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Bill Cosby was denied bail after being sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for his 2004 assault of Andrea Constand. Constand embraced supporters as she left court.

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More than two years after a Pennsylvania jury found him guilty of three sex crimes, Bill Cosby’s lawyers will try to persuade the state Supreme Court this week to overturn his conviction based in part on constitutional grounds or on alleged procedural irregularities at his trials.

Cosby’s legal team, led by appellate lawyer Jennifer Bonjean,will go up against prosecutors for Montgomery County, Pa., led by District Attorney Kevin Steele, for virtual oral arguments Tuesday morning before the high court, appearing via YouTube from Harrisburg, Pa.

Cosby, 83, who is serving a three-to-10-year sentence at a state prison near his home outside Philadelphia, will not be able to watch, because he is blind due to glaucoma, nor listen, because

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Judge orders attorneys, adviser to explain bailout bill work

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge in Cleveland has asked one the country’s top law firms to provide details about their lobbying to help a FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary win passage of now-tainted legislation to provide a $1 billion subsidy for two Ohio nuclear power plants.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Alan Koschik on Tuesday ordered three partners and a senior policy adviser from the firm Akin Gump to explain their millions of dollars in billings for lobbying and other work during the period when the Ohio Legislature was considering and then approving the nuclear bailout bill known as House Bill 6 in July 2019.

The order comes as Koschik considers final payments to Akin Gump for its work in the bankruptcy filed in March 2018 by a wholly owned subsidiary of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. called FirstEnergy Solutions, which operated the plants at the time. Ownership was transferred in February to a

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Gov. Phil Murphy signs bill requiring all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras | Crime

Oliver said it’s an effort “to create greater accountability and to strengthen community relations” between police and their communities.

“When used appropriately, body cameras can be helpful to not just our law enforcement representatives, but to citizens in the community,” she said. “It can help enforcement officers show transparency and to build trust in the community that they serve.”



Cape May County Law Enforcement Agencies with Body-Worn Cameras

Source: New Jersey Attorney General’s Office



Molly Bilinski



Grewal called the legislation “truly transformational.”

“We are in the midst of a national reckoning on racial justice,” Grewal said. “A reckoning that has highlighted many issues and concerns when it comes to policing, including a lack of trust between law enforcement and many of the communities we serve. So it’s therefore incumbent, I think, upon those of us in law enforcement to not only acknowledge this reality, but also to commit ourselves to addressing it.”

The cameras encourage professionalism, promote better interactions

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Brexit: EU thanks Joe Biden for ‘clear support’ amid dispute over UK’s Internal Market Bill | Politics News, Reports

The EU has thanked US president-elect Joe Biden for his “clear support” amid the bloc’s dispute with Britain over Boris Johnson’s controversial Brexit legislation.

Brussels launched legal action last month against the prime minister’s Internal Market Bill, which the UK government has admitted could see it breach international law.

The legislation seeks to allow ministers to override parts of Britain’s divorce deal with regards to Northern Ireland, which was agreed last year.

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The PM’s Internal Market Bill could see the UK breach international law

In a phone call on Monday, European Council President Charles Michel congratulated Mr Biden on his victory over Donald Trump in this month’s US election.

Mr Michel also “thanked the president-elect for his clear support regarding the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement the EU concluded with the UK last year”, an EU statement said.

“This agreement preserves peace and stability in Ireland and fully respects

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Brexit: EU thanks Joe Biden for ‘clear support’ amid dispute over UK’s Internal Market Bill | Politics News

The EU has thanked US president-elect Joe Biden for his “clear support” amid the bloc’s dispute with Britain over Boris Johnson’s controversial Brexit legislation.

Brussels launched legal action last month against the prime minister’s Internal Market Bill, which the UK government has admitted could see it breach international law.

The legislation seeks to allow ministers to override parts of Britain’s divorce deal with regards to Northern Ireland, which was agreed last year.

A dossier of more than 300 allegations of Islamophobia in the Conservative party was submitted in March
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The PM’s Internal Market Bill could see the UK breach international law

In a phone call on Monday, European Council President Charles Michel congratulated Mr Biden on his victory over Donald Trump in this month’s US election.

Mr Michel also “thanked the president-elect for his clear support regarding the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement the EU concluded with the UK last year”, an EU statement said.

“This agreement preserves peace and stability in Ireland and fully respects

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why an Indonesian bill to ban alcohol would cause more problems than it solves

Members of the Indonesian parliament have just proposed an alcohol prohibition bill, setting off a public debate.

This bill would criminalise the producers, distributors, sellers, buyers and consumers of alcoholic beverages. Violators would be sentenced to fines and prison time.

The parliament’s policy paper claims the bill aims to protect individual life and public order. But it is difficult to separate it from religious justification.

The majority of the bill’s sponsors are Islamic parties, such as the United Development Party (PPP) and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), with a total of 69 seats (12.7%) in the parliament. They argue that alcohol should be prohibited because Islam forbids it.

Representatives from the Indonesian Ulema Council (Majelis Ulama Indonesia – MUI), Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body, backs this bill, saying a large majority of Indonesians (87%) are Muslim).

Based on other countries’ experiences, I argue the arguments for this bill

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Insight: Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf on how personal experience is driving him to get hate crime bill into law

IT’S less than 24 hours since Humza Yousaf heard the news: that Stuart Smith, from Gretna Green, had been found guilty of a hate crime against him.

Picture : John Devlin. 19/11/2020. Broughty Ferry.

Portrait of Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

Humza Haroon Yousaf is a Scottish politician who has served as Cabinet Secretary for Justice since 2018. A member of the Scottish National Party, he has been Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Pollok since 2016, having previously been an MSP for the Glasgow region from 2011 to 2016.
Picture : John Devlin. 19/11/2020. Broughty Ferry. Portrait of Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Justice. Humza Haroon Yousaf is a Scottish politician who has served as Cabinet Secretary for Justice since 2018. A member of the Scottish National Party, he has been Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Pollok since 2016, having previously been an MSP for the Glasgow region from 2011 to 2016.

“Humza Yousaf, good Scots name,” the 63-year-old former farmer had tweeted shortly after the Bataclan massacre in Paris in 2015. “I am sure he is 90% backing Muslim killers. Be having a whip round for terrorist families soon.”

“I remember the blow to my stomach when I saw it,” the Justice

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Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf on how personal experience is driving him to get hate crime bill into law

IT’S less than 24 hours since Humza Yousaf heard the news: that Stuart Smith, from Gretna Green, had been found guilty of a hate crime against him.



Humza Yousaf wearing a suit and tie


© Picture : John Devlin. 19/11/2020. Broughty Ferry.

Portrait of Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for …


“Humza Yousaf, good Scots name,” the 63-year-old former farmer had tweeted shortly after the Bataclan massacre in Paris in 2015. “I am sure he is 90% backing Muslim killers. Be having a whip round for terrorist families soon.”

“I remember the blow to my stomach when I saw it,” the Justice Secretary tells me. “I felt it right in the gut because I have only ever worked for peace.” Yousaf had just posted his solidarity with the victims when Smith’s message landed. “#JeSuisParis”, the MSP had written, like everyone else. The next day he sang the Marseillaise outside the Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow. ”For this man to

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Bill to protect judges’ personal information becomes law

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge whose son was slain at their home by an attorney who had stalked her invoked his memory Friday at the signing of a New Jersey law aimed at protecting judges’ personal information from being publicly accessible.

“With today’s bill signing, I believe, symbolically, Daniel is doing what he did for his father and I — he is protecting the lives of countless judicial officers,” U.S. District Judge Esther Salas said as she choked back tears.

Twenty-year-old Daniel Anderl was shot on July 19 by an assailant dressed as a FedEx deliveryman as he answered the door at the family’s New Jersey home. Salas, who sits in federal court in Newark, was in another part of the house and wasn’t injured, but her husband, Mark Anderl, was shot and seriously wounded. He attended Friday’s bill signing with Salas.

The gunman was identified as Roy

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U.S. criminal investigators were told to take ‘no further action’ on Caterpillar, ex-client of Attorney General Bill Barr

By Aram Roston | Reuters

WASHINGTON – Before William Barr became President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, he represented Caterpillar Inc, a Fortune 100 company, in a federal criminal investigation by the department.

Much was at stake for Caterpillar: Since 2018, the Internal Revenue Service has been demanding $2.3 billion in payments from the company in connection with the tax matters under criminal investigation. The company is contesting that finding.

A week after Barr was nominated for the job of attorney general, Justice officials in Washington told the investigative team in the active criminal probe of Caterpillar to take “no further action” in the case, according to an email written by one of the agents and reviewed by Reuters.

The decision, the email said, came from the Justice Department’s Tax Division and the office of the deputy attorney general, who was then Rod Rosenstein.

“I

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