Busick Documents…you decide

Shortly after a recent broadcast I was contacted on separate occasions by the the parents of Branko Busick. I spent quite some time on the phone with Nick “big bully”Busick. I gladly listened to his complaints about discussing his son’s case and my harsh criticism of Jane Hanlin testifying. He claimed that I was sensationalizing his Bronko’s case and that I essentially made him and his crimes seem worse…worse?

Anyway I explained that my bringing up the case was never to embarrass anyone nor malign them anymore than they maligned themselves but to make clear the nature of his crimes and that when juxtaposed with Jane Hanlin’s duty to the public it just seemed improper and brought to the surface yet moe questions about her objectivity and priorities. Furthermore I made clear that this view was by no means unique to me. He made the same claim that many do when they don’t like something I wrote or reported; since I don’t have all documented details or using limited ones that I clearly am not doing my research.

First, I always do my research and just because I don’t publish every piece of paper is not indicative of otherwise. Sometimes I choose not to in an effort to avoid more than necessary detail required and and possibly causing more undue social or emotional strain on the person(s) being reported about. Sometimes it’s just to save them some honor and dignity. I am not like some mainstream media outlets that seek that next scoop or humiliating moment to cash in on.

I did invite Mr Busick to come in the air and assured him I would gladly give him the airtime needed to offer any other detail or fact of the case that he thought others should know. I hope he does come on soon. I also apologized to him for any upset but at the same time, reminded him that his son did commit some very violent crimes and he admitted to it. As a result he is subject to public discussion. He was charged with robbery 2 times involving separate occasions. That is a fact, not sensationalism. It may not be the actual charge after all the pleading and dealing but he was accountable for violent behavior nonetheless.

Until he does come on the show and just to assure him or anyone else that I do my homework the attached is not a copy of the docket, but a copy of the sentencing agreement form. I have had them for a while now. It clearly explains what the final outcome is and some of the clear reasoning.

You decide, reader. Did I make a not so bad crime and situation, seem worse? Was he vindicated of violent behavior after all is said and done? Or is my assessment of a man with connections benefiting from the power and influence of a friend to avoid a punishment that would have been placed on any other offender guilty of the same actions, a not so far fetched assessment? Did he or did he not commit some very serious and violent offenses and is the fact that people are upset with a prosecutor helping him stay out of jail so wrong? I suppose, that I can’t blame the Busicks for doing whatever they had to to keep their son out of prison, what parent wouldn’t? In the end the integrity of the office of prosecutor and the confidence of the citizens is the responsibility of Jane Hanlin, as does responsibility of such. Maybe if Hanlin can see that enough and actually engage in an honest discussion about these issues then there may a chance that she can actually make a difference in Steubenville for the better. I

If the Busicks can at least admit to themselves, if no one else that they knowingly exploited her position with complete disregard for the impact on the public trust they would not act so befuddled by the outrage and discussion of their son’s case. They can see that moving on for him will in the end be at much harder. Whereas others pay the price for their crimes and wrongs to their community, he will forever carry the stigma of one who committed another form of robbery to avoid accountability for charges of the same. He is not the victim, the public is. Perhaps the Busicks can start by asking themselves this one simple question, if all Jane was, was a community mom, would they have been so quick to call her to talk about the character of a man whom by her own admission, had not really been a part of her family’s life as before, for many years? If yes, then it begs the question why would a man of such great character fail to have many more credible witnesses that are part of his current life come forward? If no, then why act so outraged that people would be angry and not so willing to just say nothing as a criminal skates accountability at their expense?

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Joey Ortega started his investigative career early at the age of 18 working as an apprentice investigator for local detectives. He started out doing insurance fraud investigations and background investigations. Proving adept in the areas surveillance and information gathering, Joey continued to seek further investigative challenges. From there he went on to do internal investigations for a number of companies that include; Sears, Roebuck Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, and K-mart. He was largely responsible for investigating issues of internal theft, embezzlement, workers comp fraud, and crime ring investigations. His success eventually earned him a position as a national investigator for a cellular chain, investigating crime rings on a national level. Trained in the Reid technique (interviewing/interrogation), Joey was able to gain confessions consistently without a single prosecution ever being challenged in court. Throughout his career as an internal investigator Joey continued to work for various private investigative agencies. Moving away from insurance fraud, Joey began developing his skills in the areas of criminal defense investigation, fidelity investigation, missing person’s investigations, and stalker investigations. It was the area of stalker investigations that Joey began to discover his passion for computer crime investigations. Having to learn quickly how to trace harassing and threatening emails, Joey began see that this is where the future of crime and justice was heading and decided to throw himself deeply into the subject. As a result, Joey’s clientele began to include those who were victims of internet fraud and cyber attacks. Joey is also the co-founder of The Ullemeyer Group, Inc. an investigative and training firm based in Santa Barbara, California that specializes in forensic training and consulting.
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One Response to Busick Documents…you decide

  1. Nick Busick says:

    Ortega: He claimed that I was sensationalizing his Bronco’s case and that I essentially made him and his crimes seem worse…worse?

    Busick – Here is a prime example of sensationlizing. Look how the word “worse” is used twice. Further, Ortega would not allow me to record the conversation. That in and of itself should tell you something. What I said to Ortega was his investigation skills were sub standard because he used “Half Truths” to make himself look good and promote his show. Sorry JOEY … you lied on this one. Hey JOEY … correct spelling is BRANKO not Bronco.

    Ortega: Anyway I explained that my bringing up the case was never to embarrass anyone nor malign them anymore than they maligned themselves but to make clear the nature of his crimes and that when juxtaposed with Jane Hanlin’s duty to the public it just seemed improper and brought to the surface yet moe questions about her objectivity and priorities. Furthermore I made clear that this view was by no means unique to me. He made the same claim that many do when they don’t like something I wrote or reported; since I don’t have all documented details or using limited ones that I clearly am not doing my research.

    Busick – Ortega’s style of using “half truths” can in no way make anything clear. Even Ortega admits there is underlying circumstance when using the word “seemed”. JOEY makes claims and is correct that his view is shared by others. Did JOEY tell you those others may have an ax to grind? Did he check the creditability of others? Some have creditability and some are in quesiton. Point is JOEY failed to dig deeper and uses only easily obtained documents in an attempt to sway what little audience he has and further excite the ones he does have.

    Ortega: First, I always do my research and just because I don’t publish every piece of paper is not indicative of otherwise. Sometimes I choose not to in an effort to avoid more than necessary detail required and and possibly causing more undue social or emotional strain on the person(s) being reported about. Sometimes it’s just to save them some honor and dignity. I am not like some mainstream media outlets that seek that next scoop or humiliating moment to cash in on.

    Busick – Ortega attempts to build his creditability in the above pagagraph and clearly makes my points.

    Ortega: I did invite Mr Busick to come in the air and assured him I would gladly give him the airtime needed to offer any other detail or fact of the case that he thought others should know. I hope he does come on soon. I also apologized to him for any upset but at the same time, reminded him that his son did commit some very violent crimes and he admitted to it. As a result he is subject to public discussion. He was charged with robbery 2 times involving separate occasions. That is a fact, not sensationalism. It may not be the actual charge after all the pleading and dealing but he was accountable for violent behavior nonetheless.

    Busick – Now this is where Ortega comes the closest to using facts and not half truths. I consider being convicted of felonious assualt a violent crime. Being charged with and convicted of is completely two different things. Ortega is correct regarding on being “CHARGED” with two charges of robbery on two separate occasions. However, facts of the case came out as the case continued. There is no conviction for robberies on the original charges. Key word and question is charged vs convicted? Did JOEY even consider that? Did JOEY ask or investigate? NO The Police charged according to the original call and what evidence they had. As more evidence presented itself that was not the final conclusion. Any reporter let along an investigator that claims to have the background JOEY makes on his websites would dig deeper before making the statements he makes.

    Ortega: Until he does come on the show and just to assure him or anyone else that I do my homework the attached is not a copy of the docket, but a copy of the sentencing agreement form. I have had them for a while now. It clearly explains what the final outcome is and some of the clear reasoning.

    Busick – I choose to respond here. I believe Ortega would like to have a former WWE wrestler with an extensive Law Enforcement & Investigation background on his show. It would be good for his show. Not going to do that. Combine that with the emotional pain of talking about my son’s case and Ortega wanting to tie this into other matters benefits no one but Ortega. The document Ortega refers to in the above paragraph does indeed support my position.

    Ortega: You decide, reader. Did I make a not so bad crime and situation, seem worse? Was he vindicated of violent behavior after all is said and done? Or is my assessment of a man with connections benefiting from the power and influence of a friend to avoid a punishment that would have been placed on any other offender guilty of the same actions, a not so far fetched assessment? Did he or did he not commit some very serious and violent offenses and is the fact that people are upset with a prosecutor helping him stay out of jail so wrong? I suppose, that I can’t blame the Busicks for doing whatever they had to to keep their son out of prison, what parent wouldn’t? In the end the integrity of the office of prosecutor and the confidence of the citizens is the responsibility of Jane Hanlin, as does responsibility of such. Maybe if Hanlin can see that enough and actually engage in an honest discussion about these issues then there may a chance that she can actually make a difference in Steubenville for the better.

    Busick – Remember I never said Ortega made anything seem “worse”. This is where Ortega attempts to suck the reader in. It works becuase he got me to respond. This whole paragraph appeals for you the reader to support him.

    Ortega: If the Busicks can at least admit to themselves, if no one else that they knowingly exploited her position with complete disregard for the impact on the public trust they would not act so befuddled by the outrage and discussion of their son’s case. They can see that moving on for him will in the end be at much harder. Whereas others pay the price for their crimes and wrongs to their community, he will forever carry the stigma of one who committed another form of robbery to avoid accountability for charges of the same. He is not the victim, the public is. Perhaps the Busicks can start by asking themselves this one simple question, if all Jane was, was a community mom, would they have been so quick to call her to talk about the character of a man whom by her own admission, had not really been a part of her family’s life as before, for many years? If yes, then it begs the question why would a man of such great character fail to have many more credible witnesses that are part of his current life come forward? If no, then why act so outraged that people would be angry and not so willing to just say nothing as a criminal skates accountability at their expense?

    Busick – JOEY crosses the line here and makes a personal attack on my family. We have always known our son’s case was newsworthy and never expected it not to be reported on. JOEY makes statements such as “pay the price for their crimes”. A very dear price was paid including incarceration for approximately ten months, conditions that come with the assault charge conviction that he will have to explain when applying for almost anything the rest of his life, and not to mention a life changing event for not only our son but our whole family. JOEY takes a case that is over a year and a half old and makes every attempt to resurrect it so he can have some platform to launch attacks at Jane Hanlin.

    Additionally, to answer JOEY’s question in that paragraph … YES … read the document you posted and notice the credible witnesses that did testify not to mention a courtroom full of people on stand by that traveled over and hour to get there. Branko was well know for his community involvement with kids and his general overall character. Branko made a HUGE mistake that cost him dearly. He is working dilengtly to repair this mistake.

    At no time has JOEY done any indepth background on the case that would bring out many factors. He relies on easily obtainable documents that only scratch the surface. I am not going to attack JOEY. He baited me with this article and I responded. Maybe I should not have responded? At this point, I have no intention of coming on his show. However, for those people who have the intelligence, there is way more to what JOEY is attempting to do and some of the folks who are championing him lack creditability and are hypocrites.

    Because of my wrestling background, I have had the opportunity to travel this great country. I can tell you the finest people in the world live not only in Steubenville, but the whole Ohio Valley. There is not a better place to raise a family. I hope JOEY gets a life and reports on something more important than singling out a case over a year and a half old now, a small city in Ohio including the politics of such a small community. There alot of toasters missing in Sears. Maybe JOEY should reapply and get some more investigation experience. OOPS .. I said I wasn’t going to attack Joey. Sorry couldn’t resist one dig.

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