She should have been fired long ago but we all know the liar in chief doesn’t fire his incompetent minions.

Secret Service Director Resigns After Wave of Security Failures

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned from her post on Wednesday, a day after she faced heavy criticism from Congress for repeated lapses of security that posed safety risks for President Barack Obama and his family.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he accepted Pierson’s resignation, and that he would appoint Joseph Clancy as acting director. Clancy was formerly a special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service, and he retired in 2011.

Secret Service Barack Obama Julia Pierson

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson faced tough questions Tuesday about various security failures involving efforts to protect the White House and President Barack Obama. On Wednesday, she resigned. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Johnson also announced other steps aimed at addressing criticism of the agency that has come from both Republicans and Democrats.

He named DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as a point person to direct the inquiry on how the Secret Service bungled the September 19 incident in which a man jumped the fence at the White House and entered the main building. His review is due November 1.

Johnson also said he would convene a panel to assess the Secret Service and make recommendations about how to improve security at the White House.

Pierson withstood several hours of criticism from both parties on Tuesday, not only for the fence-jumping incident, but for a 2011 incident in which a man fired at the White House, but agents decided it was just a car backfiring. Press reports over the last few days have also indicated that it was an off-duty agent who apprehended the fence-jumper, and that agents allowed Obama to enter an elevator with a man with a gun just last month.

Earnest also said the White House first learned about the elevator incident in Atlanta on Tuesday, just moments before it was reported in the press.

Earlier Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she supported a call from a Democrat that Pierson should resign. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he supports an investigation, and indicated support for removing Pierson.

“The more we discover, the clearer it becomes that the Secret Service is beset by a culture of complacency and incompetence,” Boehner said. “As such, the president must make a swift determination on whether the agency is being well-served by its current leadership.”

Despite all these problems, Johnson praised the Secret Service for handing two recent events at the White House, involving dozens of world leaders, without incident.

“As usual, the Secret Service executed these highly complex and demanding assignments without incident,” he said. “There is no other protection service in the world that could have done this.”

— Fred Lucas contributed to this story

He’s so right at so many levels.

Facing Facts

September 30, 2014 – 10:42 AM

Politicians these days, when assessing a situation, are not concerned about how it will effect the country but how they can best turn it to their advantage, how they can spin it and how they can twist it to gain from it; truth and the nation be damned.

Even modern-day television coverage encourages the attitude by spending more time on how a politician’s actions are going to be perceived than how they will affect the citizens that are supposedly doing the perceiving.

They become highly visible at election time. They come out and tell us about the faults of their competition and the unfinished job the nation cannot afford to take them away from. They preen and pose and try to act like one of the folks back home, sympathizing with our problems and promising to deal with them just as soon as they are re-elected.

They go into their act for any TV camera, radio microphone or reporter’s pad. They hang out in popular eating places and dress down to the local styles, trying to become just one of the folks they forget about the day they left town, and during these few days, they hope they won’t run into anybody in public who will ask a substantive question or bring up their failures.

And, if they’re in the right party, they are many times handled with kid gloves by the media. While there they field softball questions and are constantly kept out of compromising situations, where the promises they broke last time and the true extent of their failure can be exposed.

They leave Mr. Hyde back on Capitol Hill and bring the kindly Dr. Jekyll home to perform for the voters, skipping, sliding and sidestepping their way through another campaign. They duck the tough questions, magnifying their supposed successes and explaining away their failures, which, of course, were never their fault to start with.

What we have in our Congress, for the most part, is a gaggle of empty suits, people with no center, deflated consciences, more concerned with not being perceived as doing something wrong or unpopular than actually passing meaningful legislation and curbing the kind of government that puts a yoke of tax and regulations on the shoulders of its citizens.

They passed Obamacare, the biggest boondoggle and bureaucratic nightmare ever to clear both houses of Congress.

To show you how they feel about their constituents, they didn’t even read the piece of garbage before they voted on it. They fell prey to a president who, at the time, was telling us that the country couldn’t exist if they really took the time to fully know what they were voting for, and then its implementation was put off by several years.

Now many of them are trying to distance themselves from the disastrous monstrosity and the president who engineered it, hoping people are too short-sighted to remember that they took part in forcing something on the country that its people didn’t even want, many of them probably selling out in the process.

Webster describes a prostitute as someone who uses something valuable in a way that is not appropriate or acceptable. Draw your own conclusion.

Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.

What do you think?

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

As Hillary would say..”At this point, what difference does it make”? Well, if you’re watching whats going on in the world, it would have made a big difference.

REPORT: OBAMA HAS MISSED OVER HALF HIS SECOND-TERM DAILY INTEL BRIEFINGS

 
by  29 Sep 2014 

A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI)report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.

The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.

The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” said Obama.

According to Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, members of the Defense establishment were “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame.

“Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” a former senior Pentagon official “who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq” told the Daily Beast.

On Monday, others in the intelligence community similarly blasted Obama and said he’s shown longstanding disinterest in receiving live, in-person PDBs that allow the Commander-in-Chief the chance for critical followup, feedback, questions, and the challenging of flawed intelligence assumptions.

“It’s pretty well-known that the president hasn’t taken in-person intelligence briefings with any regularity since the early days of 2009,” an Obama national security staffer told the Daily Mail on Monday. “He gets them in writing.”

The Obama security staffer said the president’s PDBs have contained detailed threat warnings about the Islamic State dating back to before the 2012 presidential election.

“Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president’s daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election,” the Obama security staffer told the Daily Mail.

This is not the first time questions have been raised about Obama’s lack of engagement and interest in receiving in-person daily intelligence briefings. On September 10, 2012, the GAI released a similar report showing that Obama had attended less than half (43.8%) of his daily intelligence briefings up to that point. When Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen mentioned the GAI’s findings in his column, then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dubbed the findings “hilarious.” The very next day, U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American staff members were murdered in Benghazi. As Breitbart News reported at the time, the White House’s very own presidential calendar revealed Obama had not received his daily intel briefing in the five consecutive days leading up to the Benghazi attacks.

Ultimately, as ABC News reported, the White House did not directly dispute the GAI’s numbers but instead said Obama prefers to read his PDB on his iPad instead of receiving the all-important live, in-person briefings.

Now, with ISIS controlling over 35,000 square miles of territory in its widening caliphate in Iraq and Syria, and with Obama pointing fingers at his own Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for the rise of ISIS, the question remains whether a 42% attendance record on daily intelligence briefings is good enough for most Americans.

 

Freedom of speech? Not so much with Mooch.

Wisconsin Reporter Was Sent to Cover Michelle Obama’s Speech and What She Says an Aide Told Her Had Her ‘Creeped Out’

Meg Kissinger is a seasoned reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin’s well-known newspaper. She’s seen a lot in her days. But what she said happened at a speech by Michelle Obama in the state on Monday left her utterly “creeped out.”

Kissinger took to her Facebook and Twitter page to describe what happened. In short, she said, aides for both the first lady and Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor, Mary Burke, told her she was banned from talking to members of the crowd.

Kissinger was in Hudson, Wisconsin, covering the first lady’s speech in which she was stumping for Burke.

“[A]ssigned to cover Michelle Obama’s speech today and was told by a Mary Burke aide and one for the White House that I could not speak to the people in the crowd,” she said on her Facebook page. “To say that I was creeped out is an understatement. This is what reporters do in America: we speak to people. At least that’s how I’ve been doing things — at all kinds of political events — since 1979.”

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In a follow comment to her post, she added that she’s “never seen anything like it in 35 years as a reporter”:

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She recounted the same events on Twitter:

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The odd encounter did make it into her story for the Journal Sentinel [emphasis added]:

At the Burke event, a number of people in the crowd were upset about a lack of seating. Several people, including a woman using two canes, complained that she had nowhere to sit.

Reporters and photographers were cordoned off in a central area with chairs and tables. Several people in the crowd asked if they could have extra chairs reserved for the media — but reporters were initially forbidden from handing them over. Eventually, some of the Burke staff gave the extra chairs to attendees.

Burke and White House staff also told reporters not to talk to people in the crowd before the event.

Kissingers encounter bolsters charges by the media that the administration is one of the most guarded ever.

Creepy.

Cambridge principal arrested for stalking, disorderly conduct

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2014 – 6:08 AM

Woman said Cambridge official was intoxicated.

Christopher Grote

CameraThe principal of Cambridge Primary School is in jail after a woman he used to date called police Sunday to report that he wouldn’t leave her home.

Christopher Grote, 47, has been charged with stalking, disorderly conduct and fleeing a peace officer.

A complaint filed by the Isanti County Attorney’s Office on Monday alleged that a deputy sheriff arrived to investigate at the woman’s back-yard deck when he heard someone crashing through the woods. The deputy, Chad Meyer, yelled, “Stop, Sheriff’s Office,” before chasing Grote through the trees.

Meyer continued calling out to Grote, according to the complaint, and finally found him lying on his stomach 40 yards away, with his hands underneath his body and scratches on his face. When Grote allegedly didn’t comply with an order to put his hands behind his back, Meyer tasered him, then escorted him back to the squad car.

The woman told authorities that she ran into Grote at a firefighters’ benefit earlier in the evening when Grote approached her. She said he was intoxicated and insisted that he would be driving to her house, despite her refusals to let him in, the complaint said.

The woman said after she and Grote had left the benefit separately, he repeatedly called her, saying, “I’m here, please come talk to me!” according to the complaint. The same woman called for help in July to have Grote removed from her property; she was home alone with her children, authorities said.

“We just want to ensure everyone that our priority and our focus is on our students at this time,” said Shawna Carpentier, communications coordinator for the Cambridge-Isanti school system. “While we continue to work through this situation, there’s still a lot of information we do not know.”

She said Cambridge Intermediate School’s principal, Scott Peterson, would oversee the primary school for the time being.

Grote is scheduled for a bail hearing Tuesday morning.

 

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Allen West is one of the few that understand whats going on with the radical muslims.

ALLEN WEST: ‘ISLAMIST SYMPATHIZER’ OBAMA BLIND TO RADICAL IDEOLOGY OF JIHADISTS

by  29 Sep 2014, 7:05 AM PDT 

On Breitbart News Sunday, former Rep. Col. Allen West (R-FL) said last week’s Oklahoma beheading was a “jihadist attack” and not an act of “workplace violence,” and he warned that President Barack Obama’s refusal to fully appreciate the dangers of radical Islam will make Americans less safe at home and abroad.

Speaking to host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, West said Obama refuses to acknowledge the “radical Islamist” threat, instead asserting that “ISIS is not Islamic” and insisting that “Islam teaches peace.” West said it was insidious that administration officials have met with radical Islamists, and he stated that “the enemy is here.”

“President Barack Obama is an Islamist sympathizer and enabler,” West said. “He will not recognize the ideology. … You will never be able to defeat Islamo-facism and jihadism if you don’t recognize the ideology.”

West also said that Obama ”doesn’t care about anyone but himself” and blasted the President’s “obtuse” ideology that “doesn’t make any sense.” ISIS “is nothing more than al-Qaeda in Iraq reincarnated,” he stated, and called attention to the numerous times Obama “took credit for ending the Iraq war and bringing everyone back,” which made the situation even worse.

“He takes no responsibility for his actions whatsoever,” West said. “Obama believed that he was elected to end wars, regardless of what the enemy says.”

West also emphasized that the country “cannot have open borders when you are fighting a non-state, non-uniformed belligerent enemy” and noted that “narco-terrorists will be happy to enable them to come across the border,” as long as the “shadow enemies” pay them.

West also believes more conservative veterans and conservative minorities need to be elected because so many liberal politicians are clueless about national security issues and immigration, and he said his Guardian Fund is seeking to develop a strong farm system of leaders to combat the left.

Col. West will participate in Monday’s National Security Action Summit (NSAS II), co-sponsored by Breitbart News and EMPAct America, which will take place in Salon III at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. (2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008).

Is this going to be the next trend in the “Religion of Peace”?

 

Another One: Fired OK City Nursing Home Employee Threatened to Behead Co-Worker

by  28 Sep 2014 

 In what the local media is calling “a bizarre coincidence,” police arrested a fired Oklahoma City nursing home worker on Friday after he allegedly threatened to cut off a co-worker’s head.

Via The Oklahoman: 

Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, 30, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a terrorism complaint. His bail is set at $1 million.

 

“We take these threats very seriously,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.

 

Muriithi, a native of Kenya, worked at Bellevue Nursing Home in northwest Oklahoma City, according to police. His arrest Friday coincided with the revelation that fired Vaughan Foods worker Alton Alexander Nolen/Jah’Keem Yisrael had beheaded a co-worker after he was fired the day before.

The co-worker, who has not been identified, accused Muriithi of threatening her while they were both working at the nursing home on Sept. 19, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

She said Muriithi identified himself as a Muslim and said he “represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians,” the detective told a judge in the affidavit. The two had not worked together before.

Last week, a senior ISIS leader called for attacks in the United States and on Western allies.

Civilians should not be exempt from brutality, he said. “Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling. Both of them are disbelievers. Both of them are considered to be waging war.”

 He gave specifics on how to attack Westerners: “Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure. Hunt them wherever they may be. Turn their worldly life into fear and fire. Remove their families from their homes and thereafter blow up their homes.”

The arrest affidavit reports that the woman claims she asked him why they kill Christians and he allegedly replied, “This is just what we do.” 

“The victim said Jacob asked her what time she got off work and she replied by asking him in a joking manner if he was going to kill her,’ the detective wrote. “Jacob told the victim, ‘Yes,’ he was going to cut her head off. The victim asked Jacob what he was going to cut her head off with and he said, ‘A blade,’ then told her after he did it he was going to post it on Facebook.

“The victim said Jacob was serious when speaking and never made any statements that he was joking or playing around.”

Reportedly, Muriithi repeated the threat towards the co-worker in front of another employee, allegedly saying that he was going to use a blade.

It will be interesting to find out if Muriithi attended the same mosque, the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, that beheading suspect Alton Nolen/Jah’Keem Yisrael attended.

 

Kind of a shame he’s not in the permanent dirt nap mode. How can the cops say there’s no “nexus to terrorism”? Lop a head off and call it workplace violence? Ricockulous.

Police: Man accused in Oklahoma beheading is awake

September 27, 2014 – 4:05 PM

Associated Press
Oklahoma Workplace Beheading Suspect

This Oct. 18, 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen, of Moore, Okla. Prison records indicate that Nolen, the suspect in the beheading of a co-worker at an Oklahoma food processing plant Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, had spent time in prison and was on probation for assaulting a police officer. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man who was shot after he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and has been interviewed by detectives, police said Saturday.

Alton Nolen, 30, remains hospitalized in stable condition following Thursday’s attack at the Vaughan Foods plant in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said. He said Nolen will be charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and that he may also face federal charges.

“We’ve already interviewed him and charges will be filed on Monday,” Lewis said.

Lewis said Nolen was fired right before the attack, and that he then drove from the building that houses the company’s human resources department to its main distribution center.

Once inside, he attacked 54-year-old Colleen Hufford with a knife in the center’s administrative office area, eventually severing her head, according to police. Nolen then repeatedly stabbed 43-year-old Traci Johnson before Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff’s deputy and the company’s chief operating officer, shot him.

Johnson survived the attack and is also conscious, Lewis said, adding that she is listed in stable condition.

“She is talking. We have interviewed her,” Lewis said.

Although the investigation is ongoing, Lewis said police learned Nolen was discharged from Vaughan Foods for “numerous reasons” involving “personnel issues,” but that he didn’t know the specifics.

Police asked the FBI to help investigate Nolen after co-workers told investigators he had recently started trying to convert several employees to Islam. He said police asked the FBI to look into Lewis’ background because of the nature of the attack, which followed a series of high-profile videotaped beheadings by Islamic State militants.

Lewis said investigators learned Nolen had attended a Muslim mosque in the Oklahoma City area but that he did not know which one.

In a statement, FBI Special Agent in Charge James E. Finch said the motive for the attack had not been determined, but that there is no reason to believe there was a threat to anyone else.

“We don’t have any reason to believe there is any danger to the area,” Lewis said.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told the AP that there was indication that Nolen was a Muslim convert and was trying to convert others to Islam. However, the officials said there is thus far no connection to terrorism and no evidence of any suspicious travelling Nolen might have done.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said Nolen had a Facebook page that was of potential interest to investigators, but that “there doesn’t appear to be any nexus to terrorism right now.” But the official also said investigators were still looking into Nolen’s background.

According to Oklahoma Department of Corrections records, Nolen served time in prison and is on probation for assault and battery of a police officer. He also was convicted of cocaine possession with the intent to distribute in 2011.

The records show that Nolen has what appear to be religious tattoos, including one referencing Jesus and one in Arabic that means “peace be with you.”

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Just think, if his sentence in Cartoon County wouldn’t have been suspended, this may have not even happened.

Superior man faces 11th DWI charge

By Shelley Nelson on Sep 26, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.

 A Superior man sentenced to prison for his ninth drunken-driving offense after ramming a Douglas County deputy’s squad during a high-speed chase a decade ago now faces charges for his 11th offense after a hit-and-run crash Monday.
Raymond James LeDoux, 68, is charged in Douglas County Circuit Court with his 11th offense of operating while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while revoked. He also was cited for hit and run on an unattended vehicle and operating without insurance.

Superior police officer Sean Holmgren was called to the 2100 block of Oakes Avenue on Monday on a report of a hit and run. The caller reported that a motor home struck a parked van. The driver of the motor home left the area.

“I observed severe damage to the entire driver’s side of the blue minivan,” Holmgren wrote in his report. He said there were bystanders in the area and one of them handed Holmgren a piece of paper with a license plate number on it, received from an unidentified individual who witnessed the crash.

The van was totaled, but no one was injured, Superior Police Chief Charles LaGesse said. Reports show the owner of the van didn’t see the crash when it occurred.

Other officers attempted to locate the suspect’s vehicle, which according to the license plate information was registered to LeDoux.

Superior police Sgt. Adam Poskozim was driving north on Tower Avenue, just leaving South Superior, when he observed the motor home heading south. Poskozim tried to memorize the plate as it passed, and he turned around when Holmgren radioed the plate number over the air. Poskozim wrote that he could see heavy damage to the rear bumper of the motor home on the passenger side.

The sergeant activated his lights and LeDoux pulled over mid-block on Banks Avenue after making a couple of turns. Officer Marc Letendre arrived on the scene as backup.

Poskozim said that when he approached LeDoux, the man’s movement was slow and uncoordinated, his eyes were droopy and red, and his speech was slurred.

“I asked LeDoux if he had hit anything with his motor home, and he said he did not,” Poskozim wrote in his report. Poskozim wrote that LeDoux said the damage to his rear bumper was old damage, but he had no explanation for damage to the front of the vehicle.

Letendre performed a field sobriety test as other officers arrived on the scene.

“I noted that his eyes were glassy and bloodshot,” Letendre reported. “I noted a strong odor of intoxicants on his breath and I noted he appeared unsteady on his feet.” A preliminary breath test revealed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.172, more than twice the legal limit, according to Letendre’s report.

Letendre took LeDoux to the hospital for a blood draw, which the suspect refused. Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy granted a warrant for a blood sample for testing.

LeDoux was taken to the Douglas County Jail. He made an initial appearance Tuesday in Douglas County Circuit Court, and bail was set at $5,000 cash. He remains in custody for a probation violation.

LeDoux’s next court appearance is a status conference Monday. After waiving a preliminary hearing, he’s scheduled for arraignment on the new charges Nov. 14. He faces up to 12½ years in prison and a $25,000 fine on the latest drunken-driving charge.

In December 2003, LeDoux rammed a Douglas County sheriff’s squad car and led officers on a chase during the early morning hours without headlights and reaching speeds of 70 mph. He was convicted of his ninth offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and sentenced to five years in prison and three years of extended supervision.

He was arrested in Carlton County in December 2010 for his 10th offense, according to online Minnesota court records. In that case a six-year prison sentence was stayed for five years of probation and one year in the Carlton County Jail after LeDoux pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated-refusing to test.

Some jail is better than none, I guess.

Former Cook County Attorney Scannell sentenced to jail, probation

By Brady Slater on Sep 26, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

Judge Shaun Floerke marked the downward trajectory of Tim Scannell’s career as they sat across from one another in the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth.
“From the height of his career,” Floerke said, “to being shot, to here today.”

Scannell, 48, the former prosecuting attorney for Cook County who was convicted in July of two felony sex crimes for his relationship with a teenage girl, was sentenced Friday to

30 days in jail and 10 years of probation. He also must register as a criminal sexual offender for 10 years, and serve 300 hours of community service.

Scannell is scheduled to report to the St. Louis County Jail on Tuesday. He is expected to be held in a private cell for 29 days, having been credited for time served. He worked as Cook County’s elected attorney for nearly eight years until his removal from the post by the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners after his conviction on two counts of fourth-degree sexual misconduct stemming from his relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

The emotional, tear-filled sentencing marked the conclusion to a unique and challenging legal case.

In arguing for jail time of up to one year, Special Prosecutor Tom Heffelfinger called Scannell’s actions “a gross violation” of a community and people he’d once vowed to protect.

Scannell, dressed in tan khakis and a white, button-down shirt, sat with his head in his hand throughout much of his sentencing. He cried and held a tissue throughout an emotive appeal for leniency. He explained to the court that after a 2011 shooting in his office by a man he’d convicted on sex abuse charges, he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. He said he sought solace in the arms of the 17-year-old family friend for whom he’d once been considered a positive mentor. His attorney, Joe Tamburino, argued that Scannell wasn’t thinking correctly and that PTSD impaired his judgment.

Scannell said his poetry and love letters to the then-17-year-old girl began in May 2012.

“I 100 percent recognize the error was mine,” an emotional Scannell told the court. “It’s true I didn’t fully recognize the damage and harm I caused to her till she was on the stand.

“She is one of the kindest people I have met in my life,” Scannell said of the victim. “I will never forgive myself for burdening her and her family with my pain.”

The victim is now 19 and attending college in the eastern United States. She was not in attendance at the hearing. Her father spoke, saying, “We’ve lost friendships, a significant portion of our savings, many sleepless nights — all due to a person who betrayed our family and our community.”

“He betrayed us all,” the victim’s father said as he argued for the maximum sentence of one year in jail.

The victim’s mother read from a letter written by her daughter that addressed the court, saying, “I lost friendships that I never before doubted would be lifelong.” The mother said the after-effects of the events will never be over for her daughter, who reportedly lost weight and hair, as well as her trust in people and men as a result of the relationship.

The victim’s parents were family friends with Scannell in Grand Marais. They told the court it will be difficult to find closure.

Scannell was convicted of using his position of authority to initiate a sexual relationship. A jury agreed that Scannell touched the victim’s breasts, abdomen, legs and buttocks in August 2012, while she resisted his attempts to engage in sexual intercourse. She had known Scannell since she was 9, she testified in July, and saw him as a family friend and father figure.

Floerke called Scannell a “vibrant person in the community,” before sending him to jail.

“It works for and against you,” the judge said. “You’re held to a higher standard.”

The attorneys on either side tried to influence the judge by comparing Scannell’s situation to sexual misconduct cases he’d prosecuted in Cook County. Eight of 14 similar cases, Heffelfinger said, resulted in jail time.

“I’m here to sentence this case,” Floerke said. “I hear what you’re all saying.”

Floerke seemed to have compassion for Scannell, listening to him intently and questioning Scannell using a soft voice.

“You’re a public servant who was shot and I don’t know how to unpack that,” Floerke said.

But, in the end, the judge said he couldn’t reconcile sentencing to jail other criminals who commit crimes while suffering from PTSD and not Scannell.

It is not known where he will serve his jail time, as the judge left it up to St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office to weigh the safety liability of holding the former prosecutor while also protecting him.

Scannell has been on release without bail since his conviction in July. He is suffering from PTSD, depression and anxiety disorder. He takes six medications multiple times daily. He is jobless and on disability insurance. He was eager to do community service as part of his punishment, according to Scannell and his attorney.

After his conviction, Scannell was replaced by a woman he’d described as a “superhero” at one point during his trial. Molly Hicken was present in the county attorney’s office when Scannell was shot four times by a man he had just prosecuted on criminal sexual conduct charges in December 2011.

Hicken, with the help of a bailiff, was able to wrestle a gun out of the gunman’s hands and throw it across the room, out of reach, as they waited for police to arrive on scene. Scannell worked sparingly afterward, undergoing several surgeries as part of his recovery.

“I survive because I have a wonderful wife,” Scannell said.

Scannell’s career in law remains in question as the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has said it would review his case after the sentencing.

Felonies don’t always result in disbarment, but Tamburino said “his career is over.”

“There is no more attorney,” Tamburino said.

In most instances, the age of sexual consent in Minnesota is 16. But criminal charges still can be made if the alleged perpetrator was in a position of authority over the alleged victim.

Scannell previously only admitted to kissing the girl and, on one occasion, inadvertently touching her breast.

“I’m just sorry,” were his last words to the court, before he slumped back into his chair and received his sentence.

Scannell’s wife, Lynn, put her arm around her husband as they walked out of the courtroom and toward a secluded corner.