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    InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was grilled on the stand for calling the judge sitting next to him a 'tyrant' with 'lasers coming out of her eyes'  during his Sandy Hook hoax trial.  Jones, 48, seemed wildly uncomfortable as he took the stand on Thursday to answer questions about Judge Barbara Bellis, who is also presiding over the defamation trial.  The loud-mouth conspiracy theorist was often found squirming in his chair, his face blush pink, and rapidly blinking as he tried to avoid any eye contact with Bellis, as the Sandy Hook Attorney Chris Mattei grilled him.  'And you’ve called this judge a tyrant, correct?' Mattei asked him, to which he agreed. 'You actually use that word a lot with your audience, you call people tyrants, don't you?'  After a long pause, Jones replied: 'Only when they act like it.'  Alex Jones, 48, seemed wildly uncomfortable as he took the stand on Thursday to answer questions about calling Judge Barbara Bellis a 'tyrant.' Bellis is also preceding over the defamation trial  Bellis kept her face neutral, but peeked over at him...
    L: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images R: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Journalists, political media figures, and other Twitter blue-checks say a new filing shows Team Trump’s selection of Judge Raymond Dearie as Special Master in the Mar-a-Lago probe is backfiring. In a new filing Monday, former President Donald Trump‘s legal team refused a requirement — set forth in Dearie’s draft plan — that Trump’s team provide details about Trump’s claim to have “declassified” documents that were seized during the FBI in the search of  Mar-a-Lago. According to a letter filed by Trump’s legal team, they won’t comply because they say it would weaken their case against a “subsequent indictment,” and they also complained about the deadlines set forth in the draft plan. Journalists and others are reading into the filing that Dearie — one of Team Trump’s two proposed candidates for Special Master — isn’t quite working out how they thought he would. In her latest Trumpworld scoop, New York Times correspondent and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman also wrote that “The first filings before Judge Raymond J. Dearie, the special master, suggested that the Trump legal...
    A Texas judge who came out of retirement to take part in the state’s controversial police and military crackdown on undocumented immigrants was reported last week to an ethics panel for allegedly complaining to lawyers about “wetbacks.” The Daily Beast has obtained a copy of the formal accusation, which is laid out in a sworn complaint that was submitted to the state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct. Judge Edgar Allen Amos now faces a potential ethics probe, which if substantiated, would call into question every ruling he’s made in local Texas courts. Amos routinely adjudicates cases involving arrests of Spanish-speaking people who fled Mexico and Central America, illegally crossing the U.S. border to find refuge here. In the complaint, defense lawyer Emily Miller recalls crossing paths with the judge on July 26 at the McCulloch County Courthouse, where Amos stations himself at a computer to conduct virtual court hearings on Zoom while arrestees remain 150 miles south at a courthouse near the border. “He mentioned he did not think people understood how hard ‘we had it’ in these hearings. As...
    A rising star NYC judge stormed into a school and branded a teacher a 'bitch' over a double-parked car, then threatened to deploy her judicial powers, it is claimed.   Civil Court Judge Jill Epstein erupted with fury after she was unable to drive past PS 261 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, in March this year, the New York Post reported. Epstein - who shot to notoriety over a Supreme Court job application riddled with spelling and grammatical errors - was demoted from a supervisory post over the school incident, it is alleged.    During the fracas, Epstein - a Democrat - is said to have immediately announced she was a judge. She then raged that the illegally-parked car needed to be moved immediately because she was in danger of being late to work, eyewitnesses said.  'She said she was a judge, and she would take care of this,' one source said.  NYC Civil Court Judge Jill Epstein - a Democrat - has been accused of storming into a Brooklyn elementary school and branding a female teacher a 'bitch' over a double-parked car  The...
    It took just 12 minutes for Nick Kyrgios to kick off at Wimbledon - smashing a ball out of court 3 after dropping his serve during the first set of his clash with Paul Jubb.  The Australian bad-boy - who is known for losing his temper - lashed out on Tuesday afternoon during his Wimbledon first-round match against the world No 219.  Kyrgios hit the ball out of the stadium after Jubb broke him to serve out the set at 6-3. He then went on to lose his temper with a line judge following their call.  'Has one person today come to see her speak?' Kyrgios asked. 'No. I understand, but why is she doing that? Not one person in the stadium has come here to watch her do anything! Not one person. 'Like, you know what I mean? You got fans, but she has got none. 'What did I do? Like, come on. I know, but what? She just selfishly walks to you in the middle of a game because she's a snitch!' More to follow...  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    A prominent New York judge has issued a sharp rebuke to Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson over an allegedly racist comment to black White Sox star Tim Anderson.  'Joke or not, I don't think it's the right thing to do there,' Yankees slugger Aaron Judge told reporters following Monday's loss in Baltimore two days after Donaldson nearly ignited a brawl by making a pair of Jackie Robinson references to Chicago's Anderson. Following a Major League Baseball investigation, Donaldson was subsequently fined and suspended for Monday's game.  He admittedly called Anderson 'Jackie' twice during Saturday's win at Yankee Stadium, likening the All-Star shortstop to Robinson, who famously broke MLB's color line when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Donaldson, who is white, said he made the remark to Anderson on previous occasions following a 2019 Sports Illustrated piece in which the shortstop compared himself to the civil rights icon.  Although Donaldson has denied any racist intent behind the comment, instead saying he was trying to defuse tensions with Anderson after the two got into a shoving match in Chicago...
    The argument, Finn said, left him fearing for his safety. The U.K. judge ruled that using the insult was a "violation against the claimant's [Finn] dignity, it creating an intimidating ... environment for him, it was done for that purpose, and it related to the claimant's sex." Tribunal members added that King "crossed the line by making remarks personal to the claimant about his appearance which is often found amongst men." Finn, who was fired from the position in 2021, will reportedly receive employment compensation related to the claim.
    BOSTON (CBS) — We’ve known for a while that Bill Belichick is quite fond of Matt Patricia’s football acumen. The head coach’s faith in Patricia is perhaps about to reach new levels. ESPN’s Mike Reiss — who’s always tied in closely with the team — said that he’s heard from those involved with the current phase of organized team activities (OTAs) that the offense is being run by Joe Judge and Matt Patricia, with Patricia potentially being the play-caller for the upcoming season. Here’s what Reiss said on “NFL Live” on Wednesday: No one has seen anything, so you have to go by what you’re told. And here’s something that was relayed to me — that if you were on the field for these [OTA] sessions and you just closed your eyes and listened, you would know who the leading presence is for the offense among the coaches. The voices of Matt Patricia and Joe Judge standing above everyone else. They are leading this offense. Now, Bill Belichick hasn’t said who is gonna call the plays, but it will...
    A former federal prosecutor who served for more than 24 years in the District of Columbia’s U.S. Attorney’s Office says Donald Trump could be arrested or indicted on just the evidence included in Monday’s bombshell legal ruling by U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter. “Judge Carter’s finding by a preponderance of the evidence [which says] more likely than not that Trump committed felony offenses is a HIGHER evidentiary standard than the one needed to arrest/indict Trump for his crimes, which requires only probable cause,” writes Glenn Kirschner, who is now an NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst and host of “Justice Matters” podcast. Judge Carter on Monday wrote: “Based on the evidence, the Court finds it more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.” In response, legal experts are calling his ruling “striking,” “massive,” “monumental,” and “historic.” “Dr. Eastman and President Trump launched a campaign to overturn a democratic election,” Carter also wrote, calling it “an action unprecedented in American history. Their campaign was not confined to the ivory...
    Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes emotional as Sen. Cory Booker speaks In the midst of the racism and sordid headline-seeking Republicans have brought to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Sen. Cory Booker brought a declaration of hope and joy, one worth watching in its entirety (below). Booker brought Jackson to tears as he spoke directly to their shared experience as Black people rising to the highest levels of achievement and recognition, directly acknowledging the ugliness from his Republican colleagues on the Judiciary Committee but also invoking the pride and love that many Black people feel to see Jackson and Booker sitting where they are right now.  Speaking personally, Booker said, “I’m not letting anybody in the Senate steal my joy.” “You didn’t get here because of some left wing agenda. You didn’t get here because of some dark money groups,” Booker added, referring to some of the Republican attacks on Jackson. “You got here how every Black woman in America has gotten anywhere has done. By being—like Ginger Rogers said, ‘I did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards...
    Getty Tamra Judge poses in 2018. Former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Tamra Judge shared her opinion about “Real Housewives of Miami” personality Larsa Pippen’s claim that she did not get a cosmetic procedure to alter her derriere. During a March 2022 episode of her podcast, “Two Ts In A Pod,” co-hosted by Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, Judge referenced that Pippen refuted accusations of having a buttock augmentation while filming the “RHOM” season 4 reunion. She attributed the appearance of her lower body to gaining over 40 pounds and consistently working out, as reported by Page Six. However, Pippen was transparent about having a rhinoplasty, a breast augmentation, and getting her “lips done.”  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Larsa Pippen (@larsapippen) Tamra Judge Spoke About Larsa Pippen on Her Podcast View this post on Instagram Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians A post shared by Tamra Judge (@tamrajudge) While recording the “Two Ts In A Pod” episode, Judge asserted that...
    (CNN)A federal judge on Friday denied Donald Trump's request to countersue magazine writer E. Jean Carroll for violating New York's law against frivolous defamation lawsuits, criticizing the former President's legal argument as "futile" and a delay tactic.Trump had asked the judge for permission to use the state's anti-SLAPP law as a defense to the defamation claims and to countersue Carroll and seek attorneys' fees, if successful.In a 25-page opinion, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan denied Trump's motion calling it "futile." He agreed with Carroll's argument that Trump's effort was "at least in part for a dilatory purpose and thus at least in part in bad faith."This story is breaking and will be updated.
    President Joe Biden has settled on Ketanji Brown Jackson as the nominee to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court according to several reports. Jackson currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after narrowly passing Senate confirmation in 2021 with a vote of 53-47. Three Senate Republicans joined Democrats to support her nomination. The White House expects the decision to be announced on Friday as the president stated his desire to have his nominee selected before the end of February. He also likes to spend his weekends at home in Delaware. Jackson does not have a distinguished reputation as a judge. Although a graduate of Harvard Law who clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer, Jackson has not built the reputation of a powerhouse judge. She has only been an appeals judge for less than one year. Prior to that, she was a federal trial judge in D.C. who was often reversed by higher courts, and critics describe her writing style as “clunky.” Prior to being a judge, Jackson worked as a public defender, creating an easy target...
              by Laurel Duggan   Jefferson County, Alabama, Judge Nakita Blocton was removed from her job after numerous accusations of abuse against employees, colleagues and litigants while reportedly under the influence of Phentermine or other prescription drugs. Blocton was accused of calling another judge a “fat bitch” and “Uncle Tom,” according to the judgment of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. One employee accused Blocton of forcing her and others to take Phentermine, a diet pill, to “pep” them up after working late in a complaint to the Alabama Judiciary. Employees also accused Blocton of abusive practices, including forcing them to come to work when the office should have been quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure, making them work excessive hours and threatening to fire them immediately if they did not comply in addition to wasting attorneys’ and employees’ time with lengthy rants from the bench and berating an employee for using the restroom during work. The complaint also accused Blocton, or someone at Blocton’s direction, of using fake Facebook accounts to inappropriately communicate with litigants in a divorce case she was presiding over. “Hundreds of pages of...
    Jefferson County, Alabama, judge Nakita Blocton was removed from her job after numerous accusations of abuse against employees, colleagues and litigants while reportedly under the influence of Phentermine or other prescription drugs. Blocton was accused of calling another judge a “fat bitch” and “Uncle Tom,” according to the judgment of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. One employee accused Blocton of forcing her and others to take Phentermine, a diet pill, to “pep” them up after working late in a complaint to the Alabama Judiciary. Alabama judge removed from bench for calling another judge ‘Uncle Tom,’ other ethics violationshttps://t.co/zvloqf9ZZA — Fox News (@FoxNews) December 20, 2021 Employees also accused Blocton of abusive practices, including forcing them to come to work when the office should have been quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure, making them work excessive hours and threatening to fire them immediately if they did not comply in addition to wasting attorneys’ and employees’ time with lengthy rants from the bench and berating an employee for using the restroom during work. (RELATED: 12 More States Sue Biden Administration Over...
    An Alabama judge was removed from the bench for committing several substantial ethics violations, including referring to another judge as an "Uncle Tom," a derogatory term meant to describe a Black person who is overly allegiant to White people.  Jefferson County Judge Nakita Blocton, who is herself Black, "engaged in a pattern and practice of making inappropriate comments – for example, calling one judge ‘Uncle Tom" and another judge a ‘fat b****’ and calling an employee a heifer," according to the findings of a commission that filed a complaint against the judge for various ethics violations.   The commission also found that Blocton engaged in a pattern of abuse of staff, attorneys and litigants that included referring to one employee as a "heifer" and verbally abusing and belittling another employee.  ARMED IDAHO SHERIFF CHARGED WITH THREATENING GIRLS' GROUP IN HOLIDAY DING-DONG DITCH GONE WRONG  The judge ordered her employees to allow her to see their private cellphones and provide their private log-in credentials on work computers in an effort to delete material relevant to the investigation into her conduct. She...
    Last weekend a Lafayette City Court judge and her family were the victims of a car burglary at their home. Police were called and the suspect was arrested. But, of course, that wasn’t the end of it. Days later, Judge Michelle Odinet and her four children were captured on cellphone video watching security footage of the moment the suspected burglar was apprehended. And oh boy, did that family enjoy watching it. They whooped and hollered as they joyfully commented on the home surveillance video, calling the suspect, a Black man, a “roach” and using the N-word repeatedly. “We have a n---—. It’s a n-----, like a roach,” a female’s voice can be heard saying while laughing. Now Odinet is asking for “forgiveness and understanding.” “My children and I were the victim [sic] of an armed burglary at our home. The police were called and the assailant was arrested. The incident shook me to my core and my mental state was fragile,” Odinet said in a statement Monday, The Acadiana Advocate reports. According to the Daily Beast, the Lafayette Police...
    JUDGE Michelle Odinet is under fire after a video of her went viral on the internet in December 2021. Now, many are calling for her resignation after a video appeared to show her family using racist slurs following an attempted burglary at their home. 2Michelle Odinet is a Louisiana judgeCredit: KATC 3 ABC News Who is Judge Michelle Odinet? Odinet is known as a former prosecutor turned city court judge in Lafayette, Louisiana. Outside of her occupation, little information is available about her or her family. What did she allegedly say in the video? Odinet made headlines in December 2021 after a video went viral online where she was heard allegedly using racist language. In the footage, which was first reported by The Current, an unidentified male voice, reportedly a member of Odinet’s family, was heard laughing about "mom" shouting the N-word at an alleged burglary suspect seen on home security footage. “We have a n****, It’s a n****, like a roach," a female voice said.. Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Katie Bernhardt later released a statement calling...
    Jason Garrett is out as Giants offensive coordinator, fired on Tuesday just 26 games into a disappointingly low-scoring experiment coaching Daniel Jones. Head coach Joe Judge fired Garrett the day after a 30-10 Monday night loss at Tampa Bay because the offense’s inability to score points is costing the Giants (3-7) another season. “I have a lot of respect for Jason as a person and as a coach,” Judge said in a late-afternoon conference call. “He’s been a tremendous asset to me as a young head coach. The offense’s job is to score points. I don’t believe we’re scoring enough points, and it’s my job as the head coach to make sure I give our players an opportunity to make more plays.” Garrett’s firing was first reported by the Daily News. He lasted nine-plus years as the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach but couldn’t finish two seasons as Judge’s OC in New York. He leaves the Giants ranked 25th in points per game (18.9), 23rd in yards (322.8) and last in red zone efficiency (44%), with a...
    A federal judge has blamed the former president for inciting the January 6 Capitol riot, saying that then-President Donald Trump 'created the conditions' for the unrest with his 'lies.' Judge Amit Mehta, of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, indirectly invoked the president's name Friday when sentencing John Lolos to 14 days in jail for his role in the deadly demonstration. 'The fact remains that he and others were called to Washington, DC, by an elected official, prompted to walk to the Capitol by an elected official,' Mehta said. 'People like Mr. Lolos were told lies, were told falsehoods, were told the election was stolen when it was not,' Mehta added, calling Lolos a 'pawn,' according to CNN.   Mehta appears to be the first judge to hold Trump responsible in a Capitol riot case.  Judge Amit Mehta of the US District Court for the District of Columbia said a January 6 rioter was 'called to Washington, DC, by an elected official' and called him a 'pawn' on Friday Mehta sentenced John Lolos, above, to 14 days in jail...
    Cecily Strong reprised her role as Fox News host Jeanine Pirro to parody aspects of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and real-life Pirro’s coverage of the trial in Saturday Night Live’s cold open. “Out top story, Kyle Rittenhouse, was acquitted of all charges,” Pirro said. “That lovable scamp was put through a nightmare of a trial just for doing the bravest thing any American can do — protecting an empty used car lot in someone else’s town.” Rittenhouse had faced five charges relating to his shooting of three men during protests in Kenosha over the police killing of Jacob Blake. Two of the men were killed. Pirro then brought on the case’s presiding judge, Bruce Schroeder. Schroeder faced criticism and allegations of bias. “Now, if I may say, judge to judge, what turned me on the most was how you ruled that courtroom with an iron fist,” Pirro said. “Tell us how you did it.” “Well, it was all standard procedure,” Schroeder replied. “That’s why I ordered that the prosecution not use the word ‘victims.’ They were rioters, and they weren’t shot, they...
    Kyle Rittenhouse's mother on Thursday night accused Joe Biden of painting her son as a white supremacist a year ago in a cynical bid to win the presidential election, but said she was confident that the judge in the case had ensured a fair trial. Wendy Rittenhouse spoke hours after the defense rested its case in the high-profile trial. Her 18-year-old son is charged with murdering two people and wounding a third during the rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police.  His lawyers insist Rittenhouse was acting in self defense, and on Monday both sides will sum up their arguments before the jury retires for deliberations. Wendy, a mother of three, told Fox News' Sean Hannity that she was still angry with Biden for his labeling her son a white supremacist last year. Wendy Rittenhouse on Thursday night was asked about Joe Biden's 2020 tweet labelling her son a white supremacist Fox News Privacy Policy Biden shared a video clip on Twitter denouncing white supremacists that including a photo of Rittenhouse wielding a gun ...
    The Kenosha shooter trial is set to continue today with the specter of a mistrial looming.  Early this morning the judge revealed that the court has been inundated with communications from members of the public during the trial – many are in the form of offensive emails, some calling the judge a racist. The attorney's too have been victims of this. Speaking ahead of the start of testimony Judge Schroeder said he would deal with all such things adding, 'I wouldn't want to be those people.' The defense has arguably already played their biggest card putting Kyle Rittenhouse on the stand to give his own powerful account of the night he shot two men dead and wounded another.  Today they are expected to start the day by bringing use of force expert witness, John Black to the stand.    Black had been ready to testify Wednesday. Instead the wheels very nearly came off the trial entirely with the defense moving for a mistrial with prejudice and accusing Assistant Attorney Thomas Binger of 'prosecutorial misconduct' and 'over-reach.'  Judge Schroeder could now call...
    Seth Meyers roasted Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro for mistakenly referring to Donald Trump as a criminal during their interview this weekend. During an interview that aired on Fox News Saturday, Pirro asked Trump if he sees himself as a “kingpin for elections going forward.” Trump replied by saying, “If I endorse somebody they win,” repeating the claim before adding, “I think I’m 148 in 2.” “You can’t just make up your own win-loss record,” Meyers cracked after playing the clip. “Otherwise the Jets would be 7-0 instead of 2-5 — although the Jets did have a big win yesterday.” Meyers went on to point out that Pirro likely meant to call Trump a “kingmaker,” referring to someone who often brings other leaders to power through their own influence. Neither Pirro nor Trump caught the mistake during the interview, despite the fact that the term “kingpin” has far more negative connotations. “Jeanine, I’m pretty sure you meant to say ‘kingmaker,’ which is a good thing, not ‘kingpin,’ which is usually reserved for criminals,” Meyers explained. “That’s a very revealing clip,”...
    As a “judge,” you would think Fox News host Jeanine Pirro would know the difference between a “kingmaker” and a “kingpin,” but during an interview with former President Donald Trump over the weekend, she mixed them up. Neither she nor Trump seemed to notice. But Seth Meyers did, sharing the clip with his viewers during Monday night’s “A Closer Look” segment on Late Night. After Pirro asked Trump if he sees himself as a “kingpin for elections going forward,” he replied, “If I endorse somebody, they win,” inventing a false statistic that claims he is 148-and-2 on successful endorsements. “Jeanine, I’m pretty sure you meant to say ‘kingmaker,’ which is a good thing, not ‘kingpin,’ which is usually reserved for criminals,” Meyers responded. “That’s a very revealing clip. I’d say it’s Freudian, but with you it’s probably Franzian.” Then, in an apparent effort to prove Pirro’s inadvertent point, the host went on to break down Trump’s efforts to obstruct the investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection and prevent the committee investigating the attack from obtaining relevant White House records....
    "From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution," wrote Pitman. "That other courts may find a way to avoid this conclusion is theirs to decide," he added, "this Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right." If the appeals court reverses Pitman's ruling, the case could be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's more about the legal fight over the abortion law: First arguments heard on Texas abortion law www.youtube.com
    Photo via DeSantis/TwitterMore than two years after a fierce legislative debate, a federal judge on Tuesday blocked key parts of an immigration law that banned so-called sanctuary cities in Florida. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom, in a 110-page ruling, wrote that the “totality of the relevant facts present significant evidence, both direct and circumstantial, of the Legislature’s discriminatory motives in enacting SB 168 (the law).” Bloom said two major parts of the law violated constitutional equal-protection rights and issued a permanent injunction against them. One of those parts banned state and local agencies from having “sanctuary” policies that would prevent law-enforcement officials from cooperating with federal immigration-enforcement efforts. The other part required law-enforcement agencies to use “best efforts” to support enforcement of federal immigration laws. Bloom, who is based in South Florida, delved extensively into the Republican-dominated Legislature’s development of the law and pointed to what she described as an “immigrant threat narrative” that helped lead to it. She also cited behind-the-scenes involvement of the group Floridians for Immigration Enforcement in pushing for the law, including contacts with the office...
    CHICAGO — Chicago’s top cop slammed a federal judge for setting a low bond for the Indiana man charged with illegally buying and providing the gun used in the slaying of Chicago Police Officer Ella French, calling it “an outrage.” Police Supt. David Brown on Wednesday put out a statement criticizing the $4,500 bond set for Jamel Danzy, leading to his supervised released. “To say that I am extremely disappointed in U.S Magistrate Judge Jeffery Gilbert’s decision to release Jamel Danzy on an unsecured bond today is an understatement,” Brown said. “It is an outrage.” French was shot and killed at 9 p.m. Saturday during a traffic stop in Englewood. Her partner was also shot and remains in critical condition. Emonte Morgan, 21, has been charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer, attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in her slaying. His brother, Eric Morgan, 19, was charged with of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and obstruction of justice. The...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An effort is underway in Pittsburgh to help those who may be at risk of losing their homes. READ MORE: Flight Plans: Airline Industrys Staffing Shortages Leading To Cancellations And Longer Waits President Judge Kim Clark of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas is petitioning the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court to delay eviction proceedings in Allegheny County, according to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. READ MORE: New Allegheny County Employees Required To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Clark is requesting more time for landlords and tenants to apply and get funding from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Weather: Pleasant Afternoons Turn Into Hot Afternoons Starting On Friday So far, only 3,000 of the 12,000 applications have been processed.
    An Iraqi war veteran claims he’s being "punished" by a Long Island judge for calling the Veterans Affairs helpline about his messy child custody case — ultimately costing him time with his two kids. James Gonedes’ lawyer David Mejias is now pushing to get Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Erica Prager booted from all custody cases, especially those "involving the parental rights of veterans to whom she has done a tremendous disservice," Mejias wrote Thursday in a letter to the county’s administrative judge. BLACK VETERAN CELEBRATES THE US: ‘YOU’RE NOT BORN INTO A CASTE IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU'RE BORN INTO OPPORTUNITY' The distraught 35-year-old US Marine, who has done three tours in Iraq, called the Veteran Affairs hotline late last month over concerns about a recent change to his custody agreement with his estranged wife Norma. "This situation with the visitation with my kids really had me upset," Gonedes, now a nurse tending to COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit at Stony Brook University Hospital, told The Post by phone. "I was worried I wasn’t going to see my...
    More On: child custody Helping poor kids takes more than money — they also need stable homes Mom of boy, 5, found dead in motel room believes dad played part in death ‘Pistol-packing cheer mom’ charged in granny murder-for-hire plot Mom says she drowned her three kids ‘softly’ while she hugged, kissed them An Iraqi war veteran claims he’s being “punished” by a Long Island judge for calling the Veterans Affairs helpline about his messy child custody case — ultimately costing him time with his two kids. James Gonedes’ lawyer David Mejias is now pushing to get Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Erica Prager booted from all custody cases, especially those “involving the parental rights of veterans to whom she has done a tremendous disservice,” Mejias wrote Thursday in a letter to the county’s administrative judge. The distraught 35-year-old US Marine, who has done three tours in Iraq, called the Veteran Affairs hotline late last month over concerns about a recent change to his custody agreement with his estranged wife Norma. “This situation with the visitation with my kids...
    The 20 best British crime films The best small towns for retirees It might not be as surreal as the 2020 season, but MLB in 2021 still has some quirks. One of them is that many teams still have their broadcasting crews call road games from a remote location, a natural change in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic but perhaps not necessary anymore as fans are welcomed back into their parks. While calling games remotely saves team significantly on travel expenses, it does come with a cost. Broadcasters lose their feel for the game and the ballpark, and that sometimes leads to embarrassing mishaps. Like, say, a play-by-play person thinking a replay is what's actually happening in the game. You can probably guess where this is going. Our protagonist for the day: Yankees radio announcer John Sterling. IT IS GONE! Unfortunately, it was a replay of the home run, but it was a good replay! I'm sorry, it's on the monitor. What am I supposed to do? pic.twitter.com/R2lS61Au0o— John Sterling Calls (@JSterlingCalls) July 8, 2021 As you...
    Virtual court proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic have seen their share of cyber blunders. Participants have appeared naked or with a beer in hand, while an errant video filter turned a Texas attorney into a cat during a Zoom hearing. In the Silicon Valley last month, an insurance adjuster provided the court an embarrassing hot mic moment. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Roberta Hayashi was seating jurors around her courtroom for social distancing, explaining their juror number might be different than their seat number. That’s when a voice blurted out, “Oh my God, the judge is a “f—ng idiot.” The words echoed out of the speakers around the courtroom. Those present said everyone exchanged stares looking for the culprit. Hayashi responded. “Well, I’m sorry you think I’m an idiot, but I really think you ought to mute your microphone before you say that. And I would appreciate it if you would not use any obscenities in the courtroom, whether you’re remote or not remote. That kind of language is not acceptable.” “Agreed,” replied the culprit, who would soon be...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse If the New York Yankees are ready to part with Aaron Judge, these teams should already be calling Brian Cashman. The MLB trade deadline is three months away, but there’s never a bad time to consider speculation going back to the offseason or looking ahead. To that end, as part of a longer piece, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported the New York Yankees briefly discussed a trade involving outfielder Aaron Judge with the Los Angeles Angels last offseason. Olney described the talks as the “lightest of flirtations”, and talks didn’t get far. The Angels were surely exploring outfield options, eventually getting Dexter Fowler from the Cardinals in what was a salary-dump for St. Louis. There’s no denying Judge’s prowess as a power hitter. But he has struggled to stay healthy, playing 112, 102 and 28 games (out of 60 of course last year) over the last three seasons. Per 162 games from 2018-2020, he averaged 43 home runs. But Judge turned 29 on Monday, so he’s no longer a young player....
    Congresswoman Maxine Waters denied on Monday interfering in the trial of Derek Chauvin, claiming that the judge overseeing the former policeman's case said her provocative words 'don't matter' - despite his condemning her actions in court as 'abhorrent'. Waters, a Democrat representing California, sparked outrage by travelling to Minneapolis on Saturday and urging protesters to 'get more confrontational' if Chauvin was acquitted. Her remarks, on the eve of the jury retiring to consider its verdict, were widely condemned and may, it emerged on Monday, have handed Chauvin's defense grounds for appeal and the turning over of any guilty verdict. Yet Waters, 82, defiantly insisted on Monday afternoon that she stood by her words. 'The judge says my words don't matter,' she told CNN.  When pressed on the judge stating that her remarks could be grounds for appeal, she replied: 'Oh no, no they didn't.'  She insisted she was entirely justified in her call to action, saying: 'The whole Civil Rights movement is confrontational.'  Earlier on Monday Waters' comments were seized upon by Chauvin's legal team, and criticized by the judge.  Speaking...
    Bradley Cortright April 19, 2021 0 Comments Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill criticized Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for saying protesters should get “more confrontational” if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of murdering George Floyd. On Monday, Cahill dismissed Chauvin’s defense attorney’s claims that Waters’ comments could be grounds for a mistrial. However, he said, “I’m aware that Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction and talk about being confrontational.” “I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function,” he continued. “If they want to give their opinions, they should do so in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution, to respect the co-equal branch of government. Their failure to do so I think is abhorrent.” Still, he said he believes that believes Waters’ comments would not prejudice the jury. “A congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a...
    A Manhattan Family Court clerk was caught on a hot mic allegedly calling a black teenage defendant the N-word, according to the young man’s attorney. The clerk, Donna A. Prainito, who is white, didn’t realize her microphone was on when she used the racial slur to refer to a 15-year-old in a virtual proceeding before Judge Jessica Bourbon Thursday, said his lawyer Holden Thornhill.  The incident occurred at the end of a plea proceeding when the judge directed Thornhill’s client to alert an Administration for Children’s Services staffer that the hearing was about to end.  “He turns around to do that and as he does that his rear end is now in the camera, inadvertently,” Thornhill recalled in an interview. “He’s wearing saggy pants so we’re all looking at his drawers. The clerk in the part mutters at that point, ‘Look at this f–king [N-word] and his f–king pants. F–king m——-n,’” Thornhill recalled.  “If you’re from New York and someone calls you a m——-n and you’re black you know you’ve been dissed. It has no pleasant connotation,” Thornhill said, referring to the Italian-American...
    Karen Bleier/Getty Images This story originally appeared on Law&Crime. A Washington, D.C. federal appeals court judge spent a considerable number of pages in a Friday dissent rubbishing a U.S. Supreme Court case that is the pillar of the modern press press: New York Times v. Sullivan. While so doing, he slammed The New York Times itself, The Washington Post, and other major publications in the current media age for becoming “virtual[] Democratic Party broadsheets.” He also praised Fox News and The New York Post as “a lone holdout” that is “controlled by a single man and his son.” The harsh words had absolutely nothing to do with the underlying opinion the judge, Laurence Silberman, was called upon to decide. Rather, they were part of a verbose dictum asserting that the press had become so powerful that its “bias[]” was “distort[ing] the marketplace” of ideas necessary for American democracy to function. Implicit in Silberman’s logic is the idea that the press should be legally forced to pay increased economic damages in defamation actions because, in the judge’s view, the Supreme Court artificially and unconstitutionally gave the press too much...
    A federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C. has penned a scathing dissent accusing the media of being a 'trumpet' for the Democratic Party, while calling on his colleagues to overturn a Supreme Court landmark decision protecting the press.   Senior Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman lamented that conservatives are being oppressed by overwhelmingly liberal news media, academia and tech companies creating 'a frighteningly orthodox media culture.' The judge responded to a decision on Friday to toss a libel suit filed by two former Liberian officials against human rights group Global Witness, over a report implying they had accepted bribes from an oil company.  Silberman, who was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1985, was the only judge to dissent in the case, which found the plaintiffs could not prove 'actual malice', under New York Times v. Sullivan 1964. D.C. Circuit Senior Judge Laurence Silberman (pictured receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W Bush in 2008) penned a scathing dissent Friday accusing the media of liberal bias  Silberman, who was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan...
    Last Sunday the war broke out, at least on social networks, between Karmele Marchante and several of the best-known faces of Save me. The ex-collaborator of the Telecinco heart program entered “an outbreak”, as she herself recognized, and seriously insulted some former teammates like Kiko Matamoros or Jorge Javier Vázquez. Of the presenter he said: “The psychopathic dwarf has not stopped him. I have them threatened, as they mention I sing”. And of both: “Two misogynists, abusers and egomaniacs dare to mention me? What a wretched pair of lonely and abandoned people. One gives alcohol and the other dust”. A few words that could have consequences for the journalist. As Informalia reports, a source close to Vázquez points out that the Catalan “He has put the matter in the hands of his lawyer and is studying the possibility of suing Marchante”. Vázquez “has put the matter in the hands of his lawyer and is studying the possibility of suing Marchante” “That woman does not gauge the extent of her insults and you can go looking for a good...
    Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas will remain in custody while he awaits trial A federal judge has blocked the release of the Arkansas man photographed sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during the US Capitol riots, slamming his actions as 'brazen' and 'entitled'. US District Chief Judge Beryl Howell, of DC publicly spoke out against the violent insurrection for the first time during an hour-long court hearing for suspect Richard Barnett on Thursday. Barnett, 60, is charged with unlawfully entering a restricted area with a lethal weapon - a stun gun - as well as disorderly conduct and theft of public property. He faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted. Prior to the hearing, a magistrate judge in Arkansas had approved Barnett's release from custody, ruling that he could stay with his partner while he awaits trial.  Howell, however, reversed that decision Thursday on grounds that Barnett had shown a 'total disregard' for the law and the US Constitution, The Washington Post reported.   Barnett was photographed during the Capitol riot inside Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office...
    More On: new york giants Giants’ prized rookie trending up after rocky start Jets’ interest in Giants coordinator has his players worried Eagles star reveals exactly what team thought of ‘confusing’ QB decision Final 2020 NFL Power Rankings The season is barely in the rearview mirror and the Giants have already made a significant signing to push them into the New Year. Patrick Graham, the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach who earned raves from his players and denied points to opposing offenses, is not going anywhere. He signed a contract extension and the team announced Tuesday night Graham has decided not to consider head-coaching opportunities for 2021. The Jets merely a day after firing Adam Gase reached out to the Giants, asking permission to interview Graham for their head-coaching vacancy. There are five other openings and Graham might have attracted other interest. Graham shut down all inquiries and will return for a second season to further strengthen what far and away was the most potent unit on the team. Graham, a coordinator for only two years — he...
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Freddie Kitchens has been ready o take over the play-calling from offensive coordinator Jason Garrett since the New York Giants started this season. Rookie coach Joe Judge and his staff have planned for almost any eventuality relating to either a positive COVID-19 test or an outbreak. With the team heading into its 14th game, the virus struck the coaching staff for the first time. Garrett tested positive Tuesday and is sidelined. So Kitchens is shedding his role as tight ends coach and will call plays for the Giants (5-8) on Sunday night. Coincedentally, he’ll be facing the Cleveland Browns (9-4), the team that fired after a disastrous first year as coach. “We’ve prepared for this throughout the year in training camp and things like that,” Kitchens said Friday. “So it’s just kind of the next game and it just happens that, you know, we had a guy go down this year or this week.” While he is familiar with some of the Browns’ players, Kitchens said Cleveland’s roster has changed a bit. Kitchens deferred to...
    On Friday, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rejected President Donald Trump’s latest effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, The Associated Press reported. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal said that the Trump legal team’s allegations “have no merit,” suggesting that the commander-in-chief and his allies do not have a case. Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, stressed in his opinion that the president’s lawyers have provided no evidence whatsoever. “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.” The appeal was unanimously rejected by the three-judge panel. All three judges were appointed by Republican presidents. Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, initially argued the case in lower courts. However, he failed to provide proof of electoral fraud and his complaint was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann. Brann rejected Giuliani’s error-filled complaint as “haphazardly stitched together.” The devastating blow to...
    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has apologized for calling the state’s female governor “MeMaw” in a court order he issued earlier this year to cancel a hearing due to Alabama’s stay-at-home order. Mobile County Circuit Court Judge James Patterson made the comment in an April order he sent to parties involved in a civil negligence case, news outlets reported Monday. Patterson wrote it was better to not "hold virtual hearings because that may require someone (staff person/IT person/lawyer who doesn’t have access to the technology?) to leave home and violate Gov. MeMaw’s order.” He apologized to Gov. Kay Ivey 12 days later, saying he had “no earthly idea” that his order would “go anywhere except to the lawyers in the case.” He also called his comments “idiotic” and a “poor attempt at humor.” “The governor accepted that apology and wished him and his fellow judges well as we all rise to meet the needs posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ivey's spokesperson Gina Maiola told WPMI-TV. Patterson has also offered an apology to the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice,...
    The fake field goal that should have resulted in a touchdown pass from punter/holder Riley Dixon to tight end Evan Engram in the 37-34 loss to the Cowboys was called back by a penalty when the Giants were called for an illegal shift on Cam Fleming. “We just weren’t set as a unit right there and that’s not one person,’’ head coach Joe Judge said. “That ties into a couple of different things communication-wise and execution-wise.’’ Former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes on The Post’s “Blue Rush” podcast said it is the responsibility of Riley — the holder for field goals who fills the role of the quarterback on the play — to make sure his line is set before calling for the ball to be snapped. “Cam Fleming caught a lot of heat — this is about Riley Dixon,’’ Tynes said. “He needs to make sure everyone is set. Listen, Riley Dixon is not under center and he’s not behind the line very much calling pays or a cadence. He jumped the gun a little bit. He saw Evan...
    It’s beyond old news at this point that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s lawyers have had enough of U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan. But in their latest bid to disqualify Sullivan from the case, presuming that any other judge would dismiss the case as requested, Flynn’s lawyers filed screenshots of angry tweets posted by random people as Exhibit A—literally. The motion, dubbed “EXPLOSIVE” by Sara Carter, was filed even though an en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit already concluded that Flynn was not entitled the reassignment of the trial judge: As to Petitioner’s first two requests—to compel the immediate grant of the Government’s motion, and to vacate the District Court’s appointment of amicus—Petitioner has not established that he has “no other adequate means to attain the relief he desires.” Cheney v. U.S. Dist. Court for D.C., 542 U.S. 367, 380 (2004) (quoting Kerr v. U.S. Dist. Court for N. Dist. of Cal., 426 U.S. 394, 403 (1976)). We also decline to mandate that the case be reassigned to a different district judge, because Petitioner has not...
    Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett signed onto a two-page newspaper ad in 2006 calling for the overturning of Roe v. Wade and slamming the landmark abortion rights case as "barbaric." The open letter was published in the South Bend Tribune in the form of full-page advertisements sponsored by the St. Joseph County Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, according to reports from the Guardian and the Daily Beast. Barrett, then a law professor at Notre Dame, and her husband, Jesse, joined hundreds of people from the border region of northern Indiana and southwest Michigan known as Michiana who signed their names to the statement calling for an end to abortion and to protect the rights of the unborn. "We, the following citizens of Michiana, oppose abortion on demand and defend the right to life from fertilization to natural death," the letter states. "Please continue to pray to end abortion." The accompanying ad condemned Roe v. Wade as "an exercise of raw judicial power” and mourned the "more than 47 million children dead and counting" from abortions. “It’s time to put an...
    A judge denied Democratic donor Ed Buck's request to be released on Friday, claiming he posed a danger to the community.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver said that the conditions presented by Buck's attorney were 'insufficient' to ensure that the embattled donor would show at trial, KCAL reports.  Oliver also said that Buck's legal team failed to show how the medical staff at the Metropolitan Detention Center were incapable of handling their client's medical needs, after the defense expressed concern with Buck getting COVID-19.  She added that he did not appear to have any medical conditions that seemed to put him at risk for catching the virus at 66 years of age.    U.S. Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver denied Ed Buck's request to be released from jail on Friday, claiming the embattled donor was a danger to the public 'Ed Buck was asking to be confined to his home,' Jasmyne Cannick, who has advocated for the victims, shared.  'Home is where his crimes were committed. Home is where his drugs were delivered to. Home is where he was...
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