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US Supreme Court justices in Trump case lean toward some level of immunity

US Supreme Court justices in Trump case lean toward some level of immunity

THE Supreme Court's conservative justices signaled support for U.S. presidents having some level of protection from criminal charges for certain acts taken in office as it tackled Donald Trump's claim of immunity from prosecution for trying to undo his 2020 election loss. During about 2-1/2 hours of arguments in the case, most of the justices seemed unlikely to embrace Trump's most far-reaching argument that presidents have "absolute immunity" for official acts - an assertion that appeared to wilt under hypothetical questions involving selling nuclear secrets, taking a bribe or ordering a coup or political assassination. But the conservative justices, who hold a…
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Trump suffers twin setbacks as judges reject calls to dismiss charges

Trump suffers twin setbacks as judges reject calls to dismiss charges

DONALD Trump suffered a pair of legal setbacks as judges spurned his calls to dismiss criminal charges over the former U.S. president's efforts to overturn his 2020 loss in Georgia and his keeping classified records after leaving office. Separately, one of the Republican presidential candidate's allies, former Justice Department official attorney Jeffrey Clark, faced the risk of disbarment after a Washington panel found he violated some attorney ethics rules in his attempts to enlist the agency to help overturn Trump's loss. Those cases represent just some of the legal entanglements facing Trump, who has been criminally charged in four cases as he challenges Democratic President…
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Appeals court rejected Trump’s immunity claim. Could he go on trial?

Appeals court rejected Trump’s immunity claim. Could he go on trial?

A U.S. appeals court ruled that Donald Trump does not have immunity from criminal charges accusing him of trying to overturn his 2020 election defeat, but the decision does not mean the former U.S. president will head immediately to trial. Here is a look at next steps in the case: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Trump plans to appeal the ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a campaign spokesperson said. He could either ask the full D.C. Circuit court to reconsider the panel’s ruling or go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. Progress…
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Nigeria charges suspended central bank chief after court ruling

Nigeria charges suspended central bank chief after court ruling

NIGERIA'S Department of State Security (DSS) said on Thursday it had filed charges in court against detained and suspended central bank governor Godwin Emefiele following an earlier order to charge him or release him. Papers filed by government lawyers showed that Emefiele is facing criminal charges including misappropriation of funds, meaning he could face long jail terms if convicted. The DSS did not give details on the charges and Emefiele has yet to appear in court. Emefiele was suspended by new President Bola Tinubu on June 9 and arrested a day later by the DSS. "Sequel to an Abuja High…
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Ex-Mozambique finance minister pleads not guilty in New York over debt scandal

Ex-Mozambique finance minister pleads not guilty in New York over debt scandal

A former Mozambique finance minister pleaded not guilty to U.S. criminal charges over his alleged involvement in a fraud involving $2 billion in loans to three state-owned companies. Manuel Chang entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn. Chang had been extradited on Wednesday from South Africa, where he was arrested in December 2018 on U.S. charges of conspiring to commit wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering. Garaufis denied Chang's request for bail, agreeing with prosecutors that he was a flight risk and could escape the charges by entering Mozambique's U.N. mission in Manhattan. "The evidence regarding his…
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What is the Espionage Act and what might it mean for Donald Trump?

What is the Espionage Act and what might it mean for Donald Trump?

FORMER U.S. President Donald Trump has become the most high-profile person to ever face criminal charges under the Espionage Act for the unlawful retention of sensitive national defence records. In all, Trump faces 37 criminal counts, 31 of which relate to secret or top-secret classified documents. He is also charged with obstructing justice, conspiracy, concealment and false statements. WHAT IS THE ESPIONAGE ACT? The Espionage Act is an anti-spy law enacted by Congress shortly after the start of World War One. The statute criminalizes a broad array of conduct related to the mishandling of sensitive government records connected to the "national defence,"…
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What does Trump’s indictment mean for his political future – and the strength of US democracy?

What does Trump’s indictment mean for his political future – and the strength of US democracy?

EVENTS often seem inevitable in hindsight. The indictment of former US President Donald Trump on criminal charges has been a possibility since the start of his presidency – arguably, since close to the beginning of his career in New York real estate. But until now, the potential consequences of such a cataclysmic development in American politics have been purely theoretical. EMMA SHORTIS, Lecturer, RMIT University Today, after much build-up in the media, The New York Times reported that a Manhattan grand jury has voted to indict Trump and the Manhattan district attorney will now likely attempt to negotiate Trump’s surrender.…
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Trump warns of ‘death & destruction’ if charged with a crime

Trump warns of ‘death & destruction’ if charged with a crime

FORMER U.S. President Donald Trump warned of potential "death & destruction" if he faces criminal charges, hours after New York prosecutors probing his hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels said they would not be intimidated. The early Friday post on Trump's Truth Social media site was the latest in a string of verbal attacks on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg since last Saturday when Trump wrongly predicted he would be arrested three days later. Trump falsely claims his defeat in 2020 was the result of fraud - a claim that inspired his followers to launch a deadly Jan. 6,…
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Charges unlikely Wednesday in Trump hush-money probe as grand jury stays home

Charges unlikely Wednesday in Trump hush-money probe as grand jury stays home

KAREN FREIFELD FORMER President Donald Trump appeared unlikely to face criminal charges after a law enforcement source said a grand jury investigating alleged illegal hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels would not meet again before Thursday. The grand jury, a panel of U.S. citizens residing in Manhattan, has been considering the evidence in one of many legal probes swirling around Trump as he mounts a comeback bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. The grand jury was told to stay home on Wednesday, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the secret proceedings. It was unclear how…
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Retired judge apologises to Phosa

Retired judge apologises to Phosa

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER AN ugly public spat between two of South African leading legal eagles has ended with an apology and withdrawal of criminal charges. ANC veteran Mathews Phosa and retired Constitutional Court judge Zak Yacoob have smoked the peace pipe after several days of a public exchange and threats of criminal action. At the heart of the dispute was the interpretation of the ANC “step aside” rule, in terms of which ANC members facing criminal charges are withdrawn from official positions.  The settlement was brokered by Dr Khulu Mbatha, an ANC veteran, advisor to President Cyril Ramaphosa and a…
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