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    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) begged New Yorkers on Wednesday to “get the facts” before forming an opinion on the mounting allegations of sexual harassment lodged against the governor, contending that he “never knew at the time” that he was making people uncomfortable. Cuomo addressed the allegations of sexual harassment during Wednesday’s press conference, noting that he intends to “fully cooperate” with the independent review conducted by the attorney general. “I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this. First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” Cuomo said. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way.” Cuomo said he now understands that he “acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable” but maintained that it was “unintentional.” “I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly, I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's newly elected attorney general says state ethics officials have cleared his ongoing role with a health benefits consulting firm in which he has an ownership stake, but he has declined to release that opinion. Republican Todd Rokita began his term as state government’s top lawyer in early January while still working for Indianapolis-based Apex Benefits, a company he joined as a top executive in 2019 after ending 10 years in Congress following an unsuccessful 2018 run for U.S. Senate. Attorney general’s office spokesperson Lauren Houck said Rokita is working with Apex “in a limited capacity” as a strategic policy adviser and remains a director or executive board member with other businesses. Julia Vaughn, policy director for government-accountability watchdog group Common Cause Indiana, called the dual roles “quite concerning.” “Hoosiers need an attorney general who is fully focused on protecting the public interest and given that he...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Bruce L. Castor Jr., the former district attorney for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, answered his cellphone, but he had no time to talk. “I’m 12 minutes from prime time,” he said, before heading to the well of the U.S. Senate to defend his client, Donald Trump, as one of two defense lawyers in the ex-president’s second impeachment trial. It may have marked the high point for him. RELATED: Three-Week-Old Girl Sitting On Mothers Lap Killed In Head-On Crash In Northeast Philly, Another Baby Injured Castor’s moment in the national glare, televised from the well of the Senate chamber, was seen as an ambling and at times aimless hour-long disquisition in search of a point. And that was just the opinion of several Republican senators, including steadfast supporters of the president. “I thought I knew where he was going, and I really didn’t know where it was going,” said Sen....
    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...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich won’t throw his hat into the legal fight Texas and seventeen other states are waging but he’s asking to weigh in. Brnovich requested permission from the U.S. Supreme Court to file an amicus brief in the lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin seeking to halt their presidential electors from casting votes for presumptive President-elect Joe Biden. “It’s important that everyone has faith in the system and the results of the election,” he said in a statement. “The rule of law is about consistency and certainty. I believe Arizona wasn’t named in this lawsuit because our office successfully prevented many of the same troubling and last-minute changes to our state’s election integrity laws. Our legal filing ensures Arizona’s interests are protected, and I look forward to the Supreme Court addressing these national election concerns.” While...
    European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate-General Gerard Hogan has stated that a ban on ritual Halal slaughter in the Belgian region of Flanders violates European Union law and should be overturned. The non-binding opinion, which comes before the ECJ makes a full ruling on the issue, was announced earlier this week after Muslim and Jewish groups took the matter to court following the passing of the ban in 2017 and its implementation in January of 2019. According to Advocate-General Hogan, the Flanders ban on ritual slaughter without stunning violates EU law allowing religious exemptions to slaughter animals without the use of any stunning prior to killing the animal, HLN reports. Michel Vandenbosch, president of the animal rights association Global Action in the Interest of Animals (Gaia), said that he, and lawyer Anthony Godfoid, were both “perplexed” by the opinion and disappointed. Belgium Bans Halal Slaughter, But Muslims in Capital Brussels Are Exempt https://t.co/fMGctYBMhG...
    Safe but still having fun: Colleges hope off-campus housing doesnt doom fall semester Lawsuit alleges Chipotle has been pocketing thousands of dollars in customer change Opinion: Next weeks MLB trade deadline is high on risks and rewards for general managers Those dog days of summer sure flew by. MLBPA head Tony Clark on player protocols: Yes, we’ve had some speed bumps USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Eugenio Suárez on the Cincinnati Reds team-wide slump, series loss to St. Louis Cardinals Cincinnati Enquirer Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell talks offensive woes, loss to St. Louis Cardinals Cincinnati Enquirer Watch the full episode of FYI Philly from Aug. 22 ABC 6 Philadelphia The Mets and social justice WPIX New York City, NY WATCH: Josh Vogelbach campaigns for brother Daniel Vogelbach to...
    SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales on Wednesday requested a legal opinion from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on whether he can prosecute federal officials who intentionally deprive residents the right to vote. According to a news release, the request from the Democrat specifically asks Paxton, a Republican, to clarify the scope of the authority of a criminal district attorney to prosecute a federal official who knowingly violates the Texas Election Code by preventing Texas voters – especially those age 65 or older – from voting by mail. Gonzales cited local media reports that show mail sorting equipment being removed from Bexar County post offices, which forces post offices employees to hand-sort mail. “If Bexar County residents cannot rely on the USPS to deliver things like medication or pay bills on time, how can they be certain their ballots will be received, let alone counted?” Gonzales said....
    On Wednesday afternoon, New York Attorney General Letitia James sent out a notice that she would be making “a major national announcement” at 11:30 AM ET on Thursday morning. From the moment she was elected, James has made it clear that she does not believe anyone is above the law, including Donald Trump. No matter what opinion the William Barr Justice Department may hold on whether or not Trump can be indicted, that opinion has zero hold on anything the State of New York may decide. Considering that James has joined numerous suits concerning Trump’s business or his now dissolved “charity,” it’s tempting to think that this announcement involves charges against Trump or his company. However, there are other possibilities. Just two weeks ago, the Department of Homeland Security was caught lying in order to block access to travel programs for citizens of New York. It may not be as much fun, but James’...
    Tennessee’s attorney general has issued an opinion that mandates requiring citizens to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is constitutionally defensible. The opinion addresses whether mask mandates infringe on constitutional right to liberty and freedom of speech, and whether local governments have authority to issue such mandates. In both cases Attorney General Herbert Slatery wrote that mandated mask wearing is constitutionally defensible as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “As a general proposition, a governmental mandate that requires the general population to wear face coverings in public due to the health emergency caused by COVID-19 would be constitutionally defensible,” the opinion reads. On infringement of constitutional rights, Slatery opined that mandating facial coverings do not “impermissibly infringe on a person’s constitutional right to liberty or freedom of speech.” Citing legal challenges to Tennessee’s seat belt law and motorcycle helmet laws, in which courts found...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general believes the governor has overstepped his authority in issuing a statewide face mask mandate and that only the Legislature can make violations a criminal offense. Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill issued an advisory opinion Wednesday night, just hours after GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the mask order taking effect Monday to help slow the coronavirus spread. Hill’s opinion responded to a request from state Senate majority leader Mark Messmer of Jasper and four other Republican senators about Holcomb’s legal authority to impose a mask mandate. The opinion, which does not block the governor's action, said the state’s emergency law doesn’t give Holcomb authority for the mask mandate without the consent of the Legislature. Hill said the governor should call the Legislature back into session. “By this point in the pandemic — more than four months since the emergency declaration — it’s time to show...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general believes the governor has overstepped his authority in issuing a statewide face mask mandate and that only the Legislature can make violations a criminal offense. Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill issued an advisory opinion Wednesday night, just hours after GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the mask order taking effect Monday to help slow the coronavirus spread. Hill’s opinion responded to a request from state Senate majority leader Mark Messmer of Jasper and four other Republican senators about Holcomb’s legal authority to impose a mask mandate. View this document on Scribd The opinion, which does not block the governor’s action, said the state’s emergency law doesn’t give Holcomb authority for the mask mandate without the consent of the Legislature. Hill said the governor should call the Legislature back into session. “By this point in the pandemic — more than four months since the emergency declaration — it’s...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s top lawyer thinks the state law protecting historic monuments from being torn down or altered without a legislative vote is constitutional. But the attorney general opinion released Thursday said an additional requirement that the General Assembly must give a two-thirds vote to alter monuments or change building or street names probably would be struck down by judges. The opinion from state Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office is not binding and remains an educated guess on what a judge might do if someone sued over the law. But Wilson left little doubt what his office would do if someone tried to remove a statue without legislative permission. “Only an act by the South Carolina General Assembly can remove a monument. This is a position we are prepared to support in court,” Wilson said in a video statement released with the opinion. The law is question...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says Attorney General Keith Ellison will take lead in any prosecutions in George Floyd case. Sign up for Daily Newsletters Death rates for coronavirus higher in Democratic states Quiz: US Citizenship Test - Could You Pass? Trump to pull U.S. out of Open Skies Treaty Isolation isn’t new, but ‘social distancing’ nearly as novel as coronavirus Top 20 war movies to watch on Memorial Day Architect of NYT’s 1619 project draws distinction between ‘politically black and racially black’ Trump praises ‘incredible dedication’ of American military, fallen warriors Doctor: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin (No Creams Needed)” Sponsored Content Colorado State, facing $100M budget hit, delivers $1,500 checks to undocumented students ‘I’m not locking down anymore,’ says former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar Quiz: Only a true baby boomer...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota prosecutor seeks state attorney general’s help handling any criminal cases stemming from George Floyd’s death. Sign up for Daily Newsletters Death rates for coronavirus higher in Democratic states Quiz: US Citizenship Test - Could You Pass? Trump to pull U.S. out of Open Skies Treaty Isolation isn’t new, but ‘social distancing’ nearly as novel as coronavirus Top 20 war movies to watch on Memorial Day Architect of NYT’s 1619 project draws distinction between ‘politically black and racially black’ Trump praises ‘incredible dedication’ of American military, fallen warriors Doctor: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin (No Creams Needed)” Sponsored Content Colorado State, facing $100M budget hit, delivers $1,500 checks to undocumented students ‘I’m not locking down anymore,’ says former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar Quiz: Only a true baby boomer can beat this...
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