Police officer who stole intimate images from woman’s phone avoids jail

The former constable was fined $1,000 but spared jail after confidential letter from police ‘in relation to matters of assistance’

A former Sydney police officer who accessed intimate photos on the phone of a woman he’d arrested and shared them on social media has been spared jail time.

Steven Albee, 29, pleaded guilty last year to using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend after the incident in 2017 which involved uploading photos of the woman’s genitals to a Facebook chat group shared with four colleagues.

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16 US states sue over Trump border wall emergency declaration

Coalition led by California accuses the president of ‘unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds’

A coalition of 16 US states led by California have launched legal action against Donald Trump’s administration over his decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund a wall along the Mexico border.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the US district court for the northern district of California after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday when Congress declined his request for $5.7bn to help create his signature policy promise.

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