U.S. Marshal’s 15 Most Wanted: John Panaligan wanted for murder of Northbrook lawyer Jigar Patel

A man wanted in the 2016 murder of a lawyer in Northbrook has been added to the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted fugitives list after nearly four years on the run.

There is a $25,000 reward for information leading directly to the arrest of John Panaligan, 54, who the Marshals Service said strangled 36-year-old Victor Jigar Patel in his office on Dec. 7, 2016.

Panaligan lured Patel there by scheduling an appointment under a fake name, the Marshals Service said in a statement. Patel was representing plaintiffs who were suing Panaligan in civil court, officials said.

Panaligan then went to Canada, where he was detained for trying to smuggle a gun, according to the Marshals Service. He returned to Northbrook, where police interviewed him, they said.

Panaligan fled to Mexico before authorities could arrest him, the Marshals Service said.

Authorities in 2017 said Panaligan might be in the Philippines, where

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Calling anti-Semite to testify at hate trial would have been disastrous, lawyer says

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press


Published Thursday, November 12, 2020 12:14PM EST

TORONTO – Calling a notorious anti-Semite as a witness would have been disastrous to the defence of wilfully promoting hatred, the former lawyer for a convicted hate monger testified on Thursday.

Under cross-examination by his ex-client, Dean Embry said raising questions about the veracity of the Holocaust would have been worse than futile.

“No judge in Canada was ever going to find that the Holocaust didn’t happen,” Embry said. “Denying the Holocaust in the context of this trial was crazy and suicidal.”

Embry’s testimony came during an appeal by James Sears, editor of Your Ward News. Sears and publisher LeRoy St. Germaine were convicted last year of promoting hatred against Jews and women via their free Toronto-based publication.

Sears, 57, who is acting as his own appeal lawyer, is seeking to have his conviction overturned on the basis

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High court takes up census case, as other count issues loom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s attempt to exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to divvy up congressional seats is headed for a post-Thanksgiving Supreme Court showdown.

The administration’s top lawyers are hoping the justices on a court that includes three Trump appointees will embrace the idea, rejected repeatedly by lower courts. It’s the latest, and likely the last, Trump administration hard-line approach to immigration issues to reach the high court. Arguments will take place on Monday by telephone because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Even as the justices weigh a bid to remove, for the first time, millions of noncitizens from the population count that determines how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives as well as the allocation of some federal funding, experts say other issues loom large for the 2020 census as it heads into unchartered territory over deadlines,

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CT attorney general, union leaders criticize Frontier bankruptcy plan

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and the president of Local 1298 of the Communications Workers of America are telling state utility regulators they are skeptical of Frontier Communications’ plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Tong and the Hamden-based union local that represents more than 1,600 Frontier workers raised their concerns in separate legal briefs filed with the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. Frontier’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy is being reviewed by PURA because it essentially involves a change of control.

The company filed for federal bankruptcy protection April 15. Under Frontier’s plan, four investment firms will own between 20 percent and 28 percent of a new, as yet unnamed holding company.

The four investment companies are Elliott Management, Franklin Mutual, Golden Tree Asset Management and HG Vora.

In his brief, Tong urged an outright rejection of the plan, saying “the entire transaction presents substantial risks to Connecticut,

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Clues about crime-fighting feature Norwich policing courses

Wannabe crime-fighters are being offered the chance to study everything from detective investigations to road policing. 

City College Norwich has teamed up with Norfolk Constabulary to launch two new courses in policing that offer new pathways into becoming a police officer and boost the number of potential future recruits.

Paul Sanford, Norfolk's deputy chief constable. PIC: Supplied by Norfolk Police.

Paul Sanford, Norfolk’s deputy chief constable. 
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Norfolk deputy chief constable Paul Sanford said: “Modern day policing is becoming increasingly complex making it vital that we have a local and talented future workforce available to us. 

“These courses will play an important role in achieving that aim. I look forward to continuing to work with City College Norwich and UEA as our local education partners and shaping the best possible officers of the future.”

Starting in September 2021, a three-year degree course in policing aims to give students a grounding in police work, including law and and procedures, criminal

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Supreme Court To Hear Census Case As Other Count Issues Loom

WASHINGTON, DC — President Donald Trump’s attempt to exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to divvy up congressional seats is headed for a post-Thanksgiving Supreme Court showdown.

The administration’s top lawyers are hoping the justices on a court that includes three Trump appointees will embrace the idea, rejected repeatedly by lower courts. It’s the latest, and likely the last, Trump administration hard-line approach to immigration issues to reach the high court. Arguments will take place on Monday by telephone because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Even as the justices weigh a bid to remove, for the first time, millions of noncitizens from the population count that determines how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives as well as the allocation of some federal funding, experts say other issues loom large for the 2020 census as it heads into unchartered territory over deadlines,

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Sidney Powell, ex-Trump campaign lawyer, asks judge to have Georgia ‘de-certify’ Biden victory

Sidney Powell, the former Trump campaign lawyer challenging the president’s loss to Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden, asked a federal judge in Georgia to reverse the results of the race there Friday.

Ms. Powell, who sued various state and election officials in federal court Wednesday, subsequently filed an emergency motion requesting Mr. Trump be named the winner of Georgia’s presidential race.

Georgia has already certified the results of the presidential election for Mr. Biden, but Ms. Powell wants the court to intervene and issue an order requiring state officials to reverse course.

Ms. Powell filed the motion in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia a week after the state certified election results showing Mr. Biden received 12,670 more votes than Mr. Trump.

Citing unproven claims of fraud, she asked U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr., an appointee of former President George W. Bush, for emergency injunctive

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Uniform Law Commission Creates Drafting Committee To Clean Up And Modernize American LLC Law

The Uniform Law Commission has created a drafting committee to consider changes to the laws of so-called “unincorporated organizations”, which includes primarily the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (ULLCA) but also includes the Uniform Limited Partnership Act (ULPA). The drafting committee, which will be chaired by DLA Piper lawyer Lisa Jacobs, is not expected to propose any major policy changes to these laws, but instead the project seems to have as its goal the updating and general sprucing-up of these Acts.

The fact is that laws are not static, but evolve as new issues — and often flaws in the laws as drafted — are identified, and the courts make rulings commensurate with how they believe the laws were intended to work. Often the courts correctly identify the intent of the drafters and all is swell, but not infrequently the courts will sometimes issue rulings that go off

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Georgia Secretary of State’s Message to Trump After State’s Election Recount: ‘You Should Leave Quietly’

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that President Donald Trump should “leave quietly,” after Georgia certified its election results for Joe Biden last week.



a person wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State speaks onstage during 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church on January 20, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. After certifying Georgia's election results for Joe Biden last week, Raffensperger said Trump should leave office quietly.


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Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State speaks onstage during 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church on January 20, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. After certifying Georgia’s election results for Joe Biden last week, Raffensperger said Trump should leave office quietly.

In an interview published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday, Raffensperger, a Republican, said he’s received threats and angry messages from the president and fellow GOP politicians who disagree with his decision to certify the election.

“My job as secretary of state is to make sure we have fair and honest elections, follow the law, follow the process,” Raffensperger said in the interview. “When you lose an election, you should leave quietly. It’s the will of the

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Sanjjanaa moves HC again seeking bail

Bengaluru, Nov 28 (IANS) Kannada film actress Sanjjanaa Galrani has decided to appeal for her bail once again in the Karnataka High Court, which is expected to come for hearing sometime in next week.

Galrani’s counsel Veeranna Tigadi told IANS that Galrani has decided to appeal for her bail in high court. “Last time, Galrani’s petition was moved on general grounds stating that she had been falsely accused in the case, while this time the petition states her health issues,” a source added.

Another lawyer is of the opinion that the bail can be sought on various grounds and the lawyers keep changing grounds for the bail in the high court itself.

“Galrani might have thought it would be better to petition here before approaching the Supreme Court,” the lawyer added.

It may be recalled that three weeks ago, the Karnataka High Court had denied bail to actors Ragini Dwivedi

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