Dec 12, 2018

Flynn requests no prison time, suggests probation and community service

Michael Flynn, former national security advisor to President Donald Trump. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Attorneys representing former Trump campaign aide Michael Flynn, who briefly served as a White House national security adviser, recommended to a federal judge Tuesday that Flynn serve "a term of probation not to exceed one year, with minimal conditions of supervision, along with 200 hours of community service" for charges related to lying to federal investigators.

The details: The request comes a week after Mueller recommended no prison time for Flynn, citing his "substantial assistance" with his wide-ranging Russia investigation. In the 178-page sentencing memo, Flynn’s attorney’s made reference to his long military service, included letters of support and cited his significant cooperation with the special counsel Robert Mueller. Flynn, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI, is facing a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. But under his plea deal, he is eligible for a sentence of zero to six months and can ask to court to waive any fine. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

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Former Vatican treasurer George Pell's sexual abuse convictions overturned

Cardinal George Pell at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia, in 2019. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

George Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, has won his appeal and had his child sexual abuse convictions overturned by Australia's High Court.

Why it matters: The cardinal became last year the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to go to trial and be convicted for sex abuse. But the High Court's ruling means he can be immediately released from prison, where he was serving a six-year sentence.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll tops 10,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 10,000 in the U.S. on Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. More than 1,000 people in the U.S. have died of coronavirus-related conditions each day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday this week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 1,341,907 — Total deaths: 74,476 — Total recoveries: 275,851Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 364,723— Total deaths: 10,781 — Total recoveries: 19,346Map.
  3. 2020 update: Wisconsin governor orders in-person primary voting delayed until June.
  4. States latest: West Coast states send ventilators to New York and other states with more immediate need — Data suggest coronavirus curve may be flattening in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
  5. World update: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen.
  6. Stocks latest: The S&P 500 closed up 7% on Monday, while the Dow rose more than 1,500 points.
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