Crime

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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FLORIDA: “Stand Your Ground” Defense Rejected In Case Of Retired Cop Who Killed Texting Moviegoer

Courthouse News Service reports: A Florida judge on Friday rejected the “Stand Your Ground” defense of a retired police officer who must now stand trial for the fatal shooting of fellow moviegoer who angered him by texting before the main feature began. In a decision filed Friday morning, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Susan Barthle questioned the veracity of Curtis Reeves’ testimony. ...

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OKLAHOMA: Tulsa LBGT Center Riddled With Bullets, Man Later Accosts Staff With Homophobic Slurs

Tulsa’s CBS affiliate reports: Monday, the Equality Center in downtown Tulsa was the victim of two separate cases of vandalism. Executive Toby Jenkins said someone in a truck drove by and fired shots at the front doors in the morning, then, Monday afternoon, someone lashed out at the people inside the center. Jenkins said this is the first time they’ve ...

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CALIFORNIA: Anti-LGBT Former Mayor Who Beat Teen Strip Poker Charges Arrested Again For Embezzlement

Last year GOP now-former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva, who held official town hall meetings at an anti-gay megachurch and who ceremoniously gave the key to the city to God (who did not attend), was arrested on multiple charges including secretly recording a male teenager playing a game of strip poker in his bedroom at a summer camp. Silva beat those ...

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FBI Makes Arrest In Anti-Semitic Bomb Threats

ABC News reports: A man accused of making at least eight threats against Jewish Community Centers was arrested by the FBI in St. Louis, Missouri, this morning. The suspect, 31-year-old Juan Thompson, is accused of what federal prosecutors called a “campaign to harass and intimidate.” He’s charged in New York with cyberstalking a woman by communicating threats to JCCs in ...

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INDIANAPOLIS: Police Charge Man With Threatening To “Shoot Everyone” At Local Gay Bar “Like In Orlando”

The Indy Channel reports: Before walking into Downtown Olly’s bar Sunday night, Indiana State Police say Brandon Savage called them, saying he was “getting ready to go into a gay bar and shoot everyone. It’s going to be like Orlando.” According to a probable cause affidavit, Savage told police he was armed with a Glock, a Derringer and a machete. ...

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KEY WEST: Hate Crime Charge For Man Who Shouted “You Live In Trump Country” During Gay Bashing

The Miami Herald reports: A man accused of a homophobic hate crime in downtown Key West was arrested Wednesday morning in North Carolina and will be extradited to Monroe County for prosecution, authorities say. The Key West Police Department said Brandon Ray Davis, 30, was taken into custody by the Onslow County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office on an “extraditable warrant” for ...

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Sen. Chuck Schumer Petitions FCC For Waiver To Thwart Caller ID Blocks At Jewish Community Centers

The Buffalo News reports: The people calling in bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers in Buffalo and across the country will lose their cloak of anonymity if Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer gets his way. The New York Democrat on Wednesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to grant a waiver to the nation’s Jewish Community Centers and others that ...

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KANSAS: Murder Charges For Man Who Shoots Three After Shouting “Get Out Of My Country” [VIDEO]

Curiously, Donald Trump did not mention this attack during his CPAC speech this morning. The Washington Post reports: A 51-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges after shooting three men in an Olathe, Kan., bar Wednesday night, police say, reportedly telling two of them, local Garmin engineers from India, to “get out of my country.” One of the Indian men, Srinivas ...

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