How many of you have worked with someone who basically either refuses his or her duties, or does the minimal, knowing full well that should a challenge arise, victim status will be used to silence constructive criticism?
It's become common place.
Here is a good opportunity for some "101" analysis. The article is from the Daily Mail about a case we covered last month in which a Baltimore woman had raised $43,000 only to suddenly stop allowing donations (there is no sane reason to stop the inflow of money) because she learned that analysis had proven that she, herself, wrote the "hate" letter.
She not only held the LGBT community in contempt, presupposing them to be without discernment, but she projected her own intolerance and hatred of Christian faith in her writing. This was found to be consistent with other 'rants' of intolerance.
The Daily Mail listed her response as 'denial' of the allegation.
Your assignment is the following:
1. Using copy/paste, Begin your report with the basic allegation and ask and answer:
"Did the subject deny the allegation?" This is your opening line and should be included in your conclusion.
2. Analyse the quotes of hers;
3. Analyze the quotes of police;
4. Write your "Analytical Report" with your conclusion directed to a specific audience: Your findings are to be written to the untrained eye.
My point is that the DA didn't even even need the analysis to prove to a jury that she was the author of the note, given the volume of sample investigators obtained from a wide outlet of sources to the point where a reasonable person would need no persuasion in finding her guilty. The analysis would have only strengthened an already relatively easy case.
You are writing in a way that explains your findings to the average juror, sans Casey Anthony Jury .
I labeled "Quote 1" and "Quote 2", with this in mind: Quote 2 has a good deal of information within it.
If anonymous, pick a pen name so that you can be responded to should you wish for commentary.
Mom who raised $43,000 claiming her homophobic neighbor was intimidating her over her 'relentlessly gay yard' is accused of FAKING threats herself
- Baltimore mother-of-four Julie Baker said she got an angry letter from her Christian neighbor about her front yard earlier this month
- Anonymous writer objected to colored lamps spelling 'love, family'
- The letter called her yard 'relentlessly gay' and told her to 'tone it down'
- Baker raised $48,000 to make her yard 'even more relentlessly gay'
- She is accused of writing the letter herself, based on similarities in grammatical errors between the letter and her own writing on GoFundMe
- Detectives report Baker was unable to produce the letter when asked for it
- Baker claims she has 'not been anything but authentic'
A Baltimore mom who raised over $43,000 after claiming her Christian neighbors threatened her over her 'relentlessly gay' front yard has now been accused of contriving the plot as part of a GoFundMe scam.
Several discrepancies have surfaced in the story of Julie Baker, a widowed mother-of-four who lives on the outskirts of the city and identifies as bisexual.
Baker said she received a note signed by 'A Concerned Home Owner' that attacked her colorful yard - which used lamps to spell out 'love' and 'ohana', a Hawaiian word for 'family' - for 'becoming Relenetlessly Gay!'
She then launched a campaign to make the yard 'even more relentlessly gay' and received $43,396 in online donations in just 14 days. However inconsistencies and suspicions have since been raised.
Baker then abruptly closed the account, saying she had raised 'more than plenty' of money.
'Relentlessly gay': Julie Baker, a Baltimore woman who has these lamps in her yard, claimed a neighbor sent her an angry message demanding that she 'tone it down', but she is now accused of contriving the story
Hoax?: This is the letter Baker claims to have been sent, but comparisons have been made between it and Baker's own writing
Julie Baker vowed to make her home 'even more relentlessly gay' and raised over $43,000 to do so. But several discrepancies have surfaced in her story
At the top of the list is the fact that both Baker and the letter she allegedly received appear to feature the same improper use of capitalization.
The letter incorrectly capitalizes words such as 'others,' and 'forced'.
Then, Baker capitalized words such as 'home', 'relent' and 'hatred' on her GoFundMe page.
According to Queerty, Baker consistently capitalizes words on her Facebook page, where she often goes on rants about Christian's being opposed to gay marriage.
(The police) have no reason to believe that I have done anything wrong or been anything but authentic'
This prompted 'myth-busting' website Snopes to start an investigation.
The site contacted the police, and a detective reportedly told them 'that Baker was either unwilling or unable to produce the letter in question, and that she had maintained it was no longer in her possession'.
The detective also told Snopes he was unable to meet Baker the day he wanted to.
Baker then sent the site a message on Facebook denying her campaign was a hoax.
'I have been in contact with the police, they are satisfied with me, I am satisfied with them, and am grateful to them,' Baker said in the message.
'They have no reason to believe that I have done anything wrong or been anything but authentic.
'They even have the long history of the various things that have happened to me since moving into my house.'
Aglow: At night the lamps light up, and clearly spell 'love' and 'ohana', which is a Hawaiian term for 'family'
Home: The house, pictured in 2009, seemingly before the lamps were constructed, is on the outskirts of Baltimore
In closing down her GoFundMe from accepting donations, Baker also vaguely addressed the suspicions against her.
'I want to humbly thank everyone for their extreme generosity.
'Please now, take all of this good energy and help each other.
'I just learned moments ago that I could turn off the donations, and I am doing so because I there is plenty, more than plenty, above and beyond the goal.
'On a sadder note, the world is filled with hate and fear, as such I want to work to remove any doubt about the authenticity of the letter.
'Until then I am not taking a dime out of this account.
'Please carry on with flooding the world with rainbows and joy, be relentlessly generous, be relentlessly compassionate, be relentlessly vibrant and stay relentlessly gay.'
This is the message Julie Baker uploaded to her GoFundMe page asking for money. Comparisons have been drawn between the writing and that of the threatening letter she claimed was sent to her
Shut-down: Baker closed her GoFundMe page after it reached over $43,000 in donations and posted this message explaining why
The letter that Baker said she received read: 'Dear resident of [address],
'Your yard is becoming Relenetlessly Gay! Myself and Others in the neighborhood ask that you Tone It Down.
'This is a Christian area and there are Children. Keep it up and I will be Forced to call the Police on You! Your kind need to have Respect for God.
'A Concerned Home Owner.'
Images of the letter and the lamp display, which glows at night, were posted online by a friend of Baker, and were then shared thousands of times.
She said that if she were to get enough money she would get 'a rainbow-colored roof'.
On the page Baker wrote: 'Put simply, I am a widow and the mother of four children, my youngest in high school and I WILL NOT relent to hatred.
'Instead, I will battle it with whimsy and beauty and laughter and love, wrapped around my home, yard and family!!!'
'Thanks for your relentlessly gay support!'