Crime

Trial Begins For Church Leader Accused Of Leading Beating Of Gay Man To Cure His “Homosexual Demons”

The Associated Press reports: One of five people charged with beating a fellow church member to expel what they called “homosexual demons” says church leaders asked everyone at the attack to tell investigators that nothing happened. Sarah Anderson testified Friday that she told other leaders at Word of Faith Fellowship she thought Matthew Fenner was unclean and sinful. Anderson also ...

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Illinois Bans “Gay Panic” Murder Defense

Slate reports: On Wednesday, the Illinois House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill prohibiting the “gay panic” defense, which allows alleged murderers to defend their actions in court by arguing that their victim’s sexual orientation “triggered” their crime. The bill also bars the “trans panic” defense, which alleged murderers may use to justify the killing of a trans person on ...

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Man With Assault Rifle Busted At DC Trump Hotel

Washington’s NBC affiliate reports: A man has been arrested after police found an assault rifle, a handgun and 90 rounds of ammunition in his possession at the Trump International Hotel in Northwest Washington. Bryan Moles, 43, of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, was arrested inside the hotel about midnight Wednesday, police said. According to a charging document, police learned Moles was traveling to ...

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Portland Killer Rants In Court: You Call It Terrorism, I Call It Patriotism, You Hear Me? Die! [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Jeremy Joseph Christian began yelling when he walked into the courtroom Tuesday. “Get out if you don’t like free speech,” he said, and, “You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism. You hear me? Die.” Christian, 35, is accused of fatally stabbing two men who defended a 16-year-old and her Muslim friend on a Portland, Oregon, train ...

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PORTLAND: Mayor Calls For Cancellation Of “Trump Free Speech Rally” In Wake Of Hate Crime Murders [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a “Trump Free Speech Rally” and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade. ...

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FRANCE: Putin Tells Macron He’s Working To Find “Complete Truth” On Chechnya’s Anti-LGBT Pogrom

The New York Times reports: France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, came out of his first meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday with a message of stark challenge, promising French military reprisals for any use of chemical weapons by Russia’s allies in Syria and saying he would closely monitor the curtailing of civil rights for gay ...

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Trump Condemns “Unacceptable” Oregon Murders

The tweet was posted while Trump is attending a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, so obviously he didn’t write it himself. CNN reports: President Donald Trump condemned the racially charged Portland, Oregon, train stabbings on Monday, tweeting that they were “unacceptable.” “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and ...

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SAY THEIR NAMES: Dan Rather Calls On Trump To Recognize Oregon Men Murdered By White Supremacist

Last night veteran newsman Dan Rather called on Trump to publicly recognize the two Oregon men who were stabbed to death by a white supremacist after they stepped in to defend two Muslim girls from his screaming tirade. Rather writes: Dear President Trump, Their names were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best. One was a recent college graduate. The ...

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Electroshock And Beatings With Pipes: New Report Confirms Grim Details Of Chechen Torture Of Gay Men

Human Rights Watch today released a 26-page report detailing the gruesome torture of gay men at the hands of Chechen police. Radio Free Europe reports: “All of the victims suffered repeated beatings,” the report said. “Security officials kicked them with booted feet, beat them with polypropylene pipes and sticks, and made other inmates beat them” — mostly on the men’s ...

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MONTANA: Greg Gianforte Wins US House Race

CNN reports: Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana’s open US House seat, CNN projects, defeating Democrat Rob Quist and capping off a whirlwind final 36 hours of the campaign that saw Gianforte being charged for allegedly assaulting a reporter. With 83% of precincts reporting, Gianforte had 171,149 votes — or 50.3% of the vote, compared to ...

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Right Wingers Leap On Assault By Republican House Candidate As Another Reason To End Early Voting

Media Matters reports: Conservative media are using Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s alleged assault against a reporter to push for ending early voting, because voters who have already cast their ballots in today’s election would not be able to consider the assault charge. Right-wing media have repeatedly attacked early voting, even though it allows more people to participate, results in ...

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LOS ANGELES: Playboy Playmate Sentenced To 30 Days Of Scrubbing Graffiti In Body-Shaming Snapchat Case

The Associated Press reports: Dani Mathers earned fame posing as a nude model. She gained notoriety on the other side of the camera when she snapped a photo of an unwitting and unwilling subject — a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room. The firestorm of criticism that erupted after the Playboy model posted the pic online to mock ...

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Montana Papers Retract Endorsements Of Gianforte

The Hill reports: Newspapers in Montana are pulling their support from GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte following an alleged physical altercation Wednesday with a reporter. Three newspapers have rescinded their support for Gianforte, who was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly slamming a reporter from The Guardian to the floor at the candidate’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman. The incident reportedly ...

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Defense Attorney Arrested After Allegedly Telling Rape Victim That Trump Will Deport Her If She Testifies

The Baltimore Sun reports: A Baltimore defense attorney was arrested in the downtown courthouse Tuesday and charged with obstruction of justice and witness intimidation for allegedly telling a rape victim she risked deportation by the Trump administration in an effort to dissuade her from testifying against his client. In a recorded conversation, Christos Vasiliades, 38, and another man charged in ...

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FLORIDA: Not Guilty Verdict For Man Who Claimed His Girlfriend Choked To Death On His Large Penis

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Richard Henry Patterson, the Margate man who initially claimed his girlfriend choked to death during oral sex, was found not guilty today of second-degree murder. The verdict was announced just under five hours after the jury began its deliberations. Patterson, 65, faced a maximum of life in prison if convicted of the murder of Francisca ...

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BRITAIN: PM Theresa May Says Identity Of Suicide Bomber Is Known, Cops Arrest Second Man [VIDEO]

Radio Free Europe reports: British Prime Minister Theresa May says it is “now beyond doubt” that the bombing at a Manchester pop concert late on May 22 was a “callous terrorist attack” and that police have determined the identity of the attacker. Speaking after an emergency response meeting on May 23 at the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR), May said ...

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Medical Examiner Testifies In Murder Trial That He’s Never Heard Of Choking To Death On A Large Penis

Fort Lauderdale’s ABC affiliate reports: An associate medical examiner testified Thursday in the murder trial of a South Florida man accused of killing his girlfriend that he’s never before seen an example of someone choking to death from oral sex. But that’s what defense attorney Ken Padowitz intends to present to the jury in the murder trial of Richard Patterson ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Times Square Driver Charged With Murder, Cops Believe He’d Smoked Synthetic Marijuana

The New York Daily News reports: With voices in his head and drugs in his system, a deranged motorist drove his car onto a crowded Times Square sidewalk and mowed down 23 pedestrians — including an 18-year-old Michigan woman who died in front of her little sister. Richard Rojas’ maroon Honda Accord carved a three-block path of destruction along Seventh ...

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Anthony Weiner To Plead Guilty In Sexting Case

The New York Times reports: Anthony D. Weiner, the former Democratic congressman whose “sexting” scandals ended his political career and embroiled him in a tumultuous F.B.I. investigation of Hillary Clinton before the election, is to appear in a federal courtroom in Manhattan on Friday to enter a guilty plea. The information has not been made public but was related by ...

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State Department Denies Visas For Chechen Gay Men Fleeing Wave Of Kidnappings, Torture, And Murders

J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed: The United States has declined visas to gay Chechens fleeing a wave of kidnappings, torture, and disappearances in the semi-autonomous Russian region, according to the organization Russia LGBT Network. A group of around 40 Chechens are now in hiding in other parts of Russia, Russia LGBT Network spokesperson Svetlana Zakharova told BuzzFeed News, and ...

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