Plamegate

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Should we expect any indictments out of this?  John Cole links up to talk from the DC rumor mill.

Karl Rove is expected to talk to Special Counsel Fitzgerald again.  Fitzgerald will be wrapping up his 2 year investigation into the alleged Plame name leak at the end of this month.

Tom Maguire has all the latest here and here.

Related Toldjah so posts regarding le affaire de Plame can be found here.

A great argument for the death penalty

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I’m pro-death penalty, but I’d bet even some of the most ardent opponents of it would reconsider after reading this:

DES MOINES (AP) — A homeless man who’s a registered sex offender was arrested after police said he grabbed a toddler and sexually assaulted her in the men’s room of the downtown public library.

Police hailed library workers who pulled the girl away from the man as heroes.

James C. Effler Jr., 32, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree sexual assault and failure to comply with rules of the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, because he was not living at the address listed.

Police said Effler grabbed a 20-month-old girl as she played near a computer being used by her babysitter. Library employees helped the babysitter search for the child before hearing the girl cry from the restroom, which was locked, police said.

Employees called police and removed the door handle to reach the girl, then held Effler until officers arrived, Capt. Kelly Willis said.

"Most of the police work was done by the library staff before we even arrived," Willis said.

The child was taken to a hospital for evaluation. The extent of her injuries was not made public.

[…]

When library workers heard the girl scream in the restroom, they saw an adult’s shadow on the other side of the door’s frosted glass, police said.

When they couldn’t force their way into the restroom, they called for a maintenance worker with a screwdriver, Willis said. Once the door handled was removed, they opened the door, pulled the child out and shut Effler inside.

I’m with Ace on this one.

Hat tip: Anchoress

Credible tip made to officals about NY subway threat

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Via ABC News:

Oct. 6, 2005 —  The New York Police Department is investigating what it deems a credible tip that 19 operatives have been deployed to the city to place bombs in the subway, and security in the subways will be increased, sources told ABC News.

While the police department is taking the threat seriously, it is also urging the public not to be alarmed because – while the source is credible – the information has not been verified.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said this was the most specifically detailed threat made against the subway system, and he urged New Yorkers to be vigilant.

"I wanted to assure New Yorkers that we have done and will continue to do everything we can to protect the city," Bloomberg said. "We will spare no resource. We will spare no expense."

According to sources in intelligence, emergency services and police headquarters, when three Iraqi insurgents were arrested several days ago during a raid by a joint FBI-CIA team, one of those caught disclosed the threat. Because it slipped out during the arrest, the plot was deemed credible.

After several days of work, sources said, the NYPD is increasingly concerned because it has been unable to discredit the initial source and additional information from the source.

The 19 operatives were to place improvised explosive devices in the subways using briefcases, according to two sources. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said officers will continue to check bags, briefcases and strollers, and additional uniformed and undercover officers will be riding in individual subway cars.

To our friends in NY, stay safe and check in with us when you can.

I wonder how long it will take before the lefty blogosphere will claim this is a scare tactic on the part of Bush to get a bump in his approval ratings?

The angry Earle

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Just more evidence that this guy is a disgrace:

WASHINGTON — A Texas prosecutor tried to convince a grand jury that Representative Tom DeLay gave tacit approval to a series of laundered campaign contributions, and when jurors declined to indict, he became angry, according to two people directly familiar with the proceeding.

The grand jury was one of three that considered whether there was probable cause to indict DeLay. Two other grand juries did indict the former House majority leader, who had to step aside temporarily under Republican rules.

Both indictments focused on an alleged scheme to provide corporate political donations to Texas legislative candidates in violation of state law.

The two people interviewed, who commented anonymously because of grand jury secrecy, said Travis County prosecutor Ronnie Earle became visibly angry when the grand jurors last week signed a document declining to indict, known as a ”no bill."

One person said the sole evidence Earle presented was a DeLay interview with the prosecutor, in which DeLay said he was generally aware of activities of his associates. He is charged in an alleged money- laundering scheme to funnel corporate donations to Texas legislative candidates in violation of state law.

The person said that Earle tried to convince the jurors that if DeLay ”didn’t say ‘Stop it,’ he gave his tacit approval."

After the grand jurors declined to go forward, the mood ”was unpleasant," the other person said, describing Earle’s reaction.

The President’s speech

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Here’s a transcript of the speech he made today at the National Endowment for Democracy.  Haven’t had a chance to read it in full but will later this evening.  Posting a link for others who may not have had a chance or been able to listen to it when it was made this morning.

Ronnie Earle: Abuser of the judicial system

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Unbelievable:

A Travis County grand jury last week refused to indict former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay as prosecutors raced to salvage their felony case against the Sugar Land Republican.

In a written statement Tuesday, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle acknowledged that prosecutors presented their case to three grand juries — not just the two they had discussed — and one grand jury refused to indict DeLay. When questions arose about whether the state’s conspiracy statute applied to the first indictment returned last Wednesday, prosecutors presented a new money-laundering charge to second grand jury on Friday because the term of the initial grand jury had expired.

Working on its last day Friday, the second grand jury refused to indict DeLay. Normally, a "no-bill" document is available at the courthouse after such a decision. No such document was released Tuesday.

Earle’s statement on Tuesday said he took money-laundering and conspiracy charges to a third grand jury on Monday after prosecutors learned of new evidence over the weekend.

So much for an impartial grand jury, too (all caps theirs):

THE FOREMAN OF THE TRAVIS COUNTY GRAND JURY THAT INDICTED CONGRESSMAN TOM DELAY SAYS HE FELT THERE WAS ILLEGAL ACTIVITY SURROUNDING DELAY, THE PAC TEXANS FOR A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY AND THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS LONG BEFORE HE WAS TAPPED TO SERVE ON THE GRAND JURY. WILLIAM GIBSON TOLD THE NEWSRADIO 590 KLBJ MORNING SHOW HE HIMSELF HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ADS CONCERNING THE TEXAS LEGISLATIVE RACES IN 2002.

The foreman’s name is William Gibson.  He told Austin’s KLBJ:

All this came out way before I was on the grand jury, these (ads) were in your paper, in Austin paper, everyone else’s paper, they was flooding the market around here. But those were way before i ever went on the grand jury and my decision was based upon those, not what might have happened in the grand jury room.

(Hat tip for the foreman info: Neal Boortz, who has more [thanks to ST reader Fat Tone for the link])

I know many conservatives like myself don’t enjoy being put in the position of defending a politician they don’t particularly care for.  I’m not a big fan of DeLay, but I’m even less of a fan of people like Ronnie Earle, clearly a partisan Democrat (despite what the news mediots report about him prosecuting more D’s than R’s) who is blantantly abusing an already clogged up judicial system in order to satisfy a personal agenda.  This man is a disgrace to the legal profession.

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