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No, I am not saying that Judge Keith P. Ellison has formed a cover band and is belting out Rolling Stones tunes from his garage somewhere in Texas. Although, he may be honing his Mick Jagger strut for a grand debut on the local music scene, and that’s fine with me.
What IS NOT fine is this……during a recent sentencing hearing of former KBR Consultant Jeffrey Tesler and former KBR CEO Albert “Jack” Stanley, statements were made by Judge Ellison which I considered as biased and down right prejudicial. I have to tell you I was fit to be tied after reading them.
Ellison said he was sympathetic to Stanley and Tesler, both of whom are well-educated, white-collar executives in their 60s. He said he’d seen studies indicating prison is harder and less effective on such defendants than it is on lower-income criminals. There should be a more productive way to use the men’s professional skills to improve society rather than just imprison them, he said at the hearing.
Jack Stanley and Jeffrey Tesler were convicted of a crime and not just any crime but a multi-million dollar bribery over a period of at least 10 years with a foreign government. They’re both f’ing criminals and they should be in jail and I don’t give a rat’s ass if it’s hard on them. Perhaps they should have thought about the consequences before one or both of them “lost touch with themselves.” Read the remainder of this entry »
Former Chairman and CEO of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Foreign Bribery and Kickback Schemes
Stanley asked the judge for leniency, saying he’d been raised on “traditional American values of hard work, honesty and integrity.”
“But somewhere along the way my values were compromised, through ambition, ego or alcoholism,” Stanley said. “Somewhere along the way, I lost touch with Jack Stanley.” ~Bloomberg
U.K. Solicitor and Former Salesman Also Sentenced for Participation in Scheme to Bribe Nigerian Government Officials
(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – February 23, 2012 – Albert “Jack” Stanley, a former chairman and chief executive officer of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. (KBR), was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by participating in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to obtain engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts and for conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a separate kickback scheme, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division today announced.
U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison for the Southern District of Texas also ordered Stanley to serve three years of supervised release following the prison term and to pay $10.8 million in restitution to KBR, the victim of the separate kickback scheme. Stanley, 69, pleaded guilty on Sept. 3, 2008, to a two-count criminal information charging him with one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
Two of Stanley’s co-conspirators also were sentenced by Judge Ellison. Today, Jeffrey Tesler, 63, a United Kingdom citizen and licensed solicitor, was sentenced to 21 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Tesler also was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and previously was ordered to forfeit $148,964,568. Yesterday, Wojciech J. Chodan, 74, a United Kingdom citizen and former salesman at KBR’s U.K. subsidiary, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine. Chodan previously was ordered to forfeit $726,885.
British man gets probation in KBR bribery scheme
HOUSTON (AP) – A British man has been sentenced to probation for helping a former Halliburton subsidiary steer massive bribes to Nigerian officials to win more than $6 billion in construction contracts.
Wojciech Chodan was sentenced Wednesday in Houston federal court to one year of unsupervised probation and fined $20,000.
In a plea agreement, the 74-year-old admitted that from 1994 through 2004 he helped Houston-based KBR bribe the Nigerian government to obtain contracts for liquefied natural gas facilities.
Chodan faced up to five years in prison for one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He pleaded guilty in December 2010.
Two others who also pleaded guilty in the bribery scheme — ex-KBR CEO Albert “Jack” Stanley and a British lawyer — are to be sentenced Thursday. (click HERE for original article)
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First Iran exiles leave Ashraf camp in Iraq
About 400 Iranian exiles have been transferred from their long-held camp in north-western Iraq.
They are members of the People’s Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) , based at Camp Ashraf since the 1980s.
It is the first step of a process that aims to see the entire 3,400-strong community expelled from Iraq.
But members of this advance party are complaining bitterly that their treatment has fallen far short of that promised by the UN and US.
The exiles, who are opposed to Iran’s Shia clerical rulers, were welcomed by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein but have fallen out of favour with Iraq’s new Shia-dominated leadership.
Relations with the Iraqi government deteriorated still further last April, when an Iraqi army raid on the camp left 34 residents dead, according to the UN.
At first, they refused to countenance leaving Camp Ashraf, but the UN has been trying to broker a compromise. In December the group’s Paris-based head Maryam Rajavi agreed that a first contingent of 400 would move in what she called a “goodwill gesture”.
The Iraqi government has extended a deadline for the camp to be shut down to the end of April.
On Saturday, the first group arrived at Camp Liberty near Baghdad, but complained that they had been searched for almost an entire day before they were allowed to leave Ashraf, and had been searched again on arrival at Camp Liberty. (Click HERE for article)
Ex-soldier gets 15 years for sexual abuse of minor in 1990s
Army investigated in 1996, but no charges were filed
Casey Grove – (Anchorage Daily News) – February 17th, 2012 – An Anchorage man who admitted to sexually abusing a girl in the 1990s while stationed in the Lower 48 and Germany was sentenced Wednesday to serve 15 years in federal prison.
“When I served four years in the military, it wasn’t so that Bechtel, KBR, Halliburton and all the other corporations could make money and buy politicians to further drag out the war and create policies that support all that,” Bodell said. “I fought for the Constitution, for representation and for freedom of the American people.” ~ Kole Bodell, Salt Lake City, UT
Ex-officer indicted for coercing soldiers
(Windsor Star) – January 21, 2012 – A former Danish officer has been indicted for threatening to send troops under his command to the Afghan front line if they refuse to pay a fine for certain errors, website Politiken said Friday.
The 33-year-old, in charge of a royal guard unit in Afghanistan, “put pressure on a number of soldiers in Afghanistan daily to contribute to a system of illegal financial penalties,” said the website.