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Deputy AG says he may need to recuse himself from Russia probe: sources

WATCH Trump says he is under investigation for firing James Comey

The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel’s probe of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ own recusal, sources tell ABC News.

Those private remarks from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are significant because they reflect the widening nature of the federal probe, which now includes a preliminary inquiry into whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he allegedly tried to curtail the probe and then fired James Comey as FBI director.

Rosenstein, who authored an extensive and publicly-released memorandum recommending Comey’s firing, raised the possibility of his recusal during a recent meeting with Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the Justice Department’s new third-in-command, according to sources.

Although Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to lead the federal probe, he still makes the final decisions about resources, personnel and — if necessary — any prosecutions.

In the recent meeting with Brand, Rosenstein told her that if he were to recuse himself, she would have to step in and take over those responsibilities. She was sworn-in little more than a month ago.

Potentially complicating matters, Trump posted an exasperated message today on Twitter, dismissing the Russia-related probe as a “witch hunt” and lamenting that he’s “being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!”

Rosenstein is keenly aware that he could become a potential witness in the investigation.

“I understand there are serious allegations that have been raised,” Rosenstein told a Senate panel earlier this week. “I recognize the importance of these questions, and I think that Director Mueller ought to review that and make a determination of whether or not he believes it is within the scope of his investigation.”

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, asked Rosenstein specifically whether he might have a conflict of interest if he becomes a witness in the investigation.

“I’m not going to answer hypothetical questions,” Rosenstein said. “[But] I am working with career professionals who know these rules and are responsible for enforcing these rules, and I can assure you that we’re going to do the right thing, and we’re going to defend the integrity of that investigation.”

One source said Rosenstein has yet to formally ask career attorneys inside the Justice Department for their opinion on whether he should recuse himself. Any serious contemplation of recusal likely wouldn’t happen unless Rosenstein seeks such an opinion.

If Rosenstein were to announce his recusal, it would represent the latest twist in an increasingly unpredictable and dramatic investigation.

Rosenstein took command of the investigation in April, after Sessions announced that he was recusing himself due to his substantial role in Trump’s presidential campaign last year. Two months later, at Trump’s urging, Rosenstein wrote a letter to the president detailing his belief that Comey should be fired.

Within days, a top Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. wrote his own letter, insisting that Rosenstein’s hard-earned reputation as an “apolitical actor” was “now imperiled” by the deputy attorney general’s role in Comey’s firing.

Around the same time, Comey orchestrated a series of bombshell news reports laying out portions of one-on-one conversations he allegedly had with Trump, including the infamous conversation in the Oval Office where Trump allegedly told Comey, “I hope you can let this go.”

According to Comey, Trump was referring to the FBI’s investigation into Mike Flynn, who was fired himself as national security adviser months earlier for allegedly lying to White House officials about his post-election contacts with Russian operatives.

In the wake of those news reports, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to conduct the broad investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in last year’s presidential campaign and alleged collusion with Trump associates.

“The public interest requires me to place this investigation under a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command,” Rosenstein said in his announcement last month.

Rosenstein hasn’t spoken with Mueller since, he told lawmakers last week.

But inside his office in recent days, the deputy attorney general has been grappling with what to do about the expanding probe, and seething over news accounts laying out some of its details, according to one source.

Late last night, he issued what many online are calling a “bizarre” statement, condemning recent reports.

“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true and stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,'” Rosenstein said. “Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.”

No explanation for the statement was given, but it came just hours after The Washington Post published a story saying Mueller’s inquiry is now looking at the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a key adviser to the president.

The story was attributed to “U.S. officials familiar with the matter.”

As for Brand, she previously led the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, and she most recently served as a member of the government’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. She graduated from Harvard Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to the Justice Department.

Sessions recently said she “has proven herself to be a brilliant lawyer.”

“She is also a dedicated public servant who is strongly committed to upholding the rule of law and our Constitution,” he added.

Clinton holds 11-point national lead over Trump: NBC #elections, #politics, #us: #news, #elections, #business #news


Clinton Holds 11-Point National Lead Over Trump: NBC/WSJ Poll

Clinton leads Trump by 11-points in NBC/WSJ poll Monday, 17 Oct 2016 | 9:26 AM ET | 00:42

Hillary Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump by double digits with just over three weeks until Election Day, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted entirely after the second presidential debate.

In a four-way race, Democrat Clinton holds an 11-point lead over Republican Trump among likely voters, 48 percent to 37 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 7 percent and the Green Party’s Jill Stein at 2 percent.

In a two-way contest without Johnson and Stein, Clinton is ahead by 10 points, 51 percent to 41 percent.

An earlier NBC/WSJ poll — conducted two days after 2005 video surfaced of Trump making vulgar comments to describe kissing and groping women — found Clinton leading by double digits among likely voters. But after another day of polling taken immediately after the Oct. 9 debate, the entire Oct. 8-10 poll showed Clinton’s lead at nine points in the four-way contest (46 percent to 37 percent) and 10 points in a head-to-head race (50 percent to 40 percent).

To put Clinton’s current 11-point lead into perspective, Barack Obama beat John McCain by seven points nationally in 2008. And Obama’s margin of victory over Mitt Romney in 2012 was four points.

“Donald Trump’s chances of winning this election have faded,” says Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, which conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff and his firm Public Opinion Strategies.

“This poll is showing the writing on the wall,” Yang adds.

And the Republican McInturff observes that Trump “is in a weaker position than in September,” and that his numbers in the poll don’t align with anyone who has gone on to win a presidential election.

Clinton Up By 20 Points Among Women

Looking inside the numbers of the two-way horse race, Clinton holds a 20-point lead among female voters (55 percent to 35 percent), while Trump is ahead among men by just three points (48 percent to 45 percent).

Clinton also has the advantage among African Americans (86 percent to 9 percent), non-white voters (76 percent to 16 percent) and those ages 18-34 (54 percent to 36 percent).

Trump, meanwhile, holds the edge among independents (41 percent to 36 percent) and white voters (51 percent to 40 percent). But there is a difference among whites: Those without college degrees prefer Trump by a 56 percent-to-36 percent margin, while those with college degrees break evenly between Trump and Clinton, 45 percent to 45 percent.

Access Hollywood video of Trump is the 4th-most recognized story in history of NBC/WSJ poll

As for the 2005 video of Trump talking about women in vulgar and crude terms, 95 percent of voters say they saw, read or heard about that news story – which is the fourth-most recognized story in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll (behind the Orlando terrorist attack, the spread of Ebola in West Africa and the Ebola patient in Dallas).

But just 32 percent say that the video disqualifies Trump from being president and believe that he should with withdraw from the race, versus 53 percent who disagree.

Did the debates make a difference?

Additionally in the NBC/WSJ poll, 31 percent of voters said the presidential debates made them more likely to back Hillary Clinton, versus 14 percent who said they made them more likely to support Trump.

Fifty-two percent said the debates made no difference.

The final presidential debate takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Trump leads (narrowly) on trade, economy; Clinton ahead on being a commander-in-chief and women’s issues

On the issues, more voters say Trump would do a better job protecting America’s interests on trade issues (by 46 percent to 43 percent). And he holds a one-point advantage on dealing with the economy (44 percent say Trump would do a better job, compared with 43 percent who say Clinton would).

But Clinton has the advantage on the other issues – making appointments to the Supreme Court (48 percent to 38 percent), changing the country for the better (44 percent to 36 percent), being a good commander-in-chief (52 percent to 32 percent) and dealing with issues of concern to women (67 percent to 17 percent).

When it comes to personal characteristics, Clinton leads on having the right temperament to be president (59 percent to 23 percent), while Trump narrowly leads on being honest and straightforward (38 percent to 34 percent).

Democrats don’t look as strong down the ballot

Despite Clinton’s double-digit lead over Trump in the presidential race, the NBC/WSJ poll finds a closer contest down the ballot. Forty-six percent of registered voters prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, while 44 percent want a Republican-controlled Congress.

That two-point advantage for Democrats is down from six points in the earlier NBC/WSJ poll (48 percent to 42 percent).

Among likely voters in new poll, 47 percent want a Democratic-controlled Congress and 44 percent want a GOP-controlled one.

By a 53 percent-to-40 percent margin, the poll also finds registered voters saying they’d be more likely to support a Republican candidate who will be a check and balance to Hillary Clinton and congressional Democrats, versus a Democratic candidate who will help Clinton and Democrats pass their agenda.

53 percent approve of Obama’s job as president

Finally, the NBC/WSJ poll finds President Obama’s job-approval rating at 53 percent among registered voters, which is up one point from last month.

It’s the six-straight month where the president’s rating has been above 50 percent in the poll, and it’s his highest rating since Dec. 2012, after he won re-election four years ago.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Oct. 10-13 of 1,000 registered voters – via both cell phones and landline phones – and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points. Among the poll’s 905 likely voters, the margin of error is plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.

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Exclusive: Inside the rarely-acknowledged missions of two Navy SEALs killed in action

Navy Seal Kyle Milliken, 38, was shot and killed in Somalia in May. He was on a raid serving as an adviser to Somali forces as he and his team approached a compound alongside local troops.

Their deaths underscore the fact that from Somalia to Yemen, as well as in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, the war against ISIS, al Qaeda and their affiliates has largely fallen on special operations forces to fight.

With the political reluctance in recent years to send large numbers of conventional forces to the front lines, small teams of special operations forces have become increasingly the force of choice for commanders in battling terrorist networks.

And these highly trained troops are increasingly paying with their lives. Five have been killed in action so far this year, and a total of 22 have died since June 2014 when the war against ISIS began.

CNN has obtained the battlefield citations for both Owens and Milliken — both of whom served for years on high-risk classified combat missions — revealing new details of their extraordinary service.

Owens’ secret battle in Somalia

For his actions in one battle, Owens was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest medal for valor. His citation contains astonishing details of the never-disclosed battle against 400 al Qaeda militants deep inside war-torn Somalia in 2015.

This secret battle raged for three days in July 2015, with Owens leading a 12-man team alongside African forces, targeting 400 enemy militants. He was ambushed and attacked with “small arms, machine guns, anti-aircraft guns, rocket propelled grenades, mortars, and improvised explosive devices,” according to his citation.

Owens “repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire” the citation says, eventually securing a town that had been in enemy hands for 10 years. On earlier tours, he helped rescue buddies who were pinned down and wounded, and guided in Medevac choppers while under fire.

Virginia Rep. Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL sniper, knew both men. Of Owens, he said: “From everything I knew about him, he was a great guy — highly committed, highly talented.”

Milliken’s final mission

On Milliken’s final mission last month, he was an adviser to Somali forces, and was in the line of fire under considerable risk, according to the battlefield citation. He was shot and killed as his unit approached a compound west of Mogadishu. Taylor, like many who have served on front lines, rejects the controversial Pentagon view that when troops are military advisers they must stay out of the direct line of fire.

“‘There are no boots on the ground, they are just advisers,’ well we know that’s BS. Of course they are all boots on the ground,” Taylor said. “I think you need to get back to using conventional forces.”

Taylor added: “You certainly can’t fault the operator for wanting to get into the fight. They are there, they are there on the ground with the force they are helping.”

‘Concealed’ position

Since Obama began sending special operations forces into war zones with local forces on counterterrorism missions, the basic military policy has been that US troops should try to stay behind a ‘covered” or “concealed’ position in order to not draw fire to themselves. It’s a policy that most troops say simply doesn’t work on the battlefield but that the Pentagon under President Trump still appears to be bound to.

But Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently made clear that no changes to that policy are expected.

“The fundamental rule that applies to all of our forces that are conducting partnered ops that — that they would be at the last cover and conceal position, and not actually the ones closing with the enemy, because fundamentally we conduct partnered operations,” he said at a news conference on May 22. “It is the partners who are actually closing with and destroying the enemy.”

However, at a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday, Dunford did concede that special operations forces are stretched, stating that he had been asked by Secretary of Defense, James Mattis to examine all special operations missions to determine where conventional forces can be substituted.

The future of special operations

Taylor recalled his own first mission in Iraq, which was alongside Milliken.

“Everyone loved Kyle, everyone loved him,” he said.

Milliken also served for years in combat as part of a heavily relied-upon special operations force. In 2007 alone, he conducted 48 combat missions in Iraq. During one mission, he helped evacuate three wounded SEALs under fire. In 2009, his team was spotted as they approached a compound they were raiding. Milliken went in, killing enemy forces from less than 20 feet away.

The citations released to CNN remain heavily blacked out, shielding classified details. But there is one clue on how secret their work was. In 2015, Milliken was awarded the Navy achievement medal for developing “ground-breaking procedures” for “future national mission taskings.”

In the world of special operations, “national missions” are the most classified, requiring presidential approval and often remaining secret for decades.

CNN’s Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.

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Former Eatonville Mayor Anthony Grant leaves an Orange County courtroom after being sentenced Friday, June 16, 2017 to 4 years probation and 400 community service hours.

Former Eatonville Mayor Anthony Grant leaves an Orange County courtroom after being sentenced Friday, June 16, 2017 to 4 years probation and 400 community service hours. (Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel)

Ex-Eatonville Mayor Anthony Grant avoided prison time Friday, as a judge sentenced him to four years of probation and 400 community service hours for his conviction on voting-fraud charges.

A jury found Grant, 51, guilty last month of felony voting fraud, a felony election violation and a misdemeanor absentee-voting violation. The former mayor was given credit for 25 days in the Orange County Jail.

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Florida Capitol building (Sentinel file)

TALLAHASSEE — An open-government group is stepping into a fight over public records, asking legislative leaders to produce text messages from lawmakers and update their policies for retaining and keeping electronic records.

Ninety percent of college graduates from class 0f 2015 have jobs, study finds

Ninety percent of college graduates from class 0f 2015 have jobs, study finds (Sentinel file)

TALLAHASSEE — A new study that followed the outcomes of university students in Florida who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2015 shows that more than 90 percent of students were working within one year of graduation, with full-time employees earning a median salary of $39,100.

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The city of Orlando is in the process of moving this Confederate memorial statue to Greenwood Cemetery.

The city of Orlando is in the process of moving this Confederate memorial statue to Greenwood Cemetery. (Jeff Weiner/Orlando Sentinel)

City crews were at Lake Eola Park on Thursday, as Orlando prepares to move a Confederate memorial statue to Greenwood Cemetery.

Mayor Buddy Dyer committed to moving the statue after former Orlando Sentinel journalist David Porter called on the city to remove it from the park. prompting a deluge of critics and defenders of the monument at a City Council meeting in May.

Governor Rick Scott signs a controversial education bill at Morning Star Catholic School, a special needs school, in Orlando, on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Governor Rick Scott signs a controversial education bill at Morning Star Catholic School, a special needs school, in Orlando, on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Gov. Rick Scott signed a fiercely contested education bill Thursday in a ceremony at an Orlando Catholic school, surrounded by lawmakers and young children who attend the special-needs school.

“This is going to be great,” Scott said after he signed HB 7069, a measure that many public school leaders have decried since its passage in May.

Prison guard collapses after accidentally inhaling spice drug #uk #prisons, #sodexo, #uk #politics, #uk, #news


Prison guard collapses after accidentally inhaling spice drug

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    A prison officer collapsed and convulsed on the floor after accidentally inhaling the synthetic cannabis substitute spice.

    Widespread drug use has been uncovered at HMP Northumberland where it is claimed the inmates were, in effect, running the prison.

    Undercover filming for the BBC’s Panorama has revealed inmates threatening staff, guards left alone to control large numbers of prisoners and alarms that did not go off at the site, run by Sodexo Justice Services.

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    Reporter Joe Fenton said: “On my very first day, I was taken into a room with some of the other new recruits where we were shown a table covered in drugs. It was a massive find by prison staff—2.5kg of a drug called spice—a much stronger, cheaper, synthetic alternative to cannabis.

    “Prisoners told officers this find had barely scratched the surface.

    “It didn’t take too long to realise that the inmates were, in effect, running this prison. I saw prisoners stumbling around drunk, others who were high on drugs and some struggling to cope with addiction.

    “On a standard 10-hour shift, the demands from prisoners were endless.

    “The work didn’t stop from the moment we got there to the moment we left. You just can’t work five or six days solid there—it ruins you and you don’t feel like a person any more, you just exist.”

    Large quantities of drugs were stored in cupboards rather than hidden away, he said.

    HMP Northumberland houses up to 1,348 male prisoners. Sodexo’s website says the company’s “vision” for the site was “to lead the way on the Government’s priority to create a working prison model”.

    A spokesman for Sodexo said: “We are proud of those staff at HMP Northumberland who do a professional job in such difficult circumstances.

    “Security and the safety of our prisoners and staff are our top priority, which is why we have made significant investments in these two areas over and above the contract requirements.

    “We continually review the staffing levels at the prison and have recruited an additional 37 staff above the funded headcount.”

    Number of women recalled to prison after release up by two-thirds

    A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “These are extremely serious allegations which are being urgently investigated.

    “The Justice Secretary has been clear that levels of violence and self-harm in our prisons are too high which is why we are investing an extra £100m annually to boost the frontline by 2,500 officers.

    “Every officer will be responsible for a case load of six offenders, making sure all prisoners get the support needed to quit drugs and get the education and training that will help turn their lives around.

    “These are long-standing issues which will not be resolved in weeks or months but we are determined to make our prisons places of safety and reform.

    “We have robust processes in place to closely monitor and manage private contractors and will not hesitate to take action when standards fall short.”

    2016 saw claims the prison system was in “total meltdown” after an alarming rise in the number of murders, sexual assaults and attempted hangings. Violence was close to double rates from 2010 before the Coalition government came to power and began controversial reforms.

    And official figures revealed a record number of people killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales last year.

    There were 354 deaths in custody in 2016, including 119 self-inflicted deaths. Self-harm incidents jumped by 23 per cent to 37,784—nearly 7,000 more than were recorded in the previous year.

    In December a riot at HMP Birmingham. run by G4S, saw inmates take over four wings across 12 hours, reportedly burning records and throwing computers out of windows. The clash erupted following tensions over prison conditions and reports inmates were on near-constant “lock-down” due to a lack of prison staff and resources.

    Panorama Behind Bars: Prison Undercover will be broadcast at 8.30pm tonight, Monday 13 February.

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    The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence, as well as protecting U.S. government communications and information systems, which involves cryptanalysis and cryptography. – Source: Wikipedia

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    The White House has been trying to grow a serious investigation into leaks and appeared to score a victory over the weekend when news emerged that 25-year-old NSA contractor, Reality Winner, had been arrested for alleged leaking an NSA report detailing Kremlin efforts to hack voting machines during last year’s election.

    The Associated Press could not confirm the authenticity of the May 5 NSA document, which The Intercept said it obtained anonymously.

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    Collin County Judge Acquitted of Bribery After Five Year Ordeal #suzanne #wooten #conviction, #collin #county #politics, #collin #county #judge #scandal


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    Collin County Judge Exonerated Five Years After Bribery Conviction

    Wednesday afternoon, nearly five years after a Collin County jury found her guilty of taking bribes and four days after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed her claims of innocence, Suzanne Wooten walked out of the Collin County Courthouse.

    Judge Andrea Thompson officially acquitted Wooten of nine charges stemming from her bruising 2008 Republican primary campaign against three-term incumbent Judge Charles Sandoval. She now has no criminal record.

    Wooten, talking to reporters after Wednesday’s hearing, said her exoneration is bittersweet.

    This has been amazing and wonderful in a way. But it s as wonderful as being the survivor and being maimed in a plane crash. It s really hard to have joyous feelings and not put your anger aside as well, she said.

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    After the election, Collin County District Attorney John Roach pushed to indict Wooten on charges related to $150,000 received by her campaign manager, James Stephen Spencer. The money came from Stacy and David Cary. Prosecutors alleged that the Carys financed Wooten’s campaign in exchange for favorable rulings from the judge in a contentious custody case between David Cary and his ex-wife. Previous rulings in the case, made by Sandoval, did not go Cary’s way.

    Spencer said the couple paid him for unrelated consulting work.

    Collin County juries convicted both of the Carys, Spencer and Wooten. Stacy Cary was sentenced to 30 days in jail a term she never served due to it being stayed during her appeal; her husband, David, did 19 months in prison; and Spencer served 100 days in Collin County Jail and was placed on 10 years probation. In order to avoid jail time, Wooten gave up the right to appeal her conviction, which forced her to resign her spot on the bench and give up her law license.

    In the years that followed the convictions, questions emerged about the process that led to them. As many as six grand juries heard evidence against Wooten, the Carys and Spencer before deciding to indict the four, and no clear link was ever established between the cash and Wooten’s campaign. Cary deposited cash into Spencer’s account, and Spencer used money from personal accounts to pay for ads and other campaign expenses for Wooten, but Wooten repaid Spencer for those expenses with campaign contributions. Throughout their trials, the Carys maintained that Wooten was a stranger.

    In 2015, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest criminal court, vacated the Carys’ convictions, ruling that there was not sufficient evidence presented at trial to find the couple guilty. The state of Texas appealed that ruling, delaying the Carys final exoneration until January 2017

    In the wake of that decision, Wooten’s longtime attorney, Dallas’ Pete Schulte, filed writ of innocence proceedings on Wooten’s behalf with the Court of Criminal Appeals. He pointed out that prosecutors never proved there was an agreement between Wooten and the Carys, nor could they show any rulings Wooten made that could’ve be influenced by the cash.

    On Friday afternoon, the court agreed with Schulte, finding that Wooten’s conviction “should be vacated, and a judgment of acquittal rendered,” on all nine counts for which she was convicted.

    “As I have always said since 2009, Judge Wooten did not deserve to be prosecuted for these offenses. The allegations of this political witch hunt were a legal fiction driven by the politics that Collin County has unfortunately become known,” Schulte said in a statement after the court’s ruling. “Judge Wooten legally and honestly defeated a tyrant of a judge and was a great jurist. Judge Wooten never received any money from the co-defendants and still to this day has never met the people who allegedly had ‘bribed her’ to run for judge.”

    Correction This post has been edited to reflect the fact that Stacy Cary did not actually spend any days in jail due to her sentence being stayed as she appealed her conviction.

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