Jury job – Trial Jury http://trial-jury.org/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 20:29:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://trial-jury.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png Jury job – Trial Jury http://trial-jury.org/ 32 32 Vice President Kamala Harris learns his job is ripe for ridicule https://trial-jury.org/vice-president-kamala-harris-learns-his-job-is-ripe-for-ridicule/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 13:00:11 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/vice-president-kamala-harris-learns-his-job-is-ripe-for-ridicule/

Kamala Harris can’t take a break.

When not ignored – which is most of the time – the Vice President is portrayed as inept, unworkable, or portrayed as an anchor weighing down on the Biden administration.

Sometimes all three.

She heads to Paris for a well-executed goodwill tour, and critics jump on Harris for spending around $ 500 on fancy cooking utensils. The money came out of her own pocket – the Vice President loves to cook – and costs about $ 129,500 less than President Trump paid to try to cover up an extramarital affair, but, of course, it doesn’t matter.

On cable TV, the judge and jury panelists analyze the turnover in Harris’s office, probe his relationship with President Biden, and analyze the tensions between their respective teams. Political forecasters are throwing the names of the challengers to Harris if, as expected, she runs to succeed Biden when he leaves office.

It may sound harsh. But this is not unusual.

Harris is, of course, a historical figure. This means increased interest in his performance and expectations that far exceed his circumscribed position. But the idea that the vice-president is the victim of an extraordinarily hostile press, or singled out just for being a woman of color, holds about as much water as a mitasse.

Ask anyone who remembers the eight years George HW Bush was Vice President. He was regularly portrayed as a syntax sycophant of alpha male President Reagan, uttering what columnist and conservative taste maker George Will vehemently called the thin, metallic “arf” … of a pocket dog. “

Or better yet, ask Bush Vice President Dan Quayle, who spent much of his four years in the White House as the butt of countless jokes, his reputation never recovered.

“I remember one visit in particular, an inland trip to Rochester,” said David Beckwith, who was Quayle’s deputy presidential press secretary. “The headline of the newspaper was, ‘Quayle doesn’t blunder. “


There is no doubt that some of the criticisms Harris faces are the product of racism, sexism, or a poisonous combination of the two. Anyone who doubts it is welcome to put on their waders and wander the darker, wettest parts of the internet.

And it faces a very different environment than it existed before the turn of the century, with the proliferation of wired news networks, an armed right-wing media complex, and the bottomless jaws of Twitter and other fire-throwers. .

But the fundamentals haven’t changed. The vice-presidency is an inherently subordinate position and ready to be ridiculed. The experiences of Bush, and in particular of Quayle, show that denigrating the office and its occupant is not a matter of race, partisanship, or personal origin. Indeed, it is sort of a national pastime.

It’s hard to remember Quayle as a politician prodigy from Indiana politics, a skillful activist who defeated venerable Democratic Senator Birch Bayh and turned into a respected student of arms control, among other legislative mysteries. All of that was swept away the moment Bush unveiled Quayle as his vice presidential pick in August 1988 and the 41-year-old lawmaker stepped onto the national stage, leaping like a game show winner into speed.

Quayle was immediately consumed with controversy over his Vietnam War-era National Guard service among other storms, and was brought to his knees in the only vice-presidential debate, where Lloyd Bentsen shouted devastatingly: “You are not Jack Kennedy.”

By the time he took office, Quayle’s image as a light intellectual and serial blunderer was sealed. He confronted the fictional Murphy Brown and her decision to have a baby out of wedlock, then mashed the word “potato”. (Working from a faulty flash card, he added an unnecessary “e” during a stop at a New Jersey elementary school.) It only reinforced what many thought of the Bush understudy.

The vice-presidency, alas, is a difficult place to organize a comeback.

“If you start a little behind the 8-ball and you’re a governor or even a senator, you can sort of fix it because two years later, if you’ve been a good governor, people will say, ‘OK, I guess that first impression wasn’t quite correct, ”said Conservative commentator Bill Kristol, who served as Quayle’s chief of staff.

But how, he continued, can a vice president make a difference? “You can’t take credit for important things that the president [achieves]”, pointed out Kristol,” and you don’t want to make fun of Cabinet secretaries too much and say, ‘I’m really in charge.’ “

Bush was introduced to the 1988 presidential campaign by a Newsweek magazine cover calling him a “wimp,” but rebuilt his reputation by winning in a fierce nomination contest and giving a dazzling speech at the Republican National Convention . Quayle tried for the White House a decade later, but quit the race even before the first votes were cast. (He did not respond to interview requests.)

It’s impossible to know how Harris, who fared badly in a 2020 presidential bid, will fare on a second attempt. It is also too early to take stock of his vice-presidency in any meaningful way.

“Predicting now is like judging a runner in the first lap or the first quarter mile of a race,” said Joel Goldstein, professor emeritus at the University of St. Louis and expert in the office. “There is a long way to go. “

As vice-president, Harris can do little to improve her image and erase doubts about her political aptitudes and abilities. It can happen when, and if, she seeks the Democratic nomination and starts winning contests. Success is a magic potion, with tremendous transforming power.

Until then, it will remain a difficult task for the country’s pioneering vice-president.

Woman who snuck into NHS job jailed for 12 months https://trial-jury.org/woman-who-snuck-into-nhs-job-jailed-for-12-months/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 17:02:40 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/woman-who-snuck-into-nhs-job-jailed-for-12-months/

A woman who lied and cheated into a high-level civil service job in Croydon was jailed for 12 months and agreed to repay the money she received.

Please don’t get too excited – this is not a case involving Jo Negrini, the self-proclaimed “regeneration practitioner” who has been cleared to work as CEO of the board for four years.

It also doesn’t implicate Heather Cheesbrough, who remains the board’s planning director despite posting fake credentials on her digital resume.

This is the case with Chanelle Poku, who claimed to have a Masters in Molecular Biology and experience leading a charity in order to land a leadership position in the NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, and has been convicted by a jury of fraud by false representation.

The case is yet another demonstration of the weakness, if not non-existence, of due diligence and qualification checks in parts of the civil service.

Poku was tasked with providing emergency care to patients in the district. When challenged for her incompetent performance, she resorted to a series of false accusations of intimidation, assault and racism, even going so far as to take her case to an employment tribunal.

The Tribunal rejected his claims.

In its judgment, which was handed down in early 2019, the Tribunal declared that Poku was “totally lacking in credibility”.

They said, “So this is one of those rare occasions when we are prepared to find out, not only that the claims are not proven, but also that they are false.

Fraud: Chanel Poku

Recorder David Osborne, presiding over the Poku criminal case at Croydon Crown Court, said: ‘Your offense has left a totally unqualified person in charge of an important role in the local NHS infrastructure. This offense is so serious that immediate detention is justified.

In fact, Poku’s previous job was as an unskilled “chugger,” a high street charity fundraiser, working for Action Aid.

Claiming to have a masters degree from ‘Imperial University’ and claiming that she had been Director of Action Aid for four years, she applied to commission and run the program for an emergency care job in Croydon NHS CCG. She backed up her candidacy with bogus references that she had either written herself or arranged for others to write.

In a masterful understatement for the judge, he said it was “somewhat surprising” that Poku survived an interview.

During his trial, Poku tried to blame a recruitment agency for the lies on his application form.

Poku, who has been in custody since the July verdict, offered to reimburse the CCG for her salary, which stood at around £ 13,000 before she was scolded and suspended.

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Ubiquiti violates internal work, according to FBI and DoJ https://trial-jury.org/ubiquiti-violates-internal-work-according-to-fbi-and-doj/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 13:17:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/ubiquiti-violates-internal-work-according-to-fbi-and-doj/

The recent unveiling of a multi-count indictment before a grand jury for Nikolas Sharp provides a unique and convoluted series of criminal events. It appears Sharp has pledged to put around $ 2 million in its pocket via a data theft and extortion effort, with a twist of “whistleblower” claims launched to confuse investigators in an attempt to ‘self-exemption.

As with many criminal enterprises, they reach their crumbling point when everything skyrockets. When Sharp’s employer, Ubiquiti Networks, basically told the criminal who extorted them to pound sand, they undoubtedly felt that this great project was quickly dying.

According to Sharp’s LinkedIn page, he served as the “Cloud Leader” for Ubiquiti from August 2018 to March 2021. By all accounts, he was a trusted member of the Ubiquiti team. .

Insider threat, there is a pattern

Each Insider Threat Risk Mitigation team will let you know that the most likely time an employee is likely to violate the processes and procedures in place to protect a company’s intellectual property or trade secrets is the days before immediately leaving the company.

On December 9, 2020, Sharp began preparing for his departure with an application for a job at a California tech company. That same evening, Sharp reportedly began its foray into his employer’s infrastructure and data stores and began researching. A few minutes later, the first of the “attacks” takes place and the exfiltration of company data begins.

What the FBI and the US lawyer say about Sharp

Sharp’s drafted indictment details his alleged crimes, which FBI Deputy Director Michael J. Driscoll sums up well: “We allege that Mr. Sharp created a twisted plot to extort the company he worked for by using his technology and data against it . Not only did he allegedly violate several federal laws, but he orchestrated the release of information to the media when his ransom demands were not met. When confronted, he then lied to FBI agents.

US Attorney Damian Williams added, “Nickolas Sharp exploited his access as a trusted insider to steal gigabytes of confidential data from his employer and then, posing as an anonymous hacker, sent the company a ransom demand of nearly $ 2 million. As further alleged, after the FBI raided his home in connection with the theft, Sharp, now posing as an anonymous company whistleblower, filed damaging press reports falsely claiming that the theft was committed. by a hacker activated by a vulnerability in the company’s computer systems.

Driscoll observed, “Mr. Sharp may have thought he was smart enough to carry out his plan, but a simple technical glitch ended his dreams of getting rich.

The alleged convoluted series of actions

The court documents allege that Sharp used its authorized access to its employer’s GitHub and AWS servers to download gigabytes of confidential Ubiquiti data. Although we have no way of knowing if this was Sharp’s first foray into the world of cybercrime. His alleged actions indicate an above average awareness of the need to be anonymous when committing a cybercrime. To this end, Sharp reportedly used the Surfshark virtual private network (VPN) service to hide the IP address associated with the locale when it accessed his employer’s data.

On December 9, 2020, and again several times until December 28, 2020, Sharp allegedly cloned and stole his company’s data by abusing his administrative access. He exfiltrated the data through his Surfshark VPN account (acquired in July 2020) to an unidentified location. Unidentified, that was until the Internet did what the Internet does: It has a problem and has suffered an outage. During this outage, the IP address associated with Sharp’s home in Portland, Oregon was temporarily exposed.

On December 28, a colleague discovered that abnormal activity had occurred and a team began investigating the unauthorized data exfiltration. Sharp has joined this incident response effort.

Sharp, as a member of the “incident” team, is able to know what efforts were made to identify the intruder and attempt to distract from anything that might point it out. It is alleged that these efforts were not passive and that he would adjust logs and move data in an attempt to hide his role.

Sharp is also said to have lowered the hammer of his personal greed. He sent anonymous ransom emails to senior Ubiquiti executives, demanding bitcoins in return for gigabytes of data back and revealing the location of the vulnerability within the corporate network. Sharp would communicate anonymously via the Keybase chat with Ubiquiti.

The company refused to pay the ransom; Sharp is said to have posted some of the content online.

On January 29, Sharp erases and resets his computer.

On March 24, the FBI arrived at Sharp’s residence to execute a search warrant and question Sharp. Sharp is covering up during his interview with FBI special agents. Sharp doesn’t realize it, but it wasn’t the first rodeo for FBI special agents.

A “fair whistleblower” tries to derail the investigation

As the extortion effort failed and the FBI questioned him, Sharp reportedly attempted to further obscure his criminal conduct. He has attempted to rename himself, albeit anonymously, as a member of the remediation team who, as a righteous whistleblower, must share information. Sharp is said to have sent emails to the media and regulators with false information designed to portray the company as hip-high in a cover-up of “catastrophic” proportions. The emails described Ubiquiti as undertaking a full-fledged cover-up. The allegations were plausible, so the printing presses began to run. The headlines for March and April 2021 were ruthless.

  • The edge – “Ubiquiti is accused of covering up a ‘catastrophic data breach – and he does not deny it”
  • KrebsonSecurity – “Whistleblower: ‘catastrophic’ Ubiquiti violation” “
  • Light reading – “Latest Ubiquiti Hack Highlights Security Path Of Problems For Operators”
  • Beeping computer – “Ubiquiti’s cyberattack may be much worse than what was initially disclosed”

The effect was predictable, as detailed in the indictment, Ubiquiti’s value fell 20%, resulting in a loss of over $ 4 billion in market cap value.

Ubiquiti Response: Investigate and prosecute

To its credit, Ubiquiti held on and let the process continue. His analyzes showed what had happened on their network: SurfShark VPN and Sharp IP addresses as one and the same.

Handing the incident over to the FBI for investigation and the Department of Justice for prosecution ensures that the wheels of justice have a chance to turn. And they did. On November 18, 2021, the grand jury released an indictment, which was sealed and it was not until Sharp’s arrest on December 1 that it was unsealed. His terms of release do not include any devices or Internet access without the approval of preliminary services in the United States, and his travel is limited to Oregon and the Southern District of New York for trial without prior approval.

Nikolas Sharp is scheduled to appear in court on December 15, 2021.

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]]> Former SC teacher says Facebook post of mask warrants cost her job, takes legal action https://trial-jury.org/former-sc-teacher-says-facebook-post-of-mask-warrants-cost-her-job-takes-legal-action/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 02:31:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/former-sc-teacher-says-facebook-post-of-mask-warrants-cost-her-job-takes-legal-action/

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) – A former Berkeley County teacher said she was forced to resign after posting a video about mask requirements on social media.

Holly Chapman has said in a lawsuit against the Berkeley County School District and its former superintendent, Eddie Ingram, that she was given the option of immediately resigning or being fired after “expressing political frustrations at the intrusion government’s perception of COVID mask mandates and protocols.

The lawsuit alleges that the college teacher, who was hired by the district in August 2015, was never disciplined during her employment and that her assessments by the district reflect that she “has met or exceeded job expectations “.

The lawsuit says the district’s 2018 social media policy recognizes that public employees “maintain their First Amendment rights to comment on matters of public interest.”

Chapman’s costume indicates that she posted the video to Facebook in December 2020, but was not friends with or followed by her students on Facebook. In addition, she stated that her account was under a pseudonym and not her “teacher’s name”.

The lawsuit states that she made “a sexual innuendo” in her speech as “an analogy to government overbreadth, but the innuendo was not objectively explicit or obscene.”

Lawsuit: publications of other teachers on social networks have gone unpunished

Chapman’s lawsuit, however, indicates that prior to his appointment, other teachers in the district, including peers from Chapman’s school, also pledged to post “sexual innuendos and sexually-oriented speeches on social media.” “. This included, according to the lawsuit, a Chapman school teacher who is a stand-up comedian who posted “a steamy comedy on her own Tik-Tok account in her name despite being followed by students on this platform “.

These fellow teachers, according to the lawsuit, were not disciplined.

“The complainant’s speech was less sexual in nature than that of her fellow comedian, but contained a political message opposing government interference in personal affairs,” said the trial, noting the political nature of her speech as the main difference.

Student posted part of the video on Snapchat, leading to a meeting

Around January, a student at Chapman’s school apparently found the video and posted part of it on the Snapchat platform, the lawsuit says.

She says she learned of this repost in mid-February 2021, and a few days later she was called to a meeting with her manager and the district human resources manager and questioned about the video.

The lawsuit says he was asked to prepare a statement, but his first draft was “deemed insufficient” and he was asked to write a follow-up statement “explicitly describing the content of his speech.”

Two days later, on February 19, she was called to another meeting with the district director and human resources director during which she was given the option of resigning immediately or being fired, according to the lawsuit.

Chapman says she asked to speak to a lawyer before signing documents, “but she was told she would not have overtime and that she had to decide immediately whether to be fired or to resign.”

Chapman’s lawsuit alleges that Ingram informed her on March 18 that the district would file a complaint against her with the South Carolina Board of Education for “a termination of employment resulting from alleged misconduct.”

Ultimately, the State Board of Education (as of June 30, 2021) refused to prosecute any charges against the complainant’s license because her speech outside of work on a matter of public interest was protected by the first amendment, “says the lawsuit.

On March 19, she signed a Letter of Intent from the Charleston County School District after being interviewed for a teaching position there, but then the Charleston County School District informed her on the 4th. he may not move forward with the hiring process due to “” concerns on his record, “the lawsuit said.

“Internal CCSD emails dated April 30, 2021 and May 4, 2021 indicated that [Chapman] would have obtained the position she sought at the CCSD had it not been for the reference of the [Berkeley County School District], related to [Chapman’s] political speech ”, indicates the costume.

Chapman alleges wrongful termination and tort interference in a contract against the Berkeley County School District and malicious lawsuits against Ingram. His action seeks damages which include a loss of $ 187,000 in public service loan cancellation, attorney fees, costs and other damages and a jury trial.

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Reviews | Chris Cuomo has a fun idea of ​​what it means to do his job https://trial-jury.org/reviews-chris-cuomo-has-a-fun-idea-of-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8bwhat-it-means-to-do-his-job/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 00:43:13 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/reviews-chris-cuomo-has-a-fun-idea-of-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8bwhat-it-means-to-do-his-job/

Update: CNN fired Chris Cuomo Saturday following an investigation into his role as advisor to the governor at the time. Andrew Cuomo on the sexual harassment allegations.

Welcome to America without Cuomo.

Well, at least temporarily.

We’ve been working on it for a while. Andrew Cuomo was of course forced to step down as New York governor in August, about a second before the likely arraignment for what we can perhaps describe as verbal harassment and pathological aggression.

Now Chris Cuomo has been suspended from CNN, where he is a leading news anchor. There is no doubt that he was trying to help his brother’s defense even as he assures his viewers and bosses that it was more or less a hands-free way.

(In a happier time, when it wasn’t all so depressing, we might have noticed that “not touching” would also have been a policy that could have saved Andrew Cuomo’s career.)