#1614 Oct 3, 2013
'Stealth Web 'Pirate in drug, hacking bust'
"THE FEDS unmasked a digital drug lord Wednesday, busting the internet buccaneer known as "Dread Pirate Roberts" in connection with a $1.2 billion underground website.
Ross William Ulbricht, 29, was arrested Tuesday on drug trafficking , computer hacking and money laundering charges, and court papers said he ordered a murder.
His alleged website, Silk Road, has been called the "eBay of the drug trade" and the pirate moniker apparently refers to a character from the film "The Princess Bride."
Ulbricht appeared in court Wednesday in San Francisco, but will be prosecuted in Manhattan."
Further read at NY Daily News
#1615 Oct 5, 2013
Just "WE" me the election
Last month, after losing the Democratic primary for Brooklyn district attorney by 10 points, Charles J. Hynes said he would give up his bid for a seventh term in the office he has occupied since 1990. His name remained on the ballot on the Republican Party line, but he promised a “smooth transition” for the man who defeated him, Kenneth P. Thompson.
“I said after I lost the primary that I would not actively seek re-election on the Republican or Conservative line,” Mr. Hynes said in a telephone interview two weeks ago, as Republican leaders, including Joseph J. Lhota, the party’s nominee for mayor, were urging him to run.“Nothing has changed. I’m giving you a very clear, definitive answer.”
That definitive no turned into a definitive yes this week, however, after Mr. Hynes and his advisers spent weeks quietly exploring the prospect of an unorthodox and seemingly unlikely second campaign.
On Thursday, his campaign said that despite repeated avowals to the contrary, Mr. Hynes would run as a Republican, prompted by encouragement from longtime supporters and by a belief that had more Democrats turned out to vote in the Sept. 10 primary, things might have swung his way.
As recently as three days ago, those close to Mr. Hynes said he had continued to reject the idea of a run, though Mr. Thompson’s campaign was nervous enough to hold a rally on Monday with Democratic supporters. But Mr. Hynes was reluctant to give up the job, and his thinking was always fluid.
Even as he was entering a roomful of supporters at a fund-raising event in Bay Ridge on Wednesday night, according to a close friend who has spoken frequently with Mr. Hynes about his plans, he had not determined to run. Yet by the time he got up to speak at the event, where he raised $150,000, he was convinced that he had the support and the money to wage a viable campaign, according to the friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the campaign.
#1616 Oct 5, 2013
Did they miss a couple of "WE" payments?
#1617 Oct 5, 2013
"WE" Me my freedom. I want free.
BOSTON -- BOSTON (AP)— Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge Wednesday to lift restrictions placed on him in prison, arguing that the conditions are overly harsh, have left him nearly totally isolated and are impairing their ability to defend him.
Tsarnaev's lawyers said in court documents that he has been confined to his cell except for visits from them and "very limited access" to a small outdoor enclosure.
Tsarnaev, 20, is accused of building and planting bombs near the finish line of the April 15 marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260. Authorities say he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, ethnic Chechens from Russia who emigrated to the United States as children, planned and carried out the attack to retaliate against the United States for its involvement in Muslim countries.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed four days after the marathon following a gun battle with police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found wounded and hiding in a boat in a backyard in Watertown. Authorities said he had scrawled anti-American messages on the inside of the boat, including "The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians" and "We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all."
In their motion, Tsarnaev's lawyers said "Special Administrative Measures" were imposed on their client beginning in August, at the request of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the approval of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
"SAMs," as they are known, are used in terrorism cases and other high-profile cases when authorities allege there is "substantial risk" that a defendant's communications or contacts with people "could result in death or serious bodily injury" to others. The special restrictions were placed on shoe bomb suspect Richard Reid, "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh and other terror suspects.
Tsarnaev's lawyers say prosecutors have presented no evidence that the special restrictions are needed in Tsarnaev's case.
"The government has not alleged that Mr. Tsarnaev has done or said anything since his arrest to commit violence, incite violence, or engage in communications that pose a security threat," his lawyers argued in the filing.
They also said the special measures limit Tsarnaev's interaction with people who are helping the defense and restrict the communications and other activities of the defense team.
A spokeswoman for Ortiz did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
#1618 Oct 7, 2013
He never applied for his WE card, therefore he got busted.
#1619 Oct 12, 2013
"WE" me Free
Martin Heidgen is appealing his conviction in the 2005 crash that killed a wedding limousine driver and a flower girl.
Heidgen is asking the state's Court of Appeals to toss out his murder conviction in the deaths of 59-year-old wedding limo driver Stanley Rabinowitz and 7-year-old flower girl Katie Flynn.
Heidgen's attorney Jillian Harrington says her client should not have been convicted of murder. She says he only deserves the lesser offense of manslaughter because he was too drunk to know what he was doing.
Prosecutors say Heidgen knew what he was doing and argue that he had total disregard for anyone's life that night.
Heidgen had more than 14 drinks when he drove the wrong way on the Meadowbrook Parkway and slammed into the limousine. He was sentenced to 18 years to life.
There's no timetable as to when a decision will be made in the case.
#1620 Oct 12, 2013
Absolutely no WE for he.
#1621 Oct 12, 2013
And that's the way it should be!
#1622 Oct 12, 2013
The benefits of "WE"
Border authorities allowed a high-risk sex offender sought in Canada to cross back into the U.S. as he was a U.S. citizen and they had no authority to stop him.
SEATTLE — A high-risk sex offender being sought in Canada was allowed back into United States after authorities determined that he was a U.S. citizen and not the subject of an extraditable arrest warrant, a U.S. law enforcement official said Friday.
The federal official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to address an ongoing law enforcement matter, said U.S. authorities were aware of a warning from Canada that Michael Sean Stanley might try to cross the border. But officials allowed Stanley through the border in Blaine, Wash., after reviewing his information in a biometric records check and finding they had no legal authority to extradite him.
Patrycia Thenu, a spokeswoman for the Edmonton Police Service in Canada, said she couldn't comment on what should or should not have happened at the border. She said authorities are now looking into the extradition process and working with other agencies in Canadian government on that effort.
"The detectives would like to see Mr. Stanley arrested and held accountable," Thenu said.
Jack Williams, the acting chief deputy of the U.S. Marshals Service in western Washington, said there is nothing law enforcement can do about Stanley's case unless there is a provisional arrest warrant for authorities to act on.
Stanley has a long history of sexual offenses against women and children and has been missing since Oct. 1, when he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet around the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary, according to authorities. Last week, schools in several west-central Saskatchewan communities locked their doors and kept children inside after police got multiple, unconfirmed sightings of the Edmonton man.
Stanley is wanted in Canada on charges of breach of recognizance and mischief and driving offenses. He was released from jail in April 2011 after completing a 32-month sentence for assault and forcible confinement.
Stanley was being monitored by police under a peace bond, which authorities can get to impose conditions on individuals in the community. His peace bond has 20 conditions, including one ordering him to stay away from children.
Thenu said there were definitely concerns within the community when Stanley breached some of those conditions.
"There is a reason why he was being monitored and wearing a monitoring bracelet," Thenu said.
Thenu said authorities in Canada are working with several law enforcement agencies in the United States. She said they have leads on Stanley's location, but she declined to discuss those, saying detectives don't want him to further evade police.
#1623 Oct 12, 2013
I agree, no WE.
#1624 Oct 19, 2013
The problem of "WE" and American politics
From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing Tea Party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the Tea Party in next fall’s elections.
“It’s time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process,” former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu argues, faulting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Tea Party Republicans in the House as much as President Barack Obama for taking an uncompromising stance.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is just as pointed, saying this about the Tea Party-fueled refusal to support spending measures that include money for Obama’s health care law:“It never had a chance.”
The anger emanating from Republicans like Sununu and Barbour comes just three years after the GOP embraced the insurgent political group and rode its wave of new energy to return to power in the House.
Now, they’re lashing out with polls showing Republicans bearing most of the blame for the federal shutdown, which entered its 11th day Friday. In some places, they’re laying the groundwork to take action against the Tea Party in the 2014 congressional elections.
Iowa Republicans are recruiting a pro-business Republican to challenge six-term conservative Rep. Steve King, a leader in the push to defund the health care law. Disgruntled Republicans are further ahead in Michigan, where second-term, Tea Party-backed Rep. Justin Amash is facing a Republican primary challenger who is more in line with — and being encouraged by — the party establishment. And business interest groups, long aligned with the Republican Party, also are threatening to recruit and fund strong challengers to Tea Party House members.
Tea Party backers are undeterred and assail party leaders.
“They keep compromising,” said Katrina Pierson, a former Dallas-area Tea Party organizer now challenging Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas in the 2014 GOP primary.“They all campaigned on fiscal responsibility. They just need to do what they campaigned on.”
In more than a dozen interviews, Republican leaders, officials and strategists at all levels of the party blamed Obama for the shutdown but also faulted Tea Party lawmakers in the House, who have insisted that any deal to reopen the government be contingent on stripping money for the health care law.
An Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday showed why these party loyalists are so concerned: More Republicans told pollsters that the GOP is mishandling the shutdown than is handling it well. And among those who say it’s being poorly handled, twice as many Republicans say the party is not doing enough to negotiate with Obama than those who say the party is doing too much.
#1625 Oct 19, 2013
They want too much WE, that's the problem.
#1626 Oct 19, 2013
"WE" will be America's downfall
#1627 Oct 26, 2013
When "WE" Goes wrong
Beverly Milberg, 14, said her father, ex-Lehman Brothers exec David Milberg, punched, kicked and threatened to kill her mother, Melinda, inside their upper West Side home in April. David Milberg broke down in tears during his daughter's testimony in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The unflinching teenage daughter of a former Lehman Brothers vice president testified Friday that she felt “disgusted and uneasy” as she watched her father, David Milberg, brutalize and threaten to kill her mother inside their ritzy upper West Side co-op.
The 14-year-old, Beverly Milberg, described the April brawl in detail as a prosecution witness in her father’s Manhattan Supreme Court trial for misdemeanor charges of attempted assault, attempted child endangerment and harassment.
The fight allegedly started when David’s wife, Melinda Milberg, tried to snatch his iPhone because he was recording her.
My dad was attacking my mom,” the girl testified during the dramatic hearing.“He was kicking her and hitting her head and pouncing on top of her.”
Beverly, a freshman at the tony Brearley School on the upper East Side, added she saw evidence her father, like an animal, sank his teeth into her mother’s arm.
The undaunted daughter said domestic disputes were typical in their $6 million home since her parents’ acrimonious separation in January.
She said her 50-year-old mother was sitting “defenseless” during the attack, but screamed for her children to call police.
“When she sat up, he grabbed her hair ... and used it to bang her head against the back of the chair,” Beverly continued.“He leaned into her face and threatened to kill her twice.”
When the cops finally came,“they handcuffed him and put him in a chair in the dining room,” she added.
David Milberg, 50, turned from a hungry beast into a sobbing mess, breaking down in tears during his daughter’s damning testimony. He hasn’t had contact with her or his two younger children since a restraining order was granted after his April 1 arrest.
Leaving the courtroom, paternal grandmother Ellen Milberg said she was heartbroken to see Beverly turn on her father.
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“This is our first grandchild, the apple of our eye,” she said as she sobbed.“Very, very sad.”
David claims his warring wife lied about the incident to win leverage in their high-stakes divorce case, and that the bite was just his gut reaction to her lunging on him.
“All you had to do was sit next to him and see him hysterically crying to know how it felt for him to see his oldest daughter testify against him,” defense attorney Robert Gottlieb said of his clien
#1628 Oct 26, 2013
When "WE" Kills!!
Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal criminal charges tied to a deadly listeria outbreak, but their attorneys insist there was no intent to harm anyone.
Eric and Ryan Jensen pleaded guilty to six counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce in connection with the 2011 listeria outbreak that killed at least 33 people.
"I'm glad they finally placed some blame on themselves," said Jennifer Exley, whose father was sickened and later died after eating tainted cantaloupe.
"(The guilty pleas) won't bring my father back," Exley said, "but at least they’re taking some responsibility for it now."
Exley says her father, Herb Stevens, purchased some pre-cut cantaloupe from King Soopers in 2011. She says he got sick and was never the same after that.
"My dad was always a fighter," she said. "He was born a preemie in 1927 and only weighed 6 pounds when he was a year old. So, he's been fighting all his life, and it took the listeria to finally claim him at the age of 87."
Court documents state that each of the six counts against the Jensen brothers are for specific shipments:
- July 29: to Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming
- Aug. 1: to Texas
- Aug. 3: to Kansas
- Aug. 11: to Oklahoma
- Aug. 15: to Louisiana
- Aug. 26: to New York
The Jensens declined comment after the plea hearing, but one of their attorneys told 7NEWS that the brothers "manned up and stepped up because this happened on their watch."
"I'm proud of them for that," defense attorney Forest Lewis added.
Criminal charges are rare in food-borne illnesses, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently been more aggressive in pursuing farmers and food processors for alleged lapses. When the charges were filed, the FDA said the rare move was intended to send a message to food producers.
In a written statement, Lewis and Richard Banta, the other defense attorney, said the guilty plea was another step in bringing closure.
"The plea agreements reflect the continuing cooperation by Eric and Ryan Jensen with federal authorities since the investigation began in September 2011," a statement from the Jensens' attorneys said. "The charges to which Ryan and Eric entered guilty pleas to do not imply any intentional wrongdoing or knowledge that the cantaloupes were contaminated."
According to a criminal complaint, Eric and Ryan Jensen were accused of introducing into interstate commerce cantaloupe contaminated with poisonous bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes. Court papers say the cantaloupe was "prepared, packed and held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health."
Court records state that the Jensen brothers set up and maintained a processing center where cantaloupes were taken from the field and transferred to a conveyor system for cleaning, cooling and packaging. The equipment should have worked in such a way that the cantaloupe would be washed with sufficient anti-bacterial solutions so that the fruit was cleaned of bacteria in the process.
But prosecutors allege that in May of 2011, the brothers changed their cantaloupe cleaning system. They installed a new system, originally built to clean potatoes, and it was supposed to include a catch pan with a chlorine spray that cleaned the fruit of bacteria.
The chlorine spray was never used, court records state.
The Jensens were aware that their cantaloupes could be contaminated with harmful bacteria if it wasn't sufficiently washed, court records state. If the chlorine spray had been used, it would have reduced the risk of microbial contamination of the fruit, prosecutors say.
The Jensens have filed a lawsuit against a food-safety auditor that didn't pick up safety problems and gave the farm a "superior" rating just a month before the outbreak.
#1629 Oct 26, 2013
WE, the psychos and maniacs masquerading as politicians (Republicans)
are what's bringing down the country.
#1630 Oct 26, 2013
So no WE for them.
Good, that's a great thing.
#1631 Oct 26, 2013
They must have missed a payment or two.
#1632 Oct 26, 2013
One of the world's largest ATM manufacturers and, formerly, one of the largest manufacturers of electronic voting systems, has been indicted by federal prosecutors for bribery and falsification of documents.
The charges represent only the latest in a long series of criminal and/or unethical misconduct by Diebold, Inc. and their executives over the past decade.
According to Cleveland's Plain Dealer, a U.S. Attorney says the latest charges are in response to "a worldwide pattern of criminal conduct" by the company....
Federal prosecutors Tuesday filed charges against Diebold Inc., accusing the North Canton-based ATM and business machine manufacturer of bribing government officials and falsifying documents in China, Indonesia and Russia to obtain and retain contracts to provide ATMs to banks in those countries.
The two-count criminal information and deferred prosecution agreement calls for Diebold to pay nearly $50 million in penalties:$23 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and $25 million to the Department of Justice.
The agreement with federal prosecutors also calls for the implementation of rigorous internal controls that includes a compliance monitor for at least 18 months. The government agreed to defer criminal prosecution for three years, and drop the charges if Diebold abides by the terms of the agreement.
Despite at least $1.75 million in bribes said to have been paid the company around the globe, nobody will go to jail for what U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach describes as their "worldwide pattern of criminal conduct," because they are a corporation --- and you are not.
The $50 million the company has agreed to pay is a mere fraction of the firm's $3 billion in annual revenues. That, even though Diebold is a repeat offender --- which may be describing it mildly...
In 2010 the company settled an SEC fraud suit for $25 million. They also admitted in 2008 that they had overstated 2007 election division revenue by some 300% in hopes of manipulating stock prices.
As earlier as 2004, thanks to documents leaked by a whistleblower, it was discovered that Diebold had illegally used uncertified certified hardware and software in California election systems and planned to lie about it to state investigators. The e-voting systems, repeatedly found over the years to be easily hacked, were decertified for use by the state at the time (though they are still used widely around much of the country today.)
Still, nobody went to prison for any of Diebold's crimes.
#1633 Oct 26, 2013
So, there will be no WE.
Only the inside of a prison cell.
That is a great thing.
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