Monday, April 23, 2007

Where Are They Now? II

It has been a while since I have followed up on all of the stories I have brought up and so I see fit to get to that. So, without further ado let's get to the nitty gritty.

That cop who tried to get down with a boy over the internet, Brian O'Hare, is (hopefully) more than likely in jail, looking forward to 5 years of supervised release and the mandate that he get signatures anywhere he moves. No word, however, about whether he has started his prison sentence.

Alfred Trenkler, the man who inadvertently killed a bomb squad officer and seriously injured the cop's partner in 1991, was resentenced in Boston at the beginning of April of this year. His original sentence, life in prison, was ruled illegal and was reduced to 37 years. Again, people pointed the finger at Trenkler, who never even meant to kill the bomb squad officer, for the resentencing snafu and not the judge who neglected to follow the law the first time around or the U.S. Attorney's Office who ignored orders to argue against the resentencing.

Rudy Giuliani is still a hot-headed politician who few people who know him personally like. However, the American public continues to let Giuliani's actions post-9/11 blind them from the real Giuliani. Then there are those who are not big fans of the man, and those who are able to see what really happened during Giuliani's reign in New York. So, maybe there is hope.

The detectives in the Sean Bell case have, surprise, surprise, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and assault charges in the murder of the 23 year old man. The detectives' case is moving at the typical American justice system's sluggish pace, but that isn't stopping one of the detectives from having a good time. Meanwhile, as the New York 1 article says, both sides are complaining of tainting of the jury pool, but it seems that the smears against Bell are false while the cops' are true, and you can't tell me that Michael Oliver's actions aren't bringing criticism upon himself.

Remember Joseph Gray, the cop who killed an entire Brooklyn family after a day of boozing on NYPD property and a prohibited strip club? Well, after being denied parole he complained that he was being treated too harshly because he was a cop at the time of the incident. Maybe it hasn't really sunk in that he killed a whole family and is a sleazeball because he tried to say it was their fault. Or maybe he hasn't seen the trend of cops getting it easy because of their badges. Gray obviously does not realize the gravity of his selfish actions and does not deserve to be back in society until he does.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad returned the British sailors that his forces had captured in Iranian waters that border the Iraqi waters in what he called an Easter gift to the British people. Tony Blair, who had been diplomatic towards Tehran throughout the whole process, suddenly turned into a tough guy when he knew his prisoners were coming home, being quick to point out "possible" links between Iran and terrorism. At least it wasn't another Iran hostage crisis.

David Charlow is no more at Columbia University and the student body isn't really complaining and - shocking - Columbia's administration's ignorance of the facts are being criticized. Meanwhile, the Student Loan Xpress case continues to widen.

Dante Pingitore, who was caught scoring coke and then rammed his car into a police cruiser in a scene eerily reminiscent of Sean Bell's murder, has been flying under the mainstream media radar, as I have yet to find a picture of him or any other follow-up news article.

Columbia's bureaucracy is still horrible. Just today I went to do laundry and the whole swiping apparatus that had ripped me off before was broken, as a piece of paper declared those who needed quarters could walk across campus to get them or drag their dirty clothes to the building next door to do laundry. How accommodating.

Tom Suozzi, who prefers to be driven around in a car with nice emergency lights, seems to have survived Shea-gate, but it also has come to my attention that Mets' opening day is not the first time he's been criticized for use of county cars. Also in that article, it says that Suozzi seems to have become an enforcer in the realm of county car privileges, which seems a little hypocritical given his use of the cars.

It seems that Edward Davis is not budging from his plan to put officers on the street sooner than expected which means more cops on Boston's streets for the summer, but also with less training.

Virginia Tech continues to mourn the victims of last week's rampage by crazed gunman Cho Seung-Hui as classes resume today in Blacksburg. Cho's family has spoken about the tragedy briefly with reporters, but, understandably, most likely want their privacy.

Governor Jon Corzine's condition was updated, as he is no longer listed in critical condition and was transferred out of the Cooper University Hospital ICU. Additionally, Corzine's driver, Robert Rasinski, may have been upset about an ongoing dispute with a local Jersey cop over a woman and may have even been communicating with the bitter cop at the time of the accident. No word on whether Rasinski was wearing a NASA-approved diaper.

Those are the updates I have for the stories I've done since the last Where Are They Now?. As always, if there is any information regarding these stories or any others that I have somehow missed, please let me know and I'll get on that. Peace.

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