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De Lima appeals denial of bail, bid to junk charge in 2nd drug case

Sen. Leila De Lima on Tuesday appealed the dismissal of her plea to post bail and junk the second drug case she is facing, as she questioned the "conspicuous absence" of one of their pleadings in Muntinlupa court's denial order......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarFeb 23rd, 2021

De Lima moves for bail in second drug case

Sen. Leila de Lima filed a motion for bail before another Muntinlupa court handling the drug case against her, the second time she is moving for provisional liberty by saying evidence against her is weak......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2020

Misleading policies and defense priorities

Three US senators issued a statement reiterating their demand for the release of Senator Leila de Lima. This misplaced demand came on the heels of her acquittal of one of the three charges for drug trafficking. The three senators namely, Edward Markey, Richard Durbin and Patrick Leahy branded the case as “illegitimate”; that she has been “wrongfully imprisoned”, and she stands as the country’s “prisoner of conscience.” The three said the charges are a political vendetta filed by the Duterte administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2021

De Lima lawyers want prosecution witness Capones charged in same drug case

Sen. Leila De Lima’s legal team is moving to implead inmate and prosecution witness Joel Capones as among the accused in the third drug case she is facing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2021

Palace to De Lima: You& rsquo;re still in jail

Malacanang told Senator Leila de Lima Thursday not to celebrate yet despite the junking of her drug-related case by the Muntinlupa Regional Court, saying she’s still in jail......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2021

Palace on De Lima s acquittal in drug case: Why celebrate when she s still in jail?

There is no reason for opposition Sen. Leila de Lima to celebrate despite the junking of one of her three drug cases because she is still in jail, Malacañang said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021

De Lima asks Muntinlupa court to dismiss & lsquo;trumped-up& rsquo; drug case

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima has asked a Muntinlupa court to dismiss one of the three allegedly trumped-up drug cases against her, citing the absence of evidence that would implicate her in the drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 8th, 2021

De Lima moves for dismissal of 2nd drug case

De Lima’s lawyer argued that records of the case show that the prosecution’s witnesses “failed to adduce sufficient proof that will ‘sustain a judgment of conviction beyond reasonable doubt.’”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 8th, 2021

Challenging sufficiency of prosecution evidence, De Lima moves for case dismissal in drug case

De Lima’s team argued that the prosecution “failed to specifically allege and prove the existence of the specific drug transactions alleged and the illegal drug involved.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

Court rebuffs De Lima for & lsquo;inaccurate claims& rsquo;

The Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court has reprimanded detained Senator Leila De Lima and her lawyers for allegedly “twisting facts or inaccurate claims” before the media, in connection with the court proceedings involving the illegal drug trade case filed by the Department of Justice against the opposition lawmaker......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 5th, 2020

Political prisoner sues police, jail guards for ‘torture, cruelty’

“The subtext of our legal submissions is that hers is a case of patent abuse of authority by the state — of a negotiated procurement of defective search warrants; of a crackdown not on crime, but on legitimate dissent; of an oft recycled charge of illegal possession of firearms and explosives lodged against activists filed not on the basis of fact and evidence, but on the convenience of the unavailability of posting bail as a matter of right.” The post Political prisoner sues police, jail guards for ‘torture, cruelty’ appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2020

De Lima’s bail opposed

Neither will her motion for bail result to granting her provisional liberty considering other non-bailable drug cases. The post De Lima’s bail opposed appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 29th, 2020

DOJ orders probe into high-profile inmates deaths as BuCor confirms Jaybee Sebastian died of COVID-19

The Department of Justice on Monday confirmed that high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian, also a witness in the drug case against Sen. Leila de Lima, died due to COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 20th, 2020

Patriots owner s prostitution case heads to appellate court

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charging New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with twice buying sex from massage parlor prostitutes will attempt to save their case this week by arguing to an appeals court that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video-recorded him in the act. Prosecutors will tell the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal during an online hearing Tuesday that a county judge erred when he invalidated the January 2019 search warrant allowing police to install secret cameras at Orchids of Asia spa as part of an alleged sex trafficking investigation. The judge said the warrant didn’t sufficiently protect the privacy of innocent customers who received legal massages, and he barred the videos’ use at trial as well as testimony about what they showed. If the ruling stands, it will deal a fatal blow to the prosecution's case. “Mr. Kraft's guilt is a virtual certainty” and he has no right to benefit from any possible mistakes police made involving innocent customers, Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey DeSousa wrote in court documents. Kraft's attorneys vehemently disagreed, arguing that if the three-justice panel allows the videos' use, “civil liberties cherished in Florida and beyond” will be endangered. “If the state wins this appeal, then everyone loses, not just the accused,” attorney Frank Shepherd wrote. “Government could run roughshod over privacy and constitutional rights while evading scrutiny.” The Jupiter police recordings led to misdemeanor charges against Kraft and two dozen other alleged Orchids of Asia customers. The spa owners and some employees are charged with prostitution-related felonies. Most cases are in limbo while the appeals are heard. If prosecutors can’t use the videos, they would almost certainly dismiss any misdemeanor charges awaiting trial. Some defendants took plea deals but Kraft refused. The felony cases could proceed, as those have other evidence besides the videos. Kraft, a 79-year-old widower and part-time Palm Beach resident, has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology. He faces a possible one-year jail sentence if convicted, but would likely receive a fine, community service and other sanctions. Kraft, whom Forbes Magazine ranks as the 82nd richest American with a worth of almost $7 billion, is employing several high-priced attorneys to fight the charges. DeSousa submitted several arguments against Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser's ruling. Among them: — The warrant is valid because police minimized any privacy invasion by having only three detectives monitor video. Any further minimization, such as recording only snippets of each massage, would have made the investigation impossible. — Kraft illegally paid for sex and is lawfully covered by the warrant, even if the justices determine police violated innocent customers' privacy rights. — If the warrant is invalid, the detectives relied on it “in good faith” and a sanction banning the video is too extreme. Shepherd submitted several counterarguments for Kraft. They include: — Detectives' privacy protection efforts were insufficient because they recorded seminude men and women receiving legal massages, making the Kraft recordings also illegal. — Police had enough evidence to charge the spa owners with felonies without recording, making the cameras “wholly gratuitous." — The evidence detectives presented to obtain the magistrate's warrant approval was “deliberately misleading,” negating any argument they acted in good faith. The justices won’t immediately rule after the hearing; decisions usually takes weeks. The losing side will likely appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, which could accept the case or let the justices’ ruling stand. Authorities say the Orchids of Asia investigation was part of a multicounty probe into possible sex trafficking by spa owners who they believe brought women from China and elsewhere to work as prostitutes. About 300 people were charged with various felonies and misdemeanors, but no trafficking charges were pursued — prosecutors say they received no cooperation from masseuses whom they suspect were trafficked. According to police, Kraft's chauffeur drove him to Orchids of Asia on the evening of Jan. 19, 2019, where detectives recorded him engaging in a sex act with two women and then paying an undetermined amount in cash. Investigators said Kraft returned the next morning and engaged in recorded sex acts with a woman before paying with a $100 bill and another bill. Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs. His team then won the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership. Prosecutors offered to drop the charges if Kraft entered a diversion program for first-time offenders. That would include an admission he would be found guilty if the case went to trial, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attending a class on the dangers of prostitution and its connection to human trafficking. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday on the court's YouTube channel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

De Lima asks QC court to junk disobedience to summons case

Sen. Leila De Lima sought the dismissal of the disobedience to summons case against her for lack of evidence and for delays in proceedings......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

Man, out on bail for drug case, nabbed with P1.36M shabu

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Police confiscated P1.36 million of suspected shabu from a man, who is out on bail for a drug case, at past 10 p.m. of March 19, 2020 in Barangay Looc, Mandaue City. Jonie Lopez, 25, of Barangay Tipolo, Mandaue City was caught with 200 grams of suspected shabu during a buy-bust […] The post Man, out on bail for drug case, nabbed with P1.36M shabu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2020

De Lima nangulekta sa mga Chinese drug lord niadtong election – Peter Co

Miatubang na sa korte ang Chinese drug lord nga si Peter Co kabahin sa drug case batok ni Senadora Leila de Lima......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2020

Former police chief Albayalde faces graft charges | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: DOJ wants graft charges vs Albayalde over Pampanga drug recycling case 'Steady' emission, cracks widen as Taal Volcano stays under Alert Level 4 YouTube steering viewers to climate denial videos – nonprofit Fires, then floods: How much can a koala bear? Sarah Geronimo's 'Tala' debuts on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart – Rappler.com Executive Producer / Writer Lilibeth Frondoso Associate Producer / Publisher Marga Deona Jaira Roxas Master Editor / Playback Emerald Hidalgo Jaene Zaplan Jaen Manegdeg Quita Chuatico.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2020

DOJ wants graft charges vs Albayalde over Pampanga drug recycling case

MANILA, Philippines –  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended graft charges against former police chief General Oscar Albayalde over the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case. "The panel found probable cause to charge Albayalde with violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2020

Panelo hits U.S. senators for absolute ignorance, shameful bias over De Lima case

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo doubled down on his criticism of United States senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin over their recent remarks related to the case of opposition senator Leila de Lima, who is detained due to drug charges. In a statement on Tuesday, December ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2019

TURNING POINT: A Quirk Episode: the De Lima Drug Case

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (MindaNews, 27 Nov) – Some quirk episode on the De Lima sensational drug story suddenly threw spectators off their feet. Prosecutors of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the illegal drug cases against Sen. Leila de Lima have admitted of late that the Banco de Oro (BDO) accounts identified by Bilibid witnesses […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019