US Navy identifies sailor killed in Manbij attack

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy identifies sailor killed in Manbij attack The US Navy has identified Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, 35, as one of the victims of the January 16 attack in Manbij, Syria.ISIS claimed responsibility for the explosion which killed four Americans and 15 others in front of a restaurant.The US defense department further identified Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, and civilian Scott A. Wirtz, who were killed while supporting operation Inherent Resolve.As noted by Stars and Stripes, Kent is the first female American service member to be killed in the Syrian conflict.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and teammates of Chief Petty Officer Kent during this extremely difficult time. She was a rockstar, an outstanding Chief Petty Officer, and leader to many in the Navy Information Warfare Community,” said Cmdr. Joseph Harrison, Commanding Officer, CWA-66.Kent, who hailed from upstate New York, enlisted in the Navy December 11, 2003, and graduated from boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., in February 2004. Her other military assignments included Navy Information Operations Command, Fort Gordon, Ga.; Navy Special Warfare Support Activity 2, Norfolk, Va.; Personnel Resource Development Office, Washington, D.C.; Navy Information Operations Command, Fort Meade, Md.; and Cryptologic Warfare Group 6, Fort Meade, Md. Kent reported to CWA 66 after the command was established on Aug. 10, 2018.“Chief Kent’s drive, determination and tenacity were infectious. Although she has left us way too soon, she will not be forgotten, and her legacy will live on with us,” said CWA 66 Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collections) Denise Vola.Kent’s awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal (2), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon, and Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon. View post tag: US Navy Authorities View post tag: ISIS January 18, 2019, by navaltoday View post tag: Manbij US Navy identifies sailor killed in Manbij attack View post tag: OIR Share this articlelast_img read more

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Faculty Lab Instructor (Flex DPT)

first_imgTRAVELMinimal travel requiredBUSINESS COMPETENCIESCollaborates – Building partnerships and workingcollaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.Being Resilient – Rebounding from setbacks and adversitywhen facing difficult situations.Instills Trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of othersthrough honesty, integrity, and authenticity.Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even undertough circumstances.Innovation – Creating new and better ways for theorganization to be successful.Customer Focus – Building strong customer relationships anddelivering customer-centric solutions.WORK ENVIRONMENTWork is performed primarily in a standard office environment butmay involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involvesoperation of personal computer equipment for six to eight hoursdaily and includes physical demands associated with a traditionaloffice setting, e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and otherphysical functions as necessary.The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is an equalopportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against anyemployee or applicant for employment because of age, race,religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or nationalorigin. Licensed occupational or physical therapist from an accrediteduniversity with demonstrated expertise in the area beingtaughtCurrent certification with state board of chosenspecialization OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMay perform other duties and responsibilities that management maydeem necessary from time to time.POSITION IN ORGANIZATIONReports to: Program DirectorPositions Supervised: Not applicableTECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL & PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIREDTo perform this job successfully an individual must be able toperform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodationsmay be made to enable individuals with disabilities to performessential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEEntry-level Masters of Physical Therapy Degree or higherAt least 2 years of practical hands-onexperience in patient care setting in chosen specializationExcellent organization and time management skillsExcellent oral communication skillsProfessional role modelAble to provide a nurturing, respectful learningenvironmentResponsive to distance education, adult student needsWorking knowledge of educational theory and motor skilldevelopmentAble to work in a team environment LICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATION The mission of The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciencesis the development of professional health care practitionersthrough innovation, individualized, and quality classroom,clinical, and distance education.GENERAL SUMMARYLab Instructors have various responsibilities such asorganizing/maintaining equipment, preparing the lab environment,monitoring student progress and facilitating student participationin learning activities. The lab instructor communicates with thelead instructor regarding student performance or issues that ariseand ensures the delivery of consistent content and testing. Theymay assist with grading practicals and other requiredassignments.The qualified candidate must have an entry-level Masters ofPhysical Therapy Degree or higher along with current certificationwith state board of chosen specialization. At least 2 years ofpractical hands-on experience is required in a patient care settingin the profession. The successful candidate will have excellentoral communication and organizational skills, be responsive toadult student needs, and be able to work collaboratively in a teamenvironment.This is a part-time 15-20 hours per week as scheduled position andmay include weekends.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESPrepares lab environmentOrganizes and maintains equipment; proposes equipment orders asneededTeaches lab component of courseMonitors student progress; gives feedback; facilitates studentparticipation in learning activitiesAssesses student performance on practical, oral, writtenexaminationsSupervises lab assistants (when available)Reports student grades at end of term to lead instructorCommunicates with lead instructor to ensure consistent contentand testing and to recommend changes for upcoming semesterServes as student-to-university liaisonUpholds student and part-time faculty handbook policiesPromotes professionalism by modeling such behaviors inside andoutside the classroom settingSelf-evaluates teaching performance; sets goals forimprovementlast_img read more

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Worcester dressed down

first_imgCherwell were told, “It came as a great shock to most of the college…and scenes in the Lower Library that day were those of confusion and disarray.” The Breakfast Club have since experimented with a “toned down Tie-less Ten Minutes” which has received no complaints, but according to high members of The Club, they still mourn the top-less environment they formerly enjoyed.An anonymous member commented, “I am a big fan of Half Naked Half Hour and a very keen participant. I’ve been taking part for a couple of years now without there being any issues. Contrary to the Librarian’s claims, it is simply a harmless piece of fun where a small group of cracking looking fellas try to add a bit of light to what would otherwise be a dull day of revision… Half Naked Half Hour is not a distraction for people unless they want it to be.”Chloe Cesar, a fresher at Worcester, told Cherwell she was not at all in shock about the new rules, saying, “I can see why the college decided to ban [half naked half hour]. For visitors to the library I expect it must have seemed a bit weird and I’m not surprised college took the action they did. It was just a bit of fun though for people who were revising so the restrictions are annoying, if not entirely unexpected.”A female Medicine finalist us, “I fully support the Breakfast Club. I think having a bit of fun during finals is a great way to boost morale…I personally have participated- other girls have as well- and this was purely my own choice, no pressure from the boys.”“I equally understand that if the library has received complaints, they should act upon them but if they’re from the student body, some people need to lighten up…a few topless bodies really shouldn’t be distracting at our age, and if it helps people work, then why ever not?” Several students interviewed on the subject by Cherwell claimed that temperatures in the Lower Library necessitated bare chests as it frequently became, “hotter than the Sun” due to a lack of air conditioning and sunshine “beaming through the tall windows and actuating the greenhouse effect for a good few hours.”Furthermore, members of The Breakfast Club have asserted that half naked half hours have never been more than the name suggests, for although, “There was once held a Three Quarters Naked Three Quarters of an Hour by a small rebellious offshoot of the Half Naked Half Hour followers,” this was soon “quashed by its founders.”While the email asserts half naked half hour, “may have seemed like a piece of harmless fun,” it goes on to say, “we ask you please to stop this kind of behaviour in the Library…If inappropriate behaviour continues, Library staff will refer the matter to the Dean.”When subsequently contacted, the Library staff at Worcester did not wish to comment further on the issue.The Breakfast Club are far from beaten however, and tell Cherwell that their other clothing conventions, “Beachwear Wednesdays, Suit Up Thursdays and Hat Saturdays have all had remarkable success and an amended motion is expected to pass through the next Worcester College JCR Meeting to cover the expenses of a business lunch for finalists who are dressed in appropriate attire on Thursdays.”A previous motion regarding an expenses account for anyone who “suited-up” to eat on a Thursday at Fire and Stone failed to pass at a JCR Meeting last week with a vote of 23 for, 32 against, and 16 abstentions. Unperturbed, The Club, very active in the filing of JCR motions, has vowed to try again.Julien Anani-Isaac, JCR President of Worcester declined to comment in depth on the matter but did say, “I don’t think widespread nudity is a problem around college.” An email sent last Wednesday to students at Worcester revealed that the Library Committee was imposing a ban on “half naked half hours” in the college library.The Breakfast Club, an ‘infamous’ group of students at Worcester, founded Half Naked Half Hour in 2009 and it has been observed regularly by members and other studiers since then. They describe themselves as an, “inclusive society at Worcester College of thirty or so members who really like a good breakfast” and “a great group of fun loving lads who just don’t want to let the monotony of finals get them down.”The student who is “technically the President of The Club” stated that the edict “has quite literally left our college in a state of chaos.”Between 3 and 4pm daily, up to forty students in the college Lower Library would (half) strip off, continue their work, and then re-dress thirty minutes later. The social norm was to be naked from the waist up so as not to cause offense.Another member of The Club told us, “Half Naked Half Hour has long been a tradition at Worcester College as a way of breaking up the monotony of a long day’s revision and using the opportunity to cool down during the hottest periods of the day.”“Participation has grown over the years to include most of the males who happen to be frequenting the Lower Library during the half hour of semi-naked fashion and a good few females too.”The email from the Librarians at Worcester admonished the practice as unacceptable, a “distraction to other readers”, and cited “a number of complaints” on the issue. The Library Committee also pointed out, “It is not appropriate for groups of people to organise social or other kinds of events in the Library without the permission of the Librarian.”The message further highlighted the fact that the library is used by visiting scholars or shown in tours to groups of visitors from outside the College.last_img read more

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Building a Better Cloud Starts with Getting the Best People

first_imgAs we close in on the end of our fiscal year, it’s amazing to see how much success we’ve had on the Dell Technologies Cloud team in our inaugural year. This isn’t a blog post to pat ourselves on the back or take the victory lap; it’s an acknowledgement that we still have a long way to go to achieve our goals, and that means growing the team.In this new decade, what organizations require from their cloud solutions partners has substantially changed. No one is clamoring for yet another public cloud vendor to further splinter things. No, what organizations need is a partner who can drive consistency across these disparate environments. And who better than Dell Technologies, a leader not only in infrastructure solutions, but also virtualization and cloud software, with a strong commitment to building the solutions that organizations have come to rely on so heavily.With that in mind, we launched Dell Technologies Cloud, the first set of solutions that show the path forward for Dell Technologies: Embracing Cloud Operating Models everywhere. This direction permeates every aspect of our business from engineering, to sales, to marketing. And because of this we are actively expanding our team, looking for the best and the brightest to join us on this rocketship.Here is why you should believe in us, and why this is a great organization to come into:Market Acceptance – You might be saying, “why should I select Dell Technologies versus one of the hyperscalers?” The truth is we are one of the largest and most trusted infrastructure and software companies in the world, and our launch of Dell Technologies Cloud has been praised by analysts and customers alike.Ability to Make an Impact – Since the solution is relatively new to market and we’re rapidly transforming to meet new markets and new customers’ needs across the board, we have a startup-like culture, backed with the investments only the largest companies can make.Smart and Pragmatic Leadership – We enter spaces with an obvious market need and where we hold a competitive advantage, versus getting into protracted and messy battles where either side’s success looks more like mutually assured destruction. Because of this, even during challenging economic conditions we’ve executed well and taken share.Strong Culture – I’ve spent time in many different organizations but Dell’s commitment to work/life balance and ability to foster a collaborative “one team” culture is truly unique. I can’t stress enough how amazing it is to be able to ask for help and see folks willing to support as opposed to having them say “that’s not in my KPIs.”Career Trajectory – From what I’ve observed in my almost three years here, and looking at this team specifically, we’re in a high growth area that can lead to great career growth. From my own experience I would say it’s been the most I’ve ever been rewarded for the work I’ve done.Come join us! Take on the challenge of educating an entire market that the next decade must deliver consistent experiences across all the clouds. It’s a great company to work for.Please visit the Dell Technologies career site and search for “cloud” jobs there. We have many openings including Product Marketing, Sales Enablement, Engineering, and Product Management roles that we’re actively filling.last_img read more

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Winter Storm Update: All Broadway Shows Will Play as Scheduled on February 9

first_img View Comments ‘The Book of Mormon’ and ‘Chicago'(Photo: Jenny Anderson) The show must go on, even as Winter Storm Niko delivers up to a foot of snow to the Great White Way. All Broadway shows will play as scheduled on February 9.The followings shows will offer no cost exchanges to an alternate date for Broadway.com customers who are unable to attend performances due to the weather: Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, The Lion King, On Your Feet!, The Present, Sunset Boulevard, Waitress, Avenue Q, The Imbible, Not That Jewish, Shear Madness, Cagney, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Jonah and Otto, The Marvelous Wonderettes and Yours Unfaithfully.If you purchased tickets through Broadway.com and are unable to attend a performance to the shows above on February 9, call 1-800-BROADWAY to arrange an exchange. Customers must call up to two hours before the respective showtime.last_img read more

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Pioneer Environmetal hires Perry, Prasch

first_imgPioneer Environmental Associates, LLC. (Pioneer) of Vergennes, Vermont is pleased to announce the following additions to the staff of the firm. Mr. Ameddia Meddie Perry has joined the firm as Senior Hydrogeologist. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science & Biology from St. Lawrence University, in Canton New York, Mr. Perrys Vermont-based expertise is in water supply development, wastewater management, environmental investigations, and surface water investigations. As Senior Hydrogeologist at Pioneer, Mr. Perry will manage projects focusing on the development, testing, and management of public and private drinking water systems; hydrogeologic evaluation of wastewater disposal systems and surface water assessments involving studies of water flow and water quality.In addition, Mr. Daniel J. Prasch has joined Pioneer as Wetland Scientist. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, Mr. Praschs expertise is related to the ecology and management of wetlands and other aquatic systems, and he has extensive professional experience conducting wetland/stream delineations, GPS surveying, and reporting and preparation of permit applications. Mr. Praschs responsibilities at Pioneer include management of projects involving wetland delineations, functional evaluations, botanical surveys; assessment of cumulative impacts to wetlands/surface waters; the delineation/assessment of atypical wetlands that have been converted or disturbed; the development and implementation of wetland restoration plans; GIS analyses, and Natural Resource Inventories.The expertise of both Mr. Perry and Mr. Prasch will enable the continued excellence and advancement in the environmental consulting work done at Pioneer.last_img read more

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FARC Leader Timochenko Convicted in the Murder of Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino

first_img Archbishop Duarte was 63 when he was gunned down, becoming the oldest of more than 30 Colombian clerics to have been assassinated in an apparently uncontrollable cycle of revenge murders. An outspoken critic of political and drug-related violence, he was appointed archbishop by John Paul II in 1995 after serving several years as bishop of Apartadó, a banana-growing region near the Panamanian frontier. For years, Apartadó had been plagued by guerrillas, paramilitaries, drug-traffickers and arms smugglers. Duarte tried to kick-start peace negotiations, but had little success. Arriving in Cali, the southwestern base of some of Colombia’s most powerful drug-trafficking cartels, Duarte wasted no time in denouncing criminals and guerrillas alike. Within weeks, he accused drug bosses of corrupting the country’s congressional elections by their pouring money into the campaign coffers of local candidates. Unafraid of political controversy, he didn’t pull any punches with the guerrillas either. In 1999, he excommunicated leading members of Colombia’s second-largest left-wing guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), after the group abducted more than 150 people attending Mass in a Cali church. And while maintaining tireless pastoral and educational work, he continued to agitate against all forms of violence and those who carried it out. He goaded the government and blasted then-President Andrés Pastrana, for his peace overtures to FARC, arguing that attempting to negotiate with the country’s main guerrilla army was absurd when it refused to implement a ceasefire while talks were going on. “A rebel who kidnaps and kills, eliminates entire populations and mocks the whole process of peace lacks the virtues proper to a human being and becomes the most miserable of men,” Duarte wrote in 2000. “We ask God that the guerrilla fighters in Colombia may feel deep sorrow in their souls for the evil they commit when they kill an innocent, defenseless brother or sister, that they may understand that theirs is not a just war, but merely a repeating of savage acts of the saddest times of human history.” Duarte’s unrelenting criticism earned him praise from right-wing paramilitary leaders, but he shrugged that off and turned his attention to their killings. The gunshots that killed Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino outside a church in Cali, Colombia, on Mar. 16, 2002, echoed around the world. Swift condemnation followed, including harsh words from Pope John Paul II. “He paid the highest price for his energetic defense of human life, his firm opposition to all types of violence and his dedication to social development according to the Gospel,” said the late pope. Nearly a decade later, a Colombian court has placed responsibility for Duarte Cancio’s murder with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, convicting FARC’s supreme leader, Rodrigo Londoño Echeverry (alias “Timochenko”) of involvement in the assassination along with three other FARC luminaries: Noel Mata Mata, Jorge Torres Victoria and Luciano Arango. All four were tried in absentia and sentenced to 25 years each. They also were ordered to pay the equivalent of $543,000 to the prelate’s family. In delivering the judgment, the Cali criminal court said: “There is no doubt that the murder of Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino was related to his religious status and position. As archbishop of Cali, he protested the reprehensible acts constantly carried out by guerrillas in this country.” The judge reiterated calls for the capture of all four convicted rebels. The convictions came seven years after another guerrilla, Alexander de Jesus Zapata (alias “Cortico”) was convicted of the same crime in January 2005 and sentenced to 36 years in prison. Timochenko, 52, took over control of FARC after his predecessor, Alfonso Cano, was killed in a military operation last November. Assassination sparked outrage The archbishop was born in San Gil in the province of Santander and attended secondary school in nearby Bucaramanga before entering a seminary in Pamplona, Spain. He went on to study theology in Rome. On graduation, he returned to Bucaramanga to become a parish priest until 1985 when he was appointed bishop of Germania de Numidia. Three years later, he became the first incumbent bishop of the newly created diocese of Apartadó in northern Antioquía province. It was in Antioquía that Duarte developed a close working relationship with Alvaro Uribe Vélez, then a no-nonsense provincial governor who would later become president. Duarte’s assassination was shocking but in some ways not surprising. It was brutal, and the gunmen made sure the prelate would not survive. The killing came after guerrillas stormed the Good Shepherd church in Aguablanca, one of the poorest districts of his Cali archdiocese. He had just finished officiating at a collective marriage ceremony for 105 couples when armed men broke into the church and fired repeatedly at the archbishop, according to witnesses. A parish priest was wounded also in the assault. Edilberto Ceballos, Duarte’s driver, told Caracol Radio that the archbishop had been shot several times by two of the gunmen. “Two guys came and opened fire and hit him three or four times, maybe even six times,” the driver said. “I saw him dead.” The director of Carlos Holmes Trujillo Hospital in Cali, Ricardo Vanegas, confirmed that the prelate was dead on arrival at the hospital. The government launched a special task force to identify and hunt down the perpetrators. Colombian authorities immediately blamed left-wing rebels, but amid a flurry of accusations, they later said they were working on other theories. One theory was that FARC had not acted alone — that drug-traffickers and narco-linked paramilitaries also had a hand in the assassination’s planning. Bishop Julio Cesar Vidal Ortiz of Monteria, a close personal friend of the archbishop, was persistent in arguing there had been a wider conspiracy behind the murder, basing his allegations on a meeting he had with paramilitary leader Carlos Castano Gil, who himself was killed. The bishop denounced the nature of armed conflict in Colombia “in which Marxist ideologies and their archrivals join together to defend their business, that of cocaine.” But a prosecutor attached to the National Human Rights organization dismissed the wider conspiracy theory and linked the slaying directly to FARC leaders. Following the assassination, the Pastrana administration came under criticism for failing to protect the archbishop. The president said police had offered to provide Duarte with bodyguards but that he had always demurred. However, Duarte’s assistants insisted after his death that they had requested police protection for him but never got a response. Speaking about the archbishop a few days later, John Paul II remarked: “While I lift up my prayers for the eternal rest of the late prelate and express my closeness to the Colombian church that weeps over his tragic demise, I urge Colombians once again to follow the way of dialogue, excluding all types of violence, blackmail and kidnapping and to firmly commit themselves to what are the true roads of peace.”center_img By Dialogo January 20, 2012 Duarte well-known for criticizing FARC violence last_img read more

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Proposed civil jury instruction amendment

first_img Proposed civil jury instruction amendment The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases proposes the following new instruction. After reviewing the comments received in response to this publication, the committee may submit its proposal to the Florida Supreme Court. Send all comments to Scott Makar, Committee Chair, Office of General Counsel, City of Jacksonville, 117 West Duval Street, Suite 480, Jacksonville 32202. You can e-mail your comments to him at [email protected] or fax them to (904) 630-1316. Your comments must be received by February 15 to ensure that they are considered by the committee . 1.9 Talking to a Witness. It is not improper for a witness to talk to a lawyer about what the witness would say if called to testify. The witness should not be discredited by talking to a lawyer about [his] [her] testimony. Note on Use The committee recommends that this instruction be given when the issue arises or as part of closing instructions. This instruction should not be used to limit legitimate cross-examination to show bias or prejudice of a witness. January 15, 2006 Regular News Proposed civil jury instruction amendmentlast_img read more

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NCUA heeds NAFCU’s call to reinstate removed FOMs

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Following NAFCU’s request Monday that the NCUA reinstate any field of membership (FOM) statements removed due to litigation related to its 2016 FOM rule, the NCUA Tuesday issued a Letter to Credit Unions saying it is in the process of doing so.The U.S. Supreme Court last week declined to hear the lawsuit brought by the American Bankers Association (ABA) against the NCUA over the agency’s 2016 FOM rule. NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said now that the legal questions are resolved, “[t]o streamline the chartering process, the NCUA should provide for a blanket reinstatement of any FOM statements removed due to the litigation. Reinstatement will allow for a quick and seamless process for credit unions to continue to provide vital financial services to re-adopted members, particularly in underserved areas.”In the Letter to Credit Unions, NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood said the Supreme Court’s decision “ends nearly four years of uncertainty and helps the NCUA foster greater financial inclusion for all Americans.”“The lack of financial access is especially prevalent in rural communities, which have experienced the withdrawal of financial institutions over the last decade. The Supreme Court’s decision will assist the agency’s efforts to bring these important and often overlooked communities back into the financial mainstream,” Hood added.last_img read more

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With No Evidence of Fraud, Trump Fails to Make Headway on Legal Cases

first_imgUpdated Nov. 6, 2020, 7:47 p.m. ET The former Republican Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, echoed the president’s son on Fox News, calling for the jailing of poll workers and more involvement from Attorney General William P. Barr.But in the days since the election, Mr. Barr and the Justice Department have been largely silent. After initially echoing Mr. Trump’s warnings about electoral fraud, Mr. Barr muted his statements, and Mr. Trump complained to aides about the department’s lack of action.But a supportive outside group, True the Vote — one of the most prominent promoters of the false narrative that “voter fraud” is rampant in the United States — sought to help Mr. Trump build his cases. On Friday, it announced it had formed a $1 million “Whistleblower Defense Fund” to “incentivize” witnesses to step forward with charges of malfeasance. Officials with the Biden campaign said they would meet every legal challenge Mr. Trump brought but said they were confident that none of the cases they had seen so far seemed likely to loosen Mr. Biden’s tightening grasp on the presidency.“The Republican legal claims are utterly baseless and have failed and will continue to fail in the courts,’’ said Bob Bauer, a senior adviser to the Biden campaign. “They serve no purpose other than to echo Donald Trump’s discredited and shameful attack on the democratic process.”In a statement, the Republican Party’s chief counsel, Justin Riemer, said, “We are focused on protecting the integrity of the vote and ensuring all legally cast ballots are counted,” but he was not made available for further comment on the particulars of the party’s legal strategy.The intensive Trump effort was the endgame of a long-planned contingency in which the president planned to challenge any possible loss through claims that the voting system was “rigged” against him. The campaign has been abetted by a robust pro-Trump media ecosystem, with Mr. Trump’s own social media accounts at its center, amplifying his false claims.As the legal push has failed to make substantial headway this week it has taken on an urgent, at times desperate, tone. In Pennsylvania, the two top Republicans in the legislature called on Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, to conduct “an immediate audit” of the election. No state was seeing more legal activity than Pennsylvania, where the Trump campaign and local Republicans had brought at least a half-dozen lawsuits immediately before and after Election Day.The case that had the potential to affect the most votes was the one filed at the Supreme Court on Friday seeking an order that would force election officials in Pennsylvania to separate mailed ballots that arrived after Election Day from other mailed ballots. In its emergency application, the party acknowledged that the secretary of state’s office had already ordered election officials to do so but said it had no way to know if they had complied. President Trump’s bellicose pledge to fight the outcome of the election in the courts crashed on Friday into skeptical judges, daunting Electoral College math and a lack of evidence for his claims of fraud.On a day that began with vote tallies in Georgia and Pennsylvania tipping in Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s favor, Mr. Trump’s campaign declared, “This election is not over,” as the Republican National Committee announced it had activated “legal challenge teams” in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania. And the Trump forces named a new general to lead the effort, the hardened conservative political combatant David Bossie.- Advertisement – On Thursday, Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, said on Twitter, “I truly hope the @FBI/@DOJ engages immediately.” But even if the court were to take the case and rule in favor of the Republicans to wipe out all of the ballots in question — votes from mail ballots have overwhelmingly gone to Mr. Biden — it would not affect the current vote totals, which do not include the ballots that came in after Election Day. By early Friday evening, Mr. Biden had a lead of about 17,000 votes in Pennsylvania.Other suits in Pennsylvania sought to knock out votes that were the result of a decision by Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar to allow county officials to give voters a chance to fix mistakes in their rejected mail-in ballots or to cast provisional votes instead.A federal judge dismissed one of those cases on Friday, in Montgomery County outside Philadelphia, two days after implying during a hearing that he viewed the effort as a move to disenfranchise voters who were following state instructions.But even if that case had succeeded, it would have affected only 93 votes. Similarly, in Michigan, a judge dismissed a Republican suit challenging the vote count in the state, noting the counting was already effectively over and dismissing some of the evidence as based on hearsay.Frustrated supporters of the president like the talk radio host Mark Levin called on Republican legislatures in states including Pennsylvania to use their constitutional authority to send a pro-Trump delegation of electors to the Electoral College regardless of the popular vote. But none of the dozen or so lawsuits they had brought in battleground states appeared to be gaining any traction in the courts. And in any case, none seemed likely to give Mr. Trump the edge he would need in vote counts in the states that will determine the outcome.In seeking to foment widespread doubt about the legitimacy of the election, Mr. Trump and his surrogates seemed less focused on substantive legal arguments that could hold up in court than on bolstering the president’s political narrative, unsupported by the facts, that he was somehow being robbed of a second term. The most high-profile step of the day came when Pennsylvania Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and require election officials in the state to segregate ballots that arrived after Election Day to keep them from being counted toward the total in the largest and most critical of the swing states.- Advertisement – But the move was almost entirely for show: Pennsylvania is already segregating those ballots, counting them separately and is not including them in the announced vote totals. The secretary of state, over the objections of Republicans and Mr. Trump, has said they can be counted if they arrived by 5 p.m. on Friday, in line with a state court ruling. A state official said those ballots number in the thousands but not tens of thousands.Their lack of progress in stopping the count or making a persuasive case for large-scale ballot fraud left Mr. Trump and his team increasingly reliant for political salvation on recounts — which appeared likely to take place in Georgia, Nevada, Arizona and Wisconsin but which rarely result in big swings in vote counts.The Trump effort may be getting a boost from state legislatures in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which are both controlled by Republicans. In Wisconsin, Robin Vos, the speaker of the State Assembly, directed a legislative committee to “use its investigatory powers” to conduct a review of the election, again raising the specter of voter fraud without offering specific evidence.- Advertisement – At the same time, allies of the president openly suggested an extreme move: to use baseless allegations of Democratic malfeasance to pressure Republican-controlled state legislatures in key states to send pro-Trump electors to the Electoral College regardless of the results of the popular vote. Republicans have been unsuccessfully fighting the secretary of state’s decision to allow election officials in Pennsylvania to count mail-in ballots that arrived at their offices by Friday as long as they had postmarks from Election Day or before. The Supreme Court had twice passed up opportunities to rule on the dispute, though the case is still technically pending, giving the justices the opportunity to weigh in if they saw reason to do so. Asked during a news briefing on Friday if state Republicans would do so, the majority leader of the Pennsylvania senate, Jake Corman, replied, “We want to stay in the tradition that the popular vote winner wins the election.”Even if the state Republicans could make such a move legally — the legislature “cannot simply ignore the popular vote,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania — it was an extreme example of the lengths to which some Trump supporters seem willing to go.In several states Mr. Trump was challenging state voting rules, effectively seeking to nullify votes cast in accordance with official guidelines.Republicans in Nevada asked the Justice Department late Thursday to open an investigation into voter fraud involving 3,000 ballots, a move Democrats said was based on “entirely fabricated” claims.The Justice Department declined to address the matter publicly, but its guidelines generally preclude opening criminal investigations into election-related matters until results are completed.Local Republicans included the allegation in a suit they filed in federal court seeking a change in the way Clark County, Nev., is conducting its count. A judge dismissed the case on Friday evening, when the vote count showed a 22,000-ballot lead for Mr. Biden.Michael S. Schmidt, Katie Benner and Adam Liptak contributed reporting. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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