Our president who has already made a mockery of our Justice system nailed the lid on the coffin yesterday with several pardons he considered “too harsh”.
In this country their use to be a saying, “Do the crime serve the time”. Not anymore. It is almost certain all who are serving time in Trumps administration during the Muller hearings will be pardoned which tells me, do the crime and I’ll pardon you.
Yesterday Trump granted full pardons to seven people and communications to four others: among those:
Rod Blagojevich convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama’s US Senate seat to the highest bidder: Ariel Friedler, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to access a protected computer without authorization : Tynice Hall, convicted on various dug charges . Evidence showed that Ms. Hall’s residence was used as a stash house for drugs by her boyfriend.
Bernard Kerik, former NY City police commissioner pleaded guilty to eight felony charges including tax frauds and lying to White House officials. He is a close friend to former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Need I say more.
And what about the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers, Ed DeBartolo who pleaded guilty in 1998 to concealing an extortion plot by a former governor of Louisiana?
Michael Milken, the billionaire “junk bond king” pleaded guilty to securities fraud and conspiracy charges: Crystal Munoz, conspiring to possess with intent to distribute marijuana: Judith Negron, orchestrated a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme.
Paul Pogue failure to file false income tax statements; David Salavian sentenced to covering up his ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff and finally Angela Stanton, author, TV personality home confinement for her role in a stolen-vehicle ring.
The prisons are filled with many, especially minorities for doing less and serving more time than those above. Justice is supposed to be fair, but it’s becoming more and more injustice than justice.
Does Trumps action open the door for him to pardon former security advisor Mike Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and possibly Roger Stone who is awaiting sentencing on a 7-count indictment that accused him of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.
What kind of message are we sending around the world and this country: Crime Pays?
Trump continues to set a bad example for America and our youth.
Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection early today amid declining membership and a drumbeat of child sexual abuse allegations that have illuminated the depth of the problem within the organization and Scouts’ failure to get a handle on it.
After months of speculation and mounting civil litigation, the Chapter 11 filing by the scouting organization’s national body was unprecedented in both scope and complexity. It was filed in Delaware Bankruptcy Court overnight.
The exact effects on Boy Scouts’ future operations are unknown, leading to speculation about the organization’s odds for survival, the impact on local troops and how bankruptcy could change the dynamic for abuse survivors who have yet to come forward. Some fear that at a minimum it will prevent survivors from naming their abuser in open court.
“They’re going into bankruptcy not because they don’t have the money,” said Tim Kosnoff, who has tried thousands of child abuse cases, including many against the Boy Scouts and Catholic Church. “They’re going into bankruptcy to hide … a Mount Everest in dirty secrets.”
In a statement, the organization said: “The BSA cares deeply about all victims of abuse and sincerely apologizes to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting.”
“The BSA intends to use the Chapter 11 process to create a Victims Compensation Trust that would provide equitable compensation to victims.
“Scouting programs will continue throughout this process and for many years to come. Local Councils are not filing for bankruptcy as they are legally separate and distinct organizations.”
It is exactly that distinction that victims’ attorneys say will form the core of the legal battle ahead over which assets Boy Scouts must use to pay legal settlements and which can be shielded. The primary debate, they say, will center on property owned by the 266 regional councils and local troops.
Reports of a potential bankruptcy first emerged at the end of 2018, with rumors that the nonprofit youth organization would follow in the footsteps of the Catholic Church, which has faced similar claims of abuse. But unlike the Catholic bankruptcy cases, in which more than 20 individual dioceses have filed for protection, the Boy Scouts’ case will play out on a national level.
Many saw the Scouts’ increase in annual membership fees in October, from $33 to $60, as evidence of financial trouble.
Then on Jan. 1, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – which for 100 years was among Boy Scouts’ largest partners – followed through on its plan to pull hundreds of thousands of Mormon youth out of Scouts in favor of its own youth program. That withdrawal caused an 18% drop in membership overnight, to fewer than 2 million.
But the nonprofit organization’s chief financial concern, according to victims’ attorneys and bankruptcy experts, is rising liability from abuse lawsuits. The suits have led to battles with insurance carriers, who refused to pay out claims saying the Scouts failed to take effective preventive measures to stop the abuse. In 2018, Boy Scouts sued six of its carriers.
“The problem with Boy Scouts is they’re caught in a vice grip of, on one hand, having insurance companies not paying on these claims that Boy Scouts have already settled, and second having dwindling economic resources on account of paying out money for sexual abuse settlements,” said attorney Paul Mones, who has tried dozens of high-profile cases against Boy Scouts.
NEWS RELEASE FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE TIM DUKES, R-LAUREL ON THE CLOSING OF RECORDS POND, (MILL DAM) FOR REPAIRS.
Laurel –– Time and Dates: 7:00 a.m. on March 2, 2020 until spring 2021
Location: Records Pond Dam between Delaware Avenue and US 13, Laurel
The Delaware Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announces that Records Pond Dam will be closed for improvements to the dam. The closure will include Willow Street across Records Pond Dam and all facilities located adjacent to the dam. These facilities include but are not limited to the boat ramp, pier, parking areas, and pedestrian fishing points.
The improvements include the following: rehabilitation of the dam, removal of trees, installation of sheet piles to reinforce the existing dam, installation of riprap to reduce further erosion, reconstruction of the roadway and two parking lots, installation of guardrail and aluminum railing, and grading of the embankment.
View full press release at: https://www.deldot.gov/About/news/index.shtml?dc=release&id=8001