by on June 29, 2018
Yesterday a lot of speculation came out about Anthony Kennedy’s motivations for retiring from the Supreme Court, and what his connections are to the Trump family.   For example, someone wrote on Democratic Underground: “Given the reported ties between Anthony Kennedy and Trump/Kushner there should be a thorough investigation of Kennedy and his family to see whether or not his retirement was bought.” The fact is that there is a long history of “back channels” and very extensive finan...
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by on June 22, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police need a warrant to obtain cellphone location information routinely collected by wireless providers. In a major win for privacy rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that police must obtain a search warrant in order to get access to cellphone location information. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 5-4 decision, joining the court's four liberals. The majority declared that the Fourth Amendment guarantees an expectation of privacy and that ...
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by on June 16, 2018
The judge in Stormy Daniels‘ case against Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump responded Friday to Cohen’s application for a restraining order prohibiting Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti from talking about the case publicly. Cohen didn’t get his wish–at least not yet–but he did get a strong message from the court. Cohen had filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against Avenatti. This means that instead of notifying and serving Avenatti, Cohen filed his appli...
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by on June 16, 2018
The leader of a local Black Lives Matter chapter is suing the city and the NYPD, alleging that he was assaulted and falsely imprisoned while protesting police brutality at rally in Midtown, Manhattan earlier this year. Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, says the March 28th confrontation began when an officer started jabbing him with a mountain bike, then "lost his mind" after the activist requested he stop. "He started punching me, and all of a sudden they'...
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by on June 15, 2018
Federal prosecutors in New York have introduced a new element in the case surrounding the FBI’s April raids on the properties of President Donald Trump’s long-time personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen — encrypted messages. Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen likely to cooperate: Sources In a court filing Friday afternoon, authorities revealed that the FBI has recently accessed a trove of encrypted data stored on Cohen’s phones. “The Government was advised that the FBI’s original electronic ext...
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by on June 12, 2018
Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that turning over the identities will aid the defense in preparing for the trial set for Sept. 17. A federal judge has ordered special counsel Robert Mueller to identify by Friday all the individuals and organizations involved in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's alleged scheme to lobby on behalf of Ukraine without registering as a foreign agent under U.S. law. Among the people Mueller will be required to identify to the defense are top Europe...
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by on June 8, 2018
Judge says breakaway conference can't act like a political party Former-Independent Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Jeff Klein, stands to address members of the Senate on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2108, in Albany, N.Y.  A fundraising agreement between a statewide third party and the state Senate's now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference has been deemed invalid by a state Supreme Court justice. The 2016 arrangement with the Independence Party boosted then-IDC Leader Jeff Klein's...
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by on June 5, 2018
Last month, a front page New York Times story about the city’s marijuana possession enforcement set off alarm bells. Its headline: “Surest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or Hispanic.” The city’s longstanding unequal and unjust marijuana enforcement was well-known and well-documented by news outlets including The Daily News, Politico New York, WNYC and organizations like The Drug Policy Alliance and Legal Aid Society. Over the last two years, more than 85 percent of...
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by on June 4, 2018
The Special Counsel's Office has accused Paul Manafort of attempting to shape potential witnesses' testimony and has asked to send him to jail as he awaits his trial, according to a filing in DC District Court on Monday night. Manafort is currently out on house arrest and a $10 million unsecured bail, and is awaiting a trial in Virginia scheduled for late July and a trial in DC scheduled to begin in September. He has pleaded not guilty to charges related to his failure to disclose his...
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by on June 2, 2018
President Trump’s lawyers have privately laid out a broad view of his constitutional powers in their fight to keep him from being forced to testify in front of a grand jury in the special counsel investigation. President Trump’s lawyers have for months quietly waged a campaign to keep the special counsel from trying to force him to answer questions in the investigation into whether he obstructed justice, asserting that he cannot be compelled to testify and arguing in a confidential letter...
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by on May 31, 2018
If you want help from the president, it helps to be famous, to know him personally or to accuse the government of executing a high-profile witch hunt against you. A Trump pardon pattern has emerged. When it comes to pardons from this populist president, the little guy need not apply — at least, not yet. If you want President Donald Trump to offer that relief, it helps to be famous, to know him personally or to accuse the government of executing a high-profile witch hunt against you....
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by on May 27, 2018
City Councilman Robert Holden continued his push to keep Rikers Island open with new legislation introduced this week that gained support from several other Queens Council members. On May 23, Holden introduced a bill that would create a commission to study the cost of renovating Rikers Island, which he said is a vital piece of information to consider before the city continues moving forward with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to reduce the inmate population, close the prison and open smaller...
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