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Los Angeles Obtains First Bird Scooter DUI Conviction

Los Angeles has obtained its first misdemeanor conviction for DUI while riding a Bird scooter in West Los Angeles. 28-year-old Nicholas Kauffroath was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $550 fine after hitting a pedestrian while operating a Bird scooter while under the influence. 

Kavanaugh Continues to Pursue Nomination Despite Further Allegations

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, has no plans to abandon his nomination despite accusations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior. President Trump has spoken out on Kavanaugh's behalf and hopes he will be "confirmed quickly." 

Dallas Officer Who Shot Neighbor Will Face Grand Jury

A Dallas police officer may face more serious charges from the grand jury in connection with the fatal shooting of her neighbor in his own apartment. 30-year-old Officer Amber Guyger has been charged with manslaughter after killing 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean while off-duty last week. 

Kim Kardashian West Returns to White House to Advocate for Prisoner

Kim Kardashian West returned to the White House last week to meet with some of President Trump's senior aides to discuss criminal justice reform. Kardashian West successfully pressed the Trump administration for the pardon of 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson earlier this year.

Judge Rejects Ghost Ship Fire Plea Deal

An Alameda County Superior Court Judge rejected the plea deals for two men facing multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fire that killed 36 people at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland in December 2016. The district attorney's office has since indicated that plea deals will no longer be considered for the two men.

92-Year-Old Woman Shoots Son Over Nursing Home Dispute

92-year-old Anna Mae Blessing shot and killed her 72-year-old son who wanted to put her in an assisted living facility in Fountain Hills, Arizona last week. A subsequent search of Blessing's home turned up thirteen firearms. The elderly woman faces one charge each of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and kidnapping.