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Trump, fighting contempt fines, says he doesn't have records

Donald Trump's lawyers, seeking to reverse their client's $10,000-per-day contempt fine, provided a New York judge Friday with an affidavit in which the former president claims he didn't turn over subpoenaed documents to the state attorney general’s office because he doesn't have them. The judge, though, was unmoved and refused to lift sanctions he imposed on Trump on Monday. Judge Arthur… → Read More

Ex-prosecutor: Trump 'guilty of numerous felony violations'

A prosecutor who had been leading a criminal investigation into Donald Trump before quitting last month said in his resignation letter that he believes the former president is “guilty of numerous felony violations” and he disagreed with the Manhattan district attorney’s decision not to seek an indictment. In the letter, published Wednesday by The New York Times, Mark Pomerantz told District… → Read More

Court fight looms as questions swirl over Trump's finances

The ex- president's testimony is being sought in a civil probe New York's AG says found evidence his company secured loans and tax benefits by using "fraudulent or misleading" valuations of assets. → Read More

Accounting firm: Trump financial statements aren't reliable

The accounting firm that prepared former President Donald Trump’s annual financial statements says the documents, used to secure lucrative loans and burnish Trump's image as a wealthy businessman, “should no longer be relied upon” after New York's attorney general said they regularly misstated the value of assets. In a letter to the Trump Organization's lawyer Feb. 9, Mazars USA LLP advised the… → Read More

US federal prisons on lockdown after 2 Texas inmates killed

The federal prison system has been placed on a nationwide lockdown after two inmates were killed and two others injured during a gang altercation at a Texas penitentiary. → Read More

1 NYPD officer killed, 1 severely injured in Harlem shooting

A New York City police officer was killed and another critically wounded Friday night while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son, officials said, making four officers shot in the city in as many days. Just three weeks into their jobs, Mayor Eric Adams — a former police captain himself — and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell stood before the media at a Harlem… → Read More

Fourth Calif. federal prison worker charged with sex abuse

A fourth worker at a federal women’s prison in California has been charged with sexually abusing an inmate. James Theodore Highhouse, a corrections worker and chaplain at FCI Dublin, was charged Tuesday with sexual abuse of a ward, abusive sexual contact and making false statements to investigators. Prosecutors allege Highhouse engaged in sexual acts with a female inmate on multiple occasions… → Read More

New York AG says Trump's company misled banks, tax officials

The New York attorney general’s office said it had uncovered evidence that the Trump Organization used "fraudulent or misleading" valuations to get loans and tax benefits. → Read More

Shkreli ordered to return $64M, is barred from drug industry

Martin Shkreli must return $64.6 million in profits he and his former company reaped from jacking up the price and monopolizing the market for a lifesaving drug, a federal judge ruled Friday while also barring the provocative, imprisoned ex-CEO from the pharmaceutical industry for the rest of his life. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote's ruling came several weeks after a seven-day bench trial in… → Read More

Chris Cuomo's off-air role: Brother Andrew's strategist, spy

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo had a bigger role than previously known in advising his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in the face of sexual harassment allegations that forced him from office, newly released transcripts and text messages show. The TV journalist offered to reach out to "sources," including other reporters, to find out whether more women were going to come forward and relayed… → Read More

Judge tosses convictions of 2 men in killing of Malcolm X

More than half a century after the assassination of Malcolm X, two of his convicted killers were exonerated Thursday after decades of doubt about who was responsible for the civil rights icon’s death. A Manhattan judge dismissed the convictions of Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, after prosecutors and the men’s lawyers said a renewed investigation found new evidence that the men were not… → Read More

Head of NYPD sergeant union out after FBI raids office, home

Federal agents raided the offices Tuesday of a New York City police union, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, and the Long Island home of its bombastic leader, who has clashed with city officials over his incendiary tweets and hard-line tactics. FBI spokesperson Martin Feely said agents were “carrying out a law enforcement action in connection with an ongoing investigation." Agents were seen… → Read More

Autopsy: Actor Michael K. Williams died of drug intoxication

Actor Michael K. Williams died of acute drug intoxication in what New York City's medical examiner said Friday was an accidental death. Williams, known for playing Omar Little on “The Wire” and an Emmy Award nominee this year, had fentanyl, parafluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine in his system when he died Sept. 6 in Brooklyn. Williams, 54, was found dead by family members in his penthouse… → Read More

Trump CFO's lawyer says he suspects more indictments on way

A lawyer for Donald Trump’s indicted corporate finance chief told a judge Monday he has “strong reason to believe” more indictments are coming in an ongoing New York investigation into the former president’s real estate empire. Lawyer Bryan Scarlatos made the remark during Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg’s first court appearance since his July 1 arraignment on tax fraud charges. In… → Read More

NYC's Rikers Island jail spirals into chaos amid pandemic

New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex, troubled by years of neglect, has spiraled into turmoil during the coronavirus pandemic. "In our office's 50 years of monitoring the city jails, this is one of the most dangerous times we’ve seen," said Mary Lynne Werlwas, a lawyer and the director of the Prisoners’ Rights Project at the Legal Aid Society. At one point during the summer, more… → Read More

US closing troubled NYC jail where Epstein killed himself

The U.S. government said Thursday it is shutting down a federal jail in New York City after a slew of problems that came to light following disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide there two years ago. The federal Bureau of Prisons said the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan will be closed at least temporarily to address issues that have long plagued the facility, including lax… → Read More

Trump Org, CFO plead not guilty to tax indictment

The Trump Organization and its longtime finance chief each pleaded not guilty Thursday to tax crime charges arising from a two-year investigation into former president Donald Trump's company. → Read More

Judge dismisses NRA bankruptcy case in blow to gun group

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy case, leaving the powerful gun-rights group to face a New York state lawsuit that accuses it of financial abuses and aims to put it out of business. The case was over whether the NRA should be allowed to incorporate in Texas instead of New York, where the state is suing in an effort to disband the group. Judge… → Read More

AP source: Feds execute warrant at Rudy Giuliani's NYC home

Federal investigators have executed a search warrant at the Manhattan home of former President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The former New York City mayor has been under investigation for several years over his business dealings in Ukraine. → Read More

Daughter: Bystander disrupted attack on Asian American woman

The daughter of an Asian American woman attacked in New York City said Thursday that a person not seen on surveillance video helped the woman by screaming to distract her assailant while others watched and did nothing to intervene. Elizabeth Kari, writing on a fundraising webpage she set up for her mother’s care, said the bystander was across the street when a man accosted her 65-year-old mother… → Read More