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Blind drunk on vodka, the teenage girl had to be held upright by the young men she was drinking with as she slumped head-down, eyes-closed behind a suburban apartment complex. But an Arlington Heights cop called to deal with the underage boozers let a 20-year-old felon and two drunk teenage boys carry the girl away without asking questions — and minutes later officers in neighboring Mount Prospect caught the males raping her in a laundry room, a lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges.

The lawsuit — filed by attorneys for a victim identified as “Jane Doe” — alleges negligence by the Village of Arlington Heights and the officer, Mark Del Boccio. It isn’t the first time former Chicago cop Del Boccio, 37, has been sued.

Del Boccio left the Chicago Police Department after he ran over two kids with his squad car in 2004 — killing one and permanently injuring the other. The family of the dead 8-year-old boy in that case, Gregory Jones, alleges in a pending lawsuit that Del Boccio lied when he told his bosses he was in hot pursuit of a gunman at the time. Village officials should have done a background check on Del Boccio that revealed his earlier problems in Chicago, they say.

Jane Doe’s attorneys say Del Boccio could have prevented the May 2009 rape if he’d asked the males with the girl for ID, because one was on probation for armed robbery, and all three were underage for drinking. The officer also failed to offer the girl a ride or medical attention and told a security guard who’d dialed 911 that the males were taking the girl home, they allege.

The 20-year-old rapist, Christopher Balodimas, is serving a six-year sentence for criminal sexual assault after Mount Prospect officers caught him raping the girl at the apartment complex on the border of the two suburbs in the 900 block of East Golf Road, court records show. The teenage boys were not charged, the girl’s attorney Steven Gartski said. Del Boccio and village officials declined to comment Wednesday.

NYPD - Ticket Fix!

April 12, 2011

NEW YORK (WCJB) – A major ticket-fixing scandal has rocked the NYPD. Sources said on Monday that grand jury indictments are expected “shortly” and that as many as 40 cops could face the music in the Bronx alone. A grand jury is reportedly considering bribery and larceny charges against dozens of cops, who, sources said, performed an NYPD magic trick — they made tickets disappear in exchange for gifts. Tight-lipped top cop Ray Kelly confirmed the case. “We expect officers to enforce the law objectively,” Kelly told media sources. “There should be no favoritism at all.” Sources say NYPD Internal Affairs investigators have been secretly wire-tapping calls made to and from dozens of police officers and reportedly have thousands of hours of tapes.

The case reportedly started by accident. Apparently the owner of a barbershop not far from the 43d Precinct in the Bronx called his cop son to see about fixing a ticket. Unbeknownst to the cop the telephone was being tapped by Internal Affairs officers who were investigating local drug trafficking. The same Sources said that union delegates were among those asked to fix the tickets, and, among the cops under investigation, more than two dozen face potential felony charges, while another 10 could face lesser charges like obstruction of government administration.

Sources also said that although the case began in the Bronx, prosecutors in at least two other boroughs have pieces of the probe, which is why it was asked of the police commissioner if a federal prosecutor should be brought in to oversee things. “I think the district attorneys, the local district attorneys and the Internal Affairs Bureau are fully capable of doing this investigation,” Kelly said. Some wonder if the Bloomberg administration policy of increased ticketing revenue, which has raised half a billion dollars since he took office, has led to increased efforts by the public to get tickets fixed any way they can.

“I don’t know whether we’re overzealous or under-zealous,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “I’m sure there is somebody who went over the line, but they’d be very few and far between.” Internal Affairs probers pulled summonses issued by 12 Bronx precincts last September. Records were also reportedly pulled at precincts in other boroughs. After the probe began the NYPD instituted a new electronic tracking system for summonses, making it tougher to fix tickets.

Bad Cops!

October 11, 2010

PARKER, FL — A Parker police officer was charged with child molestation.

The Bay County Sheriff’s deputy was charged with rape. The Springfield officer was accused of rape but ultimately charged with lying to investigators. Another deputy was charged with stealing from the evidence room. Money also went missing from the evidence room at the Lynn Haven Police Department. Two Bay County jail employees were charged with bringing contraband into the jail.

The Panama City Beach officer resigned during an internal investigation about how he allegedly attacked a man in his custody. The Panama City officers were reprimanded for failing to correctly handle a DUI involving a prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office.

And then, last week, a Parker Officer was charged with murder.

Over the past three years nearly every law enforcement agency in the county has had at least one incident involving, at worst, criminal activity or, at best, negligent behavior by their own officers.

These things happen, officials said, and when they happen administrators have two options — they can try to sweep it under a dirty rug or they can tackle it head on and arrest an officer who has broken the law.

“I think that it is important for an agency to keep your house clean,” said Maj. Tommy Ford of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. “When you determine that there is an officer that is doing something wrong you have to be very proactive at getting to the bottom of it.”

Sometimes, when the issue is not criminal in nature, deputies can be dealt with internally, Ford added, but the sheriff is adamant that if deputies break the law they must be arrested and charged like anyone else.

“The sheriff has had the very unpleasant task of arresting several people here who have crossed the line,” Ford said. “I truly believe 99 percent plus of the officers here are very good officers. And that’s why it affects us so much when we have one who betrays our trust.”

Springfield Police Chief Phillip Thorne agrees.

“The best way we can show trust with the people is to deal with it,” he said. “If we start trying to hide it or cover it up … we open up a whole other can of worms.”


There are two ways to severely punish officers who cross the line. One, is to take away their credentials so that they can no longer work as a law enforcement officer and the other is to charge them with a crime.

Sgt. Mark Fogarty received both types of punishment. In August of 2008 the Springfield Police officer was accused of raping a woman while on duty. Investigators said he initially stated he had not had sex with the woman. Then in a subsequent interview he said the pair had had consensual sex. While the woman said she was raped investigators said they did not have enough evidence to move forward with that charge.

Fogarty was ultimately charged with making false statements to law enforcement officers. According to court records he completed a pre-trial intervention program and, as part of the program, the charges were dismissed. However, the case was forwarded to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, which is staffed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Fogarty gave up his credentials and the right to ever again be a law enforcement officer in Florida, Thorne said.

Amy Nicole Vickers, the Bay County deputy charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing $4,500 from an evidence property room in January of 2009 eventually plead no contest in the case and was sentenced to probation and ordered to surrender her law enforcement credentials. That was same fate that befell Angela Chiles after she pleaded no contest to introduction of contraband and unlawful compensation for official behavior. Chiles and Shannon Copeland were charged criminally in November and December of 2008 after they had dealings with the same inmate.

Copeland was charged with sexual misconduct with an inmate and introduction of contraband and after pleading guilty was sentenced to probation.

The case against a Parker Police officer, Rocky Kummer, who was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a child was dropped in June of this year because, according to court records, the victim did not wish to prosecute or to participate in the prosecution.

The State Attorney’s Office requested that another agency handle the criminal case against Benjamin Logue, the BCSO deputy charged in June of 2010 with sexual battery by a law enforcement officer. That case is ongoing in Pensacola.

However, State Attorney Glenn Hess said this week that his office will be prosecuting Mark Bomia, the Parker officer charged with murder. Hess also praised the work done by the Parker Police Department and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office on the case.

“Investigator (Aaron) Wilson had the presence of mind to confer with the State Attorney’s Office and request assistance from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office,” Hess said. “All of that makes infinite sense.”

The local cases are just a small selection of charges made against officers in the state of Florida on any given year, according to records kept by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

In 2009, 130 sworn law enforcement officers were either charged criminally or disciplined for a myriad of offenses ranging from homicide, kidnapping and sexual assault to stalking, perjury or official misconduct. In the same year 328 corrections officers were disciplined for similar offenses.

In 2008 158 law enforcement officers were disciplined along with 425 corrections officers. In 2007 160 officers and 341 corrections officers were disciplined, according to the FDLE report.


During a press conference on Monday Parker Police Chief Charles Sweatt said there were no outward signs before the slaying that one of his officers could commit such an act.

However, sometimes there are signals, officials said, and local agencies do what they can to weed out problems during the interview process.

“We do try to help officers when the warning signs are there,” Ford said. Sometimes that means counseling or help from peers and supervisors, he added.

The strongest solution may be to not hire an employee at all.

The Sheriff’s Office orders psychological tests, does intensive background checks and orders all applicants to take a polygraph test before they are allowed to join the agency, Ford said. During the background check officials try to find out if applicants have had problems with their neighbors or if they have bad credit histories, Ford said.

Those are all “indicators of issues that may affect the job,” he added.

Law enforcement is a stressful and dangerous job, Ford said, adding that lots of people have stressful and dangerous jobs.

“The important thing to remember is police officers, deputies are people too,” Ford said. “They have the same personal problems and issues that anyone has.”

Sometimes they fail but it doesn’t happen often, Thorne said. When it does happen the officers that remain should still hold their heads high, he added.

“We simply hold our heads up and say, ‘Look we dealt with that. We are not that individual.’ ”

Dallas Trooper Brutality!

October 5, 2010

In what seems to be another case of police brutality, Arturo Perez a former Department of Public Safety trooper who obviously used excessive force as seen in this video, is now facing criminal charges. The incident occurred on the Dallas North Tollway in October of 2009.

DALLAS, TX - A Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper retires after being accused of excessive force. Trooper Arturo Perez was arresting a woman for DWI when she says he snapped and hurt her. Whitney Fox was driving on the Dallas North Tollway near the Lemmon Avenue exit when it all happened about 3 weeks ago.

"I've been a felony prosecutor - I've been State District Judge - I've been in private practice in all the years I've been doing this I have never seen anything this bad," says Fox's attorney. He is talking about the dash cam video from Perez's squad car, which can be viewed above.

The 22-year-old from Plano (pictured above, center) called for help just before 3 a.m. on October 10 after she crashed into the wall along the Tollway. Her attorney says Fox suffered minor injuries when her airbag deployed. He says she was trying to tell Perez that her friend grabbed the wheel and caused the crash, but he wouldn't listen and instead handcuffed her for drunk driving. Fox's attorney says Perez then slammed her against the wall. "He picked her up off the ground threw her head into a concrete wall and split open her chin." Fox had to be treated for a deep gash in her chin, she also had cuts on her knees. She's had two surgeries so far. Perez has told investigators she resisted and was not cooperating, her attorney insists that was not the case. "This could be your child, your daughter, your wife, your mother, your girlfriend, your sister this is not supposed to happen," says Fox's attorney.

The Department of Public Safety says they were in the process of firing Perez, but he retired. In a statement DPS Director Steven McGraw says "Our Troopers receive the best instruction available in the world on use of force issues, and we do not tolerate behavior that so clearly contradicts that training as evident in this instance," McCraw said. "Ultimately, it is my obligation to remove from duty any employee who cannot perform consistent with our training, standards and mission to provide public safety." Texas Rangers are now investigating.

According to DPS, excessive force during an arrest can result in criminal charges for official oppression under the Texas Penal Code. Perez joined DPS in 2006 and previously worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for about 16 years.

Dallas PD Strikes Again!

September 16, 2010

Copper Thief!

September 18, 2010

ALAMEDA, CA -- A former Alameda police parking technician is under investigation after an internal review allegedly showed he falsified his time sheets and was paid more than $16,000 for time that he never worked. The 26-year-old man could face embezzlement and other charges after the Alameda County District Attorney's Office finishes reviewing the case. Police did not release the name of the former technician, who was fired Sept. 8, 2010 saying it was a personnel issue. The man had worked for the city since January 2007. He is suspected of falsifying his time sheets the same month that he began the job and continuing to do it sporadically through Aug. 28, 2010 of this year, police records show.

Alameda police Sgt. Steve Deutsche, who oversees the department's traffic unit, says he discovered the discrepancies Sept. 2, which led to the investigation and the man's termination. His fluctuating work schedule -- plus the fact that his supervisors trusted the entries on his time sheet were accurate -- are reasons why the discrepancies were not discovered earlier, acting police Chief Mike Noonan said Friday. The man was fired rather than placed on administrative. Noonan said. A police report on the case was filed Thursday. Total loss was just over $16,045.

Along with asking the district attorney's office to criminally prosecute the former parking technician, police are asking prosecutors to seek full restitution for what they say the man was wrongly paid.

In the wake of the incident, police said they have kicked off a "comprehensive managerial analysis" of part-time employee time sheet procedures within the department, and that they have taken steps so that any future discrepancies are discovered sooner.

The case comes on the heels of accusations that Alameda fire Chief Dave Kapler used city gas pumps to fuel his personal vehicle, which led city leaders to recently place him on administrative leave.

Kapler has denied wrongdoing, saying he was allowed use of city gas as part of his contract through a verbal agreement with former City Manager Debra Kurita.

Ice Murder!

August 12, 2010

BROWNSVILLE — Using his service weapon that he retrieved from his car, an off-duty Customs and Border Protection officer shot and killed a nightclub owner early Monday, authorities said, moments after the officer was reportedly chased from the bar. The officer, whom authorities would not identify, was arrested in the wake of the fatal shooting of Fermin Limon, 49, owner of the Punto 3 Night Club in Mission, Hidalgo County sheriff's officials said. No charges were immediately filed.

Sheriff Lupe Treviño said Monday the officer told deputies the 1:30 a.m. shooting at the busy club was in self-defense, as the club owner also was armed. But Treviño said he was hard-pressed to justify the shooting and questioned why the officer, who went to his vehicle to get his weapon, didn't decide to leave the scene. “If he had enough time to go to his vehicle ... why didn't he just drive away?” he said.

Felix Garza, a spokesman for the CBP, said the agency was aware of the fatal shooting but deferred questions to the sheriff's office. He said he was unable to comment on the department's policy for the use of weapons off-duty. Nor would he say whether the officer, whom he also would not identify, was placed on administrative leave. “For now, we're not commenting,” he said.

According to a police report, the officer, who was with his wife and brother, told authorities he shot someone after he was chased from the bar following an argument. He also said he thought the victim was going to shoot him first.

The officer retrieved his H&K .40-caliber handgun from his car, and while witnesses at first said Limon was not armed, Treviño later said a “very reliable and credible witness” reported that Limon had a gun. After Limon was shot, he took cover behind a vehicle and handed his weapon to another person, Treviño said. The third person shot back at the customs officer, according to Treviño's report. “The evidence at the scene strongly (corroborates) this witness statement,” Treviño said.

Stephen James Tonello

October 28, 2009

GRAND JUNCTION (WCJB)- More trouble for law enforcement on the Western Slope.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office arrested a Palisade police officer on Friday on allegations he harassed his ex-girlfriend. 26-year-old Stephen James Tonello (pictured below) is the third Grand Valley law enforcement officer accused of criminal conduct in the past two months.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office inmate inquiry system, Officer Tonello is out of jail after posting bail.

The sheriff's office is investigating the case. We've obtained the arrest affidavit and will have more information for you.

Officer Courtney Crooks

In August 2009, Grand Junction police officer Courtney Crooks (pictured below) was arrested on charges of harassment while off-duty. Crooks’ wife allegedly told deputies that her husband grabbed her by the back of the neck on Aug. 18, 2009 during at incident at the family’s home, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

According to police, Crooks was born in Hartford, Conn., attended Pensacola Christian College in Florida, received his associate degree in law enforcement in May 2006 and became a police cadet in Grand Junction two years ago. In a letter recently sent to the District Attorney’s Office, Crooks’ wife asked prosecutors to drop the case and expressed fears her husband would lose his job.

“It has gotten blown way out of proportion,” she wrote in the letter. “I never wanted this to happen and my husband does not deserve this.”

Facing domestic violence charges Crooks later resigned from the police department. Crooks, 24, wrote in a letter of resignation that he’ll seek career opportunities elsewhere. Crooks’ last day was Sept. 16, 2009. He had been on unpaid leave from the department since his arrest Aug. 28, 2009 on misdemeanor allegations of physical harassment related to the August 18th incident involving his wife.

City Attorney John Shaver on Friday denied access to Crooks’ letter of resignation. When questioned, city officials said Crooks was no longer with the department but refused to say whether he resigned or if he was fired. Crooks is free on bond and scheduled to return to court this month.

Police have said two internal investigations focused on Crooks were closed by the department last week after Crooks’ departure. Shaver said Crooks will get no post-employment compensation, or severance pay. Per city policy, Crooks could be paid for unused leave, Shaver said. It wasn’t immediately clear if Crooks was owed such monies.

Officer Glenn Coyne

Just a few weeks later, Officer Glenn Coyne was arrested Oct. 1, 2009 on suspicion of first-degree burglary and first-degree sexual assault. Coyne was working under probationary status, which was punishment handed down after an internal investigation found that he had violated department policy during another incident involving a separate woman that Coyne encountered while off duty in December 2008. The District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute the case criminally, citing a lack of evidence.

Grand Junction Police Officer Glenn Coyne was fired by the department in a face-to-face meeting at the jail with Deputy Chief John Zen. He was being held on suspicion he sexually assaulted a woman in her home earlier this week. Coyne, 35, said little before he was ordered held on $250,000 bond in a brief hearing before County Court Judge Bruce Raaum, who advised Coyne of possible penalties, including lifetime supervision or prison, if convicted of first-degree sexual assault and first-degree burglary.

A "stressed" Glenn Coyne on Saturday had little to say but was eager to defend himself against sexual assault allegations that ended his 10-year career in law enforcement, according to a Montrose bail bondsman.

Coyne was later found dead in a Jefferson County hotel room, authorities said. His body was found about 1:35 p.m. Tuesday by a staff member of the Days Inn hotel in the 15000 block of West Colfax Avenue. Coyne worked for the Santa Rosa County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department from November 2002 to February 2006, when he resigned. Coyne was the subject of extensive checks by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked before he joined the Grand Junction Police Department.

Coyne was married with two children; the family has a home on Orchard Mesa.

San Bernadino Police

October 27, 2009

San Bernardino Police Beating Victim Face Down in California. - Oct 23, 2009

Cop trys to get witness ID and info on what they had seen during the incident but, witness does not give in. (See: Criminal Cops! - Part I)

Miguel Mejia

October 15, 2009

The District Attorney is weighing possible criminal charges for an off-duty sheriff's deputy accused of hitting a man in the head with his service pistol during an argument in Glendora. Glendora Police say Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy Miguel Mejia struck 23-year-old Cal Poly Pomona student Chad Phillips on Sunday during a fight over a relative's unpaid utility bills. Phillips required nine stitches to close a cut over his eye and another on his forehead.

"The situation escalated from verbal to physical to eventually guns being displayed on both sides," Glendora Police Lt. Tim Staab said.

The case was submitted to the District Attorney's office for review on Thursday. Mejia declined to comment after he answered the phone at Sheriff's East Los Angeles Station. He is a sergeant who oversees the station's detective bureau.

The disagreement arose over a $70 share of a utility bill owed by Mejia's niece, which was left unpaid when she moved out of the house she shared with Phillips and several other roommates, authorities said. Phillips, whose girlfriend is also a roommate in the house, allegedly sent the Mejia family nasty messages about the bill.

The woman paid her debt to the landlord a few hours before Mejia arrived at the home in the 1000 block of East Dalton Avenue, according to roommate Tiffany Triplett. But the Mejias were still angry about the tone of the messages. Phillips and friends who were at the house said Mejia was violent from the moment he arrived. Triplett said the incident started when she cracked the front door open for him at about 4 p.m.

"He started pushing his way through the door," Triplett said. "He was yelling `I'm a sheriff, I lock up pieces of (expletive) like you all day."' Triplett said Mejia knocked her head into a brick wall and punched a female roommate in the face. Phillips came running. Almost as soon as he arrived, the deputy pulled out a gun, he said. "I went to the front door and saw him punch my girlfriend in the face," Phillips said. "When I ran out to help her, he reached to his right, grabbed a gun, pointed it in my face and said `I'm going to kill you."' Phillips said that's when Mejia hit him repeatedly with the gun.

Triplett said she retrieved an air rifle to help fend off Mejia. She said she hit him in the head with it. After she did so, the deputy turned his gun toward her, she said. "He pointed it right in my face," Triplett said.

Mejia eventually left for the Glendora Police Station, where he reported the incident and surrendered his gun. Investigators say Mejia told them he pulled his gun only after Triplett produced the air rifle.

"We've got statements from both sides," Staab said. "What we have to determine is who broke the law and who started the fight." A spokesman for the District Attorney said she did not know when a decision on criminal charges would be made.

Meanwhile, Mejia was back at work on Thursday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the department assigned him another gun to use while the investigation is pending.

David Hendrick

October 13, 2009

New York City Police officer was suspended without pay Monday following his arrest Sunday on charges that he pointed his gun at a group of passengers on a Long Island Rail Road train while off duty, law enforcement officials said. Officer David Hendrick, 38, of Brentwood pleaded not guilty Monday, October 12, 2009 in Nassau District Court in Hempstead to charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor. He was held on $2,500 bond or $1,000 cash. If convicted, Hendrick faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. Nassau District Court Judge Andrea Phoenix issued orders of protection for the four passengers. Hendrick’s attorney did not return a call for comment.

According to MTA Police, Hendrick was riding a Ronkonkoma-bound train that left Penn Station at 9:17 p.m. Sunday, MTA police said. MTA police said Hendrick was attempting to quiet down a group of unruly passengers on a train containing several hockey fans returning from a New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. MTA and Nassau police removed Hendrick from the train at the Mineola station and arrested him, MTA police said. The train was delayed for nearly a half-hour at the station.

NYPD officials declined to comment Monday other than to say Hendrick had been suspended without pay. They would not say how long Hendrick had been on the department or where he was assigned.

Monday, October 19, 2009

University of California Crime!

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Evansville, Ind. - Martin Montgomery of the Evansville Police Department is alleged to have transformed from cop to criminal, using his power and position to sexually assault two women he encountered while patrolling the streets of Evansville. Montgomery is charged with criminal deviate conduct, a class B felony.

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Online Predator!

Posted: 03/24/2014 12:13:40 PM PDT - Updated: 11/12/2014 02:35:12 PM PST

OAKLAND, CA (WCJB) — David Busby, 61, of Richmond, was convicted following a three-day trial that ended on Sept. 19 to possessing and accessing child pornography with intent to view the material. Busby was a computer technician at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a registered sex offender based on a prior conviction, she said. According to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Busby was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday. Busby was caught downloading child pornography while at work, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Busby worked part time at National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, which is affiliated with Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, she said. A network security analyst detected traffic indicative of child pornography on NERSC's computer network. The child porn was later tracked to a laptop computer used by Busby, according to Haag. Shortly after the discovery, Busby allegedly admitted to authorities that he downloaded child pornography to two work computers, kept the material for a period of time, then deleted the images, according to Haag. A forensic examination revealed 1,400 images had been deleted from the computers, she said.

Busby was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 9 in a superseding indictment, according to Haag. Busby’s defense claimed he downloaded the pictures by mistake and intended to access legal child modeling sites. Busby was remanded into custody after his trial and was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release, she said.

Cal Predators!

Posted: 01/10/2013 12:13:40 PM PST - Updated: 01/10/2013 07:35:12 PM PST

LAS VEGAS, NV -- A University of California, Berkeley law school student accused in the death and decapitation of an exotic bird at a Las Vegas resort attraction has pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge against him.

A Las Vegas media sources reported that (http://bit.ly/SmFc5v ) Eric Cuellar pleaded Thursday to instigating or engaging in animal cruelty.

He was sentenced to 48 hours of community service and an alcohol counseling class, and also ordered to pay a $200 fine and $150 in restitution to the Flamingo resort.

Police say 24-year-old Cuellar and fellow law student Justin Teixeira (tuh-SHARE'-uh) were seen Oct. 12 laughing and throwing around the body of a dead, 14-year-old helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat.

Teixeira faces a felony charge of killing another person's animal and other torture and cruelty counts.

Posted: 12/27/2012 11:56:27 AM PST - Updated: 12/29/2012 04:46:54 AM PST

Las Vegas, NV -- Prosecutors filed charges Thursday against two UC Berkeley law school students accused of decapitating an exotic bird at a Las Vegas casino earlier this year. The charges against Justin Teixeira, 24, include felony killing and felony torturing of an animal, while Eric Cuellar, 24, faces a misdemeanor charge of instigating, engaging in or furthering an act of animal cruelty.

"This was a cruel and malicious act," Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said in a statement, adding that an investigation is ongoing and could result in criminal charges against others. "It is important to hold people accountable for their actions."

Police said the two men were seen Oct. 12 laughing and throwing around the body of a dead, 14-year-old helmeted guinea fowl at the Flamingo resort-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The large bird named Turk was part of the Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat, a garden area with ponds and streams that houses many types of birds.

Surveillance video captured the men chasing the bird into some trees, authorities said, and witnesses told police the two emerged carrying the bird's body and severed head.

Richard Schonfeld, an attorney representing Cuellar, said he was pleased prosecutors opted for a lesser charge for his client.

"Eric has an exemplary background, and I'm pleased the DA chose to proceed with a misdemeanor," said Schonfeld, whose client faces up to six months in jail if convicted. "It's an acknowledgment that he did not physically harm the bird."

If convicted on all charges, Teixeira could be sentenced to prison time. His attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment Thursday afternoon.

Criminal charges -- especially felonies -- can affect a person's future in the legal field. The State Bar of California, for example, requires applicants to demonstrate good moral character. A statement on the bar's website notes that people convicted of violent felonies or felonies involving moral turpitude "are presumed not to be of good moral character in the absence of a pardon or a showing of overwhelming reform and rehabilitation."

UC Berkeley officials were unavailable for comment Thursday, but a statement by law school Dean Christopher Edley posted to the school's website in October said there is not much the school will do to the two students other than alert state bar authorities "of relevant issues."

"We cannot punish someone because of behavior in Las Vegas or elsewhere that tarnished our image or offended widely shared values," Edley said. "Even if criminal." He also said university lawyers told him that the university conduct code "severely limits our ability to discipline off-campus behavior."

Cal Pimpin'!

August 31, 2011

A former high school football star from Fresno who played with little acclaim at Cal is being held without bail in Santa Clara County Jail on charges of domestic violence, sexual assault and pimping. San Jose police gave few details about Tracy Slocum Jr., 23, who was arrested Friday in Fresno by federal marshals and Fresno police and then brought to San Jose. The arrest followed a month-long, multi-jurisdictional investigation, according to San Jose Police Officer Jose Garcia. Investigators suspect Slocum was a pimp in several cities over the last few months, he said. Garcia said officers believe there may be victims in the case who have not yet come forward.

After a stellar football career at Clovis East High School in Fresno, Slocum was heavily recruited by a number of top schools but decided on UC Berkeley. He spent three years at Cal but didn't play much. He then took a year off before joining the Fresno State Bulldogs as a walk-on. Slocum told a Fresno TV station last year that he saw his senior year as a Bulldog as a second chance after his tenure at Cal "didn't work out."

"It's a great opportunity" he said. "That's why I'm here."

Israeli Rapist!

March 22, 2011

Jerusalem (WCJB) -- A Tel Aviv district court Tuesday sentenced former Israeli President Moshe Katsav to seven years in prison on multiple charges of rape and sexual harassment. The case involved three women -- two in the president's office and one in the Tourism Ministry. In late December, the three-judge panel found Katsav guilty of two charges of rape, two charges of forceful sexual harassment and one charge of sexual harassment.

Katsav had agreed in 2007 to plead guilty to lesser charges and pay a fine to avoid jail time, but he pulled out of the deal when it came time to enter his plea. The plea bargain caused a public storm in Israel, mainly because it did not include charges of rape, contrary to what had been suggested in a draft indictment. Katsav, of the center-right Likud Party, was president of Israel from 2000 to 2007. He was minister of tourism before that. The charges stem from allegations made against him in both jobs.

2010: Moshe Katsav convicted of rape.

UC KKK Chapter!

July 29, 2010 SAN DIEGO — Police at the University of California, San Diego, are investigating a noose that was found in a campus building in what may be the latest in a series of racially charged incidents on UC Campuses. School spokesman Jeffrey Gattas says a thin piece of rope fashioned in a crude loop was found last week hanging from a stairwell. To many African-Americans, nooses are a symbol of historical oppression and lynchings. In February, an off-campus party mocking Black History Month sparked controversy and campus protests were held after a noose was found dangling in the library. A student later admitted placing it, apologized and was suspended. In March, a KKK-style hood was found draped over a campus statue. Blacks comprise less than 2 percent of UCSD undergraduates.

U.C. Berkeley: Black Male Dead!

July 7, 2010
Warning to Black Males: Black males, particularly African-American males should use extreme caution when entering the U.C. Campuses, specifically, U.C. San Diego and U.C. Berkeley. The police department is racist and murderous. The campuses represent hostile environments for African-American males. There exists a significant chance (greater than 75%) that you will be injured, arrested, or possibly killed. If you must enter any U.C. Campus, you should consider arming yourself for self-defense purposes!
[A] Sacramento State University student, Nicholas Bailey, 21, (pictured left) who was found unconscious in the 2500 block of Haste Street around 9 am July 2, 2010 at the UC Berkeley Campus, died at Highland Hospital on July 4, two days after he had been discovered lying on the street under a balcony, suffering from head trauma and abrasions around his hands, according to news reports. He was removed from life support after his organs were donated. Bailey was last seen around 1:30 am Friday at Blake’s on Telegraph, about a block away from the campus, according to UC police. Bailey left the bar to walk a female friend home. When he was discovered that morning, UC Berkeley police did not investigate or consider that he had died under suspicious circumstances, Bailey family members told media television. He was suffering from seizures and police at first thought Bailey had fallen from a balcony, according to family members. It was only after an autopsy revealed that he had died from blunt head trauma that police informed the family that an assault may have happened. Bailey had graduated from Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, attended Holy Names University in Oakland for a year on a basketball scholarship, and was majoring in criminal justice at Sacramento State, according to bay area newspapers and media outlets. June 27, 2010 Shaquille Richardson (pictured above) pounds his chest after scoring the first touchdown for Los Alamitos against La Habra. Richardson is facing felony theft charges after allegedly stealing a woman's purse at UCLA. LOS ALAMITOS – Three UCLA football players were arrested for felony theft after allegations that they stole a student's purse from a dormitory cafeteria, police said. Freshmen Joshua Shirley, Paul Richardson and Shaquille Richardson, who is a former Los Alamitos High School football corner back, were arrested on Thursday by UCLA campus police. A woman called campus police on Wednesday to report her purse missing from the Hendrick Hall dormitory storage area near the dining hall, the Associated Press reported. University police investigated the incident and arrested the three cousins, who were booked at the county jail and released on Thursday, AP reported. The Richardsons were released on $20,000 bail and Shirley was released without bail. June 10, 2010 Los Angeles, CA - Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has been fined $95,000 by state officials for failing to prevent unauthorized employees from accessing patient information, the latest in a series of privacy breaches at the prestigious hospital that has struggled to protect the medical information of its celebrity patients. The fine, one of five privacy-related penalties announced by the state Thursday, is tied to multiple violations of the same patient's records and led to the firing of two employees. Two other people who accessed the patient's information were contracted by a firm that works at the hospital, UCLA officials said. The breaches began June 30 of last year, five days after the deaths of Michael Jackson, who died at the hospital, and Farrah Fawcett, a former patient who had previously had her UCLA medical files breached. The state report identified the person whose records were improperly viewed as a "deceased patient." UCLA spokeswoman Dale Tate declined to identify the patient involved or whether the patient was a celebrity.

White Power

March 6, 2010 First, there was the Compton Cookout, an off-campus party involving University of California, San Diego students which celebrated Black History Month by encouraging guests to mock blacks via ghetto stereotypes. Then, a noose was discovered in UCSD's library. And that's not all. On March 2, a KKK-style hood was found on the UCSD campus. What in the world is going on? Perhaps if these incidents were only occurring at UCSD, they could be written off as the acts of attention-seeking students there trying to score as much notoriety as those who organized the Compton Cookout did. But these racially-charged incidents have spread beyond the San Diego campus. At UC Davis recently, a black student found a swastika carved into her dorm room door, the Associated Press reported. Also, at UC Santa Cruz, known in the University of California system as being a left-leaning "hippie" school, the image of a noose was found scribbled on the inside of a bathroom door with the words "San Diego" and "lynch" written on either side of it, according to AP. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently spoke out about the series of racially-tinged incidents occurring throughout universities. "I am deeply troubled by the horrific incidents that recently took place on various campuses of the University of California system," he stated. "There is no excuse for this kind of behavior in our system of higher education or anywhere else, and it will not be tolerated." Unfortunately, these incidents aren't just taking place at the University of California. A Los Angeles elementary school became the latest site of a Black History mockup when three white male teachers decided to "honor" the occasion by having students carry portraits of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul in a Black History Month parade. Children from other classes at the school displayed photos of more appropriate black role models, such as Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman and President Barack Obama, AP reported, but these teachers thought it would be funny to honor Black History Month by choosing less than honorable figures as heroes (although I personally have no issue with RuPaul. Unlike the other two, RuPaul has not been in trouble with the law, to my knowledge.) The teachers responsible for the stint have since been placed on administrative leave, and rightfully so. If they object to Black History Month, that's their prerogative, but involving impressionable young students in their mockup was outright irresponsible, not to mention unbecoming of an educator. Last in my roundup of insensitive Black History Month stints are the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Missouri. At Reno, a white actor in a student comedy troupe appeared in blackface to portray President Barack Obama, AP reported. The same actor told another student in the troupe, playing a Secret Service agent, to hold a gun like a "gangsta." What's more is that the actor portrayed Obama eating chicken and talking about his love for basketball. Seriously? A comedy troupe thought that it would be hilarious to trumpet the same tired stereotypes everyone has heard about black people a gazillion times before. A six-year-old telling a knock-knock joke would have gotten more laughs. This brand of racial stereotyping is so clichéd it's hard to be offended by it anymore. Frankly, it's so uninspired it's boring. Now, for the University of Missouri. There, two students have been arrested on suspicion of hate crimes after cotton balls were scattered outside the school's Black Culture Center, AP reported. I give these kids credit for resorting to racism a bit more nuanced than the blackface/fried chicken/watermelon/ghetto fabulous variety. The cotton balls the duo scattered were supposed to symbolize the cotton picking blacks were forced to endure during slavery. For mocking slavery during Black History Month, these students received their just desserts--suspension from school. November 22, 2009 UCLA will extend Nikola Dragovic's (pictured left) suspension for at least another game following his arrest and subsequent charge of felony assault. Coach Ben Howland said Sunday that Dragovic won't play Monday against Pepperdine, although he will be allowed to sit on the bench in street clothes. The 21-year-old senior from Belgrade, Serbia, was arrested Friday, November 20th and charged by the Los Angeles district attorney's office for his involvement in an undisclosed incident last month at a concert in Hollywood. Howland declined to provide any details on the incident, saying it would be inappropriate for him to comment on a pending legal case. Dragovic has hired an attorney. C.J. Note: Seeing that Mr. Dragovic is "white," he can visa into the country, commit crime and continue to represent a White American institution.

The UC Regents

Oct 20th, 2009 | JEWRUSALEM -- "The Israeli and U.S. militaries were set to begin a major joint air defense exercise Wednesday, highlighting military ties between the two allies." C.J. Note: The Jews are not our allies! They are deceitful, lying, murderous thieves. Shame on any American engaging in war on behalf of a Jew!

The story on Stewart David Nozette, the Jew spy employed by the UC Regents is below!

On March 12, 2002, Blum (Jew pictured left) was appointed by California Governor Gray Davis to a 12-year term as one of the Regents of the University of California. Richard C. Blum (a Jew) is an investment banker and the husband of United States Senator Dianne Feinstein (also a Jew) from California. He is the Chairman and President of Blum Capital, an equity investment management firm that acts as general partner for various investment partnerships and provides investment advisory services. Blum is also a Director of several companies, including CB Richard Ellis. Both Feinstein and Blum are ardent, vocal Jewish supporters of Israel, as well as large financial contributors to Israel. Feinstein (Jew pictured left) supported the Iraq war resolution in the vote of October 11, 2002; she has claimed that she was misled by President George W. Bush on the reasons for going to war. However, former UN Weapons Inspector in Iraq Scott Ritter has stated that Feinstein in summer 2002 acknowledged to him that she knew the Bush administration had not provided any convincing intelligence to back up its claims about the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. US Government business contracts have been awarded to Perini, a company controlled by Blum. Blum and Feinstein deny a conflict-of-interest exists with respect to the voting and policy activities of Feinstein, Blum's wife. The Center for Public Integrity has reported that US Senator Dianne Feinstein and her husband, Richard Blum, are making millions of dollars from Iraq and Afghanistan contracts through his company, Perini. Feinstein voted for the resolution. Blum held over 111,000 shares of stock in URS Corporation, which is now one of the top defense contractors in the United States. URS bought EG&G, a leading provider of technical services and management to the U.S. military, from The Carlyle Group in 2002. Carlyle's advisers, past and present, include former President George H.W. Bush, James Baker, and ex-SEC Commissioner Arthur Levitt, among other prominent neoconservatives and Washington power brokers. URS and Blum have since banked on the Iraq war (Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, pictured left), scoring a $600 million contract through EG&G. As a result, URS has seen its stock price more than triple since the war began in March 2003. Blum has cashed in over $2 million on this venture alone and another $100 million for his investment firm. C.J. Note: There have been 4,670 coalition deaths in the Iraq war as of October 20, 2009: The deaths consists of 4,353 Americans; 2 Australians; 1 Azerbaijani; 179 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, 1 Czech; 7 Danes; 2 Dutch; 2 Estonians; 1 Fijian; 5 Georgians; 1 Hungarian; 33 Italians; 1 Kazakh; 3 Latvians; 22 Poles, 3 Romanians; 5 Salvadoran; 4 Slovaks; 1 South Korean; 11 Spaniards, 2 Thai; and 18 Ukrainians, according to a CNN count. At least 31,536 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. However, the Chairman of the Regents of the University of California and his U.S. Senator wife (Feinstein) have made (and continue to make) million$ of dollar$ as a direct result of the war! April 21, 2009 the media reported Blum's wife Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms. Feinstein is the Chairwoman of the The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, established in 1975, has oversight responsibility for the 16 civilian and military agencies and departments that make up the U.S. Intelligence Community. Created pursuant to S.Res. 400, 94th Congress: to oversee and make continuing studies of the intelligence activities and programs of the United States Government, and to submit to the Senate appropriate proposals for legislation and report to the Senate concerning such intelligence activities and programs. In carrying out this purpose, the Select Committee on Intelligence shall make every effort to assure that the appropriate departments and agencies of the United States provide informed and timely intelligence necessary for the executive and legislative branches to make sound decisions affecting the security and vital interests of the Nation. It is further the purpose of this resolution to provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States.
An indictment against Feinstein and Blum should allege (in significant part): conspiracy to commit theft of programs receiving Federal funds, by converting to their own use and the use of others property and funds of The University of California; The State of California; and of the United States of America (Title 18, United States Code, Section 371 - Count One); stealing, fraudulently obtaining, converting to the use of others, and misapplying over $5,000 of those funds (Title 18, United States Code, Sections 666, - Counts Two, Three); conspiracy to commit money laundering (Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1956(a)(1)(i), (B)(i), and (B)(ii) - Count Four); engaging in monetary transactions and property derived from specified unlawful activity (money laundering) (Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1957, 2 - Count Five); and conspiracy to commit theft of honest services by means of wire fraud (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349 - Count Six).

John Yoo

October 19, 2009 John Yoo (Banana pictured left) holds a tenured position at the law school at the University of California at Berkeley (Blum is his boss). He is known as the official who provided a legal fig leaf behind which the Bush administration tortured inmates at Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib (in Iraq). His legal misdeeds are widely known, but now they have been exposed chapter and verse. Among the new memos is one written in 2001, in which Yoo and co-author Robert J. Delahunty advised the U.S. that the Posse Comitatus Act, which forbids the Army to be used for law enforcement, and the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, do not apply to domestic military operations undertaken during a "war on terror." In other words, bye-bye, Bill of Rights. (See: Stuart Hing, Corrupt UC Regents Judge.) Cal’s Torture Boy – John Yoo – C-SPAN Portraying himself as a dedicated public servant whose legal opinions were (the basis of the conduct pictured left and above) simply part of a "prudent and responsible ... careful contingency planning" for "a worst-case scenario," Yoo sarcastically writes that to judge from the media coverage of the memos, "this careful contingency planning amounted to a secret plot to overthrow the Constitution and strip Americans of their rights ... According to these critics, the overthrow of constitutional government in the United States began with a 37-page memo, confidentially issued on Oct. 23, 2001." Yoo warns that if the Obama administration fails to do the same kind of "planning" -- more to the point, if it continues to "seriously pursue" officials like him who did that "planning" -- it will endanger America.

Stewart David Nozette

October 19, 2009 WASHINGTON – A scientist credited with helping discover evidence of water on the moon was arrested Monday on charges of attempting to pass along classified information to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer. Stewart David Nozette, 52, (Jew pictured left) of Chevy Chase, Md., was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to communicate, deliver and transmit classified information, the Justice Department said. Nozette was arrested by FBI agents and is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Washington on Tuesday. Law enforcement officials said Nozette did not immediately have a lawyer. Nozette worked in varying jobs for the Energy Department, NASA and — in 1989 and 1990 — the National Space Council in the president's office. He developed the Clementine bi-static radar experiment that is credited with discovering water on the south pole of the moon. He also worked at the Energy Department's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he designed highly advanced technology, from approximately 1990 to 1999. The Regents of the University of California control and operate the DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. At Energy, Nozette held a special security clearance equivalent to the Defense Department's top secret and "critical nuclear weapon design information" clearances. DOE clearances apply to access to information specifically relating to atomic or nuclear-related materials. Nozette also held top offices at the Alliance for Competitive Technology, a nonprofit corporation that he organized. Between January 2000 and February 2006, Nozette, through his company, had several agreements to develop advanced technology for the U.S. government. An affidavit suggests why FBI agents posed as agents of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad to conduct the sting operation. From 1998 to 2008, the complaint alleges, Nozette was a technical adviser for a consultant company that was wholly owned by the Israeli government. Nozette was paid about $225,000 over that period, the court papers say. Then, in January of this year, Nozette allegedly traveled to another foreign country with two computer thumb drives and apparently did not return with them. Prosecutors also quote an unnamed colleague of Nozette who said the scientist said that if the U.S. government ever tried to put him in jail for an unrelated criminal offense, he would go to Israel or another foreign country and "tell them everything" he knows. The complaint does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf violated U.S. law. In Jerusalem, Israeli government officials had no immediate comment. The affidavit by FBI agent Leslie Martell said that on Sept. 3, Nozette received a telephone call from an individual purporting to be an Israeli intelligence officer. The caller was an undercover FBI agent. Nozette agreed to meet with the agent later that day at a hotel in Washington and in the subsequent meeting the two discussed Nozette's willingness to work for Israeli intelligence, the affidavit said. Nozette allegedly informed the agent that he had, in the past, held top security clearances and had access to U.S. satellite information, the affidavit said. The scientist also allegedly said that he would be willing to answer questions about this information in exchange for money. The agent explained that the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, would arrange for a communication system so Nozette could pass on information in a post office box. Nozette agreed to provide regular, continuing information and asked for an Israeli passport, the affidavit alleged. According to the court papers, Nozette and the undercover agent met soon afterward in the same hotel, where the scientist allegedly said that while he no longer had legal access to any classified information at a U.S. government facility, he could, nonetheless, recall classified information by memory. Nozette allegedly asked when he could expect to receive his first payment, saying he preferred cash amounts "under ten thousand" so he didn't have to report it. Nozette allegedly told the agent, "Well, I should tell you my first need is that they should figure out how to pay me ... they don't expect me to do this for free." About a week later, FBI agents left a letter in the designated post office box, asking Nozette to answer a list of questions about U.S. satellite information. The agents provided a $2,000 cash payment. Serial numbers of the bills were recorded. Nozette was later captured on videotape leaving a manila envelope in the post office box. The next day, agents retrieved the sealed envelope and found, among other things, a one-page document containing answers to the questions and an encrypted computer thumb drive. One answer contained information classified as secret, which concerned capabilities of a prototype overhead collection system. Nozette allegedly offered to reveal additional classified information that directly concerned nuclear weaponry, military spacecraft or satellites, and other major weapons systems. Agents left a second letter in the post office box with another list of questions about U.S. satellite information. The FBI also left a cash payment of $9,000. Nozette allegedly retrieved the questions and the money the same day. Again, authorities say, Nozette was videotaped leaving a manila envelope in the post office box. FBI agents retrieved it and found a second set of answers. The responses contained information classified as both top secret and secret, on U.S. satellites, early warning systems, means of defense or retaliation against large-scale attack, communications intelligence information, and major elements of defense strategy. Nozette performed some of this research and development at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va., and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

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UCLA Stabbing!

October 14, 2009 UCLA Stabbing Suspect In Court!
LOS ANGELES – Blood gushed from a student's neck and formed a puddle on the floor of a UCLA lab as instructors struggled to stanch the wound. The 20-year-old woman was taken across the hall after being slashed in the neck by a classmate, and two staff members quickly applied pressure and put gauze on the wound. Stunned students watched in horror. Witnesses said the attack left the blood-drenched woman dazed and near fainting. Los Angeles police said Friday the woman was stabbed several times. They would not say what weapon was used or if the victim was stabbed anywhere besides the neck. "Her eyes rolled back in her head, I called out her name and told her to stay with me. She wasn't really responding. I think she could hear me," said chemistry lecturer Stacie Nakamoto, whose lab the victim was brought into. The victim, who Nakamoto and police would not identify, went to the hospital in critical condition. On Friday, her family released a statement saying she was showing signs of improvement and was expected to recover. Damon D. Thompson, 20, was arrested shortly after the attack and booked for investigation of attempted murder. Thompson remained in jail Friday on $1 million bail and was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday. Authorities did not know if he had obtained an attorney. Thompson's relatives said he is an only child who left his mother's home in Belize two years ago to attend UCLA. LAPD Detective Alan Behnke said Thompson did not have any previous criminal history and had cooperated with authorities. Los Angeles police detectives were interviewing witnesses to try to establish a motive for the attack. Thompson and the victim were not romantically involved, Detective Mike Pelletier said. A knife was recovered at the scene, a laboratory on the sixth floor of the Young Hall chemistry and biochemistry department in the heart of the university on the west side of Los Angeles. UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said he could not provide details of the attack, adding: "Everything is still under investigation."

UCI Shooting!

September 14, 2009 A physics graduate student living on campus at UC Irvine is in custody today, suspected in the shooting death Sunday night of his ex-wife outside a student housing complex. Brian Benedict, 35, is being held on suspicion of shooting Rebecca Benedict, 30, to death as their 4-year-old son stood nearby, said Asst. Chief Jeff Hutchison of the UCI Police Department. The victim, who had full custody of the boy, was on campus to pick up her son when the couple began arguing, Hutchison said. The suspect followed her outside the graduate student housing complex where he apparently lived alone and shot her, Hutchison said. Several people witnessed the shooting and tried to help the victim. UCI police responded after the shooting. Police received the 911 emergency call and were unable to prevent the shooting. The suspect was taken into custody authorities said. The gun used in the shooting has been recovered, policeWilliby said. Brian Benedict had approached UCI police a little more than a week ago to ask about child custody, Hutchison said. "I don't know exactly what he asked," he said, adding that the conversation lasted less than 10 minutes.

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Washington, D.C. (WCJB) -- The Navy Reserve discharged Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden this year after he tested positive for cocaine, U.S. officials confirmed. Biden was commissioned as an ensign in May 2013 and assigned as a public affairs officer in a Norfolk, Virginia-based reserve unit. A month later, he tested positive for cocaine, and he was discharged in February, according to the report. The vice president's office didn't comment on the report. The U.S. official said the Navy never had contact with the vice president's office over the issue. The Navy further stated the standard procedure for failed drug tests is administrative discharge.

The discharge of Biden, a 44-year-old lawyer and managing partner at an investment firm, was first reported on Thursday. He confirmed the report in a statement to media sources. "It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge. I respect the Navy's decision. With the love and support of my family, I'm moving forward," he said. Hunter Biden is the younger of Biden's two sons. His older brother, Beau Biden, is Delaware's attorney general and a major in the Delaware Army National Guard. He was deployed for a year in Iraq.


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California -- A vitamin tycoon got nine years in prison Wednesday for asking a would-be hitman to off his fashion model wife for $80,000.

Dino Guglielmelli, 53, pleaded no contest last week to attempting to murder 35-year-old Monica Andreny, the buxom brunette mother of his two young daughters who goes by the name Monica Olsen.

The couple was embroiled in a bitter divorce and were fighting over money and custody of their girls when Guglielmelli offered his friend and business associate Richard Fuhrmann the megabucks bounty on his wife's head, prosecutors said.

Fuhrmann told authorities he went along with the assassination plot at first, hoping his friend would cool down, but eventually went to cops.

With police help, he recorded a lengthy conversation last October during which Guglielmelli arranged the killing.

Posted: 12:15 am, Friday, June 13, 2014 EDT - Updated: 04:11 AM PDT June 18, 2014

San Fernando, CA -- Vitamin tycoon Dino Gulelmelli (pictured above, right) pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the second degree. In an 11th-hour plea deal ahead of his expected trial, Gulelmelli copped a plea deal on Friday. He admitted to hiring a hitman to murder his wife, Model Monica Olsen (pictured above, left). Formal sentencing will be held next week where he faces nine years in jail and three years probation after serving his jail sentence. The 53-year-old Gulelmelli once ran a multi million dollar beauty products business. Guglielmelli has spent eight months in custody awaiting trial after prosecutors discovered he had secretly wired $4.4 million out of the country and planned to flee. He filed for bankruptcy while in custody.

The last-minute deal spares ex catwalk model Monica from testifying against the father of her two young daughters. Guglielmelli has a son and daughter from his two previous marriages. He appeared before San Fernando judge Lloyd Nash wearing an orange jump suit and appeared nervous. When asked if he understood the terms of the plea deal, he was barely audible when he responded: 'Yes, your honor.' No members of his family or friends were in court to support him.

In an exclusive interview a week prior, Monica said: 'It’s surreal. I don’t know - I don’t know how to feel I have mix emotions, it’s still shocking to me that he took the plea, I can barely believe this is happening. 'When I go to to court next week and hear him plead guilty then perhaps I will fully believe that justice has been served. At the moment I still feel that I am dreaming.' Guglielmelli was embroiled in an increasingly bitter divorce with third wife Monica when he offered unemployed Army vet Richard Fuhrmann $80,000 to kill her. Fuhrmann freaked out and called cops before secretly taping Gulielmelli discussing ways of killing Monica, 32.

Furhmann was expected to be the star witness at Guglielmelli’s trial next month. His friendship with Guglielmelli turned sour after Monica slapped him with a subpoena to give evidence during a custody hearing. Furhmann said he didn’t mention Guglielmelli’s threats then but after Guglielmelli exploded in temper over his perceived disloyalty he feared the former waste disposal entrepreneur would find another hitman, according to court papers.

Outside court, his lawyer said: "'Dino is devastated. He has four children and we were in a debate about the evidence against him. If he had lost it would have been life imprisonment. Those tapes were pretty strong. Dino regrets what he said. He just lost and messed up. Dino is a decent guy and wants to get on with his life.'" The attorney claimed Guglielmelli, who will return to court for formal sentencing next week, had not hidden money oversees or elsewhere,

Assistant distrct attorney Emily Cole told media sources that Monica was happy with the plea deal. Montreal-born Monica gave up her runway career when she married Guglielmelli 10 years ago but developed her own successful Skin by Monica beauty line shortly afterwards. She claims he became jealous and tried to destroy her career as their marriage broke down. Guglielmelli and Monica were embroiled in an increasingly bitter custody battle over daughters Cienna, nine, and six-year-old Vandella when he allegedly tried to have her killed.

Will not Fare Well!

Posted: 6:23 PM EDT, Wed April 2, 2014 - Updated: 3:23 AM PDT, Wed April 3, 2014

Delaware (WCJB) -- Robert H. Richards IV, great-grandson of the chemical magnate Irenee du Pont, was convicted of rape by a Delaware court in 2009. However, the wealthy heir to the du Pont family fortune was spared prison because he would "not fare well" behind bars, according to court documents. Instead, he received an eight-year suspended prison sentence in 2009 for raping his toddler daughter The sentencing order signed by a Delaware judge said "defendant will not fare well" in prison and the eight years were suspended. Richards was placed on eight years' probation and ordered to get treatment and register as a sex offender, the documents show. He was also prohibited from having contact with children under 16, including his own children. Delaware's Judicial Code of Conduct prohibits Judge Jan R. Jurden from discussing the 2009 ruling with reporters, court spokeswoman Amy Quinlan told Corrupt Justice™.

The documents were never sealed, yet the ruling managed to go unnoticed until March 2014. Richards' former wife, Tracy Richards, filed a lawsuit in Delaware Superior Court on behalf of their children. The lawsuit alleges "personal injuries arising from the childhood sexual abuse." The 11-page suit alleges that not only was their daughter abused, but Richards abused their son, too. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages. While he was convicted of raping his daughter, Richards has never been charged with sexually molesting his son, according to Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Delaware attorney general's office.

Attorney John C. Balaguer is representing Richards in the civil case, his assistant told media sources. Balaguer has not returned e-mails or voice mail messages Corrupt Justice™ has left for him. Corrupt Justice™ tried repeatedly to reach Richards and Eugene Maurer, the attorney who represented him in 2009. Maurer is no longer representing Richards, his assistant said on Wednesday. When asked if he had a comment; he has not offered one.

This week, after news of Richards' 2009 case came to light, many took to Twitter to criticize the Judge Jurden's in the case, saying that it echoed a recent Texas case in which a wealthy teenager driving drunk killed four people but received no jail time. Ethan Couch was sentenced last year to 10 years' probation. A witness in Couch's case claimed the teenager was a victim of "affluenza" -- the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.

One member of the Delaware legal community came to Jurden's defense Tuesday. "It's wrong to attribute (the 'defendant would not fare well' comment) to Judge Jurden," said Richard Kirk, a lawyer who is chairman of a Delaware State Bar Association committee that he says steps up to respond "when judges are criticized and unable to speak for themselves." Kirk says the argument that Richards would not do well in prison could have been the recommendation of probation or parole officers. However, he said, "common sense suggests that it came from defense counsel."

As for the prosecutor's side, the attorney general's spokesman gave media sources a written statement. "Cases of child sexual abuse are extremely complicated and difficult," it read. The objective is to "secure justice in every case to the best of its ability given the unique facts and circumstances presented in each case -- sometimes that results in a resolution that is less than what prosecutors would want," the statement read. "In this particular case, the facts and circumstances made it unlikely that a conviction could be secured at trial. ...This resolution protected the victim and imposed conditions that would make it less likely the defendant could harm others."

Open Denial!

Posted: January 29, 2013, 1:33 PM - Updated: January 30, 2013 12:08 AM PST

Heber Springs, Ark. -- Mindy McCready (pictured right) gave a televison interview about the death of her boyfriend, producer/musician David Wilson, in a news interview with televison media sources. Authorities said Wilson was found dead of a gunshot wound on Jan. 14, 2013, on the porch of the couple's home in Heber Springs, Ark. At the time, police said they responded to Wilson's home after receiving a report of a self-inflicted gunshot. The investigation, though, remains open, and murder hasn't been ruled out.

When sources sat down with the country singer, and was asked, "For the record, did you kill David? Did you shoot David?" McCready responded: "Oh my God, no. Oh my God, no. He was my life," McCready, said. "We were each other's life." When asked if McCready, 38, was "100 percent" certain that Wilson had committed suicide and had not been murdered, McCready said, "I don't know." Calling Wilson her "soul mate," McCready also detailed the moment during which she said she first found Wilson's body. "I just started screaming, calling 911," she said. "I lay down next to him and just just pleaded with him not to die."

McCready also blasted reports that Wilson had been cheating on her. "David was not having an affair with another woman," she said. "That is absolutely totally untrue." Police, meanwhile, haven't named McCready, or anyone else, as a suspect in Wilson's death. Authorities are awaiting lab results in order to determine if Wilson's death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound or murder.

McCready made headlines in 2011 in the wake of controversy surrounding custody over her son, 7-year-old Zander, whose father is country artist Bill McKnight. McCready's debut album came out in 1996. She released her most recent studio album, "I'm Still Here," in 2010. The televison show aired a portion of the interview on Tuesday morning.

"Eyes of the Beholder!"

Posted: January 28, 2013 3:35 PM PST - Updated: January 29, 2013 1:21 AM PST

SEATTLE, WA (WCJB) - Peggy Sue Thomas (pictured left) a former beauty queen who had been charged with murder in the 2003 death of a man found fatally shot on Whidbey Island in Washington, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge - rendering criminal assistance. Island County authorities hope Thomas, winner of the 2000 Ms. Washington pageant, will spend four years in prison after she is sentenced in February.

She was accused of plotting with her then-boyfriend, James Huden, to kill a man named Russ Douglas, who was found shot to death in a car shortly after Christmas 2003. Huden was convicted of first-degree murder last summer and sentenced to 80 years. Huden reportedly refused to testify against Thomas, whose trial was due to begin next week.

Prosecutor Greg Banks also tells media sources that a key prosecution witness was gravely ill.

Thomas' Defense lawyer said Thomas maintains her innocence. He says the plea she entered Thursday gives her much-needed relief from a case that has dogged her for nearly a decade. Thomas was arrested in July 2011 on her houseboat near Farmington, N.M.

McAfee Anti-Virus!

Posted: 11/13/2012 4:10 pm PST Updated: 11/13/2012 5:27 pm PST

Belize -- John McAfee (pictured above, center) the Silicon Valley creator of an antivirus software that bears his name, was being sought Monday by police in Belize as a "person of interest" in the slaying of a fellow expatriate on an island where McAfee lived a high-profile existence, police said Monday. Once a software engineer at Lockheed, McAfee developed his antivirus program and posted it on computer bulletin boards run from computers in his creaky one-bedroom farmhouse on Cheeney Street in Santa Clara before launching McAfee Associates in 1989. By 1992, untold thousands of individuals had downloaded his program and more than half of the companies in the Fortune 100 had purchased licenses to use it. McAfee left the valley shortly after his company went public in 1992. In 2010, his company was bought by Santa Clara chipmaker Intel, which declined to comment on the revelations involving McAfee.

McAfee's pursuit by police in Belize represents only the latest stunning twist in the saga of an entrepreneur who once had a fortune estimated at $100 million. His multimillion-dollar fortune was mostly lost in the sour economy and he moved to Belize in 2008, according to a story published in the San Pedro Sun. Earlier this year, police looking for drugs raided McAfee's home on the Belizean island of Ambergris Caye, found him with a 17-year-old girlfriend and confiscated 10 firearms.

On Sunday, a housekeeper discovered the body of McAfee's neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull, 52, in Faull's home. Faull was lying faceup in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound to the rear of his head, said Belize police spokesman Raphael Martinez. Late Monday, media sources reported that McAfee had called to declare his innocence and to say he hid from police somewhere in Belize by burying himself in sand with a cardboard box over his head so he could breathe. "It was extraordinarily uncomfortable," he told Wired. "But they will kill me if they find me." "He is a person of interest," Martinez told this newspaper. Police still had no motive for the shooting late Monday afternoon, he said.

A laptop computer and iPhone were missing and a single Luger 9mm shell was found at the stairs leading up to the upper "flat" of the house, where Faull's body was found, Martinez said. Investigators have interviewed most of Faull's neighbors in the Mata Grande area six miles north of San Pedro Town and want to talk to McAfee, Martinez said.

Martinez said Belize has seen more than 120 gang- and drug-related killings this year. But slayings are rare on the island, where Guerrero said Faull's killing is only the second in the past year. The previous killing was the result of a domestic dispute involving an American couple, the mayor said.

In San Pedro Town, the heart of the island, McAfee, 67, is "very well known," Mayor Daniel Guerrero told this newspaper. "He just gave a huge donation to the police force and donated a very huge boat to the coast guard. I know him as a good person. Now things are changing." The boat he donated to the Belize National Coast Guard in 2009 was worth more than $1 million. In October, he was the first resident to offer help following a community meeting over concerns about escalating drug- and gang-related crime, Guerrero said.

Guerrero said he knew both McAfee and Faull and that he lives near McAfee's compound of "one, two, three, four, five little buildings -- cottages." On an island of 20,000 residents where Americans stand out, McAfee was particularly well known, Guerrero said. "I honestly don't know if they were friends," he said. "Just the name McAfee -- I remember him from the antivirus," Guerrero said.

In a story in the Sun three days before the discovery of Faull's slaying, Guerrero said McAfee had offered to "equip the police force in San Pedro with anything that he could at the time and is willing to give even more." McAfee also was willing to let police officers use "five air-conditioned rooms at his establishment." His offer was surprising because police in April, looking for "drugs and illegal firearms," raided his home, confiscated 10 guns and temporarily detained him in handcuffs in a treatment that McAfee characterized as "brutal," according to a report in the Sun. He told Sun reporter Jorge Aldana that police detained him for 14 hours without food. He was later released without being charged, although authorities were investigating whether antibiotics or antiseptics had been produced at the home without a license. With only three main streets in the center of San Pedro Town, McAfee cut a well-known figure, Aldana said. "McAfee mingles a lot and was mostly seen walking around town," Aldana said. "Everybody knows everybody in San Pedro."

UMass Dorm Rape!

Posted: October 25, 2012 2:17 PM - Updated: October 26, 2012 - 9:41 PM PDT

Clockwise from top left: Emmanuel Bile, Caleb Womack, Adam Licciardi and Justin King are accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her dorm room; all pleaded not guilty. AMHERST, Mass. (WCJB) - Four teenagers pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they raped a University of Massachusetts student in her dorm room. Police said someone else signed the teenagers into the dorm on Saturday Oct. 13 on the UMass flagship campus in Amherst. They say the teenagers aren't students at the university, but the victim knew them. A judge set bail at $10,000 cash for each defendant: 18-year-olds Emmanuel Bile, Justin King and Adam Licciardi, and 17-year-old Caleb Womack. They were also ordered to wear GPS tracking devices.

UMass Amherst Police Chief John Horvath said the victim reported the rape at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 14. There wasn't any damage to the dorm room that would indicate forcible entry and there didn't appear to be signs of a struggle in the room. The investigation is ongoing. University officials told other students about the alleged attack on Monday. They said they are reviewing security procedures, and Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said in a statement that violence won't be tolerated on the campus.

Police said there's no danger to anyone else on campus.

"Fantasy Slut League!"

Posted: 6:17 PM EDT, Tue October 23, 2012 - Updated: 1:20 AM PDT, Wed October 24, 2012
"Achieve the Honorable"

-- Piedmont High School's longstanding school motto.
Oakland, CA (WCJB) -- High school boys in a Oakland, California town overlooking San Francisco Bay started a "Fantasy Slut League" targeting girls, school officials said Tuesday. Piedmont, an affluent community of 11,000 residents, sits in Oakland Hills overlooking the bay. The tight-knit city consists of "established, high-quality homes on quiet tree-lined streets," according to the city's website. "Achieve the Honorable" is the longstanding school motto, the website says. Its Facebook page says media sources named the school one of the best in the country.

Piedmont High School Principal Rich Kitchens said in a letter to parents last week that boys organized "a 'Fantasy Slut League' in which our female students (unbeknownst to most of them) are drafted as part of the league," according to media sources.

"Male students earn points for documented engagement in sexual activities with female students," the principal wrote, according to the same source. "Participation often involved pressure/manipulation by older students that included alcohol to impair judgment/control and social demands to be popular." The principal's letter said school staff members learned of the boys' activity during a recent assembly about date rape prevention, sources reported. The assembly, held for parents October 2 and for freshmen and new students the next day, involved members of the advanced acting class performing "scenarios based on true stories from our school," the high school's website says. The Parents Night was designed as a preview so parents could discuss the program with their children.

Kitchens, who said the school is investigating the accusations, couldn't be immediately reached for comment Tuesday. Piedmont Unified School District Superintendent Constance Hubbard's office declined to release a copy of the principal's letter. But the superintendent is encouraging educators, parents and their teenagers to discuss how "to make good choices and to treat each other with respect and dignity," she said in a statement Tuesday. "We wanted to communicate to families to encourage a dialogue and to inform parents of what we as a school community are doing to proactively address activities that are detrimental to the culture we want for our students," Hubbard said.

Piedmont interim Police Chief Scott Wyatt said his department of 20 sworn personnel hasn't received any communication from the school system. "Everything we heard is from the media, and we've had not any reports of criminal activity," Wyatt said.

Quarry Shoot!

October 5, 2011

Schools are on lockdown, SWAT teams are dashing door to door and armed police are standing at alert on neighborhood corners along the Cupertino-Sunnyvale border as an intense hunt continues Tuesday morning for Shareef Allman, 45, suspected of a shooting rampage that began at a Cupertino quarry, leaving three people dead and five injured.

Solar-Powered DoJ!

Posted: 09/23/2011 08:36:10 AM PDT Updated: 09/24/2011 03:16:56 PM PDT Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison. left, and Chief Financial Officer Bill Stover, right, are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 23 2011, prior to testifying before the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. As they had telegraphed earlier this week, Solyndra's top two executives refused to answer questions from lawmakers at a Washington hearing about the Fremont solar company's controversial $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government and its stunning failure. But the questions, from representatives of both parties, highlight how Solyndra's collapse has turned into a highly partisan debate about the role of the federal government in supporting clean technology amid fierce global competition. And the tough queries for CEO Brian Harrison and Chief Financial Officer W.G. "Bill" Stover hint the probe is expanding to include the role of the company's financial backers, how the federal loan money was spent and possible misrepresentations about the company's finances.
"Two months ago Brian Harrison looked me in the eye and assured me the company was on track to be cash-flow positive," said Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., in his opening statement. And invoking Watergate, the mother of all Washington scandals, he continued, "We have been asking questions about this deal since February. Does Solyndra have something to hide? What did they know about their finances and when did they know it?" Democrats were equally vocal, pushing back on Republican attempts to tie the Obama administration to the failure and arguing that the GOP was trying to turn it into a scandal to demonize clean technology. "Republicans in Congress are dancing on Solyndra's grave," said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles. Harrison and Stover were flanked at the hearing by their private criminal attorneys, who advised their clients to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights and not testify due to an ongoing criminal investigation by the Department of Justice. Solyndra filed for bankruptcy Sept. 6 and its offices were raided by the FBI two days later. "While I hope to have an opportunity to assist this committee in the future, on the advice of my attorney, I must respectfully decline to answer any questions," Harrison told Stearns, who oversaw the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. The unfolding Solyndra saga has riveted Washington's political class. Minutes after the hearing adjourned, for instance, the Republican National Committee emailed journalists a video clip of the Solyndra executives, looking solemn and ill at ease, pleading the Fifth. Solyndra first applied for an Energy Department loan guarantee in 2006 during the George W. Bush administration, but the company did not receive the money until 2009 after Barack Obama took office. It was the first DOE loan to be financed by the federal stimulus plan passed by Congress, and Obama gave a high-profile speech at the company's Fremont plant in May 2010. Solyndra's two largest investors are Argonaut Venture Capital and Madrone Capital Partners. Republican critics have zeroed in on Argonaut, the investment arm of the Tulsa, Okla.-based George Kaiser Family Foundation. George Kaiser raised money for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Madrone Capital Partners of Menlo Park invests on behalf of members of the Walton family of Walmart fame, which has a long history of supporting Republican candidates and conservative causes. Steven Mitchell of Argonaut and Jamie McJunkin of Madrone both serve on Solyndra's board of directors and have been asked to provide documents to Congress. "Did the DOE make a mistake in investing in Solyndra? A lot of smart people thought otherwise," said Waxman. "The next step should be to hear from these investors, from Argonaut and Madrone." Solyndra's $535 million loan guarantee financed construction of its now idle 300,000-square-foot factory along Interstate 880 in Fremont. While ramping up production capacity, Solyndra struggled to sell its cylindrical-shaped solar panels in a market in which the company faced increasingly fierce competition from low-cost Chinese manufacturers. One focus of the congressional probe is a controversial debt restructuring deal in February involving Solyndra, Argonaut, Madrone and the Department of Energy in which investors put in an additional $75 million in exchange for the government agreeing that the investors would be paid before the taxpayers in the event of bankruptcy. Lawmakers also want a fuller accounting of how the loan money was spent. "American taxpayers want to know what happened to the money," said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. Details of the Solyndra loan are publicly available on the government's Recovery Act website. They show that Redwood City construction giant Rudolph & Sletten was paid $261.6 million, while PG&E was paid more than $4 million in utility bills. Silicon Valley legal powerhouse Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which helped Solyndra negotiate the terms of the DOE loan, earned $2.4 million in legal fees. On Friday, the House approved a largely symbolic measure slashing the Loan Guarantee program by $100 million. "You managed to do something that few Congresses have," Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo, told the Solyndra executives Friday. "You killed a program." Published: September 15, 2011
"I have no doubt they will continue to hire more people." -- Jonathan Silver, who heads the U.S. Energy loan program
Washington, D.C. -- The Treasury Department's inspector general has opened a new front in the investigation of the government loan to Solyndra, the now bankrupt company that had been touted as a model of President Obama's ambitious green energy program, ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity/iWatch News have learned. The new probe involves the $535 million loan, arranged by the Energy Department, but actually processed by the Federal Financing Bank, a government lending institution that falls under Treasury's control. Already, the FBI and the Energy Department's inspector general have executed search warrants at Solyndra's headquarters and questioned company executives. "We're going to look at everything the FFB had to do with its role in this thing," Rich Delmar, a spokesman for the Treasury Department's inspector general, told News sources.
Earlier this month News sources disclosed that Solyndra received a rock-bottom interest rate of 1 to 2 percent -- lower than those affixed to other Energy Department green energy projects. The low rate was set even as an outside agency, Fitch Rating, scored Solyndra as a B+ -- "speculative" -- investment. Energy Department officials said the bank set the rate, based on formulas including the payout length, and that Solyndra did not receive special treatment. Word of the broadening probe came as the head of the Energy Department's loan program came before Congress at a contentious hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday. After spending months touting the Obama administration's decision to loan $535 million to Solyndra, top officials took a new tack Wednesday while testifying about the company's abrupt shut-down and bankruptcy: the loan, they said, was actually the Bush administration's idea. The Energy Department's top lending officer told Congress that the Solyndra loan application was not only filed during President Bush's term, but it surged towards completion before Obama took office in January 2009. "By the time the Obama administration took office in late January 2009, the loan programs' staff had already established a goal of, and timeline for, issuing the company a conditional loan guarantee commitment in March 2009," said Jonathan Silver, who heads the Energy loan program. Even after the loan was restructured in 2011, the Energy Department and other administration officials continued to tout Solyndra's prospects. In May, Silver told ABC News and iWatch News that questions about the loan guarantee were unfounded, and that Solyndra's canceled public offering and restructuring were hiccups that are typical for start-up companies. "I have never seen a company go straight up without a bump along the way," Silver said. "I have no doubt they will continue to hire more people."

'Prejudicial Error!'

July 14, 2011 Roger Clemens (left) leaves the court room July 7th after the second day of jury slection. The judge overseeing the perjury trial of famed former pitcher Roger Clemens declared a mistrial Thursday after prosecutors played a portion of a video that the judge deemed prejudicial. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said prosecutors erred in playing video of Congressional testimony referencing statements made by the wife of a “critical” witness in the case. “I am very troubled by this,” said U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said before declaring a mistrial. The declaration came on just the second day of testimony and after it took a week to pick a jury. The request for a mistrial came from Clemens’ lawyers after prosecutors mistakenly played a portion of Congressional testimony that referenced the wife of former pitcher Andy Pettitte, a friend and former teammate of Clemens. Pettitte told Congressional investigators Clemens had confided in him in 1999 or 2000 that he had taken a performance-enhancing substance. Pettitte also told Congressional investigators that he told his wife about that conversation when it took place. She provided an affadavit to Congress backing her husband’s claims. Walton ruled that prosecutors could not raise Laurie Pettitte’s statements before the jury because he didn’t think it would be fair to Clemens. On Thursday morning, prosecutors played Congressional testimony of Rep. Elijah Cummings asking Clemens questions about his alleged use of steroids and Human Growth Hormone. Cummings then quoted Laurie Pettitte’s affadavit to Congress and talked about how Pettitte seemed like a reliable witness. Before defense lawyers could object, Walton ordered a halt to the proceedings, dismissed the jury and then excoriated prosecutors for violating his order preventing any mention of what Pettitte may have told his wife. The judge called Pettitte a “critical witness” and said such information may unfairly bolster his crediblity with jurors. He sharply criticized prosecutors, accusing them of making a mistake he would not expect from a novice attorney. “A first-year law student would know you can’t bolster the credibility of one witness with clearly inadmissible evidence,” Walton said. Irritated with prosecutors, Walton stopped the proceedings. He said he was worried that the information on the video would unfairly bolster Pettitte’s credibility with jurors. “I don’t see how I can unring the bell,” he added, before leaving the bench to discuss the matter with a “colleague.” Federal prosecutors barely got a chance to defend themselves before Walton left the courtroom. They had been admonished during opening statements for violating another order by Walton precluding them from introducing testimony from other ballplayers about their use of HGH. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Durham said he had given the tapes to the defense lawyers and they hadn’t objected to them. He also noted that the comments about Laurie Pettitte were in the context of a broader discussion with Clemens about his own denials about HGH and steroid use. Clemens said at the Congressional hearing that Pettitte had misheard or misremembered their conversation and he asserted that he had never admitted to Pettitte that he had taken HGH. A clearly chagrined Durham also told Walton that “we are not evading any responsibility” shortly before Walton left the bench.

Hollywood Ripper!

4:15 a.m. PDT, July 8, 2011 LOS ANGELES, CA (WCJB) -- A suspected serial killer accused in the death of actor Ashton Kutcher's former girlfriend is now being charged with the 1993 murder of a Chicago teenager. Michael Gargiulo (pictured center) is already being held for a series of other alleged crimes, including the 2001 stabbing of Kutcher's ex-girlfriend, 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin. On Thursday, prosecutors in the Chicago case charged Gargiulo with first-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Tricia Pacaccio (pictured above, left). Pacaccio was repeatedly stabbed in the chest in the early hours of Aug. 14, 1993 as she was about to unlock the door to her family's home in Glenview. Her father found her hours later still clutching her door key.
  Authorities say Gargiulo and Pacaccio were classmates at Glenbrook South High School. He was questioned, but never charged. Gargiulo then moved to California where he worked as an air conditioner repairman. He was arrested in 2008 on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with a Santa Monica attack in which a woman fought off an intruder who stabbed her repeatedly after breaking into her home late at night. DNA collected at the scene linked Gargiulo to the crime through a national database that included the sample taken in the Glenview case, officials said. Gargiulo was subsequently charged with the February 2001 stabbing death of 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was the girlfriend of actor Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher told police he went to pick up Ellerin in the Hollywood Hills for a post-Grammy Awards party in 2001, but she didn't answer the door. He checked a back window and spotted what he thought were red wine stains on the carpet, and then left. Her body was discovered the next day by a friend. Kutcher was never considered a suspect. Gargiulo also faces charges in the murder of a Monterey Park woman, 32-year-old Maria Bruno.

White Oxy Again!

February 10, 2011 HUNTLEIGH • The 27-year-old woman found dead in the bedroom of former Anheuser-Busch chief executive August Busch IV (pictured above, far left) died from an accidental overdose of oxycodone, the St. Louis County medical examiner said today. Dr. Mary Case, the medical examiner, said in a one-paragraph statement released today that lethal levels of the painkiller oxycodone caused Adrienne Martin's (pictured above, right) death on Dec. 19. Sources say she was also found to have cocaine in her system, but Case's statement does not say what role, if any, that played in the death. "That's all we're prepared to say...that this is the cause and manner of death," said Suzanne McCune, the medical examiner's forensic administrator. The media broke the story on Sunday that oxycodone was found in Martin's blood. The information has been turned over to Robert McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor investigating the case. Don Schneider, the prosecutor's spokesman, said "it's an ongoing investigation, we hope to have something to say in the very near future." It remains unclear where Martin got the drugs. Family members have said Martin had a prescription for an unrelated drug called Trazodone, which is used for sleep or depression. That drug was found in her system, sources said, and wasn't mentioned in Case's brief statement. Christine Trampler, Adrienne Martin's mother, has said her daughter was having trouble sleeping in the month's before her death. Oxycodone is widely recognized by its brand name, OxyContin. It is classified as an opiate analgesic and is said to change the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain, according to the National Institutes of Health. OxyContin is a slow-release pill, designed to provide pain relief over an extended period. But as a street drug, it is crushed or broken so the user gets the full effect of the painkiller at once, creating a high similar to heroin. OxyContin has been found in the bloodstreams of several celebrities who died young, including actor Heath Ledger. Kevin Martin, Adrienne Martin's ex-husband, has told the media that his wife had a heart disorder known as Long QT syndrome, which involves the electrical activity of the heart. That also wasn't addressed by the medical examiner. In an interview with the media last month, Busch said he had been in rehabilitation early in 2010 for depression and unspecified "other issues." Martin had been dating Busch for about two years, and was found with no signs of trauma to her body. Michael Jung, a Busch household employee, called police at 1:12 p.m. on Dec. 19 and said an unresponsive woman wouldn't wake up, according to a 911 call recording. He said he wasn't sure if she was alive because it was "dark back there" and he was going to get a light to check. Emergency responders pronounced Martin dead at 1:26 p.m. Police have said there were no signs of a cause of death at the scene. They also said the room was dark "due to curtains drawn in the bedroom" and that the room was outfitted with blackout curtains to shield the sun. Police have said there was nothing at the scene to indicate a cause of death. Busch, 46, took over as CEO of the brewing giant in 2006, but his tenure ended with the sale of A-B to InBev. Since the buyout, Busch has faded from public view, but remains on the company's board of directors. The media reported in 2009 that Busch had not been spotted at beer industry events, trade meetings or conferences. In January of 2009, he was granted a divorce from his wife of 2 1/2 years. After that, he was splitting time between a home near the Lake of the Ozarks and his home in Huntleigh. Adrienne Martin's death has put him back in the spotlight, and put focus on the beer heir's previous incidents with the law. In 1984, Busch avoided criminal charges after a car crash in Arizona that killed a 22-year-old woman. The crash occurred on Nov. 13, 1983, outside Tucson, Ariz. Busch, 20 at the time and a student at the University of Arizona, left a bar with the woman and, shortly after, crashed his black Corvette, police said. The woman, Michele Frederick, was thrown from the car. Busch was found six hours later at his home, dazed and bloodied. He had suffered a fractured skull and claimed he had amnesia. Authorities later said his blood alcohol level at the estimated time of the accident had been below the legal level for intoxication in Arizona. The investigation took seven months, after which authorities declined to press criminal charges, saying there wasn't adequate evidence to do so. They said the investigation took so long because of the "high profile" of the Busch family and because family lawyers had fought the taking of hair and fiber samples from Busch.

Priveleged Dealing!

December 7, 2010 Over a period of five months, undercover officers at Columbia made nearly $11,000 in drug purchases from five students before descending upon the campus in a storm that was labeled by the NYPD "Operation Ivy League." Law-enforcement agents bought cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, Adderall, and LSD (which, according to the Times, the students applied to Altoids mints and SweetTarts candy) — all drugs that were also sold to students in fraternity houses and elsewhere. According to Columbia's student-run Bwog, the media has descended upon the Morningside Heights campus, and the dean has sent out a message to all students regarding the incident. The five young men under arrest are named Chris Coles, Harrison David, Adam Klein, Jose Stephan Perez, and Michael Wymbs, according to police. They primarily sold drugs in the common areas and bedrooms of the Alpha Epsilon Pi, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Psi Upsilon fraternities. Police also arrested three people who are accused of supplying the students with the drugs. Miron Sarzynski and his girlfriend, Megan Aspe, were previously rounded up in their East Village apartment, and Roberto Lagares was arrested in Bed-Stuy on Sunday. Miron Sarzynski faces additional kidnapping charges as a result of his interaction with an undercover officer. The NYPD operative was so effective in his role that Sarzynski asked him for an additional favor. According to police, he "was so intimidating to Mr. Sarzynski that he asked the undercover to help him kidnap and torture rival cocaine sellers. If a ransom wasn’t paid, Sarzynski wanted the rivals killed." If the guy they sent undercover with the drug wholesalers was big, scary, and beefy in order to blend in, it makes you wonder: What kind of guy did they send up to Columbia to be a student? October 14, 2009 Police Taser Mom!

Rush Limbaugh

October 15, 2009 Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh (pictured left) provided further details into his failed bid to become part owner of the St. Louis Rams football team. Limbaugh couched the issue as part of a "slippery slope" in American politics, calling himself a "mirror" that reflected a new hatred in "Obama's America." On October 13, Dave Checketts asked Rush to withdraw from the group pursuing the St. Louis Rams, to which Limbaugh responded that he would not drop out voluntarily and that Checketts would have to fire him and go public with the story. According to Limbaugh: "[President] Obama's America is quite possibly going to include the National Football League," Limbaugh said. "What I am going to be known as is a mirror," he said, reflecting the hatred that comes from "Obama's America" against conservatives and others who oppose his presidency. "But the hatred that I am able now to mirror for the country to see is all over the place. And I tell you with absolute sincerity: I am more sad for our country than I am for myself," Rush said. "These are dark days that we face." According to Dr. Boyce Watkins, Ph.D., ((pictured left) a Professor at Syracuse University and a leading African American Speaker,) “[t]he nationally syndicated radio personality Rush Limbaugh, a man who once called for drug addicts to be sent to prison, found himself hooked on OxyContin, which is considered a form of legalized heroin.” (Watkins 2009) Limbaugh first came under investigation by Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office in late 2003. The National Enquirer reported on allegations made by Limbaugh's housekeeper that he had purchased more than 30,000 prescription pain pills from her and her husband, including OxyContin, hydrocodone (Tylenol w/Codeine), and Locet, in 2001 and 2002. Limbaugh’s housekeeper, Wilma Cline, testified Limbaugh would drive three miles from his $23 million Palm Beach, Fla., estate to a Denny's parking lot so that she could hand over a cigar box concealing dozens of tiny prescription painkillers. Limbaugh, his housekeeper says, was often high on "hillbilly heroin." "Prescription drugs such as Xanax, Valium, and OxyContin, are easy to get on the Internet and on the black market." (Watkins 2009)
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Prosecutors alleged that Limbaugh obtained prescriptions from multiple doctors for the highly addictive drug OxyContin (pictured left). That drug is sometimes called "hillbilly heroin" because of its powerful nature and widespread use in rural areas. Dr. Drew Pinsky, an addiction specialist in Pasadena, California, said that if Limbaugh is addicted to OxyContin, "We're really talking about opiate addiction. The withdrawal is miserable and painful and it takes a long time to recover." The disease is insidious, Pinksy said. "It's a progressive disease, and when it progresses, the house of cards falls." In late April 2006, Rush Limbaugh, 55, -- a multimillionaire who lives part of the year in a waterfront mansion in Palm Beach -- avoided prosecution on allegations he purchased more than 30,000 prescription pain pills. In an aggressive, high-priced legal fight, his attorney challenged prosecutors' effort to obtain his medical records. Limbaugh’s attorney took that fight all the way to the Florida Supreme Court. Shortly thereafter, attorneys for Limbaugh announced that he had reached an agreement with the office of Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer that spared him jail time and a criminal conviction. Limbaugh surrendered at the Palm Beach County jail on a warrant formally charging that he withheld information from a medical practitioner. That charge is known as doctor shopping and is a third-degree felony. Limbaugh posted $3,000.00 bail and was released. Limbaugh later entered a plea of "not guilty." He agreed to pay the county $30,000 to cover the cost of its investigation and $30 a month in supervision costs. Limbaugh was only required to complete 18 months of drug treatment. The one count of doctor shopping was wiped off his record 18 months later. Limbaugh claimed he had a drug problem and entered a five-week drug treatment program in Arizona. He claimed that he started using the powerful painkillers because of a severe chronic back problem. The irony in this case is that Limbaugh long advocated tough punishment of drug offenders. In 1995, he famously said that drug users "ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up." It would be a shame if he got what he advocates for everybody else.


(Police arrest a man during the Tenderloin crackdown at Ellis and Jones streets, which is within 1,000 feet of a school.) “Let’s get it really clear,” San Francisco police Chief George Gascón said at a Tenderloin Station news conference. “We’re not talking about a war on poor people or a war on the homeless. We’re talking about a war on drugs and organized crime.” From Aug. 13 to Sept. 2, 2009 police arrested 302 people in the neighborhood. Most of the arrests were undercover narcotics stings, in which suspects sold crack-cocaine, heroin and OxyContin to police. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris said she would seek enhancements, such as selling near schools, that would lengthen felons’ prison sentences. Suspects would be slapped with stay-away orders, too, she said. Erica Derryck, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Kamala Harris, says prosecutors will seek to add the extra years to the sentences of those arrested for dealing near schools as long as police officers secure the necessary evidence. That includes getting verbal confirmation after the arrest from the nearby school's principal that students are on campus. S.F. Tenderloin sting - Aug. 13 to Sept. 2, 2009
A handful of OxyContin taken from a drug bust suspect.
302: Total arrests; 261: Arrests on suspicion of drug sales to undercover officers; 242: Drug dealers arrested on suspicion of selling crack-cocaine, heroin, Oxycodone, Vicodin (hydrocodone), morphine, methadone; and 117: Total drug sales of suspects on parole/probation. Everybody - including the OxyContin suspect - remains in jail awaiting their preliminary hearing. Their bails have been set at more than $100,000 apiece. C.J. Note: We note that Rush Limbaugh bailed out at $3,000.00 (with allegations of possessing 30,000 illegal OxyContin pills) and paid an additional $30,030.00 to settle the case without conviction or felony record. However, every suspect arrested in this sting has a $100,000.00 bail. Their bail is higher than Rush's total fine! So you see Rush, in "Obama's America" men like you often escape punishment for crimes which sends men of color to prison with enhanced years!

Steve Nunn

October 14, 2009 FRANKFORT, Ky. – Steve Nunn (pictured left) said nothing in court. The politician who had lived a life of privilege hobnobbing with Kentucky's political elite wasn't at all pleased with the Fayette County jail where he is being held on a murder charge for allegedly gunning down his ex-girlfriend. Nunn, heir to one of the most famous names in Kentucky politics, wore a drab prison jumpsuit and a frown as his lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and asked for his release on bond. Judge Joseph Bouvier swiftly denied the request, leaving the man who spent his teenage years in the governor's mansion alongside his father, former Gov. Louie Nunn, under constant guard in a tiny cell for inmates deemed at risk of suicide. Despite some 15 years in the state legislature and an unsuccessful run for governor, Nunn had never been able to escape the long shadow of the father he once called "the John Wayne of Kentucky politics." Until now. Nunn has been front page news in Kentucky since the Sept. 11, 2009 murder. His every move garners headlines, every fresh detail a new story. In public, he was known as a compassionate politician with a warm smile and a zeal to help the disadvantaged. But evidence of a very different Steve Nunn has surfaced since Sept. 11, when Amanda Ross was shot to death outside her Lexington town house. Neighbors were awakened the morning of Sept. 11 by screams and gunshots. They saw the figure of a man in the pre-dawn darkness running away from the scene. Considering his previous domestic troubles, Lexington police put out an all-points bulletin looking for Nunn. His photo was distributed to security personnel at the state Capitol and other government buildings, including the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, where he had worked as deputy secretary until he was forced to resign in the aftermath of a domestic violence charge. Later that morning they found Nunn at his family's cemetery, weak and bleeding from self-inflicted wrist wounds. After a weekend in a Bowling Green hospital, Nunn was jailed first on charges of wanton endangerment for allegedly firing a gun in the vicinity of responding police and later on charges of murder. Public records show he may also have been prone to domestic attacks against his ex-girlfriend and even his own elderly father, who died in 2004 at age 79. In the wake of the murder charge, Nunn's attorney is asking for a psychological exam. Investigators pieced together disturbing details leading up to the day of the shooting, like the stop he made the day before at a monument company to ask that his gravestone be engraved with his date of death: Sept. 11. Friends and family members of Nunn and Ross struggle to explain what happened to Nunn in recent years. Ross, who was director of financial standards and examination at the Kentucky Department of Insurance, had expressed concerns about Nunn to co-workers, including Insurance Commissioner Sharon Clark. Clark recalled a chance encounter between Ross and Nunn in the parking lot of a Frankfort store on Sept. 9, 2009 that left Ross shaken. "She was crying," Clark said. "She was shaking. She was obviously very stressed." Clark said she allowed Ross to go home early on the day of the encounter, and called her later to see how she was doing. Clark said Ross told her: "'Sharon, he's going to kill me.'" Nunn's ex-wife, Tracey Damron of Pikeville, said the longtime state lawmaker began to change after the death of his father. She said Nunn seemed to sink into depression. "He was just so cold, so distant, so not Steve," Damron said. "Something dark happened to Steve; I know that for sure." Larry Forgy, a GOP stalwart in Kentucky who has known Nunn for more than 40 years, chafes at claims that the death of the elder Nunn somehow changed the younger. "We've all lost our fathers, or, if you haven't, you will," Forgy said. "That event doesn't alter the rest of your life. The fact is this is not just insanity. It's idiocy." A letter filed away in a dusty old court file in Metcalfe County suggests the father and son didn't have the best of relationships. Louie Nunn warned his son in the undated letter that he must stop physically abusing him and other family members or face prosecution and public embarrassment. The letter was an exhibit in the 1994 divorce case of Louie Nunn and his wife, Beula. "The mental anguish with you physically attacking me is more than I need," Louie Nunn wrote. "Therefore, I respectfully request you never attack me physically again. Neither do I intend to take any more verbal abuse from you." Louie Nunn urged his son to destroy the letter after reading it. "I would not want anyone else to know I had been physically hurt and abused by you," he said. He signed the letter "With love, hurt and deep sadness thru tears, your father."

Jeff Skilling

October 14, 2009 WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will take up former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling's (pictured left) appeal of his convictions for his role in the collapse of the energy giant, accepting another high-profile challenge to a favorite tool of prosecutors in white-collar and public corruption cases. Skilling's appeal stems from his convictions in 2006 on 19 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors involving the 2001 collapse of Enron. The justices already are entertaining similar claims from former newspaper magnate Conrad Black (Jew) and a former Alaska lawmaker ensnared in a public corruption scandal. At issue in all three cases is prosecutors' use of the federal "honest services" fraud statute, a 28-word law that critics call vague and unfair. Among the federal charges against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is an "honest services" count, while his predecessor, former Gov. George Ryan was convicted of it. The law makes it a crime to deprive shareholders or the public of "the intangible right to honest services." Former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg (Jew) said the court probably will rein in the use of the law. "The betting is it's going to get a bit of a haircut," said Zeidenberg, who prosecuted some public officials for honest services fraud. Zeidenberg, now a partner at the DLA Piper law firm in Washington, acknowledged that it is easier to prove honest services fraud than bribery, which typically requires demonstration that some promise was made or action was taken in exchange for money. "I think a lot of defense attorneys would say it's a refuge for prosecutions that otherwise don't measure up," he said. Honest services charges have been used regularly in public corruption cases stemming from the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, including in an ongoing trial of a former Abramoff associate. A few blocks from the Supreme Court, Kevin Ring's defense lawyers told the judge overseeing the trial that the high court had agreed to hear Skilling's appeal. Skilling, serving a 24-year prison term, says he was improperly convicted. He says prosecutors did not show that he personally benefited from his allegedly fraudulent actions. Federal courts are split over whether prosecutors must prove a defendant's private gain to convict under the law. Black, the former chairman and chief executive of the Hollinger International media company, is arguing a different point. He says the $5.5 million that he and other executives received from a Hollinger subsidiary was money that they were owed. They can't be convicted of fraud, Black says, when they did no harm to the company. Skilling also is claiming that he did not receive a fair trial in Houston following Enron's collapse, describing "blistering daily attacks" in the media. "Skilling was pronounced guilty throughout Houston long before trial," his lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, said in his court filing. A ruling in his favor on the fair trial claim probably would result in a new trial. The effect of the ruling on honest services is unclear since Skilling was convicted on other charges as well, including securities fraud. "We are so relieved," Petrocelli told The Associated Press Tuesday "We've been waiting almost three years now since Jeff was convicted. You know, the stain of the Enron story has been hard to overcome. And the Supreme Court has decided it's going to give us a full, frank and fair hearing." Petrocelli said Skilling's legal team spoke with the former Enron CEO Tuesday. "He's in tears, as many of us are. We cannot wait to go before the Supreme Court and argue our case," he said. No date has been set for the argument, but it will be held early in 2010. In January, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld the convictions, but ordered Skilling's prison term reduced. Skilling is the highest-ranking executive to be punished for the accounting tricks and shady business deals that led to the loss of thousands of jobs, more than $60 billion in Enron stock value and more than $2 billion in employee pension plans after the company imploded in 2001. Company founder Kenneth Lay also was convicted of conspiracy, fraud and other charges, but his convictions were vacated after he died less than two months later of heart disease. In 2005, the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Arthur Andersen LLP, Enron's auditor, on charges of destroying Enron-related documents. In June, the justices sided with former Enron executive F. Scott Yeager in a ruling that makes it unlikely he can be tried a second time on charges related to the company's collapse. The case is Skilling v. U.S., 08-1394. C.J. Note: We note that this same court upheld a fifty (50) year-to-life sentence for a California man convicted under the "Three-Strikes" law for stealing ninety dollars ($90) worth of Vhs tapes (an obsolete item) from K-mart. Kenneth Lay, F. Scott Yeager and Jeff Skilling stole billions from the government, employees and shareholders. Thousands were left without pensions after decades of service to Enron. Thousands more lost their jobs, homes and qualities of life.

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