July 14, 2016
ISSUE | CLINTON EMAILS FBI backs up lack of 'gross negligence' Commentary writer George Parry concluded that Hillary Clinton committed a crime of "gross negligence" in the handling of her emails while she was secretary of state ("Well-executed sleight of hand in letting Clinton off the hook," Friday). But here are three facts that undermine his conclusion: Secretary Clinton has said repeatedly that she never received or sent any emails that were marked with any level of classified status.
July 12, 2016 |
Sol Wachtler, a former chief judge of New York State, once famously remarked that prosecutors have so much influence, they could get a grand jury to "indict a ham sandwich. " If so, why did FBI director James Comey decline to recommend criminal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who sent and received classified documents on an unauthorized personal server, potentially exposing sensitive intelligence to foreign hackers? The answer is that in most cases, it's a judgment call and evidence of a crime is only one factor in the decision.
July 9, 2016
By George Parry As a criminal defense lawyer who has been forced by unfortunate circumstances to champion any number of hopeless causes, I wish to express my professional admiration for FBI Director James Comey's creative and, dare I say it, "Clintonian" public exoneration of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The FBI investigated Clinton for possible violations of a criminal statute that makes it a felony for anyone lawfully possessing information pertaining to the national defense to allow it, through "gross negligence," to be removed from its proper place of custody and disclosed.
July 8, 2016
SOME PEOPLE seem to think that I actually matter. They message me in response to a particular column with either angry criticism or "atta girl!" euphoria, assuming that whatever I've written will have some impact on other readers. I am often amused by these emails, because the truth of the matter is that I can't even cajole my 7-year-old nephew to stop sticking french fries in the dog's nostrils. Clearly, my persuasive heft isn't all that hefty. And yet, after my most recent foray into politics where I mentioned that I'd probably vote for Donald Trump if no viable alternative presented itself, dozens of readers begged me to stop writing such ridiculous and/or dangerous and/or lunatic things.
July 7, 2016
Discretion within reason is acceptable in law enforcement. But while few complain when leniency is afforded ordinary people accused of minor crimes, there will be many critics of the FBI's decision Tuesday not to recommend prosecution of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for carelessly handling top-secret emails when she was secretary of state. Using his favorite medium for mass communication, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted, "FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security.
July 7, 2016 |
THE POLITICALLY charged FBI investigation of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's email practices has ended with a recommendation that no criminal charges be filed against her. In my view, it's the right recommendation, since the FBI found no proof of criminality in Clinton's use of a private email server for official business while she was secretary of state. However, as FBI director James Comey rightly said regarding eight Clinton email chains on top-secret matters, "any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position . . . should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.
July 4, 2016 |
An alleged serial bank robber nicknamed by authorities the "Straw Hat Bandit" struck again Saturday in Montgomery County, authorities said. Around 10:10 a.m., the man - who concealed his appearance with a tan hat and a makeshift mask of fabric with eyeholes - robbed the PNC bank at 1216 Welsh Rd. in North Wales, the FBI said in a statement. After brandishing a black semiautomatic handgun and ordering customers to the floor, he demanded money from tellers, then fled on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash.
July 2, 2016 |
The weary farmboy who once graced the cover of the Saturday Evening Post might sleep forever, but not the FBI. On Thursday - 40 years since Norman Rockwell's painting Taking a Break was stolen from a Cherry Hill home - the bureau's Art Crime Team issued a new appeal for any information related to the theft. It was one of several items taken during a June 30, 1976, break-in at the home of Robert and Teresa Grant, according to the FBI. The bureau and the Cherry Hill Police Department say they are still seeking leads, Also known as Lazybones , the 25-by-28-inch oil was featured on the cover of the Sept.
July 1, 2016 |
The FBI is asking the public's help in finding a bandit believed responsible for 10 armed bank robberies in Montgomery and Bucks Counties between 2012 and 2015. The suspect, described as a white male in his 50s, about 6 feet tall, with a stocky build, concealed his face with a bandanna, mask, or pillowcase, and often wore hooded sweatshirts, suit coats, and hats. The first robbery took place in Horsham, the last in Dresher. In several stickups, the robber threatened tellers with a black semiautomatic handgun and may have driven a light-blue BMW. The FBI urges anyone with information to call 215-418-4000.
June 29, 2016 |
IN WILLIAM J. O'BRIEN'S eyes, the U.S. government and members of the FBI are a bunch of "liars" and "bullies" who have charged him with drug-related offenses for no legitimate reason. But to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Leahy and her colleagues, O'Brien is a doctor who conspired with the Pagans Motorcycle Club to deal drugs, trade pills for oral sex, and write multiple prescriptions without any type of medical standard or diagnosis. These were the main points in closing arguments in a trial in which O'Brien, who has acted as his own attorney, is accused of 14 counts of drug and related charges, stemming from a "pill mill" he allegedly ran with the motorcycle club.