Saturday May 18, 2013
Retracted and Redacted- A Comparison of Two Oregon 'Criminals'Tim King Salem-News.com
A crime is a crime, unless it involves a state official with ties to law enforcement.
(SALEM) - We have written several stories about an Oregon prison inmate named Terrence Kimble who is serving a 19-year sentence for a retracted Sex Abuse allegation. He was convicted in Lane County, Oregon, in the wildest case anyone has ever imagined. 19-years is far longer than most people serve, even for Murder. Many of Oregon's convicted killers are paroled after seven years, Kimble has already served ten years. Either way you look at it, Kimble, an African-American, was sent to prison for an extraordinarily long time.
A few years ago, we covered the investigation against a state official named John Minnis. He is a former Oregon legislator who had taken the top position at the state's police training facility, where his adulterous sexual antics cost Oregon taxpayers $385,000. Minnis received a slap on the wrist for engaging in sexual acts with his subordinate. Each incident happened after she passed out from alcohol he encouraged her to drink. He lost his super high paying state job, he was not prosecuted, and the so-called 'case' against him is a mockery of justice, just as the case against Kimble is.
This matter came to our attention when we began following the story of William Coleman, a former Corrections Officer at the Oregon State Penitentiary who filed a federal Whistleblower case against Oregon for Civil Rights violations, and then became the victim of what he calls "severe retaliation", when he was quickly arrested and charged with felony charges of 'contraband smuggling'. Coleman faced 40 years in prison if convicted, he took his case to jury trial and won a unanimous not guilty verdict from a jury.
Coleman says his battles were against many of the same officials most likely involved in the 1989 Murder of Corrections Chief Michael Francke, who had just completed a year-long investigation into corruption in Oregon prisons. He was three days away from giving testimony over his findings, when he was found Murdered on the steps of the Oregon Dept. of Corrections building, known in Salem as the 'Dome Building'. A petty thief and drug addict named Frank Gable was convicted of the crime, when it was literally impossible for him to have been the culprit, supposedly attacking and overpowering Francke, a Navy SEAL in the Vietnam War, by himself to steal Francke's wallet.
The case makes Oregon stand out among other state legal systems, as this story was carried by 'America's Most Wanted'' after it was adjudicated. By any standard this is unheard of, pursuing a case with a convicted man rotting in prison, without giving Oregon's ridiculous story any merit. Michael Francke nearly fixed this place, but he was killed before he could do so, quite savagely too. There is even a movie about it, available on Netflix called 'Without Evidence' starring Angelina Jolie.
The former Governor of Oregon, Neal Goldschmidt, was in office when Francke was Murdered. He has since been outed as being a pedophile over a long relationship with a teenage babysitter who came forward in recent years. During this time, Goldschmidt was the Mayor of Portland and it was later proven that other state officials, like Bernie Guisto, the former Multnomah County Sheriff, knew all about it but never said anything. During this time period, when Goldschmidt was Mayor of Portland, Minnis was a Portland Police detective, he was with the Portland Police Bureau for 27 years prior to being elected to the Senate in 1985. Nobody could ever say he didn't end up with the best and most respected job a cop could land in this state, however it didn't interest him at all, compared to the way his administrative assistant did.
A Tale of Two 'Criminals' (Or at least one)
In the investigation, Minnis was under suspicion for providing alcohol to an adult female subordinate and making unwelcome sexual advances against her.
This is a case where Minnis was, oddly enough, not prosecuted by the Oregon Dept. of Justice, but the Bureau of Labor and Industries, took it on and fought for the woman victim. Minnis was accused of taking the woman, who is an alcoholic, on trips, where he inappropriately touched her. At least two times she alleges, she woke up with only her underwear on, lying on Minnis' bed. She also was provided pay raises that nearly doubled her income, which she accepted. BOLI investigator Chris Lynch determined that this case is worth pursuing and has merit, stating that the woman basically suffered from an alcoholic disability.
According to a Statesman Journal article about Minnis and the DPSST:
While the state of Oregon would eventually say they could not prosecute the case because the crime took place in California, it is simply not true, because only one of the incidents happened out of state, everything else happened in Oregon. Minnis committed several offenses according to the woman, Oregon officials simply played the buddy system, they did not want to make Minnis pay for his crime like other people, that goes on the shoulders of Oregon Attorney General John Kroger.
In the interview segments below, you see that the Justice Dept. interviewer is shocked when he reveals to the victim that Minnis admitted ejaculating on her (redacted) and the woman is shocked, says she knew nothing about it. This was a crime, the woman was raped in an alcoholic lapse of consciousness and Minnis should be serving time, how about 19 years, like the inmate Terrence Kimble?
I can only imagine how infuriating this has to be for the victim, the victim's friends and family; Minnis just lived up to the mean ultra conservative political spirit he displayed in the capitol as a legislator.
Also note in the interview below, that the Dept of Justice investigator seems to advocate for Minnis, claiming he said no alcohol was involved, to which the victim said, "bullshit".
Then, later in the interview, the state police representative positively claims he was told by Minnis that alcohol consumption took place, but that it wasn't the reason they had 'intimate' encounters.
The DOJ interviewer seems to display a strong prejudice, first trying to persuade the woman convincingly that Minnis said there was no alcohol. Then he clearly admits later in the interview that he knew there was alcohol, and I can't imagine I am the first person to catch this. It is clear that the DOJ representative was influenced and also that the individual was moved by the interview.
The victim said her intimidating boss John Minnis, "grossed her out" and that his advances destroyed her sobriety.
Interview excerpts from the Oregon DOJ interview(titled AR Minnis 1, a link to the full document is located below). The interview is conducted by Robert Culley, Chief Financial Investigator with the Oregon Department of Justice. This is the original complaint, and why I wonder, was a financial investigator assigned to a rape case?
One of the meetings attended by Minnis and his subordinate was in San Diego, however the first one was in Bend, Oregon; a board meeting, in 2008. In March 2009 they attended the OEDI meeting in Welches, Oregon. They attended the ELCS Executive Leadership Committee in Seaside, that was in Jan 2009. Three incidents in Oregon, at least two sex crimes against the victim, and only one in California, this is very noteworthy.
As in the case of the emails above, the information is being presented verbatim without grammatical corrections:
CULLEY: All of the incidents that he describes, he indicates A that you were conscious of and knew were going on, uh, and B were a participant in and that he doesn't recall at anytime alcohol was a contributing factor to anything that happened and he describes briefly some sexual behavior, not sex-not the sex act itself, not penetration or anything like that but he describes one incident where there was an extremely intimate thing and he ejaculated, and uh, he describes it, it's on tape, it's in his statement.
CULLEY: Okay, that's the problem.
Because that's something that I-no.
CULLEY: Do you ever remember-
CULLEY: - that happening in any of these instances.
No, no, never!
CULLEY: Okay, you-cou-
And if he did then he did it without my knowledge.
CULLEY: Was there ever a morning at any of these conferences where you woke up and there was any indication that he had done that.
Not that I recall.
CULLEY: Okay, you never found, or ne never had cleaned up something or done whatever-
I asked him, and he said ho.
CULLEY: Okay and which time was that?
And if he did something, then I don't know. Because I-I don't remember anything after I fell asleep on the couch.(more redacted information)
CULLEY: Okay, now when you say you weren't there what is-that, tell me what that means.
I don't remember.
CULLEY: You don't remember...(Knock on table) okay, uh...(knock on table again)
And if he did (knocking/tapping on table)...
CULLEY Well let me ask you a couple other questions, short of him ejaculating on-anywhere near you do you ever remember him being naked around you.
I don't think so. I remember him in his whitey-tighties that I told you at Bend.
CULLEY: Okay, and I think when we discussed that, was there any indication that he was like aroused or-
LARGE AMOUNT OF REDACTED COPY
Culley Okay, V(redacted)
CULLEY: Okay, and you'd been sleeping right?
Sleeping before that.
MORE REDACTED COPY
MORE REDACTED COPY
MORE REDACTED COPY
And he's full of bullshit if he doesn't think there was any alcohol.
Okay, an' he's full of bullshit.
CULLEY Okay, I'm just tellin' you what he said.
(Later in the interview, the victim states that Minnis once showed up at her hotel room door in his boxers and said, "Look how good I look".)
CULLEY: Okay, and then uh, at that point, what happened after that? So yer' back at the hot tub, is that when John showed up?
And then that's, I mean, that's all I remember, I member him getting' in the hot tub and getting' handsy with me-
And him stopping at his room cuz' he said he had alcohol.
Later in the interview...
CULLEY: He makes point of saying that any mutual touching or whatever that wen on between you guys (pen clicking) was when you had been drinking, but in his opinion, he said it's bot because the alcohol had made you incapable-
That's not true-
CULLEY: -of making decisions.
That's not true- because if I wanted to touch him I'd a done it sober.
CULLTY: Okay, I believe that-
The above documents can be downloaded at this address: ftp://184.108.40.206/John%20Minnis%20Investigation/
In regard to Terrence Kimble, I have written several stories tracing the case history and also produced the video accompanying this report that brings to mind very strong questions about how an Oregon court ever managed to convict this man.
However as we have related in many past reports, Oregon's justice and penal system have massive issues with Civil Rights violations and they happen off the radar, behind the walls of the prisons and in courtrooms where race appears to play a key role in decisions and ultimately, sentences like Kimble's.
The halls of justice are closed until further notice in Oregon; and we're reminded how a state's ability to police itself, sometimes leads to zero accountability in our officials. In fact it becomes a real free for all for men like Minnis, as the record shows.
As you have noticed, information is greatly redacted to prevent the public from gleaning the real details of what turned out to be almost a half-million dollar case against John Minnis in civil court. Interestingly, it was the state of Oregon that brought the case against... the state of Oregon. Perhaps that explains why the rape investigator was a financial detective?
Then, much the the chagrin of state officials, is Terrence Kimble. State officials made Minnis more important than other citizens and rubbed in our face that fact that corrupt official are far above the law. As a courtesy the case against this man was largely redacted, in Kimble's case the allegation itself was retracted, but that didn't mean anything.
__________________________________________________________________Previous articles about Oregon's prisons:
Jan-19-2012: Housing Inmates Who Make Death Threats... with their Intended Victims - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-19-2011: Does Oregon's Government Simply Hate Black People? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-27-2011: DNA Evidence Should Free Oregon Inmate Terrence Kimble from Prison
May-04-2011 Is There An Oregon Attorney Who Cares About Civil Rights?Tim King Salem-News.com
May-31-2011: Snitch Sheets, Unresolved Murder and Severe Tobacco Crimes - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-10-2011: Reader Commentary: Can Oregon Government Change its Spots? - Salem-News.com
Mar-10-2011: Civil Rights Case in Salem Demonstrates the Power of a 911 Call - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-09-2011: Civil Rights Under the Gavel of Justice - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-08-2011: Oregon State Hospital and Staff Member Face Racism Charges Over Employee Termination - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-04-2011: How Far will Oregon Legal Officials go to Prevent Due Process? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-27-2010: The 'Trickle Down' Effect of Whistleblower Retaliation - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-01-2010: Oregon Political Prisoner Being Stripped of Phone Use - Tim King Salem-News.com
Nov-25-2010: Tim King and Ruth Kovacs on KBOO's Prison Pipeline (AUDIO) - Salem-News.com
Nov-22-2010: Tim King on KBOO FM's Prison Pipeline Tonight - Salem-News.com
Nov-16-2010: Federal Mail Tampering at Oregon State Prison? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-29-2010: A Witness With No Credibility - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-27-2010: Inmate's Life Threatened by Staff at SRCI - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-21-2010: Oregon Inmate Stabbing Victim Attacked Second Time - Tim King Salem-News.com
Sep-10-2010: Demonstrators Call Oregon State Hospital's Employment Practices Racist, Unacceptable - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-28-2010: Observations on Michael Francke's Murder, Frank Gable's Conviction, & the paid Confession of 'Shorty' Harden - Salem-News.com
Aug-25-2010: Whistleblower Blues: Man in the Hole - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-11-2010: Demonstrators Protest Local Newspaper Over Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-05-2010: Evidence Shows Oregon Inmate Was Falsely Convicted - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-03-2010: Chicken Night at the Oregon State Penitentiary - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-21-2010: Eyes on the Oregon State Prison: Voicing Concern for an Inmate's Life - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-14-2010: State Prison Whistleblower Says Oregon Corrections is Blocking Federal Mail - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-05-2010: A Denial of Civil Rights- Oregon's Collaboration in Racism Whistleblower Retaliation - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-26-2010: Getting Refamiliarized with the Murder of Michael Francke - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-23-2010: Local Media Downplayed Former Prison Guard's Struggle Against Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-18-2010: Exposé: Skeletons Falling Out of the Closet of Oregon Corrections - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-17-2010: Scott McAlister: Child Porn-Related Conviction and Practicing Law - Tim King Salem-News.com
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