#SCOTUS justices seemed divided on Mon over a bankruptcy settlement for #PurduePharma that would funnel billions to address the #opioid epidemic in exchange for shielding members of the wealthy #Sackler family from related #civil #lawsuits.
One of the most popular period dramas detailing the life of #Black #Americans throughout the #civil #injustice of the #1960s is #TheHelp. This #drama was adapted from #KathrynStockett’s #novel and is set in #Jackson, #Mississippi, amidst the #civilrightsmovement.
“That a Trump victory next Nov is a coin-toss probability is beginning to sink in.
“#Trump dominates the #RepublicanPrimary. Several polls have him ahead of President Joe #Biden in swing states.… In the primaries, at least, #civil #lawsuits & #criminal prosecutions have only strengthened Trump. …In the next 12 mos a stumble by either candidate could determine the race—& thus upend the world.”
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Trump "and his allies have already started to plot ways for the federal govt to punish his critics & opponents should he win back the #WhiteHouse...
#Trump — who faces 91 charges across 4 #criminal cases — is naming the people he wants to investigate & prosecute, and his associates are drafting plans to potentially invoke the #Insurrection Act on his first day in office, which would allow him to deploy the #military in response to #civil demonstrations."
The world has been shouting it to America
that #Trump was a dangerous #Fascist & one idiot
since before you forcibly elected him #potus
that he was a danger to #Democracy and #freedom
we shouted it to you after #Charlottesville
that he would attempt a #coup
we shouted it to you before the elections
Now we shout to you again
(Also, argh! & for real, that’s not at issue! Why rebut moot arguments? The #fraud in & of itself was DECIDED as a matter-of-#LAW. All this trial is deciding are the remaining 6 counts: 1. falsifying business records 2. #conspiracy to falsify business records 3. issuing false financial stmnts 4. conspiracy to falsify said false financial stmnts 5. insurance fraud 6. conspiracy to commit insurance fraud; + the amount of disgorgement.)
#legal #law #civil #TrumpOrganization #NYAG #TrumpTrial #Trump
Kise: “There's no demonstration of a [connection] between the purported ill-gotten gains & the defendants' (conduct).”
Kise: “The attorney general has converted standard commercial real estate loan transactions into fraud not based on what the bank says but what she says.”
#Trump attorney Chris #Kise argued to NY Supreme Court Justice Arthur #Engoron, that regardless of what was in Trump's #financial statements, they did not make a material difference to bankers who approved #loans to Trump.
Kise says there was no testimony presented at trial by anyone at Trump #lender #DeutscheBank or other lenders that said they would have proceeded differently had they known Trump's accurate financial condition.
#Trump defense begins Mon.
Today, just motions.
1. Trump seeks a “directed verdict;” a ruling saying the AG failed to back up her claims. (doomed)
2. NYAG seeks to bar 3 of 4 Trump experts for relevancy.
*Weisselberg may be recalled.
Also, something that never came up is the very real fact that these hotels, especially the #OPO location lost an enormous amount of money, so much so that #Trump had to constantly put huge amounts of his own money into it just to keep it afloat. So what he made from the sale, he still came out of it at a loss.
The #AllenWeisselberg testimony went very badly, especially because it was reported that he perjured himself on the first day which would violate his release from #jail for his #criminal #TaxFraud conviction.
"Since it's a historic building, there are many many different agencies… I think there were 20+ agencies from which we had to get approval.… It was a labor of love, it was a lot of work…. It was a very special iconic building that I'm really proud to have had the opportunity to work on."
#DeutscheBank’s Vrablic to Ivanka March 8, 2013, re Doral:
"I am SO glad we got to see you & have you show us the new rooms. They look amazing! I have had a wonderful time here & it is really impressive to see what you have accomplished so quickly."
#Ivanka testified that once the financing details had been worked out, all of her attention was devoted to its redevelopment. (not her new baby?) Just the hotel, though. She said the golf course design was all #Trump.
"My father has an affinity for golf.”
#Ivanka testified: "My father had deep & nostalgic love for that particular property." She said #Trump “told stories about going there as a child w/his father…. He had a lot of sentimental affection for the property & a strong feeling that it wasn't living up to its potential, physically." Ivanka also said it had a really nice spa.
Asked about her role in the Doral sale, #Ivanka said: she received a phone call about the sale that was "very inconvenient timing" bc she was "in the hospital, or I was about to be in the hospital" w/her first child.
Ivanka: "I was constantly told by Rosemary & the members of her team how much they appreciated the relationship.”
This goes toward their arg that Deutsche wanted to do business w/ #Trump & didn’t have problems w/the loans.
Great to meet you for lunch last week. It was a pleasure to see your delight in the buildout of your family holdings & your justified pride in having your children in the business."
(Not sure what the relevance is / why trump team entered this particular letter into evidence.)
Ivanka testified that she had nothing to do w/the preparation of Trump's SFCs.
Shortly after he began questioning, #Engoron noted that she'd answered some of their questions in direct.
Atty Chris #Kise complained that >1 min in, the defense was being told to “hurry up” & said: "That is grossly unfair."
#Engoron: "I disagree."
#Ivanka said she didn’t recall the document, or the guarantee.
Ivanka then confirmed that she received payment on the sale of the OPO, but didn't recall the amt.
(Birney testified week1)
Direct examination concluded.
The attachment contained the terms on the $160M #loan amt.
They reviewed the conditions.
Ivanka: “I don't believe so.”
Listing several off, Solomon asked if #Ivanka was familiar w/ them.
Ivanka: “I generally understood that there was a personal guarantee as a condition of the loan as well as other requirements…this level of (specificity) is not something I recall.”
After lunch, #Ivanka Trump returned to the stand.
Ivanka: "My husband is also in real estate, & we have respect for each other."
In a Dec 16, 2011, the #TrumpOrganization’s David Orowitz told #AllenWeisselberg: "Ivanka wanted me to change the language in the #GAAP section. She asked that I review w/you."
Asked if she had any reason to believe Orowitz was inaccurate, Ivanka replied: "No."
#NYAG showed an email from #JaredKushner to #Ivanka on June 17, 2013:
"You can get better pricing for such LTV. Nativixis will give you 140MM at that rate most likely. Show i show it to them?" (sic) (#LTV=Loan to Value)
NYAG asked why she showed such info to #Kushner,
#Kise objected on spousal privilege grounds.
#Engoron decided that was a good time for a lunch break
It is again noted that the GSA was concerned about the financial info on the statements that wasn't in line w/ #GAAP.
#Ivanka: "I recall them asking questions [for] many months, long months after we submitted our (proposal).”
#NYAG: "But you don't recall anything about Donald Trump's statements of financial condition?"
Ivanka: “Outside of what you've shown me now & a year and a half ago, no.”
#Kise: "While there is some contextual latitude...we're asking about things that are well-barred.”
#Engoron: “I agree w/your logic that a certification in 2016 doesn't affect anything about original loan, however (some loans) require as a condition of a loan the #TrumpOrganization or whoever…certify things in the future. I believe those certifications are at issue."
#Ivanka retook the stand.
Engoron to Ivanka: “Sorry to have kept you in the dark.”
In the end he was acquitted - but there was a cooperation deal.
Re the OPO. Real estate firm Colony Capital had planned on financing the deal in part, but backed out.
#Trump atty Cliff Robert: "Objection, statute of limitations, relevance & hearsay.”
Judge #Engoron: "Overruled on all three grounds.”
(FYI, Engoron already ruled against the defense on issues like timeliness, saying claims can be time-barred, not evidence, but Trump's side wants to preserve everything they can for appeal.)
#Ivanka: “Not that I recall.”
NYAG: "Did you ever review [the financial statements] before they were finalized?"
Ivanka: "I don't recall that.”
#Ivanka: "As I had told you a year and a half ago when we spoke, I wasn't involved in his yearly statements of financial condition.”
(from the defense’s perspective, Ivanka's testimony is going well, so far she has been cool, calm, consistent. And isn’t giving anything up.)
Ivanka: "Not that I'm aware of.”
Justice #Engoron responded that he didn’t think that mattered.
#Kise: “We haven't had any questions about those corporate entities.”
Engoron considered it further & said: “It's an interesting question; to what extent the question has to be limited to the grounds of the subpoena?"
#NYAG: "Were you aware that in his statements of financial condition for 2011, Donald Trump represented that his net worth was more than $4 billion?"
"This individual was subpoenaed on behalf of three corp entities, & none of those entities have anything to do w/(the Doral loan).”
The #NYAG, continued to press about whether she thought it was a good deal.
Justice #Engoron: "That could have been a simple yes.”
Ivanka: "I don't recall this proposal.”
The NYAG showed an email from 2011 in which Ivanka references the deal, & says "it doesn't get better than this, let's discuss ASAP."
Solomon asked if that refreshed her memory
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 #NYAG #civil #fraud #TrumpTrial #Ivanka Trump is testifying. She had to follow her father's outrageous, combative & irreverent testimony on Monday, which designed more for the #CourtOfPublicOpinion & #RightWing #media than to convince #NY Supreme Court Justice Arthur #Engoron of anything.
#Trump called the judge a fraud, the NYAG "a political hack" & gave defenses to the AG's claims which were rejected as a matter of law by before trial.
Unlike her father & her brothers #EricTrump & #DonaldTrumpJr, #Ivanka is no longer a defendant in #NYAG #LetitiaJames’ lawsuit. James alleges that #Trump’s asset values were fraudulently pumped up for years on #financial statements that helped him get #loans & #insurance.
#Now it’s #Ivanka Trump’s turn to face questioning in the #civil #fraud #trial that is publicly probing into the family business. #Trump’s eldest daughter, who has been in his inner circle in both #business & #politics, is due on the stand Wed, after trying unsuccessfully to block her #testimony.
It’s believed the NYAG will conclude its presentation of the case this week, ending w/ #Ivanka Trump’s testimony slated for after her father’s.
She appealed the order compelling her testimony several times, & lost every time.
Justice #Engoron already found #Trump liable for “persistent & repeated” #fraud, in addition to #DonaldTrumpJr, #EricTrump, fmr #TrumpOrganization execs #AllenWeisselberg, #JeffMcConney, & several Trump business entities.
Today at the #NewYork Supreme Court in Manhattan, it is an historic day. Donald #Trump is slated to #testify in the #NYAG’s case against him, the #TrumpOrganization, & its execs alleging he #defrauded #banks, #insurers & the #government for decades by lying about his #NetWorth.
The last time testified at a trial was in 2013 per @AP
#TrumpTrial #legal #law #civil #conspiracy #fraud
#Judge Lewis Kaplan, who presided over the #SBF trial, just ordered protective measures for the #jury in Trump's upcoming #EJeanCarroll #civil #trial (aka #Carroll2) due to the “strong likelihood of unwanted media attn to the jurors, #influence attempts, &/or #harassment or #worse by #supporters of Mr. Trump [&/or by Mr. Trump himself.”
Kise, loudly & dripping w/ sarcasm:
“Wow! A record?!? There needs to be a record?!? That's interesting!”
Then a vaudeville hook pulled him offstage (JK)
Proceedings have concluded for the week.
Monday Trump is testifying.
(exasperated) it is “designed to interrupt our ability to put an end to this! If there's something improper between a judge & a clerk passing notes, you should make your motion now”
That’s when Justice #Engoron said he’d issue a written decision on the matter.
Engoron (to Kise): “If you want to make a motion at this point, go ahead & do it. …You've made speeches. You've made observations. …What more of a record do you want?"
Kise tried to use the "two adversaries" line again. (Apparently he’s used it 4X now)
#NYAG: "You intended for this to be accurate?"
Eric: “Yes, I think my father's net worth is far higher.”
#NYAG: "There is a process to follow.. it's making a motion. We're wasting valuable time."
Justice #Engoron says the allegation that he received any complaint is categorically false. (Referring to the tabloid breitbart article)
And finally the #TrumpTrial got underway.
#NYAG lawyer Colleen Faherty specifically focused on the licensing developments on #Trump's #SFC (Statement of Financial Condition) from 2017, she asked #DonaldTrumpJr if he gave the accountants the $246M #valuation attached to the licensing deals.
NYAG: "Did you work on the statement of financial condition for June 30, 2017?"
Jr: "I did not. The accountants worked on it. That's what we paid them to do.”
After that bombshell…,
the #NYAG questioned Jr re some international deals involving business in Azerbaijan, Canada, & the UAE.
NYAG said the deals weren't on the Trump statements of financial condition (SFCs).
#Engoron allowed it.
After that, the #TrumpTrial concluded for the day.
#DonaldTrumpJr. returns to the witness stand in the AM, after that Eric Trump is scheduled.
Jr. said it was after Weisselberg’s #indictment, but that he doesn't know when.
Q: Did you ask him to leave?
A: I did not.
Q: Did your brother ask him to leave?
A: I'm not sure.
Trump Jr said that all decisions for the #TrumpOrg changed to, "Allen Weisselberg, myself & my brother” (#EricTrump; nobody ever remembers #BarronTrump, even his big bro) after Trump was inaugurated in Jan 2017.
Asked who his employer is, #Trump Jr replied: "I believe it's still Trump Payroll Corp”
Asked if he's familiar with rent-stabilization law, Jr says: "I was then. I probably forgot most of it now."
(Money well spent 🙄. #privilege)
(Also EVERYONE/ANYONE who EVER LIVED IN #NYC knows that law)
#legal #law #civil #conspiracy #fraud #TrumpOrganization #NYAG #LetitiaJames #TrumpTrial #RentStabilizationLaw
NYAG: Are you familiar w/an acronym G-A-A-P or “GAAP”?
After a back-and-forth, #DonaldTrumpJr. answers that he knows what it stands for: "generally accepted accounting principles."
Beyond that, he says, "That's what I have CPAs for.
(Besides being flippant, he – or daddy –obviously exchanged something for him to get that Wharton degree, & it wasn’t hours studying.)
Gross; when #DonaldTrumpJr sat down at the defense table to pose w/his attorneys for the media, he said, "I should have worn make-up.”
Colleen Flaherty was the atty from the #NYAG’s office who questioned Trump Jr.
First she questioned him re his background /education, then #GAAP comes back up (see video earlier in thread)
Nothing of note occurred during cross examination of McCarty.
Importantly, McCarty’s #LostInterest calculation, is only ONE exhibit of the whole of his report. Makes you wonder what else there was. I’m sure we’ll find out.
But not today.
(In additional to the amount they have to pay, the trial will determine if Trump et al get barred from ever serving as an officer or director of any NY corp ever again.)
#DonaldTrumpJr is next.
State expert, #MichielMcCarty, testified he conducted an analysis of risk differentials of what the true interest rates would have been if the statements of financial condition accurately stated #Trump's assets.
#NYAG shows exhibit 1 from McCarty’s report, the "Lost Interest Calculation."
Total of #LostInterest: $168,040,168 (yikes)
Properties: Doral, Old Post Office, Chicago & 40 Wall Street (Trump Tower).
The last witness before Trump Jr is #MichielMcCarty, state's expert.
1st he testified to his qualifications as an expert. Then his testimony switched to his report.
The 1st category of his report is “lost interest.”
#Trump has argued that everyone made money on the #loans at issue in the case, but problematically #banks gave the #TrumpOrganization favorable terms based on judicially determined #fraudulent statements of #financial condition.
"I spoke to the credit team on the $50mm request and we are thrilled to consider it for you."
That was it for Orowitz. Direct examination concluded w/no cross.
As prelude for #DonaldTrumpJr, we have #DavidOrowitz, the #TrumpOrganization’s snr VP of acquisitions & development; & #MichielMcCarty, state's expert + chairman & CEO of the investment #bank M.M.Dillon & Co.
First up #Orowitz.
Subject: IMPORTANT: Need to discuss now
Ivanka wanted me to change the language in the GAAP section. She asked that I review with you."
All he knows about #GAAP, is that it stands for “generally accepted accounting principles.”
Anybody want to do business w/this guy?
I've built a civil/solar metric clock for the iPhone. If that sounds intriguing and you'd like to know more, you can check out the post at https://www.olsons.net/projects/multiclock.
If you download and use the app, I'd love any feedback.
The source code's up on GitHub. App is in the App Store. Those links, and lots of history and explanation, in the post.
A separate US #civil #lawsuit accuses the #platform, at the time led by #JackDorsey, of enabling #SaudiArabia’s #HumanRights #abuses against its users. The case comes from the sister of a fmr aid worker, #AbdulrahmanalSadhan, whose anonymous parody account… mocking the country’s govt earned him 20 yrs in #prison. But it connects his fate to a pattern of behavior that includes the kingdom’s installation of #operatives into #Twitter’s ranks to funnel to authorities private info on #dissidents.
It's now law here: I cannot discriminate against you because of your religion, but you can discriminate against me because of your religion. Expand the illegitimate Supreme Court.
#ExpandTheCourt #illegitimate #SCOTUS #SCOTUSisCORRUPT #corrupt #court #LGBTQ #rights #are #human rights #discrimination is #legal for #religious #zealots & #bigots #protections #stripped #legislating #from #the #bench by #definition #US #civil #laws #overturned #bought #judges
Ireland's privacy regulator is a gamekeeper-turned-poacher
#Ireland #privacy #taxhaven #internet #EU #GDPR #internationallaw #European #Europe #irishcouncilforcivilliberties #civil #civilliberties #surveillance #surveillancecapitalism #illegal
...the well-funded, organized, and connected #WomenOfLiberty, as well as the prohibition of books and the defending of public #libraries works to turn back the clock for #US society to at least the time prior to the #CiVil rights movement.
@simon It's also caused by muting and blocking at the individual level (by you of other servers, or of your server by other respondents, or of you by the other people in the thread). Feature, not a #bug. Each person ends up with a feed that reflects the kinds of people that they want in their #Dunbar number.
* Use #mute / #block sparingly.
* have accounts on multiple servers.
* be careful not to offend
This #care and civility makes #Mastodon ... #civil.
This fear of #administrative tasks a lot of people on here share is very foreign to me. Indeed, my career is based on administrative tasks.
One thing that lead to meltdowns and really problematic situations at my work is my disgust of non-efficient tasks and not knowing WHY I do something.
Most of my colleagues never asked themselves these questions. It was always 'it was like this before me'. I #challenge #processes. And in #civil #service it's REALLY frowned upon, when you're lower tier.
Hundreds of thousands of #Civil #servants joined the civil disobedience movement and took their #admin #credentials with them - occasionally kicking out the remaining admins or taking the assets offline to prevent their takeover.
They kept trying though, which makes us fear for the #safety of the admins who may be getting targeted and maybe even tortured for a chance at recovering the priced blue ticked accounts. :verified_flashing:
#introduction political #sociologist from Athens, Greece, work @ the National Centre for Social Research. Topics of interest: #socialmedia, #civil society, social movements, #borders, the #farright. Recent #research social media and the far-right. Editor-in-chief for the open-access Scopus-listed #journal 'The Greek Review of Social Research' ⬇️ #tennis fan
Right, I've finally fired up the web version so it's time to do an #Introduction post. I'm a #middle-aged #British #immigrant to #Germany. Former #teacher, #civil-servant, #hausfrau, currently proving that #ItsNeverTooLate by doing an #internship as a #Frontend #WebDev. Follow me for hot (or not) takes on #code, #DoctorWho, #crochet, #baking, #LordOfTheRings, #RPGs, why Germany is great and/or weird (delete according to mood/weather).
:blobcatcomfywave: Hello peepodons. #introduction v.3.1
I'm on a long duration sick leave for now, but I'm still part of the french #civil #service, I'm a #secretary. I'm going back to work in September and I'm terrified. I'm also on my way to sell my #prints online.