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The Latest: Prosecution: Epstein could influence witness

The Latest: Prosecution: Epstein could influence witnessFederal prosecutors seeking to have financier Jeffrey Epstein imprisoned until trial say they’re concerned he might try to derail the trial by influencing potential witnesses. Epstein faces a bail hearing Monday in Manhattan federal court. Federal prosecutors are urging a judge in advance of a bail hearing Monday to keep billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars until trial on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls.



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Alexander Acosta: Trump official who helped paedophile Epstein evade prosecution wants to slash funding for fighting child sex trafficking

Alexander Acosta: Trump official who helped paedophile Epstein evade prosecution wants to slash funding for fighting child sex traffickingAlexander Acosta \- who was recently found out to have helped paedophile Jeffery Epstein evade justice – now wants to cut 80 per cent of funding to the government agency that combats child sex trafficking. The US labour secretary plans to reduce the International Labour Affairs Bureau’s (ILAB) funding from $ 68m to $ 18.5m in the Department of Labours' 2020 fiscal year. ​The ILAB works to combat human trafficking and forced labour, particularly with cases of children.Mr Acosta came under fire after it emerged that he had granted Epstein immunity from federal prosecution in 2008 while he was being investigated for his part in a child sex trafficking ring. The reduction of funds has been heavily criticised by congress members, including Katherine Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat who called Mr Acosta’s proposal “reckless” and “immoral”. Speaking to The Guardian, Ms Clark said this funding cut shows a pattern: “Like so many in this administration Mr Acosta chooses the powerful and wealthy over the vulnerable and victims of sexual assault and it is time that he finds another line of work.”“I’m sure this is a very uncomfortable topic for him,” Ms Clark said, “but I don’t think he should be able to hide from it.”Mr Acosta has been facing growing pressure from Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to resign in the wake of the revelation of the 2008 plea deal that he had oversaw, where an FBI investigation concentrating on Mr Epstein’s relationships with over 30 potentially underage girls was shut down. Epstein pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of solicitation in the state, and the children were labelled prostitutes. Epstein served just 13 months in a Florida minimum security prison.Donald Trump has attempted to minimise Mr Acosta’s role in the 2008 deal, saying: “I hear there were a lot of people involved in that decision, not just him.”Mr Trump also noted Mr Acosta was “an excellent secretary of labour” and said: “The rest of it we’ll have to look at very carefully but you are talking about a long time ago.”



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Venezuela Supreme Court orders prosecution of new oil boards

Venezuela Supreme Court orders prosecution of new oil boardsVenezuela’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that executives appointed to boards affiliated with state oil firm PDVSA — in a bid for control by opposition leader Juan Guaido — face criminal prosecution. The court — packed with Maduro loyalists — ordered legal action against 15 executives that the National Assembly, headed by Guaido, named on Wednesday to form four new executive boards for PDVSA and its US-based affiliate Citgo.



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Mueller Defends Prosecution of ‘Putin’s Chef’ and Russian Trolls

Mueller Defends Prosecution of ‘Putin’s Chef’ and Russian TrollsThe special counsel’s office wrote in a filing that prosecutors only need to show that the company, Concord Management and Consulting, and its alleged co-conspirators agreed to engage in conduct that violated their duties to register as foreign agents and report campaign expenditures. “The government is not required to prove that the conspirators actually violated” federal election and campaign finance laws, prosecutors wrote.



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Prosecution admits to new error in Weinstein case

Prosecution admits to new error in Weinstein caseThe prosecution has admitted to a new embarrassing error in the Harvey Weinstein case, saying a police detective told one of the disgraced Hollywood producer’s accusers to delete from her phone anything she wanted to keep private. In a letter to Weinstein’s attorney dated Tuesday, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon acknowledged that the lead detective had made the recommendation to one of two women accusing Weinstein in the case, in which he faces charges of rape and a forced oral sex act. “This new development even further undermines the integrity of an already deeply flawed indictment of Mr Weinstein,” his lawyer Ben Brafman was quoted by a spokeswoman as saying.



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'Manafort and his lies' at heart of case, prosecution argues

'Manafort and his lies' at heart of case, prosecution arguesALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort lied to keep himself flush with cash for his luxurious lifestyle and lied some more to procure millions in bank loans when his income dropped off, prosecutors told jurors Wednesday in closing arguments at the former Trump campaign chairman's financial fraud trial. Jurors will begin deliberations Thursday.



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Manafort trial: Prosecution rests case against former Trump campaign chairman as defence asks Judge TS Ellis to dismiss charges

Manafort trial: Prosecution rests case against former Trump campaign chairman as defence asks Judge TS Ellis to dismiss chargesProsecutors have rested their case against former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after 10 days of testimony alleging how he avoided taxes on at least $ 16 million of income and lied to banks to maintain an extravagant lifestyle once his work for pro-Kremlin politicians in Ukraine dried up. More than two dozen witnesses painted a picture of Mr Manafort, 69, as a lavish spender with little regard for the law. The prosecution allege that Mr Manafort stashed his money from his political consulting work in 31 undisclosed offshore bank accounts, and skirted taxes on that income by wiring it directly to vendors to snap up real estate, bespoke suits, cars and antique rugs.



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Legal hurdles may make Weinstein's prosecution an exception

Legal hurdles may make Weinstein's prosecution an exceptionLOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's arrest in New York Friday is a landmark moment in the #MeToo movement.



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As juror sleeps, prosecution plods along at sanctions trial

As juror sleeps, prosecution plods along at sanctions trialNEW YORK (AP) — As a juror slept, a wealthy Turkish-Iranian businessman who was arrested on his way to Disney World described to a jury Friday how he overcame U.S. economic sanctions to help Iran move $ 1 billion through foreign banks.



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Judge lectures prosecution on 1st day of Menendez testimony

Judge lectures prosecution on 1st day of Menendez testimonyNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The judge in the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and his longtime friend chastised prosecutors Thursday for asking a witness "irrelevant" questions, and he cautioned both sides to avoid turning the case into a tabloid trial by focusing on details about swanky hotels, limestone baths and rain showers.



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