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Trump Backers Ask Courts to Halt or Prevent 3 State Recounts

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

votingPresident-elect Donald Trump’s supporters moved Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, involving the courts less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results.

The legal actions seeking to block or halt the recounts in three states Trump narrowly won could cause delays that would make them extremely difficult or impossible to complete on time. Even if the recounts happen, though, none would be expected to give Democrat Hillary Clinton enough votes to emerge as the winner.

The recounts were requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who says they’re necessary to ensure that voting machines weren’t hacked, even though there’s no evidence that they were. Critics say Stein is simply trying to raise money and her political profile while building a donor database.

“Our goal is not to change the result of the election,” Stein said in an opinion piece released Thursday. “It is to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the vote.”

Wisconsin is the only state where a recount is underway. It began Thursday, and one of the state’s 72 counties had already completed its task by Friday, with Clinton gaining a single a vote on Trump. Clinton lost to Trump in Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point.

Two pro-Trump groups, the Great America PAC and the Stop Hillary PAC, along with Wisconsin voter Ronald R. Johnson went to federal court late Thursday to try and stop the recount. They requested a temporary restraining order in U.S. District Court to immediately halt the recount while the court considers their lawsuit.

The lawsuit says Wisconsin is violating the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2000 Bush v. Gore ruling because it doesn’t have uniform standards to determine which votes should be counted in a recount. They also argue that it threatens due process rights because it may not get done by the federal deadline to certify the vote, putting Wisconsin’s electoral votes in jeopardy.

If states miss the deadline, Congress would allot their electoral votes.

No court hearings had been scheduled as of early Friday afternoon. The Wisconsin Department of Justice was reviewing the lawsuit, said Johnny Koremenos, spokesman for Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Michigan’s elections board deadlocked Friday on a Trump campaign request to deny Stein’s recount request and on how a recount would be conducted. Both Republican members voted to prevent the recount while both Democrats voted to allow it, meaning it would begin Tuesday or Wednesday unless the courts intervene. It also would be conducted by hand, as Stein requested.

Michigan’s Republican attorney general asked the state Court of Appeals and state Supreme Court to do just that, echoing the Trump campaign’s arguments that Stein shouldn’t be allowed to seek the costly recount because she finished so far behind Trump and Clinton that she couldn’t have won, even if some votes were miscounted. Stein got about 1 percent of the vote in all three states.

The Michigan courts appeared unlikely to rule immediately, with one asking for a response from state elections officials by Tuesday.

In Pennsylvania, a hearing is scheduled for Monday on Stein’s push to secure a court-ordered statewide recount there. Republican lawyers filed a motion that was posted on the court’s website Friday accusing Stein of engaging in legal antics and saying her recount request endangers Pennsylvania’s ability to certify its electors by the federal deadline.

Stein has argued, without evidence, that irregularities in the votes in all three states suggest that there could have been tampering with the vote, perhaps through a well-coordinated, highly complex cyberattack.

Elections officials in the three states have expressed confidence in their results.

Trump defeated Clinton in Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point. His margin of victory in Michigan was even slimmer, at about 10,700 votes out of 4.8 million cast.


Navy’s Zumwalt Back Underway After Panama Canal Breakdown

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

zumThe largest and most expensive destroyer built for the U.S. Navy has resumed its voyage after a breakdown in the Panama Canal.

The Navy said Thursday that the USS Zumwalt departed Panama after repairs to the propulsion system by the ship’s crew and a team from General Electric and the Naval Sea Systems Command.

Lt. Julie Holland says the ship resumed its journey to its homeport Wednesday evening and will arrive in San Diego “in coming weeks.”

The 610-foot destroyer built by Maine’s Bath Iron Works was in the Panama Canal when it lost propulsion on Nov. 21. The U.S. Naval Institute says the engineering failure locked both propeller shafts, forcing it to transit the canal with the help of tugs.


UN Expert Says Torture Appeared Widespread After Turkey Coup

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

turkSweeping security measures adopted in Turkey after a failed July 15 coup attempt created an environment conducive to the torture and ill-treatment of detainees despite the presence of legal safeguards, a U.N. expert said Friday.

Briefing reporters in Ankara, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer said he had visited numerous prisons and met with Turkish officials as well as individuals detained over their alleged involvement in the botched coup.

He says “torture and other forms of ill-treatment seem to have been widespread in the days and weeks following the failed coup,” particularly at the time when they were detained.

Melzer spoke at the end of a six-day visit to Turkey to look into torture and will present his findings in March 2018 to the U.N. Human Rights Council. After visiting detention facilities in Ankara, Diyarbakir, Sanliura and Istanbul, he described overall detention conditions as satisfactory.

But the expert expressed concern over emergency measures such as the extension of pre-trial detention to 30 days and denying a detainee access to a lawyer for up to five days. “Worldwide experience shows us that it is precisely in the first hours and days after arrest that the risk of abuse, including torture and other forms of ill-treatment, is highest,” he said.

He urged the Turkish government to live up to its declared “zero tolerance” policy on torture.

“There is … an environment of intimidation in Turkey that is conducive to torture and ill-treatment and the authorities — although they have a policy of zero tolerance for torture — they are not following up to investigate these allegations,” he later told The Associated Press in an interview.

The expert’s preliminary findings echo those of Human Rights Watch, which documented 13 cases of alleged abuse in an October report, and Amnesty International, which says it has it has collected “credible evidence” of torture by police in Ankara and Istanbul.

Turkish officials have dismissed allegations of torture as baseless claims and propaganda.

“Ahead of the coup we were already receiving very serious reports of torture and ill-treatment, mostly in the southeast of Turkey,” Amnesty International’s Turkey researcher, Andrew Gardner, told the AP. “But what we saw after the violent coup attempt of July 15 was an explosion in the number of cases.”

Allegations of ill-treatment and torture, he said, are now being made by a wider range of people, including individuals with no connection to the coup events or the violence in the southeast, which has witnessed the resurgence of a decades-long conflict between the state and an outlawed Kurdish movement.

Gardner said a “climate of fear” coupled with a state of emergency that increased pre-trial detention to 30 days and saw the dissolution of dozens of NGOS and three lawyer associations that were active in documenting issues of police ill-treatment and torture, has hindered independent documentation of abuses.

Turkey’s ministry of justice had no immediate comment on the issue.

Last month it responded to the Human Rights Watch report saying “here is not even a small doubt that all the allegations of maltreatment or torture are being actively investigated by an independent and objective judiciary.”

In the face of repeated allegations that individuals detained in the coup’s aftermath were tortured, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has insisted his country has “zero tolerance toward torture” but Turkish officials have also dismissed the allegations of rights groups as propaganda peddled by coup backers.


Judge Denies Request for Special Prosecutor in Christie Case

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

christieA judge on Friday denied a request for a special prosecutor to be appointed in a criminal misconduct complaint against Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

State Superior Court Judge Bonnie Mizdol dismissed the motion by a former firefighter who brought the complaint in October, ruling that he lacked standing. The firefighter alleges Christie failed to order subordinates to reopen bridge access lanes in September 2013.

Three of Christie’s former allies were convicted or pleaded guilty in federal court in what prosecutors say was a scheme to punish a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse Christie.

The Republican governor wasn’t charged in the federal case and denied wrongdoing.

A grand jury would have to hear evidence and hand up an indictment in the state misconduct case before Christie would stand trial.

Mizdol heard arguments this week from former Teaneck firefighter and Wayne resident William Brennan. A different judge ruled in October that there was probable cause to let the complaint go forward.

Attorney Craig Carpenito, representing Christie, said he trusted from the beginning that Mizdol would reject Brennan’s arguments.

“His 15 minutes of attention are up and he will have to find a new way to try to increase his number of Twitter followers,” Carpenito said.

Brennan did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Brennan had argued that a special prosecutor is needed to remove the appearance of a conflict of interest. Attorney General Chris Porrino and Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal, both appointed by Christie, have recused themselves from the case, but Brennan argued that their subordinates also should be recused.

Carpenito and the attorney general’s office argued that Brennan, as a citizen making a complaint, doesn’t have the standing to call for a special prosecutor and that there is no legislative mechanism to appoint one.

Carpenito said this week Brennan’s claims that assistant county prosecutors couldn’t be fair “insults the process.”

Brennan contended the case is novel because it involves a sitting governor as a defendant and has no guiding legal precedent.

The three former Christie allies who testified during the federal trial — including the governor’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly — in September and October said Christie was told about the lane closures, if not necessarily the motive behind them, ahead of time and while they were ongoing. That differed from Christie’s version of when he became aware.


Hikind to Be Joined by Public Advocate Tih James, Comptroller Stringer and Brooklyn BP Adams at Save Ocean Parkway Rally

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

sopAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) announced Friday morning that NYC Public Advocate Tish James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be joining hundreds of outraged community members at the “Save Ocean Parkway” rally this Sunday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. on the corner of Avenue J and Ocean Parkway. Local elected officials and community leaders will also attend in an effort to prevent these dangerous traffic changes from going into effect.

“I applaud Comptroller Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James, our borough president Eric Adams and all of the elected officials and community leaders in their efforts to fight these disastrous changes,” Hikind said. “Residents are concerned that these changes will undoubtedly create havoc, frustration and will only endanger motorists and pedestrians. It’s a real problem, and we are calling on Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to revisit these proposed plans.”

These changes, if implemented, would eliminate right turns from the mainline heading north and south onto Avenues J, P and Kings Highway, as well as left turns down other avenues. Instead, motorists will be forced to turn one block earlier onto the service road so they can make the right at the intersection.

“Please call the Governor at 212-681-4580 and the Mayor at 212-788-3000 and ask them to save Ocean Parkway from this insanity,” Hikind said. “This will cause major aggravation and confusion for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. By allowing these plans to go into effect, the safety of hundreds of children and their families will be in jeopardy. We must continue to work together if we want to save Ocean Parkway from this insanity.”

(YWN Desk – NYC)

Trump Surprises Al Sharpton With Phone Call

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

trshThe Rev. Al Sharpton said Thursday that President-elect Donald Trump “surprised” him with a phone call — out of the blue.

“We did talk briefly,” Sharpton told The New York Post. “I was surprised and candid about our sharp disagreements, and so was he.”

The two have been on different sides of the issues since the 1980s and the election hasn’t changed a thing, Sharpton said.

“We were straight up with each other,” Sharpton said. “I will continue to disagree with him. I’m not psychoanalyzing why he called. He and I were clear on our positions.”

A Hillary Clinton supporter, Sharpton bitterly attacked Trump during the presidential campaign.

“He met with Mayor de Blasio, who is critical, like I am, of him,” he said.

Sharpton added Trump thanked him for complimenting some of his business achievements while on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program earlier Thursday.

(Sources: Newsmax / WJ)

NYPD Plans to Expand Smart Car Fleet to Replace Scooters

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

nypdThe New York City Police Department has announced plans to expand its fleet of Smart cars to replace the three-wheeled scooters that officers utilized for decades.

The New York Times reports the NYPD is among the first public safety organizations in the world to introduce the cars, with 150 vehicles already in service.

The department has contracted to add at least 75 more Smart cars, which are made by German automaker Daimler AG.

In addition to being described as more approachable by civilians, the vehicles are said to be safer, cheaper and easier to operate than the scooters. And unlike the scooter, the Smart car goes fast enough for highway travel.

NYPD officials have emphasized that the Smart car is still seen more as a scooter than a squad car.


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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Shoe Bomber Says He Can’t Pay $250,000 Fine

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

REIDThe British man sentenced to life in prison for trying to detonate explosives in his shoe on a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001 says he can’t afford the $250,000 fine that was part of his sentence.

Richard Reid has asked a federal judge in Boston to declare him bankrupt.

The Boston Herald reports that the 43-year-old Reid writes: “I am not now, nor will I — I believe — ever be, able to pay this fine.”

Reid contacted Judge William Young after receiving notice last month reminding him the payment is past due.

Young on Thursday told prosecutors they have until Dec. 16 to respond to Reid’s request to have the fine forgiven.

Reid tried to set off the bomb on a Paris-to-Miami American Airlines flight. The plane was diverted to Boston.


WATCH: Tzohar Rabbis Concerned With Access To Shuls For The Blind

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The Tzohar organization reports this Shabbos, parshas Toldos, is its second Shabbos dedicated to accessibility to the blind, explaining we read about Yitzchak Avinu losing his eyesight so the organization is running its second Shabbaton dedicated to shul accessibility to the blind and disabled.

Chairman of the Tzohar Ethics Committee Rabbi Yuval Cherlow feels too often the disabled are forgotten and not properly looked after.

Tzohar calls on shuls to take a look around and decide just how accessible shuls are to the disabled, including those who are blind or visually disabled.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Ford Recalls 680,000 Cars; Seat Belts May Not Hold in Crash

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

fordFord is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash.

The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and 2015 and 2016 Ford Mondeo cars.

Ford says heat generated when the seat belt pre-tensioners deploy can cause cables to break. If that happens the belts may not hold people. Ford says it knows of two injuries related to the problem.

Pre-tensioners tighten seat belts when they sense that cars are stopping.

Dealers will inject insulation into the pre-tensioners to protect the cables from heat at no cost to owners. The recall is expected to begin on Jan. 16.

Most of the cars are in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.


Police Raid On Coney Island Ave Near Ave R Yields More Than $10M in Fake Smartphones

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

01Police in New York City raided two warehouses in Brooklyn that yielded three arrests and the seizure of more than $10 million worth of counterfeit electronics.

Authorities say Thursday night’s bust was the culmination of a nine-month investigation launched in response to a string of suspicious packages that started trickling through customs at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Police and federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs recovered 31,000 fake Apple and Samsung phones from the two buildings, along with $71,000 in cash.

Three men — ages 23, 24 and 27 — were taken into police custody and charges are pending. The identities of the suspects haven’t been released.

NYPD Assistant Chief Brian McCarthy says the bogus smartphone ring was operated as a joint partnership involving multiple locations.


Despite Councilman King’s Best Efforts, Jerusalem City Council Funds Reform-Affiliated Organization

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

captureDespite his tenacious efforts, Jerusalem Councilman Aryeh King lost his battle to prevent city funding of an organization with ties to Reform Jewry. According to King, the vote was close, 12-11 in favor of the funding for two organizations.

The first organization is a ‘secular yeshiva’, whatever this is meant to be, a school tied to the Reform Movement. The second organization is called Elul.

Deputy Mayor (Bayit Yehudi) Dov Kalmanovich lamented the fact the dati leumi community does not stand up strongly enough against the Reform.

Rabbi Aryeh Stern, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, responded that the city could not fund the yeshiva due to its practice of holding civil marriages and other actions contrary to halakha. He added that the ‘Elul’ organization could receive funding if it agreed to avoid cooperating with the Reform Movement in the future.”

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

House Pushes Ahead With $611 Billion Defense Policy Bill

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

ussThe Republican-led House is pushing ahead with a $611 billion defense policy bill that prohibits closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forbids the Pentagon from trimming the number of military bases and awards U.S. troops their largest pay raise in six years.

Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Friday on the legislation, which authorizes military spending for the fiscal year that started Oct. 1. The defense bill includes an agreement that prevents the Defense Department from forcing thousands of California National Guard troops to repay enlistment bonuses and benefits they received a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During his 2008 bid for president, Barack Obama pledged to close the detention facility at Guantanamo, which he called a recruiting tool for extremist groups. But Republicans and a number of Democrats repeatedly thwarted his goal over the ensuing years, arguing the prison was badly needed for housing suspected terrorists. The ban on closing the prison also includes a prohibition on moving Guantanamo detainees to secure facilities in the U.S.

President-elect Donald Trump has not only pledged to keep Guantanamo open, he said during the campaign that he wants to “load it up with some bad dudes.”

The defense legislation also authorizes a 2.1 percent pay raise for the troops — a half-percentage point higher than the Pentagon requested in its budget presentation. The Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said it’s the largest military pay increase since 2010.

The White House Office of Management and Budget objected to the larger raise, telling lawmakers earlier this year that the lower amount would save $336 million this fiscal year and $2.2 billion through 2021. A bigger raise, it said, would upset the needed balance between competitive pay and acquiring cutting-edge equipment and training.

The defense bill blocks the Pentagon’s planned reductions in the number of active-duty troops by prohibiting the Army from falling below 476,000 active-duty soldiers — 16,000 more than Obama’s defense budget had proposed. The bill also adds 7,000 service members to the Air Force and Marine Corps.

House and Senate negotiators who crafted the defense bill dropped a House plan to shift $18 billion from the emergency wartime spending account to pay for additional weapons and combat gear the Pentagon didn’t request.

The negotiators elected instead to boost the wartime account, which isn’t constrained by mandatory budget limits, by $3.2 billion to help halt a decline in the military’s ability to respond to global threats. The decision may have been motivated by Trump’s assurances that he would increase defense spending dramatically, allowing the armed forces to add tens of thousands more troops and acquire new weapons.

Lawmakers also inserted into the defense bill the $5.8 billion in additional war-related funding Obama requested last month. The so-called supplemental includes $2.5 billion to maintain elevated U.S. troop levels of 8,400 in Afghanistan as announced over the summer. About $383 million would pay for air strikes against Islamic State militants.

Lawmakers avoided wading more deeply into social policy issues by stripping two contentious provisions from the bill. One, opposed by Democrats, would have allowed federal contractors to discriminate against workers on the basis of sexual or gender orientation. Another, opposed by Republicans, would have required for the first time in U.S. history that young women sign up for a potential military draft.


Halachic Estate Planning

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

1By: Isaac Yedid, Esq. & Raymond Zeitoune, Esq.

Halachic Estate Planning

In today’s society, the monetary laws of the Torah have unfortunately been largely disregarded even within the Orthodox community, mostly due to a lack of education and understanding of those laws. There is one area of monetary law which affects everyone – the laws of yerushah (inheritance). According to the Torah’s laws of inheritance, a man’s sons 1 are his sole heirs, each inheriting an equal share, except that when the oldest child is a son, the first born son would inherit a double share (as compared to his brothers). Jewish law provides for the man’s widow and unmarried daughters by giving them a lien against the man’s estate for their support until his widow remarries and until all his daughters get married, but the man’s widow and daughters do not inherit any property outright.

In contrast, under New York law, if no Will was ever written, a deceased person’s surviving spouse and children (including daughters) all have a right to share in the deceased person’s estate. If a Will was written, the deceased person’s assets would be distributed to whoever was named in the deceased person’s Will. However, a secular non-halachic Will has no halachic validity, which poses a real problem for an observant Jew. A secular non-halachic Will takes effect only after a person’s death, at which time the deceased person’s halachic heirs have automatically inherited the deceased’s assets, and the deceased person no longer has any halachic authority to transfer such possessions because those possessions no longer belong to the deceased person, but rather to his halachic heirs.

Furthermore, a person has no halachic right to accept assets inherited from an estate where the deceased person had no Will or had only a secular non-halachic Will because it is almost certain that there will be instances of gezel (theft) under Jewish law. Therefore, it is important for every Jewish person to not only write a Will but to make sure the Will conforms with Jewish law, making sure that the very last thing a person does in this world does not violate the Torah’s laws of yerushah.

What is a Will?

A Will is a legal document that provides specific instructions as to how a person’s assets should be distributed upon his or her death. This article will touch on a few reasons why it is important for everyone, young or old, wealthy or not, to write a Will.

1 If a man has no sons, the order of succession is as follows: (i) daughters, (ii) parents, (iii), brothers (iv) uncles, and (v) next of kin.


Protect Your Family

Many young couples mistakenly believe that only elderly or very wealthy people should write a Will. When speaking with young parents in their 20’s and 30’s about writing a Will, the usual responses are, “Why do I need a Will? I don’t own any property!” or “I’m not a millionaire, what do I need to worry about?” Unfortunately, many couples view their greatest asset as their home or the “green paper” in their pockets. The truth of the matter is that a couple’s greatest assets are their children.

Example: Joseph and Sara have been happily married for eight years. Although Joseph and Sara don’t own any property, they have three wonderful children and both work very hard to provide for their children. One Saturday night, Joseph and Sara decide to hire a babysitter and enjoy a “date night.” They enjoy a lovely dinner at one of the city’s most exquisite restaurants. However, things begin to take a turn for the worse. While Joseph is cautiously driving home, his car is struck by a drunk driver travelling at 95 mph. Joseph and Sara are rushed from the scene to the nearest hospital, but unfortunately, they both don’t survive the night.

In a Will, you may choose who you would like to be the legal guardian of your children in the event of your untimely death. Young parents assume that there is no need for this type of legal planning because there is an obvious choice for an alternative legal guardian for their children, and the courts will clearly see things that way. However, one of the most important lessons shared by estate planning attorneys is the fact that family relationships are often strained in the aftermath of a death. While it may not seem like a possibility now, in the aftermath of your death, different family members may begin arguing over the guardianship of your children. Taking away these uncertainties today should be a high priority for all parents.

Every couple with young children (especially those that travel together often) should consider writing a Will. Without properly drafted Wills naming the legal guardians of their children, the fate of Joseph’s and Sara’s three children rests in the hands of the courts which inevitably may cause the surviving family members (i.e. the grandparents) to argue as to who is better equipped to act as the legal guardian for the three orphaned children.

Avoid Potential Family Disputes

Often times, elderly couples need to be cared for, and the people in the best position to care for them are their children. Unfortunately, due to family responsibilities, business matters or other considerations, not all of an elderly couple’s children are always around to take on their fair share of the responsibilities, and some children may make more efforts than others. Elderly couples may desire to reward their “golden child” with a larger inheritance.

Example: Jacob and Rachel have been happily married for 52 years. They have two sons and one daughter, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jacob’s and Rachel’s sons run successful businesses and are constantly travelling out of town. However, their daughter, Leah, diligently takes care of her parents. She comes by her parents’ house every day, helps them with errands, drives them to doctors’ appointments and handles all of their paperwork. Jacob and Rachel decide that they would like to give Leah something special. Jacob tells Leah, “Your mother and I have decided that after we’ve passed on, we would like you and your brothers to split our assets equally, but we want to give our home only to you as a token of our appreciation for all the care that you’ve given us.”

Without properly drafted Wills that leave their house to Leah, Jacob’s and Rachel’s sons have an automatic legal write to share in their parents’ house, which may cause future arguments between Leah and her brothers. The last thing parents want after their death is to have their children argue over monetary possessions. The smart thing to do is to have a Will that specifies how you want your assets divided upon your death.

The attorneys in the Trusts & Estates Practice Group at Yedid & Zeitoune, PLLC have consulted with many Orthodox rabbis and have obtained a p’sak halachah as to the proper way to write a halachic Will in order to avoid the halachic problems mentioned above. May we all merit living long, healthy and happy lives – amen.

The attorneys in the Corporate Practice Group and the Tax Practice Group at Yedid & Zeitoune have over a combined 20 years of legal experience and are ready to assist you with all your corporate/tax needs.

Isaac Yedid, Esq. and Raymond Zeitoune, Esq.

Yedid & Zeitoune, PLLC

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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Trump Aide Says Clinton Email Probes May Persist

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

hilA top aide to President-elect Donald Trump says law enforcement officials in his administration might continue investigations into Hillary Clinton’s private email, even though Trump has signaled he prefers not to pursue the matter.

Kellyanne Conway was Trump’s campaign manager. Conway said Friday Trump still prefers not to pursue a case against Clinton. But she says law enforcement officials and Congress “may take a look at that.”

Speaking on ABC’s Good Morning America, Conway said the Justice Department, Congress and the FBI could still review Clinton-related inquiries.

She spoke in response to “lock her up” chants that greeted Trump during a rally Thursday. During the campaign, Trump said he would have his attorney general appoint a special prosecutor to review the Clinton inquiries.


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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Michigan Board To Hear Trump’s Challenge To Recount Effort

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

mMichigan’s elections board on Friday will consider President-elect Donald Trump’s request to block a hand recount of all 4.8 million ballots cast in the state he won by about 10,700 votes over Hillary Clinton.

Lawyers for the Trump campaign argued Thursday that Green Party nominee Jill Stein, a “bottom-dwelling candidate,” cannot seek the expensive, time-consuming recount because she was not “aggrieved” to the point where potential miscounting of votes could have cost her the election. She garnered just 1 percent in Michigan.

They also said in their objection that Stein waited until the last minute to file her recount petition Wednesday, making it impossible to finish by a Dec. 13 deadline.

Stein countered that Trump’s “cynical efforts to delay the recount and create unnecessary costs for taxpayers are shameful and outrageous.” His objections suspended the planned Friday start of the recount until next week.

A recount is already underway in Wisconsin, which Trump won by roughly 22,000 votes and where the first reporting of numbers was expected Friday. In Pennsylvania, a hearing was scheduled for Monday on Stein’s push to secure a court-ordered statewide recount, a legal maneuver that has never been tried, according to one of the attorneys who filed it.

Recounts were not expected to flip nearly enough votes to change the outcome in any of the states.

The Wisconsin recount doesn’t carry nearly the same drama as the Florida recount in 2000, when the outcome of the presidential race between Al Gore and George W. Bush hung in the balance.

“This is certainly not Bush v. Gore,” said Mike Haas, Wisconsin’s chief elections administrator.

Even so, the campaigns for Trump, Clinton and Stein all had observers spread throughout the state to watch the process.

The recount will have to move quickly. The federal deadline to certify the vote to avoid having the fate of Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes decided by Congress is Dec. 13. Even if that were to happen, the votes would almost certainly go to Trump, since Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Stein has argued, without evidence, that irregularities in the votes in all three states suggest that there could have been tampering with the vote, perhaps through a well-coordinated, highly complex cyberattack.

“Verifying the vote through this recount is the only way to confirm that every vote has been counted securely and accurately and is not compromised by machine or human error, or by tampering or hacking,” Stein said.

Stein’s critics, including the Wisconsin Republican Party, contend that she is a little-known candidate who is merely trying to raise her profile while raising millions of dollars.

The Wisconsin recount was estimated to cost about $3.9 million. Stein paid $973,250 for the requested recount in Michigan. Michigan’s Republican secretary of state, Ruth Johnson, has said a recount could cost $5 million total.


Feds: Fatal Wreck Shows Need for Seat Belts on School Buses

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

bcsThe head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday re-emphasized the agency’s call for seat belts on school buses in the aftermath of a crash in Chattanooga that killed six students.

Administrator Mark Rosekind said at a transportation safety conference in Washington that while school buses remain the safest way for children to get to and from school, they “can be safer.”

“And as the recent tragic crash in Chattanooga reminds us, there is no more heartrending, dreadful, tragic crash than when children are involved,” he said.

An average of five school-age children a year have died on school buses between 2006 and 2016, according to data compiled by the agency.

Until recently, federal regulators did not push the idea of requiring safety restraints. That changed in November 2015 when Rosekind called for a three-point seat belt on every bus.

Administrators in school districts where the over-the-shoulder belts have been introduced have noticed that they also help keep students in their seats and reduce disciplinary problems and distractions for drivers, said Derek Graham, director of pupil transportation in North Carolina.

Robert Molloy of the National Transportation Safety Board said he welcomes what he called “secondary benefits” of having seat belts in school buses. “But the reality is that it does save lives,” he said.

An NTSB investigation into a 2014 school bus wreck in Anaheim, California, found that one child “was in fact saved in that crash” by wearing a seat belt, Molloy said. By contrast, the agency found that school bus crashes in Chesterfield, New Jersey, and Port St. Lucie, Florida, resulted in fatalities that could have been prevented by the use of seat belts.

Molloy said that efforts to introduce seat belts on school buses are hampered by what he called “a lot of myths,” including that disoriented children might be trapped if the bus crashes or if a fire breaks out.

“I’ve never seen that, I’ve never heard that actually happening,” he said.

Only six states require seat belts on large buses. Many others, including Tennessee, have considered but dropped such legislation in recent years out of concerns including cost.

Federal agencies have estimated the price of lap and shoulder belts at $7,000 to $10,000 per bus. But Dan Daniels, an executive with school bus seat maker HSM Solutions, said at the conference that the price will come down as more school districts adopt three-point seat belts.

“As we get more participation, everybody’s going to benefit,” he said.

In the Chattanooga crash, police say the driver was speeding along a narrow, winding road with 37 elementary school students aboard when he wrapped the bus around a tree. The NTSB has not yet determined whether seat belts would have saved lives or reduced injuries on the bus.