SAN JOSE, Calif. — A new law that raises the bar for justifying police shootings is being touted as the reason a prosecutor has decided to press the first homicide charge against a Bay Area law enforcement officer in over a decade.But does the surprise announcement by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley — who has been vilified by police critics for never having taken a cop to court — signal a sea change in the way officers are held accountable for deadly force or just an anomaly?Although only time will tell, what’s clear is that police officers’ actions in the face of real or perce...
France's main conservative party whittled down its five presidential candidates to two on Thursday after the first round of a primary vote, with hard-right southern MP Eric Ciotti and head of the Paris region Valerie Pecresse progressing to a run-off.
The results spell disappointment for former EU negotiator Michel Barnier and ex-health minister Xavier Bertrand, who were seen by many as favourites at the start of the primary process, and are now out of the race.
Analysts say the Republicans primary outcome is crucial for the shape of next April's election, which President Emmanuel Macron is currently favourite to win.
Roughly 140,000 members of the Republicans party, which traces its roots back to French war hero Charles de Gaulle, were called to cast their ballots electronically. The results of the final round are to be announced on Saturday.
Party boss Christian Jacob told reporters that Pecresse and Ciotti had both received slightly over 28,000 votes each, with Ciotti gaining 25.59 percent and Pecresse 25 percent of ballots cast.
The party counts Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy as former presidents, but has been out of power at the national level since 2012.
Their candidate for the last presidential election in 2017, ex-prime minister Francois Fillon, started out as the favorite but saw his campaign derailed by sleaze allegations that included fraudulently employing his wife as a parliamentary assistant.
Lawyers for Jussie Smollett to begin cross-examination of one of two brothers to accuse actor of orchestrating phony hate crime
CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett’s attorneys on Thursday are expected to begin cross-examining one of the key witnesses against the “Empire” actor: Abimbola Osundairo, who testified earlier this week that Smollett instructed him to fake a hate crime attack on him in January 2019. Over more than four hours of questioning by prosecutors Wednesday, Osundairo walked jurors through the planning and execution of the attack in minute detail, including Smollett’s request that Osundairo and his brother “fake beat him up” because he felt his security on the “Empire” set wasn’t being taken seriously. The plan c...
Two election workers in Georgia have sued a right-wing conspiracy website that falsely accused them of manipulating ballots to ensure Donald Trump's loss in the state.
Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shaye Moss sued the Gateway Pundit website, which is run by twin brothers Jim and Joseph Hoft, after they were targeted with death threats, unwanted pizza delivery orders and racist harassment after the website pushed debunked claims that the two women “pulled out suitcases full of ballots and began counting those ballots without election monitors in the room," reported the New York Times.
“I want the defendants to know that my daughter and I are real people who deserve justice, and I never want them to do this to anyone else,” Freeman said in a statement.
Trump and his allies promoted claims, based on a misleadingly spliced segment of surveillance video that Moss, who still works for the Fulton County elections board, and her mother, a temporary employee during the 2020 election, had helped pull 18,000 fraudulent ballots from a suitcase and illegally fed them into the voting machines.
The false claims led to a flood of threats, which drove the elections workers into hiding.
An investigation by the Georgia secretary of state's office found the women did nothing wrong and were legally counting ballots.