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Grand jury to state police: Give up trooper shooting probes

Source: 6ABC Philadelphia (AP)

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 06:11PM
EASTON, Pa. --
The "arrogant" Pennsylvania State Police should stop investigating shootings by its own troopers to ensure such probes are transparent and "free from potential bias or conflicts of interest," a grand jury said in a scathing report released Tuesday.


Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, who has been sharply critical of the state police policy, released the 38-page report. He sought the grand jury after state police refused to allow his detectives to take the lead on a probe of a fatal trooper shooting near Easton. Troopers shot and killed Anthony Ardo on May 20 after he ignored their commands and attempted to light the fuse of a firework mortar around his neck.

The grand jury concluded that Ardo's shooting was justified. At Morganelli's behest, the panel then began investigating state police procedure on trooper-involved shootings, concluding after months of study that one of the nation's largest law enforcement agencies is going about it the wrong way.


Read more: http://6abc.com/grand-jury-to-state-police-give-up-trooper-shooting-probes/2852434/

More at link. This is what a Democratic District Attorney can accomplish. Unprecedented. Healthy sunshine on an established procedure that is surely perceived as thorough and fair, but would have even more credibility if it were independent.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Jan 2, 2018, 10:28 PM (1 replies)

Why Trumps War on the Deep State Is FailingSo Far

So for right now, letís consider the damageóboth tangible and intangibleóas a work in progress: non-trivial, potentially severe, but so far not catastrophic, and difficult ultimately to assess.

And despite all of that, I think we can say that, broadly speaking, the apparatus of democratic rule-of-law governance had held up reasonably well so far. Trump aspires to corrupt the Justice Department, but he has not yet managed to corrupt the Justice Department. He aspires to use the FBI to go after his political enemies, but he has not yet managed that either. He aspires to an intelligence community that will validate his premises, but he has not managed to get one. At the end of the day, Trump has not managed to shut down the Russia investigation. He has not managed to fire his attorney general or his deputy attorney generalóboth of whom he evidently hates. He has not even managed to rid himself of the lowly deputy FBI director, Andrew McCabeóthough he so clearly wants that particular scalpówho will retire in March and not be removed before then. Heís already angry at his new FBI director, Christopher Wray.

The president is evidently incredulous about his inability to corrupt these institutions. He waxed frustrated about it, for example, in a recent radio interview:

But you know, the saddest thing is, because I am the President of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. Iím not supposed to be involved with the FBI. Iím not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing and I am very frustrated by it. I look at whatís happening with the Justice Department, why arenít they going after Hillary Clinton with her emails and with her dossier, and the kind of moneyÖ I donít know, is it possible that they paid $12.4 million for the dossier . . . which is total phony, fake, fraud and how is it used? Itís very discouraging to me. Iíll be honest, Iím very unhappy with it, that the Justice Department isnít going . . . maybe they are but you know as President, and I think you understand this, as a President youíre not supposed to be involved in that process. But hopefully they are doing something and at some point, maybe we are going to all have it out.

One might look at all of this as evidence that Trump is not wholly unwise, so he announces his intentions to do all sort of bad things but then ultimately does not pull the trigger on many of them. I think the better understanding is that he is, at least for now, meaningfully constrainedóboth by politics and by law and rules.

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon Jan 1, 2018, 06:10 PM (2 replies)

It was all rigged: Frontline: To Catch A Trader

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sun Dec 31, 2017, 11:29 PM (1 replies)

Phrased more intuitively

We are taking systems conceived for social welfare to value all socioeconomic levels of society and restructuring them to serve as profit centers for those of the most fortunate financial circumstances.

This is not going to work out well, anywhere. Once the masses figure it out, they will resist, cease to serve, look after their own only, or rebel.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sat Dec 30, 2017, 10:39 AM (1 replies)

Machine gun prop used by Clint Eastwood in Where Eagles Dare is handed into police under gun amnesty

olice holding a weapons amnesty were stunned after a man handed in Clint Eastwood's MP40 machine gun he used in the film 'Where Eagles Dare'.

Avon and Somerset Police say the prop German sub-machine gun was dropped at Bridgwater Police Station by an unnamed man who worked in the film industry.

He told officers the MP40 sub-machine gun was used by Eastwood in the movie while he was disguised as a Nazi.

Richard Vise evidential property and stores manager, said: 'A man walked into the station claiming to work in the film industry.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5125145/Clint-Eastwood-gun-Eagles-Dare-given-police.html#ixzz52Kw4qduG
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Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Dec 26, 2017, 12:07 AM (0 replies)

Bletchley Park: Code-breakings Forgotten Genius

Gordon Welchman changed the world. This is a very good documentary from BBC

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon Dec 25, 2017, 08:05 PM (1 replies)

And now here's something you'll really love

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sun Dec 24, 2017, 04:34 PM (0 replies)

Sessions rescinds 25 Justice Department guidance documents about how to interpret federal law

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Dec 21, 2017, 09:20 PM (3 replies)

If you think you're going to be a successful trader, watch this video to the end

retail traders are being rolled. understand the game before putting time and resources into it
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Dec 21, 2017, 06:38 PM (1 replies)

Death threats target NJ Senator Cory Booker

Source: WPVI


Police are stepping up security for New Jersey Senator Cory Booker after he and his family received death threats.

According to a statement from the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, the US Capitol Police notified law enforcement in that city about the threat.

As a result, Newark Police sent members of its Executive Protection Unit to provide security at Booker's home.

The mayor also says the two police agencies are working together to ensure Booker's safety.

Read more: http://6abc.com/death-threats-target-nj-senator-cory-booker/2789782/
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sat Dec 16, 2017, 11:36 PM (6 replies)
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