Conservative radio host Glenn Beck buys Roe v. Wade attorney Linda Coffee’s archive to highlight “bloody legacy”

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Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck has acquired the archives of Linda Coffee, the last living member of the legal team that argued Roe v. Wade.

“Roe vs. Wade is history, and now that history is in the hands of a pro-life conservative,” Beck said on his radio show Thursday.

Coffee, 80, put the archive up for auction through an independent auction house earlier this year, with a starting bid of $50,000. There were 14 bids, the auction house’s website said. Beck won with a bid of more than $600,000.

Through a representative, Coffee declined to comment.

Beck rose to prominence as a conservative talk radio host before joining the Fox News Channel in 2009. Almost immediately, he triggered boycotts by calling President Barack Obama a racist and making antisemitic remarks about George Soros. He left Fox after just two years, instead focusing on The Blaze, his frequently imploding right-wing media website.

In 2020, he opened the American Journey Experience, a “museum and training center” in Irving, alongside David Barton, a Christian conservative activist and founder of WallBuilders. The museum encourages guests to “take an active role in defending the American Journey.”

Coffee’s archives will debut this summer as part of an exhibit called “The Blueprints of Freedom,” Beck said on his radio show.

“The Roe archives’ inclusion in the exhibit will underscore Coffee’s bloody legacy that has been undone in the service of life and the proper reading of the Constitution,” Beck said.

The archive spans the width and breadth of the legal fight to establish a constitutional right to abortion: the receipt for the $15 fee to file the original suit; the notarized

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Attorney General James makes big development in NY fight against gun violence

State Attorney General Letitia James says she secured a court order to stop gunmakers from selling ghost guns in New York.
Legally, gun manufacturers are supposed to mark guns with serial numbers that help officials trace the gun back to the maker, seller, and customer. However, ghost guns are made without a serial number, that can’t be traced.

They’re often sold in parts that someone can put together at home.

Now, Attorney General James says 10 national gun companies will have to stop selling and shipping those parts. James won the court order against several big gun names including 80% Arms and Glockstore.

Ghost guns have been connected to several shootings across the city, including one that took the life of 16-year-old Angellyh Yambo and injured two other teens last April as they were walking home from school in Melrose.

Officials for months have been warning that ghost guns are a danger to New Yorkers because they’re a loophole around gun regulation. Since they are sold in separate parts, they don’t have a serial number, making it hard for law enforcement to track down a shooter.

The attorney general called this a common sense gun law and says that this court order will protect the public.

She also has filed a lawsuit against those 10 companies, which is currently pending.

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Former U.S. Attorney who brought charges in Ohio nuclear bailout scandal says case may not be over

After a little over a day of deliberation, a jury found Republican former Ohio House speaker Larry Householder and ex-Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges guilty of federal racketeering charges. But there may be more indictments coming in what’s been called the largest corruption case in state history.

Householder and Borges say they’ll appeal their convictions in a $61 million scheme to pass a nuclear power plant bailout law for FirstEnergy and keep a repeal of that law off the ballot.

David DeVillers brought the case in July 2020, before he and 55 other Trump-appointed US attorneys resigned with the change to the Biden administration, and called it the largest corruption scandal in state history. DeVillers said he was thrilled with the verdict.

And he added that, listening to the comments of his successor in that office, the case may not be over.

“Ken Parker has made it clear that there’s an ongoing investigation,” DeVillers said. “And I’m confident that Ken and his team will follow this investigation to wherever it may lead.”

Parker was in the courtroom several times throughout the trial, and he was outside the courthouse after the verdicts. He called them a win for Ohio.

“You cannot sell the public trust. You cannot sell the public trust. It is not for sale. And you cannot conspire with others to sell the public trust,” Parker said.

“We have a team that will take the time over the years to meticulously go through all of the evidence to discuss with individuals, to get into to get information as to what was going on in this scheme,” Parker said, “to bring those individuals, no matter where they are at what they feel to be the highest points in our state government, to bring them to justice.”

Though FirstEnergy agreed

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Attorney general reverses ban on Tucson housing ordinance

Arizona Attorney General Kristin Mayes has reversed her predecessor’s decision to block an ordinance that bans landlords in Tucson from rejecting tenants based on their source of income.

Tucson’s ordinance does not violate state law or the Arizona constitution, Mayes’ new opinion released Wednesday stated, citing two legal errors in the one filed by former attorney general Mark Brnovich’s in December 2022.

“The Source of Income Protection is one of the solutions for the housing crisis in Arizona,” said Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. “I applaud Arizona Attorney General Mayes for reversing the opinion of the previous AG and recognizing that the City of Tucson has the authority as a chartered city to make the decisions that protect our most vulnerable residents.”

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On Sept. 27, Romero and other members of city council approved the Source of Income Ordinance. It banned housing discrimination based on a person’s source of income, which include child support, spousal support, rental assistance, social security or disability insurance, veteran’s benefits and any other form of governmental assistance.

Council members voted unanimously to approve the change, saying it is necessary because discrimination is rampant against low-income families, seniors, military veterans and people with disabilities who receive Section 8 housing vouchers or other forms of rental aid, the Arizona Daily Star previously reported.

Arizona Speaker of the House Ben Toma previously said the measure violated a statute that prevents local government from placing restrictions on the rental housing industry and requested Brnovich, the attorney general at the time, declare the ordinance unconstitutional, the Star reported.

In December, Brnovich ruled the city’s new measure violated a state law that preempts municipalities from regulating the rental housing industry, the Star reported. As a result, Tucson had until Jan. 21 to resolve the violation or have its

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Facing lawsuit from Arizona attorney general, Cochise County supervisors hire outside attorney

The Cochise County Board of Supervisors will hire an outside attorney to defend them against a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General’s Office that seeks to block the county from consolidating nearly all of the election duties under the county recorder.

The lawsuit filed by Attorney General Kris Mayes named Supervisors Peggy Judd, Tom Crosby and Ann English as defendants, as well as County Recorder David Stevens, and claims the board does not have the legal power to hand over election duties to another elected office.

During an emergency meeting in Bisbee on Wednesday, the board voted 2-1 to hire outside legal counsel, with Republican supervisors Judd and Crosby voting in favor and English, the lone Democrat, voting against the move.

The county plans to hire Phoenix-based attorney Timothy La Sota, although questions remain about where the money to pay him will come from. La Sota has previously represented Republican candidates, including attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh and gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, along with various state and county government offices.

The board met with the county attorney in a closed-door session before the vote at the emergency meeting.

Mayes’ lawsuit states that the County Attorney’s Office agrees with the attorney general’s position, which led the board to seek outside counsel, English said.

Related story:Cochise County recorder to run elections, raising concerns about illegal practices

County proceeding with election plans

Wednesday’s meeting came just about two months before a scheduled special election May 16 on an excise tax for a jail district in Cochise County.

Despite the lawsuit, and questions about who is in charge of the Elections Department, the county will go ahead with preparations for the election, according to county spokesperson Jane Montgomery.

“At the moment we are working on the assumption that we will proceed,” she said.

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California attorney general sues city for flouting state housing laws

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta announced two lawsuits against the city of Huntington Beach for violating state housing laws during a Thursday press conference.

What follows may be a test case for recent state laws designed to lower the barriers to new housing construction. Housing’s high cost and low availability has become a major pinch point for California’s economy.

The Orange County beach city of 200,000 passed an ordinance last month blocking the processing of applications of accessory dwelling units, or so called “granny flats,” on single family home properties.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta is suing Huntington Beach again claiming the city is defying state housing laws.

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The city ordinance conflicts with Senate Bill 9, approved in 2021, which mandates a streamlined approval process for ADUs and splitting single family home lots in order to create more housing units.

“Huntington Beach is Exhibit A of what is wrong with housing in California,” Newsom said.

The state’s lawsuit includes a motion for preliminary injunction against Huntington Beach for violating state housing laws.

State law requires permitting agencies to approve or deny ADU applications “ministerially,” using objective standards, within 60 days. If it denies the application, it has to provide the property owner a list of remedies.

This is the second time in recent years that the state and the city have been at loggerheads over state laws created to speed up housing construction to combat the state’s affordable housing and homelessness crises.

It settled in 2020 with the state on a 2019 lawsuit brought by then-Attorney General Xavier Becerra over city leaders’ defiance of minimum affordable housing construction requirements.

“They lost the lawsuit in 2019, and they will lose again,” Newsom said.

California needs to build 2.5 million new homes by 2030,

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CT AG sues food service operator to recover unpaid wages

A New Haven-based company that provides food service at 23 state-owned highway plazas on Interstates 95 and 395 as well as Route 15 is being sued by Attorney General William Tong to recover $6.1 million in unpaid wages and damages.

It seeks to recover unpaid wages for more than 2,000 workers, although state Labor Commissioner Dante Bartolomeo said her office continues to receive complaints and is actively investigating additional potential instances of wage theft at the service plazas. 

Tong’s office sued the company on behalf of the state Department of Labor.  The lawsuit seeks to recover $5.4 million in unpaid wages and is also seeking $722,000 in civil penalties that had been previously assessed, but were never paid.

Tong said said his office was “left with no choice” because complaints about the company’s non-payment of wages date back to 2017.

“These workers did their job, and they deserve to be paid their full compensation,” Tong said Friday. “Project Service was put on notice years ago that their subcontractors were underpaying workers in violation of state law. They have continuously refused to make their workers whole despite repeated warnings and demands.”

Project Service has held a food service contract since 2009 with the state Department of Transportation for the 23 state-owned service plazas. There have been at least two chief executive officer since then; the website for the Secretary of State’s office lists Trevor Moore as a principal of the company website currently.

Company officials were not available for comment Friday.

Tong was joined at a news conference Friday by representatives of the Service Employees International union.

“It’s more than a contract dispute,” Tong said of the union’s interest in the lawsuit being filed. “It is a violation of our state’s wage and hours laws.”

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No charges in the fatal death of 19-year-old Buffalo State freshman

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — District Attorney John Flynn announced no charges in the fatal death of 19-year-old Buffalo State freshman, Tyler Lewis, Friday afternoon.

This comes days after his mother, Roquishia Lewis, held her own news conference.

The DA is saying the murder of Tyler Lewis is closed, but there was no arrests made when Tyler was killed.

“I put every piece of evidence in the grand jury,” he says. “I put enough evidence in the grand jury to give a proper picture of what happened here and the grand jury no billed it.”

Tyler’s mom, Roquishia Lewis, says she believes the DA only held the news conference because she sent an email to his office pledging to hold Flynn and investigators accountable with the evidence her private investigator gathered.

“Basically I called them out on it,” the mother says. “ I let them know that I know exactly all the information and evidence I have and their only concern was how I got the information and it’s sad.”

District Attorney John Flynn replies to the mother’s actions.

“The mother of the victim sent an email basically admitting she taped recorded conversations in our office,” Flynn says. “So my instincts are usually right not to get in the weeds with the family was for a good reason.”

The Buff State freshman that majored in business administration was stabbed on October 14th on the grounds of the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.

He went to UB with what he thought were his friends that night.

DA John Flynn says Tyler and the others had a drug deal that went wrong.

The suspect who is said to be a White man between the age of 19 and 22 stabbed Tyler in the chest, in a car.

Flynn says this happened after Tyler

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Missouri attorney general subpoenas case dismissal list as part of Kim Gardner probe

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Attorney General’s Office issued a wide-ranging subpoena to the St. Louis courts on Wednesday seeking a trove of records as part of a suit to remove Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner from office.

The subpoena offers a further glimpse into the case Attorney General Andrew Bailey is building against Gardner, who Bailey argues has been neglectful of her duty as the city’s top prosecutor.

Bailey’s document asks for, among other things, a list of cases dismissed by Gardner’s office and the average length of time cases are pending — two data points that could be key as Bailey’s office tries to illustrate that Gardner has failed to prosecute some cases while allowing others to languish for years. Those same issues have been repeated targets of criticism of the office in recent years.

In an effort to oust Gardner, Bailey filed a “quo warranto” petition late last month amid a firestorm over prosecutors’ handling of a pending robbery case that left a man free despite violating his bond dozens of times. Police said the man, Daniel Riley, caused a crash that pinned a 17-year-old volleyball player from Tennessee between two cars and resulted in both her legs being amputated.

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Along with the case dismissals, Bailey argued that Gardner’s office has failed to keep victims informed and has failed to review or act upon thousands of cases submitted by St. Louis police.

The attorney general’s office immediately issued a 34-point subpoena to the circuit attorney’s office, seeking records including victim complaints, copies of Gardner’s personnel file and copies of warrant applications considered and refused.

Officials then notified Gardner and her top aides they would be deposed. They also asked for documents from Mayor Tishaura O. Jones and Comptroller Darlene Green.

The courts

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Man stripped, beaten after DUI arrest later died by suicide due to abuse

The family of a man arrested for drunk driving and allegedly beaten by police officers later took his own life. His loved ones have filed a lawsuit demanding justice.

“This is not something a civilized – even an uncivilized society can tolerate,” said attorney Ari Kresch.

Milton was dragged through the Oakland County Jail after being taken there August of last year – after being arrested in Auburn Hills.

“They booked him, and they don’t have the facilities for him to dry out,” said Kresch. “So they transfer him over to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.”

FOX 2: “Did the sheriffs at any time beat or hit Milton?”

“No,” said Curtis Childs, undersheriff Oakland County. “No sir.”

Milton Adelson, 59 years old, is a veteran, held a steady job at the same company for 30 years. But he was drunk driving, and he may have made suicidal statements to the arresting officer.

“He was cooperative, he was respectful, he never had any involvement with the law,” said the family attorney.

In police video deputies ask him if he wants to keep his earplugs.

“I do. I want them to come back with me please,” he said. “But they’re not expensive I don’t care.”

“You didn’t pay for them either, they give them to you at work,” a deputy said.

Milton was placed in the “uncuff” cell at the Oakland County Jail.  Moments later another inmate was placed in the same cell.

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