Monday, October 14, 2019

Christine and Liam's Wedding --- a social success that underlined the power couple's continuing political clout


Liam was dapper and Christine lovely at their very proper, yet quite trendy affair at the Liberty Warehouse at the end of Conover Street in Red Hook  ---  the Statue of Liberty, Governor's Island, Lower Manhattan at sunset --- perfect.....


And the politicos on hand were a Who's Who of the newest generation of GOP and Conservative Party types from Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan and the rest of the metropolitan area  ---  with a good smattering of another generation of "oldtimers"


Virtually the whole Malliotakis team,  including everybody from the candidate herself to its newest members,  were working the room hard  ---  as much to wish Liam and Christine well as talk up their good, bad or indifferent campaign for congress in Staten Island and Southwest Brooklyn



This wasn't a "football wedding" at the Sheridan K of C,  your run of the mill catered affair at the Bay Ridge Manor, or even something like they might throw in what's left of the Dyker-Bensonhurst catering palaces.....   It was classy, glitzy and trendy;  and it was very much downtown and "New Brooklyn".....

Christine's dress was something that moved many of those traditionalists present,  especially the women.....  Her bare shouldered silky sheath dress, with its complex crystal halter were the perfect dynamite look for the church wedding and evening reception.

Liam was in his glory, as he looked like Cary Grant,  Sean Connery,  Bradley Cooper and  Hugh Jackman rolled into one in his classic dinner jacket tux.

Even though the wedding event was social and sociable,  when it comes to a couple like Christine and Liam,  politics is never far away;  and last Thursday night was no exception. So many of the toasts and testimonials were about who met whom during what campaign,  the non-political folks in the large crowd must have felt out of place,  or at least in the dark.

The room was full of the latest generation of conservative Republican movers and shakers, as well as by-now-old-timers like Jerry K. and  Fran V-M;  and they were all there to celebrate Liam  and Christine.  The love and affection were real.

Although there were some soto voce "comments" here and there about some past screw-ups of this, that or the other;  but none of it could diminish the fact that it was Christine and Liam's night.  More than once in the evening, during very animated conversations,  Liam McCabe all but burst out singing Stephen Sondheim's  "I'M STILL HERE"..... 

Based on what was obvious last Thursday night, he's right;  and Christine is right there by his side. It is clearly a very formidable "two for the price of one" team in Brooklyn GOP and Conservative Party politics going forward.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saladino Tweets a devastating anti-Malliotakis clip --- Where Nicole repeatedly slams Trump


"Joey Salads" has the goods to win the GOP primary  ---  or at least make sure that Nicole Malliotakis loses


It's simple, it's straightforward,  it's accessible,  it's on Joseph Saladino's Twitter site  



Joey Salads has zeroed in on our oh so lovely Greek goddess' Achilles Heel  ---  her convoluted square dance of non-support-support for President Trump. If the clip that was worth a MILLION words wasn't clear enough for some in NY's 11th CD,  then he had these tidbits to chew on:

"This is my NEVER-TRUMP RINO Primary opponent. Staten Island is Pro-Trump. This will be an easy Primary Win!" ---3:16 PM - 4 Oct 2019

and then this:
"Share this with all your Staten Island Friends and Family, Nicole Malliotakis is a NEVER TRUMPER!" ---3:18 PM - 8 Oct 2019


Take a look;  it makes one wonder how Nicole M. moved from her strong anti-Trump stand,  where she couldn't think of anything good that he'd accomplished,  to her current position of strong support for President Trump..... (See  "This is my NEVER-TRUMP RINO Primary Opponent" 10/4/19, Saladino for Congress Twitter Site  [https://twitter.com/JoeySalads/status/1180245246300569605]).

The hornets nest of replies for and against Joey Salads' Tweet shows what this primary fight will be all about   >>>   all ad hominem,  all the time.....

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Are the wheels coming off any campaign for Nicole Molly O'bupkis ???


What do you think when you read something like this:


"....  Malliotakis – a vocal opponent of President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda – is trying to be the Republican Congressional candidate for the 11th District in New York to take on incumbent Rep. Max Rose in next year’s general election. Her campaign has failed to gain momentum in its early stages, and now it is in jeopardy of falling apart due to this bribery scandal...."

                      --- by Joshua Finkelberg from "The Schpiel"


That's just one of the multiple stories about Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis' staff-challenged operation of late (See:  "Putz:  Malliotakis Congressional Campaign in Shambles as Campaign's Mob Ties are Revealed  --  Her Primary Opponent, Joey "Salads" is Now the Candidate to Beat"  by Joshua Finkelberg,  10/4/19   [https://theschpiel.com/politics/malliotakis-congressional-campaign-in-shambles-as-campaigns-alleged-mob-ties-are-revealed/]).

In case you missed it, one of Nicoles' most recent staff hires,  is widely reported to have been arrested and turned out looking a little "mobbed up."  It's all because of a federal probe of  local mob operations to fix NCAA basketball games.....

Nicole "M" (no relation to the "M" in the James Bond) quickly threw her latest staff guy,  Benjamin Bifalco,  under the buss  ---  leaving everybody to question why he was even on her bus in the first place.....

Nicole's Republican Primary opponent,  Joseph Saladino,  aka "Joey Salads,"  was quick to make hay while the sun was still shining.  He was quoted as saying:  “This is just another item in the long list of her political history that makes her unqualified to hold a political office, especially in the House of Representatives....”

Hasn't Nicole heard of "vetting" potential staff hires ? ---  Or was she >>>told<<< to hire this jamoke  ??  ---  Or is it all Greek to her ???

Don't that beat all.  Yuh, just can't make this stuff up !!!

Monday, September 30, 2019

The October Surprise --- Brooklyn GOP finally schedules its 2019 County Convention


Given the complete disappearance of telephone booths,  one wonders if a properly sized venue was available at any location  ---  given the intense interest generated in this year's event by your Golden-Ghorra team


The new Brooklyn GOP Headquarters is now officially located in a "Suite" that is smaller than a shoe box  ---  another milestone in the Ghorra regime  >>>  Brooklyn GOP "Headquarters" is now a mail-drop,  not even desk space in some office with a secretary to answer the phone


The main issue to be decided in this year's Brooklyn GOP Convention is the following proposition:  "Can the Brooklyn GOP have its collective active membership asymptotically approach zero by the elections of 2020 ???"

Friday, September 27, 2019

Whistleblower --- schmisselblower !!!


The Democrats have decided that they want to join Alice in her descent into the earth on the trail of the white rabbit in the hat


I've read the "Whistleblowers Complaint" and I have one question:  "Is this supposed to be bad for Trump or Biden or both"


So far so good  ---  the Intelligence IG did fine in his sworn testimony explaining his refusal to turn the Whistleblower's letter and exhibits over to congress


Republicans are still strongly behind President Trump


As with all things Trump,  we'll have to wait and see how all this turns out



The man in the street Republican can still confidently assert  ---  "The whistleblower complaint about President Trump’s phone call with the president of the Ukraine and related matters is  “fake news”  and  “information warfare”  against the President of the United States.  It's only Democrats grasping at straws and thinking they can selfishly spin it into political golde for themselves

the whistleblower complaint about President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine as "fake news" and "information warfare against the president."

Monday, September 23, 2019

Isn't it about time to look closer at Joey Saladino For Congress in NY-11 ???

He's there !  He's aware !! He's on a tear !!!  ---  GET USED TO IT !!!!!

Here's some of what he has to say: 
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They constantly act against our best interests
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Here's what he has to say about the GOP organization candidate:
Please support my congressional campaign here.
Even $1 helps, I am going against a Never-Trump RINO!
Saladino for Congress  @JoeySalads.

And then there's this:
"... I challenge my Never-Trump RINO primary opponent, @NMalliotakis, to a casual debate/discussion on her Anti-2nd Amendment stances and her support of Government Forced Injections...."
"... She [wouldn't] respond, and I never expected her to.
"... It is a lose lose for her, because I [would] destroy her and it would] discredit her [ ] being a serious politician...."
Maybe, there really is something brewing here.....
Let's see what happens next.....








Thursday, August 29, 2019

Too many details, just too many details


What is the new NYS Conservative Party Chairman up to  ???


I think that Stephen Witt missed his chance at a really big scoop with his KCP article  ---  "Golden Weighs Options For Rubber Match With Gounardes"......


The article, which strongly quoted from Jerry Kassar's remarks made during an interview with KCP,  focused on two or three races in districts that include big stretches of  Bay Ridge,  Dyker Heights, lower Bensonhurst and other areas,  are quite specific about the goings on with Marty Golden and his former district,  and much less so about the other races


The real scoop is  that Kassar had so much to say about Marty Golden and the NYS Senate going forward  ---  especially the parts where Kassar said:  1) Marty Golden might NOT be the GOP-Conservative Party candidate in 2020;  2) Marty Golden doubts that the Republicans will be able to regain control of the NYS Senate after the 2020 elections;  and  3)  that Marty Golden would  have to give up a very big job with the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens in order to run


Here is everything that Kassar had to say about next year's state senate contest in the Southwest Brooklyn district now represented in the NYS Senate by Democrat Andrew Gounardes:   


“....  'Marty has not made a decision yet. We’ve been talking to him, and he’s not sure yet, as he has a very good job with the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens,' said Kassar, who served at Golden’s chief of staff when he was in the senate....  Kassar said besides having a good job, Golden does have concerns about Republicans taking back the senate. 'The Senate [minority Republicans] will make gains next year but I suspect it will be difficult [for them] to take back the majority,'  said Kassar....  Kassar said if Golden decides against running, the Conservative Party/GOP has every intention of running someone else, and there are several people asking around and showing interest if Golden decides against running....  'There are certain community activists from Bay Ridge to Gerretsen Beach to Marine Park that feel for one reason or another that Andrew [Gounardes] is not doing a good job,” said Kassar. “I feel strongly his [Gounardes] voting record is not consistent with the majority of the people in the district. Andrew’s progressiveness wants to be fair handed, but it’s fair handed towards progressives.'...” 
(See  ""Golden Weighs Options For Rubber Match With Gounardes" by Stephen Witt,  8/28/19,  King County Politics Blog  [https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/golden-weighs-options-for-rubber-match-with-gounardes/]).  

It's obvious that Jerry Kassar is forcing somebody's hand;  and he is trying to make something happen.  However,  whose hand is Kassar trying to force;  and what is Kassar trying to make happen exactly ??? 


I'm pretty sure that what Kassar is trying do with his interview by Steve Witt has little if anything to do with Ted Ghorra or any part of  the Brooklyn GOP.



Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019

There is no longer any formal Republican Organization for the County of Kings



Chairman Defunctus Ted Ghorra is now absolutely and completely a "Chairman" without any portfolio or meaningful cachet whatsoever  ---  It's all due to Ghorra's intentional nonfeasance of his ordinary and proper duties  ---  something,  given his obvious scienter in the matter, that also rises to the category of  "misfeasance" under all of the current circumstances


The Brooklyn GOP has suffered a fate akin to that of the Mary Celeste, and more recently, that of the Edmund Fitzgerald


Somebody has to be made to pay the price for this travesty  ---  and made to pay it quickly.....




If anybody still cares and has an actual interest in the existence (or nonexistence) of an organized  Brooklyn Republican Party,  they would need to head into New York Supreme Court and petition the court for all necessary and proper relief  ---  that should include a cigarette and a blindfold for former Brooklyn GOP Chairman Ted Ghorra, along with all of the other hors de combat and other necessities for a proper execution of sentence.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Why Isn't the Queens DA Primary decided yet ???


Some say that the "slow walk" to a conclusion is part of the "Queens establishment-Democrat" plan  ---  with Melinda Katz declaring "victory" each step along the way


According to several reports, the "official" Queens BOE recount will "certify" Melinda Katz as the Democrat nominee for Queens DA early next week  ---  with a paper thin margin of about sixty (60) votes


Then the case will go back into "Queens Supreme Court"  ---  however it will be in front of a Brooklyn conservative Republican judge  ---  Hon. John G. Ingram, a very long-time Acting NYS S Ct Justice  ---  yes,  the retired Naval Reservist Captain and law-and-order type, who was on Mike Long's list of Court of Claims appointees that was rubber stamped by Pataki back in the day, who as a NYS judge/justice has almost aged-out completely



If Melinda Katz wins "again" in court, expect that some meaningful "gratitude" will be shown towards the Brooklyn Conservative Party, now "headed" by.....  (Oh, what difference does it make  ---  like Judge Ingram, everybody involved is still a Mike Long sock-puppet  ---  meaning what he says goes.)

And (show of hands)  who here believes that as long as Mike Long still draws breath, he will sit still and allow Tiffany Caban to take a giant leap toward becoming the Queens DA  ---  or even one small step in that direction ?????

.....  and then there's the recent Marty Connor addition  (with a possible backdoor connection to  NYS Justice Ingram ).....   Curiouser and curiouser !!!!!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Don't look now, but the NYS Republican Party is flat broke


The Cox departure as the NYS GOP Chairman was accompanied by a strong whiff of scorched earth


Based on the most recent BOE filings, the NYS GOP Campaign Committee has way less than $20,000 on hand  ---  after former chairman Edward Cox handed over almost four times that amount to his most loyal friends and supporters in the GOP since the last reporting period



Let's see what the incoming Langworthy regime does to dig its way out of this deep hole.....

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Brooklyn GOP has failed to properly organize for its functioning in 2019, 2020 & 2021 --- Will that pave the way for a NYS GOP takeover of the Brooklyn Republican Organization


Brooklyn GOP "Chairman Defunctus" Ted Ghorra has again failed to perform one of his official duties properly  ---  that sort of  has become his apparent recurring management style  


Rumor has it that Ghorra is telling some folks that "the State" has given him permission to hold-off the 2019 Brooklyn GOP County Convention until September 2019


One big question is  ---  WHY ???


Almost needless to say  ---  this isn't "rocket surgery"  ---  and the question begs:  did our bumbling Brooklyn GOP Chairman get his law license in a box of Cracker Jack ?????




The Kings County Republican Party rules appear to be clear and unambiguous:

"....

SECTION 3. The County Committee shall meet within twenty days after its election for the purpose of organizing the County Committee, at a time and place designated by the Chair of the outgoing County Committee, who shall preside at the meeting until a Chair is elected, provided however that the Chair of the outgoing County Committee may designate any enrolled Republican to preside until a new Chair is elected. The following shall be the order of business at the organizational meeting: (1) Call of official roll; (2) Adoption of rules; (3) Filling vacancies in the County Committee; (4) Election of officers; (5) Report of Treasurer; (6) Unfinished business; (7) New business; (8) Adjournment...."


So why wasn't the convention of 2019 Kings County Republican Committee noticed and conducted in a timely fashion by the "Chair of the outgoing County Committee" or his designee ?

Monday, July 8, 2019

The recount in the Queens DA primary begins tomorrow


Only 16 votes separated the two leading candidates in the initial primary count  ---  with Melinda Katz nosing out Tiffany Caban at the wire with a big lead in "valid" paper ballots

Without a doubt, this case is headed to court eventually  ---  where the fix will be in for somebody




Just like in the 2016 Clinton-Sanders primary,  the Democrat Party establishment has demonstrated how far it will go to protect its interests against any encroachment by "Reformers".....

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Just how openly CRIMINAL are the Queens Republicans and Democrats willing to be to try to stop Tiffany Caban ???


It's all there in black and white in the Queens Daily Eagle  ---  "GOP nominee for Queens DA would step aside for 'good...  Surrogate’s Court assignments — lucrative opportunities to administer wills and estates while collecting a percentage of the assets[']...."  --- That is a clear and unambiguous  >>>  CRIMINAL QUID PRO QUO  <<<  for a access to the ballot on the Queens GOP line


This article is a "smoking gun" even before the commission of a crime  ---  NOW, THAT'S A FIRST  ---  and it breaks new ground for stupidity even FOR REPUBLICANS



Right now, the Queens Democratic machine has the Surrogate's work in Queens locked up tight as a drum  ---  with the fiasco of Tiffany Caban headed toward being the Queens DA, some in the Queens GOP see an opportunity to pry away some of that source of "lucrative opportunities" for some of the more deserving GOP lawyers in Queens  ---   AH!  WHAT A COUNTRY.....

Hey, don't take my word for it, read it for yourself  (See  "GOP nominee for Queens DA would step aside for 'good candidate' Lasak" by David Brand,  6/27/19,  Queens Daily Eagle  [https://queenseagle.com/all/kogan-lasak-gop-nominee-district-attorney-queens]).  Don't be fooled by the title,  even though it names Greg Lasak and was intended as a puff piece for him (and everybody knows that his man Quirk loves political puff pieces and has long been quite comfortable with criminals and criminality),  the article makes it clear that the same deal would go for Melinda Katz as well.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

A Query by Jess Askin


Did Dennis Quirk "succeed" in getting Tiffany Caban to be the Democrat DA nominee in Queens by pushing former top ADA and recent hack judge Greg Lasak for DA right to the end ???



On the surface, it looked like the Brooklyn Democrat County Leader Frank Seddio was engaged in some solid analysis of the wheels coming off of the Democrat "Machine" in Queens  ---  the reality is that he was engaged in a fake news blast and an "in plain sight" cover-up of his own dirty involvement in Queens DA race



There was a pretty good pop psychology, self-help type book from the late 60s and early 70s called,  "I'm OK, You're OK".....  Without getting into the more solid aspects of transactional analysis, I'll cut to the chase of one of author Thomas Anthony Harris' main themes  ---  it is almost never "OK" to tell anybody  >>>  "I'm OK, and you're not OK".....   However that is exactly what Democratic County Leader Frank Seddio did in a Stephen Witt blessed article that appeared in Kings County Politics a couple of days ago  (See "Seddio Blasts Caban Win In Queens DA Race"  by Kelly Mena (w/ Steve Witt obviously breathing down her neck)  6/27/19,  Kings County Politics/ Elections   [https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/seddio-blasts-caban-win-in-queens-da-race-cites-inexperience-age-as-factors/]).

The article starts out with this very intriguing lead paragraph:  "Kings County Democratic Party Boss Frank Seddio took a shot across the bow at both Queens County District Attorney-elect Tiffany Caban and the relentless progressive movement where millennial neighborhoods turn out in droves for their candidate, overwhelming neighborhoods of color in what some call political gentrification...."   But after that, it's very clear that it was all a bait 'n' switch for Big Frank to cover his trail in the Queens DA race; and more important, cover his ass along with that of an important political ally, Dennis Quirk.

Here's what Frankie-Boy doesn't want anybody to know  ---  post-2019 primary ---  Malinda Katz would be the Democrat nominee without question if Denis Quirk did not push the Greg Lasak campaign for DA right to the very end.

There's some real ferment to pick up one of the top Democrat LOSERS to be the GOP Queens DA nominee instead of Dan Kogan.  The talk is that it is likely to be Ms. Katz  ---  but I wouldn't count Quirk's guy Lasak quite yet.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

It's Primary Day --- EH !!!

Since I moved out of Brooklyn  ---  I can't legitimately vote in this year's Republican Primary there  ---  Thank the Lord for small favors.....


That about covers it.....

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Time to get serious --- Is the Brooklyn GOP soon going to be dead, like in "forever" ???


Does anybody think that Nick Langworthy will make some kind of positive difference for any Kings County team headed by Ted Ghorra and Marty Golden with Jerry Kassar in the wings pulling the strings ???



Ed Cox was a routine catastrophic presence as NYS Republican State Chairman  ---  for Republicans his results were pretty much like those of the "Titanic" or the "Hindenburg," for his full tenure taken as a whole,  maybe even like 9/11.....   That's lots of very bad stuff for a very long time,  but life went on.

Langworthy the unworthy's impact on NYS GOP politics could well be on the scale of the long-awaited blowing off the top of the Yellowstone Caldera.....

Now, go do your Geology homework.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Jim Keegan --- R.I.P.

Bay Ridge & New York Metro Area RTL and ultra-conservative activist and organizer, and good friend and former co-worker of mine, James Keegan, passed away last week after a long and fruitful life



He will be missed by many more than his children, grandchildren, other family members and close personal friends.  I am referring especially to those folks who had been active with him in Catholic Church matters in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens and the Archdiocese of New York, and in a variety of other kinds of conservative "issue-related politics" throughout NYC, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.

He will be waked at Clavin's funeral home in Bay Ridge [7722 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209]  on Tuesday; and his funeral mass will be celebrated at The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help [60th Street & Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY] at 10:00 AM on Wednesday.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Maybe, Phil Vetrano can't help himself and he really wants to be caught....


In a very recent interview with NANCY GRACE since Chanel Lewis was found guilty after a re-trial, the victim's father, Phil Vetrano, re-established how near to the time of Karina Vetrano's actual time of death he was out in the same patch of weeds in the Gateway National Park supposedly "looking for" his daughter at a particular spot along the route where she said she would be running.  That spot was closer than the supposed "sneaker throw" away from where HE LATER 'FOUND' HER BODY


So much anticipation  ---  Phil Vetrano started having "a bad feeling" only fifteen minutes after his daughter had left to go jogging on the August 2016 day that she died. He went out into the weeds looking for her a short time later.


If you believe some of this Howard Beach mamaluke's twisty-turny story,  it sounds like Phil Vetrano was ready to start looking for Karina's body BEFORE SHE DIED....



That leads to a few key questions:

Why wasn't he able to save her, if he was out and about, and so nearby ?

Why didn't he see or hear anything indicating that Karina was in a life and death struggle; or right after that, that somebody was cleaning up and rearranging the "crime scene,"  including re-posing Karina Vetrano's body at the crime scene ???

Why didn't Phil Vetrano see Chanel Lewis either kill is daughter or doing any of the stuff that he supposedly did around the "crime scene" after her murder ?????



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A series of TRAVESTIES led to the "GUILTY VERDICT" and "JUDGE ALOISE' SENTENCE" of lifetime imprisonment of Chanel Lewis


NYS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE MICHAEL ALOISE is the keystone in the faulty arch of white "criminal justice" that has put CHANEL LEWIS in jail for life 


Chanel Lewis is going to be one of the historic names in the  >>> evolution <<<  of real justice for black people caught up in the "criminal justice system" and winding up in the sewer pipe of America's criminal courts

               

---  And if that evolution doesn't happen quickly and in due course, the call for justice for Chanel Lewis will quickly become revolutionary.....   

                                        

In April 2019 in Queens County, in the CIty and State of New York,  the arch of white criminal justice and the arc of racial justice in the history of the United States are completely out of alignment  ---  that is a major structural flaw  ---  and that is a dangerous situation



More radical groups have suddenly taken up the cause of Chanel Lewis.....   

It won't be long before this becomes a "NO JUSTICE --  NO PEACE" thing  ---  this time I think that they will be right.....

A typical report on the retrial and sentencing of Chanel Lewis by Queens Judge Michael Aloise recently appeared on the internet  (See "With Hints of the Central Park Five, Activists Charge That Disabled Black Man Possibly Railroaded Into Murder Charge" by Angela Helm,  4/23/19,  The Root/ Crime/  Chanel Lewis   [https://www.theroot.com/with-hints-of-the-central-park-five-activists-charge-t-1834249273]).

Here is only a little bit of what Ms. Helm had to say about it:   "....  There was an uproar in the Queens County Criminal courtroom after the judge rendered Lewis’ sentence, as some believe that the 22-year-old developmentally disabled Brooklyn man did not receive a fair trial in the high profile case....   Since Lewis’ conviction April 1—after five hours of jury deliberations in a retrial—an activist named Mo Glover started a Color of Change petition, “Chanel Lewis Deserves a Fair Trial,” alleging that Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and the judge presiding over the case ignored critical evidence of juror misconduct and condoned racial profiling...."

That seems to put the crosshairs right on the key culprits in the railroading of Chanel Lewis  ---  the engineer was in the DA's Office and the conductor was the man in charge of the trial, Queens County NYS Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise.  Make no mistake, Ms Helm also mentions the cops and the very vituperative Vetranos.

Let's see what happens sooner  ---  JUSTICE  ---  or  ---  a significant BREACH OF THE PEACE with much more brio than was seen at the courthouse when the sentence was announced by Judge Aloise.....

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Serious charges of "juror misconduct" leveled at multiple jurors in the Chanel Lewis retrial



At least three jurors allegedly acted in an imperious and improper manner to ram through their prejudiced views and conclusions regarding Chanel Lewis and his  "GUILT" on all charges

The boldness and overbearing attitude of at least three offending jurors suggests that they felt confident and well-placed to control the outcome of the verdict, as well as insulated from any negative fallout from their unlawful activity

As one veteran Brooklyn GOP observer might say,  "The Question Begs"  ---  Did New York State Court personnel in Queens assist Queens County prosecutors by  "seeding" the jury pool with a bunch of specially chosen "hanging" jurors immediately in advance of the retrial of Chanel Lewis



In the past few days,  multiple media outlets have reported on (an) affidavit(s) claiming that several improper acts by several jurors seriously tainted jury deliberations in the Chanel Lewis retrial;  and at least one counter affidavit submitted by the Queens DA's office.

Special attention needs to be given to two articles in particular  (See "Vetrano trial juror affidavits detail allegations of misconduct and counterclaims" by David Brand, 4/18/19, The Queens Daily Eagle   [https://queenseagle.com/all/-vetrano-lewis-affidavits-juror-misconduct-];  and   " 'My Mind Is Made Up': Affidavit Details Alleged Juror Misconduct In Chanel Lewis Trial" by Jen Chung, 4/19/19,  Gothamist/ News   [http://gothamist.com/2019/04/19/chanel_lewis_juror_misconduct.php]).

At least one post-trial submission indicates that at one juror certainly is still actively cooperating with the Queens DA's office.

Don't expect much from any hearing on these matters by Queens County NYS Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise.  He is a pro-prosecution hack; and is a "Cracker Jack Jurist" only to the extent that he obtained his credentials as a jurist as prizes in boxes of Cracker Jack(s).

Friday, April 12, 2019

Journalist documents >>> "Sandbagging" <<< and >>> "Trial By Ambush" <<< at Chanel Lewis retrial by prosecutors, the trial judge and the OCME's twisty-turny testifier Dr. Margaret M. Prial



“Queens DA makes a mockery of due process in Chanel Lewis trial”                                 

                 ---Ted Hamm in  “The Indypendent”


 
 A senior reporter and now a college don at a small but esteemed Brooklyn institution of higher learning  >>> bells the cat <<<  about the “[re]trial by ambush” of Chanel Lewis 




“Mid-trial disclosure of significant scientific evidence is trial-by-ambush and makes a mockery of a defendant’s right to a fair trial....  What is the defense supposed to do when sandbagged in this manner?” 

                --- Former Prosecutor,                                                     and now a top tier advocate                                        for the improperly convicted



Hamm also gives some detailed dirt about the OCME’s Margaret Prial,  who testified at both the trial and retrial of Chanel Lewis,  but had some very new material in her presentation for the prosecution at the second trial of the diminutive young black man from Brooklyn




This is what the journalism professor in the County of Kings chose to make his lead in a recent article about a terrible miscarriage of justice in the County of Queens:   At the outset of day four (Thursday, March 21) of the retrial of Chanel Lewis for the murder of Karina Vetrano, Queens prosecutor Brad Leventhal walked over to the defense table with paperwork in his hand….   ‘We just got a new report from the medical examiner about Lewis’ hand injury,’ Leventhal informed Lewis’ team. As they read through the material, Lewis’ lawyers were visibly concerned….   Leventhal then told Judge Michael Aloise that they had just received the new findings. Aloise advised the defense that since there was no motion to include the evidence, there was nothing for him to rule on at that point. But on day six (Tuesday, March 26), Aloise, a strident ally of the prosecution, determined that Leventhal could indeed use the material. And the next day, Dr. Margaret Prial of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of New York City took the stand….”   (See  “Queens DA makes a mockery of due process in Chanel Lewis trial”  by Ted Hamm,  4/11/19,  The Indypendent   [https://indypendent.org/2019/04/queens-da-makes-a-mockery-of-due-process-in-chanel-lewis-trial-2/]).  

Journalist and Professor Hamm continued with this:   "....   After Dr. Prial provided a graphic description of Vetrano’s brutal death by strangulation, jurors went to lunch. When they came back, they learned details of a report that Prial had not presented when she testified at the November mistrial. Based on blood cultures taken from the hand injury that brought Lewis to SUNY-Downstate Medical Center the day after Vetrano’s murder, Prial now argued that the bacteria in the cultures came from a mouth and anus, and from brackish water. In one of his two confessions, Lewis said that he had wiped off his bloody hand in a puddle at the murder scene....   Prial’s updated findings made only a minor splash. But they formed a dramatic part of Leventhal’s marathon closing statement on Monday, April 1. The already-high volume prosecutor shouted that the bacteria proved that after killing Vetrano, Lewis probed her cavities and that 'he had his way with her!'..." 


--  Former Prosecutor and now a top tier advocate for the improperly convicted says:  “Mid-trial disclosure of significant scientific evidence is trial-by-ambush and makes a mockery of a defendant’s right to a fair trial....  What is the defense supposed to do when sandbagged in this manner?”  

-- Other defense advocate quoted as saying the prosecution violated the Criminal Procedure Law of New York State during the retrial of Chanel Lewis


Professor Hamm's article included statements from several top defendants' advocates indicating that the late disclosure of the additional material from a new report by OCME  Medical Examiner Margaret Prial was very prejudicial to the rights of the accused and was a direct violation of the Criminal Procedure law of the State of New York. And that Dr. Prial's new [changed] testimony might well have led to the conviction of Chanel Lewis.

Ted Hamm's piece also contained some key pieces of negative history involving  Dr. Prial's shifting testimony in other cases.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The saga of the retrial of Chanel Lewis should not END without special mention of the NY Times' coverage of the case by Jan Ransom


The title of Ms. Ransom's most recent article about this case, "Mystery of Karina Vetrano’s Death Ends With Murder Conviction" does not bespeak the very pithy content of her reporting about the summations and the "guilty" verdict handed down by the retrial jury in the Chanel Lewis case  ---  it is probably not  >>> HER <<<  choice for a title,  that being the province of some NY Times headline editor



In some ways, her lead paragraph says it all  ---  "A Brooklyn man was found guilty late Monday of murdering a woman while she jogged in a Queens park, ending a two-week trial that had raised questions about coerced confessions, racial profiling and police practices...."  (See  "Mystery of Karina Vetrano’s Death Ends With Murder Conviction"  by Jan Ransom,  4/1/19,  NY Times/ New York   [https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/01/nyregion/karina-vetrano-trial-verdict.html]).

A little later in her piece, Ms. Ransom says that,  "....  Mr. Lewis’s first trial, five months ago, ended with a hung jury. Some jurors then were swayed by defense arguments that Mr. Lewis’s confession was coerced and that the DNA evidence was contaminated....   But after only five hours of deliberation on Monday, at his second trial, a different jury found Mr. Lewis guilty of first-degree murder and other charges for the strangling of Ms. Vetrano...." 


JAN RANSOM ENCAPSULATED KEY ELEMENTS OF THE TRIAL VERY WELL

For the prosecution there was this:   "....   With each witness, prosecutors sought to show that the DNA evidence had not been tainted and that Mr. Lewis had not been pressured into confessing to a crime he did not commit, as the defense argued....   The lead prosecutor, Brad A. Leventhal, said it was '376 billion times more probable it’s his DNA under her fingernails' than somebody else’s. Mr. Leventhal said the argument from defense lawyers that Mr. Lewis gave a false confession 'makes no sense.'...   Mr. Leventhal said evidence from cellphones placed Mr. Lewis in the area of the park at the time of the murder. He also stressed that Mr. Lewis’s cellphone contained downloaded images of the crime scene and internet searches about 'second chances.'..."

And for the defense, this:  "....  Mr. Lewis’s lawyers had sought to poke holes in the prosecution’s case, suggesting that the investigation into Karina Vetrano’s murder was 'sloppy.'  Investigators and the medical examiner, they said, had not checked for DNA evidence at the crime scene or on other parts of Ms. Vetrano’s body — aside from her neck and nails....   'This is tunnel vision clouding judgment,' said Robert Moeller, one of Mr. Lewis’s lawyers. 'You see things that could have been done were not done.'...   Mr. Moeller told jurors that reasonable doubt exists. He said there was no video of Mr. Lewis entering or leaving the park and no fingerprints or hair, or 'the kind of DNA that will tell you what happened.' He argued that Mr. Lewis’s DNA could have ended up on Ms. Vetrano through transference if they touched the same surface at some point....   He also argued that Mr. Lewis’s statements to investigators were inconsistent with evidence at the crime scene. He told the police she drowned in a puddle, for instance, yet autopsy results show she was strangled."

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

One thing is clear about the Chanel Lewis retrial --- Justice Michael Aloise acted like he was Judge Roy Bean


From the beginning to the end, this most overturned trial judge in Queens County ran roughshod over Chanel Lewis' defense team during the retrial  ---  the last thing being his forcing the jury to work over a day and a half on their first day of deliberation  ---  leading some jurors (about 3 of them) initially leaning towards "not guilty" to switch to "guilty" shortly after they had dinner late


Some Legal Aid attorneys have even suggested that some of Judge Aloise' actions were unprecedented


Maybe, it's all because Judge Aloise' daughter, Nicole Aloise, is an ADA in Queens County  ---  and  ---  there was a feeling around the courthouse that the Queens DA's Office and everybody that has an interest in continuing most of the old Queens DA's ways and means of "getting things done" needed a "win" in the Chanel Lewis retrial very badly.  [For example, can you even whisper the name "Gregory Lasak" and not get an old-fashioned thrill in your loins ???] 



All of this is still percolating.....



Monday, April 1, 2019

FLASH UPDATE: CHANEL LEWIS FOUND GUILTY AFTER RETRIAL



What more needs to be said, right now.....


....  Well, I'm sure I'll think of something  ---  soon enough.....

Judge Michael Aloise just keeps doing one outrageous thing after another.....


During the defense summation, the trial judge, NYS Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise, stood on the bench next his chair and mugged at the jury


I think some of the jurors had enough of this trial already  ---  first ADA Brad Leventhal ranted at them during a large part of his summation  ---  then, Judge Aloise scowled at them during part of the defense summation 


Is it any wonder that one of the first notes out of the jury room during early deliberations at the retrial was that the retrial jury says it is deadlocked already.....



The day started as expected with Judge Aloise summarily dismissing the defense application for additional evidentiary hearings in light of last week's "anonymous letter."

However, this judge's  hank-panky really got off the ground during one part of defendant counsel Robert Moeller's summation.  It's interesting that Mr. Moeller focused on the failure of investigators and OCME technicians to do a complete battery of "elimination DNA testing"  ---  meaning that there had to be almost  tons [ and that would be 29166666666666664 picograms per U.S. ton] of unidentified DNA at the crime scene and even on Karina Vetrano's body.

Sorry to be so brief, but that's all my BSIs with eyes and ears in the courtroom had for me.

Let's see if this retrial jury has the balls to dump this stinkin' case a second time.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

FLASH UPDATE & BACKFILL: MORE DETAILS ABOUT THAT "ANONYMOUS LETTER" EMERGE



ABC SHOWS HOW THE  “ANONYMOUS LETTER”  DELIVERED ON FRIDAY PUTS SEVERAL CRACKS INTO THE CASE AGAINST CHANEL LEWIS

 

ABC NEWS IDENTIFIES THE ALLEGED SENDER OF THE BOMBSHELL ANONYMOUS LETTER AS A >>>  “LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCE”

 

AN NYPD DEPUTY CHIEF IS QUOTED AS REPEATEDLY TELLING MEETINGS OF INVESTIGATORS TO   “…  [LOOK] FOR TWO JACKED UP WHITE GUYS FROM HOWARD BEACH…”

 

DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT JOHN RUSSO’S SUDDEN REVELATION LATE IN THE INVESTIGATION THAT CHANEL LEWIS SHOULD BE MADE A SUSPECT IS PUT INTO A WHOLE NEW GLARING SPOTLIGHT BY HIS FELLOW DETECTIVES



According to an up-to-date report from ABC News,   “….  Defense attorneys said that the three-paged typed letter pointed attorneys to several meetings among investigators during the first two weeks of the probe during which -- according to unknown author of the letter -- NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper ‘stated on several occasions at these meetings’ they are ‘looking for two jacked up white guys who are from Howard Beach.’…"   (See  “An anonymous letter from an alleged law enforcement source says Karina Vetrano's killers were 'jacked up white guys' “   by  Christina Carrega,  3/30/19,   ABC News   [https://abcnews.go.com/US/anonymous-letter-alleged-law-enforcement-source-karina-vetranos/story?id=62059077]).

The ABC News report also stated that a Legal Aid spokesperson said that   “….  We received troubling and reliable information indicating that the police withheld critical Brady information about other potential suspects, which was never turned over to the defense….   Moreover, we learned that the police approached our Mr. Lewis to obtain a DNA swab as part of a race-biased dragnet, which involved the swabbing of over 360 African-American men in Howard Beach and other neighboring sections of Brooklyn and Queens….   In light of this case-altering information, we plan to submit motions on Monday seeking a hearing as to the prosecution's failure to disclose this exculpatory evidence and a new hearing challenging the [New York Police] Department’s unconstitutional racial profiling throughout their investigation....”

Perhaps as significant as the other bombshell insights contained in the letter,   ABC revealed that detectives working the case didn’t think that Det. Lieut. John Russo’s attempt to specifically finger Chanel Lewis for special scrutiny was credible.  Here’s what ABC’s Christina Carrega said another detective on the case thought of Russo’s tip:   According to the three-paged typed letter sent to the defense team, after Lewis' sample was taken, one of the detectives ‘reported back to Lt. John Russo the following,  "He's not the perp. He's too puny and dimwitted."…   Nonetheless, Lewis was arrested, allegedly confessed and was charged in February 2017 with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse.'...”


Friday, March 29, 2019

In a surprise pair of moves, both sides in the Vetrano-Lewis Murder Trial rested


Summations and jury instructions likely on Monday.....


Defense team sees the same dynamics in play as there had been near the end of the first trial of Chanel Lewis  ---  lead defense attorney appears confident in a very conservative defense strategy focusing on the cumulative shortcomings of the police and prosecution case


The same prosecution OCME DNA expert talked about similar DNA results from a "new" set of tests  ---  and she was more feisty on cross-examination by defense counsel about contact DNA  ---  saying that "...  DNA can't fly..."


Early in proceedings during the retrial of Chanel Lewis, one of the defense team confided to an esteemed senior member of the press that,  if the prosecution pursued a similar trial strategy to the first trial, the defense would hunker-down in a very tight passive-defensive position  ---  make similar arguments to the jury as were made at the first trial  ---  and be sure to preserve a  "good record for appeal".....

From the very beginning, the defense was shooting for a second hung jury; and failing that, has been confident that several  preliminary admissibility rulings by Judges Lasak and Aloise, and multiple trial rulings by Judge Aloise, were jointly and severally so bad that an appeal to the Second Department would be likely to be successful.

BTW, I don't know if the defense intends to go there during summations,  but DNA certainly can fly.....


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A really big win for President Donald Trump over the puny-looking Dems in Congress


House Republicans only suffered defections by fourteen of their members in the key vote to support the President of the United States




Here's how Fox News reported on the House failure to override the President's veto of the passed congressional resolution to invalidate President Donald Trump's "Emergency" measure shifting allocated military funds to his Border Security program:

"House Democrats on Tuesday failed to override President Trump’s first veto as part of their battle over border security, representing a victory for the administration that allows the president's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border to stand....   The president had vetoed a Democrat-backed measure to cancel that emergency. The House voted 248-181 on Tuesday in favor of overriding – but this fell 38 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed. Only 14 Republicans voted in favor of the veto override....   Trump had declared the border emergency under a law that lets him shift budget funds to address dire situations. His plan is to shift an additional $3.6 billion from military construction projects to work on border barriers. Congress voted this year to limit spending on such barriers to less than $1.4 billion, and Democrats accused Trump of ignoring lawmakers' constitutional control over spending....   The failure to pass[ ] the veto override earned praise from [T]rump, who in a tweet called it a 'BIG WIN today on the border.'...   Trump's emergency declaration drew unanimous opposition from congressional Democrats and opposition from some Republicans, especially in the Senate, where critics objected that he was abusing presidential powers...."  (See "House Dems fail to override Trump veto in fight over border emergency declaration" by Andrew O'Reilly, 3/26/19, Fox News/ U.S./ Border Wall  [https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-fails-to-override-trumps-veto-of-measure-to-terminate-national-emergency-on-border]).

Other media outlets, like NPR and Politico are trying to say that the President's immediate success is  ephemeral or only temporary, because there is  still a battle to be fought in the Federal Courts.  However,  that is nothing but "sour grapes" by the MSM at this momentous victory by the President over a balky and disorganized Congress, led in the House by the Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

For her part, Pelosi promised another confrontation and vote in six months,  which is allowed in the same law that allowed the President to act the way that he did in an emergency, and also gave the Congress the right to have a vote to block him if he used that authority move budgeted and appropriated funds at six month intervals.

The replay of the "confession tape" at the retrial of Chanel Lewis


Daily News reports that the prosecution hopes that the taped confession works better with this jury than it did the first time it was used by the prosecution



According to the lead paragraph is some editions of the "Daily News" today,   "A taped confession from the man accused of killing jogger Karina Vetrano was played for a second Queens jury Monday, and prosecutors are hoping it has better results than the first time they showed it...."  (See "2nd jury hears taped confession in murder trial of Vetrano suspect"  by Leonard Greene & Mikey Light,  3/25/19 [print editions 3/26/19],  NY Daily News/  Queens/ New York  [https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/ny-vetrano-taped-confession-jury-20190325-zz4fpuyrdraalokv2n7awtu24q-story.html]).

The article went on to say this:  "The defense claims the confessions were coerced, and the videos were not enough to convict Lewis last year when his first trial ended with a hung jury in November....  But Det. Barry Brown had a new audience, and he walked jurors through the hours Chanel spent in a Queens holding cell, watching cartoons until he was ready to talk...."

The Daily News coverage by Messrs. Greene and Light gives certain highlights about what appeared on the tape  ---  however, it didn't mention the obvious confusion that Chanel Lewis displayed at many of the questions, and it didn't show that Chanel Lewis' description of the crime scene and account of what he did to Karina Vetrano are not accurate depictions of what did happen. Most of all it didn't show all of the "questioning" of Chanel Lewis before he made his confession.


Sunday, March 24, 2019

What David Brand didn't say about Phil Vetrano in his article last week.....


David Brand did an article about Phil Vetrano's testimony ---  it appears for March 20th in the online version of the Queens Daily Eagle



David Brand's report of Phil Vetrano's testimony seems straightforward enough.....   However, don't let that fool you  ---  David Brand knows a lot more about all of this than he is letting on.....  


And one of the reasons he ain't talkin' [yet] should knock your socks off.....



Here's what seems like the straight scoop from David Brand:  "The father of Karina Vetrano, the 30-year-old woman killed while jogging near her Howard Beach home, took the stand for the second day in a row Wednesday to describe the events leading up to his daughter’s death.... Phil Vetrano began his emotional testimony on Tuesday in the retrial of Chanel Lewis, the East New York man accused of killing Karina during a random encounter in Spring Creek Park on Aug. 2, 2016.... 'What I said today is exactly what I said before,' he told Assistant District Attorney Brad Leventhal after Leventhal asked if he had 'tailored' his testimony in 'any way shape or form' from his testimony in the first trial.... Phil, who wore a light purple shirt and purple tie under his suit jacket, said he put a fresh screen protector on Karina’s cellphone while she was in her bedroom eating a slice of pizza and changing before her jog. Leventhal played a surveillance video of Karina picking up food from a pizzeria on Cross Bay Boulevard earlier in the afternoon.... 'Are you going to go in there?' Vetrano said he asked her, referring to Spring Creek Park. 'I don’t think it’s a good idea.'... Vetrano had injured his back the day before and did not accompany her, he said.... the next time he saw Karina was when he found her bruised body in a thicket of weeds, feet from the trail.... 'I put my hands, my arms under her arms and picked her up towards me,' he said, adding that police officers nearby pulled him away.... 'I got her up and if felt like instantaneous that they were swarmed all over me,' Vetrano said during cross examination by defense attorney Julia Burke...." (See "Murdered Jogger's Father Testifies Again In Murder Retrial"  by David Brand, 3/20/19,  Queens Daily Eagle   [https://queenseagle.com/all/2019/3/20/vetrano-dad-testifies-again-in-murder-retrial]).


OF COURSE, THAT'S NOT THE SAME AS BEFORE.....

Needless to say to those familiar with this case,  that does not track with how Phil Vetrano testified at the first  trial of Chanel Lewis.  ---  In other words, among other things both ADA Leventhal and Phil Vetrano were lying to the jury in the second trial about what Phil Vetrano told the jury in the first trial  ---  in more other words, Phil Vetrano's testimony was different in many ways, shapes, and forms from the first trial --- and during many interviews about how he found his daughter and what he did with her body before police took her away from him.

To be fair to David Brand, he does tell us that. However, it is coded in a very off-hand, by the way manner; and it was apparently isolated to a "... phone call about the dirt bikers [that] was not mentioned during the first trial...."


THE UNTOLD STORY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE COURTHOUSE CONCERNING DAVID BRAND'S REPORTING ON PHIL VETRANO'S TESTIMONY

No, I haven't buried my lead.....  I am not ready to give a full report on what my BSI in the Queens Courthouse told me happened to David Brand, which might have thrown him off of his "A" game reporting on Phil Vetrano and Phil Vetrano's testimony.

It seems that somebody, who apparently wants to see Chanel Lewis convicted really badly, might have put some Howard Beach style gorilla moves on reporter David Brand, and implied that there could be real problems if the reporting on Phil and his testimony wasn't a certain way.

Rumors about this incident have worked around to several of the reporters and other close observers of this retrial  ---  I promised to hold back on the details to let some pros in the press handle it their own way.....