Aaron Schock case: Top lawyer for House alleges feds used ‘improper investigative tactics’

April 28, 2017

(CNN)The top attorney for the US House of Representatives is now weighing in on the legal fight over how federal agents handled the investigation of former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, raising “serious concern about improper investigation tactics,” namely, recording Schock’s conversations with congressional staff and “the apparent theft of official records” from his office. In a letter to top officials at the Justice Department, the local US attorney’s office …

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

April 27, 2017

… 44, and Attar, 53, also face one count of conspiracy to transport a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity — a charge that carries a potential sentence of up to life in prison. “Female Genital Mutilation has serious implications for the health and well-being of girls and women,” said Daniel Lemisch, acting US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. “This brutal practice is conducted on girls for one reason, to control them as …

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CIA director Mike Pompeo repeatedly cited WikiLeaks to attack Clinton during campaign

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s administration has taken a tough stance on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. US officials told CNN last week that the Justice Department has prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority” of the administration. But no Trump administration official went further in condemning the group than CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who, in a …

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Arkansas Court Blocks Executions Of 2 Prisoners As State Pushes Ahead With ‘Conveyor Belt’ Lethal Injections

April 18, 2017

The Arkansas Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision on Monday, granted stays of execution for Bruce Ward and Don Davis. Both had been scheduled to die Monday, the first of what critics call the statesconveyor beltplan for multiple executions. State attorney General Leslie Rutledge said she would immediately appeal. Later, Rutledges office said she wouldnt appeal Wards stay at this time. In Mondays ruling, the U.S.Eight Circuit Court of Appeals said the five inmates had ample time already to …

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Georgia student in police beating video says he feared for his life

April 18, 2017

(CNN)The 21-year-old Georgia college student seen on cell phone video being beaten by two Georgia police officers says he thought he was going to die during the traffic stop on April 12. Demetrius Hollins was pulled over on a busy suburban Atlanta road by Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni for not having a license plate, according to the police report. Hollins said the license plate was in the rear window. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Some States, Cities Still Banning Government Travel To North Carolina

April 14, 2017

Although the NCAA ended its boycott against the state once a repeal bill was passed, many of the states and cities that banned nonessential official travel to North Carolina last year have decided the new bill doesnt adequately protect LGBTQ people. Californias law was enacted to ensure that, with limited exceptions, our taxpayer resources are not spent in states that authorize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, the states attorney …

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Louisiana city marshal convicted in boy’s fatal shooting

March 29, 2017

(CNN)A Marksville, Louisiana, marshal has been found guilty of manslaughter for the shooting of a young boy who was killed in the passenger seat of his father’s car after a police pursuit, prosecutors said Saturday. Derrick Stafford was also convicted of attempted murder for the November 2015 shooting that killed 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and wounded his father, Christopher Few, according to Avoyelles Parish District attorney Charles Riddle. The boy was hit by five bullets. The Friday …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… officials, including Obama’s former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, have said that there was no evidence to substantiate such links. “I think, ultimately, that matters more to most Americans, given the nature of the allegations that have been made in the past several months about Donald Trump and his campaign and some of his associates,” Cotton said. Still, the shifting explanations of meetings last year between Trump aides, among them attorney General Jeff …

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Police: Hunt continues for armed teacher who kidnapped student

March 20, 2017

… has continued in light of these allegations, I can tell you that my client will use whatever legal means are at his disposal, including filing suit, to assist Maury County Schools in protecting (Elizabeth) from Mr. Cummins,” the attorney wrote. The school district said in a February 8 internal memo, provided to CNN by Whatley, that Elizabeth had been removed from Cummins’ forensics class, and assertions she was still in his class were false. Teacher fired last week A January …

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