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Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New YorkCalifornia attorney Michael Avenatti learned Tuesday that he faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. The Nov. 12 trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan. Avenatti participated by telephone.



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Alex Jones Faces Court Action After Threatening Sandy Hook Lawyer

Alex Jones Faces Court Action After Threatening Sandy Hook LawyerAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg via GettyA Connecticut judge could impose penalties on InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Tuesday, after Jones aired a show where he punched a picture of an attorney representing Sandy Hook families and called the lawyer a “pimp.”In a motion filed Monday in Connecticut, attorneys for the Sandy Hook families asked the court to review Friday’s episode of InfoWars. In that show, Jones raged at attorney Chris Mattei, who’s representing Sandy Hook families suing Jones for saying the 2012 elementary school massacre never happened.While sitting next to his own attorney, Norm Pattis, Jones accused Mattei without evidence of planting child porn on InfoWars’s servers.“Total war!” Jones said. “You want it, you got it! I’m not into kids like your Democratic Party, you cocksuckers! So get ready!”Alex Jones Offers $ 1M Reward After Alleged ‘Malware’ Attack That He Says Planted Child Porn on His ServersWhile producing emails during the lawsuit’s discovery process, InfoWars accidentally handed over child pornography that had been emailed to the company by one or more anonymous people. The emails were then sent to a company handling document review for the Sandy Hook attorneys, the latest error in a discovery process that InfoWars and Jones have been frequently accused of hindering.  After receiving the images, the Sandy Hook attorneys contacted the FBI, who took over the document review process. In their motion, the attorneys say InfoWars could have avoided forwarding the emails if they had conducted “even minimal due diligence.” “They transmitted images to the plaintiffs that if they were knowingly possessed is a serious federal crime,” the attorneys say in the motion. In a statement, Pattis said InfoWars employees hadn’t opened the emails when they were originally received. “I spoke to federal prosecutors last week,” Pattis said. “They report that there is no indication anyone at InfoWars knowingly possessed child pornography. The items were embedded in emails sent to folks at InfoWars without ever having been opened.”On his Friday show, Jones concocted a conspiracy theory that Mattei had planted the child porn himself in an attempt to discredit InfoWars. Jones fumed at Mattei, calling him a “white-shoe boy that thinks he owns America.” Twitter Permanently Bans Alex Jones and InfowarsPattis appeared uncomfortable as Jones raged at the plaintiff’s attorney, at one point urging Jones to calm down and referring to Jones as “young man.” At one point during the show, Jones punched a picture of Mattei. Pattis told Jones to stop showing Mattei’s face on air, adding that they didn’t know who had sent InfoWars the child pornography.“I didn’t come on your show to be made out to be a naive fool,” Pattis said. The Sandy Hook attorneys urged the judge in the case to consider action against Jones over the show at a hearing on Tuesday. They haven’t specified yet what kind of action they want, but say in their motion that the court has an “obligation to protect” the lawyers on the case. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Boeing's embattled chief faces tough crowd at Paris Air Show

Boeing's embattled chief faces tough crowd at Paris Air ShowBoeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will have his work cut out for him at the Paris Air Show this week as he tries to reassure airlines and industry partners over the fate of its flagship 737 MAX plane, indefinitely grounded after two fatal crashes.



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Biden Faces High Expectations and Risks Entering 2020 Campaign

Biden Faces High Expectations and Risks Entering 2020 Campaign(Bloomberg) — Joe Biden will have to quickly establish that he can sustain his position at the top of the Democratic presidential field in a political environment that’s changed dramatically since he was last on a ballot.



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Pete Buttigieg faces backlash for saying people in prison should not be allowed to vote

Pete Buttigieg faces backlash for saying people in prison should not be allowed to voteDemocratic frontrunners are facing scrutiny for their stance on voting rights for incarcerated felons – after Bernie Sanders said he supports voting rights 'even for terrible people'.In one of five CNN town halls that aired Tuesday night, Senator Sanders was asked by a Harvard student specifically on whether those currently serving a prison sentence should be allowed to vote."This is a democracy and we have got to expand that democracy,” the Vermont senator said, “and I believe every single person does have the right to vote.”Vermont is one of two states, the other being Maine, where incarcerated felons have always retained their right to vote. In Sanders’s adopted state, voters must be citizens of Vermont and register at their previous home address, preventing prisons from becoming voting blocs. A 2018 report from NBC on the practice claimed that it’s had a “profound” effect on prisoners re-entering free society. As of 2018, neither states tracks the number of votes from prison.Still, allowing prisoners to vote became an unexpected, and hotly contested, issue. Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren both told audiences that they’d like to have a “conversation” about that practice. Each added that restoring voting rights for felons after they leave prison remains important to them. Meanwhile, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg came out strongly against the notion."You lose your freedom and I think during that freedom it does not make sense to have an exception for it the right to vote," Buttigieg said.His response was mostly met with applause in the town hall, but a swift response from viewers at home criticised the Midwestern mayor for his unwavering stance."I’ve been working in prisons for five years now & there is not a single person in there who doesn’t deserve the right to vote," wrote author and Harvard PhD candidate Clint Smith on Twitter. "To suggest otherwise is to have a myopic, regressive view of who & is not deserving of citizenship.""Buttigieg said that it was a matter of punishment," wrote organiser and photographer Kelly Hayes in the midst of a Twitter thread responding to the mayor's position. "But if to punish a human being, you must remove their ability to have any voice in what happens to them in the largest of matters, in addition to the smallest of matters, that's not mere punishment. That's utter dehumanisation."Others pointed out hat at least one member of the town hall audience seemed perplexed by the mayor's statement. “What's the reason NOT to let incarcerated people vote?” wrote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti ‏in a tweet Wednesday morning. “Shouldn't the people most affected by unjust laws have some say in electing people to change them?”Senator Amy Klobuchar, who also had a town hall on CNN Tuesday night, was not asked about her stance on the matter.



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Attorney General William Barr faces a political firestorm after release of the Mueller report

Attorney General William Barr faces a political firestorm after release of the Mueller reportPresident Trump's new attorney general is facing sharp criticism for his handling of the release of the special counsel's final Trump-Russia report.



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In Notre-Dame's shadow, a 'village' faces uncertain future

In Notre-Dame's shadow, a 'village' faces uncertain futureFew at the gathering Thursday morning in the Quasimodo cafe — named after the hunchback in Victor Hugo’s celebrated novel set at the cathedral — seemed optimistic about the chances of re-opening in the near future. Police are letting only residents and business owners onto the River Seine island known as the Ile de la Cite where the cathedral stands, choking off the tourist traffic that is their lifeblood. “We usually have lots of tourists, more than 500 a day, but now there’s nobody,” said Virginie Aranda, who has a stall at the flower market on the Ile de la Cite.



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US actress Lori Loughlin faces new charge in college bribery scandal

US actress Lori Loughlin faces new charge in college bribery scandalAmerican actress Lori Loughlin was hit with a second charge on Tuesday stemming from a college admissions bribery scandal, increasing the likelihood that she could serve time in prison. The actress, known for her role on “Full House,” now faces the charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering in addition to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, federal prosecutor Andrew Lelling said. Unlike actress Felicity Huffman, who was also among 33 parents charged in the case, Loughlin has so far chosen not to plead guilty — a move that, in addition to avoiding trial, usually results in a reduced sentence.



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From ‘Full House’ to Big House, Lori Loughlin Faces Two Years in Prison

From ‘Full House’ to Big House, Lori Loughlin Faces Two Years in PrisonPaul MarottaDisgraced TV star Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli could face a minimum of two years in the slammer over the bribes they allegedly channeled to a crew coach to get their daughters into USC, even if they plead out a deal with the feds. While her fellow accused Felicity Huffman could spend as little as four months inside, Loughlin is likely to face a much heftier jail sentence due to the amount of money she is alleged to have forked out to get her daughters into the elite school.TMZ reports that her alleged payment of $ 550,000 lifts her alleged crime into a different sentencing bracket, where the recommended minimum jail time is between 24 and 30 months. Quoting sources connected to the case, TMZ says all of the parents in the college cheating scandal have been offered plea deals, but prosecutors will only accept pleas with prison time attached. So far, 13 have accepted the deals offered while another 37 have yet to proceed.Huffman reached a deal on Monday and issued a statement saying: “I am in full acceptance of my guilt and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions. I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college.”Prosecutors alleged that parents involved in what authorities have called the “largest college admissions scam prosecuted by the Justice Department” paid admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, 58, more than $ 25 million total to rig test scores, cheat on SAT exams, and bribe college coaches. In some cases, the complaint noted, the students didn’t even play the sports for which they were “recruited.” Singer has pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice.Read more at The Daily Beast.



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Boeing faces liabilities as CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledges 'apparent' 737 Max problem

Boeing faces liabilities as CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledges 'apparent' 737 Max problemBoeing CEO's acknowledgment that a new maneuvering system contributed to two fatal 737 Max crashes could leave company exposed to financial liability.



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