We have been discussing lawyers and professors nailed as drug dealers. Now close to my home, the former mayor of Fairfax City will enter a plea in a meth-for-sex prosecution. R. Scott Silverthorne, 51, is reportedly ready to plead guilty after allegedly offering an undercover officer methamphetamine in exchange for an orgy at a Tysons Corner hotel. Silverthorne told The Washington Post that 2015 was a “terrible year” due to political challenges. 2017 has the makings of a much much worse year.
We have yet another example of the brutality of Islamic Sharia law from Indonesia where a woman was savagely flogged publicly for spending time with a man who was not her husband, including an allegation of sex outside of marriage. The flogging occurred in Banda Aceh on the Island of Sumatra.
Another tweet by Donald Trump has caused a ruckus back in Washington (I am in Guam for a speech). Trump took after Nordstrom for dropping the Ivanka brand. While the store cited poor sales, Trump tweeted “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” Shares for the store chain dropped in value following the tweet and media began calling to ask for the legality of such criticism by the president. The answer is that it is perfectly legal . . . just ask Harry Truman. While the scope of executive privilege is broad, it is not nearly as broad and plenary as that of inherent parental authority. When it comes to a president and his daughter, history has shown that this is one power exercised by all fathers that is accorded sweeping deference and little judicial review.
Days like this remind me just how dull my colleagues are . . . and that is a good thing. IRS attorney and Georgetown Adjunct Law Professor Jack Vitayanon, 41, has been arrested in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine. Continue reading
John Haskew of Lakeland, Florida presented a novel defense to his charge of diverting $7 billion from a bank. Haskew told the court that he was justified in making the transfer because “Jesus Christ created wealth for everyone.” He has now given up the ghost of waiting for divine judgment and pleaded guilty.
84 Lumber is a building materials supply company that is the latest to trigger a Superbowl advertisement controversy over an ad. We have previously discussed how groups like PETA often seems to engineer conflicts (and rejections) to get more attention than would have been generated by a commercial itself. Whatever the motivation, 84 Lumber has garnered massive attention after its commercial “The Journey Begins” was rejected by Fox as too political and divisive. With some 47 percent of the public supporting the Trump executive order, it is a risky move that the attention could create as much anger as support among potential customers. Regrettably, I will be on a flight to Guam (which takes off at the time of the kickoff). I will try to get the game on the flight but I enjoy having a Superbowl party with the kids. We enjoy the commercials often as much as the game. The company said that it was censored but allowed to run an altered commercial. Maggie Hardy Magerko, 84 Lumber’s president and owner, is quoted as saying “I still can’t even understand why it was censored. In fact, I’m flabbergasted by that in today’s day and age. It’s not pornographic, it’s not immoral, it’s not racist.”