(New York, NY-AP) — President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is headed to prison. A federal judge in New York imposed a sentence of three years today. Cohen pleaded guilty to tax fraud, banking fraud and violations of campaign finance laws. He pleaded guilty campaign finance violations involving hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and another woman who claimed they had affairs with President Trump a decade ago. Cohen also admitted to lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Before sentencing, Cohen apologized and said he takes full responsibility for each criminal act, including those involving the President. Cohen said he felt a need to cover up Trump’s “dirty deeds.”
Cohen noted that blind loyalty to Trump led him to choose darkness over light. Cohen arranged hefty hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal before the 2016 presidential election. Both women alleged they had affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the accusations. He has called the payments private transactions that were not subject to campaign finance laws.
(New York, NY-AP) –– President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, will find out today how much time he’ll do behind bars. Sentencing guidelines call for four to five years and despite his lawyers’ calls for leniency, federal prosecutors say Cohen deserves a stiff sentence because he wasn’t as forthcoming as he could have been.
He’s pleaded guilty to tax and campaign finance violations involving hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and another woman who claimed they had affairs with Trump a decade ago. Cohen told federal prosecutors he made those payments during the 2016 presidential campaign at the direction of Donald Trump.
(AP) – Former Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger’s family is planning a wrongful death suit against the government. Bulger’s family wants to know why the 89-year-old gangster, who was confined to a wheelchair, was sent to a violent prison.
Other inmates beat him to death hours after he was transferred to the Hazelton federal prison in West Virginia on October 30th. Bulger was convicted of eleven murders and dozens of other crimes in 2013. Three Massachusetts organized crime figures who might have had grudges against Bulger were imprisoned at Hazelton. One is the leading suspect in Bulger’s murder.
(Lumberton, NC) – Daniel Green, convicted and sentenced to life for the murder of Michael Jordan’s dad James R. Jordan Sr. is looking for a new hearing that could turn his sentence around.
Green who charges that he didn’t actually help kill Jordan’s dad but helped dump his body is hoping to have the first-degree murder charge overturned as he will try once again to convince a court that he didn’t kill the NBA legend’s dad.
Green’s request has been rejected already with two state courts upholding the conviction but now it will be up to Defense Attorney Chris Mumma and prosecutors from the Attorney Generals’ office to debate whether or not an evidentiary hearing should be granted to Daniel Green. If received, he could get a new trial.
Green was convicted with another man, Larry Demere, who testified that Green was the one who shot Jordan. Green, however, maintains that he wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger. “I’ve never killed anybody,” Green told WRAL News in an exclusive interview at Lumberton Correctional Institution. “I didn’t kill James Jordan. I’m innocent. I’m innocent of murder.”
Green has always maintained that he was sleep at his house in 1993 when his friend came to him and said that he had shot somebody and needed help with hiding the body. Green said, “I helped him put the body inside of the car.” The, then, two teenagers dumped the body in the swamp. Defense attorney Mumma says the case was riddled with errors from the beginning. But, that no one wanted to upset Michael Jordan. But the original prosecutor, Johnson Britt, (not associated with the attorney general’s office) says Green got a fair trial the first time around and doesn’t deserve a new one.
Now 43 years old, Green says he can’t apologize for a crime he didn’t commit. But that he is sorry for the role he played in the murder of James Jordan. Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist will hear the new arguments.
(Washington, DC-AP) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller is recommending a very light sentence for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, including possibly zero time behind bars. According to the memo, Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, which is punishable by up to six months in prison. Mueller noted that Flynn has provided “substantial assistance to the government.”
Mueller’s sentencing memo noted that Flynn made multiple false statements to members of the Department of Justice. Those statements dealt with his connections with a Russian ambassador and his contacts with Turkish officials. Later in the memo, Mueller said Flynn cooperated in 19 interviews with the Special Counsel’s Office and provided documents and communications. There is a heavily redacted section of the memo that starts with the phrase “The defendant has provided substantial assistance in a criminal investigation.”
(Santa Ana, CA-AP) — It took some time for justice to catch up, but police in Santa Ana, California, say they’ve caught their ketchup assault suspect. Twenty-four year old Mayra Gallo is under arrest after allegedly attacking a McDonald’s manager last month after not receiving enough ketchup packets with her meal.
Police received numerous tips from the public after video of the assault was shared by news agencies and on social media. A 15-thousand dollar warrant was issued for her arrest. Gallo was taken into custody yesterday outside of her home in Santa Ana.
She faces a misdemeanor assault charge.
(New York, NY-AP) — New York City rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine born Daniel Hernandez, is pleading not guilty to federal racketeering charges. His trial date has been set for September of next year, and with bail already denied, it means Hernandez could be in jail for close to a year while awaiting the proceedings.
Prosecutors say he participated in a conspiracy to sell drugs and commit robberies. Hernandez was also charged in a pair of shootings, one of which injured a bystander.
(AP) — O.J. Simpson’s former manager is releasing a new documentary about the infamous murders that claims Simpson had an accomplice. Norman Pardo says for the first time, the most in-depth investigation into the case will show that only was Simpson involved, but that he also had at least one accomplice.
Pardo has been working for the last four years to create the series, which will be pitched to networks next week to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman
(Atlanta, GA-AP) — The last member of a group of 16 postal workers in Atlanta is going to prison after being caught in a narcotics sting. In a news release today, the U.S.
Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia said the employee was sentenced to at least three years in federal prison for taking bribes to deliver cocaine. The undercover operation began after the Feds learned in 2015 that drug rings were offering bribes to U.S. postal workers in the Atlanta metro area. Federal agents posing as drug traffickers bribed the letter carriers for as little as 250-dollars to deliver the packages.
(Washington, DC-AP) — President Trump is not ruling out pardoning his former campaign chief Paul Manafort. The President told the New York Post that a pardon is “not off the table,” though he says it’s not something he’s ever discussed. Trump also slammed the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
He’s not happy that investigators have gotten several people, including Manafort, to accept plea deals. He said pressuring people under investigation to flip was like McCarthyism, when people were sometimes wrongly accused of being linked to communism.