(New York, NY) –– A federal judge is denying bail for financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.
Epstein was in custody after a bail hearing in New York on Monday when two women said he sexually attacked them as teens.
A federal indictment released earlier this month charges Epstein with sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of underage girls at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida.
(Belle Rose, LA-AP) — It appears there’s another Blue Bell ice cream licker. Louisiana police have arrested a 36-year-old man for licking a tub of Blue Bell ice cream. Lenise Martin the Third was reportedly inspired by a viral video of a teenage girl committing the same act.
An unknown individual recorded Martin opening a carton of Blue Bell, licking it, poking it with his finger and putting it back on the shelf.
Martin returned to the store and showed a receipt for the ice cream, but he was later arrested. This comes after a young woman appeared on a viral video in Texas licking a container of Blue Bell ice cream and putting it back in the dairy case.
(New York, NY-AP) — Federal agents allegedly found a trove of evidence against Jeffrey Epstein. Prosecutors say agents seized stacks of lewd photographs of what appear to be underage girls, while searching his New York City mansion over the weekend.
They also claim they found CD’s with hand-written labels with the titles, Young, Misc Nudes One and Girl Pics Nudes.
The 66-year-old wealthy financier was ordered held without bail, after pleading not guilty to charges of sex trafficking today and will be detained until a detention hearing later this week.
(Salt Lake City, UT-AP) — Authorities say the missing University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck has been killed. Today, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said suspect Ayoola Ajayi is charged with murder and kidnapping.
On June 17th, Lueck went missing after a Lyft driver dropped her off at a park in North Salt Lake in the middle of the night. Police say neighbors of the charged man told them he was seen burning “something” on June 17th and 18th.
Investigators conducted a search of Ajayi’s property on Wednesday, where they say they found charred personal items and “female human tissue” in the backyard. That DNA tissue matched a DNA profile of Lueck.
(Chicago, IL-AP) — Newly-released police body-cam footage of Jussie Smollett shows the actor with an alleged noose around his neck. Chicago police have released around 70 hours of video footage and hundreds of files from the investigation into Smollett’s alleged attack earlier this year.
Some of the video shows him with a white rope looped around his neck, which he said his alleged attackers had placed on him. He can also be heard telling officers he had bleach poured on him, and asking them not to film him. Smollett was indicted on multiple felony accounts for allegedly staging the attack, but the charges were later dropped.
A special prosecutor will now be investigating the handling of the case, which could result in new charges against the actor.
(Queens, NY-AP) — Rapper Cardi B is being indicted in her assault case in New York City. Prosecutors had decided to present her case to a grand jury but it’s not clear what formal charges she faces with the case set to be unsealed next week.
In April the 26-year-old performer rejected a plea deal that would have kept her out of jail and reduced the charges in her case. S
he’s accused of attacking two female bartenders at a strip club in Queens last summer.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The House is expected to vote this week to take more action with respect to Russia investigation subpoenas. A Democratic resolution would empower the Judiciary Committee to go to court to enforce subpoenas the Trump administration has rejected.
Meantime, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced Monday the Justice Department has agreed to hand over key documents on obstruction of justice from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
The New York Democrat said a criminal contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Bill Barr has been put on hold.
(Washington, DC-AP) -Special Counsel Robert Mueller says charging President Trump with obstruction of justice was not an option due to a longstanding Justice Department policy; but that doesn’t mean he’s innocent.
The policy states that a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while in office. Speaking at the department today, Mueller said if he had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, he would have said so. Mueller also announced that he is formally stepping down as special counsel. He did not take questions.
Meantime, Mueller is negotiating with the House Judiciary Committee. He wants to testify behind closed doors while Democrats who run the committee want a full, public hearing.
In a tweet, Dem hopeful Corey Booker said Mueller’s statement makes it clear — Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler also released a statement saying it falls to lawmakers to “respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump.” He argued that no one is above the law, including the President
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) – Actor Ashton Kutcher is now done testifying in a Los Angeles serial murder trial. A man named Michael Gargiulo is accused of killing a woman he was set to go out on a date with in 2001. On the stand yesterday, Kutcher said that on the night of the murder, he was stopping by to pick up Ashley Ellerin.
She didn’t answer the door. When he looked through the window he spotted what he thought was spilled red wine on the floor. He assumed she had already left for the night. Her body was discovered the next day.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee expects former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify on May 21st.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler told reporters today that McGhan will be subject to contempt if he does not show up. Nadler said McGahn has to “respect the rule of law like anybody else.”
President Trump has ordered McGahn not to give the Judiciary Committee documents related to the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump recently suggested he may seek to prevent McGahn from testifying in Congress.