Sunday, May 19, 2019

Dismissal of Smollett case brings backlash, more questions

CHICAGO - Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The "Empire" star still says he was assaulted by two men late at night in downtown Chicago. (CTV)
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    Judge rules in favour of Khadr’s request to end sentence

    EDMONTON - Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Mary Moreau made the ruling Monday morning in Edmonton, as family and supporters of Khadr cried and hugged each other when the decision was read out. Khadr was seeking the 3-1/2 years remaining on his 2010 youth sentence to be reduced to one day as he awaits a decision in his U.S. appeal. (Edmonton Journal)
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    Michael Avenatti charged with trying to extort $20 million out of Nike

    NEW YORK - Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, was charged on Monday with what prosecutors said was an attempt to “shake down” Nike Inc for over $20 million. (Reuters)

    Truck driver who caused Humboldt Broncos bus crash sentenced to 8 years

    The truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash a year ago was sentenced to eight years in prison when he appeared in a Melfort, Sask., court Friday. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 30, pleaded guilty in January to 29 counts of dangerous driving causing death or bodily injury. (CBC)

    United Nations gang founder appeals 2009 U.S. sentence

    United Nations gang founder Clay Roueche says he is a changed man after serving a decade in a U.S. prison, and he wants his 30-year sentence for drug smuggling and money laundering reduced to 21 years and 10 months. (The Province)

    Officer files harassment lawsuit against Calgary Police Service, union

    CALGARY - A city police officer has filed a lawsuit against the Calgary Police Service and Calgary Police Association, alleging she has been the victim of harassment, sexual harassment, intimidation and “outrageous conduct.” (Calgary Herald)
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    Frenzy of interest descends on Huawei executive’s court appearance

    VANCOUVER - The appearance of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in court March 6 was short and procedural, but, with tensions escalating, there was also a frenzy of public and media interest. (The Province)

    What’s at stake for RCMP, prosecutors in SNC Lavelin case

    The political storm over SNC-Lavalin has sparked important debate over alleged political interference in Canada's justice system and what to do about a huge Canadian company that could fail if convicted of foreign bribery. (CBC)

    Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ guilty on all counts in N.Y. trial

    Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his girlfriend through a tunnel. (AP)

    B.C. money launderers more likely to be convicted in the u.S. than at home

    Police say Americans have a wider array of laws related to money laundering and other major crimes, allowing for more success in complex prosecutions. Over the past decade, more than a dozen B.C. residents have been charged and convicted in the United States of money laundering. (The Province)

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