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Georgia’s hand tally of presidential race nears end | National News

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Criminal justice reformers claim mandate as final election results trickle in


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ALBANY — In the immediate aftermath of Election Day, Republicans and moderate Democrats blamed recent progressive pushes on criminal justice for the potential failure of New York Democrats to make the massive gains for which they were hoping.

“In this election, the issues of bail reform, public safety, and defunding the police, these were big issues,” Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt said the day after the vote.

“The Republicans beat the Democrats on the messaging. I think they branded Democrats as anti-law and order, and that hurt Democrats,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the following day.

But criminal justice reform advocates were not deterred, saying they still planned to push their agenda in 2021. And now, as final results indicate that Democrats may actually strengthen their Senate majority after a year of being hammered for their votes on subjects like

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Ohio Missing Persons Case Solved With DNA Technology

TOLEDO, OH — On a chilly day in March, hunters stumbled upon a collection of bones in a wooded area outside of a rural Ohio town.

The bones were found off of Angola Road in Swanton (with a population under 4,000). Lucas County law enforcement collected the remains and submitted them to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for a DNA analysis. The bones were quickly identified as human.

A team of scientists then used new DNA sequencing technology to identify the remains as those of Dewayne Lewis, a Toledo man who was reported missing in October 2013.

“Sometimes, superheroes wear lab coats,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said. “Congratulations to our scientists and the investigators who took this cutting-edge technique out of the academic ivory tower and took it to the streets.”

The Ohio Attorney General’s office said Lewis was last seen on Oct. 21, 2013 getting into a Chevy

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Lawyer Reunites with ‘Extraordinary’ 1st Grade Teacher Who Helped Her Learn English 40 Years Later

More than 40 years later, an award-winning attorney reunited with the teacher who went above and beyond to help her overcome severe struggles during grade school in Kentucky.



a man sitting at a table looking at a book: Kentucky Department of Education Ana Reyes (left) and Pat Harkleroad


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Kentucky Department of Education Ana Reyes (left) and Pat Harkleroad

Ana Reyes tells PEOPLE she has wanted to reach out to Pat Harkleroad over the decades after the former first-grade teacher at Wilder Elementary School in Louisville helped her learn English as a 6-year-old.

“It has always been with me that a teacher came to school early every morning to help me but I did not remember her name,” says Reyes, 46. “I’ve thought about that countless times over the years and discussed it with many friends. I know I was incredibly lucky.”



a man sitting at a table looking at a book: Ana Reyes (left) and Pat Harkleroad


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Ana Reyes (left) and Pat Harkleroad

It wasn’t until a recent encounter with a friend’s daughter that Reyes decided to

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Opinion | Choosing an attorney general could be Biden’s most important personnel decision

The knotty issues that the next attorney general will have to untangle come on top of a slew of policy decisions and reallocation of resources — some of which may require legislation, voting rights enforcement, antitrust enforcement, drug enforcement, criminal justice reform, actions on environmental crime and dozens of other matters. The new attorney general may need to fire all or most of the U.S. attorneys hired by Trump and fill those vacancies with competent men and women of sterling character.

Unlike Trump, Biden understands the proper role of the attorney general — and of the White House counsel, for that matter. Neither is his personal lawyer. NBC reports: “President-elect Joe Biden has privately told advisers that he doesn’t want his presidency to be consumed by investigations of his predecessor.” In addition, “Biden wants his Justice Department to function independently from the White House, aides said, and Biden isn’t going

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Proposed Utah bill would absolve drivers of wounding, killing protesters

A Utah lawmaker wants to clear drivers of criminal liability if they accidentally injure or kill protesters during a riot under certain conditions.

The proposed legislation by Republican state Rep. Jon Hawkins “eliminates criminal responsibility” of a motorist for injuring or fatally wounding someone during a riot if the driver feared for their life and was “exercising due care” at the time.

The bill also seeks to make intentionally blocking traffic during widespread civil unrest a third-degree felony, which is punishable in Utah by up to five years in prison.

“We respect the right of the people to peacefully assemble,” Hawkins told the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee Tuesday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “When that peaceable assembly becomes a violent assembly, that’s what we’re trying to determine and enhance the penalties on.”

State law already prohibits blocking roadways or sidewalks, but Hawkins’ legislation would enhance that

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‘Why are they withholding it?’: Attorney in Jennifer Dulos case wants psych report


STAMFORD — The attorney representing Michelle Troconis wants access to

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Diplo’s Attorney Denies ‘Revenge Porn’ Allegations: ‘In No Way Has My Client Violated Any Law’

A response to this thread included a graphic image that the woman alleges came from an account being managed by Diplo or someone associated with him. In a statement, Bloom says her client and the producer were the only two people in possession of this image.

Bloom, the daughter of famed attorney Gloria Allred, says several other woman have come forward with allegations against the producer. In a statement to The Daily Beast, Bloom says the woman went through an extensive vetting process and that she’s finds “[the accuser] to be very credible and to have corroborating evidence in support of her claims.”

“I am proud to represent a young woman with serious allegations of misconduct against Diplo,” Bloom says in a statement to Billboard. “We have reviewed her claims, and spoken to several other women. We find her to be credible and brave. We recently filed for

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Texas attorney general under investigation by FBI: report

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) is under investigation by the FBI over allegations of bribery and abuse of office in an effort to help a real estate developer and wealthy donor, two unidentified sources told The Associated Press.



Ken Paxton wearing a suit and tie: Texas attorney general under investigation by FBI: report


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Texas attorney general under investigation by FBI: report

Multiple former members of Paxton’s staff have accused him of using his office to benefit Nate Paul, the AP notes. Four former staff members filed a whistleblower suit against Paxton, saying they reported the state official because he hired an outside lawyer to investigate Paul’s allegations that the FBI improperly raided his home and offices last year.

Since reporting Paxton, each of those staff members have either been fired, resigned or placed on leave. The whistleblowers who filed the suit last week said they were subject to retaliation by Paxton.

Paxton, however, told the Austin American-Statesman on Tuesday

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