The Jury Talks Back

1/28/2010

A Quick Primer on Federal Criminal Prosecutions and the Statutes Involved in the O’Keefe Arrest.

Filed under: Uncategorized — WLS @ 8:31 am

Posted by  Shipwreckedcrew

A federal criminal prosecution initiated in a “reactive” fashion, where the federal authorities are called to the scene in the immediate aftermath of the episode thought to be a federal crime, usually begins with the filing of a criminal complaint.  This is not a “charging instrument” in the sense that the case can go forward based on the complaint alone.  The complaint does, however, give the federal court jurisdiction to authorize the issuance of an arrest warrant, to arraign the defendant following his arrest, and to determine whether the defendant shall be detained pending indictment or released on bond until a preliminary hearing is conducted or an indictment returned by a grand jury.

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1/25/2010

Son of a…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 9:26 pm

Patterico gets all the cool fans…

1/19/2010

America Rising

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 3:42 pm

Red meat video for counter-revolutionaries.

Robert B Parker, dead at 77

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 12:14 pm

For fans of the Spenser books, this is truly bad news.

1/14/2010

Past perfromance is no indicator of future results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 7:25 am

New jobless claims rise more than expected.

Really?  Who, pray tell, is the retarded dimwit who sets the expectations, and how is it he (or she) can’t grasp a simple concept?

Businesses that aren’t sure of the future a) cut costs where they can (including letting workers go) and b) don’t hire new people (a problem compounded by the increased cost because of minimum-wage hikes).

The current administration is – as far as I can tell – doing everything it can to keep businesses guessing as to the future.  The latest plan to tax banks is just one example – and be sure about this – unless the government passes laws preventing changes in fees, penalties and the like, this tax will be passed on to you and me.

And really, this isn’t even the half of it.

It gets worse.

Crudele explained: “When the Labor Department puts out the January employment figures on Feb. 4, they will include an assumption that a lot of companies went out of business.

“This is something called the birth/death model that is used by the department. Last year it caused 356,000 jobs to be subtracted from the January job count… Nobody in the media will pick up on this, but the Labor Department will also do something called a benchmark revision on Feb. 4 that will subtract around 840,000 jobs that the government thought existed, but really don’t.”

356,000 jobs here, 840,000 jobs there and pretty soon you have 1,196,000 more unemployed than advertised.

Oops.

That would change that 10.0% to 10.8%.

So Feb 4th will see an .8% spike in unemployment.  That’s without a single new layoff, something I think is very unlikely.  It’s also before you start counting the number of people who have left the job-market completely or are under-employed (those who have a part-time job, but need/prefer full-time).  We’re looking at 17.3 now, so assuming .8% is ALL we lose, we’re staring at 18.1% unemployment.

But let’s go back to the new jobless claims.

Claims have dropped steadily since last fall, as companies cut fewer jobs, raising hopes that hiring may increase soon. Initial claims have dropped by nearly 90,000, or 17 percent, since late October. Two weeks ago, new claims dropped to their lowest level since July 2008.

The problem here folks is that just because fewer people are getting fired, it doesn’t mean that things are improving, or even stabilizing.  All it means is that companies can’t find anyone else to fire – if they could, they would.

To paraphrase Rep. Michael Capuano (MA-8) (D) to his fellow Democrats: “We’re screwed”.

h/t (as is true for most of my posts) – Glenn Reynolds

1/11/2010

Blago’s lawyers must love this guy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 6:17 am

In what I can only assume is a reaction to whatever medication he’s been on, Impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has opened his noise-hole.

“I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little Laundromat in a black community not far from where he lived. I saw it all growing up.”

Assuming that there is no outcry over this, no condemnation of the man, I believe I have hit upon the metric used to decide if someone is allowed to say racist things, but I have yet one more test to perform regarding this matter and then I can report back.

Anyways, that isn’t the least of what The Moron said, though it will be all that gets any attention if that much.

See, he’s still on about how he was ousted because of “lies”.  Apparently he was going to appoint Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to TAO’s senate seat.  I find this hilarious because, well, the man hates the Madigan family with a deep and abiding passion.

He also repeats a claim that the real story behind the allegations that he tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat, claiming that he was really striking a deal to appoint Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the U.S. Senate in exchange for public works jobs, expansion of health care for Illinois citizens, and a promise against a tax hike.

He says he talked to Rahm Emanuel about engineering the deal to put Madigan in the Senate. This, Blagojevich says, was even though he “hates” Madigan and her father, state House Majority Leader Michael Madigan.

Later in the article, he uses an infamously vulgar word to refer to Madigan when paraphrasing the wiretaps used to build charges against him.

“If I can get this, how much do I love the people of Illinois to make that (expletive) senator?”‘ Blagojevich said.

Seriously, he thinks this makes him sound better?  He basically admits to trying to sell off the seat to the person who’s going to be trying to lock his ass up!

Oh, and in case you were wondering if his bizzarr use of literary and/or historical items has continued (was it Beckett that he quoted?  I can’t recall), I am happy to report that yes.  Yes it has.

He compares himself to Galileo, and also to Mordecai of the Purim story in the Biblical Book of Esther, who is to be executed for not bowing down to a high official in the kingdom of Persia, but is later vindicated by the king. Blagojevich erroneously calls Mordecai “falsely accused.”

h/t Drudge


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