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Minnesota Attorney General’s Office files lawsuit against Plainview fitness center

The statement, allegedly made by Brandon Reiter, was included in the 13-page lawsuit filed in Wabasha County District Court on Tuesday, Nov. 24, by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. The AG’s office has also filed for a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction.

The lawsuit alleges that Reiter’s fitness center, Plainview Wellness Center, is violating Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-99, which ordered that fitness centers and other places of entertainment close, and that bars and restaurants suspend indoor service for four weeks. The order went into effect Friday, Nov. 20, at 11:59 p.m.

“Despite that potential harm to Minnesotans, Plainview Wellness Center has refused to comply with Executive Order 20-99. Defendant promoted on the gym’s Facebook page it would not be closing and would instead keep its regular schedule of being open 24-hours a day,” the lawsuit reads. “In short, Plainview Wellness Center is ignoring the risks of the

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City attorney mistakenly said employees could run for office. Now four could lose jobs

North Miami’s city attorney “erroneously” told employees they could run for elected office without resigning their positions with the city, according to a memo issued Tuesday. Four employees could now lose their jobs.

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Two city employees who were recently elected in other cities — Daniela Jean as a commissioner in North Miami Beach and Linda Julien as a councilwoman in Miami Gardens — resigned from their positions Friday after the city attorney, Jeff Cazeau, issued an opinion that said they could no longer work for North Miami.

Jean was an administrative coordinator in the risk management department and Julien was an economic development manager. Julien said she had previously been told there was nothing stopping her from running for office in Miami Gardens while keeping her job in North Miami, even if she was elected.

“If I was told otherwise, I would have prepared myself,” Julien told the

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McHenry County state’s attorney’s office won’t enforce governor’s indoor dining ban

The McHenry County state’s attorney’s office will not enforce the governor’s ban on indoor dining, State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally announced Wednesday.

The office will, however, enforce related orders requiring employees and customers to wear masks, maintain social distancing and adhere to capacity limitations.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Kenneally’s decision not to enforce the indoor dining ban rested on two main considerations.

First, no provision in the executive orders or the Illinois Emergency Management Act requires or authorizes the state’s attorney’s office to enforce Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive orders, Kenneally said.

“Second, there is the legitimate question, currently being litigated, as to whether the executive orders, which require the Governor to exercise ’emergency powers,’ are authorized under Illinois law or otherwise constitutional,” Kenneally said in the release.

As restaurants throughout the county continue to defy the governor’s indoor dining ban in an effort to stay afloat, enforcement of masks and social distancing remains paramount, McHenry

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Last whistleblower fired at Ken Paxton’ office amid FBI probe

Ryan Vassar was one of eight senior aides who told authorities they believed Paxton was breaking the law — a report that has sparked an FBI investigation.

The Texas attorney general’s office has fired the last remaining whistleblower who alleged Ken Paxton broke the law in doing favors for a political donor — just days after aides had sued the agency alleging they suffered retaliation for making the report.

Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel Ryan Vassar — who had already been placed on paid leave — was fired Nov. 17, according to internal personnel documents obtained by The Texas Tribune, making him the fifth whistleblower to be fired from the agency in less than a month. The three others who reported Paxton to law enforcement have resigned.

Editor’s Note: The above video was published Nov. 17, 2020.

On Nov. 12, Vassar and three of his former colleagues filed a

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Home Office broke equalities law with hostile environment measures

The Home Office broke equalities law when it introduced its hostile environment immigration measures, a critical report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has concluded.



a truck that has a sign on the side of a road: Photograph: Home Office/PA


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The department now has a legal duty to review these policies to ensure they are not racially discriminatory, and that they comply with equalities legislation, the rights body announced.

Related: Hostile environment: anatomy of a policy disaster

In the latest damning report on the Home Office’s record in relation to its hostile environment policies and the Windrush scandal, the EHRC study detected “a lack of commitment” within the Home Office to the importance of equality.

Negative consequences of the hostile environment were “repeatedly ignored, dismissed, or their severity disregarded”, the report found. “This happened particularly when they were seen as a barrier to implementing hostile environment policies in a highly politicised environment.”



a truck that has a sign on the side of a road: The ‘Go home’ vans were one of the earliest examples of the hostile environment policies introduced by Theresa May in 2012.


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Last whistleblower fired from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office days after suing for retaliation

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a press conference in 2017.

Credit: Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

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The Texas Attorney General’s Office has fired the last remaining whistleblower who alleged Ken Paxton broke the law in doing favors for a political donor — just days after aides had sued the agency alleging they suffered retaliation for making the report.

Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel Ryan Vassar — who had already been placed on paid leave — was fired Nov. 17, according to internal personnel documents obtained by The Texas Tribune, making him the fifth whistleblower to be fired from the agency in less than a month. The three others who reported Paxton to law enforcement have resigned.

On Nov. 12, Vassar and three of his former

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Boone County Sheriff’s Office helps investigate Kentucky bestiality case

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Boone County Sheriff investigators assisted with the prosecution of two people under a Kentucky law passed in 2019, that makes sex with animals a felony. (Photo: Provided)

Boone County Sheriff investigators assisted with the investigation of what is believed to be the first bestiality law conviction since state lawmakers outlawed sex with animals in 2019, according to a Kentucky Attorney General release.

The 97-0 vote passing of Senate Bill 67 in March 2019 made Kentucky one of the last states to make bestiality illegal, according to a Courier-Journal article.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the convictions Tuesday in the release. 

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Maysville Police Department and Assistant Attorney General Rewa Zakharia of the AG’s office of special prosecutions, according to the release.

Bracken County resident Nolene Renee Horn, 44, and Mason County resident Christopher S. Jones, 50, have each pleaded guilty in Mason County

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Cebu lawyer murdered outside his office


A LAWYER who had handled high-profile cases was murdered Monday afternoon, Nov. 23, 2020, outside his law office at Alchi Business Center on J. Panis St. in Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City.

Joey Luis Wee, 51, was shot by one of two motorcycle-riding men.

Cebu City Police Office Director (CCPO) Josefino Ligan is now looking into whether the murder was related to his job as Wee’s family had told police that the lawyer had been handling big cases prior to the incident.

Wee, however, had not handled drug cases, Ligan said.

Wee’s murder was condemned by a group of lawyers—the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu City Chapter.

“The brazen attack on our brother in the legal profession is taken as an attack on the whole legal community,” read a portion of IBP Cebu City Chapter’s statement.

The group urged authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice, saying an

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Cebu City lawyer shot dead while walking to his office



a man wearing a suit and tie: Lawyer Joey Luis Wee. Photo: Wee Lim and Salas Law Firm


Lawyer Joey Luis Wee. Photo: Wee Lim and Salas Law Firm

A lawyer was shot dead yesterday by unidentified gunmen while he was walking to his office in Cebu City.

Read: Palawan lawyer shot to death while traveling to court hearing

Joey Luis Wee, 51, died from two gunshot wounds while he was being treated at a hospital. The police said that Wee had just stepped out of his car in front of Alchi Business Center at about 1:30pm when the suspects, who were on board a motorcycle, shot him to death.

A partner at Wee, Lim & Salas Law firm, Wee was the counsel of former Rizal, Palawan, Mayor Nicolas Montaño Sr. in the latter’s rape case. He also stood as the lawyer of former Department of Public Works and Highways officials who were allegedly behind the overpricing of lampposts that were installed for the 2007 Association of Southeast

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Reforming N.O.’s DA’s Office; Who’s the candidate for the job?

Both candidates are from New Orleans. Both candidates went to Tulane Law School. In fact, they were there at the same time.

NEW ORLEANS — Keva Landrum and Jason Williams are headed to a runoff for Orleans Parish District Attorney. Former criminal court judge Keva Landrum finished first in the primary with 35% of the vote. She feels she has the experience needed for the position.

“In July, when I looked at this race, and I knew how important it was for us to have someone with experience to bring reform to that district attorney’s office. I decided to step away from my job as the judge in criminal court section E and run for D.A,” Landrum said.

City Council president and defense attorney Jason Williams got 29% of the vote in the primary. He also said that his experience in the criminal justice system compelled him to run.

‘What

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