President Obama To Nominate Loretta Lynch To Replace Eric Holder As Attorney General

Loretta Lynch. Source: U.S. Attorney's website.

Loretta Lynch. Source: U.S. Attorney’s website.

UPDATED 8:42 A.M. ET NOV. 9 U.S.A. Many Americans will have only a vague recollection of her name. Others will not be able to place her at all. But they’ll remember cases with which she has been involved.

One of those involved the prosecution of New York City police officers, including Justin Volpe, implicated in the brutal and unthinkable attack against Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in 1997. Americans of all races and creeds were infuriated at the news cops had assaulted Louima  — and then hatched a coverup. The assault and the efforts to hide it embarrassed police agencies and prosecutors in New York and across the land because law enforcement is supposed to safeguard and champion civil rights, not violate and dispose of them.

The White House announced yesterday that President Obama today will nominate Loretta Lynch, a member of the team that brought justice to one of America’s most famous crime victims, to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States. Holder, in September, announced that he is stepping down. Lynch currently is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Local residents think of her as the U.S. Attorney for Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island.

If confirmed by the Senate, Lynch will become the first African American female Attorney General in U.S. history. She was born in North Carolina 55 years ago.

Here are two statements from Lynch that have appeared on the PP Blog:

“As alleged in the complaint, the defendant came to this country intent on conducting a terrorist attack on U.S. soil and worked with single-minded determination to carry out his plan. The defendant thought he was striking a blow to the American economy. He thought he was directing confederates and fellow believers.”U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, Eastern District of New York, Oct. 17, 2012

Read the PP Blog story here.

In 2011, Lynch’s office became involved in the prosecution of Vincent P. McCrudden. He was accused of threatening to to kill 47 current or former market regulators from the SEC, FINRA and others, and of publishing an “Execution List” on his website. McCrudden, later convicted, allegedly also encouraged others to kill regulators.

Here is what Lynch said when the charges were brought:

“In this day and age, there is no such thing as an idle threat. Those who threaten injury or worse to the lives of others will be promptly investigated and vigorously prosecuted.”U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, Eastern District of New York, Jan. 14, 2011

McCrudden’s arrest occurred just five days after a gunman in an unrelated incident had opened fire at an Arizona constituent event hosted by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords was critically wounded in the attack. U.S. District Judge John Roll and five others were shot and killed.

The PP Blog stories below also reference Lynch:

BULLETIN: FBI Issues Wanted Posters, INTERPOL Issues Red Notices For Alleged International Cybercriminals Who Targeted Americans In Scam That Duped Big-Ticket Shoppers

BULLETIN: Songkram Roy Shachaisere, Figure In AdSurfDaily Ponzi Story, Indicted With 8 Others In ‘One Of The Largest International Penny Stock Frauds In History’

BULLETIN: Missing Investment Adviser Named In SEC Civil Complaint Yesterday In Atlanta Has Been Charged Criminally In New York

BULLETIN: Vincent McCrudden Pleads Guilty To Threatening Regulators, Government Officials

Accused Scammer And Convicted Felon Eric Aronson, 2 Others Indicted In Alleged Permapave Ponzi Scheme; ‘House Of Cards,’ Top Federal Prosecutor Says

BULLETIN(S): (1) Missouri Con Man, 72, Charged In Alleged $3.18 Million Ponzi Caper While Jailed In Previous Fraud Scheme; (2) New York Woman Was Running Multiple Ponzi And Fraud Schemes That Gathered More Than $9 Million, Feds Say

BULLETIN: Feds Say New York Man Was Running $50 Million Real-Estate Ponzi Swindle; Gershon Barkany Arrested By FBI

 

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13 Responses to “President Obama To Nominate Loretta Lynch To Replace Eric Holder As Attorney General”

  1. Quick note: Lynch’s office also was involved briefly in the TelexFree Ponzi case.

    Although the case is being prosecuted by the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz of Massachusetts, the wife of Carlos Wanzeler was arrested at JFK Airport in New York in May on a material witness warrant.

    JFK Airport is in Lynch’s district and Katia Wanzeler was detained there and had to make a court appearance there. So, prosecutors from the Eastern District had to appear to make sure Katia was properly transferred back to Massachusetts.

    Background:

    http://patrickpretty.com/2014/05/15/bulletin-report-wanzelers-wife-arrested/

    http://patrickpretty.com/2014/05/15/bulletin-feds-say-carlos-wanzeler-left-u-s-for-canada-on-same-day-homeland-security-raided-telexfree-offices-alleged-fugitive-then-flew-to-brazil-on-date-his-home-was-raided-wanzelers-wife-arres/

    Patrick

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  2. From New York Daily News Editorial: “Doing New York proud[:] Loretta Lynch will be a great attorney general”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/editorial-new-york-proud-article-1.2003449

    The late Mike McAlary of the Daily News received a Pultizer Prize in 1998 for his coverage of the abuse directed at Abner Louima:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_McAlary

    Patrick

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  3. Remember the movie “Goodfellas” with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta? The movie dealt in part with the infamous Lufthansa heist at JFK Airport in 1978.

    Flash forward to 2014. Lynch brought prosecutions against certain reputed mobsters who had a role in the heist and plenty of other notorious things:

    http://www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2014/bonanno-family-captain-vincent-asaro-indicted-for-participating-in-the-1978-lufthansa-5-million-robbery-at-jfk-airport-and-the-murder-of-paul-katz-who-disappeared-in-1969

    Also see:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Hill

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodfellas

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiseguy_%28book%29

    Patrick

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  4. As things stand at 1:37 p.m. ET today, the White House introduction of Loretta Lynch to the American people begins at roughly the 36:36 mark in the video below.

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  5. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/nov/08/obama-confirms-loretta-lynch-attorney-general

    She said: “The Department of Justice is the only department named for an ideal, and this is appropriate because our work … is both ennobling and profoundly challenging.”

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  6. I'm am copying a comment from a different thread and putting it below. This is the URL for the original comment:

    http://patrickpretty.com/responses-to-comments/comment-page-2/#comment-140334

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    Vincent McCrudden: Vincent McCrudden
    Nov 9, 2014 at 7:36 am | Permalink | Edit

    About your story about Loretta Lynch and my case. Firstly, don’t you think its strange that I was charged with a crime supposedly done in Singapore, but yet Loretta Lynch raided the home of my ex-wife and interrogated my 19 year old daughter while I was 10k miles away? A place I had not lived in 4 years? Don’t you think its strange that I was denied bail when I was never convicted of a crime in my life? Don’t you think its strange that the Government of Singapore sent a letter to Lynch telling her I could not have committed the crime, but yet Judge Hurley still denied me bail? I have proof that Lynch worked with the FBI and NSA in framing me. I never sent that email from September 2010. Why would I? I had just moved to Singapore. All the answers you need to know are in my federal lawsuit against Lynch (14-cv-1047 EDNY). Lynch is nothing more than a criminal and if she is confirmed, God help this country. I have complained about Lynch for over 10 years now, so this is nothing new. As far as your reports linking some shootings in Arizona indirectly to me, well that’s just bullshit and you know it. People like you are cowards in that your report just what the Government gives you, but don’t even look at the docket or follow up with any investigative reporting. It is not credible, but of course you knew that already.

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    Patrick

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  7. PatrickPretty.com, quoting Vincent McCrudden: About your story about Loretta Lynch and my case.

    Vincent,

    If you want to share your point of view on your case, have at it. Fair warning: Discuss your point of view, but do not submit diatribes and/or engage in menacing conduct. Respectfully, please think before you hit the submit button.

    Patrick

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  8. Just as a reminder
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-06/ex-trader-mccrudden-gets-28-months-in-prison-for-threats-2-.html

    It is worth noting that is is reported that McCrudden plead guilty threatening to kill federal financial regulators.

    “We do believe the judge was fair,” McCrudden’s lawyer, Sarita Kedia, said after the sentencing.

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  9. Admin note: I added carriage returns to Vincent’s post. To Vincent: Please do not submit long blocks of text. They are hard to read. — Patrick

    Patrick,

    I don’t know why you are already giving me a warning when I have not sent anything “menacing” or engaged in any “diatribes”? I have factually provided evidence of my legitimate complaint against Loretta Lynch which is in court right now and the DOJ will have to answer to it by the end of this month.

    I do however give you credit for at least publishing my remarks. You’re at least fairer than every other media that published my story, but refused to follow up on it. As for Tony, yes, like 91% of federal defendants I plead guilty. Like 98.6% of defendants I was sentenced.

    My story is too much to get into it for this blog, but I am innocent of the charges. To read my full account, I ask you pick up a copy of my book on Amazon. I actually had picked a jury and was ready to go to trial. I had been held in a for profit prison, locked up 23/7 for 7 months already by that point. The CFTC and DOJ were supposed to provide discovery, which they did not, and the trial was delayed a week although a jury was already picked and they were not sequestered.

    During that week, they produced some other bogus thing and had no intention of going to trial. What’s important is that I was locked up and those rooms, even the lawyer rooms were bugged, so I was not able to speak freely to my lawyers. I was told (incorrectly) that I faced thirty years in prison because of possible new charges. My lawyer did a hard sell to me and my family to “accept” the DOJ’s offer of 21-27 months. He told me to stop being selfish and to think of my family and children. He said he had clients before that didn’t accept the plea offer, only to be found guilty and were sentenced to more than 20 years.

    I can tell you those words are pretty powerful when you are under duress. I still wanted to continue to trial, but my family was scared and they convinced me to accept the plea deal. That is part of the macro reason why only less than 2% of cases go to trial.

    As for Sarita Kedia, my family hired her for sentencing. I ‘accepted” the Governments offer of 21-27 months incarceration and nothing was ever said about supervised release. At sentencing, firstly, the DOJ requested the Judge sentence me to “at least 37 months” and 12 months of supervised release. What happened to the plea? Secondly, I never told Sarita Kedia that I had already sent a statement to the Judge. I didn’t trust her. I was determined to have my say in open court. She did a full court press to get me to not say a word in court minutes before I was to walk out. I ignored her and did anyway.

    I filed a complaint against Kedia, but her “bar” refused to investigate it. You should know she has been tied to the mafia by the US Attorneys office. Yes, she was my representative at the time. My statement was said in open court and I was not happy or “satisfied” by the sentence. But the media never asked me how I felt, and I guess only asked her.

    Why did she say incorrectly that it was “fair” when it was above the range I agreed to? I can’t speak for her, but I obviously don’t agree. So, just because people plead guilty, doesn’t mean they are guilty. Its risk reward and there are many things to consider. For me, I was a target and was told from the beginning I was a target and would never get a fair trial. So, being locked up and denied bail has an impact on you. Unless you have been locked up for something you are innocent of, I cannot convey in words what it feels like. Here is a link to my book if you are interested in learning the real truth straight from me:

    http://www.amazon.com/Leverage-Extortion-Story-Government-Operates/dp/1494948605/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391457646&sr=1-3&keywords=vincent+mccrudden

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  10. To a would-be poster whose user ID begins with “0”:

    I am interested in what you have to say, but the unusual formatting in your post is a cause for concern.

    Due to the structure of your would-be comment and the lack of straightforward language, I can’t even tell if it’s on-topic. It therefore will go unpublished.

    Please just say what’s on your mind in straightforward fashion.

    Thank you.

    Patrick

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  11. Not a chance now, “0.” Seems you weren’t interested in extending either me or my readers a modicum of courtesy.

    Patrick

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  12. As a follow up, shortly after this post, I was arrested by 25 FBI agents at 6am. I was remanded to prison and have been held there since until last week when I was exonerated of new charges. So, all the things I said above, and all the things I have written about over the past 17 years have been validated. Personally, I am done in my advocacy efforts, not because I am scared, but there is no way a single person can evoke change without getting thrown in prison. Also, I believe, the media and people are too cowardice and stupid to know they are deliberately abrogating their rights. Good luck to you all. You’re going to need it.

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