Wednesday, December 26, 2012

As a Federal Crime Victim I've Been Offered Assistance by the U.S. Department Of Justice

Readers who have been following events here on The Tattler over the last few months are aware that the FBI has determined that I am the victim of a Federal crime. During the last Sierra Madre City Council election cycle campaign advocates for the candidates that I didn't support, operating under the collective pseudonym of "Lady Elizabeth Wistar," paid to have my name put on a slanderous website run by an individual out of Portland named Cyrus Andrew Sullivan. Cyrus, it turns out, is an internet extortionist now residing at Multnomah County Jail in Oregon, awaiting trial for his criminal behavior. "Lady Wistar's" prison pal was arrested by the FBI in June of this year and will likely be facing the keen legal minds of United States Department of Justice prosecutors when he goes on trial in Federal Court. The odds are very good that Cyrus will stay in jail for quite a long time.

I have written about the involvement of "Lady Elizabeth Wistar"in this nasty business earlier, and once the trial of Mr. Sullivan is over I will be free to reveal their names. These individuals are not themselves charged in any of this extortion business, though having paid to put my name on that particular site, along with the insidious information and photograph that they themselves provided to Mr. Sullivan, does put them in a rather unfortunate light. Doing business with an extortionist, whether knowingly or not, didn't show very good judgement or character on their part.

If you wish to read about all of this you can access the appropriate Tattler article by clicking here.

Recently I received a letter, along with some very informative literature, from the FBI Victim Specialist assigned to my case. Here is the introduction from her letter:

As a Victim Specialist within the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Portland Division, I am contacting you because we have identified you as a possible victim of a Federal crime. A Federal crime victim is entitled to receive information about public and private programs that provide medical and social services, counseling, treatment, and other support. Please contact me if you would like information or referrals for service. For further details, please refer to the enclosed brochure and/or Title 42. 

The letter than goes on to assist me in accessing the U.S. Department of Justice "Victim Notification System" websites where I can follow the progress of Cy Sullivan's woeful journey through the legal system and right up to the trial itself. Things that I sadly cannot share with you here. As Sullivan is being held on $1 million dollars bail, there is little chance that he will be let out of his box before his face time time with the judge. No date has been set yet for the trial.

There are various FBI victim aid programs tailored to the kinds of crimes that they investigate. These include child pornography victim assistance, children affected by crime, coping after terrorism for injured survivors, criminal aviation investigations, financial crime, victims of bank robbery, victims of crime, and victims of human trafficking.

The category my situation falls into is "victims of crime." Here is how my rights are explained in the FBI's "Help for Victims of Crime" paperwork:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is responsible for investigating a wide range of federal crimes. Part of the FBI’s work involves providing information and assistance to victims of those crimes. Crime can have a devastating effect on victims and their families who may need help coping with the impact of victimization. FBI Victim Specialists are highly trained professionals who can assist you and coordinate with other agencies in providing you with the support, information, and resources that can effectively meet your needs. Victim Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A federal investigation can be both complex and lengthy. It may involve several agencies, some federal and some local. This brochure provides information to help you deal with the needs and questions that often arise during an investigation. It describes your rights under federal law and the types of services that may be available to you. Please contact your FBI Victim Specialist if you have any questions.

As a Crime Victim, You Have the Following Rights under 18 United States Code, Section 3771:

The right to be reasonably protected from the accused;
- The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused;
-The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after reviewing clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding;
The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving the release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding;
The right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case;
The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law;
The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay;
The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.

We will make our best efforts to ensure you are afforded the rights described. Most of these rights pertain to events occurring after the indictment of an individual for the crime, and it will be the responsibility of the prosecuting United States Attorney’s Office to ensure you are afforded those rights. 

You may also seek the advice of a private attorney with respect to these rights.

Additionally, should I feel in any way threatened by those involved in the crime in question, there is also this:

Your safety is paramount. If anyone threatens you or you feel that you are being harassed because of your cooperation with this investigation, there are available remedies. If you are in immediate danger, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. Also, you should contact your Victim Specialist or the Case Agent and inform them of the situation. There are penalties for harassment and other threats; therefore, it is important that you report any incident as soon as possible.

It really is nice knowing that such powerful law enforcement is looking out for those who have been victimized by criminal behavior. I sincerely doubt this kind of protection will be necessary in my case
since it appears that Cyrus Sullivan acted alone and, as he is being held in prison in lieu of $1 million dollars bail, the only threat he presents to anyone is himself. But you never know.

Finally, there are various support services available to me as the victim of extortion, which is a Federal crime.

All states have crime victims compensation programs that help cover some expenses resulting from violent crimes. Your state program may pay for medical and mental health care costs, lost wages and support, and funeral and burial expenses not covered by insurance or other benefits. Your FBI Victim Specialist may be able to help intercede on your behalf with employers and creditors, when appropriate. In addition, your Victim Specialist can refer you to other types of programs and services, such as emergency housing, counseling, support groups, and credit counseling. If the offender is convicted or pleads guilty, the court may order payment by the offender, called restitution, which may help cover expenses and losses caused by your victimization.

So what is the purpose of all this? The one thing the Department of Justice and the FBI need more than anything else to help put criminals in prison is motivated trial witnesses. And over the decades they have discovered that if they take really good care of the victims of such crimes, when the time comes to put the crooks in jail they will have happier, more secure and confident, witnesses.

Just so you are aware, I personally had a series of e-mail exchanges with Mr. Sullivan a year or so ago. I had no idea what his name was at the time, or even what country he resided in, but my requests that the slanderous material be removed from his site were met with a demand for money. In other words, in order to have the material supplied to him by "Lady Elizabeth Wistar" removed from a very public website that he maintained, I would have to fork over a considerable amount of cash. This was, of course, extortion. Abetted and in part financed by people living right here in Sierra Madre.

I saved all of those e-mails and turned them over to the FBI earlier this year. It is very probable that should this case go to trial, and not be settled by a plea bargain, I would be a key witness.

Something I will be more than happy to do.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

47 comments:

  1. Leave it to the Civility Party to get down and dirty with an extortionist.

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    1. It's the Faux Civility Party, and I'm sick of their pretense that they are nice, wholesome people.

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    2. In their defense, I don't think they know how low they sink - there's a moral element missing that they don't seem to grasp. So for them, pornography or illegality are not deal breakers.
      They simply lack a moral intelligence.

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    3. A lot of them are just fools.

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    4. Yes. They invested in the DSP.

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  2. The Civility Party will probably go with the Matheson Defense again. "There is no way that we could have known that Cyrus Sullivan is an extortionist. It is awful that you people are trying to connect us to him." Maybe Colin can show up at the next City Council meeting and tell us he has arrested lots of extortionists, and That nobody in their bowling leagues knew anything about it.

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    1. The Civility Party does have some colorful friends.

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  3. Who is "Lady Wistar"? Does anyone know?
    I know during the Comquat days, a few of the literary experts who read this board determined there were at least 3 different writers of that smut sight.

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    1. Sounds like the Moderator knows....

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    2. Guesses anyone?

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    3. I'll wait until the case is over and the Tattler can release the names he writes about. One of the things that distinguishes the slow growth side from the Pretend Polite Party is respect for facts.

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  4. I have no doubts that the same people who were involved in the Cumquat & the Qunt are involved here. There's a vibe that's the same. Rotten hypocrites.

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    1. It always is the same people. The only unusual thing about this is they think their identities are a secret.

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  5. John Buchanan has another opportunity to defend something indefensible: "I like Cyrus' work, and you can't tell me what to like or not like."

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    1. Ah yes, classic Johnny B language. Used to defend things like the Cumquat. What a charmer he is.

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  6. Some of the nastiest people I have ever met are those in Sierra Madre who claim to represent civility. This is just another example of what they really are.

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    1. And they run to one of the many churches in town every Sunday to show how moral they are.

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    2. I don't know exactly how it happened, but the Sierra Madre of pre 1990 has been replaced by this facade. Gone is the home town feel and welcome atmosphere. Instead we have the unicorns and glitterati trying to tell us what's what.

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    3. It all comes down to greed. People who want to cash this town in for a buck. Scrape away the BS and it always comes back to money.

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  7. I will be looking to see how this plays out!

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    1. Agreed Sage. There are some important ramifications to this case.

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    2. This is a criminal legal case.....the FBI involved.
      John Crawford will not disclose anything to jepordize this case.
      There is much more to this. This is becoming quite well known....more to come.

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    3. my family have been victims of bullies in this town, and know how this network works. one or two of them will no doubt be held accountable, but the placid won't..... and that is too bad. the wistar is no friend of mine, but i know who you are. you have been to my porch, but i have never invited you in. some of my family trusted you, but i can smell a dirty rat from miles away. keep smiling and saying 'hello' to my tribe. they'll smile and play the game because i taught them to.......... but do not expect it from me, you p/o/s. the tragedy here, for me, is that i consider you more than an accomplice, just as i consider the person who finances hate more than an unknowing contributor. your day is due, but you have a reprieve. for now. what spews on this page isn't hate, as the naysayers imply. what bubbles here is comeuppance, and you have earned it with a nice dose of the can of social whoopass you opened thrown right back at you. enjoy, because i promise you, I will.

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    4. Sage, sitting back and watching is just too easy.
      Some of the same players TB is talking were involved with the Wistar situation. These people are nasty, mean spirited and their nefarious deeds will eventually see the light of day. It will be those who aren't afraid to stand up to them that will bring it to light.
      Right on JC and TB.

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    5. Problem with bullies of this type is that they put on a really good show. They're the "upstanding citizens" like teachers, girl scout leaders, room moms/dads, Little league, go to charity events, etc.
      For people who are comfortable with the face value presentation, and don't want to listen to the Crawfords, Brandenburgs, etc.- it may even be hard to believe such "awful" stuff......careful though, you may end up in the realm of the unicorn and fairy cave dwellers.

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    6. the rage of sierra madreDecember 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      keep waiting, by all means. you will be surprised when you learn. just keep us in mind when you do. it will make sense, and you'll understand. remember my boy, and what went down. you'll have a clearer picture how it could happen. but none us will ever know why.

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  8. A quick survey of certain Facebook pages shows Lady Wistar has a lot of "friends."

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    1. I imagine that this revelation would make all those friends a bit "uneasy." Oh wait, that would require a conscience. Never mind.

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    2. I can't find Lady Wistar on Facebook. He/she has gone under cover.

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    3. I found it in 5 seconds. Follow the links in the post.

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    4. I found it also, going back to the Tattler's original article and following that link. However I didn't see anything called friends, so either that is gone, or because I am not a member, it's not shown.
      What is there is a very typical representation of a certain kind of humor.

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    5. Yes 1:33, it's there, and there's been recent activity from the account. We can't see any of the friends because we're not "friends" with Elizabeth Wistar- thank goodness. I am curious who her friends are. Carol Canterbury posts a lot there though.

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    6. 10:37, who are Wistar's friends that you saw? The same old dirts?

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  9. we had an abundance of relatives over the holiday - we were crowded with space and one of the visiting teenagers offered to sleep in his car

    we told him, "hell no, you'll get shot by the Sierra Madre cops"

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    1. Our police get a little jumpy sometimes.

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  10. I wouldn't put it past Susan Henderson to do something this low

    not saying she did, but it fits her lack of character

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  11. Don't sleep in you car, better alternative for the hardy in the overflow bunch is your camping tent in the backyard, good winter ground pad and warm sleeping bag.

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  12. I think we should write our educated guesses down, seal the envelope and snailmail them to Crawford. Be sure to put your actual return address on the envelope so they will be accepted as the real deal. Add the words, "LW" pool. Got to be a hoot to find out how well some of us know these scoundrels.

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  13. Well, before you feel too safe because the main guy is in jail, your post today revealed something that could be very problematic (for somebody else) and that is the identity of the people who started the posting about you in the first place. Although they may not be guilty of anything other than bad judgment, they are certainly guilty of that. And guilty of a specific and concerted effort to defame you--forget about the public discourse. For these people, public discourse is for losers!! When the going gets tough they just get dirty. So, just watch your back because the best case scenario is that these creeps are merely embarrassed.

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    1. You have to figure that dealing with this blog has to be a part of the Unicorn Party's 2014 plans. I'm not sure they have anyone with the wits to do it, though. They really aren't very clever people.

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    2. I saw a white pickup truck turning left from Sierra Madre Blvd going up Mountain Trail.
      In the truch was a very large pink unicorn. Seriously, this is what I saw. This was about 5pm today.
      Anyone know what this was for. It was about the size of a merrygoround pony, but had a horn on it.
      Have the unicorn party tuned cult like? Were they headed up to the canyon?
      I'm not kidding about this. This is what I saw.

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    3. They often gather in the woods up there and drink. Then they drive around town looking for men.

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  14. I sincerely hope that the FBI has saved time for Nick Conway and the cast of COGsters at the buffet line. It would be a great New Years present for the taxpayers of the San Gabriel Valley!

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  15. On another note, I too have been a victim of a Federal crime. It happens every April 15th.

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  16. Just round up all those who helped Nick Conway for all those years, those appointed or elected officials from each city involved.

    Just squeeze'm like a grape, they will squeal just to save their own hides and whats left of their political careers.

    Then the California tax payers will get dome justice.

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  17. I am really looking forward to the column which exposes the dirtbags who started all of this. Let's hope for a speedy trial and conclusion for Cyrus, so we can get down to business here.

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  18. It’s quite embarrassing to know that how such people can more degrade themselves. I mean how they even find the room to insult themselves. Such pathetic morals can never ever be justified.
    Orlando criminal defense lawyer

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