Facing stiff sentence, Trump advisor Stone seeks new trial

first_imgBut Stone’s supporters recently accused one of the jurors of having been prejudiced against Stone before the trial began.Earlier this week Trump himself tweeted in support of his longtime political advisor.”Now it looks like the foreperson in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias. Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the ‘Justice’ Department,” Trump wrote.The judge in the case, Amy Berman Jackson, told both sides to file their arguments on the motion on Tuesday. Topics : Convicted of lying to Congress Stone, part of Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign, was arrested in January 2019 on charges brought by then-special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation.He was accused of lying in testimony to Congress about acting as an intermediary between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, which released hacked documents that embarrassed rival Hillary Clinton during the White House race. Stone was convicted on all seven counts in November, and was scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20.Stone’s supporters alleged on social media that the head of the jury, Tomeka Hart, had not been truthful about alleged anti-Republican biases when interviewed during jury selection.”This juror should get the same treatment that anyone deemed a Trump supporter would get for committing perjury,” Trump’s son Donald Jr wrote Thursday on Twitter.But the court transcript depicts Hart providing straightforward answers to questions about her political leanings and prior knowledge of the Mueller investigation.It was not clear whether Stone’s lawyers were aware of her social media postings strongly critical of Trump, but she told them she could judge Stone’s case with an open mind.Given a chance by the judge to strike Hart from the jury list, Stone’s defense team accepted her with no objection.In a Facebook post this week Hart, who lives in Tennessee, defended her role.”As foreperson, I made sure we went through every element, of every charge, matching the evidence presented in the case that led us to return a conviction of guilty on all 7 counts,” she wrote.The post is no longer online but was confirmed with Hart by the Daily Memphian newspaper.Furor over Trump tweets Stone’s push for a new trial came after a week of turmoil that shook the Justice Department.On Monday prosecutors recommended a stiff seven-to-nine-year prison term for Stone, saying he threatened a witness in the case and implicitly threatened the judge as well.After Trump called the proposed sentence a “miscarriage of justice” in a late-night tweet and Attorney General Bill Barr intervened for a lighter sentence, the Justice Department attorneys who prosecuted the case resigned in apparent protest.Barr called the sentence proposal “excessive” but denied allegations that he was doing Trump’s bidding and politicizing the justice system.Barr said Stone’s case was a “righteous prosecution” and that he was “happy that he was convicted.”But he also criticized Trump’s comments.”I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me,” Barr said in an interview with ABC News.”I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.”center_img Republican political consultant Roger Stone requested a new trial Friday just days after President Donald Trump’s criticism of his proposed jail sentence sparked an uproar over political influence in the justice system.Six days before he was to be sentenced, Stone filed a motion to the federal district court in Washington for a new trial on charges of lying to Congress and witness intimidation.The motion was sealed so his arguments for a new trial were not clear.last_img read more

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UK roundup: Guinness Peat Group, TPR, PIC, Towers Watson, ABI

first_imgIf the TPR considers the sponsoring employer of a pension scheme is insufficiently resourced, it may issue a financial support direction (FSD) against a fellow group company of the sponsor. This would affect GPG’s plans to return surplus capital to shareholders.In an interim management statement, GPG said the TPR had already found that the Brunel and Staveley scheme sponsors were insufficiently resourced as at 31 December 2011. The regulator is still carrying out work to ascertain whether any of the three sponsoring employers of the Coats Pension Plan may also have been insufficiently resourced at that date.If TPR considers it is reasonable to take action via an FSD, its next step would be to issue a warning notice.The GPG board said it anticipated it would receive such a notice by the end of the current year.It is not clear at this stage what figure the TPR will place on the pension fund deficits, although the 2012 triennial valuation for the Coats Pension Plan showed a funding deficit of £215m.A GPG spokesman said it was also not clear how much money would potentially be needed to tackle the deficits.In other news, the NCR Pension Plan has completed a £670m buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation, covering the benefits of over 5,000 members.The bulk annuity transfer was the result of a “full and thorough tender process” according to Stephen Swinbank, chair of the trustees.The consumer transaction company’s treasurer and vice president John Boudreau added: “The agreement between NCR and the trustees is part of the third phase of NCR’s pension transformation strategy that aims to reduce our global liability and increase recurring free cash flow.”Jay Shah, co-head of origination at PIC, noted that the increase in long-term interest rates, coupled with better returns among many defined benefit funds, meant that both buy-ins and buyouts had become “more affordable”.Towers Watson’s senior consultant Colette Christiansen, who advised the trustee on the transaction, said the deal underscored the benefits of a buy-in if trustees were “willing and able” to act on favourable market conditions.“Despite the concerns about capacity that were raised when some providers left the market, schemes that look serious about transacting have found that pricing is competitive,” she added.Finally, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has launched the first comprehensive review of the UK’s retirement needs.The association said the review would cover individuals’ financial needs and concerns about retirement, how effectively the current state and private pension products cater for retirement needs, and what changes are needed to ensure adequate retirement incomes.The ABI is seeking views and evidence from pensions experts, think-tanks, consumer groups, health organisations, unions and politicians.Huw Evans, director of policy, ABI, said: “It is becoming increasingly clear that we need to consider a new approach to meeting people’s changing retirement needs.“Rising life expectancy, a sustained low interest rate environment and our culture of under-saving means that our current approach to retirement is unlikely to be fit for the future,” he added.Responses should be submitted by 20 December, following which the ABI will conduct a series of workshops early in 2014 with key stakeholders, including consumer groups, to discuss the issues raised.A final report, including recommendations for reform, will be published in spring 2014. Guinness Peat Group (GPG) has warned shareholders that it is likely to be forced by the Pensions Regulator (TPR) to cancel a planned cash distribution, in order to plug deficits in three UK pension funds which it sponsors.The strategic investment holdings group, which is listed in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, has sold off its portfolio of global investments over recent years, raising around £700m (€834m). Half of this amount has already been paid out, through cash payments and share buybacks.GPG meanwhile is to continue as the parent of textile manufacturer Coats.However, TPR has been investigating the Coats Pension Plan, Brunel Holdings Pension Scheme and Staveley Industries Retirement Benefits Scheme in order to ascertain whether to take action over potential underfunding.last_img read more

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Only the president can authorize such a security drill says Kenya’s…

first_imgKenya’s police Inspector General Joseph BoinnetKenya’s Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has denied police involvement in the botched security drill at Strathmore University that left one person dead and 20 students injured.Mr Boinnet said in a press statement that such a security drill could only be authorized by President Uhuru Kenyatta.“Security drill on disaster preparedness is a very highly professional activity and must follow protocol on modalities of authorization,” Mr Boinnet said in a statement.“Activities of this nature calling for rapid deployment and mobilization of specialized security units must only be authorized and be coordinated by the highest security office in the country,” the statement said.The statement also urged institutions to stop undertaking such drills on their own.“We therefore want to dissuade institutions from undertaking such drills on their own. The drills can be undertaken on disaster preparedness but high protocol of authorization must be sought. This must not happen again”This is after it emerged that the OCPD (Officer Commanding Police Division) of Lang’ata area Elijah Mwangi sanctioned the botched security drill at the Strathmore University, Nairobi on Monday without informing his seniors.Detectives from the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) have launched investigations into the botched drill which caught other security agencies unaware and the military almost dispatched soldiers on standby.One of Kenya’s leading newspapers Nation reports that Mr Mwangi was informed by Strathmore University authorities of the planned drill but he neither informed the Nairobi County commander or the Inspector-General’s office.The Inspector General office said investigations are underway to establish the circumstances in which the exercise went wrong resulting into death and injuries.During the drill some students jumped from upper floors of tall buildings, leading to the limb injuries.The drill was conducted near the Student Centre where most students gather before and after classes.Students said those involved in the exercise ‘‘carried real guns’’ and wore attire similar to those used by Al-Shabaab attackers.The learners faulted the University for failing to inform them prior to the drill, saying they would have been better prepared and injuries would have been avoided.Parents of the injured students also said it was wrong for the university to conduct the drill without proper preparations.Most of the injured were rushed to the nearby Nairobi West Hospital and some to Nairobi Hospital. Two of them were placed in the Intensive Care Unit at Nairobi West Hospital.last_img read more

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Indiana College Football

first_imgIt looks like the 3 largest collegiate football teams in Indiana will be very competitive this year.  Notre Dame got off to a good start by routing Temple on Saturday.  The fighting Irish are trying to recover from their disastrous season last year.Both Indiana and Purdue were extremely competitive against highly ranked opponents.  IU still led Ohio State in the 3rd quarter before losing to the Buckeyes.  Purdue led even longer against Louisville before losing late in the 4th quarter of their game.  Both IU and Purdue are under new coaches and showed a lot of enthusiasm.Ball State should have beaten Illinois, but lost by a field goal.  They could be looking at a decent MAC season.last_img

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Pulis to build side round Berahino

first_img “He’s got his whole footballing career in front of him, he’s been given a gift by God and he’s very fortunate. “The most important thing he can do is make the most of it. He has to understand and recognise that to be a professional athlete, and as a good professional athlete, you have to be disciplined, and that’s most probably the way the conversation went.” Pulis is without Jonas Olsson (Achilles) but Joleon Lescott is set to return after being rested for the FA Cup win. Press Association He has been linked with a move away from The Hawthorns and the Baggies have put contract talks on hold. But West Brom have not received any bids for the 21-year-old and Pulis, who replaced Alan Irvine last week, is prepared to mould his new side around the striker. “Oh yeah, he’s a goalscorer,” he said, with Albion a point and a place about the bottom three. “He’s got the technical ability, he’s also got wonderful balance – he can adjust his feet, adjust his body. He’s gifted. “Obviously he’s very clinical when he gets in front of goal. He’s got a great future in front of him, the most important thing is he recognises and realises he’s been given a gift and he makes the most of that. “My initial thing is that he’s certainly got the talent to be a player.” Berahino is due to appear at Runcorn Magistrates Court on January 19 – the day Albion go to Everton – after being charged with drink driving. He has impressed Pulis with his attitude in training, though, and the ex-Stoke and Crystal Palace manager has held talks with the England Under-21 international. “He’s got no dirty slate with me to start with – I’ve just come through the door,” said Pulis. “I’ve been very, very impressed with his training. He’s worked very hard, he’s technically a very good player. Tony Pulis is ready to build his team around Saido Berahino as he prepares West Brom for battle. The Baggies head coach will take charge of struggling Albion for the first time in the Barclays Premier League when they host Hull on Saturday. Berahino has hit 13 goals this season, four in Pulis’ first game in charge in last week’s 7-0 FA Cup win over Gateshead. last_img read more

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MMA Mariners Win Lacrosse Opener

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) admin CASTINE — Christopher Keiley scored six goals and provided four assists as the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners crushed Green Mountain College 20-2 in their lacrosse season opener on Saturday at Ritchie Field. Ryan Williams of the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners checks a Green Mountain College defender during MMA’s lopsided 20-2 season-opening lacrosse win on Saturday at Castine.—MIKE OLESThe Mariners jumped out to an 8-0 first-period lead over the visiting Eagles and led 13-2 at halftime. MMA freshman Andrew Di-Salvo had a strong debut with 10 points, including seven assists. Senior Garret Lake and sophomore Todd Murphy each contributed three goals, and sophomore Wade Mondoux had a goal and three assists. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFreshman goalkeeper Daniel Redmond made eight saves in notching his first collegiate win. For Green Mountain, Chris Wetzel and Thomas Wheeler each scored and goalkeeper Steve Braunius had a busy afternoon with 14 saves on 50 MMA shots. The Mariners were slated to continue their North Atlantic Conference play yesterday (Wednesday), hosting Thomas College, and they will host St. Joseph College on Saturday at 1 p.m. Latest Postscenter_img Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015last_img read more

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Kenya’s Sumgong evades protester to win Olympic marathon

first_imgBy Scott Malone RIO DE JANEIRO,(Reuters)-Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong evaded a protester who leapt onto the Rio marathon course yesterday to become the first woman from her country to win Olympic marathon gold in two hours, 24 minutes and four seconds.Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa claimed silver in 2:24:13 and Ethiopian Mare Dibaba snatched the bronze in 2:24:30.Sumgong, 31, said the man on the course immediately brought to mind memories of the April London Marathon, when she experienced a similar incident.“It brings back memories of London, that’s where my thoughts went back to,” Sumgong said. “I was like scared, maybe I’m in trouble.”It was not immediately clear if the man, who went head over heels over a metal barrier, had been arrested or what his motive had been.At the Athens Olympics in 2004, defrocked Irish priest Neil Horan tackled Brazil’s Vanderlei de Lima near the finish, knocking him out of the lead. The bronze medalist lit the Olympic cauldron at Rio’s opening ceremony on Aug. 5.Sumgong, 31, bided her time throughout the race, staying with the leading pack and not moving ahead until the end.“I had prepared that I would move out at kilometer 35 and my body was responding very well, as well as my movement,” Sumgong told reporters after crossing the line at Rio’s Sambadrome, the parade ground where brightly costumed samba schools perform during the city’s annual Carnival celebration. “At the 40 kilometer I knew the gold was mine.”“It was very hot but everybody had to get through the heat. I had to control my body and listen to my body very carefully,” Sumgong said.Belarusian Volha Mazuronak, 27, shook up the pack halfway through, taking the lead and briefly pulling ahead of the lead group.The move pushed the pace, stringing out what had been a lead pack of more than two dozen runners, causing some to drop back.It was the first in a series of attacks by the first-time Olympian, who was ultimately unable to sustain the pace and was dropped by the leaders in the closing stages before finishing fifth in 2:24:48.last_img read more

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Top seed Kerber knocked out of French Open

first_imgBy John StonestreetPARIS,(Reuters)-World number one Angelique Kerber’s nightmare season hit a new low on Sunday when, with expectations weighing heavily after a stellar 2016, she was dumped out of the French Open 6-2 6-2 by 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova.The German became the first top seeded woman to lose in the opening round of the French Open since the sport turned professional in 1968 — and the disparity between the players in her Russian opponent’s favour was as wide as the scoreline suggests.Cutting a troubled figure on court a world away from the feisty baseliner who last season battled her way to two grand slam titles, Kerber lacked the pace and power to trouble her fellow left-hander.Kerber, 29, has struggled this year, withdrawing from the Madrid Open with a thigh injury and going down in straight sets to qualifier Anna Kontaveit in Rome.But Sunday’s setback – albeit on a surface for which she has no great affection, having made an opening-round exit in Paris last year – threatens to leave her season in tatters.That picture offers the starkest of contrasts with a spectacular 2016 that also brought her major wins in the Australian and U.S. Opens.“Last year it was a completely different year. I mean, the pressure is always there,” she told a news conference.“This year the expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments… and the expectations are also from me really big, of course, because I know what I can do.”The German will be happy to leave Roland Garros behind, and hope to rediscover a game in which several cylinders are misfiring in time for Wimbledon, where she finished runner-up last year.“Right now I think that I have to find to myself again and just trying to forgot the claycourt season as soon as possible,” she said.Makarova – who had won four of her previous 11 encounters with Kerber – was making her first singles appearance on the Philippe Chatrier centre court as well as fighting against history.But, arriving at Roland Garros high on confidence after having beaten Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova on clay this year, she held her nerve to close out the match in a final game that featured five deuce points.“I was also fighting with my emotions not to wait for a mistake (by Kerber),” she said courtside.The Russian had imposed herself early in the first set, hitting a series of blistering forehand winners down both wings that Kerber often struggled to reach.After briefly threatening a recovery in the eighth game, in which she held two break points, Kerber meekly surrendered the first set with a forehand that never looked like clearing the net.The German dropped serve in the next game, with Makarova hitting another four clean forehand winners to consolidate her hold on the match.last_img read more

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Badgers look for IU sweep

first_imgSenior guard Jason Bohannon and the Badgers are not taking the Hoosiers lightly as they travel south to Bloomington Thursday.[/media-credit]Heading down to Indiana, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team faces a must-win game Thursday if it is to fulfill a preseason goal.No, not to win the Big Ten title — although this game is absolutely crucial for any chance of accomplishing that for the third time in Bo Ryan’s career — but to reach a .500 record in road games this season.Currently sitting at 3-5 for true road games this season, the Badgers have two contests left to even up the left column with the right.While a goal of .500 may seem underwhelming on the surface, Ryan believes winning as many as you lose away from home is a strong achievement in any year.“[The road] has plagued everybody, it always has, it always will, so we are no different,” Ryan said. “We don’t obsess about it. If you can come anywhere close to .500 on the road over a long period of time, anyone will tell you that is hard to do.”The Hoosiers have gone 2-5 at home in conference play this season and have lost their last eight Big Ten games. Making the struggles worse, IU has fallen by an average of 14.6 points per game during the losing streak.With a 9-17 record for the year, Indiana has struggled both offensively — only Verdell Jones III and Christian Watford average double-digit points — and defensively, where the Hoosiers give up 70 points per game in the walk-it-up Big Ten.Still, the Badgers know anything is possible on the road, and per usual, are preparing in the same vein as always.“Anytime you are going to an opponent’s home court, you know it is going to be a tough game,” Bohannon said. “They are a very tough team at home… when they get hot, they are as good as anyone.”Against the smaller Hoosiers, the Badgers could have success inside working the ball to the recently reactivated Jon Leuer.The junior forward struggled in his first game out, shooting a poor 2-for-12 in a loss at Minnesota. Leuer responded with a much more efficient game against Northwestern last Sunday, finishing with 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting and three crucial blocks.Although many believe the Badgers will make a concerted effort to force-feed Leuer in the post, Bohannon says nothing will change with the return of their most effective interior player.Wherever shots open up, that is where the Wisconsin offense will go.“I don’t see any reason why we would want to change our mindset or anything,” Bohannon said. “We have been successful the way we have been playing… we still want to get the ball in the post, and maybe we haven’t done that as well as we should, but we are still keeping the same keys as in the past.”One of the most successful parts of the Badger offense in recent games has been the emergence of Bohannon as a go-to offensive threat.Portrayed for much of his career as a spot up shooter, Bohannon has been much more effective with the ball in his hands this season. Starting with the win over Michigan State, Bohannon has been on a tear for perhaps the best six-game stretch in his career, averaging 19.5 points per game and shooting over 50 percent from the field in every contest.Besides a surge of confidence, Bohannon’s success can be credited to developing a pull-up jumper, making him a more dynamic threat to guard.“I think J-Bo realized if he doesn’t have one of those he is in trouble,” Ryan said of Bohannon’s step back jumper. “When is the last time you saw him blow by somebody? He knows that — I’m not being critical, I’m just a realist — good players keep working on the next move. Good offensive players always find a counter.”last_img read more

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Another road trip features Cal, Stanford

first_imgThe nomadic No. 5 USC men’s tennis team begins on another road trip this weekend with a match today against conference opponent No. 15 California and a Saturday match at No. 14 Stanford.Strong pair · Freshman JT Sundling teamed with senior Robert Farah to capture a relatively easy 8-4 doubles victory last weekend. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan Interestingly, these matches do not count toward the official Pac-10 record because each team only plays each of the other six Pac-10 men’s tennis teams once during the conference season.Both the Golden Bears (7-1, 0-0) and Cardinal (7-2, 0-0) will play at Marks Stadium for their official Pac-10 matches in the beginning of April.This fact does not diminish the importance of these clashes for USC (10-1, 0-0).“It’s super important to keep everyone going in the right direction against two top-15 teams on the road,” USC coach Peter Smith said.Cal is coming off a come-from-behind 4-3 victory at Stanford, which helped the Golden Bears land the No. 15 ranking. Along with the ranking, Cal’s No. 111 freshman Christoffer Konigsfeldt was recognized as last week’s     Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for his effort in the clinching match against Stanford.The Golden Bears also have two other ranked singles players — in addition to Konigsfeldt — along with two ranked doubles teams.The Cardinal also boasts some highly ranked players and will start with the familiar No. 2 duo of Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn.No. 26 Alex Clayton and Richard Wire comprise another strong doubles team for Stanford. Klanh and Clayton are also ranked in the top 35 in singles.Earlier this semester, USC sophomore Daniel Nguyen and senior Jason McNaughton defeated Thacher and Klahn at the Sherwood Cup in January.Playing a stretch of three straight road matches against the upper echelon of the Pac-10 — USC plays at No. 7 UCLA on Wednesday — might be demanding in the present, but it can turn out to be an advantage in the long run.“Playing away at Cal, Stanford and UCLA is not ideal, but we get them at home at the end of the year,” said sophomore Steve Johnson.The last time USC played matches on back-to-back days Johnson’s recurring back stiffness affected the lineup and the team’s overall play at the ITA Indoor Championships, but he does not foresee an issue this time around.“I don’t think so; I’ve played back to back matches many times before,” Johnson said regarding his back injury. “It’s nothing out of the ordinary.”The Trojans have recently built some momentum heading into this weekend’s road trip. A successful trip up to the Bay Area will create more momentum that could carry the Trojans a long way.last_img read more

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