Friday, December 11, 2015

Judge Denies Paxton's Motions to Dismiss Charges


Amazing. Harrison Ford and I are in our 70's.


I don't understand. What is so special about Kate Upton?


New Poll.  People who hire their lawyers at Walmart overwhelmingly seem to be Donald Trump supporters.

Advantage of a an insurance company that offers personal service: I received a handwritten letter from the CEO that basically asked that I pay my own hospital bill so he could buy a bigger yacht.  He enclosed a picture and I have to admit it was really impressive and felt sorry for him 'cause his friends make fun of his present boat that only has one swimming pool.


Attacks on medical clinics are done by domestic terrorists...home grown variety. They don't have passports...they have birth certificates.


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New post on JONATHAN TURLEY

Pizza Driver Finds Life Changing Message In Delivery To Ohio Church

by jonathanturley
pizzatip1I wanted to show you the YouTube video below as something that might renew your faith in humanity despite those who seem to be fighting to destroy every aspect of humanity in our lives. Jeff Louis, 22, is a man who has struggled to stay clean after an addiction history and is working as a delivery driver for Gionino’s Pizza in Ohio. That is a rough road to walk, but something happened on a recent delivery that I wanted to share with you.





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Come for the Pot, Stay For the Powder? Colorado Finds Roughly Half of Tourists Visit Due To Legal Marijuana

by jonathanturley
Marijuana LeafWe have been following the expanding market pressures in favor of legalization of marijuana in the United States. Now a new study seems to support those who have argued that legalization is a powerful economic lift for the Colorado economy. It appears that the powder on the slopes is less of a draw than the pot for tourists.

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Chinese Censor Assures World That There Is No Censorship In China

by jonathanturley
Lu_Wei_2015Senior Chinese official Lu Wei has made news this week by assuring the world that there is no censorship in China. He should know, Lu is the chief censor in China. If you cannot believe a government censor, who can you believe?


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BREAKING: Serial Rapist Cop Found

 Guilty After 45-Hour Deliberation



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U.S. SUPREME COURT

Mic was on as Scalia criticizes SCOTUS protesters; protest sponsor sees 'attitude of contempt'


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Justice Antonin Scalia had no patience for protesters who interrupted a U.S. Supreme Court session on April 1 to oppose the Citizen United ruling on campaign finance.
The mic was on during the episode, and Scalia said the protesters deserve “stiff, stiff sentences,” report the National Law Journal (sub. req.) and CNN. It was the third Supreme Court protest staged by the group, 99Rise.
A lawyer for the five protesters, Jeffrey Light, has filed a motion in limine (PDF) asking a federal judge to exclude the recording of Scalia’s remarks during trial as unfairly prejudicial. The comments were not included on the court’s official audiotape or the transcript of the arguments in the bankruptcy case being heard that day, according to the National Law Journal.
CNN has the justices’ comments, beginning after a protester says: “We rise to demand democracy. One person, one vote.”
“Oh Lord,” Scalia says. “Oh, there will be another one.”
At first Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. jokes about the incident, saying, “You wouldn’t think a bankruptcy case would attract such attention.” As the protests continue, he says, “Oh, please.”
Scalia thinks he recognizes one of the protesters from a prior court disturbance. “Is it the same guy?” he asks.
“Yup,” answers Justice Clarence Thomas.
“They should give them some stiff sentences is what they ought to do,” Scalia says. “Give them stiff, stiff sentences. Stiff sentences.”
Roberts tells the protesters they could be punished by criminal contempt. “Should do it,” Scalia says.


Kai Newkirk, the director of 99Rise, spoke with CNN. “What Scalia says reflects that attitude of contempt,” she said. “It reveals an attitude—saying these people should be given ‘stiff, stiff penalties’—that they don’t want to hear the voices of the people.”
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An old man at confession-
"Father, today I had sex with 18-year-old twins. Oy vey"
Priest: "You're clearly Jewish so why are you telling me?
Old man: "I'm telling everybody."
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Leaders From Donald Trump’s Christian Faith Want To Excommunicate Him From His Own Church


lol  Show us your papers Mr. Trump.   Payback for his birther rant?  Perhaps the Beatles said it best "Money can't buy me love."


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Would you be interested in purchasing legal services at the same time as your deli meats?



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A Donald J. Trump rally in Davenport, Iowa, last week. More than four in 10 Republican primary voters say the quality most important to them in a candidate is strong leadership, and those voters heavily favor Mr. Trump.
Fear of Terrorism Lifts Donald Trump in New York Times/CBS Poll

By JONATHAN MARTIN and DALIA SUSSMAN

Americans are deeply fearful of another terrorist attack, lifting Donald J. Trump to a new high among likely Republican primary voters, the poll found.


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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Judge overturns death sentence because of prosecutor's Bible quotes


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A prosecutor’s inflammatory references to the Bible require reversal of a 1992 death sentence, a federal judge in San Diego has ruled.
The ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller requires prosecutors to give defendant Rudolph Roybal a new sentencing hearing or to reduce his sentence to life without parole, the San Diego Union-Tribunereports.
Roybal was convicted of the murder of an Oceanside woman for whom he had briefly worked as a gardener before his firing. During closing arguments, Deputy District Attorney James Koerber said:
“There is another book, written long ago, that mentions the crime of murder, and mentions what is the appropriate penalty for the crime of murder, and that book says a couple of different things. It says, ‘Thou shalt not steal.’ It says, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ … It says, ‘And if he smite with an instrument of iron so that he die, he is a murderer. The murderer shall surely be put to death.’ ”
Miller said the argument “presented an intolerable danger than the jury minimized its role as fact finder and encouraged jurors to vote for death because it was God’s will.” Defense lawyers’ failure to object, Miller said, deprived Roybal of a death penalty hearing “free from foul prosecutorial blows.”


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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Drug defendant's turnaround a 'Christmas present' for judge, who gives him a hug


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Despite two drug-possession cases in the last few years, Jermal Lee Norris had some good news to report on Thursday at an Indiana court hearing.
He had qualified for a commercial driver’s license, which landed him a couple of jobs, he told Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell, showing her the pay stubs to prove it. And the prosecutor in the most recent drug case was also impressed with Norris’ testimony on behalf of the state in an unrelated fatal child-abuse case. That defendant, Cesar Castenada, was sentenced to more than 29 years earlier this month, the Post-Tribune reports.
After a complicated bench conference, the court determined that Norris had credit for earlier time served that could be applied to his current case and granted the government’s motion to eliminate probation that initially had been part of his cocaine-possession plea deal.
Boswell told Norris she was proud of him and stepped down from the bench to give him a hug. “This has made my day. That’s my Christmas present,” she said.


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If my son were alive, he would be 46 today.  Here he is depicted at my daughter's 17th birthday dinner in Houston


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Judge Denies Paxton's Motions to Dismiss Charges

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial motion hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in McKinney, Texas.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial motion hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in McKinney, Texas.
Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.
A Collin County judge has denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's requests to dismiss criminal charges accusing him of financial fraud.
Paxton’s attorneys had filed six motions arguing on various grounds why state District Judge George Gallagher should dismiss three indictments handed down by a grand jury earlier this year. Paxton pleaded not guilty to the charges of misleading investors in a technology company before he was elected attorney general.
Gallagher threw out all of those requests on Friday, meaning Paxton's prosecution will continue.
Bill Mateja, a member of Paxton's defense team, expressed disappointment with the rulings in a statement.

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