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Pervert husband of former Hillary top aide gets slap on wrist for sexting crime

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We’re about to find out if a 21-month jail sentence is enough time to cure a bad weiner.

Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for sexting a 15 year old girl, perhaps for now putting an end to a sordid and absolutely disgraceful chain of events which saw a one-time nationally prominent Democrat (and chief media defender of Obamacare) reveal an absolute lack of adult control and absence of a basic moral compass.

However, given the depth of Weiner’s predatory compulsions and depravity, the 21 month sentence could be viewed as quite lenient treatment of the former New York congressman and husband to Hillary Clinton top aide Huma Abedin.

Weiner’s brief sentence shows the advantages not only of plea bargaining, but also of a process known as fact bargaining.

The Background

Prior to 2016, Weiner was the tragic lead whose lack of basic adult control — and moral compass — sent him from national prominence as one of the chief Obamacare defenders in Washington, and a ranking House representative from the nation’s largest city, into the depths to which he now resides: Child molester. Pervert. Felon.

This man’s public downfall started in 2011 with an expose by the original Breitbart website. Weiner further humiliated himself, his wife and their followers when he sought the New York City mayoralty in 2013. That quest for higher office was soon derailed by new evidence of his predatory activities including his use of an arguably racist Latino alter ego “Carlos Danger” when preying on vulnerable young targets, further illustrating he had not learned the perils of his own ongoing lack of control.

Despite the sordid revelations, Weiner’s criminal exposure only really gained steam about one year ago when new text photos surfaced of the former Congressman’s apparent self-pleasuring, constituting a “sexualized image with a child in it,” referring to Weiner’s young son who was visible in the photos. Soon, a young accuser came forward with evidence. Apparently, there was too much for the federal authorities to ignore.

Analysis

Weiner’s brief sentence shows the advantages not only of plea bargaining, but also of a process known as fact bargaining.

Plea bargaining allows defendants to “accept responsibility” and gain the cooperation of the government prosecutors through their agreement to recommend leniency to the sentencing judge. In the federal judicial system, there are advisory sentencing guidelines (which use a points system for various crimes and what are called enhancing factors, and others called mitigating factors). The guideline calculations are made by defendants and prosecutors, and in plea deals the cooperation is key, because an agreement to plead to one crime allows a defendant to avoid the risk of conviction on other possible counts which could involve much more prison time if the defendant gets convicted. The judge, in all cases, has the final say on any sentence, regardless of the agreement between defendant and prosecutor.

This is where Weiner’s possible involvement with certain laptop computers, and access to classified data through his wife Huma’s job in the State Department, become critical factors. (One must wonder the value of Weiner’s silence, should Hillary Clinton seek a 2020 rematch or if still-wife Huma Abedin has plans of her own.)

The government did not have to offer a plea deal. The government could also have conditioned leniency on Weiner’s “cooperation” in other inquiries.

Instead, it offered a deal, allowing Weiner to admit to some facts, to some crimes.

But what’s critical is that the deal permits Weiner to avoid addressing many other things.

The Takeaway

Today’s sentencing assures Weiner avoids the embarrassment of a criminal trial, and in many ways it enables him — now an admitted, convicted predator — to control the narrative and conceal evidence of perhaps many, many other crimes, sexual or otherwise.

Finally, the 21-month sentence won’t be what it seems. While parole has been abolished in the federal system, defendants must serve at least 85 percent of their sentence. This means that good behavior should shave off about three months for Weiner. But there are other ways to lessen the prison stint.

There are ways to get credit for “rehab” and also the possibility of serving part of the sentence in a halfway house where Weiner could be “free” during the day. The result? Weiner could do less than one year, and I can even see a scenario where he is released in as little as six months.

Weiner has revealed far too much about himself. What’s critical, though, is what he and his enablers will now be allowed to conceal, indefinitely.

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Why isn’t Katie Brennan’s #MeToo accusation getting national attention?

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It’s the type of story that should have received national attention immediately. It was sourced by a respected major news outlet, the Wall Street Journal. Both the accuser and the accused are high-ranking public official in New Jersey’s government. The accused stepped down two weeks ago when approached by WSJ for comment. Katie Brennan’s story is a major newsworthy scandal.

As of Monday morning, a day after the story officially broke and four days after it was leaked to other major news outlets, both mainstream media and the #MeToo movement are essentially silent.

That will change soon, possibly today. Brennan, a prominent volunteer for Phil Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign and current Chief of Staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, released this statement:

On April 8th, 2017, Al Alvarez raped me. On April 9th, 2017 I learned that the system is broken.

I have pursued every form of justice available. But it has become clear that this system is not built for survivors.

The details of the assault portrayed in reporter Kate King’s Wall Street Journal report published today are accurate. But to date, I have received no justice.

I decided to come forward because I know that Al Alvarez, and all perpetrators, must be held accountable, must never rape again, and the justice system needs a complete change with regard to sexual violence.

New Jersey residents are only given a two-year window to file a civil suit. After spending an entire year pursuing a criminal case before hitting a dead end, I am left with less than one year to pursue civil action.

It is clear that leadership from the Murphy administration is needed to create meaningful policy change on several levels to make sure future victims do not have to endure what I have. I urge Gov. Murphy and the Attorney General’s Office to eliminate the statute of limitations on civil action related to sexual assault, and to direct prosecutors to be more aggressive in taking on these criminal cases. Further, the Murphy administration and the General Assembly should pursue legislation to ensure New Jersey’s police and other first responders are better trained to handle sexual assault victims.

Finally, sexual predators like Al Alvarez are only able to stay in power when those around them do nothing. Several senior level members of the Murphy administration were aware of my assault and failed to take meaningful action. Al Alvarez remained employed at a senior level in the Murphy administration until just a few weeks ago, when he knew the Wall Street Journal article was coming out and opted to resign. The failure of members of Gov. Murphy’s staff to respond in an aggressive, proactive fashion is unacceptable.

To other sexual assault survivors in New Jersey, I urge you to join me in coming forward if you are able. I will stand with you, because when we stand together, we are safer and stronger. Our voice is our power. Together, we can finally receive the justice we all deserve.

Murphy has not commented other than saying Alvarez should not have been hired. He was made aware of a “sensitive matter” that needed to be discussed by Brennan in June and claimed his staff would set up a meeting. That was the last Brennan heard from Murphy.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of aide sex assault allegation questioned

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/governor/2018/10/14/murphys-handling-sexual-assault-allegation-called-into-question/1642517002/His accuser, Katie Brennan, was a Murphy campaign volunteer who said she spent more than a year seeking action against Alvarez for the alleged sexual assault before directly emailing Phil and Tammy Murphy in June. Phil Murphy responded within the hour, according to the Journal.

“Hang in,” he wrote. “We are on it.”

But Alvarez remained in his $140,000-a-year position until October. The alleged assault happened in April 2017.

Standards set by the #MeToo movement dictate that credible accusations should be believed. Brennan appears to be extremely credible, having reported her rape immediately after it allegedly occurred. Alvarez offered a $15,000 settlement that would have been attached to a non-disclosure agreement, which Brennan refused.

Where is MSNBC? Where is CNN? Where is Alyssa Milano?

Social media is starting to take notice. In particular, they’re going after Murphy and his wife for speaking out in support of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.

Katie Brennan

My Take

I am a strong proponent for what the #MeToo movement once promoted and how it started. The original intent was to embolden women who had experienced sexual misconduct at the hands of men in power over them. The goal was to give courage to those who were in very tough situations.

Recently, the #MeToo movement has been weaponized. I’m not going to draw comparisons between accusations against Kavanaugh and Alvarez. That would be unfair to Ford since Brennan’s accusations against Alvarez are much more recent and have the benefit of an immediate report to the authorities. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that as of now, either the story hasn’t reached the right people or the right people have chosen to ignore it.

We can’t let them.

It’s not as if this is a political hit job against Democrats. Brennan’s image was used in Murphy’s campaign handouts and she was outspoken as a “Young Democrat of the Week” in New Jersey as a result.

Katie Brennan NJ Democrat

I don’t like when something as heinous as rape gets politicized, but silence from mainstream media and the #MeToo movement is deafening. Would they be avoiding the story if Brennan had accused a Republican?

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Infographic: Opioid overdose deaths in the United States

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Infographic Opioid overdose deaths in the United States

The use of opioids in the United States has dramatically risen in recent years, prompting calls for action from both sides of the political aisle. It’s not like the old drug wars on the streets of New York or the suburbs of Dallas. This drug epidemic is affecting all races, economic conditions, and ages.

In this infographic from Visual Capitalist, they examine the death rates county by county. Of note is West Virginia, where in some areas the opioid death rate is approaching the cancer death rates.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

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Inmates on death row in Washington state given life sentences after capital punishment struck down by Supreme Court

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The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled the death penalty is unconstitutional based on racial bias. This move affirms Governor Jay Inslee’s moratorium in 2014.

“We are confident that the association between race and the death penalty is not attributed to random chance,” the justices wrote in a majority opinion.

Racial bias was cited following a study commissioned by Allen Eugene Gregory, a death row inmate convicted of aggravated first-degree murder. The study found that black convicts were 4.5 times more likely to receive the death penalty than white inmates with similar charges.

The bias was attributed to juries rather than prosecutor recommendations. There was no evidence that prosecutors were more likely to pursue the death penalty based upon race but juries were more likely to sentence with racial bias.

Source: NPR

Washington State Strikes Down Death Penalty, Citing Racial Bias

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/11/656570464/washington-state-strikes-down-death-penalty-citing-racial-biasThursday’s ruling makes Washington the 20th state to abolish capital punishment. According to the ACLU, this state supreme court is the third to do so citing concerns about racial disparities, along with Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The court decided to convert Washington’s current death sentences to life imprisonment. The state’s corrections division says that there are eight people currently on death row.

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