Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The NY Post Is Backed Into A Position to Prove Judgehips Are For Sale in Brooklyn

The NYP Brings Down Pols Like the  Washington Post?
NYP: The Accidental Muckraking Reformer 

Not with Journalists But With Lawyers

A lawsuit that can damage the Post and Murdoch has created an all out war pitting the tabloid newspaper against the New York State court system and a good chunk of the political power structure of Brooklyn.


The Father of the Brooklyn Judges for Sale Investigation is the Late Jack Newfield
Continuing Newfield's Investigation
A libel suit filed by Judge Francois Rivera against The New York Post in response the papers charges in 2005 that he told a grand jury he paid 50,000 for the judgeship, has turned Murdoch paper into the instrument that will finally prove that the late journalist former NYP columnist Jack Newfield was trying to prove at the the time of his death that the sale of judgeships are a common practice in Brooklyn.


 If the NYP Wins the Lawsuit the Corrupt Brooklyn Machine Will Be Destroyed

Crusading Italian prosecutor
Organized Crime Politics
The NYP has become New York's version of crusading Italian prosecutor Giovanni Falcone who was doing such a good job exposing the mafia that they blew him up in his car.  The lawsuit has forced the Post to prove in court what the Brooklyn DA, U.S. Supreme Court and the newspaper stories were unwilling or unable to do, to prove that  judgeships are for sale in Brooklyn.  More importantly the NYP without writing a single story has the power with this lawsuit to end what the reformers and good government groups were unable to do, end the corrupt political machines control over who get an elective judgeship and who is elected to most of the boroughs elective offices.


 NY Post's Lawyers: When Rain Becomes Fire
Bk Underclass Political Consultants
Unable to get the testimony in a deposition it wanted from the plaintiff Judge Rivera because another judge ruled his grand jury testimony on the sale of judgeships was off limits to the paper because what he said there is supposed to be kept secret.  The Post issued subpoenas to eight supreme court judges and a cast of political consultants who look and operate more like a rogues gallery of the criminal underclass right out of a Dickens' novel. The Brooklyn DAs top aids also were subpoenaed. The post wants each one of those subpoenaed to tell their lawyers under oath what they know about the sale of judgeships. 

Lower Court Judge Tried to Stop the Post
NYS Appellate Court Overruled: Says NY Post Ask Your Questions 
Judge Milton Tingling who agreed with the objections filed by the judges and political operatives tried to kill the NYP subpoenas as overreaching was forced by the Court of Appeals to overrule his own ruling.  15 or the 16 pages of Judge Tingling ordered overruling decision offered reasons why he believed the Appeals Court decision wrong. The last page granted the order of the higher court.  That 16 page decision according to some lawyers caused enough friction between the judge and the higher court that they sent an additional message to the lower court judge last week when they overruled three more of Tingling decision in one day.

Here are some key lines from the April 12ruling of Judge Tingling:
“Rivera must now respond and reveal any information he may have shared with a Grand Jury irrespective of materiality to the issues at hand and any confidentiality under which he testified at the time is now obliterated.”
And for more reading, here’s Judge Tingling original ruling on the case.

Part II of NYP: Judgeships for Sale
All you want to know about the judge being subpoenaed and why others should be

Part III of NYP: Judgeships for Sale
What the political consultant know

Cuomo Moves on Pensions and LIFO

Reformers 'score' win in teach evaluations(NYP) * Regents Add Test Results to Teacher Evaluations and Cut Some High School Exams(NYT) * Regents tweaks test score tie-in with teacher grades(NYDN) * Board of Regents Approves Controversial New Plan For Teacher Evaluations (NY1) * Cuomo's Proposed Pension Reform Met With Union Backlash (NY1) * Here's Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver's statement on reviving the long-thought-dead millionaires tax New Eduction Commissioner * State crowns King of schools (NYP)Charter Founder Is Named Education Commissioner (NYT) * New York’s Board of Regents made further cuts to Regents exams.



The Albany Media BS Battle Continues

Skelos in the DN says Cuomo's ducking ethics info.  Dicker in the NYP says GOPers duck Skelos income issue

Dean Skelos discloses ethics info, says Gov. Cuomo should too (NYDN) * GOPers duck over Skelos income issue (NYP) * Cuomo’s Tour: “It’s irrelevant,” says Sheldon Silver. * Same-Sex Marriage: Bloomberg to lobby State Senators. *  Cuomo Releases Message Urging Stronger Rent Laws (NYT) * Cuomo’s rent laws video was devoid of details, Tom Kaplan notes.

Orwellian TV

  Group Spent Nearly $5 Million Backing Cuomo Budget (NYT)







No Deal With the Feds Yet As Kruger Lawyer Works With A French Guy Accused of Rape

You can bet as soon as Kruger rats on enough of his political pals the feds will reduce his 40 indictment and he be gone with a deal made by his lawyer Benjamin Brafman.

State Sen. Carl Kruger: Don't Count Me Out(NYDN)


Media Never Asks What Would the Council Cut to Save Firehouses?

People's Firehouse

Council demands Mike's fire-ax list(NYP) * Fire Company Closures Up in the Air (WSJ)


Bloomberg administration still won't ID fire companies on the chopping block (NYDN)








While All the Pols Demand Services the Mayor is the Only One Trying to Grow NYC's Economy With Tech

Attracting High Tech Business Very Important

Bloomberg aide outlines plans for More Twitter, more Facebook, more free wifi  Bloomberg Wants to Make New York 'No. 1 Digital City'(NYT) * NYC Adds Services on Twitter, Facebook(WSJ) * Bloomberg’s Tech Team Looks For Savings In Guts, Not Glory (CHN)

* NY Legislature eyes move to paperless governing (WSJ)




New York's Connected Harding: Pay and Fine and Don't Go To Jail 

The Real Pension Scandal 
The public has not been told what role Wall Street and the politically connected well paid managers played in bankrupting NY's Pension. A real trial could have answered that question.  Instead the corrupt pension barons get off by paying a fine.  In Steve Rattner case he did not even have to plead guilty. Liberal party leader Harding who sold his party line to Hevesi for pension payoff walks with a fine.  Hevesi pal Harding avoids jail despite role in pay-to-play pension scandal (NYDN)

 High Price Lawyers Always Blame the Woman

Media Enablers Spread the Lawyers Attack Against the Woman No Matter How Outrageous

#1   IMF chief claims consent in hotel 'attack'(NYP)

#2   'Rape cops' victim out for $57M: defense(NYP) * Police Officer’s Lawyer Says Money Motivated Rape Accuser (NYT) * "Rape Cop" Defense Lawyer Compares Vagina To Venus Flytrap: Gothamist * NYPD rape trial could be handed to jury Tues. (WABC) *  'Rape cops' are 'New York's worst, not finest': prosecution * DA Goes On Attack During NYPD Rape Trial Closing Argument (WCBS) * Prosecution Slams Police Officers Accused Of Rape During Closing Argument (NY1)Officer in Rape Trial May Have Convinced Himself of Relationship, Prosecutor Says (NYT)

IMF chief, denied bail, prompts shock in France * Judge Denies Bail to I.M.F. Chief in Sexual Assault Case (NYT) * Judge Jails IMF Chief (WSJ) * Strauss-Kahn's New York, From Suite to Cell (WSJ)  Truth will prevail, says kin of maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault (NYDN) * Talk of conspiracy surfaces in rattled France following IMF chief's sex bust (NYDN) * IMF Leader Accused Of First-Degree Rape To Be Held Until Friday(NY1) * IMF Chief Trades Posh Hotel Suite For Stay At Rikers (WCBS) * Sordid New Details Emerge In Sex Assault Case Against IMF Director (WCBS)Strauss-Kahn wife famous in her own write (NYP) * Lawyer: Sex With Maid Consensual (Fox 5) * EXCLUSIVE: Lawyer for maid in IMF chief case speaks to NBC New York | * In a matter of hours, Dominique Strauss-Kahn experienced some of the most & least hospitable accommodations in NYC:  *Broadcasting watchdog group calls on French TV networks to show restraint in IMF chief boss: report(NYP) * I.M.F. Chief May Claim Consensual Sex as a Defense (NYT)Strauss-Kahn’s Hotel Key May Tell Tale in Sex Case (NYT)IMF head isolated, on suicide watch at Rikers (NYP) * Geithner says Strauss-Kahn currently in 'no position' to run IMF (NYP) * Attorney For IMF Leader's Accuser Speaks Out (NY1)


Ex-Hospital Worker Accused of Cover-Up in Patient’s Death The patient, Esmin Green, collapsed and died in a Brooklyn psychiatric hospital’s waiting room, where a video showed staff members ignoring her. (NYT) *  Ex-hospital worker accused in cover-up (WSJ) * City Hospital Employee Indicted In Psych Patient's Death

“Mayor Bloomberg had folks questioning what planet he was on Monday when he declared “there aren’t very many panhandlers left” in city subways.”

REALLY? Bloomy says 'there aren't very many panhandlers left' in subways(NYDN) * Beggers: A January 31 study found 1,275 homeless people in the subways, an 18 percent rise from 2010.

Candidates No Longer Personally Liable For Wasting Matching Funds, Thanks To New Court Decision (CHN)

For Elite Club of Cabbies, Only a Lexus Will Suffice(NYT)

Law Pulls Plug on Electric Bikes Electric bikes are increasingly found zipping noiselessly along city streets. They are particularly popular among restaurant delivery workers. There's just one thing: They're illegal. (WSJ)

A Perch Above Brooklyn, Going Once, Going Twice ... An auction was held Sunday for luxury apartments at 1 Hanson Place, a building that was once the tallest in Brooklyn. (NYT) *  Once a Bustling Automobile Row Anchor, Now Empty (NYT) * Bill to halt Con Ed rate hike hits snag in Senate * Elaine's Restaurant to Close Next Week



Au Revoir, Elaine's (NYT)

Law and Order

2 murders eyed for tie to LI serial slays(NYP) * Home-rob big' slay rap (NYP) * 'Gorgeous' guilty, could be executed(NYP) * 'Con man' was a real card (NYP) * Ma's baby shame (NYP) * Bail hearing for man cleared of 1972 NY slaying(WSJ) * Mother who injected 8-year-old daughter with Botox reportedly loses custody of her child (NYDN) * 'Berserk' DWI officer let off the hook, sources say (NYDN) * Assault charges dismissed against police officer (SI Advance) * Cop fatally shoots self (NY1) * Police Kill Man in Confrontation on Staten Island (NYT) * Staten Island shooting leaves businessman, gunman dead, woman shot in stomach | SILive.com * Disgruntled S.I. Man Shoots Ex-Boss Before Being Killed By Police (WCBS) * Police Kill Gunman Who Shot His Former Employers (NY1) * NYPD’s 911 Response Time Slower Than in '07 (NY Mag,)

Terrorism  Suspect Indicted in Synagogue Case (Fox 5)


NY1 Exclusive: New Yorkers Divided Over Hydrofracking, But United On Water Preservation



The Master Trump Took the Media for Another Ride

Trump Bows Out, but Spotlight Barely Dims(NYT)

Donald Trump Drops Run For President, Picks Up New Season Of "Celebrity Apprentice"(NY1)


 NY AG opens a probe into the packaging of mortgage loans into securities

Not One Wall Street Crook Has Been Sent to Jail For Destroying America's Ecomomy

Schneiderman is looking into how they packaged mortgages into securities. “The inquiry appears to be quite broad.” 

Feds Help Wall Street's Favored German Buyer Get Rid of the Competition

Feds Sink Nasdaq's Bid to Buy Big Board The Justice Department killed Nasdaq's $11 billion hostile-takeover bid for control of the NYSE, saying it would destroy the intense competition that has lowered trading costs and given U.S. companies a choice about where to list their shares. (WSJ) * NY AG's update on Emperor's New Clothes: Probes if pooling crappy mortgages & hawking them as AAA is Fraud 



Jon Stewart To Bill O’Reilly: ‘There Is A Selective Outrage Machine Here At Fox’



Jon Stewart Tries To Bang Out A Bin Laden Porn Story But Other News Distracts Him



CNN does a special on Sex Scandals in Politics -and leaves out Eliot Spitzer. CNN stand for Client Number Nine