by on May 10, 2018
Vice President Pence speaks at event on tax policy in Charlotte, on April 20. Of the many ways in which Vice President Pence differs from his boss, few are as immediately striking as his ability to offer precisely the most practiced response to any probing question no matter the circumstances. President Trump is known for dropping huge boulders into small ponds just to see what happens; Pence’s job is often to take a rippling body of water and coax it back into smoothness. Pence doesn’t u...
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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 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 May 18, 2018
To little fanfare, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday to create a new penalty for assaulting law enforcement officials. If it becomes law, the Protect and Serve Act of 2018 would make it a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for “knowingly caus[ing] serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, or attempts to do so.” Similar so-called “Blue Lives Matter” bills have been snaking their way through state legislatures across the cou...
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by on February 9, 2018
We now have a vague idea of why Paul Manafort associate Richard Gates‘ attorneys want off his case: irreconcilable differences. This doesn’t do much to explain things, however, as available court filings don’t describe what these irreconcilable differences are. Also, there’s a gag order on the case, which is based on charges brought against Gates and Manafort by Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s office. “As a basis for counsel’s motion to withdraw as counsel of record, undersigned coun...
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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 3, 2018
The 9 biggest questions about the Nunes memo, answered House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., walks away after speaking to reporters after a meeting at the White House March 22, 2017, in Washington, D.C. DESPITE STRONG OBJECTIONS from the Justice Department, House Republicans released a four-page memo on Friday challenging the “legitimacy and legality” of the FBI’s surveillance of Carter Page, a former adviser to the Trump campaign suspected of having ties to Ru...
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by on May 15, 2018
Agreeing to share data on millions of dollars it has seized through civil forfeitures, the New York City Police Department reached a settlement Monday that brings transparency to a program shrouded in secrecy. The nonprofit advocacy group Bronx Defenders fought for nearly four years to wrest this information from the NYPD, spending two of those years in litigation under the state’s Freedom of Information Law. “Until today, the impact of the NYPD’s seizure of property and cash has only ...
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by on May 17, 2018
And we haven’t even gotten into obstruction. Thursday is the first anniversary of Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel, and President Trump’s legal team is planning to mark the occasion by turning up the pressure to shut down the probe. “We are going to try as best we can to put the message out there that it has been a year, there has been no evidence presented of collusion or obstruction, and it is about time for them to end the investigation,” Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer...
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by on January 27, 2018
This week, New Jersey reporters with the Asbury Park Press exposed a vast network of police corruption in the state. The revelations of widespread corruption are the latest evidence of how deeply broken the U.S. policing system is. For the past ten years, New Jersey governments have spent more than $42 million to cover up police misconduct, and over 200 state residents have been the victim of police abuses. In one particularly horrific incident, an officer named Khan brutally beat a man w...
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by on May 11, 2018
A program at the memorial service for Charly "Africa" Keunang, the unarmed homeless man killed by police on skid row in 2015. A jury found two Los Angeles police officers liable in the fatal shooting of a homeless man in 2015 that set off days of protests and prompted fierce criticism of how police deal with skid row's mentally unstable population. After the verdict was announced, attorneys for both sides reached a settlement in which the city agreed to pay $1.95 million to Charly "Afr...
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by on May 13, 2018
The police explanation that more black and Hispanic people are arrested on marijuana charges because complaints are high in their neighborhoods doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.   There are many ways to get arrested on marijuana charges, but one pattern has remained true through years of piecemeal policy changes in New York City: The primary targets are black and Hispanic people. They sit in courtroom pews, almost all of them young black men, waiting their turn before a New York City jud...
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