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Feds obtain sealed case of Ritter's arrest
AP | 1/25/03

Posted on 01/25/2003 3:07:17 PM PST by kattracks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Federal authorities have obtained the sealed records in the alleged Internet sex sting of former U.N. chief weapons inspector Scott Ritter to review for possible federal charges.

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi signed an order Thursday requiring police and Albany County prosecutors to provide records and any evidence to the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office.

Federal authorities filed a motion earlier in the week to obtain the records to determine whether federal laws were violated, the Daily Gazette of Schenectady and the Times Union of Albany reported in Saturday editions.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Pericak refused to comment to the newspapers. A message to his office by The Associated Press was not immediately returned Saturday.

Ritter, 41, a critic of the Bush administration's push toward war with Iraq, acknowledged his June 2001 arrest this week in national television appearances but said he was prohibited from discussing details because the charges had been dismissed and the records sealed.

Ritter has suggested recent news reports about the arrest were an attempt to silence him. He said the publicity has forced him to cancel a recent trip to Baghdad, where he said he would have offered an alternative to military action.

Broadcast reports when he was arrested and recent newspaper reports have indicated Ritter was caught in an Internet sex sting, something he did not admit.

At the time of the arrest, NBC station WNYT-TV of Albany reported that William Scott Ritter Jr. -- Ritter's full name -- was charged with trying to lure an undercover police officer posing as a 16-year-old girl to a restaurant.

WNYT broadcast Ritter's mug shot but did not make the connection to his role as the chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq during most of the 1990s.

He was charged with attempted endangerment of a child, a misdemeanor that carries up to 90 days in jail, reports said. The case was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal, meaning that if he stayed out of trouble for six months, the charges would disappear and the file would be sealed.



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KEYWORDS: 14islegaliniraq; bonerking; havingitmyway; holdthepickle; homeofthewhopper; scottritter; traitorbusted
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1 posted on 01/25/2003 3:07:17 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
oops ..I dropped my whopper...
2 posted on 01/25/2003 3:09:18 PM PST by woofie
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To: kattracks
If it was some set up it doesn't matter, it's still Ritter's fault for biting the bait on the hook.
3 posted on 01/25/2003 3:09:40 PM PST by Commander8
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To: kattracks
Ritter, 41, a critic of the Bush administration's push toward war with Iraq, acknowledged his June 2001 arrest this week in national television appearances but said he was prohibited from discussing details because the charges had been dismissed and the records sealed.

Which is a bald-faced lie, just like his earlier "you've got the wrong guy" statement was a bald-faced lie.

4 posted on 01/25/2003 3:09:45 PM PST by The Great Satan
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To: Howlin; Miss Marple; Dog
ping
5 posted on 01/25/2003 3:10:41 PM PST by kattracks
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To: woofie
oops ..I dropped my whopper...

Now look at me,I have secret sauce all over my pants

6 posted on 01/25/2003 3:13:20 PM PST by woofie
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To: woofie
ritter wanted an inexperienced 14 year old--someone who couldn't make comparisons
7 posted on 01/25/2003 3:13:47 PM PST by Taffini
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To: kattracks
Soooooo, Ritter thought because they dismissed and sealed his case that it just didn't exist any more - WRONG!!!!
8 posted on 01/25/2003 3:13:55 PM PST by CyberAnt (Syracuse where are you?)
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To: kattracks
....YES!

....there is a GOD!

9 posted on 01/25/2003 3:14:39 PM PST by GrandMoM
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To: kattracks
...to review for possible federal charges.

Maybe THIS is why he "couldn't go to Iraq": Because he was told not to leave the country.

10 posted on 01/25/2003 3:14:39 PM PST by Timesink (I offered her a ring, she gave me the finger)
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To: kattracks
Feds smell bribe and or extortion???
11 posted on 01/25/2003 3:15:51 PM PST by cynicom
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To: cynicom
Or treason?
12 posted on 01/25/2003 3:16:15 PM PST by The Great Satan
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To: The Great Satan
Actually, his statements were bold-faced lies! (Think about it, you can say something with a straight face, a 'bold' face or you can say it with a 'bald' face. This phrase has gotten lost in language!!!) (/ rant)
13 posted on 01/25/2003 3:16:31 PM PST by sam_paine
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To: kattracks
Busted!
14 posted on 01/25/2003 3:16:58 PM PST by rintense (Go Get 'Em Dubya!)
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To: The Great Satan
Yes, treason as a result of blackmail/extortion????
15 posted on 01/25/2003 3:17:32 PM PST by cynicom
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To: cynicom
More like interstate trafficing. He reached out across state lines through the channels of interstate commerce to hunt jailbait. That brings in Uncle Sam.
16 posted on 01/25/2003 3:17:43 PM PST by JAWs
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To: kattracks
WNYT broadcast Ritter's mug shot but did not make the connection to his role as the chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq during most of the 1990s.

I'm still amazed at that.

17 posted on 01/25/2003 3:17:46 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: kattracks
Let's see. Ritter was in Iraq for how long?

Betcha that the Iraqis have plenty of film, movie and stills of little Scottie with lots of Saddam supplied children for Ritter to "enjoy".

Money alone wouldn't be the cause of this man's about faced idiocy.

Fright and frustration of knowing he was on lots and lots of film might, though.
18 posted on 01/25/2003 3:17:58 PM PST by Conservonanza
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To: HAL9000
I'm still amazed at that.

Never underestimate the utter cluelessness of the average local TV station's producers and reporters.

19 posted on 01/25/2003 3:18:59 PM PST by Timesink (I offered her a ring, she gave me the finger)
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To: JAWs
Possible but I quicker think they are anticipating a link to Iraq.
20 posted on 01/25/2003 3:19:03 PM PST by cynicom
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To: kattracks
State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi signed an order Thursday requiring police and Albany County prosecutors to provide records and any evidence to the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office.

Federal authorities filed a motion earlier in the week to obtain the records to determine whether federal laws were violated, the Daily Gazette of Schenectady and the Times Union of Albany reported in Saturday editions.

Thank goodness for the Daily Gazette or we still would never have heard about this.

Would it normally take from Thursday to Saturday for it to make it to print?

At any rate, thanks to FR, the story is not buried and this AP report ought to appear in major-city Sunday newspapers, no?

21 posted on 01/25/2003 3:20:50 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: Timesink
Maybe THIS is why he "couldn't go to Iraq": Because he was told not to leave the country.

Yes quite possibly, and his stated reason for not going, didn't ring true. (Saddam might already have an award for something like that)

22 posted on 01/25/2003 3:21:12 PM PST by OReilly
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To: Conservonanza
Ritter was in Iraq for how long?

Seven years as an UNSCOM inspector, plus repeated trips back since, financed by Saddam front man Shakir al-Khafaji, including one trip to direct a 90-minute propaganda film for Saddam's regime, and another to address the Iraqi National Assembly.

23 posted on 01/25/2003 3:21:45 PM PST by The Great Satan
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To: redlipstick
Federal authorities have obtained the sealed records in the alleged Internet sex sting of former U.N. chief weapons inspector Scott Ritter to review for possible federal charges.

Latest development ping.

24 posted on 01/25/2003 3:22:07 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: cynicom
Feds smell bribe and or extortion???

Very Possible

Wasn't there a thread about a UN inspector being caught on tape by the Iraqis or something like that?

25 posted on 01/25/2003 3:22:15 PM PST by Mo1 (Be Afraid .. Very Afraid)
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To: Conservonanza
I agree. It takes a lot more than $400,000 to make someone flip to abruptly and publicly.
26 posted on 01/25/2003 3:22:37 PM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: kattracks
Federal charges? BAWHAHAHAHA! Buh, bye, Scott.

sw

27 posted on 01/25/2003 3:22:37 PM PST by spectre (spectre's wife (Ritter is a pedophile..nahnenahnenunu..)
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To: kattracks
I don't think the feds are interested in charging Ritter so much as they would like to know why the arrest was covered up and Ritter let go with a wrist slap. Things should get interesting pretty soon. People who were involved in the coverup are going to want to get a "deal" and they will start squealing like scared bunny rabbits.

Meantime, Ritter is not just toast - - he is now burned to a charred crust.

28 posted on 01/25/2003 3:23:34 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: cynicom
This has all sorts of possibilities.

First, it lets the feds know exactly how Ritter may have been compromised in Iraq.

Next, it allows them to question the assistant DA and find out WHY she cut this deal.

Then, if said deal made no sense, the assistant DA can be investigated to see who she hangs around with.

"I love it when a plan comes together."

29 posted on 01/25/2003 3:23:46 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: The Great Satan
I think Ritter has taken to bowing to Mecca.
30 posted on 01/25/2003 3:23:55 PM PST by cynicom
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Based on his former position as marine and inspector plus his high knowledge and security clearances over the years made him a ripe target for extortion. The FBI is not going to play games with this guy.

I personally can't believe how dumb he was with his "private" life but after the Toon, anything is possible.

Scott can pretend this never happened but it did and he has only himself to blame.

31 posted on 01/25/2003 3:26:12 PM PST by alisasny
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To: Miss Marple
I hope Feds tie a tin can on Ritter. Something transpired to turn him against his own country. It will be interesting to see if it ever comes to light.
32 posted on 01/25/2003 3:27:34 PM PST by cynicom
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To: kattracks
Feds obtain Ritter records

Albany -- U.S. attorney's office to look into possible charges against ex-U.N. weapons inspector who was arrested in a 2001 Internet sex sting

By CAROL DeMARE and ANNE MILLER, Staff writers First published: Saturday, January 25, 2003

Federal authorities have obtained the sealed records in the case of former U.N. chief weapons inspector Scott Ritter for review in a possible federal prosecution on Internet crime charges, sources said Friday.

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph C. Teresi signed an order unsealing the Ritter file within the several days after a request by federal prosecutors in the Albany office of the U.S. attorney, sources said.

"We have no comment," said Assistant U.S. Attorney William Pericak, supervisor of the white collar unit of the Albany office. Pericak and Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Spina Jr., who has been prosecuting computer crime cases for years, sought the unsealing of the records, sources said.

While legal experts said it's not unusual for federal prosecutors to go after information contained in state criminal files, the decision to examine Ritter's case is certain to draw criticism from supporters who feel Ritter is being singled out because of his outspoken views against a possible war in Iraq.

The June 2001 arrest of Ritter, 41, came to light over the past week in various media reports. He was charged with a Class B misdemeanor, the least serious state crime on the books, for allegedly setting up a sexual rendezvous with a person who he thought was a 16-year-old girl.

Ritter was unaware that he was chatting over the Internet with an undercover Colonie investigator posing as a teenage girl. Police were waiting for Ritter when he showed up at a Burger King in Menands to meet the girl. The case was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal, meaning the charges would be dropped and the records sealed if he didn't break the law for a six-month period.

The deal was negotiated between Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Preiser and defense attorney Norah Murphy and was approved by Colonie Town Justice Peter Crummey. Last week, Albany County District Attorney Paul Clyne fired Preiser. Clyne has refused to discuss the case other than to say his staff was told to inform him of all sensitive cases.

On Friday, Clyne was equally tight-lipped about the impending federal probe of Ritter.

"I can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of that report, primarily because you're asking me questions about a case that all the parties have acknowledged is sealed," Clyne said. "I can't comment on another law enforcement agency's dealings with a sealed file."

Ritter finally broke his silence Wednesday after days of negative publicity about his arrest, including reports he had tried to meet with a 14-year-old girl two months earlier, in April 2001, and was given a warning by Colonie police.

When Ritter resigned his position as chief weapons inspector in September 1998, he criticized the U.N. Security Council and the Clinton administration for having stymied the program. He has since become a major opponent of President Bush's plans for war against Iraq. He has traveled the country and gone to Iraq speaking on behalf of peace.

On Tuesday night, Ritter canceled a trip to Iraq because of all the publicity surrounding his arrest. He was dismayed that the 2-year-old Colonie case was revealed but refused to discuss the particulars. He insisted the case was dismissed and the record technically expunged.

Even in cases where state charges have been disposed of, the federal government can decide to prosecute on similar charges provided they are covered under federal law. It would not be double jeopardy, federal and state officials said.

A section of the state Criminal Procedure Law dealing with sealed records allows a law enforcement agency to single-handedly, without notifying the defense, make a motion in a superior court to obtain the records if the agency "demonstrates to the satisfaction of the court that justice requires that such records be made available to it."

Now that federal prosecutors in Albany have possession of the records, they must obtain permission from the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington before they can bring a prosecution.

A possible federal case against Ritter could include the charge of using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in criminal activity, sources said.

Over the last week, former prosecutors have questioned the way the Ritter case was handled. Albany County's Clyne, while not discussing the Ritter case, said he would not approve of charges involving the luring of a teenager girl over the Internet to a sexual encounter to be disposed of as a low-level dismissal. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Kinsella, who retired last year as head of the Albany office's Criminal Division and is now an attorney in private practice, feels Ritter may have gotten off easy.

"He was allegedly involved in what otherwise would be felony conduct, and it was charged as a Class B misdemeanor and disposed of and there's no apparent good reason for it, given the seriousness of the alleged conduct," Kinsella said.

33 posted on 01/25/2003 3:28:17 PM PST by woofie
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To: kattracks
but said he was prohibited from discussing details because the charges had been dismissed and the records sealed.

Is it true that sealing a criminal record means that the person who was accused is prohibited from talking about the case, even if he wants to? Perhaps some lawyer here could shed some light on that question.

34 posted on 01/25/2003 3:28:58 PM PST by John Jorsett
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To: sam_paine
Well, "bald-faced" lie is the correct traditional phrase, but if you want to coin a new phrase, "bold-faced lie", then I wish you the best of luck!
35 posted on 01/25/2003 3:29:06 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: kattracks
I hope talk radio picks this up.
36 posted on 01/25/2003 3:30:03 PM PST by tubebender
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To: cynicom
More likely using interstate instrumentalities for his crime.
37 posted on 01/25/2003 3:31:11 PM PST by JAWs
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To: kattracks
Ritter has suggested recent news reports about the arrest were an attempt to silence him. He said the publicity has forced him to cancel a recent trip to Baghdad, where he said he would have offered an alternative to military action.

Ritter is so full of himself that he makes me want to puke.

38 posted on 01/25/2003 3:31:25 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: kattracks
"Ritter has suggested recent news reports about the arrest were an attempt to silence him."

Yo Scuddie...if it were an attempt to silence you, it wou;d have been done much sooner then the government was desperately trying to figure out what your problem was and counteract you propaganda with fact. You would have done far less damage that way, and not endangered so many American, British, Austrailian and even Iraqi lives.

Not that the drooling tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists care about the obvious.

39 posted on 01/25/2003 3:32:36 PM PST by cake_crumb (Typos are my frends. They follow me wherever I go.)
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To: Commander8
"If it was some set up it doesn't matter, it's still Ritter's fault for biting the bait on the hook."

THAT bit of common sense won't parse with the drooling tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists, either.

40 posted on 01/25/2003 3:35:20 PM PST by cake_crumb (Typos are my frends. They follow me wherever I go.)
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To: The Great Satan
Plus, working in Russia for years and marrying a very young Russian girl.

Notice how the press only mentions he was a Marine when they describe him.

41 posted on 01/25/2003 3:35:39 PM PST by Deb
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To: Lancey Howard
   The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.  2000.
 
bold-faced
 
PRONUNCIATION: bldfst
ADJECTIVE: 1. Impudent; brazen: a bold-faced lie. 2. Printed in thick, heavy type.

42 posted on 01/25/2003 3:35:54 PM PST by sarcasm
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To: kattracks
A possible federal case against Ritter could include the charge of using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in criminal activity, sources said.

Over the last week, former prosecutors have questioned the way the Ritter case was handled. Albany County's Clyne, while not discussing the Ritter case, said he would not approve of charges involving the luring of a teenager girl over the Internet to a sexual encounter to be disposed of as a low-level dismissal. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Kinsella, who retired last year as head of the Albany office's Criminal Division and is now an attorney in private practice, feels Ritter may have gotten off easy.

"He was allegedly involved in what otherwise would be felony conduct, and it was charged as a Class B misdemeanor and disposed of and there's no apparent good reason for it, given the seriousness of the alleged conduct," Kinsella said.

See #33

44 posted on 01/25/2003 3:39:15 PM PST by woofie
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To: The Great Satan
"Which is a bald-faced lie, just like his earlier "you've got the wrong guy" statement was a bald-faced lie."

Yep. The records were sealed in return for a guilty plea to a "much lesser charge"

45 posted on 01/25/2003 3:41:37 PM PST by cake_crumb (Typos are my frends. They follow me wherever I go.)
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To: kattracks
Why is everything posted on FR first, and then you finally find it an hour or two later on google searches? Here, now, another article posted 30 minutes ago:

Feds reviewing Ritter's records
U.S. attorney's office looking into charges
in connection with Internet sex-sting arrest
Posted: January 25, 2003
5:35 p.m. Eastern
World Net Daily

46 posted on 01/25/2003 3:43:27 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: cake_crumb
was approved by Colonie Town Justice Peter Crummey.

Is this the first sighting of the judge involved? At any rate, in case you missed it, (I did), there it is.

47 posted on 01/25/2003 3:44:55 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: woofie
BINGO! I was wondering how with all the concern about children being lured into sex with adults, a charge like this was one of those dismissed if you stay out of trouble for 6 months misdemeanors. Now we know it isn't.

He got one hell of a special break and the media is largely silent on this as well. Explains why the assistant DA was fired.

48 posted on 01/25/2003 3:45:57 PM PST by Williams
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To: kattracks
This guy's gonna get crapped on so hard they will start calling him "kitty ritter."
49 posted on 01/25/2003 3:46:15 PM PST by Enterprise
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To: per loin; Concerned; All
Ping

FYI, per loin first posted hearing about this on FOX around 3:20 this afternoon here:

Feds Investigating Ritter's Arrest

50 posted on 01/25/2003 3:49:30 PM PST by nicmarlo
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