Day: November 12, 2020

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How parties justify fielding candidates with criminal cases – bihar election

A woman whose late husband was a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) strongman and who has served a jail sentence for illegal liquor supply and whose son Rocky Yadav is in prison for life for murder, is the ruling Janata Dal (United), or JD (U), candidate to the Aria seat in the Bihar assembly elections.

JD (U) justifies its nomination of Manorama Devi, widow of Bindi Yadav, on grounds that she has done extensive work in her previous stint as a member of the legislative council (MLC).

“Elected as a Member of the Legislative Council from the Local Bodies Constituency consisting of the Districts of Gaya, Arwal and Jahanabad, as a representative of the Local Body, Devi has done extensive work in the field of decentralisation especially the programmes concerning women,” reads a document on JD(U)’s website.

Devi surrendered on May 17, 2016 and was granted bail by the Patna high

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White Sox say they understand ‘seriousness’ La Russa case

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox are sticking with new manager Tony La Russa for now, saying they understand the “seriousness” of his latest drunken driving case and will have more to say once it plays out in court.

“Tony deserves all the assumptions and protections granted to everyone in a court of law, especially while this is a pending matter,” the team said Thursday in a statement. “Once his case reaches resolution in the courts, we will have more to say. The White Sox understand the seriousness of these charges.”

La Russa, a Hall of Fame manager who won a World Series with Oakland and two more with St. Louis, blew out a tire on the grey Lexus he was driving in a collision with a curb that left the vehicle smoking when he was arrested on misdemeanor DUI charges in February, according to an affidavit filed by the

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Doug Emhoff represented Merck, isn’t ‘big pharma’ lawyer

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Pfizer and BioNTech released early study results indicating that their vaccine prevented more than 90% of infections with the virus that causes COVID-19.

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The claim: Doug Emhoff is a ‘big pharma lawyer,’ and Joe Biden will mandate a vaccine for COVID-19

Posts online claim that Douglas Emhoff — the husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and the future “second gentleman” — is a “big pharma lawyer.”

They say he was a lawyer for Merck, the company that makes Gardasil,  vaccine against human papillomavirusSubscribers.

“Certainly no conflict of interest there, right?” reads the caption of a post on Facebook. “Anyone thinks Biden won’t mandate Covid vaccine is in for a major shock.”

The user behind the post has not responded to a request from USA TODAY for comment.

Fact check:: Neither Biden nor Trump is calling for mandated COVID-19 vaccines

Emhoff represented pharmaceutical firm Merck, but he specialized

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Trump’s silent public outing belies White House in tumult | National politics

Trump later posted a debunked video that had purported to show poll workers collecting ballots too late.

“You are looking at BALLOTS! Is this what our Country has come to?” Trump fumed.

Although his official schedule has been bare of public events, Trump has made several personnel moves — firing Defense Secretary Mark Esper and installing three staunch loyalists in top defense jobs. His pick as acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, was among the Pentagon brass that joined him at Arlington.

Some supporters pushed back against the notion that Trump is shirking his presidential duties.

“The president is out there as much as he’s ever been on Twitter, and the White House team are moving ahead with budget and staffing priorities,” said Dan Eberhart, a prominent Republican donor and Trump backer.

He added, “The president is understandably focused on the ballot counting, but at some point soon he needs to

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‘Law & Order: Before They Were Stars’ | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time

Immediately following the 22nd season premiere of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit comes The Paley Center Presents Law & Order: Before They Were Stars at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC tonight, Thursday, Nov. 12. You can also watch it live on FuboTV (7-day free trial), or the next day on Peacock.

So many actors have gotten their start on Law & Order, whether they played attorneys, victims, perpetrators, witnesses, kids, suspects or police. This special will look at those actors who have gotten their big break on the show.

You’ll see interviews with actors whose roles on Law & Order played an instrumental part in shaping their careers, including Ron Cephas Jones, Chris Sullivan and Susan Kelechi Watson of This Is Us, Leslie Odom Jr. of Hamilton, Michael Imperioli and Aida Turturro of The Sopranos, Ariel Winter of Modern Family, Abigail Breslin of Zombieland

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Where DOJ’s Opioid Blitz Stands After Purdue’s Criminal Case

Law360 (October 21, 2020, 9:22 PM EDT) — The U.S. Department of Justice’s multibillion-dollar felony case blaming Purdue Pharma for “a national tragedy of addiction and deaths” involving narcotic painkillers is just one part of the DOJ’s fast-growing criminal crackdown on the drug industry’s opioid-crisis profiteering.

A DOJ plea agreement Wednesday with Purdue calls for a $3.5 billion fine and a $2 billion forfeiture, with the latter expected to be largely offset by future drug discounts and donations.

“The size is clearly intended to send a message, period,” Barrett & Singal partner Michelle R. Peirce, a white collar litigator in Boston, told Law360 on Wednesday.

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Defense attorney protests after judge sets high bond in fatal hit-and-run case

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – The man suspected of hitting and killing a bicycle rider in Columbia Tusculum appeared in court. Currently, Brandon Marksberry is only charged with failing to stop after an accident.

Police believe Marksberry was behind the wheel of a vehicle that hit longtime defense attorney Steven Adams on Eastern Avenue on Nov. 1.

Adams was rushed to the hospital but he died while being treated for his injuries.

On Wednesday, police arrested Marksberry.

His attorney, Clyde Bennett, asked the judge to set a bond of $5,000, saying Marksberry cooperated with police and had little criminal record.

Assistant prosecutor David Wood said Marksberry’s only cooperation was refusing to talk to investigators.

He asked for a high bond telling the judge that Adams was alive when Marksberry allegedly left the scene. He questioned if Marksberry had called in the crash himself, could Adams have survived?

While he acknowledged they don’t

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Google breakup should ‘be on the table’

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is not shy about discussing breakups when it comes to alleged tech monopolies.

During a virtual keynote speech for the American Bar Association’s Fall Forum, Klobuchar praised the Justice Department for leaving open the option of so-called structural remedies in its recent antitrust lawsuit against Google.

“In a serious monopolization action like this one, it’s important that a breakup remedy be on the table,” she said.

Klobuchar’s name has been floated as a possible attorney general under President-elect Joe Biden, CNBC reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. She was an early Biden endorser after ending her own presidential bid earlier this year. Biden has announced no specific names for most cabinet positions, but did announce Ron Klain as his chief of staff on Wednesday.

But even if she remains in the Senate, Klobuchar will continue

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Opinion | The Lincoln Project’s pressure on law firms that file election related lawsuits is justified

The Lincoln Project was even briefly locked out of Twitter for a post that identified individual Porter Wright attorneys and encouraged the Lincoln Project’s 2.7 million followers to contact them. It’s never appropriate to subject individuals to harassment or threats. But holding law firms publicly accountable for their decisions to be involved in these cases is fair game.

As a general rule, we don’t want to discourage attorneys from representing unpopular clients. But facts matter, and there are some important distinctions to draw when deciding whether public criticism of attorneys is out of bounds.

The first distinction is criminal cases vs. civil litigation. An individual being criminally prosecuted has a constitutional right to legal representation. Defending the accused can be an ethical and professional obligation for a lawyer. A defense lawyer should not be shamed for representing an unpopular client confronting the awesome power of a government that could deprive

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Justice Department absolves prosecutors for sex crime deal

Charges against Jeffery Epstein were announced on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors.

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An internal Justice Department investigation found that a top federal prosecutor “exercised poor judgment” in cutting a no-plea prosecution deal with alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in 2007, but concluded that prosecutors had not broken the law or engaged in professional misconduct.

The report by the Justice Department’s Office of Responsibility also found that the former top federal prosecutor in Miami, Alexander Acosta, had closed the federal investigation into Epsein at that time “before signficant investigative steps were completed.”

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., blasted the Justice Department for its report on prosecutors including Acosta, who resigned last year as U.S. Labor secretary

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