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Wichita, Kansas ~ ( Originally Published: June 23, 2018 ~ Updated: July 9, 2018) -- (Photo) Former Wichita police officer Dexter Betts is charged with one count of aggravated battery in a shooting that wounded a 9-year-old girl on Dec. 30, 2017.
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Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(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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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."

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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.

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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.

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Published: 21:38 EDT, 4 October 2014 | Updated: 08:03 PDT, 6 October 2014

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.

Heiress of Deceit!

PUBLISHED: September 12, 2014, 8:34 AM EDT - MODIFIED: October 1, 2014, 3:34 AM PST

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.

Israel's Death!

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.

rabbi Lebovits!


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

Berlin, Germany (WCJB) -- Former Nazi death camp guard and onetime Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk has died in Germany, a police spokesman said Saturday. Demjanjuk, 91, was found guilty last May in a German court of assisting in mass murder as a guard at the Nazi-run Sobibor death camp in German-occupied Poland, and sentenced to five years in prison. He died in a home for the elderly where he was living pending appeal, Oberbayern-Sud police spokesman Kilian Steger said. As part of standard procedure, the Traunstein state prosecutor's office is looking into the circumstances of his death, Steger said. The Nazis and their sympathizers killed at least 167,000 people at Sobibor in 1942 and 1943, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Munich state prosecutors charged Demjanjuk as an accessory to about 27,900 of those deaths, and the court found the killings were "motivated by racial hatred." Demjanjuk denied the charges, arguing that he was a prisoner of war who was forced to do what the Nazis wanted.

War Mongering!

PUBLISHED: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - UPDATED: Sunday, February 5, 2012

Madoff Money Schemes!

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 09:19 AM NEW YORK (WCJB) -- Nabors Industries CEO Eugene Isenberg is stepping down, and he's taking $100 million with him. The 81-year-old Isenberg (who's coincidentally Jewish) will be replaced as CEO of the oil and gas drilling firm by Nabors (NBR) President Anthony Petrello. However, Isenberg will remain as the firm's chairman of the board. According to an April SEC filing, Isenberg is contractually entitled to a $100 million payment in the event that he is fired or that the firm otherwise makes a change in control. Isenberg, or presumably his estate, would have been paid the money even in the event of his death. A senior oil service analyst at Global Hunter Securities, called Isenberg's payout "obviously a negative for shareholders. The man obviously doesn't need the money and he's already been compensated for all of the work that he's done there," said the analyst. In 2009, Isenberg was ranked on a media list of the "5 most overpaid CEOs" after earning $79.3 million in compensation the previous year and more than $600 million over his career.

Twenty Years!

October 7, 2011
Amanda Brumfield, the 32-year-old estranged daughter of Oscar-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton, has been sentenced in an Orlando court to 20 years in prison for manslaughter in the 2008 death of one-year-old Olivia Madison Garcia.

Gross Man!

October 7, 2011 ATLANTA, GA — An author of legal thrillers and a fantasy trilogy was accused Thursday of bilking women out of millions of dollars after meeting them through an online Jewish dating service. Mitchell Gross (pictured above, center) whose books include the suspense story "Circle of Lies," duped at least two women into investing about $4.4 million in a sham company he set up, using some of the money to buy expensive artwork, a luxury car and a golf club membership, federal prosecutors said. The wire fraud and money laundering charges he faces could carry a prison sentence of decades behind bars, according to authorities. Gross, a 61-year-old author who writes under the pen names Mitchell Graham and Douglas Alan, pleaded not guilty. He has turned out at least a half dozen books, but told a judge he only had limited funds. At a brief court appearance Thursday, Gross said he couldn't afford an attorney because he only had $2,000 in cash and no money in any other accounts. His court-appointed attorney declined to comment on the case. Authorities said Gross began a romantic relationship with a woman identified in court documents as "R.J." They met on a site around June 2006 and told her he made a lot of money by investing with a broker named "Michael Johnson" who was employed by "The Merrill Company," the records show. "R.J." called the broker to talk over the investments, but it was actually Gross speaking in a disguised voice on the other line, prosecutors said. "R.J." wired close to $3 million to an account she believed belong to the company but actually did not exist, prosecutors said. Gross concealed the scheme by sending her phony tax forms and account statements, they added. Then investigators said they discovered he was using the woman's funds to repay an ex-girlfriend, identified as "J.S." She was duped into investing $1.4 million with the phony firm, prosecutors said. Federal prosecutors didn't identify the names of the victims in the indictment, but some details of the allegations have emerged in civil court documents. Robbie Johnson of Florida filed a lawsuit against Gross in March 2008 claiming she met him on a Jewish Internet dating site. Soon, she said, he was falsely telling her that famed director Steven Spielberg had optioned his books for films that would feature Pierce Brosnan and Kirsten Dunst. He also told her he fell in love with her, and that he was eager to move to Florida to live with her, the lawsuit said. They took vacations together to Japan, Panama and Brazil, and Johnson hosted a "Meet Mitch" party to introduce him to her friends. She even turned her son's bedroom into an office so he could move in, the complaint said. But after he got the money – about $2.95 million – he started making excuses to avoid spending time with her, and delayed moving in together, the lawsuit said. The relationship ended in March 2008, when she discovered the account she was pumping money into was set up under Gross' name. The court issued a settlement order in June 2008 that ordered Gross to pay Johnson more than $3.2 million – a sum that is now about $4 million with interest, said her lawyers, who applauded the criminal investigation. "I'm not surprised to see the federal charges," said the woman's attorney, Clay O'Daniel. "I figured it was a matter of time." Her other counsel, Richard Garbarini, said his client is "ecstatic that justice is being done." Prosecutors, meanwhile, said anyone else who believes they were victimized should contact authorities. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates warned that the Internet makes it simpler "for those bent on defrauding others to find their next victim." Gross, who lives in metro Atlanta, has written six books under the Mitchell Graham pen name, including a three-part science fiction series and a legal thriller called "Dead Docket." Court records also say he wrote another book, the suspense thriller "Circle of Lies," under the pen name Douglas Alan.

Unfair Advantages!

Posted: 09/21/2011 08:53:47 PM PDT Updated: 09/22/2011 06:24:57 AM PDT NEW YORK -- A Silicon Valley finance researcher and a stock trader dubbed the Octopussy because he reached for so much inside information were sentenced Wednesday in separate but related insider trading cases. Winifred Jiau, 43, of Fremont received a four-year prison term and New York hedge fund trader Zvi Goffer got 10 years as two judges tried to send a stern warning to Wall Street. "Insider trading is very, very hard to detect. Because of that, it has to be dealt with harshly," U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan said as he gave 34-year-old Goffer one of the longest prison terms ever handed down in an insider trading case. He added: "These crimes are not going to be tolerated, certainly not in my courtroom." U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said it was important that each sentence send a tougher message to deter inside trading than previously thought necessary. "It's hard to detect but easy to commit so the temptations are great," Rakoff said as he sentenced Jiau, who has remained imprisoned for nine months because it was determined that the Taiwan-born researcher was a risk to flee. Still, the sentence was only half of what was called for by federal sentencing guidelines. The Israeli-born Goffer, who lives in Brooklyn, was convicted with two others in June in a conspiracy to pay bribes to coax confidential information out of two shady lawyers at a Manhattan firm. The arrests were part of what prosecutors called the biggest hedge fund insider trading case in history. In all, more than two dozen people have been convicted in the probe. The sentencings Wednesday came a week before the scheduled sentencing of Raj Rajaratnam, a one-time billionaire hedge fund founder who was convicted on insider trading charges earlier this year. Prosecutors say he made more than $50 million through illegal trades and are seeking a prison term of more than 24 years. When the charges against Rajaratnam and Goffer were announced in fall 2009, prosecutors said they had made unprecedented use of wiretaps, in part because white collar criminals were starting to use techniques to cover up their crimes that made them resemble common criminals. The wiretaps eventually led to a separate probe of researchers in the securities industry who enable illegal secrets to be passed between hedge fund managers and employees of public companies. Jiau was among 13 people arrested last year in that probe. At his sentencing, Goffer apologized to investors in the stocks in which he had an unfair advantage, saying: "They didn't have the information I had." Jiau was convicted of charges that she conspired to accept cash and gifts to feed inside information to hedge funds. Jiau, a U.S. citizen, worked for two years as a consultant for Mountain View-based Primary Global Research. Prosecutors said she earned more than $200,000 by selling "tomorrow's news today" about earnings and performance of publicly traded companies. The information, they say, was communicated in code with her co-defendants, sometimes using "cooks" to refer to tipsters, "recipe" for the inside information and "sugar" for what she was paid for Lawyers for both Jiau and Goffer said their clients were left in financial ruin and their careers were destroyed. Jiau told Rakoff she was "sorry for being here." She also apologized to her dog, a golden retriever named Hunter who is being cared for by friends, saying: "I'm sorry I broke my promise to take care of you and be with you."

"Ponzi Scheme Similarities!"

Updated: 10:55 apm PDT October 3, 2011 NEW YORK — A motion was filed today amending the forfeiture and civil money laundering complaint in the matter of United States v. PokerStars et. al, announced Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The proposed amended complaint alleges that Full Tilt Poker and its board of directors, including Raymond Bitar, Howard Lederer, Christopher Ferguson, and Rafael Furst, defrauded players by misrepresenting that their funds on deposit in online gambling accounts were safe, secure and available for withdrawal at any time. In reality, Full Tilt Poker did not maintain funds sufficient to repay all players, and in addition, the company used player funds to pay board members and other owners more than $440 million since April 2007. On April 15, 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York filed the original complaint against Full Tilt and two other Internet poker companies and unsealed a criminal indictment charging 11 defendants, including Bitar, with bank fraud, illegal gambling, and money laundering offenses. “As the proposed amended complaint describes in detail, Full Tilt was not a legitimate poker company, but a global Ponzi scheme,” said U.S. Attorney Bharara. “As a result of our enforcement actions, this alleged self-dealing scheme came to light. Not only did the firm orchestrate a massive fraud against the U.S. banking system, as previously alleged, Full Tilt also cheated and abused its own players to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. As described, Full Tilt insiders lined their own pockets with funds picked from the pockets of their most loyal customers while blithely lying to both players and the public alike about the safety and security of the money deposited with the company.” As alleged in the proposed amended complaint, on several occasions in 2008 and 2009 through e-mails to players and postings on online poker message boards, Full Tilt Poker and its representatives assured players that their money was segregated, safe, and secure. For example, in response to inquiries, Full Tilt Poker sent e-mails to players in May 2008 assuring them that their funds were secure. One of those e-mails read, in part: “To protect both our players and business from financial problems, all player account funds are segregated and held separately from our operating accounts. Unlike some companies in our industry, we completely understand and accept that your account money belongs to you, not Full Tilt Poker.” As alleged in the proposed amended complaint, despite these repeated assurances to players, the company did not have enough funds to repay players. By March 31, 2011, Full Tilt Poker owed approximately $390 million to players around the world, including approximately $150 million to U.S. players. However, the company had only approximately $60 million in its bank accounts. Furthermore, as alleged in the proposed amended complaint, the company used player funds to pay its board of directors and other owners. Between April 2007 and April 2011, Full Tilt Poker and its board distributed $443,860,529.89 to board members and owners. Bitar received approximately $41 million, Lederer received approximately $42 million, and Furst received approximately $11.7 million. Ferguson was allocated approximately $87,486,182.87 in distributions, and received at least $25 million, with the remaining balance characterized as “owed” to him. Much of the money that was distributed was transferred by the board members and owners to accounts in Switzerland and other overseas locations. In addition to its failure to segregate funds and its constant stream of distributions to owners, the proposed amended complaint alleges that the company faced a growing shortfall in 2010 related to its inability to collect funds from U.S. players, a fact which it did not disclose to players. Beginning in August 2010, Full Tilt Poker’s payment processing network in the United States was so disrupted that the company often could not withdraw money from U.S. players’ bank accounts in order to fund credits to their online gambling accounts. In order to maintain its false image of financial security, Full Tilt continued to credit player accounts without disclosing its inability to fund those credits. Ultimately, the company credited approximately $130 million to players’ online gambling accounts that it never actually withdrew from their bank accounts. When players gambled with these phantom funds and lost to other players, a massive shortfall developed. The proposed amended complaint alleges that this scheme continued even after the original complaint was filed and the criminal indictment unsealed in April 2011. Full Tilt Poker continued to accept foreign player funds, despite the fact that it had liabilities to players around the world for more than $300 million and held only a small fraction of that amount in its bank accounts. As alleged in the proposed amended complaint, in early June 2011, Lederer reported to others at Full Tilt Poker that there was only approximately $6 million left, and therefore no realistic ability to repay its new depositors. Similarly, in an internal e-mail dated June 12, 2011, Bitar worried about a “run on the bank” by Full Tilt Poker customers, and admitted that “at this point we can’t even take a five million run.” In addition to the forfeiture and civil money laundering penalties sought in the original complaint, the proposed amended complaint seeks the forfeiture of the dividends received by Bitar, Lederer, Ferguson, and Furst, as well as money laundering penalties against these individuals in the same amount. U.S. Attorney Bharara praised the FBI for its outstanding leadership in the investigation, which he noted is ongoing. The matters announced today are being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Asset Forfeiture and Complex Frauds units. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sharon Cohen Levin, Michael D. Lockard and Jason H. Cowley are in charge of the civil money laundering and forfeiture action, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Arlo Devlin-Brown, Nicole Friedlander and Niketh Velamoor are in charge of the criminal case. The allegations contained in the proposed amended complaint are merely accusations.

"Heated Altercation!"

Updated: 1:10 pm PDT September 1, 2011 A powerful aide to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg resigned from City Hall because he was arrested in Washington for his role in a heated altercation with his wife, according to a person familiar with the account. Stephen Goldsmith (pictured left) who oversaw the city’s most visible agencies as Mr. Bloomberg’s deputy mayor for operations, was arrested in his town house on July 30 and spent two days in a Washington jail — a series of events that Mr. Goldsmith reported to City Hall almost immediately. But when the Bloomberg Administration announced Mr. Goldsmith’s resignation five days later, the mayor’s office said that the deputy mayor was leaving the administration “to pursue private-sector opportunities in infrastructure finance.” Pressed about why City Hall did not disclose the arrest of a high-ranking administration official or the reason for Mr. Goldsmith’s resignation, a deputy mayor, Howard Wolfson, declined to comment. After learning of the matter on Thursday morning, Scott M. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, strongly criticized the Bloomberg administration for not disclosing the arrest. “The mayor and his staff should give a full accounting of what they knew and when they knew it,” Mr. Stringer said, noting that Mr. Goldsmith oversaw local law enforcement agencies “that routinely confront the issues of domestic violence.” “No comment,” Mr. Stringer said, “is not an acceptable response.” The arrest was reported on Thursday in The New York media, which quoted heavily from a detailed police report. The report, the newspaper said, claimed that Mr. Goldsmith smashed a phone and shoved his wife after an argument. “Let me go, let me go,” his wife, Margaret, yelled, according to report, The paper said. Mr. Goldsmith, in a statement Thursday morning, confirmed his arrest, but denied any violence toward his wife. “I offered my resignation in order not to be a distraction to the mayor,” he said. In the same statement, which is now available online, his wife, Margaret, said that despite the language in the police report, “there was no violence nor any physical harm.” The police report, she said, “is a summary of what discussions occurred that evening in our home, and those comments have been misconstrued as well as taken out of context.” She said that the arrest, which was required under Washington’s domestic violence laws, “was made over my strong objections and numerous appeals to the officers.” Mr. Wolfson, deputy mayor for government affairs in the Bloomberg administration, said that City Hall did not “have anything to add to the Goldsmiths’ account.” Mr. Goldsmith’s 14-month tenure at City Hall was troubled from the start. He clashed with his fellow commissioners, upset municipal unions, and oversaw the city’s widely criticized response to a blizzard last December. Mr. Goldsmith, 64, who split his time between New York and Washington over the last year, had previously served as a two-term mayor of Indianapolis in the 1990s. There, he gained a reputation as a wonky reformer who emphasized outsourcing traditional public functions to private industry. He has written several books on government innovation, tracts that helped land him a academic post at Harvard University, where he worked until Mr. Bloomberg recruited him to work at City Hall.

I'm Illegally Parked!

Updated 10:57 p.m., Thursday, August 25, 2011 Photo: Michael Andes, 29, of Howe Avenue, was charged with second-degree breach of peace and interfering with a police officer after police said he called police on himself to report he had illegally parked in a handicap spot. SHELTON, CT -- A city man was arrested early Thursday after police say he illegally parked in a handicap-designated space, then called police to report what he had done. Michael Andes, 29, of Howe Avenue, was charged with second-degree breach of peace and interfering with a police officer.Police received a call around 2 a.m. Thursday from a man who said that he "purposely parked his vehicle" near 219 Howe Ave. in the handicap spot and added he doesn't have a handicap permit, according to Lt. Robert Kozlowsky, police spokesman. After police arrived on the scene and found the vehicle, Andes came up to them, yelling and screaming that the police "aren't doing their job," Kozlowsky said. "Officers attempted to detain him, but he pulled away and took an aggressive stance at the officers," he added. Andes was warned to comply with the demands from the officers, but he refused, Kozlowsky said. "He was subsequently Tased and placed under arrest," he added. Andes was also given an infraction ticket for parking in a handicap space without a permit. He was released on $1,000 bond and is due in state Superior Court in Derby on Sept. 6, 2011.

House Arrest!

May 26, 2011 Actress Lindsay Lohan turned herself in to Los Angeles jail authorities early on Thursday and has begun serving a sentence for jewelery theft under house arrest, officials said. Lohan, 24, turned up at a Los Angeles jail at 5:00 am on Thursday (local time), according to official records. Los Angeles Sheriff's department spokesman Steve Whitmore told media sources she was deemed eligible for home confinement, fitted with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet and released to her home within an hour. "She is now confined to the interior premises of her home at all times," Mr Whitmore told People. Lohan's lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment. It was not immediately clear how much time she would be confined to house arrest. But Mr Whitmore said earlier this month she would likely serve 16-17 days at home under programs for non-violent offenders, good behaviour and because of overcrowding in the city's jails. Lohan has already started her community service at a women's jail. The Mean Girls actress was sentenced two weeks ago to four months in jail and 480 hours of community service after pleading no contest to stealing a $US2,500 gold necklace from a shop in January. Lohan has been in and out of jail and drug and alcohol rehab for the past four years following a 2007 arrest for drunken driving and cocaine possession. Her troubles have derailed her once-promising Hollywood career, but she was cast in April in an upcoming movie about New York crime boss John Gotti, alongside actors Al Pacino and John Travolta.

Foul Mouthed Jew!

December 16, 2009 Jew Senator Chuck Schumer forgot to check his dirty mouth for a flight on Sunday. The New York senator was overheard calling a female flight attendant a "bitch" after she insisted that he shut off his cellphone so the plane could take off. A Republican aide who witnessed the incident claims Schumer muttered the insult to none other than Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. According to Politico, who first reported the story, the aide quotes Schumer as saying, "It's Harry Reid calling. I guess health care will have to wait until we land." Schumer's spokesman later apologized for the incident, say that the senator "made an off-the-cuff comment under his breath that he shouldn't have made, and he regrets it."

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"Movie - Battle for Haditha فلم معركة الحديثه"

An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb. This video is blocked in these locations: Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, United Kingdom A look at the incidents surrounding the killings of Iraqi villagers in Haditha, Iraq!

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