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Catholic church is stonewalling sex abuse investigation, Washington attorney general says

Catholic church is stonewalling sex abuse investigation, Washington attorney general says

[ad_1] SEATTLE (AP) — The Catholic church is refusing to cooperate with a Washington state investigation into whether it unlawfully used charitable trust funds to cover up sexual abuse by priests, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday, asking a court to force the Seattle Archdiocese to turn over decades of records. The archdiocese called the allegations a surprise, saying in a statement that it welcomed the investigation and has been collaborating since receiving a subpoena last July. The archdiocese shares the state’s goals — “preventing abuse and helping victim survivors on their path to healing and peace,” it said. “We have a good understanding of the content of our files and we have no concern about sharing them with the Attorney General lawfully and fairly,” the statement said. Ferguson, a Catholic himself, told a news conference that the archdiocese has refused to provide even a single document that had not already been made public, claiming an exemption as a religious institution. The archdiocese disputed that as well, saying it offered this week to provide private …

Air Force airman killed by Florida deputies who were at wrong apartment, attorney says

Air Force airman killed by Florida deputies who were at wrong apartment, attorney says

[ad_1] An Air Force airman who was fatally shot at his Okaloosa County, Florida, apartment Friday was killed by a deputy after law enforcement burst into the wrong home, civil rights attorney Ben Crump said Wednesday. A woman said she was on a FaceTime video call with Senior Airman Roger Fortson, 23, when he was killed and that he was alone and there was no disturbance, which law enforcement said was the reason for the call, Crump said. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said that Friday afternoon, “our deputy responded to a call of a disturbance in progress where he encountered an armed man,” and the deputy shot him. According to the woman on the FaceTime call, whom Crump did not identify, Fortson heard a knock at his door, asked “who is it?” and got no response, and could not see anyone through the peephole, Crump said in a statement. There was a second, aggressive knock, Crump said, citing the woman’s account. “Concerned, he did what any other law-abiding citizen would do and retrieved his …

Michigan Former Clerk and Attorney Charged After Alleged Unauthorized Access to 2020 Voter Data

Michigan Former Clerk and Attorney Charged After Alleged Unauthorized Access to 2020 Voter Data

[ad_1] LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general announced charges Wednesday against a former township clerk and a lawyer who had supported attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, alleging they accessed voting systems without authorization in a search of fraud. Former Adams Township Clerk Stephanie Scott and her attorney, Stefanie Lambert, were charged with multiple felonies, including unauthorized access to a computer and using a computer to commit a crime. “When elected officials and their proxies use their positions to promote baseless conspiracies, show blatant disregard for voter privacy, and break the law in the process, it undermines the very essence of the democratic process,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “Those who engage in such reckless conduct must be held accountable for their actions.” The charges are the latest to be brought against people in multiple states who had been entrusted to ensure the security of election systems but instead allowed others to breach them in a futile search for evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential …

Georgia’s Attorney General Says Savannah Overstepped in Outlawing Guns in Unlocked Cars

Georgia’s Attorney General Says Savannah Overstepped in Outlawing Guns in Unlocked Cars

[ad_1] SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s attorney general says city officials in Savannah overstepped their authority by making it illegal to leave firearms in unlocked cars. Savannah’s mayor and city council in April enacted the new city ordinance aimed at making it harder for criminals to steal guns, citing local police statistics showing more than 200 guns reported stolen last year from vehicles that weren’t locked. The law carries maximum penalties of a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail. State Attorney General Chris Carr, a Republican, said in a letter to Savannah officials Friday that the gun ordinance runs afoul of a state law that prohibits local governments from regulating “the possession, ownership, transport, (or) carrying” of firearms. “Because the General Assembly has expressly designated the regulation of firearms as an issue of general, state-wide concern, no local ordinance can regulate firearms,” Carr wrote. Carr’s letter foreshadows a likely court battle over whether city governments like Savannah’s can impose gun safety measures that have received little support in a state legislature dominated by Republicans. …

“Please let your attorney know”: Judge tells Trump he can testify at his hush money trial

“Please let your attorney know”: Judge tells Trump he can testify at his hush money trial

[ad_1] Donald Trump has falsely claimed that he can “not testify” in his own trial because of the gag order. On Friday, Judge Juan Merchan corrected him. The gag order “does not prohibit you from taking the stand,” Merchan clarified, adding that it does not otherwise limit what Trump can say at trial. Merchan then told Trump to “please let your attorney know.” That’s because Trump’s lead defense lawyer, Todd Blanche, nodded along when Trump made his comments outside the courtroom yesterday.  When Merchan finished addressing Trump, the former president mouthed the words, “thank you,” The New York Times reported (as he entered the courtroom Friday, Trump had told reporters the order “stops me from talking about people and responding when they say things about me”). It is far from clear that Trump will ever take the stand in his own defense. But it is important that he understands the conditions of his gag order. Earlier this week, he was fined $9,000 for nine violations of that order, with Merchan warning that a harsher, “incarceratory punishment” …

Trial Attorney Shares His Tiny Secret For Giving Feedback People Actually Listen To

Trial Attorney Shares His Tiny Secret For Giving Feedback People Actually Listen To

[ad_1] Figuring out how to give feedback without sounding harsh can be tricky. So, how do others offer suggestions for improvement without coming off as a jerk? Though challenging, providing insight without sounding like a total witch isn’t impossible. Trial attorney Jefferson Fisher offers one piece of advice for giving constructive feedback. The Secret To Giving Constructive Feedback You’re in a meeting with your coworker and you need to give constructive feedback about a product. As you’re presenting your thoughts, many of us tend to use filler words like “but” to get our point across. RELATED: Worker Shares The Negative Feedback She Received On Every Single Performance Review Before She Was Laid Off But… the word “but” can make or break how your critique is received. For example, try saying, “Great job on the report, but the marketing section needs some work.” Is it the worst feedback ever? No, but could it be better? Most definitely! Simply replacing the word “but” with the word “and” makes a world of difference. As Fisher says, “Then it …

Man’s Attorney Contacts NASA After Space Station Debris Smashes Through His House

Man’s Attorney Contacts NASA After Space Station Debris Smashes Through His House

[ad_1] “This is kind of unprecedented.” Claim Old Story As NPR reports, Naples, Florida resident Alejandro Otero’s life has been turned upside down after a two-pound battery pallet from the ISS plummeted through the roof of his house. Now he’s tussling with NASA over who should be held responsible for the damage. In March, Otero noted in a since-deleted post on X-formerly-Twitter that the cylindrical hunk of metal “tore through the roof” and rocketed through two floors of his house while he was out of town, leaving his 19-year-old son to handle the situation all on his own. “When he called me to give me the news,” Otero told NPR, “he asked us to make sure we were sitting down to hear when he had to tell us.” Initially, it was unclear what had even happened, and the family had to piece together what had happened with their home security camera. Eventually, Otero concluded that the thing that tore a hole through two stories of his house was related to space travel — but it took …

Alvin Bragg, Manhattan’s district attorney, draws friends close and critics closer

Alvin Bragg, Manhattan’s district attorney, draws friends close and critics closer

[ad_1] Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks during a press conference following the arraignment of former U.S. President Donald Trump in New York City on April 4, 2023. Jennah Moon/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jennah Moon/The Washington Post/Getty Images Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks during a press conference following the arraignment of former U.S. President Donald Trump in New York City on April 4, 2023. Jennah Moon/The Washington Post/Getty Images Observers, friends and former colleagues view Alvin Bragg Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, as a smart, deliberate lawyer and a selfless public servant. And people who claim him as their friend say he’s a thoughtful one. Those who spoke to NPR, who know Bragg well or watch him closely, say he is neither moved nor driven by politics. Bragg declined to speak for this story. Attorney Anurima Bhargava has been friends with Bragg since they were undergrads at Harvard University, where Bragg also earned his law degree. “One of the things that is so intensely remarkable,” she says, “is that he’s …

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Sending Threats to State Attorney General and Trump Civil Case Judge

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Sending Threats to State Attorney General and Trump Civil Case Judge

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man has pleaded guilty to sending death threats to the state attorney general and the Manhattan judge who presided over former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud case, prosecutors said Thursday. Tyler Vogel, 26, of Lancaster, admitted to one felony count of making a terroristic threat and one misdemeanor count of making a threat of mass harm on Wednesday in state Supreme Court, according to Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Keane’s office. Vogel had sent text messages late last month threatening New York Attorney General Letitia James and Judge Arthur Engoron with “death and physical harm” if they did not comply with his demands to “cease action” in the Trump case, according to a complaint filed in a court in Lancaster, a suburb east of Buffalo. State police said in the complaint that Vogel used a paid online background website to obtain private information about James and Engoron and that this “confirmed intentions to follow through with the threats were his demands not met.” Keane’s office said …

Missouri teen beaten in viral video is out of ICU but has limited speech and trouble walking on her own, attorney says

Missouri teen beaten in viral video is out of ICU but has limited speech and trouble walking on her own, attorney says

[ad_1] A Missouri teenager who was brutally beaten in what officials called a “deranged display of violence” by another teen is out of the intensive care unit but has limited speech and trouble walking on her own, an attorney for the family said. Kaylee Gain has been hospitalized since a March 8 fight near Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis County that was captured in a viral social media video. The footage shows several people brawling in the street near the intersection of Norgate and Claudine drives, the St. Louis County Police Department said in a March 11 Facebook post. Kaylee Gain.Courtesy Bryan Kaemmerer One person is seen repeatedly punching Gain and slamming her head to the ground. A 15-year-old girl was arrested on assault charges a day after the fight, authorities said. Police said the victim was found “suffering a severe head injury” and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. In an update Friday, an attorney for Gain’s family said she was out of the intensive care unit and “has been able to …