A computer model developed in 1973 by a team of MIT researchers has predicted the "end of civilised life as we know it" by 2040, with a major change coming in 2020 - just two years away from now. express.co.uk/news/weird/100…
Regarding the jurors request for the “reasonable doubt” definition: this is a common request by jurors. I would estimate that 1/3 of my juries sent out this question. It is not a good barometer to measure juror leanings.
A better barometer is the question if they could get an amended copy of exhibit list to cross-reference which indictment counts a particular piece of evidence relates to. If I am defense counsel, my goal in such a case is to muddy waters & to confuse jurors. They appear confused.
All of this said, I will go out on a limb here and *GUESS* (based upon my reading of the trial) that the jury will come back with a mixed verdict. They will convict on some counts and acquit on others.
2/ I would like to discuss how these matters affect our faith.
3/ I grew up in a Catholic family with 7 children. Early on, we did the whole shebang — my mother was head of the choir. My brothers were altar boys. One of my first memories was singing a solo of “Sons of God” before the entire parish at age four.
Oh, for God’s sake. This is what happens when anyone disagrees in the slightest with the core group of #TeamPatriot
I never said Lanny Davis “brokered a deal for Firtash.” EVER. I said Lanny Davis represents Firtash. He does. I said Lanny Davis is assisting Firtash with helping the US government. He is.
I never said Lanny Davis represents Firtash on the federal Chicago docket. EVER. I said Lanny Davis represents Firtash. He does. I said Lanny Davis is assisting Firtash with helping the US government. He is. Btw: Davis is admitted to practice before the federal bar.
Defense in closing argues Manafort a victim of Special Counsel Office, possibly violating a pre-trial limine order barring any reference to the Trump-Russia investigation. Govt objected. Jury removed. Judge will rule on objection. A curative instruction will likely be given.
I do not think the government requested a mistrial, but I am checking to see. The government may have requested to reopen to submit rebuttal evidence on this limine violation, but I am checking on that as well.
1/ BRETT KAVANAUGH — A Thread. Re campaign finance law, he ruled in Emily’s List v. FEC (2009) that the FEC’s regulation restricting how nonprofits raise and spend money violates the First Amendment. His ruling came *before* the Citizens United decisions (transition.fec.gov/law/litigation…)
2/ In one of his more controversial opinions, in a 2011 case involving Obamacare known as Seven-Sky v. Holder, Kavanaugh wrote a dissenting opinion asserting that federal courts shouldn’t hear constitutional challenges to Obamacare. (scholar.google.com/scholar_case?h…)
3/ In 2012, Kavanaugh dissented from the majority in Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, a case that determined the EPA could disregard cost-benefit analysis when considering a regulation. SCOTUS reversed D.C. Circuit, citing Kavanaugh’s dissent (cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opini…)
Manafort’s strategy was to hold the govt to it’s burden of proof. He called no witnesses & put forth no evidence in his case-in-chief. This is not uncommon in criminal cases, especially with defendants whose own case evidence would open the door to damaging rebuttal evidence.
An aside: while jurors are not to read media accounts ABOUT THE TRIAL, jurors will likely have been exposed to coverage of the Strzok firing, and to Trump’s REPEATED tweets attempting to influence their deliberations about Mueller and the FBI’s investigative work.
The practice of going after the lawyers was popular with the Nazis, too. (concordmonitor.com/Lawyers-judges…). This is a fine line you are walking. The guilty and the innocent deserve due process. Both despots and the heros of democracy deserve due process. What are we fighting for?
After the Nazi rise to power in 1933, the German system of justice underwent "coordination" (alignment with Nazi goals). All professional associations involved w the administration of justice were merged into the National Socialist League of German Jurists.
In April 1933, Hitler passed one of the earliest antisemitic laws, purging Jewish, Socialist judges, lawyers & other court officers from their professions. The Academy of German Law & Nazi legal theorists advocated nazification of German law, cleansing it of "Jewish influence."
Holy hell. Azerbaijan is an arm of the Kremlin: President of the Republic of Azerbaijan has received a US Congressional delegation led by Devin Nunes and including member of the Nunes’ committee Rick Crawford. azernews.az/nation/136067.…
How’s that Israeli bribery scheme working out for you? Guess what? The statute of limitations does not expire on that crime of yours until 2021. The people are coming for you, @TomCottonAR — Enjoy federal prison.
1/ I’ve said for months Mueller will not subpoena Trump or some others who many are saying will be subpoenaed. Why? Because the DOJ generally does not issue grand jury subpoenas to targets. Here is the DOJ’s federal grand jury manual. justice.gov/usam/usam-9-11…
2/ Here is the guideline on subpoenaing targets. That a target would have Fifth Amendment privileges and that Trump would have Executive and Attorney-Client privileges also are factors.
3/ Notwithstanding subpoenas, Targets may be notified of grand jury proceedings to afford the target the opportunity to voluntarily testify. I believe THIS is what is occurring right now between Mueller and Trump.
“Red wave” makes no sense, optics-wise. Is there blood in the water? Is the water rusty? Did Moses smite Pharaoh with a curse by turning the water blood red? Did Jaws cause a bloodbath on the beach? Who are his advisors? 🤨
Confession 1: I lean pretty far left. All things being equal, in a non-Trump world, I’d choose a Dem Socialist over a Centrist, because I believe Dem Socialism embodies who Democrats have always been. I don’t have that luxury right now. This is not about me and my preferences.
Confession 2: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stresses me the hell out, and I am a former Bernie Sanders voter. She lacks the ability to communicate effectively to a broad base of our party. While I FULLY support her success, she is not the poster-child for the Democratic Party.
Confession 3: As a member of the Democratic Party, I pledge to support the 2020 candidate the Party, as a whole, determines is best to carry forward our agenda. I pledge to support local candidates the Democratic Party determines to best reflect the values of their constituents.
2/ The administration's announcement came after demands from GOP chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ed Royce of CA. Royce called on Trump to hold Russia accountable for the #Skripal poisonings & publicly chastised Trump for not acting quickly on the matter.
3/ "Your findings were due to the committee within 60 days," Royce wrote in a July 26 letter to Trump. "Ninety-three days have now passed since my request, yet we have not received the statutorily required determination." foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/…
Here's the indictment for Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY). Feds announced insider trading charges against him and his sons this morning. Collins was an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign and served on Trump’s transition team. documentcloud.org/documents/4639…
2/ A few observations: Collins was attending a **congressional picnic at the White House** when he committed many of the criminal acts for which he has been charged.
3/ Collins was already under investigation for insider trading (via OCE) at the time he committed the criminal acts set forth in the indictment.
74.8% of precincts reporting. O’Connor at 50.1%, per @politico
75.5% of precincts reporting. O’Connor at 49.9%.
This was Gov. John Kasich’s old seat. This district has only been held by a Democrat for 2 years since 1940. Trump carried this district by a huge margin. 84.8% of precincts reporting. O’Conner with 49.7%.
1/ It’s time to really scrutinize @SecretaryRoss and his role in the Trump Campaign’s conspiracy with the Kremlin-GRU. Let’s begin w this detailed thread on Vekselberg, who is directly tied to the now-indicted GRU hackers.
Anatoly Antonov (Russian Ambassador to US): “When I was a young diplomat, I had to report to the embassy about all my contacts with the Americans. Now everything has changed. Today, Americans are afraid to communicate with Russian diplomats. And with me!”
The GOP is too skittish to meet on US soil with the Russian Ambassador to the US, presumably because such contacts would be subject to intel surveillance. This is why the Kremlin-compromised few have made their way to Moscow recently — to be surveilled by the FSB. 🤷🏼♀️