The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce Thursday that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face masks in most indoor settings, a source briefed on the matter told the New York Daily News. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, is set to elaborate on the new mask guidelines during a briefing with reporters at 2 p.m. Eastern time, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to preempt the announcement. Some specifics about the new guidelines were not immediately known, and the source cautioned that the CDC could still recommend continu...
A US judge on Thursday postponed the trial of three former Minneapolis policemen charged in the killing of George Floyd to March 2022 in order to let a federal prosecution against them go ahead first.
White ex-officer Derek Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April of murdering African American Floyd last year in a case that prompted a national reckoning on racial injustice and police brutality.
A video taken by a bystander showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes as he was handcuffed facedown on the street struggling to breathe.
Chauvin's three former co-workers -- Tou Thao, 35, J. Alexander Kueng, 27, and Thomas Lane, 38 -- who were involved in Floyd's fatal arrest, were to go on trial starting August 22 for being complicit in murder.
But a federal grand jury last week charged all four men with civil rights crimes in connection with Floyd's killing.
The federal indictment accuses the former officers of, among other charges, depriving Floyd of his constitutional right "to be free from the use of unreasonable force" by police.
At a procedural hearing Thursday, Judge Peter Cahill said that the federal charges were "much greater" and it made "more sense for the federal case to go forward" first.
As a result, he postponed the start of the three former officers' trial to March 7, 2022.
Dual prosecutions at both the state and federal level are permitted in the United States but are relatively rare, highlighting the importance of this case, which sparked a massive wave of national demonstrations last summer.
Grady Owens is one of the over 400 people at the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6 who, among other things, attacked police at the Capitol.
Owens' defense was that he was merely trying to protect himself while he was defending himself, legal analyst Marcy Wheeler found amid the Justice Department documents that responded to Owens' attempts to get out of jail while awaiting trial.
Owens hit MPD Officer C.B. with a skateboard according to the indictments. While Owens claimed that he was defending himself, but the videos included in the exhibits show that he did it several times, which led to Officer C.B.'s concussion.
Grady Owens had said he only defensively swung his skateboard and hit a cop in the head with it, allegedly causing… https://t.co/PWYDKnTiVa— emptywheel (@emptywheel) 1620920760.0
"The parties completed briefing on the defendant's motion for revocation of the detention order on May 5, 2021. ECF Nos. 13, 14, 15. That same day, the government discovered additional video evidence of the defendant and his father on January 6, 2021, in a different part of the Capitol, attempting to enter the building and fighting with law enforcement. On May 7, 2021, the government submitted the videos as Response Exhibits 3 and 4 to the Court and opposing counsel via USAFx. On May 7, 2021, the government also received medical records related to the assault of MPD OFficer C.B. and provided those records to defendant. Defendant motion the Court to consider the records in relation to its detention decisions, without objection and under seal, on May 10, 2021.
"This Court granted the motion via a minute order on May 11, 2021. Also, on May 10, 2021, the Court held a status conference and hearing related to defendant's motion for revocation of the detention order. After discussion, order. After discussion, the Court ordered supplemental briefing related to the government's Response Exhibits 3 and 4 and Officer C.B.'s medical records. It also welcomed, considering the instruction in United States v. Munchel, 991 F.3d1272 (D.C. Cir 2021) additional discussion of detention decisions in other cases involving defendants charged for crimes resulting from the events on January 6. The government will address all three areas in this supplemental brief."
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