According to the WH press pool, their meeting lasted exactly two hours and sixteen minutes. However, the press was banned from entering the private meeting.
He's out of office! This is NOT new!
Court Of Appeals Reverses Broward Judge Matthew Destry (AGAIN?!?)Demetrius Vidale sentenced to 20 years
Maxime Cherilus sentenced to 10 years
Matthew Isaac Destry is the former Group 15 judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. He was appointed by former Governor Charlie Crist (R) on November 21, 2007, to replace retired Judge Larry Seidlin. He was elected to a full six-year term in 2010. He lost his bid for a second full term in theprimary election on August 30, 2016. Destry resigned from the court before his term ended, effective October 14, 2016.
Hobby Lobby to pay $3m fine over smuggled Iraqi artifacts, prosecutors say
Arts and crafts chain known for role in contraceptives case to forfeit thousands of tablets and bricks said to have been shipped without proper documentation
The arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $3m fine and forfeit thousands of smuggled ancient Iraqi artifacts that the US government alleges were intentionally mislabeled, federal prosecutors said.
Prosecutors filed a civil complaint in New York on Wednesday in which the Oklahoma City-based company consented to the fine and forfeiture of thousands of tablets and bricks written in cuneiform, one of the earliest systems of writing, as well as other artifacts prosecutors say were shipped without proper documentation.
In a statement, the Hobby Lobby president, Steve Green, said the company cooperated with the government and “should have exercised more oversight and carefully questioned how the acquisitions were handled”.
Hobby Lobby became a household name when the US supreme court ruled in its favor in the 2014 case Burwell v Hobby Lobby Stores, which in effect gave certain “closely-held” corporations the same religious rights as individuals when it granted Hobby Lobby an exemption to a mandatory contraceptives rule.
The Green family had objected to having to provide employees with contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
On Wednesday, Green said Hobby Lobby had begun acquiring a variety of historical Bibles and other artifacts in 2009.
“Our passion for the Bible continues, and we will do all that we can to support the efforts to conserve items that will help illuminate and enhance our understanding of this great book,” Green said.
Hobby Lobby executed an agreement to purchase more than 5,500 artifacts in December 2010 for $1.6m. Prosecutors said acquisition of the artifacts “was fraught with red flags” and that packages bore shipping labels that described their contents as “ceramic tiles”.
Importing Iraqi cultural property into the US has been restricted since 1990 and banned outright since 2004, according to the complaint. Under Iraqi law, all antiquities found in Iraq are considered property of the state and private people cannot generally possess them without authorization of the Iraqi government, the complaint says.
In the Hobby Lobby case, a dealer based in the United Arab Emirates shipped packages containing the artifacts to three different corporate addresses in Oklahoma City. Five shipments that were intercepted by federal customs officials bore shipping labels that falsely declared that the artifacts’ country of origin was Turkey.
In September 2011, a package containing about 1,000 clay bullae, an ancient form of inscribed identification, was received by Hobby Lobby from an Israeli dealer and accompanied by a false declaration stating that its country of origin was Israel.
Hobby Lobby has agreed to adopt internal policies for importing cultural property and training its personnel, prosecutors said.
What is going on with Trump?!?