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The Las Vegas Shooting Was Terrorizing, But It Wasn’t A Terrorist Act

Las Vegas Shooting

Stephen Paddock’s crime was clearly terrorizing, and will impact the lives of survivors, families, first responders in many ways for a long time. Based on the currently available evidence, though, the Las Vegas shooting was not “terrorism.”

More Than 50 Dead, 400 Injured, In Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Las Vegas Shooting

A gunman opened fire on a crowd of over 20,000 people in Las Vegas, and the results have been predictably horrific.

Anthony Weiner Sentenced To Twenty-One Months In Prison

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With his sentencing, the strange, strange saga of Anthony Weiner has come to an end. What a strange and wild ride it has been.

Mueller’s Russia Investigation Closing In On Paul Manafort

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Special counsel Robert Mueller could be looking to “flip” Paul Manafort, giving President Trump and those close to him something new to worry about.

Dept. Of Justice Declines To Charge Lois Lerner In Connection With I.R.S. Targeting Scandal

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Despite pleas from conservative lawmakers, the Dept. of Justice will not reopen the case against former I.R.S. official Lois Lerner.

The Bob Menendez Trial Is Set To Begin, And It Could Have Big Implications In Washington

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As Congress heads back to work, a corruption trial in New Jersey could have big implications for what happens on Capitol Hill.

Narco-Pigeon

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Via the BBC:  ‘Narco-pigeon’ shot by Argentina police Police in Argentina have shot a carrier pigeon that was delivering drugs to a jail, prison authorities say. I have to admit, this is a new one to me.  I am aware of numerous types of narco-subs, human mules, and catapults used to deliver drugs, among other […]

Video Of Police Arresting Utah Nurse Over Blood Test Leads To National Controversy

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A Nurse in Utah stood up for her patient’s rights, and was harassed by the police for her efforts.

Arpaio in Context

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The problematic nature of Arpaio’s tenure goes beyond just his contempt charge.

Trump Says He’s Considering Pardoning Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio

On the same day that he finally spoke up about the racist-inspired violence in Charlottesville, Donald Trump told a reporter that he is considering pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently convicted of failing to comply with the order of a Federal Judge: President Trump told Fox News he is “seriously considering” issuing […]

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Convicted Of Criminal Contempt Of Court

Joe Arpaio

Finally, “law and order” Joe Arpaio gets what he has long deserved.

Bill Cosby To Teach Men To Avoid Sexual Assault Allegations (Updated)

Bill Cosby In Court

Bill Cosby is planning to spend the summer teaching men how to avoid sexual assault allegations: Bill Cosby is planning a series of town hall meetings this summer to educate people, including young athletes and married men, on how to avoid accusations of sexual assault, two of his representatives said Wednesday. The announcement came just days […]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Barring Social Media Use By Sex Offenders

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The Supreme Court rules that states cannot bar convicted felons from using social media sites.

Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial Ends In Mistrial

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A hung jury in the Cosby sexual assault case results in a mistrial.

The Classy Mr. Cosby

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Via the AV Club:  Bill Cosby yells Fat Albert catchphrase as he’s escorted out of court. Nothing says “I am taking these rape allegations seriously” than shouted cartoon catchphrases.

Congressman Shot, Others Injured, At Congressional Baseball Practice

Congress Shooting

A Congressman was shot, and a staffer and security detail members injured, at a practice session for tomorrow’s Congressional baseball game.

Gianforte Avoids Jail Time In Montana Assault Case

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Congressman-Elect Greg Gianforte will avoid jail time for his guilty plea to an assault charge against Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs before the Special Election that elected him to Congress: Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West ordered Gianforte to complete 20 hours of anger management counseling and 40 hours of community service. He was given a […]

Gianforte To Plead Guilty To Assault, Settles Civil Claims With Reporter

Gianforte Victory

Greg Gianforte, who recently won a Special Election for Montana’s At-Large seat in the House of Representatives the day after physically assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, will plead guilty to the charges lodged against him: HELENA, Mont. — U.S. Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte of Montana will plead guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before being elected the […]

South Carolina Police Officer To Plead Guilty In Walter Scott Shooting

Walter Scott Shooting

A guilty plea in a particularly shocking case of police brutality.

Supreme Court Makes It Harder For States To Keep Fines Paid By Exonerated Defendants

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The Supreme Court made it harder for states to keep fines and other payments in cases where defendants are exonerated.

Robert Bentley Resigns As Alabama Governor Amid Scandal, Impeachment

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned from office late yesterday amid a sex scandal that led to impeachment proceedings against him that seemed likely to remove him from office: MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday rather than face impeachment and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during an investigation of his […]

Dylann Roof Pleads Guilty To State-Level Murder Charges In Charleston Church Shootings

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With the exception of the mandatory Federal death penalty appeals, the legal process is basically over in the Charleston Church shootings.

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

Chelsea Manning

A potentially controversial commutation from President Obama today.

Dylann Roof Sentenced To Die For Charleston Church Murders

Dylann Roof In Custody

Not surprisingly, Dylann Roof received a sentence of death for the murder of nine people at a historic African-American church.

Dylann Roof Found Guilty In Federal Court Trial

Dylann Roof In Custody

To nobody’s surprise, Dylann Roof was convicted of the race-motivated murders in a Charleston church.

CIA Report: Russia Acted To Help Trump Win The Election

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New information raises serious questions about the integrity of the 2016 elections, and about Donald Trump and his supporters.

Trial In Walter Scott Shooting Ends In Hung Jury, Mistrial

Walter Scott Shooting

Despite a video that clearly shows what appears to be cold-blooded murder, the trial of a South Carolina cop who shot an African-American man in the back while he ran away ended in a hung jury. Fortunately, this isn’t the end of the road.

Dylann Roof Will Represent Himself In Charleston Church Shooting Trial

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He has a fool for a client.

Dylann Roof Ruled Competent To Stand Trial

Dylann Roof In Custody

Now, the road to trial will move forward.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions Picked For Attorney General

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Alabama’s Jeff Sessions will become the nation’s top law enforcement officer. That’s not a good thing.

Federal Judge Suggests Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof May Not Be Competent To Stand Trial

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The Federal Judge presiding over Dylann Roof’s murder trial suggested late last week that Roof may not presently be competent to stand trial. This does not mean that he’ll be set free, though.

F.B.I. To Congress: Never Mind

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F.B.I. Director Comey tells Congress that it’s investigation into new emails revealed no information to change its conclusions about Hillary Clinton and her email server.

Former Chris Christie Aides Convicted In Bridgegate Trial

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Two of Chris Christie’s closest aides were convicted in the criminal trial resulting from the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal.

Suspect Arrested In Seattle Area Mall Shooting

Seattle Mall Shooting

Late  last night, police announced that they had taken the suspect in Friday night’s shooting spree at a Seattle area mall into custody, but many questions remain unanswered: A 20-year-old man was taken into custody on Saturday night in connection with a shooting that killed five people on Friday at a mall north of Seattle, […]

Five Dead In Mall Shooting In Washington State, Gunman Still At Large

Seattle Mall Shooting

A late night attack at a shopping mall, and a suspect still at large have raised tensions in Seattle.

Oklahoma Police Officer Charged In Shooting Death Of African-American Man

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An Oklahoma police officer has been charged in the shooting death of an African-American man while North Carolina authorities continue to balk on releasing a video in a shooting case there.

This Time, Anthony Weiner Could Be In Serious Legal Trouble

Image: Rep. Anthony Weiner Admits To Tweeting Lewd Photo, Lying

Less than a month after he was back in the news with another sexting scandal  that led his wife Huma Abedin to file for divorce, former Congressman Anthony Weiner faces what could be some very serious legal problems: Federal authorities in New York have issued a subpoena for records pertaining to allegations that Anthony D. […]

Protests Erupt In The Wake Of Police Shootings In Oklahoma And North Carolina

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After two questionable police shootings, protests erupted overnight in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Suspect In New York City, New Jersey Bombings Captured By Police

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Just about two days after setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York City, a suspect is in custody.

Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Trial Set For June 2017

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A long way off, but there are some important pre-trial matters to resolve between now and then.

Santa Clara Police Threaten to Not Do Job Over Cartoon Socks

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Blue feelings matter.

Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers In Freddie Gray Case

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After four straight losses, prosecutors in Baltimore are throwing in the towel in the Freddie Gray case.

Judge Orders John W. Hinckley Jr. Freed

Reagan Assassination Attempt

Thirty five years after trying to kill President Reagan, John W. Hinckley Jr. is close to being a free man.

Trial Of Fourth Baltimore Police Officer In Freddie Gray Case Ends In Acquittal

Baltimore Police

Another acquittal in Baltimore leads to questions about whether or not prosecutors should continue with the trials against the officers involved in the Freddie Gray matter.

Three Police Officers Killed, Multiple Others Injured, In Baton Rouge

Another targeted killing aimed at police.

Eleven Dallas Police Officers Shot, Five Dead, In Ambush At Protest

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A horrific night in Dallas.

Two Shootings, 1,000 Miles And 2 Days Apart, Bring Police Misconduct Back Into The Spotlight

Two cases quite a distance from each other, but in both police seem to be acting with a ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ attitude, especially when it comes to African-American men.

Homicide Rate At 51 Year Low

Homicide Rate

If you listened to politicians or the media, you wouldn’t know that homicide rates are at a level unseen since 1963.

Hillary Clinton Interviewed By F.B.I. Regarding Private Server Investigation

Hillary Clinton Blackberry

In a sign that the ongoing F.B.I. investigation into her use of a private email server and handling of classified information is coming to an end, the former Secretary of State was interviewed by Federal Agents today.

From the “You Can’t Make this Stuff up File”

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Via AL.com: Man wearing skeleton costume, 2 others steal erectile dysfunction drugs from Alabama pharmacy.

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