Skip to comments.Alan Fine demanding retraction of story; Star Tribune stands by it
Posted on 10/08/2006 4:57:25 PM PDT by shrinkermd
Alan Fine, the south Minneapolis congressional candidate who had his 1995 criminal record of domestic violence expunged in 2004, demanded Saturday that the Star Tribune retract its story outlining his arrest and details of alleged attacks against his first ex-wife that are contained in the couple's divorce file.
"...The newspaper obtained an expunged copy of a June 1995 Minneapolis police report that stated Fine was arrested and booked into Hennepin County jail after officers were called to his home following a domestic abuse call from his then-wife, Rebecca Wexler.
(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...
Somehow Anders Gyllenhaal okayed this dishonorable action even though the fifth district has not voted Republican in over 50 years. Also to be noted, is the Strib was unable to find much on his opponent--Keith Ellison--even though Keith had a long history of belonging to a Black Muslim group with antisemitic leanings.
The actions here are much the same taken against Barak Obama's opponent in the Illinois Senate race in 2004. Here, a West Coast liberal judge opened up a sealed divorce record of the Republican candidate suggesting he had asked his wife to have sex in a public place. This ended his political career.
The drive by media and the Democrats play for keeps and practice personal destruction as one of their greatest and most often used tools.
Anders Gyllenhaal may not be the devil incarnate but he and his newspaper would solidly endorse satan's Democrat, disciple for the fifth district without qualms. They would also do everything possible to destroy any Republican opponent by any honorable or dishonarable means.
Congratulations Alan Fine! Fight back. History marches on. Your time will come again. In the meantime, where oh where is the "free" newspaper like they have in Washington DC and San Francisco? In the UK they not only have free papers but they deliver them!
F him, GOP or RAT for even thinking about hitting his wife.
Then Governor Roemer (D) of CO did the same thing to his (R) opponent in the 90's who was beating him in the polls. The (R) lost.
RATS are evil, and can't stand what most Americans would consider a fair fight. No other rational explaination.
guessing it's the ex wif'es copy ?
Yes, if true.
This is politics, not the Olympic Games. In politics, anyone who fights a fair fight when he doesn't have to is a sucker, and don't think for a second that we wouldn't do the same thing is situations were reversed.
The underlying reasons divorce records are often sealed are 1) They're about an intensely private matter, an inherently pre-rational zone;
2) The standards of proof for claims made in such proceedings are low, and the statements often lies encouraged by lawyers and relatives, designed for revenge or money. If a wife wants to keep her husband from seeing the children, it's routine to falsely allege that he's violent.
That's why once they're sealed, they shouldn't be unsealed. The truth is often not served as a result.
I disagree, and so do many experts on this subject. We don't do the same thing when the situations are reversed.
That's an urban legend dispelled many times.
The Foley scandal is just the latest example of (probably) legal but unethical things Repubs dont do, but RATS do do.
That's the problem though, Z.
There's so much dirt on Ellison, but if the lib media is on his side, he wins.
The whole thing stinks. I wish the pubbies would learn to vet people better before they run them. Of course, we've all got a skeleton or two. Mine only come out on Halloween. Everybody runs in horror! :)
Thank you for pointing out the disservice that comes during a nasty divorce proceeding.
UPDATE: I haven't had time for exhaustive research, but expungement of criminal records is governed by Chapter 609A of the Minnesota Statutes. Here are some of the relevant provisions. Sec. 609A.01:
The remedy available is limited to a court order sealing the records and prohibiting the disclosure of their existence or their opening except under court order or statutory authority. Sec. 609A.03, Subd. 5(c):
If the court issues an expungement order it may require that the criminal record be sealed, the existence of the record not be revealed, and the record not be opened except as required under subdivision 7. Subd. 7(b)(1):
(b) Notwithstanding the issuance of an expungement order: (1) an expunged record may be opened for purposes of a criminal investigation, prosecution, or sentencing, upon an ex parte court order;
I haven't seen the expungement order, but it is hard to see how the Star Tribune could have "obtained" the expunged records legally under these provisions. Again, we don't have all the answers, but an investigation appears to be in order.
Candidate Fine has always denied he slapped his then wife. She did drop all charges.
Isn't that a false statement by the writer? I thought that the case never came to trial, therefore there can be no "criminal record" stemming from mere uncorroborated allegations...
Interesting. Does the Strib "routinely" check Hennepin County records from 1995? Or do they routinely do record checks on Republican nominees? The real question, though, is, how did the Strib "obtain" the expunged record that was supposed to remain confidential? One possible source, of course, is Amy Klobuchar, the Hennepin County Attorney who is running for the U.S. Senate. Did Klobuchar or one of her aides leak the expunged record to the newspaper to help her fellow Democrat? If so, was a crime committed? We know that the Klobuchar campaign has already been involved in one dirty trick, which resulted in her communications director being referred to the FBI for possible criminal prosecution. Is this another instance where the Klobuchar campaign may be involved in criminal activity? This whole episode cries out for an investigation. I don't suppose, though, that the Strib will be calling for one.
The Strib isn't going to rock the boat in an election year where the Dems have a better than even chance of kicking our asses. A conservative reporter with an ounce of pull and moxie could make a reasonable case that either Ellison is an anti-Semite or that he hung-out with a bunch of anti-Semites and then lied about it.
But since that's not going to happen, I'll just thank my lucky stars that they're flogging the Repub candidate in a race that was almost a foregone conclusion from the outset rather than digging up dirt on Pawlenty.
I'm already bracing myself for Sen. Klobuchar, I don't know if I could handle Gov. Hatch.
Klobuchar probably didn't leak it or have her people leak it. That said, she and Hatch have probably hired and promoted a number of Dems who (allthough unconnected to the campaign) would gleefully leak information like that to the press.
You've got a good point there about the Strib going after Fine. Whenever they waste their precious resources going after someone who is virtually unelectable in the Fever Swamp, is all right, I guess. I've met Alan, though, and he seems like a respectable individual. I hate to see anyone's dirty laundry put on display for the masses.
That's why basically good people with some great ideas stay out of the political spectrum.
I admire those who get into the fray. I wouldn't get ready for a Senator Klobuchar yet. Yes, it is possible, Urrrp!
I'm an out-stater now and Kennedy signs are running 10-1 against Miss Amy. If I continued to live in the inner-city, I would think all is lost.
The rats might be in for a big surprise after all of their feel good polls. Minnesota is not just the land of tall buildings. All of us hicks get to vote too. :)
I think about that every time I see actress Jeri Ryan of the new CBS show Shark, who didn't want it to become public, and who supported her ex's bid for the Senate. It was a dirty trick laundered through the Freedom of Information act.
That being said -- in light of recent events, I wonder: if Senator Ryan had won, would he have become a time bomb ready to explode in October of a future election year?
They must be standing by it under the fake but accurate clause. If the charges were dropped then it wasn't criminal except in the black and white of the headlines.
You are so right...to even think of having a Republican to represent Americans (even Minnesotans) when you can get a real black moslim with a history of breaking or ignoring laws makes much more sense.
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