Ex-us Attorney John Ratcliffe Files Against Ralph Hall

Attorney confirms Wis. snuggle business has closed

File - In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo Snuggle House owner Matthew Hurtado talks about his business in Madison, Wis. Hurtado has decided to shut it down just three weeks after it opened, choosing to pack up his pillows and beds under intense scrutiny from city officials who questioned whether the place was a front for a brothel. The Snuggle House, part of a growing trend of touch therapy establishments and cuddle parties around the country, offered customers an hour of cuddling in a bed with a professional snuggler for $60. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Amber Arnold)

Casting himself as the better choice for the future, he added, Washington is broken now and fixing problems there is going to take bold and energetic leadership for years to come. Ratcliffe has run for office before, but only in the small town of Heath, where he served four two-year terms as mayor. He left that job last year and is now a partner at a law firm headed by former Attorney General John Ashcroft . Hall, seeking an 18th two-year term, has roughly $175,000 in his campaign account and will certainly need more in a competitive race. I will raise more money than any other candidate in the field, Ratcliffe said, adding that hell run a very sophisticated, technology driven modern campaign. Ill have a tremendous amount of grassroots support. In 2007 and 2008, Ratcliffe served as U.S. attorney the chief federal prosecutor unfor the Eastern District of Texas, which runs from Plano to Beaumont. Thats usually a presidential appointment though not in his case. As first assistant U.S. attorney when predecessor Matt Orwig returned to private practice, Ratcliffe took the title on an acting basis, then served as an appointee of Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
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Starting in September 2012, Harrell faced questions about reimbursing himself about $300,000 from his campaign account for flying his private plane on state business, reimbursements Harrell said he sought after seeking direction from the House Ethics Committee. In January, Landess said Harrell used his legislative power in 2006 to pressure state regulators to take up a request from his pharmaceutical-repackaging business. Landess also said Harrell was wrong to have appointed his brother to a state board that screens judges. Its up to the AG to review that thing and make sure all of the questions are answered, Landess said Monday. Theyre going to be careful about reviewing it, and they should be. Harrell has denied any wrongdoing, dismissing some of the allegations as political vendettas. Powell, the attorney generals spokesman, could give no timeline on when Wilson would complete his review of the SLED report. This is being handled in the same process, the same manner, as all such reports from SLED, Powell said. Wilson could decide to prosecute, do nothing or request further investigation by SLED or by the statewide grand jury, whose proceedings are conducted in secret. The Associated Press contributed to this article. Reach Self at (803)771-8658 Facebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print Order a reprint of this story Join The Conversation The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what’s in the news.
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Attorney: Jameis Winston ‘happy’ with investigation result

Post to Facebook Attorney: Jameis Winston ‘happy’ with investigation result on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1bkxaRd Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 10 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Attorney: Jameis Winston ‘happy’ with investigation result USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the investigation of Heisman favorite Jameis Winston. Daniel Uthman, USA TODAY Sports 7:10 p.m. EST December 5, 2013 Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher talks with quarterback Jameis Winston (5) against the Florida Gators during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators 37-7. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports) SHARE 56 CONNECT 12 TWEET 10 COMMENTEMAILMORE Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is satisfied with the results of the State Attorney’s investigation into an alleged sexual battery incident that did not lead to charges, Winston’s attorney Tim Jansen said Thursday. “He was very happy,” Jansen said. “I can say he gave me a hug.
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Attorney general sues South Side human services vendor to recoup $8M in misspent state funds

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The report includes a summary of an interview with the complainant that occurred Nov. 21 in Dade City, where her attorney houston has a law practice. CLEARED: No charges filed against Winston It also includes interviews with two of the woman’s friends, who were with her drinking at Potbelly’s the December 2012 night of the alleged incident, and a friend who reported it to the Florida State University Police Department. Winston, and two other FSU football players, including his roommate, Chris Casher, were also at the College Avenue bar. THE DOCUMENTS: View the case files The report says that during the interview with the woman and her attorney houston, “several perceived problems with the case” were presented by members of the State Attorney’s Office, including Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman and investigator Jason Newlin. A victim advocate also was present. The woman was told unknown DNA was found on the pink pants she wore the night of the incident. Cappleman asked whether there were any other perpetrators or suspects that prosecutors should know about, and the woman replied no. She acknowledged she’d had consensual sex with a male friend who lives in Ohio, but declined to tell prosecutors who he was.
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Blacksburg attorney Joseph Painter declared not guilty

A number of media outlets, including The Associated Press, ran stories about the city’s concerns. Casper said the place had two or three dozen customers in the three weeks it was open, but that Hurtado had had enough. “All of this is so slanted and incorrect,” Casper said. Police Lt. David McCaw said the agency never received any complaints alleging criminal activity at the Snuggle House. He denied that officers had harassed the business, saying on its face, at least, the business was legal. He said he told Hurtado and Casper that the agency was planning a sting. “That’s just what we do, for drugs, bars, anywhere we think it’s beneficial,” McCaw said. “We do it all the time. You can’t expect that’s not going to happen to you.” Zilavy also denied hounding the business. But she said the city had to make sure the Snuggle House didn’t devolve into a house of prostitution.
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SC attorney general reviewing Harrell ‘inquiry’

According to search warrants filed in March after his February arrest, Painter was overheard calling an assistant from jail and asking her to get something from a car parked at the Super 8 motel in Christiansburg. When police searched the car, they found eight firearms, two audio recorders, a pill bottle with pills, assorted ammunition and documents from a 2010 Mazda 3, according to the warrants. According to previous testimony by Painters wife, his firearm collection once reached about eight rifles and 14 to 15 handguns. In September, Painters bond was revoked after a witness testified he had heard Painter say he was going to eliminate [Montgomery County Commonwealths Attorney] Mary Pettitt from the gene pool. After this threat, Painter was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Pettitt has recused herself from Painters case since hes practiced law in Montgomery County but not Olivers. On Monday, Olivers lawyer houston, Chip Slate, made a motion to disqualify Pettitt from his clients case because Slate said Painter gave Pettitt a campaign donation, supported her politically, and theres now the gene pool episode between them. Pettitt argued that there was no conflict with Olivers case since she didnt need Painter to testify. Perrow ruled in favor of Pettitt. Now that he was found not guilty by reason of insanity, Painter will return to a mental institution to receive treatment until doctors decide hes ready to be released. Im happy for Mr.
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Attorney confirms Wisconsin snuggling business has closed amid brothel, sex assault concerns

An attorney for a new snuggling business in Wisconsin’s capital city says the operation has shut down. Madison’s Snuggle House offered customers cuddles with a professional snuggler for $60 an hour. The business opened Nov. 15. A posting on the Snuggle House’s Facebook page late Friday said the business had closed. Attorney Tim Casper, who represents Snuggle House owner Matthew Hurtado, confirmed the closure to The Associated Press on Monday. He says Hurtado was tired of scrutiny from city officials, who were concerned the business could be a brothel and the potential for sexual assaults, as well as negative publicity. Casper says the business had several dozen clients. But he says Hurtado didn’t open the business to make money.
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State Attorney releases documents in Jameis Winston case

2013-12-05 Jameis Winston

In October, Collins began lobbying on behalf of Office Depot and Zurich American Insurance Company, two firms that have sought state tax breaks from the General Assembly this fall to locate their headquarters in Illinois and to help facilitate a move in the suburbs, respectively. That legislative bid has stalled. Smith is alleged by Madigan to have used state funds earmarked for mental health, education and other services for at-risk children and their families for tickets to the 2009 NBA All-Star game; Cubs, White Sox and Bulls games; travel to Reno, Nev., and other out-of-state locations; and the purchase of artwork from a Massachusetts company. Some of the allegations against Smith were outlined in a sprawling 2011 report by state Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza. Smiths lawyer houston, Victor Henderson, vouched for his client Monday evening. The documentation I have seen doesnt support it, Henderson told the Chicago Sun-Times when asked whether Smith disputes Madigans allegations. And secondarily, I think thats a question more appropriate for whomever is responsible for overseeing the use of grant money. A lot of people in the community think very highly of his work, Henderson said. Smiths non-profit declared bankruptcy in 2012. But the federal judge overseeing that case last month lifted a stay on efforts by the state to recoup its losses, enabling Madigan to file her lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of five state agencies, including the Department of Children and Family Services, that issued grants to Diversified Behavioral Comprehensive Care. In late 2011, the Sun-Times reported about ties between Smith and state Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago, who helped steer a $500,000 state grant to Smiths nonprofit in 2008 after she sold real estate to him three years earlier.
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