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Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj has exhausted his appeals two years after he was convicted of child rape. A Nassau County judge denied Maraj's request to set aside his conviction and release him on bail.

In November 2017 a Nassau County jury convicted Maraj, 40, of raping his now-former stepdaughter when she was just 11 years old.

His defense team argued that the charges were fabricated by Maraj's ex-wife - the girl's mother - to extort $25 million from Minaj, who was an A-list rap star at the time.

The girl testified that Maraj raped her repeatedly between April and November 2015 while her mother was at work.

In his ruling, the judge said Maraj failed to meet the "burden of proof that any misconduct here created a significant risk that a substantial right of the defendant was prejudiced."

The judge set Maraj's sentencing for Nov. 18 - nearly 2 years to the day he was convicted.

Maraj faces the possibility of life behind bars.

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A federal appeals court has ordered President Donald Trump to turn over his tax returns to Congress.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that President Trump's accountants must hand over his tax returns. But Trump could still take the case to the full appeals court or even the Supreme Court.

House Democrats, who are desperate to impeach Trump before the 2020 election, are ecstatic over the appeals order.

"Today's ruling is a fundamental and resounding victory for Congressional oversight, our Constitutional system of checks and balances, and the rule of law," Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the oversight committee, said in a statement.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform subpoenaed Trump's tax records from Trump's accounts, Mazars USA, in April. The subpoena include documents from 2011 to 2018 that the House wants for investigation into the president's potential conflicts of interest.

House Democrats are also attempting to impeach Trump over a complaint filed by a CIA whistleblower who asked to remain anonymous.

Cyntoia Brown

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam granted an early release to Cyntoia Brown, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for killing a 43-year-old real estate agent who solicited sex from her. Brown was a 16-year-old runaway when she fatally shot John Allen in the back of the head while he slept in his bed in 2002.

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Tiny Pee Wee

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a man who shot up rapper Lil Wayne's tour bus in April 2015. Jimmy Winfrey, aka Pee Wee Roscoe, was indicted on 27 charges, including gang violence and weapons possession. Prosecutors offered him 2 plea deals, both of which he denied, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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unclockable

un•clock•a•ble (uhn-klok-uh-buhl) adjective
1. A complimentary word used to describe a M2F transsexual whose feminine appearance is convincing.

The one on the left is a girl, Laith Ashley. The one on the right is a boy, Zayn Malik. It's a shame that society forces biological men and women to learn the difference to avoid awkward situations.

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Hulk Hogan

When former wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million by a starry-eyed jury last week, many observers assumed he would get the $115 million outright. But according to legal experts, Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, may only see a fraction of the $115 million -- if that.

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Meek Mill

Philly rapper Meek Mill is already one week into his court-ordered house arrest, and he is already appealing. He isn't stressing about the house arrest; it's the concert ban that he is objecting to.

Meek is appealing the ban on the grounds that he is broke and the ban violates the most sacred rights of American citizenship: the ability to support himself financially.

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President Obama

A New Orleans federal appeals court handed President Barack Obama yet another stunning defeat.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, denied Obama's request to lift a federal injunction that would allow millions of illegal immigrants to stream across the borders, apply for driver's licenses and steal jobs from hard working Americans.

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Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander could wind up back behind bars today if a judge decides to revoke her bond for running errands.

Alexander, 33, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for firing what she called a "warning shot" at her estranged husband who was at her home to pick up their son. The prosecution had argued that Alexander stalked her ex-husband because she had trouble letting go.

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