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  • Bill Cosby: No plea bargain for 'not guilty' entertainer, lawyer says

    12/31/2015 6:39:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/31/15
    Bill Cosby's lawyer says the entertainer will not consider a plea bargain on charges he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004 after giving her drugs and alcohol. Lawyer Monique Pressley, speaking on NBC's Today Show, also accused the district attorney's office in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, of playing "political football" with Cosby by making the case a focal point in a recent election. Asked if the defence was open to a plea agreement, Ms Pressley replied: "My client is not guilty, and there will be no consideration on our part of any sort of arrangement."
  • 1939 letter found, plea to FDR to save Jewish kids

    05/18/2014 10:06:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/18/14 | Staff
    Last month, 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon told the remarkable story of Sir Nicholas Winton, a stockbroker in London who saved 669 Czech children-- most of them Jewish--from the Nazis during WWII. England took in almost all of the 669 children. Winton, now 104 years old, told 60 Minutes he had made a desperate plea for help to the United States back in 1939. He said he had written a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, describing the plight of the Czech children and asking that America grant refuge to a number of them. "But the Americans wouldn´t take any,
  • Kerry makes emotional plea for intervention in Syria

    08/30/2013 11:54:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/30/13 | Neil Munro
    White House officials ratcheted up the rhetoric to unprecedented levels Friday as they try to rally international and public support for an airstrike in Syria, following rebuffs by friendly foreign governments and polls showing public skepticism over any intervention. But Secretary of State John Kerry also hinted that the potential strike may be postponed for some time. “President Obama will ensure that the United States of America makes our own decisions on our own timelines, based on our values and our interests,” he said. The statement mixed calls for international solidarity with declarations that the U.S. would decide its own...
  • NPR show in plea for GOP guests

    05/03/2013 5:08:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/3/13 | PATRICK GAVIN
    NPR’s popular “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me” trivia show gets its fair share of big name political guests (Bill Clinton called in once, for example), but host Peter Sagal knows that there’s a specific shortage he’d like to fill: Republicans. Asked by Vulture, “Is there a dream guest for you? Someone you’ve been trying to get that you think you never will?” Sagal responded, “I would love to get more Republicans on the show.” "One of the things I really envy about Jon Stewart is how many times he’s able to get Republicans on his show. And that’s to his...
  • Bombing Suspect Could Get Plea Deal, Avoid Death Penalty

    04/30/2013 8:04:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/30/13 | Paul Scicchitano
    NBC News is reporting that attorneys for accused Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are discussing a possible deal in which federal prosecutors might consider waiving the death penalty in exchange for a “full accounting” of the attack that left three people dead and 264 people injured. Citing legal sources, correspondent Pete Williams reported on “NBC Nightly News” that prosecutors and lawyers for Tsarnaev “have begun very early discussions about a possible deal in which he could avoid the death penalty in return for a full accounting to the FBI of what happened and why as investigators continue working to...
  • Help My Child's Homeschool Group Win a Playground

    04/13/2013 10:30:44 PM PDT · by Washi · 8 replies
    CPRI Playground Giveaway ^ | 4/13/2013 | Self
    Hi Freepers. I know that there are a lot of other homeschoolers and homeschool supporters here, so this is a shameless plea to ask for your help in Freeping a vote in order to help my 6 year old child's homeschool enrichment group win a playground. His group is currently in a tight race for first place. If you feel so inclined, I'd appreciate it if you'd go follow the steps below to help his homeschool group out. To Enter: 1. Go to 2. Like the page (sorry, this requires a Facebook account) 3. Click on Vote (This is...
  • Enron's Jeff Skilling could get early release from prison

    04/04/2013 8:55:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    NBCNEWS ^ | 4/4/13
    Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, who is serving a 24-year prison term for his role in the energy giant's epic collapse, could get out of prison early under an agreement being discussed by his attorneys and the Justice Department, CNBC has learned. Skilling, who was convicted in 2006 of conspiracy, fraud and insider trading, has served just over six years. It is not clear how much his sentence would be shortened under the deal.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Signs Plea Deal In Federal Probe

    02/08/2013 9:44:37 AM PST · by bigbob · 61 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 2-8-13 | Mary Ann Ahren
    It’s been nearly three months since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress, but now NBC News confirms that Jackson has signed papers in a plea deal within the past several days. Jackson’s case is being handled by the US Attorney’s office in Washington DC. While no public announcement is expected today, those with knowledge of the investigation believe the loose ends now deal with Jackson’s wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson, and whether or not she is ultimately charged. Under the terms of the deal Jackson signed, he pleads guilty and his fate – as to jail time – would be...
  • Pending Jesse Jackson Jr. plea deal includes ‘significant jail time,’ source says

    02/07/2013 4:24:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 6, 2013 | Michael Sneed
    Sneed has learned a plea deal is now on the table between former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal authorities probing allegations of campaign fund misuse. Sneed is told the plea deal includes Jackson serving time in federal prison. “Significant jail time is now definitely a part of the deal,” said a top Sneed source close to the probe. “But I think [Jackson’s wife] Sandi, feels like she was thrown under the bus by her husband, ” now that a separate probe has begun on her, a second source added. Sandi Jackson claims she was stunned by campaign finance abuse...
  • Emanuel: Jackson Jr. should address voters, as plea talks (with jail time) reported

    11/13/2012 2:43:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/12/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Emanuel: Jackson Jr. should address voters, as plea talks reportedBy Pete Kasperowicz - 11/12/12 03:28 PM ET Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) on Monday said Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) should address his constituents and explain whether he'll be able to work as a member of the House next year. "With the election over, there are big issues coming up in the lame-duck session," Emanuel said, according to NBC Chicago. "I think Congressman Jackson, it's incumbent upon him to have a conversation with his constituents about his intentions." Emanuel's remarks come after reports last weekend said that Jackson is negotiating...
  • Go to Trial: Crash the Justice System

    03/12/2012 4:12:39 PM PDT · by MetaThought · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Published: March 10, 2012 | MICHELLE ALEXANDER
    More than 90 percent of criminal cases are never tried before a jury. AFTER years as a civil rights lawyer, I rarely find myself speechless. But some questions a woman I know posed during a phone conversation one recent evening gave me pause: “What would happen if we organized thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of people charged with crimes to refuse to play the game, to refuse to plea out? What if they all insisted on their Sixth Amendment right to trial? Couldn’t we bring the whole system to a halt just like that?” ... I was stunned by Susan’s...
  • Taking on the union freebies (Group suing public employee union)

    12/08/2011 10:22:12 AM PST · by inkling · 4 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | December 7, 2011 | Clint Bolick
    In September, my colleague Mark Flatten released an investigative report showing that Phoenix and other Arizona cities spend millions of dollars every year to pay employees to perform union work on city time. Less than three months later, we are going to court on behalf of Phoenix taxpayers to put an end to the practice of union “release time.” Our case takes on the city’s contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), which provides an estimated $900,000 in annual release time for police union work, including lobbying. The provisions take six full-time officers off the streets – giving them...
  • Report: Sandusky lawyer says plea deal possible

    12/01/2011 5:39:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 12/01/11
    Report: Sandusky lawyer says plea deal possibleUpdated at 08:15 AM today HARRISBURG, Pa. - December 1, 2011 (WPVI) -- The lawyer for former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky told a newspaper a guilty plea may have to be considered. **SNIP** "That could happen if more allegations come forth and Jerry gets to the point where he realizes fighting against more than the original allegations might be a real uphill battle," Amendola said. This reports comes one day after a man identified only as John Doe contended in a lawsuit that Sandusky sexually abused him more than 100 times and threatened...
  • Occupy Calgary protesters post plea for toiletries and condoms

    10/18/2011 10:22:34 AM PDT · by sarah palin rocks · 41 replies ^ | October 17, 2011 | Calgary Sun
    Occupy Calgary protesters entrenched in Olympic Plaza have put out a call for donations from the public, asking for medical supplies, toiletries and condoms. The group, which expanded from its city-granted camp on St. Patrick’s Island following a Saturday protest at Bankers Hall, posted the plea for supplies on Facebook as city officials kept a close watch on the latest annexation of public property. Donations from the public have been coming in for the movement, which organizers say will be used to buy supplies such as food, but a plea has also been posted on Facebook for condoms, antibiotic ointment,...
  • OH woman sentenced in skimpy Easter outfit killing

    11/10/2010 8:55:01 AM PST · by tlb · 19 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/10/2010 | staff
    COLUMBUS, Ohio—An Ohio woman who police say shot a relative to death amid a dispute over a skimpy Easter outfit has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. Forty-two-year-old Evelyn Burgess pleaded guilty in Columbus Tuesday to murder in the April 4 death of 19-year-old Danielle Pickens, a cousin. Pickens wore jeans shorts to Burgess' home for Easter dinner. Prosecutors say Burgess became upset thinking the shorts were too short and that her husband was looking at them.
  • Obama makes a desperate plea to voters

    10/28/2010 10:14:12 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | October 27th 2010 | Tyson Bam
    At the link. An animated Obama makes a desperate plea to voters in lieu of the coming election. Please like me....
  • Alan Grayson Lies to DUers in Plea for Donations

    10/12/2010 6:13:39 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 12, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    Just how desperate is Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson to get re-elected now that even liberals such as Contessa Brewer have questioned both his credibility and ethics? So desperate that Grayson is now pleading for donations at the Democratic Undergound. And in keeping with his normal operating procedure, Grayson accompanied his donation plea with a flat out lie. Here is Grayson making his pitch to the DUers with his lie highlighted: On Friday, the DC newspaper "Politico" reported that: (a) "conservative outside groups" have now spent over $9 million "slamming vulnerable House Democrats," and (b) the total against me will reach...
  • Practitioner Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Killed Woman in Failed Abortion

    09/14/2010 8:39:05 AM PDT · by julieee · 10 replies ^ | September 14, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Practitioner Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Killed Woman in Failed Abortion Hyannis, MA -- Massachusetts-based abortion practitioner Rapin Osathanondh pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter on Monday in relation to his killing 22-year-old Laura Smith in a failed abortion. The plea in court from Osathanondh came on the third anniversary of Smith's death.
  • Imam leaves United States under plea deal in terror case

    07/05/2010 10:33:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    cnn ^ | 7/5/10 | Susan Candiotti
    (CNN) -- A New York imam who pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents as they investigated an alleged terror plot left the United States on Monday as part of his plea deal, a government spokesman and the imam's attorney told CNN. Imam Ahmad Afzali and his wife left on a 2 p.m. flight to live in Saudi Arabia, said Afzali's attorney, Ron Kuby. A government spokesman confirmed Afzali's departure. After his guilty plea earlier this year for lying to federal agents in the case involving Najibullah Zazi's alleged subway bombing plan in New York City, Afzali had 90 days...
  • Bernie's funda-mental defense

    12/30/2008 12:30:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 437+ views
    Bernie's funda-mental defense Sunday, December 28th 2008, 4:34 AM If you thought Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion investment scheme was audacious, get ready for his alibi. Lawyers for the accused scammer are exploring an insanity defense, we hear. “Bernie’s family and his attorneys may argue that, somewhere along the line, he had a mental break,” says a Madoff acquaintance. “They may even say he has a multiple personality disorder.” Madoff’s grip on reality does show signs of slipping. The 70-year-old financier, now a prisoner of his East Side penthouse, wore a weird smile when he was photographed shortly after his Dec....
  • Craig attorneys say no crime occurred

    09/26/2007 12:42:57 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 113 replies · 932+ views
    Minneapolis Star and Tribune ^ | 26 September 2007 | Rochelle Olson,
    Sen. Larry Craig's actions an airport bathroom stall in June didn't constitute a crime and he should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea, Craig's lawyer argued today. In a 45-minute hearing covered by a crowd of local and national media, William Martin faced skeptical questioning from Hennepin County District Court Judge Charles Porter, Jr. Porter said he doesn't expect to rule on Craig's petition for at least a week and a half. "Seeking to have a guilty plea overturned is nearly impossible and it should be," Martin acknowledged during the hearing. But he also argued that Craig's plea was...
  • U.S. Senator Larry Craig: Whose Waterloo?

    09/24/2007 1:34:09 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 29 replies · 135+ views
    Politics In Minnesota ^ | 24 September 2007 | Sarah Janecek
    U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's (R-Idaho) motion to withdraw his guilty plea will be heard in a Hennepin County District court room this week. You read it here first: Contrary to conventional wisdom, Craig will win this motion. I was out of the country and completely unplugged when the Larry Craig story broke. The only U.S. news I saw while I was in Egypt and Jordan were the mimeographed news sheets printed from an international Internet news service that were hung on hotel room doors each morning. Certainly it was amusing to see the men's room at the Minneapolis St. Paul...
  • Craig Blames Press for His Plea

    09/10/2007 4:39:21 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 29 replies · 641+ views ^ | 09/10/07 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Larry Craig should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea in a sex sting because he was under extreme stress after being hounded by journalists asking questions about his sexuality, his lawyer argues. Craig, an Idaho Republican, pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct following a sting operation in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis airport. His lawyer, William Martin, said he will file court documents Monday trying to undo that decision so Craig can fight the charge. Martin said Monday that Craig did not "knowingly and intelligently enter a guilty plea." The senator simply admitted...
  • Nifong pleads not guilty to contempt charge

    08/30/2007 7:59:49 AM PDT · by rikkir · 18 replies · 984+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 8/30/2007 | Anne Blythe and Joseph Neff
    Former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong pleaded not guilty to a criminal contempt of court charge this morning in the same courtroom where he once prosecuted people accused of crimes.
  • Judge Accepts Australian Detainee’s Guilty Plea

    03/30/2007 5:15:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 150+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, March 30, 2007 – The military commission judge today accepted the guilty plea of Australian detainee David Hicks to one charge of material support for terrorism, moving Hicks toward a possible jail sentence of up to seven years. Hicks, 31, entered a guilty plea March 26 in an evening court session here. After days of negotiations between prosecution and defense counsel, today’s hearing established the exact elements of the charge to which Hicks is pleading guilty. Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann, the military judge, also revealed that a pre-trial agreement limiting Hicks’s sentence to seven...
  • NATO Plea For Extra Troops To Fight Taliban Will Be Ignored

    09/12/2006 6:22:22 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 396+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-13-2006 | Patrick Bishop
    Nato plea for extra troops to fight Taliban will be ignored By Patrick Bishop, in Kabul (Filed: 13/09/2006) The chances of complete success in Nato's campaign against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan were jeopardised yesterday after it appeared that some key European allies will turn a deaf ear to an appeal for more troops. At the alliance HQ today, the 26 member nations will respond to a plea by Gen James Jones, Nato's top commander, for 2,000 extra men. But a senior Nato official admitted: "At the moment there's no indication of any substantive offers. The signs are that the...
  • Pervy Billionaire Agreed To Plea Bargain

    07/27/2006 3:48:29 PM PDT · by radar101 · 4 replies · 264+ views ^ | 27 July 2006 | TheSmokingGun
    Police report says Epstein had okayed deal in underage sex probe JULY 27--Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, now ensnared in a sleazy Palm Beach teenage sex/massage scandal, agreed earlier this year to plead guilty to an aggravated assault charge, serve five years probation, undergo "psychiatric/sexual evaluation," and have no unsupervised visits with minors, according to a police report. The details of the Epstein plea agreement--which was never finalized--are contained in an 87-page Palm Beach Police Department incident report, an excerpt of which you'll find below. According to an account by Detective Joseph Recarey, prosecutor Lana Belohlavek related to him the terms of...
  • Director Tamahori Agrees to Plea Deal(moonlights as transvestite prostitute)

    02/24/2006 11:50:27 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 15 replies · 561+ views ^ | 2 24 06 | SOLVEJ SCHOU
    LOS ANGELES - Film director Lee Tamahori pleaded no contest to criminal trespass in return for two prostitution charges against him being dropped, authorities said Thursday. The plea deal stemmed from Tamahori's Jan. 8 arrest for allegedly soliciting an undercover police officer in Hollywood and offering to perform a sex act for money. The two dropped charges, said city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan, were misdemeanor counts of solicitation and loitering with the intent to commit prostitution. Tamahori, who was not present at the hearing in Superior Court, was placed on three years probation, ordered to attend an AIDS education course...
  • Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., 'perplexed' by aide's guilty plea; says he did no wrong

    01/15/2006 8:59:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 1,538+ views
    NC Times ^ | 1/13/06 | CHEVEL JOHNSON
    Jefferson 'perplexed' by aide's guilty plea; says he did no wrong By: CHEVEL JOHNSON - Associated Press Last modified Friday, January 13, 2006 10:32 PM PST Louisiana Congressman, William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, left, and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, appear before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development meeting in New Orleans Friday afternoon Jan. 13, 2006. The subcommittee came to New Orleans to discussing the housing problems caused by Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) NEW ORLEANS -- Two days after his former aide's guilty plea implicated him in a bribery case, Rep. William Jefferson said Friday he...
  • Translating what could or could not be a dangerous message from Iran

    01/08/2006 6:04:23 PM PST · by forty_years · 5 replies · 1,247+ views ^ | January 8, 2006 | Andrew Jaffee
    Sometimes you get to wondering about emails you receive -- especially in the political blogsphere. One email which ended up in my inbox has got me to thinking: Is this a legitimate email, a plea for help from genuine Iranian dissidents, some crazy rant/fatwa by Islamists, or yet another in a string of Internet scams? I've been receiving emails over the last month from "goftare nik" ( which is addressed to, a mailing list which must somehow contain my own email address. The subject line of the email is "(( raahbare mellate iran agha pro.ebrahim mirzaie))," which obviously pertains...
  • CA: Congressman's bribery plea sparks call to deny pensions (Duke stands to pocket 40K/year)

    12/14/2005 1:16:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 844+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/14/05 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican House members disturbed that their former GOP colleague Randy "Duke" Cunningham will get to keep his pension despite pleading guilty to bribery want to pass a law to strip federal pensions from white-collar criminals. Under federal law, only a conviction for a crime against the United States, such as treason or espionage, can cause a member of Congress or other federal employee to lose his or her government pension. That means Cunningham, a San Diego-area Republican, will keep his pension despite admitting taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and others in exchange for government...
  • Ex-Cuba (Gitmo) Inmates In Hostage Plea

    12/08/2005 1:28:44 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 225+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-8-2005
    Ex-Cuba inmates in hostage plea New video footage shows the men wearing orange jump suits Britain's former Guantanamo detainees call for the release of Norman Kember and three other hostages held in Iraq. Moazzam Begg told the BBC's Newsnight he and his fellow former inmates had been reminded of their ordeal by seeing the 74-year-old Briton in a jumpsuit. UK foreign secretary Jack Straw has repeated calls for the men's release and urged the captors to make contact. Meanwhile, friends and supporters of Mr Kember have been holding a candelit vigil outside Peterborough Cathedral. The Swords of Truth group had...
  • Political Animal (Dems are all giddy about this)

    11/23/2005 7:01:15 AM PST · by Hank All-American · 10 replies · 807+ views
    The Washington Monthly ^ | November 22, 2005 | Steve Benen
    THE GOP'S SCANLON NIGHTMARE....Uber-activist Paul Weyrich told the LA Times a few weeks ago, "I've been talking to some [Republican] members who are scared to death" by the Abramoff affair. Weyrich added, "That one has the potential for blowing into something far larger." With this in mind, it's difficult to overstate just how much Michael Scanlon's plea deal strikes fear into the heart of Congress. A onetime congressional staffer who became a top partner to lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to bribe a congressman and other public officials and agreed to pay back more than $19 million...
  • Guilty Plea, But No Prison (Debra Lafave)

    11/22/2005 11:59:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 69 replies · 4,672+ views ^ | Published: Nov 22, 2005 | CHRIS CHMURA
    TAMPA - Before she could plead not guilty by reason of insanity to charges she committed lewd or lascivious battery on a teenager, Debra Lafave pleaded guilty. But, she will not go to prison. The former Greco Middle School teacher, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy, came to a plea agreement with prosecutors Tuesday. As part of the agreement, Lafave, 25, will serve three years community control (house arrest), and seven years probation. The judge said Lafave could have been sentenced to decades in state prison. "I accept full responsibility for my actions," Lafave told the court. Prosecutor...
  • Bird Flu: Plea For Vaccine Stockpile (EU)

    10/15/2005 4:36:18 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 334+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-15-2005 | Leo Cendrowicz/Helena Smith/John Aglionby
    Bird flu: plea for vaccine stockpile Tough measures agreed to combat virus Leo Cendrowicz in Brussels, Helena Smith in Athens and John Aglionby in Jakarta Saturday October 15, 2005 The Guardian (UK) EU health officials last night demanded tough new measures to prevent the spread of deadly bird flu into Europe, including limits on public access to wetlands in high-risk areas and requirements that some poultry be kept inside. Veterinary experts agreed recommendations from the European commission that will require poultry farmers to be vaccinated against the human flu virus and to remain vigilant for tell-tale signs such as a...
  • Ex-Arkansas Governor Loses Bid to Change Plea (Jim Guy Tucker's tax fraud)

    08/17/2005 3:39:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies · 571+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram ^ | 8/17/05 | KELLY P. KISSEL
    Ex-Ark. Governor Loses Bid to Change Plea By KELLY P. KISSEL Associated Press Writer Jim Guy Tucker LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal appeals court rejected former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker's bid to withdraw his guilty plea in a tax fraud case that arose during the Whitewater investigation of his predecessor, Bill Clinton. Tucker admitted in 1998 that he conspired to impede the Internal Revenue Service by hiding the sale of a cable television business. The plea came two years after he was convicted of fraud in a case also brought by Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr. Tucker resigned but was...
  • Mugabe In Plea For S Africa To Bail Him Out Of Crisis

    07/18/2005 8:02:34 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 592+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-19-2005 | David Blair
    Mugabe in plea for S Africa to bail him out of crisis By David Blair in Johannesburg (Filed: 19/07/2005) President Robert Mugabe's destruction of Zimbabwe's economy began to strike home yesterday after he had to ask South Africa for a rescue package. Unable to arrest the spiralling crisis or buy essential supplies of fuel, Zimbabwe has turned to its powerful neighbour. ‘Embarrassing’: Robert Mugabe has finally acknowledged the gravity of Zimbabwe's situation Senior officials have visited South Africa to request an emergency injection of money likely to run into hundreds of millions of pounds. About one third of Zimbabwe's economy...
  • TRAGIC DAD'S ANGUISH (Retired NYPD Detective Gets 1 To 3 Years For Killing Queens Deli Worker)

    06/15/2005 3:44:03 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies · 897+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 15, 2005 | ALEX GINSBERG
    June 15, 2005 -- The shattered father of a Queens deli clerk shot dead by a retired police detective last fall collapsed in tears yesterday, telling a crowded courtroom how the incident had torn his life apart. "Every day, I miss his smile," said Noe Chametla, 40, of his boy. "Every day, I miss the phrase, 'Papi, I love you.' I don't have the chance to see him grow older, to see him become a man."
  • White Farmers Reject Mugabe Plea To Return (Zimbabwe)

    05/21/2005 5:56:38 PM PDT · by blam · 68 replies · 2,139+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-22-2005 | Toby Harnden
    White farmers reject Mugabe plea to return By Toby Harnden , Chief Foreign Correspondent (Filed: 22/05/2005) White farmers evicted by Robert Mugabe's government have reacted with contempt to an offer that they should return to Zimbabwe to take part in "joint ventures" with those who brutalised them and stole their land.Gideon Gono, the governor of the country's central bank, suggested the idea last Thursday as a possible solution to Zimbabwe's economic crisis. A Zimbabwean woman surveys her devastated maize crop Greg McMurray, a tobacco farmer who fled Zimbabwe in 2001 and is now a grinder at a factory in Wiltshire,...
  • Military Judge Rejects England's Plea Deal

    05/04/2005 11:33:02 AM PDT · by cweese · 159 replies · 6,313+ views ^ | May 4, 2005 | AP
    FORT HOOD, Texas — A military judge on Wednesday rejected Pfc. Lynndie England's guilty plea agreement in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal after another prisoner's testimony cast doubt on the prosecution's case. Earlier in the day, Pvt. Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader in the scandal, contradicted a key part of England's guilty plea, in which she said she knew she was committing wrongful acts when she took part in the mistreatment of Iraqi detainees. Graner said that the notorious photos taken of England at the prison had a legitimate use, endangering England's guilty plea to seven abuse charges. Under...
  • Free Clarence Aaron

    11/30/2004 12:18:53 PM PST · by JZelle · 29 replies · 770+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-30-04 | Debra Saunders
    The small joys of life when you live freely: walking into your kitchen for that first cup of coffee, driving down a curvy back road with no other cars in sight, choosing what you'll fix yourself for dinner. We take for granted these small freedoms -- yet they are freedoms we should value and recognize. A just society does not yank these rights from a young man for the rest of his life for a petty crime. The United States of America did just that when a federal court in Alabama sentenced Clarence Aaron to life without parole for a...
  • A Soldiers Plea: Honor Our Sacrifice in Iraq

    11/05/2004 1:54:55 PM PST · by valleygal · 41 replies · 844+ views
    US Dept. of Defense News ^ | Nov. 5, 2004 | US Army Sgt. 1st Class James Martin
    When Sgt. 1st Class James Martin deployed to Iraq, he had firm, negative opinions about the Iraqi people. Now, the Army National Guard soldier's perspective has changed. By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class James Martin 230th Forward Support Battalion BAGHDAD, Iraq — Today I was sitting in the foyer of the clinic in Iraq. It had been a fairly busy day: a couple of cases of pink-eye, a few upper respiratory infections, many muscle strains, a broken leg. We treated about 50 soldiers and one Iraqi civilian who was trying to get something out of a car just before it...
  • NY: Anti-war group says it will cancel rally if park plea is denied (will march by convention site)

    08/24/2004 4:48:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 453+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/24/04 | Samuel Maull - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - Anti-war activists planning a major demonstration on the eve of the Republican National Convention said Tuesday they will cancel a rally if they are denied permission to hold it in Central Park. The anti-war group, United for Peace and Justice, and city lawyers met for a hearing before state Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Silbermann, who is considering whether the expected crowd of 250,000 people can assemble in the park on Sunday for a rally that the city argues would ruin the grass. The rally, featuring several speakers and an afternoon of programs, would follow a march...
  • Levin: Kobe talking plea deal for non-sex crime

    08/04/2004 10:56:48 AM PDT · by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY · 605 replies · 8,167+ views
    Harvey Levin via Good Day Live | Self
    According to Harvey Levin ("Celebrity Justice") from sources connected with both sides in Eagle, Colorado: 1) Kobe accepts a plea bargain for a non-sex crime misdemeanor such as Third-Degree assault. (misdemeanor, Kobe might get probation, wouldn't have to register as sex offender). 2) Kobe settles the civil case. Pays a financial settlement. Gives letter of apology saying, "that even though Kobe Bryant belived that he was doing nothing wrong, that she felt she had been assaulted in the hotel room, and for that he was sorry." No plea deals struck, but parties talking about it.
  • Jenkins Ready for Court-Martial (Deserter in North Korea for 40 Years! Weird Story....)

    07/27/2004 1:42:57 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 25 replies · 1,122+ views
    Yomiuri News (Tokyo) in English ^ | 28 July 2004 | Yomiuri News
    (Sgt. Charles Robert) Jenkins Ready for Court-Martial Yomiuri Shimbun Charles Jenkins, the husband of former abductee Hitomi Soga, has confided to his nephew that he is prepared to be court-martialed, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. Jenkins, who is accused of deserting the U.S. Army while stationed in South Korea in 1965, made the comment in a handwritten note delivered to James Hyman before he returned to his North Carolina home last Sunday. Hyman claimed in a press conference Friday in Tokyo that the Japanese government had prevented him from seeing his uncle. In the letter, Jenkins, whose full name...
  • Governor's plea: 'Vote them out'

    07/19/2004 8:23:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 377+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/19/04 | Alexa H. Bluth
    STOCKTON - A day after he ruffled Democratic lawmakers by calling them "girlie men," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pressed ahead Sunday with another shopping mall attack but avoided repeating the reference. The Republican governor didn't soften his theme otherwise, nor shy away from plucking famous lines from his movies to thrill the crowd, as he urged thousands of fans jammed into a food court to unseat Democratic legislators in November if they do not agree to his version of a state spending plan, now 19 days late. "I am going to make you officially right now the terminators," Schwarzenegger said. "If...
  • Italians Reject Hostages Plea

    04/27/2004 5:45:57 PM PDT · by blam · 127+ views
    Italians reject hostages plea (Filed: 28/04/2004) Italy's political leaders refused yesterday to bow to Iraqi kidnappers' threats to kill three Italian hostages unless there are mass protests against their country's military involvement in the country. But the men's relatives urged people to turn out at rallies next week. The men, captured outside Baghdad, were working for a private American security firm. A fourth Italian captive was killed after the kidnappers demanded the withdrawal of Italian troops from Iraq.
  • U.S. Asks for Ceasefire in Fallujah

    04/10/2004 11:49:37 AM PDT · by Archangelsk · 35 replies · 132+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 041004 | Chan and Barbash
    BAGHDAD, April 10 -- Insurgents attacked a U.S. airbase north of Baghdad Saturday with mortars, killing one soldier and wounding two. The death, announced by the Army, came at the close of the most violent week of combat since the capture of the capital a year ago.
  • Disclosure of Limbaugh plea talks draws rebuke

    01/24/2004 6:11:32 AM PST · by AlwaysLurking · 45 replies · 374+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | January 24, 2004 | John Pacenti
    Disclosure of Limbaugh plea talks draws rebuke By John Pacenti, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Saturday, January 24, 2004 WEST PALM BEACH -- The release Friday of hundreds of pages of records about the Rush Limbaugh investigation, including plea negotiations, incensed the radio commentator's attorney and brought renewed charges of a smear campaign by prosecutors. Responding to a conservative legal foundation's request for documents to support such a theory, State Attorney Barry Krischer's office released allegedly confidential letters between Limbaugh's attorney and prosecutors in which each side rejected the other's proposal late last year to make the prescription fraud case...
  • Plea For Bam Rescuers Not To Fly Home (1,000 still alive, buried?)

    12/31/2003 6:08:15 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 166+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-1-2004 | James Astill/David Pallister
    Plea for Bam rescuers not to fly home James Astill in Bam and David Pallister Thursday January 1, 2004 The Guardian (UK) Rescue teams now leaving Bam were implored to stay by the Red Crescent's senior official in the city yesterday, because he believes up to 1,000 people could still be buried alive. In a rebuke to the United Nations' strategy of redirecting resources to relief work, Jalil Tabatabaei said last night: "These [UN] officials think everyone is dead because they have no experience [of earthquakes]. On my calculations, I am sure 1,000 trapped people are still alive; we will...