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Son-in-law of former NY Assembly Leader charged in $7 million fraud

Sheldon SilverMarcello Trebitsch, son-in-law of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested and charged on Monday for defrauding investors out of $7 million.

Trebitsch, 37, is accused of telling investors he would use their money to trade in securities through his investment fund Allese Capital. He promised double-digit returns with low risks.


GOPers Put Idaho At Risk Of Losing $46 Million Over Fear Of Creeping Sharia Law

GOP fears Sharia Law in IdahoIdaho officials face a looming deadline to maintain tens of millions of dollars in funding after a bill that would have brought the state into compliance with federal rules was killed when conservative legislators said it would have subjected the state to fundamentalist Islamic law.

The state Health Department said Monday that without a revision in the next two months they stand to lose access to programs that process child support payments and track down scofflaws in addition to $46 million in federal payouts.


Manslaughter Charge for Tulsa Wannabe Cop

Manslaughter charge for copA reserve deputy who fatally shot a man during an undercover gun sting was charged with second-degree manslaughter Monday afternoon, according to a press release from the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office.

“Mr. Bates is charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter involving culpable negligence. Oklahoma law defines culpable negligence as ‘the omission to do something which a reasonably careful person would do, or the lack of the usual ordinary care and caution in the performance of an act usually and ordinarily exercised by a person under similar circumstances and conditions,’” District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in the statement.


Lockdown lifted at U.S. Capitol after suspected suicide

cpaitol lock down liftedThe U.S. Capitol has re-opened after it was locked down for about two hours Saturday when shots were fired on the west front of the building in what appears to be an attempted suicide.

The Capitol and the Capitol Visitors Center were re-opened shortly before 4 p.m. The shooter suffered from a self-inflicted wound and has been "neutralized," U.S. Capitol police said. It was not immediately clear if he died.


Cleveland judge inspects car after police fired 137 shots in manslaughter case

Cleveland police fired 137 shotsA judge in Cleveland quietly asked questions of attorneys and law enforcement officers on Friday while examining a bullet-riddled car at which Cleveland police fired 137 shots, killing two unarmed suspects after a high-speed chase in November 2012.

Cuyahoga County common pleas Judge John P O’Donnell made the visit, which also included a tour of the crime scene, on the fifth day of trial for Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo, 31, who is charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30.


2 women in truck that ran down black man get max terms

2 women sentenced in hate crimeTwo women who were in the truck used by a white teenager to run down a black man in 2011 received the maximum sentences for their charges in federal court on Thursday.

Judge Henry Wingate sentenced Sarah Adelia Graves to five years in prison and Shelbie Brooke Richards to eight for conspiracy to commit a hate crime in James Craig Anderson's death.

Graves, 22, of Crystal Springs, and Richards, 21, of Pearl, were in the truck with Deryl Dedmon the night of the hate crime killing of Anderson.


Stingray spying: FBI's secret deal with police hides phone dragnet from courts

Stingray spyingThe FBI is taking extraordinary and potentially unconstitutional measures to keep local and state police forces from exposing the use of so-called “Stingray” surveillance technology across the United States, according to documents obtained separately by the Guardian and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Multiple non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) revealed in Florida, New York and Maryland this week show federal authorities effectively binding local law enforcement from disclosing any information – even to judges – about the cellphone dragnet technology, its collection capabilities or its existence.


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