THE SOYBEAN CASES and JUDICIAL BRIBERY
By Sherman H. Skolnick
The Italian firm was getting a bigger and bigger presence in the
soybean markets, such as on the Chicago Board of Trade. Fair and
square, following the rules, they had cornered the market in 1989
when there was a drought expected. There was a shortage of
Ferruzzi Finanziaria S.p.A., the agro-chemical holding firm, was
run by what some called a wizard, Raul Gardini, who had married
the daughter of the firm's founder, Serafino Ferruzzi. Their
operation was called Central Soya Co., of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and
Ferruzzi U.S.A., Inc., with principal offices in Louisiana.
Those who understood business realized Ferruzzi was more actually
owned and operated by the Vatican Bank; over the years by Vatican
Bank Chief, Bishop Paul Marcinkus; and earlier by "St. Peter's
Banker," Michele Sindona.
Ferruzzi's main competitors were primarily Cargill, the
secretive, privately owned firm, headquartered in Minnesota, and
the highly political -- some say highly corrupt --
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., darling of the mass media. (Some
have long grumbled that ADM's long-time chief, Dwayne Andreas,
should have been fingered, with Nixon, in the Watergate Affair
for corrupt practices and dirty tricks.)
In view of the circumstances in 1989, Cargill and ADM had taken
the wrong position in respect to soybeans. To fill orders, both
domestic and for export, they would have to come to terms with
Ferruzzi, and the Italian firm rightfully could and would push
them into default and own them.
To save themselves, Cargill and ADM reportedly had a malign
influence on the Chicago Board of Trade. The chairman of that
commodity exchange, by Emergency Resolution, July 11, 1989,
changed the rules in the middle of the game. Ferruzzi was
ordered to drop most of their position in soybeans.
Ferruzzi brought a suit seeking injunction against the Chicago
Board of Trade in Chicago's highly corrupt federal district
court. (Ferruzzi Trading International, et al., vs. Board of
Trade of Chicago, No. 89 C 5469). The case was assigned to
Chicago U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel, a close crony of
former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson. (In November, 1994, on
our one-hour public access cable TV show, we demonstrated how Big
Jim and his circle are kingpins in the "China White" high purity
heroin smuggling into the U.S. through Chicago.)
Judge Zagel was not about to let Ferruzzi default Cargill and ADM
and end up owning their business. The judge with little fanfare
denied the injunction. Ferruzzi was forced to dump their
contracts and positions on soybeans. Thousands of innocent
soybean farmers were ruined, some bankrupted.
How did this happen? That at a time of soybean shortages, with
not enough to meet domestic demand and for export, soybean prices
collapsed instead of going up.
In the U.S. District Court in Chicago was brought a purported
class action by angry soybean farmers: American Agriculture
Movement, Inc., et al., vs. Board of Trade of City of Chicago,
case No. 89 C. 8467. It was assigned to Chicago Federal District
Judge George M. Marovich, a long-time banker whose bank, South
Holland Trust & Savings Bank (in a Chicago suburb), was a
correspondent bank of Continental Bank of Chicago, mother ship of
the commodity markets and the Chicago Board of Trade.
Presidential campaigns are planned four or more years in advance.
Hillary Rodham Clinton was linked to a group of bankers, lawyers,
and others from Fayetteville, Arkansas and elsewhere in that
state. The Chicago Board of Trade was part of a money laundering
apparatus, washing illicit funds for the 1992 campaign of Bill
Clinton -- such as washing dope money from the CIA's operation at
the Mena, Arkansas airport.
In previous articles, I told how I and an associate of mine,
Joseph Andreuccetti, who helps with our cable TV show, are on
Hillary Rodham Clinton's "enemies list," and are and have been
targeted for a long list of dirty tricks, threats, and
harassment, by the FBI, the IRS, and others. Our suit seeking
damages against the First Lady and others acting with her is
entitled Sherman H. Skolnick and Joseph Andreuccetti, plaintiffs,
vs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, et al., defendants, No. 96 C 4373,
in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, filed 7/18/96, and pending
before the selfsame Judge George M. Marovich (a coincidence?).
In court papers filed recently by us, are contained the following
-- some excerpts:
-- "that the financial interests of defendant Hillary
Rodham Clinton, and her law partner, Vincent W. Foster,
Jr., were interwoven with certain lawyers, bankers, and
agents, representatives, and investigators, from
Fayetteville, Arkansas and elsewhere."
-- "On December 1, 1991, defendant [Hillary Rodham]
Clinton, in conjunction with her business partner, Vincent
W. Foster, Jr., by and through bankers, lawyers, and
representatives, agents, and investigators, sought and
obtained a meeting with plaintiff Skolnick. Said group
being from Fayetteville, Arkansas and elsewhere in
Arkansas, and other places... Skolnick was informed that
said group had a financial interest in the billions of
dollars of transactions in a class action in the federal
courts in Chicago, entitled American Agriculture Movement,
Inc., et al., plaintiffs vs. Board of Trade of the City of
Chicago, et al., defendants. No. 89 C 8467, in the U.S.
District Court... At a later date, Skolnick became aware
that said transactions were part of a massive, illicit
enterprise, laundering dope funds such as from Mena,
Arkansas, to raise funds for the 1992 Presidential election
of Bill Clinton, in which defendant Clinton played a key
role, along with Vincent W. Foster, Jr., and defendant Amy
Zisook, chief fund-raiser for the '92 campaign."
-- "Skolnick was informed that the investigations of said
group showed that the presiding judge in said litigation,
U.S. District Judge George M. Marovich, was acting in a
corrupt manner and under a malign influence, to favor the
defendants therein, including the Chicago Board of Trade."
-- "Said group acknowledged and confirmed to Skolnick that
corrupt federal commodity regulators, such as the Commodity
Futures Trading Commission, permitted and condoned this
corruption including the Chicago Board of Trade and their
officials being in a position to work a malign and corrupt
influence on George M. Marovich as banker and judge. The
following colloquy took place:
Question by Skolnick: Do you wish to 'go public'
with this, to finger Judge George M. Marovich, such
as being guests on my show?
Answer: Not just yet.
Question by Skolnick: Or do you wish to strong-arm
and blackmail Judge Marovich for your own financial
(No answer was given.)"
"By said acts and doings, by and through said group,
defendant Clinton and Foster mis-used plaintiff Skolnick,
an electronic journalist and court reformer; for defendant
to blackmail Judge Marovich, to gain a financial advantage,
and to cover up the defendant's massive illicit
transactions through the Chicago markets and massive tax
evasion; and for the purpose of defendant covering up the
related matters of the 50 million dollar transfer referred
to herein... Said group acknowledged and confirmed to
Skolnick that Judge Marovich, individually and through
persons financially associated with him and through banks
acting in conjunction with him and them, speculates in the
commodity markets in the selfsame commodities in said
-- "That on January 16, 1993, certain persons sought, and
obtained, a meeting with Skolnick and Andreuccetti. Said
meeting included a director of the Chicago Board of Trade
and principals of two trading member firms. They informed
plaintiffs they were undecided whether they wanted to
appear as guests on Skolnick's public access cable TV
program, "Broadsides," in which Andreuccetti assists in the
production and distribution. During the meeting, the
following took place, with Skolnick asking the questions,
Andreuccetti observing, and a director of the Chicago Board
of Trade answering:
Question: In the case against you, American
Agriculture Movement, Inc. versus The Board of Trade
of the City of Chicago, is it true Judge Marovich was
Answer: Yes, it cost us 62 million dollars between
the judge and those in the appeals court.
Meaning to be understood by said director and was so
understood by plaintiffs that it included Judge James B.
Zagel and Joel M. Flaum among others... Thereupon, a
trading firm member principal reached across the table and
said to the director of the Chicago Board of Trade: You
shouldn't be telling him (pointing to Skolnick). Whereupon
the Chicago Board of Trade director answered:
Answer: I am telling him (meaning Skolnick) because
he probably already knows and it is bound to come out
and we're all going to get blackened. You (referring
to the principal of the trading firm member) know we
had to do it.
Further question by Skolnick: Are you confirming you
paid off the judges, including Judge Marovich?
Answer: Yes. (Meaning to be understood by said
director and so understood by plaintiffs that the
bribery included Judges Zagel, Flaum, Ripple, and
Eschbach. At a later date, Skolnick found out that
said group at said meeting used the happening of said
meeting to blackmail a financial advantage of CFTC
-- "Whereupon, in July, 1993, defendant Clinton, by and
through directors and officials of the Chicago Mercantile
Exchange sought, and obtained a series of meetings with
Skolnick and Andreuccetti, as follows:
On July 14, 1993, in the presence of those officials and
directors, and an Exchange security official, Andreuccetti
pushing Skolnick in his wheelchair, plaintiffs were
escorted around the entire floor of the Chicago Mercantile
Exchange, during a trading session. Skolnick was told that
this was the first time a person in a wheelchair was on
such a tour. Many of the Exchange's employees stopped
their activities when Skolnick was rolled past, and asked
Skolnick and Andreuccetti, 'Are you investigating us' and
followed by 'We watch your show.' Skolnick simply smiled
and responded, 'I am enjoying the tour.' Thereafter,
Skolnick and Andreuccetti met with the directors and
officials of the Exchange in a snack shop. Skolnick was
told: There is no basis to you investigating and raising
questions about the Merc and the First Lady and her
associates (meaning Vincent W. Foster, Jr., the then newly
appointed Clinton White House deputy counsel.) There is no
basis to it. Everything's out in the open here. Skolnick,
in the presence of Andreuccetti, simply smiled and
responded, 'I am enjoying the tour.' Whereupon there
followed a luncheon with the Merc's directors at a nearby
restaurant. Substantially the same dialogue took place at
said meeting also. Some six days later, Foster was found
mysteriously dead, some say murdered."
-- "that Assistant U.S. Attorney William R. Hogan, Jr.,
was, in effect, the representative in the U.S. Attorney's
office in Chicago of (1) the office of Catholic Archbishop
of Chicago; (2) the Vatican Bank and Bishop Paul Marcinkus
who was Vatican Bank chief up to November, 1991; (3) The
Pope. Marcinkus' nephew/godson, Christian Henning, Jr., by
falsely claiming to be Joseph Andreuccetti's business
partner, caused Andreuccetti to be defrauded of many
millions of dollars as hereinbefore stated... Yet, at a
time of soybean shortage, because of this corruption,
soybean prices went down when they should have gone up.
The result of the corruption: thousands of soybean farmers
were ruined, some bankrupted. Another result of the
judicial corruption: Ferruzzi lost upwards of a billion
dollars and the chief of their holding firm, Raul Cardini,
who had married into the Ferruzzi family, and was
considered a wizard, committed suicide, July 1993."
-- "It was no mere coincidence -- for the related benefit
of defendant Hillary Rodham Clinton, who along with her
business partner Vincent W. Foster, Jr., had massive
interests, the Clinton Justice Department torpedoed
Ferruzzi's informal representative in the U.S., William R.
Hogan, Jr., an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago. Hogan,
the lead prosecutor in a group of cases against the El
Rukns, a narco-terrorist street gang in Chicago, was
accused by the Justice Department of alleged misconduct in
the El Rukn cases in 1993 and put on administrative leave."
"Hogan countered that the Justice Department knows full
well, but takes no action, that six federal judges in
Chicago are corrupt and take bribes, including Chief U.S.
Bankruptcy Judge John D. Schwartz."
NOTE SOME OF THE POINTS OF THE CORRUPTION IN THE SOYBEAN CASES
AND RELATED MATTERS:
1. Large sums of illicit monies, for Bill Clinton's 1992
Presidential campaign, have been laundered through the Chicago
Board of Trade.
2. To cover up such matters, and massive illicit dealings of
Hillary Rodham Clinton and her business partner, Vincent W.
Foster, Jr., the judge in the soybean cases is among several
federal judges in Chicago, who were corrupted with bribes of some
62 million dollars; as admitted by a director of the Chicago
Board of Trade.
3. Six days after the director and officials of the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange tried to persuade me and an associate of mine
to terminate our investigations of Hillary and Foster -- Foster
is found dead, apparently murdered.
4. In the same July, 1993, the head of Ferruzzi, Raul Gardini,
is found dead -- is it possible, like Foster, Gardini's death was
written off as a suicide when, in fact, it might have been
5. A group of bankers, lawyers, and others from Arkansas, tied
to Hillary Rodham Clinton's financial interests, sets out to
blackmail Judge George M. Marovich in the soybean cases, from the
6. A related matter is the secret transfer of 50 million dollars
of federal funds parked with the Vatican-linked Household Bank
and Household International; transferred to Little Rock, to
attempt to cover up the embezzlement of 47 million dollars from
Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan, for which embezzlement Bill and
Hillary Clinton are subject to federal criminal indictment.
7. Nothing has been done to remedy innocent soybean farmers who
were ruined, some bankrupted by this judicial corruption.
8. Nothing is said in the monopoly press about the corruption of
Cargill and ADM implicitly involved in the Chicago Board of Trade
bribery of the federal judges in Chicago -- Ferruzzi was smashed,
and Cargill and ADM escaped default and take-over of their
companies by Ferruzzi.
Quoted excerpts are from Case No. 96 C 4373 that has been pending
before Chicago Federal District Judge George M. Marovich who is
protecting defendant Hillary Rodham Clinton and others that are
defendants in the case, including defendant Amy Zisook, chief
fund-raiser for President Clinton's 1992 campaign, consultant to
Hillary and Bill, and, according to the issues raised in the
lawsuit, tied to fund-raising from criminal foreign interests as
well as mafioso union bosses, and tied to Ron Brown, the late
corrupt Secretary of Commerce and his crooked trade deals,
national and international.