Judges sends Lake Station man to prison for role in 2013 robbery-homicide | Crime and Courts

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LaJuan Fitzpatrick, 20, of Lake Station

HAMMOND — A federal judge sent a Lake Station man to prison for his role in a 2013 robbery-homicide.

U.S. District Court Philip P. Simon imposed a 36-year term Tuesday on 30-year-old Lajuan Fitzpatrick.

A federal jury found Fitzpatrick guilty Nov. 15, 2019, following a four-day trial of taking part in a robbery eight years ago that killed Rolando Correa Jr., 22, of Gary.

Government prosecutors presented evidence that Fitzpatrick joined three other men Dec. 1, 2013, in a scheme to rob Anthony Martinez, a small-scale Gary marijuana dealer.

Prosecutors said Bruce “Casper”

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‘I Am Not a Cat,’ Lawyer Using Zoom Cat Filter Tells Judge

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394th District Court of Texas – Live Stream

A court case in Texas was delayed by an adorable kitten filter. Lawyer Rod Ponton showed up to virtual court in the 394th district of Texas with a kitten filter turned on.

His mouth moved, his eyes twitched back and forth, but he was a cat. Not a man. “Mr. Ponton I believe you have a filter turned on in your video settings,” Hon. Judge Roy B. Ferguson said.

“Can you hear me judge?” The cat-Ponton said.

“I can hear you,” Judge Ferguson said. “I think it’s a filter.”


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Douglas County health officials work on plan to vaccinate judges, lawyers, court workers | Crime News

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“Those charged with more serious, violent offense are often awaiting hearings which must be held in person,” Myers said. “There are a finite number of beds which can be used to house maximum security inmates, and as those cases continue to stack up, you will be faced with difficult choices in order to try to maintain the highest level of safety and security possible.”

He said judicial officials have “identified widespread use of the vaccines within the justice system as a linchpin for restoring their functions.”

“We continue to advocate for the justice system to receive vaccinations as

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Judge halts Proud Boy’s release in Capitol breach case

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SEATTLE (AP) — The self-described “sergeant-at-arms” of the Seattle chapter of the far-right group Proud Boys will remain in custody for now pending charges filed in connection with the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida in Seattle initially said Monday that 30-year-old Ethan Nordean should be released pending trial, rejecting the government’s arguments that he posed a danger to the community and was a flight risk. But Tsuchida then halted his own decision and gave the Justice Department time to appeal.

Within hours, an appeal had been filed and U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C.,

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Lawyer tells judge ‘I’m not a cat’ after a Zoom filter mishap in virtual court hearing

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“Mr. Ponton, I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings,” the judge said.

The small, white kitten looked sad with its concerned eyes darting back and forth. The kitten opened its mouth to speak.

“Can you hear me judge?” Ponton said, appearing in the cat filter.

“I’m here, live, I’m not a cat,” he said a few seconds later.

Ferguson confirmed the Zoom mishap happened on Tuesday.

“It did actually happen. There was no joke involved,” Ferguson told CNN via phone.

The Zoom filter was removed within seconds of that moment, Ferguson said. He added that

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