Visions of a Freeman - Brain Age - 19, November of 2016

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November 19, 2016

One too many excuses from the USA Justice Department.
Venezuelan first lady's 2 nephews found guilty in drug case
Published November 18, 2016 Associated Press
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2015, courtroom file sketch, Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, seated second from left, has an emotional reaction as he is flanked by his attorneys while appearing with his cousin Franqui Francisco Flores De Freitas, far right, in Manhattan federal court at their arraignment on cocaine-smuggling charges in New York. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)

NEW YORK Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady who were charged with conspiring to send drugs to the United States were convicted on Friday by a jury that found evidence of the crime even though the government's star witness came across to at least one juror as "slime."

The Manhattan federal court jury returned its verdict against Efrain Campo, 30, and his cousin Francisco Flores, 31, after less than a day of deliberations. The nephews of Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores were charged with conspiring last year to import more than 1,700 pounds of cocaine into the United States.

Lawyers for Campo and Flores argued no drugs traded hands and the men never intended to deliver any. They blamed a flawed Drug Enforcement Administration-led probe that relied on a longtime informant who was using and dealing cocaine as he helped build the case.


"He was slime," juror Robert Lewis, a 69-year-old architect from Westchester County, said of the informant, Jose Santos-Pena.

A defense lawyer told the jury on Thursday in closing arguments that the first lady's nephews should be acquitted because a U.S. sting operation was so deeply flawed that prosecutors had to take the rare step of notifying Santos-Pena, the star witness, they were ripping up his cooperation deal because of his lies.

"He lied in your face!" attorney David Rody told the jurors. "You saw a rare thing, a government cooperator get ripped up in court."

Rody said the testimony by the informant was crucial to the government's case against Flores and Campo. And he said it explains why the government didn't cut ties with him after learning in April that he had been dealing drugs for the last four years even as he was being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to work as an informant for the DEA and others.


U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty said the defendants would not be sentenced before March, though no date was set. Defense attorneys requested time to challenge the conviction.

Rody, representing Flores, declined to comment after the verdict.

Attorney Randall Jackson, representing Campos, said outside court that his client was "obviously disappointed."

"We're going to see what our next steps are," he said.

Prosecutors had urged jurors to look at other evidence in the case including statements the defendants made to federal agents and recordings of meetings.

Lewis said jurors did just that, relying on transcripts of conversations involving the defendants and text messages to convict.

"Nobody was in love with the witnesses," Lewis said. "We clearly had some bad guys."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Quigley said the defendants "thought they were above the law."

"They thought they could operate with impunity in Venezuela because of who they were and who they were related to," Quigley said in a closing argument Thursday. "They thought they could easily make tons of money sending drugs out of the country because, as defendant Flores said, the DEA is not here and the Americans don't come in here. But they were wrong."
As you can see:
That means that even if the person is guilty or not, the USA Justice Department lost that case.
With an exception...
That they Recognize My Existence and that they Pay Me what is Just.

That news was promoted as I was writing about the Map above on the Social Network:
Obama blocks new oil, gas drilling in Arctic Ocean
Published November 18, 2016 Associated Press
US president Barack Obama waves as he departs from Tegel airport in Berlin Friday Nov. 18, 2016. Obama met the leaders of key European countries to discuss an array of security and economic challenges facing the trans-Atlantic partners as the U.S. prepares for President-elect Donald Trump to take office in January. (Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP)

The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, walruses and other wildlife and exacerbate global warming.

A five-year offshore drilling plan announced on Friday blocks planned sale of new oil and gas drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska. The plan allows drilling to go forward in Alaska's Cook Inlet southwest of Anchorage.

The blueprint for drilling from 2017 to 2022 can be rewritten by President-elect Donald Trump, in a process that could take months or years.

Besides Cook Inlet, the plan also allows drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, long the center of U.S. offshore oil production. Ten of the 11 lease sales proposed in the five-year plan are in the Gulf, mostly off the coasts of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Alabama.


Confirming a decision announced this spring, the five-year plan also bars drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

"The plan focuses lease sales in the best places - those with the highest resource potential, lowest conflict and established infrastructure - and removes regions that are simply not right to lease," said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

"Given the unique and challenging Arctic environment and industry's declining interest in the area, forgoing lease sales in the Arctic is the right path forward," Jewell said.

Industry representatives reacted bitterly, calling the decision political and not supported by the facts.

"The arrogance of the decision is unfathomable, but unfortunately not surprising," said Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association, an industry group.

"Once again, we see the attitude that Washington knows best -- an attitude that contributed to last week's election results," Luthi said, referring to Trump's surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.


More than 70 percent of Alaskans, including a majority of Alaska Natives, support offshore drilling, Luthi said, as do the state's three Republican members of Congress.

Jacqueline Savitz, senior vice president of Oceana, an environmental group, hailed the announcement and praised Obama and Jewell for "protecting our coasts from dirty and dangerous offshore drilling."

The announcement "demonstrates a commitment to prioritizing common sense, economics and science ahead of industry favoritism and politics as usual," Savitz said.

Nearly 400 scientists signed a letter this summer urging Obama to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling.
Nephews of Venezuela first lady convicted of cocaine plot
7 hours ago From the section Latin America & Caribbean
Efrain Antonio Campo Flores (L) and Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas (R) after their arrest in Haiti

Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady have been found guilty of conspiring to import 800kg (1,750lb) of cocaine into the US.

Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, 31, and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 30, were convicted at a court in Manhattan, New York.

Both defendants face up to life in prison when they are sentenced.

They were arrested in Haiti in November 2015, following a sting operation by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Prosecutors said the two men plotted to use a Venezuelan airport's presidential hangar to send the drugs to Honduras and on to the US.


The defendants' lawyers argued that the sting operation was deeply flawed and built around an unreliable informant.

The informant, Jose Santos-Pena, was using and dealing cocaine as he helped the DEA build the case, defence lawyers said.

Mr Santos-Pena had signed a co-operation deal to testify against the defendants, but when the defence produced evidence that he had lied, prosecutors took the unusual step of announcing in court that his deal would be torn up.

"He lied in your face!" defence attorney David Rody said to jurors. "You saw a rare thing, a government co-operator get ripped up in court."
The defendants are nephews of first lady and politician Cilia Flores

One juror, Robert Lewis, a 69-year-old architect from Westchester County, called the informant "slime".

"Nobody was in love with the witnesses," Mr Lewis said. "We clearly had some bad guys."

Campo Flores and Flores de Freitas are nephews of Cilia Flores, the wife of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Ms Flores is also a deputy in the National Assembly of Venezuela, of which she was president from 2006 to 2011.

She reportedly raised one of the two defendants after his mother died. She has not commented on their arrest and trial.

Assistant US Attorney Brendan Quigley said the men "thought they were above the law".

"They thought they could easily make tons of money sending drugs out of the country because, as defendant Flores said, the DEA is not here and the Americans don't come in here," he said.

"But they were wrong."
Or more if so the Court Decides.

For the Crimes of:

1) Conspiracy.
2) Harassment.
3) Psychological Abuse against Me and My Country.
4) Using Me with Nicknames such as Oil for Economic Games.
5) Using USA Celebrities to try to profit from the Conspiracy.
6) Harassment against Me by a USA Police Force (DEA).
7) In complicity with the BBC and London.

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