The Largest Terrorism-Related Civil Forfeiture in U.S. History

3 Jul 2017

2017/06/29 – Manhattan Skyscraper Linked to Iran Can Be Seized by U.S., Jury Finds – NY Times

The jury, which deliberated for one day after a month of testimony, found that the Alavi Foundation, which owns 60 percent of the 36-floor skyscraper at 650 Fifth Avenue, violated United States sanctions against Iran and engaged in money laundering through its partnership with Assa Corporation, a shell company for an Iranian state-controlled bank that had owned the remaining 40 percent.

The government has agreed to distribute proceeds from the building’s sale, which could bring as much as $1 billion, to the families of victims of terrorism, including the Sept. 11 attacks, where Iran has been found to have had some culpability.


Epstein Pedophile Sex Case Settled for Cash

30 May 2017

This case of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein came to a close with an undisclosed settlement. There is still one case pending against Epstein.

2017/05/24 – Suit over billionaire’s underage sex abuse settles – Politico

2017/05/04 – The one weird court case linking Trump, Clinton, and a billionaire pedophile – Politico

2015/07/07 – Judge unseals more details in Jeffrey Epstein underage sex lawsuit – Politico

2011/03/25 – Jeffrey Epstein: How the Hedge Fund Mogul Pedophile Got Off Easy – The Daily Beast

2010/07/20 – Jeffrey Epstein, Billionaire Pedophile, Goes Free – The Daily Beast

2007/12/06 – The Fantasist – New York Magazine

Judge Behind Banning Planned Parenthood Video Mulling Contempt Charges

27 May 2017

2017/05/27 – Obama Donor Judge Threatens Pro-Life Journalists With Contempt Charges For Releasing Video – The Federalist

A federal judge who donated nearly a quarter of a million dollars to President Obama’s campaign has threatened to hold undercover reporter and pro-life activist David Daleiden in contempt of court after his organization released video footage of Planned Parenthood employees admitting that abortion involves killing a baby.

“Given that we might actually both agree that there’s violence in here, ask me why I come to work everyday,” she said in the footage from the National Abortion Federation’s 2014 and 2015 conventions. “Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing — let’s just give them all that.”

Because Daleiden and his colleague Sandra Merritt are facing 14 felony charges in California for recording “confidential communications,” in a statement provided to National Review their attorneys said the footage has been entered into public legal records due to the court proceedings and is therefore public information.

I may start a Context thread on this.

Text of the Hawaii Judge’s Block of the Trump Travel Ban

16 Mar 2017

Has anyone read WHY it was blocked?

Read the Hawaii judge’s order blocking Trump’s new travel banLA Times

  • The university system, which is part of the state, will be financially and intangibly impacted, as the university recruits students and faculty from the targeted countries.
  •  It will also depress the tourism industry.

These are the “legal” reasons that the judge in Hawaii blocked the ban. It took them four pages (pages 17-21 at the link) to write out what I summarized in two sentences.

It is totally ridiculous for a court to behave in this manner.

Pizzagate Gunman Next Court Date March 15

11 Mar 2017

Edgar Welch D.C. pizza parlor shooting case continued to March 15Salisbury Post

Edgar Madison Welch, 28, is to appear in a Washington court again on March 15.

Welch is accused of going into the Comet Ping Pong restaurant on Dec. 4 and firing his rifle. No one was njured.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Jackson gave Welch’s attorneys until March 13 to decide if Welch will accept the deal, according to WTOP. Details of the deal have not been made public.

Welch has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm with the intent to commit a crime and two local counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Just checking up on the case…

Volkswagen Pleads Guilty on Emissions Charges

10 Mar 2017

Volkswagen Pleads Guilty Over Diesel Emissions DeceptionNY Times

Volkswagen pleaded guilty on Friday in federal court to criminal felony charges over the diesel emissions scandal that has roiled the German automaker for more than a year and cost it tens of billions of dollars in settlements and penalties.

Thursday’s guilty plea was part of a criminal settlement worked out with the Department of Justice that calls on Volkswagen to pay $4.3 billion in fines and penalties. In a separate civil settlement, the company has already agreed to spend $15 billion to compensate its customers in the United States.

NY Judge Benefits From Unlimited Sick Time

29 Dec 2016

Manhattan judge reaps benefits of unlimited sick time policy for three years, collects $193G salary

No-show Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel McCullough disappeared with an unspecified illness in April 2014.

“Don’t tell them anything!” McCullough snapped at a friend who tried to put him on the phone this week with a Daily News reporter.

McCullough, 65, has instead reaped the benefits of New York’s unlimited sick time policy for its judges across the last 32 months to the lucrative tune of $482,500.

McCullough’s appointment runs for nine years. He was appointed to the bench by ex-Gov. David Paterson in 2010.

His colleagues are now left to pick up the judicial slack as McCullough collects his full compensation — roughly $50,000-a-year over what he would receive if he retired now.

This is the kind of behavior that puts municipalities in deep debt.