Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category
This jerk pastor should be arrested for threatening and inciting violence against the President of the United States. A few years time in a federal pen might sober him up.
SMOKING GUN: The Florida pastor who ignited an international furor by threatening to burn a pile of Korans has applied his subtle touch to the 2012 presidential campaign by constructing a gallows from which a likeness of President Barack Obama now hangs in effigy.
The display in the front yard of Terry Jones’s Dove World Outreach Center (DWOC) in Gainesville features a dummy wearing an Obama mask hanging from a yellow noose. Along with an American flag and a rainbow-striped gay pride flag, the scene includes an Uncle Sam dummy and a child’s doll hanging from the right hand of the Obama figure.
Nearby, the words “Obama is Killing America” are printed on a trailer. So, it appears, the creepy Jones is returning the favor.
Despite the small size of his following, Jones has had an outsized impact due to his inflammatory (and shameless) tactics, which included his 2010 threat to burn Korans on the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.
The DWOC has been criticized for cult-like rules detailed in an “Academy Rulebook” prepared by Jones’s wife. Fox example, prospective ministers were directed to cut off most contact with family members. “Family occasions like wedding, funerals or Birthdays are no exception to this rule,” students were warned. “No phone calls. Exceptions can be made under certain circumstances but only after receiving permission.”
Obama uses his pardon power not to correct injustice, but to free drug dealers, thugs, and social menaces
WASHINGTON POST: President Barack Obama on Monday pardoned five people convicted of charges ranging from intent to distribute marijuana to running an illegal gambling business.
And he issued his first commutation, ordering the release of a woman next month after serving 10 years on a 22-year sentence for cocaine distribution.
The actions mark Obama’s third set of pardons. He pardoned eight people earlier this year, and issued nine pardons in December 2010.
None of those pardoned was well-known, as was the case with the president’s previous orders. The cases date back to 1984, when Martin Kaprelian of Park Ridge, Ill., was sentenced to nine years in prison for conspiracy to transport stolen property in interstate commerce, and other related charges.
NEW YORK TIMES: The amount of customer money missing from the collapsed trading firm MF Global may be more than $1.2 billion — double previous estimates — the trustee dismantling the firm’s brokerage unit said on Monday.
But the surprise finding, which caught regulators off guard, may be overstated, according to a person briefed on the investigation. Some regulators say they believe that the trustee double-counted $220 million that had been transferred between units of MF Global, this person said.
Still, the much higher number highlights the disarray of MF Global’s records and raises significantly the hurdle for tens of thousands of customers seeking to get their money back. The trustee’s estimate represents a significant portion of customer funds held by MF Global.
Regulators suspect that as investors and customers fled MF Global in the last week of October, the firm used some of the customer money for its own needs — violating Wall Street rules that customers’ money be kept separate from the firm’s funds. Much of that money may never return.
Pretty dumb. Not much of a role model, he.
CBS TAMPA: It only took seven hours — and one tree leap — for Michael Lohan to get arrested again.
Tampa police said Lohan, 51, launched himself into a tree from his third-floor balcony when police came to investigate claims that he violated terms of his release from jail hours before.
Just before 1:00 a.m., Lohan’s girlfriend Kate Major, 28, called police to report he was harassing her with constant phone calls. On Tuesday, Lohan was charged with battering Major, and terms of his release from jail Wednesday included that he stay away.
All right, now I’m not going to think so poorly of Linday any more.
With role models like this, what do you expect?
Of course, she’s going to be massively messed up.
In light of this upbringing, you have to give her credit for getting as far as she did.
Let’s hope she soon wakes up, smells the coffee, and gets her life on track. She is a reasonably decent actress.
A FEW DAYS EARLIER: Lindsay Lohan probation revoked. Back to jail. Gets morgue duty.
ABC LOCAL: Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan was led from the court in handcuffs on Wednesday after a judge revoked her probation.
The 25-year-old is free after posting $100,000 bail, but this could ultimately result in her going back to jail.
Lohan arrived in court for what was supposed to be a routine progress report, but minutes into the court session, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner was not pleased with Lohan’s progress.
“Ms. Lohan’s actions deliberately made it impossible for her to perform her sentence at the downtown Women’s Center. Probation as you know, as the prosecutor knows, and has always been my view, is a gift. And there’s something called looking a gift horse in the mouth,” Sautner said.
Lohan had been ordered to 360 hours of community service at a downtown women’s shelter, and another 120 hours at the county morgue.
It will be real interesting to see how well he gets along with his fellow inmates.
NY DAILY NEWS: A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.
The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.
Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, was busted for planting cocaine, a practice known as “flaking,” on four men in a Queens bar in 2008 to help out fellow cop Henry Tavarez, whose buy-and-bust activity had been low.
“Tavarez was … was worried about getting sent back [to patrol] and, you know, the supervisors getting on his case,” he recounted at the corruption trial of Brooklyn South narcotics Detective Jason Arbeeny.
“I had decided to give him [Tavarez] the drugs to help him out so that he could say he had a buy,” Anderson testified last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Not exactly a confidence builder. Where’s management? How secure now do you feel about your money in your bank?
REUTERS: Swiss bank UBS said a trader had lost it around $2 billion in unauthorized deals, and police in London arrested 31-year-old Kweku Adoboli in connection with the case.
Adoboli — a director of exchange traded funds and “Delta 1″ working in the bank’s London office, according to his profile on networking site LinkedIn — was arrested on suspicion of fraud, sources told Reuters.
“I can confirm that an employee of the bank was arrested in London in connection with the statement,” a UBS spokesman said.
UBS said it might post a third-quarter loss after the rogue trades, a huge blow as it struggles to rebuild its credibility after years of crises.
FBI raids homes of Solyndra Execs . . . Obama sat in on meetings, touted Solyndra (now bankrupt) as model for Obama’s “green jobs” economy
Where did the $535 million in stimulus money go? Who has it?
The FBI wants to know.
ABC NEWS: Federal agents have expanded their examination of the now-bankrupt California solar power company Solyndra, visiting the homes of the company’s CEO and two of its executives, examining computer files and documents, iWatch News and ABC News have learned.
Agents visited the homes of CEO Brian Harrison and company founder Chris Gronet and a former executive, according to a source who agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity because of the legal sensitivity of the situation.
Gronet, reached at his home Friday morning, did not dispute that his home was visited by federal agents a day earlier.
“I’m sorry,” Gronet said, “you probably understand full well that I cannot comment.” The third executive could not be immediately reached.
FLASHBACK: Watch buffoon Obama praise Solyndra:
QUESTIONS: Is the purpose of the FBI raid to cover up the scandal and bury it? Or will we actually find out what happened to our tax money?
Remember disgraced, disbarred North Carolina District Attorney Mike Nifong? His successor appears to be just as lawless.
NEWS OBSERVER: The final witness in the trial of Frankie Washington was his prosecutor, Tracey Cline.
Cline had pursued charges against Washington for more than four years, accusing the handyman of burglary, robbery, kidnapping, assault and an attempted sex offense in a frightening West Durham home invasion.
At the trial in late February 2007, Cline was in the witness box, an unusual spot for a longtime assistant district attorney. Washington’s attorney, preparing for an appeal, wanted to question her about forensic tests on the evidence – a winter hat, a bandana, a pistol-grip shotgun and a stolen purse.
Crucial testing of the purse and the hat had taken years, delaying Washington’s trial. The attorney, Lawrence Campbell, had complained for years about those delays. Now, he wanted Cline to tell the jury what happened.
Cline repeated what she had told a judge in a previous hearing: The state crime lab was responsible for the long delays.
But records tell a different story. Cline had not submitted the evidence to the lab for more than three years. It was Cline’s job to ensure that the evidence, along with a judge’s order to test it, were sent to the lab.
When the evidence was finally tested, none of it matched Washington.
Update on what Michael Nifong is up to
NEW YORK TIMES: The disgraced former prosecutor who led the debunked Duke lacrosse rape case filed for bankruptcy, citing more than $180 million in liabilities — the majority from the threat of two pending lawsuits. The prosecutor, Michael B. Nifong, reported $243,898 in assets of real and personal property to United States Bankruptcy Court. The filing came the same day that Mr. Nifong and other defendants were required to respond to a sweeping federal lawsuit filed in October by the three exonerated players whom he had falsely accused of rape.
Barack Obama’s illegal alien uncle from Kenya has valid Social Security ID and driver’s license. He also had a previous deportation order. Did he call White House for bail money?
So this is the family that now running the USA!
BOSTON HERALD: President Obama’s accused drunken-driving uncle — who was busted after a near collision with a Framingham cop — has had a valid Social Security number for at least 19 years, despite being an illegal immigrant ordered to be deported back to Kenya, the Herald has learned.
The president’s 67-year-old uncle, Obama Onyango, has had a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and Social Security number since at least 1992, said Registry of Motor Vehicles spokesman Michael Verseckes.
Onyango, whose sister, Zeituni Onyango, made headlines when it was revealed she was an illegal immigrant living in public housing in South Boston, was wobbly legged, “slurring” and had “red and glassy eyes” when he was pulled over at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Waverly Street in Framingham.