[AP] NEW YORK (AP) ‐ Federal prosecutors, preparing for a bail fight Monday, say evidence against financier Jeffrey Epstein is growing "stronger by the day" after several more women contacted them in recent days to say he abused them when they were underage.
Prosecutors say Epstein, 66, is a flight risk and danger to the community and should remain incarcerated until he is tried on charges that he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.
His lawyers counter that their client has not committed crimes since pleading guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution charges in Florida in 2008 and that the federal government is reneging on a 12-year-old deal not to prosecute him. They say he should be allowed to await trial under house arrest in his $77 million Manhattan mansion, with electronic monitoring.
In a written submission Friday to U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, prosecutors revealed new information about their investigation and why they perceive Epstein as dangerous.
The decade-old secret plea deal led to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s resignation last week. Acosta came under renewed criticism following Epstein’s arrest over the 2008 non-prosecution agreement he oversaw as the U.S. attorney in Miami.
Could we have a bit more on the "secret plea deal" arrangement please. Can we begin by explaining exactly why the arrangement is... "secret."
Jay Gatsby of the 21st century. When you look at where he came from and how, allegedly, he got where he was, there's no 'there' there. No closing houses or trade desks seem to have ever worked with him and the publicly known trades were catastrophic. He didn't simply spend money, he erupted cash in ways that would embarrass a Saudi royal.
How exactly did a college drop out teach at The Dalton school? How did the same person get to be a partner at Bear after 4 years? I'm sorry for the girls and all, but there are some very, very large anomalous questions out there.
[The Hill] The State Department is raising concerns about the arrest and detention of American rapper A$AP Rocky in Sweden, Politico reported Sunday.
Rocky was arrested on July 2 after voluntarily going to the police in Stockholm for questioning over a street fight he played a role in. He was been kept in custody since, triggering uproar among many popular American artists.
A spokesperson for the State Department told Politico that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been briefed on the situation.
Top officials at the department, including Ambassador Robert O’Brien, the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, are also reportedly keeping close tabs on the situation.
"There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns," the spokesperson told Politico.
"We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. ... We hope to see ASAP Rocky and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon."
Swedish prosecutors have until Friday to decide whether to charge Rocky, who is being held in solitary confinement, or ask a court to let them hold him longer.
When reached for comment, a State Department spokesperson confirmed to The Hill that the agency is actively aware of the situation but declined to comment further.
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As always, do your job with the utmost professionalism and please wear your vest and stay safe.
[Telegraph] The investigation into Jeffrey Epstein, the Wall Street financier charged with underage sex offences, has expanded to a sprawling ranch he owns in New Mexico's high desert.
Epstein's "Zorro Ranch," worth $12 million, is in the hills outside Santa Fe and has a private runway for his plane, stables, and perfectly manicured gardens.
The office of New Mexico attorney general Hector Balderas confirmed it was investigating allegations against Epstein, and interviewing people who allege that they were victims.
Mr Balderas has been in contact with prosecutors in New York, where Epstein has already been charged and is awaiting trial.
Epstein, 66, was first convicted of underage sex offences in 2008 when he agreed a plea deal in Florida. He admitted a single charge of soliciting a minor for prostitution in exchange for a 13 month jail sentence, and registering as a sex offender.
Shortly after completing his sentence he bought the New Mexico ranch from the family of the late New Mexico governor Bruce King.
Under New Mexico law he was not required to register as a sex offender there. According to local reports Epstein did voluntarily contact the sheriff's office in Santa Fe when he bought the ranch, alerting them about his conviction. But the New Mexico Department of Public Safety then told him he did not need to.
In a statement Mr Balderas said the fact Epstein had not been required to register as a sex offender in New Mexico was a "huge black eye for our state."
He added: "New Mexico continues to lag behind the rest of the country in strengthening outdated and weak laws that fail to protect our children from abuse."
Mr Balderas has not said how many alleged victims have been interviewed, or any details of what they allege happened.
In response to the New Mexico development Bradley Edwards, an lawyer for Epstein's alleged victims, told CBS News: "There are plenty of people that ran in his circles who have information. If you have information, you observed something, you heard something, come and let us know."
In 2015 a woman who claims she was a victim filed a legal case in Florida in which she claimed to have been abused at several locations, including the New Mexico ranch.
Epstein also owns a $77 million Manhattan townhouse and a 75-acre estate built on a private island in the US Virgin Islands.
Last week Alex Acosta, the US Labor Secretary, resigned amid the fallout from the Epstein case. In 2008 he was the Florida prosecutor who negotiated Epstein's plea deal.
Epstein has pleaded not guilty in New York to two charges including sex trafficking of minors. He could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
In the 1970s Epstein was a teacher at Dalton School, a prestigious school in New York. Former students told the New York Times his behaviour there "violated norms," including turning up at a party where students were drinking.
Shortly after completing his sentence he bought the New Mexico ranch from the family of the late New Mexico governor Bruce King.
Bruce King - Donk(e). Beaten for reelection by Gary Johnson (R) at the time, sort of a pre-Donald Trump. King refused to sign Indian gaming compacts. Johnson said he would. The Native vote went R for the first time in generations.
[DailyBeast] Lashana Lynch a Black Woman Is Taking Over as 007. It's About Damn Time.
In news that will surely come as a shock to James Bond fans and the film industry at large, it was revealed today that longtime 007 Daniel Craig will pass the Walther PPK to black British actress Lashana Lynch in the iconic role.
For years there has been intense speculation about who would take over the reins of one of the most durable and profitable film franchises in history once Craig stepped aside. Much of that speculation has revolved around whether the series might make a nod toward diversity and cast a person of color or a woman for the first time.
But if the report today from UK tabloid the Daily Mail is to be believed, the 007 producers are going for a radical twofer: casting a 31-year-old black female newcomer as Bond’s heir apparent.
...The good news is that the nice folks at EON Productions, Bond's commercial guardians, are yanking your chains. At the end of Spectre, James Bond retired and went to hang out someplace with his main squeeze. There still has to be a 007, however, and Ms. Lynch is playing the agent who got that job - she's not going to be playing James Bond in BOND 26 (sometime in the next six to eight years, the way things have been going).
I suspect in the actual movie she'll get a spectacular death scene somewhere, James Bond will be 007 again at the end of it, and somebody with a tallywhacker will be James Bond in the next movie - I don't think EON's dumb enough to kill one of Hollywood's all time cash cows.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
07/15/2019 4:37 Comments ||
the past few Bond movies have had budgets near $200M
one bad box office follow up could be the end of the franchise
Posted by: lord garth ||
07/15/2019 6:01 Comments ||
I will select " dumb enough to kill a cash cow " for 50 cents. Remember it is "rum , sodomy, and the lash ," on Mondays in Holly Wood.
..some fails are tax write offs for the biz. Shut down that (hey, I thought the Donks were for more taxes on the wealthy) gambit and a lot of 'vanity' pics will disappear like the dinosaurs, relegated to artsy regional film festivals.
#9 They may not have noticed there has not been a new 'Ghostbusters' for several years.
Posted by: Beau 2019-07-15 09:36
...As it turns out, the son of the original Ghostbusters director has a new one coming out next summer - the teaser trailer is amazing, the entire cast is back, and there do not seem to be any woke sentiments in sight.
Trailer at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4513678/videoplayer/vi2333850137
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
07/15/2019 17:53 Comments ||
Good. Accidentally watched about five minutes of the latest. Just the worst deadpan liners I've ever come across.
[Libya Observer] The Ambulance and Emergency Service in Kufra city confirmed the arrival of seven cases with scorpion stings, to Attiya Alkasah Hospital last night.
"Three of the cases were children, among them a girl who was admitted to the intensive care unit," the Ambulance Service explained.
During the past few days, a girl from the city died of a scorpion sting, amid conflicting reports of her death.
Some said that it was due to lack of serum doses in the hospital; which the hospital strongly denied No, no! Certainly not! , while others said she didn't receive medical care in time.
People in the south are suffering this period of time of the spread of scorpions in the region due to high temperatures.
Last summer, dozens have died of scorpion stings amid the lack of anti-vaccines, before the Ministry of Health provided hospitals in the south with the treatment required, in coordination with the World Health Organization.
[The Federalist] Do Christians have a little edge on health care in the United States? Health-care sharing ministries (HCSM) are exploding‐membership has increased 600 percent in nine years‐as these unregulated oddballs maneuver freely in an industry that today is tethered by more rules and bureaucracy than ever before.
In the second Democratic presidential primary debate, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris raised their hands when asked, "Who here would abolish their private health insurance in favor of a government-run plan?" Wiping out our nation’s $600 billion private insurance industry would most likely include my family’s membership in a HCSM.
HCSMS: AN OASIS OF MARKETS IN A SEA OF SOCIALISM
HCSMs might just be the last stronghold through which a patient can energetically participate in market-oriented health care. Each year, thousands of Christian families like ours take the plunge, drop traditional health insurance, and join a sharing ministry. Like us, many find a surprisingly humane and affordable oasis outside of the cruel desert of Healthcare.gov.
HCSMs have been around since the late 1980s in smaller forms. When Obamacare threatened to end health-care sharing ministries in 2010, religious freedom advocates got loud, most notably lobbyist James Lansberry, who famously said, "Who is this Barack Obama who mocks the armies of the living God?" Senate Democrats caved, extending a tiny exemption from the Affordable Care Act to appease a mere 150,000 HCSM members.
For nine years, as Obamacare tore through American households and clinics and hospitals, HCSMs quietly grew‐twice, thrice, and now nine times their size. Today there are 1.2 million HCSM members, and their medical expenses covered by sharing ministries exceeds $1 billion annually. Membership is expected to reach 1.68 million by 2020.
Growth has its pains, and some HCSMs are under fire over issues of quality and honesty. Member complaints within Liberty HealthShare and Aliera Healthcare Inc. have raised red flags in several states, especially Washington state, where both were ordered in May to stop operating.
In the early 1950's a doctor meets a father and son after hours at his office. The doctor sets the lads broken arm and puts it in a cast. The father asks the doctor "what do we owe you." The doctor replies "how are you going to pay, insurance or cash?" The father replies "is there a price difference?" The doctor replies... "yes, insurance is $50., cash is $20." The father hands the doctor a $20. bill and thanks him for the late office call.
Now the doctor can't take cash payments at a lower rate than 'book' charges (if he takes insurance payments); he does however get paid less (a lot less) than book by insurance companies. Cash payers subsidize insurance recipients.
[AnNahar] French police fired tear gas at protesters during a tense standoff in central Gay Paree on Sunday in the aftermath of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees, AFP news hounds said.
Officers attempted to disperse dozens of protesters, who hollered poorly rhymed slogans against the government, knocked down security barriers erected for the parade and set fire to refuse bins.
La Belle France, in particular Gay Paree, has been rocked since late last year by the "yellow vest" protest movement against the government of President Emmanuel Macron.
Sunday's violence was the worst seen in central Gay Paree since March. Many analysts had believed that the yellow vest movement had lost momentum.
But the demonstrators in central Gay Paree were not wearing the yellow vests that marked out the movement. Police had earlier not allowed those wearing the garments past barriers and some had carried yellow balloons instead.
The festivities tarnished the July 14 national day that commemorates the 1789 storming of the Bastille fortress in Gay Paree during the French Revolution and is marked every year by a military parade.
Macron sought to showcase Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... an military cooperation in the parade, hosting key EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel ...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslem colonists... and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Earlier some protesters had jeered and whistled at Macron as he stood in an open-top command car alongside La Belle France's chief of staff General Francois Lecointre.
Before the current festivities erupted, Gay Paree authorities said 152 people were tossed into the calaboose.
But the parade, which wrapped up at lunchtime, then passed without any hitch.
[DAWN] HYDERABAD: The suspect in the murder case of two young siblings had subjected the girl to criminal assault before strangulating her inside an under-construction house in Latifabad Unit-10 on July 8, according to Hyderabad SSP Sarfaraz Nawaz Sheikh.
He told a presser at police headquarters along with CIA DSP Aslam Langah and DSP Habib Shah here on Saturday that after killing the eight-year-old girl, the suspect injured her brother, Qadir Bux, 10, who died at the Liaquat University Hospital’s city branch the next day.
The police officer said that the suspect had confessed to having subjected her to criminal assault and then strangulating her. He said that a footage from the closed circuit television (CCTV) camera present outside the under-construction house was obtained by the police.
The SSP said that the footage revealed that the suspect along with Qadir Bux and his sister were seen entering the house. They came out of the house at around 8:30pm and the suspect entered the house along with the girl at 9pm while Qadir was not accompanying him.
He said that the suspect emerged from the house at around 9:37pm again, this time alone. During this period, he said, the suspect had gone to Unit-6 Latifabad Nursery Park with the girl and Qadir on the same cycle of violence. He dropped Qadir at the park asking him to wait there and he would be returning shortly.
The SSP said that as per electricity loadshedding schedule, there was no power supply between 5:45pm and 7:45pm in the area and their investigation showed that they all had first entered the house before electricity was restored.
This fact was also corroborated by the call data record (CDR) of the suspect’s mobile phone, he said.
Quoting the suspect, the SSP said that he had killed the girl after subjecting her to criminal assault between 9pm and 9:37pm. He said the suspect then took Qadir Bux to the Airport area where he stabbed Qadir Bux with a knife and left the scene, presuming him dead.
He said that suspect stated that he also caused injuries to the girl on her abdomen while strangulating her with her scarf. He said the suspect had claimed that one of his friends was with him while he had taken Qadir Bux to the Airport area.
He said that police were verifying the friend’s involvement.
He said that the relevant sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act were included in the FIR but it was up to court to accept this or not.
Qadir Bux along with his sister had gone missing after leaving their home in GOR Colony on July 8. The Airport police had found Qadir Bux in injured condition in the Kohsar area.
He was shifted to the LUH where he departed this vale of tears next day. The girl’s body was found lying inside the under-construction house on July 10.
[DAWN] LAKKI MARWAT: Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested an alleged child abuser, three hours after a girl victim started the paperwork but haven't done much else against him in Shaheed Asmatullah Khan Khattak cop shoppe of Naurang town.
The 10-year-old girl told police that on July 11, she along with her cousins was playing in the street when a resident of Zahidabad locality came there and asked them to accompany him to his house for bringing ’Zam Zam’ water and dates for their uncle.
"After covering some distance the man asked my cousins to wait there and took me to the fields where he assaulted me," she told police and said that that the accused kept her there for around one and half hour.
The complainant said the accused aimed his pistol on her and hurled threats of dire consequences if she narrated the incident before anyone.
Later, I complained about abdominal pain and swelling of rectum to my mother without telling my parents about what happened to me, she said, adding her parents administered her with a pain killer.
The girl said that on July 13, she along with her father was standing outside her house when she spotted the accused and started weeping.
"I narrated the ordeal to my father when he asked me why I was weeping," she maintained, saying that her father immediately took her to the cop shoppe for registration of case against the culprit.
Police said that they had started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the accused under relevant sections of Pakistain Penal Code and Child Protection Act and arrested him.
CHICAGO (AP) ‐ As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation.
A Chicago priest talked during his homily about the compassion of a border activist accused of harboring illegal immigrants, while another city church advertised a "deportation defense workshop." Dozens of churches in Houston and Los Angeles offered sanctuary to anyone afraid of being arrested. In Miami, activists handed out fliers outside churches to help immigrants know their rights in case of an arrest.
"We’re living in a time where the law may permit the government to do certain things but that doesn’t necessarily make it right," said the Rev. John Celichowski of St. Clare de Montefalco Parish in Chicago, where the nearly 1,000-member congregation is 90 percent Hispanic and mostly immigrant.
While federal immigration officials were mum on details, agents had been expected to start a coordinated action Sunday targeting roughly 2,000 people, including families, with final deportation orders in 10 major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami.
Activists and city officials reported some U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity in New York and Houston a day earlier, but it was unclear if it was part of the same operation. The Houston advocacy group FIEL said two people were arrested there Saturday. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed there were three incidents involving ICE on Saturday, but agents didn’t succeed in rounding up residents. Speaking at a news conference Sunday in New York, de Blasio called the operation "a political act" by President Donald Trump that had nothing to do with enforcing the law.
In the old days, the charities were saddled with clothing, housing and feeding the lot not the general taxpayer. So, how about going back to the original system. You want them, you pay for them. Then we'll see how you manage - mouth meet the wallet.
Our local Catholic parish is half old Anglos and half Hispanic, with almost all the kids and young people, and priest, being Hispanic. Without the immigrants the parish is gone in 20 years, and insolvent in 2.
Charge them with aiding and abetting foreign invaders, remove tax exempt and also put them under siege, no one in or out, no food in, cut the water and power. After about a week, collect the corpses and go to the next one on the list.
Look, if they're serious about expressing charity - "sanctuary," per the medieval custom - then the parishes need to put up or shut up. Take these people on as permanent wards of the parish, or else hand them over to the authorities for deportation.
Law enforcement can enter any tax exempt facility involved in illegal activity, collect evidence and then prosecute individuals. Property can be confiscated and auctioned to recover steep fines levied can be ordered by the court. Most priests are pedophiles anyway. Do it.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.