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Nevada Democratic Party staff quit after Sanders backers take over

Source: The Hill

Top staffers at the Nevada Democratic Party resigned en masse on Saturday, hours after supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won election to control most positions on the committee’s board.

Clark County Democratic Party chair Judith Whitmer won election to head the state party in an upset victory over Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom. Whitmer’s slate won two vice chair positions and a party secretary position as well.

Whitmer had support from the Nevada chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. She had led the Nevada delegation to the 2020 Democratic convention as a Sanders supporter.

Segerblom, a former state senator who chaired the state Democratic Party in the 1990s, had been urged to run by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D), according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Cortez Masto faces re-election next year in a state where Republicans have been competitive in recent cycles.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/542337-nevada-democratic-party-staff-quit-after-sanders-backers-take-over

Georgia's citizen's arrest overhaul clears first hurdle

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Georgia House panel took the first step toward overhauling a Civil War-era statute Thursday by unanimously passing a bill that would no longer allow Georgians to arrest someone they suspect of committing a crime.

The citizen’s arrest law came under renewed scrutiny after it was cited by a prosecutor last year to justify not charging the white men involved in the shooting death of a Black man near Brunswick. In his State of the State address in January, Gov. Brian Kemp announced he would work to overhaul the statute, saying it was an “antiquated law that is ripe for abuse and enables sinister, evil motives.”

House Bill 479 would repeal citizen’s arrest from state law while still allowing employees at businesses, security officers, private investigators and inspectors at truck scales to detain someone they believe has committed a crime. The bill also would allow law enforcement officers to make arrests outside their jurisdictions.

House Judiciary Chairman Chuck Efstration said it was important that Georgia be the first state in the country to remove citizen’s arrest from the state’s law.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/politics/georgias-citizens-arrest-overhaul-clears-first-hurdle/SJGOCKTI6NHATAPRUTXPDL6FFM/

EXCLUSIVE: Ga. man walks free after 40 years due to 4 overturned convictions

Source: AJC

Terry Talley, a 63-year-old former factory worker who likes to sing Journey songs and write poetry, walked free from prison after 40 years for crimes he insists he didn’t commit. He smiled, glowing in the light of a vibrant sunset. He wiped a tear. He said he didn’t want to cry.


Talley had been serving time in a series of 1981 sexual assaults in LaGrange, 70 miles southwest of Atlanta. He was originally sentenced to four life terms after convictions in six cases. A DNA test in 2009 proved he didn’t commit one of the crimes, but he still had three life sentences until Feb. 23, when a judge agreed to exonerate him in three separate cases.


The LaGrange Police Department, which helped send Talley to prison, and the Georgia Innocence Project have been re-examining his case for years. The police got involved after the DNA test eliminated Talley in one of the sexual assaults that authorities long believed were committed by the same man. In 2020, partly because the Georgia Innocence Project had recently secured funding to hire an investigator, the lawyers and police embarked on a more intensive inquiry.

Police Chief Lou Dekmar said he was troubled by how weak the original evidence against Talley appears. Investigators also uncovered information about a new “person of interest,” said Dekmar, who joined the department 25 years ago.

The man hasn’t been named publicly, but a court filing says he worked in the local government back then and was accused of harassing women at LaGrange College, the small private Methodist school where the attacks started. The alleged harassment occurred at the same time as the string of assaults. But prosecutors violated Talley’s rights by failing to tell the defense about the worker, Talley’s attorneys say.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/news/crime/exclusive-ga-man-walks-free-after-40-years-due-to-4-overturned-convictions/KGOGZBWTLNDCNFNIHS7IG2EGJY/

1 dead, 12 injured in shootings in just over 12 hours in Atlanta

Source: AJC

At least a dozen people were injured and one was killed in Atlanta overnight during a slew of shootings that happened in just over 12 hours.

The spurt of violence began when a man wielding a knife was shot by an off-duty Georgia State Patrol trooper about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

According to the GBI, the state trooper was getting gas at the BP on Boulevard near I-20 when he saw one man chase another into the store and followed them.

“Witnesses report that one man was armed with a knife and was attempting to stab the other man,” GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a news release. “The trooper gave commands for the man to drop the knife. The trooper left the store, and the man with the knife followed him.”

Authorities said the man advanced toward the trooper as he backed away and told him to drop the weapon, prompting the trooper to shoot the man. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/news/1-dead-12-injured-in-shootings-in-just-over-12-hours-in-atlanta/EF5R5UY46ZAJHLXY4HW46GAQ6E/

Trump pardon unwinds some Manafort forfeitures

Found this from yesterday, and I don't think it was posted here:

The Justice Department has abandoned its efforts to seize three properties owned by Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who received a pardon from the former president in December.

The real estate includes Manafort's 10-bedroom, 6-bath home at Bridgehampton, Long Island, valued at $11 million on Zillow, as well as an apartment in New York's Chinatown and a townhouse in Brooklyn.

"The department has determined that due to President Trump’s full and unconditional pardon of Paul Manafort, it is necessary to dismiss the criminal forfeiture proceedings involving the four assets which were the subject of the on-going forfeiture ancillary proceedings," a Justice Department spokesman said Friday afternoon, following a court filing announcing the decision.


Shamima Begum cannot return to UK, Supreme Court rules

Source: BBC

Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria to join the Islamic State group as a teenager, will not be allowed to return and fight her citizenship case, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The court said in a unanimous ruling that her rights were not breached when she was refused permission to return.

Ms Begum, 21, wants to come back to challenge the home secretary's decision to remove her British nationality.

She is currently in a camp controlled by armed guards in northern Syria.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56209007

US sold ambassador's home in Israel for $67 million, records show

Source: The Hill

The United States sold the ambassador’s residence in Israel for more than $67 million over the summer, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing recently published Israeli tax documents.

The State Department in September confirmed the sale of the residence, located in the upscale Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya, but did not disclose the price or the buyer, according to the AP.

That same month, the Israeli newspaper Globes identified U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a vocal supporter of President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the buyer of the residence. A representative for Adelson said the billionaire had no comment, the AP reported.


The sale of the ambassador’s residence was viewed as solidifying Trump’s decision to move the embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. President-elect Joe Biden has criticized that move but has said he would not reverse the decision.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/international/531937-us-sold-ambassadors-home-in-israel-for-67-million-records-show

42-Year-Old Man Wins Lawsuit Against Parents Who Threw Away His 'Large Collection' of Porn

The parents of a Michigan man in his forties will have to pay for disposing of their son’s “large collection of pornographic material” after an argument, and they could be on the hook for as much as $75,000 after a federal judge in Michigan granted his request for summary judgment in the matter.

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney of the Western District of Michigan ruled in favor of David Werking, 42, after emails revealed that his parents, Beth and Paul Werking, chose to throw away 12 boxes of pornographic property. Werking provided a detailed list of the property in court filings which included 1,605 individual titles of pornographic DVDs and VHS tapes, and around 50 sex toys.

David moved back in with his parents in 2016 after divorcing his wife, bringing some of his personal property with him. Approximately a year later, the relationship began to sour and in August of 2017 David called the police following an “incident”; the officers asked him to stay somewhere else for a few days. David complied, leaving much of his personal property behind.

Over the ensuing months David asked for his items to be returned several times, but in Jan. 2018 his parents told him that any property not yet returned had been destroyed, including the pornographic material.

Link: https://lawandcrime.com/crazy/42-year-old-man-wins-lawsuit-against-parents-who-threw-away-his-large-collection-of-porn/

This would have been deleted from the Latest forum, but i laughed so hard I felt it worthy of a post.

Mitch McConnell's Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett's Successor at U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh

Source: Law and Crime

The Republican-led Senate majority confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s successor at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, just under two months after announcing his nomination and during a lame-duck session.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is undoubtedly pleased that he was able to fill the vacant seat with Thomas L. Kirsch II, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. The vote in the Senate was 51-44.

As we move quickly towards a Joe Biden–Kamala Harris administration, McConnell and his Republican majority will likely try and fill as many other vacancies as possible.


Kirsch served for 7 years, from 2001 to 2008, as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Indiana. He prosecuted white-collar crimes, many of which were related to public corruption (including wire, mail, bank, tax, and healthcare fraud, racketeering, and perjury) as well as gang and drug crimes.

Read more: https://lawandcrime.com/judiciary/amy-coney-barretts-successor-at-seventh-circuit-confirmed/

There is currently only 1 open seat on the Circuit Court of Appeals, and it's on the 1st Circuit

Cleveland Indians to change nickname the franchise has used for more then a century

Source: CBS Sports

Cleveland's Major League Baseball team has decided to change its nickname, moving away from the moniker it has employed for more than 100 years and that is considered insensitive to indigenous peoples, according to David Waldstein and Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times. CBS Sports HQ's Jim Bowden has since confirmed Cleveland's plans. An announcement from the team could come as soon as this week, per the Times.

It's unclear how Cleveland will refer to itself during the upcoming season. One option is to keep the name for an additional year before then transitioning to a new identity; another is to go the route of the National Football League's Washington franchise, which dropped its own offensive nickname in July. The club has since been known as the Washington Football Team. Cleveland would, presumably, be called the Cleveland Baseball Team until a new nickname could be settled upon.

Cleveland's decision comes more than two years after it started to distance itself from the "Chief Wahoo" logo. Back in July, when the Washington Football Team announced its altered identity, Cleveland announced it would investigate the "best path forward" with regards to the team name. Subsequently, our Dayn Perry offered several replacement options, including the ever-popular "Spiders," as well as the "Rockers," the "Crows," and "Dobys," named after Hall of Famer Larry Doby, who was the American League's first Black player.

Cleveland's franchise has had three other identities during its existence: the Naps (after Nap Lajoie), the Bronchos, and the Blues. Of those, the Naps is the only name that lasted beyond a single season.

Read more: https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/cleveland-indians-to-change-nickname-the-franchise-has-used-for-more-then-a-century/
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