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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Robert Mintz
It's not just what a former Rutgers University student did or didn't do that's at issue in his trial on charges he used a webcam to spy on his roommate's liaison with another man, just days before the roommate killed himself. It's also what he was thinking.
Jon Corzine will tell a House panel Thursday that he doesn't know the location of client money that went missing when MF Global failed. And he will argue that he inherited a firm doomed by the risks his predecessors took.
Over two weeks, prosecutors methodically worked to build a credible case that Barry Bonds lied to a federal grand jury in 2003 when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
A federal judge on Thursday let stand charges of honest-services fraud against a key figure in the Abramoff lobbying scandal - marking a victory for Justice Department prosecutors in the first high-profile challenge to one of the government's most widely used, yet recently narrowed, anti-corruption statutes.
Attorneys for lobbyist Kevin Ring argued in court papers that a landmark Supreme Court decision protects traditional lobbying activities from one of the government's most used, but recently diminished, anti-corruption tools.
"The question really before this jury really is whether this is a college prank that went horribly wrong or really a hate crime where the victim was targeted because of his sexual orientation," said Robert Mintz, a former federal prosecutor who is now a criminal defense lawyer.
Mintz said Corzine's answers leave him open to "a barrage of questions about facts and circumstances that will no doubt be the subject of review by prosecutors and regulators."