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    HARRIS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – A Texas prosecutor has resigned after allegedly sharing a controversial post on social media. Kaylynn Williford, a trial bureau chief in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, left her position after a Facebook account linked to her shared a post from the page ‘America’s Mom’ that compared protesters demonstrating against police brutality and systemic racism to Nazis. The post read: “Wedding bands that were removed from Holocaust victims prior to being executed, 1945. Each ring represents a destroyed family. Never forget, Nazis tore down statues. Banned free speech. Blamed economic hardships on one group of people. Institute gun control. Sound familiar?” In an email to employees, Harris County DA Kim Ogg wrote: “When speech made in the privacy of ones home or on social media contradicts our core values, we take action. While not our intent to involve ourselves in employees personal lives, when their social media or private actions publicly contradict and violate this office’s policies, the law allows us as an employer to investigate and implement graduated sanctions ranging from education and counseling...
    By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — A longtime top Houston area prosecutor resigned Monday after posting a meme on Facebook that appeared to equate Nazis with people who have been participating in protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Kaylynn Williford, who was head of the trial bureau at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, last week posted the meme that shows a black and white picture of a wooden box full of weddings bands that were removed from Holocaust victims. A caption above the photo reads in part, “Each ring represents a destroyed family. Never forget, Nazis tore down statues. Banned free speech. Blamed economic hardships on one group of people. Instituted gun control. Sound familiar?” Protesters demonstrating against racism, police violence, racial inequality and the May death of Floyd, a Black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes, have targeted Confederate monuments and other statues in cities around the world. Various area attorneys had questioned whether the post was derogatory of the Black...
    HOUSTON (AP) — A longtime top Houston area prosecutor resigned Monday after posting a meme on Facebook that appeared to equate Nazis with people who have been participating in protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Kaylynn Williford, who was head of the trial bureau at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, last week posted the meme that shows a black and white picture of a wooden box full of weddings bands that were removed from Holocaust victims. A caption above the photo reads in part, “Each ring represents a destroyed family. Never forget, Nazis tore down statues. Banned free speech. Blamed economic hardships on one group of people. Instituted gun control. Sound familiar?” Protesters demonstrating against racism, police violence, racial inequality and the May death of Floyd, a Black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes, have targeted Confederate monuments and other statues in cities around the world. Various area attorneys had questioned whether the post was derogatory of the Black Lives Matter movement and if...
    SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts couple was found shot dead in their home Saturday in an apparent murder-suicide, according to Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III's office. Somerset police received a 911 call from a relative stating she had found Amber Pereira, 30, and Joshua Pereira, 31, dead in their home at around 8 a.m., Quinn's office said. A gun was found under Joshua Pereira's body, and investigators learned the couple had separated and he’d recently moved out of the home, Quinn's office said. Witnesses also heard multiple gunshots from inside the home shortly after Joshua Pereira arrived that morning, Quinn’s office said. The state medical examiner’s office is conducting the autopsies and the incident remains under investigation. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Massachusetts, Rhode Island
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police on Thursday arrested 10 people suspected of smuggling migrants into Britain during a major operation linked to a cross-border investigation into human trafficking. Police officers carried out 12 house searches in the Liege area as part of their efforts to dismantle the trafficking network, Belgium’s federal public prosecutor’s office said. The suspects were presented to an investigating judge who will decide whether they should be kept in detention. Meanwhile, British immigration enforcement officers arrested two people during searches carried out simultaneously, the prosecutor’s office said. Describing the network's operations, the Belgian prosecutor's office said migrants were housed in hotels before being transferred to the Netherlands. Once there, they were put on rental boats from the small port of Breeskens. In December, British authorities intercepted 14 people during one of the trips upon their arrival in Britain. The federal prosecutor's office said the investigations would continue in both countries. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police on Thursday arrested 10 people suspected of smuggling migrants into Britain during a major operation linked to a cross-border investigation into human trafficking. Police officers carried out 12 house searches in the Liege area as part of their efforts to dismantle the trafficking network, Belgium’s federal public prosecutor’s office said. The suspects were presented to an investigating judge who will decide whether they should be kept in detention. Meanwhile, British immigration enforcement officers arrested two people during searches carried out simultaneously, the prosecutor’s office said. Describing the network’s operations, the Belgian prosecutor’s office said migrants were housed in hotels before being transferred to the Netherlands. Once there, they were put on rental boats from the small port of Breeskens. In December, British authorities intercepted 14 people during one of the trips upon their arrival in Britain. The federal prosecutor’s office said the investigations would continue in both countries. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A 21-year-old Oak Ridge man was charged in crash that killed his passenger last April, authorities said. Matthew Pulis was behind the wheel of a 1973 Chevrolet Nova that struck a tree on Berkshire Valley Road near mile marker 4.4 on April 25, at approximately 7:25 a.m., Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said in a joint release with local police. Pulis was taken to Morristown Medical Center while his 21-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities previously said. Pulis was served a summons-complaint of third degree liability vehicular homicide, with a court appearance scheduled for July 29. Members of the Jefferson Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit contributed to this investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200.
    PRISTINA (Reuters) - The Office of the Special Prosecutor in the Hague said on Wednesday it had filed an indictment against Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and "others" for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including nearly 100 murders. The indictment is "the result of a lengthy investigation and reflects the SPO's (Special Prosecutor's Office) determination that it can prove all of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt," the SPO said in a statement. (Reporting by Fatos Bytyci; Editing by Ivana Sekularac and Catherine Evans) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By LARRY NEUMEISTER and JIM MUSTIAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor who held a key role in the case against President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney worked Monday to restore calm to the Manhattan prosecutor’s office, following the abrupt ouster of her predecessor. Audrey Strauss, the newly appointed acting U.S. attorney, sent an email to the staff Saturday night within hours of the announcement by U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman that he would leave his position and would be replaced by her. The 72-year-old Strauss, a Democrat, will be only the second woman to lead one of the nation's most premiere districts, home to famous mob trials, terrorism cases and now, probes involving the president's allies. Her allies say she is a thoughtful, careful lawyer with decades of experience both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. The extraordinary departure of Berman, a Trump donor who won over critics with his investigations, started with Attorney General William Barr's abrupt announcement Friday that Berman was stepping down as U.S. attorney after 2-1/2 years on the job. A defiant...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor who held a key role in the case against President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney worked Monday to restore calm to the Manhattan prosecutor’s office, following the abrupt ouster of her predecessor. Audrey Strauss, the newly appointed acting U.S. attorney, sent an email to the staff Saturday night within hours of the announcement by U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman that he would leave his position and would be replaced by her. The 72-year-old Strauss, a Democrat, will be only the second woman to lead one of the nation’s most premiere districts, home to famous mob trials, terrorism cases and now, probes involving the president’s allies. Her allies say she is a thoughtful, careful lawyer with decades of experience both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. The extraordinary departure of Berman, a Trump donor who won over critics with his investigations, started with Attorney General William Barr’s abrupt announcement Friday that Berman was stepping down as U.S. attorney after 2-1/2 years on the job. A defiant Berman announced he was staying in...
    WASHINGTON -- The latest: Attorney General William Barr on Saturday told the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan that President Donald Trump has removed him from the high-profile job.U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman intends to continue to fight his removal.This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.The powerful U.S. attorney in Manhattan who has been overseeing investigations of President Donald Trump's allies showed up at his office to work Saturday, defying the attorney general who abruptly acted hours earlier to oust the prosecutor."I'm just here to do my job, Geoffrey S. Berman told reporters.The administration's push to cast aside Berman has set up an extraordinary political and constitutional clash between the Justice Department and one of the nation's top districts, which has tried major mob and terrorism cases over the years and is investigating Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. "I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position," Berman said in a statement late Friday.It also is deepening tensions between the department and congressional Democrats who have accused Attorney General William Barr of...
    Authorities say they are investigating a murder that occurred overnight in Jackson Township. "There is no immediate danger to the public,"  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Jackson Township Police Chief Matthew Kunz said in a statement on Friday. "More information will be released as it becomes available." No other details were immediately available.  The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Jackson Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit are currently at the crime scene, they said. This is a developing news story. CHECK BACK FOR UIPDATES
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jackson County’s prosecutor is reaching out to Kansas City protesters who believe they were victims of police misconduct, urging them to report their allegations online. Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a news release Thursday that her office is reviewing allegations of police misconduct during recent protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, the handcuffed black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police on May 25. Peaceful daytime demonstrations in Kansas City often have devolved into violence at night. Police at times have been pelted with rocks and bottles, and officers have used pepper spray and tear gas on protesters. Demonstrations were mostly peaceful Tuesday and Wednesday. TOP STORIES Bill de Blasio defends ongoing lockdown: Protesting and going to church not the same AG Barr says evidence of foreign actors involved in civil unrest Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside “We have already asked for an investigation of one incident in which protesters were pepper sprayed by police,” Baker’s office said in the news...
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