Dance Moms star sentenced to prison
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Dance Moms star sentenced to prison

June 30, 2017 In late 2015, Miller was charged with hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy three years prior. She was also charged with smuggling in over $100,000 in foreign currency into the country without legally declaring it to customs. Miller pled guilty to bankruptcy fraud in the summer…

Reproductive technology and baby rights
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Reproductive technology and baby rights

May 31, 2017 Almost anything is possible in today’s age as far as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization is concerned. Unfortunately, very few laws exist to protect children born from these methods, and even fewer rights are afforded them, according to the author of a new book, “Babies of Technology: Assisted Reproduction and the…

Retail Bankruptcies Expected to Peak in 2017
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Retail Bankruptcies Expected to Peak in 2017

May 20, 2017 As of April, nine major retailers have already filed for bankruptcy in 2017, which will result in hundreds of stores closing. Retailers are running out of cash and are quickly approaching recessionary levels. Those that are staying in business are shutting down a record number of stores. Over the next few months,…

$243k Settlement in NJ Police Brutality Case
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$243k Settlement in NJ Police Brutality Case

May 10, 2017 Bloomfield Township, NJ agreed to pay a settlement of $243,250 to a man who says he nearly lost his ear during an arrest in April 2017. His complaint, available for public review at the NJ Civil Settlements blog, alleges that Rodolfo Crespo was arrested on drug-related charges on March 5, 2013. He was…

Judge allegedly aids escape of illegal immigrant
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Judge allegedly aids escape of illegal immigrant

April 30, 2017 An Oregon judge is under investigation for helping an illegal immigrant charged with a DUI leave the Multnomah County Court to avoid arrest by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents. Monica Herranz allegedly helped Diddier Pacheco, a 22 year-old undocumented Mexican-born construction worker, escape through her own private entrance while federal agents were…

Supreme Court abstains on transgender bathroom rights
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Supreme Court abstains on transgender bathroom rights

April 20, 2017 The Supreme Court decided not to rule on a high-profile transgender rights case on whether public schools should allow students to use bathrooms matching their gender identities. A hearing for the case originally scheduled for March 28 looked like it would be the biggest case of the court’s current term. However, the Trump…

Louisiana Sheriff’s office in brutality settlement
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Louisiana Sheriff’s office in brutality settlement

April 10, 2017 Bryce Hemstad, an ex-inmate of St. Tammany Parish, settled out of court with the Sheriff’s Office reference an assault case involving a deputy accused of brutality in March 2017. Hemsted’s attorney, Stephen Haedicke, would not release the details of the settlement but divulged that the confidential agreement would be completed within a…

Early bankruptcy discharge for musician 50 Cent
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Early bankruptcy discharge for musician 50 Cent

March 31, 2017 The rapper 50 Cent paid off more than $22 million, and a federal court discharged the bankruptcy in Hartford, Connecticut, in early February 2017. He originally filed bankruptcy in 2015, reporting assets of less than $20 with $36 million in debt. The court set a repayment plan in motion to the tune…

Elvis Presley granddaughters taken into protective custody
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Elvis Presley granddaughters taken into protective custody

March 20, 2017 Lisa Marie Presley claims that upsetting photographs of young children have been found on a computer that belonged to her husband, Michael Lockwood, resulting in the placement of her 8-year-old twin daughters into protective custody. Presley and Lockwood are separated. Presley reportedly found inappropriate video film and numerous photos on his computer….

Cuba Gooding, Jr. Files for Divorce
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Cuba Gooding, Jr. Files for Divorce

February 28, 2017 Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. separated from his wife, Sara Kapfer, on March 13, 2014 due to irreconcilable differences. On January 19, 2017, he finally responded, filing for divorce. The couple has been married for 22 years. Gooding, 49, is seeking physical and legal custody of the pair’s daughter, age 10. However, when…

Abby Lee Miller faces fraud charges
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Abby Lee Miller faces fraud charges

February 20, 2017 The star of “Dance Moms,” Abby Lee Miller, has much more trouble on her hands than dealing with the ultra-competitive moms and talented dance students on her hit reality television show. In June of 2016 in federal court, Miller pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud. Her sentencing hearing began on January 20 and…