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  • Supreme Court upholds officials' immunity from prosecution

    11/21/2015 11:45:34 PM PST · by Cowman · 9 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | November 18. 2015 10:23AM | Dave Solomon
    CONCORD — A Manchester businessman who says he was the victim of a witch hunt by a former attorney general and banking commissioner failed to convince the state Supreme Court, which on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision granting the state officials immunity from prosecution. That’s not likely to be the last word in a case that has been working its way through the courts since 2010, when the state launched its investigation of Jeffrey Frost and his real estate enterprise, Chretien/Tillinghast. Frost was arrested and charged with unlicensed mortgage lending, a misdemeanor, stemming from the seller-financed sale of a...
  • Owner Of LaFerrari Caught Terrifying Beverly Hills Neighborhood Claims Diplomatic Immunity

    09/15/2015 1:53:52 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 85 replies
    eBay Motors Blog via Yahoo News ^ | September 15, 2015 | Alex Lloyd
    A YouTube video that went viral showing a Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 911 GT3 tearing through residential streets of Beverly Hills; flying though stop signs while pedestrians waited to cross, narrowly avoiding other motorists has caused outrage, with neighbors pleading with police to take action before someone gets hurt. According to NBC4, the owner of said vehicles is claiming diplomatic immunity, telling a video journalist who asked for comment, I could have you killed and get away with it. The name of the cars owner has not been released, but he is rumored to be part of the...
  • Hillary Clinton Staffer Pushed to Accept Immunity to Testify on Private Server

    09/09/2015 5:54:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/9/15 | Morgan Chalfant
    Two Senate committee chairmen authored a letter to a former Hillary Clinton aide pushing him to accept limited immunity in order to testify before Congress on the set-up of the former secretary of states private server.First reported by McClatchy, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, sent the letter to ex-State Department computer staffer Brian Pagliano and his lawyer Friday emphasizing the possibility of an immunity order.In response to a subpoena from the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Paglianos attorney Mark MacDougall told...
  • Hillary To Star in new CSI (Crime Scene Immunity) Episode

    09/09/2015 5:57:23 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-9-2015 | MOTUS
    What does it mean if the Senate offers your server guy immunity? Its hard to say for sure, butt its usually not good sign for the suspect: UH-OH There's more trouble ahead for Hillary Clinton, the State Department staffer who freelanced as the tech guy who set up and managed her home server (Bryan Pagliano) told investigators that they shouldn't bother with a subpoena because he would just take the fifth. But now Senate investigators are dangling immunity in front of him. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, the chairmen of two key committees investigating the situation, said they have...
  • Senators propose immunity for Hillary Clinton staffer to testify on email server

    09/08/2015 4:08:23 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 40 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 8, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan and S.A. Miller
    Two top Senate investigators offered potential immunity Tuesday to Bryan Pagliano, the staffer who set up the email server in former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clintons home, in exchange for testimony about her activities. Mr. Pagliano last week said he would assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in refusing to answer questions about the matter, but Sens. Charles E. Grassley and Ron Johnson, the chairmen of two key committees investigating the situation, said they have authority to extend immunity if Mr. Pagliano is willing to talk. They proposed a proffer session, where Mr. Pagliano would let them know...
  • Walter Scott was driving his passenger home for a cookout...shot dead by South Carolina cop

    04/17/2015 1:40:52 PM PDT · by familyop · 134 replies
    Associated Press and ^ | 16 April 2015 | Associated Press and Reporter
    Walter Scott and his passenger were looking forward to having a cookout when he was pulled over and shot dead by a South Carolina police officer, it has emerged. Scott, 50, and Pierre Fulton, his friend of several years, had met for breakfast on April 4 before Scott drove him to a church...Scott was behind $18,000 in his child support payments and family members have said he may have run because he was worried about going to jail.
  • Federal court: no liability for PA judge who made up criminal charge

    04/13/2015 7:09:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies ^ | Apr 13, 2015 | Rachel Martin
    Judiciary Federal court: no liability for PA judge who made up criminal charge By Rachel MartinPublished April 13, A federal court recently told a Lawrence County woman shes simply out of luck and cant sue local officials, including a Common Pleas judge who apparently made up a criminal charge that was used to place her on electronic monitoring. A judge has absolute civil immunity, even if the action was in error, was done maliciously, or was in excess of his authority, the three-judge panel ruled in its six-page opinion. Judge Thomas Piccione had ordered Lynn Van Tassel to report...
  • Community College Not Immune From Suit, Circuit Rules

    02/28/2015 5:47:47 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 1 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | 03/02/15 | Mark Hamblett
    Westchester Community College and some of its administrators are not arms of the state shielded by sovereign immunity under the Constitution, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled. The circuit upheld a denial of the college's motion to dismiss the case of former adjunct professor Carol Leitner, who lost her job for allegedly making offensive remarks in class and who now can proceed with her First Amendment lawsuit....she was fired in 2011 for her comments in class, including expressing her approval of a controversial Arizona immigration law and doubting the fairness of spending taxpayer money on...
  • Blaming Anti-vax Parents for Mickey Mouse Measles

    02/02/2015 12:00:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 78 replies
    The New American ^ | February 2, 2015 | Rebecca Terrell
    California's measles outbreak has climbed to 91 confirmed cases, prompting a vicious attack from USA Today contributor Alex Berezow against "anti-vaxxers." He blames them for the epidemic that CDC officials say was introduced at the Disneyland theme park by a person infected with measles overseas. Berezow's knee-jerk reaction is to declare, "Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail." He erroneously maintains that measles could not spread in a fully vaccinated society and discredits as "ludicrous" concerns regarding the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Claiming there is a "mountain of data" proving otherwise, his one and only...
  • US Ambassador to Iraq: US forces assured immunity (oh?)

    12/04/2014 8:04:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 4, 2014 10:42 AM EST
    Americas new Ambassador to Iraq says his government has come to an agreement with Baghdad on privileges and immunities for U.S. troops based in the country. [] Under former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, immunity was a major sticking point between Washington and Baghdad, ultimately leading to the decision to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops in late 2011.
  • Charges Dropped For Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old Girl

    12/01/2014 2:45:14 PM PST · by Raymann · 122 replies
    Counter Current News ^ | November 30, 2014 | Moreh B.D.K.
    The shooting happened just after midnight, back on May 16, 2010. A SWAT team had conducted a raid to search for a murder suspect. Weekly ended up being first through the door. There was even a film crew on hand to film for a reality show about murder investigations. Weekley says that another SWAT member had thrown a flash-bang grenade, which temporarily blinded him. Thats when he fired the shot that killed Aiyana who was asleep on the couch in the front room of the house. Doubling down on this claim, in court he actually testified that Aiyanas grandmother had...
  • Obama Immunizes Govt Contractors From Being Sued for Importing Ebola to US

    11/14/2014 10:44:11 AM PST · by wtd · 26 replies
    CNS ^ | 11/14/2014 | Brittany M. hughes
    Obama immunizes government contractors from being sued for importing Ebola to U.S."The presidents directive gives the administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) the authority to indemnify companies from lawsuits related to contracts performed in Africa in support of USAID's response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa where the contractor, its employees, or subcontractors will have significant exposure to Ebola.
  • Ebola-carrying bats may be heroes as well as villains

    11/03/2014 5:09:11 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 2, 2014 | Ben Hirschler (Reuters)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Bats are living up to their frightening reputation in the world's worst Ebola outbreak as prime suspects for spreading the deadly virus to humans, but scientists believe they may also shed valuable light on fighting infection. Bats can carry more than 100 different viruses, including Ebola, rabies and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), without becoming sick themselves. While that makes them a fearsome reservoir of disease, especially in the forests of Africa where they migrate vast distances, it also opens the intriguing possibility that scientists might learn their trick in keeping killers like Ebola at bay. "If...
  • How some exposure to Ebola could lead to immunity

    10/27/2014 10:34:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/27/2014 | By Tanya Lewis
    Epidemics like the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa often get started when people make contact with animals carrying infectious diseases, but, paradoxically, a certain amount of human exposure to a virus at its source can actually also prevent the extensive spread of a disease, new research suggests. Finding a "sweet spot" where there is enough human contact for some people to build immunity to a virus, but in a way that does not cause a disease to spread widely, could be a key to preventing deadly diseases from becoming epidemics, researchers say. "If we're really worried about emerging infectious...
  • Guest view: Could Ebola patients be helped by Vitamin C?

    10/18/2014 5:16:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Belleville News-Democrat ^ | October 18, 2014 | Dr. Dave McCarthy
    It is clear that this is no longer an outbreak of Ebola, it's a breakout of Ebola. We are now living in a post-containment world. Fortunately, this virus has vulnerabilities, and we can quickly improve our immune defense. When the protective suits and procedures fail to keep Ebola at arm's length, it becomes a fight between the organism and the defense. As there is no vaccine and there are no Ebola-specific drugs, it's time to help Americans understand what can be done. We have two types of immune defense: adaptive defense, which allows us to utilize preformed antibodies and anti-viral...
  • Could YOU be immune to Ebola? Scientists claim some are naturally protected from the virus

    10/16/2014 2:41:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/16/2014 | Lizzie Parry
    Experts in the US say a study into a past Ebola outbreak found 71% of people who had close contact with a victim and tested positive never fell illAnother showed 46% who came into close contact and did not get sick had evidence of infection with the Ebola virusTeam at universities of Texas and Florida believe the virus is silently immunising a significant portion of the West African populationIf they can be identified it could be vital in helping stop the spread of diseaseThey could be recruited as health workers to care for the sick Natural immunity could mean...
  • Some People Don't Get Bitten By Mosquitoes Why That's True Will Surprise You

    05/24/2014 11:28:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/24/2014 | Kevin Loria
    It's Memorial Day weekend, which means the time for barbecues and nights outside has begun. But, unfortunately, it's also the time that mosquitoes see as open season to dine on humans.If you can't spend a summer night outside without slapping your ankles — and you still end up with dozens of mosquito bites — then it might be true that the flying pests really do love you.And those lucky people who say they don't get bitten? They exist too.But it's not because one person's blood tastes better to the small hovering bloodsuckers — or at least, not just that. In...
  • Protest Planned Against Last-Minute Bloomberg Push for Mandatory Flu Vaccines

    12/10/2013 12:05:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies ^ | December 9, 2013 | Colin Campbell and Jill Colvin
    Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren.On Wednesday, with just three weeks to go until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s controversial Board of Health is set to vote on new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs.“Young children have a high risk of developing severe complications from influenza. One-third of children under five in New York City do not...
  • South Carolina Father Wins Self-Defense Immunity in Shooting of Bystander

    10/10/2013 4:08:00 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10-10-2013 | Andrew Branca
    A father in South Carolina who fired his handgun in self-defenseand in the process killing an apparent innocent bystanderhas successfully argued that he is not subject to criminal or civil liability under the states self-defense immunity law. South Carolinas self-defense immunity statute16-11-450. Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil actions; law enforcement officer exception; essentially identical to Floridas self-defense immunity statute currently under legislative review (as covered by Legal Insurrection here)776.032. Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force. The Issue Is Self-Defense Immunity, Not Stand Your Ground As is frequently the case in Florida, news...
  • Researchers Identify New Source of Powerful Immunity Protein

    08/05/2013 6:11:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 10, 2013 | NA
    Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center report the identification of a new cellular source for an important disease-fighting protein used in the body's earliest response to infection. The protein interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) keeps viruses from replicating and stimulates the immune system to produce other disease-fighting agents. Neutrophils, the newly identified cellular source of the protein, are the major component of the pus that forms around injured tissue. The researchers also report that the neutrophils appear to produce IFN-γ through a new cellular pathway independent of Toll-like receptors (TLRs): the body's early warning system for invasion by pathogens. This finding indicates that...
  • CO lawmakers granted immunity from parking, speeding tickets while happily gouging little people

    08/07/2013 6:58:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Laws are for plebes: State lawmakers are getting special perks because of their legislative license plates.The plates issued to the 100 state lawmakers and representatives elected to serve Colorado are preventing them not only from receiving photo radar tickets but also collection notices from past due parking tickets.The legislative plates are not entered into the Colorado DMV database, so when photo radar cameras catch these drivers speeding, they never received tickets. That’s because of a loophole that doesn’t allow the City of Denver to electronically cross-reference those plates with a home address. The same “loophole” affects parking tickets and the...
  • U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance

    05/01/2013 10:27:04 AM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    CNET ^ | 24 April 2013 | Declan McCullagh
    Justice Department agreed to issue "2511 letters" immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Senior Obama administration officials have secretly authorized the interception of communications carried on portions of networks operated by AT&T and other Internet service providers, a practice that might otherwise be illegal under federal wiretapping laws. The secret legal authorization from the Justice Department originally applied to a cybersecurity pilot project in which the military monitored defense contractors' Internet links. Since then, however, the program has...
  • FL:Stand your ground law stands

    02/25/2013 6:18:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 25 February, 2012 | Lee Williams
    The 19-member group, which was co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll and Reverend R.B. Holmes, Jr., held public hearing in seven cities: Tallahassee, Longwood, Arcadia, West Palm Beach, Cutler Bay, Jacksonville, and Pensacola. I attended a task force meeting in Arcadia. Many individuals came to ask for help with a host of personal issues, but there were basically two types of people at the hearing: those who believed Trayvon Martin was murdered, who worried that a similar killing could befall their community, and gun-rights groups. The former believed the law goes too far in allowing self-defense claims to free those...
  • Is the Pope facing International Criminal Prosecution?

    02/16/2013 5:20:42 PM PST · by George Varnum · 80 replies
    The ROOD Awakening ^ | Feb. 15, 2013 | Michael Rood
    Pope Benedict XVI has allegedly applied to the President of the Republic of Italy for immunity from arrest and prosecution following a diplomatic statement of intent to issue an arrest warrant for him. Apparently an unidentified EU country wants to prosecute him for various charges related to ongoing child abuse scandals.
  • NJ Senator Mounts His Own Defense

    02/03/2013 10:58:31 AM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Feb 2013 | John Semmens
    Under a new wave of criticism related to his overseas sexcapades, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) rose to his own defense insisting that everything Im alleged to have done has been within my rights under the law. The claim that he has illegally and immorally consorted with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic is without merit, Menendez said. There is a sayingwhen in Rome, do as the Romans do. Well, in the Dominican Republic, prostitution is not illegal. I was within my rights to engage in a transaction that is perfectly legal under that countrys law. That I should be hounded...
  • Strengthen self-defense law, gun rights advocates tell panel(FL)

    10/17/2012 7:30:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 17 October, 2012 | AP
    JACKSONVILLE -- Gun rights advocates Tuesday told a task force reviewing Florida's "stand your ground" law that the statute needs to be revised to take the burden off defendants trying to prove their use of force was justified.
  • Making the ballot, Prop 114 would limit civil suits over criminal actions(AZ)

    09/13/2012 10:53:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 13 September, 2012 | NA
    PHOENIX -- Eight years ago, a Tucson man suspected of stealing a bottle of lotion was asphyxiated by a security guard. Now that incident -- and the legal fight over liability -- is spilling over to the ballot. Proposition 114 would alter two provisions of the Arizona Constitution that prohibit the Legislature from limiting the right of individuals to sue for damages. The sections would remain, but with a new exception: It would not apply to someone who is injured while engaged in a felony, attempting to commit one or even fleeing. "If someone breaks into a home and gets...
  • TORT REPORT: What employers need to know about concealed-carry immunity

    08/30/2012 6:45:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 29 August, 2012 | Matthew Rosek
    Wisconsins new concealed-carry law, while heralded by many gun-rights advocates, has created some confusion for employers and property owners. The new law specifically provides immunity for employers/property owners that allow persons visiting their property to carry concealed weapons. There are however, some interesting issues presented by the law that should be discussed. The concealed-carry law allows properly licensed persons to carry concealed weapons in most places. Specifically exempted places include: county, state, or federal courthouses, police stations, schools and airports after the TSA checkpoints. Some of the potential weapons that could be carried by a license holder include: handguns, electronic...
  • Barclays Chairman Agius Resigns

    07/02/2012 5:48:13 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    WSJ Online ^ | 7/2/12 | JESSICA HODGSON
    Libor rates are calculated for different currencies each day under the auspices of the British Bankers' Association, using quotes that are submitted by banks on a panel, based on the banks' estimated borrowing costs. More than $800 trillion in securities and loans are linked to Libor, including $350 trillion in swaps and $10 trillion in loans, including auto and home loans, according to the CFTC. No other banks or individuals have been charged with wrongdoing. Banks that have disclosed they are being investigated include Citigroup Inc., C +3.72% Deutsche Bank AG, DBK.XE +2.02% HSBC Holdings HBC +1.00% PLC, J.P. Morgan...
  • Poll: Do you support Obamas new policy offering 2-year immunity from deportation...

    06/16/2012 11:57:41 AM PDT · by South40 · 32 replies
    Do you support the Obama Administrations new policy offering 2-year immunity from deportation for young undocumented immigrants? Poll Here Scroll down on right
  • Obama immigration plan may spare 800,000 from deportation

    06/15/2012 12:04:06 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 90 replies
    ctv ^ | Friday Jun. 15, 2012 1:27 PM ET
    WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration immigration policies and a record number of deportations last year. The policy change, announced Friday by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act,...
  • WSJ: GM Claims Immunity For Its Old Cars

    05/17/2012 6:56:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 16, 2012 | Mike Spector
    AUTOS Updated May 16, 2012, 7:50 p.m. ET GM Claims Immunity For Its Old Cars By Mike Spector GM pushed a lawyer to drop a potential punitive-damages claim involving a prebankruptcy vehicle involved in a fatal accident, asserting a level of immunity in that some lawyers claim is a stretch. A General Motors Co. (GM) lawyer demanded the widow of a car-crash victim drop a plan to seek punitive damages from the auto maker, even though the company's government-brokered overhaul doesn't bar plaintiffs from going after such legal penalties. The GM lawyer in a March 3 email told a lawyer...
  • Climate Fund Seeks UN-Style Diplomatic Immunity

    03/25/2012 9:13:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies · 5+ views
    My FOX Phoenix ^ | 22 Mar 2012, 4:42 PM MST | George Russell
    (FOX News) - The Green Climate Fund, which is supposed to help mobilize as much as $100 billion a year to lower global greenhouse gases, is seeking a broad blanket of UN-style immunity that would shield its operations from any kind of legal process, including civil and criminal prosecution, in the countries where it operates. There is just one problem: it is not part of the United Nations.
  • Georgia Judge Refuses to Accept Obamas Sovereign Immunity

    01/21/2012 9:00:05 AM PST · by John Semmens · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    Georgia Judge Michael Malihis refusal to accept President Obamas lawyers demand that he be excused from responding to a subpoenato testify in a hearing questioning his eligibility to appear on that states presidential ballot was denounced by Edward Toady, lead attorney for the president on this case. The president is the sovereign ruler of this country, Toady asserted. Where he goes and what he does is solely at his discretion. He does not have to answer to the demands of lower ranking authorities. He has what is called sovereign immunity. On top of this, there is the simple lack of...
  • Penn State May Seek (sovereign) Immunity After Skirting Public Laws

    11/16/2011 6:36:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Link only - Penn State May Seek Immunity After Skirting Public Laws
  • Source found for immune system effects on learning, memory

    10/26/2011 3:52:34 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    Duke University ^ | October 26, 2011
    DURHAM, N.C. - Immune system cells of the brain, which scavenge pathogens and damaged neurons, are also key players in memory and learning, according to new research by Duke neuroscientists. Earlier studies by Staci Bilbo, an assistant professor in psychology & neuroscience, had shown that laboratory rats experiencing an infection at an early age have an aggressive immune response to subsequent infections, which also harms their learning and memory. In a study published in the Oct. 26 Journal of Neuroscience, Bilbo's team identifies the source of the learning difficulties and traces it back to the immune system itself. The researchers...
  • Trial lawyer payoffs axed

    08/24/2011 12:42:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 8/23/11 | David Freddoso
    Heres a tip for you: Listening to really, really loud sounds over long periods of time can damage your hearing. Perhaps you already knew that. But a few years back, a group of clever trial lawyers decided they could make some serious money by arguing in court that you are too stupid to know it yourself. They filed 26 consumer-fraud lawsuits in multiple states against Motorola and other manufacturers of Bluetooth headsets. They alleged that consumers were not warned sufficiently about the dangers, and that they would not have purchased their Bluetooth headsets but for defendants false advertising. That led...
  • States negotiating immunity for banks over foreclosures

    07/20/2011 9:11:31 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    Reuters/YahooNews ^ | 7/20/11 | Scot J. Paltrow
    State attorneys general are negotiating to give major banks wide immunity over irregularities in handling foreclosures, even as evidence has emerged that banks are continuing to file questionable documents. A coalition of all 50 states' attorneys general has been negotiating settlements with five of the biggest U.S. banks that would include payment of up to $25 billion in penalties and commitments to follow new rules. In exchange, the banks would get immunity from civil lawsuits by the states, as well as similar guarantees by the Justice Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development, which have participated in the talks.
  • SSI: Tampa agents ready to come in from the cold.

    07/14/2011 6:00:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    sipseystreetirregulars ^ | 14 July, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    At ARFcom, Nolo Contendere, who does heroic work mirroring all the news reports of the growing Gunwalker Scandal writes: To all the agents that are wrestling with what to do, whether to become a whistle-blower or whatnot.... do it. Come forward. WE NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER. If you want, I can get you in touch with the right people, or you can go straight to Grassley/Issa's committees yourself. Do not wait, do it now. You owe it to Brian Terry. Your higher-ups WILL turn on you, and you do NOT want to be carrying the water for these...
  • Andrew Klavan: Michele Bachmann Makes a Gaffe!!!

    07/14/2011 5:03:24 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 14 July 2011 | Andrew Klaven
    Michelle Bachmann is running for president and she's supported by the Tea Party. You know, the "angry" ... "emotional" ... "ugly" middle Americans with "low-sloping foreheads" who believe in constitutional government, lower spending and the rule of law. Let's join our MSM pals and freak out when Bachmann says something so we can let everyone know about it and she won't be elected in 2012. Is this fun or what? VIDEO
  • Atlanta Public School teachers who cooperated in cheating investigation granted immunity

    07/07/2011 3:21:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
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  • Contract Dispute With United Nations Could Lead to End of Diplomatic Immunity

    05/24/2011 1:38:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/24/11 | Ed Barnes
    A federal judge in New York has issued an order that could lift the U.N.s long-recognized diplomatic immunity in the United States involving contract disputes, opening the doors for claims of hundreds of millions of dollars against the world body, according to lawyers involved in the case. Following a ruling by Judge P. Kevin Castel, both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times on Wednesday will publish legal notices on behalf of Kahraman Sadikoglu, a Turkish billionaire businessman who is suing the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) for $150 million. The notices are a legal substitute for the process...
  • Another Holbrooke/Hill Embarassment

    03/23/2009 9:34:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 915+ views ^ | March 23, 2009
    According to Richard Holbrooke, Richard Holbrooke is essentially this country's top diplomat -- Hillary Clinton is merely his "pupil. This despite the fact that Holbrooke has hit the trifecta of shady business dealings over the last few years: a member of AIG's board with more than $800,000 in compensation, a managing director at Lehman Brothers, and the recipient of a "Friends of Angelo" loan from Countrywide (that alone was enough to get Jim Johnson thrown under the Obama campaign bus). Now comes another revelation from the New York Times. Despite repeated denials, according to three sources, Holbrooke did offer former...
  • Supreme Court to consider Ashcroft bid for immunity

    10/19/2010 1:39:33 AM PDT · by Palter · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 19 Oct 2010 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court agreed Monday to examine once again the Bush administration's aggressive response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,saying it will consider whether former attorney general John D. Ashcroft can be sued by a U.S. citizen who claims he was illegally detained and treated as a terrorist. Lower courts have said that Abdullah al-Kidd can press forward with his suit that attempts to hold Ashcroft personally liable for misusing federal laws to hold him without charging that he had broken any laws. Al-Kidd, a onetime University of Idaho football star named Lavoni T. Kidd who converted to Islam...
  • FoxNews: Ethics Panel Says 'Sorry, Charlie, No Deal'

    07/29/2010 2:22:06 PM PDT · by topher · 48 replies · 4+ views
    Fox News ^ | Published July 29, 2010
    ... Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, ranking member on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, said Rangel was given an opportunity to settle charges during the investigative process, and that time has passed. "Let me be clear that Mr. Rangel under these rules was given opportunities to negotiate a settlement during the investigation. Let me be clear that I did not participate in any attempts to cut a back room deal behind closed doors," McCaul said at the start of a hearing on possible corruption charges. McCaul said it's not lost on any member of the panel that the...
  • Rangel says no plea deal yet to ethics charges

    07/29/2010 11:03:42 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 27 replies · 2+ views
    AP via Chron ^ | 07/29/2010 | LARRY MARGASAK and LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON Veteran New York Rep. Charles Rangel said Thursday there's no deal yet to settle his ethics case and avoid an election-season trial on charges of violating House rules.
  • Breaking-FNC--Rangel has struck a deal

    07/29/2010 9:12:52 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 127 replies · 4+ views
    FNC | 7/29/10
    Per Foxnews, a local affiliate is reporting Rangel has struck a deal. FNC is working to confirm...
  • Israel and the U.S. Ruling On War Crimes [could have an immediate impact on Israelis]

    06/16/2010 6:18:43 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 10 replies · 280+ views ^ | 14:04 16.06.10 | Haggai Carmon
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, not all former foreign officials living in the United States can claim immunity from prosecution in U.S. Courts. Its decision could have an immediate impact on Israelis. In recent years there have been two failed attempts to prosecute Israeli officials in the U.S. In 2007, Palestinians filed a lawsuit against former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter, claiming he was responsible for the deaths of their relatives after an Israeli plane dropped a one-ton bomb on their Gaza home. A federal court said Dichter had functioned within...
  • CONNECTICUT BILL GIVES TEACHERS A PASS (omits prosecution of public school teachers!)

    04/13/2010 3:25:48 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies · 455+ views
    Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights ^ | April 13, 2010 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue points out why HB 5473, a bill in Connecticut that eliminates the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse claims, is inherently discriminatory: Just as we saw with anti-Catholics in Colorado and New York, the "let's-get-the-Church" gang is in full gear in Connecticut. None of those supporting this legislation is interested in combating child sexual abuse: if they were, they would not give public institutions a pass. As it stands, this bill will do absolutely nothing to bring relief to those who have been previously abused by a public school employee. As is the case...
  • Scientists find aging gene is linked to immunity

    04/01/2010 4:46:05 PM PDT · by decimon · 31 replies · 655+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr 1, 2010 | Kate Kelland
    LONDON (Reuters) British scientists studying the genetics of aging said on Thursday that experiments on laboratory worms showed that a specific gene is strongly linked to lifespan, immunity and disease resistance. Since the gene, called DAF-16 in worms, is found in many animals and in humans, the finding could open up new ways to affect aging, immunity and resistance in humans, the scientists said. "We wanted to find out how normal aging is being governed by genes and what effect these genes have on other traits, such as immunity," said Robin May of the University of Birmingham, who led...