Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Michigan Legislature Blackmailed MSU Trustees To Hire John Engler Who Has Resigned

My interest would be to identify those Michigan Legislators who blackmailed the MSU Trustees, and if the Legislators who made the threats were compromised, themselves, then find out what they said, following it up by inquiring why no one said or did anything about it, or did they.

Running a state through threats is that monarchy stuff.
The board had two possibilities — former Michigan Gov. John Engler, a Republican, and former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard, a Democrat. Both were alumni with long ties to the school. But the state Legislature, then controlled by Republicans, made it clear to MSU — hire Engler or get ready to lose millions of dollars in state aid. Lansing State Journal, 1.16.2019
John Engler is currently battling the demons being summoned from his tenure at the helms of the State of Michigan.

John Engler is the father of privatization who has breech the children's trust, which is treason, because he raided the Michigan Treasury for the benefit of himself and the Privateers, in the name of the tax exempt god.

I always keep my vows.

On a mission...

John Engler resigns as Michigan State University interim president

After a controversial year in office, MSU Interim President John Engler resigned on Wednesday, sending an 11-page resignation letter to the school's board shortly after 6 p.m.

"In compliance with your request that I resign & in order to ensure an orderly transition to my interim successor, I hereby resign the office of President of Michigan State University effective 9 am, Wednesday, January 23," the letter started. "It has been an honor to serve my beloved university."

The move came hours after the board set a special meeting for early Thursday morning with the intent to fire him, the sources said. The timing of the resignation was uncertain, with details still being worked out.

Engler has been under heavy criticism for the past year, since he took over for Lou Anna Simon, who herself resigned under heavy criticism for her handling of the Larry Nassar sexual assaults scandal.
After setting the board meeting for 8 a.m. Thursday, board chairwoman Dianne Byrum told Engler the board would like him to resign or it would fire him, the sources said.

Engler and MSU spokeswoman Emily Guerrant did not return requests for comment.
Board members are expected to name a replacement for Engler during the Thursday meeting, sources told the Free Press.

It's a meeting that has been brewing almost since the day Engler took over as interim president at his alma mater.

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Like Simon, much of Engler's tenure has been taken up with fallout from the Nassar scandal and heavy criticism from survivors of Nassar's abuse. Engler survived a motion to fire him this summer, but the criticism hasn't abated.

Once the meeting was announced, board member Brian Mosallam, the leading critic of Engler, told the Free Press the time had come for Engler to leave.

"John Engler's reign of terror is over," said Mosallam, who has been pushing for Engler's departure for nearly a year. "Michigan State University will be returned to its people."

The latest round of criticism came after Engler told the Detroit News editorial board that Nassar survivors were "enjoying the spotlight" while the university is "trying to go back to work."

That launched a fresh set of criticism on social media and elsewhere from those who believe Engler should be gone.

Twenty-three of MSU's top academic administrators — mostly deans of various colleges and schools — signed a letter sent to the board Wednesday demanding that Engler be replaced.

"The pattern of comments by interim President Engler, including his most recent statement suggesting that some of the survivors of sexual abuse are 'enjoying' the spotlight, further harms the very people it is our responsibility to support," the letter said. "We do not support his continued leadership."

The advocacy group ReclaimMSU cheered the news that Engler was likely on his way out. It has been calling for his removal for months.

"He was a known entity," said Betsy Riley, a graduate student with the group. "He was a conscious choice by the the board to play defense."

The group said it would like the board to engage various groups around campus in the search for an interim president.

"They say, 'trust us," Riley said. "We can't trust them. This is the group that brought us Engler."

A tumultuous year in office

Engler was hired as interim president amid turmoil at the university.

Last January, MSU was reeling from heavy criticism for its lack of action towards Nassar, a former MSU doctor, after hundreds of victims showed up to testify in court about how Nassar had sexually assaulted them.

Hours after Nassar was sentenced on criminal charges, Simon, now facing criminal charges related to MSU's handling of the Nassar scandal, stepped down and the board began looking for an interim replacement.

The board had two possibilities — former Michigan Gov. John Engler, a Republican, and former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard, a Democrat. Both were alumni with long ties to the school. But the state Legislature, then controlled by Republicans, made it clear to MSU — hire Engler or get ready to lose millions of dollars in state aid.

In a closed-door meeting, Democratic board member Joel Ferguson — a Lansing powerbroker with ties to Engler — flipped his vote to Engler, giving him a 5-3 majority. Later that week, in a public vote, all eight board members voted for Engler to start.

In a press conference after being hired, Engler promised that "change is coming" and that he would "move forward as if my own daughter were on this campus."

Over the course of the next year, Engler drew criticism for a number of what his critics saw as missteps.
Among them:
  • Engler canceled a $10 million healing fund set up to help pay for counseling for Nassar survivors. In doing so, he cited what he said was fraud of the system and said after the survivors got a $500 million settlement from MSU, they didn't need the fund to pay for their counseling. Earlier this month, the MSU board rescinded this action and reinstated the fund.
  • In an April email uncovered by the Free Press and the Chronicle of Higher Education, Engler accused Rachel Denhollander, the first Nassar victim to go public,  of getting kickbacks from attorneys for filing a lawsuit against MSU. When it was released in June, it brought a new round of calls for the board to fire Engler, including  one from now Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
  • In April, Nassar survivor Kaylee Lorincz said Engler offered her $250,000 to drop her lawsuit. After Lorincz made the offer public and was highly critical of it, a top Engler aide sent a private email obtained by the Free Press in which she said any such claims were "fake news" and made up by survivors.
  • After announcing he was creating a chief compliance officer position to be independent and work as a check on MSU, Engler folded it into an existing office and reportedly didn't give the resources the CCO asked for to run the operation.
  • When the school's alumni magazine created an issue dedicated to the Nassar scandal, including several pieces critical of MSU's handling of the issue, Engler cancelled the issue. Instead an issue with a lengthy question-and-answer piece with Engler focusing on what he called the positive changes he had been making at MSU ran.
  • Engler drew complaints for his hiring, with many saying he brought in his friends and political allies. Drawing the most vitriol was a three-year contract given to Bob Young, whom Engler had appointed to the state 'sSupreme Court when he was governor. Critics said Engler should not have given out contracts longer than the time he was expected to be at the school.
  • When the head of MSU's Title IX office — the department that handles sexual assault complaints on campus — left, Engler appointed Rob Kent as the interim head. Kent had been working in the school's general counsel office and had defended the school in various lawsuits brought against the school by sexual assault survivors who alleged the school didn't follow proper procedures. Those critical of the move said he wasn't the right person to reform the office.
  • After MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis stepped down, Engler named Bill Beekman, then the secretary to the MSU board, as acting athletic director. He promised a national search. Later, Engler hired Beekman, who had no experience running an athletic department, without doing a national search. He said he made the move because the school's coaches, including head basketball coach Tom Izzo and head football coach Mark Dantonio, wanted Beekman to have the job. 
  • After a lawsuit was filed against MSU by a sexual assault survivor, MSU released a statement about the case detailing the visits of the person filing the suit to MSU's counseling center, a likely violation of federal student privacy laws. Internal emails obtained by the Free Press showed Engler was personally involved in the crafting of that statement.
"We believe the board should fire Engler," MSU faculty member Anna Pegler Gordon, representing the group ReclaimMSU, said during public comment at a Jan. 9 board meeting. She said the group believes Engler has repeatedly lied and been unsympathetic to Nassar survivors.

Engler: Set next president a clean slate

In a meeting at the Free Press last week, Engler said he knew he had upset some people and said he would have done some things differently. But he said he believes he had set the university up for the next president to have a "clean slate" when that person starts.

As for the disagreements and tension? Some of that had come from him not being used to being in a university environment, he said. It's different, he told the Free Press, in little ways, such as who sees his communications.

"Wouldn't be emailing," he said. "As governor, I didn't have to worry about FOIA (public records laws). Unfortunately, everything at a university is subject to FOIA."

It also manifested in big ways — such as his style and approach.

"I think what the university community struggles with ... as governor, I got sued a lot. Litigation is a pretty full-contact sport. This university community is not used to this. I'm probably too used to it."
Engler said the environment at MSU was "hyper-charged."

"There was a lot of pressure going on. I ended up becoming the lighting rod because I'm the guy making a lot of decisions. But at the same time, somebody had to do it."

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Behold, The Residuals Of The Peculiar Institution: Knights Of Columbus, Emolument Clause & Children's Trust Funds - Ben Sasse v. Kamala Harris

Image result for knights of columbusNow, I dare someone to tell me these regalia, arms, seals, crowns, scepters, purple colors of advancement are not heraldry.

I am waiting....

Oh, you do not know what heraldry is?

I have told you before,

The Right To Bear Arms Has Absolutely Nothing To Do With Guns Because It Is About The Right To Bear Witness To Voting Rights

"Ladies first"
This is ecclesiastical law of chattels.

This is about emoluments.

This is about the residuals of the peculiar institution.

This is about the children's trust.

This is about Medicaid in child welfare.

This is a foreign invasion, in the name of the Lord, under the admirality law of the Vatican - UNIDROIT, or, more intuitively understood to be privatization.

Ok, I will ask you again to look me dead in the eyes and tell me, with a straight face, that the chilvalric title, 'knight' in the nomenclature of heraldry, is not a damn title of nobility within the Knights of Columbus.

And if anyone dares to come up with some bible-thumping orgasmic deification of Pastor Pimp or Reverened Pork Chop, you better come prepared to proselytize with some serious pudency because my Errant Knight shall reclaim, neigh, claim his rightful throne in the annals of history because I am the scribe, whose appellation is the Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed.

This is my epic romance so I know how this ends,

In medias res, I need to get back to my qui tam and prepare to bear witness to the heavens, for they shall fall for justice so I can terminate their right to bear arms, and salvage their UCCs by seizing the assests they got from stealin' the children, the land and the votes.

Trump beared arms at the funeral of George H.W. Bush, in full heraldry, under ecclesiastical law, in a church, at the death of a king, under this organization you are about to experience.

And if you think I have lost my mind, well, guess what, we are on the fast track to enjoining in SCOTUS and it is all about child welfare, where "welfare" is old germatic expression meaning "how is your family?".

DOJ: Solicitor General Noel Fransico Files SCOTUS DACA, DAPA Briefs To Enjoin Actions In Trafficking Tiny Humans In DC Court Of Appeals - The Sinking Of The Privateers' UCC Ships

The Title of Nobility Clause is a provision in Article ISection 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution,[1] that prohibits the federal government from granting titles of nobility, and restricts members of the government from receiving giftsemoluments, offices or titles from foreign states and monarchies without the consent of the United States Congress. Also known as the Emoluments Clause, it was designed to shield the republican character of the United States against so-called "corrupting foreign influences." This shield is reinforced by the corresponding prohibition on state titles of nobility in Article I, Section 10, and more generally by the Republican Guarantee Clause in Article IV, Section 4.[2]
Behold, the residuals of the peculiar institution.

It gets much darker from here, in the name of the tax exempt god.
“We weighing all and singular the premises with due meditation, and noting that since we had formerly by other letters of ours granted among other things free and ample faculty to the aforesaid King Alfonso — to invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions, possessions, and all movable and immovable goods whatsoever held and possessed by them and to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to apply and appropriate to himself and his successors the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities, dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert them to his and their use and profit — by having secured the said faculty, the said King Alfonso, or, by his authority, the aforesaid infante, justly and lawfully has acquired and possessed, and doth possess, these islands, lands, harbors, and seas, and they do of right belong and pertain to the said King Alfonso and his successors”. Papal Bull Dum Diversas, 18, June, 1452

On a side note, all their websites are really weird and they are repugnant to the U.S. Constitution.


Image result for knights of columbusGOP Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska introduced a Senate resolution Wednesday providing that it is unconstitutional to disqualify a nominee from public office based on their membership in the Knights of Columbus.

The resolution, which The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained in advance of its introduction, comes after Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Kamala Harris of California pressed a judicial nominee to the federal trial court in Nebraska about his affiliation with the knights, a Catholic mutual benefit society with almost 2 million members worldwide.

Sasse’s resolution was adopted without opposition just after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday night.
“It is the sense of the Senate that disqualifying a nominee to federal office on the basis of membership in the Knights of Columbus violates the Constitution of the United States,” the resolution reads.

Order Now
Article VI of the Constitution forbids the imposition of a religious test on prospective officeholders.
Resolutions of this nature are generally offered to support non-controversial propositions and are adopted by the unanimous consent of the chamber. “Unanimous consent” means that the Senate endorses the resolution without a vote.

As such, Sasse’s resolution was tactically shrewd: passage effectively amounts to a rebuke of Harris and Hirono. Adverse consequences could have followed had Democrats opposed it.

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A Marist poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus released Wednesday found that 85 percent of respondents — including 90 percent of Democrats — said religion should not be a factor when assessing someone’s fitness to serve in the federal government.

(RELATED: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has No Remaining Cancer, Supreme Court Announces)

Harris is expected to declare her bid for president in the near future. The senator has embarked on something of a soft launch in recent days, featuring a Jan. 10 appearance on “The Late Show” that left little doubt as to her intentions.

Image result for knights of columbusThe controversy over the Knights of Columbus emerged in December 2018 when Harris and Hirono a federal judicial nominee named Brian Buescher about his affiliation with the group in a series of written questions, which followed his Nov. 28 confirmation hearing. The senators cast the knights as an “all-male society” that takes “extreme” positions on social questions like abortion and gay marriage.

In response, Buescher said that the knights “do not have the authority to take personal political positions on behalf of all of its approximately 2 million members.”

Hirono’s office has dismissed criticism of her inquiries as “far-right wing manipulation of straightforward questions.” She was among the Democratic lawmakers who questioned Judge Amy Coney Barrett about the extent to which her religious convictions would bear on the discharge of her judicial duties, in view of Barrett’s scholarly writings on that subject as a student at Notre Dame Law School.

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Like Buescher, Barrett is a Catholic. She was confirmed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in October 2017.

Buescher is an attorney in the Omaha offices of Kutak Rock LLP, where he leads the agribusiness litigation practice. His nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska is pending.

The Children's Trust Funds.


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DMC Tenet Health Found More Cost Savings By Getting Rid Of Humans

Would you use this DMC  Tenet Health phone ?
Tenet Health, of Detroit Medical Center, that tried to get rid of the Wayne State University Medical School doctors and replace them with overseas jacked-legged, sheep dipped doctors, has found a new way of saving money by getting rid of the receptionists.

Why DMC Severs With Wayne State University: Plan, Privatize, Profit

Yes, the first thing you see when walking into the Harper Professional Building, with lots of sick people seeking medical attention, is an old school phone, with no hand sanitizer available, to call the number, hoping you do not have poor eyesight, by putting the phone on your face.

Needless to say, no one uses that phone.

Just another example of how Tenet Health is trying to save money by phasing out human administrators and staffers.

I know.  They all told me their horror stories, even the physicians.

AI can eventually take over medical care, but during the interim, please try to at least keep it sanitary.

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DOJ; Two Ukrainian Nationals Indicted in Computer Hacking and Securities Fraud Scheme Targeting U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Hacking and Trading Scheme Involved Theft of Thousands of ‘EDGAR’ Filings, Including Draft Earnings Reports of Publicly Traded Companies before Reports were Made Public

Two Ukrainian men have been charged for their roles in a large-scale, international conspiracy to hack into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) computer systems and profit by trading on critical information they stole.
In a 16-count indictment unsealed today in the District of New Jersey, Artem Radchenko, 27, and Oleksandr Ieremenko, 26, both of Kiev, Ukraine, are charged with securities fraud conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, computer fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, and computer fraud. The SEC also filed a civil complaint today charging Ieremenko along with several other individuals and entities.
The indictment alleges that Radchenko and Ieremenko hacked into the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system and stole thousands of files, including annual and quarterly earnings reports containing confidential, non-public, financial information, which publicly traded companies are required to disclose to the SEC. The defendants and others then profited by selling access to the confidential information in these reports and trading on this stolen information prior to its distribution to the investing public.
“The defendants allegedly orchestrated sophisticated computer intrusions to steal non-public information from the SEC, compromising the integrity of the market and depriving honest investors of a level playing field,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.  “The Department of Justice will aggressively pursue and prosecute those who attack our financial markets and seek to profit unfairly, no matter where such offenders reside.”
“The defendants charged in the indictment announced today engaged in a sophisticated hacking and insider trading scheme to cheat the securities markets and the investing public,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. “They targeted the Securities and Exchange Commission with a series of sophisticated and relentless cyber-attacks, stealing thousands of confidential EDGAR filings from the Commission’s servers and then trading on the inside information in those filings before it was known to the market, all at the expense of the average investor.”
“Today’s indictment sends a strong message to those criminals who choose to use the cyber-world to profit from network intrusion,” Mark McKevitt, Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service Newark Field Office, said. “The Secret Service will continue to aggressively investigate cyber-enabled financial crimes and develop innovative ways to combat emerging cyber threats.”
 “This indictment is a testament to the countless hours of hard work and dedication by law enforcement in the fight against cyber criminals,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie said.  “Cybercrime knows no boundaries. Dismantling these operations are possible only by working closely with our partners.”
According to the indictments unsealed today:
From February 2016 to March 2017, Radchenko, Ieremenko, and others conspired to gain unauthorized access to the computer networks of the SEC’s EDGAR system, which is used by publicly traded companies to file required disclosures, such as annual and quarterly earnings reports. These filings contained detailed information about the financial condition and operations of the companies, including their earnings. Such information can, and often does, affect the stock price of the companies when it is made public, and is therefore highly confidential prior to its disclosure to the general public. 
The EDGAR system allows companies to make test filings in advance of a public filing. These test filings often contain information that is the same as, or similar to the information in the final filing. The defendants stole thousands of test filings before they were released to the public, and sought to profit from their theft by using the information in the test filings to trade before the investing public learned the information. 
To gain access to the SEC’s computer networks, the defendants used a series of targeted cyber-attacks, including directory traversal attacks, phishing attacks, and infecting computers with malware. Once the defendants had access to the test filings on the EDGAR system, they stole them by copying the test filings to servers they controlled. For example, between May 2016 and October 2016, the defendants extracted thousands of test filings from the EDGAR servers to a server they controlled in Lithuania.
Ieremenko was previously charged in a hacking and securities fraud scheme in an indictment in the District of New Jersey. That indictment charged Ieremenko with being part of a large-scale, international conspiracy to hack the computer systems of three newswire organizations and steal press releases containing confidential non-public financial information relating to hundreds of companies traded on the NASDAQ and NYSE from three newswires. The members of the conspiracy profited from the theft by trading on the news ahead of its distribution to the investing public. The indictment unsealed today alleges Ieremenko employed some of the same methods to hack the SEC.   
Radchenko recruited to the scheme traders who were provided with the stolen test filings so they could profit by trading on the information before the investing public. Armed with the stolen information, the traders profited by executing various trades in brokerage accounts they controlled. In one instance, a test filing for “Public Company 1” was uploaded to the EDGAR servers at 3:32 p.m. (EDT) on May 19, 2016. Six minutes later, the defendants stole the test filing and uploaded a copy to the Lithuania server. Between 3:42 p.m. and 3:59 p.m., a conspirator purchased approximately $2.4 million worth of shares of Public Company 1. At 4:02 p.m., Public Company 1 released its second quarter earnings report and announced that it expected to deliver record earnings in 2016. Over the next day, the conspirator sold all the acquired shares in Public Company 1 for a profit of more than $270,000.
The wire fraud conspiracy and substantive wire fraud counts with which the defendants are charged carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss from the offense. The securities fraud conspiracy, computer fraud conspiracy, and substantive computer fraud counts with which the defendants are charged carry a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss from the offense. 
This case was investigated by the U.S. States Secret Service and special agents of the FBI, with assistance from the SEC’s Market Abuse and Cyber Units and the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs.
 The prosecution is being handled by Trial Attorney Aarash Haghighat of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), and by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Shapiro; Chief of the Cybercrimes Unit Justin S. Herring; Attorney-in-Charge, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Trenton Nicholas Grippo; and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn O’Connor.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.   

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Former Mayor Staffer Faints In Bribery Sentencing - In Atlanta, Not Detroit

My apologies for anyone who has been misled to believe these bribery scandal sentencings were in Detroit.

These are Atlanta.

The Detroit sentencings are going to be much more colorful.

Former Mayor Reed staffer faints during sentencing in bribery scandal

Katrina Taylor-Parks, a staff member only 2 positions removed from former Mayor Kasim Reed, has been sentenced for taking bribes while working for the City of Atlanta.

ATLANTA — Kasim Reed’s former Deputy Chief of Staff was sentenced to 21 months in prison for conspiracy to commit bribery this afternoon.

During the reading of her sentence, Katrina Taylor-Parks collapsed in the courtroom and was eventually taken out of the courthouse on a stretcher by EMT's.

Taylor-Parks is the closest person to the former Mayor Reed to be sentenced, so far.

In August, she pleaded guilty to accepting money from a construction contractor in exchange for steering projects their way. US Attorney Byung J. ‘Bjay’ Pak has said Taylor-Parks is cooperating with their investigation.

In court today, prosecuting attorneys said Taylor-Parks accepted $15,000 in cash, a Louis Vuitton handbag, and a trip to Chicago from the contractor. Attorney said she met the contractor while she was in an MBA program at Georgia Tech. She accepted bribes over an 18-month period, according to the U.S. Attorney.

The 21-month sentence was less than prosecutors could have asked for. They requested a lesser sentence because Taylor-Parks is cooperating with their investigation. Her attorney said she's provided information to investigators through at least twenty interviews. The U.S. Attorney also confirmed she has given them  recordings as part of her cooperation with them.

Taylor-Parks is the second City of Atlanta worker to be sentenced in the bribery probe. Adam Smith, the city’s former chief purchasing officer, is serving time for accepting bribes from construction contractors.

Mitzi Bickers, a mid-level City of Atlanta employee with close ties to Mayor Kasim Reed, has plead not guilty in the bribery scandal. Investigators allege she took $2 million from contractors in exchange for steering projects towards them. Bickers is a well-known preacher and political consultant. She was instrumental in getting Reed elected as mayor, using ground-roots efforts to mobilize voters. After his election, Reed appointed her to a position as Human Services Director in City Hall. She's also been charged for a similar scandal in a Mississippi town.

Two contractors,  C.P. Richards and E.R. Mitchell, are both serving time for paying bribes to land construction contracts. They have also cooperated with investigators.

When asked today if more indictments were forthcoming, the U.S. Attorney said the investigation was continuing.

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Michigan Attorney General & Wayne County Prosecutor Team Up To Do What They Do - Cover Up Cover Ups - Flint Water Crisis Prosecution

This is quite the awkward prosecutorial situation considering the fact that the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is under federal investigation with the Michigan Attorney General's Office in relation to the Flint Water Crisis and other stuff.

Oups j'ai dit une betise!

“Attorney General Nessel’s appointment of Fadwa Hammoud to serve as Michigan’s next Solicitor General is a brilliant choice. She is a visionary with an excellent work ethic. This is bittersweet for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and me personally. Fadwa has served all Wayne County residents with integrity, distinction, and honor. We are sad to see her leave Wayne County service, but the citizens of the entire State will be the beneficiary of her fairness and impressive reputation.” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy
I wonder what the gals have planned for Andy Arena?

From a fan...
Flint continued cover up and continued expolitation has officially expanded hard core into Flint and the cover up will likely continue. Unless I can get my hands on the Master Plumber who oversaw the Flint water valve turn on to help answer some questions. I bet they have info they don't realize they have and may help get to the root of the real problem. There is some pipe that is supposed to drain from under Flint City that no one seems to know where it in they kinda lost where it was, or ao they kinda say but don't say.....and many others have been dead headed (sealed off) and whatever is under there is likely nasty and PFAS contaminated. Kildee is asking now for PFAS to be added for Superfund cleanup sites. How convenient. Need to find that outlet to get water tested. Oh, and people allegely from Easter Seals allegedly have a contract with MDHHS in Flint because of water and are handing out what they say are psych meds without any official diagnoses.

Former Wayne County prosecutor to take lead on Flint water prosecutions

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Fadwa Hammoud
The state’s new solicitor general will take lead on the state’s criminal cases related to the Flint water crisis, including the prosecution of involuntary manslaughter charges against two former high-ranking Snyder officials.

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday Fadwa Hammoud’s appointment as solicitor general, making her the first Muslim Arab American to achieve that post in the country. Hammoud is a former lead attorney at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Flint Special Prosecutor Todd Flood, who was appointed by Republican former Attorney General Bill Schuette, will report to Hammoud. He successfully convinced 67th District Court judges to bind over for trial former Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and former Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells on criminal charges related to 2014-15 Legionnaire's disease outbreak that killed 12 individuals and sickened at least 79 others.

 Schuette's personal supervision of Flood prevented him from engaging in the civil cases related to Flint, Nessel said. Both the civil and criminal cases have continued for years and cost taxpayers millions, she said.

“We don’t prescribe to the idea of prosecution for profit in this office,” Nessel said in a a statement. “I have worked closely with Ms. Hammoud as a prosecutor and trust her to make the right decisions and take the proper steps to ensure justice for the people of Flint. This department has spent millions of dollars on these cases, and our state residents deserve assurance that these cases are handled properly.”

On Tuesday, Flood praised Hammoud.

“Fadwa is a great person and an excellent lawyer who will serve the people of state and Flint very well,” Flood said. “I look forward to working with her.”

Schuette’s position overseeing Flood has remained empty since the turn of the year because Nessel was uncomfortable with the conflicts associated with the role, said Nessel's spokeswoman Kelly Rossman McKinney. Hammoud’s appointment allows Nessel to remain “above the conflict wall” by avoiding a direct role in either the criminal or civil cases.

“For now, (Flood) will report to the solicitor general,” Rossman McKinney said. “She’ll be in court with him tomorrow to watch, listen and learn.”

Special prosecutors will be in 67th District Court for the resumption of the preliminary exam of Patrick Cook, a Department of Environmental Quality water treatment engineer who is accused of misconduct in office, conspiracy to engage in misconduct in office and willful neglect of duty for allegedly manipulating a Lead and Copper Rule report on the levels of lead in Flint’s water.
There have been talks about a possible plea deal for Cook.

In early January, Nessel asked Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to review the Flint criminal cases, and Worthy was expected to make recommendations regarding the future of the prosecution, including Flood's future as special prosecutor.

Hammoud’s appointment to the case does not interrupt the review of the prosecutions being conducted by Worthy, Rossman McKinney said. The review is ongoing and could influence the future of the cases and who leads them, she said.

Since Worthy and Hammoud worked together in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, “there’s a trusting relationship already established,” Rossman McKinney said.

Worthy declined additional comment on the review, but praised Nessel’s appointment of Hammoud to the cases, calling it a “bittersweet” moment for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

“Attorney General Nessel’s appointment of Fadwa Hammoud to serve as Michigan’s next solicitor general is a brilliant choice,” Worthy said in a statement. “She is a visionary with an excellent work ethic.”

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Kent County Land Bank To Be Dissolved But Will Continue Operations Even Though It Never Incorporated

It seems William Forsyth has bee busy, busy, busy.

Or maybe, not.

It does not matter because the U.S. Department of Justice has been busy, busy, busy, and I know that for a fact!

The statewide modular homes plan sounds like a crappy fraud scheme, but hey, what do I know?

I know I could ask the leadership of Hamtramck, but I do not believe my presence would be very welcomed at City Hall.

I know the Kent County Land  Bank was never incorporated just like the Detroit Land Bank Authority never incorporated.

I also know the Kent County Land Bank was running strong armed tactics in its inner city, which happens to be its historic neighborhoods, by offering pennies on the SEV of the homes of people it basically corralled into a contained community, or just snatching through property tax fraud schemes, then sit on the properties, handing them out to family and friends who just so happen to have LLC companies.

Kent County Land Bank dissolution won’t stop statewide modular-homes plan

A modular home is moved onto its foundation in Grand Rapids on Friday, June 29, 2018. InnovaLaB, formerly the Kent County Land Bank, is building the homes and selling them at-cost on public land to provide affordable housing. (Neil Blake | RAPIDS, MI -- Tentative plans to build about 200 modular homes across the state are still going forward even though the broker, the Kent County Land Bank, will be dissolved at year’s end.

The affordable housing projects -- some in the discussion phase and others further along -- would see modular homes crop up in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Marquette, Midland, Hamtramck, Monroe and Romulus.

Additional projects in Newaygo, Flint and Canadian Lakes are possible but “speculative,” said Ken Parrish, the Kent County Treasurer and chair of the land bank’s board of directors.

Other than 10 modular units coming to Grand Rapids, Parrish couldn’t give exact figures on the potential number of modular homes eyed for each of the communities. He said they anticipate about 200 units in all.

Even though land bank staff have until Dec. 31 to settle obligations and cease operations, Parrish said it shouldn’t halt the ongoing projects.

“The projects that are outside of Kent County, I’m pretty sure that those will all continue, working through the Michigan Land Bank,” he said. “I don’t think us shutting down is going to impact, necessarily, any of those projects. ... Whether it’s InnovaLaB or the state land bank that wraps those projects up is yet to be determined."

David Allen, director of the county land bank, deferred comment to Parrish.

The directive to dissolve the land bank was given by the Kent County Board of Commissioners last month by a vote of 11 to 8.

The vote was brought to the board by Kent County Administrator Wayman Britt, whose office concluded the land bank had strayed from its original mission, bucked commissioner input and is largely unnecessary in a recovered housing market.

A number of affordable housing non-profits argued the move will stifle affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Concerns about the land bank picked up in June when the land bank rebranded itself as InnovaLaB and expanded operations into brokering modular homes both in and outside of Kent County.

The modular homes -- sold at cost for vacant public lands and with a fee to real-estate agents and developers on other parcels -- were pitched as a solution to provide “workforce housing,” or homes for income earners who are out-priced by their area’s housing market.

Land bank officials previously said the home prices range between $159,000 to $239,000, depending on the size, model and finishes. The modular homes are being eyed as a possibility for a 20-home development on the site of the former Glendale school in Muskegon Heights.

Josh Burgett, director of the Michigan Land Bank, said there’s a need for that work to continue, whether it’s by a non-profit InnovaLaB, another organization or the state land bank itself.

“(It’s) important that people know, from a state land bank perspective we viewed their work as very meaningful and something we used as an example across the state,” Burgett said. “I believe that investing money into improving these unproductive sites, most of them land bank sites, is a smart strategy for us and the communities we serve.”

Conversations about continuing the modular-homes work after the land bank is dissolved is ongoing, according to Parrish. Some preliminary ideas range from attaining a non-profit status to having another organization take on the work.

“We’re still trying to figure all that out,” he said. “It’s too early to know what’s ultimately going to happen with the staff and with any successor organization that there might be.”

InnovaLaB has contracted with Troy-based modular home manufacturer Champion Homes for all its builds.

County board Vice Chairman Stan Stek, who voted to dissolve the land bank, previously said the year-long time frame to dissolve the land bank allows commissioners to assess the needs met by the land bank but outside its mission and discuss how else those needs could be met.

Burgett said the state land bank is committed to working with Kent County municipalities, such as Grand Rapids and Plainfield Township, that regularly utilize the county land bank for clearing property titles and other actions.

He cautioned that while state land bank staff will “do everything we can to deliver that customer service," they “can never be as responsive as someone who is in your own community."

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SENATE JUDICIARY: Confirmation Hearing Of Bill Barr - Honoring Grassley & His Legacy On Medicaid Fraud In Child Welfare - The False Claims Act - My Color Commentary

Once again, respecting the economy of your time, I have brought to you, in the spirit of fuchsia, my color commentary on the Senate Judiciary Confirmation Hearing of Bill Barr.

Please take notice that Chuck Grassley was looking quite dapper because he was letting the world know about his legacy as an old school civil rights dog, in his work on the False Claims Act, addressing Medicaid fraud in child welfare, in this hearing.

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Grassley started slamming Bill Barr on the False Claims Act because it is his legacy, he introduced. 

He grilled Barr on supporting the whistleblower cases, with specific reference to this case. It made me all warm and fuzzy because, basically, if Barr is confirmed as the U.S. Attorney General and dismisses the case, well, that would mean he lied to congress breaching the trust of this sworn office, which means I would just have to file up a quo warranto.

You can catch the historic FCA love starting @1:11:00

Someone In The DOJ Is Leaky On The False Claims Act

Lee is asking about the Ashcroft-Sessions policy of "most readily provable offense" policy of DOJ. 

Barr is talking about sentencing guidelines, going back to what Grassley was talking about his previous position of support of the Crime Bill.  Barr said he would defer to the Districts on prosecution decisions.


Barr was asked about voting identification laws.  He was good in his responses because this stuff is pending in lower courts, so he could not interject with specificity.

Sass is asking about child sex trafficking and the Jeffery Epstein no prosecution agreement without addressing his foundation research.

They asked him about 2016 election fraud investigation and releasing the documents after the committee reviews, redacts everything.

That sounds like they want to see if their name is in it so they can do a white out and not be prosecuted.

Immigration and undocumented individuals were raised but not one peep on SCOTUS DACA DAPA, well, because it is in the court and this is a congressional senate hearing

Not one word on foster care and adoption in the child trafficking on the southern border.

Detroit has a southern border, too.

Barr had to clarify that only congress makes law not policy.

Not one word on child welfare fraud but they did bring up Enron.

BB said he got 900 convictions on the Enron case, but nothing on the bigger scandals that went down. From there they went into the mortgage fraud and the creation of the toxic asset program without saying TARP, but asked if there was going to be prosecution on SEC fraud on the fake mortgages, bundling, you know, the stuff the Detroit Land Bank Authority did, but Barr did well in not commenting on pending grand jury actions in Detroit and Arkansas, and I mind as well throw in the Grand Rapids, Kent County Land Bank, and the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority.

Barr said he would resign is he found out someone in stopped an investigation based on fraud which  is honorable, or not, because he could function as a whistleblower.

Then there was border wall political blah, blah, blah that had no place to be put forth in this hearing.

They covered VAWA and it falling under jurisdiction of DOJ.

Then they went after Trump of what he knows and does based on media reports asking Barr to speculate on what Trump actually knows without seeing the documents.

He did say people who are accused, based upon public information like what Trump knows or is covering up, deserves due process.

He talked alot about due process.

Cory Booker asked about gay hate based on judicial morality but said nothing about chattel law because that is what all the labeling is about. I do not like Booker. He is a clown. He partnered with Betsy DeVos in privatized education enterprises.  He kept talking about civil rights but has no idea that he was behind taking out the civil rights leader from congress. Yes, I said that. All that gay protection stuff is about pumping through more child welfare fraud programs layered with layers of administrations to steal more money and nothing about equal justice in holding these NGOs who push through divisive speech through law to keep people under their classification schemes for that crappy predictive modeling just to make money off the people they claim to help. Not impressed.

Watching parts of this hearing reminds me of each senator being assigned a specific area they will champion to keep their crap under cover in case Barr is appointed and decides to prosecute them.

Where is the substantive questioning?

Harris threw out the race card talking about voting rights but conveniently failed to mention anything about the DOJ election integrity investigations on the 2016 and 2018 elections because she is going to have some issues when it comes to her participation in violating the voting rights act.

Barr had to explain again that only congress makes law.

Hirono brought up election fraud and argued that there is no voter fraud going on, even in the absentee ballots, and asked if he would waste resources going after voter fraud that does not exist. Too bad she does not know about thee voter fraud in the absentee ballots like what they did in Detroit.

Blumenthal brought up Uranium One.

Barr called it pay for play and that it was put in 
Huber's file to review. Interesting.  He did say it was not handled properly. 

Then Blumenthal brought up the Clinton Foundation.
Barr said he did not think he said the foundation should be criminally investigated and said it should be civilly investigated for tax fraud.

Blumenthal pulled up the emoluments case again, after Feinstein did earlier on anti-corruption.

Barr said, again, he has not looked into emoluments, which is Blumenthal's filing.

No one asked him about 911.

To honor the work of Grassley on his elimination of the government knowledge bar in the False Claims Act work in 1986, just in case the history is wiped because that seems to be a trend right now, I would like to introduce to you his advocacy for whistleblowers in Medicaid fraud.

Have no fear!

I found a way around that "government knowledge bar" by uncloaking the Meanies were mean to my Sweetie.

I also found out that Justice Clarence Thomas has a few issues that have never been addressed when it comes to Medicaid fraud in child welfare.

Have no fear, he will soon come to love me, just like John Roberts.

Can you say "constitutional crisis"?

I can.

Prepared Senate Floor Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Chairman, 
Senate Judiciary Committee Interpreting the False Claims Act 
February 13, 2018

Today I want to talk about some troubling developments in the courts’ interpretation of the False Claims Act. To understand these developments, we need to review a little history.

In 1943, Congress gutted the Lincoln-era law known as the False Claims Act. At the time, the Department of Justice said that it needed no help from whistleblowers to fight fraud. The Department said that if the government already knows about the fraud, no court should even hear a whistleblower’s case. So, Congress amended the False Claims Act to bar any whistleblower from bringing a claim if the government knows about the fraud.

That was a mistake.

The bar led to absurd results that only hurt the taxpayer. It basically meant that all whistleblower cases were blocked, even cases where the government only knew about the fraud because of the whistleblower.

In 1984 the Seventh Circuit barred the State of Wisconsin from a whistleblower action against Medicaid fraud. Wisconsin had already told the federal government about the fraud—because it was required to under federal law. So, because of the so-called “government knowledge bar,” whistleblower cases went nowhere and neither did prosecution of wrongdoers.

In 1986 I worked with my colleagues to make it possible for whistleblowers to be heard again. That included eliminating this so-called “government knowledge” bar. Since then, what the government knows about a fraud has still been used by defendants in False Claims Act cases, as a defense against their own state of mind.

Courts have found that what the government knows about fraud can undercut allegations that defendants knowingly submitted false claims.

The theory goes something like this:  If the government knows about the defendant’s bad behavior, and the defendant knows the government knows, then the defendant did not knowingly commit fraud. Once you wrap your head around that logic puzzle, I’ve got another one for you.

In 2016, the question of what the government knows about fraud in False Claims Act cases began to take center stage once again. In Escobar, the Supreme Court rightly affirmed that a contractor can be liable under the “implied false certification” theory. That just means a contractor can be in trouble when it doesn’t make good on its bargain. And it doesn’t matter whether the contractor outright lies.  A misleading omission of its failures is enough.

Unfortunately parts of the Court’s ruling are getting some defendants, and judges, tied in knots. 
Justice Thomas wrote that the false or misleading aspect of the claim has to be material to the government’s decision whether to pay it. Thomas said that one of several ways you can tell whether something misleading is also material is if the government knows what the contractor is up to and pays the claim anyway.

At first glance, I suppose that makes sense.  If someone gives you something substantially different in value or quality than what you asked for, why would you pay for it? But if the difference really isn’t that important, you might still accept it.

Even if that is true, the problem here is that courts are reacting the way they always have. They are trying to outdo each other in applying Thomas’ analysis inappropriately or as strictly as possible – to the point of absurdity. In doing so, they are starting to resurrect elements of that old “government knowledge” bar I worked so hard to get rid of.

This is what the Justice actually wrote:
“[I]f the Government pays a particular claim in full despite its actual knowledge that certain requirements were violated, that is very strong evidence that those requirements are not material. Or, if the Government regularly pays a particular type of claim in full despite actual knowledge that certain requirements were violated, and has signaled no change in position, that is strong evidence that the requirements are not material.”

He did not say that in every case, if the government pays a claim despite the fact that someone, somewhere in the bowels of the bureaucracy might have heard about allegations that the contractor may have done something wrong, the contractor is automatically off the hook.

Think about it. Why should the taxpayer pay the price for bureaucrats who fail to expose fraud against the government?

That’s why the False Claims Act exists, to protect taxpayers by rewarding whistleblowers for exposing fraud.

Justice Thomas said that the government’s actions when it has actual knowledge that certain requirements were violated are evidence of whether those requirements are material—or not.
What does it mean for the government to have actual knowledge? Would it include one bureaucrat who suspected a violation but looked the other way? Would that prove the requirement was material?
Courts need to be careful here.

First, this statement about government knowledge is not the standard for materiality. The standard for materiality is actually the same as it has always been.  The Court did not change it in Escobar.
Materiality means “having a natural tendency to influence, or being capable of influencing, the payment or receipt of money or property.”

The question of the government’s behavior in response to fraud is one of multiple factors for courts to weigh in applying the standard.

Second, courts and defendants should be mindful that Justice Thomas limited the relevance here to actual knowledge of things that actually happened. There are all sorts of situations where the government could have doubts—but no actual knowledge of fraud.

Maybe the government has only heard vague allegations, but has no facts. Maybe the rumors are about something that may be happening in an industry, but nothing about particular false claims by a particular defendant. Maybe an agency has started an inquiry, but still has a long way to go before it’s finished. Maybe someone with real agency authority or responsibility hasn’t learned of it yet.

There are a lot of situations where the government might not have actual knowledge of the fraud.
Third, even if the government does pay a false claim, that is not the end of the matter. Courts have long recognized there are a lot of reasons why the government might not intervene in a whistleblower case.

And, there are a lot of reasons why the government might still pay a false claim. Maybe declining to pay the claim would leave patients without prescriptions or life-saving medical care.

Paying the claims in that case does not mean the fraud is unimportant. It means that, in that moment, the government wants to ensure access to critical care. That payment cannot, and does not, deprive the government of the right to recover the payment obtained through fraud.

Can you imagine if that were the rule, though? Can you imagine if providers could avoid all accountability because the government decided not to let someone suffer?  Then fraudsters could hold the government hostage.

They could submit bogus claims all the time with no consequences because they know the government is not going to deny treatment to the sick and vulnerable.

That is just not what the False Claims Act says. Courts should not read such a ridiculous rule into the statute.

Fourth, courts should take care in reading into the Act a requirement for the government to immediately stop paying claims or first pursue some other remedy. There could be many important reasons to pay a claim that have nothing to do with whether the fraud is material.

Further, there is no exhaustion requirement. The False Claims Act does not require the government to jump through administrative hoops or give up its rights. And that would be an unreasonable burden on the government in any event.

We have decades of data showing that the government cannot stop fraud by itself. I also know from many years of oversight that purely administrative remedies are very time consuming and often toothless.

The government should be able to decide how best to protect the taxpayers from fraud. The FCA is the most effective tool the government has. The government should be able to use it, without the courts piling on bogus restrictions that are just not in the law.

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