Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

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Featured image I will be discussing Hillary Clinton’s emails and their criminal law implications on the Todd Herman show on KTTH 770 AM in Seattle. I’ll be on around 4:30 Pacific Time for two segments. »

Clinton emails contained top secret info derived from satellite spying on North Korean nukes

Featured image The latest batch of classified emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server includes information that may well be sufficient to establish that she violated 18 U.S.C. Section 793. However, as I mentioned here, we already knew that “top secret” information on her server derived from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which performs aerial surveillance, had triggered FBI concern in the first place. Even without knowing what, specifically, the information pertained to, it »

Did Hillary violate the law against disclosing defense information? A preliminary analysis

Featured image Last night, I suggested that, pending a review of the just-released batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s server, we should contemplate a section of the U.S. Code that Clinton may have violated — 18 U.S.C. Section 793(f). 24 hours after the release of these emails, we can now contemplate (but not reach firm conclusions as to) how Clinton’s conduct stacks up against Section 793(f). First, let’s again examine the statutory »

Accused Texas police murderer avoided jail time for felony assault in 2012

Featured image I wrote yesterday about the criminal history of Shannon Miles, the man accused of executing Deputy Darren Goforth in Texas last week. Miles, I noted, had been convicted within the past ten years of resisting arrest, trespassing, evading detention, and disorderly conduct with a firearm. The most recent conviction was in 2009 for resisting arrest. Local authorities have stated that Miles’ record included violent acts towards law enforcement officials. Yet »

Hillary endorsed Blumenthal email attacking Netanyahu and Israel [UPDATED]

Featured image The latest trove of Hillary Clinton emails includes, to no one’s surprise, additional commentary from Sid Blumenthal. Nearly all of it is vicious. The Obama administration’s decision to exclude Blumenthal from a position at the Department of State certainly was a good call. It must also have been an easy one, inasmuch as the Obama campaign experienced Sid’s viciousness first hand. (While on the subject of good Obama calls, we »

More sleepless nights for Team Clinton as additional classified documents are released

Featured image The State Department has just released a batch of about 7,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server. Approximately 150 of them are redacted because they contain classified information. The classified emails deal with Haiti, China, and Sudan, among many other subjects. A preliminary analysis by Fox News, presented on Megyn Kelly’s program, found that some of the information on Clinton’s server was inherently classified. Fox’s analysts cited a memo transmitting »

Poll: Trump and Carson tied in Iowa

Featured image Over the weekend, I discussed a Bloomberg-Des Moines Register poll that puts Dr. Ben Carson within 5 points of Donald Trump (23-18) among likely Iowa caucus-goers. I speculated that Carson was a better fit than Trump for Iowa Republicans given his geniality and unfeigned social conservatism. Now, a freshly-minted Monmouth poll has Carson tied with Trump at 23 percent. According to Monmouth, this marks the first time since late July »

Accused murderer of Texas deputy sheriff had extensive criminal record

Featured image We frequently hear that America suffers from over-incarceration. We should not dismiss these claims out-of-hand. But neither should we dismiss the possibility of under-incarceration. It’s also possible that we are incarcerating lots of people who shouldn’t be jailed but at the same time failing to hold many who should be in prison. My sense that we may be under-incarcerating stems in part from reports about the criminal records of certain »

Washington Post reporter among the “pilgrims” paying homage to Jimmy Carter

Featured image Yesterday, Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school in Plains, Georgia. It was Carter’s second lesson since he announced that he has brain cancer. The Washington Post sent Dave Weigel to cover the event. He reports that (in the words of the Post’s sub-headline, print edition) “pilgrims pour[ed] into Plains Ga.” for the event with “an outpouring of good wishes.” When it rains, it pours. It’s to Carter’s credit that he teaches »

IRS sued over treatment of Americans who bank abroad

Featured image The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requires, in essence, that U.S. citizens who reside outside the U.S. disclose to the IRS all of their foreign banking assets including retirement plans, savings accounts, etc. It also requires foreign banks to assist the IRS in applying the disclosure rules or else face enormous penalties. As its not-so-subtle acronym suggests, the Act purports to be an anti-fat-cat measure through which to crack »

Iowa poll: Trump 23, Carson 18; Clinton 37, Sanders 30

Featured image A brand new Bloomberg-Des Moines Register poll of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa finds Donald Trump in the lead with 23 percent. Ben Carson runs second with 18 percent. Carson is the second choice of 14 percent; Trump ranks second for 9 percent. In three polls taken earlier this month, Trump led Carson by an average margin of almost 8 points. Thus, Carson has gained on Trump. But Trump will »

Dem party leaders attacked for “rigging” the nomination process

Featured image It seemed like a good idea at the time. Hillary Clinton would be coronated by the Democrats, so there was no need for many debates. Keep the number of them low — six in total, with only four before the Iowa caucus — and thereby minimize the risk that Clinton will look bad before a large audience. It’s less clear now that this is a good idea. The many Democratic »

D.C. mayor stands up for black lives and to “Black Lives Matter”

Featured image The election of Muriel Bowser as mayor of the District of Columbia has sparked widespread optimism about the city’s prospects. And Bowser’s response to the wave of murders plaguing the District (murders are up 43 percent this year) suggests that the optimism is warranted. Unfortunately, the Black Lives Matter movement’s response to Bowser should temper our optimism, at least when it comes to preventing the loss of black lives in »

Hillary Clinton’s version of a terrorist

Featured image Here’s the video. David French has more. »

Why baseball players have a more effective union than football players?

Featured image Clark Griffith explains why he thinks “Tom Brady will lose and baseball players win.” It’s because “in Major League Baseball, grievances are heard and decided by an impartial arbitrator. In the National Football League, the person who hears and decides grievances is the commissioner.” I want to focus on a more general question: Why has the Major League Baseball Players Association consistently negotiated more favorable contracts on a full range »

141 counties have more registered voters than eligible live citizens

Featured image The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), of which our friend Christian Adams is president, has put 141 counties on notice that they have more registered voters than people alive. These counties encompass 21 states. Michigan leads the way with 24 counties, followed by Kentucky (18) and Illinois (17). Here is the list of such counties. The notification letters sent by PILF are a prerequisite to bringing a lawsuit against the »

Hillary Clinton’s laughable email defenses — a compendium

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s lines of defense in her email scandal are as manifold as the Hapsburg’s defenses during the siege of Vienna in 1683. Some of Vienna’s protective walls were rotten, but the city’s defenders managed to reinforce them at the last minute. The Ottomans, fierce and numerous though they were, found it tough going. Hillary’s defenses are much more easily overcome. Shannen Coffin demolishes them one-by-one in this piece for »