From the Lake in the Hills Police:
From the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:
JAVARON D. BUCKLEY SENTENCED TO 30 DAYS IN MCHENRY COUNTY JAIL
Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that on August 10, 2022, Javaron D. Buckley, 34, of Mount Prospect was sentenced to 30 days in the McHenry County Jail by the Honorable Judge Tiffany E. Davis.
Buckley, a licensed attorney, pleaded guilty to
- one count of Contributing Liquor to a Minor and
- one count of Renting a Hotel Room for Liquor Consumption by a Minor,
both Class A misdemeanors.
Buckley must report to the jail on Friday, August 19, 2022 to begin serving his jail sentence.
On January 17, 2020, officers from the Woodstock Police Department responded to a call for suspicious activity at the Best Western on 990 Lake Avenue in Woodstock.
Investigative efforts determined that Buckley sent an Uber to pick up an 18-year old girl from her house to bring her to the courthouse.
From the courthouse, Buckley drove her to a liquor store in the area, purchased alcohol, and then took her to the Best Western where he rented a room.
Surveillance video roughly an hour later showed the victim, unable to walk, being led out of the hotel lobby by Buckley.
As part of Buckley’s sentence, convictions entered on both counts, he was placed on conditional discharge for one year, required to pay a fine of $500, plus court costs, and must have no contact with the victim or any members of her family.
This case was investigated by officers of the Woodstock Police Department.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Ashur Y. Youash.
From McHenry Police Chief John Birk:
MCHENRY POLICE DEPARTMENT/ NERCOM EARNS AWARD FOR DISPATCH EXCELLENCE
McHenry, August 11th, 2022 — The McHenry Police Department Dispatch Center, known as North East Regional Communications Center (NERCOM), has been recognized by The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAEDTM) as an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) for Emergency Medical Dispatching.
NERCOM is the 307th Medical ACE in the world.
IAED is the standard-setting organization for emergency dispatch services worldwide.
Accreditation (and subsequent re-accreditation) from the IAED is the highest distinction given to emergency communication centers, certifying that the center is performing at or above the established standards for the industry. Centers who earn ACE status are the embodiment of dispatch done right, and have demonstrated strong local oversight, rigorous quality processes, and a commitment to data-driven continuous improvement.
NERCOM, currently dispatches for 16 different agencies.
During the 2021 calendar year, NERCOM answered approximately 41,445 Emergency 911 calls and approximately 79,842 non-emergency administrative calls.
With 22 highly trained full-time telecommunicators, along with the Center’s Supervisor, Jenny Synek, NERCOM operates as one of the area’s largest centers, providing professional dispatch services.
McHenry Police Department Chief, John Birk, said,
“We are thrilled to receive this award, it supports our organizational value of “service” to others through excellence in emergency medical dispatching.”
“Accreditation is truly a pinnacle achievement”, said Christof Chwojka, Accreditation Board Chair at IAED.
“We applaud the dedicated call-takers, dispatchers, and leadership team at the McHenry Police Department / NERCOM for their commitment to quality, and for meeting that high standard that few achieve.
“We know their community can count on these first, first responders to do an outstanding job.”
IAED will present the McHenry Police Department with an Accreditation plaque that commemorates their
achievement. IAED Accreditation is the culmination of a lengthy, arduous process that includes the completion of the 20 Points of Accreditation, a detailed evaluation of performance by industry experts, and a final review and ruling by IAED.
For more than 40 years, the IAED has been the standard-setting organization for emergency dispatch and response services worldwide and is the leading body of emergency dispatch experts. IAED is a member-driven association working to serve the public through the professional development of dispatchers. Accreditation is valid for a three-year period, during which all standards must be upheld.
Running for a spot on Arizona’s Fountain Hills City Council, former Illinois State Representative Allen Skillicorn was out of the money on election night.
In the counting of absentee ballots, however, he has been picking up votes.
Coming from behind on election night, he edged ahead of Cindy Couture after the absentee ballot count was released Friday night.
He was in third place, nineteen votes behind the woman who bested him in the election day count.
Now, Monday night votes show Skillicorn up by twenty-five.
Final unofficial results show Skillicorn leading by 44 votes as of August 10, 2022:
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And he is not the only conservative Republican using absentee ballots to win a race.
In the State of Washington, Epoch Times reports,
Joe Kent, the GOP candidate, trailed Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), who voted to impeach Trump, by thousands of votes soon after the Aug. 2 election.
But as more ballots have been counted, Kent began to gain on Beutler, and on Monday went from 303 votes down to 960 votes up.
Skillicorn started his political career in Illinois when he was elected to the East Dundee City Council.
There he fought tax hikes and red light cameras.
Consider this 1997 15% cut in McHenry County government’s budget:
Compare that with Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s promise to hike property taxes by only 2.5%:
It’s pretty clear from the Kansas abortion referendum results that liberals have been energized by the U.S. Supreme Court decision giving abortion regulation back to state governments.
Now, it appears that the Biden Department of Justice has done the same for conservatives.
Consider the following poll results, found on WIND’s morning email today:”
A quickie Trafalgar/Convention of States poll following Monday’s FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago winter home boosted voter enthusiasm among Republicans and independents, most of which believe the search was politically motivated to punish the 45th president. 76.7 percent of Republican voters believe Trump’s political enemies are behind the FBI raid on Trump’s private home. 53.9 percent of independent voters believe Trump’s political enemies are behind the FBI raid on Trump’s private home. 83.3 percent of Republican voters say the FBI raid on Trump has increased their motivation to vote in the 2022 election. 71.7 percent of independent voters say the FBI raid on Trump has increased their motivation to vote in the 2022 election (Washington Examiner).
From McHenry County:
McHenry County School Summit Brings Schools Together to Discuss Safety
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – With the new school year almost here, the McHenry County Emergency Management Agency brought school districts countywide together to discuss school safety and best crisis response practices.
Representatives from 12 school districts participated in the annual McHenry County School Summit, which was held Aug. 4 at McHenry County College.
The annual summit, which began in 2017, unites school officials with law enforcement and other first responders to ensure that school districts are aware of changes to safety laws and, more importantly, are made aware of the many federal and state resources available to them.
“The School Summit is a great tool to educate school districts about evolving regulations, as well as encourage participants to share their ideas with one another and make their disaster response plans even better,”
Emergency Management Agency Director David Christensen said. “I was very encouraged by the turnout and the receptiveness of the participating schools as they work to enhance their disaster readiness plans.”
School districts are required under state law to develop disaster response plans for each individual school and review them annually.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency identifies 30 different types of disasters that could potentially threaten citizens.
While school safety has focused significantly on the threat of mass shootings and other on-site violence, school emergency plans must also cover other threats, such as fire, severe weather, hazardous material releases and long-term power outages.
Also participating in the School Summit were representatives from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Lake County Emergency Management Agency.
From the Hackmatack Monarch Coalition:
Hackmatack Monarch Coalition Hosts Monarch Fair for Families
The Monarch butterfly population has declined precipitously in recent years. Now Mexico, Canada and the United States are collaborating on a North American strategy to conserve and recover this iconic species.
This July the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) first listed the Monarch butterfly as Endangered.
The Hackmatack Monarch Coalition is holding its 8th Monarch Family Fun Fair at 12:30-4 pm on Sunday, August 14 at Crystal Lake Main Beach Pavilion, 300 Lake Shore Dr, Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Members of the public are invited to migrate to the beach and get in FREE for a family afternoon and learn all about monarchs, with butterfly and pollinator plants information, a monarch art show, science table activities, art activities, a big monarch migration route map and information on how Mexico, Canada and USA are collaborating!
Pollinator plants will be available to purchase from Countryside Flower Shop & Nursery.
Everyone who completes the Monarch Quiz will get a free ice cream token, redeemable at the Crystal Lake Culver’s restaurant.
A Community Band Showcase will fill the afternoon with music at the band shell starting at 1 pm.
Sponsored by Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Crystal Lake Park District featuring activities from numerous conservation, education and arts groups involved in the Hackmatack Monarch Coalition.
Other participating organizations include Citizens Climate Lobby, Conversación de Conservación, Creative Arts Fine Arts School, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, McHenry County Conservation District, Midwest Native Bee Alliance, Small Waters Education, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County’s Conservation@Home and the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee For more info, visit hackmatacknwr.org.
Republicans, in the minority on the Kane County Board for the first time I can remember, came up with a victory this week.
Here’s the summary of the meeting from the Daily Herald:
Kane County Republicans outmaneuvered Democrats on the county board this week to kill a plan that could have created a new county sales tax. The money would have funded state-mandated justice reforms. It’s unclear where that money will come from now. Full Story
From the Lake in the Hills Police:
From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistices:
In July, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers was unchanged, seasonally adjusted, and rose 8.5 percent over the last 12 months, not seasonally adjusted.
The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.3 percent in July (SA); up 5.9 percent over the year (NSA).
From the U.S. Attorney:
Three Chicago-Area Residents Charged With COVID-Relief Fraud
CHICAGO – Three Chicago-area residents have been indicted on federal charges for allegedly fraudulently obtaining more than $2.75 million in small business loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act.
SAMUEL W. JACKSON, DAVID L. SULLIVAN II, and ELIZABETH A. CHERVINKO engaged in fraud related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) – two sources of relief under the CARES Act, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in the Northern District of Illinois. The indictment charges Jackson, 42, of Chicago, with five counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering, while Sullivan, 49, of Naperville, Ill., and Chervinko, 41, of Chicago, are each charged with one count of wire fraud.
Jackson pleaded not guilty Tuesday during his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sunil R. Harjani. Arraignments for Sullivan and Chervinko are set for Aug. 17, 2022, at 1:30 p.m., before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole.
The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI; and Hannibal Ware, Inspector General of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher K. Veatch and Megan Donohue.
Pursuant to the CARES Act, a PPP loan allows the interest and principal to be forgiven if businesses spend a certain amount of the proceeds on essential expenses, such as payroll, rent, and utilities, while the EIDL provides loan assistance or grants to cover working capital and other operating expenses.
According to the indictment, the defendants in the spring and summer of 2020 submitted fraudulent applications and supporting documents to lenders, loan service providers, and the SBA, in their own names and in the names of related corporate entities, including three Montana-based companies – Dream Builder LLC, Ordained Destination LLC, and Ordained Real Estate LLC – and two Illinois-based companies – Top Flight Real Estate LLC and Tips @ 170 Inc. The applications and supporting documents contained materially false representations about the defendants’ companies, including the number of purported employees, revenue and payroll amounts, and other expenses, the indictment states.
The indictment alleges that the defendants defrauded lenders of approximately $2.49 million in PPP loans and defrauded the SBA of approximately $256,500 in EIDL funds. Much of the money was allegedly used for the defendants’ personal benefit, including the purchase of real estate and the lease and purchase of luxury automobiles.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Each wire fraud charge is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, while the maximum penalty for each count of money laundering is ten years. If convicted, the Court must impose reasonable sentences under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
Anyone with information about attempted fraud involving COVID-19 is encouraged to report it to the Department of Justice by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or filing an online complaint at https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.
From Algonquin Township:
|Algonquin Township Board Meeting|
|The Algonquin Township board meeting will be held in person or streaming on Zoom. The Meeting is Wednesday August 10, 2022 at 7:00pm. |
To Watch via Zoom click on the link below.
Algonquin Township is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Algonquin Township Board MeetingTime: Aug 10, 2022 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84197527984
Meeting ID: 841 9752 7984
I don;t see much of interest on the agenda, but the full-on disagreement between the four Trustees and Supervisor Randy Funk might re-assert itself tonight.
Yesterday, McHenry County Blog published the Lakewood Village Board’s discussion when the newly-purchase golf club came up way short on revenue to fulfill the requirements of the Alternative Revenue Bonds issued to buy it.
Jump ahead about twenty years and we find a proposal for “Construct Leaseback Transactions.”
Strangely, the proposal from
- Draper and Kramer
- Gateway Development Partners
- BKV Group
- Stern Brothers & Co., Investment Bankers
- FCL Builders
does not say what project is being addressed.
I think it was a new clubhouse, but I am not certain.
Nevertheless, two pages are relevant to the new RedTail Golf Clubhouse discussions now in progress.
Here they are:
Written by Nancy Thorner:
One Nation Under God Foundation Freedom Night
Freedom Night 2022, sponsored by the One Nation Under God Foundation, was held on Wednesday evening, August 3rd, 2022, at The Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva.
Paul Caprio serves as Executive Director while Reverend Robert Vanden Bosch is Chairman.
Founded in 2002, the One Nation Under God Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization which promotes pastor and voter education and Christian voter registration and turnout.
“Since 2002, the One Nation Under God Foundation has printed and distributed 501 (c)(3) Christian voter guides at churches in Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Ohio and has coordinated church registration efforts in 18 states.”
As Paul Caprio explained in his opening remarks, this was the third Freedom Night event held in Wisconsin.
For many years Freedom night was held in Chicago and featured a boat trip on the Chicago River, but Covid lock downs by Chicago’s mayor and governor necessitated a change in location.
Mr. Caprio then went on to speak about the attack on freedom by the radical left, which Caprio described as America’s brand of Marxism.
Even so, Paul Caprio believes that some progress has been made in the last two years.
The majority of Americans love freedom.
We now have angry parent groups who are angry and who will play a role in taking back the culture from the grassroots up. Paul also expressed how churches and their pastors must become more active.
Introduction of 2022 Honoree, Dr. Carol Swain
Mr. Vince Kolber, Chairman/Principal/Founder of Residual Based Finance Corp., introduced Dr. Carol Swain.
“Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought.”
As stated on Dr. Carol Swain’s website:
“From high school dropout and teenage mother to highly accomplished university professor and public intellectual, Dr. Carol M. Swain is passionate about empowering others to confidently raise their voices in the public square.”
“Dr. Swain is an award winner who has authored or edited 8 books, been cited by the U.S Supreme Court, and received numerous accolades for her work.”
Notable is the book, Black Eye for America: How Critical Race Theory is Burning Down the House, by Carol M. Swain PhD and Christopher J. Schorr PhD, with foreward by Benjamin S. Carson.
In Black Eye for America, the authors expose the true nature of CRT and offer concrete solutions for taking back the country’s stolen institutions by:
- Describing CRT in theory and practice, accounting for its origins and weaponization within American schools and workplaces
- Explaining how this ideology threatens traditional American values and legal doctrines, including civil rights
- Equipping everyday Americans with strategies to help them resist and defeat CRT’s pernicious influence.
Dr. Carol Swain’s electrifying speech
Dr. Carol Swain could be described as one who restores hope to the American dream
Born on March 7, 1954, in Bedford, Virginia, Swain was one of twelve children.
Growing up in poverty, she lived in a shack without running water, sharing two beds with her eleven siblings.
Not having shoes, Swain missed school whenever it snowed and droped out of high school in the ninth grade.
A teen wife at 16 and a mother at 17, Swain had three children by the age of 20.
Although living better than other members of her family, Swain seemed doomed to failure.
Struggling with depression, hospitalization changed Swain’s life and how she saw herself.
A doctor told her that she was intelligent and could do much more with her life.
This encouraged Dr. Swain to earn her GED and to have the confidence to take a job outside her home, where she worked worked as a cashier at McDonald’s, a door-to-door salesperson, and an assistant in a retirement facility.
But it was a Muslim orderly who set in motion Ms. Swain’s decision to try college.
Academic success followed and Swain went on to earn 5 degrees.
As to Swain’s academic career, she received tenure as an associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University (1990-1999). From 1999 to 2017, she taught political science and law at Vanderbilt University, retiring from her post at Vanderbilt in 2017.
Even though academic success came her way, Swain was not happy.
For she did not share the expectation of how a black person should think or act.
Her success also undermined the narrative of the left
A turning point occurred when Swain had a life changing experience, ending with a born again experience.
At this time she was cured from her life long shyness.
It was then that she looked at the party platforms of the Democrat and Republican parties, at which time she left the Democrat Party to become an Independent (2000s-2009).
Later on upon visiting the party platforms once again, Swain found the Republican Party to be the closest to her beliefs.
She became a Republican in 2009 and remains to the present time.
Leaving academia after 28 years to step out on her own, Swain described today’s classroom as that of the world.
What motivates Swain is to see other people gain success.
Truth led Dr. Swain to freedom, and it is truth that will set you free.
Upon finishing her address, Dr. Swain said:
“And with that class, you may ask me questions.”
The commission called for patriotic education and criticized liberals for “left-wing indoctrination in our schools.”
The report was condemned by historians who noted that there were no professional historians of the United States on the commission.
Following Dr. Swain’s remarks, Paul Caprio presented Tom Brejcha, president, founder and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, with the the One Nation Under God Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Music for the evening was provided by Christian vocalist, Ms. Lindsey, Graham, with lovely vocal renditions of God Bless America, God Bless the U.S.A. (Proud to be an American), and an armed forces medley.
Lindsey Graham is a full-time vocalist pursuing God’s call on her life in ministry through music. She is a graduate of Belmont University with a degree in Commercial Vocal Performance, has a Masters in Religion with an emphasis in Worship Studies, and a Doctor in Worship Studies from Liberty University. She enjoys incorporating the flute, penny whistle, and piano in a concert setting in addition to a vocal range of musical styles including Gospel, Classical and Musical Theater. Lindsey loves the Lord, loves His people, and thrives on singing for His glory!
Candidates who attended Freedom Night 2022
- Stephanie Trussell–candidate for Lt governor.
- Al Salvi represented his wife (Kathy) who is running for the U.S. Senate.
- Shannon Teresi–candidate for Illinois comptroller
- Mark Curran–candidate Illinois Supreme Court (District 2) and his primary opponent, John Noverini who has endorsed Curran.
- Regan Deering–candidate for Congress 13th (Congressional District).
- Retiring State Representative Tom Morrison and State Representative Martin McLaughlin.
- Candidates for State Representative–Jed Davis, Michelle Hunter, Jack Vrett
- Benton Howser–candidate for Cook County Commissioner
The Illinois Information Service reports:
“Voter turnout was low for the June primary election in Illinois.
“Just under 22% of registered voters cast a ballot in the June 28th election.
“State Board of Elections spokesperson Matt Dietrich says that’s the second lowest turnout for a primary in Illinois in the last 40 years.
“Dietrich says nearly 52% of those voting were democrats and 46% were republicans. Five Illinois counties offered libertarian ballots for certain offices.
“Dietrich says about 16% of voters opted for mail-in ballots.”
Here are turnout figures from 1976 through 1996:
In June, the turnout was only 19.6%.
Tha almost 2.1 million- person San Bernardino County’s voters will be asked the following question this fall;
“Do the citizens of San Bernardino County want the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to study all options to obtain its fair share of state and federal resources, up to and including secession?”
Although much smaller, McHenry County is also a border county.
Another T-Shirt found at the 2022 Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade:
I’m ahead of Donald Trump.
After my relatively minor knee operation that rendered me pretty much non-ambulatory in the middle of July, I have been sorting through stuff in what appears to be about two dozen boxes going back to the early 1990’s.
Now comes the FBI raiding Trump’s Florida home and office.
I see in The Spectator the following about the raid:
Donald Trump announced Monday night that the FBI had raided his home in Mar-a-Lago. One would assume the bar should be exceedingly high for the Department of Justice to execute a search warrant on a man who was previously the leader of the free world. That would not appear to be the case here. Nor, sadly, is it surprising, given the seemingly endless fishing expedition that Biden and the Democrats have subjected Trump to over the past year and a half.
According to a report from the New York Times, agents supposedly went into Trump’s home in Florida to check whether he had retained or hidden any classified documents from his time at the White House. Thus far, the only evidence provided for this is that he ‘delayed returning’ about 15 boxes of material to the National Archives (the boxes were returned in February). Trump claimed in a statement that he had been working with the government to return all of the required documents.
McHenry County commentator Bill Parrot observed:
fleeting images of body-armored & automatic-weaponized FBI agents encircling the private residence of a former U.S. President ..
eerily reminiscent of banana republic tyranny of a bygone era
perhaps desperation born of abject fear captivating the illegitimate clowns in positions of authority
dreading the inevitable tsunami of public outrage over excesses of power projection & arrogant incompetence .. crewing a pathetic ship of fools
in preparation for an unprecedented red tidal wave in coming months …
we can all celebrate the ground breaking of Liz Cheney & Adam Kinzinger’s joint used car lot sales venture somewhere between Wyoming and Illinois with their mutually pitiful political careers culminating in an unattended farewell seance
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Much of any useful evidence I have is already in a landfill.
From the U.S. Attorney:
Two Defendants Convicted in Federal Investigation That Dismantled Mexico-to-Chicago Drug Pipeline
CHICAGO — A jury has convicted two suburban Chicago men on drug conspiracy charges as part of a federal investigation that disrupted a Mexico-to-Chicago drug pipeline.
SHELDON MORALES and EDUARDO SANTANA conspired with a supplier in Mexico and two inmates in a prison in Texas to traffic
- fentanyl, and
from Mexico to Evanston, Ill., and Morton Grove, Ill., in 2019.
The drugs were sent in packages from California and Arizona and later sold on the streets in the Chicago area.
Law enforcement uncovered the drug trafficking activities through the use of wiretapped cellular phones and extensive surveillance.
The case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation.
OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles drug traffickers and other criminal offenders that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
After a week-long trial in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the jury on Aug. 5, 2022, convicted Morales, 40, of Morton Grove, Ill., and Santana, 45, of Skokie, Ill., on a drug conspiracy charge.
Morales was also convicted of an individual drug charge related to his possession of methamphetamine and fentanyl.
Morales faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and a maximum of life, while Santana faces a mandatory minimum of ten years and a maximum of life.
U.S. District Judge Mary M. Rowland has not yet scheduled sentencings.
The convictions were announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Bell, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and Justin Campbell, Special Agent-in-Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in Chicago. Substantial assistance was provided by the Evanston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles W. Mulaney, Kirsten Moran, and Jeannice Appenteng represent the government.