Tech billionaire must open gates to California beach next to property he bought for $37 million, courts say

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A Silicon Valley billionaire has lost a legal battle over access to a California beach.

A California appeals court ruled earlier this week that Vinod Khosla must open gates providing access to Martins Beach, which is an hour south of San Francisco.

Khosla, who made his fortune as one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems and as a venture capitalist, bought property surrounding Martins Beach in 2008 for $37 million, according to NPR, and closed the beach to the public the year after.

Since then, he has been locked in a series of legal battles over whether the public can access the shore. Before Khosla bought the property, there was a gate and parking area permitting access to the beach, which was a well-liked surf spot.

California’s First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 3-0 that Khosla violated state law when he blocked the public from accessing Martins Beach, rejecting Khosla’s appeal.

The court ordered Kholsa’s companies to pay the attorney costs for the Surfrider Foundation, the group that had brought the legal challenge over the beach.

But the battle isn’t over yet — Khosla can still appeal, and other lawsuits over access to the beach are still pending.

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SEE ALSO: A New Law Could Force Billionaire Vinod Khosla To Sell His Land If He Doesn’t Open Access To The Beach

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'Criminal Minds' Showrunner Erica Messer Reveals Her Thoughts … – The Inquisitr

Criminal Minds had several rounds of cast shakeups and executive producer Erica Messer weighed in on their decision to let Damon Gupton go. Although Thomas Gibson’s departure happened almost a year ago, fans are still protesting the network’s decision, arguing that Hotch is a major fixture on the show.

Controversial Decisions

Back in May, when the Season 12 finale ended with a massive car accident, Criminal Minds boss Erica Messer hoped all the members of the cast will be back for Season 13. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case as the CBS police procedural gets rocked by another departure. Damon Gupton was let go, and in his place, Criminal Minds Beyond Borders actor Daniel Henney will step in. Agent Stephen Walker, who joined in the middle of Season 12, would be out of the canvas, and Messer has thoughtful words to say given the shakeups in the cast members of Criminal Minds.

In an interview, Messer admitted, “it was a difficult decision.” She added that these decisions were not made “quickly or anything like that. Everything was a thoughtful decision.”

After Beyond Borders was canceled, Messer and the studio executives were already considering Henney’s addition to Criminal Minds. Even during the initial discussions, Messer admitted they knew adding another member in the cast means letting someone go, although it is not an easy thing to do. Ultimately, they made up their minds to add Henney and let Guptom leave, adding that “it’s up to us to tell the stories and have them make sense.”

Criminal Minds Season 13 Spoilers

Criminal Minds Season 13 premiere will address the aftermath of the SUV pile-up accident, and given the current situation behind the scenes, Gupton’s exit will be staged. The season opener will also introduce Simmons from Beyond Borders who will join the team after the unit he was with collapsed due to a scandal.

As for what awaits Spencer Reid in the upcoming season, Criminal Minds Season 13 spoilers from TVLine reveal that there are going to be changes in the man’s character. Messer revealed that the show is not going to pretend Reid’s incarceration never happened. Reid went through a major crisis, and while the show will not dwell on his experience, his character is going to reveal “shades of how he changed.” Messer also noted that some of his innocence is gone, but the change is for the better. Dr. Reid will be “the best of all worlds there.”

Criminal Minds Season 13 will be back on CBS on Sept. 27, Wednesday, at 10 p.m.

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How Will Mexican Drug Kingpin El Chapo's Pay His Lawyer? – Newsweek

Nearly seven months after his extradition to the United States, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera—the most notorious drug trafficker in the world, according to U.S. prosecutors—may finally be getting private legal representation.

Jeffrey Lichtman, a New York-based criminal defense attorney who has represented clients like the son of convicted mob kingpin John Gotti, announced last week that Guzman had retained his services. Guzman has also signed on Eduardo Balarezo, who has represented other drug traffickers, including Alfredo Beltran Leyva, a one-time ally of Guzman in Sinaloa, their home state in Mexico. Two other attorneys, one of whom helped Lichtman on the Gotti case, have been brought on as well. “He’s agreed to hire us; there’s a team in place,” Lichtman told Newsweek by phone. “I’ve been retained but have not put in a notice of appearance.” The attorneys still have to formally seek the court’s permission to represent Guzman, which Lichtman says will likely occur on August 14.

Guzman is currently detained in a high-security prison in Manhattan that, in the past, has housed terrorists, white collar criminals, mobsters and weapons traffickers. Officially represented by a team of public defenders, he has spent hundreds of hours with Lichtman but they have not reached a payment agreement, the attorney said. The issue of payment could be crucial to Guzman’s case and any subsequent penalties in terms of asset forfeiture: although some estimates of the drug trafficker’s worth range as high as $14 billion, prosecutors say they have not been able to locate a penny. Guzman’s lawyers in Mexico—he reputedly has at least a handful on his payroll, and according to officials cited in the Mexican media some have been used to corrupt officials there—do not necessarily have license to represent him in the U.S. Because Guzman is on the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control list, private legal counsel is prohibited from taking even $10 from him unless they have a license.

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Guzman’s extradition was conducted on January 19, and his Mexican lawyers weren’t aware he would be tried in the Eastern District of New York, according to his federal defenders. Guzman has indictments against him in seven U.S. jurisdictions, dating back to 1995. His federal defenders and Lichtman also say that Guzman—who escaped twice from maximum security prisons in Mexico—is not receiving fair treatment. He’s allowed one hour out of his cell a day, according to Lichtman, and has not seen another inmate or been allowed to communicate with relatives. “I’m not a bleeding heart defense lawyer, but they’re torturing this guy,” Lichtman said. “He’s wrapped up tighter than any defendant in the history of America.” Neither he nor any of his defenders have been able to shake his hand; they’ve only been able to speak through a plexiglass window, according to complaints raised before the judge.

Amnesty International sent a letter to federal prosecutors on May 30, expressing concern that the conditions imposed on Guzman were “unnecessarily harsh and… breach international standards for humane treatment.” (Prosecutors have requested the court deny the request by Amnesty to visit Guzman.) In Mexico, it’s common for imprisoned drug traffickers to complain to human rights groups of cockroaches in cells or lack of basic services like clean water. Guzman’s lawyers filed several complaints while he was awaiting extradition in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Although prosecutors requested in April that Guzman be allowed screened communication with his wife to explore his options for outside counsel, Balarezo said by phone that Guzman has yet to do so. Balarezo said that he and Guzman had spoken prior to his extradition. When Guzman was flown to the U.S., Balarezo was contacted by Guzman’s wife, former Sinaloa beauty queen Emma Coronel, and a sister, who asked him to represent Guzman.

Lichtman said he was most likely recommended to Guzman by the public defenders, given his work on the case of John “Junior” Gotti, the son of the “Teflon Don,” whom prosecutors went after on charges including racketeering, murder and securities fraud. None of the charges stuck.

Chapo’s trial has been postponed until April 2018. Prosecutors say they have thousands of documents and hours of wiretaps to submit as evidence against Guzman, who faces charges of drug trafficking, unlawful use of firearms, money laundering and conspiracy to commit murder.

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ISIS operatives allegedly used eBay to fund terror operations

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Operatives working for the self-proclaimed Islamic State allegedly used fake eBay transactions to move their money, according to a recently unsealed FBI affidavit first reported on by The Wall Street Journal.

An American citizen, Mohamed Elshinawy, received a total of $8,700 from individuals associated with ISIS through PayPal, after he pretended to sell them computer printers on eBay, according to a 2016 indictment.

In a statement, eBay said Elshinaway was not on a watch list, and his sale of two printers on the site did not appear suspicious at the time.

“When law enforcement notified us that it was investigating this individual for suspected illegal activity, we partnered closely with them to bring this person to justice,” the statement said. “We have zero tolerance for criminal activity on eBay and have robust systems in place to identify and prevent it.”

Elshinawy told investigators he was to use the money for “operational purposes” such as a terror attack. Some of the cash was spent on a laptop, a cellphone, and software to set up a virtual private network that can mask a user’s internet usage, which the FBI believed was so he could communicate with ISIS operatives overseas, the Journal reported.

The case highlights the difficulties in tracking the finances of terror groups, which have taken to using alternatives to banks. ISIS has raised money through crowdfunding websites, social media fundraisers, and prepaid cards, according to a 2015 report from an international task force that investigates and combats money laundering and terror financing.

PayPal and eBay both told the Journal they were working with law enforcement on the case.

Read the full story at the Wall Street Journal >

This article was updated on Aug. 11 at 10:30 a.m. PDT with a statement from eBay.

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Criminal Minds Boss Explains the Season 13 Cast Shake-Up … – TV Guide

When Criminal Minds ended Season 12 in May with a car accident cliffhanger, showrunner Erica Messertold TV Guide that she “certainly hope[d]” the whole cast was returning for Season 13. But, she added, “If I’ve learned anything in all these 13 years it’s you can’t truly prepare for anything.”

A month later — and less than a year after Thomas Gibson was fired after an altercation with a writer-producer — the show, and its fans, were hit with another surprising cast shakeup in its long history of them. While A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness secured raises to return after protracted negotiations, Damon Gupton, who joined the show midway through last season, was let go. A week later, Daniel Henney, who starred on the just-canceled spin-off Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, joined the mothership, essentially replacing Gupton’s Agent Stephen Walker.

“It was difficult,” Messer tells TV Guide. “As you know, these decisions aren’t made quickly or anything like that. Everything was a thoughtful decision.”

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Talk of moving Henney’s Agent Matthew Simmons to Criminal Minds began between network and studio executives and Messer not long after Beyond Borders was canceled. “‘The discussions were, ‘Do you think Daniel would want to join Criminal Minds?’ But of course to add one more that means someone’s not coming back and that’s never an easy thing when someone isn’t returning to the show.”

Eventually, Messer says, “the decision was made that made that Damon would not be returning and Daniel would be joining, so then it’s up to us to tell the stories and have them make sense.”

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The irony, of course, is that Gupton joined the show at the request of CBS to add an eighth character — making it the largest cast the show’s ever had at one time — following Gibson’s exit. It’s not unlike Rachel Nichols‘ addition in Season 6 and her subsequent dismissal during the summer hiatus after both Cook and Paget Brewster, who were dropped by CBS, returned for Season 7. “That’s never an easy thing to have those conversations with an artist,” Messer says. “You never want to have those. And [Gupton is] somebody who is so respected in our family of Criminal Minds.”

Worse, since Gupton’s first episode was in January and the back half of the season was heavily focused on Reid’s (Matthew Gray Gubler) imprisonment, Walker got the short end of the introduction and getting-to-know-you deal, which more than likely played a factor in why he was the one let go. Like they have done with past departures out of their control — Mandy Patinkin abruptly quitting in Season 3, Gibson’s exit — Messer says the show will lean into the reality of the situation.

“It did happen. Behind the scenes, we were dealing with, ‘Oh, this lovely person just came in and we were so lucky to work with him and it was not long enough, but there they go,'” she says. “And of course, it took about a minute before he was on something else amazing [The CW’s upcoming Black Lightning]. But those moments are just crummy.”

Walker’s exit — he was one of the people in the accident — will be handled in the premiere, which will also see Simmons’ full-time arrival to the BAU. Vangsness previously told TV Guide that a “scandal” caused Beyond Borders‘ globe-trotting IRT to “collapse,” and Messer teases that “we are acknowledging that they’re not together as a unit anymore.”

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“Introducing Daniel’s character into this world has been a good time,” she adds. “Everybody’s in love with him behind the scenes, so that makes things much easier. It’s lovely. He brings a new energy to the show.”

And after so many cast permutations in the past year — Adam Rodriguez also joined last year, while Brewster returned full time — let alone the fact that the show has seen a cast change every year since Season 9, Messer is hoping for some stability. But again, she knows not to expect it.

“We all know anything can happen here,” she says with a laugh. “I love everyone here. We’re having fun. We’re calling it our lucky 13 in the room. Just can’t believe we’ve been so fortunate to have been here for 13 years. We’ve been through so much. It’s crazy.”

Season 13 of Criminal Minds premieres Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10/9c on CBS.

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County should seek the whole truth, and nothing but, on criminal justice – Los Angeles Times

Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer was shot to death Feb. 20 while assisting at the scene of a traffic accident. The following day, the Board of Supervisors called for L.A. County officials to report back within 30 days on the suspect’s previous contacts with the criminal justice system. Accompanying statements by the motion’s co-authors, Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn, provided the subtext: Tell us whether criminal justice reform laws adopted by the Legislature and by voters led to this killing. A second subtext was better hidden but even more urgent: Please tell us this wasn’t a county screw-up.

The situation was in at least some ways reminiscent of the horrid 2012 murder of four people in Northridge by Ka Pasasouk, a man with a long record of violence and instability. At the time, county supervisors had been railing against criminal justice “realignment,” an initiative by state government that gave them responsibility for some convicted criminals who previously were handled by the state. The change, county leaders warned, would bring disaster. Just after the killings, one supervisor thundered from the dais, “We told you so!”

But with a few weeks of time and investigation it turned out that, no, neither realignment nor other changes to law were to blame. Instead, in an earlier case against Pasasouk, a deputy district attorney had mistakenly told the judge that the defendant was eligible for drug treatment instead of prison despite his record. It was a lawyer’s failure to know the law — a basic screw-up by a county worker — that left Pasasouk free and able to kill.

Five years later, many law enforcement leaders and some county officials continue to argue that realignment and now Proposition 47, which changed drug possession and some property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, are to blame for an uptick in crime in Los Angeles and some other parts of the state. At present there is a stark lack of evidence to support or refute their assertions, but critics of the new laws raised the issue anew when Boyer was slain.

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