July 29, 2015

Day 210






The following disciplinary notice has been edited in terms of formatting.



THE LAW SOCIETY OF MANITOBA
INCORPORATED 1877



THE LAW SOCIETY OF MANITOBA




NOTICE OF DISBARMENT



TAKE NOTICE that by resolution of a Panel of the Discipline Committee of The Law Society of Manitoba, PETER OTTAVIO JACHETTA was found guilty of professional misconduct and it was ordered that he be disbarred and his name struck from the Rolls of Barristers and Solicitors of the Society.

DATED at the City of Winnipeg, in the Province of Manitoba, this 21st day of July, 2015.


Kristin Dangerfield
Chief Executive Officer

July 28, 2015

Day 209






Man, 68, performs surgery on young teenage girl as part of his fetish

by Wayne Morin

As originally posted on: WorldWide Weird News
July 27, 2015


A man in Florida, was arrested after torturing a young girl for 5 years.

The man used needles and knives to suck fat out of her stomach and injected it into her breasts so they are bigger.

68-year-old Louis Romano Bianculli was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.

According to the police, he physically and sexually abused the girl since she was about 12 years old.

Bianculli used the girl to act out his bizarre fetish by forcing the girl to undergo “surgeries” and “procedures.”

The victim believed that Bianculli would hurt her if she told anyone about the abuse.

Bianculli used a variety of techniques to make the girl unconscious before sexually assaulting her. He is accused of using chloroform, laughing gas and hitting different pressure points on her neck to cause her to pass out.





Sometimes, the abuser would put a plastic bag over the girl’s head to “see how many breaths she could take before she lost consciousness,” according to police.

Bianculli admitted to using chloroform to subdue the girl “15 to 20 times” over a period of three years. The girl still has health problem from being exposed to the chemical.

The victim who is now an adult, told a therapist about the abuse. After a 2-month investigation, Bianculli was arrested. He is being held without bail.

July 25, 2015

Day 206






China Tries Activist Who Supported Hong Kong's Democracy Movement

by Hai Nan et al.

RADIO FREE ASIA
July 23, 2015


An activist from the southern Chinese province of Guangdong stood trial on Thursday for subversion after he showed online support for last year's pro-democracy Occupy Central movement in neighboring Hong Kong.

Ye Xiaozheng, known online by his nickname Humian Yizhou ("A boat on the lake"), stood trial at the Huicheng District People's Court in Guangdong's Huizhou city for "incitement to subvert state power," his lawyer told RFA.

"The authorities gathered a lot of material for this case, to try to prove the material facts of the crimes Ye Xiaozheng is accused of," his lawyer Liu Hao said after the trial.

"But Ye Xiaozheng denied the details as claimed on the charge sheet [relating to subversion]."

Liu said he felt Ye hadn't received a fair trial.

"As his defense lawyers, we felt very sad, as all we could do was make our argument according to the law," Liu said. "We gave it our best shot."

"Now they are gathering the evidence to support these so-called charges."

Online photo triggers arrest

The trial was adjourned at 11.20 a.m. after less than two hours, with a further hearing to be announced later, Ye's wife Zhong Yongmei told RFA.

"The charge sheet named Li Jianjun as the informant who said that Ye had supported Occupy Central, and our lawyer asked for Li Jianjun to appear in court," Zhong said, adding that Ye hadn't contested the fact that he sent out the post.

"He said that the post he is reported to have made was factual," Zhong said, adding: "Now the trial is adjourned, and will continue another day."

She said several of Ye's relatives were allowed to attend in the public gallery.

Ye was formally arrested and charged with subversion in January after posting a photo of himself online during Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement last year, holding a banner saying "Protesting for Freedom" and wearing a T-shirt with the slogan: "When the people fear the government, then there is tyranny."





Initially detained on Dec. 18 by Huizhou police, Ye has complained of being shackled for long periods and being subjected to "harsh interrogation" at the police-run Huizhou Detention Center, rights groups have said.

Ye mentally prepared for jail

A vocal activist who has previously posted online in support of democratic reforms and constitutional government and against official corruption, Ye has said he is "psychologically prepared" to do time in jail.

Elsewhere in Guangdong, which has close cultural ties with the former British colony of Hong Kong, activist Wang Long said he had been warned off trying to attend Ye's trial by police in his hometown of Shenzhen.

"I got a tweet inviting me to go and attend the trial in Huizhou," Wang said. "Not quite half an hour later, the police came to my door."

"It seems that their intelligence reports are very timely," said Wang, who was himself detained on suspicion of "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble" and held for seven months after voicing support online for the Occupy, or Umbrella, movement in Hong Kong.

He said the authorities aren't just targeting activists now, but also anyone who publicly supports them.

"Whether it's the Guangdong provincial authorities going after supporters or citizens who followed the Occupy Central movement, the entire country is getting more and more repressive," said Wang, whose ID card and residence documents have now been confiscated.

"This is big trouble, because you need an ID card to buy train or plane tickets, or to deal with the banks, even to look for a job," Wang said.

"But I have no documents to prove that they forcibly confiscated my ID card and my residence permit," he said.

According to the overseas-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) group, which compiles and translates reports from rights groups inside China, more than 100 mainland activists were detained last year for supporting the Occupy Central campaign, although the majority have since been released.

Chinese officials said the Occupy Central movement, which blocked major highways in the former British colony for 79-days beginning on Sept. 28, was illegal, while official media said it was instigated by "hostile foreign forces" in Hong Kong.

The Occupy movement campaigned for Beijing to withdraw its electoral reform plan, which it says was "fake universal suffrage," and to allow publicly nominated candidates to run for chief executive in 2017.

The city's legislature voted the plan down on June 18 by an embarrassing 28 votes to eight.

Reported by Hai Nan for RFA's Cantonese Service, and by Qiao Long for the Mandarin Service. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie.

July 23, 2015

Day 204






The following disciplinary notice has been edited in terms of formatting.



THE LAW SOCIETY OF MANITOBA
INCORPORATED 1877



THE LAW SOCIETY OF MANITOBA





NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL



TAKE NOTICE that effective July 13, 2015, MICHAEL JOHN LAW has withdrawn from the practice of law pending an investigation into his conduct.

DATED at the City of Winnipeg, in the Province of Manitoba, this 13th day of July, 2015.



C. Kristin Dangerfield
Chief Executive Officer

July 22, 2015

Day 203






Clinton and Bush campaign war chests filled with help of corporate lobbyists

Analysis of FEC documents reveal scale of donations from lobbyists including Walmart and Goldman Sachs, which could pay dividends after the election

by Paul Lewis and Will Tucker

As originally posted: The Guardian
July 16, 2015


Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, the 2016 presidential candidates leading the money race in the Democratic and Republican fields, are amassing fortunes that will leave them politically indebted to some of the most influential lobbyists in Washington.

Disclosures to the Federal Election Commission reveal how lobbyists for Walmart, Chevron, Facebook and Goldman Sachs have been acting as fundraising captains for Clinton and Bush, bundling donations to channel to the two frontrunners.

Lobbyists have long sought to maximise their impact over candidates by pooling donations from their deep-pocketed contacts, often by encouraging them all to make the maximum permitted donation.

A joint analysis of FEC documents by the Guardian and the Center for Responsive Politics reveals that in the current campaign cycle, Clinton and Bush have been the primary beneficiaries of the practice.

Although lobbyist bundlers helped raise only a slice of the two candidates’ overall cash hauls, their support could pay dividends, in terms of access and influence, should either be elected to the White House next year.

Clinton disclosed 40 named lobbyist bundlers who brought in, on average, $54,614. In total, lobbyist bundlers generated more than $2m for her campaign.

Bush revealed the identities of eight lobbyist bundlers, who between them raised $228,400 at an average of $28,550.

Although Bush had fewer lobbyist bundlers, who raised less cash, the figures in his case likely show only the tip of the iceberg. The former Florida governor has opted to make an allied Super Pac – rather than his official campaign fund – the principal recipient of money to back his White House bid.

This information will therefore remain behind a wall of secrecy. Super Pacs, unlike candidates, are not required to release lobbyist bundler names.

The only other candidate who benefited from lobbyist bundlers, according to FEC records, was the Florida senator Marco Rubio, who disclosed three, including one in-house lobbyist from Goldman Sachs.

Clinton cash

The registered lobbyist who bundled the most money for Clinton was Jackson Dunn, who works for K Street lobbying shop FTI Government Affairs. He raised $231,554. In the 1990s, Dunn worked in Bill Clinton’s White House; he now serves clients such as PepsiCo, Mastercard and Dow Chemical.

Another lobbyist playing an important role for Clinton is Tony Podesta, who has made millions from a family based empire and is considered one of the most influential Democratic lobbyists in the Beltway.

His brother, John Podesta, another alumni from Bill Clinton’s White House and a former lobbyist himself, is now Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

In addition to his brother, John Podesta can draw on the support of dozens of other lobbyists bundling donations, such as Andrew Smith, who looks after the interests of the Washington Redskins NFL team and raised $133,350, and Steven Elmendorf, a former Democratic operative who now lobbies for Facebook, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs. He helped pool $141,815.

David Jones, a partner at Capitol Counsel who includes Walmart in his long list of clients and was a member of Clinton’s finance committee in her failed run for the White House in 2008, raised $120,675, the FEC disclosures show.

Clinton amassed an additional $114,775 from inhouse Microsoft, Starbucks and Exxon Mobil lobbyists who collected bundles of donations from associates.

Family connections

The support from lobbyists bundlers comes against the backdrop of Clinton and Bush accumulating large war chests at the expense of mainly rich donors, many of whom are connected to formidable networks of wealthy contacts built by their families over decades in frontline politics.

Those networks are closely entwined with major corporations and their registered representatives in Washington. Bush’s two biggest lobbyist bundlers were William Killmer (who pulled together $36,200) and Dirk Van Dongen ($33,900). They lobby, respectively, for the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Wholesalers.

Bush also counts on the support of Richard Hohlt, who works for Chevron and specialises in tax legislation, and Ignacio Sanchez, a former Rubio supporter who lobbies for Diageo, the drinks conglomerate.

However, Clinton and Bush’s success in tapping up wealthy donors – both lobbyists and the wider pool of wealthy contributors in Wall Street – has not been matched by support from small donors.

Small donations – of $200 or less, which are often made online – fuelled Barack Obama’s early campaign in 2007 and are considered one gauge of grassroots momentum for candidates who can claim to be comparatively free from corporate influence.

In a worrying sign for Clinton and Bush, both struggled to lure this kind support. Less than 17% of Clinton’s overall campaign tally of $47.5m came from people who gave less than $200. For Bush, who has raised $11.4m since announcing his presidential bid last month, the proportion was even smaller: just 3.2%. Indeed, Bush actually gave to his own campaign ($399,720) more than all of his small donors added together ($368,023),

Those figures stand in stark in contrast to candidates like Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who is mounting the most serious challenge to Clinton. He raised an impressive $15.2m mostly from donors giving less than $200, who contributed to more than three-quarters of his overall tally. No candidate did as well as Sanders in generating money from a broad array of small donors – his campaign said he had 284,000 individual donors whose average contribution was just $35.

On the Republican side, Ben Carson and Rand Paul also raised most of their money from a wide base of donors giving less than $200.

The FEC figures, based on filings made by eligible candidates on Wednesday, cover financial activity between 1 April and 30 June.

They are obscured by the fact that Clinton, Bush and all other Republican and Democratic candidates except Sanders, who refuses to have an allied Super Pac, stand to benefit hugely from millions in uncapped donations pouring into allied political action committees.

Clinton’s Super Pac, Priorities USA, has reportedly raised an additional $15.6m. Bush, one of a slew of Republican candidates experimenting with transferring core campaign functions to their Super Pac, will benefit from the staggering $103m raised by Right to Rise.

Taken together, the combined Super Pac and campaign hauls – $63.1m for Clinton and $114.4m for Bush – eclipse the sums raised by their Democratic and Republican rivals.

Official FEC disclosures from Super Pacs, which are not bound by the same transparency laws as campaign funds, will be made public later this month.

  • Will Tucker is a reporter at the Center for Responsive Politics

  • July 20, 2015

    Day 201






    Global One Percent Celebrate at the Bohemian Grove

    by Peter Phillips

    As originally posted on: The Daily Censored
    July 19, 2015


    July 18th 2015 was the first day of this year’s summer camp for the world’s business and political aristocracy and their invited guests. 2,000 to 3,000 men, mostly from the wealthiest global one percent, gather at Bohemian Grove, 70 miles north of San Francisco in California’s Sonoma County—to sit around the campfire and chew the fat—off-the-record—with ex-presidents, corporate leaders and global financiers.

    Speakers this year giving “Lakeside Chats” include past Secretary of Defense and the CIA Leon Panetta, Paul Volcker Jr. former Federal Reserve Chairman, retired Admiral Mike Mullen former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, NYU Law Professor Bryan Stevenson, producer Norman Lear, the founder of AOL Steve Case, and Christopher Hill former US Ambassador to Iraq.

    The Bohemian Grove summer encampments have become one of the most famous private men’s retreats in the world. Club members and several hundred world-class guests gather annually in the last weeks of July to recreate what has been called “the greatest men’s party on earth.” Spanning three weekends, the outdoors event includes lectures, rituals, theater, camp parties, golf, swimming, skeet shooting, politics, sideline business meetings and feasts of food and alcohol.





    One might imagine modern-day aristocrats like Henry Kissinger, the Koch brothers, and Donald Rumsfeld amid a circle of friends sipping cognac and discussing how the “unqualified” masses cannot be trusted to carry out policy, and how elites must set values that can be translated into “standards of authority.”

    Private men’s clubs, like the San Francisco Bohemian Club, have historically represented institutionalized race, gender and class inequality. English gentlemen’s clubs emerged during Great Britain’s empire building period as an exclusive place free of troublesome women, under-classes, and non-whites. Copied in the United States, elite private men’s clubs served the same self-celebration purposes as their English counterparts.

    The San Francisco Bohemian Club was formed in 1872 as a gathering place for newspaper reporters and men of the arts and literature. By the 1880s local businessmen joined the Club in large numbers, quickly making business elites the dominant group. More than 2,500 men are members today. Most are from California, while several hundred originate from some 35 states and a dozen foreign countries. About one-fifth of the members are either directors of one or more of the Fortune 1000 companies, corporate CEOs, top governmental officials (current and former) and/or members of important policy councils or major foundations. The remaining members are mostly regional business/legal elites with a small mix of academics, military officers, artists, or medical doctors.





    Foremost at the Bohemian Grove is an atmosphere of social interaction and networking. You can sit around a campfire with directors of PG&E, or Bank of America. You can shoot skeet with the former secretaries of state and defense, or you can enjoy a sing-along with a Council of Foreign Relations director or a Business Roundtable executive. All of this makes for ample time to develop personal long-lasting connections with powerful influential men.

    On the surface, the Bohemian Grove is a private place where global and regional elites meet for fun and enjoyment. Behind the scene, however, the Bohemian Grove is an American version of building insider ties, consensual understandings, and lasting connections in the service of class solidarity. Ties reinforced at the Grove manifest themselves in global trade meetings, party politics, campaign financing, and top-down corporatism.

    _____________________________________

    Peter Phillips is a Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University and President of Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored. He wrote his dissertation on the Bohemian Club in 1994.

    http://library.sonoma.edu/specialcollections/bohemianclub/

    July 17, 2015

    Day 198





    Former Sheriff's Deputy Takes Plea Deal In Sex Assault Case

    KKTY 11 NEWS
    July 14, 2015


    An 11-year veteran with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has pleaded guilty in a sex assault case.

    In September 2014, a woman told investigators she was driving Timothy Hay home after drinking at a bar. Hay asked her to pull over at a warehouse, where she said he slammed her face into a wall and sexually assaulted her.

    Tuesday, as part of a deal with prosecutors, Hay pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and second-degree criminal trespass. The deal allows the former deputy to avoid going to trial.

    Hay, who joined the department in 2003, was off duty at the time of the assault. He now has to register as a sex offender.

    July 16, 2015

    Day 197






    The following disciplinary case summary has been edited in terms of formatting.



    THE LAW SOCIETY OF MANITOBA
    INCORPORATED 1877




    DISCIPLINE CASE DIGEST
    ____________________________

    Case 14-06

    Member: David Michael Bradley

    Jurisdiction: Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Called to the Bar: June 20, 1991

    Particulars of Charges: Professional Misconduct (4 Counts):

    . Breach of Rule 2.1-1 of the Code of Professional Conduct [integrity] [x2]
    . Breach of Rule 3.2-1 of the Code of Professional Conduct [quality of service]
    . Breach of Rule 7.2-5 of the Rules of The Law Society of Manitoba [duty to lawyers]

    Plea: Guilty

    Date of Hearing: January 13, 2015

    Panel:

    . Garth Smorang, Q.C. (Chair)
    . Lori Ferguson Sain
    . Lorne Gibson (Public Representative)

    Counsel:

    . Darcia A.C. Senft for The Law Society of Manitoba
    . Steve Vincent for the Member

    Disposition:

    . Suspension for a one year period commencing March 1, 2015
    . The member’s practicing certificate be cancelled and subject to the following conditions:
    (i) Must continue to receive counselling for so long as recommended by his psychologist and comply with any treatment prescribed by his psychologist;
    (ii) Must authorize and direct his psychologist to provide to the Society a written report every 4 months confirming he is complying with the above condition; and
    (iii) Upon resumption of active practice, he must practice under supervision for a period of one year by a supervisor approved by the Law Society, with quarterly reports being provided to the Society and any concerns brought to the Society’s immediate attention.
    . Costs of $5,988.00



    ______________________

    Integrity / Quality of Service / Duty to Lawyers
    ______________________

    Facts

    Mr. Bradley was retained by a client with respect to a civil matter. Over a period of approximately ten years, commencing in June 2002, Mr. Bradley misled his clients and opposing counsel on numerous occasions with respect to the status of his clients’ civil matter after filing a Statement of Claim. Mr. Bradley misled his clients by fabricating details of fictitious motions and court orders; he made multiple misleading representations about the causes for delay of the matter; he informed his clients that they had been awarded costs by the court; he repeatedly made representations to his client that he was attending to their matter when he had made no efforts to advance his clients’ position before the Court and with opposing counsel; and he ultimately consented to an order dismissing his clients’ Statement of Claim without his clients’ knowledge while continuing to misrepresent the status of the matter to his clients. Mr. Bradley misled opposing counsel by leading them to believe that his clients knew the status of the case and purporting to be acting on the instructions of his clients when, in fact, he had none.

    Plea

    Mr. Bradley entered a plea of guilty to the charges.

    Decision and Comments

    The Panel of the Discipline Committee found Mr. Bradley guilty of the charges based on his admissions and made a finding that he was guilty of professional misconduct. The Panel expressed its




    view that Mr. Bradley’s behavior in this matter, combined with his previous caution for similar behavior, put him on the “brink of disbarment”. If there were to be any further charges proven in the future against him evidencing similar behavior there would be a serious question about his fitness to practice law.

    Penalty

    The Panel accepted the joint recommendation made by Counsel for the Society and Counsel for Mr. Bradley in respect of an appropriate penalty. The Panel made an order that:

    (a) Mr. Bradley be suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year commencing March 1, 2015;

    (b) Mr. Bradley's practicing certificate be cancelled and subject to the following conditions:

    (i) Mr. Bradley must continue to receive counselling for so long as is recommended by his psychologist and comply with any treatment prescribed by his psychologist;

    (ii) Mr. Bradley must authorize and direct his psychologist to provide to the Society a written report every 4 months confirming that he continues to receive counselling and is complying with any prescribed treatment and immediately provide to the Society a written report if it appears that he is not complying with recommendations regarding counselling or treatment or if he is no longer receiving counselling or treatment; and

    (iii) Upon his resumption of active practice, Mr. Bradley must practice under supervision for a period of one year by a supervisor approved by the Law Society, with quarterly reports being provided to the Society and any concerns being brought to the Society's immediate attention.

    (c) Concurrent with the commencement of his suspension, Mr. Bradley will be required to pay costs to the Society in the amount of $5,988.00 as a contribution towards the costs associated with the investigation, prosecution, and hearing of this matter.

    July 15, 2015

    Day 196





    Police officer rapes 8-year-old daughter of family friend

    by Tanya Malhotra

    As originally posted on: WorldWide Weird News
    July 14, 2015


    A police officer betrayed his friends by raping their daughter.

    Officer Ryan Ramirez of Dallas, Texas, is under investigation for sexual assault after the girl’s family learned of the abuse and reported him to the police.

    The alleged assault involved an 8-year-old girl. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Thursday, that they received a complaint and that they were conducting an investigation.

    Police said that Ramirez, 33, was trusted around the girl as he is a friend of the victim’s family.

    Ramirez was placed on administrative leave from the Dallas Police Department, where he worked in the narcotics unit.

    Ramirez is still a free man. So far, he has not been arrested. The case has been referred to the District Attorney's Office and will be presented to a grand jury.

    July 14, 2015

    Day 195






    CyberBerkut release a video from Senator McCain’s Laptop which alleges IS executions are stage managed

    Video released by Ukranian hackers, CyberBerkut shows that IS beheadings may actually be stage managed

    by Vijay Prabhu

    As originally posted on: TechWorm
    July 12, 2015


    Ukrainian hacktivist group going by the online handle of CyberBerkut have dropped a bombshell. The Islamic State for Iraq and Levant or IS executions are allegedly stage-managed.

    It so happened that Senator John McCain had visited Ukraine on a official visit somewhere in the first week of June 2015. The hacktivists belonging to CyberBerkut somehow managed to access his laptop. This is what they had to say to Senator McCain,

    “We CyberBerkut received at the disposal of the file whose value can not be overstated! Dear Senator McCain! We recommend you next time in foreign travel, and especially on the territory of Ukraine, not to take confidential documents. In one of the devices of your colleagues, we found a lot of interesting things. Something we decided to put: this video should become the property of the international community!”

    According to the hackers, they broke into the laptop of one of the American politicians, Senator McCain and after found a video with staged IS execution, which they decided to show to the world community.




    From the video it can be seen that the entire set including the hostage is stage managed. An actor dressed as an executioner of IS is holding a knife to behead the prisoner, and the “victim” depicts to be suffering.

    It may be recalled that IS have been repeatedly publishing the videos of the executions of hostages and if this video is true, the victims may in fact be alive.

    The authenticity of this video has not been independently verified.

    July 12, 2015

    Day 193






    The following disciplinary notice has been edited in terms of formatting.



    THE LAW SOCIETY OF MANITOBA
    INCORPORATED 1877



    THE LAW SOCIETY OF MANITOBA




    NOTICE



    TAKE NOTICE that by resolution of a Panel of the Discipline Committee of The Law Society of Manitoba, ROBERT FRANK DOOLAN was found guilty of professional misconduct and was disbarred and his name struck from the Rolls of Barristers and Solicitors of the Society.

    TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that ROBERT FRANK DOOLAN filed a Notice of Appeal on January 27, 2015 in the Manitoba Court of Appeal.

    DATED at the City of Winnipeg, in the Province of Manitoba, this 10th day of April, 2015.


    Kristin Dangerfield
    Chief Executive Officer