Police in Bloomfield, Connecticut, arrested Joseph Stravinkas on
charges of breach of peace in the second degree, ;threatening
in the second degree ;and interfering with an officer. They
initially reported he had been standing on a street corner and
pulled out a rifle as a motorcade carrying President Barack Obama
passed by. But the next day they acknowledged he’d actually been
arrested about a half hour before the motorcade passed by after
someone spotted him plinking cans with a BB gun in the backyard of
a house near the motorcade route. …
Police in Bloomfield, Connecticut, arrested Joseph Stravinkas on
Police in Bloomfield, Connecticut, arrested
Joseph Stravinkas on charges of breach of peace in the second
threatening in the second degree and interfering with an
officer. They initially reported he had been standing on a street
corner and pulled out a rifle as a motorcade carrying President
Barack Obama passed by. But the next day they acknowledged he’d
actually been arrested about a half hour before the motorcade
passed by after someone spotted him plinking cans with a BB gun in
the backyard of a house near the motorcade route. …
A Massachusetts appeals court judge has upheld the decision to dole out an unusual punishment to a 12-year-old: He ordered the boy to get a job, the Boston Globe reports.
When he was 11, the boy had caused damage to a neighbor’s house by spray-painting it. After a year went by without the boy paying any part of the $1,000 he owed, a judge decided to teach the boy a lesson by requiring him to start working.
In the court’s decision, the lead author argued that despite the boy’s age, he could easily earn money by picking up a paper route, shoveling snow or babysitting, among other things. The boy’s attorney countered to the Boston Globe that children don’t deliver newspapers anymore, but District Attorney David E. Sullivan defended the ruling, arguing the punishment would teach the boy about responsibility.
The Sunday shows were dominated by talk of tax rates and the ongoing “fiscal cliff” negotiations. Here are the highlights:Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said on Fox News Sunday that Republicans should give in on higher tax rates for the wealthiest Americans, and use the leverage to push for entitlement reform. ”I actually am beginning to believe that is the best route for us to take,” he said.“A lot of people are putting forth a theory – and I actually think it has merit – where you go and you give the president the 2 percent increase that he’s talking about, the rate increase on the top 2 percent – and all of a sudden the shift goes back to entitlements,” Corker said. “And all of a sudden, once you give him a top rate on the 2 percent it’s actually a much lesser tax increase than what he’s been talking about.”Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., continued to argue that Republicans should accept Obama’s offer to keep in place tax cuts on income below $250,000 a year, but raise taxes on the wealthy. On CNN’s State of the Union, Cole said: “So just let’s make sure for the 98 percent, they know they’re not. We can continue to fight on the other two percent and the higher rates.”Continue Reading… …
Hello Kitty, Papa Smurf and The Elf on the Shelf will all make their way down Sixth Avenue when the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off in New York City on Thursday. The 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 77th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22. The parade will continue on to Columbus Circle and turn onto Central Park South. Marching along Central Park South, the parade will then veer onto Sixth Avenue and head from 59th Street down to 34th Street, making its final stop at Macy’s Herald Square. Here’s the complete Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route map. (Story continues below)Read More…
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This combination of handout booking photos provided May 1, 2012 by the FBI shows L-R: Connor Stevens, Brandon Baxter, Douglas Wright, Anthony Hayne and Joshua Stafford (AFP Photo / Handout / FBI)
Three of the suspects accused of plotting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, Ohio were sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to no fewer than eight years apiece behind bars.
Douglas Wright, 26, will serve more than 11 years in prison this week — 138 months, to be exact — for his role as the supposed ‘ringleader’ behind an unsuccessful plot hatched by self-proclaimed a
narchists to destroy a major bridge over the Cuyahoga River. His cohorts Brandon Baxter and Connor Stevens, both 20 years old, were sentenced to roughly 10 and eight years, respectively, for their role in the plan.
Stephen D. Anthony of the Cleveland Division of the FBI said early on in the investigation that “The individuals charged in this plot were intent on using violence to express their ideological views,” and prosecutors said that they hoped that by doing so they would “send a message to corporations and the United States government.” That case has come under scrutiny from some, however, who have called into question the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s own role in advising the accused terrorists in the days before they were expected to act.
According to the FBI’s investigation, Wright and his colleagues were coached into plotting an attack on the Valley View Bridge over the Cuyahoga River after an undercover source working for the feds infiltrated their social circle and offered to help them obtain explosives. The court has admitted that Wright initially suggested the group use items such as stink bombs or paint guns to wage a more low-profile attack that would get the attention of the government. After being repeatedly coerced by the confidential source to consider something bigger, though, Wright and his peers purchased from an FBI agent what they were told were explosives. From there, they were busted in late April.
“The problem with the cases we’re talking about is that defendants would not have done anything if not kicked in the ass by government agents,” attorney Martin Stolar told Mother Jones during a piece last year about the FBI’s endless entrapment cases. “They’re creating crimes to solve crimes so they can claim a victory in the war on terror.”
According to Mother Jones, of around 500 prosecutions in recent years relating to terrorism charges, the FBI relied on informants for about half of them. Of the 158 prosecutions that ended in convictions they analyzed, around one-third acted on plots perpetrated by federal agent provocateurs. In the case of the men from Cleveland, Wright admits to having wanted to act in some way that would spook the government, but only after the FBI coerced him into taking down a bridge did he take their bait.
Federal prosecutors had hoped for lengthy prison terms for the men because they had plotted an alleged act of domestic terrorism. Attorneys for the defense shot down that allegation though, and a statement from the presiding judge himself seems to suggest that the court wasn’t willing to adhere to the FBI’s demands.
“The lengthy period of incarceration would likely persuade the defendant to not participate in any further criminal conduct,” Judge David Dowd told those on hand early Tuesday at an Akron, Ohio courthouse. The judge had the option of sentencing to the men for as many as 33 years in prison since they’ve already pleaded guilty to conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in an attempt to destroy a bridge carrying interstate commerce.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that Judge Dowd said, “I know the government is going to disagree” with his proposed sentence, “But I think that it is an appropriate downward variance and likely will act as a deterrent against future criminal conduct.”
Attorneys for the defendants also told the court that they couldn’t agree with the way the government was seeking harsh sentencing for men practically coached by the FBI into orchestrating an attack.
“The government has every right, every duty to trap terrorists. I don’t dispute that for one second. I grew up in a country where farmers trap destructive rodents; they sometimes trap curious cats. Brandon Baxter is more a curious stray cat than a destructive rodent,” defense attorney John Pyle said of Baxter.
An attorney for Wright told the courtroom, “This young man is not a cold-blooded terrorist.”3fd
Speaking after Tuesday’s sentencing, Wright told the court, “I want to apologize to the community, everybody in the Cleveland, Akron area.I wanted to apologize to my friends and family for having to put everybody through this.”
Baxter also offered an apology, saying, “I would like to acknowledge the fact that I recognize and understand that if the devices were real, this would not be a victimless crime.”
“I would like to apologize to the people in the communities that use the Route 82 bridge on a regular basis. If this had gone through, this would have been a detriment to everybody,” he said.
Anthony Hayne, 35, is expected to be sentenced on Wednesday for his role as a would-be bombers tied to the plot. Joshua Stafford, 23, must finish screening to determine his mental competency before he is in court for having an alleged role.
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