Chelsea Clinton weighed in on the present statue removal debate with a religious analogy: The story of Lucifer-who rebelled against God-is part of many Christians' traditions. I've never been in a church with a Lucifer statue. — Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 18, 2017 “The story of Lucifer-who rebelled against God-is part of many Christians’ traditions. I’ve…
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who's currently on trial for wire-fraud, allegedly duped former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' family out of $100 million.
The Daily Beast reports that the DeVos family visited Theranos headquarters for a five-hour meeting with Holmes and company president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani in 2014, before agreeing to invest $100 million in the startup.
The report is based on testimony during Holmes' trial from Lisa Peterson, who manages private equity investments for the DeVos family's RDV Corp.
"Peterson testified that Holmes was 'hand picking' uber-wealthy families to invest in the Palo Alto company, which claimed its portable blood-testing devices could screen for scores of diseases with just the prick of a patient's finger. (But, according to federal prosecutors, Holmes and Balwani knew their technology didn't work as advertised, even as they peddled it to consumers and high-powered investors.)" the Daily Beast reports. "Shortly after this meeting, Peterson and DeVos family members gathered in the Theranos parking lot to discuss their planned $50 million investment, which they ultimately doubled, the Wall Street Journal reported."
Petersen reportedly testified that the DeVos family was "impressed by Theranos' revenue projections of $140 million in 2014 and $990 million in 2015, and that she didn't realize the firm had zero income in 2012 and 2013."
"During cross examination, Holmes' attorney Lance Wade impugned Peterson's due diligence in researching Theranos before recommending the company to the DeVos family," the Daily Beast reports.
According to Law360 reporter Dorothy Atkins, who is covering Holmes' trial, Peterson "acknowledge(d) that the DeVos family investment firm never hired regulatory experts, counsel, or medical experts in the due diligence process, b/c 'we didn't think we needed it.'"
The Daily Beast reports that Peterson also testified that "DeVos family office was concerned that if their investigation into Theranos was too thorough, the firm would rescind the invitation to invest in what was billed as a groundbreaking technology."
On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump was dealt yet another blow in his lawsuit against Twitter for banning him from their platform, as a federal judge in Florida ruled that his attorneys could not file their claim in the state.
The issue turned on the so-called "forum selection clause" in Twitter's Terms of Service, requiring that any lawsuit against the company be heard in the Northern District of California, where the company is headquartered.
"The Court finds that Trump's status as President of the United States does not exclude him from the requirements of the forum selection clause in Twitter's Terms of Service," concluded Judge Robert Scola, an appointee of former President Barack Obama.
Here's the order. Trump filed suits against three tech companies in federal court in Florida, and so far two have… https://t.co/jkelNtrg7p— Brad Heath (@Brad Heath) 1635296096.0
A case in a California district court would fall under the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is broadly considered to be a more hostile venue to the former president because it has far fewer Republican judicial appointees than the Eleventh Circuit, which oversees district court rulings in the state of Florida.
However, experts have suggested Trump's lawsuit, which seeks to find Twitter in violation of his free speech rights by deplatforming him, is unlikely to succeed in any venue.
This is the second ruling that Trump cannot sue Twitter in Florida instead of California. A similar ruling was issued by Miami-based federal judge Kevin Michael Moore, an appointee of President George H. W. Bush, three weeks ago.
Mark Leffingwell pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony count of assaulting a law enforcement officers at the January 6 Capitol riot. Leffingwell reportedly suffered a traumatic brain injury as a Marine on tour in Iraq and the well-known federal judge who will sentence him described his as a "difficult case."
Leffingwell, 51, of Seattle was among those attempting to break through a police barrier inside the Capitol Building, according to FBI charging documents. Here's the account of the arresting officer:
"Leffingwell attempted to push past me and other officers. When he was deterred from advancing further into the building, Leffingwell punched me repeatedly with a closed fist. At one point, Leffingwell punched another law enforcement officer as well. I was struck in the helmet that I was wearing and in the chest.
"While in custody, but prior to being advised of his Miranda rights, Leffingwell spontaneously apologized for striking the officer. When told that the officer who Leffingwell had struck was me, Leffingwell apologized for striking me."
Leffingwell entered his guilty plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, according to the Courthouse News Service. Here's its account:
"'I was not trying to attack," Leffingwell told (Jackson). 'If someone had told me that I couldn't go in there, I wouldn't have gone in there. I shouldn't have gone in.'
The news report added that "Leffingwell danced around Jackson's question of whether he intentionally hit the two officers, before finally admitting that he did. 'Yes, your honor,' Leffingwell said. 'I shouldn't have hit them.'"
And there was this on Leffingwell's past:
"Leffingwell sustained a traumatic brain injury while on tour in Iraq during a four-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps. His defense attorney Mark Carroll said Leffingwell is a fully disabled military veteran. Seeking more time to collect records on Leffingwell's traumatic brain injury, Carroll asked Jackson for a later sentencing date. Jackson agreed to sentence Leffingwell on Feb. 10, 2022.
"I think this is going to be a difficult case,' Jackson said," according to the report.
Leffingwell faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison, though the sentencing guidelines recommend between 24 and 30 months for the charge of assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers, the news service reported.
You can read the FBI charging documents here.
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