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Jussie Smollett: Chicago mayor attacks 'whitewash of justice' as charges dropped

State’s attorney’s office says 16 counts against actor droppedSmollett: ‘I have been truthful and consistent on every level’Prosecutors have agreed to drop criminal charges against the Empire actor Jussie Smollett for apparently faking a hate crime attack in Chicago.Smollett was earlier this year charged with 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct for allegedly hiring two men to stage a racist, homophobic attack against him in downtown Chicago. Continue reading...
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El Chapo's lawyers request new trial after claims of juror misconduct

Lawyers for the Mexican drug lord say jurors violated the judge’s orders by following media coverage of the caseJoaquín Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo”, on Tuesday asked a US judge to set aside his conviction for smuggling tons of drugs into the United States and grant a new trial, saying juror misconduct deprived him of his constitutional right to a fair trial.In a filing with the federal court in Brooklyn, New York, lawyers for Guzmán relied heavily on a 20 February report in...
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Jussie Smollett: police drop charges against actor accused of fabricating attack

The Empire actor had allegedly filed a false police report when he said he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in ChicagoCriminal charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett for fabricating a hate crime attack in Chicago have been dropped, his lawyers said.“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th,” ...
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Jussie Smollett: prosecutors drop charges against actor accused of fabricating attack

The Empire actor had allegedly filed a false police report when he said he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in ChicagoCriminal charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett for fabricating a hate crime attack in Chicago have been dropped, his lawyers said.“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th,” ...
Tags: Chicago, Empire, Culture, US news, US crime


Michael Avenatti, ex-lawyer for Stormy Daniels, arrested on extortion charges

Avenatti charged with attempting to extort millions from Nike by threatening to release damaging informationMichael Avenatti, the former lawyer for Stormy Daniels, has been indicted on extortion charges and arrested.According to a criminal complaint filed by federal authorities in New York, Avenatti was charged with attempting to extort millions of dollars out of Nike by threatening to release damaging information about the company. It did not meet his demands. Continue reading...
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What happens after rich kids bribe their way into college? I teach them | Anonymous

A professor at an elite US school says an influx of unskilled and entitled students is monopolizing faculty time: ‘they will eat you alive’If you think corruption in elite US college admissions is bad, what happens once those students are in the classroom is even worse.I know, because I teach at an elite American university – one of the oldest and best-known, which rejects about 90% of applicants each year for the small number of places it can offer to undergraduates. Continue reading...
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What happens after rich kids bribe their way into college? I teach them

A professor at an elite US school says an influx of unskilled and entitled students is monopolizing faculty time: ‘they will eat you alive’If you think corruption in elite US college admissions is bad, what happens once those students are in the classroom is even worse.I know, because I teach at an elite American university – one of the oldest and best-known, which rejects about 90% of applicants each year for the small number of places it can offer to undergraduates. Continue reading...
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Barbra Streisand apologises for comments on Michael Jackson's accusers

Singer, 76, condemned for remarks on alleged sexual abuseSaid of Jackson: ‘His sexual needs were his sexual needs’Barbra Streisand has apologised over her remarks about Michael Jackson and two men who have accused him of sexual abuse, saying she should have chosen her words more carefully and that she admires the accusers for “speaking their truth”.Streisand had been strongly criticized for her comments about two men who accused Jackson of sexual abuse in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland. C...
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Pittsburgh: shots fired into office of lawyer who defended acquitted white officer

Police officer Michael Rosfeld found not guilty of homicide Antwon Rose, 17, killed by Rosfeld during traffic stop last yearGunshots were fired through the window of the office of an attorney who defended a white Pittsburgh police officer acquitted on Friday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.Police said there were otherwise no reports of arrests or property damage following the verdict that left Antwon Rose’s family distraught but not surprised. Continue reading...
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Pittsburgh braced for protests after acquittal of officer who shot black teen

Michael Rosfeld found not guilty of homicide Antwon Rose II, 17, ran from unlicensed taxiThe family of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer expressed anger and sadness over a jury’s decision to acquit, as Pittsburgh braced for protests.Former East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with homicide for shooting Antwon Rose II in the back as the 17-year-old ran away from a traffic stop last June. But Rosfeld walked out of the courtroom a free man on Fr...
Tags: US policing, US crime, US news, Pennsylvania, World news, Race, Protest


US man pleads guilty to sending wave of pipe bombs to Trump critics

Tearful Cesar Sayoc, 57, says ‘I’m extremely sorry’ to judgeFaces life in prison at September sentencing on 65 countsA Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of Donald Trump in a wave of attacks that harmed no one but spread fear of political violence across the US for days leading up to last fall’s midterm elections.Cesar Sayoc, 57, sobbed as he entered the plea before a federal judge in New York. Continue reading...
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Florida man pleads guilty to sending wave of pipe bombs to Trump critics

Tearful Cesar Sayoc, 57, says ‘I’m extremely sorry’ to judgeFaces life in prison at September sentencing on 65 countsA Florida man pleaded guilty on Thursday to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of Donald Trump in a wave of attacks that harmed no one but spread fear of political violence across the US for days leading up to last fall’s midterm elections.Cesar Sayoc, 57, sobbed as he entered the plea before a federal judge in New York. Continue reading...
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From Serial to Bryan Singer: why Amy Berg is the documentarian to fear

She has tackled injustice and abuse in the film industry and the Catholic church. The Oscar-nominated director reveals why she is telling the shocking story hit podcast Serial failed to coverThe Maryland court of appeals this month overturned a decision to grant Adnan Syed a new trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. The story of Syed’s conviction in 2000 was brought to the world’s attention by the podcast Serial, which launched in October 2014. Its presenter Sarah Koenig e...
Tags: Television, Maryland, Documentary, World news, US news, Culture, US justice system, Television & radio, Serial, Factual TV, Amy Berg, Bryan Singer, US crime, Hae Min Lee, Adnan Syed, Sarah Koenig


North Carolina proposes laws allowing teachers to carry guns in schools

State politicians see arming teachers as a way to better secure the school even as polls show it remains largely unpopularNorth Carolina is planning controversial new laws that aim to ease gun restrictions in schools and allow teachers to carry weapons while on school grounds and even provide a financial incentive for educators to arm themselves.The proposed laws – one in the state house and one in the state senate – were filed shortly after 2018 ended as the deadliest year for school shootings ...
Tags: US, US news, US crime, US gun control, North Carolina, Parkland, Parkland Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Florida School Shooting, unpopularNorth Carolina


'They don't bother nobody': the quiet presence of New York's mafia

Shooting of alleged boss ‘Franky Boy’ Cali shines light on Staten Island neighborhood with history of mob tiesIt had all the makings of an old school mob hit: Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, the reputed head of the Gambino crime family, was shot to death outside his Staten Island home.The murder struck many as a throwback to another era, when mafia families warred for control of lucrative rackets. It’s been more than three decades since the last targeted killing of a mob boss in New York. These day...
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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to charges he lied about alleged attack

Actor is charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct and prosecutors allege he hired two friends to help him stage the attackEmpire actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago in January.Lawyer Tina Glandian entered the plea on behalf of the 36-year-old actor during a hearing in Cook county circuit court after Judge Steven Watkins was assigned to oversee the case, in...
Tags: US news, Chicago, US crime, Empire, Illinois, Jussie Smollett, Cook County, Steven Watkins, Law (US, Tina Glandian


Reputed boss of Gambino crime family shot dead in New York

Death of Francesco Cali is first targeted killing of a mob boss in city for more than 30 yearsThe reputed head of New York’s notorious Gambino crime family has been shot dead on Staten Island in the first targeted killing of a mob boss in the city in more than 30 years.Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body at his home in the borough’s Todt Hill section just after 9pm on Wednesday evening. Cali was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. There...
Tags: New York, US news, US crime, Mafia, Staten Island, Francesco, Todt Hill, Francesco Cali


The perfectly legal – but immoral – ways rich kids get into top colleges

When it comes to admissions to elite schools, money can all but guarantee access to those who can afford itThe concept of parody can be understood most simply as the comic art of taking something familiar to such excess that it becomes farce.In that sense, this week’s college admissions fraud scandal, which has ensnared dozens of wealthy and famous Americans, is an act of pure, if unintentional, parody. Because while the process was exaggerated to a comical extent, the reality is that when it co...
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Paul Manafort charged by New York prosecutors with 16 further crimes

Manafort charged with fraud minutes after federal sentencingTrump has no authority to issue pardon in state casesPaul Manafort has been charged with 16 felonies by the state of New York, meaning that he could be convicted and jailed for crimes that Donald Trump is powerless to pardon. Related: Paul Manafort indicted in New York moments after second sentencing – live Continue reading...
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US college admissions scandal: how did the scheme work and who was charged?

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among 50 charged in scheme to get children into universities via bribery and cheatingThere are 50 people charged in the case, including actors Felicity Huffman, known for her role on the TV show Desperate Housewives and the feature film Transamerica, and Lori Loughlin, a cast member on the TV series Full House. Defendants in the case include parents and college athletics coaches. Continue reading...
Tags: Education, California, US, US news, Higher Education, Washington Dc, US crime, US education, US universities, Yale University, Felicity Huffman, Huffman, TransAmerica, Lori Loughlin, William H. Macy


The US college admissions scam toolkit: bribes, fake profiles and playing 'stupid’

Thirty-three parents were charged with fraud after paying tens of thousands of dollars to get their children into elite schoolsThe years-long, $25m scheme to pump the children of dozens of wealthy Americans into elite schools, revealed on Tuesday, alternated between the elaborate and the almost comically basic.Beginning in 2011 William “Rick” Singer, who the FBI has charged with racketeering, would variously photoshop the faces of non-athletic, but wealthy, students onto the heads of actual athl...
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How did the US college admissions scheme work and who was charged?

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among 50 charged in scheme to get children into universities via bribery and cheatingThere are 50 people charged in the case, including actors Felicity Huffman, known for her role on the TV show Desperate Housewives and the feature film Transamerica, and Lori Loughlin, a cast member on the TV series Full House. Defendants in the case include parents and college athletics coaches. Continue reading...
Tags: Education, California, US, US news, Higher Education, Washington Dc, US crime, US education, US universities, Yale University, Felicity Huffman, Huffman, TransAmerica, Lori Loughlin, William H. Macy


Democratic 2020 candidates roll up to support marijuana legalisation

In a joint effort, Warren, Harris, Sanders and Gillibrand are co-sponsors of legislation authored by BookerThere was a time when it was taboo for presidential candidates to talk about marijuana. Bill Clinton said he smoked but “didn’t inhale”. Barack Obama said he did inhale and even did some cocaine in his youth – “maybe a little blow” – but said the drug use was “reflective of the struggles and confusion of a teenage boy”. As presidents, both continued the “war on drugs” and upheld the prohibi...
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Paul Manafort, Trump's ex-campaign chair, sentenced to 47 months

Term announced in Virginia is falls far short of federal guidelinesSentencing for other crimes to come next week in WashingtonPaul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign, has been jailed for nearly four years for bank and tax fraud uncovered during the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference.Wearing a green prison jumpsuit, Manafort sat still in a wheelchair and betrayed little emotion as the US district judge TS Ellis of the eastern district of Virgini...
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Paul Manafort: Trump's ex-campaign chief sentenced to 47 months

Manafort faced up to 24 years for eight convictions in VirginiaSentencing for other crimes next week in WashingtonFollow the latest US politics newsPaul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was sentenced by a US district judge in Virginia on Thursday to 47 months in prison for bank and tax fraud uncovered during the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.The sentence is well short of the federal sentencing guidelines cited by prosecut...
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Paul Manafort: Trump's ex-campaign chief to be sentenced on Thursday

Manafort faces up to 24 years for eight convictions in VirginiaSentencing for other crimes next week in WashingtonPaul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, will be sentenced by a US district judge in Virginia on Thursday for bank and tax fraud uncovered during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.Judge TS Ellis could effectively deliver a life sentence to Manafort, 69, if he follows federal sentencing guidelines cited by prosecutor...
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New Orleans: two killed and seven injured after being hit by car

Suspect charged and believed to have been impaired at time speeding vehicle careered into bicycle laneTwo people were killed and seven injured when they were struck by a vehicle on a busy street in New Orleans on Saturday night. Related: Stephon Clark: police officers who shot man eight times will not be charged Continue reading...
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The neo-Nazi plot against America is much bigger than we realize

Lt Christopher Hasson is the product of traditions in white supremacist circles, and experts say there are ‘thousands like him’In the early summer of 2017, US coast guard lieutenant Christopher Hasson had an idea. He had been trying to figure out an effective way of killing billions of people – “almost every last person on Earth” – but found himself coming up against the daunting logistics of such a task. Related: America's dark underbelly: I watched the rise of white nationalism Continue rea...
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Stephon Clark: police officers who shot man eight times will not be charged

District attorney says officers justified in using lethal forceProtests expected over decision on March 2018 shootingThe police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark will not be charged by the Sacramento county district attorney’s office. Related: Stephon Clark was facing away from police when they shot him, lawyer says Continue reading...
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'A model for America': the criminal justice reformer who inspired a generation

Jeff Adachi, the San Francisco public defender who died at 59, spent his career fighting for the poor and against abusesJeff Adachi’s courtroom was never confined to just San Francisco’s Hall of Justice. Related: Kamala Harris: can a 'top cop' win over progressives in 2020? Continue reading...
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