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"The Guam Daily Post" featured Pace University's Haub Law School Professor Mimi Rocah in "Trump-Manafort agreement could be illegal"

11/30/2018

"The Guam Daily Post" featured Pace University's Haub Law School Professor Mimi Rocah in "Trump-Manafort agreement could be illegal"

"If the whole purpose was to undermine the Mueller investigation and that was proven in some way, then that would be a violation of law."

– Renato Mariotti, former federal prosecutor

President Donald Trump's legal team has acknowledged he maintained a joint defense agreement with Paul Manafort even though the embattled ex-campaign chief entered a cooperation deal with special counsel Robert Mueller – and experts say that highly unusual contract could be criminal.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's top lawyer in the special counsel probe, confirmed Wednesday that the president has been briefed on several occasions by Manafort's lawyers about his cooperation with Mueller's investigators as part of the plea deal he entered in September.

"They share with me the things that pertain to our part of the case," Giuliani told The Associated Press.

The former New York mayor did not return repeated requests for further comment.

Obstruction of justice, witness tampering

Former federal prosecutors say the communications between Manafort's lawyers and Trump's legal team could amount to obstruction of justice if Manafort's side disclosed confidential information he had learned from his interviews with the special counsel.

Separately, legal experts said Trump's legal team may have committed witness tampering if it discussed a possible presidential pardon for Manafort in exchange for his feeding information. Giuliani has continuously said the president hasn't ruled out pardoning his former campaign head.

The possible illegality of the exchanges comes down to whether there was a dubious intent.

"If the whole purpose was to undermine the Mueller investigation and that was proven in some way, then that would be a violation of law," Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in Illinois, told the New York Daily News.

Such intent is hard to prove, Mariotti said, particularly since both sides would likely be hard pressed to testify against the other.

But experts agreed it's legally possible for Mueller to subpoena Giuliani or Manafort attorney Kevin Downing to dig into what was discussed.

A spokesman for the special counsel declined to comment.

'I saw this conduct in Mafia cases'

Beyond possible illegality, the defense agreement is ethically dubious and likely not valid, according to Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York.

"I saw this conduct in Mafia cases," Rocah tweeted. "At a minimum, it's unethical and not normal."

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"The Guam Daily Post" featured Richard Shadick, director of the counseling center and adjunct professor of psychology at Pace University in "Think about the best treatment for depression"

10/10/2018

"The Guam Daily Post" featured Richard Shadick, director of the counseling center and adjunct professor of psychology at Pace University in "Think about the best treatment for depression"

The Food and Drug Administration had the following black box warning in 2005.

"Antidepressants increased the risk compare to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies of major depressive disorder and other psychiatric disorders. Carefully weigh the risks and benefits before starting treatment."

The black box warning was for all selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, etc.

This essay was catalyzed by the unexpected suicide of and revelations of chronic depression in Robin Williams, an extremely talented and animated actor and comedian. He was open about his history of treatment for cocaine addiction and alcoholism for the past 25 years or so.

I would like to enlighten readers to the dysfunctional and greed-oriented relationship between the FDA and large pharmaceutical companies known as Big Pharma, specifically Eli Lilly and GlaxoSmithKline. I also would like to discuss how depression is being mistreated by the medical community.

The new edition of the black box warning states: “WARNINGS: Clinical Worsening and Suicide Risk.” It also refers to adults. It warns about “anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akithisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania,” in regards to the SSRIs.

To get an idea of how the FDA is so eager to protect drug companies, it failed to require them to mention the proven lack of efficacy of these drugs – SSRIs – in treating depression.

In the book “Talking Back to Prozac,” Dr. Peter Breggin pointed out that Prozac was approved under the first Bush administration. He wrote, "George Bush had been a member of the board of directors of Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Prozac.” Breggin noted, “Vice President Dan Quayle was from Indiana, the home state and international headquarters for Eli Lilly. At the time the FDA was approving Prozac, Quayle employed former Eli Lilly personnel on his own staff." The doctor also noted that Quayle had leverage over the FDA as the chair of a special committee that was investigating Eli Lilly’s operations.

Do your own research with this question in mind: How does the medical community, psychiatry specifically, and the neuro-psycho-pharmaceutical industrial complex deal with the mounting evidence that antidepressants are not only dangerous but also useless for adults and children?

Do your homework to discover the following most efficient treatments of depression. After anxiety and stress, depression is the most common mental health disorder.

Talking is the best treatment for depression. It includes various psychological talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, group and psychodynamic therapy, and psychotherapy.

According to Richard Shadick, director of the counseling center and adjunct professor of psychology at Pace University in New York City, states the research overwhelmingly asserts, “Psychotherapy, with or without medication, is the best way to treat depression.” Shadick added, "Exercise, if done correctly, is one of the most promising natural treatments for depression. It elevates mood quickly and reliably."

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