I had a busy time yesterday and last night and was just too tired to blog seriously last night. So I’m afraid there’s no epic Orac-ian screed/rant/brilliance/insightful analysis today. (Fear not. I expect something worth tearing into later this week, however.) So, in the absence of new Insolent brilliance, let us all take a moment to proclaim our gratitude that longtime quack and scammer, Kevin Trudeau, is almost certainly going to jail again:
Hawking everything from financial advice to weight-loss solutions, the smooth-talking Trudeau managed for more than a decade to stay one step ahead of the government’s efforts to silence him, all the while amassing a cultlike following as federal regulators hounded him in court and imposed a whopping $37 million fine.
On Tuesday, a federal jury wasn’t buying what Trudeau was selling. The panel of six men and six women deliberated just 45 minutes before finding the controversial author guilty of criminal contempt of court for lying about the contents of his weight loss book in infomercials that aired seven years ago.
It was a swift end to an unusual weeklong trial at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse for Trudeau, 50, who showed little reaction to the verdict as he sat on the edge of his seat. Moments later, Trudeau was unceremoniously taken into custody on orders from U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman, who expressed concern that the man so familiar to late-night TV viewers posed a risk to flee. Prosecutors believe he has millions hidden in overseas accounts.
Long may Trudeau rot there. I can think of several others who should join him there but, sadly, still roam free to prey on unsuspecting patients.
Until tomorrow…open thread time. I haven’t done one of those in a while.