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    EXCLUSIVE - It’s been three months since District Attorney George Gascon beat a bipartisan recall effort in Los Angeles, but for several dozen volunteers, the election is far from over. Three days a week, they enter an office at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder office to begin a tedious six-hour stint poring over records bearing the names and addresses of voters who wanted to remove the beleaguered prosecutor from office. They are hunting for evidence showing that the county was incorrect in throwing out 195,783 petitions that doomed the chances of electing a new district attorney. And they are making history. “Not only is it the largest recall [the registrar’s office] has ever examined, they have never been challenged like this before, and they don’t like it,” said Marian Thompson, an attorney with the recall campaign. “They admitted in their [court] papers that previous inspections … lasted a few days, and folks went on their merry way." LOS ANGELES COUNTY VOTER ERRORS COULD OVERTURN GASCON RECALL EFFORT: LAWSUIT In this photo provided by the County of Los Angeles, incoming...
    Five former Methodist Hospital employees were indicted by a grand jury for conspiring with a man to unlawfully disclose patient information in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The HIPAA law’s provisions make it a crime to disclose patient information, or to obtain patient information with the intent to sell, transfer, or use such information for personal gain. The law was enacted by Congress in 1996 “to create national standards to protect sensitive patient information from being disclosed without a patient’s knowledge or consent.” Between November 2017 and December 2020, a man named Roderick Harvey, 40, paid the five former employees – Kirby Dandridge, 38, Sylvia Taylor, 43, Kara Thompson, 30, Melanie Russell, 41, and Adrianna Taber, 26 – to provide him with names and phone numbers of Methodist patients who had been involved in motor vehicle accidents and sold the information to third persons including personal injury attorneys and chiropractors, according to the indictment cited in a press release by the Western District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney’s Office. A maximum penalty of five...
    A disturbing surveillance camera video captured the shocking moment a businessman carried the body of a mother-of-one down the hallway of his Mexico City apartment building and then through an indoor garage before it was abandoned on the side of a road in the central state of Morelos. Rautel Astudillo, 34, can be seen carrying the body of Ariadna López, 27, over his right shoulder as he walked past the elevator the morning of October 31, a day after they, along with Astudillo's girlfriend, Vanessa Flores, 20, and a group of friends visited a bar in the capital city neighborhood of Roma. Astudillo walked through the stairwell entrance and was then picked up by a second security camera less than a minute later carrying López through the garage. He then placed López inside his SUV and drove off. López's body was discovered hours later by bicyclists on the side of a road 57 miles away in the Morelos municipality of Tepoztlán. Ariadna Lopéz was found dead by bicyclists October 31 on the side of a road in the Morelos city...
    According to Lemons' attorney, Kelsey McKay, Ebbs' bond and protective order require him to forfeit his firearms, but she says that has not happened. "We have firearm surrender laws. We have domestic violence laws. But if there's not enforcement and implementation of those laws, they're relatively useless," McKay said. On Monday, the Travis County district attorney's office required Ebbs to swear he has no firearms and will not reside in a home with guns. When asked about the sentencing, the district attorney's office told KXAN, "Additional evidence gathered through the course of the investigation made clear that the facts do not support the initial allegation." Domestic abuse advocate Coni Huntsman Stogner told the news outlet that she does not believe justice was served for Lemons and worries for her safety. "We are very concerned that the sentencing does not result in safety for the survivor and the community," Stogner said.
    Shelby County’s notoriously soft-on-crime district attorney announced several new hires that he says will make his office more diverse. “I’m proud to announce that the [Shelby County District Attorney]‘s office has added six new attorneys to the team: Ernest Brooks, II, Denania Galloway, Melanie Headely, Kindle Nance, and Krysa Scully will join the office as Assistant District Attorneys. Jessica Indingaro will serve as Special Assistant for Projects & Government Relations. All will start between now and mid-November,” said District Attorney Steve Mulroy on Twitter.  Ernest Brooks, II, Denania Galloway, Melanie Headely, Kindle Nance, and Krysa Scully will join the office as Assistant District Attorneys. Jessica Indingaro will serve as Special Assistant for Projects & Government Relations. All will start between now and mid-November. 2/4 — Steve Mulroy (@SteveMulroy901) October 14, 2022 “These attorneys represent a wide breadth of professional experience. Together, they bring our office closer to better representing the full diversity of our community. They include former prosecutors, former public defenders, and members of the private bar,” said Mulroy. “I’m honored to have them on our...
    Former President Trump was seen leaving New York Attorney General Letitia James' office seven hours after he entered for a deposition in her civil suit against the Trump Organization.  Despite the lengthy meeting, Trump's testimony did not fruitful for New York investigators - the former president vowed to plead the Fifth, the right to remain silent, before it began. Trump attorney Ronald Fischetti, who was present in the meeting, told the New York Times that Trump answered exactly one question throughout the duration of the meeting - what his name was.  Trump read a statement 'the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country' and said as James sat across from him that she 'openly campaigned on a policy of destroying me.' Trump pleaded the Fifth, and then from about 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a long lunch break and other breaks in between, the former president repeated 'same answer' to all of her questions.  A spokesperson with James' office confirmed they could not get the former president to talk.  'While we will not comment on specific details, we...
    Six teenagers are now facing charges in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old boy from Weymouth, the Norfolk County District Attorney's office said.  Four teens were arrested this week in connected with the murder of Nathan Paul, who was shot and killed in Quincy's Germantown Point neighborhood on Feb. 15, WCVB reports. Police said Paul was shot inside a car then drove away and crashed at a nearby intersection, the outlet reports. "Nathan was a kind soul and never failed to make you smile," a GoFundMe organized in his honor reads. "Greg Paul is one of the realest kids I know and it hurts me so bad that him and his family are going through this."  This announcement comes after Keniel Diaz-Romero and Jaivon Harris were indicted in connection with Paul's murder back in February. Harris has been in custody ever since while Diaz-Romero remains at large, the office previously reported.  “This investigation remains active and ongoing, with Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office working closely with Quincy Police and law enforcement partners both regionally and nationally as Keniel Diaz-Romero remains under...
    Donald Trump is no longer in contempt of court, a New York judge ruled on Wednesday. Judge Arthur Engoron, who declared the former president in contempt on April 25 for being slow to respond to a civil subpoena issued by New York's attorney general, said he has now met conditions required to lift the sanction following a protracted legal battle. Trump last month paid $110,000 in fines he racked up as a result of the contempt finding.  The money, paid directly to Attorney General Letitia James' office, will continue to be held in an escrow account while Trump appeals the original contempt finding, Engoron said on Wednesday. New York Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating the Trump Organization since 2019. She subpoenaed Donald Trump and his two eldest children late last year Trump and his two oldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., are scheduled to testify under oath in James' investigation starting July 15 after the state's highest court rejected his last-ditch attempt to avoid a subpoena. 'Although we are pleased that the court has lifted the contempt...
    Attorney General Jason Miyares has appointed Chesterfield County Supervisor Leslie Haley as his Deputy Attorney General for Government Operations and Transactions. Haley is one of several candidates who lost the GOP nomination for attorney general to Miyares in 2021. A Friday press release announced that Haley has left her Chesterfield role and will start in Miyares’ office Monday. “Attorney General Miyares has established a top-notch team of brilliant lawyers and public servants who are fighting for Virginians every day,” Haley said in the release. “I am so honored that he has asked me to join his administration and for the opportunity to continue serving my home in a larger capacity at the Office of the Attorney General. Haley was first elected as supervisor in 2015, and has served stints as board chair and vice chair. Miyares’ release lists Haley’s years of experience as a lawyer and her roles at the Virginia State Bar and Philip Morris, USA. The Chesterfield County announcement of Haley’s departure lists her work in local schools, including on the PTA. Haley said in that release, “When...
    SACRAMENTO —  Except for governor, the most important statewide elective office in California is attorney general. And there’ll be a pivotal vote on the job in the June 7 primary. Voters will choose the two runoff candidates to compete in the November general election. Democratic Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta is a shoo-in for one slot simply because there’s a “D” after his name in this deep-blue state. Whether he’s contested competitively in November may well hinge on whom voters select as his challenger. The top two vote-getters in the primary, regardless of party, will advance to the runoff. Citizens can vote for any candidate, regardless of their party registration. Besides governor and attorney general, half the other statewide offices could be eliminated and the only thing we’d give up would be a lot of unnecessary spending. The attorney general is powerful. The office is responsible for seeing that our laws are enforced — criminal and civil. It can appeal court decisions and bring suits. The last attorney general, Xavier Becerra, sued then-President Trump more than 100 times. Attorney general also is...
    Housekeepers for the Office of the Attorney General found a bullet on the sixth floor on Monday evening. Officers responding to the call found the bullet and a small hole in a window, according to Virginia Capitol Police spokesman Officer Joe Macenka. “There is no indication that this incident was targeted at the OAG specifically or any individual employee,” Chief Deputy Attorney General Chuck Slemp wrote to staff on Tuesday, noting that the Capitol police will provide additional patrols for the next few days and a greater presence at the building “for the foreseeable future.” The Office of the Attorney General didn’t provide a statement, but did share the email from Slemp. “I write this morning to notify our Richmond office that a single round from a firearm was shot into a window of the Barbara Johns Building. The round was located by housekeeping staff last night,” Slemp said. “Capitol Police were called to the Barbara Johns Building at 7:13 p.m. Monday for a report of a bullet that may have been fired into the building from outside,” Macenka told...
    Two top candidates in the race to become Los Angeles’ next city attorney share what some see as a liability: their former allegiance to the GOP. Faisal Gill, a civil rights attorney and former Homeland Security official, and Kevin James, a lawyer turned radio host turned City Hall insider, both once ran for office as Republicans. Both candidates say that they’ve undergone political evolutions since then, including apologizing for past comments on polarizing issues, and that they’ve dedicated themselves to upholding the values of the Democratic Party. But as Gill and James have secured big-name endorsements and amassed sizable campaign war chests, their opponents in the seven-person race clearly see their rivals’ Republican ties as a way to distinguish themselves in deep-blue Los Angeles. “A lifelong Democrat … ” begins one sentence on the campaign website of attorney Teddy Kapur, treasurer of the California Democratic Party. “I registered to vote as a Democrat in 1976, and have never been anything else,” finance law attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto said at a recent forum. Rounding out the field of contenders to...
    The Virginia Office of the Attorney General (OAG) filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to deny a stay after a district court ruled that the admissions policy at Thomas Jefferson (TJ) High School for Science and Technology is discriminatory. “Thomas Jefferson High School has been consistently among the top public schools in the country, and they created and maintained this achievement with a merit-based admissions process. But over the past year, Thomas Jefferson High School changed their policy to prioritize an individual’s race over merit. By doing so, Thomas Jefferson High School has discriminated against deserving students and violated the Equal Protection Clause. This is not equality,” Attorney General Jason Miyares said in a Wednesday press release. In 2020, officials at the school instituted a merit lottery to try to expand the largely Asian-American student base to underrepresented groups while still maintaining a high standard. Conservatives saw that as part of a broader wave of watered-down academic standards in the name of equity, and Republicans campaigned in 2021 on restoring Virginia’s educational...
    CENTENNIAL, Colo (CBS4) — It was Thanksgiving Day 2020. Samuel Birch said “thank you” to a gas station clerk after robbing the business. And pulled the trigger anyhow. It was Birch’s second robbery of the day. The clerk, 24-year-old Mauricio Omar Perez, died at the hospital while in surgery. Birch was found guilty by an Arapahoe County jury March 10 of all charges, murder and robbery the primary counts. Birch, 32, faces life in prison for the murder convictions alone. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 22. Surveillance photo of suspect in the gas station homicide on Thanksgiving. (credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office) Prosecutors used surveillance video which recorded Birch entering the the Circle K convenience store at 8263 South Quebec Street. He was wearing a mask and hooded sweatshirt. Birch approached the counter and asked for a carton of cigarettes. As Perez rang up the order, Birch, as prosecutors described, calmly pointed a long-barreled revolver through the plexiglass divider and began demanding everything in the cash register. Samuel Birch (credit: 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office) “I need everything...
    RICHMOND, Virginia – State Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) told senators Thursday that she had delivered information about the 2020 election to Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office on Tuesday. She pushed several budget amendments that would have spent millions of dollars on investigations both into the 2020 election and on future elections, but her amendments received vigorous opposition from Democrats and feeble support from Republicans. “We presented quite a bit of data and information, our team did, to the attorney general’s office the day before yesterday, and one of their comments was that they need more time and more resources to do that investigation,” Chase said during debate over budget amendments. Chase told senators Thursday that she had delivered information about the 2020 election to Attorney General Jason Miyares’ Office on Tuesday. “We presented quite a bit of data and information, our team did, to the attorney general’s office the day before yesterday, and one of their comments was that they need more time and more resources to do that investigation,” Chase said during debate over budget amendments. “Today we presented...
    Authored by James Barragán The whistleblowers who sued Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton after he fired them for accusing him of bribery and abuse of office are speaking out against him publicly for the first time since filing their lawsuit, in response to what they say are Paxton’s “numerous false and misleading public statements” on the campaign trail. The four whistleblowers – former deputy attorneys general James Blake Brickman, Mark Penley, and Ryan Vassar, as well as the office’s former director of law enforcement David Maxwell – said they previously intended to stay silent about their case while it played out in the judicial system. “Our preference was to remain silent while the wheels of justice turned, and our civil case progressed in the courts,” they said in a joint statement Monday. “However, in recent weeks, Paxton has made numerous false and misleading public statements that we feel obligated to correct.” The whistleblowers also said they had remained quiet to respect the “ongoing FBI investigation,” indicating that a federal criminal probe into Paxton continues. The FBI has declined to comment...
    Former President Donald Trump repeatedly 'denies knowledge' about aspects of his company in a Monday court filing by his lawyer – despite his own treatise Tuesday about his 'great company with fantastic assets.'  Trump's Bedminister, NJ lawyer filed a statement in response to New York Letitia James' latest filing – in a document that comes to light after James revealed that Trump's longtime accounting firm Mazars was parting ways with their client, after concluding they could no longer rely on a decade's worth of financial statements they helped produce. Trump blasted the move in an angry statement Tuesday night, blaming James for 'vicious intimidation tactics' against the firm, saying they were 'essentially forced to resign from a great long-term account by the prosecutorial misconduct.' Trump in his statement goes on to provide dollar figures for cash and marketable securities, escrow, reserve deposits and other categories he says lead to a net worth of $5.8 billion.  He calls the Trump Organization a 'great company with fantastic assets that are unique, extremely valuable and, in many cases, far more valuable than what...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Jermaine Myles died seven years after he was shot and paralyzed. At the time, his assailant went to prison for the shooting. But the victim died, and his family says that now makes it murder. READ MORE: Gun Charges Issued In West Side Shootout Over Which Mayor Lightfoot, State's Attorney Foxx Clashed Publicly In OctoberAs CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported Thursday night, Myles’ mother and father continue to grieve the death of their son. “He loved his children,” said Myles’ mother, Francine Myles. “He loved his children.” “He had a heart of gold,” said his father, Kenneth Carthan. Yet Jermaine Myles spent the last seven years of his life confined to a wheelchair. He became paralyzed after someone shot him in the neck at 93rd Street and Stony Island Avenue in 2014. “He was a fighter to the end,” Carthan said. And now, six months after his death, Myles’ parents are fighting for him. “We just want justice,” said Francine Myles. They are not looking for an arrest in the case – that happened a long time...
    KCBS-TV reported that Newsom also complained that those responsible for the package thefts "are arrested as ... individuals, as though they are not connected to the whole — and we need to change that.” He said 280 suspected thieves have been arrested so far, the station added. More from KCBS: From October 2020 to October 2021 rail theft has exponentially increased by 356%, according to Union Pacific. In a letter addressed to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, the company blamed what it called a “spiraling crisis” on the no cash bail policy put forth by the District Attorney’s office and said many of the arrested suspects return the next day. “It’s not just arrest and walk away,” Newsom said, according to KCBS. “You got to do the work and present the case and see folks prosecuted — not condoning this behavior. There is nothing acceptable about this behavior.” The station said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol have been charged with...
              by Eric Lendrum   On Friday, one day prior to being sworn in as Virginia’s new Attorney General, Jason Miyares (R-Va.) fired 30 employees in the Virginia Attorney General’s office, including the entirety of the Civil Rights Division. As reported by the Daily Caller, 17 of the 30 employees who were fired were attorneys. Following the mass firing, Miyares spokeswoman Victoria LaCivita said that the new Attorney General was “restructuring the office, as every incoming AG has done in the past.” She noted that Miyares and former Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.), whom Miyares narrowly defeated in November, “have very different visions for the office.” In response, Herring’s former spokeswoman Charlotte Gomer criticized the move, claiming that the fired employees were “dedicated and professional public servants who do important work, like investigate wrongful convictions, protect Virginians’ civil rights, help to ensure free and fair elections, and prevent human trafficking and opioid abuse.” “Their absence will be a significant loss to the mission of the Office of Attorney General,” Gomer continued. State Senator Louise Lucas (D-Va.), President Pro Tempore of the Virginia...
    Several of New York City’s borough district attorneys took aim at the soft-on-crime policies laid out this week by newly-elected Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg. The 'woke' policies include downgrading burglary, armed robbery and drug dealing from felonies to just misdemeanors - even as the number of robberies in the city soared by 19.4 per cent last week. Staten Island DA Michael McMahon slammed Bragg's ideas, saying they 'roll out the welcome mat for would-be criminals to commit serious offenses without ever facing any consequences.'  Queens DA Melissa Katz doubled down on her pledge to keep: 'Holding dangerous, violent offenders accountable' in the wake of Bragg's announcement, which she said 'must always be a top priority of my office.' 'We respect the perspective and experience Alvin Bragg brings to his role of Manhattan District Attorney. Since DA Katz took office in January 2020, she has made – and will continue to make – her own changes to break the cycle of crime and incarceration that plagues too many Queens communities, while holding accountable drivers of crime,' a Katz spokesman said.   Several of New...
    Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn has asked the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to investigate Merrick Garland for potential conflicts of interest due to his son-in-law's education company after the attorney general went after parents due to comments they made in school board meetings.  School board meetings and other normally tame parent-teacher forums have become a hotbed for ideological confrontations over Critical Race Theory (CRT) vaccines and mask mandates. The National School Board Association (NSBA) compared such activism to 'domestic terrorism.' Garland on Oct. 4 directed the FBI to step up enforcement against threats to teachers and other education officials. Xan Tanner, founder of Panorama, is married to the attorney general's daughter, Rebecca Garland But Garland's daughter, Rebecca Garland, is married to Alexander 'Xan' Tanner, founder of Panorama Education. The group provides resources to teachers and students on equity and teaching on oppression and white supremacy.  Panorama is granted the status of 'school officials' under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, granting them access to student data, according to Lamborn.  'This is a federal law that Attorney General...
    (CNN)The man accused of killing 19-year-old college student Kristin Smart in 1996 will stand trial for her death, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's office.Paul Flores, 44, faces a first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Smart in his Cal Poly San Luis Obispo dorm room. Prosecutors say Flores raped or attempted to rape Smart, who was then a freshman at the university. His father, Ruben Flores, 80, is charged as an accessory to the murder, and prosecutors say he helped hide Smart's body.The preliminary hearing for the pair lasted weeks and wrapped up on Monday. The DA's office tweeted Wednesday that a "judge has determined sufficient evidence was presented for the two to be tried.""We continue to support the family of Kristin Smart as we work toward justice," District Attorney Dan Dow said in the tweet. CNN is seeking comment from lawyers for Paul and Ruben Flores. Both men have pleaded not guilty.Read MoreTwo suspects arrested in the disappearance of Kristin Smart, San Luis Obispo County sheriff saysThe two men were arrested in April after a 25-year...
    It's one of the most iconic paparazzi photos of all time: a jubilant Nicole Kidman throws her arms in the air outside her attorney's office in Los Angeles after finalising her divorce from Tom Cruise in 2001. And Californian writer and producer Liz Maupin decided to recreate the famous image over the weekend as she celebrated her own divorce. Ms Maupin, 34, surprised 30 friends at her 'divorce party' by dressing in the same outfit the Aussie actress wore for her meeting with her lawyers 20 years ago. She had married comedian Danny Maupin in 2013, but said their relationship 'dissolved' causing them to separate in 2018.   Inspired: Californian writer Liz Maupin (left) recreated Nicole Kidman's iconic 'divorce photo' from 2001 (right) as she celebrated her own divorce with friends in LA over the weekend She had married comedian Danny Maupin in 2013, but said their relationship 'dissolved' causing them to separate in 2018  Ms Maupin told TMRW: 'I honestly think I only saw the photo for the first time a few years ago and I just loved it. You can feel...
    WASHINGTON (KDKA) – They were promised tasty tacos and salty margaritas but attendees of a recent taco festival say it only left them with a sour taste in their mouths. The “Yinzer Taco And Margarita Fest” that took place in Washington at the Washington Wild Things Baseball Park this past weekend had been described as “nothing as advertised.” READ MORE: Pittsburgh Man Part Of Times Square National Down Syndrome Society Presentation Now, these scorned taco lovers say they plan to file complaints with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office. Pittsburghers love their tacos whether it’s chicken, beef, pico, soft shell, or hard shell, so when “AZ Food Festival’s” video promoting the event hit social media saying, “This was Jacksonville, are you coming to Pittsburgh?” A lot of people answered the call. “I saw it on Facebook maybe a month ago and I said I was going and then Andrew asked me if I wanted to go with him, so I was like yeah, I’m down, you know?” Recalled Ross Shapiro of Monroeville. “We get the wristbands and...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office released the results of an extensive investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday potentially derailing his political career and continuing to launch her own as some speculate she has eyes on a higher office.  James, a former ally of Cuomo’s, released a 165 page report Tuesday concluding that the governor had sexually harassed multiple women and used his office to intimidate at least one accuser in violation of state and federal law sending shockwaves through the New York political scene and intensifying calls for Cuomo’s resignation which he has so far dismissed. ELISE STEFANIK CALLS FOR GOV. CUOMO'S RESIGNATION AND IMMEDIATE ARREST James’s ascent to the top of the New York political scene has also been aided, in part, by her office’s high publicized investigations into President Donald Trump where she used the power of her office to go after Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot as well as launch a "criminal investigation" into Trump’s business dealings with the Trump organization. Both high-profile moves against...
    A spike in violent crime in the Atlanta area may jeopardize one of the strongest investigations into former President Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds, as the local district attorney struggles to both probe the former commander-in-chief and tackle an "historic" backlog in cases that grows by the day. Fulton County DA Fani Willis has for months dedicated significant resources to investigating Trump for his pressure campaign on Georgia officials to overturn the state's 2020 election results. She is reportedly focusing her attention in particular on Trump's interactions with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who at one point was asked to "find" enough votes to overturn the former president's loss in the state. But just as that investigation heated up, a backlog of more workaday cases under Willis' jurisdiction has grown to more than 12,000, according to a report from Insider, citing public comments and interviews with former associates of Willis. Much of this backlog stems from rising violent crime and state-mandated court closures due to COVID-19. Though some resources are incoming in the form of relief money, that cash comes...
    (CNN)Whoever wins the Democratic primary race for Manhattan district attorney on Tuesday isn't just poised to take the helm of one of the most legendary prosecutors offices in New York. They also will inherit perhaps the highest profile investigation in the country: that of former President Donald Trump and his company.The outgoing district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., is likely to decide whether to charge a case against the former President, the Trump Organization or company executives by the end of his term in December, CNN previously reported.If that happens, the next district attorney -- most likely the winner of Tuesday's primary, given the overwhelmingly Democratic makeup of Manhattan -- will oversee the prosecution.With eight contenders, the Democratic primary race for district attorney is a crowded one, and unlike the New York City mayoral primary, it doesn't have ranked-choice voting.Whoever wins is likely to incur Trump's ire if they continue Vance's work, since the former President has been quick to accuse Democrats investigating him, including Vance and New York state Attorney General Letitia James, of pursuing political prosecutions. Read More"If you...
    Del. Jay Jones (left) is running for attorney general of Virginia. This is the final installment in a series of interviews with Democratic candidates for statewide office in Virginia. If you ever have the chance to meet Virginia Del. Jay Jones in person, you'll come away with the impression that he's an affable and passionate public servant. He knows how to hold your gaze when he speaks, with an uncanny sense for both the physical (a hug, a chest bump, a handshake) and the intellectual (being able to seamlessly move between policy wonk and personal connection) when connecting with people. With an unapologetic focus on discussing the "kitchen table" problems that matter to working Virginia families, Jones, 32, is a modern progressive straight out of the proverbial “central casting.” If you don’t know where Jones comes from, you might miss the weight pressing down on him as the gravity of the past looms omnipresent. His grandfather fought Harry Byrd's "Massive Resistance" and was played a key role in integrating public schools in Virginia. His grandmother raised a family alone after her husband’s untimely death and still managed to...
    Former President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he has taken a $1.2 billion loan against his Bank of America skyscraper in San Francisco - his most valuable asset - but does not identify the lender. The statement was tweeted by Maggie Haberman of The New York Times and comes amid revelations of his fury that New York State Attorney General Letitia James has opened a criminal investigation into his taxes. 'A loan of $1.2 billion has closed on the asset known as the Bank of America Building (555 California Street) in San Francisco, CA. The interest rate is approximately 2%. Thank you!' Trump said in the statement. Yashar Ali, a contributor to New York Magazine, noted that the loan comes in the form of bonds - not a traditional bank loan. 'This building is Trump's most valuable asset and his partner is Vornado. This will pour $612 million into the Trump Organization and Vornado, the reminder will go into building improvements,' Ali tweeted. Former President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he has taken a $1.2 billion loan against his Bank...
    (CNN)The New York attorney general's office has opened a criminal tax investigation into top Trump Organization officer Allen Weisselberg, increasing the legal pressure on the long-time aide to former President Donald Trump, people familiar with the investigation say. The pressure on Weisselberg is mounting from two directions with the attorney general looking into his personal taxes, while prosecutors in the district attorney's office are digging into his role at the Trump Organization, his personal finances, and benefits given to his son Barry, a long-time employee of the Trump Organization. US President-elect Donald Trump along with his son Donald, Jr., arrive for a press conference at Trump Tower in New York, as Allen Weisselberg (C), chief financial officer of The Trump, looks on January 11, 2017.Prosecutors are seeking to find leverage that could sway Weisselberg into cooperating with authorities, people familiar with the investigation said, potentially raising the legal stakes for Trump and his family. It's a common tactic used by prosecutors to try to get individuals to "flip" to help build a case higher up the corporate ladder. Vance's office...
    (CNN)The family of a Black 16-year-old is demanding accountability and transparency after authorities announced an investigation into the teenager's death last month in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.Mikayla Miller's body was found by a jogger in the woods off a walking path during the early morning of April 18, according to a Tuesday news release from the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office.The day before, authorities said, the teen's mother made a complaint about her daughter being "jumped." The teen reported that she was punched in the face and showed blood in her lip. The investigation into the physical assault remains open and there are no charges so far. According to activist Tito Jackson, who said he spoke on behalf of Miller's family at a vigil Thursday, police told the family that the teenager had committed suicide. Jackson said Miller's body was found alone, up against a tree, with a belt around her neck. However, the district attorney's office said a ruling on the cause and manner of death is still pending from the Medical Examiner's Office and "no final conclusions have been reached."Read...
    Mark J. Lesko has now become the new United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, succeeding Seth DuCharme.   Acting U.S. Attorney Lesko was sworn in Monday by U.S. Judge for the Eastern District of New York Margo K. Brodie.  He has served as the first assistant United States attorney since March 2019.  In that role, he was second-in-command of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and a key decision-maker in both criminal prosecutions and civil litigation in the office.   “It is an absolute honor and privilege to serve as the acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Lesko.  “After having spent many years on the line prosecuting federal crimes, as well as significant time overseeing prosecutions and civil cases in a wide range of supervisory positions, I look forward to leading the office and working with our law enforcement and agency partners to protect and serve the Eastern District’s more than 8 million residents. 
    The ex-wife of a Trump organization employee says she has been in contact with prosecutors from two different New York investigations into Donald Trump and his company. A spokesperson for Jennifer Weisselberg said criminal investigators with the Manhattan District Attorney's office began questioning her in December, and investigators with a New York Attorney General's office civil probe interviewed her in September. Weisselberg's ex-husband Barry has for years managed an ice skating rink in Central Park that is operated by the Trump Organization under a contract with New York City. Barry Weisselberg's father, Allen, is the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization. The Manhattan District Attorney has been in contact with Jennifer Weisselberg multiple times, according to her spokesperson, who said investigators have sought information about Allen Weisselberg and documents about a Trump-owned apartment she and her ex-husband lived in for years. "They have had forensic accountants reviewing that and other paperwork," said the spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer. The Manhattan District Attorney's office and Attorney General's office declined to comment, as did an attorney for Allen Weisselberg. An attorney for...
    A top prosecutor from Pennsylvania who earned $130,000 was demoted and branded 'selfish and stupid' after being caught making DoorDash deliveries instead of working on cases.  Gregg Shore, 49, first assistant district attorney in Bucks County, outside of Philadelphia, was a 10-year veteran of the office who had prosecuted some of the toughest criminal cases in the state.  But unknown to his superiors, in the last few months he had been using public time to top up his generous salary with his side hustle as a food delivery courier. He was caught by an eagle-eyed member of the public, demoted to deputy, docked $22,000 on his pay and forced to forfeit vacation time to pay back the hours lost.   Public records showed that he previously earned $129,474.  DoorDash pays its 'Dasher' drivers between $2-10 per delivery, plus tips.  Gregg Shore, pictured in 2017 discussing the murder trial of Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz, has been demoted from first assistant district attorney for Bucks County, Pennsylvania, after being caught making DoorDash deliveries on county time Shore, a ten-year veteran of the...
    When the Dodgers won the World Series last October, celebrations around the stadium and downtown devolved into vandalism, theft and tense standoffs between revelers and police. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department declared the chaotic scenes unlawful and ordered fans to disperse. In the end, at least 18 people were arrested for an array of alleged offenses. Lexis Olivier-Ray, a freelance journalist who covered the upheaval for the news website L.A. Taco, was not among those arrested. But last month he received a letter from the Los Angeles city attorney’s office notifying him that he faced a criminal charge for failing to follow an LAPD officer’s order to disperse during the tumult. The decision by the LAPD to bring a case against Olivier-Ray to the city attorney’s office for prosecution has drawn scrutiny among free press advocates, who worry the journalist was singled out as retaliation for a viral video he recorded of heavy-handed tactics LAPD officers used against him and others as they tried to break up one of the crowds downtown. That concern was amplified...
    (CNN)Three men were released from prison on Friday after the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) in the Queens, New York, District Attorney's Office found that they had been wrongfully convicted of double homicide. George Bell, Gary Johnson and Rohan Bolt were found guilty in the 1996 murders of Ira "Mike" Epstein and off-duty NYPD Officer Charles Davis during the armed robbery of a cash-checking store. "Today is the day I found the key. Today is the day, today is the day, today is the day, I am going home," Bell said in a video conference from Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville, New York, with Johnson and Bolt by his side.The men were released on their own recognizance and are expected back in court June 4 for an update on whether they will be retried to fully exonerated. Queens Supreme Court Justice Joseph Zayas, who on Friday vacated the convictions, harshly criticized prosecutors for trying to defend the actions of trial prosecutor Charles Testagrossa.Read More "The District Attorney's Office deliberately withheld from the defense credible information of third-party guilt that is...
    Mexican authorities have arrested the nephew of a fugitive drug lord just three months after he was captured on video assassinating a man he'd arranged to purchase and Xbox from.  Juan Pablo Quintero was arrested by agents from the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office and Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office during an operation Thursday in the State of Mexico municipality of Atizapán. Quintero had been sought by law enforcement after he shot dead the 32-year-old victim.  The victim and Quintero had chatted on social media and agreed to meet in the Mexico City borough of Azcapotzalco to sell him an Xbox console on November 25, according to Infobae.
    The Prosecutor’s Office of the State of Puebla (FGE) apprehended this Saturday the former Secretary of the Interior and Communication of the six-year term of Mario Marín, Valentine Meneses, investigated for various acts of corruption during his tenure as a public official. The State Prosecutor’s Office confirmed the fact a few days after the arrest of the former governor for his link in the crime of torture against journalist Lydia Cacho. Following Governor Miguel Barbosa’s announcement that they would go against former Marinist officials, and on the eve of this year’s election, the state Attorney’s Office indicated that Valentín Meneses allegedly committed acts of corruption when he served as Secretary of the Interior. « Following up on the investigations, the Special Prosecutor for Combating Corruption requested and obtained from the judicial authority an arrest warrant against Valentín Jorge N., detained this morning in the Xanenetla neighborhood of the Puebla capital. The apprehended, currently a Notary Public in Puebla capital, will remain at the disposal of the judicial authority. Additionally, the Attorney General of the...
    The Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court has rrejected outright inadmissible the resource that the PP filed at the end of last July to annul the appointment of Dolores Delgado as State Attorney General, doubting her suitability and impartiality to lead the Public Ministry due to the “unequivocal link” with the Government. In the processing of this matter, the State Attorney’s Office ruled, which requested the inadmissibility of the procedure, considering that the party led by Pablo Casado “lack of standing”. In an order issued on January 4, the Fourth Contentious Section of the high court refuses to archive the procedure for the moment and postpones the decision on the legitimacy of the PP in this matter “at the time of sentencing.” In its allegations, the State Attorney indicated that the Supreme Court should not even decide on the merits of this issue because “the invocation of individual freedom, the rule of law, the rule of law, the independence of Justice and the democratic system, invoked by the recurring political party, does not confer any title that legitimizes the...
    The Justice Department has issued an 'urgent plea' for help from prosecutors across the United States amid 'a significant influx of cases' following the Capitol riot.  In an internal email seen by ABC an official wrote: 'The (office) has an urgent need for assistance with prosecuting hundreds of criminal cases. 'Based on the importance and immediacy of the need, we ask each United States Attorney to consider whether he or she can offer critical assistance to the (office in Washington).'  The email, sent last week, said anyone volunteering to help 'may serve from their home districts or in the District of Columbia' in a reassignment that could last nine months.   More than 170 people have been charged in connection with the January 6 Capitol attack involving suspects from all over the country; the feds have identified at least 400 people they say may have committed crimes at the siege.   One former official, who said: 'There's a clear resource issue, and the fact that the D.C. office has to have prosecutors come in from outside to prosecute these cases magnifies this point....
    (CNN)The new district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia has asked that the state's attorney general to appoint an alternative prosecutor for two high-profile police use-of-force cases. District Attorney Fani T. Willis cited issues with her predecessor's handling of a case involving two Black college students pulled from their cars by Atlanta police during a George Floyd protest and the case of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who was killed by an Atlanta police officer outside a fast-food restaurant in June.In a letter to State Attorney General Christopher Carr, Willis said former Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard used video evidence as part of his television ad campaign for re-election. The campaign used footage from the Brooks case during the race that was won by Willis. "I believe his conduct, including using video evidence in campaign television advertisements, may have violated Georgia Bar Rule 3.8(g)," she wrote.She also pointed to Howard's issuance of grand jury subpoenas, while no such panel was sitting due to the ongoing pandemic, as a reason why the case should be transferred out of her office. The...
    . videos Former Minister Margarita Cabello takes over as Colombia’s first attorney Bogotá, Jan 15 . .- The former Minister of Justice Margarita Cabello Blanco assumed this Friday as Colombia’s attorney general for a period of four years, thus becoming the first woman to lead the Public Ministry. “As the first woman to come to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation in 186 years, I will be the spokesperson for women at this juncture (of the pandemic) that has been so costly for us and for the defense of our rights,” Cabello said during its possession in a ceremony in the House of Nariño, headquarters of the Executive. Cabello has a long history as a lawyer in public service, including as a judge of the Civil Chamber and president of the Supreme Court of Justice. The new attorney was elected by the Senate last August – with votes mostly from the right-wing Democratic Center, Cambio Radical and Conservative parties, and from a sector of the U Party, and the Liberal – and replaces Fernando in office. Cheek....
    EFE videos Former Minister Margarita Cabello takes over as Colombia’s first attorney Bogotá, Jan 15 (EFE) .- The former Minister of Justice Margarita Cabello Blanco assumed this Friday as Colombia’s attorney general for a period of four years, thus becoming the first woman to lead the Public Ministry. “As the first woman to come to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation in 186 years, I will be the spokesperson for women at this juncture (of the pandemic) that has been so costly for us and for the defense of our rights,” Cabello said during its possession in a ceremony in the House of Nariño, headquarters of the Executive. Cabello has a long history as a lawyer in public service, including as a judge of the Civil Chamber and president of the Supreme Court of Justice. The new attorney was elected by the Senate last August – with votes mostly from the right-wing Democratic Center, Cambio Radical and Conservative parties, and from a sector of the U Party, and the Liberal – and replaces Fernando in office. Cheek....
    District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine said Monday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that he is “looking at” charging President Donald Trump and others who spoke at the rally proceeding the deadly riots at Capital Hill, “under the D.C. code of inciting violence.” Mitchell said, “I want to ask going forward about any plans to investigate and possibly prosecute President Trump for inciting the mob last week or certainly Rudy Giuliani, Don Jr?” After hearing several clips from the rally, Racine said, “Let’s just say first, those were outrageous comments that those individuals, including the president of the United States, made. Clearly, the crowd was hyped up, juiced up, focused on the Capitol, and rather than calm them down, or at lowest, emphasize the peaceful nature of what protests need to be, they really did encourage these folks and riled them up. Now, whether that comes to a legal complaint, I think we’ve got to really dig in and get all of the facts. I know I’m looking at a charge under the D.C. code of inciting violence. That...
    Former FBI director James Comey has said Donald Trump should not be prosecuted after he leaves office. Comey, who was unceremoniously fired in 2017 and has been the subject of a series of stinging attacks by Trump, said the next US attorney general should not pursue a criminal investigation, regardless of the evidence against the President. He writes in a new book that the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller and 'the evidence strewn across his history of porn stars and financial fraud' should be forgotten in order for the nation to heal. Former FBI director James Comey has said Donald Trump should not be prosecuted after he leaves office Comey said, according to The Guardian who have obtained a copy of his forthcoming book: 'Although those cases might be righteous in a vacuum, the mission of the next attorney general must be fostering the trust of the American people.' Trump has been the subject of allegations of financial impropriety and tax fraud throughout his presidency, as well as facing questions over campaign finance spending after hush money was paid...
    The official photos of the Northern District of Georgia’s ex-U.S. Attorney Byung “BJay” Pak and his successor Bobby L. Christine. Outgoing President Donald Trump has written an order to install his handpicked U.S. Attorney in a jurisdiction that includes Atlanta, Georgia, a post previously held by another Trump appointee whom Trump appeared to brand as a “never-Trumper” in a taped phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger this weekend. The Southern District of Georgia’s top prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine also took over for his departing colleague Byung “BJay” Pak up north in the Peach State on the day of the latter’s precipitous ouster. Christine will now preside over both offices. “On January 4, 2021, by written order of the President, Bobby was named Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia,” the Justice Department announced on its website. The Justice Department referred a request for the order to the White House, which did not immediately respond to an email seeking it. “It has been the greatest honor of my professional career to have been able to...
    One of the U.S. Attorneys in the state of Georgia has resigned. Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, resigned as U.S. Attorney effective 11:59 p.m., December 11, 2020. Following his resignation, he plans on reentering private practice with a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. U.S. Attorney Peeler, a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law, has served as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia since 2017. During his tenure, U.S. Attorney Peeler implemented an effective and sustainable strategy to combat violent crime in all five divisions in the Middle District of Georgia. He also created a Complex Fraud Unit in the Office to detect, investigate and eliminate fraud by maximizing parallel civil and criminal divisions’ resources. During his three-years as U.S. Attorney, the Office grew to its highest number of Assistant U.S. Attorneys and prosecuted more criminal defendants than any other three-year period in the Office’s recorded history. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also began reentry...
    SAN DIEGO – Three Mexican citizens were charged in federal court in San Diego for allegedly trafficking large amounts of drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel, what authorities called the largest cash and narcotics seizure in San Diego history. the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California reported in a statement Tuesday. Jesus Burgos Arias, 32, from Chula Vista; Juan Alatorre Venegas, 44, from Tijuana; and José Yee Pérez, 54, were arrested in a joint operation with local and federal authorities on Friday. According to the prosecution, agents seized approximately $ 3.5 million in cash, 685 kilograms of cocaine, 24 kilograms of fentanyl and approximately 20,000 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition and hundreds of bulletproof vests from a truck parking lot in Otay Mesa. In a raid on a truck depot in Otay Mesa, federal agents seized 1,510 pounds of cocaine and 52 pounds of fentanyl (left) and 20,000 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition that were still in their metal ammunition boxes, according to the Office of the United States Attorney. (United States...
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