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June 7, 2013 — Reading more tea leaves

Yesterday, the on-line Prison Law Blog published an interesting recap of what has been going on in the affairs of former U.S. field hockey goalie Todd Broxmeyer.

In it, writer Christopher Zoukis has obtained first-hand information from Broxmeyer, who is currently in a medium-security prison in Virginia serving 34 years in prison for rape and the production and distribution of child pornography.

From the prisoner’s perspective in the story, Broxmeyer may have believed that the odds were against him in that Binghamton court in the late summer of 2008. He reports that the court reporter was the mother of a member of one of the teams that he coached at the time; when he was arrested in December of 2007, he was simultaneously a volunteer coach of the Binghamton University club field hockey team, the volunteer assistant coach at Newark Valley (N.Y.), and the coach of the Model Hockey Academy field hockey teams located in southern New York and in Medford, N.J.

In addition, he faulted his attorney for not putting him on the stand during the trial (he spoke less than two dozen words during it), for not asking for the removal of the court reporter, and for possibly being under the influence of alcohol.

At the end of the article, Broxmeyer says this:

“I’m going to keep fighting. It’s one thing to be punished for what I did, but I’m not a rapist. I’m going to prove that, no matter how long that takes.”

Which is kind of odd, given the fact that his sentence was mainly for child pornography. His statement also fails to explain why, according to preliminary hearing records obtained by, his DNA appears in the rape kit prepared by police after his original December 2007 arrest.

There is more, I’m sure, to come in this saga, given the fact that he has a virtually unlimited right to appeal.