Donald Trump ignored the political storm surrounding his former campaign chairman's Russia plea deal as he tweeted about Hurricane Florence. The President broke his Twitter silence to thank search and rescue teams working around the clock as the monster storm continued to batter the US east coast. He is expected to travel to areas hit by Florence next week, once it has been determined that his travel would not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts. Trump chose to focus on the hurricane relief efforts after the dramatic developments in the Special Counsel Russia probe earlier on Friday. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort sensationally flipped on the President to plead guilty to two criminal counts of conspiracy in a court hearing in Washington DC. The charges are one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to documents filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Manafort, convicted by a … [Read more...] about Trump ignores Manafort political storm to tweet about Hurricane Florence
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In a fenced courtyard, prisoner Sandrine bounces her 10 month-old baby on her lap, a break from the small cell they both share. She is one of five young mothers and a pregnant woman at Baumettes women's prison in Marseille, southern France, who have chosen to serve their sentences with their babies alongside them. The rules are more relaxed in this small wing of the prison, with access to a small courtyard and a play room for a few hours every morning and afternoon. The close to 200 inmates in other areas of the prison never cross paths with the mothers and their babies, aged between 15 days and 13 months. "It's not bad here, we must be honest," said 36-year-old Sandrine, which is not her real name. She is the only one who did not give birth in prison, instead choosing to bring her baby with her after she was handed an 18-month sentence, an option given to mother's of young babies. At night, the cell doors are locked and the mothers are left alone with their baby son or daughter. … [Read more...] about The French mothers raising babies in prison
Comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania, and could face a hefty prison sentence of up to 30 years for the 2004 crime. Cosby was convicted unanimously after his retrial, which allowed prosecutors to bring a much greater berth of evidence and testimony against the man once seen as the American ideal of a father. His first trial ended mistrial last year when jurors could not agree on his culpability in June. Read more Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial Cosby has faced dozens of sexual misconduct allegations in the past, spanning decades of alleged assaults against women. The charges brought against him in the case decided Thursday stem from accusations by one woman, Andrea Constand, 45, who came forward to say that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his home in January of 2004 while she was an employee of Philadelphia’s Temple University. The comedian, who is 80, faces a maximum … [Read more...] about Bill Cosby: How much time will 80-year-old comedian and actor spend in prison?
An Italian court convicted former high-ranking state officials and mob bosses on Friday for holding secret negotiations in the early 1990s following a devastating wave of mafia murders and bombings. Speaking in a high-security “bunker” courtroom on the outskirts of Palermo, Judge Alfredo Montalto ruled that the negotiations had damaged the interests of the state as he shed light on one of the murkiest chapters in recent Italian history. After the verdict, members of the public clapped and cheered the prosecutors who brought the case to trial five years ago, two decades after a string of mafia bombs and assassinations killed 23 people, including prominent anti-mafia magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. The deadly attacks prompted politicians and state representatives to negotiate with the Sicilian Mafia, then led by the bloodthirsty Corleone crime family. “What the ruling says is that parts of the state acted as go-between for requests from the … [Read more...] about In historic ruling, court says Italian state negotiated with mafia
Columbia, S.C. (AP) -- Seven inmates were killed and at least 17 others seriously injured as inmates were left to fight for more than seven hours before authorities regained control of a maximum-security prison.South Carolina prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the grim outcome after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3 a.m. Monday.It's the latest violence in a system where 12 inmates were killed by other prisoners last year and 250 prisoners were assaulted so severely in 2016 and 2017 they had to be treated in outside hospitals, according to public records obtained by a Charleston newspaper columnist.At the Bishopville prison where the seven were killed, one inmate held a guard hostage for 90 minutes in March and another killed a fellow prisoner in February.Taillon said no officers were wounded after multiple inmate fights broke out at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. He said 17 inmates required medical attention outside the prison. Most of … [Read more...] about Seven Inmates Dead, 17 Injured in South Carolina Prison Fighting