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    Now shamed judge is considering leaving country








    THE depraved images of child porn that Brian Curtin downloaded to his computer are revealed today.


    And now the disgraced former judge wants to leave the country.


    The Irish Independent has gained exclusive access to the details which the Oireachtas committee were prevented from viewing when Curtin resigned last Monday.


    The images he downloaded from a US website were described as "vile", "sickening" and "unimaginably cruel".


    This newspaper has also learned about Curtin's habit of frequenting internet chatrooms and about the details from notebooks and diaries of the codes he used to enter them.


    We also reveal that Curtin (54) used false names and kept records of those he communicated with in those chatrooms.


    He also kept lurid accounts of their sickening exchanges in his own handwriting.


    Curtin's legal team had prepared a defence that he had intended to view adult pornography, which is not illegal, but that, because he was drunk when he downloaded the images at 7am on July 12, 1999, he inadvertently downloaded the grossly offensive and depraved pictures of child porn.


    The website from which he downloaded the child porn offered explicit warnings before a potential customer entered credit card details in order to view the material.


    Shortly before his trial in April 2004, the gardai advised Curtin that they had found Trojan Horse viruses on his IBM computer, and his legal team researched incidents where defendants charged with downloading child porn in the UK had successfully used the presence of the viruses in their defence.


    The Irish Independent has also learned that Curtin resigned from the bench just before Michael Mead, a detective with the US Postal Inspection Service, was ready to show the images from Curtin's computer to the seven-member Oireachtas committee.


    Curtin had to resign before he could apply for his pension and he still has to convince the Government that he is permanently incapacitated.


    His counsel showed a recent MRI scan to the committee and a consultant psychiatrist's diagnosis that he can no longer function as a judge because of organic brain damage. However, the Government has always said they would give "no sweetheart deal" to Curtin.


    Sources say his claim will be rigorously tested.


    If he is given an annual pension, it will be €19,000 plus a one-off lump sum of €57,000, and both will be subject to tax.


    Friends say that Curtin, who lives in Tralee, Co Kerry, is suffering from brain damage and a chronic heart condition.


    They also say that he has been hospitalised for alcohol abuse and that he is now penniless and a broken man, mentally and physically.


    One friend said: "Brian would like to sell his house in Tralee and move to the Mediterranean, maybe Spain."


    However, Curtin's elderly father, whom he thanked for his support in a statement issued after his resignation on Monday, is understood to be very ill and Curtin is reluctant to leave him when he is so ill and frail.


    Sam Smyth<
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    #2
    Sorry, where does it explain why the deal was done ?

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      #3
      What can one say about this, that wouldn't be deemed libellous...

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        #4


        Originally posted by The Dave
        What can one say about this, that wouldn't be deemed libellous...

        Buthe is now penniless and a broken man so you should be safe ? [img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]

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          #5


          Originally posted by Point
          Sorry, where does it explain why the deal was done ?




          My wrong [img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]- my excuse is that I was trying to attract readers to this important thread.
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            #6
            Originally posted by Old Dog


            Originally posted by Point
            Sorry, where does it explain why the deal was done ?

            My wrong [img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]- my excuse is that I was trying to attract readers to this important thread.


            Damn populist ! [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

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              #7
              Like everything in this country this matter will be swept under the carpet and the lawyers will not go hungry. Did someone say E500,000 legal bill to the Government andBTW that means us the taxpayers not out of Mad Mullahs pocket.
              Munster to Win the HCUP in 2012!

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                #8
                Sorry for being ignorant, but what is "organic brain damage" ?

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                  #9





                  The brain is an organ. So it just means that alcohol has damaged his brain.
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                    #10
                    thanks

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                      #11
                      Thanks OD. Wondered same thing myself - thought maybe you could get it at farmers market or the like.......... [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]
                      Hello friends in Brussels. Baldy here

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                        #12


                        Originally posted by Clubman
                        Thanks OD. Wondered same thing myself - thought maybe you could get it at farmers market or the like.......... [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]




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