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    Amber Heard's sister told her boss that the Aquaman actress did sever Johnny Depp's finger when she hurled a vodka bottle at him, unsealed court documents have shown. The unveiled documents reveal a deposition from Jennifer Howell, a former friend and boss of Heard's sister Whitney Henriquez, speaking about the finger incident that allegedly took place in 2015. She recollects when Amber's sister scream in the office 'she's cut off his God damn finger' while the celebrity couple were in Australia as Depp was filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film.  The deposition was made public over the weekend when thousands of pages of documents filed in Depp and Heard's defamation trial were unsealed.  In June, Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10.35 million at the end of an explosive six-week trial, when a jury ruled she had defamed her ex-husband in a newspaper opinion piece published in 2018. Actor Johnny Depp displays the middle finger of his hand, which he claims was injured while he and his ex-wife Amber Heard were in Australia in 2015 Amber Heard leaving...
    Thousands of now-unsealed pages from Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial reveal behind-the-scenes moves by both actors’ legal teams that never made it before the jury. The court documents that were unsealed over the weekend included text messages between Depp and Marilyn Manson, along with an attempt to display Heard’s “brief stint as an exotic dancer,” according to a report. The previously locked documents also showed several “irrelevant matters” brought by Depp’s lawyers that were excluded from evidence. Actor Johnny Depp (left) listened as actress and ex-wife Amber Heard testified in a Fairfax County, Virginia courtroom during their defamation trial in May 2022. Depp sued Heard for libel after she wrote a 2018 op-ed piece in the Washington Post referring to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse." (Michael Reynolds/AP) The document read: “Mr. Depp inappropriately seeks to introduce evidence of the following Irrelevant Personal Matters: (1) nude pictures of Amber Heard; (2) Amber Heard’s sister Whitney’s reality show video; (3) Whitney and Amber’s past romantic relationships; (4) Amber’s brief stint as...
    Unsealed court documents show Amber Heard walked away from a divorce payout from Johnny Depp that could have run to tens-of-millions of dollars, as the financially-challenged actress sells her beloved California home.   Documents seen by the Daily Beast show that the Aquaman star, 36, ignored guidance from her legal team not to pursue Depp for the maximum cash she was entitled to after they filed for divorce in 2016. She could have sought half Depp's $33 million he made filming the fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, since it was made while they were married. But Heard chose not to, and wrote them an email saying she was being 'amazingly true to (her) word, that this is now about the money.' A judge refused to let that evidence be admitted during Depp's defamation lawsuit against Heard. She was ordered to pay Depp a total of $8.3 million after being found guilty of defamation, but says she doesn't have enough cash to do so.  Amber Heard appears to have sold a Southern California property for over a million dollars, just...
    (CNN) — Indiana’s Republican attorney general said Thursday that authorities in his state are investigating — for potential failure to report the procedure and child abuse — a doctor who said she recently helped a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio obtain an abortion in Indiana, even as the attack already had been reported by the girl’s mother and Ohio police were investigating. Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis-based Ob-Gyn, reported the abortion procedure to the Indiana Department of Health on July 2, three days after the abortion was performed, as required by the department, according to documents obtained from the agency by CNN. READ MORE: Grant Fire In Rancho Murieta 35% Contained , Aircraft Brought In To HelpBernard told CNN earlier this month that she helped the girl after Ohio banned abortion as early as six weeks of gestation following the US Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade. The young girl was raped in early May and police in Columbus were first alerted of her pregnancy on June 22, according to police documents and court testimony. A little more...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A known repeat offender with an extensive criminal history of stealing from San Francisco businesses was charged with 16 counts of burglary and grand theft, but nearly all were dismissed, according to court documents.Prior to these recent charges, the defendant, Nathan Picco, had previously been convicted of 15 burglary and theft-related felonies from 2002 to 2019."This person has made a career out of terrorizing this way," said Joshua James, staring at a picture of a smashed window on his property.James is the owner of Ocean Beach Café in San Francisco's Richmond District. Surveillance footage captured Picco breaking into his café to steal cash out of the register on Jan. 2 last year.VIDEO: SF DA defends his policies as city makes national headlines with highest property crime rateEMBED More News Videos San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin addressed a crowd of nearly 200 as his recall election is now less than three months away. "How much did he get away with?" ABC7'S Stephanie Sierra asked."Around $1,000," James said. "When will it stop?"What James didn't realize at the...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A man who was under a restraining order and not supposed to have a gun fatally shot his three daughters, a chaperone and himself during a supervised visit with the girls at a California church, officials said Tuesday.Investigators were trying to piece together 39-year-old David Mora's motive and how he got the weapon used in the shooting that occurred about 5 p.m. Monday at The Church in Sacramento, a nondenominational Christian place of worship. Police have not said what weapon was used; under California law, he was barred from possessing a gun because of the order.At the time of the killings, Mora was out on bail after being arrested last week on several charges, including assaulting a police officer.Court documents paint a disturbing picture of verbal and physical abuse inflicted by Mora on his estranged girlfriend, who is the mother of their three daughters, one of whom would have turned 11 on Wednesday.Mora "is a very jealous person," the woman wrote in her request for the restraining order. "He threatened to kill me if he ever caught...
    Court documents have revealed that killers, pedophiles and sex traffickers are among the estimated 1.5 million inmates who received federal COVID-19 stimulus checks while behind bars. Laws on the various stimulus rounds did not prevent inmates from receiving the money, and Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar are among the known recipients. The exact amounts of stimulus payments received by individuals prisoners are not clear in most cases, and IRS records that would disclose the payments are not available to the public. However, court filings in some cases have revealed the payments, as authorities seek to claw back the money for victim restitution as in the case of Yancey Meyers, who is serving 30 years for supplying a fatal heroin dose to a North Dakota man.  Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a $1,400 COVID-19 stimulus payment RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Boston Marathon bomber WILL have to pay his victims: Judge... Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, sentenced to multiple life terms,... Share this article Share Myers is a prisoner at the Federal Correctional...
    Melbourne, Australia (CNN)Novak Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open as he had recently recovered from Covid-19, court documents published on Saturday by Australia's Federal Circuit show.The development comes as the tennis World No. 1 is confined to a hotel in Melbourne as he mounts a legal challenge to the revocation of his visa ahead of the tournament. "Mr Djokovic had received, on 30 December 2021, a letter from the Chief Medical Officer of Tennis Australia recording that he had been provided with a 'Medical exemption from COVID vaccination' on the grounds that he had recently recovered from COVID," the document said.Djokovic's first Covid-positive PCR test was recorded on December 16, 2021, and after not showing signs of a fever or "respiratory symptoms" he applied for a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open, according to the document.The Serb player -- who has previously criticized Covid-19 vaccine mandates -- was granted a medical exemption to compete in the tournament unvaccinated "on the grounds that he had recently recovered from COVID," his lawyers said in...
    (CNN)Travis Scott denies allegations, including negligence, in lawsuits filed against him for the Astroworld Festival tragedy, according to court documents filed by Scott's attorneys and obtained by CNN. More than 140 lawsuits have been filed in the tragedy that left 10 people dead, CNN previously reported. Most allege the defendants were negligent and stood to make huge sums of money from the concert.A spokesperson for Travis Scott provided CNN with "answer" documents filed Monday on behalf of the star rapper and his record label, Cactus Jack Records, in response to allegations in six lawsuits. All six filings deny the allegations. New lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 280 Astroworld Festival concertgoers"Defendants generally deny the allegations set forth," stated the court documents, which requested the claims be dismissed with prejudice, meaning they cannot be brought to court again. The family of Bharti Shahani, a 22-year-old university student who died at the festival, and representatives for Joseph Ferguson, who attended it, criticized the court filings. Read More"Travis Scott's attempt to escape responsibility for creating a deadly situation from which his fans...
    11 Cute Slippers That Make Perfect Gifts This Holiday Season, All at Nordstrom Fantasy football waiver wire: Adrian Peterson, Taysom Hill return to relevance © AP and Getty Images Jamie Spears and Britney Spears. AP and Getty Images New documents suggest that Jamie Spears' sudden reversal on the conservatorship was to protect himself. According to Britney Spears' lawyer Mathew Rosengart, Jamie switched after being asked for documents. Just over a week passed between when the papers were served, and when the reversal happened. Britney Spears' attorney Mathew Rosengart revealed that Jamie Spears requested to end the conservatorship just over a week after Rosengart requested a sworn deposition and 13 years' worth of documents from Jamie Spears, according to new court filings. The new documents, originally submitted on October 27 but made public on Monday, revealed that on August 25, Jamie Spears and his legal team were served a request for a sworn deposition as well as a discovery request for Jamie to turn over all communications and payments related to the 13-year conservatorship. On September 7,...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Court documents reveal a domestic violence incident led to last month’s gas explosion at a Dallas apartment complex. Phillip Dankins, 28, is facing seven counts of deadly conduct in connection with the blast at the Highland Hills Apartments. An arrest warrant affidavit details a fight between Dankins and his girlfriend the night before the explosion. She ran out of their apartment with their 8-month-old baby boy. Another man spotted the pair and let them into his apartment because he was worried about them. According to the court documents, Dankins came looking for them and pointed a gun at the man. Phillip Dankins mugshot (Dallas County Jail) Even after the woman and baby left that apartment, investigators say Dankins came back at some point later that night and fired into the front door and side window of the man’s unit, hitting the hose behind the stove. Police say that caused the gas leak that ignited the next morning and injured seven people, including four firefighters. Residents say Dankins may be to blame for the initial destruction, but the...
    HOUSTON -- A Texas father has been charged after he allegedly hurt his son and at one point held him under water, according to reports.Court records show Houston resident James Walker repeatedly abused his 10-year-old son between September and December 2019.Police said the child's mother told them Walker once hit the boy in the face, taped his hands, mouth and feet and then put him under water. When asked what happened, the victim said: "When daddy gets mad, he holds (me) under water in the bathtub," according to court documents.During the investigation, the boy told police he was hit with a baseball bat and board and that his dad "drowned him a lot."The boy also told doctors his dad "stomped" on him.According to court documents, the 10-year-old is now receiving treatment for PTSD as a result of the incident.
    Hennepin County JailKimberly A. PotterFilings in Kim Potter case. KARE’s Jeremiah Jacobsen reports: “Court documents released to the public Thursday show defense attorneys are expected to argue that former officer Kim Potter’s fatal shooting of Daunte Wright last spring was an accident. … Potter is charged with first and second-degree manslaughter in Wright’s April 2021 shooting death following a traffic stop. … According to the criminal complaint, as officers attempted to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant, Wright re-entered his vehicle. In body camera footage, Potter can be heard shouting that she will use her Taser before shooting Wright once with her handgun.” Packed in too tight. At Investigate Midwest, Amanda Perez Pintado and Madison Mcvan report: “Working conditions in meatpacking plants likely led to the spread of COVID-19 in rural areas of the U.S. in the early months of the pandemic, new U.S. Department of Agriculture research shows. … The space between workers, who stand close together on production lines as they make the same cut over and over, was probably the main factor that caused the outbreaks, according...
    (CNN)Allies of former President Donald Trump testified under oath that they did little to check out some of the uncorroborated claims they made about 2020 election fraud before amplifying them on the national stage, according to newly available court records reviewed by CNN. While the bogus fraud claims have long been debunked, these latest revelations are being made in sworn depositions and highlight how little vetting was done by certain Trump allies seeking to spread doubt about the integrity of the presidential election results. The more than 2,000 pages of documents reviewed by CNN provide the most significant look yet at evidence collected in several defamation cases brought against top Trump mouthpieces. In this lawsuit, former Dominion Voting Systems executive Eric Coomer alleges he was defamed by the Trump campaign, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and prominent conservatives. According to the account that Giuliani gave in the case, he spent less than an hour reviewing allegations that Coomer was part of a plot to rig the election before publicly making those claims at a November press conference. We won: Trump...
    Members of former President Donald Trump's presidential campaign compiled a research memo that knocked down claims of a conspiracy to manipulate votes involving Dominion Voting Systems Machines – even as pro-Trump lawyers were promoting the theory at an infamous post-election press conference, according to court documents. According the the documents, which are cited in a defamation lawsuit being brought by a former Dominion employee, an official in the Trump campaigns' communications shop asked aides to analyze the claims, which were being put forward in the weeks after the election. Zack Parkinson, the Trump campaign's former deputy communications director, tasked aides with running down information on the theories, which were being promoted by Trump backers in the media.  A Trump campaign official asked aides to perform research on claims being made in the media about Dominion Voting Systems days before an infamous press conference by 'Kraken' lawyer Sidney Powell and longtime Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani Those supporters were alleging a massive scheme to rig votes in states or counties where Trump lost to Joe Biden.  The memo his aides produced...
    Washington (CNN)Officials working for then-President Donald Trump's reelection campaign were aware that the voting machine claims being pushed by pro-Trump attorneys were baseless, court documents obtained by The New York Times show. The documents -- which were filed last week as part of a defamation lawsuit from a former employee of Dominion Voting Systems -- reveal that the Trump campaign's then-deputy director of communications, Zach Parkinson, had reached out to campaign staffers on November 13 asking them to "substantiate or debunk" claims related to Dominion, the Times reported Tuesday.The following day, the newspaper reported, Parkinson received a memo compiled by campaign staff that cited news articles and fact-checking outlets to refute the conspiracy theories related to unsubstantiated widespread voter fraud being trumpeted by Rudy Giuliani, then Trump's personal attorney, and attorney Sidney Powell, who was working for the campaign. At the time, many of their claims had been refuted by federal election security experts and a wide, bipartisan array of election administrators across the country.The memo found that there was no evidence Dominion's leadership had connections to "antifa," that Dominion...
    By Christina Carrega and Amir Vera | CNN Disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who is currently serving a decades-long sentence in federal prison for sexual abuse, has been delinquent in his payments toward court-ordered criminal penalties, according to a new court filing. A motion filed Wednesday by the US Justice Department said that since Nassar’s incarceration, he had received deposits into his inmate trust account that reached $12,825, including two stimulus checks totaling $2,000. As of Wednesday, Nassar had $2,041.57 in his account, according to the motion. It is unclear where the additional money — more than $10,000 — went. Nassar was sentenced on December 7, 2017, to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges. In addition, he was sentenced on January 24, 2018, to up to 175 years in Michigan state prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct. At the sentencing, 156 victims spoke, recounting similar stories of how they went to Nassar to receive treatment for sports injuries only to be sexually assaulted and told it...
    (CNN)Disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who is currently serving a decades-long sentence in federal prison for sexual abuse, has been delinquent in his payments toward court-ordered criminal penalties, according to a new court filing. A motion filed Wednesday by the US Justice Department said that since Nassar's incarceration, he had received deposits into his inmate trust account that reached $12,825, including two stimulus checks totaling $2,000. As of Wednesday, Nassar had $2,041.57 in his account, according to the motion. It is unclear where the additional money -- more than $10,000 -- went.Read More Nassar was sentenced on December 7, 2017, to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges. In addition, he was sentenced on January 24, 2018, to up to 175 years in Michigan state prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct. At the sentencing, 156 victims spoke, recounting similar stories of how they went to Nassar to receive treatment for sports injuries only to be sexually assaulted and told it was a form of treatment. He is currently serving his federal...
    The FBI obtained a warrant to search a Pennsylvania cave for fabled Civil War gold without permission of state officials over concerns they would claim it as lost property, court documents show. A warrant application, released following a petition by the Associated Press and Philadelphia Inquirer, discloses that Dennis and Ken Parada, a father-son treasure hunting duo, went to the FBI to share rumors about the final resting place of the cache of gold bars, according to the Washington Post. PENNSYLVANIA LAWYER INVESTIGATING WHETHER FBI UNCOVERED $400 MILLION WORTH OF CIVIL WAR GOLD Although some historians doubt whether the lost gold even exists, the FBI obtained a warrant to search a cave in Elk County on state-owned land, the supposed resting place of the treasure, without informing Pennsylvania officials. "I am concerned that, even if [Department of Conservation and Natural Resources] gave initial consent for the FBI to excavate the cache of gold secreted at the Dent's Run Site, that consent could be revoked before the FBI recovered the United States property, with the result of...
    Second of two Colorado school shooters convicted of murder Humpback whales can’t swallow a human. Here’s why. © Splash News Erika Jayne was subpoenaed twice to give depositions on her and husband Tom Girardi's assets before she filed for divorce. Splash News Erika Jayne was subpoenaed to give depositions on her and Tom Girardi's assets, court documents say. Jayne was subpoenaed on May 28, 2020 and September 28, 2020. She filed for divorce in November. Girardi, 82, is accused of embezzling millions from widows and orphans of plane-crash victims. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Erika Jayne was subpoenaed twice to give depositions on her and husband Tom Girardi's assets just months before she filed for divorce, a new documentary has revealed. Court documents from a lawsuit that was highlighted in the ABC News special "The Housewife and the Hustler" revealed that Jayne was subpoenaed on May 28 of last year, and again on September 28. The hearings were postponed for undisclosed reasons and Jayne, 49, never sat for questioning. She filed for divorce from...
    Erika Jayne was subpoenaed twice to give depositions on her and husband Tom Girardi's assets before she filed for divorce. Splash News Erika Jayne was subpoenaed to give depositions on her and Tom Girardi's assets, court documents say. Jayne was subpoenaed on May 28, 2020 and September 28, 2020. She filed for divorce in November. Girardi, 82, is accused of embezzling millions from widows and orphans of plane-crash victims. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Erika Jayne was subpoenaed twice to give depositions on her and husband Tom Girardi's assets just months before she filed for divorce, a new documentary has revealed.  Court documents from a lawsuit that was highlighted in the ABC News special "The Housewife and the Hustler" revealed that Jayne was subpoenaed on May 28 of last year, and again on September 28.  The hearings were postponed for undisclosed reasons and Jayne, 49, never sat for questioning. She filed for divorce from Girardi, 82, less than two months after the second subpoena, citing "irreconcilable differences" after 21 years of marriage.  Jayne has maintained that...
    A legal battle between a private citizen and the ACLU of Washington Foundation has revealed that biologically male sexual predators are being housed in the state’s female prisons, it was announced by an advocacy group Wednesday. In March, the ACLU of Washington filed a lawsuit to prevent the public release of records pertaining to transgender inmates in the Washington prison system. Now, a judge has ruled in favor of the ACLU against private citizen Andrea Kelly, but key information was uncovered during the proceedings about biological male prisoners in female prisons. “Judge Rice’s decision in this case to prevent the release of records which prove sexual misconduct by men currently housed in women’s prisons sets a dangerous precedent. The state of Washington has failed to upload its legal obligations under the Public Records Act and, in doing so, denied citizens our ability to hold the government accountable for their violation of the human rights of female inmates,” said Women’s Liberation Front legal director Lauren Adams, who is representing Kelly in the case. Important case update! Judge’s ruling has confirmed reports...
    The Justice Department under the Trump administration sought details about the identity of an anonymous Twitter critic of Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, newly unsealed court documents show. The Justice Department used a grand jury subpoena on Nov. 24 in search of information about @NunesAlt, one of several such accounts devoted to criticizing and mocking Nunes, citing a criminal investigation into “threatening communications in interstate commerce.” On Sunday, Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia ordered the case documents to be unsealed. Along with the subpoena, which was obtained by the office of former acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin, Twitter received a gag order preventing the company from notifying the account of the subpoena. JUDGE TOSSES DEVIN NUNES DEFAMATION LAWSUIT AGAINST CNN In a motion to quash the subpoena filed on March 10, Twitter’s legal team argued that the gag order lacked a legal basis and outlined lawsuits filed by Nunes against various entities and individuals who did or published things critical or in opposition to him, including at least...
    Daunte Wright had multiple criminal charges on his record when he was pulled over and fatally shot by police. Wright, the 20-year-old black man who was shot by in an apparent accidental discharge, had previously been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, fleeing from police, and possession of a handgun without a permit. Wright also had a warrant for his arrest out at the time of his fatal shooting after failing to appear in court for the fleeing and weapons charges. The aggravated robbery charge stemmed from a 2019 incident in which Wright and an acquaintance attended a party at an apartment and were told to leave around 2:30 a.m. by two women who rented the apartment, according to court documents. But the two men said they did not have a ride, prompting the women to allow them to stay the night. The next morning, one of the women left the apartment to get $820 in cash to pay the other for her share of the rent before leaving for work. The other woman stayed behind while Wright and his acquaintance...
    DAUNTE Wright allegedly choked a woman and threatened to shoot her if she did not hand over $820 in rent money that she had stuffed in her bra, according to court documents. Wright, 20, was shot and killed by police officer Kimberly Potter in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday, causing days of unrest having been shot just a few miles from where George Floyd was killed last May. 6 Daunte Wright, 20, allegedly choked a woman and threatened to shoot her, court documents sayCredit: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office 6 Wright was shot by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on SundayCredit: Kare11 Potter, 48, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, said she mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of her taser. In body cam footage, the officer can be heard saying, "Holy s**t I shot him," after her weapon had fired. On Tuesday, Potter and Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon stepped down from their positions. Wright was pulled over on Sunday, when officers were alerted to his vehicle having expired license plate tags. At the time, a...
    RESEDA (CBSLA) — Court documents obtained by CBS Los Angeles show 30-year-old Liliana Carrillo, the woman suspected in the deaths of her three children, was involved in an ongoing custody battle with the children’s father, Erik Denton. Liliana Carrillo, 30, is seen here in this undated photo with her three children. (Family photo) According to filings in Tulare County Superior Court, Denton said he had noticed a change in Carrillo’s behavior over the past few months. READ MORE: Group Gathers In South LA To Protest Deadly Minnesota Shooting Of Daunte Wright “On Feb. 25, Carrillo took our three children and took all their legal documents, including their birth certificates, and refuses to disclose their location,” a March 1 filing said. In that filing, Denton sought custody of their children — 3-year-old Joanna, 2-year-old Terry and 6-month-old Sierra — and petitioned for Carrillo to undergo a mental health evaluation. Less than two weeks later, on March 12, Carrillo sought a temporary restraining order against Denton in Los Angeles County. READ MORE: Culver City Oil Spill Caused By Traffic Collision Closes Down...
    New York (CNN Business)It reads a bit like the plot of a bizarre Hollywood-centric screenplay: Small-time actor Zachary Horwitz was arrested Tuesday for allegedly running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme that involved raising funds from investors who thought their money was being used to buy and license film rights, according to a statement from the Justice Department. Horwitz allegedly misappropriated funds raised from investors for movie licensing deals, putting some of the money in his personal accounts and using the money instead for items like a luxury watch subscription and a nearly $700,000 payment to a celebrity interior designer, according to a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.Horwitz, 34 — better known by his stage name "Zach Avery" — spent the past decade acting in a around a dozen mostly low-budget films, including "Trespassers" and "The White Crow," according to his IMDb profile. He also had a minor uncredited role in "Fury," which starred Brad Pitt. He has been charged with wire fraud after allegedly boasting about important Hollywood relationships and promising investors that his company, 1inMM Capital...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – New documents obtained by CBS 11 News show that a Dallas Police officer was under investigation for murder years earlier than previously acknowledged. Last week Dallas Police confirmed Officer Bryan Riser was allowed to continue patrolling with a badge and gun for nearly two years after being suspected of soliciting the murders of two people. Court documents now suggest authorities had been investigating Officer Bryan Riser for four years. While Officer Riser remains in jail with a $5 million bond, new details are emerging that cast doubt on the department’s assertion that it only started investigating him for murder in 2019. Officer Bryan Riser (credit: Dallas County Jail) Last week, former Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall released a statement saying, “Riser was first identified as a person-of-interest in 2019” and that her staff recommended that Riser “…recommended not placing Riser on Administrative Leave” so he wouldn’t be tipped off about the investigation. But a court transcript from a bond hearing in 2017 for Officer Riser’s father, Byron includes testimony from a federal prosecutor asking the father if...
    (CNN)The Boy Scouts of America, amid bankruptcy and allegations of widespread sexual abuse within the organization, is proposing a trust fund of at least $300 million to compensate victims, court records show.The money would come from the organization's roughly 250 local councils, in addition to funds from insurance policies and sales of artwork, including Norman Rockwell paintings, and other assets, say the documents filed Monday in US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The document does not specify how much compensation victims would receive.Attorney Michael Pfau represents about 1,000 men, whose abuse allegations go back to the 1940s.He called the proposal "woefully inadequate" and "chump change" for victims."These lawsuits in certain states are potentially worth ... millions and millions of dollars to the survivors," he told CNN.Read MoreIn the February 2020 bankruptcy filing, BSA reported estimated assets of between $1 billion and $10 billion and liabilities between $100 million and $500 million."When the Boy Scouts filed for bankruptcy, they created a big, complicated mess," Pfau said. "And by trying to escape from bankruptcy so quickly and with delivering so little, they are...
     Unsealed court documents show messy fight over WFT sale originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington John Moag, the investment attorney for the Washington Football Team’s three minority partners looking to sell their shares of the team, threatened Dan Snyder with a text message that read in part “you know what I know” according to recently unsealed court documents. The documents, posted on the Richmond Times-Dispatch, are heavily redacted to avoid impacting the sale but do show lawyers for the minority partners urging Snyder to complete a sale quickly to avoid a “detailed review of WFI’s books, records, and past transactions.” The sale, of course, has not gone quickly and his instead devolved into a messy business breakup. The court fight is just one of many issues facing Snyder off the field – the NFL is also investigating the team after a damning series of articles in the Washington Post detailing alleged sexual harassment and a toxic culture in Ashburn. Moag’s text, which was included in the filings by Snyder’s attorneys, appeared to threaten to reveal unknown dirt if Snyder didn’t...
            by Chuck Ross  Federal investigators obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against one of Hunter Biden’s Chinese business associates, suggesting that the executive was suspected of acting as a covert agent of a foreign government. Prosecutors revealed the existence of at least one FISA warrant against Chi Ping Patrick Ho, known as Patrick Ho, in a Feb. 8, 2018 court filing obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Ho was charged on Dec. 18, 2017 with conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering related to CEFC China Energy contracts in Uganda and Chad. Ho had been an executive at the multi-billion dollar Chinese energy company prior to his arrest. Hunter Biden was part of a business consortium that sought a partnership with CEFC in May 2017. A Senate report released last month said that an affiliate of CEFC wired $5 million to Biden’s law firm from August 2017 through August 2018. In addition to his partnership with CEFC, Hunter Biden also represented Ho during his legal battle. According to a report from The New Yorker last...
    A federal court authorized a foreign surveillance warrant against one of Hunter Biden’s Chinese business partners, court documents show.    The existence of a FISA warrant against the Biden associate, Patrick Ho, indicates that federal investigators believed Ho was working covertly as an agent of a foreign government.  Ho was an executive at CEFC China Energy, a firm that paid Hunter Biden at least $5 million as part of an investment deal.  Biden would later represent Ho during his criminal case. Federal investigators obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against one of Hunter Biden’s Chinese business associates, suggesting that the executive was suspected of acting as a covert agent of a foreign government. Prosecutors revealed the existence of at least one FISA warrant against Chi Ping Patrick Ho, known as Patrick Ho, in a Feb. 8, 2018 court filing obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Ho was charged on Dec. 18, 2017 with conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering related to CEFC China Energy contracts in Uganda and Chad. Ho had...
    Documents released in Michael Flynn’s ongoing court case on Thursday show that FBI employees expressed reservations about the bureau’s probe of the retired general.  One investigator called the probe a “nightmare,” according to internal FBI messages.  Another message shows an investigator saying they were “glad” the FBI planned to close the probe on Nov. 8, 2016.  In October 2016, an FBI analyst said that the bureau would face “tough questions” once documents from the investigation became public through the Freedom of Information Act.  FBI employees who worked on Crossfire Hurricane called the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn a “nightmare” and expressed relief when the bureau considered closing the probe in November 2016, according to messages released on Thursday. Flynn’s lawyers released the documents in a court filing in his federal criminal case on charges that he lied to the FBI. The messages show that some FBI employees questioned investigative steps that the bureau took in the investigation. The FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation against him and three other Trump campaign advisers in August 2016 over their...
    By Kristen Holmes and Paul P. Murphy | CNN The United States Postal Service removed 711 mail-sorting machines from postal facilities — the highest level in at least four years — according to new court testimony from top-ranking agency officials. In written testimony and documents submitted Wednesday to a federal court in New York, the postal service’s director of processing operation disclosed the high number of removals, which is the most that occurred in one year of President Donald Trump’s tenure and roughly double the machines USPS typically removes in a given year. Many postal service employees confirmed that the removal of outdated machines was routine, but raised concerns of doing so in an election year where millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail. The numbers in the court papers, provided by USPS official Jason DeChambeau, show this is the most machines removed since fiscal year 2016. The Postal Service removed an average of approximately 388 machines from facilities per year from 2015 through 2019. Written testimony submitted as part of a lawsuit about Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s...
    The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office in Oregon released unsealed court documents on Friday that appear to tell a much different story of last weekend's fatal shooting in Portland than the alleged shooter provided during an interview this week. The unsealed documents suggest that Michael Forest Reinoehl targeted Aaron "Jay" Danielson before firing gunshots at the Patriot Prayer member. Reinoehl, who describes himself as "100% ANTIFA" on social media, is seen on surveillance video from the night of Aug. 29. Security footage from Moda Tower catches Reinoehl seemingly hiding in a parking garage just before 8:45 p.m., then spots Danielson and his friend and fellow Patriot Prayer member, Chandler Pappas. Reinoehl then follows the two men down Third Avenue. Both Danielson and Pappas were wearing Patriot Prayer hats at the time. Portland Police homicide detective Rico Beniga wrote in the probable cause affidavit that Reinoehl "conceals himself, waits and watches" as Danielson and Pappas pass him. At that moment, Danielson "appeared to be holding a can in his right hand and what appears to be...
    U-T San Diego/ZUMAPRESS For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.With the frequency and fervency that President Donald Trump and his supporters talk about supposed rampant mail voting fraud, one would think it would be fairly easy for them to put forward some evidence. Well, maybe not so much. A federal judge in Pennsylvania gave the Trump campaign the opportunity to do just that recently, and it turned over a whole lot of nothing. Here’s what happened, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer: In June the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit alleging that allowing Pennsylvania voters to deposit mail ballots in official drop boxes would violate law requiring they be returned to local election offices. Drop boxes, the campaign argued, would allow “illegal absent and mail-in voting, ballot harvesting, and other fraud to occur and/or go undetected, and will result in dilution of validly cast ballots.” Trump campaign submitted 524 pages of utterly irrelevant documents The Trump campaign also alleged the boxes “provide fraudsters an easy opportunity to engage in...
    BREAKING: The charges against former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin have been increased to second-degree murder, court records show.Chauvin, who was the officer seen on video with his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, was charged last week with third-degree murder and manslaughter.This is a breaking news update. Original story below:Ben Crump, the prominent civil rights attorney representing George Floyd's family, said he's confident that the other three police officers involved in Floyd's death will be arrested before Thursday.Floyd, a black man, died on Memorial Day after Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis officer, pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for minutes, even after he stopped moving. Chauvin has since been charged with murder. Three other officers who were present were also fired but have not been charged in Floyd's May 25 death.Crump, during a press conference at the site of Floyd's death Wednesday, said he believes Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison "is working feverishly to do the right thing.""Ellison has a track record of championing civil rights of those who are marginalized," Crump said.Crump also said the three...
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