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    Oakland County, Michigan prosecutor Karen McDonald revealed a teacher was so alarmed by a note she saw on Ethan Crumbley's desk the morning of the shooting she took a photo of it with her cell phone and alerted school administrators. Hours later eleven students would be shot. Four of them died. That note, McDonald revealed, "contained the following: a drawing of a semi-automatic handgun pointing at the words, 'the thoughts won't stop help me.' In another section of the note was a drawing of a bullet with the following words above that bullet: 'blood everywhere.' Between the drawing of the gun and the bullet is a drawing of a person who appears to have been shot twice and bleeding. Below that figure is a drawing of a laughing emoji. Further down the drawing are the words, 'my life is useless,' and to the right of that are the words, 'The world is dead.'" Crumbley, 15, is the accused Oakland High School mass shooter who is now facing murder and terrorism charges and is being charged as an adult. On Friday...
    An interview with the sheriff of Oakland County, Michigan got a bit testy on Friday after Don Lemon repeatedly pressed him on why the fugitive parents of Ethan Crumbley aren’t in custody after they were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors charged Crumbley, who is in custody, with four counts of first degree murder in connection with the deadly shooting that occurred at Oxford High School on Tuesday. His parents, James Crumbley and Jennifer Crumbley, were charged after prosecutors say they failed to secure the gun their son allegedly used during the shooting. But authorities said they’ve been unable to locate the parents, who have been declared fugitives. Sheriff Michael Bouchard told Lemon his department received no notice from prosecutor Karen McDonald that she was bringing charges against the parents. Instead, Bouchard says, he found out the they were being charged from the media. During the interview, Lemon pressed the sheriff as to why the Crumbleys aren’t in custody. “I’m being tough on you with these questions because I just don’t understand, whether the the prosecutor said it...
    (CNN)The Milwaukee County district attorney whose office sought low bail leading to the release of the man accused of running over holiday paradegoers in a nearby suburb has been a longtime champion of efforts to reduce mass incarceration by using the discretion afforded prosecutors. Darrell E. Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee, now faces murder charges after authorities said he killed six people and wounded more than 60 others by driving through the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday. Brooks was out on bail for two separate allegations of violence, including one where he is accused of using a car to run over a woman less than three weeks earlier. Milwaukee prosecutor John Chisholm's office released a statement Monday morning, saying his office erred in seeking bail of $1,000 in the most recent case involving violent allegations against Brooks. He posted bail about a week after he was charged and was released from custody. More than a dozen remain hospitalized after deadly Waukesha parade crash"The State's bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges...
    The lead prosecutor in the Ahmaud Arbery murder case said that the jury's decision to convict three men in connection with Arbery’s death “was a verdict based on the facts.” “The verdict today was a verdict based on the facts. Based on the evidence. And that was our goal — was to bring that to that jury so that they could do the right thing, because the jury system works in this country,” prosecutor Linda Dunikoski said during a news conference following the jury’s verdict on Wednesday. “And when you present the truth to people and they can see it, they will do the right thing. And that's what this jury did today in getting justice for Ahmaud Arbery,” she added. Latonia Hines, executive assistant district attorney for the Cobb County District Attorney's Office, commended the courage and strength of Ahmaud’s parents during the case and hailed the jury for their “courage and bravery” in reaching the verdict. “We commend the courage and bravery of this jury to say that what happened on February 23, 2020 to Ahmaud Arbery — the hunting and killing...
    MSNBC host Joy Reid praised a Georgia jury Wednesday for finding three white men guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. The jury found Travis McMichael guilty on all charges including malice murder, felony murder, and assault in the killing of 25-year-old Arbery, who was out jogging in February 2020 when he was chased down and fatally shot. Gregory McMichael, Travis’ father, was found guilty on almost all charges, except for malice murder. While William “Roddie” Bryan, who filmed the McMichaels confronting Arbery, was found guilty on seven out of nine charges, including multiple felony murder counts. Reid reacted to the verdict on Twitter, writing: “A well argued case by a really good prosecutor, plus crimes that were clear as day, and I cannot stress enough, how important the message this jury has sent is. They have nullified an unjust and now repealed pro-lynching law. And they have restored at least some faith in justice.” The MSNBC host, who has stirred controversy over her reporting and comments on race during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, noted that “the blatantly racist tactics of...
    The horrific events in Waukesha – which left five dead and dozens injured – have prompted questions about how law enforcement might have failed to protect the Wisconsin town.   In recent days, public attention has shifted to the fact that the suspect who plowed his SUV into a crowd gathered for a Christmas parade on Sunday, Darrell Brooks, was released from jail earlier this month on what Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm called an "inappropriately low" bail amount. WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE ATTACK: MULTIPLE MILWAUKEE DANCING GRANNIES MEMBERS KILLED: LIVE UPDATES "The state’s bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks," Chisholm’s office said in a statement. A self-described "progressive," Chisholm has championed left-leaning reforms and previously acknowledged that his proposals could result in a person being let go and committing murder.  Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm. (Milwaukee County District Attorney's office) "Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who's going to...
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — North Macedonia prosecutor: 12 children among the dead in fiery bus crash in Bulgaria. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The prosecutor in the trial of the three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery delivered a hard-hitting closing argument on Monday. The arguments were made by Linda Dunikowki, a senior prosecutor for the Cobb County District Attorney's office, which is the fourth prosecutor's office to handle the case. "They shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery, they all acted as a party to the crime," argued Dunikowki, who has become something of a celebrity online. Dunikowki explained why she saw the but-for test as the "bottom line" in the trial of Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan. "But for their actions, but for their decisions, but for their choices, Ahmaud Arbery would be alive," she explained. "That's why they're indicted with murder — and four felonies that led to the murder." Watch: Linda Dunikowki www.youtube.com From Your Site Articles
              more   Could Kyle Rittenhouse face another trial? Does Rittenhouse have grounds to sue media outlets for defamation? What about the behavior of the prosecutors during the trial? The Heritage Foundation’s Zack Smith, a former prosecutor, joins Tim Doescher of “Heritage Explains” to answer these questions and more. Watch the full interview here or read, below, an edited and abridged transcript.   TRANSCRIPT: Tim Doescher: The [Kyle] Rittenhouse verdict is in. Not guilty on all charges. Not guilty. Not guilty. Zack Smith: Good. Doescher: I did it right. OK, good. Yeah, that’s right. All eyes are on Kenosha, Wisconsin right now. And if you watched the verdict happen live, we saw an emotionally shaken Rittenhouse respond when the verdict was delivered. … I’m joined by Zack Smith. He’s a legal fellow here in the Meese Center at The Heritage Foundation. What was your initial reaction here today? Smith: Well I think based on what we saw presented at trial, this not guilty verdict certainly seemed to be the appropriate outcome in this case. … I spent several years as an assistant...
    The prosecution and defense attorneys clashed Wednesday afternoon  in the Kenosha County Court before Judge Bruce Schroeder over disputed video evidence as jurors continued a second day of deliberations. The dispute involved several videos, especially a high-definition video that the prosecution used in closing arguments on Friday, but which had not been provided to the defense, which only received a low-definition version. The defense moved for a mistrial Tuesday on that basis. Assistant District Attorney John Kraus told the judge that the prosecution had not intentionally withheld video evidence from the defense, but that there was an accidental compression involved in moving video between iPhone and Android devices. The person who took the footage, according to Kraus, had earlier provided it to Rittenhouse’s former attorney, John Pierce, who had shown it last year on the Tucker Carlson Show on Fox News. When it was emailed to the defense, there was a compression, he said, which had not been deliberate. “If I knew how to compress files, and do all these technology things, I’d have a much better job,” Kraus said, claiming...
    The assistant district attorney prosecuting Kyle Rittenhouse was heavily ridiculed online Monday night, after he pointed an AR-15 at the jury during closing arguments. ADA Thomas Binger led the prosecution's closing arguments in a bizarre speech that lasted over two hours. He tried to paint Rittenhouse, 18, as an outsider who came to Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25, 2020 to shoot down protesters who took to the streets following the fatal police shooting of Jacob Blake. Attorneys for Rittenhouse, meanwhile, claimed he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gage Grosskreutz, 27. A verdict in the case is expected on Tuesday, when the case will go to a jury of 12, drawn from a pool of 11 women and nine men, which will decide Rittenhouse's fate.   He faces life in prison if convicted of murder.  Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger held Kyle Rittenhouse's gun as he gave his closing argument on Monday In his closing arguments on Monday, Binger tried to portray Rittenhouse as an active shooter and claimed people in...
    Lead prosecutor in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial Thomas Binger held his finger on the trigger of a pointed gun during closing arguments Monday. Video of the moment shows Binger raising the gun and pointing it to his left. Photos from another angle show his finger on the trigger as the gun is pointed. Prosecutor points a gun in the courtroom trying to explain what Rittenhouse did. pic.twitter.com/4vsWIDGvjM — The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 15, 2021 “What we see in the video, him putting the fire extinguisher on the ground and then raising the gun,” Binger said as he raised the gun. He was pointing the firearm during closing arguments in an attempt to show the jury how Rittenhouse allegedly held his own gun leading up to the shootings. Rittenhouse is on trial for fatally shooting Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, as well as shooting and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 25, 2020. Rittenhouse has pled not guilty to all the charges against him. (RELATED: Rittenhouse Trial Judge Dismisses Unlawful Weapon Possession Charge) Kenosha DA...
    "This is the provocation," the prosecutor remarked. "This is what starts the incident."What's the background?Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the incident, is facing multiple felony murder charges for fatally shooting Rosenbaum (36), Anthony Huber (26), and wounding Gage Grosskreutz (28) during the riots in Kenosha last summer. The Illinois teenager has maintained that he was present at the riots in order to protect local businesses against looting and burning and to provide medical aid to people injured during the uprisings. His legal defense has argued that their client acted in self-defense when he shot three men with an AR-15. Videos of the incidents seen by the public appear to show Rittenhouse being chased down and physically threatened before he fired any shots. The defendant himself testified last week that Rosenbaum had threatened to kill him verbally before running after him and grabbing the barrel of his gun. Later, he was chased down yet again and hit in the head with a skateboard by Huber prior to firing his own gun. Grosskreutz, who survived the gunshot...
    The lead prosecutor in the homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse claimed Monday the defendant lost the right to self-defense when he "brought the gun" to defend himself during a tumultuous night of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin , last August, prompting backlash from experts and spectators alike. Closing arguments began Monday morning in the trial of Rittenhouse, the Illinois teenager who is accused of killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz after shooting him in the arm with an AR-style rifle. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger, the lead prosecutor in the trial, claimed Rittenhouse had no grounds to stand when feigning self-defense regarding the death of Rosenbaum and Huber. "You lose the right to self-defense when you're the one who brought the gun," Binger said, attempting to demonstrate his point by raising the firearm in front of the jury. "That is what provokes this entire incident," he said. "If you are the one who is threatening others, you lose the right to self-defense," the prosecutor said of Rittenhouse, adding, "when you're the one creating the...
    By SCOTT BAUER, MICHAEL TARM and AMY FORLITI KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse provoked the bloodshed on the streets of Kenosha by bringing a semi-automatic rifle and menacing others, and when the shooting stopped, he walked away like a “hero in a Western,” a prosecutor said in closing arguments Monday at Rittenhouse’s murder trial. “You lose the right to self-defense when you’re the one who brought the gun, when you are the one creating the danger, when you’re the one provoking other people,” Thomas Binger told the jury. Binger repeatedly showed the jury a segment of drone video that he said depicted Rittenhouse pointing the AR-style rifle at protesters in the streets. “This is the provocation. This is what starts this incident,” the prosecutor declared. Rittenhouse, now 18, killed two men and wounded a third during a tumultuous night of protests against racial injustice in the summer of 2020, in a case that has stirred bitter debate in the U.S. over guns, vigilantism and law and order. Rittenhouse said he feared for his life and acted in self-defense. Prosecutors...
    The lead prosecutor in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial suggested that Rittenhouse lost “the right to self-defense” when he shot Joseph Rosenbaum in Kenosha last summer because he was “the one who brought the gun.” Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger made the claim during the closing arguments portion of the trial Monday afternoon while rebutting the defense’s claims that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when he shot Joseph Rosenbaum. “You lose the right to self-defense when you’re the one who brought the gun,” Binger said during his argument. “When you’re the one creating the danger, when you’re the one provoking other people.” WATCH: Binger had been rebutting claims against the defense’s argument that Rosenbaum had the intent to kill Rittenhouse if he were to take his rifle away. “He brought his AR-15,” Binger said during his argument. “That’s why he’s got to come up with this cockamamie theory that not only going to take the gun, but take it and turn it on the defendant.” (RELATED: Alleged Kenosha Shooter Told The Daily Caller He Was There To ‘Help People,’...
    The choice of prosecutor for Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder case could be a precise pointer as to how little confidence the County District Attorney had in securing a conviction. Mike Graveley, the Kenosha County DA would normally have taken the case himself, but instead handed it down to prosecutor Thomas Binger, whose presentation of the case in Wisconsin has been marked with missteps and clashes with Judge Bruce Schroeder. 'Binger was set up for failure,' one Kenosha legal insider told Dailymail.com. 'Graveley is the superstar and he knew this one was sure to tarnish it.' According to conservative outlet Milwaukee Right Now, Graveley 'pawned the case off to his unfortunate assistant district attorney, Thomas Binger, who was left to spin gold out of a pile of self-defense straw.' Now court observers believe that even if Rittenhouse is found guilty, Binger’s performance has given him good grounds for appeal. ‘He has said things in court that have been ruled out of order, but once they have been said, you can’t unring that bell,’ Kevin Mathewson, a criminal defense investigator and former Kenosha City...
    Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday that the Justice Department “absolutely should” bring a case against former President Donald Trump over Jan. 6, or at the very least, investigate his role. Acosta played the audio recording of Trump defending “Hang Mike Pence” chants on Jan. 6. “He seems to be volunteering some information that he was getting updates on his vice president being chased around the Capitol,” Acosta noted. “Well even better,” Akerman said. “That is an admission that could be used in a criminal trial against Donald Trump. I mean he’s basically admitting to the lie that he’s been spreading from day one about having won the election.” “Two, he’s not really taking any offense at the idea of people were shouting hang Mike Pence,” Akerman added. The former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York went on to argue that combined with reports that Trump tried to pressure Pence to overturn the electoral college vote, makes a “pretty decent” criminal case against Trump. “Why won’t they bring a case against...
    Clark County Prosecutor Tommy Lynn Sells. Tommy Lynn Sells died by lethal injection in a Texas prison in 2014 following his death sentence in the murder of 13-year-old Kaylene “Katy” Harris. Sells was convicted in the murder of Harris, but also confessed to a string of murders that spanned the country and three decades, according to the Clark County Prosecutor. He called himself “Coast to Coast,” an allusion to his migratory lifestyle in which he hopped trains, panhandled, stole vehicles and left behind a trail of bodies, the prosecutor’s office said. ABC 20/20 is examining some of Sells’ cases on its new episode tonight, Friday, November 12, 2021. Among the cases is the death of 10-year-old Joel, son of Julie Rea, who was initially convicted in her son’s murder. “The last person in the world I would hurt is my son,” Rea said in the 2002 interview with 20/20. “My son knows I would have never hurt him.” 20/20 will also air an interview with Fabienne Witherspoon, who survived an attack by Sells. “I always felt if something...
    A lawyer remarked on MSNBC on Thursday that Kyle Rittenhouse “came off like a Boy Scout” on the witness stand on Wednesday in his trial. Rittenhouse was 17 years old when he shot three victims, killing two, during riots in Kenosha, WI, last year after the shooting of Jacob Blake by police. Rittenhouse is currently on trial for multiple charges related to the shootings, and testified in his own defense on Wednesday. During Stephanie Ruhle Reports, Ruhle asked MSNBC legal analyst Kristen Gibbons Feden, a former prosecutor, whether Rittenhouse did “enough” on the witness stand and if “it was a good move to testify.” “Honestly, the prosecution has a really challenging case,” replied Feden. “In this case I don’t know that it was necessary for Kyle Rittenhouse to even take the stand because I thought that the case was weak, and I think that, you know, again, with the prosecutor’s very heavy burden, they probably could have still ended up with an acquittal without Kyle Rittenhouse taking the stand,” she continued. “However, he was very rehearsed, well coached. He came off like a Boy Scout. And that really undermined the prosecution’s narrative that this...
    WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. —  In the lonely monotony of High Desert State Prison, there were no visitors and little mail for Renwick Drake Jr., so the letter was a curiosity when it arrived in the summer of 2020. It told Drake about a new law, meant to undo too-harsh sentences. Maybe, it said, the district attorney would take another look at his case after 11 years of incarceration. But maybes are dangerous in prison, dealers of counterfeit hope. The letter felt like another false flag from the system that had put Drake behind bars at age 15, when he was a skinny skater who thought he knew everything until, too late, he realized he knew nothing. “Little Ren” to the family he left behind, he’d been inmate No. AL9471 ever since. A letter wasn’t going to get him out, he thought, and neither was the D.A. who put him here. There was only patience and himself. Drake put the letter aside and went back to serving his time. He had 12 years to go. But the maybe had ahold of...
    THOMAS Binger is currently working as the prosecutor in the ongoing trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse, now 18, is standing trial for the fatal shooting of two men and injuring a third during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020. 2Thomas Binger is the prosecutor in the Kyle Rittenhouse trialCredit: AP Who is Thomas Binger? Thomas Binger is the Kenosha County assistant district attorney. He is said to have for Michael Graveley, the county’s top prosectuor, for seven years, according to The New York Times. Binger has also worked in the Milwaukee County prosecutor’s office and for private law firms. He ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for district attorney in Racine County in 2016, and told The Journal Times: “In the last two years as a prosecutor, I have won 13 jury trials. I have convicted murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug dealers, drunk drivers, home-invading burglars and men who abuse women.” Binger is said to have had a number of clashes with Judge Bruce Schroeder in the run up to Rittenhouse’s trial. He is married to Nicole Gustafson-Binger, a mental health counselor for...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder did not hold back during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial on Wednesday – scolding the prosecutor trying the case several times. As CBS 2’s Jim Williams reported, the judge even questioned lead prosecutor Thomas Binger’s knowledge of basic law. The tongue-lashing centered around the questioning of Rittenhouse himself as the defendant took the stand. READ MORE: Multiple Cops Face Possible Suspension Or Termination For Role In Botched Raid On Anjanette Young’s HomeDuring cross-examination, Binger asked Rittenhouse why he chose to remain silent about the shooting until his testimony Wednesday morning. “I am making the point that after hearing everything in the case, now he’s tailoring his story to what has already been introduced,” Binger told the judge. Judge Schroeder admonished Binger in no uncertain terms. “I was astonished when you began your examination by commenting on the defendant’s post-arrest silence,” Schroeder told Binger, raising his voice as he spoke. “That’s basic law. It’s been basic law in this country for 40 years, 50 years. I have no idea why you would do something...
    Durham's two-and-a-half year probe has so far produced two indictments and is still ongoing Donald Trump heaped praise on Special Counsel John Durham on Monday, commending the prosecutor for the two indictments his years-long investigation into the 2016 Russia probe finally produced late this year and claiming it'll 'only get deeper' from here. The former president, 75, predicted that Durham's investigation, which he was first assigned to in April 2019, will show that 'it all leads back to the Democrats, Hillary [Clinton] and the dirty lawyers.' 'It really has come out,' Trump said to Fox after Durham produced his second of two indictments late last week.  'In all fairness, while it has taken a long time, hats off to John Durham.'  'Hats off, because, it’s coming out, and it is coming out at a level - Durham has come out with things that are absolutely amazing.' Trump said he already 'knew what happened' but claimed now he had the facts to support his theory that the investigation into whether his 2016 campaign had any help from Russia to sway the...
    Dax Shepard: Sucking Out Kristen’s Clogged Duct Wasnt Rewarding 9 Safe Investments With the Highest Returns NFL wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was driving 156 mph and had a blood alcohol level of .161 – twice the legal limit in Nevada – prior to the fatal crash early Tuesday morning, according to prosecutor Eric Bauman, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported from Ruggs' court appearance Wednesday morning at the Las Vegas Justice Court. © Steve Marcus, AP Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III makes an initial appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court in Las Vegas. Judge Joe Bonaventure said he cannot recall a speed that high in his career on the bench, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal Review and television reporter Hector Mejia, who works for 8 News Now, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. A preliminary investigation by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department indicated Ruggs' Chevrolet Corvette crashed into the rear of a Toyota RAV-4, which then caught on fire. The body of a woman was discovered inside the Toyota. From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the...
    (CNN)A courtroom debate Monday over the use of terms like "victim" and "arsonist" ahead of the trial Kyle Rittenhouse could foreshadow contentious proceedings when the hearing gets underway for the teen accused in a deadly shooting during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.Rittenhouse is charged with felony homicide related to the shooting and killing of Anthony M. Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and felony attempted homicide for allegedly wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during protests that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake in August 2020. Kenosha shooting suspect called a friend to say he killed somebody, police say, and then shot two othersRittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, is also charged with possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18, a misdemeanor, according to court records. He has pleaded not guilty and his attorneys argue he acted in self-defense.On Monday, Rittenhouse's legal team and prosecutors attended a pretrial hearing to review outstanding issues before jury selection begins on November 1.Read MoreThe conversation turned to whether defense attorneys would be allowed to refer to Huber, Rosenbaum and Grosskreutz as arsonists, rioters...
    Sheriff Willis McCall and an unidentified man with Charles Greenlee, Samuel Shepherd and Walter Irvin in the Lake County Jail, 1949Photo via Florida Memory ProjectState Attorney William Gladson, whose circuit includes Lake County, filed a motion Monday to toss out convictions and indictments against African-American men known as the “Groveland Four” in one of the most-notorious cases from Florida’s Jim Crow era. Gladson wrote that “even a casual review of the records” indicates Ernest Thomas, Samuel Shepherd, Charles Greenlee and Walter Irvin were deprived of fundamental due process. “The evidence strongly suggests that a sheriff, a judge, and prosecutor all but guaranteed guilty verdicts in this case,” Gladson wrote. “These officials, disguised as keepers of the peace and masquerading as ministers of justice, disregarded their oaths, and set in motion a series of events that forever destroyed these men, their families, and a community … I have not witnessed a more complete breakdown of the criminal justice system.” The investigation was referred to Gladson by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which in December 2018 was directed...
    Alisal Fire in California has prompted evacuations, road and Amtrak closures. And the heavy winds are making it hard to tame $5,000 return: sky high ticket prices hit Australians’ holiday hopes as airlines prepare for takeoff By Luc Cohen © Reuters/Bryan Smith Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas leaves Manhattan Federal Court in the Manhattan borough of New York NEW YORK (Reuters) -Lev Parnas, a onetime associate of former Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, used $100,000 from a wealthy Russian businessman to make illegal donations to U.S. politicians, a federal prosecutor said on Wednesday. Load Error Parnas used the funds to “grease the wheels” to help the businessman, Andrey Muraviev, obtain licenses to operate legal cannabis companies in the United States, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aline Flodr said in her opening argument in Parnas’ trial on charges of violating campaign finance laws. “They wanted those politicians to do favors for their business,” Flodr told a jury in federal court in Manhattan, referring to Parnas and his co-defendant, Andrey Kukushkin. The trial overseen by U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken has drawn...
    (CNN)US Marshal task force members were justified in the fatal shooting of Winston Smith in June, Donald F. Ryan, Crow Wing County attorney and chief prosecutor, wrote in a letter to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. Members of the North Star Fugitive Task Force tried to arrest Smith, who was wanted on a felony warrant, on June 3 in Minneapolis. Ryan's letter, released Wednesday, states while task force members were trying to arrest Smith he "initiated a deadly force confrontation" by drawing his handgun and firing at authorities. "This resulted in the (task force) using deadly force in response," Ryan wrote in the letter. "Though I am unable to determine who fired first, it is irrelevant in this case. Once an individual initiates a deadly force confrontation, a law enforcement officer does not have to wait to be shot/shot at before reacting."The reaction of the two Task Force Members in the case was "reasonable and justified," according to Ryan. Evidence shows suspect fatally shot by law enforcement in Minneapolis fired gun, investigators say"Their conduct was clearly in response to an...
    (CNN)In the days before Rep. Adam Schiff became then-President Donald Trump's chief congressional nemesis, Trump praised the man who would go on to epitomize his toxic relationship with Democrats on Capitol Hill."You know, you do a good job," Trump told Schiff in the Oval Office in March 2017, according to new details from an upcoming book written by the House Intelligence chairman and obtained by CNN ahead of its release next week.Schiff, who went on to lead House Democrats' investigation into Trump and Russia and Trump's first impeachment, had been invited to the White House to view alleged intelligence about spying on Trump's campaign. Several months later, he would learn exactly what Trump had meant from his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to the book. "You know, you do a really good job on TV," Kushner told Schiff when he appeared for testimony before the Intelligence Committee in July 2017. "I don't think your father-in-law would agree," Schiff says he responded, prompting Kushner to lean in and say: "Oh, yes, he does, and that's why." New details about Schiff's interactions with...
    On September 7, a survivor of domestic violence in Virginia was testifying against the man accused of her abuse when she disclosed that she had smoked marijuana earlier that day. Marijuana is legal for adult use in the state, and prosecutors said she did not appear intoxicated. Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge James P. Fisher, however, had her physically removed from the stand and sentenced her to 10 days in jail for contempt of court. Virginia has codified reasons for which a judge can jail someone for contempt, like making threats or disobeying a lawful order. Having smoked marijuana outside of court is not among them. Fisher nonetheless refused to rescind the contempt order, and declared a mistrial for the woman's alleged abuser, who was facing his third domestic violence charge. "I have learned that it does no good to report domestic abuse because the system and the courts appear to have no real interest in protecting victims and punishing abusers," the woman said in a statement. "The judge has sent me a clear message." Little stops judges like Fisher...
    Special Counsel John Durham issued a new round of grand jury subpoenas in connection with his running two-year probe of alleged FBI misconduct, including to a law firm with Democratic ties.  Reports of the new subpoenas comes two weeks after Durham charged Michael Sussmann, a lawyer with Democratic ties, with lying when he brought information to the top lawyer at the FBI. The subpoenas came in September after Sussmann was charged, CNN reported, and went to his former law firm, Perkins Coie. The firm has done work for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign, and former partner Mark Elias retained political intelligence firm Fusion GPS, which went on to help fund the infamous 'dirty dossier.' The network reported only that Durham has sought additional documents from the firm, in a probe that has so far failed to meet expectations by Donald Trump supporters eager to discredit the original Russia probe and some fo the federal investigators who carried it out. Special counsel John Durham (left) told the Justice Department he is seeking to indict Democratic cybersecurity lawyer...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor is reviewing evidence in law enforcement’s fatal shooting of Winston Smith Jr. during an arrest. Crow Wing County Attorney Donald Ryan said he’ll review the evidence on his own and hopes to have a charging decision by mid-October. Ryan said he was asked to take the case because counties closer to the Twin Cities had conflicts. Winston Smith (credit: Facebook/Winston Boogie Smith) Members of a U.S. Marshals Service task force shot Smith in June. Authorities have said Smith fired a gun, but a witness disputes that. Ryan said he’s had “a few” police deadly force cases in his decades as Crow Wing’s top prosecutor and doesn’t recall ever bringing charges. (© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)   More On WCCO.com: Fight Breaks Out At Eastern Carver County School Board Meeting Tootsie Pops Ranked As Most Popular Halloween Candy In Minnesota Deadly, Highly-Contagious Rabbit Disease Detected In Minnesota Wisconsin Man Dies After Car Splits During Crash In Fridley
    A Polish prosecutor is facing the sack after bizarre photographs of him shopping in the nude whilst drunk appeared online. The 38-year-old man was spotted on Thursday by stunned fellow shoppers in the town of Swidnica in southwest Poland, where he is a respected district prosecutor. In one photo, the prosecutor who has been identified as Maciej W. by local media is seen walking to the shop’s checkout clutching a four pack of beer. Another shows him from behind apparently paying for the alcohol.  Other photos then show the man, who was appointed to the district prosecutor’s office in 2016, wandering through the streets and into what appears to be a park. The 38-year-old man was spotted by stunned fellow shoppers in the town of Swidnica in southwest Poland The prosecutor, who has been identified as Maciej W. by local media, is seen walking to the shop’s checkout clutching a four pack of beer before paying and wandering the streets He strolled around the streets of listlessly around the streets of Rolnicza, Kilińskiego and Kopernika in Swidnica before...
    A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2017 had the verdict overturned after an appeals court ruled that the prosecution's reference to the O.J. Simpson case deprived him of a fair trial by suggesting racial stereotypes to the jury.  Joshua Kioni Ellis was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to over 23 years in prison for the gunning down 25-year-old Wendi Traynor.  On appeal, Ellis argued that deputy prosecutor John Neeb's reference to The People v. O.J. Simpson and an implicit bias exercise during jury selection barred him from his right to a fair trial.  The three-judge panel of Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals agreed with Ellis.  Joshua Kioni Ellis had his second-degree murder conviction overturned on August 31 after he successfully argued that prosecutorial misconduct deprived him of a fair trial RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Inmate, 26, beats his sister's rapist, 70, to death and is... Tacoma middle school teacher is condemned for handing out... Share this article Share 'Ellis argues that the prosecutor committed misconduct during voir...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The third week of the R. Kelly sex-trafficking trial in New York City saw more accusers — including for the first time, a man — coming forward with array of disturbing allegations and a former assistant providing a glimpse into how he lorded over his inner circle. The accusers have testified without using their full real names to protect their privacy. Defense attorneys for the 54-year-old “I Believe I Can Fly” artist continued to counter by saying his alleged victims had every opportunity to reject him after they say he sexually abused them starting when they were underage, but instead chose to take advantage of his lavish lifestyle. There will will be a break in the trial until Thursday. Here are a few scenes from week three: R. KELLY’S MINIONS The trial has given an inside look at how R. Kelly assembled a crew of assistants — some called “runners” — to cater to his every whim. They faithfully drove the R&B celebrity, fed him, booked his travel and provided security for him. For some,...
    The headlines read as though they were written by protesters who routinely demonstrated outside the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Why I Don’t Trust Prosecutors. When Police And Prosecutors Are Partners in Crime. When Innocence Is Inconvenient. Unsparingly criticizing the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office, the accompanying essays accused the agency of a smorgasbord of malfeasance: racial discrimination, failing to protect employees from sexual harassment and failing to hold police accountable for misconduct. Blunt and profane, the sentences quaked with anger at an institution the author viewed as fundamentally broken. While each post echoed criticisms that protestors lobbed last year at then-Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, these calls for change came from inside the office. The author was a prosecutor. His pen name: Spooky Brown Esq. Column One A showcase for compelling storytelling from the Los Angeles Times. More stories The man behind the alias, Adewale Oduye, had been a prosecutor since 2008. Oduye said his typing fingers were fueled by the culture of an office that has not charged a Los Angeles police officer in...
    Edgar Pineda, “El Chato” had been detained in April 2020 by the Attorney General of the Republic of Mexico. Photo: Guillermo Arias / . / . An alleged leader of the criminal group Cartel Guerreros Unidos, identified as Édgar Pineda “El Chato”, was extradited to the US this Sunday by the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) of Mexico. The security body reported that the delivery was made in compliance with the Extradition Treaty signed by both nations when he was linked as the coordinator of the import and distribution of methamphetamine to the United States and requested by the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The prosecution maintained that the subject was handed over to be processed “For his probable responsibility in the crimes of criminal association and against health”, . reviewed. After the corresponding trial, the Mexican government agreed to the delivery to be processed and received by US agents at the Mexico City International Airport, for subsequent transfer. Édgar Pineda had been captured in April 2020 by members of the...
    In recent years, California has been at the forefront of criminal justice reform, enacting a series of legislative changes: reforming the overly punitive Three Strikes law, removing the possibility of prison for certain low-level offenses, and granting judges the discretion to strike firearm use and prior felony conviction enhancements. Despite this, we continue to keep nearly 100,000 people behind bars. While much work is happening on the front end to stem the flow of people entering prisons, it’s crucial that we not forget the people languishing in prisons right now as a result of the policies we are fighting to undo. This means finding solutions that can keep our communities safe and address the decades of harm caused by our justice system. That’s why, three years ago, I asked, “What if we enlisted prosecutors to be part of the solution to address excessive prison sentences?” Understandably, many eyebrows were raised at the concept that district attorneys — known for putting people in prison — could be allies in getting people out. But as a former prosecutor myself, I know firsthand...
    The complicated murder case against Paul Gentile Smith — accused in the fatal stabbing of a Sunset Beach pot dealer in 1988 — just got messier. After Smith’s 2010 conviction was overturned this week, his retrial was assigned Friday to a judge who has politically endorsed the prosecutor blamed for misconduct in Smith’s first trial. Orange County Superior Court Judge Cheri Pham assigned the case to Judge Gregg L. Prickett, who has endorsed prosecutor Ebrahim Baytieh’s candidacy for judge. Pham, herself, also has endorsed Baytieh as well as her husband, Andrew Do, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors. Baytieh was the prosecutor in the original Smith trial a decade ago, but has been “walled off” from the Smith case now by his office. Authorities say the prosecutor failed for nine years to turn over evidence that a trio of jailhouse informants had been used against Smith in violation of his right to counsel. Baytieh wrote a letter to the defense in 2019 that he just learned of the evidence. Smith’s defense lawyers — Assistant Public Defenders Scott Sanders and...
    Durham (pictured as US attorney for Connecticut) is reportedly showing evidence to a grand jury Special Counsel John Durham has reportedly been presenting evidence to a grand jury ahead of releasing his highly-anticipated report into the origins of the FBI's 2016 Trump-Russia probe, and is looking at criminal charges for 'several' FBI employees in connection with his investigation. Durham - then US attorney for Connecticut- was appointed by Donald Trump's Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate the origins of the FBI probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. That investigation was later taken up by Robert Mueller, who did not find enough evidence to charge the former president but ended up getting six people in Trump's orbit convicted.  Durham's grand jury report is expected to be completed within months, people familiar with his probe told the Wall Street Journal. A report that was supposed to be completed by the end of the summer is supposedly expected to be pushed back. Criminal charges are possible for several low-level FBI employees and people who...
    VERACRUZ The facilities of the Veracruz Prosecutor’s Office in the municipalities of Fortín and Tezonapa were attacked by an armed commando, in response to an operation carried out by police corporations that discovered a safe house in the Campo Grande community in the municipality of Ixtaczoquitlán. The mobilization left at least three dead, five arrested and vehicles damaged and burned. The motive was the capture of members of a criminal organization who were holding two people hostage, whom they executed when discovered. At that site, the Civil Force arrested one of the hit men, his accomplices escaped and a confrontation began during the persecution. An armed group carried out another violent act; now they set fire to vans of the Ministerial Police in Tezonapa pic.twitter.com/0W7elfe4vv – Quadratin Veracruz (@Quadratin_Ver) August 11, 2021 Near the site were the members of the Orizaba-Córdoba Disappeared Families Collective, who were guarded by authorities who were searching clandestine graves. To try to confuse the authorities, the criminals carried out roadblocks with heavy units, which were taken from their drivers. By doing this, they were apparently...
    Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner walked through the latest revelations and their ramifications on former President Donald Trump. Over the weekend it was reported that Trump's former Justice Department officials testified to the Senate behind closed doors, revealing the specifics around Trump's alleged demands to nullify the 2020 election. "Glenn, I'd like to believe that poisoning the minds of the electorate is criminal, but maybe it's not," said MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle. "What kind of consequences could he face?" Kirschner explained that this is the first time that witnesses revealed Trump was linked to a conspiracy to commit a crime. "I'm going to enlist you in a hypothetical crime. I've done this to you before on-air," he began. "So what we have here is the president asking his DOJ officials to lie. 'Say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me.' We now know that Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ official, took him up on that. And what he did was he authored a letter to Georgia state officials and the state officials of five other states, trying to...
    Mexico fights against drug trafficking. Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / . / . The Jalisco State Prosecutor’s Office, Mexico, apprehended an alleged criminal boss of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) which operated in the limits of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque, an area especially affected by criminal violence. The suspect is Thomas “N”, nicknamed “El Tom” or “El Tommy”, who at age 31 was charged with a homicide registered in Jardines de Santa María, in Tlaquepaque, after his capture registered on Saturday in the south of Guadalajara. “The particular relevance of the issue is that he is an operator and head of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, he is considered one of the first levels of command in various regions, in this case the metropolitan area of ​​Guadalajara. “He was in charge of maintaining control and keeping areas of rival groups at bay, (…) it is considered that it may be related to some other events and of course all precautions have been taken at the time here in the State Attorney’s Office”, said the Prosecutor,...
    An 18-year-old North Jersey man lost his leg after authorities said his drunk twin brother drove into a tree with him on the hood, his sister said. Anthony Dattoli of West Caldwell surrendered with his lawyer on Monday in connection with the June 27 hit-and-run crash that severely injured Joseph Dattoli, authorities said. Anthony Dattoli "was intoxicated and drove with his twin brother on the hood of his vehicle, ultimately crashing into a tree and leaving his brother with life-altering injuries," Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and West Caldwell Police Chief Dennis A. Capriglione Jr. said in a joint statement. Anthony remained held Tuesday in the Essex County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Newark on charges of aggravated assault, vehicular aggravated assault while intoxicated in a school zone, leaving the scene of an accident and endangering an injured victim, records show. Joseph Dattoli needs a prosthetic leg and nearly a dozen surgeries, their sister, Emma, wrote in a GoFundMe campaign. "My brother Joseph is the strongest boy I have ever gotten graced with meeting, let alone...
    As violent crime increases in St. Louis, residents’ outrage towards Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner appears to be growing as well. Gardner, who assumed office at the beginning of 2017 on a progressive platform, is St. Louis’ top prosecutor. But she has taken an extremely lax approach to actually prosecuting violent criminals, angering residents and victims’ family members. Since taking assuming her role Gardner’s office has dismissed 30% of felony convictions, over double what it was before she started, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last week. Last year her office dismissed 36% of all felony cases, a new high. Her office has also shown a seeming sense of incompetency, resulting in even more felony cases being thrown out. Earlier this month a St. Louis judge was forced to drop murder charges against an accused killer after a prosecutor from Gardner’s office missed court hearing in May, June and July, according to local outlet Fox 2 Now, which reported that the prosecutor was on maternity leave. The charges were dropped as two other cases were also thrown out due to unprepared or...
    Increase in claims FERNANDO LLAMAS Madrid Updated Thursday, July 29, 2021 – 11:23 Prosecutor Bartolom Vargas fears that speeding crimes, the main cause of fatal accidents, will increase this summer A traffic accident between a car and a motorcycle The Supreme Court finds Volkswagen guilty of the dieselgate in Spain Consensus The Mobility Board meets to study the Automotive PERTE The Attorney General for Road Safety, Bartolom Vargas, has issued an official letter to the General Directorate of Traffic in which he urges multiply speed, alcohol and drug controls, but the novelty is his appeal to citizens, drivers, to report irregular behavior to the police they watch on the road. Vargas is feared May this summer be tragic and therefore takes a determination that he had never displayed before: the call on citizens to denounce those drivers who go at very high speeds, harass other drivers from behind or carry their vehicles in a dangerous way for the rest of the users of the public road. Vargas stated in an appearance before journalists that “citizen collaboration...
    (CNN)Criminal charges will be filed against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in connection with Zogg Fire, which killed four people and damaged numerous homes and structures, the district attorney for Shasta County in California said Thursday.DA Stephanie Bridgett said in a statement that PG&E was "criminally liable" and that charges will be filed by September 27, the one-year anniversary of the blaze.A final decision regarding the nature and grade of charges has not yet been determined, according to the district attorney's office. Authorities worry high winds, dry conditions will spread Northern California wildfires this weekend"I hope this information brings awareness to the importance of fire prevention during the current drought and severe wildfire season," Bridgett said.The Zogg fire was sparked by a pine tree contacting PG&E electrical lines, Cal Fire officials determined in March 2021. The fire burned more than 56,000 acres across Shasta and Tehama counties and took 16 days to reach full containment, according to Cal Fire. A total of 204 residential and commercial structures were destroyed and 27 other structures were damaged.Read MoreCNN has reached out...
    The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office and CrimeStoppers are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the local “fugitive of the week” for July 26. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Marrissa Spargo, 20, who failed to appear for sentencing for narcotics-related offenses and has been charged with criminal eluding out of Clinton Township, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office said. Spargo is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown eyes and blonde hair, authorities said. Spargo is known to frequent Flemington, Phillipsburg and Washington, authorities said. Anyone with information about Spargo’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Tomas Quinn, Detective John Mulligan, Detective Frank Modaffare or Detective Lamont Garnes of the Join Hunterdon County Fugitive Task Force at 908-788-1129, call the local police Department or visit www.crimestoppershunterdon.com.
    (CNN)As part of the historically quick work to put his judicial nominees on the bench, President Joe Biden is on a mission to pick judges whose professional backgrounds break the mold of the ex-prosecutor and corporate law veterans who currently dominate the federal judiciary. But it's not a task that the President can accomplish on his own. Instead, he is relying on senators to broaden the pool of potential nominees they bring to the White House.Biden's emphasis on nominating more ex-public defenders (12 total make up his 32 nominees), as well as civil rights attorneys (four out of the 32) and labor lawyers, is a product of a years-long campaign to rethink who can be judges. That has meant adjustments to the pipeline through which potential nominees travel. Some senators have changed their recommendation procedures, and with the commitment to bringing in different types of lawyers into the judicial nomination process, they have seen a record number of judicial applicants for the vacancies in their states. "It takes a lot of work to find these candidates and encourage them...