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Stephen Jones, famous Oklahoma self-promoter, a 75 year old attorney whose representation of Timothy McVeigh, ended in a Federal execution, just held a press conference in Oklahoma.  During media questioning, he refused to even strongly assert First Amendment rights for his clients, the disgraced racist frat boys.  He produced no lawsuit.  He seemed ill prepared and relatively unenthusiastic about his chances of success at whatever it is he's not really doing.  There is still a top diary here at Kos saying a lawsuit has been filed.  No there hasn't.

Oh, and he lied about the ownership of the frat house and the land on which it sits, claiming the fraternity owned the land.  They don't, the University own both the land and the house.

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Fri Mar 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM PDT

There is no SAE lawsuit against OU

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The local ex-chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, ex-University of Oklahoma, has hired Stephen Jones, no stranger to racist clients, as its attorney.  He hasn't even met with his clients yet at this hour.  No lawsuit has been filed.  Jones is infamous not only for his choice of clients, but for the dubious ethics of his legal tactics, and is roundly hated in Oklahoma. Since there is a top diary saying SAE has filed a lawsuit, I thought it was about time for a factual correction.

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This is just a quick diary to relate something I find almost unbelievable in its scope.  In the last few days, Bob McCulloch released more documents related to the Ferguson investigation.  In the newly released PDF document linked here you can read the interview, on August 21st 2014, of one of the two witnesses labeled "white construction workers," who talked to Mike Brown and Dorian Johnson, then witnessed part of the shooting of Brown by Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department.  If you compare this interview to the later ones released by McCulloch at the time of the grand jury decision, you'll see that the treatment of this witness was far worse in the newly released, original, suppressed interview.  He was basically held incommunicado for quite a long time, and then hounded as if he were a drug dealer.  Join me below the squiggle for my simple conclusion.

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Mon Nov 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM PST

Nixon En Route To St. Louis

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Bloomberg is reporting that McCulloch will hold a press conference this afternoon, and Nixon's plane has taken off from Jefferson City, headed for St. Louis.  It seems likely based on this that a grand jury decision will be announced today.  McCulloch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this weekend, claiming that he had an agreement with the judge to release all of the Grand Jury evidence if Darren Wilson was cleared in the deadly shooting of Mike Brown Jr.  It wasn't true and the judge slapped the story down.

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Check out the "live stream" of the historic Ferguson, Missouri City Council meeting that is going on right now.  There is a line of people outside the building.  No, I didn't send you the wrong link; it is a cheesy 1980s set of graphics that they were playing by default before the Council meeting began.  They don't want you to see what is happening in their "democratic governmental process," so you can't.

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Breaking news here, I expect this is headed straight up the ladder towards the United States Supreme Court. One of the most stunning and political decisions I've ever seen by a judge.

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Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM PST

TL24: Wildstein "Unskewed" GWB Traffic

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I am putting forward a quick diary to speculate about the motive for the GWB lane shutdowns.  Forgive me for the lack of detailed references, but I have read so many pages of PDFs that my head is about to explode.  I will put this as simply as possible:  Christie and his staff, together, were determined that Fort Lee not be the recipient of a planned development project whose general goal was to improve traffic flow into New York.  Christie was so bothered by this that he even put forward an opinion that Fort Lee gets a disproportionate share of the entry lanes under the current setup.  A legitimate traffic study, involving simply cameras counting cars and no lane changes, was officially planned for September 2013, through proper channels, which would help determine fairly and scientifically whether this was true or not.  In response David Wildstein's completely rogue "TL24" plan was hatched, unknown to the legitimate traffic study staff.  Wildstein's "test," sprung at the last possible minute, involved shutting off 2 of 3 Fort Lee's lanes.  Its purpose: slow down traffic from Fort Lee and create distorted results in the real traffic study, falsely indicating that Fort Lee didn't need the new development project, and therefore that it should be built elsewhere.  Somewhere not so heavily represented Democratic state legislators, or perhaps somewhere where his cronies would get a bigger slice of the construction money.

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With this news, the Presidential aspirations of Chris Christie are finished. The entire fight starting with the release of the "time for some traffic problems" e-mail, the press conference, and everything else that happened in New Jersey was actually about swaying Prieto one way or another on the decision he was going to make as incoming Speaker.  Now it's over.  

The incoming Assembly speaker says he'll call a special session next week to renew the subpoena power of the panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures.
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Too incredibly deceptive and cowardly to even describe.  I am at a loss for words.  The vote is early tomorrow morning.

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This is a brief diaryjust to break the news, this is a rare instance of a corporation pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Before she ruled, U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance heard testimony from relatives of 11 workers who died when BP's blown-out Macondo well triggered an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and started the spill.

BP agreed in November to plead guilty to charges involving the workers' deaths and for lying to Congress about the size of the spill from its broken well, which spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil. Much of it ended up in the Gulf and soiled the shorelines of several states. The company could have withdrawn from the agreement if Vance had rejected it.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM PST

Obama Won On ACA After All

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Did anyone notice that Jan Brewer has accepted expanded Medicaid for Arizona?  Why would she do this and not join the other hardcore refusenik governors like Rick Perry of Texas and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma?  Here is a blog article explaining the situation and here is more from the Washington Post.  After the jump I'll summarize.

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Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:12 PM PST

They're Going For a Florida Recount.

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Right now, Miami-Dade workers are still counting ballots in Florida, by hand.  Why is this happening?  It's easy to see that even if Florida were flipped for Romney, which won't happen, that Barack Obama would still have 303 electoral votes.  He doesn't need Florida's electors to be re-elected to the Presidency.  Follow me past the hanging chad and I'll tell you why.

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