Category Archives: Law & Courts

April 20, 2017

When California’s lawmakers target your family

Gina Loudon exposes shocking ‘political retaliation’ by Dems destroying state.

Any common-sense American would know that you can’t write a law to put one person out of business. That would be unconstitutional.

But that is exactly what the Democratic supermajority did to my husband. They wrote a bill to put him out of business.

This is political retaliation.

My husband and I moved here almost five years ago, with a plan to take this beautiful state back from the hands of those bilking it into destruction.

The Democrats, in their unfettered power, are destroying California. Most of the land that could be developed is owned by the state or the feds. If you fly over the coast of California, you learn that there are countless islands just off the coast that can never be developed. Under the waves, valuable crude oil that sits untapped, nevertheless seeps to the surface and onto beaches, by force of nature.

California’s highest-in-the-nation housing costs and highest-in-the-nation energy costs are of no concern to the progressives who dream of a total housing ban. They are utterly unconcerned that California’s productive population is leaving, a primary cause of California’s pecuniary dire straits.

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April 13, 2017

Foreign Nationals Plead Guilty to Major Identity Theft

The last of five defendants, all immigrants from the former Soviet Union, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a multi-million dollar credit card fraud and identity theft scheme in federal district court in Los Angeles Tuesday.

The stolen credit cards, numbering into the hundreds according to court documents, were used to make cash withdrawals, purchase money orders, and buy expensive goods that were later resold for cash.

According to documents from the FBI investigation that led to their arrests, the defendants received the stolen card information from hackers authorities believe are operating in Russia. Some of America’s most sensitive industries were hit in the three separate cyberattacks that yielded these cards, including an airline and multiple healthcare administrators. The attacks took place in 2014-2016 and the information stolen has been linked to other major fraud schemes. In all, authorities estimate total losses at $5 million. According to the Department of Justice, one American company went out of business as result of the fraud.

Russian Nationals Irina Fedoseeva, Timur Safin, Dmitry Fedoseev, and Kristina Gerasimova, along with Belorussian Siarhei Patapau, have now all agreed to guilty pleas from their involvement in the scam. All will now be sentenced in June and September by United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson for felony identity theft and fraud. The maximum sentences for each defendant range from five to twelve years in federal prison.

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April 12, 2017

Sessions Declares End to Border Lawlessness: ‘This is the Trump Era’

Attorney general unveils new measures to enhance border security, immigration enforcement.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions proclaimed an end to the “lawlessness” of illegal immigration, “the abdication of duty to enforce our laws,” and “the catch-and-release policies of the past” as he unveiled new immigration policies during a speech Tuesday at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Speaking in Nogales, Arizona, Sessions reaffirmed President Donald Trump’s commitment to securing the border, enforcing immigration laws, and cracking down on illegal immigration. As he revealed the elements of the Justice Department’s new strategy, the attorney general offered a stern message to current and potential illegal immigrants: “The illegality is over.”

“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era. This is the Trump Era,” Sessions said. “The lawlessness, the abdication of duty to enforce our laws, and the catch-and-release policies of the past are over.”

“This is what happens when you have a president who understands the threat, who is not afraid to publicly identify the threat and to stand up to it, and who makes clear to law enforcement that the leadership of our country finally has their back and tells the whole world that the illegality is over,” Sessions added.

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Foreigners Now Account for 61% of Federal Arrests

The Pew Research Center released an analysis of Justice Department numbers Monday showing a massive increase in the prominence of immigration-related offenses in federal law enforcement.

Pew cited a report released last month by the Bureau of Justice Statistics to show that immigration offenses accounted for fully half of federal arrests in 2014, up from only 28% a decade earlier. Consequently, the Department of Homeland Security, which includes Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), now makes more arrests than the FBI, DEA, BATFE, U.S. Marshal’s Service, and all other branches of the Justice Department combined.

According to Pew:

The geographic distribution of federal arrests also shows the growing emphasis on immigration offenses. In 2014, 61% of all federal arrests – or more than 100,000 – occurred in just five federal judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Driven by this massive increase in immigration arrests, a staggering 61% of federal arrests are now of non-U.S. citizens. These arrests, mostly for immigration offenses, but including thousands for other crimes, do not include the hundreds of thousands of non-criminal apprehensions of illegal aliens each year.

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April 11, 2017

Lawsuit: Sanctuary City Mayor Accused of ‘Raping and Molesting’ Teenage Boys

A lawsuit alleges Seattle mayor Ed Murray, who has defended the city’s policy of refusing to turn over illegal alien criminals to federal authorities, raped drug-addicted, teenaged boys.

A 46-year-old plaintiff, identified as D.H., claims that he met Murray on a bus and Murray allegedly “propositioned” him for “private visits” at his apartment. D.H., who says he was 15 and addicted to drugs at the time, claims Murray allegedly requested he perform sexual acts in exchange for $10 to $20 dollars. According to the Seattle Times, the alleged victim is coming forward as part of a “healing process”:

“I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,” the man, now sober for a year, said in an interview with The Seattle Times. He said he was coming forward as part of a “healing process” after years of “the shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he put me through.”

A spokesman for Murray declared he will “vigorously fight these allegations in court.” Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that the Seattle mayor allegedly sexually abused others “as children”:

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a nationally famous champion of gay rights and progressive causes, has been accused by three men of having sex with them as children…

The unnamed plaintiff and two other men gave interviews to the Seattle Times — all telling similar stories about a politico in his late 20s and 30s, who befriended street kids, paid them and had his way with them.

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April 10, 2017

Prosecutors Ask for 7.5 Years for Corrupt Former Chicago Schools Chief

Federal prosecutors have recommended a seven and a half year jail sentence for former Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett who pleaded guilty to corruption charges in 2015.

Prosecutors said that Byrd-Bennett was fully aware that the city’s school system was in a financial meltdown long before she became head of the schools; she worked a scam to receive kickbacks for steering up to $23 million in no-bid contracts to a consulting firm where she once worked, WGN TV reports.

Prosecutors criticized the former educrat for working to “enrich herself and her co-schemers at the expense” of the city, the taxpayers, and the students of Chicago.

While admitting to the “extraordinary breach of trust,” Byrd-Bennett’s defense team asked for only a three and a half year sentence.

Once hailed by city leaders as the woman who would reform the troubled Chicago Public School System, only a few years into her tenure Byrd-Bennett was indicted on 23 counts of corruption.

By October of 2015, the former schools chief pleaded guilty to the charges and now faces a sentencing hearing.

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April 9, 2017

Video: Students Chant ‘F–k The Police,’ Threaten Reporter, Block Access To Pro-Police Speaker Heather Mac Donald

All students involved with blocking access to the building were committing a crime, although no arrests were made.

An angry mob of over 250 anti-police protesters and Black Lives Matter supporters shut down a lecture by Heather Mac Donald, author of “The War on Cops”, at Claremont McKenna College.

According to Breitbart, the anti-police protests began before Ms. Mac Donald’s scheduled lecture Thursday evening, April 6. Student protesters shouted “F–k the police” and “Black Lives Matter,” and banged on windows. This forced the lecture to be live-streamed online instead of in-person as originally scheduled.

All students involved with blocking access to the building were committing a crime, although no arrests were made.

On Wednesday, April 5, a similar event was shut down by protesters at UCLA.

According to Ms. MacDonald:

“The protesters surrounded all the doors to the Atheneum where I was supposed to speak, so none of the students who had signed up to attend my lecture could get in. I was hustled from my guest suite by several police officers from Claremont PD into the lecture hall. It was decided that I would give the speech for live streaming to a largely empty hall. The organizers moved the podium so that it would not be visible through the windows to the students surrounding the building once night fell. We jumpstarted the timing of my talk as the crowd seemed to be getting more unruly.”

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April 6, 2017

Sanctuary City Mayor Battles Tucker: Policing ‘Easy For White Men Like Us’ (Video)

Mayor Virgil Bernero (D) of Lansing, Michigan debated Tucker Carlson on the legitimacy of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plan to withhold federal funds from cities that won’t enforce federal immigration law.

Carlson reported that despite Sessions’ warnings, Lansing voted to become a sanctuary city, and he asked Bernero when it was OK to defy any federal law in such a way.

Bernero said that it is never proper to do so, and added that his executive order on the topic abides by federal law.

He invited Sessions and President Trump to advise him anytime on how to increase public safety in Lansing, but said he would never “federalize” his police force to become an immigration enforcer.

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San Gabriel Valley raids target scammers who helped wealthy Chinese get U.S. visas, feds say

Some of the investors, for example, are on a Chinese government list of most-wanted fugitives, accused of bribery and other crimes, according to the affidavit.

After years of sleuthing, federal agents Wednesday raided San Gabriel Valley homes and an office that investigators have linked to an alleged multimillion-dollar immigration and finance scam that allowed wealthy Chinese investors to obtain U.S. residency.

The suspects in the case are accused of collecting $50 million from scores of Chinese nationals, who were granted permission to live in the United States in exchange for investing the money in development projects that authorities say never occurred.

The money, investigators claim in court records, fueled a luxurious life of multimillion-dollar homes and high-priced cars for the alleged masterminds of the scheme — Victoria Chan, an attorney; Tat Chan, her father; and Fang Zeng, the father’s friend.

The raids come as money has poured into the San Gabriel Valley in recent years from China, causing home values to soar and fueling a boom in upscale development catering to wealthy visitors from the mainland.

Investigators said Wednesday’s searches targeted a scheme that exploited a little-known type of immigration visa reserved for high-end investors that has been beset by poor oversight and claims of fraud.

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April 4, 2017

Feds Sentence Waste Management Supervisors for Hiring Illegal Workers

A federal district court sentenced three Waste Management supervisors to prison for hiring 10 or more illegal aliens. The charges include a conspiracy to encourage and induce migrants to enter and live in the country. Feds revealed that two of the men involved in the conspiracy are Salvadoran nationals. The third is a U.S. citizen.

A jury convicted Rudy Alexander Martinez, 36, and Israel Arquimides Martinez, 44 on April 8, 2016, after a trial that lasted two weeks and about six hours of deliberation. The jury determined the two Salvadoran nationals conspired to employ and actually employed illegal aliens, according to information obtained from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials by Breitbart Texas. Also, the jury found the defendants encouraged and induced illegal aliens to enter the country without documentation and to reside in the U.S. Finally; the jury convicted the two men on charges of aggravated identity theft–a separate offense that carries a sentence of two years which runs consecutive to any other sentencing.

Ceasar Santiago Arroyo, 51, a Houston resident and U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty on March 31 to the conspiracy. He served as a district operations manager for Waste Management.

Rudy and Israel Martinez worked for Waste Management in supervisory or management capacities. Rudy served as a commercial route manager while Israel served as a lead driver in residential operations.

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