DOZENS of women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, as he continues to deny all allegations of non-consensual sex. The Hollywood producer has now appeared in court to deny charges of rape and sexual assault. Here's what we know about the criminal charges, and if he could be sent to jail. What charges does Harvey Weinstein face? More than 70 women have come forward to allege sexual misconduct against Weinstein, but this is the first time Weinstein has faced criminal charges since the allegations first emerged. The 66-year-old appeared in New York Supreme Court on June 5, 2018, pleading not guilty to separate charges of rape and sexual assault. One alleged victim, who has not been identified publicly, told investigators that Weinstein cornered her in a hotel room and raped her. The other accuser, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of the producer allegedly forcing her to perform oral sex at his office in 2004. Weinstein was … [Read more...] about Will Harvey Weinstein go to prison, what are the charges against him and how long could he be jailed for?
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Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Personal Finance Columnist Published 9:08 p.m. UTC May 23, 2018 Wait? You still didn't freeze your credit report after the ginormous Equifax data breach back in September? Somehow it just slipped your mind that crooks could have access to your Social Security number? Really? The Equifax data breach is one that 148 million consumers cannot afford to forget. "Your Social Security number will never come back. It will never be restored to confidential status, if it was leaked," said Chi Chi Wu, staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center in Boston. One line of defense is a security freeze. Under a new federal rule, a freeze will be free for the all major credit reporting agencies — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. More on that later. A credit freeze puts a roadblock in front of ID thieves who want to use your Social Security number and other information to open new credit cards, take out car loans and the like in your name. A … [Read more...] about Credit freezes will be free, thanks to new banking bill and Equifax
It was lunchtime outside an outlet mall east of Louisville, Ky., when the deal was made for a gun that within weeks would be used to kill a 15-year-old boy in Chicago.The 9 mm Taurus pistol was posted for sale on Armslist.com, a controversial website that helps buyers and sellers of weapons find each other without asking them to register or provide proof of identity or background checks, federal court records show.Shortly before noon on March 16, 2017, the buyer arrived at the mall on Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville, Ky., in a white “American muscle car,” court records show. He told the seller his name was Christian Banks, handed over $300 cash for the compact black handgun and filled out a generic receipt, according to court records.Just 42 days later, Xavier Soto was with a 16-year-old friend in an alley behind his home in the 4900 block of West George Street in Chicago’s gang-infested Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. A car pulled up and a gunman opened fire with the … [Read more...] about Guns bought in Kentucky and resold in Chicago linked to three homicides: prosecutors
THERESA May has been forced to make a u-turn on controversial stop and search powers after a knife crime wave has hit the UK. Ministers will consult on whether to extend the powers to include acid attack suspects and those they think are carrying extreme weapons in an attempt to stem the flow of violent attacks. More than 50 have been killed in the capital this year alone, and earlier this week six stabbings took place in just ninety minutes across London. It's part of a crackdown which will also include a new Serious Weapons Bill, set to come to Parliament within weeks. It will prevent kids from buying or possessing acid, and ministers will make it illegal to have so-called “zombie-killers” with long, serrated blades - even in private. A new legal definition for threatening with an offensive weapon will make prosecution easier. And new laws will include a minimum jail term for a second offence of possessing acid in public. Cops could also get more powers to stop … [Read more...] about Theresa May forced to u-turn on stop and search and extend it after wave of crime across UK
ALBANY – In a mix of frenzied bill passing and sitting around throughout the day and night Friday, state lawmakers early Saturday morning adopted a new state budget that hikes state education aid by more than the inflation rate, rejects hundreds of millions in tax increases proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and sets new policies for the handling of workplace sexual harassment cases. Pork barrel spending flourishes throughout the budget bills, and the final deal includes the creation of a commission intended to pave the way for a pay hike for legislators and top state officials. The Senate pushed through its final budget bill shortly after midnight, and the Assembly wrapped up a couple hours before sunrise -- an Albany tradition that saw deliberations on the biggest portions of the budget occur under cover of darkness. A final fiscal deal was announced Friday night by Cuomo, who called it "a very, very difficult budget.'' Precisely how a projected $4.4 billion deficit was closed … [Read more...] about $168 billion state budget passed overnight has $1 billion hike in state aid for schools