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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — In a mostly empty conference room at a Virginia cultural arts center, Tara Simmons was looking for someone who might help her stave off eviction.

Already enduring health problems, Simmons said she feared she would be out on the street.

“I’ve been in my house for four years now. And two months before my lease was up, I get an email saying that they weren’t renewing my lease,” said Simmons of Newport News, Virginia. “That’s it. No explanation why or whatever.”

“I’ve been trying to find somewhere to move since I got that. I still haven’t been able to find a way to move because of the economy. ... This pandemic is hard.”

As a state lawmaker made a few remarks and others grabbed free lunch, Simmons connected with attorneys from the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia. They advised her that her landlord needed a court order to get her out. She was safe for now.

The Virginia event in late July is part of a growing national movement — bolstered by tens of billions of dollars in federal rental assistance — to find ways to keep millions of at-risk tenants hurt by the coronavirus pandemic in their homes.

“This is an opportunity not to go back to normal, because for so many renters around the country, normal is broken,” Matthew Desmond, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on evictions and the principal investigator at the Eviction Lab, told a White House conference on the issue.

“This is a chance to reinvent how we adjudicate and address the eviction crisis in a way ... that works for tenants and property owners better than the status quo, in a way that clearly invests in homes and families and communities, with the recognition that without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.”

Housing advocates have mostly attacked the problem from two directions.

Some teamed up with lawmakers and court administrators to launch programs to resolve eviction cases before they reach the courts. Others focused on state and local tenant protection legislation, including sealing eviction records and ensuring tenants get lawyers. Having an eviction record can make it impossible to find a new apartment, while the right to counsel evens the playing field, since most landlords, but not tenants, come to court with a lawyer.

Many of the ideas have been around for years. But the scope of the eviction crisis during the pandemic, the historic amount of federal rental assistance available and the eviction moratorium changed the calculus. Politicians from areas that rarely see evictions were hearing from anxious constituents and craved a solution. Landlords were more willing to participate in the programs because evicting tenants became a challenge.

“The politicians saw the same urgency we did,” she said. “It afforded the opportunity to have a conversation with politicians about the very real problems around evictions, the very real implications for families around being evicted.”

In Colorado, state Sen. Julie Gonzales said the widespread eviction threat encouraged legislators to pass several bills this year, including a grace period for late fees and limits on what fees can be imposed. Tenants also can withhold payment for problems like utilities being shut off or mold, and present that as a defense in court. Another bill that passed gives evicted tenants 10 days, rather than 48 hours, to find new housing.

“We realized that it wasn’t just an urban thing, that rural Coloradans, mountain towns were struggling with people unable to pay their rent,” Gonzales said.

According to the Urban Institute, 47 state and local programs nationwide now offer some mix of legal help, a housing counselor and mediation between landlord and tenant.

Some, like Texas, Michigan and Massachusetts, offer statewide programs, while others, including Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Pinellas County, Florida, launched their own initiatives. Even states not usually associated with evictions, like New Hampshire and Montana, offer programs.

In Philadelphia, the City Council passed a series of bills last year that include requiring landlords to participate in a city eviction diversion program if the tenant was affected by the pandemic. Then in April, the courts mandated that landlords attend the program before filing an eviction.

“This is a fundamentally important change to the way Philadelphia approaches evictions,” said Rachel Garland, managing attorney at the housing unit of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia.

“Rental assistance and diversion prioritizes the economic health of landlords and complete health and well-being of tenants in a way that resolves situations so landlords get paid, issues get resolved and tenants are able to stay in their homes,” she said.

“Even though it was created in response to the pandemic, its importance will long outlive the pandemic and will hopefully become a permanent fixture in Philadelphia.”

A pilot mediation program in two New Hampshire cities this year was driven in part by concerns that courts would be inundated by eviction cases. The program’s success has the court requesting $750,000 from the state to expand mediation efforts statewide.

“If we can get parties together and either get the case resolved or get them to this emergency funding, I’m saying it’s a win-win-win,” said David King, the administrative judge of New Hampshire Circuit Court, which handles landlord-tenant matters.

“It’s a win for the landlord, who gets paid. It’s a win for the tenant, who gets to stay, and, selfishly, it’s a win for the courts because that is one less case we have to process.”

The right to counsel, too, has spread.

John Pollock, coordinator for the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel in Baltimore, said Washington state, Connecticut and Maryland have passed right-to-counsel laws. Ten cities have approved measures, including Seattle, Cleveland and Louisville. Milwaukee County set aside money to provide low-income tenants with lawyers.

So far, the initiatives are proving successful.

Some 75% of the 1,788 tenants participating in a Philadelphia program have remained housed, according to the city. In New York, 86% of tenants who had lawyers were able to remain in their homes. Cleveland, which saw legal representation increase from 2% to 19% after the law went into effect last year, said all tenants who wanted rental help have gotten it and 93% who wanted to avert evictions were successful.

A program in Michigan last year resulted in 97% of tenants remaining housed, according to a study from the University of Michigan, the state and Legal Services of South Michigan.

Among them is Regina Howard, a 53-year-old disabled veteran from Southfield who faced eviction last year from the $1,600-a-month house she shares with her husband and grandson. She turned to the state’s eviction diversion program, where she was connected with free legal services. From there, Lakeshore Legal Aid helped her get $24,550 in federal funds to pay for 15 months of rent.

“I was feeling hopeless that there was no help out there. Now I feel better,” Howard said. “You could tell they really wanted to help.”

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Rudy Giuliani Says He’s Willing To Go To Jail For Trump, But Also Claims He’s Innocent

PolitiZoom 01 August, 2021 - 07:53am

Rudy Giuliani said that he is willing to go to jail for Trump but also at the same time proclaimed that he is innocent.

“I committed no crime, and if you think I committed a crime, you’re probably really stupid, because you don’t know who I am,” Giuliani said, as an investigation looms into whether he was working as an unregistered lobbyist for Ukrainian officials.

He said that he was working for then-President Donald Trump as his lawyer at the time.

“I am more than willing to go to jail if they want to put me in jail. And if they do, they’re going to suffer the consequences in heaven,” he said. “I’m not, I didn’t do anything wrong.”

When asked why he would be willing to go to jail if he is not guilty, Giuliani replied “Because they lie, they cheat.”

Rudy Giuliani is not a young person. If he gets sent to prison and then hopes that Trump is going to sweep back into the White House and free him in 2025, that is a terrible risk to take.

Giuliani’s defense appears to be that he used to be famous for fighting crime, so any criminal act that he may have committed doesn’t count.

Oh, and the FBI is lying and cheating and out to get him.

The FBI office in New York leaked information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation to Giuliani in 2016, so the FBI wasn’t corrupt when they tried to swing an election to Trump, but they are corrupt if they investigate Rudy Giuliani.

There is a lot of evidence Rudy Giuliani has been committing crimes, and his fame isn’t likely to keep him out of jail.

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Rudy Giuliani: If I Go to Jail, Those Who Put Me There ‘Will Suffer the Consequence in Heaven’ (Video)

Mediaite 31 July, 2021 - 10:21pm

Donald Trump’s former attorney has been the subject of a lengthy federal investigation into his dealings as an “unregistered lobbyist for Ukrainian” before the 2020 presidential election, an investigation which he calls unlawful and politically motivated. In a new interview with NBC News 4’s Melissa Russo, Giuliani maintains his innocence, saying if you think he committed a crime, “you’re probably really stupid.”

“I committed no crime, and if you think I committed a crime, you’re probably really stupid, because you don’t know who I am,” Giuliani said. “Is the guy who put the mafia in jail, terrorists in jail, Ed Koch’s commissioners in jail, and the worst people on Wall Street — I’m not going to file (a form)? I mean, that’s just crazy.”

Although frustrated by the FBI probe, Giuliani said he’s “more than willing to go to jail if they want to put me in jail” even if he is not guilty. He added, “And if they do, they’re going to suffer the consequences in heaven.”

Why would he plead guilty if he wasn’t? “Because they lie, they cheat,” he replied.

The New York appellate court suspended his law license “until further notice” in June 24, stating that he made “demonstrably false and misleading” statements about the 2020 election as former President Donald Trump’s attorney, questioning the legitimacy of both the election as a whole as well as President Joe Biden’s win. In July, he was suspended from practicing law in Washington, D.C. by the District of Columbia’s highest court for the same reason. In addition, his YouTube account was suspended in March for once again pushing false claims of election fraud.

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Rudy Giuliani says ‘I committed no crime’ while working for Trump

The Guardian 31 July, 2021 - 02:44pm

“I committed no crime,” the former New York mayor told NBC, apparently unprompted during an interview about the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, conducted at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in downtown Manhattan.

“And if you think I did commit a crime, you’re probably really stupid because you don’t know who I am.”

Giuliani’s attempts to mine dirt on Joe Biden saw Trump impeached – and acquitted – for a first time.

Now under investigation himself, Giuliani has also seen his law licenses suspended in New York and Washington DC, for his part in propagating Trump’s lies about electoral fraud.

He protested to NBC New York that he could not be guilty of failing to register as an agent for a foreign power, a charge recently denied by another Trump ally, Tom Barrack.

“As the guy who put the mafia in jail, terrorists in jail, put [former mayor] Ed Koch’s commissioners in jail and the worst people on Wall Street, I’m not going to file [as an agent]?” Giuliani asked, referring to highlights of his time as a prosecutor before becoming mayor.

He also said he was “more than willing to go to jail if they want to put me in jail. And if they do, they’re going to suffer the consequences in heaven, I’m not. I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Asked why he was willing to go to jail if he was innocent, Giuliani said: “Because they lie. And they cheat.”

He also claimed he was being treated unfairly compared to Andrew Cuomo, the New York governor who faces questions over his handling of nursing homes in the early stages of the Covid pandemic.

The FBI did not comment on Giuliani’s remarks.

NBC New York also asked whether the deadly 6 January assault on the US Capitol, before which Giuliani spoke at a rally near the White House and demanded “trial by combat”, was a crime.

“I believe 6 January was a crime,” he said. “I believe [the rioters] committed the crime of trespass. I believe they did some destruction.”

Giuliani led New York City on 9/11 and in its aftermath and became known as “America’s Mayor”, a status he parlayed into a brief run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and a lucrative consulting career.

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The authors also report that the former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a longtime friend, asked Giuliani why he was energetically promoting Trump’s lies.

“Fuck legacy,” Giuliani is quoted as saying. “Legacy is what happens when you’re in the ground. I’m fighting for today.”

WATCH: Unhinged Giuliani Says If Prosecutors Send Him to Jail They Will Suffer the Consequences in the Afterlife

HillReporter.com 31 July, 2021 - 11:31am

Rudy Giuliani should know the law pretty well. Amazingly enough, he was once one of the top prosecutors in the country. Things are much different these days.

Over the last few years, the former New York City mayor has conducted himself like someone who doesn’t know the law at all. Still, he feels like he’s being persecuted. And in a recent interview with NBC, he claimed that if he goes to jail, those prosecuting him will face repercussions in the afterlife.

Melissa Russo from NBC was meeting with Giuliani to do a story about the 20th anniversary of 9/11. She noted, “Former Mayor Giuliani seems fixated on declaring his innocence as a federal investigation looms into whether he was working as an unregistered lobbyist for Ukrainian officials.”

The former mayor told Russo, “I committed no crime, and if you think I committed a crime, you’re probably really stupid, because you don’t know who I am. Is the guy who put the mafia in jail, terrorists in jail, Ed Koch’s commissioners in jail, and the worst people on Wall Street — I’m not going to file (a form)? I mean, that’s just crazy.”

Giuliani continued, “I am more than willing to go to jail if they want to put me in jail. And if they do, they’re going to suffer the consequences in heaven. I’m not, I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Watch a clip of the comments below, courtesy of NBC:

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