Crime

REPORT: Manafort Weighs Plea Deal In Second Trial

Bloomberg reports: Paul Manafort’s lawyers have talked to U.S. prosecutors about a possible guilty plea to avert a second criminal trial set to begin in Washington this month, according to a person familiar with the matter. By pleading guilty, Manafort could avoid the risk of a longer prison term if he’s convicted at a second trial, as well as the …

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Trump Mocks Light Sentence For George Papadopoulos

CNN reports: President Donald Trump on Friday mocked the two-week prison sentence given to former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russian operatives before the 2016 election, despite declaring hours earlier: “I don’t know him.” Papadopoulos, who was sentenced to 14 days in jail, is the first Trump adviser to …

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“Coffee Boy” Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days

ABC News reports: Nearly one year after aspiring foreign policy consultant George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty, the North Side Chicago native was sentenced Friday for lying to the FBI about his activities with the Trump for president campaign. In a DC federal courtroom, Papadopoulos was handed 14 days in prison and 12 months of supervised release by U.S. Judge Randolph Moss. …

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Hackers Hit British Airways: 380K Credit Card Details

The Associated Press reports: Hackers obtained the credit card details of some 380,000 British Airways travelers during a two-week data breach this summer that leaves the customers vulnerable to financial fraud, the airline says. BA’s CEO, Alex Cruz, said Friday that enough data was stolen to allow criminals to use credit card information for illicit purposes, and that police are …

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DOJ Shakes Up Criminal Case Against Aaron Schock

Politico reports: The Justice Department is replacing the prosecutors overseeing the criminal case against former Rep. Aaron Schock, an unusual move that could delay the proceedings in the case. In a court document filed on Thursday, John Childress, the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, told U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly — himself new to the case …

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Death Penalty For White Supremacist Killer Of Florida Gay Couple: “Homosexuals Are A Disease To Mankind”

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Peter Avsenew, convicted of killing a Wilton Manors couple days before Christmas 2010 and stealing their car to escape to north Florida, who told a jury in January that he had no regrets and a judge in March that he had killed before and would again, has been sentenced to die. He is the first …

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Over 20 Guns, Hundreds Of Ammo Rounds Found At Home Of Man Who Vowed To Kill Journalists [VIDEO]

Courthouse News reports: California man who made a series of calls to the offices of The Boston Globe threatening to kill journalists was ordered released on bond by a federal judge Thursday despite the objections of prosecutors who painted him as a danger to his community. While waiting to be called before Magistrate Judge Paul Abrams, 68-year-old Robert Chain sat …

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Feds Arrest Man For Vowing To Murder Boston Globe Staffers Over Trump Editorials: “Still There Faggot?”

Just in from the Department of Justice: A California man was arrested today and charged with making violent threats against Boston Globe employees in retaliation for the newspaper’s editorial response to political attacks on the media. Robert D. Chain, 68, of Encino, California, is charged with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce. Chain will appear in federal …

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Mueller Wants Emails Between Manafort And Lawyer

Politico reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team wants to review emails between Paul Manafort and one of his former lawyers — messages that would typically be protected by attorney-client privilege. Manafort’s emails are a special case, Mueller’s team argued in a court motion Wednesday. Attorney-client privilege doesn’t apply when the client enlists a lawyer’s help to commit a crime — …

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Texas Cop Found Guilty Of Killing Unarmed Black Teen

The Dallas Morning News reports: A Dallas County jury found the former Balch Springs police officer who killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards guilty of murder Tuesday. Roy Oliver, 38, was found not guilty, however, on two counts of aggravated assault for firing his rifle into a car full of teens as they left a house party last year. Oliver was taken …

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Manafort Lawyers Seek Change Of Venue For DC Trial

Reuters reports: Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Tuesday said they would seek to move his second trial, scheduled to start next month, out of Washington, D.C., due to the highly politicized environment in the nation’s capital. The motion for change of venue will be the second by Manafort after a failed attempt to move his first …

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Pennsylvania AG: The Vatican Knew About The Coverup

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Investigators “have evidence that the Vatican had knowledge of the cover-up,” involving priests accused of sexually abusing thousands of Pennsylvania children over decades, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday morning on NBC’s Today show. “I can’t speak specifically to Pope Francis, but I think the broader issues here with the Vatican knowing about this, with …

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GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter +8 Despite Theft Arrest

The Hill reports: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) holds an 8-point lead over his Democratic opponent despite being indicted on charges of misusing campaign funds, according to a new poll. A Survey USA poll published Monday found that among likely voters in California’s 50th District who were surveyed, 47 percent plan to vote for Hunter, compared to 39 percent who favor …

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Florida Mass Shooter Had Been Hospitalized Twice For Mental Illness, Prescribed Anti-Psychotic Medications

The Associated Press reports: Court records obtained by The Associated Press show that a man accused of killing two people and then himself at a video gaming competition in Florida had been hospitalized for mental illness. Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore say that as a teenager he was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and …

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FLORIDA: Mass Shooter ID’d As “Disgruntled” Gamer

Heavy.com reports: David Katz has been identified as the gunman who opened fire Sunday during a Madden NFL 19 video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, killing two people and wounding nine others, authorities said at a press conference. The 24-year-old Katz, a Maryland resident who fatally shot himself at the scene, was described as a “disgruntled” gamer who had participated …

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Duncan Hunter Blames Wife For Stolen Money, Claims His Text Messages Were Edited, Won’t Resign [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded not guilty to charges of illegally using campaign funds for personal expenses on Thursday and blamed his wife Margaret Hunter, saying she handled his finances. “She was also the campaign manager, so whatever she did that’ll be looked at too, I’m sure,” Hunter told Fox News on Thursday. “But I didn’t do it. …

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Insane Details Released In Indictment Of GOP Rep

Yesterday GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife were indicted for stealing over $250,000 from Hunter’s campaign donations. The details from the charging documents are out and well, read for yourself: Throughout the relevant period, the Hunters spent substantially more than they earned. They overdrew their bank account more than 1,100 times in a seven-year period resulting in approximately $37,761 …

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BREAKING: Manafort Found Guilty On Eight Counts

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Tuesday was found guilty of eight criminal counts, including five counts of tax fraud. In a note to U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis, the jurors said they had not reached a consensus on the 10 remaining counts in the bank fraud and tax crimes trial. Manafort, 69, faces …

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BREAKING: Cohen Reaches Plea Deal With Prosecutors

Axios reports: President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen has reached a plea deal on with federal prosecutors in New York, per ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. The big question: It’s still unknown whether Cohen’s deal means he’ll be cooperating with federal investigators, including those in the Mueller investigation. USA Today reports: The reported deal comes after reports that federal investigators …

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Pope Issues Letter Condemning Sex Abuse Coverup

NBC News reports: Pope Francis on Monday issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning sexual abuse and cover-up, and demanding accountability in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in any effort to …

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