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Former NYS Assemblyman Sheldon Silver found guilty on all counts in corruption case

Sheldon Silver convictedSheldon Silver has gone from one of Albany’s famed “three men in a room” to one of 198,000 people in federal lockup.

A jury found the 71-year-old former Assembly Speaker guilty on all seven corruption charges on Monday afternoon, sending a powerful message to politicians in New York’s capital.

Judge Valerie Caproni will set the date of his surrender. He faces a maximum of 130 years behind bars, though he is expected to face a sentence more in the range of 20 years.


Trials of officers in Freddie Gray case begin amid skepticism over process

Freddy GrayHarold Perry, a blind 72-year-old-man, still can’t shake what he heard through his window on the morning of 12 April.

“I still hear the young man crying, screaming at certain points,” said Perry, standing on his porch in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore, across the street from the court in Gilmor Homes where Freddie Gray was arrested.

Perry, who was wearing dark glasses and holding a cane in one hand as he smoked a cigarette in the sun while a group of young men stood on the corner joking, remembered that morning all too well. He was still asleep when the cries of the 25-year-old Gray awoke him.


World’s Most ‘Adorable Drug Kingpin’ Is Actually the Daughter of Texas DEA Head Honcho

Daughter of DEA Head is dealer“You don’t see many drug traffickers retire,” gloated Bill Furay, head of the DEA’s office in Beaumont, Texas, following the arrest of a wealthy couple from a tiny neighborhood in Pearland. “Either they end up in prison, or they end up dead.”

Furay apparently never had time to give that lecture to his teenage daughter, Sarah, who was arrested earlier this month on drug-trafficking charges that could result in decades behind bars.


NSA bulk phone snooping program shuts down

NSA bulk spying program shuts downThe National Security Agency will no longer be able to collect phone records in bulk starting Nov. 29, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement Friday.

The program's closure was required by the USA Freedom Act, signed by President Barack Obama in early June. The program was allowed to continue since then as part of a six-month wind-down period, in which intelligence officials could create and test a new phone records program where the government can only obtain records connected to a specific entity like a person or device that is associated with a foreign power or terrorist group.


The NRA Is Getting Its Ass Kicked and Here’s the Proof

NRA getting its ass kickedThe National Rifle Association is getting its clocked cleaned.

I know, you need to see that again. So to repeat, and in layman terms: The NRA has been losing a lot lately.

The conventional wisdom is that even with an average of one school shooting per week since Sandy Hook, further common-sense gun regulation is a political non-starter, because of the NRA’s undue influence over our elected officials.


Gunman at Planned Parenthood said 'no more body parts'

No more body parts- Colorado shooterThe man accused of opening fire at a a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado and killing three people said "no more baby parts" while he was being arrested, said a law enforcement official.

The utterance from suspect Robert Lewis Dear, 57, apparently referenced the organization's health services, which include abortion, and its role in delivering fetal tissue to researchers.


Muslim NYPD officers slam Trump’s surveillance comments

Muslum NYPDA fraternal group of NYPD officers who are Muslim issued a strong rebuke this week to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, after he suggested all people of their faith should be put on a government watch list.

The NYPD Muslim Officers Society took Trump to task, telling him to "stop using Muslims negatively.”

"Muslim Americans are as patriotic as anyone else," the group posted.

Asked on Nov. 20 whether he supported a database to keep track of Muslim Americans, Trump said, "there should be a lot of systems. Beyond databases. I mean, we should have a lot of systems."


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