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War-hero judge goes on trial for pedophilia - defense alleges Vietnam brain damage
Newark Star Ledger ^ | 09.15.05 | KATE COSCARELLI

Posted on 09/20/2005 9:26:26 PM PDT by Coleus

The New Jersey courts had rarely seen a hero quite like Judge Stephen Thompson.

A decorated Army veteran who lost a leg after being shot 20 times in the Vietnamese jungle, he came home to earn a law degree. He rose to the state bench, where he presided over Megan's Law cases, earned a reputation for fairness and balance and later helped make the state's first drug court an unqualified success.

Yesterday, that same Stephen Thompson went on trial, accused of going to Russia in 2002 to perform sex acts with a teenage boy. He is accused of videotaping that crime and of keeping a trove of child pornography -- videotapes, diskettes, photos and literature from the North American Man/Boy Love Association -- in his two homes.

The 59-year-old judge sat in a Camden federal courtroom yesterday, slightly stoop-shouldered in a sage green suit, with his eyes straight ahead and crutches under the table as the difference between his public and private lives was presented in stark relief.

The prosecution called his crimes horrendous and referred graphically to his immense store of videotaped sexual encounters with young men and boys. Prosecutors plan to show a 40-minute video made in Russia in which, they say, the judge is gleeful when the boy disrobes. As a judge and a man who overcame profound adversity, they said, he should have known better.

The defense argued that the judge is a tragic American hero, who despite his impressive record and personal accomplishments, is insane in his fixation on the virility he lost as a result of the war injuries that not only traumatized him but also damaged his brain.

The federal trial, likely to last a month, is expected to put the jury squarely in the middle of a choice between justice and mercy.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: armyveteran; boylove; boylover; camden; homosexualagenda; judge; movie; nambla; pederast; pedophilia; russia; vietnamveteran

1 posted on 09/20/2005 9:26:26 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

Being a pedophile now puts one into an ethereal category somewhere between justice and mercy?

Good Lord.


2 posted on 09/20/2005 9:30:37 PM PDT by jra
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To: Coleus

A trip to Russia? Videotaping? If this guy had done this on the spur of the moment in a moment of weakness, then they might have some grounds for the mercy part. As it is this is as big as the difference between causing and accidental death due to negligence and hiring a hit man to kill your wife for the insurance money, while you're having an affair with the rich lady down the street. Give me a break! He's scared cause he knows what's in store.


3 posted on 09/20/2005 9:38:24 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: jra
Indeed.

So, if the "honorable" Judge is a nut does this mean that all the trials he presided over would be declared null and void? He "earned a reputation for being fair and balanced". Were all those individuals who acknowledged his accomplishments as a judge wrong?

If the judge was consumed in his need to seek sexual gratification in order to feel virile why couldn't he practice this "sickness" with women?

This case would seem like a slam dunk for the prosecution, but stranger things have happened.

Let us hope that justice is served.
4 posted on 09/20/2005 9:46:07 PM PDT by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: Coleus

child molesters should get the death penalty.....first offense ........every psych study I've ever heard of says they will NEVER stop......there is no cure


5 posted on 09/20/2005 9:46:21 PM PDT by shooter223 (the government should fear the citizens......not the other way around)
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To: Coleus

A jail sentence would be mercy. Justice would be a session with a circular saw.


6 posted on 09/20/2005 9:46:25 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Coleus

Not just a pedophile... a HOMOSEXUAL pedophile.

The MSM covering for kiddie-crazed faggots, as usual.


7 posted on 09/20/2005 9:49:31 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Coleus
Molesting a child negates all good deeds the molester ever did.
This is not tax evasion, it is the beginning of a tortured life for most of these victims.
8 posted on 09/20/2005 9:51:22 PM PDT by msnimje (Cogito Ergo Sum Republican)
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To: Coleus

from the rest of the article:His right leg was amputated at the hip. His genitals, a lung, his liver and bladder were destroyed.

There must have been something left of his genitals, unfortunately in this case.


9 posted on 09/20/2005 9:58:07 PM PDT by bubbleb
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To: shooter223

child molesters should get the death penalty.....first offense ........every psych study I've ever heard of says they will NEVER stop......there is no cure


Especially when there is such good evidence. Videotapes he took himself. No mistakes there.


10 posted on 09/20/2005 9:59:05 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Coleus

What happened to this guy in Vietnam is incredible. From the article:

"He was sent to Vietnam on July 4, 1969. Barely three weeks after arriving, his unit was ambushed. As Thompson tried to survive by strangling a Vietnamese soldier, a fellow American came to his aid. But his compatriot's M16 went off, and 20 bullets went into Thompson's leg and guts.

"His right leg was amputated at the hip. His genitals, a lung, his liver and bladder were destroyed. He lost all the blood in his body three times over following his injuries and subsequent transfusions. In addition to low oxygen levels, toxins were dumped into his blood, and he contracted malaria and pneumonia, all of which, the defense says, affected his brain."

It's just a shame to hear how a guy who came back from all that would go on to wreck a bunch of young kids' lives. For all this man accomplished and overcame in his life, there's really nothing to redeem that.


11 posted on 09/20/2005 10:01:10 PM PDT by SpringheelJack
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To: Coleus; EdReform; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; stage left; Yakboy; ...
Homosexual Agenda Ping.

Just Damn!

NAMBLA/Pederast masquerading as a State Judge.. They're coming out of the woodwork everywhere, like cockroaches.

We need to implement the death penalty! Automatic death sentence for for all convicted pederasts/pedophiles, effective immediately!

If you want on/off the ping list let me and little jeremiah know.

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12 posted on 09/21/2005 4:50:52 AM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (http://soapboxharry.blogspot.com/)
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To: clee1
Not just a pedophile... a HOMOSEXUAL pedophile.

Pederast Definition: Pederast
Pederast
Noun
1. A man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner.

13 posted on 09/21/2005 4:58:37 AM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (http://soapboxharry.blogspot.com/)
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To: shooter223
child molesters should get the death penalty.....first offense

Ditto.

14 posted on 09/21/2005 6:32:29 AM PDT by BostonianRightist (I looted New Orleans and all I got was 40 of these lousy taglines.)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

The death penalty is the only fair thing in this case. Any child molesting case. But this one cries out for it.

NAMBLA!

(I have no words for this filth.)


15 posted on 09/21/2005 6:52:43 AM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: little jeremiah
Here's a story with more detail, albeit it fails to mention the NAMBLA literature--

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As the images were shown on widescreen televisions on either side of the jury box, most jurors -- who were instructed to look at each piece of evidence -- glanced at each one for only a second before looking away.

During testimony Thursday, Camden County Prosecutor's Office investigator Grace Clodfelter told jurors about the search of Thompson's bayfront home in Avalon on April 30, 2003. Authorities allegedly found a cache of child pornography inside a locked, fireproof safe in the master bedroom.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D'Aguanno showed about half of the 45-minute tape to the jury before switching to a display of short film clips and still photographs. Some of the video segments and photos, many from Russian sources, depicted boys who appeared to be as young as 6.

Baker, the defense attorney, did not object to any of the items presented as evidence, nor did he cross-examine Clodfelter or the prosecution's next witness, FBI agent D. Justin Price.

Price, a member of the agency's computer-analysis response team based in Philadelphia, told jurors that Thompson had purchased and installed software on three computers that promised to protect a user's identity and to hide his activities on the Internet. A search of Thompson's computers, however, still detected Web sites that Thompson visited.

Price's examination showed Thompson used one of those pieces of software at least 6,000 times to contact Web sites that offer sexually explicit photographs of young boys.

Thompson last used the software the day before investigators simultaneously executed search warrants on his homes in Haddon Township and Avalon, and his chambers at the Camden County Hall of Justice.

www.courierpostonline.com

16 posted on 09/21/2005 7:21:23 AM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (http://soapboxharry.blogspot.com/)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

If this isn't proof that child molesters and those into child porn are sick devils who cry out for execution, I don't know what is.

On another thread one person just criticized me for advocating execution for child molesters. I don't understand such people. Maybe he never had children. One instance of being molested often ruins a child for life. I can't even imagine what would happen to a child who has been used for pornography. The only way to stamp out this evil is executing those who make it and sell it, and public caning of those who buy it. Or something like that.

I don't know, Harry - people take this horrible crime so lightly - it's as though they think the criminals who use children sexually have some redeeming feature. People who use children that way - either personally, or in the production of child pornography - have abdicated their membership in the human race.

I spit on them.


17 posted on 09/21/2005 7:32:40 AM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: little jeremiah
On another thread one person just criticized me for advocating execution for child molesters.

Link him over to this thread, perhaps it will dawn on him what it is he's defending..

18 posted on 09/21/2005 8:09:45 AM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (http://soapboxharry.blogspot.com/)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

Good idea - I just did it!


19 posted on 09/21/2005 8:37:41 AM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: shooter223
child molesters should get the death penalty >>
How about fathers who rape thier daughters, and daughters who throw her 2 babies down the air shaft.
Babies Found In Air Shaft Lead To Arrests, Incest Allegation

20 posted on 09/21/2005 8:56:28 AM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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rape of your daughter sounds like child molesting to me.......throwing babies down an air shaft sounds like murder.....death penalty sounds reasonable


21 posted on 09/21/2005 9:29:02 AM PDT by shooter223 (the government should fear the citizens......not the other way around)
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To: little jeremiah

"I don't understand such people. Maybe he never had children."

Perhaps he is a pedophile.

I strongly agree that these crimimanls should all be put to death.


22 posted on 09/21/2005 12:57:53 PM PDT by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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