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WILL THEY JAIL JAKE THE SNAKE? Gay for pay blackmailer will be sentenced Monday, Della-Vedova’s representative rants at VEXNEWS for reptilian reference

jakesnakejudgmentBlackamailer Jake “the Snake” Della-Vedova’s County Court appearance today was a sordid affair, with Prosecutors reading out an appalling tale of greed, crystal meth addiction and general woe involving him selling his sexual services to a man (whose name, occupation and any elective office he may hold or have held in the past have been suppressed by County Court order and will be vigorously enforced here in the comments section) and then blackmailing the man with a covert recording of their illegal encounter.

VEXNEWS ATTACKED
In a manner highly pleasing to the VEXNEWS editorial board, Jake the Snake’s barrister Mr Trevor Edwin Wraight specifically complained to the court of cruel media coverage “particularly on the internets(sic) where my client was referred to as ‘Jake the Snake.’” Our representative in court beamed with pride.

Many of the scribes in attendance – including the now completely head-shaven Iron Mike Bachelard of The Age (in receivership) who had a large Blackberry in his pocket but didn’t seem that pleased to see me – were barely able to contain their laughter when the defence counsel quoted from the two headed snake present on our story graphic on Sunday.  He quoted the snake saying “Hiss! There’s just no honour among secret gay adulterous lovers these days.” We should have added in ‘rent-boy, ‘predator’ and ‘scumbag’ for good measure.

Jake’s counsel also complained that because of the media interest in his story of shame that he had been forced to delete his Facebook account, cutting off communication channels with friends. Boo hoo.

Judge Hannan seemed to find no trouble with our characterisation of events or of the defendant himself.

DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP
Indeed, after the prosecutor had finished detailing Jakey’s sordid crimes, involving repeated SMS threats and demands for money, it made us think we’d probably gone in rather too easily on the crook. The threats made by Jake Della-Vedova of his victim suggested this crime was no playful frolic or a case of a lover scorned.

Jake the Snake had covertly recorded the victim and him in sexual congress for a marathon forty-six minutes. He had then hit up the victim for money in a “gay for pay” prostitution arrangement. The man paid a total of $400 for Della-Vedova for sex.

Della-Vedova went from being exploited poor young rent-boy to a particularly vicious, calculating and nasty predator determined to extract $15,000 from a man he deemed to have wealth and power.

His threats to pay or else he’d go to A Current Affair with the forty-six minute video recording grew ever more menacing and threatening including deadlines for payments and thuggery more in keeping with the mafia than a supposedly hard-working country boy hitting the big smoke. The court heard this ranged from the high-life of Rosati’s, a place frequented by many Liberals and Solomon Lew in the days when doctors permitted him to eat, to the rather less salubrious caf of Ikea in Richmond where it is understood Jake and his older lover supped on those tasty meatballs designed to remind one of Swedish life.

BRAVE VICTIM OF CRIME
His victim bravely went off to the Police when he realised the young menace was deadly serious in his menacing demands. The Police then busted Jake in a sting that would have done the FBI proud.

Jake Della-Vedova’s life of bludging off his parents and others also came out in court, ironically in an attempt to paint him more sympathetically.

Prior to moving to Melbourne, Jake ran a cafe in his parents’ home town with money provided by the folks and his grandma. He ran it into the ground, seemingly distracted by a lover who lived in Melbourne, where he eventually moved. Worryingly, he also worked as a nanny and supervisor of children on overseas trips.

The court also heard that Jake had significant issues with a claimed crystal meth addiction that he has since beaten and a health issue that the court ordered suppressed. This was offered up by Jake’s wily counsel in a move to get him a lighter sentence.

jakethesnakecrimespreeOFF WITH HIS HEAD
Judge Hannan will pass sentence Monday morning. In order to comply with the court order that has been made suppressing identifying the occupation, current or past elective office or identity of the victim for a period of ten years, we have decided to close the comments section on this story. Please do not make any suggestions about the man’s identity in any other place on the site, we will delete it immediately and ban permanently any IP addresses who do this.

If you’d heard the tawdry nature of what the victim went through, even in the circumstances where he was illegally paying for sex with a guy many years his junior, you’d well understand that the order is in place for good reason.

Jake the Snake may be young but it doesn’t make any less of an evil, greed-motivated predator. There was no evidence that he had committed despicable crimes like this before but it didn’t take much imagination to think that he might have been preying on lonely sad and confused middle-aged blokes who could easily be blackmail victims.

The court also heard that Della-Vedova has other criminal charges pending, for theft of a pair of sunglasses.

Legal experts had told us they didn’t expect Della-Vedova would get a custodial sentence. We hope they’re wrong. The Prosecution suggested penalties up to as much as four years imprisonment which was attacked by Jake Snake’s lawyer as “irresponsible.” The judge then told Mr Wraight that barristers directing such unseemly language at each other was not appropriate.

A young bloke with the world at his feet, both folks who flew down to be with him through the ordeal. His Dad – a vet – told the court they wanted to take him home and help him rehabilitate. All very sad stuff but it didn’t change the fact that Della-Vedova had engaged in a particularly venal and horrible crime for which there should be a tough but fair penalty that will deter others from such predatory behaviour.

Discussion

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  1. Oh my fucking God. The shit that goes on. Pity the “victim” couldnt be identified, but we all know who it is.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 15:57
  2. Isn’t there anything more newsworthy for your pathetic ‘news’ to report on? I cannot believe how you paint this young person to be such a vile character and yet have not a word to say on the worthless, cheating ‘[deleted]‘ involved, there are always 2 sides to every story, what a shame the only way you can get anything from this is to try and completely dessimate someones life, with no thought to the damage you have already done.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 16:09
  3. Now now anon. we can’t say it is an “[deleted]“, the court has gagged all public comment on such matters.

    Let’s just say its amazing what goes on in the suburbs!

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 16:31
  4. You can bet whoever this cheating guy is who is nameless it wasn’t his first time with a man-on-man experience. Yuk, the thought of it.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 16:32
  5. Soooo the current or former [deleted] paid for sex eh?

    Why aren’t the police prosecuting?

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 16:44
  6. He may have been dropped on his head as a baby and thus made to behave as he did by circumstances beyond his control. In fact if you look at his picture, draw a line from the centre of his left lapel red badge to the centre of his pupil and extend that line , you will find a distinct “dint” in his right forehead. This area of the brain relates to judgement, libido and executive function. Judge ye not lest ye be judged.

    Jack

    Posted by Jack Hackett | February 27, 2009, 17:07
  7. [deleted]
    Leviticus 20:13

    And so it has been written for Eons and now the cheating elected official should be punished and will surely burn in Hell for eternity.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 17:11
  8. They are both members of Abominations Anonymous and thus you are discriminating against them. I have a vid of a meeting ” I am an abom…….etc etc etc.

    Leave them be, they are victims of of … Buggered if I know of what, excuse the pun, but hey, the barrister has to earn his $105000.

    Jack

    Jack

    Posted by Jack Hackett | February 27, 2009, 17:25
  9. 46 minutes! what superdoopermen

    Posted by hobnobbit | February 27, 2009, 17:28
  10. The Lord will judge [deleted - no more homophobic hatespeech thanks]

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 17:29
  11. 46 minutes of tape LOL !!!!!

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 18:05
  12. I’m a little taken aback by some of the nasty homophobic comments made in the comments section of this story. Sure I agree jake is a real bastard for doing this. But so is this older man! cheating on his wife, and telling lies to everyone he meets. its sickening really.

    Posted by anon | February 27, 2009, 18:56
  13. I’m a little taken aback by the homophobic comments as well. I thought they were banned. And they are nasty.

    I feel strongly that the judge, the prosecution and defence, and all the voyeurs and family in the gallery should all join pinkies and together on Monday morning sing “This is the Age of Aq….”

    Jack

    Posted by Jack Hackett | February 27, 2009, 19:06
  14. ^^^ agreed, where’s the moderator!? and yes, yet another case of the judiciary protecting the privileged.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 19:17
  15. Anon. May I ask, are you an [deleted] bandit?

    Posted by Jack Hackett | February 27, 2009, 19:27
  16. They reckon homophobes secretly want a bit of backdoor action. Apparently their deep fear and sexual confusion manifests in attempts at ‘jokes’.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 19:57
  17. And “They” are on the jury mate.

    Jack

    Posted by Jack Hackett | February 27, 2009, 20:02
  18. His identity is mere titillation, even to the arse bandit above. Once he is exposed the fun stops. Would you rather have fun or truth?

    Jack

    Posted by Jack Hackett | February 27, 2009, 20:21
  19. Who is this Jack Hackett cunt? Surely not on ‘staff’ is he? Oh no, it’s not Jack Marx, is it?

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 20:32
  20. Fucked if I know, sopping leftist.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 20:50
  21. And the unnamed married man paid $400 for 46 mins of sex, I make that $8.69 a minute !

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 20:52
  22. $8.69 a minute for good sex is as good as it gets mate.

    At least we now have a value.

    Although I don’t know if this just applies to turnovers or to the rest of us.

    Jack

    Posted by Jack Hackett | February 27, 2009, 21:33
  23. We better start knocking up a XXXXL heavy duty casket for Lard Arse, pity the poor unfortunate Pallbearers.

    Posted by Tobin Brothers | February 27, 2009, 22:10
  24. The Lord hates those who hate Homo’s.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 22:14
  25. This is a breach of his human rights.
    Did I read correctly 46 minutes of sex? Jayne is lucky if I make 1 minute, I must be working too hard.

    Posted by McPerton | February 27, 2009, 22:21
  26. I always keep my eyes wide open when I root girls called Alexandra.

    Jack

    Posted by Jack Hackett | February 27, 2009, 22:34
  27. Judge Lisa Hannan is a hottie.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009, 22:41
  28. Must be a [deleted] given the level of Vexnews protection!

    Posted by Vexnews - the guardian of morality? | February 28, 2009, 1:44
  29. Well I think that both parties should be publicly named. The matter is not wether there was a same sex sexual romp, I’m sure if it were two females guys everywhere would be drooling! But the matter is that the dirty Pollie, not only lied and PAID for sex, but CHEATED on his wife. She of all people has a right to know. And this pollie SHOULD be named and shamed not for seeking the comfort of another man but for deed of CHEATING. With the world awaiting the Mardi Gras next weekend I myself and many people around the world want to wish all my friends who will be in the parade a happy gay and lesbian Mardi Gras. And Jakie did you not learn anything from your years of being friends with us that you have to be nice and respect people. You have been bad and should accept your punishment, and the Pollie well he should be named and shamed not for the gay liasion but for the lying and cheating – shame on you!!!!

    Posted by Camden Girl | February 28, 2009, 2:15
  30. Media reports of this incident identify a single “victim” – a “victim of blackmail” – and his name and position, and the politcal party and parliament he serves cannot be named…

    There are however many victims to be acknowledged here who have already been named or otherwise identified. It is important to acknowledge them all:

    1. The [deleted] concerned is indeed a victim of blackmail – a crime. He is also a victim of a lifelong fear of discrimination and homophobia, which forced him to hide his gay sex life from the public view, mislead his electorate, enter a sham marriage, and tow the line of his political party, remaining in shameful silence – and supporting party decisions which will not enact equal rights for gay and lesbian citizens as they rightly should.

    2. The foolish and somewhat desperate young man concerned is also a victim. He will suffer a legal penalty and criminal record. He will suffer the stigma and approbrium of being gay, having sex for money, and for balckmail. He has been damaged by the politician in a deeper way… for him this incident turned human intimacy into a commodity to be traded for cash – bought and sold -and which will devastate his self esteem even further.

    3. The wife of the [deleted] is also a victim. She has lived in a sham, now broken marriage, and like many [deleted] spouses worked tirelessly to further her husbands [deleted] career, attending meetings, events, fundraising bearing and raising children virtually alone. She may have known he was gay, or maybe not, but she never expected nor deserves the turmoil and humiliation of this sordid set of circumstances – and such an inauspicious ending to it all.

    4. The children of the [deleted] are victims. Perhaps for a short time when younger, they will be shielded from the sordid details, but they cannot be shielded from a broken fractured home and destroyed relationships. Eventually, they will learn the ugly truth about their father, and struggle to deal with the emotional turmoil of it. They will not understand why the subterfuge and lies were necessary, and as their world changes for the betterment of gay people with their approval – they will look upon their closet gay [deleted] father through eyes of shame.

    5. The parents, family and friends of the foolish and desperate young man are victims. As they retreat to their rural NSW home, they will have to care for and rehabilitate a very troubled son, brother, friend. They will suffer the stigma and approbrium of these events just as he himself will suffer. They will be shunned, ostracised, criticised and condemned. They will wonder what they did wrong – and how they failed him. They will be blamed for things they could not forsee or prevent.

    6. The honest and openly gay and lesbian community are victims. They who refused to lie, and sacrificed much for their integrity, will be tarred with the same brush by the ignorant and the bigotted. Their openly gay presence in society and in politics will be resisted, attacked, vilified, mocked and dissapproved of. Their courage and honesty, their unwillingness to live a lie (like the [deleted] concerned) in the darkness of secrecy, will not be supported and appluaded as it should be, it and their lives will be further condemned. These people will be made victims and scapegoats because of their unwillingness to leave a trail of victims behind them as the closet gay politician has done.

    7. The political party of the [deleted] and the political process iteslf are victims. They have been fatally undermined by the prevailing orthodoxy they both enforce – “Don’t ask – Don’t tell”… This policy has prevented them benefitting from the valuable contributions of many who are openly gay… allowed the active blocking, degradation and disendorsement of these openly gay citizens. The “Don’t ask – Don’t tell” approach they tolerate within their ranks (both sides of the process) has degraded them collectively, delegitimised them and destroys their credibility – it makes the parties and the process hypocritical. It renders overdue policy for the equality of gay and lesbian citizens mute, watered down and stifled. It militates against human rights reforms.

    So next time you are told that their is a single victim in these events – think and reflect. The victims of this are many!

    In your heart Vex, you know I am right!

    Posted by In The Spirit of Justice Michael Kirby | February 28, 2009, 3:45
  31. I have heard a rumour that Greens elements in the GLBTI community have the 46 minutes on DVD and are distributing it widely – incensed at what they are calling an ALP cover up. Is this true?

    I have heard that the Melbourne Uni Liberal Club are screening it repatedly during O week – charging $46.00 per head for admission. Is this true?

    Does anyone know???

    Posted by Anono | February 28, 2009, 5:40
  32. Spirit of Michael Kirby – Nice summary. A+.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009, 9:19
  33. yes yes TSOJMK, everything is society’s fault. none of us have choices. pppffffftttttt

    Posted by Astounded of Melbourne | February 28, 2009, 11:29
  34. What I wanna know is, why the Vic Police aren’t investigating this matter of prostitution?

    Is it because an MP is involved and therefore are scared?

    One rule for the rest of us, another rule for the MP’s.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009, 11:51
  35. It wasn’t me.

    Posted by Ollie | February 28, 2009, 11:58
  36. i heard [deleted] is about to be exposed in a sex scandal… surely one and the same..

    Posted by the outsider | February 28, 2009, 12:31
  37. You reckon $8.69 a minute is bad. If you reckon Try paying for a transexual prositute in this country. There heaps cheaper in London

    Posted by dean mighell | February 28, 2009, 13:35
  38. “In The Spirit of Justice Michael Kirby” has written very thoughtfully and provocatively indeed about this.

    Every drama has its villain and we try to search for that in the stories we write. Sometimes of course life is more complicated than stageplay.

    There’s a broader issue beyond the talk of victims on the more comfortable turf of politics.

    If an MP – let’s say in a country seat or outer suburban seat – outed himself does it cost him votes?

    I’d like to think it wouldn’t but perhaps that’s a naive view.

    But what is a legitimate issue for public discussion is whether the people are living a lie, lying to their spouse and family.

    And it’s most certainly an issue if they are paying for sex, which is still illegal in the way that occurred in this case.

    So we’re not giving the victim in this case a leave pass, those are very real issues for the victim to consider.

    But whatever their deficiencies, they remain a victim of the ugly crime of blackmail. If society isn’t tough on crime and protective of the victims of crime, it will soon disintegrate into the vile, vicious world created by the actions of the venal young man who will forever be known as Jake the Snake.

    Posted by VEXNEWS | February 28, 2009, 13:39
  39. All we need in this story is a midget, a trailer park and a slack jawed local named Cletus!

    [deleted] paid to have sex with a male prostitute (ie.illegal) but the prostitute video taped their encounter (46 mins) and then tried to blackmail his customer!

    This is bizarre shit indeed.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009, 15:15
  40. Ther is more than one victim – and more than one villain in this bizarre story Vex.

    Posted by Anon | February 28, 2009, 15:32
  41. All shirt lifters should be named.

    Why is a MP shirtlifter treated better than an ordinary one? Does this mean that all shirt lifters will be protected by LAW?

    The Law is the Law , but the LAW is not justice.

    Posted by hopeless | February 28, 2009, 21:01
  42. One Law for pollies, 1 Law for everyone else.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009, 21:39
  43. Theo is back in court in March too isn’t he? Has his $10 M lawsuit shut the victim up yet?

    Posted by Blind 'Freddie' Justice | February 28, 2009, 22:45
  44. Vergewaltigen ist Gut!

    Posted by Attila theHun | February 28, 2009, 22:55
  45. I still think there should be a float in the Mardi Gras

    Posted by Fascinating | March 1, 2009, 9:01
  46. What goes on in the bathhouse should stay in the bathhouse. But of course it never does. The MP must have been very Whiney to the cops.

    Posted by Bathhouse Snitch | March 1, 2009, 10:57
  47. How’d you be as the cops/prosecutor who had to watch the 46 minutes of tape eeeewwwww LOL.

    Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2009, 11:46
  48. Oh Tony Abbott has hidden my poeder puff again!

    Posted by Chrissy Pyne | March 1, 2009, 12:34
  49. “If society isn’t tough on crime and protective of the victims of crime, it will soon disintegrate into the vile, vicious world created by the actions of the venal young man who will forever be known as Jake the Snake.”

    Is vilification a crime? Your site has allows people to lie about anybodies private lifes, you allow their names to remain even though the slander is untrue and not in anyway relevant to the issues being discussed.

    People are regularly attacked for being gay as though that in itself is a crime (just look at some of the posts that the QLD NUW have placed in attacking the national office of the NUW) yet you seem to think that is all fair game.

    You slandered an ex QLD ALP official who committed no crime, (but she was an older women, so I guess she deserved it)God knows what other hurt you cause to people.

    Are you not as guilty of the same “vile, vicious” actions of so called “Jake the Snake”?

    Posted by Pineapple Pete | March 1, 2009, 15:04
  50. Pineapple Pete – sounds like he’s writing one hand on the keyboard, another slugging down the Bundaberg Rum.

    VexNews I am sure would have released the name of the supposed “victim” if the courts had allowed to do so.

    VexNews reports the news, warts and all – lets the public decide.

    That’s the way it should be.

    Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2009, 15:21
  51. You compare our site with the actions of a blackmailer?

    As frank speaking Queenslanders might say “get your hand off it.”

    “Vilification” isn’t a crime, but blackmail most certainly is.

    Your reference to “an ex Qld ALP official” is presumably to Linda Holliday. Our story was well-sourced and we stand by it.

    We’d grant you it wasn’t the most significant revelation in the history of journalism but a good story all the same.

    The most sensitive issue wasn’t it seems to us mentioning her fling with a younger man, Matt Rocks, but the fact he’d pleaded guilty to upskirting offences while working in a position of public trust at the Queensland Council of Unions.

    We reported on that, merely picking up on a Sunday Mail story. We’re sorry it caused the lad some distress but we’re more sorry he thought shoving his iphone up a young woman’s skirt to take an unhappy snap. We hope he apologised.

    As for the NUW posts, we’ll take a look at those. Some of them certainly do seem to cross the line.

    I utterly reject the assertion we tolerate homophobic comments. We don’t. We spend too much time deleting such comments for that allegation to have any credibility.

    But even the nastiest words written by the most unpleasant of commenters (and sometimes they are so nasty they take our breath away as we’re deleting them) cannot be reasonably compared with blackmailer Jake “the Snake” Della-Vedova and one of the ugliest crimes on the books.

    Posted by VEXNEWS | March 1, 2009, 15:35
  52. Re the Matt Rocks story, I have no problem with you covering what he did.. It was a disgrace. I just wasn’t sure of the relavance of his so called friendship with the lady you named and then all the nasty posts about her that followed.

    Unfortunatly by focusing on her you missed the real story of the night. But perhaps that’s what your sources wanted.

    Posted by Pineapple Pete | March 1, 2009, 16:06
  53. P.S. Sorry for putting the two issues on the same level. They are not – but people can still be hurt by personal comments such as those that appear. If they are not relevant to the story they should not be said

    Posted by Pineapple Pete | March 1, 2009, 16:11
  54. Homophobic comments on vex are standard fare… Just ask Chrissy Pyne, Honeypot, McPerton …. Oh and the one you love to hate the most… The one who is not in the closet and told the truth…. Ollie.

    Shame, Vex Shame … you are as hypocritical as the Labor “public Identity”… Really, you are!!!

    Posted by Anon | March 1, 2009, 19:13
  55. If Vex ever came before my court bench, I would convict them for hypocrisy.

    Posted by In The Spirit of Justice Michael Kirby | March 1, 2009, 19:15
  56. Vex can be assured that the divorce settlement will include 50% of the overblown superannuation entitlements of the “Public Figure”….

    Posted by Mrs [deleted] | March 1, 2009, 19:18
  57. Honeys…

    There are certain times when the truth is laid bare for all to see.

    This is one of them.

    Yes Honeys… Vex is part of the conservative hypocrisy that currently holds the whole Australian body politic hostage.

    Dont do as I do, do as I say!!!!

    Posted by Natasha The Despoiler | March 1, 2009, 19:28
  58. Homophobes are people too.

    Posted by McPerton | March 1, 2009, 19:40
  59. This is for you Vex.

    Courtesy of my divorce Lawyer…

    Oxford Dictionary – quick definitions:

    noun (pl. hypocrisies) the practice of claiming to have higher standards or beliefs than is the case.

    — ORIGIN Greek hupokrisis ‘acting of a theatrical part’.

    Posted by Mrs [deleted] | March 1, 2009, 19:45
  60. Dear McPerton,

    You are dfinitely NOT a honey…

    Your defence of the human rights of homophobes is contradictory of Liberal (sorry liberal) principles…

    You see, your rights are illegitimate if they harm the human rights of others!

    But ofcourse, you are a fraud and canting hypocrit, so you alrady know this!!!

    Posted by Natasha The Despoiler | March 1, 2009, 20:12
  61. Let’s try this Vex…

    hyp·o·crite [ híppə krìt ] (plural hyp·o·crites)

    noun

    Definition:

    somebody feigning high principles: somebody who pretends to have admirable principles, beliefs, or feelings but behaves otherwise

    [12th century. Via Old French ypocrite< Greek hupokritēs "actor, pretender" < hupohy·poc·ri·sy [ hi pókrəssee ] (plural hy·poc·ri·sies)

    noun

    Definition:

    1. feigned high principles: the false claim to or pretense of having admirable principles, beliefs, or feelings
    It would be sheer hypocrisy for them to turn around and do what they criticize in others.

    2. hypocritical act: an act or instance of hypocrisy
    After his hypocrisies became widely known, he decided not to run for re-election.

    [12th century. Via Old French ypocrisie< Greek hupokrisis "acting a part" < hupokrinesthai "act a part" < krinein "to separate"]
    krinesthai (see hypocrisy)]

    Courtesy of Encarta….

    Posted by Getting A Divorce In Ivanhoe | March 1, 2009, 20:27
  62. Has anyone seen my make-up case?

    Posted by Chrissy Pyne | March 1, 2009, 21:16
  63. Hi Chrissy,

    Checks the Whips office in the Victorian parliament…

    We are sure you know your way around there.

    Posted by Getting A Divorce In | March 1, 2009, 21:30
  64. By failing to name the victim, evry married polician, state and federal, is potentially a suspect. That is wrong.

    Posted by Simon | March 1, 2009, 21:31
  65. It is only “wrong” for the guilty, as long as they are protected by anonymity.

    Posted by Getting A Divorce In | March 1, 2009, 21:34
  66. I wish to award Vex with the Order of Lenin 1st Class for their stalwart defence of the proletariat and other toiling masses for proving that censorship works.

    The Age Soviet has nothing on Vex, and the Comintern will shortly withdraw our endorsement as purveyor of news in favor of Andrew landeryou amd Vex.

    Posted by V.I. Lenin | March 1, 2009, 21:41
  67. “Sex, blackmail and a big ‘D-oh!’

    A PHALANX of hacks descended on the County Court last week, seeking juicy details of a gay sex video extortion case. Judge Lisa Hannan tried desperately to keep the identity of the high-profile blackmail victim secret, suppressing for 10 years “any identification of his current employment, or any elected position he may hold or may have held”.

    The hyper-efficient judge ordered lawyers for the prosecution and defence to refer to him as “AB” only. She also banned from publication aspects of the evidence relating to the perpetrator, 25-year-old Jake Della-Vedova. Having established these elaborate precautions to guard the name of the victim, the judge then asked her associate to stand up and arraign the accused on the charge of blackmail.

    And then, to the collective astonishment of the court, the associate read out the victim’s name. The only sound was of furious scribbling in notebooks — or did we also hear a muffled groan from the bench?”

    Posted by Conroy is a Australia biggest cunt | March 1, 2009, 21:42
  68. whoopsy

    Posted by Umm.. Conroy is Australia's biggest cunt | March 1, 2009, 21:43
  69. The mensheviks and my social democratic friends are appalled by VEX and it’s abuse of democratic socialism.

    Posted by Leon Trotsky | March 1, 2009, 21:51
  70. I award the order of lenin 1st Class to Vex and its’ hypocritical politbureau for its’ brave censorship and suppression of capitalist truths which should never be aired publicly.

    The Age Soviet have nothing on Vex and will be disendorsed by the Comintern at its next gathering.

    Thank you Vex!!!

    Posted by V.I. Lenin | March 1, 2009, 21:54
  71. Correction, this website has proven that selective censorship works!

    Posted by Joseph Shapishvili (Uncle Joe Stalin) | March 1, 2009, 21:59
  72. This website is awarded the Order of Lenin 1st Class for proving that selective censorship works in defence of the proletariat.

    The Age Soviet will no longer receive the endorsement of the Comintern. They are amateurs in comparison.

    Posted by V.I. Lenin | March 1, 2009, 22:01
  73. This situation is most offensive to the Menzies legacy…

    Posted by Dr Dean | March 1, 2009, 22:06
  74. My husband would like to award this website the highest order that originates from his name…

    Censorship is a proud tradition of Pravda.

    The Comintern is poised to diendorse the Age Soviet in favour of the brilliant censors operating this site.

    Posted by Lydia Allelyueva | March 1, 2009, 22:13
  75. It is obvious who the pollie is. Snuggling in behind the sudden departure of well known figure, the snuggler snuggled out before the proverbial hit the fan.

    Posted by Madam Lash | March 1, 2009, 22:26
  76. Surprised he paid for it there would be many who would have done it for free and kept their mouth shut or open or whatever was called for.

    Posted by Madam Lash | March 1, 2009, 22:28
  77. Let’s just say the pollie in question practiced safe sex. When a court order forbids disclosure we know what that means

    Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2009, 22:37
  78. Did they use protection?

    Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2009, 22:42
  79. Did they use protection? The court order suppressed a medical condition of the defendant, and when its a gay man we know what that means, he’s got [deleted]

    Posted by Up the | March 1, 2009, 22:45
  80. Moderation of comments now??? [VEXNEWS: When they mention the suppressed victim's name, yes]

    Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2009, 22:46
  81. So… if the judge put a 10yr ban on the release on the guy’s name, what was the date of the 27th about then?

    how disappointing. I really wanted to know which politician was cheating.

    Ah well, at least if we don’t know it means I can continue to gossip with my friends about multiple people who fit the profile!

    Posted by anon with a small a | March 2, 2009, 4:37
  82. To be branded “not a honey” by Natasha the Despoiler is a form of high praise.

    Posted by McPerton | March 2, 2009, 9:22
  83. The suppression order says no-one can mention

    Posted by The Virus | March 2, 2009, 10:15
  84. If the male MP in question paid a female for sex who then blackmailed him there would be none of the hysteria surrounding this sorry tale.

    How many married MPs have another woman on the side (paid for in cash or kind or votes) and no one in the party raises and eyebrow?

    Yet again it’s one rule for the hetros and another rule for everyone else.

    Posted by homosexuality was decriminalised in victoria 30 years ago | March 2, 2009, 15:52
  85. Honeys…

    I want you all to know that I have branded McPerton as of this day, an ‘anti-honey’ – which ofcourse is anathema. (and much worse than ‘not a honey’)…

    Victor, you really are a very unattractive man!!!

    Posted by Natasha The Despoiler | March 3, 2009, 2:03
  86. I still think we should have a Mardi Gras “Big Closet” float for the dear sweet pollies to sashay, leap, “Martha Graham-Martha Graham” out of.

    Posted by Fascinating | March 3, 2009, 19:38
  87. Hi Delberg. How are you?

    Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2009, 19:28
  88. Good Ivan Hoe are you?

    Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2009, 19:29
  89. How’s [deleted] ?

    Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2009, 19:30
  90. The Member for [deleted] seems to be in a bit of trouble!

    Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2009, 19:35
  91. Cwaig Wangdon seems very nervous right now!

    Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2009, 19:36
  92. Crayg Lamgdon is a pervert.

    Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2009, 19:38
  93. 14 McNeil Street
    Heidelberg West 3081

    No hetrosexuals known at this address, please return to sender.

    Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2009, 19:40
  94. My name is Banyule Councillor Jenny Mulholland and I’m really happy about the Jake the Snake article and what it means for politics in my area.

    Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2009, 19:55
  95. Annita Keating particularly abhorred boy shagging paedophiles

    Posted by Paul | March 10, 2009, 8:27
  96. Homophobes are no longer allowed at the Heidelber ALP Branch.

    Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2009, 10:55
  97. Cr Jenny Mulholland at a meeting last night, “Maybe I can run again in the seat of Ivanhow.”

    Was she taking about Crayg (Homer Simpson) Langton’s little indiscretion?

    Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2009, 10:58
  98. i know this guy and he USE to be a friend of mine. this young man desirves every thing he gets and more. personaly he stole $1500. and i know of at least 6 others. He tried to do the same to a teacher aswell. when i found out this week, all i can say is “you cant get this smile of my face”. he started a smear campain against me involving HIV in an attemp to cover up the fact he stole $1500, it worked! ah jakey boi…. karma…. cant wait to see the other people come out of the woodworks now… im a happy man! BEEF ~:]

    Posted by BEEF | March 13, 2009, 16:56