Recent reports from a number of major news media outlets have revealed yet another disturbing incident that serves to clearly highlight yet another area where the owner and "director of operations" of the cyber-vigilante group Perverted-Justice, Xavier Von Erck (formerly known as Phillip Eide), continues to display his utter contempt and disregard for our justice system, all the while claiming to be facilitating justice against those he and his cyber-vigilante group, Perverted-Justice.com, accuse of horrendous crimes.
During a hearing in Flagler Beach, Fla. on 25 Sept., 2008, defense attorneys revealed that Perverted-Justice refused to comply with a judge's order to allow an expert to examine its computer. (See LINK #1)
Perverted-Justice has always been vocal in its demands to law enforcement to immediately seize the computers of those they accuse in order to to "protect the evidence". Case and point - their extreme efforts to encourage the recently disgraced police chief in Murphy, Texas to send a swat team to the home of former District Attorney William Conradt (See LINK #2) as a result of their contention that he might be destroying evidence. Perverted-Justice's recommended approach in this case resulted in the self-inflicted death of the man they had accused. Apparently when it comes to offering up their own servers as evidence to corroborate their accusations, they are somewhat less enthusiastic.
This is not the first time that the vigilante group has failed to provide evidence when requested by the justice system. In a number of prior cases, important evidence requested by the courts from individual Perverted-Justice participants somehow ceased to exist prior to the trial date as a result of mysterious hard drive crashes, computer malfunctions and the refusals of some Perverted-Justice members to participate as witnesses or give up their home computers for forensic examination.
With the recent publicity surrounding a number of cases of self-described Internet vigilantes being arrested on charges of distributing child pornography, the public is becoming increasingly suspicious of the motives of many of those who appear to gain so much delight from pretending to be sexually promiscuous little girls on the Internet.
Since the group's inception, Corrupted-Justice has continuously railed against and done our best to publicize the fact that Perverted-Justice's methods were shady at best, and in many cases possibly illegal at worst. Countless suggestions have been made over the years by both disinterested 3rd-parties and knowledgeable, educated legal professionals and journalists that undoubtedly, many of the most ardent Perverted-Justice participants are very likely performing their "work" for the group with questionable motives themselves. Beyond the clearly publicized drug addiction issues, self-described mental instabilities and frightening psychological problems that many of their most active participants have publicly admitted to, rumors continue to dog a number of their members suggesting that rather than being in it to "protect the children", their motives could be somewhat less pristine and certainly more frightening to those of us with children.
The group's senior vigilante, Xavier Von Erck has been quoted countless times stating that his organization could always be counted on to cooperate fully with law enforcement and the justice system and that the "evidence" gathered through the vigilante group's on-line "sting" operations was above reproach. In light of yet another instance of their refusal or turn over evidence to the courts when ordered by a judge to do so, one cannot help but wonder exactly what the group is hiding.
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