Harvey Weinstein Comes Under Heat Again For Sexual Assault

Harvey Weinstein has been severally featured in the news, not for his landmark achievements but for allegations of despicable acts while working in Hollywood. Many actresses have publicly accused him of sexual assault, allegations that he has blatantly denied. On Monday, a British actress filed a suit against Harvey Weinstein accusing him of sex trafficking. The actress claims that Weinstein invited her to his hotel room and assaulted her sexually.

Kadian Noble filed the lawsuit at the New York District Court accusing Weinstein of going against the federal sex trafficking laws. She claims the incident occurred in France on February 2014. Noble alleges that Weinstein coerced Kadian to perform sexual favors upon the promise of securing a role for her in a film.

Holly Baird, Weinstein’s spokeswoman claimed in an email that Mr. Weinstein has denied any allegations of sexual assault. According to Weinstein, none of the women who have accused him of non-consensual sex retaliated against his advances.
Noble also sued Weinstein’s brother, Bob, and the Weinstein Company, alleging that they knew about Harvey Weinstein’s conduct. Despite these strong allegations, none of the officials from the Weinstein Company could be reached to comment.

Kadian wants unspecified damages for her claim against Weinstein. The statute of limitation for sex trafficking law suits is 10 years. This means that Kadian’s lawsuit is still valid since the alleged act occurred three years ago.

Weinstein’s Is Disowned For Sexual Assault Allegations

Over 50 women have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault during his Hollywood career which is over three decades old. As a result of these allegations, Weinstein was permanently dismissed from the Weinstein Company. This is despite being the one who co-founded the company with his brother in 2005. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has also expelled Weinstein in an effort to distance itself from his careless and despicable conduct. The Directors Guild of America also confirmed Weinstein’s resignation from the institution.

Law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, New York, and London are investigating the series of sexual assault claims against Weinstein, and are yet to give a comprehensive report on the same.

Corruption Uncovered in Manhattan’s DA Office: Steven Canady’s Wrongful Prosecution

Imagine running your own company and you’re going about your day conducting business as usual and then you get the news that you’re being arrested for crimes that you yourself are a victim of and had reported to authorities several years earlier. While this seems extreme, wrongful convictions happen more often than you think – here’s Steven Canady’s terrifying story.

The District Attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., is no stranger to recent news coverage. His decisions not to prosecute Harvey Weinstein on sexual assault charges nor members of President Trump’s family on fraud charges has sparked concern.

On the surface, it appears that Vance is influenced by campaign donations. Why? Take the baffling case of Steven Canady of Alliance Warburg Capital.

Vance elected to prosecute Canady over a simple civil dispute which arose between Canady and a disgruntled fashion designer. After Canady advised the designer in January 2014 to withdraw from the Mercedes Benz “Winter Fashion Week” to focus on closing a complicated round of financing for the fashion designer’s operations, the fashion designer called Canady a “dumb ni**er”. Next, one of Vance’s campaign donors close to the fashion designer approached Mr. Vance requesting Canady be “taught a lesson.” Three days after the racially charged incident, the Manhattan DA’s office launched an investigation against Canady, which lasted for one year.

Despite the lack of any criminal activity found by the DA’s office on Canady during the investigation, Steven Canady was arrested on grand larceny indictment charges in January 2015.

This is where the abuse of power gets really perplexing.

In a hard-to-believe twist of events, Vance charged Canady with taking millions of dollars that Canady himself reported as stolen to Vance’s DA office years earlier.

In August 2010  Canady reported to Vance’s office that $2.4 million was stolen from his firm, Alliance Warburg. Canady claimed it was stolen by a company engaged to provide financing for its client base and some of its targeted acquisitions while waiting for its financial commitments from institutional investors to materialize. Although Canady clearly demonstrated that the firm had been defrauded – he provided Vance’s DA office with over 1,000 pages of evidence, which included the wire transfer confirmation of funds to the third party and a written demand for the return of the monies – Vance’s office chose not to prosecute for reasons that the matter was a “civil dispute between two parties.”

Vance’s decision not to prosecute the party reported by Canady may have been tied to Canady’s failure to make a campaign donation to Vance. The decision “not to prosecute” by the Manhattan DA’s office resulted in the evaporation of over $100 Billion USD in “irrevocable commitments” from institutional investors that Alliance Warburg had secured prior to the incident and ultimately led to Mr. Canady being investigated in Georgia on a related matter, which involved the company that defrauded Alliance Warburg.

Canady eventually entered an Alford Plea in that matter, which did not result in a criminal conviction. This was done in part at the advice of Canady’s legal counsel from Patton Boggs due to the law firm becoming insolvent during that period, and as a consequence, could not adequately represent him if he went to trial.

Now, it should be noted that the disposition of the Georgia matter allowed Steven Canady to continue with his career in the financial industry as there was no wrongdoing found on his part. In fact, Canady was steering the firm in its quest to acquire a major global investment bank and asset management firm for $52 Billion and a sale of one of its technology portfolio companies for $25 Billion.

At least he was; until New York City’s top prosecutor ordered his arrest on the indictment charges.

Seven months after Steven Canady’s initial arrest, Cyrus Vance Jr. ordered his re-arrest allowing the fashion designer to be included in the indictment through a “back door” process over advisory services that had been successfully rendered by Alliance Warburg.

Additionally, despite posting bail for a second time, Canady was never released from custody.

While building a case against him, prosecutors threatened his clients with indictments if they did not agree to testify alleging to be victims. When clients insisted they were satisfied with the performance of Mr. Canady and the firm, law enforcement agents were deployed to their homes by Mr. Vance’s troops as a form of intimidation to convince the clients to capitulate.

Possibly the most horrifying detail though, is the violence. Prosecutors purportedly coerced an inmate to cause bodily harm to Canady in the form of a head injury in exchange for a reduction of the inmate’s sentence. This deliberate violent act was carried out in December 2016.

During the pendency of Steven Canady’s trial this year – which lasted for almost two months – Vance’s prosecutors were involved in corruption. The team altered emails and bank records and forged documents. This was done as a sign of their commitment to winning at all costs, even if that meant breaking the law they themselves once swore to uphold. The prosecutors routinely encouraged witnesses to deviate from the truth, committing perjury. Unfortunately, though, this went uncontested because of Vance’s strategic move to keep Canady’s testimony and any evidence exonerating him far away from the courtroom and out of the presence of the jury. This was achieved by violating his constitutional rights by not allowing him to testify or present any evidence or to call any witness on his behalf.

The one witness that was permitted to testify, who was one of Mr. Canady’s former attorneys, was contacted by Mr. Vance’s office and threatened that “her life would be ruined” if she testified on his behalf. The threat met its objective and the witness did not appear in court to testify.

Had the jurors been made aware that;

  • Canady reported the matter that he was being prosecuted for to the Manhattan DA’s office in August 2010;
  • during the period of the alleged crime the firm secured over $100 Billion in “irrevocable” financial commitments from institutional investors including Rock Financial owned by Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers;
  • Canady was a part of a team based in Geneva, Switzerland that managed one of the world’s largest private portfolio of assets after selling his biotechnology company that 
created implantable closed-loop artificial intelligent drug delivery systems;
  • Canady was cleared by the Secret Service and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission four year and seven year investigations respectively for this very matter;
  • Canady negotiated with the former Chairman and CEO of a major global bank who was close to President Obama to spearhead the firm’s acquisition of the global investment bank for $52 Billion USD;the outcome of this trial may have been different. But the jurors did not have an opportunity to hear these justice-changing details. Unfortunately, and unfairly, Steven Canady was not permitted to testify or present any evidence.

What weighs heavily in this odd case is the question: what if? What if Canady made a campaign contribution to Mr. Vance? Could this whole trial have been avoidable altogether?

Instead, Canady sits in a maximum security New York State prison serving an indeterminate sentence of 6 to 18 years pending appeal. To put this in perspective, Samuel Hiller received a sentence of 1 to 3 years after pleading guilty to embezzling $12 Million from special needs students ages 3 to 5 years old.

To add insult to injury, the day after Mr. Canady was sentenced, his attorney, Daniel DeMaria was forced by Cyrus Vance Jr. to submit an unauthorized letter to the court stating that Mr. Canady did not oppose paying for restitution in the case.

The day following the submission of this letter, Vance Jr. had DeMaria’s license to practice law in the state of New York revoked for up to one year as a strategy to delay Mr. Canady’s appeal efforts.

Cyrus Vance Jr.’s actions throughout this case and his calculated efforts to impede a fair trial for Steven Canady again poses the question, “what if Canady had simply made a campaign donation?”

Ongoing Support Efforts for Steven Canady

To show your support to Steven Canady, please visit his Facebook page to call for justice.

If you would like to contribute a donation, please visit the following site:https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/a-wrongful-conviction-justice-for-steven-canady

 

Kate Steinle Death: Undocumented Immigrant Found Not Guilty of Murder

An undocumented Mexican immigrant, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, was found not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle by a jury in San Francisco on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Garcia Zarate, 45, was accused of deliberately shooting 32-year-old Steinle on July 1, 2015, as she walked with her father along a pier. The prosecution sought to convict him of murder in the first and second degrees, with a substituted charge of involuntary manslaughter.

The defense argued that the gun accidentally went off as Garcia Zarate picked it up after he found it wrapped in a cloth underneath his chair. The bullet ricocheted off the ground, traveled almost 80 feet, and hit Steinle in the back, according to an expert witness.

Both the prosecution and defense agreed that there was no evidence showing Garcia Zarate stole the gun that ultimately killed Steinle. Four days before the killing, the gun was stolen from a parked car of a visiting Bureau of Land Management ranger.

The jury, consisting of six women and six men, acquitted Garcia Zarate of the murder charges. They did find him guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Garcia Zarate was previously sent to federal prison for entering the United States illegally, and he was transferred to a San Francisco jail in 2015 for selling marijuana two decades ago. However, the sheriff’s office dropped the charges a few days later despite a request from federal immigration officials to detain Garcia Zarate in order to deport him. San Francisco officials do not honor federal detainer requests unless the individual, in the past seven years, has committed a violent or serious felony.

The case sparked a heated debate about illegal immigrants in the United States. Garcia Zarate had previously been deported five times and was due for his sixth deportation when Steinle was killed. Thomas D. Homan, Deputy Director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, claimed in a statement, “ICE will work to take custody of Mr. Garcia Zarate and ultimately remove him from this country.”

Defense attorney Francisco Ugarte expressed his sympathy over the loss of Steinle but stated that the ruling exonerated immigrants because the case had nothing to do with his client’s immigration status.

Larry Nassar Pleads Guilty

Larry Nassar entered a plea of guilty to sexual assault in a Michigan courtroom. Looking frail and thin, Nassar admitted to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault. In exchange for his guilty plea, Michigan prosecutors dismissed several other counts against him. Nassar will be sentenced next month.

Nassar’s plea comes after he already pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography in a federal court. He’ll be sentenced on those charges soon. In addition to the child pornography charges, federal attorneys also say that Nassar hid evidence in the case.

The plea comes as even more gymnasts have come out to accuse Nassar of abuse. Olympians Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney all say that Nassar abused them too. Raisman says that USA gymnastics told her not to offer information about the case.

Raisman said that the abuse first began when she was 15 years old and competing in Australia. She says that USA Gymnastics allowed Nassar to enter her hotel room alone under the guise of offering treatment. She says that USA Gymnastics officials encouraged her to seek out Nassar’s treatment. Nassar gained her trust by being sympathetic to the rigors of elite gymnastics training. He also offered her treats and gifts.

In addition to the criminal cases, Nassar faces a barrage of civil lawsuits. Victims have also brought suits against USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. USA Gymnastics backed out of a deal with famed gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi to buy a portion of their property for a training facility in part because victims say that the Karolyis didn’t do enough to prevent the abuse.

Because of the allegations, the U.S. Olympic Committee threatened to withdraw their funding from USA Gymnastics. President Steve Penny resigned. USA Gymnastics officials conducted an internal investigation and initiated a program called Safe Sport which is designed to better help report abusers.

Victims say these efforts aren’t enough. They want the entire board to resign. They say that the entire USA Gymnastics leadership encouraged a culture that prevented women from speaking out. They say they were afraid to speak out because they were afraid of losing their spots on the highly competitive, elite gymnastics team that won gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Raisman said that women in the elite program faced scrutiny for things like eating a piece of pizza after a competition.

Nassar will likely spend years in prison. Dozens of victims will have the opportunity to speak at sentencing. Nassar will also have the opportunity to speak.

Ratko Mladic Convicted Over Massive Killing

Early Wednesday, the war tribunal constituted by the United Nations found the former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic guilty of having perpetrated genocide, war crimes as well as crimes against humanity. He is accused of executing the killing of Bosnian Muslims in the Yugoslavia breakup. The tribunal found out that Mr. Mladic was the one organizing for the campaigns to take out Croats, Muslims as well as all other people who were not Serbs out of their land between the year 1992 and 1995. By driving off the individuals, he would have managed to split the area for the Bosnia Serbs. Like the Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic who was also found guilty of the same charges, Mr. Mladic is said to have called for a campaign that was popularized as ethnic cleansing that resulted in massive deaths in the nation that has a population of 4.5 million people only.

1992 went down in history as the deadliest campaign year where over 45,000 people died. Bodies were found on the streets, in their homes or even in camps. Some other people were killed in a siege in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo that lasted for more than four years. A mass execution was organized for Muslim men and boys. More than 8,000 people were killed. By the end of the war, over 2.6 million people were internally displaced. Many of those who survived refer to Mr. Mladic as the Butcher of Bosnia. While defending his client, Mr. Mladic’s lawyer claimed that his client was only following the orders he received from his political seniors. The prosecutors asked Mr. Mladic to be sentenced for life, a plea that was accepted by Alphonso Orie, the presiding judge.

Mr. Mladic surprised many people when he appeared in court on Wednesday dressed in dark suit and a red tie, as the ruling was put down. He remained sitting for over 45 minutes after the address by the judge. His lawyer asked to be given a five minutes break which was granted. Mladic did not come back for about an hour. The public gallery of The Hague was filled with survivors, mostly widows. The verdict did not come as a surprise to many, given that lots of evidence had been presented in the trial that began in the year 2012. Some sessions were postponed citing the poor health of Mr. Mladic. The suit was extended after more graves mass graves were discovered.

Allegedly Drunk Florida Man Arrested on Riding Lawn Mower

A 56-year-old Florida man was taken into custody on a charge of driving under the influence by Port Saint Lucie Police after driving his Snapper riding lawn mower erratically down U.S. Highway 1 two weeks ago. Riding on the lawn mower with him was a case of Budweiser beer. The arresting officer noted that he clearly smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the man. Upon submitting to breath testing at the station, police confirmed the man’s intoxication. In fact, his blood alcohol content was at least three times more than the amount of Florida’s .08 legal limit.

The Florida man wasn’t the first person who was arrested for driving a lawn mower while intoxicated. In 2015, a 25-year-old Pennsylvania man with three prior drunk driving convictions in the last 10 years was arrested for driving his Cub Cadet riding lawn mower down a highway. He was transporting a case of beer on his lawn mower too. Before that, a 51-year-old Maine man was arrested after making an unsuccessful beer run on a riding mower, the make and model of which was unspecified. A liquor store employee turned the obviously intoxicated man away and called police. He was stopped shortly after that.

The Florida case appears to turn on whether the Snapper riding mower is a motor vehicle under Florida law. That’s an issue for a judge to decide. Florida Statutes section 320.01(1)(a) defines a motor vehicle as an “automobile, motorcycle, truck, trailer, semitrailer, truck tractor, and semitrailer combination, or any other vehicle operated on the roads of this state, used to transport persons or property, and propelled by power other than muscular power.”

About 10 days after the Florida man was arrested, a Florida woman was detained for suspected driving under the influence when riding a horse on a roadway. Whether a horse is a motor vehicle under Florida law might be a question for another judge to decide. With simple dumb luck, the woman might have picked a winner.

Louis CK and Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Whenever the name Louis CK comes to mind, many people are more likely to remember all the controversies surrounding the comedian instead of any of his rib cracking jokes. CK has a long history of sexual misconduct and indecent exposure. It is alleged that CK has on many occasions exposed himself to female comedians he was working with. It is also claimed that on some occasions, he went as far as to masturbate in the presence of his colleagues without their consent.

The authorities in Hollywood have come to the realization that sexual misconduct is a problem that has existed in the industry for a long time. Many celebrities have come under a lot of heat for their involvement in sexual misconduct. This is not only affecting the reputation of Hollywood but it is also tainting the names of the other artists who do not engage in such conduct.

The Law on Indecent Exposure

According to the law, the allegations against CK may subject him to criminal charges. Indecent exposure laws make it a criminal offense to intentionally display one’s genitals, causing others to be offended or alarmed. If a person indecently exposes themselves for sexual gratification, they can be charged with sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

If CK is convicted of sexual misconduct or indecent exposure, he may be facing jail time. Although a first offense for indecent exposure is a misdemeanor, there are aggravating circumstances, like the use of force or threats, which could elevate it to a felony. If convicted of a felony, CK may be incarcerated for a few years and be required to register themselves as a sex offender. Apart from facing criminal charges, CK will have difficulties with his public life. Recently, a movie he had written and financed was cancelled because of these allegations. Additionally, a news broadcasting station cancelled his appearance on a late night broadcast.

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Arrested Nurse Settles for $500,000

The Utah nurse at the center of a firestorm over an unlawful arrest at a hospital has reached a settlement without even having to bring a lawsuit. Alex Wubbels is the university nurse who prevented law enforcement officials from taking blood from an unconscious patient. Law enforcement officers did not have a warrant.

Wubbels tried to show law enforcement paperwork from the hospital that talked about an agreement that law enforcement reached with the hospital about drawing blood. The officer was unmoved. Wubbels also told the officer that she was just doing her job. She said that she was just the messenger, and that the officer should talk about the case with hospital officials.

The officer moved in to arrest the nurse. He forcibly put Wubbels in handcuffs. Wubbels screamed and asked for help. The officer held her in a police cruiser before later letting her go.

The police union says that it’s not the cop who was corrupt. Instead, they’re calling the police chief and the mayor corrupt. They say the problem isn’t the officer’s actions but instead that the police made the video of the arrest public.

Even though the police union is defending the officer’s actions, Salt Lake City officials agreed to the $500,000 settlement. They say the settlement closes the case.

Wubbels said that she wants to use her settlement to help others get copies of police camera footage when they suspect police wrongdoing. She says that the camera footage is the only thing that drew the appropriate attention to the case. She says that telling her story didn’t draw the attention that the cameras did. Wubbels says that police cameras are important for keeping police officers accountable for their actions.

Wubbels also wants to use her settlement money to help nurses. She says that nurse abuse is an ongoing issue. She says she’ll make a donation to the Utah Nurse’s Association.

The unconscious individual at the subject of the officer’s request was never under arrest. He was in a crash during a police chase. Despite having no evidence of wrongdoing, law enforcement wanted the man’s blood in order to see if he was under the influence at the time of the crash. Despite officers saying they wanted the blood for the man’s own protection, some speculate they were on a fishing expedition to try to help the police avoid liability for the crash that occurred during a police chase.

LuLaRoe Accused of Being a Pyramid Scheme

One of the best ways to increase your income in life is to run your own business. There are many females who want to become successful business owners. However, few of them have the capital to start a business in an area they are passionate about. One of the most common ways to own a business is to work with a company like LuLaRoe. This is a company that sells products to consultants who sign up with the company. At first, it looked like LuLaRoe was one of the best companies in the nation to work with.

However, there are reports of major issues within the company. Some former consultants are actually suing the company and accusing it of being a pyramid scheme.

Declining Quality

LuLaRoe is known for the leggings that the company sells. Although the company sells other types of clothing, the leggings are unique and comfortable. This is the primary reason that the company grew so quickly. One of the biggest issues that consultants have with LuLaRoe is that the patterns have declined in quality over the years. Not only are the styles unattractive, but the leggings are tearing and becoming thinner.

For consultants who purchased thousands of dollars in inventory, this is a terrible situation to be in. As demand for LuLaRoe products continues to decrease, consultants are now stuck with inventory that will not sell.

To make matters worse, many consultants are having major sales on their products. This is diluting the market and hurting consultants who are trying to sell their products at the recommended retail price.

Cost of Business

Another complaint against LuLaRoe is the total cost of doing business with the company. For most companies like LuLaRoe, the total cost to get started is less than $1,000. However, LuLaRoe made the cost to start over $5,000 for new consultants. In addition, the company encouraged people to take out a loan to pay for the initial costs. This is a major issue that is causing financial harm to families across the country.

Some people have gone deeply into debt to purchase new inventory. LuLaRoe says that it is up to consultants to run a business the right way. In addition, LuLaRoe recently said that consultants are to blame if they are not selling enough inventory. With the latest lawsuit against LuLaRoe, it will be interesting to see if anything changes with this company.

Criminal Law: Federal Grand Just Hands Down Indictment in Investigation by Special Counsel

A highly controversial move, the U.S. Department of Justice appointed a Special Counsel, James Mueller, to investigate whether any crimes occurred during the 2016 presidential election campaign. The Special Counsel’s charge specifically focuses allegations of meddling in the U.S. election by Russia.

Late Friday, October 27, 2018, news broke that the Special Counsel had obtained an indictment or indictments from a grand jury empaneled to hear evidence associated with Mueller’s investigation. The grand jury indictment was sealed leaving the identity of the individual or individuals yet unknown.

Speculation is that an arrest or arrests associated with the indictment or indictments will be made between the time of the grand jury’s formal determination and sometime Monday, October 30, 2018. Oftentimes, in cases of this nature, an indicted person is provided an opportunity to surrender to the U.S. Marshal Service rather than being arrested.

After being arrested, or self-surrendering, a person indicted in this investigation will be brought before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. A decision regarding bail and release will be made at this juncture.

A great deal of speculation swirled about regarding who has been indicted. The trio of leading contenders are Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and Carter Page. Manafort was the chairman of the Trump presidential campaign. Flynn is a career serviceman, who worked on the Trump campaign. Finally, Page is a Trump-connected consultant.

Two other people who are speculated to be possible targets of the grand jury are Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law, and Donald Trump, Jr., the President’s son. Both men worked on the Trump presidential campaign. Kushner works at the White House and the President’s son works for the Trump Organization.

As late as Friday, the day the indictment evidently was issued, the White House was speculating that the investigation had reached an end and concluded that nothing improver had occurred. The White House, through the Press Secretary, provided no factual support for that determination.

In the past, President Trump has made statements about the possibility of directing the Department of Justice to fire the Special Counsel. The law prevents the President from personally firing the Special Counsel. Many constitutional and legal analysts have suggested that Trump firing the Special Counsel would precipitate a constitutional crisis of the kind last associated with Watergate and President Nixon.

The President, and the White House more broadly, had issued no statement in response to the apparent indictments. This includes the President’s Twitter account, which has been silent on the subject thus far.

Sexual Allegations against Bill O’Reilly

It has emerged that Bill O’Reilly settled a sexual harassment case back in January for $32 million. This came six months after he was ejected as an employee of Fox News. Details about the settlement were to light by people close to the investigation who sought for anonymity as they didn’t want to jeopardize their careers. This is the first time that these claims are being made public. Nonetheless, 21st Century Fox, the sister company of Fox News said that it had been notified about the claims of the woman. While the allegations included sending of pornography materials to the woman, others included nonconsensual sexual relationship, use of explicit material when with the woman and repeated harassment. The people who briefed the New York Times about the issue confirmed that this is the sixth time that defendant has settled this case. The defendant includes Mr. O’Reilly or his company. However, the latest settlement is the largest so far. With the 21st Century Fox fully aware of Mr. O’Reilly record, the company went ahead and negotiated a contract with him last February. Eventually, he was awarded a 25 million contract that would run for four years. According to the sources, it was revealed that the company unsuccessfully tried to stop the second wave of accusations against Mr. O’Reilly. These allegations were filed last summer, and once they emerged to the public, the former chairman Rodger Ailes was fired.

However, it has been reported that Rupert Murdoch together with his sons unanimously agreed to stand with Mr. O’Reilly in what was referred to as a calculated business stand. Together with his sons James and Lachlan, it has been revealed that they were aware of the sexual harassment accusations made against the executive. It was reported that the decision to stand by Mr. O’ Reilly was an effort to prove to the board, employees and the public in general that they had transformed the workplace culture of the company. The decision to hold onto him might have been inspired by his worth to the company after Megyn Kelly left the company for greener pastures. However, the Murdoch family decided to fire the executive in April when the allegations became public. This meant that the executive posed a great threat to their executive. It has emerged that federal prosecutors looking into the sexual harassment allegations against the former Fox employee have asked for documents related to the case.

Informant in Case Against Attorney Retracts His Story

The testimony of Dale Fisher once put a former prosecutor and Michigan attorney in prison. Fisher claimed that Clarence Gomery solicited him and paid him to kill a legal rival. Now in prison himself, Fisher is retracting his story. Fisher now says that it was the legal rival that conspired with him to set up Gomery. Based on the information, Gomery has made a motion in the 13th Circuit Court in Grand Traverse County, Michigan to ask a new judge to throw out the conviction against him.

Fisher said that the rival, also an attorney, had blackmail on Fisher that he used to coerce Fisher to be a part of his plan. Fisher says that the rival and alleged victim threatened to report him for having sex with an underage relative. Fisher says that he went along with the plan to frame Gomery, but that the alleged victim had him charged anyways.

To make the case even more puzzling is the timeline of the charges against supposed hit man Fisher. Only a week after Gomery’s original sentence, Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney brought charges against Fisher for allegations of retail fraud for stealing cell phones from Walmart. Fisher’s actions that led to the charges allegedly happened months prior. There’s no explanation for why prosecutor Cooney held off on issuing charges.

As part of the retail fraud case, prosecutor Cooney also agreed not to bring the criminal sexual conduct charges against Fisher that relate to the alleged victim’s relative. Agreeing not to charge a criminal sexual conduct charge in order to secure a retail fraud conviction is enough to raise eyebrows. However, a short time later, Cooney brought the charges anyways. Cooney has not admitted to knowing about any scheme between Fisher and the alleged victim. However, the alleged victim previously served as the attorney for a Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s sergeant defending allegations of use of force.

In his court filings, Gomery also says that 13th Circuit Court judge Philip Rodgers promised him a lighter sentence than he received. Gomery says that his attorney and prosecutor Bob Cooney met with Judge Rodgers in chambers where Rodgers made the promise. He claims that Rodgers promised a harsher sentence if Gomery took his case to trial. If that claim is true, the judge was in violation of Michigan judicial ethics that prohibit judges from penalizing defendants for exercising their constitutional right to a trial.

Manhattan District Attorney Declined to Prosecute Harvey Weinstein in 2015

Celebrities are continuing to come forward, either to add accusations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein or to condemn him to the public. As it turns out, this isn’t the first time Weinstein has been accused, however. A 2015 complaint might have outed Weinstein earlier, if the Manhattan district attorney handling the complaint, Cyrus Vance Jr., hadn’t declined to prosecute the case.
Harvey Weinstein was Accused of Sexual Misconduct in 2015
Two years ago, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, a model and former Miss Italy finalist, accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually accosting her. The incident occurred in Harvey’s office, claimed the model, who stated in her complaint that Weinstein lunged at her, during the interview. He grabbed her breasts and slid his hand up her skirt, according to Ms. Gutierrez.
After filing a complaint with the police, Ambra agreed to wear a surveillance wire for a meeting with Mr. Weinstein at an area bar. At the meeting, the film producer asked Ambra up to his hotel room and she accompanied him, but stopped before going into the room. Ms. Gutierrez took the opportunity to confront Harvey about why he had groped her in his office a day earlier.
In response, Weinstein told Ambra that he was sorry and it wouldn’t happen again, commenting that “I’m used to that”.
While the wiretap produced some incriminating statements against Weinstein, it was Gutierrez’s past that stirred reluctance in District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.’s to prosecute the case. The police uncovered evidence that Gutierrez had accused another individual, an Italian businessman, of sexual assault, but later refused to cooperate with the investigation.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez Recanted her Allegations
Later, Ambra admitted the alleged sexual misconduct never happened. That recanting of her allegation was stated in a nondisclosure agreement she signed with Harvey Weinstein. Sources report the NDA was a common practice Weinstein employed to ensure women accusing him of misconduct wouldn’t later step forward and reassert their complaints.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo has since issued a statement regarding the 2015 incident, assuring the public that Mr. Weinstein would have been prosecuted, if police had gathered enough evidence. She added that prosecutors weren’t consulted on what exactly was needed in the wiretapped conversation between Weinstein and Ambra Battilana Gutierrez to constitute sufficient evidence for a prosecution.
“While the recording is horrifying to listen to, what emerged from the audio was insufficient to prove a crime under New York law, which requires prosecutors to establish criminal intent,” reads Agnifilo’s statement in part.
The Chief A.D.A. concluded her statement by admitting there wasn’t enough evidence to move forward with prosecution. As a result, charges against Harvey Weinstein were dropped.

Man Loses Attorney License for Beating Dog

One man has lost his freedom and his law license all in one day. Corporate lawyer Anthony Pastor is a lawyer no more after he was convicted of beating his girlfriend’s dog to death. A jury convicted the 46-year-old of felony aggravated cruelty to animals. The jury also convicted him of other charges.

The dog’s name was Snoopy, and he was 4 years old. The jury handed down the convictions on May 9, 2017. The court said that Pastor showed malice and violence when he beat the dog. Pastor allegedly flew into a rage when the dog went to the bathroom inside. The court also said that their sentence is justified because the dog suffered in pain before dying from his injuries. Judge Robert Mandelbaum also criticized Pastor for going back to work on his computer rather than trying to get help for the dying dog. The judge said that Pastor’s violence in the incident is “almost incomprehensible.”

In his defense, Pastor’s lawyer Gerald Lefcourt says that Pastor suffered trauma as a child. He said that he was the only Jewish child at a boarding school, and that he suffered abuse in the environment. Lefcourt went on to say that Pastor is at a crossroads in his life. He said that Pastor wanted to repair his relationship with his son.

Largely rejecting Pastor’s pleas, Judge Mandelbaum pointed out the cruelty of the crime when handing down his sentence. The two years that Pastor is going to spend in prison is the maximum possible sentence for the crime. He also has to register in the state’s registry of animal abusers. The judge said that Pastor obviously demonstrated that he has the ability to act in a dangerous and violent way. The judge said that it was Pastor’s own actions that damaged his relationship with his son. He also called Pastor a “terrible father.”

Pastor has been the target of some threats. In response, on judge’s orders, law enforcement has given Pastor protective custody since May. The dog’s owner and Pastor’s then-girlfriend Taly Russell found the deceased dog. The dog had severe injuries including nine broken ribs. The dog had internal bleeding and injuries to his kidneys.

Another of Pastor’s ex girlfriends also testified that her dog died under similar circumstances. In addition, a landlord testified to having witnessed Pastor’s mistreatment of animals. Russell said that while she understands the sentence can’t bring Snoopy back, she hopes it will prevent violence against more animals.

Lawyer for OJ Simpson Loses Case for Attorney Reinstatement

F. Lee Bailey may have played a key part in helping OJ Simpson secure his acquittal for the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, but that’s not enough to convince officials for the State Bar of Maine to approve his bid to practice law in the state. Despite his high-profile and notable legal career, the State Bar of Maine says that Bailey isn’t fit to practice law in the state. Bailey played a key part in the defense of O.J. Simpson including cross-examination of key witnesses.

Bailey’s storied legal career began in 1961 when he represented a man charged with murder. Bailey had less than one year of practice experience at the time, but he successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court just a few years later. Ultimately, the man was never convicted for the crime.

Unfortunately for Bailey, trouble came soon after. Florida officials revoked his license to practice law, and Massachusetts soon followed suit. Maine is the latest state to deny Bailey a bar card. He’s 81 years old but says he wishes he could practice law.

Bailey says that he thinks the judiciary resents him for his success in the O.J. Simpson case. He says he was just doing his job. The bar examiners of Maine say that Bailey blames others for his own misconduct and refuses to show remorse. They say that’s a problem when it comes to getting a bar license. They say what really happened is that Bailey refused to transfer stock that the government took from a client as part of a plea agreement. Bailey was found in contempt of court and spent 44 days in jail.

The State of Florida says that Bailey’s actions were enough to warrant disbarment for at least five years. They also say that he commingled client funds with his own assets and that he did things that amounted to a conflict of interest. They also say he wasn’t forthcoming when they asked for complete information.

Bailey passed the Maine bar exam in 2012. He asked for a license to practice. In a split decision, the board of law examiners said that they aren’t sure he has the necessary character and fitness to practice law. They don’t deny that Bailey has many supporters. They even admit that he has great legal advocacy skills. However, they think that Bailey’s past misdeeds are too much. Bailey won’t be practicing law in the Pine Tree State any time soon.