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Elected as reformer, Jefferson County’s incoming district attorney is pushing out office’s top prosecutors

Alexis King

Alexis King convinced voters in Jefferson and Gilpin counties that she should be their next district attorney on the promise that she’d reform the prosecutor’s office — and she hasn’t waited to be sworn in to make sweeping changes.

King will cut 10 people from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office when she takes charge in January, she acknowledged in a brief interview Thursday. Those losing their jobs include six senior prosecutors and three deputy district attorneys, those involved told The Denver Post, wiping away decades of experience and senior leadership in the office.

“At the end of the day, it’s about ensuring that we are bringing and performing ethical prosecutions, protecting public safety, that are also aligned with my values and making sure we have a workplace that is open to all identities,” King said Thursday, adding the dismissals are “100%” part of her effort to reform

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Prosecutors want prison for ex-FBI attorney who altered email in FISA process

Prosecutors are asking for a prison sentence for a former FBI lawyer who admitted altering an email sent to a colleague working on the investigation into alleged Russian influence on Trump campaign affiliates.



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Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to a felony false-statement charge in August, soon after he became the only person charged in connection with the investigation Attorney General William Barr ordered last year into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. Barr earlier this week appointed the veteran prosecutor leading that review, Connecticut U.S. attorney John Durham, as a special counsel, empowering him to continue the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s term.

In his plea, Clinesmith admitted adding words to an email used to bolster the case for a surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser. The alteration was one of a series of errors, omissions and inaccuracies identified by

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Tokyo prosecutors consider summary indictment of ex-PM Abe officials: Asahi

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a policy speech at the start of the regular session of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo prosecutors are considering a summary indictment of two officials in former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office for alleged violation of political funding laws, the daily Asahi reported on Friday.

Prosecutors believe the officials failed to report income and expenditures totalling some 30 million yen ($289,000) related to cherry blossom viewing parties held for Abe supporters when he was in office, the Asahi report said.

Under Japanese law, a summary indictment would mean the officials avoid a full court trial process. But the widely publicised case – which cast a shadow over Abe’s final term – may also prove a headline for his successor as Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, who defended Abe in parliament over the issue as

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Polis order again clarifies scope of state prosecutor’s investigation into Elijah McClain’s death

DENVER – Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued another executive order Wednesday that again amends the scope of Attorney General Phil Weiser’s investigation into the actions surrounding Elijah McClain’s death after an amendment last month caused some people to think Weiser would not be able to prosecute law enforcement officers.

Under the original scope of the investigation, which was ordered in June, Weiser, who was appointed as state prosecutor, could investigate “any potential criminal activity by law enforcement officers or any other individuals that caused the death of Elijah McClain in Aurora Colorado in August 2019.

Polis’ Nov. 10 amended executive order changed the scope of the investigation to say Weiser could investigate “offenses arising from the August 24, 2019 encounter with Elijah McClain and/or his subsequent death, and, if deemed necessary, prosecute any persons for such offenses.”

Some took the change – including the removal of the words “law enforcement

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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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Lawyers, prosecutors argue over sex-crimes trial

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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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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard conflicting arguments at a virtual hearing on Tuesday about whether Bill Cosby was fairly convicted of sex crimes in 2018, but many of the seven justices seemed doubtful of the prosecution’s assertions.

The high court heard oral arguments from Cosby’s appellate lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, and from two prosecutors from the office of District Attorney Kevin Steele of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, about whether Cosby’s 2018 trial was flawed by evidence and testimony that should have been excluded, and thus should be thrown out. 

The court is not expected to issue a ruling for some months.

Cosby was convicted in April 2018 on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of his former friend, Andrea Constand,

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AG directs prosecutors to stop pursuing low-level cannabis cases

— Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has directed municipal prosecutors to stop pursuing low-level cannabis cases.

— A ruling last week found that the state of New Jersey was “arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable” in awarding 2018 cannabis licenses.

— A new survey coming out today shows that three of every four New Jersey businesses suffered revenue losses in 2020.

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MARIJUANA — Grewal directs prosecutors to suspend cannabis prosecutions after legalization bill stalls, by POLITICO’s Sam Sutton: Three weeks after

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NJ Attorney General Asks Prosecutors For Dismissal Of Low Level Marijuana Offenders

On Wednesday, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal asked prosecutors to halt all low-level marijuana cases until at least January 25, 2021, as lawmakers continue to debate a bill to legalize adult- use cannabis use for New Jersey.

In a statement to all municipal and county prosecutors, and prosecutor liaison’s, low-level cases include adults and juveniles charged with possession, being under the influence of marijuana, or having marijuana while driving, amongst other charges. The statement does not include offenders of distribution.

Additionally, Grewal suggested prosecutors “use their discretion” with people facing additional charges on top of low-level marijuana offenses by asking for either a postponement or dismissal. Unfortunately, the lack of directive

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Mainland Chinese police hand case on the 12 Hong Kong fugitives to prosecutors



a large ship in a body of water: The 12 fugitive Hongkongers were captured by the China Coast Guard on August 23. Photo: Weibo


The 12 fugitive Hongkongers were captured by the China Coast Guard on August 23. Photo: Weibo

Shenzhen police have handed the case of the 12 Hong Kong fugitives held in mainland China to prosecutors to decide whether they should move ahead with criminal proceedings.

Relatives of the suspects hoped the decision would be made within a month as specified by mainland legislation, and that there would be an open trial if the prosecutions went ahead, according to an opposition activist citing responses from some of the families.

12 Hong Kong fugitives officially accused of illegal border crossing

The authorities said on Friday that police had concluded their investigation into the case of the 12 activists accused of entering mainland waters illegally while trying to flee to Taiwan.

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Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber seek second delay in replying to prosecutors’ bid for SCOTUS review of case after death penalty vacated

“This is the second extension respondent [Tsarnaev] has sought,” Anders wrote. “Petitioner [the government] opposes this request. To accommodate the government’s stated interest in avoiding further delay, respondent will not seek any subsequent extension if this one is granted.”

In requesting the delay, Anders cited her team’s current caseload as well as the complexity of the Tsarnaev matter, which has generated more than 51,000 pages of briefs and appendices.

“Preparing an opposition to certiorari in a capital case, particularly one with such an extensive record, is a substantial endeavor,” Anders wrote. “Indeed, when the government is in the position of opposing certiorari in capital cases on direct review, it often seeks multiple extensions. That practice underscores the care and attention required to prepare a brief in opposition in a capital case.”

But Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall, writing for the DOJ, said in his own letter filed with the

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