Monday, January 25, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
A super huge ego often is the Achilles heal of top villains. El Chapo appears to be no exception. Guzman Loera now awaits probable extradition from Mexico to the United States where he will face charges of drug trafficking. Mexican Attorney General will likely support extradition. El Chapo has been on the run since he escaped for the second time in July. During the six months that El Chapo has been a fugitive, he has done an interview from Rolling Stones and consulted with Sean Penn concerning a possible movie deal. Rolling Stone
El Chapo has bragged that he "supplies more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world." One must wonder at trial how large of a poster a prosecutor would use displaying this quote! Guzman Loera even sent Sean Penn a video tape with followup information for his possible movie deal. Police and the military continued to hunt Guzman down as he continued to court a biographical movie.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Consensual drugs and sex vs. rape? While the issues can be defined, resolution can be as clear as the mixture of Quaaludes and expensive wine. Furthermore, you can bet your collectors edition of the Bill Cosby Show that Cosby won't take this criminal prosecution lying down. Cosby, who is out on bail is ready to fight. The 78-year old comedian is charged with sexual assault that allegedly occurred more than ten years ago. Cosby admitted that he had sexual contact with Andrea Costand in 2004; however, he claims it was all consensual. But Constand continues to alleged that Cosby invited him into his Philadelphia home, drugged her and forced himself on her. The former Temple women's basketball team director of operations, reported the alleged assault in 2005. Probable-cause affidavit.
Cosby allegedly offered her career advice and introduced her to influential people in order to help her advance her career. At some point, Cosby allegedly invited Costand to his home for dinner. She claims that "without warning" Cosby reached out and touched her pants, waist and inner thigh. At first blush it is hard to envision the now 78-year old Cosby moving quickly or having to force anyone to have sex with him. The allegations go on to claim that Cosby provided pills and wine and that Costand became dizzy and later frozen (suggesting partial paralysis.)
Cosby plead not guilty to second-degree aggravated indecent assault and posted 10% on his one million dollar bond. Cosby also surrendered his passport and was photographed and fingerprinted by the Cheltenham Police. Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele claims there was "penetration" without consent. If convicted, Cosby could be sentenced from five to ten years in prison and receive a $25,000 fine.
District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman campaigned with the promise to prosecute Cosby. But keep in mind, all defendants, especially Bill Cosby, are to be presumed innocent. Look for the trial of the Decade to take place in 2016. In the meantime, comics weigh in on their thoughts in the comment section!
Update 2-3-2016: One of Bill Cosby's lawyers, Jack Schmitt, would not have let the comedian testify in a 2005 lawsuit if he thought Cosby could still face criminal sexual assault charges. Schmitt apparently testified that Cosby's legal team considered the criminal case "irrevocably concluded" after a suburban Philadelphia district attorney (Bruce Castor) told them he was closing the investigation into charges Cosby drugged and violated Andrea Constand in 2004. Cosby was later deposed in Constand's civil suit and never once invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination "knowing the criminal matter had been concluded and could not be reopened." according to Schmitt.
Cosby former lawyer, Walter Phillips, apparently relied upon Castor's oral statement to the press instead of obtaining a formal writing from the prosecution. Former prosecutor, Castor, was called by the defense at the hearing. He testified that he found serous flaws in the 2005 case and declined to file charges. he also testified that he felt that his decision was binding. Castor further defended his decision not to bring charges because Constand's waited a year to report the allegations and had continued contact with Cosby. Castor even considered that extortion of the TV star might be a possible motive for the complaint.
Castor's successor (DA Kevin Steele) has nevertheless reopened the investigation into allegations concerning dozens of women who claim that he violated them. In the civil deposition, Cosby acknowledged giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to seduce. He even admitted reaching into Constand's pants but Cosby said it was consensual. The statute of limitations for prosecuting Cosby has run out in nearly every allegation. The pending case is the only one in which Cosby has been formally charged.
Judge Steven T. O'Neill may rule on Cosby's request to throw out the charges within the next seven days.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015
It would have been nice to have had a guest post by Donald Trump. Not for the entertainment value, but for direct blunt thoughts about the stupidity occurring at a holiday banquet for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health in California.
Does a label need to be put on Syed Rizwan Farook or his wife Tashfeen Malik other than murdering lunatics? The couple conducted what appears to be a well thought out murder of 14 people with approximately 17 others being wounded. Whether it's labeled as workplace violence or terrorism is pure crap! It is murder. Let's declare war on murders and make sure of the following:
One: No more glorification of the murders with so much media coverage.
Two: Punish each murderer to the full extent of the law.
Questions? Repeat step one and two!
Farook was apparently born in Chicago but raised in California. His internet bride apparently is from Pakistan but lived in the Middle East. The two were both apparently in Saudi Arabia within the last two years. They attended the banquet, then they suddenly left. They then returned with a plan to murder at a facility designed to help the developmentally disabled. Farook had been a public employee for about five years. Since returning to the U.S., he was reported as being "reserved."
Both Farook and his bride were killed in a gun fight less than four hours after the mass murder. The couple had fled in a rented SUV. Given the rental vehicle, amount of ammunition and explosives, this was a planned massacre. Unfortunately, there was a great deal of media coverage of the shootout and unfortunately, publicity is the last thing lunatics deserve. Furthermore, extensive media coverage appears to spawn further attacks.
Farook's brother in law, Farhan Khan, spoke to the media and condemned the violence. Farook and Malik had assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons in their SUV at the time of their death. The motive of the shooting is debatable. Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles, said not to jump to conclusions. Muzammil Siddiqi, chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, publicized his “sadness and sorrow” for the victims. “We are in solidarity with them," Siddiqi said, while condemning the “horrible violence," and urged people not to condemn Islam.
Legal Pub takes the position that there is indeed no need to condemn any religion. What needs to be condemned is anyone who promotes acts of violence and that condemnation needs to consist of punishing crimes to the maximum extent of the law.
Farook and Malik are survived by a six month child who was staying with relatives at the time of the shooting.
The couple apparently met in 2014 on a dating site. Malik came to the U.S. on a "Fiance Visa." Random dating site and social media photos below