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10-12-09 Former VP Cheney Corruption Case // El ex vicepresidente de los EE.UU. caso de corrupción // 前副总统贪污案的美国

Nigeria: Halliburton Plans Plea Bargain in Cheney Corruption Case
Sam Olukoya, GlobalPost: "Halliburton is planning to make a plea bargain in former US Vice President Dick Cheney's corruption case, Nigerian officials told GlobalPost. Nigeria's anti-corruption agency charged Cheney as the head of Halliburton when its engineering subsidiary, KBR, allegedly paid bribes totaling $180 million to secure contracts worth $6 billion."
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December 10, 2010

Halliburton May Pay $500 million to Keep Cheney out of Prison: Report
By Daniel Tencer
Oilfield services company Halliburton is in negotiations with the Nigerian government to keep its former CEO, Dick Cheney, out of prison, according to a news report.

Halliburton: US Warns Nigeria On Dick Cheney •Says Allegation ‘Very Serious’

The United States government has warned Nigeria to carefully review the 16-count corruption allegations made against a former US vice president, Dick Cheney, in the Halliburton bribe-for-contract scandal, APA learnt in a statement the US embassy released in Abuja on Thursday.
The US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, made the plea in Washington while fielding questions from some African journalists, including Nigeria, during a conference call.
Carson said in the statement that review was necessary to ensure that the allegations were not politically motivated, as opposed to a legitimate legal matter.
Asked if Cheney would be allowed to stand trial in Nigeria, Carson said charges laid should be carefully and deeply substantiated as they were “very serious.”
He said that the US authorities had been following the case closely and had spoken to the Nigerian authorities about it.
Before becoming US vice president, Cheney headed Texas-based oil service company, Halliburton, from 1995 to 2000.
According to reports, Houston-based engineering firm, KBR, a former Halliburton unit, pleaded guilty last year to charges that it paid $180 million in bribes between 1994 and 2004 to Nigerian officials to secure $6 billion in contracts for the Bonny Island Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in the Niger Delta.
The Federal Government had filed a 16-count charge at an Abuja high court against Cheney over his alleged complicity in the scandal in the mid-90s.
The government had also approached an Abuja chief magistrate’s court for an arrest warrant to ensure that the former US vice president appeared to stand trial alongside some top officials of Halliburton.

Dick Cheney faces bribery scandal charges in Nigeria

Nigeria's anti-corruption agency is to charge former US Vice-President Dick Cheney over a bribery scandal that involves a former subsidiary of energy firm Halliburton.
The case centres on engineering firm KBR, which admitted bribing officials.
A lawyer for Mr Cheney said allegations he was involved in the scandal were "entirely baseless".
Mr Cheney was Halliburton's chief executive before becoming vice-president to George W Bush in 2001.
A spokesman for the anti-corruption agency, Femi Babafemi, said the charges were likely to be brought against Mr Cheney next week.
Mr Babafemi said the charges were "not unconnected to his role as the chief executive of Halliburton".
KBR last year pleaded guilty to paying $180m (£115m) in bribes to Nigerian officials prior to 2007, when it was a subsidiary of Halliburton. The firm agreed to pay $579m (£372m) in fines related to the case in the US.
But Nigeria, along with France and Switzerland, has conducted its own investigations into the case.
Mr Cheney's lawyer, Terence O'Donnell, said US investigators had "found no suggestion of any impropriety by Dick Cheney in his role of CEO of Halliburton".
"Any suggestion of misconduct on his part, made now, years later, is entirely baseless," Mr O'Donnell said.
Office raid
The bribes concerned the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in southern Nigeria.
KBR and Halliburton have now split, and Halliburton says it is not connected with the case against KBR.
Halliburton denies involvement in the allegations.
It has complained that a raid on its office last week by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission officials was "an affront against justice".
Ten people were detained for questioning and later released.
A prosecutor quoted by the Agence France-Presse news agency said those charged would include former and current leaders of Halliburton and officials from firms in a consortium involved in the LNG plant.
Nigeria is a member of the oil cartel Opec and is one of the world's biggest oil exporters.

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10-12-09 Log Cabin Republicans v United States of America et al (2:04-cv-08425) ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’: Clerk TERRY NAFISI of the US Court asked to provide the attestation records of the purported judgments and certify the docket // La Corrupción de los EE.UU. Tribunal de Justicia, de California // 腐败在加州法院

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Log Cabin Republicans v United States of America et al (2:04-cv-08425) 'Don't Ask Don't Tell': Clerk TERRY NAFISI of the US Court asked to provide the attestation records of the purported judgments and certify the docket

Los Angeles, December 9  Human Rights Alert (NGO) and Joseph Zernik, PhD, asked TERRY NAFISI, Clerk of the US Court, Central District of California, for copies of the Attestation records by the Clerk of the two contradictory Judgments, which were published by the Court in Log Cabin Republicans v United States of America et al(2:04-cv-08425):  [i,ii]
a) March 21, 2006, Dkt #024  Judgment in favor of Defendant the United States - Order granting Motion to Dismiss (and respective Judgment entered in the Court's Judgment Index), published in the name of Judge GEORGE SCHIAVELLI, and
b) October 12, 2010, Dkt #252  Judgment in favor of Plaintiff, Log Cabin Republicans - Judgment and Permanent Injunction, published in the name of "Transferee Judge" VIRGINIA PHILLIPS.

Attestation by the Clerk of the US Court, 
in addition to the certification (signature) by a duly assigned judge,  is required to render any Judgment of the Court valid and effectual.  Valid Assignment Orders for Judge SCHIAVELLI and Judge PHILLIPS were not found in the docket of the case, neither were Attestations by the Clerk of either Judgment. [iii]

Pursuant to General Order 08-02 of the US District Court, [iv] the NEFs (Notices of Electronic Filing) are today deemed by the US Court as the Clerk�s Attestation records.However, in recent years, since the introduction of computerized administration systems in the US Courts (PACER and CM/ECF), the US Courts have denied public access to the Attestation records (NEFs) in apparent violation of First Amendment rights.  Therefore, there is no way for the public to ascertain which of the records, published by the US Courts, are valid and effectual, and which are null and void.

In two other cases of the same US Court, Fine v Sheriff (2:09-cv-01914)  Habeas Corpus Petition - and Zernik v Connor et al (2:08-cv-01550)  Deprivation of Rights under the Color of Law - when the NEFs were eventually discovered, it turned out that Judgments (by Judge JOHN WALTER and VIRGINIA PHILLIPS, respectively), which had been published in the PACER dockets, were null and void. [v]

As part of the today's request, Clerk TERRY NAFISI was also asked to certify the PACER docket Log Cabin Republicans v United States of America et alas one that was constructed pursuant to the law of the United States and by authority of the Clerk of the Court. 

The Judiciary Act of 1789 [vi] and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure charge the Clerks of the US Court with honestly recording the orders and judgments of the courts and with the maintenance of the civil dockets. However, in both Fine v Sheriff and Zernik v Connor et al Clerk TERRY NAFISI refused to certify the dockets.  In both cases, the PACER dockets are alleged as Fraud on the Court.

Clerk Nafisi's was today requested in the case of Log Cabin Republicans v United States of America et also that the US Court of Appeals, 9
th Circuit, would not be burdened with running an Appeal from a null and void Judgment.  [vii]  Defendant the United States has already initiated the appeal process from the October 12, 2010, which the evidence showed was Fraud on the Court.

The request was copied to Chief Judge AUDREY COLLINS of the US District Court, Central District of California, and to attorneys representing the parties in the case.  Notice was previously given to the attorneys in the case of alleged Fraud on the Court in conduct of the case. [viii]

Requests for investigations and impeachment proceedings were previously filed with US Congress relative to the conduct of Judge VIRGINIA PHILLIPS, Judge JOHN WALTER, [ix] and Clerk TERRY NAFISI  alleged as violations of Oaths of Office, Deprivation of Rights under the Color of Law, and Fraud on the Courts. [x]

Human Rights Alert stated that conditions, which today prevail at the US District Court, Central District of California undermine the Human, Constitutional, and Civil rights of some 20 millions who reside in the District.

A century ago, corruption of the offices of the Clerks of the US Courts was notorious, described by US Congress as 'a farce and a burlesque'. [xi] The Salary Act of 1919, which placed the Clerks of the US Courts under authority of the US Attorney General was credited as key to restoration of integrity of the US courts at that time.

In view of similar conditions, which prevail in the US Courts today, Human Rights Alert calls upon US Congress to again initiate reform of the US Courts:
1)  Restore provisions of the Salary Act of 1919, placing the Clerks of the US Courts under authority of US Attorney General, and
2) Enact federal rules of electronic records of the US courts  to restore accountability of the Clerks of the US Courts for electronic court records.

Human Rights Alert claims that such reforms, like the ones that were implemented a century ago, are required not only for restoration of Human Rights in the United States, but also for restoration of Banking Regulation and bringing the current economic Depression to an end.
Human Rights Alert is dedicated to discovering, archiving, and disseminating evidence of Human Rights violations by the justice systems of the State of California and the United States in Los Angeles County, California, and beyond. Human Rights Alert focuses on the unique role of computerized case management systems in the precipitous deterioration of the integrity of the justice system in the United States.
[i] 10-12-09 Log Cabin Republicans v United States of America et al (2:04-cv-08425) - Request for Copies of Attestations by the Clerk of the Court
[ii] 10-12-06 Log Cabin Republicans v United States of America et al (2:04-cv-08425) at the US District Court, Central District of California - Don't Ask Don�t Tell - litigation records
[iii] 10-12-06 Log Cabin Republicans v USA (2:04-cv-08425) at the US District Court, Central District of California: Don�t Ask Don�t Tell  Evidence of Another Pretense Litigation by Judge Virginia Phillips
[iv] General Order 08-02
[v] 10-12-04 Zernik, J: Case Management Systems of the Us Courts - report pending international peer review
[vi] 00-00-01 1789-09-24 Judiciary Act of 1789 - An Act to Establish the Judicial Courts of the United States
[vii] See records of Appeal  Log Cabin Republicans v United States of America et al (10-56634):
[viii]  10-12-07 Log Cabin Republicans v United States of America et al (2:04-cv-08425) - Notice to Counsel in Re Request for Impeachment Proceedings in Re Clerk TERRY NAFISI
[ix] 10-12-05 Request for investigation, impeachment proceedings where appropriate, in re: US Judges JED RAKOFF, VIRGINIA PHILLIPS, JOHN WALTER, and US Magistrate CARLA WOEHRLE  for conduct, which undermined Banking Regulation and/or Human Rights in the United States s
[x] 10-12-07 Request for Investigation and if Appropriate - Impeachment Proceedings - against TERRY NAFISI - Clerk of the Court, US District Court, Central District of California
[xi] 02-00-00 Messinger, I Scott: Order in The Court - History of Clerks of United States Courts, Federal Judicial Center (2002)
"On July 26, 2010, Laurence Tribe, Senior Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Access to Justice Initiative, delivered an important speech to the Conference of Chief Justices, challenging them to halt the disintegration of our state justice systems before they become indistinguishable from courts of third world nations."
Prof Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School (2010), per National Defender Leadership Institute
"Innocent people remain in prison"
*     "...the LA Superior Court and the DA office, the two other parts of the justice system that the Blue Panel Report recommends must be investigated relative to the integrity of the system, have not produced any response that we know of..."
LAPD Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006)
"...judges tried and sentenced a staggering number of people for crimes they did not commit."
Prof David Burcham, Dean, Loyola Law School, LA (2001)
"This is conduct associated with the most repressive dictators and police states... and judges must share responsibility when innocent people are convicted."    
Prof Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Irvine Law School (2001)
"...corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California."

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