by on April 9, 2018
However, the court gives the former Trump campaign chair a list of assets that could secure his release from house arrest. Paul Manafort fell short in the latest of several attempts to assemble money, property and pledges to meet the $10 million bail amount set by U.S. District Court Amy Berman Jackson. A judge handling one of the criminal cases against Paul Manafort has again denied bail to the former Trump campaign chairman, but this time the court gave Manafort what could amount to ...
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by on April 7, 2018
A customer browses screens displaying recreational marijuana products for sale at the MedMen store in West Hollywood, California U.S. January 2, 2018 MedMen, a company that operates a chain of marijuana dispensaries, is opening a flagship store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. The store will be for medical marijuana customers at first, but a representative for MedMen says that "momentum is on their side." It'll be open for business on April 20.   The marijuana industry is about...
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by on April 4, 2018
In a decision handed down Monday, the Supreme Court made it even more difficult for victims of police violence to bring action against police officers who use excessive force. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the high court ruled in favor of an Arizona police officer who shot a woman outside her home because she was carrying a knife. In doing so, the Times notes, the court “effectively advises courts to rely more heavily on the officer’s view of such incidents, rather than the victims.” ...
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by on April 2, 2018
The first figure in the Russia investigation is expected to be sentenced Tuesday, though he could escape any jail time. Alexander van der Zwaan, the 33-year-old London-based lawyer who worked with President Trump’s campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in Ukraine, has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. The former lawyer for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom admitted that he originally withheld information on 2016 exchanges he had with Gates and a “person A,” when speaki...
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by on March 30, 2018
The Baton Rouge police officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, outside of a convenience store six times was fired Friday, after a disciplinary hearing determined he had violated the department's policies. Police Chief Murphy Paul announced the dismissal of Officer Blane Salamoni at a press conference. "These actions were not minor deviations from policy as they contributed to the outcome that resulted in the death of another human being," Paul said. Officer How...
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by on March 23, 2018
When a law enforcement official described a cellphone recording left by the Austin serial bomber as “the outcry of a very challenged young man,” the remark caused an outcry of its own. Because the bomber was white, some people almost immediately questioned whether the same level of compassion would have been afforded a person of color. “Here you have a case of a young white male who killed and injured people of color, and we’re culturally more concerned about his story, about his life, abo...
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by on March 23, 2018
Talk about adding insult to injury. Not only did former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing walk away with zero repercussions after shooting and killing an unarmed black man, but apparently, he’ll be paid handsomely for his trouble after receiving a settlement from the university. Ray Tensing According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Tensing will receive almost $350,000 from the university following the settlement of a grievance the Ohio police union filed on Tensing’s be...
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by on March 22, 2018
On Oct. 21, a pair of police officers rolled down a dead-end McHenry street and found an SUV with its headlights turned off. Inside, they found a shirtless man and a teenage boy.  The boy was 17. The driver was 56-year-old Nick Provenzano, a former McHenry County Board member who worked for U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren. Read the full McHenry Police report here. They had met on Grindr, a popular gay dating app. 56-year-old Nick Provenzano, a former McHenry County Board member who w...
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by on March 14, 2018
It took about five seconds from the time Siale Angilau grabbed a pen from his defense attorney’s table for him to run across the federal courtroom floor and sail headfirst into the witness stand, where he was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal. On Monday, Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court released courtroom video of the 2014 shooting, nearly four years after the 25-year-old defendant was shot four times. Angilau, a member of Salt Lake City’s Tongan Crip Gang, was on trial for racketeering A...
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by on March 13, 2018
Former high-end hooker Gabi Grecko traveled to Las Vegas in 2013 at the request of Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, both major contributors to de Blasio's campaign, prosecutors have alleged. A former high-end hooker at the center of a corruption scandal could testify against a bigtime de Blasio donor and a cop he stands accused of bribing, according to new court documents. Gabi Grecko traveled to Las Vegas in 2013 at the request of Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, both major cont...
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by on March 10, 2018
A seven-member civilian board would have the power to fire Chicago’s police superintendent and set department policy under a far-reaching proposal by some of Chicago’s leading community organizations that quickly drew criticism from police. The long-awaited report from the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to also retain the ability to fire a superintendent. But extending that authority to a civilian commission would be a dramatic change in a city wh...
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by on March 9, 2018
BREAKING: Martin Shkreli has been sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding investors, U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto roughly splitting the difference between what prosecutors and defense attorneys had asked for. The former hedge fund manager showed little reaction to the sentence. He will receive credit for the six months he has served while awaiting sentencing. Before hearing the verdict, Shkreli addressed the court and cried as he said he was sorry and had learned from his exper...
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