A former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, now at the center of a political uproar for exchanging private messages that appeared to mock President Donald Trump, changed a key phrase in former FBI Director James Comey's description of how former secretary of state Hillary Clinton handled classified information, according to US officials familiar with the matter.
The shift from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless," which may appear pedestrian at first glance, reflected a decision by the FBI that could have had potentially significant legal implications, as the federal law governing the mishandling of classified material establishes criminal penalties for "gross negligence." Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, raised questions over why the change was made after receiving documents from the FBI last month, but the identity of who was behind the edit has not been reported until now.to court for some big bucks for showing too much of her skin, the reality show contestant’s case has been left in its own birthday suit.A New York State Supreme Court judge has granted the defendants’ motion for dismissal against the former model (read it here).Last fall, the defendants did admit an editing error led to the one-second “inadvertent” exposure of the 28-year-old’s vagina and anus to viewers during the July 31 broadcast of the racy series’ third episode.However, they also said agreements with Nizewitz made before filming started rendered the mistake essentially a non-event — despite her insistence she had verbal assurances that everything in a beach-wrestling scene would be blurred out. Nizewitz signed expressly disdain reliance on any oral representations and otherwise preclude the existence of an oral contract since they provide that modifications may only be made in writing, signed by both parties,” said the defendants’ filing. Matthew Blit of the NYC offices of Levine & Blit, PLLC represented Nizewitz.Elizabeth Mc Namara of NYC firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Edward H.Rosenthal of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Seltz PC represented defendants Viacom and producers Lighthearted and Firelight.I actually begin trial preparation and independent investigation while a case is still in the pretrial negotiation phase, because this maximizes the chances for a dismissal and ensures that my team is ready if a trial is necessary.The information I gather during pretrial investigation often means that I know more about the case than the prosecutor.The defense attorney, alleged victim, or judge may seek to influence the decision, but it is ultimately the prosecutor that decides on dismissal.The prosecutor’s decision may be influenced by the nature of the allegations, the quality of the State’s evidence, the existence of contrary evidence, the availability of key witnesses, the persuasiveness of any potential defenses or justifications, and any mitigating circumstances impacting the defendant.