Jussie Smollett Faces Prison, Career Ruin if He Lied About Attack

Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett is facing prison time and the implosion of his career if it turns out he lied about being the target of a hate crime, legal and public relations experts say.“The best thing that Jussie can do is pray and pray a lot,” said Ronn Torossian, founder of 5W Public Relations. “If he made it up, he has big problems in both the court of law and the court of public opinion.”

The “Empire” star claimed he was beaten up on Jan. 29 by two men who used racial and homophobic slurs. Smollett’s co-stars and colleagues on “Empire,” celebrities such as Ellen Page and Zendaya, and public figures such as Sen. Kamala Harris rallied behind the actor, releasing statements of support. However, Smollett’s account is now being challenged, with police investigating whether or not he paid two acquaintances, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, to stage the attack.

Chicago police confirmed on Tuesday that they received a tip from someone claiming to have seen the three men together in an elevator of Smollett’s apartment building on the evening of the attack. However, later in the day, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that the tip was unfounded.

If Smollett falsified a police report, the charge is a Class 4 felony in Illinois, and carries a potential sentence of one to three years in prison. Smollett could also be ordered to pay restitution to compensate for the cost of the Chicago Police Department investigation.

“It’s a very, very, very serious situation,” said Phil Turner, a former federal prosecutor who now works in criminal defense in Chicago. “He’s got some very significant exposure.”

Smollett told police that two men attacked him at 2 a.m., poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. He also claimed they told him that it was “MAGA country,” a reference to Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. Chicago investigators are now seeking to speak with Smollett.

Federal investigators are also probing a threatening letter that was sent to the “Empire” set. The letter included homophobic language and contained a white powder, which was later determined to be a crushed painkiller tablet. Should that letter turn out to be fake, federal prosecutors could also pursue a mail fraud charge, legal experts say.

Andrew Weisberg, a former prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, said Smollett could get probation, assuming that he has a clean record. Update: NBC News reported Tuesday, and Variety confirmed, that Smollett pleaded no contest in 2007 to three misdemeanor counts stemming from a DUI incident in Los Angeles, including one count of giving false information to the police. According to the criminal complaint filed by the L.A. City Attorney’s office, Smollett gave a false name, pretending to be his brother Jake. He was sentenced to three years of probation.

Weisberg also said prosecutors may face pressure not to be lenient.

“It’s a very high-profile case,” he said. “Prosecutors tend to be tougher because everybody’s watching. … I think they may come down hard, in terms of not reducing it to a misdemeanor.”

Steve Greenberg, a Chicago defense attorney, said prosecutors could also file a charge of obstruction of justice. He said it was likely, though, that Smollett would be allowed to plead to a misdemeanor, and not serve jail time.

“They’re not going to ruin a guy’s life over this,” Greenberg said. “People make false reports all the time to the police. They get in a DUI, they call police and say, ‘My car was stolen.’ Ninety percent of the time, even if they’re charged with a felony, those people end up pleading to a misdemeanor.”

Smollett has retained two criminal defense attorneys, Victor Henderson and Todd Pugh. They have denied that Smollett staged the attack, and said he will continue to cooperate.

“His lawyers may be having a psychiatrist examine the guy so they could prepare some kind of psychiatric defense,” Turner said.

Smollett, like celebrity fabulists such as Lance Armstrong and Ryan Lochte, may see endorsement opportunities and roles dry up if he is found to have been untruthful. Public relations experts say he will need to demonstrate that he’s learned a lesson.

“If he made this up, he broke the trust of a lot of his fans,” said Ray Drasnin, founder of Purple Penguin PR. “Say you lied and you’re sorry for that lie. Apologize to the people who have supported you, promise to make it up, and find a cause that’s near and dear to your heart and devote yourself to it.”

Richard Levick, chairman and CEO of LEVICK, said people shouldn’t rush to judgment regarding Smollet and cautioned that there are still, in the words of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, “too many unknown unknowns.” Yet if Smollett did fabricate the attack, Levick says he needs to be more proactive.

“He needs to get ahead of this as much as he can,” he said. “He needs to go see the police. He needs to apologize. He needs to make the announcement about what happened instead of letting the facts leak out. If he lied, there’s no excuse, but there may be some explanation.”

Nancy Pelosi Threatens Nationwide Gun Ban to Teach Trump a Lesson

Nancy Pelosi threatens to confiscate guns nationwide

Nancy Pelosi has threatened a nationwide gun ban in response to President Trump’s national emergency declaration at the southern border.

In a stunning admission of the totalitarian plans the Democrat party have for America, the House Speaker warned that an incoming Democrat president will declare a national emergency on the Second Amendment in retaliation to Trump’s attempts to secure the border.

“The precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans,” Pelosi warned Thursday at a press conference.

“..If the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a president with different values can present to the American people.”

“You want to talk about a national emergency? Let’s talk about today, the one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America,” she continued.

“That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would. But a Democratic president can do that. [A] Democratic president can declare emergencies as well.”

Infowars.com reports: Many mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, advocated repealing the Second Amendment in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting that killed 17.

President Trump rebuked Democrats’ demands for gun control last year, calling on the American people to stay vigilant about their right to bear arms.

“Never believe that your Second Amendment is not under siege.” —President @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/yd1ehmHzH5

— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 11, 2018

But if Democrats win the presidency in 2020, the Second Amendment will once again be under siege.

Nancy Pelosi Threatens Nationwide Gun Ban to Teach Trump a Lesson

 

I LOVE THE USPIS… WHY?

Because, being the lowly ex-mailhandler that I am, “realizes” that “Union” backed hypocrites in the United States Post Office Mail Service and a degenerate 204B on up throughout management:)… have no “Plausible deniability” (Plausible deniability is the ability of people (typically senior officials in a formal or informal chain of command) to deny knowledge of or responsibility for any damnable actions committed by others in an organizational hierarchy because of a lack of evidence that can confirm their participation, even if they were personally involved in or at least willfully ignorant of the actions. In the case that illegal or otherwise disreputable and unpopular activities become public, high-ranking officials may deny any awareness of such acts to insulate themselves and shift blame onto the agents who carried out the acts, as they are confident that their doubters will be unable to prove otherwise. The lack of evidence to the contrary ostensibly makes the denial plausible, that is, credible, although sometimes it merely makes it unactionable. The term typically implies forethought, such as intentionally setting up the conditions to plausibly avoid responsibility for one’s (future) actions or knowledge. In some organizations, legal doctrines such as command responsibility exist to hold major parties responsible for the actions of subordinates involved in heinous acts and nullify any legal protection that their denial of involvement would carry. )…,

but USPIS are the “Bomb,” so to speak – They do their job and they are HIGHLY COMMENDABLE among USPS employees!!!  I know:)  Because I’ve “watched” them as a “mailhandler” on “Scanway Band” (SWYA) – the most “toughest” of all mail handlers’ factories:) (I’m talking lifting packages of 70+ lbs into OTRs on a daily basis – I’m no sissy, but Somoan women are the “QUEENS” to get the work done & with angry “white VET’s” – luv and miss u “J’)  Just saying:))))))  Love KENT, WA. – “Ghost Pepper:)”  I LUV U GUYS ALWAYS!!!!!!

Although, I LOVE the USPS Safety Ambassadors Program, my respects are to none other than Randee (y) (you know who you are of Ever-ett:)).  What an honor!!! to be your student:)  I’ll NEVER forget your loving kindness that TRULY represents to me WHOM the USPS… IS!!!!!!!!!!

I must confess that this article is honorable and as such, I share with all my subscriber’s:)

Thank you Chuck for sharing this with me, even though you had no idea I ‘was” a USPS employee:))))

It is with GREAT honor, I divulge:

John 15:12 – This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

Keep AMERICA GREAT!!!! FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!

Federal Grand Jury Already Convened

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7lyja9JgrA (4:50) Headlines With A Voice 2/19/19
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCnOUt5JxHb7M1EGHUwDGdw/videos https://headlineswithavoice.com/
If the remarkable grassroots journalists at CWBChicago are correct (as they have been all along), Jussie Smollett has more to worry about than making a false police report.  If he was indeed responsible for sending a letter to himself to the Fox Chicago studios where Empire is produced, he activated federal charges that carry hard time.
https://headlineswithavoice.com/2019/02/19/federal-grand-jury-already-convened/
Federal grand jury reportedly already convened, issued multiple subpoenas on Jussie Smollett fake mail threat sent to Fox 1/18/19
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/02/federal_grand_jury_reportedly_already_convened_issued_multiple_subpoenas_on_jussie_smollett_fake_mail_threat_sent_to_fox_11819.html

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Oregon lawmakers seek to lower voting age in state to 16, so teens can ‘protect their future’

Children are our future — and a group of Oregon lawmakers wants the future to be now.

They’re pushing a bill that would amend Oregon’s constitution to lower the voting age in the state from 18 to 16. They hope to put it before voters in 2020.

Younger Oregonians should have “a chance to participate in the ballot — about decisions that affect their homes, their clean air, their future, their schools and, as we’ve seen, their very lives,” Democratic state Sen. Shemia Fagan said at a Monday press conference announcing the measure.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2019/02/oregon-lawmakers-seek-to-lower-voting-age-in-state-to-16-so-teens-can-protect-their-future.html

You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250 for the privilege

DNA FBI

https://patriotrising.com/you-may-soon-have-to-give-your-dna-to-the-state-and-pay-250-for-the-privilege/

Arizona could soon be one of the first states to maintain a massive statewide DNA database.

And if the proposed legislation passes, many people — from parent school volunteers and teachers to real estate agents and foster parents — will have no choice but to give up their DNA.

Under Senate Bill 1475, DNA must be collected from anyone who has to be fingerprinted by the state for a job, to volunteer in certain positions or for a myriad of other reasons.

The bill would even authorize the medical examiner’s office to take DNA from any bodies that come into their possession.

The Department of Public Safety would maintain the collected DNA alongside the person’s name, social security number, date of birth and last known address. 

Any DNA in the database could be accessed and used by law enforcement in a criminal investigation. It could also be shared with other government agencies across the country for licensing, death registration, to identify a missing person or to determine someone’s real name.

It could also be provided to someone conducting “legitimate research.”

$250 fee could be collected from a person who submits biological samples, according to the bill. It’s not clear who would foot the cost for the dead.

No other state does this

No other state has anything this expansive in place, according to David Kaye, an associate dean for research at Penn State University who studies genetics and its application in law.

Kaye said the proposed bill is one step away from requiring DNA from anyone who wants a driver’s license.

Currently in Arizona, DNA is collected from anyone convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor sex crime. If passed, the bill would expand the current database exponentially.

The proposed database appears to be focused on making it easier for law enforcement to use DNA in investigations, but Kaye said it’s not targeting the right people to make a significant impact when it comes to solving cases.

Collecting DNA from the dead could solve some longstanding cold cases, while having DNA from law enforcement volunteers on file might weed out accidental crime scene contamination.

“It doesn’t seem like solving crimes is a big priority here,” Kaye said. “It’s not focusing on the people most likely to be linked to crimes, it’s just spreading the net more broadly.”

There are questions about whether certain requirements of the database are even legal in the first place, Kaye said.

A federal law known as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act bars employers from using DNA testing as a condition of employment.

Connections to Hacienda case

The bill comes weeks after Phoenix police used DNA to tie nurse Nathan Sutherland to the alleged rape and impregnation of a patient at Hacienda HealthCare. Police collected DNA from male employees after the woman unexpectedly gave birth in December.

Nursing-care facility employees — like Sutherland — would have to submit their DNA under the proposed legislation. This could have expedited the Hacienda investigation and would assist with any similar cases in the future.

It’s not clear whether the proposed legislation was crafted in response to this crime.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. David Livingston, R-Peoria, has not publicly explained the motivation behind the bill. He didn’t respond to multiple calls from The Arizona Republic. 

Opposition to the bill

Liz Recchia, director of government affairs for the West Maricopa Association of Realtors, said the organization is against the bill. She urged readers in an industry blog to “brace themselves” before looking at the bill.

“It isn’t very often a bill at the state Legislature affects so many Arizonan’s civil rights in such an onerous manner,” Recchia wrote.

Dozens of individuals and organizations have registered in opposition to the bill, including the Arizona Police Association, the Arizona Mortgage Lenders Association, the Arizona Association of Realtors and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona.

A DPS spokesman said the department doesn’t comment on pending legislation.

SB 1475 is scheduled for a public hearing Wednesday before the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee, which Livingston chairs.

FDA Asks Old People To Stop Infusing Children’s Blood To Prevent Aging

The FDA has warned old people to stop infusing plasma from young people in order to slow down the aging process, saying it has “no proven clinical benefit” according to Bloomberg.

In a Tuesday safety alert, the agency suggested that old people getting scammed with $8,000 per liter plasma to treat age-related issues including dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

“There is no proven clinical benefit of infusion of plasma from young donors to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent these conditions, and there are risks associated with the use of any plasma product,” reads a statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Peter Marks, who leads the agency’s biologics center.

The idea of infusing young blood to fight aging has attracted technology entrepreneurs like billionaire Peter Thiel and was lampooned in a 2017 episode of the HBO show “Silicon Valley.” Thiel’s reported interest was sparked by a company called Ambrosia, which has locations in five states across the U.S. and sells one liter of blood plasma from donors between the ages of 16 and 25 for $8,000, according to its website.

Gottlieb and Marks said none of the plasma treatments has gone through the rigorous testing required by the agency. Ambrosia says “experiments in mice called parabiosis provided the inspiration to deliver treatments with young plasma.” The FDA approval typically requires human trials before companies can make a specific health claim about a product.

The reported uses of these products should not be assumed to be safe or effective,” said Gottlieb and Marks. “We strongly discourage consumers from pursuing this therapy outside of clinical trials under appropriate institutional review board and regulatory oversight.”

Plasma infusions are an FDA approved treatment intrauma settings or for people whose blood doesn’t coagulate, however the agency notes there are risks, including circulatory overload, allergic reactions, lung injury and the transmission of infectious diseases.

We’re concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies,” say Gottlieb and Marks. “Such treatments have no proven clinical benefits for the uses for which these clinics are advertising them, and are potentially harmful.”

As we noted in January, Ambrosia was launched by Stanford University graduate Jesse Karmazin, who charges $8,000 for one liter of young blood, and $12,000 for two liters. Karmazin, who isn’t a licensed medical practitioner, told reporters last year that he had hoped to open his first clinic in New York City by the end of 2018 – however following Tuesday’s FDA announcement, they are no longer treating patients according to their website.

As of last fall, the company had performed the procedure on about 150 people ranging in age from 35 to 92, while 81% of those people participated in the company’s clinical trial. The trial gave patients one and a half liters of plasma from a donor between the ages of 16 and 25 and was conducted with David Wright, a physician who has his own intravenous blood therapy center in California.

Trial participants footed the bill for their own treatments – while the results of their clinical trials have not been publicly released.

“The trial was an investigational study. We saw some interesting things, and we do plan to publish that data. And we want to begin to open clinics where the treatment will be made available,” the company’s COO said… several months before he left.

And now, it appears that those wanting to procure young blood will need to hunt elsewhere.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-19/fda-asks-old-people-stop-infusing-childrens-blood-prevent-aging

AI/Robots begin takeover.Citi Ready To Replace “Tens Of Thousands” Of Call-Center Workers With Robots

Citigroup is apparently preparing to follow through on its promise it shed as many as 20,000 operations and technology positions, according to an interview with CEO Mike Corbat that was published Tuesday in the Financial Times.

Corbat

Mike Corbat

CEO Mike Corbat has suggested that “tens of thousands” of people working in Citi’s call centers will likely be replaced by machines in the near future – machines that can “radically change or improve” customers’ experience while cutting costs. Corbat also ruled out a merger like the $66 billion SunTrust-BB&T tie-up that is expected to usher in a new wave of bank consolidation.

Corbat’s comments, according to the FT, were the “most explicit” the company has ever been about how its spends the $8 billion it has allotted every year for technology.

Citigroup chief executive Mike Corbat has suggested that “tens of thousands” of people working in the US bank’s call centres are likely to be replaced by machines that can “radically change or improve” customers’ experience while cutting costs. Mr Corbat, who runs America’s fourth-largest bank by assets, made the comments in an interview with the Financial Times in which he also ruled out Citi’s involvement in any wave of US banking consolidation triggered by the $66bn SunTrust-BB&T merger and justified its continued presence in China. Under pressure to bring its cost base in line with peers, Citi executives have been upfront about the impact of technology on their 209,000-strong global workforce, including last summer’s warning that as many as half of the 20,000 operations staff in its investment bank could be supplanted by machines.

Though, fortunately for the few people who will still have job’s in Citi’s call centers once the bloodletting is over, Corbat said the bank doesn’t intend to get rid of all of its human employees. Just most of them.

Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-19/citi-ready-replace-tens-thousands-call-center-workers-robots