Day: November 22, 2020

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Virginia lawyer faces sex-trafficking charge in ‘sugar daddy’ case

A Virginia lawyer has been charged with sex trafficking of minors after allegations that he paid at least six girls for sex and promised to be their “sugar daddy.”

The charges against 45-year-old Matthew Erausquin were unsealed Thursday in federal court in Alexandria. An arrest warrant for the U.S. Air Force veteran and Consumer Litigation Associations founding partner was issued on Monday in Arlington, according to The Daily Beast.

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The Fairfax County Police Department’s investigation into Erausquin began in May 2019, and the incidents reportedly dated to 2017. 

The police affidavit revealed Erausquin’s victims — some of whom he met via a website connecting “sugar daddies” with “sugar babies” — went to three different high schools and were ages 16 and 17.

While the girls represented that they were age 18 or older, the affidavit states Erausquin had

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Giuliani distances Trump campaign from attorney Sidney Powell

The Trump campaign on Sunday sought to distance itself from attorney Sidney Powell despite her appearing with campaign lawyers at press events as recently as last week.



Rudy Giuliani standing in front of a crowd: Giuliani distances Trump campaign from attorney Sidney Powell


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Giuliani distances Trump campaign from attorney Sidney Powell

In a brief statement released Sunday afternoon, President Trump’s lead attorney Rudy Giuliani and senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis said that Powell “is not a member of the Trump Legal Team.”

“She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity,” the former New York City mayor added.

The statement followed a series of media appearances from Powell during which she made baseless allegations of widespread nationwide election fraud.

Powell appeared alongside Giuliani and other members of the campaign’s legal squad in press conferences over the past month – including one on Thursday – detailing the campaign’s so far unsuccessful efforts to halt or overturn the certification of

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ICE is deporting women amid criminal investigation into Georgia doctor

Unlike many of the other women at Irwin, Ndonga doesn’t have kids, but she wants to. “I’m waiting for the right person to come along,” she said. She joked to Amin that she wanted four children, named Hot, Caramel, Peaches and Cream. “That’s what I wanted to name my kids since I was a little girl.”

She said that Amin replied coldly that her uterus was the size of a “melon” and would probably need to be removed, and told her that “it would be a miracle if I could have kids.”

Later, when Ndonga and another woman were brought to the hospital in shackles, she said, she signed forms that she thought were routine intake paperwork. A nurse asked, “Are you having a hysterectomy?” and she replied no. “I remember thinking in my head: This lady is asking too many times … if I wake up without a period,

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Hundreds protest new California curfew as cases spike

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California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases that it fears could tax its health care system. (Nov. 19)

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Hundreds of protesters defied California’s new curfew Saturday night, gathering in Huntington Beach as the mandate to stay home from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. went into effect.

The demonstrators, some waving large American flags, crossed the Pacific Coast Highway on foot amid blaring car horns in the Orange County city, about 35 miles south of Los Angeles.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Ryan Reilly told the NBC Los Angeles TV station the crowd of about 400 protesters – “some, not all” of which wore masks – was mostly law-abiding and dwindled by half after 90 minutes. Reilly said police did not intend to issue citations for curfew violations, adding, “We are seeking compliance and trying

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How the ‘red mirage’ gave Republicans false sense of election success

As votes were being counted on election night, congressional candidate Jim Oberweis was ebullient.

Oberweis, a Republican from Sugar Grove, was leading Democratic U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood for her 14th District seat. And if he won, he’d be moving from the state Senate to federal office — something he’d been unsuccessfully chasing since 2002.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Not only that, but President Donald Trump’s reelection chances were looking good. Oberweis has been a vocal Trump supporter, and Trump had endorsed Oberweis.

“This could be a great, glorious night,” Oberweis said.

But it was an illusion.

In the days that followed, Oberweis’ lead evaporated. Underwood was in front by the weekend, and The Associated Press declared her the winner a few days later.

Underwood finished ahead by 5,377 votes, unofficial results showed — about 1% of the 400,908 total votes cast in the contest.

Oberweis, who intends to pursue a recount, wasn’t the only

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Opinion | The case against indicting Trump

Those who favor investigating and potentially indicting Trump claim it is the only way to ensure that justice is done and that no one is above the law. They believe criminal accountability is necessary to restore our damaged norms and institutions. If there are not criminal consequences, they argue, Trump will have “gotten away with it” and future presidents will be emboldened to go even further.

These are powerful arguments, and I’m almost persuaded. There is definitely a social cost to not pursuing any potential criminal cases. But the alternative is arguably costlier.

Launching criminal investigations into an outgoing president would set a dangerous precedent. In this country, we don’t use the criminal justice system to punish political opponents. Trump has routinely threatened to prosecute his political rivals and led “lock her up” chants at his rallies. Those who recoiled from such behavior should think twice before encouraging Biden’s attorney

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In last-gasp maneuver, Trump campaign tries to invalidate thousands of votes as Wisconsin recount gets underway

As a recount began on Friday in Dane and Milwaukee counties — home to the cities of Madison and Milwaukee — Trump lawyers argued that officials should not merely retabulate all the votes cast in the Nov. 3 election to reconfirm they’d been counted properly.

Instead, they argued that large batches of ballots had been improperly accepted and counted in the first place. In both Dane and Milwaukee, they sought to disqualify all absentee ballots that had been cast before Election Day in person, rather than by mail.

So far, their efforts have been rejected by the Democratic-majority boards of canvasses in both counties, which have denied attempts to set aside large categories of ballots and instead proceeded to a slow-moving process to retabulate all the votes.

The recount must conclude no later than Dec. 1, when the election is scheduled to be certified. At that point, the president’s campaign

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Two women in running to be next US Attorney-General, United States News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON • The Biden transition team is weighing Attorney-General contenders led by Ms Lisa Monaco, who held key national security posts in the Obama administration, and Ms Sally Yates, who gained fame when she was fired by President Donald Trump, said people familiar with the matter.

The choice of either would help President-elect Joe Biden achieve his goal of having women represented at the highest levels of his administration.

Other candidates under consideration include Alabama Senator Doug Jones, who lost his re-election bid this month, and former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, one person said.

Ms Monaco and Ms Yates both had extensive careers in the Justice Department. But Ms Yates’ history of tussling with the Trump White House might make her approval harder if the Senate is still controlled by Republicans.

Ms Monaco, 52, spent 15 years in the Justice Department during the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

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26-year-old Mohali man ends life, wife, mother-in-law booked – cities

Upset due to harassment by his wife and mother-in-law, a 26-year-old allegedly hanged himself to death at his house in Manauli village on Saturday night.

Police have booked the two women for abetment to suicide following a complaint by the deceased’s father and recovery of a suicide note.

In the note, the youth wrote that his wife and mother-in-law had been torturing him for the past couple of days, forcing him to take the extreme step.

His father told the police that his son got married in 2017 and started living separately with his wife. Soon after, they had marital discord and his wife left for her mother’s house around four months ago after discovering that she was pregnant. Since then, his son had been visiting his mother-in-law’s house in Kumbra village to meet his wife.

On Friday, the complainant was informed that his son was sick at home. When

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A lawyer’s ethical duty in the Trump era

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President Trump’s “declare crimes first, look for evidence later” approach may work in politics. But it is specifically prohibited in legal proceedings.

Donald Trump never met a lawsuit he didn’t like. Perhaps it is fitting, then, that the bookends of his presidency are defined by waves of litigation – and sharp contrasts in attorney ethics and approaches to the legal profession.

Few can forget the scenes from January 2017 of lawyers across the country flooding airport terminals to protest the administration’s so-called “Muslim Ban” prohibiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Thousands of attorneys held placards offering free legal services, and within days many of these lawyers had filed – and won – lawsuits challenging the unconstitutional executive action.

Fast forward to November 2020, when lawyers are flooding courts across the country with baseless, frivolous lawsuits challenging the outcome of the presidential election. That is not a partisan statement,

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