Category: Criminal Justice

This case has been on going for 5  years (Delay was indicted in 2005)!  If it was one of us common folk, we would all ready be sporting an orange jumpsuit, not to mention what it has cost the taxpayers.

Source: RawStory|AP

DeLay heads to Texas court in money laundering case, days after DOJ ends probe without charges.

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is moving to the next round in his fight against criminal indictments in Texas, where he faces money laundering and conspiracy charges.

DeLay and two co-defendants were indicted in 2005 in connection with efforts to elect Republican state legislative candidates in 2002. Since then, pretrial arguments have been making their way through appellate courts.

On Tuesday, remaining questions to be decided before trial — such as whether to try the defendants separately and whether there was any prosecutorial misconduct — are before Senior Judge Pat Priest. No trial date has been set, and it wasn’t clear whether Priest would rule immediately on the issues before him.

DeLay’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin, says the former district attorney who originally pursued the case against DeLay, Democrat Ronnie Earle, was motivated by politics.

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I just ran across this story by Maya Rodriguez  of  WWL4 – Eyewitness News  in Louisiana, that peaked my curiosity.

Did you catch the response from the chemist, who is a local environmental consultant?

Wilma Subra, a chemist who heads up a lab and environmental consulting firm in New Iberia, said the numbers she’s been analyzing give her pause.

“They’re there at a little over the levels that you would expect to start getting those health impacts,” Subra said. “So, that is of concern, that the people understand what is there and understand if they start getting the health impacts, they should take precautions to move out of the area.”

Those who should pay particular attention are the young, the elderly or those who already have underlying breathing problems. Experts said anyone experiencing symptoms of exposure to those chemicals, should see their doctor.

After watching the video, I decided to see if any Mainstream News Media had picked up the story. Guess what I found? The usual tone-deaf  blah, blah and more blah.

So for the record here’s what the Environmental Protection Agency has to say on the subject:

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Video Transcript below:

MADDOW:  Tom Costello from NBC News got a one-on-one interview with Doug Suttles, the chief operating officer of BP, on board a BP helicopter.  And Tom asked a bunch of what I have been dying to ask BP.
Among his great pointy questions was one about the mythical Caribbean walrus and its role in BP’s oil spill response plan.  To refresh your memory, the regional oil response plan filed by BP, the one specific to the Gulf of Mexico, listed walruses, that only live in very, very cold water, they listed walruses among the species of wildlife you’d have on worry about in the event of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
And that gave away the fact that the company had obviously not even bothered to make a Gulf of Mexico-specific spill response plan.  They just cut and pasted whatever they done from some place cold, some place with walruses, and then called it the Gulf of Mexico oil response plan.
My new hero, Tom Costello, asked Doug Suttles from BP about the walruses in the company’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill response plan, and here is the incredible response that he got:

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Additional charges have been filed against the “girlfriend”, who according to Granville County Sheriff Brindell B. Wilkins, accompanied suspected burglar Clayton “Clay” Michael Ellington, 29, during a recent attempted home invasion on Dove Road in Creedmoor, NC. According to court documents, Paige Allen Brummitt has been charged with Felony Conspiracy for her role in the June 1st, home invasion.

The incident for Richard Chapell, the homeowner,  started with “a racket at the backdoor” on the early morning hours of June 1st, 2010. Chapell, 56, was hit in the upper right side of his chest with one round fired from the AK-47  assault weapon Ellington was carrying. During the attempted home invasion, Ellington was shot through the head and killed as he allegedly sought to break in.

Chapell, remains in stable condition awaiting surgery at Duke University Medical Center. Ms.Brummitt’s first court appearance for the related Felony Conspiracy charge is scheduled for June 16, 2010.  Brummitt is also facing additional felony charges in Granville County for an unrelated crime.

“Yes, you heard that right. Drilling projects in the entire central and western Gulf of Mexico have what the government calls a “categorical exclusion” from detailed environmental studies. The Gulf, by the way, is where most of the nation’s offshore drilling takes place. (Here’s a handy flow chart [3] from the government showing the approval process”. Source:  Ryan Knutson and Marian Wang, of the ProPublica blog

Um, if ProPublica’s Investigative piece: A Mystery: When Did Gov’t Exempt Gulf Drilling from Detailed Enviro Reviews? Isn’t enough to get you to demand accountability? Then watch the latest ABC news video showing underwater oil plumes 40 miles out in the ocean, BP says doesn’t exist.

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Tell Attorney General Eric Holder  and President Obama , a BP criminal investigation must move forward quickly. Considering the environmental catastrophe at hand (which is only beginning), BP and Big Oil’s push-back to further comprehensive review, corrective Environmental legislative measures must be stopped. The question will be, is Big Oil & Halliburton “TOO BIG TO FAIL” or just  TOO BIG TO FALL?

As of last evening (June 2) sources close to Richard, tell BBS  he continues to be in stable condtion at Duke University hospital but has not yet had surgery to address the injuries he suffered during the home invasion.
A masked man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle was shot through the head and killed as he allegedly sought to break in on a Granville County homeowner, who was injured in a rapid exchange of gunfire early Tuesday, Granville County Sheriff Brindell B. Wilkins Jr. said.

Dead is suspected burglar Clayton “Clay” Michael Ellington, 29, of 4509 Hwy. 15 South in Oxford. The homeowner, Richard Chapel, 56, of Dove Road near Creedmore was hit in the upper right side of his chest with one round fired from the assault weapon, the sheriff said.

Chapel was in stable condition late Tuesday at the Duke University hospital where he was taken after the shooting.

The incident began when Chapel awoke to what the Granville County sheriff described as “a racket at his back door.” The homeowner took a 38-caliber revolver and went to investigate, when he then heard the noise at his front door.

“When he went to the front door, it was forced in on him and the intruder started shooting,” Wilkins said, “and, of course, he returned fire.”

The sheriff said from six to eight shots were exchanged during the brief volley of gunfire.

Ellington, who was wearing a mask and gloves, died at the scene, the sheriff said.

The would-be burglar’s girlfriend was waiting in a Jeep and is apt to face charges as an accomplice, the sheriff added.

Ellington was an equipment operator with an area grading and paving company and leaves behind a young son.

Wilkins said the shooting remains under investigation.

Read more: The Daily Dispatch – Granville man shoots kills armed intruder

Source: Firedoglake

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