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    Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen — who was infamously sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion and campaign finance violations — is cashing in on his jailbird past with a line of prison-themed merch. His “Mea Culpa” podcast has produced several items, including a “get out of jail free card” and orange jumpsuits. The suits can be personalized with name tags featuring customers’ names, or have a name tag reading, “45” — a cheeky reference to his former boss, the 45th president of the United States. They start at $59.95. Reached for comment, Cohen told us, “That was my favorite item we came out with.” “Mea Culpa,” available on Podcast One, has featured guests such as Joy Behar, Ben Stiller and Stormy Daniels. 
    MAX Clifford gained renown as a celebrity PR and publicist to some of the biggest names in news and showbiz. But his world fell apart when he was convicted of a series of sex attacks as part of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation triggered by the Jimmy Savile scandal. 3 Max Clifford collapsed in his cell with a cardiac arrestCredit: Peter Jordan - The Sun Who was Max Clifford and why was he in prison? Max Clifford was a disgraced former PR man and publicist who died on December 10, 2017, after suffering a heart attack at HM Prison Littlehey in Cambridgeshire. He was serving an eight-year sentence for historical sex offences. He abused four girls aged between 15 and 19 between 1997 and 1985 but was intending on appealing his convictions in 2018. Clifford was cleared of a further count of indecent assault on a teenage girl at his...
    The actor compared the feeling to being in a prison. Photo: Warner Bros. Television Distribution | Warner Bros. Television Distribution After the start of the broadcast in The CW from the series « Riverdale”, The lives of many of its protagonists, many of them being practically unknown at the time of being selected, took a complete turn in the face of popularity and acceptance among the public. And although it could give the impression that everything revolves around the money, fame and popularity that it could grant them, the truth is that the entertainment industry has proven not to be completely pleasant, as the protagonist of the series would point out. KJ Apa. You might also be interested in: « Better Call Saul » to premiere its season 6 in 2022 The actor in charge of bringing life on the screen to Archie andrews, who is one of the most popular...
    Loading the player... Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Sheree Whitfield has reunited with her boyfriend, Tyrone Gilliams, who was released from prison early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Gilliams was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2013 for wire fraud. He and Whitfield had dated before his indictment. The couple reconnected in 2016, and Whitfield frequently visited him in a Kentucky prison.  Former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Sheree Whitfield (right) has reportedly reunited with her boyfriend, Tyrone Gilliams (left), who was released from prison early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (TMZ) TMZ reported that the couple has been hanging out together in Philadelphia, Gilliams’ hometown.  He was convicted, along with his attorney, of stealing more than $5 million from their investors. He had previously portrayed himself as a commodities trader and hip-hop promoter, as well as an up-and-coming philanthropist. He tried to boost his image with...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who was wounded during a 2015 gang-related shooting that left a bystander dead was sentenced Thursday to time served for refusing to tell a grand jury who fired the shots. Federal prosecutors charged Deshawn Danzler, 26, with contempt of court for refusing to answer questions about the shooting during a 2019 grand jury appearance. They asked U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman to sentence the 26-year-old Danzler to up 12-1/2 years in prison. However, Guzman handed down a two-year sentence with time considered served. Guzman said Danzler, who was in federal custody for two year, made a mockery of the criminal justice system, but considered Danzler’s apology to the court and his violent upbringing, including the 2009 murder of his 11-year-old brother and losing cousins, friends and neighbors to violence and addiction. The Chicago Tribune reports Danzler told Chicago detectives while hospitalized he didn’t see...
    OAKLAND — Shortly after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges at the same court hearing, three men who ran a counterfeit prescription pill out of Richmond were sentenced to two years and six months in federal prison. The 30-month sentences for Eshai Delacruz, Dominick Wong, and Rohan Kumar are far below the 57-70-month sentences requested by prosecutors. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who handed down the sentence, also rejected defense requests to give the three no jail time at all, saying it was “unbelievable” how many people they put at risk by making pills laced with methamphetamine and passing them off as party drugs. “It’s a non-starter,” Gonzalez Rogers said, referring to the requests to not hand down a prison term. “Everybody’s going to get custodial time. … The number of people who were damaged, potentially, by the amount of methamphetamine put out on the streets in the form...
    AT least 79 inmates have been killed after mass brawls broke out across four jails in Ecuador after a gang leader was murdered. Riot police and the military have been deployed to break up the fights, which first started on Tuesday. 4Inmates were seen on the roof of El Turi jail in CuencaCredit: EPA 4Families of inmates watch on in horrorCredit: Reuters The blood-thirsty scraps were prompted by a battle of control of the jails after a gang leader was killed in December. Turi prison saw the most deadly of fights, where 34 people were killed. There were also fatalities in two prisons in the city of Guayaquil and in a jail in Latacunga. There was also a fourth jail that saw inmates turn on each other. Pictures of one of the prisons showed inmates on the roof, surrounded by police. All those killed were inmates, officials said. DEADLY CLASHES...
    Riot attorney walks back Secret Service claim Haaland grilled over past criticism of Republicans at confirmation hearing Last year, Christopher Havens, an inmate serving to 25 years for murder, made headlines as the lead author on an academic paper published in Research in Number Theory. Havens had dropped out of high school, but discovered his fascination with mathematics shortly after starting his 2011 sentence and began teaching himself number theory—the study of integers and their patterns. © Kory Kennedy Self-taught student Chris Havens got his number theory riddle published in a mathematics magazine. An early and continued inspiration for Havens's study was Math Horizons, an undergraduate-level mathematics publication, and its"Problems section." There, inventive math problems written by students and professors offered challenges for Havens to solve. Now Math Horizons is printing a problem submitted by Havens:What is the smallest positive integer y such that 1729y2+1 is...
    A Kansas man who spent 12 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder has died of cancer just 108 days after he was exonerated and released.  Olin 'Pete' Coones Jr., 64, died in Kansas City, Kansas on Sunday. His attorneys from the Innocence Project Midwest said Coones succumbed to a health condition that went 'undiagnosed and untreated' while he was in prison.  His death was a result of cancer, local TV outlet KCTV5 reports.  Coones had only been released from prison just over three months ago when his conviction for the 2008 shooting deaths of Kansas City couple, Kathleen and Carl Schroll, was thrown out.  'While he was only 64 years old, he re-entered the free world in a body that was broken,' his attorneys said in a statement announcing his death.  Olin 'Pete' Coones Jr., 64, died in Kansas City, Kansas on Sunday. He is pictured...
    Bobby Shmurda’s mother revealed his plans for when he is finally released from prison on Tuesday.  The Brooklyn-born rapper, best known for the viral music video that popularized the "Shmoney dance," has been locked up since 2014 on charges having to do with a gang-related drug case. At the time, he was found with firearms and drugs in his car. The musician, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, will finish his sentence roughly 10 months early on Tuesday due to good behavior. His mother, Leslie Pollard, spoke with TMZ ahead of her son’s release to reveal what he plans to do with his newfound freedom. It turns out, after more than six years away, he wants to keep things low-key. His mom told the outlet that he’s looking forward to an intimate dinner with his family and some good food. After dinner, he wants to keep things casual and focus all...
    Bobby Shmurda's plans post-prison have been revealed as the rapper prepares to be released on Tuesday. The Brooklyn-based hitmaker, who is about to be released after serving seven years for conspiracy and weapons possession charges, wants to spend time with his family and get back to making music again. The rapper is looking forward to enjoying an 'intimate' meal with his family and will relax with them for a while before getting back to his passion, Bobby's mom Leslie Pollard told TMZ. About to be free: Bobby Shmurda's post-prison plans have been revealed as the 26-year-old prepares to be released this week According to the website, Pollard said the 26-year-old star will devote 'most, if not all, of his time to creating music again'. Shmurda, whose legal name is Ackquille Pollard, will need to regularly check-in with his parole officer.  After his release, he will be on parole until 2026. ...
    One corrections officer is dead after being attacked by an inmate at the Indiana State Prison, police said Sunday. Local news affiliate WISH TV reported that the attack occurred Sunday afternoon, when an inmate identified as 38-year-old Tymetri Campbell attacked two guards with a sharp object. The second officer was injured and listed in serious condition Sunday evening, the station reported. Campbell was already serving three sentences totaling 130 years for a 2002 triple homicide at the time of the attack. He now faces several preliminary charges related to the Sunday attack, according to USA Today. He previously appealed his conviction in 2007, at the time claiming innocence in the crime while admitting that he was at the scene when it occurred.  "I just want to say I’m sorry, not for committing a murder, but just being a part of it, just being there at the time," he said at the 2007...
    Bobby Shmurda is set to be released from prison on Tuesday, and the “Hot Boy” rapper reportedly wants to just spend some quality time with family and eat good food. Shmurda’s mother, Leslie Pollard, told TMZ the 26-year-old wants to enjoy an “intimate dinner” and then get back to his first passion: music. He will also meet regularly with his parole officer as he’ll reportedly be on parole until 2026. The “Shmoney Dance” rapper was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2016 after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and weapons possession charges as part of a plea deal. At the time, he had already spent two years in prison in lieu of a $2 million bond. Shmurda alleged in court the day of the sentencing that his attorney, Alex Spiro, “forced” him to take the plea deal, but the judge declined to have the case adjourned. However, in...
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    Ron DeSantis on Rush Limbaugh: Governor will order flags flown at half-staff to honor controversial radio host Growing number of Republican donors aim to prise party from Trump influence Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft The Best Flashlight We've Ever Tested Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/26 SLIDES © Getty Images The 25 best prison movies of all time It has been over 25 years since the release of “The Shawshank Redemption,” a prison...
    DALLAS (AP) — A man who killed his wife and then wounded two Dallas officers during a standoff before killing himself was convicted twice of sexually assaulting people, authorities said Friday. Sergio Sanchez, 57, had “an extensive violent criminal history” and didn't want to return to prison after he shot and killed his 31-year-old wife, April Lachelle Sanchez, on Thursday, police Chief Eddie García said during a news conference. Sanchez served 12 years of a 25-year prison sentence for the 1983 aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and robbery of a 32-year-old woman. He was released early in July 1996 under a policy that required inmates to be released once their time served and time earned for good behavior equaled the duration of their sentence, The Dallas Morning News reported. Three months after his release, Sanchez abducted and raped a 15-year-old girl who was walking to school, Garcia said. After Sanchez...
    DALLAS (AP) — A man who killed his wife and then wounded two Dallas officers during a standoff before killing himself was convicted twice of sexually assaulting people, authorities said Friday. Sergio Sanchez, 57, had “an extensive violent criminal history” and didn’t want to return to prison after he shot and killed his 31-year-old wife, April Lachelle Sanchez, on Thursday, police Chief Eddie García said during a news conference. Sanchez served 12 years of a 25-year prison sentence for the 1983 aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and robbery of a 32-year-old woman. He was released early in July 1996 under a policy that required inmates to be released once their time served and time earned for good behavior equaled the duration of their sentence, The Dallas Morning News reported. Three months after his release, Sanchez abducted and raped a 15-year-old girl who was walking to school, Garcia said. After Sanchez...
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    A FUGITIVE handed himself into police because he couldn’t spend anymore time with the people he lives with during lockdown.  The man, who has not been named, surrendered to officers on Wednesday afternoon telling officers that he needed some “peace and quiet”. 3Inspector Taylor shared the suspects story with his followers on Twitter.Credit: Twitter 3He posted the man’s strange decision on Twitter next to a Minion gif from Despicable Me.Credit: Twitter He is one of many people during lockdown who have become cooped up in their own homes, wanting some space from those they share a house with.  But not many would choose Her Majesty’s Prison estate over their own home - despite the current circumstances.  Inspector Darren Taylor, from Sussex Police, posted the man’s strange decision on Twitter next to a Minion gif from Despicable Me.  He wrote: “Peace and quiet! Wanted male handed himself in to the team...
    The rapper Pablo Hasel has been finally arrested during the early hours of this Tuesday in the rectory of the University of Lleida, where he had locked himself up to make his arrest more difficult. The mossos have complied with the order to arrest Hasel and put him in prison, in order to serve a nine-month sentence imprisonment for crimes of glorification of terrorism and insults to the Crown. The rapper will thus fulfill a sentence that had already been lowered, and after another sentence had been suspended. The following are the keys to the judicial record after Hasel’s arrest. First conviction: extolling terrorism In April 2014, the National Court sentenced Hasel (whose real name is Pablo Rivadulla) was sentenced to two years in prison for glorifying terrorism (Article 578 of the Penal Code). The crime had its origin in some songs uploaded to YouTube in which he...
    The actress Yadhira Carrillo does not consider the possibility that her husband Juan Collado will not get out of jail. “I don’t see it like that at all because I know that justice exists,” he commented outside the North prison in Mexico City this Saturday. The lawyer was imprisoned in July 2019 for organized crime in the modality of operations with resources of illicit origin. More than a year after his arrest, Yadhira continues to visit him and this weekend she did so to spend time with him as part of the Day of Love and Friendship, bringing him flowers and food. “Juan has always liked that part of tenderness and affection and that kind of detail,” Yadhira said in his meeting with the press on Saturday afternoon. The actress shared how the conquest of her husband with whom she married in 2012 happened. “It took a lot of work,...
    The actress Yadhira Carrillo does not consider the possibility that her husband Juan Collado will not get out of jail. “I don’t see it like that at all because I know that justice exists,” he commented outside the North prison in Mexico City this Saturday. The lawyer was imprisoned in July 2019 for organized crime in the modality of operations with resources of illicit origin. More than a year after his arrest, Yadhira continues to visit him and this weekend she did so to spend time with him as part of the Day of Love and Friendship, bringing him flowers and food. “Juan has always liked that part of tenderness and affection and that kind of detail,” Yadhira said in his meeting with the press on Saturday afternoon. The actress shared how the conquest of her husband with whom she married in 2012 happened. “It took a lot...
    Anna Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress named Anna Delvey, during her trial in April 2019. Mary Altaffer/AP In her first post-prison interview, Anna Sorokin — AKA Anna Delvey — says being behind bars was "a huge waste of time." She's now working on "Anna Delvey TV" to take back control of her narrative, as well as a memoir about prison. She also isn't dwelling on the past: "I'm just trying to fix things and move on." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. After nearly four years behind bars, Anna Sorokin was released from prison Thursday. Sorokin — who also goes by Anna Delvey — became famous in 2018, following stories in Vanity Fair and New York magazine about her living a lavish lifestyle and grifting her way through Manhattan's socialite scene while posing as a German heiress with a $60 million trust fund. The New...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday that U.S. President Joe Biden aims to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by the time he leaves office, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in a daily briefing. "That certainly is the goal, and our intention," Psaki said, when asked by a reporter about the timeline for closing the prison. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, Cuba
    Fake German heiress Anna Sorokin who swindled banks, friends and New York hotels out of $275,000 has returned to Instagram after being released from prison early - prompting followers to say 'the Queen is back in NYC'. Sorokin, also known as Anna Delvey, was sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison in 2019. She was given time served for the two years she served awaiting trial and was let out seven months early on Thursday for good behavior. Immediately after her release, Sorokin set up a new Twitter account which used first to troll Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who put her behind bars, and then to ask for money from followers. She later deleted the post. Shortly after she posted from her Instagram account, sharing a video of her returning to Manhattan from Albion Correctional Facility, a medium-security facility in upstate New York.  Fake...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Porch pirates could face prison time under a proposed California law. Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) introduced the measure Wednesday to increase penalties on people who steal packages from homes. The proposed law would allow prosecutors to charge porch pirates with a felony if they’re convicted of package theft two or more times within three years. Currently, stealing a package is only a misdemeanor. More from CBS Sacramento: Sacramento African-American Teens Forced Off Flight In Mask Dispute Newly-Appointed El Dorado County Official Posed With Proud Boys While Dressed As Santa Dog Who Kept Watch Over Owner Found Dead In Snow Finds New Family Jones says the current law treats package theft differently than burglaries inside a home. “Many of these porch pirates are habitual offenders who keep dodging real punishment for their crimes,” Jones said in a press release. The bill, SB...
    Loading the player... BET’s second installment of American Gangster: Trap Queens explores the stories of multiple women who once lived a life fueled by the rush of criminal activity. While each had a different beginning, their stories all ultimately resulted in self-reflection. This is true for Dwen Curry, a former financial scammer who was continuously pulled into the allure of the glamorous lifestyle. Read More: Perrion Roberts shares her story on BET’s ‘American Gangster: Trap Queens’ season 2 Showrunner and executive producer Jackson Nguyen has worked on multiple true crime series and shared his enthusiasm to empower the “Trap Queens” and how he became compelled by Curry’s story. Her journey is an unorthodox tale of self-understanding. (Image Courtesy of …racek & BET) Curry identified as a gay boy throughout her childhood and adolescence before evolving into a transgender woman in adulthood. During her youth, she fought off bullies...
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    "Full House" patriarch Bob Saget is speaking out about his longtime co-star Lori Loughlin following the completion of her prison sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal. Loughlin, 56, returned home in late December after completing her two-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Dublin, Calif. Saget on Tuesday appeared on the "Inside of You With Michael Rosenbaum" podcast where he revealed his first reaction to Loughlin's arrest and the court hearings that followed for her role in the bribery scandal. "I love her," Saget told Rosenbaum, also an actor. "I've been asked [about Loughlin's legal issues] a lot. Oh, I've gotten whittled down. I just love her." Saget went on to hint that Loughlin shouldn't be the only one held accountable. CALIFORNIA FINANCIER AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL Lori Loughlin returned to her home in California in December after completing her two-month prison sentence for...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Three young Saudi men who faced death sentences for acts they were accused of committing as minors have been handed a 10-year prison sentence instead, the Saudi Human Rights Commission said. Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoun and Abdullah al-Zaher, youth from Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority, were detained separately on charges stemming from their participation in anti-government Shiite protests over discrimination that rocked the country’s eastern province in 2011-2012. Al-Nimr, the nephew of prominent opposition cleric Shiekh Nimr al-Nimr, whose execution sparked Shiite demonstrations from Bahrain to Pakistan, was arrested in 2012 at age 17, according to Human Rights Watch. He was sentenced to death by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh, which handles terrorism trials. Al-Marhoun was 17 and al-Zaher was 15 when they were swept up in the government’s crackdown on Shiite protests, and denied access to lawyers during their protracted pre-trial detention, the...
    A man who shot and killed a local police officer in 1975 is being released early from prison. Edgar Bowser, 62, has been granted medical parole, 46 years after he murdered Shrewsbury Police Officer James Lonchiadis, a married 28-years-old man with children at the time of his death, according to MassLive. Though he’s being released early, Bowser is unlikely to be able to enjoy freedom. He is currently unresponsive after being diagnosed with metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma, throat cancer, and catching COVID-19. Bowser had been on a ventilator for weeks and was unresponsive when it was decided he should be released. Bowser was being kept at the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater when he was diagnosed. News of Bowser’s release has shocked the victim’s family and area police. In explaining the decision to release Bowser, parole agents said the murderer doesn’t have much longer to live. Bowser has...
    A 30-year-old Mercer County man has admitted that he fatally shot a man in the head at an Applebee's restaurant as part of a plea deal. Noel Powell III pleaded guilty on Wednesday to second-degree manslaughter, an act committed in the heat of passion with reasonable provocation, before Superior Court Judge Darlene Pereksta.  The plea agreement calls for Powell to serve 85% of the seven years - 5 years and 11 months - before he’s eligible for parole. Powell was indicted on first-degree murder and faced decades in prison in the Nov. 14, 2017, death of Devin Smith, 23, who was slain at the Applebee’s on Route 1 (Brunswick Pike) in Lawrence Township. At the time, authorities described the crime as an execution because Smith shot at point-blank range.  Shortly after the crime, NJ Advance Media reported that Powell shot Smith due to a long simmering dispute between them and...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Inmates in the Massachusetts Department of Correction can get a week taken off their prison sentence by getting the coronavirus vaccine. Commissioner Carol Mici made the announcement in a letter to inmates last week. “I have determined that receiving the vaccine is significantly valuable to rehabilitation and will therefore be offering Earned Good Time,” she wrote. Inmates will be required to read educational literature and watch videos about the vaccine, and must receive both doses. They will then be awarded 7.5 days of Earned Good Time. Massachusetts is one of just a few states offering inmates the vaccine in Phase 1, Mici said. So far, more than 3,500 inmates in the state have received their first dose of the vaccine. “These facilities are prioritized because they serve vulnerable populations in densely populated settings,” Gov. Charlie Baker has said about prisons and other congregate care facilities. Inmates have...
    Michael Thompson was freed last month after spending more than two decades behind bars for a convicted related to a marijuana sale, and now the 69-year-old will have a new home thanks to the work of thousands of online supporters. The Michigan man had been convicted for a 1994 marijuana sale to police informant led to a search of his house, which uncovered 14 weapons. As CNN reported, those found included antiques and most were safely locked inside a gun case. Thompson’s wife testified at trial that the guns belonged to her, but he was still found guilty and Michigan’s habitual offender law allowed the judge to hand down an enhanced sentence that put him behind bars for between 42 and 60 years. Thompson’s case drew national attention, and in August the state’s attorney general spoke out against the “unduly harsh” punishment. “The sentence imposed on Mr. Thompson is the...
    The COVID-19 outbreak at California’s San Quentin State Prison last summer was a catastrophe of epic proportions. Twenty-eight people serving prison sentences and one correctional officer died. Nearly 2 in 3 prisoners tested positive over three months; many were transferred out for treatment, straining San Francisco Bay Area hospitals. “It’s like a horror movie,” one San Quentin prisoner told me at the time.  Now California’s Office of the Inspector General is out with a scathing new report that lays the blame for the outbreak squarely at the feet of the state corrections department and its health care division. The report confirms the findings of an investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle that attributed the outbreak to officials’ decision to bring in people with outdated coronavirus tests from the COVID-stricken California Institution for Men to San Quentin at the end of May. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and its...
    The catfisher from hell, a serial “romance fraudster” in Barnet, England, who conned women he met through Tinder and Bumble out of considerable amounts of money, had been busted for the third time for his conniving exploits, the Daily Mail reports. Amir Tofangsazan, 33, used that old standby, a picture of a male model, to fraudulently claim to women he met on Tinder and Bumble that he was a world-class surgeon or a successful lawyer.  Then the fraudster would ask these unsuspecting women he met on Tinder and Bumble to loan him money. The women were never reimbursed.  This isn’t Tofangsazan’s first time at the rodeo. In 2015, he was sentenced to seven years and nine months after being convicted of 15 counts of fraud for similar criminal high jinx. He began conning women again after getting hold of a phone while on day release from an open prison...
    Rep. Devin Nunes and other Republicans blasted the probation sentence with no prison time for ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who pleaded guilty to fraudulently altering a CIA email during the FBI’s flawed pursuit of surveillance against former Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Nunes, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who unearthed a host of problems with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process in the Trump-Russia investigation, told the Washington Examiner that “once again, we see a two-tiered system of justice where average Americans get investigated and imprisoned based on fake media narratives like ‘Russian collusion’ while government officials who perpetuated these abuses get off scot-free.” He added: “The FBI, DOJ, and judicial system need to regain Americans’ trust, and this absurd sentencing won’t help.” Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who is also on the FISA court, denied the...
    Kevin Clinesmith, the former FBI lawyer who admitted that he altered an email which was used in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application to surveil then-Trump Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor Carter Page, has been sentenced to twelve months of probation and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. That’s according to federal court records reviewed by Law&Crime. Clinesmith admitted guilt shortly after he was charged in Aug. 2020 with one count of knowingly making and using a false writing and document. Clinesmith’s added words indicated that Page was “not a source” for the Central Intelligence Agency. His defense said he made the alteration so he didn’t have to go through the step of gathering additional communications from the CIA, Politico explained.  Clinesmith also claimed that he thought at the time that the words were true.  It turned out that they were not.  An inspector general’s report said that...
    Hollywood's most infamous private eye Anthony 'The Pelican' Pellicano - who did the bidding of Tinseltown's elite - has spoken out about life after prison, vowing: 'I'll take my secrets to the grave.' Pellicano, 76, was released from prison in 2019 following a 15-year sentence after being convicted of 78 counts of wiretapping, intimidation and racketeering. He had already served two years on weapons charges. Prior to his incarceration, the PI was considered to be an invaluable asset to the stars of Hollywood, boasting an A-list clientele that included Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise. Pellicano became prolific in obtaining and protecting their darkest secrets with the help of a sprawling network of wire-tappings he oversaw from his hi-tech Sunset Boulevard office. But little has been heard of Pellicano since his release from the Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution in San Pedro, California in March, 2019. Now...
    Famous scam artist Anna Sorokin offered former President Donald Trump prison advice in a column she posted to her website this week called “Rikers Island 1010 for Donald Trump.” “First and foremost: get out of suicide watch/mental observation as soon as you possibly can—it’s neither a good look, nor something you want to be remembered by,” she wrote for her first tip. Sorokin added that “wallowing self-pity” would not help his start in Rikers and warned of the observation area’s negative “energy.” Elsewhere, the notorious fraudster touched on how Trump could improve his diet. “So being in jail is a good time to detox from ubiquitous things like sugar, alcohol, dairy, fried and processed foods. Cleanse, lose some weight, become a vegetarian.” According to Sorokin, the only foods the former president should eat are beans, salads, fruits, vegetables, and one serving of gluten-free Cheerios. The fraudster also gave some direct...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is slated to sign a series of executive actions revolving around "equity" policy on Tuesday, focusing on policing reform, prison reform and public housing, according to a draft of a calendar document sent to administration allies and viewed by CNN.The President will issue an executive order that will create a policing commission, something he promised he'd create if elected to office. Another order Biden will sign will reinstate an Obama-era policy barring the transfer of military equipment to local police departments. The order signed in 2015 prevented federal agencies from supplying local police with certain kinds of military-grade equipment, like grenade launchers and bayonets. That order came in the wake of criticism of a "militarized" police response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, over the death of Michael Brown -- an unarmed Black teenager fatally shot by a police officer. Trump lifted the equipment ban in 2017.The...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge handed down a yearlong federal prison term for a South San Francisco man convicted of tax fraud for concealing around $400,000 he made during a fraud scheme he and a fellow prisoner hatched while he was serving time for a prior fraud conviction. Robert Stein, also known as Mikhail Solovey and Michael Swarovski, 56, pleaded guilty last year and agreed to provide information about the scheme to prosecutors, which the assistant U.S. attorney commended him for at his Friday morning sentencing. Stein’s partner in the prison fraud scheme died before prosecutors could charge them in that case, so he avoided potentially more serious charges. At Friday’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said she was sympathetic to Stein’s story — his son was in a serious car wreck and he lost his mother while in prison — but said his history of fraud was...
    Prosecutors urged a judge to deny Lori Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli’s request to spend the rest of his prison sentence at home. Prosecutors filed the motion Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe. Fifty-six days into his five-month prison sentence for his role in the college admissions scandal, Mossimo Giannulli requested to complete his stint in home confinement. https://t.co/wN5IwCmNf3 — Us Weekly (@usweekly) January 15, 2021 “Any reduction in Giannulli’s sentence would be widely publicized, thereby undermining the deterrent effect of the sentence this Court imposed,” prosecutors wrote in their response, according to the outlet. (RELATED: REPORT: Mossimo Giannulli Calls Solitary Confinement ‘Extreme’ Punishment For His Role In College Admissions Scandal) “The government acknowledges that Giannulli spent an extended period in quarantine, and that the conditions of his confinement during that time were more onerous than they would have been at the camp to which BOP originally designated him,” prosecutors...
    Rapper Kodak Black could find himself back in prison despite former President Donald Trump granting him clemency. Prosecutors in South Carolina are pushing for Kodak Black to be transferred there to face a sexual assault charge, according to a report published Wednesday by Courthouse News. Kodak Black was indicted on a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to TMZ. Prosecutors have plans to pursue the case against Kodak unless he enters a plea deal, TMZ reported. Despite the pending case being derailed by COVID-19, prosecutors told the outlet they plan to “aggressively” go after Kodak. (RELATED: Trump Pardons Lil Wayne, Commutes Kodak Black’s Sentence) The felony sexual assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, Page Six reported. Kodak Black was sentenced to 46 months in jail for lying on a federal document when he was trying to buy a gun and had served roughly...
    AMERICAN rapper Kodak Black has thanked Donald Trump for a last minute pardon, though he could still face up to 30 years in prison for an old sexual assault charge. Donald Trump, who departed the White House yesterday with the promise “we will be back”, issued 143 clemency actions in the dying hours of his presidency. 4Kodak Black was an unexpected name in Trump's wave of clemency actionsCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Donald Trump granted 73 people pardons and commuted 70 sentences in his final hours of presidencyCredit: Reuters The list of the 73 people granted last-minute pardons and the 70 whose sentences were commuted included his former aide Steve Bannon along with rappers Kodak Black and Lil Wayne.  The 23-year-old tweeted his thanks to Trump on Wednesday night, for commuting the sentence related to the the gun charges which had landed him in prison. “I Want To Thank The...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted clemency to two Minnesota residents convicted of drug charges. Trump commuted the sentence of Cassandra Ann Kasowski, of Moorhead, who has served more than seven years of a 18-year sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substances. The case involved the transportation of mass quantities of methamphetamine from Texas that was distributed in the Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead area, federal prosecutors said. The White House said in a statement that Kasowski, 46, has been an exemplary inmate and has participated in community service programs. Upon her release, she plans to spend time with her son and seek employment, the statement said. Authorities have not said when she will be released. Trump delivered a full pardon to John Harold Wall, 63, of Prior Lake, who pleaded guilty in 1992 to one federal count of aiding and...
    Donald Trump issued a wave of pardons in his final 24 hours as president — but there were an array of controversial figures who missed out on a reprieve. By the time his presidency ended, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Ross Ulbricht had not found any relief for their legal woes. For Snowden, the former CIA analyst who leaked NSA documents detailing a wide array of domestic and foreign surveillance programs, that likely means he'll stay in Russia for at least another four years. "I am not at all disappointed to go unpardoned by a man who has never known a love he had not paid for," Snowden tweeted on Wednesday morning. "But what supporters of his remain must never forgive that this simpering creature failed to pardon truth-tellers in far more desperate circumstances." Assange, whose supporters and partner Stella Morris lobbied the Trump administration for four...
    FORMER Aston Villa star Antonio Luna has been handed a two-year suspended prison sentence after sharing a sex tape of a threesome without consent.. Luna and former Eibar team-mate Sergi Enrich were found guilty but won't be serving any jail time. 2Antonio Luna played for Aston Villa from 2013 until 2015Credit: Getty - Contributor According to EuroSport, a court has ruled that the footballers will serve two years on probation and pay £88,500 in legal fees between them. The pair will also have to pay an additional £8,500 to the victim. Luna and Enrich reportedly engaged in consensual sexual activity with the woman in 2016. But they filmed it without her permission and shared it with other people on WhatsApp. The explicit video was then leaked online months later. After the video went viral, Enrich issued an apology on behalf of them both. It read: "In light of the...
    A federal judge has rejected convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli's second request to be let out of prison early, showing skepticism about his claim in court papers that mental health issues have weakened his immune system and made him more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto said in a 12-page ruling on Friday that Shkreli again failed to demonstrate extraordinary and compelling factors that would require a sentence modification, such as release under home confinement rules designed to move vulnerable inmates out of institutions during the pandemic. Matsumoto, the same judge who ruled against Shkreli in May, said the 37-year-old presented no evidence to support his claims and that a mental health practitioner who evaluated him found him to be stable. Matsumoto also rejected the argument that Shkreli should be let out because coronavirus-related lockdowns were impeding his ability to communicate with the lawyers representing...
    More On: sentencing White man gets life in prison in murder of black Army Lt. Man gets 115 years for ‘sadistic’ home invasion that left professor dead, his wife seriously injured Mom dumped toddler daughter’s corpse, dressed life-sized doll to look like her Man gets two years in prison for spitting on cop, saying he had COVID A Michigan father will spend up to 15 years in prison in the drowning of his autistic 16-year-old son — whom he referred to as a “freak” in a text to his daughter. Timothy Koets, a former Grand Rapids Community College assistant professor, was sentenced Monday by an Ottawa County judge to serve between two and 15 years in state prison for involuntary manslaughter in the March 2019 drowning of his son, Samuel, at the family’s Georgetown Township home, MLive.com reported. The nonverbal teen, who had the cognitive ability of a toddler,...
    Less than a week ago, Samsung introduced its Galaxy S21, renewed its Galaxy Buds Pro and tweeted from an iPhone. But there is an additional reason why it is news today. As has been known, Samsung’s heir Lee Jae Yong has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for a bribery case. Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee charged with bribery According to information shared by Cultofmac several months ago the trial against Lee began, including the 52-year-old millionaire heir had already spent time in prison awaiting a sentence, which as revealed today has not been in his favor. Samsung boss is accountable to justice The billionaire son of controversial Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, who died in October was arrested for the first time in early 2017 for a political scandal related to the then president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, and that led to his impeachment. Lee had been accused...
    Fake heiress Anna Sorokin, who was jailed for swindling banks, hotels and members of New York high society out of $275,000, runs a personal blog from prison where she complains about the lack of 'vegan French dressing' and 'cocoa body butter'.  The lengthy post gives an account of how Covid-19 has impacted life at Albion Correctional Facility, a medium-security facility in upstate New York, and opens with the line: 'Being in prison mostly feels like extended quarantining, only with a bunch of murderers, and we still can get our hair done.' The website also gives Sorokin's supporters details of how to contact her, and the option of transferring her money via cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Ethereum.  During her spree, Sorokin, 30, also known as Anna Delvey, lived in luxury New York hotel rooms that she couldn't afford, promised a friend an all-expenses trip to Morocco and then left her with the $62,000...
    The Texas real estate broker who bragged about taking a private jet to storm the US Capitol earlier this month is now demanding President Donald Trump pardon her from charges.  Jennifer 'Jenna' Ryan, 50, of Frisco, turned herself into authorities on Friday for her role in the January 6 Capitol seige that left five people dead.  She was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.  The FBI searched her Carrollton home Friday and hours after her arrest she was released.   'I would like a pardon from the President of the United States. I think that we all deserve a pardon. I’m facing a prison sentence. I think that I do not deserve that,' Ryan said to CBS11 after returning home.  'From what I understand everyone is going to be arrested that was there, so I think everyone...
    A 30-year-old Iraqi migrant with Swedish citizenship has been deported from Denmark for the 17th time after coming to the country consistently for drug deals. The 30-year-old Iraqi man was arrested earlier this week and police have demanded that not only he be deported from the country but that he should be banned from Denmark for life. The arrest and deportation is the 17th time the Iraqi has been ordered to leave the country. He told officers that he comes back time and time again because illegal drugs are easier to purchase in Denmark compared to Sweden where he is a citizen, Ekstra Bladet reports. According to the newspaper, the man had been arrested last year in October and had presented a fake Italian drivng licence to police as his identification. In one instance the man came to Denmark the same day he had been released from a Swedish prison,...
    A California man is facing jail time for hitting a police helicopter with his drone. Andrew Hernandez pleaded guilty yesterday to unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft, a charge that carries up to one year in federal prison and a potential fine of up to $250,000. According to a plea agreement, Hernandez launched a small drone to see a crime scene near his Hollywood home in September. The drone flew into the path of a police helicopter that was responding to a burglary, hitting its fuselage and forcing an emergency landing. While the officers weren’t harmed, an affidavit said that this was a lucky outcome — Hernandez’s drone could have accidentally struck the aircraft’s rotor and brought it down. Hernandez was charged in November after police identified him via the drone’s memory card. He will be sentenced on April 12th. Flying a personal drone requires observing a patchwork of shifting...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The rehabilitation of Michael Cohen has reached a surreal new stage: Quizzing the actor Ben Stiller about his approach to impersonating him on “Saturday Night Live.” Since September, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer has been producing a podcast from the Park Avenue apartment where he is serving the remainder of his prison sentence for lying to Congress, evading taxes and facilitating campaign finance crimes. The show, “Mea Culpa,” has been downloaded nearly 3 million times and is available in 37 countries, Cohen said. Before Stiller, featured in an episode released Friday, guests have included Rosie O’Donnell, the magician and former “Celebrity Apprentice” star Penn Jillette, political journalists, and current and former operatives from both parties, including James Carville and Anthony Scaramucci. The topic of every show so far? Blistering criticism of the president’s every move. Cohen, who once famously claimed he would take a...
    Kanye West is reportedly envious of just how much time his wife Kim Kardashian has spent on prison reform and their four children.  'Kanye is jealous of the amount of time Kim has dedicated to prison reform and the kids,' a source told Us Weekly. 'Kanye wanted the family to move to Wyoming full-time. It's where he sees this direction of his life going. Kim just doesn't see their lives full-time in Wyoming.' It has been claimed by multiple sources that their divorce is 'imminent', following a rocky year which saw the couple pictured in tearful 'crisis talks' after the rapper's series of explosive Twitter posts in the grips of a bipolar episode. Clash: Kanye West is reportedly 'jealous' of just how much time his wife Kim Kardashian has spent working on prison reform and their four children Kim has shifted her focus these last few years to prison...
    Beyond DC: Protests rock California, Utah, Michigan and more World leaders react with horror to disgraceful storming of US Capitol Kanye West jealous of Kim Kardashian © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Kanye West is reportedly envious of just how much time his wife Kim Kardashian has spent on prison reform and their four children.  'Kanye is jealous of the amount of time Kim has dedicated to prison reform and the kids,' a source told Us Weekly. 'Kanye wanted the family to move to Wyoming full-time. It's where he sees this direction of his life going. Kim just doesn't see their lives full-time in Wyoming.' It has been claimed by multiple sources that their divorce is 'imminent', following a rocky year which saw the couple pictured in tearful 'crisis talks' after the rapper's series of explosive Twitter posts in the grips of a bipolar episode. © Provided by...
    A Utah man has pleaded guilty to illegally excavating archaeological resources and damaging federal property in his search for hidden treasure. Rodrick Dow Craythorn entered into a pleas deal on Monday in the U.S. District Court in Casper, the Associated Press reports. He faces up to 12 years in prison and a fine of $27,000 when sentenced on March 17. The AP reports prosecutors allege Craythorn caused over $1,000 in damages when digging in the Fort Yellowstone Cemetery between October 2019 and March 2020. “The hunt for the Forrest Fenn treasure was often viewed as a harmless diversion, but in this case it led to substantial damage to important public resources,” said Wyoming U.S. Attorney Mark Klaassen on Tuesday. Art dealer Forrest Fenn famously hid a treasure chest between 2009 and 2010 that he said was filled with gold, jewels and artifacts worth $2 million. Fern hid clues to the treasure in his memoir....
    A disgraced Kentucky high school principal who is currently serving a nine-year sentence for a child pornography conviction has been ordered to pay $3.6million in damages to former students whose naked photos he had shared online. A federal judge in Louisville last week recommended the judgment against Stephen Goodlett, 40, as part of a civil lawsuit that six women who previously attended LaRue County High School had filed against their former principal, alleging libel and Fourth Amendment violations. Goodlett was sentenced to federal prison in February 2018 after he admitted to copying nude photos from female students' confiscated cellphone and sending them to a Russia-based pornography-swapping  website.  A federal judge in Kentucky recommended that former principal Stephen Goodlett, 40, pay $3.6million in damages to former students whose naked photos he had shared online Goodlett was a principal at LaRue County High School (pictured) until a former student discovered her nude...
    Journalist Jim Clancy believes that Donald Trump’s recent attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election are motivated by a fear of going to prison after leaving the White House. “It’s almost like Pres. Trump is desperate to stay in the White House to keep himself out of prison.,” he tweeted on Saturday. The writer’s comment was a response to reporting from The Guardian on Trump’s early return from Washington amid the plot to challenge the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory on Wednesday. The publication noted that the announcement that the U.S. leader cut his holiday trip to Mar-a-Lago short came hours after Republican senator Josh Hawley announced that he would be objecting to the ratification of Biden’s win. “It was not clear what triggered the president’s change of plans. He declined to answer questions upon boarding for his flight back to the White House on...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us FCI Englewood, a federal prison in Jefferson County that's the site of one of the worst COVID outbreaks in Colorado, will experience another kind of outbreak on December 31, when activists plan to hold a "New Year's Eve Noise Demo" outside the facility. An outbreak of sound. "You can anticipate abolitionist, anti-prison and leftist chanting," explains Mary Reeves, an organizer affiliated with Denver Communists. "You can participate with noisemakers of any kind. There will probably be confetti. The typical things you would expect at a New Year's Eve party. But this is not a party, because there's nothing really to celebrate in a country like this."Related Stories FCI Englewood Has Become a COVID-19 Hot Spot How Soon-to-Be-Freed Rod...
    Loading the player... Lori Loughlin was released from prison after serving almost two months for her part in a college admissions scandal and Janet Hubert blasted the “privilege” of it all. The Full House actress and husband Mossimo Giannulli pled guilty in May to a conspiracy charge and paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California under false pretenses by making it seem as though they were involved in athletics. She started to serve her sentence at Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Cali. on October 30. (Credit: Hubert and Getty Images) Read More: Adrienne Banfield-Norris talks ‘frustrating’ RTT interview with Olivia Jade The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s original Aunt Viv has never been one to mince her words and spoke out about Loughlin being released on Monday after almost two months. “So when white actresses commit crimes they get new shows, pilots, etc....
    By Tom Balmforth | Reuters MOSCOW – Russia’s prison service on Monday gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a last minute ultimatum: Fly back from Germany at once and report at a Moscow office early on Tuesday morning, or be jailed if you return after that deadline. Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin’s leading critics, was airlifted to Germany for treatment in August after collapsing on a plane in what Germany and other Western nations say was an attempt to murder him with a Novichok nerve agent. Russia has said it has seen no evidence he was poisoned and has denied any involvement in the incident. The Federal Prison Service (FSIN) on Monday accused Navalny of violating the terms of a suspended prison sentence he is still serving out over a conviction dating from 2014, and of evading the supervision of Russia’s criminal inspection authority. Citing an article in the British...
    Hallmark Hallmark Hallmark star Lori Loughlin was just released from prison after serving two months. She checked into prison more than two weeks early in October, and now is getting out in time to celebrate New Year’s with her family.Lori Loughlin Was Just Released from PrisonLoughlin was just released from prison in Dublin, California, on Monday, December 28, after spending Thanksgiving and Christmas behind bars. Once a lead on Hallmark’s hit series When Calls the Heart, she had to leave the show after her indictment in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal. She was scheduled to report to prison on November 19, but ended up starting her sentence early on October 30, WHDH reported. She served time at the medium-security prison FCI Victorville, which was closest to her home. She requested to serve her time at that facility. She was assigned the Bureau of Prisons number 77827-112, Deadline reported. Her sentence also...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) – Actress Lori Loughlin was released Monday from a federal prison in Northern California after serving two months for paying half-a-million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into USC as fake athletic recruits. The “Full House” star was released from the federal lockup in Dublin. FILE — Actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli exit the Boston Federal Court on Aug. 27, 2019. (Getty Images) Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, is serving his five-month sentence at a prison in Lompoc for the same crime. He is scheduled to be released on April 17, the Bureau of Prisons says. The 56-year-old Loughlin and the 57-year-old Giannulli plead guilty back in May to paying $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, admitted to USC as members of the crew team even though neither had ever rowed crew. Earlier this month,...
    ACTRESS Lori Loughlin spent two months in prison after being caught up in the college admissions scandal. The Full House star was released on December 28 after serving her short sentence. 6 Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli leave court in Boston last yearCredit: Getty - Contributor 6 Olivia Jade Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Isabella Rose Giannulli attend The Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in 2019Credit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Lori Loughlin? Loughlin, 56, is most well known for playing the role of Becky, Uncle Jesse's love interest on the sitcom Full House. She was born in Queens, New York, on July 28, 1964. Lori began her career in show business at 12 years old as a model. From there, she appeared in TV commercials and magazines, before getting her first break as an actress in...
    Loading the player... Former First Lady Michelle Obama gifted her former-president husband a work of art from a man who spent 27 years in prison and was finally freed after being deemed wrongfully convicted.  Valentino Dixon, 50, created a golf-themed painting for former President Barack Obama, a 20×30 depiction of the famous Augusta National Golf Course’s 12th hole, that was purchased by Mrs. Obama, who reached out to Dixon after he was profiled on an episode of Real Sports on HBO.  In this 2018 photo, former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama share a smile at the unveiling of their official portraits at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Dixon shared the good news of his illustrious art sale on his Instagram page. “Happy Holidays everyone,” wrote Dixon. “Michelle Obama purchased this Augusta National 12th hole 20×30 drawing for Barack...
    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man who was released early from prison because of the threat of COVID-19 has been charged with attempted murder in the shootings of his fiancée and her mother, authorities said. Ronald Segars, 49, is accused of shooting them during a fight last week, The Detroit News reported. Segars was serving a five-year federal sentence for drug and gun crimes when U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow released him in June and said he could return to Detroit on supervised release, which is a form of probation. Segars, citing hypertension and the effects of a stroke, said his health problems would put him at greater risk for serious complications from the coronavirus at a prison in Morgantown, West Virginia. He had spent more than two years in prison. “Segars’ crimes were serious, but the quality of his time in prison has shown that he has the educational...
    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man who was released early from prison because of the threat of COVID-19 has been charged with attempted murder in the shootings of his fiancée and her mother, authorities said. Ronald Segars, 49, is accused of shooting them during a fight last week, The Detroit News reported. Segars was serving a five-year federal sentence for drug and gun crimes when U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow released him in June and said he could return to Detroit on supervised release, which is a form of probation. Segars, citing hypertension and the effects of a stroke, said his health problems would put him at greater risk for serious complications from the coronavirus at a prison in Morgantown, West Virginia. He had spent more than two years in prison. “Segars’ crimes were serious, but the quality of his time in prison has shown that he has the educational...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA is fighting to keep amateur British boxing alive as payback for the sport keeping him out of prison. The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion of the world is making a sizable donation to the English, Welsh and Scottish federations after the Government snubbed the sport in its £300million pandemic bailout. 5Anthony Joshua is helping keep amateur boxing afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemicCredit: ©Mark Robinson 5The Brit credits the sport with keeping him out of prisonCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd While the likes of motorsports and badminton cashed in, hand-to-mouth clubs in some of the nation’s most deprived areas - that offer so much more than exercise classes - have been forced to close. So AJ, who copped a community service order in 2011 for possession of cannabis before mentor and Finchley ABC boss Sean Murphy saved his life, is going into his own pockets to save the...
    SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting a teenage girl has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison. Michael Carr, 39, of Salem, pleaded guilty Monday to indecent assault and battery, three counts of posing a child in a state of nudity and two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor, The Salem News reported. He was charged in September 2019. Police began investigating in August 2019, after the girl, who was 15 at the time, disclosed to police what had been taking place over a roughly nine-month period. Carr, who had a caretaking role in the girl’s life, began asking her to send him images of herself, eventually escalating his demands to include explicit videos in exchange for not telling her mother that she had vaped, or letting her go out with friends when she was supposed to be...
    A journalist who ended up falling in love with 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli, 37, claims to have quit her job and divorced her husband for him, despite him serving a seven year jail sentence until 2023.  Christie Smythe, 38, who was a reporter for Bloomberg revealed details of her relationship with the Shkreli to Elle magazine in which she tells how she upended her previously 'perfect' life for him. 'I fell down the rabbit hole,' Smythe told the magazine of her relationship with Shkreli who was jailed for scamming investors in hedge funds he ran. 'I'm happy here. I feel like I have purpose,' she said. A former Bloomberg News reporter, Christie Smythe, 38, quit her job, divorced her husband, and froze her eggs for imprisoned former CEO Martin Shkreli Martine Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in federal prison and up to $7.4 million in fines in...
    More On: martin shkreli Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli denied early prison release despite coronavirus fears Sorry ladies — Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli is engaged Celebrity inmates who are citing coronavirus to try to get released Martin Shkreli wants out of prison to develop a coronavirus cure A New York journalist fell in love with infamous “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli and upended her “perfect” life for him — quitting her job and divorcing her husband, she revealed in a new report. Former Bloomberg News reporter Christie Smythe opened up about her relationship with the convicted fraudster for the first time in an Elle magazine article published Sunday. “I fell down the rabbit hole,” Smythe told the mag of her life-altering romance with Shkreli, 37, — who is serving a seven-year sentence for scamming investors in hedge funds he operated. “I’m happy here. I feel like I have purpose,” she gushed. But their...
    Joe Biden's niece Caroline Biden has escaped a prison sentence for DUI after a court in Pennsylvania accepted her guilty plea. Biden, 33, was sentenced to 20 days to six months of 'confinement' following the December 3 hearing. However, a deal she cut with the Montgomery County district attorney means that she will avoid jail, and instead serve 20 days of rehab followed by five months of probation. Caroline Biden is pictured in court in New York in January 2018. She also faced DUI charges Joe Biden and brother James, the father of Caroline. She has had multiple run-ins with the law The New York Post reported in July that at least eight other incidents involving members of the Biden family had seen the family avoid jail term. 'She will be on probation,' said Kate Delano, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County DA. 'Should she then violate or...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For nearly two decades, Myon Burrell had nothing but time. Locked up for life at 16 for a high-profile murder he swore he had nothing to do with, he was stuck in a tiny cell without even a window to watch the seasons change. The years dragged on slowly, and he saw the bodies of once-robust men age and decay. Still, he couldn’t help wishing that the outside world would slow down. In the Stillwater prison visiting room and in family photographs, his own son seemed to grow overnight from toddler to teen to man. Then, on Tuesday afternoon, everything changed. In the wake of an investigation by The Associated Press and APM Reports that raised grave doubts about his conviction, the Minnesota Board of Pardons said Burrell could go home. With no opportunity for real goodbyes, men in his unit rattled their bars or reached out...
    By Robin McDowell and Margie Mason | Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — For nearly two decades, Myon Burrell had nothing but time. Locked up for life at 16 for a high-profile murder he swore he had nothing to do with, he was stuck in a tiny cell without even a window to watch the seasons change. The years dragged on slowly, and he saw the bodies of once-robust men age and decay. Still, he couldn’t help wishing that the outside world would slow down. In the Stillwater prison visiting room and in family photographs, his own son seemed to grow overnight from toddler to teen to man. Then, on Tuesday afternoon, everything changed. In the wake of an investigation by The Associated Press and APM Reports that raised grave doubts about his conviction, the Minnesota Board of Pardons said Burrell could go home. With no opportunity for real goodbyes, men in...
    By ROBIN MCDOWELL and MARGIE MASON, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For nearly two decades, Myon Burrell had nothing but time. Locked up for life at 16 for a high-profile murder he swore he had nothing to do with, he was stuck in a tiny cell without even a window to watch the seasons change. The years dragged on slowly, and he saw the bodies of once-robust men age and decay. Still, he couldn’t help wishing that the outside world would slow down. In the Stillwater prison visiting room and in family photographs, his own son seemed to grow overnight from toddler to teen to man. Then, on Tuesday afternoon, everything changed. In the wake of an investigation by The Associated Press and APM Reports that raised grave doubts about his conviction, the Minnesota Board of Pardons said Burrell could go home. With no opportunity for real goodbyes, men in...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For nearly two decades, Myon Burrell had nothing but time. Locked up for life at 16 for a high-profile murder he swore he had nothing to do with, he was stuck in a tiny cell without even a window to watch the seasons change. The years dragged on slowly, and he saw the bodies of once-robust men age and decay. Still, he couldn’t help wishing that the outside world would slow down. In the Stillwater prison visiting room and in family photographs, his own son seemed to grow overnight from toddler to teen to man. Then, on Tuesday afternoon, everything changed. In the wake of an investigation by The Associated Press and APM Reports that raised grave doubts about his conviction, the Minnesota Board of Pardons said Burrell could go home. With no opportunity for real goodbyes, men in his unit rattled their bars or reached out...
    (CNN)In 2008, Fate Winslow was approached by a plain-clothed undercover police officer in Shreveport, Louisiana, looking for some marijuana. Winslow, recently homeless at the time, borrowed a friend's bike and came back 10 minutes later with two small bags of marijuana worth $20, according to the Innocence Project New Orleans, who represented Winslow.The officer arrested Winslow. And because Winslow had three priors -- a burglary of a business when he was 17 in 1985, a car burglary in 1995 and possession of cocaine when he was 36 -- the $20 sale landed Winslow a life sentence, according to IPNO. On Wednesday, Winslow walked free after his case was resentenced for 12 years, with credit for time already served. His case highlights the issues within the criminal justice system, IPNO said in a statement.Read More"There are hundreds of individuals serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes in Louisiana," said Jee Park, Winslow's...
    The Iranian social media celebrity known as 'Zombie Angelina Jolie' has appeared in a TV interview showing her real face after being released from prison.  Sahar Tabar - who was arrested last year on charges including 'corruption' and 'blasphemy' - was recently freed from prison amid public outrage at her 10-year sentence, according to activist Masih Alinejad.  Tabar is famous for posting heavily-doctored Instagram photos of her gaunt, eerie face, sparking comparisons to a corpse-like Angelina Jolie - but her appearance on Rokna confirmed that these were an illusion rather than the result of plastic surgery.  The state-run media outlet has not yet revealed what she said in the TV interview, but quoted her as saying before her release that 'what you saw on Instagram was the computer effects I used to create the image'.    Real face: Sahar Tabar - the Instagram celebrity known as 'Zombie Angelina Jolie' - appears...
    As I Lay Dying headman Tim Lambesis is in the hospital after an attempt to start a bonfire left the rocker with burns to 25% of his body. Lambesis, 40, who once spent two years in prison after he tried to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife, kept his family and social media followers abreast of his situation on Wednesday. He shared a photo of himself on Instagram all bandaged up while "doing the best" he could "to make a thumbs up" as he headed into surgery to remove the skin doctors were unable to scrub off during his last dressing change. "Keep your head up no matter what!" Lambesis wrote to his nearly 37,000 followers while apologizing "to my friends that I have not had the time to fill in yet on what happened." The Grammy-nominated metal-head explained in writing that "the entire gas cap fell...
    Myon Burrell walked out of prison as a free man nearly two decades after he was sentenced to life in prison as a teen for the death of a young girl killed by a stray bullet. Burrell has maintained his innocence in the death of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards, who was killed in 2002 when a stray bullet struck her heart while she was inside her family’s home doing homework. The Minnesota Board of Pardons commuted his sentence after The Associated Press and APM Reports uncovered evidence indicating serious flaws in the police investigation. The AP found there was no hard evidence tying Burrell, 16-years-old at the time, to Edwards's death. No gun, DNA or fingerprints were found and security camera footage that Burrell insisted would clear him was never collected. #MyonBurrell has left Stillwater prison after his life sentence was commuted Tuesday. READ MORE: https://t.co/dl5eadwEFJ pic.twitter.com/ojYR4533Tl— WCCO - CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) December...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Board of Pardons has commuted the life sentence of Myon Burrell to 20 years. Burrell was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of a little girl hit by a stray bullet in Minneapolis in 2002. The remainder of Burrell’s sentence will be served on supervised release, effective immediately. Burrell was convicted in 2003 and then again in 2008 in the murder of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards. The first verdict was thrown out, and he was retried. There were two members of the board of pardons making the decision: Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison. A third member — Chief Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Lorie Gildea — recused herself because she had been involved in the case. RELATED: Myon Burrell Thanks Panel Of Legal Experts For Reviewing Case With ‘Fresh, Unbiased Eyes’ Current Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who was in that...
    JESSUP, MD. (WJZ) — State police are investigating a state prison inmate’s death in Anne Arundel County on Monday. The inmate is a 32-year-old man, Terry Proctor. He was serving time at the Dorsey Run Correctional Institution in Jessup. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services investigators said Proctor was found unresponsive in his dorm and was pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel. The cause and manner of his death are pending an autopsy being conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. Police say they have identified a potential suspect, also an inmate. He has not been charged at this time. The case remains under investigation.
    Left-wing Hollywood star Debra Messing is not only standing by the gay insult that she tweeted last week at President Donald Trump, she is now hoping for physical violence on the commander in chief. Debra Messing expressed her wish in a tweet on Monday in which she claimed without evidence that the president has “perpetrated violence on hundreds of millions of people.” As a result, she reasoned, the president must now suffer in a similar fashion. “Rape is an act of violence. Trump has perpetrated violence on hundreds of millions of people. My hope is (and this is the first time in my life) that the tables are turned and he is the victim of perpetrators,” the Will & Grace star wrote. Let me be clear: I said nothing about LGBTQI/queer LOVE. Rape is an act of violence. Trump has perpetrated violence on hundreds of millions of people. My hope...
    Hong Kong (CNN)When they brought him his passport, Jeff Harper thought he was getting out. He stared at the document, its navy cover embossed with the United States seal, as it gradually dawned on him that the Chinese police officer, in his broken English, was describing something quite different."He said something about a residential surveillance house," Harper said. "I had no idea what that was."It was early January 2020. Harper, a 6-foot, 8-inch (203 centimeter) professional basketball player, had arrived in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, hoping to land a new contract after playing in Norway, Japan and a host of other countries. Harper had been in China for less than a week when everything went wrong. Walking back from a comedy show with a friend in the early hours of January 7, he said he saw a violent altercation between a man and a partially clad woman on the street and ran over to...
    A New Jersey school bus driver accused of molesting two young students during daily games of “hide-and-seek” got no prison time Thursday. Judge Stephen Taylor instead sentenced Thomas Thomasevich to parole supervision for a minimum of 15 years after the 70-year-old admitted to inappropriately touching the students on his bus in last fall, NJ.com reported. Prosecutors alleged Thomasevich molested the Kinnelon, Morris County students during the daily games, and also bribed them with candy and donuts so they wouldn’t reveal the months of abuse they endured. Thomasevich’s attorney John Bruno pleaded that his client would face “excessive hardship” if he was sent to jail again. “Those four months in the Morris County Jail broke him. It practically destroyed him,” Bruno said, according to NJ.com. “I’ve never seen a grown man cry so much,” he said. Taylor also Thomasevich must register as a sex offender in the state. ShareFacebook Twitter...
    More On: new jersey Man threatens to kill New Jersey restaurant staff after refusing to wear mask Mystery of booming sound in New Jersey apparently solved New Jersey town rocked by mysterious booms Judge denies release of convicted mobster who planned hit on John Gotti A New Jersey school bus driver accused of molesting two young students during daily games of “hide-and-seek” got no prison time Thursday. Judge Stephen Taylor instead sentenced Thomas Thomasevich to parole supervision for a minimum of 15 years after the 70-year-old admitted to inappropriately touching the students on his bus in last fall, NJ.com reported. Prosecutors alleged Thomasevich molested the Kinnelon, Morris County students during the daily games, and also bribed them with candy and donuts so they wouldn’t reveal the months of abuse they endured. Thomasevich’s attorney John Bruno pleaded that his client would face “excessive hardship” if he was...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – An emotional homecoming for a man who spent more than three decades in prison for selling marijuana. Family and friends of Richard DeLisi gathered Thursday night at a drive-in movie theater in Fort Lauderdale for a socially distant celebration. DeLisi, who is 71 years old now, was sentenced to 90 years behind bars for drug trafficking back in 1989. He had been locked up in Palm Beach County ever since. But with his prison term recently shortened, he’s now he’s a free man. He prefers not to dwell on lost memories and time he’ll never get back. He’s not angry, and instead takes every opportunity to express gratitude and hope. “Prison changed me. I never really knew who God was and now I know and it changed the way I talk to people and treat people,” said DeLisi, who became a mentor to younger inmates. “For...
    More On: florida Cops in lose-lose situation beg suspect to put hands up before they’re forced to shoot, video shows Top dog: Puppy rescued from alligator is now a ‘detective’ Ex-Giant’s scary ambulance video after getting shot in botched gas station robbery Health care worker describes harrowing nine-month battle with COVID A Florida prisoner who served the longest sentence ever for a non-violent marijuana crime was set free on Tuesday — and then celebrated with a crab lunch. Richard DeLisi, 71, was sprung from a Palm Beach County jail after serving a record-setting 31 years of his 90-year sentence for trafficking weed from Colombia to Florida in 1988, WTVX-TV reported. “It’s really an amazing feeling but I knew it was a long time coming,” DeLisi told the station. “I’m going to celebrate at the rustic inn, eating some crabs this afternoon.” DeLisi and his brother, Ted, were busted...
    LISA Montgomery the "womb raider" who cut a baby from a pregnant victim's womb fights to block her transfer to a male prison for execution. Montgomery, 52, is currently imprisoned at the all-female Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, where her lawyers say she would rather be executed. 8Lisa Montgomery, who cut baby from pregnant victim, fights to block transfer to male prison for execution The 52-year-old's execution date was originally set for December 8, however it was moved to January 12, after her attorneys contracted coronavirus while working on her case. The delay gives Montgomery's attorney's time to prepare a clemency application, USA Today reported. Montgomery was scheduled to move to the Terre Haute prison, which is mostly staffed by men. Her lawyers argue that the moving her would trigger a "catastrophic psychiatric breakdown". 8Bobbie Jo Stinnett was 23-years-old at the time of her deathCredit: Getty Images - Getty...
    After many appeals and legal actions, a man who was wrongfully incarcerated for 27 years has come to an agreement with the city he says put him there. On Wednesday, Dec. 9, news broke that Mark Schand, 55, of Hartford, and the City of Springfield will settle on giving $6.5 million to Schand for the part the city’s police played in the conviction. Schand was initially awarded $27 million in his suit against Springfield - $1 million for each year of false imprisonment - but upon appeal and negotiation, Schand will get $6.5 million, according to Fox61. The lesser amount did not come as a shock to Schand who told Fox61 in 2019 that he expected to settle to an amount below $27 million and that no amount of money could ever compensate him for the lost time. In 1987 Schand had been falsely convicted of felony murder in...