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  • Kilpatrick admits lying under oath: He'll resign, serve 120 days in jail, repay $1 million, surrender law license
    their work reaching a deal Kilpatrick summoned his wife kissed her and went back into a side room Justice has finally been served University of Detroit Mercy law professor Larry Dubin said this morning The deal that the mayor agreed to is a major victory for the prosecutor the mayor and the people of the city of Detroit and state of Michigan Dubin who has been outspoken in his criticism of the mayor praised Worthy for the way she prosecuted this case She has demonstrated integrity in holding a public official accountable for serious criminal violations that constituted serious breaches of the public trust Just before huddling with his attorney a smiling Kilpatrick jousted with reporters sitting in the first row of the courtroom He apparently good naturedly told them their reports were wrong and they needed to check their sources He did not elaborate He also shook hands with Beatty his former chief of staff and ex lover Beatty has left the courtroom with her attorneys Mayer and Jeff Morganroth and a man believed to be her pastor First lady Carlita Kilpatrick is in the courtroom This is the first time she had been in a courtroom with Beatty since the scandal started in January The mayor had some other familiar faces in the courtroom including Marc Andre Cunningham a former aide to Kilpatrick resigned shortly after the Free Press reported that he had been using a city issued cell phone that was tapped by the FBI last year Cunningham who acted as the mayor s valet before becoming his liaison to the film industry has said he did not believe he was using the cell phone at the time it was tapped and he said his resignation had nothing to do with the Free Press report Prosecutor Douglas Baker of the Michigan Attorney General s Office and Mayer Morganroth attorney for Beatty were in Groner s courtroom Wayne County prosecutors also entered the courtroom Kilpatrick s lawyers entered with a member of the mayor s police protection team Earlier Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran and two defense lawyers for Kilpatrick left Cadillac Place where they met for about 45 minutes with Gov Jennifer Granholm The automatic doors to the mayor s office were uncharacteristically locked and as the appointees filtered out from the meeting a mayoral staffer began passing out copies of a building policy prohibiting news reporters and photographers from attempting to interview and take pictures without permission Kilpatrick concluded with his top staff and appointees at 11 45 am They emerged from the mayor s office on the 11th floor of the Coleman A Young building looking grim We re sad said Amru Meah director of the buildings and safety engineering dept Asked to discuss his reaction to Kilpatrick s guilty pleas and resignation Meah said I m too choked up In January the Free Press published text messages Kilpatrick and Beatty exchanged on city issued pagers Worthy cited the investigation in March when he

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/mayor_pleads_guilty.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Hundreds of Iowans thrown out of public hearing
    I ve been a lobbyist Pat Murphy has acted like a jack booted Nazi said Ed Failor Jr president of Iowans for Tax Relief a conservative taxpayers rights group from Muscatine with 50 000 members Failor Jr was escorted from the House chambers after Murphy overheard him speak with the media House rules say that no protesting or advocating can be done in the House Murphy said he should have ordered the chambers cleared much sooner than he did since several of the speakers were booed The idea behind the public hearing is to give people public input and allow people the ability to speak for and against the bill This is not an athletic event Murphy said After the majority of the public was removed the scheduled speakers were allowed to continue The hearing is scheduled to last until about 9 45 p m The proposal House File 807 and Senate Study Bill 1317 would end a practice known as federal deductibility That means Iowans could no longer subtract what they pay in federal income taxes from their income when figuring their state taxes Ending federal deductibility without changing anything else would mean Iowans would pay an estimated 595

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/500_public_hearing.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Congress, Ariz. school district sues taxpayers to stop questions
    were records related to her son which she is entitled to see under federal and state laws Warren said the run in with the school superintendent over her grandson s education plan made her skeptical of how the district was spending taxpayer money In 2002 she began requesting copies of board minutes and agendas dating back to 2000 according to the lawsuit By the district s own reckoning Warren filed four public records requests between June 21 2002 and February 2003 In every case the documents sought dealt with agendas and minutes the most basic public records which all government agencies are required by law to make available The district was not properly posting governing board agendas or making minutes available to the public as required by the state s open meetings law Warren said That assertion was supported by an investigation conducted by the state Attorney General s Office in 2002 that was triggered in part by complaints Warren filed In a letter of concern issued Dec 30 2002 assistant attorney general Lisa Neuville says school officials broke the law by posting agendas that were vague and hard to find by illegally using closed door executive sessions to discuss public business and by scheduling special meetings in an apparent attempt to make attendance inconvenient to the public The board also failed to keep appropriate meeting minutes even on critical issues such as budgets and teacher hiring the letter concluded Challenging the dress code Warren backed off of her battles with the district in mid 2003 after her grandson left the school But controversy flared again in 2007 and so did new demands for public records from Warren and other residents School officials were looking to impose a dress code which many parents in the district opposed Among them was Barbara Rejon who at the time had a third grade daughter attending the school Rejon was appointed to a committee to study the issue in March 2007 She was told that a survey of parents showed overwhelming support but was skeptical of the results Rejon filed a public records request to see the original survey cards returned to the district I ve never to this day been allowed to see them Rejon said The district board adopted the uniform dress code in June 2007 Other records that Rejon sought had to do with her adopted daughter Rejon learned in late 2007 that her daughter was seeing a counselor at school When school officials refused to turn over information about those sessions Rejon requested documents seeking the name of the counselor so she could contact him Rejon s original request was dated Nov 9 2007 It took her 16 months and two subsequent written requests before she was notified by the district who the counselor was and how he could be contacted Cyndi Regis fought a similar battle with the school over records related to her son And like Rejon Regis troubles began when she voiced opposition to the policy requiring

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/sues_to_stop.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Ohio Congressman Has Cops Confiscate Cameras At Town Hall Meeting
    sure to make the rounds The first video shows a police officer confiscating a video camera from a woman in the audience as television news videographers record the interaction The second video shows a police officer confiscating a man s iPhone as it recorded capturing the dialogue between the two The cop tells the man that he is not allowed to record the event to protect the constituents Meanwhile televisions news crews were videotaping openly Outside the meeting Chabot had signs placed stating that cameras were banned for security purposes The citizens were part of a group who had gathered outside the meeting to protest against Chabot but the videos show they were not disrupting the meeting even when the cop confiscated their cameras According to Think Progress Outside the town hall were multiple signs reading For Security Purposes Cameras Are NOT Permitted In fact on at least two separate occasions middle aged constituents who tried to record the public event had their cameras confiscated and were asked to leave Media were permitted to record the event making the ban on citizen cameras all the more baffling Clearly no security threat existed rather as one of Chabot s staffers told

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/confiscate_cameras.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Councilman Arrested for Peeing on Crowd
    the balcony of a Washington D C nightclub The New York Daily News reports in Sunday s editions that two term Jersey City councilman Steve Lipski has been charged with simple assault The newspaper says 44 year old Lipski was removed from a place called the 9 30 Club on Friday night That s after club staffers saw him relieve himself onto the crowd from a second floor balcony during

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/peeing_on_crowd.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Wisconsin Governor's Allies Ran a Toxic Bailout Bank... and Got Rich
    in unsafe and unsound conditions by reading SEC filings for previous years That document made it sound as if the bank was merely suffering from the difficult conditions everybody was facing What s more management concluded that internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31 2008 The bank s most recent 10 K filing states that in 2009 the Corporation continued to experience elevated levels of expenses due to the increase in operating costs associated with collection efforts and carrying nonperforming assets That included among other things the cost of foreclosing on Wisconsin residents Some reports suggest that the bank s purchase was a shotgun marriage arranged by regulators who forced the Bank of Montreal to make the acquisition The fact that this deal will make some sub par bankers very rich and let them skirt TARP rules in the process didn t seem to concern these anonymous regulators at all In fact if the plan helps regulators get their TARP dollars back a whole host of substandard executives at other regional banks may get rich too Money For Nothing Every toxic loan represents a household whose life has become a shambles The executives of Marshall Ilsley Bank on the other hand are doing just fine Thanks to a a legal workaround discovered by the enterprising folks at M I they re using a 2008 contractual provision to write themselves fat checks before taxpayers get their money back How fat are those checks The CEO Mark Furlong is getting 18 million CFO Gregory Smith is getting 5 5 million Senior Vice President Kenneth Krei will receive the same amount while Senior Vice Presidents Thomas Ellis and Thomas O Neill are getting 4 1 million and 5 1 million respectively with another 26 7 million being distributed to other M I executives many of whom undoubtedly oversaw the writing of toxic loans If these underperforming executives gave back all this bonus money they d be less than 1 25th of the way toward paying back the 1 5 billion that the bank still owes on its TARP money 1 543 261 806 to be precise That s not much of a dent but it would be a nice good faith gesture Tunnel of Love Instead a number of these executives have been using their money to back Scott Walker lavishing more campaign cash on him than they gave to all other candidates put together And they didn t just donate money As Mary Bottari reported the bank has been letting the Governor ferry himself and a number of his lobbyist friends to the Capitol through that underground tunnel Are they sure it doesn t lead to the River Styx About that tunnel In a section of M I s Business Code of Ethics entitled Protection and Proper Use of Company Assets employees are told that The resources of the Company should be used only for legitimate business purposes and for the benefit of the Company The tunnel is

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/lobbyists_tunnel.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Indicted Chicago cop shines light on corruption
    Herrera referring to fabrications on police reports said in a program to be aired on Sunday I didn t just pick up a pen and just learn how to lie Bosses guys that I work with who were older than I was It s taught to you CBS released portions of the program in advance As an example Herrera said a drug suspect might be listed in a report as refusing to surrender his gun even if he had dropped the weapon Do you want that guy that just shot somebody to not go to jail because he threw the gun Or do you want him to go to jail because he never let the gun out of his hand Herrera said I know what I ve got to do He said some officers obey the rules but this isn t Podunk Iowa This is the city of Chicago You ve got to do a job Herrera and six other former members of the Special Operations Section were charged in 2006 with robbery kidnapping and other crimes All have pleaded not guilty Herrera said he began stealing from people he arrested but decided to go to the FBI after the

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/indicted_cop.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Ex-NYC Police Commissioner Kerik Pleads Guilty
    and says he ll also admit tax crimes Kerik made his first of an expected eight pleas on Thursday The plea bargain includes the prosecution s suggestion that the crimes are punishable by 27 to 33 months in prison Thursday s pleads were designed to resolve three pending federal criminal trials Kerik nearly became the U S Homeland Security chief in 2004 The lies to the White House occurred during

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