Serial ADA filer in California submits 1,000 complaints after indictment on tax charges
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — By the time Sacramento attorney Scott Johnson was indicted in May 2019, he had filed thousands of disability access lawsuits in the Sacramento area, sometimes filing as many as six or more a day at the downtown federal courthouse. Johnson, 59, a quadriplegic who uses a motorized wheelchair to make the rounds of restaurants, office buildings and merchants he suspects are violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, has been one of the most prodigious serial filers of ADA lawsuits in California for years. So, when a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of fil...
The Sacramento Bee
Biden lays out plan to curb violent crime surge
Washington (AFP) - US President Joe Biden laid out new measures Wednesday to tackle America's gun crisis against a backdrop of surging violent crime that his Republican rivals have seized on for weeks. And with major cities seeing alarming spikes in shootings, homicides and armed robberies, the president warned Americans that the uptick could carry into the summer, following months of coronavirus lockdowns. Biden unveiled his strategy during a televised address following a White House meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland, a bipartisan group of city mayors and law enforcement leaders. ...
Kansas City diocese hasn't named all priests credibly accused of sex abuse, group says
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese has failed to include nearly 20 priests on its list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse even though they are named elsewhere, a victim's advocate group said Wednesday. Those priests — including one convicted in Texas of trying to hire a hit man to kill his victim— all had ties to the diocese at one time, according to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The group plans to publicly release the names at an afternoon news conference. "For nearly two years, SNAP has repeatedly pushed Bishop Johnston to add roughly 20 names to h...
The Kansas City Star
R. Kelly moved to New York, hires new lawyer as racketeering trial nears
CHICAGO – After two years in a federal jail in Chicago, indicted singer R. Kelly has been brought to New York in preparation for his racketeering trial that’s scheduled to begin in Brooklyn later this summer. U.S. Bureau of Prisons records show Kelly is currently housed at a medium-security detention center in Brooklyn. The move comes six days after the judge overseeing his trial said she wanted Kelly brought there so he could decided in person whether to waive potential conflicts of interest with an attorney on his legal team. Court records also show that Kelly also has added a new lawyer to ...
Feds sending gun trafficking strike forces to major cities The Justice Department is deploying anti-gun trafficking strike forces to New York and four other major American cities this summer to crack down on a disturbing surge in shootings, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Tuesday. The five strike forces will focus on upending “trafficking corridors” that funnel illegal firearms from Southern states to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C., where gun violence has been steadily on the rise over the past 18 months, according to Garland. “Workin...
Tribune News Service
Biden administration takes aim at gun trafficking
Washington (AFP) - A day before US President Joe Biden was due to announce measures to combat a rise in violent crime, the Justice Department on Tuesday revealed it had created five new units to tackle gun trafficking. The units will be set up in the next 30 days and will focus on the major cities of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, which have suffered a sharp increase in homicides over the past year and a half. Bringing together federal prosecutors, specialized police officers and local partners, the "firearms trafficking strike forces will investigate and disru...
Work permits give new lifeline to undocumented crime victims waiting for visas
SAN DIEGO — When Rosa Maria Perez found out she would soon be getting a work permit because of a recent change in visa policy under the Biden administration, she was so overwhelmed by emotion that she both laughed and cried. Perez, 31, has been living in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for almost half of her life. Because she was a victim of a crime and cooperated with police during the investigation, she was able to apply for a special visa, called a U visa, that is meant to help undocumented immigrants feel safe coming forward without fear of deportation. She's had her applica...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
NFL reviewing Chiefs DE Frank Clark's gun charges
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark has been arrested twice this offseason on felony gun charges, the most recent time during a traffic stop Sunday, according to law enforcement agencies in California. The two arrests occurred under similar circumstances, according to police documents obtained by The Kansas City Star — the vehicle in which Clark was traveling was pulled over, at which point officers say they discovered a firearm sticking out of a bag in the back seat. Here's what we know about each arrest and what the NFL and Chiefs are saying about the matter. Sunday's arrestC...
The Kansas City Star
NYC police watchdog will probe racial quota allegations in federal lawsuit — if officers win their case
NEW YORK — Allegations of race-based arrest quotas will likely be investigated by the city’s NYPD watchdog — if the whistleblower officers prevail in their federal court claims that failing to meet the quota derailed their careers. The Civilian Complaint Review Board announced the likely probe Monday in response to a New York Daily News report that four more police officers have come forward to back a class-action lawsuit that claims NYPD supervisors enforced an off-the-books quota system that prioritized arrests of Blacks and Latinos. The lawsuit was filed in 2015 by NYPD Lt. Edwin Raymond an...
New York Daily News
Man found dead in flat after shots fired in Frankfurt
German police found a dead man in a Frankfurt flat after reported gunshots, investigators said on Tuesday. According to investigators, the 41-year-old man had been armed with a gun and a knife and had attacked officers. "We assume that the police fired the deadly shot," a police spokesperson said, adding that investigations were under way to determine what exactly had happened. The state office for criminal investigations has taken over the case, the police said, adding that the public was not in danger. According to the investigators, the police were called to the neighbourhood of Griesheim a...