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Atty. who inspired John Grisham novel to run for State Attorney General

Chris Potter / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh attorney David Fawcett, a former Allegheny County Councilman whose legal crusade against an Appalachian coal baron prompted a U.S. Supreme Court opinion and a John Grisham novel, will run for state attorney general as a Democrat next year.

"The office of Attorney General is, unfortunately, dysfunctional," said Mr. Fawcett, referencing beleaguered incumbent Kathleen Kane. “I'm running to provide the kind of leadership needed to reinvigorate the office and return integrity to it."

An attorney at Reed Smith, Mr. Fawcett is best known for representing Hugh Caperton, a West Virginia coal-mine owner who sued one of the industry's titans: former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship

Mr. Caperton alleged that Mr. Blankenship drove his firm into bankruptcy through unscrupulous business dealings, and in 2002, Mr. Fawcett and another attorney won him a $50 million jury verdict. West Virginia's Supreme Court reversed the ruling, but the 3-2 majority included a justice who won election with $3 million of help from Mr. Blankenship. The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ruled the justice should have recused himself because, given Mr. Blankenship’s support, the "probability of actual bias rises to an unconstitutional level." "I knew it was going to be the fight of my life," Mr. Fawcett said of the case,which inspired John Grisham's 2008 novel "The Appeal." The Caperton saga, he said, “implicates the entire justice system.”


While Mr. Fawcett has never been a prosecutor, he said he had “decades of experience” in “fighting companies who value profits over the rule of law, and taking on judicial corruption."

Debate winner: Bernie-86%;Hill-10% (Time magazine poll)

http://time.com/4183949/democratic-debate-fourth-charleston-poll-survey/

Vote Now: Who Won the Fourth Democratic Presidential Debate?


Three Democratic presidential candidates took to the stage for a debate Thursday night. Who do you think won?

Hillary Clinton
10 %
Bernie Sanders
86 %
Martin O'Malley
3 %

ATU Calls on Clinton Campaign to Rise Above Tea Party Politics in Healthcare Debate

http://www.atu.org/media/releases/atu-calls-on-clinton-campaign-to-rise-above-tea-party-politics-in-healthcare-debate

Silver Spring, MD – Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) issued the following statement in reaction to the Clinton campaign attack on Senator Bernie Sanders’ stance on “Single Payer” healthcare.

“I am grateful to Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton for keeping their presidential debate on a higher plane than the Republican candidates until now. The attack launched on Senator Sanders by the Clinton campaign this week, claiming that his long-standing position supporting single payer healthcare could threaten the insurance company supported ACA, is at best disingenuous and a grave error in judgment.

“This is an attack we would expect from Wall Street, the New York Post, or Fox News and has no place in a Democratic Primary or politics at all. It is wrong, incendiary and presents America with a false choice; the kind of choice we have become accustomed to hearing from the Tea Party.

“’Single Payer’ is the right choice for America and we call on Secretary Clinton to recognize that.”

HRC brings out the big gun - Anthony Weiner!

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/highlight/anthony-wveeiner-questions-bernie-sanders-choice-to-run-as-a-democrat/5694086c5a743c98a70005ff?source=gravityRR&cps=gravity_5059_982676914366635739

Anthony Weiner Questions Bernie Sanders' Choice To Run As A Democrat

Well that locks down the Iowa perv vote!

Advertisers demanding payment up front from Hills?

Vendors got burned for millions when they fronted services to the Inevitable Hillary back in 2008.

Rules for dealing with the Clintons.

(1) Get everything in writing, notarized, witnessed & filed of record with the courts.

(2) Get the cash up front.

In Iowa, Chelsea's father inlaw was known as Rat Claw Mezvinsky! Hah!

And she's going to campaign in Iowa That is priceless.

See, her felonious father-in-law, "Fast Eddie" Mezvinsky, the guy who stills owes $10 million to the victims of the scams for which he served time in federal prison - well he started out as a state legislator.
He won a seat in the Iowa Legislature in 1968 and made headlines by demanding forthright business practices to protect consumers. During the legislative session, he held up a sausage that he said had rat claws in it. He earned his first nickname: "Rat Claw" Mezvinsky. Fellow legislators smelled an attention-seeker.

Then he was elected Congressman from Iowa's 1st district - good family man with wife of 10 years and 4 kids. But when he hit the bright lights of Washington, he fell for a hot little TV correspondent and dumped the wifey for her ("her" being the mother of Chelsea's hubby). Iowa's voters then dumped him.

So Myra Schulman Mezvinsky, age 73, now living in Virginia won't be around to welcome Chelsea to Iowa. http://crab.rutgers.edu/~mchugh/nigeriamezvinsky.html


Whirlpool of lies swallows Mezvinsky
By MIKE KILEN
Register Staff Writer
08/03/2003 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. - Ed Mezvinsky was a whiz at taking people's money.

A quarter-million here, a half-million there - 8,000 transactions in five years. When shady African businessmen opened a suitcase of money, he was there to inspect it. When wealthy American investors were looking for a good return, he was there to offer one.

He was "Fast Talkin" Eddie." That's what political reporters privately called him in the 1970s.
Mezvinsky knows about wretched endings.

He is 66 and serving the beginning of an 80-month sentence in federal prison for numerous charges, including bank, wire and mail fraud. He took people's money - more than $10 million - in elaborate lies and schemes.

Prosecutors later would call Mezvinsky a one-man "crime wave" and said they uncovered elements of fraud in nearly every business deal of his dating to 1980. "We didn't even bother to look back farther," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Zauzmer.

She's married to Hedge Fund OWNER, not manager.

Her husband being himself the son of a pair of grifters.

His father, Ed Mezvinsky, was a two-term Democratic congressman, representing Iowa's first congressional district from 1973 to 1977.But in 2002, the former congressman pleaded guilty to swindling more than $10 million from family and friends in a Ponzi-esque scheme.

Ed Mezvinsky himself also fell prey to a number of get-rich-quick schemes, including a "black money" scam in which a Nigerian man allegedly sold him a chemical that was supposed to remove ink off of $100 bills. Authorities say scammers probably used plain black construction paper.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/09/meet-charlotte-clinton-mezvinskys-dad-marc-mezvinsky/

Mezvinsky, now 77, pled guilty to 31 counts of bank, mail and wire fraud in 2003 after using his friendship with the Clintons to win over his victims.
Daughter Chelsea’s father-in-law, convicted felon Ed Mezvinsky, is under fire from his former fraud victims. According to the unlucky dupes, Mezvinsky stole more than $10 million — and has yet to pay it back!

Mezvinsky, the father of Chelsea’s husband, Marc, served five years in federal prison after pilfering $10 million from investors. He was released in April 2008, but he’s currently accused of being in violation of his plea agreement — because he hasn’t paid back his victims!

“It’s a little irritating that he brags about his son’s apartment when his son should loan him the money to pay back his debt!” one angry victim, Dr. Jason Theodosakis, told The ENQUIRER. “He could borrow from his son’s in-law !”


Then there's Chelsea's lovely mother in law - whose attempt to claim bankruptcy was thrown out of court by a woman bankruptcy judge who found Mrs. Mezvinsky's testimony "not credible", i.e., a pack of lies.
Marjorie has always like to wheel and deal.

There's this hot mess: http://articles.mcall.com/1993-12-10/news/2943448_1_margolies-mezvinsky-president-clinton-white-house
Flap Over Entitlement Summit Could Burn Margolies-mezvinsky

Preparations for a presidential extravaganza meant to rescue U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky from the brink of political extinction might wind up pushing her over the edge. The freshman Democrat hosts President Clinton and key members of his Cabinet Monday at Bryn Mawr College in Montgomery County for a conference on cutting federal entitlement spending.

But since news broke that Margolies-Mezvinsky's former campaign treasurer solicited up to $50,000 from corporations in return for promises of a "high-profile role" in the event: *A defensive White House has announced that neither Clinton nor his Cabinet will share a panel with corporate sponsors to avoid "even the appearance that this was a quid pro quo."

The political brushfire threatens to burn Margolies-Mezvinsky and singe Clinton, said analysts who were incredulous at the turn of events. "She made it look like she traded her (budget) vote for the conference," said David Buffington, publisher of a newsletter on Pennsylvania politics. "And now, she's making it look like she's trading her conference for money."
"She made it look like she traded her (budget) vote for the conference," said David Buffington, publisher of a newsletter on Pennsylvania politics. "And now, she's making it look like she's trading her conference for money." "She's turned her little affair into a real political soapbox," said Terry Madonna, of Millersville University.



Ed Mezvinsky's business dealings appeared to generate millions of dollars for the family, until a federal grand jury indictment in 2001 exposed frauds reaching back more than 10 years. He pleaded guilty in 2003 to 29 of counts of bank, mail and wire fraud.

From 1995 to 2000, Mezvinsky made $13 million, almost $11 million of it fraudulently, the grand jury indictment stated. He burned through $6 million by taking money from some people, including Margolies' mother, to pay off others, the indictment said.


About $2.6 million went to con men who duped Mezvinsky out of money, including an early version of the Nigerian email scam in which he traveled to Africa to collect millions of dollars he was promised after paying the con men thousands.

“Only in January 2000 did this pattern end, when Mezvinsky ran out of victims from whom to obtain money,” the indictment said. “At that time, he filed for bankruptcy protection.”

Margolies filed for bankruptcy the next month.


Goldman Sachs Hawks CDOs Tainted by Credit Crisis Under New Name

I saw the film this weekend - very powerful and disturbing, ending with the warning that the big banks are bigger than ever and Wall Street has relabeled CDOs in anticipation of pulling the same financial rape of investors yet again. The previews before the feature film included one for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - that is one of 3 Benghazi films to be released in the coming year. Either one of these films will castrate the Clinton campaign. But back-to-back?

So stay the fuck away from any "Bespoke Tranche Opportunity" which is the same as a CDO. A piece of shit by another name will smell as putrid. No wonder Wall Street/Big Banking are cramming millions into Hillary's bank accounts, whether via her campaign, her private speaking fees or "donations" to the Clinton Family Foundation. They have BIG plans for a Hillary Clinton administration.

You really need to see The Big Short to get an understanding of how cleverly these CDOs ripped off the American economy, destroying pension plans, homeowners with mortgages, etc. And GoldmanSachs et al are ready to do it again.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-04/goldman-sachs-hawks-cdos-tainted-by-credit-crisis-under-new-name
The 2008 financial crisis gave a few credit products a bad reputation.
Like collateralized debt obligations, known as CDOs. Or credit-default swaps. But now, a marriage of the two terms (using leverage, of course) is making a comeback -- it’s just being called something else.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is joining other banks in peddling something they’re referring to as a “bespoke tranche opportunity.” That’s essentially a CDO backed by single-name credit-default swaps, customized based on investors’ wishes. The pools of derivatives are cut into varying slices of risk that are sold to investors such as hedge funds.

The derivatives are similar to a product that became popular during the last credit boom and exacerbated losses when markets seized up. Demand for this sort of exotica is returning now and there’s no real surprise why. Everyone is searching for yield after more than six years of near-zero interest rates from the Federal Reserve, not to mention stimulus efforts by central banks in Japan and Europe.

The transactions offer the potential for higher returns than buying a typical corporate bond, especially if an investor focuses on first-loss slices or uses borrowed money, or both. Obviously, the downside may be much greater, too.



And check out the first of the Benghazi films, opening in mid-January - just in time to destroy Hillary before the primaries.
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,”

What's the Clinton Family Foundation doing for victims of pedophile priests?

Answer: nothing - because corporate "donors" don't give a shit about child victims. The only children corporate "donors" are interested in are the ones who need de minimis health care and education programs so they can handle working in 3rd world sweatshops for the aforementioned corporate "donors".

What's the Clinton Family Foundation doing for post-war victims of cluster bombs?

Same answer as above, with the added factor that there are MIC profits to be made from cluster bombs.

HRC's philosophy re intl. relations: Smokin' holes and hot messes!

Your countries are either with her or agin her. All your third world countries are belonging to Clinton Foundation to "assist" with projects aimed at benefitting the Clinton Foundation's corporate "donors".
Ya know, like road development, water and power lines, clearing out those pesky dirt farmers to provide infrastructure and space for corporate projects, PLUS di minimis education & health projects to provide dirt cheap but healthy enough labor for those factories.
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