Watcher’s Council Nominations – Standing With Israel Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

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This week, The MidKnight Review, Seraphic Secret, The Pirate’s Cove and Blazing Cat Fur earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor  by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

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Victim: The Twenty-something Woman

By: Ana Santana
Victims of Illegal Immigration – A Collection of Essays
Hat Tip: Dick Manasseri

The most brutal and vicious crime ever to be committed in Brown County, Wisconsin, the home of Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers, occurred in August of 2003.

A 26-year-old woman was kidnapped from the parking lot of a downtown Green Bay nightclub. She was driven to a rural area south of the city, and there in a grassy ditch, even though she fought with all her strength, she was repeatedly raped by two Hispanic men, strangled until she passed out, then doused with lighter fluid, set on fire, and left for dead. She managed to stop her flesh from burning by rolling around as she watched the truck go out of sight. Naked and near death, she dragged her charred body to a nearby house for help.

She later testified in court that her attackers laughed, got in their truck, and left the area. She is certain that because she played dead, even though she was on fire and experiencing excruciating pain, they left her, thinking they would get away with their heinous crime. Suffering from second- and third-degree burns over 60% of her body (mostly head, neck, arms, and shoulders), this woman will be horribly disfigured for life.

When descriptions of the two attackers went public, a dairy herd manager of a large farm, Dick Binish, notified police that he recognized both as dairy farm laborers. The grassy ditch on the side of the road where the crime was committed is very near that farm.

Gregorio Morales, then 27, had a wife and three children, and Juan Nieto was 23 or 24 at the time. Binish managed to get Morales to drink a soda, and the bottle was later given to police for DNA testing. Morales fled to New Mexico, where he was arrested about one year after the assault. He turned state’s evidence against Nieto, and pleaded no contest to 1st degree reckless injury (reduced from 1st degree intentional homicide), kidnapping, and two counts of sexual assault. He received 50 years.

In December of 2004, police tracked Nieto to DeKalb County, Georgia, where he was living with a brother in an apartment rented out under a third name. Neito was charged with kidnapping, 3 counts of sexual assault, and 1st degree intentional homicide for which he received 70 years.

Court costs for each of the trials amounted to over $250,000, so the county taxpayers had to pay over $500,000 just to put these two monsters in prison. The State will be paying for their keep, along with all their psychiatric counseling, health care, etc.

The victim’s last appearance in court had to have been very difficult for her. Heavily dressed for maximum coverage, she said she still suffered from depression and post traumatic stress disorder. There is no closure for this woman, who lives with the terror, disfigurement, and health concerns of one so brutally treated.

Ana Santana is a freelance writer whose work has been featured on the Drudge Report.