Judge Sandra Townes' Wrongful Decisions

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Townes declined to have me arrested for perjury because the federal government would have been forced to provide me with an attorney and my FBI files. But Townes termed me “contumacious.”

[Policing Wall Street]

Judge Sandra Townes is a federal district court judge in the Eastern District of New York. 

Judge Townes brings to mind President Hugo Chavez’s famous comment about President George W Bush, that there was a smell of sulfur on the podium at the United Nations after Bush spoke.  And it was President Bush, who appointed Townes to the federal bench.

So too with Judge Townes does a fetid odor linger over her decisions in my case.

In 2008 I sued in federal district court, in the Eastern District of New York, to obtain my government files. Now it is not that I suddenly decided out of the clear blue sky that I wanted my FBI files.  I had been wired by the FBI in order to assist the bureau in an investigation of corruption including stock fraud, money laundering, and drug smuggling on Wall Street.  The government refused to release my files to me so hence my legal action.

The case was assigned to Judge Townes.  And on December 3, 2009 Judge Townes published her decision, 08-CV-1678(SLT)(LB), 2009 U. S. Dist. LEXIS 112491, Edward Manfredonia, Plaintiff against Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defendants.

I wanted my FBI files to prove that the FBI had determined that prominent specialists and members of the Board of the American Stock Exchange were involved in stock fraud, money laundering and narcotics smuggling and that the Department of Justice had refused to indict these law-breakers because of political pressure from Wall Street.

When I first filed the lawsuit in federal court to obtain copies of my government files, Townes dismissed my lawsuit and ridiculed me in her Memorandum and Order, which dismissed the case stating:  “In the instant complaint, plaintiff’s allegations regarding wrongdoing on Wall Street in the 1990’s, is frivolous because the allegations are incredible.”

Townes continued:  “To the extent that plaintiff seeks to have this Court instigate an investigation into alleged criminal activity that occurred on Wall Street during the 1990’s, his complaint is dismissed as frivolous as the facts he alleges are wholly incredible.” 

But Rules of Federal Procedure permit an amended complaint to be re-filed.

Of course I took umbrage with Townes characterization of my lawsuit as frivolous and my allegations as incredible, so in my amended complaint I replied:  “If Judge Townes believes that Plaintiff has committed perjury, Judge Townes has no recourse but to have Plaintiff arrested for perjury.”

Townes declined to have me arrested for perjury because the federal government would have been forced to provide me with an attorney and my FBI files.  But Townes termed me “contumacious.”  This was probably because I discussed how my Uncle Joseph Lomuscio bribed a federal judge so that he would not be sentenced to federal prison and instead was given probation. 

In 1963 my Uncle Joe was involved in one of the biggest fraud on Wall Street up to that time-- The Great Salad Oil Swindle.  My uncle signed warehouse receipts for soybean oil, which was supposedly stored in oil storage tanks in New Jersey.  The soybean oil was nonexistent.  Ira Haupt, then the fourth largest firm on Wall Street, was put out of business because of this fraud.

The reason I mentioned my Uncle Joe was because I wished to prove to Townes that the federal courts are corrupt.

Townes even went so far in her original decision to state that I had provided an altered and illegible copy of the document to prove that I was wired by the FBI- a document that was provided to me by the FBI in 1995.  So in my amended complaint I told Townes to have me arrested for altering a government document- if she really believed that I had done so.

In her current decision, dated December 3, 2009, Townes stated:  “[Plaintiff] invites the Court to have him arrested for committing perjury since the Court found that plaintiff’s allegations were insufficient to state cognizable claims.”  But that is not what I said.  In her original decision Townes used terms, such as delusional, fantastic and incredible to describe my charge of a cover up of narcotics smuggling, money laundering and stock fraud on Wall Street- and that is why in my amended complaint I invited Townes to have me arrested.  For if I lied, I could be charged with perjury.  Thus Townes lied about the reason for my request to have me arrested.

A United States District Court Judge answers to no one, so Townes could lie with impunity- and Townes did just that.

The reader can readily see that whenever Townes accused me of lying under oath (perjury) or providing false documents to the Court, I told Townes to have me arrested.  For if Townes were to have me arrested for perjury or altering a government document, the government would be required to provide me with an attorney and copies of my complete FBI files.

Now you must understand that there are two main types of lies:  Lies of Commission and Lies of Omission.  A lie of commission is when someone knowingly gives false testimony.  A lie of omission is when someone, in this instance a federal judge, omits important information.  So it is with Judge Townes in her decision,    
I have stated that in 1993 I was wired by the FBI.  The Assistant United States Attorney, who signed the FBI wire order to assist with the investigation into crime on Wall Street, was AUSA Frances Fragos, better known as Frances Fragos Townsend.  Later she became President George W Bush’s advisor on Homeland Security. 

The FBI Special Agent, who placed the wire on me, was Joseph Yastremski, a graduate of Columbia University and a former employee of Salomon Brothers.  The fact that I was wired by the FBI has been conceded by the United States Attorney, who represented the government in its bid to deny me access to my FBI files.  The U S Attorney stated in his court filings that I must be denied access to my FBI files, because I did not follow the proper procedures- but he provided me with a clearer copy of what I have termed “my FBI wire order.”

My contacts with the FBI were made possible by Andre Cicero, who was employed at the American Stock Exchange and afterwards became an FBI Agent.  I knew Cicero well from the Amex.  Cicero knows that I do not lie and that there was major corruption at the American Stock Exchange.

Furthermore I was told by Fragos that Arthur Levitt, then Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission and prior to that Chairman of the American Stock Exchange, had ordered the SEC not to investigate my charges of violations of federal securities laws at the American Stock Exchange.  Levitt’s raison d etre was that he did not wish it to be known that numerous violations of federal law had been committed during his reign at the American Stock Exchange. 
Now Townes in her infinite wisdom, sort of like Athena the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, mocks me in her decision.  Townes never once mentions that I and my fight to expose crime at the Amex were the subject of a 12 page cover story, “Scandal On Wall Street,” in the 26 April 1999 issue of BusinessWeek.  Even more importantly Townes in fact does not state that, even as the reluctant United States Attorney concedes, the FBI did place a wire on my person.  I was credible for the FBI, but apparently not for Townes.

Townes in her decision treats the litany of alleged crimes at the Amex as surreal- but even then she does not get them straight. 

Beginning in 1991 I had reported these alleged sexual assaults by Robert VanCaneghan against his female clerks to members of the Board of the American Stock Exchange, including Paul Volcker, Burton Malkiel, Richard Ravitch, Joel Lovett, James Jones, etc., in numerous letters.

On September 13, 1993 I met Jeff Green, an Amex market maker who later pleaded guilty to insider trading in Motel 6, in the Blimpie’s which was located on Trinity Place.  Green told me that Robert VanCaneghan, a member of the Board of the American Stock Exchange and a former managing director of Bear Stearns, had admitted to members of the Board including most notably Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Joel Lovett, Vice Chairman of the American Stock Exchange, that he --VanCaneghan-- had sexually assaulted his female employees. 

I immediately notified Fragos of VanCaneghan’s reported admission to members of the Board.  Fragos told me that VanCaneghan would go to prison.  Fragos believed me because she had been informed independently of VanCaneghan’s sexual predations.  But more of this in a later article.

Additionally Judge Townes in her infinite wisdom and her even greater infinite hubris never once mentioned the fact that the FBI had determined that Miceli and VanCaneghan were laundering drug money from the Cayman Islands via the account of their Amex specialist firm, Miceli-VanCaneghan.  Instead Judge Townes wants to convey the impression that I engage in lunacy.

Nor did Townes in her ruling ever mention that the FBI had determined that Miceli had smuggled cocaine aboard his boat, The Jaded Lady, from the Bahamas. 
Now there may be solid legal reasons for refusing to order the FBI to grant me access to my files- such as not having initiated the lawsuit in a timely manner after the FBI, SEC and DOJ ignored my requests to grant me access to my files, but Townes was not happy with stating the facts- just with magnifying her own exalted position. 

And Townes used her exalted status as a federal judge to ridicule me because I do not believe in genuflecting to her supreme power in the courtroom. 

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