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By Yasha Levine

When I worked in Russia, there were two sets of laws–one for Kremlin favorites and oligarchs, who never worried about paying for their crimes; and laws for everyone else, who paid no matter what. Here, it’s starting to get even worse than in Russia: Not only has there not been a single banker arrested since they destroyed the entire economy and looted trillions (while at the same time a mother who fudges her address to get her child in a better school district gets jail time), but even worse than that, judges think it’s more important to punish peaceful protesters with obscene bail demands than to isolate a serial child-rapist, who was let out without having to post a single penny.

Last week, as I reported, the LAPD arrested and detained nearly 300 peaceful protesters during the paramilitary eviction raid on Occupy LA. Charged with minor, non-violent misdemeanor offenses (“failing to disperse”), the majority of those arrested were nonetheless forced to spend three full nights in jail. The reason they spent so much time (I was there for two nights) behind bars? They could not afford the bizarrely punitive $5,000 to $10,000 bail set by the City of Los Angeles, which had jacked up the bail amount in order to punish and keep Occupy LA protesters in jail–a potentially illegal practice, according to the National Lawyers Guild.

Now compare the bail set on peaceful Occupy LA protesters to the “bail” not required and not posted by accused serial child rapist Jerry Sandusky:

Last month, a grand jury indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of sexual abuse against eight young boys (more victims have come forward since the initial indictment) spanning over two decades. Most of the charges involve brutal physical and sexual violence against children, including the charge that Sandusky anally raped a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State shower room. It’s fair to say that Sandusky poses a serious threat to children, particularly after his bizarre inability to fake to reporters that he’s not lusting after young boys every waking second. Hell, Sandusky even lives next door to an elementary school. And yet, this alleged serial rapist got to walk free without having to pay a dime in bail money.

Here’s what The AP wrote on November 23:

Sandusky was released after his Nov. 5 arrest on $100,000 unsecured bail, meaning he didn’t have to post any collateral to be freed.

His attorney, Joe Amendola, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that he was worried there may soon be new criminal allegations against his client.

“My concern is, if they bring new charges based upon new people coming forward, that bail’s going to be set and he’s going to wind up in jail,” said Amendola, who has not returned multiple phone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

So there you have it. On one side, you have a bunch of people exercising their constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and free speech, protesting against the financial oligarchy that’s transforming America into an unrecognizable medieval version of itself….

On the other side, you have a serial child rapist who happens to be popular with a Penn State football coach and who’s allowed to walk free without having to post a single red cent even as he faces multiple felony counts—including seven counts of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, one count of aggravated indecent assault and eight counts of unlawful contact with a minor.

That’s justice, oligarchy-style.

Want to know more? Read Yasha Levine’s account of LAPD’s appalling treatment of detained Occupy LA protesters.

Yasha Levine is an editor of The eXiled. You can reach him at levine [at]



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  • 1. Urda  |  December 6th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Again it is about the money,they are hoping to coerce young and scared people into giving them either their savings or borrowing money from someone that specializes in funding bails.Either way the City makes a tidy profit.At that point,if you’re under a certain age then the system will try and rip you for all your worth especially if you are not used to it.And 300 times 5,000 or 10,000 is somewhere between 1.5 million and 3 million $ in revenue. It is the way California works,charge(no pun intended) money so they pay for the system that incarcerates them.

    As for Sandusky,there is entire parts of the United States where the local leaderships “pow-wows” and decides to protect their own while driving their victims away.They view their lifestyle as part of the American dream.He is typical of this alternative East Coast Dream,where the right people do whatever they want and the wrong people suffer whatever is wanted out of them.

    Good luck and I hope whatever happens,things get cleared up down there.

  • 2. proletariat  |  December 7th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I don’t know if you’ve ever read Dave Zirin and his Edge of Sports site, but you should.

    Shit, you should make him aware of this. He’s been writing about the intersection of sports and politics for years now.

  • 3. DtD  |  December 7th, 2011 at 4:40 am

    @ 1
    Goddamn I hope English isn’t your first language. Or you are very drunk. Or both?!

    Just for the record, CA spends more on each inmate in this great state of ours then on each public school teacher. I don’t think it is ‘all about the money’ as you say. LA county probably lost their ass on that raid, financially speaking. A lot of dickhead cops got paid though, at the taxpayer’s expense. It would be interesting to delve more into the whole financial/budgetary aspects of all of these occupy movements.

    Up here in Oakland I remember a big article on the cover of the (largely useless) tribune claiming that the #OccupyOakland protest had cost the city a whopping 2.4 million dollars. I can’t remember if that was before or after the dumbshit anarchists starting smashing the storefronts of small business owners. Way to build an egalitarian, consensus based society, dude! Smash my dad’s windshield!

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a lot of the more philosophical aspects of anarchy. I just don’t think property destruction is the way to achieve it. All it does is give the state an excuse to take the low road.

    What was I saying? Oh yeah, @1 Urda. Your blog is fucking gross. “The Perineum”? I don’t think a reader needs multiple paragraphs on the finer points of rubbing their own taint 😛

  • 4. burbl  |  December 7th, 2011 at 4:56 am

    LOL… Aren’t you a bit dense?
    Trying to explain to you (hopeless but I am inclined to empathy toward fools)
    There is ONE Jerry Sandusky (and not really that many of his ilk) and he threatens only a handful of (insignificant) boys whereas there are *plenty* of OWS supporters which threaten quite a lot of influential people, so what do you expect?

  • 5. Edmund Dorkey and Gustavo Millibrand  |  December 7th, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Dearest eXholes,

    Look at the oligarchy-coddling jackboot who is supposed to carry out the Sandusky investigation:

    — Edmund Dorkey and Gustavo Millibrand, Turks & Caicos Islands

  • 6. Krokodile  |  December 7th, 2011 at 7:26 am

    They are ripping us off and fucking our kids. As long fundamentals continue to be strong I’m OK with it.

  • 7. Edmund Dorkey and Gustavo Millibrand  |  December 7th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    More stuff on the astonishingly corrupt “judge” and former FBI director Louis Freeh:

  • 8. vortexgods  |  December 7th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Back in the 30s, a whole basis of Noir Ficton was that the law only applied to little people. Well, here’s a song for you:

    So we’re back there again. How nice!

  • 9. maus  |  December 7th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    “He is typical of this alternative East Coast Dream,where the right people do whatever they want and the wrong people suffer whatever is wanted out of them.”

    What sort of stupid asshole are you? He is typical of the College Sports religion. The “good ol’ boys” network occurs in the deep south just as much as in the east coast.

    “alternative East coast”? my fucking ass. Money and entrenched influence are not restricted to the Northeast United states. Texas? California?

  • 10. Trevor  |  December 7th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I just want to pre-emptively call bullshit on anyone who starts splitting hairs over Sandusky only being charged as opposed to convicted. Being charged with sticking your dick in a child is worlds away from being charged with… What? Pissing in a trash can?

    Further, the fact that a judge let him out without collecting the necessary bail money is indicative of something much deeper and more pathological than just oligarchy. There are plenty of losers across the country rallying behind Sandusky or sneering at the Occupy movement because of something Ames has articulated here numerous times – Americans are spiteful morons. That’s the biggest obstacle to OWS right now, not the riot cops.

  • 11. Guest  |  December 7th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    “Not only has there not been a single banker arrested since they destroyed the entire economy and looted trillions”

    This is not true.

    “while at the same time a mother who fudges her address to get her child in a better school district gets jail time)”

    This is still illegal.

    You may expect better trolling, but this is all you should expect from a bottom troll like me. Thank you.

  • 12. Rehmat  |  December 7th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Welcome to the US & A – the land of the 3-layers justice system; the Israel Lobby followed by Americans and the Muslims.

    Sandusky had the backing of some very influential Jewish/Zionist individuals. However, he was not involved in something which many other A—I interrupt my elders of zion conspiracy comment for a friendly PSA, reminding everyone that the AEC forbids us from using comment section to spew/link to my bullshit here for free. It is a mortal sin.

  • 13. DustiMc  |  December 7th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Fitting. They’re protesting a system that makes huge profits off the backs of the common people while simultaneously keeping them down and that system seeks to make a huge profit off their backs…I Don’t know if the City of LA could have illustrated Occupy LA’s point any better.

  • 14. Bradford C.  |  December 7th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    They know he’s guilty anyways. What’s a few more kids on the side? He’s done so much for The Game…

  • 15. Michael D'Antuono  |  December 7th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    It’s disgraceful how the government is trying impead the OWS from expressing their dissent and taking away there first amendment rights. You can find interesting oil paintings and blogs concerning the OWS at

  • 16. Anonymous  |  December 7th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I wish people would understand what bail is before they wrote articles on it. Bail isn’t a punishment. You get your money back when you show up to court. It is intended to make you show up to court. Jerry Sandusky isn’t going to not show up because he is famous and has media attention. Occupy protesters can just leave the state and never come back. They pose such a huge threat of fleeing somewhere. Whereas Jerry Sandusky, all he faces is life in prison, what sort of threat is he to flee the state? And he’s definitely NOT a threat to children, so long as those children are female. So what’s the big deal?


  • 17. Forget Occupying, Time To Begin the LYNCHINGS  |  December 7th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    “..the bizarrely punitive $5,000 to $10,000 bail set by the City of Los Angeles, which had jacked up the bail amount in order to punish and keep Occupy LA protesters in jail”

    This is just ONE of the MANY reasons why I WIPE MY ASS with the American flag and SPIT IN THE FACE of its president/s. Time to tear this MF to the GROUND and rebuild something better in its place.

    Yeah! Myeah! Growl growl!!!

  • 18. Edmund Dorkey and Gustavo Millibrand  |  December 7th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Dearest eXholes,

    The cancer has run amok: the time has come to kill the patient!


    Edmund Dorkey and Gustavo Millebrand, Turks & Caicos Islands

  • 19. Logan  |  December 7th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I should be thrown in jail for life for grammer trolling this site and complaining about your poor speelign, cuz you know that’s pretty much the only thing that I can comment on… because I support Jeffery Sandunskiski…

  • 20. Mikesd  |  December 7th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Way to go eXiled! Looks like your article put that alleged serial child rapist behind bars where he belongs. Victory!

  • 21. FelisLachesis  |  December 7th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Victory! Sandusky’s got rearrested yesterday or today on new charges, and bail was set at $250,000. He can’t pay it, so now he’s stuck in jail until his trial.

  • 22. truthinadvertising  |  December 7th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    “What You Should Know” Headline correction –

    Baggertarians Pass The Koch-Cain To Ron Paul…Pretty Much Says It All, Folks…

    This story is a fraud. is a fake run by “techno savvy” Ron Paul supporters. This is widely known on

  • 23. internal exile  |  December 7th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Looks like Russia has moved here, in more ways than one.

  • 24. you_dumbass  |  December 7th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    This is how bail works. For those of you unfamiliar with the process, I, bottom troller from the distant planet of Trollanus, will explain it to you in such a way that you’ll think it makes perfect sense to let a serial child-rapist walk away without posting a single red cent, while peaceful protesters are stuck in jails forced to come up bail money or collateral set at $5,000-10,000.

    If you actually believe that letting a serial-child-rapist walk out without posting a single red cent because he “poses no danger” to anyone (besides hairless boys and infants), while peaceful protesters exercising their First Amendment rights do, then boy have I got a North Korea for you!

  • 25. Kumdumpsta  |  December 7th, 2011 at 5:17 pm


  • 26. Martin Finnucane  |  December 7th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    @proletariat (#2)

    re: D. Zirin. Never heard of the guy until you posted the link, and followed it and gotta agree, this dude’s red hot.

    So, here’s the link again:


  • 27. JKT  |  December 7th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    So the real question is whether anyone will file a class-action against the City of LA for setting punitive bail. It should be a matter of public record what bails are traditionally set for such “crimes”. OLA should band together and sue the hell out of the city. Why not? And while I’m at it, not just the city but specific people who can be shown to have colluded. Get them on RICO; colluding to perform illegal acts against the public.

  • 28. allen  |  December 7th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Reckon how long it will be before people start taking matters in their own hands? A year, 5 years where will this bullshit be in 10 years? Im just asking

  • 29. Not Doug  |  December 8th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Wow, is #16 seriously trying to say that having to pony up five figures for bail is no big deal because “you get it back when you show up to court”?

    Holy…wow. I can’t even imagine Ann Coulter writing that. That’s Doug “the rich are tapped out” level of bizzarro.

  • 30. Peter Farken-Hall  |  December 8th, 2011 at 2:54 am

    That guy in the photo has got that smarmy pedo look- an absolute giveaway.

  • 31. 55Spyder  |  December 8th, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I believe the protestors bail is violating a constitutional right somewhere. maybe the one where people cannot be jailed without probable cause and no UNREASONABLE BAILS!!! =.= i think we need a fucking revoloution again cause this country is going to shit once again.

  • 32. IamaFag  |  December 8th, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I am a rightwing pussy, a swamp-troll who lacks the spine to protest or defend my rights, but who is willing to take a few dollars from Master Koch to troll websites, bravely defending the child-rapist Sandusky. Sandusky was a real hero, a real American, and real Americans rape hairless boys. Jerry Sandusky is every troll’s hero.

  • 33. hujikjh  |  December 9th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    This is low blow pseudo analysis that grafts the old pedo conspiracy theory (now laicized from its Satanic ritual abuse origins) to an OWS narrative, with Sandusky standing in for Wall Street bankers. Sandusky the pedo protected by an evil conspiracy of power. The truth, of course, is quite different. pedos are the least protected minority in our culture. Whatever benefits may have come to Sandusky by virtue of his fame, is an exception to the rule. An objective look at the Catholic Church scandal will show that even there these men were sent away, sent for therapy, etc. The narratives linking pedo to a structural defensive power is really a part of the system of exclusion that neutralizes all rational discussion on the matter, in advance.


  • 34. Mark "Short Eyes" Ames  |  December 12th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Very retarded for anonymous commentards to anonymously post blatantly libelous and actionable accusations, they clearly aren’t reading their court rulings are they? Better hope Master Koch is paying you mucho!

  • 35. nose-job jim  |  December 12th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Extremely retarded for a convicted felon to think that someone’s satirical writings will “haunt him” and not realize after that card was played that actually it doesn’t.
    “white-supremacist” Gavin McInnes

  • 36. Jim Goad's hair transplant  |  December 12th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Jim Goad here. I really have a life, I swear to god I’m not like that fat Misery woman obsessed with Mark Ames’ writing. I swear up and down I’m not obsessed with Mark Ames. And I swear I haven’t left a hilarious trail of “anonymous” “proxy server” comments around that are actionable and defamatory. Seriously!

  • 37. Jim's Nose Job  |  December 12th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Ames fanboy Jim Goad = The Kathy Bates of New Media Misery!

    Check it out:

  • 38. bob  |  December 12th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Brave anti-OWS bottom trolls?Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

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