Teen Phone Sex Blackmailer Kelz Sutherland Earned $135,000 (And Now Almost 4 Years In Jail)

Kelz Sutherland is the 19-year-old British teen who lurked on gay phone sex chat lines and blackmailed callers, threatening to release tapes to their families and police of them lusting after underage children. He pocketed at least 5,000 from 10 victims during his extortion scheme, which he operated from his mother's. Now he'll serve 45 months for the stunt. Sutherland's attorney tried arguing her client only did it because he was sexually abused as a child by an adult man. [Note: Sutherland is not pictured]


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A pleasant surprise phone call – Billy Kennedy dialing for dollars to unseat vile Virginia Foxx

This was a really interesting and unexpected event. Kate and I were watching VH1 Classics “Best of I Love the 70s” and the phone rings.

Usually if we don’t recognize the phone number we ignore it because it’s usually tele-spam (how many of you have received the urgent “we need to talk to you about reducing your interest rate NOW” from your credit card company that you have zero balance with). Kate this time decided to ask who was calling and it was Billy Kennedy, running for the U.S. Congressional seat in the 5th District of NC currently held by the repulsive, homophobic embarrassment Virginia Foxx.

Since I’ve blogged about Foxx and Kennedy’s campaign several times I thought that he was calling to ask about whether I could do a live blog or some fundraising pitch on the Blend, but he actually was just dialing for dollars outside of his district with the usual list, and I was on it. I don’t think my name clicked at first, but as we continued our conversation he made the connection.

He started laughing because I was the last person on the call list for the evening and he hadn’t made the connection. Anyway, I told him that it would be great to have him on the Blend for a liveblog to talk about Foxx’s poor record of serving her district and what he plans to bring to the table.

What he has said in the past:

I will not run a wedge campaign. I want to focus on what all of us can do to improve our lives. I plan to listen to my constituents and hear what’s important to them because I respect other people’s points of view. I will not allow my opponent to play “gotcha” politics on these questions of individual liberty.

I want to make it clear. I support freedom and equal rights for all people. I will protect all individual constitutional rights, without allowing politicians to pick and choose which Amendments deserve to be taken seriously.

Even when a candidate or political party wins an election through the use of a wedge issue, once they arrive in Washington they do nothing to further its cause. That is when it becomes painfully clear that the candidate never had any real commitment to the issue itself. The candidate simply used the issue to try to fool the people and win the election at any cost.

So once Billy recalled PHB, he was excited about the prospect of a liveblog, as he’s done them on DKos as well as Crooks & Liars and it would be nice to give him as boost – the 5th deserves better. We will have a date for a liveblog soon.  
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Capitol Resource Institute Urged Phone Calls To Cali Gov & Attorney General To “Do Their Jobs”

Sometimes it’s hard not to recognize that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, as well as our friends, family, and allies, don’t seem as good at organizing as those on the religious right — as least with regards to phone and letter campaigns.

California’s Capitol Resource Institute (CRI) sent out an email blast yesterday, entitled “Defend Prop. 8!” It’s a call to their conservative, religious base to call the Gov. Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to get on their phones and start calling. How CRI framed the issue in their e-blast:

Jerry Brown is not appealing.  Put another way, Jerry Brown has refused to file the appeal of the recent federal trial court decision declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional.  Yes, it is his responsibility as the Attorney General (AG) to defend voter-approved measures, but he does not agree with Proposition 8.  

And his failure to do his duty may end this battle right here.

As John Eastman points out in the Flashreport, unless the official government defendants file a notice of appeal the issue may end with the decision of one judge in San Francisco.   The proponents of the measure may not have standing to file the appeal.

Thumbnail Link To The Capital Resource Institute's E-Blast, Entitled 'Defend Prop 8!'But, as Eastman also points out, the Governor can file this appeal.  While the Governor also opposes Proposition 8, we hope that he is fair minded enough to realize that the people of California deserve a full hearing in the courts on this important measure.

Governor Schwarzenegger, under Government Code (GC) Section 12013 has the authority to direct AG Jerry Brown to appear on behalf of the State.  If the Attorney General refuses, then the Governor has the right to and should file the notice of appeal.  He may also employ additional counsel, as he deems expedient.  The lawsuit against Proposition 8, Perry v Schwarzenegger, even includes the Governor’s name because the lawsuit is against the State.  GC Section 12013 further reads that the Governor has the right to demand the AG’s appearance and supply additional counsel when suit or legal proceeding is pending against the State.  

We join John Eastman and the 7 million Californians who voted in favor of marriage in 2008 in strongly urging the Governor to file the notice of appeal and allow committed counsel to continue to defend Proposition 8.

Their call to action:

we need your help to pressure Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Brown to do their jobs;  We have created a website asking them to defend Prop. 8.

Please sign our online petition, call and fax the Governor and Attorney General, and join our Facebook page. And forward this e-mail alert to family and friends and ask them to do the same.  

We need to flood the phones/faxes all day long.  

It is time we stand up and tell those who represent us to do their job and defend Prop 8

Call the Governor!

Phone: 916-445-2841

Fax: 916-558-3160

Talking Points When You Call the Governor:

• You were elected by the same people who amended our State Constitution to define and recognize marriage between one man and one woman.  Please represent us by defending Proposition 8.

• If you are not going to enthusiastically defend Proposition 8 in the courtroom then file the appeal so the supporters of Proposition 8 can do so.

• Even though you don’t agree with Proposition 8, it is only fair that you give the 7 million Californians who voted for this measure an opportunity to defend marriage in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Call the Attorney General

Phone: 916-324-5437

Fax: 916-445-6749

Talking Points When You Call the Attorney General:

• It is your Constitutional duty to defend Proposition 8.  Please do you job as California’s top law enforcer.

• If you choose not defend the Constitutionality of Proposition 8, then at least file an appeal and move out of the way.

• You are running for governor.  How can voters expect you to do your job as governor if you do not even do your job as attorney general?

In all the calls and faxes that went to California’s Governor and Attorney General’s offices yesterday, I know I asked myself “How many calls went to these offices in support of California’s stand not to appeal Prop 8?”

Well, I was in communication with a staffer from Equality California yesterday. That staffer informed me that when someone from their organization asked the Governor’s office that question regarding calls there, the answer to how many who called the Governor’s office California’s Governor and Attorney General’s position on not challenging the Prop 8 ruling made by Judge Walker, the answer was one…one phone call.

Yee-ouch. Maybe we all need to make some calls too.
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The Navy Is Discharging Jarod McIntosh Because It Found Photos Of His Boyfriend on a Cell Phone

Meet Jarod McIntosh. He's being discharged from the Navy because he accidentally brought his camera-equipped cell phone into a submarine, which is a restricted area. Yes, that was a dumb move. But even dumber is what happened afterward.

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More info on Saturday’s Prop 8 protest in Dallas

If you’re interested in helping out with Saturday’s Prop 8 protest in Dallas but couldn’t make last night’s organizational meeting, there’s plenty of contact info and volunteer opportunities after the jump.

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