A Trump-appointed federal judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s prosecution on criminal charges related to his handling of classified documents declined Trump’s request to delay the trial until after the 2024 presidential election.
One year after its ruling to erase abortion rights, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court has underscored its determination to push society sharply to the right by scrapping long-established progressive policies.
In three emphatic rulings this week the court banned universities from giving minorities priority in admissions; said some business owners can refuse to serve gay couples on religious grounds; and struck down President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel student debt.
Former President Donald Trump and his two eldest sons signed the checks the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer used to cheat on his taxes, but they didn’t know it was fraud, the ex-CFO testified Thursday.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday imposed limits on the federal government’s authority to issue sweeping regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants in a ruling that undermines President Joe Biden’s plans to tackle climate change and could constrain various agencies on other issues.
In the swing state of Florida an ex-felon can have their voting rights returned if all fines have been paid off. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is paying thousands of dollars to pay off these fines, to enable them to regain their voting rights in time for the election.
The amendment, known as the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, would see the voting rights of 1.4 million felons reinstated. The amendment was championed by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Brennan Center for Justice. Both organizations are heavily funded by George Soros.
Bloomberg has already raised $16,000 to pay the fines of 32,000 felons it has been reported.
Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of third-degree rape, as well as a criminal sex act during the assault of Mimi Haley. The trial in Manhattan, New York saw large crowds gathering outside the court and journalists lining up, sometimes before sunrise, to secure a place on the press benches.
The series of allegations against the Hollywood producer sparked the Me Too Movement, which sent shock waves through Hollywood.
Weinstein could now spend the rest of his life behind bars, and is still awaiting trial in Los Angeles where he faces more charges.
The Trump administration’s attempt to block New Yorkers from enrolling in trusted traveler programs is heading for court.
On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York Civil Liberties Union announced their intention to file lawsuits against the Department of Homeland Security. DHS said this week that it will no longer allow New York state residents to sign up for popular programs intended to speed up international travel because of a state law that blocks immigration authorities from accessing motor vehicle records.
“You can’t do that. It’s an abuse of power. It is extortion,” Cuomo said at a press conference announcing the lawsuit.
New York’s “Green Light” law allows immigrants in the country illegally to apply for driver’s licenses. More than a dozen other states do the same. But New York’s law goes further: it prohibits the state’s DMV from sharing information with immigration authorities, unless a judge orders them to.
Ex Policeman and business owner, Harry Millar, has been recorded in a UK data base for committing a hate crime. Harry Millar received a phone call from a police man PC Mansoor Gull to inform him they had received a complaint from a member of the public claiming that Mr Millar’s business would be an unsafe place for him to work.
PC Gull then read out a number of tweets Mr Millar and made relating to trans people, one a poem he had retweeted. When Mr Millar challenged PC Gull as to what crime he had committed the policeman said none, but his name would be recorded as committing hate-speech. Mr Millar is unable to have his name removed from the records. As no crime has been committed, so there is no court case to prove or disprove innocence or guilt.
In the UK the definition of hate crime is:
“A hate incident is any non-crime perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race / religion or perceived religion / sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation / disability or perceived disability / transgender or perceived to be transgender.”
In the UK a hate crime is commented according to what a person perceives, not under any legal framework. PC Gull told Mr Miller “I have to check your thinking”. Prompting the question: is the UK police force the thought police now? Mr Millar has chosen to sue the police over their hate speech agenda.
New York under Mayor De Blasio is seeing law and order deteriorate. Some are fearing New York is heading back to the bad years of the 70s and 80s.
Although the crime rates are still low, the trend is worrying, especially the rate at which the crime rate is going up. An 8% increase in shooting from the previous year; with gun arrests up 20%. Hate crimes have increased a startling 41%- with anti-semitic crime by far the most common.
Serious crime is rises alarmingly fast with the first five months of 2019 seeing: 8% increase in homicides, 10% increase in rapes and a 20% increase in shooting victims.
Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks was arrested last week in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange faces extradition to the US, where he faces charges for publishing classified information on his Wikileaks site. The case is linked to documents Assange received from former Army soldier Chelsea Manning in 2010.
There have been calls to investigate texts that were sent by former Michelle Obama aide to the Prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case.
Tchen, a friend of the Smollett family, contacted prosecutors early in the case saying the family were not happy with how the case was progressing. However, after it emerged that Smollett had falsely accused the two men of hate crimes against him, and the charges against Smollett were suddenly dropped; there have been calls to investigate Tchen’s full involvement in the case.