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    Attorneys for Ricky Martin - dubbed as the 'Latin King of Pop' - have rejected sexual assault claims from the artist's nephew once more after another complaint was filed. The 50-year-old, famous for his hits including 'Livin' La Vida Loca' and 'Vente Pa'ca,' was accused on Friday by Dennis Yadiel Sanchez Martin, who is the 21-year-old son of the pop singer's half-sister, Vanessa Martin.  José Andréu-Fuentes, one of the Puerto Rican vocalist's lawyers, rebuffed the claims, describing them as 'wildly offensive and completely untethered from reality.' He told PEOPLE in a statement: 'When this man previously made similar allegations, his legal case had to be withdrawn not least because he himself admitted under oath that Ricky Martin had never assaulted him in any way. 'Now, after being sued for trying to extort Mr. Martin, he is attempting to spread his lies again,' Andréu-Fuentes added.  The new complaint, which does not publicly reveal the accuser's name, appears to have been submitted by Martin's nephew, according to The Associated Press.  It appears to be a response to the singer's decision to file a $20million lawsuit...
    An attorney for former President Donald Trump scolded the Justice Department for fighting the appointment of a special master to review documents seized from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. James Trusty, a former federal prosecutor, told Fox News host Mark Levin it is a "fair question" to ask whether the Justice Department is attempting a cover-up as it conducts a criminal investigation into Trump's handling of records after leaving office. "What we have in this situation is a historical first. And I mean that in a very negative way, to have this search warrant based on failed [National Archives] negotiations, I suppose, that allowed the government to basically ransack the president's residence," he said in a clip from this week's Life, Liberty and Levin. "You'd think in this era of the attorney general constantly talking about rule of law and transparency, that we would be the first one to say, 'Sure another set of eyes is perfectly fine.'" U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon granted Trump's request for a special master despite the Justice Department's opposition, and the two sides have since...
    An attorney for former President Donald Trump scolded the Justice Department for fighting the appointment of a special master to review documents seized from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. James Trusty, a former federal prosecutor, told Fox News host Mark Levin it is a "fair question" to ask whether the Justice Department is attempting a cover-up as it conducts a criminal investigation into Trump's handling of records after leaving office. "What we have in this situation is a historical first. And I mean that in a very negative way, to have this search warrant based on failed [National Archives] negotiations, I suppose, that allowed the government to basically ransack the president's residence," he said in a clip from this week's Life, Liberty and Levin. "You'd think in this era of the attorney general constantly talking about rule of law and transparency, that we would be the first one to say, 'Sure another set of eyes is perfectly fine.'" U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon granted Trump's request for a special master despite the Justice Department's opposition, and the two sides have since...
    Brent Hanson, who was charged with the 2021 murder of his brother Clyde Hanson and sister-in-law Jessica Hanson, has entered a plea agreement with his brother’s attorney that will save him from the death penalty—against the wishes of the victims’ family. While providing a statement to The Daily Beast on the new updates in the case, Jasmine Hanson’s family also revealed that State Attorney Jackson Schwandt entered a plea agreement with Brent Hanson’s attorney Scott Bratland. Now, Brent will face a life in prison with an agreement to remove the death penalty to his case. This is not the outcome the Hanson family was looking for. “We are heartbroken with the State attorney’s brash decision to enter into this plea agreement without the knowledge nor approval of the family,” Hanson’s family said in a statement. “We are displeased with the work of the State Attorney as we had clearly stated to him that we wanted a trial for Jessica, Clyde, and Annika Hanson and made it clear to him that we were seeking justice in the form of the death...
    Steve Bannon, a former White House advisor for Donald Trump, recently revealed the day he was arrested on money laundering and conspiracy charges was actually "one of the best days" of his life. On Friday, September 9, Bannon recalled his arrest during the latest episode of his podcast. Back in 2021, Bannon was arrested on money laundering and conspiracy in connection with a financial plot involving the "We Build the Wall" fundraising effort. Speaking to conservative commentator Charlie Kirk, Bannon said, "It was a very powerful, spiritual day for me. A lot of things came into high clarity." READ MORE: Steve Bannon ridiculed without mercy after claiming Pennsylvania Senate candidate is 'satanic' Bannon went on to describe that day as "one of the best days of my life." "I was totally in the zone — as you say in sports — the entire time," he continued, "They're not gonna shut me up." Bannon's remarks came one day after he was indicted on money laundering and conspiracy charges related to the financial scheme. Per Business Insider: "An indictment...
    Attorney General Jason Miyares has created a 20-member Election Integrity Unit within the Office of the Attorney General [OAG]; the unit will investigate and prosecute violations of election law, provide legal guidance, and work with law enforcement to protect election purity. “I pledged during the 2021 campaign to work to increase transparency and strengthen confidence in our state elections. It should be easy to vote, and hard to cheat. The Election Integrity Unit will work to help to restore confidence in our democratic process in the Commonwealth,” Miyares said in a press release. Miyares spokesperson Victoria LaCivita said the announcement is coming now because absentee voting starts in two weeks. No additional budget or funds are needed because the employees who make up the new unit are already employed by the OAG, with only a few to be focused full-time on election matters. LaCivita said Miyares does not think the 2020 election results were influenced by fraud. “No. The Virginia Department of Elections and Office of the Attorney General have reviewed the 2020 election results, along with hundreds of documents...
    (CNN)The Justice Department and former President Donald Trump's lawyers proposed two selections each to a federal judge for who should serve as "special master" in the Mar-a-Lago investigation.District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, the Trump-appointed judge presiding over the case, earlier this week granted the former President's request to appoint a third-party attorney, known as a special master, to independently review the materials -- including more than 100 classified documents -- that the FBI seized from his Florida residence and resort.READ: DOJ and Trump team proposals for special master reviewTrump's legal team has argued that the Justice Department can't be trusted to do its own review for potentially privileged materials that should be siloed off from the criminal probe. The Justice Department on Thursday appealed the court-ordered special master review as it argued the order was putting US national security at risk.Cannon has said she'll decide "exact details and mechanics" of the special master process "expeditiously" after both sides submit their proposals, but it's not clear when the judge will rule or what form that ruling will take.Here are the four...
    Richard Borow, a Los Angeles trial attorney who defended Angela Davis after the UC Board of Regents dismissed the outspoken UCLA assistant professor because she was a member of the Communist Party in what became one of California’s great fights over academic freedom, has died at 87. Borow, who died Sept. 3, spent months representing the UCLA faculty in a drawn-out fight over Davis’ fate, a legal showdown that unfolded as college campuses were gripped by sometimes rebellious protests over the Vietnam War, heavy-handed policing and racial inequities in America. A young Black woman and avowed Marxist, the regents seemed driven to go after her. Over the firm opposition of then Chancellor Charles Young, the regents ousted Davis in late 1969, cheered on by then Gov. Ronald Reagan. The courts later ruled that her dismissal was unconstitutional and she was reinstated, though the unyielding regents dismissed her again, this time for what it said was her use of inflammatory language, such as using the word “pig” to refer to a police officer. Davis was later hired as a philosophy professor...
    A 51-year-old Boston man with a lengthy criminal history repeatedly sexually assaulted a patient at the Barbara McInnis House, which offers help and healthcare to unhoused people, authorities said.  Joaquim Fortes, 51, was charged last month with three counts of indecent assault on a person over 14 and was given a $5,000 bail, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said.  The prosecutor said the assaults happened in April when Fortes entered the room of a legally blind woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis and put his penis in her hand while she was asleep. The first two times he did this, the woman was too groggy to realize what was happening. The third time, however, she chased him out of the room, authorities said.  District Attorney Kevin Hayden praised the woman's courage to help investigators.   “This victim deserves enormous credit for cooperating with police and helping them put together enough information to arrest the person responsible for these assaults,” Hayden said.
    Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares is establishing a new election integrity unit to safeguard the state from voter fraud and other election improprieties. The unit will have over 20 attorneys and investigators. It will collaborate with the state's Department of Elections as well as local officials to help ensure robust measures are in place to ensure election laws are being applied "ethically," the Attorney General's Office announced Friday. RON DESANTIS ANNOUNCES 20 CHARGED FOR VOTER FRAUD IN FLORIDA “I pledged during the 2021 campaign to work to increase transparency and strengthen confidence in our state elections. It should be easy to vote and hard to cheat. The Election Integrity Unit will work to help to restore confidence in our democratic process in the commonwealth,” Miyares said in a press release. Virginia's election system is divided between 133 local electoral boards, general registrars, and the bipartisan State Board of Elections. Virginia law grants the attorney general "full authority to do whatever is necessary or appropriate to enforce the election laws or prosecute violations thereof," Miyares said. ...
    By Stephen Groves | Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem asked a state ethics board to dismiss a complaint against her without a public hearing and to seal off certain records, documents released Friday by the state’s Government Accountability Board show. The Republican governor, who is widely seen as eyeing a 2024 White House bid, argued in an April motion that the state’s attorney general, a fellow Republican who filed the complaint, was out for political retribution and should be removed from the complaint. Noem had pushed former Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to resign and later for his impeachment over his involvement in a fatal car crash. The attorney general’s complaint was sparked by a report from The Associated Press last year that Noem had taken a hands-on role in a state agency. Shortly after the agency moved to deny her daughter, Kassidy Peters, a real estate appraiser license in July of 2020, Noem held a meeting with Peters and key decision-makers in her licensure. Days after the meeting, Peters signed an agreement that gave...
    Google pays billions of dollars to other major tech companies illegally to make itself the most popular search engine by default, the Department of Justice argued before a federal judge. The DOJ and Google met for an initial hearing on Thursday to offer their first arguments in the DOJ's antitrust suit against the tech giant. The suit won't start until 2023, but the hearing acted as an initial opportunity for the two parties' legal teams to instruct federal judge Amit Mehta on the technical aspects of the antitrust lawsuit. The arguments primarily focused on Google's role in paying other hardware companies, such as Samsung and Apple, to make Google the default search engine in its apps. BIG TECH SPENT $95 MILLION AGAINST KLOBUCHAR ANTI-BIG TECH ANTITRUST BILL "Google invests billions in defaults, knowing people won't change them," argued DOJ attorney Kenneth Dintzer, according to Bloomberg. "They are buying default exclusivity because defaults matter a lot." While Dintzer did not elaborate on the specifics of those investments, he described them as "enormous" and concerning. Dintzer also claimed...
    Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. ESPN.com’s M.A. Voepel writes about some of Minnesota basketball great Lindsay Whalen’s memories ahead of her induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Whalen “will be the first of the Lynx championship core to go into the Hall of Fame. A native of Minnesota, a state known for its American folklore, Whalen was the women’s basketball version of Paul Bunyan, except she was 100% real. And it’s why she was so beloved by teammates and fans. She led Minnesota Gophers women’s basketball — where she is now head coach — to the 2004 Final Four, and was the No. 4 pick in the WNBA draft that year. Minnesotans desperately wanted her to go to the Lynx, but she was selected by Connecticut. She played in two WNBA Finals with the Sun before the trade that brought her home in 2010 and helped launch the Lynx dynasty under coach Cheryl Reeve.” WCCO-TV’s Adam Duxter reports, “The St. Paul Fire Department is requesting nearly $4 million in relief from...
    The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York claims the Department of Justice pressed his office to prosecute former President Donald Trump's political foes, including former Secretary of State John Kerry. Onetime Manhattan federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman, a former Trump ally and self-declared "Rockefeller Republican," details his struggles with Trump's DOJ in his upcoming book Holding the Line, obtained before its planned Tuesday release date by the New York Times. In the book, he claims Trump's DOJ decided whether to push or block cases based on partisan concerns, often pressuring him to pursue criminal charges against political enemies. The highest-profile target mentioned in the book came in 2019 when Berman said Trump administration officials asked him to use his position to prosecute Kerry over activity surrounding the Iran nuclear deal Kerry helped negotiate and Trump later abandoned. UKRAINIAN IMMIGRANT LINKED TO ORGANIZED CRIME CONNED HER WAY INTO TRUMP'S INNER CIRCLE Trump apparently wanted to prosecute Kerry under the 1799 Logan Act, an obscure and unenforced law that banned private citizens from negotiations with...
    After shooting a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who raided his parents’ house in 1979, Jesse Gonzales was in an ambulance with another deputy and apologized for the violence. “Sorry, man,” he told the deputy, claiming he thought he was being ambushed by a rival gang when he shot at the plain-clothed deputies, killing one of them, according to court records. That was Gonzales’ defense when his case went to trial. To disprove it, prosecutors relied on testimony from William Acker, a prolific jailhouse informant. Acker testified that Gonzales confessed to him that he had been tipped off about the raid and wanted to kill a cop. Gonzales was convicted of first-degree murder, with a special circumstance finding that he had killed an on-duty law enforcement officer. He was sentenced to death. But prosecutors at the time failed to disclose information to Gonzales’ defense team that would have damaged Acker’s credibility. And the case happened at a time when a massive jailhouse informant scandal was brewing and went on to throw many convictions into doubt. Now, as...
    Three people had been stabbed at an Englewood home over the Labor Day weekend, authorities said, when city police confronted a 22-year-old city man holding a knife. An officer fired a taser at Bernard Placide inside the home on West Englewood Avenue off the corner of Reade Street shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Acting New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said Thursday. An officer then fired one round from her service weapon, fatally wounding Placide, the attorney general said. CPR was in progress as Placide was taken by ambulance to nearby Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in grave condition with a gunshot wound in the chest, responders told Daily Voice. The two officers -- Brian Havlicek, who fired the taser, and Officer Luana Sharpe, who fired her gun -- required hospital attention for trauma, they said. Placide, who was 6-foot-4 inches tall and weighed 300 pounds, played offensive tackle at Dwight Morrow High School. He was graduated in 2018. He was pronounced dead at EHMC at 9:17 a.m., a little over an hour after the initial domestic...
    Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images Steve Bannon pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts stemming from an alleged scheme to defraud donors for a private border wall. He wore a smirk as he was ushered into court Thursday in handcuffs. Bannon surrendered after he was indicted over the controversial WeBuildTheWall campaign to erect a privately-funded and constructed barrier on the country’s southern border. Millions of dollars were raised, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is alleging Bannon and others pocketed about $1 million for themselves. A pardon by former President Donald Trump shielded the former White House chief strategist from federal charges, but Bannon is on his own to face the six state charges. Bannon was charged with, and pleaded not guilty to, two counts of money laundering, three counts of conspiracy and an additional count of scheming to defraud. The former Breitbart News executive, 68, faces up to 15 years behind bars on the money laundering charge. Bannon addressed reporters outside the courthouse, where he called it “ironic” New York City officials are struggling with an influx of migrants who...
    (CNN)The Manhattan district attorney's investigation into the Trump Organization's finances is ongoing, District Attorney Alvin Bragg told reporters Thursday. Bragg made the announcement at a news conference on the indictment of Steve Bannon."The investigation is ongoing," he said.Bragg was asked about the next steps in that investigation."You should not know what's going to happen next in an ongoing investigation, so we are doing our work as we should and when we have something to report by way of a court filing or as we said in our statement some other way of concluding the investigation we will inform you at the time," he said.Read MoreLast month, Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, pleaded guilty to his role in a 15-year-long tax fraud scheme. As part of the deal, he has agreed to testify against former Trump's real estate company at trial.
    Republican attorney Geoffrey S. Berman was once an ally of Donald Trump. The former federal prosecutor volunteered on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and he was a law partner of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. But in his forthcoming book, “Holding the Line: Inside the Nation's Preeminent U.S. Attorney's Office and Its Battle with the Trump Justice Department,” Berman reveals that he was fired from his position with the Southern District of New York in 2020 after refusing to prosecute some Democrats who Trump had it in for. The New York Times has obtained a copy of Berman’s book, which has a September 13 release date on Amazon. In the book, according to Times reporter Benjamin Weiser, Berman describes himself as a Rockefeller Republican — in other words, a moderate Republican. And that would explain why Berman eventually proved incompatible with Trump and the far-right MAGA movement. READ MORE: Bill Barr refers to Trump as a lame duck seeking revenge Berman, now 62, was a Southern District of New York prosecutor from 1990-1994, and he returned to...
    Former top Trump advisor, strategist, and campaign CEO Steve Bannon was indicted Thursday after turning himself in at the Manhattan Supreme Court. New York Attorney General Letitia James posted a scathing rebuke of the far-right-wing activist who once helmed the extremist Breitbart website and sat on the board of directors of the now-defunct data-analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which the Trump campaign used to win the White House. “After an investigation by my office and @ManhattanDA, Steve Bannon has been indicted for stealing more than $15 million from thousands of Americans for his sham effort to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. No matter how powerful you are, no one is above the law,” James said on Twitter. “Steve Bannon and ‘We Build the Wall’ took advantage of Americans to line their own pockets and then laundered the money to further hide this scheme. They lied to Americans and stole their hard-earned money,” she charged. “In New York, we have zero tolerance for corruption or abuses of power,” James continued. “There cannot be one set of rules for everyday...
    (CNN)Former US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, a Donald Trump appointee who was later fired by the former President, says top Trump-era officials in the Justice Department pressured his office to "aid them politically," The New York Times reported Thursday."Throughout my tenure as U.S. attorney," Berman writes in his forthcoming book according to the Times which obtained a copy of it, "Trump's Justice Department kept demanding that I use my office to aid them politically, and I kept declining -- in ways just tactful enough to keep me from being fired.""Holding the Line," which is set to be released Tuesday, and includes the accounts from Berman comes amid a legal battle between Trump and the current Justice Department after it seized classified documents from his Mar-a-Lago residence in August. In the book, the former US attorney for the Southern District of New York details efforts by the Trump administration's Justice Department to have words that hinted at Trump in charging documents for Michael Cohen removed, the Times reported. Berman also writes how former Attorney General Bill Barr attempted to have Cohen's 2018...
    A 33-year-old East Boston man pleaded guilty this week to selling two kilograms of cocaine to a police informant, federal authorities said. The man's mother, who police accused of helping him sell cocaine and heroin, pleaded guilty to a similar charge last year, reports said.  Carlos Acosta Estrella, a Mexican national, could face life in prison after he admitted to charges of intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute 100 grams of heroin provides, and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced this week.  Officers began investigating Estrella in 2019 after DEA agents in Houston said one of their informants heard of a wholesaler in Boston who had nine pounds of cocaine he wanted to sell, a DEA affidavit said. Federal agents contacted local authorities who set up a drug buy through a cooperating witness.  But when Estrella and his mom, Ana Guadalupe Acosta Grajeda, met with a confidential informant outside of a restaurant in Maverick Square in East Boston on Sept. 11, 2019, they said they only had...
    A 31-year-old Connecticut man has admitted to threatening, harassing, and intimidating a Massachusetts woman through email and social media.  Marshall Nicholas Fain, of New Haven, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Aug. 31, to one count of cyberstalking and one count of transmitting threats through interstate commerce, United States Attorney Rachael Rollins announced on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Fain was arrested and charged on Feb. 2, the US Attorney's Office said. According to the report, Fain was in a relationship with the victim for about two years, and the relationship ended in August 2021. From September 2021 through December 2021, Fain sent the victim messages threatening to kill her and members of her family, Rollins reported. He created different social media and email accounts and used them to threaten to kill and torture the victim, the US Attorney's Office said. "In response to the end of his two-year relationship with the victim, Mr. Fain terrorized her for several months, making her fear for her life and the lives of her family," Rollins said. "In the face of aggressively disturbing and intimidating threats, this woman...
    A former federal prosecutor accused Donald Trump's Justice Department of attempting to weaponize his office against the former president's political opponents, according to an explosive Thursday report. Geoffrey S. Berman was appointed to head the Southern District of New York, a high-profile office, in 2018 after reportedly being personally interviewed by Trump for the role. He was fired by then-Attorney General Bill Barr at Trump's request in 2020. In his new book, 'Holding the Line,' obtained by the New York Times, Berman describes significant pressure coming from the White House to investigate the current US Climate Envoy John Kerry as well as a Democratic lawyer named Gregory B. Craig. 'Trump’s Justice Department kept demanding that I use my office to aid them politically, and I kept declining - in ways just tactful enough to keep me from being fired,' Berman wrote. 'I walked this tightrope for two and a half years...Eventually, the rope snapped.' Kerry, Berman claimed, had angered Trump by having informal talks with Iranian officials behind the scenes to try and salvage the controversial Iran Nuclear Deal. As Barack...
    A 30-year-old Maine man who man pleaded guilty last week to driving to Massachusetts to have sex with a 13-year-old girl could spend the rest of his life in prison, federal authorities said.  Patrick Plummer of Parsonsfield confessed to attempted enticement of a minor, intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a person under 18, and transportation of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston said on Thursday, Sept. 8.  Plummer began speaking with an undercover officer posing as a 13-year-old girl in 2020 through various social media apps, federal authorities said. He created a plan to drive to Georgetown, Mass., to meet with her and have sex. Police arrested him when he showed up at agreed upon meet-up location, authorities said.  Police said Plummer had a spring-loaded knife, four cell phones, and a laptop on him when they arrested him. The devices had 7,000 pornographic images and videos that featured children, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He told officers he shared the images through the Kik messaging app.  He also told investigators that he was speaking to...
    Justice Department officials under Donald Trump pursued criminal cases against critics of the-then president who “annoyed” him, according to a new book. Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York fired by Trump in 2020, makes a series of bombshell allegations in his new book Holding the Line, excerpts of which were published by The New York Times on Thursday. Berman describes federal prosecutors pursuing politically charged investigations when they’d be advantageous to Trump, and blocking them in cases where they’d be damaging. In one incident, according to the book, officials at the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan unsuccessfully pushed to remove all references to Trump in charging documents related to his former fixer Michael Cohen, who ultimately pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations related to alleged “hush money” payments made to women who alleged they’d had affairs with Trump. Berman alleges that when he was prosecutor in 2018, he was informed of interference in the case against Cohen. Then-Attorney General William Barr tried to squash investigations into campaign-finance violations by figures in Trumpworld in 2019,...
    A Pennsylvania man with a long history of violence was convicted on Wednesday, Sept. 7 of strangling his girlfriend in Bucks County last summer, authorities said. Evan Marquis Smith, 38, of Morrisville, was found guilty on charges of third-degree murder, aggravated assault, and strangulation, among other related offenses, in the death of Jamie Beighley, 39, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.  His sentencing was deferred to a later date. Smith had a decades-long history of abuse against the local mom of five, which tragically ended with him strangling her inside the New Falls Motel in Falls Township on July 1, 2021, authorities and loved ones said. She died from her injuries three days later. Smith maintained that Beighley died during an accidental choking in the motel room. However, prosecutors determined that it would have taken at least four minutes of deliberate and continued pressure and substantial force to kill Beighley. “This was personal,” Bucks County Deputy District Attorney Mary Kate Kohler said. “Jamie was leaving him after 18 years of torture and violence.” DAILY VOICE EXCLUSIVE: To learn more about Beighley's tragic...
    (CNN)Steve Bannon is expected to plead not guilty Thursday when arraigned on New York state charges related to an effort to raise money to fund construction of a wall along the southern US border, attorney Robert Costello told CNN. The former Donald Trump aide will surrender to face the charges Thursday morning, people familiar with the matter told CNN.The state charges, which have been returned in an indictment, are based on the same conduct Bannon was charged with by federal prosecutors in 2020 that alleged he and three others had defrauded donors in the border wall effort, which raised more than $25 million.The Manhattan district attorney's office launched a criminal investigation into Bannon's "We Build the Wall" crowd-fundraising activities early last year after then-President Trump pardoned Bannon on federal fraud charges relating to the same alleged scheme.Presidential pardons do not apply to state investigations.Read MoreAs CNN previously reported, Bannon was federally charged with diverting more than $1 million to pay an alleged co-conspirator and cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses. Prosecutors alleged that the donors, including some...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) recently submitted a legal filing, stating that he will not be defending the legality of House Bill (HB) 2319, which is set to go into effect on September 24. “The Attorney General is not the proper party to defend the merits of A.R.S. § 13-3732. The Attorney General will provide notice to the President of the Arizona State Senate and the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives that local and county prosecutors are the proper entities to defend this statute,” wrote Brnovich. The Arizona Sun Times reached out to the Arizona Senate GOP for their response to this situation but did not receive comment before publishing time. Brnovich further wrote that the plaintiffs who filed the complaint “provided no basis to name him [Brnovich] as a defendant” and did not provide any notice before filing. He said he would oppose any fees against him because he is not defending the state in this case but would not oppose an entry of a preliminary injunction in this matter. The law in question, HB 2319,...
    (CNN)A federal judge's move to bring in a special master to review materials seized from former President Donald Trump's home has opened up an extraordinarily murky, sensitive and high-stakes task of finding an attorney to serve in that role and defining what exactly he or she will do. The person who US District Judge Aileen Cannon ultimately chooses will have access to documents that have been described as among some of the government's most sensitive secrets. And they may have very little guidance. JUST WATCHEDWhat concerns ex-US intel chief the most about WaPo Mar-a-Lago reportReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWhat concerns ex-US intel chief the most about WaPo Mar-a-Lago report 02:08On Friday, the Justice Department and Trump's lawyers will file legal briefs laying out their proposed candidates, along with recommendations for how the review should proceed. Cannon issued an order Monday granting a request from Trump that a special master -- i.e., an attorney from outside the government -- sift through the documents obtained in the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago for potentially privileged items. The Justice Department has previously asked the court...
    A Trenton attorney has filed a lawsuit of her father's behalf accusing a funeral home of messing up her mother's services and burial, The Trentonian reports. Janet Kay was dressed in another woman's clothing, and wearing someone else's wedding ring and jewelry, when she was buried in a different cemetery days before her funeral service, says the complaint filed by Robin Kay Lord. Meanwhile, nearly 60 attendees were waiting for her funeral service to begin when the funeral home apparently announced the mixup, The Trentonian reports. Kay's body was reportedly exhumed the day after the service. "Janet Kay’s final corporal moments in the eyes of the jewish faith were not presented to her full family and friends, Lord and Clifford Bidlingmaier III wrote. “Janet Kay was not buried with respect and dignity.” A representative answering phones at Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels told Daily Voice they would leave a message with funeral home officials. Click here for more from The Trentonian.
    The way former Attorney General Bill Barr sees it, Donald Trump is “very close” to being indicted for illegally possessing the classified documents he kept at Mar-a-Lago. Barr spoke to Fox News’ Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino on Wednesday’s edition of America’s Newsroom, where he reiterated his disagreement with U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon’s ruling for a special master review of what the FBI confiscated when they executed their search warrant at Mar-a-Lago. “There is no scenario legally under which the president gets to keep the government documents, whether its classified or unclassified,” Barr said. “If it deals with government stuff, it goes back to the government.” Barr went on to explain that FBI agents could have seized Trump’s passports and personal materials if they were stored with the classified documents, which could be kept as evidence of how those documents were managed. After saying he hopes the special master appointment is overruled and appealed, Barr was asked how he thinks the Mar-a-Lago saga will end. “As I’ve said all along there are two questions,” Barr said. “Will the government...
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr, December 10, 2019.Mark Wilson | Getty Images Former Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday he thinks the Justice Department is "getting very close" to having the evidence to indict Donald Trump — but hopes the agency declines to charge the ex-president. Barr, who served under Trump, again criticized a judge's order authorizing a so-called special master to review the thousands of documents that the FBI seized last month in a raid of Trump's Florida home Mar-a-Lago. Barr said the battle over those materials — many of which bore classification markings — currently boils down to two questions: whether the DOJ can make a case to charge Trump, and whether it should. "Will the government be able to make out a technical case, will they have evidence by which — that they could indict somebody on, including him?" Barr said in a Fox News interview, his third appearance on the network in five days. "That's the first question, and I think they're getting very close to that point, frankly," said Barr, who led the Justice Department...
    A Lawrence man who federal authorities deported once before will be sent back to the Dominican Republic following a 10-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to drug charges – again, officials said.  Jefri Paulino, 26, confessed to possession with intent to sell 400 grams or more of fentanyl and cocaine and unlawful reentry of a deported alien, the US Attorney's Office said this week. It's his second drug conviction in five years, authorities noted.  Federal agents arrested Paulino in 2020 after he agreed to sell an undercover informant a kilogram of fentanyl and 50 grams of cocaine at a Haverhill restaurant, the prosecutor said. For context, the DEA says 2 milligrams of the synthetic opioid is enough to kill some users. Officials said they would deport Paulino to the Dominican Republic once he's served his decade-long prison term. It's a process the Lawrence man should know well, considering the US deported him in 2018 after a court convicted him of trafficking fentanyl a year prior, the US Attorney said.  It's unclear when he returned to the United States. 
    A former attorney in the region has been sentenced for stealing millions from clients. Northern Westchester resident Laurieanne DeLitta, age 51, of  Briarcliff Manor, was sentenced to a term of one to three years in state prison for stealing more than $3.7 million from eight clients she represented as a real estate lawyer between 2017 and 2021, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah announced Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 7. The court also ordered DeLitta to pay full restitution to her victims. “Attorneys should be held to the highest standards of ethics and integrity,” Rocah said. “Ms. DeLitta violated her oath and professional duties in every way when she broke the law and stole from her clients. My office has no tolerance for such conduct.” In May 2022, DeLitta pleaded guilty to eight counts of second-degree grand larceny, all felonies, for stealing $3,711,499 from the eight individuals and estates while working as a real estate lawyer in Armonk between January 2017 and March 2021.  During that time, DeLitta diverted the proceeds generated from the sale of her clients’ assets into her personal...
    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is under fire for running interference for Donald Trump while attacking the U.S. Dept. of Justice, rather than admit the former president’s reported removal and refusal to return highly classified documents – including at least one of a foreign government’s nuclear secrets – is a threat to democracy, the nation’s defense, and worldwide security. Senator Rubio, who is being challenged by Democratic Rep. Val Demings in a tight re-election race, serves as the vice chair of the Intelligence Committee, and sits on the Gang of Eight. That is making his remarks over the past few days even more problematic to legal and national security experts and journalists. Just days ago, before The Washington Post’s report that the FBI found a document on nuclear capabilities so secret it could be legally viewed only by some Cabinet-level or near-Cabinet level officials and the President, Rubio claimed the government’s apparent case was merely one about “storage.” READ MORE: ‘Clear and Present Threat to Democracy’: Republican Former Defense Secretary Suggests Trump Should Be Prosecuted He called Trump’s apparent theft...
    Abe Hamadeh has eschewed the center and stuck to the Right since winning the Republican nomination in his bid to be elected Arizona attorney general, a critical post in a key swing state. Whereas Blake Masters, the Republican nominee for Senate in Arizona, attempted to moderate his position on abortion after the Aug. 2 primary, the 31-year-old Hamadeh still vows, according to his campaign website, to oppose the procedure “beginning at conception.” And in an interview with the Washington Examiner just before Labor Day, Hamadeh, endorsed by Donald Trump, declined to downplay the former president’s unsupported claims that the 2020 election was stolen. “The 2020 election was definitely rigged,” Hamadeh said. “We no longer have confidence in our electoral process, and I think it’s damaging to our country.” Hamadeh referred to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg saying the social media giant suppressed the Hunter Biden laptop story following FBI warnings of "Russian propaganda," plus a federal judge’s extension of voter registration in Arizona in 2020, a decision later overruled by the liberal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “I have a...
    Donald Trump once tried to settle a $2million lawyer's bill with the deed for a $5 million stallion, according to a forthcoming book.  'Once he regained the capacity for speech,' the lawyer 'stammered … "This isn't the 1800s. You can't pay me with a horse.'" Trump is famous for his reluctance to pay bills, particularly those owed to his legal team. And his recent legal troubles - largely stemming from attempts to overturn the 2020 election - have come with fresh claims that he is not paying his lawyers. But 'Servants of the Damned: Giant Law Firms, Donald Trump and the Corruption of Justice,' by New York Times reporter David Enrich suggests an inventive streak when it comes to settling debts.  The Guardian obtained a copy ahead of its release on September 20. The unnamed lawyer, from a white-shoe firm, took matters into his own hands to recover the debt some time in the 1990s.  Donald Trump once tried to settle a $2million lawyer's bill with the deed for a $5 million stallion, according to a forthcoming book  'Servants of the...
    By Meg Kinnard, Curt Anderson and Eric Tucker | Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon is facing sharp criticism following her decision this week to grant a request by former President Donald Trump’s legal team for an independent arbiter to review documents obtained during an FBI search of his Florida property last month. Cannon on Monday authorized an outside legal expert to review the records taken during the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago as part of a probe into Trump’s inappropriate retention of sensitive material from the White House. The expert would have power to weed out any material that might be protected by claims of attorney-client privilege or executive privilege. The order came over the strenuous objections of the Justice Department, which said a so-called special master was not necessary in part because officials had already completed their review of potentially privileged documents. The move was cheered by Trump supporters seeking a check on the government’s probe. But others say Cannon gave undue deference to the former president and unnecessarily put on hold certain...
    Chet Strange/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump declined the services of a top attorney during the Russian collusion investigation because he was not “bombastic” enough, a new book claims. Servants of the Damned: Giant Law Firms, Donald Trump, and the Corruption of Justice was authored by New York Times reporter David Enrich. The book will be available on Sept. 20. The Guardian obtained a copy of it and shared one claim that is particularly interesting, given Trump’s recent struggles with adequate legal representation. Enrich claims in the book the former president decided against hiring attorney Stephen Brogan of the international firm Jones Day. The Guardian’s Martin Pengelly reported: [Jones Day partner Donald McGahn], Enrich writes, thought Trump should have “his own, competent counsel” to deal with investigations of Russian election interference and links between Trump and Moscow, and Trump’s firing of the FBI director James Comey. That, Enrich says, led to Trump having at least two Oval Office meetings with Stephen Brogan, managing partner of Jones Day. Enrich reports that some at Jones Day thought such a deal would tie the...
    The OnlyFans model accused of killing her boyfriend was seen in court for the first time since her arrest in August, clad in an orange jumpsuit today instead of a string bikini.   Courtney Clenney, 26, appeared at an evidentiary hearing in a Florida courtroom where the judge denied her lawyer's request that 'salacious' material on her phone not be released to the public. Clenney faces second-degree murder charges for fatally stabbing her boyfriend, Christian Obumseli, 27, in the chest while the two argued on April 3. During the hearing her attorney, Frank Prieto, asked for an order protecting and limiting the release of 'adult' content produced and present on Clenney's phone. 'This is going to turn into a circus of media outlets publishing salacious materials which have nothing to do with guilt or innocence in this case,' said Prieto.  He characterized photos and videos on Clenney's phone as 'pornography' and 'sexually explicit,' and argued the content would prevent her from facing an impartial jury. The prosecution argued the defense was trying to 'control the narrative' with the motion. Judge Diana Vizcaino denied the...
    The Trump-appointed federal district judge who on Monday granted the former president his request for a “special master” is facing criticism from many legal experts, among them, George Conway. Conway is the attorney who Donald Trump was considering to be U.S. Solicitor General but asked to have his name withdrawn. He may be best known for successfully arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and obtaining a unanimous 8-0 verdict, being an anti-Trump conservative activist, and being married to former Trump White House Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway. “The opinion is almost impossibly stupid,” Conway tweeted Monday afternoon, referring to Judge Aileen Cannon’s decision for a special master. . READ MORE: Trump Suggests It’s Corruption for DOJ to Not Release Information Regardless of How It Could Influence an Election He pointed to an observation made by attorney Eric Columbus, who served at DOJ, DHS, and as a special counsel in the House and Senate. “Judge Cannon noted 11th circuit precedent,” Columbus wrote, “that an indictment can constitute irreparable injury.” Conway responded, saying, “But if he’s indicted, it...
    by Benjamin Yount   Wisconsin’s highest profile voter fraud case yet is now an issue in the race for attorney general. Democrat Josh Kaul, the attorney general, has filed voter fraud charges against a Racine County man who requested the ballots of Wisconsin’s Assembly speaker and the mayor of Racine ahead of the August primary. Kaul’s office said the man, Harry Wait, went to MyVote.wi.gov and requested absentee ballots for two individuals to be sent to his address in Union Grove, Wis. The complaint states that, in multiple online videos and other correspondence, Wait admitted requesting the ballots using the other individuals’ personal identifying information. Wait said he requested the ballots to show the vulnerability in the Wisconsin MyVote system. Kaul said the charges send a message. “The Wisconsin Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that the integrity of our elections is protected from alleged intentional violations of the law,” Kaul added. But Republican AG candidate Eric Toney said Kaul’s focus on election integrity is newly found. “Election fraud must be prosecuted, but Josh Kaul attacked me for prosecuting and...
    Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell announced Thursday that she would change prosecution policies for cases involving gun violence in an attempt to ensure that violent criminals face jail time. “The revision to our plea policies recognizes that these crimes will not be tolerated in Maricopa County. Those who choose to put the residents of this county at risk by using a firearm in the commission of felony will be held accountable,” Mitchell said. “I will not let the Valley of the Sun and surrounding communities become another San Francisco or Chicago where law and order has been overlooked by prosecutors, which has caused unnecessary chaos.” According to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO), during the ten days between August 19 and 29, the office received submittals for 16 homicides. Fifteen of the cases involved a gun, and five were domestic violence crimes. Mitchell’s decision arose from this rise in violence, and the new policy went into effect Friday. Now, under Prosecution Policy 7.3, any plea deal made to a defendant charged with using a firearm during a crime must include...
    The Arizona-based Goldwater Institute (GI) made a request to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) Wednesday, asking it to take action against the use of taxpayer dollars to send school representatives to a school board event that would oppose school choice. “Arizonans should be appalled to learn that school districts are using taxpayer resources to have district employees participate in an event clearly geared toward a political objective,” said GI Senior Attorney Scott Day Freeman. “All Arizona families should be free to make educational choices for their children without having the government work against them by rigidly defending a status quo that protects bureaucrats and government unions.” In a letter sent to the AGO, Freeman outlined that it is illegal for school districts to use district resources to influence the outcomes of elections. Under Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) § 15-511, district resources cannot be used to support or oppose the circulation of a petition for a ballot measure. Yet Freeman alleged that this is precisely what will happen at an upcoming Arizona School Board Association (ASBA) Law Conference. The ASBA...
    (CNN)Tiffany Haddish says she "deeply" regrets performing in a skit years ago that led to her and fellow comedic actor Aries Spears being accused of child sex abuse."I know people have a bunch of questions. I get it," Haddish wrote in a statement posted on her verified Instagram account on Monday."I'm right there with you," she continued. "Unfortunately, because there is an ongoing legal case, there's very little that I can say right now." Haddish and Spears have been accused of having "groomed and molested" two then-minor siblings, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week."Jane Doe" and "John Doe" (their names are withheld to protect their privacy) were 14 and 7, respectively, when they allege that Haddish and Spears had them participate in sexually suggestive videos in separate incidents in 2013 and 2014, according to the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by CNN.Read More"He isn't going to fall for any shakedown," Debra Opri, an attorney for Spears, said in a statement to CNN.An attorney for Haddish told CNN that the plaintiff's mother "has...
    A federal judge has granted former President Donald Trump’s request to appoint a “special master” to review materials that the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago last month. The decision, from Trump-appointed District Judge Aileen Cannon, is a significant victory for the former President. It orders a third-party attorney, from outside the government, be brought in to review the materials that were taken from Trump’s home and resort in Florida. It also halts the Justice Department from continuing its review of the materials seized from Mar-a-Lago “pending completion of the special master’s review or further Court order.” Trump’s lawyers argued that a special master was needed because they don’t trust the Justice Department to fairly identify privileged materials that would need to be excluded from the ongoing criminal probe. Federal prosecutors will likely appeal this decision. The Justice Department has said that its own “filter team” already finished its review of the Mar-a-Lago documents — and found a small set of attorney-client privileged records. The judge said the special master will be tasked with reviewing “seized property for personal items and documents...
    A LAWYER has revealed the defense she uses if people get accused of shoplifting after using the self-checkout - but there's a catch. Amanda Bynum represented a woman who faced allegations of theft while at a grocery store after scanning her own items. 2A lawyer revealed the defense she used to get her client off a shoplifting chargeCredit: TikTok/attorneyamandabynum In a video on TikTok, Amanda responded to a man who said: "Hey Walmart, don't get p***ed at me if I forget to scan something at the checkout." The defence lawyer went on to tell her followers that she'd worked on a similar case and won. She said: "I represented a woman that was buying a bunch of groceries a couple a couple of weeks before Christmas during the pandemic of 2020. "She accidentally did not scan three of the items in her cart when there was a ton of things she was buying and she was charged with shoplifting." READ MORE U.S NEWSWATCH OUT! Former Walmart employee says workers pause self-checkout kiosks to prevent theftPOOF...
    During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday former U.S. attorney and FBI official Chuck Rosenberg scoffed at one of Donald Trump's attorney's attempts to dismiss his potentially criminal obstruction of the Department of Justice as nothing more serious than having an overdue library book. Speaking with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Rosenberg first parted ways with former Judge Andrew Napolitano who claimed on Newsmax that he definitely expected Donald Trump to be indicted by the DOJ after the November midterms, with the former prosecutor saying there are no certainties. He was then asked about Trump attorney Jim Trusty telling a Fox News host, "You know what’s really interesting in terms of the affidavit, that oil slick of an affidavit that we received in terms of all the redactions? It leaves out June third. It leaves out a day when DoJ was allowed to walk around Mar-a-Lago, look at the storage facility, and assess things. And the advice they came up with five days later was, ‘Hey, put a lock on the door please’." Trusty then added, "I...
    (CNN)A hearing Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida, was the first chance former President Donald Trump's lawyers had to convince US District Judge Aileen Cannon in person that the FBI search warrant on Mar-a-Lago for government records, including those identified as classified, was unwarranted and merited an outside attorney to review the case.Trump is asking for Cannon to appoint a special master -- a third party attorney tasked with filtering out privileged documents -- to review the materials that were seized.William Barr, on Fox, says theres no legitimate reason for classified docs to be at Mar-a-Lago and doubts Trump declassifiedIn revelatory moments of the hearing, Trump's lawyers sought to downplay the importance of the documents, the Justice Department provided new details about how its internal filter team operated, and Cannon repeatedly asked Trump's side what a special master would do in this circumstance. (Typically the independent reviewers are used in scenarios where an attorney's office has been searched and protecting attorney-client privilege is the concern.) Here is a look at what was said in revelatory moments from the 90-minute hearing,...