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  • Baltimore judge scolds prosecutors for withholding evidence in trial of officer in Freddie Gray case

    06/09/2016 11:27:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2016 | Ryan M. McDermott
    BALTIMORE | The judge who will decide the fate of a police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray on Thursday blasted city prosecutors for failing to turn over evidence that could exculpate the officer. On the opening day of the trial for Officer Caesar Goodson, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams said that prosecutors violated Maryland court rules when they failed to turn over to the defense a discussion with Donta Allen, the second man placed inside the transport van after Gray was injured. ďIím saying you donít understand what exculpatory means. Iím telling you that this [evidence] needs...
  • FBI agents under investigation for possible misconduct in LaVoy Finicum shooting

    03/08/2016 5:38:05 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 101 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 03/08/16 | Les Zaitz
    An FBI agent is suspected of lying about firing twice at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum and may have gotten help from four other FBI agents in covering up afterward, authorities revealed Tuesday. The bullets didn't hit Finicum and didn't contribute to his death, but now all five unnamed agents, part of an elite national unit, are under criminal investigation†by the U.S. Justice Department. Inspector General Michael Horowitz is leading the independent inquiry. The remarkable disclosure came as a team of local†investigators released findings that two state troopers shot Finicum three times in the back during the chaotic scene at a police...
  • FBI sources say decision on charging Hillary Clinton with a crime could come at any time

    01/28/2016 10:49:11 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 70 replies
    daily mail ^ | 1-28-2016 | J. TAYLOR RUSHING
    The Clinton investigation has been the elephant in the room during the Democratic presidential primary process, with audiences wondering if the former first lady could be charged with misconduct. Despite a declaration from Clinton's closest rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders - in a nationally televised debate - that Americans are 'sick and tired of reading about your damn emails' - the cloud of prosecution has hung over Clinton's campaign since early last year. 'It does give pause to Democrats who are concerned that there may be another shoe to drop down the road,' Andrew Smith, a political scientist at the University...
  • Misconduct records of Chicago police officers may be destroyed

    12/21/2015 7:59:47 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies ^ | Updated December 20, 2015 - 12:19pm | By Rosa Flores and Mallory Simon
    CHICAGO ‚ÄĒ How do you make sure police officers are held accountable if most of their full disciplinary records are no longer available? That question is at the center of what might be the next big battle brewing over police accountability across the country, and specifically in Chicago. The recent release of videos showing deadly shootings of black citizens by white police officers in Chicago has many demanding police accountability and has led to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department. And now, there is a legal fight over the destruction...
  • Pentagon removes senior adviser over alleged misconduct

    11/12/2015 3:43:33 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 12 | Kristina Wong
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter is removing a senior military assistant, Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis, from his position after learning about allegations of misconduct, Carter announced Thursday. "I directed that this matter be referred to the inspector general of the Department of Defense for investigation," he said in a statement. A senior defense official would not discuss the nature of the alleged misconduct but said Carter was "very surprised" to learn of the allegations.
  • Pentagon chief Ashton Carter just fired his top military aide over ‚Äėmisconduct‚Äô

    11/13/2015 12:16:39 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies ^ | November 12, 2015 | Missy Ryan and Craig Whitlock
    Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has fired his top military aide for allegations of ‚Äúmisconduct,‚ÄĚ a highly unusual move prior to a formal investigation into possible misbehavior by the Army general. In a statement, Carter said that he had removed Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis from his position as senior military assistant. As his top military aide, Lewis was a right-hand advisor to Carter, providing him analysis on military issues, joining him at high-level meetings, and traveling with him on overseas missions. Carter said the Pentagon‚Äôs Inspector General would investigate the allegations against Lewis and, if necessary, the Army would take...
  • AP: Hundreds of officers lose licenses over sex misconduct

    11/01/2015 11:35:03 AM PST · by keat · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 1, 2015 | Norman Merchant
    OKLAHOMA CITY ‚ÄĒ Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a daycare worker in her 50s headed home after playing dominoes with friends. She felt she had nothing to hide, so when the Oklahoma City officer accused her of erratic driving, she did as directed. She would later tell a judge she was splayed outside the patrol car for a pat-down and then made to lift her shirt and pull down her pants to prove she wasn't hiding anything. She described being ordered to...
  • 43 California judges were reprimanded for misconduct last year

    04/05/2015 2:52:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/04/15 | Maura Dolan
    Two judges had sex with women in their chambers, one with his former law students, the other with his court clerk.. A traffic court judge delegated his job to his clerk. While the judge was in chambers, the clerk heard pleas and imposed sentences. A family law court judge excoriated two parents who appeared before him as "rotten" and the mother a "train wreck" and a "liar." The judges, among 43 disciplined last year by California's Commission on Judicial Performance, received rebukes ranging from public censure or admonishment to a confidential "advisory" letter. The state watchdog agency documented the transgressions...
  • Officer Daniel Pantaleo Had Been Sued Thrice for Misconduct Prior to Eric Garner's Death

    12/06/2014 11:04:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/06/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    The white New York police officer who choke-held unarmed Eric Garner leading to his death had earlier been sued thrice for alleged misconduct. A UN Special Rapporteur has expressed concern over a "pattern of impunity," citing two grand juries' failure to indict officers involved in the deaths of two black civilians. Last year, Darren Collins and Tommy Rice alleged in a federal court lawsuit that the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, and four other officers humiliated and unlawfully strip-searched them publicly after handcuffing them during their arrest on Staten Island the previous year, Detroit Free Press reports. The cops, who were searching...
  • After Rolling Stone Airs UVa Rape Claim, a Probe

    11/23/2014 7:12:04 AM PST · by Enterprise · 21 replies ^ | Nov 21, 2014 | John Johnson
    "Afterward, Jackie recalls how three of her friends decided not to bring her to the hospital. "She's gonna be the girl who cried 'rape,' and we'll never be allowed into any frat party again," said one, a female. Jackie eventually reported the case to the school's Sexual Misconduct Board, but not to police, and the allegations went nowhere."
  • Witness Recants, Freeing Ohio Man After 39 Years

    11/19/2014 1:57:32 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | AP
    A man who spent nearly four decades in prison after being convicted of murder is expected to be freed Friday after a witness confessed he lied as a boy when he told jurors he saw the deadly attack. Ricky Jackson had been seeking a new trial and sobbed loudly with his face in his hands as prosecutors dismissed his case Tuesday, The Plain Dealer reported. "I can't believe this is over," Jackson, 57, said, thanking his supporters and his attorneys from the Ohio Innocence Project.
  • Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man

    11/20/2014 6:27:05 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 54 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/08/2013 4:12 pm EST | Mark Godsey
    Today in Texas, former prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife. When trying the case as a prosecutor, Anderson possessed evidence that may have cleared Morton, including statements from the crime's only eyewitness that Morton wasn't the culprit. Anderson sat on this evidence, and then watched Morton get convicted. While Morton remained in prison for the next 25 years, Anderson's career flourished, and he eventually became a judge. In today's deal, Anderson pled to criminal contempt,...
  • Braggadacio, information control, and fear: Life inside a Brigham stem cell lab under investigation

    08/30/2014 12:37:18 PM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 4 replies
    The following post was written by a former research fellow in the lab of Piero Anversa to whom weíve promised confidentiality. Anversa has previously told us that he cannot comment because of an ongoing investigation. In the early 2000s, his laboratory published a series of papers regarding the regenerative qualities of bone marrow-derived and cardiac-resident ďstem cells." Those initial findings, as well as the research conducted since those early studies, have always been surrounded by controversy, as many have been unsuccessful in efforts to replicate their results. The ďHypothesisĒ was that c-kit (cd117) positive cells in the heart (or bone...
  • IRS Workers Disciplined For Misconduct Were Awarded Bonuses

    04/22/2014 6:27:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/22/2014 | John D. McKinnon
    More than 2,800 Internal Revenue Service employees who recently had been disciplined received performance bonuses totaling more than $2.8 million between Oct. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2012, a government audit found. The misconduct ranged from failure to pay taxes to misuse of government travel cards, violation of official-conduct standards and fraud, according to the report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The discipline included written reprimands, suspensions and even removal. The oversight agency said some of the conduct issues might have occurred after an employee earned a bonus. While the IRS doesn't prohibit bonuses, "providing awards to...
  • (Democrat Governor) Quinn Could Be Added to Suit By CSU Whistleblower

    03/28/2014 12:58:14 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 1 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 26, 2014 | Mitch Dudek
    Gov. Pat Quinn could be added as a defendant in a lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claims he was fired in retaliation for calling attention to alleged financial misconduct by Chicago State President Wayne Watson. Glenn Meeks, who was vice president of administration and finance at the school, claims in the suit that he introduced himself to Quinn at a luncheon on March 25, 2013, and urged the governor to reappoint members of the universityís Board of Trustees who intended to replace Watson. Quinn did not reappoint the board members. And the next day, Watson fired Meeks. Meeksí attorney,...
  • Pat Quinn Named in Chicago State Lawsuit

    03/27/2014 8:30:37 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | March 27, 2014 | Anonymous
    The circumstances of this suit differ dramatically from those revealed in the recent Crowley case. Vice President of Administration and Finance Glenn Meeks alleges his firing occurred because he brought a number of, unseemly at best and possibly illegal at worst, Watson practices to the attention of former Chicago State Board of Trustees Gary Rozier on October 31, 2012 and told Rozier he (Meeks) would report his concerns to the Illinois Inspector Generalís Office if the board did nothing. Ultimately, in February-March 2013, the board attempted to remove Watson from the presidency During this attempt, Meeks had a conversation with...
  • Justice Dept. Lawyer Karla Dobinskiís Misconduct Sends Cops to Prison (liberal/gay activist)

    09/19/2013 10:54:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 18, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    What does it take for an employee to get fired in Eric Holderís Justice Department Civil Rights Division? Certainly perjury doesnít do it. Neither does using a government credit card to book airfare for romantic liaisons with a Miami girlfriend ó that just gets you a nice buyout. Want to use civil rights laws to protect only black victims of discrimination? Ho hum. The culture of lawlessness is so pervasive at the Civil Rights Division that a former Voting Section chief felt comfortable telephoning current DOJ employees and suggesting they turn over confidential memos Ö because they were worth cash...
  • St. Paul's 2012 bill for police misconduct suits: $1 million

    07/22/2013 5:52:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-20-13 | Mara H. Gottfried, MaryJo Webster and Frederick Melo
    Last year, the city of St. Paul paid the largest amount in lawsuits alleging police misconduct -- about $1 million in total costs -- in at least 17 years. One case, settled for $400,000, involved a woman left with serious burns when St. Paul police used a flash-bang distraction device while executing a search warrant at her home. In another case, a man who ran from police wound up with a skull fracture, gashes on his head that required 21 staples to close and burns to his face caused by chemical spray. The city settled his lawsuit, which alleged that...
  • Prosecutor to HLN: Zimmerman a 'murderer'

    07/15/2013 2:28:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 96 replies ^ | 11:22 AM Jul 15 2013 UPDATED 17 mins | Graham Winch
    How would Florida State Attorney Angela Corey describe George Zimmerman in one word? "Murderer."
  • Injudicious Criminal Justice in Florida

    07/15/2013 7:53:57 AM PDT · by bigbob · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7-14-13 | John Fund
    The Florida Barís rules state that the governmentís attorneys shall ďrefrain from prosecuting a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause . . . [and] make timely disclosure to the defense of all evidence or information known to the prosecutor that tends to negate the guilt of the accused or mitigates the offense.Ē Angela Corey flagrantly violated those standards. Her prosecutors waited months before giving the defense photos showing the extent of George Zimmermanís injuries the night of the shooting. Ben Kruidbos, the information-technology director for the state attorneyís office, was shocked when he learned that...
  • EMT who ignored dying pregnant woman while on coffee break cleared of official misconduct

    06/25/2013 6:47:21 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 25, 2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    <p>The Brooklyn EMT who callously refused to help a dying pregnant woman because she was on her coffee break saw her official misconduct charge dropped today after EMS chief Abdo Nahmod ó who initially supported the case against her ó flip-flopped, leaving frustrated Brooklyn prosecutors no choice but to dismiss the case.</p>
  • CBS News: State Department covered up misconduct, interfered with IG probes

    06/10/2013 7:31:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/10/13 | d Morrissey
    With apologies to Sheriff John* and ďThe Birthday Party Polka,Ē itís time to sing the Scandal Song: Put another candle on the scandal cake Ö another week starts today. CBS News reports that the State Department has interfered in internal investigations into criminal conduct and wrongdoing by high-ranking officials, including one ambassador who prowled public parks for prostitutes. A very familiar name appears in this exposť, too:
  • Court rulings suggest 'privilege' claim over 'Furious' docs would fizzle, Republicans say

    06/25/2012 12:29:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies ^ | June 23, 2012 | Judson Berger
    President Obama may have to clear a high bar in order to lock down Fast and Furious documents from the prying eyes of congressional investigators. After the White House asserted executive privilege over potentially thousands of documents pertaining to the botched anti-gunrunning operation, critics of the move pointed out that the federal appeals court in the nation's capital has taken a skeptical view toward privilege claims in the past. The D.C. appeals court in 2004 rejected a privilege claim made by the George W. Bush White House pertaining to Justice Department documents dating back to the Clinton administration. That case...
  • Elected Durham County D.A. Tracey Cline ó Former Mike Nifong Deputy ó Removed from Office

    04/29/2012 12:55:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Volokh ^ | April 28, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    This happened last month, but I just learned of the case because the trial court decision was just posted on Westlaw; Cline is appealing the removal. The decision is here; a newspaper article on the subject is here; the statute authorizing the removal, N.C. Gen. Stats. ß 7A-66(6), provides that a D.A. may be removed by a court for ď[c]onduct prejudicial to the administration of justice which brings the office into disrepute.Ē ... partly because it comes on the heels of the ouster of D.A. Nifong ó Cline was the first D.A. elected following Nifongís ouster, and had worked for...
  • Prostitution scandal probe looks at U.S. Special Forces, sources say

    04/18/2012 11:12:37 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies ^ | April 18, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    Washington (CNN) -- Five members of America's elite Army Special Forces are among those under investigation in a prostitution scandal in Colombia, two U.S. officials said Wednesday, as the controversy continues to swirl in both countries. Eleven Secret Service members have been implicated in the probe, while as many as 10 U.S. military personnel from all branches of the armed forces are being questioned about potential misconduct after an alleged prostitute complained about a lack of payment.
  • Misconduct alleged against Secret Service agents

    04/13/2012 7:07:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 13, 2012 | JULIE PACE
    CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) ó A dozen Secret Service agents with President Barack Obama at an international summit have been relieved of duty because of allegations of misconduct. The Associated Press received an anonymous tip that the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, the site of the Summit of the Americas. A Secret Service spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the allegation.
  • Lee to Mirkarimi: Resign by 5 p.m. or face charges

    03/20/2012 2:50:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies ^ | 3/20/12 | Rachel Gordon
    San Francisco -- Mayor Ed Lee gave embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi until no later than 5 p.m. today to resign or face an official misconduct charge and the possible forced removal from office, sources told The Chronicle today. Mirkarimi was sentenced Monday to three years probation, a year's worth of domestic violence intervention classes and other penalties for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment of his wife. He met with Lee from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the mayor's office, where he was given 24 hours to make up his mind, the sources said....
  • SF: (Mayor Ed) Lee to (Sheriff Ross 'Bruiser') Mirkarimi: resign by 4 p.m. or face charges

    03/20/2012 12:53:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies ^ | 3/20/12 | Rachel Gordon
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Mayor Ed Lee gave embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi until 4 p.m. today to resign or face an official misconduct charge and the possible forced removal from office, sources told The Chronicle today. Mirkarimi was sentenced Monday to three years probation, a year's worth of domestic violence intervention classes and other penalties for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment of his wife. He met with Lee at 4 p.m. Monday in the mayor's office, where he was given 24 hours to make up his mind, the sources said. The mayor's office said Lee...
  • Sen. Ted Stevens Prosecutors Hid Evidence, Report Concludes

    03/17/2012 3:44:20 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 48 replies
    ABC OTUS News/Yahoo ^ | 3-16-12 | Jason Ryan
    Excerpt A court-appointed special prosecutor has determined that serious misconduct by Justice Department prosecutors tainted the federal investigation and trial of former Sen. Ted Stevens, according to a report released Thursday. *snip* "The government introduced false business records to boost the value of renovations on the Senator's Alaska home. It also hid from the defense the evidence needed to show that the value was much less than the government claimed, including evidence that its key witness disagreed with the government about the value of the renovations," Stevens defense lawyers Brendan Sullivan and Robert Cary said in a statement. *snip*...
  • Navy reassigns 3 submariners in fraud probe

    03/02/2012 12:32:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies
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  • Court says U.S. attorney canít shield prosecutorís misconduct

    02/15/2012 4:58:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/15/12 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    When a federal appeals court issued a ruling describing a prosecutorís misconduct that forced a halt to a drug-trafficking trial in Tucson, the U.S. attorneyís response was to ask the court to erase the prosecutorís name from the published decision. Bad move. After republishing the name of the errant prosecutor, Jerry Albert, the court pointed a finger at the U.S. attorneyís office and said it was time to start taking responsibility for the misdeeds of its employees. ďWhen a prosecutor steps over the boundaries of proper conduct and into unethical territory, the government has a duty to own up to...
  • Richard Cordray, past misconduct - Watchdog needed to monitor Obama, Cordray etc.

    01/06/2012 8:54:36 AM PST · by Frankusa · 4 replies
    President Obama bypassed the normal Senate confirmation process on Wednesday and appointed Richard Cordray as director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. [More on Mr. Cordray and his past misconduct later on this post.] [snip] During a press briefing on Thursday, the President said the consumer protection agency would also monitor the banks to ensure that they are not issuing mortgages to borrowers who can't afford to make the monthly payments. Ironically, it was Obama and his fellow Democrats [and ACORN] who forced the banks to make loans to high-risk borrowers - who then defaulted on their loans. This,...
  • Judge reprimands Fullerton police (officer groped female arrestees)

    10/04/2011 9:10:08 AM PDT · by Smogger · 16 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 3, 2011, 6:23 p.m. | By Richard Winton
    The Fullerton Police Department, already reeling from criminal charges filed against two officers in the death of a homeless man, has been reprimanded by a federal judge for allowing a police officer to return to patrol after he was accused of groping women. Seven women have accused Officer Albert Rincon of sexually harassing or groping them during arrests. In a strongly worded opinion, U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford refused last week to throw out a lawsuit by two of the women. After the ruling, the city of Fullerton tentatively agreed to settle the case, according to attorneys and court records....
  • Jim McMahon, 6 others sue NFL over concussions

    08/20/2011 3:24:33 PM PDT · by Scanian · 50 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | 8/20/2011 | Staff
    (CBS/AP) PHILADELPHIA - Six former players and one current player have sued the NFL in Philadelphia over the league's handling of concussion-related injuries, the first potential class-action lawsuit of its kind. The players accuse the league of training players to hit with their heads, failing to properly treat them for concussions and trying to conceal for decades any links between football and brain injuries. The plaintiffs include two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon, who has said he played through five concussions but now frequently walks around "in a daze" and forgets why he entered a room. The suit accuses the...
  • Sen. Stevens' Tragic Demise Breathed Life Into Brady

    01/24/2011 6:49:46 AM PST · by em2vn
    Legal Intelligencer ^ | 01-24-2011 | Meredith S. Auten and Marc S. Raspanti
    On Aug. 9, 2010, former senior U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska died when his red 1957 de Havilland float plane tore a 300 foot gash into the side of a mountain in a remote spot far from his constituents and even further from the limelight of Washington, D.C. Stevens was approaching his 87th birthday. In addition to Stevens, four others were killed in the horrific mountainside crash. Stevens' death mirrored his precipitous fall from grace in the U.S. Senate, where he had served the citizens of Alaska for 40 years, longer than any other Republican in history. He had...
  • Ex-L.A. prosecutor allegedly runs amok at SFO

    01/06/2011 3:23:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/6/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A former Los Angeles deputy city attorney has been charged with assaulting police with a pole after creating a scene at San Francisco International Airport in which she vandalized a coffee kiosk, authorities say. Angela West, 50, a Harvard Law School graduate, was seen by airport police officers smashing merchandise, milk containers and other food items with a 3-foot-long metal pole at a Peet's Coffee kiosk at SFO on Christmas Eve, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. When officers tried to speak to her, West "raged" at them and began swinging the pole, which she had taken from...
  • Man killed by Long Beach police was holding a water nozzle, not a gun, police say

    12/15/2010 6:28:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 143 replies
    The 35-year-old Long Beach man killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday was holding a pistol-grip water nozzle, not a gun, Long Beach police officials said Monday. Two officers responded to a 911 call at 4:40 p.m. Sunday from a neighbor reporting an intoxicated man holding a "six-shooter" in the 5300 block of East Ocean Boulevard in the upscale Belmont Shore neighborhood. "The officers had a position of cover and were observing the suspect while other officers were en route," said Sgt. Dina Zapalski, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department. Zapalski said Douglas Zerby had been sitting on a...
  • The Ex-Soldier Will Lose All of His Military Benefits

    04/17/2010 9:47:47 AM PDT · by Touch Not the Cat · 26 replies · 875+ views
    knx1070 ^ | : Saturday, 17 April 2010 7:28AM
    <p>The U.S. Army has dismissed a soldier who threatened fellow troops and sent the Pentagon a violent rap song he wrote to protest his Iraq redeployment orders, officials said Saturday.</p> <p>The dismissal for misconduct means Spc. Marc A. Hall will avoid criminal charges but lose all military benefits earned over at least four years of service, including an earlier tour in Iraq.</p>
  • House doesnít clean itself

    03/05/2010 3:22:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies · 527+ views
    Charlie Rangelís decision to temporarily step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee does not signify an end to his ethics woes. More important, it doesnít mean the House is finally taking ethics seriously. Rangel is just the latest poster child for misconduct: Not a season goes by without at least one member of Congress ducking down halls to dodge reportersí questions about ethical transgressions. Indeed, even in this case, four other members took exactly the same Caribbean trip for which Rangel has been admonished, but were let off the hook. In a decision that defies logic,...
  • DOJ: No misconduct for Bush interrogation lawyers ("poor judgment" maybe, but not misconduct)

    02/19/2010 4:28:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,726+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/19/10 | Matt Apuzzo - ap
    WASHINGTON Ė Justice Department lawyers showed "poor judgment" but did not commit professional misconduct when they authorized CIA interrogators to use waterboarding and other harsh tactics at the height of the U.S. war on terrorism, an internal review released Friday found. The decision closes the book on one of the major lingering investigations into the counterterrorism policies of George W. Bush's administration. President Barack Obama campaigned on abolishing the simulated drowning technique of waterboarding and other tactics that he called torture, but he left open the question of whether anyone would be punished for authorizing such methods. An initial review...
  • US Attorney Steps Down on O'Keefe Case [Jim Letten]

    02/01/2010 5:48:09 PM PST · by freespirited · 53 replies · 3,747+ views
    FOX News ^ | 02/01/10
    James O'Keefe, accused of trying to tamper with the phones of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, was "framed" by the media and the U.S. attorney's office, Andrew Breitbart, publisher of, told Fox News Monday. The same day the man who first published James O'Keefe's explosive videos exposing wrongdoing at community organizer ACORN came to his defense Monday, claiming the conservative filmmaker "sat in jail for 28 hours without access to an attorney" while the prosecutor made his case to the media, the U.S. attorney involved stepped down. O'Keefe, accused of trying to tamper with the phones of Louisiana Sen. Mary...
  • New Accusations Of Systemic Anti-Semitism In FBI

    01/14/2010 11:18:31 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 414+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 1/14/10 | The Lid
    In the aftermath of the false charges of espionage against two AIPAC employees which were dropped for lack of evidence this past May, two of the people involved in the trial (one Jewish, one not) blamed systemic Anti-Semitism within the FBI for the charges. Now a new charge has arisen as a Jewish FBI agent is suing the agency saying he was fired because he was Jewish. The agent is bring up the charges made before that the FBI sees a Jewish spy under every bed. In suing over his termination, the John Doe plaintiff says he believes the accusation...
  • Blackwater Verdict a U.S. 'Snub' of Iraqi Leader Nouri al-Maliki (Hurl-tastic!)

    01/07/2010 8:09:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 541+ views
    Is the decision by a U.S. federal court to drop charges against five former guards of the private security firm Blackwater a way for Washington to remind Nouri al-Maliki of the 'absoluteness of U.S. control in Iraq'? That is the thesis of this latest article from Iran's state-controlled Kayhan newspaper. In both the United States and Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says Baghdad will sue private security firm Blackwater, amid a complete furor over an American court decision to drop charges against five Blackwater guards. The men are accused of shooting to death - in the middle of the Iraqi...
  • Judge throws out stock fraud charges against Broadcom co-founder, ex-CFO

    12/16/2009 11:42:09 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 11 replies · 448+ views
    LA Times ^ | December 16, 2009 | Stuart Pfeifer and E. Scott Reckard
    Accusing prosecutors of a "shameful" campaign to intimidate witnesses and obtain unjustified convictions, a federal judge threw out high-profile criminal stock fraud charges against Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III and the company's former chief financial officer. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney issued his ruling Tuesday, less than a week after he overturned a guilty plea by company co-founder and Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli.The judge also dismissed a civil lawsuit that the Securities and Exchange Commission had filed against Broadcom executives, wiping away misconduct allegations that had plagued the Irvine-based microchip giant for years. Samueli and Nicholas,...
  • High court weighs immunity afforded to prosecutors

    11/06/2009 12:22:05 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 14 replies · 1,316+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/05/2009 | Washington Post
    The case before the Supreme Court on Wednesday sounded like a television movie, a tale of wrongful imprisonment and the slow, inexorable wheels of justice. Prosecutors under pressure to close the case of a cop killer settle on two young African Americans. They fabricate evidence, coerce perjury and bury the investigation of a white suspect.A sympathetic prison barber unearths the investigative records that eventually lead courts to free the convicted men after years behind bars. And the men seek retribution for the prosecutors who framed them. But here's the twist: The prosecutors say that they can't be sued for anything...
  • The Day the SWAT Team Came Crashing Through My Door

    09/18/2009 9:30:23 AM PDT · by George - the Other · 53 replies · 3,255+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, September 20, 2009* | Cheye M. Calvo
    "I remember thinking, as I kneeled at gunpoint with my hands bound on my living room floor, that there had been a terrible, terrible mistake."
  • Freeper Receives Apology from Maryland Agency

    07/24/2009 8:48:56 AM PDT · by George - the Other · 11 replies · 706+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 23, 2009 | Peter Hermann
    As late as three weeks ago, two months after court records show the state of Maryland agreed to settle a lawsuit with money and words of contrition over the arrest of a musician accused of e-mailing a bomb threat to the airport, he was still in court fighting to get authorities to say they were sorry.
  • Judge Sotomayor ... cover-up of part of a judicially run and tolerated bankruptcy fraud scheme

    07/24/2009 7:39:49 AM PDT · by plsjr · 8 replies · 554+ views
    In the DeLano case, 06-4780-bk, Judge Sotomayor, presiding, and her colleagues on a panel of the Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit (CA2), issued a summary order to protect, not the rule of law, but rather their appointee to a bankruptcy judgeship, Bankruptcy Judge John C. Ninfo, II, WBNY. Her conduct in that case and the order are so contemptuous of the most important Constitutional guarantee that a judge, let alone a justice of the Supreme Court, must safeguard, namely, due process of law, that Judge Sotomayor withheld the order from the Committee in her three principal and supplementary responses to...
  • Judges dismisses supermarket mogul's racketeering convictions

    06/15/2009 1:38:21 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 21 replies · 1,398+ views
    LATimes ^ | June 10, 2009 | Scott Glover
    George Torres' future looked pretty bleak: The supermarket mogul had been stripped of his riches by government prosecutors, convicted in a massive racketeering case and was awaiting a potential life sentence in federal prison. But in a stunning reversal of fortune Tuesday, the government released its grip on Torres' assets, a judge tossed out the most serious convictions against him, and he was ordered set free -- at least for now. The turnaround came after prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles turned over tape-recorded conversations that contained information that was potentially beneficial to Torres' defense regarding at...
  • W.R. Grace acquitted in Montana asbestos case

    05/09/2009 1:48:36 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 19 replies · 1,351+ views
    LATimes ^ | May 9, 2009 | Kim Murphy
    A federal jury on Friday acquitted W.R. Grace & Co. and three of its former officials of charges that they knowingly exposed residents of Libby, Mont., to asbestos poisoning associated with a mining operation and conspired to hide it. The verdict brings to an ignominious end one of the most significant criminal prosecutions the government had ever filed against a corporate polluter. The acquittals raise new questions about prosecutorial failings in the Justice Department, which already was reeling from the dismissal of its corruption case against former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).In Libby, where an estimated 1,200 residents have died or...