Monday, July 26, 2010

Dad in "custody dispute" threatens to kill county officials on YouTube (Fort Campbell, Kentucky)

This case isn't about some isolated nutball. There is a hardcore element of the fathers rights movement that encourages violence against judges when Daddies don't get their way instantaneously and on demand. So this should be seen in the context of other fathers like Darren Mack, who tried to murder a judge in his case and was wildly cheered by fathers rights leaders and grassroot supporters as a hero (see an excellent 2006 post from Trish Wilson on the Darren Mack case here:

In this particular case, dad FRANKLIN DELANO JEFFRIES II has been indicted on federal charges of threatening a county chancellor (and unnamed others) regarding a "custody dispute" over his daughter. Seems Daddy Darling threatened to kill these people on youtube if he didn't get his way. Cute.

I'm sure if I had the time and the stomach to troll the fathers rights boards today, we'd find all kinds of scum who just worship this guy too. Just like they loved Mack and others.

Okay, can we finally put to bed the term "custody dispute"? This wasn't a dispute. This is a bullying criminal who would stop at nothing to get his way. Concern or love for his daughter had nothing to do with this, believe me. It's all about Daddy shoving everybody around and inflicting his will, especially on the girl's mother. The daughter is just a battle trophy to these guys.

Fort Campbell soldier faces federal charge of threatening Knox County chancellor
Posted: Jul 21, 2010 2:01 PM CDT
Updated: Jul 21, 2010 4:31 PM CDT

KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) - A U.S. Army soldier stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., was indicted Tuesday on a federal charge of threatening in a YouTube video to kill a Knox County chancellor.

A federal grand jury indicted Franklin Delano Jeffries II, 36, on one charge of transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat.

Jeffries is accused of posting a video of himself threatening to injure and kill Knox County Chancellor Michael W. Moyers on or before July 9, 2010.

An affidavit from an agent with the FBI said the video shows Jeffries singing a song that references killing a judge and others if he must continue going to court in a custody dispute over his daughter.

The agent said Moyers, who is handling the custody dispute, was fearful of his life after learning about the video.

If Jeffries is convicted he could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the FBI and Knox County Sheriff's Office.