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January 1, Charges Against Trump Organization Revealed



Happy Friday Americans,

Donald Trump’s company and its longtime CFO, Allen Weisselberg, were charged on Thursday in a tax fraud scheme. Weisselberg allegedly received over $1.7 million in undisclosed compensation, including rent, car payments, and school tuition. According to the indictment, Weisselberg and the Trump Organization conspired to pay senior executives off the books, thereby cheating the state and city out of taxes, from 2005 through this year. Both the CFO and lawyers for the Trump Organization pleaded not guilty. Trump himself has not been charged.

In Arizona, the Supreme Court voted to uphold voting restrictions. The justices voted 6-3 to uphold a statute that restricts who can collect mail-in ballots, which are widely used in the state. The court also upheld a statute that requires officials to reject votes from people who show up to cast a ballot in the wrong precinct. Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority. “Having to identify one’s own polling place and then travel there to vote does not exceed the ‘usual burdens of voting’,” he wrote.

17 people were injured after the Los Angeles police department detonated a cache of homemade fireworks it had seized. The detonation caused a major explosion on a residential block that caused property damage as well as bodily harm. Six civilians, their ages ranging from 51 to 85, were taken to a hospital for their injuries. “Clearly, protocols were followed and pursued. But something happened in that containment vessel that should not have happened and we don’t know why,” said LA police chief Michel Moore.

The US deficit will total $3 trillion by the fiscal year’s end, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate. “The economic disruption caused by the 2020–2021 coronavirus pandemic and the legislation enacted in response continue to weigh on the deficit (which was already large by historical standards before the pandemic),” the report read. The CBO released a deficit estimate in February, which was $745 billion short of the latest projection.

In an update to a case that has captivated the nation, a judge once again denied Britney Spears’ request to have her father removed from her controversial conservatorship. The latest denial comes after Spears’ highly publicized emotional appeal to the court, wherein she described being exploited and “bullied” by the arrangement. The next hearing for the case is scheduled for July 14.

Lastly, the Tour de France decided to not press charges against a fan that caused a pile-up at the race last weekend. The woman, who hasn’t been identified, had been on the sidelines facing away from the cyclists when one of the riders clipped her homemade sign and was sent flying, causing others to crash. Two riders were pulled from the prestigious competition, and eight others had to be treated for their injuries. Race director Christian Prudhomme said they withdrew their complaint against the woman, who was taken into custody earlier this week.

Be well,

Fraser Dixon


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