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Date: Jul 20, 2020

A Lebanese national wanted in Florida who is alleged to have conspired to engage in, and actually engaged, in the laundering of drug proceeds through the use of the black market peso exchange in support of Hezbollah’s global criminal-support network and a Cypriot national who is wanted in the Northern District of Georgia and the District of Arizona for cyber intrusion and extortion, were both extradited yesterday from the Republic of Cyprus to the United States.

“These successful extraditions demonstrate the commitment of the Department of Justice to support local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and our strong working relationship with dedicated foreign partners who assist in apprehending foreign fugitives wherever they may be hiding,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  “Thanks to the efforts of our law enforcement partners in Cyprus, Ghassan Diab and Joshua Polloso Epifaniou will now be held accountable in the United States for their alleged crimes.”

Read more: Department of Justice

The Bernalillo County District Attorney is calling a prominent militia group a "public nuisance" and seeking a court injunction preventing the group from organizing and operating in New Mexico as an unauthorized armed force.

The New Mexico Civil Guard has gained notoriety this year for maintaining an armed presence, often donning military fatigues, at recent political demonstrations around the state, including several denouncing police violence and solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Early in June, the group appeared at a vigil in Las Cruces, telling reporters they were there to guard the vigil against out-of-town provocateurs. Also present were armed men identifying themselves as members of the "Boogaloo Bois," part of a loosely organized anti-government movement, some of whose members embrace the notion of armed conflict with government or a new civil war.

Read more: Las Cruces Sun News

Prosecutors are arguing that journalists — and their lawyer — must be barred from the first portion of court proceedings that will determine the release of redacted information used in the police investigation of April’s mass shooting.

A media consortium, including Global News, is attempting to obtain the blacked-out sections of documents submitted by the RCMP to obtain search warrants for the killer’s properties, but the format of those proceedings has not yet been determined by a judge.

On Friday, Crown attorney Mark Covan argued that a confidential, in-camera hearing must be held early in order to ensure neither the journalists, nor their lawyer, are privy to sensitive information.

Read more: Global News (Canada)

The son of US District Court of New Jersey Judge Esther Salas has died after a gunman opened fire on her North Brunswick home Sunday, the top judge at the federal courthouse confirmed to CNN.

Chief Judge Freda Wolfson told CNN late Sunday that Salas' son Daniel Anderl, 20, was killed in the shooting and her husband, Mark Anderl, a defense attorney, was injured. Salas was unharmed, Wolfson said.

Both the US Marshals and FBI are investigating the shooting. Initial reports from law enforcement said Daniel Anderl opened the door with his father right behind him. The door opened to a hail of gunfire and the gunman fled, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Read more: CNN