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    The Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court has rrejected outright inadmissible the resource that the PP filed at the end of last July to annul the appointment of Dolores Delgado as State Attorney General, doubting her suitability and impartiality to lead the Public Ministry due to the “unequivocal link” with the Government. In the processing of this matter, the State Attorney’s Office ruled, which requested the inadmissibility of the procedure, considering that the party led by Pablo Casado “lack of standing”. In an order issued on January 4, the Fourth Contentious Section of the high court refuses to archive the procedure for the moment and postpones the decision on the legitimacy of the PP in this matter “at the time of sentencing.” In its allegations, the State Attorney indicated that the Supreme Court should not even decide on the merits of this issue because “the invocation of individual freedom, the rule of law, the rule of law, the independence of Justice and the democratic system, invoked by the recurring political party, does not confer any title that legitimizes the...
    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE | The Associated Press The public and private jockeying to be California’s next attorney general is intensifying as Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday he’s “very close” to making a decision on who he will name to the coveted job. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents Newsom’s hometown of San Francisco, has thrown support behind Congressman Adam Schiff, according to a person close to Newsom who says Pelosi and her allies have been calling the governor’s inner political circle to urge he choose the 11-term Burbank-area Democrat. The person is not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. It’s a powerful nod of support for Schiff, who does not have much of a personal relationship with Newsom. Pelosi and Schiff are closely aligned. She tapped him to lead the House’s first impeachment case against then-President Donald Trump. Other candidates lobbying for or under consideration for the job include state Assemblyman Rob Bonta; Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg; state Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu; Equality California director Rick Zbur; and Contra Costa District Attorney Diana...
    Because attorney Lin Wood said publicly on Thursday that the State Bar of Georgia demanded he undergo a mental health evaluation in order to keep his law license, the Bar told Law&Crime on Friday that it could confirm an active inquiry into Wood. The Bar said that although the investigative process is normally confidential, Wood’s statement permitted the disciplinary body to confirm that he is under investigation “pursuant to Bar Rule 4-104.” That rule states that the State Disciplinary Board can, in its discretion, refer a lawyer to a mental health professional: Rule 4-104. Mental Incapacity and Substance Abuse (a) Mental illness, cognitive impairment, alcohol abuse, or substance abuse, to the extent of impairing competency as a lawyer, shall constitute grounds for removing a lawyer from the practice of law. (b) Upon a determination by the State Disciplinary Board that a lawyer may be impaired or incapacitated to practice law as a result of one of the conditions described in paragraph (a) above, the Board may, in its sole discretion, make a confidential referral of the matter to an appropriate...
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York attorney general’s probe finds the state may have undercounted COVID-19 nursing home deaths by as much as 50%. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Acting Attorney Gneral Jeffrey Rosen came within moments of being kicked out so Trump could turn the DOJ against the election Donald Trump driving a crowd into a violent attack on the Capitol may be the defining image that will remain in the minds of most Americans. But that assault on Jan. 6 wasn’t the only coup Trump planned. After his ridiculous legal ploys had all floundered; after his attempts to strong arm governors and secretaries of state had failed; after he had wined and dined state legislators in an attempt to prevent the certification of votes … Trump had another scheme. The New York Times reports that Trump worked with Department of Justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark on a plan that would have removed acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, then Trump and Clark would use the DOJ to order Georgia legislators to reverse the outcome of the election in that state while blocking Congress from counting the Electoral College vote. This plan was apparently only halted because of an accident of timing. And it shows once again how close Trump came to...
    (CNN)On Wednesday, Kamala Harris became the 49th vice president of the United States, the first woman, first Black and first South Asian person to hold that office. Since Harris announced her presidential bid in early 2019, she was met with pushback and reservations from progressives in the country due to her law enforcement record. People on the right view her as leftist. Some on the left see her as not progressive enough. She is, on some levels, a work in progress and, no doubt, will fall short of some people's expectations. But as her biographer, I'm here to tell you there's much more to Kamala Harris than meets the eye. When she became California attorney general at the start of 2011, Kamala Harris made clear that she had big plans for herself. Harris announced that former US secretaries of state Warren Christopher and George Shultz would co-chair the team leading her transition to an office with no discernible foreign policy portfolio. It was too easy for me, then a political affairs columnist for the Sacramento Bee, to be...
    More On: lawsuits ‘Vanderpump Rules’ stars Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix sued over cocktail book Former NYPD Chief Joanne Jaffe explains lawsuit against city Judge orders Damon Dash to appear for deposition David Barton launches legal war over Hell’s Kitchen TMPL gym There’s a new twist in Florida’s infamous “treehouse murder” case — in the form of a potential bombshell civil suit. Franklin Tyrone Tucker — the husband of CrossFit co-founder Lauren Jenai, and a suspect in the case who claims he’s innocent — is prepping a potential lawsuit in Florida against the Monroe County Sherriff’s office as well as members of the county’s State Attorney’s office, a new court filing reveals. Tucker was arrested in 2017 on first-degree felony murder charges in the “treehouse murder” incident and was held in jail for nearly two years awaiting trial without bail. Page Six exclusively revealed how during that time, Tucker’s former high school pal — successful fitness entrepreneur Jenai — learned about his case on Facebook and came to defend his innocence. The two also fell in love while...
    (CNN)Twelve people died and more than 80 were sickened during the Flint water crisis, and now authorities are holding two Michigan officials responsible.The Flint Water Prosecution Team is scheduled to announce its findings at a news conference Thursday morning after former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former Flint Public Works director Howard Croft were each charged Wednesday.They each face two counts of willful neglect of duty as part of an investigation into the crisis, according to court documents. The charges are misdemeanors, punishable with up to one year in prison or a fine of up to $1,000, the state's penal code shows.Ex-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder charged with willful neglect of duty related to Flint water crisisCNN has reached out to an attorney for Snyder and an attorney for Croft for comment on the charges.Flint has been exposed to extremely high levels of lead since 2014 when city and state officials switched the city's water supply from the Detroit Water System to the contaminated Flint River in an effort to cut costs.Read MoreThe switch was supposed to be temporary while a...
    (CNN)Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is about to be indicted on criminal charges by a special counsel for his role in the Flint water crisis, news outlets including CNN affiliate WXYZ report.Snyder and several other officials will face state criminal charges in connection with the crisis, the outlets report.Snyder's attorney calls the reports "meritless" and a "political escapade."Twelve people died of Legionnaires' disease during the water crisis.A source with knowledge of the situation tells the Detroit News that Snyder and others are set to be formally indicted as soon as Thursday.Read MoreBrian Lennon, an attorney for the former governor, says that his client is being made into a scapegoat by a politically driven special counsel. "It is outrageous to think any criminal charges would be filed against Gov. Snyder. Any charges would be meritless," he said in a written statement."Rather than following the evidence to find the truth, the Office of Special Counsel appears to be targeting former Gov. Snyder in a political escapade." The Michigan state attorney general's office wouldn't comment on details of the overall investigation, but a...
    A top DC lawyer who was secretly advising Donald Trump in his efforts to overturn Joe Biden's election victory has resigned as a partner at her law firm after being outed on the president's leaked phone call with Georgia's Secretary of State.  The lawyer, Cleta Mitchell, was among the handful of people who participated in the disastrous call where Trump pressured Brad Raffensperger to 'recalculate' Georgia's presidential election results in his favor.  Mitchell's involvement with the Trump campaign was apparently kept under wraps until audio of the call leaked on Sunday.  Her firm, Foley & Lardner, which boasts Major League Baseball among its roster of high-profile clients and has a policy barring its lawyers from representing clients involved in relitigating the presidential election, announced her departure in a statement on Tuesday.    'Cleta Mitchell has informed firm management of her decision to resign from Foley & Lardner effective immediately,' the statement said, according to the New York Times.  'Ms. Mitchell concluded that her departure was in the firm's best interests, as well as in her own personal best interests. We thank...
    An amicus brief charges that New York Attorney General Letitia James is biased and that the NRA is protected by the First Amendment. A group of 16 Republican state attorneys general asked a federal court this week to stop their New York Attorney General Letitia James from enforcing the laws of her state. They charge that James' actions in response to alleged illegality within the National Rifle Association are grounded in bias against the group. In their filing, the attorney generals argued that James, a Democrat, supports gun control and is therefore biased against the NRA, against which she filed suit in August for, as her office noted, the "culture of self-dealing, mismanagement, and negligent oversight at the NRA that was illegal, oppressive, and fraudulent."
    William Barr, the head of the Justice Department and the US Attorney General, did not discuss the details of the large-scale cyber attack on US government agencies, but said that the Russian Federation was behind the hacking. Russia is behind cyber-attacks on US government companies that use the services of IT company Solar Winds. U.S. Attorney General William Barr said this during a press conference, the newspaper writes. Axios. “Based on the information I have, I agree with the Secretary of State’s assessment [Майка] Pompeo. Obviously, these are Russians, ”the attorney general said. He declined to release other details. On December 13, hackers working for Russia, Stole information from the U.S. Treasury And the Department of Telecommunications and Information of the Ministry of Commerce of the country. Government, consulting, technology, telecommunications and oil and gas companies in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East were among the victims. Companies were hacked by a network management system update server developed by Solar Winds. The Washington Post announced the contact Hackers from the APT29 group known as the...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The State Legislative Audit Committee met for more than 8 hours on Tuesday and decided not to order a performance audit of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Jenna Ellis, a member of President Trump’s legal team, was among those to testify remotely. Ellis fielded questions from lawmakers for more than an hour and the exchanges got heated at times. Jenna Ellis (credit: CBS) “What evidence do you have that we should be talking about?” Democratic Senator Rhonda Fields asked Ellis, saying the hearing was a waste of time. Fields is among several Democratic lawmakers who demanded Ellis provide evidence of election fraud in Colorado. Ellis suggested it was the state’s job to prove there wasn’t fraud, noting Colorado uses the same vote tabulating machines that have come under scrutiny in other states. “If you genuinely do have nothing to hide and this committee is surely concerned about protecting the integrity of the vote in Colorado, then it is incumbent upon this body to investigate,” Ellis said. (credit: CBS)   But former Republican Secretaries of State Scott...
    The Pennsylvania case describes the move by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, backed by Donald Trump, who claims that the judicial process uses a “cocoon of pseudo-claims” in support of “treason abuse” and believes in a “surreal alternative reality.” State Attorney General Josh Shapiro writes: “Texas is trying to invalidate elections in four states. The claim that this Court must exercise its original jurisdiction and then anoint Texas’ presidential candidate is legally inalienable and disrespectful to the principles of constitutional democracy. “ Donald Trump lost four key states, and Texas’ move is an attempt to invalidate millions of votes that could change the election for him. The Pennsylvania filing further states: “Texas’ attempt to elect the next president of this court has no legal or factual basis. The court should not follow this treacherous abuse of the judicial process and should send a clear and vague signal that it should never reflect such abuses. ” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel described her challenge as “unprecedented” and “without a true foundation or proper legal basis.” He wrote: “The election in Michigan...
    (CNN)Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has fought in the courts for President Donald Trump's causes before, has emerged as one of the final defenders of the President's baseless claims of voter fraud in hopes of overturning the election.Paxton on Tuesday brought a lawsuit to the Supreme Court against battleground states Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan -- states that Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden, that would invalidate ballots cast by millions of voters. Trump also asked the court to intervene in Paxton's lawsuit that is backed by 17 Republican-led states.But this is not the first time the Republican and longtime defender of the President's policies has taken up legal arms for Trump. Earlier this year, Paxton battled Texas Democrats in the courts over their calls to expand access to voting by mail, a process Trump has claimed without evidence leads to widespread voter fraud, in the state because of the coronavirus pandemic. He has spearheaded a legal charge against the Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court. Paxton has also supported a number of the Trump administration's controversial policies,...
    The New York Attorney General has predicted that President Donald Trump could temporarily step down before the end of his term, allowing Vice President Pence to pre-emptively pardon him for federal crimes.  AG Letitia James is currently carrying out a civil investigation into Trump's businesses and their connections to Deutsch Bank and was appearing on ABC's The View on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing probe into the Trump family's business activities.  She explained that while Trump may be able to pre-emptively pardon his family members and close associates, he can not pardon himself.  'He can preemptively pardon individuals, and the vast majority of legal scholars have indicated that he cannot pardon himself,' James said.  'What he could do is step down and allow the vice president — Vice President Pence — to pardon him.' New York Attorney General told The View on Tuesday that Trump could temporarily step down before the end of his term, allowing VP Pence to pre-emptively pardon him for federal crimes The potential scenario outlined by James, in which VP Pence (pictured right) would take...
    (CNN)Ken Paxton is a lawman being chased by the law. And when the Texas Republican attorney general filed a suit on Tuesday with the US Supreme Court on behalf of his state, he also became an even more rank hypocrite. James C. MoorePaxton, who has been indicted on securities fraud and accused by top aides of bribery, abuse of office and other potentially criminal offenses -- charges that he has denied -- argued that a handful of battleground states destroyed the integrity of the 2020 election vote totals. He insists the US Constitution was violated by allowing their legislatures to make last-minute changes that ignored federal electoral regulations. Earlier in the campaign, Paxton played a key role in President Donald Trump's fight against expanding mail-in ballots. Now Paxton's plea to the Court is that Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia must be found to have used the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to manipulate outcomes. If that argument has merit, he ought to have included his home state in the lawsuit. Texas' Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott extended early voting by...
    New York state’s attorney general made a stunning prediction on The View Tuesday. While discussing the post-Jan. 20 legal prospects of President Donald Trump, New York AG Letitia James — who is currently pursuing a civil investigation against the president, while Manhattan’s district attorney has a criminal investigation ongoing — said she believes the commander in chief will take a stunning preemptive measure to try to cut future criminal charges off at the pass. “The vast majority of legal scholars have indicated that he cannot pardon himself,” James said. “What he could do is step down and allow … Vice President [Mike] Pence, to pardon him. I suspect that he will pardon his family members, his children, his son-in-law, and individuals in his administration as well as some of his close associates. And then I suspect, at some point in time, he will step down and allow the vice president to pardon him.” James went on to note, though, that even if Trump takes that shocking step, and Pence goes on to pardon him, such an action cannot shield...
    President Donald Trump said lawyer Rudy Giuliani is 'doing very well' after his lawyer was hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus. The president commented on the condition of the lawyer leading efforts to overturn the election a day after Trump tweeted about Giuliani's coronavirus test – and amid concerns of possible infections in its wake.   The disclosure Sunday raised concerns no only for Giuliani, but for the scores of people he potentially came in while conducting cross-country efforts to use the courts and legislatures to try to pry away the popular vote win for President-elect Joe Biden. Rudy Giuliani appeared on Fox News on Sunday morning, and was in hospital that evening, where he tweeted that he was 'getting great care and feeling good' after testing positive for the coronavirus. President Trump said his lawyer was 'doing well' On Sunday night the Arizona legislature announced it was closing for two weeks following Giuliani's visit, amid fears of another indoor superspreader event tied to politics.  Michigan was also bracing for possible infections after Giuliani's hours-long testimony at an indoor...
    Attorneys for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign told a Nevada judge in the first election fraud hearing on Thursday that more than 85,000 votes were illegally cast 'by dead people and non-residents'. One of the lawyers, Jesse Binnall, had previously said he intends to prove that fraudulent votes were cast and that Trump won the state, not President-elect Joe Biden.  During a hearing before state Judge James Russell in Carson City, Binnall claimed that more than 85,000 votes in Nevada were cast illegally. Attorneys for President Donald Trump 's reelection campaign told a Nevada judge (pictured) in the first election fraud hearing on Thursday that more than 85,000 votes were illegally cast 'by dead people and non-residents' One of the lawyers, Jesse Binnall (pictured), had previously said he intends to prove that fraudulent votes were cast and that Trump won the state, not President-elect Joe Biden . During the hearing Binnall claimed that more than 85,000 votes in Nevada were cast illegally 'In the dead of night, votes were appearing and votes were disappearing on these machines,' said...
    (CNN)Thousands of inmates throughout California -- including death row inmates -- may have bilked the state's unemployment benefits system of up to a billion dollars in what prosecutors called "the largest ever taxpayer fraud to occur in this state's history."Murderers, rapists, child molesters and serial killers are among thousands of prisoners implicated in a scam in which inmates -- or people using their identities -- filed for unemployment insurance and the $600 per week federal Covid-19 relief that accompanied it, according to Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, who outlined the issue at a news conference Tuesday. Schubert described the scam as an all-encompassing effort that included every facility in California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, including local, state and federal institutions.IRS policies help fuel tax refund fraud, officials say"That money was stolen from the coffers of the California government," said Schubert, who was joined by district attorneys from Kern and El Dorado counties and a US attorney Tuesday.But a large part of the scam involved federal government money "in the form of the $600 per week supplemental unemployment insurance,"...
    DALLAS (AP) — The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. The probe, which was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of it who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, marks an escalation in the latest controversy to surround the high-profile Republican, who has spent years under indictment on unrelated state securities fraud charges. The FBI’s interest in Texas’ top law enforcement official arose from a rebellion by Paxton’s top deputies, who accused him of breaking the law by using his office to help a wealthy donor with a troubled real estate empire who also hired a woman with whom the married Paxton allegedly had an affair. Paxton has broadly denied wrongdoing and refused calls to resign, saying he’ll seek a third term in 2022 and that he’s prepared to fight it out in court. He has weathered other storms during his rise to becoming one of the country’s leading legal crusaders for conservative causes. With...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. The probe, which was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of it who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, marks an escalation in the latest controversy to surround the high-profile Republican, who has spent years under indictment on unrelated state securities fraud charges. The FBI's interest in Texas' top law enforcement official arose from a rebellion by Paxton's top deputies, who accused him of breaking the law by using his office to help a wealthy donor with a troubled real estate empire who also hired a woman with whom the married Paxton allegedly had an affair. Paxton has broadly denied wrongdoing and refused calls to resign, saying he'll seek a third term in 2022 and that he's prepared to fight it out in court. He has weathered other storms during his rise to becoming one of the country's leading legal...
    DALLAS – The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. The probe, which was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of it who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, marks an escalation in the latest controversy to surround the high-profile Republican, who has spent years under indictment on unrelated state securities fraud charges. The FBI's interest in Texas' top law enforcement official arose from a rebellion by Paxton's top deputies, who accused him of breaking the law by using his office to help a wealthy donor with a troubled real estate empire who also hired a woman with whom the married Paxton allegedly had an affair. Paxton has broadly denied wrongdoing and refused calls to resign, saying he'll seek a third term in 2022 and that he's prepared to fight it out in court. He has weathered other storms during his rise to becoming one of the country's leading legal crusaders for conservative causes. With...
              Live from Virginia Monday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed attorney Lin Wood to the show. During the show, Wood explained his suit filed against Georgia’s Secretary of State and described the fraud that he alleges has taken place during the election process. He added with certainty that Georgia will not hold a runoff election but will hold a down-ballot vote. Fredericks: Joining us now world-famous lawyer from Atlanta Lin Wood. You know, I’m from the Richard Jewell case. You know him from just getting a settlement from The Washington Post. He’s filed suit here in Georgia, and he’s with us now. Lin, thank you for being with us today, sir. Wood: Well, thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you. You’re probably overlooking my...
              Attorney Lincoln “Lin” Wood Jr. stated that Georgia may undergo another election if his lawsuit succeeds. Wood is best known for his work with high-profile clients such as Richard Jewell, JonBenet Ramsey’s parents, Gary Condit, Kobe Bryant’s alleged victim, Howard K. Stern, and Anna Nicole Smith’s mother. Most recently, Wood made headlines for defending teenagers Nicholas Sandmann and Jacob Blake. Monday, Wood appeared on the John Fredericks Radio Show to explain why he filed suit against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “That consent agreement made substantive changes in the absentee voting rules. You can’t do that. Only the state legislature is permitted to make a change in a federal election in the state.” In short, Wood’s lawsuit claims that Raffensperger made unauthorized changes to election law. Wood filed in the capacity as a private citizen who voted in the general election. This past March, Raffensperger agreed to modify procedures for processing absentee ballots in a settlement with the Democratic Party of Georgia, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee....
    States have filed 138 legal challenges against the Trump administration marking a significant increase in lawsuits that states have filed compared to previous presidential administrations. “The number of [attorneys general] lawsuits is off the charts,” Marquette University political science professor Paul Nolette, who tracks the lawsuits, told NBC News. “These days, they’re really ready to go, as in once a regulation is finalized.” Republican Attorneys General Association spokesperson Kelly Laco accused Democratic attorneys general, who have filed the vast majority of the lawsuits, of using the court to “play politics,” NBC News reported States have sued President Donald Trump 138 times, far more than both former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, on issues ranging from immigration and health care to student loan and environmental protections. The tally was calculated by Marquette University political science professor Paul Nolette who created a database of all the lawsuits states filed against President Donald Trump. Just six of the lawsuits were led by Republican attorneys general and one was a bipartisan challenge, according to the database. “The number of AG...
    Sen. Ted Cruz shot back at Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general for telling him to “stay out of” the state’s disputed tabulation of presidential election votes. “When you’re breaking the law, ignoring court orders, counting ballots in secret & threatening to steal the presidency, it’s not ‘PA’s business,’” the Texas Republican tweeted Friday. “It’s America’s business, and we have the right to expect votes will be counted (1) fairly, (2) w/ transparency & (3) NOT in secret.” When you’re breaking the law, ignoring court orders, counting ballots in secret & threatening to steal the presidency, it’s not “PA’s business.” It’s America’s business, and we have the right to expect votes will be counted (1) fairly, (2) w/ transparency & (3) NOT in secret. https://t.co/jkkyB0Bc0q— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 6, 2020 Cruz appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity Thursday night, echoing the president’s concerns of voter fraud and an overall impropriety in several states with close election results as the country enters its third day without a declared winner. “I am angry,” Cruz tweeted along with a clip from the...
    The Trump campaign has a team on the ground in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania after the state's attorney general made concerning comments, White House Director of Communications Alyssa Farah told Fox News Radio. Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, found himself in hot water on social media after claiming that President Trump has lost the ability to win the battleground state, just over 24 hours before the polls close on Election Day. “If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose,” Shapiro wrote on Twitter. “That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process.” TRUMP PREDICTS HE WILL BEAT JOE BIDEN BY LARGER MARGIN THAN VICTORY OVER CLINTON “For the record, he’s 0-6 against us in court,” the attorney general added. “We’ve protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise—vote!” Reacting to Shapiro's tweet, Farah told "Fox Across America" with Jimmy Falla, "We've been really concerned with some of those early comments from the attorney general." PENNSYLVANIA AG HIT FOR PREDICTING TRUMP WILL LOSE ELECTION BEFORE VOTES EVEN COUNTED "The...
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro came under fire for comments he made about the state's presidential election results. "If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose," Shapiro tweeted Saturday. "That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process." [PREDICT TUESDAY'S WINNER WITH THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER'S INTERACTIVE ELECTORAL MAP] If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose. That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process.For the record, he’s 0-6 against us in court. We’ve protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise—vote!https://t.co/mN8t6TDud7— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) October 31, 2020 "Before a single vote has been counted, Pennsylvania’s Democrat Attorney General is declaring that Biden has already won and promising to litigate the state into Biden’s corner," Federalist co-founder Sean Davis said. Before a single vote has been counted, Pennsylvania’s Democrat Attorney General is declaring that Biden has already won and promising to litigate the state into Biden’s corner. https://t.co/JhZ8EVpXhk— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 2, 2020 Matt Whitlock,...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Nashville attorney Jim Roberts to the newsmakers line to give updates on the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum. At the top of the third hour, Roberts explained how the Metro government has gone out of their way to suppress voter rights in Nashville by ushering in a former Supreme Court justice and the former Attorney General. He also noted that Metro legal brought in a former Supreme Court Justice and the former Attorney General to get involved to aid in suppressing the Nashville voters’ rights. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line now by our good friend attorney Jim Roberts. Jim, good morning. Roberts: Good morning to you. Leahy: You’ve had a busy week. You represent the 4 Good Government and the folks that want to get the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum on the ballot. It’s in litigation...
    Geoffrey Berman  The extraordinary Friday night standoff between former U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman and Attorney General Bill Barr last June led many to wonder whether the Southern District of New York’s then-top prosecutor’s cases upset the powerful in Washington. The New York Times provided the backstory in a deeply sourced investigation on Thursday, a report amplifying alarm about President Donald Trump’s relationship with Turkey’s authoritarian ruler Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Interviewing more than two dozen top U.S. and Turkish officials, the report focused on Berman’s refusal to give soft treatment to Turkey’s state-run Halkbank, which perpetrated a massive money laundering scheme that federal prosecutors call the biggest Iran sanctions-bust ever prosecuted. According to the story, Barr pressured Berman to drop charges against Turkish officials tied to Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party during a meeting in Washington in June 2019. Among the cases Barr pushed to terminate were those of Halkbank’s former general manager, Suleyman Aslan, and Turkey’s former economy minister, Mehmet Zafer Çağlayan, both of whom have been accused of accepting massive bribes in connection with the country’s corruption scandal. “This is...
    The Fresno County district attorney condemned Gov. Gavin Newsom's changes to the state's bail policies amid COVID-19, in light of a recent crime spike. Newsom, who has made efforts to reform California's criminal justice system while in office, initiated the release of thousands of nonviolent state inmates starting in April and announced in September that he would be closing a state prison next year. But locals say some of the prisoners who have been released, including some with mental illnesses, are violent. A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officer wearing a protective mask stands at the front gate of San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images "Gov. Newsom ... claims that declining prison populations is the reason why he's doing this, and he applauds himself and criminal justice reformers for bringing the numbers down. While I'm not an opponent of criminal justice reform, I am an opponent of misinformation and lies,"  Lisa Smittcamp said during a Thursday press conference. NEARLY 18,000 CALIFORNIA INMATES COULD BE RELEASED EARLY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS She added...
    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...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Delegate Nick Mosby is speaking out about published reports he and his wife, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby owe thousands of dollars in back taxes to the IRS. In a statement to WJZ, Delegate Mosby said: “I have been in ongoing conversations with the IRS for five years about the tax consequences of an early withdrawal from my retirement savings plan, which I did to support unplanned expenses after a series of family tragedies. I expect to have the issue resolved in the coming days.”  
    A Palm Beach County, Florida High School rehired on Wednesday a principal fired last year for declining to say whether the Holocaust is a historical fact. Board members for Spanish River High School, on the recommendation of an administrative law judge, voted 4-3 to reinstate William Latson and provide $152,000 backpay, the Palm Beach Post reported. The school board said it made the decision to avoid additional legal costs after spending $106,000 defending its decision to fire Latson. Latson was fired last October for “ethical misconduct” after he said in an email to a parent that students could choose whether to participate in lessons about the Holocaust, because “not everyone believes the Holocaust happened” and it was his job “to be politically neutral,” the Post added. “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee,” Latson said in the email. Karen Brill, one of three dissenting board members, and the board’s only Jewish member, criticized the district over how it handled the case. “If...
    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...
    Mediaite founder and ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams called out the Trump administration for a “corruption hat trick” over this past weekend. “If you are a law-and-order type of person, you should be horrified by three major developments from the administration in just the past couple of days,” Abrams said on his SiriusXM program The Dan Abrams Show. The three items in question Abrams called out were: Trump “encourag[ing] people again to engage in voter fraud,” reporting on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s wife using department staff for personal errands, and reporting that Attorney General Bill Barr may produce some kind of “interim report” before the election on the work of John Durham investigating the origins of the Russia probe. “That is precisely the sort of commentary on an investigation that was cited as one of the reasons for firing James Comey,’ Abrams said. “This is not some exhaustive list of the corruption or alleged corruption of this administration. This is just what happened this weekend! You’ve got the presidednt, you’ve got the Secretary of State, and...
    BOSTON SEPT. 11, 2020 (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE) — An attorney representing business owners and religious leaders challenging Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 executive orders told justices on the state’s highest court Friday that Baker has “turned the government upside down” with his pandemic response. Michael DeGrandis, a lawyer with the New Civil Liberties Alliance that brought the lawsuit on behalf of Massachusetts plaintiffs, argued before the Supreme Judicial Court that Baker improperly used the Civil Defense Act as the authority for his COVID-19 response even though that law does not explicitly list “pandemic” as a precipitating cause. “This is an issue of process and what is the character of Massachusetts government,” DeGrandis said. “Is it a government of laws or a government of men?” Six months into the state of emergency, which shows no signs of ending soon, the SJC heard oral arguments Friday as it weighs whether to rule that Baker’s orders overstepped authority granted by the act. The state has contended that, while the law does not use the word “pandemic,” it grants broad authority for civil defense...
    PHOTO BY COLIN WOLFIt’s been nearly 100 days since Black Lives Matter protests began in Tampa Bay, and today Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren announced a slew of updates regarding charges for protesters, as well pro-police counter protesters.  In a statement released this afternoon, Warren announced that no charges will be filed against the “Back the Blue” mural organizers, who illegally shutdown a downtown street on Aug. 1 and painted the mural without a permit. “The evidence available does not establish beyond a reasonable doubt the individuals responsible acted with willful or malicious intent to damage property as required under Florida law,” said the statement. Citing the same reasoning, Warren also said that charges will be dropped against the four individuals who allegedly spilled paint over the “Back the Blue” mural, and no charges will be filed against the seven individuals who allegedly painted on a sidewalk without a permit near Curtis Hixon Park. In the same announcement, Warren dismissed the false imprisonment charges against Sadie Dean and Torrie Grogan, which resulted from a confrontation on June 27 in Hyde...
    The shocking moment a knife-wielding woman was shot and killed by cops in Jacksonville, Florida, was captured on recently released body-cam footage.  The State Attorney's Office ruled the death of Leah Baker, 29, a justifiable police shooting after she emerged from her home with the butcher knife, stabbed an officer in the arm, and refused repeated calls for her to drop the weapon.   Baker, a young mother who suffered with her mental health, had called officers to her home at around 5pm on April 11 after an argument with her housemate about medication.   Scroll down for video  Leah Baker, 29, called the cops to her home on April 11 but then attacked an officer with a knife. She was shot by two officers after refusing to drop the weapon and died in hospital The new video of the incident shows the speed with which the encounter escalated to the fatal shooting.  The bodycam footage sees Officer Elizabeth Mechling arrive to Baker's home on Golfair Boulevard, knock on the front door and step back.  After a few seconds, Baker blasts through...
    State attorneys general discussed the previous 100 days of protests across the country on a call hosted by the Republican Attorneys General Association Wednesday. Attorneys general from Georgia, Arkansas and Florida said that Democratic leaders took too long to denounce the violent incidents and that officials should support the police rather than defund the police. “The ‘defund the police’ movement has emboldened criminals across the nation, and anyone who does not condemn this movement is helping to turn America into a lawless society,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, the vice-chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, said on the call. “We must focus on restoring law and order, ending lawlessness, and ensuring that our neighborhoods are safe,” he added. The #DefundthePolice movement has emboldened criminals. Over the last 100 days, we have seen brutal acts of violent crime and arson take place across the country. Anyone who does not condemn this movement is helping turn America into a lawless society. 1/2 — Chris Carr (@ChrisCarr_Ga) September 2, 2020 “I think it is critically important that every elected official...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. T. Denny Sanford, the richest man in South Dakota and a major donor to children’s charities, was being investigated for possible possession of child pornography, according to four people familiar with the probe. Investigators with the South Dakota attorney general’s Division of Criminal Investigation obtained a search warrant as part of the probe, according to two of the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. They said the case was referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for further investigation. Sanford has not been charged with any crime. It’s not clear what evidence, if any, investigators used to obtain the search warrant or what they collected from the search. It’s also not clear how the investigation may have progressed since federal authorities received the referral or if it is still ongoing. Sanford’s lawyer did not respond to requests for comment, but on Friday night he told the Argus Leader, a South Dakota newspaper, “Although we know...
    SACRAMENTO —  California reached a milestone Friday in its long-standing feud with President Trump when Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra announced he has filed his 100th lawsuit against the administration, this time challenging changes in environmental rules. Becerra said the lawsuit filed Friday, like the 99 others, challenges the Republican president’s authority to change federal policies in ways that harm California and its residents. The attorney general, who was first appointed to the post in 2017 and was elected in 2018, said he did not expect to have to file so many lawsuits. “I am surprised that any president in any administration would at least 100 times be caught red-handed violating the law,” Becerra said in an interview with The Times. “I am not surprised we have had to sue, because we have to protect our people, our resources and our values, and we use the rule of law to do that.” The barrage of lawsuits since 2017 has included challenges to Trump administration policies on immigration, healthcare, education, gun control, consumer protection, the census, the U.S. Postal Service and civil...
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with Harold Pryor, the surprise winner of the Democratic primary for Broward state attorney. He is expected to almost certainly take on that role after the November general election.
    On Friday, notorious serial rapist and murderer, Joseph DeAngelo a.k.a. “The Golden State Killer” was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, CNN reported. DeAngelo, who previously served as a police officer in California, issued an apology to many people in the courtroom before he received the judge’s verdict. “I’ve listened to all your statements, each one of them and I am truly sorry to everyone I hurt.” The 74-year-old terrorized multiple communities throughout the 1970s and ’80s, confessing raping over 50 women and the murders of 13 individuals. At his trial last June, DeAngelo confessed to multiple crimes he was not being charged with as part of a plea deal. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman issued his verdict in court on August 21. Sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, Bowman also added an additional life sentence and eight more years onto his prison time to ensure he would be “locked away” so he can “never harm another innocent person.” “This is the absolute maximum sentence the court is able to...
    Meaghan Ellis August 19, 2020 0 Comments White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows offered his take on state attorney generals preparing to sue President Donald Trump’s administration over operational changes introduced at the United States Postal Service (USPS). During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday, Meadows was asked about DeJoy’s decision to halt executive changes for mail processing and daily operations as several state attorney generals prepared this week to sue the Trump administration to halt USPS changes. Meadows fired back as he insisted state attorney generals should be “suing the Obama administration.” “Listen, this postmaster general did the right thing, said we’re going to put these operational decisions on hold. But they’re not President Trump’s operational decisions,” Meadows said. “They came from 2011 under the Obama administration. Now all of a sudden, there’s outrage and this unbelievable uprising.” Meadows also expressed support for in-person voting as he insisted there is no reason why people should not be able to vote if people are also out protesting. “We see Democrats with this hypocritical point that says somehow...
    (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...
    (CNN)Julian Lewis went out to get a grape soda for his wife on August 7, his family says, but he never came home.Instead, the 60-year-old Black man was pursued by a Georgia state trooper on a rural road, his car ending up pinned between a tree and the trooper's car. Lewis died after he was shot in the head, his family's attorney, Francys Johnson, told CNN.How George Floyds death ignited a racial reckoning that shows no signs of slowing downFormer Trooper Jacob Thompson, 27, has since been fired by the Georgia Department of Public Safety and arrested on felony murder and aggravated assault charges in Lewis' death, according to a news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.Thompson's attorney did not respond to multiple requests for comment over the weekend.The investigation of the shooting comes as protesters across the US have called for the defunding of police departments and widespread reform after the deaths of George Floyd and other Black people killed by police.Read MoreIt also comes just over two months after the killing of Rayshard Brooks by an Atlanta...