#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – Dec.01 – A federal judge on Monday rejected a bid from former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, for a new trial or outright acquittal on public corruption charges, though he threw out the first lady’s conviction on an obstruction of justice charge Washington Post reported.
The outcome was mostly an expected one; U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer had rejected similar arguments from the former first couple several times before.
The couple can — and very likely will — raise the same issues on appeal, but that won’t come until after they are sentenced early next year.
Spencer’s dismissal of the obstruction of justice charge against Maureen McDonnell was the only surprise, and its rationale is deep in the legal weeds of the case against the former first couple.
The judge ruled, essentially, that prosecutors did not prove sufficiently that Maureen McDonnell intended to obstruct the grand jury’s investigation into her and her husband’s public corruption — even though she took steps to throw off the investigation.
The McDonnells were convicted in September of public corruption after a jury decided unanimously that they lent the prestige of the governor’s office to Richmond businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. in exchange for $177,000 in loans, vacations and luxury goods.
The McDonnells argued soon after that the guilty verdicts stemmed from “insufficient evidence” and “numerous legal errors during the proceedings” and asked Spencer to throw out their convictions — or at least order they be given a new trial.
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (London) – October 04 – Several hundred people have staged a demonstration in Britain to express their resentment over the country’s involvement in the US-led air-strikes against positions of the ISIL Takfiri militants in Iraq.
The demonstrators marched in central London on Saturday, chanting slogans like “Hands off the Middle East, no justice, no peace.” They also held up placards reading “Stop bombing Iraq.”
The march came a day after ISIL terrorists released a grisly video purportedly showing the beheading of British hostage, Alan Henning.
Henning, an English taxi driver, was a member of a group of volunteers that traveled to Syria in December 2013 to distribute food and water to people affected by the country’s war.
According to his co-workers, he was abducted the day after Christmas by masked gunmen.
Britain launched its first air-strikes on positions and assets controlled by the ISIL on September 1; days after the UK parliament approved the use of air raids requested by the Iraqi government.
British anti-war campaigners are worried that the strikes may have a galvanizing effect on the ISIL’s recruitment.
#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) WEST BANK – September 23 – On the morning of 10 August 2014, a soldier shot 10-year-old Palestinian boy Khalil ‘Anati in al-Fawwar Refugee Camp in the West Bank. The boy was rushed in his uncle’s car to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation by B’Tselem field researcher Musa Abu Hashhash revealed that at approximately 9:30 A.M., a white Water Authority jeep drove into the refugee camp, accompanied by two army vehicles.
The white jeep reached a water facility inside the camp and the army vehicles stopped nearby, at two different locations close to the camp’s main road.
Some five boys and youths, including Khalil ‘Anati, threw stones at one of the army vehicles from alleys leading off the main road.
Some ten minutes later, the white jeep drove out of the camp, followed by the army vehicles.
One of the military vehicles had parked facing the centre of the camp and turned around close to one of the alleys from which the stones had been thrown. On its way out of the camp, the vehicle stopped next to another alley, from which stones had apparently been thrown, too.
The driver opened the door, fired a single shot, and resumed driving. About half a minute later, the second vehicle drove by the same alley without stopping.
The single shot, which was preceded by no warning or use of non-lethal measures, killed 10-year-old ‘Anati. Medical records obtained by B’Tselem show that he was struck by a live bullet that entered his lower back and exited through his thigh.
The video footage and B’Tselem’s investigation indicate that four or five boys and youths were throwing stones from alleys. It is not clear whether stones were thrown at the army vehicle when it stopped at the entrance to the alley where ‘Anati was shot.
However, it is clear that the soldiers were not in mortal danger and therefore were not permitted to use live fire. It is doubtful that the circumstances even merited the use of less injurious means. The shooting that killed ‘Anati was certainly unjustified. Use of live fire in such a context is unlawful, and the circumstances raise the suspicion the soldier aimed directly at the boy.
B’Tselem sent the MPIU all the information it gathered concerning the incident. However, the MAG Corps and the MPIU cannot make do with investigating the soldier who fired the lethal shot: they must investigate the orders given to the soldiers before they entered the camp.
The law enforcement authorities must speedily conclude the investigation, publish its findings and bring those responsible for the killing of 10-year-old Khalil ‘Anati to justice.
#AceWorldNews says that `North Korean’ security chiefs and possibly even the countries supreme leader, Kim Jong-un himself, should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and mass killings bordering on genocide, UN investigators said Monday.
The UN Commission of Inquiry told Kim in a letter they were advising the UN to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC), to ensure any culprits “including possibly yourself” were held accountable,
Reuters reported. North Korea said it “categorically and totally” rejected the investigators’ report.
This may seem a very strange title ,but really it is the word No that is my watchword for this day! This simply means if in your heart you believe you are right, and when everyone, says No to you, do not give up. By accepting their words, you are not using the free-will that God gave us, and by accepting other people are right, when our heart tells us, they are not, we are giving up our right to our free-will, and thus the way we live our life!
The fact is peace is won not by war or violence, but by talking through a solution, to resolve our differences! It is not by agreeing someone is right because, they say so, as this means that they may not be, unless they can prove the reason why!
It is not enough just to say to someone, that they are not in control of their decision, as someone else pulls the strings! As they may have had their free-will curtailed by threat of redundancy, or losing their job! As long as you perform your duties to the best of your ability, either in your job or simply in life, then no-one can, or should be able to persuade you to follow them!
I never ask anyone to believe what l say, but to check out what l write,, and if you disagree say so in a constructive way! But do not say l am wrong, as l will not say you are wrong, but if no compromise can be reached, or a stalemate exists ,just agree to disagree, until the right time presents itself, to take up your shield of truth and the sword of justice and re-enter the fray! By then you will now have a clear mind and an aim, to prove that you can get justice for your cause!
So remember when we cannot make a difference at that time, wait until God is ready and together, you can walk together as all you were waiting for was his understanding to enter your life!