Robocalls: Finally, DOJ seeks court enforcement action against telecoms for phone spam

Automated phone spam is a growing plague for anyone with a telephone, landline or cell.

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that they're trying to get court approval to take enforcement action against various telecommunications companies for their alleged role in facilitating robocalls. Read the rest

Chipotle fined $1.3m for 13,253 child labor law violations

Restaurant chain Chipotle was fined $1.3m by the state of Massachussets for 13,253 child labor law violations at 50 sites. Time reports that minors working past midnight, for more than 48 hours a week, and without work papers were among the problems found by investigators.

The settlement total is closer to $2 million, including penalties for earned sick time violations in which managers granted employees paid time off only for certain illnesses. The violations also include failure to keep accurate records and pay timely wages. Lastly, the company was ordered a voluntary $500,000 payout to a state youth worker fund dedicated to education, enforcement and training.

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Jeffrey Epstein: Why won't Prince Andrew respond to SDNY and FBI interview requests?

"To date Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation' — U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman

Breasts are 'lewdness', Utah judge rules in humiliation for 'topless at home' mom

Utah Judge Kara Pettit sided with prosecutors who said “lewdness” means women’s breasts.

Illicit THC dealers are raking in the bucks on Instagram: Report

Not so dank, dudes. Read the rest

Biden says Section 230 tech liability shield should end for Facebook, Zuckerberg should be subject to civil liability

Former Vice President and current 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden says U.S. Section 230 should be immediately revoked for Facebook and other social media platforms, and that Mark Zuckerberg should be submitted to civil liability. Read the rest

Bill from Missouri's Rep Ben Baker threatens librarians with prison sentences for allowing minors to read books banned by town committees

Under Missouri House Bill 2044 -- the "Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act" -- each town will elect a committee of five local people (librarians are not permitted to serve) who will take local submission for books to ban. If they choose to ban a book, any librarian who allows a minor to check out or read that book will face up to a year in prison, and their libraries will be de-funded. Read the rest

Michael Avenatti arrested by feds at California State Bar Hearing

TV-talking lawyer of Stormy Daniels vs. Donald Trump fame is now in federal custody

Say it with meth: Christmas card containing crystal leads to holiday in jail

A Georgia man is accused of mailing a holiday card stuffed with illegal drugs to a lady friend in jail. The gentleman who mailed the card ended up getting a surprise all-expenses-paid holiday for himself in jail, officials in Georgia say. Read the rest

Feds say video of Jeffrey Epstein cell 'no longer exists' — accidentally destroyed by jail staff, oops

Video taken of Jeffrey Epstein's cell on the night of his first suicide attempt was deleted by mistake, according to federal prosecutors

Just keeps getting weirder, doesn't it. Read the rest

Mystery of the vanishing bird seed solved

The bird seed in our feeder began disappearing overnight, no matter how full it was. I set up an infrared camera to see what was devouring so much seed in such a short amount of time. Here are the culprits! Read the rest

Tesla must face lawsuit alleging racism, 'n-word' use at Elon Musk's California factory

Some news you may have missed on New Year's Eve -- a federal judge has rejected efforts by Elon Musk's Tesla to dismiss claims brought by two former California employees that the car factory where they worked was a racist environment. The judge's decision clears the way for a trial, which is scheduled for May 11, 2020. Read the rest

Mass convictions of local warlords for 2009 massacre revive faith in Philippines' justice system

The election of the violent Philippine autocrat Rodrigo Duterte and the subsequent widespread extrajudicial killings, torture, and other crimes against humanity was a blow to the rule of law in the Philippines and the democracy advocates who have struggled to make a just society after centuries of colonial exploitation. Read the rest

New Jersey AG says 5 politicians took thousands in cash bribes via envelopes, paper bags, coffee cups

Well, it's nothing if not on brand for New Jersey politics. Read the rest

Tekashi 6ix9ine sentenced to 2 years in prison after cooperating with feds

He has already served 13 months and will be released in late 2020.

NJ to expunge criminal records of many pot offenders, and restore voting rights for 80,000+ convicts

New Jersey's Democrat governor today signed legislation to clear the state criminal records of low-level marijuana offenders, and he approved restoring the voting rights of more than 80,000 convicts. Read the rest

Gentleman arrested at airport with 80 pounds of marijuana disguised as holiday gifts

He was only dreaming of a green Christmas, you guys. Read the rest

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