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    Lawyers for Alex Murdaugh are accusing prosecutors of allegedly hiding evidence - including blood splatters and phone records - and leaking information about the South Carolina family murders to the press ahead of Murdaugh's looming trial.  'It's trial by ambush,' attorney Dick Harpootlian said in a press conference on Wednesday. 'Give us the stuff. I don't have a shred of paper. I don't have an email. I don't have an exhibit. I don't have any evidence.'  Murdaugh, 54, was indicted in July on murder charges in the deaths of his wife Maggie, 52, and their 22-year-old son, Paul, who were killed on June 7, 2021, at the family's home. He has adamantly denied killing them.  The disbarred South Carolina lawyer's trial for the double murders is not set to happen until next year, but drama in the courtroom is already in full swing. Murdaugh's legal team blasted prosecutors of leaking details to the media instead of handing it over to the defense as required. They also claim they have never received any reports on blood splatter or evidence found on phones....
    (CNN)An investigation is underway after a 13-year-old boy was shot by a Chicago Police Department officer, according to the city's Civilian Office of Police Accountability. The teen's lawyers, and witnesses, contend his hands were up when police opened fire. He is now paralyzed from being shot in the back, the attorneys said. The officer, identified by his attorney as Noah Ball, believed the suspect was pointing a weapon -- that turned out to be a cell phone -- and made a split-second decision to shoot, his lawyer told CNN.Read More As an independent police oversight office investigates the incident, new body camera video obtained exclusively by CNN shows the frantic final moments that led up to the shooting and what immediately followed. In the footage, taken the night of May 18, an officer jumps out of his car to chase a 13-year-old who had bailed out of a suspected stolen vehicle and ran past him. Other officers are also in pursuit, including Ball, who according to his attorney had seen the vehicle hours earlier driving straight at his car.A scene...
    R. Kelly was removed from suicide watch after the disgraced R&B superstar's attorney said he was subjected to the 'harsh conditions' of isolation as a form of punishment. Kelly, 55, was returned to normal incarceration this morning at the Brooklyn prison where he is being held, according to a statement from the United States Attorney Eastern District of New York.  The statement did not address Kelly's state of mind or make any mention of why he was removed from suicide watch. Kelly was placed on watch on July 1 'for his own safety,' according to the US Attorney's office. His attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, filed a lawsuit requesting he be removed from watch hours later. 'MDC [Kelly's prison] has a policy of placing high profile individuals under the harsh conditions of suicide watch whether they are suicidal or not. MDC Brooklyn is being run like a gulag,' Bonjean wrote in the lawsuit.  The motion was rejected on July 2, and authorities said Kelly would be 'clinically assessed' throughout his watch. Though intended to preserve the lives of high-risk inmates, suicide watch can...
    Lawyers for the man accused of shooting 10 people on a Brooklyn subway have accused the FBI of violating his rights in their interviews with him. Frank James, 62, is charged with conducting a violent attack on a mass transportation vehicle following the April 12 attack. He faces life in prison if convicted. Arrested on April 13, James is currently being held without bail in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, and James's lawyers claim that on Tuesday FBI agents entered his cell and questioned him, without following proper procedures. Mia Eisner-Grynberg and Deirdre von Dornum of the Federal Defenders of New York filed a complaint on Thursday, claiming that the FBI entered James's cell for questioning without alerting them before or after. They also took swabs of the inside of his mouth for DNA, made him sign documents, and failed to provide James with a receipt for the interaction.  Frank James is seen on April 13, immediately following his arrest. He has been in the Metropolitan Detention Center since then Mia Eisner-Grynberg (left) and Deirdre von Dornum (right) of the...
    Attorney's for a software mogul facing trial for a record-breaking $2 billion tax evasion case claimed the billionaire cannot stand trial because he has dementia, which has been worsened by COVID-19, according to court filings.   Robert Brockman, 80, was indicted in 2020 on 39 counts, including wire fraud, tax evasion and money laundering that the U.S. Department of Justice said totaled a $2 billion scheme to conceal his income and defraud investors of his Reynolds and Reynolds company.  Brockman's lawyers, however, have argued that the billionaire is not competent to stand trial, claiming in filings submitted on Wednesday that his Parkinson's disease caused dementia, which only grew worse after he contracted COVID in December. In the filings, the lawyers said Brockman was hospitalized in January with toxic metabolic encephalopathy (TME), an acute cerebral dysfunction that can be caused by COVID, claiming that 'For patients already suffering from dementia, COVID-19 and TME can exacerbate the existing dementia and accelerate cognitive decline.'  Attorneys for Robert Brockman, 80, (pictured in November) former CEO of the Reynolds and Reynold software company, have claimed the...
    Steve Bannon suffered a setback ahead of his criminal trial when a judge on Wednesday ordered that he could not tell jurors he relied on advice from lawyers when he defied a subpoena to answer questions about the January 6 violence before Congress.  He was charged with two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to provide documents and testimony to lawmakers investigating the attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters.  Like several other Trump allies, he said he was bound by the principle of executive privilege. Bannon's lawyers argued in a February filing that he had acted in good faith, based on the advice of veteran defense attorney Robert Costello, that he could not give evidence unless the Jan. 6 committee brokered a deal with Trump or convinced a federal court to agree to waive executive privilege. 'The government alleges that Mr. Bannon committed a crime,' his lawyers said 'Every act that they intend to rely upon as proof involved Mr Bannon's reliance upon legal advice.' But on Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols, who was appointed by...
    KANYE West has told his lawyers to speed up his divorce from Kim Kardashian after weeks of targeting the star in nasty attacks. The Donda rapper, 44, and KUWTK star, 41, are set to face off in a court "showdown" on Wednesday. 5Kanye West has told his lawyers to speed up his divorce from Kim Kardashian after weeks of targeting the star in nasty attackCredit: Getty 5The exes are set to face off in a court showdown over their divorce on WednesdayCredit: Getty But after initially objecting to Kim's filing to be legally single, it appears Kanye has had a change of heart. A day before their court appearance, the musician revealed he wants to get their divorce over and done with so he can focus on their four kids. “I’ve asked my team to expedite the dissolution of my marriage to Kim so I can put my entire attention into our beautiful children," Kanye told Hollywood Unlocked on Tuesday. They have four children together - daughters North, eight, and Chicago, four, and sons Saint, six, and Psalm, two....
    Lawyers representing Steve Bannon believe they may have found a way to blow up the government's case against the former Trump advisor – and now say the government breached attorney-client privilege by subpoenaing phone and email records for Bannon's lawyer, Robert Costello, amid their probe. The lawyers say in an explosive new filing they learned of the efforts to get Costello's phone and email records when the government produced 790 documents as part of the case against Bannon, part of the normal document production in a criminal case.  The snooping, in the form of a grand jury subpoena, happened at a time when Costello was meeting with prosecutors 'as Mr. Bannon's attorney, in what he thought were good-faith pre-indictment discussions' – and without indication of any 'taint team' to vet sensitive information.  Their filing includes notes from an FBI agent following two separate meetings the lawyer had with prosecutors while the House Jan. 6th Committee was seeking to obtain Bannon's testimony. While serving as key evidence of Bannon's case on the privilege issue, the FBI documents also map out Costello's...
    Novak Djokovic claims he was woken up and pressured by officials to cancel his visa early in the morning after he was detained at Melbourne Airport. The world's top-ranked tennis player touched down late on Wednesday night to compete for a record 10th Australian Open title, only to be informed his medical exemption was not sufficient. Djokovic now faces deportation back to Serbia, and is under police guard in a hotel in the CBD alongside refugees while his lawyers fight for his right to play.  Dourt documents, made public on Saturday, claim Djokovic believed his December 16 infection meant he was eligible to skip protocol and enter Australia. Details of Djokovic's six-hour interrogation have been revealed - as the Serbian claims he was woken and pressured by Australian Border Force officials to cancel his visa His lawyers claim the 34-year-old was interrogated for six hours at Melbourne Airport before he was allowed to go to a hotel to sleep, only to be woken again and pressured to make a decision on cancelling his visa. Images have since emerged appearing to show...
    Prince Andrew has failed in his bid to have newspaper cuttings describing his accuser Virginia Giuffre as a 'money-hungry sex kitten' taken into account by the New York judge who is considering her claim against him. District Judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed the request as a PR stunt and refused to consider the press reports or a 139-page manuscript written by Virginia Roberts Giuffre about billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Judge Kaplan said there was 'no proper basis' to look at the articles or Ms Giuffre's manuscript The Billionaire's Playboy Club - published in 2011 - which he added 'appear to have been submitted for whatever public relations purposes the defendants advisers may have had in mind'.  Ms Giuffre, 38, has claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times in 2001, when she was just 17. The judge did agree to consider a 2009 settlement deal between Ms Giuffre and Epstein, that the Duke's legal team previously said releases him from any responsibility, reported the Daily Telegraph. District Judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed the request as a PR stunt and...
    Legendary musician Phil Collins will be grilled under oath by his ex-wife's lawyers about alleged drug use and bad hygiene in a court battle over their Miami mansion. The Genesis singer tried to stop ex Orianne Bates from suing him for half of their former Miami Beach home, but a judge has ruled the case can go ahead. Now Bates' lawyers plan to depose Collins on camera in December when he returns from his Genesis comeback tour, The Last Domino. Bates, who married 32-year-old Tom Bates last year, has made a slew of unpleasant claims in previous filings, alleging the Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winning musician started drinking heavily and popping prescription pills, failed to brush his teeth for months, stopped showering, became 'depressed', 'abusive' and 'incapable of having sex'. Her lawsuit is an attempt to obtain 50% of the house from Collins, which Bates claims Collins verbally promised to her. Phil Collins will be questioned under oath by his ex-wife Orianne Bates' lawyers about alleged drug use and bad hygiene, DailyMail.com can reveal  Bates' lawyers plan to depose Collins...
    Andrew's legal team run the risk of incurring the wrath of respected judge Lewis A Kaplan Plans by Prince Andrew's lawyers to boycott today's court hearing in his sexual assault civil case risk angering a New York judge, reports suggest. Legal papers finally delivered to the Duke of York's Windsor home were not properly served, his team claimed over the weekend, meaning lawyers are considering not taking part in the pre-trial hearing.  Andrew is being sued by Jeffrey Epstein victim, Virginia Roberts, who claims she was sexually assaulted by the Duke. He vehemently denies the allegation. But while the prince's team are said to have signalled their intent not to participate in the telephone conference today, Judge Lewis Kaplan has ordered that both parties in the case 'are directed to confer regarding an agreed scheduling order', according to the Telegraph. Judge Kaplan is looking to lay out a timetable for management of the case and if Andrew's lawyers refuse to dial in for the hearing, it may be seen as being in defiance of his order.   Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, aged...
    Prince Andrew has made a dash for Balmoral 'to avoid multiple attempts to serve sexual assault papers at his Windsor mansion', reports say.  The Duke of York, 61, was seen with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson yesterday leaving Royal Lodge, before the pair took a 500-mile trip to the Queen's 50,000-acre Scottish estate, where she is staying while on holiday, The Sun reports.   Andrew has not yet responded to the New York lawsuit of Jeffrey Epstein's former sex slave Virginia Giuffre accusing him of 'rape in the first degree'.  Papers have not yet been served on the duke or his lawyers despite 'multiple attempts' at Royal Lodge, Windsor, in the last fortnight, it is believed. Andrew is now set to stay at the Queen's private estate when the case relating to the alleged sex abuse is heard, reports indicate. The civil suit is due to be heard via a telephone conference in New York on September 13.  Ms Giuffre's lawsuit claims she had been 'forced to have sexual intercourse' with Andrew against her will - a claim strongly denied by Andrew.  ...
    At least 70 family businesses claim millionaire Marcus Lemonis ruined or harmed them by appearing on his reality TV show The Profit, according to new legal paperwork obtained by DailyMail.com. They represent nearly three-quarters of the small firms featured in the seven seasons of the CNBC hit, which is designed to help or rescue firms that are in trouble. The show, which premiered in 2013, follows the business guru on his hunt for struggling small businesses, which he then offers to save by typically presenting them with his financial backing and acumen in exchange for an ownership stake. If the owners agree to the deal, Lemonis assumes full control of the company and uses his expertise to improve operations and make the business profitable. However, lawyers for one company suing the tycoon in New York now allege 70 small firms were 'depicted falsely in an unforgivable manner' and claim they were 'destroyed through the forced and fraudulent indebtedness and crafty theft of the trusted advisor host, Marcus Lemonis.' At least 70 family businesses claim millionaire Marcus Lemonis ruined or...
    Bodycam video shows Andrew Brown Jr. did not drive into the deputies who shot him dead, according to the attorneys for the black man's family, after a judge allowed them to watch more footage of his killing at the hands of law enforcement.  Chance Lynch, a lawyer who viewed the footage in private with Brown's family Tuesday, said it shows Brown was sitting in his stationary car with his hands on the wheel when officers first opened fire on him.  He said the 42-year-old black man actually did 'the opposite' of driving at the officers, turning his car to go 'the opposite direction'  as he described his death as a 'massacre by a firing squad.' 'What we saw was a massacre by a firing squad. We want justice. We want arrest, conviction, and a long prison sentence,' said Lynch in a press conference after the viewing.    Brown, a 42-year-old black man, was shot multiple times and killed on the morning of April 21 by Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies.  The father-of-10 was inside his car outside his house in Elizabeth City, North...
    Prince Andrew's sex accuser could testify about him at Ghislaine Maxwell's trial, court documents have revealed. The original photograph showing the Duke of York with his arm around Virginia Giuffre's waist at Maxwell's home in 2001 has been requested.  Ms Giuffre's lawyer Sigrid McCawley revealed in court documents that Maxwell's team want access to original copies of various photographs, reported The Sun. It is thought Ms Giuffre, 37, who currently lives in Australia with her husband and three children, could give evidence alongside victims Maria and Annie Farmer. Ms McCawley said: 'There's simply no reason why if the Farmers and Ms Giuffre ultimately testify and these items prove to be relevant and admissable these items cannot be provided for inspection at trial.'  It comes after new criminal charges against Maxwell renewed pressure on Prince Andrew because they fall within the time frame that he was meeting paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The original photograph showing the Duke of York with his arm around Virginia Giuffre's waist at Ghislaine Maxwell's home in 2001 has been requested, court documents revealed  Prince Andrew...
    This undated file photo released by Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Julius Jones. Oklahoma County's top prosecutor is asking the state's Pardon and Parole Board to reject a commutation request from Jones. Jones' case has drawn national attention and he's scheduled for a commutation hearing next week. Jones was convicted and sentenced to die for the 1999 shooting death of Edmond businessman Paul Howell. Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP File Julius Jones was sentenced to die for the 1999 shooting death of Paul Howell in Oklahoma. He has maintained his innocence and is seeking a sentence commutation.  Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board is reviewing his application next week. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An inmate on death row in Oklahoma who has drawn national attention for his two-decade old case is having his commutation application reviewed by the state's Pardon and Parole Board on Monday, but prosecutors on Wednesday called for his filing to be rejected, accusing his lawyers of conducting a "campaign of misinformation." Julius Jones, 40, has spent 19 years on death row...
    Rudy Giuliani discussed former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial on his radio program on Thursday afternoon, saying that he hoped Trump’s lawyers were “competent” — but he defined “competent” as being willing to put forward the same election fraud conspiracy theories he had on his website. “I would like to see in this impeachment that his lawyers do a good job of separating [Trump] from the riot because there’s no connection between the two things,” Giuliani said. He then claimed to have “a good deal of material that shows that outside people organized that riot, and they were organizing for days and days and days, and many of them are enemies of his,” saying that he had put the evidence on his website, including “text messages from Antifa people to come there and get rid of him, get him out of office.” This reporter perused the ironically-named “Rudy Giuliani’s Common Sense” website and was unable to find any such “evidence.” There was one video published on Rumble (the video platform alternative popular with Trump supporters who have been banned...
    According to two anonymous sources quoted by CNN, Donald Trump himself was on the verge of shouting while listening to him. ATn the evening of the first day of Donald Trump’s trial, Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans agreed on one point: the performance of his lawyer Bruce Castor was not up to par. “He was speaking to say nothing,” Republican Senator John Cornyn told .. “I heard a lot of lawyers plead and it was not one of the best,” he said again. His colleague, Senator Lisa Murkowski, said “appalled”: “I don’t see where he was going”. Bruce Castor, 59, was for a long time a Pennsylvania county prosecutor, and joined the defense of the former president at the last minute after the resignation of five lawyers. Tuesday, he spoke first to defend Donald Trump, but multiplied the digressions on senators “extraordinary people” who “arouse the pride” of their constituents and cryptic metaphors (“the floodgates open”, “the pendulum Politics “…) At the exit of the hemicycle, the Democrats...
    Several Republican lawmakers involved in some way with the rally ahead of the storming of the Capitol earlier this month sought with Donald Trump for a pardon – but the president's legal advisors warned against granting the pleas. Two people familiar with the plans told CNN that Trump decided not to grant the pardons to lawmakers before he leaves office Wednesday. He also decided Saturday night, according to sources, that he would not pardon himself or his family members. Although it is not clear from the Tuesday report which Republican lawmakers directly asked the president for clemency, there are a number who were involved in the rally Democrats are claiming incited the ensued deadly riot. Among those who spoke to the rally at the Ellipse before the mob rioted were Representatives Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama.  Top 'Stop the Steal' organizer Ali Alexander said in a few livestreams that he planned the protest, which convened on Capitol Hill shortly before the storming, with those three congressmen in particular. These three were also among...
    Georgia state election official Gabriel Sterling tore into President Donald Trump's election fraud claims a day after the explosive leak of Trump demanding his boss 'find' 11,780 votes to make Trump the winner.  Sterling called a press conference Georgia on the eve of critical statewide elections there – telling the media there was 'not a whit' of truth to claims that ballot machines 'flipped' votes from Trump to President-elect Joe Biden. Sterling issued a furious point-by-point take down of claims and conspiracy theories put forward by Trump and his allies – blasting 'misinformation' and 'disinformation.' Gabriel Sterling, Voting System Implementation Manager with the Georgia Secretary of State's office, blasted 'fantastical' claims by President Trump and his allies With rapid-fire speech, Sterling spelled out the redundant cross-checks and safeguards in the state's election systems – and ridiculed several of Trump's claims. 'There is no shredding of ballots going on. That’s not real. It’s not happening,' he said, after Trump raised the prospect on his hour-long call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.  He mocked a claim put forward by Trump...
    Virginia Roberts has wished the Queen a 'Happy Birthday' by sharing the infamous photo of Prince Andrew with his arm around her waist.  Roberts, now known as Giuffre, lives in an area of Australia which officially celebrates Her Majesty's birthday on either the last week of September or the first week of October. Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell stands behind Prince Andrew and the 17-year-old Giuffre in the photo taken at the British socialite's London townhouse. Giuffre tweeted: 'Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth Here's my gift to you- just a memorable moment of your son,' linking to Prince Andrew's Newsnight interview during which he vehemently denied Giuffre's claims that he had sex with her.  Virginia Roberts, then 17, with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell at the British socialite's London townhouse in 2001 Roberts, now known as Giuffre, lives in an area of Australia which officially celebrates Her Majesty's birthday on either the last week of September or the first week of October In an interview with the BBC's Emily Maitlis last year, Prince Andrew denied Giuffre's claims that...
    Mother Jones illustration; Shutterstock For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.This post was originally published as part of “The Trump Files“—a collection of telling episodes, strange but true stories, and curious scenes from the life of our current president—on October 27, 2016. During his decades in the real estate world, Donald Trump famously shortchanged many small businesses on the money he owed them. The list includes companies that worked on Trump’s properties or supplied him with chandeliers, pianos, marble, and other luxury touches. But Trump also tried to underpay the very same lawyers who helped him save money, and some ended up suing their former client. As our own Hannah Levintova reported in March, the Atlantic City law firm of Levine Staller saved one of Trump’s companies tens of millions of dollars in taxes—and then sued the company, Trump Entertainment, after the business tried to pay Levine Staller $1.25 million less than the firm was owed. In 2012, Levine Staller won a settlement that returned $35 million in overpaid taxes and cut $15...
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