Extortion and threats

President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during press briefing with the Coronavirus Task Force, at the White House, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 18, 2020 - 1:03 pm
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This undated photo provided by the St. Louis County Department of Justice Services shows Jeremy Garnier, who was charged Tuesday, March 4, 2020, with a felony count of making a terrorist threat while livestreaming threats to bomb and kill people in a bustling St. Louis area entertainment district while dressed as the Batman villain the Joker. (St. Louis County Department of Justice Services via AP)
March 05, 2020 - 1:42 pm
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis man accused of livestreaming threats to bomb and kill people in a bustling entertainment district while dressed as the Batman villain the Joker has been charged with terrorism. Forty-eight-year-old Jeremy Garnier, of University City, was charged...
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-FILE- In this Monday March 18, 2019, file image, the body of one of three victims is covered with a white sheet as it lies next to a tram after a shooting incident in Utrecht, Netherlands. The trial of a Dutch man of Turkish descent is starting Monday March 2, 2020, for allegedly opening fire on a tram in the central city of Utrecht last year, killing four people in what prosecutors say was a terror attack. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
March 02, 2020 - 2:15 am
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — A terrorism trial starts Monday for a Dutch man of Turkish descent who allegedly opened fire on a tram in the central city of Utrecht last year, killing four people. Prosecutors have charged Gokmen Tanis with four counts of murder with terrorist intent and three counts...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. Avenatti, a lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, has been convicted Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, of trying to extort the apparel company Nike. The charges carry a combined potential penalty of 42 years in prison. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
February 14, 2020 - 9:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits involving President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike. The verdict was returned by a federal jury in Manhattan following a three-...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. A Los Angeles amateur basketball league's founder told jurors Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, that Avenatti betrayed him when the lawyer threatened to make his complaints against Nike public. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
February 11, 2020 - 5:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti's attorney borrowed Nike's iconic advertising slogan in a closing argument Tuesday at an extortion trial, saying Avenatti followed a client's wishes to be in attack mode when he went into a meeting with the apparel giant's lawyers intent to “Just Do It" for his...
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In this Feb. 6, 2020 photo, state police stand guard along the road leading into Uruapan, Michoacan state, Mexico. Uruapan, a city of about 340,000 people, is in Mexico's avocado belt, where violence has reached shocking proportions. In Uruapan, cartels are battling for territory and reports of killings are common, such as the gun massacre last week of three young boys, a teenager and five others at an arcade in what had been a relatively quiet neighborhood. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
February 10, 2020 - 11:38 am
URUAPAN, MEXICO (AP) — Alejandra Uvilla fled her home city of Apatzingan because of overwhelming violence, moving 65 miles (105 km) north to bustling, mountain-nestled Uruapan in the avocado belt of Michoacan state. Three years later, the bloodshed is even worse here. Cartels are battling for...
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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court in New York. A California businessman who enlisted Avenatti to help his friend deal with two corrupt Nike executives testified Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, that he reacted with shock and horror when he learned the attorney was threatening to go public with his information. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
February 10, 2020 - 10:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge dealt a blow to California attorney Michael Avenatti's attempt to limit his testimony if he testifies at his New York extortion trial, saying Monday that allegations of lies and deceit involving past clients are "highly relevant" although specific charges in other cases are...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019 file photo, Gayle King attends the 2019 Women's Media Awards, hosted by The Women's Media Center, at the Mandarin Oriental New York in New York. King is facing death threats following a social media backlash caused by an interview with retired WNBA star Lisa Leslie that concerned the late Kobe Bryant. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)
February 09, 2020 - 1:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The CBS News chief called threats against journalist Gayle King “reprehensible” Saturday as backlash grew against rapper Snoop Dogg and others critical of King for an interview where she asked about a sexual assault charge against the late Kobe Bryant. Snoop Dogg issued a warning to...
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February 04, 2020 - 9:06 pm
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A March 9 trial date has been set for an Arizona man accused of making a threatening phone call to California U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff last year. Federal court records released Tuesday said Jan Peter Meister was indicted on accusations that he called Schiff's Washington office...
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In this July 10, 2019, photo, Juan Carlos Perla carries his youngest son, Joshua Mateo Perla, as the family leaves their home in Tijuana, Mexico, for an asylum hearing in San Diego. They were among the first sent back to Mexico under a Trump administration policy that dramatically reshaped the scene at the U.S.-Mexico border by returning migrants to Mexico to wait out their U.S. asylum process. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
January 30, 2020 - 1:37 pm
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The Perla family of El Salvador has slipped into a daily rhythm in Mexico while they wait for the U.S. to decide whether to grant them asylum. A modest home has replaced the tent they lived in at a migrant shelter. Their 7- and 5-year-old boys are in their second year of...
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