Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli and three other defendants face corruption charges over the awarding of contracts for several large-scale projects, including the solar plant at RiverBend in South Buffalo. Ciminelli, a major donor to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, is charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The trial will also cast a spotlight on the $750 million RiverBend solar plant in Buffalo, one of the state projects Ciminelli won, and will decide whether bids were rigged in contracts related to construction projects funded by the Buffalo Billion. Paul Shechtman, a Manhattan lawyer, represents Louis Ciminelli

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Cambodian police block a street near the Supreme Court during a hearing over the extended pre-trial detention of jailed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha, in Phnom Penh, May 7, 2018.

Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh was seriously injured, and his wife killed, in a car crash; both SUVs involved in the crash had been speeding.

In 1997, he was overthrown as co-prime minister in a bloody coup and since his return to politics, had vowed to work with former rival and long-serving prime minister Hun Sen.

Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) last year, leaving the way clear for Hun Sen to extend more than three decades of rule in an election on July 29.

Ranariddh’s Funcinpec was allocated most of the CNRP’s parliamentary seats after its dissolution, and its leader, Kem Sokha, was arrested over accusations of plotting to take power with the help of the United States.

The CNRP and Washington have both denied the charges.

“Kem Sokha’s continued detention is related to the upcoming election,” said Kem Sokha’s daughter Kem Monovithya.

“As long as there is no political solution from the top leaders of the current regime, my father’s case will remain as it is. Cambodia will surely plunge into a big crisis if Hun Sen continues to hold the next election without the release of Kem Sokha and the lift of the ban on the CNRP officials ahead of the election,”

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From left to right, Kem Sokha, Pol Ham, Mu Sochua, and Eng Chhay Eang at an extraordinary congress in Phnom Penh, March 2, 2017.

[2017-05-16] Kem Sokha said he had given presentations on the upcoming elections to Cambodian communities in 13 U.S. states, as well as to U.S. lawmakers and officials of the Trump administration.

underwoodCitigroup agreed to settle charges related to the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate, better known as Libor.

Citi will pay $100 million to the New York State Attorney General’s office and 41 other states involved with the investigation, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said June 15. New York has been leading the Libor investigations due to size of the banking industry and with Wall Street based here.
Several banks have been accused of, and have settled, charges that its traders and bankers manipulated Libor. Global fines have topped $9 billion.   Swiss bank UBS has paid more than $1.5 billion in fines and penalties to U.S. and European authorities for its manipulation of Libor. JPMorgan Chase paid more than $100 million in fines to European authorities for its role in interest rate manipulation, and British bank Barclays has paid more than half a billion dollars in fines and penalties to settle allegations.

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Pamela Harris as she leaves Brooklyn Federal court with attorney, Jerry H. Goldfeder, left, in New York

[June 12] Ex-Brooklyn Assemblywoman Pamela Harris pled guilty to pocketing nearly $60,000 in public funds meant for a non-profit and Hurricane Sandy relief. Authorities slapped Harris with a 11-count indictment for fraud in January and she resigned from her post in April, before the trial began.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud, one count of making false statements to FEMA and one count of witness tampering to federal authorities.   Pamela Harris is a former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 46.

 

 

U.S. investigators have accelerated their probe into the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund set up by former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and are exchanging more evidence with Malaysian authorities since Najib lost last month’s election, While U.S. prosecutors have considered the possibility of charging Najib or his associates, they would prefer Malaysia be the one to file criminal charges against any Malaysian official. Najib’s successor, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, said Malaysia was also seeking to arrest financier Low Taek Jho, a central figure in the scandal who advised on investments and negotiated deals for 1MDB

 

[May 18    Many Malaysian economic figures are false – new Prime Minister   ]

 

Najib Razak’s coalition [former Malaysian prime minister] secured only 79 of Malaysia’s 222 parliamentary seats while Anwar Ibrahim’s People’s Justice Party (PKR) won 50 seats. An alliance between the two could have secured Najib’s return to power. “From my discussion with the PM (92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad) this morning, that seems to be the sentiment … we will have to deliver,” he said.

“I have given that message. We don’t want UMNO 2.0.” United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) used race-based politics and patronage system.

 

 

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In response to a request for a fresh forecast on Malaysia’s economic growth, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday, May 17, “Regarding the numbers indicating our financial position, I realize many of these figures are false.” Leave aside …some hundred billion of missing ringgit on his watch.
Malaysia’s economy continues to perform strongly, with higher than anticipated growth at 5.8 percent in 2017, and projected growth of 5.3 percent for 2018, according to the IMF.

Malaysia ranks 25th in oil ptoduction; the first quarter of 2018 witnessed the strongest year-over-year increase in global oil demand in seven years.

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Police entered the house of Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak late on Wednesday, May 16, an extraordinary scene that thousands watched unfold as it was streamed live.
Najib tried to leave the country Saturday, May 12, apparently for Indonesia. The search covered the prime minister’s office and a residence he had used, as well as two apartments owned by his family. The government’s immigration department said they were blacklisted from leaving Malaysia.
Najib may soon face increased government scrutiny over he created a state fund called 1MDB, 1Malaysia Development Berhad. The fund sent hundreds of billions of dollars in Najib’s personal accounts, prompting investigations in the U.S., Switzerland and Singapore. The country’s attorney general tried to issue an arrest warrant for Najib three years ago, the prime minister fired him.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges that about US$4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB, which was founded by Mr Najib

 

 

Rick Perry

U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act on May 24, approving their funding plan for the military and mapping out some policy priorities.
The bill, known as H.R. 5515, passed the House with bipartisan support in a 351-to-66 vote. The Senate Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly, 25-2, to advance the legislation to the Senate floor.

Proposed National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 [ndaa 2019] will allow the Secretary of Energy to pursue development of a low-yield nuclear weapon without first receiving specific authorization from Congress, the matter will be unilaterally decided by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. The bill would grant the energy secretary new authority to carry out the weapon’s energy development phase, or any subsequent phase, without Congress’ specific approval. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., authored the bill’s language. Sen. Dianne Feinstein alerted colleagues to the Cotton amendment, reading it at the Democratic Caucus lunch meeting.

She has expressed objection to a Cabinet-level secretary being able to initiate the advanced engineering a new nuclear weapon without Congress’ specific approval.

“The amendment, I think, is very dangerous,” she said June 6.   The 1,140-page 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which still faces months of congressional debate before becoming law,

[March 7   George P Bush clears 50 percent in Texas primary   ]

Bush relied heavily on his support from both Trump and Donald Trump Jr. to clear 50 percent in a race against a field that included former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.

[March 3 2018]

 

[ July 7 2017 Perry economics “pretty simple”]

Rick Perry

 

Rick Perry gave an ‘economics lesson’ where he got the basic concept of supply and demand completely wrong

‘You put the supply out there and the demand will follow,’ Donald Trump’s Energy Secretary. said.

“I mean, that’s really pretty simple.” Mr Perry said, responding to a question about a shale gas boom,

 

[Martch 4 Perry confirmed]

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Rick and Anita Perry

The Senate has confirmed former Texas governor Rick Perry to serve as Energy secretary under President Trump.
The vote was 62-37 on Thursday.
Perry — who once pledged to eliminate the department — has repeatedly promised be an advocate for the agency and to protect the nation’s nuclear stockpile. Perry also has said he’d rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.
Perry has said he’ll work to develop American energy in all forms — from oil, gas and nuclear power to renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

[August 8 2016 President George Prescott Bush]

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George P. Bush urges Republicans to back Trump. “The guy probably wasn’t his 10th choice. But he is the nominee we have, and George P. is doing what he needs to do, and I’m sure his father has absolutely no trouble with it.”

sp_bush   Samuel P. Bush

[June 2015 Rick Perry: candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for president ]

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Hunting lodge of Gov Rick Perry Texas, Image is Photoshopped

“It was the weakest Republican field in history, and they kicked my butt,” Perry said in a self-deprecating speech at the 2012 Gridiron Club dinner. Rick Perry formally announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for president at an event in Addison, Texas, June 4, 2015 Perry, 65, has worked tirelessly to shed his image as a failed presidential candidate. Though he left office on Jan. 20, Perry has unfinished business back home in Austin. He was indicted last year on felony counts of abusing his power as governor by threatening to veto funding for a district attorney unless she resigned because of a drunk-driving arrest. Perry has denounced the case as a political witch hunt, and conservatives have rallied to his cause. Perry served as lieutenant governor of Texas before becoming the 47th governor of the state in 2000, when George W. Bush resigned from the position to assume the presidency.

[August 23 2014 Republican judge, prosecutor got indictment from Grand Jury]

Many reporters in Texas know Perry and are much more familiar with the details in this case, the fact that these are Republicans investigating this and that Perry has a history of hardball politics in forcing people out. This is a much more nuanced story than some in the Beltway understand.” Forrest Wilder, who is covering the story for the Texas Observer, noted in a recent piece that the criminal complaint against Perry filed in June 2013 by Texans for Public Justice was assigned to a Republican judge who then appointed a former prosecutor in the George H.W. Bush administration as special prosecutor.
“There is nothing about this indictment process that suggests partisan bias,” said Wilder. “You had a Republican judge who appointed a special prosecutor who has largely a Republican pedigree who presented testimony from 40 individuals. There were hundreds of documents reviewed and the grand jury decided to indict.”

He also called much of the national coverage “mystifying.”
Mike Norman, editorial director of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, said
“The indictment is not the case and the national analysis is attacking the indictment and they don’t seem to see how this can be anything other than politics,” “If you’re saying that that process which our legal system set up produced only a political result, then you are saying the whole justice system is corrupt and I don’t believe that is the case.”

[August 16 Rick Perry indicted in Austin ]

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Rick and Anita Perry

A potential 2016 presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was indicted in Austin on August 15 for improperly withholding money from a state prosecutorial unit because its Democratic district attorney refused to resign after pleading guilty to drunken driving last year.
He faces felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. The first charge carries a maximum punishment of five to 99 years in prison, while the second could lead to two to 10 years behind bars

[October 2 2011 Rick Perry’s West Texas ranch lease documents]

Rick Perry's hunting lease

Rick Perry’s hunting lease

The hunting camp was simple in the 1980s, just a cabin with a long table for cleaning fish and deer, a few bunks and a porch set along a riverbank
A second story was added to the old cabin, along with brown wood siding and an outdoor staircase.

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The company’s attorneys also gave an update on the sale to Lantern Capital, which Walrath approved last month. The closing has dragged on longer than expected, as attorneys sort out how the proceeds will be allocated among creditors, which contracts Lantern will assume, and other issues. Attorney Paul Zumbro promised that the closing would occur before the end of June.
Harvey’s Contract

Judge Orders Release of Harvey Weinstein’s Employment Contract

]May 12    court approves buyer Lantern   ]

The Weinstein Co. Sale To Lantern Capital Approved By Bankruptcy Judge

[May 6]

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“The Weinstein Company is pleased to announce that Lantern Capital is the winning bidder in the sale for substantially all of the assets of the Company.” for $310 million.    the Debtors concluded  that the later Inclusion letter was not a bona fide offer.

That’s nearly 40% less than was being offered for the company a few months ago, and just a fraction of how much the company was worth before the sexual misconduct scandal that toppled its founder Harvey Weinstein last year.   The Court must approve.

DIRK ZIFF, TIM SARNOFF, MARC LASRY,
TARAK BEN AMMAR, LANCE MAEROV, SUMMONS
RICHARD KOENIGSBERG, PAUL TUDOR JONES,
JAMES L. DOLAN, JEFF SACKMAN,

included in sexual complaint, above.

[ April 20  April 30 auction deadline ]

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60 potential buyers have emerged for the Weinstein Co.’s film and television assets, 48 of whom already have inspected the company’s books in a data room ahead of the court’s April 30 auction deadline.

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[more April 6 The Weinstein Company’s lawyers reiterated today the need for the breakup fee and reimbursement, saying Lantern Capital wouldn’t proceed without them.]

Lantern’s agreement, reached before The Weinstein Co. filed for protection from creditors in bankruptcy court, calls for a $9.3 million break-up fee and reimbursement of up to $6.2 million in expenses. The studio urges the court to approve these fees — saying they were necessary to entice Lantern to enter a so-called “Stalking Horse” agreement that effectively sets a minimum price for subsequent bidding on the Weinstein Co.’s assets. “Permitting the Stalking Horse to prime other administrative expense claimants has no basis in the bankruptcy code,” Trustee Andrew R. Vara has objected.

[March 20:  TWC business to be a preeminent content provider, they say ]

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Lantern Capital Partners “promise to reposition the business as a preeminent content provider, while cultivating a positive presence in the industry.” The Weinstein Company said it struck a deal with an affiliate of private equity firm Lantern Capital Partners to acquire its assets and filed for bankruptcy in the Delaware court, listing $500 million to $1 billion in liabilities and $500 million to $1 billion in assets.

 

[ March 15 Glasser: wrongful termination, retaliation, breach of contract and defamation ]

David Glasser has hired Sauer & Wagner to sue TWC and its remaining board members — Bob Weinstein, Lance Maerov and Tarak Ben Ammar for wrongful termination, retaliation, breach of contract and defamation.

 

[September 27 2011 TWC: Bruno is back ]
The Weinstein Company announced September 26 that Stephen Bruno, after a stint at HBO, will return as the head of marketing.

Bruno, former assistant to Harvey Weinstein, had departed TWC for HBO less than a year ago.

He’ll report to his old boss, Harvey Weinstein, as well as company COO David Glasser.