Connect with us

News

NRA and Wayne LaPierre Held Accountable for Financial Wrongdoing

In a groundbreaking development, a Manhattan jury has found the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its former leader, Wayne LaPierre, guilty of financial misconduct and corruption. This verdict marks a significant moment in the history of the influential gun rights organization, which has long been a powerful force in American politics.

The jury’s decision came after a week of deliberations, during which it was revealed that LaPierre had used NRA funds for personal expenses, including extravagant vacations, luxury flights for his relatives, and yacht rides. Additionally, two other top executives within the organization were found to have failed in their duties to uphold the nonprofit’s integrity.

The case, brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, reached the highest levels of the NRA, implicating not only LaPierre but also former treasurer Wilson Phillips and general counsel John Frazer. The organization itself was found to have submitted false filings to the state and ignored whistleblower complaints, further tarnishing its reputation.

Founded after the Civil War to promote marksmanship, the NRA has been a dominant force in shaping American gun culture and influencing political discourse on Second Amendment rights. However, recent setbacks, internal strife, and legal challenges have weakened its position, as evidenced by this latest ruling.

Attorney General James hailed the verdict as a “major victory for the people of New York,” condemning LaPierre’s misuse of charitable dollars to fund his opulent lifestyle. The jury determined that LaPierre misspent millions of dollars, leading to a hefty repayment amount and potential sanctions in the form of a monitor overseeing the NRA’s financial management.

While the NRA will benefit from fines paid by the defendants, the financial toll of legal fees from this and other cases will continue to strain the organization’s resources. In a statement, the NRA sought to downplay the verdict, portraying itself as a victim of rogue actors who abused their positions.

Despite efforts to distance the organization from LaPierre’s actions, his lavish expenditures and lack of oversight have cast a shadow over the NRA’s public image. Anti-gun groups celebrated the verdict as a long overdue reckoning for an organization that has wielded immense influence in American politics.

As the NRA grapples with the fallout from this legal battle, questions remain about its future leadership and relevance in a shifting political landscape. The verdict serves as a stark reminder that even the most powerful organizations are not immune to accountability and scrutiny.

Moving forward, the NRA faces a pivotal moment of reckoning, as it navigates the fallout from this damning verdict and seeks to rebuild trust with its members and the public. Only time will tell how this landmark ruling will impact the organization’s trajectory and legacy in the years to come.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Forest Lawn Drive now free of RV encampment and parking

Nancy Sexton was thrilled when city crews cleared out more than 50 RVs in December that had been parked near her business for months, blocking parking spots and leaving behind trash and waste on Forest Lawn Drive.

Then she realized the long stretch of road near Barham Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills was suddenly off limits for not just parked RVs, but all parked vehicles. Much of the curb was painted red. No parking signs lined the sidewalk.

“It’s a dumb decision,” said Sexton, who owns the Muse Rooms, which offers leased office spaces. “It’s frustrating.”

The more than 50 RVs, which had been stationed along the winding road for months as a semi-permanent living encampment, were removed in December as part of the city’s operation known as Inside Safe. One goal of the program, which is part of Mayor Karen Bass’ initiative to bring people living on the streets indoors, is to end the cycle of homeless encampments being cleared by the city only to return a few weeks later.

But days after the RVs were removed, Sexton said, the curb was painted red and parking was limited. The new red zone is about a quarter mile long, running between Warner Bros. Studios’ Gate 9 entrance and North Coyote Canyon Drive.

The areas that do allow parking, meanwhile, have two-hour limits.

City officials also said the decision to restrict parking was done out of fire safety concerns, not to keep the RVs from resettling along the road. Sexton has her doubts.

The lack of parking along the street suddenly imposed a new, unexpected expense on her clients, prompting some to look elsewhere. The red curb has also become an irritation for some students and workers at the New York Film Academy and businesses nearby.

A road with RVs lining its right side.

RVs are parked on Forest Lawn Drive on June 27, 2023, in Burbank.

(David McNew/Getty Images)

Since the no-parking signs went up, Sexton said, she’s lost two regular members and two potential clients. All of them had aired concern about the lack of street parking and the added expense of paying $12 a day at the parking structure on site.

The parking fee, Sexton said, doubled the monthly costs for some members.

“I didn’t know how much of a problem it was going to be until there were people saying, ‘I can’t pay $12 a day,’ ” she said. “I’m really feeling it now.”

The situation highlights some of the unintended results as city officials look to address homelessness and the concerns of businesses and homeowners affected by makeshift encampments, whether they involve tents, vehicles, or both.

RV encampments have sprung up across the city amid a housing crisis that has left many people priced out of permanent homes. Local officials have looked for ways to address the issue, including new regulations that have targeted overnight RV parking.

According to the mayor’s office, the Inside Safe program has addressed 39 encampments so far, moving more than 2,400 people into interim housing and an additional 440 into permanent housing since December 2022.

Bass spokesperson Zach Seidl said the RVs that were removed from Forest Lawn Drive were themselves causing parking issues in the area, as well as raising other significant safety and public health concerns.

Members of the surrounding community have said removing the RVs “has helped on all three fronts,” Seidl said in a statement. “This operation has saved lives.

Stella Stahl, spokesperson for Councilmember Nithya Raman, said the city has helped many of the RV residents along Forest Lawn Drive to find housing indoors.

In a statement, Stahl credited the decision to limit parking to a request by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which called the area a “high fire severity zone.” A 2019 brush fire in the area burned more than 30 acres and threatened homes and businesses.

In a Sept. 19, 2023, letter, LAFD Assistant Chief Dean Zipperman asked the city Department of Transportation to install “Tow Away No Stopping Any Time” restrictions on the road due to the stopped and parked vehicles there.

To avoid the hassle of looking for parking, cinematography students Sanchin Vinay, Yifan Xiang, and Davide Picci carpool to their classes at the New York Film Academy, which shares a building with the Muse Rooms. Eliminating the RVs has opened some spots to them, although Picci said they’d been able to find spaces on the street before — “really far down.”

A couch on a sidewalk near an RV.

The curb along Forest Lawn Drive, where someone has left a couch.

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Sometimes they pay the $12 for the daily parking to avoid being late for class. Carpooling helps cushion the cost.

Leslie Bates, a film production instructor, said she heard of students and faculty members having “volatile” interactions with the RV residents.

Now that the RVs have

Continue Reading

Featured

News17 hours ago

Forest Lawn Drive now free of RV encampment and parking

Nancy Sexton was thrilled when city crews cleared out more than 50 RVs in December that had been parked near...

News18 hours ago

Alaska Ambler Road Project Denied by Interior Department

The decision by the Interior Department to reject the Ambler Road Project in Alaska is a significant win for environmentalists...

News19 hours ago

House speaker receives additional request from GOP member to resign or be ousted

House Speaker Faces New Call by Another Republican to Step Down or Face Removal House Speaker Johnson says he’s not...

News21 hours ago

NASA is reevaluating the Mars Sample Return Mission as current plans face setbacks

Spaceflight is not the easiest of enterprises, and NASA has recently announced a change in plans for the Mars Sample...

News22 hours ago

View Park-Windsor Hills experiences a 2.8 magnitude earthquake

On Tuesday at 8:19 a.m. Pacific time, a magnitude 2.8 earthquake rattled the View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles,...

News24 hours ago

Some Rioters Already Freed as Supreme Court Reviews Jan. 6 Charge

Follow live coverage of the Jan. 6 obstruction case at the Supreme Court. The review of an obstruction law by...

Entertainment24 hours ago

Caitlin Clark’s Prada ensemble at WNBA draft impressed boyfriend Connor McCaffery

Caitlin Clark made a statement at the 2024 WNBA Draft that went beyond her incredible basketball skills. The young athlete,...

News1 day ago

Renowned Physicist Peter Higgs Passes Away at 94

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Professor Peter Higgs at the age of 94....

News1 day ago

Judge rules that Los Angeles officials manipulated records during homeless camp cleanups

A federal judge has found that Los Angeles city officials altered evidence to support the city’s defense against allegations that...

News1 day ago

Fire Causes Partial Collapse of Historic Old Stock Exchange Building in Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s Old Stock Exchange Building, also known as Borsen, is a historic landmark in the city that has stood for...

Advertisement

Facebook

Trending