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Former Mayor Bob Filner's house arrest ends today

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Issue 14, Volume 18.
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Former Mayor Bob Filner's three-month term on house arrest is reportedly due to end today.

The period of home confinement and GPS monitoring was the result of his guilty pleas last fall to false imprisonment and battery, stemming from allegations of sexual harassment by at least 20 women.

The improprieties led the 71-year-old former Democratic congressman to leave office last Aug. 30.

He was sentenced Dec. 9 in San Diego Superior Court, but his GPS monitoring system was set up a week after it was supposed to have been, lawyer Earll Pott told U-T San Diego.

Filner remains on three years probation.

Eighteen months after his sentencing, Filner can apply to have his probation reduced to informal probation. He can also petition to have his felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor. Filner was required to undergo mental health treatment while under court supervision. He also was fined $1,500.

According to a sentencing memorandum submitted by his defense team, Filner -- once he became mayor -- failed to keep up "with his longstanding exercise regimen and course of psychiatric counseling and medications that had been prescribed by congressional doctors to help stabilize his mood and safeguard his mental health."

"The sudden disruption in his medications, coupled with longstanding issues of anxiety and the stress of assuming a new, intensely political executive position substantially contributed to conduct, described in the probation officer's report, which has brought Mr. Filner before this court," according to the defense memo.

Supervising state Deputy Attorney General Melissa Mandel told Presiding Judge Robert Trentacosta in October that Filner, while attending a fundraiser on March 6 of last year used "greater force than necessary" to restrain a woman against her will and used additional force to overcome her resistance, in a move that became known as the "Filner headlock."

Mandel said he used force and kissed another woman on the lips without her consent at a "Meet the Mayor" event on April 6, 2013.

Filner also admitted grabbing a third woman on the buttocks after she asked to take a picture with him at a May 25 rally at Fiesta Island.



Comment Profile Imagesooopy
Comment #1 | Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm
"Supervising state Deputy Attorney General Melissa Mandel told Presiding Judge Robert Trentacosta in October that Filner, while attending a fundraiser on March 6 of last year used "greater force than necessary" to restrain a woman against her will and used additional force to overcome her resistance, in a move that became known as the "Filner headlock.""

i don't get it, kinda confused: he used "...greater force than necessary to restrain a woman against her will" and "additional force to overcome her resistance". since he used greater force than necessary to restrain her does that mean that there exist legal provisions for a lesser amount of force to hold a woman, or anyone for that matter, against his/her will? would Filner have been better off if he restrained his victims with velvet handcuffs instead of a headlock?
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Comment #2 | Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm
So, lemme get this straight.... You practically kidnap a woman for your sexual gratification and when she resists he puts her in a headlock. 20 women (that we know about), he was a sexual predator toward. And he get a 1500 dollar fine and sent to his room for three months? What kind of justice is that? And dont think for a second that hes sorry for a bit of it. Also you can bet your last dollar he will get his felony downgraded to a misdemeanor, and his "so called" parole downgraded too. See, he's special. He's the democrat ruling class. They have their own rules. You think any of us regular folk would get off so easy? Huh?
Comment Profile ImageDR DR
Comment #3 | Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 7:39 pm
Be strong Women - do not let any man abuse you - verbally, physically, emotionally or any other way to control you. A man that does any of those things are weak, insecure, immoral and the lowest of mankind.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #4 | Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 10:08 pm
If that revolting piece of xxxx had ever tried to put me in a headlock he would be singing soprano for the rest of his life.
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #5 | Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm
Another democratic crook get`s off easy. In three years, he can run for office again.

One question nobody in the media ever asked. If he did this type of crime in San Diego, what about during his tenure in Washington.

Sex offenders just don`t start up, a pattern of past activity has to exist.

I think he did this in Washington and in San Diego but the DC machine just covered it up.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #6 | Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:04 pm
He is bad, no doubt, but why focus on him being a Dem? A few Rep have also done some evil. Let's try to stop focusing on party, party, party all the time - why would politicians t follow the party line (I mean vote what is best for the district/state/country) when we, the people, focus only on party tags?
Comment Profile ImageProgress takes guys like Filner
Comment #7 | Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm
Give the guy a break. He was doing his best for the team.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #8 | Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 9:38 am
@Grunt: I don't care what party affiliation this guy is, he is a neanderthal _____ and he didn't just suddenly get that way over night. He has to have been behaving this way for years but he was given a pass by both men and women because he was the democratic party's bright eyed boy. He was elected mayor of San Diego because he promised the unions big bucks in retirement pay. I'm not surprised that he is considered progressive. San Diegan's should have elected Carl DeMaio.
Comment Profile ImageDR DR
Comment #9 | Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm
@#8 Pink - I agree with everything thing you said except Carl DeMaio-he was pro-union, we voted in the 'best man for the job' not trying to go dem or rep...just best man for the job.

Thank goodness that Filner is out of office...except he will go back to his habits...old habits don't die with people like that.
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Comment #10 | Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm
Pink - I know YOU don't care - but too many of us on here seem to see things as DEM=right, Rep = wrong (or the other way). Wrong is wrong regardless of party affiliation. What I was writing about were the two references (#2 and #5) to him being a Democrat. This is not a “party problem” it is a problem. Were he Republican would #2 and #5 also mention that fact, or would we see “well, a Democrat did it too?” If the citizens of this nation demanded proper conduct from all elected officials, instead of just those of their party, we would see less of the sense of entitlement this --- ---- has.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #11 | Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm
I think you are wrong DR DR. DeMaio was the Republican candidate, and the unions spent lots of money to keep him from getting elected. Filner promised the employees of San Diego city huge retirement benefits. I have good friends in the fire department and they were all BIG Filner supporters, simply because of his pro union stance. I have always thought that Filner was a sleeze. This wasn't his first brush with the law, before it was always swept under the rug.
Comment Profile ImageDR DR
Comment #12 | Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm
- BUT NOT WRONG when it comes to men continually getting by with being abusive - Verbally, mentally, physically -- sick people that get by with it because the women still get blamed that...they brought it on themselves, or they allowed it, or to get ahead in their career...or the abuser twists the stories so SHE looks like the bad one... been there, done that, people don't change. The only way Filner got called out on it was so many other women came forward. - that is the solution - one voice is rarely heard.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #13 | Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm
I agree DR DR, he finally got caught because he messed with the "wrong" woman. I'm sure others complained before, but it was swept under the rug by the party bosses. Happens all the time. Look at Bill Clinton!! I was a young woman in the late 60s, early 70s and I can tell you it was a jungle out there, and it still is. I never stood for it, and I still won't. Ladies do not be a victim!! I raised strong daughters, and now strong granddaughters.
Comment Profile ImageDR DR
Comment #14 | Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm
Lee, why haven't you commented on this article?
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Comment #15 | Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 9:46 pm
If we use the 'logic' woven into some of the comments from people who link the mayor's actions to his party affiliation, we could say that since almost all abuses of political power have been perpetrated by men, the solution to stop this abuse of power is quite simple: we need to stop electing men to these offices of power and elect only women.

Mull over that, Republicans, Democrats, others and misogynists. :-)
Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #16 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:47 am
Agree Pink..... with every one of your comments.....

(We have to stop meeting like this)...
Comment Profile ImageBonsallGayGuy
Comment #17 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 10:17 am
Pink is absolutely right. Carl DeMaio was not the "pro-union" candidate in that race. DeMaio was one of the movers and shakers behind San Diego's Proposition B and its passage. Prop B did away with guaranteed city pensions for new workers, it froze the size of the city's payroll for 5 years and changed the city's charter that previously mandated city employee approval before any reduction in employee retirement benefits could be made. For this reason organized labor (particularly the public employee labor unions) dumped tons of money to oppose his bid for mayor and are doing the same to oppose his bid for Congress.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #18 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm
Thanks "Me".... every once in a while it happens...(-:

Right on BGG!! If Carl DeMaio had been elected San Diego would have had a great mayor, not a slime bucket.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #19 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm
Pixielated - LOL, but you are right - Connie Rice for POTUS!
Comment Profile Imageomen
Comment #20 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm
I agree with Ray. That pattern didn't just begin the guy is a sicko I had a friend post a picture of him @ a Charger game and he was staring @ a young girls rear end in short shorts clearly you can see his evil grin.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #21 | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 10:50 am
@Omen #20 - hey- looking is ok (would say "normal" but respect BGG and don;t want to insult him) TOUCHING that is bad.
Comment Profile ImageBonsallGayGuy
Comment #22 | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm
Regarding comment #19. Grunt, I thank you for your genuine concern for the sensibilities of the diverse readership of this forum. Rest assured your use of the phrase "looking is normal" in this context would not have been misconstrued (at least not by me anyway) as disrespectful. It is after all perfectly normal for heterosexual men to notice women in this manner and there would be absolutely nothing wrong with you making note of it.

I'll never be able to fathom how this man was able to rise to the level of political prominence he did while lacking this most fundamental aspect of self control.

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