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Dozens more former youth inmates sue over alleged sexual abuse at Illinois detention centers

(AP) — Dozens more former youth inmates are suing over alleged sexual abuse they endured at Illinois detention centers. Thirteen women and 95 men filed two separate lawsuits Friday. They’re each seeking $2 million in damages. The lawsuits contain disturbing allegations that guards, teachers and counselors at multiple juvenile detention centers around the state sexually abused the plaintiffs between 1997 and 2019. The same New York law firm that filed Monday’s actions filed a similar lawsuit against the state of Illinois in May on behalf of 95 other former youth inmates who alleged they were sexually abused as well. The firm also has filed similar lawsuits alleging sexual abuse in juvenile detention centers in other states.

Sandy Hook families ask bankruptcy judge to liquidate Alex Jones’ media company

(AP) — Relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are asking a bankruptcy judge to liquidate conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ media company, including Infowars, instead of allowing him to reorganize his business. The families filed an emergency motion Sunday as they seek to collect $1.5 billion they won in lawsuits against Jones for calling the 2012 shooting a hoax. Twenty children and six educators were killed. Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, filed for bankruptcy reorganization after the lawsuit verdicts. Jones said on his show over the weekend that he expects his company to be shut down in a month or two because of the bankruptcy.

Prosecutors ask judge to deny Santos’ bid to have some fraud charges dropped

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to reject former U.S. Rep. George Santos’ bid to have some of the fraud charges against him dropped as his trial approaches. The New York Republican in court filings last month requested that a judge dismiss three of the 23 charges against him. But prosecutors on Friday dismissed Santos’ arguments as meritless. They say they’ll show at trial how he used the identities of his donors to fraudulently and deceptively evade federal campaign finance laws. Santos last year became only the sixth lawmaker in history to be expelled from Congress.

Mother of airman killed by Florida deputy says his firing, alone, won’t cut it

ATLANTA (AP) — The mother of an airman who was shot and killed by a Florida sheriff’s deputy says the deputy’s firing was not justice for her son’s killing. Chantemekki Fortson spoke Monday at a news conference in Atlanta, accompanied by her attorney, Ben Crump. Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden fired Deputy Eddie Duran on Friday, about a month after he fatally shot Senior Airman Roger Fortson while responding to a domestic violence call and being directed to Fortson’s apartment. Crump said Duran should face charges for the May 3 shooting. Chantemekki Fortson said the firing was akin to throwing her “a bone.”


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