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  1. #466

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Your legal system is really looking shameful. He will be back behind bars in a few days.
    No separation of powers anymore.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  2. #467

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    Judge orders release of Jeffrey Epstein records in response to Miami Herald litigation
    JULY 23, 2020 12:06 PM , UPDATED 31 MINUTES AGO

    A federal judge in New York on Thursday ordered the unsealing of key documents from a settled civil lawsuit involving Ghislaine Maxwell and victims alleging sex abuse and trafficking by the late Jeffrey Epstein.

    Senior District Judge Loretta Preska ruled from the bench in a telephonic hearing that the public interest in the matter outweighed Maxwell’s claims that the documents, including depositions of central players in the Epstein saga, would prove embarrassing or interfere with ongoing legal matters.

    Maxwell’s opposition to the unsealing effort, filed by the Miami Herald after it published a series of articles on Epstein titled Perversion of Justice, had long preceded her arrest on July 2 at a secluded New Hampshire mansion on allegations that she helped shepherd women and underage girls to Epstein for sexual abuse. She has pleaded innocent but was denied bail in a July 14 hearing.

    The documents ordered unsealed by Preska are from the process of discovery, where lawyers from each side can ask detailed questions of each other’s witnesses ahead of a trial. Specifically, they were motions already decided on by a judge who first heard the civil lawsuit from Epstein victims against Maxwell.

    Lawyers for Maxwell had argued that unsealing the documents could prejudice witnesses or victims in other outstanding cases. Preska was not buying it.

    “It should be clear … the court finds that the countervailing interests identified failed to rebut the presumption of public access to the motions,” Preska said, noting names of most non-parties in the case would be redacted from public view. “Accordingly those papers shall be unsealed.”

    The 2015 civil lawsuit was brought by Virginia Giuffre, who alleges Epstein abused her when she was 17 and that Maxwell recruited her when Giuffre was a spa assistant at Palm Beach’s Mar-A-Lago, owned by now-President Donald Trump.

    Through her publicist, Giuffre said she had no immediate comment.

    Preska said the presumption of public access to these documents “far outweighed” any rights to avoid embarrassment or annoyance claimed by Maxwell. She ordered the documents readied for unsealing within a week, but gave Maxwell’s lawyers a week to file an appeal. If none is granted, the documents would begin hitting the docket next Thursday.

    Aminda Marqués González, president, publisher and executive editor of the Miami Herald, said, “The Miami Herald’s tenacity in pursuit of the truth for the public is another example of the important role of local journalists. This is an expensive pursuit but it is vital.”

    The prosecution of Maxwell, 58, in the Southern District of New York is being closely watched since the alleged madam rubbed shoulders with Hollywood A-listers, Britain’s Prince Andrew and famous politicians, including Bill Clinton and Trump.

    Trump made headlines this week by using a coronavirus news conference to say he wished Maxwell well in her legal troubles.

    The outcome of the civil case will be of interest to prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz, as Giuffre has said Maxwell recruited her to have sex with Epstein and other men, including Dershowitz, who has denied the allegation.

    Dershowitz, who represented Epstein on legal matters and was also a friend of the multimillionaire, and Giuffre are suing each other for defamation.

    Dershowitz had urged the unsealing at least some of the documents, saying they would establish his truthfulness..
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  3. #468

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Wait. You don't want some documents to be opened because it could be embarrassing? How about not committing the crime because that could be embarrassing?
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  4. #469

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Wait. You don't want some documents to be opened because it could be embarrassing? How about not committing the crime because that could be embarrassing?
    There you go again using logic. this is all about privilege and entitlement.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  5. #470

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    Megan Mineiro @MMineiro_CNS


    D.C. Circuit agrees to again hear the case over the judge not immediately granting DOJ's motion to dismiss the prosecution, this time before the full appeals court on Aug 11.

    Darren Samuelsohn @dsamuelsohn

    Today's order also vacates an earlier 3-judge panel ruling from the DC circuit directing a lower court judge to accept the DOJ's request to toss out the former Trump national security adviser's guilty plea. Here's a link to the June @businessinsider story:
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  6. #471

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    Adam Klasfeld
    The government wants Judge Hellerstein to clarify what he meant by ordering the "release" of Michael Cohen, who was supposed to be transferred from prison to home confinement.

    The revised conditions no longer have a gag order.


    According to the letter, the government and Michael Cohen now agree that the lawsuit can be dismissed.

    SDNY attached the new terms of Cohen's release:

    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  7. #472

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    Adam Klasfeld@KlasfeldReports

    A federal judge orders records unsealed in accuser Virginia Giuffre's litigation with Alan Dershowitz.

    Those include letters by Giuffre, Dershowitz and Victoria's Secret CEO Les Wexner (plus the Wexner family's attorney John Zeiger).

    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  8. #473

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    Adam Klasfeld
    Citing unspecified "critical new information" impacting her criminal and civil cases, Ghislaine Maxwell wants to pause the unsealing process in the open-records battle for three weeks.

    Maxwell's counsel claims she cannot disclose that info because of a protective order.

    Put another way, Maxwell wants to delay public disclosure of secret files based on critical new information that she also claims to be secret.

    Her counsel's new letter here:

    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  9. #474

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    If those docs are unsealed, I have nothing to haggle with with the FBI.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  10. #475

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Joyce Alene
    The Flynn argument reduced to its essence: DOJ is afraid of what will come out if the judge inquires into the process that led it to dismiss charges against Flynn. This appeal is only about preventing that inquiry, as the Judge is highly likely to ultimately grant the motion.

    Barb McQuade @BarbMcQuade
    Replying to @JoyceWhiteVanceand @jentaub
    If the reason cannot be made public because classified, then judge can hear it in chambers or read it under seal.
    Seth Abramson

    And if there's a Biden administration it is "highly likely" to *re-open* the Flynn case, including all the potential charges against him that weren't pursued because of the plea deal he signed, violated heinously, sought to delay, did the allocution for, then demanded be imploded

    The question of whether a dismissal in Flynn's case should or would be "with prejudice" remains on the table, as DOJ is saying it has insufficient evidence but the intelligence community probe of Trump-era counterintelligence threats—a probe Flynn would be looked at in—is ongoing

    And Flynn taking a deal to protect his son then backing out—because he's a coward who refuses to face a laughably brief 0- to 6-month bid for treacherous conduct against the United States—means that locking his son Flynn Jr. in a cell is right back on the table where it should be

    Absolutely no one *now*, absolutely no one under a prospective Biden administration, and absolutely no one *ever* should sit down for the injustice of neither Flynn nor Flynn Jr. seeing even a second in federal prison because of treachery against the U.S. within and by Team Trump

    Flynn was a Trump co-conspirator from 2015 on in the subversion of our democracy via collusion with foreign powers for personal financial benefit, so any Trump pardon of Flynn or his son is constitutionally and legally invalid and should be ignored entirely by Trump's successors
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  11. #476

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    Nora Dannehy, Connecticut prosecutor who was top aide to John Durham’s Trump-Russia investigation, resigns amid concern about pressure from Attorney General William Barr

    SEP 11, 2020 AT 2:55 PM

    Federal prosecutor Nora Dannehy, a top aide to U.S. Attorney John H. Durham in his Russia investigation, has quietly resigned - at least partly out of concern that the investigative team is being pressed for political reasons to produce a report before its work is done, colleagues said.

    Dannehy, a highly regarded prosecutor who has worked with or for Durham for decades, informed colleagues in the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Haven of her resignation from the Department of Justice by email Thursday evening. The short email was a brief farewell message and said nothing about political pressure, her work for Durham or what the Durham team has produced, according to people who received it.

    Durham, who has never even acknowledged that Dannehy was in Washington working for him, had no immediate comment on the resignation.

    Durham recruited Dannehy to join his team after he was appointed by Attorney General William Barr more than a year and a half ago to examine the the FBI’s legal justification for a disputed counterintelligence investigation that looked for ties between President Donald J. Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian efforts to meddle in the election.

    Dannehy is a career prosecutor who worked closely with Durham before leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office about a decade ago for a corporate position in the defense industry. Durham persuaded her to return to the justice department and, within weeks, join his team in Washington in the spring of 2019.

    Colleagues said Dannehy is not a supporter of President Donald J. Trump and has been concerned in recent weeks by what she believed was pressure from Barr - who appointed Durham - to produce results before the election. They said she has been considering resignation for weeks, conflicted by loyalty to Durham and concern about politics.

    Durham is notoriously circumspect and neither he nor members of his team have revealed anything about the direction of their work. But Durham associates, none of whom have specific knowledge of the investigation, have said recently that it is their belief he is under pressure to produce something - perhaps some sort of report - before the presidential election in November.

    The thinking of the associates, all Durham allies, is that the Russia investigation group will be disbanded and its work lost if Trump loses.

    Dannehy was told to expect an assignment of from six months to a year when she agreed to join Durham’s team in Washington, colleagues said. The work has taken far longer than expected, in part because of complications caused by the corona virus pandemic. In the meantime, team members - some of whom are current or former federal investigators or prosecutors with homes in Connecticut - have been working long hours in Washington under pressure to produce results, associates said.

    As a assistant U.S. Attorney in Connecticut, Dannehy was known for building complex corruption cases against high-profile politicians. Among others, she convicted former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland and former state Treasurer Paul Silvester. In 2008, she was assigned to Washington to investigate whether prosecutors in the President George W. Bush justice department had been fired for political reasons.

    The Durham investigation produced its first public result in August with the arrest or former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who is accused of doctoring email from the CIA about a former Trump campaign adviser who was a target of secret FBI surveillance, according to documents filed in Washington’s federal court.

    The altered memo concerned former low level Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page, who years earlier had agreed to act as a source for the CIA and provide information to the agency about Russians he met in the course of business. The CIA wrote in the memo to the FBI that Page was a source. Clinesmith altered the memo to say that he was not, a change that arguably allowed the FBI to extend a wiretap order that it had for Page.

    Trump and his supporters have pointed to the Clinesmith arrest and conviction as evidence for the President’s contention that political opponents - including top figures in the FBI and intelligence services - have been trying to hamstring his presidency or force him from office with contrived claims that he or members of his campaign colluded with Russia to win the election.

    Barr has dropped hints in public that Durham’s investigation will produce something more significant - before the election - than the arrest of Clinesmith, who was charged with making a false statement.

    Critics of the administration have accused it of trying to manipulate the Durham investigation to shore up the President’s poll numbers.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  12. #477

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Daniel Goldman @danielsgoldman

    It is exceedingly rare for DOJ prosecutors to resign in protest, and this is the 2nd one this year to do so bc of improper political influence.

    This tells you all that you need to know about the bastardization of the Durham investigation by Bill Barr.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

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