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    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...
    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...
    (CNN)Keith Higgins knew he faced long odds when he entered the race.It's hard to run as an independent candidate in Georgia. It's even harder in a small community, when you're running against someone who's been top prosecutor in the area for about a decade.A year ago it seemed like Higgins' campaign for district attorney of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit had stalled without even getting off the ground.Then came a case that drew national attention and protests to this conservative corner of southeast Georgia. And everything changed.In February, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was jogging in a waterfront neighborhood near Brunswick when a former police officer and his son, both White, chased him down and shot and killed him. Critics accused Jackie Johnson, the district attorney, of mishandling the investigation before she recused herself over a conflict of interest.Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson campaigns for reelection on Nov. 3 on St. Simons Island, Georgia.Read MoreHiggins, who was fired by Johnson years ago when he was an assistant prosecutor in her office, says he'd seen her mishandle cases before. It's one...
    Donald Trump and Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan absolutely not plotting betray allies for money In June, Attorney General William Barr suddenly announced the resignation of U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman. There was only one problem—Berman had not resigned, and he wasn’t going to resign. So Barr fired him. Berman disputed Barr’s ability to remove him from office, but finally left after securing an agreement that his primary assistant would take over the office, rather than handing it off to a political appointee with no criminal law experience who was favored by Donald Trump. In congressional testimony, Berman made it clear that Barr had been trying to force him out of his office for months. The class between Berman and Barr made clear that the new attorney general was attempting to completely politicize the DOJ. And for weeks following Berman’s departure, there was speculation over exactly why Barr was so anxious to see the New York attorney gone. Was Berman looking into the fake “We Build the Wall” organization that was feeding money to Steve Bannon? Was he taking a closer look...
    In August, the Weld County District Attorney's Office revealed that a grand jury "has accepted the investigation into the death of Jonelle Matthews," a twelve-year-old who vanished from her Greeley home in late 1984 — although her remains weren't found in a rural Weld County field until 2019. Attention immediately turned to Steven Pankey, who had been named a person of interest in the case by the Greeley Police Department. Pankey was a resident of Idaho, and a prominent one, having twice run for governor of that state, in 2014 and 2018. Now, the 69-year-old Pankey has been formally indicted on five counts related to Matthews' death: murder in the first degree after deliberation, murder in the first degree/felony murder, second-degree kidnapping and two crime of violence charges.Related Stories Jonelle Matthews Death With Bizarre Tie to Politician Goes to Grand Jury Ex-Denver DA Using Familial DNA to Heat Up Cold Murder Cases The Insanity Plea: It's Not Just for Killers Anymore Marijuana Deals Near YouThe indictment takes the unusual step of listing the 26 reasons why the grand jury came...
    An immigration court located at the Aurora ICE facility is shutting down hearings for ten days following a large outbreak of COVID-19 among detainees. "Nobody knows what's going on. People are scared. People are anxious. Nobody is getting their court dates," says a detainee who recently tested positive for COVID while staying at the facility, and asked that his name not be used for fear of retaliation. Westword spoke with multiple immigration attorneys who say they were recently told by the court's clerk that hearings would be canceled for ten days.Related Stories COVID Outbreak in Aurora ICE Facility, Nineteen New Positives Detainee Transfers Lead to COVID-19 Increase at Aurora ICE Facility House Subcommittee Report Takes Aim at Aurora Immigrant Detention Facility "When I asked whether it was regarding the COVID outbreak, [the clerk staffer] simply said, 'That’s all of the information we are being given by ICE,'" says immigration attorney Ariana Fuentes, who has a client with an upcoming bond hearing that has now been delayed over three weeks because of the closure. Nicole King, a third-year law student...
    Editor’s note: This story contains explicit language. Walk through downtown Austin or its rapidly developing nearby neighborhoods and it’s impossible to miss the massive black banners draped over office buildings, warehouses and bars. “Another World Class Project,” reads one posted to the metal siding of a squat industrial building downtown. Other banners riff on their own ubiquity with a pithy line popularized by DJ Khaled: “Another One.” The promotional campaign belongs to an Austin-based real estate investment firm owned by Nate Paul. World Class Capital Group has acquired an enviable portfolio of some of Austin’s choicest parcels with ambitious plans to lease or develop them. Paul has described himself in media reports as wanting to become “the youngest self-made real estate billionaire.” These days, Paul’s name is associated not just with a real estate empire but with a series of recent high-profile bankruptcies and a much-publicized raid on his home and business office last year by FBI and U.S. Department of Treasury agents. The investigation remained active as recently as April, though no criminal charges have been filed, according to...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been accused of helping real estate investor and campaign donor Nate Paul after his offices were last year raided by the FBI.  Paxton  - who is leading the attorneys general antitrust probe into Google -  is said to have given legal favors to the Austin based businessman who donated $25,000 to his 2018 re election bid.  In a single-page letter several of the Republican's top deputies wrote that they reported him to 'the appropriate law enforcement authority' for potentially breaking the law 'in his official capacity as the current Attorney General of Texas.'  Text messages obtained by The Houston Chronicle show Paxton's first assistant, Jeff Mateer, had texted Paxton accusing him of 'violations concerning his relationship with Paul'. He wrote: 'Each of the individuals in this text chain made a good faith report of violations by you to an appropriate law enforcement authority concerning your relationship and activities with Nate Paul.' Paxton replied he was out of office and asked them to email their concerns.   Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been accused of helping real estate investor and...
    The past decade or so has been tough for Frontier Airlines. Once the pride of Denver, the carrier has suffered through years of terrible consumer reviews, public-relations disasters and labor strife. And now, compounding the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel, the firm is now being used as an example of why Congressional aid to the industry as a whole should be tied to customer protection — thanks partly to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser's call for a federal investigation into Frontier's practices. Weiser is among forty attorneys general from across the country to sign an October 1 letter to Congressional leaders urging them to "enact new consumer protection measures for airline industry customers whether as part of a financial relief package or in separate legislation as soon as possible," according to Weiser's office. That missive, released by the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), makes prominent mention of Weiser's call last month for U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to "use your authority under federal law to protect consumers by ordering Frontier to stop any unfair and deceptive...
    Andrew Wommack Ministries International defied the Colorado Attorney General's office when it staged an event for around 800 people during a late June-early July Bible conference. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment subsequently declared the gathering a COVID-19 outbreak, after two positive staff cases, six positive attendee cases and one probable attendee case. Now, Wommack and company are coming back for more. The organization sued Governor Jared Polis, among others, in federal court over safety protocols that could cramp its style during the AWMI Minister’s Conference, slated to start on October 5. On September 29, the court denied a ministry motion for a temporary restraining order to allow the event, prompting an appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court mere hours later. AWMI is represented by Liberty Counsel, which describes itself as "an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics." The legal organization claims that Colorado orders related to the novel coronavirus are unconstitutional. "The...
    While Bill Barr was rebuked in June by more than 1,250 former employees of the Department of Justice, this week marked the first time a sitting federal prosecutor directly and explicitly called out U.S. Attorney General for having intentionally turned the department into a political tool of the Trump administration. In a letter published in the Boston Globe on Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts James D. Herbert derided Barr’s second tenure as head of the DOJ, saying that his conduct in office “should concern all citizens.” “While I am a federal prosecutor, I am writing to express my own views, clearly not those of the department, on a matter that should concern all citizens: the unprecedented politicization of the office of the attorney general,” Herbert wrote. “The attorney general acts as though his job is to serve only the political interests of Donald J. Trump. This is a dangerous abuse of power.” Herbert said that he was “compelled to speak out” about Barr after hearing the attorney general’s controversial comments at Hillsdale College earlier this...
    The police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, leaving the 46-year-old unconscious, has been pictured for the first time since the May 25 killing, and was heckled outside of court. Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with murder and is currently being held in custody, while three other officers are free on bail. On Friday he was present in court for the first time, having previously appeared via videolink.  Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, face mask and handcuffs, he was led away by correction officers after the three hour hearing, as protesters near the court yelled abuse at him.  Derek Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd's neck, was seen for the first time on Friday Chauvin, 44, had not been seen in public since the May 25 killing of George Floyd The 46-year-old security guard, was born in Texas but moved to Minneapolis for a fresh start The judge presiding over the case on Friday dismissed the local prosecutor from the murder trial, accusing him and his team of 'sloppy' work. Mike...
    Mother Jones illustration; Jim Mone/AP; Morry Gash/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.There are diverging accounts about what happened in the early morning hours of November 15, 2015 in Minneapolis. Police responded to an assault call and, officers say, there was a physical confrontation with the suspect, which ended with one of the cops shooting 24-year-old Jamar Clark. But according to witnesses, Clark was handcuffed and pinned to the ground when he was fatally shot in the head. The police may dispute the eye-witness accounts—and video footage captured from the rear of the ambulance that was called to the scene only offers a vague glimpse of the shooting—but there is no disputing that Clark, an unarmed Black man, was killed by two white police officers. And Mike Freeman, the district attorney of Hennepin County—the same county in Minnesota where 46-year-old George Floyd was killed on Memorial Day this year when a white police officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds—declined to charge the two officers involved in...
    (CNN)Virginia state Sen. L. Louise Lucas turned herself in to the Portsmouth, Virginia, sheriff's office Tuesday, a day after she was charged in connection with the partial dismantling of a Confederate monument that left a man injured.Lucas has been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000, spokesman Col. Marvin Waters told CNN. She was released on a personal recognizance bond Tuesday afternoon, Waters added, meaning the senator did not have to post bail.Lucas is one of 14 people charged as a result of a June incident that led to "life threatening" and "permanent injury" of a man, police previously announced. All but one of the individuals facing charges have turned themselves in and have been released on personal recognizance bonds, Waters said.Among those charged were a Portsmouth school board member, local NAACP chapter members, and three public defenders.The charges have drawn condemnation from the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, along with other Democratic officials, including Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe.Read MoreLucas has been a member of the state...
    The New York attorney general is “one of the most partisan figures,” said Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer on Thursday, as he criticized Letitia James' move to try to dissolve the National Rifle Association. “This is how an office gets politicized. On the merits of this, there are always two sides to a lawsuit. Let’s see what the NRA says to defend themselves here, I don’t know the facts, but on the politics of it, this is one of the dumbest biggest mistakes an attorney general or anyone can make on an election year,” the former George W. Bush White House press secretary told “Outnumbered Overtime.” Fleischer said that James ran an election campaign on an “anti-President Trump, anti-Republican and anti-conservative platform." NRA LAYS OFF DOZENS OF STAFFERS, CUTS PAY DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC James announced Thursday that her office has filed a lawsuit against the NRA and its leadership, including executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, looking to dissolve the organization. James accused the organization of having "a culture of self-dealing," taking millions of dollars for personal use and granting contracts that benefited leaders' family and associates. "For nearly...
    HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – An 18-year-old from Beaver County is facing a homicide charge in the shooting death of his older brother. The Beaver County district attorney says Michael Barbuto was charged Tuesday in the death of his brother, 29-year-old Vincent Barbuto. Hopewell Township police responded to a call about an unresponsive man inside a home on the 2400 block of West Main Street just before 11 p.m. July 15. The coroner’s office declared Vincent dead at the scene. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. Officials haven’t said what led up to the shooting. An arrest warrant for Michael has been issued and the DA’s office says investigators are in contact with his attorney to schedule for his surrender and arraignment. No bail or bond will be permitted. Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.
    Republican Senator Josh Hawley urged Attorney General William Barr Thursday to launch a civil rights investigation into the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office that is “threatening to prosecute” the McCloskey family. In a letter to Barr, Hawley wrote that Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s decision to investigate lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey was an “unacceptable abuse of power and [a] threat the Second Amendment.” The McCloskeys were investigated after confronting protesters with firearms, Gardner’s office said in a statement. Protesters broke down the gate to McCloskey’s home and marched the driveway in St. Louis, Missouri on June 28, according to video of the incident. (Related: ESPN Reporter Allegedly Tells Sen. Josh Hawley ‘F*** You’ Over NBA, China Criticism) Gardner’s office is “threatening to prosecute not the trespassers, but the McCloskeys” and permitted police to seize the McCloskey’s firearms, Hawley wrote, citing a KMOV4 article. The police have filed for warrants, but no charges have been filed against the McCloskeys, KMOV4 reported Thursday. “Her office has seized their firearms, and police have applied for warrants in the case, with an indictment believed...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Hollywood talent manager and producer David Guillod surrendered on Monday to Santa Barbara County authorities to face 11 felony counts related to the alleged rape or sexual assault of four women while drugged and unconscious in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.Guillod -- executive producer of the Netflix release "Extraction"' and the 2017 film "Atomic Blonde,'' among others -- is charged with raping three women and sexually assaulting another woman in multiple ways. Each of the four were allegedly drugged, unconscious and unable to resist.The alleged attacks, which also prompted a kidnap for rape charge, took place in May 2012, December 2014 and January 2015, according to the criminal complaint. Two women were allegedly assaulted on either January 30 or 31, 2015, according to the document.The four Jane Does ranged in age from 22 to 33 and three of the four alleged attacks took place in Los Angeles County, where the District Attorney's Office gave its consent to have the eight related felony charges filed in Santa Barbara."Since March of 2018, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office...
    SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Families of victims shot and killed by Vallejo police officers spent the Monday afternoon outside the Solano County District Attorney's Office demanding the DA prosecute officers or recuse herself.If these families didn't know each other before, they do now."We're all members of a club that nobody wants to be a part of," said Kori McCoy, Willie McCoy's brother.Each family member is connected in some way to a person a Vallejo police officer shot and killed. All of them demanding Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams prosecute the officers or recuse herself."It's letting them know that we're not going nowhere," said Paula McGowan, Ronell Foster's mom.In 2018, Vallejo police shot Foster in the back, she says because he didn't have a headlight on his bicycle. The Vallejo Police Department has said Foster wrestled a flashlight away from an officer and was about to attack him with it.RELATED: Family mourns man shot, killed by Vallejo police"That's how you teach somebody by killing them," said McGowan.The Solano County District Attorney's Office found the use of force justified.In 2019,...
    (CNN)The FBI and California Attorney General's Office will now be monitoring the investigation of a man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Monday. Robert L. Fuller, 24, was hanging from a tree early Wednesday. Fire department personnel who responded to the scene determined he was dead, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Fuller's death was described as "an alleged death by suicide."Robert L. Fuller Despite the death being consistent with suicide, officials "felt it prudent to roll that back and continue to look deeper," said Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Coroner Dr. Jonathan Lucas."Hangings in public, suicides, do occur with some regularity," Lucas said. The signs seemed to point in the direction of suicide, but the cause and manner of death were never officially determined as officials await further investigation and toxicology reports. An autopsy was completed last Friday.Nothing but the rope, the contents of Fuller's pockets and a backpack he was wearing were found on the scene, according to Los Angeles County Homicide...
    (CNN)The Manhattan District Attorney's Office is investigating the alleged assault of a Wall Street Journal reporter covering the George Floyd protests by members of the New York Police Department, a spokesman for the office told CNN."Our office has prosecuted dozens of uniformed officers for official misconduct and violence since 2010, and this longstanding tradition of independence and accountability will continue in the days and weeks ahead," District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a general statement released to the press."We are actively monitoring social media and other sources to identify investigative leads into claims of excessive force and we strongly encourage New Yorkers to share them with us."Protests over Floyd's death as well as other black Americans in police custody intensified over the weekend. Cities like New York implemented curfews and tried to disperse crowds after some protests turned violent.CNN crew released from police custody after they were arrested live on air in MinneapolisWSJ reporter Tyler Blint-Welsh tweeted Sunday evening that NYPD officers "hit me in the face multiple times with riot shields and pushed me to the ground. I was...
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