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Newport, KY — Former District Court Judge and school board member Tim Nolan plead guilty to 21 counts of human trafficking in February and this week, he was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
In court it was revealed that the judge threatened young women and girls under the age of 18 with arrest to force them into sex. On one occasion a victim was living on his property and he forced to evict her if she did not have sex with him. He also gave numerous victims heroin.
During the sentencing, Prosecutor Barbara Whaley read statements from some of the women in court. Whaley noted that seven of the 19 victims were under 16 years old.
“Tim Nolan, I want to say, you ruined my life,” one teenage victim wrote in her letter. “You ruined my childhood teenage years and made me lose hope. I hate you.”
“I was forced to stay in his apartment in Alexandria and was told if I ever left, he would call the police and I would go back to jail because I was on the run,” wrote one victim. “I ended up turning myself in because jail was better than one more second spent with Tim Nolan.”
As TFTP reported at the time of his arrest, Judge Tim Nolan of California, Kentucky represented District 5 on the Campbell County School Board. He served at the chair of the 2016 Donald Trump campaign in Campbell County.
During Trump’s presidential run in 2016, Judge Nolan was serving as the chair of his campaign. The alleged sex trafficking occurred in August of 2016 — while Nolan was working on the Trump campaign.
As RCN reports, Nolan is an outspoken and controversial figure in local politics. In 2016, he sued the creator of GOPfacts.org, which took aim at Nolan and others, and specifically referred to Nolan as a vehement racist and posted a photo that purported to be of Nolan in a Ku Klux Klan robe.
Nolan was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission but was removed only days later when the Klu Klux Klan scandal erupted.
Unlike Governor Bevin, however, Trump did not remove the Judge from his campaign.
Among the charges that Nolan pleaded guilty to were human trafficking, attempted human trafficking and giving drugs and alcohol to minors. According to charges read in court, Nolan told one of his victims that he would “call his friends in the FBI and other law enforcement to arrest her.”
After the original guilty plea, Nolan claimed he was innocent and attempted to delay sentencing multiple ways, including firing his attorney in March and trying to withdraw his guilty plea, according to WSMV.
However, on Friday, he apologized and promised to seek treatment.
“I’m so sorry for my crimes, even though I’m a first-time offender with a low-risk to re-offend,” Nolan said, as if to imply the decades of preying on children somehow made him a “first-time offender.”
“I resolve to fight my demons and addictions and not repeat my immoral behavior,” Nolan said. “Obviously the lack of sound judgment and yielding to physical impulse must never be repeated.”
“The punishment in this case does not undo the trauma inflicted on the victims, but it brings closure and some justice. I want to thank the Campbell County Police Department and our special prosecutions team for working this case,” Attorney General Andy Beshear in a statement.
As TFTP reported, before he fired her in March, Nolan’s attorney, Margo Grubbs, actually tried to downplay the charges that her client pleaded guilty to.
“He took full personal responsibility for these acts that in his potential day and generation would not necessarily be considered to rise to the level of human trafficking,” Grubbs said.
She also accused the victims of lying, despite Nolan’s guilty plea.
“I’m saying the underlying facts as alleged by victims do not necessarily equate to what really happened, because we all know in life there are two sides to every story. The sad part of it is, often times the criminal defendant finds themselves at an insurmountable obstacle in order to prove complete innocence,” Grubbs said.
Her comments are insanely ironic considering the fact that Nolan spent his career presiding over the cases of nonviolent offenders, where they were sent to jail in situations where it was impossible to prove they’re innocent. It is likely that Nolan did not give this a second thought when the shoe was on the other foot.
In February, Grubbs suggested that his position as a government figure should should somehow absolve him of his crimes, despite the fact that he used his position to get away with them.
“Mr. Nolan has been a public servant to the people of Campbell County for a majority of his life, and at some point there has to be a redemption for those who committed offenses but has to be balanced by what they have given,” she said.
Luckily, the prosecution did not see it that way and this predator will be removed from society. Unfortunately, however, he will be eligible for parole in just four years.
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May 3rd, 2018
The CIA can selectively divulge classified information to selected reporters in emails yet withhold that information from other journalists or members of the public when they seek the same information under the Freedom of Information Act, a federal judge in New York has ruled.
Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York ruled that the CIA does not have to release parts of five emails senior CIA officials sent to journalists from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and The Washington Post in 2012. At the time, the CIA was facing pressure over links it may have had to a Pakistani doctor who helped American forces hunt down Osama bin Laden.
The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Adam Johnson, a freelance reporter, who was represented by a first amendment lawyer in New York City, Daniel Novack.
â€œThe Director of Central Intelligence is free to disclose classified information about CIA sources and methods selectively, if he concludes that it is necessary to do so in order to protect those intelligence sources and methods, and no court can second guess his decision,â€� McMahon ruled.
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An US judge from New York ruled on Tuesday that Iran must pay $6 billion to victims or those affected by the 9/11 terror attacks.
Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District Court of New York ruled that “the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran liable for the deaths of more than 1,000 people as a result of the September 11 attacks.”
Court filings state that the payout equates to “$12,500,000 per spouse, $8,500,000 per parent, $8,500,000 per child, and $4,250,000 per sibling” to the families and estates of the deceased. The ruling also includes an annual 4.1 percent interest rate from the year the attacks took place.
Thomas Burnett Sr. filed the lawsuit in 2004, but it was only allowed to proceed in 2016 after Congress passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) allowing individual citizens to file lawsuits against countries accused of financing terrorism.
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Monday’s ruling in the case – Thomas Burnett, Sr et al v. The Islamic Republic of Iran et al – finds “the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran” liable for the deaths of more than 1,000 people as a result of the September 11 attacks, Judge George B Daniels of the Southern District Court of New York wrote.
Iran is ordered to pay “$12,500,000 per spouse, $8,500,000 per parent, $8,500,000 per child, and $4,250,000 per sibling” to the families and estates of the deceased, court filings say.
A 4.96 annual interest rate will also be applied to the amount, starting from September 11, 2001 to the date of the judgement.
A default judgement is issued when a defendant does not contest the case in court.
Daniels issued other default judgements against Iran in 2011 and 2016 that ordered the Islamic Republic to pay victims and insurers billions of dollars for damages and deaths in the hijacker attacks.
Tehran has been ordered by a US court to pay more than $6 billion to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, despite the fact that most of the plane hijackers were Saudi nationals, and no direct link was ever found to Iran.
On Tuesday, a federal judge in New York found Iran, the country’s central bank, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps liable for the deaths of more than 1,000 people in the September 11 attacks. As a consequence, District Judge George Daniels ordered Iran and its entities to pay over $6 billion in compensation to the victims’ families.
The default judgment seeks compensation of $12.5 million per spouse, $8.5 million per parent, $8.5 million per child, and $4.25 million per sibling. The US could potentially retrieve the sum from billions of dollars in Iranian assets that were frozen in the US and Europe over the years. This is unlikely, however, as the ruling is seen as symbolic and unenforceable.
It is not the first time that Daniels has issued default judgments against Iran. In 2011 and 2016, the New York judge ordered the Islamic Republic to pay billions of dollars to victims of the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
Tehran has yet to react to the latest ruling, but has previously dismissed such accusations as ridiculous, given the fact that none of the perpetrators were Iranian citizens, and no investigation ever found direct links to Iran.
“A record low for the reach of petrodollars: CIA & FDD fake news w/ selective AlQaeda docs re: Iran can’t whitewash role of US allies in 9/11,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter last year.
Some 15 of the 9/11 perpetrators were citizens of Saudi Arabia, while two were from the United Arab Emirates, one was from Egypt, and one was from Lebanon. However, the US lawsuit, originally filed in 2004, still claimed that Tehran somehow supported the hijackers and provided them with training and financial assistance.
Tuesday’s judgment is not linked to similar cases filed by the victims against Saudi Arabia, which claim that Riyadh provided direct support to the hijackers. Back in March, Judge Daniels rejected Saudi Arabia’s request to dismiss the lawsuits. Both Saudi and Iranian cases, however, are based on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (Jasta), which was passed in 2016 and allows families of the victims to take foreign governments to court.
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On Wednesday, NBC’s Today show opened with this sensational declaration from co-host Savannah Guthrie: “Raising the stakes. Overnight, Stormy Daniels’ attorney asks a judge to depose President Trump. Will he be forced to testify about the alleged affair and the money paid to silence his accuser?” On Thursday, a judge denied that request, but NBC viewers would never know it because the network ignored the development.
In the report that followed on Wednesday’s Today show, White House Correspondent Kristen Welker proclaimed: “Mr. Trump still hasn’t commented on the controversy, but privately he’s been expressing his concern about it to top aides. All as the White House braces for another day of unwanted headlines.”
She was ready to convict the President:
If successful, [Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael] Avenatti’s motion would require President Trump to explain under oath what he knew about the agreement and what he knew it. The testimony could play a role in determining whether campaign finance laws were broken by the Trump campaign, Cohen or the President.
Wrapping up the segment, Welker touted: “In a new statement out this morning, Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ attorney, says, quote, ‘We are confident that after applying Supreme Court precedent from the Clinton matter, the court will order the depositions and the trial to proceed. We expect to be placing the President and his fixer under oath in the coming months.’”
In reality, the request was dismissed the very next day.
Another report from Welker came at the top of the 8:00 a.m. ET hour, preceded by Guthrie hyping: “There has been an extraordinary development overnight in the Stormy Daniels scandal. Her attorney is going to federal court trying to force the President to testify about the adult film star’s payoff.”
Welker reiterated claims from Avenatti: “In a statement this morning, Daniels’ attorney said he’s confident the request will be granted.”
In total, Wednesday’s Today devoted 4 minutes 20 seconds of breathless coverage to the topic.
ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning similarly gave a great deal of attention to news that day. However, unlike the NBC morning show, on Friday, those broadcasts provided full reports on a judge rejecting Avenatti’s request to depose the President. The Today show said nothing.
The same was true with Thursday’s evening newscasts. Both ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News covered the legal defeat for Daniels while NBC Nightly News skipped the story.
When the news media usher in such salacious stories with great fanfare, they have a responsibility to update viewers when those sensational headlines fizzle.