Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ways to Show You are a Man




Court room antics. What did the Judge mean when he said "Use your words Roland"?


Facebook sometimes automatically posts things on your page that happened years ago.  Not sure I like being reminded that it was on this day 25 years ago that I last broke out in a sweat from doing an honest day's work.

Hope I'm not being overly sensitive, but I find that an enormous amount of lawyers on the other side of my cases disagree with me.

lol. Congress wants FBI director to personally guarantee each refugee is not a threat.  Ridiculously absurd theater and a waste of time.  He can't even do that for Americans. Vetting Republicans alone would keep him too busy.

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Highest Criminal Court in Texas to Hear Perry Case




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U.S. to Sue Contractor It Says Bilked the Navy

By CHRISTOPHER DREW and DANIELLE IVORY

The complaint accused the company of using improper methods to inflate what it charged to service Navy ships across much of the globe.


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Meagan in LaPorte








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Chicago Police Department officers on patrol in June 2013. From 2011 to 2015, 97 percent of more than 28,500 citizen complaints resulted in no officer being punished.
Chicago Rarely Penalizes Officers for Complaints, Data Shows

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS

Data released by two groups provides a rare look into the cloistered world of internal police discipline.

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Gloria Allred sues venue that barred her from Bill Cosby performance


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A lawyer representing women who allege sexual assault by Bill Cosby filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the government operators of an Atlanta venue that barred her from a Bill Cosby performance.
Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred says the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre barred her from a May 2 performance, though she had purchased a ticket, after she was placed on a “security watch list” by Cobb County, Georgia, police. She alleges violation of her free speech and due process rights.
A Cobb County police officer stationed at the Arts Centre told Allred she had been placed on the list by Cosby’s representatives, and she could be arrested for criminal trespass if she didn’t leave, according to the suit.
Defendants in the suit are Cobb County, Georgia, the exhibit hall authority and its managing director. The New York Daily NewsCourthouse News Service and the Wrap covered her allegations.
The suit claims the exposition authority and Cobb County allow police to exclude ticket holders from a performance based on their viewpoints, and control of that decision has been unlawfully delegated to the performers.
“This case is important to all protesters in the future,” Allred said in a press statement. “Performers should not be able to commandeer a police force (as Bill Cosby’s representatives appeared to do) in order to exclude individuals from the performance because they have a different viewpoint than the performer has.”



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Lawyer accused of exposing himself, improper touching is disbarred

Nov 19, 2015, 6:15 am CST


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Judge wasn't required to help police arrest her fugitive boyfriend, her lawyer says

Nov 18, 2015, 5:00 pm CST


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Law firm participated in FBI sting of Texas school board members


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Allegedly asked for $20,000 by two members of a Texas school board in order to retain its contract, a law firm representing the district reportedly cooperated with the FBI, resulting in the federal indictment (PDF) of two trustees and a city employee.
The firm, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, specializes in tax collection matters. “In February 2015, one of our partners was approached by a board member who made a request, he felt, was inappropriate and not consistent with the values of the firm,” it said in a written statement provided to the Monitor.
“Given the request by the board member, our partner immediately sought guidance from the FBI,” the statement continues. “He followed the guidance of the FBI and assisted them in this matter.”
In April, a law firm partner handed over $3,000 in cash in a McDonald’s parking lot to Adrian Guerrero, 50, a heavy equipment operator for the city of Donna allegedly acting as a middleman for at least one of two Donna Independent School District trustees, the indictment says.
The indictment says Guerrero then proceeded to the home of school board vice president Eloy Infante, 53, and Infante later allegedly confirmed the receipt of the money by text message.
Two more cash payments of $3,500 each were subsequently made by “Person A,” one to Infante and the other to trustee Elpidio Yanez Jr., 45, the indictment states.
Both Infante and Yanez are reportedly in the process of resigning from the board. They and Guerrero are charged with conspiracy and attempted extortion. Infante and Yanez are also charged with receiving bribes, and Guerrero is charged with aiding and abetting Infante.
The defendants were released Tuesday after a court hearing, and paying $1,000 each towards $50,000 in bail, the Monitor says.
ValleyCentral.com also has a story.

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LEGAL ETHICS

Arkansas judge is accused of offering 'substitutionary sentences' followed by sexual proposals


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An ethics complaint accuses an Arkansas judge of inviting male offenders to report for “substitutionary sentences” at his home, where he then solicited sexual relations in exchange for reduced court fines.
The allegations against 69-year-old Judge Joseph Boeckmann Jr. of Cross County were announced at a press conference on Tuesday. Stories appeared at Arkansas Online (here and here), the Huffington Post and theAssociated Press. The press release and complaint are here (PDF).
The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission alleges that Boeckmann, a part-time judge:
• Offered “substitutionary sentences” to male, but not female, litigants. Usually the defendants were required to pick up cans alongside city roads or at Boeckmann’s home, and the judge “would photograph the buttocks of the men as they were bending to retrieve the garbage,” the complaint says. He then allegedly kept the photos for his personal use.
• Sought out white male defendants who were mostly between the ages of 18 and 35 for sexual relations. He asked the defendants to report to his home or office for their substitutionary sentences, where he offered reduced or dismissed fines and costs in exchange for sexual relations.
• Photographed one defendant naked and spanked another defendant.
• Gave money to multiple lawyers who appeared before him, gave money to public officials whose agencies investigated defendants who appeared before Boeckmann, and wrote checks to the district court on behalf of litigants with whom he had personal or work relationships.
• Presided in cases involving a former intimate partner, the former intimate partner’s sister, and the former intimate partner’s brother. The intimate partner’s sister had a child fathered by Boeckmann’s nephew, and she worked for Boeckmann’s sister at an elder care company.
• Has an impatient and undignified demeanor with certain litigants, particularly minorities and women.
• May have had pornographic images of males under age 18 on his personal computers. Witnesses said they saw the images, but additional investigation would be needed to confirm the allegations, the ethics complaint said.
The allegations have been referred to state prosecutors. David Sachar, executive director of the Judicial Discipline and Disciplinary Commission, said he may seek an extraordinary order suspending Boeckmann while the case is pending.
Boeckmann’s lawyer, Jeff Rosenzweig, gave this statement to several publications: “We are going to file a response denying the allegations, and we’ll be fighting the charges in front of the commission,” he said.

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This is surely a true story.


 "In God We Trust"
 
Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to go fishing.
He called the royal weather forecaster and  asked about the upcoming weather conditions.

The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the   days ahead. So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen. On the way he met a farmer on his donkey. Upon seeing the king the farmer said,
"Your Majesty, you should return to the palace at once because  in just a short time I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this  area".
                           
The king was polite and considerate, he replied: "I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an extensively educated and experienced professional. And besides, I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very  different forecast. I trust him and I will continue on my way."

A   short time later a torrential rain fell from the sky.

The king and  queen were totally soaked.   
Their entourage chuckled upon seeing them in such a drenched   condition. 
Furious, the king returned to the palace and fired the weatherman at once!
Then he summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying role of  Royal Forecaster.
The farmer said, "Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I
obtain my information from my donkey.  If I see my donkey's ears drooping,  it means with certainty that it will rain."

So the king hired the donkey.

And  thus  began the practice of hiring asses to work in the government and occupy its highest and most influential advisory positions.


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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Lawyer is accused of trading sex for legal work; scales of justice tattoo helped corroborate claim


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A San Antonio lawyer has been charged with compelling prostitution for allegedly pressuring three clients to have sex with him in exchange for legal work.
The lawyer, 46-year-old Mark Benavides, was arrested on Tuesday, reportMySanAntonio.com and KSAT. Benavides was accused of taping several of the sexual encounters and of having sex on some occasions with alleged victims at the Bexar County Courthouse.
One alleged victim said Benavides had a tattoo on his back of the scales of justice, an allegation corroborated by two witnesses—a prostitute and a person who taped sexual encounters, according to the arrest warrant affidavit (PDF).
An accusation against Benavides surfaced in October when a woman seeking to overturn her guilty plea testified that Benavides had represented her and had sex with her in a jury room. At the time, Benavides told KSAT that the woman was “making up a bunch of lies about me.”
Benavides is running for a judgeship as a Democrat. He was freed on $15,000 bond.

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A Texas state representative has thought very hard about things, put two and two together, and concluded that Texas cannot possibly accommodate people fleeing ISIS violence in Syria because Texas law makes it far too easy for any unhinged maniacs among them to purchase a gun. The answer, of course, is not to restrict the gun rights of unhinged maniacs but to turn away the war refugees—but if by some chance war refugees do end up in Texas (stupid American Constitution, how we chafe at it) well then we're just gonna have to mark them as being special cases that Do Not Get Rights.
According to Fox7 Austin, State Representative Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott (R) saying that current Texas laws, combined with how the federal government grants rights to refugees, would allow the newly arrived Syrians to arm themselves immediately.
Homegrown terrorists are, of course, still perfectly free to arm themselves immediately, that being America's foremost True Freedom and the reason the rest of the world looks up to us and longs to be us. His proposal is to give these refugees special refugee identification that still allows them to maybe drive cars (the second of the True Freedoms) but can't be used as your state-issued identification for buying guns.
“California when they issue drivers licenses to non-citizens specifically says that it is not to be used for a Federal purpose, not to be used for employment and that means it cannot be used to board a plane … and presumably it could not be used to purchase a gun,” said Dale.
This does not appear to actually be true; non-citizens can indeed purchase guns in California. So Rep. Dale is proposing a gun restriction that even the hippies in California can't stomach, but it is all right because Brown People.
So once again, the crowd that considers the right to pack heat a right worth "nullifying" federal laws over, or even possibly secede over, the freedom that allows Good and Proper Americans to stand up against Jade Helm, or to mount themselves on bridges in preparation to murder federal employees enforcing cattle restrictions, finds themselves thoroughly wigged at the thought that some non-white person somewhere might avail themselves of the same rights, or the same unhinged anti-government logics.
The response is not to rein in the insane people waving guns around, but to give the immigrants a special mark to denote that the right to "defend yourself" does not apply to them, and does not apply only to them. Yes, this might sound familiar to history buffs. Plus ├ža change, and so on.

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