Law prosecution – Prosecute Bush Cheney http://prosecutebushcheney.org/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://prosecutebushcheney.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Law prosecution – Prosecute Bush Cheney http://prosecutebushcheney.org/ 32 32 Ex-Trump adviser Bannon felt he was ‘above the law’, prosecution told jury https://prosecutebushcheney.org/ex-trump-adviser-bannon-felt-he-was-above-the-law-prosecution-told-jury/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://prosecutebushcheney.org/ex-trump-adviser-bannon-felt-he-was-above-the-law-prosecution-told-jury/ WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – A federal prosecutor told jurors in Steve Bannon’s criminal trial on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s prominent former presidential adviser decided he was “above the law” by defying a subpoena. to appear from the congressional committee investigating last year’s attack on the United States Capitol. The prosecution and defense made opening […]]]>

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – A federal prosecutor told jurors in Steve Bannon’s criminal trial on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s prominent former presidential adviser decided he was “above the law” by defying a subpoena. to appear from the congressional committee investigating last year’s attack on the United States Capitol.

The prosecution and defense made opening statements after jury selection at the trial, with the first government witness testifying. Evan Corcoran, an attorney for Bannon, said in his opening statement that Bannon did not ignore the subpoena and in fact entered into the committee thinking he would negotiate with his attorney and that his deadlines” weren’t fixed – they were flexible.”

Bannon, 68, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of contempt of Congress after refusing to provide testimony or documents to the Democratic-led House Select Committee last year. Read more

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The subpoena issued last September, prosecutor Amanda Vaughn told jurors, “was not optional. It was not a request. And it was not an invitation. It was required.”

“The defendant decided he was above the law,” Vaughn added. “That’s why we are here today.”

Vaughn said the committee had reason to believe Bannon may have information about the events leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot. Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and attacked police in an effort unsuccessful in blocking official congressional certification of his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

Bannon “didn’t get stuck on a broken down subway car,” Vaughn said of the defendant’s refusal to comply with the subpoena, referring to the Washington-area subway system. Instead, the case is about “the defendant thumbing his nose” at normal government process, Vaughn added.

Corcoran said committee staff and attorneys for proposed witnesses almost always negotiate — and witnesses often appear at a later date than specified in a subpoena.

“It’s the process,” Corcoran said.

“A VIOLENT AGGRESSION”

Kristin Amerling, the committee’s general counsel, was the first prosecution witness.

“When the committee issues subpoenas with deadlines, is it important to the committee that people meet the deadlines?” Vaughn asked Amerling.

“Absolutely,” replied Amerling. “The Select Committee is considering a violent attack on the United States Capitol, on law enforcement, on our democratic institutions. We have limited time.”

Amerling said the committee’s authority expires at the end of 2022.

Explaining the panel’s interest in hearing from Bannon, Amerling noted that he had told a podcast the day before the riot that “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow” and that the committee wanted to know if he had a prior knowledge of the attack.

Twelve jurors and two alternates – nine men and five women – were selected, with U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols presiding over the trial.

Nichols previously ruled that Bannon could not claim he failed to comply with the subpoena because he believed his documents and testimony were protected by a legal doctrine called executive privilege that can keep certain presidential communications confidential. .

The judge also barred Bannon from telling jurors that he relied on the advice of his attorney, who told him there were valid legal reasons why he could not respond to the subpoena.

Corcoran told jurors that Bannon, after being subpoenaed, sought advice from an attorney, Robert Costello, who later raised objections with the committee, including whether the requested information was privileged. executive. Corcoran said those objections are “no excuse” for not complying, but the fact that Bannon’s attorney directly engaged the committee showed that the defendant did not deliberately ignore the subpoena.

Bannon changed course this month and said he wanted to testify before a public committee hearing, nearly 10 months after defying the subpoena. There is no indication that he is considering doing so, as the committee would likely want him to testify in camera first to cover a wide range of issues. Trump told Bannon he waived any claims of executive privilege.

“You’ll also see the excuse the defendant gave for not complying. You’ll see he claimed something called privilege,” Vaughn told the jury.

As a top adviser to Trump’s 2016 Republican presidential campaign, who later served as chief White House strategist, Bannon helped articulate the right-wing “America First” populism and fierce opposition to immigration that helped define Trump’s presidency.

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Umar Khalid’s lawyer does not plead on the basis of the law: the prosecution https://prosecutebushcheney.org/umar-khalids-lawyer-does-not-plead-on-the-basis-of-the-law-the-prosecution/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:52:00 +0000 https://prosecutebushcheney.org/umar-khalids-lawyer-does-not-plead-on-the-basis-of-the-law-the-prosecution/ New Delhi: Responding to bail plea submissions from lawyer Umar Khalid in Delhi riots case, prosecution said on Tuesday “it is very unfortunate that the plea has been referred by a web series including “Family Man” and the movie “Chicago Trial 7”, and did not make any legal arguments. “ During the hearing of Khalid’s […]]]>

New Delhi: Responding to bail plea submissions from lawyer Umar Khalid in Delhi riots case, prosecution said on Tuesday “it is very unfortunate that the plea has been referred by a web series including “Family Man” and the movie “Chicago Trial 7”, and did not make any legal arguments. “

During the hearing of Khalid’s bail application, Special Prosecutor (SPP) Amit Prasad told Extra Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat of Karkardooma Court, that on 17 points from Khalid’s lawyer, the first argument was that he wanted his plea decided by reference to the web series.

“People have died. You want the hype and the headlines, ”he said.

He also argued that there is clearly a criminal conspiracy carried out in secret, adding that there is a continuation after the crime and a clear attempt at cover-up. The SPP told the court that the plot must be proven taking into account circumstantial evidence and that the riots were not a spontaneous outburst of violence.

On the argument of Umar Khalid’s lawyer who said that the investigator was community-based, the SPP pointed out that the first conviction in the riot cases was a person from the Hindu community, and therefore this proves that he was not biased against Khalid – a Muslim.

He was referring to a case in which it was alleged that on February 25, 2020, a mob of rioters, numbering around 150 to 200, attacked the home of a 73-year-old Muslim woman while her family did not was not present at the house and looted all household items.

The first convict in the case – Dinesh Yadav of Bhagirathi Vihar in Gokulpuri in Delhi was arrested on June 8, 2020.

Khalid was convicted of breaches of the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the riots in northeast Delhi that broke out in 2020.

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Lawyer for Umar Khalid not arguing based on law: Prosecution https://prosecutebushcheney.org/lawyer-for-umar-khalid-not-arguing-based-on-law-prosecution/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:20:01 +0000 https://prosecutebushcheney.org/lawyer-for-umar-khalid-not-arguing-based-on-law-prosecution/ New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS): Responding to bail plea submissions from lawyer Umar Khalid in the Delhi riots case, the prosecution said on Tuesday “it is very unfortunate that the plea has been returned by web series such as ‘Family Man’ and the movie ‘Trial of Chicago 7’, and did not make any arguments based […]]]>

New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS): Responding to bail plea submissions from lawyer Umar Khalid in the Delhi riots case, the prosecution said on Tuesday “it is very unfortunate that the plea has been returned by web series such as ‘Family Man’ and the movie ‘Trial of Chicago 7’, and did not make any arguments based on the law”.

During the hearing of Khalid’s bail application, Special Prosecutor (SPP) Amit Prasad told Extra Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat of Karkardooma Court that out of 17 points from Khalid’s lawyer, the first argument was that he wanted his plea to be decided with reference to the web series.

“People are dead. You want hype and headlines,” he said.

He also argued that there was a clear criminal conspiracy being carried out in secret, adding that there was a prosecution after the crime and a clear attempt at a cover-up. The SPP told the court that the conspiracy had to be proven taking into account circumstantial evidence and that the riots were not a spontaneous outburst of violence.

On the argument of Umar Khalid’s lawyer who said that the investigator was communal, the SPP pointed out that the first conviction in the riot cases was a person from the Hindu community, and therefore it proves that he was not biased against Khalid — a Muslim.

He was referring to a case in which, it was alleged that on February 25, 2020, a mob of rioters, numbering around 150 to 200, attacked the home of a 73-year-old Muslim woman while her family was n was not present at home and looted all household items.

The first convict in the case – Dinesh Yadav from Bhagirathi Vihar at Gokulpuri in Delhi was arrested on June 8, 2020.

Khalid was convicted of offenses under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the North East Delhi riots that broke out in 2020.

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Coaches oppose lawsuits against gangs https://prosecutebushcheney.org/coaches-oppose-lawsuits-against-gangs/ https://prosecutebushcheney.org/coaches-oppose-lawsuits-against-gangs/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://prosecutebushcheney.org/coaches-oppose-lawsuits-against-gangs/ [ad_1] BOSTON – Lawyers for former college coaches, a former college athletics official and other defendants said their clients had no relationship or knowledge of each other’s actions in a vast criminal company led by Rick Singer. Their arguments came in a series of motions filed this week calling for the dismissal of racketeering charges […]]]>


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BOSTON – Lawyers for former college coaches, a former college athletics official and other defendants said their clients had no relationship or knowledge of each other’s actions in a vast criminal company led by Rick Singer.

Their arguments came in a series of motions filed this week calling for the dismissal of racketeering charges in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal.

A lawyer for Donna Heinel, former senior associate athletic director at the University of Southern California, wrote in a memorandum that each defendant’s actions were “silos,” “parallel” and “uncoordinated,” justifying the government’s dismissal . Other lawyers joined his request.

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In March, prosecutors indicted coaches and other alleged co-conspirators of Singer, the mastermind of the scheme, under the federal Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, in the same indictment. Singer, an academic consultant, led a front called the Key Worldwide Foundation.

The Justice Department has historically used RICO to prosecute Mafia and other organized gang activity. In the admissions case, defense attorneys countered that their clients’ coordination was limited to Singer, not between them, making the case an “unprecedented attempt by the government to dramatically expand enforcement of the law. RICO law “.

“At most, the indictment allegations establish a ‘star’ structure with Singer occupying the hub and Heinel and the other co-accused as spokes, with no common edge connecting the individual spokes together,” Nina Marino, Heinel’s lawyer wrote. “Although every defendant has worked with Singer, nothing connects every defendant with the others.”

She said: “The separate and unconnected spokes are insufficient for a RICO Conspiracy – the connection with the hub is not sufficient, there has to be a rim.”

Lawyers representing Jovan Vavic, former water polo coach at USC, and Niki Williams, former test administrator for ACT and SAT, have filed their own motions to dismiss and also joined Heinel’s petition. Former Wake Forest University volleyball coach William Ferguson and former Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Erst have joined the other defendants’ motions.

A spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office declined to comment on the filed documents. The government has until November 19 to respond in court.

Heinel and the coaches are accused of accepting bribes from Singer to label children of parents who contributed to Singer’s program as athletic recruits to get them into college. Williams is accused of accepting bribes from Singer to help facilitate a test cheat plot in which someone corrected college entrance test answers for students whose parents have paid Singer.

Marino wrote that there was “no common goal” between the recruiting and testing programs, arguing that the alleged actions of all defendants were carried out individually.

“At best, the indictment alleges that individuals shared the common goal of getting students to a university – in the singular,” his memo reads. “The alleged actions of the defendants in this case have been siled and not carried out for the continuing unit of Key Enterprise.”

Gordon Ernst, a former Georgetown tennis coach, leaves Boston federal court after being indicted in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal on March 25.

None of the defendants were aware of the actions of the others, the note continued, including Heinel and Laura Janke, a former USC women’s football assistant coach who pleaded guilty to helping set up bogus sports rookies. for Singer customers.

“There is no claim, for example, that Heinel agreed or knew that Janke was preparing fake sports profiles for students or facilitating student-athlete admissions to Stanford University, the USC or Yale, ”the court document reads. Likewise, Gordon Ernst, Georgetown University’s head tennis coach, has no alleged intention of admitting athletes recruited from Yale University, USC, University of California Los Angeles. , Wake Forest University, Stanford University, University of Texas at Austin, or University of San Diego. “

Prosecutors alleged that the Singer operation represented a business based on the association of co-conspirators as opposed to their membership in a legal entity. Defense attorneys said the government, in singling out a “racketeering activity pattern” among defendants, failed to show how individual defendants function as a single unit.

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Janke, former USC women’s football coach Ali Khosroshahin, Singer accountant Steven Masera and ACT / SAT testing administrator Igor Dvorskiy are charged with racketeering in the same indictment. All four have pleaded guilty in agreements with prosecutors. They are awaiting their conviction.

In all, 24 people out of 52 indicted in the “Varsity Blues” scandal pleaded guilty to federal crimes. Nine parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, and a trainer, former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer, have been convicted by a judge for their crimes.

On Wednesday, Marjorie Klapper, a jewelry designer from Menlo Park, Calif., Was sentenced to three weeks in prison for paying Singer $ 15,000 to have someone fix her son’s ACT test.

Nineteen parents, including the actress Lori Loughlin, are battling charges as part of the college admissions program, and defense attorneys review millions of pages of government-handed evidence. A deadline for filing their dismissal motions will not be set until January, pushing possible trials until 2020.

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Family Law, Lawsuits Diversify Practice – Minnesota Lawyer https://prosecutebushcheney.org/family-law-lawsuits-diversify-practice-minnesota-lawyer/ https://prosecutebushcheney.org/family-law-lawsuits-diversify-practice-minnesota-lawyer/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://prosecutebushcheney.org/family-law-lawsuits-diversify-practice-minnesota-lawyer/ [ad_1] Last name: Ryan bies Title: Shareholder, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer Education: BA, biology, Luther College; JD, University of Saint-Thomas Ryan Bies, shareholder of Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer in Apple Valley, benefits from a diverse practice that encompasses the practice of family law and his work as a deputy municipal lawyer […]]]>


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Last name: Ryan bies

Title: Shareholder, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer

Education: BA, biology, Luther College; JD, University of Saint-Thomas

Ryan Bies, shareholder of Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer in Apple Valley, benefits from a diverse practice that encompasses the practice of family law and his work as a deputy municipal lawyer in several southern metropolitan municipalities.

Family law is often emotional, cases can last over a year, and a lot of time is spent counseling clients and discussing how to resolve issues, Bies said.

In criminal proceedings, meanwhile, emotions are a bigger issue for the accused, usually resolve faster, and Bies largely decides how to handle the cases himself. He is one of the firm’s many family lawyers who also serve as prosecutors.

“I wanted to work in a very diverse field, and family law certainly has it,” Bies said. “I am comfortable with a lot of variety. So maybe doing something that doesn’t have a lot of overlap, like criminal prosecution, allows me to be a little more adept at handling this.

Q. What’s the best way to start a conversation with you?

A. I’m an introvert, so the easiest way to start a conversation is to start talking about something I’m interested in, like fly fishing or soccer. I also like to talk to people about things they are passionate about.

Q. What prompted you to study law and pursue it professionally?

A. I had been out of college for about three or two and a half years and was not happy to work in the sale of medical products. I always felt I was going to go back to school but I was looking for which degree would give me a lot of leeway. I finally decided that a law degree would open a lot of different doors. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with my law degree, but I figured getting a law degree would be the best way to keep my options open.

Q. What books are on your bedside table or your e-reader?

A. I’m going to read “A Death in Eden” by Keith McCafferty. He’s writing a series about a private investigator in the Madison River Valley in Montana, where I fly fishing. I also like future science fiction books. I also just finished “Split Second”, a science fiction novel.

Q. Who is your pet peeve?

A. I really don’t like it when people drive slowly in the left lane. It’s common around here.

Q. What are your favorite aspects of being a lawyer?

A. I like helping people solve problems. I have always been a problem solver.

Q. The least favorite?

A. My least favorite is when other lawyers try to make things personal between lawyers. It doesn’t happen often, but it does, and I don’t like that part of the job.

Q. What is your favorite activity outside of your job?

A. I like fly fishing. I like to attend sporting events. My favorite thing to do is probably ride a bike with the kids and go down to a park or take them camping in one of the parks where you can hike.

Q. If someone visits you in your hometown, what would you take them to see or do?

A. I should probably take them to Falls Park. There is a lot to do in Sioux Falls, but that’s probably the only thing if you go there once you should go see Falls Park. There are a lot more small businesses around downtown and leading up to Falls Park now.

Q. What misconceptions do people have about working as a lawyer?

A. The biggest misconception that I come across with my friends, family and acquaintances is that a lot of them think the law is really black and white, when there is a lot more gray than people who don’t work in the legal profession don’t realize it. There are a lot of nuances to this, and sometimes there aren’t a lot of really clear answers. I like the gray area. If everything was black and white, people wouldn’t need avocados, so it’s good to have gray.

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Wildlife law enforcement agencies gain prosecution skills for wildlife law https://prosecutebushcheney.org/wildlife-law-enforcement-agencies-gain-prosecution-skills-for-wildlife-law/ https://prosecutebushcheney.org/wildlife-law-enforcement-agencies-gain-prosecution-skills-for-wildlife-law/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:00:00 +0000 https://prosecutebushcheney.org/wildlife-law-enforcement-agencies-gain-prosecution-skills-for-wildlife-law/ [ad_1] A male dog from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on November 30, 2009 sniffs some of the ivory and skins of wild animals he helped seize from poachers across the country during a press briefing at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi. The KWS, the Lusaka Accord Working Group and the Kenya Police were instrumental […]]]>


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A male dog from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on November 30, 2009 sniffs some of the ivory and skins of wild animals he helped seize from poachers across the country during a press briefing at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi. The KWS, the Lusaka Accord Working Group and the Kenya Police were instrumental in the success of a coordinated Interpol operation against poachers. Since its launch three months ago, the operation has resulted in the seizure in Kenya of only 567.8 kilograms of carved and raw ivory objects. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA. (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA / AFP / Getty Images)

Despite evidence showing that wildlife crime is linked to other forms of serious crime, most countries have wildlife policies and legislation that do not address poaching and wildlife trafficking. as a serious offense. Due to weak laws, perpetrators of wildlife crimes are never profiled despite their despicable acts of illegal logging and wildlife trafficking.
It is in this response that 30 representatives of Ethiopia’s wildlife protection and law enforcement institutions gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a three-day training on justice and prosecution. . Convened by the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the training will enhance participants’ skills in detection, treatment and adjudication of wildlife cases in the country.
The training is part of a two-year program, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and led by IUCN NL (Netherlands National Committee), which is committed to preventing and combating species crime wild in the countries of the Horn of Africa in South Sudan. , Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sudan. The Horn of Africa is emerging as a major region of wildlife crime, both as a source and transit route for illicit wildlife products, mainly ivory, rhino horn , skins of wild animals and live animals.
“Effective law enforcement is one of the important ways to end illegal logging and trafficking in wildlife,” said Henk Simons, senior nature conservation expert at the Dutch National Committee for the IUCN NL. “Other strategies that we focus on in our program are cross-border cooperation and the active engagement of local communities in preventing and combating wildlife crime. “
“Wildlife offenses have become more sophisticated and involve organized crime, weapons and customs offenses. Therefore, there is a need to strengthen all actors in the justice system in the fight against wildlife crime, ”said Ato Girma Timer, Director of Wildlife Protected Areas Development and Protection at EWCA.
Mr. Girma, who officially opened the training on behalf of the EWCA Director General, Mr. Dawud Mume, added: “The training will be fruitful as it has focused on important topics related to cash crime. wild and is provided to the professionals concerned.
Species conservation actors attribute weak enforcement of wildlife laws to the lack of monitoring mechanisms for wildlife crimes. However, insufficient personnel and equipment capacities remain an obstacle to accelerating efforts to reduce threats to the long-term survival of Africa’s iconic species. Elephants, rhinos, great apes and large carnivores are among the species most threatened by illegal killing and trafficking in Ethiopia.
Dr Philip Muruthi, vice president for species conservation at AWF, observed that tackling wildlife crime involves interagency and regional collaboration among other efforts. “Such partnerships improve the effectiveness of illegal interceptions of wildlife products at airports, seaports and border points, they also strengthen criminal prosecutions against wildlife and enable law enforcement in major landscapes. “Said Dr Muruthi.
“Appropriate case management and punitive sentences for wildlife crimes are an essential part of the arrest, investigation, court process and conviction of wildlife criminals,” said James Isiche, Director IFAW East Africa Regional. “This training aims to ensure that judicial and prosecution personnel are well equipped with the capacities required to prosecute wildlife law violators and propose dissuasive penalties,” added Isiche.
Activities during the training include a rapid analysis of Ethiopia’s wildlife policies and laws, and deliberations of stakeholders on their roles and contributions in combating wildlife crime, gaps in legislation on wildlife. wildlife law enforcement and weaknesses in investigations and prosecutions.

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