Supremes clear way. Feds to prosecute Garcia-Zarate proved innocent once.

Trump bashed his way into the White House by demonizing foreign nationals. The 2015 San Francisco Garcia-Zarate trial enabled the rabble rousing demagogue Trump to feed red meat to his base of xenophobic and fearful Nationalist followers. Now, the Garcia-Zarate case will move from State to Federal Court and provide the Trump megaphone with another excuse to summon the narrow minded racist portion of the American public as he practices the dark political arts to gain another four years in power.

Excerpted from San Francisco Examiner 6.19.2019

New trial date likely to be set for undocumented man acquitted in killing of Kate Steinle

The long-delayed federal gun case against an undocumented immigrant at the center of a national controversy over the killing of 32-year-old Kate Steinle is expected to move forward on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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In a 7-2 decision Monday, the Supreme Court upheld an exception to the U.S. Constitution, which says that no one shall be tried twice for the same crime. The exception allows both the state and the federal government to charge a person over a single incident as “separate sovereigns.”

The decision clears the way for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to prosecute Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate on gun charges stemming from the day the 46-year-old Mexican national fired a bullet that ricocheted off a San Francisco pier and killed Steinle nearly four years ago on July 1, 2015.

Jurors in San Francisco Superior Court had already acquitted Garcia-Zarate of murder and manslaughter by the time the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged him in December 2017. The jury had also convicted him of illegal gun possession.

Featured photo –  July 7, 2015 file photo, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, right, is led into the courtroom by late San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, left, and Assistant District Attorney Diana Garciaor, center, for his arraignment at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)


German Feds call Politician murder Neo-Nazi terrorism. Suspect in Custody

The rise of Neo-Nazism is pervasive.

Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 6.17.2019

A suspected neo-Nazi’s arrest in the Kassel politician’s murder case has focused concerns on far-right terrorism in Germany. The city is home to an extremist scene and was the location of a notorious National Socialist Underground  (NSU) murder in 2006.

The implication of a Sunday arrest, coincidentally made on the third anniversary of the killing of British MP Jo Cox by a far-right extremist in the UK, is that the Walter Lübcke case would mark the first time in decades that an active politician was killed by a terrorist in Germany.

The manner of the killing — a close-range shot to the head — also recalled the series of killings by the only neo-Nazi terrorist group that has so far been discovered and investigated by German security forces: the National Socialist Underground (NSU).

Over a seven-year period, the NSU carried out nine murders of people with immigrant backgrounds, using a single Ceska handgun. The last two murders happened over a three-day period in Dortmund and Kassel in April 2006.

Germany’s federal prosecutors have taken over the investigation into the murder of Walter Lübcke, indicating that the killing of the Kassel district president on June 2 is being treated as a politically-motivated terrorist act.

A number of German outlets have reported details of the alleged far-right ties of the suspect arrested in the city of Kassel in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Monday that the 45-year-old man, named only as Stephan E., had a long criminal record, had already issued death threats via his YouTube channel, and that weapons were found during the search of his home.

According to the paper, Stephan E. had written a comment on YouTube in 2018 under his alias Game Over that read “Either this government abdicates soon or there will be deaths.”

Citing sources within security forces, the paper, along with public broadcasters NDR and WDR, said the suspect had been active in extreme-right groups, including the domestic neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) and a group known as the Autonomen Nationalisten (Autonomous Nationalists), a pan-European neo-Nazi group that has adopted some Antifa and far-left tactics.

Stephan E. is also believed to have been sentenced to six years in prison for an attempted bomb attack on a refugee home in 1995. He was also reported to have taken part in an attack on a trade union demonstration in 2009.

Officially, however, the federal prosecutors were giving little away about the investigation surrounding the suspect. Press spokesman Markus Schmitt appeared briefly before the cameras in Karlsruhe on Monday afternoon to confirm that the murder was being treated as a far-right extremist crime. He added that there was no indication yet that the suspect indeed belonged to a particular neo-Nazi terrorist cell, but that police were investigating whether others may have been involved.

The neo-Nazis of Kassel and Dortmund

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Hendrik Puls, researcher of the far-right scene and an academic advisor to the NSU investigative committee established by the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, sees Lübcke’s murder in the context of the neo-Nazi scene that sprang up in the cities of Dortmund and Kassel in the mid-1990s, inspired by the British neo-Nazi group Combat 18.

“That’s the first thing I thought of [when I heard of Lübcke’s case],” Puls told DW. “This is a region that is tightly connected to the activities of Combat 18, both currently and historically.”

In the mid- to late 1990s, Puls explained, Combat 18 and its associated groups began “propagating armed struggle,” for instance by publishing magazines that included bomb-making instructions as well as sharing strategies for armed struggle.


Nazi Scum make Bay Area inroads. Not here!!!!! say outraged neighbors

This Swastika is totally gross, disgusting and should be taken out immediately. In Germany a citizen who displays such a symbol could face criminal charges. In Germany the Swastika is outlawed if used in a context of völkisch ideology. It is reassuring the local citzenry is taking up this issue and demanding that this symbol of hate and genocide be removed immediately. It is despicable.

Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 6.12.2019

An online petition calling on an El Sobrante man to remove a giant concrete swastika from his front lawn has gathered more than 3,000 signatures, but the homeowner sounded unmoved Wednesday.

The petition was posted Monday on the Care2 website by a group calling itself “Not in Our Town El Sobrante.” As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the petition had digital signatures from 3,207 supporters.

The petition’s goal is to persuade Steve Johnson (pictured below), a 67-year-old retired welder, to rip out a swastika he put in his front yard as part of a driveway he said he is building. Johnson told The Chronicle he understood the historical significance of the Nazi symbol, but he decided to install it anyway because he liked the design.


Since news stories about the swastika appeared, Johnson’s car and two pickup trucks have been egged, he said. He suspects neighbors. The answering machine on his phone has been filled with insults and threats, he added, and lots of people have driven past and taken photographs.

Johnson covered the swastika with “blankets and stuff to calm things down,” but he hasn’t removed the offending symbol — though he held out the possibility.

“I haven’t decided what I’m going to do,” Johnson said. “There’s been a lot more (reaction) than I expected. Everybody’s on my butt about this.”

The petition’s author — identified as Sarah Dunham by a Care2 spokeswoman — did not, and she notes that the swastika has become an international symbol of hatred.

Solid win. Carli Lloyd scores double. USA sweeps Chile aside. Tough Sweden next.

The American women played a solid game against Chile, a tougher foe than hapless Thailand.  The Chilean goalkeeper, Christiane Endler, was spectacular in the net and was named Player of the Match despite being on the losing team.

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Carli Lloyd had been blunt leading up to the group match against Thailand: she thought she should be starting for the USA in this Women’s World Cup and disagreed with the coach Jill Ellis’s decision over several months to use her as a substitute.

“There’s nothing there that’s holding me back except for the coach’s decision,” Lloyd said on Friday. But against Chile Lloyd got her chance as Ellis heavily rotated her starting lineup to give preferred players a rest – and Lloyd backed her case with a double, leading the US to a resounding 3-0 winwhich should have been a hat-trick as she missed a penalty.

The score would have become greater but for the Chile goalkeeper, Christiane Endler, (pictured below) who had a sensational second half, making nine savesincluding several impressive ones, to stem the bleeding. The Paris Saint-Germain No 1, playing in her home club stadium, made a couple of difficult diving parries to deny Christen Press in the 58th and 66th minutes.

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“She made four or five saves that were in-the-goal saves,” Lloyd said. “Just incredible.” Ellis added: “As a fan of this sport, they were some spectacular saves. In a game where you feel like you’re going to get the result, there’s less anxiety in terms of her pulling out such worldie saves. She got player of the match in a game they lost 3-0 and I’m good with that.”

For the Americans, fresh off their 13-0 demolition of Thailand, a similar if less spectacular dismantling of Chile was all part of the plan for the world’s No 1-ranked team. The Americans secured their spot in the knockout stages regardless of how their final group game goes and they have put the rest of the World Cup field on notice.

Ellis, seemingly confident about getting past Chile, made a surprise seven changes to her lineup that shellacked Thailand five days earlier. But it was not actually a new tactic; she did the same thing during World Cup qualifying in October, when she made wholesale changes for the USA’s second match in the knockout round of that tournament, only to start her first-choice starting XI through the rest of the games.

America’s Poodle. BiBi Names new Golan settlement ‘Trump Heights’

Another slap in the face to the people of the Middle East. The disgraced Israeli Prime Minister once again bows down before Trump

Deutsche Welle 6.16.2019

Israel’s cabinet has visited the Golan Heights to inaugurate the country’s controversial new settlement. In March, Trump recognized the territory that Israel seized from Syria in 1967 as belonging to the Jewish state.

Israel’s cabinet convened in Golan on Sunday for the naming of the neighborhood currently occupied by four settler families.

Addressing the ceremony, Netanyahu called Trump a “great friend” of Israel and described the Golan, which overlooks northern Israel, as an important strategic asset.

“The Golan Heights was and will always be an inseparable part of our country and homeland,” Netanyahu said.

Opposition MPs quickly denounced the naming ceremony as a “cheap PR stunt” by Netanyahu’s interim government, which failed to form a coalition following an April election victory and now awaits a new September vote.

“It’s a non-binding, fake policy,” lawmaker Zvi Hauser was quoted by the Times of Israel as saying. “There is no budgeting, no planning, no location for a settlement, and there is no binding decision to implement the project. But at least they insisted on a name,” he said.

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Some 23,000 Druze — an Arab Muslim minority also present in Syria and Lebanon — live in the occupied and annexed portion of the Golan Heights, while 25,000 Israeli settlers have arrived there since 1967.

Trump’s recognition of the area as Israeli followed last year’s relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which sparked anger in the Muslim world.

Developing Ramat Trump will not be easy. Ringed by high yellow grass and landmines, it is roughly 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Syrian border and a half hour drive from the nearest Israeli town, Kiryat Shmona, a community of about 20,000 people near the Lebanese border.

Back to the Future: Tabloid sensation Amanda Knox returns to Italy

I paid  scant attention to the lurid tale of Amanda Knox until I read the 2013 novel by Jennifer DuBois, “Cartwheel,” a fictionalized account of the saga which gripped the media for years. Read the book. Fascinating.

Deutsche Welle 6.15.2019

Once accused of brutally murdering her roommate, the exonerated journalist has called for an end to “irresponsible media.” Her case gained widespread notoriety, partly due to the media frenzy surrounding her trial.

Amanda Knox, an American journalist who was exonerated of her roommate’s 2007 murder, criticized media coverage of her case at a conference in Modena on Saturday, marking the first time she has returned to Italy since she was acquitted.

Knox and her boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, were charged with the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in the Italian city of Perugia. Her case gained widespread notoriety with lurid headlines that included such phrases as “Foxy Knoxy.”

“In the court of public opinion, you are not a person, you are an object to consume,” Knox said during a panel entitled “Trial by Media.” “I had no doubt my innocence would save me. But my innocence didn’t save me, because the media created a version of me that did not fit with that story. And people loved their story.”

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Knox’s trial was widely reported on in Italy and the UK, often with sensational angles

Throughout Knox’s trial, defense lawyers argued that she could not receive a fair trial due to the media frenzy surrounding the case.

In an article published on online publishing platform Medium, Knox described being depicted as a “sex-crazed femme fatale” by Italian prosecutors and fleeing Italy “in a high-speed chase, paparazzi literally ramming the back of my stepdad’s rental car.”

“While on trial for a murder I didn’t commit, my prosecutor painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale, and the media profited for years by sensationalizing an already sensational and utterly unjustified story,” Knox wrote.  “It’s on us to stop making and stop consuming such irresponsible media.”

Knox was found guilty and acquitted several times before Italy’s highest court definitively acquitted her in 2015. She spent four years in prison before leaving Italy in 2011.

An Ivorian man who long resided in Perugia was found guilty of the murder in 2008. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison after exhausting the appeals process.

In the run-up to Knox’s participation at the Criminal Justice Festival in Modena, a lawyer representing Kercher’s family told The Associated Press that “inviting her to a technical panel on justice was a mistake.”

Raptors GM Probed. Allegedly Hit Cop After Finals Victory

Could the excessive behavior by law enforcement been due to the fact the Raptors General Manager is black?

Daily Beast 6.14.2019

Toronto Raptors general manager president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri may face charges after allegedly pushing and hitting a sheriff’s deputy in the face moments after his team won the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, authorities said.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s office confirmed Friday morning that they are pursuing a misdemeanor charge against Ujiri for simple battery of a police officer after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, a police spokesman told The Daily Beast.

One reporter who recorded the encounter said Ujiri was “punched and pushed” by a police officer. Police rebuffed that narrative despite video evidence that appeared to be to the contrary, according to a statement from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

“We can confirm our deputy was pushed and struck by a Raptors executive after he asked him for his credentials to go on the court at the end of the game,” the spokesperson said.

The altercation allegedly began after the deputy denied Ujiri access to the floor because he “did not have proper credentials.”

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Photo-Masai Ujiri being interviewed by Doris Burke after the game.

Video footage from NBC Bay Area appears to show the 48-year-old Canadian basketball executive in a verbal scuffle with a law-enforcement officer, as several men separated and restrained both Ujiri and the sheriff’s deputy. Eventually, Ujiri makes his way to the floor where he was hugged by Raptors star point guard Kyle Lowry.

Ujiri appears to be holding a credential in his right hand in the video, however, per NBA rules, only people with designated gold armbands were allowed on the court after the Game 6 game. It is not immediately unclear if Ujiri was wearing an armband or had one in his possession.

“We are working with the Oakland Police Department to file a report and contact witnesses and review video,” the spokesperson said, adding that Ujiri was not arrested.

Both the sheriff’s office and Oakland police will submit reports to the district attorney’s office, the spokesperson added, who will then determine if charges will be filed next week.