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    Amber Heard has filed an appeal to the Virginia courts asking for a reversal of the decision or an entirely new trial in the sweeping defamation case against her ex-husband Johnny Depp, which she lost earlier this year. Heard, 36, filed her appeal in early December and argued that the exclusion of some of her therapy notes, in which she reported being abused by Depp, resulted in an unfair trial. The notes were ruled out by Virginia Judge Penney Azcarate. In June, Depp was awarded $10.35million in a verdict delivered after his legal team successfully argued that Heard's Washington Post op-ed, in which she accused her ex-husband of domestic abuse, was defamatory. Amber Heard, 36, was ordered to pay her ex-husband more than $10million at the end of their weeks-long defamation trial that took place earlier this year - she has now filed an appeal  Depp and Heard were married for just 15 tumultuous months before they called it quits in 2016. The internal drama of their Hollywood affair was put on full display during a weeks-long trial in June...
    The PGA's ongoing legal battle with LIV Golf has spawned a new complaint aimed at compelling the rival tour's Saudi backers to testify and release documents through discovery. The latest lawsuit filed by the PGA remains sealed in US District Court for the Southern District of New York, but according to ESPN, it contains 50 exhibits and a proposed order for a motion to compel. As sources told ESPN, attorneys for the PGA are hoping a federal judge will force Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund governor, Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, to be deposed in the Tour's other legal battle with LIV in a California federal court. Spokespeople for the PGA Tour did not immediately respond to request for comment.  As sources told ESPN , attorneys for the PGA are hoping a federal judge will force Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund governor, Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan (right, alongside LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman), to be deposed in the Tour's other legal battle with LIV in a California federal court. Spokespeople for the PGA Tour did not immediately respond to request for comment PGA...
    As prosecutors reportedly weigh whether Hunter Biden will be indicted for alleged tax fraud, the DOJ’s little-known Tax Division and its leadership could become key players in the potential case against the president’s son. But there’s a notable absence on the DOJ’s roster. The director for the Tax Division, a Senate-confirmed position, has yet to be filled—because President Joe Biden, despite being almost two years into his term, hasn’t nominated one. The vacancy stands in contrast to five of the seven DOJ divisions and all of DOJ leadership, all of which have been confirmed. A nominee to the Civil Division of the DOJ was made in 2021, but was later withdrawn. And though Joe Biden has appointed an “acting” director, the lack of nomination means lawmakers on both sides of the aisle haven’t been given the opportunity to weigh in on leadership of the DOJ division that, per DOJ policy, has power of approval over whether to pursue Hunter’s alleged tax crimes—among other high-profile tax cases. And that absence begs the question: What’s the holdup? As with any nomination to...
    A shareholder lawsuit that is thought to have possibly played a role in the suicide of Bed Bath & Beyond's former Chief Financial Officer, Gustavo Arnal appears to have run into some legal trouble of its own.  The $1.2 billion suit, which some have suggested was contributing to Arnal's stress, has just been passed over to a new law firm based outside of Washington D.C. after a 'conflict of interest' occurred that 'would like have seen it thrown out by a judge'. Arnal, 52, was listed as one of the defendants in a class action lawsuit brought by a group of shareholders who claim they lost around $1.2billion when Arnal and majority shareholder Ryan Cohen allegedly engaged in a 'pump and dump' scheme that saw them sell off shares at a higher price.  The lawsuit was filed just one week before Arnal took his own life by jumping from the 18th floor of the famous 'Jenga' tower in lower Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood.  However it appears as though the attorney involved, Pengcheng Si, was both acting as counsel and the plaintiff resulting in a...
    The View's liberal co-host, Sunny Hostin, said Monday that because of her deep Catholic faith she draws a line when it comes to her stance against abortion: She doesn't believe in any exceptions, not even rape or incest cases. 'I don't believe in abortion, at any time. I don't believe in any exception to it,' she said. 'Even incest and rape?' her stunned co-host Sarah Haines asked.
    Remember that famous scene from All the President’s Men, with Deep Throat in the shadows of a parking garage, telling Robert Redford’s Bob Woodward to “follow the money” in order to unlock the conspiracy? Well, the Jan. 6 committee is most definitely following the money, and in doing so potentially building a wire fraud case against Donald Trump and members of his White House staff and campaign, who raised $250 million for a defense fund that did not exist to “fight election fraud”—which also did not exist. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) led this portion of the hearing testimony Monday, which included video of Amanda Wick, a senior investigative counsel. She outlined how, for weeks following the election and up to Jan. 6, Trump and his allies raised that $250 million with dozens of email solicitations a day. They raised $100 million in the first week after the election alone, Wick said. x x YouTube Video “The emails claimed the, quote, left-wing mob was undermining the election, implored supporters to ‘step up to protect the integrity of the election’ and encouraged them to...
    After nearly a year, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol is finally presenting its findings to the public in a highly-anticipated public hearing on Thursday night. The Democrat-led panel spent 11 months searching for what caused last year's insurrection, when Donald Trump's supporters attempted to stop Congress from certifying the ballots for Joe Biden's electoral victory. Now armed with hundreds of witness testimonies, thousands of hours' worth of footage, and more than 100,000 pages of evidence, lawmakers believe they can contextualize the Capitol riot into a wider scheme by Trump and his allies to undermine American democracy and the 2020 election. 'I think it's really important for the American people to understand how the attack unfolded, to understand what provoked the attack,' the committee's vice chair, Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, said on Dispatch Live Tuesday. The panel even reportedly recruited former ABC News president James Goldston to shape their combination of footage, live testimony, images and videotaped depositions into a blockbuster presentation of evidence. When is the hearing? The first of six...
    Johnny Depp and his attorneys shocked many legal experts by winning his US defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard after having previously lost a similar libel case in the UK. After 23 days of testimony and less than three days of deliberation, a jury ruled in favor of all three of Depp's claims against Heard, finding that she had falsely and willfully accused him of domestic abuse with the intention of damaging his reputation. In 2020, Depp lost a libel case in the UK, after the actor had sued The Sun, a British tabloid, for calling him a 'wife beater.' In that case, a judge concluded that much of the domestic abuse that Heard alleged had, in fact, occurred.  That is why Depp's victory in the US legal system, which sets a higher bar for proving libel of a public figure, came as a surprise to some legal analysts.  It is traditionally easier to win a libel lawsuit in the UK because in that legal system the defendant has to prove the truth of their allegedly defamatory statements, whereas in the US,...
    When Amber Heard and Johnny Depp last faced off, at the High Court in London in July 2020, the actress was supported by her girlfriend, film producer Bianca Butti. The couple were pictured walking into court together most days from their suite at the Ham Yard Hotel. Since then, Butti has left the scene; and Heard has also welcomed the birth of a daughter, Oonagh, by surrogate. She said in court this week that she is 'both the mom and the dad' to the infant. However it can be revealed that there is a new rock in her life, who may help to ease that burden: Scottish journalist Eve Barlow. Barlow, who lives in Los Angeles, has been spotted out and about with Heard and the baby, and friends say the pair have formed a strong bond during this difficult period. Amber Heard (right) and her partner Bianca Butti arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London for a hearing in July 2020 Amber Heard (right) with friend Eve Barlow outside a wine shop in London in August last year...
    Daryl Hannah will not be called to give evidence against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, a judge in Los Angeles ruled Wednesday. The actress was on a list of 16 potential witnesses the prosecution wanted to call in Weinstein's sex assault case due to be heard later this year. But after hearing fierce protests from the former Hollywood big shot's attorney, Judge Lisa Lench reduced the number of additional 'victims' she will allow to six. She identified four of them – identified as Natassia, Kelly S, Miss I and Miriam H – and told the prosecution it could choose two more. But Hannah, who claimed Weinstein had banged on her hotel door, forcing her to leave through a window, and McGowan will not be among those called, Variety reported.  Calling 16 more women – none of whom has proven their cases in court – is a 'cynical ploy to overwhelm the court,' said Weinstein's lawyer, Mark Werksman who accused prosecutors of trying to portray the 69 year-old as an 'all-purpose, all weather, 24-7 rapist.' He called the large number of...
    Blac Chyna has accused the judge in her $108 million lawsuit against the Kardashian family of 'extreme bias'. Chyna, 34, is filing a peremptory challenge against Judge Gregor Alarcon of the Superior Court of Los Angeles, according to People. On May 2, the jury of seven women and five men in Chyna's lawsuit found in favor of the Kardashian family. This meant that Chyna received no damages in the case Under California law, civil trials require at least 9 jurors to vote in favor of a verdict.  Chyna accused the family of poisoning the E! network against her which resulted in the cancelation of her reality show, Rob & Chyna.  A peremptory challenge  to replace a judge can be filed just once by either side during a litigation under California law.  According to state law, in order for the challenge to be granted, proof of conflict of interest, bias, financial interest, personal knowledge of facts, and relationship to a party of attorney,  against a judge is required. If the challenge is successful, the judge will be removed from the case. Both Chyna...
    FAIRFAX, Va. -- Actor Johnny Depp took the stand Tuesday in his libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, saying her domestic abuse allegations against him were disturbing, heinous and "not based in any species of truth.""Nothing of the kind ever happened," Depp said in court.He added: "Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way. Nor have I ever struck any woman in my life."Depp added that he's concerned for his children and the people who have believed in him."I am obsessed with the truth," Depp said. "So today is actually my first opportunity that I've been able to speak about this case."Amber Heard's former assistant testifies that she never saw Johnny Depp physically abuse the actressEMBED More News Videos A former personal assistant to Amber Heard says she never saw the actress suffer any physical abuse at the hands of Johnny Depp, and said Heard once spit in her face when she asked for a raise. The trial began more than a week ago, but, prior to Tuesday, jurors had only seen the...
    Blac Chyna was spotted leaving her house and heading to Los Angeles court for her trial against the Kardashians Tuesday.  Chyna, 33, wore a black tuxedo dress and she stepped out of a black SUV.   She's heading to her trial to face off against Kim, Khloe Kylie and Kris, who she claims plotted against her to have her reality show axed.  The highly-publicized trial stems from a 2017 lawsuit brought by reality star Chyna, who accused the billionaire clan of deliberately plotting to have her hit E! TV show Rob and Chyna axed. Blac Chyna was spotted leaving her house and heading to Los Angeles court for her trial against the Kardashians Tuesday Chyna, 33, wore a black tuxedo dress and she stepped out of a black SUV Chyna is suing Kim, Kylie, Khloe and Kris for allegedly plotting to have her show Rob and Chyna axed. They are seen in court today in a sketch  A potential juror in Chyna's lawsuit against the Kardashians asked to be excused because he 'can't be neutral' as he has watched Kim's sex...
    Human rights in China: Case against Samsung for “deceptive marketing practices” The Cassation Court dismissed the appeal of voluntary organizations accusing the French subsidiary Samsung of “abusive business practices”, accusing the company of human rights abuses in factories, especially in China, as a result of deliberations. Wednesday by AFP. Can the Cassation Court find that “there is no way to allow an appeal”, read in the judgment of the Supreme Court of the French Judiciary on Tuesday? A French subsidiary of a South Korean electronics company has been accused in 2019 of “misconduct in business practices.” The trial judge seized the proceedings on the basis of a complaint with civil action by NGOs Sherpa and Actionaid-People solidaires, and many of the proceedings initiated by them were filed after dismissal. Samsung has stated that it will not run in the by-elections, but will assert that Samsung Electronics, its suppliers and subcontractors’ responsibility to ensure compliance with working conditions and compliance with local regulations and compliance with local regulations. ” . In 2021, the complaint was considered inadmissible on the grounds that...
    Parts of some documents in the Duke of Sussex's claim against the Home Office will be kept secret, a High Court judge ruled as he criticised Harry's legal team for an 'entirely unacceptable' breach of court rules. Harry is bringing a claim against the department after being told he would no longer be given the 'same degree' of personal protective security when visiting from the US, despite offering to pay for it himself. The duke wants to bring his children to visit from the US, but he and his family are 'unable to return to his home' because it is too dangerous, a representative previously said. He is challenging the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures - known as Ravec - which has delegated powers from the Home Secretary. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pictured together in Brixton, south London in 2018 At a preliminary hearing last month, the High Court in London heard an application by both sides for some parts of the court documents in the case to...
    Former porn star Stormy Daniels was ordered by a federal court to pay Donald Trump $300,000 in attorney fees after it rejected her appeal to another's court ruling in her defamation case against the former president.  In a statement issued on Monday, Trump celebrated the news and said that 'all I have to do is wait for all of the money she owes me.' 'The lawsuit was a purely political stunt that never should have started, or allowed to happen, and I am pleased that my lawyers were able to bring it to a successful conclusion after the court fully rejected her appeal,' Trump said, according to CNBC.  The ruling by the the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit followed an earlier ruling by a lower court that rejected Daniels' defamation suit against Trump after he refuted her claims that they had sex in 2006.  The lengthy legal battle has set a chain reaction of appeals, with attorneys for both parties being convicted of felonies. Former porn star Stormy Daniels (pictured left in 2018) was ordered by a...
    RUSSIA has sanctioned PEPPA PIG in a bizarre act of retaliation against the west as the crisis deepens over Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. From Chelsea Football Club to oil imports, industries connected to Russia and Russian oligarchs have been hit with sanctions from the UK and EU since the war began. 2Peppa Pig has been sanctioned by RussiaCredit: PA 2It comes after Russian oligarchs were hit with sanctions from the UK and EUCredit: AP But now a court has ruled that trademarks for the world famous image of Peppa Pig can be flouted in retaliation for British sanctions against Moscow. The ruling by Judge Andrei Slavinsky in a court in Kirov could pave the way for the mass abuse of Western trademarks and copyrights. He claimed the "restrictive" political and economic sanctions from the West over the military invasion of Ukraine allowed the court to refuse infringement claims brought by Entertainment One UK Ltd. Britain and the US are officially seen by Russia as “unfriendly countries” due to collapsing relations over Putin’s military offensive against Ukraine. In 2019 US...
    A three year old girl in Jerusalem, Israel, has come down as the first case of polio in the Middle Eastern country in over 30 years, local officials report. The girl, who was unnamed by the Jerusalem District Health Bureau was not vaccinated against the virus, which has largely been defeated around the world due to widely available jabs. It is the first Israeli case of the potentially debilitating virus since 1988. Officials have not yet determined the origin of the infection, or whether she has passed it on to anyone else. Polio infection can be catastrophic, causing an infected person to suffer paralysis. Vaccines are widely available, though the virus still remains a problem in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A three year old, unvaccinated, girl in Israel has been infected with polio. It is the nation's first confirmed case since 1988 (file photo) The young girl's case was reported to local health authorities after she felt symptoms of paralysis, the Wall Street Journal reports. A spokesman said that the case was likely vaccine-derived polio, which is a mutation of the strain...
    Byron York, the Washington Examiner’s Chief Political Correspondent, downplayed Hillary Clinton’s hint at a possible lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and Fox News for defamation. During Clinton’s Thursday speech at the New York State Democratic Convention, she said “they’re getting awfully close to actual malice in their attacks” — referring to Trump and Fox. York weighed in on Fox Business Tonight shortly after, saying, “But one thing that was fascinating in the speech was when she was talking about her grievances against the, quote, right-wing, she used the phrase ‘actual malice’ to talk about the press which is a legal phrase, it’s the legal standard for libel for someone who’s a public figure to sue a publication.” “Now, I can’t imagine she would actually sue a publication, can you imagine the discovery in a case like that?” York continued, referring to the pre-trial phase in a lawsuit in which each party investigates the facts of the case and can obtain evidence from the other party. While York said a “publication,” he was apparently referencing Clinton’s line during the speech...
    Jurors deliberating in Sarah Palin's libel case against The New York Times received breaking news alerts on their phones telling them that the judge had thrown out their case, it has emerged - strengthening Palin's lawyers' resolve to appeal. The five women and four men insisted that the news alerts did not sway their thinking. Yet Judge Jed Rakoff, who shocked the court on Monday by throwing out the case while the jury were deliberating, admitted that the legal teams may have questions about the events. 'If any party feels there is any relief they seek based on the above, counsel should promptly initiate a joint phone call with the Court to discuss whether any further proceedings are appropriate,' Rakoff wrote in a court filing on Wednesday. Sarah Palin is seen leaving court on Tuesday after the jury decided against her in her libel trial against The New York Times. It has now emerged that the jurors found out, while deliberating, that their case had been thrown out Judge Jed Rakoff is seen in court on Monday, as Palin looks...
    Continuing, he said, “I don’t think a reasonable juror could conclude that [the New York Times] either knew the statements were false or that he thought the statements were false and he recklessly disregarded that high probability.” In recent years, however, members of the Supreme Court — notably Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch — have criticized the precedent established in Times v. Sullivan. Palin’s lawsuit stems from a 2017 editorial in the New York Times in which the author linked a 2011 graphic sponsored by the former governor’s political action committee to a mass shooting. The graphic was a map that superimposed crosshairs on the congressional districts of Democrats who supported the Affordable Care Act and were politically vulnerable. The same year the graphic was circulated, there was a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona where several people including Rep. Gabby Giffords were severely injured. The editorial that inspired Palin’s lawsuit cited Palin’s graphic as an example of right-wing political speech that incited violence. Palin is represented by the attorneys who advocated for professional wrestler...
    (CNN Business)After a delay of more than a week due to the plaintiff's having tested positive for Covid, attorneys finally gave opening statements in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against The New York Times on Thursday.The lawsuit centers around an editorial that the Times published in June 2017, shortly after a shooting that left Republican Congressman Steve Scalise wounded.The piece, entitled "America's Lethal Politics" discussed the shooting that wounded Scalise, as well as the 2011 shooting that left former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords wounded and six others dead. The editorial implied that the man who shot at Giffords and others, Jared Loughner, was inspired by a map circulated by Palin's Sarah PAC, writing at the time that the map "targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords ... under stylized cross hairs."The paper later issued a correction and edited the piece to say that the map "showed the targeted electoral districts of Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs." "The map itself didn't put cross hairs over Democrats themselves but over their districts," said Shane Vogt,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former officers who were with Derek Chauvin during the arrest that led to George Floyd’s death face federal trial this week on charges they violated the Black man’s civil rights. Jury selection begins Thursday in the federal case against J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. WHAT HAPPENED? Floyd, 46, died on May 20, 2020, after Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck and pinned him to the street for 9 1/2 minutes as he was facedown and gasping for air. Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down Floyd’s legs. Thao kept bystanders from intervening. THE FEDERAL CHARGES Kueng, Lane and Thao are broadly accused of willfully depriving Floyd of his constitutional rights while acting under “color of law,” or government authority. Chauvin pleaded guilty to one count of violating Floyd’s civil rights and will not be on trial with his former colleagues. Thao and Kueng are charged with willfully violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin. The indictment says they knew what...
    A court document filed by New York attorney general Letitia James says Ivanka Trump leased a luxury apartment from her father's company on 'extraordinarily favorable terms' – with an option to buy it at a third of the value listed on company financial statements. Ivanka had an option to purchase the Park Avenue apartment for $8.5 million, according to the court order seeking testimony filed by the AG's office.   But her father Donald Trump, on his Statement of Financial Condition over several years listed values of the apartment at between $20,820,000 and $25,000,000, according to the document. The same document reveals that her brother, Eric Trump, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 500 times over six hours of testimony – amid a parallel criminal investigation.  They are among the allegations of accounting tricks and unusual financial arrangements spelled out in court documents filed by James' office seeking to compel testimony by the former president, Ivanka and Eric Trump in their civil investigation of Trump's real estate and hospitality empire. James' office mentions the apartment in a filing that alleges the Trump...
    Legal experts are weighing in on the government's sedition conspiracy case against 11 Oath Keepers who were allegedly involved in the Capitol insurrection. While it appears clear that the U.S. Department of Justice does have a solid case against the suspects, the experts believe there are "considerable risks" associated with one rarely-used charge being included in the indictment. According to KSAT, the experts who have assessed the unsealed indictment believe the government's case has a strong foundation built on detailed documentation of how the alleged rioters "discussed their plans in encrypted chats, traveled to the nation's capital from across the country, organized into teams, used military tactics, stashed weapons outside Washington in case they felt they were needed and communicated with each other during the riot on Jan. 6, 2021." Carlton Larson, a treason expert and law professor at the University of California - Davis, applauded prosecutors' case saying, "This is as a good a case as you could bring.” However, history shows that sedition cases are not the easiest to win despite having evidence to support...
    Novak Djokovic has successfully challenged the Australian Government’s decision to cancel his visa and will play in the Australian Open. The 34-year-old world tennis No.1 will be free to leave the Park Hotel in Carlton - a ‘human zoo’ where he’s spent the last four nights alongside refugees and detainees - by 7pm. Judge Anthony Kelly’s decision is a huge blow to the government, who hoped he’d be deported this afternoon after claiming he relied on out-of-date ATAGI advice to enter the country.  Djokovic supporters had high hopes for the case after Judge Kelly said he was 'agitated' learning all the steps the world No.1 took to assure he'd be welcome in Australia and free to play his favourite Grand Slam.  'A professor and qualified physician provided the applicant a medical exemption, the basis of which was given by an independent expert panel established by the state government... that document was in the hands of the delegate,' Judge Kelly said. 'The point I'm somewhat agitated about is, what more could this man have done?'   Novak Djokovic has successfully challenged the Australian...
    Just before 3pm on Tuesday, Prince Andrew will log in to his computer at Royal Lodge, his 30-room mansion in Windsor Great Park, and click on an internet link that has been emailed to him by his lawyers. Seconds later, via an online video stream, the Duke will be staring into the eyes of Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, a grizzled legal veteran in New York in whose hands the fate of the Queen's second son will rest. On both sides of the Atlantic the stakes could not be higher. The beleaguered Prince is desperately fighting a civil lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts who alleges she was raped by him when she was the teenage 'sex slave' of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. During this week's hearing – precisely 7,600 days since the first of three occasions on which Ms Roberts claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke – Andrew's legal team will try to persuade Judge Kaplan that the case should be thrown out. If their bid fails, Andrew faces the unimaginable prospect of a public trial where he would...
    This is the American hair salon owner who could hold the key to Virginia Roberts’s hotly disputed sex claims against the Duke of York. As a college student 20 years ago, Johanna Sjoberg was lured by Ghislaine Maxwell into Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘pyramid of sexual abuse’ and says that within days she met Prince Andrew at the tycoon’s Manhattan mansion. Now 41, she alleges it was there that the Queen’s second son groped her in an incident during which a latex Spitting Image puppet of the duke was used to abuse Miss Roberts, then 17, with Maxwell in attendance. According to legal documents, the alleged inappropriate conduct did not end there. Miss Roberts, now 37 and a mother of three who uses her married name Giuffre, claims that after the Spitting Image incident, she and Andrew slept together in a massage room at Epstein’s house dubbed ‘the dungeon’. Andrew vehemently denies her assertions and says he cannot recall meeting Miss Roberts, despite a notorious picture of them together at Maxwell’s London home in March 2001. Miss Sjoberg’s salon is a few...
    The $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News is moving forward and the conservative cable giant may be in big trouble. “The court says Fox knew exactly what it was doing when it defamed Dominion,” Bloomberg News columnist Tim O’Brien says, pointing to the outlet’s article. “The court is describing clear evidence of malice. And that’s the ballgame in lawsuits like this.” "The suit in Delaware also names current and former Fox personalities Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, as well as Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro and Lou Dobbs." — Tim O'Brien (@Tim O'Brien) 1639755822 The article goes on to note that Delaware state court Judge Eric M. Davis wrote: “Fox possessed countervailing evidence of election fraud from the Department of Justice, election experts, and Dominion at the time it had been making its statements.” READ: 'Unprecedented political interference': Bombshell House report finds Trump Admin 'undermined' COVID response “The fact that, despite this evidence, Fox continued to publish its allegations against Dominion, suggests Fox knew the allegations were probably false.” It gets worse for Fox News. The judge rejected the cable...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz appeared in court Tuesday for a hearing leading up to his sentencing next month. In October, Cruz plead guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. During Tuesday’s hearing, the defense attorneys pushed to take the death penalty off the table. The judge denied the request.
    SALIDA, Colo. (CBS4) – It was a long day of mainly confusion during motions hearing for the  murder case against Barry Morphew. He awaits trial for the disappearance and murder of his wife, Suzanne. Barry’s defense team filed numerous motions ahead of next year’s trial date in an effort to have the case thrown out. On Tuesday, a number of those motions were expected to be addressed by Judge Patrick Murphy, but discussions from prosecutors on relevancy of some of the arguments presented, followed by long-winded explanations from the defense, ate up more time than the judge anticipated. (credit: CBS) Judge Murphy said the motions hearing would have to continue another day. The judge wanted to address the motion regarding discovery violations, violations of a court order to limit pre-trial publicity, a second case involving a lawsuit filed by Barry Morphew’s attorneys against nearly everyone involved in the investigation, in addition to other items, but was only found time to address one motion. “I’d like to have something productive come out of this hearing,” Murphy told the court...
    The Supreme Court is likely to expand gun rights in New York after several justices expressed concern over the state's high bar requiring 'proper cause' to obtain a concealed carry permit. Gun rights advocates presented their arguments Wednesday to the nation's highest court, which hasn't taken up a Second Amendment case in more than a decade, challenging the state's law.  The hearing revealed a push for a solution to balance gun rights and public safety. Justices John Roberts, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh expressed concern over the state's high bar requiring 'proper cause' to obtain a concealed carry permit. 'Why isn't it good enough to say I live in a violent area and I want to defend myself?' Justice Kavanaugh asked. Roberts raised concern over the current language of the law that requires proof of threat in rural areas, as they are also public places. 'How many muggings take place in a forest?' he said. Several Supreme Court justices have indicated they are opposed to New York state's restrictive law that limits carrying concealed handguns in public ...
    (CNN)The University of Florida now says three professors who initially weren't allowed to testify as paid expert witnesses against the state can testify, if they aren't paid. The university had denied the professors' requests to testify for the plaintiffs in a voting rights lawsuit.The case challenges parts of a new voting law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in May. An attorney for the plaintiffs says the legislation "imposes substantial and unjustifiable restrictions on the ability of eligible Floridians to vote and register to vote." "Me signing this bill says: Florida, your vote counts, your vote is going to be cast with integrity and transparency and this is a great place for democracy," DeSantis said after signing the bill.The university said Monday, "It is worth noting, the university views the professors' request as a request to be paid to testify against the state, and the university, as a public institution, is part of the state -- therefore, that would be adverse to the university's interests. However, to be clear, if the professors wish to do so pro bono on their own...
    (CNN)The University of Florida told three professors hired to testify as expert witnesses in a voting rights case against the state of Florida that they cannot participate.The University of Florida told the professors "that they were not authorized to serve as experts on behalf of Plaintiffs in this matter as part of their 'outside activities,'" according to court documents filed Friday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Division.The case challenges parts of Florida's Senate Bill 90, which an attorney for the plaintiffs says "imposes substantial and unjustifiable restrictions on the ability of eligible Floridians to vote and register to vote."The law added restrictions such as new ID requirements for voting by mail, limiting who can return a completed mail-in ballot, prohibiting the use of non-profit and private funds to conduct elections, expanding partisan observation power during ballot tabulation and creating additional restrictions for drop box use, CNN previously reported.Cannot wait for Washington: How voting rights activists are navigating new restrictions ahead of November elections"The University told Dr. Smith that 'outside activities that may...
    A grand jury was empaneled in New York on Monday against convicted killer Robert Durst in connection with the 1982 disappearance of his wife, even as the prime suspect remains hospitalized on a ventilator in California after contracting COVID-19.  Westchester County prosecutors have begun presenting their case to jurors, including testimony from key witnesses, according to News 12 Westchester's senior reporter Tara Rosenblum, who broke the story. Members of the grand jury will be tasked with deciding whether to bring criminal charges against the ailing 78-year-old real estate heir.  Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah earlier this month decided to seek an indictment against Durst in connection with the unsolved disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, 29, nearly four decades ago. Scroll down for video  A grand jury in New York is hearing a case against convicted killer Robert Durst, 78, pictured looking frail during his sentencing hearing in Los Angeles on October 14  The case in New York revolves around the 1982 disappearance of Durst's first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst (left), whose body was never found   RELATED ARTICLES...
    Remember when Donald Trump won the election and everyone knew his presidency was going to be a disaster, but then it turned out to be a supercalifragilisticexpial-atrocious walk on the dark side, resulting in a record-breaking two impeachments along with a raging pandemic that had already claimed 400,000 American lives by the time he left office? Even among those of us who knew Trump's tenure would be horrific, it was impossible to imagine both the depth and breadth of that horror. That same phenomenon appears to be taking place in regard to Trump's takeover of the Republican Party. For reasons that are beyond comprehension by anyone with a lick of sense, Senate Republicans failed to seal Trump's political fate earlier this year by providing the votes to convict him during impeachment, which would have constitutionally banned him from ever holding federal office again. That gave him a lifeline within the GOP even after his coup attempt and defeat at the ballot box. It may be years before we learn exactly why Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans fell 10 votes short of the...
    Former President Donald Trump truly is his own worst enemy. All he has to do is open his mouth, and laws get broken, indictments start flowing, evidence builds, and criminal cases are shored up. His most recent gaffe took place in Perry, Georgia, last month, when during a rally, he went after his arch-nemesis Gov. Brian Kemp for refusing to overturn his presidential loss to President Joe Biden. Now the Brookings Institution has updated its report to include some extremely damning comments Trump made in his vitriolic speech. During the rally, Trump twice said he’d asked Kemp to call a “special election” in order to decertify his defeat in Georgia.  “I said, ‘Brian, listen, you have a big election integrity problem in Georgia. I hope you can help us out and call a special election and let’s get to the bottom of it for the good of the country,’” Trump said. The report highlights Trump’s “special election” comments as a new piece of evidence for investigators, one that according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution could reflect the concept that Trump could have declared martial law in order to strong-arm states...
    Britney Spears will not face criminal charges over a battery complaint made by her longtime housekeeper, who alleged the singer slapped a phone out of her hand during a heated debate in August. The Ventura County District Attorney's Office made the announcement in a statement Wednesday, stressing that Spears would 'not be charged with any crimes' relating to the incident. After reviewing the case, prosecutors 'declined to file charges based upon insufficient evidence that a crime had occurred and the lack of injury to the housekeeper or significant damage to the phone.' No charges: Britney Spears will not face criminal charges over a battery complaint made by her longtime housekeeper in August, as per the Ventura County D.A. on Wednesday As TMZ first reported, the alleged altercation at Spears' California home on Monday, August 16 resulted in a complaint filed with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.  Spears' lawyer Mathew Rosengart  told DailyMail.com in an email at the time: 'This is sensational tabloid fodder -- nothing more than an overblown alleged misdemeanor involving a 'he-said-she-said' regarding a cell phone, with no striking and obviously...
    08/19/2021 at 7:05 PM CEST Barcelona Sporting Club or Fluminense will complete the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores 2021. The Ecuadorians, who were on the verge of reaching the final in 2017, harvested a valuable draw (2-2) in the Fluminense fiefdom and they will play their place in the semifinals at home against a Brazilian team that has only played one final in 2008 and only on that occasion was he among the four best teams. A goal from Fred from the penalty spot has left the tie more open than expected. Cortéz put Barcelona ahead two minutes to go and left the classification on track, but The Brazilian team forced the tie and leaves Fluminense alive: if they win at the Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo they will return to the semifinals for the second time in their history. Ecuadorians, unlike Brazilians, have a little more experience in the final rounds of the Copa Libertadores: they stayed at the gates of the final in the 2017 edition, something that also happened...
    (CNN)The three Honolulu police officers who faced various murder charges over the killing of a 16-year-old boy will not stand trial after a judge ruled Wednesday that there was no probable cause to proceed with the case. Iremamber Sykap was shot eight times through the rear window of a white Honda that police suspected had been stolen and used in a series of crimes, according to the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney's Office. He was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital following the April 5 shooting. The teen's brother, Mark Sykap, was struck by two bullets and survived.Officer Geoffrey Thom was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly firing the shots that killed Sykap "without provocation." And officers Zackary Ah Nee and Christopher Fredeluces faced second-degree attempted murder charges.Judge William Domingo determined that the officers had no way of knowing that the suspects being pursued in the car chase were unarmed teenagers when they opened fire. "All we had was a white Honda speeding away, trying to avoid being arrested," Domingo said at the end of a weeks-long preliminary hearing.3 Honolulu...
    (CNN)John Gotti. Whitey Bulger. R. Kelly?The disgraced R&B singer's federal trial begins Wednesday in New York as he is accused of racketeering, a charge famously applied to mob leaders like Gotti and Bulger.Robert Sylvester Kelly, 54, faces a bevy of accusations: one count of racketeering with 14 underlying acts, including kidnapping, forced labor and sex trafficking, as well as eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits sex trafficking across state lines.Separately, he faces federal charges of sexual exploitation of children and other crimes by the US Northern District of Illinois and state charges in Illinois. He was previously acquitted of state child pornography charges in Illinois in 2008. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges in New York and other jurisdictions. The use of racketeering in this type of case is unusual, but former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu praised it as a bold and creative use of the law.Read More"It's a very aggressive use of (racketeering) actually, which I commend, because it's recognizing that for someone to have been an alleged abuser of so many other people...
    The Justice Department dropped a half-dozen cases against Chinese military researchers it had accused of lying on their visas to work in the United States in a dramatic reversal that came amid questions about the FBI's analysis of the evidence. The cases, being heard in the Eastern District of California, were among a batch touted last summer by the DOJ and targeting members of the Chinese military. “In all of our prosecutions, the Department of Justice evaluates the merits of a case as it prepares for trial," DOJ spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle told the Washington Examiner. "Recent developments in a handful of cases involving defendants with alleged, undisclosed ties to the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China have prompted the department to reevaluate these prosecutions, and we have determined that it is now in the interest of justice to dismiss them." One dropped case involved Tang Juan, whose trial had been slated to begin Monday. Tang was interviewed by the FBI in June 2020 about allegedly concealing her ties to the People’s Liberation Army while...
    Devon Energy Rises Amid Oil Output Uncertainty; Cramer Says Its a Buy 5 things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday Michael Fabiano won't deny Zach Wilson's talent. His fantasy case against him has more to do with his team It's officially fantasy football season, and in the interest of making you, the fantasy fan, smarter in your draft decisions, I've started my "The Fantasy Case Against" series. I've already covered the likes of Justin Herbert, Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara, and Saquon Barkley, and I'll have more players to discuss in the coming weeks for all of you redraft fans. Of course, not everyone plays in traditional leagues alone. Dynasty leagues are gaining more popularity, and making the correct decisions on the top rookies has an even bigger impact in such formats. If you strike out on a draft pick, it hurts a lot longer. The Fantasy Case Against ... Justin Herbert Derrick Henry Alvin Kamara Saquon Barkley Zach Wilson (Dynasty) With that in mind, let's take a look at the No. 2 overall pick...
    Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was facing 10 counts of tax evasion in Tennessee and seven counts of fraud and money laundering conspiracy in New York when he was found dead in a Spanish jail. McAfee, 75, hanged himself in his cell in the Brians 2 penitentiary near Barcelona Wednesday, according to his lawyer. His death came just hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the US for a string of tax evasion charges, which the controversial entrepreneur had claimed were 'politically motivated.'  He had been held behind bars in Spain since October when he was arrested at Barcelona airport about to board a flight to Istanbul.   McAfee was facing a 30-year sentence in the tax evasion case and a 100-year sentence in the fraud and money laundering case. The extradition only related to six counts in the tax evasion case and could still have been appealed. It would also have needed approval from the Spanish cabinet.   John McAfee appears via videoconference during his extradition hearing at Audiencia Nacional court, in Madrid, Spain earlier this month. He has...
    One of the most senior officials in the Trump Organization has been subpoenaed to appear before a special grand jury deciding whether former President Donald Trump should face charges, according to reports. Jeff McConney is senior vice president and controller of the Trump family business, where he is a 35-year veteran. The development indicates how investigators are entering a new phase as they focus in on the company's financial affairs. ABC News reported that he was the first employee of the former president's company to testify. 'Complex accounting issues are crucial to this investigation, as is the knowledge and intent of the people at the Trump Organization involved in these transactions,' Daniel R. Alonso, former chief assistant district attorney in Manhattan, told the outlet. The Manhattan grand jury is reportedly focused on the financial affairs of the Trump Organization and on Friday it emerged that it was calling Jeff McConney its senior vice president to testify. President Trump has shrugged off the investigation as a 'witch hunt.' Aides say he is more annoyed about the expense and inconvenience than...
    After the conviction, in April, of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, the next step in the case seemed to be the trial of the other three former officers who were involved in Floyd’s death — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. The trial was scheduled for August. Then came a surprise: prosecutors announced that a grand jury had indicted all four officers on federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights. With the announcement of federal charges, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill moved the state trial of Kueng, Lane and Thao to March of 2022. Now, the focus in the case is on the charges  brought by the federal government. Here’s what we know about what the officers are charged with and how the federal trials will go. Article continues after advertisement What are the officers charged with? Chauvin, Kueng, Lane and Thao were indicted on charges of  violating Section 242 of Title 18 of U.S. Code, or depriving Floyd of his rights under the color of law. The first count in...
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