Crimes and Their Punishments – Through the Ages

Punishments for Crimes through the ages – from the bizarre to outrageous, from the sublime to the ridiculous. We don’t know how lucky we are!

Many of us are apt to complain about sentences handed out by our Courts for crimes these days – too harsh, too lenient. But a quick look at some punishments for crimes through the ages, including in some countries today, we should really consider how much we really have to complain about.

Not only have punishments been truly shocking (and in some instances still are), but even some of the crimes are truly unbelievable.

Many Sydney criminal lawyers would have had their work cut out for them if some of these historical crimes were still on the statute books! Lucky for us that our complaints about the justice systems these days are limited to whether an offender should be given a jail sentence or community service, or whether a 2 year sentence is sufficient or whether 5 would have been better, and so on.

Thank goodness we don’t have to contend with crimes for which the penalty is being tortured to death by some truly unimaginable means. Criminal lawyers in Australia, as in Europe, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and others, these days don’t have to plead for the type of mercy that offenders of times gone by had to. And of course, some of these barbaric practices do still exist today in other parts of the globe, as you can see below.

Some Crimes and Some Punishments You Won’t Believe

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Crimes and Their Punishments

New Orleans defense lawyer disbarred; James Johnson pleaded guilty in bail bond-rigging case – The Advocate

A veteran New Orleans criminal defense attorney was disbarred this week, more than a year after he pleaded guilty in connection with a bail bond-rigging scheme engineered by his father.

James Johnson, 39, has surrendered his law license in an agreement with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the Louisiana Supreme Court’s disciplinary arm, the court announced Monday.

New Orleans defense attorney James Johnson pleads guilty in bond-rigging case, ending federal trial

Johnson was the last man standing at a federal trial last year over the alleged bond-rigging conspiracy. His father and co-defendant, Rufus Johnson, abruptly pleaded guilty to six felony counts on the second day of the trial.

An unlicensed bondsman and frequent candidate for public office, Rufus Johnson admitted that for years he had led a scheme that included payoffs to Orleans Parish Criminal District Court clerks for pre-signed bond forms, bogus recognizance bonds and inside details on jail inmates.

Prosecutors said Rufus Johnson also ladled cash or gifts on two judges. He furnished former Judge Charles Elloie hundreds of dollars’ worth of weekly lottery tickets and the judge’s morning breakfast in exchange for favorable bail decisions, authorities alleged.

In bizarre turn, ex-bondsman abruptly pleads guilty in federal bond fraud trial

A bail bondsman before he became a lawyer in 2004, James Johnson was accused of joining in the bond-rigging scheme and lying to a grand jury to cover for his father.

In all, 11 people, including three court clerks, pleaded guilty as a result of a lengthy probe by state and federal authorities. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle sentenced Rufus Johnson to 74 months in prison.

Rufus Johnson had earlier rejected a package deal that would have set him free after just a few months behind bars and would have let James Johnson plead guilty to a misdemeanor and escape prison time.

But he rejected that offer, then got cold feet and pleaded guilty with no deal on the table. That left James Johnson alone to face a jury and the prospect of years in prison. He quickly pleaded guilty to misprision — or deliberate concealment — of a felony, ending the trial.

Lemelle declined to hand the younger man prison time, blaming Rufus Johnson for manipulating both the Orleans Parish court system and his son.

But his felony conviction left James Johnson’s law license, which was suspended in May 2017, in peril. His agreed-upon disbarment means he can reapply as early as 2022.

Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino called it a “calculated decision.” He said Johnson faced at least a three-year suspension, if not permanent disbarment, based on the allegations against him.

Charles Plattsmier, the chief disciplinary counsel, declined to discuss the case but called disbarment the “baseline sanction” for lawyers convicted of felonies.

“It can vary depending on mitigating or aggravating factors,” Plattsmier said. “We felt in this case the facts that were presented warranted a sanction of disbarment.”

Justice Jefferson Hughes dissented from the court’s decision, saying he would have ordered a lesser penalty for James Johnson.

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Meet Stephen Miller, the 32-year-old White House adviser who convinced Trump to start separating migrant children from their parents at the border

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  • White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller is on the front lines as President Donald Trump’s administration butts heads with Democratic lawmakers over Trump’s wishes for a $5-billion border wall.
  • Miller was previously identified as the driving force behind the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies. 
  • At 32 years old, he has been a rising star on the far right for years, making headlines because of his polarizing demeanor and statements long before his time in the administration. 

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has once again emerged on the front lines as President Donald Trump’s administration butts heads with Democratic lawmakers over Trump’s wishes for a $5-billion wall along the US-Mexico border.

Miller was previously identified as the driving force behind the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that separated immigrant children from their families at the southern border.

At 32 years old, he has been a rising star on the far right for years, often making headlines because of his polarizing demeanor and statements long before The New York Times reported June 16 that he was the origin of the controversial policy.

One of the few remaining staffers from Trump’s 2016 campaign, Miller also writes the president’s biggest speeches, including Trump’s first State of the Union address.

His hard-line positions and knack for policy have made him a force to be reckoned with. But before Miller became a major figure in the Trump administration, he was an outspoken, conservative activist in high school and college who worked on congressional campaigns.

Here’s how Miller became Trump’s right-hand policy man:

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Stephen Miller was born in Santa Monica, California, on August 23, 1985, to a Jewish family whose ancestors fled persecution in what is now Belarus. His family was liberal-leaning, but Miller says he became a stalwart conservative at an early age.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

In 2002, at age 16, Miller wrote in a letter to the editor that “Osama Bin Laden would feel very welcome at Santa Monica High School” because of the student body’s anti-war attitude after 9/11. Soon enough, Miller began appearing on conservative talk radio in the Los Angeles area.

Sources: The LookOutUnivision, Politico Magazine

A video emerged in 2017 of his giving a student-government campaign speech at Santa Monica High in which he argued that students shouldn’t have to pick up their own trash because there are “plenty of janitors who are paid to do it” for them. The audience quickly booed him off the stage.

Sources: The Washington Post, Politico Magazine

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Private citizens can file criminal charges in Massachusetts ‘secret’ courts – The Boston Globe

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Priscilla Rodas showed a cellphone picture of her bruised eye taken days after a road rage incident now in dispute.



Priscilla Rodas believed the worst was behind her after she reported a violent road rage case that left her with a black eye and a facial fracture.

After Brookline police arrived at the scene in September, they reviewed a security video of the altercation, and sought court approval for criminal charges against David Cataldo, a retired Boston police officer, for allegedly hitting Rodas in the face and assaulting her 15-year-old son.

But not long after, a call from her lawyer stunned her: Cataldo had used a little-known provision of the state’s court system to turn the tables and seek criminal charges against her and her son.


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Massachusetts is one of the small number of states that allow private citizens — without the backing of police or prosecutors — to ask court officials to issue criminal complaints. These allegations are vetted, and sometimes settled, in a secretive system that has no parallel in any other state.

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Some states that allow private citizens to initiate criminal cases limit the charges to those that have little to no jail time, such as personal disputes involving misdemeanor theft or trespassing. But in Massachusetts, citizens can also file for felony charges in the system, which largely handles cases initiated by police. Defenders of the citizens’ powers to file charges say it is a way for the accused to respond to what they see as unfair criminal charges.


But some of these citizen-initiated cases can also take on a troubling aspect, if people accused of crimes seek charges on their own to allegedly intimidate their victims into potentially dropping the original accusations, according to victims’ advocates and lawyers.

They say some defendants exploit the private clerk magistrate system through such counter-claims in an effort to avoid justice. Only nine states have a process for private citizens to initiate criminal cases, according to a 2015 survey by the National Crime Victim Law Institute.

In the Brookline case, Cataldo went to Brookline District Court, where he filed an application for a criminal complaint against Rodas, a 49-year-old mother of four, and her son, alleging that they assaulted him near Brookline Village. While she was alarmed to learn this, she said she refused to be intimidated into dropping her original charges.


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Cataldo declined to comment through his attorney.

He was investigated several times by the Boston Police Department’s internal affairs division for complaints of alleged violence or excessive force, one of which was sustained while others were unfounded or not sustained upon review, according to records obtained by Rodas’s lawyer and reviewed by the Globe. He retired this year from the department, which did not respond to requests for comment on his internal affairs investigations.

Cataldo worked as an on-call campus security officer for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences but was suspended Thursday by the school after an inquiry by the Globe.

During a hearing in December — at which the Globe was barred access — Patrick Bulmer, an assistant clerk magistrate, approved the charges against the retired officer but also approved his counter-claim against the mother.

So she is facing the same misdemeanor assault charge as the man who she says punched her as she tried to keep him away from her son.


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“I feel like less than nothing,” said Rodas, as she emerged from the clerk’s hearing. “Someone hurts you, and it’s still on you.”

‘I feel like less than nothing. Someone hurts you, and it’s still on you.’

Both will be arraigned on Jan. 30. The case against the son has been transferred to juvenile court and he has not been formally charged. Bulmer did not return requests for comment.

The Globe reviewed footage of the incident provided by Rodas’s lawyer and it appears to confirm the police report of the case: Officer Daniel Lalli cites MBTA bus security video as evidence that Cataldo was “the aggressor” and that the teenage boy got into a fight while protecting his mother. In the video, Priscilla Rodas appears to be trying to separate the boy and the former officer as they threw punches, then holding Cataldo.

Cataldo alleged injuries from his altercation with the teenage boy. In his application for counter-charges, he said the mother also grabbed his shirt, and “threw between 2 (to) 5 punches,” but her punches were not apparent in the videos reviewed by the Globe. In a 911 call reviewed by the Globe, Rodas — who was waiting for police to come — tells the dispatcher that she is holding onto Cataldo so he wouldn’t leave.

This confidential clerk magistrate system was the subject of a Boston Globe Spotlight report in September, “Inside Our Secret Courts.” The report exposed an unusually secretive part of the state’s district court system, where clerk magistrates — many of whom do not have law degrees — have vast powers to decide if there’s enough evidence for criminal charges to go to public arraignment, as well as to negotiate settlements in cases.

The closed-door hearings are typically held in private offices without public notice, most hearings are unrecorded, and thousands of substantiated cases die there every year. Clerks rejected nearly 62,000 cases over the past two years, including roughly 18,000 cases in which the clerks believed there was “probable cause,” or enough evidence to justify the charges, according to the Globe investigation.

The report uncovered several cases in which defendants, including prominent public officials, escaped serious charges, even when there was substantial evidence that the suspects had committed the crimes.

Criminal defense attorneys openly acknowledge using the clerk magistrate system to lodge strategic counter-claims, if there is valid reason.

David Yannetti, a Boston attorney, advised a client charged with domestic assault and battery to apply for a criminal complaint against his ex-girlfriend. At a hearing in Brockton, Yannetti said he persuaded a clerk to charge the ex-girlfriend, though police alleged that during the argument, his client had allegedly struck her in the face and then kicked her after she fell down, according to the lawyer’s website.

When the ex-girlfriend was scheduled to be arraigned, his client and the ex-girlfriend asserted their Fifth Amendment privilege not to testify, and the case was dismissed. Yannetti would not identify the client to the Globe but described this case as “a common scenario.”

“Often if you are representing someone charged with domestic assault and battery, the alleged victim could well have been the alleged defendant going into it,” Yannetti said. “It’s just the police made a judgment call and you’re entitled to say, ‘If my client is charged with domestic violence, the other party should be charged as well.’ ”

Criminal defense attorney Michael Erlich said filing complaints against alleged victims when there is “legitimate grounds” can give defense attorneys “some leverage in resolving the case.”

Michele Murphy, a Melrose woman, said she felt forced to drop charges against her allegedly abusive ex-husband after he used the clerks’ system to intimidate her.

When Murphy dropped off her sons at her ex-husband’s Kingston home in 2006, she said, he roughly tossed her out his front door, and she landed on her face.

James M. Smith told officers that he threw Murphy out of his house because she wouldn’t leave, according to police and court records. Officers took photographs of her bruised face, and, Smith was arrested that night and charged later with assault and battery.

Weeks later, Smith applied on his own for a criminal complaint against Murphy in Plymouth District Court. In a closed hearing, Smith accused her of hitting him, as well as his fiancee, that night — an allegation not mentioned in the police report. Smith said in his complaint that he had grabbed his ex-wife to lead her out of the house, and that they both fell over. An assistant clerk magistrate, John Fitzsimmons, decided there was probable cause to issue the charges.

“The whole thing was upside down,” Murphy recalled. “All of a sudden, I was being accused of scaring them and abusing them. It was a black-and-white situation: There were two fire engines, at least three cop cars, and not one of those people or any of those men thought that I was the perpetrator.”

Murphy was so worried about having a criminal record that she agreed to drop her charges against Smith, so that he would drop his charges.

In an e-mail, Smith reiterated that he was trying to get Murphy out of his home after she attacked his fiancee.

“I dropped my charges because I just wanted to move on and although I was not happy with [Michele], she was still the mother of my children,” Smith wrote in an e-mail. “I thought she dropped her charges for the same reason.”

Fitzsimmons and a spokesman for the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office did not return requests for comment.

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey and Court Administrator Jonathan S. Williams had previously expressed their confidence in the clerk magistrate system, but since the Globe’s investigation this fall, Carey has convened a panel to review the guidelines for the hearings. Governor Charlie Baker and top legislators also expressed a need for transparency.

Some people who support keeping the magistrate hearings secretive often cite the need to protect individual reputations,
saying these citizen-against-citizen cases sometimes bring out baseless accusations and need to be kept private.

Daniel Hogan, the clerk magistrate of the Boston Municipal Court’s Central Division who heads one of the clerks’ associations in the state, said it’s important to preserve the rights of individuals to request criminal charges, instead of simply relying on police or district attorneys to initiate charges.

“I think the courts would be hard-pressed to prevent someone seeking any redress,” he said.

But other attorneys have argued that on the few occasions they encounter private complaints, they’re initiated as a way to intimidate victims. Anne Gillespie, a Newton family law attorney, also said she couldn’t think of a reason why the avenue should exist.

“How could it possibly protect a victim if it’s used as a sword and not a shield?” she said.

David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney’s office, declined to comment on the Brookline case because the office had not yet reviewed it.

He said prosecutors respect the right of citizens to seek redress but expressed disappointment for those abusing the complaints.

“As with any abuse of the criminal system,” he said, “we take a dim view of any party making counter-factual claims for the purpose of harassing any other party.”

Todd Wallack of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
Nicole Dungca can be reached at nicole.dungca@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ndungca. Wallack can be reached at todd.wallack@globe.com


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'Call of Duty' studio evacuated following bomb threat

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  • The studio behind major “Call of Duty” games like “Modern Warfare” and “Infinite Warfare” was evacuated on Thursday, Kotaku reports.
  • Infinity Ward is based in Woodland Hills, California, and it employs hundreds of people.
  • Police reportedly arrived on Thursday morning and informed the staff of a bomb threat. 

One of the main studios behind “Call of Duty” reportedly had a bomb scare on Thursday.

Los Angeles-based Infinity Ward was evacuated on Thursday morning by local police, reports Kotaku. The threat appears to be tied to a string of bomb threats around the United States. On Tuesday, a building at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif headquarters was evacuated after police in New York received an anonymous bomb threat. 

“We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city,” the New York Police Department said on Twitter. “These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide & are NOT considered credible at this time.”

Infinity Ward parent company Activision has yet to confirm the evacuation; representatives didn’t respond to request for comment as of publishing.

According to a person at Infinity Ward, all employees were safely evacuated. It’s unclear if an explosive device was found following the evacuation.

Infinity Ward is one of several studios that creates new “Call of Duty” games for Activision, alongside Treyarch and Sledgehammer Games — all three are wholly owned by Activision. The latest game in the series, “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,” was developed by Treyarch. The three studios rotate development of the annualized “Call of Duty” series; Infinity Ward is expected to be the studio in charge of 2019’s “Call of Duty” entry.

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Criminal Minds Sneak Peek: This Week's Unsub Has a Big Connection to an Old Case – TV Guide

Criminal Minds is doing another throwback in the last episode before the end of 2018. TV Guide has a sneak peek at Wednesday’s case, and even though it’s quick it provides a lot of information about the BAU’s latest investigation.

In our clip, JJ (AJ Cook) tells Prentiss (Paget Brewster) that the team has seen these crime scenes before, just with a different twist. This week the unsub is killing men, but they are being dumped in the same way a serial killer in Milwaukee was killing women 11 years ago. The case that JJ references in the clip (after digging through the Criminal Minds archives) was Season 3, Episode 2, “In Name and Blood,” where a man used his young son to help him lure women before he tortured them and cut out their hearts.

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It’s probably no small coincidence that men are being dumped in the same fashion and Wednesday’s episode is titled “Flesh and Blood.” Perhaps our young, unknowing unsub apprentice from over a decade ago has grown up to be a serial killer just like daddy? Start speculating now!

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS.

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A German left-wing group tricked thousands of neo-Nazis into doxxing themselves with a 'honeypot' website

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  • Neo-Nazis in Germany were recently tricked into providing their identities and personal information to a left-wing art collective, the Washington Post reports.
  • The group used a “honeypot” website to publish the names of 1,500 neo-Nazis they initially found, and then collected further information from right-wing extremists who searched the site for their names.
  • The organization wants to identify the thousands of far right nationalists who took part in violent protests this summer in Chemnitz, Germany.

A German art collective is trying to identify thousands of neo-Nazis who took part in violent protests this summer, using information they were able to trick people into providing about themselves.

The Washington Post reports that a left-wing art collective, called the Center for Political Beauty (or “ZPS” in German), has been able to identify a majority of the estimated 7,000 people who participated in far-right protests this summer in Chemnitz, Germany.

The organization says it was able to collect all this information using an online “honeypot” trap. The group created a website with a partial list of protest participants — about 1,500 names it found through a cursory online investigation — to lure other right-wing extremists. 

The website attracted far right extremists, who searched the database for their own names, or names of people they knew. The website then collected their information, including networks and IP addresses that could be used to find where the person was searching from.

We want to lift right-wing extremism out of anonymity in Germany,” the website read, asking people to denounce people they knew to be neo-Nazis. 

Thousands of people descended on Chemnitz, Germany over the summer to participate in far-right protests. The demonstrations were first sparked by the killing of a German citizen allegedly done by two immigrants. But the protests attracted thousands of far-right extremists and neo-Nazis, who targeted immigrants with violent attacks and openly threw up Heil Hitler salutes (which are illegal in Germany). 

In light of the violence, the art group wanted to “give a face to evil,” Philipp Ruch, ZPS’ founder, told the Post. 

Yet ZPS’ “shock and awe” strategy wasn’t a traditional approach to doxxing, the tactic of finding and publishing a person’s private information. Doxxing has been used to expose people in white supremacist groups to their employers, but also to make certain people vulnerable to harassment by publicizing their phone numbers and home addresses.

ZPS’ use of data raises concerns that the group is in violation of GDPR, a strict policy in Europe aimed at protecting people’s privacy by regulating internet companies’ use of their data. The ZPS website does include a page outlining the group’s compliance with GDPR, which includes explaining how the data is being used.

The group has yet to share the information it’s collected, whether that’s providing it to authorities or journalists. But by setting a trap, ZPS essentially tricked nationalist protesters into doxxing themselves.

Ruch told the Post that he’s most interested in exposing public employees who “have a duty of loyalty to the constitution.”

“Nobody who’s into these anti-democratic forces should ever have a right to work in this society,” Ruch told the Post. “If you ask me, they should lose their jobs.”

The massive showing of far-right extremism in Germany drew worldwide condemnation, as well as comparisons to the white nationalist rally last year in Charlottesville, Virginia. But the rise of nationalistic sentiment hasn’t been isolated to Germany. Far-right political parties and leaders across Europe have seen increased support in recent elections.

ZPS on Wednesday removed from its website the list of the first 1,500 names it obtained without using the honeypot trap, the Post says. In its place is now an explanation of what ZPS was doing and a note that reads, “Thank you, dear Nazis.”

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When does Criminal Minds return in 2019? – Hidden Remote

Criminal Minds has aired its fall finale episode and will not be back until 2019. But when? When will does Criminal Minds return in 2019?

That’s it for Criminal Minds. The series will not be back until 2019 after airing its fall finale episode on Wednesday. It finished on a high as with an episode that connected all the way back to Season 3 of the CBS series. So when does Criminal Minds return in 2019?

Well the good news everyone is it won’t be long until the BAU is back. CBS has already announced when their shows will return in 2019, and Criminal Minds was on the list of announcements they made.

According to the official press release by CBS. Criminal Minds will be back in 2019 on Wednesday, Jan. 2. The show will return at its usual time of 10:00 p.m. EST.

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Returning with the episode “Night Lights.” The BAU will be jetting off to Portland, Oregon, where they are needed to investigate an abduction. One that could be chillingly connected to a local couple, who were killed in their very own home no more than a week earlier from when the abduction took place.

Will the BAU be able to help? Probably. They always do after all, but it will still be great entertainment watching them crack their very next case.

There is still no news on the Season 15 front. It’s still very early days for a renewal announcement to be made anyway. So we’re not expecting anything anytime soon, and if we were to go off what occurred last year, it might not be until after the full season airs that we learn if Season 15 is a go or not.

Doubt is hanging in the air over if Season 15 will happen. Some believe that Season 14 only took place because episode 300 was on the horizon. Now, with the milestone passed. It would not be a surprise if the series was canceled shortly after its return in 2019.

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Are you looking forward to Criminal Minds returning in 2019? Do you think it will be given the Season 15 nod? Drop a comment just below sharing your thoughts.

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A woman is suing Apple because she didn't think the iPhone had a notch — check out Apple's marketing and decide for yourself (AAPL)

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  • Apple’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have a “notch” on the top of the device to make room for the front-facing camera. 
  • However, many Apple marketing images use a black background where the notch is, making it less visible.
  • One person said in a legal complaint filed Friday that she did not know the device had a notch when she preordered the phone because of the marketing images. 
  • There’s no guarantee that the class-action lawsuit will be successful.

A notable design element of Apple’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max phones is what most people call “the notch.”

It’s a cutout on the top of the phone’s screen so that Apple can pack in the advanced cameras necessary for the FaceID facial recognition security without adding bezels around the phone’s edges. 

But in much of Apple’s recent marketing, the notch blends into the screen because Apple displays a black background in many of the promotional images and on the front page of its website.

Now, someone is saying that those images are misleading — and she’s suing over it. 

In a complaint filed Friday in the Northern District of California, Courtney Davis’ lawyers accused Apple of designing its advertising to obscure the notch, leading Davis to believe that the iPhone XS Max she preordered wouldn’t actually come with a notch. 

“Images that disguise the missing pixels on the Products’ screens are prominent on Defendant’s website, as well as in the advertisements of retailers who sell the products,” the complaint said. “These images were relied on by Plaintiff DAVIS, who believed that the iPhone XS and XS Max would not have a notch at the top of the phone.”

There are other matters cited in the complaint, including a claim Apple shouldn’t count pixels on the corners of the device in its advertising, because they are rounded off. 

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The lawsuit is seeking class-action status, as well as damages from Apple. It may be years before there’s any substantial developments one way or the other, given how long class-action lawsuits usually take to progress. Indeed, there’s no guarantee that this will ever come to court at all. 

But Friday’s complaint is the first time that the marketing images related to the latest premium iPhones — starting at $1000 — are being closely scrutinized in a legal sense. When the marketing images were leaked in August, many tech commentators said the black background effectively hid the notch from being readily apparent.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The entire complaint is embedded below: 

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Criminal Minds season 14, episode 11 release date: When does Criminal Minds return? – Express

Criminal Minds season 14 is currently airing on both sides of the Atlantic. The series airs every Wednesday on CBS in the US and every Monday on Sky Witness and NOW TV in the UK. Unfortunately, the UK is two episodes behind the US series, with episode eight airing next week (Monday, December 17). Criminal Minds season 14 will be taking a mid-season break in America and episode 11 will be back in the New Year.

When does Criminal Minds season 14, episode 11 return?

According to the Futon Critic, Criminal Minds season 14, episode 11 will return to CBS on Wednesday, January 2.

The episode will air at the usual time of 9pm central time/10pm eastern time in the US.

The remaining episodes will air weekly thereafter.

Episode 11 is called Night Lights and was written by Heather Aldridge.

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The episode will be directed by Nelson McCormick.

CBS has released an official synopsis for episode 11.

The summary reads: “The BAU team heads to Portland, Ore., to investigate a chilling abduction that may be linked to a local couple killed in their home a week earlier.”

Unfortunately, a teaser trailer for episode 11 has not yet been released.

Episode 10, called Flesh and Bood will air tonight (Wednesday, December 12) on CBS.

The official synopsis for episode 10 reads: “Prentiss (played by Paget Brewster) faces her past when the BAU is sent to investigate the murders of prominent businessmen, all of whom are missing their hearts; Prentiss plans a romantic first date with Mendoza (Stephen Bishop), but the evening is cut short by an urgent call from Rossi (Joe Mantegna).”

A teaser trailer for the final episode before the mid-season break has also been released.

The trailer starts off with photos of women who have been murdered.

Prentiss says: “He’s using women to lure his victims.”

A man is then seen with a hood over his face and a is heard shouting: “Please don’t make me do this.”

The final seconds of the trailer show his hood being removed but it happens too quick to identify the man.

A voiceover in the trailer says: “These beauties will lead you to the beast.”

The team discover that murder victims are being dumped in the same way a serial killer in Milwaukee was killing women 11 years ago, which was a huge storyline in season three, episode two in 2007.

In season three, a man used his son to lure women into his home before he tortured and murdered them.

Could the new killer be the son from season three who is now all grown up?

Fans will have to tune in tonight at 9pm central time/10pm eastern time to find out.

Stephen Bishop will guest star in tonights episode as Mendoza.

Bishop is best known for his baseball career and starring as Agent Patrick Campbell in Imposters.

WILL THERE BE ANOTHER SERIES OF CRIMINAL MINDS?

In the UK, episode eight of Criminal Minds season 14 will air on Monday, December 17 on Sky Witness at 9pm.

Episode 8 is called Ashley and will also be available to stream and download on NOWTV.

The synopsis for episode 8 reads: “The BAU investigates a double homicide and kidnapping, while Rossi’s plans to elevate his relationship with Krystall (Gail O’Grady) don’t go as planned.”

UK fans can sign up to NOW TV for £7.99 per month to watch the previous 13 seasons and season 14 of Criminal Minds.

There are only 15 episodes in season 14 of Criminal Minds.

This is the shortest number of episodes ever ordered for the series with previous seasons containing at least 20 episodes.

The smaller episode run has led fans to speculate that season 14 may be the last of Criminal Minds.

Adding fuel to the fire, CBS has not confirmed whether there will be the fifteenth season or not.

Here is a look at the released episode titles for season 14 of Criminal Minds:

  • Episode One: 300
  • Episode Two: Starter Home
  • Episode Three: Rule 34
  • Episode Four: Innocence
  • Episode Five: The Tall Man
  • Episode Six: Luke
  • Episode Seven: Twenty Seven
  • Episode Eight: Ashley
  • Episode Nine: Broken Wing
  • Episode Ten: Flesh and Blood
  • Episode Eleven: Night Lights

Criminal Minds season 14, episode 11 returns to CBS on January 2

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Bitcoin scammers are sending bomb threat emails to millions around the world, but authorities are confirming 'NO DEVICES have been found'

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  • On Thursday, numerous reports emerged of people receiving extortion emails demanding recipients send $20,000 in Bitcoin to a particular Bitcoin address. 
  • The emails stated that failure to send the payment would result in that person’s workplace being blown up by an explosive device. 
  • Police forces from cities in multiple countries have responded to the threats and have confirmed that no devices have been found in connection to the extortion emails. 
  • This story is developing, but for now, authorities say no actual threats have been discovered. 

If you’ve received an email saying that your office will explode if you don’t forward on $20,000 in Bitcoin, stay calm. 

Law enforcement officials across the country responded on Thursday to a recent string of threats, sent to numerous people via a spam-like email campaign, and stated that no explosive devices have found in connection to the messages. 

Please be advised – there is an email being circulated containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment,” the NYPD tweeted around 3pm ET on Thursday. “While this email has been sent to numerous locations, searches have been conducted and NO DEVICES have been found.” 

Other police departments from across the country have provided similar updates. 

The extortion emails demand that recipients send $20,000 in Bitcoin to particular a Bitcoin address. Failure to do so by the end of the working day, the emails stated, would result in that person’s workplace being blown up by an explosive device. 

Here’s an example of one of the emails: 

Universities, schools, media outlets, courthouses, and private businesses across the US reported receiving the extortion emails. Some were evacuated as a result. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement on Thursday: “We are aware of recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety.”

Threats have also been reported outside the US in Canada and New Zealand

Read more: Bitcoin slumps after bomb threats that were emailed across the US demanded it for ransom

More information about the scam should emerge in the coming days, but if there’s any good news to come out of Thursday’s scare, it’s that no actual devices have been reported.

And, as ZDNet reports, no Bitcoin payments have been made in relation to the emails. 

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