Israel, Russia, and the US are in a diplomatic standoff over a 26-year-old woman smuggling 9 and a half grams of marijuana
- A 26-year-old American-Israeli woman caught between diplomatic interests outside of her control is now facing seven and a half years in prison for attempting to smuggle nine and a half grams of marijuana through a Moscow airport.
- In a statement, Netanyahu said Issachar's sentence "is disproportionate and does not fit the nature of the offense being attributed." The Israeli president also said he discussed the matter with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September, at a meeting in Sochi.
- Burkov is currently being held in prison in Israel and could remain there while Israeli authorities argue for Issachar's release.
- In comparison to Issachar, a New York college student pleaded guilty to possessing just over 19 grams of medicinal marijuana in a Russian airport in September and was only required to pay a $235 fine.
Trump and 2020 Democratic opponents will speak at criminal justice forum
- The 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum is also expected to be attended by former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts -- all of whom have confirmed their attendance.
- The forum will be held at the historically black Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.
- This will be Trump's fourth trip to South Carolina as President.
- His last visit came in June 2018, when he held a rally in West Columbia to encourage Republicans to vote for Gov. Henry McMaster, who was in a runoff at the time.
What life is like inside the California prison where Felicity Huffman is spending her 14-day sentence
- Attorneys for Huffman, who was sentenced to 14 days for her role in a massive college admissions scam, had asked specifically that she serve her time at the "low security" Federal Correctional Institution Dublin with around 1,200 female inmates about 35 miles from San Francisco.
- -- except on weekends and holidays, when inmates can sleep in and make their beds by 10 a.m.
- FCI Dublin previously housed Sara Jane Moore, who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, and Autumn Jackson, who was convicted of trying to extort Bill Cosby for $40 million.
- Patty Hearst served there in the 1970s, after she was convicted for bank robbery during her time with the Symbionese Liberation Army.
- The so-called Hollywood Madam, Heidi Fleiss, also did time at FCI Dublin in the 1990s and later said it wasn't that easy.
Monica Lewinsky says prison tattoos inspired her latest anti-bullying PSA
- Monica Lewinsky found some unlikely inspiration for her latest anti-bullying PSA — prison tattoos.
- For the third year in a row, Lewinsky partnered with ad agency BBDO to produce a PSA for October's anti-bullying month.
- In an interview with Insider on Thursday, Lewinsky said that when she first sat down with BBDO creatives about the ad, she was inspired by prison tattoos, and how they can symbolize a certain experience that a prisoner has had (like cobwebs, for example, which symbolize a long prison sentence, according to Refinery 29).
- Bianca Guimaraes and Roberto Danino, the creative directors on the campaign, told Insider they wanted people watching the PSA to see how they could miss someone being bullied.
- Danino added that it was a pleasure to work with Monica for the third year in a row.
Mexican security forces caught one of 'El Chapo' Guzman's sons but set him free after a massive attack by cartel gunmen
- MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Heavily armed fighters surrounded security forces in a Mexican city on Thursday and made them free one of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's sons, after his capture triggered gunbattles and a prison break that sent civilians scurrying for cover.
- Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said a patrol by National Guard militarized police first came under attack from within a house in the city of Culiacan, 770 miles northwest of Mexico City.
- After entering the house, they found four men, including Ovidio Guzman, who is accused of drug trafficking in the United States.
- Falko Ernst, senior analyst for the International Crisis Group in Mexico, said the release of Ovidio Guzman set "a dangerous precedent" and sent a message that the state itself, including the army, could be blackmailed and was not in control.
Son of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman at center of shootout
- Mexico City (CNN) - Mexican security forces engaged in a prolonged shootout with heavily armed suspected cartel members in Sinaloa state Thursday, in an operation that ensnared a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
- But it is unclear if Ovidio Guzman Lopez remains in custody after suspected members of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel appeared to overpower the security forces, who later suspended operations.
- Late Thursday Mexico's Secretary of Defense Alfonso Durazo said government operations in Culiacan had been suspended following a violent back and forth between federal entities and criminal groups.
- In February, Ovidio Guzman Lopez was charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs to be imported into the US, along with his brother Joaquin Guzman Lopez, 34, by the US Department of Justice.
Here’s what Felicity Huffman's life will be like in the California prison where she's doing time for her role in the college admissions scandal
- The FCI Dublin Admissions & Orientation Handbook indicates that Huffman will have to wake up at 5 a.m., and her bed will have to be made by 6 a.m. She has to be back in her housing unit by 9 p.m. After 9 p.m., inmates are allowed to shower, use phones, email, and do laundry in their units.
- Uniforms are required daily for inmates at FCI Dublin from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. In programming units, uniforms are worn until 4 p.m. Inmates at FCI Dublin wear Khaki pants, a blouse, and a brown T-shirt daily.
- According to the federal prison's handbook, visitors are allowed between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
- Huffman was the first parent to be sentenced in the college admissions scandal, but she's not the first celebrity to serve time at FCI Dublin.
Federal prosecutors just shut down the 'largest child porn marketplace' on the dark web containing more than 200,000 videos
- A 23-year-old South Korean man is facing multiple charges from US prosecutors for allegedly running the "largest dark web child porn marketplace" in the world, NBC News first reported Wednesday.
- The site, called "Welcome to Video," was shut down in March 2018, years after it was first founded in June 2015.
- Prosecutors charged Jong Woo Son with running the site.
- Son is already serving an 18-month prison sentence for child pornography charges in South Korea, after Korean law enforcement raided his home and found servers hosting the site in his bedroom in March 2018.
- At least five US citizens have already been found guilty and sentenced for child pornography charges in connection with the site, in addition to more than 100 suspects who have been arrested in South Korea, according to NBC News.
Some defendants in college admission scam want racketeering charges dismissed
- Attorneys for former University of Southern California water polo coach Jovan Vavic say their client is "a textbook example of prosecutorial overreach and frivolous use of RICO," according to a motion to dismiss his indictment.
- Former Wake Forest University volleyball coach William Ferguson also filed Tuesday to join Vavic and Williams' motion to dismiss the indictment.
- Prosecutors allege Ferguson agreed to designate the daughter of one of Singer's clients -- who had previously applied and been placed on the wait list at Wake Forest -- as a recruit for the women's volleyball team, facilitating her admission to the university.
- She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying $15,000 to the scam's mastermind as part of a scheme to cheat on the SATs and boost her daughter's test scores.