KERRI KALEY was a sales representative for a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. She and some of her colleagues sometimes received excess or outdated medical devices from their clients, which they then sold, splitting the proceeds among themselves. The government believed this amounted to theft, and in 2007 Ms Kaley, her husband and Jennifer Gruenstrass were indicted on charges of stealing medical equipment. They contended that their conduct was not criminal, because the material in question was unwanted. Still, they prepared for a long fight; to pay for their legal defence the Kaleys borrowed $500,000. That defence worked well for Ms Gruenstrass: a jury voted to acquit her on all charges in less than three hours after the prosecution could find not a single witness who claimed ownership of the material in question. Things went less smoothly for the Kaleys. After they were charged, prosecutors obtained an order freezing more than $2m of their assets, including the $500,000 they borrowed for their legal defence, claiming those assets constituted “proceeds” of the alleged crimes.
This is a procedure known as “civil-asset forfeiture”. Unlike criminal forfeiture, in which prosecutors seize the proceeds of criminal activity as punishment for a crime, civil-asset forfeiture does not require a conviction or even a criminal charge:
Read more by J. F. at Economist.com
NY Times reports on Paul Revere, April 18, 1773
Confusing Individual Responsibility With Statist Tyranny
In this Holy Week of Easter, one of the socialist communiqués destined for my “Know Thy Enemy” email folder was a promotion for a new “award-winning” film, “Jesus was a Commie.” The film was described as “an avant-garde conversation about critical social issues,” and it supports the errant pop-thesis that Jesus advocated socialism.
As absurd as that title is, liberal atheists and too many well-meaning but chronically nescient Christians regularly assert that the communist doctrines of Karl Marx equate with the teachings of Jesus Christ — that the central message of Christianity supports socialism.
Read more By Mark Alexander at patriotpost.us from Apr. 5, 2012.
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Like all mergers, the proposed $45.2 billion Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable—the largest and second largest cable providers in the nation—has its advocates and critics. There are certainly important questions about what impact the merger would have on consumers—but there are equally significant issues associated with the highly politicized approval process.
The Obama Department of Justice, led by Eric Holder, must review the merger and decide whether to approve or block it. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration and Justice Department have a long track record of pushing the rule of law aside and making decisions based on politics. Will the proposed Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable receive the scrutiny it deserves, or simply be fast-tracked for approval based on politics?
Read more by Kerri Toloczko at Forbes.com
If you tax refund doesn’t show up this year, you might want to blame your parents - even if they’ve been dead for decades!
So far this year, the Treasury Department has intercepted $1.9 billion in tax refunds - $75 million of which is on debts that are more than 10 years old. Some of the money is being collected from the children of the debtors.
Take the case of 58-year-old Mary Grice.
In 1960, when Grice was 4, her father died leaving her mother to raise five young children. Her mother received survivor benefits from Social Security until the the youngest child turned 18. Social Security claims that in 1977, it overpaid someone in the Grice family. It isn’t sure who.
This year, Grice got a letter saying that they were holding her responsible for the $2996 debt incurred under her father’s Social Security number - and seizing her tax refund to pay for it. The government says that its policy is to seek compensation from the oldest sibling and work down through the family until the debt is paid.
Read more by Jeff Wagner at jrn.com/wtmj/
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presented by Dr. Duke Pesta
Franklin Public Library at 9151 W. Loomis Road in Franklin.
Dr. Pesta is an English professor at UW-Oshkosh and Academic Director at FreedomProject Education. He gives a powerful fact filled presentation that is not to be missed. This is a free event, but we will be having a free will offering.
More details to come.
Last week Michigan’s legislature voted and passed a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention. They are the 34th state to do so, and this should trigger the Convention of the States.
Pretty major, yet the MSM is ignoring it.
Read more by PoliticalEars.com
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Featuring Orlando Owens, State Director of African American Outreach for the Republican Party of Wisconsin as our speaker.
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“I see lobbying,” Tony Podesta has said, “as getting information in the hands of people who are making decisions so they can make more informed decisions.” Last week the information Tony Podesta was giving was the divorce complaint he had filed in D.C. Court against his wife Heather. The hands receiving that information belonged to a gossip columnist for the Washington Post, who made the “informed decision” to report on it. Later in the day Heather, who is also a lobbyist, informed the Post the text of her counter-suit. It published a follow-up.
–SNIP– As government expands, extending its reach to every aspect of business, every sector of the economy, private citizens and corporations require sherpas to lead them through the mountains of regulations and tax provisions, to discover exemptions and special favors and other forms of relief or favoritism to improve the bottom line. And who better to act as sherpas than the relatives of the Democrats who impose the regulations and tax provisions in the first place, who better than the lively proprietors of a family business operating in the luxurious and morally uncomplicated world of the caste of limousine liberals who dominate politics, culture, news, and finance.
Corporations give to Democratic politicians, avoiding the scrutiny of liberal attack dogs in the media and nonprofit sectors, and enjoying the ego boost that comes with being on the “right side of history.” Then those corporations hire the Podestas to get them out of the Rube Goldberg traps the Democrats have enacted into law. John’s innovation was to establish a corporate-funded think tank where the burdensome policies would be concocted, and whose staff would go on to man the regulatory agencies that put their wool-headed ideas into practice. And to whom do the corporations turn when they find themselves on the receiving end of all this uplift, all this do-goodery, all this progress, hope, and change? Why, to the man in the red Prada loafers, and to his flamboyantly patterned wife.
Read more by Matthew Continetti at FreeBeacon.com