A Roman Catholic priest from Illinois pled guilty this week to charges that he conspired to make and distribute gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also known as the “date-rape” drug. Rev. Jeffrey Windy allegedly had a chemical solvent used to make the drug delivered to St. Patrick’s Church in Sheffield, Illinois where he worked and then made the drug at a friend’s home. GHB can be used as a hallucinogen or as a means to incapacitate people for the purpose of committing sexual assault. Windy now faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines. He is to be sentenced on August 22.
Windy’s guilty plea came on the same day that an appeals panel rejected an effort to reduce the sentence of Boston pedophile priest, John Geoghan. Geoghan received a 9-10 year sentence for molesting a 10-year old boy in 1991. Lawyers were attempting to reduce the sentence to 2 years with 8 years of probation. Despite this failed attempt, Geoffrey Packard, Geoghan’s attorney, indicated that Geoghan intends to appeal his conviction.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .