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Instapundit Covers Sex Scandal, The MJM Ignores It

12 September 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 18 Comments

Although the local media has steadfastly ignored the story about the City Attorney of Manassas Park breaking his own protective order on evidence and implicating a former Vice-Mayor and current Planning Commissioner in child pornography during a televised meeting of the Planning Commission, instapundit (the most active internet site in the world) has nevertheless picked […]

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The Agitator Slams Manassas Park

11 September 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 8 Comments

Radley Balko of The Agitator follows up on last evening’s post about Manassas Park’s coverup of child pornography with his own exhaustive post that walks readers through this disturbing and sordid tale. Of all of the insanity happening in Manassas Park, would any of us have believed this was going on?

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Manassas Park Kiddie Porn Coverup

11 September 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal, Crime | 44 Comments

The Manassas Park Planning Commission had a review of the Conditional Use Permit for Rack n’ Roll Billiards which provided an opportunity for City Attorney Dean Crowhurst to play a role similar to that of a prosecutor before the commission, which was not only completely bizarre, but yielded a shocking revelation. Dean Crowhurst told […]

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Some Belated Rack N’ Roll Coverage

12 August 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 1 Comment

This ran almost a month ago, but I’ve been crushed by other obligations lately.
The National Taxpayers Union ran a short post about the Rack n’ Roll scandal in Manassas Park, referencing coverage on Radley Balko’s Agitator and yours truly about the unconscionable abuse of power by Manassas Park officials against a local business owner who […]

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The MJM Covers Ruttenberg’s Appeal

23 June 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 3 Comments

Today’s edition of the Manassas Journal-Messenger includes a rather lawyerly article describing David Ruttenberg’s appeal and a recent ACLU brief that was filed in support of his position.  If you have a legal education, the article will probably be very informative about the specific claims and case law being argued.  If you don’t happen to […]

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What “Justice” Looks Like In The Park

15 June 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | Comments Off

It’s not only enraging that the City of Manassas Park engaged in a concerted and unlawful effort to destroy Rack n Roll Billiards and Dave Ruttenberg, but the lengths that the city has gone to to lie about and cover up their unlawful behavior are alternatively comical and stunningly brazen. In “The Raid That […]

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ACLU Weighs In On Ruttenberg’s Case

14 June 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | Comments Off

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a amicus brief in support of Dave Ruttenberg’s case against the City of Manassas Park. Often, I tend to disagree with some of the things the ACLU does, but in this instance they certainly seem to be making a strong argument in support of what should be […]

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Ruttenberg Files 4th Circuit Appeal

8 June 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 6 Comments

Dave Ruttenberg, who had filed a five million dollar lawsuit against the City of Manassas Park and several police officers last year, and who lost that court case in what seems like a terrible miscarriage of justice, filed an appeal with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday. The appeal claims that Ruttenberg was […]

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The Raid That Wasn’t

2 June 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 4 Comments

In 2004 there was a paramilitary-style raid on Dave Ruttenberg’s business by about 90 police officers under the guise of an administrative inspection by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board. That wasn’t the first time the police planned a raid, however. About a year earlier, a plan to drive drug dealers from Dumfries all […]

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Report A Crime, Get Punished

9 May 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 8 Comments

Radley Balko of The Agitator has once again picked up on a component of the Rack & Roll scandal in Manassas Park, this time diving into not just police harassment of Dave Ruttenberg’s business, but an attempt to prosecute Ruttenberg himself for a crime he didn’t commit. This involves an incident that I heard […]

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Manassas Park’s Permitting Malfeasance

7 May 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 1 Comment

One of the more controversial elements in Manassas Park’s “generous” settlement offer to Dave Ruttenberg, before he prevailed in court, was that the city would promise to give a buyer a conditional use permit. This is sort of a strange element in the agreement, given that the city council is required to evaluate all […]

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The Big Picture

9 March 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 3 Comments

With all of the different posts I’ve written on the various facets of the Rack & Roll scandal it’s been hard for readers to grasp what the big picture is amongst all the bizarre pieces of this disturbing puzzle. Now it’s time to take a step back and provide an overall perspective on the […]

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MJM Updates On Rack & Roll

2 March 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 5 Comments

The Manassas Journal-Messenger has an article today about the cease and desist letter I recieved from the City of Manassas Park, which also covers recent legal developments in the Rack & Roll scandal. It’s an interesting read for those who might be somewhat amused that a newspaper can bring itself to mention the […]

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Round One Goes To Ruttenberg

1 March 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 5 Comments

David Ruttenberg scored a pretty important minor victory in his battle with the City of Manassas Park yesterday when Judge Millette overturned the City’s denial of his Conditional Use Permit (CUP). It’s a bizarre story that has surprisingly ended well, and might perhaps signal that the chances of justice being served in Manassas […]

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Breaking: Ruttenberg Wins One In Court

28 February 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 6 Comments

I just got a call that Dave Ruttenberg just won his appeal regarding the denial of his Conditional Use Permit by the City of Manassas Park.  This definitely puts legs under case in the 4th Circut and is a major setback for Manassas Park’s efforts to bury him.
More to follow…

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Who Exactly Is Deluded? - Part 2

26 February 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 2 Comments

Last Saturday’s Manassas Journal-Messenger article on the Rack & Roll scandal (see part 1) featured a number of key players in the Colonial Downs referendum dismissing the idea that Dave Ruttenberg’s troubles had anything to do with them or the proposed sattelite wagering facility that was planned in Manassas Park Shopping Center. I always […]

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Who Exactly Is Deluded?

24 February 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 9 Comments

Today’s rather amusing Manassas Journal-Messenger article on the Rack & Roll scandal tiptoes towards the question of the degree to which referenda in 1996 and 2004 on whether to allow Colonial Downs to operate an off-track betting facility in Manassas Park might figure into this strange tale. Predictably, a host of public officials assert […]

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Batter Up!

24 February 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 15 Comments

Today’s Manassas Journal-Messenger article on the Rack & Roll scandal gives a lot of rope to officials of Manassas Park, which they dutifully use to hang themselves.  It’s pretty stunning when you’re sitting on the mountain of evidence I’ve collected on this story to see city officials say some of these utterly inane things.  […]

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MJM’s Second Rack & Roll Article

23 February 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 5 Comments

Today’s Manassas Journal-Messenger article on the Rack & Roll scandal covers a lot of territory, reducing what could easily be a John Grisham novel down into a few sentences, and unless the MJM had the opportunity to run a story every day for the next six months there’s not much chance they could adequately delve […]

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The MJM Body Slams Manassas Park

23 February 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 9 Comments

In part two of the Manassas Journal-Messenger’s story on the Rack & Roll scandal, reporter Alex Granados delivers a withering fire against the actions of Manassas Park which I am certain will be driving Manassas Park officials to distraction today. Included in the article are quotes from family members of Manassas Park Police Chief […]

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