. Can you argue, for instance, that violence is not at the core of the rap music that permeates urban black culture. There is a reason why young black males commit violent crimes far and away out of their percentage of our population, and it damned sure isn’t poverty. When you don’t have enough to eat you don’t kill someone for their necklace or tennis shoes.
There is nothing in the DNA that causes a young black male to adopt a warrior attitude toward pretty much everyone he encounters. There is nothing in the DNA that causes a black teenager to shoot a baby in the head. This is learned behavior, not inherent behavior. Sooner or later we’re going to have to admit that black urban culture in America is violent and dangerous, and that it has nothing to do with race.”
Thank God someone out there besides me has the guts to identify the real problem. Every excuse imaginable has been given for reasons why these punks continue to hurt and kill. “Oh it’s because of poverty.” Bullshit! How about having a respectable employed father in the house. Maybe get an education and stop listening to your thug friends when they say being educated is being white.
It’s no secret that Rap music lyrics encourage these young black thugs to rob and kill because it’s cool. How many times have you seen a news report where an expensive car or SUV was found on the side of a road full of bullet holes with a dead black guy slumped over the steering wheel? Do you remember your first thought? “It was probably a rapper.” It’s an easy bet you can take to the bank.
I know that when we have a culture with no father figure or family structure these inner city kids wander into the streets looking for someone to bond with. It’s easy pickins for the older gang leaders to indoctrinate young lonely children. You have young black kids looking to gang bangers to be their role models and being part of a family structure. Gangs come in all races, but I’m talking about an urban nightmare right now that primarily affects a certain culture in our inner cities. Look at the statistics before you start calling me a racist. Oh, and it would help if you learned the true definition of the word racist before you toss it around every time you get pissed at a white person. It doesn’t help you at all when you use words that you can’t define. It makes you sound ignorant and nobody takes you seriously. Words have meaning.
Why doesn’t someone in the black community speak out about the obvious? Where are all the so-called black leaders, and Hollywood celebrities at while this crisis is building? They seem to be very quick to judge people like George Zimmerman but what about when the obvious occurs? Not a word. Total silence on the matter.
I won’t be holding back, and I will not let the politically correct police get in my way. It’s high time this subject came out of the hoodie closet. I’ll take the abuse that I know is going to come. It will be nothing new to me. Like others before me I’ve been called a racist. I am not. I just happen to be a white guy that speaks the cold hard truth, and nothing you say or do will stop me.
Just because I moved away from the culture of predatory violence in downtown Atlanta back in November, no way will I stop talking about it here in Newnan. I’m a resident of this wonderful city now and I have no plans on sitting quietly while a culture of violent predators kill each other and innocent bystanders.
I know what I’m talking about. After all, I did spend several years working inside some of Atlanta’s most dangerous housing projects chasing crack dealers and young thugs. Every one of them a product of their violent culture.
Until the black community in Newnan decides to recognize and fight to end the growing culture of violence here, it will only grow into a much worse issue. It’s only a matter of time before the violence spreads out into neighboring communities. It needs to stop, and it needs to stop now. -JRoycroft
September 14, 2014
I had a pretty good idea for a rant tonight about the local East Coweta High School here in Newnan, Ga. Then the Adrian Peterson story got my attention.
Seems that some immature parents and their little bully brats decided to attack members of the High School Band with cowardly comments and social media bullying over band members being burned from hot pavement during a practice. Students and their parents were criticized and blamed for the incident.
Local reporter, @ClayNeely, Tweeted in an exchange with me, “It’s not so much about the burns, but the supporters who are discounting it and bullying anyone who speaks out or sympathizes.”
East Coweta High School is no stranger to classroom bullying. You know the types. Brat kids with parents that lack the skills to properly raise their children with good morals, values, and self respect.
How do you deal with bullies? You stand up to them and knock them right back down. They are cowards. Cowards will only pick on weak people. They haven’t the guts to pick on someone they know will dish it back. Parents of bullies are the same way. Gutless and protective of their little brats never teaching them to accept responsibility for their behavior and many times are controlled by their own bullying children.
Now your’re wondering just what has this got to do with Adrian Peterson? Nothing other than It has to do with being a responsible parent. A parent that recognizes when their child is acting out and and punishes them for their bad actions or choices.
Adrian Peterson is getting prepared to have his life turned upside down after he was brought under indictment for child abuse. Peterson has admitted to “whooping” his son with a switch after he knocked his brother off his bicycle. You can read about the details here and decide for yourself if his actions merit a Grand Jury indictment.
I’m of the opinion that today’s society is breeding a whole new class of men. Men that sit when they pee and avoid at all costs the responsibility of being a strong father figure to their own children. Men that act like the world and their women evolve around only them, until his women get pregnant, then he hides his penis between his legs and runs like hell to avoid his responsibilities. He leaves behind another fatherless child to be raised by another single parent mother without any clue how to raise the child. We all know the statistics and how that kid is going to end up. If he’s a black male living in the city the odds are pretty high that he will be indoctrinated in the culture of violence. Probably become another victim shot dead at the hands of yet another fatherless black kid before he reaches the age of 29.
Adrian Peterson is a strong, loving, caring father to his children. He cares enough about his sons future that he punished him for doing something bad to his brother. Imagine that. A father taking responsibility and teaching his child that actions have consequences. Adrian Peterson’s method of punishment was the same as he endured from his own father. Everyone has their own methods of punishing an unruly child. Some use time outs while others choose corporal punishment. My wife and I use the time out method. First we discuss why they are being punished, then we place them in time out. It works for us. I’ll be one of the first to tell you that some kids need a swift kick in the ass. It’s up to the parents to decide what the best punishment is for their kid, not the decision of some stranger or government social worker to decide.
Peterson does not deny using a switch to “whoop” his son. In fact he gave more information about the incident than was asked. By the way, a switch is a small branch, stripped of its leaves, used for many generations to tan the hides of unruly kids. I myself have been ordered by my own grandmother to go out back and fetch a hickory so she could tear my ass up. It only took once.
The bullying parents and students at East Coweta High School that are attacking those band members and their parents are in need of a good old fashioned ass whooping. A good dose of Adrian Peterson style punishment would go along way for that crowd of self absorbed losers. -JRoycroft
August 30, 2014
Cold chills ran down my spine when I saw the Twitter photo of the cell phone image taken in front of the White House that night. My fears were reenforced with the video image of that protester carrying the ISIS sign while marching in the streets with rioters in Ferguson Missouri.
Then yesterday Judicial Watch reported this news:
Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.
Specifically, the government sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.
Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source. “It’s coming very soon,” according to another high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, JW’s sources say. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.
The disturbing inside intelligence comes on the heels of news reports revealing that U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While these terrorists reportedly plan their attack just outside the U.S., President Obama admits that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat ISIS. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the commander-in-chief said this week during a White House press briefing. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we’re at than what we currently are.”
While Barack Obama refuses to close our southern border, thousands of illegal aliens are allowed to come in and be transported to cities across our country. Is there any doubt in your mind that ISIS terrorists, or any terrorist group for that matter hasn’t already entered our country?
September 11, 2014 is only two weeks away.
Think about it. -JRoycroft
August 23, 2014
Here in my home town of Newnan, Georgia something terribly bad has happened to an educator. He has been accused of possessing less than an ounce marijuana. Now that doesn’t seem like such a big deal. I mean we’re talking about a misdemeaner charge here. He wasn’t charged with distribution, just had a very small amount found in his home.
Johnny Holloway, the former chorus teacher at Evans Middle School, had less than one ounce of marijuana in his possession when police searched his home, according to the police report.
Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs said during the week of Aug. 17, Newnan Police officers “developed information” that Holloway was in possession of marijuana at his residence. The police department obtained a search warrant on Monday and executed it around 1 p.m. that day.resigned from his job based on accusations that he was involved in illegal drug possesion.
Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs said during the week of Aug. 17, Newnan Police officers “developed information” that Holloway was in possession of marijuana at his residence. The police department obtained a search warrant on Monday and executed it around 1 p.m. that day.
According to Riggs, less than once ounce of marijuana was found at Holloway’s home. Holloway was not there at the time of the search, and an arrest warrant was issued for him possessing less than one ounce of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor.
Holloway resigned from the school system on Monday.
In a letter sent home to parents of Evans Middle School students, Coweta County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker said the school system had recently heard concerns from parents and students about Holloway’s professional conduct, “including the potential use of illegal substances.”
“Following his resignation, Mr. Holloway was charged on Tuesday for possession of marijuana,” said Barker. “Because this matter is still under investigation, we cannot comment further at this time. We regret this has occurred.”
Well as you might imagine, Mr Holloway has quite a following of support. Most of the comments in the Times-Herald story are a display of shock and disbelief that Mr Holloway was arrested. People are confused as to why his home was searched after he resigned. There are many unanswered questions surrounding this case and folks will just have to wait until the investigation is over to find out what exactly happened.
Now when you read the letter from the Coweta County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker, it leads one to believe that it was no secret to at least a few parents and students that Mr Holloway might have been doing something unethical. This leads me to believe there may have been an investigation already going on leading up to his arrest.
Lets just suppose that the drug investigators received a tip that Mr Holloway was participating in some illegal drug activity. Based on what we already know in the letter from the School Superintendent, several parents and students had expressed concerns about Holloway’s conduct. Maybe he was getting high with one or more students. We just don’t know yet. What I do know is that law enforcment will not execute a search warrant on a residence unless a judge is convinced it will result in an arrest. So lets say maybe was a CI was involved. A confidential informant, working for the police, that was with Holloway in his home and witnessed the marijuana and knew there would be drugs in the house on a particular day. Maybe he was selling to students and on the day of the search they only found a small amount. Maybe Holloway was outed by someone at the school that he was under suspicion and he was asked to resign. There are a whole lot of maybes and everyone has their own ideas of what really happened.
I think I have a fairly good idea what may have happened. If I’m right, then many of Holloways supporters are going to be left hurt and confused and very disappointed. Here are two simple scenarios that I believe may have happened:
Holloway was involved in casual marijuana use with one or more students over a period of time. No harm intended. He got a little too careless. People began to talk and it eventually got the attention of school officials. The school notified the resource officer, who in turn reported the information to the drug task force. A student came forward and admitted to being with Mr Holloway in his home while marijuana was present. This person, the confidential informant, reported back to investigators and a search warrant was issued.
On the Monday prior to the warrant being served, Holloway was brought before school officials and was asked to take a drug test. In fear of being tested positive and getting fired, he chose to resign. Meanwhile, investigators were preparing for the warrant and quite possibly the school was unaware that Holloway was going to be arrested on Tuesday.
Another possibility is that Mr Holloway’s vehicle had been recorded as being a frequent visitor to known drug houses. Did you know that if your vehicle is seen visiting a house that is under investigation for illegal drugs your tag is recorded? Maybe something as simple as that got him in trouble. He may even have been video taped by undercover agents buying marijuana.
The bottom line here is that Holloway got caught in possession of a small amount of marijuana and now his reputation has been smeared. People are crying that he was set up, it was unfair, or any number of other excuses for his behavior. It does not matter how good a teacher he was, what matters is that Mr Holloway made some pretty bad choices in his life and now he is faced with the consequences of those choices. Students who looked up to this teacher may learn a valuable lesson when this is all over. A lesson on how important it is to make the right decisions and how the consequences of those decisions can affect the rest of your life.
On a side note. I personally believe that casual use of marijuana should be legal. Alcohol kills more people and its use destroys more families than marijuana ever has. Alcohol is the true gateway drug, not marijuana. It most certainly should be legalized for medical use. Until the laws in the state of Georgia are passed legalizing it’s use, I will continue to support our law enforcement community in their actions. We are a country of laws, and just because you’re a nice guy and everyone likes you doesn’t give you a pass when it comes to breaking the law and violating the trust of children that look up to you as a role model.-JRoycroft