November 3, 2015 § Leave a comment


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Terror Bomb Plotter Who Targeted Oprah Released from Chicago Jail

February 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

Terror Bomb Plotter Who Targeted Oprah Released from Chicago Jail

I have another terrorist threat warning to report to you, courtesy of Judicial Watch’s Corruption Chronicles blog. Remember the narco-terror conspirator named Emad Karakrah? Karakrah was a member of the terrorist cell behind the attempted 2009 bombing of Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago studios and the Sears Tower building. Well, he is back on the loose after being incarcerated, compliments of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The agency seems to think it can exert some kind of control over Karakrah, but there is good cause for skepticism.

Karakrah was reportedly recruited as an FBI confidential informant back in 2009 after his bombing plot against Winfrey and the Sears Tower (now known as Willis Tower) was thwarted. But he quickly cut loose from the FBI and successfully evaded the agents for the several years, according to our sources.

We covered Karakrah’s January Chicago plea hearing before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Evelyn B. Clay, and later obtained a copy of the official court transcript, which missed some key information about the behavior of the FBI representative in attendance. The FBI agent, a white male in his 40s, with short brown hair and an ID badge hanging from his neck, waved and nodded in Karakrah’s direction. We did contact the FBI asking for comment on this report, but it declined to respond, as it has when reached for comment on other stories in the on-going narco-terror series.

We have provided extensive coverage of the role Karakrah played in the narco-terror ring centered in El Paso, Texas, with connections in Chicago and New York. This is what we know right now. Your Judicial Watch has verified that Karakrah is no longer in custody at the County Cook Jail, which the Illinois Department of Corrections confirmed to us in writing. We don’t know what his exact whereabouts are right now and we don’t know if the FBI knows his exact whereabouts right now. But JW has discovered, through a number of sources we have cultivated, that Karakrah spent his summer as a truck driver for militant Islamists, delivering supplies and materiel to terrorist cells operating in Brooklyn, New York, and Saddle Brook, N.J.

Let’s go back and review what ultimately lead to Karakrah’s arrest. Recall that he took police on a high-speed chase through Chicago streets in late August and threatened to blow up his car. An Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flag waved from the vehicle and Karakrah was also charged with making a false car bomb threat. Despite all this, on January 7, 2015, Karakrah reached a plea deal in Cook County Court, and was released from prison. We repeat: What is going on here?

Among his alleged accomplices in the 2009 truck bomb plot is Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah – al Qaeda’s director of North American, who flew in and out of the United States as “Javier Robles” – most recently in March 2014 in Anthony, New Mexico. Shukrijumah was killed in a Pakistani Army raid in the northwestern territory of Pakistan in early December 2014, a few days, not coincidentally I think, after we first reported his role in the bomb plot.

But Shukrijmah’s terrorist ally Karakrah (who is not an American citizen) is on the lam thanks to a failure of federal law enforcement. Why didn’t the federal government arrest this avowed ISIS terrorist who we know wanted to kill thousands of Americans in various terror plots?

Judicial Watch investigators in several states continue to track leads about the border-terrorist threat. As a result of disclosures and pressure from Judicial Watch, inquiries from Congress and other authorities are underway into both the underlying border-security terrorist threat and the Obama administration’s continuing cover-up and reckless disregard for the safety of the American people.

The appearance this will go over is a snowballs chance in hell!

January 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

Illinois Supreme Court Approves Use of Video and Audio Recorders in Cook Country Courtrooms
By Stan Lewis December 30, 2014 9:00 am. Categories: Legal. Tags: audio, Chicago, Court, devices, Recording, Supreme Court, video. 0 legal_justice
The Illinois Supreme Court gave its OK on Tuesday for reporters to use cameras and audio recording devices in Cook County (Chicago) in certain circumstances, a major signal of progress in the state’s nearly 3-year-old experiment with media coverage at trials.

While nearly half of 102 Illinois counties are already participating in the pilot program —launched in 2012— Cook County becomes by far the largest, with more than 400 county judges overseeing more than a million cases a year in Chicago and more than 120 suburbs.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman said in a statement Tuesday she expects logistical issues because of the large media market and volume of cases in the judicial district but that Cook County will “rise to the challenge.”

Another justice, Anne Burke, said she hopes the project leads to less reliance on Hollywood explanations of how law works.

“It’s good for the entire legal system as a means of increasing transparency, educating the public and informing citizens as to how our system actually works as opposed to sensationalized snippets […] on TV series and in the movies,” she said in the same statement.

The Cook County program will officially start Jan. 5 at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, where many of the highest-profile criminal cases in Illinois have been tried.

Tuesday’s decision doesn’t mean cameras will become ubiquitous in Cook County courtrooms.

Media are likely to ask for the expanded access for a relatively small number of high-profile trials.

Judges will also have discretion about whether to grant access — a decision that’s not appealable. And juvenile, divorce and other types of cases stay off limits to cameras and audio.

Then-Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride launched the initiative with the aim of possibly ending camera bans for good someday. And while the program is described as a test, Garman said after taking over from Kilbride last year she didn’t see Illinois ever returning to a blanket prohibition.

The state has allowed cameras to be present during Illinois Supreme Court and appellate court hearings since 1983. But at the time, the ban at state-court trials was continued out of concern that cameras would be disruptive and undermine a defendant’s right to a fair trial.

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November 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Teenager Isaiah Rider Speaks Out After Being Taken From His Mom In Medical Kidnapping Case
Isaiah Rider Speaks Out
“I just want to be back with my mom… she never did anything wrong.” That is what teenager Isaiah Rider told the Inquisitr in an exclusive interview. His mother committed the “cardinal sin” of asking for a second opinion, and now the 17-year-old is at the center of a custody battle between the woman who has loved and cared for him since birth, and a hospital and CPS in Illinois — a state he only visited for the purpose of surgery for his rare medical condition, called neurofibromatosis, a rare condition which causes painful tumors on the nerves.

While the media and lawyers have discussed his “case,” Isaiah’s voice has been ignored, yet it is HIS life that is being decided.

The Inquisitr recently reported on the disturbing trend of children being removed from their parents’ custody over differences in medical opinion. Isaiah is one of those victims. According to Isaiah, Luries Children’s Hospital in Chicago “was trying to say that she medically abused me, but she didn’t.” He says that she was just doing what any parent would do. When his mother, who is a nurse by trade, saw her child in severe pain which continued for weeks following his surgery, she wanted the doctors to do something to help him with his pain, reports the Kansas City Star.

After the staff was unable to do anything about his pain or the seizures that began during surgery, Michelle asked for a second opinion and tried to transfer his care to a facility that might be able to do something for him. For that, Luries called in CPS and seized custody. Both Michelle and Isaiah report that this came out of nowhere. Never before, during years of Isaiah’s health problems, had anyone ever accused her of any wrongdoing in his care.

When his mother was told at the hospital that she couldn’t see her son anymore, Isaiah had no idea. He said that the hospital had him so drugged up on medications that he didn’t even realize what had happened at first. He was shocked when they told him that he wasn’t allowed to see his mom. The doctors blamed his mother, he says, saying that she medically abused him.


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That charge of medical abuse is still being fought in court. Dr. Marc D. Feldman is considered to be the world’s leading authority on medical abuse and Munchausen by proxy. He told Health Impact News that he recently testified on Michelle’s behalf that medical abuse by the mother “did not happen.” Medical child abuse is a term that means that a parent is doing things to cause or exacerbate medical problems. Isaiah’s mother only wanted the doctors to help her son with a condition that he has and was suffering greatly from. The seizures at Luries began during surgery, while Isaiah was under general anesthesia.

“My mom had nothing to do with that.”

Further, Dr. Feldman states that “there appears to be literally no consideration of Isaiah’s desire to return home to his mother.”

Isaiah says that he is “still surprised” that they would do this to him and his family. He doesn’t understand why they are doing this. Isaiah and his mom have “always been close,” and he loves her very much. When asked if he thought the doctors considered how this would affect him emotionally, he said, “I don’t think they cared.”

“This has totally affected our whole family. There was no need for this. We have all been deeply affected by this separation. It would have been better if this wouldn’t have happened.”

Isaiah has not been permitted to testify on his own behalf. He has asked a number of times to speak, but has been silenced at every turn. He says he has a legal right to be at the hearings, but he has not even been permitted to be in court, even though this is his life they are discussing. His requests for a new guardian ad litem have been ignored. The reason that Isaiah made that request is because he doesn’t believe this person who is supposed to represent him is speaking for his best interests, acting one way with him and completely differently in court, according to Isaiah. He wants the state to “leave us alone; leave my mom alone.”

Despite everything he has been through, Isaiah still tries to be positive. His pictures from childhood up show a happy kid with a great smile. He misses being at home with his mom and having his room at his own house. He has been allowed to return to his home state of Missouri, but he isn’t at home yet.

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He plans to go to college when he graduates high school. He told the Inquisitr that he wants to go into medicine in the future.

“I want to help people, just like my mom does.”

But he doesn’t want to be the kind of doctor that “lies to save their jobs” at the expense of the families they serve. Isaiah wants to be what he hasn’t seen recently, and take the very things that have been used to harm him and use them for good. He wants to see good come out of all the trauma that has come to him and his family. After all that he has suffered, Isaiah Rider believes that “God has some really good plans for me for the future.”

Team Isaiah is the Facebook page that has been set up by supporters working tirelessly to bring attention to Isaiah and Michelle Rider’s story. Sadly, there are many more families that are experiencing the devastation of medical kidnapping, such as baby Kathryn, the two Deigel sisters and Jaxon’s family‘s family. Many times the parents simply want a second opinion. Children whose parents are doing the best they can to secure help for their kids when they are sick increasingly find themselves battling the system as well as the illness. Their voices, like Isaiah’s, deserve to be heard. Isaiah Rider is a teenager who wants what any normal kid wants: to be home with his mom.


The Chicago tail of things that go right.

August 19, 2014 § Leave a comment


Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the Windy City in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder. Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for along time.

To show his appreciation,Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so largethat it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. Despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a good example.

One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted torectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a clipping from a magazine. It read: “The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just whenthe hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time the clock may soon be still.”


World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold;a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet. The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tatteredfighter limped back to the carrier.

Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.

This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man. So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.


Butch O’Hare was “Easy Eddie’s” son.

The appearance the reasonable people have no chance of honest and fair justice with this backed by the ruling ofAn opposite ruling would dissuade attorneys from zealously representing their clients and might reduce access to the courts given the flood of litigation that could result, according to the court.

August 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Litigation Privilege Immunizes Lawyers from Fraud Actions
By Oran F. Whiting, Litigation News Associate Editor – August 8, 2013

Litigants may not sue attorneys for fraud or intentional infliction of emotional distress based on conduct during litigation the Connecticut Supreme Court held in Simms v. Seaman [PDF]. An opposite ruling would dissuade attorneys from zealously representing their clients and might reduce access to the courts given the flood of litigation that could result, according to the court.

The Facts of Simms
Simms involved an alimony modification dispute. The plaintiff sued his former wife and her attorneys for failing to disclose her receipt of an inheritance during the proceedings. The lower courts ruled in the defendants’ favor, finding that the litigation privilege prevailed. The issue presented to the Connecticut high court was whether attorneys are protected by the common law doctrine of absolute immunity against claims of fraud and emotional distress for conduct arising during judicial proceedings.

Litigation Privilege Lineage
The Simms court summarized a lengthy history of the litigation privilege and immunity. Absolute immunity for defamatory statements made during judicial proceedings is rooted in medieval England and is considered ‘‘as old as the law’’ itself. English courts recognized the need to bar persons accused of crimes from suing their accusers for defamation. Additionally, the Simms court noted that English courts reasoned that attorneys should not be burdened with the duty to examine the truth or falsity of pertinent information because “counsel has a special need to have his mind clear from all anxiety.” Finally, English courts disregarded the relevance or irrelevance of the defamatory statements to the issue in dispute. Courts reasoned that remedies other than lawsuits were available to parties aggrieved by malicious statements or conduct during litigation.

Most Jurisdictions Offer Immunity for Relevant Statements
The Connecticut Supreme Court confirmed that the rationale supporting the absolute privilege for pertinent defamatory statements by attorneys during judicial proceedings in most American jurisdictions mirrors that of the English courts. The court also noted that courts in many American jurisdictions have followed an approach that has strengthened the litigation privilege. Conversely, at least 12 jurisdictions have abrogated the litigation privilege for claims of fraud by enacting statutes for that purpose, the court acknowledged.

Privilege Not Unlimited in Scope
Absolute immunity does not, however, protect attorneys against claims alleging the pursuit of litigation for the unlawful, ulterior purpose of inflicting injury on the plaintiff and enriching themselves and their client, despite knowledge that their client’s claim lacked merit, the court cautioned. Such conduct constitutes the use of legal process in an improper manner or primarily to accomplish a purpose for which it was not designed. Absolute immunity also does not bar claims against attorneys for vexatious litigation or malicious prosecution.

Privilege Applies
Connecticut’s high court ultimately concluded that the appellate court correctly determined that attorneys are shielded by the litigation privilege from claims of fraud because fraudulent conduct by attorneys, while strongly discouraged (1) does not subvert the underlying purpose of a judicial proceeding, as does conduct constituting abuse of process and vexatious litigation, for which the privilege may not be invoked; (2) is similar in essential respects to defamatory statements, which are protected by the privilege; (3) may be adequately addressed by other available remedies; and (4) has been protected by the litigation privilege in federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for exactly the same reasons that defamatory statements are protected.

The high court also held that the appellate court properly rejected the plaintiff’s claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress, which was a derivative of his fraud claim. The court observed that abrogation of the litigation privilege to permit fraud claims could open the floodgates to a wave of litigation in Connecticut’s courts, challenging attorneys’ representations, especially in highly emotional cases or cases with pro se plaintiffs.

Zealous Representation Has Limits
A dissenting opinion in the case argues that the duty of zealous advocacy has its limits and that, as officers of the court, attorneys have specific duties not to lie or withhold evidence. The dissent also distinguishes between fraud and defamation, stating that fraud is a far more serious offense. The dissenting opinion offered a novel solution to the problem, suggesting that the privilege, while strong, might be eliminated in cases where a court or disciplinary body has already sanctioned the lawyer for fraud or presented false evidence to the tribunal.

“The majority’s concern about protecting lawyers from suit by opposing parties plainly has a great deal of appeal, allowing a litigant to sue the opposing party’s lawyer for inflicting emotional distress in the course of litigation, or saying things that the litigant deemed false would appear to run counter to that lawyer’s obligations to zealously advocate for his or her client,” opines John C. Martin, Chicago, cochair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee. “Our adversary system would be hamstrung if lawyers had to worry about being sued merely because an opposing party’s feeling were hurt or the party did not agree with the substance of a lawyer’s arguments,” Martin adds.

“That said, I am not sure the majority gives enough credit to the competing concerns. As the dissent [PDF] points out, the duty of zealous advocacy has its limits. A rule affording litigants unfettered rights to enforce ethical duties against opposing counsel by bringing fraud or other claims against attorneys has problems given the obvious concern that disappointed litigants might bring such claims, as a matter of course, after a decision that went against them,” explains Martin. “I do not know that the majority offers any suggestion as to why a privilege must attach even after a tribunal has determined that a lawyer did, in fact, violate his or her duties of candor to a court.”

“The court was trying to pick its way through the thicket of what is in and what is out of bounds,” according to Bradford S. Babbitt, Hartford, a member of the Section of Litigation’s Content Management Committee, who has litigated the issue himself in Connecticut’s state courts and has seen how it can be used for good and ill. “We live in a society where the desire for vengeance is strong. The court of vexatious litigation is strong. The court must be careful about what is actionable as we do not want lawyers to be timid in their representation or to be looking over their shoulders when they act in good faith.”

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