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    Getty Britney Spears in 2013 Britney Spears has a growing army of female superstars standing up for her, with the latest public encouragement coming from“American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez. In recent days, Spears has faced claims from her ex-husband, former backup dancer Kevin Federline, that the teen sons they share together — Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden James, 15 — weren’t interested in seeing their mom anymore. After nearly a decade of not giving interviews, Federline and the boys participated in an in-depth interview with Britain’s ITV News, on Aug. 6. Then, on Aug. 10, Billboard reported that Federline posted — but later deleted — three private videos on Instagram of Spears scolding her kids when they were 11 and 12.  Her attorney, Mathew Rosengart, who successfully fought to end her 13-year conservatorship, said Federline’s recent actions were “cruel” and “violated the privacy and dignity of the mother of his children.” As Spears herself clapped back at her ex on social media, she referred to a quote from Lopez that inspired her. In response, J.Lo made it clear she’s Team...
    Attorneys for the Trump Organization have unsuccessfully tried to get the financial case against long-time Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg thrown out, but so far, they haven’t had any luck. And on Friday morning, August 12, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan rejected their motion to dismiss the charges. In 2021, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office charged Weisselberg with multiple crimes, including conspiracy, grand larceny, criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records. Former President Donald Trump, however, has not been charged with anything in connection with the Manhattan DA’s criminal investigation, which is separate from a civil financial investigation of the Trump Organization being conducted by the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James. With Merchan having rejected Trump Organization attorneys’ motion to dismiss the charges against Weisselberg, jury selection in his trial is scheduled to being on Monday, October 24. READ MORE: FBI agents searched Mar-a-Lago for 'classified documents relating to nuclear weapons': report Law & Crime reporter Adam Klasfeld, in an article published on August 12 following Merchan’s decision, explains, “Prosecutors accuse Weisselberg of a...
    Actress Olivia Wilde has won the New York custody battle against her ex Jason Sudeikis on Wednesday after a judge ruled that California is her children's home state. Sudeikis, 46, had filed the suit against his ex in New York City Family Court over their two children in October 2021. He had wanted his two children with Wilde to live with him in Brooklyn. Wilde, however, wanted them to stay with her in Los Angeles, and possibly relocate to London, where her boyfriend Harry Styles lives.  She has accused the Ted Lasso star of serving her custody papers 'in the most aggressive way possible,' DailyMail.com exclusively revealed. And on Wednesday, a New York judge dismissed the case.  Sudeikis, 46, and Wilde, 38, began dating in 2011 and went on to have two children, son Otis, 8, and daughter Daisy, 5, before splitting in late 2020. Actress Olivia Wild and Jason Sudeikis share two children together- eight-year-old son Otis and five-year-old daughter Daisy - and had continued co-parenting amicably after their split  The Hollywood star was in the middle of a presentation for 4,100...
    More On: julia haart Julia Haart spotted making out with mystery man in the Hamptons Jill Zarin, Vicki Gunvalson, Julia Haart and more stars party at Hamptons luncheon ‘Con artist’ Julia Haart allegedly paid to meet her Italian billionaire ex Julia Haart dating ‘young and attractive’ men amid messy divorce Netflix star Julia Haart has “dirt” on her hands, according to a judge who ruled that she is not an equal owner of her estranged husband’s company. The star of the reality show “My Unorthodox Life” had argued that she owned half of Elite World Group’s parent company, Freedom Holding Inc. — and therefore her firing as EWG CEO was invalid. Haart, the former creative director of La Perla, filed for divorce from Italian billionaire Silvio Scaglia hours after her firing in February, and later called him a “liar and a fraud” who owed her millions from her share of Freedom. The full behind-the-scenes battle is detailed in a newly released 52-page opinion by vice chancellor Morgan T. Zurn from Delaware’s Chancery Court, in which Zurn details Scaglia’s bid to...
    TEEN Mom Amber Portwood has shared she feels devastated after losing custody of her four-year-old son James to her ex Andrew Glennon. Amber issued a statement on her Instagram following the heartbreaking custody battle. 5Teen Mom Amber Portwood issues a statement on Instagram after losing custody of her son James to her ex Andrew GlennonCredit: Getty 5The Teen Mom shared she felt 'devastated and heartbroken' by the outcomeCredit: Instagram/Andrew Glennon On her Instagram, Amber posted a plain white square with black text. Her statement read: "I'm devastated and heartbroken by this outcome. "I've worked so hard to better myself and improve my relationship with my children." Along with James, Amber also has her 13-year-old daughter Leah with her ex Gary Shirley. Read More on Amber PortwoodDRUG DRAMA Teen Mom Amber's son was positive for THC at birth & pic shows her hitting bongTRAGIC TEARS Teen Mom Amber breaks silence after losing custody of son to baby daddy Andrew She continued: "While I've always been candid about my past substance abuse and issues with mental health, a person should have a...
    The son of a retried New York City Supreme Court judge who jumped to his death naked from his family's 16th floor apartment after beating his mother to death with a lamp was 'rudderless' after flunking out of college, where he'd been a hard-parting frat boy, friends have said.  Douglas Solomon, 26, was found dead and 'butt naked' in the street outside his family's Upper East Side apartment on Tuesday morning. His 56-year-old mother Diane was found inside the apartment. She had been beaten to death with a lamp shade.  Douglas's motive for the murder suicide remains unclear, but friends told The New York Post he was aimless and living at home without purpose years after flunking out of Rhodes, a prestigious liberal arts college in Tennessee.  Hard-partying frat boy: Douglas Solomon is shown in 2014, during his freshman year at Rhodes in Tennessee. He dropped out of the college in his freshman year  Diane Gallagher, 65, was beaten to death by her son with a lamp. Police say the night before, she and her husband had been discussing...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The federal judge who sentenced Thomas Lane to 2 1/2 years in prison Thursday on a civil rights conviction in George Floyd’s killing said the former Minneapolis police officer won’t have to surrender until after his sentencing in a separate state case in two months. And legal experts said that’s not unusual, even in a case as emotionally charged as Floyd’s death under the knee of former Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020, which sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the world in a reckoning over racial injustice and policing. Even the federal prosecutors who handled Lane’s case have said he was the least culpable of the four officers involved in Floyd’s death. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ordered Lane to turn himself in Oct. 4, two weeks after he is sentenced in state court, where he pleaded guilty in May to aiding and abetting manslaughter. Chauvin, the most senior officer at the scene, was sentenced two weeks ago to 21 years on his federal civil rights conviction, concurrent with his earlier 22 1/2-year...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — George Floyd’s brother says federal judge’s 2 1/2-year sentence for ex-officer convicted in Floyd killing is “insulting.” Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Amber Heard has officially filed to appeal her defamation case against Johnny Depp, nearly two months after she was ordered to pay her ex-husband over $10million in damages.  Lawyers representing the actress, 36, on Thursday filed a notice to appeal the verdict at the Virginia Court of Appeals in Fairfax County, court records obtained by DailyMail.com reveal.  The move comes just a week after Heard was denied a request for a new trial.  In June, the Aquaman star was ordered to pay Depp $10.35million in damages at the end of an explosive six-week trial, when a jury ruled she had defamed the Pirates of the Caribbean star in a newspaper opinion piece published in 2018.  Amber Heard filed a notice appeal the ruling in her defamation case against Johnny Depp on Thursday, court records obtained by DailyMail.com reveal  The actress was ordered to pay her actor ex-husband $10.35 million in damages after a jury found she defamed him in an op-ed about domestic abuse in 2018  Depp, 59, was awarded $15million in total - $10million in compensatory damages and $5million...
    CHILLING details have emerged of an ex-judge who was allegedly killed by her son who then jumped to his death from the family's 16th floor apartment. A neighbour has revealed the "very sad" moment she saw Doug Solomon's dead body from her window. 5Doug Solomon is accused of killing his mother Diane Gallagher (far right)Credit: Facebook 5The 26-year-old then threw himself from the family's swanky, high-rise Manhattan apartmentCredit: Dario Alequin for The US Sun 5Cops said Doug has no history of mental health issuesCredit: Facebook The woman, who does not want to be named, told the Sun US online: "I could see the body from my window. It was covered up but I could see it. "It was very sad, very, very sad." She said neighbors at the swanky Manhattan apartment were in "shock" over the alleged murder-suicide and claimed they had "never, never" heard the family have any disturbances. She said a neighbor in the complex was in "absolute shock and terrible sadness". She said: "There is grief and sorrow for the judge and his daughter, and the...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A defamation lawsuit filed by the former chair of the Virginia Parole Board against a Richmond TV station and one of its reporters has been thrown out by a judge. Tonya Chapman filed a $7 million lawsuit against WTVR-TV and reporter Jon Burkett in March 2021, alleging that two stories Burkett published about an investigation of the parole board by the state’s government watchdog agency included several defamatory statements. The lawsuit claimed Chapman suffered “great humiliation” and injury to her personal and business reputations. The stories focused on a 13-page draft report produced by the Office of the State Inspector General about the board’s controversial 2020 decision to release Vincent Martin, an inmate who had served about 40 years in prison for killing a Richmond police officer in 1979. WTVR was the first news organization to report on the document, which contained significant differences from the final report made public last year, including a critical finding about Chapman. Chapman did not participate in the decision to grant Martin parole. She said in her lawsuit that nothing...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge privately told lawyers he would renege on a plea deal and imprison Roman Polanski for having sex with a teenage girl in 1977, a former prosecutor testified, setting the stage for the renowned director to flee the U.S. as a fugitive. A previously sealed transcript obtained late Sunday by The Associated Press late Sunday of testimony by retired Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson supports Polanski’s claim that he fled on the eve of sentencing in 1978 because he didn’t think he was getting a fair deal. Gunson said during closed-door testimony in 2010 that he wasn’t surprised Polanski fled after the judge had broken several promises made to his defense lawyer. “The judge had promised him on two occasions … something that he reneged on,” Gunson said. “So it wasn’t surprising to me that, when he was told he was going to be sent off to state prison … that he could not or would not trust the judge.” Defense lawyer Harland Braun said Friday — in expectation of the...
    An Arizona judge says a man may begin establishing an estate on behalf of an aborted fetus so he can sue a clinic for terminating his third wife's pregnancy.  Mario Villegas, 41, was allowed to establish an estate for the embryo, dubbed 'Baby Villegas,' in order to sue Jackrabbit Family Medicine Inc. and Camelback Family Planning, which carried out an abortion for ex-wife Meagan in 2018.  Villegas, a U.S. Marine veteran who accompanied Meagan during the procedure and consultations, claimed doctors failed to properly inform her of the health risks of an abortion, as well as not telling his ex-wife about the 'satisfaction' that comes with being a mother. He says those oversights constitute breaches of Arizona's informed consent laws for abortion patients. But his ex-wife Meagan Speer-Villegas has refuted his claims, and insists she has no regrets about having the procedure.   Gila County Superior Court Judge Bryan B. Chambers said he'd allow Villegas to make the argument that the aborted fetus was a person worthy of an estate. But he said he would withhold judgement on whether the fetus...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday declined to delay the upcoming trial of Steve Bannon, an adviser to former President Donald Trump who faces contempt charges after refusing for months to cooperate with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. Bannon is still scheduled to go on trial next week despite telling the House committee late Saturday that he is now prepared to testify. It’s unclear whether Bannon will again refuse to appear before the committee with the trial pending. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols also ruled against several requests by Bannon’s attorneys to seek the testimony of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or the committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi. And Nichols barred Bannon’s attorneys from arguing before a jury that the committee violated House rules in demanding Bannon’s appearance, that Bannon defied the subpoena on the advice of his defense counsel or at Trump’s order. Nichols also said he could address during jury selection any concerns about pretrial publicity due to the committee’s ongoing hearings. If it proves impossible to pick an unbiased jury,...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Mexican president Luis Echeverria has died at the age of 100. Current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed the death Saturday. In his Twitter account, López Obrador sent condolences to Echeverria’s family and friends. López Obrador did not provide a cause of death for Echeverria, who governed from 1970 to 1976. In 2005, a judge exonerated Echeverria on genocide charges stemming from a 1971 student massacre depicted in the Oscar-winning movie “Roma.” The judge ruled that Echeverria may have been responsible for homicide, but could not be tried because the statute of limitations for that crime expired in 1985. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Michigan Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder (R) in the Flint water scandal were void, as the judge had no legal authority to issue the indictments in the first place. The decision also clears Snyder's health director and seven other people of charges stemming from lead contaminated water in Flint's water system from 2014-15. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER State laws authorize a "judge to investigate, subpoena witnesses, and issue arrest warrants" but do not authorize the judge "to issue indictments," the court said in a 6-0 opinion. Flint Water Crisis News Michigan
    By Beth LeBlanc | The Detroit News The Michigan Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the state’s use of one-man grand juries to issue indictments in the Flint water criminal cases, a decision that is likely to upend the second round of prosecutions linked to the city’s water crisis. In a unanimous decision, the high court found that a one-judge grand jury can be used to investigate, subpoena and issue arrest warrants but it cannot be used to indict an individual. The justices also ruled that the Genesee County Circuit Court erred in denying a motion to dismiss former state health Director Nick Lyon’s case. The high court also found that state health official Nancy Peeler and former Gov. Rick Snyder aide Richard Baird had a right to a preliminary examination following their indictments. Attorney General Dana Nessel’s prosecution team had been trying to move straight to trial with Peeler, Baird and other defendants, including Snyder. The justices remanded the three cases at issue back to Genesee County Circuit Court for reconsideration in light of the ruling. In January 2021, Nessel’s...
    Charges against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and seven others in the Flint water contamination scandal have been dropped by the state’s Supreme Court, according to reports. State laws merely “authorize a judge to investigate, subpoena witnesses, and issue arrest warrants,” but “do not authorize the judge to issue indictments,” the court’s 6-0 opinion read. This breaking news story will be updated…
    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s top court says judge had no power to indict officials in Flint water scandal, including ex-Gov. Rick Snyder. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By Malathi Nayak | Bloomberg A former Tesla Inc. contractor has refused to accept $15 million in damages over racist abuse he was subjected to at the electric vehicle maker’s northern California factory after a judge drastically slashed a $137 million jury verdict. Owen Diaz on Tuesday told US District Judge William Orrick that he won’t agree to the the 89% cut. Instead, Diaz plans to seek a new trial, his lawyer Larry Organ said. “In rejecting the court’s excessive reduction by asking for a new trial, Mr. Diaz is again asking a jury of his peers to evaluate what Tesla did to him and to provide just compensation for the torrent of racist slurs that was directed at him,” Organ said in an emailed statement. “Mr. Diaz seeks to restore a fair and just punitive damages award that will punish and deter Tesla for the racist conduct to which Mr. Diaz was subjected and to prevent future harassment from occurring.” RELATED: Noose drawing, lynching reference left up for months at Tesla’s Fremont factory, civil-rights lawsuit claims In October, Diaz...
    NEXT time you visit Costco, you can skip several aisles that might be on your list – and stay away from a popular part of the store that will raise employees' eyebrows. According to former staff members, specific items in the food, automotive, and home goods sections aren't worth buying. 2Ex-Costco employees warned against buying certain items, from coffee to booksCredit: Getty 2Former staff also had a dire warning for any Costco food court fansCredit: AFP Ex-employees of the warehouse megastore have shared their shopping advice all over the internet, and the best tips were compiled from multiple threads and videos by Best Life Online. A clear trend emerged from the reports: every dedicated shopper knows the best deals at Costco, but few realize their behavior frequently makes store staff cringe. That includes shopping with food in hand, a common practice for anyone who loves Costco's affordable, accessible food court area. Eating while shopping is one activity store staff will "judge" shoppers for, the outlet reported, citing a former employee who shared their ire on Reddit. READ MORE EMPLOYEE SECRETSSHOPPING SMART...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Tuesday rescheduled the state trial for two former Minneapolis police officers in George Floyd’s killing to Oct. 24 to resolve dueling requests for a new trial date after the state sought to start it as soon as this summer while a defense lawyer asked to delay it to next spring. Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 2020 killing of Floyd. Their trial was supposed to start this month, but Judge Peter Cahill earlier this month postponed it until Jan. 5, saying that would improve prospects for a fair trial. He settled on the October date during a brief hearing Tuesday. State prosecutor Matthew Frank on Friday had requested a speedy trial on behalf of Floyd’s family, which under Minnesota law could have meant mid-August. Kueng’s defense attorney, Tom Plunkett, followed with a request Sunday for a longer delay — until April — because of a scheduling conflict. Attorneys for all sides told Cahill they agreed to the Oct. 24...
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Hundreds of Malaysian lawyers staged a protest Friday to condemn the anti-graft agency’s unprecedented probe of a senior judge who convicted former Prime Minister Najib Razak, calling it a threat to judicial independence. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in April launched an investigation of Judge Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali, following allegations of an unexplained sum of over 1 million ringgit ($227,000) in his bank account. Nazlan was the high court judge who sentenced Najib to 12 years in prison in July 2020 for corruption, and later was promoted to the Court of Appeals. Najib is appealing the case in the country’s top court after losing an earlier appeal. The Bar Council, which organized Friday’s rally, condemned the anti-graft agency for publicly announcing its investigation and naming Nazlan. It said the move was not in accordance with constitutional procedures and could shake confidence in judicial integrity. “We think that this particular unprecedented way of disclosure of the name of a sitting judge is actually an intimidation against the judiciary,” said bar president Karen Cheah. She said...
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge on Monday again delayed the murder trial of an ex-police officer who fatally shot a Black woman through a window of her own Fort Worth home in 2019. State administrative Judge George Gallagher delayed Aaron Dean’s trial during a Monday hearing until another judge decides on a defense motion to recuse state District Judge David Hagerman. Hagerman has declined to recuse himself as judge presiding over the trial, which had been scheduled to start next week. Dean is charged in the death of Atatiana Jefferson, whom he shot and killed in her home while responding to an October 2019 report about open doors. In court submissions, his attorneys have argued that Hagerman “has grown increasingly hostile, overbearing and rude” to them. At a June 3 hearing, defense attorneys had sought a delay because lead attorney Jim Lane, who had been ill, and a key defense witness would be unavailable. Hagerman revised to follow courthouse rules and ordered the trial to proceed, defense co-counsels Miles Brissette and Bob Gill said in their motion...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge overseeing the remaining case of two former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing ordered Monday that the trial be delayed until January to improve prospects for a fair trial. Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng had been due to go on trial next Monday on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 2020 death of Floyd. But Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill on Monday ordered that trial be delayed until Jan. 5. Cahill denied a defense motion for a change of venue due to the extensive pretrial publicity surrounding the case. But he said media reports and recent events surrounding connected cases have created “a reasonable likelihood of an unfair trial” if it were to begin next week. Cahill cited the May 18 guilty plea by Thao and Keung’s co-defendant, former Officer Thomas Lane. He also cited the convictions of Thao, Kueng and Lane on federal civil rights charges in a separate trial in federal court in February. The judge said those two events and the publicity...
    The stage is set for another Blac Chyna-Kardashian courtroom showdown in Los Angeles next month, just a few weeks after the model-reality star lost her defamation case.  This time Chyna, 34, is taking on Kim Kardashian's younger brother Rob Kardashian – her ex-fiancé – whom she accused of posting 'revenge porn' nude photos of her on the internet after they split up. The pair's volatile and short-lived relationship was documented on 2016 E! reality series Rob & Chyna, a spinoff of hit show Keeping up with the Kardashians.  Rob, 35, who shares five-year-old daughter Dream with Chyna, was not in court Thursday when Judge Gregory Alarcon set the date for the revenge porn trial for June 13.  Blac Chyna will head back to court for another legal battle against the Kardashian family, weeks after she failed to sue them for defamation The 34-year-old reality star is suing her ex Rob Kardashian, 35 (pictured in 2016) claiming he published 'revenge porn' photos of her online after they split Chyna, 34 – real name Angela White – was also absent at the hearing,...
    At least 15 women accused Alex Kozinski, a former appellate court, of inappropriate behavior. Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker is trying to position himself as tough on crime and a strong defender of family values. But last week, he accepted a large campaign donation from a former federal judge accused by more than a dozen women of sexual predation. Last Tuesday, Walker's campaign reported taking a $1,000 donation from Alex Kozinski, who is identified as a self-employed attorney from Rancho Palos Verdes, California. From 1985 to 2017, Kozinski was a prominent conservative federal judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Kozinski, a member of the right-wing Federalist Society, was appointed to the position by former President Ronald Reagan and served as chief judge on the court from 2007 to 2014. Kozinski's tenure came to an abrupt end in 2017 after at least 15 women, including former law clerks and legal professionals, accused him of sexual misconduct. Their allegations included stories of Kozinski touching them inappropriately and making them watch pornography. Kozinski initially denied any wrongdoing, but later...
    Former spouses Christina Hall and Ant Anstead have reportedly been ordered by a judge to attend mediation in the midst of their custody battle for their son Hudson. The ex-couple, 38 and 43, who were married for less than two years, have been at odds since Ant filed for full custody last month. They must meet with a mediator on June 15, according to documents obtained by Us Weekly. Legal update: Christina Hall and Ant Anstead have been ordered by a judge to attend mediation in the midst of their custody battle for their son Hudson In court documents the TV personality accused his ex-wife of being an unfit mother and claimed she had been negligent when it came to both his and their son Hudson's medical safety. In Ant's explosive court filing, he also stated that his girlfriend Renee Zellweger, 53, was forced to stop production on her latest project due to COVID exposure from Hall, who had not disclosed that her family contracted coronavirus. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Heather Rae Young and Tarek...
    (CNN)A Colorado judge rejected a request by several allies of former President Donald Trump that she dismiss a defamation case they're facing after hyping bogus 2020 election fraud claims. The move Friday by District Judge Marie Avery Moses means that the defamation case will advance toward trial, opening the door to more extensive discovery that could shed light on the "big lie" narrative that propelled Trump's bid to overturn the election. The case was brought by Eric Coomer, a former Dominion Voting Systems executive, after several Trump allies falsely claimed that Coomer had been involved in a plot to rig the 2020 election. On Friday, the Denver-based state court judge denied the requests by the defendants -- including the Trump campaign, Trump-aligned lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, and other prominent figures on the right -- that the case be dismissed. She said that based on the evidence submitted so far in the case, Coomer "will be able to present the following credible evidence to a jury which would be sufficient to meet the clear and convincing evidentiary standard in...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has ruled that prosecutors can obtain medical records about injuries that former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs’ girlfriend received in a high-speed crash that killed a woman last November. Attorney Peter Christiansen did not immediately respond Friday to messages about whether he’ll appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court. The judge issued the ruling on Kiara Jenai Kilgo-Washington’s medical files April 27. A preliminary hearing of evidence in the case against Ruggs has been delayed by postponements and legal moves by Christiansen and Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Ann Zimmerman on Wednesday rescheduled it for June 16. In court filings, Christiansen has argued that Kilgo-Washington is not charged with a crime and her health information is protected by federal and state doctor-patient confidentiality laws. Clark County District Court Judge Tara Clark Newberry ruled that disclosure of the records is permitted under exceptions to state law about protected health information. Prosecutors say the records will show Kilgo-Washington suffered substantial injuries in the fiery...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A judge has denied motions for acquittals and a mistrial from the three former Minneapolis police officers convicted of federal civil rights charges in George Floyd’s killing. Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were found guilty of depriving Floyd of his right to medical care in February. Kueng and Thao were also found guilty of a federal charge accusing them of failing to intervene to stop fellow officer Derek Chauvin during the May 25, 2020, killing, which was was captured on bystander video that triggered protests worldwide and a reexamination of racism and policing. READ MORE: Judge Overseeing Derek Chauvin Civil Rights Case Accepts Plea DealAfter the federal trial, Thao, Kueng and Lane all moved for acquittals, and asked for a mistrial based on “prosecutorial misconduct.” Those motions were denied by Judge Paul Magnuson, according to a ruling filed Tuesday. “Although the Court has grave concerns about the possibility that the jury’s verdicts were based on their fear of repercussions — social, political, and personal — from a different outcome, the evidence brought forth...
    ABC "Dancing With the Stars" season 30 finale. It’s official: “Dancing With the Stars” finalist JoJo Siwa is once again dating her first girlfriend, Kylie Prew. The star confirmed on May 5, 2022 that the two were back together. She posted photos of the couple together at Disney World alongside the caption, “If you love something, let it go, if it comes back….” Weeks ago, there were rumors that the couple were back together, and Siwa confirmed in early May that she was dating someone. Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians “I’m very happy, I’m very much so in love. I am really lucky that I’m loved unconditionally, too, by this human and she is awesome,” Siwa told Extra, adding that it was a long-distance relationship. “She is the best, and FaceTimes and when we do actually get to see each other, my heart is just like… I felt for a while my puzzle piece was just like scrambled eggs and I feel like I finally started to...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández is being held like a “prisoner of war” in a New York federal jail, his lawyer told a judge Tuesday. Attorney Raymond Colon made the assertion as Hernandez pleaded not guilty to charges that he received millions of dollars from 2004 to 2022 to support a drug trade that delivered hundreds of thousands of kilos of drugs to the U.S. Colon said Hernandez has been held in solitary confinement and has not been permitted to communicate with his family or receive access to the jail’s commissary since he was extradited three weeks ago to face charges. He said Hernandez is sometimes allowed to exercise on a basketball court for one hour but isn’t given a basketball. The lawyer also complained that he’s been mostly blocked from meeting with Hernandez, although his paralegals have been permitted to meet with him. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel directed the government to look into the issues and report to him within a week. Castel also set a tentative trial date for Jan. 17....
    A judge in Missouri has green-lit a subpoena that former Gov. Eric Greitens, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate this year, sought against his ex-wife for phone and communication records between her and top GOP establishment officials. “Based on overwhelming evidence that the Governor’s ex-wife was untruthful in her statements and the children’s medical/dental records showing no abuse occurred, the judge has granted the legal team complete access to her phone records,” Greitens’s campaign told Breitbart News on Thursday after the judge approved the subpoena. “We expect that the facts will show, sadly, that she coordinated with Mitch McConnell’s lieutenants and Karl Rove to peddle these false allegations. Ultimately, we look forward to gaining access to their records as well.” The move by Eric Greitens to subpoena his ex-wife Sheena Greitens’s phone records comes after she accused him of abusing her and their children in a court filing earlier this year. He has denied the allegations, and claims they are part of an ongoing effort by GOP establishment political consultants to stop his campaign. A recent Breitbart...
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former Fort Worth police officer will face his murder trial next month in the city where he fatally shot a Black woman through a window of her home in 2019, a Texas judge ruled Wednesday. Judge David Hagerman denied a motion by the lawyers for Aaron Dean, who were seeking to move his trial for the killing of Atatiana Jefferson to another county because of media coverage that they claimed had tainted the jury pool against the 37-year-old. But he agreed to their request to postpone the case, moving it back a month. The decision means Dean will go on trial in June a few miles from where he shot Jefferson through a rear window while responding to a call about the front door being open. The 28-year-old Black woman’s killing shattered already fragile relations between the city’s police department and its Black community. After nearly three days of hearings, Hagerman ruled that news coverage about the shooting had not been inflammatory and that Dean’s case will proceed in Tarrant County, about 30...
    A man who spent 32 years behind bars and nearly two decades on death row for a crime he says he did not commit is facing the threat of returning to prison in Florida, prompting his attorneys to seek relief in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Crosley Green, 64, has been out of prison for one year but may soon return after a three-judge panel on the 11th Circuit Court ruled in March that a federal district judge improperly overturned his conviction in 2018. Attorneys for Green convened for a news conference at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Titusville on Wednesday to outline their plan asking the full 11-judge panel on the appeals court to reconsider the recent decision, hopeful for a response that will give the case a second look. Jeane Thomas, one of the defense attorneys representing Green, argued the federal district court "said it didn't happen," saying that evidence that was suppressed "went to the heart of the defense’s theory that someone else committed this crime." WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED KANSAS MAN SUES FOR $93 MILLION FOLLOWING 23...
    The jilted lover and ex-handyman accused in the horrific slaying of the Queens married mother of two Orsolya Gaal will not testify before the grand jury due to the charges against him, his lawyer told the judge.  David Bonola, 44, was marched into Queens Supreme Court in orange prison garb Tuesday with his long curly brown hair tied back and a mask partially covering his face. The handcuffed Bonola did not utter a word as the female translator spoke to him in Spanish and his lawyer addressed the judge.  'Mr. Bonola will not be testifying before a grand jury. We withdraw from their request for him to appear before a grand jury,' Attorney David Strom from Queens Defenders said. 
    A $10,000 daily fine brought against Donald Trump for failing to produce financial documents in New York Attorney General Letitia James' tax fraud probe begins accumulating on Tuesday.   New York state Supreme Court justice Arthur Engoron held the former president in contempt on Monday and slapped him with the heft fine for failing to comply with a subpoena to turn over several documents to James. The fine will keep accumulating from Tuesday for every day Trump keeps stalling, unless he can make a convincing case that the documents simply aren't in his possession -- which his attorney claims is the case.  But in court on Monday, the judge concluded that Trump lawyer Alina Habba's affirmations that the pages can't be found are 'woefully inadequate' and fail to establish a convincing '"who," "what," "where," "when" and "how" the search was conducted.' He ruled that Trump 'willfully disobeyed' the court's order when he failed to produce the documents or a reasonable excuse as to why, by a previously established March 31 deadline. 'In short, the affidavit provided the Court with no basis to find that...
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in Minnesota on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit by eight former hockey players alleging sexual abuse by a college and youth coach in the 1980s, suggesting in the order that the case might be better served in state courts. The plaintiffs have accused Thomas “Chico” Adrahtas of repeated sexual assault, abuse, molestation and harassment while they played on his teams at various levels of the sport. Many of the accusers, all male, were minors at the time. READ MORE: Minnesota House OKs Unemployment Insurance Bill With Frontline Worker BonusesThe defendants in the lawsuit are Adrahtas, the University of Minnesota, USA Hockey and the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois. U.S. District Judge Eric Tostrud said in Tuesday’s order that the “short summary of a longer more complicated story” is that the federal claims are barred by statutes of limitations and it makes sense to dismiss that case so it can be tried “in another proceeding or forum.” Nicholas Economakos, an attorney for the former players, said that while he was disappointed by the ruling he...
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in Minnesota on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit by eight former hockey players alleging sexual abuse by a college and youth coach in the 1980s, suggesting in the order that the case might be better served in state courts. The plaintiffs have accused Thomas “Chico” Adrahtas of repeated sexual assault, abuse, molestation and harassment while they played on his teams at various levels of the sport. Many of the accusers, all male, were minors at the time. The defendants in the lawsuit are Adrahtas, the University of Minnesota, USA Hockey and the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois. U.S. District Judge Eric Tostrud said in Tuesday’s order that the “short summary of a longer more complicated story” is that the federal claims are barred by statutes of limitations and it makes sense to dismiss that case so it can be tried “in another proceeding or forum.” Nicholas Economakos, an attorney for the former players, said that while he was disappointed by the ruling he respected the judge’s 51-page order, which Economakos said “drew a road...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Hennepin County judge has ruled that there will be no livestream of the state trial for three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death. The trial for J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao is scheduled for June 13. All three were found guilty of depriving Floyd of his rights in a federal trial in February. READ MORE: 'This Has To Be Preserved': City Of Minneapolis Seeks Input For Future Of George Floyd SquareOn Monday afternoon, Judge Peter Cahill released a trial management order, saying that the prosecutors and defense have done a “180-degree reversal” in their positions on livestreaming the trial since the fall of 2020. The state, once opposed, is now in favor of the livestream while the defense was in favor, but is now not. READ MORE: State Patrol Troopers Undergo Media Training Following $825K SettlementCahill says the current rules stipulate that a district court can not be authorized to permit livestreaming of a criminal trial over the objection of a party “absent compelling justification to depart from the mandates”...
    BERLIN, N.H. (CBS) — Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia reported to prison Friday in Berlin, New Hampshire after seven delays. FCI Berlin told WBZ-TV that Correia has “entered the custody of the Bureau of Prisons.” READ MORE: 'Suspicious' Deaths Under Investigation After 2 Bodies Are Found In Concord, NH WoodsCorreia, who is set to serve six years in prison, lost a motion Wednesday for continued release pending an appeal hearing. READ MORE: Two Children With Severe Burns Flown From Ukraine To Shriners Children's Hospital In BostonCorreia was convicted last September of 21 counts of defrauding investors in a smartphone app he was developing and for extorting money from marijuana companies seeking to do business in Fall River. A judge later dismissed 10 fraud and tax evasion charges. He was supposed to report to prison on December 3, but asked a judge to allow him to remain free so he could help with his family’s restaurant during the holidays. That appeal was accepted. MORE NEWS: Mysterious Liver Disease In Children: CDC Issues Advisory On Acute HepatitisCorreia was first elected as...
    Lightning-rod attorney Rudy Giuliani's long-anticipated appearance on The Masked Singer has finally aired. Giuliani's appearance on the show was first reported in February when the episode was taped, but it was unclear when -- or whether -- the footage would actually run until he was unveiled in Wednesday night's show. Wearing a 'Jack in the Box' costume, Giuliani revealed himself to the confusion and consternation of the judges, including comedian Ken Jeong, who eventually stormed off stage in protest. The former mayor of New York City, Giuliani in recent years became a highly polarizing figure, serving as Donald Trump's personal attorney and advocating for 'trial by combat' shortly before the US Capitol riot. Lightning-rod attorney Rudy Giuliani's long-anticipated appearance on The Masked Singer has finally aired Comedian Ken Jeong reacted in shock and eventually stormed off stage in protest Rudy Giuliani sings "Bad to the Bone" on Masked Singer as host @kenjeong leaves saying, "I'm done." pic.twitter.com/nPmcTBye4m— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) April 21, 2022 On Wednesday's episode, after Giuliani removed his mask judge Nicole Scherzinger was heard asking: 'Is that Robert...
    Getty Giants safety Xavier McKinney took a shot at ex-head coach Joe Judge's coaching style. Although the Dave Gettleman era resulted in an abysmal 19-46 record for the New York Giants, at least one of the now ex-general manager’s draft picks has developed into a star. Free safety Xavier McKinney emerged as a budding contributor on the Giants’ defense in his second season in the NFL last year. McKinney racked up 93 total tackles, five interceptions and 10 passes defensed across 17 games during his sophomore campaign in 2021. Following a treacherous 4-13 season, Gettleman resigned and the Giants cut ties with head coach Joe Judge. As a result, the organization hired Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll away from the Buffalo Bills to become their new GM-HC duo. And it sounds like McKinney is already enjoying the culture they’ve brought along with them. “The communication part of it, it’s not so uptight, how it was before,’’ McKinney said of Daboll’s coaching staff on the New York Post’s “Blue Rush’’ podcast. “You can be yourself, you can be you....
    FALL RIVER (CBS) — Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia is finally set to report to prison after seven delays. Correia, who is set to serve six years in prison, lost a motion Wednesday for continued release pending an appeal hearing. He will now report to prison on Friday. READ MORE: 'If I Win $1 Million, We Are Splitting It': Methuen Lottery Winner Makes Good On Promise To FriendCorreia was convicted last September of 21 counts for defrauding investors in a smartphone app he was developing and for extorting money from marijuana companies seeking to do business in Fall River. A judge later dismissed 10 fraud and tax evasion charges. READ MORE: Illinois Man Arrested After Leading Police On Mass Pike Chase From Charlton To StockbridgeHe was supposed to report to prison on December 3, but asked a judge to allow him to remain free so he could help with his family’s restaurant during the holidays. That appeal was accepted. He will report to a New Hampshire federal prison. MORE NEWS: Can Vaccinated People Pass COVID To Others? Dr. Mallika...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The former union boss for the nation’s largest correction officers’ union might have gotten too harsh a prison sentence when he was ordered to spend nearly five years behind bars for corruption convictions, a judge said. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, who sentenced Seabrook to four years and 10 months in prison in early 2019, said in a ruling Friday that the length of Norman Seabrook’s prison term deserves a second look. He noted disparities in the sentence given to Seabrook, who is Black, and co-conspirators who are white. But he also said in a written ruling that the former head of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association did not deserve a new trial after his 2018 conviction on conspiracy and honest service wire fraud charges. Prosecutors said he accepted $60,000 in bribes in 2014 to funnel $20 million in union funds to a risky hedge fund. All but $1 million was lost. Seabrook has said there was no evidence he ever intended to “lose a dime” of union members’ money. Seabrook,...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The court adjourned quickly in the case of former UFC star Cain Velasquez on Tuesday. He was expected to enter a plea in a San Jose courtroom but it has been postponed at the request of his lawyer.He's now due to return to court on May 6."As we indicated to the judge today, we are going to file another motion asking that he be released," Velasquez's attorney Mark Geragos said.The 39-year-old is charged with attempted murder after shooting at a man accused of molesting one of his relatives in March.Prosecutors say Velasquez chased the man for 11 miles in South San Jose.Velasquez faces 10 counts that could carry more than 20 years of jail time if he is convicted. The man accused of molestation, Harry Eugene Goularte, is also facing criminal charges.Velasquez tweeted a statement Tuesday addressing the shooting incident:"To everyone that has expressed your support, my family and I will never be able to thank you enough. From the bottom of our hearts and the depths of our souls, we are forever grateful for your love....
    LONDON (AP) — British rapper Dizzee Rascal was sentenced Friday to a curfew and a restraining order for assaulting his former fiancée. A judge at Croydon Magistrates’ Court in south London told the musician he must observe a 24-week curfew and wear an electronic tag. The judge also imposed a 12-month restraining order on the 37-year-old musician, whose full name is Dylan Kwabena Mills. The musician was convicted last month of headbutting Cassandra Jones at a home in south London in June. Prosecutors said he pressed his forehead against hers and pushing her to the ground during a “chaotic” argument over money and custody arrangements for their two children. When police, called by neighbors, arrived, Mills said “I’m the aggressor,” but later gave a prepared statement in a police interview, denying the allegations and claiming Jones had assaulted him. Sentencing Mills on Friday, District judge Polly Gledhill said she wanted him to work on how he thinks and behaves, as he “lost his temper and used violence.” She told the rapper he had shown “no remorse for this matter” and...
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