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AP NEWS I thought this was an interesting story that seems to be not getting much attention in light of the Colorado shooting. Here's the reasoning behind the dismissal.
HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge dismissed human trafficking charges Friday against executives and business associates of a labor recruiting company accused of exploiting hundreds of farm workers from Thailand by putting them into debt, confiscating their passports and threatening to deport them.
It does sound reasonable to me. I think in fairness of justice it should be proven beyond reasonable doubt. The one oddity in the article that struck a nerve was this comment.
"Based on this further investigation, the government has determined that dismissal of this matter is in the interest of justice, because the government is unable to prove the elements of the charged offenses beyond a reasonable doubt," the order said.
Kind of odd, but then again I know very little on this case. It was just a story I came across and figured I'd publish a thread for the community. Maybe someone a little more knowledgeable will be able to explain the intricacies of this case.
"To dismiss a case with no intention of bringing it back as a new indictment is very unusual," Green said. "You never see the government just walk away from a case that they spent millions of dollars on."
Now, would you be surprised if I told you one of the major players in this ring, Israeli national Mordechai Orian, is a big Republican donor? Of course you wouldn't. More disturbing (at least to me) in light of the charges is his affiliation with a Texas adoption agency. It turns out that Orian is listed as the president and "business manager" for Adoption Services Worldwide Inc., a San Antonio, Texas adoption agency active in international adoptions. The website features many pictures of Orian with happy adoptive families. I have to wonder: Exactly what kind of business services did this Beverly Hills resident provide to this Texas company?
According to that estimation, trafficking in human beings is now the third largest source of profits for organized crime, behind drugs and arms ..