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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 19, 2018
Both parties have been too quick to propose restrictions that could have ramifications far beyond guns. President Obama calls for tougher gun-control laws at the Denver Policy Academy, in 2013. After the horrific shootings in Parkland, Florida, last week, President Donald Trump said very little about gun policy — but quite a bit about mental health. This has become a common move for many in the GOP, who hope to deflect a growing wave of pressure for stronger gun control laws. The ...
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by on February 19, 2018
As Jersey City's police department reels from the guilty pleas of 11 people who have admitted taking corrupt payments related to off-duty jobs, a former cop says in a new lawsuit that he was ostracized and eventually fired after reporting an illegal off-duty detail 10 years ago. Juan Ramos, right, a former Jersey City cop, is suing the city claiming he was the victim of retaliation. With him is his attorney, Lou Zayas. Juan Luis Ramos, 44, alleges in the seven-count lawsuit, filed in D...
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by on February 19, 2018
A 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on juvenile-offender sentences was denied parole on Monday, more than a half-century after he killed a sheriff’s deputy at age 17. A three-member panel from the state parole board voted 2 to 1 to keep Henry Montgomery imprisoned. The hearing was his first chance at freedom since his conviction decades ago. Montgomery now must wait another two years before he can request another parole hearing. A vot...
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by on February 16, 2018
Eric Lundgren is obsessed with recycling electronics. He built an electric car out of recycled parts that far outdistanced a Tesla in a  test. He launched what he thinks is the first “electronic hybrid recycling” facility in the United States, which turns discarded cellphones and other electronics into functional devices, slowing the stream of harmful chemicals and metals into landfills and the environment. His California-based company processes more than 41 million pounds of e-waste each y...
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by on February 15, 2018
An NYPD sergeant was acquitted of all charges Thursday in the fatal shooting of an emotionally disturbed Bronx woman armed with a baseball bat. Bronx Supreme Court Judge Robert Neary cleared NYPD Sgt. Hugh Barry in the Oct. 18, 2016, death of Deborah Danner, 66, who was shot twice after a seconds-long standoff with the cop in her Castle Hill bedroom. The eight-year NYPD veteran sat stoically as Neary announced his verdict in the bench trial. The victim’s sister Jennifer Danner raised h...
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by on February 14, 2018
After increased pressure from inmate advocates and Gov. Cuomo, the de Blasio administration Wednesday announced a plan to build a new jail in the Bronx and renovate three existing facilities off of Rikers Island. The NYPD Tow Pound in Mott Haven will be home to a new facility as part of the city’s plan to create smaller and safer jails. The other sites are: Queens Detention Center, Brooklyn Detention Center and the Manhattan Detention Center. De Blasio said that there will be one pu...
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by on February 13, 2018
A case with potential large-scale ramifications for Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush. Former City Councilman Kendall Stewart and his son, Omar, filed separate lawsuits against the NYPD last week. The suits allege that the NYPD has continually tried to shut down Cafe Omar — the Stewart’s business — as part of larger-scale discrimination against West Indian nightlife operators in Brooklyn’s 67th Precinct. Cafe Omar’s troubles began in 2016 when police shut down their sold out event...
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by on February 13, 2018
A West Virginia city has agreed to pay a former police officer $175,000 to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit after he was fired following his decision not to shoot a distraught suspect who was holding a gun. The lawsuit accused the Weirton Police Department of wrongfully terminating officer Stephen Mader after he chose not to shoot a 23-year-old man while responding to a domestic disturbance in 2016. "At the end of the day, I'm happy to put this chapter of my life to bed," Mader said i...
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by on February 13, 2018
Two members of a rogue Baltimore police unit were found guilty Monday of corruption charges — a case that marred what was already a bleak period for the crime-plagued city. The officers, Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, were convicted by a federal jury of racketeering and robbery, part of a broader conspiracy among members of the police department's Gun Trace Task force that involved holding up drug dealers, conducting illegal searches, claiming unearned overtime and trying to cover up their c...
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by on February 12, 2018
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested an asylum seeker during his actual asylum interview in San Francisco last week—something his lawyer says is completely unprecedented. Omer Abdelmaed was arrested last Thursday, moments after a two-hour asylum interview at the San Francisco branch of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office. There, he had been asked to recount why he fears returning to Sudan, according to his attorney, Caleb Arring. Arring told local st...
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by on February 9, 2018
More than 100 public defenders -- attorneys for people who can't afford lawyers -- walked out Thursday in protest of their clients getting detained by federal immigration officers. The civil disobedience happened at the courthouse in the Bronx, with the attorneys saying Immigration and Customs Enforcement has adopted new standard operating procedures under President Donald Trump. "I don't know what to do right now," said Zaquera Lanier, whose husband was taken away before her eyes. "...
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