Jury group – Trial Jury http://trial-jury.org/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 20:04:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://trial-jury.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png Jury group – Trial Jury http://trial-jury.org/ 32 32 CME group loses key legal battle in potentially costly lawsuit for trader https://trial-jury.org/cme-group-loses-key-legal-battle-in-potentially-costly-lawsuit-for-trader/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 19:05:09 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/cme-group-loses-key-legal-battle-in-potentially-costly-lawsuit-for-trader/

The plaintiffs allege that CME violated members’ rights when it moved its main electronic trading platform to Chicago’s western suburb of Aurora in 2012. One such benefit for members was lower trading fees. , but the Aurora system often resulted in a leveling of fees between members and non-members, and in some cases, charging lower fees to non-members, according to the lawsuit.

CME’s efforts to dismiss the lawsuit were unsuccessful, and now he has lost his offer to avoid class certification. Much of the legal discovery has taken place in the meantime, finally highlighting the resolution of this long-standing dispute.

The company nevertheless continues to take a hard line. “This case is without merit and CME Group will continue to vigorously defend itself against these allegations,” a spokeswoman said in an email.

At the heart of the dispute is what these longtime traders see as fundamental betrayal after paving the way for exchanges, originally owned by members, to go public and combine. In many other similar cases, like the New York Stock Exchange or Nymex, the exchanges bought out memberships when they migrated from member-owned platforms to publicly traded companies. CME kept memberships intact and promised members would continue to benefit, according to plaintiffs’ attorneys.

The result was the opposite. A membership worth over $ 1 million in 2007 when CME acquired CBOT is now worth a few hundred thousand dollars, according to attorney Steve Morrissey, a partner at Susman Godfrey, who represents the plaintiffs. Meanwhile, CME shares have risen significantly.

With thousands of members affected, damages could reach hundreds of millions or more if a jury concludes that the decline in members’ value is due to what plaintiffs say is a violation of CME’s agreement with them.

CME’s annual net income from 2018 to 2020 averaged $ 2.1 billion, to put the consequences of such large potential damage into context.

Many of the plaintiffs are former traders from the days of the public outcry, when Chicago’s noisy raw material pits were regularly featured in documentaries about the city and its unique features. They are now in their sixties or sixties in many cases and considered that the nuggets and retirement assets of membership should be passed on to their heirs.

While the group’s certification is a critical step – and often in other class actions such a decision leads to settlement discussions – there is no indication that it will happen anytime soon. There are more discoveries to be made even though a good game has taken place.

Determining the damage, if CME is found responsible, is complicated. The judge in the case, Celia Gamrath, made it clear that different types of memberships (former Board of Trade members versus those of Merc, for example) would be entitled to different treatment if CME were found liable.

But, she wrote in the decree of December 3: “This court concludes that a class action is the most effective way to resolve this controversy. While there are different rights and privileges associated with different divisions and Series B shares, the creation of nine sub-categories to address these variations makes this case manageable and suitable as a class action lawsuit.

The case will also move to a different division within the Cook County system and a different judge, now that it is heading towards a potential trial. This judge will have to rule on a future motion for summary judgment by then.

A trial would not be likely until 2023 at the earliest.

For CME, however, the choice may well be to take a shot at a Cook County jury given all the time that has passed and the impairment suffered by aging members.

Lawyer for animal rights group convicted of taking goat from Sospiro Goat Ranch https://trial-jury.org/lawyer-for-animal-rights-group-convicted-of-taking-goat-from-sospiro-goat-ranch/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 23:04:32 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/lawyer-for-animal-rights-group-convicted-of-taking-goat-from-sospiro-goat-ranch/

Wayne Hsiung, along with deputy lawyer Jonathan Frohnmayer and paralegal Erica Wilson, speaks outside the Transylvania County Courthouse on November 29, 2021.

A jury found Wayne Hsiung guilty on Monday of theft and breaking and entering charges for taking a goat at Sospiro Goat Ranch in 2018.

Hsiung – a lawyer and co-founder of animal rights activism group Direct Action Everywhere – claimed he saved the goat to receive veterinary treatment for pneumonia and did not steal it. He appeared in Transylvanian County Court before Judge Peter Knight.

Hsiung told The Times-News that he plans to appeal. “I feel it’s bittersweet – I’m free,” he said. “On the other hand, there are so many animals still in pain and in captivity. The purpose from the start of it all was to encourage the government to take these animal cruelty situations a little more seriously in this area. the farms.”

Hsiung added that he was not allowed by Knight to explain to the court why he took the goat and that the jury “was given such a selective examination of the evidence”, including the exclusion of the testimony, he said. -he declares.

Before the trial began last week, Hsiung filed a motion to dismiss the charges on the grounds that under North Carolina theft law animals are people and not property, he said. declared. Knight denied the request.

Knight sentenced Hsiung to 24 months probation and restitution to ranch owners as well as consecutive suspended prison terms for each charge, meaning he will not serve time behind bars, according to the attorney general of District Andrew Murray.

“He was an activist lawyer who came here from California to break our laws and flaunt our laws and stole a goat from a farmer,” Murray said. “I am delighted that I condemned him and that he has consequences for his actions.”

Murray spoke about the case for Assistant District Attorneys Robert Brackett and Jason Hayes, who were the prosecutors.

An article on the ranch website says, “We run a small family farm and are responsible caretakers of the animals in our care. Our goats have 5 hectares of green pastures and graze to which they have free access and receive a balanced diet. Mothers with babies are safely protected. Dry stalls in a spacious barn that was built just for them. “

The post alleges that the baby goat developed pneumonia after being caught and malnourished by Direct Action Everywhere.

Lurah Lowery is the education and municipal government watchdog reporter for the Hendersonville Times-News, part of the USA Today Network. Twitter: @lurahlowery. Concerns or story ideas? Email Lurah at llowery@gannett.com.

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Pamplin Media Group – Trial Scheduled for Oregon Police Officer Charged with Drunken Misconduct https://trial-jury.org/pamplin-media-group-trial-scheduled-for-oregon-police-officer-charged-with-drunken-misconduct/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/pamplin-media-group-trial-scheduled-for-oregon-police-officer-charged-with-drunken-misconduct/

Judge Theodore Sims has granted a motion for a continuation of Teets’ trial to be delayed until after the trial of fellow officer and witness Bradley Schuetz.

A Washington County judge has tentatively set the trial of Forest Grove police officer Steven Teets for February 9.

Teets was originally scheduled to stand trial on December 15 for a pair of second-degree misdemeanors – criminal misconduct and disorderly conduct. In a hearing on Friday, November 26, Washington County Circuit Judge Theodore Sims granted an extension motion filed by Teets’ attorney to have his trial delayed until after the trial of his fellow officer. and witness Bradley Schuetz.

Teets’ accusations date back to the early morning of October 31, 2020, when, according to police records, he stormed a Forest Grove residence that displayed a Black Lives Matter flag, knocked on the door and put the residents challenged to come out and fight. According to a report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Forest Grove officers who answered the 911 call told MPs they found Teets walking down the street and so “very drunk” that his words were. largely unintelligible and he did not acknowledge that any of the agents who responded were a longtime friend. Beaverton Police investigated the incident and charged Schuetz, who brought Teets home that morning, with first degree misconduct. Schuetz was indicted by a grand jury in May.

According to the prorogation motion, Schuetz’s attorney, Steven Meyers, told Ashton that Schuetz would invoke Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to testify at Teets’ trial before his own trial goes to trial. Meyers did not respond to calls and texts for comment. Schuetz’s trial is scheduled for January 19.

“Normally, it is in the interests of the criminal defense that the arresting officer is not available for trial. In this case, it is exactly the opposite. It is essential for my case. client, ”Teets’ attorney Derrick Ashton said in court on Friday.

Washington County Assistant District Attorney Matt Lehman has expressed concern that if Schuetz is convicted and then appealed, Teets’ defense could continue to try to delay the trial for years while waiting for the end of the trial. the other case, asking Sims to consider the possibility that Teets’ trial could take place without Schuetz as a witness.

“If the other trial ends in a conviction, Fifth Amendment rights would still apply on appeal until all cases are resolved. It could take a very long time,” Lehman said in court on Friday. “We fear that we will continue to do this over and over again.”

Outside the courtroom, Ashton and Lehman declined to answer questions about the details of the pending case.

Under state law, Teets is still on paid administrative leave from the Forest Grove Police Department, pending an internal city investigation separate from the criminal investigation.

Weeks before the Oct. 31 incident, Teets used a stun gun in a fatal encounter with Forest Grove resident James Marshall.

According to court records, Teets used the stun gun one to three times on Marshall as he was experiencing what family members describe as a mental health crisis and holding a flag pole in a doorway in the city. ‘church. The incident was investigated by the Washington County Attorney’s Office and Teets was not criminally convicted of Marshall’s death.

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]]> Jailed neo-Nazi anti-LGBT + terror group ‘propaganda chief’ https://trial-jury.org/jailed-neo-nazi-anti-lgbt-terror-group-propaganda-chief/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 13:08:21 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/jailed-neo-nazi-anti-lgbt-terror-group-propaganda-chief/ Ben Raymond, co-founder of the neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action. (BBC)

The co-founder and “propaganda chief” of the neo-Nazi anti-LGBT + terrorist group National Action has been jailed after promoting “extreme racial violence” among young people.

In 2013, Ben Raymond, 32, co-founded National Action, a neo-Nazi group described as “virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic” by the Interior Ministry.

He went on to become “propaganda chief” for the group, which was banned in 2016 under the Terrorism Act 2000, making it the first far-right group to be banned since World War II. .

After the terrorist group was banned, Raymond helped the organization mutate into a new group called “NS131 – National Socialist Anti-Capitalist Action”, according to the Press Association.

In Bristol Crown Court, Raymond was convicted by a jury of being a member of the banned terrorist group, as well as two counts of possession of a document or a record of use by a terrorist .

The documents were “2083 – Declaration of European Independence” by Anders Breivik, a far-right Norwegian terrorist, and published on the same day he committed the deadliest mass shooting in history, and “Homemade Detonators By Ragnar Benson. He was acquitted of four similar charges.

Judge Christopher Parker QC has given Raymond an extended sentence of 10 years, including two years with a license, and he will be watched for 15 years under the notification requirements of the Terrorism Act.

He must serve at least five years and four months behind bars before he can be granted parole.

Condemning Raymond, Parker said he used propaganda material to recruit and “prepare” young people.

“You intended the material to be used to recruit new members, and in particular new young members,” he said.

“It is clear that this propaganda material was aimed at these young people. Indeed, these young people risked being led by your material to commit acts of extreme racial violence. [with] which Action Nationale undoubtedly had sympathy.

In 2015, Raymond was interviewed by the BBC for a show called Radicals: the proud racist.

In the interview, he said that an “ideal Britain should be a white Britain”, and said he was a “comfortable racist”. He also called National Action “Nazi and proud,” and said Hitler was a “role model.”

US diplomats’ iPhones reportedly compromised by NSO group intrusion software • The Register https://trial-jury.org/us-diplomats-iphones-reportedly-compromised-by-nso-group-intrusion-software-the-register/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 01:54:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/us-diplomats-iphones-reportedly-compromised-by-nso-group-intrusion-software-the-register/

Apple iPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department officials have been compromised by an unidentified entity using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, according to a report by Reuters on Friday.

NSO Group in an email to The register said he blocked an anonymous customer’s access to his system after receiving a request for information about the incident, but has not yet confirmed whether his software was involved.

“Once the request was received, and before any investigation under our compliance policy, we decided to immediately terminate the access of affected customers to the system, due to the seriousness of the allegations,” said a door – words from NSO. The register in an email. “At this point, we have not received any information or phone numbers or any indication that NSO tools were used in this case.”

The Israeli company, recently sanctioned by the United States for allegedly offering its intrusion software to repressive regimes and sued by Apple and Meta’s WhatsApp (Facebook) for allegedly supporting their customers’ hacking, said it would cooperate with any relevant government authority and convey what it learns from its investigation of the incident.

The spyware company insisted it was unaware of the targets designated by customers using its software.

“To clarify, the installation of our software by the customer is done through phone numbers. As previously stated, NSO technologies cannot work on US numbers (+1),” the spokesperson said. by NSO. “Once the software is sold to the licensed customer, NSO has no way of knowing who the target customers are, as such we were not and could not have known about this matter.”

According to Reuters, the relevant State Department staff were based in or focused on issues related to that country and therefore had phone numbers with a foreign country prefix rather than the US prefix.

On November 23, when Apple announced its lawsuit against the NSO Group, the iPhone maker also noted that it will notify iPhone customers targeted by the state sponsored hack. On the same day, Norbert Mao, lawyer and chairman of the Democratic Party in Uganda, posted on twitter that he had received an Apple threat notification.

In June, the Washington Post reported that NSO’s Pegasus software was involved in the attempted or successful hacking of 37 phones belonging to journalists and rights activists, including two women close to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The report says the results undermined NSO Group’s claims that its software was only licensed for fighting terrorists and for law enforcement.

The same month, the NSO Group released its 2021 Transparency and Accountability Report [PDF], in which the company insists that its software is used exclusively against groups that have few allies like terrorists, criminals and pedophiles.

“Myth: Pegasus is a mass surveillance tool,” the report states. “Fact: Data is collected only from individual and pre-identified suspected criminals and terrorists. “

Numerous reports from cybersecurity and human rights research groups have contradicted this claim, not to mention the UN, EU and US claims about the company.

A spokesperson for the US State Department declined The register asked for confirmation of the Reuters report, but said the State Department took its responsibility to protect its information seriously. We were also told that the Biden-Harris administration was working to limit the use of digital tools of repression.

NSO Group maintains that it has turned down $ 300 million in revenue to date based on unresolved human rights issues and that between May 2020 and April 2021 it turned down 15% of new business opportunities for the same reason .

The company, which does not name its customers in its transparency and accountability report but includes many unassigned approval citations on its products, has yet to release documents to verify its claims. ®

US State Department phones hacked with NSO Group spyware https://trial-jury.org/us-state-department-phones-hacked-with-nso-group-spyware/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 19:37:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/us-state-department-phones-hacked-with-nso-group-spyware/ The State Department is trying to determine who had access to the pirated documents on these phones and how the hack happened, the U.S. official said. It is possible that this situation is the result of American employees getting new iPhones and Pegasus spyware remaining on devices even after they have been erased, the official added.

The State Department’s investigation is a sign that the flourishing market for hacking tools sold by private companies is increasingly a threat not only to human rights, but also to the national security of States- United.

Last month, the Commerce Department blacklisted NSO Group and another Israeli spyware firm, Candiru, accusing the companies of providing spyware to foreign governments that “used these tools to maliciously target” journalists, embassy workers and activists.

NSO Group’s leading spyware, known as Pegasus, is capable of remotely infecting cell phones and listening to calls or texts, security researchers say.

The State Department is in contact with Apple Inc regarding the situation, the official said.

Reuters first reported on the survey.

The State Department has not confirmed that the phones were hacked.

“While we are unable to confirm, generally speaking, the department takes seriously its responsibility to protect its information and continually takes steps to ensure that information is protected,” a spokesperson for the department said. ‘State. “Like any large organization in the world, we closely monitor cybersecurity conditions and continually update our security posture to adapt to changing adversaries’ tactics. “

The Biden administration is “extremely concerned that commercial spyware like NSO Group software poses a serious counterintelligence and security risk to US personnel,” a National Security Council spokesperson said , highlighting recent additions to the Treasury Department’s Entity List. There is also a government-wide effort to tackle commercial hacking tools, the spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for NSO Group said that after the company informed of the incident, it “decided to immediately terminate the access of affected customers to the system, due to the seriousness of the allegations.”

“At this stage, we have not received any information or phone numbers, or any indication that NSO tools were used in this case,” the statement from the NSO group continued. “In addition to the independent investigation, NSO will cooperate with any relevant government authority and present any information available to us.”

It is not known who used the spyware to target the phones of State Department employees.

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.

Apple and other U.S. tech companies have stepped up pressure on NSO Group over allegations of human rights and privacy violations – allegations the company denies.

Apple sued NSO Group last month for allegedly breaking federal anti-piracy law by selling Pegasus to customers, who allegedly used the software to spy on Apple customers. In a statement at the time, NSO Group did not address the lawsuit directly but said the company was providing “legal tools” to fight terrorists and criminals.

John Scott-Railton, a senior researcher at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab who investigated NSO spyware, said the latest revelation about the alleged targeting of State Department phones shows the Office of the diplomatic security department needs to do more to secure these devices.

“NSO has been an obvious threat to national security for years, and the fact that these violations have occurred and that Apple is required to make the notification, shows that the threat was not taken seriously enough,” said Scott-Railton to CNN.

Earlier this week, Uganda Democratic Party Chairman Norbert Mao said he had received an Apple notification that his phone was targeted.

“When you wake up to a threat notification from @Apple that your phone is being targeted, you know the cyber terrorism from state sponsored cyber terrorists is real,” he said. tweeted.

Sheriffs group denies MPD criticism by one of its directors https://trial-jury.org/sheriffs-group-denies-mpd-criticism-by-one-of-its-directors/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 19:34:04 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/sheriffs-group-denies-mpd-criticism-by-one-of-its-directors/

The head of the Minnesota Sheriffs Association distanced his organization from public comments made Wednesday by a member of its board of directors criticizing the Minneapolis Police Department.

Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer, who sits on the advisory board of the State Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, said wednesday that the Sheriff’s Association is “ready to write a letter saying that we absolutely denounce everything that happens with the Minneapolis Police Department.”

But Bill Hutton, executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association and a retired Washington County Sheriff, said the group had not considered writing such a letter and had not had any conversations about it.

Hutton said that although Deringer represents the association on the advisory board, his statement did not represent the views of the association.

“The comments that have been made by Sheriff Deringer are his comments,” Hutton said. “Sheriff Deringer is a very good leader and he is also very passionate. As you can imagine, these comments were made out of passion.

At the meeting, after being asked about statewide standards for disciplining police officers, Deringer broke the proverbial blue wall of silence and launched a three-minute rant about the MPD, claiming he had “finished” defending the ailing department after seeing body camera video Showing a SWAT team driving through Minneapolis in an unmarked van at night, firing rubber bullets at protesters without warning.

Deringer apologized to fellow advisory board members, saying he wrongly told them “cops don’t do that”, and said the MPD needed a “top-down” overhaul .

Minnesota’s 87 counties are divided into six districts, each represented by two sheriffs, who sit on the association’s board of directors. Deringer represents District 4 in central and eastern Minnesota.

Deringer did not respond to a request for comment. He said on Wednesday he asked officers during a recent in-house training whether they would expect to be fired if they behaved like MPD officers.

“All 160 of my cops understand that if they did something like this, they would fully expect them to be fired” he said. “I don’t need a criminal finding that they shot someone without cause with a bean bag. I’d kick them on the sidewalk faster than you can imagine.

When asked if Deringer’s comments caused any consternation within the association, Hutton said: “I have had conversations with sheriffs.” But he wouldn’t say how the association stands on the MPD issue, saying it’s like a family, with a lot of points of view.

When asked if Deringer was in trouble, Hutton said no.

“He’s a really nice guy, and he’s really passionate.”

Deringer was outraged by the bodycam videos made public during the The Jaleel Stallings affair showing MPD agents being told to “F *** up” protesters, then firing rubber bullets at protesters on Lake Street, celebrating the direct hits and having fun.

MPD agents did not tell investigators they fired first when they encountered Stallings, and their conflicting accounts of the incident were later contradicted by body camera footage. Stallings was acquitted by a jury of eight counts, including attempted murder. An internal investigation of the agents is currently underway.

When asked about Deringer’s criticism, MPD spokesman Garrett Parten said in an email: “Out of professional courtesy and out of respect for Sheriff Deringer’s leadership position, the Minneapolis Police Department reserves the right to right not to make public comments at this time.

British neo-Nazi group National Action ‘propaganda boss’ jailed | UK News https://trial-jury.org/british-neo-nazi-group-national-action-propaganda-boss-jailed-uk-news/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 14:50:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/british-neo-nazi-group-national-action-propaganda-boss-jailed-uk-news/

Man found guilty of acting as “propaganda boss” for a banned neo-Nazi terror group set up to wage a race war in Britain has been given a 10-year extension, including two years under license.

Ben Raymond, 32, in 2013 co-founded the “shameless racist” organization National Action, which promoted ethnic cleansing and attacks on LGBTQ + people and liberals.

It was banned under anti-terrorism legislation in December 2016, becoming the first far-right group to be banned from the British Union of Fascists in 1940. After the Home Office decision, Raymond, of Wiltshire, helped National Action grow into a new group. called NS131 – National Socialist Anticapitalist Action.

In Bristol Crown Court, Judge Christopher Parker QC sentenced Raymond to eight years in prison and an extended two-year license.

He will serve a minimum sentence of five years and four months in prison before being eligible for parole. It is also subject to the notification provisions of the Terrorism Act for 15 years.

In handing down the sentence, the judge said that National Action planned to recruit young people into its ranks and that Raymond’s role as the head of propaganda was to actually “prepare” them.

“You intended the material to be used to recruit new members, and in particular new young members,” he said. “It is clear that this propaganda material was aimed at these young people. Indeed, these young people risked being led by your material to commit acts of extreme racial violence. [with] which Action Nationale undoubtedly had sympathy.

Raymond, from Swindon, was convicted by a jury of being a member of a banned organization contrary to section 11 of the Terrorism Act. He was further convicted of two counts of possession of a document or record of use by a terrorist contrary to section 58 of the Act. He was acquitted of four other similar offenses.

Barra McGrory QC, defending, sought to distinguish National Action from terrorist groups such as the IRA and al-Qaida.

“The views of the organization are undoubtedly repugnant to many people in the UK,” he said. “This is an extremely small group of individuals who are not actually engaged in violent terrorist activities. It is also not an organization that has a structure in terms of organization in militarist guerrilla cells, like al-Qaida or the Irish Republican Army.

McGrory said that since Raymond was first arrested four years ago, his “world view” has changed, having formed a relationship and becoming a father.

The court heard that members of National Action had access to rifles, a shotgun, a machete, a crossbow and CS gas.

Prosecutor Barnaby Jameson QC compared Raymond to Hitler’s propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels and said he avoided planning attacks or accumulating weapons himself. Instead, Raymond has been described as the “public face” of national action.

In September 2015, Raymond gave an interview for a segment of the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire called Radicals: The Proud Racist. He told the interviewer that his ideal Britain was a “white Britain”, and claimed that people came to the UK “to replace, rape and murder our people”.

He has also written two books on his opinions. In his first, titled Attack !, he wrote: “We’re done mince words, now we need something that sets the blood ablaze and stirs up honor.

In his second book, A Case for Fascism, he writes: “No one has ever achieved anything by being ‘moderate’. No one has ever gone anywhere being “nice”.

CT group indicted in wave of AT&T store robberies https://trial-jury.org/ct-group-indicted-in-wave-of-att-store-robberies/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:41:31 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/ct-group-indicted-in-wave-of-att-store-robberies/ HARTFORD – Four Hartford men were charged this week over their roles in violent thefts from AT&T stores, federal prosecutors said.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury in Hartford released an indictment that charged Alex Josephs, 21, Ronaldo Smith, 23, Saquille Raymond, 23, and Deshawn Baugh, 19, with robbery and offenses with firearm stemming from a wave of thefts from AT&T stores earlier this year. in Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

Earlier this year, the FBI’s Connecticut Violent Crime Task Force and several police departments began investigating a group of individuals who authorities said were committing violent armed robberies at AT&T stores. of Connecticut.

Those involved entered stores shortly before the shutdown, pointed guns at employees, and in some cases whipped, dragged and pushed employees to the back inventory room, prosecutors said. The individuals then held the workers at gunpoint while filling large bags of cellphones and other electronic devices, prosecutors said.

During the celebration, prosecutors said, the group stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise.

Josephs, Smith, Raymond, Baugh and others robbed AT&T stores in Newington on January 29, Enfield on February 24, Canton on April 15 and West Springfield, Massachusetts on June 6, according to the indictment. He also said the group attempted to rob shops in Torrington on May 15 and Glastonbury on May 29, but were barred from the shops.

The four Hartford residents and a fifth person – identified by prosecutors as Saviana Bourne – were arrested on June 6 after fleeing West Springfield, Mass., In a robbery and leading police in a high-speed chase that took place was over when their vehicle collided with a Massachusetts State Police Police Car.

Prosecutors said that when authorities searched the vehicle, officers found a semi-automatic rifle, three handguns and goods taken in the theft.

The indictment charges Josephs, Smith, Raymond and Baugh with several counts of robbery and attempted robbery under the Hobbs Law, as well as each of them for brandishing a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime.

The four Hartford men have been detained in the state of Massachusetts since their arrest on June 6.

Bourne, 23, of Middletown, has been identified by prosecutors as the driver of the getaway vehicle that crashed on the day of their arrest. She pleaded guilty on November 30 in federal court in Hartford to conspiracy to commit robbery under the Hobbs Law, four counts of robbery under the Hobbs Law and two counts of attempted robbery under the Hobbs Law.

Pamplin Media Group – Private security guard charged with shooting in Lowe’s parking lot https://trial-jury.org/pamplin-media-group-private-security-guard-charged-with-shooting-in-lowes-parking-lot/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://trial-jury.org/pamplin-media-group-private-security-guard-charged-with-shooting-in-lowes-parking-lot/

Logan Gimbel killed Freddy Nelson during a May 29 clash in northeast Portland.

A Multnomah County grand jury indicted a man after a fatal shooting at a Lowe’s parking lot in northeast Portland in May.

Grand jury indicted Logan Gimbel, 28, with multiple counts, including second degree murder, endangering another person and mass unlawful use, District Attorney Mike Schmidt said. Thursday, December 2.

Gimbel has been charged with the murder of Freddy Nelson, 49, who was shot and killed on May 29 in the East Columbia neighborhood of Portland while Gimbel was on duty as an armed security guard hired to patrol businesses from the Delta Park area.

Nelson’s family filed a $ 25 million wrongful death claim, claiming Gimble was not certified by the state of Oregon and should not have carried a gun.

Nelson’s family lawyer Tom D’Amore said the 49-year-old was with his wife, Kari Nelson, when he was shot. D’Amore said Kari Nelson got out of their truck and was heading to Lowe’s garden center when, for some reason, Gimbel blocked their truck with his vehicle.

“He had them pinned in there, there was nowhere to go,” D’Amore said.

At one point, Kari Nelson got back into the truck and Gimbel allegedly told Freddy Nelson that he was going to “stop” him and deployed pepper spray or sledgehammer through a window.

“He was busy walking on the driver’s side, spraying sledgehammer in the car,” D’Amore said.

The lawsuit then alleges that Gimbel opened fire, killing Freddy Nelson. D’Amore said the death was harsh on the family, especially the couple’s two sons and Kari Nelson, who witnessed it.

“Just the fear of being right next to someone who has been shot four times, three times in the chest,” D’Amore said. “Just that horror; but when you know your husband was the one who was killed by that person, it’s amazing.”

“My thoughts are with the family of Freddy Nelson in the wake of this tragedy. We will work to prevent such a situation from happening again,” Schmidt said.

In Schmidt’s press release announcing the indictments, Senator Floyd Prozanski noted that “this case is not only devastating for the victim’s family, but it also reinforces the need to review the current level of de-escalation and tactical engagement that private security personnel receive to obtain their certification or license. We need to ensure that the private security industry adheres to modern best practices of de-escalation and tactical engagement.

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