Grind for March 27th, 2019
“Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.”
– Gustave Flaubert
In London, hundreds of thousands participate in march demanding second Brexit vote
As many as 1 million people gathered in the streets of London Saturday to participate in the “Put it to the People” march.
Participants are demanding a second referendum on Brexit.
“The Prime Minister and her government have proved completely incapable of delivering on the result of the 2016 vote, which is why it is right that this should now go back to the people,” said Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The march follows multiple failures by lawmakers to agree on the terms of the UK’s divorce from the EU.
Parliament on March 12th overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal proposal, prompting her to ask the European Council for more time.
If May can get a deal through parliament by the end of next week, the UK has until May 22nd to leave the bloc. If she fails, the deadline is April 12th.
“The way to break the stalemate is for Parliament and our people to come together,” said Deputy Labor Leader Tom Watson. “Prime Minister: You’ve lost control of this process. You’re plunging this country into chaos. Let the people take control.”
Aside from the march, which supported a second referendum, there’s also a petition underway asking lawmakers to cancel Brexit altogether.
The petition topped 1 million signatures last week and as of March 24th had over 4.7 million signatures.
Petition author Margaret Anne Georgiadou said about Brexit: “It was three years ago but the government has become infamous for changing their mind – so why can’t the people?”
Michael Avenatti arrested in New York City; charged with extortion
California lawyer Michael Avenatti gained temporary fame while representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump and Michael Cohen.
He was arrested on Monday after attempting to extort up to $25 million from Nike.
Avenatti was arrested 15 minutes after tweeting that he would soon hold a press conference accusing Nike of bribing high school and college basketball players.
“Avenatti was not acting as an attorney,” said US Attorney Geoffrey Berman. “At its core, this was an old-fashioned shakedown.”
In a separate case, Avenatti was charged with wire fraud and bank fraud after stealing $1.6 million from a client’s settlement and submitting fake tax returns to a Mississippi bank to get $4 million in loans.
Avenatti now faces up to 50 years in prison and will likely be disbarred. He also owes the IRS over $850,000 in unpaid personal income tax and penalties.
“Good news for my friend @MichaelAvenatti, if you plead fast enough, you might just get to share a cell with Michael Cohen!” tweeted President Trump on Monday.
Ironically, Avenatti appeared in federal court in New York in the same courthouse where Cohen pleaded guilty to criminal charges including the hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels.
Ms. Daniels, who had already hired a new lawyer, said she wasn’t surprised by the arrest. “Knowing what I know now about Michael, I’m saddened but not shocked by news reports that he has been criminally charged today.”
In the meantime, Avenatti is banned from traveling anywhere other than New York City and Los Angeles. He will appear in court in LA on April 1st.
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