Disgraced and fired Former San Francisco Talk Show host, liberal left wing proponent, Bernie Ward, charged in December 2007 with distributing and receiving child pornography via the internet, plans to change his innocent plea Thursday according to federal court records.
In breaking news tonight via San Francisco Chronicle writer Henry Lee, Ward a former Catholic priest is withdrawing his innocent plea one month prior to his trial. Ward’s attorney Doron Weinberg was unavailable for comment.
The suspicious “no comment” coming from a hired “mouthpiece” is telling. The government or prosecutors must have mined more evidence of wrong doing leaving Ward in a precarious position.
The Warm Up
Ward’s basis for his innocent plea was his assertion that he was conducting research for an upcoming book. The activity according to Ward, “consisted only of role playing as part of a book he was researching on hypocrisy.”
The “role playing” in question began “when he engaged in sex chats with an online dominatrix and allegedly sent her pictures of children engaged in sexual activity, according to a police report.
Attorney Weinberg and Ward, according to the Chronicle story, “sought a ruling from the judge that would allow him to present a defense that he received and distributed “the charged contraband” for legitimate First Amendment purposes, namely to research and comment upon “social mores.”
That is *&%$#@) laughable and federal prosecutors agreed. In court papers prosecutors opposed any such ruling stating:
“. . .First Amendment defenses “would invite every defendant charged with child pornography crimes to suddenly become a legitimate researcher educating the masses via their Web log.”
I don’t know about you but my blog aka weblog has NOTHING to do with Bernie Ward’s weblog and I trust your’s doesn’t either!