California Criminal Lawyer Tully Hits Best Seller w/ 1st Book: 'California – State of Collusion' – PR Newswire (press release)

Joseph Tully, labeled by one reviewer as a Ferocious Warrior, a Gunslinger among Paper Pushers, exposes California’s corrupt criminal justice system with examples of:

  • Psychopathic police officers – unpunished for horrific abuses
  • Prosecutors trampling Constitutional rights to fuel career advancement
  • Judges ignoring police and prosecutorial misconduct – to get re-elected
  • An institutionalized culture of power, conspiracy and law enforcement cover-ups

"Innocent people can be subjected to a ‘power trip’ police encounter, arrested by a megalomaniacal cop, jailed by a sadist, prosecuted by a manipulative Machiavellian, and judged by an ego-tripping sociopath." – from California: State of Collusion

Among the book’s topics:

  • California prisons’ systemic racism, medical abuse, and cruelty
  • Flawed (cash sponsored) media portrayal of law enforcement as incorruptible
  • Faux science and known deceitful witnesses presented as incontrovertible evidence
  • California prosecutors’ massive Snitch-for-Hire network
  • Weaponized firearm and drug prohibitions

"Joseph Tully offers a close-up and eye-opening account of the most political, systemic corruption of this decade. Illuminating, incendiary, and brilliantly argued." – Jail Death and Injury Law Reporter

Attorney Joseph Tully delivers frightening examples of police, prosecutors, judges and politicians acting badly from Redding to the San Francisco Bay Area to Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and everywhere in between.

Media Booking: Contact Mr. Tully’s representatives at Elite Lawyer Management

Sutton Hart Press: Award winning non-fiction publisher of valuable and extraordinary content authored by high authority thought leaders across many specialties.

Joseph Tully: One of California’s most successful and controversial criminal defense and civil rights lawyers, Contra Costa based legal author Joseph Tully helps people defend their liberty and reputation in a deeply flawed and unjust legal system. With an unparalleled record for earning Not Guilty verdicts in major felony cases, Tully’s work has been featured on 60 Minutes, in Rolling Stone Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and in outlets across the U.S.

More Information: SuttonHart.com or maggie@suttonhart.com

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Is Criminal Minds Season 13 Coming To Netflix? – Otakukart

Criminal Minds aired its 13th season through September 2017 to April 2018. It was another terrific season, and the fans are waiting for the new season to hit Netflix. It was speculated that the show would come to Netflix in June like every year. However, the show wasn’t released in June. So, now the fans questioning when will the show come out on Netflix. It looks like that the show won’t be released even in September.

It is not listed in the Netflix’s new releases for the month. The wait continues for the 13th season. The show has already been renewed for a 14th season and the 14th season will come out in September; this was confirmed by Harry Bring, and it is actually strange as the fans will have to wait for the 13th season to come on Netflix while the 14th season starts airing later this month on CBS.

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Harry Bring revealed the news in a tweet, which read — “Criminal Minds S14 premiere date confirmed. Wednesday, September 26, 2018. 10 pm CBS.”

There is a possibility that both the seasons might come out together on Netflix. It may seem unlikely but, there is a chance.

Erica Messer had her say on the current situation and the finale of the 13th season. She said, “They feel like two incredibly important pieces to our team, who won’t be available if they’re held captive. They won’t be available to help us solve the case, which is crazy. The challenges we’re coming up with now are, ‘Gosh, if we have two of our MVPs sitting on the sidelines here, what can we do? What clues do they possibly leave behind for us to help find where they’re being held or how we help to solve this case without them?’ It’s one of the first times, I think, we’ve ever been without, truly, truly without the help of both of them.”

If you’re interested in the cast of the 14th season, then I’ll just add it in this post:

Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid
Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia
A.J. Cook as Jennifer Jareau
Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner
Joe Mantegna as David Rossi
Aisha Tyler as Dr. Tara Lewis
Daniel Henney as Matt Simmons
Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss
Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez

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California Criminal Lawyer Tully Hits Best Seller w/ 1st Book … – PR Newswire (press release)

Joseph Tully, labeled by one reviewer as a Ferocious Warrior, a Gunslinger among Paper Pushers, exposes California’s corrupt criminal justice system with examples of:

  • Psychopathic police officers – unpunished for horrific abuses
  • Prosecutors trampling Constitutional rights to fuel career advancement
  • Judges ignoring police and prosecutorial misconduct – to get re-elected
  • An institutionalized culture of power, conspiracy and law enforcement cover-ups

"Innocent people can be subjected to a ‘power trip’ police encounter, arrested by a megalomaniacal cop, jailed by a sadist, prosecuted by a manipulative Machiavellian, and judged by an ego-tripping sociopath." – from California: State of Collusion

Among the book’s topics:

  • California prisons’ systemic racism, medical abuse, and cruelty
  • Flawed (cash sponsored) media portrayal of law enforcement as incorruptible
  • Faux science and known deceitful witnesses presented as incontrovertible evidence
  • California prosecutors’ massive Snitch-for-Hire network
  • Weaponized firearm and drug prohibitions

"Joseph Tully offers a close-up and eye-opening account of the most political, systemic corruption of this decade. Illuminating, incendiary, and brilliantly argued." – Jail Death and Injury Law Reporter

Attorney Joseph Tully delivers frightening examples of police, prosecutors, judges and politicians acting badly from Redding to the San Francisco Bay Area to Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and everywhere in between.

Media Booking: Contact Mr. Tully’s representatives at Elite Lawyer Management

Sutton Hart Press: Award winning non-fiction publisher of valuable and extraordinary content authored by high authority thought leaders across many specialties.

Joseph Tully: One of California’s most successful and controversial criminal defense and civil rights lawyers, Contra Costa based legal author Joseph Tully helps people defend their liberty and reputation in a deeply flawed and unjust legal system. With an unparalleled record for earning Not Guilty verdicts in major felony cases, Tully’s work has been featured on 60 Minutes, in Rolling Stone Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and in outlets across the U.S.

More Information: SuttonHart.com or maggie@suttonhart.com

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Terry Crews shared an apology letter from the Hollywood agent he accused of sexual assault

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  • Terry Crews on Friday shared an apology letter from Adam Venit, the former Hollywood agent Crews accused of sexual misconduct last year.
  • Crews said on Twitter that he received the letter from Venit in March, but waited to publicly accept Venit’s apology until he resigned from WME. 
  • Venit announced earlier this month that he would resign from the agency. 

Terry Crews on Friday shared an apology letter from Adam Venit, the former WME agent who Crews accused last year of groping him at a party in 2016. 

Crews said on Twitter that he received the letter from Venit in March, but waited to publicly accept Venit’s apology until he resigned from WME. Venit announced earlier this month that he would resign from the agency. 

Venit did not admit to Crews’ allegation of groping in the letter, but he did accept some “responsibility.”

Venit wrote: “I know that you didn’t ask for any of this. Again, I take responsibility for us being here now, together in this situation. I am sorry for all of it.”

“I want to use this moment to be a positive influence with you and not just another Hollywood story that becomes the narrative of who we both are. We both are so much more and have so much more to offer,” Venit wrote. “I even hope that someday we can come together and go forward with compassion and understanding and be an amazing force for positivity and change in our culture.”

Crews filed a lawsuit against Venit last year after accusing him of sexual misconduct in November. The suit was settled earlier this month, which coincided with Venit announcing that he would resign from WME. 

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Manafort will cooperate with Mueller as part of guilty plea, prosecutor says – Washington Post

President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is pleading guilty Friday to two criminal charges under terms of a plea deal that includes his cooperation as a potential witness for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

The decision by Manafort to provide evidence in exchange for leniency on sentencing is a stunning development in the long-running probe into whether any Trump associates may have conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

Manafort’s defenders have long insisted that he would not cooperate with Mueller, and didn’t know any incriminating information against the president.

Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said at the beginning of Friday’s plea hearing that Manafort has agreed to cooperate with investigators.

Speaking at the hearing before U.S. District Court judge Amy Berman Jackson, Weissmann said the 17-page plea document included the terms of Manafort’s expected cooperation.

The deal will short-circuit Manafort’s trial scheduled for later this month.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a brief statement following the announcement. “This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign,” she said. “It is totally unrelated.”

The president’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said “once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign. The reason: the president did nothing wrong.”

A criminal information — a legal document filed by prosecutors to detail the criminal conduct to be admitted by the defendant — was filed in advance of the plea. The document shows Manafort intends to plead guilty to two crimes of the seven he faced at trial: conspiring to defraud the United States and conspiring to obstruct justice.

The document indicates he will admit to funneling millions of dollars in payments into offshore accounts to conceal his income from the Internal Revenue Service. “Manafort cheated the United States out of over $15 million in taxes,” the document states.

The filing also offers new details about the various ways in which Manafort sought to surreptitiously lobby the U.S. government and influence American public opinion toward Ukraine.

In 2012, Manafort set out to help his client, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, by tarnishing the reputation of Yanukovych’s political rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, according to the document.

“Manafort stated that ‘[m]y goal is to plant some stink on Tymo’,” according to the document. At the time he made that statement, he was trying to get U.S. news outlets to print stories that Tymoshenko had paid for the murder of a Ukrainian official, according to the criminal information.

The document also says Manafort “orchestrated a scheme to have, as he wrote in a contemporaneous communication, ‘[O]bama jews’ put pressure on the administration to disavow Tymoshenko and support Yanukovych,” the document said.

Manafort set out to spread stories in the U.S. that a senior American Cabinet official “was supporting anti-Semitism because the official supported Tymoshenko,” according to the document. “At one point, Manafort wrote to an associate, “I have someone pushing it on the NY Post. Bada bing bada boom.” The document does not identify the then-Cabinet official and it wasn’t immediately clear if any such story was published.

As part of his deal, the government plans to seize four properties, including a nearly $2 million house in Arlington, Virginia, owned by one of Manafort’s daughters. The deal also calls for forfeiture of four financial accounts and a life insurance policy.

The move toward a guilty plea is another reversal for Manafort, who has fought vociferously — but unsuccessfully — against Mueller’s probe. The 69-year-old political consultant was convicted last month in Alexandria federal court on charges of bank and tax fraud.

In-person jury selection for his Washington trial was set to start Monday, with opening statements scheduled for Sept. 24 before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Any deal would not be final until Manafort admits guilt before the judge, who would need to approve the plea.

Another conviction would cap a dramatic fall for the international power broker and confidant of Republican presidents dating to Ronald Reagan. Manafort’s decision could be mixed news for Trump, who tapped the consultant to serve as his campaign chairman in June 2016 as he was securing the GOP presidential nomination.

Manafort’s cooperation with Mueller could provide investigators new evidence or leads to chase; a guilty plea, however, would prevent weeks’ worth of headlines about the trial in the month before congressional elections.

The longtime lobbyist resigned from his position as campaign chairman in August 2016 amid increasing scrutiny of his work on behalf of a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine.

Over a 40-year career, Manafort redefined and expanded Washington’s influence industry domestically and internationally, parlaying successful campaigns into lobbying opportunities. But by the mid-2000s, there were signs that his consulting career had slumped, and at times his finances appeared to be shaky. It was in Ukraine that he revived both — in ways prosecutors say violated the law.

Both cases brought against Manafort by the special counsel stem from his work in Ukraine. The jury in Virginia found that Manafort hid millions of dollars he made in Ukraine to avoid paying taxes and then lied to get loans when the political party that was paying him was ousted from power and the funding dried up.

In the trial scheduled in Washington, Manafort faces charges of conspiring against the United States, money laundering, failing to register as a lobbyist, making false statements and conspiring to obstruct justice by trying to influence witnesses.

Manafort had the choice to consolidate both cases into one but declined. He had been jailed since June as a result of the witness-tampering charges.

He has yet to be sentenced in Virginia, where legal experts say he faces eight to 10 years in prison under federal guidelines on the eight of 18 counts on which he was convicted. A mistrial was declared on the remaining 10 charges after jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.

It is unclear how a guilty plea might alter his ultimate sentence, and some lawyers have questioned whether he is focused on winning a reprieve elsewhere. Law enforcement officials have come to suspect that Manafort hopes he will be pardoned by the president, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue.

Trump has sought advice from his attorneys on the possibility of pardoning Manafort and other aides accused of crimes, his attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani previously told The Washington Post, and was counseled against pardoning anyone involved in the ongoing Mueller probe. The president agreed to wait at least until the investigation concludes, Giuliani has said.

Several defendants have cooperated or pleaded guilty in connection with the special counsel probe, including Manafort’s former right-hand man Rick Gates; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; Alex van der Zwaan, a lawyer who worked with Manafort; W. Samuel Patten, who admitted arranging for a Ukrainian businessman to illegally donate to Trump’s inauguration; and former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who was sentenced to 14 days in jail last week after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

The decision by Trump’s onetime personal lawyer Michael Cohen to plead guilty last month in a federal investigation in Manhattan particularly angered the president, who denounced him as a “flipper.”

[How Trump adviser Manafort revived his career — and business fortunes — in Ukraine

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Earlier this year, Manafort derided Gates, his former business partner, for striking a deal with prosecutors that provided him leniency in exchange for testimony against his former partner.

“I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence,” Manafort said in February.

Kevin M. Downing, an attorney for Manafort, also said this summer that there was “no chance” his client would flip and cooperate with prosecutors.

That posture drew plaudits from Trump, who praised his former campaign chairman for his unwillingness to cooperate with the special counsel.

Prosecutors “applied tremendous pressure on him and . . . he refused to ‘break’ – make up stories in order to get a ‘deal,’ ” the president tweeted last month. “Such respect for a brave man!”

Rosalind S. Helderman, Philip Rucker and Rachel Weiner contributed to this report.

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Portland criminal defense attorney suspended for 1.5 years – OregonLive.com

The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Portland criminal defense lawyer Gary B. Bertoni suspended from practicing law for a year and a half, citing “a pattern of disregard for the interests of his clients.”

The state’s high court issued its opinion after Bertoni appealed a February 2017 sanction – a one-year license suspension – by a state disciplinary board’s trial panel.

The panel found Bertoni failed to preserve client property, keep clients informed and improperly retained client funds after three separate complaints. It cited Bertoni’s “extraordinary repetition of negligence.”

Bertoni, 67, appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court, arguing that his misconduct warranted only a reprimand or at most a suspension of no longer than 30 days. His lawyer, Kevin Sali, argued that Bertoni’s errors were largely due to negligence.

The state bar, in its response, defended its action and argued for a harsher penalty, a two-year suspension, citing Bertoni’s failure to communicate adequately with imprisoned clients, properly handle their money or refund unearned fees.

The bar argued that Bertoni’s repeated violations showed a disregard for his clients’ interests that warranted a substantial sanction.

The Supreme Court agreed but didn’t find a two-year suspension warranted.

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In its determination of an 18-month suspension, the Supreme Court considered Bertoni’s substantial experience, that he committed numerous violations and that the affected clients were vulnerable victims, “which makes his failure to keep them reasonably informed all the more egregious.”

It further found that while some of Bertoni’s violations were due to negligence, many were done with his clear knowledge — including his refusal to refund a $3,000 trial fee to the grandmother of a client who never went to trial, his failure to respond to another client about the status of the case and his failure to provide a third client with sufficient information to make an informed decision about the transfer of her case to another lawyer.

The Supreme Court also noted that Bertoni had been sanctioned by the bar in the past for some of the same types of violations.

The violations at issue “are not an isolated occurrence,” but part of “a pattern of disregard for the interests of his clients that warrants an enhanced sanction,”  the court wrote.

The court noted only one mitigating factor for Bertoni: that he was experiencing serious financial and tax problems causing significant stress during the period of his violations.

The  court ordered Bertoni’s suspension to begin in 60 days.

The ruling follows Bertoni’s sentencing in federal court last month for failing to pay employment taxes. Bertoni was sentenced to five years of probation, three months of home detention on weekends and 500 hours of community service for failing to pay employment taxes. He also was ordered to pay $181,898.21 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Two other complaints involving Bertoni are pending review or under investigation by the bar.

In 2012, the trial panel suspended Bertoni’s license for 150 days for mismanaging client money. In 2011, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute Bertoni for allegedly falsifying business records to cover his use of client money, saying the statute of limitations had expired.  

— Maxine Bernstein

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Multiple Criminal Defense Lawyers see no crime in Off-Duty Officer shooting – TheGrio (blog)

Amber Guyger Mugshot [Kaufman County Jail] | Botham Shem Jean [Facebook]

Criminal defense lawyers are telling one television station in Dallas that they do not see the crime in the case of a white off-duty police officer who fatally shot a Black neighbor when she says, she mistook his apartment for her own.

In the case of Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, attorneys are telling CBS 11 they are not as convinced as some protesters that the four-year department veteran intended to do anything wrong. Guyger, 30, has been charged with manslaughter in the Thursday night death of Botham Shem Jean, a 26-year-old employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In examining the arrest warrant naming Guyger, one lawyer said he was surprised not to see words such as “intentional” or “reckless” used, because they typically appear on such documents.

“It’s an interesting read,” criminal defense attorney George Milner told CBS 11. “It doesn’t read anything beyond negligence … they simply do not specify how she is reckless, which is the required mental state for manslaughter. It reads much more like an accidental killing — I mean, if someone were to drop a gun accidentally and it fired and hit somebody.”

The Texas Rangers, the equivalent of the state police in other places, are investigating the incident. Milner told CBS 11 that said his impression is that the Rangers were very careful not to implicate Guyger in the warrant.

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Another lawyer echoed Milner’s take that the document suggests a mistake was made.

“If it was a reasonable mistake of fact, that’s an affirmable defense that is going to weigh into this thing very heavily,” criminal defense lawyer Robert Hinton told the station.

Guyger has said she thought she was entering her third-floor apartment, one floor below Jean’s, when she shot and killed him. Lawyers representing the family have said neighbors reported hearing a woman’s voice saying, “Let me in, let me in.”

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LA district attorney declines to prosecute sex crime cases against Kevin Spacey, Anthony Anderson, and Steven Seagal

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  • The Los Angeles county district attorney has declined to prosecute sex crime cases against Kevin Spacey, Anthony Anderson, and Steven Seagal, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • In the cases against Spacey and Seagal, which dated back to the early 1990s, the statue of limitations had passed, and Anderson’s case was dropped after his accuser declined to be interviewed, authorities said.

The Los Angeles county district attorney has declined to prosecute sex crime cases against actors Kevin Spacey, Anthony Anderson, and Steven Seagal, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Authorities said the statute of limitations had passed in the cases it investigated against Spacey and Seagal, while Anderson’s case was dropped after his accuser declined to be interviewed by authorities.

Spacey was fired from the Netflix series “House of Cards” last year after numerous men accused him of sexual misconduct and assault, dating back to the early 1980s. The particular case of alleged sexual assault against Spacey that the LA district attorney announced it dropped on Tuesday took place in 1992, authorities told THR. 

The case of alleged sexual assault against Seagal took place in 1993, according to court documents obtained by THR, and like Spacey’s case, was ruled beyond the statute of limitations.

The LAPD announced in July that it had opened an investigation into a sexual assault claim made against “Black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson, but authorities said on Tuesday that they dropped the case after his unnamed accuser declined to be interviewed for the report she filed. 

Anderson’s representatives said in July that the actor “unequivocally” disputed the woman’s claims of assault. 

SEE ALSO: All the men who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct

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Criminal Minds will feature Luke Perry in season premiere – EW.com (blog)

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Michael Cohen's lawyer was reportedly set to meet with New York state tax investigators despite federal prosecutors … – CNBC

New York state tax investigators were set to meet Tuesday with a lawyer for President Donald Trump‘s former personal attorney Michael Cohen despite objections from federal prosecutors, according to a new report.

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CNN reported that Cohen’s criminal defense lawyer Guy Petrillo is expected to meet with tax authorities as part of their ongoing probe into both Cohen, who pleaded guilty last month to federal crimes, and the Trump Organization.

A law enforcement source cited by CNN complained, “This is clear interference with an ongoing criminal investigation.”

A source in law enforcement who spoke with CNBC said of the meeting with Petrillo, “There are major concerns about interference with the ongoing federal investigation.”

The CNN story published Tuesday said executives in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York had asked state and local authorities to avoid making moves regarding Cohen or the Trump Organization that might interfere with an ongoing federal probe.

Alphonso David, counsel to the governor‎, told CNBC, “No one has told us that the southern district of New York advised the tax department not to proceed with their investigation.‎”

CNN also reported that tax investigators have sought to have prosecutors from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office attend the meeting, but it is not clear if they will.

Petrillo did not immediately return a request for comment from CNBC.

James Gazzale, a spokesman for the New York State Tax and Finance Department, called CNN’s story “misinformation.”

“Neither the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York or any other law enforcement agency expressed that the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not want us to continue with our investigation of state tax matters,” Gazzale said.

Cohen pleaded guilty last month to federal tax crimes and to violating campaign finance law in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. He has yet to be sentenced.

The Trump Organization reportedly is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with its reimbursement to Cohen for $130,000 he paid porn star Stormy Daniels. The payment was made on the eve of the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her keeping quiet about an affair she claims to have had with Trump in 2008.

Cohen has said Trump directed him to pay Daniels for the purpose of influencing the outcome of the election that sent Trump to the White House.

Court filings cited by CNN indicate that the Trump Organization paid Cohen, ostensibly for legitimate business expenses, after he submitted false invoices for the money.

CNN said that hours after Cohen pleaded guilty, the state tax department subpoenaed him as part of an investigation into whether Trump’s eponymous charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, violated state tax laws.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment. A spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.

The New York Attorney General’s Office, the agency that would be responsible for prosecuting any violation of state tax law, did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

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