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6 CITY VIEWS June 24, 2022 www.desitalk.com – that’s all you need to know Preet Bharara Joins New York Law Firm W ilmerHale, a NewYork-based law firm announced June 13, 2022, that Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NewYork, is joining the firm as a partner. Bharara is renowned for the high-pro- file white collar prosecutions he under- took during his tenure at the Southern District, the nation’s oldest US Attorney’s Office. After leaving that role in 2017, Bhar- ara began hosting a podcast, an award- winning show, Stay Tuned with Preet, co-founder of the podcast company Cafe Studios. He also authored a book, Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment and the Rule of Law, and has been a distinguished scholar in residence at NewYork University School of Law. Bharara, who will practice from the firm’s NewYork office, has in his post-gov- ernment years become one of the nation’s highest-profile lawyers not currently in public service, notedWilmerHale in its press release. He is a frequent speaker to corporations, legal associations and trade groups on ethics and compliance, culture and diversity issues. “He is a leading voice for justice and the rule of law… ” the firm said. Building on those and other areas of interest, he plans a wide-ranging practice, guiding clients through internal inves- tigations, government-facing matters, congressional investigations, compliance and risk assessments, culture reviews, cri- sis management and significant pro bono cases, the press release said. Prior to becoming a US Attorney in 2009, after President Obama nomi- nated him and the Senate unanimously confirmed him, Bharara served as Chief Counsel to Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY, the current Senate Majority Leader. Meanwhile, Bharara will maintain his current role at Vox Media as Creative Di- rector of Cafe and host of Stay Tuned with Preet and The Cafe Insider Podcast. “He will continue to provide a much- valued voice in the national dialogue, helping break down legal topics in the news,” the press release said. “WilmerHale resonated for me not just for its reputation for legal excellence and integrity, track record of success, and dedication to diversity, but equally for its respect for public service, support for meaningful pro bono work, and com- mitment to the democratic values and principles I have spent my career fighting for,” Bharara is quoted saying in the press release. “I believe bringing my combina- tion of experiences, skills and knowledge toWilmerHale will give clients facing the most difficult challenges the great- est chance for success. I look forward to collaborating with my newWilmerHale colleagues, among the best in our profes- sion, including some I know well from our days together at the SDNY.” “Preet’s values are our values,” said WilmerHale’s Co-Managing Partner Robert Novick,. “He is one of the most public-spirited and dynamic lawyers of his generation, with an enviable record of success in and out of government.” Bharara was one of the longest-serving US Attorneys in the history of the South- ern District office, he oversaw scores of landmark cases in the areas of financial fraud, insider trading, cybercrime, public corruption, terrorism, violent crime, and civil rights enforcement. While at SDNY, Bharara formed the Ter- rorism and International Narcotics Unit, which has continued the office’s long his- tory of prosecuting leaders and associates of global and domestic terrorist, narco- terrorist, narcotics and money-laundering organizations. The Unit has convicted many major terrorists, including Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, London imam Abu Hamza and Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, as well as international criminals such as arms trafficker Viktor Bout and Somali pirate Abduwali Muse, the press release noted. Bharara earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1990, and his JD from Columbia Law School in 1993, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review. By a StaffWriter Photo:Twitter @PreetBharara Preet Bharara U S Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Menendez has asked the Quad to help Sri Lanka avoid “an economic implosion” and commended India for its “proactive role” in providing economic and humanitarian assistance to Colombo. In a letter to India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jais- hankar and the other foreign ministers, he acknowledged India’s help to Colombo and wrote, “The Quad can lead the way in working to avoid an economic implosion in Sri Lanka that could spark a humanitarian crises with wider, destabilising, regional impacts”. “New Delhi has already taken a proactive role in providing loans and humanitarian assistance to the Sri Lankan government to avoid a meltdown”, he wrote in the letter released by his office on Friday. The senator, who heads the Senate panel which is the first port of call for many foreign affairs-related measures and diplomatic appointments, suggested mobilising the Quad Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Mechanism (HADR) that was announced at the Quad summit in Tokyo last month to help Sri Lanka. Menendez’s call for help to Sri Lanka comes as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told an Associated Press interviewer over the weekend that he would be open to buying more oil from Russia and getting financial help from China, to which it is already heavily indebted. Although an aim of the Quad is to counter China’s aggressive posture in the Indo-Pacific region, the Quad stopped short of any joint military cooperation, and instead focused on humanitarian efforts in the region like a programme for making, financing and distributing 500 million Covid vaccines in the region to counter Beijing’s growing influence in the region. Menendez noted that the Quad was born of coopera- tion between India, the US, Japan and Australia to help countries devastated by the 2004 tsunami and said the group can now show its capacity to rescue nations in distress in the Indo-Pacific region. Washington is preparing long-term economic support and Tokyo is providing food assistance, but “there is more than can be done via the Quad, including by mobilising additional humanitarian assistance, providing badly- needed fuel, and offering technical support and advice in the areas of financial accounting, health, food security, and macroeconomic policy”, he wrote. The others to whom the letter was addressed were US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japanese Foreign Min- ister Hayashi Yoshimasa, and Australian Foreign Minister PennyWong. He asked them to stay united at the United Nations Human Rights Council when it takes up the High Com- missioner’s report on war crimes in Sri Lanka. The report released in February documented what it said were war crimes committed during the civil war in- volving the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Menendez blamed the Rajapaksa clan that controlled the Sri Lankan government for the catastrophe. He wrote, “Under the Rajapaksas, Sri Lanka has been left on the brink of financial ruin and humanitarian catastrophe. Mahinda Rajapaksa led his country straight into a Chinese debt trap and then his brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, failed to take the prudent economic steps necessary to avoid a default on its sovereign debt”.  Since the crisis hit Sri Lanka, India has provided it assistance estimated at about $3 billion in various forms including supplying food, fertilisers, medical supplies, credit line and assistance with loan deferment. -South Asia Monitor Photo:Senator’swebsite Bob Menendez, the chair of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. New Jersey Senator Praises India’s Role, Asks Quad To Help Sri Lanka Woman Charged With Hate Crimes After Anti-Asian Attack, Authorities Say A Florida woman is facing hate crime charges after authorities say she berated a group of women with anti-Asian remarks and attacked them with pepper spray in NewYork City last week. The NewYork Police Department announced Friday that it had arrested Madeline Barker, 47, after the inci- dent, which was partially captured on video. The victims told ABC7 NewYork that they were walk- ing in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District at about 6 p.m. on June 11 when a woman accused them of harassing her. The victims said they had no prior interactions with the woman, but they tried to calm her down by apologiz- ing to her. In response, the assailant pulled out a can of pepper spray and yelled at them, “Go back to where you came from, you don’t belong here,” one victim told ABC7. She sprayed four women with pepper solution and yelled at an Asian man passing on the sidewalk to take the women “back to where you came from,” using an expletive, a police spokesperson told CNN. The victims declined medical attention at the scene, police said. Video obtained by the NewYork Post shows a woman, dressed in bright fuchsia, run after a woman and pepper- spray her from behind as she walks away. The NYPD’s hate crimes task force released photos of the woman in fuchsia last week, then tweeted that it had made an arrest “thanks to help from everyday NewYork- ers.” Barker, of Merritt Island, Fla., was arraigned Saturday on three counts of assault as a hate crime, one count of attempted assault as a hate crime, and four counts of aggravated harassment, according to a criminal com- plaint filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. When shown a still image from the video, Barker admit- ted to being the woman in the incident, according to the complaint. Barker was being held on $20,000 bail Sunday after- noon, jail records show, and her next court appearance was scheduled for Thursday. -TheWashington Post By James Bikales

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