Another one... this time the former head of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans, who gave a speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention and was called "one of the rising stars of GOP politics in America."
His organization's web site declared that "Mike has earned a great name for himself." Apparently that name is now "rapist":
Michael Flory, a 32-year-old attorney from Jackson, Mich., pleaded guilty to sexual battery on the day he was to stand trial for rape.Corrigan set sentencing for Sept. 13th, at which time Flory will face a sentence ranging from probation to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The teary-eyed college student he overpowered in a downtown hotel room gasped and dabbed her eyes as Flory replied to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Peter Corrigan's question, "Are you indeed guilty?"
"Sure - yeah," Flory said.
Assistant County Prosecutor Carol Skutnik said Flory's lawyers, Henry Hilow and Bill McGinty, surprised her with a plea offer as trial witnesses from several states were arriving to testify. The plea bargain, she said, doesn't include any suggestion of leniency, and the state will seek incarceration. She also said she hopes to present evidence of several "other incidents of sexual misconduct" in which Flory took advantage of vulnerable young women.
True to form, the Republican organization had been smearing the victim because of her charge that Flory raped her.
"People were using every opportunity to try to trash her, on Web sites or whatever," the prosecutor said. "He's been running around telling everybody what a piece of trash she is, so she was very happy to see him plead guilty."