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From The Star-Telegram:

She accused a Texas state trooper of sexual assault. Then her lawyer apologized
BY STEPHEN ENGLISH

senglish@star-telegram.com

May 23, 2018 01:03 PM
WAXAHACHIE

An allegation that a white Texas state trooper sexually assaulted a black woman last weekend in Waxahachie went viral on social media.

But after the Department of Public Safety published the full body-cam video of the incident, Sherita Dixon-Cole's attorney, Lee Merritt, apologized online and said that the trooper in question had been "falsely accused."

Cole, 37, of Grapevine, was pulled over at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday for a traffic violation and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. She was transported to the Ellis County Jail and charged, according to the DPS.

During the stop, Cole alleged, Officer Daniel Hubbard offered her special treatment for sex, then sexually assaulted her, according to a news release tweeted Monday by Merritt.

The allegations, which the DPS denied Sunday evening, were amplified on social media by Merritt and social activist and journalist Shaun King, who wrote that Cole had been "kidnapped and raped" in posts that were widely shared and re-tweeted from his Facebook and Twitter accounts. He also alleged in an article he wrote for BlackAmericaWeb.com that Hubbard threatened to kill her fiancé if she said anything.

A Google search Monday morning for "Shaun King Sherita Cole" returned nearly 150,000 results.

King has since deleted his social media posts about the incident. He did not immediately respond to email and text requests for comment.

Merritt, a civil rights attorney who left up tweets about Cole's allegations after the video was released, did not immediately respond to a request for a comment or indicate whether he was still representing Cole.

The DPS released the full body-cam video, which is nearly two hours long, shortly before midnight on Tuesday and said the department was "appalled that anyone would make such a despicable, slanderous and false accusation against a peace officer who willingly risks his life every day to protect and serve the public." After its release, Merritt apologized.

"The body camera footage released directly conflicts with the accounts reported to my office," Merritt wrote on Facebook. "There is no readily apparent evidence of tampering with the footage. Officer Daniel Hubbard seems to comport himself professionally during the duration of the traffic stop and arrest."

Merritt wrote that without further evidence, Hubbard "should be cleared of any wrongdoing."

"It is deeply troubling when innocent parties are falsely accused and I am truly sorry for any trouble these claims may have caused Officer Hubbard and his family," Merritt wrote. "I take full responsibility for amplifying these claims to the point of national concern."

DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel said, "The video shows absolutely no evidence to support the accusations against the trooper during the DWI arrest of the suspect."

He said he had no information as to whether Hubbard plans any legal action regarding the allegations made against him. He didn't know whether Merritt had dropped Cole as a client or if she'd taken back her allegations.

By Wednesday morning, Cole appeared to have hidden or deleted her Facebook page. Attempts to reach her online and via phone were unsuccessful.
 

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From la.eater.com:

Angelenos React to Starbucks’ New Bathroom Policy
Some customers have mixed feelings about the new all-are-welcome policy
by Mona Holmes May 22, 2018, 4:40pm PDT

Starbucks issued new guidelines Saturday to emphasize that all are welcome, with or without a purchase. Chairman Howard Schultz announced the approach five weeks after two African-American men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, which resulted in a swift backlash. With the new policy implemented, CBS-LA gathered the local response to see how customers feel about it.

Some maintain a positive response to the policy, which allows anyone, customer or not, to use the bathrooms. “I’ve definitely done it. So I don’t see a problem with it,” said Nicole McDonald. “I think it should have always been that way, especially because of the way racism is, you know,” says Desiree Mollere.

Others see the policy change as a problem. “If you go into a business and you just sit there and you don’t buy anything you are taking up space at the table,” says Melrose Larry Green. Squatting is another concern. “You could end up having a squatters problem where you just have people coming and staying,” says Joe Selva. “I mean if they are going to do that they need to limit how long people can stay in there.”

Schultz clearly had some concerns about the new policy. “We don’t want to become a public bathroom, but we’re going to make the right decision 100% of the time and give people the key, because we don’t want anyone at Starbucks to feel as if we are not giving access to use the bathroom,” says Schultz.

Still reeling from damage control, Starbucks will conduct a highly-publicized company wide racial bias training on May 29. And while Starbucks brought on these current guidelines to address racial profiling, it seems that some customers aren’t necessarily pleased with the changes.
 
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From The Star-Telegram:

She accused a Texas state trooper of sexual assault. Then her lawyer apologized
BY STEPHEN ENGLISH

senglish@star-telegram.com

May 23, 2018 01:03 PM
WAXAHACHIE

An allegation that a white Texas state trooper sexually assaulted a black woman last weekend in Waxahachie went viral on social media.

But after the Department of Public Safety published the full body-cam video of the incident, Sherita Dixon-Cole's attorney, Lee Merritt, apologized online and said that the trooper in question had been "falsely accused."

Cole, 37, of Grapevine, was pulled over at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday for a traffic violation and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. She was transported to the Ellis County Jail and charged, according to the DPS.

During the stop, Cole alleged, Officer Daniel Hubbard offered her special treatment for sex, then sexually assaulted her, according to a news release tweeted Monday by Merritt.

The allegations, which the DPS denied Sunday evening, were amplified on social media by Merritt and social activist and journalist Shaun King, who wrote that Cole had been "kidnapped and raped" in posts that were widely shared and re-tweeted from his Facebook and Twitter accounts. He also alleged in an article he wrote for BlackAmericaWeb.com that Hubbard threatened to kill her fiancé if she said anything.

A Google search Monday morning for "Shaun King Sherita Cole" returned nearly 150,000 results.

King has since deleted his social media posts about the incident. He did not immediately respond to email and text requests for comment.

Merritt, a civil rights attorney who left up tweets about Cole's allegations after the video was released, did not immediately respond to a request for a comment or indicate whether he was still representing Cole.

The DPS released the full body-cam video, which is nearly two hours long, shortly before midnight on Tuesday and said the department was "appalled that anyone would make such a despicable, slanderous and false accusation against a peace officer who willingly risks his life every day to protect and serve the public." After its release, Merritt apologized.

"The body camera footage released directly conflicts with the accounts reported to my office," Merritt wrote on Facebook. "There is no readily apparent evidence of tampering with the footage. Officer Daniel Hubbard seems to comport himself professionally during the duration of the traffic stop and arrest."

Merritt wrote that without further evidence, Hubbard "should be cleared of any wrongdoing."

"It is deeply troubling when innocent parties are falsely accused and I am truly sorry for any trouble these claims may have caused Officer Hubbard and his family," Merritt wrote. "I take full responsibility for amplifying these claims to the point of national concern."

DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel said, "The video shows absolutely no evidence to support the accusations against the trooper during the DWI arrest of the suspect."

He said he had no information as to whether Hubbard plans any legal action regarding the allegations made against him. He didn't know whether Merritt had dropped Cole as a client or if she'd taken back her allegations.

By Wednesday morning, Cole appeared to have hidden or deleted her Facebook page. Attempts to reach her online and via phone were unsuccessful.
Questions for the attorneys on here........it seems this has happened a LOT lately. Why aren't the officers and/or departments suing the person making the false statement AND their attorney.
 

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This is so schadenfreude...

FIRST ON KHQ: Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud
Posted: May 24, 2018 5:14 PM EDT
Updated: May 25, 2018 2:09 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. -
Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance. Her potential punishment under RCW 74.08.331 could include up to 15 years in prison.

Because Dolezal changed her name, we'll be referring to her as Nkechi Diallo. According to court documents, Diallo illegally received $8,747 in food assistance, and illegally received $100 in childcare assistance. Total restitution, according to the documents, is $8,847, allegedly stolen from August 2015 through November 2017.

READ IT: Newly released court documents in Nkechi A. Diallo theft case

The investigation into Diallo's alleged theft started in March 2017 when a DSHS Office of Fraud and Accountability investigator received information that Diallo had written a book that got published. The investigator said he'd heard Diallo say she was getting public assistance, but also knew that a typical publishing contract included payments of $10,000 to $20,000.

Previous Coverage: Parents of Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal claim she's not black

The investigator conducted a review of Diallo's records and found she'd been reporting her income was usually less than $500 per month, in child support payments. At one point when asked as to how she was paying her bills, she reported, "Barely! With help from friends and gifts."

However, a subpoena for her self-employment records, which included copies of her bank statements from 2015 to present, tells a different story. The bank records, court documents say, showed Diallo had deposited about $83,924 into her bank account in several monthly installments between August 2015 and September 2017, without reporting the income to the Department of Social and Health Services. The money, according to the case file, had come from authoring her book, 'In Full Color,' speaking engagements, soap making, doll making, and the sale of her art.

RELATED: Rachel Dolezal steps down as President of Spokane NAACP

During the course of the investigation, Diallo did report a "change of circumstance" to the Department of Social and Health Services, saying she did a one-time job in October of 2017 worth $20,000, and Diallo voluntarily came in for an interview with fraud investigators last month. But when questioned about possible discrepancies in her income reporting, Diallo stated she "fully disclosed her information and asked, 'what discrepancies?". Diallo then told the investigator that she "did not have to answer" any more questions, since she had not waived her Miranda rights, which ended the interview.

RELATED: Baltimore Book Festival boots Rachel Dolezal after backlash

According to the court documents, "The state of Washington seeks prosecution and restitution in this matter. In addition, the Department requests Nkechi Diallo be disqualified from receiving Food Assistance for at least a 12 month period for breaking a Food Assistance rule on purpose. This is known as an Intentional Program Violation."

KHQ's Peter Maxwell went to Diallo's house to ask her about these charges on Thursday. Hear her response tonight at 5.
 

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This is so schadenfreude...

FIRST ON KHQ: Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud
Posted: May 24, 2018 5:14 PM EDT
Updated: May 25, 2018 2:09 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. -
Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance. Her potential punishment under RCW 74.08.331 could include up to 15 years in prison.

Because Dolezal changed her name, we'll be referring to her as Nkechi Diallo. According to court documents, Diallo illegally received $8,747 in food assistance, and illegally received $100 in childcare assistance. Total restitution, according to the documents, is $8,847, allegedly stolen from August 2015 through November 2017.

READ IT: Newly released court documents in Nkechi A. Diallo theft case

The investigation into Diallo's alleged theft started in March 2017 when a DSHS Office of Fraud and Accountability investigator received information that Diallo had written a book that got published. The investigator said he'd heard Diallo say she was getting public assistance, but also knew that a typical publishing contract included payments of $10,000 to $20,000.

Previous Coverage: Parents of Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal claim she's not black

The investigator conducted a review of Diallo's records and found she'd been reporting her income was usually less than $500 per month, in child support payments. At one point when asked as to how she was paying her bills, she reported, "Barely! With help from friends and gifts."

However, a subpoena for her self-employment records, which included copies of her bank statements from 2015 to present, tells a different story. The bank records, court documents say, showed Diallo had deposited about $83,924 into her bank account in several monthly installments between August 2015 and September 2017, without reporting the income to the Department of Social and Health Services. The money, according to the case file, had come from authoring her book, 'In Full Color,' speaking engagements, soap making, doll making, and the sale of her art.

RELATED: Rachel Dolezal steps down as President of Spokane NAACP

During the course of the investigation, Diallo did report a "change of circumstance" to the Department of Social and Health Services, saying she did a one-time job in October of 2017 worth $20,000, and Diallo voluntarily came in for an interview with fraud investigators last month. But when questioned about possible discrepancies in her income reporting, Diallo stated she "fully disclosed her information and asked, 'what discrepancies?". Diallo then told the investigator that she "did not have to answer" any more questions, since she had not waived her Miranda rights, which ended the interview.

RELATED: Baltimore Book Festival boots Rachel Dolezal after backlash

According to the court documents, "The state of Washington seeks prosecution and restitution in this matter. In addition, the Department requests Nkechi Diallo be disqualified from receiving Food Assistance for at least a 12 month period for breaking a Food Assistance rule on purpose. This is known as an Intentional Program Violation."

KHQ's Peter Maxwell went to Diallo's house to ask her about these charges on Thursday. Hear her response tonight at 5.
The case is pretty black and white...
 

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From Fox News:

Published May 16, 2018
Michael Avenatti being investigated by California State Bar
By Brooke Singman
Fox News

The State Bar of California is investigating porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti, Fox News has confirmed, after a complaint was filed regarding allegedly unpaid taxes.

Fox News on Wednesday obtained an April 18-dated letter verifying the existence of the investigation—unrelated to his representation of Daniels.

“The complaint against attorney Michael J. Avenatti has been reviewed and forwarded to the Enforcement Unit for further investigation and prosecution, if warranted,” said the letter from the state bar, written by Supervising Attorney Anand Kumar and reviewed by Fox News.

The letter also provided the names of the investigators reviewing the complaint.

The State Bar of California declined to comment on the letter, when reached by Fox News.

The complaint itself was filed in late March by attorney David Nold of Bellevue, Wash., regarding Avenatti's role in purchasing Tully’s Coffee several years ago through an entity called Global Baristas.

The complaint, first reported by The Seattle Times, said Avenatti and Global Baristas faced a lien for unpaid federal taxes worth roughly $5 million, claiming taxes were withheld from workers’ paychecks but not paid to the government. The complaint from Nold, as posted by The Seattle Times, called into question Avenatti’s “fitness to practice law.”

HEAT ON STORMY DANIELS' LAWYER OVER PAST BUSINESS DEALINGS

According to the state bar's website, an investigation is launched based on a complaint only if the state bar attorney "sees evidence of a serious violation."

But Avenatti told Fox News on Wednesday that the complaint is “completely baseless” and called Nold an “unethical hack of a lawyer.”

Nold, who filed the initial complaint, represents Bellevue Square, which has been in a landlord-tenant dispute with Tully’s Coffee. The Superior Court for the State of Washington found Nold to be in “contempt of court” following an “intentional disobedience of a court order.” Nold disclosed Avenatti’s deposition transcript to The Seattle Times, according to a court filing obtained by Fox News.

“The court ruled that I should not have given the full Avenatti deposition transcript to the news media,” Nold told Fox News last week. “The court found nothing wrong with sending the bar complaint.”

Since the coffee chain purchase, Tully’s has shuttered its stores (though the closures were described as temporary) as Global Baristas has dealt with numerous lawsuits.

The paper trail for that deal is complex.

Fox News obtained a copy of the notice of federal tax lien in question, sent to “Global Baristas US LLC” and “Michael J. Avenatti MBR [member].”

Avenatti reportedly said he thinks Global Baristas has paid the outstanding taxes. Further, Avenatti claimed to Fox News last week that he wasn’t a “member” of Global Baristas US LLC—but rather the entity that owned it, Global Baristas LLC.

“The federal tax lien is related to an entity that was owned by another company that I used to have an interest in,” Avenatti told Fox News. “At no point in time was I ever responsible for any taxes for Global Baristas US LLC, nor was I ever a member of that entity, nor did I own any direct interest in that entity.”

However, a 2017 court document posted by The Seattle Times shows Avenatti acknowledging he was the “principal” of Global Baristas US LLC.

Avenatti, though, strongly disputed the complaint itself last week in an email to Fox News, calling it “complete and utter nonsense.”

Nold told Fox News in an email that this is "just Avenatti being Avenatti."

Meanwhile, another lawsuit was filed back in 2013 against Avenatti by his famous business partner, Patrick Dempsey of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame. Dempsey's complaint against Avenatti, which was settled quickly, alleged Avenatti had not fully financed the coffee chain as agreed.

Avenatti no longer has any interest in either Global Baristas entity.

The attorney was surely the lesser known partner in that Tully's deal.

But since then, he's rocketed to national fame with his representation of adult film star Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford.

He made waves last week when he tweeted bombshell allegations against Trump attorney Michael Cohen, citing financial records to accuse Cohen of receiving $500,000 from a Russian oligarch-tied company, in addition to other hefty payments from other companies for his supposed insight on the administration.

Cohen is under criminal investigation as part of a grand jury probe into his past business dealings. Included in the investigation is a $130,000 payment to Daniels in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.
Paybacks are a bitch