Archive for October, 2009

setback 5.set.9993 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

October 29, 2009

In a major setback to her nascent U.S. Senate campaign to challenge Louisiana Republican David Vitter next year, porn star Stormy Daniels (above) was arrested on July 29, 2009, under her real name, Stephanie Gregory Clifford, for domestic violence after allegedly battering her husband for “the way the laundry had been done.” According to the police report, Clifford, 30, struck her husband “Michael on his head with her hands several times.” According to Clifford, she did not intentionally beat him, though she admitted to throwing a potted plant into the Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire
kitchen sink, throwing the couple’s wedding album on to the floor, and to breaking some candles. Clifford was booked into the Hillsborough County jail and later released on a $1,000 bond. Her decision to challenge Vitter came after he admitted to patronizing a prostitution ring, inspiring the slogan for her exploratory committee: “Stormy Daniels: Screwing People Honestly.”

eccentric 5.ecc.0002 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

October 24, 2009

The Beginning

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“The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor,” H.L. Mencken, journalist

The first organized scientific search for the causes of crime came to be known as the classical school. Theorists proposed that people are rational thinking beings and therefore their behavior is the result of a logical thought process. In 1764, an Italian professor named Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794) published a book called Essays on Crime and Punishment. This study represented a Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire  dramatic break with the past. Previously, any form of “justice” focused on the concept of punishment. Beccaria suggested many policy changes in the way criminals should be treated. He said that punishment for a criminal offense should never be excessive and should be used as a deterrent to crime. He also proposed that any punishment should be written down in advance so offenders would know what to expect if they got caught. His innovative ideas of presumption of innocence and the protection of individual liberties later influenced the Constitution of the United States and especially the Bill of Rights.

Following in Beccaria’s footsteps was the Englishman, Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832). He believed that the rational choice theory promoted by Beccaria assumed that people commit crime because the benefit outweighed the cost. Being fond of inventing new words for some of his ideas, Bentham called this thought process the “hedonistic calculus.” He concluded that for people not to commit crime, the punishment had to outweigh the benefit derived from the criminal act. Bentham believed that the goal of punishment should be deterrence. Punishment should be designed to persuade people that criminal activity was not worth the price to be paid.

The famous

The famous “auto-icon”, the mummified
body of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832),
with head, on display at the University
of London

Bentham was a philosopher, a prolific writer and somewhat of an eccentric. Bentham’s last will and testament directed that his body be preserved at the University of London. When he died in 1832, his embalmed body was dressed in the clothes he usually wore when he was alive and seated in one of his old chairs. He was put on display in the university where students had to pass by him each day. Bentham also directed that a sign be placed over his mummified body with the label “Auto-Icon.” But during the embalming process, something went wrong and his head was ruined. It could not be used in the display. As a result, a wax replica later replaced the real head.

However, successive generations of students found the temptation too much to resist and Bentham’s missing head frequently turned up at parties and sporting events. Legend has it that Bentham’s mummified body regularly attends meetings of the College Council where his presence is always recorded in the minutes by the notation: “Jeremy Bentham, present, but not voting.”  Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

The classical school, whose origins stretched back to the Middle Ages, was a giant step forward for sociologists. Beccaria and Bentham were considered somewhat radical for their time, so ingrained were the principles of punishment in European civilization. But their ideas were an assault on conventional thinking, which convinced society that a better understanding of the nature of crime and the application of justice was needed. With that goal in mind, scientists began to look inward, speculating that for some people, criminality might be inevitable.

Nevada 4.nev.003 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

October 21, 2009

Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire  Las Vegas, Nevada has not always been comprised of gambling joints, glamour, and glitz.  Its beginnings were, in fact, quite meager.  With its boundaries situated on the eastern perimeter of the Mojave Desert, the southern edge of the Great Basin Desert and its northern perimeter the Sonoran Desert, Las Vegas is, without question, one of the hottest and driest cities in the United States.  It was discovered by Mexican explorers and traders in 1830 who were in search of a shortcut between Santa Fe and Los Angeles.  Surrounded by miles of scorching sand and omnipresent arid heat, they had veered off the Old Spanish Trail and were many miles from the nearest watering hole when, in the middle of nowhere, they stumbled upon a series of artesian springs bubbling up out of the sand and caliche.  As they pressed onward they soon discovered an oasis comprised of cottonwood and mesquite trees, tall grass and a number of small creeks that flowed outward from the springs.  They aptly named this oasis Las Vegas, which means “The Meadows.”  Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

In 1843 explorer and cartographer John C. Fremont surveyed the area.  His surveys, in part, kicked off the momentum that brought the railroads to town.  By 1905, Las Vegas had become a true railroad town, a stop along the route from Salt Lake City to the West Coast.

By 1930, the U.S. government decided to dam up the Colorado River and create one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.  Their project was Hoover Dam, and their creation became known as Lake Mead.  While the rest of the country was mired in the Great Depression, Las Vegas, for the most part, prospered.  And grew.

Although Glitter Gulch and The Strip had not yet materialized, politicians in Carson City, the State of Nevada’s capital, were working fervently enacting laws that would legalize gambling and make getting a divorce in the Silver State an easy, not to mention a quick, matter.  As a result of the newly enacted laws, casinos began to pop up in the downtown area and by the 1940s New York and Chicago crime families decided they wanted their share of the prosperity that Las Vegas was enjoying.  Meyer Lansky soon sent Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel to Las Vegas, where Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel and The Strip, for all intents and purposes, was born.  There are no signs on the highways leading into town proclaiming that Las Vegas was built by criminals, though if such signs did exist truer words couldn’t be written.

Welcome to Las Vegas sign

Welcome to Las Vegas sign (Gary C. King)

As the Flamingo prospered, several rival entrepreneurs, many of them underworld bosses, decided that they, too, wanted a piece of the action.  Over a ten-year period the Tropicana, the Stardust, the Sands, the Riviera, the Desert Inn, and Caesars Palace all opened on The Strip.  Las Vegas’ sudden prosperity had a price, a negative element that would long be remembered.  Most of the new ventures had been financed by mob money and brought with it a somewhat violent era.  Bugsy Siegel had by this time been rubbed out by the mob for skimming profits from the Flamingo and for sending his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, on shopping sprees to Europe where she deposited much of the money into Swiss bank accounts for him.  Similarly, Gus Greenbaum displeased his bosses at the Riviera, and his body was found along with his wife’s in their Las Vegas home, their throats cut.  Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, characterized by actor Robert De Niro in the movie Casino, ran things at the Stardust for a while with Anthony “The Ant” Spilotro and nearly lost his life to a car bomb outside a Tony Roma’s restaurant on East Sahara.  And more recently Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein, a one-time lieutenant of Spilotro’s, was murdered in his townhouse when the Los Angeles mob decided it wanted to take over the loan sharking business and auto insurance scams that they believed he was running.  But Las Vegas is evolving.  The mobster element is still here, to be sure, though markedly less visible than it was twenty years ago, and nowadays the politicians and the corporations have postured a new image for themselves and for Las Vegas.  As Las Vegas continues to evolve, it has become known, today, as a Disneyland for adults, although it has become more “family friendly,” too.  It has also become known as the setting for one of the most diabolical, calculated, cold-blooded and intricately plotted murder schemes in the annals of this city’s crime history.

lipid 8.lip.993993 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

October 14, 2009

Liposomes (lipid vesicles) are formed when thin lipid films or lipid cakes are hydrated and stacks of liquid crystalline bilayers become fluid and swell. The hydrated lipid sheets detach during agitation and self-close to form large, multilamellar vesicles (LMV) which prevents interaction of water with the hydrocarbon core of the bilayer at the edges. Once these particles have formed, reducing the size of the particle requires energy input in the form of sonic energy (sonication) or mechanical energy (extrusion).  Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

flocon 4.flo.0003 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

October 10, 2009

I never have a minute these days to write at any length. I confine myself to essentials.

Flocon is very well disposed towards you.

The Straubingers[86] here are all more or less furious with you (set-to with Sch[erzer]., etc.).

As regards my things, take them with you as far as Valenciennes and have them sealed there. Everything will go through exempt. As regards the silver, it has already been hallmarked here in Paris.

In Valenciennes you must in any case go to the man whose address I enclose. On Vogler’s advice my wife sent him the keys to the trunks (which are in Brussels), but without a way-bill. You must fetch these keys from him, otherwise everything will be broken open by the customs here. Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

As regards the money, tell Cassel he must give you the bill if he won’t pay it. Then perhaps Baillut will pay it.

Get Gigot to settle accounts and at least give you the balance.

As regards Breyer, you must go to see him again and point out what a shabby trick it would be if he made use of my ill-fortune to avoid payment. He must hand over at least part to you. The revolution hasn’t cost him a sou.

The bourgeoisie here are again becoming atrociously uppish and reactionary, but they’ll see.

Bornstedt and Herwegh are behaving like scoundrels. They have founded a black, red and gold association [205] in opposition to us. The former is to be expelled from the [Communist] League today.

Your
M.

At the moment I am unable to find the way-bill and this letter must go off.

Dismiss Gigot if he doesn’t begin to show signs of activity.

just now the fellow ought to be more energetic.

My warmest regards to Maynz; also to Jottrand. I have received the latest Débat social.

My regards to Vogler likewise.

I shall write at length to Maynz and Jottrand

therapy 4.the.9993 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

October 6, 2009

n February 25, 2000 Boulder, Colorado newspaper The Daily Camera broke the story of a 37 year old woman from the San Luis Obispo area of California having contacted Boulder attorney Lee Hill after seeing him interviewed on Fox News Channel about a deposition he had taken on October 20, 1998 of John Ramsey in the Stephen Miles Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire lawsuit against a supermarket tabloid. (see story above)

It was reported that the woman claimed she was assaulted as a child by adults who used a rope or garrote to partially suffocate her. The woman reportedly has information that a widespread ‘sex ring’ could have been behind the strangulation and bludgeon death of JonBenét Ramsey. The woman said she knew the Ramsey’s through the Fleet White family. She said her mother’s godfather is 86 year old Fleet R. White, Sr. , father of Fleet R. White, Jr. who was a close friend of John Ramsey until shortly after the murder, and who was with John Ramsey within seconds of his finding JonBenét’s body in the basement. Fleet White, Jr. was cleared as a suspect in April 1997.

The woman has been in therapy for years as a result of the abuse and her therapist is also cooperating with the investigator’s checking the woman’s story. Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

Sheriff’s officials in San Luis Obispo County said the woman has a history of making false reports. One deputy was quoted as saying that “the woman is considered a ‘fruit loop’ by officers”. Attorney Hill said his client acknowledges making reports to local authorities that have not been followed up but that the woman denies that her reports were false.

Boulder DA Alex Hunter at first, found the woman believable and arranged for the woman to be interviewed by both the Boulder Police and the FBI. Within days, Hunter was quoted as saying “Opinions about believability are premature before a full investigation is complete.”

Hill said his client is prepared to name people that she thought might have witnessed what was done to JonBenét, and said he was outraged that Boulder police didn’t seem to take her claims seriously. “They treated her like a suspect,” Hill said.

hours 5.88 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

October 3, 2009

o Dr Ruge

I have learned from a reliable source that the Préfecture de Police are now in possession of orders against you, myself and several others, whereby we are to leave Paris within 24 hours and France within the shortest possible time.[19] Börnstein can give you further details. In case you were not yet aware of this news, I deemed it proper to inform you of it.  Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

K. Marx

macromolecules 5.mac.003003 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

October 1, 2009

Electrophoresis of macromolecules is one of the most common methods for the analysis of these molecules. Electrophoresis, means movement (phoresis) in an electric field (Electro). Complex mixtures of either proteins or nucleic acids (RNA or DNA) can be separated by electrophoresis. This experiment will demonstrate the most commonly used method for separating proteins, SDS- PAGE [polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) in the presence of sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS)].
SDS is an anionic, amphipathic protein denaturant. When added to a solution of protein, SDS binds to and denatures proteins. To a first approximation, proteins in the presence of SDS adopt an elongated rod shape and have a negative charge that is roughly proportional to their length (or mass).
Polyacrylamide “gels” are commonly used as a support for electrophoresis. It is useful to think of these gels as a meshwork of filamentous polymer molecules, with much open space between different molecules.  Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire