There has been a valid point brought up that I want to make sure I clarify, since I cannot remember all the places I have clarified it. (Fibrofog is a bitch, so…blog post.) And I’m tired of repeating myself, so, huzzah, blog post.
In the Charles Michael Segaloff (Michael Makai) arrest and federal case, I’m not posting documents about the minor victim (even if they’re not sealed), and unless or until the adult girlfriend who was arrested as a material witness is prosecuted, I’m not posting documents specifically about her and not Segaloff.
The minor victim — uh, duh. MINOR. VICTIM. And most of those specific documents are sealed anyway.
The adult girlfriend — let’s clarify something. I in NO way excuse her behavior as it has been alleged in the court documents. Unless or until she is charged, however, because there are mentions about mental health issues (and even suicidality in one place) I’m not going to post those documents. You want to see them, there are links in the docket summary. Sign up for a PACER account yourself and look at them. (http://www.pacer.gov)
Here’s where I’m verging into MY OPINION (and only my opinion): If Charles Manson can talk people into killing for him, why does it stretch the bounds of credulity to think that Segaloff might have more than one victim in this case? Again, I am NOT excusing or in any way saying that I think the adult girlfriend should escape prosecution. The exact opposite. If the evidence shows she is guilty, prosecute her.
HOWEVER, I refuse to participate in further victimizing someone who might, when more information comes out, turn out to also be a victim in this case. We don’t know yet, and that’s the point. She hasn’t been charged in the federal case (as of when I just looked tonight a little while ago and pulled the updated docket summary). She’s only listed as a material witness in this case, to date.
If/when she IS charged as a defendant? I’ll be posting all of those documents at that point.
The things that have allegedly already happened in this case are fairly heinous to begin with. I refuse to go after someone not currently listed in the federal case as a defendant. (Material witness is NOT the same as a defendant.) Just like I’m not posting unsubstantiated rumors or innuendo I see posted about the defendant. I’m sticking to the facts as we know them, and I’m taking the higher road. (I don’t even think I dropped an F-bomb in this post. Man, this fibro flare is kicking my everlovin’ ass right now.)
So…that’s why. Again, the docket summaries I pull from PACER have links to all the documents in them on the PACER site. Sign up and get an account if you’re curious and have at it.