Eight arrested for million dollar theft of Apple products – Attorney General Rob Bonta announced | Alabama

(The Center Square) – In a press statement released by California Attorney General Rob Bonta on organized retail theft, it was revealed that for every $1 billion in sales, retailers lose around $700,000.

Bonta revealed that his latest prosecution relates to eight individuals who had been arrested and charged for organized theft of products from primarily Apple retail stores across California amounting to approximately $1 million. The suspects allegedly hit stores in Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Alabama and Georgia as well.

The Attorney General expressed his gratitude for the work in this case. “I want to thank our law enforcement partners, including the California Highway Patrol, for their work in apprehending these suspects, and for our continued collaborative efforts to end organized retail theft. With these charges, we’re moving forward to hold these defendants accountable.”

The alleged crimes involved the individuals entering the Apple stores, restraining employees and customers, and stealing iphones and tablets worth tens of thousands of dollars from each outlet between August of last year and January 2023.

The persecution came “as a result of a collaborative multi-agency investigation that included the California Highway Patrol’s Organized Retail Theft Crimes Task Force (ORCTF), Oakland Police Department, Riverside Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Francisco Field Office, and the U.S. Marshal’s Office (Northern Division).”

“The California Highway Patrol’s partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies, along with our private industry, continue to result in arrests and recovery of millions of dollars in stolen products,” California Highway Patrol, Golden Gate Division Chief Ezery Beauchamp said.  “I would like to recognize the incredible work done by all those involved and acknowledge the Attorney General’s Office for their ongoing support and determination to prosecute these cases.”

In recent years Apple Stores has seen a spate of smash-and-grab

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SC Attorney General joins lawsuit over mailed abortion meds

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Attorney General Alan Wilson has joined other Republican-led states in formally opposing mail delivery of medication used to end early pregnancies, by signing onto a brief in a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In January, President Joe Biden announced that the FDA had changed its rules for the delivery of the abortion medication mifepristone, a drug used to end pregnancies up to 10 weeks after conception.

The agency determined the drug was safe to be prescribed via telehealth and delivered by mail.

Soon after Biden’s announcement, a coalition of health care professionals that oppose abortion, called The Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, filed a lawsuit against the FDA over the change.

Wilson has signed onto a brief supporting The Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine’s suit. Attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming have also signed the brief.

“I’ve lost count of how many times the Biden administration has tried to overreach its authority but this is yet another example,” Wilson said in a statement Friday. “Once again, we’re going to fight to protect life and the rule of law.”

The brief argues that the changes made by the FDA regarding mifepristone violate federal and state law.

The attorneys general wrote, “State

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KY House impeaches Commonwealth’s attorney in first action to remove elected official since 1991

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

The Kentucky House unanimously approved a resolution containing three articles of impeachment against Ronnie Lee Goldy, Jr., the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, and Rowan counties, meaning the Senate can now hold a trial on his removal from office.

The process began with the filing of HR 11 on January 5, which directed the House to appoint a committee to investigate any alleged misconduct committed by Goldy based on the Supreme Court’s decision to suspend Goldy from the practice of law.

Committee members met several times in January and early February to review evidence and hear from three Commonwealth attorneys who also serve as members of the Commonwealth Prosecutors Advisory Council.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, spoke with reporters Friday about the impeachment process for Commonwealth’s Attorney Ronnie Lee Goldy. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today)

Evidence included roughly 190 pages of messages, illicit in nature, between Goldy and a female criminal defendant. The messages indicated that, in exchange for sexually explicit photographs, Goldy would intervene in ongoing criminal cases.

Testifying before the impeachment committee, three members of the Commonwealth Prosecutors Advisory Council noted that not only is communication of this nature inappropriate, but direct communication between a criminal defendant and a commonwealth’s attorney constitutes a misuse of the power the office holds and a betrayal of public trust.

Due to the committee’s findings, a resolution with articles describing the impeachable offenses was filed as HR 30, and included three articles defining the grounds for impeachment:

• The Kentucky Supreme Court issued a suspension rendering Goldy unable to fulfill his duties in office.

• The nature of Goldy’s communications with the defendant.

• The quid pro quo committed between the defendant and Goldy.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, explained to reporters on Friday

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California Attorney General Joins Multistate Amicus Brief Defending Access to Abortion Pill Mifepristone

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Mifepristone is prescribed to patients who need critical, time-sensitive reproductive care, including for abortions and the treatment of miscarriages

February 10, 2023 – OAKLAND — California Attorney General Rob Bonta today joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general in a legal fight to protect nationwide access to mifepristone, which is widely used for medication abortion. The attorneys general filed an amicus brief opposing a lawsuit that challenges the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of mifepristone, despite the fact that mifepristone has been approved for more than 20 years. Mifepristone is prescribed to patients who need critical, time-sensitive reproductive care, including for abortions and the treatment of miscarriages. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine et al. v. FDA, are currently seeking a preliminary injunction that would force the FDA to rescind its approval of mifepristone. 
“Make no mistake: This lawsuit is an attack on the reproductive freedoms of millions,” said Attorney General Bonta. “When people’s access to critical health care is cut off, it’s our most vulnerable communities who pay the biggest price. Mifepristone is a lifeline to people across the nation, especially those who must travel long distances to access reproductive healthcare. My office will fight to protect and defend all Californians’ access to safe and legal abortions wherever and whenever it is threatened.”
On November 18, a group of plaintiffs led by the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas against the FDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The lawsuit argued that the FDA overstepped its authority when it approved mifepristone for use as medication abortion in 2000, because it does not provide a ‘meaningful therapeutic benefit’ over other available treatments such as surgical abortion procedures. 

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Frustrated Springfield roof customers wait one year; no movement in attorney general lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – One year ago, the Missouri Attorney General sued a roofing company that left Springfield customers in limbo. Not one hearing has happened in that lawsuit. There’s not even one scheduled.

This started with an On Your Side Investigation back in the spring of 2021. Customers paid Love Our Roof, also known as Xcel Roofing, thousands and never got what they were promised. Following our reporting, the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the company, but not much has changed.

The same goes with the empty Love Our Roof office on South Fremont Avenue in Springfield. There’s still a sign despite the sudden closure two years ago. Back then, customers would tell you the ink was still drying on their paperwork when the doors closed.

“I don’t believe at all that when we wrote a contract the week before the business closed that they didn’t have some inclination that the business was failing financially,” said Laura Leclair in 2021.

Leclair paid a nearly $4,000 deposit for home improvements. On Your Side caught up with her recently after she hired another company to do the job.

“We paid for it twice when we lost the $4,000 deposit, and it created a much longer process than it could have been. We had to wait for about a year before we found a new contractor, and they were able to get us on the schedule and get materials,” she said.

Leclair, along with others, never got their money back. She filed a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General. She’s listed in the lawsuit that indicates the company made ‘false promises’ and ‘violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.’

“It would be nice to know if something was in the works. There are a lot of people who would like to see

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Judge orders Ramona Unified to pay $878K in plaintiff attorney fees in election suit

A judge has ruled that Ramona Unified School District must pay $878,849 in plaintiffs fees, following his earlier decision that the district violated the California Voting Rights Act when it held an at-large school board election in November 2020.

The Jan. 25 decision by San Diego Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer follows a request by attorney Kevin Shenkman for the district to pay attorney fees for plaintiffs Southwest Voter Registration and Terry Maxson and Janie Ramos, both of Ramona, in his lawsuit against the district.

“Plaintiffs achieved their litigation objectives, succeeded on a practical level, and furthered the purpose of the CVRA (California Voting Rights Act),” Meyer wrote in his order. “Thus, as stated in both the statement of decision and final judgment, plaintiffs are the prevailing parties.”

Ramona Unified Superintendent Brian Thurman said Feb. 9 that the district will appeal the ruling. The district is not responsible for paying the fees before the appeal.

“The amount of money being demanded from our school district is a concern, especially since there was no change in circumstances or actions as a result of the case,” said Thurman, who was not superintendent at the time the lawsuit was filed. “The district is hopeful that the Court of Appeal will reverse the decision to award the lawyer attorney’s fees and costs.”

Shenkman said the attorney fees didn’t have to be so high for the district.

“Every step of the way the district had an opportunity and was invited, indeed begged, by me not to go down this path,” Shenkman said. “All along the way, a motion to dismiss denied, summary judgment denied. By the time it got to the trial they should have seen the writing on the wall.”

“If they appeal the amount is going to go up,” he added.


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Reimbursement for East Palestine evacuation could hinder future legal claims

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio — Families returning to East Palestine following a fiery train derailment tell News 5 they’re worried about the long-term effects the crash and release of hazardous materials will have on their property and their health.

Norfolk Southern is offering an “inconvenience fee” to those who left town during a mandatory evacuation, but some attorneys are wary of how the reimbursement could affect future claims.

“I’ve never been in a situation before where someone who’s potentially going to pay out big money is paying out small money at the front end of a case. And to use a baseball analogy—before the players are even out of the dugout,” said Michael O’Shea, an attorney with Lipson O’Shea Legal Group.

So far, the law firm has met with 20-30 prospective clients who live or work near the derailment site. O’Shea expects more to reach out as concerns mount over the exposure to hazardous material.

“I’ve been holding myself together, but it’s really hitting me. I’m scared to death of what I’ve breathed,” said Ted Murphy in a phone call Friday.

Wednesday, Murphy walked News 5 through his home shortly after evacuation orders were lifted. He elected not to sleep there that night. The house sits 500 feet from where a Norfolk Southern train derailed Feb. 3.

READ MORE: ‘It’s safe:’ residents of East Palestine allowed to return home

Ten of the train’s 50 cars contained a toxic, highly flammable material called vinyl chloride. Monday, crews slowly burned the chemical from five cars to prevent a bigger disaster. The state required everyone to leave town until the air quality reached a safe level.

READ MORE: Crews perform controlled chemical release at derailment site

Norfolk Southern is asking residents to fill out an itemized claim worksheet for the “inconvenience fee“,

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Tinsley donation to Murdaugh mother caregiver angers defense


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The Alex Murdaugh murder trial resumed Friday morning with testimony from the lawyer who was suing the former Lowcountry attorney over a fatal 2019 boat crash before Murdaugh’s wife and son were murdered.

Attorney Mark Tinsley testified that he feared he would not be able to continue with a lawsuit brought on behalf of Mallory Beach, the young woman who died in a boat crash involving Murdaugh’s son, Paul. He said he initially believed the shootings might have happened in retaliation for Beach’s death, and thought it would generate too much sympathy for Murdaugh among a potential jury.

You have to motivate the jury to help somebody in a civil case,” Tinsley said. “If Alex is the victim of vigilante justice, it doesn’t matter what he did, nobody is going to hold him accountable.”

Tinsley, a 52-year-old lawyer from Allendale, was the 43rd prosecution witness so far of the 15-day trial in which Murdaugh is accused of the June 7, 2021, murders of his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22.

A hearing was scheduled for three days after the shooting that Tinsley believed could have given him access to Murdaugh’s financial information. Prosecutors contend that such a move could have revealed alleged financial crimes and thefts committed by Murdaugh, motivating him to commit the murders in hopes of delaying such a revelation.

Defense attorney Phil Barber briefly cross-examined Tinsley Friday, pointing out Tinsley previously testified he expected there would be “no explosion on June 10” at the hearing.

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DA Says Libel Case Against N. Carolina Attorney General Over


A North Carolina prosecutor said Thursday that campaign-related charges won’t be pursued further against Attorney General Josh Stein or his aides, one day after an appeals court ruled the political libel law her office was seeking to enforce is most likely unconstitutional.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said that the ongoing investigation and prosecution of potential misdemeanor violations related to a 2020 ad from Stein’s campaign has been closed.

A senior assistant prosecutor in Freeman’s office had been investigating allegations whether the commercial criticizing Stein’s Republican challenger at the time broke a 1931 law that makes certain political speech unlawful. When it appeared last summer that Freeman’s office could soon seek indictments, Stein’s campaign and others sued in federal court to stop the effort and asked that the law be declared unconstitutional.

In August, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, blocked enforcement of the law while an appeal was heard. On Wednesday, the same appeal panel vacated a trial judge’s ruling that had refused to order Freeman to stop using the law to prosecute anyone over the disputed commercial.

A statement released by Freeman also said the ruling prevents her office from moving forward given that there is two-year statute of limitations for such a misdemeanor.

“Understanding that the case was one of intense public interest, it has been the assigned prosecutor’s intent to exercise due diligence and to evaluate the evidence and apply the law without partiality from the beginning of this matter,” Freeman said. “As prosecutors, we respect the role of the court in determining the constitutionality of a duly enacted state law.”

The decision by Freeman — the local prosecutor for North Carolina’s largest county — ultimately could make the Stein lawsuit moot. And Stein, who announced

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Tyre Nichols attorneys appeals to United Nations for support

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Attorneys for the family of Tyre Nichols have filed an “Urgent Appeal” to the United Nations to condemn Nichols’ death after a brutal traffic stop by Memphis Police on Jan, 7.

Attorney Ben Crump, in partnership with international legal counsel Jasmine Rand and Yetunde Asika, asked the UN to condemn Nichols’ death and demand that the officers involved — now including a sixth officer — be criminally charged.

Attorneys for the family of Tyre Nichols released the following statement:

“Today, we filed an Urgent Appeal before the United Nations asking it to condemn the tragic killing of Tyre Nichols, to demand transparency from the police department, and to demand that Officer Preston Hemphill and all officers that participated in the incident are criminally charged. The video evidence shows that all who were involved in Tyre’s death committed reprehensible acts that require international condemnation.”

Officer Preston Hemphill has not been charged criminally in the incident.

Five other officers have been fired and are facing criminal charges including second-degree murder in Nichols’ death. The district attorney is reviewing all of their current and former cases.

Nichols, 29, who died Jan. 10, three days after a traffic stop in the Hickory Hill neighborhood that left him fighting for his life.

His funeral was held in Memphis recently. Vice President Kamala Harris attended.

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