Cesar Sayoc, the man who was arrested for mailing pipe bombs to critics and so-called enemies of Donald Trump was sentenced to serve 20-years in prison on Monday. Sayoc plead guilty to charges that he sent out over a dozen pipe bombs to Trump critics.
NBC News (@NBCnews), reports that in 2018 Sayoc sent homemade bombs made out of PVC pipe and glass shards to Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, CNN headquarters, actor Robert Deniro and a host of other “critics of the president.” None of Sayoc’s bombs detonated and no one was injured. Back in March Sayoc plead guilty to 65 counts, including using weapons of mass destruction and illegal mailing of explosives with the intent to harm and kill. He had been looking at life in prison for the crimes.
Others who received pipe bombs from Sayoc included former Director Of National Intelligence: James Clapper, Former Attorney General: Eric Holder, current Presidential candidate and former Vice President: Joe Biden, former CIA Director: John Brennan, Senators: Corey Booker, Kamala Harris, and Maxine Waters, and activist: Tom Steyer.
In a hearing in a federal courtroom on Wednesday morning, U.S. District Court Judge, Federico Moreno said Kodak Black was a “danger to the community” based on his long rap sheet. Minutes later, the judge ruled that Kodak will remain detained until his trial.
Kodak Black was arrested earlier this month right before he was set to perform at Rolling Loud Miami. He was booked on charges related to falsifying information to purchase (at least) three firearms. A judge initially set Kodak’s bond at $550,000. Prosecutors appealed that judge’s decision. On Wednesday morning, a federal judge sided with prosecutors and ruled that Kodak will be held without bail until his trial date.
“I’m very concerned with the type of guns he wanted to get a hold of, and that he has a prior criminal history. He was out on bond (on another case) and he committed an offense.” U.S District Judge Federico Moreno said from the bench according to The Miami Herald @MiamiHerald.
Prosecutors allege that one of the guns Kodak purchased when he falsified the info, was connected to a shooting that took place in March. According to the feds, Kodak’s fingerprints were found on the gun that was left at the scene of the crime. No one was hit in the shooting. A Porsche Panamera that was seen at the scene of the crime was later found abandoned nearby. No word yet on if the Porsche was also connected to the rapper. Chances are, it probably will, when the prosecution releases all of the evidence related to the case, or when it comes up at trial, otherwise the Porsche likely wouldn’t have been mentioned at all.
The New England Patriots long-time owner will reportedly turn down the plea deal offered to him by prosecutors in Florida. Kraft, along with 24 (mostly unnamed) other co-defendants are accused of crimes related to an investigation and eventual raid at The Orchids Of Asia day spa in Jupiter Florida. The spa has been reportedly connected to a human trafficking ring. As for Kraft himself, the six time Super Bowl champion owner, has been charged with two counts of solicitation. Kraft allegedly visited the spa to grab himself a few cheap handy dandy’s……on two occasions. One of Kraft’s visits allegedly took place on the morning his team was set to compete in the AFC championship game.
CNN (@cnn) reported that prosecutors had offered to drop the misdemeanor charges against Kraft in exchange for fines, community service, and an admission that he would’ve been found guilty of the charges had he went to trial. If you really think about it, it’s not really surprising that Kraft turned down the deal. What’s the upside here for a billionaire? None! Kraft’s charges only carry a 60-day sentence in county jail if convicted. Even if he was convicted, he likely wouldn’t receive a jail sentence at all. (first time offender charged with a small misdemeanor) More important than that is Kraft’s image and potential punishment from the NFL. Even though prosecutors allege they have him on camera receiving a hand job, I doubt that Kraft won’t fight this charge endlessly. I could be wrong, I doubt it though. Billionaires are usually much too arrogant to think that laws for regular folks apply to them. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Kraft is scheduled to be arraigned on the solicitation charges on March 28. My guess is that somewhere along the way these charges against Kraft will be very quietly dismissed.
Iranian born college student, Saeed Moshfegh discovered that he could not access his Bank Of America account a few days ago. He knew he had plenty of money in his account, because he’d checked it shortly before the issues with his account occurred, yet his bank account was currently not accessible.
According to reporting by the Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald), Mosfegh immediately went to his local bank branch when he discovered the problems with his account. Mosfegh was told that the documentation he’d previously provided could not be accepted. The bank insisted he produce other documents to show proof of citizenship. Mosfegh says the documentation he’d previously provided was correct based on his current status as a “near graduation student.”
“This bank doesn’t know how the immigration system works, so they didn’t accept my document.” Mosfegh said.
Because his account was frozen, Mosfegh could not pay his rent or use his credit cards because they were suddenly rejected.
The Miami Herald reported that Mosfegh’s case is not unique. Bank Of America is being accused of freezing or threatening to freeze customers accounts all across the United States after asking about customers’ legal status. There are reports of the same type of thing happening to BOA customers in Tennessee, Kansas, and many other places across the country, sometimes happening to U.S. born customers.
Stephanie Collins, a spokesperson for the Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency, said that proof of citizenship is not required to open a bank account in the United States. Banks are merely required to identify and report suspicious transactions and maintain and update customer information. She said banks have not received any new instructions to collect more information about customers.
BOA spokesperson Carla Molina said she could not comment on specific cases when pressed for answers by The Herald. She did however say, there had been no change in how BOA collects information from customers, including citizenship.