Harvey Weinstein is back to facing 11 sex assault charges involving five women in Los Angeles County after prosecutors returned to a grand jury this week to resuscitate a rejected count. In a secret, third amended indictment signed by a grand jury foreperson Wednesday, the disgraced movie mogul is again charged with restraining and touching a woman’s “intimate part” against her will on May 11, 2010. “This is now the DA’s fourth attempt to get the charging document right. It is yet to be seen if they will succeed,” Alan Jackson, one of Weinstein’s defense lawyers, said in a statement to the Dai...
At an event in Budapest held by conservative leaders lamenting gay rights and immigration, former Vice President Mike Pence said he's hopeful the Supreme Court will overturn abortion rights in America, Axios reports.
"We see a crisis that brings us here today, a crisis that strikes at the very heart of civilization itself," Pence said.
"We may well have a fresh start in the cause of life in America. It is our hope and our prayer that in the coming days, a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court of the United States will take action to restore the sanctity of life at the center of American law," he continued.
Pence reportedly went on to praise Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, who many see as an anti-immigrant authoritarian.
Pence's speech comes in the wake of a new Texas law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is before many women know they are pregnant.
As Axios points out, the Supreme Court "has not ruled on the constitutionality of Texas' abortion law, but that hasn't stopped citizens from using the law to sue other people."
Fox News pursues interview with border agent who whipped at migrants: 'That is a crowd control tactic'
Fox News host Lawrence Jones announced on Thursday that the network is pursuing an interview with a Border Patrol agent who has been accused of whipping at Haitian migrants.
Earlier this week, the White House announced that some agents had been placed on leave after they were seen on horseback using a whip-like cord to control migrants.
"It was not a whip," Jones explained on Fox & Friends. "They never touched the Haitian population with the reins of the horse. That is a way to control the horse and how you progress the horse forward. Also, that is a crowd control tactic."
"Do not train the border patrol agents to do that and then when they do it, you want to put them on leave," he complained. "I don't think that's fair. And also, this was done to the Mexican population as well. Anybody that's come across the border, that same tactic has been used. No one got hit by it."
Jones revealed that he has spoken to one of the agents who was put on leave.
"I'm trying to get an interview with him exclusive to Fox & Friends," the host said.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Former president Donald Trump's newest attorney, Alina Habba, previously served as general counsel for a parking-garage company.
Habba, who is part of a four-person firm with offices near Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, this week filed a $100 million lawsuit on the former president's behalf, against the New York Times and his niece, Mary Trump.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Habba, "a low-profile attorney," does not list media law among her specialties. In addition to Bedminster, her Habba Madaio and Associates firm has offices in the same Manhattan building that houses Centerpark, the parking garage company where she once served as general counsel.
"In recent months, court records show, Habba has represented a man suing a New Jersey nursing home for allegedly lax care during the coronavirus pandemic, and a student who sued the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut for not refunding tuition when classes went online-only," the Post reported. "Last month, she sued two Portuguese news outlets for allegedly libeling a New Jersey man by tying him to a far-right Portuguese political party."
Habba says she has never worked for Trump before, and her ties to the former president remain unclear, but she doesn't appear to have contributed money to his campaigns. However, she did represent a Trump-loving former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" contestant in a dispute with Facebook that was featured on right-wing outlet Newsmax.
The Post notes that Habba's lawsuit against the NYT and Mary Trump "reads, at times, like a missive from Trump himself."
"It has his vitriol against the news media, accusing the reporters and Mary Trump of 'maliciously conspiring against' Trump to further 'political vendettas.' It indulges his tendency for self-praise — describing Trump's 'public service to our great country.' And it had his love for huge numbers, in its estimation that the Times's story and Mary Trump's book had caused harm to Trump totaling 'no less than One Hundred Million Dollars.' The suit does not explain how Trump came up with that number."
Habba is also defending Trump in a defamation suit brought by a former "Apprentice" contestant. In that case, she replaced one of Trump's best-known attorneys, Marc Kasowitz.
Kasowitz is one of three more high-profile attorneys who've withdrawn from cases representing Trump and his family in recent weeks — with none offering an explanation.
"That appears to be an unusual amount of turnover in Trump's legal team," the Post reports. "But the former president still has a lot of lawyers — and a lot of legal headaches."
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