Melissa is returning to Oklahoma.
I’m physically in Utah, but my mind has already migrated to Oklahoma. I’ve changed a lot of my online profiles to read Oklahoma City, OK as my residence. I’ve been looking up Oklahoma things, seeking out Oklahoma blogs . . .
Two things she likes so far:
I can’t wait to have a decent daily newspaper to read! I read the Daily Oklahoman when I lived in the OKC area last time and found it to be an acceptable newspaper.
I just spent a bit of time looking at OKC’s JohnTV. I love that kind of shit.
The Oklahoman should be here for her, but if she dallies, JohnTV and its administrator may not.
`Video vigilante’ in Oklahoma City faces prostitution-related charges of his own
Prosecutors say some of his footage was not a result of intrepid camera work. Instead, they say, he paid prostitutes to take their customers to locations where he could easily tape them.
He has been charged with pandering and aiding and abetting prostitution.
Sounds as if Bates went too far! Why, it’s like some kind of slimy sting operation. OK County District Attorney Wes Lane is on it!
In 2005, Oklahoma City police set up a sting operation aimed at Bates that included several surveillance vehicles and a police helicopter. It also involved a prostitute and an ex-convict who agreed to wear a wire during a meeting with Bates.
The audio tapes “failed” and the case ended up being thrown out of court.
But the D.A. took the case to a grand jury and in June brought more charges, punishable by up to 140 years in prison.
Both the prostitute, Renee McCullough, and the ex-convict, Gerald Loud, testified against Bates before a grand jury. According to court documents, Loud struck a deal with prosecutors to testify in exchange for a suspended sentence for methamphetamine possession. McCullough is facing a soliciting charge.
Now that’s some creative police work! This “video vigilante” must really be dangerous.
Jay Trenary, a former assistant district attorney who resigned from Lane’s office in April, said prosecuting Bates became a top priority for Lane.
“My personal opinion is that Brian Bates is being picked on,” Trenary said. “Certainly more resources were devoted to his case than there were to other crimes going on at the time, and even more serious cases.”
However, it may be about more than Bates video taping acts of prostitution. Bates didn’t have any problems with OKC law enforcement when he was only exposing drug users and whores. That is until …
his videotaping of the police beating of Donald Pete, a black man found by police with a prostitute in a van in 2002. When the video aired, Oklahoma County officials feared it would spark riots similar to the aired videotaping of the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police and prompted city officials to call for calm.
Lane told Oklahoma Gazette Brian Bates’ criticism of his office pushed him into seeking the grand jury indictment.
If Melissa likes JohnTV, she might also enjoy Bates’ other website, Vote Out DA Wes Lane.
More on DA Wes Lane:
Official DA website
Wes Lane on drugs