Saturday, March 24, 2007



The San Bernardino Sun means a lot more to Jerry Lewis than the NY Times or the Washington Post, newspapers which have carried numerous stories about his outrageous, out-of-control corruption and a systemic criminality that even GOP presidential candidate John McCain felt compelled to allude to it while visiting the Inland Empire recently. Lately, though, the Republican-leaning Sun has been unable to keep Lewis' career in crime off its front pages. Lewis has now spent approximately one million dollars on lawyers-- and he hasn't been indicted yet. Of course, the $1,000,000 was to keep him from being indicted. And there are several theories about how that's been achieved.

In January I introduced readers to a former federal prosecutor from Los Angeles who was investigating Lewis. Her name is Debra Wong Yang. I don't know what federal prosecutors make but I'm guessing it was dramatically less than the $1.5 million signing bonus she got for leaving the feds-- in the middle of her investigation of Jerry Lewis-- and joining a top Republican law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, the very firm, coincidentally which Lewis has paid a million dollars to defend him.

This past week the Sun ran a page one story on the Department of Justice scandal involving the politicized firing of lots of U.S. attorneys including, of course, Carol Lam. They connected the dots. Referring to an e-mail that Gonzales' now-fired chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, wrote the same day news of the Jerry Lewis investigation broke (May 11), which mentions, ominously "the real problem that we have right now with Carol Lam," Dianne Feinstein said on the Senate floor that "the timing looks really suspicious and it raises serious questions that need to be answered."
The investigation into Lewis was brought forward by Debra Wong Yang, the former U.S. Attorney overseeing the Los Angeles office.

Tying the two investigations is Brent Wilkes, a defense contractor indicted by Lam's office shortly before she was fired. Wilkes and top CIA official Kyle "Dusty" Foggo were the ones mentioned in Lam's e-mail sent May 10, 2006.

Wilkes was a client of Copeland Lowery Jaquez Denton & White, the Washington D.C. lobbying firm tied to the Lewis investigation. The now defunct firm's founder, Bill Lowery, is a former San Diego congressman-- who was replaced by Cunningham-- and longtime friend of Lewis'.

Wilkes was also a contributor to Lewis' campaign, and he worked for a former defense contractor who has claimed to have been been interviewed by federal investigators. The former contractor, Tom Casey, said he told investigators that Lewis asked him to hire Lowery's firm and give stock options to Lowery under a false name when the contractor was seeking a federal contract to digitize documents in 1993.

Yang resigned last November from her office to take a job with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher - the same firm Lewis has paid at least $900,000 to defend him.

She reportedly was paid a $1.5 million bonus for joining the firm, one of the most powerful in Los Angeles.

And while Yang was not one of the eight fired prosecutors, some speculation has arisen that she, too, was a casualty of the Justice Department's purge.

People in the know claim Yang was not purged-- just bought off. To this day, Lewis, a linchpin in the entire Republican Culture of Corruption that pervaded Washington, D.C, in recent years, has not be charged with any crimes. By firing Lam, the Bush Regime has signaled the law enforcement community that that's exactly the way they want it.

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At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question that keeps nagging me is what happened to the investigations in Lams office. It's my personal belief that she is the one they wanted to get rid of. All the rest of this is just cover. Some smoke to make it harder to see what they were up too. I think they figured they would take some heat for this but they knew they had to stop the investigation into Lewis at all costs.

Did they stop the investigations??? Some interepid reporter need to look into this.


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