The Daily Populous

Saturday September 9th, 2023 morning edition

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Ashton Kutcher, left, shown at the 2017 CMT Music Awards with Danny Masterson, wrote a letter in support of his co-star from “That ’70s Show” in a high-profile rape case.

A bevy of high-profile stars came to the defense of actor and convicted rapist Danny Masterson before his sentencing Thursday, calling on the judge in his case to offer leniency.

Masterson, 47, was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo on Thursday despite the pleas from his “That ’70s Show” co-stars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, among others.

The letters in support of defendants by their family and supporters are routine in criminal cases before sentencing.

Neither Kunis nor Kutcher argued that Masterson was not guilty of the crimes, but they vouched for his character and the person they knew him to be.

“From the very beginning, I could sense his innate goodness and genuine nature,” Kunis said in her letter.

Danny Masterson Sentencing Memo Letters of Support Letters of support in Danny Masterson’s sentencing memo from Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Billy Baldwin, among others. »

The IRS plans to crack down on 1,600 millionaires to collect millions of dollars in back taxes

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Werfel said a massive hiring effort and AI research tools developed by IRS employees and contractors are playing a big role in identifying wealthy tax dodgers.

In July, IRS leadership said it collected $38 million in delinquent taxes from more than 175 high-income taxpayers in the span of a few months.

“The IRS will have dozens of revenue officers focused on these high-end collection cases in fiscal year 2024,” he said. »

The International Criminal Court Will Now Prosecute Cyberwar Crimes

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Now the lead prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at the Hague has made it clear that he intends to enforce those consequences—no new Geneva Convention required.

Instead, he has explicitly stated for the first time that the Hague will investigate and prosecute any hacking crimes that violate existing international law, just as it does for war crimes committed in the physical world.

When WIRED reached out to the International Criminal Court, a spokesperson for the office of the prosecutor confirmed that this is now the office’s official stance. »

Judge denies Mark Meadows’s effort to move Georgia case to federal court

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A federal judge denied a request Friday from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to move the Georgia election-interference case against him from state to federal court, a shift he had sought on the grounds that he was a federal officer at the time of the actions that led to his indictment.

Jones’s decision is also not good news for four other co-defendants who have sought to move their cases to federal court.

Terwilliger essentially said no, describing Meadows as an “alter ego” of Trump who was consistently acting as a “federal authority” of the executive branch. »

Police rush to reports of ‘ritual mass murder,’ but it was just a yoga class

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Soon after the class was over, a “mass of police sirens” shattered the peace as officers raced toward the venue where the class was being held.

Having seen several people laying on the floor… Which actually turned out to be the Yoga Class in meditation.”.

Five police cars descended on the center where the session was being held, by which time the yoga class had ended. »