SAN ANTONIO — Republican state District Judge Angus McGinty
is expected to resign as soon as Friday amid allegations he reduced
bail on defendants who appeared before him in exchange for auto repairs
on his personal vehicles, federal and courthouse sources confirmed.
McGinty's expected resignation is related to an FBI investigation centered on defense lawyer Al Acevedo,
who confirmed last month to the Express-News that he was under
investigation related to allegations of bribery of judges and others in
the criminal justice system over purported favors on his cases.
In a 2-1 decision issued on February 13th, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled "San Diego County violates the Constitution's Second Amendment by requiring residents to show 'good cause'" before being allowed "to obtain a concealed carry permit."The court ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is, in and of itself, a sufficient cause for bearing arms for self-defense. Moreover, it is a sufficient cause both inside and outside of one's domicile.
The hanging of poet Hashem Shaabani tells you everything you need to know about Iran's regime.
As Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani was dangling from a noose two weeks ago, desperately grasping for his last breath of air, one wonders what he would have thought about Western leaders who call President Hassan Rouhani a moderate. What exactly is moderate, Shaabani could have thought, about a regime which brands a poet an “enemy of God” and strangles him to death?
The crazy thing is that by the logic of the Iranian government, Shaabani had to be killed. He criticized God and the punishment for blasphemy is clear: death. Technically, Shaabani criticized the regime by speaking out against repression of ethnic Arabs in the Khuzestan province, but since the regime sees itself as the representative of God on Earth, his fate was sealed. It’s not called a theocracy for nothing.
As world powers attempt to negotiate an accord with Iran, they would do well to keep Shaabani in mind. What does the hanging of a poet have to do with nuclear negotiations? Everything. It gets to the heart of the nature of the regime.
“The people of Harlan County, rich and poor, will marvel at your debasement and banality and take your suicide as the last act of a coward because a small town never forgets. They will spit venom when they hear your name … And death will not be the end of your suffering.”