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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Tuesday that the Biden administration appeal a Florida judges ruling against the mask mandate for travelers – setting up a legal battle after days of confusing signals on government policy.  'It is CDC’s continuing assessment that at this time an order requiring masking in the indoor transportation corridor remains necessary for the public health,' the CDC said in a Wednesday statement.  'CDC believes this is a lawful order, well within CDC’s legal authority to protect public health.' The statement gave a green light for the Justice Department to continue its appeal – having pegged its own posture to the decision made by the agency. That came after Donald Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle of Florida ruled against the policy – triggering the administration to stop enforcing it and airlines to roll back their own enforcement.  The appeal will send the legal fight to the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, where there are seven Republican-appointed judges and four appointed by Democrats.  The battle could end up in the Supreme Court, which...
    The White House is telling officials and journalists traveling on Air Force One today that they must wear face coverings, 24 hours after a judge struck down the federal mask mandate for travel. A string of U.S. airlines has already told passengers that masks are optional. But that does not apply to anyone traveling with President Joe Biden to New Hampshire on Tuesday.   'During transit on today's trip, masking will be required in line with CDC guidance,' the White House said. Biden is visiting the port authority at Portsmouth Harbor where he is due to deliver a speech on infrastructure spending, before returning to the White House in the evening. President Joe Biden left for New Hampshire today wearing a mask. The White House has told officials and journalists to wear masks aboard Air Force One, a day after a federal judge struck down the national mask mandate Biden will visit the port authority at Portsmouth Harbor where he is due to deliver a speech on infrastructure spending, before returning to the White House in the evening White House Press...
    Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg on Tuesday asked a judge to dismiss tax fraud charges brought against him by the Manhattan district attorney's office, claiming the investigation into the ex-president's family business was politically motivated. The company itself has also asked that charges against it were dropped in the latest court filing of the Southern District of New York's (SDNY) criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's family real estate empire. Weisselberg's attorneys claim he's 'collateral damage' in New York prosecutors' 'yearslong pursuit of Mr. Weisselberg’s longtime boss, Donald J. Trump.' Both Weisselberg and the Trump Organization have pleaded not guilty. Trump himself has dismissed the investigation as a 'witch hunt' on multiple occasions.  The SDNY's investigation, which runs parallel to a tax fraud probe into the Trump Organization by New York Attorney General Letitia James, is looking at whether the former president's family business misrepresented the value of its assets and allowed certain executives to scuttle taxes by compensating them with off-the-books perks.  It began in 2018 under former District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and is being...
    Prosecutors have asked a judge to put a stop to 'inappropriate' and 'disrespectful' displays of affection in the courtroom between James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of accused Michigan high school shooter Ethan Crumbley.  James, 45, and Jennifer Crumbley, 43, have been blowing kisses and mouthing 'I love you' to each other during hearings - and the prosecution in the case and the families of the school shooting victims, have had enough, according to a court filing obtained by the Detroit Free Press.   'These communications ... not only disparage the integrity of the judicial proceedings as a serious distraction, but are also traumatic for the families of the deceased victims,' Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Markeisha Washington wrote in the filing. 'Their communication is far more distracting and offensive than a cell phone going off, which the court would not condone.'  The Crumbleys are charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly allowing their son access to the gun police said was used in the November shooting at Oxford High School.    Ethan Crumbley, 15, is facing terrorism and murder charges for his alleged role in the...
    Lawyers for Britney Spears and her father Jamie went toe-to-toe at a hearing on Wednesday over the end of the popstar's conservatorship, which was officially vacated back in November. The 40-year-old's estate is formally back under her control however, her father is still battling with Britney's lawyers over a declaration they recently filed by an investigator corroborating claims that a secret listening device was installed in her bedroom. Additionally, Jamie's attorney is requesting that Judge Brenda Penny unseal Britney's private medical records because he says the 'public has the right to know' the context around his decisions while acting as conservator. In court: Jamie Spears asked a judge to release Britney's sealed medical records at a Wednesday hearing so he can help defend himself against accusations he spied on her without her consent, People reported Jamie, 69, hit back at an explosive court filing from Tuesday from Britney's lawyers detailing the findings of their investigation into accusations that he instructed a security team to spy on the star. His attorney, Alex M. Weingarten, called the results 'nonsense', adding that 'Virtually everything that...
    Palin appeared on the hit TV show The Masked Singer in 2020, where she received praise for her performance despite losing the celebrity singing competition Sarah Palin is asking that jurors in her ongoing defamation suit against the New York Times be barred from seeing footage of her performing on the Fox program The Masked Singer, according to a Monday court filing. Palin appeared on the hit live entertainment show last year where she performed hits like Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' to surprising praise while disguised as a pink and purple bear. The former vice presidential hopeful's lawyers claimed in the court filing that the videos could cause 'unfair prejudice and confusion' among the jury, the New York Post reports. Palin filed the lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court in 2017 after the New York Times ran an op-ed she claimed wrongly and indirectly blamed her for the deadly 2011 Tucson, Arizona shooting that left former House Rep. Gabby Giffords critically wounded.  Despite the Times' multiple attempts at getting the suit thrown out, it could go to trial in...
    Taylor Swift filed legal documents seeking a judge to “reconsider” the December 9 ruling that she could take her copyright infringement case to court over her solo song “Shake It Off.” In a new document obtained by Fox News, the pop star’s lawyers called the judge’s decision to continue the tribunal’s hearing on December 9 “unprecedented.” “This order makes the defendants unaware of what no other court has done, that is, the finding of a possible valid violation request in the use of two short sentences in the public domain with similar views and opinions. The defendants respectfully submit that the decision should be reconsidered,” the court record said. Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler said in 2017 that the lyrics to the singer’s glamorous song were taken from the 2001 3LW single “Playas Gon ‘Play”. Taylor Swift Music Celebration Event Becomes Covid-19 Super Spreader After Nearly 100 Positive Tests Taylor Swift performs at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 12, 2014 in Singapore.(Photo by Nikki Low / TAS / Getty Images for TAS) The Swift panel argued on...
    Lafayette City Court Judge Michelle Odinet. Last weekend a Lafayette City Court judge and her family were the victims of a car burglary at their home. Police were called and the suspect was arrested. But, of course, that wasn’t the end of it. Days later, Judge Michelle Odinet and her four children were captured on cellphone video watching security footage of the moment the suspected burglar was apprehended. And oh boy, did that family enjoy watching it. They whooped and hollered as they joyfully commented on the home surveillance video, calling the suspect, a Black man, a “roach” and using the N-word repeatedly. “We have a n---—. It’s a n-----, like a roach,” a female’s voice can be heard saying while laughing. Now Odinet is asking for “forgiveness and understanding.”   “My children and I were the victim [sic] of an armed burglary at our home. The police were called and the assailant was arrested. The incident shook me to my core and my mental state was fragile,” Odinet said in a statement Monday, The Acadiana Advocate reports. According to the Daily Beast, the...
    Travis Scott has asked a judge to dismiss at least one civil lawsuit brought against him after 10 people were killed and hundreds injured at his chaotic Astroworld concert last month.  The Sicko Mode rapper filed legal documents Monday requesting that a suit from festival attendee Jessie Garcia filed against him and several of his businesses be dismissed with prejudice.  Scott issued a 'general denial' to all the allegations in Garcia's suit, TMZ reported. Sources close to the star say he is planning to issue a similar response to the dozens of cases, worth billions of dollars, that have been filed against him in wake of the tragedy.  The move comes just one week after a motion was filed to consolidate the suits into one 'multi-district litigation'. The court has yet to rule on that request. Travis Scott is denying responsibility for the ten lives lost and hundreds injured during his performance at Astroworld Festival in Texas last month and has asked a judge to dismiss one of the lawsuits against him (Pictured: Scott performing at Astroworld on Nov. 5, 2021) The...
    Tamara Walker, one of several lawyers representing embattled Empire actor Smollett, accused Cook County Judge James Linn of 'physically lunging' at her Thursday after she motioned for a mistrial One of the attorneys representing Jussie Smollett called for a mistrial Thursday, spurring the judge presiding over the case to allegedly 'lunge' at the lawyer during Illinois court proceedings. Tamara Walker, one of several lawyers representing the embattled Empire actor, accused Cook County Judge James Linn of 'physically lunging' at her Thursday, during her team's cross-examination of a key witness in the case. The case looks to determine whether Smollet, an openly gay, African-American man, lied to police in 2019 when he said he was the victim of an alleged hate crime attack in Chicago in January of that year. Prosecutors allege that Smollett paid $3,500 to two brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, to stage the attack, though Smollett vehemently denies such charges.  On Thursday, Smollett's legal team, particularly Walker, grilled Olabinjo about his past use of homophobic slurs.  During the cross-examination, Walker showed the court a social media post where...
    The judge presiding over the Kenosha shooter 'hasn't even had a chance to read the motion to dismiss' filed by the defense yesterday and revealed by DailyMail.com. Judge Bruce Schroeder made the admission as he was addressing the court Wednesday morning after a jury question sparked discussion over the controversial drone footage.  The jury alerted the judge that they had two questions related to the footage. They asked if it must return to the courtroom to watch video footage or if they could do that in private as well as whether they need to have the exact exhibit number to do so.   Both Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger and defense lead Mark Richards agreed that they should return to the courtroom. But Richards had one reservation in respect to the possible footage viewed. The jury in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse asked if it must return to the courtroom to watch video footage or if they can do that in private. Judge Bruce Schroeder said Wednesday that he 'hasn't even had a chance to read the motion to dismiss' filed by...
    Matt Gaetz's friend Joel Greenberg - who pleaded guilty earlier this year to sex trafficking - asked a judge on Tuesday to postpone his sentencing until next year so he can continue cooperating with federal authorities. Joel Greenberg, 37, on Tuesday requested more time before sentencing to allow him to continue cooperating with prosecutors Greenberg asked the federal judge in a court filing to move his sentencing date from November 18 to next March. The extra time will give the former local tax collector from an Orlando suburb more time to sit for interviews with federal investigators, the filing said. 'Pursuant to his plea agreement with the Government, Mr. Greenberg has been cooperating with the Government and has participated in a series of proffers,' read the motion, which was first reported by the Orlando Sentinel.  'Said cooperation, which could impact his ultimate sentence, cannot be completed prior to the time of his sentencing.'  The extension was unopposed by federal prosecutors. Matt Gaetz, 39, a Republican congressman for Florida, was described as Greenberg's 'wingman'. Greenberg has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking,...
                      by Mary Margaret Olohan  The Department of Justice asked a federal judge late Tuesday night to block Texas’ Heartbeat Act, which prohibits abortions after the baby’s heartbeat can be detected. The DOJ called for a temporary restraining order or injunction against the new law, arguing that the Heartbeat Act intends “to prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights.” “When other States have enacted laws abridging reproductive rights to the extent that S.B. 8 does, courts have enjoined enforcement of the laws before they could take effect. In an effort to avoid that result, Texas devised an unprecedented scheme that seeks to deny women and providers the ability to challenge S.B. 8 in federal court,” the filing said. “This attempt to shield a plainly unconstitutional law from review cannot stand.” “The United States has the authority and responsibility to ensure that Texas cannot insulate itself from judicial review for its constitutional violations and to protect the important federal interests that S.B. 8 impairs,” the DOJ filing said. Abortion advocates scrambled, without...
    Pictured: a courtroom sketch of R. Kelly, who's federal trial for sex trafficking charges is set to begin on August 9 Disgraced R&B rapper R. Kelly says he cannot afford court transcripts as he prepares for trial, and has requested that the documents be provided to him for free. The former music superstar, who's real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is set to begin his federal trial with jury selection in New York for sex trafficking on August 9, Insider reports. 'As the defense set forth during the conference, Mr. Kelly is financially unable to obtain the transcripts and the transcripts are necessary for his defense,' Kelly's attorney, Calvin Scholar, wrote in a letter to Judge Ann Donnelly,.  Kelly, 54, who was in court Tuesday for a pre-trial, is facing racketeering charges for allegedly running a criminal enterprise in which young women were kidnapped for sex trafficking. At his peak, R. Kelly was worth upwards of $100 million, but had a net worth of negative $2 million as of last year, according to Celebrity Net Worth.  Kelly (left) married fellow...
    The Court of Violence against Women number 2 of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has ordered that the partner of ex-boxer Poli Díaz be protected as a possible victim at “extreme risk”, after hearing not only the account of the continuous mistreatment that she claims to have endured, but also the reasons why she fears that the ‘Potro de Vallecas’ will kill her. “I’m not killing you because I love you so much”, “you’re going to be the next dead one”, “if you report me I’ll kill you”, “I’m not going to keep my hands still, don’t worry I send someone to do it “, are some of the threats that the complainant claims to have received from Poli Díaz, reproduced now in the car by which the risk that suffers is recognized. The former European boxing champion has been in preventive prison since last week, after his wife went out half-naked, with a bruised body and bleeding from the lips to call for help, after suffering a beating, always according to his version. With the car issued this Tuesday,...
    Britney Spears' co-conservator Jodi Montgomery HAS reportedly asked a judge to approve fees of more than $221,090. According to court documents obtained by TMZ on Friday, the six-figure sum is for work 'she did for Britney's conservatorship from Nov. 1, 2019 to the end of February 2021.' In addition to the payment, Montgomery, 53, wants the 'court to approve an additional $65,465 to cover the cost for her personal lawyer.' Expensive: Britney Spears' co-conservator Jodi Montgomery reportedly asked a judge to approve fees of more than $221,090 on Friday, according to TMZ  On Thursday, Spears' father Jamie fought his co-conservator's request for security, a day after she said she'd help Britney get her own lawyer who can end the complex legal arrangement that he controls.  Jamie is the only one involved in the proceedings who hasn't asked the judge to let Britney appoint her own attorney, nor has he commented on Britney's emotional testimony on June 23 that he is controlling her against her will.  He shares conservatorship over Britney's life with Montgomery - a professional conservator who was appointed in...
    Britney Spears' mother has written to the judge in her conservatorship case, asking her to allow Britney to appoint her own attorney and end the legal framework she says is ruining her life, saying she can look after herself and has been able to for years. In a court filing on Wednesday that was obtained by DailyMail.com, Lynne Spears asks Judge Brenda Penny to 'listen to the wishes of her daughter'.  Her attorney wrote: On June 23, 2021 in very courageous showing, Conservatee [Britney] appeared by phone and spoke for almost twenty—five minutes, baring her heart to the Court in an impassioned plea to be heard on several requests. 'Petitioner Lynne Spears, interested party and mother of the Conservatee, hereby petitions this Court to listen to the wishes of her daughter, and as first step, respectfully requests an Order granting permission to the Conservatee to hire her own private legal counsel.'  In a court filing on Wednesday that was obtained by DailyMail.com, Lynne Spears asks Judge Brenda Penny to 'listen to the wishes of her daughter'. The pair are shown...
    Derek Chauvin's sentencing is weeks away and the Minnesota attorney general is among those seeking an aggressive sentence for the former cop. Chauvin was convicted in the May 2020 killing of George Floyd two weeks ago, found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for nine and a half minutes as Floyd complained of trouble breathing and eventual became motionless.  In paperwork filed with the judge on Friday, Attorney General Keith Ellison asked for an 'aggravated sentence' on behalf of the state, citing several factors in the memorandum. Those factors include Floyd's vulnerable position on the ground, that he was treated with 'particular cruelty,' Chauvin's abuse of authority, the presence of at least four children, and that Chauvin 'committed the crime as part of a group of three or more persons who all actively participated in the crime.' Minnesota AG Keith Ellison is seeking an 'aggravated sentence' for Derek Chauvin Derek Chauvin was convicted in the death of George Floyd nearly two weeks ago Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder,...
    (CNN)Lawyers for the Department of Justice have asked a judge for additional time to decide whether to turn former President Donald Trump's taxes over to the House Ways and Means Committee.The committed subpoenaed Trump's taxes while he was president and the Treasury Department, at the time, declined to comply with the subpoena. The House filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department to enforce the subpoena. Trump's lawyers intervened in the case. Lawyers for the House and Justice Department, which represents the Treasury Department, said in a joint filing that "they have had communications, and anticipate further communications, that may inform Defendants' position in this case."They asked the judge to have until April 30 to file a status report and to postpone until May 3 a status conference, which was slated for Thursday, when the two sides were set to go before a judge.The case is one of the most significant interbranch standoffs the ex-President still faces -- especially since the change in administration -- regarding the possible disclosure of his financial records to Congress and congressional investigations around him. Read...
    The judge investigating the whereabouts of Marta del Castillo’s body has consulted the Police if possible clone the mobile phone of the confessed author of the murder, Miguel Carcaño, to determine where he was at the time of the events, on the night of January 24-25, 2009. The Instruction Judge number 4 of Seville, Álvaro Martín, thus addresses a new request from the victim’s parents after a specialist informed them that there is a new technique to reconstruct geolocation of the terminal that would allow to know in detail the places where Carcaño was that January 24. As Diario de Sevilla has advanced and judicial sources have confirmed, the family has requested this test within the framework of the separate piece opened to locate Marta’s body because it would be different from the one made in 2013, which was based on the information provided from the repeater antennas. The mobile in question, which continues to be guarded at the Seville Provincial Court, was already the subject of a report by the National Police after Carcaño assured that the body...
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