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    MARTINEZ — At the start of his trial, the East Bay man accused of lobbing bricks onto Highway 242, resulting in one death and other serious injuries, has accepted a plea deal and a 22-year prison term, court records show. Mark Lawrence Navone, 47, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, mayhem, and assault in exchange for the Contra Costa District Attorney dismissing murder and other felony charges against him. He is set to be formally sentenced on Oct. 19, according to court records. Navone was charged last year with murdering 63-year-old Margarita Ruiz, of Antioch, who was struck by a brick  as she rode in a vehicle  on April 10, 2020, with her three grandchildren. He was also charged with mayhem for allegedly throwing a brick at a driver who was partially blinded and suffered a fractured skull in December when a brick came through her windshield and struck her in the head, police said. Ruiz was struck in the chest by a brick and killed while her 20-year-old grandson drove northbound at around 9:30 p.m. April 10. Her grandson...
    A 5-year-old girl is dead and her father has been arrested in connection with her sudden passing, police say. Gregory E. Woods Jr. was arrested just one week after his 25th birthday, the day his daughter died at UPMC Harrisburg Hospital, Tuesday, Sept. 27, according to the police and court records. Woods had only earned he had a daughter two years ago, PennLive reports citing court documents.  His daughter only called "MD" in the documents suffered extensive cuts and bruises over her face, arms, legs, and torso, the outlet reports citing the affidavit.  Her official cause of death is pending the completion of an autopsy, according to the police.  Woods has been charged with three felonies for aggravated assault, aggravated assault of a victim less than 13, and endangering the welfare of a child, court records show. "Additional charges against Woods are pending the results of the autopsy," police say. He has been held in the Dauphin County Prison after being denied bail "due to the nature of the charges," court records show.  His preliminary hearing has been scheduled before Magisterial...
    A self-described “incel” accused of filming himself using vulgar language, making inappropriate sexual requests and pepper spraying women in Costa Mesa made his first court appearance Monday, Sept. 27, according to arrest and court records. Johnny Deven Young, 25, was brought back to Orange County by sheriff’s officials on Sept. 21, five months after Costa Mesa police had obtained an arrest warrant, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Scott Steinle said. Johnny Deven Young, 25, of Anaheim. (Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney’s Office)  He was arrested in San Mateo County and was brought back to Orange County after he was convicted in a misdemeanor case in that county, Orange County District Attorney spokeswoman Kimberly Edds said. Young, of Anaheim, was charged in Orange County with four counts of assault with great bodily injury and four counts of illegal use of tear gas, with four enhancements for personal use of a deadly weapon and eight felony hate crime enhancements. He also faces five misdemeanor charges of violation of civil rights, Edds said. He did not enter a plea to the...
    A 37-year-old Pittsburgh driver accused of killing two people then trying to flee during Wildwood's unsanctioned car meetup H2oi over the weekend apparently has a lengthy history of traffic violations in New Jersey. Gerald White has multiple pages filled with charges going back nearly two decades, New Jersey court records show. His first charge was for unsafe driving in 2005, which was followed by charges for wearing a seatbelt, jumping a red light, blocking traffic, parking in a bus zone, not having a license or insurance card in the car, and improper turning. All of these charges led to a suspended driver's license which he was charged for during traffic stops in 2011, 2013, and 2020, according to court dockets. It appears that all of his charges were in New Jersey, court records detail. He never hurt anyone else or himself — until H2oi. White was driving a silver 2003 Infinity when he struck a 2014 Honda Civic near Burk and Atlantic avenues, when he hit the pedestrians around 9:35 p.m., Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Wildwood Police Chief Robert...
    A 37-year-old Pittsburgh driver accused of killing two people then trying to flee during Wildwood's unsanctioned car meetup H2oi over the weekend apparently has a lengthy history of traffic violations in New Jersey. Gerald White has multiple pages filled with charges going back nearly two decades, New Jersey court records show. His first charge was for unsafe driving in 2005, which was followed by charges for wearing a seatbelt, jumping a red light, blocking traffic, parking in a bus zone, not having a license or insurance card in the car, and improper turning. All of these charges led to a suspended driver's license which he was charged for during traffic stops in 2011, 2013, and 2020, according to court dockets. It appears that all of his charges were in New Jersey, court records detail. He never hurt anyone else or himself — until H2oi. White was driving a silver 2003 Infinity when he struck a 2014 Honda Civic near Burk and Atlantic avenues, when he hit the pedestrians around 9:35 p.m., Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Wildwood Police Chief Robert...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A Sausalito man who pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography in what prosecutors described as a scheme to elicit lewd images and videos from teen girls was sentenced to five years in federal prison, records show. Nicholas Richars, 35, was sentenced last month by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer and must report to the Bureau of Prisons by next Jan. 10, according to court records. Prosecutors say Richars victimized seven girls, sometimes posing as a teen, to coerce them to send him nude or sexually explicit images of themselves on social media applications like Snapchat. “There can be no doubt that the defendant manipulated multiple young women, all for his own personal sexual gratification,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Bisesto wrote in a sentencing memo arguing for a nine-year prison term. “The most relevant factor in this Court’s determination should be the severe emotional impact these minor victims have suffered as a result of the defendant’s conduct. The defendant should be punished accordingly.” Richars had built a successful career as a wine steward in the wine and restaurant...
    MARTINEZ — A man charged with murdering his half-brother over a family dispute was ordered to stand trial after a preliminary hearing this month, court records show. Joseph Gladney, 23, is accused of murdering 25-year-old Vinson Bragg and threatening to kill another man, who is also Gladney’s half-brother, during the hectic June 14 incident in Rodeo. Gladney pleaded not guilty at a Sept. 20 court hearing; a trial date has not yet been set, records show. Gladney allegedly shot and killed Bragg with a short barrel rifle at a home on the 1200 block of Mariposa Street in Rodeo. He then went upstairs and threatened to shoot the second victim, who leapt from the second story to escape Gladney. The man was hospitalized with injuries from the fall, police said. Gladney was arrested later that day when a resident on the 300 block of Vallejo Avenue reported someone was hiding on the property. Police allegedly found him hiding a crawlspace on the property. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | Man dies in East Oakland shooting ...
    BETHEL ISLAND — A 41-year-old man was arraigned this month on five felony counts of assault, stemming from his alleged role in a wild, violent night at the Rusty Porthole, where four people, including the suspect, suffered stab wounds. The charges stem from a “large fight” that broke out at the bar, located at 3895 Willow Road, at around 10:15 p.m. on Aug. 27. When Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputies responded they found two victims with “major injuries” and two others with stab wounds that were less serious. A fifth victim had been struck by a vehicle as it sped out of the parking lot, authorities said. As it turned out, one of the suspects had started a tab, which led police to an Oakley residence on Brazil Court. On the morning of Aug. 28, they saw both suspects leaving the home and stopped them for questioning. One had a cut above his eye and dried blood on his pants, which the other had no obvious signs of being in a physical altercation, authorities said. Both men were arrested, but only...
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge in Arizona has decided the court can't block a House January 6 committee subpoena for GOP state chair Kelli Ward and her husband Michael's cell phone data, a ruling that may deliver more information in the probe about the state-level backing for Donald Trump after his 2020 loss. Judge Diane Humetewa found the court didn't have power to curtail the House's investigative steps in response to the Wards suing the committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. The Wards' phone company received a subpoena in January seeking certain phone records from November 2020 through January 2021.The Wards' lawsuit was one of several filed by people whose phone records were subpoenaed in the House probe, but it's one of the first among them with such a conclusive ruling. The phone companies have largely allowed their customers whose records were subpoenaed to block the House from accessing them simply by filing a lawsuit, which many allies of Trump have done.The Wards claimed in their lawsuit against the House committee that the demand for the...
    By ERIC TUCKER | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Stark repudiation by federal judges he appointed. Far-reaching fraud allegations by New York’s attorney general. It’s been a week of widening legal troubles for Donald Trump, laying bare the challenges piling up as the former president operates without the protections afforded by the White House. The bravado that served him well in the political arena is less handy in a legal realm dominated by verifiable evidence, where judges this week have looked askance at his claims and where a fraud investigation that took root when Trump was still president burst into public view in an allegation-filled 222-page state lawsuit. In politics, “you can say what you want and if people like it, it works. In a legal realm, it’s different,” said Chris Edelson, a presidential powers scholar and American University government professor. “It’s an arena where there are tangible consequences for missteps, misdeeds, false statements in a way that doesn’t apply in politics.” That distinction between politics and law was evident in a single 30-hour period this week. Trump insisted on Fox...
    A federal appeals court is allowing the Justice Department to continue looking at documents marked as classified that were seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and resort. The emergency intervention upends a trial judge’s order over those documents that had blocked federal investigators’ work on the documents, and is a strong rebuke of the Trump team’s attempt to suggest without evidence that materials were somehow declassified. Trump’s options to block the criminal investigation are now dimming with one of his only remaining possibilities being an emergency request to the Supreme Court. The ruling was issued by a three-judge panel of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals — two of whom were nominated by Trump. A special master’s review of that subset of about 100 records, which would’ve allowed Trump’s legal team to see them, is now partially stopped. The special master, Judge Raymond Dearie, is able to continue his work reviewing the rest of the material seized from Mar-a-Lago, to make sure records belonging to Trump or that he may be able to claim are confidential aren’t...
    A federal appeals court is allowing the Justice Department to continue looking at documents marked as classified that were seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and resort. The emergency intervention upends a trial judge’s order over those documents that blocked federal investigators’ work on the documents, and is a strong rebuke of the Trump team’s attempt to suggest without evidence that materials were somehow declassified. A special master’s review of that subset of about 100 records, which would’ve allowed Trump’s legal team to see them, is now partially stopped. The special master, Judge Raymond Dearie, is able to continue his work reviewing the rest of the material seized from Mar-a-Lago, to make sure records belonging to Trump or that he may be able to claim are confidential aren’t used by investigators. “It is self-evident that the public has a strong interest in ensuring that the storage of the classified records did not result in ‘exceptionally grave damage to the national security,’” the three-judge panel from the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals stated. “Ascertaining that necessarily involves reviewing...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Three Bay Area men have been arrested on federal charges that allege they ran a multi-state fentanyl trafficking ring from Santa Rosa that shipped thousands of prescription pills laced with the drug around the United States. Matthew Cox, Marcus Johnson, and Ricardo Molinero-Alcaraz, were all arrested this month in connection with a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Tennessee. The charges allege that for two years, the three conspired to ship fentanyl-laced Oxycodone to “Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, and Tennessee.” During the investigation, authorities seized more than 5,000 fentanyl-laced pills, 12 pounds of methamphetamine, 16 pounds of marijuana, an AK-style pistol, and $500,000 in one drug deal alone, including $75,000 found in Cox’s car, according to prosecutors. Johnson was also found with a fake DEA special agent’s badge, authorities allege. In court records, prosecutors describe Cox as an “aspiring rap musician” who goes by Rosso. They cited his lyrics as evidence of criminal wrongdoing, in a failed attempt to keep him...
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump gives the keynote address at the Faith & Freedom Coalition during their annual "Road To Majority Policy Conference" at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center June 17, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. Trump's appearance comes on the heels of the third public hearing by the House committee investigating the attack on our U.S. Capitol.Seth Herald | Getty Images Attorneys for Donald Trump have repeatedly failed to show that the former president declassified government records that were taken from his Florida home as part of a criminal investigation, the Department of Justice told a federal appeals court. The Justice Department made that argument late Tuesday as it sought to resume its review of records marked classified that were seized from Trump's Palm Beach resort home Mar-a-Lago in an FBI raid last month. The DOJ's filing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit swung back at Trump's lawyers, who earlier Tuesday asked the court to preserve a ruling from a lower federal judge that blocked the government from examining the seized documents. Trump "again...
    A Chester County man was charged after police said he was driving drunk with a child in the car, authorities said. A West Chester police officer conducted a traffic stop on a dark-colored Chevrolet Silverado around 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, police said.  They didn't specify why the car driven by 46-year-old Orlando Falvo was stopped, however, court records show he failed to stop at a red light. As officers approached Falvo, they believed he was under the influence of alcohol, and noticed there was a child in the back seat, police said. Falvo, of Coatesville, apparently resisted arrest but was eventually taken into custody. Falvo is charged with DUI - general impairment, endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering the other person, resisting arrest, and failure to stop at a red signal, records show. He was taken to Chester County Prison but was released after posting 10 percent of $25,000 cash bail, according to court records. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 23.
    DANVILLE — A 41-year-old man who works as a cheerleading coach and middle school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a teen student and sending her an obscene video, according to court records. Nicholas Moseby, of Concord, was arrested this week on suspicion of committing a lewd act against a 15-year-old girl, sending obscene material to a minor, and unlawfully communicating with a minor. Contra Costa prosecutors are expected to file felony charges against Moseby sometime this week. Moseby was arrested after the parents of his alleged victim reported to police that he sent her a video on Snapchat of himself masturbating. The girl allegedly replied with shock and deleted him from her friends list. Police say the communication came days after Moseby added her as a friend and “apologized in advance” during a cheerleading practice for sending her a picture of his genitals. During an interview, the girl told police Moseby inappropriately touched her during a workout, according to court records. Moseby worked as a biology teacher for Diablo Vista Middle School in Danville and taught at...
    Canva "Married to Medicine" star Lia Dias was arrested in Los Angeles. “Married to Medicine: Los Angeles” star Lia Dias was arrested amid a nasty divorce from her husband, Dr. Colin Dias. The Bravo reality TV star’s arrest occurred in LA in July 2022, records show, but it was first reported by TMZ in September. She was accused of violating a restraining order, the LAPD told TMZ. According to court records obtained by Heavy, Colin Dias, a psychiatrist, filed for divorce from his wife in August 2021. The couple have two children together. They joined the “Married to Medicine” spinoff in its second season in 2020 as friends of co-star Dr. Imani Walker. TMZ reported that Colin Dias obtained the restraining order after accusing his estranged wife of threatening to kill him. Her arrest came after he accused her of coming within 100 yards of him and his Beverly Hills home in violation of the restraining order. She was charged with two misdemeanors and spent time behind bars, TMZ reported.Court Records Do Not Show Any Pending Charges...
    Less than a year after a central Pennsylvania dad was released from prison, he was shot and later died from his injuries, authorities say.  Lykeem Ajibree Bethune, 24, of York City, had been released from prison on Nov. 2, 2021, following his guilty plea in the 2017 "Operation Gun Grabber" run by the ATF-York County Drug Task Force operation.  Bethune was shot on the street in the area of East Jackson and South Court Avenue in York at 3:26 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, according to the York County Coroner's office.  He was taken to WellSpan York Hospital, where, "despite life-saving measures" he died at 3:05 p.m. on Monday, September 12, as stated in the coroner's release.  Deputy Coroner Michele Kirchner certified his death, but the cause and manner are pending an autopsy. His death marks the 16 homicides in the city, according to the coroner's office.  Bethune was 19 when he was arrested for the felony charge of Criminal Attempt - Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver in Jan. 2016, court records show.  In Feb. 2016, he was...
    DANVILLE — Contra Costa prosecutors have filed a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against the man who police identified as the driver of a Ford that struck and killed a woman here last June, court records show. On Sept. 7, Steven Seltzer was charged with a single count of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the death of 32-year-old Joyce Huang, who was struck and killed as she walked across the intersection of Camino Tassajara and Wood Ranch Road a little after 8 p.m. on June 2, court records show. Seltzer is out of custody and his arraignment has been set for Oct. 4. The charge comes roughly six weeks after Huang’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Seltzer in Contra Costa Superior Court, which seeks unspecified damages for “medical care, ambulatory and emergency services, laboratory costs, and/or coroner expenses” associated with Huang’s death, court records show. Police say Seltzer remained at the scene of the crash and consented to a police interview, in which he stated he only got four hours of sleep the previous night, and nodded off while driving....
    For weeks, former President Donald Trump has been raving on social media that he couldn’t possibly have mishandled Top Secret records because he’d already declassified them. Now those arguments are finally starting to make their way into his Mar-a-Lago case. On Monday morning, Trump’s legal team filed court documents asserting that Trump had unfettered power while he was at the White House to declassify these sensitive national security records—pointing to an executive order from President Barack Obama that gave the president alone the ability to make that decision. “The President enjoys absolute authority under the Executive Order to declassify any information,” attorneys wrote. “There is no legitimate contention that the Chief Executive’s declassification of documents requires approval of bureaucratic components of the executive branch.” But Trump’s lawyers notably stopped short of arguing that the former president actually did declassify the documents—or describe how that allegedly happened. It’s a bit of legal sleight of hand, seeming to offer the argument that Trump declassified documents without actually arguing that point. As legal scholars closely monitoring this case have pointed out, lawyers...
    The suspect who faces charges in connection to the death of billionaire heiress Eliza Fletcher has a lengthy criminal record, including a conviction on a rape charge, according to court records. Cleotha Abston, 38, first entered the juvenile court system at age 11 when he was arrested in June 1995 on a charge of theft of property less than $500, according to court records obtained by Action News 5. Over the next five years, Abston would be detained 16 more times on charges that ranged from aggravated assault to unlawful possession of a weapon to rape. On his rape charge, Abston’s victim, a male, testified in court, according to records. However, the charge was later sustained, and Abston was moved into the custody of Shelby County’s Youth Services Bureau — where he was placed several times throughout his youth, according to the outlet. ELIZA FLETCHER MURDER: NEW SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE SHOWS SUSPECT HOURS AFTER HEIRESS WAS ABDUCTED Eliza Fletcher (left) and Cleotha Abston (right), who has been charged with the kidnapping and murder of...
    Former President Donald Trump posted on his Truth Social website Wednesday, saying he had to read "through court filings" to find out federal agents seized tax documents and medical records during the Aug. 8 FBI raid on his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago. “Not only did the FBI steal my Passports in the FBI Raid and Break-In of my home, Mar-a-Lago, but it has just been learned through court filings that they also improperly took my complete and highly confidential medical file and history," Trump posted, claiming that federal agents would view the documents and "at least they’ll see that I’m very healthy, an absolutely perfect physical specimen!" The former president's reaction stemmed from U.S. District Judge of the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen M. Cannon's Monday order, which revealed the FBI seized medical records as well as documents related to his accounting and tax information among the more than 100 documents with classified markings. WHY TRUMP'S SPECIAL MASTER COURT VICTORY MAY BE SHORT-LIVED While Justice Department officials are investigating whether Trump violated the Espionage Act and committed obstruction of justice,...
    One suspect was caught while two were being sought in connection with a deadly shooting last month in Chester, authorities in Delaware County announced. Damar Macklin, 21, of Chester, was charged with first and third-degree murder, criminal homicide, firearms not to be carried without a license, and other offenses in the shooting death of Kashif Love on Monday, Aug. 22, according to court records and Chester City police. Macklin, who was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 24, remained held in Delaware County Prison without bail, records show. Love was shot in the head on the 1000 block of Ward Street around 7:20 p.m., police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Meanwhile, arrest warrants were issued for Alexandra Watford, 26, of Darby, and Mahamadou Barrett, 27, also of Darby, who were both still at large as of Tuesday, Sept. 6. Both suspects are charged with first and third-degree murder, criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit those crimes, and firearms offenses, court records show. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Chester City Police...
    (CNN)Officials in Memphis, Tennessee, are working to identify a body found Monday amid the search for a schoolteacher who was abducted early Friday while out on a jog. The body was found about 20 minutes from where Eliza "Liza" Fletcher, a 34-year-old mother of two, was seen on surveillance video being forced into a vehicle, officials said.The identity of the body and cause of death are unconfirmed, police said on Twitter, adding an investigation is underway. CNN has reached out to the coroner's office for comment.Fletcher was jogging around 4 a.m. in a neighborhood near the University of Memphis when authorities believe a man chased her and forced her into a black SUV.Eliza "Liza" FletcherRead MoreAccording to surveillance footage obtained of the incident, the Black GMC Terrain initially drove past Fletcher. A man was then seen getting out of the SUV and "aggressively" running toward her before forcing her into the passenger seat of vehicle, according to the footage cited in an affidavit obtained by CNN.The SUV remained in a parking lot for about four minutes after both people were...
    (CNN)The man charged in connection with the abduction of a still-missing Memphis teacher served prison time for an aggravated kidnapping more than 20 years ago, court records show.Cleotha Abston, 38, pleaded guilty in November 2001 to the charge of especially aggravated kidnapping. He was released in November 2020, according to court records.The Shelby County District Attorney's Office told WREG Abston was convicted in the kidnapping of a local attorney in 2000.Abston is currently facing the same charge of especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence in the abduction of Eliza "Liza" Fletcher.Missing Teacher Eliza "Liza" FletcherFletcher, 34, a mother of two, was jogging around 4 a.m. Friday when a black GMC Terrain SUV passed by her, according to surveillance footage obtained of the incident. A man was then seen getting out of the vehicle and "ran aggressively" toward Fletcher and forced her into the passenger side of the SUV. Once both individuals were inside the SUV, the vehicle remained in a parking lot for about four minutes before driving away, according to the footage cited in an affidavit obtained by...
    Kristina Karamo, who is running for the Michigan Republican party's nomination for secretary of state, speaks at a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump on April 02, 2022 near Washington, Michigan.Scott Olson | Getty Images The Republican Party nominee for Michigan secretary of state, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, several years ago threatened to kill herself and her two daughters in response to her husband's request for a divorce, her now-ex-husband alleged in a court filing published Friday. The allegations against Kristina Karamo, which she denied in a statement late Friday afternoon, came to light two months before the election for secretary of state, the top election official of Michigan. Michigan is one of several states that Trump falsely claims he lost due to widespread ballot fraud in the 2020 presidential election against President Joe Biden. Karamo has backed those claims. Trump, when he endorsed Karamo, said, "Good luck Kristina, and while you're at it, check out the fake election results that took place in the city of Detroit." Her ex-husband Adom Karamo made the...
    WALNUT CREEK — A city resident charged with setting up hidden cameras inside a Starbucks restroom inadvertently caught himself on video, and police later used the footage to identify him, according to recently released court documents. Steven John Novelli, 54, faces 83 felony and misdemeanor charges related to incidents in June and July when he allegedly set up a hidden camera, pointed at the toilet, at the Starbucks on the 1300 block of North Main Street in Walnut Creek. Included in the charges are child pornography production counts, since the cameras allegedly caught prepubescent children using the restroom with their parents, police say. Now, new court records detailing the investigation claim that Novelli returned to the Starbucks six weeks after an earlier hidden camera had been discovered, used tape and Velcro to set up a second video recording device. Both were discovered by staff members who locked down the bathroom and notified police. For investigators, the first clue came when they searched memory cards on the cameras and discovered that Novelli had inadvertently recorded himself on June 7 and July...
    Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R-Prescott) applauded a decision from the Arizona Supreme Court (ASC) protecting the Senate’s legislative privilege regarding the release of documents related to the 2020 Maricopa County election audit. “The Senate’s position on legislative privilege was supported by decades of precedent from federal and state courts. The lower courts’ attempt to disregard those precedents in the interest of short-term political concerns was wrong from the beginning. This is a huge victory for the protection of the legislative process,” Fann said. In 2021, the American Oversight (AO) organization, a nonprofit that advocates for government transparency, submitted requests to the Arizona Senate and Cyber Ninjas to produce records relating to the audit. However, the Senate refused to release most of the documents, prompting AO to file a lawsuit. Lower courts dismissed the Senate’s claim of legislative immunity as a reason to withhold the records. The Senate then disclosed 22,000 documents but submitted a privilege log listing 422 withheld and 272 redacted communications. These communications allegedly included “internal legislative discussions” regarding the audit, legislative proposals, the audit process, and...
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a Republican-led event titled "Faith and Freedom Road to Majority" in Nashville, Tennessee, June 17, 2022.Harrison McClary | Reuters Ex-President Donald Trump and his former longtime accounting firm have agreed to turn over some financial records to the House Oversight and Reform Committee in a deal that will end a lawsuit over their prior refusal to do so, that panel and Trump's lawyers said. But details of how many of those records the Mazars USA accounting firm will turn over were not included in a committee statement announcing the agreement Thursday. The agreement does not cover a separate lawsuit involving the House Ways and Means Committee, which is seeking Trump's federal tax returns from 2015 through 2020. Last month, a federal appeals court said the Ways and Means Committee could get those returns. The agreement with the Oversight Committee came nearly two months after another panel of judges in the same appeals court in Washington, D.C., upheld a prior ruling that the Oversight committee had the authority to subpoena certain of Trump's...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump argued in a court filing Wednesday that the National Archives should have expected to find classified material among the 15 boxes Trump turned over in January from Mar-a-Lago because they were presidential records.The filing acknowledged that classified material was found at Mar-a-Lago, but argued that it should not have been cause for alarm -- and should not have led to the search of Trump's Florida residence earlier this month.Dissecting 7 key pieces of the Mar-a-Lago photoTrump's new filing on Wednesday is his platform to formally respond to prosecutors' assertions that members of his legal team engaged in "obstructive conduct" by concealing documents at his Florida resort and by providing untrue information to investigators about how many classified documents remained on site.The Justice Department had said in court filings that the search was undertaken after the FBI developed evidence that Trump's team had concealed materials after claiming that all classified materials had been turned over in June."The purported justification for the initiation of this criminal probe was the alleged discovery of sensitive information contained within the 15...
    Donald Trump has submitted a formal response to the Justice Department's explosive Tuesday court filing just before his 8 p.m. Wednesday evening deadline to do so. The ex-president's legal team is hitting back at the DOJ's arguments against appointing a special master to oversee the classified documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago by the FBI during an unannounced search earlier this month. The DOJ's 36-page Tuesday filing is damning account of investigators' attempts to recover classified documents that Trump improperly took home with him after leaving the White House. It accuses Trump and his lawyers of having deliberately hidden records from investigators, claiming documents were 'likely concealed and removed' in order to 'obstruct' the probe. In his Wednesday filing, Trump attempts to dismiss the very origins of the DOJ's investigation by arguing his possession of 'sensitive' documents should not have been concerning for the National Archives - which first raised alarms about the ex-president's handling of classified documents in January 2021. 'The purported justification for the initiation of this criminal probe was the alleged discovery of sensitive information contained within the 15 boxes...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump should not be allowed to intervene in the federal investigation that led to the search of his Mar-a-Lago resort, and a "special master" should not be appointed to the case, the Justice Department said in a blockbuster court filing Tuesday night.The Justice Department argues that Trump lacks standing over presidential records "because those records do not belong to him," as presidential records are considered property of the government.The Presidential Records Act makes clear that "[t]he United States" has "complete ownership, possession, and control" of them,'" the DOJ filing states.Trump has argued that his constitutional rights have been violated and that some of the documents seized earlier this month contain material covered by privilege -- particularly executive privilege.The Justice Department was ordered to submit the filing by Judge Aileen Cannon, who has already indicated she is inclined to grant former President Donald Trump's request for third party oversight of documents the FBI seized Mar-a-Lago.Read MoreTrump has made vague assertions about privileged materials being seized, in violation of his Fourth Amendment Rights. The role of a special master...
    I have finally seen enough. Donald Trump will be indicted by a federal grand jury. You heard me right: I believe Trump will actually be indicted for a criminal offense. Even with all its redactions, the probable cause affidavit published today by the magistrate judge in Florida makes clear to me three essential points: (1) Trump was in unauthorized possession of national defense information, namely properly marked classified documents. (2) He was put on notice by the U.S. Government that he was not permitted to retain those documents at Mar-a-Lago. (3) He continued to maintain possession of the documents (and allegedly undertook efforts to conceal them in different places throughout the property) up until the FBI finally executed a search warrant earlier this month. That is the ball game, folks. Absent some unforeseen change in factual or legal circumstances, I believe there is little left for the Justice Department to do but decide whether to wait until after the midterms to formally seek the indictment from the grand jury. The cruelest irony for Trump is that it never needed...
    A Pennsylvania dentist previously accused of sexual misconduct against an employee and a patient, will be facing additional charges after seven more victims came forward, WFMZ reports. Scott Parkinson, owner of Tremont Dentistry in Tremont Borough, was arraigned Tuesday, Aug. 23 on charges including, sexual extortion, indecent assault, indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, harassment, simple assault, and open lewdness, court records show. The new female victims, which include several employees, claim that 58-year-old Parkinson, of Orwigsburg, either inappropriately touched them or exposed himself on multiple occasions that span back to 2017, according to the news outlet. The allegations against Parkinson were first brought to light earlier this month after a former employee and patient accused him of similar behavior. Parkinson remained held in Schuylkill County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to court records. Click here for more from WFMZ.
    Facing a jury trial last week, a 72-year-old woman linked to a Suisun City hammer murder in 2017 struck a plea deal on Wednesday, admitting she, not her husband, who was initially charged, committed the crime and faces 15 years to life when she is sentenced in the coming weeks in Fairfield. Official court records show that Surjit Kaur waived her rights, withdrew her not-guilty plea and pleaded no contest to the second-degree murder of her daughter-in-law, Shameena Bibi, 29, who investigators believe was fatally bludgeoned with a hammer inside the attached garage of a Suisun City home. By entering the no-contest plea, Kaur did not admit guilt but, essentially, stated she would offer no defense. Superior Court Judge John B. Ellis immediately found her guilty and ordered her to return for sentencing at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 11 in Department 23 in the Justice Center. Kaur was represented by court-appointed attorney Leslie Prince. Upon the request of Deputy District Attorney Bill Ainsworth, who prosecuted the case over the years, the judge dismissed a use-of-a-deadly-weapon charge against her. Ellis also referred...
    Canva Former "The Voice" contestant Kata Hay has been sentenced to jail. A former contestant on “The Voice” will be spending six months in jail after she pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Tennessee. Kata Hay was sentenced in Sumner County court on August 17, 2022, after admitting to unlawful sexual contact, court records obtained by Heavy show. The 35-year-old country singer appeared on the 10th season of “The Voice” in 2016 as part of coach Christina Aguilera’s team. She was eliminated from the show during the live playoffs. Hay’s legal name is Kata Huddleston, according to court records. She is originally from Oklahoma and has been a touring musician and performer in Nashville since her time on “The Voice.” Hay was arrested on June 8, 2022 after she was accused of having sexual contact with her friend’s teenage son, according to TMZ. According to court records viewed by Heavy, Hay was in court on August 17 and pleaded guilty to felony charge. Hay had been free on $7,500 bail, but began serving her sentence at the...
    Manny Carebel/Getty Erin Napier and Ben Napier attend Build Series to discuss the new season of "Home Town" at Build Studio on January 08, 2020 in New York City. A “terrifying” incident at HGTV “Home Town” stars Ben and Erin Napier’s Laurel, Mississippi, home led the couple to seek a restraining order against a California man last May, court records obtained by Heavy show. Erin Napier’s friends were also named as plaintiffs in court documents filed in Jones County, records show. The defendant, John Patrick Gaffney, returned to his home in Santa Barbara and the case was dropped, according to court records. Erin Napier opened up about the scary experience in a May 2022 Instagram post a year after the incident occurred. She wrote that in May 2021, “Ben started getting messages from lots of folks in town about a 54 year old California man dressed like a Star Wars storm trooper, wearing an ankle monitor bracelet, who had come to town and was saying some very strange things. Things like ‘God sent me here to protect the...
    OAKLAND — A Stockton man pleaded no contest to pimping a teen girl, as part of a plea deal with Alameda County prosecutors that got more serious human trafficking charges dismissed and led to his release from jail, court records show. Demarea Canada, 31, pleaded no contest to pimping and making threats, and was sentenced July 28 to 319 days in jail — time that he has already served. He was released from jail the same day, and must serve a two-year probation term, according to court records. Canada was arrested and charged last year after an undercover operation on International Boulevard in Oakland, where police detained a girl less than 15 years old and transported her to protective custody, according to court records. The girl allegedly told authorities that she’d been in a “close relationship” with Canada for a month and wanted him to be her boyfriend. She said he took her all over California, including the Bay Area, for purposes of sex trafficking, Oakland police Ofc. Kathryn Reymundo wrote in court records. Police determined the girl had run...
    HAYWARD — A Hayward man who was arrested on suspicion of murder after allegedly leading witnesses to the victim’s burnt body, then released for months, was charged during the interim with sexually assaulting and beating a woman with a stone, court records show. Samuel Leyva, 29, was arrested last February on suspicion of murdering Leonardo Amezcua Rodriguez, but released pending further investigation. It wasn’t until Aug. 8 — three days after the Alameda County coroner officially ruled Rodriguez’s death a homicide — that Leyva was charged with murder. In the meantime, Leyva was arrested in connection with a June 26 sexual assault in which he allegedly raped a woman and beat her head with a stone 10-15 times. The victim told police she was sleeping in some bushes when a man sexually assaulted her and identified Leyva in person, from the inside of an ambulance, court records show. An Alameda County Sheriff spokesman said he would look into what took the autopsy report so long, and a District Attorney spokeswoman didn’t comment on why it took six months for charges...
    The family of Naomi Judd filed a court petition requesting that documents related to her death remain confidential. The petition notes that Ashley Judd found her mother alive after a self-inflicted firearm wound and waited with her for around 30 minutes until help arrived, according to the Tennessean. The matriarch of the Judds’s iconic country music duo died on April 30 at the age of 76, just one day before she, along with her oldest daughter Wynonna, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Wynonna Judd (second from the right) and sister Ashley Judd (second from left) stand next to the Judds' Country Music Hall of Fame induction plaque on Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. They are joined by with Ricky Skaggs (left), and MC Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. (Wade Payne/Invision/AP) WYONONNA AND ASHLEY JUDD CUT FROM MOTHER NAOMI’S $25 MILLION WILL: REPORT The court petition aims to prevent the release of law enforcement records, saying it would cause "significant...
    OAKLAND — A man and a juvenile were charged Friday with murder and attempting to carjack an Uber driver who was waiting for a passenger when he was accosted and fatally shot last month, court records show. Major Willis, 19, was charged with murder and attempted carjacking. The name, age, and gender of his teenaged co-defendant — who was charged in juvenile court —  have not been released. The victim, 52-year-old Kon Woo Fung, was shot and killed around 11 a.m. July 17, near the intersection of East 22nd Street and 13th Avenue. The two suspects ordered him out of the car, and he was shot when he didn’t comply, according to authorities. Authorities have not said whether Willis or the youth is suspected to have fired the fatal shots. But the criminal complaint, while charging Willis with several other enhancements, does not include an allegation that he “personally and intentionally” fired a gun during the incident. That is an indication that either police believe the teen killed Fung, or that investigators weren’t able to determine exactly who did what....
    It wasn't immediately clear whether Trump would appeal or whether there'd be a resolution of the case before a new Congress takes office in January. WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with a House committee seeking access to former President Donald Trump's tax returns, rejecting Trump's contention that Congress was overstepping. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with a lower court judge's decision in favor of Congress. U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden — a former Justice Department official and Trump appointee — ruled in December that the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has broad authority to request the records, and the Treasury Department should provide the tax returns to the committee. The three appeals court judges agreed. "The Trump Parties contend that the Chairman's Request exceeds Congress's investigative powers. It does not," the judges wrote. Two of the judges, David Sentelle and Karen Henderson, were appointed by President Ronald Reagan and one, Robert Wilkins, was appointed by President Barack Obama. In their ruling, the...
    A Nebraska woman is facing criminal charges after allegedly performing an illegal abortion on her daughter and helping her bury the fetal remains earlier this year. Jessica Burgess has pleaded guilty to five criminal charges, including three felonies, after a police investigation determined she helped her daughter with an abortion and burned the fetal remains before burying them. Burgess’s daughter Celeste also faces three charges, including one felony. POLICE ARREST ‘PRIMARY SUSPECT’ IN KILLINGS OF FOUR MUSLIM MEN IN ALBUQUERQUE “I don’t think I’ve ever had a case like this,” said Madison County Attorney Joseph Smith, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. “Usually, abortions are performed in hospitals and doctors are involved, and it’s not the type of stuff that occurred in this case.” The Norfolk Police Division opened an investigation in late April after receiving a report that Celeste Burgess and her mother buried a fetus after the then-17-year-old had a miscarriage, according to court filings obtained by the outlet. Celeste Burgess’s medical records indicated she was nearly six months pregnant at the time of...
    Throngs of attendees were enjoying the annual Feast of St. Rocco in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge this weekend when a convicted sex offender known to police began drawing attention. Robert J. Frate, 56, apparently had become irate over something, “yelling and waving his arms around in an animated manner,” Fort Lee Police Capt. Edward Young said. Detective Michael Kelly approached the borough resident, who told him that he intended to return to the popular feast “loaded,” Young said. Frate motioned toward Kelly’s gun as he said this, the captain said. The detective “believed to be this to be a threat towards the safety of the festival and its attendees” and arrested him, Young said. Frate was charged following Sunday afternoon’s incident with making terroristic threats and causing a false public alarm. Police then sent him to the Bergen County Jail, where he remained Monday awaiting a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack. Frate, formerly of Fair Lawn, has a criminal record that stretches back nearly 15 years for offenses that include a sexual assault...
    OAKLAND — A 43-year-old man accused of stabbing two people to death and attempting to murder a third in three separate attacks allegedly called one of the stabbings “a sacrifice” for Jesus and exhibited obvious signs of having a mental illness or delusion during an interview with police, according to court records. John Regan, who also goes by Sean Patrick Carsetti, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, in connection with stabbings in March and April 2021. After a preliminary hearing in late May in which Regan was ordered to stand trial, prosecutors have moved to combine his two criminal cases into one that encompasses all three charges. On July 7, Regan pleaded not guilty to all charges. His next court date has been set for Oct. 11, where a judge is scheduled to receive the report of a medical doctor assigned to examine Regan’s mental competency, according to court records. At the preliminary hearing, police and eyewitness testimony publicized new details about the stabbings, including Regan’s alleged comments about being connected to “Freemasons,”...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco resident was sentenced to five years in federal prison for possessing a gun outside of an elementary school, a crime for which his attorney says he feels “great remorse for his reckless behavior.” Brandon Paillet, 40, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The terms of his sentencing include being placed in a facility where he can receive drug addiction treatment. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston handed down the sentence, court records show. Paillet was arrested in August 2021 outside New Traditions Elementary School on the 2000 block of Grove Street after a 911 caller reported seeing a man “holding his hand like there’s a gun” and punching cars. The caller told dispatchers the man appeared to be suffering from a mental illness, the complaint says. In 2002, when he was last in federal court, Paillet received a five-year prison term for possessing seven grams of crack cocaine. He was barred from possessing firearms due to felony convictions. Paillet wrote in court records that he did not remember the incident...
    OAKLAND — A Bay Area man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for being a prohibited person in possession of an untraceable pistol, court records show. Tyler Ehrman, 30, pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession last February, the day after a judge partially granted and partially denied a petition arguing police violated Ehrman’s constitutional rights. Ehrman was sentenced in late June by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, court records show. Ehrman was arrested in May 2021 after a 911 caller witnessed him crash a new BMW into a pole in a parking lot on Hacienda Crossing in Dublin. When police arrested Ehrman a short distance away, the officer believed he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to court records. A pistol that had been assembled from an online kit was found in Ehrman’s possession, according to prosecutors. The gun was unregistered and had no serial number, and was loaded with an extended magazine. Ehmran’s attorney wrote in court records that he needs mental healthcare and support of his family, not prison time, but that he...
    More On: britney spears Catholic church says Britney Spears never requested to marry there Britney Spears slams Catholic church for not letting her have wedding Britney Spears done writing drama-filled memoir, so what’s the hold up? Britney Spears, 40, goes to a bar for first time with her assistant Britney Spears claimed in a new court filing that her father, Jamie Spears, is looking to unseal her medical records for “revenge” and “vindication.” The pop star’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, argued in a motion filed Monday that Jamie, 70, had “sunk to a new low” with yet another “regrettable — and mean-spirited — attempt to bully, harass and intimidate his own daughter,” per documents obtained by Page Six exclusively. On July 22, the suspended conservator‘s lawyer, Alex Weingarten, argued in a motion that Britney, 40, should be deposed and included some of the Grammy winner’s previously unsealed medical records as exhibits. As a result, the private records were then “conditionally” sealed, meaning they could be made public at a later date pending a court ruling, according to California Law. Rosengart...
    Alex Jones' ex-wife claims the conservative conspiracy theorist is 'mentally ill' and needs to be 'protected from himself and others.' Kelly Nichols, 54, is hopeful the jury returns with a verdict that teaches Jones his 'delusional' behaviors are 'not acceptable.' Nichols watched Jones apparently perjure himself in Texas court Wednesday when he testified that he never sent messages about the Sandy Hook massacre, despite text records indicating otherwise.  She called the alleged perjury a 'come to Jesus moment' that a 'lot of people are going to be interested in.' Meantime, Jones, 48, has blasted his 'incredibly sick' lawyers for accidentally handing his phone and email records to the opposing counsel during a rant on his Infowars show. Kelly Nichols (left) says her ex-husband, conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (right) is 'mentally ill' and needs to be 'protected from himself and others' Plaintiff attorney Mark Bankston told the court where Jones is on trial to determine how much he owes for defaming the parents of Sandy Hook victims on Wednesday that his attorney sent him the last two years' worth of texts from Jones' cellphone....
    A firefighter and his girlfriend abused her 1-year-old daughter until she had multiple brain bleeds and her body was covered in bruises, authorities say.  Ryan Thomas McClucas, 28, beat the infant until she was unresponsive while at his girlfriend's home in the 100 block of Market Street in Williamstown Borough just after midnight on Wednesday, August 3, Pennsylvania state police state in an affidavit.  The girlfriend and mom, Brandi Lee Sheesley, 35, smacked the girl's mouth and denied the baby medical care for two days, police allege. The girl was rushed to Hershey Medical Center by a helicopter where the brain bleeds as well as "significant bruises" were discovered on her face, abdomen, and back, doctors told police.  “Someone intentionally caused these injuries,” doctors said according to the affidavit.  At first, the couple apparently denied the abuse but later McClucas told police he had “anger issues" and had abused the infant by squeezing her and grabbing her until she had bruises, court records show. He would “squeeze and dig his fingers into her abdomen,” while bathing her, he grab the infant by...