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A great deal more information is now emerging about the struggles between former Kansas City U.S. Attorney Tom Graves and main Justice, all of which leaves one puzzling about which side of the law enforcement divide is occupied by main Justice. It seems Graves had constant difficulties with the Civil Rights Division–Graves wanted to prosecute a cross-burning case (exactly the sort of thing that the Civil Rights Division was involved in, back in the old days when its concern was protecting, instead of suppressing, civil rights), but main Justice objected. Kansas City’s KMBC TV reports:
Graves told Mahoney that things got particularly bad after a cross-burning case. From the Graves interview and draft provided to Mahoney: “Graves wrote this memo after an angry phone call with the “acting head of the civil rights division, Alex Acosta.” Graves said he hung up on Acosta and 2 days later wrote him this memo:
“I am unwilling to negotiate (within Dept. of Justice) to eviscerate and weaken this agreement”. Graves said that friends in the department warned him at the time that kind of action could hurt his career. Graves said he also had trouble over Robert Courtney, a local pharmacist who was convicted diluting Cancer drugs. Graves said he wanted to sieze $10 million dollars from Courtney and give it to the victims. And when Washington balked, he said “I got angry.” Telling them, “I am not the US Attorney for Washington, I am the US Attorney for western Missouri.”
So main Justice intervened to stop civil rights enforcement actions, to support a medicare fraudster and to pressure Graves to bring a fraudulent voter fraud action – which he ultimately refused to sign. And after all this friction, Graves was dismissed and Acosta’s deputy, Bradley Schlozman, was sent to Kansas City in his place. This provides much more grist for the hearing with Mr. Schlozman, scheduled for May 15. Or at least it was . . .
Former Kansas City U.S. Attorney Bradley Schlozman writes to advise the Senate Judiciary Committee that he can’t appear at the hearing scheduled for May 15 because he will be on vacation. The obstruction continues.
More from Scott Horton:
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Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Flor Arely Sánchez had been in bed with a fever and pains throughout her body for three days when a July thunderstorm broke over the mountainside. She got nervous when bolts of light flashed in the sky. Lightning strikes the San Julián region of western El Salvador several times a year, and her neighbors fear storms more than they fear the march of diseases — first dengue, then chikungunya, now Zika. Flor worried about a lot of things, since she was pregnant.
Late in the afternoon, when the pains had somewhat eased, Flor thought she might go to a dammed-up bit of the river near her house to bathe. She is thirty-five and has lived in the same place all her life, where wrinkled hills are planted with corn, beans, and fruit trees. She took a towel and soap and walked out into the rain. Halfway to the river, the pains returned and overcame her. The next thing Flor remembers, she was in a room she didn’t recognize, unable to move. As she soon discovered, she was in a hospital, her ankle cuffed to the bed, and she was being investigated for abortion.
Average amount the company paid each of its 140 top executives last year:
Between one fifth and one half of England’s leisure horses are obese.
Scientists in the Galápagos Islands credited an endangered giant tortoise named Diego with saving his species by fathering more than 800 offspring.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”