Like most people, you probably cannot imagine being struck by a car while walking. But unfortunately, that recently became the reality of eight Californians.
Controversial attorney Michael Avenatti is facing a raft of felony counts filed by federal prosecutors in California and New York for allegedly defrauding his clients and attempting to extort the sportswear manufacturer Nike. The 48-year-old litigator's legal position became even more precarious on May 22 when U.S. attorneys in New York added counts of aggravated identity theft and fraud. The latest charges stem from Avenatti's representation of Stephanie Clifford, who is better known by her stage name Stormy Daniels.
Law enforcement in Los Angeles, California, are charging three German nationals with crimes related to running an illegal drug market online. According to authorities, the three accused ran a hidden marketplace where drugs, counterfeit goods, and malicious computer software was sold. The federal complaint was made public after a two-year investigation into the activities of the defendants.
On April 19, former MLB All-Star player Esteban Loaiza began serving a prison sentence in California for felony drug possession. A federal judge in San Diego sentenced the 47-year-old pitcher to three years in prison and five years probation on March 8. He was facing up to 10 years in prison.