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Former Yavapai County School Officials Sentenced for Misusing Grant Monies

Attorney General Brnovich announced that a Yavapai Superior Court Judge sentenced Dennis Fiscus and Lois Lamer to one year of unsupervised probation after previously having pled guilty to Solicitation of Violation of Duties of a Custodian of Public Monies, a Class 6 Undesignated Felony. Dennis Fiscus is the former programs of study director for the Department of

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Jussie Smollett Goes to Jail

Jussie Smollett arrives to the Leighton Criminal Court House flanked by family members in advance of his sentencing hearing on March 10, 2022. (Credit Image: © Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune / TNS via ZUMA Press Wire) Hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett was sentenced on March 10 in Cook County, Illinois. The actor and

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What’s next for Ghislaine Maxwell after guilty verdict?

With Wednesday’s guilty verdict in the sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, here’s a look at what the once high-flying Jeffrey Epstein confidante was accused of and what’s next for her: WHO WERE GHISLAINE MAXWELL’S ACCUSERS? The prosecution hinged on the accusations of four women — Annie Farmer and the pseudonymous Jane, Kate and Carolyn —

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Judge denies new trial request in Mollie Tibbetts case

A judge on Monday rejected a convicted man’s request for a new trial in the 2018 killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, whose body was found in a cornfield weeks after she disappeared while out for a run near her small hometown. Judge Joel Yates’ ruling cleared the way for sentencing to proceed


Chauvin gets 22 1/2 years in prison for George Floyd’s death

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced Friday to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose dying gasps under Chauvin’s knee led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the U.S. in generations. The punishment — which came after Chauvin broke his yearlong silence to offer condolences to

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‘Blame Trump’ defense in Capitol riot looks like a long shot

The “Trump-made-me-do-it” defense is already looking like a long shot. Facing damning evidence in the deadly Capitol siege last month — including social media posts flaunting their actions — rioters are arguing in court they were following then-President Donald Trump’s instructions on Jan. 6. But the legal strategy has already been shot down by at