The former acting director of cyber security for the United States Department of Health and Human Services was convicted this week on child pornography charges upon completion of a four-day federal trial in Nebraska.
The US Department of Justice announced that Timothy DeFoggi, 56 of Germantown Maryland, was convicted by a federal jury in District of Nebraska of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography in connection with his membership in a child pornography site, according to a press release published by the DOJ.
Federal prosecutors successfully argued that DeFoggi was a registered member of a website only accessible using the Tor anonymity service and there he “exchanged private messages with other members where he expressed an interest in the violent rape and murder of children” between March and December of 2012. CBS News reported that DeFoggi was the acting director of the Dept. of Health and Human Services when he was detained in May 2013 during a federal crackdown aimed at child pornography sites that existed on the so-called dark web, and a HHS official has since confirmed that he stayed with the office until only seven months ago.
According to Wired, one of the sites frequented by DeFoggi was called PedoBook and was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in late 2012 due to a security lapse suffered by its administrator, Aaron McGrath of Nebraska.
Given the bizarre behavior of Arlington DHS employees, Arlington County attorneys who deal with children, and many Guardian Ad Litems who fail to protect children and seem to specialize in isolating children from their families, it is time that psychologicals be given to these employees.
Read more: Omaha.com
[Late Breaker: Not so fast, the Supreme Court issued a stay late this afternoon. So, this won't be resolved until as late as next June 2015 -- so put away those bottles of champaign for now!]
Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to wed in the state Thursday by drafting a revised marriage license form for courthouse clerks to use as soon as they open their doors. The state’s ban on same-sex marriages was struck down by the 4th US circuit court of appeals, which decided not to delay its ruling while it is appealed. Unless the US supreme court intervenes, same-sex marriages will be legal beginning at 8am on Thursday.
The revised license forms “would reflect the constitutional right of same-sex couples to legally marry in Virginia by asking for the name and gender of each spouse, whereas before, the form required a bride and groom because that was all the Commonwealth could legally recognize”, Michael Kelly, a spokesman for the Virginia attorney general’s office, said in an email to the Associated Press.
This is great news for many of Arlington’s DHS and Guardian Ad Litems that were instrumental in taking kids from their parents, destroying their families, and have been hoping to adopt some of those kids to LGBT couples.
Read more: The Guardian
The world is in mourning for Robin Williams, who committed suicide on Monday. The superstar comedian was battling depression aggravated in part by overly burdensome family court divorce settlements — causing him to be in impossible financial distress. His death, and the circumstances surrounding it, raises the growing concern of the damages that family courts can do to families by ignoring the health and wellbeing of all of their members, rather than focusing on an arbitrary myopic standard such as “best interests of the child.”
As in the many cases that this blog has written about, e.g. Mackney, O’Brien Heffernan, Hey, and Parish, the family courts have used a “scorched earth” approach destroying families — by systematically victimizing not only the children but also the rest of their families.
When will the family court laws be changed to end this insanity? How many more families must be destroyed? When is the immunity for Arlington judges, case workers, and county attorneys going to be eliminated so that they can be forced to answer for their criminal conduct? Read More: LA Times