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  • Almost every official of small Texas city is arrested in federal corruption probe 'for accepting bri

    02/09/2016 1:26:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 8, 2015 | AP
    Almost every top official in a remote South Texas city was arrested on Thursday under a detailed federal indictment that accuses them of taking bribes from contractors and sending city workers to help an illegal gambling operator nicknamed Mr T. Crystal City's mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, one of three current councilmen and a former councilman were all arrested under an indictment obtained by the U.S. attorney's office in San Antonio, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney said. A second councilman is already charged in a separate case with smuggling Mexican immigrants. That leaves just one councilman not facing...
  • Penn Judge Suspended Over X-Rated Emails

    10/22/2014 11:17:02 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | October 21, 2014 | LANA MORELLI
    (CN) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus McCaffrey on Monday amid allegations that he sent or received hundreds of pornographic emails over a four-year period. In its order, the court cited a "compelling and immediate need to protect and preserve" the integrity of state's courts. Although McCaffrey has been suspended, with pay, on only an "interim basis," the justices also ordered the state's Judicial Conduct Board to determine within 30 days if there is probably cause to file formal judicial misconduct charges against the 64-year-old judge. According to published reports, the emails, which evidently were exchanged with members...
  • Ray Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

    07/09/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 76 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-9-14 | Campbell Robertson
    NEW ORLEANS — C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday in federal court in New Orleans. Mr. Nagin was found guilty in February on 20 counts, most relating to kickbacks from contractors looking for city work. The sentence was imposed by Judge Ginger Berrigan of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mr. Nagin, a Democrat, was arrested in January 2013, nearly three years after he left office. He was charged with taking kickbacks in the form of...
  • Estrada Pleads Guilty in Gov. Martinez's Hacked Email Case

    06/16/2014 5:56:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 6/16 | Kristen Garcia
    Jamie Estrada, 41, of Los Lunas, N.M., pleaded guilty Monday to the unlawful interception of electronic communications and false statement charges arising out of the unlawful interception of wire communications intended for others, including New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and members of her staff. Estrada briefly served as campaign manager in 2009, as Martinez was beginning her bid for governor. The Republican won election in 2010 and took office in January 2011. “Each and every one of us has a right and an expectation of privacy in our electronic communications, including our emails, and those who violate the law by...
  • Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin asks judge to go easy on sentencing

    06/13/2014 6:32:46 PM PDT · by topher · 33 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | By Robert McClendon
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is asking for leniency ahead of his July 2 sentencing. New court filings say Nagin is looking at a minimum of 20 years in prison, based on federal sentencing guidelines. That's a "virtual life sentence" for the 58-year-old former two-term mayor, defense attorney Robert Jenkins wrote in a Friday filing to U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan asking her to hand down a lighter term.
  • Man pleads guilty in Texas to voting twice, also in Minnesota, Facebook posting led to charge

    06/04/2014 10:05:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    MPLS Star & SIckle ^ | 6-4-14 | AP
    GALVESTON, Texas — A man who voted absentee in Texas and Minnesota during the 2012 general election then touted his bogus balloting on Facebook has pleaded guilty. A judge in Galveston on Tuesday fined Richard Alan Collier $4,000 after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of Texas election law. Collier, who pleaded guilty to attempt to commit illegal voting, claimed residence in both states when seeking absentee ballots for the November 2012 election. Authorities say Collier then voted in Anoka (uh-NOH'-kuh) County, Minnesota, and in Galveston County. Prosecutors in Galveston say a tip that Collier posted a Facebook message...
  • FBI: Suspect wanted after agents search for explosives in S.F.[no ricin]

    06/01/2014 4:10:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies ^ | Sunday, June 1, 2014 | Evan Sernoffsky
    FBI spokesman Peter Lee said agents did not know if suspect Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, is carrying explosives, but he is considered armed and dangerous. Chamberlain is likely driving a white Nissan Altima with either California or Texas license plates 7FQY085 and BX9M042 respectively, Lee said. Chamberlain is 6-foot-3 and weighs 223 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, Lee said. Authorities said anyone who encounters him should call 911 rather than approach him. Lee said agents believe Chamberlain was acting alone. Authorities declined to describe the type...
  • Jared Polis — a pro-pot, video-game playing congressman — tries to win over his party

    05/28/2014 11:33:02 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2014 | Ben Terris
    Rep. Jared Polis will gladly visit a marijuana dispensary in his home state of Colorado. He’ll stand in a fluorescent-lit room with hundreds of skunky plants, discuss the different types of high someone gets from Willie’s Wonder versus Super Lemon Haze (one’s a “creative upper,” the other “uplifting and euphoric”) and ruminate on the local ban on edibles. Just don’t try to take his picture in the grow room. “It’s like, that could go viral,” Polis says, leaving Choice Organics in Fort Collins. “I don’t shy away from the issue; we talk about it, whatever. But the problem is, we...
  • Northwest Indiana mayor, wife and stepdaughter indicted (party never mentioned)

    04/20/2014 3:44:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/17/14 | Andy Grimm
    In the small town of Lake Station, Ind., the news that the mayor, his wife and stepdaughter have been indicted on federal corruption charges this week came as little surprise. Residents in Lake Station, one of many working-class towns that fringe the northwest Indiana industrial centers of Gary and Hammond, have seen FBI agents leaving the town hall several times in recent years. On Thursday, Keith Soderquist and his wife and personal secretary, Deborah, were in federal court in Hammond to face charges of wire fraud and filing false tax returns, after allegedly using money from Soderquist’s campaign fund and...
  • Associated Press suffers massive memory lapse in recent article

    04/06/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/6/14 | Doug Book
    According to its website, the Associated Press is one of the “…most trusted sources of independent news gathering.” AP journalists operate “…in more than 280 locations worldwide, including every statehouse in the U.S.” AP employees have won 51 Pulitzer prizes. The AP proudly announces that its journalists “…have gone to great lengths, overcome obstacles and, too often, sacrificed to ensure that the news has been reported quickly, accurately and honestly.” Most importantly, the AP claims that the organization “…fights for freedom of the press and the public’s right to know.” (my italics) On March 26th, the Washington Post published an...
  • Michelle: 'There Were Actually Laws in America that Allowed Discrimination Against Black People

    03/25/2014 4:44:19 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 95 replies ^ | March 25, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    First Lady Michelle Obama talked about America as she visited a school today in China. She talked about the American dream: And my story isn’t unusual in America. Some of our most famous athletes, like LeBron James, and artists, like the singer Janelle Monae, came from struggling families like mine, as do many business leaders -- like Howard Schultz. He’s the head of a company called Starbucks, which many of you may have heard of. When Mr. Schultz was a boy his father lost his job, leaving their family destitute. But Mr. Schultz worked hard. He got a scholarship to...
  • Wife says Alan Grayson shoved her during domestic incident

    03/04/2014 2:51:38 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 113 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 3/4/14 | Jeff Weiner
    A judge has granted a temporary protective injunction against U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, after his wife filed paperwork accusing the Orlando congressman of shoving and injuring her during an incident this weekend. Lolita Grayson's petition for the injunction, dated Monday, says her husband pushed her against a door, causing her to fall to the ground, during a confrontation Saturday at their home on Oak Park Road, near Windermere. /snip After she refused, retrieved his mail and asked him to leave, Alan Grayson "then deliberately and with force pushed [Lolita Grayson] very hard against the front door, causing [her] to fall...
  • Kerry Kennedy 'set to admit leaving the scene of an accident,,,

    02/23/2014 2:18:50 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2-24-14 | Ryan Gorman
    Kerry Kennedy may agree to a plea deal over driving while drugged charges stemming from a 2012 accident so she can continue her extensive human rights work. Kennedy, 54, is afraid a conviction would bring with it restrictions that would curtail her international travels – she has visited several dozen countries on humanitarian missions. The plea deal was previously discussed between her legal team and prosecutors before being shelved, but her attorneys have brought it back to the table with her trial slated to start Monday, according to the New York Daily News. Lawyers originally tabled the deal while preparing...
  • Texas Tribune Downplays Video Proving Left-wing Voter Fraud in Lone Star State

    02/21/2014 9:07:42 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 21, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    As predicted by Bryan Preston of the PJ Tatler, the supposedly non-partisan Texas Tribune downplayed the story about the Project Veritas video showing Battleground Texas illegally using voter registration information. How did The Texas Tribune do that? By bizarrely makiing the focus of their deflect story the Texas Secretary of State, rather than the video itself. Here is Preston's detailed analysis of The Texas Tribune's deflection:
  • Feds: Illegal money funneled to SD pols

    01/22/2014 7:46:41 AM PST · by BAW · 18 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | Jan 22, 2014 | Craig Gustafson and Susan Shroder
    The owner of a Washington, D.C.-based campaign firm and a former San Diego police detective are accused of conspiring with a foreign national to illegally inject more than $500,000 into San Diego political races, including the 2012 mayoral contest, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Ravneet Singh, 41, founder of ElectionMall Inc., was arrested Friday by FBI agents and is charged alongside his company and Ernesto Encinas, 57, the former detective, with conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States. According to Tuesday’s complaint, Singh and Encinas helped a Mexican businessman donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to San Diego...
  • Half a Dozen Scandals for New York Democrats

    01/04/2014 10:17:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 4, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    You know about Anthony Weiner. Who could forget Eliot Spitzer. But, did you know there was a slew of other scandals starring Democratic politicians this past year in the Empire State? Let's start in Manhattan, where New York Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner is the latest Democrat to suffer the consequences of his inappropriate behavior. He was sanctioned this week after allegations he sexually harassed members of his staff. Kellner joins a Democratic assemblyman from the Buffalo area, Dennis H. Gabryszak, who last month was accused of making sexually explicit comments to several female aides. So far, six female staffers have...
  • Brownsville woman allegedly voted 5 times in 2012 election

    08/20/2013 2:41:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 20, 2013 | Dale Lezon
    ...........Officials said the indictment alleges Solis lived in Brownsville during the runoff election and cast five votes by absentee ballot in the names of five different people. Authorities did not release what candidate received the votes............
  • Former Kaufman County (Texas) JP’s Wife Charged With Murder (of District Attorney)

    04/17/2013 7:10:03 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 17, 2013
    The wife of a former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace was taken into custody early Wednesday morning and charged with capital murder in relation to the deaths of Mike and Cynthia McLelland and Mark Hasse. Kim Lene Williams was arrested just before 3:00 a.m. and is now being held on a $10 million bond. Her husband, Eric Williams, was arrested on Saturday morning for allegedly making terroristic threats against city officials. He is being held behind bars on a $3 million bond. Sources told CBS 11 News that Williams is also expected to be charged with capital murder in...
  • Man Runs Car Into Restaurant After Woman Criticizes His Political Views

    01/14/2013 1:17:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 91 replies
    WFMY ^ | Jan 13, 2013
    A Wilmington man told police he intentionally ran a car into a restaurant Friday after a woman criticized his political views, according to Star News Online. Police say at least one person was injured in the wreck that happened just before 11 p.m. Friday. The man ran his dark green Honda Civic through the front of Katy's Great Eats in Wilmington before driving away from the scene. Police later found the car and arrested Jacob Spivey, 26. Spivey told police he was trying to hurt a woman who criticized his political views. The woman, in her 40s, was injured in...
  • Mass. Lawmaker in Voting Scandal Quits Office

    01/01/2013 5:21:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    ABC6 ^ | Jan 01, 2013
    Updated: A Massachusetts lawmaker who agreed to plead guilty to casting invalid absentee ballots in 2009 and 2010 has submitted his resignation letter. State Rep. Stephen Smith submitted a letter dated Monday to the state's top election official, Secretary William Galvin. Galvin said Tuesday Smith's signed letter states, "I respectfully decline to accept this office."
  • 12 former officials indicted for voter fraud

    11/23/2011 8:47:29 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 44 replies ^ | Nov 22, 2011 4:51 PM EST | Stephen Abel
    QUITMAN, GA (WALB) - 12 former Brooks County officials were indicted for voter fraud. The suspects are accused of illegally helping people vote by absentee ballot. State officials launched an investigation after an unusually high number of absentee ballots were cast in the July 2010 primary election. "As a result of their grand jury findings 12 individuals were indicted in that particular matter and we will be trying that case in a court of judicial law instead of a court of public opinion so that will be pending this next year," said District Attorney Joe Mulholland
  • Democrat Hires Entire Family to Run Town of 200 Residents (Media Forgets to Mention He's a Dem)

    11/22/2010 7:47:54 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 11/22/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Newly elected Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski is leaving the office of mayor of the Village of McCook, Illinois. Now, a few weeks after the election, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that he and his father before him have filled village government with relatives from top to bottom raking in a combined $350,000 in yearly salary (not including benefits), tax money elicited from a tiny village of only 200 some residents. Naturally, in another installment of the "name that party" game, the Chicago Sun-Times seemed to somehow forget to mention in its coverage of this outrageous nepotism that Tobolski is yet...
  • Daytona Beach commissioner arrested in election-fraud investigation

    10/27/2010 9:51:05 AM PDT · by subterfuge · 20 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10-27-2010 | Gary Taylor
    Daytona Beach City Commissioner Derrick Henry and his campaign manager were arrested this morning and charged with absentee ballot fraud, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. Henry, 41, is charged with two counts of absentee ballots/voting violations, nine counts of being a principal to absentee ballots and voting violations-one count of conspiracy to commit absentee ballots and voting violations. Genesis Robinson, 21, is accused of 11 counts of being a principal to absentee ballots and voting violations and one count of conspiracy to commit absentee ballots and voting violations. All of the charges are third-degree felonies. They will be taken...
  • Ex-Hartford, Conn., mayor gets 3 years in prison

    09/14/2010 12:04:53 PM PDT · by Phlap · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 09/14/2010 | STEPHANIE REITZ
    A judge on Tuesday sentenced former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez to three years in prison for taking a bribe and attempted extortion, saying he had to be held accountable for his actions despite all his good deeds. Hartford Superior Court Judge Julia Dewey said Perez also must serve three years of probation after the jail time.
  • 41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes -- and they're not alone

    09/10/2010 7:26:53 AM PDT · by Qbert · 140 replies · 2+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/10/2010 | Andrew Malcom
    Over the years a lot of suspicion has built up across the country about Washington and its population of opportunistic transients coming to see themselves as a special kind of person, somehow above average working Americans who don't work down in that former swamp. Well, finally, an end to all those undocumented doubts. Thanks to some diligent digging by the Washington Post, those suspicions can at last be put to rest. They're correct. Accurate. Dead-on. Laser-guided. On target. Bingo-bango. As clear as it's always seemed to those Americans who don't feel special entitlements and do meet their government obligations. We...
  • Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo charged in probe, resigns

    09/09/2010 9:26:52 AM PDT · by Jim from C-Town · 17 replies
    NewsNet5/WEWS-TV Via Yahoo News ^ | September 9, 2010 | Ron Regan
    Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo resigned Thursday just before charges were filed in connection with the largest and most widespread corruption probe in Ohio history. Russo resigned by letter to Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones at about 9 a.m., said Jim McCafferty, spokesman for the commissioners. Russo, 60, of Bratenahl, was then charged at 9:30 a.m. in a 21-count criminal information in connection with the Cuyahoga County public corruption investigation. Federal prosecutors allege that Russo enriched himself at the expense of taxpayers. Here is Frank Russo's resignation letter, which was addressed to county commissioners: I humbly submit my resignation...
  • Dorothy Davidson (mayoral candidate, AL) claims Nick Saban endorsement, with altered photo

    08/19/2010 7:19:36 AM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 61 replies · 1+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | 8/18/2010 | Anita Debro
    For a political hopeful in Alabama, it could be the ultimate endorsement -- a show of support from University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban. Bessemer Councilwoman Dorothy Davidson, who is running for mayor of the city, claims she secured Saban's endorsement of her campaign three weeks ago. Davidson printed it on a color campaign flier that shows her and the coach smiling side by side on a golf course. (snip)

    07/27/2010 2:51:02 AM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 35 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 27, 2010 | Unknown
    In a bombshell new development in the AL GORE SEX SCANDAL, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that the former vice president has finally been interviewed by police in the Molly Hagerty case. Sources close to the investigation reveal that detectives from the Portland, Oregon, Police Bureau traveled quietly to San Francisco on Thursday for the secret meeting with the 62-year-old Nobel Prize winner. "Al Gore has finally been interviewed face to face by detectives in the Molly Hagerty case," a close source told The ENQUIRER. "Details of what was disclosed in the police interview by Gore --and exactly how long...
  • Jury selection to begin Tuesday in case of alleged Palin hacker

    04/19/2010 1:40:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies · 504+ views
    WMC-TV ^ | April 19, 2010 | Janice Broach
    KNOXVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - Trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the case of a Germantown High School graduate who is accused of hacking into Sarah Palin's email account. Monday, David Kernell and his attorneys left a pre-trial hearing at the federal courthouse in Knoxville without commenting.
  • Arrest made in threat against Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite

    04/19/2010 1:17:46 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 40 replies · 2,424+ views
    St. Petersburg Times (The Buzz) ^ | April 19, 2010 | Times Staff
    A 66-year-old Hernando County man has been arrested in connection with a threatening voice mail message left at the district office of U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville. According to the FBI, agents arrested Erik Lawrence Pidrman at his home in Spring Hill without incident Sunday. On March 25, Brown-Waite reported that someone left the following message: “Just wanna let you know I have 27 people that are going to make sure that this b**** does not live to see her next term. Good-bye." The call came amid reports that a number of Congressional Democrats have gotten threats or had bricks...
  • Ex-NJ mayor appeals guilt in mistress's land deals

    04/13/2010 2:10:47 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 5 replies · 272+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | April 13, 2010, 2:25PM | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    Prosecutors want to send the longtime mayor of Newark, N.J., back to prison to serve more time for steering sweetheart land deals to a mistress. But a lawyer for 74-year-old Sharpe James asked a U.S. appeals court to reverse his conviction. James is in a halfway house finishing up a 27-month sentence after leaving prison this month.... Prosecutors say Riley flipped the $46,000 land for $665,000. They say a federal judge ignored those profits in calculating James' sentence. They had sought a 20-year term.... James served as Newark's mayor from 1986 to 2006.
  • Most indicted members of militia group are voters...(Dem)

    04/02/2010 11:10:47 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 29 replies · 1,284+ views
    Most of the indicted militia members accused of being anti-government extremists have active voting records, a check with area voter registration offices showed yesterday. One is a registered Democrat, and the party affiliations of the rest could not be determined. Jacob J. Ward, 33, of Huron, Ohio, voted as a Democrat in the 2004 and 2008 primary elections. He also voted in 10 other elections since 2000. Party affiliation in Ohio is determined by which party's ballot they requested in the most recent primary election.
  • Birmingham Ex-Mayor Gets 15 Years in Prison

    03/05/2010 12:29:12 PM PST · by Gabrial · 46 replies · 1,641+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Mar 5, 2010 | AP
    Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison for taking some $235,000 in bribes in return for lucrative bond work. U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler imposed the sentence on Langford, 63, who told the court, "I am sorry all this has occurred."
  • Mass. senator, reportedly drunk, driven home by cops 13 hours before hit-and-run

    11/16/2009 9:38:23 AM PST · by freespirited · 43 replies · 2,231+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/16/09 | Steve LeBlanc
    Police in Cambridge, Mass., gave state Sen. Anthony Galluccio a ride home because acquaintances told them he was too drunk to drive about 13 hours before he was involved in a hit-and-run accident. Police were called to a gas station in Cambridge about 4:40 a.m. Oct. 4 after receiving a call about an intoxicated man. The station attendant told police he believed Galluccio was too drunk to drive. Police said another man told them he was trying to drive Galluccio home but couldn't find his house. Police said they drove Galluccio home in their cruiser. About 13 hours later, a...
  • The Choice For Mayor of Houston Is Clearly Conservative

    10/21/2009 4:39:41 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 11 replies · 627+ views ^ | 10/21/2009 | John G. Winder
    If you watched the debates or look at the candidate’s websites, you will never see the dreaded “D” word spoken nor spelled out. You know why, and so do these wily candidates. The “D” word conjures up images of Pelosi, Reid and billions of dollars flying out of your collective pockets and into the hands of millionaire bankers and insurance executives. Some will tell you that no one mentions the “D” word because the Houston Mayoral Race is a non-partisan race. Really? You sure you want to go with that one? According to the letter of the law, the race...
  • Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    10/15/2009 4:49:51 PM PDT · by Justaham · 41 replies · 2,141+ views
    HAMMOND, La. (AP) - A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long. Neither Bardwell nor the couple immediately returned phone calls from The Associated Press. But Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that he was not a racist.
  • NY state senator escapes felony assault conviction

    10/15/2009 1:57:14 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 13 replies · 850+ views
    New York Post ^ | Oct. 15, 2009 | DOUGLAS MONTERO
    Democratic State Sen. Hiram Monserrate was found not guilty today of the felony assault after Queens Supreme Court Judge William Erlbaum rendered his verdict after reflecting on the evidence. Monserrate was found guilty of the lesser charge of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, in the non-jury trial for dragging his girlfriend down a hallway, an incident that was caught on surveillance cameras. Monserrate, who gets to keep his seat as a result of being acquitted on felony charges, faces up to a year in jail. He will be sentenced Dec. 4.
  • Reuters Leaves Out That Accused Swindler Was Big Democrat Fundraiser, Lobbyist

    09/29/2009 10:05:49 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 2 replies · 399+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/29/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Reuters newswire service recently published a story reporting that accused swindler Allen Stanford has been moved to a federal lockup facility in downtown Houston in order "to be closer to his attorneys." In fact in a fairly long story as wire copy goes, Reuters reports all sorts of details of Stanford's alleged financial crimes and current status. There is only one little detail that Reuters seems to have forgotten to report. Allen Stanford was a major fundraiser and lobbyists for some of the biggest Democrats in the country. There isn't a single mention, for instance, that Stanford lobbied Congress for...
  • Sources say they've been notified key Blagojevich probe figure is dead (Christopher Kelly!)

    09/12/2009 1:57:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 106 replies · 5,790+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-12-09 | Jeff Coen
    Two sources with knowledge of the situation told the Tribune today they have been notified that Christopher Kelly, a key figure in the federal corruption probe into former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is dead. The Cook County medical examiner’s office today confirmed that a body identified as Christopher Kelly was brought to the morgue from Stroger Hospital. The office would not provide any details, including his age, address and manner of death, because the family had not yet arrived at the office. Kelly’s attorney, Michael Monico, declined to comment today when reached by a Tribune reporter. Kelly is a former confidant...
  • Megyn Kelly Shows Video of Cyclist Miraculously OK After Being Hit by SUV that Ran a Red-Light

    09/02/2009 10:25:23 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 1,054+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 2, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of a cyclist being hit by an SUV in Wisconsin that ran a red-light. The SUV was driven by a Wisconsin state lawmaker. Miraculously, the cyclist was not seriously injured. . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Steve Pumper of D-A-S Construction charged in federal corruption probe

    07/08/2009 9:09:33 AM PDT · by Jim from C-Town · 17 replies · 1,357+ views
    CLEVELAND — Federal prosecutors this morning charged a Cleveland construction contractor with bribing Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora with $33,000 in cash, lawn work, Cavs and Indians tickets and hundreds of dollars in meals and drinks for county contracts. The charges said an unnamed public official whose description matches Dimora helped Steve Pumper's company, D-A-S Construction, obtain work on county projects, including brownfield and public housing projects. The bribery charges were filed in U.S. District Court, and they allege that Pumper also used bribes to win contracts in Parma schools. They say he paid former board President J. Kevin Kelley...
  • Jefferson 'cold cash' blamed on FBI sting

    06/17/2009 9:41:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,422+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/17/09 | Kristi Jourdan
    The attorney for William J. Jefferson tackled the "elephant in the room" in opening statements Tuesday, explaining the notorious $90,000 "cold cash" discovered in the former congressman's freezer as an FBI setup bid. Prosecutors, for their part, painted a portrait of a debt-ridden man selling out the public good. In his opening speech in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Jefferson attorney Robert Trout addressed the best-known detail in the case - the marked bills found by federal agents in Mr. Jefferson's freezer wrapped inside Pillsbury Pie Crust boxes. He described the money as the trial's "elephant in the room." He...
  • James Von Brunn(registered democrat) Like Most Holocaust Deniers are From the Left not the Right

    06/11/2009 10:27:26 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 115 replies · 8,389+ views
    Macsmind ^ | 06-11-2009 | MacRanger
    The media is a abuzed about this, and the lefty blogs are acting as though this being some nuance of the right. Wrong. Let’s not forget that Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, both antisemitic and neither considered spokesmen for the right. But after some research it appears the shooter, James Von Brunn is in fact - despite the protestations of the Kos Kids - a registered democrat from Maryland. So much for the “Right Wing Conspiracy”. Fact is that most of the Holocaust Denier crowd is from the left. Many of the groups follow the writings of Naom Chomsky, the...
  • Southern WV politician indicted

    06/09/2009 11:48:57 AM PDT · by Armedanddangerous · 29 replies · 1,330+ views
    The Charleston Gazette ^ | 6--09-2009 | Andrew Clevenger
    Logan County Politician indicted
  • More charges filed in Palin e-mail hacking case

    03/09/2009 10:49:30 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 44 replies · 1,837+ views
    breitbart ^ | 3/9/09 | DUNCAN MANSFIELD
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Three more federal charges have been filed against a University of Tennessee student charged with hacking into the personal e-mail account of Alaska Gov. and former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
  • Mpls. City Council candidate admits to lying

    03/06/2009 10:58:26 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 17 replies · 831+ views
    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS ^ | 3-6-09 | wobbly bob
    A political candidate who bowed out of the Minneapolis City Council race is being called a fraud and some people are even calling for a criminal investigation. In an exclusive interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, the 23-year-old former candidate for Minneapolis City Council admits he lied to campaign donors, volunteers and supporters. Charles Carlson burst onto the political scene in December. The University of Minnesota grad student with a British accent announced his campaign for Minneapolis City Council.
  • Sen Dodd releases Countrywide papers

    02/02/2009 11:31:43 AM PST · by BillyBonebrake · 76 replies · 4,457+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | Feb 2, 2009 | Rick Green
    With pressure growing on him to act, U.S. Sen Christopher Dodd Monday morning allowed reporters to view all of the loan documents and communication he and his wife had when negotiating mortgages with Countrywide Financial Corp. ... "I regret I did not do this sooner and I apologize to the people of Connecticut for the delay,'' said Dodd, who was joined by his wife Jackie Clegg Dodd in a sometimes tense meeting with reporters at his Hartford offices.
  • City Hall in Canton: One mayor, one girl, two investigations

    01/30/2009 8:17:34 AM PST · by ResistorSister · 12 replies · 1,191+ views
    The Repository (Canton, OH) ^ | Jan 30, 2009 | Tim Botos
    CANTON — Interactions between Canton Mayor William J. Healy II and a high-school-age girl are at the center of two law-enforcement investigations. The investigations began after Canton police received an anonymous tip, even though neither the girl nor her mother had filed a complaint. The mayor denies wrongdoing and wants authorities to discover who sent anonymous letters naming the girl.
  • Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been removed from office

    01/29/2009 4:03:57 PM PST · by Kolb · 26 replies · 1,117+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5:10 PM CST, January 29, 2009 | Ray Long and Rick Pearson
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Senate voted to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office Thursday, marking the first time in the state's long history of political corruption that a chief executive has been impeached and convicted. The 59-0 vote followed several hours of public deliberation in which senator after senator stood up to blast Blagojevich, whose tenure lasted six years. And it came after a four-day impeachment trial on allegations that Blagojevich abused his power and sold his office for personal and political benefit. The conviction on a sweeping article of impeachment means the governor was immediately removed from office....
  • {Portland Mayor}Sam Adams and his fight with the truth

    01/21/2009 10:00:58 AM PST · by MovementConservative · 26 replies · 1,080+ views
    Oregonlive ^ | Wednesday January 21, 2009, 7:12 AM | by The Oregonian Editorial Board
    You'd think, listening to Portland Mayor Sam Adams' apologies for his poor judgment in having sex with a teenager, that the whole thing was a passing mistake. A misjudgment, maybe, covered up by a pro forma lie in the heat of a campaign. When pressed, Adams on Monday reversed that long-standing lie about his 2005 relationship with a young man named Beau Breedlove and admitted that it was sexual, not platonic or mentoring. Adams apologized Tuesday for lying and for pressuring Breedlove into lying, too, when the rumors about them first arose in 2007, early in the mayoral campaign. Adams...