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CT trooper charged in Mubarak Soulemane’s death appears in court

MILFORD — The Connecticut State Police trooper charged fatally shooting Mubarak Soulemane nearly three years ago appeared in court Monday.

Trooper Brian North appeared before Judge Peter Brown, who continued the case to March 15 after asking the state trooper to waive any potential conflict of interest involving the lawyers representing him.

The prosecutor in the case, Inspector General Robert J. Devlin Jr., had asked the judge to seek assurance from North after appointing one of the attorneys representing him, Jeffrey Ment, had also represented other troopers involved in the investigation.

Devlin told Brown that if the troopers were called to testify in the case, there may be a chance something they say could compel Ment “to violate his duty and of loyalty and confidentiality to his clients” in order to help North’s defense.

A former longtime judgeDevlin said that even if the possibility of a conflict was remote, he was obligated to bring the issue up.

“It’s theoretical … but it could possibly happen,” he said in court.

Ment and North said they had discussed the issue.

“I don’t believe there’s a conflict to be waived, but to the extent that Trooper North is asked to waive this potential conflict, he is prepared to do that,” Ment said.

“To the extent that any conflict does arise, you’re waiving that and allowing them to continue to represent you, is that correct?” Judge Brown then asked North.

“Yes, your honor,” he said.

The judge then continued the case to March after another lawyer representing North, Frank J. Riccio II, said they were still going over discovery materials.

North, who was charged with first-degree manslaughter earlier this year after investigators said he fired seven shots into a stolen car driven by Soulemane on Jan. 15, 2020, declined to comment while

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Oregon Measure 114 delay would lead to ‘unnecessary deaths,’ the attorney general argues

Oregon’s attorney general argued in court papers Wednesday that any court-ordered delay of gun control Measure 114 would result in more unnecessary deaths and forestall steps “to reduce the risk of a massacre” in the state.

The recent voter-approved measure, set to take effect Dec. 8, will ban the sale, transfer or manufacture of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, require a permit to purchase a gun and only allow a gun to be sold or transferred once a criminal background check is completed.

The new regulations, narrowly approved by 50.7% of votersare designed to reduce mass shootings, suicides and homicides.

The Oregon Firearms Federation, joined by three county sheriffs and two gun store owners in Keizer and Pendleton, last week filed an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction to bar Measure 114 from becoming law, arguing its requirements violate their Second Amendment right to bear arms, as well as their due process rights.

The federation’s suit was the first court challenge to Oregon’s new gun control measure. A second lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, two firearms dealers and one gun owner.

US District Judge Karin J. Immergut has scheduled a hearing at 10 am Friday on the firearms federation‘s emergency motion, six days before the measure is scheduled to go into effect.

The gun owners and three sheriffs have argued that magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are commonly used for self-defense, and without them, law-abiding gun owners will be at a tactical disadvantage when confronting criminals.

The attorney general’s office, in its responseargued that large-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are not “arms” protected by the Second Amendment and the state’s new requirement for a permit to purchase a gun will

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Biden nominees 7 for US attorney, judge and marshal slots

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is putting forth seven new Justice Department and judicial nominations covering three US attorney’s offices in Texas and other senior posts. One is a prosecutor who vowed to seek the death penalty for a man who killed nearly two dozen people in a racist attack at a Walmart.

The nominations, announced by the White House on Friday, include three for US marshals in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah, along with a nomination of a longtime prosecutor to become a federal judge in Mississippi.

Among the nominations is that of Jaime Esparza, who had served as district attorney for El Paso County, Texas, from 1993 to 2020, to be the US attorney for the Western District of Texas. As district attorney, he secured a capital murder indictment and vowed to pursue the death penalty for Patrick Crusius, the North Texas man accused of targeting Mexicans during a 2019 mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart that left dozens of wounded and ultimately killed 23 people.

Crusius also faces federal hate crime charges, and if confirmed, Esparza would be a key figure in deciding whether to pursue the federal death penalty in the case. Ultimately that decision falls to senior Justice Department officials, generally based on the recommendation from the US attorney.

Biden has said he is opposed to the death penalty and has vowed to end its use while in office. Attorney General Merrick Garland has halted federal executions following an unprecedented run of capital punishment in the waning months of the Trump administration and ordered a review of the procedures and policies surrounding the practice. The moratorium applies only to executions and doesn’t prohibit prosecutors from seeking the death penalty.

Federal prosecutors in West Texas also face a consequential decision about whether to bring

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Arkansas officer suspended over caught-on-camera arrest had alleged history of excessive force, attorney says

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One of the three Arkansas law enforcement officers suspended after a video posted on social media showed two of them pummeling a man while a third held him on the ground had previously received a complaint for alleged excessive use of force, an attorney said.

Arkansas State Police and the federal government have said they are investigating the circumstances of a police stop on Sunday, when officers were responding to a report of a man making threats outside a convenience store in the small town of Mulberry, about 140 miles northwest of Little Rock.

State police identified the suspect as Randal Worcester, 27, of Goose Creek, South Carolina. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office identified the three officers as Crawford County deputies Zack King and Levi White and Mulberry police officer Thell Riddle.

Meanwhile, Carrie Jernigan, an attorney representing Worcester, said she had filed an excessive force complaint against one of the suspended officers on behalf of another client of hers about a month ago, according to The Associated Press.


Randal Worcester departs from the Crawford County Justice Center in Van Buren, Ark.

Randal Worcester departs from the Crawford County Justice Center in Van Buren, Ark.
(AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)

“To date, I had not heard anything back. But the description of what happened to my client in July versus that video seemed almost identical,” Jernigan said. “And so we’re just of the position it didn’t have to even take place yesterday.”

Jernigan did not identify the officer involved. Representatives from the sheriff’s office and police department did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for information related to the report.

A spokesperson for the Arkansas State Police would not comment on Tuesday.

Video that circulated on Sunday showed one officer punching the

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CT state police sergeant ‘sped off’ after crash

BROOKFIELD — The attorney representing a college student who was the victim in a hit-and-run crash says his client heard the tires peel out as the Dodge Charger sped away after totaling her Kia Optima.

The driver of the state-owned Charger — Connecticut State Police Sgt. Catherine Koeppel — was issued a misdemeanor summons for following too close and evading responsibility three days after the July 24 crash, state police said. She was released on a promise to appear this week in state Superior Court in Danbury. Koeppel was originally scheduled to appear Tuesday, but her court appearance has been pushed back to Friday.

“She was stopped at a red light, and she got rear-ended — twice — by the same person, who then sped off,” attorney Joseph Foti said in an interview with Hearst Connecticut Media, describing what happened to his client, a 20 -year-old New Milford college student.

Two weeks since the crash, state police have released few details about the incident. State police have not said where the off-duty Koeppel went following the crash, which occurred around 9:30 pm July 24 on Route 7 in Brookfield. State police have also not said why Koeppel left the scene without checking on the other driver.

The state police Public Information Office has declined to answer questions, citing an ongoing internal affairs investigation.

Koeppel, 36, is still reporting to work for desk duty, but her police powers have been suspended, state police said.

She could not be reached for comment and her attorney, Gene Zingaro, declined to comment.

State police said Koeppel and the driver of the car she is accused of hitting had “no apparent injury.”

However, Foti said his client was injured in the crash and is scheduled to start physical therapy for neck and

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