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  • AG rules no demolition if terrorist's family turns them in

    02/23/2016 2:28:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/16 | Yedidya Ben Or
    Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has not been on the post long, but already has determined that the policy of demolishing the homes of murderous Arab terrorists should be done away with in cases where the families of the terrorist hand them over. Mandelblit's decision comes with the goal of passing a message that the demolition is not a punishment but rather a deterrent step, as determined by the courts on numerous occasions, reports Channel 2 on Tuesday night. According to the report, due to Mandelblit's decision the planned wave of demolitions of terrorists' homes on Monday night did not include...
  • Former Obama Defense Chief Says Hillary Should Drop Out

    02/11/2016 4:27:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/11/16 | Tyler O'Neil
    **SNIP** "I think Hillary Clinton, for the good of the country, should step down and let this FBI investigation play out," Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret.) told The Daily Caller. Flynn led the DIA from July 2012 until August 2014. He said anyone who compromised intelligence at this level of classification has no business running for president. The documents "had to be moved off electronically or removed out of the secure site physically, then it had to be put onto an unclassified email system," Flynn said. "Someone who does this is completely irresponsible, but totally unaccountable and shows a...
  • Grayson Silent On Closed-Door Meeting With Ethics Investigator

    10/25/2015 4:55:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/25/15 | Joe Schoffstall
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), known as one of the most outspoken members of Congress, met with a congressional ethics investigator Wednesday and would not discuss the meeting when questioned by Politico. Grayson has come under fire in recent months by the media and watchdog groups for operating hedge funds bearing his name, actions that are prohibited by sitting members of Congress. Additionally, on the same day the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed an ethics complaint against Grayson, he made a $15,000 payment to a law firm using funds from his campaign, which he also refuses to...
  • Hillary Clinton Says She Cannot Explain Why Previously Undisclosed Emails Turned Up

    09/27/2015 8:29:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/27/15 | Amy Chozick
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that she could not fully explain the discovery of a string of work emails sent on her personal account earlier in her tenure as secretary of state than she has said she first began using that address. But she said she hoped voters would look past what she called the “drip, drip, drip” of the furor over her emails. “There was a transition period. You know, I wasn’t that focused on my email,” Mrs. Clinton said on “Meet the Press,” when asked about emails sent from her personal account in her first two months after...
  • Lois Lerner's 'Partners' (NASCO - the National Association of State Charity Officials)

    09/26/2015 8:26:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/25/15 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    **SNIP** To know NASCO is to understand why Mr. Jones’ 2007 letter to Lois Lerner, in which he discusses a “sentiment” for charities to become more transparent, is so typical of NASCO’s hypocrisy about transparency, honesty and ethics. Their annual conference was once completely closed off from representatives of nonprofit organizations because NASCO did not like being criticized for their questionable and overbearing tactics. Indeed, in his 2007 letter to Ms. Lerner, Jones criticizes “’push back’ from the nonprofit sector.” These bureaucrats do not like criticism from those they regulate, and they are effective at chastening their critics. Jones also...
  • Top U.S. Republican lawmaker to launch new investigation of Clinton emails: ABC

    03/15/2015 11:58:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 3/15/15 | Amanda Becker
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Representative John Boehner, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, plans to announce a new investigation this week into Hillary Clinton’s use of email when she led the State Department, ABC News reported on Sunday. ABC's "This Week" program said top Republicans had briefed it about Boehner's plans, but did not give details. Clinton, expected to launch her campaign soon for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, has faced a storm of criticism over her email habits. She used a personal email address instead of a government one, as well as a personal server, during...
  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's arrest is blow to progressive activists (& other crooks)

    01/25/2015 4:45:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/24/15 | Kenneth Lovett, Glenn Blain
    ALBANY — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest was a blow to the gut of the progressive activists who viewed the powerful Manhattan Democrat as their champion. Advocates on issues ranging from rent control to abortion rights have been left wondering whether Silver can still wield the clout they’ve come to expect over two decades. “I am very much concerned,” said Michael McKee, treasurer of the Tenants Political Action Committee. “He is the only one of the three men in a room who would be inclined to hold out for something better on rent regulations,” McKee said. Silver’s arrest on bribery...
  • U.S. case against state Sen. Leland Yee, 28 others to be split (shoulder fired missiles)

    08/07/2014 4:21:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/07/14 | Lee Romney
    Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed at a federal court hearing Thursday that the unwieldy criminal case against suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, Chinatown association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 27 others should be split up before trial. **SNIP** The hearing before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer came two weeks after the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California filed a new indictment in the case, adding violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act against Yee and his former fundraiser, Keith Jackson. Yee is accused of conducting a criminal enterprise with Jackson, who allegedly solicited bribes and...
  • Why did 287,000-plus Californians vote for Leland Yee?

    06/04/2014 2:11:48 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 6-3-14 | Joe Garofoli
    <p>One of the odder stats of Election Night: As of Wednesday morning, 287,590 Californians had cast ballots for indicted state Sen. Leland Yee for secretary of state. That’s good for nearly 10 percent of the vote.</p> <p>Never mind for a second that the San Francisco Democrat has been indicted on multiple federal money laundering and weapons charges. Yee DROPPED OUT of the race in March. Folks were voting for an indicted man who didn’t even want their votes.</p>
  • Jackson Jr. gets time off projected prison term, pays $550,000

    06/03/2014 2:46:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/02/14 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON -- Imprisoned former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s projected release date is now Sept. 20, 2015, more than three months earlier than listed previously, federal officials confirmed Monday. In another development, Jackson has paid the $550,000 he owed the U.S. government over his misuse of campaign funds, according to a court filing. There is no connection between Jackson’s payment and his new projected release date, according to the Bureau of Prisons. “Financial obligations and release dates are unrelated,” said prisons spokesman Chris Burke.
  • Indicted lawmaker leaves fate of a half million dollars unclear (shoulder fired missiles)

    05/24/2014 5:27:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/22/14 | Paige St. John
    A small part of more than $800,000 that was parked in campaign accounts controlled by indicted or convicted California lawmakers is making its way back to contributors, but more than half a million dollars remains missing.. At the time of his arrest on bribery and corruption charges in March, Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) had $134,000 cash in his secretary of state campaign account and had weeks earlier sent more than $518,000 to a Los Angeles media agency for future campaign commercials. Campaign finance reports filed with the state by Thursday's reporting deadline show the indicted lawmaker had reduced that...
  • ‘I slugged 78-year-old woman in self-defense’

    01/30/2014 2:58:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/29/14 | Josh Saul
    An unhinged Brooklyn man accused of punching seven women — including a 78-year-old — in brutal “knockout” attacks last year told cops he attacked six of them in “self-defense,” and hit another woman because she almost made him spill his Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, court papers revealed Wednesday. Barry Baldwin, 35, hit the women in seven separate attacks in Canarsie and Midwood between Nov. 7 and Dec. 27, court papers state. His Jan. 3 arrest came in the midst of a slew of possible “knockout game” attacks — in which innocent people are sucker-punched by thrill-seeking punks — including multiple attacks...
  • Ray Nagin: The final chapter (bribery, conspiracy, money laundering trial postponed third time)

    11/03/2013 9:17:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Best Of New Orleans ^ | 10/28/13 | Clancy DuBos, Joe Raspanti
    Former Mayor Ray Nagin's federal trial on 21 public corruption charges was postponed again last week — for the third time. The former mayor is now set to stand trial on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. If and when Nagin does go to trial — or if he pleads to a reduced charge — it will be the final chapter of Hurricane Katrina's political arc. Guilty or innocent, Nagin's fate will bring closure to a city that arguably suffered as much after the storm as during it, thanks in large measure to the former mayor's failure to implement a recovery program...
  • Jackson Jr. to sell D.C. home; auction of furs cancelled (off to the big house next month)

    10/25/2013 2:50:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/25/13 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON -- Congressman-turned-convicted-felon Jesse Jackson Jr. will sell his town house in the nation’s capital to help pay a $750,000 forfeiture he owes, according to a court filing today. Jackson, 48, a Chicago Democrat who quit Congress last November, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Aug. 14 after using $750,000 in campaign cash on a Rolex watch, furs, vacations, celebrity memorabilia, mounted elk heads and other whims. He has not yet reported to prison, but is expected to do so shortly, a federal Bureau of Prisons official said.
  • TV pitchman pleads for mercy, jailed anyway (Kevin Trudeau)

    10/22/2013 4:17:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/22/13
    CHICAGO — A federal judge rejected an impassioned plea from a television pitchman for his freedom on Tuesday, ordering U.S. Marshals to lock up Kevin Trudeau for failing to pay a $37 million civil judgment. The visibly exasperated judge had already ordered that Trudeau be jailed during a hearing in Chicago when Trudeau stood up and asked if he could address the court. The Federal Trade Commission won the judgment after accusing Trudeau of hoodwinking viewers about his weight-loss books. "There are no more assets to turn over, your honor," the 50-year-old Trudeau insisted during a 10-minute plea, at times...
  • ‘Grotesque’ DOJ Misconduct: The Holder DOJ stopped at nothing to convict five New Orleans police...

    10/03/2013 6:34:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 3, 2013 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    The Holder DOJ stopped at nothing to convict five New Orleans police officers.In a shocking case of “grotesque” misconduct by federal prosecutors, a federal judge in Louisiana has ordered a new trial for five New Orleans police officers convicted for a shooting on the Danziger Bridge on September 4, 2005 — in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — and for a subsequent cover-up. This is another black eye for the Holder Justice Department that the media have barely covered. Participating in the misconduct that the judge said had created an “online 21st-century carnival atmosphere” was Karla Dobinski, a lawyer in...
  • Auction starts for memorabilia bought by Jesse Jackson Jr.

    09/16/2013 4:23:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/16/13 | Kim Geiger
    More than a dozen pieces of memorabilia and luxury clothing once owned by disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will go up for auction starting Tuesday. The items include Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee memorabilia, a guitar signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen, and fur coats and capes. **SNIP** Starting prices range from $115 for a cashmere cape with mink trim to $525 for the autographed guitar. Jackson Jr. paid $800 for the cape and $4,000 for the guitar, according to documents that identified the items for forfeiture at the time that Jackson Jr. was charged.
  • Convicted Ex-Congressman (Jackson) Living The High Life Two Months Before Reporting To Prison

    08/31/2013 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    My State Line ^ | 8/30/13
    **SNIP** The ex-Chicago congressman is seen lounging by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel-- a popular outdoor gathering spot for the Hollywood Glitterati. According to an onlooker, Mr. Jackson was overheard singing to himself and talking with other guests on the veranda. When he was back in his room here, ABC7's Chuck Goudie had a conversation with Mr. Jackson about why he was in Beverly Hills, California. Jackson said: "I am covering my bases considering my near future."
  • Jacksons' fate a question of time (Guilty perps not 'run-of-the-mill tax cheats')

    08/11/2013 1:10:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/11/13 | Katherine Skiba
    **SNIP** The Jacksons will learn their fate Wednesday after a fall from grace in which he quit Congress and she resigned from the Chicago City Council and both pleaded guilty to felonies involving a spending spree with $750,000 in campaign cash. **SNIP** Berman agreed with a point made by Jackson Jr.'s lawyers, who told the court: "The harsh spotlight of the media that has followed him at every step of the investigation, his plea and his sentencing has already punished Mr. Jackson and his family immeasurably." Berman said the Jacksons, not being "run-of-the-mill tax cheats," had endured stigma and loss...
  • Jackson Jr. gets time to pay $750K to feds (No justice?)

    08/03/2013 8:06:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/02/13 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON — A judge signed an order today that will give former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. time to pay a $750,000 forfeiture arising out of his criminal case. In the order, the judge agreed to a request from lawyers in the case to postpone until Oct. 25 a decision on whether the government may seize Jackson’s interest in two homes and an individual retirement account should he fail to pay up. **SNIP** The order came after prosecutors and defense lawyers involved in Jackson Jr.’s case told the judge Thursday that the former congressman will "make his best efforts" to satisfy...
  • Funny business in Jesse Jackson Jr. sentencing? (Hussein's Chicago way?)

    07/04/2013 5:18:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/03/13 | William Kelly
    CHICAGO, July 3, 2013 ― Sentencing for disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi has been delayed, but the question is, why? Is there a legitimate reason for the delay, or is something else going on behind-the-scenes? **SNIP** The Chicago Way is also no longer confined to the Illinois state line; it has impacted and altered the way business is done in Washington, perhaps permanently. The president’s Chicago advisors ― Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, to name a few ― have seen to that. So can the judge be influenced? Judge Amy Berman-Jackson was nominated to...
  • Jacksons' sentencings reset for Aug. 14

    07/02/2013 3:22:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/02/13 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON — Aug. 14 is the new sentencing date for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago alderman. The federal judge who will decide the fate of the South Side Democrats announced the new date today. On Monday, the judge had ordered a postponement of the sentencings, which were scheduled for this Wednesday. Jackson Jr. will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Chicago time and Sandi Jackson at 9:30 a.m. Chicago time on Aug. 14, which is a Wednesday.
  • Jesse Jackson wants to serve his prison time first; government resisting break for mental illness

    06/17/2013 5:22:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | 6/17/13 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON—Jesse Jackson Jr. asked a federal judge on Monday to let him serve his prison time first—before his wife, Sandi, if she is given a sentence—and not the probation her lawyers are requesting. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors, in a memo filed on Monday, brushed aside earlier pleas from Jesse Jackson Jr. lawyers that he get a break because he is suffering mental illness and could not receive proper treatment while in a federal prison. They noted that the two doctors who submitted letters on behalf of Jesse Jackson Jr. wrote only about three pages combined; those letters were “surprisingly bereft of...
  • Computer Access Not Restricted, Lerner Continues to Log In to IRS System

    06/11/2013 5:46:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/10/13 | Eliana Johnson
    Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service’s director of Exempt Organizations currently on paid leave, has not had any of her computer access restricted since she abdicated her responsibilities, according to an IRS source with knowledge of the situation. Lerner was placed on administrative leave on May 21 after refusing to tender her resignation, and logged into the IRS’s computer system using her agency computer as recently as June 4, the source tells me. She has the ability to access the same information that was available to her before she was placed on leave. The sources tells National Review Online: [Lerner]...
  • Tsarnaev uncle arrives in Massachusetts, but family can't find a place to bury bombing suspect

    05/05/2013 7:12:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/05/13 | Jeff Black
    The family of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in a shootout with police can’t find a place to bury him, even as his body is being prepared for just that purpose. An uncle of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev arrived in Worcester, Mass., on Sunday to “prepare the body” of his nephew for burial. Ruslan Tsarni, of Mongomery Village, Md., came to the city about 40 miles west of Boston with three other men, who were not family members, and met with the director of the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors.
  • The audacity of Jr.

    02/16/2013 8:43:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    **SNIP** Ask how he could humiliate not one but three generations of his globally known family — his famous father and his young children included. No, Jesse Jackson Jr. wouldn't be the first to purposefully slow-walk that yearslong walk. Not the first to delight in secret luxuries and expensive acquisitions along a reliable, efficient path to the self-destruction of his career and his reputation. Imagine, though, the depth of conniving, or self-delusion, or entitlement, or sheer audacious recklessness, that the federal accusations against Jackson would have required of him. What the feds on Friday suggested had happened here is a...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson’s trial looming - Lawyers discuss dates with judge in conference call

    01/05/2013 11:20:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Journal Standard ^ | 1/03/13 | Nick Crow
    Freeport, Ill. — Attorneys for those arrested during a Sensata plant protest and the City of Freeport spoke via conference call with Judge Jack Joyce on Wednesday to begin ironing out details for an upcoming trial date. “We’re looking at trial dates,” said City Attorney John Mitchell. “The conference that we held with the opposing counsel was to discuss three or four dates that are open over the next few months.” Lawyers are working towards a trial because the 11 protesters facing criminal trespassing charges lobbied for a trial by jury rather than agreeing to pay any fines during their...
  • MILLER: Two systems of justice

    01/01/2013 7:30:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2013 | Emily Miller
    David Gregory walks free while Iraq vet was jailedIt’s been more than a week since police in Washington, D.C., opened an investigation into NBC’s David Gregory’s possession of a “high-capacity magazine” that’s prohibited in the District on on national TV. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier’s spokesman refused Monday to respond to whether Mr. Gregory had even been interviewed yet. This is a rather curious departure for a city that has been ruthless in enforcing this particular firearms statute against law-abiding citizens who made an honest mistake. In July, The Washington Times highlighted the plight of former Army Spc. Adam...
  • Congressional Pension May Still Await Jesse Jackson Jr. (after prison)

    11/22/2012 6:30:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/21/12 | Billy House
    Congressional Pension May Still Await Jesse Jackson Jr.By Billy House November 21, 2012 | 5:00 p.m. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., may be resigning from Congress under a cloud, but the Illinois Democrat may still be in line to draw a congressional pension. That is, unless the 47-year-old lawmaker later agrees to forfeit his retirement benefits through any plea negotiations that might come out of the federal investigation he acknowledged is ongoing. On Wednesday afternoon, the best estimates through quick calculations by the Alexandria, Va.-based National Taxpayers Union determined Jackson could have an annual pension of about $45,000 if he waits...
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Still Has Capitol Hill Allies, but Support is Waning

    11/19/2012 3:22:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    US News ^ | 11/19/12 | Lauren Fox
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Still Has Capitol Hill Allies, but Support is WaningAs allegations mount, Illinois politicians are standing with Jackson -- for now By Lauren Fox November 19, 2012 **SNIP** Fellow Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny Davis says that while Jackson faces mounting problems, it's hard to believe his long-time friend would have engaged in such behavior. Jackson is accused of purchasing a $40,000 Rolex and redecorating his home with campaign finances. "If he were functioning not in an altered mental or emotional state, he would not have committed those acts," Davis says. "They don't seem like something that a...
  • Penn St. leaders passed on reform (in 2004 @ Paterno's kitchen table)

    07/18/2012 5:25:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    ESPN ^ | 7/18/12 | Don Van Natta Jr.
    Penn St. leaders passed on reformBy Don Van Natta Jr. | Updated: July 18, 2012, 12:45 PM ET In November 2004, four of Penn State's leaders, including then-president Graham Spanier, sat down at Joe Paterno's kitchen table on a Sunday morning. The men asked the iconic coach to retire. Paterno said no, and that was that. That same month, seven members of Penn State's board of trustees proposed sweeping reforms that would have strengthened the board's oversight power of Spanier and other campus leaders, including Paterno, according to documents obtained this week by "Outside the Lines." The group told...
  • Jury selection set to begin in John Edwards trial

    04/12/2012 2:32:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/12/12 | MICHAEL BIESECKER
    Jury selection set to begin in John Edwards trialBy MICHAEL BIESECKER | Associated Press – 1 hr 5 mins ago GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — After years of investigation, denials and delays, jury selection was set to begin Thursday for the criminal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards. Edwards was expected inside a Greensboro, N.C., courtroom to face six criminal counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments made by two campaign donors to help hide the married Democrat's pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. The money flowed to Andrew Young, a former campaign aide...
  • Jesse Jackson Discusses Martin Case

    03/24/2012 8:46:55 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 46 replies
    Sanford officials have released a response to the reward offered for the arrest of George Zimmerman, saying, "The City of Sanford does not condone the actions and recommendations of the New Black Panther Party. The City is requesting calm heads and no vigilante justice."
  • Penn State powerless to keep Sandusky off campus (friendly judge placed no restrictions on travel)

    11/16/2011 11:37:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 82 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/16/11 | Ernest Scheyder
    Penn State powerless to keep Sandusky off campusErnest Scheyder Reuters 12:19 p.m. CST, November 16, 2011 STATE COLLEGE (Reuters) - Penn State says alleged child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky is "not welcome" on its campus, but the university so far has no legal recourse to keep the former assistant football coach away. In her bail ruling, Judge Leslie Dutchot ordered the former defensive coordinator not to have any contact with minors, witnesses or alleged victims. The ruling placed no restrictions on his travel. Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, advised Sandusky and his wife to take a trip ahead of the next...
  • Ex-presidential hopeful (criminal RAT John) Edwards wants charges dropped

    08/27/2011 6:03:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/25/11 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    Ex-presidential hopeful Edwards wants charges droppedBy Jeremy Pelofsky Reuters – Thu, 25 Aug, 2011 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former presidential hopeful John Edwards plans to ask a judge to dismiss charges over alleged illegal campaign contributions because of problems with the grand jury that indicted him, among other reasons. Edwards, a Democratic who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and 2008, was indicted on six counts of conspiracy, taking illegal contributions and making false statements in a bid to cover up an extramarital affair during the 2008 recent campaign. His lawyers plan to file motions to dismiss by September 6, citing...
  • John Edwards will plead not guilty, lawyer says (perp makes statement at courthouse)

    06/03/2011 12:36:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Mooresville Tribune ^ | 6/03/11 | Bertand M. Gutierrez
    Edwards will plead not guilty, lawyer saysMade statement outside Winston-Salem federal courthouse By Bertand M. Gutierrez | Winston-Salem Journal Updated: June 03, 2011 - 2:00 PM An attorney for John Edwards said outside the Winston-Salem federal courthouse today that the felony indictment against the two-time presidential candidate is unprecedented in campaign finance history and that Edwards will plead not guilty. An attorney for John Edwards said outside the Winston-Salem federal courthouse today that the felony indictment against the two-time presidential candidate is unprecedented in campaign finance history and that Edwards will plead not guilty. "He has broken no law, and...
  • Attorney General Holder cites "disturbing" information on gas prices (2012 campaign well underway)

    04/26/2011 4:00:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/26/11 | Terry Frieden
    Attorney General Holder cites "disturbing" information on gas pricesBy Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Producer April 26, 2011 5:43 p.m. EDT Washington (CNN) -- Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday "there are a couple of things that are disturbing" as the government launches its oil and gas fraud task force investigation into sharply rising gasoline prices. In a meeting with reporters at the Justice Department, Holder declined to describe the "disturbing" matters, but made clear the broad investigation into potential fraud and other illegal activities would carefully comb industry information to search for wrongdoing. Holder aides say they expect announcements next...
  • More Democratic leaders condemn party chair (RAT bigot Dan Ramos in Bexar Co., Texas)

    03/26/2011 7:57:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | 3/25/11 | John W. Gonzalez
    More Democratic leaders condemn party chairVoices added to call for Ramos to resign. By John W. Gonzalez Updated 02:06 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2011 Twenty top leaders of the Bexar County Democratic Party are demanding the resignation of Chairman Dan Ramos because of his controversial comments about fellow partisans. **SNIP** “His hateful, bigoted comments have no place in the Democratic Party. ... We condemn and disavow the comments and opinions he expressed,” the open letter said. “Mr. Ramos has proven he does not support nor represent our party's ideas and, therefore, we call upon him to resign immediately,” it added....
  • Former Manassas teacher to get 25-year term in child-porn case

    03/05/2011 6:44:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Times-Dispatch ^ | 3/04/11 | Amanda Stewart
    Former Manassas teacher to get 25-year term in child-porn caseBy Amanda Stewart Published: March 04, 2011 MANASSAS - A former Manassas teacher pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to seven federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography. Kevin Garfield Ricks, 50, will be sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to the terms of a plea agreement. In court documents, Ricks admitted to sexually assaulting at least seven teenage boys over a 30-year-period. Prosecutors said Ricks was a "master manipulator" whose pattern was to befriend the boys, then ply them with alcohol and molest them after they...
  • Castle doctrine expansion approved by NC Senate (shooting an intruder - Iowa, Penn next?)

    03/02/2011 9:12:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    WRAL ^ | 3/01/11
    Castle doctrine expansion approved by NC SenateUpdated: 11:10 a.m. yesterday RALEIGH, N.C. — There's a legal presumption people inside their home, car or business are justified in shooting an intruder in legislation now heading to the North Carolina House. The bill expanding the state's "castle doctrine" was given final Senate approval Monday night. **SNIP** The bill would shift the burden of proof to the district attorney that the shooting wasn't justified. A shooter also would be presumed to have acted appropriately during an attempted carjacking or business break-in. Senators approved the bill 35-13 after opponents argued the expand doctrine would...
  • Wikileaks cannot survive further losses: Assange (keeps it afloat with $1.3 million book deal)

    01/11/2011 4:30:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    My Sinchew ^ | 1/11/11
    Wikileaks cannot survive further losses: AssangeForeign 2011-01-11 18:00 PARIS, Tuesday 11 January 2011 (AFP) - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said the besieged whistleblower website "cannot survive" if it continues to haemorrhage money, in an interview broadcast in France on Tuesday. Assange, who has enraged the United States by leaking US diplomatic cables that embarrassed world leaders, has said his site has been losing almost half a million euros (650,000 dollars) a week since those leaks began. "We cannot survive the way things are going," he told the French radio station Europe 1, complaining that the organisation's ability to garner online...
  • State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. (& son) indicted for embezzlement (RAT turned R then back to RAT)

    12/14/2010 9:25:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/14/10 | CHUCK BENNETT
    State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. indicted for embezzlementBy CHUCK BENNETT Last Updated: 5:49 PM, December 14, 2010 Pedro Espada Jr, the scandal-scarred outgoing state Senate majority leader, was indicted today in Brooklyn federal court for allegedly looting his Bronx health clinic and using the money for lavish meals, Broadway tickets — and a downpayment on a Bentley. The long-expected indictments came months after Espada – who stalled state government last year when he bolted from the Democratic to Republican party then back again – lost his primary re-election campaign. Espada and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, are due in court...
  • (Tax-cheat) Charlie to beg: Gimme a break! (Chart shows no bribes or sexual misconduct)

    11/29/2010 7:51:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/29/10 | S.A. MILLER
    Charlie to beg: Gimme a break!Desperate House ploy weeks after walkout By S.A. MILLER Post Correspondent Last Updated: 8:55 AM, November 29, 2010 WASHINGTON -- What gall! In a last-ditch effort to save his scandal-scarred name, disgraced Rep. Charles Rangel is asking to speak before the House in an effort to land a more lenient penalty for his widespread ethics abuses -- just two weeks after he brazenly walked out of the first day of his trial. The Harlem Democrat plans to argue -- as he has all along -- that his violations were innocent mistakes and not the schemes...
  • Charges dropped in Obama e-mail threat case

    11/23/2010 6:37:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 11/22/10 | Bob Egelko
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO - Federal prosecutors on Monday dropped charges that a Northern California man threatened to kill President Obama after a jury deadlocked on whether his racist, violent e-mail was an actual threat or an empty rant.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of San Francisco ordered John Gimbel released from custody after Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Barry said the government would not retry him. Patel said jurors reported Nov. 1 that they were split 6-6 on his guilt.</p>
  • Rangel Supporters: "We Shall Overcome" ("and pay our taxes if we really have to")

    11/22/2010 6:35:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    WNYC ^ | 11/22/10 | Arun Venugopal
    Rangel Supporters: "We Shall Overcome"By Arun Venugopal Monday, November 22, 2010 **SNIP** The crowd included Christian and Muslim clergy from Harlem, as well as Comptroller John Liu, council member Robert Jackson and former mayor David Dinkins. "There's nothing to be gained by seeking to further humiliate this great man," said Dinkins. "So it's my hope that those of us here gathered and others, that we'll make phone calls to members of the House, and persuade them to our point of view." Rangel is a popular figure in Harlem. Among the supporters who were out and about was a rapper, Pop-a-Lot,...
  • Rangel censure specter draws sadness, scorn in NY (Veep & RAT bigs hang him out to dry)

    11/20/2010 8:21:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/19/10 | Beth Fouhy
    Rangel censure specter draws sadness, scorn in NYBy Beth Fouhy, Associated Press – Fri Nov 19, 8:30 pm ET NEW YORK – The prospect of a public scolding in Washington for Rep. Charles Rangel over ethics violations has drawn both sadness and scorn in his Harlem neighborhood, where he was just re-elected with 81 percent of the vote and remains an icon to residents who say they'll be the ones to decide his political fate. "Charles Rangel has done so much for this community in the Congress, I think he should go out when he damn well pleases," said Rachel...
  • Barney Frank: Homeowners Shouldn’t Have ‘False Hopes’ (Bawney mum on 2012 Senate wace)

    11/19/2010 1:56:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/18/10 | Alan Zibel
    Barney Frank: Homeowners Shouldn’t Have ‘False Hopes’November 18, 2010, 12:00 PM ET By Alan Zibel Associated Press Rep. Barney Frank U.S. homeowners who have missed mortgage payments shouldn’t have “false hopes” that they can challenge foreclosures due to paperwork flaws, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Thursday. Frank, the outgoing chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said at a subcommittee hearing that banks should be doing “everything possible to straighten out that paperwork problem.” But, he added that, consumers should not “get false hopes that this is going to lead to a substantial number of foreclosures being permanently forgotten.” Several...
  • Charlie Rangel: "As Clean as the Driven Snow."

    11/17/2010 6:58:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/17/10 | Chad Pergram
    Charlie Rangel: "As Clean as the Driven Snow."by Chad Pergram | November 17, 2010 **SNIP** Rangel said he would pay the back taxes owed on the Caribbean vacation home and straighten out his House financial disclosure reports. And Rangel said he could explain the problem with the Congressional stationary. Plus, he argued he was on the right side of the law with the Manhattan apartments. But the story churned. It soon brewed into a political maelstrom. And after weeks of charges and sparring with reporters, Rangel had had enough. If people wanted to investigate him so badly, so be it....
  • I still love Obama. Love. Love. Love.

    11/06/2010 3:30:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 80 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/07/10 | Curtis Sittenfeld
    I still love Obama. Love. Love. Love.Am I the last person in America who still adores the president? By Curtis Sittenfeld November 7, 2010 Just before Halloween 2008, while out for a walk, I noticed that on the front porch of a nearby house sat a row of five pumpkins, each carved with one letter of Barack Obama's last name. The election was, at that point, a week away, and I was charmed by this seasonal display of Democratic support. Then I rounded the corner and spotted the exact same arrangement: a row of five pumpkins, each carved with one...
  • Rangel and lawyers split (Tax-cheat Charlie's criminal trial scheduled for November 15th)

    10/27/2010 11:57:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/27/10 | S.A. MILLER and GEOFF EARLE
    Rangel and lawyers splitBy S.A. MILLER and GEOFF EARLE Last Updated: 3:32 AM, October 27, 2010 WASHINGTON -- Rep. Charlie Rangel has lost his legal defense team, throwing into question the scheduled Nov. 15 start for his ethics trial. The Harlem Democrat and his lawyers from the Washington firm of Zuckerman Spaeder have split with just weeks to go before Congress puts Rangel on trial for 13 ethics violations, sources familiar with the breakup said. A Rangel spokesman would not say if his boss had asked the House ethics committee to postpone the start date. The committee also wouldn't release...