“Any pursuit of an application for mutual legal assistance would be disappointing since the Duke of York is not a target of the DOJ investigation and has recently repeated his willingness to provide a witness statement,” they continued. “It is hoped that this third offer has not been the cause of the most recent leak about the Duke of York. We do not intend to make any further public statement at this time as we wish to respect the rules of confidentiality under both English law and the US guidelines.” … [Read more...] about Prince Andrew has never been ‘a target’ of US investigations concerning Jeffrey Epstein ties, attorneys say
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Time is a strange thing, because his death seems as though it happened both a century ago and yesterday. Has his legacy changed? Probably not, in some ways—or rather, it changed immediately following his death, swollen by grief, and then settled back down. What we're left with now is the question of how posthumous music will shift our sense of his achievement. Each time there's a new release, either an unauthorized one like Deliverance this week or authorized ones like the projected Purple Rain reissue, there will be a little site of inflammation in his legacy. That album or that period will get increased attention for a while. In the end, the larger questions about his legacy aren't questions that I felt I can answer until much later. How will his music and his style fit into the America of 2030 or 2040? Those are great questions, but slow questions. … [Read more...] about Looking Back on Prince’s Legacy a Year After His Death
No one really expected Democrats to come up with a way to defund the police. The idea, which stems from the police abolitionist movement, has some traction among activists, but has very little purchase in the Democratic Party. Police funding, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said recently, is a “local decision,” though she did add “that doesn’t mean we’re going to pile more money on to further militarize police.” (Even the democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran for president as the standard-bearer of the party’s left, dismissed the notion of defunding in a recent interview with The New Yorker.) So what does the party have to offer us instead? The Justice in Policing Act of 2020, described by multiple outlets as “sweeping,” would indeed take some important steps to rein in the nation’s unaccountable police departments. It also addresses the specific police powers that led to the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. … [Read more...] about What’s in the Democrats’ Policing Reform Bill?
“I am so cognizant of essential workers right now, and the people who’ve lost their jobs and are trying to find ways to support themselves. The crisis doesn’t afford them the time, or the space, or the resources for self-care,” says Simon. “So I feel some guilt around being able to work at home and be a full-time mom, which is something wonderful that I never thought I’d get to experience. I can’t deny it’s been the best thing for my soul.” … [Read more...] about How Bay Area activists to keep the flames of their passion for change burning bright
The recent protests against police brutality have pushed education officials in the Bay Area and across the country to eliminate agreements with police, which in many cases include paying uniformed and armed officers to patrol campuses or provide security on school grounds. At the same time, school officials in California summon police tens of thousands of times each year, federal records show. … [Read more...] about Bay Briefing: Learning to coexist with coronavirus