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Did you watch that McCabe thing on "60 Minutes"?

I did.  I watched it very closely. With some meticulous rewinding and analysis (where McCabe declared Trump "disgusting" and it was hard to understand exactly why (Trump, campaigning, had weaponized a factoid from the Wall Street Journal)).I thought the "60 Minutes" presentation followed a clever narrative arc, with a beginning that allowed McCabe to inflate himself, a middle that brought in his wife and complicated the story, and an ending that gave us so much reason to doubt his credibility th...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Clinton, 60 Minutes, Trump, Andrew, McAuliffe, Terry McAuliffe, Jill, McCabe, Scott Pelley, Ann Althouse

The Gun Controllers Never Sleep: Local, Local, Local

It’s all the rage now, gun control at the state level, when many gun owners have been focused on federal gun laws.  First up, Arizona has already completed a major infringement and has it in its rear view mirror. Nevada’s governor on Friday signed into law a bill expanding background checks to private gun sales and transfers, taking advantage of a Democrat-controlled Legislature to approve the first gun-related bill to cross his desk. Lawmakers say the bill is a fix to a 2016 gun background chec...
Tags: New York, California, Senate, Fbi, Military, Tennessee, Arizona, Gun Control, Nevada, South Carolina, Legislature, State House, Brian Sandoval, Adam Laxalt, Assembly Democrats, Steve Sisolak

Acting AG Whitaker makes the case that "law enforcement works"

Today in Washington, DC, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker delivered these remarks to the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Winter Conference. The structure and specifics of what he had to say is quite similar to the message delivered by former AG Jeff Sessions in similar settings in years past, and here are notable excerpts speaking to federal enforcement efforts: In the last fiscal year, the Justice Department charged the greatest number of violent crime defendants since we started to t...
Tags: Law, Cdc, Washington, America, Fbi, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Matthew Whitaker, Douglas A Berman, National Sheriffs ' Association, AG Jeff Sessions, AG Whitaker

Doesn't the FIRST STEP Act add juice to Eighth Amendment challenge to extreme stacked 924(c) sentence in Rivera-Ruperto?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by the interesting intersection of an important sentencing reform in the new FIRST STEP Act and an important Eighth Amendment case that I have had my eye on for some time  finally getting before the Supreme Court.  Let me explain, starting with the FIRST STEP provision. For those particularly concerned about extreme mandatory minimum sentences, Section 403 of the FIRST STEP Act is a heartening overdue change to federal sentencing law.  This prov...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, Fbi, United States, Kennedy, First Circuit, Rivera, Barron, Anthony Kennedy, David Barron, Douglas A Berman, US Sentencing Commission, Paul Cassell, Weldon Angelos

Top 5 KGB operations on U.S. soil

The KGB recruited spies and carried out numerous operations in the United States.The spies compromised U.S. intelligence and military.Some practices of the KGB continue in modern intelligence. None A 1980's Time magazine article declared that the KGB, a Soviet state security agency, is the world's preeminent information-gathering organization. While the CIA, MI6, Mossad and Interpol may debate such a title, the KGB (1954-1991) was certainly one of the most powerful, feared and successful intelli...
Tags: UK, New York, Montana, Nazis, Russia, Berlin, New York City, Time, Immigration, America, Los Angeles, Intelligence, History, War, Fbi, Canada

Lawsuit says that America's "break even" court records website shouldn't be making 98%+ profits

PACER (previoulsy) is the controversial US system for publishing court records; although the records themselves are in the public domain (US government documents are not copyrightable), you have to pay $0.10/page to read them, which is supposed to pay for the cost of serving them. PACER makes some $150m/year, to support a service that's basically just a big cloud drive full of (unindexed, unsearchable) PDFs, and which only costs $3m/year to operate. Services like RECAP, which copy PACER pag...
Tags: Post, News, Law, Congress, US, America, Fbi, Aaron Swartz, Recap, Pacer, Richard Posner, Joe Lieberman, Lieberman, Shira Scheindlin, Tim Cushing TechDirt, Equal Access To The Law

Another Apple engineer accused of stealing autonomous vehicle secrets for China

For the second time in 6 months, the FBI is accusing a Chinese national engineer who worked for Apple of stealing Apple trade secrets related to self-driving cars, to help a China-based competitor. Michael Bott, NBC Bay Area: Apple began investigating Jizhong Chen when another employee reported seeing the engineer taking photographs in a sensitive work space, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed this week. Chen, according to the complaint, allowed Apple Global Security employees ...
Tags: Apple, Post, Business, Technology, News, Mac, Law, China, Tech, US news, Fbi, Zhang, Chen, NBC Bay Area, Picks, Corporate Espionage

I just got email from Roger Stone with the subject line "about my arrest...".

It reads:Friend,I pleaded NOT GUILTY today. I intend to fight until the bitter end to expose the corruption of the Special Counsel and the Democrats. I'm sure that you have heard about the FBI's pre-dawn raid on my Florida home and subsequent arrest. Backed by 29 FBI agents in full tactical gear and televised by CNN, Robert Mueller has sought to label me as guilty before innocent.From the start of this "investigation," I have been completely cooperative with Congress and chose to offer my volunt...
Tags: Florida, Law, Congress, Cnn, Fbi, United States, Donald Trump, Trump, Roger Stone, Pablo Escobar, Donald J Trump, Roger, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Nydia

Who Benefited from FOSTA? (Spoiler: Probably No One)

This post rounds up some FOSTA-related links I’ve aggregated over the past few months. There is no good news here. The data points suggest that in FOSTA’s first 9 months, it apparently has failed all of its policy goals while causing substantial collateral harm. Some of the lowlights (with citations): Online sex ads remain prevalent after FOSTA and the Backpage shutdown. : Has the sex-trafficking law eliminated 90 percent of sex-trafficking ads? (spoiler: 3 Pinocchios). : Online sex ads reb...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, Law, Senate, Marketing, Long, Fbi, Tumblr, Doj, DOE, James, Ny Times, Ferrer, Nick Kristof, New House, Delaware AG

NRA In Trouble With Its Base?

WSJ: Dustin Coleman has bought a booth at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention for his shooting accessories company for the past three years. But last month, he canceled his reservation and donated the $1,400 rental fee to a rival group, the Firearms Policy Coalition. His reason: The NRA, the nation’s leading Second Amendment group with 5.5 million members, is no longer pro-gun enough. “The NRA is appeasing to the middle, they’re not pro-gun enough,” said Mr. Coleman, who has a l...
Tags: Congress, Fbi, Military, Gun Control, Dallas, Las Vegas, Trump, Nra, Coleman, National Rifle Association, ATF, Firearms Policy Coalition, Mr Coleman, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Fudds, Instead Trump

Unpaid FBI Workers Show Up To Work, Arrest Roger Stone

Indictment alleges obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
Tags: Law, Government, Fbi, Donald Trump, Roger Stone, Russia Probe, Mueller Investigation

Expungement and Sealing: Sealed Record Hospital Background Check

My question involves criminal records for the state of: Ohio I recently got 2 misdemeanor convictions sealed and one treatment in lieu of conviction removed. I will be applying to work in a radiology department at a major hospital. What will be seen when a background check is done? I was told that health care providers are permitted to see sealed records. Is this true? Is it mandatory that they request seeing sealed records? If I do an FBI check on my own my guess is that it wont tell me much s...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Criminal Records

"Former FBI top lawyer James Baker just admitted involvement in FISA Warrant and further admitted there were IRREGULARITIES in the way the Russia probe was handled."

"They relied heavily on the unverified Trump 'Dossier' paid for by the DNC & Clinton Campaign, & funded through a big Crooked Hillary law firm, represented by her lawyer Michael Sussmann (do you believe this?) who worked Baker hard & gave him Oppo Research for 'a Russia probe.' This meeting, now exposed, is the subject of Senate inquiries and much more. An Unconstitutional Hoax."Trump tweets this morning — here and here.Here's the news as reported by Fox, "Former top FBI lawyer personally involv...
Tags: Law, Senate, Russia, Fbi, Hillary, Baker, Trump, James Baker, Oppo Research, Hillary 2016, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, The Dossier, DNC Clinton Campaign, Michael Sussmann, Fox Former

Former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke sentenced in state court to only 81 months for murder of Laquan McDonald

As reported in this lengthy local article, headlined "Jason Van Dyke given relatively lenient sentence of under 7 years in prison for Laquan McDonald shooting," a high-profile killer seems to get a relative low sentence in an Illinois courtroom yesterday. Here are some of the details: Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison for the fatal on-duty shooting of Laquan McDonald, bringing to a close one of the most racially fraught and sociall...
Tags: Law, Obama, Fbi, Chicago, Fox News, Illinois, Donald Trump, South Carolina, James Comey, Trump, Laquan Mcdonald, Hunter, Walter Scott, Michael Slager, Cook County, McDonald

"They got caught spying on my campaign and then called it an investigation" is a great line.

The rank and file of the FBI are great people who are disgusted with what they are learning about Lyin’ James Comey and the so-called “leaders” of the FBI. Twelve have been fired or forced to leave. They got caught spying on my campaign and then called it an investigation. Bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Fbi, James Comey, 2016 Campaign, Donald J Trump, Comey, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

“Why Doesn’t the FBI Videotape Interviews?”

For the FBI to videotape the interviews it conducts would presumably allow an improvement in accuracy over note-taking, an important issue when statements can lead to criminal conviction (either on underlying charges or on charges of lying to the government). They would also permit improved oversight of how well the FBI does its work. So why did FBI guidelines forbid the practice until 2014, and even now establish a presumption of recording only for custodial interviews? [Alex Tabarrok citing Mi...
Tags: Law, Police, Uncategorized, Fbi, Crime And Punishment, Harvey Silverglate, Alex Tabarrok, FBI Videotape Interviews, Michael Rappaport Law

Morning Docket: 01.14.19

* In this bombshell report, it was revealed that almost immediately after President Trump fired former FBI director James Comey, the agency launched a criminal and counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was working on Russia's behalf. No collusion? [New York Times] * "They’re not God, after all. They could be wrong." Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani says the president's legal team should be allowed to "correct" special counsel Robert Mueller's report before anyone else gets to read it, in...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Russia, Fbi, New York Times, Deaths, Donald Trump, Government Shutdown, Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani, Law Schools, Biglaw, Aba, Hamilton, Ticketmaster

Our inside tips vs. your inside tips

Concurring in a Second Circuit opinion declining to overturn an insider trading conviction in the case of U.S. v. Walters, Judge Dennis Jacobs points out “egregious” FBI leaks and “notices the irony that Walters and the FBI agent both apparently misused confidential information, but that only one of them is going to jail.” [Ira Stoll, Future of Capitalism] Tags: prosecutorial abuse, Second Circuit, securities litigation
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Fbi, U S, Second Circuit, Walters, Dennis Jacobs, Prosecutorial Abuse, Securities Litigation

"What if there were no collusion or conspiracy but simple cognitive bias on both sides, where the actions of one seemed to confirm precisely the suspicions of the other?"

Asks Jonathan Turley (at The Hill).There are now two possibilities. The first of those is that Trump really was some “manchurian candidate” placed in the Oval Office by Russia and controlled from afar by Vladimir Putin. Many are unlikely to ever accept any other possibility, though the New York Times story does not suggest that this counterintelligence operation found any basis for the original allegation....Now to the more intriguing theory that is more consistent with known facts.... Trump sta...
Tags: Law, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Fbi, New York Times, Conspiracies, Clinton, Trump, Oval Office, Jonathan Turley, Hillary 2016, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Deep State, The Dossier, Rick Turley

"In the Russian Federation and in President Putin himself, you have an individual whose aim is to disrupt the Western alliance and whose aim is to make Western democracy more fractious..."

"... in order to weaken our ability, America’s ability and the West’s ability to spread our democratic ideals.... That’s the goal, to make us less of a moral authority to spread democratic values... With respect to Western ideals and who it is and what it is we stand for as Americans, Russia poses the most dangerous threat to that way of life."Said Lisa Page, in private testimony to a joint House Judiciary and Oversight Committee, quoted in "F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly ...
Tags: Law, Putin, Russia, America, Journalism, Fbi, Nyt, Times, Russian Federation, Nate Silver, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Lisa Page, House Judiciary and Oversight Committee, Said Lisa Page

Business Finance: Cyber Crime

My question involves business law in the state of: FEDERAL I've been shopping around for a new processor for my "high-risk" business and agents from two different companies stated they wanted my username and password for my account with you and my other two "low-risk" processors, which are both active. This sounds absolutely criminal. Have you ever heard of such a thing? The excuse the last agent gave was: "Yes, usernames and passwords. Because none of them provide monthly statements, the un...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Business Law

Attorney General Nominee Bill Barr reportedly to support FIRST STEP Act at coming hearing (and should be pressed on particulars)

This effective new Reuters article, headlined "Tough-on-crime record trails U.S. attorney general nominee into Senate hearings," reports on how the new AG-nominee's record on criminal justice issues and recent developments could intersect at next week's confirmation hearings. Here are the details: President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general is expected to tell a Senate panel next week that he supports a new law easing prison sentences for some criminals, even though he advocated ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, Russia, US, Fbi, House, Moscow, Graham, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Reuters

6yr Old Abused at Mental Health Facility

My question involves civil rights in the State of: Oklahoma My daughter was 6 years old when CPS took her on allegations that we were abusing her. Our daughter leaves bruises on herself and the school that called on us also would send her home with marks she didn't have when she went to school in the mornings. Even after her nonverbal, autistic meltdown where she bit down on her own arms right in front of the caseworker, leaving bruises, the caseworker still couldn't get the order to remove l...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Civil Rights, Ferguson Missouri, Oklahoma, Cps, Mental Health Facility

Murder/Kidnapping Conviction Due to False Confession

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Utah This involves the conviction of Esar Met in Salt Lake City, for the murder of Hser Ner Moo in 2008. I'll copy part of a post from Reddit to give some details and links, but the basic question is what options does that person have? 1) A false confession, using the Reid Technique, was obtained by the FBI and a Salt Lake Detective. 2) At the initial investigation there was substantial evidence...
Tags: Utah, Law, Fbi, Reddit, Myanmar, Salt Lake City, Criminal Charges, Salt Lake, Myanmar Burma, Esar Met, Esar, Hser Ner Moo, Yenoot

More than a clerical error: DPS audit proves Austin PD forced out sex-crimes chief for refusing to fake clearance rates

Auditors from the Texas Department of Public Safety  confirmed allegations that the Austin Police Department pressured the head of its sex-crimes unit to improperly classify rapes as "exceptionally cleared" when that was not the case. She was removed from her position when she didn't comply.Chief Bryan Manley announced the results from the DPS audit late afternoon on New Years Eve, hoping it would get lost in the holiday media cycle. That's a disgraceful, punk move. This is too serious an issue ...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Austin, Apd, Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS, Manley, Austin Police Department, Acevedo, KXAN, Gritsforbreakfast, Austin PD, Grits, Bryan Manley

Sex Offenses: Will the FBI Threaten Criminal Charges by Chat or Text

Is this a scam/spam message? Chatous chat from 19yo Did not call the number. Thanks photo on link
Tags: Law, Fbi, Criminal Charges

"California transformed its justice system. But now crime is up, and critics want rollbacks"

The title of this post is the headline of this notable new Los Angeles Times article that merits a read in full. Here is the first part of the piece: Over the last decade, California has led the nation in reducing its prison population. The state has shortened sentences and diverted some offenders to the counties for incarceration and supervision, transforming California’s criminal justice system into what supporters hope will become a humane model around the country. But amid the changes, crim...
Tags: Law, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Fbi, Sacramento County, The Times, San Diego, Los Angeles Times, U S Supreme Court, Cooper, Marshall Project, Irvine, UC Irvine, Brennan Center, Stanford Law School

Judge Berates Flynn for Attempt to Minimize his Crime

The Atlantic is correct: Michael Flynn's lawyers badly miscalculated when they filed their sentencing memorandum claiming the FBI's failure to warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie to the FBI during a voluntary interview was mitigation for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Fbi, Atlantic, Flynn, Michael Flynn, Berates Flynn

"Most of those surveyed, 53 percent, say they have a lot or some trust in Mueller; just 38 percent have little or no trust in the former FBI director and his investigation to be fair and accurate."

"In contrast, 59 percent express little or no trust in the president's denials; just 35 percent say they have some or a lot of trust in him to be speaking the truth."A new USA Today poll. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Fbi, Usa Today, Polls, Mueller, Ann Althouse

After hinting prison term might be in works, federal judge delays Michael Flynn sentencing to allow further cooperation

Given that both the Special Prosecutor and Michael Flynn were advocating for him to receive a sentence without any incarceration, I thought his sentencing today could have ended up being a staid affair.  But, as reported in this BuzzFeed News account, US District Judge Emmet Sullivan had different ideas:  Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, decided to delay his sentencing on Tuesday after a judge harshly criticized him for lying to the FBI and acting as an unregistered agen...
Tags: Law, White House, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Turkey, Fbi, United States, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Mike Pence, Flynn, Sullivan, Mueller, Michael Flynn

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