Cosby spokesman creates video comparing comedian's conviction to racist cops
A spokesman for Bill Cosby posted a bizarre, 100-second Instagram video Friday equating racist police officers to allegedly biased jurists who in 2018 convicted his client of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.“In this 21st century, we have witnessed the senseless murders of black men and women at the hands of a few bad law enforcement officers — but (that’s) not all,” says spokesman Andrew Wyatt. “We have witnessed the unjust conviction and incarceration of a true American treasure and citizen, actor-comedian Bill Cosby, and we are witnessing a pandemic unlike anything we have seen in o...
New York Daily News
Georgia hot car death case featured in documentary ahead of motion for new trial
ATLANTA — When they got the news that would change their lives forever, Evelyn Harris didn’t say a word. Her husband, Reggie, wailed in agony. She stayed quiet.“My husband fell to his knees and I was catatonic,” said Evelyn Harris, recalling the summer afternoon six years ago when she found out her grandson, Cooper, was dead and her son, Justin Ross Harris, was suspected of his murder. “I kept saying, ‘it’s not real. It’s not real.’ I didn’t even absorb it. It took awhile for me to come with grips that it was a reality.”In December 2016, Justin Ross Harris was sentenced to life in prison plus ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Florida Supreme Court won't reinstate death penalty for killers once sentenced to execution
MIAMI — The Florida Supreme Court won’t be returning dozens of convicted murderers to death row.In two decisions on Wednesday that clarified months of confusion, justices said they did not have the legal authority to reinstate the death penalty for the killers who had previously been on death row, but had sentences tossed out because of legal questions over whether juries must be unanimous in meting out the ultimate punishment.In one of the cases, against convicted Orange County murderer [Bessman Okafor](“We acknowledge the burden that resentencing proceedings will place on the victims of Okaf...
Theranos: Scientist who worked for Elizabeth Holmes fired from new job over trial subpoena, lawsuit claims
A Bay Area scientist claims in a new lawsuit that her former work for accused fraudster Elizabeth Holmes at Holmes’ defunct blood-testing startup Theranos got her fired from a new job at another biotechnology company.Nine days after Diana Dupuy of San Mateo told her employer DiaSorin that she’d received a subpoena to testify at Holmes’ upcoming criminal trial about her time at Theranos, the company terminated her, Dupuy claimed in her suit against DiaSorin filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose.DiaSorin did not respond to a request for comment.Dupuy, a laboratory scientist, started at DiaSor...
The Mercury News
State asks judge to reconsider allowing audio and video coverage of officers' trial in George Floyd killing
MINNEAPOLIS — Prosecutors in the case against the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd have asked the presiding judge to reconsider his order allowing their upcoming trial to be recorded and livestreamed.In a two page motion filed Monday, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank asked Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill to revisit his Nov. 4 order allowing audio and video coverage of trial scheduled for March. The state objected to such coverage in July, but did not provide an explanation as to why.Citing immense global interest in the case, li...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell fights to keep sexually charged testimony sealed
Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged co-conspirator in disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes, filed an objection late Thursday seeking to block release of a controversial, sexually charged deposition in a settled civil lawsuit.The objection was filed as part of a broader objection to the proposed timeline for unsealing additional documents as required in a July ruling by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in a records-release lawsuit brought by the Miami Herald.The Thursday filing seeks to block release of a July 2016 deposition given by Maxwell in a civil lawsuit involving Epst...
Carnival's plan to resume US cruises on Dec. 1 remains on track after judge's ruling
MIAMI — Carnival Corp. is still on track to resume cruises in the U.S. on Dec. 1 after a favorable ruling from a federal judge Wednesday.The company, on probation since 2017 after pleading guilty to dumping oil into the ocean for several years, will have to attest to the environmental protection status of each of the company’s cruise ships 30 days before they reenter U.S. waters to restart cruises, according to the order from U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida Patricia Seitz.Carnival Corp. successfully fended off a stricter order proposed by the judge at a hearing on Frid...
Ex-Temple fraternity president sentenced to prison for attempted sexual assault
PHILADELPHIA — The former head of a Temple University fraternity was sentenced Wednesday to 3 1/2 to seven years in state prison for trying to force himself on a fellow student inside his bedroom.Ari Goldstein, 23, was convicted of attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, attempted sexual assault and indecent assault during a five-day trial in February. The native of Wrightstown, Bucks County, was set to be sentenced in May, but the hearing was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.In handing down her sentence, Common Pleas Court Judge Tamika Lane said Wednesday that she took no...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Keith Raniere, leader of NXIVM sex cult, sentenced to 120 years in prison
NEW YORK — Keith Raniere, the leader of the sex cult within his controversial self-help organization NXIVM, was sentenced to 120 years in prison Tuesday.The sentence, handed down as Raniere stood stoically, came at the end of a marathon sentencing. Raniere announced his innocence in a rambling speech immediately before he was sentenced.“I do believe strongly I’m innocent of the charges,” he said, turning to face his victims. “I see all this pain.”Raniere called some of the victims in his case “liars” and “not factual,” while still apologizing for the hurt he caused.“The hurt is true. The anger...
New York Daily News
Prosecutors say they discovered bomb materials connected with Whitmer kidnap plot
LANSING, Mich. — Federal prosecutors have asked for more time to hand down grand jury indictments in their kidnapping conspiracy case involving Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, saying the recent discovery of bomb components could lead to new charges, including terror-related charges.In a court filing Monday, prosecutors asked for a 40-day extension of the time limit to seek indictments of six men charged under criminal complaints with kidnapping conspiracy.Adam Fox, arraigned in federal court in Kent County, Michigan, faces charges related to what the FBI says was a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen...
Detroit Free Press