Judge Dismisses Bundy Case With Prejudice After Finding of Extensive Unethical Conduct By Federal Prosecutors

600px-US-DeptOfJustice-Seal.svg DOJAnother major case has been thrown out due to prosecutorial abuse by the United States Department of Justice.  We have previously discussed cases where federal prosecutors have withheld evidence and filed false or misleading statements to the court.  Now,  U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro has issued a dismissal with prejudice against the Justice Department in the case against Cliven Bundy and his sons due to what Navarro describes as flagrant and knowing violations of professional ethics and federal law by the Justice Department.  In past cases, the Justice Department has shown little commitment to discipline, let alone terminate, anyone for the violations (or the waste of millions of dollars).  In this case, however, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for a review of the case.

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German Given Eighteen Months In Jail For Posting Picture of Auschwitz With An Offensive Caption

Coat_of_arms_of_Germany.svgWe have been discussing how Germany has led the West in the criminalization of speech, an anti-free speech trend that is now raging in England, France, Canada and other Western nations.  Germany has continued its plunge into censorship and criminalization despite the failure of its speech laws to curtail extremism. The most recent case involves a 32-year-old German neo-Nazi who has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for incitement after posting picture of a miniature of the Auschwitz death camp on Facebook with an offensive caption.

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South Dakota Police Declare Dead Body Found In Car Trunk “Suspicious”

800-1Tosten Walsh Lommen, 30, was looking at a serious series of charges after driving drunk and taking South Dakota police on a high-speed chase. However, it became far, far worse when the arresting officers opened his trunk and found a dead woman wrapped in a blanket.  The initial charges included a charge that may not be familiar to many on the blog: aggravated eluding.

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NYT: Trump Tried To Stop Sessions From Recusal

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedThe New York Times is reporting that Special counsel Robert Mueller has confirmed that  President Donald Trump took the extraordinary step of ordering White House counsel Don McGahn to Attorney general Jeff Sessions to prevent him from recusing himself in the Russian investigation.  I was one of the earliest voices calling for Sessions to recuse himself and continue to believe that he made the right decision not only for himself and the Justice Department but Trump.  The account in the Times states that Trump was irate at hearing that Sessions would follow the advice of his ethics advisors and recuse himself. He allegedly asked why he does not have an Eric Holder or Roy Cohen to protect his interests. If true, it was a grossly inappropriate decision and an even more worrisome analogy. I have been a long critic of Holder and his highly political tenure at the Justice Department.  As for Roy Cohen, he is one of the most reviled and disreputable figures in history.  It would be akin to a CEO asking where is his Bernie Madoff to protect profits.  The accounts is based on two sources that are anonymous and we have not heard from the President.  Obviously, McGahn could also deny the truth of the story but we have not heard from either McGahn or Trump’s personal counsel.

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Is Comey’s Culpability A Simple Question of Math? Senate Presses Justice Department On Classification of Memos

440px-Comey-FBI-PortraitI have previously expressed my skepticism over the claims of James Comey that he had a right to remove memos from the FBI and leak them to the media through a friend.  As I have previously written, Comey was in clear violation of FBI rules and may have knowingly removed classified material.  According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, there is growing evidence to suggest that Comey not only violated FBI guidelines (which is clear) but that he violated federal law in the removal and disclosure of classified material.  Indeed, it may come down to simple math.  Seven of the memos that Comey removed are now believed to be classified.  He reportedly gave four memos to his friend to leak to the media.  That would suggest that at least one memo given to Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman was classified.

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