BALTIMORE, MD – Don’t worry, nothing to see here, right?
Recently, Fox45 news reported that they were compiling information on an upcoming investigation that is being lead by the Baltimore City Inspector General’s office into Democrat State Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
As a result, email records were requested pertaining to ethics complaints under a Freedom of Information Request … which was denied by Mosby.
There are questions about Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's side businesses on travel and consulting. But she won't answer questions or provide documents requested by my colleague @Tim_Prudente.https://t.co/NJrgcUcBco
— Pamela Wood ☀️ (@pwoodreporter) August 21, 2020
In addition to Fox45, the Baltimore Sun also filed a Public Information Act request for any and all emails from Mosby on her state issued computer that mention her three private travel businesses.
This was being sought because Mosby did not disclose the business on her state ethics filings.
OPERATION CRIME & JUSTICE | A city resident requests that Marilyn Mosby be investigated by the State Prosecutor's Office and Maryland Ethics Commission. https://t.co/anhpt38Gk4
— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) July 25, 2020
The initial complaint and the investigation by the Inspector General’s Office stem from Mosby’s creation of three companies in 2019 that were not disclosed on ethics filings with the state.
The three companies, Mahogany Elite Consulting (legal and consulting services), Mahogany Elite Travel and Mahogany Elite Enterprises LLC.
A spokeswoman for Mosby, Zy Richardson, said that the companies exist in name only, according to the Baltimore Sun. Richardson explained that Mosby created the companies to help black families go on vacation, “throughout the world at discount prices.”
She states the companies are “a long-term venture, hence the reason why there are no clients and she has not received a single cent in revenue. There are no plans to operate the company while she is state’s attorney.”
Mosby is also quick to point out that she herself requested the investigation because the information about her business dealings was inaccurate. While this is true, it was done a week after Fox45 filed the request for the information.
In the refusal to the Baltimore Sun, Mosby’s office provided three reasons why they were not honoring the request:
-There is an ongoing investigation;
-The information was personal and not state business;
-And they “contain information about the finances of an individual.”
For the refusal for Fox, they were told that the records were part of an ongoing investigation, therefore not able to be released.
Marilyn Mosby received $12,000 worth of free travel last year to speak at events, ethics forms show. https://t.co/sM7QxaKI7U
— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) June 3, 2016
Fox45 began their investigation on the allegations that Mosby received free travel, received gifts because of her position which have not been disclosed, as well as the lack of disclosing the three businesses.
The travel question came to light when she disclosed to the Ethics Commission that she had traveled around 20 times for events over her time in office. Some of the travel were to Berlin, Kenya, and Portugal. The Baltimore Sun reports that the majority of the travel expenses, almost $30,000 worth, were paid by private organizations.
The issues brought up by Mosby’s office preventing the release of information causes some people concern for good reason.
If Mosby is conducting private business on a state owned computer, surely she must know, being the state attorney and all, that anything done on a state computer is subject to public records laws.
That means simply that anything on her work computer is fair game, regardless if it is personal in nature or not.
Not to mention if the businesses have no revenue, what is the concern over the “finances of an individual” when they claim there are no monies in the accounts?
Second, her claim that the information sought by the two news agencies is confidential because it is a part of an investigation only holds true if that investigation is criminal in nature.
That law is in place to lessen the chances of a trial being tainted after details are released in the public that could jeopardize the prosecution. So, is Mosby lying as to why she will not release the records or is the investigation by the Inspector General a criminal investigation?
As of now, there is no timetable present regarding the completion of the Inspector General’s investigation.
However, when the report is completed, it will be presented to the public for review, unless the case turns criminal. When a case turns criminal, the Inspector General’s office refers their findings to the State Prosecutor’s Office for investigation.
Democrat Mayor candidate arrested for staging own kidnapping and assault to get sympathy votes
SUMTER, SC – A woman running for mayor in Sumter is now facing criminal charges after she allegedly staged her own kidnapping and beating to get sympathy votes for the November election.
Sumpter, SC mayoral candidate, Sabrina Belcher, staged her own kidnapping.. You can't make this up.
Another Jussie Smollett case.
— Southern_Patriot20 (@SPatriot20) August 22, 2020
According to police, Sabrina Belcher, 29, carried out the stunt on Facebook live with help from her friend, 34-year-old Christopher Eaddy.
After recording the staged incident, Belcher contacted the police and told them she was assaulted and kidnapped by a man she didn’t know. She also told the police that the man tried to rob her.
Belcher then proceeded to tell police that she was injured from the attack and that the man broke out her car windows while assaulting her. She was taken to the hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released shortly after.
— 𝑀𝒶𝓇🇺🇸🤍🤎🇵🇷𝔇𝔦𝔤𝔦𝔱𝔞𝔩𝔖𝔬𝔩𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔯 (@MSMCali) August 22, 2020
According to the police, Belcher admitted to faking the crime. Detectives said that her claims were found out to be false after officials uncovered communications between Belcher and Eaddy days before the video was released. Police officials said:
“They staged a kidnapping and beating in order to garner publicity, sympathy, and votes in the November election.”
Police officials also said that during her Facebook live video, Belcher tried to smear a political opponent and planned to smear other candidates ahead of the election. In the tweet below, journalist Andy Ngo shared what appears to be her staged kidnapping and beating live-streamed on Facebook.
Here is part of the now-deleted Facebook live video police say was a fake kidnapping stunt to garner sympathy votes. Sabrina Princess Belcher campaigned to be the "first black female mayor" for Sumter, S.C. #HateHoax pic.twitter.com/UUM121q8UZ
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 21, 2020
The video shows Belcher struggling with a man who tells her to get in the car. Belcher says:
“I’m sorry! I’m sorry! Please, I got kids!”
A few seconds later, the video shows the man using a baseball bat to frighten her and at one point it sounds like breaking glass. On Wednesday, both Belcher and Eaddy were arrested. Police charged Belcher with filing a false report of a felony and conspiracy. Eaddy was charged with conspiracy.
Should @DNC new slogan be “Anything for a vote”
I’m glad she was arrested, she also should be forced off as a candidate but I’m sure the DNC will support her even more rather than push her away! #SabrinaBelcher #FakeKidnapping #Liar https://t.co/LQM3hxUfGy
— Melissa LIBERTY IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR (@MelissaStout12) August 22, 2020
Both were booked into the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. Belcher is being held on a $10,000 bond and Eaddy is being held on a $5,000 bond. He has since been released. Police Chief Russell Roark said in a statement:
“This was simply an effort to create disorder and discontent in our community for personal gain.”
“As a result, a valuable number of resources, including personnel, man-hours of the police department as well as local medical professionals, were wasted based on false information.”
The State reported that Belcher is one of six candidates seeking to replace the current mayor in the upcoming election. According to her campaign page on Facebook, Belcher is the first black female to ever run for mayor of Sumter.
The page describes her as a decorated community activist and a local volunteer as well as a volunteer firefighter. Her platform also includes having 24/7 police presence during school bus hours to help protect children. If elected, she would be the city’s first black mayor. In an interview with The Sumter Item, she said:
“It’s not so much about the race because I have actually lived here long enough to see that there’s a lot of different injustices and things that could be better. We are learning to come together and we are learning to show that it’s not about the color of your skin.”
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Check out the article below from Law Enforcement Today about an Oregon politician who claimed he received a racist letter only to confess to the police that he wrote the letter himself:
HERMISTON, OR – Talk about desperate for attention.
Authorities released information regarding Oregon politician Jonathan Lopez. Lopez, who is Latino and was a recent candidate for Umatilla County commissioner, has confessed to penning a racist letter to himself after he initially claimed it was anonymously sent to him.
Lopez originally claimed that he discovered the hate-filled letter in his mailbox on June 23.
According to local news station KEPR-TV, he shared a photo of the letter on his now-deleted Facebook account, which said that Lopez and other “Mexicans” were “not welcome here.” The letter is laced with derogatory and racist terms and addressed to Jonathan Lopez. In one line from the letter, the author said:
“Don’t waste your time trying to become anything in this country we will make sure you never win and your family suffers along with all the other f***** Mexicans in the area!”
The letter was signed, “Sincerely, America!” In his original Facebook post, Lopez writes about the experience of receiving the letter and his background as a person. He states:
“Many don’t know me or who I am and where I stand. As an American born man who served in the USCG, fire and rescue services. I’m also proud of where my parents and grandparents were born and raised, Mexico. I have lived a life full of obstacles and challenges including racism. There is no room or tolerance of that.”
Lopez had previously posted a photo of a typed letter full of racist, homophobic, and misogynist slurs to Facebook. Lopez also writes:
“We must be mature and adults about things and address them properly at a table or meeting in which we can come to an agreement or mutual understanding!”
Lopez ended his original Facebook post saying that he isn’t mad at the person who wrote the hateful letter. He says:
“I hold no resentment for whom ever wrote this; I’m just simply heartbroken for the lack of knowledge, education, and respect missing. I pray for you and wish you prosperity and your life. God bless us all!”
As reported in a July 7, 2020 tweet, when the authorities followed up with Lopez about the alleged incident, he confessed to writing the letter himself. According to Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston:
“From the onset, this alleged incident has been thoroughly investigated. Our investigation has shown that Mr. Lopez wrote the letter himself and made false statements to the police and on social media. The end result is a verbal and written admission by Mr. Lopez that the letter was fabricated.”
Chief Edmiston said that the case would be forwarded to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office for review on charges for initiating a false report. He also said in a statement:
“This investigation is particularly frustrating as we are in the midst of multiple major investigations while battling a resource shortage due to the current pandemic. The time spent on this fictitious claim means time lost on other matters, not to mention it needlessly adds to the incredible tension that exists in our nation today.”
Lopez lost a primary election for a seat on the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners this past May. He claims that he never intended to file a police report about the bogus letter. Lopez initially stated that it was a big misunderstanding.
He said he just meant to speak with Chief Edmiston about racism in Umatilla County and use the letter as an example of the type of racism people experience, but often don’t speak out about publicly. According to Lopez:
“I never meant to file a report, it just kind of spiraled out.”
Lopez also said he never meant to “mislead” the public. When questioned further about his statements on Facebook and the fact that he told an East Oregonian reporter on June 24 that he had found the letter in his mailbox when he got home, he confirmed that he had told a police officer the same story.
Chief Edmiston also alleged that Hermiston PD has learned that Lopez never served in the U.S. Coast Guard as stated, which would be a violation of the 2013 Stolen Valor Act. Lopez has not provided documentation to the East Oregonian when asked to confirm his claim of Coast Guard service.
Law Enforcement Today previously reported about another situation where a hate crime was alleged, but no such crime actually took place. Read LET’s June 24, 2020 article below.
FBI says no hate crime – “noose” was a door pull. Driver Bubba Wallace insists they are wrong.
It seems that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is doubling-down on his claims of having a “noose” in his assigned garage at Talladega Speedway – despite an FBI investigation concluding that there was no “hate crime” actually committed.
The noose found in Nascar driver Bubba Wallace's garage on Sunday was actually a handle on a garage door and had been there since last year, an FBI investigation concluded.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 24, 2020
An old adage says, “If you look for trouble, you’ll find it.” In today’s world, it’s more like “If you look for racism, you’ll find it where it doesn’t exist.” Take, for example, a rope used to pull down a garage door.
Wallace was recently assigned a particular garage at Talladega Speedway that had a relatively innocuous rope affixed to a garage door that happened to host a tiny loop at the bottom of it. But according to Wallace, that rope attached to the garage door was “a straight-up noose.”
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 24, 2020
While speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon, after the FBI wrapped their investigation, Wallace stated the following:
“I’ve been racing all of my life. We’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that. So, people that want to call it a garage pull and put out all the videos and photos of knots being as their evidence, go ahead, but from the evidence that we have – and I have – it’s a straight-up noose.”
Well, the FBI managed to find out that the “noose” had been hanging inside of that garage since at least October of 2019. The timeframe is important, as there was literally no way that someone eight months earlier could have predicted that Wallace would be assigned that particular garage.
While there are some coming to defend the honor of Wallace online after the discovery that the “noose” was a garage door pull, this has caused Wallace to be granted the online moniker of “Bubba Smollett” for obvious reasons.
Actually, some of the memes cropping up online as a means to troll the NASCAR driver are pretty inventive.
Which seem to come across as just desserts, since the moment that Wallace was told of the “noose” in his garage, he immediately ran to the cameras.
— 2 Shaye (@ShayeMarr) June 23, 2020
Prominent conservative author and commentator Dinesh D’Souza posed his opinion as to what may have spawned the motivation to make this a national headline:
“Before this, hardly anyone heard of [Bubba Wallace]. Now everyone has. So there’s motive for you! #BubbaSmollett”
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 23, 2020
Whether or not one agrees with D’Souza’s theory on the motivation, there’s truth to the matter in that while hardly anyone outside of the NASCAR fandom would know who Bubba Wallace is – now he’s plastered online and in the news non-stop.
Speaking of Jussie Smollett, here’s the latest on his fiasco.
The saga of Jussie Smollett continues. A Cook County judge had denied the actor’s legal team’s motion claiming a violation of double jeopardy regarding the charges Smollett is currently facing regarding the alleged hate crime hoax.
Hate crime hoaxer's facile double jeopardy claim rejected https://t.co/fPfjwF6Lmv
— Georgia Log Cabin (@GeorgiaLogCabin) June 14, 2020
Most are likely well aware at this point what the Smollett case entails. The “Empire” actor claimed he was attacked by two Caucasian men donning MAGA hats and holding a noose in January 2019.
Flash forward to February 2019, and police had reason to believe that the actor had perpetrated a hoax and actually hired two Nigerian men to stage the hate crime.
On Feb. 20, 2019, police had indicted Smollett under charges related to disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. But by March of that same year, prosecutors decided to drop the case altogether.
The dropping of the charges proved to be a fairly controversial decision and was rightfully met with criticism. So, in February 2020, Smollett found himself being indicted once again after a special prosecutor conducted an investigation into the alleged 2019 attack and charged Smollett with six counts of filing a false police report.
— PacePublicRelations (@PACE_PR) June 15, 2020
In response to these new charges, Smollett attempted to say that the six counts levied were somehow a violation under the double jeopardy clause.
There’s just one glaring issue with the motion to dismiss the case under the double jeopardy clause: since the charges were initially dropped, Smollett never actually engaged in any officiated legal proceedings in 2019.
Cook County Judge James Linn was quite aware of the aforementioned, and said the following with regard to dismissing Smollett’s motion citing the double jeopardy clause:
“There was no trial in this case, there was no jury empaneled, no witnesses were sworn, no evidence was heard, no guilty pleas were ever entered … nothing like that ever happened. There was no adjudication of this case.”
Jussie Smollett’s new criminal charges do not violate his right against double jeopardy, a Cook County judge ruled Friday https://t.co/OXoGKHePVg
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) June 12, 2020
Basically, Judge Linn gave Smollett the old “nice try buddy” and thus the case is moving forward against the actor.
We at Law Enforcement Today have been keeping up with this case and all the ridiculous elements attributed to it. Earlier this year, it was reported that the Nigerian brothers who allegedly helped Smollett bring to life the hate crime hoax are prepared to testify against Smollett.
Word spread relatively fast about the actor having charges brought up against him for the alleged stunt he pulled last year.
While producers of the show Empire hinted at possibly bringing Smollett back on the cast, he might just be trading that “Empire” in for a 6-by-8 “bed and breakfast” if convicted.
They done finally caught Juicy Smooyay https://t.co/xiVfrSMzVE
— runningerins.co (@JustErinSmith) February 12, 2020
Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo are frankly tired of being insulted by the legal team behind Smollett’s defense.
Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, one of the attorneys representing the Nigerian brothers, noted that they don’t have any grudge against Smollett, they just want the truth to be finally told.
Apparently the two brothers have been getting smeared as liars by Smollett’s legal team throughout the entire debacle that’s been playing out.
Schmidt Rodriguez stated:
“Who is really attacking their character is just the lawyers. It’s not Jussie. It’s his lawyers who painted my clients to be self-serving sycophants to create a ruse to escape liability. It’s so offensive and so hurtful.”
When you understand the levels that Smollett’s legal team stooped to, you’d understand where the brothers’ sentiments of offense come from.
Tina Glandian, Jussie Smollett’s lawyer, actually suggested that Smollett described his attackers as “white” to police because the brothers “might have been wearing white face.”
Glandian then justified this statement by pointing to a 2016 YouTube video where Abel Osundairo dressed up as the Joker from Batman.
At this point, the brothers believe they won’t feel better unless it’s proven that Smollett has been the one lying all along. Schmidt Rodriguez commented on that note:
“They don’t feel vindicated. A real vindication would be when a court of law says, ‘OK Mr Smollett — you were guilty of lying.’ At that point they would.”
Nigerian brothers entangled in Smollett case ready to testify, will feel ‘vindicated’ when actor found guilty https://t.co/rW6ALzeKPD
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 13, 2020
According to the attorney for the two brothers, had they known this was going to blow up the way it did they would have had no part of it:
“If they would have known the fall out, they would have never done this. They would have said, ‘ugh Jussie — thanks for nothing.’”
From what the Osundairo brothers allege, Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, with the goal to boost the actor’s career.
Although, we’re curious to know if the brothers or Smollett came up with the line “this is MAGA country” – because that had to be one of the most ridiculous elements of Smollett’s version of events.
Actually, the more radical idea was someone out walking to get Subway sandwiches at 2 a.m. in Chicago while the average overnight temperature is 22 degrees in January.
Whatever comes of this case, hopefully the prosecutors don’t drop this one again.
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