Judge lifts gag order on former Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd’s death

first_imgkali9/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC NEWSA judge has lifted the gag order in the high-profile cases of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd.The hearing on Tuesday followed a July 9 order from Judge Peter Cahill, barring the defendants — Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Kiernan Lane and Tou Thao — and all attorneys to not speak publicly about the cases. All four defendants’ lawyers filed a motion to lift, or an objection to, the gag order.In vacating the gag order, Cahill said the defendants were persuasive in their argument that they have a right to respond to “pretrial statements to meet negative publicity,” according to pool reports.“The gag order didn’t work,” Cahill added, as the media had been relying on “anonymous sources and other material.”At the hearing, Kueng’s attorney was also seeking the public release of footage from Lane’s body camera in connection with a motion to dismiss Kueng’s charges. Last week, footage from Lane and Kueng’s body cameras became available to view by appointment only, but cannot be distributed. A coalition of media organizations also made a motion to release the footage.Cahill did not decide on the release of the footage Tuesday. He has 90 days to do so, but said that he expects to make it before that deadline.Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd. He remains in custody and appeared in court via video.Lane, Kueng and Thao are all charged with second-degree aiding and abetting felony murder and second-degree aiding and abetting manslaughter. All three are currently out on bail and appeared in person at the downtown Minneapolis courthouse.Audio transcripts of body cameras worn by the former officers were released earlier this month, after Lane’s attorney filed a motion to release them in support of a motion to dismiss charges against him.Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, has argued that the newly released transcripts show there was no probable cause to prove Lane committed a crime.The former officers have not yet formally entered a plea.Cahill has scheduled a trial date for March 8, 2021. The judge has yet to decide if the men will be tried separately or together.The court is currently exploring allowing audio and video coverage of the trial. At Tuesday’s hearing, all defense attorneys were in favor of that, according to pool reports. Cahill had earlier denied cameras at the pretrial hearings.Floyd, a Black man, was arrested on May 25 outside a convenience store in Minneapolis and accused of using counterfeit money to purchase cigarettes, according to police.During the arrests, Chauvin, a 44-year-old white police officer, kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes, according to the criminal complaint. Floyd repeatedly called out, “I can’t breathe,” before he lost consciousness, according to a criminal complaint. Floyd was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Lane, 37, allegedly held Floyd’s legs down while Kueng, 26, allegedly held Floyd’s back as Chauvin allegedly dug his knee into Floyd’s neck, the criminal complaint said. Thao, 34, allegedly watched the entire incident with his hands in his pockets, according to the complaint.Floyd’s arrest was captured on a bystander’s cellphone. The video was posted on Facebook and went viral, sparking protests against police brutality in Minneapolis and across the nation.The four officers were fired from the police department. Two of them, Lane and Kueng, were rookies.Bill Hutchinson, Janel Klein and Ella Torres contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Widespread Panic Kicks Off Chicago Run With Unexpected Opener, Traffic Cover & More Classics

first_imgLoad remaining images Another treat in the second set was the cover of Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” that again sent everyone into elation, as it was played for the first time this year. Many sang along, and this was a tune that made us all happy.The energy continued through a great “Surprise Valley” segment of the show that contained “Protein Drink/Sewing Machine” and a brief “Drums” that saw all the musicians remain on the stage instead of exiting. “Arleen” was a great version, and it was easy to zone into Dave Schools’ catchy bass lines and follow along with his playing. From there, the band seguedc into “Hatfield,” before finishing “Driving Song” to end the second set. They encored with a beautiful “Dream Song” before rocking the place out with “Tall Boy.”The show was a great way to open Panic’s stop in Chicago. If you were lucky enough to get tickets to tonight and tomorrow’s shows, the Panic reign will continue. There is one thing all Panic fans can agree on: they will be bringing it for another two nights. On that same note, hopefully percussionist Sunny Ortiz can bring it to Wrigley Field and help those Cubbies secure a win. As any Cubs fan could sing, go Cubs go! Go Cubs go! Hey Chicago, what do you say? Panic is going to bring it today.Setlist: Widespread Panic at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL – 5/5/16Set 1 Sharon, Chilly Water > Henry Parsons Died > Chilly Water, Cease Fire > Jamais Vu > Rock, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature (71 mins)Set 2 Driving Song > Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Ain’t Life Grand, I’m Not Alone, Dear Mr. Fantasy, Surprise Valley > Protein Drink / Sewing Machine > Drums > Surprise Valley, Arleen > Hatfield > Driving Song (97 mins)Encore Dream Song, Tall Boy (11 mins)[Setlist via PanicStream.com]A full gallery of photos by Ojeda Photography can be seen below: Downtown Chicago was ready for the influx of Panic fans as the band came for the first of the three night run. It had been three years since Widespread Panic played a two-set show (April 2013 – UIC Pavilion) in Chicago, and almost five years since they have graced the halls of the very beautiful and ornate Chicago Theatre. Last night’s show proved they have no love lost for the Windy City and one of its most remarkable venues.It’s probable that many assumed that Panic would open with something more traditional, but Panic wanted to make a statement, and so they opened up with” Sharon.” Usually a song that is reserved for the second set, this is the first time that they opened a show with the tune since 1986, and even then, that show is technically noted as opening with a Jam that goes into Sharon. So even after 30+ years of doing their thing, Widespread Panic brings something new to the live show. It was a great version of “Sharon” accompanied by a beautiful lady on the LED screens. A great first set “Chilly Water” followed that contained a “Henry Parson’s Died” sandwiched inside. Newer tune “Cease Fire” was played well before slowing the tempo down quite a bit with “Jamais Vu.” That song segued into “Rock,” and it was vastly different from the former tune. “Rock” has such a hard edge and dark side to it, but singer and guitarist John Bell made sure to add a “Sweet Home Chicago” into the lyrics which incited the crowd. The juxtaposition of Rock with the song that preceded it and followed it was striking.  “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” came next; a great rendition of the Dylan staple. It was so upbeat and fun, and not as folky, that it was almost hard to recognize at first. Once the lyrics were sung, everyone in the building knew the song though. The first set closed with a “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature” that rocked a standard but awesome first set.The second set opened with “Driving Song” that was accompanied by the widely recognized visuals of an autumn day on the screens. Newer song “Angels Don’t Sing the Blues” followed. Then they turned the energy up for “Ain’t Life Grand.” Besides it being one of my personal favorite tunes from the band, this seemed like the version that got the place absolutely rocking. It seems as if this tune is always played well in the Chicago Theatre; one would be hard pressed to find a version from the venue that isn’t absolutely rocking. The crowd also thoroughly enjoyed it because it was the loudest that they got up to that point. last_img read more

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Premier League clubs reject mooted ‘China move’ in bid to end season

first_img Loading… The idea of playing out the Premier League season in China was reportedly floated by one club chief. But it was quickly shot down by top-flight counterparts. Premier League fixtures are currently suspended until April 30 due to the coronavirus crisis ( Games have been suspended with the coronavirus pandemic causing havoc around the globe. And as the Premier League seek to finish the domestic season amid mounting pressure, it’s claimed that they had contemplated taking fixtures abroad for the first time. England’s top flight are aware of the financial repercussions of failing to finish the season, and Chin was mooted as and a potential destination, reports the Athletic. The country’s death toll is lowering despite them being the first nation to suffer from the Covid-19 outbreak. One chief executive is reported to have said: “If we were to pick up the Premier League and move it to another part of world right now we’d get absolutely slaughtered. “Somebody accused us the other day of being in a bubble. I feel a little bit like they are right at the moment – even though I am not, I can see why people think we are.” While another reportedly offered: “It’s just a waste of energy. Let’s just say we all want to start the league and life. “Unfortunately only God and the pandemic can make this decision. And it does not look likely.” The Premier League stands to lose £762m in broadcasting revenue if they fail to conclude the season. Liverpool and West Ham both have plenty riding on the current campaign Read Also: EPL club suggests finishing the campaign in China amid £762m repayment Authorities were looking for an area that has the infrastructure to host such a competition. They were also working on the pretence that taking games elsewhere would ease pressure on the NHS and allow them to use club facilities. A World Cup style tournament has also been suggested but there are worries over the competition’s integrity due to the lack of home advantage. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWorld’s Most Delicious Foods7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Laugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOlast_img read more

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