By Patrick Backup
Well, I’m happy Frank decided to publish my view – Keith Raniere Did Not Get Fair Trial; Does Not Deserve Life Sentence after all, even if it took him a few weeks
Again, to those who criticize my view, I think if you read what I wrote, you will see that I am not idolizing Keith Raniere in the way Monte Blu does.
I’ll just address three points from the comments:
1.) Raniere’s Teachings Are Useful
Yes, I find quite a few of the ESP teachings very useful, especially those on integration. However, I’ve never done a course (I live in Europe), I only read Keith’s two books and watched his conversations. Funny that Frank never publishes anything about Keith’s teachings. Is he afraid people might find value in them?
2.) Cami Chose to Stay With Keith After She Became an Adult
Let’s face it, no matter what parents might think or hope for, 15-year-old girls and boys are often already sexually active. I am aware that the law forbids them from having sexual relationships with adults, but in this case, Cami chose to stay with Keith long after she had reached the legal age limit. OK, he manipulated her. That’s why I said it was “highly unethical.”
And yes, it was illegal to seduce her below the age of consent, and he should be held accountable for that, but, technically speaking, pedophilia or child molestation is defined as “sexual interest in a PREPUBESCENT child”, something Cami clearly wasn’t.
Again, to make this clear: I am not saying Keith is innocent, I’m just saying the sentence is totally out of proportion to the alleged crimes.
3.) Pictures Used to Humiliate Keith With No Probative Value
Again, regarding the pictures of Keith that Frank seems to enjoy posting in every second article: What value do they have for the trial? Honestly, I think most people have private photos of themselves in awkward situations that they wish they’d never taken……
I see no motive for using those pictures other than to publicly humiliate Keith.
Here are two of the pictures that the prosecution [and Frank] used to embarrass Keith.
And here is a hair raising photo that was not used at trial, that might or might not tend to embarrass Keith.
And finally, I wouldn’t gamble that this ballsy picture of Keith, if it had been shown at trial, would have made the jury more sympathetic.