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    It's not just potential maniacs driving into school buses who are going free under the leftist D.A.'s watch. Between Feb. 24 and Oct. 31, 285 felony and misdemeanor cases were dismissed, including: 139 cases prosecuted by the A/B Unit, which deals with felonies, including property crimes and human trafficking offenses; 43 cases prosecuted by Unit C, which deals with major felonies, including vehicular assaults and gang-related offenses; 11 cases prosecuted by Unit D, which tackles felony assault cases; Five cases (two assaults, one strangulation, one criminal mischief, and one coercion) prosecuted by the DV Unit, which deals with domestic violence cases; One Multi-Disciplinary Team unit child abuse case; and Six District Court Trial cases, dealing with misdemeanors that accompanied felonies as lesser charges. 80 of the property crime charges dismissed due to a lack of counsel were car thefts. Nine assaults, six robberies, three hit-and-run felonies, and other personal crimes will go unpunished. Two individuals who failed to register as sex offenders were also let off.Stressing the system11 days after being elected district attorney with the...
    An Australian father considered one of the world's worst paedophiles has received a mammoth jail sentence for raping toddlers alongside his depraved Filipina girlfriend as part of a child abuse ring. Peter Gerard Scully, 59, was sentenced to 129 years and his girlfriend Liezyl 'Lovely' Margallo received 126 years in jail before a court in Cagayan de Oro in southern Philippines. They faced 60 charges, including trafficking, child pornography, child abuse and rape of children as young as 18 months. Peter Gerard Scully, 59, was sentenced to 129 years for a string of sickening child sexual abuse and exploitation crimes before a court in Cagayan de Oro in southern Philippines Scully's 'girlfriend', former prostitute Liezyl 'Lovely' Margallo received 126 years in jail for her crimes. She featured in one sick video sexually abusing an 18 month old child He was already facing life behind bars after being convicted in 2018 on one count of human trafficking and five counts of rape by sexual assault. Margallo, 28, joined the father-of-two from Melbourne in his crimes after he hired her as a prostitute.  She...
    A Monmouth County Jury has returned guilty verdicts against an Asbury Park man who sexually abused two teenage siblings on multiple occasions over the course of several years, authorities said. Walter Orlando Perez-Ramos, 35, was convicted Friday, Nov. 4 on two counts of sexual assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and a single count of criminal sexual contact, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago. On May 3, 2021, members of the Asbury Park Police Department first received information regarding the abuse of the two victims, then ages 16 and 17. An investigation by members of the MCPO Special Victims Bureau and the Asbury Park Police Department determined that the abuse had involved dozens of incidents taking place on various dates from May 2015 through May 2020, each involving inappropriate touching, Santiago said.  Perez-Ramos was arrested later in May 2021 and remained in custody at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) until the trial, at which both victims testified. “This family repeatedly welcomed the defendant into their home as a trusted friend, and he repaid that trust with betrayal – by robbing the two victims of...
    Former President Donald Trump's business empire, the Trump Organization, is poised to head to trial Monday for a flurry of alleged tax and financial crimes. Although Trump has not been charged in the sprawling case, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has kept the door open to levying charges against him in the future. If found guilty, the Trump Organization will be forced to pay fines and back taxes totaling roughly $1.6 million, Bloomberg reported. The Trump Organization, which was indicted last year, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. No one will go to prison if there is a criminal conviction in the matter. NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL SEEKS TO ACCELERATE TRUMP FRAUD SUIT Donald Trump speaks at an event in the White House. (Alex Brandon/AP) Allen Weisselberg, who helmed the company's accounting for decades, is expected to testify. He pleaded guilty to 15 counts in a fraud scheme and reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in August. Weisselberg had been charged with a 15-year scheme in which he allegedly got benefits off-the-books...
    It took Alex Murdaugh over an hour to call 911 after he allegedly shot his wife Maggie and son Paul near their estate’s hunting dog kennels last June, prosecutors said in court Thursday. That was among several fresh claims made during a hearing in connection with the double murder case that capped the disgrace of a once untouchable legal scion. Investigators are also comparing evidence found at the June 7, 2021, murder scene to DNA from the former lawyer’s alleged accomplice in a $10 million murder-suicide insurance plot. State Grand Jury Chief Prosecutor Creighton Waters doubled down Thursday on Murdaugh’s responsibility for the slayings, stressing that there’s plenty of evidence of his role in the crimes. That evidence, Waters said, includes “a video that shows Alex present at the scene, despite his denials, with Maggie and Paul at 8:44 p.m. not long before their phone ceased meaningful activity.” Murdaugh has maintained that he was visiting his ill father at the time of the murders. Waters added that evidence then shows Murdaugh “firing up” his car and leaving at 9:06 p.m....
    Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian Brueckner has been charged with a series of sex crimes but crucially not the disappearance of the British toddler. Convicted rapist Brueckner, 45, was named as the man responsible for Madeleine's May 2007 abduction two years ago by German police in a fanfare sparked worldwide media attention. But since then eyebrows have been raised as no charges have come and the investigation has failed to positively link him despite prosecutors giving the heart-breaking news they had 'concrete evidence' the little girl was dead and he was the culprit. Instead today investigators charged Brueckner with the rapes of two unknown women in Portugal, the rape of Irish tour guide Hazel Behan in 2004, sexual abuse in April 2007 on a Portuguese beach close to where Madeleine vanished just a month later and a further sexual abuse case in 2017 again in Portugal. The offences are said to have taken place over a period between December 2000 and June 2017 when Brueckner was travelling between his native Germany and Portugal. German prosecutors have named Christian Brueckner (L),...
    Brave women in Iran have taken to the streets and are burning their hijabs to protest the suspected murder of Mahsa Amini. Mahsa Amini was arrested by the Iranian “morality police” for not wearing her hijab correctly, and she later died in their custody. Source: NowThis News/YouTube Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and Iran’s chief justice, Mohseni Ejei, have promised a full investigation, but given the conservatives on the ruling Guardian Council, they likely can’t be trusted to do so. The United Nations has called for an independent investigation into Amini’s death, and President Biden should too! Iran’s morality code is deeply institutionalized in misogyny. No woman should ever have to live in fear that she might be murdered for not wearing her hijab. Iranian women deserve to have the right to self-expression. Sign this petition to tell President Biden to open a full investigation into Iran’s crimes against women! You can also raise awareness through activism apparel by wearing sustainable brands like Tiny Rescue. Check out the Climate Change Collection! Tell President Biden to immediately open an investigation...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Tell Biden to Investigate Iran for Crimes Against Women, Protect Indigenous Lands in Brazil, and Demand Justice For Llama That Was Beaten to Death! Raise awareness through activism apparel by wearing sustainable brands like Tiny Rescue. Check out the Climate Change Collection! We want to thank you for being the change you...
    The child sex assault case against former Vacaville attorney James Glenn Haskell has grown more complex in recent days, with the prosecutor filing several new serious felony charges and a motion to increase bail to $1.5 million. Haskell, 40, who appeared Tuesday morning in Department 23 for the bail-increase motion and to set a preliminary hearing, heard Judge John B. Ellis, after conferring with the attorneys in the case, order him to return at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 12 for the bail motion and the new hearing-setting in the Justice Center in Fairfield. James Glenn Haskell  Ellis also referred the matter to the Solano County Probation Department, which will issue a pretrial services report, and ordered Haskell, previously an associate attorney with the Reynolds Law firm in Vacaville, to submit to an interview with a probation officer. Haskell, now unemployed and living in Southern California, has sold his home in north Vacaville and remains out of custody after posting initial bail amounts in May that totaled $240,000. He is represented by Fairfield criminal defense attorney Thomas Maas. The latest developments in...
    The Czech Republic's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Lipavský, who also serves as the presidency of the Council of the European Union, has called for a “special international tribunal" to investigate Russia for suspected war crimes in the liberated Ukrainian city of Izyum. "Russia left behind mass graves of hundreds of shot and tortured people in the Izyum area. In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and abhorrent. We must not overlook it. We stand for the punishment of all war criminals," Lipavský tweeted on Saturday. "I call for the speedy establishment of a special international tribunal that will prosecute the crime of aggression." Pentagon spokesman John Kirby echoed Lipavský's demand. READ MORE: 'We have to kill them': Russian mercenary holds up skull while bragging about slaughtering Ukrainians "We're going to continue to actively support efforts to document war crimes and atrocities that Russian forces commit in Ukraine and to assist national and international efforts to identify and hold Russians accountable," he said. “Exhumation work continued today in Izium,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) lashed out at Republicans Friday, accusing politicians of committing "crimes against humanity" after transporting immigrants to the home of Vice President Kamala Harris this week. Without specifically naming the politicians, Ocasio-Cortez said the "trafficking" of the immigrants who illegally crossed the southern border of the United States was "abuse." WATCH: ANOTHER BUS OF MIGRANTS SENT FROM TEXAS ARRIVES AT KAMALA HARRIS'S HOUSE IN DC "It’s appalling that far-right politicians seem to have decided that fall before an election is their regularly scheduled time to commit crimes against humanity on refugees," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "Don’t normalize this. Lying to & trafficking people for TV and clicks isn’t politics as usual. It’s abuse." It’s appalling that far-right politicians seem to have decided that fall before an election is their regularly scheduled time to commit crimes against humanity on refugees.Don’t normalize this. Lying to & trafficking people for TV and clicks isn’t politics as usual. It’s abuse.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 16, 2022 The tweet referred to Gov. Greg Abbott's (R-TX) transportation of immigrants to...
    Nathan Howard/Getty Images Republican governors are committing “crimes against humanity” by busing migrants to other states, according to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY). The New York congresswoman sent out a series of tweets blasting Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and comparing the busing strategy to “human trafficking.” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has also made waves for busing migrants, most recently to Martha’s Vineyard. “It’s appalling that far-right politicians seem to have decided that fall before an election is their regularly scheduled time to commit crimes against humanity on refugees,” Ocasio Cortez tweeted on Friday. She accused Abbott and DeSantis of “lying and trafficking” people for “TV and clicks.” It’s appalling that far-right politicians seem to have decided that fall before an election is their regularly scheduled time to commit crimes against humanity on refugees. Don’t normalize this. Lying to & trafficking people for TV and clicks isn’t politics as usual. It’s abuse. — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 16, 2022 In another tweet, the Democrat said most U.S. families in the past would have been “trafficked” based on today’s...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has slammed the GOP governors who sent groups of migrants to Martha's Vineyard and Washington DC as guilty of 'crimes against humanity'.  Without naming them directly, the progressive New York Democrat excoriated Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott in a series of tweets on Friday.   'It's appalling that far-right politicians seem to have decided that fall before an election is their regularly scheduled time to commit crimes against humanity on refugees,' she wrote. 'Don't normalize this. Lying to & trafficking people for TV and clicks isn't politics as usual. It's abuse,' added Ocasio-Cortez. On Wednesday, DeSantis flew roughly 50 Venezuelan migrants who entered the US illegally to the wealthy Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard -- though many say they expected to fly to Boston. Meanwhile, Abbott sent two buses full of about 100 migrants from the Texas border to Vice President Kamala Harris' official residence in DC. Another 50 were bussed to the same address on Saturday, with three more buses also arriving in New York City Saturday morning.   Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has...
    In 2020, George Floyd’s murder by a white police officer focused the world’s attention on anti-Black lynching. Like never before, we saw huge global protests in solidarity with Black Americans. Governments, corporations, celebrities and cultural figures all spoke out against anti-Black violent and unlawful deadly policing. In April 2021, international scrutiny culminated in a report produced by leading international human rights lawyers, which I covered here for the Editorial Board. Some police killings of Black people, it said, met the legal criteria for “crimes against humanity.” The report pointed to a long history of violations of international law committed against Black people. It points to the failure of the United States government to fulfill its international human rights obligations. Page 109 reads: Commissioners’ concluded from the evidence of witnesses and attorneys that instead of requiring law enforcement officials to take precautions that protect life, US law and police practices allow law enforcement officials to arbitrarily endanger the lives of Black people. The Commissioners found a clear pattern of state-sanctioned criminalization of Black people through the targeted policing of Black...
    Kena Betancur/Getty Images Since 2018, hate crimes against Jews in New York City have resulted in only one perpetrator spending just a single day in jail, according to a report. An in-depth Sunday piece in the Jewish-centric online magazine Tablet mentioned a report by the group Americans Against Antisemitism that, as the publication put it, “found that of the 118 adults arrested for anti-Jewish hate crimes in New York City since 2018, only one has been convicted and sent to prison.” Year after year, among religious groups, Jews are the leading target of hate crimes annually in the United States, according to the FBI. According to Tablet: In New York, street harassment, minor assaults, and even full-on beatings of visible Jews are almost a banality now, too frequent over too long of a period to be considered an active crisis, even in the communities most affected. The city reported a 76% year-over-year rise in hate crimes during the first three months of 2022—attacks on Jews more than tripled, accounting for much of the spike. When reached for comment by email,...
    (CNN)A new report from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe found that patterns of violent acts by Russian forces in Ukraine meet the qualification of crimes against humanity, detailing horrific actions by Russian forces including the discovery of torture chambers at a summer camp in Bucha.The new report released Thursday was the latest instance of groups documenting potential war crimes committed by Russian forces. The OSCE experts who put together the report traveled to Kyiv and met with Ukrainian authorities there as well as Bucha and Irpin, where they found "grave breaches" of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention.The report "found credible evidence" that suggested "some patterns of violent acts which had been repeatedly documented during the conflict," including "killing, rape abductions or massive deportations of civilians, qualified as a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population."The OSCE mission that compiled the report wrote that 1.3 million Ukrainian citizens have been deported against their will to Russia and said there was evidence that tens of thousands of civilians had been detained at so-called filtration centers before...
    Russia has charged dozens of Ukrainian soldiers with 'crimes against humanity' and wants them tried by an international tribunal led by Syria and Iran, the country's top investigator has said. Alexander Bastrykin, who heads the Russian Investigative Committee, said 92 Ukrainian 'commanders and subordinates' have been charged with 'crimes against the peace and security of mankind' over the war. Another 96 people, including 51 of Ukraine's top commanders, have been put on a wanted list which includes politicians and 'nationalists', Bastrykin added. Alexander Bastrykin, Russia's top investigator, says 92 Ukrainian commanders and their subordinates have been charged for 'crimes against humanity' The 68-year-old said it is 'extremely doubtful' whether the men could be prosecuted by the United Nations, due to what he called 'the collective position of the West' in supporting Kyiv. Instead, he told local newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta that the men should be tried by an international tribunal led by Russia's partners. Such nations would include ex-Soviet states such as Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan, and allies further abroad such as India, China and Brazil. Iran and Syria should also...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- A Santa Ana councilmember on Tuesday will propose classifying assaults against street vendors in the city as hate crimes.Santa Ana Councilmember Johnathan Hernandez was inspired by a viral video showing a local barber cutting a longtime popsicle vendor's hair and gifting him $100.Hernandez was touched by the emotional video.The barber in the video, Damian Villanueva, grew up watching Bartolo Huate Pacheco's struggles over the years and wanted to give back to him.RELATED: Santa Ana barber brings street vendor to tears with surprise haircutEMBED More News Videos A young barber's video is going viral after he surprised a Santa Ana street vendor in his community with a haircut and a $100 gift. Pacheco works in the Artesia Pilar neighborhood. Among the children who grew up running out for a refreshing treat when they heard his bell ring was Hernandez."I was so moved and just empowered by Damian's actions," Hernandez said. "The video touched everybody, seeing Bartolo, because we all know Bartolo's story in this community. He's been selling for so long that if you grew up...
    The U.S. Marshals Service has arrested 13 of the most wanted sex offenders in Iowa, authorities say. All of the fugitives were non-compliant with Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry, and seven had former convictions for “crimes against children under the age of 13,” U.S. Marshals said in a news release on Friday. “Operation Most Wanted” was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force. Two guns, ammunition and drugs were seized, the release said. Three new criminal cases were presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Marshals said. “Much of the success of this operation can be attributed to the vigilant efforts of our community members,” Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Phil Hartung said in the release. “Throughout this operation, tips were received through the Iowa Sex Offender Registry’s tipline and through the United State Marshals tipline.” Cash rewards are being offered to those with information that leads directly to the arrest of sex offenders who are not in compliance with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, which became law on July 1, 1995. “Ensuring our community’s safety is a continual...
    (CNN)The US Marshals Service has arrested 13 of the most wanted sex offenders in Iowa, authorities say.All of the fugitives were non-compliant with Iowa's Sex Offender Registry, and seven had former convictions for "crimes against children under the age of 13," US Marshals said in a news release on Friday."Operation Most Wanted" was conducted by the US Marshals Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force. Two guns, ammunition and drugs were seized, the release said.Three new criminal cases were presented to the US Attorney's Office, US Marshals said."Much of the success of this operation can be attributed to the vigilant efforts of our community members," Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Phil Hartung said in the release. "Throughout this operation, tips were received through the Iowa Sex Offender Registry's tipline and through the United State Marshals tipline."Read MoreCash rewards are being offered to those with information that leads directly to the arrest of sex offenders who are not in compliance with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, which became law on July 1, 1995."Ensuring our community's safety is a continual effort, and our Deputy Marshals...
    MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian official warned the U.S. Wednesday that it could face the “wrath of God” if it pursues efforts to help establish an international tribunal to investigate Russia’s action in Ukraine. Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin, denounced the U.S. for what he described as its efforts to “spread chaos and destruction across the world for the sake of ‘true democracy.'” “The entire U.S. history since the times of subjugation of the native Indian population represents a series of bloody wars,” Medvedev charged in a long diatribe on his Telegram channel, pointing out the U.S. nuclear bombing of Japan during World War II and the war in Vietnam. “Was anyone held responsible for those crimes? What tribunal condemned the sea of blood spilled by the U.S. there?” Responding to the U.S.-backed calls for an international tribunal to prosecute the perceived war crimes by Russia in Ukraine, Medvedev rejected it as an attempt by the U.S. “to judge others while staying immune from any trial.” “It won’t work with...
    As even Fox News was broadcasting the testimony of the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, controversial GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia took to the House floor to complain about the backlash she is receiving. Greene, who has echoed the QAnon conspiracy theory and suggested that California wildfires might have been started by a Jewish space laser, was stripped of all of her committee assignments after only a month in office. She rose to speak about how she had "been mistreated as a freshman member of Congress and how crimes have been committed against me." She complained about how an anti-transgender sign that she posted outside her office for over ten minutes had been defaced before complaining about "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog" and staffers of CBS’ Late Show who were arrested inside the U.S. Capitol building. As the select committee hearings continued on all of the other networks, Greene kept on ranting on C-SPAN. She was recognized for an entire hour. MTG youtu.be From Your Site Articles
    MELROSE, Bronx (WABC) -- Pride Week kicked off Tuesday night in the Bronx, as members of the LGBTQ community gathered together for food and films, but it comes at a time when many don't feel safe.It was movie night in the Melrose section of the Bronx. The event was hosted at Destination Tomorrow, a non-profit and safe space for the LGBTQ+ community."We're celebrating Bronx Pride week," said Sage Rivera, director of Destination Tomorrow. "Starting today with a host of films by LGBTQ filmmakers."As for the rest of the week in the Bronx, there will be awards, a barbeque, and a large festival on Saturday.ALSO READ | Subway surfers caught on video walking atop Brooklyn J trainEMBED More News Videos An eyewitness captured shocking video of several people standing on top of a moving subway train in Brooklyn on Friday. "While we celebrate all our accomplishments, we have to continue to shine a light on all the things we have to do for our community," said Sean Ebony Coleman, founder and executive director of Destination Tomorrow.Pride Month is not just parades...
    The International Committee of the Red Cross (IOPDHR) in Geneva says the UN Human Rights Council’s recent condemnation of Algeria is a step towards victory over impunity for crimes committed in police camps. The UN Human Rights Council has isolated Algeria in the wake of a complaint filed by M’Rabih Ahmed Mahmoud Adda, a former police officer, alleging abduction, torture and harassment. In retaliation for his actions condemning human rights abuses in camps controlled by the country’s separatist militias. IOPDHR refers to this judgment “A significant improvement over the many comments and decisions made by regional and international organizations condemning Algeria’s full responsibility for all the crimes and abuses committed by Polisario against the population of the Tindouf camps.”. “This is a clear message to those responsible and a victory for the victims and activists who are working tirelessly to bring to justice the crimes committed by Algerian authorities and police leaders.”The Watchtower welcomed in a press release. He noted that the case of M’Rabih Ahmed Mahmoud Adda illustrates the situation of tyranny in the Tindouf camps. For IOPDHR,...
    Russian investigators have opened more than 1,100 cases into Ukrainian leaders for allegedly committing “crimes against peace.” Even before Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion on Feb. 24, he and the Kremlin began engaging in a misinformation strategy to hide the complexities and details of the war from their own people. INVADING FORCES DEPORT OVER 230,000 UKRAINIAN CHILDREN TO RUSSIA, KYIV SAYS Alexander Ivanovich Bastrykin, the chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia, held a meeting with subordinates on Thursday. They have identified and interrogated more than 75,000 people, including roughly 13,000 minors, according to a readout from the council. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that they are holding nearly 6,500 Ukrainian prisoners of war, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier this week said that 2,500 of them were the servicemen captured at the Azovstal plant, according to the New York Times. Three foreign nationals — two Brits and a Moroccan — were sentenced to death on Thursday by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine after being found guilty of working to overthrow the government, a death...
    As hate-fueled violence continues to rise, advocates are encouraging victims of hate crimes to report incidents targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. In New York City especially, where hate-based crimes have reached an all-time high, advocates are urging individuals to report all incidents of hate. The urge follows a report released Tuesday titled “Endless Tide,” that noted how many attacks on AAPI community members ended in guilty dispositions for alleged perpetrators in the past year. The report, released by the Asian American Bar Association of New York, detailed how many incidents were reported to law enforcement officials and how difficult those cases were to prosecute. It served as the organization’s second report on the surge of attacks against New York City’s AAPI community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The report came months after the deaths of at least three Asian women in New York: Michelle Go, Christina Yuna Lee, and GuiYing Ma. Within the first nine months of 2021, the report documented at least 233 incidents in New York against members of the AAPI community. Of those reported incidents about 60% were assault, 20%...
    A Solano County Superior Court jury on Wednesday convicted a 43-year-old Vallejo man of sex crimes against two minors, The Reporter has learned. In a verdict rendered in Department 11, jurors found Anthony Maurice Mason guilty on two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a minor under 14 years of age. The jury also found that the defendant committed the crimes involving “substantial sexual conduct” with the children, District Attorney Krishna Abrams said in a press release issued Thursday. Court records show that from March 6, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2016, Mason began to commit the offenses against the children when they were 10 years old. The victims were afraid to disclose the crimes initially because the defendant was an amateur boxer and had physically disciplined them and made threats, Abrams noted in the prepared statement. Eventually, the children disclosed the abuse to each other. The older child came forward to a teacher on Jan. 9, 2017, the first day back from winter break. Both victims “courageously testified” at trial, said Abrams. Mason, who remains in Solano County Jail in...
    (CNN)Among 233 reported attacks against Asian Americans in New York City in the first three quarters of 2021, only seven have so far led to hate crime convictions, according to a new report from the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY).AABANY analyzed NYPD data and records from the New York court system in their analysis. Of the 233 incidents they counted, 91 led to an arrest. Of the 91 arrests, 41 were charged as hate crimes by local prosecutors and of the 41, seven ended up with a disposition of guilt to a hate crime charge, Elaine Chiu, Professor of Law at St. John's University said at a press conference Tuesday.At least 20 of the arrest cases are still pending, Chiu said. She added that they also used data from the New York City Mayor's office and news reports from "traditional media" in their report, though no specific media outlets were named. The AABANY analysis differs from the NYPD's tally, which counted 118 anti-Asian hate crime reports over the same time period in 2021. However, the number of...
    More than 17,000 physicians and medical scientists have joined together in a “declaration” that demands an end to the COVID-19 medical emergency and accountability for those in the “corrupt alliance” of Big Tech, Big Pharma, media, academics, and government who, they say, committed “crimes against humanity” by profiting from ineffective and dangerous COVID vaccines while banning early treatment drugs. The statement, released Wednesday during a press conference of the Global COVID Summit, calls for a restoration of “scientific integrity,” and a move to address the corrupt alliance’s “catastrophic decisions” which, the medical professionals assert, were orchestrated “at the expense of the innocent, who are forced to suffer health damage and death caused by intentionally withholding critical and time-sensitive treatments, or as a result of coerced genetic therapy injections, which are neither safe nor effective.” “We are a group of physicians and medical scientists from around the world that stands for truth and integrity in science,” Dr. Ryan Cole began the press conference. “We are owned by no company, we are owned by no politician, no political party. We’re here representing...
    A former Boston police union chief wept in court Monday as child rape victims tore into him after the disgraced cop admitted to raping and sexually abusing several children over the span of nearly three decades.  Ex-Police Patrolmen's Association boss Patrick Rose, 67, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of child rape and sexual assault that occurred over a 27-year period, involving victims ranging in age from 7 to 16, prosecutors said. On Monday, he covered his face and cried as he listened to some of his victims deliver impact statements that called him a coward and a creep.  'I saw you for what you really are — a coward, a predator of the weak and the defenseless,' the victim said in court. Another victim said Rose has lost his reputation as a protector. 'Your reputation? Absolutely gone,' the victim said. ''All you will ever be remembered as is another creep who has nothing going for him. Your job as a cop protecting people? [Well] that's really quite ironic isn't it?'  Rose had first faced child sexual abuse allegations in the mid-1990s,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A South Florida man says he was attacked by a man while he was walking his dog Sunday morning. The assailant allegedly approached James Garcia, asked him if he was gay and when he didn’t get a reply, he punched him in the face. READ MORE: Coral Gables Woman Hit With 106% Rent Increase After Property Sold To New Landlord: ‘I Couldn't Believe It’Garcia says it happened in the 2700 block of N Ocean Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. The alleged attacker, Maurice Antwan Charles, is now in custody. Past mugshot for Maurice Antwan Charles. (Source: Florida Department of Law Enforcement) READ MORE: Butler Scores 45, Heat Defeat Hawks 115-105 For 2-0 LeadBut Garcia says he’s worried because police haven’t yet charged the suspect with a hate crime. Charles was released from prison in December of last year. He was convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in 2017 and had an aggravated battery case in 2008. Tuesday night, he’s facing yet another aggravated battery charge. MORE NEWS: Books & Books Owner Disappointed In Recent...
    After two Sikh men were attacked, robbed, and had their turbans ripped off in Queens, New York, this week, police arrested two men in connection with that attack as well as another that took place days earlier. The first suspect, identified as 20-year-old Hezekiah Coleman, was charged with robbery, assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment, and two counts of robbery as a hate crime on Tuesday.  The second suspect, 19-year-old Vernon Douglas, was arrested Thursday and was also charged in the case with two counts each of robbery as a hate crime, robbery, hate crime, and aggravated harassment. According to police, both were connected to attacks on April 3 and April 12, CBS News reported. The April 12 attack took place in the same intersection where Nirmal Singh, an elderly man visiting from India, was beaten during a walk near his temple last week. The latest attack also involved two men, aged 76 and 64. According to police, both suffered minor injuries to the head and body after being hit with fists and a stick. All three victims were not familiar with Douglas or Coleman.  In...
    “Game of Thrones” actor Joseph Gatt was arrested this month in an ongoing investigation into alleged criminal acts against children, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The announcement of his arrest and the investigation was made in a press release Tuesday, a week after investigators arrested the 50-year-old actor following a search at his home in the Beverly Grove area April 6. Police said Gatt, who also appeared in “Thor” and television series such as “Z Nation,” was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant related to a sexual offense against a minor. Investigators with the LAPD’s Juvenile Division and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force said police launched the criminal investigation after receiving information that Gatt had engaged in “online sexually explicit communication with a minor across state lines,” according to the statement. California CSU provost faced retaliation after reporting harassment by president’s husband, records claim CSU paid $600,000 to settle a former Sonoma State provost’s legal claim that she suffered retaliation after reporting sexually harassment by the university president’s husband. Investigators provided few...
    GAME of Thrones actor Joseph Gatt was arrested last week for allegedly having sexually explicit correspondences with a minor online. He was taken in on April 6 in Los Angeles after cops showed up at his home with a search warrant. 4Actor Joseph Gatt was arrested last week for allegedly having sexually explicit communications with a minorCredit: Getty 4The 50-year-old portrayed Thenn Warg on Game of ThronesCredit: Game of Thrones LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force started looking into Joseph after receiving a tip about his alleged online activities. According to KTLA, police found the 50-year-old also had an outstanding felony warrant for a similar offense involving a minor. After being arrested, Joseph was released later the same day on a $5,000 bail, TMZ reports. Most read in CelebrityBEHIND THE LAUGHS Who is Gilbert Gottfried's wife Dara Kravitz?COMEDY ICON GONE Gilbert Gottfried dead at 67 after ‘long illness’TRUTH BE TOLD? American Idol fans reveal theory behind why Kenedi Anderson dropped outALA-BOUT WORK Kourtney Kardashian & Travis Barker slammed for letting daughter get new job Detectives are now searching for any other...
    Another woman of Asian descent was tragically killed in New York City. A man used a large rock to brutally assault her in November, and devastatingly, she passed away several months later after sustaining severe injuries. One day following her death, another man was charged with hate crimes when he brutally attacked seven Asian women in just two hours. Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum said “There is a big difference between how white women are treated versus how people of color are, even in terms of believing our stories. Because we are invisibilized and not paid attention to, we are easier victims.” NBC News also interviewed YouMe Lin, 27, a Chinese American woman who has lived in New York City for over six years. “I don’t feel like anywhere is safe for me.” “I feel very suffocated,” said Lin. Source: CBS New York/Youtube The only way to fully comprehend the gravity of the situation facing so many Asian Americans today is to understand these attacks as connected to broader racist...
    White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Russia was “absolutely” committing war crimes in Ukraine. Anchor Jake Tapper said, “At least 52 civilians, including children, were killed after the Russian strike on the train station packed with evacuees trying to flee and get to where I am in Lviv. Officials say Russia used banned cluster munitions in that strike. Does that attack and the continued seemingly deliberate targeting of civilians by Russia, does all that constitute war crimes?” Sullivan said, “It absolutely constitutes war crimes. In fact, President Biden was well out in front of most of the world in declaring that what Russia was doing and what Vladimir Putin was authorizing here were war crimes. We have seen that in Bucha and other parts of Ukraine. The systematic targeting of civilians, the grisly murder. That’s why we’re working not just on long-term accountability, but in the short term, Russian weapons supplies to Ukraine so they can defend themselves against Russian attacks and liberate towns like Bucha from the grip of...
    California prosecutors charged a teacher with nearly 30 counts of child molestation Friday. Anessa Paige Gower was a teacher at Richmond's Making Waves Academy before she was arrested on Wednesday and hit with 29 child molestation charges by the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office. "During the course of an investigation into allegations that one of our teachers violated school policy, we learned of additional highly concerning allegations involving that teacher’s conduct," CEO Alton Nelson told the Washington Examiner. "We immediately shared that information with authorities who are reviewing the matter." LAS VEGAS TEENAGER ARRESTED IN TEACHER'S ATTEMPTED MURDER AND SEXUAL ASSAULT Allegations against Gower were first brought to MWA, where she was employed at the time, according to Nelson. The earliest alleged incident happened in 2021. The Richmond Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office arrested Gower at Sacramento International Airport as she returned from a trip to Hawaii after seven anonymous minors reported her for engaging in sexual acts, inappropriate touching, and sharing sexually explicit photos, according to the district attorney's office....
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday, with almost unanimous support, to suspend all free trade with Russia and ban the import of Russian oil, which is keeping the Russian economy alive. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Senate passed the measure 100 to 0, with every Senator voting to end our trade relationship with Russia as it continues its brutal invasion of Ukraine. In the House, however, three Republican members voted against the bill. Those three members were Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Tom Massie (R-KY). All three tied their opposition to the bill to concerns over the 2012 Magnitsky Act, a law empowering the federal government to sanction entities deemed to be violating human rights. “Extending the already overly broad executive powers in the Magnitsky Act forever is legislative malpractice,” Massie said in a statement to Insider. Both Greene and Gaetz explained their votes on Twitter. “President Biden should not have a blank check to sanction whoever he deems a ‘human rights violator,'” Gaetz said. Greene and Massie were joined...
    BERLIN (AP) — Two former German government ministers have submitted a criminal complaint with federal prosecutors seeking the opening of a war crimes probe against Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, over the conflict in Ukraine. Former Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and former Interior Minister Gerhart Baum said Thursday that they want to use German laws allowing prosecution of serious crimes committed abroad to bring to justice those they consider responsible for atrocities in Ukraine. Germany’s application of the rule of ‘universal jurisdiction’ led to the first conviction of a senior Syrian official for crimes against humanity earlier this year. Lawyer Nikolaos Gazeas, who compiled the 140-page criminal complaint on their behalf, said it targets not just the Russian leadership of President Putin and the 32 members of his security council, but also “a whole series of members of the Russian military.” The crimes detailed in the complaint range from the attack on a nuclear power plant to the bombing of a maternity hospital in Mariupol, he said. Gazeas added that federal prosecutors could also use information obtained by intelligence...
    Soldiers walk amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) Rodrigo Abd/AP Their mangled body parts were discarded like yesterday's trash. Entire Ukrainian families, unarmed and helpless, were blown to bits after allegedly being fired upon by Russian forces. One man was found face down with his hands tied behind his back. Another was located on the side of the road with a single bullet to the back of his head. His green bicycle, bent and battered, lay next to him. Some civilians had been stuffed into sewers, while others were shoved into shallow graves. Then, Bucha, a suburb northwest of Kyiv, was burned. The destruction was so severe that it drove Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to tears when he visited on Monday, triggered global outrage, and renewed calls for Russia to be prosecuted for war crimes. The leaders of Poland, France, Spain, Japan, Latvia, and Germany were among those who spoke out in various degrees of the atrocities in Bucha. The European Commission announced it...
    President Joe Biden on Monday called for a war crimes trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin and said more sanctions were in the works following the report of atrocities in Bucha, Ukraine. 'He is a war criminal,' Biden told reporters of Putin. 'But we have to gather the information. We have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue to fight and we have to get all the detail so this could be – actual have a war crimes trial. This guy is brutal and what's happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone's seen it.' He added he is 'seeking more sanctions' but declined to detail what those would be. The U.S. has implemented harsh financial penalities on Russian officials, banks and businesses after its invasion of the Ukraine.  'He should be held accountable,' Biden said of Putin.  The president also said he didn't think what happened in Bucha, Ukraine, was genocide but called it 'war crime.'  He has previously called Putin a war criminal but this was the first time he has called for the...
    President Joe Biden supports a war crime trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin as images of mass civilian causalities emerge from Bucha, outside of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. But Biden stopped short of condemning Putin's actions in Ukraine as genocide, reiterating that his Russian counterpart was committing war crimes in the conflict. BORDER STATE DEMOCRATS 'FRIGHTENED' BY BIDEN'S ELECTION YEAR TITLE 42 CALL "We have to gather all the detail so this can be an actual have a war crime trial. This guy is brutal. What's happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone's seen it," Biden told reporters Monday. President Biden doubles down on calling Putin a war criminal and says he is “seeking more sanctions”:“You may remember I got criticized for calling Putin a war criminal ... he is a war criminal ... This guy is brutal, and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous.” pic.twitter.com/PBkqAdzXYo— The Recount (@therecount) April 4, 2022 Biden also defended himself from criticism he received for denouncing Putin as a war criminal before his State Department had made the legal determination. "You may...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Biden calls for war crimes trial against Putin, says he’s seeking more sanctions after reported atrocities in Ukraine. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Sharie Finn said that while she and a team of volunteers were looking for her daughter that she discovered a tunnel running under a freeway to the homeless encampment with rampant criminal drug and sex trafficking activity. Finn has organized a nonprofit organization called the Rad Movement that provides comfort for victims of sex crimes and sex trafficking. Here's a local news report about the incident: East County San Diego transient facing many charges in sex crimes case pleads guilty www.youtube.com
    A Ukrainian organization says Russia has committed at least 148 crimes against the media since invading the country a month ago.  The Institute of Mass Media says at least five journalists have been killed and six have been kidnapped and tortured during the war.  Among the media members killed were two from Fox News — cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova, whose vehicle was fired on last week.  Others who have died include Oksana Baulina, a Russian journalist with The Insider, Brent Reno, former correspondent of The New York Times and Eugene Sakun, the operator of the TV channel LIVE. The Institute of Mass Media says all the journalists were killed by Russian shelling or shot by Russian forces.  Seven other journalists have been injured and one is missing as the war has raged on for more than a month, according to the group.  Journalists in Ukraine have documented the fighting between the two sides and the humanitarian crisis that has occurred as millions have been forced to leave their homes.  Tags Russo-Ukrainian War Russian irredentism Post-Soviet conflicts Ukraine invasion Ukraine...
    The United States government officially announced on Wednesday that it believed members of Russia's armed forces have committed war crimes in its invasion of Ukraine. 'Our assessment is based on a careful review of available information from public and intelligence sources,' said Secretary of State Antony Blinken. 'As with any alleged crime, a court of law with jurisdiction over the crime is ultimately responsible for determining criminal guilt in specific cases.'  The announcement was issued as he traveled with President Joe Biden to Europe for a N.A.T.O summit.  'We've seen numerous credible reports of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, as well as other atrocities,' said Blinken.  'Russia's forces have destroyed apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, critical infrastructure, civilian vehicles, shopping centers, and ambulances, leaving thousands of innocent civilians killed or wounded.' U.S. officials at first avoided being drawn into assessments of whether Russia was committing war crimes, even as horrifying reports emerged of a maternity hospital and a theater - where families were sheltering and marked with a sign for 'children' - being bombed in the besieged southern city of...
    In 2018, the United Nations concluded that the military’s campaign against the Rohingya included “genocidal acts.” Another senior official in the State Department said that Blinken’s announcement on Monday will galvanize the international community to come to the aid of the Rohingya people. The official said, “It’s really signaling to the world and especially to victims and survivors within the Rohingya community and more broadly than the United States recognizes the gravity of what’s happening.” The first official echoed this sentiment by saying: “It’s going to enhance our position as we try to build international support to try to prevent further atrocities and hold those accountable.” That said, a determination of genocide does not automatically initiate punitive action by the United States. Just days after Joe Biden was sworn into office, the Myanmarese military staged a coup and seized control of the country. The coup, led by Commander in Chief Min Aung Hlaing, quickly suppressed a public uprising and killed more than 1,600 people in the process. In response to the coup, the United States and its...
    BANGKOK (AP) — The main opposition organization in military-ruled Myanmar on Wednesday urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to act strongly to restore democracy in the Southeast Asian nation, saying that the international community should put sanctions and other pressures on the country’s generals. The council, at its meeting in Geneva, received a similar appeal from Thomas Andrews, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar. A report submitted a day earlier by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said evidence suggests Myanmar’s military rulers bear responsibility for abuses constituting crimes against humanity and war crimes. The army seized power a year ago from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and since then has ruthlessly sought to suppress the widespread opposition to its rule. The National Unity Government said it would like the international community to take action against the military, including sanctions and prosecutions under international law. The group, established by elected Myanmar lawmakers who were not allowed to take their seats, considers itself the country’s legitimate administrative body though it is forced...