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    ATLANTA (AP) — A judge in Georgia on Friday found that U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene can run for reelection, rejecting arguments from a group of voters who had challenged her eligibility over allegations that she engaged in insurrection. But the decision will ultimately be up to Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. State Administrative Law Judge Charles Beaudrot announced his decision after a daylong hearing in April that included arguments from lawyers for the voters and for Greene, as well as extensive questioning of Greene herself. State law says Beaudrot must submit his findings to Raffensperger, who has to decide whether Greene should be removed from the ballot. The challenge to Greene’s eligibility was filed by voters who allege the GOP congresswoman played a significant role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot that disrupted Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. That puts her in violation of a seldom-invoked part of the 14th Amendment having to do with insurrection and makes her ineligible to run for reelection, they argue. During the April 22 hearing on the challenge, Ron...
    By Holmes Lybrand | Associated Press The son of a New York judge was sentenced to eight months behind bars Friday for civil disorder and stealing police equipment during the January 6, 2021 US Capitol attack. During the riot, Aaron Mostofsky — who prosecutors say was dressed as a caveman during the attack — joined a group of rioters fighting against a line of police officers who were adjusting a fence barricade. Mostofsky pushed on other rioters to add to the thrust against police. Later, Mostofsky stole a police vest, which he donned on top of his costume that day, and a riot shield which he says were both abandoned. “You were literally on the front lines of this attack,” district Judge James Boasberg said during the sentencing in a Washington, DC, courtroom. “You were there pushing against police barricades,” he added, noting that Mostofsky was also part of the first group of rioters to enter the Capitol on the side of the Senate wing. “Without conduct like yours … the barricades wouldn’t have fallen, the Capitol wouldn’t have been...
    A Georgia judge has recommended that a challenge to GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's reelection eligibility be dropped, with Georgia's Secretary of State Ben Raffensperger set to make the final decision. Judge Charles Beaudrot from the Office of State Administrative Hearings made the recommendation following an April 22 hearing to establish if Greene had participated in "insurrection" due to her ties to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. PROSECUTOR PLAYS CLIP FROM INDEPENDENCE DAY DURING MTG HEARING Raffensperger is not expected to remove Greene, who is popular in her conservative northwest Georgia district and among Trump supporters nationwide, due to his reelection campaign. Raffensperger faces his own reelection challenge, facing off in the May 24 Republican primary for secretary of state against Rep. Jody Hice, who claims the 2020 presidential election vote-counting process was corrupted. Raffernsperger has already received ire from Trump and his supporters due to his refusal to investigate claims of voter fraud in Georgia during the 2020 presidential election. A group of voters from Greene's district brought the case against her due to her...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Judge finds Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene qualified for reelection; Georgia secretary of state to make final decision. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Community activists and lawmakers traveled to a rural courthouse Friday in western New York to weigh in on the shape of the state’s political district maps, and to ask a judge for more opportunities for the public to be heard. The state judge overseeing the redrawing of New York’s congressional and state Senate districts scheduled just one public hearing on the matter before the maps are due to be finalized May 20. Anyone who wanted to speak publicly on the issue could either file something with the court in writing, or appear in person Friday in Judge Patrick McAllister’s courtroom in Bath, New York, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of Rochester. The court is working on a tight timeline to get the maps done after the state’s highest court ruled that previous versions drawn by the Democrat-controlled legislature were unconstitutional. Jonathan Cervas, a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy, faces a May 16 deadline to release his first draft of the replacement maps. “We urge you to have more hearings,...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (CNS) -- A 42-year-old woman was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison for dropping her 7-month-old son to his death from a Children's Hospital of Orange County parking structure a decade ago.Sonia Hermosillo gave a tearful plea to Orange County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Menninger to be granted probation. Hermosillo pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but jurors rejected that and convicted her Aug. 11 of murder and child assault causing death."I truly regret what I did," Hermosillo said through a translator."I am asking for an opportunity... I want to be with my daughters. I plead with you, your honor. I know what I did was wrong and regret doing it from the bottom of my heart. If you could just give me an opportunity please."Menninger said Hermosillo's son, Noe Medina Jr., was an especially vulnerable victim.Menninger also noted how Hermosillo's husband had taken steps to protect their son, but that the defendant took advantage of a short moment when he was showering to take the baby to the hospital."She left a note...
    A judge directed Republicans in the Wisconsin State Assembly not to delete any records in the investigation of the 2020 presidential election in the state. Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn expressed disbelief that she had to issue such an order but emphasized it was necessary because the inquiry is being led by former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, whose team has said they destroyed unimportant documents. WISCONSIN 2020 ELECTION INVESTIGATOR DESTROYED 'IRRELEVANT OR USELESS' RECORDS “I don’t want any records destroyed,” Bailey-Rihn said, per Fox 11 News. “I’m frankly amazed that I have to say, 'Don’t destroy records that are subject to an open records request,' or order that to occur. All of us know what the law is.” A lawyer for Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos argued that the speaker has no control over Gableman's cooperation with open records laws, but Bailey-Rihn was unconvinced. She noted that while Gableman would not be held in contempt of court, Vos could face such a ruling. The judge moved to hold the speaker in contempt in...
    TORONTO — Derek Rodriguez got much more than just a baseball. The young Yankees fan became famous overnight for his emotional reaction when a Blue Jays fan handed him the Aaron Judge home run ball during Tuesday’s night’s Bombers win at Rogers Centre. He and his family were back at the ballpark Wednesday night, when he got to meet Judge and other Yankees. Rodriguez and his family were joined by Mike Lanzillotta, the Blue Jays fan who gave him the ball, in the Yankees dugout before Wednesday’s game. They watched the Yankees take batting practice and when he was done, Judge joined them in the dugout. Rodriguez, 9, cried when Judge sat down next to him and started talking to him and his brother. And Judge said he was moved by the moment too. “I asked who his favorite player was. He turned around and showed me his little jersey and it still gives me goosebumps to this day that little kids are wearing my number and my jersey,” Judge said. “It’s something I dreamed of. I used to be in his...
    Derek Chauvin's federal plea agreement has been accepted by a judge The judge overseeing the federal civil rights cases in the killing of George Floyd said Wednesday that he has accepted the terms of Derek Chauvin's plea agreement and will sentence him to 20 to 25 years in prison. Chauvin pleaded guilty on December 15 to violating Floyd's civil rights, admitting for the first time that he kept his knee on Floyd´s neck after he became unresponsive, resulting in his death on May 25, 2020.  The former officer admitted he willfully deprived Floyd of his right to be free from unreasonable seizure, including unreasonable force by a police officer. Under the plea agreement, which Chauvin signed, both sides agreed Chauvin should face a sentence ranging from 20 to 25 years, with prosecutors saying they would seek 25. He could have faced life in prison on the federal count.  U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson, who is also overseeing civil rights cases against three other former officers present at Floyd's death, had deferred accepting Chauvin's agreement pending the completion of a presentence...
    Judge T. Kent Wetherell of the Northern District of Florida advanced a lawsuit against Joe Biden's 'catch-and-release' policy Wednesday and said the president has 'turned the southern border into little more than a speed bump' for illegal immigrants A federal judge in Florida advanced a lawsuit against President Joe Biden's 'catch-and-release' policy for migrants and claimed he turned the border into a 'speed bump' for illegal immigrants. Judge T. Kent Wetherell of the Northern District of Florida issued a scathing opinion Wednesday claiming the court was 'wholly unpersuaded' by the administration's position to continue the practice. 'Today's order is a huge win in our fight to force the Biden administration to fix the crisis by following the law,' Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody told Fox News. 'As the order states, 'not even the President is above the law,' and I look forward to advancing our case to hold the Biden administration accountable for ignoring public-safety immigration laws and turning our nation's last bastion of protection into nothing more than a speed bump.' Migration is still surging at the southern border...
    A plea deal for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of murdering George Floyd, was accepted Wednesday in a federal civil rights case. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson approved the agreement, under which Chauvin will avoid a trial and face a sentence ranging from 20 to 25 years in federal prison. Chauvin, who is white, pleaded guilty to federal charges in December 2021 that he abused his position of power to violate the civil rights of Floyd, a black man. He could have faced life in prison, but with the agreement, prosecutors asked for 20 to 25 years, according to KSTP. With credit for good time in the federal system, he could serve 17 years to 21 years and three months behind bars, per the Associated Press. VIRGINIA OFFICIALS SEIZE MORE THAN 5,000 FENTANYL-LACED COUNTERFEIT PERCOCET The former Minneapolis officer is already serving a 22.5-year sentence for his murder conviction in state court last year, which he would serve concurrently with the federal sentence. He asked the state court of appeals to...
    TORONTO (AP) — Aaron Judge homered and drove in three runs, Jameson Taillon allowed one run in six innings, and the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to 11 games by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 on Tuesday night. Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run home run in the ninth, his fifth of the season. New York leads the MLB with 34 home runs this season, including 23 in the past 11 games. Judge’s homer was his ninth, tying teammate Anthony Rizzo for the big-league lead. Judge has 13 RBIs in his past five games after getting a two-run double in New York’s six-run seventh inning. Taillon (2-1) allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out four to win his second straight decision. Josh Donaldson and Marwin Gonzalez each had RBI doubles and Aaron Hicks reached base four times as the Yankees improved to 18-6. It’s the seventh time in franchise history that New York has won 18 of its first 24 games. New York’s winning streak also is the longest in the majors this season (the Yankees won...
    ▶ Watch Video: Judge denies Trump bid to overturn contempt order A New York court on Tuesday denied former President Donald Trump’s request to put a halt to the $10,000 in daily fines and a contempt order levied by a judge on April 25. Trump was held in contempt after failing to comply with a December 1, 2021, subpoena from New York State Attorney General Letitia James in her office’s wide-ranging civil fraud probe into the former president and his company. Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump, declined to comment on Tuesday’s decision by New York’s Appellate Division, First Department court. Habba asked the court on Monday to issue a stay, pausing the fine while Trump appeals the contempt order. She argued in her motion that the “exorbitant fine is wholly unjustified” and “patently improper,” and that the judge who ruled Trump had failed to comply with his subpoena did so “in error.” Trump has maintained he has none of the documents — including records related to his personal finances, as well as various properties and projects associated with the...
    A New York judge has denied former President Donald Trump's motion to block court fines of $10,000-per-day for failing to hand over documents in a probe of his business dealings. Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey-based lawyer Alina Habba had called the fine 'unconscionable and indefensible' in her own Monday filing, where she vouched for Trump's efforts to respond to the demand for documents.  The push to climb out from the fines – which have already hit $80,000 – came after State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron said the Trump team had failed to demonstrate they conducted an adequate search.  The appeal sought a stay of the decision pending an appeal, as well as a 'stay of the portion of the order imposing a $10,000 daily fine.'  Trump lawyer Alina Habba called a judge's $10,000-a-day fine on Trump for failing to comply wiht a subpoena 'unconscionable and indefensible' 'Interim application denied and the motion referred to a full bench for determination,' wrote Justice Tanya Kennedy, an associate justice of the appellate division and an Andrew Cuomo appointee. State AG Letitia James, whose office...
    Washington (CNN)A lawyer for embattled GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn argued Tuesday in federal court that states can't enforce basic age or residency requirements for congressional candidates, let alone enforce a constitutional ban against insurrectionists from holding office. James Bopp Jr. pushed this maximalist view at a hearing of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which is reviewing a lower-court order that shut down a candidacy challenge filed by several of Cawthorn's constituents in North Carolina. Their challenge tried to block Cawthorn from running for re-election because of the Civil War-era "disqualification clause" in the 14th Amendment. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greenes comments in since-deleted videos contradict testimony on close ties to Capitol rioter Overall, the three-judge appeals panel appeared to agree with the challengers that there were some issues with the lower court ruling that might need to be corrected. The appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, didn't say when it will issue a decision. The GOP primary in North Carolina is May 17, and the challengers have said they'll continue their fight through the general election. Left-leaning groups have tried...
    An Oklahoma judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit seeking reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre can proceed, bringing new hope for some measure of justice for three survivors of the deadly racist rampage who are now over 100 years old and were in the courtroom for the decision.Tulsa County District Court Judge Caroline Wall ruled against a motion to dismiss the suit filed by civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons in 2020. The Tulsa-based attorney said after Wall announced her ruling that it is critical for living survivors Lessie Benningfield Randle, 107, Viola Fletcher, 107, and Hughes Van Ellis, 101."We want them to see justice in their lifetime," he said, choking back tears. "I've seen so many survivors die in my 20-plus years working on this issue. I just don't want to see the last three die without justice. That's why the time is of the essence."The packed courtroom, which Wall noted may have been over capacity, erupted in cheers and tears after she handed down her ruling.EMBED More News Videos Viola Fletcher, 107, and Hughes "Uncle Red" Vann Ellis,...
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge has denied bond for a former “American Idol” contestant accused of killing a man by barreling into him with his pickup truck after using a marijuana vaping device. Country music singer Caleb Kennedy will remain in jail after his February arrest on a charge of driving under the influence resulting in death. Police say Kennedy drove his truck up a private driveway in Spartanburg County and struck Larry Duane Parris, 54, driving Parris into a building. Circuit Judge Grace Gilchrist Knie ruled Friday that Kennedy would present a danger to himself and the community if he was released from jail. Knie said she might reconsider bond for Kennedy following a psychiatric evaluation in 45 days, news outlets reported. Prosecutors at a Thursday hearing sought the bond denial and referred to a toxicology report showing Kennedy had marijuana and Prozac in his system at the time of the crash. Kennedy’s attorney, Ryan Beasley, had asked the judge to set a $20,000 bond, citing Kennedy’s remorse and cooperation with law enforcement, according to the...
    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma judge allows lawsuit seeking reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre to proceed. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    HUMBLE, Texas -- In his first court appearance on Monday morning, a judge doubled the bond for a man accused of shooting and killing his now-ex-girlfriend's 16-year-old daughter.Van Brisbon, 60, is charged with the murder of Texas high school student Lauren Juma.Brisbon did not appear in probable cause court over the weekend. A judge set his bond at $1 million. However, after new details were revealed in court on Monday, a judge raised his bond to $2 million.Brisbon's charge could be upgraded to capital murder because of the details investigators found at the scene.In addition to an autopsy, investigators have requested a sexual assault test be performed on the victim because evidence found at the scene indicates that she may have been raped before she was shot and killed.The judge asked for the test results to be expedited so they can figure out if the charges need to be upgraded.The suspect's niece spoke to our sister station KTRK after the hearing and said she was devastated over what happened to Juma, and also shocked by what her uncle is accused...
    NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) — Brian Flores’ lawyer told a judge Monday that arbitration is the wrong way to resolve the lawsuit over alleged racist hiring practices. Part of his reasoning is that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be the arbitrator and that would be “unconscionable.” Attorney Douglas Wigdor said the league was trying to force “behind closed doors” the claims of Brian Flores and two other Black coaches. None of the coaches was present for the Manhattan federal court hearing. READ MORE: 27-Year-Old Man Killed After Being Struck By Brightline Train In Pompano BeachIt was the first hearing for a lawsuit Flores filed in February, when he claimed the league was “rife with racism” even as the NFL publicly condemns it. Flores was fired in January as head coach by the Miami Dolphins after leading the team to a 24-25 record over three years, with two straight winning seasons including the most recent, when a 9-8 record left them out of the playoffs. He has been hired since as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His lawsuit was joined...
    TORONTO — They made it. After months of speculation and worry, the entire Yankees roster made it through Canadian customs to play the first game of a three-game series against the Blue Jays. The concern was that the Yankees had players still not vaccinated against COVID-19 in spring training. Without being fully vaccinated, those players wouldn’t be allowed into Canada. Canada’s government requires a person to have received a second vaccine dose — or one dose of Johnson & Johnson — at least 14 days prior to entry. The Yankees had the 85% vaccination rate last season, but also had three bouts with COVID-19 that hit players like Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rizzo. But Monday afternoon, the first-place Yankees, who had the best record in baseball at the close of April, arrived at the Rogers Centre at full force to face their first big division series since the first week of the season. That’s the last time they faced the 15-8 Blue Jays, when they split a four-game series in the Bronx. “I mean, obviously, they’re a really good...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for a Black NFL coach who sued the league alleging racist hiring practices told a judge Monday that arbitration is the wrong way to resolve the lawsuit in part because NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be the arbitrator and that would be “unconscionable.” Attorney Douglas Wigdor said the league was trying to force “behind closed doors” the claims of Brian Flores and two other Black coaches. None of the coaches was present for the Manhattan federal court hearing. It was the first hearing for a lawsuit Flores filed in February, when he claimed the league was “rife with racism” even as the NFL publicly condemns it. Flores was fired in January as head coach by the Miami Dolphins after leading the team to a 24-25 record over three years, with two straight winning seasons including the most recent, when a 9-8 record left them out of the playoffs. He has been hired since as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His lawsuit was joined last month by two other coaches, Steve Wilks and...
    A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Jan. 6 committee and has found that the Republican National Committee (RNC) cannot hide information about marketing materials it used to further ex-President Donald Trump’s lies about fraud in the 2020 election.  The decision was handed down by Trump appointee U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly and stems from a lawsuit that the party apparatus filed in response to a subpoena for records from investigators in February.  Not only did Kelly find that the RNC must soon part with some of its records barring a successful appeal, but critically, Kelly also tore asunder the most often used legal arguments by opponents to the investigation by affirming that the Jan. 6 committee is properly constituted and that its subpoenas have full legal effect.  Related: RNC really wants to keep Trump campaign data away from Jan. 6 probe The RNC, according to the 53-page opinion, will have a chance to appeal by May 5, so the records will not be transmitted immediately.  Investigators were specifically after materials the RNC sent out through massive software vendor Salesforce from Election Day 2020 through Jan. 6, 2021. They argued that...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Aaron Judge homered twice to run his long-ball streak to three straight games, added the tying RBI in the seventh inning and helped the New York Yankees rally past the Kansas City Royals 6-4 on Sunday for their ninth straight win. Judge has hit five home runs in his last five games and eight this season. Clarke Schmidt (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Yankees starter Luis Severino. Aroldis Chapman left the tying run on base in the ninth inning to earn his sixth save on the year and 20th in a row. Judge returned from a scheduled day off to connect off Daniel Lynch for a drive estimated at 453 feet to center in the first inning. He added another no-doubt shot in the ninth. But it was the big slugger’s checked-swing groundout, which traveled about 30 feet, that tied the game in the seventh. The oopsie RBI came after the Yankees had loaded the bases against Dylan Coleman (0-1) with nobody out, and Josh Donaldson followed it with a go-ahead grounder...
    DARREN FLETCHER will take up a more prominent role at Manchester United next season, according to reports. The former United defender was promoted to the role of technical director in March 2021. 1Fletcher will be given more responsibilitiesCredit: AFP But following the departure of chief transfer negotiator Matt Judge, he will now be handed more responsibilities at the club. According to the Daily Mail, Fletcher will take over some of Judge's responsibilities such as arranging meetings with potential transfer targets and dealing with player agents. This acts as part of the club's reshuffle behind the scenes. Chief Scout Jim Lawlor and Head of Global Scouting Marcel Bout also left Old Trafford last month. Read More on Man UtdUnited news Man Utd want James Ward-Prowse EXCLUSIVE, Rashford and Lingard set to stayFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners And Ralf Rangnick will take up a consultancy role when Erik ten Hag becomes Man Utd manager at the end of the season. The Red Devils are set to completely revamp the squad as well,...
    According to the New York Daily News, a 64-year-old woman now living in California was given probation instead of jail time as prosecutors wanted after she confessed she used her dead mother's ballot to vote twice in the 2020 presidential election in Arizona. The report notes that a tearful Tracy Kay McKee admitted that she cast the fraudulent vote for her deceased mother in Maricopa County -- the same county that conducted the months-long and expensive investigation into election fraud at the behest of former president Donald Trump. that did not go his way. The report states that McKee was handed two years of probation, hit with a fine and ordered to perform community service in lieu of the 30 days in jail prosecutors asked for. According to the report, prosecutors played a recording of McKey at her hearing where she could be heard accusing others of committing voter fraud and expressed her belief that the election was stolen from Trump. The court heard her tell an investigator, "The only way to prevent voter fraud is to physically go in...
    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge in Phoenix on Friday sentenced a Scottsdale woman who now lives in California to two years’ felony probation, fines and community service for voting her dead mother’s ballot in the 2020 general election. But the judge rejected a prosecutor’s request that she serve at least 30 days in jail because she lied to investigators and demanded that they hold those committing voter fraud accountable. The case against Tracey Kay McKee, 64, is one of just a handful of voter fraud cases from Arizona’s 2020 election that have led to charges, despite widespread belief among many supporters of former President Donald Trump that there was widespread voter fraud that led to his loss in Arizona and other battleground states. McKee sobbed as she apologized to Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Margaret LaBianca before the judge handed down her sentence, saying that she was grieving over the loss of her mother and had no intent to impact the outcome of the election. “Your Honor, I would like to apologize,” McKee told LaBianca. “I don’t want...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Rizzo and Gleyber Torres all homered and the New York Yankees won their seventh in a row, beat the Kansas City Royals 12-2 Friday night in a rain-shortened game. The game was called after eight innings. New York took a 3-2 lead into the seventh before scoring four runs, three on Judge’s homer. Torres connected for a two-run drive during a five-run eighth. Nestor Cortes (1-0) allowed one earned run and eight hits in five innings. The Yankees wasted little time in putting pressure on Kris Bubic (0-2). D.J. LeMahieu hit a leadoff double to the wall in right field and Judge lined out to center before Rizzo homered to center. Stanton with a 429-foot home run over the bullpen in left and the Royals got a reliever up in the bullpen. But that was all the Yankees got off Bubic, who retired the next 10 batters and 14 of the final 15 he faced. Salvador Perez snapped an 0-for-16 skid with an RBI double in the Royals first. Bobby...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A convicted killer's appeal for a re-sentencing was denied by a Cook County judge Friday. David Biro is serving a life sentence for the 1990 murders he committed when he was 16.It was an emotional day for the loved ones of Nancy and Richard Langert, the couple who was murdered in 1990 along with their unborn baby.Jennifer Bishop Jenkins, Nancy's sister, said the judge did the right thing and followed the law.RELATED | Hearing postponed for man serving sentence for murder of Winnetka couple in 1990Biro broke into the Langerts' townhouse in Winnetka, waited for the couple to arrive home, then shot and killed them.A judge ruled in the family's favor Friday, denying a motion for Biro to receive a new sentence when it comes to the murder charge of that unborn child.An earlier Supreme Court case from Alabama created the possibility for the motion when the court ruled it unconstitutional for a juvenile to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.But the judge said the facts of this case are different, and this ruling...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two suspects accused of kidnapping a baby from an apartment in San Jose earlier this week will remain in custody after a judge ordered no bail in court Friday. Jose Portillo and Yesenia Ramirez are accused of kidnapping, burglary and conspiracy after they planned the snatching of three-month-old baby boy Brandon Alexis Cuellar on Monday. The two defendants were charged in the crime Thursday. READ MORE: 2 Convicted in Jewelry Thefts At JCPenney, Sam's Club Stores Across CaliforniaThey returned to court and were denied bail Friday after their defense argued for it to be set at $150,000. ALSO READ: 2 Baby Brandon Kidnapping Suspects Arraigned on Multiple Felonies; Third Suspect Released Portillo is accused of snatching the baby boy from an apartment after Ramirez returned from taking the infant and his grandmother shopping for groceries on Monday. Ramirez’s attorney Cody Salfen says her client is scared. READ MORE: San Rafael Traffic Stop Yields Drugs, Stolen Gun; 4 Arrested“She’s not someone who’s been necessarily used to the incarcerated life, said Salfen. When you go from working three...
    It’s hard to remember the Chicago Cubs were 11 games over .500 in mid-June 2021, looking like a team on a mission to avoid a fire sale. But that’s exactly what happened, of course, and after team President Jed Hoyer’s summer sell-off led to a 91-loss season, the new-look Cubs started this season with several fresh faces and lowered expectations. Whether it was a rebuild, a re-do or a retro version of a mid-1990s Cubs team, there was no pressure to get off to a great start. And without any expectations, there was no angst Friday over a mediocre 8-11 record heading into a three-game series against the Brewers in Milwaukee. The preferred focus was on the team’s improved hitting. The Cubs entered Friday leading the majors with a .260 average and a .344 on-base percentage, while ranking second to the Los Angeles Angels with a .746 OPS in spite a lineup without anyone named Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani or Anthony Rendon. That begs the question of whether it’s just a small sample size — the equivalent of a Yermín...
    MANCHESTER UNITED’S chief transfer negotiator has quit the club. Matt Judge has gone less than a fortnight after Chief Scout Jim Lawlor and Head of Global Scouting Marcel Bout also left Old Trafford. 2Most observers reckon Paul Pogba has been a costly flop for Man UtdCredit: Getty 2Matt Judge also played a role in keeper David de Gea's lucrative contractCredit: Getty Judge, whose official title was head of Cooperate development, was given the responsibility for the negotiation of contracts and transfers back in 2016. It is during his time that the expensive recruitment of players has come in for so much criticism, notably Paul Pogba's £89million return 2016. But his role in David de Gea's £300,000,-a-week contract is now reaping rewards as the keeper is back to his brilliant best this season. Judge, a former investment banker, joined United in 2012. Read more Man Utd storiesPAU WOW Paulo Dybala at centre of four-way Premier...
    BRIT ISIS terrorist Alexanda Kotey, has been jailed for life in the US for his role in the killing of Western hostages in Syria. Kotey, from London, was one of the so-called Islamic State militants nicknamed The Beatles by their captives due to their English accents. 1Alexanda Kotey was handed a life sentence for his role in the killing of Western hostages in SyriaCredit: AP He, along with ringleader Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, and El Shafee Elsheikh were responsible for the brutal killings of several Western hostages, including Alan Henning and David Haines. The 38-year-old showed no emotion as Judge Thomas Selby Ellis handed his verdict down at Alexandria District Court, Virginia, as Kotey's family watched on from the public gallery. He was given a life sentence for each of the eight counts he pled guilty to and are being run concurrently. Judge Ellis described Kotey's actions as "egregious, violent and inhumane" Speaking of Kotey's victims, the judge said: "These were not prisoners of war, these weren't soldiers in the field... they were soldiers for good."
    A settlement that would allow Purdue Pharma to exit bankruptcy and require its owners to contribute billions of dollars to help combat the opioid crisis in the U.S. hinges on a legal question before a federal appellate panel on Friday. Lawyers for the company, state and local governments, individual opioid victims and others who would receive payments under the deal will make their case before the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York City. At issue is whether a bankruptcy court judge has the authority to grant members of the Sackler family who own the OxyContin maker protection from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids. Family members have insisted on the legal shield in exchange for providing the money behind the settlement. Under the deal, they would contribute $5.5 billion to $6 billion over time, plus give up ownership of the company. Purdue would then become a new entity known as Knoa Pharma that would dedicate its profits to fighting the nation’s opioid epidemic. Most of the Sacklers’ money also would go to fighting the epidemic, but...
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    Steven Mendez, 17, was set free on Tuesday after Bronx Supreme Court Justice Naita Semaj-Williams dismissed his indictment A teen gang member who allegedly shot and killed a Bronx college student just five months after he was released on charges of armed robbery has been freed once again - with the judge accusing prosecutors of 'improperly' identifying him as the killer. Steven Mendez, 17, was set free on Tuesday after Bronx Supreme Court Justice Naita Semaj-Williams dismissed his indictment. In a decision obtained by DailyMail.com, the judge said the proceedings were 'impaired' because detectives used surveillance footage to positively identify Mendez as the killer without giving the jury a chance to come to its own conclusions. On October 24, Mendez and his friends were looking for payback after a member of their gang was beaten, the New York Post reports.  Mendez - who was on probation - shot 21-year-old Saikou Koma in the head in a case of mistaken identity, source said. The killing came five months after Mendez was freed for a robbery that ended with the victim shot in the leg....
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    (CNN)A man who served 32 years in prison for murder walked free Wednesday when a Florida judge vacated his conviction and sentence after prosecutors found he never committed the crime."We have determined that Thomas Raynard James is actually innocent," Assistant State Attorney Christine Zahralban told the court Wednesday. James' lifetime prison sentence was then vacated by Judge Miguel M de la O in the presence of his mother and family."This has been a long time coming," James told reporters after the exoneration. He said he plans to start trying to find a job and enjoy his first meal with his family. As he prepared to leave the courthouse, James said: "Now, let me go enjoy life."James, now 55, was arrested in 1990 and convicted in 1991 for the first-degree murder of Francis McKinnon, according to court documents. The case rested largely on the positive identification of James from one eyewitness. He was sentenced to life in prison with a 25-year minimum and additional sentencing for armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm as well as armed burglary of an...
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    A New York judge has determined that Cushman & Wakefield, one of the world’s largest real estate firms, broke its own rules to appease the Trump Organization and the former American president’s chronic practice of inflating the value of his properties. Judge Arthur F. Engoron’s surprising assertions were included in his court order on Wednesday, in which he formally directed Cushman & Wakefield to turn over documents to the New York attorney general’s office. New York attorney general Letitia James is investigating the Trump Organization over what prosecutors have determined to be a long-running pattern of hyping the value of golf resorts and buildings in California and New York, as part of a scheme to commit bank and insurance fraud. In his order, the judge indicated he has personally reviewed sensitive documents in the privacy of his court chambers that indicate Cushman & Wakefield employees played along—a damning revelation that could open the global corporation to accusations of conspiring along with the Trump Organization. “This court has reviewed numerous documents in camera demonstrating that C&W was not consistent in...
    Warnings that MAGA Republicans will steal the 2024 presidential election if given a chance have not only been coming from Democrats. Some non-MAGA conservatives are speaking out as well, including J. Michael Luttig — a George W. Bush appointee who spent 15 years as a federal U.S. Court of Appeals judge. In an op-ed published by CNN’s website on April 27, Luttig warns that MAGA efforts to steal the 2020 presidential election were merely a “dry run” for 2024. “The Republicans’ mystifying claim, to this day, that (former President Donald) Trump did, or would have, received more votes than Joe Biden in 2020 were it not for actual voting fraud, is but the shiny object that Republicans have tauntingly and disingenuously dangled before the American public for almost a year and a half now to distract attention from their far more ambitious objective,” Luttig emphasizes. “That objective is not somehow to rescind the 2020 election, as they would have us believe. That’s constitutionally impossible. Trump and the Republicans’ far more ambitious objective is to execute successfully, in 2024, the very...
    WASHINGTON (WLS) -- A federal judge sentenced two brothers from the North Shore Tuesday to six months of probation for their role in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.Christian and Mark Kulas were also sentenced to two months of home confinement.Both men pleaded guilty to demonstrating inside the Capitol.RELATED: Capitol riot charges: Growing number of guilty pleas for Illinoisans charged in Jan. 6 attackThe judge noted that neither man attacked anyone or caused any damage.So far, guilty pleas from Illinois defendants are running higher than the national average in Jan. 6 riot cases.Ten of at least 27 Illinoisans charged with Capitol riot crimes have pleaded guilty.
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    A Mahwah-based company that admitted selling N95 protective masks at a 400% markup to a grocery store chain at the beginning of the pandemic was fined $67,668 by a federal judge. TSC Agency LLC -- a logistics and freight forwarding company located off southbound Route 17 near the State Line Diner -- will also remain on probation for a year under the terms of a plea deal with the government, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said on Tuesday, April 26. TSC and two partners bought 250,000 of the filtering facepiece respirators at $1.09 apiece mask from a foreign manufacturer in mid-March 2020, Sellinger said. TSC then sold 100,000 of the masks to the unidentified chain for $5.25 each, violating federal price-gouging laws, he said. TSC “had no history of selling personal protective equipment” prior to the onset of COVID, Sellinger noted. The grocery chain, in turn, sold the masks to customers for less than it paid, while distributing some free to employees, the U.S. attorney said. Rather than face trial, the company took a deal from the government, pleading guilty...