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What’s going on in New York?
By islander
February 12, 2023 7:57 am
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This article is not for those who get upset reading what good, well informed journalists, lawyers, and historians like Marcy Wheeler, Teri Kanefield, and Heather Cox Richardson have to say about what‘s happening in our country today.

Teri gives us a good update and timeline on what has been and is going on in the NY investigation into Trump’s possible criminal business and tax dealings.

She explains many of the difficulties involved in prosecuting cases like Trump's and explains how mob bosses and racketeers are able to ensure that they can’t be successfully prosecuted and gives an example:

”I interrupt this timeline to bring you lessons from The Godfather

This is from The Godfather, pages 41-42:

That Sunday morning, Don Corleone [the Godfather] gave explicit instructions on what should be done to the two young men who had beaten the daughter of Amerigo Bonasera. But he had given these orders in private to Tom Hagen [the Consigliere.] Later in the day Hagen had, also in private without witnesses, instructed Clemenza. In turn Clemenza had told Paulie Gatto to execute the commission.”

The advantage of giving orders in private without witnesses is explained:

Each link of the chain would have to turn traitor for the Don to be involved and though it had never yet happened, there was always the possibility. The cure for that possibility was also known. Only one link in the chain had to disappear.

Prosecuting Trump becomes difficult if people just under him, the top-level Trump Organization executives who spent a lifetime getting rich while helping Trump cheat, are willing to take the fall for him. Imagine the Chief Financial Officer telling the jury, “Most of this stuff Trump didn’t even know about, and the stuff he did know about, I had assured him that it was legal, and because I am an accountant, he believed me.”
(This is of course exactly what we have been seeing and hearing)

A jury might convict despite such testimony, but given the extraordinarily high standards in a criminal trial—to convict, the jury must find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt—it seems just as likely that a jury would acquit Trump and convict Weisselberg.
When stories came out that Allen Weisselberg was refusing to flip on Trump, my guess was that Weisselberg figured that he and his family had lived a life of luxury so he owed it to Trump to go to prison for him.”

Click the link to read the rest of Teri’s blog, it’s far more informative and interesting that the sensationalized entertainment based news we get so much of from the most popular mainstream media, however, one warning for those used to entertainment news Teri's blog can seem boring.


Cited and related links:

  1. terikanefield.com

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  1. by Donna on February 12, 2023 9:34 am

    Thanks for posting that. Very informative reading. I also that long piece of hers she included a hyperlink to as well as reader comments and her replies.

    I've seen some of those former federal prosecutors, legal experts and Democratic lawmakers who've often scathing in their criticisms of Garland on MSNBC, who Kanefiekd alluded to. I'll listen to what those experts have to say with a more critical ear now.


  2. by HatetheSwamp on February 12, 2023 9:54 am

    Prosecuting Trump becomes difficult if people just under him, the top-level Trump Organization executives who spent a lifetime getting rich while helping Trump cheat, are willing to take the fall for him. Imagine the Chief Financial Officer telling the jury, “Most of this stuff Trump didn’t even know about, and the stuff he did know about, I had assured him that it was legal, and because I am an accountant, he believed me.”

    And, I suppose you progressives here are going to pretend that they don't remember pb saying this all along.

    To quote pb, "Trump's too slimy to get busted." Remember that!!!!!?

    A difference between rational, yet strenuous, opposition to Trump and TDS is that there's a childlike storybook naíve wishfulness in TDS. We'll find out what comes out of the Special Counsel but, gang, the whole Swamp has been lined up against OrangeMan since the "pu$$y grabber" October Surprise more than six years ago! That's what the Weaponization hearings are proving already. "Float like a butterfly..."

    Trust me. All you progressive SwampLovers. pb doesn't hesitate to say that he told you so.

    I effin TOLD YOU SO!!!!!

    Bahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahaha hoohoohoohoohoohoohoo heeheeheeheeheeheehee hahahahahahahahaha heeheeheeheeheeheehee hoohoohoohoohoohoohoo heeheeheeheeheeheehee hoohoohoohoohoohoohoo heeheeheeheeheeheehee hahahahahahahahaha hoohoohoohoohoohoohoo hahahahahahahahaha, ahhhhhhhhhhh.


  3. by Curt_Anderson on February 12, 2023 10:22 am
    Mark Pomerantz, who quit the NY prosecutor’s office last year wrote a tell all book which critics say will hurt the case against Donald Trump. Pomerantz denies the accusations.
    nbcnews.com


  4. by Donna on February 12, 2023 12:39 pm

    I saw Pomerantz deny that on TV.

    Kanefield's take on it makes much more sense.


  5. by islander on February 12, 2023 12:48 pm

    As always, I’m glad to see it when Hate shows signs, no matter how small, that he is in some ways overcoming his TDS (Trump Dyslexia Syndrome) and beginning to see things as they really are even though he still has a long way to go.

    After 6 years of supporting Trump, Hate can now acknowledge that he hates Trump because of Trump’s personality. That’s something, but it’s not nearly enough. When Hate can reach the point that he can understand why we don’t hate Trump because of his personality (in fact we don’t “Hate Trump” at all), rather, we knew all along that his personality and unhinged mental state made him unfit to be President of The United States. But it’s his “behavior” the things he did while he held that office that we object to.


  6. by HatetheSwamp on February 12, 2023 12:57 pm

    TDS is sooooooooooo cute! Bahahahahahahahahahaha.


  7. by islander on February 12, 2023 1:24 pm

    "TDS is sooooooooooo cute!" ~ Hate

    It's time to put the mirror down, Hate, and get back to finishing your chores. You can admire yourself all you want "after you've finished them".


  8. by islander on February 13, 2023 7:04 am

    Donna ~ I also like it that Teri, in her blogs, includes comments and her replies to them. I've found that quite often I can learn as much from comments as I can from an article itself (not just from Teri's articles)!

    That's why I also like Marcy Wheeler's blog "Empty Wheel". She has some very intelligent and knowledgeable readers whose comments are well worth reading (even if a lot of them are lawyers) LoL !!!


  9. by Donna on February 13, 2023 8:24 am

    I agree. I'm a comment reader too.


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