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    Alex Jones was reprimanded by the judge during Tuesday’s court proceedings in the defamation case between InfoWars and the parents of Sandy Hook victims. Jones is facing a lawsuit from the families of Sandy Hook victims who are seeking damages after the far-right radio host spread theories that the entire shooting back in 2012 was a hoax. In a video circulating Twitter via a producer at Law & Crime network, Cathy Russon, during Tuesday’s proceedings, Judge Maya Guerra Gamble, asked Jones to stop chewing gum during the trial. “Spit your gum out. Mr. Jones,” Gamble said. “It’s not gum,” Jones replied. “What is it? Because you’re not allowed food or gum of any kind in the courtroom?” Gamble asked. “I had my tooth pulled a week and a half ago and it’s — I have, I had some gauze in earlier and it’s been causing me to have some pain,” Jones said attempting to explain. “Would you like me to show you?” He proceeded to pull his mouth open to one side, craning his neck for the judge to see....
    by Debra Heine   The U.S. District Court judge who sentenced America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLD) founder Simone Gold to serve 60 days in federal prison for the misdemeanor offense of trespassing during the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot is allegedly a former acquaintance of the doctor. The past relationship raises questions about whether the judge should have recused himself. Gold, an invited guest speaker at the January 6 rally, was scheduled to speak after then-President Trump, but a number of speeches, including her own, were canceled at the last minute without explanation. According to Gold, the change set off a chain of events that resulted in her arrest for trespassing. Gold reported to federal prison on Tuesday to serve her 60-day sentence. In a statement obtained by American Greatness on Monday, Gold revealed that she and Judge Christopher R. Cooper attended Stanford University Law School in the class of 1993, and that she had once declined to go on a date with him. (Gold has degrees in medicine and law.) The doctor said she was surprised that Cooper, whom she knew as “Casey,” had...
    A teen accused of attacking an NYPD cop while free on bail asked a judge if he could press charges during a court appearance. The 16 year-old, who isn't being named, asked Judge Althea Drysdale if he could file charges during a court appearance in Manhattan Tuesday. But his response to a question about what accusations he'd like to make was inaudible. Tuesday's court hearing saw the teen respond 'Yes, your honor' to every question he was previously asked.   And NYC Mayor Eric Adams said the decision to free the boy on bail again had reduced Big Apple to a national 'laughingstock' over what critics say are woke bail laws that prioritize the wellbeing of suspects over crime victims.    The boy has now been released to a family center in Brooklyn, although he will be free to roam during the day, and summoned back each evening for a curfew.   Horrifying footage showed the 16-year-old punching the cop in the head before grabbing him around the neck and slamming him repeatedly into metal railings on Saturday. The teen was previously arrested...
    Getty Vicki Gunvalson in 2015 Former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Vicki Gunvalson took to Instagram to reveal who her soulmate is. Here’s what you need to know:Vicki Gunvalson Called Tamra Judger ‘My Soulmate My Sister’ After RHOC Return Made Official View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vicki Steinmetz Gunvalson (@vickigunvalson) On July 21, 2022, Gunvalson posted a message to her RHOC co-star and friend, Tamra Judge after it was made official that Judge would return to the show. “‘My friend, my soulmate my sister’ is back on #rhoc,” she wrote on Instagram. “I loved seeing you reclaim your orange last night with @bravoandy on #wwhl @tamrajudge. Go give ‘em hell girl! #memories #bravotv #fun #rhoc #shesback” Gunvalson has been vocal about wanting to get back on the show, and recently appeared alongside Judge on season 2 of “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip.” Judge repled to the post writing, “Love you” in one comment and “Ahhh , sweetie thank you so much! You next!!!!!”Not Everyone Was Happy That Judge Would Be Returning: ‘Watching...
    A foul-mouthed Florida judge is facing suspension without pay after telling a defendant: 'I asked you a f**king question, a**hole.'  Judge Wayne Culver of Seminole County could be out of work for 60 days following two instances where he was rude to defendants.  The motion to suspend the judge came months after the February 10, 2022, incident, where Culver angrily threatened defendant Kevin Newton, 50, with contempt of court for disrupting a proceeding.  Newton can be seen in the video entering the court late and proceeded to look in both directions for a seat and muttering: 'Everything is taken,' despite the various open spaces in the pews.  Newton's sister Sabrina told Fox 35 Orlando that there was 'blue tape on the benches, so we didn’t know where to sit because of COVID.'  However, the father-of-two lashed out: 'Sir, I'm doing something. Can you shut up and sit down?'
    Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker defended his decision to not walk Aaron Judge in the June 23 game, and he used Chicago White Sox skipper Tony La Russa as an example. The Houston Astros seemingly had their series opening game against the New York Yankees. They did hold a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, but that turned into a 7-6 loss thanks to a game-tying home run by Aaron Hicks and a walk-off RBI single by Aaron Judge. With Judge in the batter’s box with two runners on base and with a 3-0 count, Baker was asked by a member of the media why he did not walk the Yankees star outfielder. Baker said that if he had walked Judge and the next batter got a hit, he would be second-guessed for that decision like Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa. Asked if he considered just putting Aaron Judge on after it got to 3-0, Dusty Baker replied: “If I’d have done that and the next guy gets a hit, you’d be second-guessing me like...
    A British woman who claims she was 'raped' by Oscar-winning film director Paul Haggis asked him to get her a part in a James Bond film, it has been claimed. The unidentified 30-year-old was found in a distressed state last week and told police she had been kept in an Italian bed and breakfast for 48 hours and abused by him, before being dumped at an airport. Haggis, who appeared before a judge on Wednesday, has denied any wrongdoing and his lawyer Michele Laforgia, has insisted sex between the couple was consensual. Haggis, who co-wrote, directed and produced Crash, which won the 2006 Academy Awards for best picture and best screenplay, is pictured with his lawyers outside the court in Italy File photo: Haggis is pictured on October 16, 2015 arriving at the Rome Film Festival Have you got a story for MailOnline? **Have you got a story for MailOnline? Email [email protected]** Today a behind closed doors hearing took place in Brindisi court to decide whether the Canadian – who co-wrote Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace – should be freed...
    Racially charged comments by DA Todd Spitzer about a Black man since convicted in a brutal Newport Beach double-slaying violated the state Racial Justice Act, but the killer should still spend the rest of his life behind bars, a judge ruled on Friday. Hours before sentencing Jamon Buggs to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the April 1, 2019 killings of 38-year-old Darren Partch and 48-year-old Wendi Miller, Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregg L Prickett found that comments Spitzer made about Buggs during a closed-door meeting regarding whether to seek the death penalty ran afoul of the California law that addresses racial bias in prosecutions. Judge Prickett, however, said the appropriate legal remedy for the racial comments would have been taking the death penalty off the table, a decision the DA’s office already proactively made prior to trial when they decided to instead seek life without the possibility of parole. Given the facts in the killings, the judge added, it was not in the interest of justice to reduce the charges of which Buggs was convicted. Before...
    Follow DailyMail.com's liveblog for the latest developments of Johnny Depp 's libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Today is the jury's third day of deliberations...   Andrea Cavallier Host commentator Auto-update 13:33 Depp team asked judge on Tuesday to strike 'inappropriate' part of Amber Heard's closing argument Johnny Depp's lawyers have filed a motion to strike an 'inappropriate argument' made by Amber Heard's attorney in their closing argument. The argument had asked jurors to consider the 'message' that ruling against her would send to other domestic abuse victims. On Tuesday, Depp's team asked Judge Penney Azcarate to instruct the jury to disregard that portion of the closing argument. In their written argument, Depp's attorney's said Heard's lawyer told the jury that its decision in the case would send a message to 'every victim of domestic abuse everywhere.' They argued that this meant the jury was being asked to focus on a larger social issue rather than the individual case set before them. But Judge Azcarate said she would not entertain the motion because the jury are...
    Michael Sussmann, the embattled Democratic lawyer charged in special counsel John Durham’s investigation with falsely concealing his representation of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign from the FBI when pushing discredited allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, won't be taking the stand in his own defense. The former Perkins Coie lawyer is on trial after being charged with lying to the FBI about whom he was representing when, in September 2016, he presented internet data that claimed a now-discredited link between former President Donald Trump and Russia’s Alfa-Bank. In particular, Sussmann was indicted on charges of allegedly concealing his clients — Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and “Tech Executive-1,” known to be former Neustar executive Rodney Joffe — from FBI general counsel James Baker when he pushed the since-debunked allegations of a secret Trump-Russia back channel. Sussmann denies lying to the FBI and has pleaded not guilty. After much speculation during the nearly two-week trial, the judge revealed that Sussmann would not be testifying after all. “I understand from counsel that the defense will not be calling Mr. Sussmann, is...
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee – District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee Chief Judge Waverly Crenshaw appeared to take an extremely skeptical view of the case presented by Robby Starbuck’s legal team during a Tuesday hearing on a preliminary injunction request. In its motion, Starbuck’s legal team asked Judge Crenshaw to void the Tennessee Republican Party (TRP)’s decision to disqualify him from Tennessee’s Fifth Congressional District Republican primary and to order the Tennessee Department of State to put him on the ballot. Crenshaw took all the arguments under advisement and said he’ll come back with a ruling at an unknown time. Judge Crenshaw’s comments and questions posed to Starbuck’s team demonstrated a skepticism both towards Starbuck’s arguments and whether or not a federal court should have jurisdiction in this matter. Judge Crenshaw apparently does not believe that whether or not the TRP followed its own rules is a federal question and asked Starbuck’s attorneys several times why they didn’t file in state court. “We can all agree the [Tennessee Republican Party] bylaws create no federal question,” he said in one instance....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In one form or another, every Supreme Court nominee is asked during Senate hearings about his or her views of the Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling that has stood for a half century. Now, a draft opinion obtained by Politico suggests that a majority of the court is prepared to strike down the landmark 1973 decision, leaving it to the states to determine a woman’s ability to get an abortion. A look at how the Republican-nominated justices, now a 6-3 majority, responded when asked by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for their views on the case: AMY CONEY BARRETT, 2020: Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, then the top Democrat on the committee, asked Barrett: “So the question comes, what happens? Will this justice support a law that has substantial precedent now? Would you commit yourself on whether you would or would not?” “Senator, what I will commit is that I will obey all the rules of stare decisis,” Barrett replied, referring to the doctrine of courts giving weight to precedent when making their decisions. ...
    Actress Amber Heard claimed that a role she had alongside James Franco was the reason her then-boyfriend Johnny Depp once fought with her. Depp allegedly kicked Heard after asking for details surrounding her relationship with Franco. "He hated James Franco," Heard said. The two had worked together on the films Pineapple Express in 2008 and The Adderall Diaries in 2015. WATCH: PSYCHOLOGIST REVEALS HEARD 'FELT NOTHING' DURING RELATIONSHIP WITH MUSK "Did he slip you the tongue?" Depp allegedly asked Heard after filming with Franco while on a plane in 2014. This was in reference to Depp and Heard's first on-screen kiss, for which Heard claimed Depp used his tongue. Heard testified that Depp went on to ask more questions and kick her to the ground when she attempted to walk away in the aisle of the plane. She claimed security guard Jerry Judge saw it happen. However, Judge died in 2019 while still working for Depp. The actress had also told psychologist Dr. Dawn Hughes about the incident years later. Judge's...
    The New York State Supreme Court held former President Donald Trump in contempt on Monday at the urging of Attorney General Letitia James over documents relating to her civil investigation of the Trump Organization that Trump has refused to turn over. James has amassed substantial evidence that Trump and his business committed tax and bank fraud over the course of several decades by underreporting and overinflating the values of some of his numerous real estate holdings. Trump has called the probe a "political crusade." The deadline to comply with James' subpoenas was March 31st. "The March 31 deadline came and went and we received zero documents. Is Mr. Trump thumbing his nose at this court's order?" attorney Andrew Amer of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP asked the court on behalf of the people, according to reporting by CBS News. “It’s been pulling teeth to get documents," Assistant Attorney General Kevin Wallace stressed. Trump's lawyer Alina Habba maintained that the requested materials did not exist. "There is simply nothing more for him to provide. It was already provided. So your...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) testified during a hearing on Friday to determine if she will be disqualified from appearing on this year’s ballot ahead of her reelection bid. At one point during the hearing, her attorney tried to invoke “executive privilege” when Greene was asked about discussions she had with the Trump administration before the Capitol riot. It was not sustained. Question: Did you discuss the idea that there should be martial law prior to the inauguration Lawyer: I’m going to have to object. I actually represent the President and that’s covered by executive privilege pic.twitter.com/uCCGSmHwrm — Acyn (@Acyn) April 22, 2022 Greene’s home state of Georgia allows voters to challenge the eligibility of candidates seeking office. In this case, the group is citing the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress…who… shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.” A nonprofit called Free Speech For People say Greene should be kicked off the ballot...
    Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) testified under oath on Thursday in the potentially landmark disqualification hearing to determine whether or not a challenge to bar Greene from the November ballot over her role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is valid. CNN notes that the hearing marks the first time a sitting member of Congress has testified under oath about the attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters, an attack many argue was incited by the rhetoric of 2020 election conspiracy theorists like Greene. Free Speech for People, a liberal campaign-finance reform organization, is behind the case, which is an attempt to use a Civil War-era provision in the constitution which bars sitting members of Congress who engaged in insurrection from running for reelection. Greene has been outspoken about the effort. On Friday, wen pushed to confirm the intent behind her rhetoric, including various tweets presented in court, Greene dodged the questions. “I don’t support violence of any kind,” Greene said in response to a question. “My words never ever mean anything for violence.”...
    (CNN)More than 20 states on Thursday asked a federal judge in Louisiana to immediately block the Biden administration from ending a public health authority, known as Title 42.The Biden administration is on track to end Title 42 -- which allows border authorities to turn away migrants at the US southern border -- on May 23. The decision, made by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sparked tension within the Democratic Party amid concerns of a migrant surge. HHS official overseeing unaccompanied minors program to step down, spokesperson saysEarlier this month, Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration's decision to end Title 42. Later, more than a dozen states, mostly GOP-led, joined the lawsuit. In a Thursday filing, the states asked the court to intervene, arguing that the administration had begun to process migrants under immigration law instead of through the public health authority and that the states are likely to prevail on the merits of their claims.A judge asked for the Biden administration to respond by 1 p.m. ET Friday.Read MoreHomeland Security Secretary Alejandro...
    Sen. Mitt Romney took a shot at fellow Republican senators he accused of failing to show proper 'respect' for Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during last week's confirmation hearings – and left open the possibility of joining Democrats in voting for her. Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, also accused Judiciary Committee members of using the hearings to goose their own presidential campaigns.    'Well, some colleagues my side of the aisle, I thought asked respectful questions and were able to elicit responses from her that I think were very helpful to those that are making an evaluation,' he told CNN – before taking a dig at others. 'I thought some were preparing for their presidential campaign. And were, if you will, doing the things you have to do to get on TV, and which I think is unfortunate, I think any setting like this that doesn't show respect for the witness or in this case, the judge is is is not the right way for us to go,' he said – without saying who he was referring to. ...
    A senior U.S. general revealed on Thursday that border authorities had asked the Pentagon for help amid in surge in arrivals from Mexico that could even get worse if Washington lifts pandemic restrictions.  Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, head of North American Aerospace Defense Command, appeared before senators to answer questions about threats to the U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, asked him about the southern border. 'I'm deeply concerned that the crisis will soon get even worse. 'As we discussed in my office, if the Biden administration ends the title 42 border policy in April, illegal immigration will surge even beyond the current record-setting levels,' he said, referring to a provision that allows migrants to be returned under public health control measures. 'So Gen. VanHerck, given the worsening conditions and the crisis at the southwest border, are you aware of any discussion within the administration or DHS that could result in any requests for additional troops at that border?' He replied: 'Sen Inhofe there is a request from the Department of...
    On the second day of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, GOP members sought to poke holes in her "judicial philosophy" while reiterating grievances over the treatment of nominees from previous administrations. Durbin asks Jackson about court-packing Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, asked Jackson what she thinks about court-packing, the concept of increasing the number of justices on the nine-member bench — a common concern raised by Republicans who say the number should not be altered. But Durbin incorrectly claimed that Justice Amy Coney Barrett said during her confirmation hearings in 2020 that she "could not opine on it." Without that context, Jackson said she agreed with Barrett's response. FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM DAY ONE OF KETANJI BROWN JACKSON'S SUPREME COURT HEARINGS She added, "My North Star is the consideration of the proper role of a judge in our constitutional scheme. And in my view, judges should not be speaking to political issues — and certainly not a nominee for a position on the Supreme Court." Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican...
    Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a second day in a row. On Tuesday the Supreme Court nominee answered questions more from senators, including Tom Cotton (R-AR). Cotton focused on Jackson’s prior tenure on the United States Sentencing Commission, which is part of the federal judiciary and aims to “reduce sentencing disparities and promote transparency and proportionality in sentencing.” The commission distributes information to the courts on existing federal sentencing guidelines. After noting that more than 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in a one-year span, Cotton asked Jackson, “In general, do you think the United States should strengthen or weaken sentences for fentanyl traffickers – traffickers, not users?” Jackson reminded Cotton that Congress sets penalties for federal crimes. “Determination, that is in the province of Congress,” she said. Cotton invoked previous statements in which Jackson said sentencing for a judge is a “discretionary act.” He then criticized sentence reductions, while calling attention to Jackson’s own record as a judge with an inference she was “soft” on crime. After he asked about her record with retroactive sentencing,...
    There are several Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee who really, really want to be president and think they have a shot at it if they just manufacture enough big Fox News moments for themselves. Sen. Ted Cruz was the first of them to get his chance to question Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and he worked hard to grab every possible moment on whatever highlights reel Fox puts together this evening. The words “my work as a judge” made repeated appearances in Jackson’s responses to Cruz, because his questions kept being so completely irrelevant to … her work as a judge. You know, the thing she’s there to discuss in a giant public job interview. Cruz zeroed in on critical race theory, because while Jackson is not known to have any particular association with critical race theory, she is a Black woman, so under the transitive property of racism, it is a relevant question. Cruz asked Jackson about her own understanding of CRT, to which she responded with a brief definition, followed by the point that “It...
    Share this: Lawyers for Prince Andrew and an American woman who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was 17 formally asked a judge Tuesday to dismiss her lawsuit. The lawyers sent a document to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan that would dismiss the August lawsuit once he signs it. The judge had given both sides until March 17 to complete the deal or he would set a trial date. The lawyers revealed three weeks ago that they had tentatively agreed to a settlement in which the prince would make a substantial donation to Virginia Guiffre’s charity and declare that he never meant to malign her character.
    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge was set Tuesday to question one of the jurors who convicted the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell of helping the millionaire Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. Maxwell’s lawyers say the verdict should be thrown out over the juror’s apparent failure to disclose before the trial began that he’d been a victim of childhood sexual abuse. U.S. Judge Alison J. Nathan intends to ask the juror why he failed to note his personal history on a questionnaire during the jury selection process. Maxwell’s lawyers potentially could have objected to the man’s presence on the jury on the grounds that he might not be fair to a person accused of a similar crime. Maxwell’s sentencing is scheduled for June. The juror, identified in court papers only as Juror No. 50, did several media interviews after the trial in which he revealed he’d been abused. He described persuading some fellow jurors during deliberations that a victim’s imperfect memory of abuse doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. All potential jurors in the case had been asked to fill...
    Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s daughter asked then-President Barack Obama to put her mom on the Supreme Court years before President Joe Biden would make that wish a reality. Leila Jackson, then 11 years old, sent a handwritten letter to President Obama shortly after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia asking him to consider her mother for the seat. Judge Jackson told the story, and read the letter aloud, in a March 23, 2017 speech in Georgia: When my youngest daughter came to us, maybe about three weeks or so after Justice Scalia passed and asked us very earnestly whether we had heard that Justice Scalia had died, and there was a vacancy on the Supreme Court. We assured her that we had, and she said that some of her middle-school friends have been talking and they said to her, “You know, your mom’s a judge, she should really apply for that position.” Now, Leila thought that that was a pretty good idea, and so she had come to tell me that I should submit an application for the...
    Charles Sykes/Bravo Tamra Judge Tamra Judge recently appeared on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” and she gave her opinion on several cast members of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and took the opportunity to fire shots at one new member of the RHOC cast. While Judge, 54, said she was happy to see Heather Dubrow back on the Bravo show and added that she appreciated Emily Simpson’s role on the 16th season, her reaction to Noella Bergener was notably less enthused. WWHL host Andy Cohen asked Judge her “reaction” to the newbie and Judge replied, “Every village needs an idiot.” About a week later, Bergener herself appeared on “Watch What Happens Live” and was asked for a response to Judge’s comments. Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians Follow the Heavy on Bravolebrities Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Bergener Said Judge Is the ‘Most Iconic Village Idiot’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by Watch What Happens Live!...
    More On: kim kardashian Kardashian rejects get dinner in Miami Kanye West fires another divorce attorney ahead of court hearing against Kim Who is Chaney Jones? Meet Kanye’s new flame and Kim Kardashian’s look-alike Jen Shah wants Kim Kardashian to be part of her legal team Kim Kardashian has officially been declared single from Kanye West, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steve Cochran ruled Wednesday. As a result of the ruling, the reality star will no longer go by “Kim Kardashian West” – she will only use her famous Kardashian last name from now on. Kardashian, 41, appeared at the hearing via video conference from what looked like a closet, and looked “happy” despite the difficult subject matter. During the hearing, the judge asked Kim several questions under oath. When asked if she wanted to change her name back, the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” alum replied, “Yes.” Kardashian also responded “yes” when the judge asked if there was a breakdown in the marriage. “After the judge read the questions and told her she now has her single...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is being slammed by her critics for speaking at the America First Political Action Conference — an event organized by White nationalist and anti-Semite Nick Fuentes — on Friday, February 25. Greene, in response to the criticism, has challenged journalists to judge her by her own words. And Washington Post opinion writer Catherine Rampell, in her February 28 column, accepts the challenge and describes some of the many appalling things that Greene has said since being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020. “Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) doesn’t want to be held accountable for the White supremacists she pals around with,” Rampell explains. “Judge her instead by her own words, she pleads. Sure thing, Congresswoman. Challenge accepted.” Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn\u2019t want to be held accountable for the bigots she pals around with, including at the white-nationalist conference she addressed Friday. Judge her instead by her own words, she pleads.\nSure thing, Congresswoman. Happy to oblige.https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/02/28/marjorie-taylor-greene-orlando-conference-judge-her-words/?tid=ss_tw\u00a0\u2026 — Catherine Rampell (@Catherine Rampell) 1646155241 Greene wasn’t the only far-right MAGA Republican who spoke at...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge said Thursday that she’ll question a juror under oath during a rare post-verdict evidentiary hearing about the answers he gave during jury selection for the criminal trial of Ghislaine Maxwell after he told news outlets that he didn’t recall being asked about prior sexual abuse. U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan said in a written order that she’ll question the juror March 8 at a public court hearing. She also said she had rejected a request by Maxwell’s attorneys that she order a new trial without gathering more information. Maxwell, 60, remains incarcerated after she was convicted of sex trafficking, among other charges, during a December trial in which she was portrayed as the chief recruiter of teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. Prosecutors said she also sometimes joined in the abuse. In interviews with news outlets, the juror described a moment during the deliberations when he told fellow jurors that, like some of the victims of Epstein, he had been sexually abused as a child. And he said he...
    Getty Tamra Judge poses in 2018. Former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Tamra Judge departed the show following its fourteenth season, which aired in 2019. During a February 2022 appearance on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” the 54-year-old commented on whether she would be interested in starring on the Bravo series again. During the “WWHL” episode, Tamra’s husband, Eddie Judge, made an appearance as the bartender. When Cohen asked him if he “enjoy[ed] Tamra more now that she’s off ‘Orange County,’ he responded, “1000 percent.” The Bravo producer then inquired if Tamra would “come back [to ‘RHOC’] if asked.” “That’s an Eddie decision. Are you asking?” said the mother of four with a laugh. Cohen did not respond to Tamra’s question. The former “RHOC” star then shared that she is “so grateful for everything that [Cohen has] ever given [her].”Tamra Judge Spoke About Her ‘WWHL’ Appearance on Her Podcast View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tamra Judge (@tamrajudge) Tamra discussed her “WWHL” appearance on an episode of her podcast, “Two Ts In...
    A federal judge has denied Ghislaine Maxwell request to keep her motion for a new trial under seal after a juror said after her conviction that he'd been sexually abused as a child.  U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan denied the request from February 1 on Friday as she claimed that doing so was not in the public interest.  The judge said public access to the documents and any ensuing publicity would not violate Maxwell's right to fair proceedings.  'The Court is unpersuaded by the Defendant's concern that media interest in the motion warrants temporary sealing of the documents in their entirety,' Nathan wrote in her ruling. Attorneys for Maxwell initially argued in a letter that the motion for the new trial should remain under seal until a judge has ruled on it or a hearing was held for the request, according to the New York Post.  Ghislaine Maxwell's request to keep her motion for a new trial sealed has been denied  Judge Alison Nathan denied the request as she claimed it was not in the public interest RELATED ARTICLES...
    President Joe Biden revealed to NBC News anchor Lester Holt that he has narrowed down his list of Supreme Court nominees to succeed retiring Justice Stephen Breyer to “about four people.” “Can I ask you where you stand right now in your nomination process for Supreme Court,” Holt asked Biden on Thursday in an interview whose entirety will air on Super Bowl Sunday. “What your shortlist looks like, or if you want to name the nominee right here we’d be happy to hear.” “Well, first of all, the shortlist are nominees who are incredibly well qualified and documented,” replied Biden. Holt asked Biden how many nominees he’s considering. “Well, what I’ve done is, I’ve taken about four people and done the deep dive on the, meaning this thorough background checks, and see if there’s anything in the background that would make them not qualified,” said Biden, who did not list any names. Nonetheless, possible nominees include U.S. Circuit Court Judges Ketanji Brown Jackson, Candace Jackson-Akiwumi and Eunice Lee, U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Childs, and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger....
    OAKLAND — A Lafayette man who allegedly crashed a stolen Jeep in Antioch, then got into a high-speed police chase in Antioch the following month, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison. Ryan Kary, 32, pleaded guilty last year to possessing a Simonov rifle and ammunition found in the stolen Jeep, which prosecutors say he crashed into another vehicle after driving the wrong way down Highway 4 during an Aug. 10, 2020 police chase. Exactly one month later, Antioch police tried to arrest him after he attempted to force his way into an ex-girlfriend’s home, but were forced to call off the pursuit when he sped away, prosecutors allege. Related Articles Judge denies bail for Los Gatos party mom Ex-Raider Damon Arnette pulled a gun on casino valet who asked for ticket, police say Saratoga to install 7 license plate readers to bolster public safety Union City: DA charges alleged driver in fatal 2021 motorcycle crash Santa Clara County deputy union backs challenger in sheriff race Kary’s attorney...
    The juror in Ghislaine Maxwell's trial who revealed he couldn't remember how he answered a pre-trial question about his own sexual abuse history - casting doubt on the validity of Maxwell's conviction - has asked the judge to see his answers. Scotty David has retained lawyer Todd Spodek, who asked the court to provide the questionnaire, according to the New York Daily News. He could face perjury charges if he's found to have intentionally lied. David, 35, has claimed that he used his experience being sexually assaulted to influence other jurors, saying: 'When I shared that, they were able to come around on the memory aspect of the sexual abuse.'  But video published by DailyMail.com last week revealed that David couldn't remember if the pre-trial questionnaire asked about sexual abuse history - which it did.    Maxwell's lawyers have since demanded a new trial and told the Mail on Sunday that they believe they found a third juror who lied about being abused, after a second unidentified juror told The New York Times that they, too, had been abused as a child....
    A Texas district court judge in El Paso faces possible removal from the bench following allegations of bias and an improper in-chambers hearing during a 2019 murder trial. The judge is reportedly refusing to respond to a written inquiry from the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct. 168th District Court Judge Marcos Lizarraga is under investigation for his handling of a murder trial in 2019, KVIA ABC 7 reported. The judge granted a mistrial in a case where Moises Galvan is accused of murdering Rogelio “RJ” Franco outside a bar in January 2017. Lizarraga granted the mistrial after he claimed prosecutors asked Galvan an improper question when he took the stand in his own defense, the local ABC affiliate reported. In May 2019, KFOX14 in El Paso reported: According to the court docket, the court found the prosecutor asked an improper question and purposefully asked the objectionable question in front of the jury, and the question permanently prejudiced the jury on a “key linchpin fact issue in the case” and the prejudice cannot be overcome. Lizarraga found the objectionable question to...
    BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese judge Tuesday issued a travel ban for the country’s central bank governor, state-run National News Agency and a lawyer said. The move comes after a corruption lawsuit accused him of embezzlement and dereliction of duty during the country’s financial meltdown, . The decision was the first judicial action taken by authorities in Lebanon against Riad Salameh, who is being investigated in several countries abroad for potential money laundering. It was not immediately clear if the ban will be implemented. Salameh, 71, has been in the post for nearly three decades and enjoys backing from most politicians, including the country’s prime minister, despite the country’s devastating economic crisis and banking sector collapse. The travel ban was issued by Ghada Aoun, an investigating judge for the Mount Lebanon district, based on an investigation into a case filed by lawyers of an anti-corruption group known as the People Want to Reform the Regime. Aoun’s decision came as the value of the Lebanese pound tumbled to new lows on Tuesday, reaching 33,500 to the U.S. dollar....
    A Colorado district attorney asked a judge on Monday to consider reducing the 110-year prison sentence of a truck driver for an explosive crash that killed four people in suburban Denver. Prosecutors and attorneys representing 26-year-old Rogel Aguilera-Mederos were in court for a status hearing on Monday morning, when a re-sentencing hearing was set for Jan. 13, 2022, to consider the possible sentence change. The 110-year sentence has drawn outrage from around the country and among truckers, with around 5 million people signing an online petition seeking clemency for him.  DOZENS PROTEST OUTSIDE COLORADO CAPITOL AGAINST 110-YEAR SENTENCE OF TRUCKER next Image 1 of 2  Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was convicted in October 2021 of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people and injured six others. (Lakewood Police Department via AP, File) prev Image 2 of 2 Workers clear debris from Interstate 70 on April 26, 2019, in Lakewood, Colo., following a deadly pileup involving a semi-truck hauling lumber.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) Last week, District Attorney Alexis King said in a statement she would seek...
    (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York have asked a judge to inquire about potential conflicts of interest in their case against an employee of Tom Barrack, a former adviser to then-President Donald Trump who is facing federal foreign lobbying charges.Matthew Grimes, an assistant to Barrack at his company Colony Capital, was charged along with Barrack in July with acting as a back channel for the United Arab Emirates to influence US policy during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and his time in office. Prosecutors with the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York are now raising questions about potential conflicts of interest after learning that Grimes' co-defendant and former boss is paying his legal fees.In a letter to the judge on Thursday, the prosecutors advised that they had recently learned about the fee arrangement, in which Barrack "has agreed to advance Grimes' legal fees." They asked the judge to inquire with Grimes whether he understands the potential conflict of interest, including whether his' lawyer will provide the best legal advice for him or for Barrack, who is paying his...
    CNN anchor Don Lemon said Thursday on his show “Don Lemon Tonight” that his friend Jussie Smollett was a liar after the actor was found guilty of five of six counts of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Lemon said, “So here is the breaking news. A jury in Chicago finding actor Jussie Smollett guilty of five of six counts of lying to police when he falsely claimed to be the victim of a racist and anti-gay hate attack. A judge will decide if he’ll face time behind bars or get probation.” When asked for his reaction to the verdict, legal analyst Joey Jackson said, “It’s the proper results. When you look at the case, the circumstances, everything else.” Lemon said, “He had to make up too many lies as to why he didn’t want to do certain things, like to cover. I guess he got caught up in that because he took the stand himself. He got angry with the prosecutor as the prosecutor poked holes in his story, calling the only other witnesses liars.” He added,...
    On Friday, a federal appeals court in New York heard arguments over whether the Justice Department should take over the defense of former President Donald Trump in the defamation suit by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who has accused him of raping her in a department store in the late 1990s. One of the pivotal moments of the arguments, according to BuzzFeed News, came when one judge asked Trump's legal counsel how the former president's statements against Carroll were part of his official duties. "In one interview responding to Carroll’s accusation, he was quoted as saying, 'I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened,'" reported Zoe Tillman. "That comment jumped out to Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who pressed Trump’s personal attorney Alina Habba to explain why the court should find that making that kind of comment was within Trump’s 'scope of employment' as president. 'Who is he serving when he says something like, ‘she’s not my type?’ Is he serving the United States of America when he makes that statement?'...
    U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, who was appointed by Trump, says Democrats bid to get his tax returns is driven by politics A federal judge appeared to suggest asking for Donald Trump to turn over his tax returns to Congress is a partisan request – claiming if the House flips red they could request Hunter Biden's financial disclosures. During a hearing on a long-running House Ways and Means Committee lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, questioned the panel's pursuit of obtaining Trump's personal records. 'If Congress changes hands in a couple years here and a Republican chairman of the Ways and Means Committee asks for Hunter Biden's tax returns, are we just going to say, 'Oh, sure. You know, we've got to defer to Congress. They've said they're interested in legislating on presidential families, therefore we've got to turn them over'? Is that going to be the administration's position?' McFadden proposed on Tuesday to a Justice Department lawyer. Republicans have questioned Hunter Biden's financial information and business dealings over concerns there are conflicts of interest between his...
    At Ghislaine Maxwell’s upcoming sex-trafficking trial, jurors may hear about ritzy locations such as former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach and two world-famous performing arts schools, according to comments made in court. On Tuesday, Judge Alison Nathan began the voir dire process of jury selection, which involves questioning 231 potential jurors about their possible biases. Nathan asked members of the pool whether they have opinions about wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell, his accused accomplice and former girlfriend, that make it difficult to be fair and impartial in the case. Nathan also asked potential jurors whether they have views about “people who are wealthy or have luxurious lifestyles,” (none said that they did) or know any witnesses, addresses and entities mentioned in the case. Jurors were presented with a list of those people and places and asked to review it before letting Nathan know whether any names were familiar. That record, however, isn't publicly available. But under questioning by Nathan, multiple jurors mentioned they knew of Mar-a-Lago and Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy, where Epstein was a...
    KENOSHA, Wis. -- Kyle Rittenhouse told jurors at his murder trial that he tried to get away from his pursuers the night he shot three men during street unrest in Kenosha, saying he never wanted to kill anyone: "I didn't do anything wrong. I defended myself."The 18-year-old spent most of Wednesday giving his account of what happened in just a few frenzied minutes on Aug. 25, 2020, sobbing so hard at one point that the judge called a recess.In an account largely corroborated by video and the prosecution's own witnesses, Rittenhouse said that the first man cornered him and put his hand on the barrel of Rittenhouse's rifle, the second man hit him with a skateboard, and the third man came at him with a gun of his own.WATCH: Kyle Rittenhouse testifies 'I didn't do anything wrong'EMBED More News Videos Kyle Rittenhouse testifies in his own defense (1 of 9) The prosecution begins questioning Kyle Rittenhouse at his trial on murder charges for a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse fatally shot the first two men and wounded the third.His...
    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse told jurors at his murder trial that he tried to get away from his pursuers the night he shot three men during street unrest in Kenosha, saying he never wanted to kill anyone: “I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself.” The 18-year-old spent most of Wednesday giving his account of what happened in just a few frenzied minutes on Aug. 25, 2020, sobbing so hard at one point that the judge called a recess. In an account largely corroborated by video and the prosecution’s own witnesses, Rittenhouse said that the first man cornered him and put his hand on the barrel of Rittenhouse’s rifle, the second man hit him with a skateboard, and the third man came at him with a gun of his own. Rittenhouse fatally shot the first two men and wounded the third. His nearly daylong testimony was interrupted by an angry exchange in which his lawyers demanded a mistrial over what they argued were out-of-bounds questions asked of him by the chief prosecutor. The judge, though plainly mad...
    "You're right on the borderline. You may be over. But it better stop," Schroeder warned the prosecutor before bringing the jury back into the courtroom.What else?Later, as Binger pressed Rittenhouse about his intentions in traveling to Kenosha armed with an AR-15 on the night of the incidents, Schroeder dismissed the jury a second time. Binger had brought up an Aug. 10 incident during questioning that had reportedly been held open but with a bias toward exclusion in a pretrial order. The incident involves a video that shows Rittenhouse witnessing alleged shoplifters at a CVS drug store and saying if he had his gun he would "start shooting rounds" at them. After the jury had left the room, things hit the fan. Defense attorney Mark Richards asked the court to strongly admonish the prosecution, adding that next time it happened, he would request "a mistrial with prejudice." Tempers flare as prosecution questions Kyle Rittenhouse www.youtube.com "Why would you think that that made it OK for you to bring this matter before the jury?" Schroeder pointedly asked...
    By MICHAEL TARM, SCOTT BAUER and KATHLEEN FOODY KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The murder case against Kyle Rittenhouse was thrown into jeopardy Wednesday when his lawyers asked for a mistrial over what appeared to be out-of-bounds questions asked of Rittenhouse by the chief prosecutor. Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder did not immediately rule on the request but was clearly angry at the prosecution, telling Thomas Binger: “When you say that that you were acting in good faith, I don’t believe that.” The startling turn came after Rittenhouse, in a high-stakes gamble, took the stand and testified that he was under attack when he shot three men during a night of turbulent protests in Kenosha. “I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself,” the 18-year-old said. During cross-examination, Binger asked Rittenhouse about whether it was appropriate to use deadly force to protect property. The prosecutor also posed questions about Rittenhouse’s silence after his arrest. The jury was ushered out of the room, and the judge loudly and angrily accused Binger of pursuing an improper line of questioning and trying to introduce testimony...
    Judge Bruce Schroeder shut down the Kyle Rittenhouse prosecutor’s questioning for a possible “grave Constitutional violation” Wednesday after the prosecution allegedly abridged Rittenhouse’s right to remain silent. Prosecutor Thomas Binger was questioning Rittenhouse on his use of deadly force before he began asking Rittenhouse whether he has had the opportunity to listen to witness testimony, read articles about the case, or watch videos of the fatal interactions. Rittenhouse said that he had intentionally used deadly force against Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber. Binger then asked whether Rittenhouse intended to kill Rosenbaum. “I didn’t intend to kill him I intended to stop the person who was attacking me and trying to steal my gun,” Rittenhouse responded. “Since August 25th 2020, this is the first time that you have told your story?” Binger asked. Rittenhouse’s defense can be heard objecting to the question, but Schroeder sustained the objection. “Since August 25th, 2020, you’ve had the benefit of watching countless videos of your actions that night, correct?” “I’ve seen certain videos, not all of them,” Rittenhouse said. “I’ve seen a majority of them...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prominent South Carolina attorney whose wife and son were found shot to death at the home where the family’s housekeeper also died will likely remain in jail for many months now that a judge has again denied bond pending his insurance fraud trial. Circuit Judge Clifton Newman initially denied Alex Murdaugh bond on Oct. 19, but asked Murdaugh’s lawyers to send him a report on his mental condition from professionals, including those involved in his monthlong stay to get treatment for an addiction to opioids. The judge’s order said that after reviewing the report for more than two weeks, he did not change his mind that Murdaugh’s considerable financial resources and mental instability make it too risky to allow him to remain free until trial on charges he stole $3.4 million insurance money meant to go to his dead housekeeper’s sons. “After considering the arguments of counsel, the evaluation submitted, then pending charges and other investigations, and the apparent character and mental condition of the defendant, the Court finds that the Defendant is a...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The weekslong process of selecting a jury for the federal sex trafficking trial of financier Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, a British socialite, began Thursday with a video introduction from the judge in which she called jury trials the “bedrock of American democracy.” Defendant Ghislaine Maxwell has said she is innocent of charges alleging that she recruited teenagers who were not yet adults for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004, Judge Alison J. Nathan told 132 prospective jurors. The judge warned prospective jurors not to discuss the case with anyone or research it, on the internet or anywhere else. She said the final jury of 12 jurors and six alternates will be asked to render a verdict after a trial expected to last about six weeks based only on evidence they learn about in the courtroom. Although jurors will not be sequestered, their privacy will be ensured because they will be referenced by numbers and will be transported to and from the trial each day, Nathan said. “Jury trials are part of the bedrock of...