A Plano man has been jailed for more than 17 years after he was caught conning investors out of more than $20 million over a fake Walt Disney theme park and resort in North Texas. Thomas W Lucas Jr was ordered to pay $8.4 million in restitution.
According to prosecutors the 35-years-old man has defrauded more than 280 investors between 2006 and 2010. He claimed to the investors that he has got some inside information about the park and is looking for 65 people who can buy land in Collin and Denton counties.
The investors were even told that the land they would purchase will be on the edge of the future park and they had hoped to sell it on to developers for a profit after Disney announced the park.
US president Barack Obama is planning to change the way Americans go to prison and for this the president will be visiting Federal Correctional Institution El Reno, a medium-security prison in Oklahoma, as an effort to push reforms to the nation's criminal justice system.
It will be the first time when a sitting American president has ever visited a federal penitentiary. Obama said Tuesday in a speech before the NAACP convention in Philadelphia that although people in prisons have made mistake but above all they are also Americans.
"Our criminal justice system isn't as smart as it should be. It's not keeping us as safe as we should be. It is not as fair as it should be. We need to do something about it", he said.
American stand-up comedian Bill Cosby’s lawyer argued on Friday saying that it would be very embarrassing for the comedian if the documents from a 2005 sex-assault lawsuit will be unveiled.
Cosby is presently fighting efforts by The Associated Press to unseal motions from a lawsuit he settled with a former Temple University employee.
The lawsuit accused Cosby for drugging and sexually assaulting the woman at Cosby’s home.
Now, Cosby’s lawyer argued that his client’s deposition could reveal details of Cosby's marriage, sex life and prescription drug use.
Lawyer George M. Gowen III said in a statement that it would be terribly embarrassing for this material to come out.
Khairullozhon Matanov, a cab driver and citizen of Kyrgyzstan, pleaded guilty in March 2015 for misleading United States investigators after the Boston bombing when he tried to cover up his relationship with the Tsarnaev brothers.
The US authorities also said Matanov also admitted that he tried to erase his internet history, in an attempt to get rid of cellphones, and lying about meeting the Tsarnaev brothers following the attack.
Manatov also confessed about calling Tsarnaev and his elder brother, Tamerlan less than one hour after the attacks took place on April 15, 2013. He also invited them to have dinner, he admitted.
Prison employee Joyce Mitchell has been sent into custody for allegedly helping two prisoners to escape. She is accused of helping two killers who are free, but on the run.
Mitchell allegedly helped the two killers break free by providing them tools they needed to flee from an upstate New York prison a week ago.
She was charged on Friday night for promoting prison contraband and misdemeanor of criminal facilitation. She pleaded not guilty, but if court finds her guilty, she could face sentence of up to eight years in jail.
It was learnt that felons Richard Matt and David Sweat were missing after an early morning bed check was conducted at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.
According to police, a cop shot a gunman after when he saw him shot another man in East Harlem.
According to police sources, two special-victims officers were in a car when they witnessed the man kill another man close to E. 102nd St. and First Ave. soon before 8 pm.
According to police sources, the officers confronted the gunman after jumping out of the car; the man moved his weapon toward them. Police said that after that one of the officers fired two times, hitting the man in the chest.
Police also said that the shooter was taken to Harlem Hospital in stable condition. As per police sources, the man who was shot by attacker walked into Metropolitan Hospital Center, located three blocks away, with a graze wound.
A defamation lawsuit that was filed by former San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald against a woman who accused him of rape has been dismissed by a California judge.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Elfving said in the ruling last week that McDonald didn't produce any acceptable evidence that the woman had talked to anyone except law enforcement officials regarding her accusations, and statements that have been given to police are considered protected speech.
On Tuesday, J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives will appear in a Chicago court for his arraignment. He didn't speak anything in public or appear since he was indicted.
Hastert was indicted on federal charges that he planned cash withdrawals with the intention of avoiding detection by bank officials and also lied to the federal authorities when asked regarding the money.
Thomas C. Green, who is a Washington-based lawyer, filed court papers signifying that he would represent Mr. Hastert during the arraignment. The lawyer has a lot of experience in representing public officials who face criminal investigations.
Case of a condemned Ohio killer is to be heard for the second time in Ohio Supreme Court under an attempt to put him to death.
It has been said that Romell Broom, 59, was sentenced to death for the 1984 rape case and for slaying of 14-year-old Tryna Middleton after abducting her in Cleveland as she walked home from a Friday night football game with two friends.
The apex court has planned a hearing for Tuesday to hear arguments from Broom’s attorneys. Earlier his 2009 execution was stopped by the then Governor Ted Strickland after Broom complained that the execution team tried for two hours to find a suitable vein.
Broom has said he was stuck with needles at least 18 times, with pain so intense that he cried and screamed.
On Monday, an American student sued his high school after it banned him from wearing an eagle feather on his graduation cap.
According to The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU), Clovis High School senior Christian Titman notified the court of the emergency lawsuit ahead of his Thursday graduation.
Titman, 18, is a member of the Pit River Tribe. His parents have repeatedly sought permission to wear the feather during the ceremony so that he could represent his heritage and religion.
On Friday, US District Judge Katherine Forrest sentenced Ross Ulbricht, the architect of the million-dollar underground drug website named Silk Road, to life imprisonment after a federal jury in February found him guilty on multiple charges.
Ross Ulbricht, 31, grew up in Austin, Texas and conspired to create an illegal website that enabled him to make anonymous online drug sales to the tune of $200 million. By operating on the Tor network, the website allowed users to communicate anonymously. Ulbricht also let customers make payments using the digital currency ‘bitcoin’, which allowed users to conceal their identities and locations.
On Wednesday, Nebraska announced to repeal death penalty after the legislators voted to override governor's veto. According to reports, there was a close vote on the issue. To repeal the death penalty, about 30 of 49 senators were needed and exactly 30 lawmakers voted in the favor of overriding Governor Pete Rickett's veto.
Now, Nebraska has joined the 18 other states and Washington, D. C., which have completely banned capital punishment. The decision by the legislature has come a day after the governor vetoed the legislation that was passed earlier this month by the state legislature.
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court denied the White House's request to lift a hold on President Obama's executive action on immigration.
The left would have protected millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and provided them work permits in the US.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was urged by the Justice Department to reverse a federal district judge's ruling that temporarily blocked Obama's plan regarding deportations. However, the court ruled against the immigration.
After Obama took immigration reform steps in November, 26 states filed a lawsuit against it. The ruling of 5th Circuit that the hold won't be lifted came after filing of the lawsuit.
Cleveland officials and the US Department of Justice have announced a settlement on how the city's police can be reformed.
As a part of the agreement, police officials will be adopting many changes for the betterment of the force. By the end of 2015, the city's police officers will be required to wear body camera. Officer training on the use of excessive force will also be increased.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (D) said that community policing will be part of the department's DNA. A community police commission will comprise of 10 residents and three police union officials. The commission's aim will be to give suggestions on steps that can be taken to make policing free of bias, accountable and transparent.
California New Car Dealers Association sues Santa Monica-based TrueCar for non-compliance with state’s lawsSubmitted by Amanda Lysak on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:17
California New Car Dealers Association has sued Santa Monica-based TrueCar, accusing it for its disobedience with various sections of the California Vehicle Code ('CVC') concerning brokering, dealer licensing, advertising and disclosure. This litigation has been filed by Patricia Glaser of the highly esteemed law firm Glaser Weil.
TrueCar is charged with breaching key statutes in legal action filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Santa Monica branch; as a result of this both the consumer and new car dealers are not being protected. According to reports, TrueCar is acting as a 'Dealer' and a 'Broker'. It is thought that TrueCar is in violation of existing consumer protection laws as it does not have a Dealer or Auto Broker license.
On Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court said that ruling lawmakers have broke the line by coming up with a law that slashed retirement benefits to face a budget deficit. Now, the court has asked the lawmakers to come up with a new way to solve the nation's government-employee pension crisis.
Seven justices have taken the decision. They have stated that the measure signed by former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn 18 months back does not go with the state constitution, as it would not be able to fulfill pension promises.
Yet again, the state has grapple with a $111 billion deficit. Experts affirmed that the gap is so wide that the state had to keep up to $7 billion in reserve to keep pace. Justice Lloyd Karmeier said harsh words for the General Assembly.
In 1979, when a young boy got disappeared, it created a shock wave across the nation. The case was in court for so many, which has now ended an agonizing stalemate.
On Friday, jurors for the third time have stated that they were hopelessly deadlocked, 11-1, in favor of conviction of Pedro Hernandez, who has confessed that he choked Etan Patz, 6, to death and then dumped his body a few blocks away.
The jurors have declared the case as a mistrial. The announcement has lead Etan's parents with no other option but to wait for another trial. "We are frustrated and very disappointed the jury has been unable to make a decision. The long ordeal is not over. But I think we have closure already", said his father, Stanley Patz.
On Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) set up a DUI checkpoints at Madison Avenue and Hemlock Street in Sacramento to decrease drunken driving accidents at Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo is the biggest party of the year at Roseville's Mexican restaurant in Zocalo. It is considered as one of the top 10 drinking holidays and so there is a high risk of drunken drivers on the roads. In 2013, 36% of the fatal crashes on Cinco de Mayo were caused by drunk drivers.
CHP is setting up DUI saturation patrols which will ensure more officers on duty. The CHP is also working forward to create a program that would offer free DUI-breath tests.
Gloucester has faced drug problem for years and now its police chief said on Tuesday that the city has found new ways to deal with the problem. These measures will be soon taken to control opioid addiction among people.
Chief Leonard Campanello said at police headquarters that the city is working with Addison Gilbert Hospital, local pharmacies, and an on-call network of volunteers and it wants its police department to tackle drug addiction in an appropriate way in place of sending people to jail.
According to Campanello, "Addiction is a disease and should be treated as such. As a community, we believe it's the right thing to do".
On Monday, a bill has been passed as per which background of all gun buyers in Oregon would be checked. After the bill received a go-ahead from Oregon lawmakers, it will be presented to governor who has shared that she would give green signal to the new bill turning it into a law.
The Oregon Firearms Safety Act is already applicable at stores and gun shows in the state for person-to-person and online gun sales. The act has expanded with background check requirements.
The bill has been passed by a vote of 32-38 in the state’s House of Representatives. Representative Dan Rayfield, a Democrat who voted in the favor, was of the view that background check is the most apt way to keep guns away from dangerous people.
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