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    Former Minneapolis police officer, Tou Thao, pictured in court, has been accused of waging a 'desperate smear campaign,' against the state  Former Minneapolis police officer, Tou Thao, has been accused of waging a 'desperate smear campaign,' against the state in a 'shameless' bid to derail prosecution for his part in the killing of George Floyd, DailyMail.com can reveal. Ex-cops Thao, 35, Thomas Lane, 38, and J Alexander Keung, 27, are all awaiting trial for aiding and abetting Derek Chauvin in both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The disgraced former officers had been due in court this August, but Hennepin County District Judge Paul Cahill pushed the date to March 2022 in a bid to allow public feeling to cool in the wake of 45-year-old Chauvin's conviction and the announcement that the officers will also face federal charges. Now, in newly filed legal documents seen by DailyMail.com, prosecutors have slammed Thao for 'harassing' prosecutors with 'frivolous filings.' And they have accused him of, 'repeatedly attempting to taint the jury pool' and 'distract' and 'divert attention' from his role in Floyd's...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A federal judge this week rejected a request for a temporary restraining order against a controversial new law championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to crack down on violent protests. U.S. District Judge Paul Byron issued a six-page order Tuesday denying a temporary restraining order sought by plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed April 21 in federal court in Orlando. READ MORE: Gambling Deal Goes To Gov. Ron DeSantis The lawsuit is one of two that have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the law (HB 1), which was one of the most-controversial issues in this year’s legislative session. The plaintiffs in the Orlando case, including the Lawyers Matter Task Force and Black Lives Matter Tampa, filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction, contending that the law seeks to “arrest the peaceful expression of free speech protected by the United States Constitution” and is overbroad. “Petitioners fear they will be unable to exercise their First Amendment rights under the enforcement of this law due to the history of wrongful discretionary and discriminatory actions and...
    Fox News filed a motion on Tuesday to dismiss a $1.6 billion lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems. The cable news giant called the lawsuit an effort to "stifle the media’s free-speech right to inform the public" in a statement. The motion filing follows Fox News's February motion to dismiss a similar lawsuit from Smartmatic, another voting technology firm. "There are two sides to every story," attorneys Chip Babcock and Scott Keller said jointly. "The press must remain free to cover both sides, or there will be a free press no more. The freedoms of speech and press would be illusory if the prevailing party could obtain billions of dollars from the press because it provided a forum for the losing side." FOX MOVES TO DISMISS $2.7B SMARTMATIC LAWSUIT Dominion Voting Systems accused the network of selling "a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process." Fox News says the company failed to identify "any actionable defamation," invoking its freedoms of speech and press in its statement. "The...
    Derek Chauvin's attorney has filed a motion for a new trial claiming 'jury misconduct' just two weeks after he was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. Attorney Eric Nelson wrote that an abuse of discretion 'deprived [Chauvin] of a fair trial' in the motion filed in Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota. The Court abused its discretion when it denied Defendant’s motion for a change of venue … in violation of Mr. Chauvin’s constitutional rights to a due process and a fair trial,’ Nelson wrote.
    DEREK Chauvin's attorney has reportedly filed a motion asking for a new trial on multiple grounds. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. 2 Derek Chauvin's attorney has filed a motion asking for a new trialCredit: AP 2 Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty of three charges relating to the death of George FloydCredit: Reuters The motion, filed on Tuesday, included jury misconduct in its reasoning. Chauvin's attorney, Eric J. Nelson, requested a new trial on the following grounds: "the interest of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law." Floyd's death in Minneapolis last year sparked nationwide protests agains police brutality. The filing comes on a day that it was reported that one of the jurors in Chauvin's trial attended an anti-police protest last summer. More to follow.
                      by Bruce Walker  Citing the “grave threat posed by Enbridge’s unlawful operation of its pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac,” 28 entities filed friend of the court briefs in support of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s motion to remand in State of Michigan, et al v Enbridge Energy, et al. Four Native American tribes, the attorneys general of 16 states and the District of Columbia, six environmental organizations and the Great Lakes Business Network, and two state governors filed briefs expressing support of the attorney general’s efforts to ensure the lawsuit her office filed last November remains in Ingham County Circuit Court. At issue is Nessel seeking to enforce the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s revocation and termination of Enbridge’s 1953 easement to operate its Line 5 pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge filed a motion in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, claiming the state of Michigan has no jurisdiction in the matter. Enbridge’s Notice of Removal asserts only...
    The lawyer for Deshaun Watson’s sexual assault accusers must identify the name of a woman who made claims against the NFL star, a Texas judge ruled Friday morning. The ruling from Judge Dedra Davi, came a day after Watson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin filed a special exemption asking a judge to unmask "Jane Doe" in the suits against the Houston Texans quarterback. Davis ruled the woman must refile the suit and identify herself. Only two of the women in the 22 lawsuits filed against Watson have been publicly identified. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Hardin announced he filed the motion Thursday and hit out at the accusers’ attorney, Tony Buzbee, in the process. "We have said this before and we want to say it again: Deshaun did not force, coerce or intimidate anyone to do anything against their will. When we asked Mr. Buzbee to identify his clients weeks ago, he refused and told us to file a motion," Hardin said. "Today we filed that motion. As discussed in our filing, Mr. Buzbee’s use of anonymous lawsuits violates...
    Deshaun Watson will play in the NFL regardless of what happens with the swath of sexual misconduct lawsuits against him, a former star tight end said Thursday. Antonio Gates, who is likely to be a Hall of Famer after spending his entire 16-year career with the San Diego and Los Angeles Chargers, told TMZ Sports he believes Watson was too good of a player to be sidelined for the rest of his career. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "He seems like a good dude. Obviously, he made some -- I don't even know if he made these mistakes. But, if he did, hopefully he can recover from them. This is the land of the free. You always get second chances," Gates told the gossip website. "I do [think he will play again.] He's too good of a player, so I do. Hopefully, when all this unfolds, we'll see how it goes." ASHLEY SOLIS, FIRST WOMAN TO ACCUSE DESHAUN WATSON OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, SPEAKS OUT: 'I WILL NOT LET HIM WIN' Watson has denied the allegations from 22 women,...
    More On: deshaun watson Nike takes action as ‘disturbing’ allegations mount against Deshaun Watson First Deshaun Watson accuser comes forward: ‘Not afraid anymore’ Deshaun Watson under investigation by police 18 massage therapists come to Deshaun Watson’s defense amid sexual assault lawsuits Two emergency hearings are scheduled for Friday for a judge to rule whether attorney Tony Buzbee is compelled to release to Deshaun Watson’s defense team the identity of two of the 22 women who have filed sexual misconduct civil lawsuits against the Texans quarterback. Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, filed the motions for hearings on all 22 lawsuits Thursday, and two were granted in Harris County District Court as of Thursday afternoon. Because all the suits are separated, Hardin had to file a new motion to reveal an identity in each case. Two of Watson’s accusers came forward earlier this week but the other 20 remain identified as Jane Does. Watson has denied allegations of sexual harassment and sexual abuse. “We have said this before and we want to say it again: Deshaun did not force, coerce or intimidate...
    Carmen Calvo, First Vice President of the Government. (Photo: .) The first vice president of the Government, Carmen Calvo, has disassociated the Executive from the decision of the still second vice president, Pablo Iglesias, to file a complaint for bribery with the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office against the ‘number two’ of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, whom they accuse to “buy” deputies to stop Murcia’s failed motion of censure. “That decision was made by Iglesias as the leader of a party, not as the second vice president,” said Cavlo when asked if he shared that decision in an interview with RNE. For the first vice president, what has happened in Murcia and the disbandment of members of Ciudadanos to the PP that has happened later, is “fatally dishonest. A manual transfuguismo ”. However, he has not wanted to answer whether he considers that, in addition to being ethically reprehensible, there could be a crime in the case of the three former deputies of the orange party who dropped the motion and are now part of the Murcian Government of the PP....
    Facebook slammed an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday that was filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in December, calling it an “unprecedented” attempt to “rewrite history.” A pair of twin lawsuits were filed Dec. 9 by 48 attorneys general and the FTC accusing Facebook of a wide range of antitrust violations. Among other things, the lawsuits claim that Facebook has monopolized its power and unfairly eliminated competition in the market by using a variety of tactics. (RELATED: DOJ Sues Facebook, Alleges Company Discriminated Against US Workers) “You only have to look at your phone to know that the government’s assertion that Facebook monopolizes ‘personal social networking services’ doesn’t make sense,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “People use TikTok, iMessage, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, YouTube and countless others to connect, discover, share, and communicate. Facebook competes with all of those services for people’s time and attention every day.” AG Letitia James on Facebook’s motion to dismiss her antitrust lawsuit: “Facebook is wrong on the law and wrong on our complaint. We are confident in our case, which is why almost every...
    Despite publicly welcoming a court fight over his false claims about voting machines being used to steal the 2020 election from Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani doesn’t seem to be in much of a rush to respond to the billion-dollar defamation lawsuit filed against him by Dominion Voting Systems. After repeatedly dodging process servers last month, the former New York City mayor on Thursday asked a federal judge in Washington D.C. for a 35-day extension to respond to the $1.3 billion complaint filed by Dominion. Giuliani’s motion for more time, which was unopposed, was filed one day after the deadline for his response had passed. The motion was entered on the docket Friday. Giuliani said the heft of the lawsuit filed against him, coupled with problems in getting his attorney admitted to practice in D.C., is why he required more time to respond to Dominion. “Because the Complaint is voluminous and complex and because the Defendant has recently engaged counsel who is awaiting admission in the District for the District of Columbia, Defendant required additional time to answer or otherwise respond...
    The legal teams representing three of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death filed a series of motions this week seeking to have the cases dismissed, accusing prosecutors of leaking information about plea deal negotiations to the press. The trial against Derek Chauvin, who was seen in moments captured on video pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck, is set to begin on March 8. He is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other formed officers involved -- Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane – are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter and are currently scheduled to stand trial on Aug. 23.   MINNEAPOLIS RESIDENT: CITY COUNCIL HAS 'BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS' FOR DEFUNDING POLICE  Thao’s attorneys, Robert and Natalie Paule, filed a motion in Hennepin County District Court on Monday accusing Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison of leaking information regarding Chauvin’s plea deal negotiations and asked the judge to dismiss the charges against their client. The New York Times, citing three unnamed law enforcement officials,...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) —  As Florida lawmakers move quickly to try to shield businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits, a Miami-Dade County circuit judge has refused to dismiss a case against Publix Super Markets that stems from the COVID-19 death of a deli worker. Judge Carlos Lopez on Friday rejected a motion by Publix to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the estate of Gerardo Gutierrez, a 70-year-old employee of a Miami Beach store who died in April. RELATED: Miami-Dade Mayor Announces $60 Million Relief Program For Landlords And Tenants Impacted By Pandemic The lawsuit, filed in November, contends that Gutierrez was infected in late March by another employee who came to work with COVID-19. It makes a series of allegations, including that Publix, at the time, prevented employees from wearing masks that could have prevented the spread of the disease. Publix argued in a motion to dismiss that the dispute should be handled as a workers’ compensation insurance case, rather than as a civil lawsuit in circuit court. Lopez held a hearing Wednesday and issued a one-paragraph order Friday denying the motion to...
    PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Attorney Michael Mearan has been ordered to immediately cease and desist from the practice of law in any form. According to a decision made by the Ohio Supreme Court filed Feb. 5, Mearan will not be allowed to counsel, advise, or prepare legal instruments for others or in any manner perform legal services for others. The decision was made by the court after disciplinary counsel filed with the court a motion for an immediate interim remedial suspension on Feb. 1. The motion alleged that Mearan has engaged in conduct that violates the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public. In the documents filed, the disciplinary counsel stated it had credible evidence that Mearan engaged in human trafficking of at least five of his clients. “Upon consideration thereof and pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V(l 9)(B), it is ordered and decreed that an interim remedial suspension is immediately entered against Michael Hugh Mearan, Attorney Registration No. 0029403, last known business address in Portsmouth, Ohio, and that the suspension be effective...
    (CNN)Wisconsin prosecutors are asking for an arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse, alleging he no longer lives at the address listed with the court and failed to update his address, "preventing the Court from monitoring his whereabouts," writes Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger in a court motion.Prosecutors are also seeking a bond increase of $200,000 after alleging Rittenhouse, who is charged with killing two men and injuring another at a protest in August, "violated the conditions of his bond by failing to update his address in writing with the Court within 48 hours of moving."In the motion filed Wednesday, Binger writes that on December 22, 2020, the clerk of the Circuit Court mailed a notice to the defendant at the address he'd given "and the notice was returned unclaimed on January 28, 2021." Kenosha Police detectives were dispatched to the residence on February 2, the motion says, and with the help of the current resident a neighbor, determined Rittenhouse no longer lived there. Kenosha shooting suspect called a friend to say he killed somebody, police say, and then shot two othersAttorneys...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Prosecutors are asking a judge to deny a motion from former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin’s attorneys to extend the deadline for their final expert report. Chauvin is the former Minneapolis Police officer who held his knee on George Floyd’s neck during his arrest last summer. He’s charged with Floyd’s death and is scheduled to go on trial in March. Prosecutors, including Attorney General Keith Ellison, say Chauvin’s legal team has had enough time to get their experts on-board and ready for the trial. They also point out that Chauvin has filed similar motions in the past, making the argument for this one, quote, “less than credible.” Chauvin’s trial is scheduled to start on March 8. On Thursday, prosecutors filed an appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, asking for the Chauvin trial to be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prosecutors also asked the appeals court to overturn the decision to try Chauvin separately from the three other officers in the case: J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin was the officer seen on video...
    SACRAMENTO — A 46-year-old man incarcerated at California State Prison, Sacramento while he awaits charges of murdering a fellow inmate on behalf of the Aryan Brotherhood has leveled equally serious allegations against the prison’s staff, accusing them of threatening to murder him and helping facilitate a 2019 murder at the same prison. Brant “Two Scoops” Daniel, in a motion filed Friday, accuses staff at the Sacramento prison, often referred to as New Folsom, of “aiding and abetting inmates in assaulting and killing other inmates at CSP-Sacramento and covering up their actions.” One corrections officer, referred to only by the initials “A.A.,” is singled out in the legal motion. “Over the last several months, some of these officers, including officer A.A., have harassed and attempted to provoke Daniel by providing confidential information (including false information) about Daniel’s RICO case and file to other inmates and distributing his wife’s letters to other inmates,” Daniel’s attorneys wrote. “On other occasions, officers have threatened to kill Daniel.” As of 10 a.m. Monday, federal prosecutors had not responded to the motion. In 2019, Daniel was...
    The head of government Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba is invited to appear Tuesday, January 26 at 1:00 p.m. before the plenary session of the National Assembly, . learned from a parliamentary source on Saturday. Filed Friday evening at the provisional office of the Assembly, the motion of censure was signed by 301 deputies out of 500 in total, we learned Saturday from concordant sources. These deputies claim to belong to the “sacred union of the nation” wanted since December by President Tshisekedi around his policy. Declared the winner of the elections of December 30, 2018, the Head of State governed until that date in coalition with his predecessor Kabila, who had retained control of Parliament according to the official results of these same elections. “The repeated failures in the execution of its program, the cumulative serious faults and the notorious incompetence of the Prime Minister and other members of the government justify this motion of censure”, explain the signatories in a document of 30 pages, consulted Saturday by .. They affirm that it is “especially in the field of defense...
    (CNN) — Lawyers for  the father and son charged with murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery are asking that Arbery not be called a “victim” in the trial because they say it would be prejudicial, according to one of several motions they filed in recent days. Ahmaud Arbery with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones.  “Use of terms such as ‘victim’ allows the focus to shift to the accused rather than remain on the proof of every element of the crimes charged,” the attorneys for Gregory and Travis McMichael wrote in a motion filed December 30. Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was out for a jog near Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, 2020, when the McMichaels chased him in their truck and Travis shot him after the two struggled, authorities have said. Both men pleaded not guilty to malice and felony murder charges, and counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Among the other requests in motions filed by the defense team: • Only one photo of Arbery shall be displayed in court, and...
    The defense attorneys representing the father and son accused in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia subdivision last February have filed a series of motions to, in part, prevent prosecutors from referring to Arbery as a "victim" during the trial, as well as bar spectators from wearing Black Lives Matter messaging while in the courtroom. Gregory McMichael and his son Travis, who are both White, have pleaded not guilty to felony malice murder in connection with the shooting death of 25-year-old Arbery, a Black man who was chased and shot dead on a residential street outside Brunswick, Ga., on Feb. 23, 2020. "Use of the terms such a ‘victim’ allows the focus to shift to the accused rather than remain on the proof of every element of the crimes charged," the motion filed on Dec. 30 in Glynn County Superior Court states. "Working from the premise that the accused is innocent until proven guilty, it is the prosecution’s burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the essential elements of the crimes alleged." THIRD MAN ARRESTED IN AHMAUD ARBERY SHOOTING ADMISSION RECORDED BY POLICE...
    (CNN)Lawyers for Gregory and Travis McMichael, the father and son charged with murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, are asking that Arbery not be called a "victim" in the trial because they say it would be prejudicial, according to one of several motions they filed in the last days of December."Due process requires minimal injection of error or prejudice into these proceedings. Use of terms such as 'victim' allows the focus to shift to the accused rather than remain on the proof of every element of the crimes charged," the attorneys wrote in a motion filed December 30.Another motion asks the court to limit photos of Arbery to just one in the trial, and that he appear by himself. It also requests that a non-related witness identify Arbery in the photograph, instead of a relative, "to avoid creating cumulative prejudicial error in the trial of this case." Ahmaud Arbery was hit with a truck before he died, and his killer allegedly used a racial slur, investigator testifies Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was out for a jog near Brunswick,...
    DELANO — A California prisoner who was the lead plaintiff in a suit that ended the state’s former practice of indefinitely keeping inmates in solitary confinement for alleged gang membership has filed a new federal suit claiming he is being retaliated against for his legal work and “peaceful activism.” Todd Ashker, 57, was the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit settled in 2016 and a leader in the related statewide prison hunger strike that challenged California’s use of solitary confinement for people alleged to be part of prison gangs. Under the old system, the state could stick people segregated housing unit, or SHU, at Pelican Bay State Prison for nearly 24 hours a day on the basis that they were validated prison gang members, often on the word of confidential informants. Thanks to the suit, the prison system now goes by a “behavior-based” system for solitary confinement instead. The so-called “Ashker Settlement” led to him and hundreds of others being released from solitary cells at the Pelican Bay SHU to other prisons. But according to a 132-page amended complaint...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Attorneys for Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony have filed a motion to have lawsuit against him thrown out. The suit, originally filed by election opponent H. Wayne Clark and who was later joined by Scott Israel, claims Tony is unfit for office because he has a criminal record. Tony is accused of killing a man as a teenager in Philadelphia, but he was not convicted and he said it was an act of self-defense. In the motion for summary judgment, Tony provided documents from Pennsylvania that say he never had a criminal record there Tony will be sworn in as sheriff on January 5th.
    Sidney Powell and her “Kraken” associates on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, asserting that the certification of election results in four states Donald Trump lost was unconstitutional. The latest “Kraken” filing included some head-scratching errors, procedural mistakes, and falsehoods that legal commentators were quick to comment on. Powell asked the justices to consolidate four cases filed with the court earlier this week challenging the election results in Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, and Wisconsin. Those cases seek “emergency declaratory relief” saying that the election certifications in those states were “unconstitutional and otherwise contrary to law.” But the high court only has two of those “Kraken” cases (Georgia and Michigan) on its docket, because both the Arizona and Wisconsin petitions were apparently rejected. “The Arizona and Wisconsin Petitions were electronically filed and hand delivered to the Court on December 12. Nonetheless, on December 17, the Clerk’s office marked both ‘Rejected’ on the Court’s ECF database,” the motion stated. “When inquiry was made about this notation, undersigned counsel was informed that a Clerk’s...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new motion filed in a Sacramento federal court is looking to depose, or in other words, question Gov. Gavin Newsom and other top state officials over their pandemic response. The motion was filed by plaintiffs suing Newsom over the ban on protests at the state capitol last spring. It asks the governor, along with former California Highway Patrol Commissioner Warren Stanely and former Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell to sit for sworn depositions. CHP instituted the ban after hundreds protested the state’s stay-at-home order. READ MORE: Free Speech vs. Pandemic Safety: CHP Will Now Deny Permits For Coronavirus Protests At State Facilities State lawyers are challenging the motion, filing a protective order. A court hearing is planned for January 6. More from CBS Sacramento: Old Sacramento Restaurant Says Customers Are Ordering Take Out Then Eating Outside Man Pays Taco Bell Employees $100 Each To Make Anniversary Of Horrifying Experience Special “You’re Gonna Get Caught”: Sacramento Neighbors Fed Up With Thieves Start Porch Pirate Patrol
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new motion filed in a Sacramento federal court is looking to depose Gov. Gavin Newsom and other top state officials over their pandemic response. The motion was filed by plaintiffs suing Newsom over the ban on protests at the state capitol last spring. It asks the governor, along with former California Highway Patrol Commissioner Warren Stanely and former Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell to sit for sworn depositions. CHP instituted the ban after hundreds protested the state’s stay-at-home order. READ MORE: Free Speech vs. Pandemic Safety: CHP Will Now Deny Permits For Coronavirus Protests At State Facilities State lawyers are challenging the motion, filing a protective order. A court hearing is planned for January 6. More from CBS Sacramento: Old Sacramento Restaurant Says Customers Are Ordering Take Out Then Eating Outside Man Pays Taco Bell Employees $100 Each To Make Anniversary Of Horrifying Experience Special “You’re Gonna Get Caught”: Sacramento Neighbors Fed Up With Thieves Start Porch Pirate Patrol
    One of the top lawyers supporting Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election spelled his own name wrong in a motion to the U.S. Supreme Court, a report found. The legal news website Law & Crime reported that attorney L. Lin Wood filed a motion backing efforts from the state of Texas to overturn results in a series of key swing states that were won by Joe Biden. In his 57-page document, Wood made a number of arguments that the report said were “bewildering to legal observers,” and at one point spelled his own name wrong. “WHEREFORE, Amici Curiae, L. Lin Woods, Jr. respectfully request leave to file the attached brief/writ of certiorari of Amici Curiae,” the passage read, adding an extra letter to the noted conservative lawyer’s name. The misspelling caught some viral attention online, with many taking to Twitter to mock Wood and the sloppy filing. This is not the first time that a Trump-allied lawyer has been mocked for what were seen as careless mistakes in seeking to overturn the election. As...
    BENNINGTON, Vermont (AP) — A third bidder has submitted an offer for the 371-acre former Southern Vermont College campus, and a sale could be approved as early as Dec. 11. Vermont RE Development, LLC submitted an offer of $3.25 million for the Bennington campus, the Bennington Banner reported. The other offers include a qualified offer from Southwestern Vermont Health Care for $3.2 million and an offer from summer camp operator Moshe Perlstein, who has not submitted the required 10% deposit, according to bankruptcy court trustee Raymond Obuchowski. Perlstein filed an emergency motion Friday requesting to delay Monday's deadline for qualified offers. Judge Colleen Brown granted Perlstein's motion in part and gave Obuchowski and other parties until Monday afternoon to submit objections. Obuchowski, the health care organization, and Community Bank, the largest creditor of the former college, filed objections. Qualified bidders will be able to raise their bids at a Dec. 11 hearing until there is a successful bidder and the court approves the sale. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Two Ojibwe bands have filed a motion asking Minnesota state regulators to halt the impending construction to replace Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline, a move that would leave open the possibility that the project could yet be shut down by the courts. Attorneys for the Red Lake band of Chippewa and White Earth band of Ojibwe filed a 60-page motion Wednesday asking for a stay of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s permit approving the oil pipeline project to move forward. The independent regulatory panel signed off on the project earlier this week, the day after the final federal permit for the project was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As it stands, only a single storm water permit is needed from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency before construction can begin. A decision on the final permit is expected soon. RELATED: Minnesota Regulatory Panel Issues Another Approval For Disputed Oil Pipeline The motion filed by the bands argues that the stay is necessary to that legal process can be protected, as there...
    Three attorneys representing President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhitmer responds to Atlas: I won't 'be bullied into not following reputable scientists' Obama: US 'adversaries have seen us weakened' Obama describes wife Michelle's resistance to presidential ambitions MORE’s campaign withdrew from a lawsuit challenging the election results in Pennsylvania on Monday. Attorneys Linda Kerns, John Scott and Douglas Bryan Hughes filed a motion to withdraw from the case Monday evening. The motion said that Marc Scaringi, an attorney in Harrisburg, would now represent the campaign. The motion came the evening before a hearing scheduled in the case, which was filed one week ago. “Plaintiffs and Linda A. Kerns, John Scott, and Douglas Bryan Hughes have reached a mutual agreement that Plaintiffs will be best served if Linda A. Kerns, John Scott, and Douglas Bryan Hughes withdraw, and Marc A. Scaringi represent Plaintiffs in this case,” states the motion filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. “Marc A. Scaringi is aware of the schedule set by the Court in this matter and will be prepared to proceed according to that...
    Four major media companies asked the court to dismiss defamation lawsuits filed by Nicholas Sandmann. On Thursday, a federal judge in Kentucky denied the dismissal motions by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, ABC, and CBS. The media companies argued that their stories written about the former Covington Catholic High School student didn't amount to defamation. The district court judge rejected those arguments, greenlighting Sandmann's defamation suits to continue. The basis of Sandmann's lawsuit against theTimes is that the paper published a news article that stated Sandmann "blocked" activist Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18, 2019. The Times claimed that Sandmann "prevented Phillips' retreat while Nicholas and a mass of other young white boys surrounded, taunted, jeered and physically intimidated Phillips." Sandmann's legal team contend that Phillips' statements were false and defamatory. Sandmann's attorneys argue that the media companies "failed to engage in 'basic journalistic due diligence,' which would have revealed Phillips' lack of credibility." Attorneys for Sandmann also point out that the media outlets ignored all the available footage from the incident, which showed...
    The Kentucky attorney general is seeking a one-week delay in the release of the grand jury recordings in the Breonna Taylor case to protect the interest of witnesses, particularly private citizens named in them, according to a report. In the motion filed in court Tuesday, AG Daniel Cameron’s office wants to “redact personal identifiers of any named person, and to redact both names and personal identifiers of any private citizen,” the Courier-Journal reported. Attorneys for former Louisville Detective Brett Hankison — the only officer charged in the death of the 26-year-old EMT during the botched raid — agreed with the delay, according to Cameron’s office. His spokeswoman Elizabeth Kuhn told the paper Wednesday morning that the audio recording is 20 hours long and that the office filed the motion to request more time “to redact personally identifiable information of witnesses, including addresses and phone numbers.” She said the judge is expected to rule on the motion later Wednesday. Hankison is charged with wanton endangerment for shooting through Taylor’s window during the March 13 raid, with the bullets going into an...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Republican Party of Virginia says state elections officials have created confusion among voters ahead of the November election by failing to make it clear that a witness signature requirement for absentee voters has been waived. The GOP argues in a motion filed in federal court that the state Board of Elections and Elections Commissioner Christopher Piper have not adhered to a consent decree that requires the state to “take proactive steps” to advise the public regarding the elimination of the witness requirement. The motion was filed in a lawsuit brought in April by the League of Women Voters of Virginia against the State Board of Elections. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    OAKLAND — The state attorney general has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by the Oakland A’s against the state agency overseeing Schnitzer Steel, a company that opposes the team’s plan for a new ballpark at the Howard Terminal. The A’s filed the suit in August against the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for an alleged “failure to impose and enforce environmental law” in West Oakland against Schnitzer. The A’s lawsuit argues the state agency was negligent in overseeing Schnitzer. The A’s want to build a new ballpark at the Howard Terminal, located near Jack London Square; Schnitzer opposed the ballpark plan and is part of a group that filed a suit against the project earlier this year. On Friday, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, representing DTSC, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, concluding that it was without merit. The parties are expected to meet for a hearing in December, where Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul D. Herbert could rule on the motion. A letter was sent to the Oakland City...
    Matthew Chapman September 23, 2020 6:58PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story President Donald Trump's son Eric, a major figure within the Trump Organization's businesses, has claimed he told a court that he is willing to appear in compliance with New York Attorney General Letitia James' subpoena. But in a new briefing, James pointed out that Eric Trump and his legal team have in fact stated a "categorical refusal" to appear — and that one of those refusals occurred during an interview with Fox News Radio. : "Eric Trump's own public statements after this proceeding was commenced confirm that position," said the briefing, noting that during that interview, Trump said, "The question is . . . why would you possibly comply?" Matthew Chapman MORE FROM Matthew Chapman
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former district attorney in Mississippi's largest county is now representing some people he once prosecuted, court documents show. Robert Shuler Smith did not seek reelection last year in Hinds County. He told WLBT-TV that he sees no conflict of interest. But the current district attorney, Jody Owens, is seeking to have Smith removed from one case. Smith represents Prince Johnson, who was indicted by Hinds County grand jury in 2017 on eight counts of prescription fraud. Owens recently filed a motion seeking to disqualify Smith from the Johnson case, saying state law and Mississippi Ethics Commission opinions show Smith should not represent people he once tried. Smith said most cases are handled by assistant district attorneys. “I had no knowledge or have no knowledge of these cases,” Smith said. Smith cited a Mississippi Supreme Court case in which a former assistant district attorney from Pascagoula later defended a person she prosecuted. The high court ruled that because that prosecutor didn’t remember prosecuting that case, it wasn’t a conflict. Smith said he contacted the Mississippi Bar...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s office has filed a motion Monday to urge the judge presiding over the George Floyd murder trial to reinstate County Attorney Mike Freeman and three other county lawyers to the case. Freeman and his colleagues were disqualified Friday by Judge Peter Cahill during a pre-trial hearing to consider motions. The move was requested by the attorneys representing all four of the former Minneapolis police officers charged in Floyd’s death: Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. READ MORE: ‘Floyd Family Attorney: ‘Overdose Of Excessive Force And Racism By The MPD’ Killed George Floyd At the hearing, Cahill said the county prosecutors engaged in “sloppy” conduct for conferring with Chief Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker two days after Floyd’s death in May. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman (credit: CBS) Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Joshua Larson defended his colleagues’ interview of Baker in his motion, stating it was not a violation of Rule 3.7 of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, which Cahill cited as his main reasoning for removing...
    Netflix Carole Baskin has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by her missing ex-husband's children. Carole Baskin, of Tiger King and Dancing With the Stars, has filed a motion to get a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by her missing husband, Down Lewis’, children. Tonight’s episode of 48 Hours Suspicion will showcase new information about Lewis’ disappearance and the case around it, as investigated by correspondent Richard Schlesinger. The Tiger King docuseries focused much more on the feud between Joe “Joe Exotic” Schreibvogel and Carole Baskin. Removed from the case of Lewis’ disappearance, however, is another lawsuit that was filed by his children against Baskin.Don Lewis’ Children Filed a Lawsuit Looking for More Information in Their Father’s Death LATEST: A woman came forward with claims that her ex-husband may have been involved the disappearance of Carole Baskin’s former husband. He responds to the allegations. Hear all the details TONIGHT ON "48 HOURS SUSPICION." https://t.co/ZC7EtvIgXU pic.twitter.com/T2hoyzQgdX — 48 Hours (@48hours) September 9, 2020 Alongside Don Lewis’ former assistant Anne McQueen, his children, Donna L. Pettis, Lynda L. Sanchez and Gale L. Rathbone,...
    One of the former Minneapolis police officers who stood by as Derek Chauvin crushed the life out of George Floyd has moved to have his charges dismissed on the grounds that he had no way of knowing that a crime was about to take place and the State has not proved that he did, DailyMail.com can reveal. Documents filed today in Hennepin County District Court call for Tou Thao’s charges to be dropped on the basis that they are not supported by probable cause under Minnesota statute. Thao, 34, and fellow officers J Alexander Kueng, 27, and Thomas Lane, 36 were all charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter for their failure to intervene in the now notorious killing that took place on May 25. Lawyers for fired Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss two felony charges against him in the death of George Floyd. Pictured leaving court right on July 21 J Alexander Kueng has already filed notice of his intention to plead innocent...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The attorney for Tou Thao, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death, has filed a motion for Thao’s charges to be dismissed. Thao faces felony counts of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in connection to Floyd’s death in late May. In the motion to dismiss charges, Thao and his defense team argue that the charges filed lack probable cause. They say Thao did not know that a crime was being committed, or that he intended, by his presence, to further a crime. Additionally, the defense team says “forthcoming evidentiary submissions will illustrate the lack of probable cause.” Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander face the same charges and have since been released from custody after posting bails. Lane has also filed a motion to dismiss his charges. Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes, is still behind bars on a $1 million bond, charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Floyd’s death...
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department must provide documents used in its criminal case against a white nationalist, who with others is being sued in a civil rights complaint over the violence in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the lawsuit's plaintiffs say. Community members who filed the lawsuit against prominent white supremacists, neo-Nazis and hate groups contend DOJ lawyers have without explanation wrongly denied their request for evidence in the investigation of James Alex Fields Jr. Fields is serving life in prison after pleading guilty last year to federal hate crimes. Fields drove a car into a group of people, authorities said, killing 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer and injuring more than two dozen others. Fields is among the lawsuit defendants accused of engaging in a violent conspiracy to violate the rights of the counterdemonstrators. The lawsuit is set to go to trial in October. In a motion filed on Friday, the plaintiffs' lawyers want a judge to force the government lawyers to provide in part documents the FBI collected from Fields’ computer and cellphone, as well as recordings of...
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