Sarah’s News Roundup 12.15.18

Judge James Otero has ordered Stormy Daniels to reimburse 75% of Trump's legal fees after her defamation case was thrown out.
Judge James Otero has ordered Stormy Daniels to reimburse 75% of Trump’s legal fees after her defamation case was thrown out.

Trump’s attorney celebrated the ruling as “a total victory” however the judge declined to impose the “significant additional sanctions” requested by Trump’s legal team.

Ms Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, tweeted that the ruling “will never hold up on appeal”.

A jury recommended that James Alex Fields Jr, the man who drove his car into a crowd of protestors which killed Heather Heyer in Charlottesville last year, should receive a life sentence plus 419 years in prison and pay $480,000 in fines.

The judge will formally sentence Fields in March.

New York City Police have dropped charges against the woman whose baby was forcibly removed from her during arrest and the viral video of the incident brought widespread criticism.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: “This morning my office spoke to the Brooklyn DA about dropping the charges against Ms Headley. I applaud the DA’s decision to do so. She should be reunited with her child as soon as possible.”

A woman in Texas said she has been failed by the justice system after the man she accused of raping her repeatedly avoided prison.

Jacob Walter Anderson faced charges of sexual assault after allegedly attacking the woman at a fraternity party, assaulting her until she passed out.

After a plea deal on a lesser charge the former Baylor University student was given three years deferred probation; had he been found guilty of the original charges he would have faced years in prison and been made to register as a sex offender for life.

This is the third time that Judge Strother has approved probation for sexual assaults of Baylor students in the last two years.

Fearless Girl has been moved to a new home outside the New York Stock Exchange.

The statue appeared in the city’s financial district on International Women’s Day 2017 and was originally commissioned to draw attention to the lack of women on the boards of financial institutions.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said at the unveiling ceremony of the statue’s new home: “She says in one image all that advocates can say in pages and pages of arguments and statistics.”

Betty Liu, VP of the New York Stock Exchange added: “We see (in her) our daughters, mothers, nieces. She represents potential, progress and hope, but also all the women who have fought for equality before us.”

“The Guardians” – killed and imprisoned journalists – have been named 2018’s “Person of the Year” by Time.

The magazine featured four different covers with journalists who have been targeted for their work this year including Jamal Khashoggi, staff from Capital Gazette (the US newspaper where five people were killed), Marie Ressa of the Philippines and the wives of Myanmar’s Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.”

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