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    Prosecutors investigating Flint's contaminated water crisis were pursuing a racketeering case against public officials whose austerity-driven policies caused the health catastrophe, but after newly elected Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel took over in 2019, those charges were dropped. That's according to investigative journalist Jordan Chariton and Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Charlie LeDuff's explosive new story, which was published Monday in The Guardian and sparked fresh questions about holding perpetrators responsible for the ongoing calamity. The Flint water crisis began nearly eight years ago when an unelected emergency manager appointed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, made the cost-cutting decision to switch the city's tap water source from Detroit's municipal supply to the Flint River, whose highly corrosive water caused aging pipes to leak lead into thousands of homes. From 2016 to 2018, prosecutors working under Michigan's Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette were reportedly preparing to use a federal anti-organized crime statute—the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act—against state and city officials who, along with JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, played a role in the poisoning of Flint. But after those...
    by Timothy Zick, William & Mary Law School The seditious conspiracy charges filed against Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers militia, along with 10 other defendants, opens a new and significant chapter in the events of Jan. 6, 2021. Many observers have noted the absence of “seditious conspiracy” charges in connection with prosecutions of those who took part in the Capitol riot. Participants in the riot have been charged with minor crimes such as trespassing or other lower-level offenses. Others have been charged with more serious offenses, such as obstructing a congressional proceeding or bringing a weapon inside the U.S. Capitol. But the seditious conspiracy charges announced on Jan. 13, 2022 by the Department of Justice raise the stakes and political temperature of the Jan. 6 investigation. As a First Amendment scholar, I believe they may also give rise to serious concerns about the rights of others protesting government actions down the road. Prosecutions are rareThe crime of seditious conspiracy involves joining with others to overthrow the government of the United States. Under federal law, persons are...
    Jon Cherry/Getty Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC The seditious conspiracy charges filed against Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers militia, along with 10 other defendants, opens a new and significant chapter in the events of Jan. 6, 2021. Many observers have noted the absence of “seditious conspiracy” charges in connection with prosecutions of those who took part in the Capitol riot. Participants in the riot have been charged with minor crimes such as trespassing or other lower-level offenses. Others have been charged with more serious offenses, such as obstructing a congressional proceeding or bringing a weapon inside the U.S. Capitol. But the seditious conspiracy charges announced on Jan. 13, 2022 by the Department of Justice raise the stakes and political temperature of the Jan. 6 investigation. As a First Amendment scholar, I believe they may also give rise to serious concerns about the rights of others protesting government actions down the road. Prosecutions Are Rare The crime of seditious conspiracy involves joining...
    Over a year after hordes of MAGA rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral win, federal prosecutors hit a handful of people they portrayed as key perpetrators of the riot with a new charge: seditious conspiracy. Stewart Rhodes, the 56-year-old founder of the Oath Keepers, and ten other affiliates of the far-right military group, were charged Thursday with seditious conspiracy in a superseding indictment after prosecutors said they sought to “oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power” from former President Donald Trump to Biden. This charge, which means a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, is by far the most serious yet lobbed at anyone in connection with organizing the riot, and is likely as far as the Justice Department can go short of indicting a politician or elected official, experts said. “I’m surprised but not shocked,” Noah Feldman, a Harvard legal historian, told The Daily Beast about the sedition charges on Thursday. “It’s a hard charge to prove. And it has...
    The U.S. Dept. of Justice raised the stakes one year and one week after the violent and deadly January 6 insurrection, filing charges of seditious conspiracy against eleven people including the leader of the far right anti-government vigilante group Oath Keepers and ten others, CNN reports. A D.C. grand jury “returned an indictment yesterday, which was unsealed today, charging 11 defendants with seditious conspiracy and other charges for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election,” the Dept. of Justice said in a statement Thursday afternoon.According to court documents, Elmer Stewart Rhodes III, 56, of Granbury, Texas, who is the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers; and Edward Vallejo, 63, of Phoenix, Arizona, are being charged for the first time in connection with events leading up to and including Jan. 6. Rhodes was arrested this morning in Little Elm, Texas, and Vallejo was arrested this morning in Phoenix.Nine others...
    The newly installed left-wing District Attorney in Manhattan is already meting out his soft-on-crime prosecution policies as he downgraded the robbery charges against an ex-con who wielded a knife while robbing a drugstore of more than $2,000 in merchandize. DA Alvin Bragg, who is one of a slew of leftist District Attorneys around the U.S. whose election campaign was funded by radical left billionaire George Soros, reduced a felony robbery charge to misdemeanor petit larceny, a class A Misdemeanor, which means that there is no mandatory prison sentence. The New York Post reported on Bragg’s decision in prosecuting “career criminal” 43-year-old William Rolon and reaction to it. When Rolon left [Duane Reade] at 100 Delancey St. without paying, a female manager confronted him and saw he was brandishing a pocket knife, according to court papers. “F–k you, I’m taking everything,” he allegedly said. “Bragg’s policies are an affront to every law-abiding citizen in New York City,” former Manhattan assistant district attorney Daniel Ollen, who’s now a defense lawyer, said. “Violent criminals now have carte blanche to re-offend, knowing full well...
    A man accused of fatally shooting rapper Young Dolph is a convicted rapist who released a music video the day before his arrest which saw him sing about opening fire on his enemies.  Justin Johnson - who performs under the moniker Straight Drop - released a song Monday called 'Track Hawk' that includes lyrics such as '50 shots in 20 seconds.' Holding a stack of $100 bills and rapping in front of a gas station, he says: 'The only time he see my face when I'ma blam him.' Other lyrics in the largely hard-to-decipher video include 'dead on fire,' 'killing sh**' and 'I can't let no man get on me, they're too close to dyin'.' The video premiered shortly before Johnson, 23, was arrested alongside Cornelius Smith, 32, and charged with first-degree murder in connect with Dolph's death. He announced plans to hand himself in on social media around the same time the violent song was released, sparking claims he was seeking publicity. Johnson and Smith were also charged with criminal attempted first-degree murder and theft of property.  More details...
    Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend reportedly on Wednesday appeared before a federal grand jury investigating him for sex crimes.   According to NBC News, his ex, whose name was withheld to protect her privacy, has been in talks with federal prosecutors for months to avoid prosecution for obstruction of justice in return for testifying in an investigation into whether he paid for sex with a 17-year-old. NBC also reported that prosecutors were investigating three separate crimes: Sex trafficking; violating the Mann Act, which bans taking prostitutes across state lines; and obstructing justice.  Investigators are reportedly examining a phone call between Gaetz, his ex and another woman - who recorded the call and was cooperating with federal investigators - to establish whether it amounted to obstructing justice. Gaetz has not been charged with any crime and has denied all the accusations. Instead, he has dismissed the investigation as a 'witch hunt.'  Isabelle Kirshner, one of his lawyers, told DailyMail.com on Wednesday: 'We have seen no credible basis for a charge against Congressman Gaetz.  'We remain steadfast in our commitment to challenge any allegations with...
    Disgraced former Theranos boss Elizabeth Holmes won't be sentenced for fraud until September, until her ex and former COO Sunny Balwani is tried on the same charges she faced.   A motion filed Tuesday, and endorsed by both prosecutors and defense attorneys, proposes the 37 year-old swindler's sentencing date be set for September 12, following the Labor Day weekend, which traditionally signals the end of summer break.  'The parties agree that good cause exists to extend the time ... in light of the size of the record in this case, and the logistical burden on the Court and government associated with the upcoming trial in United States v. Balwani,' the joint motion to Judge Edward J. Davila said. They were referring to Balwani's upcoming trial, which is listed to begin next month. Prosecutors and defense attorneys have signaled they would rather prepare to sentence Holmes and Balwani - if he is convicted - at the same time.  Holmes, 37, is facing up to 20 years in jail after a jury found her guilty of swindling investors out of $945 million and...
    A Miami couple was arrested after police say they kidnapped and tortured a man for 72 hours. Police tells WSVN that a man was coerced into coming to The Villages Apartment homes on Dec. 28, where he was later held at gunpoint, chained and repeatedly threatened.  Two days later the suspects, Occius Dorsainvil, 56, and Marie Dorsainvil, 52, demanded that the victim give up his car in exchange for his freedom. After heading to the victim's car, Dorsainvil's later forced the victim to drink a combination of rum and bleach, according to reports.  FLORIDA POLICE CHARGE 2 WOMEN FOR THROWING GLITTER ON MAN DURING ARGUMENT He was panicking. He was trying to get help," good Samaritan, who spotted the victim running towards him after coming out of the vehicle, told WSVN. "He looked like he was shot or stabbed, but it actually was just blood from the vomiting that occurred," said the good Samaritan. "I didn’t realize until afterwards that he was kidnapped." A week later the suspects were arrested on multiple charges. According to Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation...
    The suspects in the shooting death of rapper Young Dolph have both been arrested, including an up-and-coming rapper who served just months of a five-year sentence for a triple shooting in 2017. Justin Johnson, 23, and Cornelius Smith, 32, are now in custody, according to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office. Both men are charged with first-degree murder, criminal attempted first degree murder, and theft of property. Dolph, 36 - real name Adolph Robert Thornton - was shot and killed as he shopped inside a cookie store in Memphis on November 17.   In 2017, Johnson, who raps under the name Straight Drop, was sentenced to five years in prison after shooting three people with an assault rifle during a brawl at a Memphis bowling alley. 'It's called the Department of Corrections not the Department of Punishment,' the judge in the case said at the time, who suspended Johnson's sentence after just five months. Shelby County court records also show that unrelated drug and weapons charges against Johnson were dropped in 2018.  Justin Johnson, 23, and Cornelius Smith, 32, have been arrested...
    When U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland gave a speech the day before the one-year anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building, the centrist Democrat vowed that “all January 6 perpetrators, at any level” will be held “accountable under law.” So far, more than 700 people have been arrested on federal charges — some on felony charges, others on misdemeanor charges — in connection with that attack. But journalist Ryan Cooper, in a biting op-ed published by The Week, argues that the worst insurrectionists of all have avoided prosecution. There were two different types of pro-Donald Trump insurrectionists on January 6, 2021: rioters who physically attacked the U.S. Capitol Building that day, and MAGA Republicans who didn’t actually riot or commit any acts of physical violence but did everything they could to whip those rioters into a frenzy and prevent the democratically elected Joe Biden from being certified as president. Cooper, in his op-ed, is doubtful that the latter type of insurrectionist will face legal consequences. As Cooper sees it, only those who did the physical...
    An illegal alien, who successfully evaded arrest for over 20 years in the United States, has been arrested for allegedly raping a five-year-old boy in 2001. Eric Santibanez Cardenas, a 40-year-old illegal alien who used the alias Julian Solis-Cardenas for years, was arrested late last month in High Point, North Carolina on charges of sexual assault of a child after having been on the run from Nevada police for more than two decades. According to police, Cardenas has been wanted in Las Vegas, Nevada since May 2001 on four charges of rape of a five-year-old boy. More than 20 years later, police tracked Cardenas down in North Carolina and teamed up with other agencies to arrest him. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has placed a detainer on Cardenas, asking police to turn him over to their custody if he is released from jail at any time. Cardenas is currently being held at the Guilford County Jail on a more than $500,000 bail and will be transferred to Nevada to face the child rape charges. John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The January 6 riot at the nation’s Capitol involved thousands of former-President Trump’s supporters. Since that day the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys Office have been working to prosecute individuals guilty of assaulting officers, trespassing on government property, and physical violence. READ MORE: Man Convicted Of Murder, Attempted Murder In May 2021 Shooting, Crash In West SacramentoSeveral Californians were among the hundreds of people charged. “I may or may not have rubbed my butt on Nasty Pelosi’s desk,” said former Sacramento Republican leader Jorge Aaron Riley. Riley was arrested just days after the insurrection and pleaded not guilty to all charges, despite admitting to his role on camera. “We broke windows, we went into the door we pushed our way in,” Riley said in the video. Small business owner Tommy Allan was arrested in Granite Bay. Charges include theft of government property for stealing documents from the Senate chamber. READ MORE: Crews Battle Commercial Fire In Fairfield“I mean, it didn’t stop anything,” said a neighbor of Allan, who CBS13 previously interviewed. Sean Michael McHugh was arrested in Auburn...
    On the campaign trail for Manhattan district attorney in 2021, Alvin Bragg was seen by many observers as unlikely to deliver on the reforms he promised. Now that he has been sworn in, he is already planning big moves that could revolutionize the system—unless it destroys him first. In a memorandum published January 3, DA Bragg states to line prosecutors working under him that they will no longer prosecute “marijuana misdemeanors,” most trespassing charges, turnstile jumping, most resisting arrest charges, and more. “Prostitution” is not specifically named, but a prosecutor must ask a supervisor before charging a client with patronizing. For felonies that are not homicides, high-grade felonies involving serious physical injury with a weapon, most sex offenses, felony domestic violence or major economic crimes, the new default policy is for prosecutors to “not seek a carceral sentence.” The memo also tells line prosecutors that they “shall not seek a sentence of life without parole,” at least under most ordinary circumstances. Bragg additionally ordered that Manhattan prosecutors should seek to downgrade certain serious charges if mitigating factors are present. For...
    WASHINGTON -- Nearly one year ago, thousands of people from nearly every state in the country traveled to Washington, D.C., where many of them stormed the nation's Capitol building after a political rally in an effort to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election victory.The riot -- which followed a months-long disinformation campaign by former President Donald Trump and his allies, who claimed without evidence that the election had been stolen through fraud -- lasted seven hours, during which approximately 10,000 people came onto Capitol grounds, with many engaging in violent clashes with officers trying to protect the building and lawmakers inside. At least 2,000 made it inside the Capitol building.Five people died during or after the attack, including four protesters and one police officer, and approximately 140 officers suffered injuries, according to the Department of Justice.EMBED More News Videos The U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, has been described as the worst attack on American democracy since the Civil War. In the year since the attack, the Justice Department launched what officials have described as one of the...
    For criminals who commit first-, second-, or third-degree armed robbery, Bragg says such individuals should only be charged with petty larceny "if the force or threat of force consists of displaying a dangerous instrument or similar behavior but does not create a genuine risk of physical harm." For convicted criminals caught with weapons other than firearms, Bragg says that unless they are charged with a more serious crime when caught with the weapon, then they should only be charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. In cases of drug dealing where prosecutors believe the arrested individual is "a low-level agent of a seller," Bragg instructs they be charged only with misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. In fact, drug dealers will only be prosecuted with felony charges if they are accused of more serious crimes or if they are caught in the act of dealing drugs. "ADAs should use their judgment and experience to evaluate the person arrested, and identify people: who suffer from mental illness; who...
    Manhattan's new district attorney has unveiled a sweeping new policy to only seek prison sentences for a handful of offenses, and downgrade or dismiss charges for many felony crimes - and Mayor Eric Adams is on board with the plan. District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who took office over the weekend, revealed his progressive new approach in a 'day one policies and procedures' memo released on Monday. Bragg, 48, in the memo instructed his prosecutors to stop seeking prison sentences for any crimes aside from homicides, assaults resulting in serious injury, domestic violence felonies, sex offenses, public corruption, and 'major economic crimes'. 'This rule may be excepted only in extraordinary circumstances based on a holistic analysis of the facts, criminal history, victim's input (particularly in cases of violence or trauma), and any other information available,' the memo states.  The directive comes despite New York City seeing a surge in violent crime. City-wide, crime statistics published in December by the NYPD show that shootings, murders and auto grand larceny have all nearly doubled while murder is up 50 percent in the city...
    Fraudster Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes faces a potential second trial following her conviction on Monday, after the jury deadlocked on three criminal counts. Holmes, 37, was convicted on four out of 11 counts on Monday by a San Jose jury, which acquitted on four other counts of fraud and conspiracy and deadlocked on the three remaining charges. Federal prosecutors could retry Holmes for the three wire fraud charges on which the jury failed to reach consensus, if U.S. District Judge Edward Davila rules a mistrial on the counts as expected. Davila is expected to set a sentencing date for Holmes next week at a hearing to declare the mistrial. Her sentencing is expected to occur after the trial for Holmes' former lover and business partner, Sunny Balwani.  The disgraced entrepreneur faces up to 20 years in prison for defrauding investors into sinking more than $945 million into her faulty blood testing machines, but in all likelihood will face a more lenient sentence. Fraudster Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, seen leaving court Monday with her husband and mother, faces a potential second trial after...
    Charges of forcible touching against the disgraced former Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, are to be dropped by Albany County District Attorney David Soares. Cuomo was due to be arraigned on Friday for allegedly groping former staffer and current state worker Brittany Commisso, 33, in November 2020.   Although Commisso is said to have wanted to move forward with the case, she was told by prosecutors on Monday that the charges will be dropped because of the matter in which the criminal complaint was filed.  Commisso, a former aide, alleged how Cuomo pulled her in close to give her a hug, reached under her blouse and then fondled one of her breasts while in the Executive Mansion.  Cuomo was due to be arraigned on Friday for allegedly groping former staffer and current state worker Brittany Commisso, 33, left, in November 2020, but charges are to be dropped Two New York State prosecutors are to clear Andrew Cuomo of criminal charges. In Manhattan the district attorney is also not filing any charges against Cuomo in the nursing home scandal Charges of forcible touching...
    (CNN)A federal judge in New York on Monday dismissed charges against two Bureau of Prisons guards who admitted to falsifying records on the night Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in 2019, court documents show. US District Court Judge Analisa Torres ordered the charges dropped against guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas after prosecutors said in a filing last week that the guards completed deferred prosecution agreements signed in May. The guards agreed to provide "truthful information related to their employment by the Bureau of Prisons, including about the events and circumstances described in the Indictment," according to a letter from federal prosecutors that was filed in court papers. The guards had to complete 100 hours of community service and cooperate with a Department of Justice Inspector General review, authorities said in May.CNN has reached out to the attorneys for Noel and Thomas but did not immediately hear back. Read MoreProsecutors move to dismiss charges against Epstein jail guards accused of falsifying recordsEpstein was awaiting trial at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, having pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing...
    In a split verdict, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty of four of the 11 criminal charges she faced related to the crash of her failed blood-testing start-up Theranos, and not guilty of four additional counts. A mistrial was declared on three other counts. Holmes and her former business and romantic partner, Sunny Balwani, were charged with nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud — felony charges that essentially accuse them of knowingly lying about Theranos’ technology to defraud investors and patients, including by making false statements and promises about the capabilities of company’s blood testing machines, and about its partnerships with companies like Walgreens, major pharmaceutical firms, and the Department of Defense. Balwani will face trial on the same charges next year. Each fraud charge carries up to 20 years in prison.  Here’s how the jury found on each of the counts against Holmes: 1. GUILTY of conspiracy to commit wire fraud against Theranos investors. This charge accused Holmes and Balwani of “knowingly and intentionally” soliciting payments from investors with false...
    WIDE receiver Antonio Brown allegedly faked a Covid-19 vaccine card and was accused of battery in just some of the controversies to blight the NFL star. The athlete, 33, made the headlines again after he walked off the pitch during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New York Jets on Sunday. 4Antonio Brown has been blighted by controversy throughout his careerCredit: AP 4He was accused of faking a Covid-19 vaccination card (file pic)Credit: Getty NFL star Brown joined the Buccaneers in 2020 after spells at the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, and New England Patriots. While at the Raiders, the footballer was not allowed to wear the same helmet that he had worn for the nine previous seasons. In August 2019, he tweeted: “I’m looking for a Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 or after. In exchange, I will trade a signed practice won Raiders helmet.” Drew Rosenhaus, the player's agent at the time, said the athlete had sported the same kind of helmet throughout his footballing career – from pee-wee to college football in...
    Ghislaine Maxwell will not help prosecutors and name 'names' of others involved in her ex-lover Jeffrey Epstein's sex-trafficking network for a lesser sentence, her brother Ian has claimed.  Maxwell, 60, was found guilty of five out of six sex trafficking charges in New York earlier this week.  The former socialite has spent more than 500 days in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn although she will likely spend the rest of her life in federal prison in the United States after she is sentenced.  Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured right, will not assist federal prosecutors in the United States in order to secure a lesser jail term. She is pictured here with Virginia Guiffre, who was one of the victims of Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell's sex-trafficking network. Ms Guiffre is suing Prince Andrew, pictured left, in civil court in the United States, claiming she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York. Prince Andrew strongly denies the allegation Prince Andrew, pictured driving a Range Rover through Windsor on New Year's Eve is trying to have the case against him in...
    Jeffrey Epstein's assistant of 20 years who said she had a bond so tight with the pedophile 'that I know what he's thinking' will not face prosecution, lawyers have said after a civil case was dropped against her. Lesley Groff, 53, was generously compensated for working as Epstein's executive assistant in New York and is accused of being one of Ghislaine Maxwell's minions. As Maxwell faces the rest of her life behind bars, the focus has turned to the women who, according to lawsuits, court testimony and police reports, managed the teenage girls coming and going out of Epstein's houses, including collecting contact information, taking messages and arranging the girls' travel.  Groff was named along with three other female employees, Sarah Kellen, Nadia Marcinkova and Adriana Ross, as an unindicted co-conspirator in Epstein's infamous sweetheart deal in 2008 that saw him given a cushy sentence and avoid federal sex trafficking charges in exchange for pleading guilty to soliciting sex from a minor. But federal prosecutors in Manhattan have no plans to bring charges against Groff, her lawyers announced in a...
    A cleaning worker who was bitten by an endangered tiger at a Florida zoo after putting his arm into the enclosure could be criminally charged, police have said. Eko, an eight-year-old Malayan, was fatally shot by responding officers at Naples Zoo when it would not release the man's arm from its jaws. Horrific bodycam footage shows contract cleaner River Rosenquist, 26, bloodied and on the ground next to the enclosure as he screams out: 'Please help me! Please help me! Oh my God! Shoot it! I'm going to die!' After being shot the tiger let go of Rosenquist and retreated into its enclosure where it was later pronounced dead. The cleaner was taken to hospital on a trauma alert.  In a statement issued Thursday, Collier County Sheriff's Office said they would determine whether charges would be filed against the injured worker, but it did not say what the charges could be. 'Preliminary information indicates that the man was either petting or feeding the animal, both of which are unauthorized and dangerous activities,' it read. 'An investigation will determine whether criminal charges will be...
    Brandon Pratt probably shouldn’t give up his career with the California Highway Patrol to join the rodeo. Pratt was trying to shoo an escaped cow off a rural Northern California highway when it “took offense,” according to Bruce Thuelchassaigne, a spokesperson for CHP’s Susanville office. The roughly 2,000-pound bovine chased Pratt and quickly caught up with him, dealing him a “glancing blow” near his right shoulder, Thuelchassaigne said. “The cow was pretty mad,” he said. “It put its head down and went to throw him up in the air.” Dashcam footage of the Dec. 23 encounter shows the enormous animal running through a field and charging Pratt as he tries to flee. Afterward, Pratt runs to the front of his patrol car and checks to see whether his assailant is still in pursuit. With no cow in sight, he heaves a sigh of relief. It’s hard to make out details in the grainy footage, but Thuelchassaigne said the cow’s feet leave the ground as the animal lifts Pratt into the air. Pratt wasn’t seriously injured,...
    Five men associated with the far-right Wolverine Watchmen militia group have asked a judge to dismiss charges of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after claiming that the FBI fabricated the plan and tried to trap them in the conspiracy.  Barry Croff, 44, Adam Fox, 40, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, 23, and Brandon Caserta were arrested on October 8, 2020 after allegedly hatched the plot because they were upset with Whitmer's COVID-19 restrictions. All five men are currently in custody. According to a federal complaint, they planned to snatch Whitmer from her vacation home and secret her away in an undisclosed location.    'The government initiated this case, despite the fact that it knew there was no plan to kidnap, no operational plan, and no details about how a kidnapping would occur or what would happen afterward,' defense lawyer Scott Graham wrote in his 20-page motion.  The attorneys claimed in their December 25 filing that if it weren't for an FBI informant embedded with the group, known only as 'Dan', who encouraged the plot and promised to fund it through...
    (CNN)Ghislaine Maxwell is charged with six counts in her federal trial in New York related to what prosecutors say are her efforts to groom and traffic underage girls to be sexually abused by her close companion Jeffrey Epstein.She has pleaded not guilty to six federal counts: sex trafficking of a minor, enticing a minor to travel to engage in criminal sexual activity, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three counts of conspiracy.The charges all relate to testimony from four women who say Maxwell facilitated their sexual abuse -- and sometimes participated in it as well -- more than a decade ago when they were under 18. Yet as the 83-page jury instructions explain, some of the women are more important to the charges than others because of their age at the time and their specific allegations.Her defense sought to undermine the accusers' memories and motivations during cross-examination. It also argued prosecutors are trying to scapegoat Maxwell only because Epstein, the sex offender and elusive financier, died before he could stand trial.If convicted on...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Mild for a few days, with rain possible tonight. Then headed for a cool-down. Today: READ MORE: CPD: Man Facing Gun Charges Connected To Shooting Of 11, 25-Year-Old In Jefferson ParkIncreasing clouds. High 43. Rain arrives after 9 p.m. tonight. Tonight: Rain. Low 38. READ MORE: Man Facing Attempted Murder Charges After Firing Gun At Police Officers In University VillageTomorrow: Decreasing clouds. High 51. EXTENDED Rain on Tuesday s temperatures drop. Near-normal temperatures ( low to mid-30s) for the rest of the week. MORE NEWS: With One Shooter Still At Large, Police Seek Witnesses In Oakbrook Center Shooting That Injured 4 
    A fifth woman came forward on Thursday to accuse Sex and the City actor Chris Noth of sexual abuse Lisa Gentile claims she was 'sexually abused' by the actor in 2002 when she worked as a singer and songwriter. She cannot bring a suit against the actor, however, as the statute of limitations has expired. 'The courthouse door is slammed shut in her face,' attorney Gloria Allred said in a news conference, urging for the passage of the Adult Survivors Act, which would allow women to bring lawsuits against their former abusers.     Four other women have previously accused the Sex and the City actor of sexual assault, with two women, using the pseudonyms Zoe, now 40, and Lily, now 31 telling the Hollywood Reporter on December 17 that the actor raped them.  Both of those accusers in the report claimed that Noth had sex with them from behind in front of a mirror, with the first attack allegedly taking place in 2004, while the second reportedly occurred in 2015, three years after Noth married his wife, Tara Wilson, with whom he has...
    A bruised Ghislaine Maxwell is seen in this photo of her alleged mistreatment in prison  Ghislaine Maxwell could spend Christmas Day in a 10x12ft prison cell as she awaits a verdict in her high-profile sex trafficking case.  The jury of six men and six women is still out in the third day of deliberation.  Despite not being found guilty of any of the alleged crimes, Maxwell faces spending Christmas Day - which is also her 60th birthday - behind bars at the Metropolitan Detention Center, what she's described a 'hell hole' and where she's been held since her arrest in July 2020.   And while court wasn't meant to be in session on Thursday, December 23, Judge Alison Nathan told the jury that they could deliberate on Thursday if they have not reached a verdict by the end of Wednesday.   If they do not reach a verdict by Thursday, the jury will reconvene after the Christmas holiday.  Maxwell has maintained her innocence and her lawyers have bashed her accusers as having false memory and being motivated by money.  The jury of six...
    In deep red Oklahoma, one of the state’s top Republicans, along with his wife, is facing multiple felony charges and the possibility of up to ten years in prison if convicted, according to the Associated Press. The Republican is Terry O’Donnell, who serves as speaker pro tempore of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. O’Donnell, AP reports, is accused of “misusing his power to change state law so his wife, Teresa, could become a tag agent.” But Mack Martin, O’Donnell’s attorney, told AP that O’Donnell denies breaking the law in any way. “The most severe offense against the couple, conspiracy against the state, has a maximum punishment of ten years in prison and a $25,000 fine,” according to AP. “Grand jurors alleged the two submitted a fraudulent application to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.” Republicans have supermajorities in both branches of the Oklahoma State Legislature: the Oklahoma House and the Oklahoma State Senate. READ: The Constitution provides a simple solution to the Democrats' Supreme Court problem that everyone is ignoringFrom Your Site Articles
    ARTIST Drakeo the Ruler was acquitted of felony murder charges over a shooting that happened at a warehouse party – years before his death. Prosecutors alleged that Darrell Caldwell, 28, was plotting to kill rapper RJ – also known as Rodney Brown in December 2016. 3Drakeo the Ruler was acquitted of felony murder charges over a shooting that happened at a warehouse party in December 2016Credit: AFP 3Davion Gregory was killed following a shooting in California in December 2016Credit: gofundme They claimed that Drakeo met with Jaiden Boyd and Mikell Buchanan to provide them with firearms. But, Brown was never at the warehouse event in Carson, California, The Fader reports. Davion Gregory was killed while two others were injured after gunfire erupted. Cops said at the time that it wasn't clear if the shooting was targeted or random. Rumors circulated online that Drakeo was involved in the incident after his Mercedes car was apparently spotted leaving the scene. Cops started investigating him as a suspect and the artist was arrested in January after they raided his flat and found guns,...
    A RAPPER who died stabbing at a music festival in LA wrote lyrics about "people wanting to kill him" three years before his death. Drakeo the Ruler, 28, died after being stabbed at the Once Upon A Time In LA on Sunday. 2Drakeo was stabbed at music festival in LACredit: Getty 2After the stabbing, the festival was shutdown with police conducting weapon searchesCredit: Rex The star suffered severe stab wounds to the neck after he was set upon by a “group of people” in an area off stage, the LA Police Department confirmed. Caldwell had been due to perform at the Los Angeles festival alongside stars such as Snoop Dogg, Ice Cub and 50 Cent . However, the event was swiftly cancelled as authorities confirmed that an “incident had occurred.” Born Darrell Caldwell, he was raised in south Los Angeles by a single mom and found fame after DJ Mustard remixed his song Mr Get Dough in 2015. He developed a unique recognisable style - Drakeo called it “nervous music” for a good reason, his success came at a difficult time in...
    Political operative and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone said that he met briefly with the House committee investigating Jan. 6 and informed lawmakers he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right. Stone gave a deposition for 90 minutes before leaving and telling reporters that he would plead the Fifth 'not because I have done anything wrong, but because I am fully aware of the House Democrats' long history of fabricating perjury charges.' Stone slammed the inquiry as 'witch hunt 3.0' and denied having any involvement in the 'illegal and politically counterproductive' activities of that day. Stone gave a deposition for 90 minutes before leaving and telling reporters that he would plead the Fifth 'not because I have done anything wrong, but because I am fully aware of the House Democrats' long history of fabricating perjury charges' Stone was subpoenaed last month as the committee looks into his actions leading up to Jan. 6. Stone said he was particularly concerned with the committee's probing of his actions on Jan. 5. 'I don't like to see the criminalization of constitutionally protected political activity....
    A mother-of-four is facing charges of neglect and DUI after allegedly leaving her children home alone while she went to work and drank at a bar. Police were called Perla Aguilar's house in southwest Oklahoma just after 1.30am on Sunday to check on her four young children - aged five, eight, nine and nine-months-old - who were allegedly left home alone. The eldest child, nine, told officers she was left to care for her siblings and claimed Aguilar, 27, was at a bar and leaves them at home 'all the time', according to News9. The girl left in charge reportedly tried to feed her nine-month-old sibling pizza and told officers that she did not know what she should feed the baby.  Perla Aguilar (pictured), 27, is facing charges of child neglect and driving with a suspended or revoked license after allegedly leaving her four young children at home alone  Police were called Aguilar's house in Oklahoma after 1.30am Sunday to check on her children, aged five, eight, nine and nine-months-old. Pictured: Oklahoma County Detention Center, where Aguilar is being held Master Sergant...
    JANA Duggar is an American TV personality and author most known for being on the show 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On. Duggar broke her silence on the matter calling it a "scary accident." 2Jana Duggar, 31, has been charged with the endangerment of a childCredit: Jana Duggar/Instagram What are the child endangerment charges against Jana Duggar? Jana, 31, was charged back in September of 2021 with endangering the welfare of a child. The TV personality posted bail at $430 at the time. When is Jana's next court date? A clerk confirmed to The Sun that Jana's next court date will be on January 10, 2022 at 1.30pm. Without a Crystal Ball was first to report the news of her charge. Most read in EntertainmentBIG REVEAL The Voice finale 2021 - Girl Named Tom crowned the WINNER as Ed Sheeran performs DUGGAR DOWN Jim Bob Duggar LOSES by a landslide in Arkansas Senate race after Josh's trialDERICK’S ATTACK Jill Duggar's husband Derick SLAMS her dad Jim Bob's 'manipulation & lies''CRINGEWORTHY' Teen Mom fans say they are 'embarrassed' for Jo...
    A man recently sentenced to 17 years in prison for kidnapping a businessman was accidentally released from a county jail in Alabama on Friday and is on the run, officials say. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office requests the public to keep an eye out for 35-year-old Matthew Amos Burke, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping , bank fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank fraud charges in April. The exact error that led to his accidental release is under investigation, but authorities believe there was a mistake with his transfer documents after state charges against him had been dismissed. The office did not notice the error until Monday. CRIME FEAR GRIPS US, 68% SAY IT’S GETTING WORSE "According to records, Burke had charges with the state, which were dismissed after a court appearance on Friday," the sheriff's office said in a press release . "At the time [of] transfer from the neighboring agency, there was no documentation left to notify jail personnel that Burke had been sentenced by another court and was not to be released." According to the...
    In the United Kingdom, the High Court has ruled that WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges. Frank Figliuzzi, a former FBI special agent and counterintelligence expert, analyzes this development in an opinion column published by MSNBC on December 15 — and argues that Assange’s extradition could be bad news for former President Donald Trump. “Former President Donald Trump already faces a future filled with legal battles in multiple federal, state and local jurisdictions from Georgia to the District of Columbia to New York State and Manhattan,” explains Figliuzzi, a frequent guest on MSNBC’s cable news shows. “And now, a British court decision against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could resurrect the two seminal questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation: Did Trump obstruct justice, and did his campaign collude with Russia? Assange, an Australian citizen sitting in Her Majesty’s Prison Belmarsh in Southeast London, may hold the key that reopens the prosecutive possibilities.” The espionage charges against Assange in the U.S., Figliuzzi notes, stem “from his 2010 publication of State Department and Defense...
    (CNN)Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted in April on state murder charges for killing George Floyd, is scheduled to appear at a change of plea hearing Wednesday in the federal civil rights case against him, according to court documents. Chauvin is accused of depriving Floyd's right to be free from "unreasonable seizure, which includes the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer." Chauvin pleaded not guilty to the charges in September.Floyd's death on May 25, 2020, sparked protests nationwide against police brutality and racial injustice.Bystander video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while the 46-year-old, handcuffed and lying prone in the street, gasped for air, telling Chauvin and other officers, "I can't breathe."Read MoreThe change of plea hearing is scheduled for US District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pleads not guilty to federal charges "Whatever his initial plea was he has indicated he would like to change that plea," a court spokesperson told CNN. CNN left messages Monday for...
    Evan Vucci/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Due to his refusal to cooperate with the congressional committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, Mark Meadows, a former representative for North Carolina and Donald Trump’s final chief of staff, was held in contempt late Tuesday night by the legislative body in which he once served.  Meadows initially seemed to cooperate with the January 6 committee, supplying it with thousands of documents and signaling that he would sit for a deposition. At the time, Meadows’ relatively conciliatory approach cut a sharp contrast with the pugnacious attitude of Trump guru Steve Bannon, who chose to rebuff the committee at every turn. But Meadows has now joined Bannon as the second Trump associate referred to the Department of Justice for possible criminal contempt charges for refusing to comply with the committee’s investigation. Last month, the DOJ obtained an indictment against Bannon. Meadows’ tenuous relationship with the committee collapsed when he cited a legally dubious argument that executive privilege allowed him to withhold select documents. Due...
    Photo credit: Jeff Kowalsky, AFP via Getty Images As former President Donald Trump continues to baselessly insist that he was denied victory in the 2020 election due to mass voter fraud, three Central Florida Republican residents have been arrested on charges of casting multiple ballots. The Villages News reports that Joan Halstead, a 72-year-old denizen of The Villages — a massive Florida retirement community — was arrested two weeks ago under felony charges for allegedly casting two ballots last November. The outlet reviewed documents from Sumter County Court, and Halstead stands accused of casting an in-person 2020 election vote while also casting an absentee ballot in New York. Halstead’s arrest comes as Bill Keen, the Sumter County Supervisor of Elections, leads an ongoing investigation into voting irregularities that were detected in the area last year. The investigation already led to an arrest warrant for Jay Ketcik, another resident of The Villages, who recently surrendered himself to Sumpter County in order to face felony voter fraud charges. Ketcik allegedly cast a mail-in ballot in Florida last October, but also cast an...
    Two teens, including one who previously threatened to 'shoot up the school' after he was expelled, have been arrested and accused of being in the 'planning phase' of an attack on a Pennsylvania high school. Logan Jack Pringle, 17, and Preston Robert Hinebaugh, 16, were arrested Friday on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. They were still in custody as of Monday morning. Police found five weapons at Hinebaugh's house: one pump-action rifle and four AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles.  A parent at Westmont Hilltop High School was the first person to raise concern. Last Tuesday, her daughter texted her saying she saw Pringle - who was expelled three years ago - at school, but 'assumed he had been re-admitted to the school district.' The mom emailed the principal, and school officials contacted police. It turns out Hinebaugh had let Pringle into the school at about 10.30am. The pair walked down the halls 'examining cameras and other features of the building,' according to a criminal complaint. Hinebaugh (left) let Pringle (right) into Westmont Hilltop High School in...
    Alex Murdaugh, the embattled South Carolina lawyer accused of a bewildering array of criminal charges, spoke out for the first time on Monday about his infamous botched assisted-suicide plot in September. “I understand there may be concern I may be a danger to myself,” Murdaugh said during a Monday bond hearing on dozens of new charges over financial crimes. “I made a terrible decision that I regret and frankly I'm embarrassed about. I'm not in that place now.” In an impassioned eight-minute speech to Judge Allison Renee Lee, the scion explained his mindset leading up to the Labor Day incident, where prosecutors allege he orchestrated his own shooting in a failed bid to secure a $10 million insurance payout for his son, Buster. Murdaugh explained that the day of the failed shooting, he had revealed to his brother and former law partner that he had a 20-year opioid addiction and was in “the throes of withdrawal.” He added that he was grieving over the loss of his wife, Margaret, and his other son, Paul—both of whom were found murdered...
    Jana Duggar has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in Arkansas.  The reality TV star has been charged with a misdemeanor charge, an Elms Springs district clerk confirmed to Daily Mail. The local county clerk confirmed she was cited on September 9, 2021.   An Elm Springs district clerk confirmed that she has entered a plea deal and is expected to appear in the Washington County District Court on January 10.   The news comes one day after her brother Josh was found guilty of downloading a vile trove of 'the worst of the worst' child porn.  He was charged with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography.  Jana was spotted attending her brother's trial in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Tuesday. She appeared in 'high spirits laughing and mingling with family during breaks, including Josh,' The Sun reported.  Jana is the second child and first daughter of Jim and Michelle Duggar.