Friday, February 19, 2016

Top Secret

Not sure we have EVER had a President so sensitive to all criticism as Trump seems to be.  Because Trump is not a lawyer and may not have a grasp of the legal issues involved, I find such sensitivity does not bode well for our free speech should he be elected....or any other freedom we may still have. How is it that candidates think they are running for King?  Americans LIKE to criticize their leader, just ask an Obama hater if you are unclear on this.

Top Secret. I've learned that by setting my goals really, really low, I'm more successful in accomplishing them.

Campaign promise fantasy. Governor endorses Rubio and says: "If we elect Marco as President every day will be a great day in America." The startling truth is that there are Americans who believe things like this...about any candidate.

Republicans are pretty sure Pope is a Muslim.

Improper motive. Some going to Scalia funeral just to make sure he's dead.

Now it's personal. I resent Cruz giving Photoshop a bad name.



Lawyer Shot, Killed By Police After Attacking Family With Knife
By Staci Zaretsky, Thursday, February 18, 2016 10:35 AM
He's said to have viciously attacked his family members with a knife and beat them with a baseball bat.


Conspiracy Theorists Say Republican Party Did Not Die from Natural Causes

Theorists are considering a host of suspects, including Donald Trump, former running mates John McCain and Sarah Palin, and the novelist Ayn Rand.




Make Beatings “Like A Joke” But “Try Not To Make Her Ugly”: Palestinian Islamic Leader Holds Forth On Islamically Correct Wife Beatings

by jonathanturley
Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 12.24.17 PMThere is a shocking interview circulating on the Internet that purportedly (I have no way to confirming the translation) shows the "Grand Mufti of Gaza" Hassan Al-Laham holding forth on such subjects as how to best beat your wife, including the advice not to hit them in a way that “makes the face ugly.” He also reminds women that they cannot refuse sex with their husbands under the Koran and must please him in accordance with the principles of Islam. He is also asked for guidance on such issues as whether to allow women to shop during the holidays. Of course, this discussion strikes most sane people as two raving lunatics engaging in a delusional fantasy. Yet, this is a high ranking cleric who apparently holds sway with many people. You are left with the bizarre image of people dutifully writing down such advice as "beatings -- yes; but try not to make her ugly."



ISIS Beheads Teenage Boy Caught Listening To Western Music

by jonathanturley
Islamic_State_(IS)_insurgents,_Anbar_Province,_IraqISIS again caused international outrage with pictures this week of its beheading of Ayham Hussein, 15, who was reportedly executed for listening to Western music. ISIS considers such influences to be anti-Islamic and subject to death under the medieval Sharia law system enforced by the militants.


Nothing Succeeds Like Excess: Nigerian Lawyer Appears In Court To Face Charges With 90 Lawyers

250px-Old_Bailey_Microcosm_editedA Nigerian lawyer is testing the belief that you can never have too many lawyers. Prominent lawyer Rickey Tarfa is charged with the obstruction of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Justice Aishat Opesanwo was expected a robust defense but not a 90-lawyer team to show up in his court. Yet, as Oscar Wilde noted, “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.”
Police say that Tarfa blocked the arrest of two suspects in a corruption case by keeping them in his car for six hours after they were supposed to be put into custody. He is also accused of communicating through his personal mobile phone with a judge overseeing a trial between the EFCC and two private companies which he was representing. It is not clear if that “perverting the course of justice” is due to the call be ex parte and whether the judge is also charged (or whether the judge declined the communication).
Regardless, Tarfa showed up with a virtual army of lawyers and the the court denounced his move as an effort to intimidate the court. I can only imagine that this was a showing of support from the bar than an actual legal team since it would be virtually unmanageable in any actual case.
Tarfa was granted bail at the hearing and the case has been adjourned until March. Presumably, he will downsize a bit for the next hearing.


18 Texas Correctional Officers Disciplined in Inmate Death

Alton Rodgers (l) was found unresponsive inside his Clements Unit cell on Jan. 18 and died the following day. Cellmate Joe Greggs is accused of beating Rodgers to death. TDCJ has recommended a major be fired and 17 other correctional officers be disciplined for not checking on their cell.
Alton Rodgers (l) was found unresponsive inside his Clements Unit cell on Jan. 18 and died the following day. Cellmate Joe Greggs is accused of beating Rodgers to death. TDCJ has recommended a major be fired and 17 other correctional officers be disciplined for not checking on their cell.
Editor's note: This story has been updated.
Texas prison officials have recommended the firing of a supervisor at the Clements Unit and disciplinary actions against 17 others for failing to conduct required checks on a cell where an inmate was severely beaten. The inmate later died. 
"Our preliminary review has identified areas where policies, unrelated to the homicide, were not being properly followed by certain correctional staff at the prison," said Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 
Of the 18 Clements Unit correctional officers disciplined, one — Maj. Rowdy Boggs — has been recommended for dismissal, Clark said. The remaining 17 have been disciplined, including suspensions without pay and letters of reprimand, he said. The 3,700-inmate Clements Unit is outside Amarillo.
Clark declined to say how long the assigned cell of inmates Alton Rodgers and Joe Greggs remained unopened and searched before the 31-year-old Rodgers was found unresponsive on Jan. 18. Rodgers, who suffered a skull fracture and bleeding in his brain, died the following day. Clark said a criminal investigation of the case is pending.
TDCJ requires correctional officers to check on inmates every 30 minutes. Twice a day, inmates are required to come to the door of their cells and show their IDs to officers in what is known as a "bed book check."
At least once a month, officers are to enter each cell and search it. 
"They were not appropriately doing those checks," Clark said.
A source with knowledge of the investigation confirmed to The Texas Tribune that the once-a-month cell search was not conducted and that the correctional officers being disciplined had covered up that fact. It is not known if the bed book checks were not completed. 
Clark said the prison system has started a serious incident review to take a closer look at the events surrounding Rodgers' homicide. 
"There was a level of complacency regarding cell checks that was unacceptable," he said.

How Tim Cook Became a Bulwark for Digital Privacy


As Apple's products came to house more private information, the chief executive increasingly grew wary of prying eyes, leading to the current standoff with the F.B.I.




Lawyers Face Lawsuit Over Illegal Sex Tape
By Kathryn Rubino, Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:30 PM
When he says "extortion" and she says "harassment," it is pretty useful to have a video of the encounter, even if it was taken illegally.

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