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Mogul in Record Tax-Fraud Case to Seek Competency Evaluation

(Bloomberg) — Lawyers for Robert Brockman, the 79-year-old software tycoon facing a record tax-fraud case, will seek a determination of whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial, U.S. prosecutors said Monday in a court filing.

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The possibility that Brockman could be found incompetent to stand trial is the latest twist in a case in which he’s accused of using code names and encrypted communications to help hide billions of dollars in multiple offshore tax havens. If the court determines that Brockman isn’t competent to stand trial, it could result in the delay or dismissal of the case against him.

Brockman was indicted last month in San Francisco in what the Justice Department said was the “largest–ever tax charge” against an individual in the U.S. Brockman has pleaded not guilty. He faces 39 counts, including tax evasion, money laundering and evidence tampering.

Beyond questions about Brockman’s mental competency, he

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Julie Gunnigle concedes race for Maricopa County Attorney to Allister Adel | Arizona’s Election Authority

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) – Julie Gunnigle has conceded the race for Maricopa County Attorney. Incumbent Allister Adel will keep the office to which she was appointed a little more than a year ago. 

Democrat Gunnigle conceded on Monday. Her tweet read, in part, “I want to thank the voters of Arizona. The record turnout in this election gives me renewed confidence in our democracy and the institutions of our nation.”

She also expressed her concern for Adel, who remains in the hospital after a fall caused a brain bleed. “Allister’s family is in my thoughts as they deal with their ongoing tragedy. No one should have to face the prolonged hospitalization of a mother and wife.”

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Exclusive: U.S. attorney general Barr calls Mexico amid friction over ex-defense minister arrest

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard last week to try to lower bilateral tension arising from the U.S. arrest of a former Mexican defense minister on drugs charges, two Mexican sources said on Monday.

Mexico says it should have had prior warning about the arrest and investigation of the former minister and retired army officer, Salvador Cienfuegos, who pleaded not guilty to drug charges in a Brooklyn federal court last week.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he will announce a review of security cooperation agreements with the United States in light of the case.

Cienfuegos, a top player in Mexico’s war on drug gangs until two years ago, is accused of using the power of his office to help a relatively small drug gang, former allies of the Sinaloa Cartel, manufacture and ship drugs including cocaine and

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How Mariska Hargitay Reminded Fans That Season 22 Is Just Days Away

Although many fans are fully aware that the premiere of season 22 of Law & Order: SVU is only days away, sometimes we could all use a little reminder. Well, Mariska Hargitay is here to put it all in perspective, and fans couldn’t be more excited.

When does season 22 of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ premiere?

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The all-new season will premiere on Thursday, November 12, at 9 p.m. E.S.T. The series is the longest-running live-action primetime series to date, and it always seems to come through when fans need it. With 2020 being a mess for many people because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the show couldn’t come at a more necessary time. But what will the season cover? Fans can expect to see a lot of what they’re personally dealing with play out on their screens.

Showrunner Warren Leight replied

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Government suffers heavy defeat over controversial ‘law-breaking’ Brexit powers

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Boris Johnson has suffered a major defeat over his controversial Brexit legislation, as peers staged votes to strip out powers that would enable ministers to break international law.

Conservative former leader Lord Howard of Lympne led the calls for the Prime Minister to “think again” and remove the contentious parts of the UK Internal Market Bill, warning that the Government is using the language of “law breakers” everywhere.

Cross-party amendments were tabled to strike out clauses linked to the most contentious part of the Bill, namely part five, which gives ministers the power to breach the Brexit divorce deal – known as the Withdrawal Agreement – brokered with Brussels last year.

The House of Lords voted 433 to 165, majority 268, to remove section 42 – one of the disputed clauses – and section 43 was removed without a vote.

This was the first of two expected votes

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Attorney General Yost joins vote case, holds off calling Biden winner

Randy Ludlow
 
| The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has weighed in on the Pennsylvania election case in which Republicans and President Donald Trump are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a state court ruling permitting late-arriving mail ballots to be counted.

Yost, a Republican, said an important U.S. Constitution provision is at stake, although he said even if the late votes are disallowed, it likely will not make a difference in Democrat President-Elect Joe Biden’s clinching win in Ohio’s neighbor to the east.

Legislatures “make the rules — not state supreme courts,” Yost said of his office’s friend-of-the-court brief filed on Monday in the case in which the Pennsylvania high court allowed ballots to be counted if they arrived within three days of the election.

“It’s a question that could arise again in future elections … we think it is good for Republicans and Democrats

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Growing Discomfort at Law Firms Representing Trump in Election Lawsuits

Like many big law firms, Jones Day, whose roots go back to Cleveland in the late 1800s, has prided itself on representing controversial clients.

There was Big Tobacco. There was the Bin Laden family. There was even the hated owner of the Cleveland Browns football team as he moved the franchise to Baltimore.

Now Jones Day is the most prominent firm representing President Trump and the Republican Party as they prepare to wage a legal war challenging the results of the election. The work is intensifying concerns inside the firm about the propriety and wisdom of working for Mr. Trump, according to lawyers at the firm.

Doing business with Mr. Trump — with his history of inflammatory rhetoric, meritless lawsuits and refusal to pay what he owes — has long induced heartburn among lawyers, contractors, suppliers and lenders. But the concerns are taking on new urgency as the president seeks

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Erdogan Picks Lutfi Elvan to Succeed Son-in-Law as Economy Czar

(Bloomberg) — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appointed former Deputy Prime Minister Lutfi Elvan as treasury and finance minister after the president’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak abruptly stepped down from his post as the government’s top economy official.

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Elvan, 58, hails from a now-defunct central development agency, which planed and oversaw large-scale public projects including dams and highways for around five decades until it was folded into the ministry of development in 2011 by Erdogan’s ruling AK Party.

Elvan also served as the chair of a parliamentary committee where bills on the economy and central government budgets are discussed and tweaked before being presented to lawmakers. He holds a graduate degree in economics from the University of Delaware, according to his official biography on the Turkish parliament’s website.

He has served as minister under three Ak Party prime ministers, including Erdogan, Ahmet Davutoglu and Binali Yildirim. Most recently, Elvan

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Republican state AGs ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear mail-in ballot dispute

By Andrew Chung

(Reuters) – A group of Republican attorneys general on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case challenging a lower court ruling that extended Pennsylvania’s deadline to receive mail-in ballots.

In separate filings, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, joined by nine others including from Texas and Louisiana, and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said the justices should overturn the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that allowed mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and delivered through Friday to be counted.

President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are waging a legal battle challenging the results of the election won by Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Legal experts said the cases the Trump campaign is bringing are narrow in scope and unlikely to change the outcome.

“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision overstepped its constitutional authority and encroached on the authority granted to the Pennsylvania legislature,” Schmitt said in

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The Gross Law Firm Announces Class Actions on Behalf of Shareholders of PT, FLDM and RTX

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November 09, 2020 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) —
NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / November 9, 2020 / The securities litigation law firm of The Gross Law Firm issues the following notice on behalf of shareholders in the following publicly-traded companies. Shareholders who purchased shares in the following companies during the dates listed are encouraged to contact the firm regarding possible Lead Plaintiff appointment. Appointment as Lead Plaintiff is not required to partake in any recovery.

Pintec Technology Holdings Limited (NASDAQ:PT)

This lawsuit is on behalf of shareholders who purchased PT securities pursuant and/or traceable to the registration statement and prospectus issued in connection with the Company’s October 2018 initial public offering.

A class action has commenced on behalf of certain shareholders in Pintec Technology Holdings Limited. The filed complaint alleges that defendants made materially false and/or misleading

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