The unexpected Criminal Minds relationship fans wanted – Looper

As JJ and Emily were both on the show for over 100 episodes — JJ from the very first season, with Emily joining in season 2 — they had plenty of time to develop a strong bond, lovingly dubbed “Jemily” by fans. Now that the show has ended, though, fans are mourning the relationship that could have been. Reddit user u/4everspencerreid posted photos of JJ and Emily holding hands, writing, “Be honest do you think about them dating.”

Several commenters expressed their support for the couple, with user u/crruss admitting, “Yes I think about them dating all the time haha. Okay not all the time but whenever I watch the show for sure” and saying that “they have great chemistry.” 

YouTube user Roni Bo-bani commented on one of the many YouTube compilations of their tender moments together, writing, “I just wanna say that when JJ was kidnapped and tortured, nearly on her last string of giving up she didn’t imagine [her husband] Will saving her, she didn’t imagine Reid saving her or Hotch, it was Emily. She imagined Emily when she was on deaths front door. Let that sink in.” 

The two of them often comforted each other in hard moments, leading many fans to feel that they were perfectly set up to become a couple.

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Ex-Governor’s Lawyer Says Charges in Flint Crisis Would Be ‘Meritless’ – The New York Times

Rick Snyder, a Republican, was Michigan’s governor during the city’s water crisis, which left residents sickened.

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. — Rick Snyder, the former governor of Michigan, said he bears no criminal responsibility for the Flint water crisis, issuing a statement on Tuesday amid reports that charges connected to the crisis were imminent.

The Associated Press reported that Mr. Snyder, a Republican who has been out of office for two years, would be charged by the state attorney general’s office, along with several others, including his former health director, Nick Lyon.

“It is outrageous to think any criminal charges would be filed against Gov. Snyder,” Brian Lennon, a lawyer for Mr. Snyder, said in an email. “Any charges would be meritless. Coming from an administration that claims to be above partisan politics, it is deeply disappointing to see pure political motivation driving charging decisions.”

Mr. Snyder’s administration was in charge during Flint’s water crisis, which left thousands of the city’s residents sickened, angry and distrustful of the government.

National Guard personnel distributed bottled water to Flint residents in 2016.
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Dana Nessel, the Michigan attorney general, declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, did not return phone calls.

The water crisis began in 2014, when officials switched Flint’s water source to the Flint River, a cost-saving measure that was intended to help a city in financial distress. But necessary corrosion controls were not added to the river water, causing lead from Flint’s aging pipes to leach into the drinking supply. Residents protested when water from their taps was brown and foul-smelling — frequently holding up jugs of discolored water in front of Flint’s City Hall — but local and state officials dismissed them.

Months later, doctors in Flint noticed alarmingly high lead levels in the blood of many residents, and at the same time, an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease sickened at least 87 people in the Flint region, killing nine of them. The outcry in Flint prompted the city to return the water to its previous source, Lake Huron, and begin an effort to replace the dangerous lead pipes — a project that is nearly complete.

Many of Flint’s 100,000 residents say that they have yet to trust the water again.

Charges had previously been filed in connection to the crisis, but in June of 2019, prosecutors stunned Flint by dropping all pending charges.

Fifteen state and local officials, including emergency managers who ran the city and a member of the governor’s cabinet, had been accused by state prosecutors of crimes as serious as involuntary manslaughter. Seven had already taken plea deals. Eight more, including most of the highest-ranking officials, were awaiting trial.

When the Michigan attorney general’s office, which had recently passed from Republican to Democratic hands, abruptly dropped the eight remaining cases, prosecutors left open the possibility of recharging some of those same people, and perhaps others, too. Mr. Snyder had not been charged in the earlier case, though members of his administration were.

Mr. Snyder, a former businessman, ran for the governor’s office a decade ago promising fiscal responsibility and a data-driven approach to the job.

Mr. Snyder left the governor’s office in 2019, prevented by term limits from seeking a third term.

Just last week, Mr. Snyder and Ms. Whitmer, in a rare gesture of bipartisanship, issued a joint statement condemning the violence in Washington.

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Theranos 'dumped' a useless, double-encrypted blood-test database on prosecutors, then destroyed the original, Feds say

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Blood-testing startup Theranos gave prosecutors an unusable copy of a key database and destroyed it even after an employee concluded it would be impossible to reconstruct, according to a new filing by the US government.

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is set to face trial in July on charges that she and Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani defrauded investors and purchasers about issues with their blood-testing technology. Her criminal defense lawyers at Williams & Connolly have sought to stop prosecutors from putting patients and doctors on the stand to testify about their test results.

But in a blistering memo filed on Monday, prosecutors said granting Holmes’ request would be wrong. They said Theranos destroyed a key database in 2018 — called the Laboratory Information System, or LIS — containing millions of records, after giving prosecutors a copy that was known to be useless without passwords that they didn’t have.

“At a basic level, the copy was missing the binaries and source code that would be necessary to put the database back together,” prosecutors said. Even with that information, they added, the database would be too complex to reconstruct without help from the Theranos contractor that created it.

Theranos was once a Silicon Valley darling, with Holmes, who dropped out of college to work on the company, hailed as a disruptor to the blood-testing industry. Starting in 2015, however, the Wall Street Journal began raising questions about the performance of its technology. As media and regulatory scrutiny mounted into 2017, the company ran low on cash.

While the company got a $100 million lifeline from Fortress Investment Group in late 2017, Holmes was hit with civil, and then criminal, fraud charges in 2018 and the company shut its doors in the fall, with plans to give its patents to Fortress and its cash to creditors.

Prosecutors continued seeking evidence even after charging Holmes and Balwani. Theranos was a few months away from closing when the government sought the LIS data, which was stored on servers in a space in Newark, N.J., that Theranos would leave at the end of August.

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As early as June 2018, IT specialists at Theranos knew that restoring the LIS database would require a password. By August, however, they hadn’t tracked it down. At the end of the month, Theranos dismantled its servers and vacated the space, making the information essentially uncoverable, according to the filing. 

Meanwhile, Theranos’s internal and external lawyers seemed unbothered by the government’s potential inability to access it.

Xan White, an in-house lawyer at Theranos, acknowledged that the company may have to turn over any software required to access the database, but he said “it’s ultimately not Theranos’ problem” if its data access and storage systems were “inconvenient for outsiders.” And an unnamed lawyer at WilmerHale, in a late July email to an unnamed executive, said the best strategy would be to “just dump the entire bespoke database on the Government.”

The government suggested that PwC and FTI Consulting, which provided discovery assistance to Theranos, could have helped produce a copy of the LIS database.

Lawyers for Holmes have said it would be manipulative to put witnesses on the stand, including a cancer survivor who was monitoring her estrogen levels and two women who were tested for a pregnancy-related hormone, to describe the hypothetical impacts on their health if their doctors had trusted the Theranos test results. Prosecutors said individuals’ stories are appropriate for the courtroom, however.

John Cline, a lawyer for Holmes, and representatives for WilmerHale didn’t immediately respond to comment requests.

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