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Happening Today: Paul Manafort, Cardinal Pell, Boeing, Mumps, Lori Loughlin, Jussie Smollett

What to Know

  • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort faces his second sentencing hearing in his many weeks
  • More than 2,200 people exposed to the mumps virus in at least two immigration detention facilities have been quarantined, authorities said
  • Olivia Jade Giannulli, the daughter of Lori Loughlin, came under fire just for comments she made showing indifference toward college

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Ex-Trump Campaign Head Paul Manafort Faces 2nd Sentencing

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort faces his second sentencing hearing in his many weeks, with a judge expected to tack on additional prison time beyond the roughly four-year punishment he has already received. Manafort faces up to 10 additional years in prison when he is sentenced in Washington in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. A judge in Virginia last week sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison, departing far below sentencing guidelines that allowed for more than two decades in prison and prompting national debate about disparities in how rich and poor defendants are treated by the criminal justice system. As U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington decides whether the sentences should run consecutively or at the same time, she is likely to take into account allegations by prosecutors that Manafort tampered with witnesses after he was charged and that he lied to investigators even after he pleaded guilty and pledged to cooperate. The hearing may offer a window into tantalizing allegations that aren't part of the criminal cases against him but have nonetheless surfaced in recent court filings.

Cardinal George Pell Sent to Prison for Abusing 2 Boys in Australia

The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced to six years in prison for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral in a crime the judge said showed "staggering arrogance." Cardinal George Pell must serve a minimum of 3 years and 8 months before he is eligible for parole, according to the judge's order. The five convictions against Pell carried a maximum possible sentence of 10 years each. "In my view, your conduct was permeated by staggering arrogance," Victoria state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd said in handing down the sentence. Pope Francis' former finance minister was convicted by a unanimous jury verdict in December of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and indecently dealing with the boy and the boy's 13-year-old friend in the late 1990s, months after Pell became archbishop of Melbourne. A court order had suppressed media reporting the news until last month. The 77-year-old denies the allegations and will appeal his convictions in the Victoria Court of Appeal on June 5. It was not immediately clear if he will also appeal the sentence.

Boeing Jet Grounded in Much of World After Africa Crash

Much of the world, including the entire European Union, grounded the Boeing jetliner involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash or banned it from their airspace, leaving the United States as one of the few remaining operators of the plane involved in two deadly accidents in just five months. The European Aviation Safety Agency took steps to keep the Boeing 737 Max 8 out of the air, joining Asian and Middle Eastern governments and carriers that also gave in to safety concerns in the aftermath of Sunday's crash, which killed all 157 people on board. Referring to the Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people last year, European regulators said "similar causes may have contributed to both events." British regulators indicated possible trouble with a reportedly damaged flight data recorder, saying they based their decision on the fact that they did not have "sufficient information" from the recorder.

2,200 Quarantined Over Mumps Outbreak at Immigration Centers

More than 2,200 people exposed to the mumps virus in at least two immigration detention facilities have been quarantined, authorities said. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the 25-day quarantine began March 7 at facilities in Pine Prairie, Louisiana, and Aurora, Colorado. The outbreak has renewed long-held concerns over access to medical care at immigration facilities, especially at a time when more immigrants who are crossing the border are being held and for longer periods of time. There are nearly 47,000 immigrants currently detained around the country, according to an ICE spokesman. ICE says 236 detainees have had confirmed or probable cases of mumps in 51 facilities in the past year. There were no reported cases between 2016 and 2018 at any ICE facilities. Mumps is extremely rare, and infections have dropped by 99 percent since vaccinations began in the late 1960s. It can spread quickly through coughing, sneezing or even talking, and symptoms include swollen glands, fever, headache, muscle aches and pain while chewing or swallowing.

'Don’t Care About School': Lori Loughlin’s Kid Dismissed College Life

Perhaps Lori Loughlin should have asked her daughter if she even wanted to go to college. Olivia Jade Giannulli, the 19-year-old daughter of the “Full House” star who is facing arrest as part of a college admissions scheme, came under fire just last year for dismissive comments she made showing indifference toward attending the University of Southern California, where she is a freshman. The comments, which Giannulli later apologized for, resurfaced as Loughlin faces charges for participating in a college admissions cheating scam. In a YouTube video answering fan questions, the teen who has her own popular YouTube channel pondered how she would juggle academic life while flying to Fiji, New York, and other locations for work. “I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend but I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all,” Giannulli said near the five-minute mark. “But I do want the experience of like game days, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.” Users immediately took to the comment section to vent their frustration with the current University of Southern California student’s statements.

Judge Allows Cameras in Jussie Smollett Courtroom

A judge ruled cameras will be allowed inside the courtroom during a hearing for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. A spokeswoman for his attorneys said Smollett wanted to "show up and show respect to the court," though his appearance wasn't required. "He wants to hold his head up high, show confidence in his innocence," Anne Kavanagh said, adding that he plans to "go the extra mile" to prove his innocence. "He's not hiding from anything," she said. "He will do everything he needs to do." Smollett's defense attorneys did not argue with the decision to allow cameras in court, saying there has been a lot of "misinformation" in the case and they welcome cameras during the hearing and all future proceedings. Prosecutors also did not object to the decision. A Cook County grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 felony counts in connection with his reporting of the alleged attack he claimed to have suffered in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood on Jan. 29. Police alleged Smollett staged the attack, hiring two brothers who worked on "Empire" to execute it, because he was unhappy with his salary. The lawyer for the brothers, Obabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, said the pair has evidence backing their claim that he orchestrated the assault.

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