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California governor signs large-scale law capping rent increases

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California will limit how much landlords can increase rents over the next decade as the state continues to grapple with a housing crisis that has exacerbated its homelessness epidemic.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newson signed the law Tuesday in Oakland, a city that has seen a 43 percent increase in homelessness in recent years. President Trump highlighted the issue last month, saying California cities continue to “destroy themselves” by not addresses the homeless crisis.

“We have people living in our … best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings … where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige,” Trump told reporters.

SAN FRANCISCO’S MOST EXPENSIVE LISTING GETS $4.5-MILLION CUT FROM $45 MILLION ASKING PRICE

Speaking in Oakland to a crowd of housing advocates, Newsom said Trump “wasn’t wrong to highlight a vulnerability.”

In June, the governor authorized $2.4 billion in spending to address the state’s housing and homelessness crisis, including millions of dollars to build shelters. Affordable housing advocates have long urged lawmakers to make residential development easier to increase the state’s housing stock.

The law signed by Newsom limits year-over-year rent increases to five percent plus inflation until Jan.1, 2030. Landlords are also barred from evicting tenants without just cause, a provision meant to curb evictions just to raise rents.

The law doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1 but retroactively applies to rent increases on or after March 15 of this year to prevent landlords raising rents before the cap goes into effect.

Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu, who authored the bill, estimates the law will apply to 8 million of the state’s 17 million renters. It would not apply to housing built within the last 15 years, single-family homes except those owned by corporations or real estate investment trusts, or those living in rent-controlled units. Duplexes where the owner lives in one of the units also are not affected by the new law.

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Russell Lowery, executive director of the California Rental Housing Association, said the law adds another layer of red tape to the eviction process.

“It adds unnecessary expenses to all rental home providers and makes it more difficult to sever a relationship with a problem tenant,” he said.

Housing advocates are hopeful the law will spur more development in a state that desperately needs it. Housing costs have become a major issue in California, as many residents continue to be priced out of desirable neighborhoods.

In Los Angeles County, the shortage of affordable homes and apartments has spurred people to move further away from the coast into the desert east of the city. In the San Francisco area, the median price for a home is around $1.5 million.

Last year, voters rejected a statewide rent control ballot measure. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland already have some form of rent control, but a 1995 law bans new rent control policies.

Without rent control, landlords in most cities across the state can raise rents at will as long as they give advanced notice.

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Bay Area resident Sasha Graham told The Associated Press her rent went up 150 percent in 2014. She paid on time and in full but was evicted anyway. She was homeless for the next three years, drifting between the homes of friends and strangers.

“Sometimes I lived with no lights, sometimes I lived with no water, depending on who I was living with [because] they were also struggling,” she said. “Sometimes I just had to use my money to go to a hotel room so I could finish my homework.”

In June, officials in Los Angeles County announced that homelessness had jumped 12 percent over the past year despite $619 million in spending.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says he ‘could’ vote for this Democrat in 2020

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Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that “I could” vote for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. in the 2020 presidential election.

“I would just have to see what her program is, what her vision is for the future of America because I think the most important thing is we keep America number one,” Schwarzenegger told “The Howard Stern Show,” according to The Hill.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER BELIEVES DONALD TRUMP IS ‘IN LOVE’ WITH HIM: ‘HE WANTS TO BE ME’

When asked whether he would support President Trump’s re-election in 2020, Schwarzenegger laughed and said: “I doubt it.”

“I will find out what is happening on the Democratic side because I mean there’s a lot of weird stuff going on there,” the Austria-born actor added.

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The 72-year-old Schwarzenegger has engaged in a long-standing feud with Trump, who Schwarzenegger replaced as host of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2015. Last month, Schwarzenegger said that Trump wanted to be him and was “in love” with the former “Terminator” star.

“I don’t think he fears me,” he said during an interview. “But I remember that in the old days when we went to the wrestling matches, the way he admired people with bodies, and the way they would jump around in the ring, and to perform physical stunts and stuff like that — he had great admiration for that.”

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Trump previously bashed Schwarzenegger for his performance on the reality show.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad [pathetic] ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show,” Trump tweeted in 2017. In that same year, Schwarzenegger said he wanted to “smash” Trump’s “face.”

Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.

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‘A historic day’: Montgomery, Alabama, elects its first African-American mayor

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Montgomery, a city where more than half the population is black and known as the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected an African American to the highest position in municipal government for the first time in its 200-year history.

Steven Reed, the Montgomery County probate judge, on Tuesday beat television station owner David Woods in a runoff, gaining 32,511 votes to Woods’ 15,891 with 46 precincts of 47 precincts reporting, according to incomplete, unofficial returns. He will be sworn into office Nov. 12 at Montgomery City Hall.

Reed was the first African American elected as the county’s probate judge in 2012. In 2015, he was the first probate judge in Alabama to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

“This will be a historic day in Montgomery,” author and historian Richard Bailey said. “For the first time, the people of this city, especially African Americans, will be able to say that we have someone in the mayor’s office who understands the pulse of the black community.”

Montgomery is one of only three cities in six Deep South states with a population of 100,000 or more that had not previously elected an African American as mayor. Beginning in the late 1960s, the election of first black mayors in Cleveland, Ohio, Newark, New Jersey, Detroit, Michigan, Gary, Indiana, and Los Angeles manifested black power, said Derryn Eroll Moten, chairman of Alabama State University’s Department of History and Political Science.

The city being led by a black mayor is an achievement pushed forward by defining moments during the civil rights movement. The outcome of Tuesday’selection is a product of the key figures who fought for civil rights from Alabama’s capital like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, E.D. Nixon and Johnnie Carr.

“Civil rights leaders promised that an unencumbered black vote would bring real changes in American society,” Moten said.

Moten said the election of Montgomery’s first black mayor wouldn’t be possible without groups that pushed for African-American participation in local and state politics – the Women’s Political Council, the Dallas County Voters League, Rufus Lewis’ Citizens Club and the Alabama Democratic Conference.

Changes materialized in the South in the wake of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, with the election of Sheriff Lucius Amerson in Alabama and the election of Julian Bond to the Georgia House of Representatives. Both were elected in 1966 and became the first African Americans to hold these offices since Reconstruction.

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Some say it’s a paradox that Montgomery is both the birthplace of the civil rights movement and the cradle of the Confederacy. Others say it shows the resilience of African Americans that a city with a history of slavery, lynchings, white supremacy and Jim Crow laws elected its first black mayor Tuesday.

Montgomery is going through a noticeable transformation. Last year, the Equal Justice Initiative opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in downtown Montgomery to honor victims of lynching. The memorial is adjacent to the slave market site in Montgomery. It has brought several hundred thousand visitors here, many who wouldn’t have visited the Deep South otherwise.

There are outside investors building downtown hotels for those visitors, and a new whitewater park and outdoor center is planned near downtown. The multimillion-dollar investment is in a near west side neighborhood inhabited predominantly by black families. It’s one of the poorest areas, in need of development but often overlooked.

Before the election results were announced, Bailey predicted the voters would show Montgomery’s progress since those days of racial terror. Reed’s election is the latest example of the city reconciling its past and planning for a better future.

Now, it’s the future that Reed must lead the city into.

Big changes are coming for Montgomery with the election of Reed and new members on the City Council. The last three mayors held office for at least a decade. Mayor Todd Strange did not seek re-election.

Reed said he wants to invest in public transportation and address the issue of brown water and food deserts in some of Montgomery’s communities. He talked about elevating the economy by being more receptive and supportive of young talent and making the off pace city more competitive. He mentioned working with real estate developers so artists can receive discounted rent for work spaces.

He said he was open to an ad valorem tax that would increase the millage rate for public education funds. He’s repeatedly mentioned a full day, universal pre-K program. The program would guarantee children a spot regardless of their family’s income as early childhood education can be expensive for low-income families.

Reed will be charged with overseeing the city’s $260 million budget that was adopted Sept. 17. He’ll deal with continued pressure on the internal service fund used to pay employee medical, dental and retirement benefits. Another issue he will take on is finding funds for salary increases for public safety employees to recruit, retain and address the issue of crime in the city.

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Oklahoma boy, 3, wows police with his uniform

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A cute prospective three-year-old police recruit stood tall to meet members of a local police department in Oklahoma City Tuesday and show off his tiny uniform.

Carson impressed local officers from the Edmond Police Department, who were hosting their monthly Coffee with a Cop event, where residents attend to meet law enforcement, ask questions and strengthen community relationships.

The child showed off his uniform to Lt. Paul Phillips who joked, “he outranks me,” after noticing that the toddler had three stars on his jacket.

NATIONAL ‘COFFEE WITH A COP DAY’ AIMS TO BRING COMMUNITIES, POLICE TOGETHER OVER A CUP OF JOE

Carson then proudly blew his police whistle, as Phillips told him “that’s awesome” and that her “liked his outfit.”

Coffee with a Cop takes place on the second Tuesday of every month across Edmond and began in the town in June 2017.

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The initiative was launched in Hawthorne, Calif. in 2011 as a way for officers from the Hawthorne Police Department to establish trust between the community and the police. The program has expanded nationwide and “opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together,” according to the program’s website.

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Nancy Pelosi Calls Trump’s Bluff: ‘You Are Not Above The Law’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) castigated President Donald Trump’s refusal to cooperate with Congress’ impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, saying the White House was trying to make “lawlessness a virtue” and pledging to hold the administration accountable.

“The American people have already heard the President’s own words ― ‘do us a favor, though,’” Pelosi said in a statement, referencing the whistleblower complaint that led her to formally open the impeachment inquiry last month. “The President’s actions threaten our national security, violate our Constitution and undermine the integrity of our elections. The White House letter is only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy, and to insist that the President is above the law.”

Her response came just hours after White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent Pelosi and other top Democrats an eight-page letter accusing them of waging a “partisan and unconstitutional” effort to overturn the 2016 election.

“President Trump and his Administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process. Your unprecedented actions have left the President with no choice,” read the letter addressed to Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). “In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his Administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.”

Trump and his team have been embroiled in scandal following the whistleblower complaint, which discussed a July phone call in which the president repeatedly pressured Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate one of his main political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden. The July call came shortly after Trump ordered his administration to withhold millions of dollars in military funding for Ukraine. Democrats have cast the discussion as a clear demand for a political favor in exchange for that military funding.

Trump has vehemently rejected that characterization, although text messages sent by U.S. officials ― and released by Democrats last week ― appeared to echo the whistleblower complaint and detail concerns within the president’s own administration after the call with Zelensky.

The House has already issued multiple subpoenas as part of its investigations, targeting high-profile officials including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The White House itself has also been subpoenaed for Ukraine-related documents.

In her statement on Tuesday, Pelosi rejected the White House’s claims that the impeachment inquiry was out of bounds, calling those claims “manifestly wrong” and accusing Trump of “simply another unlawful attempt to hide the facts of the Trump Administration’s brazen efforts to pressure foreign powers to intervene in the 2020 elections.”

“Despite the White House’s stonewalling, we see a growing body of evidence that shows that President Trump abused his office and violated his oath to ‘protect, preserve and defend the Constitution,’” Pelosi said. “The White House should be warned that continued efforts to hide the truth of the President’s abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction.” 

“Mr. President, you are not above the law,” the speaker continued. “You will be held accountable.”

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Penn State alum who wrote DB Jonathan Sutherland to criticize his hairstyle speaks out

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The Penn State alumnus who wrote a “racist” letter to safety Jonathan Sutherland has said that making a racial or cultural statement “was not the intent at all.”

Nittany Lions defensive tackle Antonio Shelton and safety C.J. Holmes posted the letter Sutherland received criticizing his hairstyle to social media on Monday. The letter begged Sutherland to cut his long dreadlocks to look like the “clean cut” men of yesteryear.

Shelton had shared the letter on Twitter with the caption, “One of my teammates got this. Explain to me how this isn’t racist.”

“Though the athletes of today are certainly superior to those in my days; we miss the clean cut young men and women from those days. Watching the Idaho game on TV we couldn’t help but notice you–well– awful hair,” Johnstown, Pa. native Dave Petersen wrote.

“Surely there must be mirrors in the locker room! Don’t you have parents or girlfriend who’ve told you those shoulder length dreadlocks look disgusting and are certainly not attractive,” Petersen continued.

Holmes added: “my teammate got this in the mail today, and tbh Im [sic] at a lost for words.. I also have locs [dreadlocks], Tats, and NFL dreams too, these messages can not be tolerated, this was extremely inappropriate, racially biased, and selfish to feel like you even have a right to send this message.”

Petersen told The Tribune-Democrat he was unaware that his letter had ignited a firestorm on Twitter, with many users accusing him of racial insensitivity. He said that “was not the intent at all. I would just like to see the coaches get the guys cleaned up and not looking like Florida State and Miami guys.”

“It [his letter] wasn’t threatening or anything,” Petersen added. “I was just disgruntled about some of the hairdos that we’re seeing. You think of Penn State as a bunch of clean-cut guys. And you do see many who are clean cut. But the tattoos and the hair– there are a lot of guys with hair coming down their backs and it just looks awful. And it’s the same for the NFL and NBA, too.”

According to The Tribune-Democrat, Petersen is a 1966 Penn State graduate with a degree in speech pathology.

“You will certainly be playing ‘on Sunday’ in the future but we have stopped watching the NFL due to the disgusting, tattoos, awful hair and immature antics in the end zone. Players should act as though they’ve ‘been there before,'” the letter concluded.

Penn State responded to Shelton’s tweet by saying the letter does not align with their values.

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“While we don’t know the source of this letter or the authenticity, obviously its content does not align with our values. We strongly condemn this message or any message of intolerance,” the university tweeted.

The Nittany Lions have won their first five games of the season and are ranked No. 10 in the country. They travel to Iowa to play the No. 17 Hawkeyes Saturday night.

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Broadway star Daveed Diggs to play Sebastian in ‘Little Mermaid’: report

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“Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs is in talks to play Sebastian in Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”

Halle Bailey will portray Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being a human, while Melissa McCarthy is playing her evil aunt Ursula. Javier Bardem is on board to play King Triton.

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The Little Mermaid” will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. The upcoming film will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated classic, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing for the studio.

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In the original, Sebastian is a Jamaican crab and advisor of King Triton and delivers one of the movie’s most famous songs, “Under the Sea.”

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Following his breakout dual role as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in the smash Broadway musical “Hamilton,” Diggs has made a strong transition to film, including the critically acclaimed “Blindspotting,” which he co-wrote and starred in. He was most recently seen in the Netflix pic “Velvet Buzzsaw” and was tapped to play Frederick Douglass in the Showtime limited series “The Good Lord Bird.”

He is repped by WME and Brookside Artist Management.

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Nancy Pelosi Calls Trump’s Bluff

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) castigated President Donald Trump’s refusal to cooperate with Congress’ impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, saying the White House was trying to make “lawlessness a virtue” and pledging to hold the administration accountable.

“The American people have already heard the President’s own words ― ‘do us a favor, though,’” Pelosi said in a statement, referencing the whistleblower complaint that led her to formally open the impeachment inquiry last month. “The President’s actions threaten our national security, violate our Constitution and undermine the integrity of our elections. The White House letter is only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy, and to insist that the President is above the law.”

Her response came just hours after White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent Pelosi and other top Democrats an eight-page letter accusing them of waging a “partisan and unconstitutional” effort to overturn the 2016 election.

“President Trump and his Administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process. Your unprecedented actions have left the President with no choice,” read the letter addressed to Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). “In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his Administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.”

Trump and his team have been embroiled in scandal following the whistleblower complaint, which discussed a July phone call in which the president repeatedly pressured Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate one of his main political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden. The July call came shortly after Trump ordered his administration to withhold millions of dollars in military funding for Ukraine. Democrats have cast the discussion as a clear demand for a political favor in exchange for that military funding.

Trump has vehemently rejected that characterization, although text messages sent by U.S. officials ― and released by Democrats last week ― appeared to echo the whistleblower complaint and detail concerns within the president’s own administration after the call with Zelensky.

The House has already issued multiple subpoenas as part of its investigations, targeting high-profile officials including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The White House itself has also been subpoenaed for Ukraine-related documents.

In her statement on Tuesday, Pelosi rejected the White House’s claims that the impeachment inquiry was out of bounds, calling those claims “manifestly wrong” and accusing Trump of “simply another unlawful attempt to hide the facts of the Trump Administration’s brazen efforts to pressure foreign powers to intervene in the 2020 elections.”

“Despite the White House’s stonewalling, we see a growing body of evidence that shows that President Trump abused his office and violated his oath to ‘protect, preserve and defend the Constitution,’” Pelosi said. “The White House should be warned that continued efforts to hide the truth of the President’s abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction.” 

“Mr. President, you are not above the law,” the speaker continued. “You will be held accountable.”

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Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Refusal to Comply with House Subpoenas

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You will be held accountable

How? I’m one-hundred-percent certain they will not use physical force as the final last resort, and unfortunately it’s only physical force that will actually acheive anything. No words, no censure, no high-minded speeches or sternly-worded letters will do anything to make Trump and his cronies actually fear the law.

In fact, every time something is said or written, anytime a federal judge says something crushing, if there isn’t any actual physical followup the President & the Whitehouse crew are actually emboldened. Every time this happens they just feel like pushing the boundaries even more.

People have to go to jail to make Trump actually fear the law. He has to worry that he will be next. Without that threat looming over his head, statements like this from Pelosi are worse than useless.

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Todd Chrisley, wife Julie settle $2 million Georgia tax-evasion case

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Chrisley Knows Best” stars Julie and Todd Chrisley have reached a settlement after allegedly failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in income taxes to the state of Georgia.

A spokesman for the couple, Allan Mayer, announced on Tuesday that the couple reached an agreement with the Georgia Department of Revenue.

The agreement, which was signed by the Chrisleys on Sept. 27, credited them with tax refunds for some tax years and said they owed nothing in others. According to the settlement, the Chrisleys agreed to pay a little under $150,000 to resolve the claims.

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Per People, the Chrisleys were accused of evading nearly $2 million in state taxes between 2008 and 2016.

According to a news release obtained by the outlet, the Georgia Department of Revenue agreed that the pair had overpaid in four of those years and owed nothing for four other years. They had a net liability of less than $77,000 in overdue taxes for one year of incorrect filing, the magazine reported.

“Julie and I knew all along that we had done nothing wrong and that when the facts all came out, we would be fine,” Todd said in a statement obtained by People. “We’re just glad that the Department of Revenue was willing to keep an open mind and look at all the evidence.”

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Georgia Department of Revenue spokesman William Gaston told The Associated Press the department was not allowed to comment on confidential taxpayer information.

The Chrisleys still faced separate federal tax evasion charges. In August, they pleaded not guilty to tax evasion and other federal charges during an initial court appearance.

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If convicted of all counts, the reality personalities would face up to 30 years each behind bars.

At the time, a judge agreed to release them on $100,000 unsecured bond each. That means they’d have to pay only if they failed to show up for court dates.

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The judge also ordered them to surrender their passports and said they’re not allowed to travel outside of parts of Georgia and Tennessee without letting their probation officers know where they will be. Their lawyers had asked for travel permission so they could continue recording their show.

Todd Chrisley’s attorneys, Bruce H. Morris and Stephen Friedberg, previously told Fox News: “The allegations contained in the indictment are based on complete falsehoods. The Chrisleys are innocent of all charges.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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