A little long but good stuff, With a good cast of characters.
The Ferguson City Council unanimously decided behind closed doors in March to hire Dan K. Webb of suburban Chicago at an hourly rate that Missouri Lawyers Weekly, a legal publication, said is nearly double Missouri’s highest attorney billing rate last year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. That tab doesn’t include the expenses and fees of any lawyers or paralegals in Webb’s firm who may work on the case.
Webb, 69, is a former federal prosecutor whose clients in private practice have included Philip Morris, Microsoft, the New York Stock Exchange and former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, a Republican who served prison time after being convicted of federal racketeering and fraud charges.
Webb prosecuted former National Security Adviser John Poindexter during the Iran-Contra scandal, leading to Poindexter’s conviction of conspiring to mislead Congress, obstructing congressional inquiries and making false statements. That conviction was overturned on appeal.
Webb will work with the Justice Department, which spent seven months probing Ferguson’s police department and municipal court after white Ferguson officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, in August.
A St. Louis County grand jury and the U.S. Justice Department declined to prosecute Wilson, who resigned in November. But the Justice Department released a scathing report citing racial bias and racial profiling in the Ferguson Police Department and a profit-driven municipal court system that frequently targeted black residents.
After the report, Ferguson’s city manager, police chief and municipal judge resigned. The municipal court clerk was fired for racist emails.
Now it’s up to the Justice Department and the city to negotiate an agreement to reform the police department and municipal court.
A Ferguson spokesman declined to publicly discuss the hiring of Webb.
Brian Fletcher, a Ferguson council member elected in April, said the city faces a $2 million to $3 million budget deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30, and will likely face a similar deficit next year. That’s without the cost of implementing any reforms or paying Webb’s legal bill.
Sometimes all I can do is sit back and shake my head I guess it is only tax payer money……..
CBS Tampa affiliate WTSP-TV reports Dean Liptak was trying to get students to focus on lessons instead of their phones.
School board members in Pasco County approved Liptak’s five-day, unpaid suspension on Tuesday. Liptak didn’t contest the decision.
Officials say Liptak activated the jammer in his Fivay High School classroom from March 31 through April 2.
He later told a school district investigator he never intended to cause problems. He said he thought the jammers were allowed as long as they weren’t intended for malicious purposes.
The district says Verizon chose not to prosecute him, WTSP notes.
Superintendent Kurt Browning wrote in a reprimand letter that Liptak had potentially violated federal law and that the signal jamming could have potentially interfered with others trying to call 911 during an emergency.
“Verizon had come to the school saying someone had a jamming device, because the cell phone service was being interrupted in the area,” WTSP quotew Pasco County School District spokesperson Linda Cobbe as saying.
Cobbe says Liptak’s jamming device blocked communication to the cell tower on the Fivay High campus.
“Stand by Me” is a song originally performed by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King, written by King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, inspired by the spiritual “Lord Stand by Me“, plus two lines rooted in Psalms 46:2–3. There have been over 400 recorded versions of the song. The song is featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me.
In 2015, King’s original version was inducted into theNational Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”,just under five weeks before King’s death.