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    In June 2020, President Donald Trump tweeted a doctored video which was meant to look like it was aired by CNN and which purported to show a Black toddler running away from a “racist” white toddler. The chyron on the video read: “Terrified todler [sic] runs from racist baby,” followed by, “Racist baby probably a Trump voter.” The parents of the children filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Trump, his campaign, and the creator of video, Logan Cook, claiming that they published the “manipulated” video “knowing of its falsity” for the purpose of “commercial exploitation,” “economic benefit,” and to solicit donations to the Trump campaign. The video was initially marked as “manipulated media” by Twitter before the social media platform disabled...
    Steve Bannon and his three co-defendants charged with stealing from a GoFundMe account set up to pay for a private border wall pleaded not guilty on Monday in a Zoom court hearing. Bannon and co-defendants Brian Kolfage, an Iraq veteran and triple amputee, Timothy Shea and Andrew Badolato, were all charged earlier this month with using some of the money that had been donated by Trump supporters for their own benefit.  They denied it and said they were victims of a political vendetta against the president.  On Monday, none of the men had their cameras turned on for the Zoom hearing. The judge set the trial date for May 24.  Bannon (pictured being released from custody on August 20) will...
    Steve Bannon, a former adviser to President Trump, was among four suspects arrested Thursday and indicted in connection with an online fundraising campaign that allegedly defrauded investors of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Justice Department announced. The campaign, "We Build the Wall," was said to have raised over $25 million in all. "As alleged, the defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction.  While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass...
    Attorney General Bill Barr on Wednesday announced that Operation Legend has netted more than 200 federal charges since its launch in July 2020, in addition to separate homicide charges in some cases. Below is a rundown of the federal charges in major cities. Information provided by the Justice Department. Kansas City,  Mo. - Twenty defendants have been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm - Seventeen defendants have been charged with drug trafficking - Four defendants have been charged with being a drug user in possession of a firearm - Six defendants have been charged with being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking - Four defendants have been charged with being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of violent...
    THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Judges at The Special Tribunal for Lebanon are due to give their verdict on Tuesday in the trial of four men accused over the 2005 Beirut bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri and 21 others. Hariri, a Sunni Muslim billionaire seen as a threat to Iranian and Syrian influence in Lebanon, had close ties with the United States, Western and Sunni Gulf Arab allies opposed to Iran's expanding role in Lebanon and the region. Here is a look at the tribunal and the defendants. TRIBUNAL The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is an international court set up jointly by the United Nations and Lebanon to try suspects in the 2005 bombing and other political...
    THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Judges at The Special Tribunal for Lebanon are due to give their verdict on Friday in the trial of four men accused over the 2005 Beirut bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri and 21 others. Here is a look at the tribunal and the defendants. TRIBUNAL The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is an international court set up jointly by the United Nations and Lebanon to try suspects in the 2005 bombing and other political killings in Lebanon around the same time. Friday's verdict will be the first since its creation in 2007. DEFENDANTS The defendants, who are being tried in absentia, are Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hassan Habib Merhi, Assad Hassan Sabra and Hussein...
    THE heartless teen thugs found guilty of killing Pc Andrew Harper’s LAUGHED as his horrific injuries were read out to jurors. Henry Long, 19, and fellow travellers, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, caused outrage with their shameless behaviour before being convicted at the Old Bailey today. 6Henry Long, 19, who drove the car that killed Pc Andrew HarperCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd 6Albert Bowers smiles as he arrives at courtCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd 6Jessie Bowles as he arrives at court during the trialCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd The illiterate trio disgusted jurors as they smirked and laughed while the court heard how PC Harper was swung "like a pendulum" to a gruesome and agonising...
    New York, Jul 15 (EFE) .- The United States Justice reported on Wednesday the imputation of ten members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang for six murders that occurred in Long Island (New York), a “hard blow” to this criminal organization. from Central America to which President Donald Trump declared “war” in 2017, according to authorities. The New York Eastern District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that it filed a total of 24 charges, including murder and crimes related to kidnappings and drug trafficking, against those ten individuals who are members of two local groups of the Mara Salvatrucha, known as “MS -13 “, the Hollywood Crazy Salvatruchas and the Sailors Crazy Salvatruchas Westside. “In 2017, the president ordered the...
    A FEDERAL appeals court ruled that the two lawyers accused of hurling a Molotov cocktail into an empty NYPD vehicle can be released on bail pending their trial. Colinford Mattis, 32 and Urooj Rahman, 31, both came up with the $250,000 bonds needed to secure their release earlier this month, only for federal prosecutors to appeal the offer of bail leaving the pair locked inside the Metropolitan Detention Center. 3 Colinford Mattis, on the left and Urooj Rahman on the right, will be released on bail after spending 25 days in the Metropolitan Detention CenterCredit: AP:Associated Press In a 2-1 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rules in favor of granting the pair bail. “The conditions...
    COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Three people were sentenced in federal court in Eastern Kentucky this week for trafficking counterfeit Disney DVDs. Hongtao Zhu, Hui Lin, and He Lin were sentenced to 46 months in federal prison on Wednesday and ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution, according to a news release from federal prosecutors. The defendants pleaded guilty in October. The DVDs appeared to be genuine Disney productions but were counterfeits from China, according to the release. The defendants imported them and sold them online over eBay. The scheme continued for two years. Under federal law, the three defendants must serve 85 percent of their prison sentence. They will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five...
    When an attorney in a sprawling civil case dropped Richard Spencer as a client on Monday, the white nationalist became the eighth person to lose representation in the lawsuit, which takes aim at participants in the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. The lawsuit Sines v. Kessler names as defendants many of the major far-right participants in the Unite the Right rally—as it was branded—which plaintiffs say left lasting physical and emotional scars on Charlottesville and its people. Since the lawsuit was filed in late 2017, defendants have struggled to find or retain legal representation. Some, like Spencer and the former leader of the fascist “Traditionalist Worker Party,” got dropped for unpaid legal fees. A lawyer representing...
    LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for British tabloid The Sun urged a U.K. judge on Thursday to throw out Johnny Depp’s libel claim against the paper because the film star allegedly failed to disclose evidence relating to his drug use. Depp is suing the newspaper’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and Executive Editor Dan Wootton over a 2018 article claiming the actor was violent and abusive to his ex-wife Amber Heard. The trial is due to open at the High Court in London on July 7. At a preliminary hearing on Thursday, The Sun’s lawyers argued the case should be dismissed because Depp had failed to disclose text messages showing that he tried to buy “MDMA and other narcotics” while he was...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges the Chicago Police Department has used the coronavirus pandemic and recent protests as “cover” to deny criminal suspects their legal right to speak with attorneys. The lawsuit filed by the Cook County Public Defender’s Office and activists from Black Lives Matter Chicago and other groups says police often refuse to tell attorneys where their clients are being held and frequently violate a state law allowing suspects to contact attorneys within an hour after being taken into custody. A survey of defendants showed that over a two-month period since the pandemic hit, about a quarter of the defendants reported they had to wait at least five hours to make a call, according to...
    In recent weeks, social media executives have jumped in to pledge their support for the protest movement that emerged in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. In a June 1 Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg wrote about the need to fight for racial justice and noted, “One of the areas Priscilla and I have personally worked on and where racism and racial disparities are most profound is in the criminal justice system.” On the same day, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey tweeted “Police policy reform now”; he later pledged $3 million to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri recently promised to take steps to improve black users’ experience on the platform, and Google’s Sundar Pichai...
    A pair of lawyers charged with throwing a Molotov cocktail into a New York City police vehicle amid civil unrest last weekend was back in federal custody Friday after a federal court sided with prosecutors in keeping them detained. The ruling from the three-member Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision to release Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman to home confinement with GPS monitoring pending bail. Mattis, 32, and Rahman, 31, are accused of firebombing an unoccupied NYPD vehicle early Saturday as clashes between police and rioters raged throughout the city following demonstrations over the death of George Floyd. NY POST: PHOTO SHOWS WOMAN HOLDING MOLOTOV Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman They were taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service after...
    Texas’ indigent defense system has been subject to criticism for decades. In 2000, the non-profit group Texas Appleseed published a report calling the lack of accountability in county-level defender systems across the state “a major problem." Chris Ryan/Getty A "pay to play" scheme in Houston, Texas, is enriching private attorneys who donate to trial court judges responsible for doling out case assignments in Harris County's indigent defense system, often at the expense of defendants who can't afford representation, according to a new analysis. In a forthcoming article in the Duke Law Journal, Neel Sukhatme, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and Jay Jenkins, a criminal justice advocate in Texas, argue that the process for assigning private attorneys to...