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    Washington (CNN)Alabama's bid to pause a court order requiring the state to redraw its congressional map was denied Thursday evening, setting the potential for the Supreme Court to quickly intervene in case."We discern no basis for a finding that this case is the extraordinary case in which we must allow an election to proceed under a map that we have determined -- on the basis of a substantial evidentiary record -- very likely violates the Voting Rights Act," a panel of three federal judges said. The panel includes two appointees of former President Donald Trump. Earlier this week, Alabama was ordered to redraw its congressional map after the regime it adopted last year, using data from the 2020 Census, was found in two cases to have likely violated the Voting Rights Act. The order gives the legislature 14 days to draw a new map that includes "two districts in which Black voters either comprise a voting-age majority or something quite close to it." 5-4 Supreme Court clears the way for Alabama executionIf Alabama's congressional map is redrawn, it will likely...
    (CNN)A 5-4 Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of death row inmate Matthew Reeves by lethal injection, reversing a lower court opinion. The lower court had agreed to block the execution because Reeves sought to be executed by an alternate method: nitrogen gas. But the justices granted Alabama's request to reinstate the execution in an after-hours order Thursday. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, joined by the court's three liberals, would have denied Alabama's request. Justice Elena Kagan, writing only for Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, said in the brief order that the majority should have abided by the lower court's decision.Kagan noted that "four judges" on three courts had decided "after extensive record development, briefing and argument" that the execution shouldn't proceed. "The law demands that we give their conclusions deference," Kagan wrote. Barrett did not explain her thinking. Read MoreBiden commits to nominating nations first Black female Supreme Court justice as he honors retiring BreyerThe divided ruling came hours after Breyer had announced he would retire at the end of the term and his colleagues released warm...
    Promises that the Oath Keepers’ founder made to show up at events in person might have to wait. Stewart Rhodes, 56, was ordered detained until his trial, according to a court order released on Wednesday. The militia leader was captured two weeks ago and charged for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. “The Court questions Defendant’s willingness to obey any Court-imposed conditions of supervised release… Defendant’s actions exhibit an extreme defiance to federal authority that raise doubt as to Defendant’s ability and willingness to comply with conditions of release.” the order reads. According to the court order, Rhodes left Virginia soon after the Capitol riot expressly to evade arrest, deleted evidence of his participation in the violent uprising, and told others to do the same. The court said that, without a permanent address, Rhodes was “transient” and “may easily flee federal authorities and avoid apprehension.” Allegations of violence made by his estranged wife further inclined the court to order his detainment. The court also said Rhodes’ “authoritative role in the conspiracy, access to substantial...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s on-again, off-again plan to allow earlier potential prison releases for certain repeat offenders was off again Tuesday, pending an appeal by more than half of California’s 58 district attorneys. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Judith Craddick reinstated a temporary restraining order that was lifted last week by another judge. READ MORE: Sacramento Judge Delays Enforcement Of Part Of New California Bacon LawThe order again temporarily prevents corrections officials from increasing good conduct credits for offenders with serious and violent criminal histories under the state’s “three strikes” law. The credits would go only to second-strike inmates serving time for nonviolent offenses who are housed at minimum-security prisons and camps. Twenty-eight of California’s 58 district attorneys moved to block the rule. READ MORE: Modesto Explores Hiring Park Rangers To Keep Parks Clean And SafeSacramento Superior Court Judge Shama Mesiwala ruled last week that the prosecutors lacked legal standing to challenge the regulations. Craddick renewed the stay to give prosecutors time to appeal Mesiwala’s ruling to California’s 3rd District Court of Appeals, and to give that court time to...
    The mask mandate in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, will stay in place. The Anne Arundel County Circuit Court ruled Tuesday against a lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction to overturn the mandate, which was instituted by Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman earlier this month after the County Council voted against extending it. Last week, the court also ruled against an emergency restraining order that would have undone the mandate while the case played out. “I want to thank the Court for again recognizing Dr. Kalyanaraman’s authority to issue this order under his powers as our Health Officer,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said in a statement. The order expires Jan. 31. “I hope and anticipate the expiration of the order,” Pittman said, “as it has accomplished what Dr. Kalyanaraman intended — flattening the curve of the omicron wave during a critical moment for our hospitals and healthcare workers.” More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia Latest vaccination numbers in DC, Maryland and Virginia Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and...
    "Masks are not mandatory for students, period. Yet Kathy Hochul is still trying to force young children to wear a mask in school, shamefully disregarding the rule of law," she added. Stefanik directed her constituents to contact her office if their children are being told they must wear a mask in schools, contrary to the Supreme Court's order. Hochul enacted the mask mandate in December 2021. It required that face coverings be worn in schools and other indoor public places to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But Hochul's rule was challenged in court by opponents who said the state overstepped its authority by implementing the mandate without going through the state legislature. On Monday, Nassau County Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker ruled that the mask mandate was an unconstitutional overreach by the executive branch. "There can be no question that every person in this State wishes, wants and prays that this era of COVID ends soon and they will surely do their part to see that is accomplished," Rademaker said. "However, enacting any laws to...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — An indoor mask mandate in Anne Arundel remains in effect after a circuit court judge ruled against a request for a preliminary injunction On Jan. 7, county health officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman issued a public safety order reinstating a mask mandate in the jurisdiction hours after the county council voted not to renew the policy. The council voted 4-3 in favor of keeping the mandate, but a supermajority was needed for the bill to pass. READ MORE: Businesses Owners On The Block Protest Proposal To Close Establishments On The Street By 10 P.M.The order requires masking in both indoor and outdoor public areas where distancing isn’t possible. READ MORE: Nominate A Principal For The Heart Of The School AwardsAccording to court records, the lawsuit asking for a temporary restraining order was filed on Jan. 14 by attorney Charles J. Muskin. Pasquale Carannante and James Zimmerer are listed as the plaintiffs. Both are business owners in the county, according to County Executive Steuart Pittman. MORE NEWS: Maryland Weather: We Could See Some Snow On FridayPittman, Kalyanaraman and...
    Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin's executive order took effect Monday, allowing public schools to choose whether to enforce a COVID-19 mask mandate among students, despite several districts filing litigation challenging the order. Seven school districts sued to block the order on Monday, while an additional filing last week by 13 parents of students from Chesapeake City Public Schools is slated to be heard by the state's Supreme Court. The districts accused Youngkin of violating a state law requiring school boards to implement guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "to the maximum extent practicable." Following the initial lawsuit, Attorney General Jason Miyares filed a motion to the state Supreme Court to dismiss the case against Executive Order No. 2, which argues: "Recent government orders requiring virtually every child in Virginia wear masks virtually every moment they are in school have proven ineffective and impractical." VIRGINIA MOVES TO DISMISS MASK MANDATE LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY CHESAPEAKE PARENTS Miyares's office said it expected the state Supreme Court to take up the school mask debate on Monday, though no orders have been issued...
    YouTube "Teen Mom 2" star Chelsea Houska. Chelsea Houska has been accused of “violating” a court order after “hiding” documents, according to the consulting company Envy, who spoke to The Sun. Houska and her husband, Cole DeBoer, have been embroiled in a $3 million court war since 2020, when they were sued by Envy. News of the lawsuit first surfaced on the “Without A Crystal Ball” podcast. Host Katie Joy explained: “According to the complaint, the company alleges that they negotiated various endorsements for Chelsea including companies she has prominently promoted on her Instagram … she failed to actually complete some of these required promotions on her social media … as well as they said she took deals outside of them and did not pay them.” In May 2020, Houska and her husband filed a counterclaim, contending that it was Envy who withheld money in the amount of $150,000 from them. Court papers newly obtained by The Sun show that the couple is now “failing to disclose the complete search terms used by the Defendants to identify responsive...
    TEEN Mom 2 star Chelsea Houska has been accused of “violating” a court order by hiding documents in her $3million lawsuit with her ex-business partner.  Chelsea, 30, and her husband Cole, 33, were sued by consulting company Envy for $3million for allegedly withholding money made from social media promotions.  5Chelsea Houska has been accused of violating a court order by hiding documentsCredit: MTV 5Chelsea was sued for $3million for allegedly withholding money made from social media promotionsCredit: chelseahouska/Instagram Chelsea, Cole and the other defendants responded to the lawsuit by filing a counterclaim in May 2020, alleging Envy actually withheld over $150,000 from them.  The Sun can exclusively reveal Envy has accused the Teen Mom stars of “violating” the court order by continuing to withhold documents and revenue.  In court papers obtained by The Sun, Envy’s legal team wrote a letter to the judge requesting he order Chelsea and Cole to produce the remaining documents and to extend the discovery deadline to March 31, 2022.  Envy accused the reality stars of “violating” the court’s order by “failing to disclose the complete search terms used...
    UPPER ST. CLAIR (KDKA) — For students in one of the largest school districts in Western Pennsylvania, they’ll be required to pack a mask for classes on Monday. A federal appeals judge granted an emergency ruling to require universal masking, despite the Upper St. Clair school board’s voting to make masks optional two weeks ago. This means that everyone will have to wear a mask in the Upper St. Clair School District. On Sunday, a federal appeals judge with the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency request for a restraining order to continue universal masking. An attorney representing five at-risk students requested this order because of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, arguing that optional masking puts students in jeopardy and violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The order reverses a ruling made Friday by a U.S. District judge who rejected the emergency motion. That judge said granting the restraining order would “damage the independence and authority” of the school board. “The order is very temporary in that it is only in place until there is a...
    KATIE Price is facing further legal trouble in 2022 and could be hauled off to jail after she was arrested. The 43-year-old has reportedly found herself on the wrong side of the law again after a turbulent 12 months. 1Katie Price could face jail time after her latest arrestCredit: Rex Is Katie Price going to jail? The reality star could be heading to jail after being arrested while still on licence for her drink-drive shame. Katie controversially swerved spending Christmas behind bars back in December 2021 and was instead handed a 16-week suspended sentence spanning over a year. A judge slammed her for believing she is "above the law" while driving when disqualified and without insurance, but couldn't send her to prison because of a legal loophole. Katie was travelling to see a pal because she was "lonely" when she overturned her BMW in Horsham, West Sussex, in September. She was already banned from driving when she got behind the wheel after taking cocaine and downing vodka and lemonades. Her driving ban was extended and she was given 100 hours...
    KATIE Price spent the night in a police cell after she sent a vile message to ex-husband Kieran Hayler about his fiancée. The star, 43, could face jail after allegedly breaking a court order banning her from contacting Michelle Penticost, 39, “directly or indirectly”. 12Katie Price spent the night in a police cell after she sent a vile message to former husband Kieran Hayler about his fiancée 12Katie was accused of breaking a court order banning her from contacting Michelle Penticost 'directly or indirectly' - pictured Michelle with Price's ex-husband Kieran HaylerCredit: Refer to Caption 12Price is facing jail for allegedly sending a foul-mouthed message to ex-husband Kieran Hayler, pictured — directed at his fiancée Michelle PenticostCredit: Getty Police arrested Price at home at 1am yesterday and took her to Worthing nick, West Sussex. Price could face jail for sending a foul-mouthed message to ex-husband Kieran Hayler — directed at his fiancée. The former glamour model, 43, was spared prison last month after a drink-drive crash. She was accused of breaking a court restraining order banning her from contacting Michelle...
    A federal district court judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction against President Joe Biden's executive order requiring all federal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subject to getting fired. Judge Jeffrey Vincent Brown in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District ruled for the plaintiffs in the case Feds for Medical Freedom v. Biden, writing that the order would pose a substantial threat to irreparable harm over the "liberty interests of employees." "No legal remedy adequately protects the liberty interests of employees who must choose between violating a mandate of doubtful validity or consenting to an unwanted medical procedure that cannot be undone," Brown wrote in the order. “This case is not about whether folks should get vaccinated against COVID-19 — the court believes they should." This is a developing story and will be updated. News Joe Biden Judge Vaccination Coronavirus Texas
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court will have to decide whether protecting historical tribal lands and a rare toad warrant blocking a major geothermal plant in Nevada as the nation tries to move away from fossil fuels amid a looming climate crisis. Ormat Technologies says it may abandon the project if a 90-day court order remains in place into March at the high-desert site bordering wetlands fed by hot springs about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Reno. The legal battle is headed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco after a federal judge in Reno denied Ormat’s request this week to lift the temporary injunction by Feb. 28. The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and the Center for Biological Diversity won the Jan. 4 court order temporarily banning any activity on what they say are sacred ceremonial grounds and home to the Dixie Valley toad being considered for a U.S. endangered species listing. They also warn that the project could end up costing ratepayers in Southern California more for electricity. Reno-based Ormat, one of the...
    Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares filed a motion Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit looking to block Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order ending mask mandates. In a statement, Miyares said he moves to dismiss the petition to restore parents’ authority to make “the best decision for their children.” “Tonight, we asked the Supreme Court of Virginia to protect the fundamental rights of parents to direct the upbringing, care, and education of their children,” said Miyares. “Governor Youngkin had every power to issue the executive order, and with our filing, we again affirm that parents matter.” A group of parents with children in Chesapeake Public Schools sued the governor and members of his administration in the Supreme Court of Virginia on Tuesday, arguing that the executive order violates state law. This is a breaking news story. Check back here for more updates, listen live to WTOP or tune to 103.5 FM.
    (CNN)Over the furious dissent of three liberal justices, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected another attempt by abortion providers to block Texas' six-week abortion ban.The court's order is the latest setback for providers who are trying to revive challenges to the law five months after it was allowed to go into effect, bringing a halt to most abortions in the country's second-largest state. A conservative-leaning federal appeals court previously sent the case to the state's highest court, which means the law will remain in effect at the very least for several more weeks or months.The three liberal justices wrote a scathing dissent to the court's order. "This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies," Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, joined by Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. "I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee."This story is breaking and will be updated.
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union is ordering Poland to pay a fine of nearly 70 million euros ($80 million) for its failure to shut down a disciplinary chamber with the power to suspend or otherwise punish judges for their rulings, an official said Thursday. The European Court of Justice ruled last year that “the disciplinary regime for judges in Poland is not compatible with EU law,” since it opens up the independent judicial branch to political interference. Despite the ruling, Poland’s government hasn’t suspended the Disciplinary Chamber, which operates from the Supreme Court. The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, had analyzed a reply sent by Poland in response to the court’s concerns on Dec. 22, commission spokesman Christian Wigand said. It found that “Poland failed to provide evidence” that it complied with the court’s order of last July. “The European Commission has therefore sent the first call for payments yesterday (Wednesday),” Wigand said. The development comes a day after the commission said it had also started the process to deduct millions of euros from payments to Poland...
    CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge who made sexist comments about an attorney during a conversation in his courtroom that he did not realize was being broadcast live on YouTube has been removed from the bench, officials announced Wednesday. In an order released to the media, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans said Judge William Raines is “hereby reassigned to restricted duties or duties other than judicial duties” and must “receive sensitivity training and gender bias counseling designed to address and remedy the alleged conduct.” The order does not explicitly say how long Raines must remain off the bench, but it says another judge will “monitor and mentor” Raines and report back to the court system’s executive committee within 90 days. He made the disparaging comments about attorney Jennifer Bonjean on Jan. 11 to two assistant state’s attorneys and an assistant public defender, just after Bonjean had left the courtroom. “Can you imagine waking up next to her every day? Oh, my God!” Raines said, according to a transcript of the exchange. ”I couldn’t have a visual on...
    (CNN)The Biden administration will be in court Wednesday defending the use of a controversial Trump-era policy that's resulted in more than 1 million expulsions of migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border. The public health authority, known as Title 42, was invoked at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, despite suspicions among officials that it was politically motivated. It allows authorities to swiftly remove migrants encountered at the US southern border, effectively barring those seeking asylum from doing so and marking a departure from previous protocol. The use of the authority has fielded fierce criticism by immigrant advocates, attorneys and health experts, who argue it has no health basis and puts migrants in harm's way. The United Nations refugee agency has also pushed back on the authority. But on Wednesday, Justice Department lawyers will argue before the US Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, that the public health order is needed.Wednesday's court proceedings stem from a lawsuit filed last January, when the American Civil Liberties Union and others challenged the Trump-era border policy on behalf of migrant families. The ACLU...
    New York's attorney general is seeking a court order to force Donald Trump and his two oldest children to testify in their fraud case, stating that she has 'uncovered significant evidence' of financial misconduct. Letitia James has since March 2019 been looking into the tax affairs of the Trump Organization, after former Trump confidante Michael Cohen shed light on its business practices. James is looking at whether the Trump Organization inflated the value of its assets in a bid to claim tax relief. James said that the former president claimed his Trump Tower penthouse was 30,000 square feet and worth $327 million, when in fact it was 11,000 square feet and worth a fraction of that. He also inflated the value of his golf course in Scotland, and wrongly stated that members of his Westchester club were paying $150,000 to join. The Trumps misrepresented the value to banks, insurance companies and the IRS, James said. Letitia James on Tuesday announced she was seeking a subpoena to force Donald Trump and his two eldest children to testify  Eric Trump, far left, was...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Wednesday evicted Palestinian residents from a disputed property in a flashpoint Jerusalem neighborhood. Earlier in the week the residents of the buildings in Sheikh Jarrah held a tense standoff with police officers who had come to evict them from the property, but were stopped by crowds. Several other properties in the neighborhood are also disputed. Police said officers arrested several people Wednesday suspected of “violating a court order, violent fortification and disturbing public order.” The Salhiya family say they purchased the property before 1967, while the state has argued against the family’s claims in court. The Jerusalem Municipality formally seized the property in 2017 for the purpose of building a special needs school, but the family continued to operate a plant nursery there. A Jerusalem court ruled last year in favor of the city and authorized the eviction. The family has appealed and is awaiting a ruling, but the judge did not freeze the eviction order. The municipality and police said in a joint statement Wednesday that the family’s “illegal takeover of public...
    A 55-year-old Buffalo, Minn., man, critically ill from COVID-19, has been transferred to a Texas hospital after his wife secured a restraining order against an Allina hospital that had planned to take him off a ventilator. According to court documents, Anoka County District Judge Jennifer Stanfield on Thursday granted Anne Quiner, wife of and power of attorney for Scott Quiner, the order. Anne Quiner then moved him from Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids to an undisclosed Texas hospital. Anne and Scott Quiner (Courtesy of the Quiner family)  “The patient was transported to a health care facility of the family’s choice this morning,” the health care system said in a statement Saturday. “Allina Health is grateful the family was able to find a health care facility that meets their needs and we continue to wish them all the best.” On Monday, after questions were raised about Scott Quiner’s care, Allina released a second statement saying it “has great confidence in the exceptional care provided to our patients, which is administered according to evidence-based practices by our talented and compassionate medical teams.”...
    An unvaccinated 55 year-old who is being kept alive by a ventilator after catching COVID has been moved from Minnesota to Texas after his wife won a restraining order against a hospital's decision to disconnect him from life support.    Fifty-five-year-old Scott Quiner, of Buffalo, was a patient at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids where he was set to have his ventilator shut off on January 13, despite his wife Anne's insistence that he should remain hooked up to breathing support.  He had been in hospital since October 31 but doctors had determined that it was time to end his treatment after he suffered lung failure.  But Anne sought an injunction against the hospital to prevent them from switching off his ventilator, and a judge ruled in her favor.  This weekend, he was flown to an unnamed facility in Texas, the family's attorney said, where treatment is continuing.  'Scott is now in a hospital in Texas getting critical care,' said attorney Marjorie Holsten.  Scott Quiner, 55, who is unvaccinated, caught COVID and was being kept alive by a ventilator Mercy...
    ANTI-vaxxer Novak Djokovic's Covid stance could ruin his career as he faces being banned from the French Open. The French health ministry has announced vaccine passes will be required for visiting athletes for upcoming events. 5Novak Djokovic was spotted in Melbourne Airport after his visa to play in the Australian Open was cancelledCredit: Reuters 5Djokovic seen leaving the Park Hotel government detention facility before attending his court hearingCredit: EPA If the rule remains in place until May, the Serbian tennis player will lose his chance at taking out his 21st Grand Slam win. The vaccine pass law will require people to have a certificate to visit public places. The French health ministry said: "The rule is simple. The vaccine pass will be imposed, as soon as the law is promulgated, in establishments that were already subject to the health pass," "This will apply to everyone who is a spectator or a professional sportsperson. And this until further notice. The rule change was approved by parliament on Sunday and specifically referenced that in regards to...
    A New York City restaurant owner said he would not follow the city's vaccine mandate for private employees and dared the governor to arrest him.  Stratis Morfogen, owner of The Brooklyn Chop Shop and Dumpling Shop, told Fox's Tucker Carlson on Thursday that the state is wrong to continue to impose its mandate after restauranteurs struggled throughout the pandemic and helped feed first responders.  'I'm not doing the mandate, and I told Governor [Kathy] Hochul to come and arrest me,' he said.  'I'm not doing it because, first of all, the employees we have, these were our heroes. In [the] early part of COVID, we fed 8,400 health care workers.  'I'm not firing these people for a jab for a job,' he said. Morfogen added that he was glad the US Supreme Court agreed with him after they voted 6-3 to block his sweeping rules on private companies, which included a vaccine mandate, in a crushing blow to his pandemic response on Thursday.  Stratis Morfogen (right), owner of The Brooklyn Chop Shop and Dumpling Shop, spoke with Fox's Tucker Carlson...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith was held in contempt of court again on Thursday for violating the rights of a teenage boy. This is the third contempt of court order issued against Smith recently. READ MORE: Supreme Court Blocks Biden's COVID Vaccine Rule For Companies, Allows Mandate For Health Care WorkersIn this case, the order involved a 17-year-old who has been locked in a psychiatric hospital more than four months after being ready to be released. If the youth is not properly placed, $1,000-per-day fine will start racking up starting on Tuesday. In court Thursday, it was stated that wrongly keeping the youth in a psychiatric facility is costing taxpayers $1,000 a day, or $30,000 a month. He has been locked up for more than four months. CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini last week that a Cook County Juvenile Court judge earlier issued two contempt of court orders against Smith for violating the rights of two children who were left languishing in facilities for months. One of the earlier court...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered new trials for two Death Row inmates, including for a man convicted in the murders of a Broward County couple after his mother provided key testimony. In somewhat-unusual moves, justices overturned the convictions of Peter Avsenew in the 2010 murders in Broward County and of Jason Simpson, who was convicted of killing a drug dealer and the dealer’s pregnant girlfriend in 1999 in Duval County. READ MORE: Florida Senate Moves Quickly On COVID-19 Legal ProtectionsIn both cases, the Supreme Court found that judges made errors that required new trials. Avsenew was sentenced to death in 2018, while Simpson was sentenced in 2007. Avsenew was convicted in the shooting deaths of Steven Adams and Kevin Powell and taking the couple’s sport-utility vehicle and money. Avsenew, who had been staying with the couple, drove to Polk County, where his mother, Jeanne Avsenew, lived. After a series of circumstances, including Avsenew telling his mother he was driving a stolen SUV, she did a computer search and found that he was a “person of...
    A STALKER who is obsessed with singer Craig David will challenge a court order banning her from contacting him – because she believes she is his girlfriend. Tanya Jeal, 31, was banned from contacting the “7 Days” star under a stalking protection order in December. 3Craig David had the order imposed on his behalf by the Metropolitan PoliceCredit: Rex 3Jeal reportedly believes that she is the stars girlfriend The infatuated author turned up at his home and repeatedly buzzed his intercom system while holding up a photo taken with him five years ago in 2016. Jeal, who booked herself into the same hotel as the star, contacted his parents and stood motionless at the front of the stage during a recent gig in Bedford while holding up the same photo. She also bombarded his management team with abusive messages, comparing her situation to Britney Spears' conservatorship. Craig stated in the order that Jeal - who wrote novel Trophy Hunting, It’s a Killing Busines - posted on Snapchat with the caption: “I know you love me.” The singer added she...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The state trial for three former Minneapolis police officers in George Floyd’s death looks like it will be delayed after a continuance motion was granted by the court. According to Hennepin County Court documents, a joint request from all parties was filed on the grounds that continuance would “be in the interests of justice.” READ MORE: Experts Expect 3 MPD Officers Federally Charged In George Floyd’s Death To TestifyThe court granted the motion, with some caveats. By Saturday, all parties will need to agree on a new jury trial date. The new date must be communicated to the court by Sunday. If no agreement is made, the trial date will remain March 7. The three former officers are also charged with depriving Floyd of his civil rights. They are slated to stand trial for the federal charges later this month. The state trial could be also delayed on a “day-to-day basis” if the federal trial isn’t completed by March 7. READ MORE: George Floyd Case: Minnesota Judge Denies Motion To Reconsider Live Streaming For...
    Cyber Ninjas, the lead contractor hired by the Arizona Senate to conduct an audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, was found in contempt of court Thursday in a legal dispute over access to documents. The ruling doled out by Maricopa Superior Court Judge John Hannah requires the Florida-based firm to pay $50,000 a day until it releases the documents sought under the Arizona Public Records law. The Arizona Republic sued Cyber Ninjas and the state Senate for access to documents, including text messages and emails, and had asked the court for a lower penalty of $1,000 for each day for defying the judge's August order for the records to be turned over. “It is lucidly clear on this record that Cyber Ninjas has disregarded that order,” Hannah said. "I don’t think I have to find Cyber Ninjas is not acting in good faith. All I have to do is find they are not complying and their noncompliance is not based on good faith and reasonable interpretation of the order. I think the variety of...
    A federal district court judge granted the Biden administration’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by more than 20 Republican attorneys general challenging the Keystone XL Pipeline’s permit revocation. Judge Jeffrey Brown, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, ruled that he couldn’t determine the constitutionality of President Joe Biden’s action because TC Energy, the pipeline’s developer, had abandoned the project. On June 9, TC Energy announced its intention to permanently halt construction of the pipeline, saying it would focus on other projects. Biden canceled the pipeline’s federal permit immediately after taking office on Jan. 20 in an executive order. The order said the U.S. “must prioritize the development of a clean energy economy” and that the Keystone project would undermine the nation’s role as a climate leader on the world stage. “The court takes TC Energy at its word that Keystone XL is dead,” Brown wrote in the ruling on Thursday. “And because it is dead, any ruling this court makes on whether President Biden had the authority to revoke the permit would be advisory....
    (CNN)Meghan, Duchess of Sussex will receive a confidential sum from the Mail on Sunday for infringement of copyright as her lengthy legal battle against the British tabloid comes to an end, court documents show.The duchess took two separate claims against the newspaper's publisher: one of copyright infringement and another of misuse of private information.According to a court order issued December 17 by the Court of Appeal seen by CNN Wednesday, Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) -- which publishes the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online -- must pay the duchess a previously agreed upon confidential sum related to the claim of copyright infringement. The court found ANL infringed Meghan's copyright by publishing extracts of a handwritten letter she sent to her father in The Mail on Sunday newspaper and Mail Online website during hearings in January and May last year, the court order says.The group is also set to pay the duchess £1 in nominal damages for misuse of private information, according to the court order.Harry and Meghan share first picture of daughter Lilibet in holiday cardRead MoreOn December 2, the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Citing a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, Los Angeles County’s presiding judge issued an emergency order Tuesday that authorizes criminal jury trials to be temporarily delayed. The emergency order — the first since last October that involves criminal cases — applies to criminal jury trials with statutory deadlines between Wednesday and Jan. 19, and extends the time period to hold criminal trials “by not more than 30 days.” READ MORE: On This Day 16 Years Ago: USC Loses To Texas In National Title GameIt was the second announcement of the day regarding court proceedings and COVID protocols. Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California suspended jury trials within the region’s federal courthouses for at least three weeks. Central District courthouses are located in Los Angeles, Riverside, Pasadena and Santa Ana. “Los Angeles County’s current COVID numbers warrant this relief, and I have elected to utilize this authority sparingly as we closely monitor the impact of the dual variants on our court users, judicial officers, staff and justice partners,” Presiding...
    A Long Island man has been arrested for allegedly possessing a gun in violation of an active order of protection. Benjamin Lehmann, age 30, of Sag Harbor, was arrested by Riverhead Police on Friday, Dec. 31 during a traffic stop. According to Det. Mark Stromski, of the Riverhead Police, during the stop, officers found Lehmann was in possession of a 12-gauge double-barreled shotgun in violation of the court order. Lehmann was placed under arrest and charged with criminal contempt, criminal possession of a weapon, and various vehicle and traffic infractions, police said. Lehmann was processed and arraigned by the Riverhead Justice Court.
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge in Texas on Monday ruled against the Biden administration's vaccine requirement for members of the military in a decision that took aim at how the Navy's policies handled those who sought religious exemptions from receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. US District Judge Reed O'Connor issued a preliminary order blocking the Navy from taking adverse action against 35 Navy Seals who sued in court because they are seeking exemption from the vaccine requirement for religious reasons. The order blocked the Navy from implementing policies that would allow those religious objectors to be deemed non-deployable or disqualified from Special Operations."The Navy servicemembers in this case seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect," O'Connor wrote in his order. "The COVID-19 pandemic provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms. There is no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution."The Navy declined to comment on the litigation.The case was brought by Navy Seals who accused the Navy of having "disdain for religious vaccine accommodations," in contrast to...
    The Playboy actress charged with assaulting an elderly passenger on a Delta flight last week in a stunning caught-on-video meltdown has been spiraling out of control for years — racking up criminal cases and allegedly threatening to kill her family, court records show. Patricia Cornwall, 51, achieved national fame on Dec. 23 when she got into a spat with an 80-year-old passenger before allegedly clocking him in the head and spitting on his face on a packed Delta flight from Tampa to Atlanta. Her midair performance garnered more than 9 million views on Twitter and may have rivaled her viewers for her 1996 appearances on "Baywatch" and "Married…With Children." EX-PLAYBOY MODEL AND ‘BAYWATCH’ ‘KAREN’ FACES ASSAULT CHARGE IN SPAT WITH FOUL-MOUTHED OLD MAN ON DELTA FLIGHT But the mid-flight freakout was only the latest brush with the law in Cornwall’s recent past. She was busted last month, on Nov. 10, after crashing her gray Nissan into a tree at about 1:30 a.m. in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. "She said she was not hurt and then became belligerent," wrote a Walton...
    A New York appeals court on Tuesday temporarily lifted part of an order involving The New York Times and the conservative group Project Veritas. Under the new ruling, the newspaper will not have to turn over or destroy legal memos prepared for the group during the appeal process, but will still not be permitted to publish the documents in question, according to Reuters. The Times, however, reported that it had not immediately sought to get that part of the order lifted and said it instead asked for an expedited hearing.  “We are pleased that parts of an unconstitutional order have been stayed, and we look forward to having the Appellate Division fully vacate the Supreme Court’s order,” a spokesperson for the Times said in a statement.  "Notwithstanding all its hyperbole about Veritas obtaining an unconstitutional prior restraint, the NYT did not seek emergency relief overturning that purported prior restraint," Project Veritas said in a statement to The Hill. "Veritas joined The Times in its very limited request to maintain the status quo to allow appellate review because the proper administration of...
    The New York Times received a temporary reprieve to hold on to copies of memos written by a lawyer for Project Veritas. A New York state appeals court issued a ruling on Tuesday that stays part of a trial judge's order last week requiring The New York Times to surrender physical copies or destroy electronic copies of the memos that the conservative group says are protected by attorney-client privilege. But one other facet of the order by Judge Charles Wood of the state Supreme Court in Westchester County that remains in place prevents The New York Times from publishing the memos discussing the methods of reporting of Project Veritas, which is suing the newspaper for defamation. "We are pleased that parts of an unconstitutional order have been stayed," said a New York Times spokesperson. FEDERAL COURT ORDERS SPECIAL MASTER TO REVIEW MATERIALS SEIZED BY FBI IN PROJECT VERITAS RAIDS The newspaper looks "forward to having the appellate division fully vacate the Supreme Court's order," the representative added. Project Veritas “joined The Times in its very limited request to maintain...
    A transgender paedophile who identifies as a 5-year-old girl has attended court dressed as an elf following a breach of his sexual harm order. Janiel Verainer, 60, of High Street, Chatham, arrived at Maidstone Crown Court court in a green and red outfit with a festive cardigan and an elf-styled Christmas hat and bells. Verainer was summoned to court following a breach of a sexual harm order imposed in 2016. The defendant has been accused of kissing random schoolgirls on the lips between the 18th of December 2019 and the 31st of January 2021 — despite being banned from deliberately interacting with children since 2016. Verainer originally received a sexual harm prevention order alongside a 15-month prison sentence in November 2016 after he was seen kissing a child outside a cafe in Thanet. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided to drop three other charges that broke the sexual harm order, but have said they will remain on Verainer’s criminal file. A sexual harm prevention order can be imposed by British courts on offenders to, supposedly, minimise the risk of and protect the public from...
    MARTINEZ — The presiding judge of Contra Costa County has ordered a freeze on all jury trials — except those that have already started — over concerns about rising infection rates including seven recent positive cases among court staff. In a mass Monday morning email to attorneys and court staff, Presiding Judge Rebecca Hardie wrote that she is “suspending all jury selection/panels until Jan. 24,” with plans to re-evaluate the order on Jan. 14. The order comes one week after the omicron variant was first detected in Contra Costa, and Hardie’s email says infection rates have increased by 156.9 percent since then. “This is a very disappointing development as the Court was making good progress in addressing the backlog of cases,” Hardie wrote. “That said, the risk of exposure and infection for court employees and court users (including defendants detained in county jail) is too great for the time being.” All other court services are continuing as usual, though, according to a spokesperson for the court system. Contra Costa Courts saw a similar semi-shutdown during the last winter surge in...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Thursday released its rationale for why it ruled that Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration had no legal authority to require masks in Pennsylvania’s schools and child care centers, even amid a pandemic and surging cases of COVID-19. The Democratic-majority court ruled 6-0 on Dec. 10, immediately ending the statewide mask mandate, except in school districts that still required them. Justice Thomas Saylor did not participate in the decision. READ MORE: US Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon Recalls Terrifying Moments Before She Was Carjacked At Gunpoint In FDR ParkThe justices’ 58-page opinion released Thursday does not discuss whether school districts have the legal authority to require masks. But the justices wrote that the Republican-controlled Legislature’s move in June to end Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration also eliminated any legal justification for a school mask mandate. The justices note that state law gives the Department of Health broad authority to protect public health, but it doesn’t permit the department “to act by whim or fiat in all matters concerning disease” without specific regulations that empower...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – After both sides said the case was moot, the 1st District Court of Appeal on Wednesday dismissed a high-profile legal fight about the state’s efforts to prevent school mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic. A three-judge panel dismissed an appeal after attorneys for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration and a group of parents filed a joint motion saying the case was moot because of a law passed in a special legislative session last month. READ MORE: Coral Gables PD: ‘She Fought She Yelled, She Got Attention, She Helped Us Solve This Case’The parents from various parts of the state filed the lawsuit on Aug. 6, about a week after DeSantis issued an executive order aimed at preventing school mask requirements. The Florida Department of Health issued rules designed to carry out the executive order. Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper sided with the parents, finding that DeSantis overstepped his legal authority in the executive order. READ MORE: Celebrating An American Hero! Happy 101st Birthday Arthur Harris!The DeSantis administration appealed Cooper’s ruling to the Tallahassee-based appeals court. While the...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday launched legal action against Poland over recent decisions by one of the country’s top courts which have raised troubling questions about the 27-nation bloc’s legal order. In October, Poland’s constitutional court ruled that Polish laws have supremacy over those of the EU in areas where they conflict. When countries join the EU, as Poland did in 2004, they must bring their laws into line with the bloc’s regulations. The European Court of Justice is the supreme arbiter of those rules. In launching its legal action, the EU’s executive branch, the European Commission, said that it sees two constitutional tribunal decisions this year as “expressly challenging the primacy of EU law.” The commission also raised doubts about the court’s legitimacy. Announcing the move, Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said the rulings “are in breach of the general principles of autonomy, primacy, effectiveness and uniform application of Union law and the binding effect of rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union.” Gentiloni said the commission, which proposes EU laws and supervises the...
    The Los Angeles Times asked a federal judge Monday to unseal exhibit and witness lists filed by the government in the case of the former Angels employee charged in connection with the overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth, James A. Hemphill, an attorney for The Times, noted the Supreme Court “has consistently recognized that the public and the press have a First Amendment right of access to criminal proceedings and records.” Last month, U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means granted a government motion to seal exhibit and witness lists until testimony has concluded during the trial that’s scheduled to start Feb. 8. “The Court’s Order neither addresses the presumption of public access to judicial proceedings nor details any putative compelling countervailing interests favoring nondisclosure of judicial records,” The Times’ motion said. The motion also seeks to unseal almost two dozen docket entries currently hidden from public view. California The last days of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs: painkillers, an overdose and a search for answers Eric Kay, the...
    Boeing is suspending its vaccine mandate for employees in the United States. The aerospace company indicated its decision, announced on Friday, came in response to President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate getting blocked in court. AMTRAK SUSPENDS VACCINE MANDATE FOR EMPLOYEES "Boeing is committed to maintaining a safe working environment," a spokesperson for the company said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. "Boeing has suspended its vaccination requirement in line with a federal court's decision prohibiting enforcement of the federal contractor executive order and a number of state laws." The company implemented a vaccine mandate for its employees in October due to Biden's executive order requiring federal contractors to ensure their employees get the vaccine. The decision comes as other companies such as Amtrak have scaled back their requirements in response to Biden's mandate getting held up. Boeing said it will continue to monitor government requirements going forward. In an announcement to its employees, Boeing estimated about 92% of its U.S. workforce was vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Seattle Times. Biden's order would...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — CBS 2 has gotten some results for a Chicago restaurant owner whose bank took $28,000 from her account because of someone else’s court order. We are happy to report that LaTasha Taylor has her money back. READ MORE: Illinois COVID-19 Cases Hit Highest Daily Total In Year, Putting Strain On Hospitals And Shutting Down Live ShowsCBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reported last week how Chase Bank took that $28,000 out of the business account for Taylor’s Chatham neighborhood restaurant, Flammin at 641 E. 75th St. The bank claimed it was simply following a court order out of Brooklyn Supreme Court in New York, which somehow included Taylor’s account number by mistake. READ MORE: Friends, Family Mourn And Demand Justice For Suraj Mahadeva, Who Was Shot And Killed This Past Weekend In Palmer SquareTaylor told us Thursday night that she is glad the months-long battle is over. “I’m just happy at this point. My business is able to get up and running, and we’re able to thrive and get back to our regular schedule,” Taylor said. “It was...
    A Pennsylvania man whose wife battled in court to have his COVID-19 infection treated with Ivermectin died on Sunday, seven days after receiving two doses of the controversial anti-parasite drug.   Keith Smith, 52, passed away in an intensive care unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Memorial Hospital in York on December 12 after a month-long battle with COVID. His wife, Darla Smith, had filed a lawsuit against UPMC in late November after the hospital refused to administer Ivermectin to her husband of 24 years, despite a prescription from his physician, according to FOX 43.  She had also contemplated giving him the drug herself after she picked the prescription, but she instead waited for the court order, which delayed the treatment. Darla had advocated for an Ivermectin treatment for Smith since receiving his November 10 coronavirus diagnosis. He was placed in a medically induced coma and put on a ventilator on November 28.   On November 24, the day before Thanksgiving, Darla had picked up her husband's Ivermectin prescription and said she thought about just giving it to him...