Saturday, March 30, 2019

DOJ: Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio Delivers Remarks on Free Speech at The 2019 Harvard Alumni Symposium Hosted by the Harvard Law School Federalist Society Chapter


Saturday, March 30, 2019
Thank you for that kind introduction, Chase (Browndorf). It is a pleasure to be back at Harvard Law School. I am so pleased to see at this alumni event many friends from my time here. It is a special honor to share a speaking role at this symposium with classmates who have become leaders in law, business, and public policy: Johnathan Skrmetti, Annie Donaldson Talley, Katie Biber Chen, Sarah Harris, Jeff Harris, Judge Andrew Oldham, and Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams.  In particular, I would like to congratulate Beth, whom you are honoring tonight with an award. She is most deserving. Beth was one of the first people I met when I entered law school, and she stood out as then as intelligent, principled, and hard working. She also stood out for her warmth and generosity. All these years later, we are now colleagues at the Department of Justice and I am pleased to report that those good qualities that distinguished her during our law school days have only strengthened. We are fortunate at DOJ to have Beth in the critical role of Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

On heels of scandal, USC announces new president

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FILE - This May 11, 2015 file photo shows Carol L. Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt, at the announcement of a partnership with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to accelerate the search for an HIV cure. The University of Southern California has announced a new president to usher in "a new era." The university said Wednesday, March 20, 2019 that Carol Folt will become the university's 12th president. The announcement comes a week after news broke of a massive college bribery scandal involving USC and other universities across the country. (Christine T. Nguyen/The Herald-Sun via AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California on Wednesday announced a new school president who will usher in "a new era" following a series of high-profile scandals that culminated last week with a massive college admissions bribery case.
Carol Folt will become the university's 12th president on July 1 following a lengthy nationwide search. The announcement comes a week after news broke of a college bribery scandal involving USC and other universities across the country.
Folt most recently was chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was forced out early in a dispute over a Confederate monument.
Folt will take over USC from interim President Wanda Austin, who stepped in after former President C.L. Max Nikias resigned last summer amid two major controversies: reports that the school ignored complaints of widespread sexual misconduct by a longtime campus gynecologist and an investigation into a medical school dean accused of smoking methamphetamine with a woman who overdosed.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: Detroit DHS LARP Busts First Layer Of Major Modern Day Human Trafficking Ops Through Michigan Universities Learn more: BEVERLY TRAN: Cocktails & Popcorn: Detroit DHS LARP Busts First Layer Of Major Modern Day Human Trafficking Ops Through Michigan Universities

Federal agents used a fake university in Farmington Hills to lure undocumented immigrants who were trying to stay in the United States illegally.

The University of Farmington had no staff, no instructors, no curriculum and no classes but was utilized by undercover Homeland Security agents to identify people involved in immigration fraud, according to federal grand jury indictments unsealed Wednesday.
Eight people were charged with participating in a conspiracy to help at least 600 foreign citizens stay in the U.S. illegally, according to the indictments, which describe an innovative investigation that dates to 2015 but intensified one month into President Donald Trump's tenure as part of a broader crackdown on illegal immigration.
Those charged include:
• Bharath Kakireddy, 29, of Lake Mary, Florida.
• Aswanth Nune, 26, of Atlanta
• Suresh Reddy Kandala, 31, of Culpeper, Virginia.
• Phanideep Karnati, 35, of Louisville, Kentucky.
• Prem Kumar Rampeesa, 26, of Charlotte, North Carolina.
• Santosh Reddy Sama, 28, of Fremont, California.
• Avinash Thakkallapally, 28, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
• Naveen Prathipati, 29, of Dallas.

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Stop Medicaid Fraud in Child Welfare 

DOJ: Arrests Made in Nationwide College Admissions Scam: Alleged Exam Cheating & Athletic Recruitment Scheme

BOSTON – Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states this morning and charged in federal court in Boston. Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated, as well as parents and exam administrators. 
William “Rick” Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, Calif., was charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Singer owned and operated the Edge College & Career Network LLC (“The Key”) – a for-profit college counseling and preparation business – and served as the CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF) – a non-profit corporation that he established as a purported charity.
Between approximately 2011 and February 2019, Singer allegedly conspired with dozens of parents, athletic coaches, a university athletics administrator, and others, to use bribery and other forms of fraud to secure the admission of students to colleges and universities including Yale University, Georgetown University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, and Wake Forest University, among others. Also charged for their involvement in the scheme are 33 parents and 13 coaches and associates of Singer’s businesses, including two SAT and ACT test administrators.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Z Society & Otto Warmbier 

Timeline of Otto Warmbier's saga in North Korea

The American college student who had been imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year has died after returning to the U.S. in a state of unresponsive wakefulness, according to a statement from his family.
Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March 2016 after being accused of attempting to steal a propaganda poster from his Pyongyang hotel while visiting the country. The details of his detention and what led to the unresponsive wakefulness are still unknown, but he passed away Monday -- just days after U.S. officials secured his release and returned him to his family in Ohio.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Feds: UM animal researcher shared bestiality, child porn

Michael Zeidler
Detroit — A University of Michigan researcher who works with animals was charged in federal court Tuesday with distributing child pornography, including some that involved bestiality.
Michael Zeidler, 48, of Ann Arbor also was accused of installing a hidden camera in his bathroom and secretly filming exchange students who lived in his home since 2012.
Zeidler, a research lab specialist who works with gene edited mice and rats, was charged after FBI agents searched his university lab and home.