By Rich McKay (Reuters) - The family of an Amazon.com delivery truck driver in Illinois who died in December when a warehouse was destroyed by a swarm of tornadoes that killed six people there, filed a lawsuit against the online retailer on Monday over his death. The suit, the first against the company stemming from the disaster, was brought in state court by the Chicago firm, Clifford Law Offices, on behalf of the family of driver Austin McEwen, 26. It was filed in Third Judicial Circuit in Madison County, Illinois. It alleges that the Amazon knew that conditions were "highly unsafe as tornad...
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Mark Meadows is still fighting his effort to move his case from Georgia state court to federal court. But he handed prosecutors a gift when he testified under oath in the attempt to get his case out of the state court. Then, the effort failed.
What has developed this week is that Donald Trump is sending messages to Mark Meadows on social media about being "loyal." The problem is that Meadows' only options are to capitulate to what he revealed under oath in the hearing and accept his sentence, or throw Trump under the bus.
"What's interesting about the Meadows' conversation is it's always shielded in the mystique," pointed out MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on Monday. "He has a real lawyer he's going to be fine. I think maybe he overplayed that hand, and he may be in, I know it's not a legal term, deep do-do."
"The lesson is you can't out-lawyer crime," said Figliuzzi. "I mean, it's — you know, trying to say you're acting in your official capacity, for example, when you're committing crimes that have to do with the campaign is laughable. He's got the best argument more than anyone, I think, on this attempt to go to federal court, but it's not going to win. It would be a shocker to win."
he confessed he empathized with Meadows' lawyer and the predicament that they were in, but it's what he signed onto when he agreed to be Meadows' lawyer.
"For all we know, his lawyer might be counseling Mark Meadows to cooperate, and Mark, as we said earlier, is thinking: I'm in this. I'm going to go against the organized crime group, how do I survive? Should I hang in for a pardon? I think time is on the side of Jack Smith in that over time, it's been my experience, as prison becomes more and more a possibility, particularly in the state of Georgia, not pleasant, been there, done that, in terms of my work there in the FBI. Yeah, he might go, 'I'm not going down for this guy.' It's a tough long road."
See the discussion in the video below or at the link here.
Former FBI official issues a warning for Mark Meadows: 'You can't out-lawyer crime'youtu.be
The trial judge presiding over former President Donald Trump's criminal case in Manhattan will not rule that attorney Joe Tacopina has a conflict of interest in representing him, reported the New York Law Journal on Monday.
Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan has declined to hold a conflict hearing on Tacopina, which was requested previously in a complaint filed by the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Legal experts have for months raised red flags about Tacopina's involvement in the case, because Daniels previously approached him as a potential counsel years before, creating the potential that he may have some inside information about her he could use to defend Trump at trial. However, Daniels never actually retained him as an attorney. Despite this, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has separately asked for information from Tacopina to clarify the matter.
The Manhattan criminal case, the first of four prosecutions against the former president in various jurisdictions, alleges that Trump committed fraud by misrepresenting payments that were supposedly to buy off Daniels' silence about an affair the two of them had in 2006, to prevent it from being made public during the 2016 presidential election.
Bragg has charged the fraud counts as felonies, which means he is alleging the fraud was committed in order to cover up an underlying financial crime.
In addition to these charges, Trump is facing two sets of indictments, federally and in Georgia, for the plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and another federal indictment under the Espionage Act for his stash of highly classified national defense information kept at his Mar-a-Lago resort. He has denied any criminal wrongdoing in all of these
A former aide to Donald Trump told federal investigators that the former president repeatedly wrote to-do lists on the backs of White House documents marked classified, ABC News reported.
Molly Michael claimed that she received requests from Trump that were written on the back of notecards that she later realized were visibly marked as sensitive White House materials that were used to brief Trump while he was still in office.
"The notecards with classification markings were at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate when FBI agents searched the property on Aug. 8, 2022 -- but the materials were not taken by the FBI, according to sources familiar with what Michael told investigators," ABC News' report stated.
Michael also told investigators that she grew increasingly concerned with how Trump was responding to the National Archives' request for the return of all government documents, saying that his claims regarding the materials were easy to disprove.
Read the full report at ABC News.
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