Wednesday, October 28, 2015

University Of Louisville Accuser Won't Cooperate With Criminal Investigations Unless Granted Immunity

The prostitute who tells the story of how she provided adult entertainment services to the University of Louisville's basketball players and recruits in her book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules" will not cooperate with investigations being conducted by university officials, the NCAA and local law enforcement unless she's granted immunity from prosecution. That's what Katina Powell's attorney, Larry Wilder, told ESPN 680 AM radio during an interview. Wilder says he believes Powell will be scapegoated. "There seems to be this boorish desire to burn her at the stake," Wilder said.

The basketball official whom Powell claims hired her and her daughters to provide adult entertainment to the Cardinals' players and recruits, Andre McGee, resigned his assistant coaching position with the University of Missouri-Kansas City last week. Wilder said McGee no longer has to cooperate in the NCAA's investigation following his resignation. According to the Courier-Journal, Kentucky does not allow for official immunity agreements, although the prosecutor could agree not to file criminal charges against Powell. Wilder claims his client never received money from McGee for prostitution, although her book says strippers she brought to parties, including her daughters agreed to have sex for money. Wilder says Powell's daughters were not underage at the time.

A former prosecutor told the Courier-Journal, he would charge everyone involved if he thinks crimes were committed and then cut deals as necessary to prosecute the case. University officials would only grant Powell immunity from civil litigation for defamation if it believed she fabricated her account. The Courier-Journal notes there could also be a fight over the royalties she earns from the book if crimes were committed or if the book contained lies that damaged the university. Powell is receiving just 10% of the revenues from the book. The book's publisher, IBJ Publishing, is receiving 90% of the revenues.


Anonymous said...

"There seems to be this boorish desire to burn her at the stake," her attorney Wilder said."

Wow. Could it be there is a "boorish" desire to see justice? And did not the defendant herself admit to her illegal behaviors???

But she deserves immunity!?!... uh, not so much, Wilder. In fact, not at all.

Flogger said...

Ahh all the glitters attracts our attention: Ho's, pimps and sports.

I read an interesting article about Higher Education recently by Paul Buchheit. Highlights below: He said, Since 1862 public colleges had been expected to serve primarily as a means for the American people to achieve an inexpensive college education, and to benefit from academic research. The 1980 Bayh-Dole Act changed it all. It freed public universities from releasing new research discoveries to the public, allowing them instead to patent the results and make licensing deals with private companies.

Tuition has increased by over 1,000 percent since 1978 as revenue-deprived states have slashed higher education funding. The Consumer Price Index, according to The Economist, went from 100 to 400 since 1978, while tuition went from 100 to 1200.

According to a 2013 University of Pennsylvania study, Black men were less than 3% of full-time undergrad students from 2007 to 2010, but made up 57% of football teams and 64% of basketball teams. A University of Washington Law Review had concluded a few years earlier that the athlete-university relationship is "not primarily academic, but is, instead, undeniably commercial."

Meanwhile the big universities rake in the money, largely tax-free, from broadcast rights, luxury suites, seat donations, and advertising, and even more money from taxpayers in the form of stadium subsidies. All the hundreds of millions of dollars have allowed universities to increase head football coach salaries at a rate 20 times that of college professors. <<<

Bottom line the Professional Sports complex uses the Colleges and Universities as farm teams. Probably will not be any best selling books written about the Corporatization of Higher Education.

Josh said...

Lol boorish, that's it!