Cadet Shannon Learns Lies Get Expensive

Posted August 15th, 2017 by Iron Mike

Lies,  – exaggerations,  – embellishments, – puffery,…it’s all not the truth, – and it can inflict terrible damage on others.

Two weeks ago in a Virginia courtroom,  a jury decided that a little payback was overdue.

The story starts at West Point in 1986,  – when a young female cadet dropped out.  She went on to have a civilian career.  And she wrote a blog.

One of her classmates – David “Wil” Riggins, was having a sterling career – proving himself in combat and moving up the ranks.

Then he was nominated to be a General.

That’s when Susan Shannon used her blog to claim that 27 years ago back at the academy,  – when he too was a cadet – he’d raped her.

After a minimal investigation – the Army (under Obama) took no chances and pulled Colonel Riggins’ nomination.  He retired as a Colonel.

And he sued Susan Shannon.  He must have been convincing – because the jury handed him a pretty hefty award – $3.4 Million in actual damages and $5 Million in punitive damageswith interest from 30 Sept 2013.

There is a standard defense motion to set aside the verdict – which will be heard in the weeks to come.

Colonel Rigging is unlikely to see very much of his $8.4 Million award,  – and he’ll owe attorney fees out of it.  He’s got his good name back,  but that General’s Star is gone forever.

Meanwhile on the West Coast former Cadet Shannon still has her blog up – and tells of her slow conversion from a single-issue (abortion rights) liberal Democrat to a Conservative following 9/11.

But what I find troubling is she calls herself an ex-soldier,  and I don’t think dropping out of West Point qualifies her for that title. Somehow she is still shading the truth.

Fairfax County Circuit Court Jury Verdict CL-2014-9220


Waiting 27 years to accuse a person of something as serious and ugly as RAPE – seems pretty inexcusable.  The Army of 1986 was fully equipped to deal with the issue if it had happened,….but 27 years later,….Shannon was just flinging words into the air.

Rape in any form or any place is inexcusable, – needs to be reported, and the guilty dealt with.

But – a person making a false report – to include cases where consensual sex is later declared as “Rape!” should be punished as severely as a rapist.

2 Responses to “Cadet Shannon Learns Lies Get Expensive”

  1. Terri Campbell

    There should be some kind of prison time for women who falsely accuse men of rape. I’m thinking if you have the threat of 18-24 months in prison for lying you’re going to think twice about the lie. It is so wrong to ruin someone’s life just because you can.

  2. Flyboy

    There are a lot of fakers and people that embellish their records floating around. Hard to trust anyone these days.

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