A picture, it has been said, is worth a thousand words, but often it only tells a part of the story, leaving the rest at the mercy of media spin. This was clearly the case concerning the photograph of an empty room of a “diversity outreach” program at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) which went viral. Continue reading
Reflecting an auspicious trend in criminal justice, New York Attorney General Eric Scheniderman has proposed a bill, The Unjust Imprisonment Act, that would eliminate barriers preventing those wrongfully convicted in the state from recovering damages.
The bill will be introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, which, if passed, would allow those who falsely confessed or pleaded guilty to a crime they did not commit to pursue damages from the states while increasing the statute of limitations for wrongful conviction claims to three years. Continue reading
In December of 2006, just months after Jack Abramoff’s incarceration, Bernie Sprague, who provided false testimony against the superlobbyist in Sen. John McCain’se Indian Affairs Committee hearings, recommended that his Tribal Council purchase a group life insurance plan. That he would broach this idea was curious given that he complained vociferously about Abramoff’s efforts on behalf of Greenberg Traurig to sell a life insurance plan when he represented the tribe, with Sprague characterizing it as “unethical” and “corrupt.” Continue reading
A Republican politician from Sugarland, Texas, Congressman Tom DeLay may be southern, but he’s no gentleman. A brazen bad boy and eternal adolescent who lives by his own rules, like a societal outlaw, DeLay once retorted in response to a request to extinguish a cigar in a federal building: “I am the federal government.” Of course, he was only a player, and yet in DeLay’s world, the world revolves around DeLay. Continue reading
In the current edition of The New Yorker, George Packer has devoted some 12,000 words to a brilliant expose on how Amazon has undercut writers and publishers in a ruthless quest to sell books as close to cost as possible. As a result of its monopolistic practices, publishers are being forced to cut into their already slim profit margins to accommodate Amazon’s stringent demands, in turn, reducing the size of author advances. (The article can be read here: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/02/17/140217fa_fact_packers) Continue reading
Congressman Tom DeLay forged an alliance with the Abramoff false accusers, ensuring that federal charges against him were dropped and that he was able to cash in on a lucrative lobbying career afterward. Continue reading
If anyone is feeling sympathy for the nation’s most notorious exterminator, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the Congressman has established the Tom DeLay Legal Defense Fund to help him “pay legal fees and related expenses for the proceedings in Austin, Texas,” in which he was found guilty of money laundering charges which were later overturned on appeal by partisan conservative judges. Continue reading