America’s foremost attorney for far-right extremists wanted “a little gravy,” then lied to cover it up. That’s just part of his twisted journey through a lax legal system. By Luke O'Brien 12/27/2018 03:09 pm ET Updated 2 minutes ago One morning this June, a group of lawyers filed into the office of the State Bar of Nevada and closed the door. It was summer in Las Vegas, the morning temperature already nearing 100 degrees, but inside the low-slung tan building, the lawyers had a chilly question to address: what to do about one of their own. Marc Randazza had been a problem for years. Randazza, who represents conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and many other far-right extremists, had long relied on lawyer buddies to pump his public image. By their telling and his own, Randazza was a First Amendment “badass.” But he was a combative badass, even vicious, and he’d left a trail of bad blood and trampled ethics behind him. Randazza had … [Read more...] about Alex Jones’ Lawyer Violated Legal Ethics By Soliciting Porn Bribes. Just How Dirty Is Marc Randazza?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Log In Economy | Where Government Is a Dirty Word, but Its Checks Pay the Bills Harlan County’s residents depend heavily on federal assistance. That hasn’t deterred, and may explain, their swing to Republican voting. Harlan, Ky., the seat of a county with one of the nation's highest rates of dependency on federal benefits. Once a Democratic bastion, the county now votes heavily Republican. Credit Credit Luke Sharrett for The New York Times Supported by ByEduardo Porter Dec. 21, 2018 HARLAN, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin skillfully worked the room at the old courthouse building here in Harlan, one more town-hall meeting in the long campaign toward next year’s election. He deplored the parlous state of a half-mile stretch of U.S. 421 and said $802,000 would be spent to rebuild it. He commiserated with the man who wanted to know how he should deal … [Read more...] about Where Government Is a Dirty Word, but Its Checks Pay the Bills
Beth LeBlanc and Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 11:53 AM EST Dec 19, 2018 Lansing — A House panel approved Wednesday legislation that would reduce the time period in which lawmakers could be criminally charged for campaign finance fraud, despite questions by Democrats about the timing and intent of the bill. The House Elections and Ethics Committee approved the bill along party lines. It would prohibit the attorney general’s office from pursuing an indictment for a violation older than five years. Democratic Rep. Vanessa Guerra of Saginaw questioned why the proposed standard was more lenient than the 10-year statute of limitations applied to actions brought against local governments. “People have the right to know what we’re doing and be able to bring an action against us long after five years,” Guerra said. The bill would align with the current five-year record retention period required for campaign finance documents and was … [Read more...] about Bill limiting time for campaign finance indictments advances in House
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 12, 2018 / 5:05 PM GMT / Updated Dec. 12, 2018 / 10:28 PM GMT By Tom Winter, Pete Williams, Hannah Rappleye, Jonathan Dienst and Dareh Gregorian An emotional Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to 3 years behind bars for what a Manhattan federal court judge called a “veritable smorgasbord" of criminal conduct, including making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, lying to Congress about the president’s business dealings with Russia and failing to report millions of dollars in income. Judge William Pauley found Cohen, 52, deserved “a significant term of imprisonment” for crimes that were driven by “personal greed and ambition.” Cohen appeared to get choked up as he pleaded with the judge for mercy. He told … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen gets 3 years, says Trump’s ‘dirty deeds’ led him to ‘choose darkness’
Cohen told the judge just before he was sentenced that loyalty to Trump led him astray."It was my blind loyalty to this man that led me to take a path of darkness instead of light," he said. "I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds."Cohen's lawyers had argued for leniency, saying he decided to cooperate with investigators rather than hold out for a possible pardon. "He came forward to offer evidence against the most powerful person in our country," Cohen's lawyer, Guy Petrillo, told the judge during the hearing.Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty in August to evading $1.4 million in taxes related to his personal businesses. In the part of the case with greater political repercussions, he also admitted breaking campaign finance laws in arranging payments in the waning days of the 2016 election to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom said they had sexual encounters with Trump.Cohen became the first — and so far, only — member of Trump's … [Read more...] about Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen gets 3 years in prison for covering up ‘dirty deeds’