Manhattan DA probing Trump Organization for 'insurance and bank fraud' and 'pattern of financial misconduct'
NEW YORK — President Donald Trump and his company face an investigation for “insurance and bank fraud,” Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance wrote Monday, asking a judge to uphold a subpoena for Trump’s tax returns.The new filing in Manhattan Federal Court hinted at the scope of Vance’s investigation, which includes a subpoena for eight years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns. The probe was previously thought to center on an investigation of how the Trump Organization accounted for hush-money payments made to women during the 2016 election. But Carey Dunne, an attorney in Vance’s o...
New York Daily News
Editorial: American Indians see change coming
A football team finally discards a despised and derogatory name, and the U.S. Supreme Court unexpectedly holds Congress to account for promises more than a century old. These two decisions, one symbolic, one legal, should provide some genuine hope that despite so many challenges, society is capable of positive change.The first reform may seem inconsequential to some. The Washington Redskins, after decades of pressure, have renounced a nickname that has long been a pejorative for American Indians. The team did so not out of altruism, but because corporate sponsors applied the ultimate pressure ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
ICE asks federal judge to undo court order that mandates masks and soap, limits transfers
MIAMI — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has asked a federal judge to undo an order she issued last month requiring the agency to give soap, cleaning supplies and masks to detainees at three South Florida detention centers.The June 6 mandate — which also strictly limits ICE transfers to other facilities and bars COVID-19-positive detainees from being housed with people who have not been tested — was issued by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke in hopes of helping curb viral outbreaks of the coronavirus.ICE’s request was filed late Monday, just hours before the 30-day deadline to...
There's a new trade agreement in town. It looks to improve on NAFTA but hurdles remain
For more than 25 years, the North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly known as NAFTA, had its share of critics on both the left and the right — sometimes for different and, at other times, for overlapping reasons.But last week, NAFTA’s replacement went into effect. Called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, it looks to build on the prior agreement and while points of contention remain, a retired Ivy League professor says the new pact’s labor chapter is better than the old one.“I think it’s an improvement; just how significant remains to be seen,” said Lance Compa, a long-time lectu...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Keith Ellison center stage in case of officer charged with murder
MINNEAPOLIS — Keith Ellison took over the Minnesota attorney general’s office last year vowing to spend more time helping state attorneys try complex cases. He also helped lead a yearlong study into the root causes of deadly police encounters — like the one that took George Floyd’s life in Minneapolis last week.The two agendas converged Sunday when Gov. Tim Walz asked Ellison to take over the prosecution of Derek Chauvin, a white officer accused of chocking Floyd, an unarmed black man, with a knee to his neck. Now, one of the nation’s loudest civil rights voices is at the center of its most in...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Once labeled irredeemable, long-imprisoned Chicago man relishes second chance, hopes his case paves way for others during pandemic
CHICAGO — Sherman Morisette served 35 years in prison for robbing a Chicago taxi driver at gunpoint on Christmas Eve in 1983.It was his third stickup in seven years, all committed after he came home from the Vietnam War.He never pulled the trigger, but prosecutors labeled the Chicago man, 34 at the time, a “habitual criminal” under a tough-on-crime sentencing law that mandates a natural life sentence after a third conviction.Morisette was supposed to die in prison. Instead, in one of his final acts in office, then-Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner commuted the sentence to life with the possibility of...