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    A guard at San Quentin State Prison died Sunday morning of complications from COVID-19. Sgt. Gilbert Polanco, an Army veteran, was admitted to a San Jose hospital in early July and was on life support, ABC7 News reported. Polanco had worked at San Quentin since 1988. There have been 261 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff members at San Quentin, but Palanco is the first correctional officer there to die from the illness, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Twenty-four inmates at the facility have been killed by the coronavirus. The outbreak has been linked to the transfer of inmates to San Quentin from a state prison in Chino. Nine employees in the California prison...
    It took two trials — one lasting 17 months — to convict biker-turned-lawyer Tom Maniscalco and send him to prison in 1994 for killing three people. Maniscalco, 75, is hoping that in one morning he can persuade a state parole board on Thursday, Aug. 5, to recommend his release from his prison sentence of 46 years to life. One of the founders of the Hessians motorcycle gang, Maniscalco rode Harleys and practiced law, defending fellow bikers. He was accused in the May 1980 deaths of two former motorcycle gang members and the 19-year-old girlfriend of one of the victims at a ranch home in Westminster. Maniscalco was in custody 10 years before his conviction and has been eligible for release...
    BOISE, Idaho -- A judge ruled Tuesday there's enough evidence for a man to go to trial after the bodies of his new wife's two children were found buried on his Idaho property. The bizarre case involving doomsday beliefs and the deaths of several people linked to the couple has attracted national headlines.Chad Daybell, 52, has pleaded not guilty to charges related to hiding the remains of 7-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan. Investigators found their bodies during a search in June, months after they were last seen in September.Daybell last year married Lori Vallow Daybell, who has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to help him keep the bodies of her children hidden. Authorities have yet to file...
    A defendant recorded from jail making threats against a federal official involved in his case was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Jonathan Dunlap, 30, of Pine Mountain, Harris County, Georgia was sentenced on Monday, August 3 by U.S. District Judge Clay Land to a combined 151 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and threatening a federal official. There is no parole in the federal system. On July 24, 2019, federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office...
    Asuncion, Aug 3 (EFE) .- Paraguay registered three new deaths from coronavirus on Monday, so the number of deaths since the pandemic reached the country in early March stood at 55, according to data published by the Ministry of Health. The health ministry also confirmed on Monday the detection of 80 new cases, 32 of them produced by contact, four from abroad and 44 without links. With these 80 new positives, the number of active cases stood at 1,420, thus maintaining the downward trend of recent days. This corresponds to an increase in patient discharges, which on Monday added 283 new recoveries, bringing the total number of people discharged at this time to 4,249. Paraguay currently has 68 people hospitalized...
    A cat taken in by Sri Lankan law enforcement on Saturday for smuggling illegal contraband into a high-security prison has now reportedly escaped. The felonious feline was nabbed on Welikada Prison grounds with 1.7 grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip, rolled into a small plastic bag and tucked into its collar, according to local news sources. Officers had hoped the cat would somehow lead them back to the drug den from whence it came. Unfortunately, the adept animal made a break while the holding cell door was open, as guards were attempting to feed it. Local authorities will not seek further investigation of the criminal cat. The scheme isn’t the first animal-related smuggling incident. Sri...
    A cat taken in by Sri Lankan law enforcement on Saturday for smuggling illegal contraband into a high-security prison has now reportedly escaped. The felonious feline was nabbed on Welikada Prison grounds with 1.7 grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip, rolled into a small plastic bag and tucked into its collar, according to local news sources. Officers had hoped the cat would somehow lead them back to the drug den from whence it came. Unfortunately, the adept animal made a break while the holding cell door was open, as guards were attempting to feed it. Local authorities will not seek further investigation of the criminal cat. The scheme isn’t the first animal-related smuggling incident. Sri Lanka’s...
    A "DRUG-SMUGGLING" cat held at a Sri Lankan prison after being found with heroin and SIM cards tied around its neck has reportedly escaped from its cell. The animal had been detained after its cargo was discovered by officials at the high-security Welikada Prison in capital Colombo on Saturday. 3A 'drug-smuggling' cat has escaped from a prison in Sri LankaCredit: EPA 3The cat was found with two grams of heroin, two SIM cards, and a memory chip round its neckCredit: EPA Pictures show officials in an office at the prison handling the animal, which has a small plastic bag visibly secured to the underside of its neck. Two grams of heroin, two SIM cards, and a memory chip were...
    The tragic death of Herman Cain reminded me how closely I myself came to what I believe would have been my demise.  The controversy over President Trump’s courageous decision to commute my sentence so I could avoid immediate incarceration in a COVID-19 infested prison was a humanitarian act of both mercy and justice, but at the same time it blocked out news of my own efforts to avoid this peril and the extraordinary lengths to which the government went to give me “special treatment.” When my lawyers were informed that the current Department of Justice directives by Attorney General Bill Barr to the Federal Bureau of Prisons on April 3, 2020 mandated that those incarcerated for nonviolent offenses as well...
    A cat detained at Sri Lanka's main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped, media reports said Monday. The feline was detected by jail intelligence officials on Saturday at the high-security Welikada Prison, a police official said. He said nearly two grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip were found in a small plastic bag tied around the cat's neck.  'Drug-smuggling cat' who was jailed after being found with heroin and SIM cards tied around its neck, is pictured after police found it trying to smuggle the goods into a prison in Colombo In this handout picture taken on August 1, 2020, and released by Sri Lanka Police,...
    A mother who tried to single-handedly dig her way into a jail in Ukraine to free her murderer son is now facing being locked up herself.  The 51-year-old woman, who has not been named, rented a house near the jail in southern Zaporizhia region where her son is serving a life sentence. She then used shovels and pickaxes in order to dig a 10ft-deep tunnel in a nearby field which then ran for 35ft underground to just under the prison walls. A 51-year-old mother has been jailed in Ukraine after attempting to dig an escape tunnel under jail walls so she could free her son, who is serving a life sentence for murder The woman rented a house in...
    Hanima Eugene - Ela Banerjee - Dao X. Tran August 1, 2020 10:30PM (UTC) This is an excerpt from the Unheard Voices of the Pandemic series from Voice of Witness. Interview and editing by Ela Banerjee and Dao X. Tran. Hanima Eugene, 42, is a graduating college senior at UC Berkeley and a coordinator for the Underground Scholars Initiative, a student organization on the Berkeley campus that focuses on recruitment, retention, and advocacy for formerly incarcerated and system-impacted individuals. Note: Hanima's name was changed to protect her identity. * * *  : I'm sitting at my desk. I'm looking at my computer screen and my cat, Isis, is sitting over to my right on her little pillow. And there...
    Tekashi 6ix9ine is being sprung — sort of. The controversial rapper-turned-convicted felon was officially freed from home confinement Saturday and a federal probation officer was set to go to his home and remove his ankle monitor, according to his lawyer. All hip-hop’s top snitch has to do now is stay alive, considering that his enemies are out there and could exact revenge. “I spoke to him yesterday and he’s feeling pretty good,” his attorney Lance Lazzaro told the Post Saturday. “He’s looking forward to his future.” Tekashi was let out of prison early on April 17 because of the coronavirus concerns but was reckless with his living arrangements. He had to move to another residence when a neighbor leaked...
    After every grueling workday, often double shifts guarding prisoners at San Quentin, 55-year-old Sgt. Gilbert Polanco would drive the hour-and-a-half home to San Jose, strip off his khaki uniform in the foyer and head straight to the shower. He was desperately trying not to bring the killer coronavirus home from California’s Death Row. His wife, Patricia, so worried these days that she could barely sleep, tossed his clothes into the quick wash cycle each night, no matter the hour — on hot with a splash of vinegar. “He would say, ‘I’m scared. It’s growing,’” she said of the virus that was spreading through the notorious 168-year-old prison. “‘We’re doing everything to keep it contained, but it’s impossible.’” Then on...
    One broke his leg while jumping and the other managed to flee for a few hours in Oklahoma Pablo Robledo in 2019 Photo: Oklahoma County Detention Center. / Courtesy Like in the movies, Two inmates tied sheets and managed to escape through their cell window from a 12th floor in Oklahoma. They were identified as Pablo Robledo (34) and his cellmate, José Hernández. They both fled early yesterday morning and They were at large for a few hours, until they were located and arrested again. Just before 7 am the Oklahoma City Police Department notified the Oklahoma County Detention Center (OCDC) that Hernandez had been found wounded. Authorities believe Hernández he broke his leg after jumping...
    POLICE are on the hunt for an accused murder who managed to pull off a Hollywood-style escape from the 12th-floor of a county jail using a makeshift rope made of tied-up bed sheets. The escapees, Pablo Daniel Robledo, 34, and Jose Balentin Hernandez, 33, broke a 12th-floor window of an Oklahoma County jail Friday morning, and used tied-up bed sheets to scale down the side of the facility. 4Pablo Daniel Robledo, 34, managed to pull off a death-defying prison escape on Friday after breaking a window of an Oklahoma County jailCredit: Oklahoma County Jail 4The makeshift rope made of tied-up bed sheets that the inmates used to escape from the jailCredit: AP:Associated Press Police said Hernandez and Robledo were both...
    Washington (CNN)Two American oil executives held in an overcrowded Venezuelan prison for almost three years have been placed in house arrest, a sign that the embattled government of Nicolas Maduro may be easing its stance toward the detainees.Gustavo Cárdenas and Jorge Toledo were released on house arrest on Thursday evening, days after a humanitarian visit to Caracas by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and a team of nongovernment negotiators.A person involved in the negotiations called it a "positive first step" and thanked Maduro for the gesture, while also calling for the release of all six Americans detained.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    Those who didn't attend the ill-fated Fyre Festival in person can still own a piece of paraphernalia from the music festival in the Bahamas that caused millions in losses for investors, ticket buyers and vendors. Wristbands, baseball caps and other merchandise from the disastrous event, which landed its founder, Billy McFarland, in prison for defrauding investors and a ticket vendor, are now available for sale online through the U.S. Marshals' auctioneer, Gaston & Sheehan.  The offerings include 126 lots of "minor assets" from the fraudulent affair, including coins, T-shirts, sweatpants and sweatshirts.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox McFarland engaged in a scheme to defraud over 80 investors to put on his music festival, billed as a luxury event...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The portraits of three former Pennsylvania House speakers who went to prison on corruption-related charges have received a reprieve of sorts. In one of his last acts in office, Mike Turzai, who in June resigned from his post as House speaker and his House seat, quietly ordered the removal of the plaques describing the former speakers’ criminal histories that had hung from their portraits in the Capitol’s marble corridors since 2014. House Clerk Dave Reddecliff said Turzai, a Republican, requested the plaques’ removal before he resigned, Pennlive.com reports. The plaques were removed with no fanfare or public notification. Turzai, who took a job as general counsel for the Pittsburgh-based natural gas division of Essential Utilities Inc.,...
    WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut mayor who is serving a 37-year sentence in a South Carolina prison for child sexual abuse is asking to be released early because of the health risks he faces from the COVID-19 pandemic. Philip A. Giordano, the former mayor of Waterbury, as well as a former attorney and a one-time Republican U.S. Senate candidate, filed a handwritten petition in federal court asking for “compassionate release," as well as the appointment of a lawyer, the Hartford Courant reported on Tuesday. Giordano is not set to be released until 2033. The 57-year-old Giordano wrote that he has “extraordinary and compelling” reasons to be released, citing the spread of COVID-19 in the federal prison system and...
    ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Corrections is moving the state’s prisoner intake operations from the St. Cloud prison, where the number of coronavirus cases has spiked. The intake function will move to the Lino Lakes prison north of the Twin Cities this week, and will remain there “for the foreseeable future” to allow the St. Cloud facility to stabilize its number of cases, Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell said. The St. Cloud prison had 122 positive COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, a big jump from just two cases in late June. Many of those tested didn’t have any symptoms, Schnell said. Until this week, all incarcerated men initially went to the St. Cloud prison where they’re quarantined for...
    NEW YORK – OCTOBER 14: Rapper Loon appears at the Playstation 2 And The Hip-Hop Summit Present “Race To The Polls” at Hammerstein Ballroom October 14, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images) Back in April more than a dozen celebrities signed a letter asking President Donald Trump to free rapper Loon who’d been sentenced to 14 years in prison on drug charges. Now, the Bad Boy Records fan fave is finally getting his freedom. In a judgment filed Wednesday, US District Judge Terrence Boyle converted his sentence to time served on the basis of a compassionate release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Boyle said the virus was an “extraordinary and compelling” reason to grant...
    The prime suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance has dropped his bid to get out of prison early — whining that he has “lost faith” in justice, as a dig continued for the missing girl Wednesday, according to a report. Convicted rapist Christian Brückner, 43, dropped his bid for parole on drug charges Tuesday, the same day police started to search a field in northern Germany near where he once lived, according to The Sun. ”My client had withdrawn his request,” his lawyer Friedrich Fulscher said, according to The Sun citing German media. “He has lost faith in the judicial system.” Brückner was trying to get out after serving two-thirds of his current sentence in a German prison on drug offenses...
    By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in's new point men on North Korea face a daunting challenge: they must engineer a breakthrough in strained ties amid public scrutiny of their history with Pyongyang, which once landed them in prison. Moon this week appointed Park Jie-won as director of the National Intelligence Agency (NIS) and Lee In-young as the unification minister, seeking to cement progress with North Korea as a major legacy in his final two years in office. The two men, both longtime lawmakers, are key advocates of Moon's drive for inter-Korean rapprochement, but their political pasts rekindled the controversies and debates that have shaped Seoul's relations with Pyongyang. Both of them have a dramatic history...
    By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL, July 29 (Reuters) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s new point men on North Korea face a daunting challenge: they must engineer a breakthrough in strained ties amid public scrutiny of their history with Pyongyang, which once landed them in prison. Moon this week appointed Park Jie-won as director of the National Intelligence Agency (NIS) and Lee In-young as the unification minister, seeking to cement progress with North Korea as a major legacy in his final two years in office. The two men, both longtime lawmakers, are key advocates of Moon’s drive for inter-Korean rapprochement, but their political pasts rekindled the controversies and debates that have shaped Seoul’s relations with Pyongyang. Both of them have a...
    The federal Bureau of Prisons reached a grim milestone on Saturday: 100 inmates have died from coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. Among the dead are fathers and mothers, daughters and sons and brothers and sisters — none of whom were sentenced to death. There are 122 facilities in the federal prison system that hold nearly 129,000 inmates across the country. According to the bureau, over 10,000 inmates have at one point tested positive for the virus, and over 35,000 have been tested. Of the hundred dead, three female inmates have died from the virus. The first was Andrea Circle Bear, a 30-year-old mother who gave birth to her sixth child while on a ventilator. Get Breaking News Delivered...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The ABC7 I-Team has learned that Chicago's most notorious computer hacker is claiming COVID-19 has kept him locked up in federal prison longer than necessary.Convicted hacker Jeremy Hammond doesn't have the virus, but he said he is feeling the effect of a prison system overrun by it.Hammond, a Glendale Heights native, is wrapping up a 10 year federal prison sentence for hacking government and business computer systems. He said he should already be in a halfway house or home confinement, but the coronavirus pandemic has frozen prisoner movements."You know it's been months, we've had no fresh air, no sun, at a time when our immune system needs to be the strongest because of the coronavirus, they're starvin'...
    California's San Quentin State Prison had zero coronavirus cases, until an inmate transfer in May sparked one of the worst outbreaks in the state and the country. Authorities are now scrambling to contain it. On a typical morning, Jack Walter, 54, begins his day by going for a walk in the yard. At San Quentin State Prison, he and the roughly 3,500 other inmates share the communal outdoor space. "Four laps is around a mile," Jack said. "I walk about three miles and talk to the fellas." A short while later, Jack begins his work in the prison's canteen, a privilege he earned during his 24 years behind bars. Even as the coronavirus outbreak ravaged California this spring,...
    Whitey Bulger's longtime girlfriend has been seen for the first time since she was released from house arrest, following an eight-year sentence for helping the late Boston mobster stay on the run for 16 years, exclusive DailyMail.com photos show. Catherine Greig, 69, was spotted on Saturday in South Boston, picking up toilet paper on a grocery run before returning home with her twin sister Margaret McCusker.  Two days before, federal agents removed Greig's electronic monitoring bracelet, marking the end of her year under home confinement that was partially spent with her late boyfriend's relatives in the affluent Boston suburb of Hingham. Greig was hit with an eight-year federal prison sentence in 2011 for helping Bulger evade capture for 16 years....
    SAN QUENTIN (CBS SF) — Condemned Fresno killer Johnny Avila Jr. has become the 10th inmate on San Quentin’s Death Row to die of complications from COVID-19 since the current outbreak of the virus began last month. State prison officials said Avila, 62, die Sunday morning at an outside hospital from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19. An exact cause of death will be determined by the coroner. Avila was sentenced to death in Fresno County on March 21, 1996 for two counts of first-degree murder. A jury found him guilty of the special circumstances slaying of two young women, Dorothy Medina and Arlene Sanchez. During the late night and early morning hours of July 31 and August...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Patricia Wright is thrilled to be surrounded by her family, catching up on years of lost time with her five children. They were very young when she was sent to prison."I prayed. I had faith that it was gonna happen one day."Wright was released from prison earlier this week after serving nearly 24 years of a life sentence.The 69-year-old was convicted of hiring a man to kill her husband in 1981. Wright says she had nothing to do with the murder."I didn't want to die in prison."Wright has terminal cancer."After battling breast cancer and then brain tumor, and then ovarian cancer, my ovarian cancer metastasized to my liver," she said.With COVID-19 spreading among prison inmates, an...
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two more male inmates at a North Carolina prison with among the highest number of COVID-19 cases have died after testing positive for the virus, state prison officials said. One offender at Albemarle Correctional Institution in Stanly County died at an unnamed hospital on Friday, the Department of Public Safety said in a news release, while another housed at the prison died at a hospital on Thursday. Eight state prisoners with COVID-19 have died since the pandemic began, according to department data. Three were serving their sentences at Albemarle, which has reported over 100 positive cases to date. The inmates who most recently died were hospitalized in early July and had tested positive weeks ago. Both...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — Two more California state prisoners died Friday from what appear to be complications of the coronavirus, corrections officials said. An inmate from San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco and another from Avenal State Prison in Kings County died at outside hospitals, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The state prison system has been struggling with major outbreaks of COVID-19 at its facilities. There have been more than 7,500 cases among inmates, including nearly 2,000 that are considered active cases of infection. Forty-four inmates have died, according to state figures. Nearly 900 employees have active cases, authorities said. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. But, for some,...
    A Philadelphia man was ordered detained pending trial on charges of stealing $104,000. The incident occurred inside a Wells Fargo Bank May 31, following a surge of protests across the country in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis a week earlier. “Amid peaceful protests and an outbreak of civil unrest, criminal opportunists sought to take advantage of the chaos,” Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, said in a statement. “Numerous banks across the city experienced vandalism and forced entry, but this daylight forklift burglary was the most brazen incident by far. The FBI/Philadelphia Police Violent Crimes Task Force continues to work the case, to identify the others involved. Our message...
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer was released Friday after a judge ruled that he had been sent back to prison from home confinement as retaliation for his plan to release a book critical of Trump before November’s election. Michael Cohen walked out of a federal prison in New York on Friday afternoon, his lawyer Danya Perry told The Associated Press, a day after U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9. Probation authorities said Cohen was sent back to prison because he refused to sign a form banning him from publishing the book or communicating with the media or...
    Michael Cohen walked into his apartment building on the Upper East Side Friday evening to begin his home confinement term, ending a weeks-long fiasco that saw him arrested and returned to federal prison for refusing terms of his confinement. Cohen, wearing a suit jacket, baseball hat and surgical mask, walked into his building with his son without stopping to speak to reporters. A federal judge on Thursday ordered Cohen’s release from Otisville prison, ruling that he was brought into custody by federal authorities on July 9 as “retaliation” for tell-all book that he was planning to write about President Trump. Cohen was cut loose from the prison at about 1 p.m and driven to his Manhattan apartment by his son,...
    MICHAEL Cohen, President Donald Trump's convicted ex-lawyer, has arrived home after his release from federal prison. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ordered Cohen to be released from prison to home confinement by 2pm on Friday. 2 Cohen was serving a three-year sentence, after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud, bank fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress in 2018Credit: EPA Speaking in a telephone conference on Thursday, Judge Hellerstein said the reasoning for Cohen's release was because the government retaliated over his tell-all book of Trump. Cohen, 53, was serving a three-year sentence, after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud, bank fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress in 2018. 2 Michael Cohen arrives to his home in...
    US President Donald Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen has been released from prison after a judge ruled he was sent back to jail in retaliation for writing a tell-all book. The judge ordering his release said the government was retaliating when it sent Cohen back to prison this month. He had been released in May over Covid-19 concerns. Cohen was serving a three-year sentence for charges including Trump campaign finance violations. Cohen is expected to be fitted with an ankle tag and will serve the rest of the sentence at home in New York City. "He looked exhausted, as one might think, when you come out of quarantine/solitary confinement," his attorney, Jeffrey Levine, told the Reuters news agency after speaking...
    President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney was released from prison Friday after a judge determined he was being confined as retaliation for writing a book depicting the president as a racist. Michael Cohen was released after U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said Thursday that Cohen was sent back to prison for refusing to sign a form preventing him from publishing a book or talking to the media, the Associated Press reported Friday. Hellerstein cited comments from probation authorities as the basis for her judgement. Cohen’s First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to jail on July 9, Hellerstein ruled. Cohen, who’s being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a petition on July 21 alleging that...
    CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A South African police and security dragnet recaptured 63 out of 69 prisoners who escaped on Friday after overpowering guards during exercise at Malmesbury prison, the department of correctional services said. The prisoners, who were awaiting trial, escaped around noon from the facility, situated along the west coast some 66 kms (41 miles) from Cape Town, officials said. At the time, there were 451 inmates in the prison and 20 officials on duty. "The escapees overpowered officials, took the keys and locked three officials in a cell and opened other cells before escaping through the main entrance and over the roof," said the department in a statement. South Africa's prisons are notorious for their entrenched gang...
    Michael Cohen was cut loose from federal prison Friday afternoon — a day after a judge ruled he was thrown in jail as “retaliation” for planning to write a tell-all book about President Trump. Cohen was walked out of Otisville prison in central New York at about 1 p.m., his lawyer, Danya Perry, said. He was picked up by his son and is headed to his apartment in Manhattan. “Mr. Cohen is extremely gratified that the court upheld his fundamental constitutional right to speak freely and publicly,” Perry added in a statement. His release comes a day after Judge Alvin Hellerstein said in a Manhattan federal court hearing that he believes the Bureau of Prisons and US Probation Office retaliated...
    Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at his Manhattan apartment after being released from federal prison to serve the remainder of his sentence under home confinement in New York, May 21, 2020.Mike Segar | Reuters Michael Cohen was released from prison Friday, a day after a judge ruled that President Donald Trump's former lawyer was improperly returned there in retaliation for failing to agree to a ban on publishing a book about Trump.  "I just spoke with my client as he left FCI Otisville," said Cohen's lawyer Danya Perry,. "He is extremely gratified that the court upheld his fundamental constitutional right to speak freely and publicly, and he looks forward to doing...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer was released Friday after a judge ruled that he had been sent back to prison from home confinement as retaliation for his plan to release a book critical of Trump before November's election.Michael Cohen walked out of a federal prison in New York on Friday afternoon, his lawyer Danya Perry told The Associated Press, a day after U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9.Probation authorities said Cohen was sent back to prison because he refused to sign a form banning him from publishing the book or communicating with the media or public, Hellerstein said during...
    President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen has been released from prison, again. Cohen, 53, was released from federal prison in New York to home confinement on Friday, according to the Associated Press, a day after a U.S. district judge ruled that the he was arrested and ordered back to prison in retaliation for not signing an agreement related to his forthcoming book. Cohen was initially granted release from federal prison to home confinement in late May given the Justice Department's attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus among inmates. The president's former fixer was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty in August 2018 to eight criminal charges, including bank fraud, tax fraud, and...
    Michael Cohen was cut loose from federal prison Friday afternoon — a day after a judge ruled he was thrown in jail as “retaliation” for planning to write a tell-all book about President Trump. Cohen was walked out of Otisville prison in Central New York shortly sometime after noon, his lawyer told the Associated Press. His release comes a day after Judge Alvin Hellerstein said in a Manhattan federal court hearing that he believes the Bureau of Prisons and US Probation Office retaliated against Cohen by transferring to jail from home confinement earlier this month. Hellerstein said that federal authorities specifically sought to infringe on Cohen’s First Amendment rights by blocking him from writing a tell-all book and speaking to...
    Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was released from prison Friday and is expected to return to home confinement in his New York City apartment after a federal judge ruled that his return to imprisonment was “retaliatory” and related to his forthcoming tell-all book. The Associated Press reported that Cohen was released from Federal Correctional institute Otisville in upstate New York Friday. JUDGE ORDERS MICHAEL COHEN RELEASED TO HOME CONFINEMENT, SAYS IMPRISONMENT WAS 'RETALIATORY' OVER FORTHCOMING BOOK Cohen sued Attorney General Bill Barr for allegedly violating Cohen’s First Amendment rights when he was remanded earlier this month, but U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York Alvin Hellerstein on Thursday said the move to send Cohen back to prison was "retaliatory"...
    ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — An inmate escaped from the St. Johnsbury prison early Friday, Vermont State Police said. Shannon Edwards, 35, climbed over an exterior fence at the Northeast Correctional Complex around 1 a.m., police said. Police searched the area and used a search dog but did not find him. They believe he's headed to his home town of Waterbury. Edwards was convicted of burglary and resisting arrest in October 2019, WCAX-TV reported. His earliest release date was in March 2022. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Vermont
    A new law increasing the maximum punishment for people convicted of animal cruelty from one year to five years took effect in Scotland this week, a month after the Scottish Parliament passed it unanimously. Animal rights groups widely praised the move Thursday, according to U.K. media. “We’ve long campaigned for many of the reforms contained in this new bill, including harsher punishments for animal cruelty,” Kirsteen Campbell, the CEO of the Scottish SPCA, told the Edinburgh Evening News. “We are hopeful increased sentencing and unlimited fines will act as a greater deterrent to people in mistreating animals.” TRUMP SIGNS BILL MAKING ANIMAL CRUELTY A FEDERAL CRIME Many other European countries already imposed a five-year prison sentence for animal cruelty crimes, the outlet reported,...
    By LARRY NEUMEISTER NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Thursday ordered the release of President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer from prison, saying the government retaliated against him for planning to release a book critical of Trump before November’s election. Michael Cohen’s First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9 after probation authorities said he refused to sign a form banning him from publishing the book or communicating publicly in other manners, U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said during a telephone conference. Hellerstein ordered Michael Cohen released from prison to home confinement by 2 p.m. on Friday. “How can I take any other inference than that it’s retaliatory?” Hellerstein asked prosecutors,...
    The illegal possession of a firearm has landed a Stamford man 18 months in prison. Kevin Genis, 27, was sentenced July 23 in U.S. District Court to 18 months in prison as well as three years of parole. He was facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Genis’ sentence stems from a May 28, 2019 incident in which he sold an undercover law enforcement agent a Century Arms International 7.62 caliber AK pistol and 10 rounds of ammunition for $900, the state Attorney’s Office said. With prior felony convictions to his name, Genis is not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce. Genis was on probation from a previous conviction...
    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Nigerian citizen was sentenced this week to federal prison for using fraudulent ATM bank cars to steal more than $260,000 from dozens of bank customers, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. ordered Damiola Bamidele Isaac Samuel, 22, on Monday to serve 33 months and pay $276,790 in restitution, U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph said in a news release. Following his release, Samuel will face deportation proceedings, Joseph said. According to court documents, Samuel conspired with others to steal money from Regions Bank customers. Authorities said he set up accounts in legitimate bank customers' names then transferred money from those accounts into fraudulently created accounts. Multiple times, Samuel was seen...
    (CNN)At least 15 people incarcerated at California's oldest prison have died since June from apparent Covid-19-related complications amid a growing coronavirus outbreak at the facility, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.John Beames, 67, is the latest inmate to die at San Quentin State Prison. He was pronounced dead at a hospital on Tuesday from what appeared to be complications related to Covid-19, the CDCR said in a news release. A coroner will determine the exact cause of death. Beames is one of seven death row inmates who have died from apparent Covid-19 complications, the CDCR said. He had been on death row since November 1995, after being convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a 15-month-old...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A federal judge ruled Thursday Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, can be released from prison, again. The judge agreed with arguments that the government sent Cohen back to prison as payback for a book he was writing about the president. Michael Cohen (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said Cohen’s First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9th after probation authorities said he refused to sign a form banning him from publishing the book or communicating publicly in other manners. “I’ve never seen such a clause in 21 years of being a judge and sentencing people and looking at terms of supervised release,” the...
    A Shelton woman was sentenced to one year in prison for embezzling about $260,000 from her employer. In addition to the prison term, Barbara J. Buchanan, 60, of Shelton, will spend six months on house arrest and serve 100 hours of community service. She will also be on parole for three years, according to the Connecticut Attorney’s Office. On March 11, Buchanan pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Buchanan had been the payroll manager with a Connecticut firm where, between 2014 and September 2019, she made false entries and adjustments in the payroll system in order to wire company funds into her personal bank account, the Attorney’s Office said. Buchanan also made false journal entries in the company’s tax records....
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran court ordered the immediate release Thursday of former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla de Lobo, whose 58-year corruption sentence and conviction was tossed out earlier this year. Bonilla will not be allowed to leave the country or have contact with others involved in the case. She is awaiting a new trial. The court also ordered the release of her personal secretary Saul Fernando Escobar whose conviction had also been annulled, but who remained in prison. Bonilla has been jailed since 2018. In September 2019, she was sentenced to 58 years in prison for fraud and embezzlement. The prior month she was convicted of embezzling about $600,000 in government money between 2010 and 2014, when...
    By Larry Neumeister | Associated Press NEW YORK — A judge ordered the release from prison of President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer on Thursday, saying he believes the government retaliated against him for planning to release a book about Trump before November’s election. Michael Cohen’s First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9 after probation authorities said he refused to sign a form banning him from publishing the book or communicating publicly in other manners, U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said during a telephone conference. Hellerstein ordered Michael Cohen released from prison by 2 p.m. on Friday. “How can I take any other inference than that it’s retaliatory?” Hellerstein asked...
    NEW YORK - A judge ordered the release from prison of President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer on Thursday, saying he believes the government retaliated against him for writing a book about Trump. Michael Cohen's First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9 after probation authorities said he refused to sign a form banning him from publishing the book or communicating publicly in other manners, U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said. Hellerstein ordered Michael Cohen released from prison by 2 p.m. on Friday. Cohen, 53, sued federal prison officials and Attorney General William Barr on Monday, saying he was ordered back to prison because he was writing a book to be...
    Michael Cohen arrives at his New York City apartment on May 21, 2020, after being furloughed from federal prison.John Minchillo/AP Photo For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.A federal judge on Thursday ordered Michael Cohen’s release from federal prison, ruling that the government violated the former Trump fixer’s right to free speech by revoking his home confinement after he hesitated to agree not to write a book. “I find that the purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail is retaliatory, and it’s retaliatory because of his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights to publish a book,” Federal District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein said in hearing held via teleconference Thursday....
    A federal judge on Thursday ordered former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released from prison and into home confinement, ruling he was sent back into federal custody earlier this month in retaliation for a forthcoming tell-all book. Judge Alvin Hellerstein concluded Cohen, who was put back in federal custody after being temporarily released due to coronavirus-related concerns, had been returned to prison in retaliation for “failing to agree a day earlier to not to publish a book about Trump as one of multiple conditions for serving the remainder of his three-year prison term on home confinement,” according to CNBC. “The purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail is retaliatory and its retaliatory because of his desire...
    Reuters July 23, 2020 0 Comments U.S. President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen was ordered released from prison and will return to home confinement on Friday after a federal judge found he was a target of retaliation for planning to publish a book about the president. Cohen was sent home from prison in May because of the coronavirus pandemic. He was shackled again on July 9 after he questioned an agreement that barred him from publishing his book, engaging with news organizations and posting on social media. Judge Alvin Hellerstein said he had never in his 21 years on the bench seen a provision barring a prisoner from speaking to the media. “How can I take any other...
    A judge ordered that Michael Cohen must be released from custody, CNBC reported. Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled President Donald Trump’s former lawyer was the victim of “retaliation” from the Department of Justice due to the forthcoming publication of a tell-all book, Disloyal: The True Story of Michael Cohen, Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump. The Hill reported that Cohen’s book would reveal racist comments that Trump made about President Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela. Cohen’s lawyers argued in a filing that he was sent back to prison because he refused to agree not to publish the work, and Judge Hellerstein appeared to agree. “I’ve never seen such a clause, in 21 years in being a judge,” Hellerstein...
    A federal judge ruled Thursday the probation agreement pushed by the Justice Department may have violated convicted felon Michael Cohen’s First Amendment rights and the former Trump lawyer should be released from prison by Friday. Cohen, 53, pleaded guilty to numerous counts of tax fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations, was sentenced to three years in federal prison in December 2018, but was released on home arrest in May over concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. In early July, Cohen was sent back to prison and later sued Attorney General William Barr, claiming there was an attempt to punish him for wanting to publish a book. The judge ruled the governments actions to be improper. "The purpose...
    A judge ordered the release from prison of President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer on Thursday, saying he believes the government retaliated against him for writing a book about Trump. Michael Cohens First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9 after probation authorities said he refused to sign a form banning him from publishing the book or communicating publicly in other manners, U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said. Hellerstein ordered Michael Cohen released from prison by 2 p.m. on Friday. Cohen, 53, sued federal prison officials and Attorney General William Barr on Monday, saying he was ordered back to prison because he was writing a book to be released before the November...
    New York (CNN)Michael Cohen will be released to home confinement, a judge ruled on Thursday, finding that the government acted in a retaliatory manner when it took President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer into custody earlier this month."The purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail is retaliatory and its retaliatory because of his desire to exercise his first amendment rights to publish a book and discuss anything about the book or anything else he wants on social media and others," Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled during a telephonic hearing.Cohen, who has been held in solitary confinement at federal prison in Otisville, New York, since he was remanded on July 9, will be released by...
    By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered the release from prison of President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer on Thursday, saying he believes the government retaliated against him for writing a book about Trump. Michael Cohen's First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9 after probation authorities said he refused to sign a form banning him from publishing the book or communicating publicly in other manners, U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said. Hellerstein ordered Michael Cohen released from prison by 2 p.m. on Friday. Cohen, 53, sued federal prison officials and Attorney General William Barr on Monday, saying he was ordered back to prison because he was...
    (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday ordered President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen released from prison on Friday and returned to home confinement. Cohen was sent home from prison in May because of the coronavirus pandemic. He was shackled again on July 9 after he questioned an agreement that barred him from publishing a book, engaging with news organizations and posting on social media. (Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; editing by Jonathan Oatis) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    WASHINGTON -- A judge ordered the release from prison of President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer on Thursday, saying he believes the government retaliated against him for writing a book about Trump.Michael Cohen's First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9 after probation authorities said he refused to sign a form banning him from publishing the book or communicating publicly in other manners, U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said.Hellerstein ordered Michael Cohen released from prison by 2 p.m. on Friday.Cohen, 53, sued federal prison officials and Attorney General William Barr on Monday, saying he was ordered back to prison because he was writing a book to be released before the November presidential...
    Yana Paskova/Getty Images According to multiple reports, President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen is set to be released from prison on Friday after a judge ruled he was sent back to prison as retaliation for his planned tell-all book. Cohen’s lawyers had argued that he “is currently imprisoned in solitary confinement because he is drafting a book manuscript that is critical of the President of the United States — and because he recently made public that he intends to publish this book shortly before the upcoming election.” This story is developing. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    NEW YORK (AP) — Judge orders Michael Cohen released from prison, calls his return to jail retaliation for planned book on Trump. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A convicted felon from Fairfield County is facing prison time after being caught in possession with a loaded rifle that had an obliterated serial number. Norwalk resident Tyrome Sawyer - also known as “Tyrone Sawyer,” and “Crack” - was charged in New Haven federal court with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. It is alleged that on April 19 last year, Sawyer, 30, possessed a loaded Hi-Point model 995, 9mm rifle with an obliterated serial number, in Norwalk. Prior to that bust, Sawyer had been previously convicted in state court of felony firearm, drug and escape offenses. The indictment was returned on Wednesday, July 15, U.S. Attorney John Durham said. Sawyer pleaded not guilty. Durham said that Sawyer...
    An eighth death row inmate in California has died of apparent COVID-19 complications, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced Wednesday. According to CDCR, John M. Beames, 67, died outside of a hospital Tuesday. His exact cause of death has not yet been declared by a coroner.  Beames was sentenced to death in Tulare County in October of 1995 for murder, torture and other crimes involving a one-year-old child. He was admitted onto California’s death row on Nov. 7, 1995. On Monday CDCR announced another California death row inmate, Troy A. Ashmus, 58, died of suspected coronavirus complications.  California’s San Quentin State Prison is where Beames and Ashmus were when they died and where the state hold’s their...
    New York (CNN)The Department of Justice did not custom write a condition prohibiting Michael Cohen from engaging with the media, but instead relied on a form that has been used in other high-profile cases, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Wednesday that objected to his release from prison.Prosecutors rejected Cohen's claim that he was taken back into custody earlier this month in retaliation for a book he intends to release in September that Cohen said would reveal President Donald Trump's "pointedly anti-Semitic remarks and virulently racist remarks against such Black leaders as President Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela." Cohen was sent back to prison, prosecutors said, after he became "antagonistic" during a meeting with probation officials, tried to dictate...
    Child killer John Beames was pronounced dead on Tuesday following complications from COVID-19. He was 67 Child killer John Beames was pronounced dead on Tuesday following complications from the coronavirus, the latest Californian death row inmate to die from COVID-19.  The 67-year-old was pronounced dead at an outside hospital and his exact cause of death will be determined by a coroner, CBS San Francisco reports. Beames was convicted in 1994 of the torture and beating death of a a 15-month-old daughter of his girlfriend, who was living with him at the time.  He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Tulare County in 1995.  An autopsy revealed that small child died from a fierce blow to...
    Meek Mill seems to have responded to Kanye West's suggestion that he slept with Kim Kardashian, essentially calling the rapper/fashion designer a liar. West insinuated that his wife had a tryst with Meek as he told Twitter he's been 'trying to get divorced' from the celeb during another tangent on Tuesday night. Mill was succinct with his response Wednesday afternoon, tweeting: 'Sh** is cappp cmon,' cap being slang for a lie or liar. Calling out Kanye: Meek Mill has appeared to respond to Kanye West's suggestion he and Kim Kardashian had an inappropriate meeting at an LA hotel, essentially calling West a liar. Meek is seen in February 2020 No truth: Mill was succinct with his response Wednesday afternoon, tweeting:...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – After more than 13 months in a West Texas federal prison, lawyers for former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway are trying to get him released on home confinement, because of the risk of contracting COVID-19. Caraway pled guilty to accepting some $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks from a company selling stop-arm cameras for school buses owned by the now defunct Dallas Co. Schools. He is now serving a 56 month sentence at the Big Spring Federal Correction Facility. (credit: Dallas County Sheriff’s Office) In a federal district court motion, lawyers said long before being sentenced to prison the now 68-year-old Caraway suffered from, “various medical conditions, including but not limited to sleep apnea, hypertension, esophageal dyskinesia, hyperlipidemia,...
    Attorneys for Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenOusted Manhattan prosecutor Geoffrey Berman to teach at Stanford Davis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' MORE filed a petition late Monday seeking his immediate release from jail, alleging that he was brought back to prison in retaliation for a book he is writing about his time working for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDHS expands authority of personnel to collect information on people threatening monuments: report GOP signals Trump's payroll-tax cut in Republican coronavirus bill — for now Trump threatens to double down on Portland in other major cities MORE. The petition was filed by lawyers at firm Perry Guha...
    Reuters July 21, 2020 0 Comments Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, asked a federal court on Monday to release him from prison, saying he was put back behind bars in retaliation for stating his plan to publish a book about the president. Cohen was released from a federal prison in May due to concerns over exposure to the novel coronavirus. He had completed about a year of a three-year sentence for his role in hush money payments to two women, as well as for financial crimes and lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. But he was imprisoned again this month, which was a violation of his First Amendment rights under...
    ABCBarcelona Updated: 07/16/2020 16: 21h Save The pro-independence leaders imprisoned by the 1-O they will sleep four days a week in prison and three at home, as of this Friday, as agreed by the treatment boards of the penitentiary centers once the Generalitat has granted them semi-freedom. As reported by the Ministry of Criminal Measures of the Generalitat, the boards of the Lledoners, Wad Ras and Puig de les Basses prisons have decided to apply the modality of usual open regime provided for in article 83 of the prison regulations, so that they will only have to spend the night in prison, between 8 and 11 hours a day, normally from Monday to Thursday. In this way, the...
    (Reuters) - Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer, asked a federal court on Monday to release him from prison, saying he was put back behind bars in retaliation for stating his plan to publish a book about the president. Cohen was released from a federal prison in May due to concerns over exposure to the novel coronavirus. He had completed about a year of a three-year sentence for his role in hush money payments to two women, as well as for financial crimes and lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. But he was imprisoned again this month, which was a violation of his First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution, his attorneys...
    The youngest paid drug informant in FBI history has been released from custody in Florida, taking his first steps of freedom since he was incarcerated as a teenager 32 years ago. Richard J. Wershe Jr. – known more commonly as White Boy Rick - was discharged from a residential work-release program in Kissimmee on Monday, the state's Department of Corrections confirmed. The 51-year-old had been behind bars since 1988 for a non-violent drug crime, despite being one of the FBI’s most productive paid drug informants having started working undercover for the bureau in Detroit when he was just 14. His controversial case garnered national attention and has even inspired a number of books and movies, including the 2018 feature film...