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Court rules enough probable cause for Kyle Rittenhouse case to go to trial

KENOSHA, Wis. — There is enough evidence to warrant a trial for an Illinois 17-year-old accused of killing two men and wounding a third during a night of unrest in Wisconsin, a court commissioner ruled Thursday after a contentious hearing in which the defendant’s lawyer tried to show he had acted in self-defense.

Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, is charged with homicide and attempted homicide for the Aug. 25 fatal shootings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz during a night of unrest two days after the police shooting in Kenosha of Jacob Blake, a local Black man.

During a preliminary hearing conducted via video, Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating found that there was enough probable cause for the case to proceed to trial. Rittenhouse, who wore a covering over his nose and mouth, attended the Zoom hearing from the office of his

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Rittenhouse has preliminary hearing Thursday on Kenosha charges

A Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner ruled there’s enough evidence for a trial for 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who’s charged with fatally shooting two men.

KENOSHA, Wis. — There is enough evidence to warrant a trial for an Illinois 17-year-old accused of killing two men and wounding a third during a night of unrest in Wisconsin, a court commissioner ruled Thursday after a contentious hearing in which the defendant’s lawyer tried to show he had acted in self-defense.

Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, is charged with homicide and attempted homicide for the Aug. 25 fatal shootings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz during a night of unrest two days after the police shooting in Kenosha of Jacob Blake, a local Black man.

During a preliminary hearing conducted via video, Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating found that there was enough probable cause for the

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Trump aide banned from Justice after trying to get case info

The official serving as President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department has been banned from the building after trying to pressure staffers to give up sensitive case information she could relay to the White House

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Rapper Casanova surrenders in federal racketeering case

NEW YORK — The rapper Casanova has surrendered to law enforcement following his indictment in a gang-related federal racketeering case, authorities said Thursday.

The New York City rapper, whose legal name is Caswell Senior, was charged in an indictment unsealed against 18 members of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang, which authorities say operated in New York City and other parts of New York state.

The gang is charged with a litany of crimes, including the killing in September of a 15-year-old in Poughkeepsie and defrauding programs meant for people suffering economic hardship because of the pandemic. Prosecutors said the charges stemmed in part from six wiretaps they obtained involving the gang.

Casanova, 34, turned himself in to the FBI late Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and firearms possession. He is not charged with killing the child.

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King County prosecutors report rise in animal cruelty cases

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors in Washington state have reported an increase in animal cruelty cases in King County, raising concerns among law enforcement and animal agencies.

The King County prosecuting attorney’s office had filed 19 animal cruelty cases so far this year, including 12 counts of first-degree felony animal cruelty, The Seattle Times reported. The office filed nine cases in 2019 and 10 in 2018.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tali Smith said Monday that she is in the process of reviewing another case this week and expects to see at least three more cases in the coming weeks.

“It’s concerning when we’re filing (more cases) in one month this year … than (all of) last year, and we’re concerned about these animals and the neglect or violence they’re suffering from,” Smith said.

The office has also filed two felony animal fighting charges, the most recent case involving 91 roosters.

“My

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is complex. A court case shows the ‘nation state’ law isn’t.

A court in Israel clarified something Monday with its decision to cite the country’s controversial “nation state” law: Israel has enshrined racism as one of its basic principles.

The court all but said the city couldn’t risk attracting more Arab residents — a decision that it used the “nation state” law to justify.

The lawsuit asked the northern Israeli city of Carmiel to reimburse Arab parents for the costs of driving their kids to school each day, because Arabic-language schooling isn’t available inside the city limits. In its dismissal of the case, the court all but said the city couldn’t risk attracting more Arab residents — a decision that it used the “nation state” law to justify.

I normally hate writing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict— mostly because it’s a subject that produces a black hole of misunderstandings and prompts people to ignore nuance, especially online. There’s a lot that makes

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Attorney Encouraged Florida Republicans to Register to Vote in Georgia for Senate Run-Offs

Florida attorney Bill Price is under investigation after he encouraged Republicans in the state to register to vote in Georgia for the crucial Senate run-off elections even though they don’t live there.



a group of people standing in the grass holding a sign: Rallygoers in Freedom Park deliver the "Count Every Vote" message in the wake of the presidential election results on November 07, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Senate run-offs will take place in the state on January 5.


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Rallygoers in Freedom Park deliver the “Count Every Vote” message in the wake of the presidential election results on November 07, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Senate run-offs will take place in the state on January 5.

Price made the remarks in a Facebook Live video on November 7 that was subsequently deleted. According to a report by Channel 2 investigative reporter Nicole Carr, Price made the comments just half an hour after the presidential election was called for former Vice President Joe Biden.

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It also appears that Price himself registered to vote in Georgia on November

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Lawyer is awarded $1 in attorney fees, matching jury award in case of snatched pen

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Civil rights lawyer Jeffrey Rothman’s lawsuit against the city of New York and two police officers wasn’t a total loss.

In a decision filed Nov. 30, Chief U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York awarded Rothman $1 in attorney fees, matching the $1 award that he had received from a jury in a lawsuit stemming from rude treatment and a snatched pen. He received an additional $862 in costs.

The New York Post and the New York Daily News have coverage.

“Once upon a time,” McMahon wrote, “we urged people not to make too much of real but petty grievances by saying, ‘Don’t make a federal case out of that.’ This lawsuit was a violation of that principle writ

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Ivanka Trump deposed by DC attorney general’s office in Trump inauguration funds lawsuit

Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter and adviser, was deposed in a case involving alleged financial abuse of the president’s inaugural funds, according to court documents.

The D.C. attorney’s office revealed in a court filing that the younger Trump gave a deposition in the case on Tuesday. Her deposition is part of the D.C. attorney general’s lawsuit alleging the nonprofit presidential inaugural committee abused over $1 million in “improper payments” to the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C.

The attorney general’s office issued an investigative subpoena to the former friend of first lady Melania Trump, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who wrote a book documenting her declining relationship with the first lady, prior to its lawsuit after she voiced concerns the inaugural committee was overpaying the hotel.

Wolkoff asked Ivanka Trump and the inaugural committee’s deputy chairman Rick Gates to “please take into consideration that when this is audited it will become public knowledge

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Trump files new case in lawsuit barrage, looking to Wisconsin’s legislature to flip outcome

The president called on the courts to respond within 48 hours to the case, which takes exception to the broad availability of mail-in voting for the state’s residents — latitude granted because of the risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Attorneys for Trump have yet to demonstrate that any fraud occurred. Wisconsin

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