Fraud Experts Decry Federal Self-Dealing After Ponzi

$3.6 Billion Aftermath

Corporate turn-around expert William Procida and hedge fund founder Thane Ritchie were DC Update guests Sept. 2 on the My Technology Lawyer Radio network as they provided first-hand accounts of federal court irregularities in Minnesota that they claim victimize lenders and investors in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.

During the show, they told co-hosts from the Justice Integrity Project and network founder Scott Draughon about why they’re speaking out against federally orchestrated injustices hurting the fraud victims of Minnesota businessman Thomas J. Petters. The latter’s Ponzi

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Film Alleges Official ‘Fraud’ Against Victims of $3.65 Billion Ponzi Scam

Victims of a massive financial fraud unveiled a documentary Aug. 25 in Minneapolis that portrays federal authorities as helping bankruptcy lawyers and the government feast on dwindling victim assets without adequate protections for fairness.

The Second Fraud, spiked last December from planned showings on four Minnesota TV stations with purchased time, tackles an especially sensitive story in that state: What happened after local financier Thomas Petters caused the estimated $3.65

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Project Shares DOJ Misconduct Revelations & Reform Options With PDA Audience

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) hosted me Aug. 11 on a nationwide conference call to hear about our recent Justice Integrity Project (JIP) revelations about federal law enforcers. Open to the public, the core of the discussion within PDA’s highly active Accountability and Justice Group involved such familiar names as former

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How Did the Media Report Taint

On DOJ’s ‘Political Purge’ & Torture Probers?

Several bloggers and editors promptly followed up on my report in Nieman Watchdog July 26 about the Justice Department’s apparent whitewash of its probe of U.S. attorney firings under George W. Bush. Harper's legal columnist Scott Horton wrote an online column suggesting the revelations further illustrated a whitewash.

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What's Next After Kagan's Confirmation?

Elena KaganThe Senate confirmed Elena Kagan's for the Supreme Court by a 63-37 margin Aug. 5, thus overcoming opposition by all but five Senate Republicans. The Justice Integrity Project announced opposition June 28. 

Our goals didn't rely on vote results. Instead, we wanted to shift debate away from the party-line hokum and horse-race punditry.

Here's our prediction: With the Kagan appointment, we're now seeing the yet another well-credentialed careerist elevated to a lifetime job. 

She'll likely help shift constitutional power further toward an increasingly unaccountable Executive Branch that's vastly different than the Framers envisioned even as amplified by post-Civil War amendments for a slave-free society. The Constitution-makers emphasized the duties of the Senate and House, and the vital congressional role in checks and balances. 

Kagan, 50, a close friend of President Obama and a former top aide to President Clinton, suggests through her writings and other actions that she's comfortable with these dangerous long-term trends.

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Questions raised of prosecutor who cleared Bush officials in purge probe

Before Nora Dannehy was appointed to investigate the Bush U.S. attorney firing scandal, her team of lawyers was found to have illegally suppressed evidence in a major political corruption case. This previously unreported fact calls into question her entire probe. It similarly undercuts the work of her DOJ colleague, John Durham, named first by Bush officials and then continued by the Obama administration, to probe DOJ and CIA decision-making on torture. Read this exclusive report by the Justice Integrity Project via Nieman Watchdog.  

In September 2008, the Bush Justice Department appointed career federal prosecutor Nora Dannehy to investigate allegations that Bush officials in 2006 illegally fired nine U.S. attorneys who wouldn’t politicize official corruption investigations. But just four days before her appointment, a federal appeals court had ruled that a team of prosecutors led by Dannehy illegally suppressed evidence in a major political corruption case in Connecticut.  The prosecutors’ misconduct was so serious that the court vacated seven of the eight convictions in the case. Now, almost two years later, Dannehy has provided arguably the most important blanket exoneration for high-level U.S. criminal targets since President George H.W. Bush pardoned six Iran-Contra criminals after the 1992 Presidential vote.

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