Emails Threatening Florida Voters Link to Overseas Servers

Washington — Dozens of voters in a heavily Democratic county in Florida and across several states reported receiving emails on Tuesday purporting to come from a right-wing group threatening to “come after” them unless they vote for President Trump. 

But an examination of the messages, which are now under investigation by state and federal authorities, shows they were sent via servers located overseas, raising questions about their origin amid concerns about voter intimidation just two weeks before Election Day. 

Democratic voters in Alachua County, Florida, began receiving the email on Tuesday morning, and voters in Alaska and Arizona also reported receiving the message. Early voting began in Florida on Monday. The emails appeared to come from the right-wing group The Proud Boys, and showed a “from” address of info@officialproudboys.com. The Proud Boys has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights advocacy group.

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Judge Hears DOJ Request Representing Trump in Rape Defamation Lawsuit

(CNN)A federal judge is set to decide whether to accept the Justice Department’s argument that President Donald Trump acted in his official capacity when denying a rape claim made by a longtime magazine columnist, after planned oral arguments to discuss the matter were thwarted Wednesday when a department lawyer was barred from entering the courthouse due to New York’s coronavirus-related restrictions.

The former columnist, E. Jean Carroll, has accused Trump of raping her in a dressing room at a luxury Manhattan department store in the 1990s and is suing him for defamation.
The Justice Department is seeking to replace the President as the defendant in the case and has argued in court filings that Trump’s response to Carroll’s claims was an effort to preserve his ability to perform the duties of the presidency.

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NTSB Ruled Boat Owners Faulted in Fire Killing 34 People

LOS ANGELES — One of the deadliest accidents in recent U.S. maritime history was the fault of owners of a Southern California dive boat whose lack of oversight resulted in a fire that swept through the vessel and killed 34 people in their bunks below deck, federal safety officials ruled Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the Conception’s captain failed to post a roving night watchman aboard the vessel, which allowed the fire to quickly spread and trap the 33 passengers and one crew member. The NTSB also faulted the Coast Guard for not enforcing that requirement and recommended it develop a program to ensure boats with overnight passengers actually have the watchman.

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Family of 18-Wheeler Driver Killed in Fire Files Suit

Family of 18-Wheeler Driver Killed in Fire Files Suit

 

(Houston, TX) Houston attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Angelina Wike of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against L & B Transport, LLC, Total Chemical Services, Inc., and Reagent Chemical & Research, Inc. on behalf of the family of Jose Flores who was killed in a horrific fire that engulfed the cabin of the 18-wheeler he was driving near downtown Beaumont on Interstate 10 in the early morning hours of October 10, 2020. Mr. Flores, 57, is survived by his wife and three children who live in Alvin, Texas. 

 

   
   

The catastrophic incident occurred on Saturday October 10, 2020 at approximately 4:47 a.m. while Mr. Flores was operating an 18-wheeler vehicle owned by Total Chemical Service, Inc. While investigation is ongoing, it was reported that the 18-wheeler vehicle flipped over onto the driver’s side and the hazardous chemicals being hauled by the 18-wheeler began leaking. The cabin then burst into flames trapping Mr. Flores in the cabin fire. Tragically, despite an off-duty Beaumont police officer’s attempts to free Mr. Flores, he was unable to be rescued from the fire and lost his life at the scene of the incident. 

 

The lawsuit asserts allegations against the Defendants for failure to monitor, repair and/or maintain the brake system on the 18-wheeler vehicle, failing to replace hazardous parts and/or materials on the tractor and/or trailer, failure to properly maintain, monitor and/or repair the 18-wheeler, and for failure to permit Mr. Flores appropriate breaks and instead requiring him to work approximately seven or more straight days such that Mr. Flores was overworked and fatigued at the time of the incident.  

 

A Temporary Restraining Order was filed on October 19, 2020 and has since been granted by a Harris County District Court judge to preserve the 18-wheeler and any evidence in the vehicle involved in the incident so that a team of investigators can perform the necessary inspections. 

 

Please click here for a copy of the press release and here for a copy of the Plaintiffs’ Original Petition.

 

For questions regarding the lawsuit, please contact Benny Agosto, Jr. at bagosto@awtxlaw.com, Angelina Wike at awike@awtxlaw.com, or Madison Kauffman at mkauffman@awtxlaw.com or 713-222-7211.

 

 

 

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President Trump Demands AG William Barr Investigate Hunter Biden

“We have got to get the attorney general to act. He’s got to act and he’s got to act fast,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends,” citing a New York Post report about Hunter Biden’s business dealings. Trump called on Barr to “appoint somebody” to handle the matter.

“This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election,” Trump said.

Trump’s remarks represented an extraordinary effort by the president to push a member of his Cabinet to investigate the family of his political opponent, as he explicitly invoked the election as reason to do so. They came after a group of House Republicans asked Barr to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations about Hunter Biden made in the Post last week.

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Trump Campaign Tells Group Stop Using Him for Marijuana Legalization

JACKSON, Miss. — President Donald Trump’s campaign is telling a Mississippi group to stop saying that Trump supports a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Mississippians for Compassionate Care is a group promoting Initiative 65. It paid for a letter signed by several prominent Republicans, and the outside of the envelope said: “Join President Trump and 3 out of 4 Mississippi Republicans who support medical marijuana.”

The letter said: “President Trump Supports Medical Marijuana … and allowing states to decide on that issue.”

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Judge Rules Breonna Taylor Grand Juror Can Speak About Proceedings

(CNN)The Breonna Taylor grand jury was not given an opportunity to consider homicide charges in the case against police officers who served a no-knock warrant at her home the night she was killed, an anonymous member of the panel said Tuesday.

The statement came shortly after a Kentucky judge ruled the grand juror may speak publicly about the case presented by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
“The grand jury did not have homicide offenses explained to them,” the anonymous grand juror wrote in a statement issued by attorney Kevin Glogower. “The grand jury never heard about those laws. Self-defense or justification was never explained either.”

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Court Reinstates Texas’s Process for Tossing Ballots with Mismatched Signatures

A federal appeals court reinstated Texas’s procedures for rejecting ballots with signatures that don’t appear to match those on record with elections officials, temporarily blocking a district judge’s ruling that the process is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed an injunction against the mismatched-signatures procedure while a legal challenge plays out.

“Because Texas’s strong interest in safeguarding the integrity of its elections from voter fraud far outweighs any burden the state’s voting procedures place on the right to vote, we stay the injunction pending appeal,” Judge Jerry Smith, a Reagan appointee, wrote in the unanimous panel’s decision.

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Federal Judge Halts Trump’s Food Stamp Cutbacks for 700,000 Americans

A federal judge struck down a Trump administration rule that would have reduced food stamp benefits to nearly 700,000 people.

In her Sunday ruling, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell wrote that implementing the change “radically and abruptly alters decades of regulatory practice, leaving States scrambling and exponentially increasing food insecurity for tens of thousands of Americans.”

In December, the Department of Agriculture formalized a proposal for work requirements for recipients of food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, that would have disqualified an estimated 688,000 people from food benefits.

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DOJ Announced Six Russian Officers Charged for Hacking, Malware Operations

The indictment specifically accuses the six alleged hackers of engaging in computer intrusions “intended to support Russian government efforts to undermine, retaliate against or otherwise destabilize” Ukraine, Georgia, elections in France, the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games and international efforts to hold Russia accountable for its use of the nerve agent Novichok on foreign soil.

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