On the Yurok/Biologist Scandal and the Blogosphere
(This comment was posted to the comments section of a prior thread. The author, who uses the name Linda LeValley, is well worth reading. -HH)
As I sit here and read these comments, I have to wonder what kind of people would make judgments and accusations against two men that they don’t know at all. How can they destroy a man’s career, his reputation and his freedom by not giving him the chance to defend himself?
This “Yurok Tribe Embezzlement” case against Ron and Sean has a long way to go, and the verdict will show each and every one of you that you have slandered and made horrible accusations about a man who has dedicated his entire life to protecting wildlife.
Ron has lost his career, his credibility, his reputation and his ability to protect the animals who can’t protect themselves. California will pay the biggest price by losing such a knowledgeable environmentalist. Will any of you take the time to blog about them when they are cleared of these charges? No, you will just find someone else to lie about. Someone else to slander and falsely accuse. Ron and Sean did not run when they found out about this. They both walked into the police station to face these allegations head on. The real perp ran away and hid and did not care that two “friends” were taking the heat for what he had done.
Ron is not the person that has been described as a “thief” in this blog. He is an extremly good biologist who has worked his entire career, never for “the money,” but for satisfaction of knowing he has made your state a better place to live.
Ron & Sean will be found not guilty, but all of you will go on about your daily gossip, while two good men pay a horrible price for trusting a man they did not know, any better then any of you know Ron LeValley and Sean McAllister. Take a minute from your gossiping, consider the people who love these two men. Consider their family, their friends and all the person’s who know the real truth. This could be someone you care about, how would that make you feel if you were to read about it on the internet?