Legal experts reveal one reason Gov. Whitmer kidnap case is strong
DETROIT — The federal criminal case against six of 13 suspects accused of plotting to abduct and possibly harm Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer contains a legal nuance that former officials from the U.S. Department of Justice say make conviction more likely.Barbara McQuade, who served the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit as U.S. Attorney from 2010-17, told The Detroit Free Press that federal prosecutors have a tough time with “domestic terrorism” cases, unlike international terrorism, because there is no domestic terrorism statute.But a kidnapping charge gives federal prosecutors a clear ...
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Doubt about police in Chicago manifests itself on racial lines in monitor's survey, legal challenges over traffic stops
CHICAGO — Many Black Americans’ distrust for police, both in Chicago and around the country, has been highlighted repeatedly in 2020, most recently this week with outrage over the controversial result of an investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville.Chicago had its own watershed moment on policing and racism with the 2014 shooting of Black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white officer later convicted of second-degree murder, touching off efforts for sweeping reform. But a recent community survey on policing that is part of that effort points to a continuing, wide racial divide ...
'No one wants to touch this case.' Probe into payoffs in NFL players' case goes nowhere
MIAMI — A police investigation revealed that a Miami high school football coach might have paid $55,000 in cash to four men who claimed they’d been robbed by two NFL players in Miramar. The payoffs, according to a detective’s report, were made so the victims would change their story — and took place in a downtown Miami law office.But if that amounts to witness tampering, no prosecutor wants to touch it.The criminal investigation into coach Dominic Johnson — as well as defense lawyer Michael Grieco — appears to be dead in the water, more than one month after news broke of the supposed payoffs i...
Prosecutors seek permission for single trial for all 4 ex-officers in George Floyd killing
MINNEAPOLIS — Prosecutors are seeking to try the four former officers charged in George Floyd’s killing in one trial.Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank filed a motion Wednesday requesting to join the trials of Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. A trial date has been set for March 8.Frank argued that the charges and evidence against the four are similar, that witnesses and family members “are likely to be traumatized by multiple trials” and that the “interests of justice” necessitate one trial.“Trying these cases jointly would ensure that the jury understands … a...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
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...
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