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    For the second time this year, an independent federal review has faulted the U.S. Department of Defense for how it has responded when children on military bases sexually assault each other. A report released Wednesday by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General said leaders have downplayed incidents, not cooperated with civilian law enforcement and until recently failed to provide support services to victims. More than 1 million school-age children live in military families—many on U.S. bases where, as in broader society, kids and teens sometimes sexually assault their peers. An Associated Press investigation found that those incidents were typically lost in a legal and bureaucratic netherworld, where authorities failed to aid victims and offenders rarely faced consequences beyond barring them from base. The Pentagon didn’t know the scope of a problem it did little to track. Congress responded by requiring a series of reforms starting in fall 2018. To build...
    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...
    Cutting the U.S. Census time frame process could result in an inaccurate count, a Government Accountability Office said in a report published Thursday. The coronavirus pandemic forced the Census Bureau to delay its 2020 operations. Results are now expected in December as required, though compressed timeframes, untested procedures and public safety challenges could pose issues. “These delays, the resulting compressed timeframes, implementation of untested procedures, and additional challenges such as COVID-19 could adversely impact downstream operations, escalate census costs and undermine the overall quality of the count,” the report said. Data collection for the U.S. Census is set to wrap up by Sept. 30, though the Office of the Inspector General this week said the bureau still lacks at least 25 percent of the door knockers it needs for the 2020 census. The bureau needed more than 300,000 census takers by the end of August, but by mid-month just 220,000 were...
    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...
    Actress Swara Bhaskar, who had landed in trouble for voicing her perceptions on the Ram Janmabhoomi verdict, can breathe a sigh of relief, as, after the Attorney General of India, the Solicitor General’s office has also dismissed advocate Anuj Saxena’s petition to initiate a contempt petition. In the letter rejecting the petition, the S-G office stated that since the A-G has already declined to grant consent in the matter, the request made is misconceived. AG KK Venugopal Declines Request to Initiate Contempt of Court Proceedings Against Actor Swara Bhaskar. In a letter dated August 21, 2020, Attorney General KK Venugopal declined a request to initiate contempt of court proceedings against actor Swara Bhaskar alleging her of making derogatory and scandalous statements in the context of Supreme Court of India. Swara Bhasker Birthday Special: From Tanu Weds Manu to Veere Di Wedding, 5 Special Roles That the Braveheart Actress Owned Like a Boss....
    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...
    Count on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to make even the simplest of asks a back-and-forth exchange ending in the threat of a subpoena during his opportunity Monday to defend himself against accusations he is intentionally causing mail delays in the U.S. Postal Service. In that vein, DeJoy volunteered to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, but when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked the ally of President Donald Trump to turn over his calendar, that spirit of transparency quickly left him.  The New York legislator asked DeJoy to submit his calendar dating back to June 16 to the committee, and DeJoy responded: “I don’t know. I’ll check with counsel. I don’t want to set a precedence for my calendar to be submitted every two months.” We will win in 2020 if people can vote. By calling Democratic-leaning swing state voters every Tuesday or Thursday with Turnout2020, we can help them get absentee ballots for the November general...
    Count on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to make even the simplest of asks a back-and-forth exchange ending in the threat of a subpoena during his opportunity Monday to defend himself against accusations he is intentionally causing mail delays in the U.S. Postal Service. In that vein, DeJoy volunteered to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, but when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked the ally of President Donald Trump to turn over his calendar, that spirit of transparency quickly left him. The New York legislator asked DeJoy to submit his calendar dating back to June 16 to the committee, and DeJoy responded: “I don’t know. I’ll check with counsel. I don’t want to set a precedence for my calendar to be submitted every two months.” So Ocasio-Cortez asked again. “Well according to regulations that we currently have, electronic calendars that are submitted and maintained on USPS computers are agency records,” she said, “and so can we get your commitment...
    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...
    Postmaster Louis DeJoy isn’t thrilled with President Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting either. DeJoy, a Trump appointee, testified before Congress on Monday regarding the wave of delays and mismanagement he has overseen within the United States Postal Service over the past few months. Those incompetencies are becoming especially worrisome as the 2020 election draws closer — and as Trump continues to stoke fear regarding all the mail-in voting that’s about to happen. As the COVID-19 pandemic extends into the fall, local election commissions are encouraging everyone to vote early and by mail to avoid putting poll workers and themselves at risk. But Trump, who has voted by mail plenty of times in the past, has tried to establish distrust in the electoral system by falsely claiming mail-in ballots are wrought with fraud. When asked Monday whether he has discouraged Trump from pushing these falsities, DeJoy said he has “put word...
    Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) had five minutes to question President Donald Trump’s hand-picked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Monday afternoon and she didn’t waste a second of it.  The congresswoman’s first question seemed like a softball. “What is the cost of a first-class postage stamp?” she asked. DeJoy got that one right by answering $0.55, but it went downhill fast from there. He didn’t know how much it cost to send a postcard or a square envelope. Laughing uncomfortably, DeJoy admitted, “I will submit that I know very little about postage and stamps.”  After DeJoy failed to answer a few more basic inquiries about the agency he runs, Porter got to a more salient question. “Do you know, about within a million or so, can you tell me how many people voted by mail in the last presidential election?” she asked. When DeJoy said he could not, she gave him the...
    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...
    Saturday afternoon, the Democrat-controlled House passed a $25 billion emergency funding bill to aid the United States Postal Service. Twenty-six House Republicans voted to support the bill, but so far, the Republican Senate has not been enthusiastic about the bill. In addition to the $25 billion in extra funding, the bill also halts several of DeJoy’s changes, and officially designates ballots as “first-class” mail, granting them a priority status meant to help speed their delivery. Support for the bill has fallen along largely partisan lines, with many Republicans insisting that cost-cutting measures instituted by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, like the elimination of most overtime hours and reduction in number of mail-sorting machines, are prudent, and Democrats objecting that the impact on the nation’s mail has been too detrimental. One bit of evidence Democrats used to counter Republican arguments was a five-page document released by the House Oversight Committee, showing that there...
    SEWELL, N.J. (CBS) — Protests are happening in every corner of the country, including in the Delaware Valley. The fight over the United States Postal Service is heating up on the streets and on Capitol Hill. Some of the nearly 800 protests nationwide happened in Philadelphia and its suburbs. The #SaveThePostOffice rallies are demanding Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s resignation. “This is a serious situation that is happening here now,” Jim Stewart said. A shakedown of the United States Postal Service has many up in arms. “It’s not a business, it’s a service. It’s in the constitution,” Stewart said. “What they’re doing shouldn’t be allowed.” Second Democratic Lawsuit Claims USPS Changes Will Harm Mail Voting Shuttering mail sorters, cutting overtime for postal workers, and limiting hours of operation. The changes have those, even in these divisive times, worried about the potential impact the policies could have on November’s general election and...
    During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) stated that President Trump blocking $25 billion in Post Office funding to hinder mail-in voting “is about the most undemocratic action I can think of.” Transcript as Follows: “Hello, I’m Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. I have the privilege of representing parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens in New York City. I also serve as the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform in the House of Representatives. Today, I would like to talk to you about one of our most enduring and beloved institutions – the United States Postal Service – one of the few entities specifically mentioned by our Founders in the Constitution. The Postal Service delivers more than 470 million pieces of mail each day to every home and business across the United States. It provides a critical lifeline by providing universal access to medications, supplies and...
    Democratic senators pressed Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyTensions flare as senators grill postmaster general The Hill's 12:30 Report: Postmaster General attempts to calm mail-in voting fears Postmaster General testifies that ballots will be prioritized for delivery MORE to consider how changes he’s advocated for at the agency would impact military servicemembers. Twenty-nine Democratic senators wrote in a Thursday letter to DeJoy that the Postal Service is a necessary agency to deliver mail to troops overseas and that changes he’s proposed could have a disproportionate impact on servicemembers who have no other avenue for mail delivery. “USPS is the only service that can deliver to the Army Post Office (APO) and Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses used by our military overseas,” they wrote.  “Since your appointment as Postmaster General, you have implemented many harmful operational and policy changes that have already resulted in mail being delayed in many areas by weeks....
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — People rallied outside the post office in Baltimore’s Govans neighborhood Friday. Many say they have experienced delays getting their mail and are concerned about their ballots not being delivered in time for the upcoming presidential election. “We recognize the post office is one of the most sacred institutions in our country,” said Margaret Baldridge outside the Govans Post Office. She said she was “outraged” at the Trump Administration. “The people of this country will not stand for the sabotage of the post office, which is one of the main ways that people will vote.“ Amid concerns about mail-in ballots, the US Postal Service has launched a new election mail website. https://t.co/eIqJJJoP9t @wjz — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) August 21, 2020   “The people I’ve talked to are experiencing the same things I am experiencing: It’s just late,“ said Michele Bland of west Baltimore. “I know that it’s about...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Delaware Senator Tom Carper was caught uttering a series of expletives to an aide as he struggled to unmute himself during a widely-watched U.S. Postal Service hearing on Friday, an unintentional window into one of the shortcomings of virtual pandemic-era meetings. Carper, a Democrat, was in line to question Postmaster General Louis DeJoy but was not heard by committee chairman Ron Johnson, who then sought to move on to the next questioner. Carper than uttered three f-bombs, prompting Senator James Lankford to say "Mr. Chairman, I think Senator Carper is there, I think he's trying to be able to queue it all up right now." Johnson then called on Carper and appeared to allude to Carper's comments: "We don't want to be on TV again." Carper then proceeded with his questions. A spokeswoman for Carper said he "got frustrated with technical difficulties this morning, but that pales...
    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...
    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a new election will be held in November for a disputed Paterson City Council seat, just weeks after the race’s apparent winner and a sitting councilman were charged with voter fraud. State Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela issued his ruling Wednesday. Alex Mendez had won a special election on May 12 to fill the seat, but claims of voter fraud were soon raised. An investigation was then launched after the U.S. Postal Service’s law enforcement arm told the state attorney general’s office about hundreds of mail-in ballots located in a mailbox in Paterson, along with more found in nearby Haledon. Ultimately, the Passaic County Board of Elections decided not to count 800 ballots cast in the race. Voter fraud charges were brought in June against Mendez, Paterson Council Vice President Michael Jackson and two other men: Shelim Khalique, of Wayne, and...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is not doing enough to ensure on-time mail delivery despite assurances he provided to her on Wednesday. “This morning, I spoke with Postmaster General DeJoy and conveyed to him that his announcement is not a solution and is misleading,” Pelosi said in a statement. Pelosi said the Postal Service needs more money because states are ramping up mail-in balloting in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Postal Service warned 46 states that ballots may not be counted on time if they are not mailed in advance of the Nov. 3 election. “The Postal Service is Election Central during the pandemic, and Democrats will not allow the President to force Americans to choose between their health and their vote,” Pelosi said. DeJoy, a Trump appointee and prominent GOP donor, announced this week he is suspending any policies that union officials are blaming...
    Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major Trump donor whose cost-cutting moves at the Postal Service have infuriated Democrats, took in up to $7 million last year at his logistics firm that does business with the Postal Service. DeJoy was previously a chief executive and board member at XPO Logistics, a firm that helps the Postal Service with large shipments. It was a lucrative position that earned him a stake of between $25 million and $50 million in the company, according to a New York Times review of his financial disclosure.  The multi-billion logistics firm paid DeJoy nearly $2 million in rent in 2018, according to the Office of Government Ethics. The big earnings are just one part of DeJoy's financial picture. He donated $361,000 to the Trump Victory PAC, making him a major financial backer of the president's reelection campaign. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy took in up to $7...
    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...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – As Democratic politicians in Southern California were speaking out against the contentious moves taking place at the financially-strapped U.S. Postal Service, the Postmaster General came out and announced Tuesday that the cost-cutting service measures would be halted until after the election in order to avoid even the appearance of any perceived bias. Aug. 17, 2020. (CBSLA) In a statement Tuesday, seemingly in response to the controversy, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said that he would be suspending the cost-cutting measures until after the election. “To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded,” DeJoy wrote in part. “We will deliver the nation’s election mail on time and within our well-established service standards,” DeJoy wrote. “The American public should know that this is our number one priority between now and election day.” California Attorney General...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico election regulators say they’ll move forward with an initiative that allows voters to trace mail-in ballots with the use of an individualized bar code in cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service. Officials with the New Mexico secretary of state’s office briefed lawmakers Tuesday on new election procedures that respond to the coronavirus pandemic and a surging reliance on voting by absentee ballot. State Elections Director Mandy Vigil expressed relief at Tuesday’s announcement by the U.S. postmaster general that he would halt operational changes to mail delivery that critics warned could disrupt November’s elections. New Mexico’s attorney general filed suit Tuesday alongside 19 other states to try and stop the changes. Vigil said her office has worked closely with regional Postal Service officials on plans to place an “intelligent bar code” on the outer envelop of absentee ballots. That allows registered voters to...
    President Donald Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy have come under fire for undermining the U.S. Postal Service and slowing down mail delivery. But on Tuesday, DeJoy announced that he had suspended changes to the Postal Service until after the November election after he came under scrutiny by congressional Democrats. Making the baseless claim that mail-in voting encourages voter fraud, Trump has encouraged defunding the Postal Service — which his critics have denounced as a thinly veiled attempt to swing the presidential election in his favor. On Tuesday, however, DeJoy said: “To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded.” DeJoy said that he wanted the Postal Service to be able to handle as many voting ballots as it needs to. “The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this...
    Amid accusations of meddling with mail-in voting, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has suspended United States Postal Service (USPS) reforms until after the 2020 election. “The United States Postal Service will play a critical role this year in delivering election mail for millions of voters across the country,” DeJoy wrote in a USPS press release. “There has been a lot of discussion recently about whether the Postal Service is ready, willing and able to meet this challenge.” DeJoy assured Americans that the Postal Service is ready to handle any volume of mail it receives for the upcoming elections. He said that the company will deliver all electoral ballots in a timely manner and claimed that managing the process is the company’s top priority “between now and election day.” Afterward, DeJoy used the press release to announce expansions of the business’ election taskforce designed to coordinate with local and state election officials...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday slammed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) cutbacks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as Congress weighs funding for mail-in voting. Schumer described the USPS as “one huge mess.” He added that DeJoy would not meet with him, and it is “clear” to him that the postmaster general’s ultimate goal is to “dismantle the post office brick by brick.” “The post office is one huge mess,” Schumer told CNN “New Day” host John Berman. “I met this man, Mr. DeJoy. He wouldn’t meet with me. I called him three times, he wouldn’t meet with me, so at our negotiations, Nancy and I with Mnuchin and Meadows said we don’t want to go forward on this. Postal’s one of the big issues — have him come in here. It was clear to me that his goal was to dismantle the post...
    Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (2nd R) arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 5, 2020.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will testify Friday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as lawmakers speak out against his overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service.  The hearing, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET before the Republican-led panel, will mark DeJoy's first time directly answering questions from Congress about the post office, which has come under intense scrutiny in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. "I am pleased to have secured an oversight hearing on Friday with Postmaster General DeJoy in order to address urgent questions on the Postal Service delays that are causing massive disruptions...
              A report from Virginia’s Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) alleges that the Virginia Parole Board (VPB) acted illegally and violated parole board policies earlier this year. The report from the Virginia OSIG found the Virginia Parole Board and its former chairperson, Adrianne Bennett, “violated both state law and parole board policies earlier this year in granting parole to the murderer of a police officer.” An op/ed from The Daily Progress claims that this report was withheld from the public “until three senior Republicans demanded to see it.” These Republicans released an unredacted copy of the report to the public on August 6. Media outlets were sent a heavily redacted version of the six-page report on July 29. That version left a few introductory sentences legible; the rest was blacked out. The OSIG’s report investigated complaints “alleging that VPB and former VPB...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Two Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the FBI Monday morning, urging it to investigate the Postmaster General Louis Dejoy.Congressman Ted Lieu, D-Calif., joined Kristen Sze on ABC7 News at 3 p.m. "Getting Answers" to talk about the letter sent, President Trump, USPS funding and the Democratic National Convention.RELATED: What's happening at the US Postal Service, and why?The second term congressman representing part of LA County has been receiving lots of national attention due to his tweets calling out haters, internet trolls, and even President Trump."I'm just trying to tell the truth and sometimes I do put some edge to it because this president is really taking our country in a very bad direction," Lieu said. "I just want people to pay attention because this is not only not normal, what he's been doing is really destroying our republic." NO https://t.co/9r1URXE7gd— Ted...
    NEWTON (CBS) – Concerns are growing over mail-in voting, as U.S. Postal workers say mail is piling up in facilities because of cutbacks ordered by the Postmaster General. At Newton City Hall, the clerk’s office set up a special drop box for ballots, so people can hand deliver them. “I am not taking any chances,” said Pamela Libby, as she delivered hers Monday. The head of the American Postal Workers Union for Central Massachusetts says there’s a freeze on overtime, and some mail sorting machines have been removed from facilities. “They don’t have enough people to process the mail to get it to different areas. They just let it sit until the next day,” said John Flattery. “I got an email the other day from someone, just showed containers full of parcels that were left because the carriers were already gone.” Ballot drop box at Newton City...
    President Donald Trump said his controversial postmaster general is just trying to make the post office 'good again' as Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the House back from its summer recess for a crisis session on the postal system. And two House Democrats asked the FBI to open a criminal investigation into the role that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy played in mail delays as concerns those delays will lead to voter disenfranchisement have increased.  Trump's defense of DeJoy - a prominent Republican donor the president appointed to the position - on Monday was mingled with attacks on Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Amazon, and its founder Jeff Bezos. 'I'm just making it good,' the president said of changes to the post office, which critics charge could to votes not being counted in the November election. 'We have a very very good business guy running it and I want to...
    Washington (CNN)Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is emerging from obscurity and into a glaring hot spotlight lately, raising alarms with aggressive new strategies that have upended the United States Postal Service just as it heads into possibly the most consequential moment of its history -- the great vote-by-mail election of 2020.DeJoy's administration has slowed delivery, removed high-speed letter sorters from commission and issued a stark warning to election officials that mail-in ballots will no longer automatically be moved as priority mail. On top of that, the USPS has started reducing post office operating hours across several states, cut overtime for postal workers and removed some of their iconic blue letter collection boxes.In the wake of what DeJoy is calling a "restructuring," the agency's inspector general is now reviewing these policy changes. Democrats are amping up demands that DeJoy rescind his changes and get the agency ready for the flood of mail-in...
    Amid criticism for his attempts to cut funding to the United States Postal Service (USPS), Donald Trump expressed support for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at a press conference on Saturday, Breitbart reported. “He’s a fantastic man, he wants to make the Post Office great again,” Trump said. The real estate mogul claimed that DeJoy is a “very efficient operator” and pushed back on claims that he is attempting to slow the vote-by-mail process ahead of November’s election. The comment came on the same day that protestors gathered outside DeJoy’s home to protect his alleged attacks on vote-by-mail. According to Trump, he is open to providing the USPS with financial support in a potential coronavirus stimulus package. “You are going to have a catastrophic situation with universal mail-in votes, and on top of it, the Democrats aren’t willing to give the people the money and the Post Office the money.” Trump...
    President Donald Trump backed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Saturday, despite criticism from outraged Democrats about his changes to the Post Office. “He’s a fantastic man, he wants to make the Post Office great again,” Trump said at a press conference at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Saturday evening. Leftist protesters gathered at DeJoy’s home on Saturday accusing him of voter suppression. The president described DeJoy as “a very efficient operator” and said it was not true that he was trying to slow vote-by-mail. “No, not at all, he would love to see it happen,” Trump said to a reporter questioning his motives regarding the upcoming election. The postal service sent letters last week warning 46 states that it could not guarantee that all mail-in ballots cast for the presidential election would arrive on time. The president said he was unaware of reports about the Post Office moving...
    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...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump met with United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at the White House last week amid his ongoing attacks on mail-in voting and ahead of DeJoy's meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. "It was a congratulatory meeting," White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told CNN. DeJoy, a longtime ally and prolific Trump fundraiser, took the post office's top role on June 15 amid a time of incredible strain at the US Postal Service. The agency is facing funding shortages and DeJoy has already faced bipartisan criticism for implementing disruptive changes in the role, including eliminating overtime for many workers. The meeting took place on August 3, Deere said. DeJoy met with Pelosi and Schumer on August 5. Asked days later, August 9, in New Jersey about the Post Office's issues, Trump said he "didn't speak" to DeJoy and lauded him as...
    Concerns about mail-in voting have deepened after the postal service warned officials in the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania that some ballots may not be delivered in time. Additionally, it was revealed President Donald Trump had an Oval Office meeting last week with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy amid allegations the billionaire mega-donor to the Republican Party has put policies in place that are holding up delivery of the mail. The White House told The Washington Post the meeting was a 'congratulatory' meeting because DeJoy was recently appointed to the position but it came before his tense meeting on Capitol Hill last week with Democratic Leaders Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.  Worries about mail-in ballots making it to officials in time to be counted are increasing as President Donald Trump criticizes the system but has requested an absentee ballot from Florida   It was revealed President...
    Postmaster general Louis DeJoy is under fire over a new CNN report that shows he holds stock options in Amazon, an apparent conflict of interest. Federal law prohibits employees of the executive branch from holding a financial interest in a company that could have an impact on their government duties. Amazon is a significant customer of the USPS, with some analysts estimating the e-commerce giant uses the post office for around 40 percent of its shipping. DeJoy held between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of stock in Amazon when he joined the Trump administration, CNN reported, citing financial disclosures. DeJoy divested the shares on June 24th but on the same day bought between $50,000 and $100,000 of Amazon stock options, which give him the right to buy shares in Amazon at $1,860 per share, according to CNN. As a result, he still stands to benefit financially if Amazon’s share price increases....
    CNN.com outed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for continuing to hold a stake in a company that the United States Postal Service uses as a contractor. Reporting Wednesday, CNN revealed that DeJoy’s investment in XPO Logistics is a serious conflict of interest. “Outside experts who spoke to CNN were shocked that ethics officials at the postal service approved this arrangement, which allows DeJoy to keep at least $30 million in XPO holdings,” said the report. “Raising further alarms, on the same day in June that DeJoy divested large amounts of Amazon shares, he purchased stock options giving him the right to buy new shares of Amazon at a price much lower than their current market price, according to the disclosures.” That could mean a different conflict of interest given President Donald Trump can’t stand Amazon because it’s owned by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, a newspaper that Trump can’t stand because...
    UK Ambassador Woody Johnson allegedly made racist and sexist remarks to staff and the State Department’s IG is calling for a “more thorough review” of the billionaire owner of the NY Jets. The watchdog office interviewed and surveyed Johnson’s staff in London and found evidence to back up press reports of possible misconduct. Johnson “sometimes made inappropriate or insensitive comments on topics generally considered Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)-sensitive, such as religion, sex, or color,” a report released Wednesday said. The inspector general’s office does not offer examples of inappropriate things Johnson said. Johnson allegedly complained about a 2018 Black History Month event, asking if the gathering would be “a whole bunch of black people,” according to a CNN report last month. He reportedly said he didn’t care about International Women’s Day because he is “not a woman” and said “cringeworthy” things about attractive women. The new inspector general report says:...
    President Donald Trump (center) walks with CJCS General Mark Milley (right). Photo credit: Brendan Smialowski, AFP via Getty Images. John Nagl, a retired Army officer, and Paul Yingling, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, penned an open letter to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley — warning him that President Donald Trump might refuse to leave office in November and that the U.S. military must be prepared to remove him. Nagl and Yingling pointed out that because of Trump’s history in office and “a dangerous confluence of circumstances,” the 45th president may attempt to stay in office past his term, noting that Milley will have to make a choice come November. “We do not live in ordinary times. The President of the United States is actively subverting our electoral system, threatening to remain in office in defiance of our Constitution,” they wrote. “In a few months’ time, you may...
    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...
    The State Department’s acting inspector general resigned abruptly on Wednesday following the firing of his predecessor in circumstances now being investigated by Congress. Stephen Akard announced his resignation just two days after Democrats issued subpoenas for several of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s top aides to answer questions about the shakeup in the watchdog’s office. The department said Akard would return to the private sector but offered no other reason for his departure. We appreciate his dedication to the department and to our country,” the department said in a statement. Akard’s deputy, Diana Shaw, will serve as the new acting inspector general once Akard leaves on Friday. Although Akard, a close ally of Vice President Mike Pence, had not been expected to become the permanent inspector general, his departure underscores the tumult and uncertainty in the office, which has been wracked by Republican charges of leaks and politically biased...
    The State Department’s acting inspector general resigned abruptly on Wednesday following the firing of his predecessor in circumstances now being investigated by Congress. Stephen Akard announced his resignation just two days after Democrats issued subpoenas for several of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s top aides to answer questions about the shakeup in the watchdog’s office. The department said Akard would return to the private sector but offered no other reason for his departure. We appreciate his dedication to the department and to our country,” the department said in a statement. Akard’s deputy, Diana Shaw, will serve as the new acting inspector general once Akard leaves on Friday. Although Akard, a close ally of Vice President Mike Pence, had not been expected to become the permanent inspector general, his departure underscores the tumult and uncertainty in the office, which has been wracked by Republican charges of leaks and politically biased investigations....
    “This doesn’t smell right.” That was the reaction from Chris Lu, who held multiple positions in the Obama administration including White House cabinet secretary, to news Wednesday that State Department acting Inspector General Stephen Akard is leaving the post less than three months after the administration ousted the previous IG. Akard, an ally of Vice President Mike Pence who had been simultaneously serving as Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, is returning to the private sector, department officials said. This doesn’t smell right Acting State Dept IG resigns less than three months after his predecessor was fired. All of this is happening while the IG office is investigating Pompeo and his wife ????https://t.co/P2fiIlvDFk — Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) August 5, 2020 According to the Washington Post, which was the first to report on the development, staff was informed of Akard’s leaving by Deputy IG Diana Shaw, who also said she...
    The acting State Department inspector general has resigned after less than three months on the job. The departure follows his predecessor's abrupt removal from the watchdog position by President Trump at the recommendation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May.  "Ambassador Stephen J. Akard, the State Department's Acting Inspector General and the Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, has announced he is returning to the private sector after years of public service," a State Department spokesperson said Wednesday. "We appreciate his dedication to the Department and to our country. The Deputy Inspector General, Diana R. Shaw, will become the new Acting Inspector General." Akard was installed in mid-May after Steve Linick was fired as the department's inpsector general. Democrats criticized his removal because he had been investigating allegations that Pompeo and his wife had been misusing department resources. Linick then told lawmakers that senior department officials knew his office...
    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department’s acting inspector general resigned abruptly on Wednesday following the firing of his predecessor in circumstances now being investigated by Congress. Stephen Akard announced his resignation just two days after Democrats issued subpoenas for several of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s top aides to answer questions about the shakeup in the watchdog's office. The department said Akard would return to the private sector but offered no other reason for his departure. “We appreciate his dedication to the department and to our country,” the department said in a statement. Akard's deputy, Diana Shaw, will serve as the new acting inspector general once Akard leaves on Friday. Although Akard had not been expected to become the permanent inspector general, his departure underscores the tumult and uncertainty in the office, which has been wracked by Republican charges of leaks and politically biased...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department’s acting inspector general resigned abruptly on Wednesday following the firing of his predecessor in circumstances now being investigated by Congress. Stephen Akard announced his resignation just two days after Democrats issued subpoenas for several of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s top aides to answer questions about the shakeup in the watchdog’s office. The department said Akard would return to the private sector but offered no other reason for his departure. “We appreciate his dedication to the department and to our country,” the department said in a statement. Akard’s deputy, Diana Shaw, will serve as the new acting inspector general once Akard leaves on Friday. Although Akard had not been expected to become the permanent inspector general, his departure underscores the tumult and uncertainty in the office, which has been wracked by Republican charges of leaks and politically biased investigations. Democrats have alleged...
    Matthew Chapman August 4, 2020 6:05PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story On CNN Monday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) laid into Louis DeJoy, the controversial GOP megadonor just appointed to serve as President Donald Trump's postmaster general amid fears he will try to sabotage the Postal Service for personal gain or to block mail-in votes. "There is talk, Senator, of the Post Office being told to cut back on deliveries or change the way they operate," said anchor John Berman. "This in the middle of the pandemic. This with an election 90 some days away. What does that say to you?" : "Mr. DeJoy does not want to work with us or understand the lifeline that a post office is all across America, especially in rural America," said Manchin, a conservative Democrat who represents a number of rural mining communities. "We had letters go out to post offices in West...
    The Michigan primary is another giant screaming warning about the damage Donald Trump has already done to the U.S. Postal Service in a year when vote-by-mail will be essential to a safe and fair election. With just days to go before Tuesday’s primary, The Washington Post reports, some voters hadn't received their absentee ballots—including one man who said he’d requested his ballot in June. (It is now August.) Election officials were urging people who still needed to submit absentee ballots to do so in person at election offices or in dropboxes, because they couldn’t trust the Trump-damaged Postal Service. Primaries have been a series of tests of how to vote during a pandemic, and Michigan voters responded by voting absentee by mail in large numbers, with nearly four times as many absentee ballots sent out as in 2016, and the state’s previous record for mail-in voting, set during the 2016 general election, already...
    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...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s government watchdog agency has investigated complaints about the state Parole Board and found “substantiated” allegations but is publicly withholding further details about its work, citing exemptions in the state open records law. The Office of the State Inspector General informed Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration Tuesday about the findings of its administrative investigation into the board, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request. The version of the six-page letter provided to AP was almost entirely redacted, although it said in a section labeled “conclusion” that at least some allegations “are substantiated.” It also said potential recommendations would be outlined in the future. State officials announced in May that the inspector general’s office was investigating the parole board’s handling of the case of Vincent Martin, who was convicted in the 1979 killing of Richmond police Officer Michael Connors. The decision...
    A criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino was opened Thursday by a Swiss special prosecutor, plunging the soccer body into a new scandal. FIFA said it and Infantino will cooperate with Swiss authorities. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Special prosecutor Stefan Keller concluded there was enough evidence to go to court after investigating the circumstances of a meeting that Infantino had with Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber. Lauber offered his resignation last week. Keller has uncovered “elements that make up reprehensible behavior," according to the French-language version of a statement from the Swiss authority overseeing the federal prosecutor's office. Keller opened a criminal case against Infantino as well as Valais prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold, and has sought authorization to open a legal case against Lauber, too, according to the authority. Keller, a legal expert named to the post of special prosecutor on June 29, found possible infractions...
    GENEVA (AP) — A criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino was opened Thursday by a Swiss special prosecutor. The case is connected to a meeting Infantino had with the Swiss attorney general. The special prosecutor, Stefan Keller, closed an investigation into two complaints involving Infantino and attorney general Michael Lauber after turning up “elements that make up reprehensible behavior.” Lauber announced his resignation last week. Keller opened a criminal case against Infantino as well as Valais prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold, and has sought authorization to open a legal case against Lauber, too, according to a statement from the Swiss authority overseeing the federal prosecutors office. Keller, a legal expert named to the post of special prosecutor on June 29, found that possible infractions included abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, “assisting offenders” and “incitement to these acts,” the supervisory authority for the office of the attorney general said...
    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...
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General has opened an investigation into its own agency’s role in the Trump administration’s replacement of an Obama-era rule that curbed greenhouse gas emissions in cars. The Inspector General’s office will examine whether there were any “irregularities” during the process of crafting the new rule — dubbed the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles rule, or SAFE — which holds automakers to weaker fuel economy standards through 2025. Those potential “irregularities” were flagged in May by Sen. Tom Carper (DE), who asked for an investigation in a letter to the EPA Inspector General at the time. “I’m pleased that the EPA Inspector General is opening an investigation into this rule, which was the product of the most procedurally problematic process my office has ever reviewed. If the EPA IG follows the facts, I have no doubt they will find that the Trump Administration failed...
    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...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has issued an alert about unemployment fraud and identity theft.Attorney General Raoul said his office has received dozens of complaints from people who have learned that someone applied for unemployment benefits in their name.A couple of weeks ago, the I-Team also started getting calls from viewers who said they received ides debit cards in the mail, but never applied for benefits. ABC7 has since received more than 100 complaints.Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker warns of massive unemployment debit card fraud schemeEMBED More News Videos Gov. Pritzker is warning of a nationwide unemployment fraud scheme, in which people who never filed for benefits receive money. "People should be on the lookout for a letter approving them for unemployment benefits they never requested because it likely means that an identity thief applied for benefits using their name and Social Security number," Raoul said. "I strongly...
    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,...
    Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night may prevent Postal Service employees from visiting the box near you, but across the country there’s evidence that political pressure really can “stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” In New Jersey, residents say they’re going days without mail. In Chicago, citizens complain that their deliveries are running weeks behind. And California residents are fretting over mortgages and rents put in jeopardy by a mail service that seems frozen.  There’s no doubt that some of the chatter about a sluggish mail service is of the watched-pot variety; with millions of Americans stuck at home, the visit from the mail person has become much more of a daily highlight than it has been since the days when the Sears catalog was still a thing. But boredom and hyperawareness can’t account for all the claims that have been spreading, particularly ones...
    U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr has been widely criticized in the legal profession for putting the interests of President Donald Trump above the rule of law, and some of those critics include four former presidents of the District of Columbia Bar Association. According to Politico reporter Betsy Woodruff Swan, all four of them are among the 27 attorneys who have signed a July 22 letter asking the Association to conduct an investigation to determine whether or not Barr has violated its rules. The D.C. Barr Association authorizes attorneys to practice law in Washington, D.C., including many who work in the federal government. According to Swan, the attorneys’ “complaint argues that Barr has broken Washington’s ethics rules by being dishonest and violating his oath to uphold the Constitution, along with other charges. And it highlights four episodes in Barr’s time as attorney general to make the case: his characterization of Special...
    Two Dollar General workers locked a convicted sex offender in the store and quietly escorted other customers out after they realized he was wanted on suspicion of murder.  Neil Broussard, 51, is accused of killing Kyla Hidalgo, 17, and Kaleb Charlton, 18; wounding the girl's mother, Catherine Hidalgo, 40; and kidnapping the woman's 14-year-old daughter early Wednesday morning in the Calcasieu Parish town of Westlake.  Broussard, of Lake Charles, surrendered to police in the Beauregard Parish community of Ragley, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Lake Charles, on Thursday after Sallye Salter and Tiffany Cook alerted authorities, the American Press reported.  On Wednesday, police were contacted by phone with someone reporting that a 14-year-old was on their property on Jackson-Gimnick Loop exiting the woods.  Neil Broussard, escorted by law enforcement, is brought into the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Thursday morning in Lake Charles, Louisiana after workers at a Dollar...
    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The wife of a convicted sex offender accused of killing two teenagers and kidnapping a third has been arrested in the case. Tori L. Broussard, 41, of Lake Charles, was arrested Wednesday on charges of accessory after the fact to first-degree rape and accessory after the fact to molestation of a juvenile, said Kayle Vincent, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. Broussard is free after posting a $50,000 bond. Her husband, Neil Broussard, 51, is wanted on charges of first-degree rape and molestation of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish, authorities said. A Calcasieu Parish judge set his bond at $4 million. He was also convicted in 2005 and 2011 of molesting juveniles and is awaiting trial on sex charges in Texas. Neil Broussard is also accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Kyla Hidalgo and 18-year-old Kaleb Charlton early Wednesday. He was arrested in the...