Judge Throws Out Trump Campaign’s Pennsylvania Lawsuit

In this case, Trump’s campaign wanted the court to bar counties from using drop boxes or mobile sites to collect mail-in ballots.

HARRISBURG, PA — A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Saturday threw out a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s campaign, dismissing its challenges to the battleground state’s poll-watching law and its efforts to limit how mail-in ballots can be collected and which of them can be counted.

Trump’s campaign said it would appeal at least one element of the decision, with barely three weeks to go until Election Day in a state hotly contested by Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The lawsuit was opposed by the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, the state Democratic Party, the League of Women Voters, the NAACP’s Pennsylvania office and other allied groups.

“The court’s decision today affirms what we’ve long known, that Pennsylvania’s elections are safe, secure, and accurate, and residents can vote on Nov. 3rd with confidence that their votes will be counted and their voices heard,” Wolf’s office said in a statement. “The ruling is a complete rejection of the continued misinformation about voter fraud and corruption, and those who seek to sow chaos and discord ahead of the upcoming election.”

Source: Judge Throws Out Trump Campaign’s Pennsylvania Lawsuit

‘As fast as we can’ Pompeo says Clinton’s private server emails could be released before election | Just The News

“We’re doing it as fast as we can. I certainly think there will be more to see before the election,” Pompeo says

Addressing the timing of the potential release of the emails, Pompeo said, “We’re doing it as fast as we can. I certainly think there will be more to see before the election.”

President Trump said this week that he had declassified documents from the investigation into Clinton’s use of the private server for e-mail during her tenure as secretary of state, America’s top diplomat. There are reportedly as many as 33,000 e-mails from Clinton’s private server that haven’t been released publicly.

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Protesters March Against Decision Not To Charge Officer In Wauwatosa, Wis., Death : NPR

Demonstrators marched in Wauwatosa, Wis., Wednesday night to protest the decision not to charge a police officer in the killing of a Black 17-year-old youth in February.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah acted in self-defense by shooting Alvin Cole after police responded to a disturbance at a shopping mall. In a 14-page letter addressed to Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber, Chisholm presented details of the investigation into the incident and the reasons for his decision not to charge Mensah.

Chisholm said the investigation found that Cole had a stolen 9mm pistol which he displayed at the Mayfair Mall during an argument with another person. Chisholm said when police arrived and encountered Cole in the parking lot, he ran from officers, discharged the gun, refused to surrender it and was then fired on by Mensah.

“In this case,” concluded Chisholm, “there is sufficient evidence that Officer Mensah had an actual subjective belief that deadly force was necessary and that belief was objectively reasonable. I do not believe that the State could disprove self-defense or defense of others in this case and therefore could not meet the burden required to charge Officer Mensah.”

Source: Protesters March Against Decision Not To Charge Officer In Wauwatosa, Wis., Death : NPR

Start of Pennsylvania’s election is on hold because of ballot delay – CNNPolitics

CNN)In the latest sign of the chaos overshadowing the 2020 election, none of Pennsylvania’s counties will be able to send out ballots to voters Monday, the first day the critical battleground state allows counties to do so.

Due to a slew of lawsuits and other issues, the commonwealth, which has drawn intense interest from Democrats and Republicans after June’s disastrous primary, has not finalized its ballot less than eight weeks before Election Day.

Source: Start of Pennsylvania’s election is on hold because of ballot delay – CNNPolitics

Former Jeannette hemp processor leaves behind empty building, unpaid fine, jilted workers | TribLIVE.com

 

Patriot Shield started operating in the warehouse in September without getting an occupancy permit or building inspection from the city. Farmers brought their hemp crop there to be dried into smokable hemp flowers, which taste like marijuana but lack the THC necessary to get users high.

Neighbors complained about the odor that emanated from the warehouse for weeks. It brought up to 200 jobs, but many workers started protesting outside of the building after not receiving paychecks.

That issue still has not been rectified, two former employees told the Tribune-Review. The state Department of Labor and Industry’s Bureau of Labor Law Compliance performed an audit of the company, according to a letter obtained by the Trib. The department did not respond to a request for comment about the pay situation.

Source: Former Jeannette hemp processor leaves behind empty building, unpaid fine, jilted workers | TribLIVE.com

Chipotle sued by 2 Pittsburgh area women over alleged shortchanging attributed to coin shortage

What allegedly happened to two customers inside some Pittsburgh-area Chipotle restaurants — one in Hampton, another in Wexford — has them unhappy and headed to court.

“Chipotle has been for some time, we understand, shortchanging its customers,” claimed Frank Salpietro, the plaintiffs’ attorney, in a Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 interview.

The attorney is seeking to turn the case into a class action lawsuit.”Chipotle has misappropriated or, to put it colloquially, stolen the money from the customer. They should have given that money to the customer, instead they’re lining their own pockets,” Salpietro claimed.Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 sought comment from Chipotle corporate headquarters.

“If a restaurant is low on change as a result of the nationwide coin shortage, our policy is to only accept exact change or other non-cash forms of payment,” said Laurie Schalow, Chief Corporate Affairs and Food Safety Officer, Chipotle, in a written statement provided by the company. “Restaurants that are impacted have signage posted on the door as well as inside, and employees have been instructed to alert guests prior to ordering. We encourage customers to contact us immediately with any concerns so we can investigate and respond quickly to make things right.”

“That is not what Chipotle is doing in practice, and more importantly, telling someone in advance that they are going to steal their money doesn’t get you off the hook for actually stealing it,” claimed Salpietro when informed of the company’s statement. “A press release from corporate headquarters in California does not reflect what is actually happening in Pennsylvania.”

Source: Chipotle sued by 2 Pittsburgh area women over alleged shortchanging attributed to coin shortage

Charges announced against fentanyl trafficking gang operating in Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg

Officials are announcing criminal charges against more than two dozen people involved in a fentanyl trafficking gang operating in the City of Pittsburgh’s eastern neighborhoods and Wilkinsburg.

This extensive investigation was led by the FBI – Pittsburgh, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Pittsburgh Division, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Latrobe Police Department, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Munhall Police Department, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Allegheny County Probation, the Wilkinsburg Police Department, the Monroeville Police Department, and the Penn Hills Police Department.

Authorities indicted 26 gang members and six associates on numerous drug trafficking and weapons-related charges.

Twenty-three of them were arrested Thursday. Authorities seized $152,000 dollars in cash and a significant quantity of drugs including fentanyl and heroin.

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said the arrests are the latest in a series of efforts to break up gangs with ties to larger drug distributors along the east coast and midwest.

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Police: Daughter Upset With Her Mother’s Testimony Attacks Her At Westmoreland County Courthouse – CBS Pittsburgh

GREENSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — The Westmoreland County Courthouse is the ultimate place when it comes to law and order.

The Westmoreland County Courthouse is also a building full of every kind of emotion you can think of.

“It’s not unusual for emotions to be high in any of the courts actually, but it’s not common to get very physical in here,” Westmoreland County Park Police Chief Henry Fontana told KDKA’s Ross Guidotti.

There are exceptions, including what allegedly happened when 47-year-old Rhonda Cathers lost her cool outside family court. According to Chief Fontana, the victim turned out to be someone Cathers was very familiar with.

“Mom was testifying — her daughter did not approve,” he says.

Investigators say it started with harsh words exchanged, followed by Cathers charging at and attacking her mother, choking her until she was separated by law enforcement.

Chief Fontana says the victim had noticeable red marks on her neck but declined any medical attention.

Rhonda Cathers is free tonight on $10,000 bond. She’s charged with assault, strangulation and intimidation of a witness.

Source: Police: Daughter Upset With Her Mother’s Testimony Attacks Her At Westmoreland County Courthouse – CBS Pittsburgh