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Wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' (releases) statement
KiroTV ^ | 19 Mar 12 | Karilyn Bales

Posted on 03/19/2012 4:15:37 PM PDT by xzins

Karilyn Bales, whose husband, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of killing Afghan civilians, released this statement on Monday:

What happened on the night of March 11 in Kandahar Province was a terrible and heartbreaking tragedy.

My family including my and Bob’s extended families are all profoundly sad. We extend our condolences to all the people of the Panjawai District, our hearts go out to all of them, especially to the parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents of the children who perished.

I know that all good people around the world, regardless of nationality, religion or political values, join me in grieving that such a terrible thing could happen.

Our family has little information beyond what we read and see in the media. What has been reported is completely out of character of the man I know and admire. Please respect me when I say I cannot shed any light on what happened that night, so please do not ask.

I too want to know what happened. I want to know how this could be.

I have no indication that my family’s own safety is at risk, but I appreciate the efforts that have been undertaken to protect us. I hope there will soon be no reason for protection of families, whether here or in Kandahar Province, or anywhere, because the pain inevitably inflicted in war should never be an excuse to inflict yet more pain. The cycle must be broken. We must find peace.

I know the media has a right to pursue and report news. As you do your jobs, I plead with you to respect the trauma that I and my extended family are experiencing. Please allow us some peace and time as we try to make sense of something that makes no sense at all.

All I can do now is emphasize my sadness and my condolences to the families in Panjawai for their terrible loss. The victims and their families are all in my prayers, as is my husband who I love very much.

End of Statement


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To: BunnySlippers

This scenario does not make any sense! He was on an SF COP! Was security so lax that he could leave without being noticed? This was PANJWAII!!!! Panjwaii IS the hottest zone in all of Afghanistan!

Not only did he leave, he walked a mile in an area that has IED’s everywhere! And he made it to TWO villages???

The whole thing sounds very bizarre to me.


301 posted on 03/21/2012 7:46:57 AM PDT by panthermom (Please Pray for C Co 3-21)
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To: Girlene; darrellmaurina; xzins; smoothsailing; jazusamo; BunnySlippers

That one I have zero facts on, but I do have a lot of unanswered questions:

1) What was the amount of money? I’ve heard everywhere from $800,000 to $1.5 million. Not a good start.

2) If there was a legal order to pay back the money, what judge did it come from?

3) Was there no follow-up by said legal entity on the status of the payback?

4) Why did the supposed victim not say anything about this until now? If it was a legal directive, and he hasn’t seen a dime from Bales, then you’d think he’d have been making a stink about it for quite some time.

5) Bales left that job and joined the Army over 10 years ago. Again, why is this guy just now getting worked up? Why, if Bales was at fault and liable for those losses, did no one seem to be able to find him in the Army? People think they can hide in the Army, but it’s probably the worst place to go. Your name, picture, and fingerprints are VERY easily found.

Bales avoided this for 10 years by being in the Army? I don’t think so.


302 posted on 03/21/2012 7:50:38 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: KantianBurke

DO NOT believe what the press is saying as to how this all went down!!! There is NO way they have the answers this soon!


303 posted on 03/21/2012 7:51:07 AM PDT by panthermom (Please Pray for C Co 3-21)
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To: xzins

AMEN!!!!


304 posted on 03/21/2012 7:53:40 AM PDT by panthermom (Please Pray for C Co 3-21)
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To: xzins

SSG? Thanks, xzins, did not know.

I don’t disagree that something smells about the money allegedly owed. About half of the 1.3 - 1.5 Million number the press is throwing around out there is for punative damages. Just found it curious that no explanation has been provided. If there is a halfway reasonable explanation, it would be better to get it out there (outside of FR), sooner rather than later.


305 posted on 03/21/2012 8:24:55 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: tillacum

Okay, that’s the STRATEGY, I’m just referring to the TACTICS of this case and we’re otherwise saying the same things.


306 posted on 03/21/2012 8:28:34 AM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet ((303 and a wakeup) Truth, I know, always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition.)
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To: Girlene

I should have realized that, it’s what I get for having a preconceived mindset. :-)


307 posted on 03/21/2012 8:28:58 AM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Future Snake Eater

1. Have you not hear it was compensatory and punitive damages? That would cover the disparity.

2. If it was a case filed with the SEC, it would have been adjudicated by the FDIC which is now called FINRA.

3. I’m assuming there was. There are dozens, if not hundreds of articles about this. Start reading.

4. Just because you had not heard that someone was bilked out of funds years ago does NOT mean he has not been trying to get his money back until now.

5. Bales did not become notorious until now. That’s why the press has not been all over his background.

Indeed, one theory is his attorney may use the “bad apple soldier” defense. Meaning they will lay the blame on the army for either not checking his background enough, or allowing him in to meet enlistment quotas.

Either way, Bales comes out as an unsavory person. I suspect he will not be free for a long time, if ever. And, at this point, we still do not know enough of the circumstances of the crime.

I found it interesting that the people he REPORTEDLY
drank with prior to the event say that he had domestic problems. And the news has reported that his wife put the house up for sale 3 days before the massacre.


308 posted on 03/21/2012 8:47:21 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: panthermom

Very interesting questions, panthermom. Supposedly, he was noticed missing and a search was made for him on the base. Regarding the IED’s, I wondered the same thing.


309 posted on 03/21/2012 8:49:25 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: BunnySlippers
1. Have you not hear it was compensatory and punitive damages? That would cover the disparity.

Yes, I have heard. It would not cover such numerous wildly divergent numbers. If there was a judgement rendered, the numbers would be easily accessible.

2. If it was a case filed with the SEC, it would have been adjudicated by the FDIC which is now called FINRA.

Exactly, "If"--why, if this Horrible Deed was done, has there been no legal ramifications. We still don't know who did what and why.

3. I’m assuming there was. There are dozens, if not hundreds of articles about this. Start reading.

So the accusations are tossed out there and you get to assume, but I raise some pretty basic questions that reports aren't answering, and I have to "start reading"?

4. Just because you had not heard that someone was bilked out of funds years ago does NOT mean he has not been trying to get his money back until now.

My not having heard about it is irrelevant. This guy supposedly was conned out of a LOT of money, and he didn't think to alert any authorities as to the lack of recompense by the people/person ordered to pay up? If he had, Bales wouldn't have made it to E-5...he's be in jail for fraud and contempt.

5. Bales did not become notorious until now. That’s why the press has not been all over his background.

Law enforcement and the general legal system don't care if your face is plastered all over the news. They track people down all the time who fail to adhere to legal directives. Bales was "hiding" in about the worst possible place, and we're supposed to believe he evaded the system for this long? Color me skeptical.

Either way, Bales comes out as an unsavory person.

Judge, jury, and executioner based on a few reports with gaping holes in them.

310 posted on 03/21/2012 9:17:11 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Future Snake Eater; BunnySlippers
Judge, jury, and executioner based on a few reports with gaping holes in them.

LOL

Using those standards of "justice", I would have been just about eligible for parole last August. (Spent ten years teaching Naval Aviators, so I must be a big time bad actor.)

311 posted on 03/21/2012 9:32:18 AM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet ((303 and a wakeup) Truth, I know, always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition.)
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To: Future Snake Eater
There ARE a lot of unanswered questions, FSE. I watched a snarky Brian Ross clip - this money owed is front and center in defining his character in the press, IMO.

1. Regarding amount - here's what I've found so far:
An arbitration panel found Bales, Michael Patterson and Michael Patterson Inc. individually and jointly liable for $637,000 in compensatory damages, $637,000 in punitive damages, $216,500 in attorneys’ fees and several thousand dollars in other fees. Lawyer says Washington Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Afghan killings suspect, recalls little Now what the heck does that mean? Individually and jointly? Which entity was supposed to pay what back?

The rest is where it gets murky for me.....that's why I asked if anyone else knew how this stuff worked. I believe, a complaint was made to NSAD (National Association of Securites Dealers) in May (or srping, 2000).

At some point, the case was reviewed and NSAD agreed there was something wrong. For some reason, Bales did not show up to the arbitration which I believed happened in 2003. I did find a NSAD disciplinary action that showed Robert Bales did acknowledge he had failed to respond to requests for testimony. NSAD Disciplinary Action, Nov, 2004

Most of this is greek to me. I'm with you....... how hard would it be to find him? A broker's SS No. would be known, and being enlisted would have made it pretty easy to locate him. Could this judgement/arbitration amount, whatever it was, be non-binding? IOW, did he, or anyhone, HAVE to pay these people this money?
312 posted on 03/21/2012 9:45:30 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene
this money owed is front and center in defining his character in the press, IMO.

Agreed. One really doesn't have anything to do with the other. Even assuming Bales maliciously stole this guy's money, that doesn't lead to potential mass murder after 10 years of outstanding military service.

OK, so the total amount is in the neighborhood of $1.5 million, so now we know.

Depending on when in 2003 the arbitration was, Bales may have been in Iraq on his first deployment.

313 posted on 03/21/2012 9:57:59 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Girlene; Future Snake Eater

There’s alot of detail in the article below about the goings on in the firms Bales worked for before he enlisted. Even though the writer attempts to disparage Bales to some degree it’s quite obvious that Bales was a minor player at best in a much larger criminal enterprise. He may well have had little or any knowledge of what he was involved in.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11463664/1/afghan-shooter-was-penny-stock-cold-caller-for-mob-linked-firm.html


314 posted on 03/21/2012 10:30:15 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Future Snake Eater

I haven’t had time to read this from the beginning.

But the “fraud” case was settled through arbitration wherein NONE of the defendants showed up.

Anyway, here is FINRA’s BrokerCheck

Search 2765462 which is Bales’ CRD number. It will give his entire history.

I’ve had my CRD number for about 35 years. And there have blessedly been ZERO events.


315 posted on 03/21/2012 10:36:56 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Girlene

Bales CRD number is 2765462

On my previous post you can find the link to search his number at FINRA.

I have been registered and work in the industry for 35 years.


316 posted on 03/21/2012 10:39:36 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Agreed, FSE. It’s the press that’s helping this story along. Wish the lawyer would deal with this - could go a long way to minimizing its impact.


317 posted on 03/21/2012 11:04:48 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks for that link, smooth. You’re probably right about his involvement. A guy with his character references going back to highschool days wouldn’t have knowingly hired on to a company like that.


318 posted on 03/21/2012 11:25:51 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: BunnySlippers
Your link did not show up. Is this the correct link?

FINRA BrokerCheck
319 posted on 03/21/2012 11:35:39 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene

Yes, in my haste I did not add the link. You have it.


320 posted on 03/21/2012 11:58:29 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

Thanks.


321 posted on 03/21/2012 3:12:21 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Future Snake Eater; xzins; smoothsailing; jazusamo; All
For anyone interested, here's a bit more info on the financial dealings. Afghanistan suspect had shaky business dealings

Not sure how accurate all this is, but it provides a bit more detail/background for what it's worth.
322 posted on 03/21/2012 3:16:20 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: jazusamo

Great report, thanks for posting that.


323 posted on 03/21/2012 3:29:42 PM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: Girlene
I don’t know whose deicision it was to disarm our own, but it was pathetic. IMO, they put the Sec Def. in harm’s way.

Pathetic? The Nazis treated their soldiers better than that:

On 23 August, Luftwaffe fighter pilot Erich Hartmann claimed eight victories in three combat missions bringing his score to 290 victories. Hartmann passed the 300 kill mark on 24 August 1944, a day on which he shot down 11 aircraft in two combat missions, bringing the number of aerial victories to an unprecedented 301 victories. He was immediately grounded by Luftwaffe chief of staff Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, who was fearful of the effect on German morale should such a hero be lost. Hartmann, however, later successfully lobbied to be reinstated as a combat pilot.

He became one of only 27 German soldiers in World War II to receive the Diamonds to his Knight's Cross. Hartmann was summoned to the Führerhauptquartier Wolfsschanze, Adolf Hitler's military headquarters near Rastenburg, to receive the coveted award from Hitler personally. On arrival, he was asked to surrender his side arm — a security measure caused by the aftermaths of the failed assassination attempt on 20 July 1944. Hartmann refused and threatened to decline the Diamonds if he were not trusted to carry his pistol. After consulting Oberst Nicolaus von Below, Hitler's Luftwaffe adjutant, Hartmann was allowed to keep his side arm and accepted the Diamonds.

Erich Hartmann flew 1,404 combat missions during World War II, resulting in 825 engagements,[51] and was never shot down. Hartmann was never wounded and never bailed out due to damage inflicted by enemy pilots. His kill tally included some 200 various single-engined Soviet-built fighters, more than 80 US-built P-39s, 15 Il-2 ground attack aircraft, and 10 twin-engined medium bombers. It is often said that he was more proud of the fact that he had never lost a wingman in combat than he was about his rate of kills.

After the war and following imprisonment by the Soviets he returned to West Germany, reentered military service in the Bundeswehr and became an officer in the West German Air Force, from which he retired in 1970.

Erich Hartmann died on 20 September 1993, at the age of 71 in Weil im Schönbuch, Germany.

324 posted on 03/21/2012 3:32:55 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: Girlene
It's interesting what his highschool friends have to say. They probably know him as well as anybody outside his immediate family.

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In 2000, a year before he joined the Army, Bales joined a Florida company called Spartina Investments Inc. with former NFL player Marc Edwards, his Norwood, Ohio, high school teammate who went on to win the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.

"I viewed him as a person with enormous integrity, courage and loyalty," Edwards said.

325 posted on 03/21/2012 3:34:11 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Girlene

Why? Because they don’t value human life like we do. To them, a dead infidel is just a mass of meat. A dead believer is in heaven with the virgins. The Koran is far more important to them than any human life.


326 posted on 03/21/2012 3:55:46 PM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: Girlene; xzins; smoothsailing; jazusamo

Interesting, but I still find it all very confusing.

Was Bales still working for the company or not?

Was he just a worker bee so the press gets to attach it to him? (you know, everyone who worked at Enron is guilty as sin)

Still, there’s no clarification as to who exactly levied the $1.5 million judgement or whether it’s even legally binding.

The analysis is correct regarding Bales’ financial history and its effects on his security clearance. He would have probable issues getting a TS clearance, but Secret isn’t a problem. You don’t need TS for a LOOONG time in the Infantry.

Still, if it was a legally binding judgement, where was the enforcement? That wouldn’t be on the military background check; that would be on the levying body and appropriate enforcement officials.


327 posted on 03/21/2012 4:02:26 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Future Snake Eater; Girlene; xzins; jazusamo
Was he just a worker bee so the press gets to attach it to him?

That's what I think.

Bales was small potatoes, he was probably named in the judgement because he made the initial "boiler room" call. I get the impression he was nothing more than a telemarketer reading a script.

The other guys named, the owners and principals of the firms, those guys had the deep pockets.

328 posted on 03/21/2012 4:14:18 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: darrellmaurina; Alas Babylon!
Kaylee, I am not going to defend the conduct of reporters and photographers swarming the moving team at a vacant house to get photos for print or video footage for television. However, I'm saying that as a reporter who refuses to photograph dead bodies or injured people at car crashes, so I fall into the category of someone who thinks respect for victims is important and thinks photos are less important than facts. A lot of my colleagues won't agree with me on that.

**HOWEVER** — being an insensitive jerk is not a crime.

If these reporters and photographers did what they were doing from the street or sidewalk, they had every legal right to stand there and take all the photos they wanted. Conservatives protesting abortion clinics, for example, were entirely correct to demand their right to protest on public property.

You're right, but the impression I was getting was that they literally swarmed into the house - or at least onto the property - when they realized it was open and unoccupied... And that IS illegal.

329 posted on 03/21/2012 4:21:38 PM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: smoothsailing; Future Snake Eater
Show me a timeline, show me Bales standing over a dead body with a gun in his hand.

No smoking gun pic here, but some timeline info you may find of interest:

The Army provided basic information about Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (No middle initial)

Date of Rank: April 1, 2008

MOS: 11B (Infantry)

Duty Status: Active

Basic Active Service Date (Enlistment Date): Nov. 8, 2001

Assignment History:

2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (Sept 11, 2002 -- Present)

Military Education/Year Completed:

Combat Life Savers Course 2002

Warrior Leaders Course 2008

Sniper 2008

Visual Tracker 2008

Combatives Level 1 2010

Combatives Level 2 2010

U.S. Air Force Airlift Planner 2010

Advance Leaders Course (ALC) 2010

Civilian Education/Year Completed

Associate Degree (2 Yr College) 1992

Home of Record: Jensen Beach, Fla.

Deployment History/Time Frame:

Operation Iraqi Freedom (12 Months) / Nov. 1, 2003 - Oct. 1, 2004

Operation Iraqi Freedom (15 Months) / June 19, 2006 - Sept. 22, 2007

Operation Iraqi Freedom (10 Months) / Aug. 8, 2009 - June 4, 2010

Operation Enduring Freedom / Dec. 1, 2011 - March 2012

Awards and Decorations:

Army Good Conduct Medal (Three awarded)

Iraq Campaign Medal Campaign Star (Two awarded)

National Defense Service Medal

Overseas Service Ribbon

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Combat Infantry Badge

Expert Infantry Badge

Army Commendation Medal (Six awarded)

Army Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Two awarded)

Army Superior Unit Award

Source: Army Times

330 posted on 03/21/2012 4:22:31 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: smoothsailing

I wish I had a dollar for every mass murderer or multiple shooter whose friends and neighbors claim he was “a nice guy”, “couldn’t be the same person”, “quiet and nice”, couldn’t meet a better guy”.


331 posted on 03/21/2012 4:48:42 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: smoothsailing

From working in the industry I can tell you it would be very difficult to work at a “pump and dump” operation and not know it. He moved and worked with these same principals at different firms.

Having taken slews of financial exams over 35+ years, I can tell you the basic one is a Series 7 which Bales took. It is HEAVY on ethics.

But, maybe he didn’t study that part. But i can tell you that pleading ignorance of the law is no defense.

And I think his blowing off the arbitration hearing speaks volumes. It was his chance to exonerate himself and clear his name!


332 posted on 03/21/2012 4:55:14 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

I wish I had a dollar for every person who sucked up the crap this failing society fed them all their lives to the point they think they are thinking for themselves but are just repeating the party line.

To answer a question. Bales should be given all the medals the military has to offer. Especially those aviator ones. ACE 3X + 1. Given an honorable discharge with the pension benefits of a five star general. And released to get on with his life.


333 posted on 03/21/2012 5:09:56 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

Talk about “judge, jury and executioner”!

I realize you you’re his biggest fan, but he does have warning signs in his past. Yes, he has some wonderful commendations which will be weighed against the negatives to assess his character.

If he drank, sneaked out at 3PM, killed a bunch of civilians, he is no hero, but a scoundrel and a unpatriotic criminal.

May justice be served in any case. That is the most we can hope for.


334 posted on 03/21/2012 5:19:02 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers
That is the most we can hope for.

Stop hoping. Start thinking.

I see warning signs in your past.

335 posted on 03/21/2012 5:32:51 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: BunnySlippers
But i can tell you that pleading ignorance of the law is no defense.

You KNOW the laws of the jungle?

Whatever.

Go take another test.

336 posted on 03/21/2012 5:35:17 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Future Snake Eater
Was he just a worker bee so the press gets to attach it to him? (you know, everyone who worked at Enron is guilty as sin)

Not everyone at Enron was guilty. I'm sure you already know that. In this case Bales was registered as a Series 7 employee without which he would have been unable to even speak about stock issues.

Series 7 is intensive ethics training with basics about stock settlement, margins violations, etc. When something like this happens, the Series 7 people can be considered liable. Going higher [and I am also a Series 24 General Securities principal] the culpability becomes more intense. Even more so for a Financial Securities Principal and a Compliance Officer.

I have never heard of a non-registered employee [like Enron peeps] ever being held accountable in these instances.

Still, there’s no clarification as to who exactly levied the $1.5 million judgement or whether it’s even legally binding.

The arbitrator levied the judgement. It should be legally binding.

337 posted on 03/21/2012 5:36:18 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: archy

Thanks for posting, that is quite an impressive record!


338 posted on 03/21/2012 5:39:48 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: BunnySlippers
Not everyone at Enron was guilty. I'm sure you already know that.

Yes, of course I know that. It was simply illustrating the point behind my question.

The arbitrator levied the judgement. It should be legally binding.

So this is where I get really confused. Bales is supposed to be on the hook for all this money, but the couple say they never saw a dime. Where were the complaints to the arbitrator (which is typically who/what?) and the inevitable follow-up of legal action against Bales?

339 posted on 03/21/2012 5:41:27 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: BunnySlippers
Day in. Day out.

Can't ya just feel the love?

340 posted on 03/21/2012 5:42:17 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: BunnySlippers

In this and your post #331 you seem predisposed to dislike Bales. If you’ve got some built-in prejudice in this case, just state as much. It will make it easier to discount your views.


341 posted on 03/21/2012 5:45:08 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: BunnySlippers; smoothsailing; xzins
I suspect he was drunk. He admits to drinking but ... just a little bit. Kinda like “not inhaling”.

If he did this, and I hope he didn’t, he should be sentenced appropriately.

I'm sure the Army does not have a
Class IV store in a combat zone.

342 posted on 03/21/2012 5:46:13 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012
I'm sure the Army does not have a Class IV store in a combat zone.

Should read "Class VI store in a combat store".

343 posted on 03/21/2012 5:49:28 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: archy

Interesting. Thanks for the history lesson.


344 posted on 03/21/2012 5:53:35 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: xzins

345 posted on 03/21/2012 5:53:35 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: Future Snake Eater

The only thing i have heard that might address it was a comment from the elderly investor who said they tried to find him after following leads in Bermuda and elsewhere but never found him. Also, a similar statement from his attorney.

All I can say is they had lousy investigators/detectives.


346 posted on 03/21/2012 5:54:21 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: smoothsailing
It's interesting what his highschool friends have to say. They probably know him as well as anybody outside his immediate family.

I agree, smooth. Both his friend Marc Edward, who went on to play for the NFL, and his highschool coach went out of their way to vouch for his solid character. That's why the alleged killings make no sense to those who know him.
347 posted on 03/21/2012 5:58:55 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: smoothsailing

You were crowing in 325 about how friends and family would know best. I have found otherwise. Instead finding that parents of school shooters go on about their straight-A student.

And friends of mass murders and workplace shooters talk about what great family men they were and how willing to help they were.

Bottom line, I was appalled when I heard about this. No American wants to think an American serviceman could or would do this. It should not have happened and did indeed put our soldiers in harm’s way.

It you want to cheer for this man, go ahead.

I realize there are two pictures of Bales ... good and bad and they cannot be separated. I would like to know what happened but know it will be a long time, if ever, that we know.

I would like to see justice done even if Bales spends a lifetime in jail or is exonerated.

What I don’t understand is blind faith in Bales and not being able to see his two sides and demonizing people who acknowledge his merit and demerits.


348 posted on 03/21/2012 6:04:57 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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I don’t understand

That is hilarious.

Obiwan is laughing my guts out.

349 posted on 03/21/2012 6:13:41 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: BunnySlippers

I’ll say.


350 posted on 03/21/2012 6:15:56 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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