I Was Wrong About DraftsKings: Massachusetts Lawyers Happily Welcome It

hare_2074103iNC reminded me of this.  Before I go on to talk about it you need a little background. DraftKings is a Boston based group that engages in sports fantasy betting. That means you place bets on a chance to win money on the outcome of a game. The president of our State Senate recognizes this is gambling as does the New York attorney general, the state of Las Vegas, and most intellectually honest people. Even the Massachusetts attorney recognizes it as a form of gambling. The only one who seems to think that it isn’t is our highly popular governor Charlie Baker. He says it is a game of skill. He concluded this because he played the game. Apparently he is a man of skill when it comes to fantasy football. Who knew!

Anyway the governor finds himself in a small community of people who want to play pretend or are being rewarded mightily for their deliberate blindness. Most of the adult world is able to tell when a game involves chance and not skill. Clearly if polka which involves much more skill than fantasy football is considered gambling so must fantasy football.

Happy Thanksgiving!

(1) out of stepThis is the best of holidays. A true American holiday. All one has to do is to enjoy the nice meal put on by a family member or friend or even a stranger.  No worries before hand about buying gifts; the only worry being the huge traffic jams that occur as we try to get to the table where the sumptuous repast awaits.

My favorite memories of the day is going with my dad to the Southie-Eastie game at White Stadium sitting on the Irish side and looking across the field at the Italian side. It was there I first heard someone say “savoir faire.” As you can tell it left a great impression on me since I can remember it today.

There was also one Thanksgiving when the teams played at Fenway Park. There the fans of the opposing sides were not separated. I remember that game because I began cheering for the team which was wearing the nice colors of blue and gold which happened to be Eastie; I was quickly reminded that my team was in the red and blue.

Let’s Keep America Great: Remember Many Of Us Were Once In Their Shoes

The front view of the statue of liberty with fighter planes racing across the sky behind this great New York City Monument

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. 
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Thus is the inscription  of the pedestal of a statue which was a gift from the people of the Republic of France that honors “the Alliance of the two Nations in achieving the Independence of the United States of America and attests their abiding friendship.”  it is meet and just that we think of this in these tragic days following the Paris attacks.

Muslims, Muslims, Everywhere; And Not A Drop To Drink

mug_of_beer_largeThree million and counting – that’s about how many Muslims are in the United States. It is predicted  that in 15 years there will be six million and counting.

Like many Americans I do fear this coming explosion. In fact, I have learned that there is one city in the United States where they have already taken over. That is in Hamtramck, Michigan.

I believe the more Muslims we let into our country the better off we will be as a nation. Now I’m not afraid of Muslim terrorists in America. I just do not believe there are many, if any.  We’ve had very few. Many of the terrorist plots we were told about have been the creation of the FBI. I will explain my reasoning in a subsequent post why we are better off as a nation to have more Muslims than less.

The Insidious Connection Between Boston’s U.S. Attorney and the Boston Globe

hare_2074103iI’ve written since the inception of the blog that there is a strange relationship between the Boston Globe and the Boston U.S. Attorney’s office under Carmen Ortiz. It is almost as if a deal was made between them that the Globe would puff her up as long as she would do its bidding.

We know that the Globe on December 30, 2011, two years after she became U.S. Attorney named her as its  Bostonian of the Year  She really had done little time in office to merit that accolade. A former federal judge Nancy Gertner said of her at the time that she seemed to be going after low-level drug offenders at the expense of more serious criminals. The judge said she was still waiting to see major white color prosecutions especially in the area of anti-trust and environmental cases.

It is now four years later and the situation has not changes. I’ve noted how the U.S. attorney’s office’s stock in trade seems to be going after people who could easily have been handled in the state criminal justice system. Her office indicts them on petty federal crimes like lying to an FBI agent in a matter that is marginally a federal crime, like civil rights, and then puts them on probation.

Recent Gaming Arrests Brings Back Old Memories

() judgeI wrote about our attorney general who is going to enforce the “century-old-laws” against one group of people and not another. The one she is going to enforce it against has resulted in indictments against 33 people. Their names and photographs are here.

They are to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on various gaming charges on November 30. Their crime is taking bets from people who want to make wagers on sporting events. Yes, that is what DraftKings also does. But our attorney general does not want to prosecute them, in part because guys like Patriot’s owner Bob Kraft has an investment in it. She is more interested in prosecuting the rag-tag bunch who have no big money behind them.

Scanning the list of names my heart was warmed when I saw that Domenic Baldassari, Jr. and Domenic Baldassari III were among the defendants. There is nothing like keeping the business in the family name. Those who recall the Whitey Bulger trial may remember one old time bookie told how he got in the business because his father was involved and how he passed it on to his daughter.

The Middlesex Prosecutor and The Irish Nanny Ainsling McCarthy

Cavan nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady holding an unidentified child.I was asked what my opinion was in the matter of Aisling Brady McCarthy the Irish nanny who spent two and a half years in prison for a crime that never happened. I had not followed the case closely so I tend not to comment in those situations but being asked I will throw in my two cents.

I have always had questions about the way the Middlesex District Attorney’s office operated. As a young defense lawyer I hated going there because the assistant DAs had no discretion on cases. They might as well have been robots since they had to recommend for a sentence whatever some unknown person hiding in the back office told them was appropriate. That was a poor way to run and office since the front line attorneys were treated like children, the same way the FBI treats its agents.

After about eight years I switched hats and became a prosecutor. Our system of handling cases gave the attorneys in the court full discretion to work them out. I had one woman who worked with us for two or three years who left for a better position in Middlesex. Within a couple of months she was calling me continually asking to come back for less pay and to be a line attorney again. Her complaint was that she had no discretion in handling her cases. There were people higher up in the office who made all the decisions.

A Confused President Obama Running For The Door

image (2)We have been reassured by the Director of the CIA that the type of attack that happened in Paris will probably happen again. It could happen in Boston, or New York, or in Washington, DC. CIA Director John Brennan said“I certainly would not consider it a one-off event . It is clear to me that ISIS has an external agenda and that they are determined to carry out these types of attacks,”

He went on to add that: “I would anticipate that this is not the only operation that ISIL has in the pipeline.”

That is comforting news. When Boston’s Quincy Market is attacked Brennan can tell us we were warned it was coming. Is he trying to protect himself or us?

 You know ISIL, ISIS, IS, Daesch are all names for the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State. Most of the world calls it ISIS.