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Mongols' probation means headquarters of motorcycle club is subject to search, not riders on the

Mongols’ probation means headquarters of motorcycle club is subject to search, not riders on the street, judge says


A federal judge on Friday, June 28, made clear that his decision to place the notorious Mongols motorcycle club on probation means the headquarters for the outlaw organizations mothership chapter is fair game for random search by probation officers, not individual bikers themselves.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter in May ordered the Mongols’ organization to pay a $500,000 fine, and to serve five years on supervised probation, after a Santa Ana jury found that the Southern California-based club itself — rather than specific members — was guilty of racketeering.

The first-of-its-kind legal battle was part of a decade-plus effort by federal law enforcement to seize control of the Mongols’ prized patches, which depict an illustration of a smiling, ponytailed, Ghengis Khan-type motorcycle rider. The Santa Ana jury agreed that the government should be able to take control of the patches and trademark, but Judge Carter overrode that portion of the verdict, ruling it would be unconstitutional.

Since Carter’s decision, law enforcement agencies from across the country have reached out to federal probation officials to ask what the terms of the Mongols organizations probation means for their efforts to police individual riders, prosecutors told the judge.

Read more: https://www.pe.com/2019/06/28/mongols-probation-means-headquarters-of-motorcycle-club-is-subject-to-search-not-riders-on-the-street-judge-says/
(Riverside Press Enterprise)

Pastor Sues Vimeo for Deleting Pro-Gay Conversion Videos

A pastor who claims he was gay for several years before self-identifying as “a former homosexual,” marrying a woman and having three kids is suing Vimeo, the online video platform giant, for removing 89 of his videos preaching sexual orientation conversion.

In his 13-page federal lawsuit filed in Orange County, James Domen, founder of Church United, wants his videos placed back on Vimeo’s website as well as more than $79,000 in compensation for what he’s calling illegal, “oppressive censorship” and violations of California’s statutory protections based on sexual orientation.

Vimeo terminated Domen’s account in December, sending correspondence that the company “does not allow videos that harass, incite hatred or include discriminatory or defamatory speech.”

The pastor believes the move tramples his free speech rights and is hypocritical, noting the company accepts videos “which advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students who are bullied or discriminated against.”

Read more: https://ocweekly.com/vimeo-gay-conversion-lawsuit/

This should be an easy decision. Vimeo does not have to provide a platform for the pastor's free speech.

3 women arrested, accused of using Fullerton College to steal $1 million in financial aid

Three San Bernardino County women were arrested Thursday, June 27, and accused of stealing more than $1 million in federal student financial aid through Fullerton College in a scheme in which authorities say they enrolled hundreds of mostly non-existent students, successfully applied for grants and loans and then pocketed the money.

Sparkle Shorale Nelson, 32, of Highland; Shykeena Monique “Shy” Johnson, 31, of Apple Valley; and Jerrika Eldrena Lashay “Muffin” Johnson, 37, of Apple Valley, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, four counts of mail fraud and 11 counts of wire fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice said. They also face charges of aggravated identity theft and financial aid fraud.

The women, who were indicted by a federal grand jury, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Riverside on Thursday, Department of Justice spokesman Ciaran McEvoy said. They posted bond and were released. A tentative trial date was set for Aug. 20. Federal court records did not list the attorneys representing them.

The defendants filed online requests for financial aid using used the names, among others, of people whose identities were stolen and at least two inmates in California state prisons, the indictment said. The document also said inmates are ineligible for student financial aid. The “vast majority” of the people enrolled at the college never attended classes, a Department of Justice news release said.

Read more: https://www.ocregister.com/2019/06/27/inland-women-accused-of-stealing-1-million-in-financial-aid-from-fullerton-college/

San Bernardino County jail inmates say sadistic ex-deputy staged fights

Like many rookie deputies fresh out of the San Bernardino County sheriff’s training academy, 22-year-old Luke Van Ginkel began his law enforcement career at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

But unlike most deputies, Van Ginkel had a sadistic streak during his stint there, according to interviews with more than a half-dozen inmates at West Valley. Not only did Van Ginkel threaten some inmates, they said, but more often he provoked inmates to fight one another in the jail’s protective custody unit.

A May 22 criminal complaint filed in San Bernardino Superior Court charges Van Ginkel with criminal threats and assault. Fellow rookie Deputy Arthur Enriquez, who inmates say often went along with and covered up for Van Ginkel’s alleged iniquity, is charged with a felony count of accessory after the fact.

West Valley inmate Alex Garcia is charged with one felony count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury for an alleged assault on fellow inmate Richard Freeman on Dec. 31, 2018.

Read more: https://www.ocregister.com/2019/06/28/san-bernardino-county-jail-inmates-describe-sadistic-ex-deputy-who-staged-fights/

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed his first budget. Here's where the $215 billion will go

California will increase its spending on public education, expand healthcare services and stash away more money than ever for an economic downturn under the state budget signed Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom — a plan that was stalled for two weeks over how it would address the state’s growing housing crisis.

The $214.8-billion budget is the largest in state history. The majority of its provisions take effect next week, though some new services won’t be funded until January in an effort to lower the short-term cost.

Newsom touted the budget agreement in a live event on Facebook from his Capitol office, reciting a long list of the plan’s highlights and boasting that he had followed the course set by his predecessor, former Gov. Jerry Brown.

“That tradition continues,” Newsom said.

The governor, who took office in January, was largely able to persuade Democrats in the Legislature to follow his lead and expand programs in ways that don’t necessarily commit the state to years of additional spending — ensuring what he called the budget’s “resiliency” to weather future fiscal storms. Perhaps the governor’s largest setback was his effort to impose a new tax on water users for clean water supplies in disadvantaged communities, replaced in the final budget with a plan that relies on funds earmarked for climate change programs.

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-government-spending-budget-20190627-htmlstory.html

Reproductive rights advocates file lawsuit against Georgia's abortion ban

Abortion rights advocates have filed a long-awaited legal challenge to Georgia’s new abortion law, claiming it is unconstitutional and “criminalizes abortion from the earliest stages of pregnancy.”

The Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act, signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in May, outlaws most abortions once fetal cardiac activity can be detected, typically at around six weeks of pregnancy and before many women even know they are pregnant. It is set to go into effect in January.

“This law is an affront to the dignity and health of Georgians,” states the legal challenge, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia by the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and other groups representing doctors and patients.

“It is in particular an attack on low-income Georgians, Georgians of color, and rural Georgians, who are least able to access medical care and least able to overcome the cruelties of this law.”

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-georgia-abortion-lawsuit-supreme-court-20190628-story.html

23 patients abused at San Francisco hospital, city officials say

Nearly two dozen patients, many of them elderly dementia sufferers, were abused by employees at a public hospital in San Francisco, health department officials said Friday.

Patients at Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center were victims of neglect and verbal and physical abuse between 2016 and this January, the city Department of Public Health said.

Six employees sent texts sharing videos and photos of themselves abusing the 23 patients, which included having “sexualized conversations” with them, according to a department statement.

A department investigation also found a pattern of patients being given “non-prescribed substances in an attempt to sedate them.”

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-francisco-hospital-abuse-20190628-story.html

Roseanne Barr won't be performing at Big Fresno Fair after all, due to Yom Kippur

Roseanne Barr will not be at this year’s The Big Fresno Fair, after all.

The comedian/actress/self-proclaimed domestic goddess was slated to perform Oct. 8 but canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

According to a statement from Barr’s publicist, that day also is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, which “was inadvertently missed when scheduling the show.”

“She was very much looking forward to the performance and is grateful to her fans who purchased tickets to come see her return to the stage,” the statement reads.

Read more: https://www.fresnobee.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/fresno-beehive/article231991542.html

Former Fresno art student pleads guilty to illegal $6.8 million arms deal with Nigeria

Ara Dolarian Jr., the Fresno man who went from art student to arms dealer, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to one count of conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act.

Dolarian, 58, faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He awaits sentencing.

Dolarian was arrested by federal agents in May for allegedly trying to broker an illegal arms deal in 2013 and 2014 with the Nigerian government.

Court documents show Dolarian, through his company Dolarian Capital Inc., was trying to sell high‑explosive bombs, rockets, military-grade firearms and aircraft-mounted cannons from Eastern Europe and South Africa without approval from the U.S. State Department.

Read more: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article232073572.html

Jimmy Fallon - Jimmy Parodies "You Need to Calm Down" as Beto, Bernie and Trump (Live)

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