Dec 21, 2006

Crime Does Not Pay...

7 years and $6.6 million
A Crete man was sentenced to 7 years in prison Wednesday and ordered to pay for embezzling and defrauding pension and welfare benefit plans of more than $6.9 million and paying graft to union officials.

Michael Linder, 61, who was president of Matteson-based Joseph/Anthony and Associates Inc., was ordered by U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard in Rockford to serve 3 years of post-prison supervision and pay nearly $6.6 million to the plans he defrauded.

In 2004, Linder pleaded guilty to graft charges for giving two union pension officials Harley-Davidson motorcycles valued at more than $19,000 each, said U.S. Atty. Patrick J. Fitzgerald, whose office prosecuted Linder. <
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74 Comments:

Blogger calamityjane said...

Way to go, Mr. Fitzgerald and staff. Thanks for all your hard work. That's what happens when union officials forgot to just say no to graft. I wonder how much the union officials knew about the raiding of the pension by the administrators.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Good Morning Fitzie and Justice Bloggers...

As much as I love to visit Chicago...I think that city keeps our "dashingly handsome" Very Special Prosecutor a little too busy. But then if he was only stationed in DC, he'd be drowning in the graft too!

Too much graft and not enough Fitzies to go around.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://rawstory.com/showoutarticle.
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Sorry, I still haven't figured out to shorten the thing. But Mr. Fitz, isn't this against the law and how does Bush keep getting away with this crap?

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A statement by President George W. Bush issued in connection with the just-signed U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation law has raised concerns that Bush may try to circumvent some of Congress' intentions, lawmakers and analysts say.

The statement, clarifying Bush's views on law and policy, was issued after he signed new legislation on Monday permitting U.S. sales of nuclear fuel and reactors to India for the first time in 30 years."

12:02 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

teak....yep, I posted on this yesterday. I am so damn sick of this (p)resident making up all his own rules as he goes along, that I'm ready to scream. Talk about making congress irrelevant????

Once again, I certainly hope the new Dem led Congress puts this little bantam rooster in his place.

SPB....consistutionally, isn't there some way that when the congress passes a law IT'S A LAW!not a suggestion!????????

12:10 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

and for PJF and staff....way to go!
I didn't mean to ignore this rather
impressive accomplishment.

There are those out there that should be very, very afwaid!

12:12 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

teak and grandmanuk...

I agree so much. I am so d@mn tired of all of the signing statements King George produces...

We have absolutely no balance of powers in this country. I can't believe we can't throw this @ss hoooole out of office yet!!! (excuse my french) I am beyond outrage and anger with Dumbya!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Yes, I forgot to mention: great job, Prosecutor!

Now is the time to plan a vacation for when the Libby trial is over...You not only deserve one, I think you need one Fitzie. You are juggling too much! [steps off her motherly soap box]

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitz:

Another evildoer bites the dust! You're one busy guy!! :)

BAM!

12:24 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Chimpcoulter: me too.Bush has control of all the checks and balances. He's llike a dictator.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous t said...

You did it again Fitz and staff, good job:-)


bbl

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I apologize too Team Fitz. You all are trying to clean up decades of crime in Illinois and deal with the D.C. mess too.

Great job as usual and thank you all. You all are leading the way to helping mend America's broken heart.

Citizens must demand that the top leadership change American foreign policies to restore our name, trust and faith in the eyes of the world.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so busy, I forgot to say,,

Good Morning to everyone!! :)

Is everyone ready for Christmas?

No chance of snow here but it's cold! 31 last night where I live! burr..

Have a wonderful day Justice Bloggers!! :D

12:39 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

FYI

Here's a link to the Hardball transcript (Scroll to the end of the page) of Melanie Sloane discussing why Joe Wilson should not have to be a witness in the criminal case.

Hi CJ, T, S-Q, Teak, Grandmanuk, et al...

bbl

12:55 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Good Morning/Afternoon to Fitz and Justice Bloggers! :)

Well Christmas is almost upon us so you know what that means...

The Great mother-of-all-Oooooh-Ahhhhs is almost here! :D

hee hee hee!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Hey So Ambien is gonna testify eh ?

So does that mean that the Gilligan defense needs the vp to bail it out ?

Well Ambien is not too popular these days so I don't think he's gonna help smurfs case!

Might be just the opposite effect to the mind of the Jury!

Ambien = Bad Nightmares

hee hee! :)

1:04 PM  
Anonymous grunt said...

Countdown to the BIG O!

10 9 8 7 6...

1:04 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Grunt,

Yep,

Kablooey!

Ooooo, the colors man!!
LOL*)

1:07 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Hi GEF!

More news....Melanie is in doo doo with Judge Reggie:

"A federal judge strongly admonished an attorney for former ambassador Joseph Wilson for her appearance yesterday on MSNBC's program "Hardball" where she predicted a jury can find I Lewis "Scooter" Libby guilty of making false statements.


U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton writes in an opinion today, "the Court would not tolerate this case being tried in the media."

Melanie Sloan, who is representing Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame in a civil suit against Libby, was asked by Chris Matthews if she thought Libby could still found guilty of perjury and obstruction charges - in the upcoming CIA/Leak trial - even though he may not have been the first person to reveal Plame's name."

MSNBC

bb in awhile

1:12 PM  
Anonymous the big O and we're not talking oprah said...

Looking forward to my day!

1:14 PM  
Anonymous O said...

OH MY!!!!

1:17 PM  
Anonymous pink panties prosecutor said...

Looking forward to that day too..

*lol*

1:19 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

HeeHee.Don't get your pink panties in a wad.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous OOOOOOO said...

OOOOOOO.... tomorrow will be very exciting!!! The bloggers will have big smiles on their faces all day!!!

1:23 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Hi Chimpcoulter,

Well Melanie is right..
Libby is toast! That's no secret!

Smurf's Gilligan defense can't stand up to a good prosecution and the Skipper(ambien) won't be able to help his little buddy in this case.

Gilligan's Island is sinking and the Crew of the Minnow can't get rescued in time..

Hee hee!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Hi CJ! :)

1:27 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Hi GEF. I still can't believe these people are in charge of our country.Ugh.They are so dishonorable and unqualified.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

It's Thursday!

I got to see the video on Hardball of Melanie Sloan. She is a great job and stuck to her guns with Tweety. I just can't stand Tweety. He was trying every which way to justify Cheney's involvement in the civil case and kept questioning to why Cheney would punish Wilson, blah, blah, blah... I think the Tweety as scared as you know what since he was one of the reporters that given Plame's name...

Yes, I did hear that there will no news coverage of Chneey being on the stand. I think that is the right thing to do. It will be a news frenzy...But, best believe from looking at Tweety's face, he knows that the CREW mean serious business...

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Hung Kung Louie said...

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O-boy
O-I need a cigarette sailor
O-momma
O-krispy kreme
O-man
O-carpet eater
O-vacation
O-the plane the plane
O-fantasy island
O-doh
O-i dropped my pen
O-the love boat
O-look a hippie
O-noooo
O-pixie dust
O-for peace

1:34 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

O.k. I had to pass this along because I watched PBS last night with the Gerbil. And I found last night's transcript. Here is an excerpt of the transcript of the flip flop and cannabis President:


JOURNALIST: Mr. President, less than two months ago, at the end of one of the bloodiest months in the war, you said, "Absolutely we're winning." Yesterday, you said, "We're not winning. We're not losing." Why did you drop your confident assertion about winning?

THE GERBIL: My comments -- the first comment was done in this spirit. I believe that we're going to win. I believe that -- and, by the way, if I didn't think that, I wouldn't have our troops there. That's what you've got to know.
We're going to succeed. My comments yesterday reflected the fact that we're not succeeding nearly as fast as I wanted when I said at the time and that conditions are tough in Iraq, particularly in Baghdad. And so we're conducting a review to make sure that our strategy helps us achieve that which I'm pretty confident we can do, and that is have a country which can govern itself, sustain itself, and defend itself.
When I speak -- like right now, for example -- I'm speaking to the American people, of course, and I want them to know that I know how tough it is, but I also want them to know that I'm going to work with the military and the political leaders to develop a plan that will help us achieve the objective.

And I want the enemy to understand that this is a tough task, but they can't run us out of the Middle East, that they can't intimidate America. They think they can. They think it's just a matter of time before America grows weary and leaves, abandons the people of Iraq, for example, and that's not going to happen.
I'm not going to speculate out loud about what I'm going to tell the nation, when I'm prepared to do so, about the way forward. I will tell you we're looking at all options. And one of those options, of course, is increasing more troops.
But in order to do so, there must be a specific mission that can be accomplished with more troops, and that's precisely what our commanders have said, as well as people who know a lot about military operations.
I'm often asked about public opinion. Of course I want public opinion to support the efforts. I understand that. But, Jim, I also understand the consequences of failure.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

CJ,

quote:
I still can't believe these people are in charge of our country.Ugh.They are so dishonorable and unqualified.

The illusion was that Americans thought that they could be totally secure and totally rich$$$.

These gods of Fortress and Money were very powerfull and so many worshipped them and elected them.

It was a false illusion.
We're less safe.
We're not that rich.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Hi Biloxi,

Well Tweety thinks this new format will lift his ratings...

Perhaps a nip/tuck could also lift his cheeks..

Let's all play Gum-Ball!

Look, I'm changing the channel!
*click*

LOLMAO*)

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vermont is really going for impeachment!

"Organizers in 40 towns across the state are currently collecting signatures in support of Bush's impeachment. They report having already surpassed the required number of signatures in the towns of Westminster and Brookline and are preparing to present them to their respective Town Clerks."

From town halls to the state house, Vermont activists push for Bush impeachment

GO VERMONT! :)

1:43 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Hi s-q,

Good news re: Vermont.

State by State and grass roots is nice!

Impeach and Indict Bush and Cheney!

Impeachment is Patriotic

1:46 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

SBP,
I read the Bush interview you posted.
I don't know what the Gerbil has been smokin, but at least Clinton had the sense not to inhale.Bush acts like he is on crack or something.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

CJ,

Actually gerbil's on Jim Bean! Straight from Kentuky

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi GEF: :)

Yeah, I hope their mission is successful and other states will join in. It just takes a few folks to get the ball rolling...and yes, the true patriots of this country will be the ones that change this country! :)

Have another chocolate GEF! I know you are eating them.. hehe

1:51 PM  
Anonymous gracie said...

SP Biloxi,
Regarding the gerbil's remarks,
another enema coming right up!

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WASHINGTON -- Former ambassador Joseph Wilson asked a federal judge Wednesday not to force him to testify in the CIA leak case and accused former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby of trying to harass him on the witness stand.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/
content/article/2006/12/20/
AR2006122000109_pf.html

What is the deal on this, SPB?

1:59 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"Bush acts like he is on crack or something."

CJ:

LOL! Well, you know he is go something. All of the smokin in his own backyard has destroyed that man's brain cells for good.. I just shook my head at his press conference. The chimpster is lost in translation...

"Well Tweety thinks this new format will lift his ratings..."

GEF:

Tweety is just useless.. But Ms. Sloan wiped that smirk off his face.. He seems pretty pissed at Ms. Sloan's confidence and demeanor. Ms. Sloan is very strong woman attorney.. So, I am glad that she stuck to her guns and didn't allow asswipes like him steer away from the issue on hand.. I don't watch Tweety.. After he showed his true colors and spread the GOP lovefest on the air, I was turned completely off by Tweety.. I wish David Gregory replace the moron...

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Jeb would have made an outstanding presidential candidate," said Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, who joined Bush at a luncheon on Wednesday hosted by a Cuban American political action committee.

Being from Kansas, I can tell you Senator Sam is nuts.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

s-q,

quote:
Have another chocolate GEF! I know you are eating them.. hehe

No I'm not. Whatever gave you that idea?

;)

2:02 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Biloxi,

That's a good choice.

David Gregory to replace Tweety and rename the show to:

Fact-Find with David Gregory!

Zap!! hee hee hee!

*Cheers*

2:05 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

GEF,love the chocolate pick, but um.. that's not chocolate. That's gracie after she gave the Gerbil the enema.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF:

Yep, I knew it..you're up to your eyebrows in chocolate!! Save a couple for me! hehe

LOLMAO

2:11 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

What is the deal on this, SPB?

Teak,

I had answered that last night.
O.k. First of all, Libby's defense team subpoenaed Wilson on Dec. 13. According to Libby's attorney, William Jeffress, the subpoena served as "precautionary" and that they have no intentions to have Wilson to testify. Of course, Ms. Sloan is have the subpoena squash. Now, why did Libby have Wilson subpoenaed? Of course, the defense attorneys have a right to subpoena anyone as long as it is relevant to Libby's defense only. And since Libby is charged with perjury, Wilson serves no purpose in testifying. That is what Ms. Sloan outlined in his filings to the court yesterday. The defense knows that.. But, there are speculation that because the civil case is closer to the criminal case that Wilson may be use for personal gain in the civil lawsuit. Whatever the case, Walton told the court that Wilson played a minor role in Libby trial. This was a very bad move on the defense side. If Libby was charged with a WH conspiracy to punish Wilson and not perjury, then Wilson becomes a central figure in that case and would have to testify... Ms. Sloan and Libby's attorneys will present arguments a few days before Libby trial in January. Rest assured, Judge Walton will squash the subpoena...

2:12 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"Fact-Find with David Gregory!"

GEF:

Hope so.. Tweety is phony as a 4 dollar bill...

2:13 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

cj, s-q,

Please support your local Chocolate Fountain distributor

*Help Keep the Chocolate rivers flowing**

2:14 PM  
Anonymous gracie said...

CJ,
Ewwwww and lol

2:14 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

cj,

yeah that comment was pretty over the top but um..

"I never met a white man so in dire need for one as the gerbil"

ROFLMAO*)

2:19 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Hey s-q,

Let's take a dip...

weeeeeee...

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF:

I will...if you will..

or we could just have some Hot Chocolate

:) :)

2:24 PM  
Anonymous pink panties prosecutor said...

"Don't get your pink panties in a wad."

Don't worry.. I won't forget that... Hee hee...

2:31 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

s-q,

Man that one is a real classic! LOL*
thanks..

I'm calling today:
"Chocolate Thursday!"

The sugar colors are faaaaantastic...

Wooo hooo...

2:31 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

GEF and everybody. I'm sorry if my chocolate comment was offensive. I am a nurse, so I talk about that kinda stuff all the time. I forget other people don't deal with these things.Lucky for them,LOL. Sorry. Gallows humor.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"I never met a white man so in dire need for one as the gerbil"

LOL! And that should be the quote of the day...

This is not a good year for the Gerbil. He will have a serious love affair with the bottle that he yearns for.. his buddy, money bags, is testifying in the smurf's case, Iraq has gone to pot, the economy here is in the toilet, everything that he touches turns to saw dust, he continues the gerbilspeak talks but that has worn out the public and now the public is deaf toned, and on and on...Life's a bitch, ain't it Georgie???

2:37 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

cj,

I wasn't offended cj, It was funny!

hee hee hee!

2:38 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

s-q,

Ohhhh yeah, Tonight is the Night!

Yumm..

2:39 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Biloxi,

quote:
everything that he touches turns to saw dust

That's a twist on King Midas and his "Sawdust" curse..

Ok Biloxi that one was over the park..

ROFLMAO*) Bwahahahahahaha!

2:43 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

You guys are tempting me with those chocolate pics. Yumm. See ya later. I'm getting giddy from being up all night. Gonna go collapse. BBL.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

cj,

g'nap! :)

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF:

Yummmyy.. cute! :)

Now I'm hungry..gotta go get some lunch!

2:49 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Biloxi,

Yeah, and since gerbil has made everything turn to sawdust, his brother and poppy are not too happy about it.

"No tengo futuro - Jeb Gerbil"
(I have no future)

El semper stupido

2:51 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

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2:53 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

GEF:

The drunk can't win for lose on anything now.. I'm telling you. When you do wrong like what the Gerbil has done to this country, it will come back bite you in the ass big time..

It's not going to be a festive year for the hemmroids-in-chief. And his kidney stone daddy warbucks can't help him on this deal.. What a bummer for the chimpster...

"his brother and poppy are not too happy about it."

yeah, GEF.. the knucklehead chimpster screwed the plans for daddy and Jeb.

I read the Aspen love letter of smurf and Judy.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

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3:11 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Biloxi,

Re: Letter..
Sing it Biloxi!

-----
Tiny-Nuts roasting on an open Fire..

Pat Fitzgerald wins the case..

Guilty verdicts being sung by the
Jury...and evildoers dressed up like orange eskimos..

Look, a Turkey and his messed up case ...

helps to make him look real dumb..

But it's being said in the press and the court...

You are guilty..
You are Guilty..

Little smurf..
----

Happy 2007!

Hee hee hee!

3:13 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"Judge Walton warned Sloan, the court "will not hesitate to take the necessary action to insure that the ability of the parties to obtain a fair trial is not impaired."

I just read that Walton scolded Ms. Sloan for her interview on Hardball.. Well, this trial has been tried in the public's eye since day one. So, were the case of O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake, Michael Jackson, and so on... If Walton wants a fair trial as he wants, then everyone should be under a gag order. Also, the trial should be closed to the public if that's what he wants. But, this case is on the lips of the public for talking..But, then again, Walton has to remember that our own President leaked confidential NIE information to the public.. So, this case is not much of privacy anymore...

3:15 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"Tiny-Nuts roasting on an open Fire.."

LOL! Ha! Ha! That's cold, GEF! That went over the park...

cheers!

3:16 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Biloxi,

quote:
"Judge Walton warned Sloan, the court "will not hesitate to take the necessary action to insure that the ability of the parties to obtain a fair trial is not impaired."

Well I don't think the Judge will have much of a problem with that.

That gilligan defense doesn't stand a chance. Bad strategic move by smurf attorney, imho..

Is it too late to negotiate with Fitz ?

3:18 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

I posted that earlier about Judge Reggie and Sloan...

Is Reggie getting testy? hasn't everybody else tried this case in the press except Fitzie!

3:20 PM  
Blogger Global Evildoer Fighter said...

Chimpcoulter,

Actually the media was saying that this was about nothing and that smurf will probably get probation and then a pardon for it.

I remember about just 2 months ago the GOP was trying to make this seem like nothing so it would go away..

My how the tide has turned in the press..

The game is called:
"Follow the Ratings!"

3:22 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Help!!!

All this yakking about chocolate got to me. I freed some Belgium chocolates my husband bought us and I've fallen into a state of serene decadence...my pulse is quickening!

3:28 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

CC & GEF:

Excerpt of Billy Joel's song...

Tiny Nuts Irve sings:

Some people hope for a miracle cure
Some people just accept the world as it is
But I'm not willing to lay down and die
Because I am an innocent man

I am an innocent man
Oh yes I am
An innocent man



http://www.lyrics007.com/Billy%20Joel%20Lyrics/An%20Innocent%20Man%20Lyrics.html

*cricket* *cricket*

Biloxi blows his nose..Folks, that is what I think of the smurf's defense...

You both are right.. Libby is hosed..

3:31 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

New thread donut bloggers...

3:35 PM  

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