Pistorius Has shocked us all….

By Ryan Scott Jensen

Oscar Pistorius has shocked the world not only once “The Olympics” but a second time in dismal fashion. Unfortunately they are finally releasing affidavits on this  case and they say it was a tragic accident by Oscar to shoot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Apparently Oscar Shot Reeva 4 times. They found another weapon or key piece of evidence and it should be interesting to see how the case turns out as both sides setup for their cases.

 

Written by CNN

Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) — It was the middle of the night,Oscar Pistorius says, and he thought an intruder was in the house. Not wearing his prosthetic legs, feeling vulnerable in the pitch dark and too scared to turn on the lights, the track star pulled his 9mm pistol from beneath his bed, moved toward the bathroom and fired into the door.

It was only after he called to girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp — whom he thought had been in bed beside him after a quiet evening — that he realized something horrible might have happened, he told Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair in a statement read by his lawyer during his bond hearing Tuesday. Prosecutors dispute the version of events that Pistorius detailed in his statement.

Pistorius says he broke down the locked bathroom door — at one point in the statement saying he kicked the door in, at another saying he used a cricket bat to break it down — then scooped up the mortally wounded Steenkamp and carried her downstairs after for help.

“I tried to render the assistance to Reeva that I could, but she died in my arms,” he said in the statement. “I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva.”

Pistorius’ affidavit in alleged murder of girlfriend

While prosecutors and defense lawyers agree Pistorius shot Steenkamp, the track star denied intentionally killing her, in the statement read Tuesday.

Prosecutors say they believe Pistorius put on his prosthetic legs, picked up his gun and walked to the bathroom where Steenkamp, 29, had locked herself — apparently after a heated argument — and shot at her four times.

Three of the bullets struck Steenkamp, who died soon after. Her funeral was Tuesday.

Pistorius spent much of the hearing sobbing and heaving at the mention of his girlfriend’s name, at one point forcing Nair to stop the proceedings to ask him to compose himself. His family stood nearby, huddling during breaks and appearing to pray. During parts of the hearing, Pistorius’ brother placed his hand on the suspect’s back.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Nair upgraded the charge against Pistorius to premeditated murder, saying he could not rule out the possibility that the track star planned Steenkamp’s death. But Nair said he will consider downgrading the charge later.

The allegation of premeditation makes it more difficult for Pistorius’ attorneys to argue he should be released on bail pending trial. To win bail, the defense must argue that “exceptional circumstances” exist that would justify Pistorius’ release.

The session ended Tuesday afternoon with no decision on bail for Pistorius, 26. Prosecutors said they needed time to study the affidavits read in court before deciding how to proceed.

In the statement read by his lawyer, Pistorius said he would not try to flee or influence any witnesses if he is allowed out on bail, and argued that his release wouldn’t be a danger to public order.
Pistorius friend: He’s ‘kind and gentle

A tragic mistake?

In his statement, Pistorius said Steenkamp came over February 13, opting for a quiet dinner in over a night out with friends. They wrapped up the night with a bit of television in bed for him, some yoga for her. She had brought him a Valentine’s Day present to open the next day.

After the couple had gone to bed, he said he got up in the early hours of February 14 to close the balcony door in his bedroom when he heard a sound in the bathroom.

Pistorius said he’d been a victim of violence and burglary in the past, and realized with terror that contractors who worked at the house had left ladders outside.

Fearing someone had entered the home through the open bathroom window, moving in the dark on the stumps of his amputated legs, Pistorius grabbed his pistol from under the bed and yelled at the intruder to get out.

“I fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to Reeva to phone the police. She did not respond and I moved backwards out of the bathroom, keeping my eye on the bathroom entrance,” Pistorius said in his statement. “Everything was pitch-dark in the bedroom and I was still too scared to switch on a light.”

“When I reached the bed, I realized that Reeva was not in bed. That is when it dawned on me that it could have been Reeva who was in the toilet. I returned to the bathroom calling her name,” he said.

He said he threw open the balcony door and screamed for help, put on his prosthetic legs and tried to kick in the door to the separate room inside the bathroom containing the toilet. Then, he said, he picked up a cricket bat, smashing panels out of the door before finding a key and unlocking it.

“Reeva was slumped over but alive,” he said.

Pistorius said he called for help and was told to take her to the hospital himself.

He carried her downstairs and tried to help but, but she died.

“I cannot bear to think of the suffering I have caused her and her family, knowing how much she was loved,” he said.

But he said he did not mean to kill her, and protested the charges against him.

“I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder because I had no intention to kill my girlfriend,” Pistorius said in the statement.

“We were deeply in love and couldn’t be happier,” he said.”I loved her and I know she felt the same way.”

A premeditated murder?

Prosecutors, however, painted a different picture.

They rejected Pistorius’ claim that he mistook her for a burglar, saying it would make no sense for an intruder to hide behind a locked bathroom door.

Instead, they say Pistorius armed himself, attached his prosthetic legs and walked 7 meters (23 feet) to shoot Steenkamp through a bathroom door after a heated argument.

Defense attorney Barry Roux questioned the state’s argument, asking how prosecutors would know Pistorius had put on his prosthetic legs and walked to the bathroom before shooting his girlfriend.

Police were alerted to the shooting by neighbors, and residents had “heard things earlier,” police spokeswoman Denise Beukes said.

Authorities said there had been “previous incidents” at the home, including “allegations of a domestic nature,” but did not provide details.

Detectives are investigating the blood-stained cricket bat found in the home, Johannesburg’s City Press newspaper reported. They are trying to determine whether it was used to attack Steenkamp, if she used the bat in self-defense, or if Pistorius used it to try to break down the bathroom door, the newspaper said.

Final farewells for Steenkamp

As the drama in court unfolded, friends and family mourned Steenkamp at a private funeral in her hometown of Port Elizabeth.

“There’s a space missing inside all the people she knew that can’t be filled again,” her brother Adam Steenkamp told reporters outside.

Steenkamp was a law school graduate whose modeling career was on the rise. She landed the cover of FHM magazine and recently appeared on a reality TV show.

On Sunday, South Africans heard Steenkamp’s voice one last time after her death, when the national broadcaster aired a pre-recorded episode of the show. The model talked about her exit from “Tropika Island of Treasure,” on which local celebrities compete for prize money.

“I’m going to miss you all so much and I love you very, very much,” she said, blowing a kiss to the camera.

Case rivets fans

The case of the global sports hero known as the “Blade Runner” has riveted stunned fans around the world.

As he walked into court in a blue shirt and gray suit, frenzied photographers snapped away, prompting the judge to demand they stop.

The scene was a far cry from the packed stadiums that erupted in applause whenever the double-amputee competed against men with legs.

On social media, sentiment appeared to mixed. “Oscar Pistorius is telling us rubbish,” one Twitter user posted.

But others were more supportive after hearing Pistorius’ story. “I for some reason believe Pistorius after reading his affidavit!!,” another person tweeted.

Robyn Curnow reported from South Africa; Holly Yan reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Nkepile Mabuse also contributed to this report.

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John Swallow Changes Financial disclosings

Ryan Scott Jensen from Utah has been following this John Swallow situation for a while.  This is a solid article that gives you a very accurate Time line on John Swallow’s financial reporting sheets. According to Utah Political  Capitol John Swallow altered his financial statements which they show you flat out two different version’s of the A. G.’s filings.

You’d think with more sunlight would come more clarity and eventually Swallow’s name would be cleared. However this story just adds another twist leaving more questions and concerns about the Current A.G. among many years from the past with Mark Shurtleff at the realm.

When is enough enough for this office and the Capital? The Governor needs to Slide his friend John Swallow a friendly note explaining he needs to step down so the Office and Utah Cabinet can move forward with the public’s interest.

Ryan Scott Jensen

Utah Utes name new offensive Coordinator

The Utah Utes have brought back a coach from retirement to head up the offensive squad. Dennis Erickson has been on my different levels of the game from college all the way up to the NFL as a head coach. The experience is there and this would be a great groomer for Current OC Brian Johnson whom has had a short run at the throne the last few seasons. They will be Co- OC’s according to Whittingham and it’s still unclear who will have the finally decision. However the decision to bring on Dennis Erickson won’t hurt the Utes at all, it will bring some prestige to the program as well.

 

 

reports were made official when the Utes announced that Dennis Erickson had been hired as co-offensive coordinator Monday morning. He will officially start Feb. 19.

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The Utes announce that Dennis Erickson will be part of the team next year.

 

AP Photo/Don RyanDennis Erickson, who won national titles in 1989 and ’91 at Miami, has also coached at Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State.

 

Erickson, 65, who won national championships in 1989 and 1991 at Miami, has coached at three Pac-12 schools — Washington State, Oregon State and most recently Arizona State.

In total, he’s been head coach at six universities, and is the only coach to have won Pac-10 or Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors with three different schools.

 

 

 

“Dennis Erickson brings a wealth of knowledge and coaching experience to our program,” Whittingham said in a statement. “He has been labeled as one of the original architects of the spread and we are looking forward to the impact he will have on our offense. Coach Erickson also has recruiting connections across the country which should benefit us on that front as well.”

Johnson starts online war with government

Written By Ryan Scott Jensen of Utah
Salt Lake Tribune whom has been covering this John Swallow and Jeremy Johnson story the past year have written another article about the online war that Johnson has put on. It makes you wonder  why the feds and John Swallow can have a website up freely claiming his side, but Jeremy Johnson can’t have his own websites claiming his side?
I know fake profiles, false statements and all the other stuff everyone cries fowl on but if one person can’t use social media and the internet net then the other party should be held to the same standard.
The internet is a ruthless world. It’s harsh, crude and uncensored. We need to really look at the online world and see how we can better it for children. Anyway now I am going off subject…. Here is a well written update about Jeremy Johnson’s gag order.
Johnson’s War — Utah businessman battling the feds on many online fronts

Prosecutors are trying to block Johnson from firing back on YouTube, Facebook.

By TOM HARVEY

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Feb 10 2013 01:01 am • Updated 2 hours ago

Call it Johnson’s War — with Jeremy Johnson as commander in chief.

The indicted and sued St. George businessman is waging high-tech, low-cost battles against his federal tormentors through YouTube videos, websites, Facebook, Twitter, a blog and interviews with the mainstream media.

At a glance

The Swallow case

Indicted St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson has alleged that Utah’s new attorney general, John Swallow, helped broker payoffs to enlist the aid of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in derailing a Federal Trade Commission investigation of Johnson’s I Works business.

Swallow and Reid have vehemently denied the allegations. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has said it is investigating.

He appears to be taking no prisoners:

• Johnson’s YouTube videos accuse federal prosecutors of threatening to indict his family if he doesn’t plead guilty in his criminal case in which he asserts his innocence.

• He lobs witness-tampering allegations on YouTube at a Federal Trade Commission attorney.

• He indicts the agency’s actions on his EvilFTC.com website, which he promotes on Twitter.

• On Facebook, an “[Unofficial Fan Page] United States Attorney for the District of Utah” draws negative comments about prosecutors.

• And Johnson levels similar accusations in interviews with reporters.

His has been a months-long assault, but now federal prosecutors in Utah are fed up and trying to halt it. They’ve asked a federal judge in Salt Lake City to order Johnson to stop making statements to the news media and to dismantle his online offensive.

This type of effort from a defendant is unusual, but — with the rise of the Internet and social media — people such as Johnson now have a variety of tools at their fingertips to fight such a guerrilla war against their persecutors.

The FTC sued Johnson and his I Works company in 2010, alleging it illegally charged consumers’ credit and debit cards monthly fees after luring them with offers of products for small fees.

This is just a small shot of the article so go to the Salt Lake Tribune for the full version.

Thanks,

Ryan Scott Jensen

Aaron Christner Recording of John Swallow

With Recent stories of John Swallow and Jeremy Johnson’s bribery scheme going on. I thought it would be fitting to tie in another conversation John Swallow had with Aaron Christner and Ryan Scott Jensen a few month previously to all of this while he was running for AG’s off and campaigning for the Attorney General of Utah position.

 

City weekly

 

City Weekly Provides a humorous article of John Swallow

City Weekly Provides a humorous article of John Swallow

Utah’ s Attorney General Johns Swallow-

This is a pattern of unethical  performance and terrible  poor judgement on Mr. Swallow’s part. Many local newspapers called for his resignation along with many other bloggers and media outlets eating up this story about John Swallow and the Feds.

John Swallow Impeachment talks

John Swallow isn’t out of the woods just yet. According to a few on the Capitol Hill it sounds as if they are quietly speaking about many different scenarios with John Swallow. Although Impeachment has been short lived. Another cycle of John Swallow Stories Broke out about the current AG’s ethics of what he did and didn’t say. We just hope in a time like this, that Utah shapes up and really draws some serious lines on campaign donation reforms among many other ethical issues our public servants face daily.

What do our Utah government officials really do?

Ryan Scott Jensen says that Utah needs a gut check

Ryan Scott Jensen says that Utah needs a gut check

We have a lot of pollution people are speaking about. We have questionable State contracts, bribe scandals, along with other various issues. There are two groups hitting Governor Herbert for slacking with pollution not to mention having controversial contracts and donations.

I believe Governor Herbert is a friend and supporter of Shurtleff and Swallow.  I have personally seen when a complain made to Governor Herbert’s office in which this complaint was made against a State Agency under the Governor’s authority and he has passed off the complaint, he didn’t offer help, he didn’t even comment and referred it directly back to the State agency the complaint was orignially made about.

From the sounds of all these reports it would seem all these “low paying” political seats are really worth getting as it’s all about raising money instead of helping the public or this State. Pretty sad that it’s taken such dramatic events to even get a small light on what these political power houses do here in Utah.

Ryan Jensen