The horror: Losing a beloved police officer to senseless violence. Standing trial for another man's crime. Fooled by a mascot whose interest in a single mother was her vulnerable son. Just keep these people in mind when you paint wounds on your chest and spread dark shadows under your eyes. Remember that for some, horror is not a costume. Happy Halloween.
— Tommy Rowan
Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Monday revealed charges against three former Trump campaign officials – former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his longtime business partner Rick Gates and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos – marking the first criminal allegations to come from probes into possible Russian influence in U.S. political affairs.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty earlier this month to making a false statement to FBI investigators who asked about his contacts with a foreigner connected to Russian officials. The plea agreement was unsealed Monday.
The foreigner was described as a London-based professor and Papadopoulos claimed the professor introduced him to Putin's niece and the Russian ambassador in London, according to the indictment. Manafort and Gates were charged in a 12-count indictment with conspiracy to launder money, making false statements and other charges stemming from probes into possible Russian influence in U.S. political affairs.
Meanwhile, powerful Democratic lobbyist and Podesta Group founder Tony Podesta is stepping down from the firm after coming under investigation by the special counsel.
Last year on Halloween, a father and son and their dog stopped their car beside a trail in Bear Creek Township, Luzerne County. Just a few feet from their car, the dog caught a scent and the men discovered the dismembered remains of a Bucks County teen who had been murdered and tortured by her mother and stepfather.
This happens quite often in America, writes Jason Nark, because no one is in the woods, off-trail, more than hunters.
They solve missing persons cases and find suicide and murder victims, giving families some closure.
The City of Philadelphia this month quietly settled for $750,000 a malicious-prosecution lawsuit brought by Nafis Pinkney, the West Philly man who was arrested by notorious homicide detective James Pitts and charged with a 2009 double murder, for which Pinkney spent four years in jail awaiting trial.
A jury found him not guilty in 2013, and in 2016 another man, James Barrow, confessed to the double murder, to an additional murder and to a string of robberies. The District Attorney's Office has charged Barrow with everything except the double murder.
In a front page article last year, Pinkney's attorney and others speculated that the double murder remains "unsolved" because the DA's Office already tried the case with the wrong man.
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