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    A Pennsylvania high school principal has been charged with 30 counts of sexual intercourse and contact with a student. Documents say the pupil had relied on former principal of Williamsport Area High School Roger Weaver Freed, 34, for emotional support after a family member had died and trusted him 'like an older brother'. Freed is accused of having a years long sexual relationship with the student that continued after the student graduated high school and while he was attending college. He is charged with 30 counts of third-degree felony school-intercourse/sexual contact with a student, in addition to several other charges, which include third-degree felony corruption of minors -- defendant age 18 or above, second-degree felony sexual assault, second-degree aggravated indecent assault without consent, and three misdemeanor counts of furnishing liquor to a minor, court documents show. Pennsylvania high school principal Roger Weaver Freed, 34, has been charged with 30 counts of sexual intercourse and contact with a student, according to court documents filed Freed met the student while working at Williamsport Area High School in Pennsylvania (pictured)  The student, who was attending Williamsport...
    A 1,095-foot cargo ship that ran aground outside of Baltimore more than a month ago has finally been freed. The vessel, Ever Forward, which has been stuck in shallow waters in the Chesapeake Bay since March 13, was dislodged early Sunday morning by two pulling barges and five tug boats. Two previous attempts to refloat the vessel had been unsuccessful, as dredgers worked to remove the nearly 18 feet of mud that surrounded the ship, as reported by the Baltimore Sun. Salvage crews resorted to last ditch efforts on April 9, removing 505 boxes from the ship in an attempt to lighten its load. CARGO SHIP RUNS AGROUND IN CHESAPEAKE BAY NEAR BALTIMORE The ship is the largest to ever get stuck in the Chesapeake Bay and efforts to dislodge it Sunday required parts of the waterway around the ship to close for several hours, according to the outlet. The vessel's 27-person crew remained aboard for over a month as salvage efforts were underway. The reason the ship first diverged into shallow waters after...
    MIAMI (AP) — American freed from Venezuela says his ‘nightmare’ has ended but that 5 detained colleagues ‘deserve the same blessings.’ Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By Maryclaire Dale | Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Supreme Court quietly announced Monday that it would not review Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case, leaving him a free man and ending a two-decade legal drama that shifted the cultural landscape, destroyed the groundbreaking Black actor’s reputation, and sent him to prison for several years late in life. The high court, without comment, declined to review a stunning decision out of Pennsylvania that released Cosby from prison in June over the word of a former prosecutor who said he had made a secret promise to Cosby’s lawyers that he would never be charged. A Cosby spokesperson expressed “sincere gratitude to the justices” on behalf of Cosby and his family for the announcement and said he was the victim of “a reprehensible bait and switch” by the district attorney and judge in the case. “This is truly a victory for Mr. Cosby, but it shows that cheating will never get you far in life,” spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said in a statement, once again taking aim at the court officials in suburban...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday without comment that it would not review Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case, leaving him a free man and ending a two-decade legal drama that shifted the cultural landscape, destroyed the groundbreaking Black actor’s reputation, and sent him to prison for several years in his late 70s. The high court — whose nine members include two men accused of sexual misconduct themselves — declined to review a stunning decision out of Pennsylvania that released Cosby from prison in June over the word of a former prosecutor who said he had made a secret promise with Cosby’s lawyers that he could never be charged. A Cosby spokesperson expressed “sincere gratitude to the justices” for the ruling on behalf of Cosby and his family and said he was the victim of “a reprehensible bait and switch” by the prosecutor and trial judge in the case. “This is truly a victory for Mr. Cosby, but it shows that cheating will never get you far in life, and the corruption that lies within Montgomery...
    More than 200,000 people have signed a petition to demand that two brothers are freed after they were charged with murder and had their bond set at $1million for reportedly killing their stepfather when they found out he was raping their nine-year-old half-sister. In just two days, 204,000 signatures were collected to call for the release of Christian and Alejandro Trevino, 17 and 18, and their friend and alleged accomplice Juan Eduardo Melendez, 18, from the Hidalgo County Jail.  Christian, Alejandro and Juan were arrested by the Pharr Police Department in Pharr on Saturday for the brutal killing of Gabriel Quintanilla, 42, last Thursday.  The Trevino brothers are said to be half-brothers from the same father.  'We ask that the state of Texas to release these teenagers, who could possibly spend the rest of their life in prison for protecting their sister,' Carlos Eduardo Espina, who started the petition, wrote on Change.org.  'The three teenagers are currently in custody and have their bonds set at over 1 million dollars each. If convicted of capital murder, they face a minimum sentence of life...
    OJ Simpson is officially a free man - yet his name will always be associated with the gruesome double murder of his ex-wife and her friend. The former football star, 74, had his parole ended this week in Nevada for his 2008 conviction for armed robbery. 7OJ Simpson was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron GoldmanCredit: Getty 7Simpson showing the jury that the gloves found at the murder scene did not fit himCredit: Reuters But for the loved ones of his alleged victims Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, OJ should be rotting in prison for their deaths. The controversial sportsman denies killing the pair. Here we look at seven key details of the "trial of the century" in which Simpson was found not guilty. DOUBLE MURDER On June 13, 1994, Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman were found dead outside her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Brown had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck and had defensive wounds on her hands. The carotid artery in her neck...
    A woke DA whose office freed the man accused of carrying out the Waukesha parade massacre has blamed a rookie prosecutor and a computer error for the suspect being freed on low bail after a prior alleged hit-and-run. District Attorney John Chisholm, speaking out Thursday for the first time since the Nov. 21 tragedy, blamed a rookie prosecutor in his office for freeing suspected mass-murderer Darrell Brooks. He didn't name her, but she was previously identified as Michelle Grasso. Chisholm said Grasso, who set the $1,000 bond Brooks was freed on two weeks prior to the parade massacre, had looked at his most recently posted bail of $500 and decided to double it. He claimed she didn't have risk management computer data available to her that could have kept Brooks behind bars.   'You had a young (assistant district attorney) trying to do the very best she could under really difficult circumstances and she made a mistake,' Chisholm said during a Milwaukee County Board Judiciary and Public Safety Committee Thursday. The district attorney has been scrutinized over the low hit-skip bail amount...
    ▶ Watch Video: Bill Cosby claims vindication, while accusers say the justice system failed Prosecutors announced Monday that they have asked the Supreme Court to review the ruling that overturned Bill Cosby’s 2018 sexual assault conviction, arguing that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s June decision sets a dangerous precedent with “far-reaching negative consequences.” The June ruling hinged on a press release issued in 2005 by Bruce Castor, the then-district attorney of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, who had been tasked with investigating a criminal complaint against Cosby made by Andrea Constand. In the press release, Castor said his office would not charge Cosby for the crime because there was not enough “credible and admissible” evidence. Castor later said he issued that statement in an attempt to prevent Cosby from invoking his Fifth Amendment right and refusing to testify if he was sued in civil court. Cosby did testify when Constand sued him in civil court, and admitted to giving women drugs before sexual encounters. When that deposition was unsealed in 2015, the new Montgomery County District Attorney said they did not have to...
    Pennsylvania prosecutors asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to overturn a ruling that reversed Bill Cosby's conviction for sexual assault.  Cosby had served more than two years of a 10-year sentence when the state's highest court tossed the conviction in June, saying it agreed with former prosecutor Bruce Castor that a promise from his office prevented Cosby from being charged in the case. Montgomery County prosecutors argued that such a ruling could set a dangerous precedent if convictions are overturned due to closed-door deals.  "This decision as it stands will have far-reaching negative consequences beyond Montgomery County and Pennsylvania. The U.S. Supreme Court can right what we believe is a grievous wrong," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele wrote in the petition, which seeks a Supreme Court review under the Due Process clause of the U.S. Constitution. Cosby’s lawyers have long argued that he relied on a promise that he would never be charged when he gave damaging testimony in an accuser’s civil suit in 2006. The admissions were later used against him in two criminal trials. CLICK HERE...
    A young woman who was 17-years-old when she escaped her home and called the cops on her abusive parents describes the 911 call that freed her 12 siblings from captivity in a trailer for an upcoming interview.  'Um hello? I just ran away from home because I live in a family of 15. OK? Can you hear me? And we have abusing parents. Did you hear that?' Jordan Turpin tells a dispatcher. The 2018 call and its aftermath will be the subject of an ABC 20/20 interview set to air Friday. Turpin's parents, David and Louise, pled guilty to 14 counts of torture and other abuse and were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 2019. Jordan Turpin, 21, was just 17 years old when she crawled through a window and called the police on her parents in January 2018 Jordan was one of 13 siblings who were abused by David and Louise Thurpin, center, in their Southern California home David (left) and Louise Turpin (right) pleaded guilty to 14 counts of torture and other abuse in 2019...
    A killer principal has been released after 33 years behind bars for murdering his wife - but still insists he didn't do it, and has now vowed to clear his name.    Joe Bryan, 81, - who was recently interviewed for a segment on ABC's 20/20 - was convicted of first-degree murder in April 1986 for the murder of his wife, Mickey Bryan, who had been shot in her bedroom in Clifton, Texas, four times with a .357 caliber revolver on October 14, 1985. He was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 99 years in prison and after his eighth parole attempt, Joe - who has always maintained his innocence - was released in March 2020.  'I'm not a killer. I didn't kill Mickey. I loved Mickey, she was my other self,' he told ABC News.  'I hope to be found actually innocent so it's really truly over with. Then for the first time in 34 years I can have a sigh of relief, and I can go visit Mickey's grave and tell her, 'We know who did it.'  Joe Bryan, a killer...
    Four top members of the Taliban's new interim government are former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were freed by the Obama administration in a prisoner exchange for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl. The four new officials were members of the hardline 'Guantanamo Five' who were traded to free Bergdahl from the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in 2014.  The Taliban on Tuesday announced the appointment of Acting Director of Intelligence Abdul Haq Wasiq, Acting Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs Norullah Noori, Deputy Defense Minister Mohammad Fazl, and Acting Minister of Information and Culture Khairullah Khairkhah. The four men, who also took part in direct negotiations with the US at the Doha summit last year, spent about 13 years in the military prison camp before they were freed in a trade for the admitted deserter, who was captured by insurgents after wandering off his post.  Four of the so-called Guantanamo Five were named to the Taliban government on Tuesday. They included Abdul Haq Wasiq (left) as director of intelligence and Mullah Noorullah Noori as minister of borders and tribal affairs. They were held at Guantanamo...
    Ghislaine Maxwell - pictured - argued that she had a non-prosecution agreement like Cosby so she should be freed. It was rejected A Manhattan federal judge rejected Ghislaine Maxwell's argument to drop the sex trafficking charges against her in the wake of Bill Cosby's overturned conviction.  Maxwell's lawyers argued that - like Cosby - Maxwell had a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) that Jeffrey Epstein signed with federal prosecutors in Florida in 2007.  But US District Judge Alison Nathan said in her Friday ruling that the argument isn't 'persuasive' and Epstein's NPA has no bearing on Maxwell's case because she didn't sign any agreement herself.  That's unlike Cosby's situation, where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found a decades-old NPA with a different prosecutor that should have shielded him from charges. Cosby was freed from prison after serving three years of a three-to-10-year sentence in June.  In Judge Nathan's decision, she wrote, 'The (Cosby) case focused on whether prosecutors were required to honor a promise that the court found to be clear in the absence of a formal plea agreement. RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    (CNN)A Philadelphia man wrongfully convicted of murder is finally free after spending more than three decades behind bars. "I feel exceedingly joyful, happy, that finally, you know ... after 30 or more years, after constantly knocking on the door for somebody to please hear me, that day finally came," 60-year-old Curtis Crosland told CNN. He has now returned home to his five children, fiancée and 32 grandchildren. "It's a great feeling to still be dad, to be wanted and desired, and open arms to receive you, that's been the greatest part of being exonerated, that I come home to a loving family that wants and needs me," said Crosland. Our criminal justice system is built to inflict pain. Heres how we can heal it. Crosland's conviction -- based on testimony from two witnesses who later recanted statements they had made implicating him in the case -- was overturned in June. His exoneration came after months of work by the Philadelphia Conviction Integrity Unit, established in 2018 by the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. The unit was set up...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The huge container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week earlier this year finally reached the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands on Thursday to begin unloading its cargo. As dawn broke over the sprawling port, the Ever Given eased into the Amazonehaven container terminal months later than originally planned. The Panama-flagged vessel was heading for Rotterdam when it plowed into the sandy bank of a single-lane stretch of the canal about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez on March 23. A massive salvage effort freed the skyscraper-sized vessel six days later, allowing a traffic jam of hundreds of waiting ships to pass through the canal. Earlier this month, the Ever Given left the canal´s Great Bitter Lake, where it had been held for over three months amid a financial dispute. It was freed to continue its voyage after the ship’s Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., reached a compensation settlement with canal authorities following weeks of negotiations and a court standoff. The Dutch...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The huge container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week earlier this year finally reached the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands on Thursday to begin unloading its cargo. As dawn broke over the sprawling port, the Ever Given eased into the Amazonehaven container terminal months later than originally planned. The Panama-flagged vessel was heading for Rotterdam when it plowed into the sandy bank of a single-lane stretch of the canal about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez on March 23. A massive salvage effort freed the skyscraper-sized vessel six days later, allowing a traffic jam of hundreds of waiting ships to pass through the canal. Earlier this month, the Ever Given left the canal’s Great Bitter Lake, where it had been held for over three months amid a financial dispute. It was freed to continue its voyage after the ship’s Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., reached a compensation settlement with canal authorities following weeks of negotiations and a court standoff. ...
    BILL Cosby’s release is a “huge blow” to the #MeToo movement, experts claim, as Harvey Weinstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers say their convictions should also be overturned.  The disgraced TV star, 83, had his conviction dropped on Wednesday in a shock decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Read our Bill Cosby live blog for the latest news and updates... 11Cosby's conviction was dropped on WednesdayCredit: Splash 11Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers say her charges should be dropped due to a similar dealCredit: Getty Images - Getty 11Lawyers for Harvey Wesintein said they are confident his conviction would also be droppedCredit: Getty Images - Getty He had already served three years of a three-to-10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia before the sexual assault conviction was deemed void due to a prior non-prosecution deal Cosby had with a former district attorney. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court found that the prosecutor who brought the case against the disgraced actor, District Attorney Kevin Steele, violated an earlier deal not to charge him.  The deal had been made with Cosby by previous District Attorney Bruce Castor...
    Tucker Carlson said it's mind boggling that Britney Spears is prevented from having kids but nothing can be done about the thousands of 'mentally ill vagrants wiping their butts on your lawn.' Spears is in a highly publicized legal war with her father and a legal trust, who she's paying $16,000 a month to be her conservator and have control over her $60million estate.  And in a bombshell revelation, she said she has been fitted with an IUD contraceptive device and her request to have it removed so she can have another baby has been denied.   The Fox host blasted conservatorship and how he said the pop star is being controlled during Thursday night's episode. 'We have tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, of mentally ill vagrants wiping their butts on your lawn everyday, literally, and you can't do anything because they have autonomy, but Britney Spears can be prevented from having kids,' Carlson said.  Scroll down for video.  Tucker Carlson said its mind boggling that Britney Spears is prevented from having kids but nothing can be done about...
    More On: Suez Canal The love boat: Ship carrying sex toys among blocked vessels in Suez Canal Done with this ship: Huge vessel blocking Suez Canal ‘refloated’— all thanks to the supermoon Syria rationing fuel amid tardy shipments from Suez Canal blockage What Suez Canal chief says may have caused ship to get stuck SUEZ, Egypt — Salvage teams on Monday set free a colossal container ship that has halted global trade through the Suez Canal, a canal services firm said, bringing an end to a crisis that for nearly a week clogged one of the world’s most vital maritime arteries. Helped by the peak of high tide, a flotilla of tugboats managed to wrench the bulbous bow of the skyscraper-sized Ever Given from the canal’s sandy bank, where it had been firmly lodged since last Tuesday. After hauling the fully laden 220,000-ton vessel over the canal bank, the salvage team was pulling the vessel toward the Great Bitter Lake, a wide stretch of water halfway between the north and south end of the canal, where the ship will...
    MARTINEZ — The day after Christmas 2019, 61-year-old Samuel Martinez was cuffed and led out of a hospital by a Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputy, headed back to the Richmond jail where he’d spent almost two years while his mental competence was debated in a pending arson case. He was due back in court soon as his attorneys argued that his psychosis was so severe, he’d never be deemed competent to stand trial. But Martinez never made it back to the courtroom. Only a few steps outside the hospital, he collapsed to the ground, suffering from a seizure. Medical staff rushed to help him, but he died there on the pavement, according to testimony at an October inquest hearing into his death. The circumstances leading up to his death, including long stints in jail between hospital stays, are part of what experts and advocates call a disturbing pattern in Contra Costa affecting those with serious mental illness, who are often caught in legal limbo while they’re criminally prosecuted. “Samuel Martinez, like so many other incarcerated people suffering from mental illness, deserved better,” his...
    SACRAMENTO — The driver of a private bus in Northern California that crashed in 2008 and killed 11 passengers headed to a casino is being released from prison after his sentence was reduced due to changes in state law. Quinton Watts, 64, was told Friday that he will be released next week, The Sacramento Bee reported. Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Thompson took nine years off Watts’ 26-year prison term during a hearing Monday, ruling that he was properly sentenced at the time but that subsequent legal changes to sentencing enhancements made him eligible to have his sentence shortened. Watts was driving the bus with 40 passengers from the Sacramento area to a casino near Colusa on Oct. 5, 2008, when the bus veered off the road. Passengers said Watts seemed to be asleep or unconscious, and prosecutors alleged that he was sleep deprived and hadn’t properly cared for his insulin-dependent diabetes before the crash. In an earlier story, however, The Bee found that a physician assistant had erroneously cleared Watts to drive despite his history of having a...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The driver of a private bus in Northern California that crashed in 2008 and killed 11 passengers headed to a casino is being released from prison after his sentence was reduced due to changes in state law. Quinton Watts, 64, was told Friday that he will be released next week, The Sacramento Bee reported. Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Thompson took nine years off Watts’ 26-year prison term during a hearing Monday, ruling that he was properly sentenced at the time but that subsequent legal changes to sentencing enhancements made him eligible to have his sentence shortened. Watts was driving the bus with 40 passengers from the Sacramento area to a casino near Colusa on Oct. 5, 2008, when the bus veered off the road. Passengers said Watts seemed to be asleep or unconscious, and prosecutors alleged that he was sleep-deprived and hadn’t properly cared for his insulin-dependent diabetes before the crash. In an earlier story, however, The Bee found that a physician assistant had erroneously cleared Watts to drive despite his history of having a seizure disorder....
    FORMER first lady Michelle Obama has waded into the mail-in ballot furore, saying Americans shouldn't listen to those who say their ballot vote would get lost during the presidential election. Speaking during an Instagram live virtual event on Tuesday, Obama said "voting is easy", and urged the public to cast their vote - a day after pro-Trump ballots were found trashed in Pennsylvania. 5US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a 'Let Girls Learn' meeting at the Mulberry School for Girls on June 16, 2015Credit: Getty Images - Getty "Voting is easy," the former first lady said during the event, according to Axios.  "It is something that we can do. Don’t listen to people who will say that somehow voting is rigged and your vote will get lost and it won’t be counted. That is not true." Obama made her comments during her voter-registration group, When We All Vote, which featured celebrities from Jennifer Lopez to Zendaya. "[Voters should not be] discouraged by those conspiracy theories that are being peddled out there about the validity of our election process because it’s just not true," Obama continued....
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, promoted a bail fund that helped free five convicted domestic abusers and one accused domestic abuser from jail, a report details. In June, as left-wing riots ravaged the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the death of George Floyd, Harris promoted a fund to bail out rioters called the Minnesota Freedom Fund. “If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” Harris posted to her supporters with a link to donate. Court records obtained by the Daily Caller now reveal that the Minnesota Freedom Fund helped spring from jail six convicted and accused domestic abusers — including two men who allegedly strangled women. The six men freed by the Harris-promoted bail fund include: Donavan Dexter Boone, 31, was arrested May 2 after he allegedly broke into his son’s mother’s apartment and proceeded to strangle her in front of her minor children, according to a statement of probable cause. 28-year-old Davlin Devonte Gates, accused of strangling a...
    A historical reenactor who portrays the freed slave who donated the first $5 to build the Abraham Lincoln statue in Washington DC that is currently under fire has spoken out, saying that protesters who want to tear it down don't understand its history. Marcia Cole is a member of the Female RE-Enactors of Distinction (FREED) who portrays Charlotte Scott, the freed slave who pledged her first wages to the statue in 1865 upon hearing of Lincoln's assassination. The statue, which was the first ever built of Lincoln and was meant to symbolize his role in ending slavery in the U.S., was funded entirely by donations from former slaves, including many black Union veterans, according to the National Park Service. Over the past week, Black Lives Matter protesters have vowed to tear the statue down, saying that its depiction of the kneeling freed slave before Lincoln is demeaning and racist. 'I'm here to speak on behalf of the legacy of Charlotte Scott,' Cole told WJLA-TV. 'I understand there's a big campaign trying to raise money to either take it down or mend it,...
    Calls from protesters to tear down the Emancipation Memorial in Washington D.C.s Lincoln Park shows that "cancel culture has now just become the ignorant culture," Rep. Michael Waltz said Friday.  "This is not a Confederate statue," the Florida Republican said on Fox News "Fox and Friends." "This was a celebration after the Civil War of the Emancipation Proclamation." The monument depicts President Abraham Lincoln holding the Emancipation Proclamation while standing over a kneeling, newly-freed slave. The statue, which was put up nearly 150 years ago, has come under controversy for decades because of the positioning of Lincoln standing over the slave, and because of the implication that it was Lincoln alone, and not the efforts of Black people, that led to the end of slavery, reports The Wall Street Journal.   Waltz on Friday noted that the statue was the original national Lincoln Monument before the current structure was built, and that money had been raised for it by freed slaves and emancipated Black citizens.  "The first $5 was dedicated by a woman from Virginia, Charlotte Scott," he said. "Its the first $5 that...
    Protesters vowed Tuesday to topple Washington DC’s Emancipation Memorial statue that depicts President Abraham Lincoln freeing a slave from his fetters. “A speaker at the protest against the Emancipation statue of Lincoln in DC said it represents how black people are inferior to white people. He added they aren’t going to wait for the police to give them their liberation,” journalist Julio Rosas tweeted Tuesday. A speaker at the protest against the Emancipation statue of Lincoln in DC said it represents how black people are inferior to white people. He added they aren’t going to wait for the police to give them their liberation. pic.twitter.com/s2zZpCr1nU — Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 23, 2020 The people who paid for the statue to be built were reportedly freed slaves — including many former Union soldiers who were not even allowed to join the U.S. military at the beginning of the Civil War. (RELATED: Brian Kilmeade: Vandals Can ‘Defile’ Jackson Statue But ‘They Couldn’t Take Him Down’) In recent weeks vandals have toppled statues of various American historical figures — frequently without interference...
    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Milwaukee woman who was in custody for two years accused of killing a man who sexually assaulted her and other underage girls has been released from jail, according to one of the community groups that raised her $400,000 bail. Chrystul Kizer, 19, was released Monday from the Kenosha County Jail where she was awaiting trial for killing 34-year-old Randall Volar III in June 2018. Kizer was 17 at the time. She faces five felony charges, including first-degree intentional homicide. Advocates for trafficking victims have been pushing for the charges to be dropped. Kizer, who is Black, was able to post bond due to an influx of donations, most of them small, associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, according to Sharlyn Grace, executive director of the Chicago Community Bond Fund. Community groups including the Chrystul Kizer Defense Committee, Milwaukee Freedom Fund and Survived & Punished also contributed, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Kizer discussed her case in an...
    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Milwaukee woman who was in custody for two years accused of killing a man who sexually assaulted her and other underage girls has been released from jail, according to one of the community groups that raised her $400,000 bail. Chrystul Kizer, 19, was released Monday from the Kenosha County Jail where she was awaiting trial for killing 34-year-old Randall Volar III in June 2018. Kizer was 17 at the time. She faces five felony charges, including first-degree intentional homicide. Advocates for trafficking victims have been pushing for the charges to be dropped. Kizer, who is Black, was able to post bond due to an influx of donations, most of them small, associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, according to Sharlyn Grace, executive director of the Chicago Community Bond Fund. Community groups including the Chrystul Kizer Defense Committee, Milwaukee Freedom Fund and Survived & Punished also contributed, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Kizer discussed her case...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mario "the Arm" Rainone will be allowed to immediately leave prison after a federal judge granted him compassionate release Monday due to COVID-19 concerns.U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber reduced Rainone's 15-year sentence on a gun charge to time served.Although he's not infected with COVID-19, the court warned Rainone's "relatively advanced age and other health problems" could lead to "major complications" if he were to become sick.RELATED: Chicago mobsters make COVID-19 play to get out of prisonRainone, nicknamed "the Arm" for his skill at muscling those who have irked the Chicago mob, made a career as a gangland enforcer with a long history various mob rackets. He was doing time for a 2013 case in which authorities found him in possession of a .357 revolver, which, as a convicted felon on parole, was illegal.In the order, Judge Leineweber writes that he believes the career criminal "likely poses no immediate danger to his community" because he "is optimistic that Rainone understands that given his long criminal history and his advancing age, he is likely to spend the rest...
    Celtics center Enes Kanter, a longtime critic of the Turkish government, announced Friday that his father had been freed after spending seven years as a political prisoner. “Wow! I could cry,” Kanter tweeted. “Today I found out that 7 years after arresting my dad, taking him through a Kangaroo court and accusing him of being a criminal just because he is my dad. “MY DAD HAS BEEN RELEASED! This is due to the pressure we have put on the Turkish regime.” Kanter’s father, a genetics professor who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for allegedly supporting the leader of a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was acquitted of terrorism charges Thursday. Kanter, 28, who once called Erdogan the “Hitler of our century,” had an arrest warrant issued against him by the Turkish government in 2017 and had his Turkish passport cancelled, with accusations of being part of a terror group. While playing for the Knicks in 2019, Kanter declined making a trip for a game in London, fearing he could be assassinated by Turkish spies. Kanter, the...
    Celtics center Enes Kanter, a longtime critic of the Turkish government, announced Friday that his father had been freed after spending seven years as a political prisoner. “Wow! I could cry,” Kanter tweeted. “Today I found out that 7 years after arresting my dad, taking him through a Kangaroo court and accusing him of being a criminal just because he is my dad. “MY DAD HAS BEEN RELEASED! This is due to the pressure we have put on the Turkish regime.” Kanter’s father, a genetics professor who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for allegedly supporting the leader of a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was acquitted of terrorism charges Thursday. Kanter, 28, who once called Erdogan the “Hitler of our century,” had an arrest warrant issued against him by the Turkish government in 2017 and had his Turkish passport cancelled, with accusations of being part of a terror group. While playing for the Knicks in 2019, Kanter declined making a trip for a game in London, fearing he could be assassinated by Turkish spies. Kanter, the third...
    Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free 155 years ago. Now, with support growing for the racial justice movement, 2020 may be remembered as the year the holiday reached a new level of recognition. While the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the South in 1863, it wasn’t enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War two years later. Confederate soldiers surrendered in April 1865, but word didn’t reach the last enslaved black people until June 19, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to Galveston, Texas. Celebrations have typically included parades, barbecues, concerts and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. But after massive demonstrations over George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, there has been a seismic shift to further elevate black voices. That desire is being felt as states and cities move to make Juneteenth an official paid holiday. Here’s a look at the holiday and its history: BEGINNINGS When Union troops arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger delivered General Order No....
    Juneteenth commemorates when all enslaved African Americans learned they were free 155 years ago. Now, with support growing for the racial justice movement, 2020 may be remembered as the year the holiday reached a new level of recognition. While the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the South in 1863, it wasn’t enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War two years later. Confederate soldiers surrendered in April 1865, but word didn’t reach all enslaved black people until June 19, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to Galveston, Texas. Celebrations have typically included parades, barbecues, concerts and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. But after massive demonstrations over George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, there has been a seismic shift to further elevate black voices. That desire is being felt as states and cities move to make Juneteenth an official paid holiday. Here’s a look at the holiday and its history: BEGINNINGS When Union troops arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger delivered General Order No. 3, which said:...
    Juneteenth commemorates when all enslaved African Americans learned they were free 155 years ago. Now, with support growing for the racial justice movement, 2020 may be remembered as the year the holiday reached a new level of recognition. While the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the South in 1863, it wasn’t enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War two years later. Confederate soldiers surrendered in April 1865, but word didn’t reach all enslaved black people until June 19, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to Galveston, Texas. Celebrations have typically included parades, barbecues, concerts and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. But after massive demonstrations over George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, there has been a seismic shift to further elevate black voices. That desire is being felt as states and cities move to make Juneteenth an official paid holiday. Here’s a look at the holiday and its history: BEGINNINGS When Union troops arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865,...
    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — A court in the Armenian capital ruled Thursday to free former Armenian President Robert Kocharian on $4.1-million bail — the highest in the ex-Soviet nation’s history. The Court of Appeals in Yerevan granted bail to Kocharian following stormy deliberations, during which a supporter of incumbent Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian denounced the judge as a “traitor.” Prosecutors said they would appeal the ruling. Kocharian, who served as president in 1998-2008, has been accused of violating the constitutional order by sending police to disperse protesters in Yerevan in March 2008. Eight demonstrators and two police died in the clash and 250 people were injured. Kocharian has rejected the charges as a political vendetta by Pashinian, who was one of the leaders of that protest. Kocharian’s release Thursday follows a long cycle of him being jailed and then released in past years. Kocharian was arrested in July 2018, then freed on appeal the following month only to be jailed again in December that year. He was released on bail in May 2019 and then arrested again a month...
    The Boston mayor is considering removing a statue that features Abraham Lincoln and a freed slave after a petition circulated the city. Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s office said in a statement that he’s “going to take time to assess the historic meaning of the statue” and possibly recommission it. A 7,000-signature petition has urged city officials to remove the sculpture that they deem to be misleading, according to WCVB 5. The relic features Lincoln standing with his hand above an unshackled free black man with the inscription “a race set free.” To some, this is a tribute of Lincoln’s policies, but to others it’s derogatory. “It says that it’s a statue that’s supposed to represent freedom. But, to me, it represents submissiveness,” Tory Bullock, the creator of the petition, told WCVB 5. “It represents: ‘Know your place, because that’s where you belong.'” The statue in question has been vandalized several times over the past week, following nationwide demonstrations against the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, viral...
    Boston’s mayor says he’s considering taking down a statue of former President Abraham Lincoln standing before a freed black man after a petition was launched for its removal. Mayor Marty Walsh’s office said he’s “willing to engage in a dialogue with the community about its future in Boston” and looking into the process required to make the change, news station WCVB reported. The statue, which is situated in the city’s Park Square, is a replica of the Emancipation Memorial in Washington and shows Lincoln with one hand raised above a kneeling man with broken shackles on his wrists. The monument was intended to show Lincoln freeing the man from slavery, but a new petition argues that it “instead represents us still beneath someone else.” “It says that it’s a statue that’s supposed to represent freedom. But, to me, it represents submissiveness,” said Tory Bullock, who started the online petition, which has at least 7,800 signatures as of Monday morning. “It represents ‘Know your place, because that’s where you belong.'” Bullock said that he’d like to see the statue replaced with...
    The NYPD cop charged with shoving a female protester to the pavement at a George Floyd demonstration in Brooklyn. Vincent D’Andraia, dressed in a suit and tie, stuck to monosyllabic answers as he faced charges in Brooklyn Criminal Court including third-degree assault and third-degree menacing. He was released without bail at a Tuesday court appearance thanks to criminal-justice reforms that took effect Jan. 1. D’Andraia, 28, can be heard calling protester Dounya Zayer a “stupid b—h” before shoving her to the pavement near the Barclays Center on May 29 in now-viral video of the incident. Zayer — who was among the throngs demanding justice for Floyd, a black man killed May 25 when a white Minnesota cop knelt on his neck — wound up hospitalized after suffering a seizure and a concussion. “Yes,” said D’Andraia when asked by Judge Gina Abadi whether he understood the order of protection imposed barring him from contact with Zayer. “No,” he affirmed when asked whether he had any questions. Warning: Graphic language NYPD officer just called a female protester a “stupid fucking bitch” and...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo has complained about those allegedly responsible for looting in recent protests were being immediately released by police back onto the streets -- but it’s something that is being made possible in many instances by the state’s controversial bail reforms. “You look at these videos, it would be nonsensical if the police were arresting looters and they were then being arrested and returned to the street the next day to loot again,” Cuomo said Thursday. "That would be nonsensical, right?” BAIL REFORMS LAWS LET ALLEGED CRIMINALS BACK ON THE STREETS WITHIN HOURS, THREATENING PUBLIC SECURITY  Cuomo aimed his remarks at NYC district attorneys who he said should be charging crimes higher -- such as burglary in the second, rather than the third degree. “If you have looters who are using rocks, breaking windows, stealing, these people should be charged for the crime that they are committing and bail set, right? I understand the political environment. I also understand that the law is the law, and they should charge crimes appropriately,” he said. Protests broke out in the last week...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran whose family said his only crime was falling in love left Iran on Thursday after nearly two years of detention, winning his freedom as part of a deal that spared an American-Iranian physician any more time behind American bars. Michael White flew from Tehran to Zurich, where he was met by diplomat Brian Hook, the U.S. special envoy for Iran. White’s mother said “the nightmare is over” now that her son was out of Iranian hands. In Atlanta, a federal judge approved a sentencing agreement for Florida dermatologist Matteo Taerri, who had been charged with violating U.S. sanctions on Iran as well as banking laws. The developments capped months of quiet negotiations between countries that are at bitter odds over U.S. penalties imposed after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal and over the killing by American forces of a top Iranian general in Iraq at the beginning of this year. White, of Imperial Beach, California, was detained by Iranian authorities in July 2018 while visiting a woman he...
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A Navy veteran detained in Iran for nearly two years has been released and started making his way home, with the first leg on a Swiss government aircraft, U.S. officials said Thursday. “The nightmare is over,” his mother said. The U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, flew to Zurich with a doctor to meet freed detainee Michael White and will accompany White to the United States aboard an American plane, the officials said. White’s release was part of an agreement involving an Iranian-American doctor prosecuted by the Justice Department, and followed months of quiet negotiations over prisoners. The two countries are at bitter odds over U.S. penalties imposed after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal and over the killing by American forces of a top Iranian general in Iraq at the beginning of this year. TOP STORIES Retired St. Louis police captain killed by looters Franklin Graham thanks Trump for church visit: God and His Word are the only hope for our nation Trump fires back at overrated James Mattis:...
    Michael White, the first American detained in Iran during the Trump administration, has been released. The United States Navy veteran is en route from Tehran on a Swiss government flight, after nearly four months of negotiations between State Department officials and the Iranian government, according to a senior U.S. official. Switzerland is the intermediary between the U.S. and Iranian governments and facilitated negotiations to release the 48-year-old. A senior U.S. official told Fox News that as part of the deal to free White, the U.S. agreed to release an Iranian-American doctor, Majid Taheri. Taheri served 16 months for violating American sanctions against Iran and was sentenced Thursday to time served. He’s lived in the U.S. for 33 years and is a medical doctor in Florida, the official said. In July 2018, White says he was visiting his girlfriend in Iran when authorities there arrested him. In March 2019, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges he insulted Iran’s supreme leader and posted private photographs on social media. “Michael White's a pretty tough guy. He's a cancer survivor. He has...
    A CNN reporter and his crew have been released from custody after being arrested on-air Friday morning while covering the ongoing protests in Minneapolis over the police-involved killing of George Floyd. Omar Jimenez and his team were taken into custody around 5:10 a.m. local time while standing in the street outside a liquor store that had been set ablaze in the demonstrations. An hour and a half later, the network reported their release. “A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves -- a clear violation of their First Amendment rights,” the network said in a statement earlier. “The authorities in Minnesota, including the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately.” TRUMP BLASTS MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR, VOWS MILITARY SUPPORT AS NEEDED The incident began as Jimenez and his crew observed a protester being arrested for breaking through a barrier set up by the Minnesota State Patrol. The officers then shift their focus over to Jimenez, who is heard telling them “we are speaking with state patrol right now, give us a second guys. We can move back to where you would...
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