“Like encryption and anonymity tools online, which are used by dissidents, journalists and terrorists alike, security-minded behavior — using disposable cellphones and switching them on only long enough to make brief calls — marks a user for special scrutiny. CO-TRAVELER takes note, for example, when a new telephone connects to a cell tower soon after another nearby device is used for the last time.”—NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show - The Washington Post
In his part of the courtroom theater, Cicinelli defense lawyer Michael Schwartz admitted cops used force on Thomas but, despite him falling silent during the attack and lying in a huge pool of his own blood, he was medically fine when EMT’s put him into an ambulance.
Schwartz also argued that gruesome hospital photographs of Thomas have given the false impression that police were brutal when, he insists, most of the external damage was simply superficial bruising.
But, like the defense line in the Haidl Gang Rape that the victim asked to be raped to start a porn career, Schwartz is asking jurors to declare that Thomas killed himself and police, his close companions during his final minutes alive, neither contributed to the death nor committed any criminal acts.
His line—delivered without cracking a smile—was that an “overexerting,” 37-year-old Thomas beat himself to death by struggling with concerned, compassionate officers.
This story is going to piss me off all week and perhaps for the next few weeks. Prepare to see lots of updates during this trial.
A group of armed men attack an unarmed homeless man for five minutes by chasing, surrounding, punching, kicking, clubbing, and tasering him until he is unconscious in a pool of his own blood and he killed himself by resisting their compassion. Sounds legit to me.
Michael Schwartz should be disbarred for gross incompetence, moral turpitude.
A drunk police officer who plead guilty to menacing for pulling a gun on a bartender will be allowed to keep his job and retire with a pension thanks to a favorable ruling by a Nassau County, Long Island judge.
District Court Judge Rhonda Fischer sentenced Richard Hefferon, a 20-year veteran police officer, to only 150 hours of community service and a $500 fine.
“That night, he made a mistake. He made a profoundly bad mistake … ,” defense attorney Robert McDonald told CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan. “The court and the DA’s office have both realized that the measure of this man is more than just that one mistake.”
2014 will mark Hefferon’s 20th year as a cop, making him eligible to retire with half pay and full benefits.
“And now he’s going to get out with a pension, and we’re all going to pay for this,” Ball [the victim] said. “If it was anybody else, they’d throw the book at him.”
Because it’s a police officer entrusted to uphold the law the charges should be even more severe, instead he gets off easy because his fellow parasite in the ruling class gave him a second chance. Sadly, many officers just like this one given “second chances” end up murdering someone.
“Bank of America on Monday said it has agreed to pay Freddie Mac $404 million to settle remaining claims over soured home loans the bank sold to the mortgage giant, marking the bank’s latest attempt to put its mortgage woes behind it. The Charlotte bank said the accord means it has resolved all outstanding mortgage-repurchase claims with government-controlled Freddie and its sister institution, Fannie Mae. At the end of September, Bank of America had $1.4 billion in outstanding mortgage repurchase requests from Freddie, the most of any bank. Bank of America said the agreement resolves all requests to buy back defective mortgages sold to Freddie from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 31, 2009. The bank said the cost of the settlement is covered by its existing reserves. Freddie and Fannie buy home loans from lenders and package them into mortgage-backed securities. Fannie and Freddie, which were taken over by the U.S. government in 2008, have asked banks to buy back or reimburse losses related to mortgages that went bad or did not meet agreed-upon requirements. Monday’s agreement marks the second deal stemming from the financial crisis involving Bank of America and Freddie over home loans sold to the mortgage giant. The first, reached in December 2010, resolved mortgage repurchase claims involving loans sold by Countrywide Financial Corp. through 2008. Monday’s agreement involves loans originated by Bank of America, not Countrywide. Bank of America acquired Countrywide in 2008. Monday’s agreement releases Bank of America from the obligation to repurchase 716,000 loans, Freddie Mac said. The deal gives Bank of America credit for $13 million it has already paid Freddie, including for prior loan repurchases, resulting in a net payment of $391 million. The latest agreement does not cover loan servicing obligations, loans packaged into bonds by other securitizers and disclosure-related claims, the bank said. Monday’s deal adds to more than $40 billion in legal costs Bank of America has incurred stemming from the crisis. At an investor conference in New York last month, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said the bank still has “work to do on litigation.” In one pending lawsuit, filed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Bank of America is being accused of misrepresentation on mortgage-backed securities that were sold to Fannie and Freddie and resulted in losses to the two agencies when the mortgages went into default. In October, FHFA announced a $5.1 billion settlement with JPMorgan over mortgages and mortgage-backed securities the company sold to Fannie and Freddie. Bloomberg News has reported that Bank of America could face a $6 billion settlement to resolve the FHFA lawsuit. No settlement has been announced. In a separate case, Bank of America is still waiting to learn whether its proposed $8.5 billion settlement with investors who bought mortgage bonds issued by Countrywide Financial will be approved. The proposal is in a judge’s hands in New York. Monday’s accord is not the largest settlement amount the bank has paid Freddie. In the December 2010 deal, the bank paid Freddie $1.28 billion and Fannie $1.34 billion. In January, the bank entered into an agreement with Fannie over home loans originated and sold to Fannie from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 31, 2008, by Countrywide and Bank of America. Under that agreement, the bank paid $3.6 billion to Fannie and $6.6 billion to buy back loans sold to Fannie.”—Get out of jail free card. Must be nice. The US Attorney for Western North Carolina should be ashamed.
“A bloody beating by police that left a California homeless man dead began when one of the officers on trial in his death grew frustrated with his evasiveness, snapped on a pair of latex gloves and told him, “Now you see my fists? They’re getting ready to (expletive) you up,’” a prosecutor said Monday.”—Prosecutor: Fatal Beating Followed Police Threat : NPR
“With net interest margins falling to the lowest since 2006, banks are spurning Treasuries and hoarding unprecedented amounts of cash on prospects that loan demand will revive as a strengthening economy leads the Fed to reduce its own debt purchases. Five years of cheap-money policies also have depressed yields and made it less attractive for banks to buy Treasuries as a way to bolster income.”—Citigroup to BofA Spurn Treasuries for Cash on Taper Risk - Bloomberg
Direct result of not destroying the FCC when there was a chance back in 94-95. Regulated telecoms, under threat from the packet-switched revolution, metastasized very quickly into adjuncts of a fascist spy state. No way to fix that now. None.
Words cannot describe how depressing the new, big Sandy Hook report is — both in execution and content. A year on, and very little of meaning — including bizarre dead-ends including old childhood notebook scribbles and a World of Warcraft warrant for Blizzard. Yet another law enforcement fail.