20 May, 2024
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California man accused of threatening Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis

A California man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Atlanta on threatening charges of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia announced Friday.

Mark Schultz, 66, of Chula Vista, made his first court appearance in California on Friday. He was indicted on April 24 and will be arrested in Atlanta in June, according to the Department of Justice.

According to court documents, Schultz repeatedly posted comments on YouTube livestream videos in October that threatened Willis with violence, including one that said he, “will be killed like a dog.”

The detailed threats Schultz made, including, “FANI WILLIS WILL BE DEAD IN 2024,” and other threats using racial slurs.

Willis is leading one of the four major criminal cases against former President Donald Trump and has charged him with felony racketeering and conspiracy charges for working to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia. She has faced racism threats since her office began its investigation of Trump.

“Threats of violence against government officials, specifically, threaten the very fabric of our democracy,” said Keri Farley, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta field office.

In a statement released by Willis’ office, she referenced GOP state Sen. Bill Cowsert, who is leading an investigation of Willis’ office.

“On the same day Senator Bill Cowsert had the audacity to question whether an elected African American female District Attorney deserved protection from death threats, the United States Attorney and the FBI announced another indictment of someone who threatened my life,” Willis said in the statement .

She added, “I thank US Attorney Ryan Buchanan, his staff and the FBI for believing the life of an African American elected official has value and for their diligent efforts in ensuring the safety of myself,

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Disgraced Biden-nominated US attorney spent ‘lavishly’ on fancy meals on taxpayer’s dime, investigation finds

Rachael Rollins, the former Biden-nominated US Attorney of Massachusetts who resigned in disgrace over ethics violations may have also violated guidelines on spending with a taxpayer-funded credit card as district attorney, a new investigative claims.

Last year, Rollins stepped down from her US Attorney post after a lengthy DOJ ethics probe into her appearance at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser featuring first lady Jill Biden. Before being nominated to the role by President Biden, Rollins was district attorney for Suffolk County, which includes Boston, from 2019 to 2022.

In a new report, The Boston Herald used public records requests to look into the former top Democratic official’s spending on her taxpayer-funded credit card while she was DA for the Boston-area.

Their investigation found she spent “lavishly” on meals at “fancy restaurants” on the government-issued card during her tenure in “what appears to be a blatant violation of state guidelines.”

BLISTERING DOJ WATCHDOG REPORT REVEALS WHY BIDEN-NOMINATED US ATTORNEY ROLLINS IS RESIGNING

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Massachusetts US Attorney Rachael Rollins resigned last year after a lengthy DOJ Ethics probe. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

“In one week in June of 2021, she spent $115.23 at the Atlantic Fish Company in the Back Bay, $156.54 at Davio’s in the North End, and $195.82 at the Salty Dog in Faneuil Hall, where oysters were ‘shucked to order,'” the Herald reported.

Credit card receipts also allegedly show Rollins spent $128.79 at Sonsie on Newbury Street, and $93.58 at the Barcelona Wine Bar on Tremont Street.

Later that year, Rollins also reportedly used the taxpayer credit card to fund a trip to New York City. There she spent over $200 dining at the Merchants River House, which overlooks the Statue of Liberty. Her trip also included spending over $400 between a hotel bill and Uber rides, the report stated.

During

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Travis County district attorney Democratic primary race heats up

Supporters for both José Garza and Jeremy Sylestine were out on Monday trying to sway voters.

AUSTIN, Texas —

In Texas, many of the general election races are not competitive, meaning the primary elections on Tuesday take on extra importance. Often, the candidate who wins in March wins in November.

One of the contests that could be decided on Super Tuesday is the Travis County District Attorney‘s race.

Supporters for both incumbents Jose Garza and challenger Jeremy Sylestine were out trying to sway voters on Monday.

Garza and campaign volunteers pointed out disruptions from this weekend’s “get out the vote” event. They said a group of armed bikers followed and harassed volunteers as they were trying to talk to voters.

Campaign volunteers Iris Suddaby and Eli Melendez described what happened.

“My partner and I were followed by seven people [who] were trying to disrupt these conversations. “Our concern wasn’t just us – it was also the householder, so we knew we kind of had to lose them,” Suddaby said.

“Many had guns. Many have knives. And, you know, they were obviously trying to intimidate us. We were just out there trying to talk to voters, spread information. And, obviously, they have very different tactics,” Melendez said.

Forty-five minutes later, at a separate press conference, a group of crime victims and victims’ loved ones came out against Garza. Ppolitical action committee Save Austin Now gathered the group.

The group talked about their experiences with the district attorney, saying Garza did not pursue tougher penalties in their cases.

Nick Cantor lost his brother in the mass shooting on Sixth Street in 2021.

“I can’t tell you as a victim how revictimized that made me and my family feel like we had the false bill of goods sold to us, that

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US ‘Mom Influencer’ Found Guilty Of Falsely Accusing Latino Couple Of Trying To Kidnap Her Children

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Authorities said both the accused couple and store surveillance video “resoundingly contradicted” the account given to them by Sorensen. Image representation.
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Kathleen “Katie” Sorensen, a white woman from California who presented herself as a “mom influencer” on social media, has been sentenced to three months in prison after falsely accusing a Latino couple of attempting to abduct her children.

A jury in Sonoma County found Sorensen, aged 30, guilty in April of knowingly making a false report of a crime.

The case revolved around a social media post she published in December 2020, where she claimed that a man and a woman had tried to steal her two children in the parking lot of a Michaels craft store located approximately 40 miles (65km) outside of San Francisco .

Authorities thoroughly examined the case and determined that both the couple were accused by Sorensen and the surveillance video from the store strongly contradicted the narrative she had provided.

As a result, Judge Laura Passaglia imposed a 90-day prison sentence on Sorensen, with the possibility of serving two months through a work release program, as stated by the local district attorney‘s office in a released statement.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Laura Passaglia issued several other directives to Sorensen.

These included instructing her to refrain from engaging in any social media activity, consenting to having her electronic devices searched and confiscated without a warrant, undergoing four hours of implicit bias training, and paying various fines and fees.

Carla Rodriguez, the District Attorney, expressed satisfaction with the verdict and the subsequent prison sentence, stating that it holds Sorensen accountable for her false accusations and the crime she committed.

“Our hope is that this measure … will help provide some closure to the couple who was falsely accused

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Following Rachael Rollins’s resignation as US attorney, selecting her successor may be challenging

Democratic political analyst Mary Anne Marsh predicted the administration won’t push any nominees “that is anything other than a slam dunk” and are “less likely to take risks with appointments until after the [2024] election.”

Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, said the administration would want to be more “cautious and careful and methodical.” But, he added, “I think the White House is going to want to fill that slot as soon as possible.”

He speculated that it would be easier to get the Senate to confirm a nominee this year than it will be next year, closer to the end of Biden’s term.

He added that the better the process is for selecting a nominee, “the better the chance that the person can withstand attacks and be confirmed.”

To date, President Biden has nominated 70 people for US attorney and 64 of them have been confirmed, according to Tobias. There are currently about two dozen US attorney vacancies around the country.

In January 2022, Rollins, formerly Suffolk district attorney, became the first Black woman to serve as US attorney for Massachusetts. She was nominated by President Biden in July 2021 and faced a heated battle in the Senate as critics of her progressive policies tried to block her confirmation and accused her of being soft on crime. She was narrowly confirmed, with all Republicans voting against her and Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.

In the days after Rollins’s resignation, the state’s Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, who recommended Rollins for the post and lobbied aggressively for her, released a statement saying they looked forward to working with the White House on any future selection and nomination process. However, they haven’t indicated how quickly they may put forth a

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Massachusetts US attorney resigns after ethics investigations

Massachusetts US Attorney Rachael Rollins formally resigned Friday after wide-ranging investigations by two federal watchdog agencies found she sought to use her position to influence a local election and lied to investigators.

In a letter to President Joe Biden obtained by The Associated Press, Rollins thanked the White House for supporting her during her contentious nomination process and said she wishes the administration “the best of luck in the months and years ahead.”

Her resignation comes two days after the release of scathing reports from the Justice Department’s inspector general and another watchdog outlined a litany of alleged misconduct by the top federal law enforcement officer in Massachusetts.

The AP first reported Tuesday that Rollins would be stepping down from the prestigious federal post that has occasionally served as a springboard to higher offices. Her lawyer, Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general, said she “understands that her presence has become a distraction.”

The AP revealed in November that the Justice Department’s inspector general had opened an ethics investigation into Rollins after he was photographed last July at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser featuring first lady Jill Biden. The probe quickly expanded to explore other issues, including her use of her personal cellphone for the Justice Department business.

It’s a stunning downfall for Rollins, who was praised by powerful Democrats and seen as a rising progressive star when she was nominated for the post in 2021. She served as US attorney for just 16 months and was under federal investigation for almost a year.

Less than two hours before her resignation, a judge ordered a Massachusetts Air National Guard member to remain behind bars while he awaits trial in one of the most high-profile cases the Massachusetts US attorney’s office has brought in years. Jack Teixeira is charged with

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US attorney resigning after watchdog investigation

The US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts has announced her resignation after the Justice Department’s internal watchdog accused her of misconduct, including allegedly sharing nonpublic information with a journalist and soliciting free tickets to a sports game.

The DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) accuses US Attorney Rachael Rollins of trying to influence a Suffolk County district attorney race in the state, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report claims Rollins may have shared sensitive DOJ information related to a potential investigation of then-interim District Attorney Kevin Hayden, who was running for the office, as she backed his political challenger in the 2022 primary.

The report says the OIG has received information that Rollins also disclosed nonpublic DOJ letters at different points last year to a reporter from the Boston Herald and an associate editor from the Boston Globe.

The prosecutor is accused of soliciting 30 free Boston Celtics tickets for local youth basketball players to attend a game and accepting two tickets for himself. The reporter also claims he called into a live local radio show to discuss a case from which he was recused.

Rollins also reportedly “routinely used her personal cell phone to send text messages to her staff, including on matters relating to official DOJ business.”

She will submit a letter to President Biden resigning from the top prosecutor post by close of business Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Rollins’s attorney told the AP she has been “profoundly honored” to have served as US attorney and proud of her office’s work but “understands that her presence has become a distraction.”

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Rachael Rollins, first Black woman Mass. US attorney, resigns


WASHINGTON (AP) — Massachusetts US Attorney Rachael Rollins formally resigned Friday after wide-ranging investigations by two federal watchdog agencies found she sought to use her position to influence a local election and lied to investigators.

In a letter to President Joe Biden obtained by The Associated Press, Rollins thanked the White House for supporting her during her contentious nomination process and said she wishes the administration “the best of luck in the months and years ahead.”

Her resignation comes two days after the release of scathing reports from the Justice Department’s inspector general and another watchdog outlined a litany of alleged misconduct by the top federal law enforcement officer in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts US Attorney Rachael Rollins addresses the media at the Moakley Federal Courthouse, May 24, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Files)

The AP first reported Tuesday that Rollins would be stepping down from the prestigious federal post that has occasionally served as a springboard to higher offices. Her lawyer, Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general, said she “understands that her presence has become a distraction.”

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The AP revealed in November that the Justice Department’s inspector general had opened an ethics investigation into Rollins after he was photographed last July at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser featuring first lady Jill Biden. The probe quickly expanded to explore other issues, including her use of her personal cellphone for the Justice Department business.

It’s a stunning downfall for Rollins, who was praised by powerful Democrats and seen as a rising progressive star when she was nominated for the post in 2021. She served as US attorney for just 16 months and was under federal investigation for almost a year.

Less than two hours before her resignation, a judge ordered a Massachusetts Air National Guard member to remain behind bars

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Massachusetts US Attorney Rachael Rollins formally resigns in the wake of ethics probes

WASHINGTON — Massachusetts US Attorney Rachael Rollins formally resigned Friday after wide-ranging investigations by two federal watchdog agencies found she sought to use her position to influence a local election and lied to investigators.

In a letter to President Biden obtained by the Associated Press, Rollins thanked the White House for supporting her during her contentious nomination process and said she wishes the administration “the best of luck in the months and years ahead.”

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Massachusetts US Attorney Rachael Rollins addresses the media at the Boston Moakley Federal Courthouse on May 24, 2022. Rollins formally resigned on Friday, after wide-ranging investigations by two federal watchdog agencies found she sought to use her position to influence a local election and lied to investigators. Charles Krupa/Associated Press, files

Her resignation comes two days after the release of scathing reports from the Justice Department’s inspector general and another watchdog outlined a litany of alleged misconduct by the top federal law enforcement officer in Massachusetts.

The AP first reported Tuesday that Rollins would be stepping down from the prestigious federal post that has occasionally served as a springboard to higher offices. Her lawyer, Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general, said she “understands that her presence has become a distraction.”

The AP revealed in November that the Justice Department’s inspector general had opened an ethics investigation into Rollins after he was photographed last July at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser featuring first lady Jill Biden. The probe quickly expanded to explore other issues, including her use of her cellphone for the Justice Department business.

It’s a stunning downfall for Rollins, who was praised by powerful Democrats and seen as a rising progressive star when she was nominated for the post in 2021. She served as a US attorney for just 16 months and was

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Attorneys for the family of man killed by KCK officer want body camera video

Kansas City, Mo., police have completed their investigation into a Kansas City, Kan., officer who shot and killed 25-year-old Amaree’ya Henderson. The Kansas City Police Department submitted the case file to the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office for any potential next steps. During the Unified Government’s Law Enforcement Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree’s office said he just received that file Wednesday and hasn’t had a chance to review it. Henderson’s family and attorneys are pleading for transparency. “This is my only son you took from me. I can never get back the smile that walked through my door,” said Henderson’s mother, who spoke to the advisory board via Zoom. Henderson’s mother was on FaceTime with her son the night he was killed.”He’s in his seatbelt, begging, asking, pleading why he’s being attacked,” she said. Henderson’s attorneys said on that night a couple of weeks ago, when he was pulled over at 12th and Metropolitan, Henderson was unarmed and had just completed his last DoorDash with his girlfriend in the passenger seat when they say the unnamed KCK officer escalated the traffic stop. Attorneys say the officer struggled with Henderson while he was still sitting in the driving seat. They say the officer shot through the car window with hitting shots Henderson’s left jaw and left arm that entered his chest. “How is it that those shots can ring out and he’s struggling with this officer other than the officer is outside the car and shot into the car?” asked Kay Harper Williams, attorney for the Henderson family. Henderson’s mother and family have been pleading to see the body camera from that night. Dupree says they will get a chance to see it.” Prior to today, I mean, there was no indication whatsoever that she … Read the rest