Attorney seeks justice for Marine confined more than two years without trial or charges
SAN DIEGO — A Marine recruit arrested for allegedly striking a drill instructor at the service’s San Diego boot camp has spent most of the last two years in the brig and is now confined to a federal prison hospital.He has not had a trial, nor has he been charged with a crime, according to the Marine Corps and the man’s attorney.Jay-Ar Ruiz’ case raises questions about how the military justice system handles complex issues involving mental health, his attorney says, and how someone like Ruiz — who his lawyer says had a pre-existing mental illness — was allowed to ship off to boot camp in the fi...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Florida dad will remain in jail on charges of hacking girls with machete
LAUDERHILL, Fla. — The father accused of slashing his 10-year-old daughter and 17-year-old stepdaughter with a machete will remain in the Broward County Jail without bond on charges that include attempted murder.At his first court appearance Saturday, Dennis Anthony Reid stood stoic and stared blankly to his left as Broward Judge Bernard Bober set bonds of $50,000 on each of the other two counts of aggravated child abuse.Reid was also ordered not to contact the girls, who remain in Broward Health Medical Center in serious condition.While Reid was learning his fate, their mother had visited the...
Judge tells Michigan to rewrite sex offender registry law
DETROIT — The Michigan Sex Offender Registry Act has been declared unconstitutional again, with a federal judge urging the state Legislature to finally act to bring the law into compliance.Under Friday’s decision, offenders will still have to report to their local law enforcement agency or state police post through mid-May, while orders encompassing U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland’s ruling are drafted by the parties.After that, unless the state Legislature acts, the Sex Offender Registry Act is no longer enforceable against those who offended before 2011.Michigan’s registry contains informa...
The Detroit News
Detained Guatemalan girl, 7, wins court appeal — but she and father still can't leave together
PHILADELPHIA — A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who has spent a record 233 days at the Berks County immigrant detention center has won an important legal appeal — but not one allowing her and her father to leave the facility together.The decision late Thursday by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals addressed a different aspect of the family’s case. The court ruled that Maddie, as she’s identified, and her father, identified in court as Mr. H, have the right to challenge the government’s authority to send them to Mexico while awaiting the outcome of their immigration proceedings. And, importantly...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office can keep private lawyers in Jussie Smollett probe, judge rules
CHICAGO — Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office can continue to use private lawyers to represent it in the special prosecutor’s investigation of the Jussie Smollett matter, a judge ruled Friday.In addition, Judge Michael Toomin issued a broad shutdown of Sheila O’Brien, the retired appellate judge who tried to challenge Foxx’s use of outside attorneys — saying she could no longer file any paperwork in the Smollett case without his explicit permission.O’Brien last year successfully argued that a special prosecutor should be appointed to probe the hot-button Smollett case. After Toomin ...
Editorial: Attorney General William Barr's declaration of independence from Trump
In Washington, cynicism often passes for wisdom, and there was plenty of the former going around after Attorney General William Barr publicly rebuked the president for poking his nose where it doesn’t belong. Cynics can never be satisfied, but we take Barr’s comments as not only fully justified but most likely sincere.The background: On Monday, federal prosecutors asked a judge to impose a sentence of about seven to nine years on Roger Stone, a longtime friend of Donald Trump’s who was convicted of obstruction, witness tampering and false statements during the congressional investigation of Ru...
Singer R. Kelly hit with new indictment in Chicago federal court
CHICAGO — Beleaguered singer R. Kelly has been hit with new federal charges in Chicago adding allegations that he sexually abused another minor victim for four years starting in 1997.A superseding indictment made public Friday alleged Kelly sexually abused a girl identified in the charges only as “Minor 6.”Minor 6 appears to replace another victim in the earlier indictment, an underage girl previously identified as Minor 2.In addition, the charges seek for the first time forfeiture of all assets of Kelly’s production company, Bass Productions Ltd., as well as a company owned by his longtime bu...
Michael Avenatti convicted on all counts in Nike extortion case
NEW YORK — Michael Avenatti just did it — he tried to extort Nike, a jury ruled Friday.The jury found the bulldog lawyer guilty of betraying his client and attempting to shake down the shoe giant.The verdict virtually assures Avenatti’s downfall, but he has not yet hit rock bottom. He faces two more trials, one in Manhattan and another in Los Angeles.The California lawyer, 48, stared straight ahead and showed no reaction as the verdict was read. He stood at attention as jurors left the courtroom, appearing to steel himself.“Good job,” he said to members of his defense team, who vowed an appeal...
New York Daily News
Federal judge rips Bay Area delivery firm DoorDash: 'This hypocrisy will not be blessed'
A Bay Area federal judge has mocked and slammed gig-economy meal-delivery firm DoorDash, after thousands of its workers joined together to weaponize a controversial labor-control tactic used by the company and many Silicon Valley technology businesses.In a scathing ruling, Judge William Alsup issued an order that compels DoorDash to abide by the arbitration clause it imposes on workers after the firm failed to meet deadlines or pay fees in a case involving thousands of couriers.The case revolves around a claim by nearly 6,000 DoorDash delivery workers that the San Francisco company improperly ...
The Mercury News
Grand jury investigators are 'dead serious' about revealing sexual abuse cover-ups among Jehovah's Witnesses
PHILADELPHIA — Brian Chase listened carefully from his Tucson, Ariz., home last July as an investigator from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office introduced himself over the phone.After some idle chitchat, the investigator asked: Was Chase familiar with the office’s 2018 grand jury report, which showed that priests had sexually abused thousands of children at six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania?“Just what was in the papers,” Chase responded, “and what I saw on Facebook.”The investigator explained that the AG’s office was now working on a similar state inquiry, this time focused o...
The Philadelphia Inquirer