LA County officials ask that Vanessa Bryant receive psychiatric evaluation before trial begins
Officials from Los Angeles County are asking that Vanessa Bryant, the wife of late NBA great Kobe Bryant, receive a psychiatric evaluation ahead of an upcoming trial. Bryant sued L.A. County after it was discovered that deputies that responded to the helicopter crash that killed Bryant, daughter Gianna and seven others took photos of the site. In the suit, Bryant alleged that the incident caused emotional distress. L.A. County officials are now seeking to use the requested psychiatric evaluation to determine if such distress occurred. The lawsuit was filed in federal court and seeks an unspeci...
New York Daily News
Pa. Senate candidates filed their latest fundraising reports. Here’s what they show.
PHILADELPHIA — The latest round of fundraising revealed warning signs for some high-profile candidates in Pennsylvania’s critical U.S. Senate race. Democrat Val Arkoosh and Republican Jeff Bartos each saw sharp slowdowns in donations, spent more than they collected from donors, and had to dip into personal funds to beef up their campaign accounts. Republican Carla Sands showed she’s also willing to reach into her own pocket — dropping $3.1 million into her campaign fund — but raised less than $500,000 from supporters during her first three months in the race, when it’s often easiest to raise m...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kansas City mayor files complaint against officer who made unauthorized computer search of him
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mayor Quinton Lucas has filed a complaint against the Kansas City police officer who allegedly conducted an “unauthorized” search of his home address in a database, The Kansas City Star has learned. Lucas made the report to the Office of Community Complaints on Friday, saying he understands from law enforcement members and a prosecutor that the search was a violation of the Kansas City Police Department’s rules as well as a possible legal infraction. “I was not informed of the infraction by the department, but instead by the office of the prosecuting attorney in their report...
The Kansas City Star
Judge rules Jussie Smollett trial is on for Nov. 29
CHICAGO — After more than two and a half years of dramatic developments in the Jussie Smollett case, the former “Empire” actor is officially slated to go to trial in late November. During a hearing Friday, Judge James Linn said jury selection would begin Nov. 29. Attorneys should be prepared for long days, he said, noting that testimony would likely go until 7 or 8 p.m. each day of the trial. Linn also denied a media outlet’s request to have cameras in the courtroom during the proceedings. Smollett’s case has attracted a firestorm of controversy, and the trial is expected to be nothing short o...
NY attorney general’s investigation into love triangle shooting begins as accused NYPD killer remains hospitalized
NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James launched her investigation Friday into the Brooklyn love-triangle shooting where an NYPD officer wounded her ex-girlfriend and executed a romantic rival with her service weapon. New York’s top prosecutor will handle the probe into Officer Yvonne Wu’s lethal and unprovoked Wednesday shooting spree inside the Bensonhurst home she once shared with shooting victim Jenny Li, whose new love interest was shot repeatedly and killed by the officer, authorities said. Wu, 31, remained hospitalized Friday after telling police that she was suicidal. She wa...
New York Daily News
DHS to restart ‘Remain in Mexico’ for asylum-seekers next monthWASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department could restart as early as next month a controversial Trump administration border program requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for their court dates, according to a court filing late Thursday night. In a document filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the federal government said it “anticipates being in a position to re-implement” the so-called Remain in Mexico program, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, “by mid-November.” Under MPP, w...
Tribune News Service
San Diego police officers who watched transit officers pin man, with knee on neck, now face wrongful death lawsuit
SAN DIEGO — The mother of a 24-year-old man who died after being pinned by two trolley security officers — one of whom kneeled on his neck for roughly six minutes — has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two San Diego police officers who were summoned as backup. The lawsuit, filed in San Diego federal court Friday, comes about six months after the mother reached a $5.5 million settlement with Metropolitan Transit Authority and its security contractor, Allied Universal, in the death of her son, Angel Zapata Hernandez. The complaint accuses the police officers, Jordan Belchamber and Christin...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sen. Raphael Warnock’s record-breaking fundraising sends national message
ATLANTA — U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock amassed another record-breaking fundraising haul, while GOP donors egged on by Donald Trump came off the sidelines to boost Republican Herschel Walker’s challenge. The fundraising reports filed Friday were yet another indication that the battle for Warnock’s seat in Georgia will attract enormous attention and money, as both parties battle over a seat that could determine control of the U.S. Senate next year. Warnock raised more than $9.5 million during the three-month quarter, an impressive sum that highlights the extensive fundraising infrastructure the Dem...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ahmaud Arbery murder trial begins Monday amid a burning question
ATLANTA — Almost 20 months to the day Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed, the trial for the three men charged in his death begins Monday. Up to 1,000 Glynn County residents summoned for jury duty are scheduled to appear at Selden Park, a large recreation center in Brunswick, to enable social distancing. Twelve people ultimately chosen from this enormous pool will be tasked with deciding whether Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan are guilty of malice murder, false imprisonment and other charges. Arbery, an unarmed Black man, was shot and killed by Travis McMic...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Florida COVID update: 2,821 more cases added to tally, fewer patients in hospitals
MIAMI — Florida on Friday reported 2,821 more COVID-19 cases and no new deaths the day before to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Miami Herald calculations of CDC data. The Florida Department of Health will most likely add more deaths to Thursday’s total, increasing it from zero. The state has done this in the past as it adds cases and deaths to previous days during the pandemic. The last time the state saw no increase, consistently without backlogged deaths added later, was in early March of last year during the nascent days of the pandemic, according to CDC data s...