CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors have described Kevin Trudeau as an "uncontrollable huckster" in urging a federal judge to imprison the TV pitchman for at least 10 years for bilking consumers through widely aired infomercials.
In a court filing in Chicago this week, they blast Trudeau as "an unrepentant, untiring and uncontrollable huckster." They add the 50-year-old is even likely to cheat fellow inmates. Sentencing is March 17.
Jurors convicted Trudeau of criminal contempt in November for violating a judge's order barring him from making false claims about his book, "The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About."
Prosecutors say Trudeau has not only refused to pay a $37 million judgment in a related civil case but bragged about his defiance.
Trudeau attorney Kimball Anderson didn't return a message seeking comment.
ROSELAND, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey honor student who sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home has reunited with them.
The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that the lawyer representing Rachel Canning's parents said in a statement Wednesday that the 18-year-old's return is not contingent on any financial or other considerations.
A judge last week denied the teen's request for child support and to have her parents pay her remaining high school tuition. But the judge scheduled an April court date to consider the over-arching question of whether the Cannings are obligated to financially support their adult daughter.
Attorney Angelo Sarno says a news conference will be held outside the firm's office in Roseland at 1:30 p.m. EDT.
NEW YORK (AP) - An explosion has leveled two New York City apartment buildings, killing two people and injuring 17 others.
The New York Police Department says two females died in the East Harlem blast. No other information is available.
A utility company says a resident in a nearby building reported smelling gas shortly before the explosion Wednesday morning.
Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee says a resident from a building adjacent to the two that collapsed reported that he smelled gas inside his apartment, but thought the odor could be coming from outside.
He would not speculate on whether a gas leak caused the explosion.