Monday, September 08, 2008

Pumpgate updates
11-12-06 Dirt & the diplomat by Lenora LaPeter: The St. Petersburg Times' front-page story on PumpGate. our editorial special report

Sembler concedes [con't from top] Sixth Circuit Judge Mark I. Shames had called a public hearing on Dec. 28, 2006 for the purpose of hearing and acting on all outstanding pre-trial motons. But before the hearing commenced Mr. Englander, representing Ambassador Sembler and his wife, requested a private meeting between himself, the judge and Thomas McGowan, Ray Bradbury's attorney. During that hearing Mr. Englander announced they were dropping their charges of intentional infliction of emotional distress and of invasion of privacy--the heart of their case. The stalking charge, with its temporary injunction against Mr. Bradbury, remains the only active claim against Ray Bradbury.
We asked Mr. Bradbury for a comment after the hearing but all he could say is "I'm speechless." Tom McGown had this to say, "We're in a state of shock. We never thought thay had a case on the charges they dismissed. In the moment of truth they blinked. Our win, in large part, was due to Richard not caving. He kept fighting. When push came to shove, they caved."
Both sides have filed briefs on the stalking issue. But the case against Ray Bradbury as originally brought by the Semblers has been dropped. We left a message on Mr. Englander's answering machine at about 1045 EST on 12-28-06 asking for his comments. As of time of publishing, we had not yet heard from him but will give his comments when he returns our call.

12-28-06 PumpGate: Marlene McCord's deposition, part 1. page 1 pages 2-5

12-15-06 PogoWasRight, a blog dedicated to privacy issues, picks up on Sembler's penis pump claim link

12-15-06 "Mel Sembler's Penis Pump, Privacy Claim Headed To Trial" North Country Gazette

12-15-06 PumpGate tagged in ZoomClouds link

11-14-06 Amorous Propensities, a forum on "sexuality in its amusing, unexpected and baffling forms", links to The Times article on the ambassador's penile pump link

5-01-05 PumpGate becomes bad business for Sembler Company: the snowball is growing link

10-15-06 Wot Is it Good For covers [sic] "uber-freak" Mel Sembler and his penis pump

09-30-06 Mel Sembler's penis pump: Samsara's Buddhist notes

09-29-06 Jeb's Little House of Horrors on SWEDISH MEATBALLS CONFIDENTIAL The torture, his penis pump and all.

09-24-06 The Penis Pump, the Ambassador and our Medical Privacy Huffington Post

09-18-06 Ambassador Sembler finally deposed in PumpGate. We'll post transcripts as soon as they become available.

08-26-06 HAPPY BIRTHDAY PUMPGATE Today, Aug. 26, 2006, marks the third year of PumpGate, Ambassador Mel Sembler's civil trial to reclaim his discarded penis pump from Ray Bradbury. story

7-22-06 Penis Pump Trial Date Set A trial date has finally been set in the case of former US Ambassador Melvin Sembler against Richard Bradbury for allegedly trying to sell the ambassador's discarded penis pump on eBay. The date is Feb. 12, 2007. It is anticipated that a large number of former inmates from Straight and its legacy programs will be on hand to see the man responsible for their torture in the name of drug treatment.


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