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Comments from Potential Jurors in the Martin Shkreli trial …

Jury selection in the Shkreli trail for eight counts of securities and wire fraud has not been an easy task. Over 200 potential jurors have been excused. Here are comments made by potential jurors during selection. Brafman is Shkreli’s attorney…

 The Court: The purpose of jury selection is to ensure fairness and impartiality in this case. If you think that you could not be fair and impartial, it is your duty to tell me. All right. Juror Number 1.

Juror no. 1: I’m aware of the defendant and I hate him.

Benjamin Brafman: I’m sorry.

Juror no. 1: I think he’s a greedy little man….

Juror no. 47: He’s the most hated man in America. In my opinion, he equates with Bernie Madoff with the drugs for pregnant women going from $15 to $750. My parents are in their eighties. They’re struggling to pay for their medication. My mother was telling me yesterday how my father’s cancer drug is $9,000 a month.

The Court: The case is going to come before you on evidence that you must consider fairly and with an open mind.

Juror no. 47: I would find that difficult….

Juror no. 52: When I walked in here today I looked at him, and in my head, that’s a snake — not knowing who he was. I just walked in and looked right at him and that’s a snake.

Brafman: So much for the presumption of innocence.

The Court: We will excuse Juror Number 52. Juror Number 67?…

Juror no. 77: From everything I’ve seen on the news, everything I’ve read, I believe the defendant is the face of corporate greed in America.

Brafman: We would object.

Juror no. 77: You’d have to convince me he was innocent rather than guilty…

Juror no. 10: The only thing I’d be impartial about is what prison this guy goes to…

juror no. 59: And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.

 

(h/t John Cole at Balloon Juice)

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The Daily Stormer is sending Nazis to crash Heather Heyer’s funeral

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The Daily Stormer website is sending its Nazi readers to crash Heather Heyer’s funeral, the woman who was murdered by a racist ‘Unite the Right’ hate-rally protester in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Conservative journalist Laura Loomer, who identifies herself as a ‘proud Jew’ on Twitter, tweeted out a screen shot of the Daily Stormer’s system… Continue Reading →

Trump defends the Nazis — again

This was like watching Eric Cartman give a press conference. The Washington Post reports: President Trump on Tuesday said that counterprotesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville over the weekend acted violently and should share the blame for the mayhem that left a woman dead and many others injured. The president also defended those protesting… Continue Reading →

Good news

Several service providers are kicking off right-wing hate groups off their platforms. I only hope the number grows.

And no, this has nothing to do with the 1st Amendment, which protects us from government retribution. Nothing protects you from the consequences of your hate speech in the world at large.

Crimes involving sextortion increasing in both the U.S. and the U.K.

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In both the U.S. and the U.K., incidences of crimes involving sextortion are increasing at an alarming rate. 

“Sextortion”, an amalgam of sexual extortion, is the term for a relatively new form of blackmail involving webcam exposure where victims, who are found on social media sites, are exploited by being convinced to expose themselves to people who are using false identities.

 

They are coerced by being told that unless they pay the blackmailer, their pictures and videos will be shared with their families and friends.

 

The National Crime Agency (NCA) in the U.K., who protect the public from organized crime, have reported that the number of these cases have increased from 385 in 2015 to 864 in 2016 — a huge increase in cases.

 

Further, these victims are often underage; although criminals using sextortion blackmail often target men between 21 and 30 years old, the NCA says that a “substantial portion” of victims are ages 11-20 years old. In addition, four suicides have been linked to these blackmails in 2015.

 

Although only reported in the news in the U.S. since 2009, there is similar data supporting targeting a younger demographic. 71 percent of sextortion victims in the U.S. are younger than 18, and a full 91 percent of this class are exploited using social media.

 

Although many of the U.K. crimes were linked to criminal networks in the Ivory Coast, Morocco and the Philippines, in the U.S. the blackmailers are always individual men working alone, sometimes targeting hundreds of victims.

 

The blackmailers find their victims on popular social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Skype and others.

 

“We must be vigilant as a society, but also as individuals, in protecting our younger generations from these situations where strangers have access to children and young adults online,’ said Attorney Jeremy Saland.

 

“Social media sites are a part of our everyday lives, but just as playgrounds can be dangerous when a stranger interacts with children, so are these online meeting places. Where a potential victim might see a friend, the reality in the form of sextortion can be a lot scarier.”

 

Paul Manafort’s week just got worse

In the Bloomberg News story today about Robert Mueller’s subpoenas of Paul Manafort’s bank records is this little tidbit:

…Manafort had alerted authorities to a controversial meeting on June 9, 2016, involving Trump’s son Donald Jr., other campaign representatives and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton, according to people familiar with the matter.

So it was Manafort who dragged them into it. Which means he’s cooperating — to an extent. Clearly, yesterday’s no-knock warrant at Manafort’s home indicates they want him to cooperate just a teensy bit more, or they don’t trust everything he tells them and they’re looking to turn up the heat.

Here’s another little tidbit from the story:

Part of the reason Manafort is getting intense early scrutiny is that Mueller is drawing on investigations that were well underway, including one by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, when he was appointed in May.

This might be the first official confirmation that Mueller’s and NY Attorney General Eric Scheiderman’s investigations are overlapping, and that they are sharing some resources.

Good.

Bizarre

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This is one strange story. So someone in Cuba was using something to cause deafness in American and Canadian diplomats:

Washington (AP) — The Canadian government said Thursday that at least one Canadian diplomat in Cuba also has been treated for hearing loss following disclosures that a group of American diplomats in Havana suffered severe hearing loss that U.S. officials believe was caused by an advanced sonic device.

Global Affairs Canada spokeswoman Brianne Maxwell said Canadian officials “are aware of unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and US diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana. The government is actively working — including with US and Cuban authorities – to ascertain the cause.”

The land of property rights, with one notable exception

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Even if I didn’t have friends who were NDNs, just as a human being, it’s hard to mix the hypocrisy of taking Indian lands. Charlie Pierce:

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA—The involvement of the indigenous populations in both the United States and Canada in the opposition to various pipelines, including the Keystone XL, should come as no surprise. As we have said, the abuse and misuse of the eminent domain process in the construction of the pipeline here has been an effective organizing tool to bring together environmentalists and ranchers to oppose the project. And if it is nothing else, the history of the native peoples on this continent is the greatest example of eminent domain abuse in human history. They know better than anyone the feeling that greater forces from the outside can overwhelm and threaten long-standing ways of life.

On Tuesday, in a basement ballroom of a downtown hotel, the Ponca, Santee, Omaha, and Winnebago peoples organized a treaty among themselves, and several other tribes, expressing their opposition to the pipeline. From the start, here and in Canada, the indigenous peoples of the continent have been at the heart of the opposition to projects like this one, most visibly during the extended confrontation over the Dakota Access pipeline. In Nebraska, the alliance between Native Americans and ranchers, particularly over issues of eminent domain, not only was shot through with remarkable historical je ne sais quoi, it was a pragmatic decision based on common interests. People shouldn’t buy the right to steal your land. The Native people are familiar with this phenomenon and with how angry its victims can become.

This man is my hero

Verizon ist die Roll-out der real-world-gigabit-LTE in den kommenden Monaten, Bericht sagt

Oh yes:

Imagine if you took every single gripe you’ve had with Verizon over the past five years — the time it blocked Nexus 7 tablets for five months; the time it forced you to pay $20 per month for tethering; the time it tried to make you use a mobile wallet app called “ISIS” — and finally put your foot down. For a year, you spend free moments holed up in library stacks, speaking with experts, and researching and writing a sprawling legal complaint about the company’s many, many misdeeds. And then you file it all with the FCC, hoping to get some payback.

That’s exactly what Alex Nguyen did. And one day very soon, Verizon may have to answer for it.

Nguyen is a recent college graduate living in Santa Clara, California. And for much of 2015, he spent his time digging through years of Verizon’s public statements and actions, assembling more than 300 citations into a 112-page document that could well have been his master’s thesis. (In fact, he studied computer science.) The document catalogs a dozen questionable actions Verizon has taken since 2012, assembling a body of evidence in an attempt to prove that the carrier has violated a number of open internet protections.

“CARRIERS HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOREVER. VERIZON, IN PARTICULAR, HAS BEEN ONE OF MOST BRAZEN.”

Finally, when he wrapped up in the middle of last year, Nguyen paid a $225 filing fee and handed his complaint over to the FCC. It would end up being the only formal complaint filed under the net neutrality rules.

FBI conducted raid on Manafort’s home

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A Trump minion that could not be trusted to turn over records in response to a grand jury subpoena? Say it ain’t so. Source: Washington Post FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, according to people familiar with… Continue Reading →

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