Minnesota judge rules 'Miracle on Ice' player Mark Pavelich competent to stand trial in assault case
MINNEAPOLIS — Mark Pavelich, the famed “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey player charged with assaulting his North Shore neighbor last fall, has been found competent to stand trial.Cook County (Minn.) District Judge Michael Cuzzo found this month that, based on a recent examination, Pavelich “presently has sufficient ability to rationally consult with counsel, understand the proceedings and participate in his defense.” That allows the criminal case to proceed, months after Pavelich was civilly committed.Pavelich, 62, is facing two felony assault charges and two felony weapons charges after allege...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Deal reached in Virgin Islands to compensate victims of Jeffrey Epstein
The estate of Jeffrey Epstein and the attorney general of the U..S. Virgin Islands announced Friday that they have reached tentative agreement on a long-delayed compensation fund for sexual abuse victims of the disgraced financier.Executors of Epstein’s estate — two of his longtime lawyers — had proposed last November the creation of a fund to pay victims who might want to remain unidentified. But Attorney General Denise George thwarted those plans, raising concerns that the estate might be closing off avenues of redress to Epstein’s victims. In January she filed a civil enforcement action, la...
Law firm sued for unpaid rent in Chicago's first big office space leasing lawsuit of pandemic
CHICAGO — One of Chicago’s largest law firms is itself getting sued after skipping rent payments on its sprawling riverfront office during the coronavirus pandemic.Jenner & Block failed to make April 1 and May 1 rent payments and is in default on its lease at 353 N. Clark St., alleges a lawsuit filed by its landlord, an affiliate of Chicago-based real estate investment manager Heitman. The suit seeks to collect more than $3.8 million.The lawsuit, filed May 20 in Cook County Circuit Court, is the first known major legal spat between commercial landlords and tenants in Chicago since companies be...
Harvey Weinstein raped 17-year-old in 1994, new lawsuit claims
NEW YORK — A lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday contains previously unreported allegations that disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein raped a 17-year-old girl in 1994, court filings show.The suit filed by four Jane Does, now aged 70, 43, 38 and 35, seeks damages from Weinstein for allegedly sexual abusing the four women over a decadeslong period, and his brother, Bob Weinstein, Miramax and Walt Disney for fostering a culture of silence and allowing the abuse to occur.In a 1994 incident not previously reported on, Weinstein allegedly lured a teenage girl to his hotel room unde...
New York Daily News
Michigan barber ordered to close his shop stays open, appeals to state's high court
LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Court of Appeals ordered a lower court Thursday to issue a preliminary injunction forcing Karl Manke to “immediately cease” all operations at his Owosso barbershop.As of Thursday afternoon, however, the 77-year-old barber’s attorney said he was appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals order had been stayed. Manke said his business was still open and had been “busy all day.”“We’re in a fifth round of a 10-round prizefight,” Manke said. “I am still standing up. I have no intention of standing down.”A week ago, Shiawassee County Circuit Judge ...
The Detroit News
ICE admits to transferring detainees with COVID-19, says it can't test everybody
MIAMI — U.S. immigration officials admitted during a federal court hearing Wednesday that they are not conducting COVID-19 testing on every detainee who gets transferred from one detention center to another, saying they don’t have enough tests to do so.Instead, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it is only testing people who have symptoms — a protocol that has led the agency to transfer detainees who are asymptomatic but still carry the virus.“If the individual is actively ill, if the individual has tested positive or showing symptoms, they are not cleared for travel and they will not be...
Feds claim government cartel in Venezuela conspired with Hezbollah to attack the US
Federal prosecutors in New York accused a former Venezuelan lawmaker on Wednesday of participating in narcoterrorism, in an indictment claiming that a cartel headed by top government leaders conspired with the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas to commit attacks against the U.S.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan accused Adel El Zabayar, 56, of “conspiracy” to commit “narcoterrorist” acts, “conspiracy to import cocaine,” and two weapon-related offenses. If found guilty, he could face sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison.El Zabayar, of Syrian origin, is currently the presiden...
Preliminary hearing set for 3 suspects in Ahmaud Arbery shooting case
ATLANTA — A preliminary hearing will be held June 4 for the three suspects accused in the shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.Attorneys for Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan filed motions for the hearing, which will be held at the Glynn County courthouse. The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine whether or not there is enough evidence to move forward with a case.“All parties will be present in court with the exception of the defendants. They will be via computer at the Glynn County Detention Center,” the Glynn magistrate clerk told The Atlanta J...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Editorial: Live audio from the Supreme Court? Now, let's have video
The U.S. Supreme Court has been making history lately, and not by the usual method of issuing decisions in important constitutional cases. The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the justices to break with tradition in some big ways.The first was to hear oral arguments remotely, so that they and the contending lawyers don’t have to travel to the courtroom in Washington, D.C. Like many other people who once worked in offices, the justices have been doing their jobs from home. They apparently concluded this option would work fine not just for reading briefs and doing research but also for grilling...
Editorial: Quit fighting, Gov. DeSantis. Accept courts' wisdom and let Florida's felons vote
Considering that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a Harvard-educated lawyer, it’s taking him much too long to grasp a resoundingly clear message from the courts on a key voting rights issue.A state law that requires felons to pay all costs before they can vote, without regard for their ability to pay, violates the U.S. Constitution. It’s an obvious injustice. So after yet another legal defeat, governor, do the right thing. Let people vote and quit wasting Florida taxpayers’ money.U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued the latest decision in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sunday. In an exhaustive 125-page...