A U.S. judge on Wednesday ordered Martin Shkreli to be jailed while he awaits sentencing for securities fraud, citing a Facebook post in which the former drug company executive nicknamed the “Pharma Bro” offered a $5,000 reward for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair.
U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn said the Sept. 4 post, which prompted a call from the U.S. Secret Service, showed Shkreli posed a danger to the public that warranted revoking his $5 million bail. U.S. prosecutors had moved to jail Shkreli last Thursday.
Shkreli, who earned the nickname “Pharma Bro” for exploits that included increasing to the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, apologized for the post in a letter to Matsumoto on Tuesday, calling it an “awkward attempt at humor or satire.”
Shkreli said in the post, since deleted, that he needed the hair to “confirm the sequences I have,” an apparent reference to genetic testing.
Source: Martin Shkreli ordered jailed for bounty on Hillary Clinton’s hair – Las Vegas Review-Journal
Consumer advocates are concerned about a proposed rate filing from NV Energy because it would raise the fixed monthly service charge by 31 percent. The request was added this month to a June rate filing with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. The fixed monthly charge would increase for all residential non-solar customers from the $12.75 to $16.76.
Source: Proposed NV Energy rate increase raises concern – Las Vegas Review-Journal
What’s important is that regulators will be compelled to help enforce whatever federal action emerges. That means that if Congress fails to act or supports Trump’s plan and DACA ends, the state Gaming Control Board would monitor licensees’ compliance with federal law and penalize them if they fail to uphold it, regardless of what MGM, Caesars or anybody else thinks.
Source: 2 Southern Nevada gaming titans jump on winding down of DACA – Las Vegas Review-Journal
There have been numerous high-profile examples of law enforcement officers killing people after using a questionable, or obviously unjustified, amount of force. Much less attention has been paid, however, to the unwarranted use of force in killing people’s pets, whom many consider to be members of their family, and whose unnecessary deaths cause nearly as much grief and anguish.
The numbers of animals killed during police encounters is shockingly high. The actual number is unknown – there is not even an official accounting of people killed by police, much less animals – but estimates range from several hundred to several thousand per year. The Puppycide Database Project, which bills itself as “the first nationwide database tracking police shootings of animals,” has documented nearly 3,000 such cases over the last several years. Countless others doubtless go unreported.
Sometimes such shootings are justified, such as when a vicious dog charges at a police officer in the line of duty with a clear intent to commit harm. But, far too often, the killings are totally preventable, and sometimes just plain cruel.
Source: Police are shooting a shocking number of people’s pets – Orange County Register
For the second time this year, the federal government tried and failed to convict four men who joined the high-profile Bundy family in its 2014 standoff with federal agents in a dispute over grazing fees for cattle.
A Las Vegas jury acquitted two of the four men on trial, Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart, on all 10 charges against them.
The jury found the other two defendants, Scott Drexler and Eric Parker, not guilty on most charges, but it could not reach verdicts on four charges against Parker and two charges against Drexler. The government has not said whether it plans to retry them.
The verdicts were a remarkable setback for the government in its attempts to prosecute Cliven Bundy, his family and several of their supporters.
A conviction of the Bundys is a major priority for Leftists and the Police State.
Source: Once again, a jury rules in favor of Bundy supporters in their 2014 standoff with federal agents – LA Times
A battle is brewing inside San Jose City Hall to remove a statue some say represents violence and genocide. The San Jose Brown Berets last week launched a petition to remove the Christopher Columbus statue from the City Hall lobby, its home since the East Santa Clara Street building opened in 2005.
“That part of history was written in my people’s blood,” said Peter Ortiz, 27, a labor organizer, trustee at Mount Pleasant Elementary School District and co-chair of the Brown Berets. “Christopher Columbus didn’t just come here with nuts and berries for my ancestors. There was rape and genocide.”
The statue was donated to San Jose in 1958 by the Italian-American community.
Source: San Jose organizers push to remove Christopher Columbus statue from City Hall
Defiant. Freewheeling. Blistering. Those were just a few descriptions of President Trump’s rally in Phoenix last night, a day after he delivered a sobering address on the war in Afghanistan.
In a 76-minute speech, the president suggested a government shutdown could be used to force Democrats to agree to fund a border wall; said he was likely to terminate NAFTA; and hinted he would pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The President saved his greatest criticism for the media, which he blamed for twisting his response to a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va., and accused of “trying to take away our history and heritage.”
Source: Today: Trump Turns Up the Heat in Phoenix – LA Times