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Detroit, MI · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) -- (Published: Sun., April 23, 2017) -- DETROIT, MI (TAD) - A shotgun blast leaves two police officers injured -- and a nineteen year old suspect in handcuffs. The young man's father insisted his son was acting in self-defense. Outside on Detroit's Lesure Street, 19-year-old Juwan Plummer stands beside his mother and younger brother. Plummer, who is now out on bond, is charged for shooting and injuring the officers. Plummer became emotional days earlier after hearing the seven charges against him, including intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing serious injury. "The fact that he actually injured someone - on top of that, police officers -- it scares him to death," said Vincent Redd, his father.

SACRAMENTO, CA (Published: 7:12 PM, FEBRUARY 7, 2017) — The city of Sacramento is broadening its status as a sanctuary city, following a statewide trend of push back against President Donald Trump and his administration’s stated policies. City Councilman Eric Guerra will head Sacramento’s Sanctuary City Task Force — a new body that will provide legal aid and resources for undocumented Sacramento residents, update a 1985 city ordinance defining Sacramento as a sanctuary city, and look for legal challenges to the Trump administration’s policies both on immigration and on sanctuary cities. “Regardless of the policies that come forward, our number one priority as a city is to protect our residents,” said Guerra, referring to residents like Edwin Valdez, a 20-year-old Sacramento college student whose parents are both undocumented and have been living in Sacramento since 1994.

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Same Crime, White Skin ~ 2017!
Logan County, Oklahoma – {April 19, 2017} — Deputy David Wade was serving an eviction notice on Nathan Leforce at Mulhall Rd, near I-35 Tuesday morning. LeForce opened fire on the deputy, repeatedly shooting him in the body and face. He then stole the deputy’s patrol car. After fleeing in the deputy’s patrol car, he abandoned it at a gas station where he then carjacked a customer at the gas station. Leforce has since abandoned that vehicle and carjacked yet another car. The last known vehicle that Leforce was in was located abandoned near County Rd. 76 and Jaxton Rd, just northeast of Guthrie.Deputy David Wade was conscious and able to call for help on the radio and relay suspect information. He was then airlifted to the hospital. Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux later announced that Deputy Wade died from his injures.
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Blinded by White Supremacy ~ 2017!
ORLANDO, FL {April 12, 2017} — A judge said Wednesday that he will not grant Markeith Loyd’s request for a specific Miami attorney. He said Loyd has the right to an attorney. However, he does not have the right to choose one that is being paid by the state. Loyd had previously insisted that he wanted to represent himself, but a judge urged him to reconsider. During a hearing earlier this month, Loyd asked that the judge appoint Miami attorney Terence Lenamon to represent him. During Wednesday’s hearing the judge listed a number of reasons for his decision not to grant Loyd’s request. Loyd reiterated his objection to standby counsel and stood up during the hearing and said: "I’m done. And I want you to step off my case because you've been compromised. I'm done." Loyd was told to have a seat. Loyd briefly met with his standby counsel. Loyd agreed to allow the attorney to temporarily represent him.
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(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video


EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)


Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)


New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)


Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)


Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)


Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)


Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)


San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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READ: Illegal Immigrants Gangs Engage in Murder on Orders by Mexican Mafia Prison Gang Leaders. Federal prosecutors are expected to announce a sweeping indictment Wednesday morning against a Boyle Heights-based street gang with “deep ties” to the Mexican Mafia prison gang, officials said. At least 38 members of the Big Hazard gang were indicted under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statutes, federal officials said. Two dozen or more members are expected to be arrested. According to the indictment, the Eastside gang distributes methamphetamine, phencyclidine (PCP), crack cocaine, heroin and other controlled substances in neighborhoods it controls. Drug sales are a major revenue maker for the gang. [Indictment filed "Big Hazard" Gang Members] READ: [Baltimore Police Officers Indicted ~ 2017]


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Honest Services!



Posted: 09/23/2011 - 05:06:43 PM PDT


Former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi today lost his bid to stay free pending his appeal of his conviction on political corruption charges. In rejecting DiMasi’s request, US District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf said he found no likelihood that DiMasi would be successful in having his convictions overturned or his sentence reduced. Wolf ordered that both DiMasi and his co-defendant, Richard McDonough, report to federal prison on Nov. 16.

“The defendants have not shown their appeal raises a question of law or fact likely to result in a new trial or a reduction in sentence,” Wolf said in remarks that lasted more than an hour at a hearing this afternoon in US District Court in Boston. “I find it is not a close question.”

Once one of the most powerful politicians in the state, DiMasi, a pioneer as the state’s first Italian-American speaker, is facing an eight-year sentence for engaging in a scheme to steer state software contracts to a Burlington company in exchange for secret payments. DiMasi, describing himself as a “broken man,” begged for leniency before his sentencing earlier this month. An attorney for DiMasi, would only say after the ruling, “We’re going to continue to fight to prove Sal’s innocence.”

McDonough’s attorney, who is leading the appeal for both defendants, said outside the courtroom that the defense would ask the First US Circuit Court of Appeals to stay Wolf’s order that the two men report to prison. He argued that appeals courts have overruled district judges before, and said that DiMasi’s case is testing new legal standards that were set by a US Supreme Court decision last year. DiMasi’s case is one of the first to go to trial since that decision. “We will argue that there remain compelling issues that need to be addressed,” the attorney said. “There are issues we consider profoundly important that test the [new standards] of the Supreme Court decision.”

That decision narrowed the scope of evidence allowed in honest services fraud prosecutions – the kind of case brought against DiMasi – to require that prosecutors show a public official knowingly took an action in exchange for money that he caused to be paid to him or an acquaintance. DiMasi and McDonough, both 66, were convicted in June of conspiracy to defraud the United States, as well as honest services mail fraud and wire fraud. DiMasi was also convicted of extortion.

Wolf’s eight-year sentence for DiMasi was the highest federal sentence ever handed out to an elected official in Massachusetts. McDonough was sentenced to seven years in prison.

As part of the scheme, DiMasi was paid $65,000 that was funneled to him through a former law associate. DiMasi, according to the witnesses at the trial, pushed Governor Deval Patrick’s administration to grant contracts to the company, Cognos. The details of the scheme were revealed in a much-watched trial that featured testimony from senior state officials, including the governor himself, and threw a harsh light on the dealings on Beacon Hill.

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June 3, 2011 @ 09:10 AM PDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (WCJB) — A federal grand jury charged two-time presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday with soliciting and covering up the secret spending of more than $925,000 to hide his mistress and their baby during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House. The grand jury's indictment in the case of USA v. Johnny Reid Edwards contained six counts, including conspiracy, four counts of receiving illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements. The indictment said the payments were a scheme to protect Edwards' White House ambitions. "A centerpiece of Edwards' candidacy was his public image as a devoted family man," the indictment said. "Edwards knew that public revelation of the affair and the pregnancy would destroy his candidacy by, among other things, undermining Edwards' presentation of himself as a family man and by forcing his campaign to divert personnel and resources away from other campaign activities to respond to criticism and media scrutiny regarding the affair and pregnancy," the indictment added.

One, former Federal Elections Commission Chairman Scott Thomas, said if the FEC had investigated it would have found the payments did not violate the law, even as a civil matter. "A criminal prosecution of a candidate on these facts would be outside anything I would expect after decades of experience with the campaign finance laws," Thomas said.

The indictment is the culmination of a federal investigation begun by the FBI more than two years ago. The probe scoured virtually every corner of Edwards' political career. That included his political action committees, a nonprofit and a so-called 527 independent political group. It even examined whether he did anything improper during his time in the U.S. Senate, which ended seven years ago. But the centerpiece of the investigation has long been the hundreds of thousands of dollars privately provided by two wealthy Edwards supporters — his former campaign finance chairman Fred Baron and Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, the 100-year-old widow of banking heir Paul Mellon. That money eventually went to keep mistress Rielle Hunter and her out-of-wedlock baby in hiding in 2007 and 2008, during the apex of the Democratic nomination campaign.

The indictment refers to $725,000 in payments made by Mellon and another $200,000 made by Baron. It accused Edwards of lying when he told the media he never knew about any payments. It said the money was used to pay for Hunter's living and medical expenses and for chartered airfare, luxury hotels and rental for a house in Santa Barbara, Calif., to keep her hidden from the public. Mellon sent her money through her decorator. The indictment said she listed items of furniture in the memo lines of her checks such as "chairs," ''antique Charleston table," and "book case" to hide the true purpose.

The indictment refers to Edwards' discussions with a former employee in summer 2009 in which they prepared a statement to the media in which he would admit he was the father of Frances Quinn Hunter. A person familiar with the investigation has identified the former employee as speechwriter Wendy Button. The indictment said Edwards told her that he was aware Baron provided money to hide Hunter from the media.

Former campaign staffer Andrew Young, who initially claimed paternity of Hunter's child, has said Edwards was aware of the private financial support that helped keep the mistress satisfied and secluded. "Edwards further told the employee that this was a huge issue and that for 'legal and practical reasons' it should not be mentioned in the statement they were preparing," the indictment said. The statement Edwards eventually issued seven months later claiming paternity did not mention the money spent on Hunter. Prosecutors believe the private gifts should have been considered campaign contributions since they aided his candidacy. Edwards did not comment directly, but his attorneys issued statements from campaign finance experts advising him. The experts argued the Mellon and Baron payments were not campaign contributions.

With one of Edwards' former campaign rivals now sitting in the White House, the case includes a measure of political intrigue. Greg Craig, who was previously White House counsel for President Barack Obama, emerged as a leading figure on Edwards' legal team just as Obama's Justice Department was reviewing the case that prosecutors in North Carolina had prepared. Meanwhile, with the backing of North Carolina's two senators, Republican-appointed U.S. attorney George Holding stayed on the job in the Obama administration to finish the Edwards probe.

Edwards and Hunter began their relationship in 2006, just as the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee was plotting a second run for the White House. She was hired to shoot behind-the-scenes video footage of the prospective candidate. Edwards' political action committee and a nonprofit affiliated with him both paid Hunter's video-production firm about $100,000 for the work. Edwards initially denied having an affair with Hunter but eventually admitted to it in the summer of 2008. He then denied being the father of her child before finally confessing last year. His wife, Elizabeth (pictured above) died of cancer in December.

Young has said that Edwards agreed in 2007 to solicit money directly from Mellon. The long-time Edwards aide, now estranged from his former boss, has said he received hundreds of thousands of dollars in checks from Mellon — some hidden in boxes of chocolate. Mellon and Edwards are still friendly despite the glare of the federal investigation. They had lunch together at her Virginia estate last week even as the indictment appeared imminent.

"Democracy demands that our election system be protected, and without vigorously enforced campaign finance laws, the people of this country lose their voice," said Holding. "The U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice are committed to the prosecution of individuals who abuse the very system of which they seek to become a part." Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, said, "As this indictment shows, we will not permit candidates for high office to abuse their special ability to access the coffers of their political supporters to circumvent our election laws." The case opens a new front in how the federal government oversees the flow of money around political campaigns. An attorney for Edwards said last week that the government's case was "novel and untested" and argued that the government's theory was wrong on both the facts and the law.

Baron's support was even more direct. The wealthy trial lawyer said in 2008 that he helped Young and Hunter move across the country to protect them from media scrutiny. Baron, who died a few months later, said Edwards wasn't aware of the aid, but Young has said that Edwards did know. Young, Hunter and Baron's wife were among many Edwards aides and supporters who were called to testify before a federal grand jury or have been interviewed by investigators.

The indictment and an arrest warrant were filed in Greensboro, N.C., which is in the district where his campaign was headquartered. Edwards, 58, was scheduled to make an initial appearance Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Auld in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Negotiations between Edwards' attorneys and federal prosecutors to settle on a charge to which Edwards was willing to plead guilty continued through Thursday, but proved fruitless, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations. Prosecutors had insisted on a plea to a felony, which would endanger his ability to keep his license to practice law. If convicted, Edwards faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the six counts. First time white collar offenders usually don't receive prison terms in federal court, but the Justice Department typically presses for at least a short prison sentence for public officials. While Edwards was a private citizen as a candidate, he was receiving taxpayer money for his presidential campaign.

Power-Broking Rape!


May 31, 2011

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar is now "awaiting arraignment Tuesday on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and harassment." The alleged attack comes two weeks after IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel in Times Square.



Media sources reports that Omar had asked for a box of tissues on Sunday around 6 p.m.: He "quickly locked the door behind her, according to police. Then, the elderly banker"—who was either wearing a robe or pajamas at the time—"allegedly grabbed her breasts and began kissing her on the lips and neck." The maid said, "I'm not up here for that." Then Omar allegedly asked her for her phone number, and the maid supplied a fake one.

The maid went to the hotel manager to report the incident, but the manager apparently told her she needed to report it to a supervisor...who wasn't working on Sunday. So the maid had to wait until Monday to report the incident to the police. Police spokesman Paul Browne said, "Experienced NYPD detectives found the complainant to be credible." The NYPD said more details would be released upon the arraignment.

Shriver Leak!


Posted: 05/24/2011 06:27:05 PM PDT
Updated: 05/26/2011 10:16:12 PM PDT




It was Maria Shriver who leaked the revelations about Arnold Schwarzenegger fathering a child with a family servant, media sources reported Tuesday. And another report says that Shriver has hired a private investigator to find out whether her estranged husband fathered more children in secret. Media source quoted external sources as saying friends had to talk a "hysterical" Shriver into not holding a news conference as soon as she found out about her husband's love child with housekeeper Mildred Baena (pictured above, left). Sources say she agreed and kept quiet until a week after the couple announced the end of their 25-year marriage -- and then tipped off the Los Angeles Times to the story. The source did not explain why she went to the newspaper at that point. Another sources said Tuesday that Shriver has hired a private detective to search for more Arnold love children, as well as pore through the ex-governor's finances, particularly any signs that Schwarzenegger lavished cash and gifts on Baena and their now-13-year-old son. Shriver has not said yet whether she plans to divorce Schwarzenegger, but she has hired high-profile divorce lawyer and several reports said Tuesday that she's expected to file papers soon to dissolve the marriage. Shriver and Schwarzenegger's combined net worth has been estimated at between $200 million and $500 million.

Bail Denied!


Republican Threat!


May 24, 2011 - 05:02 PDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (WCJB) -- A Maine lawmaker charged with pulling a gun in a parking lot offered an unsolicited comment after his first court appearance: "I believe in America. I believe in God. I believe in sunshine." Rep. Frederick Ladd Wintle, a Republican from Garland, was not required to enter a plea Monday to charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.



Wintle was arrested Saturday after a confrontation outside a Dunkin' Donuts in Waterville. He remains held on $3,500 bail. Some lawmakers had expressed concern about Wintle's increasingly erratic behavior. As part of court-ordered bail conditions, Wintle is barred from the State House complex. The judge also included provisions requiring him to submit to a mental evaluation and barring him from having a gun.


Gov. Rod Blagojevich!


Guilty as Sin!


Saturday, Jun 27, 2011 - 4:43 pm PT

CHICAGO (WCJB) — Rod Blagojevich (pictured left) who rode his talkative everyman image to two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a national punch line, was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including the incendiary allegation that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's Senate seat. The verdict was a bitter defeat for Blagojevich, who had spent 2½ years professing his innocence on reality TV shows and later on the witness stand. His defense team had insisted that hours of FBI wiretap recordings were just the ramblings of a politician who liked to think out loud.

He faces up to 300 years in prison, although federal sentencing guidelines are sure to significantly reduce his time behind bars.

After hearing the verdict, Blagojevich turned to defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky and asked "What happened?" His wife, Patti, slumped against her brother, then rushed into her husband's arms. Before the decision was read, the couple looked flushed, and the former governor blew his wife a kiss across the courtroom, then stood expressionless, with his hands clasped tightly. The verdict capped a long-running spectacle in which Blagojevich became famous for blurting on a recorded phone call that his ability to appoint Obama's successor to the Senate was "f---ing golden" and that he wouldn't let it go "for f---ing nothing."

The former governor spoke only briefly with reporters as he left the courthouse, saying he was disappointed and stunned by the verdict. "Well, among the many lessons I've learned from this whole experience is to try to speak a little bit less, so I'm going to keep my remarks kind of short," Blagojevich said, adding that the couple wanted "to get home to our little girls and talk to them and explain things to them and then try to sort things out."

Blagojevich, who has been free on bond since shortly after his arrest, becomes the second straight Illinois governor convicted of corruption. His predecessor, George Ryan, is now serving 6½ years in federal prison.

The case exploded into scandal when Blagojevich was awakened by federal agents on Dec. 9, 2008, at his Chicago home and was led away in handcuffs. Federal prosecutors had been investigating his administration for years, and some of his closest cronies had already been convicted. Blagojevich, who was also accused of shaking down businessmen for campaign contributions, was swiftly impeached and removed from office.

The verdict provided affirmation to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, one of the nation's most prominent prosecutors, who, after the governor's arrest, had condemned Blagojevich's dealings as a "political crime spree."

"The jury sent a loud and clear message that Governor Blagojevich committed very serious crimes shaking down a children's hospital, trying to sell a Senate seat and demanding cash campaign contributions in advance before signing a bill," Fitzgerald said. "This is a bittersweet moment." Referring to the verdict against Ryan five years ago, he said: "I hope that that message is heard this time." Mentioned at times as a possible future FBI director, Fitzgerald pledged to retry the governor after the first jury deadlocked on all but the least serious of 24 charges against him.

This time, the 12 jurors voted to convict the 54-year-old Blagojevich on 17 of 20 counts after deliberating nine days. He also faces up to five additional years in prison for his previous conviction of lying to the FBI. Blagojevich was acquitted of soliciting bribes in the alleged shakedown of a road-building executive. The jury deadlocked on two charges of attempted extortion related to that executive and funding for a school.

Judge James Zagel has barred Blagojevich from traveling outside the area without permission. A status hearing to discuss sentencing was set for Aug. 1. Two legal experts speculated that Blagojevich would probably receive around 10 years in prison, with little chance that he would get more than 15.

Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:42 pm

(In this May 2, 2011 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich addresses the media accompanied by his wife Patti, at federal court after opening arguments in his second corruption trial in Chicago. Blagojevich is set to return to the witness stand for a third day Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at his political corruption retrial, which is now heading into its fifth week of testimony.) Rod Blagojevich Tuesday denied shaking down a road builder for campaign contributions in exchange for signing a massive bill to improve the state’s tollways. Testifying for the third day on his retrial on corruption charges, the ex-Illinois governor also denied using his influence to get his wife, Patti, a job. He also stated that he never shook down the CEO of Children’s Memorial Hospital or demanded the CEO hold a fund-raiser for him. Blagojevich is accused of holding up a promised increase in pay for pediatric doctors serving Medicaid patients in making threats to the CEO, Patrick Magoon. Blagojevich denied delaying the increase and said he told a staffer to “find the money’’ to do it.

In earlier testimony Tuesday at the federal courthouse downtown, Blagojevich said he really wanted a massive capital bill to pass — one that would have improved tollways as well as given a lift to other capital projects throughout the state. Road-building executive Gerald Krozel had testified that Blagojevich hit him up for money at the same time Krozel was pushing the $1.8 billion tollway package. “I felt there was a connection between the two,” Krozel previously testified in the prosecution’s case. “If I couldn’t raise money, there wouldn’t be a tollway bill.”

But Blagojevich said he simply explained to Krozel in that 2008 meeting that a new state ethics bill would prohibit Krozel from legally giving the then governor money after the end of the year. “The good news for you and the bad news for me is that you can’t contribute money,” Blagojevich said he told Krozel. “Whatever you can do to help us during this campaign fund-raising cycle. ... I would be appreciative of it.”

“I may have said something like, ‘This is your last hurrah,’ ’’ he continued. “And he was very supportive, and said he’d do the best he can to raise money.”

Blagojevich’s lawyer asked: “During this meeting, did you demand that he fund-raise for you?” “No,” Blagojevich replied.

Attorney: “Communicate that in order for him to get any of these tollway plans he had to fund-raise?” Replied Blagojevich: “No.”

He also played an Oct. 31, 2008 recording of a call between Blagojevich and Harris, where the then-governor is heard pushing for the capital bill. Blagojevich can be heard dropping an f-bomb and later apologizing for it. Blagojevich smiled while on the stand, shaking his head a little bit in apparent disbelief at his caught-on-tape self. On the tape he discusses DuPage County Bob Schillerstrom, who wanted state funding to build a western access to O’Hare. Blagojevich is heard saying that if Schillerstrom wanted the bill to pass, he’d better “bring all their influence to bear” to get House Speaker Michael Madigan to lift a brick preventing its passage in the Illinois House. “You’re a big, tough guy with a lot of influence, get down to Springfield. ... Lobby your government there,” Blagojevich said he wanted of Schillerstrom at the time. “You’ll get your western access road and a lot more. You’ll get schools and roads and a lot more.”

Judge James Zagel again tells Blagojevich he understands there’s a tendency to explain how government works in each of his answers. However, he tells him to instead: “Just answer the questions.”

Blagojevich also attempted to rebut testimony from his chief of staff, John Harris, who said that the governor ordered him to set up meetings between state contractors and his wife. Harris said that after those meetings went sour, Blagojevich told him to cut off the contractors from future state work.

But Blagojevich said Patti did meet with contractors, and they told her she’d have a tough time getting work in using her Series 7 license to be a financial adviser because of a potential conflict involving her husband being governor. “She was going to get bubkis for it. Nada, nothing,” Blagojevich said. He denied he took any retaliation against contractors that wouldn’t hire her. Blagojevich, who spoke at length about his efforts to keep his family separate from his administration, did admit that he asked Harris whether his wife could be appointed to the Illinois Pollution Control Board. But in the end, “she was not nominated to the Illinois Pollution Control board,” he said. “I made a decision to not appoint her.”

Guv' Rod!


By MIKE ROBINSON, Associated Press Writer
Story date: 12-9-08 - 07:45 a.m.


CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiring to get financial benefits through his authority to appoint a U.S. senator to fill the vacancy left by Barack Obama's election as president.

According to a federal criminal complaint, Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field. In return for state assistance, Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper's editorial board who had been critical of him fired.

A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.

The affidavit said Blagojevich discussed getting a substantial salary for himself at a nonprofit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions. It said Blagojevich also talked about getting his wife placed on corporate boards where she might get $150,000 a year in director's fees. He also allegedly discussed getting campaign funds for himself or possibly a post in the president's cabinet or an ambassadorship once he left the governor's office. "I want to make money," the affidavit quotes him as saying in one conversation.

U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said in a statement that "the breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering." "They allege that Blagojevich put a for sale sign on the naming of a United States senator," Fitzgerald said." Among those being considered for the post include U.S. Reps. Danny Davis and Jesse Jackson Jr.

Blagojevich also was charged with using his authority as governor in an attempt to squeeze out campaign contributions. His chief of staff, John Harris, also was arrested. Corruption in the Blagojevich administration has been the focus of a federal investigation involving an alleged $7 million scheme aimed at squeezing kickbacks out of companies seeking business from the state. Federal prosecutors have acknowledged they're also investigating "serious allegations of endemic hiring fraud" under Blagojevich.

Political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko who raised money for the campaigns of both Blagojevich and Obama is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of fraud and other charges. Blagojevich's chief fundraiser, Christopher G. Kelly, is due to stand trial early next year on charges of obstructing the Internal Revenue Service. According to Tuesday's complaint, Blagojevich schemed with Rezko, millionaire-fundraiser turned federal witness Stuart Levine and others to get financial benefits for himself and his campaign committee.

Federal prosecutors said Blagojevich and the chairman of his campaign committee have been speeding up corrupt fundraising activities in the last month to get as much money as possible before the end of the year when a new law would curtail his ability to raise contributions from companies with state contracts worth more than $50,000. According to the affidavit, agents learned Blagojevich was seeking $2.5 million in campaign contributions by the end of the year, with a large part allegedly to come from companies and individuals who have gotten state contracts or appointments.

Blagojevich took the chief executive's office in 2003 as a reformer promising to clean up former Gov. George Ryan's mess. Ryan, a Republican, is serving a 6-year prison sentence after being convicted on racketeering and fraud charges. A decade-long investigation began with the sale of driver's licenses for bribes and led to the conviction of dozens of people who worked for Ryan when he was secretary of state and governor.

FBI spokesman Frank Bochte said federal agents arrested the governor and Harris simultaneously at their homes at 6:15 a.m. and took them to the Chicago FBI headquarters. Bochte said he did not know if either man was handcuffed or if the governor's family was their North Side home at the time of his arrest. He did say Blagojevich and Harris both were given time to get dressed before being taken to the headquarters. He also did not have any details about Blagojevich's arrest, only that he was cooperative with federal agents. "It was a very calm setting," he said.

The governor was to appear later Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan to answer the charges. The time was not immediately set.



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