Crime

BANGLADESH: Police Arrest Suspect In Terrorist Killing Of Gay Rights Activist Xulhaz Mannan

From the Associated Press: Police in Bangladesh said Sunday that they have arrested a suspected Muslim militant for his alleged involvement in the killing last month of a gay rights activist and his friend in the capital. Police identified the suspect as Shariful Islam Shihab, a former member of the banned Islamic group Harkatul Jihad. They said he joined another ...

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NEW YORK: Former GOP Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos Sentenced To Five Years On Bribery Charges

In a refreshing change for New York state politics, today it was a Republican former lawmaker that was sentenced to prison. Instead of a Democrat. For once. From the New York Times: Dean G. Skelos, the once powerful Republican majority leader of the New York State Senate who was convicted with his son in December on federal corruption charges, was ...

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Planned Parenthood Killer Found Unfit For Trial

From the New York Times: Robert L. Dear Jr., the self-described “warrior for the babies” who defiantly admitted to carrying out a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood center here last November, was declared on Wednesday unfit to stand trial by the judge overseeing the case. The ruling by Judge Gilbert A. Martinez found Mr. Dear to be mentally incompetent, ...

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FLORIDA: George Zimmerman To Auction Off The Gun He Used To Murder Trayvon Martin

Via the Washington Post: George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, then acquitted by a Florida jury on July 13, 2013. The case sparked a nationwide debate and protests over “stand your ground” laws and race relations in the United States. Now, Zimmerman is auctioning off the ...

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CANDY MAN: Arkansas Preacher Charged With 70 Felony Counts Of Distributing Child Pornography

An Arkansas preacher has been charged with 70 felony counts of distributing, possessing, and viewing child pornography after a watchdog group tipped off authorities that he’d been trading the images via private messages on Twitter under the username “Candy Man.” Pastor David Reynolds of Cornerstone Bible Fellowship today pleaded not guilty to the charges. Reynolds’ church has issued a statement: ...

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ARKANSAS: State Judge Resigns After Thousands Of Photos Reveal He Paddled Nude Male Defendants

Back in November I reported that an Arkansas judge had been accused of soliciting sex from male defendants. As it turns out, there’s much more to the story. NBC News reports: An Arkansas judge accused of swapping sex for reduced sentences resigned Monday after a state commission said it discovered thousands of photographs from his computer that depicted nude male ...

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No Charges For Gun Nut Mom Shot By Toddler Son

You remember this woman, right? From the Orlando Sentinel: A North Florida gun advocate will avoid prosecution after her 4-year-old son shot her in the back with her improperly stored gun, the State Attorney’s Office said Friday. As part of a diversion agreement with the state, 31-year-old Jamie Lynn Gilt of Jacksonville must complete a gun-safety course, install a mounted ...

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IOWA: Trump Super PAC Strategist Convicted In 2012 Scheme To Buy Endorsement For Ron Paul

CNN reports: A former aide to Ron Paul and current strategist for a pro-Donald Trump super PAC was convicted Thursday of falsifying campaign records in a 2012 scheme to pay for a presidential endorsement. A federal jury in Iowa found Jesse Benton guilty on all counts, which included conspiracy and false records charges. Benton was convicted along with John Tate ...

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American Family Association: The Liberal Media Lies, We’re Not Sending Men Into Target’s Ladies Rooms

Yesterday the AFA issued a press release which claims that despite what you’re reading in the “lying liberal media” – they are not sending men into Target’s ladies rooms to “test” to company’s pro-trans policy. Damn those liars for quoting AFA radio host Sandy Rios: “We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into ...

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ILLINOIS: Christian Protester Prompts “Massive Police Response” At Chicago-Area Target [VIDEO]

NBC Chicago reports: A man protesting Target’s transgender bathroom policy at a store in Bourbonnais was arrested Monday, authorities said. Michael Merichko was charged with disorderly conduct following a disturbance inside a Target store at 1615 N. State Route 50 in Bourbonnais, about 55 miles south of Chicago, according to the Bradley Police Department. Merichko was allegedly protesting Target Corporation’s ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Blogger Sues Gay Basher Kathryn Knott And Her Police Chief Father Over Alleged Reprisals

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: A blogger who wrote about Kathryn Knott – the Bucks County woman convicted of participating in a 2014 attack on a gay couple in Center City – has sued Knott, Knott’s father [above right], the Bucks County district attorney, and others. Kathleen O’Donnell, 61, of Norristown, says in her lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, that ...

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ILLINOIS: Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The first sentence of the original ABC News report has been changed. It now reads: Former Speaker of the House John Dennis Hastert was sentenced today in federal court to 15 months in prison and two years of supervised release after he faced one of his accusers, who identified himself publicly for the first time as Scott Cross, ...

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BANGLADESH: Al-Qaeda Claims Credit For Murder Of Gay Activist, US Ambassador Demands Action

The Telegraph reports: An al-Qaeda affiliate has claimed the murder of a prominent gay rights activist who was hacked to death in Dhaka by men armed with guns and machetes who entered his flat pretending to be parcel couriers. Xulhaz Mannan, along with his friend Mahbub Tony, also an activist, died on the spot from cuts to their heads, according ...

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BANGLADESH: Editor Of Nation’s First LGBT Magazine Found Hacked To Death, Islamists Suspected

The Mirror reports: The editor of Bangladesh’s first ever LGBT magazine has been hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants in a horrific attack, it is reported. Julhas Mannan, 35, who worked for ‘Roopbaan’, was killed alongside his friend, Tanay Mojumdar, in an apartment in the capital of Dhaka, a police official said. A third person was injured in the ...

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No Appeal For Gay-Basher Katherine Knott

Philadelphia Gay News reports: It appears that Kathryn Knott will not file a full appeal of her prison sentence. Knott was convicted of assault and other charges in December, stemming from a 2014 gay-bashing incident, and sentenced to 5 to 10 months in prison Knott would have typically had 30 days after her Feb. 8 sentencing hearing to appeal to ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Hip-Hop Pioneer Afrika Bambaataa Accused Of Molesting Several Young Boys

For several days New York City’s music sites have been consumed with explosive allegations of child molestation against hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, whose 1982 global smash Planet Rock virtually created the electro and freestyle genres that dominated airwaves in the 80s and continues to influence much of current dance music. From today’s New York Daily News: Afrika Bambaataa was not ...

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Two Year Sentence For Affluenza Teen [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: The “Affluenza” teen will spend the next two years behind bars. A judge ordered Ethan Couch — the Texas teen who dodged a prison sentence for a fatal 2013 DUI crash by claiming he was too privileged to serve time, only to flee the country two years later — to serve four consecutive 180-day ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Sentencing Delayed For Killer Of Gay Man As Defense Fights “Predicate Offender” Status

The New York Times reports: The sentencing of Elliot Morales, who was convicted last month of murder as a hate crime after shooting a gay man in the West Village, was delayed on Monday, as the defense requested additional time to review a series of issues surrounding the case. The delay comes as the defense prepares for the prosecution to ...

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TEXAS: Feds Charge GOP Attorney General Ken Paxton With Fraud For Role In Tech Company Scam

From the Dallas Morning News: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announced fraud charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and several others involved in promoting a north Texas tech company. Paxton and a former member of the board of Servergy, Inc., a north Texas tech firm, were charged with allegedly convincing others to buy stock in the ...

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Man Charged With Killing Son For Being Gay

From the Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles prosecutors on Friday charged a 69-year-old man with fatally shooting his son outside the family’s North Hills home because the son was gay. The shooting occurred Tuesday when police responded to a call at the family home and found the bodies of Amir Issa, 29 [photo], and his mother, who was not identified. ...

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