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Liberal group to pay damages in defamation case

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/19/18, 11:12 am

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) must pay $3.4 million to British anti-extremism organization Quilliam for saying the group hated Muslims, according to a settlement announced Monday. The founder of Quilliam, Maajid Nawaz, is a self-described secular Muslim who works to challenge Islamic extremism. The SPLC, a U.S. nonprofit organization, included Quilliam in its Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists. Nawaz once was involved with extremist groups but changed his views and now works to combat both anti-Muslim prejudice and radical Islam.

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Mueller adds to Manafort’s rap sheet

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/08/18, 05:10 pm

Special counsel Robert Mueller charged former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and one of his associates with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to an indictment unsealed Friday. Prosecutors accuse Manafort and Konstantin Kalimnik of trying to influence two witnesses who planned to testify that Manafort’s work on behalf of Ukraine extended into the United States and not just Europe, as his defense lawyers claim. Manafort already faces charges of money-laundering conspiracy, false statement, and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.

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Alleged Trump mistress fires another legal salvo

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/07/18, 01:06 pm

Stephanie Clifford, the woman who claims President Donald Trump paid her not to talk about an alleged affair they had in 2006, sued her former attorney Wednesday, saying he worked with Trump’s lawyers to deceive her. The lawsuit claims that Clifford’s former attorney, Keith Davidson, and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who is now the subject of a federal investigation, colluded to get Clifford to say on TV the affair never happened.

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