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Comair Crash Who is Representing the Families?

Alex Constantine - September 25, 2006

Ranking Republican AND Democratic officials were involved in the "Bluegrass Conspiracy" (see postings in the September archive). That's why one of the key legal representatives of the Comair families was an unfortunate choice ... among other reasons. - AC

Comair on Lexington:
Be careful
By Jeffrey McMurray

"... STAN CHESLEY, a Cincinnati attorney ... is representing the families of victims in a lawsuit against Comair...."
As I've maintained from the start, the Comair crash was a political act, not an accident. You therefore expect the leading lawyer in the case to have political connections. That's what I went searching for, and sure enough ... Chesley is a Democrat financial whiz, but "While he generally gives to Democrats and raises money for them, he also helps some Republicans." He's an equal-opportunity opportunist:


March 24, 1999

Chesley helps fill Clinton treasure chest
President makes lawyer's home frequent stop

Cincinnati Enquirer

Over the past eight years — since Mr. Chesley met Mr. Clinton, then the Arkansas governor, at a social event in Columbus — there are few who have raised more money for the Clinton-Gore campaigns and the Democratic National Committee than the 62-year-old Cincinnati lawyer.

In the past year, he has hosted three major fund-raising events for the national Democratic Party's campaign committees at his home. At the last event, in September, Mr. Clinton was the featured attraction and tickets went for $10,000 per couple.

In 1996, when Mr. Clinton was campaigning for re-election, Mr. Chesley raised at least $2 million for the Democratic Party in a series of a fund-raisers featuring the president, Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper Gore.

In a town where Republican money and political power are dominant and where Republican campaign money flows from sources such as financier Carl Lindner and Cintas President Richard Farmer, Mr. Chesley has been an oasis for the national Democratic Party....

In the process, he has built a relationship with Mr. Clinton that has put him near the center of power in Washington — traveling with the president to Israel on peace missions, front and center at Rose Garden ceremonies and East Room state dinners, and on overnighters in the Lincoln Bedroom.

While he generally gives to Democrats and raises money for them, he also helps some Republicans. Last fall, the week after Mr. Clinton visited his home for a fund-raiser, Mr. Chesley held a fund-raiser for Cincinnati Republican Joe Deters, who was elected Ohio's treasurer in November.

His political involvement started in earnest in the 1980s, when he became a close friend of former Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste. Mr. Chesley represented Mr. Celeste in legal matters and helped raised money for his successful 1982 campaign to win the governor's office. The governor rewarded him with a seat on the board of trustees of the University of Cincinnati, where Mr. Chesley earned his undergraduate and law degrees.

It was Mr. Celeste who, in 1991, introduced Mr. Chesley to the Arkansas governor who was then putting together a presidential campaign organization....

Last March, consumer advocate Ralph Nader's Public Citizen group criticized Mr. Clinton for attending a fund-raiser at Mr. Chesley's home. At the time, Mr. Chesley was a member of a committee of lawyers representing millions of smokers against the tobacco companies while the Clinton administration was involved in the debate over tobacco legislation. A number of other lawyers involved in tobacco litigation were at the March fund-raiser.

“People think ... that there is some hidden agenda in my friendship with the president,” Mr. Chesley said. “I'm very sensitive about it. I tell you, I do this out of respect and loyalty. I believe you go home with the girl who brought you.”
Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Kentucky judge resigns after public reprimand 
Misconduct alleged in diet-drug case
By Andrew Wolfson

In a new lawsuit, about 200 of the 431 plaintiffs in the settlement have demanded that their attorneys -- Melbourne Mills Jr., William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham of Kentucky and Stan Chesley of Cincinnati -- surrender excess fees.

That suit, pending in Boone Circuit Court, notes that "astonishingly, more than one-half of the total settlement funds" ended up in the lawyers' hands.

Also See http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060529/NEWS01/605290368


3 lawyers kept millions from victims
Amounts concealed, difference pocketed

Chesley's role in case at issue
Post staff report

Cincinnati attorney Stanley Chesley is not off the hook, but he's not on it, either, in the ongoing court challenge of the settlement of a massive class action lawsuit against the maker of the diet drug combination fen-phen.

Last month, Senior Judge William Wehr ruled that three central Kentucky attorneys -- Melbourne Mills Jr., William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham -- who represented more than 400 clients in the lawsuit deceived their clients out of tens of millions of dollars from a $200 million settlement reached in 2002.

The attorneys took $100 million in fees and expenses and another $20 million to set up a charitable fund that paid them more in income and expenses than it gave in grants to nonprofit organizations.

Wehr's ruling came in a lawsuit filed in December 2004 by Lexington Attorney Angela Ford against the fund and all of the attorneys in the case - the three representing the plaintiffs and Chesley, whom those attorneys hired to negotiate with the drug company.

Ford is seeking to recover for her clients some of the money paid to the attorneys, as well as the money allocated for the fund and its operation.
Ford, attorneys for the lawyers she is suing and for the fund met in Wehr's Boone County courtroom Wednesday to deal with several motions and to put information on the record for further decisions in the case, including whether to impose punitive damages on the attorneys, how to deal with the fund and whether Chesley should remain a defendant in the suit.

Wehr allowed Ford to amend her complaint to adjust the number of plaintiffs to 421, but put other decisions on hold until attorneys present briefs in two weeks.

Wehr decided to allow continued discovery about Chesley's involvement while the case moves through the court and to almost sure appeal.
In arguing Wednesday that Chesley should be dismissed from the suit, his attorney, Frank Benton IV, said that Chesley was the lead attorney in negotiations with the drug company and his involvement stopped there. Chesley did not represent any of the clients, was out of the case before the money was distributed, had no part in setting up the fund and should be dismissed from the suit, Benton said.

But Ford countered that Chesley clearly should have known that the money the three lawyers shared was far beyond the norm and that his own payment, which reflected a percentage of what the three lawyers shared, was excessive.

Wehr said he would not dismiss Chesley from the suit and would not grant Ford the summary judgment she had sought, but
would take more information.

"There are factual issues that preclude a summary judgment or a dismissal," Wehr said.

Trial Lawyers Pour Money Into Democrats' Chests

And money is what it is all about. "When it comes to political action, corporate America was the pioneer in spending money on campaigns," said Stanley M. Chesley, a Cincinnati lawyer whose firm gave the Democrats $122,500. "They make trial lawyers look like Mickey Mouse. So trial lawyers are attempting not only to catch up, but to be a copy cat.

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  1. Hey Alex…

    This is “tommythebug” from “conspiracy cafe” where you posted the Comair.

    Did I tell you that I got chipped?

    I got a dose of The NSA MIND CONTROL game, and the DEW.

    Saw you had a story on that about McVeigh.

    It uses subliminal programming to make you unstable. I tried to get it removed, but got all my doctors tampered with. They hid the x-rays from me. I did see one set of x-rays, and it did show a milled chip with a 45 degree angle.

    But…the funny little FBI Div 5/NSA/DOD boys…they switched x-rays or “used a magic marker” to cover up the white chip, and then ran a copy. NOw, one x-rays shows a scratch?

    They didn’t fool me. Nope.

    Here is something on Five Star Trust from Wayne Madsen. You probabely got this.


    Aug. 5/6, 2006 — On August 1, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a voluminous 370-page report on the use of off-shore trusts and shell corporations by American billionaires to avoid taxes. The report highlights the off-shore and tax-dodging activities of the notorious Bush billionaire contributors — Sam and Charles Wyly, also known as the “Wyly Brothers.” The Wylys, who came to prominence as the financial backers of various 527 political action committees in the 2000 and 2004 elections (the anti-John McCain Republicans for Clean Air in 2000 and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004), developed a series of 58 interlocking trusts and and shell corporations that maximized stock options and warrants to make huge profits and avoid taxes. The tax avoidance contrivances were used between 1994 and 2004.

    —–Several facts brought out in the Senate report are noteworthy. One is the decision by Sam Wyly in December 2000 to withdraw annuity assets in a Cayman Islands trust associated with the Bermuda-based Scottish Re Group, the global reinsurance company. Nine months later, reinsurance companies were left holding the bag for the 911 terrorist attacks.

    In September 2000, the assets of two Wyly trusts, Lake Providence International Trust and Castle Creek International Trust, an Isle of Man entity, were valued at $75 million. The Senate report also states that by June 2001, three months before the 911 attacks, the Wylys had completely divested themselves of Scottish Re shares: “After the Wylys decided to withdraw from Scottish Re, the Wyly-related offshore entities began to sell their shares.

    Ms. Boucher [Michelle Boucher, a Cayman Islands accountant and Canadian citizen who was also a senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Scottish Annuity and Life Holdings, a Wyly Cayman Islands corporation] kept Sam and Evan Wyly [Evan is Sam’s son] informed about these sales. In addition, by June 2001, Maverick [Maverick Capital Ltd., a Wyly family $8 billion hedge fund] sold virtually all of the Scottish shares it had purchased.”

    As the revelations about the Wylys’ dodgy investments in Scottish Re Group were made public in the Senate report, the company’s second quarter losses were pegged at $130 million and the firm’s stock plunged by 82 percent. After this news broke, Scottish Re’s chief executive officer Scott Willkomm resigned.

    —-The Senate report also identifies Winston Thayer Capital Partners as an investor in the Wyly off-shore trust -network. Winston Partners is co-owned by George W. Bush’s brother Marvin Bush and Marvin’s longtime friend Scott Andrews. Winston Thayer Capital Partners is a joint venture with Thayer Capital Partners, which is owned by GOP political majordomo Fred Malek.

    —-Until 2000, Marvin Bush sat on the board of Stratesec, the company that had security contracts for the World Trade Center. After leaving Stratesec, Marvin joined the board of HCC Insurance, a World Trade Center insurer.

    Maverick Capital is linked to the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), which under the direction of Wyly and George W. Bush friend and partner Tom Hicks (Hicks purchased the Texas Rangers from Bush in a lucrative deal that made Bush several millions of dollars — Hicks is also co-owned of Clear Channel Communications), invested university public funds in Maverick Capital, the Carlyle Group, Bass Brothers Enterprises (an investor in Harken Energy, on whose board George W. Bush sat), and Perot Systems Corp. (owned by H. Ross Perot). University of Texas Regent and UTIMCO board member, former Texas GOP Rep. and George W. Bush crony Tom Loeffler, also backed the UTIMCO investments in Maverick Capital.

    The Senate investigation of the Wylys points out how the Bush family and their cronies use off-shore tax havens, shell and “folding tent” corporations, and tax loopholes to fund their political and covert intelligence adventures.

    —-The editor pointed out that an Isle of Man entity called Five Star Trust was used to fund the covert vote rigging operations that engineered the 2004 presidential election. The Senate subcommittee is now unearthing the mechanisms by which the Republicans use tax free money to pay for their “black ops” without leaving electronic trails thus ensuring “plausible deniability.”

    The Senate report resembles a spaghetti-like interconnection of off-shore trusts and companies. In just a few pages of the report the following entities involved with the Wyly operation are referenced:

    Tremont Advisers (Bermuda); Life Invest Opportunity Fund; Scottish Annuity and Life Holdings; Green Mountain Energy Company (Delaware); Green Mountain Energy Resources LLC; Greemontain.com Company; GMP Holdings Ltd (Cayman Islands); Green Funding I LLC (GFI) (Delaware);

    Green Funding II LLC (GFII); Audobon, Soulieana, Maverick Fund LDC; Elegance (Isle of Man); Devotion (Isle of Man); Dortmund (Isle of Man); Greenbriar (Isle of Man); Little Woody (Isle of Man); Locke (Isle of Man); Morehouse (Isle of Man); Richland (Isle of Man); Roaring Creek (Isle of Man); Roaring Fork (Isle of Man); Rugosa (Isle of Man); Maverick USA Corp (Delaware); EB&M Holdings (Cayman Islands); Moberly Ltd. (Isle of Man); Trident; Bessie Trust; Irish Trust (Cayman Islands); Edinburgh (Cayman Islands); Wiggins & Co. (British Virgin Islands);

    International Management Services (Cayman Islands); Precept International; Ranger; Two Mile Ranch; Cottonwoods; Bulldog; and Delhi.

    In a November 1, 2001 sent from Michelle Boucher in the Cayman Islands to suggests various company names for future Wyly off-shore contrivances: Katy Ltd., Katherine Ltd., Abmahi Ltd., Minerva Ltd., Cleland Ltd., Armstrong Ltd., Balch Ltd., Parker Ltd., Irwin Ltd., and Flowers Ltd.

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