America's first woman in space Sally Ride succumbed to pancreatic cancer yesterday. America lost a true space pioneer yesterday. Here's a video of her recollections of her flight. May sally "touch the face of God."
2. Deval Patrick's company embroiled in tax fraud case
The successor company to ACC Capital holdings is embroiled in a tax fraud case in court. Deloitte is trying to shift blame from itself to the deceptive practices of ACC Capital during the time period Deval Patrick was on the board. Law360.com has the story.
Deval Patrick, Bob DeLeo and Terry Murray will be having what could be their final legislative meeting of the session today. It could also be Bob DeLeo's last as speaker. As the session ends the ghost of indictments haunt the halls.
Angered by the governor's public comments about prosecutors "gaming the system" to lock up non-violent drug offenders, six district attorneys have written a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick urging him to restore portions of an anti-crime bill that were dropped during House and Senate negotiations.
Only six of the 11 district attorneys signed on to the July 20 letter, but those who did expressed their frustration at having many of the reforms prioritized by the prosecutors, including an update to wiretapping laws and mandatory post-release supervision, left out of the final bill sent last week to Patrick's desk.
5. Tim Cahill still confused as to what he's charged with
Former State Treasurer Tim Cahill is still confused as to what he's been charged with so say his lawyers.
Lawyers for Cahill, who was indicted in April on charges tied to a state Lottery advertising campaign, argued Monday in Suffolk Superior Court that the 30,000 pages of documents the government has turned over "pose more questions than answers" about the case and do not sufficiently specify what Cahill is charged with doing.
"Candidly, we don't see a fraud here, and we don't see a crime here," Cahill's attorney, Jeffrey Denner, said after Monday's hearing. "It reminds me of the old 'Where's the beef?' ads. We don't see it, and we feel the Commonwealth should be forced to more specifically articulate what the crime is."
Let me see if I can help. There was a coordinated campaign, of which Cahill was the architect to use public resources to campaign. One instance is a civil infraction, multiple instances coordinated is fraud and public corruption. Get it... That's the problem, people like Cahill and their enablers think nothing they do is wrong. See for instance Dimasi, Sal oh and while we are at it DeLeo, Bob.