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    New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) office said Sunday that she did not accept an earlier statement from Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNY billboard calls for Cuomo's impeachment amid controversies On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Stefanik renews call for Cuomo to resign amid new sexual harassment accusation MORE’s (D) office proposing that she and the state's chief appeals judge appoint an attorney to investigate sexual harassment allegations against him. “To clarify, I do not accept the governor’s proposal,” James said in a statement. “The state’s Executive Law clearly gives my office the authority to investigate this matter once the governor provides a referral.”  The statement on the governor's proposal came after she asked Cuomo's office to issue a referral authorizing an independent investigation into the allegations, citing state law. Cuomo’s office issued a response saying Cuomo will “leave all decisions concerning the investigation to be...
    New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNY billboard calls for Cuomo's impeachment amid controversies On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Stefanik renews call for Cuomo to resign amid new sexual harassment accusation MORE's office has asked the state's attorney general and chief appeals judge to name an independent attorney to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against him. The announcement came just minutes after Attorney General Letitia James determined on Sunday that a referral for an investigation into sexual misconduct claims by two former Cuomo aides must be made by the governor's office and that he should make one "immediately." Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior adviser to the governor, said in a statement that Cuomo’s office has asked James and the Chief Judge Janet DiFiore of the New York Court of Appeals to name an independent attorney to investigate the matter. "We will leave all decisions concerning...
    More On: andrew cuomo Cuomo should lose emergency powers amid sexual harassment claims: de Blasio CNN anchor mixes up Cuomo brothers while covering governor’s scandal Biden backs independent review of Cuomo sex harassment claims: WH Pete Davidson as ‘Cuomo’ laments he’s ‘in the friggin’ doghouse again’ in SNL skit State Attorney General Letitia James on Sunday called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to let her office oversee a probe into the “troubling” sexual harassment allegations lodged against him, and make any necessary appointments of investigators. Cuomo’s office quickly made a counter-offer, saying that James and top state appeals Judge Janet DiFiore — a Cuomo appointee — could assign an independent investigator of their choosing to probe the accusations made Saturday by ex-staffer Charlotte Bennett. “Allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously,” said James in a statement. “There must be a truly independent investigation to thoroughly review these...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. is calling on New York's attorney general to select an investigator to look into the growing sexual harassment allegations against the state's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  "Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett's detailed accounts of sexual harassment by Gov. Cuomo are extremely serious and painful to read," Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the latest claims made against the governor on Sunday. NY GOV. CUOMO ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT FOR 2ND TIME "There must be an independent investigation - not one led by an individual selected by the Governor, but by the office of the Attorney General," the Democratic "Squad" member added. Ocasio-Cortez previously expressed her support for a "full investigation" into Cuomo's nursing home scandal and the alleged coverup of nursing home deaths in his state.  In a press release from the governor's office, Cuomo's special counsel Beth Garvey announced that former Federal Judge Barbara Jones would lead an "independent review"...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James is reviewing a letter from state senators asking her office to investigate the sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Fox News has learned. Republican state Sens. Patricia Richie, Susan Serino, Pamela Helming, Daphne Jordan and Alexis Weik penned a letter to James’ office requesting a "formal investigation" into the allegations of "abusive, sexist and harassing behavior" of Cuomo toward his former aide, Lindsey Boylan. The senators, in the letter, requested the "immediate appointment of a Special Prosecutor to conduct this investigation," and called the allegations "potentially criminal in nature." "At a minimum, the seriousness of these allegations clearly warrant a comprehensive, immediate investigation by an independent special prosecutor," they wrote. PSAKI RESPONDS TO CUOMO HARASSMENT CLAIM: 'ANY ALLEGATION SHOULD BE REVIEWED' A source from James’ office told Fox News that they are in receipt of the letter and are reviewing it....
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) is investigating a Republican Grand Traverse County commissioner after he showed a gun during a board meeting via Zoom. Breitbart News reported in January Commissioner Ron Clous left his seat during a virtual meeting as a liberal activist demanded the board denounce the Proud Boys, which has no discernible presence in the area. “Welcoming such a group and having that message go out has changed the environment of northern Michigan from a hunting culture to a gun culture,” Kelli MacIntosh claimed during the meeting, according to ABC 7. As MacIntosh spoke, commission vice chairman Clous left his seat and, moments later, returned with a rifle. He sat down with it across his lap, showing it on screen for about four seconds, before setting it near his feet. He never pointed it at the camera. MacIntosh, who did not respond to the incident during her...
    LANSING (CBS DETROIT) – Two men are facing criminal charges for reportedly making threats against public officials in the events leading up to and following the November general election according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Daniel Thompson, 62, formerly of Gregory and now living in Harrison, is charged with three counts of malicious use of service provided by a telecommunications service provider, a six-month misdemeanor and/or a $1,000 fine. READ MORE: University Of Michigan Shuts Down Campus Library For 2 Days After Discovering Venomous Spiders Nessel’s office alleges that Thompson left threatening messages for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Jan. 5 from Livingston County and made vulgar and threatening remarks in a phone conversation with a member of U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s office on Jan. 19 from Clare County. A third charge alleges Thompson made another threatening call to Rep. Slotkin from Livingston County on April 30, 2020. The voicemail message for Sen. Stabenow left by Thompson, who identified himself...
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Republican lawmaker and a man later charged with participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot were among thousands of people who chastised Iowa’s attorney general for refusing to seek to overturn Donald Trump’s election loss, records show. Droves of Trump supporters who wrongly believed the election was stolen due to fraud called Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller a coward, stupid, blind, lazy, pathetic, and worse in angry emails to his office. Several vowed to defeat the Democrat if he runs for reelection in 2022. Others wrongly believed he was a Republican and called him a traitor. More than 2,500 emails to Miller, obtained by The Associated Press under the open records law, illustrate how authorities at all levels of government came under intense pressure from Trump’s biggest supporters to subvert the election results. “YOU indeed do have your...
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C. Maribel Duran was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in the Office of the Secretary. Duran recently served as Managing Director for Equity and Inclusion for the Aspen Institute, as well as Chief of Staff for its Leadership Division. From 2018-2019, she was co-chair of the Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Previously, Duran served eight years in the Obama Administration, first as Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, then as Chief of Staff for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and ultimately as Chief of Staff for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. She began her career at the Chicago Public Schools. She was the first Latina board trustee at Southern...
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are considering impeaching the state’s attorney general as he faces misdemeanor charges for striking and killing a man with his car, Republican legislative leaders said Monday. Jason Ravnsborg, the state’s top law enforcement officer, said last week he will not step down before he gets a hearing in front of a judge. Prosecutors have charged him with three misdemeanors but no felonies in the September death of 55-year-old Joseph Boever. Rep. Tim Goodwin, a Republican whip whose job is to gain support from his fellow lawmakers, said Ravnsborg should resign and that lawmakers are considering impeachment if he doesn’t. “I think what’s best for everybody is that he just does the honorable thing and steps down,” Goodwin said, adding that the crash was tragic for both Boever’s family and Ravnsborg. South Dakota law allows officials like the attorney general to be impeached for...
    Former D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s pick for attorney general, said Monday that he is “very concerned” about “foreign terrorist organizations” targeting America. Garland expressed his concerns during the first day of his confirmation hearing, where he testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham asked Garland whether he is worried “that Al Qaeda and ISIS types” will “try to hit” America again, particularly in light of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “I am very concerned that foreign terrorist organizations will try to hit us again, yes,” Garland replied. “I don’t know enough at this point about the capabilities of those two but it really does not matter which foreign terrorists – the terrible thing is the attack. As I said in my opening statement, with all of the other things the Justice Department has...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A prolific scammer is getting the state’s attention again. CBS 2’s Marissa Parra has been on the case for a year, and the fight is on to keep the serial scammer from striking once more. READ MORE: Many Think Speaker Mike Madigans Resignation From Illinois House Was Inevitable Video taken in May shows a man with a hammer. It looks routine, but scams often do. Ed Kavanaugh’s victims say he was best at getting homeowners to trust him to do some work – only to find out months later the work was done wrong or just never finished at all. We first introduced you to him and three of his most rebellious victims one year ago. “In the year since we met you and you brought this attention to the rest of the public, he has scammed dozens to hundreds more families,” said Kavanaugh victim Claire Duggan....
    New York Attorney General Letitia James has abandoned her threat to sue New York City into providing financial relief to taxi drivers burdened by debt from medallions purchased at inflated costs at city-sponsored auctions, her office said Thursday. James had threatened to sue last February — warning the city and its Taxi and Limousine Commission that it had 30 days to fork over the money. But 30 days came and went and James did not take action. On Thursday, her office argued a lawsuit would take years to settle, delaying financial benefits for drivers. Instead, James has endorsed a proposal from the New York Taxi Worker’s Alliance to write medallion loans down to $125,000. “This proposal would provide a fiscally fair and responsible way to support the recovery of the taxi medallion industry by guaranteeing loans written down to no more than $125,000, which is why I have been...
    Amazon sued New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday to stave off potential legal action over its COVID-19 safety protocols and firing of an employee who staged a walkout last spring. The retail giant came under fire at the start of the pandemic in New York as workers, including Chris Smalls, protested conditions at its Staten Island warehouse — prompting an investigation by James’ office. Smalls, a management assistant, said he was terminated after organizing the strike in March, as COVID-19 began spreading among warehouse staffers. In its Brooklyn federal court complaint, Amazon accused James of overstepping her bounds by launching the probe, which found the company violated safety requirements, and threatening legal action. James previously called Smalls’ firing “disgraceful” and said her office was considering all legal options, while calling on the National Labor Relations Board to investigate. Amazon claimed in the suit that its coronavirus safety practices...
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    Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (R) on Tuesday rejected an earlier request from a district attorney seeking to be removed from the case into the police officers involved in the June killing of Rayshard Brooks.  In a letter dated Tuesday to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and shared with The Hill, Carr writes that Willis’s letter late last month requesting that her office be taken off the Brooks case, as well as one against six officers involved in an earlier incident, did not provide adequate reasoning for the office to be “disqualified from these cases by interest or relationship.” Willis in her letter late last month cited the investigation into former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe, who has been charged with several offenses including felony murder in connection with Brooks’s killing, as well as fellow officer Devin Brosnan, who has been charged with aggravated assault and two counts of violating...
    Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) on Friday sued a reporter in his state over a Freedom of Information Act request. Landry sued Andrea Gallo, a reporter for The Advocate and The Times-Picayune, over a request she made on Dec. 14 for copies of sexual harassment complaints against Pat Magee, who heads the Louisiana Department of Justice’s criminal division, the newspaper reported. Landry asked a judge to issue a declaratory judgment denying the request and seal the proceedings, the newspaper reported. The newspaper threatened legal action if Landry didn't turn over the records. “In my 40 years as an editor, I’ve never seen a journalist get sued for requesting a public record,” Peter Kovacs, the newspaper’s editor said of the suit, adding “we’re not intimidated. In fact, we’re more determined.” After Gallo made the request, Landry’s office said the records couldn’t be disclosed because they were part of an ongoing...
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    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed suit against President Joe Biden’s administration for its Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo that seeks to halt deportations of illegal aliens for at least 100 days. Hours after taking office on January 20, Biden signed an executive order that halts deportations of most illegal aliens for at least 100 days. The order came as illegal immigration has spiked in recent months and a migrant caravan heads to the United States-Mexico border in the hopes of taking advantage of the Biden administration’s lax enforcement policies. In response, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the administration and a federal judge has temporarily blocked the order from taking effect. Now, Brnovich has filed a similar lawsuit against Biden’s DHS for the deportation halt, arguing that the policy violates federal immigration and the state of Arizona’s agreement with the agency. Brnovich’s office said that within three days of...
    Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., may be looking to vacate his congressional seat in favor of a job at the state level, according to a new report. Schiff is allegedly working behind the scenes to lobby California Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint him as the Golden State’s next attorney general, Axios reported Tuesday night, citing sources familiar with the situation. The seat will soon open up if its current occupant and President Biden’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, is confirmed. It was once held by Vice President Kamala Harris, before her election to the U.S. Senate. FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schiff said Tuesday, Sept. 29, that he will subpoena the Department of Homeland Security after a department whistleblower wasn’t allowed access to documents and clearance...
    A law firm advising former President Trump has been ordered to turn over a slew of communications in the New York attorney general’s investigation into the Trump Organization, a judge ruled Friday. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP must give AG Letitia James’ office communications that the judge found didn’t fall under attorney-client privilege by Feb. 4. Two tax attorneys and partners at Morgan Lewis, Sheri Dillon and and William Nelson, represented Trump for over a decade and notably helped him draft a letter declaring that he had no significant financial ties to Russia. “The Court finds that many of the communications Morgan Lewis marked as privileged were communications addressing business tasks and decisions, not exchanges soliciting or rendering legal advice,” Engoron’s one-page decision reads. The judge also said that the Morgan Lewis would have to turn over...
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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As President Joe Biden’s agenda is dealt an early blow in Texas, the embattled Republican attorney general promising more fights ahead with the new administration is getting little public support from members of his party, even as they cheer the results. Nearly all of the more than 100 GOP lawmakers in the Texas Legislature did not respond when asked by The Associated Press if they had confidence in Attorney General Ken Paxton, who for months has been beset by an FBI investigation over bribery and abuse-of-office accusations. At the same time, Republicans are showing no intention of using their overwhelming majority and legislative powers to confront Paxton over the coming months in the state Capitol, where lawmakers are back at work for the first time since eight top deputies for the attorney general leveled accusations against him. All eight have resigned or were fired since...
    The National Rifle Association lost its bid Thursday to move the New York attorney general’s civil suit against it from Manhattan to Albany. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen shot down the gun group’s apparent effort to have the case heard in the more gun-friendly atmosphere of upstate New York, ruling that they never actually designated a specific site for their state headquarters. Cohen noted that the the NRA started back in 1871, before non-profits were required to make such a designation, and never updated their paperwork. “If the NRA has an office of corporation, it would be New York County unless and until the NRA amends their certificate of corporation,” Cohen said in the Thursday ruling. The judge was also not persuaded that a federal judge should handle the case rather than a state judge. “It would be inappropriate to find that he AG cannot pursue her...
    LANSING (CBS DETROIT)  – Former Sturgis Police Chief Geoffrey Smith has been charged with three misdemeanors stemming from a drunken driving incident in August, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday. Smith, 46, of Sturgis, was charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a 93-day misdemeanor; one count of operating a motor vehicle with an unlawful blood alcohol level, a 93-day misdemeanor; and one count of operating a motor vehicle with a high blood-alcohol content, a 180-day misdemeanor. He waived his arraignment on Jan. 12 and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. Jan. 29 in St. Joseph County 3B District Court. “Those of us who choose to work as public servants must hold ourselves to a higher standard and ensure the trust placed in us by the people is not broken,” Nessel said. “As public servants, we answer to the people we chose to represent and serve in...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration nine times on Tuesday, a fitting send-off from a state known for its frequent feuds with the president over the environment and health care. Becerra — who is President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — has taken the Trump administration to court 122 times in four years, his office said. The latest actions were part of an attempt to block a flurry of environmental rule changes in recent weeks, including moves Becerra said would weaken protections for migratory birds, exempt some clothes washers and dryers from energy efficiency standards, loosen regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry, and relax rules on toxic air pollutants. “We have held the Trump Administration accountable time and again for their failure to follow the rules or respect our nation’s...
    Energized by a decade of laws passed to shrink the state’s prison population, Bay Area criminal-justice reform advocates see the expected appointment of a new California attorney general as a crucial chance to gain a major ally. But for that to happen, they say that whoever Gov. Gavin Newsom chooses to succeed Xavier Becerra — poised to join the Biden administration as Health and Human Services secretary — will have to significantly pivot the office’s focus toward reform causes. Over a dozen names from many walks of public service, encompassing experiences in Congress, the state Legislature, and the courts, have emerged in and around Newsom’s advisory circles as potential successors. The consensus among several Bay Area criminal-justice experts is that no matter who gets the job, a major shift in the office’s priorities is necessary to make the attorney general a key player in reform. Robert Weisberg, co-director of the...
    A Philadelphia drug dealer was arrested in Montgomery County after a raid of his car turned up 9 guns and 2,000 packets of crystal methamphetamine Thursday, authorities said. Larry Lamar Hudson, 27, also known as “Gunna,” had a pound of crystal methamphetamine in his car alone, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement. A search of his house on the 200 block of Sparks Street turned up more crystal methamphetamine valued at nearly $200,000, and nine guns -- including two long guns, one shot gun, and six handguns, Shapiro said. Hudson is prohibited from possessing a firearm since he is a convicted felon. Investigators also found a clear bag containing 431 packets of heroin, each one stamped “New High Score Ultimate Level,” and more than $56,000 in cash in his home, officials said. "Violent drug dealers like this defendant terrorize our neighborhoods," Shapiro said.  "We must get these guns out of the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has banned a veterans’ charity from seeking donations in the state. The former directors of the Florida-based nonprofit Healing Heroes Network, Inc. — Allan Spiegel, Neal Spiegel and Stacey Spiegel — are being required to pay $95,000 to the state as part of a settlement filed Tuesday. The Spiegels are also barred for five years from running any charities are soliciting charitable contributions. Ellison’s office says Healing Heroes Network solicited about $56,000 from Minnesotans between 2015 and 2017, and despite claiming that 100% of their proceeds went to wounded veterans, very little actually did. Attorney General Keith Ellison (credit: Getty Images) The money the Spiegels are required to pay will go to a reputable veteran’s charity. RELATED: AG Ellison: Monticello Restaurant That Violated Indoor Dining Restrictions Will Pay $10K In Settlement “It’s appalling that a supposed charity would use wounded veterans...
    District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine said Monday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that he is “looking at” charging President Donald Trump and others who spoke at the rally proceeding the deadly riots at Capital Hill, “under the D.C. code of inciting violence.” Mitchell said, “I want to ask going forward about any plans to investigate and possibly prosecute President Trump for inciting the mob last week or certainly Rudy Giuliani, Don Jr?” After hearing several clips from the rally, Racine said, “Let’s just say first, those were outrageous comments that those individuals, including the president of the United States, made. Clearly, the crowd was hyped up, juiced up, focused on the Capitol, and rather than calm them down, or at lowest, emphasize the peaceful nature of what protests need to be, they really did encourage these folks and riled them up. Now, whether that comes to a legal...
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    Photo credit: Jim Watson, AFP via Getty Images Former Attorney General Bill Barr has denounced President Donald Trump for inciting his supporters to mob the U.S. Capitol Building in an attempt to overturn his election loss. Barr sent a statement to The Associated Press calling Trump’s conduct a “betrayal of his office and supporters.” He also added that “orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable.” Fmr AG Bill Barr says Donald Trump’s conduct as a violent mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol was a “betrayal of his office and supporters.” In a statement to The AP, Barr said that “orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable.” — Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) January 7, 2021 Barr’s comments come after Trump and his allies fired up a mob of his supporters who then invaded the Capitol Building. The event was roundly condemned across the political spectrum. Have a...
    GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office responded Monday, Jan. 4, to a public information request made by Democratic State Rep. Chris Turner Grand Prairie regarding Paxton’s lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the states of Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The lawsuit asked the court to order the “defendant states” legislatures to displace “tainted” election results in those states and choose their own slate of electors. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to take it up. In his December request, Rep. Turner asked about the amount of state resources and taxpayer money used to fund the lawsuit, as well as written communication between the OAG and the Trump Administration, the Trump legal team and any other parties. The OAG did not release the communications requested, claiming it to be exempted from required public disclosure. In response, Turner released the following statement: “Through an incomplete response to...
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    SALEM, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office says its investigation of police department officials in Salem following the release of an audit has found no wrongdoing by the now-retired police chief. The Eagle-Tribune reports that Paul Donovan was investigated on allegations of “officials oppression and/or sworn falsification," but that the state couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Donovan committed the offenses, the attorney general's office wrote to Salem Town Manager Chris Dillon on Wednesday. Dillon was notified on Nov. 30, 2018 that the state would review Salem police practices, in the wake of a highly critical audit of the department. One officer has been charged with reckless conduct involving a deadly weapon, and another faces tax fraud allegations. Both cases are pending. Donovan, who retired at the end of 2018, was included in the review last year. His attorney said he is heartened by the investigation's...
    By RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general recommended no criminal charges or licensing actions Wednesday after concluding an investigation into more than 2,000 sets of fetal remains found last year at the suburban Chicago garage of a late prolific abortion doctor whom authorities believed acted alone. Attorney General Curtis Hill said his office's investigation determined the fetal remains were from abortions the late Dr. Ulrich Klopfer had performed at his three Indiana clinics between 2000 and 2003 and found that Klopfer failed to arrange for their proper disposition as required by state law. “No one is believed to have assisted Dr. Klopfer in his actions, and because Dr. Klopfer is dead, he cannot be charged with a crime or with medical misconduct," Hill said in a statement, adding that he “does not recommend any criminal charges or licensing actions in this case." The investigation also found...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general recommended no criminal charges or licensing actions Wednesday after concluding an investigation into more than 2,000 sets of fetal remains found last year at the suburban Chicago garage of a late prolific abortion doctor whom authorities believed acted alone. Attorney General Curtis Hill said his office’s investigation determined the fetal remains were from abortions the late Dr. Ulrich Klopfer had performed at his three Indiana clinics between 2000 and 2003 and found that Klopfer failed to arrange for their proper disposition as required by state law. “No one is believed to have assisted Dr. Klopfer in his actions, and because Dr. Klopfer is dead, he cannot be charged with a crime or with medical misconduct,” Hill said in a statement, adding that he “does not recommend any criminal charges or licensing actions in this case.” The investigation also found that Klopfer failed to arrange...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico attorney general’s office says autopsy reports done by a state-run office for a tribal entity or the federal government are subject to open record laws because the work is carried out in part using state funds and resources. The written opinion was issued earlier this month. It stemmed from a request from the Rio Grande Sun newspaper for autopsy reports done by the state Office of the Medical Investigator under contract for the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Bureau of Indian Affairs and other federal agencies over a two year period starting in January 2017. The newspaper filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office in 2019 after being denied the records. Assistant Attorney General John Kreienkamp wrote in the opinion that if such records were off limits, that would allow all other government agencies to perform contractual services either for other government entities or...
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — When cops pulled over Marquis Jones for loud music one sunny afternoon in October 2017, the 27-year-old Black man got out of his car and ran. Jones escaped one officer’s tackle and carried a handgun as he fled through a neighborhood in Burlington, Iowa. Police yelled for him to drop his weapon before Officer Chris Chiprez fired seven times, missing Jones. Jones ditched the gun, ran down an alley and into a backyard, and laid on the ground as Chiprez pursued. Chiprez said he shot and killed Jones after he started to rise and made a hand movement. Relatives say Jones, a father of five, was trying to surrender. To determine whether Chiprez should face charges, authorities turned to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat and the longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history, with four decades in the...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — When cops pulled over Marquis Jones for loud music one sunny afternoon in October 2017, the 27-year-old Black man got out of his car and ran. Jones escaped one officer’s tackle and carried a handgun as he fled through a neighborhood in Burlington, Iowa. Police yelled for him to drop his weapon before Officer Chris Chiprez fired seven times, missing Jones. Jones ditched the gun, ran down an alley and into a backyard, and laid on the ground as Chiprez pursued. Chiprez said he shot and killed Jones after he started to rise and made a hand movement. Relatives say Jones, a father of five, was trying to surrender. To determine whether Chiprez should face charges, authorities turned to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat and the longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history, with four decades in the role. Like more than 30 other...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked Trump administration officials to rescind federal virus relief funding that Houston used to expand people’s voting options, according to a document revealed Tuesday. In a May 21 letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Paxton accused officials in Harris County, which includes Houston, of misusing up to $12 million of the federal funding and violating state law with their plans to expand the use of mail-in ballots for the presidential election. “We respectfully ask the department to scrutinize its award of CARES Act funding to Harris County in light of the county’s stated intent to use federal funding in violation of state law, and to the extent possible, seek return of any amounts improperly spent on efforts to promote illegal mail-in voting,” Paxton wrote. “Without implementing adequate protections against unlawful abuse of mail-in ballots, the department could be cast in a...
    By ACACIA CORONADO, Report for America/Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked Trump administration officials to rescind federal virus relief funding that Houston used to expand people's voting options, according to a document revealed Tuesday. In a May 21 letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Paxton accused officials in Harris County, which includes Houston, of misusing up to $12 million of the federal funding and violating state law with their plans to expand the use of mail-in ballots for the presidential election. “We respectfully ask the department to scrutinize its award of CARES Act funding to Harris County in light of the county’s stated intent to use federal funding in violation of state law, and to the extent possible, seek return of any amounts improperly spent on efforts to promote illegal mail-in voting,” Paxton wrote. “Without implementing adequate protections against unlawful abuse of mail-in ballots,...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked Trump administration officials to rescind federal virus relief funding that Houston used to expand people’s voting options, according to a document revealed Tuesday. In a May 21 letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Paxton accused officials in Harris County, which includes Houston, of misusing up to $12 million of the federal funding and violating state law with their plans to expand the use of mail-in ballots for the presidential election. “We respectfully ask the department to scrutinize its award of CARES Act funding to Harris County in light of the county’s stated intent to use federal funding in violation of state law, and to the extent possible, seek return of any amounts improperly spent on efforts to promote illegal mail-in voting,” Paxton wrote. “Without implementing adequate protections against unlawful abuse of mail-in ballots, the department could be cast in...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Attorney General Josh Shapiro is stepping in after a local decking company was accused of collecting thousands of dollars from homeowners and failing to complete improvement jobs. Since early summer, KDKA has talked to dozens of families. We’ve walked around with couples like Cheri and Ricky Bedilion, who said they are embarrassed and look at their backyard in disgust, sick over what they call a quarter-complete job. RELATED STORIES: More Charges Filed Against Father-Son Duo Accused Of Collecting Thousands Of Dollars From Homeowners And Failing To Complete Improvement Jobs Father And Son Accused Of Collecting Thousands Of Dollars From Homeowners And Failing To Complete Improvement Jobs The Bedilions told KDKA that they paid Matthew Walker of Three Rivers Decks and Porches a total of $60,000. Others say they paid $28,000, $16,000 and $13,000 for alleged incomplete decking projects. They say when it became...
    The sister of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who was fatally shot in the head last year is furious at the newly elected district attorney for downgrading charges against her brother’s killer that could see him freed from prison in 40 years. Christina Solano on Monday blasted Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón for implementing reforms that could result in her brother’s killer one day being out on parole. ‘I’m completely in shock,’ she told Fox 11 TV. ‘I can’t even tell you. My heart just dropped.’ In June of last year, Joseph Gilbert Solano, 50, was shot in the back of the head by Rhett Nelson, 30, of Utah, at a Jack In The Box fast food restaurant in the Alhambra section of LA County. Joseph lost all brain function and died a short time later at hospital. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón...
    Amazon workers at Amazon's Staten Island warehouse strike in demand that the facility be shut down and cleaned after one staffer tested positive for the coronavirus on March 30, 2020 in New York.Angela Weiss | AFP | Getty Images California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra is seeking to force Amazon to cooperate with a months-long investigation into its treatment of warehouse workers during the coronavirus pandemic. In the spring, Becerra launched a probe looking into working conditions at Amazon's California warehouses during the pandemic. As part of the probe, Becerra contacted Amazon on Aug. 19 to gather more information on coronavirus-related data, policies, practices and procedures. Now, Becerra alleges Amazon has failed to adequately respond to the office's subpoena and he's asking a Sacramento County Superior Court judge to order Amazon to comply with its requests, according to a court filing published Monday. "It has been nearly six months since...
    At least one federal subpoena has been issued for records from the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as part of an ongoing FBI investigation, KVUE-TV is reporting. The Austin, Texas, television station said sources confirmed that a demand for certain information was issued on Wednesday. However, it was unclear how many subpoenas were issued or what information was being sought. The television station noted the probe started after Paxton aides said in October that they believed Paxton may be committing crimes. The aides claimed Paxton took a number of steps to benefit Austin investor Nate Paul, according to the TV station’s report. “We have a good faith belief that the attorney general is violating federal and/or state law including prohibitions related to improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential criminal offenses,” several top aides in Paxton’s office had said in an internal letter in October. KVUE said that...
    The FBI has reportedly issued at least one federal subpoena for records from the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) amid an investigation over allegations of bribery and abuse of office. Local outlet KVUE reported on Thursday that the subpoena was issued the day prior, however it is not immediately clear what information was requested by the FBI. Agency spokeswoman Michelle Lee declined to comment to the outlet. The Hill has reached out Paxton’s office. The subpoena comes amid an ongoing investigation into actions Paxton allegedly took to benefit Nate Paul, an Austin investor and wealthy donor, after members of Paxton’s staff raised red flags.  A group of current and former Paxton aides sent a letter to the state’s office of human resources on Oct. 1, claiming to have sent information to federal law enforcement. They reported that the state official had hired an outside lawyer to investigate Paul’s...
    Loading the player... As Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron has become something of an infamous political figure connected to one of the most tragic police shooting cases in recent times. Cameron, who has remained, at best, cautious but largely dubious regarding the details surrounding the police killing of Breonna Taylor, appeared to duck questions surrounding the officers’ role in the young woman’s death and the accusations of lying to the grand jury. Read More: Something is fishy about Daniel Cameron and the Breonna Taylor case Cameron was a guest this week on Outloud With Gianno Caldwell, with the host noting the pair’s friendship at the onset of the interview. Caldwell, one of the more visible Black conservative pundits working today, opened the episode with praise for Cameron, mentioning that he is the first Republican attorney general elected in Kentucky in over seven decades, and the first African American...
    AUSTIN, Texas – A lawsuit that President Donald Trump is now calling “the big one” in his effort to overturn the outcome of the presidential election is helmed by an embattled Texas ally who is likewise trying to reverse his own skidding fortunes. Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate Electoral College votes in battleground states that Trump lost — a challenge dismissed by legal experts as frivolous and rebuked by state officials in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. But the lawsuit is succeeding in bringing Paxton back into the embrace of the GOP at a time when his former inner circle has accused him of bribery and the FBI is investigating his dealings with a donor. On Wednesday, 17 Republican-led states threw support behind Paxton's lawsuit that rehashes numerous disproven and unsupported allegations of illegal voting. Both Republican Senate candidates in a...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawsuit that President Donald Trump is now calling “the big one” in his effort to overturn the outcome of the presidential election is helmed by an embattled Texas ally who is likewise trying to reverse his own skidding fortunes. Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate Electoral College votes in battleground states that Trump lost — a challenge dismissed by legal experts as frivolous and rebuked by state officials in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. But the lawsuit is succeeding in bringing Paxton back into the embrace of the GOP at a time when his former inner circle has accused him of bribery and the FBI is investigating his dealings with a donor. On Wednesday, 17 Republican-led states threw support behind Paxton’s lawsuit that rehashes numerous disproven and unsupported allegations of illegal voting. Both Republican Senate candidates in...
    DONALD Trump could resign to allow Mike Pence to be briefly sworn in as president and pardon him before Joe Biden's inauguration next month, New York Attorney General Letitia James says. James - who is currently conducting a civil investigation into Trump's activities in New York - made the startling prediction during an interview on The View, Tuesday. 10President Donald Trump is leaving office in January after losing the electionCredit: Getty Images - Getty 10President Donald Trump, left, and Vice President Mike Pence look to the crowd during a campaign rally Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Newport News, VaCredit: AP:Associated Press It comes as speculation mounts that Trump could move to preemptively pardon himself to cover the possibility of prosecution for federal crimes after he leaves office on January 20. But James said that the option would not be legally feasible before indicating that she believes Trump will ensure he...
    Attorney General William Barr is said to be considering leaving his post before the end of Donald Trump's presidency on January 20.  A source confirmed that Barr is unhappy with Trump stating Barr 'is not someone who takes bullying and turns the other cheek!' 'He has not made a final decision,' the source said. Attorney General William Barr is said to be contemplating leaving his post before the end of Donald Trump's presidency on January 20  Barr was summoned for a meeting with Trump following his revelation Tuesday that the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud The story, first revealed by the The New York Times, stated that it was unclear whether the attorney general's decision to possibly leave was influenced by Trump's refusal to concede the election or Trump's upset over Barr's acknowledgment last week the Justice Department uncovered no widespread voting fraud.   Last week, CNN reported...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has vowed to fight the rapid sale of the National Archives facility in Seattle in court, saying it’s “outrageous” that there wasn’t more public notice given about an Oct. 1 meeting where federal officials fast-tracked the process. The 10-acre site contains the history of 272 federally recognized tribes, including drafts of many tribal treaties, and only a tiny fraction of the material has been digitized, The Seattle Times reported Saturday. The trove of documents is important to members of Pacific Northwest and Alaskan tribes, who will now have to travel hundreds of miles to Southern California or Missouri to view them. The five-member federal Public Buildings Reform Board made the decision to close the facility in January after it concluded that the 73-year-old building had “a deferred maintenance backlog of $2.5 million,” and that its annual maintenance costs were $357,000. Under an...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Attorney General Keith Ellison says his office and the Washington County Attorney’s Office will jointly review the officer-involved shooting that happened last week in St. Paul. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Tuesday that the shooting victim — 31-year-old Joseph Javonte Washington — is still being treated at St. Paul’s Regions Hospital. The incident happened Saturday, Nov. 28. “When a county attorney asks us to take over a sensitive case — particularly when another county attorney is providing the resources, and particularly when doing so will improve public trust in the criminal-justice system — I will give that request my fullest consideration. I’m grateful to County Attorney Choi for his trust in my office, and to County Attorney Orput for his partnership and the significant resources he is providing,” Attorney General Ellison said. Investigators said the vehicle Washington and his victim were in crashed just...
    President Donald Trump was in a “New York State of Mind” this week during a 46-minute speech in which he called out the state's attorney general, Letitia James, for investigating his organization. Poll Do You Think AG James Should Continue Investigating The President? Yes No Undecided Submit Vote View Results Subscribe to the results of this poll We'll send you an email when the poll is complete. Subscribe Get Daily Voice in your inbox as well Current Results Do You Think AG James Should Continue Investigating The President? Yes 0% No 0% Undecided 0% Back to Vote Subscribe to the results During his lengthy diatribe shown on Facebook, Trump expressed concerns about the various fraud investigations launched by James’ office and by other prosecutors in New York that he will have to confront when he leaves office next month. James was...
    COLUMBUS — Scioto County Prosecutor Shane Tieman announced last week that the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will be reviewing the homicide investigation of a county jail inmate. Kevin L. Bailey, a 56-year-old from Portsmouth, died after a May 26 altercation with officers. He died at a Columbus hospital that following Monday, his autopsy revealing “complications of blunt force trauma to head, neck and torso,” to be the causes of death. On Monday, Tieman detailed the status of the investigation and the process taken to get to this step. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, in addition to an internal review by the county Sheriff’s Office for employment issues, conducted separate investigations and submitted their findings to the AG Office. For a few weeks, Tieman said BCI and the Sheriff’s Office waited on the autopsy report from the Franklin County Coroners. To avoid a conflict of interests, where the Prosecutor’s office...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall this week warned local governments against tearing down Confederate statues, and other monuments, that he said “are protected under Alabama law.” Marshall issued a video message Monday chiding elected officials who have voted to remove such monuments in violation of the 2017 Alabama Memorial Preservation Act. The message came after Marshall’s office filed a court challenge over Madison County’s removal of a Confederate soldier statue at its courthouse. It is the fifth legal action filed against a local entity for violating the 2017 law, the attorney general's office said. “First, any elected official who removes a historic monument or statue in violation of Alabama law has broken the law. He has not simply decided to ‘pay a fee’ so that he can lawfully have the monument or statue removed. He has committed an illegal act,” Marshall said. “Despite what some newspapers...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says his office is filing a lawsuit against a Wabasha County fitness center that he says refuses to close as required by the new COVID-19 restrictions. On Wednesday, Ellison says the lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order was filed against Plainview Wellness Center to prohibit it from staying open. It’s the first enforcement action the attorney general’s office has brought under the new executive order. According to Ellison, his office reached out to the fitness center to educate its management of the requirements of the executive order that, among other things, closes gyms until Dec. 18. However, in response, management threatened to continue to operate and stay open to the public in violation of the order’s requirements. Ellison says the gym’s decision potentially exposes more Minnesotans to community spread of COVID-19 and that he has the...
    DALLAS (AP) — The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. The probe, which was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of it who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, marks an escalation in the latest controversy to surround the high-profile Republican, who has spent years under indictment on unrelated state securities fraud charges. The FBI’s interest in Texas’ top law enforcement official arose from a rebellion by Paxton’s top deputies, who accused him of breaking the law by using his office to help a wealthy donor with a troubled real estate empire who also hired a woman with whom the married Paxton allegedly had an affair. Paxton has broadly denied wrongdoing and refused calls to resign, saying he’ll seek a third term in 2022 and...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. The probe, which was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of it who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, marks an escalation in the latest controversy to surround the high-profile Republican, who has spent years under indictment on unrelated state securities fraud charges. The FBI's interest in Texas' top law enforcement official arose from a rebellion by Paxton's top deputies, who accused him of breaking the law by using his office to help a wealthy donor with a troubled real estate empire who also hired a woman with whom the married Paxton allegedly had an affair. Paxton has broadly denied wrongdoing and refused calls to resign, saying he'll seek a...
    DALLAS – The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. The probe, which was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of it who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, marks an escalation in the latest controversy to surround the high-profile Republican, who has spent years under indictment on unrelated state securities fraud charges. The FBI's interest in Texas' top law enforcement official arose from a rebellion by Paxton's top deputies, who accused him of breaking the law by using his office to help a wealthy donor with a troubled real estate empire who also hired a woman with whom the married Paxton allegedly had an affair. Paxton has broadly denied wrongdoing and refused calls to resign, saying he'll seek a third term in 2022 and...
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The results of an investigation into a Republican lawmaker has been referred by the local district attorney to to the Kansas attorney general's office to assess whether to take any further action over a plot to cover up their role in a false ad against a mayoral candidate in the state’s largest city. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said in a news release Friday that he has been in consultation with the attorney general's office concerning state Rep Michael Capps. Wichita City Council member James Clendenin was interviewed again and the district attorney's office plans to release information on him next week, Bennett said. Michael O'Donnell resigned last week from the Sedgwick County Commission after Bennett concluded there was sufficient evidence to begin ouster proceedings. The three GOP officials had faced calls to resign following the release of a recording made in November 2019, just...
    A married couple in El Paso – both prosecutors whose work involved child support cases – were shot at their own home over the weekend, as investigators continue to piece together the details of the incident that happened in the city’s historic Manhattan Heights neighborhood. Authorities have yet to identify a suspect or release many details about the case, but Saturday marked the second fatal incident at the couple’s address in the last two years, according to El Paso Times. COLORADO AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR CONVICTED FELON NICKNAMED 'PSYCHO' AFTER REMAINS OF 3 FOUND Police responded to the 3000 block of Copper Avenue near Memorial Park around 7 p.m. Saturday to find 50-year-old Georgette Garcia-Kaufmann shot dead in the rear of the home. Her husband, 47-year-old Daniel Kaufmann, was found at a neighbor’s house suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital where he remained in critical but...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit himself, a woman with whom he was said to have had an affair and the wealthy donor who employs her before retaliating against the members of his staff who reported him to the FBI, a lawsuit by four of the Republican's former senior deputies claims. The lawsuit adds to the deepening legal and political peril for the high-profile Texas official, who is facing calls for his resignation and a potential federal investigation over his staff's allegations that he committed bribery, abuse of office and other crimes. In September, top employees of Paxton’s office reported him to federal authorities for alleged crimes they say he committed in assisting Austin real estate developer Nate Paul. Each of them has since resigned, been put on leave or been fired. TEXAS NURSE DESCRIBES 'THE PIT,' A ROOM WHERE CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS ARE SENT TO DIE  On Thursday, three of the...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit himself, a woman with whom he was said to have had an affair and the wealthy donor who employs her before retaliating against the members of his staff who reported him to the FBI, a lawsuit by four of the Republican's former senior deputies claims. The lawsuit adds to the deepening legal and political peril for the high-profile Texas official, who is facing calls for his resignation and a potential federal investigation over his staff's allegations that he committed bribery, abuse of office and other crimes. In September, top employees of Paxton’s office reported him to federal authorities for alleged crimes they say he committed in assisting Austin real estate developer Nate Paul. Each of them has since resigned, been put on leave or been fired. On Thursday, three of the lawyers...
    Loading the player... During a new interview, New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed her plans to immediately begin rolling back initiatives set in place by President Donald Trump. Read More: New York attorney general Letitia James sues to dissolve NRA James told NBC News her office is prepared to work through a substantial list to reverse regulations passed by the Trump administration. New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks at a news conference about the ongoing investigation into the death of Daniel Prude on September 20, 2020 in Rochester, New York. Prude, who is Black, died March 30 after being taken off life support following his arrest by Rochester police. (Photo by Joshua Rashaad McFadden/Getty Images) “We’re preparing a list. And the list is long,” she said Thursday. “We’ll have a team of individuals, again, working on reversing all of the bad regulations and laws...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had an extramarital affair with a woman whom he later recommended for a job with the wealthy donor now at the center of criminal allegations against him, according to two people who said Paxton told them about the relationship. The two people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity due to fears about retaliation, said the high-profile Republican official acknowledged the affair in 2018 to senior members of his office and political staff. They said he told them that he had ended the affair with the woman, who then worked for a GOP state senator. Austin developer Nate Paul said in a deposition this week that Paxton recommended the woman for her job with Paul’s real estate company, according to a transcript of his deposition obtained by the AP. The woman had stopped working...
    DALLAS – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had an extramarital affair with a woman whom he later recommended for a job with the wealthy donor now at the center of criminal allegations against him, according to two people who said Paxton told them about the relationship. The two people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity due to fears about retaliation, said the high-profile Republican official acknowledged the affair in 2018 to senior members of his office and political staff. They said he told them that he had ended the affair with the woman, who then worked for a GOP state senator. Austin developer Nate Paul said in a deposition this week that Paxton recommended the woman for her job with Paul’s real estate company, according to a transcript of his deposition obtained by the AP. The woman had stopped working as a Senate aide at the...
    At a senior staff meeting one Thursday morning in May, with much of the Texas attorney general’s office working from home and morale seeming low, Attorney General Ken Paxton arrived at the Price Daniel Sr. State Office Building in downtown Austin with a surprise honor for a top deputy: A copy of Scalia Speaks, the late conservative U.S. Supreme Court justice’s book. Paxton had inscribed it with a congratulatory note for Blake Brickman, and presented it personally at the meeting of about 20 people. “Blake, I am so grateful you joined our team at the Texas AG’s office,” Paxton wrote in blue ink, honoring the top deputy in a new, if short-lived, tradition, according to two people who attended the meetings. “I am confident that you will continue to make a difference for our office and all of Texas.” Lacey Mase and Ryan Bangert, two other senior aides, would soon...
    Arizona Attorney General’s Office The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced on November 3 that nearly 20 stolen ballots were found under a rock. Nearly 20 stolen ballots were found under a rock in Arizona over the weekend, according to the state attorney general’s office. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced on Tuesday, Election Day, that 18 unopened mail ballots were recovered last week in Glendale. The attorney general’s office noted that they have since been hand-delivered back to their recipients. The ballots were found on Friday, October 30, by Brayan Ruiz, who works at nearby Rovey Farms, the Glendale Police Department stated on Facebook. “He did the right thing by returning the ballots trying to ensure everyone who wanted to vote early still could vote,” the department wrote. Investigators said they believe that the votes were stolen from individual mailboxes in a neighborhood, according to a news release...
    POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — The office of Idaho's Attorney General has joined an investigation into the Dec. 2018 death of an inmate at a county jail. Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said Wednesday that he has asked for assistance from an investigator with the state attorney general's office in an accounting of the 2018 death, the Idaho State Journal reported. Lance Quick, 40, died of dehydration and starvation while incarcerated at the Bannock County Jail. Quick was the son of former Bannock County coroner Kim Quick. The investigator with the attorney general's office will look into whether former Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen or other Bannock County Jail staff committed any crimes in their treatment of Quick before his death. Nielsen is currently running as an independent candidate to become a Bannock County commissioner. Nielsen said that attorneys for the Quick family and Bannock County agreed after a civil case...
    DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s attorney general’s office has issued a cease-and-desist letter to the co-owner of a mobile home park who distributed a notice to tenants saying their rent could double if Democrat Joe Biden wins the presidential election. The office issued the letter on Friday to Bernie Pagel, co-owner of a mobile park in Fort Morgan, saying the notice constituted voter intimidation by using “economic coercion” against the tenants. (credit: CBS) It warned that further legal action could be taken if Pagel doesn’t comply, according to the letter, which was released Wednesday. Pagel didn’t immediately respond to emails requesting comment on Wednesday. According to the attorney general’s office, the notice from Pagel states: “Please understand if Joe Biden is elected as our next President, everything you do and have to pay for will change completely. Everything will be increased. Like paying a lot more in taxes, utilities, gasoline,...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island attorney general's office on Thursday issued a warning to landlords to remind them that evicting a tenant without a court order is illegal and may result in prosecution. The office has in recent weeks received reports of an increasing number of so-called “self-help" evictions, or evictions carried out without the required court order. “The pandemic has resulted in tremendous financial hardship for landlords and tenants alike,” Attorney General Peter Neronha said in a statement. “While we recognize that, as I said back in April when we started seeing an increase in this practice, landlords cannot simply ignore the law and take matters into their own hands. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to heighten the dangers and public health consequences of housing instability, we can all agree that preventing or prosecuting self-help evictions must remain a law enforcement priority.” Actions like illegally changing locks,...
    By PATTY NIEBERG, Associated Press/Report for America DENVER (AP) — Colorado's attorney general's office has issued a cease-and-desist letter to the co-owner of a mobile home park who distributed a notice to tenants saying their rent could double if Democrat Joe Biden wins the presidential election. The office issued the letter on Friday to Bernie Pagel, co-owner of a mobile park in Fort Morgan, saying the notice constituted voter intimidation by using “economic coercion” against the tenants. It warned that further legal action could be taken if Pagel doesn't comply, according to the letter, which was released Wednesday. Pagel didn't immediately respond to emails requesting comment on Wednesday. According to the attorney general's office, the notice from Pagel states: “Please understand if Joe Biden is elected as our next President, everything you do and have to pay for will change completely. Everything will be increased. Like paying a lot more...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – An Austin real estate developer at the center of recent allegations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked for an investigation into his uncorroborated claims that other businessmen have an elaborate conspiracy to steal $200 million worth of his properties with the help of a federal judge. The Associated Press obtained a copy of a Nate Paul’s undated complaint, which reveals that the developer’s claims focused on his business to an extent not previously known and raises new questions about the Republican attorney general’s handling of allegations made by a wealthy donor. After Paxton hired an outside lawyer to investigate Paul’s claims, his seven top deputies reported the attorney general to the FBI for alleged abuse of office, bribery and other crimes linked to his relationship with Paul. In his complaint to prosecutors in Austin, Paul said the owner of a chain of Texas car dealerships schemed...
    DALLAS – An Austin real estate developer at the center of recent allegations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked for an investigation into his uncorroborated claims that other businessmen have an elaborate conspiracy to steal $200 million worth of his properties with the help of a federal judge. The Associated Press obtained a copy of a Nate Paul's undated complaint, which reveals that the developer’s claims focused on his business to an extent not previously known and raises new questions about the Republican attorney general’s handling of allegations made by a wealthy donor. After Paxton hired an outside lawyer to investigate Paul’s claims, his seven top deputies reported the attorney general to the FBI for alleged abuse of office, bribery and other crimes linked to his relationship with Paul. In his complaint to prosecutors in Austin, Paul said the owner of a chain of Texas car dealerships...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — An Austin real estate developer at the center of recent allegations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked for an investigation into his uncorroborated claims that other businessmen have an elaborate conspiracy to steal $200 million worth of his properties with the help of a federal judge. The Associated Press obtained a copy of a Nate Paul's undated complaint, which reveals that the developer’s claims focused on his business to an extent not previously known and raises new questions about the Republican attorney general’s handling of allegations made by a wealthy donor. After Paxton hired an outside lawyer to investigate Paul’s claims, his seven top deputies reported the attorney general to the FBI for alleged abuse of office, bribery and other crimes linked to his relationship with Paul. In his complaint to prosecutors in Austin, Paul said the owner of a chain...
    (CNN)The Kentucky Attorney General's Office and an attorney for the former police officer charged for his actions in connection with the raid that killed Breonna Taylor both argued Wednesday to keep investigative materials from being released to the public. The arguments comes as the Louisville Courier-Journal has intervened in the case, asking for discovery materials to be filed as part of the court's public record, and an attorney for the paper argued the public has a right to know how the case of former Louisville Metro Police Department officer Brett Hankison. A grand jury indicted Hankison for first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly shooting through Taylor's home into a neighbor's apartment. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by police in her home during a botched drug raid in March. The attorney general said that two officers who shot at Taylor, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and...
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A letter from the Washington state Attorney General’s Office has halted the city of Olympia’s plans to order a community of vehicle residents to relocate. More than half of the vehicles had already left the area by Tuesday afternoon, The Olympian reported. Tuesday was the deadline by which city officials had given vehicle residents to move. But the letter, dated Monday, said the Attorney General’s Office believes the vacate notices are a violation of Gov. Inslee’s eviction moratorium related to the coronavirus pandemic. City officials said they will not, for now, enforce the order. “To allow time to evaluate the position taken by the Attorney General’s Office in its letter, the city is pausing requiring people to vacate Ensign Road, but is encouraging people to move and is providing assistance to those who choose to do so,” Assistant City Manager Keith Stahley said in an email...
    DALLAS – Another top deputy to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leaving his agency, continuing the exodus of lawyers who earlier this month accused the Republican of crimes including bribery and abuse of office. Darren McCarty, the deputy attorney general over civil litigation, confirmed his resignation Monday but declined to comment further. He's set to depart the attorney general's office next week. McCarty’s resignation comes as Texas is involved in a landmark antitrust lawsuit brought with other states and the U.S. Department of Justice against Google. Paxton’s office did not immediately respond to questions about the resignation or how the top civil lawyer’s departure might affect the case against the online search giant. McCarty was one of seven senior lawyers who reported their boss to law enforcement for alleged crimes tied to an investigation requested by one of the Paxton's wealthy donors. Most of them have since resigned, been...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Another top deputy to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leaving his agency, continuing the exodus of lawyers who earlier this month accused the Republican of crimes including bribery and abuse of office. Darren McCarty, the deputy attorney general over civil litigation, confirmed his resignation Monday but declined to comment further. He's set to depart the attorney general's office next week. McCarty’s resignation comes as Texas is involved in a landmark antitrust lawsuit brought with other states and the U.S. Department of Justice against Google. Paxton’s office did not immediately respond to questions about the resignation or how the top civil lawyer’s departure might affect the case against the online search giant. McCarty was one of seven senior lawyers who reported their boss to law enforcement for alleged crimes tied to an investigation requested by one of the Paxton's wealthy donors. Most...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former aid to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday spoke out for the first time since he stepped down after accusing the state's top lawyer of crimes including bribery and abuse of office. Jeff Mateer, the Republican attorney general's former top aid, told the Dallas Morning News in an interview that in July he initially had concerns about his boss' conduct when he learned that Paxton wanted to get involved personally in a case against Nate Paul, a Texas real estate developer. Paul, a Paxton campaign donor, was under federal investigation in a case between an Austin nonprofit and his entities, the newspaper reported Friday. Paxton planned to personally argue a motion in Travis County court, Mateer said, which he noted was alarming. Mateer said Paxton's top staff subsequently advised him against doing that. “I was shocked,” Mateer told the Dallas Morning News after...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A Harris County State District Judge ruled Friday, Oct. 23, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton should be tried for felony securities fraud in his home county, Collin County,  reversing a years-old decision that the state’s top lawyer should not face a jury in the North Texas region where he and his wife are deeply connected in political circles. Judge Jason Luong entered an order in which he agreed with State District Judge Robert Johnson that Paxton’s case should be returned to Collin County. A statement from Paxton’s office said, “Judge Luong affirmed Judge Johnson’s rationale for transferring the case back to Collin County, namely that State District Judge George Gallagher of Ft. Worth was without jurisdiction to initially transfer the case from Collin County to Harris County.” Paxton was indicted in 2015 but has yet to go to trial on charges he persuaded investors to buy stock...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A Harris County State District Judge ruled Friday, Oct. 23, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton should be tried for felony securities fraud in his home county, Collin County,  reversing a years-old decision that the state’s top lawyer should not face a jury in the North Texas region where he and his wife are deeply connected in political circles. Judge Jason Luong entered an order in which he agreed with State District Judge Robert Johnson that Paxton’s case should be returned to Collin County. A statement from Paxton’s office said, “Judge Luong affirmed Judge Johnson’s rationale for transferring the case back to Collin County, namely that State District Judge George Gallagher of Ft. Worth was without jurisdiction to initially transfer the case from Collin County to Harris County.” Paxton was indicted in 2015 but has yet to go to trial on charges he persuaded investors to buy stock...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former top aid to Texas’ attorney general spoke out for the first time Friday since stepping down after accusing the state’s top lawyer of crimes including bribery and abuse of office. Jeff Mateer, a former aide to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, told the Dallas Morning News in an interview that in July he initially had concerns about his boss’ conduct when he learned that Paxton wanted to get involved personally in a case against Nate Paul, a Texas real estate developer. Paul, a Paxton campaign donor, was under federal investigation in a case between an Austin nonprofit and his entities, the newspaper reported Friday. Paxton planned to personally argue a motion in Travis County court, Mateer said, which he noted was alarming. Mateer said Paxton’s top staff advised against doing that. “I was shocked,” Mateer told the Dallas Morning News after resigning this...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Attorney General says that a group described as a private security company run by veterans has agreed not to recruit former special forces to “guard polling places” in Minnesota on Election Day. Following reports that the group Atlas Aegis was seeking a “large contingent” of recruits “to make sure that the Antifas don’t try to destroy the election sites,” Ellison says his office launched an investigation into the claims. After the reports broke, WCCO uncovered Facebook posts credited to the account Anthony Caudle, listed on the company’s website as the chairman and co-founder of Atlas Aegis, offering payment of $700 per day — along with $210 per diem — to staff Minnesota. The post says, “We are anticipating the need will last well beyond the elections with 15 to 30 days of work for qualified applicants.” Secretary of State Steve Simon was quick to say, “Private...
    A second whistleblower was fired this week from the Texas attorney general’s office after being among those who brought forth allegations of abuse and bribery against state Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier this month, The Texas Tribune reported Thursday.  A former senior official who had knowledge of the firing told the Tribune that the office on Tuesday fired Blake Brickman, who had served as deputy attorney general for policy and strategy initiatives for less than a year.  The official spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of legal retribution.  This comes after the Tribune reported on Tuesday that the attorney general’s office had fired another top aide, Lacey Mase, who was also part of the group of seven current and former aides who provided statements to law enforcement about the allegations against Paxton.  Mase told the Tribune on Tuesday that her departure “was not voluntary,” but declined to provide...
    By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has denied Attorney General Xavier Becerra's request to expedite his lawsuit against the state Republican Party. California Republicans have been collecting ballots from voters in unofficial ballot drop boxes placed in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. Becerra is investigating to see if these drop boxes comply with state law. Last week, he ordered the party to disclose the location of each drop box and to hand over the names, addresses and dates of birth of every voter who has used one. Republicans refused, and on Tuesday Becerra asked a judge to make them comply. Wednesday, Becerra's office asked Sacramento Superior Court Judge David Brown to expedite the case. Brown rejected the request, according to a court document, ruling the Attorney General's office had not shown “immediate harm or irreparable injury on the facts presented.” The...
    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts attorney general is joining a lawsuit against a network of addiction treatment facilities and its founder alleging that they charged the state's Medicaid program for unnecessary testing and fraudulently profited from lab tests. A whistleblower initially brought a case against Dr. Amanda L. Wilson and CleanSlate, a network of addiction treatment offices, in 2017. On Monday, Attorney General Maura Healey announced her office was joining the lawsuit, saying that the company has already admitted that some of the urine drug tests it ordered for patients were medically unnecessary. In its complaint, the attorney general's office says CleanSlate charged MassHealth, or companies that manage care for its patients, $54 million over the course of years. The lawsuit is seeking the return of at least some of those funds. “This company’s business model was to illegally profit by cheating our state Medicaid program, which provides vital health...
    Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has obtained private armed security detail through the end of the year after alleged threats to his life and his loved ones.  The Government Contract Review Committee gave its approval to the embattled attorney general’s request to hire security after there apparently were “several serious, credible threats to the Attorney General’s health, welfare, and, safety,” according to documents from Cameron’s office. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron stands on stage in an empty Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. while addressing the Republican National Convention in August. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The retroactive contract, approved for up to $300,000, began at the end of August and ends on Dec. 31. In a statement to CNN, Cameron’s headquarters claim “Our office has received detailed threats against the Attorney General, his wife, and members of his family. The Attorney General’s protective detail determined that given the credibility of...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's attorney general said Tuesday that if a Republican state House candidate who died earlier this month wins one of two seats up for election, the GOP would choose his replacement unless enough district voters call for a special election. David Andhahl, 55, died on Oct. 5 after he had been sick with COVID-19 for several days. Andahl and fellow District 8 House candidate Dave Nehring won the Republicans endorsements and voters’ nominations in the June primary. Kathrin Volochenko and Linda Babb are the Democrats seeking to capture the seats. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said it was too late to remove Andahl from the ballot. Early voting had begun up to two weeks before his death. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's opinion says that if Andahl is elected to the post, the office would be deemed vacant. Under state law, a committee representing the party...
    DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is already facing calls to resign and accusations of crimes by his own staff over an investigation sought by one of his wealthy donors. Now, the Republican’s office has to contend with a threat of possible legal action from that donor. In a letter sent Sunday, a lawyer for Austin real estate developer Nate Paul wrote that Paxton’s staff was hostile to the probe from the first. The letter does not specifically say Paul will sue, but it is styled as a “litigation hold” demanding the preservation of all related documents. It also questions whether the announcement last week closing the investigation was legitimate. The letter adds to the confusion around a mire of investigations and legal disputes that came to public attention this month when seven top lawyer’s in Paxton’s office accused him of bribery, abuse of office and other...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Legal woes continue for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. First, seven of his top assistants accused him of improper influence, abuse of office and bribery in relation to an investigation sought by one of his wealthy donors — Nate Paul. Now, the Republican’s office may have to deal with legal action by the Austin real estate developer. In a letter sent Sunday, a lawyer for Paul wrote that Paxton’s staff was hostile to the probe from the first. The letter does not specifically say Paul will sue, but it is styled as a “litigation hold” demanding the preservation of all related documents. It also questions whether the announcement last week closing the investigation was legitimate. The letter adds to the confusion around a mire of investigations and legal disputes that came to public attention this month when the top lawyer’s in Paxton’s made the allegations. The unspecified...
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