(Laws don’t mean diddley shit anymore): Mueller: Secret Court Order Suspended Statute Of Limitations On Manafort Charge

So what’s next? A Star Chamber?


The Star Chamber was originally established to ensure the fair enforcement of laws against socially and politically prominent people so powerful that ordinary courts would probably hesitate to convict them of their crimes. However, it became synonymous with social and political oppression through the arbitrary use and abuse of the power it wielded.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Chamber

Mueller: Secret Court Order Suspended Statute Of Limitations On Manafort Charge

Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained a secret order from a federal magistrate judge to suspend the statute of limitations on one of the charges he ultimately brought against Paul Manafort, a court filing revealed Monday evening. Mueller did not inform Manafort of the secret order until after the former Trump campaign chairman had requested that charge be thrown out, the filing said.

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Because investigators were relying on a foreign government to produce certain evidence, Mueller last June asked a magistrate judge in Virginia to suspend the statute of limitations on the charge that Manafort failed to to file a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR), according to the filing. Mueller ultimately brought that charge against Manafort in February. The judge’s decision granting Mueller’s request to suspend the statute of limitations was previously under seal, but was included in Monday’s filings.

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Because the statute of limitations was set to run out on June 29 — five years after the June 29, 2012 deadline Manafort would have faced to file the foreign bank report with the U.S. Treasury — prosecutors on June 26 came to Judge Claude M. Hilton with their request, which was filed ex parte, meaning only the government’s side was aware of it, and not Manafort.

Cyprus’ production of evidence has taken months, according to the filing, and investigators wrote to Cypriot authorities in December informing them that they were still missing some of the Manafort documents they had requested. Cyprus’ government did not respond to the request until April 30 this year, according to Monday’s filing, well after Mueller’s grand jury in Virginia handed down indictments against Manafort in February.

“The bottom line, then, is that Cyprus had not fully satisfied the government’s official request when the original and Superseding Indictment of Manafort were returned on February 13 and 22, respectively,” Mueller said. “As a result, no ‘final action’ had yet occurred as of the date of the operative indictments, and the applicable statute of limitations remained suspended.”

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WTF country am I in? It sure as fuck isn’t the one I heard about in school.

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snoopydawg's picture

"WTF country am I in? It sure as fuck isn’t the one I heard about in school."

That country never did exist. It took me waaay too long to figure that out. I always wanted to be the cowboys because the "Indians" were bad peoples who would wipe out whole villages for no gosh darn reason.

The rule of law is dead for most Americans. The cops can get away with planting evidence any time they want and even Scalia said that being innocent doesn't matter when a person is being murdered by a state execution. Cops can blatantly kill unarmed men, women and children without consequences. The banks can commit massive fraud and as long as they pay their fines they are free to do it again and again and again. Wells Fargo opened millions of accounts on people and not one person is in prison for that....

So if Mueller wants to cook the book on Manafort and meet with the judge against every law on the book he can. How many others have done what Manafort did during the country's history? And for gawd's sake look at what Billary got away with.

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The eulogy of our species will one day read “here lies humanity; departed at the hand of greed and compliance”

Amanda Matthews's picture

@snoopydawg

Maybe some day I’ll go into the story about how my Mom was committed to a tuberculosis sanitarium and then they adopted out or put in homes all my brothers and my 2 sisters. They justified that by saying she ‘abandoned’ us.

BTW, she NEVER had tuberculosis but that didn’t stop the slugs here from committing her. TWICE. Once for a year. And a few months later for six months.

So trust me, I know perfectly well what kind of ‘shithole’ I’m living in.

Hope you’re doing well. Hadn’t seen you around for a couple days, and that’s unusual. Take care!

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

On the other hand, they break international agreements and law even while acting though/over the UN, so they evidently aren't going to respect the law even when in public - until it's finally applied to them on a consistent basis. Can we go back a half-century or so in Super-Putin's magical Time Traveling Machine?

Edit: Maybe a little earlier, to un'fix' some elections and get actual judges in, especially regarding the US Supreme court? Go back far enough and fix enough stuff even just regarding the elimination of the US PTB and corporate influence, and the world could be a completely different and much healthier and happier place, not even falling apart and dying anymore.

We don't need to be the Jetsons, just free within a sustainable, literate and caring society, sensibly protected from all predation under sane law and on a living planet... dammit, we could have been, if not for The Psychopaths That Be.

Edit: just read your comment above this - holy crap! I don't even know what to say, just sending a very large bundle of hugs to be retroactively applied, for all within your family... dear gawd...

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

Amanda Matthews's picture

@Ellen North

mess can be fixed. It needs a complete redo. Burn it down and start over.

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

are you a Putin plant? Our own FBI would never do that here. s/

Anything to get Trump, most "liberals" will have no problem with it either. And if you were to question, well, my snark then would not be snark for our owners.

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Amanda Matthews's picture

@lizzyh7

Since Putin came into power life has improved for the RUSSIAN! People. During that same time period, life for the plebs here has gone to Hell in a handbasket.

Thing is, everyone who’s honest about life in 21st century Amurika probably SOUNDS exactly like a Putin plant.

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa