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Feds take down Backpage.com, an online haven for sex ads

WASHINGTON — After a fight that pitted foes of sex trafficking against advocates of free internet speech, the Justice Department Friday seized the Backpage.com website and raided the home of its co-founder. The site, long a haven for sex ads, began shutting down Friday morning, as FBI agents began taking down a network of web pages… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 7th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Human Trafficking, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Feds take down Backpage.com, an online haven for sex ads

Menendez Gets Off!

NJ Senator will not face new trial on corruption charges

The Justice Department moved Wednesday to cancel its corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez, saying that it no longer saw a path to conviction given the constraints the court has placed upon it. A jury last year was unable to reach a verdict on charges against Mr. Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, and the Justice Department had… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 31st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

West Long Branch Democrat Chairman Ordered To Stop Distribution of Unapproved and Mislabeled Drugs

Jack Gindi, center, with Joe Grillo, left and Vin Gopal at Congressman Frank Pallone’s 2014 campaign kickoff. Photo via facebook

A West Long Branch couple with ties to State Senate candidate Vin Gopal, and two of their Monmouth County based companies have been enjoined from distributing their unapproved injectable skin whitening drugs and other drugs in violation of federal law, the Department of Justice announced today. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Congressman Smith Announces Grant For Anti-Domestic Violence Program

NJ Coalition for Battered WomenCongressman Chris Smith announced today that the New Jersey Coalition For Battered Women has been awarded a $82,882 grant by the U.S. Justice Department.

Smith authored the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, the legislation that first authorized the federal program funding this grant.

“The New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women is a valuable resource for women and children across our state who have been victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and violence,” said Smith. “The NJCBW’s mission is to end violence against women and its work is critical to ensuring women and their families have the resources necessary—and readily available—to break the cycle of domestic violence.”

Posted: September 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Wall Street Journal: Menendez charges could come this week

Senator Bob Menendez, left, and Congressman Frank Pallone, making like chimpmunks at the 2012 Belmar St. Patrick's parade. Photo credit Charles Measley

Senator Bob Menendez, left, and Congressman Frank Pallone, making like chimpmunks at the 2012 Belmar St. Patrick’s parade. Photo credit Charles Measley

The Wall Street Journal reported this afternoon that Washington, DC based federal prosecutors are expected to file criminal corruption charges against U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) as early as this week.

WSJ’s anonymous sources did not reveal the specific charges, but indicated that a legal battle over how much the Constitution shields federal legislators and their aides has come to a close.  The charges, which reportedly will be filed in New Jersey’s federal courts, are believed to involve Menendez’s relationship with Florida eye-doctor, Solomon Melgen.

Earlier this month, CNN reported that outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on the Menendez prosecution.  In a hastily called press conference after the CNN  report broke on March 8, the senator defiantly defended the “appropriateness and lawfulness” of his conduct in office, including his dealings with Melgen.

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Posted: March 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez | Tags: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »