The United States is classifying the writings and testimony of an alleged terrorist whom interrogators waterboarded dozens of times, possibly in an effort to keep nettlesome CIA secrets under wraps, his attorneys say.
Lawyers for Zayn al-Abidin Muhammed Hussein — known more widely by
the name Abu Zubaida — say the Pentagon has capriciously classified
their client’s writings and statements to investigators, raising
questions of why the government has sought to keep Zubaida’s assertions
private. They argue, plausibly, that the US’ penchant for secrecy in
Zubaida’s case may be linked to efforts to keep controversial
intelligence activities out of the public eye.
Nazi-era documents include a
photo ID identifying Demjanjuk as a guard at Sobibor saying he was
trained at an SS facility. U.S. and
German experts have declared the ID genuine [as they did when they misidentified him as Ivan the Terrible.]
Jailed for 6 days. Due to judge Edward Burke’s
increased restrictions on filming the proceedings of activists in Keene
District Court after Burke’s outburst and subsequent publicizing during
Ian Bernard’s trial over a couch left on his yard Dave Ridley decided to record the arraignment of Andrew Carroll for marijuana possession regardless of court permission.
Well it looks like the court was being to friendly to Bill Eason so the case was removed from the state level and sent to the FEDERAL level. Are we touching a nerve? The Attorney at the case for IndyMac was sooo confident that this was something that could be taken care of in 20 minutes? Being this was such a "Simple" case according to the defendants attorney why was this remanded to the federal level. Looks like the defendant - Indy Mac wouldn't be able to produce the note in the 7 days as stipulated by the court. Otherwise they would just produce the note and the matter would be over!
A US-educated Pakistani scientist accused of shooting at FBI agents and
helping al-Qaida turned a hearing to decide if she's competent for
trial into a pulpit for telling anyone who would listen that she
doesn't hate America but doesn't trust its courts.
A federal judge tentatively threw out the convictions of a
Missouri mother for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a
13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up committing suicide. If she is to be found guilty of illegally accessing computers, anyone
who has ever violated the social networking site's terms of service
would be guilty of a misdemeanor. That would be unconstitutional, he
California filed a $222 million lawsuit against the owner of 22 Midas
Muffler shops after uncover agents discovered a "massive" scheme in
which consumers were charged for unneeded repairs, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced.
Midas shops were running a massive bait-and-switch scam, in which
customers were lured in with the promise of cheap brake specials and
then charged hundreds more for unnecessary repairs," Brown said in a
statement. "This investigation revealed a shady and deceptive operation
that violated the trust of its customers."
During the four-year
investigation, agents found shops owned by Maurice Irving Glad
regularly advertised sub-$100 brake specials to lure customers into
paying for hundreds of dollars of work that was not needed or,
sometimes, not even done.
The lawsuit, filed was filed by
Brown along with Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff and Fresno
U.S. District Court Judge Denny
Chin sentenced Bernard Madoff to the maximum 150 years in prison today
for running the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, calling the crime:
“Symbolism is important,” Chin told Madoff at a New York sentencing hearing.
Earlier, Madoff spoke for the first time about the scam, telling
Chin: “I will live with the pain and torment (of hurting people) for
the rest of my life.”
“I cannot offer an excuse for my behavior,” Madoff said. “How to do
excuse deceiving investors? How do you excuse lying to your sons? How
do you excuse lying to your two brothers? How do you excuse lying to a
wife who stood by me for 50 years.
“There is no excuse for that,” Madoff told the court. “I made a
terrible mistake. . . . I’ve left a legacy of shame for my children and
grandchildren. I will live with the pain and torment the rest of my
Then, the scammer turned to victims in the courtroom and
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters in New Haven,
Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing
a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an
appeals court judge.
New Haven was wrong to scrap a promotion exam because no
African-Americans and only two Hispanic firefighters were likely to be
made lieutenants or captains based on the results, the court said
Monday in a 5-4 decision. The city said that it had acted to avoid a
lawsuit from minorities.
The ruling could alter employment practices nationwide and make it
harder to prove discrimination when there is no evidence it was
"Fear of litigation alone cannot justify an employer's reliance on
race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and
qualified for promotions," Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his opinion
for the court. He was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices
Let's consider two cases. In the first case, a driver with an elevated
blood-alcohol level accidentally strikes and kills a pedestrian who was
jaywalking. The driver enters a guilty plea for manslaughter and
receives a sentence of 30 days in jail, two years house arrest, 1,000
hours of community service, eight years probation, and permanent
revocation of his driver's license. The driver also reaches a financial
settlement with the victim's family.
Collectively, the court systems in North America are institutionalized
travesties that mete out politics rather than justice; many cases are
more about career-enhancement for police, prosecutors and judges than
they are about weighing evidence. Indeed, IMO, the court system
constitutes the largest barrier to true justice in our society.
Today several us showed up for the case of Eason v. Indymac bank. I was, for the first time in my life, impressed by a judge. Judge Buttrick was actually concerned with following the law and doing the right thing. In court? I had never seen that done before and if you know who I am you understand that I have seen a lot of trials and been involved in more than my share. I was almost speechless afterwards. The judge was biased toward doing the right thing and reaching a fqair conclusion. He did not even appear to be concerned that the banks might not like him. What the hell did I just write?
Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers pleaded guilty to bribery punishable for up to 5 years in prison, and is free on personal
bond. Conyers, the wife of powerful Democratic congressman U.S. Rep. John Conyers
Crime laboratory reports may not be used against criminal defendants at
trial unless the analysts responsible for creating them give testimony
and subject themselves to cross-examination, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision.
Obama's Justice Department asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit
brought by descendants of Apache leader Geronimo, whose remains were
purported to be stolen long ago by members of a secret society at Yale
In the news again, Hate blogger "Hal" Turner
was arrested at his home today in North Bergen on federal charges filed
in Chicago alleging he threatened to assault and murder 3 federal
judges there because of their ruling upholding a handgun ban, officials
"We take threats to federal judges very seriously. Period," said Patrick J. Fitzgerald,
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois of the comments
posted by Turner on his blog earlier this month regarding Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer, of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Dave Ridley, the man behind the Ridley Report,
has been found guilty of contempt of court regarding his right to
record act of civil disobedience. This is the same case which on April 13th, 2009 at his arraignment Sam Dodson along with 6 other activists were arrested on similar charges.
Re-entry officials say ex-convicts like Mr.
McGaughy emerge from prison facing menial employment, lowered earning
power and a policy that may whisk them back to prison for debts built
while behind bars. That contrasts with a tough prosecutor in St. Joseph
who is unapologetic about recovering child support.
Nearly six years after President George W. Bush signed legislation to
reduce prison rape, a blue-ribbon commission is calling on corrections
officers to identify vulnerable inmates, offer better medical care and
allow stricter monitoring of their facilities.
Convicts do not have a right under the Constitution to obtain DNA
testing to try to prove their innocence after being found guilty, the Supreme Court ruled. In
a 5-to-4 decision, the court found against William G. Osborne, a
convicted rapist from Alaska.
Police and prosecutors were apparently convicting people of violent
crimes based almost exclusively on the “testimony” of a police dog
whose handler claimed has extraordinary powers.
Judges and juries apparently bought this crap for years. It finally
came to an end when Judge Gilbert Goshorn ordered the dog to perform a
basic tracking test after Preston claimed the dog had alerted to a
suspect’s scent at a crime scene six months after the murder. The dog failed.
The elder, known only as Mr Ward as his first name was withheld for cultural reasons, was transported 360 kilometres (225 miles) to jail in temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 F) in a van with faulty air conditioning.
A reputed Ku Klux Klansman convicted two years ago in the 1964 kidnappings of two black men asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the statute of limitations had expired before prosecutors charged him.
What is it that turns a man into a specimen like Acting United States Attorney Edward R. Ryan, whose name is inscribed on the tissue of lies and totalitarian assertions called a "Bill of Indictment" against four key figures in NORFED, aka the Liberty Dollar organization?
at least some extent, it must be the money (or at least the officially
sanctioned similacrum of the same) that provides for Ryan's material
comforts and subsidizes whatever squalid vices he enjoys. Since Ryan is
a servant of the kleptocracy we can assume that vice, of some kind,
plays a significant role in his discretionary time: Someone who steals
for a living isn't likely to be a moral paragon when he's off the clock.
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