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Justice Department safeguards Trump'' s company with foreign federal governments

Monday, June 11, 2018|9:23 a.m.

GREENBELT, Md.– President Donald Trump’s hotel business did not break the law by working with other nations, a Justice Department lawyer informed a federal judge Monday.

The state of Maryland and the District Columbia have accused Trump of taking advantage of the presidency and triggering harm to local organisations that compete with his Washington hotel.

Monday’s arguments before U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte look into the compound of the Constitution’s “emoluments clause” and what it indicates. The clause bans federal officials from accepting gain from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.

Last March, Messitte ruled that the plaintiffs can proceed with their lawsuit against Trump’s Washington hotel. However he declined their effort to target Trump Organization residential or commercial properties outside of the immediate location.

Trump administration lawyers say such business activity, consisting of hotel room stays, isn’t really an emolument. Justice Department legal representative Brett Shumate on Monday informed Messitte that no federal official would have the ability to own stock from a foreign business that provides earnings or collects royalties if the argument pressed by Maryland and D.C. is accepted.

But attorney generals of the United States for Maryland and DC have declined the federal government’s position.

“This case has to do with the president of the United States making an affirmative choice to use the federal government to enrich himself,” D.C. Chief Law Officer Karl Racine told The Associated Press last week.

The case in Messitte’s court is one of three emoluments claims versus Trump. Recently, a federal judge in the District heard arguments in a claim pushed by more than 200 Democratic legislators. A 3rd case was declined by a federal judge in New york city and is now on appeal.

UNLV Awarded $11.4 Million Federal Grant to Advance Personalized Medicine in Nevada

UNLV was today granted an $11.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build Nevada’s very first center of quality in customized medicine.

The five-year award marks the first time UNLV will lead a task moneyed through the NIH’s competitive Center of Biomedical Research Study Excellence (COBRE) program. It’s likewise the first COBRE program in the country focused solely on individualized medicine.

Led by faculty in UNLV’s Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine, the program will bring together local and local partners, consisting of the university’s School of Medication and health sciences programs, to grow human genes research and associated facilities and coach early profession experts in this emerging field.

As the program develops, organizers will utilize this foundation to broaden or launch scientific services and education programs in genes in Nevada.

“Society is progressing beyond ‘experimentation medicine’ into a new data-driven era where a person’s genetic makeup is utilized to improve precision in medical diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment,” said Martin Schiller, UNLV life sciences teacher and lead scientist on the grant. “This program will give us the methods to further examine the effect of tailored medication and its capacity for contemporary medicine, and to explore the potential for expanded scientific and educational services in Nevada.”

Personalized medication is based on the principle that an individual’s special genetic makeup– their DNA– already encodes the blueprint for reliable treatment and disease avoidance. Over the next 5 years, scientists from UNLV and partner organizations will advance research in individualized medication by doing things like deciphering genes to better forecast disease vulnerability, and by discovering methods to more quickly sift through myriad treatment alternatives and fine-tune drug dosages.

A mentoring panel for new researchers comprised of university and market experts will likewise be established, and the program will fund approximately a lots pilot research grants focused on developing a pipeline of scientists and universities working to make customized medication in Nevada a truth.

“Individualized medicine is revolutionizing how we individualize care for clients, and this effort will position UNLV to play a main role in the growth and advancement of this emerging field,” said Mary Croughan, UNLV Vice President for Research Study and Economic Development. “Developing a strong, nationwide biomedical research study and mentorship network will also bring innovative new ideas to Nevada and assistance development that will move our region’s healthcare facilities forward.”

The center of quality is the latest in a series of crucial steps at UNLV over the previous a number of years to advance personalized medicine in the Silver State.

In 2015, the Nevada System of College Board of Regents approved the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medication at UNLV. Formed initially through seed financing from the State of Nevada’s Knowledge Fund, the institute draws researchers from throughout the campus together to improve individual and neighborhood health in Nevada through research and innovation commercialization, education, and labor force training. Research activity from the institute has produced 2 start-up business within the past 2 years.

The institute’s efforts to swiftly sort through huge amounts of health information were strengthened in 2015 when UNLV partnered with data company Change to obtain the Intel “Cherry Creek” supercomputer, which ranks amongst the world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputers.

This is just the second program in Southern Nevada to be funded through the NIH COBRE effort. In 2015, a Cleveland Center Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health-led partnership with UNLV was formed to resolve the intricacies Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s illness.

Attorney: Federal representatives take documents from Trump legal representative

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Andrew Harnik/ AP In this Sept. 19, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen appears in front of members of the media after a closed door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill.

Published Monday, April 9, 2018|1:19 p.m.

Updated 42 minutes ago

WASHINGTON– Federal representatives on Monday robbed the workplaces of President Donald Trump’s individual lawyer Michael Cohen, who has been under intense public scrutiny for weeks over a $130,000 payment to a porn actress who says she had sex with Trump more than a years ago.

The raid on Cohen’s workplace was done by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan and was based at least partly on a recommendation from unique counsel Robert Mueller, inning accordance with Cohen’s legal representative, Stephen Ryan.

” The decision by the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace in New York to perform their investigation utilizing search warrants is completely unsuitable and unnecessary,” Ryan stated in a statement. “It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of secured attorney customer interactions in between a lawyer and his customers.”

Ryan did not elaborate on the documents that were drawn from Cohen’s workplace but said he has complied with investigators, consisting of talking with lawmakers looking into Russian interference in the 2016 governmental election.

In his remarks to the Senate intelligence committee, Cohen confirmed that throughout the early parts of the Trump campaign, the Trump Organization pursued a proposal in Russia for a Trump Tower Moscow. He has downplayed the significance of the deal, which failed, and stated it wasn’t connected to the project.

However Cohen has more just recently brought in attention for his recommendation that he paid pornography star Stormy Daniels $130,000 from his own pocket simply days before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen has actually said neither the Trump Company nor the Trump project was a party to the transaction with Daniels and he was not compensated for the payment.

Trump informed press reporters recently that he did not know about the payment.

Daniels has stated she made love with the president in 2006. She has been suing to revoke the nondisclosure contract she signed prior to the election and has actually provided to return the $130,000 she was paid in order to “set the record directly.”

Daniels argues the agreement is legally invalid due to the fact that it was signed by just Daniels and Cohen, but was not signed by Trump.

The New york city Times first reported on the raid.

Associated Press author Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

Making the federal government less larcenous

Friday, April 6, 2018|2 a.m.

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After two years of stonewalling about its theft of Gerardo Serrano’s 2014 Ford F-250 pickup, the federal government all of a sudden returned it. It sparkled from having actually been cleaned and detailed, bumper to bumper, and it had four brand-new tires and a brand-new battery. The government probably hoped that, mollified by the truck’s sprucing-up, Serrano would let bygones be bygones and return to Kentucky. This was another mistake by our mistake-prone government.

Assisted by litigators from the Institute for Justice (IJ), whose look on the West Texas horizon most likely stressed the federal government into pretending to be obedient, Serrano wishes to make the government less larcenous and more constitutional when it is enhancing itself through civil loss.

On Sept. 21, 2015, Serrano drove up to the Eagle Pass, Texas, border crossing, meaning to attempt to interest a Mexican cousin in broadening his photovoltaic panel setup organisation in the United States. To have mementos of his journey, he took some photos of the border with his cellphone camera, which frustrated 2 U.S. Custom and Border Defense (CBP) representatives, who demanded the password to his phone. Serrano, who is exactly what an American ought to be regarding his rights, irritable, chose not to send to such an unwarranted invasion of his personal privacy. One representative said he was “fed up with hearing about your rights” and “you have no rights here.” So, they searched his truck– this was unusual for a vehicle leaving the country– and one representative exclaimed, “We got him!”

Having actually found five.380 quality bullets in the truck’s center console– he has a concealed-carry authorization but had no weapon with him– they handcuffed him and took his truck under civil forfeit, stating it had actually been used to carry “munitions of war.” The next time somebody warns about the capacity for domestic abuse of supposed national security procedures, do not dismiss them as an unstable libertarian.

Civil forfeiture is the power to seize property believed of being produced by, or involved in, crime. In this “Through the Looking-Glass,” guilty-until-proven-innocent inversion, the home’s owners bear the problem of proving that they were not associated with such activity, which can be a pricey and protracted procedure as persons must employ legal representatives and do battle with a government wielding unrestricted resources. Law enforcement agencies get to keep the profits from surrendered property, which gives them an incentive to do exactly what a lot of them do– abuse the procedure. However, then, the procedure– punishment prior to a crime is shown– is inherently abusive.

The federal government appears mystified that Serrano will not leave bad sufficient alone, and repel. It states he got his truck back after a simple 25 months, so “there is not any case or debate.” Serrano states, let me count the methods I have actually been hurt by “thugs with badges.”

Before the government would deign to promise (falsely, it turned out) to give him due process– to permit him to ask for a judicial hearing– it extorted from Serrano a bond of 10 percent of the truck’s worth ($3,804.99). The federal government quickly cashed his check (not up until the IJ cavalry rode in did he get his refund). The hearing never took place. During the 2 years Serrano lacked the truck, he needed to continue making $672.97 regular monthly payments on it, and he had to pay more than $700 to insure it, $1,004.61 to register it in Kentucky and thousands more for rental cars.

Serrano is suing for restitution, however also seeking a class-action judgment on behalf of others who have actually been similarly maltreated. Simply at Eagle Pass, one of 73 crossing points on the U.S.-Mexico border, the CBP takes, usually, well more than 100 Americans’ automobiles a year. Serrano seeks to develop a right to prompt post-seizure judicial hearings. These would be improvements, however of a process that needs radical modification, if not abolition.

Robert Everett Johnson is one of the IJ legal representatives whose interest in the case galvanized the CBP’s hitherto dormant interest in Serrano’s rights. Johnson says: “Picture being apprehended at an airport checkpoint since you innocently forgot to take a tube of tooth paste from your travel luggage. However instead of asking you to toss it out or put it in a plastic bag, the TSA agents informed you they were seizing all your travel luggage, including the toothpaste tube.” That took place to Serrano at the hands of a government– the one north of the border– that don’t hesitated to state, “You have no rights here.”

George Will is a writer for The Washington Post.

County to ask for millions in federal housing funds

Tuesday, April 3, 2018|2:48 p.m.

Clark County is making an application for millions in federal dollars to fund low-income real estate and fight homelessness.

The Neighborhood Advancement Advisory Committee today recommended six projects for a requested total of more than $6.6 million in state and federal financing. 4 projects would be dedicated to housing for elders by creating nearly 500 units and one would help low-income households by building 80 systems.

The largest portion of funding is more than $2.5 million for Accessible Area Inc.’s Stepping Stone Apartments Task, which would house those with specific neurological conditions and distressing brain injuries.

Nevada’s Low Income Real estate Trust Fund matches dollars from the federal HOUSE Financial investment Collaboration. With commissioners’ vote to approve the suggestions today, the county will apply for the funding with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Advancement and the State of Nevada’s Real estate Division.

Officials based the financing requests on budget plan allowances from in 2015. Kristin Cooper, neighborhood resources manager, stated the Clark County HOUSE Consortium is approximated to get $8.2 million in brand-new and previous year funding from the federal HOME program and the state’s HOME and low-income real estate credit dollars for the upcoming 2018-2019 fiscal year. She said practically $1 million is set to be designated to North Las Vegas.

Budget-friendly housing designers asked for $11.6 million, while the advisory committee had $6.6 million to assign. Cooper said the hope is that the county will get more financing than last year based upon the omnibus spending plan recently gone by Congress.

The approximately 600 brand-new units will be available to low-income locals for at least Twenty Years, Cooper said.

Commissioners likewise OK ‘d projects to get more than $600,000 in Emergency Solutions Grant program funds that the county is eligible to get. Those tasks for homeless kids and families, including the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, will be included in the FY2018 HUD Action Plan.

Advisory committee Chair Lois Greene stated members of the group checked out project websites, heard presentations from developers and settled its recommendations in March.

If federal financing is lower than the county’s demand, officials stated the six projects would be granted based on top priority while the emergency solutions grants would be minimized throughout the board.

Two projects in North Las Vegas will not get any of moneying the developers asked for.

“We didn’t have enough money to get to everybody,” Cooper stated. “They do think about whether it remains in the county or the city, due to the fact that the city does receive its own allowance of HOME funds.”

Cities also need to provide substantial support for a job before the county can contribute its HOME funds in another jurisdiction, Cooper stated. Among the unfunded projects, Nevada HAND Inc.’s North 5th Street Houses, has actually because been suggested for other financing by the City of North Las Vegas.

“They are next on our list of funds to waterfall down if we do get additional financing,” Cooper stated.

Commissioners also declared April reasonable housing month in Clark County. Silver State Fair Real Estate Council Southern Nevada Program Manager Ivonne Almaraz stated it is very important to continue combating versus discrimination in housing.

CORRECTION: A previous variation of this story used the phrase “public real estate” rather of “budget-friendly real estate” or “low-income real estate.” The terms are not associated.|(April 3, 2018)

How the federal government shutdown may affect your tax return

When the federal government formally ran out of cash for the , lots of aspects of federal government needed to shut down– that includes the IRS.

Even while the IRS is shut down, some vital services will continue to run. Any activity supported by funding that does not end at the end of the fiscal year continues to work in addition to anything deemed needed– like protecting federal government home or securing human life.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t include your tax return.

As long as the government is shut down, no tax returns will be released and any extended shutdown could delay your income tax return. Automated services are still working, so you can still file your return online.

Forbes reports a list of pertinent Internal Revenue Service services that will be postponed during the shutdown:

No tax refunds issuedNo processing of non-disaster relief transcriptsNo processing of forms 1040X, changed returnsNo non-automated collectionsNo audit or evaluations (some exceptions apply) No whistleblower office activity

And here’s a list of services that will continue to run even throughout the shutdown:

Processing of returns with paymentsE-filingMailing tax formsAppeals (statutory due dates will not be changed) Call centers (only throughout filing season) Civil and criminal tax casesCertain interactions to taxpayersActive criminal investigationsIRS.gov

The federal government has actually officially shut down

WASHINGTON (AP)– The federal government closed down at the stroke of midnight Friday, stopping all but the most vital operations and spoiling the 1 year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking screen of Washington dysfunction.

Last-minute negotiations fallen apart as Senate Democrats obstructed a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, triggering the 4th government shutdown in a quarter century. The slide towards closure did not have for high drama: The Senate vote was all but predetermined, and considering that the shutdown started at the start of a weekend, a lot of the immediate effects will be muted for most Americans.

Still, it features no scarcity of shame for the president and political threat for both parties, as they bet that citizens will punish the other at the tally box in November.

Social Security and most other safeguard programs are untouched by the lapse in federal spending authority. Crucial government functions will continue, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay. However if no offer is brokered before Monday, hundreds of countless federal workers will be furloughed.

After hours of closed-door meetings and telephone call, the Senate arranged its late-night vote on a House-passed strategy. It gained 50 votes to proceed to 48 against, but 60 were had to break a Democratic filibuster. A handful of red-state Democrats crossing the aisle to support the procedure, rather than take the politically-risky vote. Four Republicans voted in opposition.

In an unusual move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell permitted the roll call to surpass 90 minutes– rather of the typical 20 or two– apparently accommodating the many conversations among leaders and other legislators. Still as midnight passed and the calendar turned, there was no apparent off-ramp to the political stalemate. Each party expressed resolve in its position– and confidence that the other would suffer the wrath of citizens.

Even prior to the vote, Trump was pessimistic, tweeting, “Not looking excellent” and blaming the Democrats who he stated really wanted the shutdown “to help decrease the success” of the tax expense he and fellow Republicans pushed through last month.

Democrats balked on the step in an effort to pressure on the White Home to cut an offer to secure “dreamer” immigrants– who were brought to the nation as kids and are now here unlawfully– prior to their legal security runs out in March.

The president enjoyed the results from the White House home, calling up allies and affirming his belief that Democrats would answer for the shutdown, stated a person knowledgeable about his discussions however not licensed to discuss them publicly.

Predictably, both celebrations moved quickly to blame one another. Democrats laid fault with Republicans, who manage both chambers of Congress and the White House and have actually struggled with structure internal agreement. Republican politicians declared Democrats responsible, after they decreased to supply the votes needed to get rid of a filibuster in the Senate over their desire to force the passage of legislation to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation.

Republicans branded the conflict a “Schumer shutdown” and argued that Democrats were hurting fellow Americans to protect “unlawful immigrants.”

Trump had brought Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to the White House Friday afternoon in hopes of cutting an offer. However the 2 New Yorkers, who pride themselves on their working out abilities, emerged without an arrangement, and Republicans and Democrats in Congress continued to pass off duty.

“We made some progress, but we still have a good number of disputes,” Schumer said upon returning to Capitol Hill. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told CNN that “Not much has actually changed” over the course of the day, however he predicted a deal would be reached by Monday, when most government offices are to resume after the weekend.

Democrats in the Senate had served notification they would filibuster the government-wide funding costs that cleared your house Thursday evening. They were seeking an even much shorter extension that they believe would keep the pressure on the White Home to cut an offer to safeguard the “dreamer” immigrants.

Trump initially explained his conversation with Schumer as an “outstanding preliminary meeting,” tweeting that legislators were “making progress – 4 week extension would be best!” However that optimism faded as the night used on.

Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas stated Trump informed Schumer to work things out with McConnell and Home Speaker Paul Ryan. McConnell did not attend the conference because he was not welcomed, a Senate GOP aide stated.

Trump had been an unreliable arbitrator in the weeks leading up to the face-off. Previously today he tweeted opposition to the four-week plan, forcing the White House to later affirm his support. He revealed openness to extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, only to reject a bipartisan proposition. His disparaging remarks about African and Haitian immigrants recently helped thwart even more settlements.

Trump had actually been set to leave Friday afternoon to attend a fundraiser at his Palm Beach, Florida, estate marking the 1 year anniversary of his inauguration but delayed his travel.

“I think the president’s been extremely clear: he’s not leaving until this is finished,” Mulvaney told reporters.

As word of the Schumer conference spread, the White Home hastened to reassure Republican congressional leaders that Trump would not make any major policy concessions, stated a person familiar with the discussions however not licensed to be priced estimate by name.

On Capitol Hill, McConnell said Americans in your home would be seeing to see “which senators make the patriotic decision” and which “vote to shove aside veterans, military households and vulnerable children to hold the whole country captive … until we pass an immigration bill.”

Throughout the Capitol, your home backed away from a plan to adjourn for a one-week recess, suggesting the GOP-controlled chamber might await a last-minute compromise that would require a brand-new vote. However it wasn’t coming Friday night.

“We cannot keep kicking the can down the road,” said Schumer, insisting on more urgency in talks on migration. “In another month, we’ll be right back here, at this moment, with the same web of problems at our feet, in no better position to solve them.”

The four-week procedure would have been the 4th stopgap spending expense considering that the existing spending plan year started in October. A pile of unfinished Capitol Hill service has been on hold, first as Republicans settled last fall’s tax bill and now as Democrats insist on development on migration. Talks on a budget deal to ease tight spending limits on both the Pentagon and domestic agencies are on hold, as is progress on a big $80 billion-plus disaster help costs.

Before Thursday night’s House approval, GOP leaders sweetened the stopgap procedure with legislation to extend for six years a popular healthcare program for children from low-income families and two-year hold-ups in undesirable “Obamacare” taxes on medical devices and generous employer-provided health plans.

A shutdown would be the first considering that 2013, when tea party Republican politicians– in a technique not unlike the one Schumer is using now– sought to utilize a must-pass funding expense to attempt to force then-President Barack Obama to delay application of his marquee healthcare law. At the time, Trump informed Fox & & Pals that the ultimate blame for a shutdown lies at the top. “I truly think the pressure is on the president,” he stated.

Arguing that Trump’s predecessors “weaponized” that shutdown, Mulvaney stated Friday the spending plan workplace would direct companies to work to reduce the impact this time. That position is a striking role-reversal for the conservative former congressman, who was among the designers of the 2013 shutdown over the Affordable Care Act.

With no agreement by midnight, the federal government would start right away locking its doors. The impact would initially be spotty– because the majority of companies would be closed till Monday– but each celebration would be betting the public would blame the other.

In the event of a shutdown, food assessments, federal police, airport security checks, and other crucial services would continue, as would Social Security, other federal advantage programs and military operations.

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Associated Press writers Jill Colvin and Catherine Lucey contributed to this report from Washington. AP author Jonathan Lemire contributed from New york city.

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Federal judge blocks Texas restriction of common abortion procedure

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017|3:44 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas– A federal judge on Wednesday obstructed a new Texas law looking for to prohibit a commonly utilized abortion technique, the current in a string of court defeats to the Legislature’s attempts to make getting an abortion as tough as possible in America’s second most-populous state.

Austin-based U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel extended forever a momentary ban he ‘d formerly provided prior to the law was set to work Sept. 1. That overturns– at least for now– a law that Republican politician Gov. Greg Abbott checked in June banning a second-trimester abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation. Texas is set to appeal, but federal courts in a minimum of 4 other states already had blocked comparable laws.

Yeakel’s ruling followed a trial early this fall where the judge heard arguments from Texas, which protected the law, and from abortion rights groups who argue it unconstitutionally burdens females seeking abortions. Texas Chief Law Officer Ken Paxton submitted an instant notification of attract the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

“A five-day trial in district court allowed us to build a record like no other in exposing the truth about the barbaric practice of dismemberment abortions. We aspire to provide that comprehensive record before the 5th Circuit. No simply society should endure the tearing of living human beings to pieces,” Paxton stated in a declaration.

Federal judges have actually already ruled versus past Texas efforts to change the disposal of fetal remains and reject Medicaid moneying to abortion supplier Planned Parenthood over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted most of a sweeping, anti-abortion law authorized in Texas in 2013 which assisted require the closure of majority of the state’s abortion centers.

Texas for many years authorized tight abortion constraints arguing that they would safeguard the lives of pregnant women. After the Supreme Court defeat, the Legislature this session started backing proposals aimed at safeguarding fetuses, but constantly with top Republicans’ stated goal of decreasing the variety of abortions carried out in their state to as close to no as possible.

The Texas law Yeakel suspended utilizes the non-medical term “dismemberment abortion” to describe a treatment where forceps and other instruments are used to eliminate the fetus from the womb. Paxton’s workplace had argued that “prohibiting this inhumane treatment does not impose any substantial health dangers or problems on females” while pointing out alternative treatments that abortion providers state are less safe and reliable.

However, in a 27-page viewpoint, Yeakel wrote that the Supreme Court had already weight in on second-trimester abortions twice. In both cases, justices held that “the law enforced an excessive problem on a female seeking a pre-fetal-viability abortion,” he wrote.

The power to choose to have an abortion “is her right,” Yeakel wrote, including that the right over the interest of the fetus prior to it ends up being practical “is self-evident.”

“Here the state’s interest should give way to the female’s right,” Yeakel composed.

Federal courts previously obstructed dilation and evacuation restrictions in Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Texas presently has around 20 abortion centers, down from 41 in 2012.

Cops: Former federal prosecutor eliminated by ax-wielding boy

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017|9:28 a.m.

CHESTERFIELD, Va.– Authorities say the kid of a previous federal district attorney utilized an ax to kill his father.

News outlets report 61-year-old Nicholas Altimari was found dead Saturday at his Chesterfield, Virginia, home.

Police state 31-year-old Frank X. Altimari was arrested in Richmond the exact same night and charged in connection with the slaying. Authorities think he hit his dad with a vehicle, then struck him with the ax.

A spokesperson for the United States attorney’s workplace states Nicholas Altimari served the eastern district of Virginia as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1992 to 2003. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the suspect’s late grandfather, also called Frank X. Altimari, served on the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

It’s unclear exactly what prompted the violence, or whether the suspect has an attorney.