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Norwegian detainee in Russia probably worked as courier for spy agency, attorney says

“A retired Norwegian border inspector arrested in Russia last year on suspicion of spying probably had been acting as a courier for a Norwegian intelligence agency, his attorney said” writes Anton Troianovski Is for washingtonpost.com. But the lawyer said Berg’s Norwegian intelligence contacts failed to make clear the risks involved and pressured him to continue acting as a courier even after he grew hesitant.But in a phone interview Tuesday, Berg’s Oslo-based attorney, Brynjulf Risnes, lifted some of the mystery surrounding the case.A spokesman for the Norwegian Defense Ministry, which oversees…

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EDITORIAL: How not to run a bus company for open-minded college kids

“If so, the bus company faces hefty fines or worse” writes Sun-times Editorial Board for suntimes.com. In a lawsuit filed Monday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan presents compelling evidence that a bus company that shuttles between Chicago and downstate college campuses discriminates against students — Chinese and Jewish, most notably — based on race and ethnicity.Why would anybody ride a bus operated by a company that allegedly has gone out of its way, in the words of the suit, to “directly exclude or deny accommodation” to Asian students?.  Source: suntimes.com…

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Trump eases up on Mueller, Rosenstein with eye on bringing Russia investigation to close

“President Trump might finally be ditching his urge to fire deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, after spending months angrily venting to aides and members of his legal team about the widening scope of the Russia investigation” writes Andrew Harnik for washingtonexaminer.com. Rosenstein reportedly assured Trump during that meeting he was not currently a target of any part of the federal investigation into Cohen, which is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Rudy Giuliani to join Trump legal team in Russia probe

“Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining the legal team defending President Donald Trump in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, a Trump attorney said Thursday” writes Chad Day for sun-sentinel.com. In addition to Giuliani, two other former federal prosecutors — Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin — will be joining Trump’s legal team.Giuliani also fills the void left by attorney John Dowd, who resigned from the legal team last month.With the addition of Giuliani, Trump gains an experienced litigator and former U.S. attorney in Manhattan.Trump personal attorney Jay…

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Probe into Prince’s opioid death brings no criminal charges

“We simply do not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime related to Prince’s death.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Brooker said Schulenberg was not the target of any criminal investigation in Prince’s death.Prince’s death shocked the world and led to a protracted battle among his siblings and half siblings over who would inherit his estate, estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars in unreleased recordings and music rights.The official cause of death was a self-administered overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, which is 50 times…

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How proposal could affect Trump aides

“NEW YORK, April 18 (Reuters) – New York’s attorney general on Wednesday asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. The president has no constitutional power to pardon state crimes, but Schneiderman said the current law means defendants pardoned for serious federal crimes could be freed from “all accountability” under state criminal law. Source: aol.com Share This:

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Trump’s problem isn’t that he has bad lawyers. It’s that he’s a bad client.

“A penchant for flattery is useful in its place, but it is not an effective tool in a federal criminal investigation” writes Ken White for washingtonpost.com. These are all self-inflicted wounds; any good attorney would advise against them.A good lawyer’s loyalty lies in being ready to give plain-spoken advice that will get you fired if your client’s in the wrong mood.In fact, the federal criminal justice system depends on hubris for prosecutors to prevail when they take on the powerful. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Schneiderman wants to amend law protecting Trump associates

“Cuomo and other lawmakers to amend a law he says would bar state charges against any associates of President Trump who get pardoned by the commander-in-chief” reports nypost.com. New York’s attorney general on Wednesday urged Gov.Both Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. are reportedly investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is awaiting trial on federal money-laundering and tax charges that grew out a probe by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential race.Todd Kaminsky (D-LI), said he ​would introduce legislation…

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GOP lawmakers want Hillary Clinton and James Comey prosecuted

“The lawmakers say Comey, McCabe, Yates, and Boente are all referred because they signed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA warrant, to wiretap former Trump aide Carter Page” writes Octav Ganea for washingtonexaminer.com. In the referrals, he lawmakers say they are “especially mindful of the dissimilar degrees of zealousness that has marked the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively.”. Comey is named first, and the lawmakers say the Justice Department should investigate him for perjury and making false statements…

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