YUMA, Ariz. – A Yuma man has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly setting his apartment on fire. Agustin Vera, 44, appeared in court and now faces nine felony charges, including aggravated assault and endangerment. The indictment follows charges filed against him last month. Vera, who pleaded not guilty to all charges, has been provided representation from the public defender’s office. He is scheduled to appear in court again on March 8th for a case management conference, which will determine if he can be released provisionally during his court proceedings.
POLSON, Montana – A trial began on Monday for accused arsonist Craig McCrea, who has been held on a $1 million bond since May 2022 in connection with four fires that occurred in July 2021. The largest of these fires, known as Boulder 2700, burned thousands of acres and forced evacuations in Finley Point. Prosecutors allege that McCrea started the fires to benefit his father, a firefighter for the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes. During the opening statements, Assistant Attorney General Thorin Geist told jurors that McCrea associated the smell of smoke with the opportunity to … Read more
Orlando, Florida – In a blow to Disney’s ongoing dispute with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a federal judge has dismissed the company’s lawsuit against him. District Judge Allen Winsor, nominated by former President Donald Trump, ruled that Disney “lacks standing” to sue the governor, prompting a strong reaction from both sides. The conflict between Disney and DeSantis began when the governor tightened control over the Florida amusement park in response to the company’s criticism of his ‘Don’t Say Gay’ legislation. However, Winsor cited previous rulings that stated plaintiffs could not challenge a “constitutional” law change … Read more
New York – A federal court jury in New York awarded E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million in damages for defamatory comments made by former President Donald Trump. These comments, made in 2019, attacked her character and subsequently led to years of threats and harassment from Trump’s supporters. The majority of the award, $65 million, came in the form of punitive damages after jurors determined that Trump acted maliciously and recklessly towards Carroll following her accusation of sexual assault against him in the 1990s. An additional $18.3 million was awarded to her as compensatory damages. This … Read more