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Philly cop shooter identified

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John was covering the standoff in Philadelphia last night, where an armed suspect had shot six police officers after authorities attempted to execute a warrant for suspected drug dealing. Thankfully, all of the officers survived and as of this morning, they had all been released from local hospitals. The good news is that the suspect was eventually taken into custody without further violence. An attorney who was familiar with the suspect had been in contact with him and was allowed to come to the scene and meet with him in person. He eventually convinced him to lay down his weapon and surrender.

The shooter was later identified as Maurice Hill, age 38. And he has a rap sheet as long as your arm involving not just drug dealing, but gun crime convictions and violently resisting arrest. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Police sources identified the gunman in a standoff at a Tioga apartment building that left six police officers injured as Maurice Hill, 36, a Philadelphia man with a lengthy history of gun convictions and of resisting attempts to bring him to justice.

The police sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak. Reached by phone about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Shaka Johnson, the lawyer who most recently represented Hill, confirmed that Hill had a connection to the standoff…

Hill’s history in the adult criminal justice system began in 2001 when he was 18 and was arrested with a gun that had an altered serial number.

Public records show that he has been arrested about a dozen times since turning 18, and convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison; the longest sentence handed him came in 2010, when a federal judge gave him a 55-month term.

Even if you believe in the theory of three strikes and you’re out, this guy has long since used up all of his chances. With a record like that and now six cop shootings added to the list, he really has no need to see the outside of a jail cell for the rest of his life. Frankly, after you fire on that many cops, it’s a miracle he was able to leave the building on his own two feet. And if his attorney hadn’t arrived on the scene, he probably wouldn’t have.

In a display of just how much the Philly police have to put up with (in addition to being shot at) “helpful” neighbors of Mr. Hill were seen mocking, insulting and even shoving the police officers on the scene who were trying to take Hill into custody. This is apparently how they treat those who are there to protect and serve. (CBS Philadelphia)

While Philadelphia police officers were dealing with a gunman who shot six of their own during a standoff at a home in the Nicetown-Tioga section, cops also had to deal with being taunted by some bystanders. CBS3’s Alexandria Hoff reports a crowd of people laughed and yelled at officers in the midst of gunfire during a standoff on Wednesday.

A reporter on the scene reported being harassed herself even as neighbors were complicating the job of the police with their disrespectful behavior.

Philadelphia has been dealing with a sustained spike in gun violence and other crime recently. And if this is the level of support they’re getting from residents, it may be a while before they can get it under control.

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Daily Mail: Ghislaine Maxwell is alive and lying low — in the U.S.?

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This is the sex-trafficking equivalent of learning that Ayman al-Zawahiri is hiding out in a duplex outside Chicago.

All week I’ve been reading about how Epstein’s alleged chief procurer hasn’t been seen publicly in three years and is believed to have gone underground in Europe, where she’s presumably on the run from international dragnets, state spy services, and of course the occasional team of elite assassins hired by some rich degenerate or another to silence those who could ruin him.

Nope, says the Daily Mail. She’s hanging out at a mansion outside Boston with her tech CEO boyfriend.

Uhhhhh, do the feds know?

Ghislaine Maxwell, long-time consort of Jeffrey Epstein and the alleged procurer of victims in his underage sex trafficking ring, has been laying low in a New England beach town, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.

Maxwell, 57, is in a relationship with Scott Borgerson, 43, and has been living with him at his secluded oceanfront property at the end of a long private road in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.

The British socialite has been loath to leave the $3 million mansion, a source told DailyMail.com amid heightened focus on Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators following the convicted pedophile’s apparent suicide on Saturday.

‘She’s become a real homebody, rarely ventures out. She’s the antithesis of the woman who traveled extensively and partied constantly with Epstein,’ said a source familiar with Maxwell’s new life.

It was also the Daily Mail that reported a few days ago that Maxwell was allegedly ready to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their case against Epstein, before that case ended at the bottom of a makeshift noose. If that’s true then one would assume they do know where she is. But with Epstein now gone, what’s left for them to cooperate on? Maxwell’s the biggest cheese left in the alleged pedophile ring (that we know of) and the public is hungry for justice after Epstein cheated them. No less a figure than Bill Barr warned on Monday that Epstein’s co-conspirators shouldn’t rest easy, as the investigation will continue. She has no reason to hang around and hope for mercy.

Imagine if the feds *didn’t* know where Maxwell is and the Daily Mail story today caused her to bug out before they could get to her.

Even if they knew her location, could they charge her with anything? Don’t be so sure, says former prosecutor Renato Mariotti:

To make a case against the Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, who is suspected of recruiting young girls for him, prosecutors would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she knew that the girls she recruited were underage and would be abused by Mr. Epstein. Her legal team will likely argue that she would not have helped him if she knew he would abuse underage girls. After all, it’s not a crime to work for a criminal unless you are in on the crime. Jurors might believe prosecutors set her up to take the fall because Mr. Epstein eluded their grasp.

State prosecutors would have a larger universe of sex crimes they could charge her with, like solicitation, but the statute of limitations has likely run on most of those given that the crimes alleged by Epstein’s victims happened years ago. To get Maxwell they’d need to nail her on something so grave that the statute of limitations doesn’t apply — rape, for instance. How would they prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Maxwell’s guilty of that?

As for why she would be hiding in the U.S. instead of abroad, it may be that the U.S. is the safest place for her, ironically. Remember that Prince Andrew from her native UK is tangled up with Epstein too, and the Daily Mail notes that she and her family are loathed back home for having lived lavishly on pension funds which her father pilfered from his publishing empire. If she’s in fear for her life, she may be marginally safer here than there — although possibly not after today’s Daily Mail story. Meanwhile, I’m curious about her supposed relationship with Borgerson. What does he see in a disgraced accused sex trafficker who’s nearly 15 years his senior?

Here’s the latest drone video from that guy who’s flying recon missions over Pedophile Island — this time catching the FBI and NYPD in action inside Epstein’s home. Exit quotation from one of Epstein’s accusers:

Eventually, she got the camera and was soon flying to Jeffrey’s private island with other teen girls, to meet other men.

“[Maxwell] called us her children,” Sjoberg recalled. “At one point when we were in the islands we were all watching a movie and she called us her children.”

“Did she ever refer to herself as a mother?” the lawyer asked.

“Yes, like a mother hen.”

Calling the girls “children” suggests that she did have a pretty firm idea about their ages, right?

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Neighbors form human chain to obstruct ICE officer making arrest

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Here’s something I hope doesn’t become the beginning of a disturbing trend. In a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, an ICE agent arrived at the home of an illegal alien to make an arrest. The suspect was sitting in his van with son and the officer blocked them off from escaping with his own vehicle. What should have been a fairly routine detention then took a turn for the weird. Neighbors began showing up, delivery food, water and gasoline to the suspect, eventually forming a human chain to block the ICE agent while the man ran back into his house. (The Hill)

A group of neighbors in Hermitage, Tenn., formed a human chain Monday morning to prevent an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent from trying to bring a man into custody.

News Channel 5 Nashville reported that an ICE vehicle had blocked the man, who was inside his van with his son, from leaving his driveway.

Over the course of the morning, neighbors brought the man water, gas and wet rags to allow him to remain in the van, according to the outlet. After about four hours, the group formed a human chain to allow the two to run from the vehicle and enter their house.

By the time all of this was over, local police were on the scene as well, but they didn’t step in on either side of the standoff. They were only there to keep order, not to assist with immigration enforcement activities. (See: sanctuary policies.)

The problem for the ICE agent was that he had an administrative warrant. This authorized him to detain the suspect, but not to forcibly remove him from his home or vehicle. Once the illegal alien left the vehicle to head for the house the agent could have arrested him had he not been blocked by the human chain of neighbors.

First of all, this type of obstruction is illegal and it has nothing to do with immigration law. In Tennessee, Prevention or Obstruction of Legal Writ or Process is a Class A misdemeanor. Depending on the circumstances, additional charges may be brought that are felonies. The ICE agent was following the law by refraining from attempting to remove the man from his vehicle. But as soon as the neighbors moved to block to officer from reaching the illegal alien, they were in violation of the law.

If this town has sanctuary policies in place forbidding the local police from assisting ICE, that’s one thing. But that doesn’t mean that they can blithely stand by and watch a crime being committed just because it proves to be an inconvenience to immigration enforcement. The neighbors were breaking the law, but the local police were negligent as well. This establishes a very damaging precedent and they should all be held to account or we’re going to be seeing this all over the country.

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Billionaire Epstein arrested for sex-trafficking minors — will he name names?

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The first time Jeffrey Epstein faced charges for sexual abuse of minors, he got a sweetheart deal from prosecutors. This time around, the billionaire hedge-fund tycoon may not be so lucky — and neither may be the people with whom he pals around. Epstein will appear in federal court after getting arrested over the weekend on a whole new set of charges that sound depressingly familiar:

Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, and will appear in court in New York on Monday, according to three law enforcement sources. The arrest comes about 12 years after the 66-year-old financier essentially got a slap on the wrist for allegedly molesting dozens of underage girls in Florida.

For more than a decade, Epstein’s alleged abuse of minors has been the subject of lawsuits brought by victims, investigations by local and federal authorities, and exposés in the press. But despite the attention cast on his alleged sex crimes, the hedge-funder has managed to avoid any meaningful jail time, let alone federal charges.

The new charges allege that Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for “massages” and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his palatial residence in Palm Beach. Several employees and associates allegedly recruited the girls for Epstein’s abuse, and some victims eventually became recruiters themselves, according to law enforcement. The girls were as young as 14, and Epstein knew they were underage, according to police.

How depressing is this familiarity? The charges sound like the same potential charges that then-US Attorney Alex Acosta, now Secretary of Labor, dealt away in allowing Florida to undercharge Epstein instead. However, the Washington Post reports that they’re not the same charges, because the new indictment involves new criminal conduct discovered since Epstein’s plea deal:

Prosecutors could face significant challenges if the new case is premised on conduct that was covered as part of Epstein’s plea deal, no matter how unsavory it might be. But if investigators discovered wrongdoing they did not know about previously or that was not covered by the plea — even if it occurred years in the past — they would be allowed to bring new charges.

A person familiar with the matter said prosecutors do not have significant double jeopardy concerns or concerns about Epstein’s previous plea, meaning the charges probably involve new victims or new alleged wrongdoing. …

The precise nature of the charges — and how they differ from the previous allegations to which Epstein, now 66, pleaded guilty in 2008 — could not immediately be learned. Epstein attorney Martin Weinberg did not respond to a request for comment late Saturday. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, where Epstein is expected to appear in federal court this week, declined to comment.

The latest charges add a significant new wrinkle to the considerable political and legal saga surrounding Epstein. The wealthy financier — who counted among his friends President Trump and former president Bill Clinton — pleaded guilty in 2008 to state charges in Florida of soliciting prostitution in a controversial arrangement that allowed him to resolve far more serious federal allegations of molesting young girls.

Some of this might involve crimes ignored in the first plea deal, which could at least theoretically still be tried. Double jeopardy does not attach to uncharged crimes in a plea deal, but plea deals negotiated by the kind of attorneys Epstein could afford can be complicated affairs. A Miami Herald investigation last year by Julie Brown into the Epstein plea deal uncovered more victims, younger victims, who never got a chance to fight for their day in court. That exposé embarrassed the Department of Justice and Florida officials, and that might have motivated them to give this another shot — assuming it can get past the plea deal.

On the other hand, this indictment might involve new criminal behavior. In the video below, the reporter who wrote that exposé explains that the statute of limitations would largely prevent some — but not all — of the potential victims of his previous schemes. It’s more likely that new victims have emerged since the elimination of the federal statute of limitations in 2002. If Epstein has continued to sexually prey on underage girls, then everyone involved in that sweetheart plea deal should resign their posts immediately, especially Acosta. They had an opportunity to put Epstein behind bars for at least several years; instead, they let him loose with a slap on the hand.

Epstein won’t be able to deal himself out of this indictment, not in the current cultural and political mood. No one wants to end up as the next Alex Acosta, explaining to Congress why they let a wealthy political operator slide again on predation and trafficking of children. That is, Epstein will at least have to give prosecutors a lot more in return for any kind of (very limited) leniency. Facing a life sentence and ruinous lawsuits from victims, Epstein might start dishing dirt on those who preyed right along with them.

As Miami Herald reporter Julie Brown told MSNBC yesterday, they’re already “sweating it out right now.” They’re focused on the Trump angle, but that’s not the only Oval Office occupant with a connection to Epstein:

“I’ve felt a lot of pressure,” Brown answered. “Needless to say, these are very powerful people and I think that they’re sweating a little bit, especially today. We don’t know how much, how deep this went, how far-reaching it went in government, but there have been a lot of names that I could see on these message pads [listing clients] on a regular basis as part of the evidence.”

Brown continued: “These message pads where they would call and leave Epstein messages, such as, ‘I’m at this hotel.’ Why do you do that, unless you’re expecting him to send you a girl to visit you at your hotel? So there are probably quite a few important people, powerful people, who are sweating it out right now. We’ll have to wait and see whether Epstein is going to name names.” …

“Trump was also on his plane, probably not as much as a lot of other people because, you know, Trump had his own plane. But they had a lot of social relationships. And the other interesting thing is Trump had a modeling agency, and Epstein also had a stake in a modeling agency, which they suspect he used to bring in underage girls from overseas.”

The floodgate of accusations opened long ago with Trump, who has had over a dozen women accuse him of sexual misconduct of varying degrees since he began running for president four years ago. None of them have been underage, however, and one would think that the ground was ripe enough for those accusations to emerge even without any action against Epstein.

On the other hand, Clintonworld has to wonder how many of these stories might involve Bill once they start emerging. Epstein’s plea deal put a convenient end to inquiries about Bill’s friendship with the billionaire sex trafficker, but a new prosecution might reopen the subject to more scrutiny. Bill has largely avoided the #MeToo issue except for a recapitulation of the Monica Lewinsky affair during his book tour, but his reputation suggests that Epstein would have been a serious temptation to a man who didn’t have a track record of successfully resisting them.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest Will Still Not Get Trump Or Clinton Arrested

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FILE- In this July 30, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Epstein is shown in custody in West Palm Beach, Fla. Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta is expected to face questions at his Senate confirmation hearing about an unusual plea deal he oversaw for Epstein, a Florida billionaire and sex offender, as U.S. attorney in Miami. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Uma Sanghvi, File)/Palm Beach Post via AP)

Upon news that Jeffrey Epstein is, once again, headed to court over child sex trafficking charges, social media was all abuzz over what this meant for their preferred political boogeyman.

Both Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, among others, have ties to Epstein – a billionaire with a thing for massages from underage girls – and more than once each side of the political aisle has pointed accusingly at the other, saying “Your guy is really gonna get it now!”, though with way more exclamation points than I feel is appropriate.

Epstein’s last court fight ended in little more than a slap on the wrist, and it appears as though the new charges, which are set to be unsealed Monday, will look a lot like the old charges. Of course, innocent until proven guilty and all that, but the guy does have tons of similar accusations being leveled against him. Far more accusations than could be called a coincidence or a coordinated attack.

It is likely Epstein was up to his coin purse in illicit sexual encounters with young women, and it is likely that, him being a billionaire with some big name contacts, palled aroud with a lot of big names – including Trump and Clinton. You can make the case that either of those two men must be brought down for their friendship with Epstein. However, don’t expect the legal system to take part in the hunt.

The big deal right now is that a scumbag pedophile is going back before the court to try and defend himself. Hopefully, the legal system has its act together this time and will get the scumbag removed from polite society for good. Epstein’s trial, however, is not the place for partisan point-making. Anyone who was party to Epstein’s crimes is fair game. If either Trump or Clinton was indeed involved, they should also be brought before a jury. If they prosecutors feel there is a case, they should make it.

But it is not about politics. It is about what is universally right and universally wrong. Trump and Clinton, both men with personal faults when it comes to women, are likely not going to be brought up in this trial. While we don’t know what evidence the prosecutors have, public knowledge – the tidbits made available via news outlets and public records – does not have enough to truly implicate either.

Most of you reading this will likely try to direct me to any number of stories mentioning Clinton being flown on Epstein’s private jet. Coincidence? Your mileage may vary. Actionable intelligence? Doubtful.

It’s highly unlikely that this trial is going to go beyond the scope of the charges here: Epstein trafficked young – too young – women for sexual purposes. He is a sleazy guy and he has been in some sleazy social circles. But the idea that this is going to become exactly what many of Robert Mueller’s critics said his investigation was – a much-too-broad political witch hunt that went well beyond the scope of the initial concerns of the FBI – seems pretty ridiculous.

Let us set politics aside here and pray that justice for these young women will be found and that a scumbag will finally receive the punishment he so richly deserves. You won’t find political satisfaction here, but not everything needs that. Just hope that justice is done.

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Video: Marine Veteran Launches Into a Group of Leftist Protesters In Order to Rescue a Burning Flag

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It shouldn’t surprise anyone that leftists decided to show up at the Independence Day parade in order to vocally denounce the greatness of the greatest nation in the world. It also shouldn’t surprise anyone that they were vastly outnumbered by the people there to celebrate the fact that they live in a nation where you can have stupid ideas like that without being put in jail.

Regardless, a few of the protesters decided to get together and chant about how America was never great, and do a little flag burning while they were at it. They were riding high on the smell of their own gas until a veteran showed up and rescued the flag.

According to the Washington Examiner’s Steven Nelson, who captured the event on video, a man wearing a red “MAGA” shirt plowed into the midst of some of the protesters and proceeded to make off with it. He quickly put the flag out and made his way back to the protesters and physically pushed them. The protesters quickly closed ranks with their backs to one another and began chanting.

“My flag mother f**kers!” said the man.

Nelson asked if the man was a veteran, and got an answer in the affirmative.

Some of the protesters were arrested shortly after the flag burning.

While it is legal to burn the flag, Nelson reported that a Secret Service statement said the protesters were arrested on different charges:

In a statement, the Secret Service said two officers “received minor injuries while attempting to make arrests” and were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Supreme Court has found flag-burning protected by the First Amendment, but the Secret Service said Johnson and the other man were arrested on different charges. One faces a charge for “felony assault on a police officer and malicious burning” and the other “for obstructing a police investigation and resisting arrest.” The agency did not identify either man by name.

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Fox: Pelosi has told Dems at caucus meetings, “We should go down there and arrest” Trump

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With all due respect to the Fox News news desk, I’m skeptical. What would it even mean to say, “We should go down there and arrest the man”? Suddenly I’m picturing her leading an elite team of 20 Democratic congressmen dressed in SWAT gear into the White House and fighting their way past the Secret Service to the Oval Office.

Maybe followed by a hot pursuit through the streets of D.C. after Trump flees out the back door and hops behind the wheel of the presidential limo to make his getaway.

Also, arrest him for what? The only power Congress has to detain people as far as I know is to enforce a contempt citation, and Trump hasn’t been held in contempt. (Although House Dems would love to do so in order to rebuke his many assertions of executive privilege over witnesses and documents they’ve demanded.) If you believe the Times, even Bill Barr might end up dodging a contempt vote.

So what the hell would this even mean?

Nancy Pelosi suggested this week that Democratic leaders should look beyond the short-term question of whether to pursue impeachment against President Trump – something the House speaker is loath to do considering the high political risk and low chance of success – to the possibility of pursuing charges against him once he leaves office.

Pelosi, D-Calif., reportedly referenced this scenario in a meeting with Democrats this week. Politico reported that the House speaker told top committee chairmen: “I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison.”…

Several House Democratic sources told Fox News that Pelosi has said similar things about Trump in past caucus meetings, such as “we should go down there and arrest the man.” The sources said Pelosi is trying to put any action off until after the election, making the case that Democrats should defeat Trump in 2020 — and then seek prosecution after he leaves office.

That sounds like Pelosi overcompensating rhetorically for the fact that she doesn’t want to impeach Trump. She has upwards of 60 people in her caucus pressing her to open impeachment proceedings; in order to hold them off, she may feel obliged to talk tough — ridiculously, unrealistically tough — in private to reassure them that she hates the president just as much as they do. “You guys only want to impeach? Why, I was thinking we should lock his ass up.” Whatever.

Trump’s playing the tough-talk-aimed-at-the-base game too:

The impeachment chatter on both sides looks increasingly like little more than kabuki performed for the 2020 electorate. Pelosi’s happy to have Democrats threaten Trump in ever more draconian ways *if* doing so sates their appetite for formal action. Embarrassing the president by impeaching him would inflame Republican voters, she fears, but talking about sending him to prison or whatever? Eh, talk is cheap. Trump talked endlessly about locking Hillary Clinton up on the trial in 2016, didn’t he? Meanwhile, if Pelosi’s not going to hand him turnout fuel by actually impeaching him, Trump’s going to use their tough talk about prison etc. as kindling instead by feigning offense, as in the tweets above. It’s a performance on both ends.

I think. Judging by this clip, it sounds like Jay Inslee wants Trump charged with “climate treason” or something.

In lieu of an exit question, here’s Hannity very belatedly deciding that threatening to lock up one’s political opponents is actually bad.

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BREAKING: Deputy Who Stood By During Parkland Shooting Arrested On Multiple Charges for His Inaction

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According to CNN’s Jake Tapper, the Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson was arrested following the investigation over his actions during the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School.

Peterson was the officer stationed to guard the school but waited outside in safety and listened while the shooting occurred. According to Tapper, the 14-month investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Peterson on Tuesday for seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence, and one count of perjury.

Peterson’s inaction was only the final point of inaction that from the Broward County that lead to the Parkland shooting which left 17 people dead, including teachers and students. This subsequently led to a witch hunt of figures like Dana Loesch and the National Rifle Association and divided America for months.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel initially told the CNN town hall with Loesch that he would release Peterson’s body cam footage, however, when push came to shove he suddenly withdrew the promise, claiming that doing so would reveal vital tactical footage that may muddy the investigation.

It was quickly assessed, however, that Peterson failed to do his duty and protect the students and staff within the school, thus leading to his arrest.

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Judge who helped illegal alien escape would like her salary reinstated

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Last we heard from Massachusetts Judge Shelley Joseph, accused of conspiring to help a criminal illegal alien evade ICE agents in her courtroom, she had turned down a plea deal that would have allowed her to avoid jail time. As such, she remains free on her own recognizance but suspended without pay while awaiting trial. Her attorneys are trying to change that, however, and are asking that the judge’s salary be reinstated because her legal fees are mounting. (Boston Globe)

Shelley Joseph, the district court judge who was indicted on obstruction charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant escape federal detention, is seeking to have her salary reinstated as she remains on suspension and her legal bills mount.

Joseph, 51, was suspended without pay by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court after a federal grand jury indicted her April 25.

On Thursday, her lawyers filed a motion with the SJC requesting that her annual salary of $181,000 be reinstated while the case winds its way through federal court in Boston.

I’ll demonstrate at least a bit of restraint and not lead off my response to this with a sarcastic “boo hoo.” The local coverage of this story points out that Joseph has two kids with college tuitions to pay for, a mortgage, and a mounting pile of legal bills to cover her defense. I’m sure most of us can relate to at least the first two financial issues she’s facing. But hopefully very few of us have the same mountain of legal bills piling up. Why? Because we didn’t help a criminal illegal alien escape justice (allegedly).

Seriously, we’re talking about allegations against not just any random citizen, but a sitting judge (at the time, anyway) who is charged with upholding the laws of the land. Putting her out on what would essentially be a paid vacation in response to these charges should be seen as an outrage. If Joseph goes to trial and is somehow found not guilty, I’m sure she could petition to have her pay retroactively returned to her.

Speaking of her legal bills, it’s not as if she won’t have other options. The Boston Herald reports that a Massachusetts attorney and friend of Joseph’s has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for her legal bills. As of this writing, the crowdfunding effort has raised $59,368 of their $750,000 goal from 525 donors. (That’s an average donation of more than 100 dollars.)

The attorney’s name is Alan Fanger and he’s going to want to be careful not to cause even more trouble through this effort. If Joseph accepts this sort of help from that many people and eventually returns to the bench, she would obviously have to recuse herself if any of them ever appeared before her in the future. Fanger claims that he’s carefully reviewing all donations and not allowing any attorneys to donate. But he’s also asked that all donations be made anonymously.

Oh, really? Why would that be? If you’re so concerned about possible conflicts of interest in the future, wouldn’t you want the donations to be as transparent as possible? Or do you worry that people interested in donating might be embarrassed to have others find out they were helping the now infamous judge? Everything about this case smells like yesterday’s fish.

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Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail

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They say the wheels of justice grind slowly, but that’s primarily in the United States. Over in Great Britain, they’re apparently capable of moving at lightning speed when the need arises. Less than three weeks after being dragged out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London and arrested, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been convicted and sentenced to fifty weeks in jail on a failure to appear charge after he skipped bail in 2012. Man… that was fast. (NBC News)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced by a British judge on Wednesday to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail in England and hiding out for seven years in the country’s Ecuadorean Embassy.

Assange, 47, failed to report to a police station on June 29, 2012, when he was fighting extradition to Sweden to face charges of sexual assault and rape. Instead, he fled to Ecuador’s embassy in London where he spent the next 2,487 days.

Last month, Ecuador finally withdrew Assange’s diplomatic asylum, and he was arrested by British police. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to surrender to police, relating to his flight in 2012, but he was convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Of all the things Assange has been wanted for by law enforcement, this seemed like one of the least interesting or serious charges. He was wanted in Sweden on rape charges that were later dropped (though they’ve recently expressed interest in opening the case again). We have a pending extradition request to bring him to the United States for a chat about what he was up to with Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning. And he winds up getting nearly a year in jail for skipping bail?

According to the Brits, Assange will appear in court again tomorrow (via video link rather than in person) to hear the extradition request. There’s already a second court date set for the middle of June when he will respond to that order. Since he gets to automatically appeal the decision (assuming the Brits agree to the request), it’s being estimated that it could take as much as two years to get him on American soil.

And what about the Swedes? If they want to put him on trial for the sexual assault charges, who gets the first crack at him? Assange is 47 years old now. At the rate this process is moving, he could be well into his fifties before we ever get him in front of a judge.

But in the end, Julian Assange has spent just shy of seven years in what amounted to a prison in the Ecuadorean embassy, though that was by his own choice. He emerged only to be immediately tossed in an actual jail cell for a few weeks and is now on the way to nearly a year in prison. Law enforcement in two other countries is keen on the idea that he might spend some time in their prisons. There’s a very real chance that these stories will define the rest of his life.

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