Texas Wheeler Dealer Indicted For $8 Billion Ponzi Scheme

UPDATE from The Hill:

President Obama‘s campaign has given to charity a $4,600 campaign donation from fugitive money man R. Allen Stanford, who is accused of $8 billion in fraud.

A former campaign aide said the president’s campaign donated the money to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), announced […]

Ah, Texas Tort Reform – Texas Lawyers, Best of the Worst

Texans For Lawsuit Reform Speaks Out On Plaintiff Bar Scandals Chairman Says Recent Convictions Undermine Public Trust in Civil Justice System AUSTIN, Texas, Jul 14, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX) — Texans for Lawsuit Reform Chairman Richard W. Weekley spoke out on the wave of malfeasance among personal injury trial lawyers, saying recent […]

Guilty Texan Oscar Wyatt Jr. Among Oil For Food Scammers

Oscar Wyatt Jr., 83, founder and former chairman of Coastal Corp. enters Manhattan federal court in the second week of his trial in this October file photo. LOUIS LANZANO: AP

Texas Oilman Handed Year Prison Term

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt Jr. was sentenced to a year in prison […]

Hat Tip: To Russian Bloggers – The Power Of Activism

Russia: Bloggers Expose a Pharmaceutical Scam

Over the past few weeks thousands of Russian bloggers have united to combat a pharmaceutical scam that tried to persuade Russian pensioners to spend around half of their annual pension on a course of Gravikol 21 – ‘anti-arthritis’ drugs that were actually little more than vitamin […]

Just A Sample Of Texas Profiteering Crooks In Action

WACO, Texas — Former Waco Humane Society animal shelter director was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail and five years’ probation for improperly using an agency credit card for personal expenses.

HOUSTON — Texas Southern University‘s former president betrayed the trust of students, officials and the […]

Trial Lawyers Fight Preemptive Rules Against Accountability

Official Washington loves the word “stealth.”

At least that’s how the nation’s trial lawyers view the Bush administration’s increasing use of federal health and safety regulations in defense of manufacturers trying to fend off multimillion-dollar liability claims from consumers in state courts.

The fine print of a 2006 Food and Drug Administration rule […]

Father and Daughter, Craig Family Makes Mark In Idaho

The crimes are not related, maybe. Both surround personal issues. Sexuality and Divorce. Larry certainly believes he is above the law and not accountable for his actions. Shae Howell believes it is her right to break into her ex-husband’s house and trash it. Trash the law … is this a Republican thing? Vandalism […]

The Terror Presidency – Presents Cheney In All His Gory

New Book Details Cheney Lawyer’s Efforts to Expand Executive Power

By Dan Eggen and Peter Baker Washington Post Staff Writers

Vice President Cheney‘s top lawyer pushed relentlessly to expand the powers of the executive branch and repeatedly derailed efforts to obtain congressional approval for aggressive anti-terrorism policies […]

Poorly Trained Troops Have No Clue How To Behave

Documents Show Troops Disregarding Rules

by Ryan Lenz

New documents released Tuesday regarding crimes committed by U.S. soldiers against civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan detail a troubling pattern of troops failing to understand and follow the rules that govern interrogations and deadly actions.

“The simple fact of the matter is interrogation […]

Bush Ability to “Strike Fear” Trumps The Bill Of Rights

House Approves Wiretap Measure White House Bill Boosts Warrantless Surveillance

By Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick Washington Post

The Democratic-controlled House last night approved and sent to President Bush for his signature legislation written by his intelligence advisers to enhance their ability to intercept the electronic communications of foreigners without […]