Saturday, April 28, 2007

McNulty is among the most partisan operatives...

* laura:
"And whatever Schumer's fondness for McNulty, the evidence is overwhelming that McNulty is among the most partisan operatives in that department, not a small feat given the competition."

* kleiman:
"No, I'm afraid there's no partisan monopoly on corruption, though the Republicans have been doing their best to create one. And under the current system of campaign finance, I see no way out of the problem. As long as the libertarians continue to insist that systematized bribery and extortion constitute "free speech," and until the voters come to understand that public financing of campaigns would be much cheaper than forcing parties and candidates to sell out in order to win elections, money will continue to talk. The "netroots" may do fine at raising money for glamorous races. But you're never going to support the California Democratic Party with internet fundraising.

As long as Arnold Schwartzenegger was trying to get California's prisons, and California's prison budget, under control, the CCPOA, using the nurses and other sympathetic state employees as a front, were able to spend enough money to hammer his popularity down to near-Bushian levels. As soon as he surrendered, replaced his Corrections Commissioner with someone more to CCPOA's liking, and proposed building another 78,000 prison beds (with running costs of about $2 billion a year), CCPOA stopped hammering him and his popularity soared.

No, making policy decisions based on campaign contributions isn't as gross as Cunningham-style corruption. But the aggregate costs are much, much higher."

* cannon has a great clip of jon stewart on Moyers.

* tpmm:
"Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) wants former CIA chief George Tenet to testify to the House oversight committee.

Think of it as part of the book tour."

* miami herald in full:
"A potential witness in the Konstantinos ''Gus'' Boulis gang-like slaying case said he was offered $100,000 to gun down the Miami Subs founder and SunCruz owner, court records show.

The cooperating witness turned down the offer, but Boulis turned up dead anyway. According to a deposition from prosecution witnesses, the main defendant in the case told the witness this about the murder: ``It was taken care of.''

The confidential informant, who came forward while involved in an unrelated federal case, told interrogators in New York state he was approached by Anthony ''Big Tony'' Moscatiello, at his Queens, New York, home and asked to kill Boulis, the records show.

Boulis, who founded the Miami Subs franchise and SunCruz Casino gambling ship fleet, was ambushed and shot several times on Feb. 6, 2001 in Fort Lauderdale as he drove his BMW away from his nearby office.

Prosecutors allege Moscatiello and Anthony ''Little Tony'' Ferrari wanted Boulis dead so they could skim money from SunCruz.

Moscatiello, Ferrari, and a third defendant have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges. They each face the death penalty if convicted.

At the time of the murder, Boulis was fighting for control of the company with Adam Kidan, a Long Island businessman who had known Moscatiello for years.

In the court documents, Moscatiello told the potential witness Kidan wanted Boulis dead.

Kidan and lobbyist Jack Abramoff lied to lenders to obtain a $60 million bank loan to buy Boulis' SunCruz Casinos fleet in 2000.

Abramoff was sentenced to almost six years in prison for the fraudulent purchase of SunCruz.

Kidan has never been charged with a crime in connection with Boulis' death. He is expected to testify for prosecutors in the case."

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