CBS Not Airing 'Criminal Minds' Wednesday Night –

Nearly a week after announcing a final season renewal, CBS will not be airing a new episode of Criminal Minds in its usual timeslot.

The long-running crime procedural will be giving up its timeslot Wednesday night to a rerun of new drama series FBI, as the network goes for a full night of reruns before a premiere-packed next week.

Criminal Minds‘ return on Jan. 23 will be accompanied by a new episode of the season season of Celebrity Big Brother — set to premiere Monday — as well as a new episode of SEAL Team. After this week off, the series will have uninterrupted new episodes until its Season 14 finale, set to air Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The show will return with a new episode, titled “Chameleon,” with the official description teasing trouble. The synopsis reads: “Rossi questions his actions in the aftermath of a near-death struggle with a serial killer who appears to have outsmarted the BAU.”

The short break comes days after CBS announced the official Season 15 renewal for the series, with the 10-episode installment acting as the show’s final season.

“It is the quintessential CBS hit. We are so proud to have aired it,” Amy Reisenbach, CBS’ EVP current programs said at the time. “It speaks to everything we do best, which is air quality television. It’s been successful not only on air but online, in syndication, internationally for ABC (Studios).”

“We wanted to make sure Erica had the time and ability to write a season (14) finale that honors the characters and the fans,” she added. “We discussed wanting to keep the show in continuous production so 10 felt like the right number for us to roll straight into and give Erica enough episodes to end the series the way she wanted to.”

The final season will be filmed immediately after Season 14 production wraps on the series, with plans for the episodes to air sometime during the 2019-2020 television season.

Executive producer Erica Messer commented on the news, promising fans a proper ending that won’t include any big tragedies.


“These people are family and friends to us at this point,” she told the publication. “I know it’s a drama, but I’m less likely to injure or write someone off in a way that says they’re not breathing anymore. I know a lot of shows, when they find out it’s going to be over, then characters are killed off or something like that. That’s not my instinct, mainly because I’ve been here for so long with all of these voices, I just don’t want that to be how it ends for them. So the jet won’t crash, I can tell you that.”

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Self-Made Lawyer Wins His Case in Criminal Court – NBC Chicago

For 16 years, Eric Blackmon worked to free himself from the nightmare of what he had argued from day one was a wrongful arrest and conviction for murder. 

But while many would have descended into bitterness and the sordid life which infests prison systems nationwide, Blackmon did just the opposite. He taught himself to be a lawyer, recruited everyone he could on the outside to help with his legwork, and then did something which is legally next to impossible: as an amateur attorney working from jail, he convinced the federal appellate court in Chicago to hear his case. 

“It’s extraordinary,” says Karen Daniel, of Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions. “It’s because he had done all the research, all the investigation, all the writing up until that point to have his case in good shape, so that the Seventh Circuit could see the injustice that his case is filled with.” 

Wednesday morning, it all paid off. Eight months after he was granted a new trial and freed on bond, Cook County prosecutors agreed to drop the case. And Judge William Gamboney uttered the words Blackmon had dreamed of hearing for two decades: “You are free to go!” 

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“I just did everything that I could for myself, just hoped that somebody would eventually listen,” he said after court. “And eventually, they all did.” 

Blackmon was convicted of the 2002 murder of a man named Tony Cox, who was gunned down on the Fourth of July in broad daylight in front of a restaurant near Roosevelt and Pulaski. The case was cold for two months. Then, out of the blue, Blackmon was arrested, after his picture was put in a photo spread and shown to witnesses. 

“We still don’t know how his name got floated,” says defense lawyer Ron Safer. “He was at a barbecue with two dozen other people at the time this murder was committed—he had no connection to the victim, he had no connection to the people the police knew were involved in the murder.”

Working from jail, Blackmon took a correspondence course to get his paralegal license. And, his supporters say, relentlessly toiled at his case. 

“Eric ran this marathon that was his legal case,” Daniel said. “He got himself up to the finish line, and then his lawyers came in and we ran over the finish line with him!” 

Safer, who joined the case after it reached the appellate court, credited State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for taking a new view of cases like Blackmon’s. 

“They are eating away at the corrosion of the system, and the corruption of the system, and they are correcting their mistakes,” he said. “It is one thing to make a mistake, it is another to acknowledge it, learn from it, and move on.”

Blackmon says he wants to complete his legal training and work as an attorney. For now, he is employed as a paralegal working with the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, where he said he wants to help disadvantaged youth navigate the legal system he knows all too well.

“I truly know what they are going through,” he said. “I can relate!”

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Federal prosecutors are leading a criminal investigation into Huawei and allegations that it stole trade secrets from US companies


  • Federal prosecutors are investigating the Chinese electronics giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from US companies, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday
  • One such incident includes Huawei supposedly stealing robotic technology that T-Mobile uses to test its smartphones, according to the report. 
  • The report says that the investigation is advanced and may soon lead to an indictment.

Federal prosecutors are investigating Chinese electronics giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from US companies, according to a Wall Street Journal report

One aspect of the criminal probe involves allegations that Huawei stole robotic technology used for testing smartphones from a T-Mobile facility in Washington, according to the report which cited anonymous sources. The report says that the investigation is advanced and may soon lead to an indictment. 

Huawei is one of the world’s leading smartphone makers. The company has been at the center of growing trade tensions between the US and China, and has faced long running accusations in the US that its technology could be used by Beijing to spy on American citizens and businesses — charges which Huawei has strenuously denied. 

In December, Huawei’s CFO was arrested during a stopover in Canada on allegations of violating trade sanctions with Iran.

The federal investigation apparently stems from civil lawsuits against Huawei, in particular a Seattle-based case which found the Chinese tech company liable for stealing robotic technology from T-Mobile’s Bellevue, Washington lab. 

A Huawei spokesperson told Business Insider on Wednesday: “We’re not going to comment on such reports in the press. Huawei and T-Mobile have settled their disputes in 2017 following a jury verdict finding neither damage, unjust enrichment nor willful and malicious conduct for T-Mobile’s trade secret claim.”

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Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS – Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – Broadway World

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Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS - Wednesday, January 30, 2019“Sick and Evil” – The BAU leads the investigation into a string of murders taking place in supposedly haunted houses in Lewiston, Maine, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CRIMINAL MINDS revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again.
The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases. Other members include Special Agent Emily Prentiss, the daughter of high-powered diplomats who returns to the team after being the head profiler at Interpol; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau, the team’s former unit liaison turned profiler, who juggles motherhood and marriage with the same skill as she solves cases; Penelope Garcia, the team’s indispensable computer wizard who helps research the cases with her unique charm; Dr. Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing serial killers after they’ve been captured to determine if they are able to stand trial; Luke Alvez, a former Army ranger and excellent tracker recruited to the BAU from the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force; and Special Agent Simmons who joins his colleagues in the BAU after consulting them when he was a member of the International Response Team. Simmons is an ex-Delta soldier with deft profiling skills and military special-ops expertise.

As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

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Former top FBI lawyer James Baker subject of criminal media leak probe, transcript reveals – Fox News

The former top lawyer at the FBI has been under federal investigation for leaking to the media, a letter from House Republicans revealed Tuesday.

The letter from GOP Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows cited the transcript of a congressional interview with former General Counsel James Baker and his lawyer last fall, where the probe conducted by seasoned U.S. Attorney John Durham was confirmed.

“You may or may not know, [Baker has] been the subject of a leak investigation … a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department,” lawyer Daniel Levin told lawmakers, as he pushed back on questions about his client’s conversations with reporters.


Jordan and Meadows’ letter was sent to Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, and requested additional information about the probe later this month.

"As we continue our oversight and investigative work, we felt it prudent to write to you seeking an update. Without being apprised of the contours of your leak investigation and Baker’s role, we run the risk of inadvertently interfering with your prosecutorial plans," they wrote.

James A. Baker, former general counsel for the FBI, was revealed to be the subject of a leak probe.

James A. Baker, former general counsel for the FBI, was revealed to be the subject of a leak probe.
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A source familiar with the U.S. Attorney investigation told Fox News they believe the investigation of Baker remains opens, adding they understand it began during the Obama administration and not in the course of the Russia investigation.

The transcript of the closed-door interview and the letter do not include details explaining why the investigation is being led out of the Connecticut office. The status of the investigation is not publicly known.

But the disclosure marks the latest confirmation of a leak investigation involving FBI figures who have since left the bureau.

Last year, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe saw his leak case referred to the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. McCabe was fired for lying to federal investigators about his role in a media leak regarding the Clinton Foundation on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.


The letter from the GOP lawmakers cited other concerns that arose as part of their own investigation when Republicans controlled the House:

"The Committees learned that in some instances, high-ranking DOJ and FBI officials, including the FBI General Counsel James Baker and DOJ Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, took the self-described ‘unusual’ step of inserting themselves into the evidentiary chain of custody."

Documents reviewed by Fox News indicate that Ohr became the back-channel between Christopher Steele, author of the controversial and unverified anti-Trump “dossier,” and the FBI after he was fired by the bureau for lying about his contact with the media. According to a January 2018 memo by House Intelligence Committee Republicans on government surveillance practices, "Steele was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations — an authorized disclosure of his relationship with the FBI in an October 30, Mother Jones article.”


According to the DOJ website, Durham is a seasoned prosecutor who has been tapped by Republicans and Democrats to handle high-profile, national controversies.

Durham has held various positions in the District of Connecticut for 35 years, prosecuting organized and violent crime, as well as public corruption. From 2008 to 2012, he also served as the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he investigated the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes of senior Al Qaeda operatives and, prior to that, he reviewed alleged criminal wrongdoing by FBI personnel in Boston connected to the Whitey Bulger case.

The FBI did not comment. Fox News also reached out to Baker, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut, for comment on the new letter.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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A man allegedly shipped a package with more than a pound of meth to Apple’s Grand Central Station store in New York and was arrested when he tried to pick it up (AAPL)

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  • Richard Dean Desain, a 32-year-old from Los Angeles, was arrested on July 9, 2018, after he allegedly tried to pick up a package of crystal methamphetamine that had arrived at Apple’s Grand Central Terminal store in New York City.
  • According to NYC special narcotics prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, Desain was connected to “multiple large-scale shipments of methamphetamine to New York City and the surrounding area.”
  • After a nine-month investigation, a new indictment handed down Monday from the Manhattan Supreme Court said Desain “allegedly conspired to supply methamphetamine to New York City-based drug distribution networks from August of 2017 to July 9, 2018.”
  • Desain has been charged with conspiracy in the second and fourth charges, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second and third degrees.

Every day, thousands of people go to Apple’s retail stores to pick up hot tech gadgets and other flashy products. 

But Apple’s store in New York’s Grand Central Station received a visitor seeking to pick up a different kind of merchandise this summer: More than a pound of meth, according to law enforcement officials. 

According to a press release issued by New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor on Monday, Richard Dean Desain, a 32-year-old from Los Angeles, was arrested at the Apple story in July when he allegedly arrived to pick up the shipment. According to the prosecutor, Desain had arranged for multiple shipments of meth “worth tens of thousands of dollars” to be distributed around the New York City area, though it’s not entirely clear if one of the packages arrived at the Apple store by design or by accident.

At his arraignment on Monday, Desain pleaded not guilty; he is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

On July 7, 2018, an Apple employee at the Grand Central Terminal retail store opened a package addressed to “R De Sain” that, according to special narcotics prosecutor “ultimately proved to contain 559 grams (more than a pound) of methamphetamine.” According to Brennan’s office, someone had tried to reroute this package to a nearby Duane Reade pharmacy, but was unsuccessful.

The Apple store employee who discovered the package immediately reported it to the NYPD, and two days later, on July 8, Desain was arrested when he walked into the Grand Central Apple store while attempting to retrieve it. Brennan’s office says police recovered “an additional quantity of methamphetamine weighing more than 100 grams from his person” during the arrest.

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A new indictment was handed down Monday from the Manhattan Supreme Court — the culmination of a nine-month investigation — alleged that Desain had been arranging the shipments of crystal meth around New York City and the surrounding area, including New Jersey, using package delivery services. The shipping labels said the packages were from “Dean Desain” of “Dean’s List.”

Authorities say they had wiretapped at least one of Desain’s phones, and intercepted text messages where Desain had sent information about pricing and “standard sizes.”

The indictment filed Monday charges Desain with conspiracy in the second and fourth charges, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second and third degrees. 

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Will Thomas Gibson's Hotch Return For The Criminal Minds Finale? – Cinema Blend

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Criminal Minds is officially ending, and fans have some questions. Here’s one big one: Will fired actor Thomas Gibson’s Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner return for the Criminal Minds finale? That is the question showrunner Erica Messer was asked, and this is how she answered:

That’s what Erica Messer told TVLine regarding a potential return for Thomas Gibson’s Hotch. While it was not a “no,” it was not necessarily a “yes” either. For fans hoping Criminal Minds brings back the character for one more go, it is a glimmer of hope. As it was certainly not ruled out.

CBS recently announced that Criminal Minds would be coming to an end. The veteran crime drama is set to wrap up with one more season. All of which has led some to wonder if Thomas Gibson’s former BAU unit chief Hotch will return for the finale.

It is not the first time the subject of Thomas Gibson returning to the series has been broached. Back in 2017, Criminal Minds‘ showrunner fielded the inquiry. Her response did not indicate a definitive answer either way. Fast forward to 2019, and the sentiment seems largely unchanged. The only major change is that now we know when the series is ending.

Any time a series comes to an end, questions tend to abound regarding which stars will come back and which will not. Especially when the actor/character was a long-running presence on the series. Accordingly, Criminal Minds is confronting the same situation.

In years past, the question of Thomas Gibson’s potential return had not had a ticking clock placed on it. Now that Criminal Minds is officially coming to an end, there is one in play.

Criminal Minds will film its fifteenth and final season this spring, immediately after Season 14 wraps production. That leaves little time left to make to a decision regarding Thomas Gibson making a comeback. The CBS drama will draw to an end with ten episodes.

Along with balancing what could be some potential returns, Criminal Minds will have to close out its current characters’ stories. Season 14 has yet to air its finale, which should set up the final season’s activities. Criminal Minds‘ showrunner Erica Messer has already teased how the show will set up a slightly different final season.

One of the things Criminal Minds fans can look forward to is Rossi’s upcoming nuptials. All told, there is a lot in store for the crime drama’s upcoming episodes. Whether Thomas Gibson’s Hotch makes a return before the series signs off, only time will tell for sure.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. The crime drama is one of many shows airing new episodes during the midseason.

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Harvey Weinstein to Lose Top Criminal Lawyer Benjamin Brafman – Hollywood Reporter

Benjamin Brafman has been representing Weinstein since the sexual harassment and assault claims first came to light in 2017.

As Harvey Weinstein heads to trial on charges of sexually assaulting two women, the movie mogul may need to hunt for a new lead criminal attorney. Both ABC News and Daily Beast are reporting that Benjamin Brafman intends to withdraw from Weinstein's defense team.

Since Weinstein was charged by New York City prosecutors, Brafman has led an aggressive attack on what he characterized as a "deeply flawed indictment," which he alleged arose from political pressure. Brafman, who infamously said Weinstein "did not invent the casting couch," has pushed the idea that aggressive cops and prosecutors failed to turn over exculpatory evidence showing consensual relationships with his accusers. In October, he was successful in getting one count of sexual assault dismissed. Nevertheless, Weinstein failed in a bid to dismiss other charges related to two other female accusers in December.

A spokesperson for Weinstein wouldn't deny reports of Brafman's withdrawal, only saying that there is nothing to speak about just yet.

The next court hearing is March 7. The next few months will shape what evidence and witnesses will be heard at a trial that could happen as soon as May.


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Norwegian authorities are investigating allegations that Tidal's streaming numbers for Beyonce and Kanye West albums were inflated

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  • Tidal, the music streaming platform owned by Jay-Z, is being investigated by Norwegian authorities for allegedly manipulating and inflating streaming play counts, according to Reuters.
  • Although the official investigation was just launched, the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv has been investigating Tidal’s numbers, and reported on the issue last year.
  • The newspaper claimed that Tidal had over-reported the play counts for Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” by “several hundred million,” and used over a million fake accounts to manipulate streaming numbers.

Norwegian police have launched an investigation into Jay-Z’s music streaming service as a result of allegations that play counts were over-reported to make the platform seem more successful and popular than it actually is, according to Reuters.

Claims that Tidal was fabricating its numbers were first leveled against the platform last year by a Norwegian newspaper, but an official criminal investigation was launched Monday, Reuters reports. The newspaper, Dagens Naeringsliv, concluded after a year-long investigation that the listener numbers Tidal reported were “manipulated to the tune of several hundred million false plays.”

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Specifically, the publication found the biggest discrepancies in Tidal’s reported numbers for two particular albums: Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo.”

The albums, which were both released in 2016, premiered exclusively on Tidal. In its reported numbers, which are the same given to record labels and investors, Tidal said the albums had racked up hundreds of millions of streams within the first 15 days of release — 306 million for Beyonce and 205 million for West.

But the Norwegian paper worked with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and concluded the data didn’t add up. By over-reporting numbers, Tidal could garner “massive royalty payouts at the expense of other artists,” the newspaper said.

Tidal has called the allegations false, and slammed the Norwegian newspaper for launching a targeted “smear campaign.” In a statement provided to Business Insider, Tidal said Monday it was “not a suspect” in the Norwegian police’s investigation.

Norwegian authorities confirmed to Reuters they had opened an investigation into “whether someone has manipulated the number of times certain songs have been played.” No one has been charged, but at least four former Tidal employees have already been questioned, Engadget reported.

Tidal has struggled, despite its impressive roster of well-known celebrity backers (including Madonna and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin). The streaming service was originally known as WiMP, but was acquired by Jay Z in 2015 and launched as Tidal to rival music streaming services from Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, and Apple Music.

Allegations of problems at Tidal were reported by Norway’s Dagens Næringsliv newspaper first in 2016. The publication reported Tidal was behind on paying more than 100 outstanding bills to record labels, ad agencies, and banks. The newspaper then reported in 2017 that Tidal inflated the number of how many subscribers the service had.

Tidal grew in popularity by brokering deals with artists to exclusively release their music on the streaming platform. However, West cut ties with Tidal is 2017, and alleged the service owed him more than $3 million. West turned to a small streaming app called WAV when it was time to release his next album, “Ye,”in 2018.

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‘Criminal Minds’ Renewed For 15th And Final Season – CBS Pittsburgh

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(CBS) — “Criminal Minds” will be coming to an end after one more season, Entertainment Tonight reports. One of television’s longest-running procedurals was renewed for a 15th season and final season, which will be 10 episodes long.

The cast of the of the CBS crime drama is currently working on their 14th season, which will be 15 episodes long. “It is the quintessential CBS hit. We are so proud to have aired it,” CBS’ EVP of current programs, Amy Reisenbach, said. “It speaks to everything we do best, which is air quality television. It’s been successful not only on air but online, in syndication, internationally for ABC [Studios].”

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“Criminal Minds” follows a cast of characters who work for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. Over the years, viewers have become invested in the characters’ personal struggles and relationships.

The season 14 finale will include some important moments in the team’s lives, ET reports — including a wedding.

“Criminal Minds” airs on CBS Wednesdays at 10 p.m./9 p.m. CT

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