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-- April 16, 2011, Statement by New York City Police Officer Michael Daragjati, boasting of his false arrest of another African-American male.
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Posted: 8:17 PM EST, Wed January 7, 2015 ~ Updated 5:59 PM PST, Tues. January 27, 2015
“'That's how stupid their legal document is'.”
~ Alan Dershowitz , Harvard Law Professor, Emeritus, vehemently denying claims in the media on January 6, 2015 of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls.
Florida (WCJB) -- After days of vehemently denying claims in the media, high-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz wants a judge to step in -- specifically, to "strike the allegations" against him of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls.
Dershowitz has been outspoken since a court filing last week named him as one of several prominent people accused of having sex with minors with help from self-made billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. But he took his defense to a new level Monday, with a pair of filings in federal court.
In a motion, the Harvard University professor asked the court to erase the allegation naming him -- as part of a lawsuit against the federal government, though he hasn't been charged or sued -- from the docket. He also asked the judge to issue a "show cause order against" the lawyers for the woman making the claim, to compel them to give evidence in court in support of their allegation.
Such attempts to have allegations erased from court documents have been denied before, though Dershowitz argued that his situation is different. He accused his accusers of "character assassination," claiming that courts have the "authority to strike material that is 'scandalous, immaterial or redundant.' "
"The docket sheets and courtrooms of the United States District Court for (southern) Florida should not be used as a bulletin board to which irrelevant, baseless, and ill-willed reputational attacks can be tacked up without consequence," he argued.
Paul Cassell, one of the lawyers representing the alleged victims, told CNN on Tuesday that his clients "do not oppose Mr. Dershowitz having an opportunity to present his arguments to the court."
Referring to one of his clients by the name used for her in court documents, Cassell added, "Jane Doe #3, however, has been viciously attacked by Mr. Dershowitz. We have requested an opportunity to meet with (federal prosecutors) so that we can seek their assistance in presenting evidence ... that will help Jane Doe #3 respond to these unfair attacks."
Cassell and lawyer Bradley Edwards filed suit Tuesday against Dershowitz, alleging defamation.
They say statements he made to the media recently are "defamatory per se directly attacking the fitness of the plaintiffs (in this case) to engage in the honored profession of the practice of law," according to a court filing obtained by CNN.
They pointed to an interview Dershowitz gave to CNN.
In a written statement Wednesday, Dershowitz said the suit will require depositions from Cassell, Edwards, Jane Doe #3 and him.
"I hope they will not try to hide behind litigation and other privileges, so that the truth will come out," he said.
Prince Andrew also denies tie to sex ring.
Along with Britain's Prince Andrew and others, Dershowitz was named in the federal court filing in Florida last week as one of the prominent people who had sexual contact with teenage girls through Epstein.
Epstein, an investment banker, pleaded guilty some years ago in Florida to a state charge of prostitution solicitation, but there were no federal charges after he and authorities signed off on a nonprosecution agreement.
But some of Epstein's alleged victims aren't on board with the deal, thinking he should have stiffer charges and penalties. Four of them took federal prosecutors to court, suing them to reopen the case because they believed their rights under the Crime Victims' Rights Act were violated by the nonprosecution agreement.
Two of them entered the discussion in the court filing late last month, including the one described as Jane Doe #3. The filing alleged she was a minor when Epstein made her a "sex slave" and made "her available for sex to politically connected and financially powerful people."
Those big names included Prince Andrew, who through Buckingham Palace has rejected the allegations, and they also included Dershowitz.
According to the filing, "Epstein required Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with Dershowitz on numerous occasions while she was a minor, not only in Florida but also on private planes, in New York, New Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands."
Dershowitz: 'Totally false' claims could 'damage my reputation irrevocably'
The celebrity lawyer and professor subsequently issued an adamant public denial, saying the case "is all about money" and "completely made up."
He went further in his court filings, including a sworn affidavit in which he said "lawyers for Jane Doe #3 ... leveled totally false and outrageous charges against me that have been reported around the world and threaten to damage my reputation irrevocably."
"Never under any circumstance have I ever had any sexual contact of any kind, which includes massages or any physical contact whatsoever, with Jane Doe #3," he added.
Dershowitz said, for instance, that his wife and daughter accompanied him on his sole visit to Epstein's Caribbean island as well as the one time he went to Epstein's New Mexico house -- at which point it was under construction and no girls were visible.
"Let me assert categorically, without reservation and with full awareness of the risks of perjury," he stated, "that I did not ever, under any circumstances, have any sexual contact of any kind with Jane Doe #3."
Posted: October 31, 2014 9:27pm ~ Updated: November 17, 2014 3:27am pst
Fort Smith, Ark. -- Police arrested Cohen J. Davis, 24 (pictured above, center) of Fort Smith Thursday in Pocola on suspicion of rape. Davis was taken into custody Thursday during the course of an investigation into the death of a 2-year-old girl. According to a Fort Smith Police Department news release by Sgt. Daniel Grubbs Davis was extradited back to Fort Smith on Friday. He was booked at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center.
On Oct. 15, Fort Smith police were called to Sparks Regional Medical Center regarding a 2-year-old girl who had been taken to the Emergency Room with suspicious injuries. Davis is the toddler’s uncle. He was the one who brought her to the hospital. According to Grubbs, Davis said her injuries were from falling down a staircase at his home in the 900 block of South 19th Street. Davis shares the home with his wife, two children ages 5 and 7 and the toddler’s 4-year-old sibling. Grubbs stated the victim was a minor of the home. The toddler died hours later, Grubbs stated. Official autopsy results are pending.
Grubbs stated that all of the children of the home were removed and placed in The Department of Human Services (DHS) custody. DHS became involved in the investigation because of the suspicious circumstances of the case. On Wednesday, members of the department’s Criminal Investigation Unit obtained an arrest warrant for Davis on suspicion of rape.
The investigation is ongoing, Grubbs stated.
Published: 21:38 EDT, 23 October 2014 | Updated: 03:03 PM PDT, 25 October 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Police searched the Towson University office of 62-year-old Barry Freundel (pictured above, center). The rabbi, 62, has been a tenured associate professor there since 2009. Freundel is a prominent Georgetown rabbi accused of secretly recording women in a ritual bath. According to a warrant filed in a Maryland court, police found a backpack with an assortment of tiny cameras hidden in everyday household objects. The items included a computer charger, a clock and a tissue box. Authorities said they also seized an empty box for a “micro camera” hidden in a key chain. They also found flash drives and memory cards — some in freezer bags — capable of holding more than 200,000 images and 25,000 hours of video. In addition, police found a picture of nude women and handwritten lists of names.
The items listed in the search warrant obtained by Corrupt Justice™ indicate the devices that were used to spy on the were kept on the Baltimore County campus where Rabbi Barry Freundel taught. They were also kept in his home and at the bath adjacent to Kesher Israel, the Northwest Washington synagogue he led. The document filed in Baltimore County District Court says that “several young female students” toured Kesher Israel with Freundel. Police say “some even participat[ed] in the bathing ritual.” Police said that Freundel used a camera hidden in a clock radio to record at least six women in the bath, called a mikvah. The affidavit for the warrant alleges that there is “evidence of the crime of voyeurism” in Freundel’s office, Room 3139 in the College of Liberal Arts building.
The rabbi is scheduled for a status hearing Nov. 12 in D.C. Superior Court. He has been charged with six misdemeanor counts of voyeurism. Freundel’s attorney declined to comment on the allegations. However, he had plenty to say about the disheveled state of Freundel’s office after the search by D.C. police detective George Desilva and Towson University Police Sgt. James Moynihan. “No one is minimizing the allegations, but the police do not get to exact their own punishment in this process,” the attorney said. “That’s not the way it works.”
The latest discoveries raised further questions about the rabbi’s interactions with his students at Towson. Towson is a public university with more than 22,000 students. Towson University has allegedly launched an internal investigation into whether it complied with federal sex discrimination laws. The school also began more aggressive efforts to find current and former students of Freundel. In an email obtained by media sources, university officials told students to contact them if they have witnessed any behavior by Freundel that they consider inappropriate. Freundel has been suspended from teaching and barred from the campus grounds north of Baltimore.
Published: 21:38 EDT, 4 October 2014 | Updated: 08:03 PDT, 6 October 2014
Rapist of Law!
New York, NY -- Sanford Rubenstein, 70 (pictured above, center) a high-powered attorney in New York, and top civil rights lawyer has been accused of raping a woman at his Manhattan home. The alleged raped occurred after Rev Al Sharpton's star-studded 60th birthday party. His wife Esaw attended Sharpton's bash. Mayor de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo, director Spike Lee and legendary singer Aretha Franklin were at Sharpton's soiree on Wednesday night. Sources told the paper the rape of the woman occurred earlier this week.
Rubenstein is said to have sexually assaulted the victim at his luxury apartment after the event at the four-star Four Seasons restaurant. The woman is believed to be a 42-year-old executive with links to Sharpton. Rubenstein is yet to have been charged in connection with the encounter. The rape is being investigated as third degree sex assault. The charge is brought when the victim is 'incapable of consent'. This means she could have passed out or was very drunk at the time. The NYPD would not comment on the case while Rubenstein's law firm are yet to provide a statement on the story.
The civil rights organization National Action Network released the following statement: 'National Action Network and Rel Al Sharpton has not been notified or advised by any official investigating authorities. 'The allegations as reported occured at a private residence after a NAN event and had nothing to do with NAN nor Rev Al Sharpton, therefore we have no comment at this time.'
Rubenstein is well-known in New York and has been involved in a number of high profile cases. Recently he was chosen as the attorney for Sandra Amezquita, a heavily-pregnant woman who claims NYPD officers threw her to the ground belly-first during an arrest. He is also representing the family of Eric Garner, who died after police officer held him down in what appeared to be a chokehold during an arrest on Staten Island in July. He represented police-torture victim Abner Louima in his civil suit against the city. The case was settled in July 2001 for a stunning $7.1 million, the largest police brutality payout in city history at the time.
He has said his death should help try to improve police policies and practices.
PUBLISHED: September 12, 2014, 8:34 AM EDT - MODIFIED: October 1, 2014, 3:34 AM PST
Heiress of Deceit!
New York -- Andrew Madoff (pictured above, center) the son of convicted fraudster Bernard Madoff, has left a will giving his children, estranged wife and his fiancée more than $15 million in properties, after his death from lymphoma earlier this month, reports Bloomberg.
Madoff’s willed holdings include about $11 million in “personal property,” plus about $4.5 million in real estate, Bloomberg says. The will was written in July and filed on Thursday in Surrogate’s Court in Manhattan.
Madoff, who died at 48 years old and was never charged with involvement in his father’s fraudulent financial empire, left all of his tangible property to his two daughters, Emily and Anne, Bloomberg reports.
One-third of his estate has been left to his estranged wife, Deborah West, while the remaining has been willed to his fiancée, Catherine Hooper, in the form of $50,000 payments each month for the rest of her life, says the New York Daily News.
Ruth Madoff, his mother, is not included in the will, Bloomberg says.
Madoff and his older brother, Mark, who committed suicide in 2010, worked on the trading desk of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Their father, Bernard Madoff, handled client investments.
In December 2008, the two brothers alerted federal authorities to their father’s dubious investment practices, and in March 2009, the elder Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in federal prison for engineering a vast Ponzi scheme that financially wounded thousands of people and organizations, with total paper loses of about $65 billion and cash losses near $17 billion, the New York Times says.
No charges were filed against either of Madoff’s sons, who denied knowing about the scheme until their father confessed to them, and who both cut all ties with him after his sentencing.
PUBLISHED: Dec. 5, 2012 - MODIFIED: 11:37 PM PST, FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2012
Anchorage, Alaska -- Israel Keyes (pictured above, center) a Serial killer, committed suicide in his Alaska jail cell. Authorities say he accomplished this by embedding a disposable razor blade into a pencil and slitting his wrist. He is also said to have used bedding material to strangle himself, the FBI said today. The suicide occurred while Keyes was locked alone in a cell after 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. His body was discovered the next morning at 5:57 a.m., the FBI said. He slashed his left wrist with the razor, and then used a strip of bedding to strangle himself. An autopsy will be conducted. Keyes, 34, left behind "crumpled, blood soaked paper" with writing on the pages. The suicide was Keyes' last act of violence committed by a merciless killer who told police that he "liked to do it."
Keyes, 34, was in jail after his arrest for the death of a teenage barista. Keyes, the owner of an Anchorage construction company, had been facing a March trial in Anchorage federal court--and possibly the death penalty--for the killing of the barista. Keyes' death came as he was slowly confessing to a string of methodically planned murders. Police say the murders spanned the country. Keyes had previously admitted to eight murders at the time of his suicide, but had yet to tell investigators the identities of all his victims and left police wondering how many more victims there may have been. "There is no indication of any criminal involvement from other persons," according to the FBI in Anchorage. "Pages of crumpled, blood soaked paper that appeared to have writing on them were recovered from the cell." The papers have been handed over to the FBI for laboratory processing.
Along with details of his suicide, investigators also released the grim details about teenage barista Samantha Koenig's final hours and her killer's intricate plan to kill. In a statement released by federal prosecutors, the FBI and Alaskan police, officials stated: "These details are being provided both to fully explain the courage and resolve Samantha displayed in the final hours of her life. Investigators also released the information in the hopes that the release of additional details will help investigators of other murders committed by Israel Keyes." The FBI has also released an ominous list of 35 trips Keyes made around the U.S., Mexico and Canada over the last eight years. Investigators are now piecing together a deadly puzzle that is uncovering a macabre lifestyle of Keyes traveling to kill simply because he "liked to do it," prosecutors said. They also released video of Koenig's abduction and part of their interrogation of the confessed serial killer.
Koenig was abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled by Keyes who went on a two-week cruise before returning to dismember and hide her body, according to the FBI. While in jail, he told investigators how he traveled the country to kill and bury caches of weapons, money and tools for disposing of bodies to use in future crimes.
When Keyes was on the prowl for a victim, he selected the Common Grounds coffee stand in Anchorage, Alaska, where Koenig, 18, was working. Keyes picked the coffee stand for its location and late hours, authorities said. He had no previous connection to the teenager. A ski mask clad Keyes approached the coffee stand just before closing time on Feb. 1 and ordered a coffee. After Koenig handed him the coffee, he pulled a gun and demanded money. She complied and surveillance footage released by investigators shows Keyes climbing into the coffee stand and tying Koenig up with zip ties. He forced her outside and toward his white truck, which he had earlier prepared by removing the license plates and unmounting tool boxes off the bed of the truck.
"Samantha broke away from Keyes and tried to run away," investigators said. "Keyes chased her and tackled her to the ground. He put one arm around her and pointed a gun at her body with the other hand, telling her that she needed to cooperate, that the gun had a very quiet ammo and that she should not do anything to make him kill her." Keyes "drove around town" telling Koenig that he was kidnapping her for ransom. She explained that her family did not have much money and tried to convince him to let her go. Police said he intended to kill her all along.
When Keyes realized that Koenig did not have her cell phone, he went back to the coffee stand to get it as it was an integral part of his plan. He used the phone to text Koenig's boyfriend and the owner of the coffee stand. "The text messages made it appear that Samantha just had a bad day and was leaving town for the weekend," investigators said. "Keyes then took the battery out of Samantha's phone." When he asked her for her debit card, she explained that it was in the truck she shared with her boyfriend at her house and gave him the pin number.
"Keyes put Samantha in the shed in front of his [Keyes'] house, bound her, and turned the radio up in the shed so no one would hear her if she screamed," the release said. "He also told her that he had a police scanner and would know if she attempted to alert the neighbors." Keyes went to Koenig's house for the debit card and was confronted by Koenig's boyfriend who was looking for her. The boyfriend went into the house to call for help and Keyes was gone with the debit card by the time he got back. Keyes returned to the shed, sexually assaulted Koenig and strangled her, the statement said.
"Keyes left her in the shed and then went back inside his house, where he packed for a pre-planned cruise that he was taking from New Orleans," authorities said. He left Feb. 2 and returned Feb. 17.
Upon his return, he used a typewriter to prepare a ransom note and demanded that $30,000 be deposited into the account tied to the debit card. He went back to the shed and took steps to "make it appear that he was still alive" and took a Polaroid photo of her tied up. His arm was in the photo holding a newspaper from Feb. 13, the statement said. He put the note in a park and texted its location to Koenig's boyfriend. Police recovered the note.
"In the days that followed, Keyes dismembered Samantha's body and drove out to Matanuska Lake, where he cut a hole in the ice and put her body in the lake," investigators said. Koenig's father deposited donated reward money into the ransom account and Keyes was arrested after ATM withdrawals were made in Anchorage, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
While in jail he had been confessing to at least seven other killings in Washington, New York and Vermont. Police have confirmed that he was responsible for the deaths of Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt. Police and the FBI spent hours talking to Keyes in the months after his arrest and he was cooperating, talking to investigators as recently as Thursday. The FBI is asking for the public's assistance with any information about Keyes' travels in order to identify additional victims. They ask that anyone with information contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 - MODIFIED: 4:44 AM PDT, FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2012
Brooklyn, NY -- A Brooklyn rabbi's conviction on charges of molesting a teenage boy was tossed aside on appeal Wednesday because detectives failed to disclose documents regarding bribery allegations. Baruch Lebovits, 61 (pictured above, center) was sentenced to 10 2/3 to 32 years in prison based on testimony of a 22-year-old admitted drug user who claimed the rabbi sexually abused him at age 16. Only after the alleged victim testified in March 2010 did prosecutors hand over notes indicating he had told police that Lebovits tried to bribe him. But by then, the defense questions opened the door for prosecutors to ask about the bribery offer, which the rabbi later denied. Having the documents in advance "would have prevented me from hurting my own client," said his defense lawyer.
The four-judge appeals panel agreed, writing that the late disclosure "set a trap for the defendant which had already sprung at the time the notes were finally furnished." "Total victory and it's probably the end of the case," declared Alan Dershowitz, who handled the appeal alongside defense counsel.
The severity of Lebovits's sentence had sent shock waves through the close-knit Jewish community of Borough Park, where the purported crimes occurred. And the twists in the story didn't end there. Lebovits, a wealthy owner of a travel agency, was sprung last April pending appeal after spending a year in prison. The surprising release came after the district attorney's office charged a Hasid with extortion, saying he offered to make the case go away if the rabbi coughed up $400,000. When Lebovits refused, the star trial witness emerged.
Those allegations were not part of the appeal but are sure to come up in a potential new trial. "We are prepared to retry the case," said a spokesman for Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes. The defense said they're hopeful that both sides will reach another resolution. "I can't believe a responsible prosecutor will bring it again to trial," said Dershowitz. "It's inconceivable to me."
Posted: 10:38 AM EDT, Sun March 18, 2012 - Updated: 10:43 AM PDT, Mon March 19, 2012