District attorney won’t be filing charges against Cargill | News

A district attorney reviewing misconduct allegations against Comanche County Western District Commissioner Alvin Cargill said Monday he would not be filing charges.

Jackson County District Attorney David Thomas announced he had reviewed the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) report about the complaint against Cargill and, “I do not believe there is sufficient evidence to support the filing of a criminal charge or charges.” Thomas’ statement specified the allegations centered on possible embezzlement related to “improper and unlawful use of county vehicles and other county property.”

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Texas District Attorney names San Antonio officer who shot 17-year-old in a McDonald’s parking lot

By Josh Campbell, Michelle Watson and Emma Tucker, CNN

The Texas police officer who shot a 17-year-old man while he was eating a meal in a McDonald’s parking lot last week has been named, as the teen remains in critical condition, Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said in a statement.

San Antonio Officer James Brennand, described by the police department as a probationary officer with seven months of experience, was fired for violating the agency’s tactics, training and procedures, police said.

Brennand shot Erik Cantu, who was initially charged with evading detention in a vehicle and assaulting the officer, as Brennand had claimed he was struck by the door of the car as the teen backed up.

“While Sunday’s shooting of an unarmed teenager by a then-San Antonio Police officer remains under investigation, the facts and evidence we have received so far led us to reject the charges against Erik Cantu for further investigation,” Gonzales’ office said in a statement .

“Once SAPD completes its investigation into the actions of former Officer James Brennand and submits the case to our office, our Civil Rights Division will fully review the filing. As we do with all officer-involved shootings that result in death or serious injury, we will submit the case to a Grand Jury for their consideration. Until that happens, we can make no further comment on this matter.”

The teenager’s family issued a statement Monday saying he is in critical condition and undergoing surgeries to repair injuries to major organs from bullets.

“Erik is currently on a life support system that is keeping his lungs operating and remains on a vast amount of sedatives to hopefully ease the discomfort and pain,” the statement said.

“He has a great medical staff that has been working diligently around the clock to

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Penn State did not prove its legal standing to have public court filing sealed, experts say

By Min Xian of Spotlight PA State College

This story was produced by the State College regional bureau of Spotlight PAan independent, nonpartisan newsroom dedicated to investigative and public-service journalism for Pennsylvania. Sign up for our regional newsletter, Talk of the Town.

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State did not prove it had legal standing to request the sealing of a case related to alleged sexual extortion of two of the university’s student athletes, legal experts told Spotlight PA. The school’s move was a very unusual action that limited public access to judicial documents.

Spotlight PA was a part of an effort to make public details of the case, which had been sealed by a Center County Court of Common Pleas judge in June. Case files were unsealed on July 15 with identifiable information about the victims redacted.

A state criminal investigation began in the fall of 2021 when two Penn State student athletes reported to Penn State University Police that they were extorted online by an unknown person identified as “Li.” Li convinced at least one of the athletes to share sexually explicit photos and videos and later threatened the victim with those materials, according to the unsealed court documents.

In June, the Center County District Attorney’s Office closed that investigation after the victims decided against pursuing legal action. Upon learning that case files would become public, Penn State filed an emergency ex parte preliminary injunction to have the entire case sealed.

“It is believed … that the privacy interests of these crime victims will be irreparably and irreversibly damaged if the unsealing of these records occurs,” the university wrote in a petition filed on June 23. Center County President Judge Pamela Ruest granted the request.

The next day, the university asked that its emergency request also

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