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Prosecutor: Rape claim won't be factor in possible charges against Wilbanks
Macon Telegraph via AP ^ | 7 May 05 | Daniel Yee

Posted on 05/07/2005 3:40:36 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth

GAINESVILLE - Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks' phony report to police that she was sexually assaulted won't be an additional factor for a Georgia prosecutor considering criminal charges. If she lied, she lied, he says.

Responding to reports from police in Albuquerque, N.M., that Wilbanks said she was sexually assaulted in addition to being kidnapped - allegations she later recanted - Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Friday that he is examining evidence for one charge, providing false statements to a government agency.

Porter is gathering tapes and reports from five law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, as he decides whether to pursue charges against the 32-year-old Wilbanks, who vanished last week days before her planned lavish wedding.

(Excerpt) Read more at macon.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: runawaybride; wilbanks
Not much new here, except that the pastor is still hogging the mic.
1 posted on 05/07/2005 3:40:36 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth
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To: cajungirl

Ma'am,

Kindly alert the usual suspects.

Respectfully,

Balrog


2 posted on 05/07/2005 3:41:31 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the Rats in terror before me.)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
But her pastor, the Rev. Tom Smiley, said Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that he has received hundreds of e-mails about Wilbanks and they have been "99 percent positive."

The pastor seems like a good, Godly man, but I find this claim very hard to believe. Either that, or he is out of touch with how many people feel negatively towards this woman.

3 posted on 05/07/2005 3:45:44 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
" ... her pastor, the Rev. Tom Smiley, said Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that he has received hundreds of e-mails about Wilbanks and they have been "99 percent positive.""


Well now, that's about to change Rev."Born Again Virgin" Smiley.

You'll be sure to give us the updated percentages, right? ;)

4 posted on 05/07/2005 3:49:23 AM PDT by G.Mason ( Because Free Republic obviously needed another opinionated big mouth ... Proud NRA member)
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To: SkyPilot

He seems like his doing the best he can. I'm not sure that it's very helpful.

Everyone involved in this affair seems, to put it as mildly as possible, quirky.

That may just be the result of having to play out their local crisis on the national stage. I don't know that I would come off any better if I was the one who was the ant under the magnifying glass.

Still, if you don't want to be the focus of ongoing media attention, rule number one is: stay off the talk shows, sit down, STFU.


5 posted on 05/07/2005 3:52:25 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the Rats in terror before me.)
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To: G.Mason
You'll be sure to give us the updated percentages, right? ;)

I wonder if he has prior experience as an observer at Cuban elections.
6 posted on 05/07/2005 3:53:43 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the Rats in terror before me.)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
" I wonder if he has prior experience as an observer at Cuban elections."


The real story seems to be this Smiley character.

Reverend "Born Again Virgin" is leading these birds of a feather around like they are under hypnosis.

I would really like to see his past investigated and find out what this creepy crawler has been up to. ;)

7 posted on 05/07/2005 4:01:34 AM PDT by G.Mason ( Because Free Republic obviously needed another opinionated big mouth ... Proud NRA member)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
in my best knuckle dragging voice:

she just wanted to try on some one else and see if they fit before marrying this guy.. hope this dude wakes up

8 posted on 05/07/2005 4:11:44 AM PDT by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: G.Mason
I thought that there were 2 churches involved here. Rev Smiley is from the church in Gainesville where she grew up (or didn't as it turns out). The church that advertised the couple's "purity" on their website is in Duluth.
9 posted on 05/07/2005 4:15:19 AM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: G.Mason

Rev. Smiley probably is right. He is just talking about the e-mails he has received. Most of us who have a problem with her actions (which includes me) cripe on boards such as FR or e-mail people in the media such as O'Reilly.


10 posted on 05/07/2005 4:22:35 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Andy'smom
I think you are right.

While I certainly think she should not get away with what she did, I do find a number of comments here unfairly nasty and full of bitterness. Some have even attacked the groom. He and her family are the ones who suffered the most.

11 posted on 05/07/2005 4:27:15 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth

So what do we punish her for? Being mentally unstable?


12 posted on 05/07/2005 4:29:36 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
"Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks' phony report to police that she was sexually assaulted won't be an additional factor for a Georgia prosecutor considering criminal charges. If she lied, she lied, he says."

Hey y'all, it's now ok to file false reports and lie to the police. And it's also ok to falsely accuse imaginary Hispanic men of rape.

I wonder what other laws this prosecutor will abolish for "attractive" would-be brides from small towns in Georgia. Maybe he'll authorize her to shoplift, carjack and deal drugs next to a school. Or hell, maybe she'll be authorized to kill the nitwit she's supposed to marry.
13 posted on 05/07/2005 4:30:22 AM PDT by MisterRepublican
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth

Wilbanks' statement did not address Duluth Mayor Shirley Lasseter's request that she repay the city for the costs of the search and perform community service.

I didn't watch the television coverage but I suspect that area businesses experienced a small bonanza from an influx of journalists covering the story and Duluth, population 22,000, gained a spot on the national map in a wacky kind of not-really-negative way (as it turns out). And the mayor appears to be ignoring the E-value of the incident...she might consider billing CNN & FoxNews for the costs of furnishing programming.... Then again, maybe the mayor & the District Attorney do realize the value of free publicity & that's why the soap opera is still running...

14 posted on 05/07/2005 4:30:36 AM PDT by elli1
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To: MisterRepublican

MisterRepublican wrote:
I wonder what other laws this prosecutor will abolish for "attractive" would-be brides from small towns in Georgia. Maybe he'll authorize her to shoplift, carjack and deal drugs next to a school. Or hell, maybe she'll be authorized to kill the nitwit she's supposed to marry.

--> Yes, it's called the "insanity defense" that abolishes any laws for you as long as you can be declared "insane". it worked for the guy that tried to assasinate Reagan.
If your insane, you should be F'n shot, and not with a needle either.


15 posted on 05/07/2005 4:45:21 AM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth

Bal,

I admire you greatly. And to think it all started with a near-flame.

I await your alerts with breathlessness.

Affectionately,

CJ


16 posted on 05/07/2005 4:53:31 AM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth; withteeth; Xenalyte; xsmommy; beyond the sea

ping


17 posted on 05/07/2005 4:54:41 AM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: cajungirl; A Balrog of Morgoth

and i find the blossoming friendship between you two very touching. : )


18 posted on 05/07/2005 4:57:10 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: MisterRepublican

Oh pish tush. Don't worry dear.

They will draw the line at Carjacking unless she has to to run over the Pastor to get him off the Television Machine.


19 posted on 05/07/2005 4:57:16 AM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45
If your insane, you should be F'n shot...

That was tried back in the '30/'40s, somewhere in Europe . . .

20 posted on 05/07/2005 4:57:19 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: elli1

Remember Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil.

Maybe someone will wirte a book and people will make pilgrimages to Duluth. Sort of a hip thing to do. Maybe it will put them on the map.


21 posted on 05/07/2005 4:59:08 AM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: tomkat

tomkat wrote:

That was tried back in the '30/'40s, somewhere in Europe . . .

-->Who was it? I mean anyone besides Hitler...


22 posted on 05/07/2005 5:03:53 AM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: sgtbono2002
***So what do we punish her for? Being mentally unstable?***

Exactly.
She didn't fake her kidnapping and leave a phony ransom note, she just left town. And the last I checked it wasn't against the law for an un-married adult to go where they wanted and when - even without telling anyone.

The only 'crime' she really committed was making a false claim in Albuquerque - and that PD and the FEEB have refused to prosecute as she subsequently fessed up PDQ so no undue expense was involved. As to her lying to her BF and the local cops over the phone, whoopee - that didn't cost anyone an extra red cent.

If anything, it was the fiance, her friends and mainly the MEDIA who created the brouhaha in Ga. and the accompanying police expense - file charges against them. Put the handcuffs on Gretta and Rita Crosby :-)

23 posted on 05/07/2005 5:05:14 AM PDT by Condor51 (Leftists are moral and intellectual parasites - Standing Wolf)
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45
If your insane, you should be F'n shot...

-->Who was it? I mean anyone besides Hitler...

If the shoe fits...

24 posted on 05/07/2005 5:05:58 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: cajungirl
Given the runaway bride theme, I think a travelling circus would be most appropriate.

I nominate the omnipresent pastor as ringmaster.

Coming soon to a state fairgrounds near you.
25 posted on 05/07/2005 5:08:40 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the Rats in terror before me.)
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To: tomkat

tomkat wrote:
If your insane, you should be F'n shot...
-->Who was it? I mean anyone besides Hitler...

If the shoe fits...

--> OK are you teazing me now?? hahaha i give up and tell meeeeeeeeee! I got to run out of here for now, I'll log back on in about 3 hours or so, just leave me an answer before you go and i'll check when i return
:P Lator Gator


26 posted on 05/07/2005 5:11:37 AM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: Condor51

For the LOVE OF GOD, MAN, we don't want Rita Crosby to go to prison.

What would we do without hearing from her SOURCES? Think, man.

Whatever happened to standing wolf, anyways? It seems like he up and disappeared from that other site.


27 posted on 05/07/2005 5:11:45 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the Rats in terror before me.)
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To: sgtbono2002
So what do we punish her for? Being mentally unstable?

If she knew the difference between right and wrong, and that's the criterion in Georgia, she could and should be on the hook for her actions.

28 posted on 05/07/2005 5:17:54 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45
Not teasing at all.
Adolf started w/the asylums and the drunks as a warm-up.
Only after some of the kinks were worked out did his buds find it expedient to lease boxcar stock...

I'm not in asshole rippin' mode cuz it's a beautiful spring day in PA,
but the comment that started this little exchange is exactly the kinda thing the morons at DU love to find here.

/.02

cheers,

29 posted on 05/07/2005 5:19:53 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: cajungirl; G.Mason
Vacant-eyed Aliens rape goes unpunished says Reverend "Born Again Virgin".

Rev.:"Why did they have to cut her hair too?"

30 posted on 05/07/2005 5:24:16 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Cops to Jennigirl: Can we stop looking for the blue van now?)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
***Whatever happened to standing wolf, anyways? It seems like he up and disappeared from that other site.*** (He was probably banned like the rest of us 'old timers'. A huge purge occurred a while back for no logical reason.)

As to Rita Crosby,
Somebody needs to put a sock in her mouth. She has the most irritating voice in television. If I was married to her - I'D run away.
(Plus the sock in her puss will help her weight 'problem'.)

31 posted on 05/07/2005 5:25:14 AM PDT by Condor51 (Leftists are moral and intellectual parasites - Standing Wolf)
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To: Condor51
She [Rita Cosby] has the most irritating voice in television.

I agree!

32 posted on 05/07/2005 5:29:11 AM PDT by GraceCoolidge
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To: GraceCoolidge


My sources tell me that there are free donuts on this thread.
33 posted on 05/07/2005 5:36:50 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the Rats in terror before me.)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth

I'll give the ex credit for this: whenever she'd get a new outfit, she took the scissors to those damned shoulder pads!


34 posted on 05/07/2005 5:44:27 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: SkyPilot
It goes without saying that good relationships and great civilizations cannot be built on lies and running away from one's commitments. I don't disagree with the notion that Ms. Wilbanks' conduct has been shameful, a fact which I suspect she knows well, since she walks through airports with a towel over her head.

However, I have thought all week about the fact that Jesus forgave the woman who was caught in the act of adultery, after he chased off the self-righteous people who wanted to stone her. I could go on and on here about the woman at the well, Zaccheus, the prodigal son, the thief on the cross, etc. It seems to me that Jesus didn't have much time for people who think they have their act together, because he was busy searching for the lost sheep on the hillside. Perhaps a real Jesus would rather spend an hour today with Jennifer Wilbanks than with most of us, because most of us are self-righteous. At least she is in a position to know she's a mess.

35 posted on 05/07/2005 6:40:40 AM PDT by GOPANDCHRISTIANTOO (WWJD)
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To: cajungirl

Loved that book. The movie stunk.


36 posted on 05/07/2005 7:35:20 AM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: tomkat

OH i see, i think you took my wording out of context then. I take it you don't believe in executing people that have commited crimes?
Just curious.


37 posted on 05/07/2005 8:25:16 AM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: cajungirl
"Wilbanks has not said publicly whether she still plans to marry Mason..."

Oddily oddily oddily (shaking my head).

Does the writer have any reason to doubt that the couple still intends to marry?

You know what, C.J.? This situation is still volatile. It must be, given the characters and the situation.

38 posted on 05/07/2005 9:10:11 AM PDT by withteeth
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45
If so, my apology.
As to executions, you're mistaken.

Some folks just need killin' (anonymous Texan)

39 posted on 05/07/2005 9:18:26 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
The broad is nuts!
The intended husband - should settle for the multi-year shackup and LEAVE....

Semper Fi

40 posted on 05/07/2005 9:28:38 AM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: cajungirl

Remember Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil.

Great idea about a book. It has all the elements of a great story. I'd love for somebody like Joseph Wambaugh (The Black Marble the funniest book I've ever read) to work their magic on Duluth.

Going to have to hunt down Midnight and reread it. Read it several years ago & have mostly forgot the story so it'll be like a whole new book to read it again. Getting old ain't all bad. : )

41 posted on 05/07/2005 12:39:02 PM PDT by elli1
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth


42 posted on 05/07/2005 12:42:46 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: Condor51

I agree on everything you said.


43 posted on 05/07/2005 12:45:50 PM PDT by Baraonda (Demographic is destiny. Don't hire 3rd world illegal aliens nor support businesses that hire them.)
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To: elli1

I feel responsible for the success of that book as I discovered it ages before anyone else and kept telling people to read it.


44 posted on 05/07/2005 2:38:07 PM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: withteeth

We don't want this story to end.

We want the Truman show for Jenn.

I am curious about how the marriage will go and think they will make it.


45 posted on 05/07/2005 2:39:54 PM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: Andy'smom

The movies usually stink.

Unless they are made for PBS or HBO>


46 posted on 05/07/2005 2:41:58 PM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: MisterRepublican

She shoplifted three times. The let her go. 'Cept on the third time she spent time in jail.


47 posted on 05/07/2005 8:27:51 PM PDT by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: GOPANDCHRISTIANTOO

Most wonderful post. Well written. I've been pained to see the vitriol aimed at this couple. Thank you for pulling it together in the way that we should most humbly approach it.


48 posted on 05/09/2005 8:13:52 AM PDT by twigs
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