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    Attorney General Bill Bar spoke recently with Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass and went off on Democrats over “mob violence,” mail-in voting, and the idea that President Donald Trump will refuse to leave office and “seize power” if he loses. The focus of the interview was rising crime in cities across the country, particularly Chicago. Barr teed off on the “so-called resistance” going after the Trump administration and said, “There undoubtedly are many people in the government who surreptitiously work to thwart the administration.” He said the mob violence happening is cities “is another very disconcerting development” and went after the Democrats in particular, saying, “Increasingly the message of the Democrats appears to be ‘Biden or no peace.'” At one point Kass asked Barr about the election. Barr said, “As an attorney general, I’m not supposed to get into politics.” He went on to say, “I think we are...
    The Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is investigating what went on behind the scenes when sentencing recommendations for Roger Stone were controversially reduced, leading to a mass exodus by the line prosecutors on the case and the public perception that a friend of the president’s was cut a break by higher-ups at Main Justice. The news was first reported by NBC News. Law&Crime has also learned that there is an ongoing investigation into the Stone matter, but the details—other than that investigation focuses on the events of Feb. 2020—are unknown. The timeline of the investigation is also unknown. NBC News, citing a “source familiar with the matter,” reported that unspecified comments made by Aaron Zelinsky made during his June testimony before Congress led to the OIG probe. Stone is a longtime ally and political adviser of President Donald Trump’s who recently suggested Trump declare “martial law” if he...
    (CNN)Nora Dannehy, a top prosecutor working for US Attorney John Durham, who is conducting the probe of the Russia investigation for Attorney General William Barr, has resigned, according to a spokesman for the US Attorney's office in Connecticut.No reason was immediately given for her departure. Dannehy had only rejoined the office in March 2019. She had previously worked for nearly two decades for the office before leaving to become Deputy Attorney General for the State of Connecticut.The Hartford Courant first reported Dannehy's departure.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Georgia’s State Election Board referred a number of longstanding voter fraud cases to the Attorney General’s office during a hearing Friday. Chaired by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the State Election Board processed 98 outstanding cases involving various voting administration and integrity issues dating as far back as 2014. Among the cases are individuals accused of double-voting during the 2016 presidential election, and individuals investigated for submitting absentee ballots on behalf of children or the deceased. “Protecting the integrity of the vote is my highest priority as Georgia’s chief elections official,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “A fraudulent vote dilutes the power of those voters who follow the rules and undermines the fundamental democratic idea of one person, one vote. As Secretary of State, I will investigate any and all attempts to delegitimize elections in Georgia.” On September 10, 2020, the Georgia’s...
    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge allowed the criminal case against the husband of Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey to proceed Thursday, dismissing a defense argument that the California attorney general’s office decision to prosecute the case was improper. The attorney general’s office filed three counts of misdemeanor assault last month against David Lacey, 66, after he pointed a gun at protesters critical of his wife during a March confrontation on the doorstep of the family’s Granada Hills home. Defense attorney Samuel Tyre had argued the attorney general’s involvement in the case was improper and violated David Lacey’s rights because misdemeanor charges in Los Angeles fall under the jurisdiction of the city attorney’s office. Los Angeles police presented findings of their investigation to the attorney general’s office because of the conflict presented by the Laceys’ involvement in the case. The charges brought against David Lacey are considered “wobblers”...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced on Wednesday that his office has shut down price gouging efforts at The Medicine Shoppe in Jeanette. According to Shapiro’s office, they had received tips alleging the store had been selling masks and hand sanitizer in excess of 20% of the average price of what they were selling for in the affected area a week prior to March 6. “Since March my office has been hard at work holding those who would take advantage of the pandemic to make a profit accountable,” Shapiro said. “Our work has not slowed or stopped. We are still in a state of emergency, and for as long as that remains the case, Pennsylvanians have a right to purchase life-saving goods at reasonable prices. I want to encourage Pennsylvanians who see suspicious price increases on products like groceries and medicine...
    A driver who ran from police after crashing his car in the parking lot of a South Jersey shopping center died of an apparent overdose after telling them he was high on meth, authorities said. A Voorhees Township police officer reported seeing the 39-year-old driver’s vehicle speed through the Voorhees Town Center lot and crash into a curb around 3 p.m. Sunday, state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said. The driver got out and ran after seeing the officer, Grewal said Wednesday. After chasing him down, the officer “struggled to restrain and handcuff him,” the attorney general said. “A backup officer arrived and assisted in securing [him],” he added. Moments later, the man “said he did not feel good and requested help,” Grewal said. “He appeared to be under the influence of drugs and admitted to using methamphetamine,” he said. “ Officers asked for an expedited ambulance, which arrived within...
    A grand jury will hear the findings of the Kentucky attorney general's investigation into the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, according to media reports. The presentation is expected to take two days and then the grand jury will deliberate on whether the officers involved should face criminal charges, WAVE-TV reported. The news outlet said an announcement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office is not expected until next week. Calls to his office were not returned. Taylor was killed when Louisville police officers executed a March 13 "no-knock" warrant on her apartment. Officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove were dressed in plainclothes, and entered the residence as Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were in bed. NEW DETAILS EMERGE FROM NIGHT BREONNA TAYLOR WAS SHOT AFTER REVIEW OF OVER 1,200 CRIME SCENE PHOTOS Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office is expected to present its findings into the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor, according to media...
    President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a Keep America Great Rally at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, November 4, 2019.Yuri Gripas | Reuters A New York judge has ordered lawyers for President Donald Trump's company and his son, Eric, to court later in September to explain why they should not be subject to subpoenas issued by the state's attorney general's office as part of an ongoing civil investigation. AG Letitia James is investigating whether the Trump Organization incorrectly valued several real estate assets on annual financial statements that were used to obtain loans, as well as to get economic and tax benefits related to those properties. The probe comes as the Republican Trump is facing a tough re-election fight against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, a former vice president, and as Trump seeks to block a grand jury subpoena to his accountants for his income tax returns and other financial records...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – FBI agents are on the scene of Bright Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in both Beaver County and Mt. Lebanon. The agents are executing court-issued federal search warrants. “Today, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General executed court-authorized Federal search warrants at Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, located at 246 Friendship Circle, Beaver, PA 15009, and at Mount Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center,” said U.S. Attorney Scott Brady in a statement. No further details have been made available. Stay With KDKA.com For More Details
    Washington (CNN)With Kentucky set to make a highly anticipated decision this week in the state's investigation into the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, all eyes are on the state's trailblazing Republican attorney general, whose office is overseeing the controversial case. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first African American to hold the post and a rising star in the Republican Party, was made a special prosecutor earlier this year in the case of Taylor, a 26-year-old Kentucky EMT whose death at the hands of police in March has been under investigation by his office. Cameron's office is expected to make an announcement in its probe soon. Kentucky's Democratic governor, Andy Beshear, said last month that he expects a decision in the case to be made before the Kentucky Derby is held on September 5.Taylor's case, which helped spark nationwide protests over racial injustice this summer, has placed Cameron in the...
    The California Attorney General’s Office indicated on Thursday it had not yet decided whether to move forward with the high-profile prosecution of a Newport Beach surgeon and his girlfriend accused of drugging and raping seven women. Last week, a judge took the rare step of removing the Orange County District Attorney’s Office from the case. Deputy Attorney General Mike Murphy, during a hearing at the Newport Beach courthouse, told Judge Gregory Jones that he had received from local prosecutors a voluminous amount of evidence tied to the criminal case against Dr. Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley and needs time to review it. Attorney Philip Cohen, who represents Robicheaux, asked if the State Attorney General’s Office had decided whether to prosecute the couple. “It seems to me that is the first step,” Cohen said. “I can’t say for sure what direction we will go with this case,” Murphy responded. “I would...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – A Fayette County priest accused of sexually abusing a child has been arrested. Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrest of Father Andrew Kawecki Thursday afternoon. Kawecki, facing charges of indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, surrendered to officials at a district court in Fayette County Thursday morning. (Photo Credit: Office of the Attorney General) According to the attorney general’s office, he’s accused of assaulting an 11-year-old altar boy multiple times starting in 2004 and lasting until the victim’s family left the parish in 2007. The attorney general’s office says Kawecki served at 15 parishes in the Diocese of Greensburg since 1980, most recently assigned as a trust advisor to the Conn-Area Catholic School in Connellsville. The victim, now in his late 20s, told prosecutors the priest had forced sexual encounters with him starting when he was 11 in the back room of St. Cyril and...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson resigned Tuesday following the publication of an Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica investigation showing he sent hundreds of text messages to a younger state employee that Clarkson acknowledged had made her uncomfortable. Records obtained by the newsrooms found Clarkson sent at least 558 text messages between March 5 and March 31 to a woman whose job required she sometimes interact with the attorney general. In at least 18 messages he invited the woman to come to his home. Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, said in an email Tuesday that he had accepted Clarkson’s resignation. “This administration has and always will expect the highest level of professional conduct in the workplace,” a statement from Dunleavy said. “There is nothing more important than the...
    Roger Sollenberger August 25, 2020 6:03AM (UTC) New York Attorney General Letitia James has taken new legal action in an ongoing civil investigation into whether President Donald Trump's private business unlawfully manipulated the value of its assets in order to secure loans or other tax and financial benefits, asking a state court to compel the deposition one of the president's adult sons: Eric Trump. "For months, the Trump Organization has made baseless claims in an effort to shield evidence from a lawful investigation into its financial dealings," James said in a press release. "They have stalled, withheld documents and instructed witnesses, including Eric Trump, to refuse to answer questions under oath." : James' office asked a New York judge in court documents filed Friday to order Eric Trump to respond to a subpoena after he canceled an agreed-upon deposition last month. "Eric Trump initially agreed to appear to testify on July 22, balking less than two days before he...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, apparently decided to wait until the Republican National Convention kicked off in Charlotte on Monday to announce that she was taking action against the Trump Organization. “I took action to force the Trump Organization, and specifically EVP Eric Trump, to comply with my office’s ongoing investigation into its financial dealings,” James said in a statement. “For months, the Trump Organization has failed to fully comply with our subpoenas in this investigation.” “Our investigation began after Michael Cohen testified before Congress that Trump’s annual financial statements inflated the values of his assets to obtain favorable terms for loans & insurance coverage, while also deflating the value of other assets to reduce real estate taxes,” James continued. “We are seeking thousands of documents and testimony from multiple witnesses regarding several Trump Organization properties and transactions, including from Eric Trump, who was intimately involved in...
    When Democrat Letitia James was running for attorney general of New York State in 2018, she promised that if elected, her office would conduct aggressive investigations of President Donald Trump and his company, the Trump Organization. Since her victory in that election, James has made good on her promise — and that includes an investigation of some Trump properties. According to New York Times reporters William K. Rashbaum and Danny Hakim in a new artilcoe on Monday, James has demanded documents on those properties and has asked a judge to order Eric Trump to testify. The four properties that James’ office is taking a look at are the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, 40 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, the Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles, and the Seven Springs estate in Westchester County, New York. Rashbaum and Hakim note that James “started the civil inquiry in March...
    New York Attorney General Leticia James has asked a judge to force the Trump Organization to hand over information and testimony it has been withholding, including an interview with the president's son, Eric Trump.  James' filing confirms her office is probing whether the Trump Organization misled lenders. "OAG is currently investigating whether the Trump Organization and Donald J. Trump (Mr. Trump) improperly inflated the value of Mr. Trump's assets on annual financial statements in order to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits," James wrote in her memorandum to the New York State Supreme Court Monday. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox James' office says Eric Trump was scheduled to undergo an interview recently, but did not appear, despite receiving a subpoena.  She initiated the investigation after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen told Congress in 2019 that the president had inflated his net worth when applying for...
    NEW YORK - New York state's attorney general is investigating whether the Trump Organization and Donald Trump improperly inflated the value of the U.S. president's assets on annual financial statements in order to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits, according to a court filing. The disclosure was made in a filing on Monday with a New York state court in Manhattan, where the office of Attorney General Letitia James wants to compel the Trump Organization, Donald Trump's son Eric, and several other defendants to comply with subpoenas it issued. According to the filing, the subpoenas were issued as part of the attorney general's "ongoing confidential civil investigation into potential fraud or illegality." Lawyers for the Trump Organization and Eric Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment. One particular focus is the Seven Springs Estate, a 212-acre (85.8 hectares) property in northern Westchester County, north...
    New York State Attorney General Letitia JamesDrew Angerer | Getty Images The New York attorney general's office on Monday said that it is investigating President Donald Trump and his company over how they valued multiple Trump's assets on annual financial statements that were used to obtain loans, as well as to get economic and tax benefits. The disclosure of the civil probe by Letitia James' office came as after it filed court documents seeking to compel the Trump Organization, Trump's son Eric Trump and Trump entities and lawyers to comply with investigative subpoenas issued by James as part of the probe. "The action seeks to compel the testimony of Trump Organization Executive Vice President Eric Trump, who was intimately involved in one or more transactions under review, as well as the production of thousands of documents wrongly withheld," James's office said in a statement. James opened the probe last year...
    NEW YORK -- New York's Democratic attorney general asked a court Monday to enforce subpoenas into an investigation into whether President Donald Trump and his businesses inflated assets on financial statements.Attorney General Letitia James filed a petition in state trial court in New York City naming the Trump Organization, an umbrella group for the Republican president's holdings, as a respondent along with other business entities.The filing also named Eric Trump and Seven Springs, a New York estate owned by the Trump family.The attorney general's office is investigating whether the Trump Organization and the president improperly inflated the value of assets to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits.Investigators are looking into whether the Trump Organization and its agents improperly inflated the value of the Seven Springs north of the city.In the court filings, the attorney general's office wrote that "information regarding the valuation of Seven Springs is significant" to...
    By MICHAEL HILL and MIKE BALSAMO NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Democratic attorney general asked a court Monday to enforce subpoenas into an investigation into whether President Donald Trump and his businesses inflated assets on financial statements. Attorney General Letitia James filed a petition in state trial court in New York City naming the Trump Organization, an umbrella group for the Republican president’s holdings, as a respondent along with other business entities. The filing also named Eric Trump and Seven Springs, a New York estate owned by the Trump family. The attorney general’s office is investigating whether the Trump Organization and the president improperly inflated the value of assets to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits. Investigators are looking into whether the Trump Organization and its agents improperly inflated the value of the Seven Springs north of the city. In the court filings, the attorney general’s office...
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    NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Democratic attorney general asked a court Monday to enforce subpoenas into an investigation into whether President Donald Trump and his businesses inflated assets on financial statements. Attorney General Letitia James filed a petition in state trial court in New York City naming the Trump Organization, an umbrella group for the Republican president’s holdings, as a respondent along with other business entities. The filing also named Eric Trump and Seven Springs, a New York estate owned by the Trump family. The attorney general’s office is investigating whether the Trump Organization and the president improperly inflated the value of assets to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits. Investigators are looking into whether the Trump Organization and its agents improperly inflated the value of the Seven Springs north of the city. In the court filings, the attorney general’s office wrote that “information regarding the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — NY attorney general’s office investigating if Trump inflated assets in financial documents to get loans, other benefits. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ASBURY PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — State authorities are investigating the death of a man shot by a police officer during a standoff in New Jersey. The state attorney general’s office said Asbury Park officers were called to a two-family residence shortly after 9 p.m. Friday due to a report of a loud domestic dispute between a man and a woman. Authorities said police and Monmouth County sheriff’s officers found the woman outside and the man barricaded inside the upstairs apartment. Officers tried to talk with the man through the door, and they say he opened the door at various times, revealing that he was armed with a knife. Authorities said the man refused repeated requests to drop the weapon, and officers tried to use a stun device but it was ineffective. Police said shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, an Asbury Park officer shot the 39-year-old man, who died about 20...
    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police will investigate a massive blaze that ravaged the attorney general’s office building in Jakarta on Saturday night, the capital city's police spokesman Yusri Yunus said. Images from the scene showed flames engulfing multiple floors of the six-storey building in south Jakarta after 7.00 p.m. on Saturday, with the Jakarta fire department dispatching 65 fire engines and more than 200 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. “The fire is still cooling down. When that is finished the national police forensic laboratory will begin their investigation,” Yunus told Reuters on Sunday. Indonesian authorities said that no one was injured in the blaze. The incident sparked concern among Indonesian social media users, with some speculating the fire may have been linked to high-profile investigations that were underway. Hari Setiyono, spokesman for the attorney general’s office (AGO), declined to speculate on the cause of the fire, saying the AGO’s case...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- The future of a former Newport Beach surgeon and his girlfriend, both accused of drugging and raping women, may be in the hands of prosecutors with the state Attorney General's Office.Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones decided Thursday to refer the case of the former reality television star Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley to the A.G.'s office."It would be impossible for the District Attorney's Office to prosecute this case in an ethical fashion when they have referred to it as a manufactured case," Jones said.The attorney representing four of the couple's alleged victims, Matt Murphy, said they're relieved."My clients feel incredibly grateful for the ruling," Murphy said.The accused couple, who once led a swinger lifestyle, told Eyewitness News in a sit-down interview in February that the sexual encounters were consensual.RELATED: Newport Beach surgeon and girlfriend accused of drugging, raping women break their...
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s petition to remove and replace three trustees of one of St. Paul’s oldest and largest philanthropies will be heard online through a remote hearing in Ramsey County Probate Court on Aug. 27. The case against Otto Bremer Trust has been assigned to Judge Robert Awsumb, who is reviewing hundreds of pages of interviews conducted by Ellison’s office with current and former trust employees. The court will determine which of the nearly 300 written exhibits will be kept private for legal reasons, such as containing sensitive financial information. In addition to his petition to replace the trustees, Ellison has asked that ongoing litigation between the philanthropy and the bank it owns, Bremer Financial, be put on hold pending the outcome of petition proceedings. Bremer Financial sued the three trustees of Otto Bremer Trust last year to halt a bank sale to 19 out-of-state hedge funds, and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – President Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is under arrest. Agents from the US Postal Service took him into custody on a yacht off the coast of Connecticut. Bannon and three other people for allegedly defrauded donors through an online crowdfunding campaign, based in Florida, known as “We build the wall.” Federal prosecutors say the men raised more than $25 million, telling donors that 100 percent of the money raised would help fund President Trump’s border wall. President Trump says he feels badly for Bannon while distancing himself from his former advisor. Prosecutors say Bannon and his co-defendants used some of the money to fund a lavish lifestyle and even took steps to conceal the scheme. The men are each charged with a count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and a count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The genesis of the investigation into Bannon and...
    By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii attorney general's office denies threatening a Republican state House of Representatives candidate with arrest for violating a traveler quarantine mandated to protect the islands from the spread of the coronavirus. Lori Ford was in California visiting family when Hawaii's 14-day quarantine on arriving travelers went into effect in March. She returned in May to file candidacy papers and then returned to California. Agents from the Hawaii attorney general's office contacted her and told her she would be arrested for violating the quarantine, Ford and her lawyer Bilal Essayli said. Because of that threat, she remains in California. “Our office has communicated with Ms. Ford’s attorney, and we informed him that if Ms. Ford were charged, we would contact him so he could assist her in receiving the Complaint and a penal summons to appear in court,” Krishna Jayaram, spokesperson...
    By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — The group of student protesters marched up the wide roadway overlooking Interstate 280, the megaphones amplifying their voices nearly drowned out by the highway traffic below. “Breonna Taylor! Trayvon Martin! George Floyd! Michael Brown!” they chanted, listing the names of Black victims of fatal police shootings. The group of about 250 rallied Wednesday to try and ensure that another name receives similar attention: Maurice Gordon, a 28-year-old man killed by police after a traffic stop in southern New Jersey in late May, two days before Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked massive nationwide protests and a renewed dialogue on police use of force. “This is happening in our own backyard and elected officials aren't stepping up to bring attention to it,” Jamila Davis, the director of an online school who helped organize the students, said. Austin Skelton...
    EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — The group of student protesters marched up the wide roadway overlooking Interstate 280, the megaphones amplifying their voices nearly drowned out by the highway traffic below. “Breonna Taylor! Trayvon Martin! George Floyd! Michael Brown!” they chanted, listing the names of Black victims of fatal police shootings. The group of about 250 rallied Wednesday to try and ensure that another name receives similar attention: Maurice Gordon, a 28-year-old man killed by police after a traffic stop in southern New Jersey in late May, two days before Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked massive nationwide protests and a renewed dialogue on police use of force. “This is happening in our own backyard and elected officials aren’t stepping up to bring attention to it,” Jamila Davis, the director of an online school who helped organize the students, said. Austin Skelton of Woodbridge, a...
    LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico school principal has been charged in a fraud case linked to his previous role as a superintendent. Lovington Sixth Grade Academy principal Steve Barron was indicted last month in connection with an investigation into spending at Dora Schools, the Hobbs News-Sun reports. The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office said Barron was involved in a scheme with a cleaning company. Two others were charged in connection to the embezzlement. Barron is charged with making or permitting false public vouchers. Matt Baca, senior counsel at New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, said the charge stems from one contract signed in July 2016 for cleaning supplies totaling $8,403. Barron's attorney, Daniel R. Lindsey, said his client is innocent. “I’ve been a lawyer for 30-years and it’s pretty rare when you get somebody with absolute innocence,” Lindsey said. Lindsey told the News-Sun that Barron was...
    The suspect could not have children, and the foregoing would have led her to kidnap the child under 2 years of age for 45 days in Chiapas Dylan was abducted from the Mercado Popular del Sur in San Cristobal de las Casas. Photo: Attorney General of the State of Chiapas / Courtesy The Mexican who kept the two-year-old baby kidnapped, Dylan esauFor 45 days, she would have done it because of the trauma she experiences because she cannot have children. The newspaper El Universal reported that the female, identified as Margarita “N”, was frustrated because her partner had abandoned her due to the above and had the illusion that a child would call her “mother.” The Attorney General of Chiapas, The entity in charge of the investigation of the case, indicated that the woman faces a sentence of up to 75 years in prison. The head...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Attorney General Phil Weiser has launched an investigation into the Aurora Police Department. This investigation is separate from the state investigation into the death of Elijah McClain. Elijah McClain (credit: Mari Newman) The Attorney General’s office confirms to CBS4 that an investigation has been ongoing for several weeks. The statement from the AG’s office: “To clarify information that is in the public domain, the Attorney General’s Office is confirming that, for several weeks now, it has been investigating patterns and practices of the Aurora Police Department that might deprive individuals of their constitutional rights under state or federal law. This patterns and practice investigation, authorized by SB20-217, is in addition to a separate investigation the office is conducting into the death of Elijah McClain. In order to maintain the impartiality and integrity of these investigations, the Attorney General’s Office has no further comment at this time.” (credit: CBS)...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Attorney General Phil Weiser has launched an investigation into the Aurora Police Department. This investigation is separate from the state investigation into the death of Elijah McClain. Elijah McClain (credit: Mari Newman) The Attorney General’s office confirms to CBS4 that an investigation has been ongoing for several weeks. In a statement, the office says: “To clarify information that is in the public domain, the Attorney General’s Office is confirming that, for several weeks now, it has been investigating patterns and practices of the Aurora Police Department that might deprive individuals of their constitutional rights under state or federal law. This patterns and practice investigation, authorized by SB20-217, is in addition to a separate investigation the office is conducting into the death of Elijah McClain. In order to maintain the impartiality and integrity of these investigations, the Attorney General’s Office has no further comment at this time.” (credit: CBS)...
    BANGKOK (AP) — The Attorney General’s Office in Thailand has set up a committee to investigate whether it followed the law in dropping the last criminal charge against a scion of the Red Bull energy drink empire who was involved in a traffic accident almost eight years ago in which a motorcycle policeman was killed. It announced Tuesday that along with the action, Deputy Attorney General Nate Naksuk, who made the decision in June to dismiss the charge, has resigned to show his “spirit” and allow himself to prove he acted appropriately based on the evidence he reviewed. The announcement is the latest official initiative responding to public outrage over the dropping of the charge of causing death by reckless driving against Vorayuth Yoovidhya, whose Ferrari ran into the policeman’s motorcycle on a main Bangkok street in the early morning hours of Sept. 3, 2012. The case has been widely...
    VENTNOR, N.J. (CBS/AP) — Authorities say a man was shot and killed after allegedly advancing on police officers with a broken bottle along a road in Atlantic County. The state attorney general’s office says Ventnor and Atlantic City officers responded shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday to a 911 call about a man behaving erratically in Ventnor. The attorney general’s office said officers found the man walking in and out of a marshy area along the roadway while holding a broken glass bottle in his hand. Officials say the officers tried to offer him aid but he refused commands to drop the bottle and kept walking back and forth on the roadway, where police had stopped traffic. At about 4:30 p.m. Friday, the attorney general’s office said, the man “advanced on officers with the broken bottle in his hand and multiple officers fired their weapons.” The man was rushed to AtlantiCare...
    VENTNOR CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say a man was shot and killed after allegedly advancing on police officers with a broken bottle along a road in southern New Jersey. The state attorney general’s office says Ventnor and Atlantic City officers responded shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday to a 911 call about a man behaving erratically in Ventnor. The attorney general’s office said officers found the man walking in and out of a marshy area along the roadway while holding a broken glass bottle in his hand. Officials say the officers tried to offer him aid but he refused commands to drop the bottle and kept walking back and forth on the roadway, where police had stopped traffic. At about 4:30 p.m. Friday, the attorney general’s office said, the man “advanced on officers with the broken bottle in his hand and multiple officers fired their weapons.” The man was rushed...
    California’s top prosecutor has intervened in the case of a Central Valley woman who was charged with murder after she gave birth to a stillborn baby and authorities alleged her methamphetamine use was to blame. Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Friday filed an amicus brief in support of ending the prosecution of Chelsea Becker, saying his office believes “the law was misapplied and misinterpreted.” “We will work to end the prosecution and imprisonment of Ms. Becker so we can focus on applying this law to those who put the lives of pregnant women in danger,” Becerra said in a statement. Becker, 26, has been confined to the Kings County Jail since her arrest in November, with bail set at $2 million. Her attorneys have asked California’s 5th District Court of Appeal to prohibit the lower court from proceeding with the case, arguing that California’s murder law was never intended to...
    The New York attorney general is “one of the most partisan figures,” said Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer on Thursday, as he criticized Letitia James' move to try to dissolve the National Rifle Association. “This is how an office gets politicized. On the merits of this, there are always two sides to a lawsuit. Let’s see what the NRA says to defend themselves here, I don’t know the facts, but on the politics of it, this is one of the dumbest biggest mistakes an attorney general or anyone can make on an election year,” the former George W. Bush White House press secretary told “Outnumbered Overtime.” Fleischer said that James ran an election campaign on an “anti-President Trump, anti-Republican and anti-conservative platform." NRA LAYS OFF DOZENS OF STAFFERS, CUTS PAY DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC James announced Thursday that her office has filed a lawsuit against the NRA and its leadership, including executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, looking to dissolve...
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - The heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune was believed to have been driving much faster than initially thought when he was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in 2012, a prosecution spokesman said on Tuesday, in a case that has stirred anger in Thailand. Vorayuth Yoovidhya was accused of crashing his Ferrari into policeman Wichien Klanprasert and dragging his body for dozens of metres before fleeing the scene. He missed eight summonses to appear in court and his case raised angry questions about impunity for the rich. He was eventually charged with reckless driving causing death, with a statue of limitations until 2027, but his whereabouts are not known. Last month, in a surprise move, police said the charges against him were being dropped. But that decision was questioned in parliament and elsewhere and the police, the government and the Attorney General's office all said they...
    DELMONT, Pa. (KDKA) — Agents from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office staged a raid on a house in Delmont. On Thursday shortly after 7 a.m., the state agents converged on the home on Route 66. Matt Stefancic was driving to work when he saw the raid and took video. He told KDKA that agents in two police vans and several unmarked cars spent the better part of two hours in the house and then left. (Photo Credit: Matt Stefanic) “Driving to work this morning, saw a police van, box truck,” Stefanic said. “Out of the ordinary, I immediately wanted to see what was going on. It was the Attorney General’s office police.” “Officers with their vests and guns and a couple of guys and their suits with their badges hanging out going in and out of the house,” he added. No arrests were made, and KDKA could not confirm the...
    FLINT (PATCH) – A plea deal has been reached in a case involving a Genesee County insurance agent who the Michigan Attorney General’s office said embezzled from her clients and provided them with phony insurance certificates, leading them to believe they had insurance for their homes or automobiles when they actually didn’t. Angella Kay Swain, 53, pleaded no contest Monday before Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Celeste Bell to one count of conducting a criminal enterprise, 11 counts of embezzlement by an agent between $1,000 and $20,000, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, according to the AG’s office. “When hardworking Michiganders seek the assistance of an insurance agent to protect their belongings, they should not have to worry that their money is being mishandled or used inappropriately,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “My office and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services take fraud...
    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister responded Wednesday to growing public furor by ordering a probe into the dropping of criminal charges against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune accused of killing a policeman in a hit-and-run accident eight years ago. The case involving Vorayuth Yoovidhya, whose family owns about half of the Red Bull empire, has highlighted longstanding allegations that the rich and powerful in Thailand enjoy impunity from the law. Forbes magazine’s list of the richest families in Thailand places the Yoovidhya family second, with an estimated wealth of $20.2 billion. Vorayuth, better known by the nickname “Boss,” was wanted in connection with the Sept. 3, 2012, accident that occurred when his Ferrari struck and killed motorcycle policeman Sgt. Maj. Wichean Klunprasert. The decision by the attorney general’s office to not prosecute was made last month and announced last Friday at a police news...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A state trooper in New Hampshire has resigned after he was accused of twice falsifying records, the New Hampshire’s attorney general’s office announced Monday. James Callahan was first accused of falsifying information on a form following an incident in Madison, New Hampshire, earlier this year. During the course of the investigation, the attorney general’s office found Callahan had also falsified information on his official report. Specifically, he allegedly made false statements about where a K-9 drug-detection search had occurred during the incident in Madison. Authorities said they had probable cause to charge Callahan with two counts of unsworn falsification. But due to inconsistencies in the witness statements and reports, the attorney general’s office said it chose to accept Callahan's resignation effective July 14. Callahan is also required to forfeit his certification as a police officer in New Hampshire. He also agreed not to seek recertification in...
    LANSING, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – An Oakland County woman was arraigned recently on multiple charges after she allegedly stole more than $70,000 from an elderly veteran. Margaret Risdon, 60, of Bloomfield Hills, was arraigned July 16 in 48th District Court before Magistrate Andra Richardson on one count of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult between $50,000 and $100,000, a 15-year felony, and two counts of failing to file taxes, both five-year felonies. The case was referred to the Michigan Department of Attorney General by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General, which began its investigation after the victim raised concerns that someone was stealing from him. Between Nov. 6, 2016 and July 20, 2017, Risdon allegedly wrote checks from the victim’s bank account to herself and her business, Electronic Creations, totaling nearly $56,800 and made ATM withdrawals totaling more than $16,000. Risdon would then deposit the checks into her bank account and withdraw the money in cash. During the time of the alleged theft, the...
    A self-described pedophile freed this month after being confined for two decades in a state mental hospital, and whose whereabouts Orange County authorities have assiduously tracked in recent days, will be forced by the state to register as a sex offender, authorities said late Friday. The decision from state Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office followed efforts by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to dig up Cary Jay Smith’s previous convictions of child sex crimes from the 1980s. In 1984, Smith pleaded guilty to a 1983 misdemeanor of annoying or molesting a child, prosecutors said. Then again, in 1985, Smith pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of soliciting lewd conduct from a minor. Both convictions required Smith to register as a sex offender for life. However, to the confusion of law enforcement officials and outrage of some Southern California residents, when Smith was released from Coalinga State Hospital after July 11,...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The former head of Mexico’s state-run oil company landed in Mexico early Friday after being extradited from Spain to face corruption charges and was immediately hospitalized, the Attorney General’s Office said. Emilio Lozoya landed shortly before 1 a.m. in Mexico City and received a medical check-up in the Attorney General’s Office hangar. The doctor found he was suffering from anemia, problems with his esophagus and generally poor health. Lozoya’s family had requested a review by a private doctor as well, who found the same issues. He was hospitalized at an unspecified location. Lozoya had been scheduled to make his first appearance before a judge Friday, but it appeared unlikely that would proceed. The Attorney General’s Office said the judiciary had been advised of the situation and prosecutors were waiting to hear about the dates for his initial appearance. Lozoya’s arrival was accompanied by great anticipation not...
    MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A police shooting that left a man dead in northern New Jersey was under investigation, the state's attorney general's office said in a news release. The shooting occurred Tuesday afternoon on Fairchild Avenue when police responded to a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance. "One male civilian sustained fatal injuries,” authorities said. Officials did not provide more information, including the name of the person who was shot or the circumstances leading to the shooting. Officials did not release the name of the officer involved in the shooting. The investigation was being conducted by the attorney general's office integrity bureau. Officials said the investigation was ongoing and no further information was being released at this time. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: New Jersey
    Photo credit: Johannes Eisele, AFP via Getty Images. Former U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman explained to Congress the bizarre circumstances around his departure from the Southern District of New York, in which Attorney General Bill Barr abruptly announced Berman’s resignation on a Friday night even though he had already refused to voluntarily step down until his replacement was confirmed by the Senate. That move by Barr prompted Berman to very publicly refuse to resign and led to a number of conflicting statements from the White House and Justice Department before Berman ultimately did step down a day later after he was assured that his office’s deputy would take over as interim U.S. Attorney. The very messy sequence of events prompted the House Judiciary Committee to schedule an interview with Berman to understand what happened. Berman spoke to the Committee last week and on Monday the transcript was made public. During his...
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Monday that four experienced attorneys and trial lawyers have joined his prosecution team in the George Floyd case on a pro bono basis. Ellison’s team includes attorneys from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. “I’ve put together an exceptional team with experience and expertise across many disciplines,” he said in a statement. “We are united in our responsibility to pursue justice in this case.” The new attorneys are former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal; Lola Velázquez-Aguilu, an attorney at Medtronic and former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Minnesota; Jerry Blackwell, who last month won the first posthumous pardon in Minnesota for a man wrongly convicted in the aftermath of the lynching of three Black men in Duluth 100 years ago; and Steve Schleicher, a former federal prosecutor who led the prosecution of the man responsible for...
            by Chris White  A Virginia-based law firm is suing Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison for access to records revealing his use of attorneys financed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to engage in a climate crusade targeting oil companies. The nonprofit Government Accountability & Oversight (GAO) filed a lawsuit Wednesday for records detailing how the Democratic attorney general is allegedly deploying Bloomberg-financed lawyers to advance a lawsuit his office leveled against the fossil fuel industry. The firm’s complaint was filed on behalf of the nonprofit group Energy Policy Advocates. This is the second lawsuit that GAO, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit launched in 2018, has filed against Ellison in the last two years. The law firm’s complaint also reveals that the Minnesota attorney general entered into confidentiality agreements and so-called common interest agreements requiring his office to obtain the consent of the private attorneys before releasing public information about such climate lawsuits....
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general has removed her name, image and voice from her office's television ads to keep baseless claims of political rivals from impacting her duties, an official said. Amanda Priest, spokeswoman for Leslie Rutledge, declined to identify the attorney general's political opponents. But she said Rutledge doesn’t consider them to be lawmakers, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. “The Attorney General is hopeful that the effectiveness of the (public service announcements) will not be lost with the changes,” Priest said Thursday in a written statement. Priest said the attorney general's office has spent $2.2 million on radio and TV ads from state funds obtained through lawsuit settlements in fiscal 2020, which ended June 30. The highest amount that the attorney general's office spent on ads since at least fiscal 2008 was $459,200 in fiscal 2014, when Democrat Dustin McDaniel was the attorney general, according to the...
    ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria has suspended its anti-corruption chief pending the conclusion of investigations, the attorney general's office said on Friday, without elaborating. Ibrahim Magu has been appearing before a presidential panel reviewing activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the agency said on Monday. "President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Ag. Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)," the attorney general's office said in a statement. The president put EFCC operations director Mohammed Umar in charge pending the outcome of Magu's case. Buhari has made tackling corruption a priority since taking office in 2015. Endemic graft among the political elite dating back decades has left most Nigerians mired in poverty, despite the country being Africa's biggest economy and energy producer. (Reporting by Alexis Akwagyiram, Camillus Eboh and Felix Onuah; Editing by Mark Heinrich; Writing by Chijioke Ohuocha) Copyright 2020...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Republican-authored lame-duck laws that stripped power from the incoming Democratic attorney general just before he took office in 2019. The court rejected arguments that the laws were unconstitutional, handing another win to Republicans who have scored multiple high-profile victories before the conservative court in recent years. The ruling marks the second time that the court has upheld the lame-duck laws passed in December 2018, just weeks before Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, both Democrats, took office. The actions in Wisconsin mirrored Republican moves after losing control of the governor’s offices in Michigan in November 2018 and in North Carolina in 2016. Democrats decried the tactics as brazen attempts to hold onto power after losing elections. The Wisconsin laws curtailed powers of both the governor and attorney general, but the case ruled on Thursday dealt primarily...
    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — State authorities are investigating the shooting death of a New York City man in a New Jersey apartment by a law enforcement officer. Malik Canty, 36, was shot at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday in a Paterson apartment, the New Jersey attorney general’s office said. Members of the federal marshals' New York/New Jersey regional fugitive task force were trying to arrest Canty on a warrant out of New York City for criminally negligent homicide, authorities said. Canty was pronounced dead at the scene and a loaded 9mm handgun was recovered near his body, the attorney general’s office said. A spokesman said a law enforcement officer shot the fugitive but declined to be more specific. Under state law, the attorney general's office is required to investigate deaths during encounters with law enforcement officers. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten...
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The former governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, who is wanted on corruption charges in his homeland, has been arrested in Miami, Florida, the Mexican attorney general's office said on Wednesday. The attorney general's office said on Twitter that Duarte now faced extradition back to Mexico. Its statement came out not long after U.S. President Donald Trump met with his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the White House. (Reporting by Diego Ore; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Dave Graham) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    A Virginia-based law firm is suing Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison for access to records revealing his use of attorneys financed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to engage in a climate crusade targeting oil companies. The nonprofit Government Accountability & Oversight (GAO) filed a lawsuit Wednesday for records detailing how the Democratic attorney general is allegedly deploying Bloomberg-financed lawyers to advance a lawsuit his office leveled against the fossil fuel industry. The firm’s complaint was filed on behalf of the nonprofit group Energy Policy Advocates. This is the second lawsuit that GAO, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit launched in 2018, has filed against Ellison in the last two years. (RELATED: Emails Reveal Role Michael Bloomberg’s Climate Crusaders Are Playing In Maryland’s AG Office) The law firm’s complaint also reveals that the Minnesota attorney general entered into confidentiality agreements and so-called common interest agreements requiring his office to obtain the...
    Coronavirus updates: Cases rise in 40 of 50 states; Jersey Shore open, but L.A. beaches closed; Texas mask mandate begins Subway Just Pulled Their Most Popular Sandwich Deal Special prosecutor to examine allegations against FIFA boss, Swiss Attorney General By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi and Michael Shields © Reuters/Ruben Sprich FILE PHOTO: The FIFA logo is seen at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland named a special prosecutor to review criminal complaints against FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and Attorney General Michael Lauber after the men held undocumented meetings while Lauber's office was investigating suspected graft surrounding the global soccer body. Lauber last month became the first national official since modern Switzerland's founding in 1848 to undergo an impeachment process relating to his handling of the soccer inquiry. The watchdog overseeing Swiss federal prosecutors - Lauber's office - placed him under investigation last year after he held three...
    VALLEJO (CBS SF) — Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams announced Thursday afternoon that her office will recuse itself from reviewing the deadly police shootings of Willie McCoy and Sean Monterrosa and, instead, kicked the cases back to California attorney general Xavier Becerra. “Since June 2 … there have been city, county, state elected officials, numerous community members and the media calling for an independent investigation into these cases,” Abrams said in a post to the department’s YouTube page. Abrams said the state attorney general office is the proper agency to investigate the shootings. Willie McCoy was shot two dozen times last February and Sean Monterrosa was shot and killed in early June. District attorney Abrams now is referring those cases to the California attorney general even though that office originally declined to investigate the June 2 Monterrosa shooting. “As our attorney general has said himself, when our communities speak...
    (CNN)The Justice Department is considering replacing the US attorney in Brooklyn with a senior department official close to Attorney General William Barr, officials briefed on the matter said. On Thursday, Richard Donoghue, the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told his staff he'd be stepping down to move to Washington as the Justice Department's principal associate deputy attorney general, a powerful position that acts as a gatekeeper to investigations across the country, a spokesman for the office, John Marzulli, told CNN. The most recent principal associate deputy attorney general, Seth DuCharme, is now being considered by department leadership for the top role in the Brooklyn office, where he had built his career as a prosecutor. Bermans ouster is Barrs latest push for tighter control under TrumpThe job swap discussion comes as Barr has drawn outrage for his management of politically significant cases, which was heightened last...
    BOSTON (AP) — The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is providing $300,000 in grant funding to 73 organizations across the state to fund youth summer jobs focused on promoting health and wellness. This is the sixth year the office is running the Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Grant Program, which gives teens a chance to have a direct impact in their communities by working in jobs that promote good nutrition, physical fitness and healthy living. The grant program is funded with health care and fair labor-related settlement money. Grant recipients must have coronavirus safety protocols including protective equipment, social distancing, and transitioning to virtual workspaces. “Our summer jobs program provides teens across the state with an opportunity to challenge themselves, build new skills, and make a difference in their own communities by promoting healthy living,” Healey said in a statement. Some of the jobs funded this year include building...
    VALLEJO  — California’s attorney general declined Wednesday to independently investigate the fatal shooting of a man police say they initially thought was carrying a handgun in his waistband but actually had a hammer. Sean Monterrosa, 22, of San Francisco was suspected of stealing from a San Francisco Bay Area pharmacy amid national protests when he was killed June 2 by an officer who fired five times through a police car windshield, hitting Monterrosa once. Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams earlier said Monterrosa dropped to his knees and put his hands above his waist, revealing what the officer took to be the butt of a handgun. It turned out to be a 15-inch hammer in the pocket of his sweatshirt. Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams asked Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate, but his office said she didn’t show that her office was incapable of handling the investigation on its...
    (CNN)Law professors and faculty from George Washington University Law School, Attorney General William Barr's alma mater, said in a letter Tuesday he has "failed to fulfill his oath of office to 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States.'"The rebuke comes after continued fallout over the departure of Geoffrey Berman, the federal prosecutor ousted over the weekend by the Trump administration, and is the latest in a chorus of criticism over Barr's actions as attorney general. Barr received his Juris Doctor degree from the law school in 1977 and while serving as attorney general under then-President George H.W. Bush he received an honorary degree from the university in 1992. In a bi-partisan statement signed by 65 faculty and professors from the law school, the group wrote that Barr's actions as attorney general "have undermined the rule of law, breached constitutional norms, and damaged the integrity and traditional independence of...
    CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has tested positive for coronavirus. Raoul was tested Monday and informed Tuesday he has COVID-19, according to a press release from his office. He had minor symptoms over the weekend and has self-isolated. “My symptoms continue to be mild, and I am in regular contact with my staff in order to continue to manage the operations of my office,” Raoul said in a statement. “As I join the countless Illinois residents working from home, the programs and services provided by the Attorney General’s office will continue uninterrupted. “… I am fortunate to be otherwise healthy and am following recommendations to protect those around me. I encourage all Illinois residents to take precautions to protect themselves and vulnerable residents from contracting COVID-19.” Raoul advised people to continue to follow public health guidance like staying 6 feet away from others, wearing a face covering and washing hands frequently....
    (CNN)The FBI and California Attorney General's Office will now be monitoring the investigation of a man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Monday. Robert L. Fuller, 24, was hanging from a tree early Wednesday. Fire department personnel who responded to the scene determined he was dead, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Fuller's death was described as "an alleged death by suicide."Robert L. Fuller Despite the death being consistent with suicide, officials "felt it prudent to roll that back and continue to look deeper," said Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Coroner Dr. Jonathan Lucas."Hangings in public, suicides, do occur with some regularity," Lucas said. The signs seemed to point in the direction of suicide, but the cause and manner of death were never officially determined as officials await further investigation and toxicology reports. An...
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