Trumps Attorney’s Want the President to be Granted Legal Immunity

The vision of power that President Donald Trump has is so extensive that it would dwarf any delusions of grandeur by President Richard Nixon. The lawyers that work for the US president have drafted a memo that advocates for unbridled presidential powers against special counsel Robert S. Mueller. The memo goes far beyond what the biggest fans of unitary executive power would have had wild dreams about. The presidential powers advocated for by the memo goes beyond the boundaries of even the power fanatics like the late Judge of the US Supreme Court Antonin Scalia. In retrospect, implementing the proposal by the Trump attorneys would essentially mean that the US president would be above the law.

The claim of limitless power by the lawyers who work for Donald Trump means that the president can defy subpoenas issued by the Robert Mueller investigation on any involvement or cooperation with Russian intelligence or the Kremlin itself. It would also mean that the president was immune to charges of obstruction of justice about the firing of the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) James Comey. By being the senior most law enforcement officer, such actions would never amount to obstruction of justice. Both legally and constitutionally any obstruction by the chief law enforcement officer would mean that that the president was obstructing himself.

This was according to a letter that was drafted by attorneys Jay Sekulow and John Dowd to the Mueller investigation team earlier this year in January. The arguments that have been presented by these two lawyers are unconstitutional and laughable to anyone who has been schooled on matters of law. However, the elephant in the room is who will have the courage to stop the two lawyers from drawing a curtain of infallibility around the US President. As long as the Republican Party is at the helm of Capitol Hill, Congress will not be in a position to stop one of their own in his tracks.

The Republican legislators have been steadfast in their support for the punitive policies by President Donald Trump. Moreover, the leaders of the conservative party are also terrified of alienating the hardcore supporters of the president. Perhaps the Supreme Court might act to save the US from a constitutional dictatorship from the Trump administration. However, it is worthy of note that President Trump is only a Supreme Court judge vacancy away from swaying the highest court in the land to the far-right.

How Different Lawsuits Pinned Down The Far Right Following Charlottesville

Many far right leaders are finding themselves being attacked as the slew of lawsuits are being file because of Heather Heyer’s death and other conspiracies. Miss Heyer would have been celebrating her 33rd birthday this week. Instead, she was hit by a car during a summer protest last year. She was in Virginia protesting against the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists. This year, just last week, many lawyers were seeking to get a federal court judge who organizes these types of rallies where she was killed to be held accountable.

This case could end up leaving prominent and popular white nationalists like Richard Spencer in ruins. However, this case would also be an example of a much broader legal offense being aimed at the “alt-right” movement. Just nine months since the summer death of Heather prompted this, there is a sign that things are changing. Hate groups are running out of cash and are finding themselves quickly being banished from certain social media groups. Many of these groups are also beginning to turn against each other as well.

There is a legal strategy at play in all of this, says David Denielli. He is the deputy legal director for the SPCL or Southern Poverty and Law Center. He feels this strategy is going to send these hate groups into a full disarray and have them struggling to place the blame against each other. All in all, these legal theories are being started as tools to try and make people accountable for their actions.

When Donald Trump was elected in November of 2016, many people viewed that as the ultimate catalyst for the white nationalism empowerment movement. Just days following him being elected, Spencer was blocks away from the White House yelling “Hail Trump!” and was seen leading many supporters with salutes similar to the Nazis.

The far right has found themselves in many legal battles before and have threatened to file bankruptcy. A benchmark case showing this was back in 2000 when more than $6 million was awarded during a case to a woman named Victoria Keenan and her young son. They were attacked outside of Idaho headquarters by guards of a group of white supremacists for the Aryan Nations. This legal case forced the leader, Richard Butler, to have to turn over his 20-acre compound to the woman and her son. They used it to sell to a philanthropist who later donated it.


Lawsuit Filed Against “Sex and the City” Star Over Contractual Breach

Celebrities may be accused of using jewelry and fashions to promote themselves, but one star is actually in trouble for inadequate promotion. The controversy centers around actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who is facing legal action from a British jewelry company that claims she has not done enough to promote its products.
Named after the actress, the new line of jewelry was produced by Kat Florence Design. In its breach of contract lawsuit filed in a U.S. federal court in New York, the company stated that Parker failed to fulfill the obligations stated in her contract, which promised her $5 million plus 10 percent of the company’s jewelry sales. The company claimed that after her initial involvement in the project and receipt of her payment, the actress failed to carry out her end of the agreement. She reportedly did no work for the company for a period of five months and did not even attend the party that was intended to help launch the jewelry line.
According to her contract, Parker was to have participated in numerous promotional events, including interviews, photographic sessions and an appearance at the opening of the company’s store in London. The store was established for the specific purpose of displaying the jewelry, but its subsequent closure was blamed directly on the inaction of Parker. Kat Florence further claimed that her inactivity has cost the company millions of dollars and essentially doomed the jewelry project. The lawsuit has targeted Parker and Tandu Productions, the company she created.
In successful breach of contract lawsuits, defendants can be forced to pay monetary damages or may even be required to carry out their required commitments. In this case, Kat Florence is demanding financial compensation for the losses it has incurred in the jewelry project. It has also asked for compensatory damages, which are intended to return an aggrieved party to the way it was prior to a conflict. The lawsuit can be read in its entirety at
Parker gained fame for portrayal of the character Carrie Bradshaw in the television series “Sex and the City,” which was in production from 1998 to 2004. Additionally, she has been associated with a variety of products, including her own perfume and her own line of fashions. Her promotional work included a $38 million contract with the Gap clothing store.

Trump’s New Legal Team Is Ready To Rumble With Mueller

Attorney John Dowd said he had enough, and White House lawyer Ty Cobb is unhooking his legal wagon from the Trump legal train this month. It sounds like Trump needs a fresh group of lawyers who are itching to make a name for themselves in the world of high-profile legal cases. And it sounds like he found at least one of those legal titans in Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani is already showing his legal prowess by letting the world know Trump paid attorney Michael Cohen back for the $130,000 payment he gave Stormy Daniels. According to some legal experts, Giuliani is trying to say Trump’s campaign didn’t violate any campaign finance laws because it was Trump’s money that paid Daniels.

Giuliani is a top-notch legal attack dog. But when the White House said Emmet Flood, Clinton’s impeachment attorney, was joining the Trump legal dream team, people around the president knew it was game on. Trump’s legal dream team wants to stop Mueller’s attempt to show Trump’s campaign broke the rules. Giuliani, Flood, and attorney Jay Sekulow have strong schoolyard fighting credentials, but another high-powered attorney will also join the team in the weeks ahead. Trump seems to be circling his legal wagons because Mueller’s investigation is getting under his skin and pressing on that one knee-jerk nerve of his.

According to the Washington Post, one senior White House advisor said nothing is off the table when it comes to discrediting the Mueller investigation. So all that talk about Trump sitting down and answering Mueller’s questions is just that. Trump likes to think he is his best legal counselor especially when there are legal or political matters to address. So no one is sure how effective Trump’s new legal team will be. But there’s no doubt they will keep the battle going as long as they can.

Ty Cobb wants the president to sit down with Mueller and answer questions, but Trump’s other attorneys are afraid Trump’s “shoot from the hip” answering style could backfire. That would give Mueller what he needs to prove Trump did obstruct justice when he fired Comey, and when Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigations.

All the signs for a showdown at the White House corral are surfacing now that Giuliani, Flood, and lawyer Jay Sekulow are working together. Trump knows Mueller has some dirt to throw against the wall. And Trump hopes his legal attack dogs can save him from the stench that dirt is going to create around Washington and the country.

Mathematics, Law, Business, and Charity: The Unique American Dream of Tony Petrello

UPDATED May 2nd, 2018 – In the world of corporate executives and CEOs, perhaps few have a story as surprising and fascinating as Tony Petrello. From his humble beginnings growing up in a working-class environment in Newark, New Jersey, to running the world’s largest land-based drilling company, to helping fund hundreds of millions of dollars in research toward a global neurological disease, Petrello has experienced a truly astounding lifetime filled with successes and turns of fate.

It’s an understatement to say that Tony Petrello’s career has been one of great success. After all, in 2015, Tony Petrello was one of the highest-compensated CEOs in the U.S. thanks to his tenure as CEO of global oil company Nabors. But Tony’s story extends far earlier than his time at Nabors and includes a long list of surprising turns that eventually led him to the level of success he’s achieved today. Tony’s many achievements have been the products of natural gifts, consistent hard work, and creative thinking that’s spanned a diverse career over many decades.

It’s also important to note the ways in which Tony has given back to society, particularly how he’s worked to help children with neurological disorders. For certain, his life is worthy of admiration and emulation. But to truly understand how that level of success in multiple metrics came to be, it’s important to go back to the beginning and find out how Tony Petrello became who he is today.

A Remarkable Student

Tony grew up in Newark, N.J., where he attended public schools. He’s been described by former roommates and classmates as a working-class young man who carried the classic New Jersey accent and the outgoing attitude to match. He stood apart with his passion and willingness to speak out about the subjects he cared about most. His friends and those who knew him when he was young often described him as an extrovert, someone comfortable speaking his mind on a regular basis. Often his sense of humor was on full display, but it wasn’t the aspect of his personality that stood out the most.

When he was in high school, Petrello became downright famous in his hometown for his amazing math abilities. In classic Hollywood style, Petrello was even known to spend his free time writing down obscure equations and proofs on scraps of paper or napkins and solving them himself. While for the time being his incredible prowess was reserved to those in his immediate circle and social setting, that didn’t last long. Yale University took notice, and it awarded Tony a scholarship and the opportunity to be mentored by Serge Lang.

Lang was a brilliant mathematician, author, and professor. Born in France in 1927, Lang became famous for his groundbreaking work in number theory and for penning a series of math textbooks across a wide range of mathematical disciplines. He went on to become professor emeritus of mathematics at Yale, where he met Tony Petrello.

It’s possible that Lang was disappointed when he discovered that Petrello wasn’t interested in pursuing the field of mathematics or academia, opting instead to jump into the world of law.

But while still at Yale, from which he would receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, he became known for his outgoing personality and strong sense of humor. In fact, Yale changed Tony Petrello’s social life and eventually his entire future in a truly special way. It was there that he met Cynthia, his beloved wife. Cynthia would go on to become a dancer, movie and TV actress, as well as a respected soap opera producer.

After graduating from Yale, Tony Petrello surprised many of his professors and classmates when he decided not to become a mathematician. Rather, he enrolled in Harvard Law School. His motivations for pursuing law rather than mathematics aren’t entirely known, but it’s possible that his boisterous personality and strong opinions made the quiet life of an academic seem less than appealing to him. Whatever the case, Petrello graduated from Harvard Law school in the 1970s and never looked back.

Law or Business?

In 1979, Tony Petrello joined Baker & McKenzie, a major American law firm. There he specialized in business law, especially taxation and arbitration. It was here that he discovered a passion for business, where law and finances intersect in fascinating and thrilling ways. In 1986, he became a managing partner of its New York division. He would function in this role for some time before a turn of fate led him down another path, this one even more unexpected than the last.

At Baker & McKenzie, Tony Petrello worked with a client by the name of Nabors Industries.

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Tony Petrello became the CEO of Nabors Industries in 2011

Founded in 1968, Nabors Industries is now listed on the S&P 500 and works to contract geothermal, natural gas and oil drilling equipment and projects throughout the world, mainly based on land. From their beginnings five decades ago they have gone on to become the largest land-drilling organization in the world, operating in 25 countries with over half-a-thousand rigs in operation worldwide.

But before all of that, Nabors was just a client that Petrello worked closely with during his time at Baker & McKenzie. And in any other circumstance, it would have likely ended at that. But Petrello had always been someone capable of making a lasting impression, and he did exactly that here as well.

During Petrello’s time servicing the Nabors account, he made an impressive impact that did not go unnoticed by the higher ups at the company. They didn’t’ just appreciate his hard work and re-up their business with his firm. Managers at Nabors were so impressed by Tony’s efforts and powers of analysis that they began trying to hire him away for themselves. It’s a testament to Petrello’s natural abilities in business that with no official business experience or education he was able to make such a powerful impact on a large-scale organization like Nabors.

Nabors lobbied and tried to convince Nabors to join them for some time, and eventually their efforts were destined to pay off. Petrello left Baker & McKenzie to join Nabors as an executive. A budding mathematician turned corporate attorney was headed for a new career. He was set to become a business executive.

Thus, after he’d lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, Tony Petrello was off to make his residence in an entirely new place: Texas. For a still-young and east-coast-centered individual like Petrello, Texas may as well have been the moon. But with an eye for adventure and excitement for where his new career might take him, Petrello packed up and headed off to the southwest. The Lone Star State is his home to this day.

Tony Petrello’s Life at Nabors and Beyond

Tony Petrello helped direct a $32 million purchase of a firm called Grace Drilling

In 1991, Tony Petrello began serving as Nabors’ Chief Operating Officer. In this role he was responsible for Nabors’ daily operations just below the CEO. That same year, he cemented his place at the firm even further when he took a seat on the board of directors as well as the board’s executive committee.

Anyone who’s followed Petrello’s story or knows anything about his approach to life and business can likely guess what happened next. Petrello was so impressive in his role as COO that when the time came, he was considered first in line to take the reins of Nabors.

In 1992, he became the president. From here he began to leave his mark on Nabors’ and the industry with a series of moves that cemented their place as the world’s largest land drilling company and a powerhouse of business success. His achievements in those positions were undeniably helpful in terms of building up the company. For instance, in 1993, Tony Petrello helped direct a $32 million purchase of a firm called Grace Drilling. Also, a much larger transaction in 2010 brought Superior Well Services under Nabors’ corporate umbrella. This attitude towards expansion and collaborative partnerships helped establish Petrello as a savvy businessman who knew how to bring in greater levels of success.

Since October 28, 2011, Tony Petrello has been Nabors’ CEO. On top of that, in June 2012, he was named the chairman of the board as well as chairman of the board’s executive committee. During that time, he’s led the way in several major events within the company and the industry as a whole.

In 2014 the company reached a deal with C&J Energy, wherein they would combine their Completion and Production company operations to create a more streamlined flow of production.

In 2015, Petrello led the company in signing a deal with KazMunayGas, an oil company based in Kazakhstan. This created the joint venture known as KMG Nabors Drilling Company. This opened up availability of a vast drilling field in Kazakhstan known as Tengiz field, increasing revenue for the company both in the short-term and for years to come.

Petrello led another collaborative contract in 2016, when Nabors signed with Saudi Aramco to create a joint venture called SANAD. Saudi Aramco is the world’s largest oil company, with an estimated market value of as much as $10 trillion. It is the most valuable company on earth, as well as arguably the most profitable. It’s headquartered in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and operates the Master Gas System. This is the largest hydrocarbon network anywhere in the world. Petrello and Nabors knew that this was a company worth partnering with

By common acclaim, Tony Petrello’s leadership at Nabors has been top-notch. During the past six years, he’s allowed the company to keep growing and thriving in an industry where the competition is intense, to say the least, at all times. Even as the oil industry as a whole has experienced struggles as alternative fuels begin to increase in popularity, Petrello has kept Nabors at the leading edge of success.

Indeed, Tony Petrello is extremely adept at day-to-day management tasks as well as the creation of long-term strategic visions. It’s this dual focus that speaks to his original prowess as a mathematician. He can see the whole equation, from the details to the big picture, in order to make strategic choices that will eventually lead to a solution.

His legal experience and education have also proven invaluable, as he’s been able to perceive the workings of a potential deal in order to make it the most effective for all involved parties.

In addition to his many duties at Nabors, Tony Petrello has been a director at This company represents the newest generation of video-on-demand services that brings enhanced functionality to the on-demand experience. This includes real-time data and updating information including interactive activities and even navigation information. Today, Petrello is now a director at Hilcorp Energy Company. Hilcorp is one of the world’s biggest oil and natural gas companies that’s remained privately-owned, with exploration and production facilities across the United States. In fact, Hilcorp is the largest producer of oil in the entire state of Louisiana. Like Nabors, Hilcorp is also headquartered in Texas.

In addition to all these duties, Petrello also serves as a director at Stewart & Stevenson. Also based in Houston, TX, Stewart & Stevenson is a privately held manufacturing company that produces oil and gas industry-related equipment. They produce everything from swamp buggies for transportation to precise, minor parts for major mining operations.

This level of activity in a wide range of companies shows Petrello’s far-reaching instincts for business. But Petrello’s life is a story of moving beyond business and profits to have a more lasting, meaningful impact on the world. To fully understand his place in the world, it’s important to take a look at Petrello’s philanthropic efforts outside of business and how they came to be.

An Extraordinary Philanthropist

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Tony Petrello and his wife Cynthia have donated over $7 million to the Texas Children’s Hospital

In the late 1990s, Tony and Cynthia Petrello had a daughter named Carena. While this was an incredibly joyful time for both Tony and Cynthia, it came with a struggle that would shape the next decades of all of their lives. At birth, Carena weighed 20 ounces, and she suffered from cerebral palsy. In addition to wide range of other issues and complications, Carena wouldn’t be able to eat solid foods until she was about 7 years old.

Cerebral palsy is a condition that incorporates a range of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move naturally. The symptoms and severity can vary widely, but generally involve inability to walk normally, muscles that are too weak or stiff to function, or overall struggles with coordination. They can also include problems in other areas of development, including vision, hearing, and speaking. In cases like Carena’s, the ability to swallow and experience other sensations is also affected.

After going through the difficult childhood that Carena experienced, Tony Petrello wanted to help other children with neurological conditions. And as we’ve already seen with Tony Petrello this far, he rarely does anything halfway. When he decides to take action, he truly takes action. Therefore, he donated $7 million to the Texas Children’s Hospital, and he also took a seat on its board of trustees. The hospital was able to put that money toward the construction of a complex dedicated to pediatric neurological care. It’s called the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, and it’s a cutting-edge institution.

The Institute treats children from across the country and the globe, and it’s provided hope to countless families. In addition to treatment, it’s also focused heavily on striving to access the root causes of neurological conditions like cerebral palsy. With over one billion people worldwide suffering from some degree of neurological disease or disorder, the institute believes its mission is absolutely vital in improving the lives of people all over the world. That mission will not only have an impact on the lives of those currently living with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders, but also countless people in the future who will benefit from this priceless research.

The institute focuses on collaboration between thinkers and researchers in a wide range of disciplines, with the goal of helping prevent, identify, and treat neurological disorders and improve the lives of those who have them.

Over time, Tony Petrello has used his business acumen to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable donations to this cause, and those efforts are ongoing.

Finally, Tony Petrello is quick to credit luck for many of his accomplishments. However, his friends, his family members, his colleagues, and everyone who’s gotten to know Tony’s powerful work ethic and big heart realize that good fortune is only one small aspect of his amazing life story.


From his beginnings as a youth in New Jersey to his philanthropic work for the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and beyond, Tony Petrello has spent his entire life leaving a mark on the world. First as a mathematician, then as a lawyer, and finally as a hugely successful corporate executive with a long list of accolades, acquisitions, and philanthropic efforts, Petrello will not soon be forgotten in the world of business or beyond.

The only question that now remains is—where will Petrello leave his mark next? His wide variety of skills, career paths and ventures leave the door wide open.

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Illegal In IL, Legal In TN – What Gives?

In the early morning hours of Sunday, April 22, 2018, a 29-year-old man killed four people in an Antioch, Tennessee Waffle House.

Last year, in July 2017, he took a trip to the White House and was arrested by the United States Secret Service. As a result of the incident there in Washington, D.C., the man’s Illinois firearms license was taken back, making it illegal for him to both own or carry guns in the state of Illinois. However, experts on gun ownership laws aren’t sure if he was legal in carrying them to Tennessee.

Lawyer and Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson was quoted as saying, “I don’t know that he would have violated any Tennessee law,” by having guns within the state’s borders. Marcus Watson, an ATF agent, disagreed, stating the shooter “should not have had weapons.”

Now, looking at the incident in hindsight, it’s clear that the man had a mental illness of some sort. During an encounter with Tazewell County, Illinois police officers, he thought that country music superstar – that’s right – was both following him and remotely messing with his phone.

Just three months after that May 2016 incident, he shared with police during a phone call that he needed to fill out a police report in regards to some 25 people that were all gaining unauthorized access onto his computer and smartphone.

After the apprehension of the Waffle House shooter, a handful of guns were taken by the police. They were given back to the man’s father, and were not to be given back to him. However, once he entered Tennessee, that restriction didn’t hold true anymore.

According to an official spokesperson of the TBI – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation – Susan Niland, the shooter could have easily purchased a gun in Tennessee if he had wanted to, even though that AR-15 used in the attack came from a long-long-ago purchase from Illinois.

Even though he had his guns taken away in Illinois, and the TBI’s background checks make sure that people from other states who are not allowed to own firearms, no such information or disclaimers came back on the TBI’s background check function.

Tennessee state Democrats recently desired to slap misdemeanor charges on people in possession of firearms if they previously had been ordered to relinquish them and not own any, though the Republican-heavy state Legislature likely isn’t having it.

Lance Armstrong Settles Federal Fraud Suit

On Thursday, scandal-plagued former bicycle champion Lance Armstrong agreed to pay the U.S. government $5 million, in order to settle a federal lawsuit that claimed that he committed fraud against his former sponsor — the United States Postal Service — when he used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) while competing. The news was confirmed by both federal officials and a lawyer representing Armstrong.

The lawsuit was originally filed by Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis, and it was later joined by the U.S. government. The suit sought $100 million in damages.

Chad Readler, who is the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Justice Department, said in a statement that people like Armstrong are not “above the law.” He further stated that the outcome of the lawsuit proves that the government will hold those who try to cheat it accountable.

Elliot Peters, who is an attorney who represented Armstrong in the case, said that Armstrong was happy to put the entire matter “behind him.” Peters went to say that the government settled because it could not prove its case that Armstrong’s actions caused the Postal Service damage. He also indicated that the parties came to a settlement ahead of a trial that was set to begin on May 7, and that this was the last unresolved legal matter relating to Armstrong’s doping scandal.

Armstrong, who is currently 46 years old, won the Tour de France — which is the most important race in professional bicycling — a record 7 times. In all but one of these races the Postal Service sponsored him.

In 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped Armstrong of his cycling titles and also banned him for life from the sport. It further accused him, in a written report, of being behind one of the most elaborate doping schemes in the history of sports. A year later — in a television interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey — Armstrong admitted to using PEDs while racing.

Armstrong issued his own statement through his attorney, in which he said that he looks forward to dedicating himself to his children and his wife, as well as to his many ongoing projects, which include a podcast and both film and book projects.

A part of the settlement, Armstrong further must pay court costs for Landis in the amount of $1.65 million. Landis was also accused of doping and was stripped of winning the 2006 Tour de France.

U.S. Prosecutors File New Charges in Basketball Scandal

On Tuesday, U.S. prosecutors in Manhattan filed additional charges in a case involving bribery in college basketball. Prosecutors have accused an executive working for Adidas AG of offering money to American high school basketball players, in exchange for them attending North Carolina State University and the University of Kansas, which are schools the company sponsors.

James Gatto, who is the Adidas executive named in the indictment, was previously arrested in September for bribing high school basketball players to attend the University of Miami and the University of Louisville, which are two other schools Adidas sponsors. Tuesday’s charges were made in a superseding indictment, which were unsealed in New York federal court.

Merl Code, who is a consultant working for Adidas, was also charged of brbery in the cases relating to the University of Miami and the University of Louisville, and so was Christian Dawkins, who had bern working at a sports management company,

In response to the original indictment, the 3 defendants pleaded innocent to charges of conspiracy. The three have subsequently been charged with wire fraud as well. None of the attorneys representing the 3 defendants have yet to make comments. Nor has Adidas commented.

However, Joe Monaco — who is a spokesperson for the University of Kansas — has said that the school will fully cooperate with authorities. He further made note of the fact that the indictment does not accuse the university — or any of its employees — of any wrongdoing. At the same time, a spokesperson for the University of Louisville refused to comment, and the two other schools named in the indictments were unable to be reached.

According to the new indictment, in 2015 Gatto attempted to transfer $40,000 to the parents of a high school basketball player, as enducement for the player to enroll at North Carolina State University. The government further alleges that the player also agreed to sign an endorsement deal with Adidas upon his entry into the National Basketball Association, if such a thing were to occur. The payment was said to be made through a coach at the university, though this person was not named in the indictment.

Prosecutors also assert that Gatto in 2016 further tried to transfer $90,000 to the mother of a player, to induce this player to attend the University of Kansas and eventually sign an endorsement deal with Adidas once he became a professional.

U.S. Attorney General Wants To Prosecute First-Time Border Crossers

On Friday, Jeff Sessions — who is the U.S. Attorney General — said that he wants to prosecute those who cross the U.S. border illegally.

Sessions further said that he was ordering U.S. attorneys who function in states on the Mexican border — which includes Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico — to give priority to cases that involve first-offenders. He did this, he says, in response to the fact that illegal border crossings have risen sharply lately, to the level they were during the presidency of Barack Obama.

Also on Friday, President Trump signed a memorandum that will put an end to a policy that is commonly known as “catch and release.” This policy lets undocumented immigrants be released from detention while they wait for a court hearing on their immigration status. During the 2016 presidential campaign, then candidate Donald Trump promised to end the policy. Though it has remained in effect mainly because there is a current shortage of detention space to house immigrants. In the memo, the president called on both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense to compose a list of military facilities that could be used to house undocumented immigrants awaiting hearings.

This week, the president additionally called for the deployment of the National Guard on the Mexican border, to help protect it. He did this, he said, because he has so far been unable to procure sufficient funding for the building of a wall along the border as he promised during the presidential campaign. In response to the memo, Jim Mattis — who is the U.S. Defense Secretary — signed another memo that will deploy up to 4,000 National Guard troops along the border. The memo, though, made a point of stating that these troops will not be engaged in law enforcement, nor will they be allowed to engage immigrants at all.

Next week, around 150 National Guards troops from Arizona will be sent to the Mexican border, as per an order by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Also sending troops to the border this week will be Texas, which will send around 250 of them.

Over the years, the United States on a number of occasions has sent military forces to the Mexican border.

Lohan Loses Appeal in Suit Against Game Maker

On Thursday, New York State’s Court of Appeals rejected an appeal made by actress Lindsay Lohan, who had accused the developer of Grand Theft Auto 5 of having violated her privacy by including characters in the game that resembled her. The court, in its decision, denied Lohan’s claim that the characters resembled her.

In a 6-0 vote, New York’s highest court declared that the game characters created by Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. were nothing more than cultural comments, and therefore the company did not owe Lohan any damages.

None of the parties involved in the dispute issued a statement or would comment in response to the ruling. This includes Lohan herself, her attorney Frank Delle Donne or representatives of Take-Two Interactive.

Lohan, who is 31 years old, starred in The Parent Trap made in 1998, and in Mean Girls, which was filmed in 2004. Though she has since had difficulties finding acting roles, largely due to legal and other issues. In the lawsuit, she complained about a number of the characters in the game, which she believes look and sound like her. This includes a character named Lacey Jones, who — while escaping from reporters — calls herself a famous actress/singer. Other game characters that Lohan insists look like her include a blonde woman that police frisk and one who wears a red bikini while taking a selfie.

Eugene Fahey, who was a judge in the case, said that a computer image or an avatar could in effect constitute a portrait, which could support Lohan’s claims of having had her privacy violated, as per New York State civil rights law. But, in his decision, Fahey stated that the characters in Grand Theft Auto 5 depicted a generic woman in her twenties, and that there was no suggestion in the game that these characters were in fact Lohan.

In a separate ruling, the same court dismissed similar claims made by Karen Gravano against Take-Two Interactive. Gravano, who is the star of a reality TV show called Mob Wives, claimed that one of the game characters resembled her, too.

The Grand Theft Auto series of video games has been wildly successful. It has so far sold in excess of 275 million copies.

Lawyer Who Showed Up to Disciplinary Hearing Drunk Gets Disbarred

Call it liquid courage or call it a last resort, drinking alcohol before appearing at a state bar disciplinary hearing is probably a bad idea. Kansas attorney Justin Holstin didn’t get the memo. When he appeared under the influence at a bar disciplinary hearing, bar officials asked him to take an alcohol test. Those tests revealed that he was over the legal limit with a blood alcohol level of a .18 and a .20.

The Kansas State Bar didn’t find it funny, and they disbarred the lawyer. Holstin didn’t fight the suspension. At the time of the bar hearing in February 2018, Holstin faced accusations that he misused client property. Bar officials said that Holstin’s actions reflected on his fitness to practice law.

When bar officials suspected that Holstin was under the influence, they made arrangements for alcohol testing. Holstin agreed to take the test. At one point, the lawyer said that he tested positive because of drinking the night before. At another point, he tried to blame it on drinking while watching the Super Bowl. He later admitted that he exercised poor judgment.

Holstin isn’t the first attorney to show up for a hearing under the influence of alcohol. Nevada attorney Vo Joseph Caramango forced a mistrial in his client’s criminal case when he arrived at court to try the case while intoxicated. Caramango told the judge that he was in an accident on the way to court. He went on to tell the judge that the other driver ran without calling the police. He said that he had to find a friend to give him a ride to court.

When Caramango’s stories didn’t make sense, the judge asked him to take a breathalyzer test. He initially refused. Caramango finally took the test several hours after the time initially scheduled for the case. Caramango also complained of physical ailments but said he was willing to try the case hurt. The judge said that was unacceptable for Caramango’s client. The judge also questioned why Caramango chose not to call the police after the accident. The judge wondered out loud if it was because of Caramango’s intoxication.

Many states run assistance programs for lawyers who have substance abuse issues. The services often provide a referral for counseling and other treatment programs for lawyers. In some states, even suspended attorneys can take advantage of the programs. Many state programs include a helpline to speak with a person who can make a referral.

Judge Accused of Misusing Recovery Court Funds

Recovery courts are meant to help addicts address substance abuse issues and stay out of jail. A judge oversees the proceedings with frequent court appearances and substance abuse monitoring. The courts that run recovery court programs often get hefty grants from taxpayers in the hopes of reducing the overall costs to run the justice system.

However, one Nashville judge may have used recovery court funds for his own benefit. Authorities say that the judge may have taken over $6,000 from the drug court fund in order to bribe a woman. The woman made allegations against him. The judge offered to pay the money through a third party in order to ask the woman to change her story.

The judge, Cason Moreland, is facing charges of obstruction of justice with bribery and witness tampering. He appeared in a court hearing in handcuffs. He says that he understands the charges that he’s facing.

Authorities say that he had a sexual relationship with the woman. They say that the judge tried to help her avoid paying fines and costs that she owed to the court. The woman told a Nashville television station all about it.

The judge’s mistress leaked text messages between the two. The texts show that the judge helped the woman avoid a traffic ticket and that the judge also had sex with the woman. The judge talked about setting the woman up with planted drugs in order to throw the media off the case and cast doubt on the woman’s story. He also wanted to pay her money in order to change her story. Police say they even saw the pile of money that he wanted to pay to the woman.

The judge went so far as to get a burner phone in order to cover his tracks. He registered the phone under a fake name. An informant with the FBI gathered the evidence. FBI officials say that it’s a terrible miscarriage of justice that a judge tried to use his powers to set someone up with a criminal offense.

His defense attorney says he’s innocent until proven guilty. However, federal authorities think that he’s a flight risk. The judge says that his service has been good for the community in his work with recovery court.

A board of Tennessee judges previously reprimanded the judge for intervening in a domestic violence case by releasing someone from jail before staying the mandatory 12-hour period required under Tennessee law. The judge also admitted to dismissing tickets for friends of the right people. He also used court employees to perform personal work at his home.

Tinder Wages Suit Against Bumble In Court Of Law

Tinder has penetrated – no pun intended at first, but now that I’ve recognized it, I’ll keep it and say the pun was – the dating market as its most popular mobile app in recent years, itself being one of the most popular apps, overall.

On Friday, March 16, 2018, fellow dating mobile app competitor Bumble found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit waged by Tinder executives for robbing it of trade secrets.

The case has been filed in Texas, claiming that Bumble ripped Tinder’s “left-swipe, right-swipe” mechanism off, with Tinder being the first in the dating industry to use the simple, yet popular, technology.

Bumble has also been claimed by lawyers representing Tinder to be nearly congruent to Tinder’s app, itself the most popular in the world of dating services. The suit seems to have a strong basis in United States courts of law, as Bumble was created in 2014 by people who used to work for Tinder.

What sets Bumble apart from Tinder, and, by extension, the rest of the world of dating services, is that only females are authorized to make first moves within the app, meaning only females can initiate contact between themselves and potential dates.

Whitney Wolfe Herd was the first employee to leave Tinder that went on to fund Tinder. Bumble was founded in 2014, the same year Ms. Herd left the large dating app company, immediately after winning a lawsuit for sexual harassment and discrimination for a whopping $1 million.

Sarah Mick and Christ Gulczynski joined Herd at Bumble prior to its launch in December 2014, with all three claiming themselves to be cofounders of the company. Bumble – effectively Herd and company – executives claim that Bumble is unique because it requires women to make the first move, whereas no other dating app or online service did the same thing at the time, in December 2014, when it was founded.

Match Group, the parent company of Tinder, claims the left-swipe, right-swipe mechanism is now the very first case of Tinder suing over arguably the main thing that makes Tinder, Tinder.

The corporation also owns dating sites like OkCupid, Plenty of Fish, Badoo, and, each of which competes for the top spot in the world of dating services on the world wide web. Dating websites rarely find themselves in such legal fiascos, though the Bumble lawsuit could set precedents for coming cases.


California Considers Lowering Marijuana Taxes

California legalized marijuana with the hopes of prompting an influx of tax dollars. Proponents of the measures to legalize marijuana said that marijuana would be taxed and bring in much-needed dollars to the state for public use. They said legalized pot would get pot out of the black market.

Now, they’re saying that legalized marijuana can’t compete with the black market. They say that they need lower taxes in order to stay in business. Two California lawmakers have introduced a measure to lower the marijuana tax from 15 percent to 11 percent for three years. A Republican and a Democrat are working together to sponsor the bill.

Marijuana growers and sellers say that they’ve had a hard time competing in the market. They say that competitors continue to operate under the radar, and it isn’t fair. Becoming a legalized marijuana seller in California requires licensing. Sellers have to understand and comply with a long list of rules and regulations. They say it’s just too much when it’s too easy just to continue to operate underground.

Lawmakers say that they sympathize with those who are trying to do it right, reports Mercury News. They say that lawful sellers have to pay their taxes and make sure that they don’t sell to minors. There are also product safety requirements to comply with. It’s all so much easier just to continue to sell underground, they say. They say that passing the measure to reduce taxes can help bring sellers out of the shadows in ways that ultimately protect the public. It also gives law enforcement more time to shut down unlawful sellers.

Bill supporters say that the tax measure would lower the bill for consumers. They say that prices for marijuana sales would fall by nine percent for marijuana buyers. Sellers say it’s a start. They say the current regulations raise the prices of marijuana products as much as 60 percent above production prices.

Regulations on the industry include a sell by date on products. They say that the sell by date has limited the amount of inventory that sellers have to work with. They also say that because there are so many regulations in place, it’s often easier to give up than to work through the regulations and comply. They also say that marijuana prices are lower in nearby states like Washington and Oregon.

They say that regulations make it too hard for patients to access the medicine they need. Opponents say that the regulations are no different than they are in any other industry. They say regulations keep the public safe and ensure a level playing field.

The Polish question

There is a concern in the European continent of there being a showdown between Poland and the European court of justice. An Ireland judge of the high court has refused to turn over to the Poland judiciary a polish man, Artful calmer, who was arrested in Ireland last year. The polish citizen was arrested on drug charges. However, Justice Aileen Donnelly has refused to turn him over and instead referred him to the European court of justice. She did this over doubts about the integrity of the Poland judicial system. Apparently, recent changes in the legislature of Poland had been too immense. This made the Ireland high court conclude that Poland’s law had been “systematically damaged “and so undermined the “mutual trust “that was in the European warrant process.

Laurent Pech, a law professor in the Middlesex University, gave her views to the Guardian. According to her, the consequences if the ECJ rules the polish judicial system to contrast with the European standards will be high. She said that when the ECJ ceases to recognize the Polish legal system as by the EU law, the commission will be forced to suspend Poland’s EU funding. The commercial arbitration of companies in Poland will significantly impact the government such that it cannot ignore it.

Last year, the Polish government was given direct control over the body in charge of appointing polish judges. Their minister of justice now has complete rights of appointment and release of court presidents. An estimate of about 40% Supreme Court judges has been forced into retiring early. There have also been accusations that the government and president Andrjez Duda, who is a former justice MEP, are in collusion. The allegations say that they are planning to take over Poland’s constitutional tribunal. This is the highest legal court in Poland.

However, the polish government holds that there is no threat to the law in its reforms. They say that the cynicism by foreign bodies is due to misinformation. Poland’s deputy Justice Minister, Marching Warchol, suggests that the Irish Court does not understand Poland’s reforms. Critics, however, are of the opinion that such arguments won’t do them any good in the EU courts. According to Tomasz Koncewicz, who is a law professor at the University of Gdansk, the focus is no longer on the political arena instead of the courtroom with its principles and logic. For Poland’s sake, it is hoped that European judges will recognize the seriousness of this situation and so will the EU at large.