Friday Open Thread
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by Jeralyn
3d ago
Time for a new open thread. Is anyone besides me following the Genaro Garcia Luna trial in Brooklyn? Or the capture of Ovidio Guzman in Mexico? Or watching the new Season 8 of El Senor de los Cielos on Telemundo? Whether you are or aren't, that's okay. All topics welcome ..read more
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Alec Baldwin Charged in "Rust" Shooting Death
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by Jeralyn
1w ago
The District Attorney's office in Santa Fe has concluded its investigation into the shooting death that occurred during the filming of the movie "Rust". Alec Baldwin and the film's armorer, Hannah Guiterrez-Reed, who was in charge of handling guns and ammunition on the set are being charged with involuntary manslaughter. The first assistant director, Dave Hall, who handed the weapon to Baldwin declaring it safe, took a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to "negligent use of a deadly weapon" in exchange for a suspended sentence and probation. [More...] Alec's lawyer says: “This decision distorts Hal ..read more
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Weisselberg Sentenced to Five Months at Rikers
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by Jeralyn
2w ago
Former CFO of Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, age 75, who has worked for the company since the days of Fred Trump, was sentenced today to 5 months at Rikers. He was taken into custody after the sentencing. Prosecutors were satisfied with his cooperating testimony, even though he refused to turn against Donald Trump. So even though he pleaded guilty to 15 charges, they recommended the 5 month sentence. The judge said had he known before the extent of the fraud, he might not have agreed to such a light sentence. The bigger benefit from Weisselberg's point of view is that by pleading guilt ..read more
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College Admissions Fraud Leader Rick Singer Sentenced to 42 Months
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by Jeralyn
3w ago
Rick Singer, the Pied Piper behind "Varsity Blues", the Government investigation into rich parents paying Singer , his company and even athletic coaches at colleges for tricks to ensure their kids got into certain impressive colleges they knew their kids were likely to be rejected at if they applied the traditional way, was sentenced today to 3.5 years in prison. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $10,668,841 to the IRS and forfeit another $8.7 million. The Government had sought a sentence of 6 years. According to the NYTimes article, the Government wrote in its sentencing memo that Sin ..read more
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Happy New Year and Open Thread
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by Jeralyn
1M ago
Wishing you all a healthy, happy, and joyous New Year! Here is a collection of photos from CNN of New Years' celebrations around the world. This one from Wuhan, China just takes the cake, given the resurgence in China after it dropped its zero-covid policy in early December ..read more
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Hello Sunshine, Goodby Freezing Temps: Open Thread
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by Jeralyn
1M ago
Thank goodness the freezing cold has passed us and the roads are now drivable. For those who are waiting for the icy weather to reach them, be prepared. It is really cold out there. Today will be my first day outside in about 4 days. I'll be back after I make my rounds. It is also Christmas Eve. Merry Xmas Eve, to all who observe. This is an open thread, all topics welcome ..read more
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Congress Deleted Free PACER From Spending Bill, OKs Solar Aid to Mexico
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by Jeralyn
1M ago
This is like a joke. A $1.66 trillion spending measure was unveiled on Tuesday. It deletes the provision that would have provided the public with free access to federal court records. While Mexico announces the U.S. has agreed to provide it low-interest loans to invest in solar energy. I spend hundreds of dollars a month on PACER, much of which is to ensure my historical and present facts are correct in writing TalkLeft. I use Lexis for my law practice. Public records are public and should be retrievable by all of us at no cost. (Colorado's efiling system is even worse -- it costs $15.00 just ..read more
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Harvey Weinstein Convicted of Assaulting One of Four Accusers
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by Jeralyn
1M ago
A California jury has found Harvey Weinstein guilty on 3 of the 7 counts against him. All three counts pertained to a "Jane Doe #1", an Italian model who testified Mr. Weinstein attacked her in her hotel room at the "Mr. C Hotel" in February 2013. Here's a recap of Jane Doe #1's testimony and her daughter's testimony . The jury acquitted Weinstein of sexual battery as to Jane Doe 3, a massage therapist, and hung on counts of sexual battery by restraint pertaining to Jane Doe 2, who has been publicly identified as Lauren Young, an actress and screenwriter. The jury also hung on three counts, pe ..read more
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Trump Referred for Criminal Prosecution For July 6 Events
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by Jeralyn
1M ago
The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol has concluded its investigation and released its report. The Committee referred Donald Trump to the Justice Department for prosecution of four crimes. You can read the 154 page executive summary here. Shorter version: The central cause of of January 6th was one man, ...Donald Trump, who many others followed. None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him. In response, Trump called the Committee a "Kangaroo Court". The four counts of referral are:[More...] Obstruction of an Official Pro ..read more
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Saturday Open Thread: Who Really Cares?
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by Jeralyn
1M ago
I think the media has traded Donald Trump for Elon Musk. Why can't the media focus on what informed members of the public care about, instead of incessantly repeating stuff that doesn't amount to a hill of beans in the real world? Does anyone (other than individual and corporate investors) really care about the future of Twitter or Tesla? Or, for that matter, Google or Microsoft? This is an open thread, all topics welcome ..read more
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