Chris Edwards A Wall Street Journal editorial was right to zero in on Elizabeth’s Warren’s “determined refusal to say if her plans would require taxes to increase on the middle class.” In the Democratic presidential debate the other night, the senator repeatedly ducked concerns that the costs of her huge spending plans would land on…
Alex Nowrasteh and Andrew C. Forrester The danger posed by illegal immigrant drunk drivers is a major point of contention in the debate over immigration policy. Significant media attention and the occasional tragedy contribute to the notion that illegal immigrants commit drunk driving (DUI) offenses at an alarming rate. In a recent interview, former Immigration…
David Bier Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the RELIEF Act this week. The legislation is their alternative to the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, which passed the House this year. Both bills would phase out the employment-based per-country limits that prevent any nationality from using more than 7 percent of…
Ryan Bourne Chris Edwards argued earlier in the week that wealth inequality statistics alone tell us little to nothing interesting about the American economy. It seems Larry Summers agrees (see from 8h 27 mins). In a speech at PIIE yesterday, the former Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton outlined why wealth inequality wasn’t a particularly useful…
Walter Olson New York State has agreed to pay $6 million to settle claims that disabled residents of a Bronx group home for developmentally disabled adults were physically abused and neglected by staff, and the state has also spent a further $5.7 million thus far defending the staff members in court, as Benjamin Weiser reports…
Chris Edwards Democrats running for president are condemning wealth inequality while calling for an increase in social spending. But expanding social spending would magnify wealth inequality, not reduce it, because it would displace private wealth accumulation by lower- and middle-income households. Evidence comes from a study by Pirmin Fessler and Martin Schurz for the European…
An Ohio tenant who painted racial slurs and imagery on his former rental home is now serving a federal prison sentence for hate crimes.
Dr. Milad Shaker of Greensburg has been found guilty of 14 counts of illegally dispensing opioids.
Matthew Lee Sepulveda, a former local police officer, has been taken into custody for sexually assaulting two men while in custody.
John Samples Mark Zuckerberg gave an important speech today at Georgetown University about free expression and Facebook. I think the speech is important for four reasons. Recently Zuckerberg wrote that free expression was a “paramount” value for Facebook. Paramount means “more important than anything else; supreme.” This speech articulates his understanding of “paramount” for Facebook….
Chris Edwards Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders continue to blast wealth inequality. But the twin leftists seem oblivious that wealth inequality may reflect starkly differing causes, as I discuss in a new Fox Business op-ed. The Warren-Sanders broad-brush denunciations are useless as a guide to policy because high wealth inequality may reflect either the growth…
Diego Zuluaga The French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, delivered a scathing rebuke to Libra, the Facebook-led digital currency initiative, in the Financial Times this morning. Coming on the heels of several U.S. companies’ withdrawal from the initiative after they received threatening letters from Senators Sherrod Brown and Brian Schatz, Le Maire’s is probably the…
Cruz Villar of Charlestown has been sentenced in federal court in Boston for distributing fentanyl out of a Chelsea apartment.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the subject involved in an armed bank robbery in September 2019.
Anthony Kimbrough of Columbus, who had a prior felony conviction, was sentenced to 130 months in prison after pleading guilty to three firearm charges.
Former Maryland State Delegate Tawanna P. Gaines, of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge.
Anthony Eric Mitchell of Charlotte has been convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud.
Jeremy OKieth Kyle of Ore City, Texas, has been indicted for child exploitation charges in the Eastern District of Texas.
Aaron Johnson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted on October 16, 2019, on four counts of armed bank robbery.
Desmond Demetrius Antwine and Thomas Lu Nguyen have been charged in separate cases with firearms offenses at Will Rogers World Airport.
Las Vegas Man Sentenced to Nearly 18 Years in Prison for Child Sexual Exploitation and Possession of Child Pornography
Danny Ray Salzer of Las Vegas received a total of 17 and one half years in federal prison for sexually exploiting children and possessing child pornography.
Travis D. Oberg of Kansas City was sentenced for a $145,000 fraud scheme in which he purported to sell classic automobiles that he did not actually own.
Randy Carl Sharp of Nevada was sentenced after having pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and other crimes.
Washington Man Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for Embezzling Tribal Funds and Illegally Possessing Firearms
Chad Jeremy Monaghan of Omak was sentenced after having pleaded guilty to embezzling over $1,000 from a Tribal organization, and other crimes.
A troubling development that has largely fallen through the cracks while media and public attention is focused on Syria’s turmoil, is the revival of serious political tensions in Spain’s Catalonia region. Pro-independence Catalans pressed their agenda in 2017, attempting to hold a referendum on secession from Spain. In doing so, they badly overreached. The national…
Las Vegas, Nevada October 20, 1999
The FBI San Antonio Division, Laredo Resident Agency Office, is seeking information from the public about a missing Laredo man, Hector Dominguez.
Trevor Burrus and Sam Spiegelman Georgia gives the legal resource database Lexis an exclusive copyright to publish the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA), thus restricting its citizens’ ability to access and understand the laws that bind them. Public.Resource.org (PRO) is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the public’s access to government records and primary legal…
Chris Edwards Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders continued to bash wealth in the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night. They view wealth as a zero-sum—that people at the top essentially stole their fortunes from the rest of us. Sanders said, “And we cannot afford a billionaire class, whose greed and corruption has been at war with…
Neal McCluskey If you were expecting big steps forward on the Higher Education Act from the House Committee on Education and Labor, prepare to be disappointed. Yesterday, the Democratic majority released the College Affordability Act—which for some reason says “Est. 2019”—and it delivers pretty much what we’ve seen established since about 1969: A general conviction…
By Rashawn Ray On Sept. 26, 2019, Leonard Shand was shot and killed by 10 police officers from three distinct departments in Maryland: Hyattsville (6), Prince George’s County (3), and Mt. Rainer (1). For nearly 30 minutes prior, police officers attempted to use less lethal options to subdue Shand, a 49-year-old Black man who was…
By her own admission, Carolyn Dineen King, who in 1979 joined an historic class of 23 women jurists, was not committed to being a lawyer when she entered law school in 1959.
Jonathan Blanks Thanks to the work of the Washington Post, we know that American police fatally shoot roughly 1,000 people every year. Many of these people are armed, some are certainly dangerous, and most of the shootings will be found to be “justified.” Justified can mean many things, particularly because most state laws and federal…
Ryan Bourne Bernie Sanders would confiscate 20 percent ownership stakes in 22,000 companies, distributing the stocks to workers through shared employee ownership funds. His “Corporate Accountability Plan,” announced yesterday, should lay to bed any lingering doubts that “democratic socialism” is just about social democracy, or a bigger welfare state. Rather, it amounts to a fundamental…
Christopher O’Brien, a former lawyer in Wichita, received 36 months in custody for embezzling from clients.
Bradley A. Pistotnik, a Wichita lawyer, has been ordered to pay a fine and restitution after pleading guilty to being involved in a cyber attack.
Christopher M. Thompson of Wichita received 12 months and one day in prison for threatening an employee of the pro-life organization Operation Rescue.
George Selgin Back in July, I shared here some thoughts concerning the Fed’s conference in Chicago that month, which was dedicated to a review of its tools, strategies, and communications. Among other things, I said I was disappointed by the short-shrift given to NGDP targeting by Lars Svensson in his paper evaluating alternatives to strict…
The Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment provides information on protecting yourself against ransomware.
Leaders and Members of Outlaw Gangsta Crips and Shoota Gang Sentenced to up to 210 Months’ Imprisonment
Lenard Barletto, a member of the Outlaw Gangsta Crips and the Shoota Gang, was sentenced to 210 months’ imprisonment for racketeering, drug, and gang crimes.
A Georgia man who used phishing techniques to steal celebrities’ credit card numbers and use them fraudulently has been sentenced to prison for his crimes.
Ted Galen Carpenter The Trump administration has approved the deployment to Saudi Arabia of Air Force F-15s, new air defense systems, and other military hardware, along with U.S. troops to operate and maintain those weapons systems. These new measures the Pentagon announced on October 11 will bring the total U.S. troop deployment to the kingdom…
Alex Nowrasteh Rhetoric plays an unfortunately large role in public policy debates. Generally, those who are particularly supportive of deporting illegal immigrants tend to call them “illegal aliens” while those who prefer legalization tend to use the term “undocumented immigrants.” As I’ve written before, these euphemisms are tiresome and don’t matter much so I use…
Ilya Shapiro and Michael Collins Arlene’s Flowers, run by Barronelle Stutzman in the southeastern Washington town of Richland, designs and sells floral arrangements for many occasions in Richland, Washington. Mrs. Stutzman, for religious reasons, believes that marriage is a spiritual union between a man and a woman and doesn’t create floral arrangements same-sex weddings. This…
Birmingham, Alabama October 12, 2019
John Samples Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign has a new Facebook ad claiming Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has endorsed Donald Trump for re-election. That claim is false, and Warren admits as much in the ad. Warren is not trying to mislead people about Zuckerberg. She is trying to control what can be said on…
Jeffrey A. Singer This week California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that allows people at risk for contracting HIV to obtain both pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) directly from a pharmacist, avoiding the inconvenience and expense of having to visit the doctor for a prescription. Drugs that provide HIV prophylaxis…
Jay Schweikert For the last couple of years, the Cato Institute, along with other public interest groups, academics, and lower court judges from across the ideological spectrum, has been urging the Supreme Court to reconsider the doctrine of qualified immunity. This atextual, ahistorical doctrine — which shields public officials from liability, even when they break…
Terry Thomas, of Detroit, Michigan, has admitted to multiple charges involving an oxycodone distribution operation that spanned two states.
Konshawntas Boyd, Devante Maddox, and Michael Wesley of Detroit, and Tiffany Edwards of West Virginia have admitted to their roles in a drug distribution operation.
Peter Jan Sartorio of Menlo Park, California, became the eighth parent to be sentenced in connection with the college admissions case.
Damanpreet Singh of Los Angeles received nine additional months in prison for failing to self-surrender to serve his prison sentence.
Monserrate Morales of Rogers received 33 months in prison for her conviction for wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud.
Unlicensed Lawyer Sentenced to More Than Four Years in Federal Prison for Cheating ‘Clients’ and Fraudulently Seeking Income Tax Refunds
Kenneth Paul Ferreyro of Pasadena, who falsely claimed to be a licensed attorney, received 50 months in federal prison.
Walter Olson Last night, at a CNN candidate forum on gay rights, CNN’s Don Lemon asked Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke: “religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities. Should they lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage? O’Rourke answered “Yes,” going on to say “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for…
Chris Edwards An article in the New York Times the other day was titled “The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You,” and one in Bloomberg was subtitled “The Wealthiest 400 Americans Have the Lowest Rates.” It is not true. Both articles were prompted by the release of figures from economists Emmanuel Saez and…
Law Enforcement in South Florida Lead Effort to Seize Independentgirls.com, an Internet Forum for Prostitution Ads Some Ads Involved Minors
Officials announced the Oct. 4, 2019 seizure of independentgirls.com, an Internet forum for escort services and prostitution.
Two Houston area nurses, Joseph Nwankwo and Stacey Ajaja, are set to appear in court on charges they defrauded Medicare of more than $2.1 million.
Miami-Based Financial Advisor Pleads Guilty for Conspiring to Launder Money Relating to FCPA and Ecuadorian Bribery Law Violations
Frank Roberto Chatburn Ripalda, a financial advisor based in Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty to a money laundering conspiracy.
Jesse James Leader Charge of Rosebud, South Dakota, was convicted of abusive sexual contact and sentenced to 27 months in prison.
The FBI is seeking information regarding a bank robbery at the Bank of the West in Oklahoma City on Thursday, October 10, 2019.
Daniel Irving of Manchester received 96 months in prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
After a crime occurs, or when someone dies, the police aren’t responsible for cleaning up. That’s not their job. The coroner takes the body, the police conduct their investigation, and then everyone leaves. But the blood, and the rubber gloves, and the uneaten food in the refrigerator are all left behind. Sandra Pankhurst didn’t like…
Alex Nowrasteh Earlier this week, Border Patrol agent Robert Hotten died in the line of duty after he and other agents responded to motion sensors that detected illegal crossings in a remote area on the Arizona border. Chief patrol agent Roy Villareal told reporters that, “When Agent Hotten was found unresponsive, it appears that he…
Murder Southwest, Washington, D.C. October 9, 2019
Former Jefferson Parish Justice of the Peace Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison for Corruption and Financial Fraud
Patrick Hale Dejean. a former Justice of the Peace, was sentenced to three years in prison for committing mail fraud and making false statements to a bank.
Beverly Man Sentenced for Sending White Powder and Purported AIDS-Infected Blood to Online Dating Website
Liam MacLeod of Beverly has been sentenced to probation for sending a series of threatening letters to the CEO of an online dating website.
As the FBI’s first African-American special agent in the Deep South, Leo James McClairen served with distinction and paved the way for future generations of minority investigators and professional staff.
Former Chief Financial Officer of the Boyd Group Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than 3.5 Million Dollars
Bryan G. Vonderahe of Kirkwood, Missouri, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of wire fraud.
The owners and two employees of the popular adult websites GirlsDoPorn and GirlsDoToys were charged in federal court with sex trafficking crimes.
Two Hundred Forty-Six Arrested as Part of Combined Law Enforcement Operation ‘Invictus Civitas’—Undefeatable Community—in Yakima County
A 15 week long joint federal, state, local, and Tribal law enforcement initiative has resulted in 246 arrests of fugitives and violent offenders in Yakima County.
James Charles Booker, Jr., Brett Damon McMurray, and Maurice Ross of Topeka have been charged with drug trafficking.
Brandon Mardell Woods of St. Louis pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence.
Five people have been charged for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin manufactured in Mexico.
Philip Finn, Jr. of Plains, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on October 9, 2019, to use of fire to commit stalking.
Michael L. Corbitt, Jr. of Milwaukee received eight years in prison for his involvement in two bank robberies.
Andries Snyman of South Africa was sentenced to time served on October 4, 2019, for transporting obscene matter.
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President Trump is done cooperating with the House impeachment inquiry, White House Counsel Pat Cippollone announced yesterday in a letter that reads like the lawyerly version of a primal scream. “Your unprecedented actions have left the President with no choice,” he told the House Democratic leadership: the Trump administration “cannot participate in your partisan and…
The Clerk’s Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has received the 2019 W. Edwards Deming Outstanding Training Award. The award is granted annually to innovative federal agencies by Graduate School USA.