A New York federal judge officially closed the criminal case against shamed former financier Jeffrey Epstein, it was announced on Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors previously requested US District Judge Richard Berman to terminate the sex trafficking case against Epstein after his suicide in a Manhattan federal jail on August 10. Dismissing an indictment against a deceased person is considered a formality, however Berman unconventionally scheduled an open-ended hearing first, inviting the alleged victims and their lawyers to speak before dropping the case. Prosecutors previously requested U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to terminate the sex trafficking case against the ex-financier after Epstein’s suicide in a Manhattan federal jail on August 10 Prosecutors previously requested U.S. District Judge Richard Berman (above) to terminate the sex trafficking case against the ex-financier after Epstein’s suicide in a Manhattan federal jail on August 10 Epstein killed … [Read more...] about Sex trafficking case against deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein is officially DISMISSED by New York judge following 66-year-old’s suicide
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In 1998, when House Republicans set out to impeach President Bill Clinton for lying about sex, they claimed lofty ambitions.“This has to be a bipartisan exercise,” Rep. Henry J. Hyde of Illinois, then chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told me back then.He failed. His committee produced four articles of impeachment, all but one on strict party lines. The full House approved only two: perjury and obstruction of justice. The Republican-led Senate acquitted Clinton of both charges; no one in the president’s party voted against him. History repeated itself last week in mirror image. This time the president was Donald Trump, and the committee chairman was Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat. Just as in Clinton’s day, members of the majority party pleaded with the president’s supporters to wrestle with their consciences. Advertisement But no Republican broke ranks. No consciences were wrestled — not visibly, anyway. Just as with Clinton, … [Read more...] about Column: To this impeachment ‘connoisseur,’ Trump’s case looks familiar
One of Chesa Boudin’s first planned policy changes when he takes over as San Francisco’s district attorney next month seeks to answer a question that has long ignited debates in the city: Should people accused of crimes face harsher punishments if their actions allegedly benefited a street gang? The former public defender, who takes office Jan. 8, promises to put an end to filing what are known as gang enhancements against defendants — charges that can add years to felony sentences. Gang enhancements have drawn increased opposition in California, driven by statistics showing that they are disproportionately applied to people of color in poor neighborhoods. Many law enforcement leaders say the charges are an important tool that allows them to hold gang members accountable for the fear they create in communities when they protect turf, intimidate witnesses, recruit new associates and commit violent crimes. But critics say gang enhancements yield arbitrary and excessive … [Read more...] about SF DA-elect Chesa Boudin sets new course in gang cases, citing charges ‘infused with racism’
By Libby Birk - October 15, 2019 11:58 pm EDT Share 0 Comments 0 Cuba Gooding Jr. is facing a new charge in his groping trial. The actor was indicted in connection with a second incident on Thursday, but the Manhattan district attorney's office did not elaborate on what he is accused of. A spokesman said the indictment would be unsealed this week. Gooding's arraignment on the new charge will reportedly be Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Gooding appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday for what was set to be the beginning of the trial over the initial charges. He sat in the courtroom for several minutes before prosecutors asked Judge Marisol Martinez Alonso to delay the jury selection because of the new charges. Gooding, 51, was to stand trial over an encounter on the night of June 9 at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar, a pricey lounge at the Moxy NYC Times Square hotel in Manhattan. According to the criminal complaint, the accuser said that Gooding placed his … [Read more...] about Cuba Gooding Jr. Indicted on ‘Additional Incident’ in Alleged Groping Case
The headstone of Suzanne Bombardier at Queen of Heaven Cemetery is seen on Monday, June 22, 2015 in Lafayette, Calif. The headstone of Suzanne Bombardier at Queen of Heaven Cemetery is seen on Monday, June 22, 2015 in Lafayette, Calif. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 The headstone of Suzanne Bombardier at Queen of Heaven Cemetery is seen on Monday, June 22, 2015 in Lafayette, Calif. The headstone of Suzanne Bombardier at Queen of Heaven Cemetery is seen on Monday, June 22, 2015 in Lafayette, Calif. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle Buy photo A search for justice, 35 years after Antioch teen’s slaying 1 / 12 Back to … [Read more...] about A search for justice, 35 years after Antioch teen’s slaying
Twitter is nonsense. Don't take it seriously. That, in essence, is what Elon Musk and his team of lawyers argued in the defamation case won by Musk last Friday. Twitter is "infamous for invective and hyperbole," his attorneys said in legal briefs. Users "play fast and loose with facts," they said. Forums like Twitter "are not a source of facts or data upon which a reasonable person would rely." Twitter participants "expect to read opinions, not facts." Which raises the question: If Musk's Twitter account, with its 29.9 million followers, can't be taken seriously, why should anything Musk says there about Tesla, SpaceX and his other companies be believed? And for those concerned about the functioning of open and honest financial markets, how can the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission continue to consider Musk's account a legitimate channel for investor communications? READ MORE:Tesla's Elon Musk is doing naughty tweets againTesla CEO Elon Musk taunts SEC days after fraud … [Read more...] about If Elon Musk’s tweets are nonsense, why does he use them to break Tesla news?