Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Frederick Leatherman - A fraud after all

"I’ll say it again.Anyone who believes George Zimmerman is a racist.
Anyone who contributes money to his continuing dog-and-pony show is a racist and stupid."
- Frederick Leatherman
Sounds JUST LIKE something Natalie Jackson would say ... did say:...

Just as I've always suspected, Mr. Leatherman is a fraud - HE is the racist and he is using the Trayvon Martin case to build a following.  In 1986 Leatherman represented a member of the "Order" or the "Bruders Schweigen" (Silent Brothers), a white supremacist group - The group that killed radio personality Alan Berg.  Read all about it here along with an extended list of other cases Leatherman has tried  UPDATE 8/22: Another case found where Leatherman defended white supremacists. Now I know why he never gives the name of any of his high profile cases.  Mr. Leatherman, has never won a case in his career (that I could find), and in fact, he represented two of the 7 men on death row in Washington, that was until Darold Stenson's death penalty was recently over-turned.  Another, Dwayne Woods execution has been stayed. There's much more....

Article about Leatherman at Wisconsin College
Posted by Mason 2009: I am a member of the Washington State Bar Association in good standing and have been since 1977. My membership status is inactive because I no longer represent clients. I've never been the subject of a disciplinary proceeding. I am admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I would have to reactivate my Washington State license to appear as counsel in any of those courts. I also have been admitted to practice on a pro hac vice basis in the State of Idaho, the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 
That's just a taste of what's to come when I get around to posting my Vitae. 
There aren't very many people who can match or exceed my credentials. I will tell you that. 
Meanwhile, I'm going to make you wait because I can. That's all the reason I need. 
Buh-bye ducks, 
It's been a great ride on the Internet for an ex-attorney who had a very colorful and relatively unremarkable career as a criminal defense attorney.  Leatherman gave up his law license in 2004, he was only about 57 at the time.  I've done extensive research on him and I always end up getting very side-tracked with the cases I find - I've yet to find out what happened, but I am sure there was a reason, other than retirement, for Leatherman to quit practicing law.  
Leatherman: Just so y’all know, I am planning on using the Zimmerman case to teach the basics of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Forensics and Wrongful Convictions. I have taught these subjects in law school and, of course, you know about my backround: 30 years experience in state and federal courts as a felony criminal defense lawyer specializing in death penalty defense and forensics.
He taught business law 2006 - 2007 at the now defunct Barkley Law School.  Apparently he was lukewarm at it.

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2.5 out of a possible 5.  

American Justice School of Law: This is the same as Barkleys, which in 2007 was hit with a class action filed by some of its students.  They eventually filed for bankruptcy in 2007. [National Law Journal; WSJ Law Blog]
February 11, 2009 I am a member of the Washington State Bar Association. I changed my membership status from active to inactive because I retired from the practice of law at the end of 2004. I am now a law professor. I am not a member of the Kentucky Bar Association because I do not practice law here and have no need for a license. 
Remember, Fred said he moved to Paducah in 2006 with Rachel Ahmann-Hazel-Rene-Brannen-Leatherman. (How they met) He was neither living in Kentucky in 2004 or teaching.  He was not a "Professor" in 2009, when this post was written because he was fired from AJSL in 2007.  The school closed their doors shortly after.

I can find zero reference to Fred ever being a professor at Washington State University...only that he, as a criminal defense attorney, assisted a Professor there opening the Innocence Project.

Same page as above, Fred goes on to write:
Fred/Mason -(My Comment: I did not say that I was a law professor at the University of Washington. In Topix Message # 14122, at page 701, I said: “I don't know when you attended the U DUB, but I co-founded Innocence Project Northwest there with Professor Jackie McMurtrie in 1997.
Dayum, he backed away from that claim quick when confronted by a student.
 “I was not a faculty member but I did give some lectures on the causes of wrongful convictions..."
“Small world. No, I haven't talked to Jackie in a long time and I left Seattle a cilantro over 4 years ago. After she and I cofounded IPNW and got the Wenatchee project up and running, I went on to work with Barry Scheck & the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to form other innocence projects at other law schools modeled after IPNW. Jackie ran IPNW on a daily basis for which she deserves all of the credit after we got the Wenatchee project running. In addition to my NACDL work (I was a member of the Board of Directors), I got into a 9-month death penalty trial in Tacoma and those activities kept me pretty busy along with my forensic consulting and two other death penalty cases, including the Green River Killer case. BTW, she spells her name McMurtrie. 
UPDATE 8/24: (RE: highlight above) If the Frederick Leatherman who lives in Kentucky is indeed the same Frederick Leatherman that help found the Innocence Project Northwest, and worked with Barry Scheck - another claim he makes - then why was he not able to influence the Innocence Project in Kentucky to take his wife's case?? Just so no one thinks I had to stalk to dig this up, it is on Fred's public Picassa account here.

 Continuing: Four years ago would have been 2005. Then there's Idaho - remember, he moved with his wife to Paducah in 2006 from Washington. Seems he forgot to mention Idaho.  I don't see him listed under faculty there:
Frederick Leatherman joined the legal writing and research program as a visiting instructor for 2005-06.
More denial re Washington State University:
“I have never claimed that I taught at the UW. Where did you get that idea? I know John Junker. 
That's it. Ain't playing this tiresome game anymore. If you don't believe me, that's fine because I really don't care. 
I do care when people misstate what I said.” 
Lawyer of the year award - he said he shared the award with seven other lawyers, it was more like 14 lawyers, still, pretty nice award.

SEATTLE — Breaking from tradition, the King County Bar Association yesterday named the prosecution and defense teams in the Gary Ridgway case as "Outstanding Lawyer" of the year.
Citing the complexity and enormity of the case in which the confessed Green River killer pleaded guilty last December to killing 48 women, the bar honored all the attorneys involved in the case.
The team from the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office included Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Jeff Baird, Patty Eakes, Brian McDonald and Dave Ryan; and Deputy Prosecutors Sean O'Donnell and Ian Goodhew.
The defense team included private criminal attorneys Anthony Savage, Suzanne Elliott, Fred Leatherman, Eric Lindell, Dave Roberson and Michele Shaw; and public defenders Mark Prothero and Todd Gruenhagen.

Moving on to Mason/Leatherman/Case1 personalities.  In my opinion, Leatherman posts to himself and even compliments himself on his own posts as Mason/Leatherman/Case.  I'll tell you why I think this - Fred uses "there in", rather than Therein when it should be one word.  The incorrect usage is not the issue, Lord knows I have no room to judge, but it's the habit of use.  Also using archaic and little known terms such as "swift-boating".  Who has both these things in common?  Leatherman/Mason/Case1.

2009 - Mason/Leatherman, efending himself 3 years ago against allegations of being a fraud, writes:

To persist in claiming that I am an impostor in the face of such evidence causes me to wonder who you are and what your agenda is. So, please answer those questions and while you are at it, please tell us who paid you and how much they paid you to swift-boat me?
2012 while opining on the Zimmerman case, Case1 writes:
THis is not the US press where “objectivity” is determined by the he said-she said Kerry’esque swift boating approach.
On this same page, Case1 writes:
And there in lies the problem.
 Opining on the Shellie Zimmerman case, Leatherman writes:
I can understand why they are scared and in fight or flight mode…and there in lies the kicker
 I love how Leatherman compliments himself here
Beautifully stated, Case1
Thank you.
So many people remain willfully blind and Trayvon’s case proves it.
He gives his address on websites as:
 750 Fairview Dr
Paducah, KY 42001

...which is an empty lot owned by an insurance agency.

Here we have two different graduation dates and ... Illinois?

Not authorized to practice law Illinois?
600 1st Ave. 312 Pioneer Bldg.
Seattle, WA 98104
Office: 206-682-2973 View map | Edit this address  Résumé
 License 38 years since Fred Leatherman was first licensed to practice law.
State Illinois
License status Not Authorized To Practice Law
Year acquired 1974
Last updated by Avvo 06/11/2012
Fred Leatherman, Not authorized to practice law - Washington
750 Fairview Dr
Paducah, KY 42001
Office: 270-366-2965 View map | Edit this address Email this lawyerRésumé
License 36 years since Fred Leatherman was first licensed to practice law.
State Washington
License status Resigned
Year acquired 1976
Last updated by Avvo 07/21/2012
A picture of the Innocence Project Northwest Alumni, of which Leatherman helped co-found. Unfortunately, there are no names, but I do not see Leatherman.

I don't see his name here anywhere in this article...nor do I see him in the picture.  NJL 2000 Pro Bono Awards 
Fred: "In 2000, for example, the National Law Journal awarded IPNW its prestigious Pro Bono Award"
Things you probably didn't know about Mr. Fred Leatherman:

Was elected, along with Jeralyn Merrit, in 1998, as a board member to the NACDL.  What I find interesting here is the fact that Leatherman seems to ignore her blog even when asked about it.  When I asked him if he knew her, my comment and tweet were deleted
The new members of NACDL's Board of Directors are Hal Arenstein, Cincinnati, OH; Stephen Glassroth, Montgomery, AL; Carmen Hernandez, Washington, D.C.; and John Zwerling, Alexandria, VA. The re-elected Directors are Frank Jackson, Dallas, TX; Helen Leiner, Fairfax, VA; Jeralyn Merritt, Denver; Marvin Miller, Alexandria, VA; Daniel Monnat, Wichita, KS; Dennis Roberts, Oakland, CA; David S. Rudolph, Chapel Hill, NC; and Martin Weinberg, Boston, MA. Affiliate organization representatives at the meeting elected Frederick D. Leatherman, Jr., Seattle, WA, and William P. Bryson, Anchorage, AK, Affiliate Board Members.
He and Russel Simmons have a couple of things in common:: 
Criminal Defense Lawyers Demand End to Drug War 11/17/00
As a nation, we've stood by and watched this 'war on drugs' lock up a whole generation of young African-Americans," said Fred Leatherman, the NACDL board member who drafted the resolution. "All the evidence says it's a sham and a failure. And everybody else who makes money from it thinks we should escalate the war. We do not agree.
Russell Simmons: War on Drugs Is a Racist Conspiracy
That's all for now... any parting words Fred?

More about Fred Leatherman
Aug 27, 2012
In his latest fantasy piece on Zimmerman there are many quotes that sound as though Leatherman is talking about himself....eerily so. Almost every word before the silly duck video describes Leatherman. Why Did George ...
Aug 19, 2012
Frederick Leatherman has been opining about the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case since about March. For an ex-attorney, he is, at best, unethical and libels himself in almost every post he writes. He's married to ...
NOTE:  Both Leatherman and his wife have said the things in this blog are untrue, I've asked them to point out what is not true, they have not answered, they've simply accused me of libel and blocked me from their site.  Again, please comment here and let me know what I've gotten wrong in my extensive research on Frederick D. Leatherman, Jr. - ex Attorney at Law, Washington.  
Your silence in this matter will be construed as acceptance of the facts as set forth in this blog.


  1. Somehow this does not surprise me. With every post he makes about the Zimmerman case, I wonder more and more if he's gone off the deep end.

    He's operating from a presumption of guilt, and interprets everything from that view, no matter how much of a stretch he has to go to make it fit. From claiming that the encounter occurred where the body was despite several witnesses who say otherwise, to calling W6 a liar for his testimony that devastates the case against George.

    He's claimed George was absolutely lying for ages in his claim that Martin spoke after the gunshot; he was absolutely sure there was no way that Martin spoke. Now, experts say otherwise, so he flips his stance to say that proves a depraved mind. The double standard there is obvious if you look.

    George had the same opinion that Fred originally had in regards to Trayvon's ability to speak after a gunshot to the chest; and so thought his speaking meant he wasn't wounded. But according to Fred, sharing the same opinion is proof of his depraved mind.

    And that's just the tip of the iceberg in regards to his absurdities regarding the case. So it really is little surprise to me that he has a history of absurdities before the case.

  2. I can't even read his posts anymore, I get to irate and he does not allow dissenting least not for long. I find it funny he defended a man in a murder case - he tried to use self-defense. The man shot an unarmed man in the middle of the day, even chased him. Funny how he believes a real case of stand your ground is a farce.

  3. Fred and his lovely wife, Rachel, have called me a liar on their website. They told a friend he had libeled himself - a friend who is a real lawyer. I will gladly take down anything that is not true, please Fred, tell me where I've lied. Your silence will mean there is nothing here that is false.

  4. Those that live in a glass house, you should not throw rocks.

    So, you degrade an ABA approved JD graduate with 30 years experience for his professional and educational choices while you hold a remarkably anemic education for any respectable professional life? You call someone out for being a racist yet tweet racist ideals everyday?


    You consider your former "almost defunct" career school that is dealing with fraud and lawsuits and lost their state certification to grant degrees with the state of TX program better than Mr. Leatherman's education?

    I was also unfortunate to see several of your other hateful posts over the years that follow the same format as above. In every case, they had a credible higher education award and career that far surpasses your own achievement.

    It is strange you critique education and professional achievement with such vigor.

    Furthermore, I have never, and I mean never, met someone who advocates for traumatized child or works in the field that would call an 11th grade teen a "tard". The fact you have broadcast it so many times posthumously about an 11th grade boy makes your "advocate" credibility nil.

    I have worked as a volunteer mentor and social evangelist for advocacy groups, attachment therapies, group homes,adoption groups, and NGOs dedicated to programs for children with RAD and complex trauma for over 10 years. I have worked with with the joint counsel on orphan immigration issues and the Wednesday's Child program (in fact, I adopted out of that program). I have also adopted three minority special needs children both domestic and international.

    Your postings are an affront to not only me, but my children, agencies, and families I know and love and you so advertise that you would "advocate" with.

    I can only assume you keep your personal blog information a secret from the advocacy group you work with.

  5. "Fred and his lovely wife, Rachel, have called me a liar on their website. They told a friend he had libeled himself - a friend who is a real lawyer. I will gladly take down anything that is not true, please Fred, tell me where I've lied. Your silence will mean there is nothing here that is false."

    Or have you thought that maybe addressing your trivial, hate filled blog site is like getting in an argument with a brick wall...

    a complete waste of time.

  6. Anonymous one - Keep your day job, you suck at research. You should also know that if you do figure me out, I don't care, it won't stop me or change a single thing I am doing to stop the public lynching of George Zimmerman. I'm too old and too damned set in my ways to give a fuck. As for the people I work with, knock yourself out when you figure out who they are, lmao!

    So we are clear, I've never called Trayvon a Tard, just his followers with the cult "T" on their avatars.

    I can only assume you are not a completely stupid person - anyone can find my blog dear. Have a great day and next time bring Fred so he can address the issues he has with what I've written instead of sending his chatty minions.

  7. Anon 2 - my blog is not hate-filled, everything has a link to a source. Fred Leatherman said anyone who believes George Zimmerman is innocent is a racist, he was begging to be called out for calling me a racist.

  8. Funny, I have never met anyone in this ecosystem that talks like is peculiar for your "position." You are quite a unique "advocate".

    Have you not have referred to Trayvon as Tray "Tard"? Please don't say no, that would be dishonest.

    And on your blog...Your name is not on here and I can only assume you are not actively handling out the information to that "group."

    I assume you are going to the Attach conference in three weeks in Baltimore since you are so involved in "advocating" for traumatized children.

    I am working now on one the complex trauma/RAD cases treated with alternative methods that will be reviewed. Maybe I will see you there. If you are that "high up", we probably run in the same circles.

    FYI -I do not even know Fred Leatherman nor does he know me..but words to live by, get your own academic accolade before you start "critiquing" someone else who has made that investment.

  9. I thought I would clarify that my day job IS primarily research and the creation of solutions/programs/products.

    After successfully completing my dissertation this past year, publishing research, reviewing multiple case studies, and writing regulatory reviews, I would say I am quite proficient at not only research, but the creation of the presentation and underlying coding methodologies and study frameworks.

    It is odd you would think me not adequate for your blog?

  10. No, I have never called Trayvon Martin a tard, my exact hyphenated word was Tray-tards, with an "s"....unless I was talking to one particular Tray-tard. If you have proof that I've ever called Trayvon a tard, please post it. Otherwise, move on.

    What you are quite proficient at Mr. Leatherman is bullshit...otherwise you would not post anonymously!

    1. V. Pate~ MY you have a hard on for Proefessor Leatherman! I don't know even THIS much about my FRIENDS let alone someone I proclaim to despise! Your site seems dedicated to ignoring the FORENSIC evidence, instead choosing to view george's words as truth. When forensic evidence and verbal assertions clash, the FORENSICS speak louder. George murdered that kid. No doubt at all. I hope you have some spare change to send George for him to use at the commissary in prison.

  11. "FYI -I do not even know Fred Leatherman nor does he know me..but words to live by, get your own academic accolade before you start "critiquing" someone else who has made that investment."
    And his return is, sadly, dumpster diving with his wife. You are right, I did not have his education, but I don't have to sell tin cans for food. Not my words, those are his and his wife's words. Education is pretty meaningless when you throw it away in a bottle.

  12. You understand I am Not Fred Leatherman nor has he seen a single post I have written. I doubt he has even think he has read your little research project.

    Why would he go to the Attach conference? Is he writing a white paper for presentation?

    I do not even think it is his field.

    I do not post by name because you are a bully with a large Twitter following. That is called discernment.

    I did however, offer to see you at the Attach conference. I would doubt I am Fred Leatherman and do that.

    And you talk about his lifestyle? I would have no idea. I respect people and their choices. Especially when it involves the respect of others. He is highly educated and fairly well known. Your review of him above is written in the format propaganda typically is.

    The interesting thing is the only negative I could find on him was your blog and Conservative Treehouse (and a few dispersed Zimmerman supporters).

    All the major outlets that had articles and posts were all positive about his work. I suspect he feels he does not have to answer to you which would be the lack of response.

    I have to ask, What exactly have you actually "advocated" for with children with complex trauma issues? DO you work with the Joint Counsel? Adopt kids? Test alternative treatment methods? Mentor new adoptive parents during transition? Work with Wednesday's Child? Visit Orphanages? Recruit adoptive/foster parents? Training?

    Your priorities as they are stated in your page and Twitter are not really coming across as aligned with anything I can think of in this line of work. If you have to make draw a distinction between the word "tard" and "tards", then there is something askew in the moral logic.

  13. All of your "protesting too much" aside, what makes Trayvon an abused child in your opinion? Do you advocate for teenagers who are shot while committing a felony? If so, great, otherwise, Trayvon's is not a case of child abuse.

    As for Leatherman, please site one single article for me that lauds the success of his career as a defense attorney. What he has written about himself does not count.

    Leatherman has written a lot of false information about George Zimmerman and this case. He takes advantage of gullible individuals, unscrupulous reporters, and self-serving attorneys who repeat everything he writes and the lies become a cult-like mantra with a seemingly credible name behind it.

    Natalie Jackson tweets his lies and furthers the propaganda and false information - and George falls even deeper into the abyss of negative public opinion without having the benefit of what is everyone's right as a US citizen, a trial.

    To say my writing is mean is hypocrisy - glass houses and all.

    I won't just sit and watch the lynching of Robert and Gladys Zimmerman's son. Coming here and challenging me on who I am is a waste of my time and a distraction. I honestly could care less who you are as well. Please, disprove what I've written about Fred Leatherman and back it up, or let it go.

    1. Leatherman has written a lot of false information about George Zimmerman and this case. He takes advantage of gullible individuals, unscrupulous reporters, and self-serving attorneys who repeat everything he writes and the lies become a cult-like mantra with a seemingly credible name behind it.

      I take exception to this. NAME ONE EXAMPLE.

  14. I have no interest in disproving you about Fred Leatherman. You could not change your mind if I brought in a truckload of alternative research and evidence. The problem is not about Fred Leatherman.

    My interest in even commenting about in your public attacks that have not only been about Fred Leatherman, but several others over the past few years.

    In those attacks you make the read assume what is a a false image of yourself. Your education is lacking and your career is unremarkable.

    Your claimed "advocacy" is anemic in crucial knowledge about what abuse actually is compacted with the damage of negative socio-cultural influences that are actively contributing to (for years now). You are not only ignorant about this field, but your actions are dangerous to it.

    You have a larger passion to discount others than to actually help your stated "cause". Zimmerman is going to have his day in court regardless of your negative tweets. However, a disadvantaged child may lose hope in pursuing a higher education because of the social stigma and stereotype that you actively promote each and every day, all day long...but of course, you want to split hairs on that to ensure yourself you do not have the problem. Have you ever considered how minority children that you claim to advocate for actually see your tweets or if they read any given blog post?

    My newest adopted son that spent most his life in a group home and has an IQ of 65 - 72, behavioral disorders, mood disorders, Aspergers, and ADHD and a minority that is not welcomed readily in this country.

    Will you only advocate for kids like him until he turns 18? You will want to see proof he was abused so he can feel empathy for him when he is an adult? Will you mock him and write horrible posts about him if he becomes an addict (which a large percentage of abused children do)? Will you call him a "Tard" when he does not agree with you?
    You minimally know by know that abused children grow into hurt adults. Do you think anyone you have actively maligned could have been abused and neglected as children? DO people just become whole at 18? Think about this.

    You are perpetuating the worst these kids deal with. My comments were never intended to defend Fred Leatherman, I am sure he will do that if he feels the need. My intent was to hope to enlighten the real this problem, and that has nothing to do with Fred Leatherman.

  15. So, no articles touting the accomplishments of Fred? One trial where he had an article written just for him, about him? Meanwhile he is opining on his blog that Zimmerman strangled Trayvon after shooting him. Otherwise, do not give one flying flip what your opinion is about anything else, especially about me or who you perceive me to be - you are wasting space.

    However, if you feel Trayvon was an abused or neglected child, just say it, otherwise, he was a 17 year old thug caught up in the hip-hop/thug culture that was a big part of his life. He decided to throw down on a guy with a gun, Zimmerman's injuries prove it. That's all there is to it, unless you know of neglect and abuse within the family that I am unaware of, get off the child abuse aspect.

  16. So, is this anonymous person the "Professor" himself acting as if he's not, or is this Fred's biggest fan in the world? Not sure why you would defend a man so adamantly unless you're him, or a family member.

    - Jud Fry

    1. Does that not apply to Zimmerman himself? So, I can only assume, you are a family member or his biggest fan in like.

    2. Last I checked it was State of Florida v George Zimmerman, not State v Zimmerman v Leatherman. I'm standing up for someone who is being wronged by our Justice System - something that is becoming more and more apparent that Fred never did a single time successfully even for his clients. You are standing up for some nobody, and yes I do mean "nobody." Frederick Leatherman is not facing the possibility of life behind bars though some of us think he should be. Fred Leatherman is not being railroaded by the State of Florida. Apples, meet oranges.

      - Jud Fry

  17. You did not answer a single question I have asked. You have missed the point which indicates that your child abuse experience is either superficial or an exaggeration.

    I do not argue with fools or those that claim something they are not. Have a good weekend.

    PS Jud Fry - Did you miss the point that my discussion was not about Fred Leatherman, it was about Vicki's bullying? I was not here to defend anyone. I assume Fred Leatherman is not defending himself because it is not worth the value of his time. Did you not read that part?

    1. "I do not argue with fools or those that claim something they are not."


    2. PS - If you want to talk to me about my bullying, feel free to hit me up on twitter or in email

      This isn't the place for it, you are just distracting from the point of my blog.

      I'm quite sure you will do neither because you feel better mouthing off anonymously - challenging people on who they are while hiding behind anonymity. Unless you have something to add about Fred Leatherman, your posts will be deleted.

    3. I apologize, this blog posting was about maligning someone publicly with facts you have no clue about (and lack the adequate experience/education to even analyze) and I interrupted that. My mistake.

      So you are saying I am not who I claim?

      I am not an involved advocate in the field with knowledge and experience, I do not research for a living, I did not write a dissertation nor case studies, and I do not have a post graduate degree?

      Ok, then I can only return the original sentiment "don't quit your day job and your research sucks"

      Isn't censorship the issue you had with Fred Leatherman.


    4. I fully realize that you can not attack this blog, no matter who it is being ran by, with facts. Instead you retort with red herrings and other irrelevancies. Tell me, what does it matter if the blogger has .. no education at all, for example? Does that change the fact that there is, apparent, facts posted above with cited sources to back up said facts? Not at all. You call the blogger a bully... yet I see more attacking from you, Fred, than anyone. If the facts stated above are incorrect, why not correct them, Fred? If the information in the cited sources is not correct, why not take steps to correct it - starting with this blog by citing sources that reveal the truth of the matter, Fred? Why are you so worried about this one little blog in the blogosphere, Fred?

      - Jud Fry

    5. Couple of tips Fred:

      Tip 1: Your google girls get it wrong all the time, to the point, like you, of embarrassing lazy reporters, shyster lawyers, and themselves.

      Tip 2: Writing style is not something you have ever been able to hide - that or your incessant, mind-numbing, arrogant, and misplaced self-accolades. You toot your horn in every comment, just as you do in every blog. Busted.

      Jud - what is happening here is I am being threatened in a not-so-subtle way. See, Fred and the little gang of minions who call him "Professor" are trying to let me know if I continue to write about him, they are going to out something personal they think they know about me lol. Bullying, in other words.

      Best of luck with that :)

  18. By the way, speaking of child advocacy, why was a condition of Rachel's release that she attend a sex-offender after care program? Why would you advocate for her husband?

  19. Great work and research.

  20. Anyone who believes George Zimmerman is a racist. Good one Fred. What say you about the violent pro-Palestinian, anti-Zionist Jew hater Aja Mazin? You know her right Fred: She's your most vocal commentator on your hack blog.

    True story folks, one of Freds biggest supporters is a violent islamic racist.

    1. Seems there are other names and personalities as well -

  21. Anyone who believes George Zimmerman is a racist. Good one Fred. What say you about the violent pro-Palestinian, anti-Zionist Jew hater Aja Mazin? You know her right Fred: She's your most vocal commentator on your hack blog.

    True story folks, one of Freds biggest supporters is a violent islamic racist.

  22. And just the other day she was telling her minions not to follow Fred anymore - great info, thanks.

  23. it looks to me like rachel leatherman was arrested/served time for cocaine possession. My question is - do you think that a shared addiction could potentially, hypothetically, cause some of the charged posts he made? just speculating.

  24. It would certainly explain his being so broke he digs through dumpsters for food and tin cans. Many a writer has claimed they write better after doing drugs, so, could be.

  25. Anonymous 1000 says:

    Discovered this site trying to figure out who Fred really was since his website "About" has zero creditable information. Too Funny about the other Anonymous's on here. Definitely agree that Fred posts his alias comments on his site. As for the education critics, some of the smartest people I know did not waste time being a life time students of the higher education and actually have real jobs that make a difference. Thanks V. Pate for the information. I did not need the info because it is obvious what Fred is. "30 years and an ABA approved JD graduate" ha! Just goes to show you that you can buy/claim anything. Must be Fred trying to inflate his ego. What a frickin retard!

  26. I think he made a good bit of money when he first started blogging on Zimmerman but when many of the Trayvon supporters (with open minds), started seeing his bias, despite law and new discovery, they started falling off as did the monetary gifts. Now he just looks silly, in my opinion.

  27. My name is John Green. I was the former student who confronted Fred Leatherman at the time about his relationship with UW Law School. I graduated from the law school in 1995.

    I think you may have a point, but you have not made it with regard to him "backing away." Washington State and the University of Washington are two different schools.

  28. Hi John, I am not sure what you are referring to - if there is something I need to correct, please be specific and I will be happy to correct it. It has been over a year since I wrote this so I've forgotten where a lot ofmy research originated or led me. Thanks!

  29. As fever over teen killer George Zimmerman's conviction peters out, so has participation in the Frederick Leatherman blog. When the slowdown began, Leatherman made the big mistake of thinking he could shame his follower-commenters into monthly donations.Sob stories abounded including tales of a mystery outbreak of some sort of fungus like thing all over his house and his wife's body. WTF??? Neither one ever mentioned how that turned out or provided concerned follower/donors with courtesy of an update. When donations weren't large enough or sufficiently numerous, he got in his high horse with a daily fund drive over the holiidays.demanding that everyone kick in $5 a month (or was that a week?) among his alleged thousands of followers. To undercore his demands, Leatherman whined around about having posted "825 articles in 26 months, blah blah blah" as if longevity or frequency justifies people forking out dollars. One of his highpoint lies was when he claimed his Social Security and Medicare benefits had been reduced because of the sequester. That got belly laughs at our office. He also misfired big when attempting to rally his troops against the children's hospital trying to turn off the machinery for the obese and quite dead Jahi McMath, suggesting that the surgeon or hospital staff were at fault. Even his own loyalists set him straight on that one, and he backed off in a hurry, no doubt saddened that he hadn't happened on another Zimmerman pot of gold. Rather than attracting prospective law students, most of Leatherman's fans are little ol' ladies on fixed incomes who I daresay can ill afford to get hornswoggled by such a jerk. Actual value of the blog is minimal, typically a bunch of links and alerts on this or that case. There's nothing offered that's not available any number of places, absolutely for free, where readers need not feel guilty over failing to donate. Leatherman has done shot his wad, so to speak.

  30. Hey there, after threatening to pack it in because the gullible were not donating enough, the Leatherman's are now pledging to stand by their blog. Guess the big bucks rolled in? Or is this another strategy? Reality indicates this blog is actively followed by fewer than a dozen people, so the big question is: Who cares?

  31. You need to update comments posted with more regularity. Am following this grifter and his ex-con wife with interest.

  32. It appears that Leatherman and his ole sidekick Xena BlackBudderfly have had a tis. Her last post on Feb 1, giving him a link to her blog. Funny thing, 3 people have left messages for Freddy and yet he is ignoring her. Ole JB Voodoo commented under Xena's Feb 1 comment and Freddy replied to JB ;)

    Xena says:

    February 1, 2014 at 11:50 pm
    Professor, just posted this to address the harassers’ new agenda.
    blackbutterfly7 .com/2014/02/01/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    racerrodig says:
    February 5, 2014 at 3:16 pm
    Professor, can you check your mail, Xena is trying to reach you and there may be a technical issue. Thanks

    fauxmccoy says:
    February 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm
    fred — xena is unable to post, think you can help her out?

    blushedbrown says:
    February 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm
    @Mason or Crane
    I think WordPress is acting funny again. Xena’s posts are waiting in moderation. Could you take a looksee and see if you guys can whip WordPress into submission. Thanks!!

  33. To the folks above remarking about Freddie's donation to user ratio going down you have to remember: When he does this "My electricity is being shut off" or "I am about to be evicted" he then follows up with a comment about a major purchase...

    He's done this many times and I believe his real readers have finally caught on. I say "real" readers because Fred maintains numerous alt screen names in an effort to make it appear as if a poster to his blog is encouraging others to donate to him.

    So far he has sent Crane Station to visit her family, bought 2 computers, and then announced during the last fundraising drive that he was in Seattle "having coffee with David Lynch". It begs the question: What is he really doing with the money he solicits that he actually gets.

    Lastly, there is some circumstantial evidence pointing to the fact that he actually does not live in Paducah rather he actually owns some reasonably upper middle class property in the St. Louis area. This is still being looked in to .

  34. Begging

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    Good afternoon:

    We were late posting today because our electricity was cut off and we had to hike two miles carrying our computers to a McDonalds wifi hot spot where we can connect to the internet. Our motorcycle is out of gas and we have no money to buy gas.

    We are poor. We survive on my fixed social security and the donations we get from this website. With the exception of our motorcycle and computers, everything we have came from second-hand stores and dumpsters. With very few exceptions, we get all of our food from dumpsters. We chose to live this way as a matter of principle and ask no one for pity.

    I hate begging. When I ask for donations to keep the lights on, I mean exactly what I say.

    The power company increased our rates by 33% a few months ago and plans further increases. To keep our power bill below our monthly rent, we have to forego heating or cooling our place.

    Despite hundreds of visitors to our site everyday, we have received donations from only 4 people for a total of $45 this month. Yet, despite the lack of support, we hiked here in the heat to deliver our posts.

    We are not trying to get rich here and we know times are tough for everyone, but we simply cannot go on like this.

    We need your help.

    We are not asking for much.

    If everyone donated $5 or $10 per month, we would be okay.

    I get my monthly check tomorrow, so we’ll get the lights turned back on and the motorcycle running.

  35. Just to provide some clarification:

    My mother, Jackie McMurtrie, founded Innocence Project Northwest at the University of Washington. Fred Leatherman did a lot of work with the Innocence Project in the first year or few years. He is exaggerating when he calls himself the "co-founder," but the things he is saying about teaching at the University of Washington and working with the Innocence Project are true.

    Since he did not stay with the Innocence Project for long, you will not find much record of all this on the internet. There is an article that mentions him here, though:


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