“Turtleboy” blogger Aidan Kearney proclaimed his innocence in a Fb livestream Wednesday evening, hours after he was arrested and charged with a number of counts of witness intimidation tied to his provocative protection of the homicide case towards Karen Learn.
Addressing his followers, he asserted that authorities pursued the costs to discourage his reporting and as a pretense to go looking via his sources.
“I’m not responsible of any of those crimes. I’m not even near being responsible of any of those crimes, they usually know that,” Kearney stated. “They only used this as a premise to get my cellphone, as a result of they wish to see who I’m speaking to.”
Prosecutors allege that he focused and harassed a number of witnesses in Learn’s case, even displaying up at their kids’s sporting occasions, visiting their properties, and publicizing a few of their addresses and cellphone numbers.
Kearney pleaded not responsible to a number of counts of witness intimidation and picketing witnesses, in addition to one conspiracy cost. He was launched on private recognizance and ordered to keep away from the named people.
However in a few of his first public feedback since his arrest, Kearney warned that he’s simply getting began.
“I’ll by no means, ever be silenced,” he wrote on the social media platform X. “They thought they might break me, however I’m solely extra resolute and stronger.”
Kearney: ‘Right now was an act of desperation’
Since April, Kearney has made Learn’s case his trigger célèbre.
The Mansfield girl is accused of hitting her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O’Keefe, along with her SUV and leaving him to die outdoors a fellow Boston officer’s residence in Canton final 12 months. Her attorneys argue that she’s being framed and that different company on the residence are actually accountable — a idea that prosecutors have repeatedly discredited.
The case is ready to go to trial in March.
Kearney has promoted the protection crew’s alternate idea to his hundreds of followers, publishing 179 installments in his “Canton Coverup” collection on TB Day by day Information. He’s attended pretrial hearings, offered Karen Learn-themed merchandise on his web site, and vlogged his tense confrontations with witnesses within the case.
In his livestream Wednesday, Kearney claimed that his arrest and costs have been meant to “ship a message” and discourage him from exposing alleged corruption within the Learn investigation. He stated a number of law enforcement officials approached him as he despatched his kids off on the college bus that morning, additionally seizing his digital units.
“It was purported to be the day that broke me, however it solely made me stronger,” he stated. “I didn’t suppose they’d the balls to do it. I do know they needed to; I didn’t suppose they’d the balls to. However they went for it, so now we dance.”
Kearney additionally addressed one of many extra notable allegations leveled towards him in courtroom: That he conspired with an area police dispatcher to test the registered homeowners of autos parked outdoors the house of the lead investigator in Learn’s case.
Particular prosecutor Ken Mello stated throughout Kearney’s arraignment that the dispatcher “unlawfully and illegally accessed the Registry of Motor Automobiles database to offer [Kearney] with info he was not entitled to.”
Throughout the livestream, Kearney stated the dispatcher is “one among dozens of individuals, in all probability, who’ve despatched me confidential info over time.”
Time and again, he reiterated that the costs have solely strengthened his resolve to uncover alleged corruption in Learn’s case.
“I’m not in the least deterred,” Kearney stated. “I’m not frightened of you punks; you’re frightened of me. Right now was an act of desperation … You’re scared. I’m not going to harm you — I by no means stated I used to be going to harm you. However I’m going to reveal you. And I’m not going to cease.”
What do the costs imply for Turtleboy?
Due again in courtroom on Dec. 5, Kearney stated he’s looking for personal counsel to symbolize him shifting ahead. Distinguished Boston felony protection lawyer Rosemary Scapicchio is his first selection, he stated.
“I would like, for this case, one of the best of one of the best,” he stated. “I would like people who find themselves expert, proficient, and skilled on this and particularly wish to go after corrupt cops.”
Kearney stated he’s going to arrange a fundraiser for his authorized bills.
He additionally indicated that he’s nonetheless figuring out what his launch circumstances imply for future appearances at Learn’s courtroom hearings, as Decide Daniel O’Malley ordered Kearney to haven’t any contact with the people he’s accused of concentrating on.
“I’m going to take care of this with an lawyer, as a result of I would like to have the ability to go to courtroom dates,” he stated.
Answering a viewer query about whether or not he can nonetheless weblog in regards to the named witnesses, he stated: “I imply, I don’t see why not, however I’m going to should stroll a effective line whereas this silly order is in place, as a result of they’re simply itching to lock me up, man.”
Kearney additionally stated he expects extra costs will observe, “And that’s effective, as a result of I find it irresistible. I find it irresistible. I find it irresistible. You don’t scare me; you’ll by no means scare me.”
Interesting to viewers, he added: “Even if you happen to don’t like me, even if you happen to don’t like my politics, no matter, that’s effective. However that is greater than all of us, man. That is greater than all of us.”
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