One prosecutor tried to put Epstein away for decades. Powerful men maneuvered to stop her
MIAMI — When Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty in state court in June 2008 to two sex solicitation charges, which came with an 18-month sentence but avoided tougher federal sex crimes charges as part of a deal with the feds, colleagues of the federal prosecutor who had led the investigation flooded her with congratulations.But Ann Marie Villafaña was in no mood to celebrate.“After all the hell they put me through, I don’t feel like celebrating 18 months,” Villafaña wrote to one colleague about Epstein’s sentence, which became a #MeToo symbol of how rich and powerful sex offenders can evade justic...
Turkey prosecutor to investigate accusations of torture, crimes against humanity by Egypt's Sisi
Istanbul's prosecutor has opened an investigation into alleged torture and crimes against humanity carried out at the hands of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and 29 other Egyptian officials.Turkish human rights lawyer Gulden Sonmez said in a press conference held yesterday in Istanbul that her client Omar Ibrahim was tortured in four police stations, two intelligence centres, and seven prisons where he was held for three years in Egypt.Ibrahim also survived the Egyptian security forces' brutal dispersal of the Rabaa protest camp in August 2013. Hundreds of protesters were killed in the...
The Middle East Monitor
Sidney Powell proclaims Trump likely pulled in more than 80 million votes in a 'landslide' he's been robbed of
By Duncan SmithSidney Powell, the former federal prosecutor and lawyer to retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, dropped another massive bombshell on Tuesday regarding the presidential election victory Donald Trump is likely to be robbed of.During an interview with Newsmax TV, Powell was very clear she believes the president won in a massive “landslide.”“And the will of the people in this country was that Donald Trump win in a landslide,” Powell said during the interview. “If we can get to the bottom of it, and I am determined to do that, I think we’ll find he had at least 80 million votes.”“The only...
The National Sentinel
Argentina’s prosecutor general replies to Azerbaijani side’s letter on foreign combatants in Karabakh
By TrendThe Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan Kamran Aliyev sent an official letter to his Argentinean counterpart Eduardo Casal on October 4, 2020, in which he informed about the involvement of a large number of foreign combatants in hostilities against Azerbaijan by Armenia, Trend reports on Nov.13.Aliyev also informed Casal about the commitment of terrorist acts against the civilian population by the Armenian Armed Forces, as well as the financing of terrorist activities by the military-political leadership of Armenia and the Armenian diasporas in many countries.In the response letter dated ...
Attorney for Jeffrey Epstein had prior relationship with prosecutor on his Florida case
A member of Jeffrey Epstein’s defense team had previously dated a high-ranking prosecutor who helped negotiate his sweetheart deal in 2008, a source familiar with the Justice Department’s review of the case told the New York Daily News.Lilly Anne Sanchez briefly had a relationship with Matthew Menchel in 2003 when they both worked at the Southern District of Florida’s U.S. attorney’s office, the report found.Sanchez left the office for private practice and was hired by Epstein around 2007. Menchel was chief of the criminal division when the office began investigating Epstein and negotiating an...
New York Daily News
Mañanita complaint languishes in Taguig prosecutor’s office
Mañanita complaint languishes in Taguig prosecutor’s officeGhio Ong(The Philippine Star) – November 10, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — Nothing has yet come out of the complaints filed against Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, who has been promoted to head the Philippine National Police (PNP).The STAR learned from an insider that the Taguig City prosecutor’s office has not resolved the complaint filed against him and two other generals in May by the PNP’s Internal Affairs Service (IAS) in connection with his holding a “mañanita” or birthday party on May 8 in violation of the rule against mass gather...
Lead prosecutor in Netanyahu cases not running for state attorney post
Deputy State Attorney for Economic Affairs Liat Ben-Ari, one of the favorites to become the next state attorney, on Sunday said she will not seek the job. Sunday was the deadline to present candidacies.Ben-Ari, who sent former prime minister Ehud Olmert to jail and indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was regarded by many as having an unmatched record.However, she and her family have suffered unprecedented public attacks and encroachment on their private lives since she came into the crosshairs of Netanyahu supporters.“I am sure that the appointment process will lead to choosing the rig...
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Whitmer kidnap plot: Possible citizen's arrest mentioned in March, prosecutor says
DETROIT — A man accused in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had a fight with the alleged ringleader, was against the violent plan and was out of the loop in the months before his arrest, his lawyer says.The public defender for Pete Musico, 42, of Munith, spelled out during a bond hearing Friday in Jackson County a timeline of accusations which he says works in his client’s favor.Musico is one of 14 men charged in the plot, which prosecutors say took on various iterations with multiple targets and was meant to instigate a civil war.Six men face federal kidnapping charges, but Musico is ...
Detroit Free Press
Regeni: Italy asks Egypt’s public prosecutor for information on 3 police officers
The general prosecutor’s office in Rome has sent a judicial request to Egypt’s public prosecutor for information on three policemen whose names have come up for the first time in investigations into the torture of Italian student Giulio Regeni.In 2016 Regeni was tortured to death and found on the Cairo-Alexandria highway in Egypt on the anniversary of the January uprising.His death is thought to have been carried out by members of the country’s top security agencies, who were receiving information about the research into trade unions he was conducting whilst in the country.Egypt has consistent...
The Middle East Monitor
Chicago 7 prosecutor: 'They were going to try to destroy our trial. And they did a damn good job'
CHICAGO — Even five decades later, former federal prosecutor Dick Schultz has a pretty good idea of when the legendary Chicago 7 trial started to go off the rails: during the testimony of the very first witness.That day in September 1969, U.S. District Judge Julius Hoffman halted the trial after he was informed that a juror had received a threatening letter purportedly sent from the Black Panthers. Hoffman, famous for his ironclad control of his courtroom, told attorneys from both sides to keep the information to themselves so he could question the juror in private, Schultz told the Chicago Tr...