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SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

Frankfort man indicted for prostituting young girls

Human trafficking and first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under 16, illegal sexual activity, are two of 22 charges handed down Tuesday against Jonathan W. Diaz, 19, of 230 Laffoon Drive, in an indictment by a Franklin County grand jury.

Both are Class B felonies.

“He was prostituting out juvenile females,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zachary Becker. “Specifically, there was a 15-year old Franklin County resident who was employed by Mr. Diaz on July 18 to show up at the Capital Plaza Hotel with the understanding she would engage in sexual activity with two males in exchange for Mr. Diaz receiving $900.

“Unfortunately for Mr. Diaz those two males were an undercover police officer and a confidential witness.”

Becker said the undercover officer was provided by the Georgetown Police Department “as part of a back-up plan between law enforcement agencies to assist one another in criminal investigations.

“There was recording equipment in the room and as soon as the money was exchanged and Mr. Diaz left the room, he was arrested and the female was taken into protective custody.”

The phones of Diaz and the victim were confiscated, Becker said, and search warrants were obtained and executed by the cyber crimes branch of the state attorney general’s office.

“As a result, hundreds of pages of Facebook messages were found between Mr. Diaz and numerous juvenile females, specifically the victim who showed up at the hotel as well as another juvenile female.

“Subjects of those messages included details of posed sexual activity, prices for different sexual acts, and making understood these girls would earn even more money if they agreed to have sex with older men.

“Also, on the phones were details of the transaction that night — Mr. Diaz requesting that two 15-year-old juveniles send him naked pictures and even going so far as to detail how he wanted them to pose so as to present a better photograph.”

Photos distributed

Diaz distributed those photos, which were found on his phone, Becker said.

“One of the 15-year-old juveniles also stated she was unfortunately subjected to intercourse in February of this year.”

Becker said Diaz made statements on the undercover recording that he had upwards of eight females employed by him.

“It’s not known at this time whether or not he was simply boasting,” Becker said. “I know law enforcement has made every effort to track down as many females as possible who were involved and contacted by Mr. Diaz.

“If there are any other juvenile females involved, or parents who suspect as much, we ask that they contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office or their closest law enforcement agency.

Diaz was arrested July 18 and is being held in the Franklin County Regional Jail.

Leading the investigation was Detective Jeff Farmer with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Becker said Diaz’s jail phone calls were being monitored by the sheriff’s office, and while speaking with his sister, made a statement contained in a police report that said, “I don’t even have a victim. I didn’t have sex with no female. I just sold her, and I’m being treated like a rapist.”

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is indebted to the Georgetown Police Department for its cooperation in providing an undercover officer, “who was in the room so the juvenile female was protected,” Becker said.

Other charges

In the indictment, Diaz also is charged with:

• Two counts of unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth of Kentucky to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, on July 8 and 16, each a Class D felony.

• Two counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor victim under 16 years of age, July 11 and 13, each a Class B felony.

• Eight counts of possessing/viewing matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, on July 11, each a Class D felony.

• Eight counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, first offense, on July 13, each a Class D felony.

By Charlie Pearl

The State Journal

September 12, 2015

In a quiet race, gay marriage steals the focus from other issues; first debate with all 3 candidates is Tuesday night...

In 2004 Kentucky voters passed by a 3-1 margin a state constitutional amendment defining marriage to be between one man and one woman. You’d be forgiven for assuming the initiative was on the ballot again this year.

The governor's race between Republican businessman Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway has been conspicuously quiet. “People like to know their governor, and I don't think either of these guys have done that with the people of Kentucky yet,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo told cn|2’s Pure Politics.

The lack of focus on the Nov. 3 election has left Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to fill the attention the news media and voters.

Bevin called a federal judge’s jailing of Davis for defying his order to issue marriage licenses “utterly ridiculous,” saying that there is no need to jail someone for First Amendment beliefs, and called on Conway and Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to take action to remove clerks’ names from marriage licenses. They said the law doesn’t allow them to do that.

Conway has exercised caution, waiting until after Davis was jailed to make his first comment. He said on Twitter, "I understand that passions are high on both sides of this issue, but we are nation of laws and no one can defy an order from a federal judge."

Asked by the county attorney to appoint a special prosecutor to look into an official-misconduct cases against Davis, Conway first did not respond. After Davis was released on condition that she not interfere with her deputy clerks’ issuance of marriage licenses, Conway said he would not name a special prosecutor because the matter was in federal court.

Conway has been largely mute lately, as he concentrates on raising money and wondering how much personal wealth Bevin will put into the race. His public appearances and media outreach have been almost non-existent since the Aug. 1 Fancy Farm Picnic.

Traditionally the governor’s race heats up after the Labor Day weekend, with a more intense schedule of debates and forums. Conway and Bevin will have their first face-off with independent candidate Drew Curtis at Bellarmine University in Louisville at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. The debate will be televised on Louisville’s WHAS-11 and Lexington’s WKYT-27; it is sponsored by the stations and their newspaper partners in the Bluegrass Poll, The Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The latest Bluegrass Poll, taken in late July, showed Conway leading Bevin 43 to 38 percent, with an error margin of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points (which applies to both numbers). Curtis had 8 percent.

Each side has turned up the rhetorical volume, with new TV ads.

Americans for Prosperity, a ”super PAC” supported by the Koch Brothers of Wichita, is attacking Conway for his support of federal health reform, or “Obamacare,” which it blamed for "a crisis in our hospitals” and “skyrocketing” insurance premiums.

The Kentucky Hospital Association says Obamacare has been a small part of its problems, but worries about future impacts. A national analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that the average premium increase from 2014 to 2015 was effectively zero, while premium increases in the last decade have averaged about 10 percent. Kentucky rate increases for 2016 range from a 25 percent increase by the Kentucky Health Cooperative, which has sold most of the policies on the state’s Kynect insurance exchange, to an 11 percent decrease from WellCare. Other increases are between 5.2 and 12.2 percent.

The Republican Governors Association has been attacking Conway along the same lines, while Bevin hasn’t run ads of his own. Conway’s first attack ad builds on the “East Coast con-man” moniker that U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell applied to Bevin last year in their primary battle.

The ad shows Bevin making statements on the campaign trail, then apparently walking them back. It starts out showing Bevin saying, “I was opposed to the Farm Bill because it was an insult to farmers.” The screen then splits and shows him saying that that was “a misrepresentation of what he said.” He has a case; he objected to the bill’s spending for non-farm programs (most of its funds are for nutrition) and the money it funneled to big agribusiness.

The ad gets right that Bevin has backtracked on his opposition to the Medicaid expansion in Kentucky. He initially said that he would end it, but now says he would scale it back.

Beneath the fray is Curtis, CEO of Without the big money that comes with a party nomination, Curtis has been unable to air TV ads, but being an independent underdog comes with its advantages; he can ignore partisanship, and be free to talk about the issues. Curtis has released the most detailed plan to address the state’s underfunded pension system.

As the race heats up expect all three candidates to address other important issues. There will be sparring over the tax code, and how to create additional revenue the state needs; education, including the Common Core standards; and “right to work” legislation, which forbids employers from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

However, if this summer can be used as a crystal ball for the fall, expect Bevin to continue his defense of Davis, and Conway’s refusal to appeal the gay-marriage ruling that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. State law allowed Conway to do that, but Bevin accuses him of hypocrisy.

By Matt Young
University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications

Date: 09-07-2015

Maravich left lasting impression on basketball

By Chip Hucheson
Times Leader

My first love in the newspaper business has always been sports. My first newspaper writing began with Little League, Triple-A and Pony League baseball stories. Before out of high school the sports coverage extended into Caldwell County High football and basketball.

That love for sports writing was fueled by working in the sports department at the Kentucky Kernel, which was a five-day-a-week publication at the University of Kentucky. The last year and a half was as sports editor, and what an opportunity that was — and at the time I didn’t realize just how special those days would be.

It was a different era — when you had easy access to UK football and basketball programs.

UK football or basketball practices were routine stops most afternoons.

I covered John Ray’s debut as UK’s head football coach, and my senior year was one of a handful of writers and broadcasters invited to his home for a small Christmas party. I was just a student at UK, and everyone else there was already well-known — people like legendary broadcaster Cawood Ledford, and UK beat writers from the Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader, plus a few TV folks mixed in.

Can you imagine being able to wander into John Calipari’s office any afternoon to chat about an upcoming game, or rehash a recent game? That would be unheard of today, but in 1969 and 1970, I could go to Memorial Coliseum most any afternoon and ask Coach Adolph Rupp’s secretary if he was available. It might mean a 10 or 15 minute wait, but he’d always make time, even if it was just a 10-minute interview.

Truth be told, I was petrified of the man. He was already a coaching legend, and I had heard him belittle players in practice to the point that they’d almost try to crawl under the hardwood to escape his tongue-lashing. Mike Pratt, who was an All-American under Rupp (and now UK radio network’s color broadcaster) told me that during a game he could hear Rupp hollering at him, but the last thing he would ever do would be to let the coach know he heard him.

Pistol Pete Maravich of LSU led the nation in scoring every year in college basketball played in the early 70's.Those memories came flashing back this week when I read Jim Davidson’s column on this page about basketball great “Pistol Pete” Maravich, who was lighting up scoreboards for LSU during the same time I was writing about basketball at UK. One of the perks of being the sports editor at UK was that the school’s athletic department allowed me to take a road trip with the team each year — and mine as a junior was to accompany the Wildcats to play at LSU and Alabama.

In those days, most conference games were scheduled on Saturdays and Mondays, so it was a great break from classes and gave an inside view of how the players lived as they prepared for games.

And that trip in the winter of 1969 offered a chance to meet “Pistol Pete.”

LSU played in what was known as the “Cow Palace” on the campus at Baton Rouge, and Maravich and I sat on the bleachers before the game and talked basketball. He and UK’s Mike Casey had become friends while playing together in the U.S. Olympic Trials, so my friendship with Casey helped set up the interview with Maravich.

I don’t remember anything we talked about, but do recall that he was laid-back and engaging — not uttering the scripted remarks you hear from players these days. And the idea that a reporter could talk casually in the stands with one of the game’s greatest figures sure wouldn’t happen today.

One thing’s for sure — he was a joy to watch. He was one of the most gifted basketball players I’ve ever seen. He could shoot from anywhere — and often did. In a season chocked full of memories, few could compare with the final game against Georgia.

LSU had the lead and was holding the ball with time running out in the second overtime. Maravich was a one-man show against the Georgia defense, dribbling through the Georgia defenders. With three seconds left, he let fly a hook shot from the corner of half court and began walking toward the dressing room. You guessed it — the ball hit nothing but net. Georgia players congratulated him while the Georgia cheerleaders carried him off the floor. It’s a shame there was no TV or video of that night. Maravich later said that 45-foot hook shot became more legendary as the years went on.

When LSU played UK, Rupp made no secret of his strategy. He said they knew Pistol Pete would get his points, but their game plan was to keep other players from scoring. That worked — Maravich put up big numbers against the ’Cats, but Kentucky never lost to Maravich. In fact, the Wildcats went over 100 points in every game against Pistol Pete.

When he arrived in Memorial Coliseum to play UK his senior year, the place was jam-packed. UK students could not be denied admission at that time, which meant people were standing everywhere. There were estimates that the crowd was more than 1,000 more than the capacity. Pistol Pete lived up to expectations. He was unstoppable, finishing with 55 points. Rupp even tried to use All-American center Dan Issel to guard him, and we can still remember Maravich shooting a high-arching shot from the corner that hit the bottom of the net, just getting over Issel’s outstretched arm. UK did just what Rupp had wanted to do — Maravich got his points, but Kentucky won 109-96.

A month later in Baton Rouge, Maravich tallied 64 — which is still the most points anyone has scored against a UK team. But the ’Cats won that one, 121-105.

As Jim Davidson notes in his column, Maravich had all the glory one could want in this world. Thankfully he found that peace that passes all understanding. Davidson’s column is sure worth reading, and the story there provides me my best memory of Pistol Pete.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2015

 Lawrence Countian says 'lawyers are afraid to take my case'

Lewis Williamson feels very alone in his fight to be compensated for what he says are "killing injuries"

Nats Creek resident LEWIS, 61, says he began experiencing pain and symptons that were mysterious until doctors diagnosed him with a variety of lung diseases related to asbestors.

The asbestos, Williamson says in his potentially $1 billion lawsuit filed in Franklin Circuit Court on August 11, 2015, caused him to become disabled and he had to quit a $65 per hour contract job in 2010. He was not able to work at all after that.

Now his says he can't find a lawyer to help with his case and he hints of croynism and coersion among comp judges and attorneys.

This is Williamson's latest message on the issue on Sept. 9, 2015

"...Essentially this is a classic David and Goliath story, with me on one side and a “dream team” of elite lawyers (with connection at all levels of state government) , underwriters insurance, KY and with unlimited assets on the other side.

I had a lawyer and paid him for expenses up front but he withdrew.  I just think he was out of his depth and knew it.  I am out of my depth too but like the proverbial child thrown into the pool, I have to sink or swim, withdrawal is not an option.  After talking to maybe 150 lawyers, I have concluded that virtually all lawyers today have no stomach for a fight.  They just want to file something, negotiate a “settlement” of something, collect their share (without really doing much) and walk away. 

In reality if you really need a lawyer, and your case doesn’t fit an “easy to settle” framework, you probably won’t get one... 

I have talked to all the famous law firms in this area and here are some of the replies, “Conflict of interest because my relative goes to Morehead” (what??), “this case is just two big for us” (Johnson, Pikeville), and “when you get Mesothelioma we’ll take your case (because all we’ll have to do is file and collect) (All the big TV advertising firms).   I’m a private person and the first impulse was to drop it, but then I thought, “The asbestos will probably kill you.  How can they do anything worse to you?  Why not take the fight to them?”

They are trying to get my suit thrown out of Workers comp because I filed the Billion dollar Rowan suit.  They claim that workers comp is the only case I can file (exclusive remedy (KRS 342.690).  I however found an exception that the judge had trouble recognizing as I don’t believe it has ever been used before like this (KRS 342.610(4) Sentences one and two). 

It allows a claimant to collect workers comp AND sue an employer who intentionally exposed the worker.  If one reads a disk provided by the general counsel of workers claims of  (OSHA) it is easy to see that their horrible record of violations shows a pattern of knowledge and willful disregard to protecting their employees.  I am also challenging the rule that you can’t file in another court because that penalizes a citizen for exercising his right to trial by jury (US Bill of rights number 7, and Kentucky Constitution).  The fact that this hasn’t been challenged before is testimony to the power of employer lobbyists in the KY assembly.

Next they will try to dismiss the Rowan case, either claiming Sovereign Immunity or some other trick. 

Conventional wisdom and a KRS rule ( says you can’t sue. 

However in researching files in Rowan County I found several successful personal injury cases against MSU so that doesn’t appear to be the case here.  Also, ONLY “governmental functions” have sovereign immunity and the fact that MSU does business, takes fees, sells products, admits out of state students (certainly not a state service to the citizens of Kentucky) and has bought workers comp insurance give the lie to their claim of sovereign immunity.

I will keep you informed of developments.


Here is Williamson's reply to MSU's Motion to Dismiss the case:


This is Lewis Williamson. My Yahoo account won't work, I suspect the IT specialist at the Bonnie Hoskins law firm has hacked it. So I'm using a gmail account. They earlier deleted a whole raft of emails from my supervisors at MSU that proved my case. I was watching as it was done. I changed my password to one very hard to hack but evidently they are smarter at computers than I am. Are you having trouble with your site?

> KRS 342.690 creates an "exclusive remedy" clause that keeps workers comp claimants from filing in other venues. The suit in Rowan County triggered the "dream team" of Lawyers at Hoskins Law firm (Bonnie who worked at Workers Comp, A just retired commissioner of workers comp, a just retired head Administrative Law judge, Jane Fitzpatrick of MSU and a top medical malpractice lawyer (David Murphy), to oppose me and several others I don't know of to file a motion to dismiss my workers comp case.

Here is my reply to their motion if you're interested. I just mailed it off. It might educate your readers as to what they are up against in the workers comp system."

Lewis Williamson

MSU's motion to deny comp case denied

CLAIM NO. 2014-64030





This matter having come before the Administrative Law Judge Otto Wolff and being duly advised does hereby order that the Defendants MOTION TO DISMISS PLAINTIFF'S CLAIM FOR WORKERS' COMPESATION BENEFITS is hereby DENIED.

The relevant issues are;

1. KRS 342.610 (4) (Sentences one and two) which give a clear exemption from the exclusive remedy clause of KRS 342.690, therefore the plaintiff did not trigger automatic dismissal of his case by filing a civil suit.
2. Constitution of the United States of America, seventh amendment “ in suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved...”. Kentucky Constitution, Section 7 of the Kentucky Bill of rights “The ancient mode of trial by jury shall be held sacred, and the right thereof remain inviolate.” Section 26 of the Kentucky Constitution says, “to guard against transgression of high powers which we have delegated, We Declare that everything in this Bill of Rights is excep0ted out of the general powers of government and shall forever remain inviolate; and all laws contrary thereto, or contrary to this Constitution shall be void.” It is adjudged that no rule or chapter of the Workers Compensation system can abridge, alter, prohibit, limit or nullify the plaintiff's right to trial by jury as that right is held “inviolate” by all democratic authorities world wide. 
3. It is further ordered that as provided in KRS 342.610 (4) sentences one and two that a lump sum be calculated at 100% permanent disability + punitive damages (lost wages etc) using receipts of expenses submitted by the plaintiff, lost wages, medical benefits, drug benefits, workers comp benefits, legal expenses, and all other benefits which apply be immediately paid by the defendant so that those funds are available to prosecute the defendant as provided in KRS 342.610 (4) sentence one. This the___day of _______, 2015.

____________________________________ HON. OTTO D. WOLFF, ALJ


* Note about the ORDER :  Each time I file a motion in court, I have to also submit a "proposed order" to the judge.  He can sign and submit it, or ditch it and write something else.   Often this judge just writes his own.  Readers may think I have won, but the judge hasn't ruled on my submission yet. 


History of lawsuit

"...After several years of investigation and severe inflammation Williamson learned of a pleural plaque in 2012. Dr. Alesha Sidker diagnosed abbestos disease in Sept of 2014," the lawsuit says. "Investigation revealed quite a few citations of Morehead State University by the Kentucky Occupational Safety Health Agency. MSU published a policy to KOSH to deal with asbestos."

Williamson says in the suit that MSU negligently and intentionally ignored the absentee risks which eventually caused his and possibly hundreds of thousands of other students who were, he said, to be exposed to the asbestos. 

In addition to the $1 million for lost wages and income and $1 million in pain and suffering, Williamson is asking for $20 million in punitive damages.

He also wants the court to grant a class action status to his lawsuit because of the nearly 100 buildings at MSU that potentially have the asbestos contamination {whereby} he asks that $1 BILLION be set aside in trust by MSU for future cases.



SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 

Kim Davis, Marriage Licenses and Down The Road

By Glenn Mollette

If you take a job for the government then you should abide by the rules of the job. If you don't agree with the rules then you should resign.

When the government as in the Kim Davis' case makes allowances for her to exercise her religious convictions then that "seems" to be a good thing. After all we are a country of religious opinions across the board and we don't want to violate people's religious convictions. However, If you work for Caesar then you have to follow Caesar's rules.

Here is something from the Bible. Mark Chapter 12:13 - "Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap him in a statement. (This is referring to Jesus). They came and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that you are truthful and defer to no one; for you are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? "Shall we pay or shall we not pay?" But he, knowing their hypocrisy said to them, "Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at. They brought one. He said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this? And they said to him, "Caesar's. And, Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at him." (Mark 12: 13 - 17).

I don't think anyone should have to do something if they have moral or religious objections. However, if you are taking money from Caesar aka the government then there are some expectations. Actually, I've never worked a job that did not have expectations, guidelines and requirements, whether I liked them or not.

Personally, I would not officiate a wedding ceremony for a gay couple. This doesn't mean that I am opposed to equal rights. I am for equal rights and the equal rights of gay people. However, I don't personally support gay marriage. However, if I worked as a justice of the peace or in a governmental capacity I would feel like I had three choices: Perform the ceremony, resign or let someone else carry out the function. Essentially this is what U.S. District Judge David Bunning has agreed to do for Kim Davis in allowing her deputies to grant the licenses.

Kim Davis has made her point. She has adamantly taken her stand for Christ. In no way has she backed down from what she says she believes. She has called attention to the importance of religious beliefs and Christian convictions. If she now tries to circumvent the clerk's office from granting licenses she has gone too far and should resign. People from Asia, India and the Middle East are flooding this country. Eventually these people will begin to hold public office. They too have religious opinions and they aren't all Christian views. Setting a precedent for not having to obey the law today will come back to haunt us down the road.

Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states.
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