Inmate flees open cell in Manhattan courthouse, punches officer

A violent city inmate ran out of a holding area in Manhattan Supreme Court and assaulted three court officers Tuesday afternoon before being captured, law enforcement sources said.

Jospeh Cannon, 26, charged into Justice Jill Konviser’s 13th floor courtroom as proceedings were underway, creating hysteria as staff scrambled to restrain him, sources said.

Cannon “bolted out” of a Department of Correction cell that was open, a source said.

Once inside the courtroom, he slugged a court sergeant and injured two others.

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“I just saw someone come out the back and started swinging and screaming that they didn’t get no court date,” said Robert Hammond, 58, who was there for his own case.

“He said he was locked in for 28 months without a trial date. I seen him swinging at a few officers and he made contact with somebody,” the witness added.

Hammond said that the would-be escapee “didn’t get far” and “didn’t get past the judge.”

Defense lawyer Brian Kennedy was just outside the courtroom in the vestibule when Cannon shoved him from behind to get past.

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Kennedy made it away from the scene unharmed.

“If he had a weapon it would have been a bad situation especially for me and the court officers,” Kennedy said.

New York State Supreme Court Officers union president Patrick Cullen said “the most violent inmate burst into court, punched one court officer in the face and is heading to the hospital along with two others who sustained injuries while tackling the inmate to protect those inside the open court which was in session.”

He called it part of “a continued negligence on the part of the Department of Correction to deliver inmates safely to court” and “a demonstration again by the (Office of Court Administration) that we have dangerous jobs and they continue to short staff us, leave us shorthanded and leave us below the staffing standards we should adhere to.”

“No inmate escaped, but what this inmate did was unacceptable. This matter is under investigation,” said DOC spokesman Peter Thorne.

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Suspected ISIS militants kept in inferior conditions in Iraqi prison (VIDEO)

Hundreds of captured suspected Islamic State fighters are being held in extremely poor conditions by Iraqi authorities, AP reported after visiting a prison south of the recently liberated city of Mosul.

Over 370 people suspected of fighting for the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group are currently being held at the facility.

The prison had received 1,150 detainees over the last three months, but nearly half of them have been sent to the Iraqi capital Baghdad to be investigated, the agency reported.

AP’s exclusive footage from the facility showed a crowded room with hundreds of men, some of them bare-chested and sitting on the floor.

Prison staff told AP that many of the detainees were suffering from skin diseases and other health problems.

The facility remains without electricity most of the time and lacks ventilation and windows, AP reported.

Iraqi forces have been criticized for mistreating people suspected of having links with IS during the eight-month-long battle to liberate Mosul which officially concluded on July 10.

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Numerous accounts of extrajudicial executions, torture and rape were reported by the media as the operation raged on.

Last week, online videos emerged showing people in Iraqi army uniforms beating and killing men who appear to be captured Islamic State fighters.

The civilian population of Mosul paid a heavy price for the liberation of the city as months of fighting saw most of it leveled to the ground.

According to the UN, over 8,000 civilians have been killed or wounded, with 915,000 residents being forced to flee.

Many people died at the hands of IS fighters who executed those trying to escape and also used civilians as human shields.

But the US-led coalition, which is backing the Iraqi forces, has also been accused by human rights groups of excessive airstrikes and failing to protect civilian lives.

Human Rights Watch visited detention facilities near Mosul in February and documented the “horrific and inhumane” conditions there, Belkis Wille, senior Iraq researcher at HRW, told RT.

“There were rampant problems of ill-treatment, of disease. In fact, there were multiple men that were dying in detention because of the sanitary and hygiene conditions in these facilities,” she said.

Wille spoke of a 4 by 6 meters cell she visited and “114 men had been there for four months.”

“The windows have been bricked up. The temperature was almost a hundred degrees Fahrenheit. The stench was immense, with men not being allowed to shower; no bathroom besides a toilet in the room,” she said.

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Such miserable detention conditions may be partially explained by the fact that Iraqi authorities lack proper facilities to host so many inmates, HRW representative said.

“Mosul has two key prisons, historically. These prisons were damaged in the fighting and so at the moment they’re holding about 2,000 men on ISIS affiliation charges in, basically, houses, makeshift facilities, local police stations that are completely unfit to hold people,” she explained.

Wille stressed that “prisoners whether or not they’ve been charged with ISIS affiliation have basic rights and they need to be moved out of these facilities as quickly as possible.”

However, she acknowledged that improving prison conditions for IS suspects “hasn’t become priority for the government and the international community.”

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Civil rights groups claim Trump voter fraud commission is racist

President Trump’s controversial voter fraud commission was “motivated by racial discrimination against voters of color,” a new lawsuit alleges.

Trump launched the commission — called the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity — with a May 11 executive order to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of electoral misconduct.

The President has long insisted that he would have bested Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election if not for millions of illegal votes. Trump lost the popular vote by approximately 3 million ballots.

The Commission requested in late June that every state turn over extensive personal info on voters — such as their names, birth dates, addresses, party affiliations, ballot histories, and felony convictions, as well as the last four digits of their social security numbers.

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The President has long insisted that he would have bested Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election if not for millions of illegal votes. Trump lost the popular vote by approximately 3 million ballots.

The President has long insisted that he would have bested Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election if not for millions of illegal votes. Trump lost the popular vote by approximately 3 million ballots.

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But data on voter fraud undermine his claims — indicating that the commission is truly aimed at disenfranchising and intimidating minorities, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Ordinary People Society allege in the suit.

Trump is named as a defendant in the Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday.

Vice President Pence, who chairs the commission, and commission vice chair Kris Kobach, are also being sued. None of their reps responded to requests for comment.

Both rights groups worry the commission will compare these voter rolls to a list of non-citizens provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

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“That process, however, is not a reliable method to identify voter fraud, and it is likely to generate numerous false positives, with a disproportionate impact on voters of color,” the suit contends.

Their argument against the so-called “crosscheck” technique cites U.S. Census data indicating that “minorities are overrepresented in 85 of the 100 most common last names.”

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Data on voter fraud undermines Trump’s claims, indicating that the commission is aimed at disenfranchising minorities, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Ordinary People Society allege in the suit.

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More than 40 states have refused to give the commission all of the info it’s requested. Twenty-one states, as well as Washington, D.C., have refused outright to give the commission any info, according to court papers.

The suit wants a court to put a stop to the Commission’s investigation — or at least make sure that it’s working within the law.

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Inmate escapes, assaults three Supreme Court officers

A city inmate considered to be dangerous escaped from a holding area in Manhattan Supreme Court and assaulted three court officers Tuesday afternoon before being captured, sources said.

The prisoner, who has not yet been identified but has been classified as “violent or combative,” shoved a defense attorney and charged into the well of Justice Jill Konviser’s 13th floor courtroom as proceedings were underway, creating hysteria as staff scrambled to restrain him, sources said.

The inmate “bolted out” of a Department of Correction cell that was open, a source said.

Once inside the courtroom, he slugged a court officer sergeant and injured two others.

Escaped prisoner may have used wire cutters delivered by drone

“I just saw someone come out the back and started swinging and screaming that they didn’t get no court date,” said Robert Hammond, 58, who was there for his own case.

“He said he was locked in for 28 months without a trial date. I seen him swinging at a few officers and he made contact with somebody,” the witness added.

Hammond said that the would-be escapee “didn’t get far” and “didn’t get past the judge.”

Defense lawyer Brian Kennedy was just outside the courtroom in the vestibule between the holding cells and the well when the attacker shoved him from behind to get past.

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Kennedy made it away from the scene unharmed. He had been speaking to his client when he heard the attacker screaming as he approached.

“If he had a weapon it would have been a bad situation especially for me and the court officers,” Kennedy said.

New York State Supreme Court Officers union president Patrick Cullen said “the most violent inmate burst into court, punched one court officer in the face and is heading to the hospital along with two others who sustained injuries while tackling the inmate to protect those inside the open court which was in session.”

He called it part of “a continued negligence on the part of the Department of Correction to deliver inmates safely to court” and “a demonstration again by the [Office of Court Administration] that we have dangerous jobs and they continue to short staff us, leave us shorthanded and leave us below the staffing standards we should adhere to.”

DOC did not immediately comment on the situation.

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Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya says Magnitsky act lobbyist Browder behind Trump Jr. scandal(EXCLUSIVE)

The scandal concerning the meeting between US President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr, with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was carefully orchestrated by Magnitsky act lobbyist William Browder, the lawyer told RT in an exclusive interview.

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Eighth person at Trump Tower meeting identified as Ike Kaveladze

An American-based businessman who works for a powerful Russia real estate company — and was once accused of a $ 1 billion laundering scheme — was identified Tuesday as the eighth person at the infamous Russia meeting at Trump Tower last year.

Ike Kaveladze, 52, joined Trump campaign associates and Russian nationals at the meeting that has become a spiraling scandal for the Trump administration, his lawyer confirmed. 

Kaveladze’s attorney Scott Balber said Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked if Kaveladze would agree to an interview. Mueller’s request would be the first indication that he is investigating the meeting as part of his probe into the Trump campaign’s potential Russia ties.

Donald Trump Jr., the President’s eldest son, set up the sitdown after being promised dirt on Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer. 

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Balber said Kaveladze got roped into the meeting just to “make sure it happened,” since he works for the family that wanted to set it up. He claimed Kaveladze had no direct involvement and doesn’t even recall speaking.

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Ike Kaveladze.

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“He literally had no idea what the meeting was about until he showed up right before,” Balber told the Los Angeles Times.

Balber and Kaveladze did not return calls from the Daily News.

Kaveladze is a senior vice president focused on real estate and finance at the Crocus Group, a company owned by the Agalarov family in Russia, which has ties to President Trump and his family. According to emails released by Trump Jr. last week, a member of the Agalarov family wanted to set up the Trump Tower meeting in the first place.

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Kaveladze’s website says he oversees the company’s international developments, including “securing and structuring project investments” with foreign contractors.

Donald Trump Jr. helped set up the meeting.

Donald Trump Jr. helped set up the meeting.

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The Georgian native, who immigrated to the United States and earned an MBA from the University of New Haven, has a troubled past with foreign finances.

In 2000, the U.S. Government Accountability Office accused Kaveladze of laundering more than $ 1.4 billion from Russia and eastern Europe through U.S. banks in a scheme that spanned nearly a decade.

Kaveladze allegedly opened more than 2,000 shell corporations in Delaware on behalf of Russian brokers and then opened bank accounts for them.

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He denied the accusations and said the investigation was an American “witch hunt” against Russians — echoing a term Trump uses today to describe the federal investigations into his campaign.

Kaveladze ultimately faced no charges.

Kaveladze is believed to be the final person who will be identified as a member of the meeting at the Trump Tower.

Previously confirmed were: Trump Jr., President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, her translator Anatoli Samochornov, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin and music publicist Rob Goldstone, who initiated the meeting. 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that Mueller would have “no problem” with Trump Jr. testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the meeting, which he has already hinted he will do. Mueller would also allow Manafort to testify, she said. No hearings have been arranged so far. 

Eight people have been confirmed to be at the meeting.

Eight people have been confirmed to be at the meeting.

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Goldstone pitched the meeting by emailing Trump Jr. with promises of offering “incriminating” information on Clinton, Donald Trump’s Democratic opponent. Goldstone acknowledged that this was “part of Russia and its government’s support” for Donald Trump.

Trump Jr. never revealed the meeting until The New York Times exposed it this month. Even after releasing Goldstone’s emails and saying he was being “totally transparent,” Trump’s eldest son did not disclose the details of who attended. 

Goldstone said he wanted to arrange the gathering on behalf of Emin Agalarov, a pop star whose father Aras runs the Crocus Group.

Trump met with the father and son in Moscow while visiting for the Miss Universe pageant in 2013. Photos from his time there show Trump dining with the Agalarov family and Kaveladze.

After returning to the United States, Trump tweeted to the elder Agalarov that he wanted to collaborate with him on opening “Trump Tower Moscow.” But that project never happened.

Trump has consistently denied having business or personal ties to Russia, despite regular revelations — such as the Trump Tower meeting — that prove otherwise. 

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US Coast Guard shuts down stretch of Potomac River so Trump can golf

On days when President Donald Trump hits the links at his private Virginia golf club, the US Coast Guard can expel boaters and paddlers from the Potomac River where it borders the president’s club, authorities have said. Some water lovers are not happy.

One benefit of designating the area as a “permanent security zone” would be that boaters would now know exactly what was off-limits and would be notified of the closures, Coast Guard spokeswoman Lieutenant Amanda Faulkner told the Washington Post.

The Coast Guard has already closed the two-mile stretch of the river next to the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling five times since March on an ad hoc basis.

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“In a lot of ways this is better for the public, because they have more information,” Faulkner said.

Not everyone agrees, though.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” former marine John Deitle told the Post. He uses a kayaking program for wounded and disabled veterans at Riley’s Lock which would be blocked off under the new policy.

“Granted, it’s his golf course… but he has other golf courses,” said Deitle.

“This is a river-access issue. It’s not a political issue,” Canoe Cruisers Association Chairwoman Susan Sherrod told the Post.

Among a number of complaints from the paddling community, the newspaper also quoted Brett Mayer of the American Canoe Association who said, “We’ll do the best we can with the situation, but I don’t think it’s the end of the world.”

Public comments on the new policy must be submitted by August 9, after that it will be adjusted and the order made final.

The community of boaters and paddlers are not the only ones complaining about the enhanced security measures for Trump and his family.

In March, DC neighbors of Trump’s daughter and White House official Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, complained that the Secret Service was taking up too much of the parking space in their ritzy Kalorama neighborhood.

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Italy in ‘tug of war’ with EU over migrants, may give them visas

Italy could potentially issue temporary visas to migrants, allowing them to travel around the European Union, the country’s deputy foreign minister has stated. He added that Italy rejects being turned into a “European hotspot” for asylum seekers.

When asked by Italian newspaper Il Manifesto whether Italy might issue the visas to migrants, Mario Giro said“the government is thinking about all the possibilities.” This comes just one day after Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said that temporary visas for migrants were not on the government’s agenda. The Foreign Ministry’s website has since posted Giro’s interview in its Press Archives section.

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The Deputy  that Italy disputes Article 13 of the Dublin III Agreements, which states that the country where refugees arrive is responsible for them.

Giro also said that if fellow EU member states refused to accept migrants, they would be failing in their duties under the Schengen agreement.

“We don’t accept being turned into a European hotspot, or feeling guilty because we rescue people, so deciding what to do with the migrants who arrive is everyone’s responsibility,” Giro said, adding that “we are in a tug of war.”

He failed to elaborate on how or when such permits could be issued, but said that Italian authorities which receive asylum requests already have the power to grant them.

Italy infuriated many EU governments in 2011 by issuing residence permits to migrants fleeing violence in North Africa. Doing so again would put pressure on other countries to help alleviate the strain faced by Italy, Enzo Bianco, the mayor of the Sicilian port city of Catania and a former interior minister, told Reuters.

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“We are allowed to use these tools, and it’s a good thing to remind Europe about its duty to be more responsible,” said the mayor of Catania, a city which has seen 10,000 migrants arrive this year after being rescued off the coast of Libya.

It comes after mayors across Italy staged rallies and embarked on hunger strikes over the weekend, to protest what they claim is an unfair number of migrants being settled in their towns. 

More than 93,000 mainly sub-Saharan African and Bangladeshi migrants have arrived in Italy by boat this year, a 17 percent increase from the same period last year, according to the Interior Ministry. Some estimates predict that as many as 220,000 could arrive by the end of 2017.

Italy has long accused Brussels and other EU member states of not doing enough to help, with Interior Minister Marco Minniti stating earlier this month that Italy is under “enormous pressure.”

“If the only ports refugees are taken to are Italian, something is not working,” he said.

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FC Barcelona generate record $818mn income

Spanish football giants Barcelona generated a record income of €708 million ($ 818 million) in the 2016/2017 season, the highest amount in the club’s history.

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The football club reported the financial results for the previous season on their website on Monday.

The news means that Barca are the fourth most valuable sports team in the world, after the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and English football giants Manchester United, according to Forbes.

According to the statement, players’ salaries amounted to 66 percent of the club’s total expenditure. The net after tax profit reached €18 million ($ 20.8 million), while the club’s debt decreased to €247 million ($ 285.4 million), which was €24.5 million ($ 28.3 million) lower than the previous season.

As reported in the statement, the club plan to reach the €1 billion income mark by 2021.

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What you should know about Ike Kaveladze from Trump Tower meeting

He has ties to Russian real estate titans. He has a checkered history with handling Russian money in the United States. And when he came under public scrutiny for alleged corruption, he declared he was the victim of a “witch hunt.”

He is … Ike Kaveladze, the eighth person at the infamous Russia meeting in Trump Tower last year, who has a $ 1 billion laundering accusation in his past.

Kaveladze’s lawyer confirmed Tuesday that his client joined Russian nationals and Trump campaign associates in June 2016 for a secret meeting centered on supposed dirt about Hillary Clinton.

Kaveladze appears to be a central link between the Russians and the Trump team. He works for a Russian company owned by the Agalarov family, which has ties to Trump and initiated the Trump Tower meeting.

Eighth person at Trump Tower meeting identified as Ike Kaveladze

But his attorney claimed Kaveladze played no serious role in the meeting, and was brought along to just “make sure it happened.”

For now, Kaveladze’s presence — and his history — still raise plenty of questions of how he fits into the Trump-Russia saga.

Kaveladze, 52, is a native of Georgia, part of the former Soviet republic. He immigrated to the United States in the ’90s and earned an MBA from the University of New Haven, according to his LinkedIn page. Kaveladze’s multiple business websites state that he works in Moscow and in California.

He serves as a senior vice president for the Agalarovs’ Russia-based company, the Crocus Group. His personal website says he focuses mostly on international developments, including “securing and structuring project investments.”

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The Crocus Group is run by Aras Agalarov, a Russian billionaire who met Trump in Moscow during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. Kaveladzecan be spotted in one photo from the time with Trump and the Agalarovs at a private dinner.

Eight people have been confirmed to have been at the meeting, organized in part by Donald Trump Jr. (l.).

Eight people have been confirmed to have been at the meeting, organized in part by Donald Trump Jr. (l.).

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Trump later tweeted to Agalarov about his desire to work together on “Trump Tower Moscow,” which never happened.

Agalarov’s son Emin, a pop star, wanted to set up the meeting with Trump Jr. last year about Clinton. Kaveladze attended as a representative for the family, according to his lawyer.

It was not immediately clear when Kaveladze found his way to the Argalovs’ company.

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His earlier business career ran into trouble with the U.S. years ago.

In 2000, the Government Accountability Office alleged that Kaveladze was a central figure in a massive money laundering scheme for Russian brokers.

The office accused Kaveladze of setting up more than 2,000 shell companies in Delaware on behalf of Russians, and then opening bank accounts for them. He then allegedly funneled more than $ 1.4 billion in Russian and eastern European money through the United States.

Kaveladze denied that he did anything wrong and dropped a defense that sounds familiar today.

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“What I see here is another Russian witch hunt in the United States,” he told The New York Times.

Kaveladze ultimately faced no charges.

In 2003, the Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel nominated Kaveladze to the board of the Stillwater Mining Co. in the United States, which it planned to acquire. But Kaveladze turned down the nomination “for personal reasons,” according to The Mining Journal.

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