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Over 90 gymnasts seek $1 billion from the FBI for failing to stop Larry Nassar
Dozens of gymnasts are seeking a total of over $1 billion in damages from the FBI for failing to stop convicted former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar when the agency first received sexual assault allegations against him.
According to California law firm Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, the group of approximately 90 claimants includes Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney–all Olympic gold medalists–as well as Maggie Nichols, former University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy, and former gymnast Kaylee Lorincz.
The Justice Department wrote in a 2021 investigation that the FBI made “fundamental” errors in its investigation of the sexual abuse allegations against Nassar, and failed to treat the case with the “utmost seriousness.” According to the report, the FBI took months to open a formal investigation into Nassar after the agency was first notified of his misconduct in 2015, and during that time, dozens of other girls and women reported being molested by the doctor.
Nassar–who is currently serving a prison sentence of up to 175 years–was accused of molesting hundreds of girls and women, including many members of the 2012 and 2016 United States Olympic women’s gymnastics teams. In a statement, Samantha Roy said: “If the F.B.I. had simply done its job, Nassar would have been stopped before he ever had the chance to abuse hundreds of girls, including me.”
Armed man plotting to murder Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh arrested near the Justice’s home
An armed man carrying a handgun, a knife, pepper spray and burglary tools was arrested near Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home and told police that he “wanted to kill” the Supreme Court Justice.
Court records identified the man as Nicholas John Roske of Simi Valley, California. According to an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Ian Montijo, Roske told detectives after being apprehended that he was “angry” over the Supreme Court potentially overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, as well as the mass shooting that took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24th.
Roske had “decided that he would kill [Kavanaugh] after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County address on the Internet,” Montijo wrote in the affidavit, adding that, “Roske further indicated that he had purchased a Glock pistol and other items for the purpose of breaking into the Justice’s residence and killing the Justice as well as himself.”
Roske, 26, is being charged with one charge of attempted murder of a Supreme Court Justice, and is next due in court on June 22nd. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
Group led by Walmart heir agrees to buy the Denver Broncos for a record $4.65 billion
The Walton-Penner family has entered into an agreement with the Pat Bowlen Trust to purchase the Denver Broncos franchise.
The deal–which values the NFL team at $4.65 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter–will be a record for an American sports franchise. Previously, the highest-ever sum paid for an American sports franchise was $2.475 billion, when hedge fund manager Steve Cohen purchased the New York Mets in 2020.
Members of the acquiring group include Walmart heir and former chairman Rob Walton, who Forbes estimates holds a net worth of $57.9 billion (as of June 8th, 2022). Other individuals involved in the deal are Walton’s daughter, Carrie Walton Penner and her husband, Greg Penner; Mellody Hobson, co-CEO of Ariel Investments and chairperson of the Starbucks Corporation, and an unnamed director at JP Morgan Chase.
It is expected that the deal will take between 60 to 90 days to close. In order for it to complete, the sale requires the approval of the National Football League’s finance committee, as well as at least twenty-four “yes” votes by NFL owners.
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