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Dutch Attorney Implicated In Mueller Probe Sentenced To 30 Days In Prison

Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan, who lied to U.S. federal agents investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in prison in the first punishment handed down in special counsel’s Russia investigation. He was also ordered to pay a $20,000 US fine. Van der Zwaan’s sentence could set a guidepost for what other defendants charged with lying in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation may receive when their cases are resolved. Among them are a former White House national security adviser and a Trump campaign foreign policy aide. Van der Zwaan had faced zero to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, and his attorneys had pushed for him to pay a fine and leave the country. But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing the need to deter others from lying in an investigation of international importance, said incarceration was necessary.  ...Read more

Third Woman Sues To Void Nondisclosure Agreement Linked To President Trump

A third woman has come forward with a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement (“NDA”) related to President Donald Trump. Jessica Denson, a former Trump campaign staffer, signed an NDA as a condition of her employment with the campaign. Denson, who says she joined the Trump campaign in August 2016 as a national phone bank administrator, says that her employment was contingent on signing the NDA, which covers anything related to Mr. Trump, his family, his personal life or his business affairs. In November 2017, she sued the campaign for employment discrimination and defamation. Denson claims she was discriminated against, harassed, and subject to a hostile work environment at the Trump campaign. Denson claimed the campaign accused her of illegally leaking portions of Mr. Trump’s taxes. Denson is representing herself in both the original lawsuit and the lawsuit to invalidate the NDA. The current lawsuit was filed on March 26 in federal court in New York. ...Read more

Anti-Apartheid Activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Dies At 81

Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist in her own right, has died. She was 81. Madikizela-Mandela will be honored by a state funeral on April 14, preceded by an official memorial service on April 11, said President Cyril Ramaphosa after visiting her home in Johannesburg’s Soweto township Monday evening. Many South Africans described Madikizela-Mandela as the “Mother of the Nation” and a champion of the black majority.  She died “surrounded by her family and loved ones,” according to a statement released by Madikizela-Mandela’s family. Madikizela-Mandela was the second of Nelson Mandela’s three wives, and was married to him from 1958 to 1996. ...Read more

Thousands Of Teachers Planning Rallies And Classroom Walkouts

Tens of thousands of public school teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma plan to attend rallies on Monday at their state capitols in what they hope will be the latest display of muscle by the nation’s educators demanding higher wages and better classroom resources. The demonstrations come less than a month after West Virginia teachers went on a nine-day strike that ended with the governor there signing legislation giving them a 5 percent pay hike — their first raise in four years. The planned rallies also come on the heels of one on Wednesday in which 2,500 teachers in Arizona — who are demanding a 20 percent raise — demonstrated at the state’s capitol in Phoenix.  ...Read more

President Trump Says DACA Deal For Young Immigrants Is Off

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that there will be no deal to legalize the status of young adult immigrants called Dreamers and he said the U.S.-Mexico border is becoming more dangerous. After tweeting a “Happy Easter” message on Twitter, he said: “Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program created in 2012 under Democratic former President Barack Obama that Trump sought to rescind last autumn. ...Read more

Uber Settles With Family Of Victim Killed In Self-Driving Car Accident

Uber has settled with the family of a pedestrian who was killed when one of the company’s self-driving cars hit her while she crossed a road in Tempe, Ariz. earlier this month. Details of the settlement have not been released.  The deceased victim, Elaine Herzberg, was struck by one of Uber’s autonomous vehicles on the night of March 18 as she crossed a busy street while pushing her bicycle. After the accident, Uber paused all of its self-driving vehicle tests, including in California, where the online ride-hailing company is based. Although a human driver was inside the self-driving car as a precautionary measure during this incident, a video of the accident shows the driver looking down until seconds before Herzberg appeared in front of the car. The car was operating in autonomous mode when the accident occurred. ...Read more

Boy From Viral Police Photo Missing After Fatal Family Car Crash

Back in 2014, a picture of a Devonte Hart, tears streaming down his face and gripping a white police officer in an embrace during Ferguson-related protests, went viral.  But now Devonte is missing and feared dead after his parents and three of his siblings were killed in a car crash.  On Monday, a passerby spotted the family’s vehicle flipped onto its roof in the Pacific Ocean at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff in a rural part of California’s Mendocino County, according to officials. Devonte’s parents Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38, were both found dead inside the S.U.V., rocked by waves washing in and out, say police. Three of their children: Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14 were recovered outside the vehicle. However Devonte, now 15, and his two sisters Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12, remain missing, say police.  Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said at a press conference Wednesday that while police cannot say with certainty that Devonte, Hannah and Sierra had been in the vehicle, “We have every indication to believe that all six children were in there.” Police are seeking the public’s to help in piecing together the family’s final 24 hours before the crash. The Harts are from Woodland, Wash. ...Read more

Detroit Man Exonerated Of Murder After 45 Years In Prison

71-year-old Richard Phillips, a Detroit-area man whose murder conviction was thrown out after he spent 45 years in prison, was exonerated Wednesday and won’t face a second trial.  A judge granted a request to permanently drop the case against Phillips, whose conviction was erased last year. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said a new investigation by her office backed his claim that he had no role in a 1971 fatal shooting. She said a key witness lied at his 1972 trial. The case was reopened at the urging of the Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school after a co-defendant at the ’72 trial told the state parole board that Phillips wasn’t involved in the slaying of Gregory Harris. Phillips had been free on bond since December. He likely will be eligible for more than $2 million under Michigan’s wrongful conviction law. Phillips told reporters when asked about his decades in prison that “I’ve never carried bitterness around, so I’m not a bitter man.” ...Read more

Attorney For Stormy Daniels Seeks To Depose President Trump And His Attorney

The attorney for former adult star Stormy Daniels filed a motion Wednesday in federal court seeking to depose both President Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen over a $130,000 payment made to Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels attorney, Michael Avenatti, filed the documents in U.S. District Court in California. Daniels has publicly claimed she had a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump, and also said Cohen orchestrated a payment to keep her quiet during the election. The White House has denied her claims. At issue is whether the non-disclosure agreement that was signed by Daniels – but not by Trump – is valid. If successful, it would be the first deposition of a sitting president since President Bill Clinton in 1998 had to answer questions about his encounter with Paula Jones. ...Read more

Larry Nassar’s Former Boss At Michigan State Arrested For Sexual Misconduct

Larry Nassar’s former boss at Michigan State has been arrested, and charged with sex crimes. Dr. William Strampel, 70, is facing criminal charges for allegedly inappropriately touching a student and storing nude photos of female students on his work computer. Strampel also has been accused of failing to monitor Nassar and enforce guidelines put into place after Nassar was investigated in 2014 for sexual harassment. The former dean of the Michigan State’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was charged Tuesday with a felony, a high court misdemeanor and two misdemeanors and is due to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. Michigan State confirmed Strampel’s arrest, but didn’t provide any other details at the time. Nassar is in prison for possessing child pornography, has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years for sexually assaulting girls and women across multiple sports at Michigan State and with the national gymnastics program, including U.S. Olympic teams.  ...Read more