Creuzot showed his handAfter reading several letters to the editor, I, too, am somewhat confused by District Attorney John Creuzot's decision and announcement to not prosecute certain low-level crimes. Although I can understand his logic in not pursuing certain cases, why would he announce universally that he will not pursue prosecuting these individuals? Why not just dismiss 80% or 90% of the cases, but reserve his judgment in certain cases that might deserve prosecution. Creuzot is not much of a poker player, and he leaves the door open for many criminals to make a good bet. Tom Hopkins, GarlandA pass for petty criminalsWhen Dallas District Attorney John Creuzot presented his plan for non-prosecution of non-economic theft under $750, marijuana possession and criminal trespass, why did he not consider the concept of moral hazard? He has given a pass to poor and petty criminals. They will not be held to the same standards of conduct as the rest of our society. Is this attitude … [Read more...] about Letters: John Creuzot’s plans about crime and punishment rile up readers
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The closure of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election does not mark the end of legal worries for President Donald Trump and people close to him. Other ongoing investigations and litigation are focusing on issues including his businesses and financial dealings, personal conduct, charitable foundation and inaugural committee. U.S. President Donald Trumps, seated with acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (C) and National Security adviser John Bolton speaks during a meeting with the leaders of The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque These investigations, pursued by prosecutors at the federal and state level, could result in charges beyond those brought in Mueller’s investigation or civil liability. The special counsel on Friday submitted his confidential report … [Read more...] about Explainer: Why Trump’s legal woes go beyond the Mueller report
close Video Federal workers rally nationwide for political leaders to end shutdown Government workers staged rallies in D.C. and beyond as political leaders are at a stalemate over how to reopen the government amid an almost three week-long partial shutdown. Democratic senators and union leaders led federal workers in rallies at the White House and across the country on Thursday, just one day before the partial government shutdown over border wall funding threatens to deny all of them their first full paycheck. As President Trump visited the southern border in McAllen, Texas, and declared that he will "almost definitely" use his emergency powers to build the wall if talks remain stalled, the demonstrations emphasized the financial strain imposed on government employees since the shutdown began Dec. 22. Roughly 420,000 employees were deemed essential and are working unpaid. An additional 380,000 are staying home without pay. While furloughed federal … [Read more...] about Federal workers, unions march on White House as first payday without paycheck approaches
Eric Yoder and Katie Mettler, The Washington Post Published 5:24 am PST, Saturday, December 22, 2018 The U.S. Capitol in Washington. The U.S. Capitol in Washington. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Aaron P. Bernstein. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Aaron P. Bernstein. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 The U.S. Capitol in Washington. The U.S. Capitol in Washington. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Aaron P. Bernstein. Will government shutdown impact Mueller's investigation? Answers to this and more. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - At midnight Friday, the federal government entered a partial shutdown, suspending funding for many agencies. This will complicate many lives - those of federal … [Read more...] about Will government shutdown impact Mueller’s investigation? Answers to this and more.
Elisha Anderson, John Wisely, and Gina Kaufman Detroit Free Press Published 12:11 PM EST Dec 20, 2018 State inspectors had been to the Cantrell Funeral Home several times before, but this time was different. On Aug. 29, they slipped on respirators and carried flashlights as they searched the shuttered business on Detroit’s east side, chasing a phone tip that corpses were hidden throughout the building. The power was off and the building dark as they combed the basement containing knee-deep trash with the smell of embalming chemicals hanging in the air. Upstairs, they found a stillborn body and the cremated remains of another on a desk. But they missed an even more shocking discovery: 11 fetuses stashed above the first-floor ceiling in an infant-sized casket and cardboard box hidden by insulation. Inspectors wouldn't find those for another six weeks, when they returned Oct. 12 with … [Read more...] about Detroit’s Cantrell Funeral Home buried hidden horrors inside