Diallo v Dominique Strauss-Kahn   Summons and Complaint

Diallo v Dominique Strauss-Kahn Summons and Complaint


Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers will return to a Bronx New York courtroom to try to get a civil case over an alleged sexual assault dismissed – days after Strauss-Kahn was told of separate charges in his native France.
March 28’s session is to focus on whether the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is protected under diplomatic immunity from being sued by the chambermaid he is alleged to have assaulted in an upmarket Manhattan hotel suite.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn  in Belgium March 27, New York court date March 28

Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Belgium March 27, New York court date March 28

EU40 – a network of EU officials aged under 40 – has invited Strauss-Kahn to speak at an economic crisis conference on March 27, alongside Luxembourg Prime Minister and Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker, and former European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet.

“This invitation is clearly indecent,” three female EU lawmakers – Zita Gurmai and Veronique de Keyser from the socialist group, and Isabelle Durant from the greens – wrote to European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

. A New York court postponed a March 15 hearing in Manhattan on the suit filed by Nafissatou Diallo, rescheduling the hearing for March 28.

Miramax Film Corporation

Miramax Film Corporation


Mike Lang abruptly left his position as chief executive of Miramax after less than two years on the job. Given that Miramax doesn’t make movies anymore and only seeks to maximize its library, there must have been some serious personality clashes there. Lang said he will remain with Miramax as a consultant until a successor is found.

“The value of the Miramax film library and its iconic underlying brand is clear and the future is bright,” Richard Nanula, chairman of Miramax and a principal at Colony Capital, said in a statement.

Miramax’s chief financial officer, Steve Schoch, will serve as interim chief executive. But investors including Colony Capital, Ron Tutor and the investment arm of Qatar had already withdrawn the majority of their equity in a refinancing last year that added more than $500 million in debt. New distribution deals are expected to bring in $325 million in revenue over time.

Mike Lang was officially named CEO of Miramax, the new company formed by the Filmyard Holdings group in December, 2009, it was announced by Richard Nanula, who is now officially chairman of Miramax while remaining a principal at Colony Capital. Colony Capital and its founder Thomas Barrack were investors in the $663 million acquisition of Miramax from Disney which closed earlier this week, along with construction exec Ronald Tutor, the Qatar Holdings fund, actor Rob Lowe and others. “I have known and worked closely with Mike for almost 20 years and have always respected his talents,” said Nanula in a statement. “We are confident that he is the right person to lead Miramax in its next phase of growth.”

“I have always admired the Miramax library, which includes many respected titles and award-winning films,” said Lang, who will be based at headquarters in Santa Monica, California. “Based on the quality of these assets, I believe bringing new life to this library–by working with traditional and new partners–will be an exciting and unprecedented story of growth and innovation. I am honored by this opportunity, and I look forward to working with my partners as we build a new kind of media company.”

The new Miramax is not going to be making any movies, at least initially. However it is expected to staff up with sixty to eighty employees in the coming months to pursue deals to distribute the film library on multiple digital and online platforms, as well as through traditional home video and international sales opportunities.

Lang, who was 45 years old, consulted on the sale of Miramax to Filmyard after leaving his position as EVP, Business Development and Strategy at Fox Entertainment earlier this year. At Fox he oversaw strategic initiatives for the film studio, broadcast network, sports and cable channels and more. He is credited as playing a role in the acquisition of MySpace and creation of Hulu, as well as Fox’s mobile, digital and video game initiatives. Before joining Fox in 2004, Lang worked on various investments and was involved in strategic planning at Disney. He has an MBA from Harvard and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital website Wednesday, Lang said, “Our goal really want to send a signal that we are a different company, not only about digital, but in being an innovative company.”

Rielle Hunter

Rielle Hunter


John Edwards’s former mistress, Rielle Hunter, has been granted immunity for anything she says on the stand during the ex-presidential candidate’s trial, according to a report on Thursday.
Federal prosecutors granted Hunter immunity from criminal charges if she is called as a witness. The former senator and ex-Democratic presidential candidate is accused of conspiring to violate campaign-finance laws and using about $1 million from campaign donors to cover up his affair and child with Hunter. Prosecutors have said they will likely call Hunter to the stand.
Edwards’s trial, which had been delayed because of a life-threatening heart condition, is now set to begin next month. Jury selection starts April 12 and opening arguments will kick off April 23.
Aside from getting excited “about missing her period,” the former political videographer is preparing for baby #2 by embracing her new soccer mom lifestyle, making friends with other moms, and abstaining from alcohol.
“Rielle’s biological clock is ticking loudly and she’s desperate to have another baby with John,” a source close to Rielle says. “She’s not sure what the future holds for John, and that’s what made her even more determined. She wants to get pregnant before the trial begins.”
“She’d love to have another sibling for their daughter Quinn. And John, who loves children as much as she does, is on board with the baby plan — and it’s given him even more impetus to win his trial and not go to prison.”


Dominique Strauss-Kahn at Cambridge Union

Dominique Strauss-Kahn at Cambridge Union

Strauss-Kahn spoke, on March 8 at Cambridge University about his time at the IMF and the financial problems facing Europe. When asked about the sexual charges against him, he said he was not guilty of anything.
President Katie Lam, 20, who is studying classics at Cambridge, said the union was not deliberately courting controversy.
She said officials invited speakers they thought ‘interesting’ and did not make ‘moral or political judgments’, adding that the union’s invitation was first made ‘a few years ago’.

New York mug shot of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

New York mug shot of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Court spokesman David Bookstaver said Tuesday that the hearing will be held March 28 in the Bronx. It was originally set for March 15.
The hearing is being held to deal with issues that have to be resolved before a trial, which has yet to be scheduled.
[February 26]Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the IMF, has accepted an invitation to appear before the Cambridge Union, a famous debating society next month to speak on the state of the Eurozone and the global economy. The former Socialist minister, who quit the IMF in light of last year’s allegations, has accepted an invitation to address the Cambridge Union on March 9. He has a March 15 New York court hearing on a lawsuit and likely to be summoned to appear before investigating magistrates on March 28. The March 15 hearing in state Supreme Court in the Bronx will likely address a motion from Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers to throw out the lawsuit.
Katie Lam, president of the union, which was formed almost 200 years ago, said the financier was “exceptionally well qualified to speak on some of the greatest headline topics of the world in 2012”.
Before investigating magistrates, his claim is that he did not know that the women he had sex with — who are for the most part French and Belgian and from poor immigrant backgrounds — were prostitutes because they were ‘all naked at the time’. Girls would travel as far as the U.S. to join clients working there. They were flown out to America on several occasions for the entertainment of wealthy clients — including DSK.
Another prostitute, a Belgian called Jade, was also flown to the U.S. to entertain DSK.
She claims to have a photograph of herself embracing him at his IMF offices in Washington D.C., taken during a guided tour he gave her at the end of an evening together.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the great attraction of the Paris-Casablanca Forum Round, held in Casablanca on February 1. more

A few weeks earlier, it is in another luxury hotel that he had made a comeback in public life: the Hyatt Regency Casablanca. But here, no visit on the sly for the child’s country, or nominee to book a suite with jacuzzi, magnum of champagne, nor backdoor to escape the paparazzi: DSK was received there as a guest speaker to a high-class conference and especially women idol. “Every opportunity to come to Morocco are good, this one was particularly good,” he said inlet during his speech.

Regularly refuge in his beautiful riad in Marrakech since the beginning of his judicial disentangled U.S. DSK is returned to worldly life in Casablanca through the front door. “New life of DSK” headlined the Moroccan magazine Actuelwhich devoted its cover and a colorful story.

It must be said that the former IMF chief did everything to cure her first major media outlet. In conquered territory and away from gossip and atmosphere of Paris guerrilla on the eve of the presidential election. With his side of seasoned economist he will take it a st February speech at the forum of the Paris Forum, relocated for the occasion in the Moroccan capital business. The event was organized by the businessman and communicator Albert Mallet, an old acquaintance of corn. The elite of the kingdom, which the Finance Minister Nizar Baraka or the Director of the Deposit Anas Alami had come to meet him, along with several old friends of Morocco, including former Israeli ambassador in Paris, Elie Barnavi.

DSK, a friend of Morocco

“Upon his arrival he is greeted by the President of parliament, Karim Ghellab, and the finance minister, with whom he jokes by telling stories of defective plumbing in Marrakech. One can hardly imagine the former head of the IMF joke with the French Minister of Finance or salute the President of Congress. “Actuel reports.

We see the atmosphere was warm.

“We have always received correctly, even dictators. So why not him? At least he does not have blood on their hands. From a Western perspective, it may be shocking. But he made a mistake that Moroccans understand, and we, we make a distinction between the man and his bullshit. “Tell him, very forgiving a young quadra. No wonder it makes its base in Morocco-back.
DSK is due to speak alongside Luxembourg Prime Minister and Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker at a March 27 conference in Brussels [and before investigating magistrates on March 28?]
Dominique Strauss-Kahn owes the US government more than $16,000 in overdue property taxes on a swanky townhouse in Washington, DC, according to records from the District of Columbia’s Office of Tax and Revenue. The luxurious three-bedroom Georgetown spread was purchased by Strauss-Kahn’s wealthy wife, journalist Anne Sinclair.

John and Frances

John and Frances


Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) will stand trial on campaign finance-related charges; jury selection to begin April 12 and opening arguments for April 23.

Edwards is facing six felony charges stemming from nearly $1 million in payments two of his political backers made to cover expenses incurred by his mistress, Rielle Hunter, and her child that Edwards fathered. Some of the money was paid as Edwards was running for president in 2007 and 2008. Some of it was paid after he quit the race.

The government contends that the payments were campaign donations intended to advance his political career.
 

John Edwards Indictment

John Edwards Indictment

 

Grand Jury Allegations

Grand Jury Allegations


[December 22, 2011]A federal judge says she has two letters from a cardiologist saying ex-presidential candidate John Edwards has a life-threatening condition that will require surgery in February.
The letters were revealed during a hearing Friday to consider whether the 58-year-old ex-North Carolina Senator would go on trial later this month for alleged campaign finance violations.
Attorneys for Edwards were seeking a 60-day delay to allow time for Edwards to recover. The judge delayed the trial to March 26.
Edwards was in court at the judge’s request, although doctors advised him to avoid travel and all court proceedings.
Prosecutors say they’re ready to try Edwards on six felony and misdemeanor counts related to nearly $1 million from wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 While House run. The latest from the National Enquirer: “John Edwards Secret Wedding to Rielle! His desperate attempt to CHEAT JUSTICE.” The mainstream media normally would turn a blind eye to such headlines. But this case – made for the tabloids with its infidelity, Hollywood-handsome characters, large financial gifts and jet-setting lifestyles – has been stranger than fiction. The tabloids, with reports that seemed farfetched and bogus, often had the story right and first.

[December 22]John Edwards says he has been diagnosed with a medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend his approaching criminal trial over campaign finances and is asking for it to be delayed.

In a motion filed Thursday, Edwards’ lawyers asked a federal judge to delay the start of the Jan. 30 trial for at least two months. They did not disclose his illness and filed sealed records with the court. Prosecutors said they are ready to try Edwards on six felony and misdemeanor counts related to nearly $1 million from wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 run for the While House.
Has disgraced ex-senator, Edwards’ whose illicit affair with Rielle Hunter, 47, and her pregnancy was uncovered during the 2008 presidential campaign , asked the blonde divorcee to move into his North Carolina home? Is she “considering the move?”
[June 3]John Edwards, the former Democratic senator from North Carolina, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he conspired to cover up an extramarital affair while running for president in 2008 by “secretly obtaining,” misusing and misreporting certain campaign contributions in violation of federal law.
He entered his plea at the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem on the afternoon of June 3, setting the stage for a trial to begin July 11. When the judge read him his list of rights, including the right to remain silent, Mr. Edwards, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004 and twice a candidate for president, said: “Your honor, I’m an attorney. I’m aware of that.”

GENERAL ALLEGATIONS
Relevant Persons and Entities
1. From in or about 1999 until in or about 2005,
JOHNNY REID EDWARDS was a United States
Senator from the State of North Earolina. From in or about 2007
until in or about 2008, EDWARDS was a candidate for the office of
President of the United States. A centerpiece of
candidacy was his public image as a devoted family man. The
communication strategy developed by campaign stressed
the importance of publicizing, among other things, “that
family comes first.”
2. Person A,`a long-time assistant to EDWARDS, worked
for EDWARDS on his presidential campaign. Person A’s duties as a
campaign employee included, among other things, handling personal
tasks on behalf of EDWARDS.
3. From in or about February 2006 through at least in
or about August 2008, EDWARDS had an extramarital affair with
Person B, which resulted in a pregnancy and the birth of a child.
4. Person was a political supporter of EDWARDS
beginning in or about 2004.
5. Person was involved in raising campaign funds
for EDWARDS, and served as his campaign’s Finance Chair during
the 2008 presidential campaign cycle.
6. In or about January 2007, EDWARDS formed the “John
Edwards for President” Committee to receive contributions to
EDWARDS in support of his candidacy for President of the United
States.
Federal Campaign Contribution Limit
and Disclosure Requirements
7. The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as
amended, Title 2, United States Code, Sections 431 through 455
(the “Election Act”), was a federal statute that regulated the
influence of money on politics in order to prevent corruption and
the appearance of corruption in federal elections.
8. In order to restrict the influence that any one
person could have on the outcome of the 2008 primary election for
President of the United States, the Election Act established that
the most an individual could contribute to any candidate for that
primary election was $2,300. The Election Act also prohibited
presidential candidates from accepting contributions from
individuals in excess of this limit. EDWARDS and the John
Edwards for President Committee were subject to the Election Act
and its contribution limit.
9. The Election Act’s contribution limit applied to
anything of value provided for the purpose of influencing the
presidential election, including contributions to a candidate
and his/her campaign; expenditures made in cooperation,
consultation, or concert, with, or at the request or suggestion
of, a candidate or his/her campaign; and payments for
personal expenses of a candidate unless they would have been made
irrespective of the candidacy.
10. The Federal Election Commission was an
agency of the Executive Branch of the United States Government
responsible for the administration and civil enforcement of
federal election and campaign finance laws.
11. The Election Act required each presidential
campaign committee to file periodic campaign finance reports with
the FEC. In these reports, the committees were required to
identify each person who, during the relevant reporting period,
contributed more than $200 to the committee, together with the
date and the amount of any such contribution. The committees
were also required to disclose expenditures by the campaign.
EDWARDS, through the John Edwards for President Committee, was
required tc and did, in fact, file these periodic reports with
the`FEC.
12. The periodic reports that campaign committees
filed with the FEC were made available to the public. These
reports were intended to provide citizens with a transparent
record of the amounts and sources of campaign contributions, and
were intended to assist voters in making informed decisions at
the polls.