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    SAN JOSE — They started lining up in the cold and darkness before 2 a.m., hours before the doors opened. By 7:30 a.m., the line stretched around the block. But they weren’t there for a concert. They were hoping to get a coveted seat on the wooden benches inside the federal courthouse in San Jose to see the now-disgraced former rock star of the Tech World, Elizabeth Holmes, be cross-examined by prosecutors in her criminal trial. Brad Agle, a business ethics professor at Brigham Young University, got there at 1:30 a.m. and was second in line. During a CEO conference in 2015, Agle met and later befriended Tyler Shultz, grandson of former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, who worked at Theranos for eight months before blowing the whistle on the fraud and deception he said he witnessed. Agle wrote about Shultz and also interviewed Erika Cheung, a former Theranos lab associate and whistleblower. When Agle first flew in for the trial two weeks ago, he met up with Shultz for dinner. “The first female billionaire entrepreneur in Silicon Valley...
    GHISLAINE Maxwell was in the room when Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused a 14-year-old girl, a court heard. The first of four accusers took to the stand today in New York as Maxwell faces six charges of sexual abuse and trafficking over her alleged role with Epstein. 2'Jane' sobs in court as she speaks about the alleged abuse by Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein Epstein was a multimillionaire sex offender who allegedly used his wealth and influence to construct a web of sexual slavery - with Maxwell as his "madam". She faces charges relating to four victims, with the first - speaking under pseudonym "Jane" - appearing today at the courthouse in New York. Jane claimed that she was just 14 when Epstein first sexually abused her - and said Maxwell was in the room at the time. The alleged victim said she was "frozen in fear" having never seen a penis before. She claimed that Maxwell would also instruct her how to give Epstein sexual massages and sometimes physically participated in the encounters. And at...
    AMY Duggar spoke out about her hopes for the 'heavy day' as her cousin Josh Duggar's child pornography trial begins. The Counting On alum has been vocal about her feelings towards the allegations against her cousin as she's separated herself from her famous family. 5Amy shared her desires for the outcome of the day on the morning of her cousin Josh's trialCredit: Amy Duggar/Instagram 5Amy prayed for the victims involved saying that she hopes 'justice is served'Credit: Instagram/amyrachelleking On Tuesday morning ahead of Josh's trial, Amy shared a few messages on her Instagram Stories reflecting on her desired outcome. She wrote: "Today is a heavy day. This whole week will be. Next week will be too. Until justice is served." She continued with a powerful prayer for the victims involved writing: "Vengeance is mine sayeth the lord, I will repay thee. "Please pray for the victims, and for the truth to be revealed. "Pray that the judge will give the ultimate sentence." Back in April, Josh pleaded not guilty to two child pornography counts. Most...
    BROOKLYN CENTER, Minnesota (WCCO) — Jury selection begins this week in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. She shot and killed Daunte Wright during a traffic stop back in April. She claims she grabbed her gun, when she intended to grab her Taser. Judge Regina Chu is allowing cameras in the courtroom, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a partial timeline of the events that occurred leading into the start of Potter’s trial. All dates are from the calendar year 2021. ——- April 11: Daunte Wright, 20, is killed after being shot by Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop. Crowds start to gather in response to the death. The incident occurred just miles from where George Floyd died the previous year, which resulted in clashes between protesters and police. April 12: During a press conference, officials in Brooklyn Center release body camera footage of the fatal police shooting of Wright. The body camera shows police approaching Wright’s vehicle and asking him to step out of the car. They attempt to handcuff him before...
    (CNN)Widely circulated body camera video of a suburban Minneapolis police officer fatally shooting Daunte Wright in a car during a traffic stop is likely to play a central role as she goes on trial Tuesday for her role in his death.The shooting appears to be the result of Officer Kimberly Potter, 49, mistaking her gun for a stun gun, and happened in Brooklyn Center, a few miles from Minneapolis, during the trial against Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd. The town's police chief shared some video less than 24 hours after the shooting, to be transparent. Brooklyn Center City Council approves sweeping police reforms in the wake of Daunte Wrights deathIn the body camera footage, Potter can be heard yelling "Taser" repeatedly before she shoots Wright, 20. After firing her handgun, she yells, "Holy s***! I just shot him!"Video footage has also played a crucial role in recent high-profile homicide cases, resulting a in guilty verdict against Chauvin, not guilty verdicts against Kyle Rittenhouse for shooting three people during unrest last year, and guilty verdicts in the case of three...
    The first witness to give evidence in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial was the former captain of Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous ‘Lolita Express’ plane. Larry Visoski was Epstein's chief pilot and flew the pedophile financier for more than 25 years.  Asked what he had made of Epstein’s relationship to Ghislaine Maxwell, he said it was ‘more personal than business', but added: ‘I wouldn’t characterize it as romantic.’ Visoski said he had been hired in 1991 and had flown Epstein around roughly ‘every four days’. The pilot was so close to his boss that his daughter was reportedly married at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch.  The pilot captained Epstein's Boeing 727 jet - known infamously as the 'Lolita Express' - just one of several private aircraft which prosecutors believe was used to shuttle underage girls between Epstein's residences in New York and Palm Beach.  Epstein's pilot Lawrence 'Larry' Visoski Jr. took the stand Monday afternoon as the first witness in the trial.  Pictured: Visoski in the cockpit of Epstein's Gulfstream G550 - another one of his private aircraft Maxwell, 59, who is accused of procuring...
    The defence lawyer for Ghislaine Maxwell said she was being blamed for a man’s bad behaviour just like Eve was in the Garden of Eden. The 59-year-old socialite’s ‘superstar’ lawyer Bobbi Sternheim also branded her accusers money-grabbers looking for a ‘jackpot of money’. Miss Sternheim told the court: ‘Ever since Eve was accused of tempting Adam with the apple, women have been blamed for the bad behaviour of men, and women are often vilified and punished more than men are. ‘The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things Jeffrey Epstein did. But she is not Jeffrey Epstein. ‘She is not like Jeffrey Epstein and she is not like any of the other men, powerful men, moguls, who abused women.’ Lawyer Bobbi Sternheim took the floor to deliver the defence's presentation, saying she is 'proud' to represent Maxwell Media and members of the public line up outside the Manhattan Federal Courthouse ahead of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next 'A predator who served up young girls to be abused':... The 'Lolita...
    The panel on Fox News’ The Five erupted on Monday over the trial of Ghislane Maxwell, the alleged procurer for the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Following a discussion about actor Jussie Smollett, who is on trial for allegedly creating a hoax in which he portrayed himself as the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in 2019, panelist Geraldo Rivera said, “I think Jussie Smollett will plead to one of these charges of disorderly conduct. He has six disorderly conduct for filing false reports. I think that he will, faced with an insurmountable case, will plead guilty.” Slamming his hand on the table, Rivera said, “I am outraged by the Maxwell case. You talked about Darrell Brooks, the creep who ran over his girlfriend and then killed six people in a parade and he was out on a $1,000 bail.” “Ghislaine Maxwell has been in jail for 17 months for no bail,” continued Rivera. “No bail! She is sitting in prison prior to trial accused, get this, of  events that between 1994 and 1998.” Brooks has been charged with killing six people and injuring more than 40 in Waukesha, Wisconsin on...
    Ghislaine Maxwell has never conceded an inch in her insistence that she’s no grubby criminal and, on the first day of her trial yesterday, she certainly wasn’t about to start. As she arrived to hear opening statements for a case that could see her spend the rest of her life behind bars, gone was the hunched, confused victim of jailhouse brutality seen at previous court appearances when she was trying to win bail. She almost breezed into Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse. Followed by two female guards, the drab blue prison uniform of previous court appearances was replaced by an expensive-looking beige cashmere jumper, black trousers, heels and a white Covid mask. Once inside the cavernous Courtroom 318 in downtown Manhattan, which is famous as the venue for its terrorist trials, the British socialite gave affectionate hugs to each of her four high-powered lawyers. Where the alleged abuse took place. For Maxwell, followed by two female guards, the drab blue prison uniform of previous court appearances was replaced by an expensive-looking beige cashmere jumper, black trousers, heels and a white...
    Ghislaine Maxwell sits at the defense table during a hearing to discuss which expert witnesses will be able to testify at Maxwell's upcoming sex crimes trial in New York, in this courtroom sketch on November 10, 2021.Jane Rosenberg | Reuters The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell was set to begin Monday afternoon with a federal prosecutor's opening statement laying out the case against the British socialite accused of acting as a procurer of underage girls to be sexually abused by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Testimony of at least one witness may be heard later Monday after opening statements are completed. Maxwell's federal trial comes almost 17 months after her arrest in New Hampshire, and more than two years after the 66-year-old Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail while awaiting his own trial on federal child sex trafficking charges. Maxwell, who has been held without bail since her arrest, has pleaded not guilty in the case, where she is charged with conspiracy to entice and coerce minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, sex trafficking and other charges. "I...
    Actor Jussie Smollett at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for jury selection at his trial in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Jury selection began Monday in the criminal trial of Jussie Smollett , a black actor who claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in Chicago only to have authorities allege he fabricated the event. Smollett claimed that in late January 2019, two men wearing ski masks assaulted him while he was walking home from a Subway restaurant. The men started yelling racist, anti-gay, pro-Donald Trump comments at him before turning violent, he claimed. Smollett said the men beat him and tied a noose around his neck. Smollett's manager called the police, and officers rushed to his apartment to find Smollett with the rope still tied around his neck. "I just wanted y'all to see it," he told them. JUSSIE SMOLLETT CRIMINAL TRIAL SET TO BEGIN MONDAY The incident garnered international headlines and put intense pressure on the Chicago Police Department to find the culprits. But then, it began to unravel. Two siblings who worked...
    Prosecutors say Bannon is trying to manipulate the courts and have his contempt of Congress case tried in the media. Steve Bannon is trying to game the justice system and have his criminal contempt of Congress case tried in the media instead of in court, a manipulation that prosecutors say will lead to an “absurd” carnival-type atmosphere that could jeopardize potential witness testimony against Bannon later. Just before Thanksgiving, the former strategist to ex-President Donald Trump filed a request in federal court in Washington, D.C. asking for permission to publicly share a variety of court records tied to his impending trial. Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month after he spent weeks evading a subpoena from a congressional select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. He pleaded not guilty. Bannon claims the prosecution’s attempt to keep some discovery materials private is akin to the Department of Justice denying him a fair or speedy trial. During a recent motion hearing, the former Trump strategist said prosecutors did not have legal standing to pursue...
    Only in the bizarre, upside-down world that is the modern media landscape could a trial over the shooting of three white men by another white man become a referendum on racial justice. Corporate American media managed to pull off exactly that feat in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, convincing vast swathes of America that Rittenhouse had shot black men, that he was a card-carrying white supremacist or that he fired indiscriminately into a crowd of unsuspecting peaceful protesters. When Rittenhouse was found not guilty by a jury of his peers after weeks of tense arguments and deliberations in the courtroom, reaction was divided largely along the lines of media consumption habits. Those who read and watched non-partisan, independent or right-of-center media were largely unsurprised after seeing the facts of the case presented during the trial. Many of those who keep up with the news via corporate media and progressive sources were, by contrast, shocked and appalled. How could such a blatant white supremacist murder go unpunished? Was it a corrupt judge who honored veterans in the courtroom at fault? Was...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers stand at the center of the case that prosecutors will lay before jurors when the trial of Jussie Smollett begins this week. The 39-year-old former “Empire” actor, who is Black and gay, contends he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in downtown Chicago in January 2019. The siblings, who worked with him on the TV show, say he paid them $3,500 to pose as his attackers. Smollett is accused of lying to police about the alleged attack and has been charged with felony disorderly conduct. A class 4 felony, the crime carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but experts have said it is more likely that if Smollett is convicted he would be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to perform community service. The trial starts with jury selection Monday in a Chicago courtroom and is expected to last a week. It is not known whether Smollett will testify. But the siblings, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, will take the witness stand. They are expected to repeat what they...
    WOMEN who were allegedly abused by Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein have began arriving at court for what has been dubbed the "trial of the century". Prince Andrew's pal Maxwell will appear in court today accused of sex trafficking as she allegedly acted as a "madam" for Epstein. 6Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly ran a sex trafficking networkCredit: Getty 6Sarah Ransome - an accuser of the duo, but who is not involved in the case - arrives at courtCredit: AP Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all charges against her - but could face up to 80 years in prisons if prosecutors can land a conviction. Facing the court for six of the eight charges against Ghislaine, it is alleged between 1994 and 2004 she participated in sex trafficking alongside billonaire paedo Epstein. Farmer will be joined by three other victims who are expected to testify against the British socialite, 59, under pseudonyms. Maxwell faces allegations that she procured girls for Epstein to abuse while also participating in the abuse herself on a number of occasions....
    (CNN)The public will get a glimpse into the life of the late Jeffrey Epstein as the sex-trafficking trial of his longtime companion Ghislaine Maxwell gets underway. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday after a jury is empaneled.Federal prosecutors allege the British socialite created a network of underage victims for Epstein to sexually exploit. Maxwell was first charged in July 2020 with enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity for allegedly grooming and recruiting underage girls from 1994 through 1997.Ghislaine Maxwell denied another request to be released on bail ahead of trialProsecutors later added two sex-trafficking charges, alleging that Maxwell interacted with a 14-year-old girl on multiple occasions in Palm Beach, Florida, and encouraged and enticed her to recruit other girls to perform "sexualized massages" on Epstein despite knowing she was under 18.Read MoreMaxwell has vigorously denied any wrongdoing, telling the court at a recent hearing, "I have not committed any crimes." She faces up to 70 years in...
    "Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy" opened with former U.S. attorney and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy on the state of the justice system in America. Specifically, Gowdy referenced the recent jury decisions behind the Kyle Rittenhouse and the Ahmaud Arbery trials, two heavily-promoted cases in the media. Both trials had different outcomes with the Rittenhouse trial ended with a not guilty verdict, and the trial against Arbery’s killers resulted in a guilty verdict.  GREG GUTFELD: MEDIA DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THE TRUTH WHEN THERE’S A GOOD STORY  Kyle Rittenhouse listens as Judge Bruce Schroeder talks about how the jury will view video during deliberations in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S., November 17, 2021. (Sean Krajacic/Pool) "I think they’re absolutely the right verdicts," McCarthy said. Despite heavy media attention surrounding both cases, McCarthy complimented the jury system for putting trust in the "common sense of the community." "To me, the most important thing or the most important distinction is that in a trial, and we saw that in these two trials, we...
    Ghislaine Maxwell spent the first half of her life with her father, a rags-to-riches billionaire who looted his companies' pension funds and died mysteriously. She spent the second with another tycoon, Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself while charged with sexually abusing teens. After a life of scandal and luxury, Maxwell's next act will be decided by a U.S. trial. Starting Monday, prosecutors in New York will argue that Maxwell, 59, abetted Epstein’s crimes with girls as young as 14. A key question for jurors: Was Maxwell an unwitting pawn of Epstein’s manipulations or a knowing opportunist? Ian Maxwell told The Associated Press his sister is "paying a heavy price, a blood price" to a justice system intent on holding someone responsible for Epstein’s crimes. FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2000 file photo, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, driven by Britain's Prince Andrew leaves the wedding of a former girlfriend of the prince, Aurelia Cecil, at the Parish Church of St Michael in Compton Chamberlayne near Salisbury, England. after a life of both scandal and luxury, Maxwell's next act will...
    Ghislaine Maxwell is prepared to take the witness stand in an effort ‘to save her own life’, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The 59-year-old says she ‘will do whatever it takes’ to clear her name at her trial, which begins in New York tomorrow. A source close to Ms Maxwell, who faces life in prison if convicted of child sex and trafficking charges, said: ‘Ghislaine is absolutely prepared to take the stand. She is prepared to do whatever it takes to save her own life. ‘She has never shied away from the truth and she is looking forward to her day in court.’ Defendants in high-profile sex abuse trials often decide not to give evidence and instead put pressure on prosecutors to prove their case. Ms Maxwell, whose designer wardrobe has been tailored to accommodate her severe weight loss while on remand, fears being scapegoated for the crimes of her ex-boyfriend But Ms Maxwell, whose designer wardrobe has been tailored to accommodate her severe weight loss while on remand, fears being scapegoated for the crimes of her ex-boyfriend, serial...
    Thanksgiving, on the fourth Thursday in November, marks the start of America's holiday season: a time to celebrate the harvest and show gratitude for the good things in life. On a sunny day in Manhattan this week, the streets were buzzing, the shops festooned with Christmas decorations, and restaurants and bars were doing a brisk trade as New York rebounded from lockdown restrictions. But a few miles away at Brooklyn's grim Metropolitan Detention Centre, there were no lavish turkey dinners — and little to feel grateful about — for the fallen British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, as she waited for her 'Trial of the Decade' to start on Monday. She has spent the past 17 months in custody there in conditions described by her own brother as 'degrading' and 'amounting to torture', following her arrest in July 2020 over sex-trafficking allegations.  Soon she could be spending the rest of her life behind bars — unless she convinces a jury of her proclaimed innocence. At Brooklyn's grim Metropolitan Detention Centre, the fallen British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured), 59, waits for her...
    When the three men facing murder charges in connection with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery were on trial in Georgia, their defense team resorted to overt racism in the hope of getting an acquittal. But even though there was only one Black person on the jury, it didn't work; a predominantly White jury in the Deep South delivered "guilty" verdicts for all three men. And in analysis for CNN's website, Nicole Chavez and Brandon Tensley stress that in the Arbery case, racism failed miserably for the defense team. "Ahmaud Arbery was the victim," Chavez and Tensley explain. "But for weeks, he was painted as a brute and a thug in the trial of the three White men who killed him. This tactic isn't new, but rather, the latest example in a long history of court cases that criminalize and dehumanize Black victims." Chavez and Tensley point out that although racism didn't work for the defense team in this case, it often worked for defense teams in the past when the aggressors were White and the victims were Black. "Emmett Till....
    THIS Thanksgiving holiday could be a somber one for the Duggar family, as the joyful family meal will soon make way for some serious family drama. And it could be their last family meal together for awhile., as Josh's trial on child pornography charges is set to get underway November 30. The 33-year-old has been charged with one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. 6Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have a lot on their plate this ThanksgivingCredit: Social Media - Refer to source 6The family all chipped in to prepare the holiday feastCredit: Instagram/The Duggar Family 6Josh Duggar's child pornograpghy trial starts November 30Credit: Splash The former 19 Kids and Counting star is currently on home confinement until his trial and is living with third party custodians LaCount and Maria Reber, who are longtime friends of Jim Bob and Michelle.  Back in April, Josh pleaded not guilty to the charges. Homeland Security special agent Gerald Faulkner said at a May court hearing that downloads made from a specific file were "in the top five of the worst of the worst that I've...
    Acclaimed novelist Alice Sebold was a first-year student at Syracuse University in upstate New York when she was raped at knifepoint in May 1981.  The terrifying ordeal would come to define her writing career.  Her most famous novel, The Lovely Bones — later turned into a feature film starring Saoirse Ronan — is about a girl who is raped and murdered.  And Sebold’s memoir, Lucky, ploughed the same shocking literary furrow, the cover declaring: ‘In the tunnel where I was raped, a girl had been murdered and dismembered. I was told this story by the police. In comparison, they said, I was lucky.’  Critics rhapsodised about her unflinching description of the rape, her determination to wrest her life back from her attacker, as well as her ‘courage to speak the unspeakable’.  Acclaimed novelist Alice Sebold's terrifying ordeal would come to define her writing career with her most famous novel, The Lovely Bones, published in 2002 That she should be able to use a tragedy that might have ruined her life as the inspiration for a glittering literary career seemed entirely just. ...
    (CNN)Three men convicted Wednesday in the death of Ahmaud Arbery each faced nine possible charges that stemmed from their involvement in the 2020 shooting near Brunswick, Georgia. But the verdicts rendered by the jury on some of the allegations differed. Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. were convicted on four and three of the counts of felony murder, respectively. Gregory's son, Travis McMichael, was also found guilty on multiple counts of felony murder and was the only one of the three found to have committed malice murder.The difference between the malice and felony murder charges has to do with intent, CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig said.Guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arberys murder trial were an answer to prayers, family says. Heres what comes nextMalice murder means the jury determined that Travis McMichael, who was the defendant that shot Arbery, intended to kill Arbery and did, Honig said. Gregory McMichael's and Bryan's felony murder convictions mean that they intentionally committed a felony.Travis McMichael's attorneys argued that he acted in self-defense when shooting Arbery. The three men suspected Arbery of committing...
    (CNN)Prosecutors in the trial of three White men convicted in Ahmaud Arbery's killing were not concerned about the racial makeup of the jury, attorneys told CNN Wednesday. Linda Dunikoski, Cobb County senior assistant district attorney, told CNN's Jim Acosta that after jurors were selected, her team "realized that we had very, very smart, very intelligent, honest jurors who were going to do their job which is to seek the truth." "We felt that putting up our case, it doesn't matter whether they were Black or White, that putting up our case that this jury would hear the truth, they would see the evidence and that they would do the right thing and come back with the correct verdict which we felt they did today," Dunikoski said. The prosecution team in the trial of three men who killed Ahmaud Arbery inlcuded (L-R) Paul Camarillo, Linda Dunikoski and Larissa Ollivierre.Nine White women, two White men and one Black man served on the jury, according to a CNN analysis of juror data. Historically, all-White juries in cases where White people are involved in...
    The three notorious white men caught on video chasing and fatally attacking Ahmaud Arbery last February are now officially convicted murderers. But Gregory McMichael, his son Travis, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan” are not the only villains in the gruesome case plagued by allegations of initial prosecutorial misconduct before arrests were made 70 days after the 25-year-old Black man’s shooting death in Georgia. The prosecutors who won the case argued that Arbery was on a jog through Satilla Shores, a mostly white neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia when the trio chased him down the street after wrongly suspecting him of burglary. Travis McMichael was caught on video footage—filmed by Bryan—firing the fatal shots. ​The defense for the three men argued that they were trying to perform a citizen’s arrest on Arbery in connection with suspected break-ins in the area. After nine hours and two days of deliberation, a Glynn County jury on Wednesday found the three men guilty of felony murder in the Feb. 23, 2020 homicide death of Arbery. But Arbery’s murder was almost never prosecuted. And when the...
    Vice President Kamala Harris slammed the 'racist' defense of Ahmaud Arbery's killers after all three men were found guilty of murder on Wednesday.  All three defendants in the Ahmaud Arbery trial were found guilty of murdering the black jogger in February 2020 on Wednesday, prompting celebrations in the streets of Georgia.  'These verdicts send an important message, but the fact remains that we still have work to do,' the vice president said.  'The defense counsel chose to set a tone that cast the attendance of ministers at the trial as intimidation and dehumanized a young Black man with racist tropes. The jury arrived at its verdicts despite these tactics.' She said after the verdict: 'Still, we feel the weight of grief. Ahmaud Arbery should be alive, and nothing can take away the pain that his mother Wanda Cooper-Jones, his father Marcus Arbery, and the entire Arbery family and community feel today. I share in that pain.' Meanwhile, President Biden said the Ahmaud Arbery killing was a 'devastating reminder' of racial injustice in the US, but that the guilty verdict shows the 'justice...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The killing was captured on video and shared around the world: Ahmaud Arbery running toward and then around an idling pickup truck before its driver blasted him at close range with a shotgun. Soon after Travis McMichael fatally shot Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020, his father, Greg McMichael, told police how the pair had armed themselves, chased the young Black man and trapped him “like a rat.” Neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan told officers he joined the pursuit and helped cut off Arbery’s escape. After a 13-day trial at the Glynn County courthouse in coastal Georgia, a disproportionately white jury found the three white men guilty of murder. Each man was also convicted on lesser charges. HOW MUCH PRISON TIME ARE THEY FACING? Murder convictions carry a minimum penalty of life in prison. The judge decides whether that comes with or without the possibility of parole. Even if the possibility of parole is granted, a person convicted of murder must serve 30 years before becoming eligible. Multiple murder convictions are merged for the purposes of sentencing. Each...
    AHMAUD Arbery was a young black man from Georgia who was gunned down by three men after jogging through a neighborhood. On November 24, 2021, a verdict was announced for Greg and Travis McMichael, as well as their accomplice, William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. What is the verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery trial? The jury has made a decision in the trial of three white men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery. Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William 'Roddie' Bryan were all found guilty of some counts of murder in the case. Most read in US NewsHOLIDAY TRAGEDY Parade suspect may face sixth murder charge after eight-year-old boy dies'STILL MOURNING' Brian Laundrie's cause of death revealed as family hopes for 'closure'ExclusiveMOTHER'S SHOCK Parade suspect's 'traumatized' mom called 911 after seeing SUV on TVExclusive'HE WAS YELLING' Rapper 'called his MOM & tried to escape with no shoes on' after paradeSIXTH DEATH Boy, 8, becomes 6th parade death as cops say 'emotionless' suspect hit crowdBRIAN KILLED HIMSELF Brian Laundrie shot himself in head in suicide, autopsy reveals The killing of Arbery on February 23,...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of the three white men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s slaying. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    This horrific photo shows the bruises suffered by a six-year-old boy two months before he died after being 'abused and beaten to death' by his father and stepmother. The image was taken by Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' concerned grandmother in a desperate attempt to convince the authorities he was in danger.  Joanne Hughes told jurors how she called social services and offered to send the picture but they 'didn't want to see' it. When social workers visited the next day, they put the marks down to  'child play' and recorded 'no concerns'.  One of the social workers later told the trial that she noticed a 'yellowing bruise' on the middle of Arthur's back during the visit. When she was later shown Ms Hughes photo - which shows a heavy bruise on his left shoulder - she was 'shocked' both at the extent of his injuries and that she had failed to realise how serious they were.  Arthur was allegedly killed after suffering systematic abuse which matched the 'medical definition of child torture', including being deprived of food, made to stand for 14 hours a...
    A quick glance at the fortunes of the Maxwell siblings and it is difficult not to think the nine children of tyrannical media mogul Robert Maxwell were cursed from the start. Most famous among them is his youngest - and favourite - Ghislaine, the disgraced socialite who is waiting to stand trial on a string of charges relating to the trafficking minors for her former lover Jeffrey Epstein.  Maxwell, who denies all charges, faces a maximum sentence of 80 years in prison if found guilty of abuse, procurement of young girls for Epstein and sex trafficking crimes dating back decades.  Her brother Ian, 65, the seventh of the nine Maxwell children, has been a vocal supporter of his sister and spoke out again this week in her defence, saying he believes the 'enormous amount of negative media coverage' of the case will 'poison' the jury against her. Ian has had his fair share of experience in court. In the 1990s, he and younger brother Kevin stood trial for their part in their father's £460 million Mirror Group pension fraud.  But...
    (CNN)After more than two weeks of court proceedings and testimony from more than 20 witnesses, jurors in the Ahmaud Arbery killing trial are set to begin their second day of deliberations Wednesday morning.Three men -- Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. -- are standing trial on charges related to the shooting of Arbery in the Satilla Shores neighborhood outside Brunswick, in Glynn County, Georgia, on February 23, 2020. The defendants have pleaded not guilty to all chargesWhen did they start?The jury reviewed the case for more than six hours Tuesday after the prosecution presented a rebuttal to the defense's closing arguments. Court resumes at 8:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.Who's on the jury?Read MoreNine White women, two White men and one Black man are serving on the trial jury, with two White women and one White man serving as jury alternates, according to a CNN analysis of juror data. Having only one Black juror has been a key complaint from prosecutors and Arbery's family, as Glynn County's population is about 69% White and 26% Black, according...
    (CNN)Following more than two weeks of court proceedings and testimony from 23 witnesses, jurors in the Ahmaud Arbery killing trial are set to begin their second day of deliberations Wednesday morning.The jury reviewed the case for more than six hours Tuesday after the prosecution presented a rebuttal to the defense's closing arguments. Court will resume at 8:30 a.m ET.Three men -- Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. -- are standing trial on charges related to the shooting of Arbery in the Satilla Shores neighborhood outside Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, 2020.JUST WATCHEDCNN analyst reviews prosecutor's performance in final rebuttalReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHCNN analyst reviews prosecutor's performance in final rebuttal 02:16Each of the defendants face nine separate charges, including malice and felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. If the jury finds Bryan not guilty of a second aggravated assault charge, they can consider three lesser misdemeanor charges for simple assault, reckless conduct, or reckless driving.The defendants have pleaded not guilty to all charges. The McMichaels claim they were...
    One of Ghislaine Maxwell's accusers will give testimony detailing a 'repugnant' sexual act by Jeffrey Epstein at her sex trafficking trial later this month, after a judged ruled that she will be allowed to testify. The woman, identified as 'Minor Victim 3', is set to describe the 'morally reprehensible' encounter with the billionaire pedophile as evidence of his sexual preference for young women and underage girls.  However, Maxwell's lawyers accused prosecutors of making 'eleventh hour' changes to the case against their client after it emerged that two out of the four 'minor victims' set to testify were over the age of consent under local laws at the time.  The defense claims there's a danger that the jury may convict Maxwell based on a 'moral judgement of sexual activity which was entirely legal.'  Maxwell, 59, watched on as her lawyers sparred with prosecutors over how the testimony of the four victims should be presented to the jury in a final preparatory hearing on Tuesday. Her sister Isabel was sat in the public gallery. The court is still in the process of selecting jurors for...
    (CNN)There is a common thread between the 1995 acquittal of O.J. Simpson and the 2021 acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse -- a jury and trial consultant named Jo-Ellan Dimitrius.She developed the jury profile in Simpson's case and now, decades later, worked "hand in hand" with Rittenhouse's attorneys to help build a profile for the "right" juror in his case."In O.J.'s case because we had done so much pretrial research, we knew that there was a certain demographic that was going to be more open to what our defense was," she told CNN.At the time, it was a female African American with a high school education or less, she recalled. In Rittenhouse's case, however, she said, "We didn't find anything that was predictive."Rittenhouse is latest symbol of a nation divided on guns, crime and protestSo, they dug. Read More"Familiarity with guns was an important thing to explore," she told CNN. "Generally getting a sense if somebody was a supporter of the Second Amendment, supporter of the First Amendment as well." That included both in real life and from their "digital footprints" on...
    "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Pete Hegseth joined "The Faulkner Focus" Tuesday to weigh in on Kyle Rittenhouse's exclusive interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson Monday night. KYLE RITTENHOUSE RECOUNTS KENOSHA RIOTS, REACTS TO MEDIA PORTRAYAL OF TRIAL IN FIRST INTERVIEW SINCE ACQUITTAL PETE HEGSETH: I thought he did a phenomenal job last night. Not just in the trial which we watched but last night on Tucker's show laying out what his motivations were, why he acted when he did. He pointed out there are no winners in this. This is self-defense and that’s obviously not what he wanted to go down. I hope he is teeing up the mother of all lawsuits. I hope he puts all these media outlets on notice. Because everyone has a bias or an opinion that shades them in one direction or another. But your opinion is not entitled to your own facts and when you knowingly misrepresent the facts or you get ahead of yourself and you are unwilling to correct them because you don’t want to change your narrative, now you are...
    Left-wing comedian Stephen Colbert on Monday expressed his disappointment in the conclusion to the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, imploring that Wisconsin self-defense laws be changed. Rittenhouse, who was charged with five felony counts stemming from the shooting deaths of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, as well as the non-fatal shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz, was found not guilty on all counts on Friday. Kyle Rittenhouse and Stephen Colbert (Getty Images) 'VIEW' HOST WHOOPI GOLDBERG CLAIMS KYLE RITTENHOUSE COMMITTED MURDER DESPITE ACQUITTAL During the monologue portion of his nightly program, "The Late Show," Colbert addressed the verdict, which his audience booed. "The big news on Friday was that after being accused of crossing state lines, killing two people and wounding another last year during a Black Lives Matter protest, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts," Colbert said. "Cards on the table, I am not a legal expert so I can't tell you whether or not Kyle Rittenhouse broke the law. But I can tell you this, if he didn't break the law we should change the law," he added to cheers...
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    Dan Abrams called out leaders across the U.S. political spectrum on Monday night for their reactions to the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. Abrams, the host of Dan Abrams Live on Newsnation, warned that leaders ignoring the facts of the case and politicizing the verdict is not only wrong but is undermining our “entire judicial system … for political purposes.” Abrams — who is a legal analyst and also the founder of Mediaite — introduced the segment saying, “I’m really frustrated about the reactions to the Rittenhouse verdict. A verdict that surprised really no one who was watching the evidence and remotely understood the law.” He then explained that the jury’s verdict “was not a judgment of Kyle Rittenhouse but a legal question of whether prosecutors disproved self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.” He then went on to look at the reactions of Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden — who said the verdict left him “angry and concerned.” “Angry and concerned the jurors did their duty and came to a fairly obvious legal?” Abrams questioned before...
    The disparity in cable news coverage of the Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery trials is in many ways predictable. They are very different stories that took very different roles in our political and societal realms. The disparity in coverage within each network, however, is revealing, particularly when it comes to Fox News, the highest-rated cable network, but a very wide margin. The Kyle Rittenhouse trial captivated the nation’s attention, in part because it was a fascinating legal discussion between self-defense as a legal defense, and the role of vigilante justice amid riots following America’s racial reckoning of 2020. Rittenhouse’s actions in August of 2020 became a wedge issue in the last general election and was even featured in a regrettable Biden campaign ad that portrayed him as a “White Supremacist.” On the other hand, Ahmaud Arbery’s case seems much less complicated, and perhaps clearer cut. Three white individuals chased down Arbery and eventually shot and killed him because they claimed they were making a “citizen’s arrest.” There are clear racial elements to the case, which have only been supported...
    Joe Scarborough bashed the conservatives who’ve rushed to make Kyle Rittenhouse a Second Amendment icon after his trial ended with a not guilty verdict. The topic came up as Morning Joe talked about how conservatives continue to downplay the storming of the U.S. Capitol, even as more of Donald Trump’s allies are getting subpoenaed over that event. As Scarborough said that “Americans don’t like chaos,” he redirected the conversation toward conservatives who are lionizing Rittenhouse, profiting off his trial, or using his acquittal as political/pro-gun rights ammunition. Yes, he was not guilty. The jury found him not guilty. The prosecution couldn’t prove its case. At the same time, this guy is no hero. The people on the far right, the fascist right, that are trying to turn him into a hero, they’re not doing the country a favor. They’re not doing whatever party they belong to a favor, and they’re not even doing Second Amendment rights a favor. Scarborough continued by noting that Mark Richards, Rittenhouse’s defense attorney, has been taking a subdued public stance after the trial and pushing...
    (CNN)Prosecutors will begin court proceedings Tuesday in the trial over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery with a rebuttal to closing arguments made by the defense, which some legal experts felt were racially insensitive and led to Arbery's mother excusing herself from the courtroom. Lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski will commence with remarks Tuesday morning and is expected to drive the theme that the case against the defendants is about "assumptions and driveway decisions." All three defendants made decisions to attack Arbery "because he was a Black man running down the street," Dunikoski said Monday. Ahmaud Arbery killing trial: Attorneys deliver closing arguments in case of joggers shooting Travis McMichael, along with father Gregory McMichael and neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan Jr., face charges including malice murder and felony murder in the killing of Arbery on February 23, 2020. The trio pursued Arbery -- whom they suspected of burglary -- in their vehicles, and led to Travis McMichael fatally shooting Arbery. Read MoreThe three also face charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. All three have pleaded...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Final steps in the trial of three white men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery were scheduled Tuesday before the case of the 25-year-old Black man’s death goes to the jury. Prosecutors planned to take much of Tuesday morning making their last case to jurors as hours of closing arguments by attorneys spilled into a second day. The prosecution gets the final word in the trial because it carries the burden of proving its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley then must give instructions on how to apply the law before the disproportionately white jury can begin deliberations at the Glynn County courthouse in the port city of Brunswick. Arbery’s killing became part of a larger national reckoning on racial injustice after a graphic video of his death leaked online two months later. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and pursued Arbery in a pickup truck after spotting him running through their subdivision on Feb. 23, 2020. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the chase and recorded...
    During an interview aired on Monday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Kyle Rittenhouse said that his case was about self-defense, “shouldn’t have been a political case. It was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race,” and that if he had been convicted, “no one would ever be privileged to defend their life against attackers.” Rittenhouse said, [relevant remarks begin around 7:05] “I’ve never seen something so polarizing in my life. When it’s just — it’s obvious self-defense, if you look at the case, you look at the facts, no matter what your opinion is, or where you stand [on] it. This isn’t a — this wasn’t a political case. It shouldn’t have been a political case. It was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race, and the ways people are twisting this, it’s just sickening.” He later added, “[I]t wasn’t Kyle Rittenhouse on trial in Wisconsin. It was the right to self-defense on trial. And if I was convicted, no one would be able — no one would ever...
    Charlottesville, Virginia (CNN)The jury in the civil case involving White nationalists who organized a two-day rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, will begin a third day of deliberations Tuesday morning, a day after asking the judge about reaching unanimous decisions on the six counts.On Monday the 12-member panel asked US District Judge Norman Moon whether they need to be unanimous on each of the final three counts if they cannot reach a unanimous decision on first three counts, which related to conspiracy claims.Two of the counts -- five and six -- are related just to actions by James Alex Fields Jr., who sped his car into a crowd of protesters, killing one person and injuring dozens. The other involves a statute on racial, religious or ethnic harassment or violence.Without the jury present, the judge said, "I don't know why there's any misunderstanding about that. I think I'm going to tell them they must continue to try to reach a unanimous decision on all six counts." Jury deliberating in Charlottesville Unite the Right civil trial sends questions to judgeThe jury will...
    Kyle Rittenhouse has blamed the city of Kenosha and governor of Wisconsin for the chaos of August 2020, saying there should have been more police and the National Guard.  Rittenhouse, 18, spoke to Tucker Carlson for an interview broadcast on Monday night. Asked where the police were, in the chaos and rioting after the shooting of Jacob Blake, Rittenhouse replied: 'I'm not sure really.' He added: 'They have a hard job, for sure.' He criticized the leadership of the state and city. 'The National Guard should have been called August 23. 'The city of Kenosha failed the community. 'The governor, Tony Evers, failed the community.'   Rittenhouse sat down with Carlson days after being cleared on Friday of homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangerment in the shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27.
    The family of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has filed a complaint with the United Nations just before her trial in connection to Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring and is requesting help in securing her release from jail. On Monday, human-rights lawyers François Zimeray and Jessica Finelle announced they were working on behalf of Maxwell’s siblings and filed an action with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. The document alleges Maxwell, 59, is subject to “inhumane and degrading” conditions in the Brooklyn lockup that’s held her since her arrest, and that her “ongoing demonization in the media” has jeopardized her right to a fair trial. “This is unprecedented discrimination, the like of which has never seen before: all her applications for bail have been rejected, with no regard for the security offered,” the Paris-based lawyers said in a press release. “It is as if Ghislaine Maxwell is suffering the consequences of the failure of the U.S. Administration to preserve the life of Jeffrey Epstein and secure his appearance at trial.” The UN complaint was announced one week before Maxwell’s criminal...
    Taking the witness stand for a second day of testimony, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes sought to show that major pharmaceutical companies had indeed worked with her failed blood-testing company — an attempt to overcome some of the most damaging evidence the jury has seen so far about Theranos’ accuracy issues, including testimony from representatives of two major pharma firms suggesting Holmes distributed reports to her investors with logos stolen from their companies. Holmes first took the witness stand Friday in what experts say is an unusual and potentially risky move for a defendant, opening her up to aggressive cross-examination by government lawyers who have charged her with 11 felony fraud counts in connection to the now infamous failure of her Silicon Valley start-up. Holmes’ testimony Monday highlighted the work Theranos did with the drug firms, including Novartis, AstraZeneca and Merck. Answering questions from her lawyer, Kevin Downey, Holmes also tried to offset the testimony from Pfizer and Schering-Plough scientists who claimed that they had rejected the glowing Theranos’ reports that their companies logos later appeared on. Downey displayed for jurors...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Elizabeth Holmes, the one-time medical entrepreneur now charged with building a fraudulent company based on promises of a revolutionary technology, returned to the witness stand Monday. Her testimony, which focused largely on her enthusiasm based on positive early tests of that blood-testing technology, may be her best shot to avoid conviction on charges of criminal fraud. Prosecutors alleged she duped investors and patients into believing she had invented a breakthrough in blood-testing technology. Monday’s proceedings resumed after a roughly 90-minute delay, with Holmes again at the witness stand wearing a cobalt dress with a black blazer. She spent most of her time describing clinical studies and other records extolling the effectiveness of a small blood-testing device made by Theranos, a startup she founded in 2003 after dropping out of Stanford University at 19. U.S. District Judge Edward Davila didn’t explain why he met with lawyers from both sides of the case behind closed doors while a masked — and befuddled — audience sat in a packed courtroom. Holmes’ latest round of testimony came after...