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Archive for November 3rd, 2008

Ooops: Juror In Sen. Stevens Case Caught In Big Lie

Well, under the category of “not very smart” comes Juror #4 Marian Hinnant.

The Sen. Stevens Case
The Sen. Stevens Case

By Jesse J. Holland
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – A juror who vanished during Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens’ corruption trial told the judge Monday she lied about her father dying and flew to California to see horse races.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered Marian Hinnant, identified as juror No. 4, to return to court to explain why she disappeared during jury deliberations. Hinnant, 52, brought a stack of handwritten notes with her to the court Monday along with public defender A.J. Kramer, and told the judge that her father hadn’t died and she was at the Breeders’ Cup in Arcadia, Calif.
She apologized for lying, and then started a long rambling story about horses, which included references to horse breeding, the Breeders’ Cup, drugs, President Ford’s son Steven and her condo in Florida being bugged.
“I am thoroughly convinced you would not have been able to continue to deliberate,” Sullivan interrupted.
“Can I have a case of my own?” Hinnant asked. Sullivan referred her to Kramer and the federal public defender’s office, and excused her from his courtroom.
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Read Judge’s Order For A Show Cause Hearing For Juror

Feds Probing Ex-Detroit Mayor’s Legal Fund

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick/city photo

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick/city photo

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who’s serving a sentence in the Wayne County Jail, may be in for more trouble –not that he hasn’t had his fair share already.

Paul Egan
The Detroit News
DETROIT — A federal grand jury has subpoenaed a large volume of records from the Kilpatrick Civic Fund as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, two persons familiar with the investigation said Sunday.
Other non-profits associated with former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, including the Next Vision Foundation and the Detroit Justice Fund set up to help pay Kilpatrick’s legal fees in connection with his recent criminal case, also are under scrutiny, said one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Lawyers for Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, received letters late last week from the U.S. Attorney’s Office asking for copies of records related to how they were paid for legal services connected with recent criminal proceedings against Kilpatrick and Beatty, the source said. The letter was not a subpoena, meaning the lawyers were not required to provide the requested information, the source said.
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Other Stories Of Interest:

Nevada Governor Cleared In Public Corruption Probe (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Humor: Ali G Interview On The FBI

IRS And Justice Going After Secret Swiss Accounts

Suddenly those secret Swiss bank accounts don’t sound so appealing — or so secret.

By David S. Hilzenrath
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — At the Beverly Hills office of criminal defense lawyer Edward M. Robbins Jr., anxious new clients are showing up with an unexpected problem.
The clients put money in Swiss bank accounts, where it was supposed to stay secret. But now those depositors fear the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department will gain access to their bank records, Robbins said.
“They’re coming in from the cold. They’re nervous,” Robbins said.
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Judge Orders White House To Produce Memo On Warrantless Wiretaps

The controversy rages on in the waning days of the Bush Administration.Judge Kennedy-photo beverly reznick


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON – A judge has ordered the Justice Department to produce White House memorandums that provide the legal basis for the Bush administration’s post-Sept. 11 warrantless wiretapping program.
The judge, Henry H. Kennedy Jr. of Federal District Court in Washington (in photo), signed the order Friday. It requires the department to produce the memorandums by the White House legal counsel’s office by Nov. 17. He said he would review the memorandums to determine whether any information could be released publicly without violating attorney-client privilege.
The order came in response to lawsuits by civil liberties groups in 2005 after news reports disclosed the wiretapping.
The department had argued that the memorandums were protected attorney-client communications.
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Bolivia Suspends DEA Operations After Accusing Agency Of Spying

Bolivia’s ties with the U.S. continue to weaken with this latest development. The DEA isn’t getting a lot of invites to dinner in certain South American countries these days.

President Evo Morales/official photo

President Evo Morales/official photo

By Patrick J. McDonnell
Los Angeles Times
BUENOS AIRES — Bolivian President Evo Morales suspended operations by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Saturday after accusing the agency of aiding “criminal groups” that oppose his rule.
Morales’ move was the latest sign of the deterioration in relations between his leftist government and Washington.
“There were DEA agents who worked to conduct political espionage and to fund criminal groups so they could launch attacks on the lives of authorities, if not the president,” Morales told reporters during a visit to the Chapare region, a major production zone for coca plants, from which cocaine is extracted. “We are obligated to defend Bolivian sovereignty.”
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