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june sentencing set for developer dargey in eb-5 fraud case


lobsang dargey will face no more than 10 years in prison under a deal with prosecutors.sentencing for lobsang dargey, the local developer who in january pleaded guilty to two felony charges related to raising money from chinese investors, has been postponed until june. the hearing was originally scheduled for this week.dargey, who has built projects in everett and began developing the potala tower in belltown, was accused of defrauding hundreds of chinese investors who committed more than $150 million to his projects in hopes of getting green cards under the federal eb-5 program. he’s since agreed to pay up to $24.2 million in restitution.federal sentencing guidelines call for dargey to serve 10 to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and concealing i






life or death hearing begins for sniper who killed pa. officer


sentencing hearing begins thursday for the sniper who sparked a massive, seven-week manhunt.        






ex-virginia mayor pleads guilty in meth-for-sex sting


richard "scott" silverthorne, mayor of fairfax, va., is shown in a booking photo following his arrested aug. 4, 2016, on charges of distribution of methamphetamine.(photo: fairfax county pd) 17 connectlinkedinemailmorefairfax, va. — a former virginia mayor pleaded guilty monday to a felony drug distribution charge after local police arrested him in august for selling methamphetamine to undercover officers in exchange for group sex.ex-fairfax mayor richard "scott" silverthorne, 51, is to remain in custody until a june 9 sentencing hearing where he faces a maximum 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.silverthorne's attorney, brian drummond, said he was shocked the court ruled to hold the former politician until june given that silverthorne has no prior record of drug charges and that he wa






ex-virginia mayor pleads guilty in meth-for-sex sting


richard "scott" silverthorne, mayor of fairfax, va., is shown in a booking photo following his arrested aug. 4, 2016, on charges of distribution of methamphetamine.(photo: fairfax county pd) 2981 connectlinkedinemailmorefairfax, va. — a former virginia mayor pleaded guilty monday to a felony drug distribution charge after local police arrested him in august for selling methamphetamine to undercover officers in exchange for group sex.ex-fairfax mayor richard "scott" silverthorne, 51, is to remain in custody until a june 9 sentencing hearing where he faces a maximum 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.silverthorne's attorney, brian drummond, said he was shocked the court ruled to hold the former politician until june given that silverthorne has no prior record of drug charges and that he






ex-virginia mayor pleads guilty in meth-for-sex sting


richard "scott" silverthorne, mayor of fairfax, va., is shown in a booking photo following his arrested aug. 4, 2016, on charges of distribution of methamphetamine.(photo: fairfax county pd)connectlinkedinemailmorefairfax, va. — a former virginia mayor pleaded guilty monday on a felony drug distribution charge after local police arrested him in august for selling methamphetamine to undercover officers in exchange for group sex.ex-fairfax mayor richard "scott" silverthorne, 51, is to remain in custody until a june 9 sentencing hearing where he faces a maximum 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.silverthorne's attorney, brian drummond, said he was shocked the court ruled to hold the former politician until june given that silverthorne has no prior record of drug charges and that he was re






the latest: victim shocked by utah judge remark in rape case


provo, utah — the latest on a utah judge who called a convicted rapist an "extraordinary, good man" while sentencing him (all times local):7:35 p.m.a woman says she is shocked by a utah judge's comments in which he called a man convicted of sexually assaulting her a "good man" during his sentencing hearing.julia kirby said friday that judge thomas low appeared to care more about the person he was convicting than he did about the victims. she plans to file an official complaint against him in the hopes of getting him removed as a judge."the court has no doubt that mr. vallejo is an extraordinarily good man," low said during the sentencing. "but great men sometimes do bad things."a jury found vallejo guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape.kirby said she was






road-rage confrontation: killer of ex-saint faces sentencing


new orleans — the man who killed former new orleans saints star will smith in an argument following a traffic crash avoided a mandatory life sentence last year when a jury convicted him of manslaughter instead of second-degree murder.but 29-year-old cardell hayes may still be locked away for a very long time if prosecutors get their way at wednesday's sentencing hearing.new orleans district attorney leon cannizzaro has said he believes hayes deserves a 60-year sentence: the maximum of 40 years for smith's death, followed by another 20 years for wounding smith's wife, racquel.the hearing in state district judge camille buras' courtroom in new orleans is likely to echo the drama of hayes's december trial. that trial was attended by saints stars past and present.






new sentencing hearing set for friend of church shooter


charleston, s.c. — a new sentencing hearing has been set for a man who police say failed to warn authorities about his friend's plans to kill black worshippers at a charleston church.court records show 22-year-old joey meek is due in court march 21. meek has pleaded guilty to failing to report dylann roof's plans and lying to federal authorities.prosecutors sought a stiff sentence for meek. they argued his failure to tell authorities about roof's plans to start a race war by killing black churchgoers prevented police from possibly thwarting the massacre.but a judge on monday ruled meek can only be sentenced for what he did after the june 2015 slayings of nine parishioners at emanuel ame, not before. federal guidelines allow for a sentence of from 27 to 33 months.






judgment day nears for survivalist who killed pa. officer


sentencing hearing begins thursday for the sniper who sparked a massive, seven-week manhunt.        






ex-saints star’s killer faces sentencing, but delay possible


new orleans (ap) — it was a road-rage confrontation that cost former new orleans saints star will smith his life. now, more than a year later, the man who pumped eight bullets into smith is close to learning his punishment.cardell hayes, 29, appeared to have caught something of a break at his december trial when a jury rejected the prosecution’s push for a second-degree murder verdict, which would have meant mandatory life in prison.but new orleans district attorney leon cannizzaro said soon afterward that he believes hayes deserves a 60-year sentence: the maximum 40 years for smith’s death, to be followed by another 20 for attempted manslaughter in the wounding of smith’s wife racquel.hayes is scheduled for a sentencing hearing wednesday in the courtroom of state district judge camille bu






judge bars cameras from scarsella's sentencing for protest shooting


a hennepin county judge has barred video recording during the sentencing next week for allen scarsella, the man convicted of shooting five jamar clark protesters.judge hilary caligiuri denied the media's request to have cameras in the courtroom, saying video coverage of his sentencing would make scarsella "a likely target for retribution.""the safety and well-being of defendant and members of his family may be adversely affected by the video recording and broadcast of the sentencing proceedings," she wrote.scarsella fought the media's request to video record his sentencing, with his lawyers arguing that it would put him in more danger when he is sent to prison. during a hearing on feb. 24, james shiffer, a star tribune editor, argued for allowing cameras in the courtroom, saying it would f






judge bars cameras from allen scarsella's sentencing for protest shooting


a hennepin county judge has barred video recording during the sentencing next week for allen scarsella, the man convicted of shooting five jamar clark protesters.judge hilary caligiuri denied the media’s request to have cameras in the courtroom, saying video coverage of his sentencing would make scarsella “a likely target for retribution.”“the safety and well-being of defendant and members of his family may be adversely affected by the video recording and broadcast of the sentencing proceedings,” she wrote.scarsella fought the media’s request to video-record his sentencing, with his lawyers arguing that it would put him in more danger when he is sent to prison. during a hearing on feb. 24, james shiffer, a star tribune editor, argued for allowing cameras in the courtroom, saying it would f






ex-saints star's killer faces sentencing, but delay possible


new orleans — it was a road-rage confrontation that cost former new orleans saints star will smith his life. now, more than a year later, the man who pumped eight bullets into smith is close to learning his punishment.cardell hayes, 29, appeared to have caught something of a break at his december trial when a jury rejected the prosecution's push for a second-degree murder verdict, which would have meant mandatory life in prison.but new orleans district attorney leon cannizzaro said soon afterward that he believes hayes deserves a 60-year sentence: the maximum 40 years for smith's death, to be followed by another 20 for attempted manslaughter in the wounding of smith's wife racquel.hayes is scheduled for a sentencing hearing wednesday in the courtroom of state district judge camille buras.






citing safety, judge bars cameras from scarsella's sentencing for protest shooti


a hennepin county judge has barred video recording during the sentencing next week for allen scarsella, the man convicted of shooting five jamar clark protesters.judge hilary caligiuri denied the media’s request to have cameras in the courtroom, saying video coverage of his sentencing would make scarsella “a likely target for retribution.”“the safety and well-being of defendant and members of his family may be adversely affected by the video recording and broadcast of the sentencing proceedings,” she wrote.scarsella fought the media’s request to video record his sentencing, with his lawyers arguing that it would put him in more danger when he is sent to prison. during a hearing on feb. 24, james shiffer, a star tribune editor, argued for allowing cameras in the courtroom, saying it would f






justices weigh defendants' right to own mental health expert


washington — the supreme court seemed closely divided monday about whether an alabama death row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because he did not have a mental health expert on his side when he was tried and sentenced to death more than 30 years ago.the court has ruled previously that poor defendants whose mental health might be a factor in the criminal charges they are facing have a right to an expert's evaluation. the justices are deciding whether the expert must be independent of the prosecution.the outcome also could affect two arkansas inmates who were spared execution last week by the arkansas supreme court while the nation's highest court considers the issue.the question mainly arises in older cases because poor criminal defendants today, even in alabama, routinely get a






sentencing delayed for retired saints star's killer


new orleans — sentencing for the man who fatally shot former new orleans saints star will smith has been delayed.cardell hayes was scheduled for sentencing on monday. however, state district judge camille buras granted a defense attorneys' request for more time thursday.no new date was set. a status hearing was scheduled for march 30.smith was killed in a traffic confrontation in new orleans last april. the 29-year-old hayes claimed self-defense but a jury convicted him of manslaughter, and attempted manslaughter for wounding smith's wife.prosecutors have said they'll seek the maximum 60-year sentence — 40 years for manslaughter, plus 20 years for attempted manslaughter.defense attorneys said they need more time to prepare and get documents from another lawyer who worked on hayes' appeal,






appeals court again hearing arguments on ex-gov. rod blagojevich's sentence


after two criminal trials, a pair of sentencing hearings and nearly four years of appeals, former gov. rod blagojevich is facing what could be his last hurrah in court tuesday when a federal appeals court in chicago once again takes up his sweeping corruption case.blagojevich's attorneys have asked the 7th u.s. circuit court of appeals to order a new sentencing hearing, arguing that u.s. district judge james zagel failed to take into account glowing letters from fellow prisoners and all of the ex-governor's good works while behind bars when he resentenced him last august to 14 years in prison.lawyers for blagojevich are also asking for a rehearing before the 7th circuit on legal issues pertaining to his conviction, arguing that the appeals court's prior ruling contained a legal error, cour






court promptly denies blagojevich request for 3rd sentencing


chicago — an appeals court in chicago took just three days to reject a request from imprisoned former illinois gov. rod blagojevich for another sentencing hearing, agreeing his 14-year prison term for corruption was a stiff punishment but was well within the sentencing judge's discretion.the 7th u.s. circuit court of appeals' unanimous friday ruling also dismissed arguments that judge james zagel should have shortened the prison term in august because of blagojevich's good behavior mentoring follow inmates and even putting together a band, "the jailhouse rockers."the defeat dashes one of the 60-year-old's last hopes of winning his freedom anytime soon. it's rare for rulings to be posted so quickly — an indication the judges considered this an easy decision. the supreme court in 2016 refuse






new sentencing hearing set for friend of church shooter


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records: guilty plea for woman in sandy hook parent threat


fort lauderdale, fla. (ap) — court documents show a florida woman is set to plead guilty to threatening the parent of a boy killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in newtown, connecticut, because she thought it was a hoax.a federal judge wednesday set a change of plea and sentencing hearing for 57-year-old lucy richards. she previously pleaded not guilty to charges of transmitting threats to lenny pozner, father of 6-year-old noah pozner who died in the sandy hook school shooting.the plea and sentencing hearing is set for march 29 in fort lauderdale federal court. details of the plea were not announced.others linked to the sandy hook massacre have reported harassment by conspiracy theorists who argue it was staged to erode support for second amendment gun rights.most read storiesunli






aurora man convicted in bid to aid terrorists wants to fire lawyer, be sentenced


an aurora man facing up to 15 years in prison for plotting to join an al-qaida-affiliated terrorist group has told a federal judge he wants to fire his legal team and represent himself at his upcoming sentencing hearing.abdella ahmad tounisi made the request in a letter posted on the court docket tuesday. he is scheduled to be sentenced next month by u.s. district judge samuel der-yeghiayan.in the one-page, typed letter, tounisi, who has been in federal custody since his arrest in april 2013, cited a "breakdown of trust, conflict of interest and breakdown of communication" with his current lawyers as reasons for why he wants to go ahead without legal representation.tounisi, now 22, did not elaborate about the broken relationship but said he understood the consequences of presenting his own






would he be imprisoned if he returns?


by anthony mccartneylos angeles (ap) — a judge is scheduled to hear new arguments from roman polanski’s lawyer about why the fugitive director’s long-running underage sex case should be drawn to a close.roman polanski, 2015. (ap photo/alik keplicz, file) polanski’s lawyer has asked a judge to unseal testimony in the case, and also signal whether the oscar winner would face any additional time if he were to return to los angeles for sentencing in the fugitive director’s unlawful sex with a minor case. prosecutors argue polanski, who fled on the eve of sentencing in 1978, must return to a los angeles courtroom for the case to be resolved.monday’s hearing will be the first one in polanski’s criminal case in seven years. it features an entirely new set of eyes on the case — it is the first tim






schmelzer sentenced to 45 years in prison for grandmother's murder


a texas man gave an angry, ranting elocution citing the bible, supreme court cases and proclaiming he is innocent of killing his grandmother, but his words failed to sway a judge from sentencing him to 45 years in prison."i am innocent and i should not lose one more day of my life," richard schmelzer, 44, said during his sentencing hearing thursday before sixteenth circuit associate judge linda abrahamson. "i loved my grandmother. she was my best friend. i did not do this. this is ridiculous."schmelzer was convicted earlier this year of murder in the stabbing death of his grandmother, mildred "dodie" darrington, in july 2014. her body was discovered in her east dundee home after she missed a regular hair appointment.prosecutors said schmelzer drove from his texas home to his grandmother's






judge to hear new arguments in long-running polanski case


los angeles (ap) — a judge is scheduled to hear new arguments from roman polanski’s lawyer about why the fugitive director’s long-running underage sex case should be drawn to a close.polanski’s lawyer has asked a judge to unseal testimony in the case, and also signal whether the oscar winner would face any additional time if he were to return to los angeles for sentencing in the fugitive director’s unlawful sex with a minor case. prosecutors argue polanski, who fled on the eve of sentencing in 1978, must return to a los angeles courtroom for the case to be resolved.monday’s hearing will be the first one in polanski’s criminal case in seven years. it features an entirely new set of eyes on the case — it is the first time judge scott gordon, prosecutor michele hanisee and polanski’s attorney






judge to hear new arguments in long-running polanski case


los angeles — a judge is scheduled to hear new arguments from roman polanski's lawyer about why the fugitive director's long-running underage sex case should be drawn to a close.polanski's lawyer has asked a judge to unseal testimony in the case, and also signal whether the oscar winner would face any additional time if he were to return to los angeles for sentencing in the fugitive director's unlawful sex with a minor case. prosecutors argue polanski, who fled on the eve of sentencing in 1978, must return to a los angeles courtroom for the case to be resolved.monday's hearing will be the first one in polanski's criminal case in seven years. it features an entirely new set of eyes on the case — it is the first time judge scott gordon, prosecutor michele hanisee and polanski's attorney harl






attorneys dispute sex offender registration for san jose cat killer


a judge said today she wants to hear from a psychologist before deciding whether a san jose man who awaits sentencing for killing 21 cats should one day register as a sex offender for also having sexually abused them.although prosecutors were ready to put an animal control officer on the stand at the pre-sentencing hearing, santa clara county superior court judge sharon a. chatman indicated she’d like a psychologist who examined robert roy farmer, 25, for his defense team testify as well.“hearing from both these experts would be helpful in making a determination,” chatman said. “what is important for this court is to make sure i have all the information to make a reasoned and fair decision.”chatman then rescheduled the hearing to april 7.asked what kind of restrictions farmer could face wh






man who strangled girlfriend can't watch as dupage judge gives him 40 years


after meting out violence to women over three decades, a man who strangled his girlfriend in 2014 decided friday he could not face the victims of his abuse.dean norris, 61, opted not to attend his dupage county sentencing hearing for the murder of vanessa cross, and he wasn't in the courtroom when judge liam brennan handed down the 40-year sentence that will likely keep norris imprisoned for the rest of his life.before the witnesses were called, norris was temporarily brought into court, at brennan's insistence, and said that the hearing would be too traumatic for him. he did say he accepted responsibility for cross' death, and said "i'm sorry" to cross' daughter and other family members who had come to court.at the end of a long sentencing hearing, the judge said he believed norris was re






defense seeks to delay walsh sentencing after new accusations


federal prosecutors say suffolk county conservative party leader edward walsh cheated the county out of hundreds of thousands of dollars more than what they previously asserted and tried to influence the testimony of three potential trial witnesses. walsh has not been charged with any crime associated with those accusations, contained in a pre-sentence prosecution memo cited in defense papers. but, under the law, a judge can consider such assertions when weighing a sentence and walsh’s defense team says the new allegations should delay his sentencing scheduled for friday. most popularwalsh, who was a lieutenant in the suffolk county sheriff’s department, was convicted last april in federal court in central islip of wire fraud and theft of government services. prosecutors said he illegally






prosecutors urge judge to reject latest polanski motion


los angeles (ap) — prosecutors on wednesday urged a judge to reject roman polanski’s effort to unseal testimony in his long-running sex with an underage girl unless the fugitive director returns to a los angeles courtroom.the filing argues that polanski remains a fugitive and other judges have already ruled to keep the testimony sealed based on requests by former lawyers for the oscar winner.polanski’s attorney filed the motion last month seeking to unseal the testimony of the first prosecutor who handled his 1977 unlawful sex with a minor case.polanski’s lawyer harland braun has said the testimony could be crucial in resolving the case and getting polanski to return for sentencing if he has assurances he won’t have to do additional time behind bars.most read storiesunlimited digital acces






prosecutors urge judge to reject latest polanski motion


los angeles (ap) — prosecutors on wednesday urged a judge to reject roman polanski’s effort to unseal testimony in his long-running sex with a minor case unless the fugitive director returns to a los angeles courtroom.the filing argues that polanski remains a fugitive and other judges have already ruled to keep the testimony sealed based on requests by former lawyers for the oscar winner.polanski’s attorney filed the motion last month seeking to unseal the testimony of the first prosecutor who handled his 1977 unlawful sex with a minor case.polanski’s lawyer harland braun has said the testimony could be crucial in resolving the case and getting polanski to return for sentencing if he has assurances he won’t have to do additional time behind bars.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $






trump praises immigration raids as a 'military operation'


the supreme court rejected the use of "racial stereotypes" in death penalty cases wednesday, reopening the case of a black man in texas who was sentenced to die after his jury was told african americans are more likely than whites to commit crimes. chief justice john g. roberts jr. said this testimony had no place in a sentencing hearing and "appealed to the racial stereotype that black men are prone to violence." "our laws punish people for what they do, not for who they are," the chief justice said in the courtroom. the 6-2 decision faults texas authorities for refusing to give a new sentencing hearing to duane buck, a houston man who was convicted of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend and seriously injuring her new boyfriend in 1995. buck was found guilty of murder, but when his jur






ontario woman told sex shop clerk she had hiv before lunging at him with needle


a woman found guilty of two thefts and threatening with a needle will have her day of reckoning at the sudbury courthouse on may 2, whether she is physically in court or not.“there will be an order i’m not opposed to,” shawana’s lawyer, denis michel, told ontario court justice karen lische wednesday concerning his client naomi shawana, who has refused to attend court on numerous occasions in recent months for her sentencing involving two armed robberies in january, 2016. “she will be brought (over) voluntarily or involuntarily. i will attend the jail to explain to her that if she will not attend, the court will proceed in her absence.”a visibly frustrated assistant crown attorney kenrick abbott said shawana cannot delay her sentencing any longer.“this is the fifth or sixth time she has ref






supreme court rejects use of 'racial stereotypes' in death penalty cases


the supreme court rejected the use of "racial stereotypes" in death penalty cases wednesday, reopening the case of a black man in texas who was sentenced to die after his jury was told african americans are more likely than whites to commit crimes. chief justice john g. roberts jr. said this testimony had no place in a sentencing hearing and "appealed to the racial stereotype that black men are prone to violence." "our laws punish people for what they do, not for who they are," the chief justice said in the courtroom. the 6-2 decision faults texas authorities for refusing to give a new sentencing hearing to duane buck, a houston man who was convicted of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend and seriously injuring her new boyfriend in 1995. buck was found guilty of murder, but when his jur






utah judge at rape sentencing: ex-mormon bishop a 'good man'


provo, utah — a utah judge is facing a deluge of complaints after calling a former mormon bishop convicted of rape an "extraordinarily good man" who did something wrong, a judicial oversight organization said friday.the criticism began around the time judge thomas low let keith robert vallejo out of custody after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape, said jennifer yim, executive director of the utah judicial performance evaluation commission.but yim said most of the roughly 40 emails, six voicemails and some facebook messages filed since late march came after low sentenced vallejo to up to life in prison and seemed to get emotional during the hearing."the court has no doubt that mr. vallejo is an extraordinarily good man," low said duri






utah judge calls ex-mormon bishop 'a good man' at rape sentencing hearing


a hobart man was sentenced thursday to five years for criminal confinement involving a former girlfriend.gage patrick ringer, 25, admitted in court in january that he picked up the woman at her home after agreeing to give her a ride to work because she had car trouble. on the way there, ringer...






judge puts woman in jail for heckling during dui sentencing


a judge handling the case of a deadly dui didn’t tolerate any disrespect when she kicked out a couple for laughing. footage from judge qiana lillard’s sentencing for amanda kosal’s trial has gone viral due to the judge’s quick and honorable duty to the victim’s family.read systemic racism the cause for achievement gap between white and latino students?click on detriot reports kosal was in courtroom 502 thursday (feb. 23) for a sentencing hearing. the 26-year-old admitted she was drunk in june of 2016 when her vehicle collided with an suv, killing father of five jerome zirker and injuring his fiancé, brittany johnson. as kosal cried during testimonies from the victim’s family, snickers and whispers were heard from her mother donna kosal and her boyfriend. after lillard had both parties remo






utah judge at rape sentencing: ex-mormon bishop a 'good man'


provo, utah — a woman says she is shocked by a utah judge's comments in which he called a former mormon bishop convicted of sexually assaulting her a "good man" during his sentencing hearing.julia kirby said friday that judge thomas low appeared to care more for her attacker than he did about her."he only cared about the person he was convicting, and i think that is really kind of despicable," said the 23-year-old kirby, who has given the associated press permission to publish her namelow sentenced keith robert vallejo to up to life in prison this week after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape.kirby said she was 19 when vallejo, a relative, groped her multiple times when she stayed at his house while attending brigham young university