Served up by Corrupt Officials and Organized Crime?
INDEFENSIBLE: Attorney Mickey Sherman (left) allegedly ripped off his infamous client, Michael Skakel (right).
Even corrupt organizations need a cleansing once in a while. When there is too much corruption and bribe taking, there needs to be faces and names posted in newspapers to distract the public. If they don’t choose, the choices aren’t their own. So who is being served up, and why? Are Organized Crime figures, their Judicial Branch and Politician friends, and corporate raider cronies mostly in the Fairfield Co. area of Connecticut getting a little nervous that their NYC and Boston operations will be exposed? Are they serving up names to redirect the heat? How are Lieberman and the White House involved? What are "bagmen" really up to?
From the New York Post:
SKAKEL LAWYER UNDER PROBE IN TAX RACKET
SHERMAN MAY OWE THE IRS BIG BUCKS
By DAN MANGAN
January 6, 2007 -- Celebrity defense attorney Mickey Sherman is under federal criminal investigation for failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars of income, The Post has learned.
The Connecticut attorney's tax woes led him to botch the murder case against his most infamous client, Michael Skakel, because he kept the money meant to investigate his client's "innocence," Skakel's new lawyers charge.
Hope Seeley, the convicted killer's current lawyer, says she will cite Sherman's shocking financial situation in legal papers seeking to spring the Kennedy cousin from prison.
"Due to the financial pressures placed on Sherman, which included federal tax liabilities, he did not do certain investigations, he did not hire certain experts" that could have helped acquit Skakel in 2002, Seeley wrote.
Skakel is serving 20 years to life in prison.
The bombshell allegations come at a particularly vulnerable time for the high-flying criminal attorney.
A Connecticut legal oversight panel has begun weighing ethics charges involving allegations that he overcharged another criminal defendant, NYU con man Hakan Yalincak.
He's also accused of mishandling Yalincak's money and later paying him back some of his fees in exchange for him dropping the ethical grievance.
Sherman yesterday strongly denied the allegations and said he'll be exonerated by the Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee - which has the power to discipline him.
"When you're in this business, these are the speed bumps," he said.
He denied that he's under federal investigation. But three well-placed sources confirmed the existence of the probe and Sherman has hired a high-powered criminal defense lawyer to represent him.
Federal prosecutors in Connecticut declined to comment.
Asked about Skakel's plans to accuse him of improperly pocketing money, Sherman said, "They can allege whatever they want . . . I'm not concerned about that issue."
Sherman's tax problems go back almost a decade. In the late 1990s, the Internal Revenue Service and the state tax department placed a total of $250,000 in liens against Sherman's Stamford home.
In September, a local ethics oversight panel found that there was probable cause to believe Sherman committed ethical violations against Yalincak, a 22-year-old former NYU student who has pleaded guilty to scamming hedge fund investors out of an estimated $7 million.
The panel said, among other things, that Sherman failed to justify the "extraordinary" fee of up to $185,000 from Yalincak, and tried to negotiate away the grievance by paying the con man $50,000 from that money.
Yalincak, who is scheduled to be sentenced in Connecticut federal court next month, was released yesterday on a more than $2 million bond so that he could spend time with his swindler mother, Ayfer, who is said to be suffering from cancer.
She also is awaiting sentencing on related charges.
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[click here] for another blogger's post on Phillip Russel
What do these three elected officials have to do with the unseemly indictment of Phillip Russell by the United States Government for Obstruction of Justice?
Why they are "law makers" of course. The Three Amigos: Lieberman, Larson and Dodd.
Lest we forget, before every criminal trial the judge is supposed to explain to the jury that an indictment is merely a piece of paper; that is should have no influence on the jury's view of the case. In other words, a wiley prosecutor can bring charges through an indictment about as easily as ordering a Big Mac at McDonald's. And often what looked good when you ordered, gives you indigestion later on. So too with the career crushing attempt by Federal Prosecutors to bag yet another criminal defense attorney.
The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Kevin O'Connor, whose office never comments on an open case, broke his own rule by stating in the Greenwich Time:
"The exploitation of children is a serious offense that this office will fully prosecute...Those who possess child pornography or hinder the prosecution of those who do by destroying evidence and impeding investigations will be prosecuted, particularly when the obstructionists are attorneys and officers of the court."
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Excerpts from [this post] on Skull and Bones:
They are also given exclusive access to the Skull and Bones island, a lush retreat built for millionaires, with a lavish mansion and a bevy of women at the members’ disposal. The influence of the cabal begins at Yale, where Skull and Bones has appropriated university funds for its own use, leaving the school virtually impoverished.
Skull and Bones’ corporate shell, the Russell Trust Association, owns nearly all of the university’s real estate, as well as most of the land in Connecticut.
The society discriminates against minorities and fought for slavery; indeed eight out of twelve of Yale’s residential colleges are named for slave owners while none are named for abolitionists.
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Wiseguys and Presidents are only more brazen today.
The Pardon of Angelo 'Gyp' DeCarlo
Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo was a caporegime, or captain, of New York's Genovese family. DeCarlo was called "a methodical gangland executioner" in FBI files. This assessment was upheld by the 1970 release of transcripts of the electronic surveillance of Sam "The Plumber" Decavalcante and by the testimony of mob defector Gerald Zelmanowitz.
By this time Sinatra was very close to both President Nixon and Vice-President Agnew. Nixon, of course, was in need of money for his re-election campaign. According to the FBI files, Sinatra made a $100,000 cash contribution to Maurice Stans. Peter Malatesta, a member of Agnew's staff and close friend of Sinatra, contacted John Dean and asked for a presidential pardon for DeCarlo.
Sinatra made another payment of $50,000 in December 1972, and two days later DeCarlo was pardoned. The grounds for the pardon were that DeCarlo was terminally ill, but according to Newsweek and FBI files, DeCarlo was soon "back at his old rackets, boasting that his connections with Sinatra freed him."
In the late 1960s Sinatra took on the role of an organized-crime icon. The top hoodlums of whatever city he appeared in heavily attended his concerts. Among the people who attended his performances regularly were Santos Traficante Jr., boss of Florida, Carlos Marcello, boss of New Orleans, Frank Piccolo, Gambino farmily capo in Connecticut, Frank Balistieri, boss of Milwaukee, as well as a host of lesser mobsters. [more]
Family and friends of the original "guys" are in government, investigative positions, police, and back rooms of the courts. The original Irish, Italian, and Jewish Mafia have morphed into one big official power base that includes elected officials. Everything is now much more loosely based and connected. If you want someone hurt, killed, or railroaded to prison, you mention to "friends" how that person makes you angry and you'd like him or her to stop. No money changes hands, usually, but favors and associations pay handsomely. If you have a judge "friend", you can get someone off, or toasted.
Examining a "mini" or "cell" organization would show how the systems work in towns, cities, then to the state level, and then nationally. The Norwich and/or other Court Districts are allegedly sports betting hubs. Sports betting involves organized crime. Officials and others that owe can be asked for "favors" in return. You can get records expunged, or "accidentally deleted", you can get an ex toasted, or you name it. Are prosecutors, judges, and attorneys in private rooms playing a "version" of poker that decides defendant's fates? Are they having private parties where they discuss "shop"?
Drug Lords help dirty cops launder their money and are a source for steroids. Officers have their own gangs, some recruit "teen informants" as street soldiers. International Human Trafficking, prostitution, gambling, loan sharking, drug dealing, and other rackets are allegedly run by high ranking Connecticut State Police Officers, a few judges, and possibly even prosecutors. DCF workers and others are often used as "buffers" to put orders out to operatives and street thugs.
"Informant Money" is too often the "gambling and whoring" money that Connecticut State Police Officers spend like water. Rather than try to explain unexplainable hundreds of thousands in cash, one of the latest Connecticut State Police Officer murder/suicides probably occurred to protect other officers, prosecutors, judges, elected officials, and members of DCF from having their rackets exposed. RICO should be used to close Official Connecticut down until it is cleaned up and organized crime figures and dirty politicians are locked up.
The problem is where do you stop?
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Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland is known as "Johnny" to both Presidents, Bush. [click here] for a post on Rowland's scam with Organized Crime to franchise "Kiddie Max" Prisons for children to defraud Federal Taxpayers. Most of the abuse never sees ink, but too many dirtbags are cashing big checks at your expense. If half of all tax dollars go to "defense" how much goes to corrupt dirtbags?
Putting as many people in prison and building more and more adult prisons is only one of the scams made to make the rich richer at your expense. Those in power don't want to give up the lifestyles of the rich and famous even though the Industrial Base is shrinking. They're out to suck your blood.
Bond money is to be paid back by taxpayers on State Projects. As much as 12% can be paid out as interest on bond money. Judges might have an inside track and allegedly invest heavily in bonds. Organized Crime can get their money before any projects even begin. ALL Connecticut judges, prosecutors, and police should have their financial dealings audited. This would vastly reduce the profiteering and taxpayer abuse by officials. Who is bribing who?
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Can elected officials, non-elected officials, prosecutors, police, and judges virtually get away with anything as long as they don't break ranks? [more]
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