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Current Law Students / Bad Bedfellows
« on: July 12, 2007, 01:52:44 AM »

The ordinary religion of the law school classroom is a moral relativism tending toward nihilism, a pragmatism tending toward an amoral instrumentalism, a realism tending toward cynicism, an individualism tending toward atomism, and a faith in reason and democratic processes tending toward mere credulity and idolatry.

Well, gangsters and cops alike are neither black nor white; they represent the color of gray. A hidden identity between good and evil. The symbiotic relationship of hunter and hunted, embodied by men with guns pointed, arms at full extension, winding around each other in a distinctly homoerotic pas de deux.

It's called "relativity of evil." I mean, take for example the Mafia and the FBI duo. Documents show that officials at FBI headquarters, apparently including Hoover, knew as long ago as 1965 that Boston agents were employing killers and gang leaders as informers and were protecting them from prosecution. "J. Edgar Hoover crossed over the line and became a criminal himself," has said Vincent Garo, Joseph Salvati's lawyer, whose client spent 30 years in prison. "He allowed a witness to lie to put an innocent man in prison so he could protect one of his informants."

Not to mention the hitman-turned-informator who helped the FBI jail John Gotti. Salvatore "Sammy The Bull," a New York mafioso responsible for 19 murders, was controversially offered a new life by the Feds after he agreed to testify against his boss John Gotti. Gravano was given a light jail sentence of 5 years, put on the federal witness protection programme and given a new life in Arizona.

Rosanne Massa, whose brother was killed by Gravano, said: "If evil had to take on human form, Sammy is it." All of his victims were incredibly hurt that the government made a deal with him, freeing him from prison after he had committed 19 murders. They were utterly betrayed. The FBI said the original deal with Gravano was a price worth paying to jail its number one target - his boss, the Gambino godfather John Gotti. He had earned the nickname The Teflon Don because law enforcement agencies had been unable to make charges stick. But when Gravano gave evidence, Gotti's fate, and that of 36 other mafiosi was sealed. In 1992, Gotti was jailed for life for murder and racketeering - a conviction which not only boosted the FBI but also the profile of District Attorney Rudolph Giuliani, who later became Mayor of New York. Gravano was allowed out of prison early in April 1995 and went to live in Phoenix, Arizona, under the witness protection programme. He was given a new identity and settled down to live anonymously as Jimmy Moran, building contractor. Under his "sweetheart" deal with the FBI he had been allowed to keep millions of dollars of ill-gotten cash.

In 1996 he chose to leave the programme and by the end of 1998 he had resumed his life of crime. Isolated from his mafia cohorts, Gravano found a new crew - a gang of young white supremacist drug dealers known as The Devil Dogs. The alliance was formed after Gravano's 23-year-old son, Gerard, became friendly with the Devil Dogs' leader, Michael Papa. Papa, 23, was a promising medical student who spent his spare time pumping iron and using steroids. He became Gravano's protegé. Within months Gravano and The Devil Dogs had sewn up the booming market in ecstasy on the Arizona nightclub circuit.

Gravano's gang was selling about 25,000 tablets a week, making a a-million-a-month profit. In September 1999 Gravano spoke at a conference of FBI supervisors about the use of informers. At the same time as he was speaking to these elite crimefighters, he was flooding Arizona with millions of dollars' worth of ecstasy. His supplier, it is alleged, was the Israeli mafia. But the Devil Dogs were amateurs compared with the New York mob, and their bragging and excessive violence soon drew the attention of the police, the FBI and the DEA. On 24 February 2000 DEA agents swooped on addresses all over the Phoenix area and arrested 45 people, including Papa, Gravano, his son and wife Debbie. Gravano is an unrepentant sociopath who wrapped himself up in an American flag and cosied up to the Feds. Ironically the case against Gravano, the king of mafia rats, depends largely on the evidence of Papa. "It is a delicious irony that the king rat has been betrayed by a baby rat," says Ron Kuby, a lawyer who represents Gravano's New York victims.

Now Gravano knows a lot of sensitive information and it is possible that the FBI will let "their man" go down. There may be another plea bargain in Arizona. A lot went on behind the scenes which the government does not want people to know. The FBI used to be revered as an agency beyond reproach but several incidents in recent years have tarnished its reputation. You saw it with McVeigh. They thought they could keep 3,000 documents from his lawyers. It's one thing after another. They keep getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

Current Law Students / Re: practicing law as a non-U.S. citizen
« on: July 12, 2007, 12:59:00 AM »
It's not just consulates on foreign soil that do this kind of thing. Some time ago an official of the Miami USCIS (INS as was called back then) and a paralegal matchmaker are were charged in a scheme to help hundreds of illegal aliens gain green cards through sham marriages. Jose Luis Cintron and his partner in the scheme allegedly charged $5,000 to $10,000 to each immigrant. Cintron would conduct the green card interview and apply a loose standard to ensure the application was successful. Cintron and Rico's activities were discovered when investigators used a police informant who posed as a potential customer. Rico allegedly provided false bills and other evidence to show a couple was living together. The informant then met his "sham" wife and Cintron at the house of Rico. The informant paid the spouse $3,000, $3,000 to Cintron and $4,000 to Rico.

INS agents raided Cintron's home as well as the home office of paralegal Guillermo Rico and recovered more than $200,000 in cash and checks. He earned $50,000 a year in his job. Cintron was arrested and released on a $150,000 bond. According to prosecutors, he had been involved in at least 500 cases since 1999 and the INS reviewed every single case he worked on to see which were legitimate and which were not..

So how did they find out about this incredible scheme? Last summer, according to "The Herald," investigators used a confidential Miami-Dade police informant who approached Rico about setting up a sham marriage and obtaining the legal residency through Cintron. Rico took care of the fabrication of fake papers including utility bills, lease arrangements, etc. Cintron got $3K, the spouse got $3K, and $4K went to Mr. Rico. For $10K, permanent residency in the United States. According to the complaint, two other "cooperating" sources cut similar deals with Mr. Rico. Good immigration attorneys can pretty much always find ways to do things legally, and I bet almost all of these folks could have found a willing employer to do a skilled worker EB-3 labor certification for them. For $5K, Kim and Lorenzo could process that labor certification and continue their invisible existence in Miami as illegal aliens until 245(i) happened, as their cases slowly cooked on the back burner. And odds were excellent that some incarnation of a 245(i) extension would happen allowing a remedy for their overstay.

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