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Jussie Smollett Case: ‘Empire’ Actor Indicted in Chicago, Special Prosecutor Says

Smollett was charged on Feb. 20, 2019 with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false report, but in a surprising move, all charges against him were dropped by the Cook County State's Attorney's office

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/jussie-smollett-case-empire-actor-indicted-by-special-prosecutor-in-chicago/2217410/?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_CHBrand

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BREAKING: US Justice Dept. is backpedaling on sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, senior dept. official tells

 

. The move comes hours after Pres. Trump tweeted that sentencing recommendation was "disgraceful!" and a "miscarriage of justice!"

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JUST IN: Second prosecutor on the Roger Stone case resigns from case, and also position of assistant US attorney,
 
after DOJ official says DOJ is planning to reduce Stone's recommended sentence.
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NEW: In new memo, US prosecutors now say a 87-108 month sentence for Roger Stone “could be considered excessive and unwarranted,” declining to recommend a specific sentence
 
and instead yielding to judge to consider an “appropriate” sentence under facts and circumstances of case.
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So, sentencing a Texas woman to 5 years in prison for voting while on probation

(which she she didn’t know was not allowed) is fine,

 

but sentencing Roger Stone to 7-9 years for his multiple crimes is “disgraceful” and a “miscarriage of justice” (to quote Trump).

 

Got it.

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Texas man close to exoneration after computer algorithm leads to new suspect

Lydell Grant was supposed to be in prison for murder. But an emerging form of DNA technology, which has also come under scrutiny, is helping to free him in an unprecedented case.
 
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“I wasn’t aware of that information…and it must be reviewed immediately,” Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says when pressed by @MarthaRaddatz on her record as a prosecutor amid new revelations that a black teen sentenced to life in prison could be innocent. https://abcn.ws/2HuaCDq
 
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This is not a Cavalier question. If there was a mistake or problem with the prosecution of this teenager, then it will have to be on the head of that prosecutor.

A life sentence for a teenager is questionable at best and if there were questions that should have been answered at that time, then the prosecutor will have to to take responsibility for it.

 

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These Judges Can Have Less Training Than Barbers but Still Decide Thousands of Cases Each Year

South Carolina’s system for magistrate judges is unlike any state in the country, creating fertile ground for incompetence and corruption.

Most aren’t lawyers, but their decisions can have lasting effects on the vulnerable people who come before them.

https://www.propublica.org/article/these-judges-can-have-less-training-than-barbers-but-still-decide-thousands-of-cases-each-year?utm_content=buffer8ee8d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=ProPublica+Main+

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These Two Laws Muddied The Ahmaud Arbery Shooting And Delayed Justice

Two Georgia laws led private citizens to play cop — with disastrous consequences.
 
"Why did it take two months for Georgia to charge Gregory and Travis McMichael with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery?

The father and son benefited from legal cover granted by two often misunderstood state laws, which can both separately prompt disastrous, deadly outcomes.

The first, Georgia’s version of a “stand your ground” law, should be familiar to anyone who followed the trial (and acquittal) of George Zimmerman after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin...........

 
&  “Citizen’s arrest arose in medieval times as a direct result of the lack of an organized police force and practical modes of transportation to get to the scene of a crime expeditiously,” .........
 
 
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This CNN story about the Ahmaud Arbery case is somewhat confusing.     It talks about how the guy who shot the video is receiving death threats but doesn't say who (what group),  is doing these:    to be blunt,  are these threats from blacks (supporters of the victim) or whites (supporters of the shooters)? 

Logically I would assume it is white people angry that the guy didn't destroy the video and instead turned it over to authorities so they can use if as evidence against the shooters.   

CNN's reporting doesn't say one way ore the other.    Maybe the authorities never told the media or if they did, asked the media to not report this until after arrest are made. 

   https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/09/us/ahmaud-arbery-shooting-video-saturday/index.html     

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Judge denies bond to father and son arrested in Ahmaud Arbery shooting

The white father and son accused of fatally shooting 25-year-old black jogger Ahmaud Arbery earlier this year were reportedly denied bond by a judge on Friday, just one day after their arrest. 

According to multiple local reports, a Glynn County, Ga., Superior Court judge denied bond to Gregory and Travis McMichael during their first court appearance on Friday. The two were arrested on murder and aggravated assault charges late Thursday, more than two months after Arbery was fatally shot while out on a run. He was unarmed. 

Arbery was killed Feb. 23 just outside the port city of Brunswick, Ga., after the two men allegedly chased him in a pickup claiming that they thought he was burglar responsible for a series of break-ins in the area. Authorities said Travis McMichael shot Arbery during the exchange.

Arbery's family says he was killed senselessly, without reason............

https://thehill.com/homenews/news/496899-father-and-son-arrested-in-ahmaud-arbery-shooting-denied-bond

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PG&E pleads guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter in 2018 Camp Fire

"........PG&E is now one of a few companies to ever plead guilty to manslaughter charges as state prosecutors sought to hold them accountable for their role in the deadliest wildfire in California history.

The fire killed 85 people but prosecutors were not able to find enough evidence to establish if any single one of the deaths was the company’s fault. The company also pled guilty to one felony count of unlawfully starting a fire as part of an agreement with Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

The sentencing is likely to take place later this week and the company has agreed to pay a $3.48 million penalty and $500,000 for the cost of the investigation...........

PG&E is simultaneously embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings after California's forestry bureau found it liable for starting the fire, which led to the destruction of Paradise, Calif., and drove tens of thousands of residents from their homes.

The company is set to pay $25.5 billion in settlements, including $13.5 billion earmarked for wildfire victims. A federal judge will make a final decision on June 30. ........

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/503048-pge-pleads-guilty-to-84-felony-counts-of-involuntary-manslaughter-in

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PG&E pleads guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter in 2018 Camp Fire

"........PG&E is now one of a few companies to ever plead guilty to manslaughter charges as state prosecutors sought to hold them accountable for their role in the deadliest wildfire in California history.

The fire killed 85 people but prosecutors were not able to find enough evidence to establish if any single one of the deaths was the company’s fault. The company also pled guilty to one felony count of unlawfully starting a fire as part of an agreement with Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

The sentencing is likely to take place later this week and the company has agreed to pay a $3.48 million penalty and $500,000 for the cost of the investigation...........

PG&E is simultaneously embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings after California's forestry bureau found it liable for starting the fire, which led to the destruction of Paradise, Calif., and drove tens of thousands of residents from their homes.

The company is set to pay $25.5 billion in settlements, including $13.5 billion earmarked for wildfire victims. A federal judge will make a final decision on June 30. ........

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/503048-pge-pleads-guilty-to-84-felony-counts-of-involuntary-manslaughter-in

So, ultimately who will actually pay all these fines and compensations?

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President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is back in federal prison,
weeks after early release because of the pandemic.
 
The Bureau of Prisons said Cohen had “refused the conditions of his home confinement."
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The dismissal of Michael Flynn's case reeks of political influence.
 
Judge Sullivan is right to ask for a full appellate court review of the decision that would force him to dismiss Flynn's case.
 
This is one more chance to vindicate the rule of law.
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The United States Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that nearly half the entire state of Oklahoma,
 
as far as federal criminal law is concerned, is still under the jurisdiction of Native American tribes.
 
".....Gorsuch held to a “textualist” vision of the law, a theory of jurisprudence that is typically embodied by right-wing jurists. Since the treaty that established the eastern half of Oklahoma as a reservation had not been formally removed, as far as criminal cases went, it was still in place.

“Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law,” Gorsuch wrote in his opinion. “Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word.”.........

https://truthout.org/articles/supreme-court-affirms-tribal-jurisdiction-on-oklahoma-reservation-lands/

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Ex-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, fired by Trump, twice refused to resign,

Barr offered him several other high-profile jobs........

 

Berman’s sudden departure last month created a political maelstrom in Washington because he was overseeing the investigation of a Trump associate.

"...........In the 48 hours before he was fired, Berman said on two occasions he refused to resign, contrary to a statement the Justice Department released at the time, and that in an effort to get him to leave, the attorney general offered him several other high-profile jobs........

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/manhattan-u-s-attorney-geoffrey-berman-fired-trump-twice-refused-n1233363?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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Secret documents show how criminals use famous banks
to finance terror and death,
 
and the government doesn’t stop it........
 
The banks are aware of these transactions. They even notify the government of the possibility that they are doing business with criminals.
 
But in most cases, the authorities take no action. So the banks keep moving the money — and keep reaping a profit...........
 
 
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33 minutes ago, hamradio said:

The grand jury was presented the evidence and drew their conclusions.

Progressives don't like the outcome, oh lets have a kangaroo court system.

Same with court cases of white killings or blacks  in the South under Jim Crow.

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