Herman Cain “Serial Sexual Harasser”: Tell The Truth or Go Home

Is it me or has Attorney Gloria Allred become today’s version of “The Gong Show”? She shows up and, even Tiger Woods pays big money for her to go away.

It’s time, Mr. Cain, to tell the truth or go home.

Really, I think that we’ve all had enough of Herman Cain’s denials, truth dodging and frankly his hubris. And, given Mr. Cain’s recent attempts to limit the media’s questions to his 9-9-9 plan, his displays of anger when questioned about allegations of sexual harassment and now, his attempts to intimidate the media by insinuating a breach of the “journalistic code of ethics”, is appalling conduct coming from a candidate seeking the Presidency of the United States. Not to mention, a long-time corporate CEO and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank.

So, is it is a leap of faith for us to believe that Mr. Cain would act inappropriately with women?  So far, we know of 4 women. Likely, there will be more.

Apparently, Herman Cain has gotten his way for a long time and he clearly has no patience when questioned. And, clearly, no patience for the truth either. Hardly, the qualities we are looking for in a leader.

When the truth is knocking, you must answer the door.

Simply my opinion, what say you?


Herman Cain & Sexual Harassment Claims: Smear Campaign or Truth Dodger?

US Presidential candidate, Herman Cain, has had a difficult time with the truth in the last 24 hours. At first, he denied any sexual harassment claims and now he admits to one of the claims. But, he dismisses it as an “agreement” or a “separation agreement”  not a “legal settlement” and is adamant he was “falsely accused”. Really, there were two monetary settlements and two women lost their jobs.

Battling with the truth doesn’t go well on the witness stand or in politics. You’d think Herman Cain would have learned the lessons of Bill Clinton or Anthony Weiner. Instead, he tries to do what some witnesses do everyday on the witness stand. Run from the truth by denial. Argue the semantics (“agreement” vs. “settlement”). Blame the victims (“it happened over 12 years ago, why are they bringing this up now?”). And, even portray themselves as a victim (“It’s a “smear campaign”).  But, ask any lawyer or juror, the results are always the same. It’s over for the witness. Their credibility is damaged.

And, just like any witness, the more Mr. Cain talks the more he buries himself. As reported today on HLN, he says the claims were “ridiculous”, yet he can’t remember the specific facts. He claims he was “falsely accused”, an event we’d all remember, he even told his wife at the time, yet when asked, Mr. Cain didn’t “recall” or he was “unaware” of any claim of sexual harassment. And, now claims, he “didn’t have time to think”.

I have no doubt that as more facts come out Mr. Cain will continue to stumble with the truth. It’s never a good strategy to run from the truth.

Next up, I wonder how “Mr. Mainstreet” will explain his service as “Mr. Chairman” of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank from 1992-1994.

Thanks to HLN’s Robin Meade for showing us all how to get to the truth.

Simply my opinion, what say you?


Obama’s Best Strategy for 2012 Election: Throw Wall Street in Jail

If Obama wants to get re-elected in 2012, he may want to tap into the anger of the American people. With the current economic and political headwinds, I don’t think “hope”, a good stump speech, his accomplishments, or even a Jobs Bill is enough for re-election. The American public is angry and they want Wall Street held accountable. They want justice. Just ask anyone at Occupy Wall Street or even a co-worker.

If this is just about votes, I am no politician, but as a trial lawyer, I do know how to get people’s (jurors) votes. Move them emotionally or tap into their emotions.

Why is the American public mad at Wall Street?

Take your pick. The mortgage meltdown. Engaging in illegal robo-signing. Selling bad mortgages to unknowing pension funds. Hoarding millions if not trillions while failing to lend money or credit. Failing to “modify” mortgages. Taking millions of people’s homes through “questionable” foreclosures. Credit default swaps. Taking huge bonuses after being bailed out by the American taxpayer. Losing trillions in the stock market & retirement funds. Selling securities while betting against them. And, the list goes on.

Why has no one responsible gone to jail? At some point, doesn’t this become a failure to prosecute?

Yes, getting millions in fines in the recent Wall Street settlements is a good start but when you have millions or trillions in cash reserves, do they just pay as they go, simply the cost of doing business? How is that a deterrent? Nothing will chill bad behavior faster than putting a few responsible parties in prison, I should know, I am a former prosecutor.

Undoubtedly, Obama will get push back from his legal counsel and campaign advisors who may say it’s a futile or dangerous move because Wall Street’s team of lawyers will out spend, out delay and out paper any US prosecutor and a conviction is never guaranteed. Or, prosecution would be too complex and we don’t have the resources or the know-how to understand the financial shenanigans. Really? I have no doubt there will be many “financial experts” who would be happy to train or explain, probably pro-bono, just to clean up their profession.

Besides, my money is on the jury. They will likely be outraged when they learn what has happened. Frankly, is there a juror out there who would vote for a Wall Street defendant when the evidence points to their guilt? “No deals, let the jury decide”, as we used to say around the office.

Maybe, President Obama is right and the Jobs Bill will turn the economy around, but I’m not holding my breath and neither are the Republicans. Obama faces more than an economic headwind or the Republican Party, he faces an angry American public that demands that Wall Street be held accountable.

Obama’s best strategy for re-election in 2012 is get on board with the American people and do the right thing, enforce the law, regardless of the outcome. The American people want justice and we have hundreds of US prosecutors whose job it is to do justice. This simply isn’t about getting votes anymore or even re-election. It’s about doing what’s right.

Simply my opinion, what say you?