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Willie J Dennis Witch Hunt Continues

Bullshido are now mounting a campaign to have Willie J Dennis’ application for termination of his probation to be denied. Dennis is currently on an unrelated charge in Broward County, FL and has applied to have his probation terminated early. Bullshido are using the Blythe video as evidence against him and asking the members of the site to write to the judge and ask him to deny the application.

I don’t believe this is justice, I believe this is a witch hunt.

Firstly, the crime depicted on the video is heinous and certainly criminal. However, Dennis’ role in it needs to be understood. Yes, he stomped on the guy but there are probably mitigating circumstances. For example, did he think it was a challenge match? Did Blythe instruct Dennis to disable him in such a violent manner? Was this just one incident caught on tape but fitted into an overall pattern? Blythe said Dennis paid for his ineptitude for the following week and said he another ‘Fight for Life’ video which was even better. Therefore, did Dennis truly act on his own.

When a vicious dog attacks a child, we blame the owner and the training it received. Therefore, it seems wrong to use video evidence in one case when making decisions about another case when the background and surrounding facts of that video have not been established.

Every case has to be tried on its merits. Other cases should only be taken into account if they have been similarly investigated, presented to a jury of our peers and a judgement made. Punishing Dennis just because he’s in the system is the wrong approach, in my humble opinion.

To me, justice means collecting information and passing it to the legal system to act upon or ignore. A witch hunt, or vigilantism is taking this information and acting upon it yourself. I would like Blythe, Dennis and every other member of the audience charged over this video but I want law enforcement to gather the evidence, see it presented in a court of law where the facts can be established and a judgement made.

Blythe appears as though he ran his dojo with a rod of iron and whatever he said, he expected others to do or they’d face the consequences. Dennis, being an ex-military man, is likely to understand that hierarchy and simply follow orders almost blindly. I get the impression from this case that Dennis was just the puppet and the consequences of not following Blythe’s orders were far greater than beating a vagrant to near death.

Imagine a group of 7 friends in a circle with 1 outsider in the middle. The leader of the group gives another a baseball bat and tells him to beat the guy, or else. Everybody else starts chanting and encouraging the guy with the bat to start swinging. Who’s really at fault here? They all are, but the guy with the bat is not necessarily the worst one, at least he had a few excuses. Everybody was goading him or pressuring him to act. His leader was telling him to do it, or else. Nobody else had an excuse.

Ultimately, I want to see justice but I want to see due process being followed. I don’t want to see them burned, hung or beaten to death, I want to see them brought to a courtroom where they have to account for their actions on this day. The jury can then decide what to do and who was more culpable than everybody else. Trying to subvert the justice system to punish Dennis today is wrong, that’s not how due process works. Due process means putting him on a charge for this crime.

If the justice system fails and the decision doesn’t feel right, do something about it, modify the system. Maybe statute of limitations should be based on when the evidence comes to light rather than when it occurred. Video will always allow us to see past crimes. If we want a justice system that makes us feel protected and that encourages us to act responsibly, rather than reprehensibly, we have to adapt it to deal with this incident.

  1. yukoku
    September 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    dennis is not a dog. he’s an adult human. if it is true that he was a marine sargeant in ’84, then he was well trained in the consequences of lethal force.
    if not true, he’s still 100% responsible for his actions.

    forum users can write letters to anyone they wish. the notion that doing so is vigilantism is rediculous.

    • Admin
      September 11, 2009 at 6:57 pm

      Of course, he’s responsible for his actions and I trust he’ll have to answer for it in the future. Writing a letter to a judge and asking him to solely rely on this video to make an informed judgement about probation in another case, in another century is the ridiculous element. If I was on a charge of assault and somebody pulled up a video of me beating a guy in a schoolyard 25 years ago, it’s relevant but it has no substance to it unless it had been tried previously and I’d been convicted for it. A previous incident only has legal relevancy if it’s been investigated and tried. How culpable was Dennis in this video? Until it’s investigated and tried we’ll never know. All I’m trying to say is that we shouldn’t subvert the judicial process to suit our own tastes, it works or it doesn’t. If it works, throw these guys under the judicial bus and see what comes out of the other end. If the system doesn’t work, campaign for reform. There is a process, it works in most instances and has worked for hundreds of years.

      I would like to see Dennis, Blythe and all of the other witnesses in court and have the judicial process thrown at them. I want to see the evidence presented, facts established and charges decided upon. I don’t want to see vigilantism on the streets, over the Internet or others trying to simply prolong Dennis’ probation on a completely unrelated matter just because we deem him to be a bad guy. I don’t want to screw his life up, I want to see him ‘pay’ for this crime. This is how justice works, in my opinion; if you do something bad, you pay for it but the crime and the penalty go together, one is a consequence of the other. There’s clearly a crime in this video and there is a penalty that needs to be paid but this case is completely different and isolated from the one Dennis’ probation relates to. It would give me no satisfaction whatsoever to see his probation altered due to this case. None whatsoever. I want to see him, and others, pay for this one.

  2. Soccom
    September 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I agree due process need to be adhered to. I just want to say that a few of the things you say just aren´t right. If group preassure is to be mitigating then you might as well not have punished all of the nazis at the nurnberg trial. What was determined there and in following cases was that an individuall is responsible for his or her own actions. Saying i was preassured into taking a certain action does not make it right or even mitigating.

    “When a vicious dog attacks a child, we blame the owner and the training it received. Therefore, it seems wrong to use video evidence in one case when making decisions about another case when the background and surrounding facts of that video have not been established.”

    where i am from this also rings true, we punish the owner, but we also but the dog to sleep, maybe that should be applied here as well? you say the video is not relevant? well i say that depends on the nature of the crime he is being held for. If it indeed is a violent crime the it is most highly relevant. If the law enforcement had caught him the first time around then maybe he wouldn´t have had a second victim. Accoding to your logic if he hasn´t been convicted it never happend? That´s to put it bluntly just horses manure. The video speaks for its self, he stomps on the mans head, he beats him while he is on the ground unable to defend himself. That tells you something about a mans nature, and no “mitigating” cicumstances can be applied, he dishonored the marine core (if he indeed is one) he dishonored the free society that he lives in and he dishonored himself as a humanbeing. He should be tried and convicted in a courtroom by the law, this we agree on, but not much else it seems.
    I am sorry for my spelling english is my second language but i think you will understand the sentiment of it.
    I just watched the video and i am probably affected by it still, but people making excuses for this kind of crime put my teeth on edge. I agree due process must be followed, but mitigating cirumstances? come on there can´t be any for this kind of crime.

    Regards Soccom

    • Admin
      September 14, 2009 at 4:22 pm

      There’s a crime, we agree, but how should Dennis be punished? By affecting his probation on a completely unrelated incident? How should the judge take one piece of evidence, the video, and then understand how it relates to another case? It wasn’t an assault in the typical sense, it wasn’t one person versus another. It was staged by the Sensei and watched by an audience of his peers. Did any of these factor into the stomping and the over-the-top display of brutality? When it comes to sentencing Dennis for this crime, the judge will have to decide and you can’t base that on the video alone.

      There are plenty of people suggesting this video was faked, I don’t believe it was for one second, but how would you feel about a justice system that would allow a potentially faked piece of evidence to be used in judging somebody’s probation. The judge had no information to suggest it was real, no witness statements from those involved, from the victim or anything else to truly judge the relevancy of this one piece of evidence. As far as we know, the police have gathered no evidence on this case and we won’t know until the local DA formally presents charges. The video is just one piece of evidence, it isn’t a judgement, it isn’t the whole story and there are other pieces of evidence that need to be gathered and presented. The legal system doesn’t sentence people based on a video, or a picture, it tries to understand all the other factors in the case.

      If I told you to kill somebody and you stomped on their head, who’s at fault here? Who committed the crime and who was the most culpable? If you saw me stomp on somebody’s head the week before, would you be more or less likely to do the same? If you take the video alone, you would be convicted and I’d be free. If you want Dennis you can watch the video and you have everything you need to convict him. If you want Blythe, you need to dig a little deeper and understand how much Dennis was acting by himself, how much Blythe contributed to it and the other people watching. There are mitigating circumstances for every crime, nothing is as it seems and due process will establish these circumstances. I’m not making excuses, I’m saying there’s more to it than just six minutes of video and in my opinion, I believe Blythe is more culpable than Dennis.

  3. Soccom
    September 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    This may be true, blythe is more responsible than Dennis.

    “If I told you to kill somebody and you stomped on their head, who’s at fault here? Who committed the crime and who was the most culpable?”

    We both would, but since i am the one doing the actual stomping, that is taking of another human beings life, then that makes me more responsible, but still you should be charged as well. Unless you are trying to make the ase that Dennis is a mindless automatant?

    “By affecting his probation on a completely unrelated incident? How should the judge take one piece of evidence, the video, and then understand how it relates to another case?”

    As i said before this speaks to the character of Dennis, if the other crime he is incarsirated for is jaywalking then no the video should have no bearing, if it is a violent crime he has committed the yes it does bear relevance, it speaks to a history of violence and repeated offences, which ever way you look at it, he did stomp on someones head which in my book is a crime no matter who told you to to what.

    “It wasn’t an assault in the typical sense, it wasn’t one person versus another. It was staged by the Sensei and watched by an audience of his peers.”

    Indeed it was. Dennis had the choice of not kicking him the first second and if i understand it right a third time (i watched the video and i will not watch it again,makes me sick) in the head when he was already down. No one forced him, no one shouted “kill him” but Dennis din´t stop did he? if i remeber correctly one of the other students does in the end call him off.
    We are all responsible for our actions. If blythe had Dennis family held hostage and said ” if you dont kill him i will kill your family” then that would somehow explain the situation, but using a “i was egged on by my peers” defense should land him a sentence in jail.

    “The legal system doesn’t sentence people based on a video, or a picture, it tries to understand all the other factors in the case.”

    So if you rob a store, shoot the clerk, get caught on video doing it, you don´t think that would be enough to convict you?

    You are right, the one case does maybe not have any relevance to the other, you can even let him go on probation, just as long as you arrest him for at least assualt and battering, or attempted murder. Just because a court of law hasn´t comvicted him of the crime in the video doesn´t make it any less real. It did happen and it was a hanious crime, and for this he should be tried and convicted, that people hasn´t got the guts to take a step forward and admit their guilt in watching what happend is just sad. If it indeed wsa staged then someone would come forward and say so, otherwise yes i think the video is enough to convict both Dennis and blyth, for the crime committed in the video…. i mean it´s hard to find better evidence?
    Regards Soccom

  4. Shane
    December 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    This is ridiculous. If a person goes to prison for rape for example, any crime they commit in prison will lessen the chance of parole. The video is plenty to charge this guy and put him in jail until trial without opportunity for bond. This guy is evil and deserves to pay. He killed the guy purposely, a marine or martial artist knows that dropping a knee on the back of someone’s neck is potentially lethal, as is stomping someone on the ground. This is capital murder and he needs to be imprisoned ASAP. Where is justice?

  5. Taje
    May 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I am so sorry I didnt hear about this sooner. I am a journalist and I assure you I would have wrote every person I could in the world. That was not right. I am hurting for this guy. It happened a while but the hurt and sorrow I feel for the homeless guy is very much fresh. He knew this guy wasnt capable of standing up to him. Yet he wanted to seem like the tough macho guy. He is a worthless peace of trash. If It were his dad, brother, or friend he would be outraged. He should be locked away for life.

    Rest in Peace Mr. Jezus Taught me.

  6. Franko Mullen
    April 27, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Let’s make it simple. Fuck this scumbag’s probation. For what he did to that mentally ill man, he should be locked up for 10 years minimum. Or have his feet amputated for using them for attempted murder. Most of you fail to understand, justice comes in many forms. Mr Dennis, seems to only understand one language – violence. Therefore, teach this man by his own way, since he seems to enjoy it. His instructor is a very evil man as well. I’ve taught martial arts for years – self control is epitome. You cannot, nor should not dishonour yourself by saying you were coerced, provocated, etc. This man beat a mentally disabled man to near death, if not death. And then let them drag him outside, like garbage, with no sympathy, regret, or remorse to even call for medical assistance, which is and was legislature for all gyms operating even at that time.
    You call it a witch hunt? Then I call Dennis a witch – burn that bastard. The law is an ass sometimes, so don’t make an ass out of yourself – some things are just too clear in life… and one of them is this sick video of what this man (and these men)did to a harmless man that they had no business entering into the arena with him in the first place..
    They should have either offered the man a coffee or escorted him out. Not killed or nearly killed him..

  7. White Tiger
    August 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    After 30 years in the arts I have never seen such a cruel and pure evil display by a so called black belt. These people and the people watching have things coming to them. Mr. Dennis should be so lucky as to ONLY have his probation left in place. He needs to be held responsible for this shameful act.

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