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It’s a date! Murdoch phone hacking prosecutions

Posted by Charles II on September 26, 2012

Lisa O’Carroll, The Guardian:

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have been told at the Old Bailey that they are not due to face a full trial until …. 9 September 2013 by Mr Justice Fulford, who is presiding over two batches of charges against them and 12 others.

Coulson, Brooks and six others have been charged with conspiring to hack phones.

Brooks is also charged with three counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Apart from Coulson and Brooks, the others facing phone-hacking-related charges are Edmondson, Weatherup, Thurlbeck, former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner, ex-news editor Greg Miskiw and a private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire.

Kuttner faces three charges, while Miskiw faces 10 charges. Edmondson 12 charges, Thurlbeck eight and Weatherup eight.

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The Fiscal Cliff/Bobblespeak translation

Posted by Charles II on September 26, 2012

Bloomberg did an edition on the fiscal cliff and what it means in detail. A lot of it is bulls–t to persuade the reader of things that are wrong. So here it is run through the bobblespeak decoder ring.

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Hooboy: Rotten Florida Republican Edition/Updated

Posted by Charles II on September 26, 2012

Kudos to Mark Caputo, Manny Garcia, and Scott Hiassen of the Miami Herald for this most entertaining story. It was summarized by Eric Lach, TPM Muckraker:

[Ana] Alliegro, a self-described “conservative bad girl” who this summer served as campaign manager to Justin Lamar Sternad, disappeared just before a scheduled meeting with federal investigators on Sept. 6.

[Democratic candidate] Sternad’s efforts reportedly benefited from $46,000 in secret money linked to [Republican Congressman David] Rivera.

Alliegro — whose grandfather was Senate president in Cuba during the Batista era, and whose father helped train contra rebels in Nicaragua for the U.S. military — has made several unsuccessful runs for public office.

A very bad girl. Fabiola Santiago, Miami Herald:

She’s a Bonnie without her Clyde, a political operative with a penchant for dating and marrying older men with impressive jobs. Only they end up running for their lives, including former Miami Mayor Joe Carrollo, who begged for a divorce after 83 days.

Now the feds investigating Justin Lamar Sternad’s campaign finances want to talk to Alliegro, but she didn’t show up for her Sept. 6 date.

The FBI and federal prosecutors believe Alliegro was the go-between linking David Rivera, the Republican congressman running for reelection, and Sternad, a part-time hotel clerk whose campaign Rivera allegedly funded with tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

she tried in 2007 to shoot her architect ex-husband, Moshe Cosicher, after he refused to remarry her.

No screenwriter could come up with a livelier scene than this Herald account of police and prosecution reports of that altercation:

“She then sat naked at a desk with her leg up and compared the gun to a male sexual organ.

“ ‘If you think your [expletive] is powerful (showing the gun), this is mine,’ Alliegro told Cosicher . . .

“She fired a round into the ceiling. ‘You see. It’s loaded — this is business,’ Alliegro allegedly said.”

He tried to leave.

“She shot at me when I approached the front door (she missed my head by inches),” Cosicher wrote in a police statement.

Update 1: Mugshot

Update 2: More on the fake Democrat.:

Sternad said Alliegro referred to the congressman by his initials, “D.R.,” and called him by the nickname, “The Gangster.”

Posted in Florida (where magical things happen), ratf*cking, Republicans acting badly | 6 Comments »

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