R. Kelly seeking to exit federal custody in Chicago due to coronavirus fears
CHICAGO — Embattled singer R. Kelly is once again asking a federal judge to release him on bond pending trial on sexual abuse allegations, this time alleging unsanitary conditions at the federal jail in Chicago leave him at risk to contract COVID-19.In a motion filed Thursday, Kelly, who has been held without bond since his arrest on federal charges in July, said “social distancing” practices recommended by U.S. health officials “are simply impossible” in the close quarters of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago’s high-rise federal jail in the Loop.Although the U.S. Bureau of Prisons...
Judge says St. Louis County man accused of war crime can be extradited to Bosnia
ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has approved a request to extradite a St. Louis County man to Bosnia to face a war crime charge.The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina says that Adem Kostjerevac raped a pregnant Serbian prisoner in 1992. He was indicted there in 2015, court documents here say, and a prosecutor sought an order to arrest him in April 2017.Kostjerevac's lawyer, Kayla Williams, pointed out in an email Monday that, "this decision is only a probable cause finding and not a finding of guilt." In a hearing here last year, she challenged a witness identification of Kostjerevac and argued ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ghislaine Maxwell stakes claim to a piece of Jeffrey Epstein's fortune
NEW YORK — She hasn’t appeared publicly in months and her former neighbors just off posh Park Avenue say they’ve heard nothing. Yet from some mystery location, Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime partner and alleged enabler in his sex trafficking network, has filed a claim against the estate of the multimillionaire financier.The filing occurred in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the estate of the disgraced businessman is being settled. It was filed on Friday but it appeared on the docket late Tuesday, just hours before the March 18 deadline that effectively closes the window for askin...
Response in Parkland shooter's jail assault was proper, Sheriff's Office says
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — No one did anything wrong, no policies need to be reviewed and no one needs discipline for how they responded to an apparent attack on a jailer by school shooter Nikolas Cruz, an investigation has found.The Sheriff’s Office released two official reports showing that Sgt. Raymond Beltran responded according to the agency’s use-of-force policy, and neither report took issue with the amount of time that passed before assistance arrived.From the moment Cruz jumped Beltran in November 2018 to the time he was subdued, more than a minute passed with no one coming to the detent...
Commentary: The Boy Scouts of America, decades of sexual abuse and an inevitable bankruptcy
Thousands of former Boy Scouts and their parents are now wondering how an organization with nearly $1 billion in net assets and over $200 million in annual revenues can go bankrupt. Was it financial mismanagement that led to this bankruptcy filing? No, the Boy Scouts of America has done a very good job of managing its assets. Another kind of malfeasance led us to this place.Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been targeted by criminal pedophiles seeking access to boys. For the same reason that Scouting is popular with boys, it is popular with criminals that want to prey o...
Unsealed docs show a suicidal Harvey Weinstein's fraught mental state when rape allegations broke
NEW YORK — Disgraced Oscar winner Harvey Weinstein, like fellow sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, considered suicide as his once-charmed life morphed into an endless nightmare.The one-time Hollywood producer of movies like “Shakespeare in Love” and “Pulp Fiction” was in a dark and despairing place after the first published allegations of his predatory behavior appeared in 2017, with the cinematic powerhouse suddenly a pariah reviled by family and friends, newly unsealed documents in Manhattan Supreme Court revealed.“I have only despair,” Weinstein wrote in one of the now-public papers, a draft ...
New York Daily News
Prince Andrew has 'completely shut the door' on cooperating with federal prosecutors in Jeffrey Epstein probe
NEW YORK — Prince Andrew has “completely shut the door” on cooperating with federal prosecutors continuing to investigate Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Monday.“Contrary to Prince Andrew’s very public offer to cooperate with our investigation into Epstein’s co-conspirators, an offer that was conveyed via press release, Prince Andrew has now completely shut the door on voluntary cooperation and our office is considering its options,” Berman said at an unrelated news conference.Berman said in January that Prince Andrew had offered “zero coope...
New York Daily News
With Omar's plea for mercy, judge sentences man who threatened her life
MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge sentenced a New York state man to 366 days in prison for saying he wanted to kill Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar.Patrick W. Carlineo Jr., 56, of Addison, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Rochester on Friday after pleading guilty in November to threatening to assault and murder a United States official and being a felon in possession of firearms.The Minneapolis Democrat submitted a letter to Judge Frank Geraci soon after the plea asking that he spare Carlineo a lengthy prison sentence for calling her Capitol Hill office early last year and threatening to sho...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
University of Michigan 'sorry for pain' caused by doctor, doesn't address AG request
DETROIT — Victims and advocates are seeking the truth about the University of Michigan’s response to the alleged sexual assaults involving the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson, but it’s unclear when or if it will happen.Activists from UM and Michigan State University called on Attorney General Dana Nessel this week to do an independent investigation of what happened at UM that allowed Anderson, a longtime university doctor, to allegedly sexually assault male patients.Nessel said Thursday she would need the university to commit to waiving privilege before any independent investigation could begin.UM...
The Detroit News
Weinstein's decades of abuse laid bare in detailed filing by Manhattan prosecutors
NEW YORK — Manhattan prosecutors on Friday detailed a litany of alleged assaults carried out by convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein — some unreported and dating as far back as the 1970s — in urging a judge to impose the maximum sentence possible when the disgraced producer returns to court next week, according to newly filed documents.In the memo, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said that prosecutors learned of dozens of disturbing incidents during the course of their two-year investigation — accusations that Weinstein raped, sexually assaulted and verbally abused men and women as he si...
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