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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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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DA Says Libel Case Against N. Carolina Attorney General Over

Written by GARY D. ROBERTSON


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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Iowa attorney general joins suit against limits on pistol braces, a device used in mass killings

Rick Newman, owner of Cherokee Firearms in Springfield, Mo., shows how an AR-15 pistol with a pistol brace is used.

Rick Newman, owner of Cherokee Firearms in Springfield, Mo., shows how an AR-15 pistol with a pistol brace is used.

Iowa is among two dozen states whose Republican attorneys general have joined conservative and gun-rights groups in a challenge to new federal regulations on pistols with stabilizing braces, suing to block a gun-control action touted by President Joe Biden after the accessories were used in two mass shootings.

The lawsuit that Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird joined was filed Tuesday in federal court in North Dakota. Two other lawsuits also were filed in federal court in Texas against the move to treat the guns like short-barreled rifles, a weapon like a sawed-off shotgun that has been heavily regulated since the 1930s.

The cases argue that millions of people have guns with the braces and use them to make firing “more accurate, and therefore safer,” according to one of the Texas lawsuits, filed on behalf of three veterans by the conservative, Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.

Previously:Iowa deer hunters fight DNR’s proposed rule changes that would ban AR pistols

They said in the lawsuits that the new rule from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives forces owners into “unthinkable choices” of removing the brace, submitting to a national registry at a cost of $200 or opening themselves up to possible charges.

“The new rule unlawfully usurps Congressional authority by significantly expanding the definition of ‘rifle’ under federal law and, with it, imposes potential criminal liability on millions of Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights,” the lawsuit argues. A decade ago, the ATF found that the braces did not make guns similar to short-barreled rifles.

Bird, in a statement, said the Biden administration in imposing the new rule “is blatantly attacking the Constitutional rights of

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Attorney General, Bridgewater Mayor At Odds Over Mall Investigation

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin released an update on Friday on the investigation into the Bridgewater Police’s handling of a viral Bridgewater Commons mall fight between a light-skinned teen and a Black teen in February 2022.

The AG’s update was released after Patch was first to report on the completion of the investigation this past Wednesday. Read More: Mall Video Investigation Ends Without Charges For Bridgewater Cops

Platkin said the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) with the Attorney General completed its investigation in September 2022 and sent a comprehensive Internal Affairs Report and Findings to the Acting Chief John Mitzak of the Bridgewater Township Police Department. Mitzak is now currently the Chief of Police in Bridgewater.

Find out what’s happening in Bridgewaterwith free, real-time updates from Patch.

“Since that time, the matter has been proceeding in the local administrative process over which this Office has no control,” said Plaktin.

According to the AG’s Internal Affairs Policies and Procedures the office normally waits to release these reports to the public “to provide a reasonable opportunity for the local administrative process to run its course.”

Find out what’s happening in Bridgewaterwith free, real-time updates from Patch.

‘Inordinate Length Of Time’

“However, that process has taken an inordinate length of time and further delay only frustrates and frays the fragile trust between the public and the law enforcement community. If the local administrative process is not concluded promptly, the Attorney General will reassess whether the Report and Findings should be released prior to the conclusion of the administrative proceedings that have been ongoing for more than four months,” said Platkin.

Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench issued a statement in response to AG:

“When we attempted repeatedly to engage with the Attorney General’s office throughout the spring, summer,

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Texas AG Ken Paxton agrees to pay $3.3 million in whistleblowers settlement

By James Barragán, The Texas Tribune

Attorney General Ken Paxton and four of his former top deputies who said he improperly fired them after they accused him of crimes have reached a tentative agreement to end a whistleblower lawsuit that would pay those employees $3.3 million.

In a filing on Friday, attorneys for Paxton and the whistleblowers asked the Texas Supreme Court to further defer consideration of the whistleblower case until the two sides can finalize the tentative agreement. Once the deal is finalized and payment by the attorney general’s office is approved, the two sides will move to end the case, the filing said.

“The whistleblowers sacrificed their jobs and have spent more than two years fighting for what is right,” said TJ Turner, an attorney for David Maxwell, a whistleblower and former director of law enforcement for the attorney general’s office. “We believe the terms of the settlement speak for themselves.”

Paxton, a Republican who won a third four-year term in November, said in a statement that he agreed to the settlement to save taxpayer money and start his new term unencumbered by the accusations.

“After over two years of litigating with four ex-staffers who accused me in October 2020 of ‘potential’ wrongdoing, I have reached a settlement agreement to put this issue to rest,” Paxton said. “I have chosen this path to save taxpayer dollars and ensure my third term as Attorney General is unburdened by unnecessary distractions. This settlement achieves these goals. I look forward to serving the People of Texas for the next four years free from this unfortunate sideshow.”

The tentative agreement would pay $3.3 million to the four whistleblowers and keep in place an appeals court ruling that allowed the case to move forward. Paxton had asked the Supreme Court to void

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Attorney General Ken Paxton agrees to apologize and pay $3.3 million to whistleblowers in settlement

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Attorney General Ken Paxton and four of his former top deputies who said he improperly fired them after they accused him of crimes have reached a tentative agreement to end a whistleblower lawsuit that would pay those employees $3.3 million.

In a filing Friday, attorneys for Paxton and the whistleblowers asked the Texas Supreme Court to further defer consideration of the whistleblower case until the two sides can finalize the tentative agreement. Once the deal is finalized and payment by the attorney general’s office is approved, the two sides will move to end the case, the filing said.

The agreement would bring an end to the lawsuit over the firing of the staffers, but would not end Paxton’s legal troubles. The allegations by the former aides of bribery and abuse of office prompted an FBI investigation, though no charges have been filed and Paxton has denied wrongdoing. Separately, Paxton remains under felony indictment on state charges of securities fraud.

In a joint statement, attorneys for three of the whistleblowers — Blake Brickman, David Maxwell and Ryan Vassar — said, “Our clients are honorable men who have spent more than two years fighting for what is right. We believe the terms of the settlement speak for themselves.”

Don Tittle, a lawyer for the other whistleblower, Mark Penley, said in a statement that the case was really important for “how government should function and what we expect out of our public officials.”

“We think this settlement goes a long way toward restoring the good reputations of the men who brought this suit against the attorney general’s office. They should never have been fired in the first place. [T]his settlement

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NJ attorney general, Bridgewater mayor trade barbs over probe of cops’ mall fight response

State Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin has expressed frustration that Bridgewater Township has taken an “an inordinate length of time” to review and release a report into the police response to an altercation between two juveniles at the Bridgewater Commons mall” class=”link “police response to an altercation between two juveniles at the Bridgewater Commons mall one year ago which drew a global response after a video went viral.

Platkin, in a statement Friday, said that any further delay in releasing the report “frays the fragile trust between the public and the law enforcement community.”

If the report is not released “promptly,” the statement said, Platkin will review whether his office’s report and findings on the incident should be released before the Bridgewater Police Department finishes its review that has been ongoing for four months.

“I am committed to strengthening the trust the public has in the brave officers who serve in law enforcement. To do so we must have increased transparency and accountability in policing, and we are making great strides in that effort,” Platkin said in the statement.

In a statement a short time later, Bridgewater Mayor Matt Moench said he found Platkin’s statement “quite perplexing” and said the township had been “stonewalled” by the Attorney General’s Office.”When we attempted repeatedly to engage with the Attorney General’s office throughout the spring, summer, and fall of last year, we were essentially stonewalled,” Moench said in his statement. “If, as the Attorney General claims, there has been a delay that ‘frustrates and frays the fragile trust between the public and the law enforcement community’ then the responsibility of that delay rests squarely in Trenton, not here in Bridgewater.”

Moench placed blame for the delay on the Attorney General’s Office.

“We can only speculate as to why this matter was delayed

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