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Brooklyn businessman accused of bribing NYPD officials for handgun permits

NYPDA Brooklyn man who offered to expedite gun permits with the NYPD was arrested and three officers in the license division were re-assigned Monday as part of far reaching probe into the department.

Shaya "Alex" Lichtenstein was arrested Saturday and was facing arraignment Monday, multiple sources said.

Lichtenstein, from Borough Park, would charge members of the Orthodox community between $5,000 and $25,000 to expedite their gun permit requests, according to sources.


Vendor in Detroit schools corruption case lived like a king

Detrpot school vendor's palacial homeIn 2002, Norman Shy was settling into his new, custom-built mansion in Farmington Hills, Mich. — complete with an indoor lap pool, massive marble foyer, paneled library, movie theater and nine bathrooms.

Life was good for the school supply vendor.

But behind the glamour was a scammer, prosecutors allege in a federal criminal case, and he would go undetected for years.


Supreme Court takes up dispute over Obama immigration actions

Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court is taking up an important dispute over immigration that could affect millions of people who are living in the country illegally.

The Obama administration is asking the justices in arguments Monday to allow it to put in place two programs that could shield roughly 4 million people from deportation and make them eligible to work in the United States.


Muslim UC Berkeley student says he was kicked off Southwest flight for speaking Arabic

Student kicked off flight for speaking ArabicOn April 6, UC Berkeley senior Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was supposed to fly from Los Angeles to Oakland, get to campus and go to class. Instead, Makhzoomi was removed from Southwest Airlines flight 4260, detained by security officers, questioned by the FBI and refused service from Southwest after speaking Arabic before his flight took off.

Makhzoomi, a 26-year-old Iraqi refugee, left Iraq in 2002 after his father, an Iraqi diplomat, was killed under Saddam Hussein’s regime. His family fled to Jordan, where they lived until the United States granted his family asylum. Today, Makhzoomi helps his mother care for his younger brother, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome.


Ammon Bundy, others refuse to enter pleas in 2014 Nevada standoff

Ammon Bundy refuses to pleaBrothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and three other defendants refused to enter pleas during an arraignment Friday in connection to a 2014 armed standoff with law enforcement at their father's ranch.

Pleas of "not guilty" were entered by U.S. Magistrate Judge George Foley Jr., on behalf of Ammon, 40, and Ryan, 43, as well as Ryan Payne, 32, Brian Cavalier, 44, and Blaine Cooper, 36.


Rule targets prosecutors who don't reveal innocence evidence

Robert Wilcoxson— As four men sat in prison for a murder they didn't commit, records show that state investigators sent proof of their innocence to a North Carolina prosecutor, but he never revealed it to the convicted men.

He didn't have to. Nothing in North Carolina's legal standards requires a prosecutor to turn over evidence of innocence after a conviction.

The four, along with a fifth who also was convicted, were eventually cleared through the work of a commission that investigates innocence -- but not until they'd served years in prison, including several years when a judge says the prosecutor and sheriff "did nothing to follow up on" another man's confession.

Some people now are calling for change.

TVNL Comment:  This hardly sounds possible, but it is....and so often in the South, and so often after the wrongful conviction of someone of color.


Man released in '57 murder case after new evidence surfaces

Jack McCullough freed after 57 yearsA 76-year-old man serving a life sentence for the 1957 killing of a 7-year-old girl in Illinois was released from prison Friday after a judge vacated his conviction and ordered a new trial.

Jack McCullough, a former cop in Washington state who was convicted in a 2012 bench trial for the killing of Maria Ridulph, long insisted he wasn't even in Sycamore, about 65 miles from Chicago, when Maria was abducted in December 1957. Her body was found in the nearby town of Galena five months after she was reported missing.


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