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Jussie Smollett Refuses to Meet Chicago Police, Hires Crisis Management Firm

Empire actor Jussie Smollett is refusing to be questioned by the Chicago Police Department and has hired the services of a crisis management firm amid reports he staged an attack on himself last month. “There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today,” Anna Kavanagh, a crisis manager at MediaPros24/7 said in a statement Monday. “Any news reports suggesting otherwise are inaccurate. Smollett’s attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf. We have no further comment today.” Chicago police on Sunday said they requested a follow-up interview with Smollett due to “new evidence” they obtained…

12 Establishment Media Journalists Who Fueled the Jussie Smollett Flames

Establishment media journalists and pundits uncritically accepted and promoted Jussie Smollett’s elaborate “hate crime” story, just one week after the mainstream media fostered the false narrative surrounding the Covington Catholic students, resulting in a laundry list of impending defamation lawsuits. Here’s 12 establishment media commentators and journalists who fueled the Jussie Smollett flames with impassioned and uncritical reactions to the Empire actor’s imaginative account of his supposed run-in with Trump supporters in “MAGA country” Chicago. 1. Eugene Scott – Washington Post‘s The Fix reporter “To many, the Smollett incident — and the political nature of the assault — is yet another reminder for…

The former Apple lawyer who was supposed to keep employees from insider trading has been charged with insider trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday charged a former Apple executive with insider trading. Gene Levoff, senior director of corporate law and corporate secretary until September, “traded on material nonpublic information about Apple’s earnings three times during 2015 and 2016,” according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. “Levoff also had a previous history of insider trading, having traded on Apple’s material nonpublic information at least three additional times in 2011 and 2012. For the trading in 2015 and 2016, Levoff profited and avoided losses of approximately $382,000,” the complaint says. Levoff’s position…

Ohio Police Shoot Military Vet Multiple Times, Then Let Him Bleed to Death

The Rutherford Institute is weighing in on a case in which police shot a military veteran multiple times, then let him bleed to death rather than rendering emergency aid. Arguing that police have a constitutional obligation to provide life-saving aid to those injured during the course of an arrest, attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against two Ohio police officers who, despite being trained in first aid, failed to intervene to save the life of a military veteran as he lay bleeding to death from at least four gunshot wounds. The…

Longtime phony Walgreens pharmacist gave out 745,000 prescriptions, authorities say

A Bay Area woman is accused of posing as a pharmacist and handing out some 745,000 prescriptions before she was caught, the California Board of Pharmacy confirmed Wednesday. According to the board, Kim Thien Le told them she’d attended Creighton University, but records revealed she’d never graduated. When the Board asked Le for her pharmacist license number, they said they discovered she’d used the license numbers of two pharmacists with similar names. CBS San Francisco reports that, during questioning, Le told the board, “Me and my son would be very grateful if you could just forget about this.” According to…

If Corporations Are People, Some of Them Should Go to Jail

Up in the Commonwealth—God save it!—we have this attorney general named Maura Healey. She isn’t the biggest person, but she’s a former Boston College point guard who can still play. And she is not someone whose attention you want to draw, especially if you happen to be someone working scams that end up killing people and starting nationwide epidemics. The Sackler family, which got rich developing and marketing Oxycontin, has drawn Healey’s attention. From WBUR: “I promise you that we will hold opioid makers accountable for the role they played in creating this crisis…we will do whatever it takes to…

Comet Ping Pong surveillance images released

According to this Fox5 report D.C. police are trying to identify the man pictured above in connection with the latest incident at Comet Ping Pong. Police are trying to identify a man who was caught in surveillance images around the time a fire was allegedly set at Comet Ping Pong Pizza in the District. On Friday, officials said a minor fire at the D.C. pizzeria that has been a popular target for conspiracy theorists was intentionally set. The fire was reported on Wednesday around 9:20 p.m. Investigators say curtains and window coverings inside the restaurant caught fire. They say employees…

Family behind OxyContin maker engineered opioid crisis, Massachusetts AG says

The Massachusetts attorney general is targeting Purdue Pharma and eight members of the Sackler family who own the company, alleging in a lawsuit they are “personally responsible” for deceptively selling OxyContin. The attorney general, Maura Healey, sat down with “CBS This Morning.” She alleges the Sackler family hired “hundreds of workers to carry out their wishes” – pushing doctors to get “more patients on opioids, at higher doses, for longer, than ever before” all while paying “themselves billions of dollars.” In her lawsuit, Healey names eight members of the family that own Purdue Pharma, alleging they “micromanaged” a “deceptive sales campaign.”…

Murderer Finds Himself Convicted Using Data From His Own Garmin GPS Watch

Fitness trackers help millions of people keep a track of their activity. However, for one homicidal cycling fanatic, it caused his capture. His Garmin GPS watch was used to track his location which matched those of his victims. Police in Merseyside, northwest England, UK, revealed Mark Fellows was found guilty of two gangland murders. Victims Fellows, 38, was convicted of the murder of John Kinsella and gang member Paul Massy in 2015. John Kinsella was shot on 5th May 2018 by a masked individual on a bicycle wearing a high-visibility vest. The shooter was easily picked up on CCTV cameras because of…

John McAfee Flees U.S. for Alleged Tax Fraud

John Mcafee, the US presidential candidate, and a business tycoon has recently uploaded a video on his Twitter account. According to the video, McAfee is living in an exile on a boat after the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) charged him on Tax evasion frauds of felonious nature. John, a long-term crypto advocate who was going to run for the President in 2020, is in a rocking boat (quite literally!). He has been charged by the IRS for using cryptocurrencies in criminal activities along with four other 2020 Presidential candidates. McAfee Running Presidential Campaign in Exile John in his Twitter video…

Study Finds Traffic Ticket Debt Hits Poor Hardest

The impact of traffic tickets on motorists who are struggling economically can be devastating, according to a recent study by an economics researcher at Princeton University. Steven Mello, who is finalizing his doctorate in economics, conducted an analysis of the impact of traffic tickets on Florida drivers using individual credit report data with payrolls to calculate the impact of a citation. From 2011 to 2015, about 4.5 million Florida drivers received a traffic citation, amounting to nearly a third of the driving age population. Demographic data show more tickets are issued in low-income areas, and in these areas each ticket…

Hackers broke into an SEC database and made millions from inside information, says DOJ

Federal prosecutors unveiled charges in an international stock-trading scheme that involved hacking into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR corporate filing system. The scheme allegedly netted $4.1 million for fraudsters from the U.S., Russia and Ukraine. Using 157 corporate earnings announcements, the group was able to execute trades on material nonpublic information. Most of those filings were “test filings,” which corporations upload to the SEC’s website. The charges were announced Tuesday by Craig Carpenito, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, alongside the SEC, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service, which investigates financial crimes. The…

‘To Catch a Predator’ host charged with bouncing checks to Stamford merchant

Shippan resident and “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen has been accused of bouncing checks and failing to pay for $13,000 worth of marketing materials he received from a local vendor. Hansen, 59, was charged Monday with issuing a bad check and released after signing a written promise to appear in court. Hansen did not immediately return a call Tuesday for comment. According to a four-page arrest affidavit, Hansen asked Peter Psichopaidas, owner of Promotional Sales Limited of Summer Street, for 355 ceramic mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals. Hansen planned to use them at marketing events, the…

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland sexually assaulted 4-year-old, police say

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland was arrested Monday over accusations that he sexually assaulted a child for two years starting at the age of 4. Wetteland, 52, is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14. The Trophy Club resident posted $25,000 bond and was released from custody the same day as his arrest. He forced a relative to perform a sex act on him, according to his arrest-warrant affidavit, beginning in 2004 when the child was 4 years old. It happened twice more during a two-year period, the accuser said. The abuse…

Hacker who took down entire nation’s internet is jailed

A British hacker whose cyberattacks took the nation of Liberia offline has been jailed for almost three years. Daniel Kaye launched a series of attacks on Liberian cell phone operator Lonestar in October 2015, which became so powerful they knocked out the west African country’s internet the following year. Kaye, 30, had been hired to carry out the attacks by a senior employee at rival operator Cellcom, Britain’s National Crime Agency said in a statement, although there is no suggestion that Cellcom was aware of the activity. He pleaded guilty to creating and using a botnet, a series of computers…

Man who murdered six strangers claims Uber app had turned him into Satan’s “puppet”

An Uber driver, who once claimed the devil controlled him through the ride-hailing app, pleaded guilty Monday to killing six people in a murderous rampage on the eve of his trial. In a surprise move, Jason Dalton admitted to shooting eight people, two of whom survived, between fares in the Kalamazoo, Mich., area in February 2016. The 48-year-old driver was in court on the final day of jury selection for his upcoming trial, when he unexpectedly confessed. “I’ve wanted to do this for quite a while,” Dalton told Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Alexander Lipsey. He then pleaded guilty to…

Former Barclays CEO could face 10 year prison stint for fraud in 2008 crisis

A landmark case in London could potentially imprison one of the highest-level banking executives ever charged in relation to the 2008 financial crisis. Proceedings officially begin on Monday for the trial of Barclays CEO John Varley, who is charged with fraud. The trial, still in its early stages, is part of the UK’s first set of criminal cases pursuing senior bankers for crisis-era events. The Financial Times reported that Varley is one of four defendants facing charges related to the bank’s arrangements with Middle Eastern investors in the wake of the crisis. In a bid to avoid being part of…

Anti-Gun Chicago Alderman Ed Burke Charged With Extortion, Had 23 Guns in His Office

Ed Burke, Chicago’s longest-serving alderman and one if its most powerful, was charged with extortion in federal court on Thursday. The chairman of the city’s finance committee, who’s been in office for fifty years after succeeding his father, knows a thing or two about money. According to federal investigators, the former city cop used his power to tie up the business licensing process for a southwest Chicago Burger King restaurant to force the owners to steer their legal business to his firm. From the Sun Times: After the company struggled to have its permits approved, it agreed to steer business…

Patient in vegetative state gives birth, sex abuse investigation underway: report

A woman who has been in a vegetative state since she nearly drowned 10 years ago has reportedly given birth to a baby last month, prompting a sex abuse investigation at the Phoenix-area nursing facility, AZ Family reported. The baby was born on Dec. 29 and is doing well, according to the report. The woman is reportedly a patient at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. A source familiar with the situation told AZ Family that “none of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth.” “From what I’ve been told she was moaning. And they…

One of the most powerful and longest-serving City Council members in Chicago charged with extortion

One of the most powerful and longest-serving City Council members in Chicago history appeared in federal court Thursday on a charge that he tried to shake down a major fast-food restaurant chain seeking city remodeling permits. Alderman Ed Burke, 75, is charged with one count of attempted extortion for conveying to company executives in 2017 that they’d get the permits only if they signed on as clients at Burke’s private property-tax law firm in Chicago, a 37-page complaint unsealed on Thursday says. For many Chicagoans suspicious of dealings behind closed doors at City Hall, Burke has personified the city’s machine…

These Pennsylvania officials were jailed, convicted or arrested in 2018

Perjury. Bribery. Running pay-for-play operations out of city government offices. Offering favorable treatment in exchange for sex. These are just some of the activities employed by once-powerful public officials in Pennsylvania. They were given the public trust – along with enviable salaries and benefits – and abused their positions, prosecutors say. Here’s a look at public figures who ended up in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system in 2018. A note: Most on this list have been convicted or pleaded guilty. A few individuals have been charged but their cases have not been resolved. Kathleen Kane The former Pennsylvania Attorney General, Kathleen…

Jewish sect members accused of kidnapping children in New York

Four members of a Jewish sect have been charged with kidnapping a young brother and sister in New York state. Prosecutors say the men belong to the ultra-Orthodox Lev Tahor group, which is based in Guatemala. They are accused of abducting a 14-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother from the village of Woodridge, which is north of New York City. The men planned to take the pair back to Guatemala after their mother fled the sect six weeks earlier. The woman had reportedly feared for her children’s safety and felt the group, which was founded by her father, was becoming…

Allison Mack gets restraining order on ‘obsessed fan,’ 53, seen lurking outside her parents’ home while she is on house arrest in NXIVM sex trafficking case

Former Smallville star Allison Mack has filed for a restraining order against a 53-year-old man, claiming that he has been stalking her while she is under house arrest in California on sex trafficking charges in connection to the NXIVM cult. A judge has granted the 36-year-old Mack an order of protection against Thomas Sekera, of Ohio. According to court documents obtained by the gossip site TMZ, Mack accused Sekera of lurking outside her parents’ home near Los Angeles, where she has been living and attending college since April, after being released from jail on $5million bail. Mack claimed that Sekera…

A retired Army 2-star is heading to trial on charges that he raped his daughter

In March, a military judge dismissed six rape charges against retired Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene, citing a new five-year statute of limitations prescribed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Now, he will face three charges of rape and three of incest at a civilian trial scheduled for late April, stemming from allegations he sexually assaulted his teenage daughter in the 1980s. Following the Army’s dismissal, authorities in Prince William County, Virginia ― a state with no statute of limitations on rape ― opened an investigation into Grazioplene, now 69. Though most of the alleged offenses, which took place from…

Mother Sues After Cops Barge Into Mentally Ill Son’s Apartment, Shoot Him 76 Times

The family of a 26-year-old Atlanta man who was killed after police shot him 76 times has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officers involved. In August of 2016, police broke down the door of Jamarion Robinson’s girlfriend’s home in Parkside Camp Creek Luxury Apartments and began spraying the interior of the apartment with bullets. Robinson was killed by multiple police task force officers from several different departments, including the U.S. Marshal Service. On that fateful day in August, police were serving a warrant for Robinson’s arrest. Police claimed that during a previous confrontation, Robinson had fired a gun…

Bloody Christmas weekend: More than 40 shot, 11 killed in Chicago

Christmas weekend was grim in Chicago even by this year’s wretched standards for gun violence: Police say at least 41 people were shot, 11 fatally, between Friday evening and Sunday night, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The victims include James Gill, 18, and Roy Gill, 21, who were killed when somebody came out of an alley and opened fire on a front porch during a family party, the Chicago Tribune reports. Five others were wounded in that shooting alone, two of them critically. Hours earlier, a man around 40 was pronounced dead in a South Side hospital after having been shot multiple times near the…

Executives In Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Deserve 5-Year Prison Terms, Prosecutors Say

The former chairman and two vice presidents of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. should spend five years in prison over the 2011 flooding and meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Japanese prosecutors say, accusing the executives of failing to prevent a foreseeable catastrophe. Prosecutors say the TEPCO executives didn’t do enough to protect the nuclear plant, despite being told in 2002 that the Fukushima facility was vulnerable to a tsunami. In March of 2011, it suffered meltdowns at three of its reactors, along with powerful hydrogen explosions. “It was easy to safeguard the plant against tsunami, but they kept…

2 Michigan regulators take plea deals in Flint water case

Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the Flint water scandal pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor Wednesday in exchange for more serious charges being dropped, bringing to six the number of officials who have agreed to such deals. Stephen Busch pleaded no contest to disturbing a public meeting, and Michael Prysby pleaded no contest to a count of violating Michigan’s Safe Drinking Water Act. They had been charged with felonies, but those charges and others were dismissed under the terms of their deals that also require them to testify against others, if needed. Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the…

Sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey includes video evidence, Massachusetts State Police report says

The sexual assault case against actor Kevin Spacey reportedly includes a Snapchat video of him touching the front of the alleged victim’s pants, according to a Massachusetts State Police investigative report. Spacey is facing a count of indecent assault on a person over the age of 14 for allegedly groping the teenage son of former WCVB news anchor Heather Unruh at a Nantucket bar in 2016. The State Police report, which has been filed with a criminal complaint in Nantucket District Court, gives the first detailed account of Spacey’s alleged actions at The Club Car bar and restaurant two-and-a-half years…

2 Children Found Buried 2 Years Apart in a Yard. Their Father, a Walmart Santa, Has Been Arrested

Police in southeast Georgia are trying to determine how two children could go missing for up to two years without anyone reporting it to the police – following the grisly discovery of the bodies of a 14-year-old brother and sister in their father’s backyard. The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office was responding to a welfare check for Mary Crocker on Dec. 19 when investigators discovered her body and the body of her brother, Elwyn Crocker at the home in Guyton, Georgia. Police said although Mary had not been seen in weeks and her brother Elwyn Jr. had not been seen since…

Doctors and cops among 277 arrested in human trafficking, online prostitution sting in Florida

A week-long undercover sting targeting human trafficking and online prostitution in Polk County ended with 277 arrests that included doctors, pharmacists and law enforcement officers. “That’s the most we have ever arrested in the history of the sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “Operation No Tricks, No Treats” started last Tuesday, October 10 and ran through Monday, October 16. During that time, undercover detectives posted fake ads or profiles online posing as prostitutes or someone who solicits prostitutes. Other detectives responded to profiles and ads posted by prostitutes. According to the sheriff’s office, 51 of the arrests were related to those…

New Jersey Cop Guilty Of Shaking Down Motorists…FBI charges fifth police officer in Paterson, New Jersey after probe reveals theft from drivers during bogus traffic stops

Another Paterson, New Jersey police officer on Wednesday was arrested for stealing from motorists. Matthew Torres, 30, became the fifth officer taken down for misconduct following a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe into the widespread corruption at the department. Under interrogation, Torres admitted to shaking down motorists on a number of occasions. Specifically, on December 7, 2017, Torres and Officer Eudy Ramos, 31, stopped a motorist who was riding along with his brother. That brother admitted that he had two small bags of marijuana in his pocket. “Honesty goes a long way,” Officer Ramos said as he took the…

Priest named in Pennsylvania church sex abuse probe jailed

A Roman Catholic priest on Friday became the first person sentenced to prison as a result of a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation that found hundreds of clergy had abused children over seven decades. The Rev. John Thomas Sweeney, 76, received 11½ months to five years in state prison and will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years. He pleaded guilty in July to misdemeanor indecent assault on a minor after being accused of forcing a 10-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him while counseling the fourth-grader about misbehaving on a school bus. “I want the public…

690 Clergy accused of child sex abuse in Illinois…

A scathing report from Attorney General Lisa Madigan finds the number of Catholic clergy accused of sexual abuse in Illinois is much higher than previously acknowledged, with 690 clergy accused, although Catholic officials have publicly identified only 185 clergy with credible allegations against them. The determination was part of a preliminary report made public Wednesday by Madigan’s office, which has been investigating Catholic clergy sexual abuse of minors following revelations over the summer of widespread abuse and cover-ups by Catholic officials in Pennsylvania. The report was critical of the six Catholic dioceses that govern parishes across Illinois for their lack…

Second woman claims billionaire perv Jeffrey Epstein ‘directed’ her to have sex with Alan Dershowitz

A second alleged trafficking victim of Jeffrey Epstein says the billionaire pedophile “directed” her to have sex with Alan Dershowitz — a claim the prominent attorney adamantly denies. The revelation regarding Sarah Ransome’s allegations against the 80-year-old lawyer who represented the notorious sex offender is included in a public transcript available in Manhattan Federal Court. Ransome has sued Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, saying they trafficked her for sex from 2006 to 2007, while she was in her 20s. During a Nov. 7 hearing on Ransome’s case, Maxwell’s attorney Laura Menninger mentioned the explosive allegation against Dershowitz. “(Ransome)…

Palm Beach County deputy faces no charges after running stop sign at twice the speed limit and putting a teen in a coma

An off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy will not face charges for allegedly running a stop sign while speeding and crashing into a car, critically injuring a teenager. The Palm Beach County State Attorney declined to charge Michael D’Avanzo for the July crash in Delray Beach that injured 18-year-old Farrah Fox. Investigators say the Palm Beach County deputy was driving 53 mph (85 kph) in a 25 mph (40 kph) when his pickup ran the stop sign and smashed into a truck carrying Fox. The University of Central Florida aeronautics engineering student was comatose for a month and remains in…

Sheriff’s captain arrested for distributing child porn gets no jail time

A sheriff’s captain who was originally charged with distributing child pornography has pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, receiving no jail time in turn. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 40-year-old Donny Lewis Dixon entered in a written agreement Wednesday to be convicted on the misdemeanor charge. He was arrested in June after investigators executed a search warrant. But defense attorney Peter Baruch says there was no document or image showing his client possessed anything illegal on his computer. CONTINUE @ KUTV

Oprah-featured “psychic healer” to be arrested on sex abuse charges after an astonishing 258 women step forward with detailed accusations

A “psychic healer” from Brazil is now facing arrest, after over 200 women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse. The women say that João Teixeira de Faria, also known as “John of God,” abused them while they were seeking out spiritual guidance. Teixeira de Faria reached celebrity status after appearing on a television show hosted by Oprah Winfrey in 2013. Prosecutors are now calling for his arrest, according to reports. This is not the first time a celebrity has been accused of taking advantage of women, but the victim toll here is astonishingly high. Many of Teixeira de Faria’s followers…

Police Dismantle Massive Child Sex Slavery Ring Run By Israelis, Fmr IDF Soldier—MSM Silent

A large child sex slavery ring overseen by Israelis was dismantled by Colombian police earlier this week, in a story that has shocked Colombia and much of Latin America but received minimal coverage from mainstream Western media outlets. The network had been active since 2011 and expressly “recruited” young, underage females in situations of economic hardship or domestic abuse to work as “sex slaves” catering to Israeli tourists visiting Colombia. Colombian authorities first began to investigate the sex slavery network in June 2016 following the murder of Israeli citizen Shay Azran in the Colombian city of Medellín. Soon after, Azran’s…

Disney Channel Actor Arrested and Fired for Allegedly Plotting Sex With 13 Year-Old

Stoney Westmoreland, a 48-year-old actor who plays the grandfather on Disney Channel sitcom Andi Mack, has been arrested for allegedly trying to arrange online to have sex with a 13-year-old. Hours after the arrest, the kids-focused Disney cable network severed ties with the actor. “Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series Andi Mack, was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a rep for Disney Channel said in a statement Friday night. “Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors, we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work…