Oh, and one thing that came out during the trial — he was the co-founder of the Society of Law and Ethics at Harvard Law School. One hopes the society still carries on because Mr. Martoma was expelled from the law school before earning his degree for altering his transcripts. How did this guy get a job in the securities industry?
Takashi Niigaki, the ghostwriter for Japan’s celebrated composer, Mamoru Samuragochi. Mr. Niigaki came forward after he learned that one of his compositions (although claimed by Samuragochi) was to be used by a Japanese skater in the Olympics. Mr. Niigaki also added that Mr. Samuragochi, who has claimed that he, like Beethoven, is deaf, is indeed not deaf.
Mr. Samuagochi explained in a 2011 interview that his loss of hearing was “a gift from God.” He explained that he used his inner sense of sound to write his compositions. Well, that, and Mr. Niigaki.
The mayor of Hiroshima, a city that had recognized Mr. Samuragochi for his stand against nuclear weapons, offered, “We are aghast.” Yes, indeed. Mr. Samuragochi’s record company is “appalled and deeply indignant.” And out a lot of revenue as well. Just when you think you have seen it all . . .
Bernie Madoff, according to testimony by his former secretary of 40 years, Annette Bongiorno, when she asked how Mr. Madoff was able to find a nursing home for her mother when she had tried for so long without success to locate a place. Ms. Bongiorno took the stand in her criminal fraud trial. She also called Bernie her “hero,” and never questioned backdating records because she trusted him. Calling Bernie her “big brother,” Ms. Bongiorno also explained that Bernie paid for her honeymoon.
Former New Orleans Mayor, Ray Nagin, when he was told by the federal judge presiding over his corruption/bribery trial that he could stand down after testifying for two days. Taking the stand did not appear to have an impact. The jury found Mr. Nagin guilty on 20 of the 21 counts brought against him. In fairness, he was acquitted of one count of bribery. Evidence showed that he accepted money, free vacation travel and truckloads of granite for Stone Age LLC, a business Nagin and his sons owned in exchange for awarding contracts to contractors in the rebuilding of New Orleans, post-Hurricane Katrina. The granite donations are a new touch in the world of government bribes. Sentencing will be forthcoming, and some of the charges carry imprisonment of up to 20 years. Course, that’s not etched in stone.
The Barometer was strolling through the home section of a major department store. Tempted by Christmas potholders at 50% off, the Barometer stopped and soon planted feet firm to continue listening as three employees of this fine establishment conversed about their futures. The ring leader was explaining to the novice employees that after the new year begins, most of them would be going to part-time status because of slow sales, the economy, health care issues, etc. The two employees seemed crestfallen. But, their mentor would have none of it. “Don’t do it!” said he. “Get yourself fired because the money you make on unemployment will be better than part-time work here and you can get 99 weeks of unemployment. Plus, you are eligible for medical care through the government because you are unemployed. It’s a better deal. It is so not worth it to keep working.” This fine consigliore (more…)
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