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  • Sebelius Testifies She Felt Menendez Wanted Her To ‘Take Some Action’

    10/05/2017 7:35:09 AM PDT · by bitt · 17 replies
    the Daily Caller ^ | Oct 4, 2017 | robert donochie
    Former Health and Human Services Administrator Kathleen Sebelius testified Tuesday in Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez’s federal corruption trial, saying she felt at one point he wanted her to “take some action.” Prosecutors allege Menendez used his political power to lobby Sebelius and others on behalf of a Florida eye doctor who overcharged Medicaid by nearly $9 million, reports Politico. In exchange for Menendez’s efforts to save the doctor from “punishment,” prosecutors charge the doctor lavished him with massive political donations and extravagant trips. The trial focused Tuesday on whether Menendez did take a bribe from the doctor, Solomon Melgen, who...
  • Fighting for the 1st Amendment in the Bunkerville Trial (Bundy's)

    10/01/2017 9:49:50 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Redoubt News ^ | September 28, 2017 | Shari Dovale
    Freedom of the Press has been a driving issue in the Bunkerville Standoff trials happening in Las Vegas.From the ‘First Amendment Zone’ to the incarceration of a media reporter, the government has made every attempt to keep the truth from the public.Pete Santilli has been an independent internet journalist for a number of years, reporting on government over reach and wasteful spending.Santilli was the only full-time news media that attended the Bunkerville Standoff. There were other news reporters, but not before most of them watched Pete’s reports on his YouTube channel.The government has repeatedly shown contempt for the US Constitution...
  • At Menendez Trial, Legal Wrestling Over Definition of ‘Constituent’

    09/20/2017 5:40:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/20/17 | NICK CORASANITI
    **SNIP** More broadly, it has inserted a level of rhetorical uncertainty into one of the core principles defining the responsibilities of members of Congress: whether they serve on behalf of the people from their home state, or whether, once elected, they represent much broader interests. The prosecution, citing Black’s Law Dictionary, argued in a brief filed on Tuesday that “the straightforward answer is that Senator Menendez’s constituents are the New Jerseyans that he was elected to represent in the United States Senate.” But the defense, in a brief that was also filed Tuesday, claimed that the term was significantly amorphous...
  • Weiner Pleads for Leniency in Sexting Case, Says Actions ‘Crushed the Aspirations of My Wife’

    09/14/2017 9:06:29 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 48 replies
    freebeacon ^ | September 14, 2017 | David Rutz
    Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner asked for leniency Wednesday in sentencing for his exchange of sexually explicit online messages with a 15-year-old girl, regretting he helped torpedo his wife Huma Abedin's career. In documents filed with a Manhattan federal court, Weiner's lawyers asked for probation mandating treatment and community service, portraying their client as an attention-driven "weak man" in a "self-destructive spiral" with a "sickness." The New York Times reports: The teenage girl first contacted Mr. Weiner on Jan. 23, 2016, and he "responded as a weak man, at the bottom of a self-destructive spiral, and with an addict’s self-serving...
  • Michael Rubin: Reza Zarrab case is Erdogan's nightmare

    09/11/2017 6:23:21 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 11 Sep 2017, 09:53 | ANF News Desk
    Michael Rubin, academic and former staff advisor for Iran and Iraq at the Pentagon, spoke to ANF English service on the inclusion of one of Erdoğan’s former ministers, Zafer Çağlayan, in the case file of Reza Zarrab, its influence on Zarrab’s case and Washington-Ankara relations, and Erdoğan’s planned visit to the U.S. in mid-September. Rubin remarked that the arrest warrant issued for Zafer Çağlayan could be a sign that Zarrab is talking to prosecutors and giving evidence. He said: “That's Erdogan's nightmare, because if Zarrab is talking, then Zarrab is also likely talking about Erdogan's dealings. And the thing with...
  • Bob Menendez is corrupt. But is he much more corrupt than the rest of Washington?

    09/05/2017 10:29:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 5, 2017 | Timothy P. Carney
    Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and his wealthy donor Salomon Melgen engaged in "a corrupt pact spanning seven years," federal prosecutors allege. It was a "bribery scheme," in which Menendez got campaign contributions, chartered flights, luxury accommodations, and more. In return, the senator allegedly took "official action advancing the South Florida eye doctor's personal whims and business interests." Menendez denies all these accusations, and in his defense he will argue that the hundreds of thousands in contributions and the millions worth of gifts he received, combined with the millions in taxpayer cash he tried to get for Melgen,...
  • Female deputy DA found bloody, beaten after gang attack in California: source

    09/01/2017 8:20:52 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 94 replies ^ | September 01, 2017 | Unknown
    A deputy district attorney was the victim of a gruesome gang attack in Orange County, Calif., in an apparent attempt to prevent her from giving closing arguments in a gang murder trial. The woman, whose name has been withheld, stumbled -- bloody and bruised -- into the Newport Workout gym in Newport Beach early Thursday morning, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported. A trainer inside the gym came to her aid.(snip) "I heard things coming out of her mouth like, 'Was I raped?,' 'I was unconscious. I don't know how long,' 'Are they here?,' 'Are they coming?' Still a little scatterbrained,"...
  • Judge Rejects Menendez’s Request To Delay His Corruption Trial Because He’s A Senator

    09/01/2017 1:53:19 PM PDT · by Bullish · 16 replies
    Daily caller ^ | 9-1-17 | Kevin Daly
    A federal judge in New Jersey rejected Sen. Bob Menendez’s request to allow breaks in his criminal trial in order to fulfill his Senate duties, excoriating the senator for seeking “special treatment.” Menendez’s lawyers filed a motion requesting that his upcoming criminal trial take recesses any time the senator is needed in Washington on official business. They argued that forcing the senator to leave an ongoing trial to attend to congressional business would violate his due process rights. “A trial taking place during a session of Congress risks involuntarily denying Senator Menendez his rights to due process and confrontation, unless...
  • Judge blocks Menendez request to delay trial for Senate votes

    09/01/2017 9:53:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept 1, 2017 | Julia Manchester
    A judge has denied a request from Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to delay his corruption trial so he can cast votes in the Senate, calling the request "nigh frivolous." "Defendant Menendez, granted, as are all defendants, with the presumption of innocence, need not appear in court if he does not wish or wants to be absent," Judge William H. Walls said in his reply to Menedez's legal team. "He may voluntarily absent himself. This is his prerogative. All defendants have that right. Such right is not new nor recent. Practically speaking, during any absence his lawyers will be present to...
  • Jury Returns No Convictions for Four Men in Bunkerville Standoff Case

    08/30/2017 7:19:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    PBS Frontline ^ | August 24, 2017 | Sarah Childress
    A Nevada jury dealt another blow this week to the government’s case against participants in an armed uprising against federal agents three years ago. On Tuesday, a jury acquitted two men, Richard Lovelien and Steven Stewart, of all 10 charges against them, and two others, Eric Parker and O. Scott Drexler, on most counts. The jury deadlocked on the remaining charges against Parker and Drexler, and the judge declared a mistrial. This was the second trial for the four men, who had been accused of conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, among other charges. A jury in April...
  • Islamic State fighters face Nineveh Criminal Court as first death sentences handed down

    08/27/2017 3:18:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 35 replies AU ^ | August 28, 2017 6:24am | Matt Young
    “I KEPT the four girls in an abandoned house. Each night I would have sex with a different one,” a grubby looking man said, unperturbed.“Sometimes they seemed scared, but they never said no. They were all virgins when I got them and more beautiful than you can imagine.”It was the world’s single largest military operation in nearly 15 years.The battle for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the largest offensive in the war against Islamic State - and no doubt, the bloodiest - took a mighty three years for allied forces to remove Islamic State’s tight grip.But with freedom, comes...
  • Menendez mess: Trial threatens to sideline senator just as Dems plot Trump resistance

    08/25/2017 1:44:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2017 | Alex Pappas
    The upcoming bribery trial for New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez could have damaging consequences for his party whether or not he's convicted, by sidelining him from Congress just as Democrats gear up to fight the Trump agenda. The senator is now pleading with a federal judge to alter the trial schedule on certain days so he can return to Washington to vote. So far, however, the court has rejected these requests, which the Trump Justice Department has decried as a bid for "special treatment." The timing of the trial, set to begin Sept. 6, is critical. It would fall...
  • Eric Parker Ripped from Witness Stand – Bunkerville Retrial

    08/11/2017 11:25:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    Oathkeepers ^ | 8/11/17
    The Retrial of Defendants Eric Parker, Steven Stewart, Scott Drexler, and Ricky Lovelein took a decided twist today in a Las Vegas Federal courtroom.Cliven Bundy walks by a first amendment area set up by the BLM near Bunkerville, Nev. The defense had already been shot down by Judge Gloria Navarro. Yesterday, the day was spent previewing the defense witness testimony and Navarro refused to allow their witnesses to take the stand. She called the testimony “Not Relevant”.She has made it clear that there is no such thing as self defense against the government, or that of defending anyone else against...

    08/04/2017 8:07:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC 7 News ^ | 8/02/17 | Vic Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO - First a Chinatown gangster dubbed Shrimp Boy and state Senator Leland Yee were both nabbed in a federal corruption sting. Now three others who were also targets of that undercover operation may be going to trial on corruption charges. That's exactly what the judge in this case has to decide - whether or not there's enough evidence and probable cause to go to trial. The three are accused of four counts of bribery and one count of money laundering. All three were high profile city officials. The three defendants are former city Human Rights Commissioner Nazly Mohajer,...
  • Judge won’t allow evidence that might have resulted in hung jury

    07/25/2017 6:25:02 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    Las Vegas Tribune ^ | July 2017 | Thomas Mitchell
    Railroad — to convict with undue haste and by means of false charges or insufficient evidence; to push through hastily or without due consideration Before jury selection began Monday in the retrial of four defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff at the Bundy ranch federal Judge Gloria Navarro granted a prosecution motion to bar presentation of evidence “supporting jury nullification.” In April, in the first of three scheduled trials for the Bunkerville defendants —charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, extortion, assault and impeding federal officers — ended in a mistrial. The jury found only two of six people on trial...
  • Jailed pro-Kurdish leader says fair trial impossible in Erdogan's Turkey

    07/23/2017 4:53:46 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 19, 2017 | Ece Toksabay, Gulsen Solaker
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's jailed pro-Kurdish opposition leader said no judge could stand up to Tayyip Erdogan, expressing doubts he could ever have a fair trial after the president publicly labeled him a terrorist. In a rare interview from prison, Selahattin Demirtas also told Reuters he believed he accepted some blame for failing to halt the collapse of peace talks between the government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
  • Bill Cosby's sexual assault case ends in a mistrial

    06/17/2017 7:58:01 AM PDT · by Enchante · 74 replies
    Bill Cosby's sexual assault case has ended in a mistrial. After six days of deliberation, the seven men and five women selected to serve on the jury were unable to render a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault with which Cosby had been charged. The comedian pleaded not guilty. Kevin R. Steel, the district attorney from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, who brought the charges, has announced he will retry the case.
  • Three Democrat Lawmakers On Witness List For Former Representative Corrine Brown’s Fraud Trial

    04/17/2017 10:44:37 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Madeleine Weast
    Former Rep. Corrine Brown (D., Fla.) / AP The attorney for former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown (Fla.) named three members of Congress, all fellow Democrats, as potential defense witnesses for Brown's upcoming fraud trial. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas), Bennie Thompson (D., Miss), and Marcia Fudge, (D., Ohio) were all named on the witness list, filed Friday evening with Jacksonville, Florida's federal court, and are expected to be asked about Brown's involvement with causes she addressed in Congress, the Florida Times-Union reported over the weekend. Jesse Jackson, University of North Florida President John Delaney, and civil rights activists Martin...
  • Judges orders trial for Argentina ex-president (Cristina Kirchner - charged w/fiscal mismanagement)

    03/23/2017 10:19:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    AFP on Yahoo! ^ | 3/23/17 | AFP
    Buenos Aires (AFP) - A judge on Thursday ordered Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner to stand trial on charges of financial mismanagement. It is the first of several cases against the combative 64-year-old leftist leader to go to trial. A string of cases targeting Kirchner and her rival, current President Mauricio Macri, are clouding Argentine politics ahead of mid-term elections later this year. Kirchner is accused of ordering the central bank to sell dollar futures at artificially low prices, causing Argentina to lose hundreds of millions. She denies wrongdoing. Kirchner's defenders say she should not be prosecuted for a mishandled...
  • In Marksville officer's trial, jury is picked after five days

    03/17/2017 5:15:49 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    MARKSVILLE -- A jury has been picked in the trial for one of two Louisiana law-enforcement officers charged with murder in a 6-year-old boy's shooting death. Twelve jurors and two alternates are scheduled to hear attorneys' opening statements on Monday (March 20) for Derrick Stafford's trial. The Town Talk reports that jury selection ended Friday. The judge, prosecutors and Stafford's attorneys had spent five days questioning dozens of prospective jurors.