Crime

Second Chris Christie Aide Gets 18 Months In Prison For Bridgegate, Testified That Christie Knew About Plot

The New York Times reports: Bridget Anne Kelly, a former top aide to Gov. Chris Christie, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Wednesday for her role in closing access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as a form of political retribution against a mayor who refused to endorse Mr. Christie for re-election in 2013. Earlier on Wednesday, Bill ...

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Christie Aide Sentenced To Two Years For Bridgegate

CBS News reports: Bill Baroni, an ex-aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has been sentenced to two years in prison over 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. Baroni and Bridget Kelly were convicted last November on counts including wire fraud, conspiracy and misusing the bridge for improper purposes. Baroni is being sentenced first Wednesday followed by Kelly in the ...

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LOS ANGELES: Man Pleads Not Guilty In Possible Terror Plot Against 2016 West Hollywood Pride Parade

The Associated Press reports: An Indiana man who told police he was headed to a gay pride event in California and was found with a loaded assault rifle and chemicals mixed and ready to explode in his car has pleaded not guilty to weapons charges. James Wesley Howell, of Charlestown, Indiana, was also charged Tuesday with possessing a destructive device. ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Admitted White Supremacist Charged With Terrorism In Murder Of “Random” Black Man

The New York Daily News reports: The Baltimore man who selected a black man at random and stabbed him to death in Midtown has been charged with murder as an act of terrorism. James Harris Jackson, 28, faces life without parole if convicted of the charges filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office Monday. Jackson allegedly stabbed bottle-collector Timothy Caughman, ...

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OKLAHOMA: Court Docs Reveal Former GOP Senator Agreed To Bareback Sex With “Boy Pussy” Prostitute

Court documents made public at Friday’s arraignment of former Oklahoma GOP state Sen. Ralph “Family Values” Shortey appear to reveal that he agreed to ejaculate in the “boy pussy” of the teenage prostitute he is alleged to have hired. Oklahoma City’s NBC affiliate reports: Ralph Shortey, a Republican from Oklahoma City who represented the state’s 44th senate district, was charged ...

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ISRAEL: 19 Year-Old US-Israeli Man Arrested For Wave Of Bomb Threats Against Jewish Community Centers

The Jerusalem Post reports: A 19-year-old dual American Israeli living in Ashkelon has been arrested, suspected of being behind most of a series of bomb and other threats to Jewish communities in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand that date back around six months, The Jerusalem Post has learned. As of Thursday, with a gag order on the probe ...

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Christian Activist Sentenced To Three Years In Prison In The Parental Kidnapping Of Lesbian Mom’s Daughter

And another shoe drops in the case that will hopefully also ensnare Mat Staver and the Liberty Counsel. The Associated Press reports: A Virginia businessman convicted of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for his role in a same-sex couple’s child custody fight was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. Philip Zodhiates, Waynesboro, drove Lisa Miller and 7-year-old Isabella Miller-Jenkins ...

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COLORADO: Former GOP Chair Who Accused Democrats Of Voter Fraud Charged With Felony Voter Fraud

The Denver Channel reports: The former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party is charged with forgery and voter fraud for allegedly forging his wife’s mail-in ballot from last year’s election, according to court records and sources. Steven Curtis was the chairman of the state party from 1997 to 1999. He was charged Feb. 1 with one count of forgery of ...

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OKLAHOMA: GOP State Senator Charged With Child Prostitution To Resign Today, Dem Announces Bid

Tulsa World reports: The Oklahoma Senate does not need a conviction to expel Sen. Ralph Shortey, who is facing child prostitution charges, experts said. But in the end, it might not matter. An attorney for Shortey told The Oklahoman late Monday that the senator will step down. He has hired Oklahoma City attorney Ed Blau, a former prosecutor, as his ...

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Federal Court Permits Lesbian Mom To Sue Mat Staver And Liberty Counsel In Long-Running Kidnapping Case

We’ve been following this case here on JMG for many years. From the Southern Poverty Law Center: Janet Jenkins has been fighting for years for the return of her daughter, Isabella, and to bring those responsible for Isabella’s kidnapping to justice. In 2002, Jenkins and Lisa Miller, her then-partner, had Isabella. But Miller later renounced her lesbianism and moved to ...

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REPORT: Russian Mafia Kingpin Still At Large After FBI Wiretapping Of His Trump Tower Headquarters

ABC News reports: There, indeed, was an FBI wiretap involving Russians at Trump Tower. But it was not placed at the behest of Barack Obama and the target was not the Trump campaign of 2016. For two years ending in 2013, the FBI had a court-approved warrant to eavesdrop on a sophisticated Russian organized crime money laundering network that operated ...

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DALLAS: FBI Arrests Pro-Trump Twitter Troll Who Deliberately Triggered Reporter’s Epileptic Seizure

The Dallas Morning News reports: The FBI arrested a man accused of sending Dallas reporter Kurt Eichenwald a tweet that triggered an epileptic seizure. The name of the suspect has not yet been released, but FBI spokeswoman Lauren Hagee confirmed that an arrest in the case was made Friday morning. Eichenwald tweeted that the man who “assaulted” him faces federal ...

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WASHINGTON: Man Rips Down And Stomps Pride Flag Outside Capitol Hill Office Of Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Via press release: Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today called the attack on the Pride flag outside his Capitol Hill office “a shocking demonstration of hate” and yet another example of a wave of intolerance that has spiked across the nation over the past several months. Yesterday, a visitor to the Cannon House Office Building entered the Congressman’s office and angrily ...

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OKLAHOMA: Even If Convicted Of Child Prostitution, Accused GOP Senator Will Get His Pension [VIDEO]

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and leaders of both state parties last night called for the resignation of Sen. Ralph Shortey. If his resignation doesn’t come immediately, the Senate will likely act to expel him early next week. Meanwhile there’s this: Shortey, 35, has been in office long enough that he will get his state retirement. There is a law that ...

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TEXAS: Teabagger Former House Rep. Steve Stockman Dragged Away In Handcuffs For Embezzlement

Houston’s NBC affiliate reports: Steve Stockman, who served two stints in the U.S. House of Representatives, spent part of Friday in federal court. Stockman, a Tea Party favorite who courted controversy thorough two congressional terms, was brought into court Thursday shackled and handcuffed. He is accused of conspiring to violate federal election laws during his last term in office. It’s ...

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MAGA: Cop Charged With “Outraging Public Decency” For Being Drunk And Naked Except For Trump Hat

Oklahoma City’s ABC affiliate reports: An Edmond police officer has been charged with a misdemeanor and placed on paid administrative leave after being accused of being drunk and nude while at Arcadia Lake in July. Police were called to investigate after receiving reports that a man, identified as Colter Morey, got drunk July 23 while on a boat with friends, ...

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OKLAHOMA: GOP Senator Surrenders On Three Felony Child Prostitution Charges, More Details Emerge

The Oklahoman reports: Suspended state Sen. Ralph Shortey turned himself in Thursday after being charged with three felonies involving child prostitution accusations. Shortey, 35, was charged in Cleveland County District Court after a police investigation into his stay at a Moore hotel with a 17-year-old boy. Shortey is charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet ...

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OKLAHOMA: Soliciting Prostitution Charges For GOP Senator Busted In Hotel Room With Underage Boy

Oklahoma City’s ABC affiliate reports: Moore police have recommended three prostitution-related charges against State Sen. Ralph Shortey. The charges include: soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting for the purpose of prostitution. Police say the investigation started after a man was found in a motel room with an underage boy. Employees at the ...

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DOJ Indicts Two Russian Spies In Connection With 2014 Hacking Of 500 Million Yahoo User Accounts [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: The Justice Department announced Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, marking the first U.S. criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials. The indictments target two members of the Russian intelligence agency FSB, and two hackers hired by ...

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Former Dem Mayor Pleads Guilty In Meth/Sex Sting

The Washington Post reports: After three decades of public life, Richard “Scott” Silverthorne was known simply as the mayor around Fairfax City. But online, a prosecutor said Monday, he used a sexually suggestive screen name that would lead to his stunning downfall. Using the online moniker, Silverthorne, 50, arranged an orgy with an undercover police officer in exchange for methamphetamine ...

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