Monday, April 11, 2016

Epps sentencing delayed, Cecil wants to fight. $800 million?

Defendants Cecil McCrory and Chris Epps showed up in U.S. District Court this morning for sentencing in the MDOC scandal.  However, McCrory told the court he wants to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial.  The court delayed Epps' sentencing until July 18.  Mr. McCrory was scheduled to be sentenced on June 9. 

Prosecutors said they discovered Epps cost the state more than $800 million in illegal contracts.  They previously estimated the amount to be $300 million.  Prosecutors said they were reviewing the case and want to subpoena 16 contractors (Are Reddix and Jenkins puckering?). Epps faces a prison term of 23 years or less and can be fined up to $750,000.  Needless to say, the attorneys for Epps and McCrory were not too happy with the claim that Epps directed $800 million in contracts in his pay to play scheme. Colette argued the damages were the $1.4 million that Epps received in bribes while McCrory attorney Carlos Tanner called the claim "outrageous". 


26 comments:

Anonymous said...

It really don't matter as they both will not have to pay. McCrory has been crooked so long that he thinks he is allowed that privilege.

Anonymous said...

McCrory Defense: I'm not as big a crook as you say I am.

The corollary to that is: I can't even get crook right.

Anonymous said...

McCrory may not have a lot of litigation risk vs. a guilty plea with a govt. recommendation at his age. take that aspect away, however, and he is making a very foolish decision to go to trial.

Anonymous said...

Would like to see Mr Epps campaign donations over the years. We will never know the thousands of dollars that were handed over in brown paper bags. This whole scam may be higher than Mr Epps.

Anonymous said...

Legal question??

If McCrory delays sentencing by deciding to go to trial, won't this just give him more time at home until the trial?

Can he reverse his plea reversal again and plead guilty right before trial?

Anonymous said...

The damages to the state are the amount of the bribe?

I thought the bribe paid to the person(s)steering or rigging the contract was somewhat like a unearned commission, being some percentage of the contract being steered to the bribe payer.

What utter bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Are they in jail now? Seems the judge could have sentenced them to something pending a final review.

Anonymous said...

No judge is going to lock them up unless forced to. Does anyone really think these were the only two involved?

Anonymous said...

Epps was not an elected official and had no "campaign donations". dubmass, pay attention.

Anonymous said...

5:40, The comment at 2:48 is talking about which politicians Epps was giving money to disguised as campaign donations when in reality the money given for other reasons.I agree.This could be a very long list, especially at the local county level, in an attempt to get access to the county jail services.

Anonymous said...

Reddix? How long will it take he had to be deeply involved with Epps, Martin, and SIMMONS....... But who is Jenkins?

Billion With A B said...

For all of you people still schmoozing over Epps being an affable, lovable, kind and benevolent human Bean who was a pleasure to be associated with....we are now talking almost a Billion Damned Dollars. Y'all make me sick. Like the mommas who say, "My boy might rob yo ass but he ain't gone shoot yo ass. He a good boy."

Anonymous said...

Jenkins is Harvey Johnson's slimy college roommate. He came here from Atlanta and mopped up with all the black minority stuff. His first name is Andrew. He has been sucking off the Jackson teat for YEARS simply because he is black. I hope they focus on that slimy SOB.

Anonymous said...

"Billion With A B said...
For all of you people still schmoozing over Epps being an affable, lovable, kind and benevolent human Bean who was a pleasure to be associated with....we are now talking almost a Billion Damned Dollars. Y'all make me sick. Like the mommas who say, "My boy might rob yo ass but he ain't gone shoot yo ass. He a good boy.""
April 11, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Who are "all of you people still schmoozing over Epps being an affable..."? Who, on this thread has said anything like what you describe? Are THE VOICES (the ones in your head) saying these things? I don't see any Epps supporters here.

And you are using the word 'schmoozing' incorrectly. It's a Yiddish word, and the definition can be looked-up, online.

Anonymous said...

It seem to me, most of the 99% of the people who have responded to this story about Epps & McCrory, really don't know the facts, Y'all are shooting off the hip and mouths from what y'all have read or been told by the TV stations.
Now here is a question for y'all;;;; If your boss came to you, or you had a contract with a company, and the person; (your boss) said if you want to keep your job or contract, but it is going to cost you "X" number of dollars a month, or you will be without a job or a contract; What would you do????
There about 15 to 20 more people involved in this, why have they not been brought in? Let's face the facts; Epps was extorting all these people, as I am sure the fact will come out.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't Jim Hood catch these guy? Why does it take the Feds to do the hard stuff? So many questions.

Anonymous said...

>>There about 15 to 20 more people involved in this, why have they not been brought in?<<

Because Stacey's RV won't fit but about 12 fatcats?

Anonymous said...

>>There about 15 to 20 more people involved in this, why have they not been brought in?<<

Our judges would have also accepted "Because they are all Democrats"

Billion With a B said...

7:42 - The entire population doesn't read this blog or post to it. There are many out there, particularly current and former DOC employees who literally think the man walks on water. They'll never really believe he's a crook and a traitor and a man who conned and hurt them. And the few who believe it quickly came to his rescue and claimed 'he still a good boy'.

Anonymous said...

Plenty of doc employees knew about Epps for years but no one could do anything about it. So when is the FBI going to get the other employees that are part of this mess?

Anonymous said...

The FBI does not really even want the two they have right now. McCrory has already been trying to trade the names for his own release. He has already given several names. Just give the people a little time to forget about it, and they will forget very soon. The two they have will be forgiven.

Anonymous said...

How does former Chairman Malone get a pass on this? He was charging the House such high travel expenses for keeping an eye on MDOC.

Shakedown said...

Didn't Malone resign within a month of this shit hitting the fan?

Naw Judge, Yuck said...

The two should have been tried separately to begin with. Then we wouldn't have this charade. And McRory's attorney should be admonished for perpetrating this charade on the court when he could have withdrawn the plea without all this drama and expense. Surprised the judge did not react to this circus.

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed that none of the for-profit prison operators to date have been cited as providing the bribes. Compared to those contracts ($800 million?) the others are pissant. For instance, Cornell Companies/Corrections, was bribing people for years (i.e. Leonidas Young), making illegal campaign contributions (Tom DeLay), but never was prosecuted. They were running Walnut Grove like it was a gulag. They even were illegally getting paid millions in school lunch money from the Department of Agriculture (because most of the meals charged were for prisoners too old to qualify). GEO continued these practices. McCrory has admitted he was paid millions for his dubious services, but we don't know how much the operators paid.

Anonymous said...

This is such a mess. The current commissioner has all of Epps people running the agency. Nothing has changed. Its still "business as usual" Chris Epps style.

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