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Judge advises pausing Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy proceedings indefinitely after hurricane: Report

“The team of judges overseeing Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy has advised involved parties to put legal proceedings on hold indefinitely as the island recovers from the damage of Hurricane Maria, a source familiar with the legal proceedings said on Thursday” writes Carlos Garcia Rawlins for cnbc.com. According to the source, judges have also told the parties that the island’s fiscal turnaround blueprint might need to be redrafted, once it becomes clear how costly the destruction is, and how much aid Puerto Rico is expected to get from the U.S. Federal Emergency…

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Judge briefly closes courtroom in ex-tennis star case

“NEW YORK (AP) The administrative judge hearing a misconduct case against a police officer who wrongly arrested tennis star James Blake briefly closed the courtroom to the public Wednesday to discuss the disciplinary record of a witness” reports foxsports.com. The judge will recommend a potentially more severe punishment, including dismissal, to the police commissioner, who has the final say. Source: foxsports.com Share This:

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When will a judge decide whether Robert Durst should stand trial in his L.A. murder case?

“New York real estate scion Robert Durst could learn as soon as Wednesday when a Los Angeles judge will hold a hearing to decide whether there is enough evidence for him to face trial for murder” writes Marisa Gerber for latimes.com. A judge on Wednesday could set a new date for the hearing after getting input from prosecutors and Durst’s attorneys. Source: latimes.com Share This:

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A judge will decide whether Robert Durst should stand trial in his L.A. murder case

“New York real estate scion Robert Durst could learn as soon as Wednesday when a Los Angeles judge will hold a hearing to decide whether there is enough evidence for him to face trial for murder” writes Marisa Gerber for latimes.com. A judge on Wednesday could set a new date for the hearing after getting input from prosecutors and Durst’s attorneys. Source: latimes.com Share This:

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Mel B Loses Bid to Seal Domestic Violence Case Against Stephen Belafonte

“Mel B’s efforts to get her domestic violence case sealed have fallen short … the judge shot her down” reports tmz.com. The judge addressed that concern directly, saying “salacious details” like sex tapes are generally not reason enough to seal a case. Basically, the judge said instead of making a blanket rule to seal the whole case — he’s decided, as the case moves along, which topics to keep public or sealed. Source: tmz.com Share This:

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US judge rejects accused Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s request to dismiss case

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday rejected an effort by Joaquin Guzman, the accused Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo,” to dismiss a massive international narcotics conspiracy indictment on the ground he was extradited improperly to Brooklyn” reports businessinsider.com. But in a brief order, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan said Guzman had no legal right to challenge the Brooklyn indictment because Mexico had not objected to it.”Therefore, defendant’s motion to dismiss the indictment based on an alleged Rule of Specialty violation is denied.”.  Source: businessinsider.com Share…

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Judge: Sessions can’t deny grant money for sanctuary cities

“In what is at least a temporary victory for the cities, a federal judge ruled the Justice Department could not require they follow tough new immigration policies” writes Don Babwin for seattletimes.com. Chicago has applied for $2.2 million in the federal grant money — $1.5 million for the city and the rest for Cook County and 10 other suburbs. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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‘Pharma Bro’ locked up with terrorism and mob suspects

“But his Facebook posting offering a bounty for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair was the last straw for a federal judge, who says he’ll stay in jail until sentencing” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Martin Shkreli, best known for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug, had been free on $5 million bail after his conviction.That could be the least of the inconveniences ahead for “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli, whose online rantings about Hillary Clinton prompted a judge this week to revoke his bail and put him…

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Martin Shkreli Has Some Unsavory Jail Mates

“The AP reports that could be the least of the inconveniences ahead for Martin Shkreli, whose online rantings about Hillary Clinton prompted a judge this week to revoke his bail and put him in the Metropolitan Detention Center, a fortress-like federal jail that also houses terrorism and mob suspects” writes Michael Harthorne for newser.com. Shkreli, best known for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug, had been allowed to remain free on $5 million bail following his conviction last month in an unrelated securities fraud scheme involving two hedge…

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Federal judge rules Sessions cannot withhold funds from sanctuary cities

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempt to withhold federal grant money from so-called sanctuary cities has been blocked by a federal judge” writes Kelly Cohen for washingtonexaminer.com. Chicago would have lost $2.3 million in grant money the next fiscal year by refusing to comply with the new conditions.Chicago argued that the new conditions that mandated cities allow immigration agents into jails, as well as having to give at least a 48-hour notice before releasing someone suspected of immigration violations, were unconstitutional. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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