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Can anyone say RICO?

 

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The Hunterdon Country prosecutor was fired after he refused to drop a 43 count indictment against Deborah Trout, a Christie Republican crony and the corrupt Sheriff of Flemington.

 

She was charged, among other things, with hiring friends without background checks, making employees sign "loyalty oaths", manufacturing fake police badges for donors and having her deputies threaten critics.

 

The day the indictment was unsealed, a Christie appointee took over the prosecutor's office, fired three veteran prosecutors, including those who worked on the case, and killed the indictment. Then a judge dismissed it, and all evidence regarding the case was shipped to Trenton.

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Look at the collection of crooks, criminals and scumbags Christie crony Deborah Trout hired.

 

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Trout takes office on Jan. 1. Within days, she swears in Gregory Ezekian Jr. and John Falat Jr. as investigators. Ezekian had been dismissed from two prior police department jobs, in Rockaway Township (Morris County) in 2000 and in Alpha (Warren County) in 2006, for various reasons, and had been barred from future police jobs in those jurisdictions.
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At the time of his hiring in Hunterdon, Ezekian is fighting a drunk driving conviction and loss of driving privileges, both of which were known to Trout. Falat had never held a position in law enforcement, but had worked and contributed to Trout’s campaign. The Freeholders meet in private with Trout for three hours expressing their concerns.
(...)
A legal settlement between the State SPCA and the Warren County SPCA leads to the state office to take over the county organization, formerly run by now Undersheriff Michael Russo. During Russo’s term, a 2001 State Commission of Investigation report on county SPCA abuses and corruption called the Warren County group “the paradigm of a society that is out-of-control, that exists for the personal benefit of some of its participants and that has wielded its authority in highly inappropriate ways.” Trout and her two sheriff’s investigators, Gregory Ezekian and John Falat were also members of the Warren County SPCA during the Russo years.
(...)
Ezekian will resign in June, weeks after Trout confiscates his weapon at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office. He’ll later be charged with knowingly “provided false, inaccurate or incomplete answers” on his Sheriff’s Office employment application and comes to plead guilty and forfeit his right to possess weapons or hold a law enforcement position in the state
(...)
Detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office arrest Falat and charge him with falsification of records, a fourth-degree crime. He’s accused of “knowingly making false statements under oath or equivalent affirmation, when he did not believe the statements to be true.” Falat’s attorney will later say that he’ll fight the charges rather than seek a plea deal.
(...)
Judge Ciccone announces indictments against Trout, Russo and Falat after a grand jury identifies 41 counts of official misconduct and other crimes. Hunterdon County Prosecutor J. Patrick Barnes resigns the same day and the Prosecutor’s Office is taken over by the state Attorney General’s Office. The assistant prosecutor who led the case will later claim that state officials forced Barnes “to resign on the same day the indictments were unsealed in order to create the public impression that (Barnes) made that decision.”
(...)
Acting County Prosecutor Dermott O’Grady announces that the case against Trout and her staffers is under review by the state Attorney General’s Office Division of Criminal Justice and could be dismissed. In August, the AG’s Office takes charge of the case and on Aug. 23, Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong agrees to dismiss the charges after Deputy Attorney General Christine Hoffman tells him that she had reviewed the case and found “legal and factual deficiencies” in the indictments. The same day, Governor Chris Christie names Anthony P. Kearns III as Hunterdon County Prosecutor to replace interim prosecutor O’Grady.
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Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn is fired by O’Grady after he complains that the state takeover of the Trout case was to derail it. Assistant Prosecutor Charles Ouslander files retirement papers and is gone a week or so later. By November, a third assistant prosecutor, William McGovern, who led handled the Trout case, will also resign.
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Interim Prosecutor O’Grady sends memo to the office staff barring them from discussing anything about the Trout case with newly named Prosecutor Kearns or anyone appointed by him. Trout, Russo, Falat and several others say they’ll seek $10 million in damages each from the Freeholders, former Prosecutor J. Patrick Barnes and a host of others, claiming false arrest, malicious prosecution, invasion of privacy, false imprisonment, damage to their reputation, emotional stress, and pain and suffering.
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former Assistant Prosecutor Barlyn claims that state Attorney General Paula Dow and others in the Christie administration conspired to dismiss criminal charges against Trout and her associates. (...) Russo’s claims that Christie would make the charges “go away” are recalled.





http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2013/10/timeline_deborah_trouts_tenure.html

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Look at the collection of crooks, criminals and scumbags Christie crony Deborah Trout hired.

 

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Trout takes office on Jan. 1. Within days, she swears in Gregory Ezekian Jr. and John Falat Jr. as investigators. Ezekian had been dismissed from two prior police department jobs, in Rockaway Township (Morris County) in 2000 and in Alpha (Warren County) in 2006, for various reasons, and had been barred from future police jobs in those jurisdictions.

(...)

At the time of his hiring in Hunterdon, Ezekian is fighting a drunk driving conviction and loss of driving privileges, both of which were known to Trout. Falat had never held a position in law enforcement, but had worked and contributed to Trout’s campaign. The Freeholders meet in private with Trout for three hours expressing their concerns.

(...)

A legal settlement between the State SPCA and the Warren County SPCA leads to the state office to take over the county organization, formerly run by now Undersheriff Michael Russo. During Russo’s term, a 2001 State Commission of Investigation report on county SPCA abuses and corruption called the Warren County group “the paradigm of a society that is out-of-control, that exists for the personal benefit of some of its participants and that has wielded its authority in highly inappropriate ways.” Trout and her two sheriff’s investigators, Gregory Ezekian and John Falat were also members of the Warren County SPCA during the Russo years.

(...)

Ezekian will resign in June, weeks after Trout confiscates his weapon at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office. He’ll later be charged with knowingly “provided false, inaccurate or incomplete answers” on his Sheriff’s Office employment application and comes to plead guilty and forfeit his right to possess weapons or hold a law enforcement position in the state

(...)

Detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office arrest Falat and charge him with falsification of records, a fourth-degree crime. He’s accused of “knowingly making false statements under oath or equivalent affirmation, when he did not believe the statements to be true.” Falat’s attorney will later say that he’ll fight the charges rather than seek a plea deal.

(...)

Judge Ciccone announces indictments against Trout, Russo and Falat after a grand jury identifies 41 counts of official misconduct and other crimes. Hunterdon County Prosecutor J. Patrick Barnes resigns the same day and the Prosecutor’s Office is taken over by the state Attorney General’s Office. The assistant prosecutor who led the case will later claim that state officials forced Barnes “to resign on the same day the indictments were unsealed in order to create the public impression that (Barnes) made that decision.”

(...)

Acting County Prosecutor Dermott O’Grady announces that the case against Trout and her staffers is under review by the state Attorney General’s Office Division of Criminal Justice and could be dismissed. In August, the AG’s Office takes charge of the case and on Aug. 23, Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong agrees to dismiss the charges after Deputy Attorney General Christine Hoffman tells him that she had reviewed the case and found “legal and factual deficiencies” in the indictments. The same day, Governor Chris Christie names Anthony P. Kearns III as Hunterdon County Prosecutor to replace interim prosecutor O’Grady.

(...)

Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn is fired by O’Grady after he complains that the state takeover of the Trout case was to derail it. Assistant Prosecutor Charles Ouslander files retirement papers and is gone a week or so later. By November, a third assistant prosecutor, William McGovern, who led handled the Trout case, will also resign.

(...)

Interim Prosecutor O’Grady sends memo to the office staff barring them from discussing anything about the Trout case with newly named Prosecutor Kearns or anyone appointed by him. Trout, Russo, Falat and several others say they’ll seek $10 million in damages each from the Freeholders, former Prosecutor J. Patrick Barnes and a host of others, claiming false arrest, malicious prosecution, invasion of privacy, false imprisonment, damage to their reputation, emotional stress, and pain and suffering.

(...)

former Assistant Prosecutor Barlyn claims that state Attorney General Paula Dow and others in the Christie administration conspired to dismiss criminal charges against Trout and her associates. (...) Russo’s claims that Christie would make the charges “go away” are recalled.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2013/10/timeline_deborah_trouts_tenure.html

This is only the beginning. We can compare this to Chicagos mob-style politics for now. I mean this is New Jersey we are talking about here Issy poo. :)

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Soon Isabel the lunatic is going to say the whole state of NJ is in on a conspriacy with Christie....The left is going off the deep end.

What's next, Manny ? You gonna start shouting, Bengahzi, Bengahzi, Bengahzi ?

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The lawsuit against this particular piece of Christie bullying and corruption is still in the courts.

 

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The 43-count grand jury indictment read like a primer in small-town abuse of power. It accused Sheriff Deborah Trout of hiring deputies without conducting proper background checks, and making employees sign loyalty oaths. Her deputies, the indictment charged, threatened one of their critics and manufactured fake police badges for a prominent donor to Gov. Chris Christie.

 

When the charges became public, the indicted undersheriff, Michael Russo, shrugged it off. Governor Christie, he assured an aide, would “have this whole thing thrown out,” according to The Hunterdon County Democrat. That sounded like bluster. Then the state killed the case.

 

The article details how the Attorney General for the state of New Jersey -- appointed by Chris Christie -- made an absolute mockery of justice in this case, protecting a fellow Christie ally, firing long-time career prosecutors, and throwing out an indictment that was more than solid.

 

The case against Sheriff Trout -- a high-profile Christie supporter and Republican -- was filed by Hunterdon County assistant prosecutor William McGovern, a no-nonsense Republican himself. This was no partisan witch hunt. The article's author interviewed a number of members of the grand jury that signed off on the indictment, and each of them found the evidence brought against the defendants by the original prosecuting attorneys to be highly persuasive. One juror called the case a "no-brainer." Another said all the jurors agreed, and that the case was "cut and dried."

 

Yet, after the indictment was unsealed on May 7, 2010, Paula Dow, the Christie-appointed Attorney General, moved quickly. She sent in a deputy, Dermot O’Grady, to take over the local prosecutor's office. Referring to the indictments of Trout and her deputies, a spokesman for the Attorney General's office offered this cryptic statement, “It’s still a Hunterdon case. But we control the office.” McGovern was swiftly removed by O'Grady as the case's lead prosecutor.

 

The new officials sent by the state started mucking around, and ultimately withdrew the indictment.

 

 

 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/11/1246177/-NJ-GOV-Could-this-front-page-NYT-story-defeat-Chris-Christie

 

Wow christie can't run a little state like new jersey. my county is bigger.

Sure, if your "constituents" are dirt and weeds.

 

What's next, Manny ? You gonna start shouting, Bengahzi, Bengahzi, Bengahzi ?

Yes.

 

Yes he is.

 

LOL.

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Never trust a republican

Just look at the Democrats. The DA's know better than to charge them with crimes and the Federal system is even worse. Look at the IRS scandal. An Obama sycophant was put in charge and the investigation was white washed without ever contacting the victims or their attorneys. This nevr happens in a real investigation. Librals rant that liberal organizations were affected. 8 were investigated further and 7 then got their certification. While over 140 Republican organizations still have not received their certifications after years. The process is supposed to talk maybe 3 months if something more is needed from th organization.

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Just look at the Democrats. The DA's know better than to charge them with crimes and the Federal system is even worse. Look at the IRS scandal. An Obama sycophant was put in charge and the investigation was white washed without ever contacting the victims or their attorneys. This nevr happens in a real investigation. Librals rant that liberal organizations were affected. 8 were investigated further and 7 then got their certification. While over 140 Republican organizations still have not received their certifications after years. The process is supposed to talk maybe 3 months if something more is needed from th organization.

The NJ state legislature is investigating Christie's criminal closing of the GW bridge, and the Federal government is also investigating his closing of the bridge, as well as his using Sandy funds to bully and shake down the Hoboken mayor.

 

I wonder if this new attention to his illegal interference in a prosecution will have an effect on the case - involving his bullying and cronyism in defying the will of a grand jury in order to protect yet another of his corrupt cronies.

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brcon, on 21 Jan 2014 - 3:43 PM, said:

What's next, Manny ? You gonna start shouting, Bengahzi, Bengahzi, Bengahzi ?

 

 

Gee I don't know dip [excrement]...Maybe the families of those murdered want the truth of the Benghazi cover up. How would you feel in one of your family members were murdered and over a year later no one has been held accountable. Remember when Obama said he was going to bring those responsible to justice? He just didn't mean himself.

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Former prosecutor accuses Christie administration of corruption in NJ court

 

 

JERSEY CITY — A veteran prosecutor ousted by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration waged a fierce battle in a state appeals court Tuesday, accusing top administration officials of corruption and asking the judges to unseal confidential documents that he says back his claims.

 

Bennett A. Barlyn says the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office was working an ironclad criminal case on a local sheriff and two of her deputies in 2010 when the state Attorney General’s Office swooped in, quashed the indictment, fired him for voicing objections, and threatened another prosecutor to keep quiet.

 

The sheriff, Deborah Trout, is an acquaintance of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and pitched in on Christie’s gubernatorial campaign in 2009, court records show. The indictment charged that Trout hired deputies without conducting background checks — a potential criminal offense in New Jersey. Among other allegations, it charged that Trout’s office also gave a fake police ID to a pharmaceutical executive who donated thousands of dollars to Christie’s campaign.

 

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/ousted_prosecutor_accuses_christie_administration_of_corruption_in_nj_court.html

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Repubs like corruption. That's why they come here and defend it. In their little minds, that's how government should work. That's also why they cling to their made-up dem scandals. Obama is as honest as any recent president and they know it. That's why they twist theirselves in knots trying to convince the world he's a liar.

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Repubs like corruption. That's why they come here and defend it. In their little minds, that's how government should work. That's also why they cling to their made-up dem scandals. Obama is as honest as any recent president and they know it. That's why they twist theirselves in knots trying to convince the world he's a liar.

 

Nothing says corruption at the highest level quite like bullying, threats and bribes (with taxpayer dollars.) As a matter of fact, if we found evidence of kickbacks for votes to support legislation, that might just be impeachable. Or using taxpayer money to save the pensions of political allies.

 

Yep, we're in complete agreement.

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Repubs like corruption. That's why they come here and defend it. In their little minds, that's how government should work. That's also why they cling to their made-up dem scandals. Obama is as honest as any recent president and they know it. That's why they twist theirselves in knots trying to convince the world he's a liar.

Exactly. They are big fans of Hitler's favorite propaganda technique - Turnspeak. Just accuse your opponent of whatever evil or corrupt thing YOU are doing.

 

The latest laughable example of that was Huckabee's bizarre libido speech. He described the cons' nasty position towards women exactly, but simply inserted: "Democrats think..." before each sentence. It was an astoundingly flagrant confession.

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