2015-09-29, 06:14:39 PLACERVILLE CA
Here is an interesting EDC issue, prosecuting Harn for violating Penal Code Sections 424 & 425, that the Mt. Democrat has been dark on.
California Penal Code Section 424 PC: Misappropriation of Public Funds
1. DEFINITION AND ELEMENTS OF THE CRIME
People who serve in public office, especially those who handle or oversee public moneys, are often placed in positions of trust with little to no oversight. In some cases, people in these positions may abuse this trust in order to unlawfully enrich themselves. In recent years, there have been several high-profile incidents involving key players in local government who have been caught misappropriating public money. As a result, prosecutors, law enforcement and government watchdogs are on high alert for these types of crimes. Under California Penal Code Section 424 PC, misappropriation of public funds is a serious felony that can result in lengthy prison…
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Faced with a new statute that mandates Nevada Highway Patrol officers begin wearing body cameras, agency officials and the Attorney General’s Office are working on regulations for not only NHP but statewide.
To do so, they have to wade through what Greg Zunino of the Attorney General’s Office said is a long list of issues ranging from when the cameras must be on, when they should be off, who has access to the video records and how long must they be kept.
The cameras were required by this year’s Nevada Legislature. Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 111, which Capt. Natasha Koch, manager of the NHP program, said also included $1.2 million to pay for them.
“They present different challenges than dash-mounted cameras,” Zunino said. “But probably every law enforcement agency in the state will, at some point in the future, consider deploying body-worn cameras.”
He said the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department “is really on the cutting edge of this in Nevada.”
Metro has had a pilot program in place with 200 body cameras on the street for 18 months now and Metro Sgt. Peter
Ferranti said they had collected a huge amount of data on the cameras, their use and the policies that need to be in place.
Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said he too is keeping a close eye on Metro because he believes body cameras for law enforcement “are inevitable.”
Ferranti said solid policies are critical.
“You can’t just jump in, buy cameras and put them on the street,” he said.
Ferranti said so far, those cameras have exonerated claims of officer wrong-doing in 58 cases. But he said in one case, the video resulted in an officer being terminated a week ago “because what happened was so egregious.”
“We’re getting better plea bargains, better convictions,” Ferranti said. “It enhances officer reports and testimony.”
He said Metro is preparing to put another 535 cameras on its officers and planning to buy an additional 500 this budget cycle.
Zunino said one thorny issue is when those videos are public record and when they are confidential and, if confidential for investigative or other reasons, how long until they become public. He said Nevada’s existing public records law weighs heavily toward making them public so if an agency wants a video kept confidential, it has the burden of showing why.
He said some states like Illinois have basically mandated the cameras be on all the time and what they record be open to the public. Texas, he said, gives the agency more flexibility in making those decisions.
Zunino said he believes Nevada’s agencies need to be involved in developing those kinds of policies and need some flexibility. Zunino said there are many times when, even if the video is released, private personal information must be deleted and faces, for example a non-involved juvenile in the background, blurred.
He also pointed out the situation may be much different at NHP than for local police agencies “because most of what they do is out in the open.” That wouldn’t be the case for a lot of criminal investigations by local police agencies investigating criminal activity where he said there may be strong reasons not to release video of an interaction between an officer and a suspect or witness.
Furlong said his department has “a few” cameras that are worn in specific situations. He said he’s concerned about the eventual cost to the city when it has to buy a system.
He said his department’s situation like Metro’s is different than the situation at NHP, where lawmakers mandated body cameras and set rules for them including that they are on in all encounters with the public.
Zunino said because Metro started its program on its own, it isn’t restricted by the NHP mandates in SB111. Nor, he said, are other law enforcement agencies in the state.
Attorney General Adam Laxalt said the goal will be to form a working group who will come up with a model set of rules and policies for body cameras. He asked for volunteers among the agency leaders in the room to help with that effort.
BY STEVE STRAUB
His speech will do little to undercut a widespread impression in many Western capitals that his aim in Syria is not just to bolster a Moscow ally but, primarily, to thwart U.S. power and influence in the Middle East.
Putin took particular aim at U.S. involvement in Iraq and Libya, which he said fostered a power vacuum filled with “extremists and terrorists.”
“Do you realize now what you’ve done?” he asked.
He called for a ministerial conference and then a U.N. resolution to reorient strategy against ISIS — even though many U.S. observers believe his real aim is to prioritize attacks against rebels opposed to al-Assad and to thwart U.S. aspirations in a region in which Obama has shown little appetite of becoming embroiled.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is a popular but polarizing figure who has dominated Russian politics for more than a decade. Click through to…
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Last weekend, NASA called for a press conference to announce a major discovery regarding the planet Mars. During the meeting, they revealed some pretty shocking information, completely changing what we once thought about the ?red? planet that, suddenly, doesn?t seem so red anymore.
1. Mars Has Flowing Rivers Of Water On It
Yesterday, NASA announced that Mars actually has rivers of flowing water on it. What we once believed to be an arid and rocky desert of a planet is actually seasonal, not unlike our own planet Earth.
Lujendra Ojha, a planetary scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, made the discovery by using images from NASA?s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
This raises a number of other questions, many of which are brought up in the press conference below.
?Mars is not the dry, arid planet that we thought of in the past ? [and] liquid water has been found on Mars.? ? James Green, NASA director…
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The best position for a tyrant or tyrants to be in, at least while consolidating power, is tyranny by proxy. That is to say, the most dangerous tyrants are those the people do not recognize: the tyrants who hide behind scarecrows and puppets and faceless organizations. The worst position for the common citizen to be in is a false sense of security and understanding, operating on the assumption that tyrants do not exist or that potential tyrants are really just greedy fools acting independently from one another.
Sadly, there are a great many people today who hold naïve notions that our sociopolitical dynamic is driven by random chaos, greed and fear. I’m sorry to say that this is simply not so, and anyone who believes such nonsense is doomed to be victimized by the tides of history over and over again.
There is nothing random or…
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It is easy to interpret the signals of our economy from afar when we see people driving cars everywhere and we tend to think that our economy is not that bad.
However, the fact remains that 40 years ago Americans owned those cars that we see them driving. Today, we are renting them as 40% of us are leasing our vehicles.
As we drive up and down our neighborhoods, we see people living in houses and we lie to ourselves as use this as a false barometer to convince ourselves that everything is OK. However, many of these homes we see people living in, have lost all of their equity.
The logical answer to the question “When…
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Not only cowardice, but lack of imagination hurt GOP Congress self | 9/27/2015 | LS Posted on 9/27/2015, 7:23:57 PM by LS
Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul Reportedly Preparing To Exit Presidential Race Inquisitor ^ | 9/27/15 | Mike Bessler Posted on 9/27/2015, 8:00:42 PM by lafroste Many within the GOP establishment — including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul — are finally waking up to an inconvenient truth. Namely, this election cycle is a season for outsiders. As Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson surge in the polls, certain candidates who enjoyed mass quantities of encouragement and support from the Republican old guard are falling by the wayside with increasing speed, like Texas Governor Rick Perry, who many Republicans viewed as a shoo-in for the nomination and who suspended his campaign two weeks ago. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a favorite among social conservatives, followed suit a short time later, calling on his fellow republicans to band together and take frontrunner Donald Trump out of contention for the good…
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Pope Francis has often indicated his desire to help the poor and he often criticizes capitalism so it is only fitting that he sell off the church’s incredible assets at a massive yard sale. According to the The Vatican Billions by Avro Manhattan, “The Vatican has billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations such as Gulf Oil, Shell, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel, General Electric, International Business Machines, T.W.A., etc.” Note that it was not billions of dollars but billions of shares!
Moreover, the Church owns several billion dollars’ worth of gold according to the United Nations World Magazine with a large portion of it stored as gold ingots at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank with the remainder stockpiled in Swiss and British banks.
The Vatican is headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and represents 1.2 billion people in 180 nations…
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The world will be watching as its leaders take to the iconic green marble hall at UN headquarters in New York to address the world as the 70th global debate kicks off on Monday. But what is this place? And how did it come to be?
Read Full Article at RT.com
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“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance,the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence.”—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes
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For decades, extreme ideologies on both the left and the right have clashed over the conspiratorial concept of a shadowy secret government pulling the strings on the world’s heads of state and captains of industry.
The phrase New World Order is largely derided as a sophomoric conspiracy theory entertained by minds that lack the sophistication necessary to understand the nuances of geopolitics. But it turns out the core idea — one of deep and overarching collusion between Wall Street and government with a globalist agenda — is operational in what a number of insiders call the “Deep State.”
In the past couple of years, the term has gained traction across a wide swath of ideologies. Former Republican congressional aide Mike Lofgren says it is the nexus of Wall Street and the national security state — a relationship where elected and unelected figures join forces…
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Carly Fiorina repeatedly leaks 3 emotional states, all of them negative, they have become a permanent part of her facial expression because she experiences them more than any other emotions. Disgust and contempt, which are strongly associated with the ending of relationship, and anger.
Despite billions spent to eradicate opium crops in Afghanistan, the crop is more popular than ever there, leading many to wonder whether some U.S. forces may actually be encouraging its growth and the heroin it later becomes.
In July, the Centers for Disease Control warned of record-breaking numbers of heroin deaths in the United States. ?Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18?25 in the past decade,? the CDC reported.
In the same month, it was reported that opium production is stronger than ever in Afghanistan, which now produces 90 percent of the world?s supply of the plant that?s refined to create heroin. This rise in production would have been impossible prior to the U.S.-led invasion, and it comes despite some $8.4 billion spent in counternarcotics efforts by the U.S., specifically designated to wipe out opium production in Afghanistan.
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While We were Sleeping…
The Monday-morning armchair QBs are already writing off the month of September, 2015, as a non-event.
The Shemitah didn’t go as some thought it would. The Day of Atonement passed and lightning didn’t strike us all dead. The ecomony didn’t implode. The MRAP full of armed soldiers didn’t pull up, break down your front door and drag you kicking and screaming off to a FEMA camp.
Is that what it will take to get people off of their backsides? A “game-over” event? Well you needn’t wait much longer.
Here’s what happened in September whilst everyone was asleep: WW3 has started in Syria.
Russia AND China have moved into Syria and are setting up shop. THIS is what’s been going on thus far in the month of September, in the year of our Lord, 2015:-
Russia Puts Boots on the Ground in Syria
Russia is providing “serious” training and logistical support to the Syrian army, Vladimir Putin has said, in the first public confirmation of the depth of Russia’s involvement in Syria’s civil war.
Russia confirms weapons on flights to Syria
And Reports: Chinese ships head to Syria; China deploys troops to help Russia in Syria
“An Arab news source [Al Masdar News] reports that a military contingent of the PRC is on the way to Latakia and will arrive in Syrian ports any day. Chinese transport with military cargo was spotted on Tuesday morning, passing through the Suez canal.”
Russia and China have had enough of the US-funded proxy war being waged in and around Syria by the ISIS/ISIL group that the CIA invented, armed and trained to overthrow Assad. They know the U.S. needs Syria out of the way to attack Iran and they’re not going to let that happen. Russia and China have been training together militarily for over 10 years just for such an event and their military build-up in Syria during September isn’t for show; they mean business.
And speaking of business, the U.S. and U.K. are about to find out that most of their fair-weather NATO allies know what’s going on too and are going to change sides. Some already have. Europe doesn’t want to be on the losing side of this war, nor do they want Russia shutting off their gas over the winter.
Make no mistake…this is game-on. Outmanned and outgunned, the U.S. and U.K. CANNOT win this war against Russia and China, but that won’t stop them from trying. Arrogant, ignorant and desperate to salvage the dying American empire, the treasonous, puppet U.S. politicians are ready, willing and able to sell the American people into slavery for this lost cause. In fact, they already have.
For any who may be under the mistaken impression that the U.S. still has air superiority you should have a look at what Pierre Sprey, co-designer of the F-16, had to say about the F-35 and why it has been plagued with so many problems:-
The Australians think the F-35 and F-22 are both useless as well:-
Military “Intelligence” at work: The F-35 Just Catches on Fire Sometimes – And the Pentagon knew that for years
Your hard-earned tax dollars at work: F-35 Fighter Jet More Problematic and Costly than Ever Imagined – Air Force Secretary
Cowboys lose to Indians: Indian Air Force ‘beats RAF 12-0 in training exercise’ – using Russian-designed jets
Names like “Lightning” and “Raptor” may sound impressive, but…U.S. Air Force and Navy officials have already admitted they can’t keep up with their Russian and Chinese counterparts and need better designs.
Even before delving into Scripture to explain WHY this is happening, it should be self-evident that the U.S. and U.K. have NO chance of winning this war. China has a 200,000,000 man standing army and together with Russia and superior military hardware at their disposal, Russia and China will easilydefeat the U.S. and U.K.
Source: The Burning Platform
The total lock down of Philadelphia began yesterday. The socialist, left wing, rockstar pope arrives in the U.S. today, causing mass gridlock, lost economic productivity, and another opportunity for our Orwellian police surveillance state to flex its muscles and treat its citizens like cattle and sheep. It started with the lock down of Boston a couple years ago as the all-powerful State took a giant shit on the Fourth Amendment as they hunted down two teenage utensil bomb terrorists. The DHS thugs have continued to militarize Barney Fife police forces around the country. Every man, woman and child is treated like a terrorist when going to a god damn baseball or football game. As reported by Marketwatch, the pope will inconvenience millions in three large US cities over the next six days.
Pope Francis’ historical six-day visit to the U.S. will bring some of the tightest…
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Buck Rogers, Staff Writer
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if better and cleaner energy sources were widely available and affordable to all of earth’s people? If so, you’re not alone, as the quest for a better energy existence has been the focus of many ingenious inventors, scientists, experimenters and even corporate and government scientists for generations.
We know it’s possible, but for some reason, though, society just can’t seem to get beyond 23.6 or so miles per gallon on average, highway. The gap between what science is clearly capable of and what is available to the consumer mass market is extraordinary, and here really is no need to be using up the world’s fossil fuels at building nuclear plants as if there were no tomorrow, but we do.
The truth is there for those whom have eyes to see…
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Little girl coached by illegal alien parents to ‘ask’ Pope to push amnesty
The incident involving a little girl who “broke” through Pope Francis’ security to “ask” him to promote amnesty was a staged event orchestrated by illegal immigrant activists who used the girl as a propaganda tool.
As the story goes, little Sophie Cruz slipped past security to approach the Popemobile to not only give the pope the t-shirt but to also deliver him a handwritten letter which advocates amnesty for illegals.
“All [illegal] immigrants just like my dad help feed this country,” the note read. “They deserve an immigration reform.”
The t-shirt Cruz gave the pontiff read: “Pope: rescue DAPA [Deferred Action for Parents of Americans], so the legalization would be your blessing.”
Although the story sounds heartwarming, it was actually a staged PR stunt to promote amnesty, and Cruz’s parents are illegal alien activists…
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How has your sleep been recently? Is it hard for you to fall asleep in the evening before midnight? Can you open your eyes in the morning without the required cup of coffee; are you often excited and nervous? Especially in winter, one of the factors that affects us most is the lack of enough daylight.
A few years ago, the influence of artificial illumination seemed not to be so strong. However, through the growing use of economical light bulbs and the appearance of laptops, tablets or smart phones at every home and pocket things are getting complicated.
Think – every minute of the day we are exposed to an artificial light source. All of us know we feel better out of the urbanized environment polluted by radiation.
Main artificial light sources:
Screen radiation: television sets, monitors, tablets, smart phones.
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Virginia TV Shooting Slow Motion Shows No Bullet Casings!!!
This past Sunday on a radio call-in show called “Cracker Barrel” which airs on KTTS FM, KSGF FM and KSGF broadcasting in Missouri suggested the on-camera shooting deaths of two Virginia journalists was a hoax to raise support for stronger gun laws! Stations manager Rex Hansen issued an on-air apology to the sheep that still believe the fake news saying the “hoax” comments made on the August 30th show were “not factual, disrespectful and downright wrong.” The two radio personalities were “suspended”. Good, I’m glad that even those in the fake news are waking up!
Jim Fetzer of VeteransTruthNetwork has completely destroyed this fairy tale just as he has done with Sandy Hoax, 9/11, the JFK Shooting, the Boston Bombing and so much more! Make sure you read his articles and listen to his radio show that can be found by searching youtube for “Jim Fetzer The Real Deal” and spread them everywhere.
For me this hoax falls apart with these two videos that show the “shooting” was done in two takes! In one take, the reporter nods before being shot but from the other camera (on the shooter) there is no nod before she is shot! This alone proves this is a HOAX! There can be no arguing about it, it’s case closed. Of course we also have the other video that shows they used a fake gun that didn’t eject shell casings and that’s why the reporter was able to run away after being shot multiple times! You can run because there were no bullets! This case is falling apart now even though Alex Jones refuses to show the evidence it was a hoax thus propping up the Fake News when it should be being destroyed forever because we have clear cut evidence on it! Even the Fake News personalities know it was a HOAX! Why is Alex Jones hiding this information instead of making it go viral? I urge all people of BIN to send these videos VIRAL now since the “Tip of the Spear” won’t do it! Tell them they faked it to take their guns and they must tell others to pass it on by social networks and email lists!
Heller says Trump not good for Nevada
Corrupt NWO pawn and Bush stooge, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller says Donald Trump isn’t good for Nevada.
The Republican Nevada senator, who is supporting Jeb Bush’s run for president, made the comments while meeting with the Review-Journal’s editorial board Friday.
“I don’t think Donald Trump is good for Nevada,” Heller said of the billionaire businessman and GOP front-runner in the presidential race. “I think he’s digging us a deep hole.”
Trump, running in a field of more than a dozen Republicans, has attracted criticism for a range of controversial comments on such topics as immigration and the appearance of fellow GOP candidate Carly Fiorina. In a Rolling Stone story, Trump said “Look at that face!” when watching her on television. Trump called undocumented immigrants “rapists” when he announced his bid for president.
“I think he reinforces some of the stereotypes about Republican candidates and this war on women and everything else,” Heller said of Trump.
As for Bush, Heller said the former Florida governor’s work as reformer in a large state, his belief in states’ rights and his Spanish-speaking ability are all assets.
“I think that’s a great package for the state of Nevada,” Heller said.
Heller’s wide-ranging nearly one-hour visit touched on several topics, including banking, immigration, the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear repository and infrastructure needs in the United States.
Heller is poised to become Nevada’s senior senator after Sen. Harry Reid’s successor is elected in November 2016. Reid, D-Nev., isn’t running for re-election. Heller said that he is prepared to take on that role and he is not interested in running for governor in 2018, when Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval’s term is up.
Heller said much work remains to be done on the economic front, noting that the nation has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, which is spurring companies to relocate abroad.
“We cannot be competitive if we have the highest tax rate in the world,” Heller said.
The United States also needs to heavily invest in infrastructure, including roads and bridges, Heller said. But he said he doesn’t favor increasing the fuel tax, noting that an increase would run counter to the push toward electric and hybrid-powered vehicles.
“I support Tesla. At the end of the day, I want people driving Teslas,” Heller said, referencing the electric car producer that is building a huge battery factory in Northern Nevada.
Instead, Heller said he supports allowing corporations to voluntarily repatriate capital located overseas to pay for infrastructure growth.
He said the nation needs to make comprehensive immigration reform that extends beyond border security.
He is bracing for an uphill battle on some aspects of immigration reform with a Republican-controlled Congress after his ally on the other side of the aisle, Reid, retires from the Senate.
As Nevada’s new senior senator, Heller plans to take the anti-Yucca torch from Reid and carry it by persuading colleagues to support the Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act bill that he and Reid introduced in March.
“I’d like to maintain that opposition but at the same time pass meaningful legislation that will allow states to decide themselves,” Heller said.
Much will depend on who is elected president in 2016, and Heller admits he’s “leery about some of the Republican candidates.”
“The problem is this: If you had a vote today in the House of Representatives on Yucca Mountain, there might be — might be — 50 votes against it, Republicans and Democrats,” with most other states tilting in favor of building a repository at Yucca Mountain “because it’s not in their backyard.”
He would have walked out of jail after six years.
But accepting a plea deal offered this week by the Clark County District Attorney’s Office would have forced Warren McClinton to register as a sex offender and remain under police supervision for the rest of his life.
It was a deal McClinton, 50, would not take.
On the eve of his second trial on several sexual assault charges, prosecutors told McClinton, who has been held at the Clark County Detention Center since 2009 without being convicted, that they would allow him to plead guilty to one count of attempted sexual assault. They would agree to a maximum of 30 months of probation, but he would otherwise walk the streets a free man.
He called his mother, Zerlene Murrell, in Chicago and she advised him not to accept the proposal.
And before a hearing this week, when prosecutors laid out the details of the offer before District Judge Eric Johnson, McClinton spoke of his late grandmother.
“You know what she told me?” he said “‘Do not let them get away with it if it kills you.’ They’re going to have to kill me.”
In June, McClinton was acquitted of one count of sexual assault. Jurors deadlocked on several other charges. He and his mother know he risks being convicted of the remaining counts, which carry life terms, if he faces another jury, but McClinton says he won’t confess to a crime he did not commit.
“You do have some recourse if you are convicted,” Murrell later told the Review-Journal. “You can appeal, and he does have lots of reasons for an appeal.”
McClinton told prosecutor Craig Hendricks: “I believe in the appeal process.”
McClinton is adamant in his innocence, as are his lawyers, Tom Pitaro and Ozzie Fumo.
“Warren’s defense is not based on a question of consent,” Fumo said. “His defense is based on the fact that what (the victim) claims happened never occurred.”
McClinton is being held on $130,000 bail, which his family cannot afford. He now faces three counts of sexual assault with a minor younger than 16, three counts of open or gross lewdness and one count of battery with intent to commit sexual assault in connection with allegations dating to August 2008. In 2009 a judge threw out an indictment because prosecutors failed to introduce certain evidence to a grand jury in a sexual assault case.
What they didn’ÂÂt reveal: DNA from two other men was found on the victim’ÂÂs bed sheets in her North Las Vegas home, where the crime was alleged to have occurred.
The 14-year-old girl was the only person who initially testified before the grand jury. When prosecutors went to the same grand jury a second time, they called the victim, her mother and a detective to testify. McClinton also took the stand.
The panel, which also heard the DNA evidence, deliberated for 30 minutes and refused to indict him.
But prosecutors quickly presented new charges to a judge, who ruled there was enough evidence for a trial.
When defense lawyers said they wanted to present the DNA evidence at McClinton’s trial, prosecutors pointed to rape shield laws, which limit the ability of defendants to introduce evidence of a victim’s sexual history.
Johnson ruled that jurors would not hear the DNA evidence.
Fumo and Pitaro have since asked the judge to allow the second jury to view that evidence.
Prosecutors argue that McClinton, who uses multiple aliases, four Social Security numbers and three dates of birth, is a flight risk. He’s been charged in Nevada, Illinois and Virginia with various crimes, such as domestic battery, driving under the influence of alcohol and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Over the years, McClinton has fired nine attorneys who represented him in the sexual assault case, and that’s part of the reason for the delay in moving forward. After the hung jury in June, Johnson said he wanted a swift retrial.
Shackled and wearing dark blue jail fatigues this week, McClinton was cordial with the judge, who responded in kind, though McClinton may have spoken more freely in court than his lawyers would have liked.
Johnson allowed McClinton to speak for nearly 20 minutes on Wednesday, and he offered a stack of documents he said would help prove his innocence. The judge promised he would read the papers.
In the end, with McClinton’s rejection of offers from prosecutors, his fate will lie in the hands of 12 jurors. He must trust the system that has already held him behind bars for so long.
It’s a gamble.
“One admires people who stand up for their principles,” Pitaro said. “But in the lessons of history, sometimes they get hurt doing it.”
More than two months after the police-involved shooting of Kris Jackson at Tahoe Hacienda Inn, questions still outnumber answers.
More than two months after the police-involved shooting of Kris Jackson at Tahoe Hacienda Inn, questions still outnumber answers.
The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has not yet released information on whether Jackson, 22, was shot from the front or the back. According to the DA’s office, the case is still under investigation.
Despite completion of the county coroner’s report, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office declined to release results.
The sheriff’s office cited in a letter to the Tahoe Daily Tribune that information couldn’t be released because it protects investigative reports.
Jackson, of Sacramento, Calif., was shot at approximately 2:40 a.m. on June 15 by South Lake Tahoe police officer Joshua Klinge. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to the Hacienda Inn on reports of a woman screaming.
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To the Editor:
I understand why the north-south fiber optic connection failed September 3 — the T1 line owned by AT&T. It was cut (sabotaged?) in Hopland, here in Mendocino County.
What I don’t understand is why the east-west fiber optic connection didn’t kick in — the “redundant fiber,” the cable that was completed in 2011, the $14.4 million, 131-mile project that state taxpayers spent $5.7 million to help finance out of the California Advanced Services Fund.
That redundancy promised to forever end days like yesterday, in which not only everyday residential customers are cut off from the outside world, but especially law enforcement, emergency services and other governmental agencies, and banks and all sorts of other ATM facilities, also lose their connection to the outside world.
That redundant line is not owned by AT&T. It’s owned by PG&E. AT&T has to rent bandwidth on that line…
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The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled in:
LAND BARON INVESTMENTS, INC. vs. BONNIE SPRINGS 131 Nev., Advance Opinion 69
The holding confirms a 1993 case, Mackintosh v. Jack Matthews & Co., 109 Nev. 628, 633, 855 P.2d 549, 552 (1993). -“Nondisclosure arises where a seller is aware of materially adverse facts that “could not be discovered by the buyer” after diligent inquiry” – IN OTHER WORDS, if buyer is able to discover a material fact on its own, a seller does not have a duty to disclose it. In this case specifically the allegation was that a seller was a aware of a defect, that the buyer discovered during escrow. The Court’s take on this was “..even if the Seller had known about these facts and not disclosed them, there would still be no viable nondisclosure claim because the facts were discoverable and the Buyer had an equal opportunity to discover those facts before closing.”
The human mind did not evolve to be able to grasp the vastness of interplanetary distances. It’s just not something that our ancestors had to factor in to survive, so there was no need for the capability to develop.
Thankfully, we have wonderful people like the team who put this short film together to help us out. Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet created a scale model of the solar system in the Nevada desert, including the orbits of the planets, with an earth the size of a marble as the starting point. Even with an Earth this small, a scale model of our solar system requires seven miles of empty space. Seven miles. Just think about that for a second…
Anyway, I can’t explain it any better than they can. Check it out, and afterwards, just take a moment to ponder the staggering smallness of humanity:
To quote Carl Sagan,
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Thursday marked the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution which took place in 1787. To commemorate the occasion, USA Today released a poll showing the percentage of the population who can name their First Amendment rights. And the numbers aren’t good.
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There is no reason for these cops in California’s behavior. First, teens are teens, people are people; we all have different personalities which we should not be punished for if it is not hurting anyone -just as this teen was hurting not one soul. Even so, if he had been an adult instead of a teen still he does nothing to justify the officers use of excessive force; the hitting, the use of their baton on the unarmed, non-dangerous young man…especially granted they had already detained him. No officer’s life is at risk, there is absolutely no excuse for these cops behavior.
I’d also like to note, to those of you who think cops are in danger; those who think cops are risking their lives… I’d just like to note the year 2015 has -to no ones surprise- been the safest year for police in America in decades. That’s not…
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Donald Trump Releases Positions on Gun Rights Conservative Intel ^ | Sept. 182016 | Scott Heppell / AP Posted on 9/18/2015, 6:15:32 PM by SatinDoll Following a previous white paper on immigration, Donald Trump has now released his official positions on guns and the Second Amendment, which can be found on his campaign website. Trump breaks his positions on the issue to three major points: Enforce the laws on the books Fix our broken mental health system Defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners Trump calls the Obama administration’s record of enforcing laws against violent criminals “abysmal,” pointing instead to programs like Richmond, Virginia’s Project Exile, which he says was a success and describes in the following way: [snip] (Excerpt) Read more at conservativeintel.com …
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President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services.
Fanning’s nomination is the latest in a series of actions taken by the administration to advance the rights of gays and lesbians throughout the federal government. The Obama administration has overhauled internal policies to provide benefits to same-sex partners, appointed gay men and lesbians to the executive branch and the federal bench and ended the 18-year ban on gays serving openly in the military.
Fanning, who must still be confirmed by the Senate, has been a specialist on defense and national security issues for more than 25 years in Congress and the Pentagon. As Army secretary, he would be partnered with Gen. Mark Milley, who took over as the Army’s…
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2015-09-17, 04:25:52 PLACERVILLE CA
It’s honestly quite a shame that our nation has devolved to the point where many have turned their backs on those who voluntarily risk their lives to serve and protect our communities. However, it’s becoming quite clear that many people here in America couldn’t feel any more differently and have began to show signs of support to let police know that people still do care and respect them. Now, a San Antonio man is taking the “thin blue line” and starting a movement.
Small business owner Anthony Welichko appears to be keying in on the recent execution of a police officer in Texas to start what he calls the “Safe Harbor” initiative. He floated the idea on Facebook, and more than 65,000 people have shared it:
His post reads:
The Safe Harbor Initiative:
To all law enforcement who see this line, know that the residents of this home appreciate your service and dedication to keeping the peace. Know that when you enter the neighborhood and see these lines that you are not alone or without “back-up”. We do not need the media to make our voices of support for our police and emergency services heard ( though it would be nice). Lastly, if you are in my neighborhood and mean to harm a member of law enforcement, know that decision may be hazardous to you health as someone has that officers back!
The post has been cheered on by blogs. Even the urban legend hunter website Snopes has written about the post. San Antonio TV stations KSAT and KENS told IJ that Welichko’s idea is legit, and that it is catching on at homes in Texas and even in New York.
“Now, I don’t have a curb so I can’t really participate in this particular display but I encourage any of you that do have curbs to consider painting the little blue line” wrote Robert Rich at Mad World News.
Former Nev. AG Masto will be in tight race for Reid seat; ATRA expects her to be ‘beholden’ to plaintiffs bar
“Catherine Cortez Masto has made protecting Nevada families and consumers her life’s work, and she is the strongest candidate to keep this Senate seat in Democratic hands and continue Harry Reid’s legacy of fighting for Nevada’s best interests,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman of the DSCC, in a statement following her announcement.
The DSCC endorsement means Cortez Masto will likely avoid facing the state’s other top Democrats, including Rep. Dina Titus, in a primary. She can instead focus on her highly-anticipated fight with the Republican frontrunner, Rep. Joe Heck, who has more than three decades in public service as a physician and Army Reservist.
Cortez Masto could not be reached for comment for this article.
If successful, Cortez Masto would be the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Cortez Masto served as an assistant county manager for Clark County, Nev., a federal criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., and the chief of staff to Nevada Gov. Bob Miller before she was elected attorney general in 2006.
Tray Abney, director of government relations at Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, contends that this experience could help Cortez Masto overcome Heck in the election.
“Sen. Reid found a great candidate,” Abney said. “She has a law enforcement background. She is female, Hispanic, younger, moderate and a well-spoken person.”
In her two campaigns for attorney general, Cortez Masto also received generous support from private lawyers. According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, she received 249 contributions from lawyers and lobbyists, for a total of $255,795. That group’s contributions were second only to the $431,078 she received from the gambling industry.
Cortez Masto has been questioned over her close relationship with private lawyers in past years, which could also affect her Senate run. In one high-profile case, she accused Lender Processing Services of consumer fraud and engaging in an illegal “robosigning” scheme. She hired law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll to sue the company for allegedly violating state consumer-protection laws in 2011.
LPS asked the Nevada Supreme Court to nullify Cortez Masto’s agreement with the private law firm. In January 2014, while the challenge was pending, Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ordered Cortez Masto to pay legal and discovery costs to LPS after failing to produce evidence that supported her lawsuit.
Cortez Masto settled the case the following month – and avoided paying the sanctions – but some leaders in the legal community, such as Sherman Joyce, president of the American Tort Reform Association, say similar issues could surface if she is elected to the Senate.
“Former Attorney General Masto showed herself in that capacity to be beholden to class-action personal injury lawyers, putting their interests ahead of the public interest,” Joyce said. “There’s no reason to believe that Senator Masto would behave differently.”
According to ATRA, Cortez Masto also hired plaintiff’s law firms to sue Pfizer Inc. over allegations that the company withheld safety information about its postmenopausal hormone therapy medications. After the district court considered sanctioning Cortez Masto for failing to produce evidence, and the Nevada Supreme Court was asked to decide whether she violated state law, the case settled in November 2014.
As part of the agreement, Pfizer made an $8 million donation to the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the University Medical Center to support the development of programs affecting women’s health issues. Pfizer was also responsible for paying $1.5 million to the state for court costs.
Abney also points out that her late father, Manny Cortez, was the president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and well-known in “southern Nevada circles.” Because of that, he says, voters may view her as the “home-grown” candidate.
However, Abney says, even though Heck struggles with statewide name recognition, his medical, military and congressional records could also appeal to Nevada voters.
“You’re looking at a great matchup,” Abney said. “It is going to be a huge race, if not the top Senate race in the nation.”
“Republicans want to see Sen. Reid’s seat go to a Republication,” Abney added. “If it was 2014, when Democrats didn’t show up, you could give it to Heck. But given that national Democrats will take this personally, and it’s a presidential election year, you will see more effort from them.”
David Damore, an associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, agrees that national Democrats, particularly presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, will bolster Cortez Masto’s chances of securing the Senate seat.
“She should be the beneficiary of what Clinton is building here, and she will help Hillary with the Latino community,” Damore said. “She’s obviously got Obama, who was at a fundraiser a few nights ago, so right now, she is building up her organization.”
However, Damore adds, the real “wild card” for both candidates will be the size of the Latino electorate.
“If they can get that to 19 to 20 percent, it will be very tough for a Republication to win here,” he said. “They mobilize that community, and get crossover white, suburban, women voters, that’s all they will need. That’s basically their strategy.”
Carson City Library will host a “Virtual Read-Out” during Banned Books Week, bringing together our community in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Carson City Library’s “Virtual Read-Out” will take place on three separate days: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2 pm-4 pm; Monday, Sept. 28, 11 am-1 pm; and a special read-out on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 6 pm to 8 pm, with bestselling author Ellen Hopkins reading from her own challenged books.
The community is invited to participate in the virtual read-out by visiting the library during the scheduled events. Participants will select a passage from one of the targeted titles (held in reserve for this occasion) and read aloud from the book. A videographer will record the reading and ultimately the recordings will be uploaded to the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel that has been dedicated to proclaiming the virtues of the freedom to read. The Read-Out will take place in the Library’s Digitorium.
Local “read-outs” — a continuous reading of banned or challenged books-has been a practice since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982. Libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs and this year Carson City Library has promoted the event with a Public Service Announcement, filmed and produced by Nevada Photo Source.
The 55 second PSA features Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga, and Carson City Sheriff Kenneth Furlong. Justice Saitta read from the Dr. Seuss classic, “Hop on Pop”, while Superintendent Erquiaga read from Jeannette Walls memoir, “The Glass Castle”, and Sheriff Furlong read a passage from “The Working Poor: Invisible in America”, written by Pulitzer Prize winner David K. Shipler. The PSA can be viewed by visiting the Carson City Library Facebook page and can also be seen below.
Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take the freedom to read for granted. Since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom has received reports of 9,500 attempts to remove books deemed by some as inappropriate. Is your favorite book safe? To participate in the Virtual Read-out please contact Andrea Moore atAMoore@carson.org or call her at 775 283-7593.
Visit www.bannedbooksweek.org for more information.
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; the Freedom to Read Foundation; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
“Your Knowledge and Discovery Place”, Carson City Library, open seven days a week, 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, is located at the corner of Roop and Washington Streets. For more information call 775 887-2244 or checkout our website at carsoncitylibrary.org.
With the number of people living in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains, and the volume of water they need, having increased rapidly over recent decades – and, with NASA scientists expecting these trends to continue for years to come – the current severe drought combined with the tapping of the Lake Powell’s water at what many consider to be an unsustainable level, has reduced its levels to only about 42% of its capacity.
Forecasting that there is an 80 percent chance of an extended drought in the area between 2050 and 2099 unless aggressive steps are taken to mitigate the impacts of climate change, the researchers said their results point to a challenging – and remarkably drier – future.
As Reuters reports, scientists from NASA and Cornell and Columbia universities warned earlier this year that the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains regions are likely to be scorched by…
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This past week Jeb Bush was a guest on The Late Show with new host Stephen Colbert when Bush said something that some conservative voters might find shocking.
When Colbert asked the Governor if the Constitution implied a national right to gun ownership, Bush seemed to indicate that he believed each state had the right to legislate gun ownership as they see fit.
Stephen Colbert: Well, the right to have an individual firearm to protect yourself is a national document, in the Constitution, so shouldn’t that also be applied national…
Jeb Bush: No. Not necessarily…There’s a 10th amendment to our country, the Bill of Rights has a 10th amendment that says powers are given to the states to create policy, and the federal government is not the end all and be all. That’s an important value for this country, and it’s an important…
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