Trump the convicted real estate fraudster got help from Chicago machine boss, Eddie Burke.
N.Y. judge finds Trump committed fraud and sanctions his attorneys.
NEW YORK — A judge overseeing a $250 million lawsuit against Donald Trump ruled the former president and his company committed fraud by inflating his net worth in business transactions, narrowing the scope of what the state’s attorney general must prove at an upcoming civil trial.
Five Trump attorneys have been ordered to pay $7,500 each to a state organization that reimburses clients whose attorneys misused funds. One of the attorneys sanctioned by Engoron is Christopher Kise, a former Florida solicitor general who also represents Trump in federal court there in the indictment over the retention and mishandling of classified documents. — Washington Post
And who was Trump’s real estate and tax attorney in Chicago? It was machine boss Ald. Eddie Burke. Burke’s former law firm Klafter & Burke won more than $14 million in tax breaks for Trump over a dozen years.
Will Chicago no longer be a Sanctuary City?
One of the Chicago alders who most often blocked with Burke against then Mayor Lori Lightfoot, is 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale. Now Burke is gone from the City Council, indicted, and hopefully on his way to prison. But Beale is still around, doing his thing, which in this case is trying to reverse Harold Washington’s 1985 executive order declaring Chicago a “sanctuary city.”
Beale and right-wing 41st Ward alder, Anthony Napolitano are now leading the anti-immigrant charge in the council and trying to pit community members against newly arrived migrants, claiming that the migrants are the ones taking food, jobs, ad housing from long-time residents. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Mayor Brandon Johnson’s desperate, bizarre $29 million contract offering to GardaWorld, a multinational security firm with a checkered history, to build tent shelters for migrants stuck sleeping in police station lobbies, is feeding Beale’s anti-sanctuary city push.
A similar deal with Garda to shelter migrants in Denver was abruptly halted by that city’s mayor earlier this year — after community organizers and officials lambasted dire conditions alleged at immigrant detention centers built by the firm in Canada and Texas. (Block Club)
A BBC investigation found allegations of sexual abuse and rape of children, COVID and lice outbreaks, a lack of clean clothes and hungry children being served undercooked meat at the Fort Bliss facility.
At another “immigrant detention center” allegedly run by GardaWorld in Quebec, Canada, immigrants inside went on a hunger strike three times to protest “life-threatening” conditions during the pandemic’s peak, and one immigrant later died after being found in “medical distress,” according to a report presented to Denver’s mayor by the nonprofit American Friends Service Committee that cited Canadian media outlets.
Aegis Defense Services, a subsidiary acquired by GardaWorld in 2015 that is named in Chicago’s contract for the migrant tent camps, allegedly recruited former child soldiers from Sierra Leone to protect U.S. military bases in Iraq.
Hopefully there will be enough push-back from council progressives to dump the plan and come up with a more humane and effective alternative.