Judge dismisses charges against Apple security chief in gun permit bribery case

Writing that a key element of the case was “pure speculation” by prosecutors and unsupported by evidence, a judge in California on Tuesday dismissed bribery charges against Apple’s security chief, Thomas Moyer, in a gun permit case.

Stephen Nellis for Reuters:

Apple’s head of security indicted in concealed carry caseProsecutors alleged that Moyer had offered to donate iPads to the Sheriff’s Office after a 2019 meeting in exchange for help getting concealed-weapons permits for the company’s executive protection team.

It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in California, and county sheriffs have wide discretion over whether to grant them.

Judge Eric S. Geffon of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County found on Tuesday that Moyer had been in talks with the Sheriff’s Office about permits for more than a year by the time of the 2019 meeting. By then, Geffon wrote, the evidence suggests Moyer believed the permits were already approved and would be issued soon.

Geffon said prosecutors erred in alleging that Moyer had any corrupt intent in offering to donate the iPads. “This argument is pure speculation, and is not supported by the evidence presented to the grand jury,” Geffon wrote.

Moreover, Geffon wrote that Moyer’s offer to donate the iPads to the Sheriff’s Office, rather than any specific officer, and the fact that Moyer followed all of Apple’s internal rules for requesting a donation, showed a lack of corrupt intent.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last November:

Guess carrying a green squirt gun didn’t cut it for Apple’s head of Global Security. Likely he thinks that pretending things don’t exist like a three-year-old doesn’t actually erase them from reality.

Wherever the laws stipulate that “permits” are required, the potential for corruption by the permit issuers is increased. When the issuer is “the government,” it creates an impedance to reporting abusers for fear of retaliation. To whom do you report attempted bribery when it’s the police doing the extorting and you have no idea how far the corruption goes with “the government?”

…Moyer and others, who were simply trying to achieve California “permits” just to be able to perform their jobs are largely the victims here, not the criminals.

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    1. Here’s the proof:

      In the U.S., despite being just 13.3% of the population, blacks in 2019 committed 51% of murders and nonnegligent manslaughter and 53% of armed robberies. Blacks commit violent crimes at a substantially higher rate per capita than do whites.

      Black eligible voters in 2020 voted around 90% for Democrat Party candidates.

      Therefore, Democrats are violent.

      Molon Labe.

      1. Certainly the statistical facts have been known for years and what have black mayors around the country done? Particularly in crime ridden daily shootings Chicago with a black female mayor, hello?

        She spends more time making excuses, blaming the NRA and others but herself than SOLVING THE PROBLEM!

        Nuff said…

      2. A woman playing center in the WNBA can outplay 99% of men who have ever played basketball at any level.

        Therefore, men can’t play basketball. ‘Nuff said.

        Stereotyping is a logical fallacy.

        Incidentally, “democrat” is a noun; “democratic” is an adjective.

        “Democrat Party” is only used by people who flunked high school English.

    2. This is the kind of stupid we see from dumocrats:

      A 10-year-old Miami boy was shot after his father took him on a faux drive-by shooting with a paintball gun — and a frightened homeowner returned fire with real bullets, according to authorities.

      Michael Williams, 26, allegedly gave in to his son’s pleas late Sunday to take him on a paintball “drive-by shooting,” where police said the boy fired off the unlethal rounds into a crowd gathered in the front yard of an Opa-locka home, the Miami Herald reported.

      But the homeowner, identified as Gregory Barns, thought the gunfire was real and that “he and his family were under attack” — leading him to return fire with a real round, striking the boy, police said.

      The youngster, who was not publicly identified, was then run over by his father’s van after being shot and losing his balance, police said.

      The boy was hospitalized after the shooting, but was expected to recover as of Monday afternoon, WSVN reported.

      Williams told the station that a group of neighborhood kids were running around and shooting paintballs at each other.

      Another child said the group ended up in front of the home where Williams’ son was shot.

      “I guess the man didn’t see what type of gun it was, he just shot him,” the child told WSVN.

      Neighbors, meanwhile, told WSVN that they saw the duo driving around with ski masks on.

      “The guy riding around with kids in the car with their ski masks and hoodies on, and they were apparently shooting at people,” resident Maurice Adams said.

      “We never had this as kids, never. We played baseball with tennis balls in the street. We never had to worry about anything like this. This is crazy.”

      Williams has been charged with child neglect with great bodily harm for acting “recklessly by agreeing to conduct a drive-by paintball shooting,” according to a police report obtained by the Miami Herald.

      It’s unclear if Williams had hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Details about his case had yet to be posted online Tuesday and he was no longer listed as in custody at a Miami-Dade County jail, the paper reported.

      Click here to read more of the New York Post.

      1. I see the Leftist Libtards don’t appreciate the truths in your post gauging by the down star votes, but no intelligent challenging replies just hiding in the weeds.

        Keep on, unvarnished truth RULES…

    1. “Second Amendment
      A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”
      Please note the first phrase requiring a “well regulated Militia”, NOT, as the NRA has misinformed their membership, a bunch of gun-nuts armed beyond any level of reasonableness to endanger their own lives as well as those of innocent victims of their appetite for implements of injury and murder: their innocent friends, neighbours, family as well as total strangers. Guns (in the hands of inadequately vetted and irresponsibly-licensed gun fetishists) kill!

      1. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

        A well regulated Militia in the 1700s referred to any able-bodied citizen carrying a gun.

        Then the best part, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

        THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE!!!

        What part do you NOT understand?

        Gun nuts? No, gun aficionados who respect law and order FOLLOW THE LAW!!! Your pitiful attempts to demonize them and the NRA is clueless to the problem and decades old Leftist BS. 🐂💩

        The CRIMINALS, and let me emphasize CRIMINALS, who commit crimes with guns are NOT practicing Second Amendment freedoms, registering their guns and are lawless outlaws.

        What part do you not understand, clueless Leftist?…

        1. A well regulated Militia in the 1700s referred to any able-bodied citizen carrying a gun.

          Only if he ate lots of roughage. Individuals carrying guns do not constitute a militia. Your definition would include highway robbers. A militia is a “a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency” (Oxford Dictionary). A military force implies an organized group that trains together and operates as a unit under some form of military discipline. That describes the militias of the Revolutionary War era, as well as the state militias in 1791, when the Second Amendment was passed to keep the Federal Government from infringing on the states’ regulation of those militias.

          “Militias” are distinct from “private armies,” which the majority of states prohibit. For over two centuries (most of US history), an “able-bodied citizen carrying a gun” was subject to arrest, because most state and local governments prohibited both the open and concealed carrying of firearms by somebody off his own property who was not traveling to another community. The Gunfight at the OK Corral was sparked when Virgil Earp, the Town Marshal of Tombstone, Arizona, tried to arrest several cowboys for carrying guns within the town limits. The outlaw Sam Bass was killed in Round Rock, Texas, after he resisted arrest for a firearms violation.

          When I began my career as a prosecutor in 1980s Texas, “unlawfully carrying of a firearm” was still one of the most frequently charged misdemeanors. Those “able-bodied citizens carrying guns” were CRIMINALS, as you put it. Nobody even bothered to argue that the law violated the “right to bear arms” provisions in the federal or state constitutions. The law was absolutely clear that states had the right to regulate firearms as they saw fit.

          Until five justices of the Supreme Court of the US decided otherwise as recently as 2008, every court that had decided a case under the Second Amendment since 1791 had followed the dictionary meaning of “militia” and had ruled that there was no constitutional privilege for individual “able-bodied citizens carrying guns.”

          The Supreme Court has the power to rewrite the Constitution, and has (in this and other cases), but the historical facts remain. Individuals carrying guns were not considered to be a militia in the 1700s.

  1. JCF Laframboise,

    In the time that the Constitution was written, “well regulated” meant well armed and well trained. The “militia” mean all able-bodied men of a certain age range

    Law abiding gun owners in the US are the safest demographic in the world.

    The safest places in the country are those with the least gun control

    Criminals do not fear police, they fear being shot by their victims.

    Next time, do some research before opening your stupid pie whole, you insufferable fsckturd.

      1. applecynic, you fucking idiot, why do you have to prove your stupidity multiple times a day?

        I posted FACTS. Which of those fact are you too fucking stupid to understand?

          1. I see gun education is clearly necessary on this issue because the same old Leftists talking points you espouse are decades TIRED, inaccurate and incomplete.

            While I doubt you will read all the way to the LENGTHLY end, I’m hopeful friend.

            “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…”
- George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790

            “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
- Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776

            “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787

            “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

            “The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
- Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book(quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

            “A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785

            “The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824

            “On every occasion [of Constitutional interpretation] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 12 June 1823

            “I enclose you a list of the killed, wounded, and captives of the enemy from the commencement of hostilities at Lexington in April, 1775, until November, 1777, since which there has been no event of any consequence … I think that upon the whole it has been about one half the number lost by them, in some instances more, but in others less. This difference is ascribed to our superiority in taking aim when we fire; every soldier in our army having been intimate with his gun from his infancy.”
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Giovanni Fabbroni, June 8, 1778

            “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

            “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
- George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adooption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788

            “I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.”
- George Mason, Address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 4, 1788

            “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”
- Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787

            “Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.”
- James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788

            “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.”
- James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789

            “…the ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone…”
- James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788

            “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”
- William Pitt (the Younger), Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

            “A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves…and include, according to the past and general usuage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms… “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
- Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer No. 18, January 25, 1788

            “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
- Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778

            “This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty…. The right of self defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”
- St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1803

            “The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like law, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance ofpower is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one-half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong. The history of every age and nation establishes these truths, and facts need but little arguments when they prove themselves.”
- Thomas Paine, “Thoughts on Defensive War” in Pennsylvania Magazine, July 1775

            “The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
- Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788

            “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”
- Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833

            “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty …. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”
- Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, I Annals of Congress 750, August 17, 1789

            “For it is a truth, which the experience of ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.”
- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 25, December 21, 1787

            “If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers, may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual state. In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.”
- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28

            “[I]f circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist.”
- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28, January 10, 1788

            “As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
- Tench Coxe, Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789

            If you made it reading to the end AC, whether you agree or disagree on this issue, you certainly have my respect…🤠

            1. I see gun education is clearly necessary on this issue. You might want to take that up with the Texas Legislature and Governor. As of September 1, gun education will no longer be required because almost anybody over 21 can carry an open or concealed firearm almost anywhere without any education or permitting whatsoever. Under prior law, “Texans generally needed to be licensed to carry handguns openly or concealed. Applicants had to submit fingerprints, complete four to six hours of training, and pass a written exam and a shooting proficiency test.” All those requirements are now repealed.

    1. Article 1 Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution (which existed prior to the Bill of Rights) states clearly: “The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.”

        1. Plus, it says the right shall not be “questioned,” not that it shall not be regulated. In fact, Pennsylvania has had rather strict gun laws throughout its history. Until 2008, nobody saw a problem with that under either the federal or state constitution.

        1. I think most of us believe that the United States Military and most American peace officers are dedicated to the rule of law under our Constitution and are unlikely to support an attempted coup d’état by those who wish to replace it with the Republic of Gilead. I think it is delusional to believe otherwise.

            1. “Fact. The Constitution is liberal.”

              The entire concept of the Constitution is the exact opposite of liberal, you delusional, stupid fuck.

              You should have Txloser sue your mental institution. They are obviously not helping you at all.

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