As soon as a date is agreed upon, former Union officials – at least one of whom is supposed to be a qualified lawyer – will assemble to hear the case.The dates on which the hearings will occur will be decided by the SDC members themselves, but constitutionally must take place within 28 days of the official summons.The decision to appoint two unelected members is reportedly highly likely to be struck down, with Hawa and Joel to then be removed from the Standing Committee, according to numerous sources within the Union.Allegedly, Zabilowicz is unlikely to face further disciplinary proceedings himself as it will be near impossible to prove that any rule breach was committed intentionally.Under the terms of the Union rules, the SDC can then elect to expand the scope of their inquiry to consider any other possible rule breach, an option that Cherwell understands is a distinct possibility.The Union rulebook states further that any accused party and any member of Standing Committee holds the right to appear before the SDC and present evidence, that no person is required to give evidence that might incriminate themselves, and that no person can be convicted unless “the Committee is satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt”.Oxford Union president Chris Zabilowicz said in a statement to Cherwell: “I appreciate the efforts of the Cherwell Editors to amend the significant number of errors in their lead article dated Friday 20th October.“As their now amended article highlights, a Senior Disciplinary Committee will be convened simply to consider a ruling I made in Trinity 2017, and has no bearing on my position as President.“I hope, now, the focus can return to fulfilling the potential this term at the Oxford Union has to be a positive and engaging one.”An earlier version of this article published in Cherwell’s print edition (20/10/17) wrongly suggested that Oxford Union President Chris Zabilowicz was under investigation for “electoral malpractice”, that he was currently the defendant in this investigation, that he had “placed” the unelected officers onto the Union’s Standing Committee, and that he could be impeached directly as a result of the process. Cherwell would like to clarify that Zabilowicz is not as yet a defendant in the case, is not facing allegations of “electoral malpractice”, cannot face impeachment directly as a result of the process, and that the two unelected members of the committee were appointed by its existing members. We apologise for any confusion or upset caused. A formal investigation has been launched into the allegedly illegitimate decision by Oxford Union President Chris Zabilowicz to expand the Union’s Standing Committee.A Senior Disciplinary Committee (SDC) – the Union’s second-highest disciplinary body – is to be convened within the next several weeks to investigate claims that Zabilowicz breached Union rules by allowing two unelected members to be appointed to senior committee positions.Due to changes brought in under the presidency of Michael Li, the Standing Committee was set to increase from five to seven members, with an amendment stipulating that the new rule would take effect following the Michaelmas Term 2017 elections.After becoming President, Zabilowicz passed an interpretative ruling bringing forward the expansion to the close of Trinity term, which allowed Kaleem Hawa and Grace Joel to be appointed to the committee, the latter of whom had previously failed in her attempt to be elected.In an official notice issued at the time justifying the decision Zabilowicz stated: “Although the second schedule states that the first election affected will be that in Michaelmas Term 2017, it also states that the Rules change shall ‘take effect immediately’… I have therefore decided to issue a binding Ruling that this Rules change is now in effect… There should now be seven Elected members of the Standing Committee.”A subsequent notice calling for applicants for the position was displayed on the Union board during 9th Week of Trinity for four days, before an Emergency Committee Meeting lasting just six minutes on 26 June saw Hawa and Joel appointed to the Committee by its existing members, including Zabilowicz and other senior officers.Cherwell spoke to several influential figures within the Union who claimed that a process is now underway to assemble those eligible to sit on the SDC which will scrutinise Zabilowicz’s ruling.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Joshua BarleyA Garden City teenager has been accused of threatening to kill his school principal in a message found written in a classroom.Nassau County police arrested Joshua Barley and charged him with making a terroristic threat, a felony.Police said the 18-year-old wrote on the blackboard in his classroom at the Rosemary Kennedy BOCES School on North Jerusalem Road that he wanted to “assassinate the principal and take over the school” at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.A witness notified the principal who then called police.Barley will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.
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Andrew Cuomo’s meddling with his corruption commission may have broken four New York statutes—and the lack of statewide response so far is “shocking,” claimed Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who is running for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary on a ticket with Zephyr Teachout for governor.In a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, Wu said that recent reporting in The New York Times about how Cuomo “hobbled” the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption revealed signs of criminal solicitation of official misconduct, conspiracy to perform official misconduct, obstructing governmental administration and hindering prosecution.“The New York Times story has enough facts to make it clear that we have issues of solicitation of official misconduct,” Wu said. “But the fact that we haven’t seen any of the people who are actually in power in state government talking about this is, to my mind, shocking.”Calling the contrast “stark,” he compared the reaction of New York to New Jersey, where the appearance of emails linking Gov. Chris Christie’s staff to the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal immediately sparked a slew of investigations involving the state legislature, district attorneys and the U.S. attorney’s office.“If you imagine that President Obama had been caught messing with something like this, we’d probably be hearing about it for the next 10 years,” Wu said with a laugh.From the reporting he’s seen, Wu said that the actions of the governor’s staff calling for “subpoenas to be pulled back” by the ethics panel was “colorably a criminal solicitation of official misconduct” and when the deputized commission members agreed to act—such as deleting the campaign donors’ names out of the final report—then “it’s a conspiracy to perform official misconduct.”When asked if Cuomo had done anything actionable, Wu said, “I didn’t accuse the governor himself because I haven’t seen any evidence that he himself did these…But you don’t know what a subpoena or a grand jury investigation might find.”So far only U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan has continued his investigation into where the Moreland Commission left off after Cuomo disbanded the ethics panel in March, nine months into its 18-month tenure. Considering the commission had 25 members who, like Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, were current and former prosecutors of both parties, Wu said it was “surprising” that he hadn’t heard of “any rumblings” of further investigations, despite the “clear potential violation” of state law.“You notice they took out the names of the actual donors and allies from some of the reports,” said Wu, who teaches state law. He likened their removal to someone calling up an official to “fix this ticket of my cousin’s” and even if the official declines to act “it’s still a crime,” Wu asserted. “The solicitation to bend the prosecution in favor of [Cuomo’s] allies and donors is itself criminal solicitation under Section 100 of New York penal law. That’s what I’m talking about.”Both “determined anti-corruption activists with a track record in that regard,” as Wu put it, he and Teachout say they differ sharply from what they have called the business-as-usual “old boy” network in New York.“Very clearly, Zephyr and I are not Albany insiders,” said Wu. “We represent a different type of government.” And to illustrate that point further, he said, he would break with tradition if they win the Democratic primary against Cuomo and his lieutenant governor candidate, Kathy Hochul.“At this time in the state’s history we have such a problem with concentrated power that is unchecked that we need more independent statewide checks and balances,” Wu said. “And we envision that the lieutenant governor position should also play that role.”Teachout, a Fordham constitutional law professor, spelled out how she and Wu differ from Cuomo’s Republican opponents, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss, who have also criticized the governor for meddling with the Moreland Commission.“We are traditional Democrats with 21st Century ideas,” said Teachout. “The big difference with Rob Astorino is that we believe in government itself. We believe in the important role of funding schools and funding basic social services. And we believe that in order to combat the corruption that is the root of Albany politics right now we have to change the way that campaigns are funded. Rob Astorino has not proposed that he would support public funding of elections.”In their campaign, Teachout and Wu have asserted that Cuomo’s interference with the corruption commission demonstrates the “disease” that plagues the state’s democracy when politicians defer to their biggest campaign donors. Teachout and Wu say the remedy is significant campaign finance law reform.Teachout says that she and Wu would “work for the public, not big ticket donors,” which would go a long way toward restoring ethics in New York.On Thursday, the Times reported that Bharara, in a letter, warned that his office may look into possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering violations related to public statements made by former commissioners defending the governor. The statements went out the same day Cuomo finally addressed the report.
Facebook Twitter Google+ FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In between James Southerland’s heroics from beyond the arc and Michael Carter-Williams’ brilliant ascension to topline point guard, Brandon Triche has been Syracuse’s reliable leader.Triche is the key to the Orange’s success. He’s the glue to the offense and has the ability to step up in big situations. Triche is a senior and has the experience to take over, and he knows when he needs to do that. He scored 10 straight points, making two huge 3-pointers on Friday against Arkansas that the Orange desperately needed in order to maintain its lead in an eventual 91-82 victory.On a night when Southerland scored 35 points and hit nine 3s, Triche’s two from deep stood out.“I thought the big key was Brandon as a 35 percent career 3-point shooter and he was I think 2-for-20 probably I think going into those two that he made,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s got to make those shots for us to be effective. He’s got to be able to step up and do that.”Against Arkansas on Friday, Triche showed how much the Orange depends on him. Because in situations where Syracuse needs to score, Triche comes through. The Razorbacks kept it close for much of the game, and even though Southerland was effortlessly knocking down 3-pointers, the game was still a fight pretty much until the very end.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd playing to the end against a press like Arkansas’ is a challenge mentally and physically. Triche played a total of 31 minutes and never seemed to lose energy in a game Boeheim said his players had to keep their energy level up.“It’s tough, it’s physical. It’s a physical game.” Boeheim said. “But if you can’t play in those situations where you’re tired then you’re not going to make it. There’s no such thing as being tired in a game like that. You’ve got to keep playing.”And Triche did.Almost eight minutes into the second half, Arkansas pulled to within five. The Razorbacks were threatening as their fans grew louder and louder. Southerland was on the bench because of foul trouble. So keeping Arkansas at bay meant Triche needed to take over.And he did.He first stole the ball from Razorbacks guard Rashad Madden and raced up the court to convert the fast-break layup that put Syracuse up 61-54. Then Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell made a layup that brought the Razorbacks to within five again.Triche responded with a 3-pointer. And then 22 seconds later, he hit another one from the top of the key. After a timeout, Arkansas’ Rickey Scott missed a jumper from the right corner and the Orange grabbed the rebound. Triche hit a fast-break jumper to put Syracuse up 13.“I knocked down a few shots,” Triche said. “It gave me a little bit of energy.”That’s how Syracuse broke the Razorbacks’ smothering full-court press. The Orange upped its own defensive intensity and got out in transition. Triche took the lead.It was an 8-2 run in a span of 2:28 that Triche dominated. A stretch where Syracuse needed him the most with Arkansas closing in.“He needs to do that. He needs to do that more,” Boeheim said. “Brandon needs to take the ball in those situations.”Triche has been hot and cold from the field, and he admitted as much after the game on Friday. He said Southerland is making up for both his and Trevor Cooney’s poor shooting so far this season.But Triche is still averaging a team-leading 15.6 points per game. He’s also played more minutes than anyone else on the team. He’s accepted his role of shooting guard with the starting point guard job going to the sophomore Michael Carter-Williams.At both ends of the floor, he’s capable of doing damage. Aside from his 17 points on offense against Arkansas, he had four steals on defense.Coming into the season, Triche was expected to take on a leadership role after Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph graduated. Triche is the most experienced player on the floor for Syracuse, and he’s taken on his role perfectly.“Just us being seniors, me, trying to help the team as much as I can,” Triche said. “Trying to help out there, being one of the leaders.”Chris Iseman is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @chris_iseman. Comments Published on December 3, 2012 at 2:55 am