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« on: Today at 12:44:57 PM »
Judge sentences Trump adviser Stone to 3 years and 4 months in prison
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced President Donald Trump's long-time adviser Roger Stone to three years and four months in prison for charges that include lying to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down the sentence after Stone's lawyer asked that the veteran Republican operative receive no prison time in a case that has drawn Trump's ire. Stone's belligerence and lies represents "a threat to our democracy," the judge said in a stern lecture during the hours-long sentencing hearing.
"He was not prosecuted - as some have complained - for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president," Jackson said.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/judge-sentences-trump-adviser-stone-to-3-years-and-4-months-in-prison/ar-BB10c66R
Anyway, I'm guessing Stone will get at least 3 years or (36 months).
« on: Yesterday at 01:55:23 PM »
Tynice Nichole Hall
Tynice Nichole Hall was sentenced in 2006 after she was convicted on various drug charges in Lubbock, Texas, according to the Justice Department. The evidence at trial showed that Ms. Hall’s residence was used as a stash house for drugs by her boyfriend, who was the main target of an investigation, according to court documents. The police found large quantities of crack and powder cocaine and loaded firearms in her apartment.
Ms. Hall has spent the last 14 years in prison, where she has participated in apprenticeships, completed coursework toward a college degree and led educational programs for other inmates, the White House statement said.
Crystal Munoz was found guilty in 2008 of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, according to a petition filed by the Criminal Defense Clinic at the Texas A&M University School of Law. Ms. Munoz, who was sentenced to nearly two decades in prison, drew a map that her friends used in a large marijuana trafficking operation, according to Rolling Stone.
Over the past 12 years, Ms. Munoz has mentored people and volunteered with a hospice program while serving in prison, according to the White House statement.
Angela Stanton, an author, television personality and motivational speaker, served six months of home confinement in 2007 for her role in a stolen-vehicle ring. Her book “Life of a Real Housewife” explores her difficult upbringing and her encounters with reality TV stars.
Recently she has begun giving interviews about her support for Mr. Trump. The White House credited her in its statement with working “tirelessly to improve re-entry outcomes for people returning to their communities upon release from prison.”
Judith Negron was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2011 for her role in orchestrating a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme as the owner of a mental health care company in Miami. Ms. Negron has served eight years in prison, and her prison warden described her as a “model inmate,” according to the White House statement.https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/18/us/politics/trump-pardons.html
« on: February 18, 2020, 02:02:20 PM »
Trump Commutes Corruption Sentence of Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois
WASHINGTON — President Trump has commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, the Democrat who was convicted of trying to essentially sell President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for personal gain, according to a person briefed on the decision.
Mr. Trump commuted the former governor’s sentence on Tuesday and is planning on announcing it soon, taking the action after saying for years that he was considering intervening in Mr. Blagojevich’s case.
By commuting the sentence, the president would free Mr. Blagojevich from prison without wiping out the conviction. Republicans have advised the president against it, arguing that Mr. Blagojevich’s crime epitomizes the corruption that Mr. Trump had said he wanted to tackle as president.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-commutes-corruption-sentence-of-governor-rod-blagojevich-of-illinois/ar-BB1087YE?ocid=ientp
« on: February 15, 2020, 10:52:54 AM »
In a statement to the Associated Press, King said, “I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss,” adding that she never intended to add to the pain that he was feeling.
When a man calls a woman a bitch because she does something he doesn’t like, he is nourishing the already rampant misogyny in society. But when a black man does it, he is perpetuating negative stereotypes about how black men perceive and treat women. That is harmful to the entire African American community.https://www.google.com/amp/s/thegrapevine.theroot.com/gayle-king-says-she-accepts-snoop-s-apology-kareem-abd-1841699451/amp
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:26:05 PM »
Embattled singer R. Kelly has been hit with new federal charges in Chicago adding allegations that he sexually abused another minor victim for four years starting in 1997.
A superseding indictment made public Friday alleged Kelly sexually abused a girl identified in the charges only as “Minor 6.”
The charges also seek for the first time forfeiture of all assets of Kelly’s production company, Bass Productions Ltd., as well as a company owned by his longtime business manager and co-defendant, Derrel McDavid.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/singer-r-kelly-hit-with-new-indictment-in-chicago-federal-court/ar-BB100Jay?li=BBnb7Kz
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:13:29 PM »
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is requesting interviews with a slew of current and former Justice Department and FBI officials as part of his panel's probe into the department's handling of the investigation into Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign.
Graham sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Friday asking that he make 17 officials, many of whom are identified only by title, available for interviews.
"As you are aware, the committee is continuing to investigate matters related to the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's handling of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, including the application for, and renewals of, a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA] warrant on Carter Page," Graham wrote in the letter, according to a copy obtained by CBS News
Graham notes in his letter that the committee will "additionally be directly contacting former Department officials to schedule transcribed interviews."
Graham has said he plans to call former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to testify as part of his investigation.
Graham, a top ally of Trump's, has vowed he will use his gavel to look into the origins of the Russia investigation and the decision to surveil Page, a former campaign aide.
"I'm going to get to the bottom of the FISA work process because it was an abuse of power of the Department of Justice, the FBI," Graham told CBS News on Sunday.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/graham-requests-interviews-with-doj-fbi-officials-as-part-of-probe-into-russia-investigation/ar-BB100Osn?li=BBnb7Kz
« on: February 14, 2020, 04:26:17 PM »
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates swiped at President Trump in an opinion piece published Friday in The Washington Post, accusing him of using the Department of Justice (DOJ) as "his personal grudge squad" after the handling of Roger Stone's case.
"From virtually the moment he took office, President Trump has attempted to use the Justice Department as a cudgel against his enemies and as a shield for himself and his allies," Yates wrote. "The president has attempted to order up investigations of his perceived political enemies and enlist the department to protect his friends. With every blow, the wall of Justice independence has wobbled a bit more. This week, it teetered on the verge of collapse."
The op-ed comes after Trump asserted Friday that he has "the legal right" to insert himself into the Justice Department's handling of criminal cases. Those remarks came a day after Attorney General William Barr said in an ABC News interview that the president's tweets were making his job more difficult.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/sally-yates-blasts-trump-for-using-doj-as-personal-grudge-squad/ar-BB100Ti8?li=BBnb7Kz
« on: February 14, 2020, 11:16:10 AM »
WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted Friday that he had the legal right to intervene in federal criminal cases, a day after Attorney General William P. Barr publicly rebuked him for attacks on Justice Department prosecutors and others involved in the case of Roger J. Stone Jr., the president’s longtime friend.
In a morning tweet, Mr. Trump quoted Mr. Barr saying that the president “has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” The president said he had “so far chosen” not to interfere in a criminal case even though he insisted that he is not legally bound to do so.
“This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!” he said.
The assertion by the president, rejecting a request by Mr. Barr to stop tweeting about the department’s cases, adds to the mounting controversy over the decision by senior Justice Department officials to overrule prosecutors who had recommended a seven to nine year sentence for Mr. Stone, who was convicted of seven felonies in a bid to obstruct a congressional investigation that threatened the president.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-claims-legal-right-to-interfere-in-justice-dept-cases/ar-BB1004nO?li=BBnb7Kz
« on: February 13, 2020, 03:52:33 PM »
In Bipartisan Bid to Restrain Trump, Senate Passes Iran War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to require President Trump seek congressional authorization before taking further military action against Iran, as Democrats joined forces with eight Republicans to try to rein in the president’s war-making powers weeks after he escalated hostilities with Tehran.
The bipartisan vote, 55 to 45, amounted to a rare attempt by the Senate to restrain Mr. Trump’s authority just over a week after it voted to acquit him of impeachment charges, and nearly six weeks after the president moved without authorization from Congress to kill a top Iranian security commander.
But it was a mostly symbolic rebuke of the president, as support for the measure fell short of the two-thirds supermajority needed to override a promised veto by Mr. Trump. The House passed a similar measure last month on a nearly party-line vote that also fell well short of the two-thirds margin.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/in-bipartisan-bid-to-restrain-trump-senate-passes-iran-war-powers-resolution/ar-BBZYyXy
« on: February 13, 2020, 10:41:10 AM »
Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King over Kobe Bryant controversy
(CNN)Snoop Dogg has offered a public apology to Gayle King after days of backlash over questions she asked about the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant.
The rapper had been critical of King following her interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie in which King asked about rape allegations against Bryant, who died last month in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
Snoop Dogg's comments kicked off a storm of controversy which resulted in King being targeted with death threats and expressing anger at her "CBS This Morning" bosses for how they marketed the interview.
"Had a talk with my momma thank u mamma," Snoop Dogg wrote in the caption of a video he posted on his verified Instagram account Tuesday. "2 wrongs don't make it right time to heal. @gayleking Peace n love Praying for u and your family as well as Vanessa and the kids."
The hip hop star said in the video that he "overreacted" and offered up to King that "I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions of me being angry at a question you asked."
"I should have handled it way different than that, I was raised way better than that, so I would like to apologize publicly for the language that I used and calling you out your name and just being disrespectful," he said.https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/13/entertainment/snoop-gayle-king-apology-trnd/index.html
« on: February 11, 2020, 05:43:20 PM »
Jussie Smollett Indicted On Charges Related To Attack Police Called A Hoax
Actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted on new charges, according to sources with direct knowledge of the case, following a six-month investigation by a special prosecutor looking into police claims he paid two brothers to stage a fake hate crime against himself last year.
Cook County prosecutors last year dropped 16 disorderly conduct charges against Smollett, just over a month after Chicago police had accused him of orchestrating a hoax because he was upset with his salary on the TV show “Empire.”
Last August, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed Webb, a former federal prosecutor, as a special prosecutor in the Smollett case; tasking him to not only investigate Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the case, but to decide if Smollett should be further prosecuted for allegedly staging a fake hate crime against himself.
At the time, Webb said he was essentially starting the investigation of the whole case over from scratch.
Toomin had earlier ruled that a special prosecutor was needed in the case, due to “unprecedented irregularities” in how Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx handled the case, specifically by handing it over to her second-in-command after announcing she had recused herself.
The judge said Foxx had no authority to appoint someone to take over the case for her, so every decision her office made — from charging Smollett, to indicting him, to ultimately dismissing the case — was invalid.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/jussie-smollett-indicted-on-charges-related-to-attack-police-called-a-hoax/ar-BBZTyxz?li=BBnb7Kz
« on: February 11, 2020, 05:22:48 PM »
The lead prosecutor in Roger Stone's criminal case abruptly resigned from the case on Tuesday after the Justice Department said it planned to reduce the recommended sentence for the longtime Trump associate.
The Justice Department pulled back on its request to sentence Stone to seven to nine years in prison after President Donald Trump blasted the sentencing proposal as "a miscarriage of justice."
“The department finds the recommendation extreme and excessive and will clarify its position later today," a senior department official confirmed to NBC News.
After the reports of the imminent softer sentencing recommendation, lead prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky withdrew as a prosecutor in the case. A footnote in his court filing noted that "the undersigned attorney has resigned effective immediately."https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/02/11/roger-stone-prosecutors-resigns-from-case-after-doj-backpedals-on-sentencing-recommendation/23923732/
Man, Trump is shameless.
Another Article on the Same Story:
Three Roger Stone prosecutors resign from case after DOJ backpedals on sentencing recommendation
Trump tweeted early Tuesday, calling the initial sentencing recommendation "disgraceful" and a "miscarriage of justice."https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/doj-backpedalling-sentencing-recommendation-trump-ally-roger-stone-n1134961
« on: February 09, 2020, 09:00:50 AM »