Jurors Deadlocked in Civil Lawsuit Against Suge Knight, Court Case Ends in Mistrial

On January 29, 2015, Suge Knight ran over a man named Cle “Bone” Sloan and Terry Carter with his red Ford Raptor pickup truck, moments after being removed from the production lot of the “Straight Outta Compton.” Unfortunately for the latter, he did not survive the horrific incident that took place in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in Compton, California. Three years later, Judge Ronald Coen of the Los Angeles Superior Court sentenced the former CEO of Death Row Records to 28 years in prison. But long before the dust cleared on his aforementioned murder case, Terry Carter’s widow, Lillian, and two daughters, Crystal and Nekaya, filed a wrongful lawsuit against Knight. The legal dispute made its way to the Compton Superior Court on Wednesday, where Judge Thomas Long declared that the case was a mistrial after the jurors voted 7-5 in favor of holding Knight liable for the death of Carter.  This surprising announcement comes about one week after, Judge Long revealed that the jurors were at a bit of a standstill regarding the matter at hand. According to reports, when the jurors deliberated in order to come to a mutual agreement with one another, their discussion became so intense that it seemed like a physical altercation was about to ensue.

Despite the fact that this trial did not produce favorable results, the Carter family lawyer said that his clients are reportedly gearing up to make another run at a civil lawsuit against Knight. “We’re not deterred at all, and now we’re in a much better space to try this case again,” said Lance Behringer. “Knight never sat for a deposition. There was no written discovery. When he testified for the first time during the trial, we had to respond on the spot. Now we have time to go through it. We know what their defense is for the first time.”

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Civil Jury Finds Bill Cosby Sexually Abused 16-Year-Old Girl, Victim Awarded $500,000

A civil trial ended Tuesday with a jury concluding that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. The victim, now 64-year-old Judy Huth, was awarded $500,000 as a result of the verdict.

The jury believed the disgraced comedian was aware Huth was underage and intentionally caused sexual contact with the victim as a result. Jurors viewed a 2015 deposition where Cosby denied the accusation as 84-year-old was absent from the trial. Cosby continues to deny the allegation.

During the trial, it was confirmed by Cosby’s attorneys that the actor met Huth and her friend (a key witness) on a film set before inviting them to the Playboy Mansion a few days later. In Huth’s testimony, she claimed that after her, Cosby, and friend Donna Samuelson took photos around the mansion, Cosby attempted to put his hands down her pants before exposing himself and forcing her to perform a sex act.

Huth claims she decided to come forward in 2014 after a wave of alleged victims spoke out and her son grew close to the same age as her when the assault occurred. Cosby’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, called out Huth and Samuelson over inconsistencies in their testimony. For example, the women claimed in previous depositions and interviews that Samuelson played Donkey Kong the day the assault took place. However, that video game was not released until six years after the incident.

Despite the defense’s arguments, the jury of nine women and three men sided with Huth. The jurors reached their conclusion on Friday, after two days of deliberations, but were forced to deliberate again on Monday when the jury foreperson had to address a personal matter.

Almost exactly one year ago, Cosby was released from prison after his sexual assault conviction in Pennsylvania was overturned. The sexual assault case from Huth was one of the final remaining lawsuits after many others were settled by Cosby’s insurer.

Source: Associated Press

Supreme Court expands gun rights, with nation divided

In a major expansion of gun rights, the Supreme Court said Thursday that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense, a ruling likely to lead to more people legally armed in cities and beyond. The ruling came with recent mass shootings fresh in the nation’s mind and gun control being debated in Congress and states.

About a quarter of the U.S. population lives in states expected to be affected by the ruling, which struck down a New York gun law. The high court’s first major gun decision in more than a decade came on a 6-3 split with the court’s conservatives in the majority and liberals in dissent.

Meanwhile, across the street at the Capitol, Congress sped toward passage of its own gun legislation following the mass shootings in Texas, New York and California. Senators cleared the way for its measure, modest in scope but still the most far-reaching in decades.

Also Thursday, underscoring the nation’s deep divisions over the issue, the sister of a 9-year-old girl killed in the Uvalde, Texas, school shootings, pleaded with state lawmakers in Austin to pass gun legislation, which would go against the Republican-controlled body’s easing of restrictions in recent years.

President Joe Biden said in a statement he was “deeply disappointed” by the Supreme Court ruling, which he said “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all.”

He urged states to pass new laws and said, “I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are on the line.”

The court’s decision struck down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a license to carry one in public. The justices said that requirement violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority that the Constitution protects “an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.” That right is not a “second-class right,” Thomas wrote. “We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need.”

California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all have laws similar to New York’s.

Source: AP News

FDA bans Juul e-cigarettes tied to teen vaping surge

Federal health officials on Thursday ordered Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the U.S. market, the latest blow to the embattled company widely blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping.

The action is part of a sweeping effort by the Food and Drug Administration to bring scientific scrutiny to the multibillion-dollar vaping industry after years of regulatory delays.

The FDA said Juul must stop selling its vaping device and its tobacco and menthol flavored cartridges. Those already on the market must be removed. Consumers aren’t restricted from having or using Juul’s products, the agency said.

To stay on the market, companies must show that their e-cigarettes benefit public health. In practice, that means proving that adult smokers who use them are likely to quit or reduce their smoking, while teens are unlikely to get hooked on them.

The FDA noted that some of the biggest sellers like Juul may have played a “disproportionate″ role in the rise in teen vaping. The agency said Thursday that Juul’s application didn’t have enough evidence to show that marketing its products “would be appropriate for the protection of the public health.”

Juul said it disagrees with the FDA’s findings and will seek to put the ban on hold while the company considers its options, including a possible appeal and talking with regulators.

Source: AP News

Police could have stopped Uvalde shooting within 3 minutes, a Texas official says

A top Texas law enforcement official said that there were enough armed police officers wearing body armor to stop the late May shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas three minutes after it began.

But instead, it took about an hour and 14 minutes from when officers arrived at the school to when they breached the door and ended the standoff with the gunman.

That was according to Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, who spoke to state officials during a Texas Senate committee hearing on Tuesday.

“The officers had weapons, the children had none. The officers had body armor, the children had none. The officers had training, the subject had none,” McCraw said.

He added that the outside door the shooter used to enter the school was unlocked, though the lock was working properly.

McCraw called the police response to the shooting an “abject failure” and said it was “antithetical” to the lessons learned about active shooter situations since the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999.

Source: NPR

Wicomico County Deputy Hilliard to be laid to rest on Tuesday

A Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy killed in the line of duty will be laid to rest Tuesday.

Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard, a 16-year veteran of that department, was killed earlier this month while trying to catch a fugitive in Pittsville.

The funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church on Beaglin Park Drive in Salisbury, Maryland. There will be a public viewing for two hours prior to the service.

Hilliard leaves behind a wife and three children.

Soul food restaurant co-owner among 6 killed in Baltimore weekend shootings

Six people were killed in shootings over the weekend in Baltimore, including one of the owners of a soul food restaurant in Little Italy.

Trevor White, one of the co-owners of RYMKS Bar and Grille, attended AFRAM on Friday and was part of a podcast in which he talked about being a Black businessman in Baltimore. White, 40, promoted his businesses and pushed for other minorities to start their own.

“Baltimore City is a great place to open a business start a business and build your footprint,” White said in the podcast. “My thing is the more businesses I can be a part of, the more businesses I can open, the more ability I have to employ people and get people to work.”

He was killed hours later. Police said officers were called around 4:30 a.m. Saturday to reports of gunfire in northeast Baltimore. Police said officers arrived on Lakeside Avenue and found White shot multiple times. He died at the scene.

A sign posted on the restaurant’s door read: “Due to unfortunate events, RYMKS Bar and Grille will not be opening today (Monday). We look forward to your support in the future.”

White also operated VBS Tax and Accounting on Liberty Road and was the director of ReBuild Metro, a nonprofit group that focuses on affordable housing.

Police are investigating other weekend homicides, including the killing of a woman near a bus stop around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“My brother was standing on the porch. He actually saw the victim fall,” said a resident who asked to remain anonymous.

The woman was shot multiple times on Talbot Road in northwest Baltimore. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they are still trying to find family members before releasing her name.

According to police, from Friday through Sunday, there were six fatal shootings in Baltimore and six other shooting victims survived.

Police told 11 News the city has had 166 homicides so far this year, compared to 158 this time last year. There are 317 nonfatal shootings so far this year, compared to 323 at the same time in 2021.

Communities are stunned by the violence.

“I thought, ‘Here it is in our neighborhood. You can’t get away from it,'” a resident said. “It’s a drag. People getting shot in the streets, and who knows what for, you know?”

Police said they are trying to find suspects and motives for the killings.

Source: WBAL

Netflix Settles with Mo’Nique over Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

According to reports, the Netflix and Mo’Nique saga is finally over after the streaming giant settled with the Oscar-award winning actress/comedian over her discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. 

The Hollywood Reporter obtained documents showing that both sides agreed to dismiss the case, however, the details about the settlement have not been disclosed. 

Mo’Nique sued Netflix in 2019 for gender discrimination and retaliation a year after they offered her $500,000 for an hour special citing color and gender bias for such a lowball offer. 

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Police: 3 people killed following shooting in Smithsburg, suspect identified

Three people are dead and three were injured following a shooting on Thursday in Smithsburg, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. Officers said they responded around 2:30 p.m. to Columbia Machine INC., a manufacturing plant, for reports of an active shooter.

Upon arrival, police said they found three men dead. The three victims were identified as 50-year-old Mark Alan Frey, Charles Edward Minnick Jr., 31 and 30-year-old Joshua Robert Wallace.

A fourth victim, Brandon Chase Michael, 42, was critically injured, officers said.

Police said the suspect, Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, West Virginia fled the scene before officers arrived.

Esquivel and the victims were employees of the manufacturing plant, officers said. He worked throughout the day at the business prior to the incident.

Police said around 2:30 p.m., Esquivel exited the building, took a semi-automatic handgun from his vehicle and re-entered the business. He went to the breakroom area and then shot at employees.

A short time later, Maryland State Police encountered Esquivel inside a vehicle in the area of Mapleville Road and Mount Aetna Road, officers said. They exchanged gunfire.

Police said Esquivel and a trooper were injured and taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment.

The trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital, officers said. Esquivel was also released from the hospital and is now being held at the Washington County Detention Center on no bond.

Police said Esquivel faces numerous charges that include multiple counts of first- and second-degree murder, assault and weapons charges.

A motive for the shooting is under investigation.

Source: WBAL

US inflation at new 40-year high as price increases spread

The prices of gas, food and most other goods and services jumped in May, raising inflation to a new four-decade high and giving American households no respite from rising costs.

Consumer prices surged 8.6% last month from a year earlier, faster than April’s year-over-year increase of 8.3%, the Labor Department said Friday. The new inflation figure, the highest since 1981, will heighten pressure on the Federal Reserve to continue raising interest rates aggressively.

On a month-to-month basis, prices jumped 1% from April to May, much faster than the 0.3% increase from March to April. Contributing to that surge were much higher prices for everything from airline tickets to restaurant meals to new and used cars. Those price spikes also elevated so-called “core” inflation, a measure that excludes volatile food and energy prices. In May, core prices jumped a sharp 0.6% for a second straight month. They’re now 6% above where they were a year ago.

Friday’s report underscored fears that inflation is spreading well beyond energy and goods whose prices are being driven higher by clogged supply chains and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. And the increased pressure on the Fed to raises rates even faster — which will mean higher-cost loans for consumers and businesses — will raise the risk of a recession.

Source: AP News