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By Mike Cunningham On January 25th, 2014 at 11:18 pm

 

 

this story is; whatever you do, never, ever believe a Channel 4 documentary crew when they state that they are just making a film about the evils of the Welfare system

 

 

There’s Research; Then There’s Research

By ATWadmin On December 7th, 2007 at 4:16 am

SF radio personality indicted on child porn charges

Bernie Ward, a popular liberal San Francisco radio talk show host and former Catholic priest, has been indicted on federal child pornography charges, authorities said today.

Ward, 56, surrendered to federal authorities earlier today but the specifics of the allegations against him are under seal, officials said.

Ward hosts a nightly news talk program on KGO 810 AM as well as GodTalk on Sundays. He had been a priest with the Society of the Precious Blood order.

The radio station’s Web site said that he was indicted on two counts of child pornography using the Internet.

Ward’s attorney said today that the charges are based on incidents that occurred more than four years ago and were part of research for a book.

As everybody knows, Bernie, for over 20 years, has been a progressive, opposed to insensitive authority – he has been a champion of charities, nonprofits for the homeless,” said Doron Weinberg, who appeared in federal court today as Ward’s lawyer.

Well, he sure can’t complain about insensitive authority on this one.

“More than three years ago, Bernie was doing research for a book he was doing on hypocrisy in America,” Weinberg said.

As part of the research, Ward downloaded “a few images” of child pornography, and, Weinberg said, “it came to the attention of the government in late 2004.”

“They investigated and they never found any involvement in child pornography other than this period that he accessed these images,” Weinberg said. “The government knows that Bernie was doing this for an investigation he was doing for a book. But the government believes he violated the letter of the law and they have gone ahead and prosecuted him.”

The schmuck lieyer must be confused. Shouldn’t it be that his client is being persecuted? Or, does that cat come out of the bag a bit further down the road?

Weinberg stressed that “the fact that these events happened three years ago and they are just being prosecuted shows the fact that nobody believes that he is a child predator.”

“He is just being prosecuted for a mistake he made (more than) three years ago,” the lawyer said.

Federal authorities seized Ward’s computer in early 2005 and there was no evidence of child pornography or any other impropriety, Weinberg added.

“We have been trying to convince the government that his is not something they should proceed with. They said, ‘He violated the law, sorry.’ ”

A statement from KGO’s operations director said, “Ward has been a valued, long-time employee of KGO Radio. We were just recently made aware of these serious charges and are surprised and concerned by their nature.

“As the matter is currently pending in federal court, we will have no additional comment at this time.”

Via SF Gate.com

Also at The Radio Equalizer & IMAO

Interview with Ward’s criminal defense attorney by KGO news staff

UPDATE I: Ward’s agent blames Bush

UPDATE II: They’re all over it at PuffHo

UPDATE III: Attorney says Ward downloaded photos and exchanged them “with adults who do the same thing.”