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A Bronx lawmaker is demanding that state corrections officials conduct a “comprehensive review” of all violent incidents committed by correction officers. State Sen. Gustavo Rivera, a Democrat, demanded the review Friday in response to Daily News reports about a correction officer — Lt. Troy Mitchell — who’s been accused of waterboarding inmates and brutally beating their genitals. Mitchell, who has been suspended without pay, has also cost New York State $877,637 in legal payouts over ass...
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Attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia on Friday expanded their lawsuit accusing President Trump of accepting gifts from foreign and state governments, suing him not only as president but in his personal capacity as a businessman. Legal experts say the move takes the "emoluments" clause of the Constitution into uncharted legal waters, since it has been interpreted as only applying to presidents in their official capacity. "The conventional understanding is that on...
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In the early 1990s, Robert Mueller had just left one of the most powerful posts in America's criminal justice system: assistant attorney general for the criminal division of the Department of Justice. Taking his experience into private practice, he was making well into six figures at a high-profile Washington law firm. Then he made a surprising call to Eric Holder, who was at the time the US attorney for Washington. "He asked me if I could use a homicide prosecutor in my office," ...
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by on February 22, 2018
New York City is going to be dedicating more than $4 million in funds to expand addiction treatment and other services related to substance use disorders. New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the sum will be used to provide appropriate support for residents who are struggling with substance abuse and allow them to have increased access to professional addiction treatment services. The latest allocation is a part of a current endeavor to tackle problems related to sub...
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by on February 22, 2018
A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney’s office said Thursday. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015. He was elected governor in November 2016. Gardner declined comment beyond a brief ...
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by on February 22, 2018
A federal grand jury unveiled new charges on Thursday against Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates, accusing them of a broader range of financial crimes. The 32-count indictment filed in the Eastern District of Virginia includes numerous tax and bank fraud charges. Manafort and Gates already faced money laundering and other charges in federal court in Washington, D.C. They have pleaded not guilty. The charges unsealed Thursday compo...
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by on February 22, 2018
The FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, which vastly curtails the agency’s 2015 net neutrality rules, has officially taken effect by being entered the Federal Register. The order, published Thursday morning, may sound like the end of the line, but in fact this is the green light for everyone in the country, from citizens to attorney generals to governors and senators, to begin the official battle against the FCC’s ill-advised, technically backwards, and deeply unpopular rule. Littl...
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by on February 22, 2018
With some conservatives urging the President to pardon Trump associates caught up in the Russia investigation, there’s a reason that option may simply fail the president. That’s because individuals like Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and Paul Manafort will need to think twice before accepting any offer of a pardon. Especially if their actions involved financial wrongdoing, these individuals must contemplate not only federal prosecutors coming after them, but also state attorneys-general ...
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by on February 21, 2018
Twitter quietly purged thousands of bots overnight—cutting several prominent pundits’ follower counts down to size. Conservatives were enraged last month when activist James O’Keefe published a series of undercover videos purporting to show Twitter engineers boasting of their ability to “shadow-ban” far-right users, or hide their tweets from appearing online. Those claims were quickly debunked, but fears that Twitter—an alleged bastion of Bay Area liberalism—is censoring conservative sp...
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by on February 21, 2018
My foundations of education class and I discussed the Parkland, Florida shooting a few days after the tragedy. My students tended to echo some of the most common and least credible arguments about the issue of mass shootings and gun violence. However, they were both willing to share and then eager to discuss and look at evidence. One student, for example, noted that he is a hunter and gun control makes him uncomfortable. Others mentioned mental illness and made analogies such as a...
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by on February 20, 2018
US Special Counsel Robert Mueller [official website] on Friday indicted [indictment, PDF] Attorney Alex van der Zwaan for false statements made during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Van der Zwaan was indicted for his answers regarding communication with Richard W. Gates III, a former aide to President Trump, who was also charged [JURIST report] with money laundering, conspiracy, and false statements, and with an undisclosed "Person A." Th...
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by on February 20, 2018
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general is looking into the role HUD Secretary Ben Carson's family has played at the agency, a spokesman told CNN. Carson called earlier this month for the inspector general to "review" the role his family has played at the department after The Washington Post reported that HUD officials expressed ethics concerns about their role. Carson's son and daughter-in-law helped organize a listening tour for the agency in Baltimore last s...
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